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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!
- Openbucks (Burger King “Crown Card”, SUBWAY, Circle K, Sports Authority,
CVS, Shell, and Dollar General cards)
- Visa Gift Card
- Amazon Cards
- Visa Gift Card
Middle East/North Africa:
- OneCard / Smart2Pay
- Cherry Credits (Singapore, Philippines)
- Gudang Voucher (Indonesia)
Big hugs for everyone!
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.
You guys and gals make the BEST family ever!
And when you give back to AQWorlds by Upgrading and buying AdventureCoins, you are helping your Artix family support each other—staff members and players alike!
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
xoxo Beleen! =D
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Become a Legend and get AdventureCoins with Openbucks!
Howdy heroes! Do you live in the USA or Canada? Well if you do, we’ve got great news for you!
We just teamed up with Openbucks, unlocking multiple ways for you to upgrade in your favorite MMO AdventureQuest Worlds!
What is Openbucks?
Openbucks is a payment method that lets you use a store gift card to pay for an AQWorlds account upgrade or AdventureCoins bundle! Openbucks accepts store gift cards from:
- Subway (accepted in both USA and Canada)
- CVS Pharmacy
- Burger King “Crown Card”
- Circle K
- Dollar General
- Sports Authority
Openbucks has NO reload fees, NO usage fees, and NO extra charges. Openbucks is currently available in the USA and Canada only.
Where is Openbucks?
You can purchase or reload a gift card from an Openbucks retailer in over 100,000 locations! Search on Openbucks' Map to find out where a store is near you.
So many locations near me—so where will you find your Openbucks retailer?
For more information, you can also go to our Openbucks Page or the Openbucks site.
How to Upgrade with Openbucks
After obtaining your gift card, here are the basic steps to upgrade with Openbucks:
- Go to https://www.aq.com/order-now/direct/
- Choose which upgrade you would like to purchase
- Login to your AQWorlds account
- 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!
xoxo Beleen =D
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Want to get some free AC's each day? A few seconds after you log into the game, a new green button may appear that looks like this:
The button will be located next to the Game Size selector. If you click the button a pop-up window will appear showing a sponsor video.
You can get between 1 and 25 free AC's by watching each video! These new sponsor videos are available world-wide, but not always available for every country every day.
Currently, your new free AC's will not show up inside the game until you log back into the game.
We recommend watching one video each day, and after a few days you can earn enough free AC's to buy something! Sometimes you can watch the same video more than once!
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10% More AdventureCoins = 100 Times Better!
Gold is good… AdventureCoins are better… and 10% more FREE AdventureCoins is the best!
When you buy any AdventureCoins bundle with your Credit Card either in-game or on our website,* you’ll receive 10% more ACs—because we love you that much!
- 900 AdventureCoins = 990 ACs
- 2,000 AdventureCoins = 2,200 ACs
- 5,000 AdventureCoins = 5,500 ACs
- 12,000 AdventureCoins = 13,200 ACs
Hurry! This sweet offer ends November 2, 2013, so get your AdventureCoins now!
* If you buy Artix Points on the Portal, you will get 10% more Artix Points, but will not get 10% more ACs if you buy them with Artix Points.
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Shadow Sorcerer Summoner
Due to popular demand, the exclusive Shadow Sorcerer Armor Set arrives today!
You asked for it—and we listened! The Shadow Sorcerer Armor Set was meant for Friday’s release, but it seems like you just can’t wait that long. And neither can I, tehehe! So starting at noon today, when you purchase your 5,000 AdventureCoins bundle, all the power (and awesome items) of the Shadow Sorcerer will be yours for the taking!
