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Artix Entertainment & the history of Friday the 13th
As a young child, I was keenly aware of the terrifying Friday the 13th movies featuring the hockey mask wearing Jason Vorheese. These were days before iconic movie monsters like Jason, Freddy, & Chucky were nerfed by popular media down to the ranks of Count Dracula and the Wolfman. I had actually believed that the whole Friday the 13th is an unlucky day superstition was because of the movies... but I was wrong.
Story time! It seems like forever ago that we ran our first ever Friday the 13th event inside the game DragonFable. (Which they are re-creating at www.DragonFable.com this weekend.) I am not positive, but we may have been the first video game to do an event of this type. Nobody did weekly events back then. Let alone special events around strange holidays... like the unluckiest day of the year. An army of undead wearing hockey masks attacked the town of FalconReach. Gosh only knows where the Necromancer responsible got that many hockey masks... at the end of the war, the necromancer was revealed to be the little devious blue moglin, Zorbak. It became tradition, so the next year undead invaded the town again. But this time the head of the army was a mysterious girl necromancer wearing purple robes. This was the first sighting of the Vayle, the Necromantress. If you played the Doomwood saga in either AQWorlds or DragonFable then you already know she became one of the most important and interesting characters in our world... as far as darkness and the undead go. If you have not played, then you really should open you map and hit the DoomWood button. When writing the design notes to talk about that event I did some research and found that Friday the 13th... has a long crazy history!
Friday the 13th being unlucky comes from a huge number of pretty hard to verify historical events. The Knights Templar were wiped out on a Friday the 13th. The book Canturbury Tales featured the day promoting it's association with unluckyness. The number 13 itself has a lot of unluckiness assosiated with it. For example... Did you know it is a Nose myth that having thirteen people seated at a table results in the dead of one of the diners? Along with breaking a mirror and walking under a ladder, the day of Friday the 13th has prospered in our lore as a spooky and terrible day to do anything... like... the biggest event we had ever thrown!
Enter Voltaire! We first met him at the DragonCon Convention. He is the darkest, spookiest, and frankly the funniest entertainer we have ever met. Very few people can do such shocking and decidedly non-PG performances for live audiences of 5,000+ people yet also be flexible enough to create songs for TV shows on the Cartoon Network. If you have not heard this story before... I was visiting New York and he invited me out for Sushi. I pitched an idea for a live event and he smiled and replied, "So when do you want to do it?" I said, "How about Friday the 13th?" he said, "But that is only 2 weeks away..." I said "no problem!" It was the biggest event we had ever attempted at the time-- 5 acts, voice acting, music overlays, several new major server features that required a live syncing of every instance of the event on every server. What could go wrong? Well, if you were there, you know. We maxed out the server entire network... literally filled every server to capacity and the bandwidth usage was so high we brought down a lot of other sites hosted on the same network. The event was so huge Gamer magazine asked me to write an article about it and I did a TEDx talk on how we did. But more importantly, everyone who played it loved it... we turned our Friday the 13th events into a tradition. (and as to not burn out Voltaire, we try to keep it to one BIG Friday the 13th event featuring him per year.)
As it turns out there are THREE Friday the 13ths this year!
Friday, Feburary 13th, 2015 (THIS FRIDAY!)
Friday, March 13th, 2015
Friday, November 13th, 2015
Back on the topic of movies... many people including myself always imagined that there would be a 13th Friday the 13th movie. That somehow it would be really special-- the best of them all. Maybe one day that will happen. But something that WILL happen... is OUR THIRTENTN FRIDAY THE 13TH EVENT which will actually happen in November of this year! O_O
To spread the word of this week's event... please tweet using the hashtag #Fridaythe13th and www.AQ.com . If you have any great screenshots from past events please share them with me. Maybe we can get a gallery of screenshots up on Facebook too!
Let me try to understand this again... so, a "book" is a manga without the pictures? In today's post we will unravel the mystery of this dead tree tatooed with important sounding words.
A little bit over a week or so ago Za'nar went on sale. It is a book about magic. Zach told me he did a lot of research on the magic lore of our world's cultures. (The real world that is... not to be confused with the fairy-tale fantasy hallucination that I seem to perpetually live in.) But then it started... again... my internal struggle with reading anything not contained within the shouting speach bubbles of a DragonBall Z style character comic. So the time has come....
