Design Notes

July 03, 2015

Freedom Day Weekend Server Boost

Let Freedom Ring... and Server Boosts Double!

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

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

July 03, 2015

This Weekend: Beleen's Chaos Incarnate

Save AQWorlds from Chaos Queen Beleen!

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

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

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

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

A Message from Beleen

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

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

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

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

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

Pink On and Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D

 

Summer 2015: Return of the Living Devs Continues

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

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

June 30, 2015

Design an AQW Release Contest

Winning Entries Will Be Created For All Players to Enjoy!

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


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

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

Release Design Parameters

Follow these rules when designing your AQWorlds release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Templates and Outlines

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

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

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

 

Contest FAQ 

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

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

Can I have pets in my merge shop?
Sure!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Alina,

June 29, 2015

Noobstine's Gift: Undead Goat Class

I Can Has Mod Contest Winner's Prize Released!

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

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

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

Unlocking the Undead Goat Class

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

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

Undead Goat Class Skills

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

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

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

Auto Attack

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

Goat Scream

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

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

Headbutt

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

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

Bones of Steel

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

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

Goat siphon

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

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

Passives

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

Playing and Slaying with Undead Goat Class

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

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

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

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

Tags: Alina,

June 26, 2015

Jurassic AQWorlds Tribute Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 26, 2015

NEW Print at Heromart: Chaos Queen Beleen

Embrace the Chaos with Nulgath's New Print

Make your way to HeroMart.com, our online, real-life merchandise store to find the new Chaos Queen Beleen Arti Print! Inspired by Beleen, marketing writer for Artix Entertainment, and created by Nulgath, master artist, this 8.5x11" limited edition print will bring chaos and craziness to your room, dorm, office, or castle!

Nulgath the lead designer for Oversoul and long time artist for AdventureQuest Worlds brings his unique art to HeroMart. We appreciate him taking the time between waging wars and gathering minions to create this awesome art piece and the in-game Items!

The Chaos Queen Beleen print comes with the exclusive Chaos Beleen armor! The Locks of Love and Spikes of Love helms pictured above will be available both with the HeroMart print and from this week's story release shop.

Next Friday in AQWorlds: All Hail Chaos Queen Beleen!

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


July 03, 2015

Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale

Get Up to 40% MORE Free AdventureCoins Through July 10th!

Starting June 26th and through July 10th, get up to 40% more free AdventureCoins with each AC package - the larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll take home! On July 10th, the bonus amounts will change, so if you want to get your gauntlets on as many ACs as you can - this is the time to do it!

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AC Bonus Offer for June 26 - July 10:

12000 AC package + 4800 bonus ACs  
5000 AC package + 1500 bonus ACs
2000 AC package + 300 bonus ACs      
900 AC package + 50 bonus ACs    

AC Bonus Offer for July 10 - July 24:

12000 AC package + 3600 bonus ACs  
5000 AC package + 1000 bonus ACs
2000 AC package + 100 bonus ACs      

AC Bonus Offer for July 24 - August 7:

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

June 18, 2015

Dage's Summer2015 Concept Art

Help Us Choose the Top 3 Favorite Designs!

Dage spent the last two days coming up with concept art for a new rare gear shop launching later this summer. Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, or the forum which designs you like the best!

June 21, 2015

Featured Artist Limited Quantity Packages

Rare Collectors, You Won't Want to Miss This Gear!

Starting tonight, June 19th, at 11:00 PM server time, head to our Limited Quantity Set page to grab one of our newest Limited Quantity Package sets! Each item has been crafted by one of AQWorlds' most talented artists, and with the "Return of the Living Devs" summer event, this is the perfect time to release them!

Each package ties in with one of the first three event releases - Artix's Ebil Dreadspace zone (coming this Friday!), Cysero's Deadmoor Spirit story, and Beleen's Chaos Queen insanity. If you like collecting souvenirs from your favorite AQW events, then you will NOT want to miss your chance to get your gauntlets on this gear!

Dage’s DreadSpace Set 
Includes an armor, helms, and weapons. Items give additional XP and Class Points when equipped.

