Design Notes

February 08, 2023

Teasing a new game feature on Friday :o

Friday: Hero's Heart Day returns AND a new feature's foundation arrives :D

Heya heroes! Friday is almost here, so that means a new game release is on the horizon ‚Äď it was written by me, but made possible by your amaaazing AQW team, and includes the first look at a ūüĆü new game feature ūüĆü that you will all surely love! I don‚Äôt want to ruin any surprises‚Ķ so imma drop some hints here and see what inevitably gets leaked on Twitter. ūüėܬ†

Being nice and kind, it's always on our mind,
A smile and a wave, that's how you behave,

With a heart full of love, no matter the darkness above,
You'll make someone's day, with a single display!

When you spread happiness, you light up the room,
With your kind actions and a cheerful tune,

It's so warm and bright, like the morning sun light,
Bringing joy to this rhyme, one kind act at a time!

So be a ray of sunshine, wherever you go,
With a smile on your face, and kindness that glows,
And soon, everyone will be smiling as well,
When they witness the power of your friendship spell!

Feeling the love IRL <3

Heroes Heart Day may be celebrated in-game, but that doesn‚Äôt mean we shouldn‚Äôt spread some positivity, kindness, and love in the real world today! I *know* that everyone has the power to make a difference in someone's life, even in the smallest ways. Whether it's holding the door open for someone, offering kind encouragements, complimenting someone on their outfit, or lending a helping hand, every act of kindness counts. We should all work together to create a brighter, friendlier world by being there for one another and spreading kindness wherever we go! ūüíē

So no matter if you are in-game or in-real-life, go out there and be kind, be helpful, and make someone's day a little brighter. You never know‚Ķ your act of kindness could be just what someone needs to turn their day ‚Äď or life ‚Äď around!

Looking forward to making the world a happier place with my heroes ūü•į

xoxo Beleen!

(Alina note: this is the first release to include a new feature the team plans to add onto over time based on your requests and input. We're all excited to see what you think, and very grateful to Beleen for inspiring this latest feature addition!)

Tags: Beleen,
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February 04, 2023

Clickable Map Items Issue FIXED!

Server Issue is now fixed!

Thank you all for your patience as Captain Rhubarb looked into the issue that occured after the release earlier tonight.*

Investigating current server Issue

Captain Rhubarb is currently investigating the issue where heroes can't recieve map clickable items which is needed to complete their active quest.

* Unfortunately, if you were working on any active map clickable quest during this time, you'll have to re-accept the quest and gather the requirements once more.

Tags: Yoshino, Alina,
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February 03, 2023

Yokai New Year Returns

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in AQWorlds

Happy Lunar New Year, Heroes! This weekend, we're celebrating with Empress Miko in Akiba once again. She's got a special guest this year, Yue Huang, the Descendant of the Jade Rabbit. Log in and battle to unlock new reward gear, then revisit all our previous seasonal Akiba New Year bosses!

This weekend, log in and /join Akibacny. Talk to Miko to get the seasonal gear you may have missed out on before now and begin Yue Huang's quests to unlock all-new seasonal items in the /yokaihunt map.

Yokai New Year House Shop additions

  • Year of the Rabbit scroll
  • Year of the Rabbit fireworks

Yokai New Year Locations:

  • /akiba - Classic Chunin¬†Class
  • /akibacny - Ai No Miko‚Äôs Merge
  • /akibacny - Go 1 Screen Up¬†
  • /dragonkoiz - Imperial Chunin Class
  • /shadowfortress - DragonSoul Shinobi¬†Class
  • /yokaihunt - Yue's Design + Etokoun Merge shops

New Lunar New Year Gear

Battle the Elixir Etokoun to get reward drops + merge shop resources to create all-new gear and select accessories in Yue Huang's Designer Merge shop.  