MANGA (COMIC) vs BOOK!
|Pictures are drawn by artist
||The pictures are created real time... IN YOUR MIND
|Max resolution ~5"x7" and probably in Black and White.
||Ultra HD Brain resolution.
|You know exactly what the main character looks like.
||The main character looks exactly what you think they look like.... literally.
|You will hate the live action movie adaptation and think that all of the people who did not read the paper version are crazy for approving of it.
||You will hate the live action movie adaptation and think that all of the people who did not read the paper version are crazy for approving of it.
|Does the creative thinking for you.
||Expands your creative mind and your writing skills.
|Makes you want to draw.
||Makes you want to write stuff that everyone else will want to draw.
|Good for winding down at the end of a long day just before going to bed.
||Good for winding down at the end of a long day just before going to bed.
So there you have it... the ultimate debate-argu-fight-ament! The only downside, is we all just read that and it did not have any pictures O_O. CURSE YOU EVIL READING OVERLORDS! We should come up with a super unintelligent Ogre character to do book reviews in the future. "I da um... like dis booky... it taste gud."
AQ:Dragons is climbing the app store charts!
Congratulations everyone! You already got AQ:Dragons* to 10,000 players on Android and it has hit#34... nope, make that #32 Top New Free Game!
Keep up the great wok spreading the word about AdventureQuest Dragons! (The Apple iPhone & iPad version is off to an amazing start too!)
* If you have not heard about our newest mobile game yet (created alongside the developers who made Cookie Clicker!), check out all the information on its web-page!
Cookie Clicker & AQWorlds Team up!
We teamed up with the creators of Cookie Clicker to create ADVENTUREQUEST DRAGONS! Dragons is an idle game where you raise beautifully painted, fully animated dragons from egg to baby to full adult form. Feature fan favorite dragons like Fluffy the Dracolich and Akriloth, each of the 12 Dragons has a unique story.
Available NOW on Android! (Apple coming next)
We just went live on Android! Get Dragons on the Google Play App Store! The apple version will be released the moment it is approved by Apple. (Should be very soon) Please rate us 5 stars and share to help spread word of the game!
AQWorlds players get a special perk for becoming a FOUNDER
Get the founder package in Dragons and unlock the Flame Dragon Warrior class, armor, sword, spear, dragon help, epic cape, wings and a special character page badge in AdventureQuest Worlds.
Pre-Order at HeroMart.com to guarantee yours
Hiya guys! We found a way to get these amazing wrap-around armor T-shirts created. The process to create them is complicated and pretty expensive so we cannot just order a bunch of them like we usually do. So, if you want to get your hands on a 1st Edition Paladin or Legion Armor T-Shirt, lock in your pre-order at HeroMart now!
Real-life Undead Legion armor
You have until production starts (We are estimating around November 25th-ish, Thanksgiving) to place your order and guarantee that you will get your shirt. We are going to produce all of the pre-orders at once and then ship in December.
Includes exclusive items for AQWorlds!
Each shirt comes with an awesome weapon and half of the "Legion Paladin" class. Combine both halves to create the full class in AdventureQuest Worlds! Themed after the shirts... we merged Artix's Paladin armor and Dage's Paragon armor together into a horrifying and powerful new class.
Get both shirts to unlock the Class!
- Get the Legion Light of Destiny when you buy the Legion Armor T-Shirt
- Get the Purified Caladbolg Sword when you buy the Paladin Armor T-Shirt
- Get the Legion Paladin CLASS when you buy both T-shirts
We could not do all of the things we do without YOU
It is our 12th Anniversary-- and we hope you enjoy this year’s cross-game event, “Phantom of the Pixel!” The idea of cursed items crafted from dead pixels is…. spine-tinglingly awesome! The event spans AQWorlds, EpicDuel, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, Oversoul and the original AdventureQuest. With the coming of the new mobile games, it might be too hard to have another full cross-over games event like this… so do this one while you still can!
I would sincerely like to thank you, and everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. Thank you to you and all of the amazing gamers who login and battle in our video games. Thank you to all of you who give us encouragement and much love on the forums, twitter, facebook and all of the other ways you talk with us. Thank you for not just playing the games but contributing your creativity and clever ideas. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and supports us by upgrading or buying things in the video games—because of you we can afford to keep the lights on and the server hampsters running at full speed. It has officially been 12 YEARS of weekly, non-stop updates! THANK YOU!
