For all those Warlocks out there—thank you SO MUCH for supporting AQ Worlds! All your friends here take so much pride in creating the best online MMORPG for you, and without your kind donations, we could never have accomplished any of this. Thanks again for supporting AdventureQuest Worlds! xoxoxoxooxooxoxo!!
We are almost 1 week away… Mogloween is next Friday the 31st! And I know you’ve just been dying to sneak-a-peek at the tricks-and-treats in store for you and millions of your friends in the best browser RPG, AdventureQuest Worlds. So… let’s get spoiled with some spoilers!
The famous Gypsy Pirate Goth Musician, Voltaire, returns to Lore to narrate the 2014 Mogloween Event, fully inspired by Edgar Allan Poe! And don’t just read through… play through 3 of Poe’s spookiest stories in epic online adventures!
Spoiler Alert 1: The Fall of the House of Crusher
Relive the classic tale of mystery and the macabre in a brand-new zone inspired by Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. Here you will meet Roderick Crusher and his sickly sister Madeline, who suffers from catalepsy (an illness that makes her appear dead). Quest through the haunted House of Crusher as you attempt to save Madeline’s life before it’s too late!
Spoiler Alert 2: The Cask of Amoglinado
Poe’s twisted tale of terror, The Cask of Amontillado, comes to life in browser based glory. Your friend, Montresor, believes he found a rare cask of Moglin Berry Juice: the Amoglinado. And you, my friend, just so happen to be a Moglin Berry Juice connoisseur! Quest with Montresor into the city’s vaults until you reach the very end where the Amoglinado is fabled to reside.
Spoiler Alert 3: The Wyvern
Undisputedly the most notable poem by Poe, The Raven inspired lyrical twists to the AQW-themed version entitled: The Wyvern. As not to give away too much, I’ll leave you with the opening stanza:
Once upon a night so eerie, while I wandered, weak and weary,
From slaying many a monster in the lands of Lore,
As I quested, Achievement Tracking,
Suddenly there came a whacking,
As if some beast was attacking, attacking with a ridiculous roar.
“’Tis some wild boar,” I mumbled, “whacking with a ridiculous roar.
Only this—a level 1 boar.”
DO YOU FEEL THOSE GOOSEBUMPS?! You should—I get the chills just reading that! And next Friday, October 31st, 2014, every hero and every villain in this 2D MMO will get to experience Edgar Allan Poe like never before!
Stay tuned to the Design Notes and the AQW Facebook for more spoilers!
Ahoy me hearties! Ye AQW Crew be keepin’ mighty busy with all this 6th birthday preparatin’ and 12th anniversary event plannin’, so forgive we fer takin’ a wee bit long’r than expect’d to judge ye Naval Commander Contest!
Ye Honorary Cap’n: Grand Prize Winner
Avast, sailors! Meet yer Grand Prize Winner!
i am oscar
We absolutely loved this sailor’s cyborg concept, and ye can look forward to seein’ their Naval Commander creation on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2015. i am Oscar also be takin’ home an exclusive 0 AC Trobble pet based on he’s Cyborg Commander theme in addition to 1,000 shiny AdventureCoins (all be comin' soon, me lovely!). Keep up the fine work, Cap’n!
Rudder Ups: Second Place Scallywags
Har har, me always appreciate a good play on words! Here be me favorite runner up,
Ahoy me lovelies! This be a heads-up that we be announcing the winners of the Naval Commander Contest AND the winners of the Naval Commander Raffle this Monday, October 6, 2014.ME WANTS THAT BOOTY!
Last Chance to Enter the Raffle
Enter the Naval Commander Raffle to win one of 100 Naval Commander 2015 armors! It's simple: buy either the DoomKnight Naval Commander or Brilliant Naval Commander from Quibble’s Shop in Battleon for a chance to win. Raffle ends when Quibble leaves this Monday!
BIG Bonus for Upgraded Legends!
For each month of upgraded membership you have, you'll get another chance to win the raffle.Example: if you have 6 months of membership left, and you buy the DoomKnight Naval Commander Armor, you'll be entered into the raffle 7 times!
Speaking of Legends…
Oh yeah, and when you upgrade to a Legend membership, you’ll automatically become a 6th Upholder too. OMG SO MUCH WIN!
