Design Notes

March 23, 2017

BR/Portuguese Help on Forums

English

New Forums Help For Portuguese Speakers!

Greetings!  Starting today, we are launching a new program for Portuguese speaking players to get basic help on the AQW Forums.

No more hoping Google Translate got it right!  Now you can ask and be answered in Portuguese.

Anything that cannot be resolved on the forums will still be directed to file a bug report with the Bug Tracker

Portuguese

Nova ajuda nos Forums para fluentes em Português!

Saudações! Começando hoje, nós estamos lançando um novo programa para jogadores que falam Português para obterem ajuda no AQW Forums.

Sem mais esperanças que o Google Tradutor tenha pego de forma correta! De agora em diante, você pode perguntar e ser respondido em Português.

Qualquer coisa que não possa ser resolvido nos Forums, será direcionado a mandar um bug report com o Bug Tracker

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March 22, 2017

Elemental Planes: Into the Ice

This is a pretty cool adventure (ice puns give me the chills)

The Elemental Avatars control the hidden forces of Lore. But sometimes, to truly change the world, an Elemental Avatar needs more than their Champion, Dragon, and Titan. Next weekend, help a young hero discover his identity… and destiny!


 

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March 17, 2017

Last Chance for iOS Founders

Unlocks the exclusive DragonKnight set inside AQWorlds!

The new BattleGems update on iOS rolls out Monday (Apple app store approval is IN)! This is the very last chance for iOS players to get Founder in BattleGems, our mobile RPG Puzzle Game.* Considering that you had.. oh wow, almost two and a half years, it is finally time to make BattleGems Founder go perma rare! For REAL!

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Rolith and his team have finished upgrading BattleGems to the newest version of Unity, improving the game's speed and giving it 64 bit support. He will roll out the new version to the iOS app store on Monday, March 20th. (Hey... that is also Galanoth's birthday. Thematically appropriate!)


Along with this release, we will be removing the Founder package which basically gives you ulimited turns, unlimited keys, special in game armor set, special AQWorlds armor set, well... EVERYTHING for a single in-app purchase of $10. Founders will be pretty proud of that they got it, because after the new patch goes live, the armor will be permanent!

Replacing Founder is... the Ultimate DragonSlayer Set!

If you have been wanting the DragonKnight armor from BattleGems in AQWorlds and BattleGems... this is your final chance to get it on the Apple iOS or Android versions of the mobile game! If you've already gotten that set, or decide to upgrade your BattleGems account after the new patch rolls, you will unlock the...

BattleGems Founders automatically unlock the Ultimate DragonSlayer gear!

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March 20, 2017

This Weekend: Return to Crownsreach

Will YOU ally with Chaos?

It is said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" -- and in this case, that is VERY true! On Friday, March 24th, journey to Crownsreach and talk to Drakath - the former Champion of Chaos. He is plotting his return to power after the Queen of Monsters stripped it from him... and humiliated him in front of the entire world.

Will you ally with him to take down the Queen of Monsters?

Meet the Residents of CrownsReach

When plotting to re-take over the world, it's important to surround yourself with people you trust. Drakath, having been betrayed once, has taken pains to vet his new companions. Meet the crew:

  • Cemaros the Chaotic: Chaos Reputation Vendor
  • Gesar, the Chaorrupted Blacksmith: Gear shop NPC
  • Skoa, the Cryptozoologist: Pet shop NPC
  • Dr. Havelock, the Mad Chemist: Food & Drink shop NPC
  • Iaste, the Militia Leader: Militia leader NPC

Rank up your Chaos Faction rep to unlock new gear from Cemaros, check out Gesar's gear shop, and do NOT poke your fingers into the cages in Skoa's Chaotic Critter cave. 

For the Dedicated: Chaos Awaits

Since AQWorlds began, we've had heroes asking for the ability to choose a Chaos Alignment, just like you can choose Good or Evil. Chaotic Good, Neutral, and Evil heroes... your TIME is almost here!

Talk to Cemaros to choose a Chaos Alignment. You'll need the Chaos Contract (sold for 100,000 gold). Once you choose this, your character page will change to show the Chaos Hero alignment.

If you are TRULY dedicated - and have rank 10 Chaos rep - YOU can begin Iaste's quests to rank up your Crownsreach Militia faction. Those who do will become Drakath's MOST dedicated, and trusted, battle companions.

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March 08, 2017

February Custom Weapon Winner

Congratulations, Zay_M8!

"Wait... what just happened?" you ask? I'll tell you! We've been planning a fun surprise for heroes who upgrade in AQWorlds and managed to keep it a secret! This morning, we gathered up a list of everyone who bought an upgrade in February -- both AdventureCoins and Memberships -- and chose one lucky person from among them to win a custom weapon. That winner is... Zay_M8!

