Design Notes

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!

March 20, 2015

Brimstone Steppes

The Bandits of the Heath

Life is hard on the Steppes.  General Kyron knows this better than anyone. That's why he did it, right?  Robbing caravans, holding up travelers, demanding tolls that didn't exist.  One-time Bandit Chieftain Kyron did what he had to do in order to ensure the survival of his troupe.  But that is all over and done with. 

There's a problem, though... recently, reports of bandit activity have made Kyron nervous.  With the war and the plague, he cannot afford any distractions.  It is up to you to help Kyron take down his former comrades, and escape the shackles of his troubled past!

 

Centaur Tier Package Details

Hold your horses heroes, because one does not simply rock the Centaur morph. Here’s the lowdown on how you can giddy up as Lore’s first-ever four-legged legend! (Click the picture for the full rundown!)

 

Rumors of Dragon Sightings!

Rumors about of dragons being sighted on the steppes, and over the Fire Islands themselves.  Visit Vasalkar's Lair to take your chance at finding the 0 AC Akriloth's Bane polearm (available for a limited time), and also a hint about what comes next!

Happy Birthday Galanoth!

Gear up to DragOn! It's Galanoth the DragonSlayer's birthday today, so we released a special addition to the Lair map in his honor!

To celebrate, he'll need YOUR help to throw a party for every DragonSlayer on Lore. If there's one thing DragonSlayers do well (besides slaying dragons...) it's PARTY! He'll need you to go on quest to provide all the tastiest birthday treats: Dragon-Spice Cake, Wyrmfire Punch, Dragondoodle Cookies, and more!

Suggestion Shop Update:

Tonight is the first of several new Player Suggestion shop updates we'll be adding in over the coming weeks! We're starting the series of updates with Boxer502's "Rowan's Sword of Will."  One of your fellow heroes, Boxer502 is best known for the many tophat suggestions that have found their way into our holiday event releases!

March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Laken!

Laken Levels Up in Real Life

March is a month of birthdays for members of the Artix Entertainment team, and that makes it time to celebrate! Laken, an AQWorlds artist, created some excellent new gear for you to help celebrate with him. You can find all of his rare items in the /darkbirthday map now!

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In Laken's shop you'll find:

  • Laken the Evil armor
  • Laken the Good helm
  • Evil Lance of Prevarication 
  • The Faken armor

There is also a version of the Evil Lance of Prevarication in the Undead Legion Merge shop! All his birthday rares leave on March 27th, along with the Dage birthday rares.

Kiyone, Sephira, and More Leveling up!

I wasn't kidding when I said March was PACKED with AE team member birthdays! From Dage and Laken and Galanoth to AQW moderators Kiyone and Sephira, all the way to MQ and ED coders Vivi and Rabblefroth, plus forum mods San Robin and Msyu! Happy birthday to them, and to all of you with March birthdays!

March 04, 2015

AQWeekly Newsletter: March 6

Dage's New Class, Items, and New Storyline Release!

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After crushing the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, complete the Champion's Gauntlet Daily Quests, score hot new loot by Dage & Laken, and then embark on Dage’s new storyline release!

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February 25, 2015

New Game Updates on Feb. 27

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Dage's Birthday Shop

The Dark Lord is leveling up! On Friday, harness Dage’s evilest & newest Items. And then... prepare yourself... because the Legion DoomKnight Class arrives Monday!

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Coming Soon! ShadowFlame Dragon War

War is on the horizon... are you ready for battle, soldier? Brandish your blade and prepare for the ShadowFlame Dragon War! 

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AQ DRAGONS fan art contest: happening now!

Attention Dragon Masters! A new contest has started and we want YOU to create AQ DRAGONS fan art. Read more here

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December 18, 2014

Unwrapping Holiday Cheer

Fellow AQW player Submeobi sent me pink presents!

Hiya heroes! Today is a very special… and very PINK… day! Our fellow AQW player and dear friend, Submeobi, sent this HUGE PINK BOX to the Secret Underground Lab. Artix fled the scene before I unwrapped all this awesomeness…  MEGA PHOTO COLLAGE below!
(click here for an even BIGGER pic omg!)

NPC beleen in real life unwraps christmas presents from Submeobi player

Oh Submeobi, you always bring me so much joy AND bring me the best gifts ever! You never cease to amaze me, and your sweet birthday card and warm holiday wishes (plus cozy Santa hats) have made this the greatest December to remember! Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!!!!

And this is why I love everyone here at Artix Entertainment—and that includes players like you, too! We are all one big happy family, and I couldn’t ask for more love and merriment from the best extended family known to mankind. Thank you Submeobi for showering me with so much pink and making Artix’s eyes bleed rainbows—that is perhaps the greatest gift of all >:D

And thank YOU for being a part of the Artix Entertainment family <3 We could not have achieved all of this without the support from our magnificent Members and devoted AdventureCoins buyers, and everyone here at the Secret Underground Lab is blessed to have you by our side. You guys and gals are amazing. True story.

On behalf of the AdventureQuest Worlds team, we wish you sincere holiday wishes and look forward to battling alongside you into the New Year 2015!

Stay warm. Stay pink. Stay positive. And stay epic, my lovely heroes!