Ahoy me matey! Friday be jus’ over the horizon, ‘nd that means International Talk Like A Pirate Day be here!
Aye yes, and ye best be ready too, ‘cause we pirates don’t take too kindly to lilly livered landlubbers. But fret not, sailor—ye be in luck, ‘cause me ‘nd me AQW Crew has a lil’ lessen for ye in the way o' the Pirate. Yaaaar!
There be Rules, Sailor: Pirate 101
Thee first thing ye need to know ‘bout becomin’ a pirate is ye gatta believe yer a pirate! If ye don’t truly believe ye be a Swashbuckler, then aint no one else ganna be bamboozled! Set ye deadlights on these steps:
Pirates don’t be good at speakin’. We be mutterin’ most o’ our words. Best get used to it, matey!
Ye gatta run ye words togeth’r. Ye gatta slur. Don’t be usin’ no proper sentences, either!
If ye still got both ye hands, use a motherload o’ gestures. Movin’ ye hands about when ye speak be key to a pirate’s life. It also be good fer protectin’ against Carpal Tunnel!
Pirates be loud ‘nd lusty ‘nd brash. Thee louder ye be, THEE SMART’R YE SOUND!!!
Never say “you” or “your” unless ye wishes to walk the plank. It be “ye” an’ “yer” in the Pirate’s life! Savvy?
Oh, ‘nd it be “me” and not no “I” or “mine”! Fer example, “that be me booty, ye no good two toothed thievin’ scallywag!”
Drop the “g” after words endin’ in “ing”. There be no need fer that “g” after many words, like goin’, and fightin’, and fishin’, and swimmin’!
Make up words if ye have to! We pirates don’t be mindin’ a wee bit o’ hornswaggling!
Pirates be superstitious folk. Never leave port without ye good luck charm, or there be mighty a dire consequence! Me never leaves me home base without me lucky pink skull pendant!
Swanky Pirate Lingo: Pirate 102
Below be a list o’ the best pirate-speak in all thee seven seas! Best practice these phrases, ‘nd ye then be ready fer Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19!
All hands on deck! – A cry that calls for immediate action.
Ahoy! – A general greeting, meaning "Hello!"
Arrr! – A pirate’s most commonly used word that has no solid definition.
Avast! – A cry that generally means “Stop and give attention.” Can also mean "Whoa!” or "Check it out" or "No way!"
Aye! - "Yes!"
Belay - To immediately cease or stop.
Booty - Anything of value that a pirate can plunder.
Cat’o’Nine Tails – A whip made up of nine knotted ropes.
Crow’s Nest – A lookout point at the top of the tallest mast on a ship.
Cutlass – A curved sword, favored by many sailors.
Davy Jones' Locker – Technically means the bottom of the sea. It is also where the souls of drowned pirates go.
Grog – A pirate’s beverage of choice.
Hoist the Colors! –To raise the Pirate flag before attacking.
Hearties –Shipmates and friends.
Hornswaggle—To cheat or to lie.
Lad—A name for a young gentleman.
Lass - A name for a young woman, usually more polite.
Lubber or landlubber—A name give to those who prefer land over the sea.
Motherload –A term for a very large amount of booty or treasure.
Salt or Old Salt—The name given to veteran Sailors. Also used to enhance the flavor of food.
Savvy – Meaning to understand or “okay”.
Smartly – To do or to perform something quickly.
Scurvy –A common condition of sailors who go too long without eating fruits and vegetables.
Shiver me timbers! –"Well, I'll be" or "What a surprise!"
Swag—The common term for riches and/or gold.
Walk the plank – To be forced to walk the length of a plank that has been placed over the side of a ship. The outcome is not promising.
Pirate Booty ‘n Treasures: Spoils o’ the Scallywag
Pirates be lovin’ some booty! Har har har! And ye too can plunder yer loot from Quibble’s Treasure Chest makin’ landfall in Battleon this Friday, September 19, at twilight. Some o’ thee best booty in all the seven seas includes:
13+ Naval Commander bandanas (ALL sailors can get ‘em!)
‘nd more treasures await to be plundered!
