July 11, 2014
BATTLE GEMS PVP IS LIVE!
Actually, it's been live for almost a fullday, but we haven't said much about it because we wanted to make sure there were no terribly bad game killing bugs before we sounded the war horns and drew a lot of attention to it. It was a quiet launch.
Of course there were a few bugs (There are always a few bugs) but noting too serious and we've already got most of those solved and ready to publish to the live versions of the game in the next update today or tomorrow.
As always, if YOU encounter any bugs, they go here: http://www.artix.com/bugs
Just so we're entirely clear, ALL bugs for this or any other AE game go here: http://www.artix.com/bugs
... here: http://www.artix.com/bugs
And now we're moving on.
BATTLE GEMS PVP! What's the deal with that?
Here's the deal.
- Create your own cool (or silly) PVP name!
- Battle anyone within your level range (plus or minus a few levels)
- Collect PvP trophies for winning that raise you higher in the World and Friend Leaderboards!
- Climb through the PvP Titles until you reach Arena Grand Master
- New PvP Titles unlock the ability to buy new PvP Gear in the PvP Shop!
- They cost A LOT!
- But we now allow you to BUY GOLD!
- Random board mechanics make each battle different. You might get...
- Slime Gems
- Stone Gems
- Crit Gems
- Or in rare cases ALL OF THE ABOVE! (We call that the Devil Board)
WAIT, DID YOU SAY "BUY GOLD"?!
I did indeed say that, imaginary player who asks me this stuff! There are three gold packages to pick from but the obvious winner is the 50 MILLION GOLD PACKAGE. That should keep you set for a while and allow you to buy almost all of the PvP rewards (If you have the intestinal fortitude to unlock them).
Plus it comes with in-game bonuses where the other packages only come with gold (which is still nice).
the 50,000,000 GOLD package gives you a GOLD NAME (in Battle Gems PvP) and the MAKE IT RAIN skill will be added to your skill list. It's like a big gold fireball that explodes into a shower of gold coins when it hits the target. Fun? Yeah, fun.
Apple based players can get the game here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battle-gems-adventurequest/id694721552
Android based players can get the game here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.battleon.aqbattlegems
And, of course, you can always play it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/games/?fbs=100&app_id=217802018249672
May 21, 2014
Will you give Battle Gems a 5 Star Review?
Hello my loves! I have a super special request for you:
Will you please rate Battle Gems with a 5 Star review?
In case you didn’t know (‘cuz I sure didn’t!), each time a mobile game app like Battle Gems gets updated, it refreshes the Star ratings.
“Current Version” is the newest update for iOS.
“All Versions” is, well, for all the updates in iOS!
Android's Google Play has over 8,000 4.5 Star reviews!
So if you love Battle Gems as much as we do, won’t you please take 30 seconds to Rate Battle Gems with your love? 5 Stars is AWESOME!
Thank you so much for your continued love & support for all Artix Entertainment games. For the past 11 years, Artix has strived to produce the best free MMOs and RPGs in the whole world, and we could NOT have gotten this far without YOU!
You always have a 5 Star rating in our eyes and in our hearts <3
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Now, back to the battle (gems)!
May 09, 2014
Battle Gems on Android, Apple and Facebook!
Now that Battle Gems is on the web we need your help. We are very proud of our little game and it seems like nearly everyone who has played it enjoys it. We think that Battle Gems really has the potential to become a HUGE game in the mobile arena and on the web but, for that ti happen, we need YOUR help.
NOTHING helps a game spread faster than the fans. Word of mouth from the die-hard, serious fans can become a raging fire on the internet as the game is passed from friend to friend. We have a favor to ask from you.
If you've tried the game... if you have enjoyed it... please, share it.
Copy and paste this link everywhere you can think of. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, SnapChat, Tumblr, Instagram... anywhere that you feel comfortable letting YOUR fans know that it's a fun game and they should give it a shot. It is free after all so what do they have to lose?
Can I Still Get Founder?
Why, yes. Yes you can. However, we wanted to leave it up long enough for everyone on every platform to get it and now that Battle Gems has been released on all currently planned platforms the Founder Package will be leaving in a few weeks.
Here's a reminder of what you get with Battle Gems Founder...
In Battle Gems:
1) INFINITE Energy, never wait to fight!
2) Skeleton Key, Never wait to enter a new area!
3) DragonKnight Set, special limited-time Founder set!
4) Founder flag on your character panel.
5) 30% permanent earning gold boost.
1) AQW BONUS: DragonKnight Class!
2) AQW BONUS: DragonKnight Armor!
3) AQW BONUS: DragonKnight Helms (2)!