Our video game’s “weekly new releases” — where we add new quests, maps, monsters, weapons & content to the game — is something that is really special about our community. AdventureQuest classic was one of (if not the) first to do it. We have been compared to long running shows like The Simpsons, Southpark, and Saturday Night Live with our game’s history of weekly releases. But there is one big difference… TV shows run in seasons and the cast and crew… take breaks. We do not. We never have. As a whole, the AE team has delivered a new video game update/release every single week for 12 years. Our games never take holidays off — the team and I actually work harder and have larger releases during them!
Because of that, I would very much like to recognize and thank the AE team — all of the artists, animators, writers, coders, the moderators, the forum staff, and all of the volunteers for their hard work. I am extremely proud of these passionate super heroes. Thank you all, too — players, team, and all the people who love us and put up with our crazy video game habits — for making Frogzards, Moglins and DoomKnights a part of our everyday life!
P.S. Ooooh… NEXT year will be our 13th Anniversary… we should up the bar and change the format. Better start brainstorming now. Open to ideas!
New Idle Game coming this October
Do you love Dragons? We teamed up with the creators of Cookie Clicker to create our 1st ever idle game... AdventureQuest: DRAGONS! The game is currently in development, but I have been posting concept art, finished dragons, and videos on the official DRAGONS Facebook page and also on my personal Artix Facebook page. Be sure to like and follow it to get the inside scoop and we continue building it. In this idle game, you will hatch and raise 12 Dragons from the fiery Akriloth, the Undead Dracolich to never before dragons including the Steampunk, Slime and Shadow dragons. Each Dragon has a unique story. This new mobile game will run on Apple & Android devices and will also be available on the web. We are scheduled to release this new game next month in October! You should also check out the official www.AQDragons.com website.
Dragons & Project: AdventureQuest Omni
Greetings friend! I just returned home from DragonCon 2014 where we officially announced video game projects that you are going to love! WARNING: This post contains Brutalcorn thumb-wrestling, baby teleportation stories, and semi-spoilers about the new storyline in AdventureQuest Worlds!
(What is DragonCon? Read the previous post.)
AQWorlds is not going ANYWHERE!
I heard some silly rumors being spread around so I want to know they are fake-- AdventureQuest Worlds is here to stay! It is our largest and most successful game. It will continue to grow and evolve. Project Omni is how we are going to "future proof" the game.
AdventureQuest Worlds' NEW STORY is here!
AdventureQuest Worlds players were thrilled at the seemless transition into the game's new overarching main storyline... "ANCIENT EVIL." A cataclysmic like event has returned the Elemental Titans to our world. Those blank areas on the map are about to start opening up. Also, a cast of never before villains have escaped from the underworld do to the... um... death of Death. It is hard to make the rest of this post without spoilers. So if you have not completed it yet, then SPOILER ALERT!!! Stop reading right now and skip down to the next post. Seriouly.
Ok, so you are caught up with the current release? Then you know that the Hero is in fact the reincarnation of the Eternal Dragon of Time... the "god" of our multiverse. Before you actualized your powers, you also became the 13th Lord of Chaos. Following the tragic series of events that we witnessed King Alteon undergo... you went on to do what no other Chaos Lord had done before you-- conquer the world. Then... FURTHERMORE... to escape the underworld, you assassinated Death himself. Which, technically makes you Death too! The final battle with Drakath was the most epic series of fights and cutscenes in the games history.
My Twitter feed was full of awe as it exceeded the hype. However, a fixed point in time... Drakath, in a depserate attempt to flee you, enters the Chaos Gate. Defeating him was the only way to stop the end of the world... but doing so would strip you of all of your powers. Just like it did Drakath. The decision of a true Hero... good or evil... is to sacrifice everything for your cause. You know what happens next O_O. The Chaos Gate was closed... but the Queen of all Monsters escaped into our world. Time happens differently in the Chaos Realm... so when you return a long while later, you find the world has been devastated by the re-awakened Ancient Elemental Titans and the villains that escaped Death's underworld.
The Queen of all Monsters. the one who created Drakath, has returned to our world... to defeat her you will have to face the Titans and regain your powers. AdventureQuest World's true storyline has finally begun!
AdventureQuest Omni Update And MORE!!!
There is TOO MUCH to post... so if you want to read all of the stories from Dragon*Con, see all the pictures, and hear the newest news about the projects we are currently working on, you will find them in my post on Artix.com!
2014 DragonCon Information
Artix Panel Date & Time
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 30th @ 2:30 PM
WHERE: DragonCon : Grand Salon D room @ the Hilton Atlanta hotel
WHY: To launch the 13 Lords of Chaos poster, to talk about our new Mobile game AQ Dragons, to showcase a new secret Mobile game, and to meet and greet our biggest fans—like you!
