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July 27, 2016

AQ3D Kickstarter Surprise Gifts

SURPRISE! Gift to Pre-Beta Guardians / Backers

In addition to the Kickstarter Rewards delivered in the newest update, we gave some serious love to our awesome backers. A crazy amount of Dragon Crystals was injected into every backer account and if you were a Guardian in the Pre-Beta you just got bumped up to "Collector's Guardian" which includes Wings and a mount transformation!  Read on for details.

Thank you for being there for us. Now, here are details for this tidal wave of unexpected appreciation :D

Dragon Crystals for every backer!

The amounts we just put on your character are higher than any comparable package in game :D

We know that no-one was expecting to get Dragon Crystals as part of their Kickstarter pledge or Guardian purchase. Which is why, on top of your existing rewards, we are so proud to be injecting your account with a huge amount Dragon Crystals to return our loyalty!

Dragon Crystals awarded per pledge level

  • 2,500 DC - Cross-Game Hero / Hero Starter Pack
  • 7,500 DC - Guardian (Wow!)
  • 17,500 DC "THE DRAGON'S HORDE"  - Epic Founder & above (OMGZORS!)

All Pre-Beta Guardians UPGRADED to "Collector's Dragon Guardian"

If you had Guardian during the Pre-Beta, then thank you and congratulations! We just bumped you up and got you the collector's edition item rewards (Worth $50 USD.) including...

  • Guardian Dragon Wings
  • Guardian Dragon Armor
  • Guardian Dragon Helm
  • Guardian Dragon Gloves
  • Guardian Dragon Boots
  • Guardian Dragon Belt
  • and....
  • wait for it....
  • wait fooooooor it.........
  • Elite Guardian Rider! (Mount Transformation) - Released once it is finished being animated (Korin is on it now)

You can pick up your items at any time from the Guardian Alistair who is standing in front of the Guardian Tower. Depending on your pledge level he might have some other Kickstarter goodies for you to try out as well.

999 Health & Mana Potions!

Backers who supported at the "Hero's Backpack" and above tier were expecting some bonus potions. You also reached a stretch goal which doubled the starting potions for backers.

We were originally going to give you 100. Then we doubled it to 200! Then, after a moment of silence... we whispered, "They really had our backs." And we doubled it again to 400. Then Cysero said, "I mean, these guys believed in us when no one else did." so we doubled it again to 800. Then Artix asked, "What is max potion stack size?" Zhoom replied, "99." *Moment of silence* "Then hack it and give them 999!" 

Larger Backpack!

You start the game with 30 backpack slots. Backers who pledged at the Hero Starter Pack level now have +20 more backpack slots. If you have Guardian or higher you get +20 more. So as of today you may have as many as 70 Backpack slots :D (Note: Banks are going to be coming this year too... so you have a place to put all those capes. )

More Kickstarter Rewards delivered :D

More surprises await you in Closed Beta. You will be pleased to discover that many more of the Kickstarter Rewards have stealthfully been added to the game for you. Most of them the items are the low level versions. Quests are in development to get better versions. You will also be able to use item fusion (coming soon) to merge them and make them stronger. Check in with Melodia in Yulgar's Inn and Guardian Alister who is standing outside the Guardian Tower to see what they have. We expect all backer items except the classes and custom items to be delivered by the start of Open Beta!

Thank you & Testing!

"Actions speak louder than tweets." We are grateful for your loyalty and support. We did not just want to deliver on this Kickstarter... we wanted to OVER DELIVER!

We hope you enjoy the Dragon Crystals and bonuses we have awarded you in this release. If you had the Guardian badge during pre-beta, then we really hope you love the Collector's Edition items including the  Dragon Wings and Elite Guardian Mount Transformation (which will release after Korin finishes animating it.) Without question these are some of the best things we have ever produced for the game.  Please help us test all of the items. We are still in Beta after all, and we expect to find issues-- and as always, fix them :D

OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I forgot about the Badge!

Pre-Beta Badge

Your character page will now proudly display the Pre-Beta Badge. Every time you glance at it, remember the good times we had together and how important you were in the creation of this game. We have a lot to do... Closed Beta approaches. Time to get testing. BATTLE ON!