Price: 2000 ACs
Quantity: 5000 sets
Initial stock: 3000 sets
Restock amount: 400 sets per restock

Nulgath’s Void Rider Armor 
Includes motorcycle mount armor. gives 15% more Class Points when equipped.

Price: 1000 ACs
Quantity: 5000 sets
Initial stock: 3000 sets
Restock amount: 400 sets per restock

Nulgath’s Void Rider Armor and Pets
Includes motorcycle mount armor, Legend-only Battle Pet and regular pet. Armor 15% more Class Points when equipped.

Price: 150,000 gold 
Quantity: 3000 sets
Initial stock: 2000 sets
Restock amount: 200 sets per restock

This package is available to anyone with an active or expired account membership.

Memet's Pet and Weapon Combo
Includes pet and two weapons. Items give bonus to Rep and Gold when equipped.

Price: 100,000 gold (available for all players)
Quantity: 20000 sets
Initial stock: 10000 sets
Restock amount: 2000 sets per restock

This package is available for all players.

Limited Quantity Package Restock Schedule

The Featured Artist Limited Quantity Packages become available at 11:00 PM (that's midnight) this Friday, June 19th!  Not sure when that is in your part of the world? Here's a timezone converter to make setting your alarm easier!

  1. 11:00 PM Friday, 6/19 (initial stock)
  2. 9:00 AM Saturday, 6/20
  3. 7:00 PM Saturday, 6/20
  4. 5:00 AM Sunday, 6/21
  5. 3:00 PM Sunday, 6/21
  6. 1:00 AM Monday, 6/22 (final restock)

How Do Limited Quantity Sets Work?

  1. Log into a special LQS webpage on AQ.com 
  2. Purchase the set using either ACs or gold (if you have EVER upgraded your account, you can purchase the Legend sets for gold!)
  3. Log into AQW and find your set badge in the Book of Lore (no character page badge attached.)

Note: Item quantities will restock throughout the weekend so that everyone gets a fair chance at the gear. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Will there be enough items for everyone? No, but with multiple restocks your chances of getting an item are pretty good... as long as you keep an eye on your clock and don't miss the restock!
  • Will item quantities update automatically? No, but once you purchase an item from the shop or revisit the page, you'll see an updated amount. 
  • If a set doesn't sell out right away, will the restock amount roll over? Yes. The next restock amount will always be added to the previous amount of gear. Gear not sold before a restock will remain in the shop.
  • Will the items be 0 ACs? All items in the Limited Quantity Packages will be 0 ACs, so you can keep them in your bank for free, forever!
  • Do I have to have an active Membership to buy the Member-only sets? You do not need to have an active upgrade to purchase the Legend sets, as long as you have purchased a membership for your account at any time in the past!
  • Can I return the package if I don't like it? The items from the Limited Quantity Packages are non-refundable, like our other item packages.

Find examples of the web page's layout on our Limited Quantity Set FAQ page

June 12, 2015

Battle the Guardian of the Underworld

Who Let The Dogs Out?! Who? Who? Who?

Scorn, the vengeful spirit-Queen who once loved - and now loathes - Dage the Evil! She's infiltrated his underworld fortress and turned every minion she's encountered against him. And because you bear his sigil... that means they're also after YOU!

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This week's release will weave the Fotia zone (last visited in 2013) into the current Dage vs Laken storyline, which means Dage and Laken fans will have at least one more Chapter to look forward to once Laken's current plot ends.

So prepare yourselves, Heroes - once you enter Dage's Dark Palace, you'll need to battle your way to his side; but because of Scorn's invasion, Underworld Security Protocol 333 has been invoked. You'll need to track down the items necessary to unlock the right path, then find it... before Grrrberus finds YOU! 

Guardian of the Underworld Rewards

Dage the Evil has crafted a set to honor one of our most favorite and darkest beasts - the Shadow and Blood of Cerberus armor sets!  

The Shadow of Cerberus gear will be available in several ways:

  • One armor and certain accessories will drop from the boss
  • Upgrade the armor and unlock even more items from the merge shop
  • Select items from the Shadow of Cerberus set will be locked to Undead Legion members

The Blood of Cerberus gear will be available in the Underworld AC Rares shop! Get the armors, helms, cape, and flail in your game menu until July 13th!