Launching: 13 Lords of Chaos Poster!
To commemorate the epic finale of the current AdventureQuest Worlds storyline, we are releasing this AMAZING 13 Lords of Chaos Poster, featuring all 13 Chaos Lords drawn & painted by Diozz and Dage the Evil. The entire Artix team will sign these posters at the lab before they are taken to DragonCon. Anyone attending our panel on Saturday, August 30 at DragonCon will be able to buy these posters before ANYONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!
New Mobile Game: AQ Dragons
So you want to know more about AQ Dragons? So OF COURSE DragonCon is the best place to do so! The Artix team will reveal everything we know about the upcoming mobile game, AQ Dragons, at our panel. This is so much better than piecing together tidbits of information via our Twitters =)
Spoiler Alert: Secret Mobile Game Project
Ah yes, a new secret mobile game. Well… it won’t be much of a secret for those who attend our DragonCon panel! And I cannot say much more about it… because it’s been kept a secret from me, too! >…..<
How to Survive DragonCon
Cysero is your best bet for surviving DragonCon. And he’s posted a full length survival guide here.
On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment team, we hope to see you at the Artix Panel @ DragonCon this Saturday, August 30th, in the Hilton’s Grand Salon D room!
xoxo Beleen =D
Ps... IDK what that drawing up there is for. Cysero drew it... so maybe you can ask him about it on his Twitter?
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"A long time ago...In a laboratory far far underground..." - @TomzTempTwit
The hardest part of writing a design notes is writing the first few words. So I asked you and my other friends on Twitter to give me a hand... but, *shhhh* secret... This post is not really about writing a Design Notes at all. Read more.
Read the full post on www.Artix.com
American Ninja Warrior 2014
On last night's TV episode of American Ninja Warrior on NBC, our favorite "Real Life Ninja," Drew Drechsel, completed the course with the #1 fastest time! 44.24 seconds. WAY TO GO DREW! You can send him a congratulations on his twitter... @NINJADREW!!!
I was deeply honored that for his TV interview, Drew wore the "Real Life Ninja" shirt that I designed for him. In addition to Drew, several of our other friends including Reko Rivera (The guy who breathed the fireball) and Ryan Stratis successfully completed the course! It was a really exciting and good night of runs. I hope you join us in cheering them on in the Miami Southeast Region Finals.
SPOILER: This episode choose to focus on the long time rivalry between Drew and another famous contestant named "Flip". They showed Drew's run first and he took 1st place. The pressure was on for Flip to beat it. Unfortunately, Flip's foot slipped on the cargo net during his run causing Flip to touch the water and be disqualified. A good reminder that no matter that no matter how talented someone is, the course is TOUGH and just one tiny miscalculation can end it... and Flip is REALLY REALLY good.
Willowcreek Conquered by the Forces of Chaos!
The 13th Lord of Chaos and their minions have conquered Willowshire... our first loss ever against a Chaos Lord.
After inflicting horror and unbelievable casualties... and leaving behind a "Chaotic Beast" to keep the townsfolk in terror... the main forces of Chaos have moved on to attack their next location. We do not yet know where... but we suspect the attack to commence tomorrow or Wednesday.
Artix von Krieger says ,"Alliance forces... a single battle does not determine the outcome of a war. We can still stop the 13th Lord of Chaos before their armies reach the town of Battleon. We WILL NOT allow them to conquer another of our towns! BATTLE ON!"
Tags: Artix World War Lore
It is the eve of war...
Starting last weekend, Alliance scouts reported that chaos monsters from across the land suddenly left their positions and headed towards mount Doomskull. We believe that the 13th Lord of Chaos, whomever that may be, will lead their forces to attack us on Friday... but we do not know where.
We sent our most talented scouts & rangers to steal the Chaos Attack Plans. But thus far, none have returned. We need to know where the attack will take place... alliance forces are too spread out, and too few following the battles against the first 12 Chaos Lords.
Perhaps if you can find a Chaos Warlord, you can obtain the plans. (I wonder where a Chaos boss would wait while preparing for the start of a Chaos war...)
Friday… they will lead the forces of chaos to destroy our world
“I thought I had seen every crazy thing possible in our world… but I never dreamed of seeing something like this. Our jaws dropped to the floor when the identity of the 13th and final Lord of Chaos was revealed. “Impossible!” many cried. “How can this be!?” asked the wide-eyed and trembling guards assigned to protect the lands between our home of Battleon and Drakath’s lair at Mount Doom Skull.