We had big plans to put together a video letting him know, and posting it on the Design Notes, but when I went to check out his account, I saw he was online. It is always more fun to give people good news "in person,"  so I hopped on and talked with him then and there. 

After being pretty surprised, he got down to business, and described his new custom weapon... and told me the name of two friends he'd like to share his prize with. 

One of the AQW artists will build that blade on Monday, and Zay_M8 and his friends will get it with Friday's release!

Will You Do This Again?

Good question! Short answer, yes! During the first week of April, we'll choose one person from among a list of people who upgrade in March to get their very own custom weapon (with the option of sharing it with up to 10 friends). Keep an eye on the Design Notes to see if this fun surprise will continue after that!

Some of you are asking: "why didn't you announce this before?" Answer: because it's more fun to announce new ways to get rewards when we already have the name of the first winner.

I love happy surprises where you guys get cool stuff! SURPRISE!

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March 17, 2017

Lucky Day 2017 Returns Friday

Do ya feel lucky, Hero?

The luckiest day of the year is rapidly approaching, and so is Galanoth’s birthday! This Friday, log in to play through the Lucky Day Carnival and talk to Potsy McNobbin to complete his all-new Potchapon reward quests! 

The Lucky Day Shamrock Fair rolls back into town, too, with all your favorite seasonal gear. Get your Golden Tickets and test your luck with our mini-games, then /join luckdragon to help Galanoth get ALL the luck during his birthday Dragon Hunt!

Potsy's Potchapon Quests

Talk to Potsy in /luck. Battle his Pot o' Gold for a chance to get Bronze, Gold, Platinum, or Rainbow coins. Turn those coins in for a chance to get ALL the 0AC rewards below! 

The Dark Mime and Clovercraft Bank Pet are also in the Featured March Gear shop until April 7th!

Your Guide to the Shamrock Fair

Once a year the Shamrock Fair comes to town with it's games of chance.  Here's hoping the luck of the Mog-lish bring you treasures of chance.  Also Roy G. Biv needs help saving the colors, so /equip your rainbow and fight Monochrome!

End of the Rainbow

Where to go: join /rainbow
Who to talk to: Woodland Faeries, Roy G Biv
What do to: Monochrome has blasted the Rainbow, help the Faeries make everything right.

Shamrock Fair

Where to go: Join /luck or button in Rainbow
Who to talk to: Mog O'Rahilly and Carnie Sneevils
What to do: Play games and earn Golden Tickets for prizes!

Shamrock Fair Shops

Hedge Maze 

A-MAZE-ing Race: Find the Small Pot O’ Gold in the Hedge Maze and get the Pot O’ Gold Polish from Monochrome.

Mini-Games

Clover Fields: How’s your memory?  Pretty good?  Well click the clover pattern for Golden Tickets.  You have 3 chances to get the highest score. (Legend Only)
Jackpot o' Gold: Step up and test your strength! When the pointer is in the red zone click the button for a strong smash and earn Golden Tickets.
Rainbow Run: Grab that gold! Collect as many coins as you can without falling or tripping.  Speed the Sneevil up by moving your mouse to the right.  Slow down by moving your mouse to the left.  Jump over holes and obstacles by clicking the left mouse button.
Ring Toss:  Ring ring! Want Golden Tickets?  Just get as many rings onto the bottles with 10 chances.  Choose which bottle you want the ring to be on with the pointer then hold down the mouse button.  The higher the red in the bar gets the farther the ring goes.
Smack A Sneevil:  Frustrated at Sneevil’s for taking your boxes? Well let it out by using the mallet to whack as many as you can in the time allowed.
Shamrock Smash: It’s your Luckee day!  Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to control Luckee and bounce       

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March 10, 2017

Tonight: Undead Legion 3017 War

Dage's birthday event continues as we head to WAR!

The battle to control the future rages on as Dage the Evil fights his most dangerous enemy! Help him survive the war as we battle aboard the Dreadnaut! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on its Facebook page!


Even MORE Birthday Rewards

We released a TON of gear last but, but the birthday fun continues this Friday with new gear, including...

Seasonal rare gear

  • A NEW (and final) Dark Caster set
  • the Dreadnaut House (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)
  • Shogun Paragon Quest Pet (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)

Find the Shogun Paragon Pet for AdventureCoins or Legion Tokens! Get a quest to farm for Legion Tokens and the Eternal Legion Blade (shown above)

Farmable War Chest Rewards

  • Proto Ragnarok Blade
  • Evolved Painsaw Blade
  • And more when the war meter hits 100%

Rare Set

  • Spoilers! Every birthday needs to have a bit of mystery! Find the mysterious rare set for AdventureCoins once the war boss is unlocked!