4) AQW BONUS: DragonKnight Swords (2)!
5) AQW BONUS: DragonKnight Capes (3)!
6) AQW BONUS: Battle Gems Character Page Achievement!
Just tap the UPGRADE button in your Battle Gems OPTIONS screen to buy Founder then use the AQW LINK button that shows up to link it to your AQW account.
Thanks For Helping!
For those of you who have already played the game, who have stuck with us through all the game killing bugs and all of the terrible technical glitches and STILL dropped us a 5 star review in your app store, thank you. We could not have gotten to this very exciting starting point without you guys. We're all very interested to see where we go from here.
See you in Battle Gems!
April 10, 2014
Amazing Fan Art lands a Critical Hit on the Artix Team!
The Battle Gems Fan Art Contest was a HUGE success! Undoubtedly our best contest ever!
Over 1,000 entries were submitted to @AQWContests, and it was an incredibly difficult quest to narrow down our favorites (because there were sooooo many awesome submissions)! But, alas, this was a contest, and as such, we had to select the best-of-the-best.
Aaaaaaand here they are!
Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations, Jultane_x! You won the 1st Place Grand Prize!
Jultane_x will be awarded with an exclusive Battle Gems Battle Pet for AQWorlds, the 2nd and 3rd place Pets, and a bonus of 1,000 AdventureCoins! Keep up the FANTASTIC work, Jultane_x!
2nd Place Winners
Let’s give 5 rounds of applause to our five 2nd Place Winners!
You guys will receive the 2nd and 3rd place AQW Pets, plus 750 ACs! Woohoo!
3rd Place Winners
If only we had more room in the 2nd place category for these stellar submissions! Check ‘em out and you’ll see why!
Lupus the Wolf
3rd place winners will receive a Battle Gems pet in AQWorlds, 500 ACs, and serious bragging rights =)
Yes, yes. Caps lock and 3 exclamation marks are totally necessary! I bet you’re wondering how we contain so much awesomeness? Glad you asked!
Our wonderful Mods & Volunteer Staff Members created a DropBox where all the winners are posted—including runner-ups and special categories! Check out the full list with full sized photos here!
(Note: we are working on a way to showcase all the photos, but we need your help! Should we make a YouTube video? Create a new Board on Pinterest? Add them to Facebook? Tweet your suggestions to @BeleenAE or @AQWContest!)
Super Special Thank You!
Speaking of our wonderful Mods & Volunteers… they helped collect EVERY single Battle Gems Fan Art Entry! All 1,085 of them!!! When you see them in-game, be sure to /cheer them on for a job well done =)
- Aqua Dragon Master
- Sora to Hoshi
- Tendou no mazo
- Capn Cio
- Ichigo Kurosaki
- Taini Flaremist
- Judge Accumen
And a super Thank You to you too!
Thank you everyone who evented the Battle Gems Fan Art Contest! Every one has amazing artistic abilities (so long as you didn’t steal your artwork!), and even if you didn’t win this contest, we are looking forward to seeing your submissions in future contests! /hugs!
On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment Team, we are honored to have YOU as a friend, and cannot wait to see what new art you conjure up =D
Battle on, my heroes!
March 24, 2014
Calling all Battle Gems heroes!
Battle Gems, the brand-new puzzle RPG game in the iOS App Store, is a Critical Hit! Since its launch last week, over 500 shining Reviews gave Battle Gems a 4 Star Rating. AMAZING! Artix, Cysero, myself, and everyone here at Artix Entertainment is so happy that you love Battle Gems as much as we love creating the best video games online and on the phone!
We know you love Battle Gems. And we know you love Contests. And we know you love love LOVE winning free stuff. So let’s make everyone super happy by hosting the first-ever Battle Gems Fan Art Contest!
You don’t have to be a Battle Gems player to enter this contest—it’s open to anyone who has a passion for art, video games, horrible puns, and geek culture parodies! Just make sure you read all the rules prior to submitting, because we KNOW we’re gonna get A LOT of entries, and we’re really busy here making games (aka playing Battle Gems when Artix isn’t looking, haha!), so we want to make sure that your awesome Fan Art submission has a fair chance of winning.
Epic Loot: The Prizes
The 1 Grand Prize Winner shall receive:
- Exclusive Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; this pet will be Non-Legend and flagged at 0 ACs (free storage forever, yay!)
- This winner will get to choose 1 of the 4 Battle Gems pets (pic below!)
- This lucky winner will be the ONLY hero in all of AQWorlds to have this exclusive Battle Gems pet
- 1,000 AdventureCoins for the Grand Prize winner
- But wait—there’s more! The Grand Prize winner will also get 2nd and 3rd place Battle Gems pets!!
