Design Notes

May 05, 2016

New May Bonus Gear Arrives Friday, May 6th

Unlock the Tempus Mori gear when you buy select upgrade packages!

Starting tomorrow (that's Friday, May 6th server time* for everyone living in the future) at 6 PM EST, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive May upgrade bonus items! The package arrives at 6PM, replacing the April VoidCaster bonus gear!

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 13 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 Tempus Mori Armors (one floating, one walking)
  • 2 helms (Hood and Skull face)
  • 3 weapons (2 scythe, 1 staff)
  • 4 winged capes 
  • 2 minion pets (one regular pet, one member-only battle pet)
  • 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

  • Tempus Mori armor (floating version)
  • Tempus Mori Skull Face
  • Dark Wings of Time and Blooded Wings of Time
  • Infinita Mortem Scythe
  • Tempus Mori Minion pet
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Tempus Mori character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of death and time!

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

Tags: Alina,
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May 04, 2016

May the 4th be With You

It's Not a Trap... It's a Holiday Shop Update!

Here at the Secret Underground Lab, we are all game developers but also HUGE nerds, and I have to say... these ARE the Mog Wars-themed pets you're looking for! Head into AQWorlds now and help us celebrate May the 4th with all-new holiday rare pets! The Cinco de Mayo items are also in the May Holiday Rares shop in your game menu! 

Now available in the May Holiday Rares shop:

  • Leia Mogana
  • Maz Mogata
  • Mawa
  • and the Cinco de Mayo gear 

Why IS May the Fourth a Holiday?

Well... it's not, really. Unless you're a particular breed of nerd. As the Intergalactic Space Wiki (run by wookies, of course) tells us:

"May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise's films series, books, and culture as well as strict religious rituals.[3] The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you"—"May the fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not actually created or declared byLucasfilm many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday."

Tags: Alina, May 4th,
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May 03, 2016

Friday the 13th Returns NEXT Friday!

Voltaire Guest Stars in LoreTrek XIII: The Unluckiest Quest!

Another Friday the 13th event is on the horizon... and THIS time around, it's In SPAAAAAAAAAAACE! Being so isolated and traveling through an airless void, it's really important that nothing go wrong. But since it's a Friday the 13th event... you know something's going to happen!*

Voltaire and Deady are on their way to play a huge Friday the 13th concert on the cemetary Planet Necronus. Unfortunately, unlucky shenanigans occur RIGHT IN FRONT of the cursed Bermuda Wormhole. (Man, what are the odds?!)

Do NOT ask questions about the furry, fuzzy balls of teeth-and-death Deady is holding in the picture above. You REALLY do not want to know... but you'll find out next Friday, because it's up to you to help Voltaire escape in time to make it to his show!

* Man, Voltaire should really stay home and lock himself up inside his recording studio every Friday the 13th... but then he wouldn't be here to battle alongside us!

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May 03, 2016

Last Chance for VoidCaster

The April Package Bonus Gear Leaves Friday!

Through this Friday, May 6th, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive April upgrade bonus items! The package leaves at 6PM, to be replaced by the May Bonus Gear!

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 14 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 VoidCaster Armors (one version with animated lightning, one without)
  • 4 helms 
  • 2 weapons 
  • 3 capes 
  • The VoidCaster Orb pet WITH quest (quest will reward a Floating VoidCaster Sword pet)
  • Member-only VoidCaster Minion Battle Pet
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

* Darkblood BattlePet is exclusively available in the 12 month membership package

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

  • 2 VoidCaster Armors (one version with animated lightning, one without)
  • 2 helms
  • 1 cape 
  • 1  weapon 
  • VoidCaster Orb pet WITH quest (quest will reward a Floating VoidCaster Sword pet)
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the VoidCaster character page badge, so you can show off your battle prowess!

Tags: Alina,
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May 02, 2016

Enter the Paradox Portals this Friday

Artix's Throne of Darkness Saga Continues with Xeven's Story!

Travel through time and space in the latest chapter of Artix’s Throne of Darkness Saga as we chase Xeven, the Time-Traveling Assassin, through our past, future, and altered present (?!) before we take on the ultimate annihilator: Vorefax the Devourer!

