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December 02, 2016

Return to Frostvale Next Weekend

We're starting our month of giving... with GIFTS!

Frostval is a time of peace, cheer, and spending time with family and friends. Oh, and one more thing -- GIVING GIFTS! It's one of my favorite times of the year, because I love picking out just the right thing to put a smile on the faces of my friends and family. That's why this year... we've got some very special gifts coming for you... and to start the season off right -- you'll get to fight for exactly what you want! (Ok, maybe that is not very peaceful... but it should be pretty FUN!)

/join Frostvale to begin battling through all the previous years of Frostval releases, then test your mettle (and metal!) against the biggest gift of them all: Giefury!*

* Giefury's name comes from the Old English noun "giefu" for "a giving, gift", which is related to the Old Norse word "giftgipt" meaning "gift; good luck." 

ALL of the seasonal events from previous years will also return - that means you'll get to battle Kezeroth, Quetzal, and more... PLUS get all the holiday seasonal goodies that come with them!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shops leave Next Friday!

This weekend is your LAST chance to get the 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday gear! Don't miss out on the darkest and most tech-savvy gear of the year. Find both shops in your game menu through Monday, December 9th.

Frostval 2016 Release Lineup!

Don't miss ANYTHING, because we've got a month of holiday awesomeness to thrill and chill you! Later this month, our all-new Frostval 2016 event will return... and you'll face Karok AND Kezeroth!

December 9th:

  • Frostvale returns with seasonal gear and the Giefury

December 16th:

  • Frostval Part 1: Karok vs Kezeroth
  • Quibble Coinbiter returns!

December 23rd:

  • Frostval Part 2: WAR!
  • Frostval 2016 Limited Quantity Sets 
  • 72 hour Frostval rare drop + 2x ALL BOOSTS 

December 30th:

  • Frostval Part 3: The Final Confrontation
  • Glacial Berserker CLASS for rep or ACs

Also happening this month: Honorable Hero awards will go out at the end of the year!

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December 01, 2016

Frostval 2016 Holiday Event Coming Soon

Our three-part Karok vs Kezeroth event begins December 16th!

The conclusion of a story 26,004 years in the making ends this month as Karok and Kezeroth come face to face for the first time in millennia... but will WE survive?!

The Story So Far...

Many years ago (ok, back in 2012)...

We learned of a alien creature named Kezeroth the World Ender and how 26,000 years before, he tried to free the Beast Quetzal from his prison in a giant ice comet, but failed. Back in 2012, Quetzal's comet was finally close enough once more for Kezeroth to sense it, and to end what he began so long ago.

His plan was to use Quetzal's power to encase the world in ice... ending all life on Lore for good! If you're just joining us, next week you'll be able to battle through the "End of the World" adventure and face both the Beast Quetzal and Kezeroth the World Ender.

But the story doesn't stop there!

Two years later, in 2014...

We met Karok the Fallen, a mage from the alien ice world of Glacera. What we coulnd't have known then was that Karok was not the first Glaceran enemy we've faced -- his brother, Kezeroth, lay buried under the ice... trapped for 26,000 years. But there was far, FAR more pressing matters to deal with -- like the horde of Frostspawn Karok sent at us, trying to destroy our world.

Last year, in 2015...

Karok returned, stronger than ever and with a brand-new, very untrustworthy ally -- the Queen of Monsters! If you've played our games for any length of time, you'll know that there was no way THAT would end well, and you'd be right. You just wouldn't know how... but this year, you'll find out!

Kezeroth and Karok Reunite...

And that reunion might spell the end of more than just our Frostval winter holiday! Log in next week to replay all our previous seasonal Frostval events, and study Kezeroth and Karok. Because on December 15th, they'll BOTH want to see you again, and it won't be to Netflix and chill.

...

......

More like, "Netflix and Kill"

So get ready, because Frostval 2016 is almost here!

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December 02, 2016

Northlands Ranger Upgrade Bonus

Unlock the full set when you upgrade in December!

Unlock the Northlands Ranger set AND WyldeHunt Keep house when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more.

Tier 1: Northland Ranger

Hunt down evil-doers and rewards Good heroes with the Northland Ranger! 

Get the Gear with a

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

Unlock the rewards

  • Northlands Ranger armor
  • 2 Helms and 3 capes 
  • 2 weapons 
  • WyldeHunt Keep House
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • Character page badge


Tier 2: Icewild Hunter

Your targets will never know you were there... until they find the evidence you left behind. 

Get the gear with a
  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • Icewild Hunter + Northlands Ranger armors
  • 4 helms and 6 capes
  • 4 weapons
  • WyldeHunt Keep House
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • Character page badge


Undead Legion Bonus Gear

Last month, Aranx made a special variant of the November armor set just for members of the Undead Legion. We got a ton of positive feedback, so this month... we're doing that again!