Farming rewards

  • UW3017 Blaster set
  • SF 3017 Shogun set (only available for Legion Tokens!)

Note: the quest from the Shogun Paragon pet will be reviewed once we have enough feedback from you guys. If necessary, changes will be made next week.

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March 01, 2017

Class Update: Legion DoomKnight

Member Only Preview/Test Starts Now!

This Friday, we will launch an update to one of the most popular classes around, the Legion DoomKnight! We're updating the class now to coincide with Dage's birthday, plus we want to make sure it stays as strong and competitive on the new server as it is in the current one.

If you have an upgraded account, you can try out the skills RIGHT NOW and let Arklen (our lead class designer) know what you think! The skills may change based on player feedback... so if you want to have a hand in fine-tuning our newest class, now's your chance!

This is the "test" version of the new Legion DoomKnight class so you can try the changes/rebalance out in advance and let us know your thoughts on the skills. Once the class is ready to go live, its skills and art will change to those of the Warrior Class. You can keep the "test" version with the Warrior class skills/art as a souvenir of your participation in the test. The item's name will stay the same: "Legion DoomKnight Tester"

New Legion DoomKnight Info

Once the class does go live, it will be available to ALL players! 

  1. Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
  2. Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
  3. Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class. 
  4. If you already have the Legion DoomKnight Class, on Friday you'll unlock THIS version for free! 

Right NOW, though, members can find the class in their game menu and get it for just 10000 gold. Huge thanks to Arklen and the class balance team for their work! 

Class Skills: Subject to change!

To see what the original skills looked like, check out this Design Notes post!

Design Goals: The general idea here is to reduce the burst potential of the Legion Doomknight while improving upon its long term fight capabilities, especially when it comes to damage. We are moving away from Luck being the primary enhancement for all classes to add more diversity to your enhancement pool. Fighter and Hybrid will provide you with the resilience you need to compensate for the weaker heal. The improved maximum stack on Touch of Doom is a huge damage boost from the Classic Legion Doomknight so longer fights should end sooner.

Auto Attack

2 second cooldown.
A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.
You’ve seen this before on many classes. It needs no further explanation.

Rank 1: Touch Of Doom

Changes: Touch of Doom has been changed to stack to 15. Touch of Death and Doom have been lowered to 3% per stack. At first, this buff is not as strong. BUT as you get closer to 15 stacks though, it will dramatically outpace its old damage.

Rank 2: Soul Siphon

Changes: Soul Siphon cooldown has been lowered to 5 seconds from 6 seconds and the heal is based on current health instead of Attack Damage. The heal is lowered overall but you’ll be able to spam it more frequently.

Rank 3:  Legion Dark Blast

Changes: Legion Dark Blast Torment and Shadow Step aura has been increased to 5 seconds from 4 seconds.

Rank 4: Dage’s Favour & Strength of the Legion

Changes: Dage’s Favor has been changed from 20% Increased Damage to 10% Increased Damage and Haste.

Rank 5: Imminent Doom (New animation!)

Changes: Imminent Doom has been lowered compared to the original's DoT, but lasts for 15 seconds now. Damage on hit slightly lowered to compensate DoT damage boost from Touch of Doom buff.

Rank 10: Doom Armor

Changes: Doom Armor has been changed from 10% Damage Resistance to 8% Damage Resistance and 8% Endurance.

Again, these skills MAY change... that will be based on your feedback and what our designers see while you test. 
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March 23, 2017

March Upgrade Bonus Gear Leaves April 7th

March Bonus Gear: The ProtoParagon 3017 Set!

Unlock the ProtoParagon 3017 set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting until Friday, April 7th, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the ProtoParagon Mk 3 set, too! 

Tier 1: ProtoParagon 3017

The Undead Legion 3017 demands everything of its soldiers... and any hero skilled enough to equip the ProtoParagon 3017 becomes one of its deadliest weapons.

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership
  • 12 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
  • 12000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • ProtoParagon 3017 armor
  • 1 helm
  • 2 capes 
  • 2 weapons
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • ProtoParagon 3017 Character page badge


Tier 2: ProtoParagon Mk 3

Only one team is fit to fight alongside the elite ProtoParagon 3017 unit - the members of ProtoParagon Mk 3, a unit so fierce, so dedicate, and so deadly that the galaxy trembles when they approach!


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • ProtoParagon 3017 Armor
  • ProtoParagon Mk 3 Armor
  • 2 helms
  • 4 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • ProtoParagon 3017 Character page badge
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March 15, 2017

March Calendar of Events

Dark, Chaotic, and COOL releases ahead!

It's your lucky month, Heroes! Get ready to March into battle this month, because  war, Chaos, and a very cool adventure are coming your way. Read on and mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.