Ye be a savvy pirate now, that ye be. On behalf o’ the AQW Crew, ye now be ready fer Talk Like a Pirate Day! Weigh anchor, grab ye cutlass and ye captain’s hat, ‘nd don’t be forgettin’ yer trusty parrot neither! At any time ye be needin’ a smartly reminder, sail back ‘ere ‘nd get a seaworthy refresher!
Note: you do not need to use the reference art. It exists as a guide for those who want it to compare sizing, positioning.
Motherload of Booty: Pirate Prizes
Thee Grand Prize winner will be gettin’:
A free version o’ their winning Naval Commander armor next year
An exclusive, 0 AC Trobble pet themed on your design THIS year
Second Place winners be receivin’:
An exclusive 0 AC trobble pet
All other winners be enjoyin’:
an exclusive Naval Commander helm or weapon
Thar be Rules, Drivelswigger
Follow EACH rule if ye want ye entry to be considered eligible (if ye don’t, ye entry will walk the plank; savvy, sailor?)
Only ONE entry per AQW character!
Create a 100% original Naval Commander armor set! Ye can Draw, Paint, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Print, Sculpt, or Bake/Decorate ye very own Naval Commander of AQWorlds. There be NO limit to your creativity!
Your Naval Commander Armor Set MUST BE created by YE. And only YE.
100% original artwork created by YOU
NO stealing someone else’s work (we WILL find out if you do, and you will be automatically disqualified)
No teaming up with friends
Your Naval Commander entry MUST include yerAQW Character Name somewhere on thee picture. Please legibly write/sign ye AQW Character name
Include TLaPD 2014 somewhere on ye picture.
Type your AQWorlds Character Name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting.
Include hashtags #TLaPD and #AQW in your Tweet BEFORE submitting.
And after ye follow’d ALL THEE RULES above, submit ye swashbuckling showpiece to @AQWcontest Twitter at www.twitter.com/AQWcontest
Shiver me Timbers: Contest Timeframe
The TLaPD Naval Commander Contest…
Begins today, September 15, 2014
Ends Monday, September 22nd, at 11:59pm EST
All entries MUST be submitted to @AQWcontest Twitter page before 11:59pm EST (server time) on 9/22/2014
Cheat Sheet: Quick Checklist
Check off each thing below to ensure that ye & yer Naval Commander design be eligible to win!
Your 100% made-by-you Naval Commander Armor Set!
Your AQW Character Name *neatly* written on your submission
‘ TLaPD 2014 ‘ somewhere on your photo entry
Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet
#TLaPD and #AQW in Tweet
Upload your Naval Commander photo to your Tweet
Tweet your Naval Commander entry to @AQWcontest !
Thar you hav’it, matey! Now, get them barnacles outta yer boots and start drawin’ yer cutthroat Naval Commander!
This is the September to remember! Rixty has teamed up with AQWorlds, and when you Upgrade and/or buy AdventureCoins using Rixty, you’ll automatically be entered to win $100!
This special Rixty offer begins now until Tuesday, September 30, so find the nearest Rixty retailer to upgrade in AQWorlds AND have a chance to win $100 in Rixty credits =D
Rixty is also tripling your chances to win—because Rixty will choose 3 Artix winners!
What is Rixty?
You can buy a Rixty prepaid card at a nearby convenience store and transfer your cash online with no fees. Rixty currently has over 18,000 convenience store locations nationwide. You can also use MOL Point cards and Green DOT MoneyPak.
How to Upgrade with Rixty
Click here to find the Rixty prepaid card retailer nearest you, and purchase a Rixty Game Card!
Enter your Rixty Code (or login to your Rixty account) and follow the instructions to complete your Artix Points purchase.
Click Dashboard, and select the game user account you want to upgrade with your Points (in this case, AQWorlds!)
Unlock your upgrade for AQWorlds, and you’ll automatically be entered to win $100 from Rixty!
Could it get any better?
Why yes—yes it can! Since Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19, we want to give you an exclusive pirate weapon when you upgrade with Rixty!
Rixty Render Cutlass
If you purchase a Membership or buy AdventureCoins using Rixty, you will receive the Rixty Render Cutlass automatically. The only way to get the Rixty Render Cutlass is by upgrading via Artix Points bought with Rixty anytime between September 1st and Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
And you just might win the $100 grand prize, too. Yaar, that would be the motherload of all pirate booty!