If you're a member of the Undead Legion, when you unlock the Northlands Ranger or Icewild Hunter gear, you'll also unlock the exclusive Legion variant created by Dage the Evil - the Darknight Stalker.

Once you log in, you can buy the with Legion Tokens in Dage the Evil's shop in the Underworld!

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November 29, 2016

Lord of Bones Gear Leaves Friday

Last chance to unlock the full set when you upgrade!

The November upgrade bonus gear leaves this Friday, December 2nd at 6PM EST! Until then, though, unlock the Lord of Bones when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more*.... and get even more loot with a 12 month membership or 12000 AC package - the Warlord of Bones set!

Members of the Undead Legion will also unlock an exclusive Legion variant approved by Dage the Evil - you'll be able to buy those with Legion Tokens in a shop in the Underworld!

* This includes the $9.95 package

Other gear leaving...

  • The November Featured Gear shop (and all its items) leaves this Friday, December 2nd.
  • The Thanksgiving 2016 rare boss drops leave December 9th (since the war is taking longer to finish, we are extending the amount of time to farm)
  • The Black Friday and Cyber Monday gear leaves December 9th! 
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November 22, 2016

Black Friday gear is here

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Rare Gear!

Don’t miss our 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday gear, featuring Dage's BlackCaster, Gravelyn’s Dark Doomfire, Nulgath’s M4tr1x Vacation House, and more! The shop opens at 12:01 AM EST on Friday, November 25th and will be available until December 9th.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday items arriving this weekend are:

  • Cyber Legion DoomKnight set
  • Gravelyn's Dark DoomFire set 
  • Dark Diamond Bling set
  • Dark Pegalion Pet and cape 
  • Dark Necromancer's  Tower HOUSE
  • Shadow Peacock pet and cape 
  • Dark OmniKnight Blade
  • Cyber Paladin Armor
  • Nulgath's M4tr1x Vacation Castle HOUSE
  • Overclocked CyberFiend Blade of Nulgath
  • Toxic Venom Blade
  • Laser Dragon Saw
  • Dark Warlic Armor
  • and the Cyber Assassin set!

Dage’s Cyber Legion DoomKnight and Crulon's Cyber Assassin gear will arrive on Monday, November 28th! The Cyber Legion DoomKnight will be available for AdventureCoins OR Legion Tokens. The Infernal Cyber DoomKnight will only be available for AdventureCoins.

All of the gear will leave December 9th (to give anyone getting the December Upgrade package during the first weekend a chance to get any last-minute items).

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December 02, 2016

Swordhaven Under Attack

The Infernal Invasion Saga Explodes in Swordhaven!

Calling all heroes - Good, Evil, and in-between! The Queen of Monsters’ infernal army marches on Swordhaven this weekend in the Infernal Invasion Saga finale. Lord Brentan, Victoria, and Gravelyn will stop at nothing to defend the stronghold… will you be there to join them?

Beware! The Queen of Monsters is older and wiser than we suspect, and her plans for the royal family are darker and deadlier than we could EVER imagine!

Take on Lord Balax'el for a chance to get the Regal Defenders weapon drops!

This Friday, if you're up to date on the Infernal Invasion Saga, aid the royal family of Swordhaven OR get caught up by looking at the AdventureMap in your game menu!

Infernal Invasion Finale... But that's not all!

This week's release is the final chapter of the Infernal Invasion storyline, but do not think the story ends there! We have been using the Infernal Invasion as a bridge into the completely-rewritten Queen of Monsters main storyline. THAT will begin early next year as we travel to TWO new hub towns - Drakath's lair... and the Queen's basecamp, where here infernal army is headquartered.

Then, and ONLY then, will you be able to join Drakath's Chaos faction or decide to fight FOR the Queen of Monsters. IF you do choose to join her horde, you will be able to rank up the queen's faction and unlock all the different armors (and ranks) inside the Infernal Army. (Including Lord Balax'el's!)

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November 17, 2016

Arcane Cryptkeeper Set Almost Gone

The November LQS Ends on 11.30.2016

This is your last chance to get an Arcane CryptKeeper package! There are only 25 left at http://lqs.aq.com and once they sell out, they are gone for good!

Other set packages (like the Champion of Light) will return at some point in the future, and will be available until their quantities run out.


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November 23, 2016

Our Thanksgiving 2016 Event is LIVE

Turkonian's Ten Million Turkey WAR!

This Wednesday, November 23rd, join us as Turkonian the Avomancer invades with a ten million turkey army to take BACK the feast! Then join us Friday as we launch our Black Friday shop!