Tags: Alina,

June 12, 2015

Wrath of Cerberus AC Bonus

Unlock the Wrath of Cerberus Hammer with Any AC Package

Starting this Friday, unlock the Wrath of Cerberus hammer with ANY AdventureCoin package!* The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so no need to hunt through the Underworld (or your Book of Lore) to find it!

* This offer will apply to any AdventureCoin package purchased from June 8th until July 13th, so if you took advantage of the Summer Madness AC Bonus that began Monday, you'll automatically receive this weapon as soon as is releases!

Blood of Cerberus Rares Shop

Once you've purchased your AdventureCoins, head in-game to find the rest of the set in the Blood of Cerberus Rares shop. You'll be able to purchase any of the Blood of Cerberus armors, accessories, or pet until July 13th!


June 13, 2015

Science, Technology, and AQWorlds

7-12th Graders Use Videogames to Learn about Technology

At the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum's STEM Summer Camp, a group of dedicated counselors and crazy-smart, enthusiastic teens are leveling up their real-life Intellect and Wisdom stats through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. And to give them extra hands-on experience, one computer science class taught by Artix Entertainment volunteer Cody Moore, has its students create characters in AdventureQuest Worlds and HeroSmash!

AQWorlds: Virtual Classroom

Moore, one of AE's volunteer testers, told us about his incredible class of students, explaining how they've been using AQWorlds and HeroSmash to learn about how the internet works: how anyone can connect to people on the other side of the world, work together to accomplish their goals, and keep their personal information secure. 

"Some of them actually already played AQW, and it was amazing to see them teaching the new players in the class how to play the game! [...] It really blew their minds when I explained to them what all went into making the games and how many different kinds of jobs there are to do in the game design field!" - Cody Moore, camp counselor

STEM Summer Camp

The camp, based out of Hammond, Lousiana, offers several different classes for the students to choose from, focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aeronautics, all geared towards helping them prepare for future career opportunities.

Moore's class focuses on subjects like:

  • computer hardware 
  • software installation
  • basic networking and trouble-shooting 
  • internet safety and privacy

After his students finished covering the planned coursework, Moore took time to explore a career many of them were curious about: videogame development. He covered the different types of jobs available, how videogames are made, and what steps to take to pursue careers in the future. 

STEM's Students: Inspired and Inspiring

We were so inspired by Moore's students and their enthusiasm, we've added the STEMWare OS Computer house item in-game, to commemorate their drive and desire to reach their goals, realize their dreams, and build the worlds they want to live in!

We need to encourage as many people like them as we can to choose careers in the STEM fields. That's the only way to make sure we have the future scientists, engineers, innovators, and programmers we need to invent time machines, explore the galaxy, and defy the laws of science.

(We're also making sure Moore and his students have everything they need to battle through this summer's in-game events AND the rest of their classes in style!)

June 09, 2015

BioBeasts Breach Battleon!

Unlock exclusive BioBeasts Armor Sets in AQWorlds

Are you as excited about BioBeasts as we are?!? The creative minds behind EpicDuel are proud to announce BioBeasts, a free single-player arcade-survival game coming soon to iOS and Android. Your mission: escape, mutate, DESTROY!

Play as a mutating monster fighting its way through a robot-controlled laboratory. But you’re not just some ordinary monster… you’re a BioBeast, and as you grow stronger and more powerful, you evolve and mutate! Wicked.

Use simple tap controls to unleash devastating damage upon the onslaught of bad guys trying to capture you. It’s a fast-paced fun game that’s simple to pick up but hard to put down.

We cannot wait for you to unleash the BioBeast within you(r phone)!” – the EpicDuel Team

Exclusive Items, aww yeah!

We know that you and all your friends are going to LOVE this game. And that’s why we need YOUR help telling everyone about BioBeasts!

This is kind of like a contest…except everyone will win prizes if we all team up and work together! All you need to do is Like the BioBeasts Facebook page, and the more Likes we get, the closer we will be at unlocking exclusive BioBeasts-themed Armors, Helms, Weapons, and more in AQWorlds.