With your 5,000 AdventureCoins purchase, not only will you get all those beloved ACs, but you will also receive:
- Shadow Sorcerer Armor
- Shadow Orb Staff
- Shadow Sorcerer Helm
- Shadow Sorceress Helm
- Shadow Sorcerer Mask
- Shadow Sorceress Mask
- Shadow Sorcerer Ink (helm)
- Violet Shadow Wings
- Magenta Shadow Wings
- Crimson Shadow Wings
- Teal Shadow Wings
- Cobalt Shadow Wings
- Shadow Sorcerer Character Page Badge
And to sweeten the deal even more, you will also receive:
- Color-Customizable Shadowfire Emperor Armor
- Shadowfire Skull Helm
- Shadowfire Katana Cape
- Shadowfire Blade
- Character Page badge
Starting today at 12:00pm EST (which is also the Server Time), harness the devastating might of the Shadow Sorcerer and prepare yourself for your victorious battles ahead!
Buy your 5,000 AdventureCoins package by clicking here!
And when you become the Shadow Sorcerer, show us your best screenshot on the AQWorlds Facebook Page!
Wish to become an Upgraded Legend? The Lightcaster Armor Set is still available for the 3 Month Legend Package until August 28th.
Battle on, Shadow Sorcerer!
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Limited-Time Offers and Items Popping Up!
Earlier this year, we introduced special pop-up offers which show to players with eligibile characters. We've been getting a lot of questions from you guys about why you're seeing them, so let's break down what's happening, why, and what it means for you!
What Is This Thing I'm Seeing?
These offers are for a limited-time and only appear if they are available to your character. Some offers will only be available if you've upgraded your account in the past, or if you've been upgraded for a certain amount of time. Some offers may have items attached to membership packages, or some may only offer exclusive item sets.
We are working on a way for you to disable these offers in your options menu, but each of them IS only available for a limited-time, so if you do not like them, they will eventually stop appearing. We have set them so they do not appear every time you log in until that functionality is working.
Why Do I Want to Support AQW?
Players who support AQWorlds by upgrading or buying AdventureCoins keep our game running and make it possible for other heroes to continue battling for free. They are the greatest heroes in Lore, and we want to make sure they know how much we appreciate their support of AQW!
That is why some release content is only available if you've upgraded your account. Upgrade and then head to /shattersword to unlock this week's adventure in Shattersword Cavern! Battle through an underground labrynth to defeat Graveclaw the Defiler, King Alteon's prisoner!*
Other member perks include:
- entire releases
- full storylines
- exclusive gear
- Some exp/rank/rep/gold boosts
- and challenge bosses
See more member-exclusives in the Lorepedia!
* And read about WHY our usually-epic cutscenes are DERPY versions this weekend!
What About AdventureCoins?
Some of these special offers will include larger amounts of AdventureCoins, or more of them with a certain membership package. Players who buy AdventureCoins, AQW's secondary currency, get access to some of the most awesome gear in the game!
Quibble Coinbiter is in Battleon now!
Different shops throughout the game contain AC gear, and some of our seasonal rare shops, like Quibble Coinbiter, are mostly stocked with AC items.
So... This Screen Doesn't Mean I Was Hacked?
Absolutely not. These screens were made by us for you! Never give away your username, password, or email address to anyone else, and you won't have to worry about being hacked. Protect your account!
Aqworlds and other Artix Entertainment team members will NEVER ask you for that information, because we do not need it to help you!
Will More of These Be Available in the Future?
Yes! But we don't know what, or when. We will base future offers on your feedback! We are considering moving these offers into the NEW news interface, once the design for that is finished. Look for more information about this in the coming weeks!
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Getting Free Stuff is Awesome!
Especially when you get MORE of it than you normally would! Cysero and I found out yesterday* that if you renew your membership anytime during the membership OR up to 1 week** after it expires, you get 100 BONUS AdventureCoins for every month you re-upgrade!
* Captain Rhubarb, who does a lot of the back end for our Payment system, knew about this and thought we all did, too. Now we're making sure YOU do, as well!
** When we announced this earlier today, we thought the period was for 2 weeks. It has been updated to the correct length of time, 1 week.
That's been true for a long time now... but it sounds like we haven't let everyone know about it. It's never too late to share good news! Especially when we are releasing a new set with the 1 year upgrade package this week: the Jade Samurai set!