  • Defeat Turkonian the Avomancer and his ten million turkeys!
  • Slay his creatures to get Defender and Mega Defender Medals as you fight to save Battleon
  • Rare Turkey Feather drops can be used in the War Chest Merge shop
  • Once the war meter hits 100%, you'll face... RAWRGOBBLE the Greedy!

Then, log in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for exclusive holiday rare gear!

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November 18, 2016

Featured November Gear: Freaki Tiki Set

Celebrate Memet's Birthday with FREAKI Gear!

It might be autumn in the northern hemisphere, but that just makes us appreciate the idea of a beach party more! This weekend, find Memet’s Freaki Tiki beach gear in the November Featured Gear shop in your game menu.

The shop will include:

  • Tiki Nightmare armor set
  • Memet's Dream Surfboard
  • Memehano Bank Pet*
  • Toetally Gross Hat and Locks
  • Party Hearty Hermes Pet


And remember: if you can't stand the heat, RUN AWAY from the beach /party! 

* Only the hottest bank pets catch on fire as they run!

Yorumi's Wedding Cape: Icy Eternal Flame

Yorumi's off getting married tomorrow, so to celebrate... TONIGHT you can find the member-only Eternal Flame cape in the Featured November Gear shop! Tomorrow (the day he for real gets married to the fiery, Mysterious Fiancee) we'll release the Fiery Wedding Cake pet and helm!

These items will be in the Featured November shop until Friday, December 2nd, when ALL the Featured November gear leaves!

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November 15, 2016

Server Rewrite Update, November 2016

We have come so far since 2015!

Hello everyone! As we are coming to the end of 2016, I wanted to go over how far we've come with the new server and what is left to do. If you are just joining us, welcome! You've come at an exciting time -- we have spent the last almost-two years completely rebuilding the game to make it better, more exciting, and give the dev team more flexibility for updates.

GOOD NEWS: the server has been completely rewritten and done for several months!

Less-good-but-still exciting news: The client is done EXCEPT for the changes we need to make based on the bugs you guys are finding.

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YAY! Server's done! So... Why Isn't it Live?!

Good question! Before we get into why the server rewrite isn't live, let's define some terms:

Game Server: This is the backbone of AQWorlds. It's like the engine of the car. It's what makes the game run, and you never see it in your normal, day-to-day use of the car (/game).

Game Client: This is every part of the car that isn't the engine - the breaks, seats, steering wheel, etc. It's what lets you interact with AQWorlds and its server.

Login Server: The servers you see when you log in are like the doors of a car. They let you get into the car, sit down, put the key in the ignition, and go. (This is not 100% correct, but for everyone without a computer science degree, this should be pretty close... given our current analogy.)

New Game Server: This is the new, rebuilt, much more flexible game game server.  

New Game Client: This is the new, rebuilt, much more flexible game client, that only works with the new game server.

Got that? Good! When we say "server rewrite" what we are actually talking about is a more complicated, two-piece rebuild. We have had to build both the game server AND the game client. Initially, we did not realize just HOW completely the game client would also need to change... but earlier this year, we realized that we needed to completely rebuild the game client in order to go forward with the new game server.

"So why couldn't we get the server rewrite first, THEN re-do the client?"

This is also a good question, and it has an easy answer! Because of how comprehensive the game server changes are, the old game client was not compatible. 

Using our car analogy, it would be like trying to combine an electric blender's motor with the body of a new car. They just wouldn't work together. 

"Ok. But this has taken a long time. Longer than you said it would!"

That's very true. In the spirit of complete disclosure, we did not think it would take nearly this long to finish. Yorumi, AQW's lead coder, has had to completely rebuild the game server and client* using a language he was still gaining experience in. This was both a HUGE undertaking and a vital learning experience, but it was something we needed to do to keep AQWorlds alive.  

Now that we've spent so much time on it, we don't want to release something underwhelming or unfinished - that wouldn't be fair to you guys, or to the amount of time and effort the devs have put into the rebuild.

* With some help from his assistant, M, in the early part of 2016

What's next, and how long will it take to finish?

We *need* your help to continue finding bugs, testing fixes, and rooting out any hidden issues. Our testers are AMAZING and INCREDIBLE people, but they are still only human (... for now?! O_O) and they need sleep, have real world responsibilities, and cannot be online and testing 24/7. That's why we need YOU, the many heroes of Lore, to log into Zorbak and Safiria testing servers and keep playing the game, finding bugs, and reporting them.

Note: Because of how incompatible the old and new game servers are, you will experience issues bouncing back and forth between them. We are aware of this, but are focusing on fixing the new game client bugs (rather than making the old and new servers compatible) so we can release everything.

