Design Notes

August 04, 2015

LIVE at Yulgar's Inn: Bride&Groom

This Friday, Yulgar's Inn is proud to bring you a new guest band!

Back in April, Artix talked about expanding Yulgar's Inn - adding in a live house band, quests, and fun new events. This week, our second guest band is ready to get your /party started! Yulgar's Inn is excited to bring you... Bride&Groom!

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Introducing: Bride&Groom

Bride & Groom, also known as Jesse Daniel Smith and Kaitlyn Raitz, are an independent folk music duo based out of Montreal, Quebec. Traveling across North America, they’ve played venues and festivals in Canada and the United States, grown a worldwide fanbase, recorded an EP, Christmas album, and most recently a full-length album entitled “On the Run” (now available from their website)… and we’re excited to welcome them to Yulgar’s Inn this week!

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Who are Bride&Groom?

We first learned about Bride&Groom after J6 and Cinazul visited the lab earlier this summer. They are real-life super-fans! (Which is why Cinazul is the quest-giver in the release map /grin). I can see why - once I started playing their tracks, I got into the groove (and the zone).

Jessy and Kaitlyn very clearly love what they do - that passion and sincerity comes out in their music, images, and videos. 

I hope you enjoy Friday's event as much as we've enjoyed working with them to build it! You should follow them on all the the internet places, because they are going to go far, I am sure!

 

Serenity's Rockin' Quests

Starting this Friday, head to Yulgar's Inn and talk to Serenity to watch their music video, then /join ontherun to begin the race to their performance! Along the way you'll need to battle the industry enemies out to keep your new friends from reaching the top!

Once you've saved the day, you can complete Cinazul's farming quests to earn merge shop tokens to take home pretty sweet Bride&Groom concert souvenirs, too!

But they are not here quite yet! While Bride&Groom are on the last leg of their trip to the Inn, why not accept the quests Serenity - Yulgar's live music promoter - rigged up for you to battle through? 

  • Quest for the VIP Pass
  • The Stick of Destiny
  • Platinum Album Shards

Each quest will reward you with an item or a merge shop resource. Collect enough of those and you can pick up gear from the NPC's merch shop!

July 31, 2015

Cysero's Secret Rares Shop

Want to find out what's hidden inside Cysero's Secret Rares Shop?

Of COURSE you do! This weekend, the finale of our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event blasts off with - Cysero's Secrets: Goose of Terror!* 

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Battle through Cysero's forge to discover doorways to places you've been to and knowledge you've never known, then check out his Secret Rares shop... not-so-well hidden in your Game Menu! 

Inside the Secret Rares Shop, you'll find:

  • Anseri Destroyer Mount Armor**
  • Anseri Destroyer Hood, 2 capes, and Bow
  • Agitated Orb Battle Pet
  • Agitated Orb Pet - with a quest for 3 exclusive, very Cyser-ish rewards
  • SECRET!!! BANK PET ***

rewards from the Agitated Orb Pet quest

The Agitated Orb pet's quest has a chance to reward you with one of three exclusive items:

  • Roasted Pickle Mace
  • Cheesy Sock Mountain
  • Green Disco Orb house item

* The Anseri Destroyer Rider Art has been waiting to strike for the last two weeks... the time is almost at hand!
** The word "anseri" in the armor name comes from the Latin word "anser," which means "goose."
*** This bank pet is based on the release, and the SUPER EXTRA SPOILER RULE has been invoked. No previews or hints until after the release is live!

July 30, 2015

What IS Cysero's Secret?

I'll Give You a Hint... It's Not Yogurt.

If you had ONE guess as to what Cysero's secret is... what do you think it could be? Tweet your guess to Cysero, Artix, and Alina, then find out for real in tomorrow night's release!

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Remember: Geese. Are. Evil.

August 03, 2015

Answer the Gold Dragon's Call

Next Friday, Recover Xergon's Egg from Pirates!

You’ve been summoned by Chrysos, Lord of the Treasure Dragons! When the most valuable object in his hoard is stolen by pirates, he needs you to brave deadly spells, a golden curse, and dire sea creatures to recover the artifact… or the entire Treasure Dragon race will perish!

This is the first main release written by ACW0, and takes place off the coast of Terra Lacuna, the Earth Island. You'll be able to unlock an Underwater Warrior armor set by new volunteer artist, Goddess, plus Legend-only Gold Dragon egg and baby Gold Dragon pets, and more!

Summer Madness AC Bonus Offer Ends Friday!

Get up to 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy select packages until this Friday, August 7th! 

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With all the awesome events this summer, you'll want to stock up so you don't miss any of the epic reward gear - like the new Collector Class, the GroveBreaker armor set, or the Anseri Destroyer Mount armor from last week's release!