Battle ON!

xoxo Beleen =D

December 11, 2014

Unwrapping Excitement

Watch Beleen Unwrap Her Birthday Presents

OMG EEEEEE! I AM SOOO HAPPY!!! I just filmed myself unwrapping my in-game birthday presents on YouTube!

Beleen in real life opens birthday presents in game adventure quest worlds
Click to watch the full video!

All of these items are arriving this Friday, December 12, at www.AQ.com .

Thank you everyone who suggested these items on my Twitter and on the AQW Facebook page – we couldn’t have made sooooo much PINK possible without your genius ideas! Keep up the great work, and stay super pink my loves!

xoxo Beleen the Birthday Girl 

December 08, 2014

Browser Based Birthday!

Watch Beleen unwrap her presents this Thursday

Hiya hero! Did you know that my birthday is THIS WEEK!? And you know what that means… a glorious onslaught of PINK ITEMS is headed YOUR way!

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The AQW team has done a fabulous job of keeping my presents under wraps. But come this Thursday afternoon, they are letting me unwrap my gifts—on YouTube!

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Be sure to subscribe to the Artix Entertainment YouTube channel and be the first to watch my real-life excitement as I showcase all the new pink items arriving Friday, December 12, in Beleen’s Birthday Shop at www.AQ.com!

xoxo Beleen =D

February 27, 2014

Hardcore Paragon Pet

How Hardcore Are You?

As many of you know, Dage The Evil's birthday is Sunday and we kicked off his birthday with a bang on Wednesday by releasing the new (eventually Rare) BladeMaster Class!

You can see my Class Breakdown HERE. Maybe you got it for ACs. Maybe you're an Undead Legion follower and you grabbed it for Legion Tokens. Maybe you're still farming Legion Tokens so you can get it before it goes rare in about a month. All good options. 

IF you're a loyal Undead Legionnaire then it's fair to assume that you're a pretty Hardcore Player, but exactly how Hardcore Are you? 

The Hardcore Paragon Pet Club (No Whiners Allowed)!

Tomorrow, we will be adding a bunch of new stuff to Dage's Birthday Shop but my favorite is the Hardcore Paragon Pet!

There would be a 
picture of it here but
Dage hasn't finished
the art for it yet.

Like most Paragon Pets, this one comes with a quest. Since I've been covering for Alina during her well-earned holiday, I've seen a LOT of you saying that Legion Tokens were too easy to farm and you wanted a REAL challenge. So I made one for you. 

WARNING: If the impossible scares you, just crawl back into your casual-gamer hole right now. 

The Hardcore Paragon Pet comes with 3 possible rewards. 

  • 66 Legion Tokens (we might raise that, considering...)
  • The BladeMaster Dual Katanas

Dual BladeMaster Katanas

  • or The Living BladeMaster armor. 

Living BladeMaster Armor

You asked for a challenge so here it is: You will get 66 Legion Tokens each time you finish the quest unless you get one of the items. Each of the items is a 1% drop (0 AC for storage, naturally) from the quest. In order to complete the quest, you will need to collect 13 Ribs from Binky the ungodly-powerful, nasty-as-frak unicorn monster and each rib only has a 2% Drop rate. 

You read that right. 2% chance to get a rib, IF you manage to kill the unkillable Binky. Collect 13 ribs to complete the quest. 1% chance that you'll get one of these items, making them two of the rarest items EVER in AQW.

Sound impossible? Some say it is. Some say it's not worth buying the pet. That's fine. It isn't for them...

It's for YOU. I made this quest as hard as I could think without making it literally impossible for those few of you who say that the game has become too simple... who say that even Drakath is too easy and you need a REAL challenge. 

Remember: This quest is NOT REQUIRED AT ALL. Complaining about it is like complaining about a test you don't have to take. Accepting this challenge will require you to spend 2000AC on the pet but if you're really a HARDCORE player, then this is just exactly what you've been asking for.

Good luck and godspeed, adventurer. 

Sounds Dumb, What Else Ya  Got?

Fair enough. Also coming in the shop will be the Legion DreadRider armor (800 ACs) and helm (90 ACs)...

DreadRider

... The DreadMarch Armor (500 ACs or 500 Legion tokens), helm (90 ACs or 90 Legion Tokens and cape (250 ACs or 250 Legion Tokens)...

DreadMarch Armor Set

... And finally some items that we missed in the initial BladeMaster release: BladeMaster Hood (90 ACs), BladeMaster Wraps (9000 Gold for everyone), BladeMaster Horns (90 ACs), the BladeMaster Mask (Legend only, 9000 gold) and the BladeMaster Cape (animated, 250 ACs).

BladeMaster Helms

Something About A Free, Signed Poster?

Thanks for reminding me. Once the BladeMaster Class goes rare (again, in a month or so) we will be looking through everyone who has it (AC or Legion TOken version, both work) and drawing a name at random. That lucky Legionnaire will recieve a free Undead Legion Poster signed by Dage The Evil. We'll even pay the shipping. 

Dage Art Neuveau

What Else Is Happening Tomorrow? 

That's not enough? 

No, That's Basicaly Just A Shop.

OK, true. We also have our Mardi Gras/Carnival Big Bad Voodoo Event! There will be beads and dark magic and some colorully attired undead. It's not something that you want to miss beacuse of all those things I just mentioned. Especially the last one. 