What this means is... if you buy a 1 year membership while your account is upgraded, you'll get 1200 extra AdventureCoins! OR if your membership just expired and you upgrade this week with a 3 month membership, you'll get 300 extra AdventureCoins!
Upgrade to Become One of Lore's Greatest Heroes!
AQWorlds members make it possible for our servers to run (and for the dev team to eat)! But besides those very vital things, every membership unlocks even MORE awesome bonuses and extras than the one above!
Click here to see more Member Perks!
- The ability to create and lead your own guild
- Battling alongside pet companions... and Battle Pets who will fight WITH you
- Exclusive storylines, challenge battles, and zones
- Member-only servers
New Idea for Membership Bonus!
We are working on ANOTHER Member Perk! Cysero had the brilliant idea of giving a 5% AC bonus to ANY of the 4 main AdventureCoin packages purchased for any upgraded character. So if you're buying 12K ACs for your upgraded account, you'll get 12,600 ACs instead! We don't have a set date for this, but we are working to see if it CAN happen!
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Upgrades Now Work For All Players
Sometime over the weekend an error occured on our payment page for some of our payment options. Some people simply weren't able to upgrade or buy AdventureCoins. Everyone who was able to make a payment got what they paid for. Today, with your help, we were able to track the bug down and fix the errors and everyone should now be able to upgrade or buy AC's normally.
If you weren't able to buy an Membership or ACs in the past few days, that should be fixed and everything should work as intended. Sorry for the delay and thanks for supporting AQWorlds!
43 days until Just Another Day
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Quibble leaves Tomorrow, along with his 33 Rare Item Collection
Is it just me, or has this past week just flown by? Who gave Time a +15 Agility Buff? (and why haven’t I gotten a buff like that in real life? I need to have a word with the Time Travel Faeries… and the coffee maker…)
Since Friday is a day away, I should let you all know that Quibble is leaving tomorrow! Yes, the 15 Arcangrove-inspired items in his shop will vanish come sundown Friday along with those 16 awesome Talk Like A Pirate Day armors, captain hats, bandanas, and back items (+2 House Items!). So if you haven’t already plundered Quibble’s shop, now is your last chance!
Sure, you can wait another 361 days for the next TLAPD, but no one can say if those Rare items in Quibble’s shop will ever resurface. So your best bet is to do some last-minute AdventureCoin shopping in order to get your hands on the savviest loot in all the seven seas! And remember, you can store as many AC items you want in your bank for free and forever! Yaaaaar, it be true!
You can also earn AdventureCoins through 3rd Party Offers, ya know! And if you haven’t already (or just forgot about it), downloading the AQW Battle Bar allows you to earn ACs for each valid search you type in! I use mine every day. Not just for searching, the Battle Bar provides instant access to the Design Notes, Home Page, and Character Page! It’s pretty convenient AND earns me AdventureCoins! Sweet.
Arcangrove Part 4: The Ruins of Great Gilead
Finally you get a sneak-peek at what we have planned out for this week’s release! You are going to want to make sure that you have completed all the quests in Arcangrove, The Cloister, Mudluk Village, and The Natatorium so that you can journey to the magical city of the Great Gilead.
The Great Gilead was once thriving city of great magical achievement, but due to a terrible magical accident, it lies in ruins, deserted for more than a thousand years. It is now a place of study and quiet meditation for the spirit speaking Shamans. You must seek out Master Shaman Umbra in the Ruins if you hope to obtain the next piece of the Supreme Arcane Staff: the Wrap of Gilead.
Just a few Great Gilead weapons
You and your friends will embark on quests that will enlighten you on the Four Elementals of Lore: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Only when you have a deep understanding of these elements will you be able to confront the Guardian of the Gilead Wrap. Oh, and there will be an all-new puzzle that needs solving before you can take out the Great Gilead’s Boss!
I cannot wait for tomorrow! Which is going to come much sooner rather than later with that new agility buff applied to it. Someone give Time a speeding ticket, will ya? Thx!
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