Design Notes

October 26, 2015

This Friday: The CruxShadows Halloween 2015 Event

Join Musical Guests The CrüxShadows for a Killer 5-Act Halloween In-Game Event!

Music has the power to reach across the world and change lives. That is the mission of internationally-famous darkwave sensation, The CruxShadows. This Halloween, join the band, the entire AdventureQuest Worlds team, and tens of thousands of your closest friends for the ultimate in-game concert in the Sandsea desert! This event is available for all players. 

WHAT: Join musical guest stars The CrüxShadows for the ULTIMATE 5-act in-game concert experience
WHEN: Friday, October 30th, 2015 at sundown... the night before Halloween!
WHO: Join tens of thousands of your fellow heroes and the Artix Entertainment team!
WHERE: In-Game, at AdventureQuest WorldsWHY: Because a KILLER in-game concert is better than the sweetest Mogloween treat!

Event Features!

  • 5 acts of music, monsters, and mayhem
  • Featuring the music of The CruxShadows
  • An all-new minigame
  • A MONSTROUS new threat plus TWO new mini-bosses
  • An event rares shop, a merge shop, monster drops PLUS new gear in hte seasonal Mogloween shop!

Follow The CruxShadows!

If you are a long-time fan of The CruxShadows, these links will be very familiar to you! If you are not, though, you should follow them and check out their music (like their new album, linked below) - it is really inspiring, but with a dark feel that hits home.

Evolved Pumpkinlord Class is coming!

For years, heroes have been asking us to release an evolved version of the Pumpkinlord Class, and THIS is the year! Dage has been working on the art, while Zereldo (one of our Class Designers) and Arklen have the skills tested and ready to go!

The Class, Armor, and Helm will be available in three ways:

  • To all players for 2000 AdventureCoins (if you do not want to farm) 
  • As a member-only drop Great Pumpkin King
  • For members in the Mogloween Merge Shop for Glowing Pumpkinseeds

This gear will ONLY be available during Mogloween each year, so don't miss out!

Birthday Wishes PS: 

Thank you, all for the birthday wishes! The kind comments, pictures, and well-wishes are why I sincerely believe we have the best online gaming community on the internet. We've developed a real bond building these games alongside each other week after week! 

Though I've never had a birthday shop before, I think this year is a good time to start. And because we GIVE presents on our birthdays here at AE... the Poison's Kiss blade released today in the Alina's Armory shop in the Alchemy Academy.

This weapon is avalailable for all players and requires rank 10 Alchemy rep plus completion of the Poisonbane Saga (talk to the Alina NPC to begin!). If I get some extra time later this week, I'd like to toss a birthday hat on the ferret pet, (because the only place I dress up our ferret pets is IN the game) for our rare gear lovers! 

You guys are the best, and the reason why I love what I do. Thank you all for battling alongside us, and me, as we build AQWorlds each week!

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October 16, 2015

The CrüxShadows Arrive on 10.30.2015

Join Us for a Massive Musical Mogloween In-game Concert!

Mogloween is one of the most anticipated holiday events of the year - and this year's event is going to be STELLAR! We'll be joined by internationally-famous darkwave musical guests, The CrüxShadows - they're going to rock your Mogloween as you battle to the beat through waves of monsters and mayhem!

The Creative Process... is ALIVE!

Artix, Rogue from The CrüxShadows, and I had another call this week to pin down the final details of this year's event and I am 1000% more excited because... the plans have COMPLETELY changed into something even more amazing! (When creative people get together and begin brainstorming, ideas organically grow and change and... if you are lucky... they will evolve into even more incredible creations over time)!

The team is shifting into SUPER-HYPER ASSET CREATION MODE for the event starting TODAY! Next week, we are changing up the planned release schedule from the next Queen of Monsters: Brightoak Grove story to "Undead Assault: The Hoard" so Ghost can spend TWO full weeks animating the 5-act in-game event.

Darkovia Scarbucks update: The plans for Khalu Bash's Grand Opening of Darkovia's first-ever Scarbucks have been delayed until November (because we will use the DARKEST, FUNNIEST, DEADLIEST, GORE-AND-GOURDLIEST storyline it hints at for Thankstaking instead, because PUMPKINS!!!!)

Who Are The CrüxShadows?

If you have not heard of The CruxShadows before, you should head to their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube and start checking them out! Their music has a really positive message with a dark and driving sound that a lot of us here at the lab really connect with personally.

Hands down one of the most popular Darkwave bands in the world, the Crüxshadows formed in the early 1990s in north Florida. Pairing lyrics that move the spirit and rhythms that drive the feet (and beat), their success has earned them "a near legendary underground status." 

They've played shows across the world, and were one of the first Western acts to play in Romania and Serbia following the Cold War. They were one of only a handful of Western alternative bands to perform at the Greenpeace Midi Open-air Festival in Beijing, China. They've produced over 18 CDs, a DVD, and countless compilations, plus have  two Billboard #1 hits in the US (Sophia in 2006 and Birthday in 2007).

It's easy to see The Crüxshadows have been slaying crowds for years, both in and out of the US -- AQW player xNightStormx tweeted: "@Alina_AE @ArtixKrieger CRUXSHADOWS ON AQW??? I'VE WANTED THIS FOR 5 YEARS. I'M CRYING RIGHT NOW. TEARS OF JOY." Here in the Secret Underground Lab, Artix, Nythera, and Memet are among the 'Shadows super-fans, but we are ALL just as excited as xNightStormx  to have them guest start for Mogloween!

If you are already a fan of The CrüxShadows, tweet the name of your favorite songs and some of your best 'Shadows memories to me and Artix on Twitter!

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