Design Notes

April 17, 2017

AQWorlds Server Rewrite Update

Yorumi's multi-year project coming to an end soon

Hello all! Over the last few weeks, we've had a number of people asking about the progress on the server rewrite. Not sure what that is? Skip to the middle of this post. For those of you who have been with us for a while, here's where things stand.

  • Yorumi's "to fix" list is down to the Final Five Bugs
  • We have not had any new bugs reported in quite a while. (This is good news! Thanks to everyone who's helped test)
  • Class skill and monster rebalancing will continue once the new server and client go live so we can better, more easily respond to your feedback.

What's a Server Rewrite, and why are you doing it?

Goood question! We have a good deal of control over the game, but currently we are using server software whose base we did not build ourselves (though we created all of our server-based game functionality)... and that means there are some things we cannot change.

This is one of the main causes of the random bugs some of you are reporting. It's also one of the reasons some bugs (like desynced friends/guild lists) have not been fixed and why some features (like the better botting detection, all-new class skills, and finished Guild cities) have not been released.

If you want to get a sneak preview of what's coming in the server rewrite or help us test on the PTR server, you can help support AQW's continuing development by upgrading your account. We make our games for and with you, which is why you should also tell us what you'd like to see next in our Suggestions board!

So... When will it release?

As soon as it's ready! We've given several estimates for the final "release date" as the project's gone on, and each time we do, some crazy, insane, "should not be possible" bug rears is ugly head. So I'm not going to do that this time!

Yorumi's down to the final five bugs:

  1. Mod tool issue with kicking
  2. Mod tool issue with ban/mutes
  3. Randomly logging players out (we have not seen this reported in over a week so... possibly fixed? Let us know if you are still experiencing this issue on the Bug Tracker, please!)
  4. Applying Enhancements not persisting properly
  5. Quest progression in two specific quests (weird!)

Keep an eye on the Design Notes for future progress updates, and keep an eye out for more updates here in the near future. 

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April 16, 2017

May Calendar of Events

Take on the Destroyer, the Reshaper, and the Void!

May is supposed to be a gentle season, filled with flowers and sunshine. But not THIS year, not here! As we battle to end Extriki the Destroyer, a new threat looms on the horizon! With the new month, we've got plans for new releases, adventures, rewards... and a small dose of nostalgia for our long-time heroes. Thank you for battling alongside us as we continue our adventures, and prepare... to Battle ON!

  • Friday, May 5th: Book of Monsters: the Toxic Test + May upgrade bonus
  • May 12 - 14th: 15% Rep + XP Boost
  • Friday, May 12th:  Book of Monsters: ShadowFall's Attack + Mother's Day
  • Friday, May 19th: Enter the Void + Guardians Limited Quantity Sets
  • May 19 - 21: 15% Class Points + Gold Boost
  • Friday, May 26th: Book of Monsters: The Reshaper

On June 2nd, say goodbye to...

  • April Upgrade Bonus 
  • April rare gear 
  • Earth Day 
  • Quibble's Monster Shop
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April 21, 2017

This Weekend: Chromatic X-Terminator Set

Find the Color-Custom Armor set in the April Featured Shop!

The famous bard Brytnii Spearhead once sang, "Heroes like you should wear a warning!" and she's right. This weekend, the color-customizable Chromatic X-Terminator set will let you show all the Queen’s creatures that YOU are the toxic one!

This Friday, find the color customizable Chromatic X-Terminator set in the Featured April Shop in your game menu and in Loremaster Emily's Rift Gear shop. The Toxic X-terminator set (non-color custom) is available from Warlic's Rift Reputation shop if you've unlocked Rank 7. 

Brytnii Spearhead's Critical Hit: "Toxic Rift"

Hero, can't you see I'm calling?
Heroes like you should wear a warning!
It's dangerous, I'm falling. 
There's no escape, I can't wait. 
I need a crit. Hero give me it. 
These mob are dangerous, and we're losing it. 

The Rift's toxic, Lore's slippin' under... 
With the fumes of a poison paradise  
Fighting hard to survive, 
don't you know that it's toxic?

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April 13, 2017

This Weekend: The Rift Opens!

Return to the Darkness, to Fear, and to Chaos

This weekend, the darker, deadlier Queen of Monsters Saga begins as a mysterious rift appears. The Queen’s Gambit is in play… and woe to those who fall for its trap!