Yue's Design Merge

  • Lunarian Astromancer Armor + gear
  • Oni Hatamoto Armor¬†+ gear
  • Honored Oni Hatamoto Armor

Elixir Etokoun Drops

  • Lunarian Astromancer Trainee armor, helms, and weapons
  • Lunarian Asteroid Cape
  • Lunarian Mochi Bunny pet
  • Elixir Etokoun House Guard
  • Elixir Etokoun Companion pet

Other Heroes AFKing Got You Down?

We've added the "No AFK" flag to several more maps to help your battle experience. In addition to the Ultra boss maps, the following will now automatically move players when they go /afk:

  • /Bludrutbrawl¬†
  • /VoidXyfrag
  • /VoidNightbane
  • /VoidFlibbi
  • /DarkCarnax

Leaving Soon: mark your calendars

Don't miss out on your favorite limited time events, stories, and gear!

Friday, February 10th: 

  • Nulgath 2023 collection chest + shop
  • Friday the 13th rare gear
  • Groundhorc's Day gear
  • Holiday House shop in your game menu

Friday, February 17th: 

  • Beleen's Pink Shop

Friday, February 24th: 

  • Yokai New Year
  • Hero's Heart Day seasonal events
  • Lorebowl gear + /punt map
  • Pancake Day gear

Daily Gift Schedule

Log in each day for a new server-wide reward item, boost, or drop rate increase. Bookmark this page to keep up to date with all of daily gifts! And don't miss the rest of this month's update. See the full release lineup here: AdventureQuest Worlds calendar.

Tags: Alina,
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February 03, 2023

Eternal Hero of Time Set

Upgrade to unlock the exclusive armor sets

Once upon another time, or perhaps in the near past or future, Chaos and the ShadowFlame infect your world. The Eternal Hero of Time is the key to unlocking salvation. Get the Eternal Hero of Time upgrade bonus pack when you buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more and unlock all 27 items plus a character page badge.

After you purchase an account upgrade, select a bonus set of your choice from a list of options in your Account Manager. 

Pack Details

 Choose the Eternal Hero of Time upgrade bonus to unlock all 3 armor sets: featuring Eternal Dragon, ShadowFlame, and Chaos themes. 

  • 6 Armors
  • 6 Helms
  • 3 Capes
  • 6 Daggers
  • 3 Ground items
  • 3 Pets
  • 3 Polearms
  • 3 Swords
  • and a character page badge

Once you've chosen the Eternal Hero of Time on the Account Manager page, log in and find the set's shop in the Other Achievements tab in your Book of Lore. 

12000 AC or 12 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the¬†Eternal Hero of Time¬†gear
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts¬†
  • 10 Wheel of Doom Tickets¬†(worth 2,000 ACs!)
  • and a character page badge

Boosts and Doom Tickets will be added directly to your inventory.

2k and 5k AC or 1, 3, or 6 month membership package rewards:

  • ALL the¬†Eternal Hero of Time¬†gear
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts¬†
  • and a character page badge

Tags: Alina,
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February 01, 2023

Tuesday Updates

February is already here... and I'm back at the lab!

Last week, I left for a delayed Christmas celebration with family. I stayed completely offline the entire trip (highly recommended). Since returning, have been laser-focused on checking in with the teams, getting caught up, and planning AQW's February / March game updates. Thank you to everyone for the "happy vacation" and "welcome back" wishes! Now... the catch-up work begins! 

And I'm trying a new method to get as much information out to as many players as possible. Rather than just replying to people on Twitter (or Discord, or in-game) I'm saving questions and answering them in blocks on the Design Notes. 

It's been a while since our last ultra boss? Are there any plans for a new one?

Why yes, yes there are! *Eyes the AdventureQuest Worlds March calendar* https://Artix.com/calendar

When is the next Void Aura / Legion Token / Dark Spirit Orbs (etc) Boost?

Glad you asked! The server + farming resource boosts are now available on the February Event Calendar at Artix.com/calendar. Daily Login Gift drops will be added tomorrow.

The calendar shows future updates?! 

Each November, I rough out the calendar for the upcoming year. Flexibility is built in (b/c real-life happens) but having a road map is vital. Since we have fixed dates like holidays, birthdays and other "must-have" events, we can see the shape of the future and plan accordingly.