Rare Gear Leaving Friday!

The Nulgathinator 9000 set (in Nulgath's Diamond shop) and the Archfiend Genisys armor set (found in your game menu) leave this Friday!


July 29, 2015

Chaos Queen Beleen Shop Leaving

Last Chance to Get Chaos Queen Beleen Rares!

If you haven't played through the Chaos Queen Beleen release, then you are missing out! You can begin your war against the pinkification of Lore when you /join drearia! If you are a FAN of the color pink, adorably fiending things, or fan-favorite artist Nulgath, then you want to make sure you don't miss the Chaos Queen Beleen Rares shop!

The Chaos Queen Beleen shop holds:

  • Cutie Makai Bank Pet 
  • Chibi Nulgath Bank Pet 
  • Chaos Beleen Sparkles 
  • Purified Axe of Nulgath 
  • Purified Blade of Nulgath
  • Purified Scythe of Nulgath
  • Purified Polearm of Nulgath
  • Nulgaleen Horns Morph 
  • Nulgaleen Locks Morph 
  • Chibi Nulgath Helm 
  • Icy Chibi Nulgath Helm 
  • Pinkitron Armor  
  • Chibi Head Pilot 
  • Icy Chibi Nulgath Kitty Helm

The items in the July Holiday Rares shop also leave tomorrow night, so be sure to snag anything you want now, before they are gone until next year!

July 24, 2015

Tonight: Moonlight on the Grave

And an Old Enemy Considers a New Alliance!

This weekend's Hero Vacation checklist: powerful LunarMancer? You bet! Complex plot for revenge? Oh yeah! Unforeseen accident causing massive, moon-based shenanigans (and an old enemy's return)? Absolutely! Discover what happens after the LunarMancer’s spell goes awry and survive your journey to Terra Lacuna Island this week in AdventureQuest Worlds!

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This release was a bit smaller than some of our previous weeks have been - with Ghost on vacation, Arklen stepped up to the plate and knocked out FIVE cutscenes! /cheer and all the hats tipped off to him for his extra effort! Aaaaaand...

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Memet was doing triple overtime working on some REALLY crazy new art for Cysero's release next week (we've got a new rare mount armor coming, for those of you who like ridiculously-awesome things) before she heads off to help BioBeasts for a week!

BUT do not forget... NEW BEACH HANGOUT! Gather all your friends and /join the party in Coral Beach Save up the Moon Rocks you find in Luna Cove, then trade them to SunBeam for new Beach Gear from Aranx.

Summer Madness AC Bonus Offer Ends August 7th!

These are the last two weeks of our Summer Madness Bonus AdventureCoin offer! Get 25% more free ACs when you buy a 12000 AC packages or 500 more free ACs when you buy a 5000 AC package - with all the awesome events this summer, you'll want to stock up so you don't miss any of the epic reward gear... but both the offer and gear will be leaving soon, just like summer itself!

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Don't miss our other recent releases:

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July 22, 2015

Before the Full Moon Rises...

The LunarMancer Needs Your Help!

The LunarMancer (no, we don't know his real name, he won't tell us...) needs someone to help him very, very badly. The villagers on the island of Luna Cove won't do it. When I asked, they just shook their heads, crossed their eyes, and stuck out their tongues. But if a certain Hero were to take a vacation to Luna Cove this weekend, we might discover why... and he might complete the spell that would help him gain the rest and respite he so badly needs! If that's enough of a Wednesday teaser for you. Stop here. Otherwise, read on!

There's just ONE. Little. Problem! As the moon moves through its phases, passing towards the full moon, lunarmancy gets stronger. And if your focus is not ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, spells and rituals are... apt to go awry. 

If you haven't checked your lunar calendar (or the night sky) lately, then you may have missed that it is ALMOST the full moon! And THAT means that the LunarMancer's power is ALMOST at full strength! This is both a good thing and a BAD thing - we're not quite sure WHAT will happen when (or IF) he completes the ritual. THAT is going to be up to you, Hero! 

 

Friday: The Fantastic LORE Limited Time Shop Arrives!

Starting this Friday, July 24th, find the Fantastic Lore shop in your game menu for until August 7th! Get Nulgath's "The Fiending" armor, helms, and maces, based on everyone's favorite Fantastic Four character, The Thing!

 

Get Up to 30% More Free Bonus ACs until Friday!

This Friday at 6PM server time, the free bonus amount and select packages will change! If you want to get the most bonus ACs (so you don't miss any of our awesome summer rare rewards like The Collector Class or the Ancient Grovebreaker Blade), now's the best time to do it!

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Bug Fix update: The Dead Rewards Shop in /death. which had been erroneously removed, has been returned. The gear is now available again! Thanks to all those who reported it!