2 months ago, we set ourselves a due date of "before Thanksgiving" to launch the new server and client. We are not going to make that in time, in part because of all the bugs you guys have found, but also because...

Yorumi is getting married!

Yorumi is getting married next week and we do NOT want to interrupt his special day and honeymoon afterwards. Thanks to your remarkably intense testing, in the last few weeks we've gotten more bug reports than in the first 6 months! This is AWESOME, but it does push our deadline back, so we do not have Yorumi coding at the altar.

Expect another update once he has returned, but in the meantime... keep testing! That is what will help us release as bug-free a new server and client as possible. For now, HUGE /cheers to Yorumi and Mrs. Yorumi!

(And yes, there will be at LEAST a wedding cake pet AND the eternal flame in his wedding colors)

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November 12, 2016

J6 Levels Up!

DING! You've leveled up in real life!

Today is J6's birthday! /cheer for him as you make your way to the Hyperium to grab the best bountyhunting birthday presents in AQWorlds! Find it in the Bounty Hunter shop, then gear up and get a move on... because adventures await across the galaxy!*

The gear will be available in his shop until at least this Friday, so get your engines in gear and start celebratin'! Want to wish J6 a Happy Birthday? Feel free to spam his Twitter with joy, happiness, and muffins.

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November 10, 2016

Mogloween 2016 leaves tomorrow

Last call for J6's Fears in 2016!

If you haven't battled through our 2016 Halloween holiday event release - J6's House of Horrors - yet... your time is running out! Log in before tomorrow's release (around 6 PM EST) and /join feartown to begin the event!

The following game menu shops will also leave:

  • Undead UndeadSlayer limited time shop
  • Mogloween Gear Shop 
  • Seasonal AC Shop

  • Undead UndeadSlayer armor
  • Dark Undead UndeadSlayer armor
  • Dual and Dark Chainsaw Hands
  • Silver Shotgun Cape
  • Crossed Silver Shotgun Capes
  • Sheathed Silver Shotgun Cape
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November 18, 2016

This Weekend: Memet's Freaki Tiki Party

Celebrate Memet's Birthday on the Beach!

Memet (the real person, and AQWorlds' assistant game lead and lead writer) levels up in real life this Sunday! To celebrate, Memet (the nightmare moglin NPC) is throwing a HUGE bash on the beach… and it wouldn’t be a /party if things didn’t get a little (tiki) freaki!

Starting tonight, /join freakitiki to head to the Freaki Tiki Beach and celebrate with Memet! 

  • Help her honor the tiki god and secure his approval
  • Get tutti fruiti as you gather ingredients to open her new drink bar
  • Find birthday rare gear in the Featured November Gear shop in your game menu
  • Slay monsters around the map for all-new reward items

This party has a LOT of goodie bags... but you'll need to fight the monsters for them! The monsters at the Freaki Tiki Beach have a chance to drop:

  • Nightmare Hula armor set
  • Memehano's Blaze Torch polearm
  • Tiki Porch polearm
  • Tiki Statue and Tiki Sneak pets
  • Nightmare and Dreaming Tiki helms
  • Memet's Plasma Cannon*

* A gift from the incorrigably-amazing Deuce, of the EpicDuel Guest Artist team

Wish Memet a happy birthday on Twitter!

Tags: Alina,
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November 11, 2016

November Limited Quantity Set

Champion of Light Limited Quantity Sets on sale November 11th!

The Bright Empress Limited Quantity Set goes on sale starting Friday, November 11th at 6PM EST! Because the limited quantity AdventureCoin packages sell more slowly than others, we will keep their total quantity available for the duration of the sale.  Find it at http://lqs.aq.com/!

Rare gear. Some people love it, some people don't, but it for collectors, these items are the ones they prize the most. And our Limited Quantity Sets are one of the best ways to ensure that YOU have a truly rare item.

NEW for this Limited Quantity Set sale: Tana's Champion of Light set

  • Champion of Light armor
  • Bright and Dark wings
  • Light Champion's Wrap
  • Empowered and Shimmering Swords of Light
  • Locks and Helm of Light

Still available are:

  • Shadowscythe Flying Gryphon
  • Dread Leopard Flying Gryphon
  • Dread Leopard GryphonRider
  • Bright Flying Gryphon
  • Sheng Long Guardian
  • Dage DreadSpace
  • Bright Fortress AC House
  • Data Elemental Combo
  • Ancient CryptKeeper
  • Complete CryptKeeper

The above sets will return in future Limited Set sales until they sell out completely. Once their quantities hit 0, they will be gone... FOREVER!

What is a Limited Quantity Set?

The Limited Quantity Sets are just what they sounds like... each set has a certain quantity and once that number has sold out then that's it. The total number of sets is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 items left on the web page, that's what we've got left in stock.