Hurry to the NeverGlades BattleCamp

Join Prince-Lord Brentan in the Neverglades Battlecamp. Fight to learn more about the mysterious Rift and the creatures pouring into our world!

Quest for each of the Camp's NPCs to learn about who they are, where they come from, and what their purpose in the Camp is:

  • Warlic the ArchMage: your main hub NPC
  • Lord Brentan: Disputed Ruler of Swordhaven, Lord of the NeverGlades, and Militia NPC
  • Loremaster Emily: Shadowfall's Monster Lore Specialist and Gear Shop NPC
  • Khargyn: BeastMaster Monster Hunter and Pet Shop Vendor (also future Monster Hunter Class NPC)
  • Torque: Heavy Metal Bard and Potions Vendor

BattleCamp Rewards

Our hub towns always have a number of NPCs with different quests to complete. This week, talk to Warlic to see all the gear in the Monster Hunter Faction shop. This week, you can begin earning Monster Hunter Rep and unlock the BeastMaster MonsterHunter armor set. Coming soon: BeastMaster Monster Hunter CLASS!

The Monster Hunter Faction will carry us through the next 4 weeks of releases (the Book of Monsters: The Destroyer storyline), so do not worry about having to rep up the entire faction this weekend!

If you talk to Lord Brentan, you'll see a shop filled with new and classic Good-aligned gear! For Good-aligned Heroes level 45 and up: if you take on the Plague Spreader monsters, you'll have a chance to get the Slimed Sigil, which can be used to create the Ascended Paladin armor and weapons!

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April 21, 2017

The Book of Monsters I: The Destroyer

Extriki the Destroyer Arrives at The Rift!

This Friday, the Queen of Monsters Saga continues with the first chapter of a new storyline -- Book of Monsters: The Destroyer! A rift into the Plane of Monsters has ripped the Neverglades almost in half, and we have no way to close it. YET. As poisonous fumes spread across the land, an eerie silence falls. 

As the famous bard Brytnii Spearhead once sang, "It's toxic, Lore's slippin' under... With the fumes of a poison paradise / We'll strike back at you, don't you know that you're toxic?"

This weekend, fight to survive as Extriki the Destroyer -- first of the Queen’s Elder Monsters -- arrives to poison our world into submission!

Khargyn's Pet Shop Update

Head back to /therift and talk to Khargyn the BeastMaster to find four new pets! These poor beasts used to be ordinary creatures found on Lore, but were found fused... altered... their very natures changed radically. We do not know WHAT is doing this -- rift energy, a child of the Queen's... it is unknown. O_O

  • Spidroglin (Spider + Moglin)
  • Fleabird (Flea + Freebird + Dragon)
  • Globster (Goblin + Rock Lobster)
  • Rrrabog (Frog + Rabbit + Wolf)

Aria Goes Green

If you haven't had a chance to visit Aria's Pet Shop recently, today's a GREAT day to ask her about her recent interest in plants. (There are no new items, just some new information about Aria.)

Celebrate Earth Day on Lore!

Be a hero, join the clean-up crew to save the world from the evils of pollution! Captain Lore is back and he needs your help again! /Join pollution to help Captain Lore battle General Pollution, the foulest villain around, free his eco-friendly energy platform from the chaotic clutches of General Pollution! Reduce, reuse, and recycle as many elementals as you can to unlock Captain Lore's shop and gain access to the greenest gear in the game! 

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He also needs your help fighting on the side of nature to keep a smog-spewing factory closed for good. Once the largest source of pollution in Lore, the long-abandoned Totengeld Factory has been consumed by nature and has become a habitat to many forms of life. 

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But now, the CEO of Totengeld Industries has been released from jail and intends to reopen the factory’s doors. It’s up to you to stop him before he destroys Lore with his toxic waste - and dominates it with his mind-controlling energy drinks! Tonight, /join totengeld to start the battle!

Need help battling through the Earth Day seasonal event? Check out the event guide in the Lorepedia!

Happy Birthday, Tendou!

Tendou no Mazo, one of our team contributors, does a LOT. If you are a fan of Nulgath the ArchFiend's quests, you've encountered his designs before. To celebrate his birthday (which was on April 19th), he's updated his Tendurrr pet* with new quests which drop Nulgath merge resources and a few fun item rewards.

Its new name is Tendurrr the Assistant, and has a 1% chance to drop from the level 25 Dark Makai monster in Tercessuinotlim.

* Art originally by non-artist/best-punner/former pinkmancer Beleen!