Here's what you have to do:

  1. Like the BioBeasts Facebook Page
  2. Tell your friends to Like the BioBeasts FB Page
  3. New Items will unlock in-game at Battleon when each milestone is reached:
    • Helms unlock at 7,000 Facebook Like
    • Back Items unlock at 15,000 Facebook Likes
    • Swords unlock at 25,000 Facebook Likes
    • Armors unlock at 50,000 Facebook Likes
    • BioBeasts Pet unlocks at 100,000 Facebook Likes!

The Electro BioBeast gear is free for ALL players. The Hazardous BioBeast gear is available for Legends. Every item is 0 ACs for free storage! 

Click here to Like the BioBeasts Facebook page, and we will be one step closer at obtaining these exclusive BioBeasts-themed items for AQW!

Thanks so much for supporting BioBeasts, EpicDuel, AdventureQuest Worlds, and all your favorite Artix Entertainment games.

You’re the best!!

xoxo Beleen =D

BioBeasts Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BioBeasts

BioBeasts Homepage: http://biobeasts.artix.com/

BioBeasts Twitter: https://twitter.com/BioBeasts

EpicDuel Homepage: http://epicduel.artix.com/

June 08, 2015

Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale

Get Up to 50% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

The Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale starts NOW! Get more AdventureCoins with each AC package, and the larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend in our Summer 2015 event - Return of the Living Devs!  

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AC Bonus Sale: Back by Popular Demand!

Last month, we ran the Memorial Day AC Bonus Sale for one week only, but it is BACK by popular demand! So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs that we wanted to keep that love and excitement going as we get ready to launch the first of our Summer 2015 events!

Return of the Living Devs Summer 2015 Event Begins Next Friday

The Summer 2015 event starts next Friday with the Ebil Dreadspace release! Join Artix as you battle cyborg-zombie-robots in space, then get ready to help Cysero save an ancient, trapped spirit from become the Queen of Monsters' tool, and discover just what happens when the 14th Lord of Chaos arrives!

June 05, 2015

Summer 2015 Gear is Here for a Limited Time

Chill Out During our June Releases with Summer's Hottest Gear!

Starting tonight, the Summer Blockbuster Limited Time Shop and Summer 2015 Shops will be available in your game menu, with all your favorite beachtastic battle gear... including our five new limited-edition surfboards! 

And with the rising temperatures comes Hollywood's favorite time of the year - the Summer Blockbuster movie season! We <3 Summer movies, too - I Artix is STILL talking about his favorite parts of the Avengers movie, which is why Memet crafted the Ultra Revenger set! The Ultra Revenger will be available for one week only... so keep an eye on the countdown clock on your game menu!

  • Ultra Revenger armor
  • Ultra Revenger Visage helm
  • Red Widow Wrap
  • Ultra Revenger Flames +15 
  • Ultra Revenger Blades
  • Ultra Revenger Polearm

The Ultra Revenger Flames +15 are animated and have a 15% chance to call down a meteor strike from the sky! (Now THAT's the way to avenge your fallen!)

Update: Earlier this week, we announced that Laken's Jurassic Raptor Rider would also be releasing in the Limited Time Blockbuster shop. He was away part of this week for a personal emergency, and was unable to finish the set; it will release later this summer! 


2015 Limited Edition Surfboards 

This year's Limited Edition 2015 AE Surfboards! Last year's 2014 Designs are gone for good but this year's really rival them in style! 

Slice through the surf (and serfs) with the boards above, then find all our returning seasonal summer gear in the Summer Shop, available until August!

  • Gravelyn surfboard
  • Memet surfboard
  • Alteon surfboard
  • Sepulchure surfboard
  • Red Dragon surfboard

 

Lightning Dragonsworn Rares shop: Available for One Month Only

Check out Dage's most electrifying gear yet: the Lightning Dragonsworn gear! The AC set is available in your game menu but leaves July 6th, so keep an eye on your calendar. 

The Lightning Dragonsworn Shop contains:

  • Lightning Dragonsworn Champion
  • Lightning Dragonsworn Warrior
  • Dragonsworn Champion Spear
  • Dual Dragonsworn Blades
  • And more!