See ya tomorrow! 

January 28, 2014

Nulgath’s Birthday Items

Unwrap these Archfiend-approved presents

Nulgath leveled up IRL last week, but you can still party like an Archfiend with Nulgath’s personal stash of loot.

Archfiend Nulgath Birthday Items

  • Nulgath Face Morph
  • Nulgath Armor
  • Mini-Nulgath Battle Pet
  • Nulgath Challenge Pet
  • Greater Bloodbeacon Polearm + 5

Find the Nulgath Birthday Shop in your Game Menu and unleash your inner Archfiend!

xoxo Beleen

December 14, 2013

It’s My Birthday!

Birthday Rares Shop now open in Frostvale

Yippie! I’m so super happy you came to my birthday in Frostvale!

Since today is my special day, the AQWorlds team said I could release anything I want in my birthday shop.

anything, you say?! Tehehee… well you know what that means… BRING ON THE PINK RARES, baby!

After asking my friends on Twitter what THEY wanted in my birthday shop, I narrowed down my favorites (and the possible ones) and created an onslaught of pink awesomeness (or madness?)!

All the items in my shop are RARE, and were priced accordingly to the original items so that way it’s fair for everyone. Of course, Dage the Evil and Nulgath aren’t all too happy that I “enhanced” their beloved items PINK, but hey, it’s MY birthday, and I am the Queen of Pink, so…. muahahahaa >:D (Now that’s how you do EVIL the right way, Dage and Nulgath!)
(Alina note: You are an example to all Evil-doers everywhere! #FF5DD9forever!)

Our fellow hero Submeobi mailed me a box of birthday items, too! And OF COURSE it was full of enough pink to melt Artix’s eyes. (Good thing this happened AFTER Artix’s wedding, huh?) 

Thank you SO MUCH Submeobi! And thank you to everyone who helped decide which items should be glorious pink in my Birthday Rares Shop!

I am so blessed to have amazing friends like you =D You have really made my special day even more special, and I cannot wait to see you and your friends adorned in pink-a-licious items. Be sure to send me screenshots on my Twitter—I’d love to see them and totally flaunt them!

Have a wonderful day, have a glorious weekend, and as always… battle on, my loves!

xoxo Beleen

PS: The Santa Cutie helms will arrive in Quibble's shop this Friday. We've got to make sure that little guy has some PINK items for Frostval, right?! Right!

September 04, 2013

Aranx’s Birthday on Friday!

Angels know how to celebrate!

I bet you’re wondering what Beleen does on a daily basis. Besides tormenting poor Artix with an endless onslaught of pink shenanigans, I help write quests, storylines, cutscene scripts, item descriptions, the weekly newsletter, design notes, Facebook updates, random Twitter tweets, the Artix weekly write-up, and item uploads (setting them up, uploading, testing, re-uploading, testing some more, finding bugs...trying to squash bugs...having Alina squash the bugs for me...and getting the files ready for Friday night).

And today I had the pleasure of uploading Aranx’s birthday items into our database (and of COURSE I had to share them with you)!

Descended Amadis Aranx birthday

I uploaded, tested, named, and described 9 of Aranx’s Birthday Items ascending from the heavens this Friday night for his special day. Above you will see the Descended Amadis Armor, equipped with color custom Descended Amadis Wings and the Tousled Archangel Hair (helm).

Descended Amadis Aranx birthday

If you wish to follow a darker route, check out the above armor. He’s wearing the Fallen Amadis Armor, the Scar of the Fallen Amadis helm, and the massive Fallen Amadis Annex wings.

And here’s a few more birthday presents Aranx has for you.

More Aranx birthday presents

…oh how I wish Aranx would have a birthday every week!

But this weekend we can all enjoy Aranx’s birthday. Yippie!

xoxo Beleen

September 03, 2013

Monday in Disguise!

It’s Tuesday. Feels like Monday. Excited about Friday!

OH YAY! Thank goodness I found you here. I’ve got a bunch of stuff I want to share with you because this week—and the next few weeks actually—are going to FLY BY sooo fast because…well… just take a look at what’s going on this week aaaaaand I’ll fill you in with more details soon…ish.  

Wheel of Doom

Ladies and Gentleman! Berserkers and Guardians! Step right up and take a spin on the Wheel of Doom. Don’t be shy—every spin wins a prize!

Wheel of Doom

When you /join doom, enter Swaggy’s friendly-looking tent and give the Wheel of Doom a spin. Want to find out more?  Click this link here and Alina will explain everything to you. For wheel =D 

Siege the Day

Despite your best efforts, Swordhaven continues to be consumed by Chaos! We cannot let Chaos win, Hero!

Swordhaven under Siege

Looks like we need to take a different approach to defeating Chaos… so how about a minigame?! This Friday evening, defend the kingdom of Swordhaven in a ‘Castle-Defense’ style minigame. I just hope you can save the city from the Chaotic Siege!

Happy Birthday Aranx!

Everyone’s favorite Archangel Aranx is ascending into another year older! In order to celebrate, Aranx wishes to share with YOU his glorious Fallen Amadis Armor Set.