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April 12, 2017

This Weekend: Quibble Returns

Check out Quibble's Rare Items... IF YOU DARE!

Quibble Coinbiter, our time-traveling rare items dealer, returns this weekend with his most monstrous shop update ever! 

Even though he LOOKS monstrous, never fear - though most of his items will cost AdventureCoins, we will include gear for both members and non-members, too! 

The shop includes:

  • Nightborn Drac Armor set
  • Ravenous Reaver Armor set
  • Monstrous Quibble Bank Pet
  • Toxic Rift weapons
  • Monster Quibble's Chest Bank (house item, not pet)

Wait... Who (or what?) is Quibble Coinbiter?

Not exactly sure who Quibble Coinbiter is, or how he gets all that gear? Neither are we!

But here's what he said last time I asked:

How do I get never-before-seen used items? Well, that's a trade secret. But just between us, I have a deal with a time travel fairy who brings me these things… even though they have not been built yet! They might show up later in the game or might be Rares that are never seen again!

This gear and more will come when Quibble's shop arrives on Friday in your game menu! Most of this terrifying gear won't be around for long, though.* Quibble's rare gear leaves on Friday, May 5th. 

* BUT a handful of the items will re-appear in a future release, so check the item rarities carefully!

Tags: Alina,
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March 01, 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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April 06, 2017

March Custom Weapon Winner

Congratulations, Haan! 

Haan is the winner of our monthly Custom Weapon raffle -- each month, we will choose one winner from among all the accounts that have upgraded (bought membership or AdventureCoins) in the previous month and work with them to create a custom weapon. March's winner is... Haan!

After we got in touch with Haan via email, we met in-game to discuss how he could get his prize... and who he would want to share it with! Haan and his friends will each get a custom-designed whip from Memet later this month.

Will You Do This Again?

Good question! Short answer, yes! During the first week of May, we'll choose one person from among a list of people who upgrade in April 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!

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April 04, 2017

Facebook Guessing Games

Follow us on Facebook to win prizes!

If you aren't following the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook page, you are missing out on release announcements, art previews, contests with wicked-cool (and useful) prizes, and more!

Guesss the Monster/Zone/NPC/???

The latest series of contests has been really well received. Each week, we post a picture and choose winners from among those who guess its identity correctly. Up until now, winners have received AdventureCoins, but this week, we have a NEW prize! 3 winners will each receive 3 more bagspaces (even if they have already maxed their slots!)

If you want to get in on the fun, head over to Facebook and follow the AQWorlds Facebook page!

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April 07, 2017

April Upgrade Bonus Arrives Friday

Unlock the RiftWalker Warrior set when you upgrade in April!

Unlock the RiftWalker Warrior set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting this Friday, April 7th, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the color-customizable Enchanted RiftWalker Warrior set, too! This upgrade bonus leaves May 5th, 2017.

Tier 1: RiftWalker Warrior

Riftwalkers travel between worlds, journeying from plane to plane as they battle through many realities. 

Get the Gear with a

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


Unlock the rewards

  • RiftWalker Warrior Armor
  • 2 helms
  • Wings
  • Sword and Dual Swords
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: Enchanted RiftWalker Warrior

The most experienced Riftwalkers, exposed to years of the spacetime energy as they travel planes, find their armor and equipment becomes enchanted. They are able to change its colors just by thinking of a new one.*


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • RiftWalker and Enchanted RiftWalker Warrior Armors
  • 2 wings
  • 2 blades
  • 2 daggers (regular and reversed)
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge

* The best place to think of new armor colors is in an armor-changing room!

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April 12, 2017

Queen of Monsters Saga: The Rift

Return to the Darkness, to Fear, and to Chaos

On Friday, April 14th, we return to a darker, deadlier Queen of Monsters Saga! A mysterious rift appears as the Queen’s Gambit begins… and woe to those who fall for its trap!

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March 31, 2017

NEW! Retro//VR

“EXPERIENCE YOUR 3D GAMES… IN 2D!”

Introducing Retro//VR, our cutting edge technology that converts your hot new cutting edge 3D games, in pixelated, limited color, old skewl 2D. (BONUS! See below for special free in-game item offer)

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★★★★★ “A REAL GAME CHANGER… LITERALLY!” - Paper-Rock-Scissors 
★★★★★ “This is stupid, why aren’t you making game stuff” - Social Media
★★★★★ “WTH!? Why did the guy above STILL give you 5 stars!?” - Newbie

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Let’s play some of our favorite 3D video games and see what it looks like powered by Retro//VR!