It is known to us that THIS FRIDAY the 13th Lord of Chaos will lead their forces on an all out attack. It has been said that every Chaos Lord has had the potential to wipe us out and actually win… but this time, it might actually happen. We are currently rallying ALL forces to battle against… try to stop… *shakes head* I am at a loss for words. I still cannot believe this is happening… this Friday we MUST stop the 13th Lord of Chaos from marching their forces to Battleon! As soon as our scouts return… we will coordinate our defense!”
The War of Lore & Roleplaying
There are a few things you need to know right now….
The War will be live and in real time
- There are two sides:
Chaos vs the Alliance (Good & Evil Truce)
- Everyone can join the Defenders and attempt to stop Chaos’s progress
- Only players who completed the main storyline can join Chaos.
It is understood that Chaos has a serious advantage in this war. Especially the areas closer to Mount Doom Skull.
- Battles are determined by the “War Meter”
Each side will have a “war meter.” It will fill up every time you or other players on your side complete an objective. In other words… the combined efforts of you and everyone on your side will determine victory.
- The outcome of a battle is permanent…
If an area of the game is destroyed, or if an NPC is kills -- it is permanent. It is potentially possible for entire areas of the game to be permanently damaged, changed, or destroyed. It is also possible for new areas to be created depending on which side wins or loses a battle.
- Major War plot events HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN ON PURPOSE!
That is right. You and your fellow players will be determining what happens by your actions… and we build the game around what happens. This whole thing is going to be live, organic, and unpredictably awesome. We have not done something this dynamic and wild since the wars in the original AdventureQuest.
History is about to be made, and this is your opportunity to be a part of it. If you are currently caught up with the main storyline, then you already know you have the most important role in what is currently happening. We ask that you roleplay your character in the war.
Whether you are good or evil… allow yourself to play along. You will have chances in the story to make important decisions. Also, in between battles, it is perfectly fine to go (OOC) Out of character. Never feel pressure to roleplay outside of the war. Just have lots of fun-- this is going to be some serious crazy fun.
Battle On…. Friday!
New Character Page Feature!
This is something I have been wanting to make for years. Now you can hit the camera button on your AQWorld's Profile Page to create and download a custom profile pic. Use it with Facebook, Twitter, or any of those MyInstaTumblrSpace type things. It is really easy to use... and advanced userswill be happy to know output is 800x800 and one of the background options (the one that looks black) is actually transparent so you can use the image in photoshop to make your own custom stuff. Also, I cleaned up the page a bit and added a search box at the bottom. So you can type in your character name there and it will just bring up your character page.
- Captain Rhubarb purged 32 thousand inactive accounts from 2008 so there are now more names available
- Zhoom & Yorumi fixed a server memory leak bug which solved the slow monster respawn issue after a server was running for several days.
- I have been working with the artists on cleaning up the existing AQWorlds Interface with improved artwork. After showing a few things on my official Artix Twitter it became very clear that players do not want any major changes to the shapes of things in the interface, but do like the upgraded artwork. So... that is exactly what we are going to do!
Frankly speaking... you guys are freaking amazing!
Starting last night, Battle Gems, our brand new mobile game, was featured as a "Best New Game" in the Apple App Store. We are currently in slot #12 -- which is HUGE if you consider there are litterally millions and millions of games on the app store. The reviews from our long time players and from people who have never heard of us before have been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone seems to immediatley notice how much heart and effort we put into the game... even after playing just a few levels you can see the quality, humor and how surprisingly big the game is. We did not hold anything back making this for you... and you are not holding back helping us making Battle Gems one of the top games in mobile. Thank you!
BattleGems has a new website: www.AQBattleGems.com
Android & Bugs Update
The team has been working around the clock the last few days on the iPod Touch 4th Gen crashing bug, and the rare, but equally frustrating Character Data wipe issue. Also, we fixed the error with Dracustien Frankula in the CastlePainya area. We have our fixes in testing now an we will be submitting the fixes to the Apple App store ASAP. Then, completing the port to Android is the next top priority. To all of you Android users, thank you for being so awesome and patient! There are A LOT of different screen sizes and a few "gotchas" porting to Android -- but once these apple bugs are done, we should be able to muscle our way through it. When it does come out for Android, it is going to be even more polished.
NEW BATTLE GEMS VIDEOS!!!!!!
In case you have been missing them, here are the links!