Now that we've shifted over to the calendar at https://Artix.com/calendar, it will be easier to post those dates in advance. I just need to transfer what's in my spreadsheet to the site. :)

Are we missing any updates from the Nulgath Collection Chest? Like 0 AC versions of the member gold items?

The Nulgath collection chest is complete, and received its final update last week. 

The planned 0 AC versions of the member gold items should all be in the Nulgath collection chest. (Example: the member-gold Abaddon Annihilator Scythes have a 0 AC version in the chest). The battle pet in the chest will remain member-only.

But what about missing Frostval Gifting event rewards + Book of Lore badges?

There are several Frostval gifting additions (ex: pet quests for house items) I'll take care of now that I've returned from vacation.

Each tier's badge was added to the Book of Lore several weeks ago. You will only see the highest badge in the Book of Lore, due to how the achievements were awarded. 

Hornless Morph of the LQS Eternal Cosmic Dragon Set? Where?!

Sometimes artists on Twitter will show preview art that isn't sent in because their plans evolve, or because the art changes between WIP screenshots and the final form released in-game. The helms mentioned were not sent in, so weren't created. They can be added in the future, but there is no ETA.

Where can I submit storyline and single/two week release ideas?

Currently, we aren't accepting these ideas. But if that changes, the best place will be on the AQW Suggestions board on our forum.

When is the next 50% bonus acs?

No AC bonus planned for this month. We'll post when the next bonus begins once it gets closer. Keep an eye on the Design Notes for news.

Lots of Day X of asking for (thing)

My Twitter feed fills up pretty quickly, and I don't always have a lot of time to skim it and/or reply. Tweets like this come across pretty spammy, though I know that's not the intent (I hope O_O). To keep it as easy as possible to read my feed when time allows, I usually mute this type of tweet.

If you have a suggestion for an item, the best thing to do is post it on the AQW Suggestions board on our forum. 

Dage's Birthday Coming Soon: the AQW Art Forge is firing up again

Dage is getting the forge fired up to start this year's Legion set for the Birthday Collection in March. We're rallying all the AQW artists to begin crafting because...

Cylisse: February event scripts all approved

Cylisse, the AQW lead writer, says: All of February's scripts are set and approved! Now I'm rolling my sleeves up for March! That means, it's Dage time! There's a story I really want to write, and hopefully the pitch gets the Ok!
(Alina note: What a phenomenal script review call! Now.. on to DARKNESS. I am a huge fan of the first draft of the Dage event pitch... can't wait to see the final form!)

Tags: Alina, QA,
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February 01, 2023

Obsidian Samurai Returns

Available every year from February 1st - 28th

February is a month of celebration... from ringing in the Yokai New Year to the SuperBowl /party all the way to Hero's Heart Day! To help ALL our heroes get in the spirit, this month's seasonal set features a new set straight out of Empress Miko's royal Yokai Court: the Obsidian Samurai.

Unlock the entire set: Buy pack on the website for $9.99 USD* then find all your gear in your Book of Lore badge shop.

Buy individual set items: Talk to Garek to get items from his shop in Battleon for AdventureCoins.

The Obsidian Samurai gear includes:

  • Obsidian Samurai armor
  • Samurai's Shadow Cape¬†(glow is color-customizable)
  • Obsidian Samurai Banners cape
  • 2 battle helms
  • 4 hair helms
  • 5 weapons

* Unlocks an exclusive character page badge 

Seasonal Set Schedule

Each month, we'll feature a new set, available only during that month every year. 

January:      ArchFiend OverLord set
February:      Obsidian Samurai set
March:      Legion Warseeker set
April:      Bio-War Cultist set
May:      Lightning Lich Lord set
June:      ShadowZard Mount + Rider set
July:      Flameborn Summoner set
August:      Urban Assassins set
September:      Celestial Naval Commander set
October:      ChronoStriker set
November:      Harvest Hunters set
December:      Northern Wanderer set
Tags: Alina,
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