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SEE (IN 2D) FOR YOURSELF!

For the price of a few full body transplants, you can own this sleek, stylish, and if I might add, quite attractive looking VR helmet for home and public use. Toggle on the Augmented Retro-Reality mode and see what your friends would look like if they were 8-bit.

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Talk is cheap! But this VR Helmet's not

★★★★★ “Great product! I am going to buy and recommend to my friends.” - Review Bot
★★★★★ “Why is every character in my Japanese import games in eskimo outfits?” - Otaku
★★ “WTH! Is this thing just launching AQWorlds every time someone tries to play MY game?” - Competitor Game Developer

 

PROMOTIONAL OFFER!

FREE! Limited time only

To celebrate the launch of this world changing technology, we are offering ALL AQWorlds and AdventureQuest 3D players the in-game items included with this new product…. FREE!***

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** In-game versions of the VR helmet allow your character to see and experience the game world in 2D if you are in 3D, or in 3D if you are in 2D. But just your character. Not you.

 

AdventureQuest Worlds item!

Equip your character with Retro//VR in game now! AdventureQuest Worlds is a Flash MMORPG at www.AQ.com

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AdventureQuest 3D item!

Pre-order your free box in game from Gaz in the Town of Battleon starting April 1st. AdventureQuest 3D is a free MMORPG on Steam (PC/Mac), Apple, and Android phones and tablets. www.AQ3D.com

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WOW! “Lore friendly AND immersive!”

Would you look at that!? Imagine the infinite possibilities of what could happen when you try it with your favorite games! Like AdventureQuest 3D or AdventureQuest 3D. It is fast, easy, and fun!

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MINIMUM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Be sure your home computer has high enough hardware to support the massive computational power required to convert 3D games into 2D in REAL TIME!

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THE FUTURE.... IS NOW!

...and that future, is weee bit more 2D than expected.

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WARNINGS

RetroVR may cause nausea, headaches, poor google search results, food to taste like certain colors, your tooth enamel may become sentient as the wireless AI interfaces with your body at a cellular level, relationship problems, toe enlargement, extreme need to use the restroom during dragon raids, 8-bit hallucinations, sweating, sweatering, sweetening, brain compression, DPS increase, increased attractiveness to people you already find attractive, interventions from friends, parents, and loss of job. If your video gaming lasts longer than 48 hours, please contact a doctor immediately-- or acknowledge that you may be trapped in a Sword Art Online or Dot-Hack scenario, in which case, let us all pray you are the main character and not a fodder worthy side-character who is doomed to not make it past episode 2.

 

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Share what YOU saw with your #RetroVR

Show us YOUR best moments converting 3D games to 2D. Use the template below. Tag your images on social media with #RetroVR so we can see and show them with other gaming fans!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

To find out if Retro//VR is right for you, visit www.AQ3D.com and www.AQ.com. Launches April 1st!

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March 29, 2017

We Are Not Ignoring You: 2017 Edition

We're Not Ignoring You (unless you're just looking for attention)!

Artix Entertainment tries to set it self apart from other game companies in a lot of ways but one of the most important is how much we interact with you guys. Any of you who follow my Twitter or like our AQW AQW Facebook Page know this to be true.

We love talking to you and even when we don't love what we hear, we love that you care enough to tell us what you don't like and we try and fix it. Unfortunately, we are not always logged in to Twitter (we do sleep on occasion) and when we are, we all have a LOT of people talking to us (at this time I have 91,000 Twitter followers and Artix has ove 134,000!) so If we don't reply to you it's probably because we either missed your Tweet or because we can't reply to every single Tweet.

Please try and understand that there is no way that we can answer every tweet, much less meet up with every single person who asks to meet us in-game. We would never have time for anything else. (Twitter is a great platform for talking to you guys and getting feedback, but NOT for fixing account issures or reporting bugs.)

Another thing to mention is that, even though Devs, Mods, and Testers are on twitter, they cannot help you with account issues.

Devs (or Game Developers) are the people who spend all week building each new release for you to play, and fixing the bugs that you have reported on the BUG Tracker. We also have a lot of other jobs dealing with game development and community outreach. All that stuff takes up the entire week (which is why some releases come to you a little later than others) and our jobs don't leave time for much else. In the rare cases when we DO find ourselves with extra time, we make side releases, contests, or work ahead on new game ideas!