If you happen to be going to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida this Saturday... keep an eye out for the Battle Gems suits. The Gems and I will be running around the convention taking crazy and silly photos. I will be posting pictures for everyone through next week via the Battle Gems Facebook page -- give us a like and keep a watch on it!
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It just went live! Be the first to play our 1st major mobile game, AdventureQuest: Battle Gems! It is available right now for free on Apple’s App Store
The team and I are really proud to be releasing Battle Gems for you. As our first major mobile game, it took over 6 months to draw, animate, code and write the 450+ joke & pun filled levels for you. We think you will agree that it is our most crazy, addictive and fun game yet! Get Battle Gems and please help us spread the word. (P.S. We are working on the Android version as you read this.)
Battle Gems Features
- Over-the-top fantasy Puzzle/RPG
- 150+ monsters including BrutalCorn, Octobear and more!
- 450+ quests to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull
- 250+ items
- Every item you collect increases your total power!
- Fully customizable character
- Crazy monsters, epic battles, and… horrible puns (but get it anyway)
Limited Time Offer: Become a Founder!
Now is your only chance to become a Battle Gems Founder! Support the game during this launch and UNLOCK EVERYTHING with a one-time payment that is cheaper than a Pizza. …and our game comes with “extra-cheese” at no extra charge. Purchase the Founder Package during this limited time offer for $9.99, you shall receive:
- UNLIMITED turns! (Yeah. Unlimited. In your face Crushy Candy game!)
- Exclusive Dragon Knight Armor, Weapon, Wings & Helm
- Permanent Gold boost
- The Skeleton Key
- AdventureQuest Worlds MMO exclusive - Dragon Knight CLASS, Armor, 2 Helms, 3 Capes, & 2 Weapons
Battle Gems is already getting GREAT REVIEWS!
Thank you so much to everyone giving the game five stars to us on the app store. Battle Gems has been getting amazing feedback and reviews -- check out this KILLER game review from the game review site, Game Skinny! The humor is spot-on perfect "AE" and Battle Gems has the highest quality and most consistant art. I am really proud of the team, the testers, and our online community for all of the long and hard work that went into creating this amazing game. Thank you guys!!! We are working hard on the Android and other ports. Even if you cannot play yet, please help us spread the word! Each day this week we will be releasing a new Battle Gems video... and this weekend, "The Gems" will be heading to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida to run around and cause trouble. BATTLE GEM ON!
Do not forge to LIKE the BattleGems Facebook page!
Meet Fuge-- AQWorlds player and creator of this EPIC Paladin Costume!
Cosplay is the hobby of creating and dressing up as characters from video games, movies, TV and comic books. It has become main stream in recent years, largely due to the success of popular fan conventions including ComicCon and DragonCon. The creavity, hard work and effort that goes into creating these costumes is simply incredible. So when Fuge, an AQWorlds player posted photos of his self-crafted Paladin armor on my Facebook page... I asked Fuge if we could interview him to get you the inside story. Read the full interview and see the photos at www.Artix.com!
Undead Apocalypse coming tomorrow
UNDEAD APOCALYPSE!? *wipes the happy & joy inspired drool off mouth and grabs Battleaxe* Seriously... it should be Dage the Evil's birthday every day of the year! The new game release goes live in AQWorlds tomorrow at Sundown. As an added treat for us, Dage's Ultra Boss Birthday Challenge is coming too.
ANY DAY NOW AdventureQuest: Battle Gems, our first major mobile game will hit the Apple App Store. This fantasy/puzzle/RPG is filled with creative monsters designed by your favorite AE artists. It is also laced with deadly puns and more than a few inside jokes that only you will get. We have been anxiously waiting on Apple to approve the game and add it to the app store. In the mean time, we have been working on the Android and Web/Facebook ports. Also... I picked up my camera again and we started shooting some new crazy videos to promote the game. Remember the original Battle Gems commercial where we saw Brutalcorn for the first time? Haha, yes-- we created life sized versions of the gems that you use in the game to make attacks. While editing late last night I made a few "vines" of my monitor so you can sneak peek what I am working on and then posted them to my ArtixKrieger twitter.
Drew Drechsel wins Sasuke Malaysia
INCREDIBLE!!!! You helped send AQWorld's real-life ninja, Drew Drechsel, to compete in Malaysia... and... HE WON! He did not just won 1st place... he won ALL FOUR 1st place trophies for completing and getting the fastest time on every obstacle.
Drew asked me to pass on his gratitude, "Thanks to all of you who helped get me to Malaysia to compete in the 1st ever international Sasuke! It was an honor to represent you as AQWorld's Real-Life Ninja. Expect the same on this year's American Ninja Warrior competition."