How Do Limited Quantity Sets Work?

  1. Log into a special LQS webpage on AQ.com (not into the game!) 
  2. Purchase the set using either ACs or gold
  3. Log into AQW and find your set badge in the Book of Lore (no character page badge attached.)
  4. Get all the items in the badge shop for 0 ACs (yay free storage!)
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November 11, 2016

This Friday: Shadowfall Under Attack

The Infernal Invasion Saga Continues as we head to Shadowfall!

Join us this weekend as the Queen’s army of invaders attacks their biggest, deadliest target yet - Shadowfall! Battle to help Empress Gravelyn and Princess Victoria complete their plans AND defend her fortress as it's overrun by a flood of infernals!

This weekend, if you're up to date on the Infernal Invasion Saga, /join shadowfallinvasion to begin OR get caught up by looking at the AdventureMap in your game menu!

Shadowfall MUST rise again if you, Gravelyn, and the Shadowscythe army are to help the rest of the world! Gravelyn's scouts tell her that the damage in Darkovia has been severe. The vampires have gone to ground across the Sea of Darkness and the Lycsn tribes have scattered across the lab. 

Battle the boss and other mobs for a chance to unlock reward gear!

Infernal Invasion Finale in December

This week's release is the next-to-last chapter of the Infernal Invasion sstoryline - the final chapter will take place next month, in Swordhaven. But do not think the story ends there! We have been using the Infernal Invasion as a bridge into the completely-rewritten Queen of Monsters main storyline. THAT will begin early next year as we travel to TWO new hub towns - Drakath's lair... and the Queen's basecamp, where here infernal army is headquartered.

Then, and ONLY then, will you be able to join Drakath's Chaos faction or decide to fight FOR the Queen of Monsters. IF you do choose to join her horde, you will be able to rank up the queen's faction and unlock all the different armors (and ranks) inside the Infernal Army. (Including Lord Balax'el's!)

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November 02, 2016

Become the Lord of the Bones

Unlock the full set when you upgrade in November!

Starting Friday, November 4th at 6PM EDT, unlock the Lord of Bones when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more*.... and get even more loot with a 12 month membership or 12000 AC package - the Warlord of Bones set!

Members of the Undead Legion will also unlock an exclusive Legion variant approved by Dage the Evil - you'll be able to buy those with Legion Tokens in a shop in the Underworld!

* This includes the $9.95 package

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November 01, 2016

NostalgiaQuest is LIVE

Achievement Tracker: 8 Years Player Reward Now Available!

For those of you who have played AdventureQuest for 8 years... your "8 Years Played" Achievement tracker reward went live yesterday - NostalgiaQuest! Unlock an exclusive map featuring the original Battleon design, classic quests with new flavor (and rewards!), the Pizza Hut House and armor, plus some of the first rewards ever introduced, but with more bonuses!

To unlock NostalgiaQuest, just:

  • Head to your Book of Lore and find the "8 Years Played" badge
  • Open the shop and buy the Golden 8th Birthday Candle
  • /join NostalgiaQuest and begin exploring!

Guide to NostalgiaQuest

MAN there is a lot to do and get here! This is zone where you can see all the original art from the early maps and NPCs, quest to buff up your classic AQW gear, and discover several secret quests and rewards! (Note: the most obvious secret is not the ONLY secret!!!)

  • 2 maps
  • ZZZ quests
  • 16 monsters
  • 12 quests
  • 3 secrets to discover
  • Over 150 items to find, forge, or enchant! 

Message from Alina

Hey guys! I'm so glad you're enjoying NostalgiaQuest -- I wanted a reward awesome enough and, for lack of a better word, nostalgic enough, for all our heroes from 2008... and this seemed the best (nay, the only!) thing to do. 

It was a long, crazy, super-full month of birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, and work on things that kept pulling me away from NostalgiaQuest, and I really appreciate everyone's patience as it was built... and as it came down to the wire to release in October. (Servers came back up at 11:57 PM EST... /cheer!) 

Though NostalgiaQuest has been a personal project built almost entirely on the weekends, I can't let it release without giving credit to the many artists, animators, writers, and designers who worked on the game and created the assets used in NostalgiaQuest. And HUGE thanks to Asuka, Zuto, and Rickyb20, who were testing the release until the very, VERY last minute. I still have some rewards to add and a few tweaks to make to the quests (refining drop rates, explaining where to go for some of the rewards*, etc)... but the deadline was made, NostalgiaQuest IS out, and for all our 2008 heroes... enjoy! 

Thank you all so much for having battled alongside us all these years. Without you guys, and the many heroes who came after you (and who will unlock NostalgiaQuest in the future), we would not be here, and could not update the game each week. 