Don't miss this week's other events

MAN, we have a lot happening this week! Don't miss any of the gear, events, or new features!

  • The April Upgrade Bonus gear (the VoidCaster set shown above) leaves at THIS FRIDAY at 6 PM EST!
  • The May Upgrade Bonus gear (the Tempus Mori set) arrives!
  • May the 4th be with you on Wednesday as we release the May 4th shop!
  • Cinco de Mayo gear returns on Thursday, May 5th!
  • Mother's Day gear arrives Friday, May 6th!
  • The team is preparing for next week's Friday the 13th event - keep an eye on my Twitter for previews!

The Buy Back Shop is LIVE!

If you missed the excitement last week... GOOD NEWS! The Buy Back Shop is LIVE for everyone! Get ALL the details in the Design Notes post here.

Buy Back Shop Details

What: A way for AQWorlds heroes to buy back AC items they owned in the past, but sold or deleted

Who: ALL players

When: RIGHT NOW!

Where: The AQWorlds account manager web site

Why: This is something tens of thousands of players have asked for since the game began... and now we can DO it!

How to Buy your AC items back

  1. Log in to your Account Manager
  2. Go to the "Buyback Shop" tab on the left-hand Menu
  3. Scroll through your items to see which ones you'd like to buy back
  4. When you find one, hit the "Buy" button!
Tags: Alina,
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April 29, 2016

The Time War STARTS NOW

Throne of Darkness: The Time War

Portals have opened up all over Battleon, and mysterious beasts are pouring out! Kairos, the High Chronolord, has arrived from the future to aid you in driving these scavengers from the timestream BACK to where they came from. It's time to get your Battle On!

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  • Take out the Timestream Scavengers
  • Unlock predictions... and consequences as the war meter rises
  • Farm for resources to unlock rare and permanent exclusive gear in the War Rewards shop!

We've been getting a TON of great feedback on the Throne of Darkness Saga, and I'm really glad to hear everyone's enjoying it! This week's Time War is a bit of a prologue for next week's "Xeven's Story," which was originally slated to release this week. In order to get her story JUST RIGHT, though, Artix needed more time. And time is exactly what we gave him! 

You'll see Kairos next week, as well as the Time Wraiths... and the warning remains - BEWARE PORTALS! 

Kairos the High Chronolord Foresees Success... Maybe!

Kairos the High Chronolord is scrying into the future to show you what is to come in this war. Use his guidance to drive you onwards!

  • 10% Prediction: The world feels the timestream changing… failing… drive back the invaders and all Lore’s heroes will reap a golden reward!

  • 20% Prediction: When the time streams are crossed (don’t cross the streams!), a new danger will arrive on our world!

  • 30% Prediction: The world knows you as a mighty Hero, but if you battle valiantly, you will see your fame rewarded more brightly than ever before!

  • 40% Prediction: If the time stream’s decay is not halted, no one will be safe from its unpredictable effects! Even the mightiest will become no stronger than a child.

  • 50% Prediction: Every journey we take makes us wiser, just as every battle you fight will make you stronger. (Many fortune cookies crumbled to inspire this fore-telling.)

  • 60% Prediction: Warriors, Mages, Rogues, Healers… all shall be called to the battle, and all shall know the taste of victory. This MAY come to pass. Perhaps.

  • 70% Prediction: The trials of war are not without rewards… I see you gaining even more than ever before… IF there is still a world at all.

  • 80% Prediction: The longer the war rages, the closer the source of the disturbance will be… and the greater the flood of creatures pouring into our world!

  • 90% Prediction: I see an… item… light glints off a sharp edge. I see you wielding this during the final charge as you drive back the last of the scavengers. This, I hope, will come to pass.

 

War, and Class, and Buy Back - OH MY!

What a crazy, crazy week it's been! We've got a LOT for you to do this week! In addition to all THOSE things, the Earth Day event has returned! /join pollution to begin our annual Earth Day celebration!

Tags: Alina,
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April 29, 2016

Abyssal Angel Class Skills!

