Design Notes

November 17, 2017

2018 Calendar Now Available

Orders begin shipping next week from HeroMart!

This year is Artix Entertainment's 15th anniversary. All year long, we've been looking back at some of the best, most classic moments in our games. As we went down the memory lane the one thing became very apparent, we could not have done it with you by our side!  We took those epic battles and crazy moments, then gathered artists from across our game teams to build the 2018 Calendar. The 2018 Artix Entertainment Calendar pre-order begins tonight at HeroMart!* 

* Delivery sneevils expect them to arrive at the lab early next week. We'll begin shipping as soon as they get here.

Unlock rewards in multiple Artix Entertainment games!

The Eternal Chronomancer art is by far my favorite, out of all the years! When you get the 2018 Calendar, you'll unlock in-game rewards inside AQ3D, AQWorlds, AdventureQuest, and DragonFable!

  • AQWorlds: Eternal Chronomancer Class + armor set
  • AQ3D: Eternal Chronomancer armor
  • DragonFable: Epoch Class + Eternal Epoch Orb 
  • AdventureQuest: Eternal Chrono Daggers

Coming soon: Immortal Chronomancer! The in-game version of the Eternal Chronomancer class and armor set - the Immortal Chronomancer - will be available later this month (after the physical calendars begin to ship). Buy an Inifinity Key for 6000 AdventureCoins from Chronix in Battleon to unlock the shop.

The Infinity Key will unlock:

  • Immortal Chronomancer Class
  • Immortal Chronomancer Armor + accessories

Note: the Infinity Key cannot be sold... so make sure you really want the class before buying the key!

2018 Calendar: Collector's Edition 

For those of you SUPER collectors, we've got a really sweet treat this time around. The Collector's Edition includes a limited "Darkovian Bloodlust" Collectors print as well as a signed copy of the 2018 calendar!

Eternal Chronomancer Class Skills

The Eternal Chronomancer Class is in progress... Arklen is just finishing up the attack animations and icons. We'll have a class skills writeup for you early next week. Until then, check out a sneak peek of the class skills.

Time Strike
Eternal Deadlock
Taking Eternity
Speed Abrasion
Rank 4 passive: Speed of Time
Rank 4 passive: Time of Speed
The Fourth Dimension
Rank 10 passive: Chronoternity

Note: the skill details posted before were from an earlier version of the design doc and do not reflect the current/final version of the skills. Please keep an eye on the Design Notes next week for the final details.

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November 17, 2017

This Weekend: Mutations and Mayhem

Celebrate Memet's Birthday with a Nightmarish New Adventure!

True heroes defend the innocent, whenever - and wherever - they need help. This weekend, journey to a super-secret biological laboratory where the experiments were too cute to be evil… until Genetech got ahold of them!

As the good Dr. Ian Malcolm said in the original Jurassic Park... "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." Genetech's scientists should have watched more movies... but now, they've become part of their very own HORROR show.

  • A mysterious contagion is spreading through the lab.
  • All of the lab animals have been abandoned.
  • The most deadly experiment of them all is loose... and VERY VERY ANGRY.

Deadly (and Adorable) Rare Birthday Gifts

AdventureQuest Worlds writer + artist, Memet, is leveling up in real life. She’s crafted deadly (and adorable) new gear for you this week! Find her gear in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu until December 1st, 2017!

  • Hedgehog Kurugami Armor and Helm
  • Nightmare Moglin Kurugami Armor and Helm
  • Wistar-287 Bank Pet
Tags: Alina,
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November 15, 2017

2017 Black Friday Shop Arrives Next Friday

The darkest gear of the year will be here soon!

Next week, our Thanksgiving / 2017 Harvest Fest event launches on Wednesday, November 22nd. On Friday, November 24th, our Black Friday rares shop opens. All-new, dark variants of your favorite gear arrive and the seasonal Black Friday gear will return. Read on for a sneak peek about some of the gear you'll find in the shop!

Sneak peek list of some of this year's Black Friday gear:

  • Onyx and Obsidian Legion Vampire armors + accessories 
  • Obsidian BladeMaster armor + accessories
  • Dark Chaotic Berserker Class
  • Shadow Void of Nulgath
  • Dark Iced Jester armor
  • and more!

Other dark gear will drop during EbilCorp's Thankstaking war, as they attempt to entice our heroes with wicked and deadly Black Friday-themed items. It's a shadowy recruitment scheme... but EbilCorp will stop at nothing to own YOU!

The Onyx Legion Vampire armor will also be available for Legion Tokens, just like the Evolved Legion Vampire armor war last year.

Featured Player Contributor: Ferozakh

For years now, we've had a Suggestion Shop in Yulgar's Inn, where art suggested by you guys, members of our player community, are created and added into the game. This way, YOU get to help build our world, and become a part of AQWorlds forever. Earlier this year, we began taking those ideas and art sent in by player contributors and featuring them in the weekly releases. This way, their creations can be even more celebrated and appreciated by all our heroes!