Courtesy of my Artix Entertainment family—and that includes YOU too.
Hello my loves! I have some exciting and literal game changing news to announce!
I have just accepted an adventurequest to follow my real world dreams.
Hehe, clever, I know. But that is exactly what I’m going to do: I’m going to pursue my true passion as a professionalballoon entertainer.
Balloon animals are much more than squeaky colorful creations (although they totally are and are simply adorable!). Balloons allow me to express my artistic side using a real-life 3D medium, create literal one-of-a-kind balloon creations, and, most importantly of all, brighten the days of those all around me.
Seeing hundreds to thousands of smiling faces on a daily basis (not exaggerating) is the greatest joy I’ve ever experienced.
Balloons make me so happy—like the happiest I have even been before.
But you… everyone who plays Artix games and/or who are Artix team members… you guys and gals make me so happy too! So how can I pursue my balloon artist dreams while still being close friends with you all?
Artix Entertainment wants to help me on my balloon adventures.
OMG. Artix and Galanoth and Alina and everyone else here at the Secret Underground Lab are 150% supportive of me following my balloon dream!!!
And you know why?
It’s because everyone at Artix Entertainment is family! And family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.
LOL Zorbak totally looks like Stitch. Thanks, Oishii!
Starting today until mid September-ish, I will be off following my dreams to enhance my balloon bending skills and entrepreneurial endeavors—but I’ll still be helping out as much as I can with AQWorlds. I’ll still do the weekly newsletter, and some FaceBook and Design Notes posts, and a Twitter chirp here and there, because you’re all my friends and family and we totally gotta stay in touch you know? =D
So this is sooo not goodbye—it’s just a heads-up that I’ll be AFK for a little while.
The real life scoop on how “free to play games” make money
Ever since Artix Entertainment was founded in 2002, we have embraced the Free to Play Games model. Artix always dreamed of making fun games that everyone could enjoy, and all our games are free to download and free to play.
But… how does a video game company make enough money to support their team of dedicated programmers, artists, writers, game designers, and coffee-deliverers, while at the same time paying for bandwidth, advertising, traffic, web domains, and ninjas?
The answer: Artix has to rely on YOU.
Memberships and Microcurrency bundles (in AQW’s case, Legend upgrades and AdventureCoins, respectively) are how Artix Entertainment stays afloat. Some players might think we’re just money-grubbing individuals, spending their hard-earned cash on expensive cars, fancy dinners, and lavish parties...
In addition to his clever Vine, Cysero also wrote this AMAZING Facebook post about where all the money goes from Membership and AC sales:
Please take a few moments and read that over—it’s well worth it. Here’s the TL;DR version:
“Making a game and keeping it alive is very expensive, and all the money that you pay AE goes back into the games. We're not getting rich off you guys—we're just making ends meet THANKS to you guys. AE is YOUR company; you built it and you keep it alive. Thank you.”
With all that being said, everyone here at Artix Entertainment hopes you continue playing and enjoying all our games! And, should you wish to see Artix thrive for years to come, won’t you please consider supporting us by upgrading to a Legend and/or buying AdventureCoins?
How to Support AdventureQuest Worlds
There are a lot of ways to get an upgraded Legend Membership and AdventureCoins that will support the AQWorlds team and Artix family!
Thank you so much for being a part of the MMO AdventureQuest Worlds. You know, you are so much more than just a player—you’re family! In fact, everyone who plays Artix games and/or who are Artix team members are my family too.
The entire Artix team looks forward to continuing our video game adventures alongside you. Thank you so much for everything thus far, and please contribute if you can, so that everyone who stumbles upon an Artix Entertainment game can forever heed the call of
Voting ends THIS WEEK, so please tell your friends, your family, Facebook connections, Twitter followers, Instagram buddies, and anyone else with an internet connection to vote for US so WE all can win the Dragon Slayer Awards!
This plump, soft, and squishy bundle of joy is over 9” tall and has a heart that’s over 9000. This Drellie sailed all the way from Peach Seas, and comes with exclusive in-game items for your favorite video games, too!