Aranx Birthday items preview

On Friday evening, you can become one of Aranx’s Fallen Amadis—who fights for Good or Evil, your choice!—and test your angelic aptitude against the forces of Chaos.

A Pirate’s Sneak Peak

Talk Like a Pirate Day only be a few short weeks away, but Solrac wants t’give all ye landlubbers ‘nd scallywags a sneak-peek at…

Galactic Naval Commander Preview

Galactic Naval Commander Armor Set!

Avast! This Naval Commander be out of this world, matey. Ye might be able to plunder s’more pirate spoilers on Solrac’s Twitter… if me doesn’t steal them for the Design Notes first!

Yarrharrharr!

xoxo (skulls and crossbones?) Beleen

August 07, 2013

Make our Birthday Wish come True!

Help AQWorlds reach 1 Million Likes by October 11!

Your favorite online adventure game is turning 5 Years Old on October 11th, 2013!

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Yeah, I know October is pretty far away, but the entire AdventureQuest Worlds team has a pretty big birthday wish: to reach 1,000,000 Facebook Likes before our birthday celebration.

And with YOUR help, you can make our 5th Birthday Party the best one yet!

How You Can Help

Gather everyone you know—your friends, family, & followers—and tell them to Like the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook page to help us reach 1 Million Likes by October 11, 2013.

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This would be the best Birthday Present ever! Woohoo!

Birthday Presents for All

The best gifts are the ones that everyone can enjoy =D And who doesn’t enjoy Star Swords?! Whispers amongst the AQW team hint at NEW Star Swords… but what will the colors be? Hmmm

Star Swords in online adventure game AdventureQuest Worlds

Tell us what colored Star Swords you want to see on our Facebook (and don’t forget to Like us, too)!

Did you used to own a Star Sword but misplaced it indefinitely? No worries, my loves! Due to popular demand, if you've lost an Upholder Star Sword you had access to, you'll be able to get it again during our Birthday Event.  

And if we DO reach 1,000,000 Likes by the AQWorlds Birthday, what other presents would YOU like to unwrap? We’ve got lots of time to plan, so lend us your ideas and let’s see if we can turn them into reality!

Stretch Goals

With you on our side, we’re pretty confident that we can reach 1,000,000 Likes by October 11th, 2013. What happens if—nay, when!—we reach 1,000,001 Likes… and beyond?

You tell us! You and your buddies always come up with the BEST ideas, so let us know on our Facebook Page what presents we should deliver for surpassing 1,000,000 Likes. You guys and gals help us—and we’ll reward you handsomely =D

Like the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook page

Tell us what Birthday Presents you want to unwrap

Invite your friends to play AQWorlds with us

And Battle On towards victory

xoxo Beleen

March 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Galanoth!

Celebrate the DragonSlayer's Birthday!

Gear up to DragOn! It's Galanoth the DragonSlayer's birthday today, so we released a special addition to the Lair map in his honor! 

Galanoth levels up in real life!

To celebrate, he'll need YOUR help to throw a party for every DragonSlayer on Lore. If there's one thing DragonSlayers do well (besides slaying dragons...) it's PARTY! He'll need you to go on quest to provide all the tastiest birthday treats: Dragon-Spice Cake, Wyrmfire Punch, Dragondoodle Cookies, and more!


Evolved DragonSlayer remains in-game forever!

He's gathered together a dragon-sized treasure trove of gifts to thank any Heroes who help him celebrate:

  • Evolved DragonSlayer Armor (permanent merge shop)
  • Battle-scarred Evolved DragonSlayer Armor (Member-only)
  • Seasonal color-custom DragonSlayer Armor (returns every year on his birthday)
  • Golden DragonBlade (member-only)
  • Platinum DragonBlade (AdventureCoins)
  • Emerald DragonBlade
  • Silver DragonSword (color-custom and non-CC)
  • A Member-only quest gives double merge item rewards (get EvoDragonSlayer faster!)
  • and more!

Battlescarred DragonSlayer and Silver DragonSword

Don't forget to /cheer your favorite DragonSlayer on all day!

March 07, 2013

Soul Forge Explosion!

OMG even MORE Undead Legion items?!?

What happens when thousands of Undead Legion followers flood the Soul Forge with millions of Solidified Souls, Obsidian Rocks, and Legion Tokens?

An explosion of brand-new Undead Legion items!

Dage more items

Dage never expected ANYTHING like this. His Soul Forge has generated so much power… so much darkness… so much EVIL… and now the Dark Lord surges with overwhelming strength to create even more Undead Legion items!

On this Friday evening, March 8 2013, Dage will allow you to harness his newest Undead Legion creations. No one knows for certain if these items will found within the Soul Forge or in Dage’s Rare Birthday Shop. We shall find out Friday night, then…

Don’t forget that the Dage Fan Art Contest ends tomorrow night, March 8 at 11:59pm EST on the Forums!

Dage Fan Art Contest

WOWZA! There are over 600 entries so far—and the numbers keep growing! Dage the Evil is incredibly impressed by your hard work and devotion to the Undead Legion. The Grand Prize winner will receive a custom-made Weapon by Dage, and runners-ups get a specially crafted Cape. 

Read the Dage the Evil Fan Art Contest rules, and then submit your entry here!

Long live the Undead Legion!  