2nd Place Winner(s) will receive:
- A Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; this Non-Legend pet will be set to 0 ACs (so you can keep him forever)
- 750 AdventureCoins will be awarded
- 2nd place will also get the 3rd place Battle Gems pet
3rd Place Winner(s) will get:
- A Battle Gems pet for AQWorlds; a Non-Legend pet set to 0 ACs
- 500 AdventureCoins for your hard work
Runner Ups will get:
- 200 AdventureCoins
If your Fan Art is featured in the winning selections (Grand Prize, 2nd place, 3rd place, or Runner Ups ONLY), then you will also receive a character page badge in addition to your allotted prize(s).
Additional prizes may be awarded for those who go above and beyond!!! (Yes, three exclamation marks are totally necessary.)
Cooldown Timer: Contest Timeframe
The Battle Gems Fan Art Contest:
- Begins Monday, March 24, 2014
- Ends Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 11:59pm EST (server time)
- All entries must be submitted to @AQWcontest Twitter page before 11:59pm EST/server time on 4/06/14
Contest Rules (follow these EXACTLY, or your entry will be disqualified!)
This is the most important part of the whole contest. Read all the rules below BEFORE entering your Battle Gems Fan Art submission. Because if you don’t follow the rules, then you’ll be disqualified, and that is oh-so totally lame.
Follow EACH rule if you want your entry to be considered eligible.
- Create Battle Gems-themed Fan Art! You can Draw, Paint, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Print, Sculpt, Bake/Decorate, Comic-strip, Cosplay, or create a Stuffed Animal/Plushie of anything relating to Battle Gems. Get creative here, folks!
- Your Battle Gems Fan Art MUST BE created by YOU. And only YOU. No tracing, and no teaming up with friends, sorry. You CAN use in-game art, but get creative with it (don't just copy-paste the image, we know what our art looks like... since we created it lol!)
- Your Fan Art entry MUST include your AQW Character Name somewhere on the picture. No name = no chance at winning, and the possibility of someone else stealing your hard work. Please write/sign your AQW Character Name legibly so I can actually read it =)
- Also, put the date your entry so no one tries to steal your Fan Art during future contests (because you know some sneaky scoundrel will try)!
- Type your AQWorlds Character Name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting. That way, if you win, I can easily copy your Character Name for faster prize awarding and no mistakes.
- After following ALL THE RULES above, submit your awesome Battle Gems Fan Art entry to www.twitter.com/AQWcontest
Handy Dandy Checklist
Check off each thing below before submitting your entry to ensure your chance at winning!
- Battle Gems Fan Art created by you
- AQW Character Name *neatly* written on your picture
- The date on your entry
- Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet to @AQWcontest
- Upload your Battle Gems Fan Art picture to your Tweet to @AQWcontest
- Hit the Tweet button and submit your entry!
Woohoo! There you have it, folks! Best of luck, and if you need some Battle Gem inspiration, download the game for free from the Apple iOS App Store here, or go to the Battle Gems website here!
Everyone here at Artix Entertainment is super excited to see what Battle Gems Fan Art you come up with! Best of luck to you, and don’t forget to Battle ON!
xoxo Beleen =D
January 23, 2014
Battle (Gem) On with a Pet, Battle Pet, and Sword!
We cannot WAIT until our newest game releases! (It is not live yet... but soon!) So in honor of the coming launch of our first mobile game, Battle Gems, we're putting the Brutal Gemaphant pet and its shop in AQWorlds NOW! Upgrade to unlock our newest pet, and show him off to all of your friends!
Battle Gems is a seriously fun game, and we hope you'll want to share news of it with your friends. And that's why we want to let you share the fun of the Battle Gems anticipation shop with your in-game friends.
So ANYONE can click on your pet to open the Brutal Gemaphant shop, which has the Legend-only Brutal Gemaphant Battlepet AND the Gemmed Ornamental Battleblade which ALL players can use, for 0 ACs (free storage, yay!!!)!
August 12, 2013
I Don't Work On AQW Anymore.
I probably linked you to this over Twitter because you asked me a question about AQW that I can't answer. I can't answer it because for the past several months I've been working full-time on BATTLE GEMS. If you want to know why I'm not working on AQW anymore, If I will be back or what BATTLE GEMS or PROJECT:OMNI are then please read on.
Where Have I Been?!
You may have noticed that I haven't been on the Design Notes much in the past few months. I wanted to pop in and kind of let you guys know what's going on because I MISS YOU! If you HAVEN'T noticed that I've been gone, then you can just carry on and ignore this post.