July 20, 2015

Friday: The LunarMancer Arrives!

And an Old Enemy Considers a New Alliance!

When a powerful (maybe slightly moon-dazed) LunarMancer seeks revenge on those who've wronged him, he requires YOUR help to complete a complex ritual that will set everything to right. If you ever want to leave the lovely Luna Cove, located on the shores of Terra Lacuna Island (also the setting for last week's Titan Hollow release), you'll need to help him... if you can!

BUT WAIT! It's almost the full moon, and you know what THAT means on Lore... unforeseen accidents, shenanigans, and - oh yes, you'll be lycan what comes next... moon-based mayhem! Help the Lunarmancer complete his ritual, save the villagers, and discover what is in store for old enemies and new... friends(!?) this weekend!

 

Coming Next Week: Cysero's Secret

As Reens and Arklen build Laken's LunarMancer release (/cheer for another Laken story!), Memet and J6 are hard at work creating the assets that will be used for Cysero's release next week - the final installment of our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event!

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 If you know Cysero, then you know it WILL be crazy, you WILL get to take a gander at the unexpected, and you WILL be quack-ing up before he's through!

 

Last Chance to get up to 30% More Free AdventureCoins!

Get up to 30% more free Adventurecoins when you buy select packages until July 24th! With all the awesome events this summer, you'll want to stock up so you don't miss any of the epic reward gear - like the new Collector Class or the Ancient Groveborn gear! And when you buy any AC package, you'll unlock the exclusive Ancient Grovebreaker Blade!

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Also releasing this week in AQWorlds:

  • Coral Beach - the hottest new surf hangout - arrives with more summer gear!
  • The Fantastic Lore Limited Time Shop arrives Friday with The Fiending Set!

July 27, 2015

Delay in Help Team Reply Emails

Note from Nythera about Delayed Email Replies

Hello, Nythera here. If you emailed my Artix HelpTeam via the Help Pages last Friday evening 7/24/15 and you have not received a response...please email us again! We had some hungry server hamsters eat some of our emails.

I need to remind Zhoom to feed them more... But rest assured, we are working as fast as we can to get all the backlogged emails answered as quickly as possible!

Tags: Alina,

July 27, 2015

Friday: Discover Cysero's Secrets

Discover the Truth behind the Goose of Terror!

When Cysero asks for your help to defend his fabled forge/bakery from some of the queen’s minions, you'll learn more about the origins of nature, life, and the horrors of the fearsome beast they call... the "Goose"!

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As you battle your way through Cysero's bakery-forge this Friday, you'll discover doorways to many places, see many strange and wond'rous things (my personal favorite is the probably the roasting pickle), and you'll also learn one of the greatest secrets of OUR WORLD! There is one thing you will NOT need to wait until Friday to learn, though, and that's how Cysero feels about geese:

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If you right click this link, you can open it in a new tab and save the image, then edit in a caption of your own. If you do, tweet it to me, cysero, and Artix!

Tags: Alina,

July 25, 2015

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Blade

Unlock the exclusive weapon with any AC package!

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade with ANY AdventureCoin package! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so you can /equip it and begin battling your way through all our awesome Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Dev" events right away!

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Then find the rest of the Ancient Spellblade gear (including an armor, helms, a floating sword pet, and more) in the Living Dungeon AC Rares shop inside your Game Menu!

In this week's rares shop, you'll find:

  • Eternal Groveborn Armor
  • Grovebreaker Armor
  • Cernunos’ Avatar Helm
  • Novice’s Shag Hair
  • Bright Elven Locks 
  • Shadowed Elven Locks
  • Nefarious Elven Locks
  • Horned Elven Locks
  • Rune of the Grove
  • Mystic Wrap of the Ancients
  • Cloak of the Groveborn
  • Grove Defender’s Reserve Gear
  • Eternal Groveborn’s Blade
  • Enchanted Grovebreaker’s Blade
  • Shadowfir Athame
  • Brightwind Athame
  • Groveborn Defender’s Companion
  • Groveborn Defender’s Battle Pet *

*Upgrade your account with a membership to unlock!

Summer Bonus AC Offer Ends August 7th!

Get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package through August 7th! (That is 3000 more free ACs!) And get 500 more bonus ACs when you buy a 5000 AdventureCoin package! This offer will only be around for two more weeks... so if there are any rare items from our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event you've been wanting to get your gauntlets on, now's the time to get the gear AND extra ACs! 

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July 15, 2015

Ancient Grovebreaker Blade Arrives Friday

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade This Friday!

Starting this Friday at 6 PM Eastern, unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade with ANY AdventureCoin package! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so you can /equip it and begin battling your way through Artix's Living Dungeon release right away!

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Then find the rest of the Ancient Spellblade gear (including an armor, helms, a floating sword pet, and more) in the Living Dungeon AC Rares shop inside your Game Menu!