March 02, 2013

Birthday Gold Boost

Dark Birthday Celebration Continues!

We're suprising Dage the Evil with a birthday gift... for you!
A Gold Boost has been added to all servers (with a higher Boost on Member servers)! Legion farmers: now's the time to get the gold you need to buy the gear you want! 

Remember: check out Beleen's Design Notes for a breakdown of all the birthday gear he's crafted for you! Plus: The Paragon Pet in Dage's Dark Deathday shop will get NEW quests next week! Those quests will drop Legion tokens to help you grow within the ranks of the Undead Legion!

Dage BirthdayHappy birthday, Dage!

Legion Legend: Dark Birthday Prophecy

Screams ring out as light floods the once-dark room. Candles extinguished hours ago burn brightly, making shadows dance across the cold chamber walls. The DreamWeaver shudders and clutches her amulet tightly. 

Her assistant grabs a quill and scroll, hurrying to record the prophecy the crone gasps out:

Time and fate, the warrior's bane, when eternal glory is the ultimate prize.

New soldiers flood into the shadows surrounding the SoulForge, vowing loyalty to Dage the Evil, ruler of the Underworld. He knows a weapon is only as deadly as its creator... and the metal used to forge it.

What is dead may never die, and he will see the Legion rise.

Looking over the masses of men and women sharpening blades and polishing armors, he sees a new future taking shape. The souls before him will make great warriors IF their edges are sharp enough.

 
Behind the SoulForge, a hallway lies.

Many battles lay ahead if they are to fully conquer the UnderWorld. Even now, the creatures within it resist, but they are no match for Legion soldiers. No army in history has been stronger, more controlled, or gathered for a greater purpose.

Look through the mirrors to new skies.

The past is dead, he knows, and the dead gone to a realm he cannot touch. Dage looks to the future, to the blades he he will craft, the warriors who will wield them, and the wars they will wage. The Undead Legion are strong, but he will make them stronger. And as their power grows, so does his own.

Where all will fear their battlecries.

Victory waits. Will YOU join the Undead Legion?

March 01, 2013

Death Pits / Dage's Birthday!

The Death Pits Await You!

Chaos Lord Lionfang is still searching for the one item that might serve as a weapon against Chaos and he's letting nothing stand in his way. He has discovered that the Darkblood relic called the Tears Of The Mother has been hidden at the bottom of the Darkblood Death Pits and now it's a race to reach the relic. 

Since the beginning of history the various Darkblood tribes of Thunderforge waged war with each other for the precious Rotstone mines which became known as the Death Pits. They would toss their captives down into the poisonous mines and work them to death. 

Once the tribes came together and built Falguard, uniting all the Darkblood under one Primarch, they continued the practice sending out slavers to capture humans, horcs and other creatures to do their mining for them. 

Now the Death Pits are haunted by the memories of a thousand, thousand lost souls. The walls and floors are littered with the bones of the dead (and undead). This dark, bleak hole in the earth is where the Primarch has hidden the Tears of the Mother and sent Logash to protect them. 

If you survive the journey to the bottm of the Death Pits, great treasures await you un the form of an unlockable shop and several monster drops for Members and non-members alike. 

Happy Birthday Dage!

Tomorrow is Dage The Evil's birthday and he has sent a shadow of himself to Battleon with enticing birthday rares to lure fresh souls into his Soul Forge, where there are a number of new Dage items for Legion members to earn!

His Birthday Shop contains 12 AC Rare items, including the DarkCaster Arcanist Ring, the Ascended Paragon Pet with 2 farming quests that provide items for the SoulForge and the new Ascended DarkCaster set. You can also use your gold to purchase Essence Of The Undead Legend which Dage has assured us will return on his Birthday every year (and possibly a few other special events). 

Meanwhile, Dage has finally left Shadowfall to set up his new base of power in his SoulForge, where he uses the souls of his Legion to forge new, increasingly diabolical weapons armors and more. 

Dage's birthday doesn't last forever so don't miss out. 

Happy Deathday Dage!

Stormbringer Set

For a Limited time we are offering EVERYONE who buys ANYTHING from us, the Stormbringer Set!

I mean anything. Any Membership package and any AC bundle. Buy something, relog and look in your Book of Lore in the Achievement Badges section and use the Stormbringer Badge to access the items!

No, You Can't Be A Mod. 

The No, You Can't Be A Mod shirt in Heromart is now on sale in Green and Black. It comes with a character page achievement badge, a non-member pet, a tasty muffin AND the NOT A MOD Class! 

To read the Skills Breakdown for the class, just click here

That's all I got. have a great weekend!

OR ELSE!

EXTRA NOTE:

You guys are submitting great pics to the Dage the Evil contest, but we've got to keep all comments on the pictures clean. (Family friendly and all, right?) If you're going to submit your pictures on Twitter, please post them there directly, not on Twitpic. Or use any free online photo gallery.

Our volunteer forum moderators thank you.

March 01, 2013

Dage the Evil’s Loot Lowdown

Birthday Rares and Soul Forge Items

OMG it’s Dage the Evil’s birthday! It’s the moment EVERYONE has been waiting for!

Dage Birthday 

But with so many awesomely epic Dage-approved items, I wanted to give you the lowdown on all new Undead Legion loot arriving in tonight’s birthday release.