  • Thursday, Mar 2nd: Dage's seasonal birthday map + gear arrive
  • Friday, Mar 3rd: Undead Legion 3017 event + March Upgrade Bonus Gear
  • March 3  - 5th: Dark Birthday Server Boosts! Get 15% more CP and Gold!
  • Friday, Mar 10th: The Undead Legion 3017 WAR begins... how will you end it?
  • Friday, Mar 17th: Lucky Day returns with your favorite minigames + new gear!
  • Friday, Mar 24th: Journey to Crownsreach and learn more about Drakath's plans
  • Mar 24 - 26th: Weekend of Chaos! Get 15% more Rep and XP!
  • Friday, Mar 31st: Battle through the Plane of Ice with Abel!

 

On Friday, April 7th, say goodbye to...

  • Dage's seasonal birthday gear and zones
  • Lucky Day map and seasonal gear
  • Galanoth's Birthday gear/shop
  • March Featured Gear Shop
  • March Upgrade Bonus set: ProtoParagon 3017
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February 28, 2017

Pancake Day is BACK

Grab Your Maple Syrup!

The Grand Master Lunch Lady Oishii has returned to Battleon bringing with her a few silly, pancake based items. You can find her in Yulgar's Inn until this Fridaybut watch out, you will probably get hit at random by her flying flapjacks of doom! 

Seasonal items are returning - like the Pancake Hat w/Butter and the Oolong the pancake bunny pet, and the fan-favorite Pancake Puppy pet!

Oishii's Pancake Goodies:

  • Pancake Hat
  • Pancake Hat w/Butter
  • The Full Stack
  • Oolong Pet
  • Pancake-Topus pet
  • Pancake Puppy pet
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February 28, 2017

Guess the Monster on Facebook

3 lucky heroes will get 500 AdventureCoins

Head over to to the AQW Facebook Page and guess the identity of this deadly AQW monster!

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March 03, 2017

Dage's Birthday Returns This Weekend

In the future... EVIL has taken over!

Dage the Evil’s all-new birthday event - Undead Legion 3017 - starts this Friday, March 3rd, as he faces his deadliest enemy… in the future! 

All the returning seasonal birthday event maps and gear arrive this Thursday, March 2nd! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on its Facebook page!

Darkest Birthday Rewards: Week 1

Dage the Evil is being kinder than ever this year! (Hey, everyone gets to be nice on their birthday, right?) Starting this Friday, you'll be able to fill your inventories with a bounty of birthday gear!

Birthday Rares

  • ProtoBlaster set
  • Paragon Dreadnaut Rider Pet (w/ quest)
  • Paragon Dreadnaut Rider Bank Pet

Seasonal Rares

  • UW3017 Shield set
  • UW3017 Paragon Pet (w/ quest)

Rewards to Farm (or die!) for:

  • UW3017 Gunner set 
  • Legionator set

PS: All the farming rewards this week are 0AC... enjoy the free storage!
PPS: We will be reviewing feedback on the Paragon Pet quests over the course of this weekend. Based on player feedback, they may be rebalanced early next week.
PPPS: It's been a LONG time since we had a PS and a PPS (post-script and post-post-script in the DNs)

Gear Arriving NEXT week:

  • New Dark Caster set
  • UW3017 Blaster set
  • SF3017 Shogun set (Legion Token only!)
  • Shogun Paragon Quest Pet (Legion Token and AC variants)
  • UW3017 Paragon Battle Pet (member-only)
  • Laser Ragnarok Blade
  • And more!

March Upgrade Bonus: ProtoParagon 3017

Starting this Friday at 6PM EST, the March Upgrade bonus sets arrive (replacing February's Blood Samurai gear). Unlock both the ProtoParagon 3017 and ProtoParagon Mk 3 sets with a 12 month or 12,000 AdventureCoin package or get the ProtoParagon 3017 set with the packages listed below!

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February 27, 2017

AQW is SAFE from Cloudflare Leak

AQWorlds not affected by CloudFlare security breach

GREAT news from Captain Rhubarb, our lead business programmer / Lore's favorite pie-rate:

You may have heard that ClouldFlare had a major bug this month, between February 13 - 18.  Secure data, like web site account passwords, was leaked from some web sites... but NOT from AQ.com! /cheer

Here is part of the official message we received from CloudFlare: 

 We published a blog post describing a memory leak caused by a serious bug that impacted Cloudflare's systems. https://blog.cloudflare.com/incident-report-on-memory-leak-caused-by-cloudflare-parser-bug/ 

Your domain (AQ.COM) is NOT one of the domains where we have discovered exposed data in any third party caches. The bug has been patched so it is no longer leaking data. 

There is no evidence of any leaked AQW information, but if you are concerned about your own AQW account safety, please consider changing your game account password. 

A benefit of updating your password, is that it will be re-encrypted with a higher encryption setting than the default. 