The Wrath of Cerberus Axe Leaves July 17th!

Unlock the exclusive Wrath of Cerberus hammer with ANY AdventureCoin package through Friday, July 17th! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so no need to hunt through the Underworld (or your Book of Lore) to find it, but once this offer ends, it will never be available again. 

Once you've purchased your AdventureCoins, head in-game to find the rest of the set in the Blood of Cerberus Rares shop.

You'll be able to purchase any of the Blood of Cerberus armors, cape, helms, weapons (with a different hammer variant) or pet until July 17th!

July 14, 2015

Artix's Living Dungeon Attacks Friday

Construction of the Living Dungeon is Underway!

This week's installment of our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event brings us another release from Artix - his Living Dungeon! Last week, we delayed this release in order to get enough time to build all of the completely new assets needed to create his vision... and let me tell you,  it truly takes a team to build a dungeon that attacks a hero!
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Thanks to J6's all-new background art, Ghost began animating the first of 7 new cutscenes last week. Yesterday, Reens, Arklen, and Artix sat down and went through the release frame-by-frame - going over what happens and when, which monsters go where, and what the story is surrounding these super-creepy, VERY smiley living-dead-tree-warrior dudes when you  - well... I will just leave you with THIS picture:
Join us this Friday for Artix's Living Dungeon release!
Tags: Alina,

August 01, 2015

Suggestion Forum Changes

Help Us Make AQWorlds the Game YOU Want!

If you haven't visited the Suggestion Forum recently, you should definitely head on back! Now headed by the incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated Zyrain and his crew of crackerjack ArchKnights,*  they've worked with the devs to revamp the entire board with the goal of helping bring more of YOUR suggestions into the game.

Want to have more input into the holiday events? Or suggest classes? How about feature or functionality suggestions? All those threads and more await YOUR ideas... RIGHT HERE! 

Zyrain and the rest of the Suggestion forum team hope to see you posting your ideas soon... and so does the rest of the AQWorlds dev team!

*they are the staff assistants who read your suggestions and help keep the forum clean and orderly

July 10, 2015

The Collector Returns!

The "Collector: Vindicator of They" and "Dage vs Nulgath War" Events Return!

Join us this week as we bring back TWO fan-favorite releases - "The Collector" and the "Dage vs Nulgath War" while the team focuses on building the assets for next week's Living Dungeon release from Artix! If you're just joining us, these two events will be all-new to you - for those of you who have been with us for a while, you'll find some new gear to quest for and relive old glory battles!

Thank you for supporting AQWorlds as we work to bring you amazing and insane summer releases! Normally, we do not bring back old events, but the last 3 weeks of releases have been pretty insane, and when you're on a weekly release schedule like we are, we have to keep the schedule pretty tight! 

In order to do justice to Artix's release next week, we delayed it, but to make sure you have battles to fight and rewards to earn this weekend, we've returned The Collector and the Dage vs Nulgath War! 

Nulgath's Terminator Gear

Starting tonight, you'll be able to battle through the Dage vs Nulgath War maps to earn the Legend-only Eradicator 9000 from Nulgath, or find the Archfiend Genisys armor set in your game menu! Battle the underworld monsters, rewatch the war's cutscenes, and then get ready for the return of...

The "Collector: Vindicator of They" Returns

Battle through space and time as your to defy The Collector - a being that wants to trap you in another dimension... where YOU are the most prized possession in his stash of epic rare Heroes! Your Great Destiny got you into this mess, but your epic battle skills and superior combat strategy are going to save you!

Because we couldn't get ahold of They Might be Giants to reuse their music and appearance, we've replaced them with Will and Fred of the Wyld Dragons (parodying Bill and Ted of the Wyld Stallions). 

NEW: The Collector Class

Starting this weekend, save Will and Fred and battle your way through the daily quests they offer to unlock the new Collector Class! This is a new, different version of the Vindicator of They Class, which released back in 2011. It has different art and slightly different skills - it's designed to be stronger in PvE, while VoT is stronger in PvP.


If you still have the original Vindicator of They Class, you get the Collector Class (and the Vindicator of They ARMOR) for FREE! That's our way of saying "thanks!" for staying with us for so long! If you do not have the Vindicator of They Class, you can still get the Collector Class - 

The non-member Collector Class will be sold for 2000 ACs in the Event Rares shop in your game menu OR you can earn it by stocking up 90 Tokens of Collection (using the exact same type of daily quest the original players did to get the Vindicator of They Class)! The rest of the set will be available in the Tokens of Collection Merge shop THIS Friday!