Submit Bugs & Issues

Let us know you are happy
Comment on Artix's Twitter!

Tags: Alina,

July 26, 2016

Quibble Coinbiter Returns Friday

He's back with all-new, dark and mysterious rare items!

Rare hunters and Evil-lovers alike, rejoice! Quibble Coinbiter, rare item merchant extraordinaire is on his way BACK to Battleon this Friday with gear inspired by the Mysterious Stranger and the Throne of Darkness Saga!

Quibble Coinbiter sales moglin

Quibble's Dark and Mysterious Gear

If you've seen Quibble appear before, you know that his arrival heralds the beginning of the NEXT BIG THING... and THIS time around, he's bringing extra dark gear crafted to celebrate one of the darkest and most mysterious villain yet... the Mysterious Stranger! 

After the Queen of Monsters broke out of the Chaos Realm, the world has fallen to pieces... everywhere, villains are taking advantage of the anarchy imposed by Chaos! The Throne of Darkness is a collection of tales recounting your adventures in this post-Chaos world... from the VILLAINS' perspective!

And soon... very soon, we'll finally hear the Mysterious Stranger's tale of his encounter with YOU, Lore's greatest hero!

What's a Quibble Coinbiter? Why does it sell things?

Quibble Coinbiter is the friendly, hat-wearing moglin you see in the picture above! He travels across space and time collecting never-before-seen Items to add to your impressive collection. That's right, his gear has never been sold in the world before, but he sells them used*...

How is this possible? Quibble has a connection with a slightly corrupt time-travel fairy** who supplies him with items that have not even been created yet.

No one knows if— or when— Quibble’s items will go permanently Rare, so your best bet is to get all the goodies in his shop just in case it’s the latter!

* Thinking about this should hurt your brain. It hurts mine!

** I wonder... if the item's used, but never seen before... is the time travel fairy going to the future after you have discarded the weapon, taking it from you, and then coming BACK in time so Quibble to sell it to you before you ever found it***?


Tags: Alina,

July 25, 2016

This Friday: Pockey Mogs, WHOA!

Pockey Mogs: Gotta Save'em All!

On Friday, July 29th, prepare to battle through a world filled with NEW creatures and a new craze: Pockey Mogs!

One experiment gone awry. 

Two mad crafters seeking to undo the unexpected.

Tens of thousands of hybrid creatures hiding across the world.

Millions of people captivated by a shared goal: owning the ultimate pockey mog and becoming...


Tags: Alina,

July 22, 2016

The Summer Madness Offer Continues

Get Up to 40% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

Starting tonight and through this Thursday, August 11th, get more AdventureCoins with each AC package! The larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend as we battle our way through the final villains in the fan-favorite “Throne of Darkness Saga”! 

summer sale free online rpg mmo

Starting today, you'll get the following bonus AdventureCoins:

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

So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs last year that we wanted to keep that love and excitement flowing for the rest of the summer!

Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

Unlock the July upgrade bonus gear!

This month, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive July upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Galactic Commander June bonus gear, and will be available until August 5th.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 12 items + Boosts

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:

  • 2 armors
  • 2 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: 6 items + Boosts

  • 1 Armor
  • 1 Helm
  • 2 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

And all packages will also come with the Falcon Commander character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! 

* You can see what time it is on the server clock in your options menu)

Tags: Alina,

July 22, 2016

The Darkovian Catacombs await...

This weekend, battle to recover... the Sanguine Garnet!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

Tags: Alina,

July 22, 2016

NEW Gear in the Suggestion Shop

The ArchFiend DoomKnight set and MORE!

This weekend, head to Yulgar's Inn and check out the Suggestion Shop to find all-new gear suggested by heroes like you! 

In the Player Suggestion shop tonight, you'll find:

  • Dark Blade Katana by Mateus 1002
  • Deax Goldwing Blade by Deax
  • Jorin's Fear of Death blade by Jorin900000
  • Zayark's Shadowwalker armor
  • Ichneumon Dragonslayer set by Shadowslayer Rei
  • Timekeeper's Presence Staff by Neoslasher
  • Fiendish DoomKnight set by HeroViolaterFer (going rare on August 5th!)