If you're just joining us, grab Dage's Dragonsworn gear, then battle through last week's Thunderfang Spire dragon dungeon by typing /join thunderfang in your chat bar!

 

Featured Guest Artist: EpicDuel's Deuce

For those of you who haven't heard of him, I'm proud to introduce Deuce, one of EpicDuel's most valuable and experienced guest artists! He's generously sent the AQW team some of his work to share with all of you, and you'll be able to find 3 of those items in this week's Showcase Shop in your game menu! The rest will release later this summer.

Deuce joined the ED team over a year ago to help them create more of the sci-fi themed gear that EpicDuelers LOVE to blast each other with!

Back when Charfade and Nightwraith first conceived of the guest artist idea, they knew Deuce would be a huge asset to the team... and they were right! Along with creating gear for the game, he's also grown into mentoring new ED guest artists.

June 08, 2015

Defeat the Guardian of the Underworld

Defeat GRRRberus, Guardian of the Gates next Friday!

After battling through the Vale of Mourning and standing before the three Judges of the Underworld, Dage the Evil has granted you permission to approach his Dark Throne! 

But after passing through the Gate... something is not right: Grrrberus, Guardian of the Underworld, and other infernal creatures have succumbed to the Frozen Flame and are rampaging through Dage's Fortress, attacking anyone bearing Dage's Seal! 

Defeat the three-headed beast and discover why Dage's fiercest enemy has breached his lair NOW... before YOU fall under her spell, too!

Origin of Grrrberus, Guardian of the Underworld

The big bad beast in the picture up above is named Grrrberus, Guardian of the Underworld. His name is a reference to Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guarded the gate to the Underworld of Greek mythology,* preventing the dead from leaving and the living from entering. He is one of my favorite mythological creatures, and I love how Dage the Evil recreated him!

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The original Cerberus is the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman/half-serpent (talk about a Mother of Monsters!) and Typhon, a gigantic monster feered by even the Greek gods. Some say each of the three heads can see a different point in time - past, present, and future.

Shadow of Cerberus Drops and Rares Shop

Victory is its own reward, but if you want to seize the REAL prize, you'll need to WORK! The Grrrberus boss monster will have a chance to drop a lesser version of the Shadow of Cerberus armor as well as merge tokens which you can use to upgrade the entire set! The Blood of Cerberus armor and accessories will be available for a limited-time in the release rares shop.

* You can see Grrberus' puppy form in DragonFable, our single-player fantasy RPG!

June 05, 2015

Battle through the Tournament of Heroes

Fight for Glory against our Gauntlet of Champions!

Can YOU defeat 15 of Lore’s fiercest fighters? Take on the Gauntlet of Champions in the Tournament of Heroes when you /join herotournament! Discover their stories, marvel at their accomplishments, then challenge them to head-to-head combat - if you survive all 15 rounds, your portrait will be placed alongside theirs in the Hall of Victors!

Talk to BattleMaster Vitric to take on the Tournament Champions, but beware, some of these heroes have maxed out their levels, so be prepared to FIGHT!

  • Ash Dragonblade (hey, how'd he sneak onto the list?!?!)
  • Shadic Shasaya  
  • Sun Guardian 
  • Ultamate Aether 
  • Yorohime 
  • Stealthycupcake 
  • Matthew The Dark 
  • Toaudro 
  • Wretch 
  • Sivur Anagram 
  • Fayt Ascylla  
  • Yokai Steel 
  • Chaos Crow
  • Phantix 
  • Luminitos 
  • Admiral Vermillion 
  • Terrmis 

Accept his quest to collect Champion Tokens, and you can unlock the heroic items below! If you aren't quite ready to challenge the higher-leveled heroes, you can always face off against the Training Horc next to Gjappy. He may reward you with a Rising Star Token if you fought especially well! 

 

Legends of Lore Chronicles: Discover More Champion Stories

Another 15 winners will have their stories features in the Legends of Lore Chronicles, and you'll be able to read their histories in-game when you talk to Gjappy, the Chronicle Keeper!