 

This artist has been sharing his art with fellow heroes on Twitter for years. We've been able to watch him grow and evolve as an artist, so we're excited to include Ferozakh in next week's event!

Tags: Alina,
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November 13, 2017

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug fixes: November 13, 2017

  1. Blood Sorcerer no longer flashing his undies on run.
  2. Steam Engine Daggers grip adjusted.
  3. Single and Dual Grimlord Blade of Nulgath now have same damage range.
  4. Valtrith Top Hat’s ear is now CC.
  5. Bright Paladin Spires no longer tilts.
  6. Forge Token misc item can no longer be equipped.
  7. Cursed collector armor’s eyes are fixed.
  8. Turdraken Down Cloak will no longer have a yearly tag from now on.
  9. Swordhaven Castle house - the dragon statue has been convinced to stop flying away.
  10. Brightfall Fortress house’s hair customizer now works.
  11. Various map fixes and changes to make things smoother and easier to understand.
  12. Various typos fixed.
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November 10, 2017

This Weekend: Harvest Fest Returns

Help Oishii and Battle the Wretched Rider!

Before you can sit down to the hero-worthy feast Oishii's cooked up, talk to Ergotth in Feast. This ShadowMan has a mission for you, and a monsterous creature to defeat. Deal out its just deserts*, and then YOU can sit down to dessert! 

Take on the Wretched Rider

This weekend, talk to Ergotth in the /harvest map to find our more about this ancient undead creature (based on the real-world mythological creature called a dullahan), and why he is a threat to the residents of Greenguard.

All your favorite Fall holiday gear returns, then battle the Wretched Rider for a chance to earn a new seasonal reward set from Bido! The Undead Wretched Rider armor also drops from the boss quest.

Limited Time Set: Primal Wraith

Find the Primal Wraith set from Axeros in the Featured Gear Shop in your game menu until December 1st! 

The set contains:

  • Primal Wraith armor
  • Wraith's Shadowed Hood, Skull Face, Crowned Skull, Shadowed Crown helms
  • Wraith's Backblades, Wings, Flight of the Wraith capes
  • Wraith's Cursed Daggers
  • Wraith's Lantern Mace
  • Wraith's Soul Collector Polearm
  • Wraith's Cursed Blade

Olantern's Undead Edge

The October Custom Weapon winner, Olantern, has graciously decided to share his prize with ALL of our heroes for a limited time! You can find his weapon, the Olantern's Undead Edge, in the /underworld until November 17th.

He's gotten a lot of feedback from all of his friends and fellow players, and we'll be making some adjustments to the stats and adding a 0 AC tag to the item later this week.

* Just deserts are not just for dessert.

J6 Birthday Gear and Contest Prizes

J6's seasonal birthday gear will return to the Hyperium shop later this weekend and if you were one of the Pumpkin Carving contest winners, you'll see your Artix Points and AQW prizes on your accounts this weekend, too. (The AQ3D prizes will take a little longer to award, but are coming soon).

Tags: Alina,
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November 06, 2017

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug fixes: November 6, 2017

  • New Achievement badges in Achievements now, and art added.
  • Midnight Assassin helm no longer oversized.
  • GrimBlade is held correctly now.
  • Non-CC Paragon Plate eyeglows fixed.
  • Bright/Shadow Claymore pets and battlepets identity crisis resolved. They are now aware they are not Sword Of Nulgath.
  • Snowball Amberarms is officially rare, and Zoshi’s apop has been updated.  
  • Various typo fixes.
  • Various map fixes for monster spawns.

*Apop is shorthand for 'a pop up', what we call those nice interaction panels on NPCs 

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November 06, 2017

This week: Harvest Fest Returns

Help Oishii and Battle the Wretched Rider!

This week, the majority of the team is working hard to bring you our EbilCorp Thanksgiving event, which releases November 3rd. While they do that, we're bringing back all our seasonal Harvest Fest events for you to battle through PLUS...

Take on the Wretched Rider

This weekend, talk to Ergotth in the /harvest map to find our more about this ancient undead creature (based on the real-world mythological creature called a dullahan), and why he is a threat to the residents of Greenguard.

All your favorite Fall holiday gear returns, then battle the Wretched Rider for a chance to earn a new seasonal reward set from Bido!

Olantern's Undead Edge

The October Custom Weapon winner, Olantern, has graciously decided to share his prize with ALL of our heroes for a limited time! You can find his weapon, the Olantern's Undead Edge, in the /underworld until November 17th.

He's gotten a lot of feedback from all of his friends and fellow players, and we'll be making some adjustments to the stats and adding a 0 AC tag to the item later this week.

Tags: Alina,
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November 03, 2017

Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners

Congratulations to all who entered!

Last month, we held our 2017 Pumpkin (and other weird, random, funny objects) Carnving contest. We had a lot of REALLY amazing entries, including a few that went WAY above and beyond! We were all so impressed, that we buffed the contest rewards to show our appreciation of all the skill and creativity the entrants demonstrated. Read on to see who won our Grand Prize, and take a look at all the winning entries. 

Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations, BloodyKnight_Rami111!  You'll receive:

  • 3000 Artix Points 
  • the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D
  • the BloodMoon Treasure Chest collection in AQW
  • and the Mogloween Cauldron t-shirt from HeroMart!

We will be in touch next week to get your t-shirt information, then will ship it to you.

Platinum Pumpkin Winners

Congratulations to:

Carvers in this patch will receive:

  • 3000 Artix Points
  • the Mogloween 2017 Item Collection in AQ3D
  • the Blood Moon Treasure Chest collection in AQW

"Spoopy Pumpkin" Above and Beyond Patch

Congratulations to:

These carvers went above and beyond in some way that really WOW'ed our judges. They'll each receive 2000 Artix Points!

Winners Circle

Congratulations to:

Carvers in this patch will receive:

  • 1000 Artix Points

Congratulations to all who entered, and to everyone who won! Prizes will be awarded next week.

Many thanks to all our contributor judges, who spent much time pouring (and salivating) over the entries and voted to help determine the final winners. 

Tags: Alina,
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November 03, 2017

Good and Evil and Golden Battles

This weekend: Golden Gauntlet, Achievement Tracker, and more!

We've got a lot planned for this weekend, and the team is already pushing full steam ahead to get everything ready for Friday. Because of how much we've got planned for you, in this week's update we return to the Celestial Realm's Arena to take on some of the brightest bosses in the game!

Golden Gauntlet in the Celestial Arena

This week's battles will send you to some of your favorite zones before you can blast through Aranx's shiniest bosses! Starting Friday, /join goldenArena and talk to Aranx to begin his quests: defeating original bosses to gain THEIR Champion Badges. Once you do, you can return to him to unlock the Golden Gauntlet boss versions.

  • Greenguard Dragon
  • Grand Inquisitor
  • Gladius
  • Karok the Fallen
  • Queen of Envy

Battle the golden bosses to get merge shop resources. You'll use these to collect the pieces of each boss's armor set! (The Blessed Inquisitor's gear is already available in the Celestial Arena)

 

Achievement Tracker Update

The 2017 Achievement Tracker rewards launch this weekend. Each of the 2017 Achievement Tracker houses is an exact replica of the zones themselves (except for Brightfall, which has been expanded to more closely match the size of ShadowFall).

  • 8 years membership: Swordhaven Castle House
  • 500,000 ACs: BrightFall Fortress House 
  • 9 years played: ShadowFall Fortress House

Each house will also have:

  • Color Customization room
  • Hair / Appearance room
  • Bank room
  • NPC to greet you and give access to rep shops 

Princess Victoria, Gravelyn, and the BrightScythe Gravelyn NPCs will also be added to the houses on Monday, to welcome you to your new home. See this year's Achievement Tracker update post for more details on how to claim your rewards.

 

NostalgiaQuest Update

Last year's 8 Year's Played achievement was an entire zone called "NostalgiaQuest" - a place where long-time heroes could go to relive some of their fondest memories and get new versions of their favorite gear. See everything the town holds in this post.

Both the team and players from around the internet sent in ideas for the update. Here's what made the final cut:

  • Mazumi NPC Armor (with male and female art), backblade, and locks 
  • Original AdventureQuest Mage, hood, cape, and staff (based off the very first Mage art Artix made back in 2002)
  • Enchanted Celestial Staff
  • Dual Iron Spears
  • Dual Undead Plague Spears
  • Dual Sanguine
  • Dual Oblivion Blade of Nulgath
  • Dual Grimlord Blade of Nulgath
  • Dual Legion Flesh Ripper
  • Dual Mighty Sword of the Dragons
  • Single-wield Butcher Knife

If you choose to change your base weapon (by enchanting it or making it dual-wield) you'll also have the option to revert it back to its original form.

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November 03, 2017

This Weekend: BrightScythe Knight

Upgrade with a Membership or AdventureCoins for exclusive gear!

Starting this Friday, November 3rd, at 6 PM EST, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock the exclusive BrightScythe Knight November upgrade bonus items! Get the Golden Raider gear and the ShadowScythe Knight set with a 12 month membership or 12000 AC package.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: BrightScythe + ShadowScythe Sets

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 3 armors: BrightScythe Knight, ShadowScythe Knight, and ShadowScythe BattleMage
  • 5 helms
  • 5 weapons: 2 swords, 2 dual swords, 1 staff
  • 4 capes 
  • ShadowScythe Claymore floating sword pet
  • ShadowScythe Claymore BattlePet (member-only)
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: BrightScythe Knight Set

  • 1 Armor: BrightScythe Knight
  • 2 Helms
  • 2 Cape
  • 2 Weapon: sword + dual swords
  • BrightScythe Claymore floating sword pet
  • BrightScythe Claymore BattlePet (member-only)
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the BrightScythe character page badge, so you can show all your friends who REALLY dominates the Mirror Realm! The November bonus gear goes rare December 1st.

Tags: Alina,
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