So you can see we Developers keep pretty busy with our own stuff. That's why we have Moderators to help you and protect you in-game and Player Support to help you outside the game with account and payment issues.

Nythera, Neveya, Vidra, & Lady Tomo make up the Player Support team. Their primary job is taking care of you and your account issues. They do a fantastic job and are often overlooked for all the effort that they put into making AE function.

These are the brave and tireless people who read all of your HELP MAIL so you should always GO HERE if you've been hacked or find yourself with a payment issue.

The Player Support team receives THOUSANDS of e-mails EVERY DAY and they read every single one of them, but with so much to do, they can get a little behind sometimes and can't reply to you instantly so if you have a problem, please be patient.

Sora to Hoshi and her team of Moderators handle a lot of in-game issues. Everytime someone is using foul language or trying to scam or trade accounts, it is THESE heroes to quietly step in and take action to try and keep the game as fun as safe as they can, and many of these mods are volunteers. They are giving their own time to sort through reports for no reason other than they really CARE about making AQW a safe and fun place for everyone, but they need YOUR help. 

If you see someone that they shouldn't be, click on their portrait and use the REPORT function to bring them to the attention of the Mods!

Reens, Cemaros, and their game/bug testers aren't responsible for any in-game moderation. Reens' game testers look at the releases before they go out to help catch bugs before you guys do. Cemaros' bug testers check on the bug reports you send in to the Bug Tracker. They spend their own free time trying to help make AQWorlds a better, more fun game for everyone!

Let's Review:

  • A Dev's Job is making the games.
  • Player Support's job is taking care of account and payment issues.
  • Moderators handle mutes and bans of in-game rule breakers.
  • Testers check on the releases beforehand and confirm your bug reports after you send them in.

Each team has their hands full. That is why Devs can't help you with your account or payment issues when you ask for help over Twitter. It's not because we don't want to, it's because it's not what we do and we literally CAN'T help you in most cases.

Telling the us DEV's over Twitter about your account issues is just about as useful as telling a bowl of soup to fix your broken TV.

It's the same reason that Doctors don't put out fires, Firefighters don't pick up your garbage and Waste Workers don't do open heart surgery. They each have their own job that keeps them quite busy.

If you are having account or payment issues the best thing you can do is head to the HELP PAGE and if you ask us for help over Twitter, that is why we direct you there instead of fixing your account.

Please understand that we really do want to help you (of COURSE we do... we WANT you to play AQW!) and we all do our very best to point you in the right direction to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. :)

I DON'T WANT TO GET HACKED!

If you don't want to lose your account there are 5 simple things that you should do.

  1. Pick a VERY GOOD PASSWORD. Make it hard to guess, use letters AND numbers. Avoid simple or passwords like AAAAAAA, qwerty, asdasdasd, 12345, 54321, or your character's name.

  2. Never share your account with anyone (even your siblings or best friend). 

  3. Never tell anyone your password, no matter who they say they are or what they promise you. There are TONS of fake Cyseros, Alinas, Artixs and other AE fake AE staff ALL OVER Facebook and Twitter. AE STAFF WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR PASSWORD. 

    We don't need your password. We have access to all of your accounts right now. 

  4. Hook your AQW account up to your BATTLEON PORTAL account! If something ever does happen, it's an extra level of security and helps Player Support fix your up faster. 

  5. Never use Hacks, Cheats or Bots. Many of these programs will secretly install a trojan virus called a KEYSTROKE LOGGER on your computer. This virus records everything that you type (passwords, credit card info, which websites you visit) and sends the information back to the creators.

Thanks to Cysero for the original post, which has been updated.

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April 07, 2017

Grenwog is Back!

Our Seasonal Spring Event Returns!

Every year, heroes hunt around Battleon for eggs and prizes, but this year… the hunt becomes even more eggcellent, and extends across all of Lore! This weekend talk to Cabdury (the friendliest, most inedible bunny in town) to begin this year's Egg Hunt quests -- both in Battleon and around the rest of the world!

BattleOn Town Egg Hunt

Collect the eggs hidden around BattleOn and the rest of the town to unlock the Backpack of Eggs and the Vorpal Bunny pet! (Note: Any Vorpal Bunny will be able to access the quests to get this year's regular Berserker Bunny items. Enjoy!) 

2017 Cross-Lore Egg Hunt

After whetting your detection skills in BattleOn, TRUE eggsplorers can talk to Cabdury and decipher his clues to find the pink, green, blue, purple, or multicolored eggs hidden around the rest of Lore to unlock all-new rewards: the Steampunk Eggsplorer set!