  • Surge the Stealthy 
  • Leng1david 
  • Dajacky 
  • Ser Nikica 
  • Luke PH 
  • Sudden_deathz
  • Orochi63 
  • Darkhgjg56 
  • strone  
  • Rhyftry 
  • King of the Night 
  • Strawhat Luffy1 
  • avatar_henry 
  • Cap_kiruru 
  • Chessnl 

The judges have chosen 35 MORE Champions, who will be added into the Chronicles once our team of Battle Copyeditors resharpen their Scribe Quills and quest for ink bottle refills (that is to say, next week). 

 

Next Friday: Dage's Fortress Invasion

Next Friday - face down Grrrberus, the 3-headed Guardian of the Underworld after one of Dage's greatest enemies invades his fortress and corrupts his minions!

 This release will tie 2012's Fotia storyline (which tells the tale of Dage's oldest enemy, Scorn) to our current storyline featuring darkness, betrayal, Dage, and Laken! Read more about next week's release here, and find out everything you need to know about the Fotia storyline in this guide!

June 15, 2015

Undead Goat Class Update

Golden Cheezburger Class is Almost Finished!

Last month, we held the first 2015 I Can Has Mod Contest - where if you bought a Golden Cheezburger, you would win a chance to have a single wish grants, temporary modship, and a 2 hour in-game hangout with your favorite dev or mod. One very lucky - and VERY generous winner - named Noobstine wished for an Undead Goat class... and that is exactly what we are building!

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Progress Update:

Last week, the class designers put the list of skills together. But on reviewing it, the class would have been too much like Legion Paladin Class. We want this class to be unique... and AWESOME! So they have gone back to the drawing board and expect to send over a new list of skills this week.

Once their list of skills is approved, Arklen will get it coded, testers will run through it, and then we will get it out to all of you who purchased a Golden Cheezburger. We should have this out to you all later this month, so hang on to those cheezburgers!

June 04, 2015

Bug Hunters and Finders: Report In!

"The bigger the bug, the more satisfying the squish!"

If the line up there makes your fingers itch to grab a mallet and squash something, then keep reading, because you're just what the Bugs team is looking for! If you find a bug while playing AQWorlds, help the team fix your issues by reporting it on the Bug Tracker!

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How to Report a Bug to the Bug Tracker

1. Head to the page at http://www.artix.com/bugs

2. Select AdventureQuest Worlds from the drop-down menu and click "go"

3. Choose the category that best applies to your bug from the drop-down menu and click "go"

4. Fill in any information in the form that appears. (The form will change based on the nature of your issue.) Give us as MUCH information about the bug as you can. The more we know, the easier a problem is to fix!

5. Review your information, then click "Submit Bug Report"

We do not reply directly to bug reports. Once you've submitted the report, Bug Hunters will confirm it, then send the information on to the team, who will fix it as soon as possible. (Bugs are prioritized in order of how game-breaking they are.)

We can't fix AQWorlds unless we know there are bugs... and that's where YOU come in!

Reminders from Cemaros on how to report bugs

Hiya folks!  Cemaros, lead Bug Hunter here.  I’d like to take just a moment of your time to remind you of a few things that will make it easier to get your bugs addressed and fixed.

Try clearing your cache first.

The majority of reports I get are simply caches that need clearing.  Having a stuffed cache causes more problems than you would ever believe!*

Please always give us your name!

It’s so much easier to figure out what is going on if we know who you are. A link to your character page is even MORE helpful (no chance of spelling errors, then!), but getting your name is a great first step.

Double check your email address.  

Then double check it again. Please. Please. Please! Many emails sent out never reach people because the address was incorrect due to typos or simply being faked.  I can’t reply if I don’t have correct info.

Post from the device you are having the bug on.  

The form collects data about your browser that is often vital to determining the cause of the issue.  So if you have trouble on your laptop, but send the bug from your iPhone, we have incorrect data to go on.

Include as much information about your bug as possible.

If it’s about a quest, please be sure to include the name of the quest and at least the map it is located on. If it's a class, include what skill you were using when the bug occurred.

Nothing is more frustrating to us than not being able to help you because we don't have enough information. We want to fix the bugs as much as you want them fixed! 