  • Collector Class - 2,000 ACs OR 90 Tokens of Vindication
  • Collector Helm - 25 Tokens of Vindication
  • Collector Cape - 45 Tokens of Vindication
Tags: Alina,

August 03, 2015

Last Call for Tech Demo Testers!

AQ3D Alpha Test Begins... SOON

AdventureQuest 3D at www.AQ3D.com will be starting the Alpha Test phase tonight (or in the event of server-explosion, early tomorrow.) This is your last chance to get in on the Tech Demo before the the AQ3D Database is reset. NOTE: All Tech Demo testers will be rewarded with a special badge and the Tech Demo Star Sword in AdventureQuest Worlds.

July 06, 2015

Friday: Return of the Special Events

The "Collector: Vindicator of They" and "Dage vs Nulgath War" Events Return!

Last week, we said we would be releasing Artix's Living Dungeon event this Friday. But when I checked in with Dage this morning, I found his chair filled by a skeleton. That was the first sign of trouble. When I got ahold of J6 and Ghost, they said that Artix's event is going to be INCREDIBLE!!! But it is also going to require way more new art than originally anticipated.

We do not want to rush this release, because what Artix has written sounds amazing. So after finding Dage the Evil, we surrounded Artix and persuaded him to delay the release until next week. (It really was not that hard; he wants this to be as excellent as we do.)

So instead, we are bringing back of AQWorlds most popular events: the "Collector: Vindicator of They" and "Dage vs Nulgath War"! These releases will bring back the old maps, cutscenes, and quests (including the super-bonus rep farming quests from the Collection map) but NOT any of the rare items from the previous releases (so do not worry, rare collectors)! 

Nulgath is creating a new Terminator Genisys-themed armor set, and Memet's crafting an all-new look for the Collector Class art! You'll be able to unlock the PvE-centric Collector Class for ACs or through a daily quest but IF you still have the original Vindicator of They Class, you'll get it for FREE!

Tags: Alina,

July 03, 2015

Freedom Day Weekend Server Boost

Let Freedom Ring... and Server Boosts Double!

Log on all weekend long at www.AQ.com to celebrate freedom, chaos, pink (...maybe!), fireworks, and DOUBLE server boosts!

The Canada Day gear is already in the July Holiday Shop in your game menu. Tomorrow is Independence Day for the United States, and we'll be adding even more celebratory gear then!

July 03, 2015

This Weekend: Beleen's Chaos Incarnate

Save AQWorlds from Chaos Queen Beleen!

Beleen, Artix Entertainment's bubbliest, most positively-pink developer has discovered the sad, abandoned village of Drearia and vows to bring it back to life. But after accidentally stumbling Nulgath the ArchFiend, lord of the Oversoul and former ruler of the Underworld, her powers of randomness and cheer... mutate in the STRANGEST way possible!

Starting tonight, /join Drearia and battle your way through Beleen's re-envisioning of AQWorlds... cuter, pinker, and with MUCH more Chaos! If you don't want to battle through a pink world, we need YOU to stop her! 

Find the rare gear shop in your game menu, with new (unpink) items from Nulgath!* Then head into Beleen's adventure and begin the battle (plus, get some super-sweet monster drops, if you're lucky)!

* If you follow my Twitter feed, you know that I am absolutely crazy about the chibi nulgath! I could not stop turning it into more and more gear. Real Fiends go Chibi!

A Message from Beleen

Weeeeee! I just know you are going to love-love-LOVE this special… albeit CRAZY!... release that me and the AQWorlds team have spent 3 weeks developing. It was A LOT of work (requiring A LOT of caffeine), but it was totally worth the long hours and coffee-stained smile because I really wanted to make my Chaos Beleen storyline the most fun and memorable release in the game’s history.

…aaaand not to mention, I kinda wanted MY release to totally PWN Cysero’s and Artix’s events. Teehehhehee >:D

Artix scream pink paladin chaos queen beleen funnyBut! In order for that dream to come to fruition, I am going to need your help. I need YOU to join the #BeleenTeam and help spread the word of this weekend's Chaos Queen Beleen event!

Invite all your friends to come play AQ.com tomorrow night with us, and if you happen to know someone who used to play AQWorlds, let them know that I designed this new release and I would love it if they came back and played AQW with me! Woohoo!!

Thanks so much for making my fantasy (…of forcing Artix to wear pink, LOL!) into reality, and I really hope you enjoy playing tomorrow’s Chaos Queen Beleen release alongside me, Artix, Nulgath, and 30000 of our closest friends!

Pink On and Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D

 

Summer 2015: Return of the Living Devs Continues

So far, we've seen one release from each of our three returning devs - Artix, Cysero, and Beleen! 

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Make sure you've played through all three stories before next week, when Artix re-returns with his Living dungeon release! He, Dage, J6, and the rest of the team have a titan-sized adventure planned for you... next week!