  • Pink Eggs: Cape
  • Green Eggs: Helm
  • Blue Eggs: Weapon
  • Purple Eggs: Armor
  • Multicolored Eggs: Magical Shifting Grenwog Egg House

Once you've collected all those, why not try Cabdury's Treat Hunt to unlock the Evolved Berserker Bunny set? The merge items will drop from the bosses in Greenguard Forest.  With an Armor, a Helm, a Spear, and a Long-sword, you'll have a bun-tiful amount of items to choose from! The Evolved Berserker Bunny Armor also requires the drop from the final Vorpal Bunny quest.

Battle the Grenwogs

The legendary Grenwog is one of the fiercest beasts on Lore. Each spring, it awakens with one thing on its mind -- FOOD. And its favorite snack is, of course, eggs! (And the heroes who try to steal them. So beware!) Last year's Jurassic Grenwog adventure will return, along with the seasonal boss battle in the /grenwog map!

Grenwog gear, collect it all! (Or as much as you can carry):

  • Steampunk Grenwog pet
  • Evolved Berserker Bunny set
  • Berserker Bunny armor, helm, and longsword
  • Daisy on your back cape
  • Mayflower and Marshmallow Cheep pets
  • Fire Egg Staff, Carrotine Cutter, ChickenCow Club
  • And much more
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March 23, 2017

BR/Portuguese Help on Forums

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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

Tags: Alina,
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March 31, 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. Starting tonight, help a young hero discover his identity… and destiny!

Begin the adventure when you /join iceplane and battle alongside Abel (who many of you will remember from the Cryostorm zone) as he discovers his TRUE destiny... and becomes the very cool dude he was always fated to be!

Several Frostval zones are permanently reopening to help you understand the backstory for this release. Starting tonight, you can join:

  • Icewindpass
  • Icewindwar
  • Icepike
  • Cryowar
  • Cryostorm

The seasonal farming quests and drops have been removed, but will be added back once Frostval returns!

Battle to unlock the pieces of the IceBreaker Mage set on the left from the monsters in this week's story release. And chill out after battle with the BitterCrystal Mage Robes and Wings, available from the March Featured Rares shop!

EpicDuel's coolest blades are here!

The EpicDuel team has graciously allowed us to use the art from their Frostbane and FrostSlayer blades!

The Frostbane and Frostbane X blades drop from Twilly's Treasure Chest Quest. The FrostSlayer and Frostslayer X swords drop from tonight's release boss! (The X versions are animated and member-only. BONUS!)

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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 24, 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? If your answer is YES (or if you just want to check out what this long-time enemy is getting up to) /join Crownsreach to find...

  • 15 new quests and 5 new shops from...
  • 5 new NPCs, each with quests and/or a shop of their own
  • A NEW reputation to rank up: Chaos Militia and 17 new items for it
  • 10 new items for the existing Chaos faction rep shop
  • 8 new pets to buy (including 2 for AdventureCoins, no membership required!)
  • 4 tasty potions to enhance your gameplay
  • The Chaos Contract for those brave (or rebellious) enough to ally with Chaos

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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April 04, 2017

March Upgrade Bonus Gear Leaves Friday

The ProtoParagon 3017 Set Leaves April 7th!

Unlock the ProtoParagon 3017 set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting until this 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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April 06, 2017

April Calendar of Events

Monsters and Storms and Battles Ahead!

April’s here, and Spring has sprung upon us! With the new month, we've got plans for new releases, adventures, and rewards. Thank you for battling alongside us as we continue our adventures, and prepare... to Battle ON!


  • Saturday, April 1st: Just another day
  • Friday, April 7th: Grenwog returns with a Cross-Lore Egg Hunt + April upgrade bonus
  • Friday, April 14th: A rift opens from the Plane of Monsters + Quibble Coinbiter returns
  • April 14  - 16th: 15% more Class Points and Rep Boost
  • Friday, April 21st: "Book of Monsters: The Destroyer", Chapter 1 + Earth Day returns
  • Friday, April 28th: "Book of Monsters: The Destroyer", Chapter 2
  • April 28  - 30th: 15% more Gold and XP Boost
  • April 30th: Alina's 10 year anniversary gift

On Friday, May 5th, say goodbye to...

  • April Bonus Gear: RiftWalker Warrior set
  • April Featured Gear Shop
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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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