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February 24, 2017

Join Nythera's Justice Squad

Quest to sign Nythera's Scroll of Laws and Unlock Rewards

Nythera is the head of the Player Support team. She and her two battle-companions, Neveya and Vidra, are here to help all our heroes whenever they have account issues. But because the world of Lore can be dangerous, we have certain rules all our players need to follow - they help everyone play friendly and fair, and help keep you safe. 

To make it easier for everyone to find and know the rules, Nythera is now parked right in the center of town with a basic list of rules, a quest, and an achievement. 

Our goal is to make sure EVERYONE understands the rules. That way, you won't break them. (And if you do... it will be intentional. Please don't break the rules. We want you to keep your accounts!)

Nythera's Scroll of Rules

  1. Enjoy playing AQWorlds! Do not bot, cheat, or use any programs to help you play.
  2. Keep your account safe. Do not share, trade, give away, or sell your account. 
  3. Keep your password secure. Do not share it, or ask anyone else for their password.
  4. Be friendly! Do not harass, insult, or threaten anyone.
  5. Do not upgrade other players' accounts. Buy them a gift certificate instead!

Check out a full list of the rules here: http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/AQWRules

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February 23, 2017

6 Reasons Not to Share Your Account

Sharing leads to swearing... when your account is stolen

Your AQWorlds account is your online alter-ego -- the hero you want to be while inside the world of Lore. Playing alongside your friends is a huge part of the fun. But it’s better to have them battling alongside you… not AS you. Sharing your account is a risky business, and you stand to lose a lot when you do it.

 

1. You may lose your account. Permanently. 

When you upgrade your account, you invest real money into it. But if you share your account with others, they may upgrade it, too. Accounts that are shared among many people, and which have payments made by many accounts, can be disabled for payment fraud. 

Even if you are the original owner, you may lose access to your account.
Your friend may lose access to theirs, too, if they make payments on accounts they don't own.


2. They may not give your account back.

If you tell someone else your account and email address passwords, and they change it, they become - in effect - the new owner of your account. Then all the time and effort you put into it will be gone… until you start the process of recovering it. (But jump back up to #1 for a reminder about payment fraud.)

Give away your password and you give away your control.


3. Other people can sell your items/spend your ACs.

Anyone with access to your account can spend your AdventureCoins or sell your items (including rares)... and you can't get it back. 

If someone sells one of your rare gold items, it will be gone forever.


4. Your friends can share your account with others.

Just like it’s a bad idea to use someone else’s toothbrush (because you don’t know where it’s been. EW.)... when other people are able to access your account, they can share it with other people. Who can share it with other people… until people you do not even know have as much control over your account as you do.

Sharing your AQW account is like sharing a toothbrush.
It can get gross and messy REAL fast.


5. The account you use can be taken from you.

If you are playing on an account you did not create, the original creator can take it back without your permission by recovering their account or contacting the Help Team.

If you did not make the account originally, you do not "own" the account.


6. You may get punished for what your friends do.

If you share your account with a friend, and that person uses it to bot, scam other players, or attack the server, you (the account owner) are responsible for their actions. 

You may never use a bot, but if someone bots on your account, it may be banned. Then YOU lose out.

 

Remember: one account, one person.

That means: each account should only be used by one person. :)

Why Write This Listicle? (A mini bonus listicle!)

  1. Many people put years into building their ultimate AQWorlds account. We want don't want to see you lose it... for any reason! 
  2. We hear a lot of you saying "But I didn't know it was against the rules. You can't ban me for not knowing!
  3. We've gotten a lot of player feedback about losing accounts, and trying to get them back. The best way to prevent losing your account is not to give it away/share it in the first place!

 

Check out a full list of the rules here: http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/AQWRules

But because inside the game is the BEST place to list our rules, an in-game TL;DR version of the 5 most important rules is being added tomorrow night, along with a quest, reward, and character page badge. Complete Nythera's quest to sign the "Scroll of Rules" to unlock the rewards and achievement!

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February 21, 2017

Dage: Past, Present, and Future

The Future is Evil

In this inspired painting by www.AQ.com artist, Dage, we see a glimpse of the distant future.... where an army of soul powered mechanized Samurai battle a mysterious and unstoppable force upon a post-apocalyptic world.

About "Dage the Evil"

Dage grew up playing the original AdventureQuest and other Artix Entertainment games. He was a regular on the forums and posted his 2D weapon and armor art reguarly for the team to see. Impressed by Dage's growing skill and persistance, Nulgath took him on as an apprentice. It was not long before Dage's artwork made him a fan favorite. We offered him a full time artist position and he moved to work with us here at the lab. His story is very similiar to many of the incredible artists who build the games with us.