Join the Nation as an Abyssal Angel!

First Nulgath Class in 3 years, get ahold of Abyssal Angel! This Class is GOING RARE so don’t miss this Class and support the Nation!

How to get this Class:

  • Find the Abyssal Angel in the shop in your game menu for 2000 AdventureCoins!

For the Nation!

Heya guys, it’s Sync. I like to thank Arklen (get used to this) for making my dream come true. Make a Class for the Nation! This Class was the largest production Class I made and took a lot of time, now I would to share my dream with you all. Abyssal Angel is a SpellBreaker, excelling fighting more opponents, using Arrows Nulgath Forged himself, and trained by the great Revontheus to spawn crystal weaponry! Bow and Arrow is your weapon of choice, now soar the skies as an Abyssal Angel!

Abyssal Angel Skill Breakdown!

Mana Regeneration: Abyssal Angel’s Mana Regen is like all other Rogues, gaining mana when they dodge. (Also restores HP as well) This grants the TRUE SpellBreaker feel, being an Evasive Caster. High amount of Wisdom and Evasion will lead you to great success.

Stats: This Class is a SpellBreaker, Wisdom sources the most out of the Class, giving it Higher Hit Chance, Crit Chance, and Evasion within the Class. Intellect helps a lot too giving it raw power to your skills, auto attacks, and your DoT.

Auto Attack:  Sinned Arrow

2 Second Cooldown

Fires a long range bolt infused with Void Energy dealing Moderate Damage hitting up to 3 targets enhanced by your Spell Power. Each bolt exposes their deepest sins, dealing a Minor DoT for 3 seconds. Stacks to 6.

This isn’t your normal auto attack, in fact, this is your main damaging skill. Enhanced by your SpellPower, your Autos will do a constant Magic damage influenced by Intellect. The added DoT is for more DPS while you’re going through your rotation of skills.


Rank 1:  Flight

15 Mana, 8 Second Cooldown

Spreads it's wings and takes flight. Applies Vantage Point, increasing Hit Chance and Dodge by 15% for 6 seconds. Also allows you to focus all your fire on one target, empowering your arrows increasing your overall DoT Damage by 50% for the duration as well.

This skill decides whether you want to continue a barrage of damage, or focus all your damage and attention to one target. While giving you some nice stats, you’re able to 1 up your target with nimble movements while also empowering your arrows for extra damage.



Rank 2:  Aphotic Overdrive

26 Mana, 12 Second Cooldown

If Vantage Point is in play, sends shadow images striking up to 4 targets for Moderately Strong Damage. Applies Aghast, stunning the opponents for 3 seconds. If Vantage Point is not in play, applies Catalyst, siphoning their Haste, lowering it by 20% while doubling your Haste for 8 seconds.

This is by far my favorite skill on the Class. This is what makes or breaks and give the Class a lot of variety. You can either do an AoE stun to hinder your opponents movements and to reset your position of fire, or you can siphon their haste, slowing them down while you max yours for a constant DPS of damage. Not just damage, your other sustain and buffing skills to maximize your playability.

Rank 3:  Fallen’s Judgement

18 Mana, 30 Second Cooldown

Suppresses your inner Void Energy to temporarily put you in a stasis granting you a High HoT and dramatically Doubling your Endurance for 10 seconds. However, your auto attack can’t apply Sinned Arrow for the duration.

This is your sustain skill on the Class. Not only giving you a solid heal, it also DOUBLES your Endurance for the duration. Meaning it officially doubles your HP for short time which can be huge in certain situations. However, you lose the ability to cast Sinned Arrow from your autos for the duration, only the DoT part, thus losing a good chunk of DPS for god-tier sustain.

Rank 4:  Inscribed Arrows & Master Tactician

Increases DoT Damage by 12% & Increases Wisdom and Dodge by 18%

The DoT increase helps overall with the Class to keep it’ DPS steady, you will really see this shine when paired up with Flight. Increasing your Dodge and Wisdom gives the Class the overall SpellBreaker feel, making it fairly hard to hit while you’re being consistent with your arrows dealing damage from afar.