Behind the scenes story
You can find Drew in-game as our Ninja Trainer. You may have already seen him on the TV show, American Ninja Warrior (the world's most difficult obstacle course.) In addition to being a top competitor, he is a truely remarkable person. It is rare to find such humility, kindness, and what I can only personaly describe as an "aura of good" around a person who is so talented.
So, a month ago when Drew asked for help getting to the 1st ever International Sasuke in Malaysia.... AQWorlds players along with Drew's friends and family raised funds. This was a big deal. All of the likes and shares on posts on Facebook to aid Drew helped spread the world. So much so that Drew raised more money than he needed. So he generously used the rest to help fellow Ninja Warrior, Michelle Warnky (who reached the Vega Stage on last years ANW) to attend the competition as well! Drew spends a lot of time training children in parkour/ninja activities. In fact, he met Michelle at a American Ninja Warrior training camp for kids in Ohio. They were also joined by another of our friends, Ryan Stratis (Who... if you are a fan of The Walking Dead, played that old man zombie that Daryl beat up with a golf club in last Sunday's episode.) There were also many amazing athletes from Japan's Sasuke at this competition.
There was a heart warming moment before the competition when Drew asked his long time hero & role model Makoto Nagano (The famous fisherman / Ninja Warrior competitor from Japan who is a hero to so many of us) for a photo of them together. Then, after the competition, Nagano walked up to Drew and asked him... if *he* could have a photo of them together. It was, in my opinion, an incredibly humble, honorable, and sincere sign of respect between two legendary athletes.
If you are one of our many awesome players in Singapore, you are so lucky to be able to watch the event on Television. For the rest of us, if you would like to see all four of Drew's runs... and holy smokes just look at his Speed, Dexterity and Strength! Check out this (Shhh! Probably not allowed-- recorded on a cell phone) footage! Be sure to give him a hearty "Congratulations!" and "Battle on!" in his video's comments. This is an epic win for both him, and our gaming community. OUR REAL-LIFE NINJA WON!!! WAY TO GO!
"The future is not yet written... the purple ink will not let it dry."
"The future is not yet written... the purple ink will not let it dry."
"The future is not yet written... the purple ink will not let it dry."
She just keeps repeating these words over and over in the dark room. The young girl traded her sight for the curse of seeing the future. It was the only way to save her brother. A dark pact made with a being that no human should ever bargain with. She sees what is about to happen to our world. She saw you... the hero, and she saw your secret. She knows what you truly are. She you and your allies facing the 13th and final Lord of Chaos. An unpredictable war that did not follow the rules and changes everything... The world torn asunder, entire Kingdoms destroyed and changed never to be the same again. She saw lands that could never be drawn on any map. She saw madness. She saw what the gate behind Drakath is for. She saw Drakath's true power... and how he acquired these powers. She saw what happens when Gravelyn finally has the opportunity to avenge what he did to her Father. She saw what everything we have done together was leading up to. She saw you alone, in a duel to the death with the Champion of Chaos, Drakath. She saw our world's final stand.... She saw it happening THIS SUMMER.
"The future is not yet written... the purple ink will not let it dry."
"The future is not yet written... the purple ink will not let it dry."
Tags: Artix Drakath 13 Lords of Chaos Gravelyn Revenge War Destruction Secret
"Good things come to those who wait... work hard through the night for months." Greetings and salutations! I wanted to write you and give you an update on, well, everything! This will be a bit of a long post. Which is great, because it will make up for so many of the days I have not had time to post. I really miss writing you design notes posts! If you have recently joined AdventureQuest Worlds, or the Artix Entertainment community, and are not a survivor of my light hearted, pun laced, potentially trauma inducing posts.... then nice to meet you and good luck! Has anyone seen the asterisk*?
7 months ago I stole the some of AE's top coders, artists, and people who were morally ok with working on fiery armored dragons, undead cereal jokes, and time traveling yellow dinosaurs and started something called "Project: Omni". The goal? To product wicked dark and awesome games that play on every divice capable of playing games. I do not know about you, but I REALLY WANT TO PLAY AQWORLDS ON MY PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But first we needed to learn how. So we started building a light hearted and fun game called Battle Gems. It was a quick project that we thought could be done in 3 months. That was 7 months ago**. We are 98.5% done. Today we are sending a preview of our game to our contacts that work at Apple. I will be honest with you-- Battle Gems will be worth the wait. But this will also be the last project I work on with Chibi style characters. Sure, they were a perfect fit for this type of game. But I have an unquenchable itchy thirst*** to get back to making the dark, epic, actiony, over the top, death & doom filled characters that I set out to make when we first announced that we were "aging up" our games.