I walked into the lab yesterday and saw Dage drawing a sketch of the image posted above. He said, "Check this out... todays warm up painting." He worked on it for an hour or so. When he switched to working on the AQWorlds items you could tell he was thinking about his painting all day. Around midnight last night I get a text on my phone. It just said "Future Dage" and had the picture above.

What is really fascinating about Dage, and something I hope every young artist who reads this pays special attention to.... Dage pushes himself harder than anyone else ever could. He is never satisfied with the work he creates. He always strives to make it better or do something new. He wakes up in the morning, comes to the lab, and does a "warm up painting." Then he creates AdventureQuest Worlds. At the end of the day, he hits the gym, goes home, and then goes right back to work on his paintings (or plays some video games, or lately, works on Project: Omni art.)

For the past year, Dage has been focusing on his painting skills because he knows that the future of our games, both 2D and 3D will require artists with strong painting skills. Of course, no one told Dage he needed to do this. In fact, I have never given Dage a painting asignment. He has created all of the paintings that you have seen posted over the past year because "he just had to." And for those of you seeking a career in art, I urge you listen carefully. Do not wait for someone to tell you to make something. If you feel that need inside you to make something... do not hesistate, start making it immediately and force yourself to finish it. Spend your time looking at the type of artwork you want to create. Let yourself get mad because your artwork does not look that good... and study, read, and keep trying different things until you create artwork better.

Someone once told me "...being an artist requires sort of mental illness." If have a super human passion and motivation is an illness, then please tell me how to get infected!
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February 24, 2017

Carnaval gets HOT HOT HOT

It's time to get your /party on as Carnaval returns!

/Party with your fellow heroes as we return to last year's multi-cultural parade bash ... but beware - when an old villain decides to celebrate this year... things may just get too hot to handle! 

The Party Keeps Going...

This weekend, head to Carnaval for all your favorite party gear!

  • Talk to Cysero and Beleen in the /carnaval map
  • Find Frevo in /terradafesta
  • Talk to Fausto in /parades

Many thanks to AQW team member Ergotth for designing the release and doing the Portuguese translations!

It's Not a Party without Presents!

Head to Terra da Festa to find our favorite seasonal Carnaval rewards, plus a host of new items! Tip your tophats to fellow AQW hero and Brasilian artist extraordinaire, daniel_pp2 - his Caliente Carnaval armor set inspired this year's reward series!

  • Paraíso Carnaval Set: available in the Featured February Gear shop, will return each year
  • Caliente Carnaval Set: will drop from this week's boss monster

  • Rare Carnaval After Dark Set: available for a limited time only in the February Featured Gear shop
  • Linda Carnaval Set: available for all players, for gold, from the seasonal Carnaval shop
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February 19, 2017

Twilly's Dark Box Fix

Magic Treasure Chest Key AC Refund

Hello! Hidden in various parts of AQWorlds are small, hidden side adventures or battles. We like to build these surprises for you to find because that makes the world feel more full and fun. On Friday, we released 2 surprise bonus quests - one from Twilly in Battleon, and the other... well, you'll just need to find it!

The Issue

The problem was - anyone trying to complete Twilly's Dark Box quest between 6 PM Friday night and Saturday at 1:30 AM had to turn in 2 items from the "Open Treasure Chest" quest to get a reward... but weren't guaranteed to get anythnig, much less the low drop rate reward they were after.

The Solution

Later that night, we adjusted the quest rewards so that all rewards had the same chance to drop. BUT that didn't solve the problem of players who had spent a ton of ACs. So if you were one of the 148 people who turned in more than 5 Treasure Chest Keys before the quest fix went in, your AdventureCoins will be refunded.

Twilly apologizes, and so do I. From here on out, you will need to have 1 Dark Box and 1 Dark Key to begin the quest, but you will only need to turn in 1 Dark Gem to complete it.

For the 288 of you who turned in Dark Keys/Boxes after the Saturday quest fix but before today's change, you'll get an AC refund, too!

(For all those of you who enjoyed part one of the Dark Key and Dark Scroll hidden quest chains, though, the next installation arrives Friday!)

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February 20, 2017

Dage's Birthday Finale Coming Soon

Dage's Undead Legion 3017 War Continues Friday, March 10th!

The battle to control the future rages on as Dage the Evil fights to survive aboard the Dreadnaut! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on Facebook page!

Dage's Undead Legion 3017 event now has a Facebook page! Get previews, discuss the coming war, and invite your friends.

* These are available for both AdventureCoin and Legion Tokens
** Last year's rare gear, including the Arcane Dark Caster, will not return. 