Dage’s Birthday Rare Shop

These items are RARE and will not be retuning next year, so stock up before Dage takes them all away—forever! And yeah, you’ll definitely need AdventureCoins. They don’t call him Dage the EVIL for nothin’!

Dagebdayrares

  • Ascended DarkCaster Armor
  • Ascended Paragon Pet with 2 quests
  • DarkCaster Evolution Armor
  • Evolved DarkCaster FauxHawk
  • Effeminate DarkCaster Hairdo
  • Legion DarkBlood Eviscerater Armor
  • Ascended DarkCaster Fem Horns
  • Ascended DarkCaster Fem Hair
  • Aura of the Ascended Cape
  • Ascended DarkCaster FauxHawk

Soul Forge Merge Shop

The Soul Forge is a permanent addition to Dage’s Underworld. You must complete Dage’s new quests in order to get the required items to use within the Soul Forge. Some of these items are going Rare while others can be obtained permanently...well, if you're lucky!

Dage Birthday forge

  • Legion SkullSeeker Armor (RARE!)
  • Legion Flying Skull V2 pet (RARE!)
  • Ceremonial Legion Blade (RARE!)
  • Hades Scream! helm (RARE!)
  • Death Bane of the Legion sword
  • Classy SkullSeeker Cane
  • Legion Beast Within helm
  • Classy SkullSeeker helm
  • SkullSeeker Cane
  • Pride of the Legion polearm

If knowledge is power… then apply what you’ve learned to your Undead Legion items and rule the world of Lore! Teheheh… erm, I mean, BWAHAHHA!

March 01, 2013

While Dage Slumbers…

Sneak Peek at more Undead Legion goodies!

I snuck into the Secret Underground Lab early this morning to snag these spoiler screenshots just for you!

Dage Spoiler

 Dage Spoiler

Dage’s birthday release launches tonight! You should probably stock up on some AdventureCoins if you hope to obtain legendary Legion loot—and MUCH more to come!

February 26, 2013

Descend into Darkness

Friday: Celebrate Dage the Evil's Birthday!

Dage the Evil is leveling up in real life and celebrating his birthday in game! Delve into the depths of Dage’s Underworld and embark on challenging quests to create brand-new Undead Legion items in the Soul Forge! 

Your wait is finally over! Celebrate Dage the Evil’s birthday with his personal hoard of Undead Legion items. And can you complete Dage’s difficult quests to create Undead Legionitems in the Soul Forge?

  • New Paragon Pet WITH quests!
  • Dark Caster Evolution Armor
  • Ceremonial Blade
  • Dark Caster Ascendant
  • NEW Dark Caster hairstyles
  • And more!

Check back later this week for more details on Dage's dark birthday extravaganza!

Survive the Death Pits This Friday!

Chaos Lord Lionfang, former knight of King Alteon, has just slainthe Darkblood Death Pit guardian, Logash. It was Logash's swornduty to protect the Tears of the Mother from Chaos Lord Lionfang—and a Darkblood oath cannot be broken by something as simple as death.

Logash’s spirit will guide you throughout the remains ofthe Darkblood Slavers' Death Pits in order to reach the Tears ofthe Mother before Liongfang can! Get one step closer to defeatingChaos Lord Lionfang…if you prove victorious!

January 23, 2013

Coming Friday

Darkblood, Treasure Chests, MOD Birthdays and More!

This Friday the new Chaos Lord Lionfang saga continues in the Darkblood city of Falguard. 

Captain Madra and one of her Falguard Dreadwatch Soldiers

This week you will enter the mysterious Darkblood city of FALGUARD, whose doors have remained closed to outsiders for years. The Darkblood Scroll has been translated and a newly empowered CHAOS LORD LIONFANG plans to test out his new powers searching for the Darkblood weapon that may be able to defeat Chaos. 

The City will feature the Thunderforge Reputation Shop (on Madra herself), A Weapon Shop, An Armor Shop, a Hair Shop, at least one dark alley, a few quests to grind Thunderguard Reputation (more for Members) and, of course, the storyline quests. 

Can you find the secret weapon of the Darkblood before Chaos Lord Lionfang rips Falguard apart?

Other Stuff Happening This Week

  • We have new treasure chest items coming for all of you who have unlocked been stocking the treasure chests up and Members who have been stockpiling your free Treasure Chest Keys from Twilly


  • We have TWO Mod birthday shops coming Friday as well. Captain Stratos, Co-head Moderator and Bug Master General and Vokun, one of our newest volunteer assistant developers!


  • The 1 Year Member Golden Set Member Package is going away, to be replaced by the Jade Samurai 1 Year Member Set which is exactly the same as the other package but with a different set.  

Stuff Coming In The Future

We're working on some new Membership perks for you guys, in addition to the one that Alina talked about earlier. We are trying to workout a system where Members would simply get MORE ACs. If you buy the 2000 AC package and you're a Member then you would get more than 2000 ACs. 

How many more? Still working on making it happen (It may never happen, but we're trying) so we'll saw for sure at that time. 

Next week Quibble will be coming back to Battleon and will be bringing a host of all new, slightly used rares from the future (and past in this case). A few of you were asking if Xavier Lionfang's Silver Lion Armor would be released during the Lionfang Saga... well, it is. 