Screenshots are the best thing ever.

They are always welcome (and sometimes its even impossible to fix your bugs without them)! This is especially true if you are reporting an art bug.  It’s far easier to look at a screenshot with the bug marked than read an explanation and hope we understood it.

The More we know... the easier it is to fix.

Remember, there is no such thing as too much information!  The more you give, the better and faster we can help you out.  There is such as thing as too little.

*It once caused every single button in the game to stop working for me. I could walk, talk, /join maps, and fight monsters, but could not push a simple button!

June 08, 2015

Undead Goat Class and NSoD Updates

Updates Are Coming!

In addition to the weekly releases (with new storyline updates, shops, farming gear, and challenge monsters) and working on the upcoming Summer 2015 Return of the Living Devs events, we've got a number of side projects that we are working on each week, like the Undead Goat Class, Necrotic Blade of Doom, and more... and we know many of you are incredibly eager to get your gauntlets on these hot-ticked items. So without further ado, read on for project updates and new details.

Undead Goat Class Status: In Progress

Our Class designers have been hard at work (amidst classes ending, real-life jobs, and summer insanity interfering) to create the Undead Goat Class - chosen by Noobstine, winner of the I Can Has Mod contest - and they have made progress. In order to make sure the Undead Goat Class does not resemble others too closely, we're taking extra time to review the skills and come up with a combination that will do Noobstine's theme and generosity justice.

Because the Golden Cheezburger is a 0AC item, you can store it for free in your inventory. Then, when the Class is ready, you'll take it to Noobstine's NPC in Greenguard and exchange it for the Class!

Necrotic Sword of Doom Quests: In Progress

Asuka and Tendou - two of AQW's volunteer testers - have designed several challenge quests and Nulgath updates over the last year. They're crafting a quest chain that will fit both the Blade's theme and its importance to the storyline. 

Once the quests are ready, you'll speak with one of the Dark Minions in Shadowfall to begin battling for the Necrotic Sword of Doom. Prepare yourselves, Heroes, and rank up that Evil Rep!

June 02, 2015

Summer Blockbuster Shop

The Summer Shop Arrives This Friday!

If you haven't been on AQWorlds yet this week then you didn't know that we're releasing the seasonal Summer Shop this Friday, along with the Summer Blockbuster Limited time Shop!

The Summer Shop will have all the returning seasonal rares you guys love to battle in, and the Summer Blockbuster Shop will include Memet's Ultra Revenger armor set and Laken's Jurassic Raptor Rider...

...and introducing this year's Limited Edition 2015 AE Surfboards! Last year's 2014 Designs are gone for good but this year's really rival them in style! 

  • Gravelyn surfboard
  • Memet surfboard
  • Alteon surfboard
  • Sepulchure surfboard
  • Yorumi surfboard

Like summer, the Summer Shop won't be around forever and once these rares are gone they won't be returning so take advantage of them while you can!

June 01, 2015

Happy Birthday, Daimyo!

Log in to Battleon to get your own Daimyo Pet!

Wish happy birthday to everyone's favorite undead-slaying battle puppy*! Each year on his birthday(today!!!) Artix adds Daimyo into Battleon, so heroes can buy him as a pet. This started in the original AdventureQuest, and has become a yearly tradition. Log in through tomorrow to celebrate everyone's favorite "fearless undead slaying" battle puppy by getting your own to travel alongside you! 

* Wish him Happy Birthday on his official Daimyo FaceBook page!

Daimyo: Defender of the Secret Underground Lab

Though some of you might not know this, Daimyo often comes to the Lab with Artix.* Whenever he's here, we feel EXTRA safe from any potential undead army attacks... or student tour groups... or the lunch cart... or Herormart package delivery men...

Those are some of my favorite days at the Lab, because though Daimyo is FIERCE, he can also be pretty sweet. Especially when he wants a treat.

The Legend of Daimyo

Once upon a time there was a feudal lord from a great Eastern Kingdom. He battled an evil Witch, who cursed him into the form of an adorable puppy. While undertaking the perilous quest to return to normal, he befriended and became the faithful companion of the Paladin, Artix. No one knows Daimyo's secret or what quest is required to return to normal. Mostly because every time he tries to speak it comes out as cheerfully high pitched, "Arf!"