July 05, 2015

Design an AQW Release Contest

Winning Entries Will Be Created For All Players to Enjoy!

Hello all! With the recent success of Artix and Cysero's "Return of the Living Dev" releases, we want to give YOu a chance to show off your creativity and shine just as brightly! This is your chance to create an entire AQWorlds release of your very own - choose the monsters, plan out the quests, write the cutscenes, and suggest rewards!


This suggestion contest gives you a lot more freedom than any of our other suggestion contests. We want to see what budding writers and designers we have in our community, and this is your chance to shine!

Cysero's release in Deadmoor is a great example of engaging storytelling in a single area. His quests drive the plot forward, but are not unnecessarily frustrating. 

Release Design Parameters

Follow these guidelines when designing your AQWorlds release:

1) Your release should relate somehow to the Queen of Monsters: Example: Chamat from Deadmoor Spirit is a hunter for the Queen)

2) The story should be contained within one map/one week's release: You can use an existing location on the new continent, or come up with your own location (must also be located on one of the 8 elementals “islands” of the new continent

3) Describe your location with reference art, including how many frames: 15-20 max, a template will be provided. This location should be set on one of the eight elemental islands on the new continent.

4) Describe your NPC: Use new NPCs, up to 2 or 3! We want to focus on the new continent, and create new characters. If you do use an existing NPC, you run the risk of interfering with plans for the character. YOU are allowed to be the release NPC, as well.

5) Use 4-5 existing monsters: You can ask to have an existing monster recolored or renamed, like the Deadmoor Wraiths.

6) Design or describe 1 new boss monster: Optional: one miniboss built off an existing base. ex - Nightmare in Deadmoor Spirit

7) Design 15-30 quests related to your story: The first 10-15 quests should be directly related to progressing the story. Any additional quests can be for gear farming, if you choose. If you want to use an existing minigame, you can request that the art be changed.

8) Write 1-3 cutscenes: You can see the cutscene template here.

9) Suggest 5-10 rewards: 2 armor sets maximum, please focus mostly on weapons and accessories. House items created from the map art are also fine to suggest!

10) If you have any questions... Tweet them to me at Alina_AE and I will answer as many as I can when online.

11) Submit your finished entry! Mail a link with your finished document (or Google Doc) to AEcontests@battleon.com

Release Entry Requests from the Dev Team

  • No killing existing/big name NPCs (Cysero, Gravelyn, Aria, etc). Newly-created NPCs are fair game.

  • Do not use Chaos Lords or existing locations on the old continent, please!

  • Do not use any of the 8 elemental champions, so as not to step on future plots.

  • Functionality: you can request any functionality that currently exists in the game.

  • Working in groups (with other team members or players) is fine!

  • There is no total number of winning entries. As release designs come in that make the cut, they’ll be reviewed and set aside to be created as soon as possible.

  • Deadline - this is an open-ended suggestion contest! As entries come in, they'll be reviewed. Those that are chosen will be set aside and their authors contacted about creation.

Templates and Outlines

Sample release template - this is how your release entry should be formatted

Sample cutscene template - this is how your cutscenes should be formatted

Sample map layout - this is how your map layout should be formatted

 

Contest FAQ 

Will the release REALLY affect the story?
Winning entries will become canon, and an official part of the Queen of Monsters' lore.

Could we design a war? Could we design a quest chain to bring back an NPC?
Yes and no, respectively.

Can I have pets in my merge shop?
Sure!

Can I put a rares shop in my event?
Yep!

Will every rep class in Ancient Evils be tier 2?
Possibly.

Do we need to draw everything ourselves?
Not at all! As long as you describe what you want or send in reference pictures (from anywhere on the 'net) you'll be fine.

If I'd like my character to be an NPC, should i attach a character page picture?
That would be fantastically helpful!

Are there any other rewards for the winning content? Like maybe an exclusive version of an item made for the release?
An AC prize for each person who contributed.

Will you make art for NPCs we design? What about monsters we design?
Yes to both.

Will you make art for NPCs we design? What about monsters we design?

NPC amounts:

We've found it easier if there's one main NPC (for quest giving) but if you're going to include more in cutscenes or as background NPCs, that is ok. Typically, what we do for those is build the art out of existing armors (whatever matches closest, with some edits). 

Cutscene amounts and sizes:

For cutscenes the reason we ask that you keep it to 3 regular-size cutscenes (to make sure we have time to create them up to Ghost's usual quality-standard (which is VERY high), and is the normal number we have in a release). However, if you wanted four cutscenes for example, then you would do the following: 

  • 2 regular size 
  • 2 small size (which would add up to the size of one regular) 

    So if you wanted six cutscenes, you'd have: 

  • 1 regular size 
  • 4 small size 
  •  

    Important: these are guidelines, based on what the dev team can build in a week's time. Entries designed with these in mind have the best chance of being selected. But If you have something you think would make your release absolutely, amazingly stellar (aside from the dev team requests) - do it!  If you have already submitted an entry and wish to change it with that in mind, or submit another one, feel free!