Funny story: ORIGINALLY the Lionfang armor art was silver, but went back for a recolor and came out the gold version that we all know. Makes sense that Xavier would get his big brother's hand-me-downs. 

Changes to Battleon will start happening soon. Things will start moving, appearing, vanishing, shifting, sliding and expanding. 

The Search For New Mods Continues

Reens and Stratos are still looking for a few good players who help expand the Moderator team of AQW. 

If you want to know how to apply, READ THIS CAREFULLY. I've had people e-mailing me and even trying to apply on Twitter which just proves that you either

  1. Didn't bother to read the directions,
  2. Skimmed them but didn't pay attention, or
  3. Can't read English well enough to be a Mod.

No matter which way you go, if you can't even apply correctly then you lacking some very necessary qualifications that we need in our Mods. 

People have been asking me who "won the Mod contest?". I can't stress enough that this is not a contest to be won, it's a volunteer job to be applied for. It's a pretty serious and necessary position and we have some fairly high standards for what we expect from our Mods. 

It's hours and hours of helping, reading thousands of player reports and trying your best to help other players. It's a thankless job but that's OK because we don't pay you anything. We even put restrictions on the items that Mods get. The only rewards are a gold name, the chance to test the releases before they are finished and the chance to help make AQW a better and safer game for everyone. 

December 14, 2012

The A-PINK-olypse!

Thunder Buddies for Life... right?

"A storm of Beleen's Pink colored doom is rolling in tonight. As our heroes are tasked with stopping the end of the world by defeating Kezeroth at www.AQ.com, I am immobilized by the terror of of Beleen's Pink Birthday Release.... am I alone in my fear of her fabled pink madness? Do I have a Thunder Buddy to weather tonight's storm with?" - Artix

Thunder Buddies for Life?

Xyo's Fan Video "Beleen's Pink Madness"

If you have not seen this before, this is a fan video made by the amazing animator Xyo. The way they did the voices caught us off guard so much that we sprayed our monitors with our drinks. Most players know I have a rare and deadly allergy to the color pink. Simply touching the color pink could actually cause my hand to catch on fire and explode. (These statements have not been evalutated by the FDA.) Beleen, who loves the color pink... often tests the limits of my ability to endure pink.

November 12, 2012

Skyguard and Book Bugs

Coming Today and Friday!

This week, the Member Only Skyguard quest line comes to a dramatic conclusion. We've also got an update to the Player Suggestion shop coming as well as some stuff that was meant to go in last week.

Today we will be removing Death's Rares, Adding the special Quest to the Golden Dragon Statue house item along with its very rare reward.

Friday we will also be celebrating (read as: poking fun at) the release of the final Twilight movie with the "Twilight of the Lycan" Limited TIME Shop. Sparkly Lycan Armor? Maybe?

Today is also J6's Birthday and he has released his birthday items. We'll he released some of them. He admitted that his old age is getting to him and he forgot some of the items but will be adding them later today as well. two of the items but by the time you read this they will all be there.

If you feel like wishing J6 a Happy Birthday feel free to spam his Twitter.

Bugs and Fixes

This week have a few more things we're going to try to release including the second stab at the tutorial with a lot of the changed that you guys suggested including adding a brief shop run through and attaching the Save The Princess From the Dragon Dragon From The Princess part. We were going to leave it in but separate but so many of you mentioned it being your first memory of the game that we decided to tack it on after you say goodbye to Serval.

We will also be adding the Character Page Achievement for completing the tutorial.

We've got the new Book of Lore working (kind of) but there are several issues that will get ironed out this week. One is that people who did not test Guilds on the PTR were able to get the reward scythe. The scythes have been removed from people who did not help test and the shop properly secured.

A lot of you thought it was a bug that you could open shops that you hadn't unlocked. That was intentional. If you tried yo BUY something you would realize that you could not buy things from shops which you had not unlocked. We added the ability to LOOK at the items to see if you liked them prior to purchasing them. This only applies to badges that are visible all the time. Other badges (and shops) like most HeroMart badges are invisible until you unlock the badge by purchasing that HeroMart Item.We will be adding a note to the shops that you won't be able to BUY items from the shop until the badge is unlocked on all badges with shops.

Some of you are reporting that the scrolling feature is broken, which we are looking into (it might be the book or might be the fact that the latest version of the Flash Player has SEVERE issues with the FireFox browser).

Lastly the BIG issue is with the Recruit-A-Friend system currently to be found in Twilly. The revamped system will give you Friend gems for getting your friends to play, and you also get an % of the gold and XP that they earn on your own character not to mention 200 ACs for every friend that decides to become a Member.

Unfortunately, it's causing the game to crash horribly. Yorumi is currently looking at the system. Hopefully a fix will be found soon but expect a couple of restarts today.

Many of you commented on Friday that you really liked the new Book of Lore design, finding it a lot simpler to navigate and more fun to use. Hopefully after we get it working as intented then it will be a tool you go to a lot more often.

38 days until Just Another Day

October 19, 2012

Chunin Class Skills Breakdown

YOU DID IT!

You managed, against all odds, to save all SIX major AE games, including AQW. You have unlocked a guided tour of the AE Secret Underground Lab. If you speak to Artix then you will see that you have also unlocked this year's Birthday Rare Class, the Chunin Class.