/bows 

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October 29, 2016

Mogloween Social Media Costume Contest

October 31st: Mogloween Costume Contest 

Starting at 2 PM on Monday, October 31st (that's Halloween here in the States) and until 11:59 PM tweet to me @Alina_AE or post here on Facebook or post here on Google+ your best, craziest, scariest, most AWESOME Mogloween outfits in the "Cliff of Selfies" in /battleontown!  

I will randomly award random prizes to the ones that make me and the rest of the team laugh (or go O_O and @_@) the most! 

This is where costume contest screenshots should be taken.

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October 31, 2016

8th Upholder ends tomorrow

Last chance to become an 8th Upholder!

 The clock is ticking if you want to unlock the exclusive 8th Upholder 2016 Star Swords, bragging rights, member perks, and more!

What does an 8th Upholder get?

As an 8th Upholder, you'll receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!*

  • Rare: Cursed Star Sword 

  • Rare: Solar Star Sword

  • Classic versions of both Star Swords

  • 8th Upholder Character Page Badge

  • Infinite bragging rights

  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone

Once you become an 8th Upholder, you can easily access these Items in your Book of Lore by clicking your 8th Upholder Badge icon in the Badges tab.

Wait... What IS an Upholder?

Eight years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Now, we are celebrating AQW's 8th birthday and offering YOU the chance to join the AQW Founders by becoming a 8th Upholder!

The first eight years have been crazy, insane, and awesome, but you have not seen anything yet. The Throne of Darkness Saga is about to end and we are about to return to a new, darker, and more chaotic (and arachic) Queen of Monsters Saga. If you played through the recent Celestial Realm and Paladin vs Undead stories, you've seen hints of what creatures may come... and they aren't pretty.

The server rewrite testing continues as all you heroes continue to help us refine and improve the new system before it goes live! 

How do I become an 8th Upholder?

All that we ask is that you help support AQW the game undergoes its exciting rebirth!

Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count toward 8th Upholder.

Want to know if you're already an Upholder?

That's easy! Just click the Manage Account link on the left under the ACCOUNT section. As soon as you sign in you'll see when your membership expires. Here's mine:

Only Memberships Count?

Yes. You can use Artix Points on the Portal site or any method in AQW to upgrade, but it MUST be an AQW Membership. AdventureCoins DO NOT COUNT TOWARD 8th Upholder.

Your Support Makes AQWorlds Possible!

Thank you so much for helping us make AQWorlds! Without you, we couldn't make this game, or allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy it for free. We couldn't keep AQWorlds running without every single upgrade and AC that you buy. Nearly every penny you spend goes back into the game.

Though some people prefer buying AdventureCoins and others prefer upgrading, anyone who spends real money on this game deserves to get as much as we can give them, because without their support... there wouldn't BE an AQWorlds for everyone to play!

You may not know this but AQW (like all AE games) is ENTIRELY supported by the players. We have no financial backers and nobody owns stock in the company. Clicking on ads and doing AExtras offers does bring in some money, but not nearly enough to keep AQWorlds free for everyone to enjoy.

That's why we continue to reward the AQWorlds' Founders, who supported us in the very beginning. To make sure they know how much we appreciate that, we are continuing to give them free gear each year!

Thank you for battling alongside us, and for sharing your ideas and love of AQWorlds with us. You truly are the best gaming community on the internet, and I am genuinely grateful for all of you. /bow Thank you for the first 6 years of AQWorlds, and here's to another 5 years, 10 years, and beyond!

* The same way that the Founders got their chance at the birth of the game and the way 1st Upholders got their chance seven years ago, 2nd Upholders got the chance six years ago, 3rd Upholders got the chance five years ago, 4th Upholders got their chance four years ago, 5th upholders got their chance three years ago, 6th upholders got their chance two years ago,, and 7th Upholders got their chance last year at this time.
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October 27, 2016

AQ3D's First Mogloween

Battle through Mogloween in AdventureQuest 3D Now!

Darkness has fallen upon town of Battleon at www.AQ3D.com. The glowing jack-o-lanterns illuminate the way to a newly opened haunted house! Enter... if you dare. Watch Artix's Mogloween Trailer on Youtube, then join us in our first-ever 3D haunted seasonal event!

I hope you check out our first Mogloween in AQ3D. The success of AQ3D is very important to AQWorlds. If it does well, we will have a so many more resources to invest back into AQWorlds... building even more of the features and stories you want to see!

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October 28, 2016

Creepy, Cool, and Wicked Rewards

Creepin' it real this year with holiday event gear!