    Tags: Alina,

    June 29, 2015

    Noobstine's Gift: Undead Goat Class

    I Can Has Mod Contest Winner's Prize Released!

    Last month, we brought back the hugely-popular "I Can Has Cheezburger" contest. The deal was, if you bought a Golden Cheezburger and kept it in your bank or inventory, when the time came, you'd have a chance to win a single wish, a temporary gold name, and a chance to hang out with your favorite member of the AE team.

    Once all the cheezburgers were counted, we pulled one lucky winner from the pile - Noobstine, an amazingly generous hero indeed! One of the very first things he said when he emailed was: "I was thinking of my wish to be something for everyone, Because in my opinion everyone is a winner no matter who's entered [or who] won. The wish could be something of a item to represents that they are a winner too..." 

    And that unselfishness is why, instead of granting him ONE wish, we've granted him TWO!

    Unlocking the Undead Goat Class

    Starting tonight, if you have a Golden Goat Cheezburger (formerly named the Golden Cheezburger), head to BattleunderB and talk to Noobstine! Merge your Golden Goat Cheezburger to get the Undead Goat Class. Once you have the Class, you can open the Undead Goat Morph shop to get the armor and helm.

    ANYONE can talk to Noobstine to get the 0 AC Gilded Blade of Champions... Noobstine's way of letting everyone know he thinks we're all heroes!

    Undead Goat Class Skills

    It's so baaaaaa-d it's goat-ah be good!

    Stats: M1 - Fighter  
    End > Str > Dex > Wis > Luck

    Undead Goats gain mana from all hits landed in combat, and especially on crits.  The amount depends on damage relative to your own HP total.

    Auto Attack

    • Type: Physical
    • Mana Cost: 0
    • Cooldown: 2 seconds
    • Damage on Hit: 100%       

    Goat Scream

    You use your unsettling undead goat noises to increase crit chance and the damage of subsequent screams for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times.       

    • Type: Physical        
    • Mana Cost: 12        
    • Cooldown: 4 seconds        
    • AoE: 1        
    • Attack Range: Melee
    • Damage on Hit: 100%
    • Effects: Applies Deep Rage, slightly increasing the damage on subsequent Goat Screams and crit chance by a small percent (max 5 stack), lasts 6 seconds. 

    Headbutt

    You charge your opponent with your thick skull and stun them for 4 seconds.       

    • Type: physical
    • Mana Cost: 30        
    • Cooldown: 14        
    • AoE: 1        
    • Attack Range: Melee
    • Damage on Hit: 150%
    • Effects: Stuns for 4 seconds 

    Bones of Steel

    Your stronger goat frame fortifies, reducing damage taken, and adding strength to your attacks for 10 seconds.

    • Type: physical        
    • Mana Cost: 30        
    • Cooldown: 16        
    • AoE: 1        
    • Attack Range: Melee
    • Damage on Hit: None
    • Effects: Applies Steel Frame which adds +40% to damage resistance and +50% to strength for 10 seconds. 

    Goat siphon

    Using the power of the undead you siphon health from your opponents.       

    • Type: Physical        
    • Mana Cost: 35        
    • Cooldown: 20        
    • AoE: 1        
    • Attack Range: Ranged
    • Damage on Hit: 250%
    • Effects: Uses the same heal as necromancer’s heal. 

    Passives

    • 1st passive: Sharpened Horns: 10% outgoing damage
    • 2nd passive: Hardier Fur: 15% damage resistance
    • 3rd passive: Spring Loaded Goat legs: 15% haste

    Playing and Slaying with Undead Goat Class

    Undead goat excels at fighting long single target battles, especially versus opponents that can be stunned. With a crit chance multiplier and a weapon damage based heal, you can out-sustain many high health enemies. 

    Poor mana management will be your downfall. Balance keeping up a couple stacks of Deep Rage from Goat Scream with your defensive abilities. Having a small crit buff will keep your mana regain up, but spamming it will drain valuable mana you could use on your other abilities.

    Save Headbutt for when your other abilities are on cooldown and your dropping low on health. It has a high mana cost, so use it sparingly.

    Make sure to have Bones of Steel up as much as possible as it provides everything you need to keep fighting. It increases damage, which not only widdles down your opponent and buffs your Siphon, but improves your mana regen and valuable defensive stats to help you fight it out.

    Tags: Alina,

    June 26, 2015

    Jurassic AQWorlds Tribute Shop

    Get the Jurassic Raptor Rider Gear in our new Limited Time Shop!