You'll be able to get the rare, non-color customizable Fiendish DoomKnight set from the Player Suggestion Shop until August 5th for AdventureCoins OR you can quest to unlock the full, color-customizable set! (The quest version will be a permenant in-game item, so you have as much time as you need to farm!)

ArchFiend DoomLord quests and gear!

For the first time ever, we're also offering a variant of one of the suggestion sets as a quest reward from Nulgath! Starting tonight, talk to Oblivion in the Tercessuinotlim zone to begin gathering the resources necessary to unlock the gear! 

Note: this is a long, HARD end-game quest. If you've ranked up all your classes, completed all the storylines, and are looking for something new to do, this is the challenge for you!

Want to get in on this?

We've received a ton of AWESOME ideas from heroes like you in our Suggestion forum! Our artists pick designs suggested by you, then recreate them in Flash and get them ready to release in-game.* Players who suggest an item also get that item for free! (/cheer!)

* We get more suggestions than we could ever have time to create, and we regret that we can't implement all the suggestions and ideas, but we DO love seeing what you send! 

PS: the DoomCaster set pictured earlier in the week will arrive in next week's EVIL Quibble shop... because the Mysterious Stranger is coming... soon... very soon.

Tags: Alina,

July 20, 2016

Congrats, Custom Surfboard Winners

Our Enchanted Surfboard Contest Winners are In!

Earlier this month, we held a custom surfboard raffle - heroes bought the Enchanted Surfboard for a chance to win 1 of 10 exclusive, custom surfboards or one of 1600 other limited edition surfboards... and now the list of winners is IN!

  1. ILuvWaffle
  2. Kawaii Unicorn
  3. Kroboros
  4. Wheyz
  5. Zoxi
  6. Instar
  7. Zeref15Vermillion
  8. monster2516
  9. Tuncer
  10. Darius43

We will check the character pages of each of the ten winners above tomorrow evening to get the "hero look" that will be put on their custom surfboards. The 1600 other winners will receive their surfboards later this week!

  • 100 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Good
  • 500 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Evil
  • 1000 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Shadows

Thanks to everyone who participated! If you like these kinds of of fun raffles, let me know on Twitter!

And find ALL the new 2016 surfboards (along with all our other returning seasonal gear!) in the Summer Shop in your game news screen!


Tags: Aethai,

July 18, 2016

Friday: Valencia and the Sanguine Garnet

This weekend, quest to recover an ancient artifact!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

Tags: Alina,

July 15, 2016

Unlock the Secrets of Yasaris

Unlock the Secrets of Sekt's 4th Dimensional Pyramid

This weekend, accept the quest to unlock the secrets of Sekt the Eternal's pyramid and battle to recover the artifacts of an ancient god... Wielding them will give you enough power to restore... or extinguish... the sun's energy! 

  • Complete Serepthys the Guardian's quests!
  • Solve the puzzles blocking you from reaching the artifacts!
  • Defy your fate and save the sun! 

Tthe Eternal Inversionist Class is HERE!

Each of the Throne of Darkness stories has had a class variant attached to it, and Sekt the Eternal's is no different... EXCEPT that THIS week's class can be bought for gold and rep by ALL players! If you don't have the time or inclination to farm, you can also buy the class for 2000 AdventureCoins!

Check out the Class Skills breakdown here!

Tags: Alina,

July 15, 2016

Friday: Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest

Unlock all 12 Surfboards when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl!

This Friday, when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl from the July Rares Shop for 1000 AdventureCoins, you'll be able to unlock... the Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest filled with all 12 0 AC surfboards from the July Rares Shop!

4 of the 12 dragon surfboards

Recently, I put out a Twitter poll recently to see what kinds of themes you guys would like on the 2016 surfboards, and dragons were a really popular answer. Last year, we launched our AdventureQuest:Dragons idle, mobile game, and it had some of the prettiest art we've ever created. Combining the two made a lot of sense, and so... starting this Friday, if you have a Black Dragon's Pearl, the treasure will be yours!

Tags: Alina,
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