Story mode activated! Peach Seas is an online boutique created from the imagination of Arielle Hill with the support of her family and friends. Peach Seas designs irresistibly unique and expressive characters, hoping to inspire creativity by sharing memorable content and charming merchandise with their fans.
“What began in 2013 as a labor of love for myself and my hard-working macro team (consisting of my mother, Julie Hill, and dear friend, Jocyne Smith) has now begun to develop into a profoundly rewarding experience,” says Arielle Hill, founder of Peach Seas and creator of the Orange Drellie Plushie. “We continue to meet spirited individuals who truly appreciate and adore our characters. This small yet devoted fan base has been tremendously motivating and supportive. Although we are currently limited on time and resources, we have exciting new releases planned to bring all the whimsical creatures from the Peach Seas universe to life!”
Hooray! Who doesn’t love whimsical creatures? Thanks Arielle for sharing your story AND your Drellies with us! <3
Now, what did you say about In-Game items?!
Oh yes, your Orange Drellie plushie unlocks a harvest of in-game items!
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! >…..<
The Chaos Fan Art Contest was a HUGE success—over 400 heroes placed in the Grand Prize, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and Above and Beyond categories!
And since we’re just a small indie game development company, we don’t have fancy robots to award all the winners at once. Our lovely Chronomancer Sora to Hoshi is awarding each winner one by one, so we thank you for your patience =)
Badges, Badges, Badges?!!?!
A lot of you on my Twitter have been asking about the Art of Chaos badge. Everyone who placed in a category will receive said badge.
But… there was a slight mix up at the Derp Pony Express facility…
…and we received Girl Scout Badges instead of the Art of Chaos badge! Deeerrrp!
This morning we received a partial order of our Art of Chaos badges, and Sora to Hoshi has been handing them out as quickly as she can as a new shipment is on its way.
Everyone here at Artix Entertainment strives to help the community in every way we can. Yesterday afternoon, the entire team at the Secret Underground Lab banded together to help #StrikeOutALS with the #IceBucketChallenge!
After rusting Artix’s real-life Paladin Armor, Artix Entertainment made a donation to the ALS Association to help raise funds for the fatal neurological disorder otherwise known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. This is just one of the many reasons Artix Entertainment is nominated in the Dragon Slayer Awards for Best Community Management Team of the year.
But this is only the tip of the ice(bucket)berg—Artix also called out three other video game studios to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
Let’s hope they don’t get cold feet. Or wait… maybe they will after accepting the #IceBucketChallange!
And forget buckets... @BladeOfAE improvised with a ice bath!
Glow with the flow with @GiannaGlow's all-ice #IceBucketChallenge!
And Lothalis took on the bitter cold challenge, too!
Thank you everyone for completing the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, and I'll continute to add more as they arrive!
For additional information about Lou Gherig’s Disease and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, go to www.ALSA.org and discover how you can be a real-life hero. Together we can #StrikeOutALS with the #IceBucketChallange and our donations!
Click the Subway/CVS/Burger King icon to use Openbucks
Select which Store Gift Card you have that you would like to redeem
Follow the instructions to purchase an Artix Certificate and to redeem the Artix Certificate for an AQWorlds upgrade
As soon as your payment is approved, you will receive payment confirmation emails that act as your receipt
Having Problems with Openbucks?
If you have an issue with Openbucks, please contact Openbucks via their Contact Us Page. No one here at Artix Entertainment has access to Openbucks’ system, so if you do have a payment issue, we will be unable to see what happened.
Additionally, please note that Openbucks is different from PayGarden, which are trading in store brand gift cards for AdventureCoins only. If you need help with PayGarden, please visit our Help Page here!
We have all witnessed the impressive power of Chaos. Hundreds and hundreds of heroes embraced the Chaos within, unleashing their artistic abilities in the Summer of Chaos Fan Art Contest.
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for… is finally here….
It’s time to announce the Champion of Chaos Drakath Fan Art Winners!
Grand Prize Winner: Champion of Chaos
Even though I am an English major, no words in my vocabulary can describe the awesomeness that this Drakath masterpiece represents. Fellow player Trizzzcentrino must have signed a deal with Drakath himself for being able to create such a chaotic work of art (a necessary sacrifice for sure!). They shall be awarded with: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and his art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!