Rank 5:  Crystallis Veil

32 Mana, 13 Second Cooldown

Spawns Crystals from the void on your wings to increase 25% Damage Resistance for 8 seconds. Also applies Clean Cut, increasing your Crit Chance by 25% for 6 seconds.

Bring out the inner Revontheus I say, this gives you a sturdy Damage Resistance, giving you a bit of a tanky side while increasing your Crit Chance to better your DPS. The Mana cost is quite hefty so use this when needed or you’ll drain your mana down quite fast.


Rank 10:  Always Hit their Mark...

Increases Hit Chance by 10% and Critical Strike Damage by 15%

To get the max abilities from the Class, you MUST get it to rank 10. Increasing your overall Hit Chance gives you the consistency while you kite your opponents. The overall Crit Damage buff compliments your Wisdom and your Crit Stat from Crystallis Veil, increasing your Crits further in damage.

Enhancements

I recommend SpellBreaker and Wizard enchants for this Class. This Class is truly a SpellBreaker guys so the more Wisdom allows you to increase your Secondary Stats (Hit, Haste,Crit, Evasion) by at on to be nimble but effect while your arrows do the damage. You can go Wizard to maximize your Damage but you sacrifice a lot of your utility within the Class.

SpellBreaker: Wisdom sources the most to the Class and SpellBreaker enchant gives the most than any other enchant. Granting you Hit Chance, Evasion, and Crit Chance basically making you an Evasive Caster which is what the Class is built for.

Wizard: Intellect gives the Class raw power to drastically increase your Damage, HoT, and Damage over Time. However it trades off for tons of utility making you easier to hit, and you can miss more often as well as crit less.Take that into consideration.

Overall Summary

In conclusion, this Class is a very nimble Caster. From kiting your foes in PvP, all the way to sustaining against multiple strong monsters as you farm, this Class can do it all. With multiple ways and combos to improve and adjust to your playstyle, you can never get enough of Abyssal Angel. Use Vantage Point if you’re going against someone one on one to make harder to hit while making you more consistent while your DoT intensifies. Aphotic Overdrive can drastically change a fight in seconds, literally doubling your DPS while lowering theirs is something huge in all aspects of the game. You can also stun your targets to give you a bit of breathing room in between rotations.

Fallen’s Judgement allows you to trade damage for sustain, making you basically a raid boss for a short amount of time. Crystallis Veil is an optional skill to improve your weak spot at the cost of a good amount of mana for a short period of time, use this at perfect times to lower your opponent's burst while increasing yours to triumph in fights with ease.

This was my dream to release a Nulgath Class ever since I started making Classes. Please Contact me on Twitter, I want to know your thoughts on the Class. https://twitter.com/Sync_AE. :)

BONUS Class Update from Pisces: Paladin

Because so many players have asked us to go back and buff older classes, we decided to revisit one of Artix Entertainment's most iconic classes: Paladin!

The class art, skill icons, and animations haven't been changed in order to preserve the original creator's classic vision of how the class ought to be represented, but we did add (and remove) a few effects from the skills.

The first thing that we changed was the mana regen model; instead of needing Zeal applied to recover mana, you'll recover mana whenever you deal and receive damage. Zeal was instead replaced with an effect called Abolish, which decreases incoming damage by 5% and stacks up to 10 times. Healing Word now heals 3 people, which adds extra utility to Paladin in large boss fights, and Blinding Light now decreases enemy hit chance by 50% for extra mitigation.

And to top off the list of changes, Exorcise had its damage significantly increased and can now hit up to three additional targets. For fans of the original Paladin class, we'll be releasing an additional class with the original skills-- and we may have another surprise involving Paladin class in the future. Keep checking the design notes for more updates!

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April 29, 2016

Buy Back Shop

The AC Item Buy Back Shop is Open!

Since 2008, we've had people asking for the ability to buy back gear they've sold or deleted... and for the last two years, we've been telling everyone that we would need to wait until after the server rewrite was complete to begin working on that.

But behind the scenes, we've been working on a web-based version... which means we can launch it NOW! Testers have been hitting the new system hard, but now we want a real-time, LIVE test, and that's where our members come in!