We've got a ton of creepy, cool, wicked, and killer new equips heading your way this weekend! Some of them, like the gear in the Halloween Event Rares Shop, will only be availalbe for AdventureCoins or membership, and they will go rare on November 11th. But we've got over 13 items coming that will ONLY be available by battling through this weekend's adventure in J6's House of Horrors!

Rare Halloween rewards available until November 11th!


Limited time bank pet available for 2000 AdventureCoins until November 4th in the Event Rares Shop!

J6's FEARful reward gear!

It wouldn't be a holiday event without NEW rewards! These items will drop from the monsters in the /feartown and /fearhouse maps... but you'll have to FIGHT for them! Now, these are not ALL the rewards coming this Friday to the event, but if we showed the rest, it would spoil the story for you.

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October 28, 2016

Celebrate Halloween this Weekend

Battle through J6's House of Horrors in our Halloween 2016 event!

Fight your fears this weekend as you battle your way through a haunted mansion designed to scare even the fiercest DragonSlayer. You have one goal: survive the terrors that lurk inside... J6’s House of Horrors!

J6 has ONE MAIN GOAL this weekend: to bring the FRIGHT back in Lore's most popular fright night! That's why he's created the most terrifyingly realistic haunted house Lore has EVER seen! If you want to survive, you'll need to strap on your strongest greaves, grease up your gauntlets, and bring DOUBLE courage potions!

BEWARE... for all is not right in J6's House of Horrors. And JUST when you think YOU have escaped it without being scared... BEWARE. (No, seriously, hold on to your buckets because O_O*)

 

You are cordially invited...

J6 wouldn't DREAM of creating a nightmarish adventure and NOT including you! In fact, he's going to need YOUR help to make it happen! But beware, once you're inside, all bets are off, and the monsters may think YOU look just as tasty as the other participants!

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November 04, 2016

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

Join us this weekend for the Feast of the Dead!

The townspeople of Darkovia live in perpetual twilight surrounded by lycans, vampires, ghouls, and ghosts. They live with death and the undead on a daily basis... so it only makes sense that they would want to celebrate the memories of those they've known and loved. And when there's a celebration to be had, there's only ONE person to call to make the feast: Oishii!

But it wouldn't be an AQWorlds release if there weren't SOME need for you, our favorite heroes, to charge into battle! There's trouble afoot, and YOU are needed to help save the feast and lay the troubled spirits of Darkovia to rest!

What IS Dia de Los Muertos, you ask?

GOOD question! The internet tells me:

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

It might sound somewhat morbid, but the Mexicans react to death with mourning along with happiness and joy. They look at death with the same fear as any other culture, but there is a difference. They reflect their fear by mocking and living alongside death.

Living alongside death means that Mexicans have to learned to accept it within their lives. Death is apparent in everyday life. It is in art and even in children's toys. It is not respected as it is in other cultures. Children play "funeral" with toys that are made to represent coffins and undertakers.

Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona ("baldy"), la flaca ("skinny"), and la huesada ("bony"). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example "La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo" means "Death is skinny/weak and she can't carry me." Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.

Death is a celebration in Mexico. Death is among them.

(Thanks to niu.edu's informative page!)

Mogloween Leaves Next Friday!

Fight your fears this weekend as you battle your way through a haunted mansion designed to scare even the fiercest DragonSlayer. You have one goal: survive the terrors that lurk inside... J6’s House of Horrors! 

This event will only be available until next Friday, November 11th!

 

Celebrate the World Series Win with the Victory Cub!

The Chicago Cubs (my hometown team) won the World Series earlier this week after 108 YEARS! /cheer! For all you baseball fans, you can battle the Red Dragon in /lair for a chance to get the Victory Cub pet or the Victory Cap helms! 


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October 26, 2016

2016 Pumpkin Contest Winners

Contest Winner (Pumpkin) Patch Notes!

They came. They carved. They squashed the competition. What a talented bunch of pumpkin-slaying Heroes we have! Here’s a great big THANK YOU to everyone who participated to this year’s Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Now, let us gaze upon the gourds of our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: ArchQueen

HOLY Gourditas, this 3D carving is a masterpiece of edible insanity! Amazing job! 

2nd Place: Dweldoron

For upholding the honor of Artix Entertainment's favorite mythical creature, you've unlocked 2nd place and the "Dragon Gourdian" award!  AND because you were one of the judges' most favorite entries, you get some extra Artix Points!

 

3rd Place: Sinso

Nulgath the ArchFiend would be proud of you! Not only does he love the color orange, but he LOVES smashing pumpkins! For paying homage to the ArchFiend while you squash the competition, you've unlocked 3rd place and the "What's Gourd for the Nation" award!

Above and Beyond Award

AKA "Don't try this at home, heroes!" No, seriously. Don't play with fire unless you take all the proper precautions and safety measures. That said, Robero the Hero created an AMAZING sight!