You can buy the class (and all the extras for once) from Itzachi until the class goes rare around our NEXT Birthday. However, until the birthday event closes you will be able to EARN the class and all the extras completely free and all you have to do is help clean up Ebilcorp's leftovers!

Artix, located in the underground lab map will give you the quests you need to earn the class and also has the merge shop where you can buy them. There are no dailies this time, just a little effort and you can earn the class as fast or slow as you want! Members get the added bonus of being able to earn the class  THREE TIMES faster than non-members.

Just REMEMBER, the chance to earn the class is a special bonus for those of you who were here to help celebrate AQW's 4th birthday and AE's 10th! Once the birthday event goes rare in 1 month, then you will no longer be able to earn the class. Don't Worry. 1 month is PLENTY of time for anyone to earn it.

You will need to turn in the quests and re-accept them every time. We've been forced to take this measure to help combat botters so you can thank those people if you find that a little annoying.

Now let's talk about the class a little.

CHUNIN CLASS SKILL SET

The Chunin is a higher rank of ninja than the average ninja (genin). Please don't start talking about Naturo... this is drawn from the REAL LIFE ninja ranking system. Naruto just got that right. In a very quick Twitter more people wanted a multi-attack class which was what we also gathered from various threads in the AQW forum discussions. It also seems to be the general feeling that we haven't released enough Warrior/Melee based classes lately so the Chunin is a Warrior based Multi-Hit class.

It's designed to be GREAT at farming, interesting in PvP and still able to solo a mid-level boss if you play it smart. Combine this with an XP Boost and It should help a lot of you reach level 50 VERY quickly. There was request to take a break from stacking auras so this class is SUPER SIMPLE to use, recalling the bygone days of the base classes.

As it's Warrior based class I suggest WARRIOR Enhancements. It's also based on the Warrior regen model which is a little counter-intuitive with a class that uses it's dodge and haste reduction to survive but it's been balanced with that in mind. Plus, there are always potions.

AUTO ATTACK

2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.

TSUNAMI STRIKE

15 mana, 4 second cooldown

Hits up to two enemies, showing them greatly for 4 seconds.

Decently strong attack, very cheap and very straight forward. You hit then, they take damage and you increase your survivability by virtue of the fact that at least 2 of your attackers are attacking more slowly.

PARALYZING WIND

20 mana, 6 second cooldown

Hits up to three enemies for moderate damage, reducing all of their chances to hit greatly for 6 seconds.

In testing and balancing I found this to be my go-to power, especially in PvP. You hit them, it does slightly more damage than the first power while still being relatively cheap AND increasing your survivability by virtue of the fact that at least 3 of your attackers are now have a 50% LOWER chance to hit you and your allies for 6 seconds. 

SPINNING DRAGON

40 mana, 6 second cooldown

Hits up to two enemies near you dealing moderate damage. This attack also has a 50% chance to reduce their next hit to 0 Damage.

Again, straight forward but an interesting possible bonus effect. Hit 2 targets for decent damage and increase your survivability by virtue of the fact that at least 2 of your attackers have a 50% chance to do 0 Damage on their next hit. This comes in really handy in a boss fight and have some REALLY interesting effects in PvP as you have the ability to reduce a foe's nuke to 0 if you are lucky and time it right.

SHADOW STRENGTH & NINJA'S GAMBIT

Rank 4 passives

Increase HASTE by 5% AND Increase DAMAGE OUTPUT by 15%

Increase DAMAGE TAKEN by 10%

This is where things get interesting. You've probably realized by now that this class is designed to debuff the enemy and survive even without any heals. Haste increases your Damage Per Second by making you attack faster, and a flat 15% increase to your damage across the board is HUGE, but we balance out this new strength with an interesting weakness. You are squishier and easier to kill, IF they hit you... All the more reason to NOT LET THEM HIT YOU.

CHI BLAST

45 mana, 25 second cooldown

You focus your chi into a quick and brutal attack, hitting up to three monsters around you for high damage with a small chance to stun them. Using all of your chi in a single attack also leaves you stunned and open to attack for 4 seconds.

This is a weapon of last resort. It's very handy while farming, and an interesting tactic in PvP. You can nail up to 3 enemies and you might even stun one, two or maybe even all three of them BUY you have a 100% chance to stun yourself for 4 crucial seconds in which you open yourself to all attackers. Avoid this in boss battles unless the boss summons minions (function to come?).

ANCESTOR'S FAVOR

Rank 10 passive

Rarely, the spirits of your ancestors flow into you increasing your haste, dodge, mana regen and health regen greatly for a short time.

This is a GREAT rank 10. It turns you into SuperNinja for 10 seconds. You get a small HoT, Your mana regen increases, you become virtually unhittable AND you start attacking on fast forward. Don't count on seeing this happen a lot, but when it does, it's REALLY FUN!

So there you have it! The Chunin Class in all of it's glory. Have fun and stay alive!

THIS JUST IN!

Every player has been given a bonus 200 Thank you ACs for our Birthday. We are currently going through ALL the games and giving everyone who helped win the war some in-game currency in all six on AE's Core Games.

62 days until Just Another Day

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