A NEW, for-real final Dark Caster Set

For the last two years, Dage has been itching to move on to new designs and start new traditions. But the Dark Caster series has proven to be one of the most popular designs we've ever created. So, to make all our current heroes happy and pave the way for new, future traditions, here's the plan:

  • Dage is going to create a 2017 variant of the Arcane Dark Caster set*
  • This set will return seasonally each year**
  • There will be AC *and* Legion Token versions
  • This armor set will likely come later in the month of March. Stay tuned for a release date.

This will be the final new Dark Caster armor set, but it will return each year, along with the Ultimate Dark Caster. Keep an eye out next year to see what insane, new tradition Dage begins!

* He may need to become a Chronomancer to make time... but we are always eager to break the laws of reality to make you guys happy!
** So that all heros now and in the future, are on the same footing, there will be no shortcuts for the pieces in this armor set.

Legion DoomKnight Class: How to Get Yours

Dage's been itching to recruit more DoomKnights into the Legion! And each year during his birthday, the Legion DoomKnight Class will help spread the darkness...

There are THREE ways you can get the Legion DoomKnight armor:

  1. Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
  2. Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
  3. Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class. 

Note: The original Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor is not required to get the Legion DoomKnight Class. 

Legion DoomKnight Class Rebalance

As Yorumi works fixing the final bugs before launching the new server/client, our class and rewrite testers have been focusing on its class balance and class bugs. Over the next year, the team wants to do a lot with the older, weaker classes, to revitalize them and make them fun and useful once more. BUT...

Since we've received reports about classes being weaker on the new server AND Dage's birthday is coming soon, we are sending the LDmK to the front of the list for adjustments to make sure it stays as useful and competitive as it is been on the current server. The Legion DoomKnight is a wicked class, and you guys love it. We want to keep it that way!

Are you a member of the Undead Legion?

Death, darkness, and destruction - all are hallmarks of a Legendary member of the Undead Legion! If YOU think you are worthy of the title "Undead Legend" then head to Shadowfall and seek out Dage! Members of the Undead Legion get pretty sweet benefits... FOR ETERNITY (/spooky voice) - including exclusive quests, Legion Token variants for many of Dage's popular new items, and more. 

If you aren't a member of the Legion NOW but you bow down to the Darkness (or just like awesome-looking gear), this is the time to join!

Dage the Evil Recruitment Poster

Undead Legion Requirements

  1. Undying passion for the Undead
  2. Absolute affection towards the dark and deadly
  3. Total commitment to AQWorlds
  4. Passion for ridiculously ridiculous quests
  5. SKULLS!
  6. And more SKULLS!

If you meet the above requirements, then you are the perfect candidate for Dage the Evil’s Undead Legion!

How to Join the Undead Legion

  1. Log into AQWorlds
  2. Travel to the Underworld (/join Underworld)
  3. Find Dage the Evil and introduce yourself
  4. Click on “Shops”, then click “Armor Shop” and buy the Undead Warrior armor for 1200 ACs
  5. Speak to Dage again, and
    • click “Quests”
    • and then “Legion Quests”
    • and complete the Undead Champion Initiation
  6. If successful, you will be able to complete the remaining quests (Mourn the Soldiers, Understanding Undead Champions, Slay the Unworthy, and Fail to the King)
  7. After you complete “Fail to the King” quest, you can buy the Undead Champion armor
    • In Dage’s speech bubble, click “Shops”
    • Then click “Legion Shop”
    • Buy the Undead Champion armor for 50,000 gold
  8. As an Undead Champion, you can now go on Champion Quests
    • Speak with Dage, slick “Quests”
    • Click “Champion Quests”
    • Complete INSANE quests to prove your worth
  9. Start earning Legion Tokens with every successful quest complete

10. Use Legion Tokens to buy things from the Merge Shop

  • Speak with Dage
  • Click Shops
  • Click Merge Shop
  • Get epic loot!

Assuming you’ve made it this far, you can complete lots of other quests from Dage, gain access to Dage’s Soul Forge where MORE items can be crafted, and also be fully prepared for the brand new gear arriving next month!

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February 17, 2017

This Weekend: Infernal Dark Lord

Set Available for a Limited Time Starting Friday

Lord Balax'el is a scion of the Darkness, leader of the Infernal Army invading Lore to help the Queen of Monsters fulfill her goals. For those who aspire to be like him, you're in luck! The Infernal Dark Lord armor set is now available!

The set consists of:

  • Infernal Dark Lord armor
  • Dark Lord's Visage helm
  • Wings of Wrath cape

Infernal Dark Lord Set Availability

These items will be available in the Featured February Gear shop until March 3rd for AdventureCoins... but it WILL come back in the future (just like reoccuring event gear does)! The set will be avilable for two weeks whenever we have a release featuring Lord Balax'el or which focuses on Dreadfire Keep. (So if you can't get it this month, keep an eye on the Design Notes for when it will return!)

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February 17, 2017

This Weekend: Dreadfire Keep

The Queen of Monsters' Saga Continues in Dreadfire!