 

Twilly's Choice Award

Twillies LOVES pumpkins! Not smashing them, but using them to HEAL heroes! And that's why we are awarding Roland1234567 the "Twilly's Choice Award" for creating a pumpkin entry featuring the healthiest, helpiest, NPC on Lore!

Winner's Circle

EVERYONE who submitted an eligible entry did an amazing job - we could see the effort and creativity oozing from your entries (much like the guts from a carved pumpkin). All of the entrants shown here are part of the winners' circle and will receive their Artix Points (or, if we cannot find a Master Account, we will award AdventureCoins).

AoT-Stphn: "(Pumpkin) Patch Adams Dedication" award for battling sickness to create his entry.

 

Bummy22: "PumpkinScythe General" award for getting the entire ShadowScythe army PUMPED for Thanksgiving!


Dupstep: "Pulp Fiction" award for creating a terrifying narrative... without saying a word!

 

Greendragonknight: "A cut above the rest" award, because even though "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" it ALSO gets you highlighted in our contest!

 

High Adept Caustus: 

 

MermaidGoddess: "Legion Foe Squasher" award for showing true deadication to Dage's Legion with your entry.

 

Nokajr: "Great Pumpking Slayer" award for creativity in depicting one of the legendary battles against the deadliest gourd on lore!

 

Pluk: "Gourd Graphic Design" award for creating an entirely graphical entry... without using ANY pumpkins! (The Great Pumpking, protector of the patch thanks you!)

 

Rare: "Thinking Outside the Pumpkin Patch" - for creating an entry so wickedly life-like that you (almost) stumped the judges with your 'shop!

 

Supreme King: "Great Pumpking's General" award - it's in your name, and your entry proves your suitability to serve!

Vfhyvdyjntfbynjung: "The most 3Delicious entry" - your entry added a whole new dimension to the contest. Well done!

WenixHD: "Mixed Media award" - why limit yourself to JUST pumpkins or JUST carving or JUST markers? You combined all three, and for that, we salute you!

BUT WAIT! These aren't all carved pumpkins... What gives?

WE GIVE! But you ask a fair question. It's one our judges went over several times while discussing entries. You know here at Artix Entertainment, we love to award creativity and effort wherever and whenever we can... but especially with contests! That's why we always reserve the right to award people who go above and beyond or think outside the box.

This year's pumpkin contest rules said we wanted to feature carved pumpkins and gourds, but also encouraged people to submit the most creative pumpkin-related entries they could think of. Maybe we should change the contest name next year... how about "Cornucopia of Creativity Contest"? 

CONGRATULATIONS, WINNERS! Awards will be on your account later this week. /cheer!

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October 25, 2016

Welcome to our Surprise Twitter Chat

A message from Artix that went out to super-loyal AQW fans

You guys know we like to talk to you in as many places as we can, but it's important that everyone get the same information. Earlier today, a crazy-dedicated group of players added both me and Artix to a group chat. This group of awesome heroes is determined to keep AQWorlds going strong as Artix Entertainment continues developing AQ3D.

Now YOU are in the chat, too!

Artix shared some information and reminders with them there, and now I am passing it on to you, too!

Artix's message to devoted AQW fans

AdventureQuest Worlds is an amazing game with a passionate player base. 

We have no intention of not giving it our all. I know a lot of people may feel threatened by AQ3D, but it is GOOD for us to have both a 2D and a 3D game. Even if they are this simliar. 

The server rewrite has obviously been the hardest and longest challenge... and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Which will allow us to start making features in AQWorlds again.

More importantly, we need to look toward the future... were we need to do the BIG MOVE converting the entire game into Steam/Apple/Android... just like we did AQ3D.

The major game client rebuild is going to be our primary focus starting in January.

The server rewrite has been running on servers for a while now. I think the move to Steam/Apple/Android will bring AQWorlds back to its former glory... if not expand it to an antierely new audience

I hoped this helped... seems like it would be a good idea to post this exact message on the AQW design notes this week too.

Tonight, I hope you check out our first Mogloween in AQ3D. The success of AQ3D is very important to AQWorlds. If it does well, we will have a so many more resources to invest back into AQWorlds. Thank you all for letting me post in here. Until next time... BATTLE ON!

AQWorlds Server Rewrite Update

Thank you for all the help testing with the server rewrite! Your bug reports and the tireless work by the server rewrite tester team have been invaluable to Yorumi as he does the last pushes to get the rewrite up on ALL servers.

With a project as VAST as the rewrite has been, deadlines shift often and bugs that get fixed sometimes need to be RE-fixed. But we are once again in the home stretch. Stay tuned for another update next Monday!

Thank you for reading! Battle on!

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