I AM NOT CURRENTLY WORKING ON AQW. I haven't been for the last few months. I'm still a member of the team, BUT all of my time and attention has been on our first PROJECT: OMNI game called BATTLE GEMS!
I can already hear questions so I'm going to change gears and make this a personal Q&A post.
WHAT IS PROJECT: OMNI?
PROJECT: OMNI is the new direction of game development that AE is taking. OMNI games will not only play on the web but also on mobile phones, tablets and possibly a ton of other devices and/or delivery methods (DS, PSN, XBL, Steam Etc). That's the idea anyway.
WHAT IS BATTLE GEMS?!
Battle Gems is our first OMNI game. It's still in development and a few months away from release. It will have pretty decent RPG fighter mechanics but you will use a gem based puzzle interface to pull off your attacks.
There will be TONS of armors, helms, back items, pets (which ALL attack) and weapons in the game and you will be ENCOURAGED to collect ALL of them. The more weapons you collect, the stronger your weapon attacks are, etc.
This game will be FREE for everyone who has access to it.
This is NOT going to be like any of our other RPGs. You won't have an environment to walk around in like AQW, but instead a HUGE 256 node story map that will take you through the game with special holiday areas released during certain times of the year. You will be able to compete with your friends and if the game takes off we plan on adding a PvP aspect where you can face your friends as well.
You will recognize a lot of elements from Lore (moglins, moglinsters, zards, gorillaphants etc), although the pets have been redesigned by Jemini and Samba and animated by Samba and all the monsters have been reconcieved in the game style by Thyton and colored and animated by Yergen.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR BATTLE GEMS, CYSERO?
I'm serving as the game's art director and facilitator. I'm trying to make sure that everyone on the art team knows what everyone else is doing so everyone has a deadline, no critical tasks fall through the cracks and the art style remains consistent throughut the entire game.
I'm also getting to do some art myself. I'm working with Rolith on the game's navigation map. I've made a bunch of individual map assets like these...
and I'm assembling them all into one huge map texture that will lead you through the zones of the Battle Gems once Rolith puts them into Unlity and adds the functionality. I also did 30 of the more than 50 concepts for the Battle Gems logo, before we arrived at our final logo..
And finally, I'm also adding some silly to the game like the concept of the Octobear...
and the Brutalcorn which is a huge, buff, armored unicorn. Here, along with the Croc Warrior and the Battle Gems Dravir, are some concept sketches from Thyton. Don't worry, Brutalcorn's horn will be moved to his forehead. He's a unicorn, not a rhino.
And here is Dage, who ran around as the Brutalcorn all last Friday.
I can't tell you happy I was making that image.
WILL YOU COME BACK TO AQW?!
The future of the Artix Entertainment is in OMNI games and I want to keep helping Artix to build games for you for as long as we can. If AQW needs me I will return and help out but right now, AE needs me looking forward, even if I can't see anything through my hair.
SO, WAIT... ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT NOTHING IN AQW HAS BEEN YOUR FAULT FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS?!
Mind blowing, right? But don't worry, you can keep blaming me for it if it makes you feel better. (never stopped anyone before).
SO WHAT IS THE AQW TEAM WORKING ON?
No clue. Quit askin' me. As I mentioned, I've been spending all of my time on Battle Gems. I could ask Alina to tell me what is going on but I just read the Design Notes, same as you do.
I'M SUPER EXCITED NOW! WHEN WILL IT COME OUT?!
You're not paying attnetion but I understand. This is a lot to take in all at once. I mentioned earlier that we are still a few months away from full release but we have a REALLY solid start and for those of you who will be coming to our panel at DRAGONCON, we will have a pretty interesting prototype to show you!
As always, I will be doing my Con Survival Guide Design Notes post (revised 2013 edition) in a few weeks with more details on our panel but if you want to stay aware of new development in Battle Gems.
You can follow MY TWITTER...
The BATTLE GEMS Facebook Page (LIKE us because we like you!)...
or, of course, ARTIX's TWITTER.
July 09, 2013
New Mobile game in development!
Have you hard about Project: Omni yet? It our ambitious plan to take our games to ALL devices including iPhone, Andoid, iPad, iPod, Tablet, Web and... um... game-ready toasters. Our first step of this project is to create a game that will teach the team how to build for ALL devices. That game, is Battle Gems! It is a fantasy/puzzle/battle game and we have about 1 month of work left before it is ready for you to play. It is honestly the most addictive game we have ever played... if we have any delays, it is because we are obsessively playing it instead of working on it. You can follow our progress at www.Artix.com