    You don't need to be a master scientist or a tourist in a crazy-dangerous dinosaur-themed park to take a ride on a raptor... at least, not in AQWorlds! A ton of us here at Artix Entertainment love dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park movies, so it just made sense to share that love with you guys, and there is nothing cooler than slaying monsters from the back of a raptor! 

    Laken's used all his genetically-engineered skill to create the Jurassic Raptor Rider for you all. Tonight's shop will be available until next Friday and includes:

    • Jurassic Raptor Rider Armor
    • Knight of the Dinosaurs Helm
    • Lance of Lizard Piercing

    Each of the items in the Jurassic Raptor Rider LTS can be bought with AdventureCoins... and until July 10th, you can get up to 40% more free AdventureCoins depending on the package you buy!

    PS: A few items are leaving game on Monday, so get them while you still can! The Seekers of Chaos and Shadow Warrior Blade+5

    July 23, 2015

    Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale

    Get Up to 25% MORE Free AdventureCoins Through July 24th!

    Starting tonight, July 24th and ending August 7th, get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package! (That is 3000 more free ACs!) And get 500 more bonus ACs when you buy a 5000 AdventureCoin package! This offer will only be around for two more weeks... so if there are any rare items from our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event you've been wanting to get your gauntlets on, now's the time to get the gear AND extra ACs! 

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    AC Bonus Offer for July 24 - August 7:

    12000 AC package + 3000 bonus ACs  
    5000 AC package + 500 bonus ACs

    July 08, 2015

    Summer Madness AC Bonus Changes

    Don't Miss Your Chance to get More Bonus AdventureCoins!

    Get up to 40% more bonus AdventureCoins with any AC package until 6PM EST on Friday, July 10th - after that, the bonus amounts will change! If you don't want to miss any of the exclusive summer rare items we're releasing, now's the time to stock up on ACs!

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    Lightning Dragonsworn Rares Leave Friday, July 10th!

    Check out Dage's most electrifying set yet! Find the Lightning Dragonsworn shop filled with 14 rare items in your game menu, then shock your opponents with how intimidating you look before you tackle Tonitru the Lightning Dragon in Thunderfang Spire! The shop wil only be available for one month, and leaves forever on July 10th!

    lightning dragonsworn gear online free rpg mmo

    Inside the Lightning Dragonsworn Shop, you'll find:

    • Lightning Dragonsworn Champion
    • Lightning Dragonsworn Warrior
    • Dragonsworn Champion Spear
    • Dual Dragonsworn Blades
    • Blade of the Dragonsworn
    • Dragonsworn Helmet
    • Dragonsworn Locks
    • Dragonsworn Shag
    • Thunderfang Faceplate
    • Electrified Spire Helmet
    • Lightning Spire Helmet
    • Thunderfang Blades Cape
    • Electrified Wings and Tail
    • Electrified Wings

    Jurassic Raptor Rider Gear Leaves Friday, July 10th!

    You don't need to be a master scientist or a tourist in a crazy-dangerous dinosaur-themed park to take a ride on a raptor... at least, not in AQWorlds! A ton of us here at Artix Entertainment love dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park movies, so it just made sense to share that love with you guys, and there is nothing cooler than slaying monsters from the back of a raptor! 

    Laken's used all his genetically-engineered skill to create the Jurassic Raptor Rider for you all. Tonight's shop will be available until next Friday and includes:

    • Jurassic Raptor Rider Armor
    • Knight of the Dinosaurs Helm
    • Lance of Lizard Piercing

    Wrath of Cerberus Leaves Friday, July 13th

    Unlock the exclusive Wrath of Cerberus hammer with ANY AdventureCoin package through Friday, July 13th! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so no need to hunt through the Underworld (or your Book of Lore) to find it!

    Once you've purchased your AdventureCoins, head in-game to find the rest of the set in the Blood of Cerberus Rares shop. You'll be able to purchase any of the Blood of Cerberus armors, cape, helms, weapons (with a different hammer variant) or pet until July 13th!

    July 20, 2015

    Redeem retail gift cards for ACs

    PayGarden Lets You Redeem Other Store Gift Cards!

    GREAT news - we've partnered with PayGarden to let you trade major brand gift cards (like Walmart, Macy's, Home Depot, and 100+ more) for AdventureCoins!

    If you've got a gift card you'll never use, or that has at least $10 USD left on it, you can redeem them on our website and get ACs in return.

    Important Information

    • No credit cards required
    • Gift card must have at least $10 USD left on it
    • Works with US stores only
    • Extra AC package bonus items not included when ACs purchased through PayGarden

    Need help with PayGarden? See the PayGarden Help Page here.

    Tags: Alina, Paygarden,
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