This month, journey to Dreadfire Keep, where the Queen of Monsters’ infernal allies have made camp - a base from which to continue their invasion of Lore! 

Starting Friday, February 17th, /join dreadfire to find:

  • Haasheth: Dreadfire Reputation NPC
  • Cimzon: Infernal Gear Shop Vendor
  • Tasom: Dreadfire Pet Shop Vendor
  • Skamedar: Hair Shop Vendor
  • Malurach: Militia Leader

Some of you may remember the mysterious shop vendor in Dreadrock city (a home for dark and villainous heroes of all kinds) selling what appears to be Infernal Army gear. Good eye! If you talk to him again, he'll explain that he found that gear left by some pretty shady characters as they scouted the city... but left their gear behind. 

Now, you'll get to meet the creators of that gear as you battle through the Infernal Army's home. And the gold you spend on it will go to fund their dark and deadly campaigns. 

Fiendishly Stylish New Pets and Hairstyles

Talk to Skamedar in DreadFire Keep to choose from one of six new hairstyles!

And, if you dare, convince Tasom that YOU are the perfect guardian for one of... its (we can't really tell WHAT gender Tasom is)... new pets.

Fans of OverSoul may recognize the monsters above - these three snuck into OUR world from the lands of the OverSoul the last time we opened a portal there. Captured by the Infernal Army, these luckless creatures have been trapped in the Dreadfire dungeons to await tasty HeroSnacks!

Do YOU want to join the Infernal Army?

Make no mistake about it, the Infernal invaders are the BAD guys -- these are your enemies. But sometimes, you've got to make nice with your opponents in order to gain their trust and learn their secrets. If you're up for going undercover and... bending the truth of your allegiance... you'll have the option of ranking up an additional Dreadfire reputation: Dreadfire Militia. Starting this Friday, talk to Malurach in Dreadfire Keep!

Tags: Alina,
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February 10, 2017

Heroes Heart Day Rewards

Seasonal Event Items Arrive this Friday!

Love might be its own reward, but we don't think that's not enough for OUR heroes! Find all-new event rare gear in the February Featured Gear Shop in your game menu, plus over 20 new reward items dropping from this year's new quests and monsters!

In the February Featured Gear shop you'll find:

  • Red-Hot Swank armor set
  • Toxic Swank armor set
  • Be Mine Candy Heart Pet
  • Ultra Swank Helm

Wheel of Love Quest* Rewards

  • Bloody Dungeon Guard armor set
  • King and Queen of Hearts armor set
  • Wheel of Love house item (comes with Wheel of Love quest)
  • Lovabear Mace
  • Beloved Vampragon pet

* Complete the release to unlock!

Monster drops

  • Grim Dungeon Guard armor set
  • Puppy Love pet
  • Kiss Me and Love You Candy Hearts

The seasonal event gear will be available until March 3rd (unless you have the Wheel of Love house item, then you can access that quest all year long). The February Featured Gear shop will also leave on March 3rd.

Tags: Alina,
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February 27, 2017

LAST CHANCE for February Bonus Gear

The Blood Samurai leaves Friday, March 3rd!

Unlock the Blood Samurai set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more until this Friday, March 3rd, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the Jade Samurai set, too! 

Tier 1: Blood Samurai

By decree of the Warlord of Yokai Isle, only the truest, bravest warriors are worthy of equipping the Blood Samurai gear.

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • Blood Samurai Armor
  • 4 helms
  • 2 capes (including Samurai Guardian)
  • 2 weapons
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge

Tier 2: Ceremonial Jade Samurai

By decree of the Emperor of Yokai Isle, only the noblest, most loyal warriors are worthy of equipping the royal Jade Samurai gear.


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • All the Blood Samurai gear plus
  • Ceremonial Jade Samurai armor
  • 4 Jade helms
  • 3 Jade Katanas
  • 3 capes (including Jade Guardian)
  • Exclusive Jade and Blood Guardian pets
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge
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February 10, 2017

This Weekend: Hero's Heart Day

The Game of Love can be Killer...

This weekend, join us as our seasonal Hero's Heart Day event returns! Plus, find an all-new adventure: Swaggy's been hired to put a new spin on the oldest game in the world! Along with Beleen, he'll put on a show like Lore's NEVER seen - and in the end, one very lucky and special contestant may find the best prize of all -- LOVE!

Take note, Heroes: The Wheel of Doom is not returning. But there will be a Wheel... even if YOU aren't the one spinning it... and there will be dungeons and death. Possibly several. O_O

Hero's Heart Day Server Boost: 15% More Gold and XP

To help all our AQW Heroes celebrate Hero's Heart Day, when you log in this weekend, you'll get 15% more Gold and XP! 

Tags: Alina,
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