In AdventureQuest Worlds, we are quickly approaching the ultimate battle versus Drakath, the Champion of Chaos. If you are mad that it has not happened yet, blame me. I told Alina that I wanted to write the finale of the "13 Lords of Chaos" personally. Obviously, this is something I cannot focus my full attention on and do until Battle Gems is finished... and since it is going to be the biggest and craziest thing ever done in the game (certain to get everyone on the staff furious at me)I think it would be safe to plan on it happening during summer break. We will finally reveal what you, the hero, really are... and we will reveal the big secret behind all of the Chaos Lords and -- just like in the old days -- what happens will change our world forever. It possible, I want to do it as a month long live event.
My New Year's resolution was to get back into game development personally. Late at night I have been learning how to program and animate using the new tools the rest of the team has been mastering over the past year. When I started doing writing for Battle Gems I invited everyone to join me on a live stream via my ArtixKrieger twitter. It was crazy fun and a great way to brainstorm****. If you are up for it-- I would love to do a bunch more of it in the future. If you want to, sent me a tweet with the hashtag #DoEeetArtix
* HERE I AM! HERE! HERE! HERE! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS MADE OF STYROFOAM AND YOGURT I AM RIGHT HERE. HEY! HEY! HEY!
** 7 Months, 2 days, 11 hours and 22 seconds. But who is counting. Really.
*** You might want to get a doctor to look at that. Maybe some antibiotics.
**** Brainstorming Stream (v.) - A chatotic non-stop stream of insanity and very loud techno-remixed Doctor Who Music run by an over caffinated, armor wearing crazy guy who has an attention span shorter than the following sentence: "I a...."
Help fund AQWorld's Drew Drechsel to compete in Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) Malaysia!
Drew Drechsel is AQWorld's very own "Real-Life Ninja." Appearing in-game as the Ninja Trainer, Drew is best known for being one of the top competitors on the TV show, American Ninja Warrior. Drew is athelete of exceptional ability and has the heart and attitude of a true champion. Basically a real life Goku. He is also a good friend. When Drew was accepted to compete on Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) in Malaysia he was so exited! I personally believe he has a real opportunity to win if he goes. However, he does not have the money to cover the international trip & expenses. So what do you say we help him out? We have had success doing something just like this when you helped win J6 into that space camp program! More importantly, if someone's Ninja is going to be out there winning international competitions, it should be *OURS*! If you are able, please donate a few dollars to help send Drew Drechsel to compete in Malaysia via GoFundMe.
Update: Myself and a few other players have already chipped in. He is already over 1/3rd the way!
Tags: Artix Drew Drechsel Ninja Warrior Malaysia Represent Minor abuse of power to help a good cause Ninja
Real-life Artix's wedding video
What happens in a video game creators wedding, stays in... nope. It goes right onto YouTube. This actually happened. Inspired by AdventureQuest Worlds weddings, the groomsmen wore Knight armor over their suits and you will not believe what happens next. The only thing this video is missing is you... and we are going to fix that! Join us on Friday the 13th for the AQworlds in-game wedding event!
If you find it worthy, please like and share this video.
Photo: Sylvain Gentile
Tags: Artix Wedding Chairman Platinum Ninjas Iron Man Bat Man
Battle Gems is coming soon
Do you have an iPhone, Android, iPod, iPad, iToaster, iSock or iWeirdSenseOfHumor? This holiday season we plan our releasing our first major mobile game! It is an RPG/Battle-Puzzle game calledAdventureQuest: Battle Gems.
You battle by touching the screen and connecting 3 or more gems of the same type. We got creative and added slime levels, lava challenges, bombs, cages, and a bunch of other crazy game mechanics. As you read this we are in the home stretch of creating the game's 140+ monsters and 256 levels.
Yes, it will be free. Probably an optional upgrade in it -- but we do not know what yet, we have been competely focused on the gameplay and level design. We want you to fall in love with our first mobile game.
The Battle Gems project was started to "teach us how to make mobile games" so we would be ready to create a mobile version of AdventureQuest Worlds. It turned into something really amazing... we hope you will be one of the first people to download it and try it out when it is ready this December.
Want to be the first to know when it goes live!? Like the BattleGems Facebook page!