Daimyo... IN SPAAAAAAAAAACE!

Daimyo has many fans, but especially rare pet collectors! So many of you get so excited when his birthday rolls around that we began giving him a new outfit every year (Vampire, Derp, DoomKnight, Dage's Legion and more). The goal is to collect as many as you can! After Daimyo leaves Battleon, you'll be able to quest through one of Artix's Summer releases to get the Astro Daimyo shown below. 

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Coming Later This Month: Space Daimyo!

The Daimyo pet themes usually hint at what's to come in the storyline. If you've been paying attention to Artix's Twitter, you might just be able to guess what's coming soon!

May 31, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sora

Wish Sora To Hoshi a Happy Birthday!

On the Artix Entertainment team, we don't GET gifts for our birthday, we GIVE them! To celebrate her real-life level up, Sora to Hoshi crafted new weapons for those magic-loving heroes among you! You'll be able to get her birthday gear until the end of June, but if you've got the time now (and I know you Chronomancers do!) wish her a happy birthday on Twitter

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Sora to Hoshi started out as a player just like you guys, many years ago. We quickly noticed her persistence, helpfulness, and dedication on Twitter, and before our Dark Mage and Mistress of Time could flip a time-turner, we brought her onto the team! Now, she's in charge of the in-game moderators and assists with building the releases each week. Sora is a lot like the mortar joining the many bricks that make up AQWorlds! 

Tweet birthday /cheers to AQW's Dark Mage and Mistress of Time here, and get in there and Battle On for her gear!

May 29, 2015

Now Available: Lightning Dragonsworn Gear

Survive the Storm with our most electrifying gear yet!

Check out Dage's most electrifying set yet! Find the Lightning Dragonsworn shop filled with 14 rare items in your game menu, then shock your opponents with how intimidating you look before you tackle Tonitru the Lightning Dragon in Thunderfang Spire! The shop wil only be available for one month, and leaves forever on July 6th!

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Inside the Lightning Dragonsworn Shop, you'll find:

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

June 01, 2015

Friday: Tournament of Heroes

Take on 15 of The Tournament of Heroes Contest Winners!

Can YOU defeat 16 of Lore’s fiercest fighters? Take on the Gauntlet of Champions in the Tournament of Heroes! Discover their stories, marvel at their accomplishments, then challenge them to head-to-head combat - if you survive all 16 rounds, your portrait will be placed alongside theirs in the Hall of Victors!

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Take on these Champions:

  • Ash Dragonblade (hey, how'd he sneak onto the list?!?!)
  • Shadic Shasaya  
  • Sun Guardian 
  • Ultamate Aether 
  • Yorohime 
  • Stealthycupcake 
  • Matthew The Dark 
  • Toaudro 
  • Wretch 
  • Sivur Anagram 
  • Fayt Ascylla  
  • Yokai Steel 
  • Chaos Crow
  • Phantix 
  • Luminitos 
  • Admiral Vermillion 
  • Terrmis 

Legends of Lore Chronicles: Discover More Champion Stories

Another 15 winners will have their stories features in the Legends of Lore Chronicles, and you'll be able to read their histories in-game when you talk to Gjappy, the Chronicle Keeper!

  • Surge the Stealthy 
  • Leng1david 
  • Dajacky 
  • Ser Nikica 
  • Luke PH 
  • Sudden_deathz
  • Orochi63 
  • Darkhgjg56 
  • strone  
  • Rhyftry 
  • King of the Night 
  • Strawhat Luffy1 
  • avatar_henry 
  • Cap_kiruru 
  • Chessnl 

These are the first round of winners. Many thanks to the team of judges, who have worked tirelessly to choose these heroes! But they still have 35 MORE Champions to add to these lists. Those will be posted in the near future, and featured in the Tournament at a later date.

Orphaned Rare Items Being Removed Friday

Over the course of this week, the team is making a list of any event or rare items that have not been removed, but should have been. These will leave game forever on Friday. 

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