Buy Back Shop Details

What: A way for AQWorlds heroes to buy back AC items they owned in the past, but sold or deleted

Who: ALL players

When: RIGHT NOW!

Where: The AQWorlds account manager web site

Why: This is something tens of thousands of players have asked for since the game began... and now we can DO it!

How to Buy your AC items back

  1. Log in to your Account Manager
  2. Go to the "Buyback Shop" tab on the left-hand Menu
  3. Scroll through your items to see which ones you'd like to buy back
  4. When you find one, hit the "Buy" button!

Frequently Asked Questions (we anticipate)

  • What items qualify?
    Any AdventureCoin item you've purchased is available in the Buy Back shop! If you paid ACs for an item and sold it back, there is a 99.99% chance of it being available for Buy Back.*
  • How much will it cost to buy the items back?
    You will need to pay the full, original price of the item in order to buy it back. This prevents potential exploits. 
  • How long will it take until items I've sold/lost appear in the buyback shop?
    Immediately!
  • Why did members get to live test first?
    Because we needed to try this out on live servers with a bigger group of testers, and one of the perks of upgrading your account is to get to preview new functionality.
  • What about AC-tagged monster drops?
    Since monster drops are received after battle, not purchased, these are not eligible in the Buy Back shop.
  • What about Wheel of Doom items?
    Most of the wheel AC item drops were tracked in our system, and available for Buy-Back.
  • How many of my items does the Buy Back Shop store/display?
    The Buy Back Shop will show ALL of the AdventureCoin items you've EVER purchased, all the way back to your account creation date.
  • Why are you bringing back RARE ITEMS?!!?
    Never fear, we are NOT bringing back rare items! The only items people can get from the Buy Back Shop are ones they previously bought (then sold or deleted).
  • Why do you not see ALL the items you used to have?
    Some items, like quest Monster drops, were not tracked as being "purchased" and since they were Zero AC cost items, were not tracked as being "sold".  These types of items we can not provide for buy-back.  We apologize for not being able to have everything available for buy-back.
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April 26, 2016

Server Rewrite: Final Phases in progress

MORE Testing Needed! 

Hi, guys! It's been a while since our last update on the server rewrite progress... and it's time to fix that! The biggest hurdle we face NOW is getting enough testing to make sure we're launching a solid, stable new server.

Usually with these, I add a "XX% complete" note at the top of the post, but I'm not doing that today. We're at a point where we need to pin down as MANY of the bugs as possible to know EXACTLY what we've got left to focus on. We're in the ~9X% area -- we are CLOSE... but we've got to CRUSH THE BUGS before we can say exactly where we're at, and give a more solid idea of what the rewrite will release.

Getting that testing is going to come in two parts, and if you want to be a part of helping us make AQWorlds history, I'd like you to be a part of both! 

1) Pre-data save testing

Right now, on the testing servers, no player data is saved, because we have been testing the core game engine and fixing the issues you and the testers report. You can log in and test, and nothing you do will save on your account. Before we can move forward, we need more testing by a much larger group of testers (that's you!).

2) Final LIVE player testing

Once we are confident that the server is good and ready, we'll implement player data saving. THEN... we'll have mega boosts and some pretty wicked incentives (example: 0 AC Matrix Sir Ver bank pet to everyone who logs on and tests) to reward everyone who logs in and helps us test.

Here's how to help test!

1) Log onto either Testing Server or Testing Server 2 at www.AQ.com

2) Keep your handy, dandy "New Server Testing Checklist" (shown below) next to you as you play so you know what to do. Test out as many things as you can from the list

3) Report any issues you find HERE

4) Log back in and FIND MORE BUGS! /cheer

New Server Testing Checklist

Maps:

  • Joining Maps, does this ever fail?
  • Joining instance(/join name-#####)
  • Are new instances properly generated? Are new instances destroyed?
  • Do monsters load properly? 
  • Do monsters respawn properly?
  • Do clickable items for quests appear and disappear as they are supposed to?
  • Do all special functions work? (Think wars, clickable items, unique effects, etc)
  • Do players appear/disappear from the map properly? 

Chat:

  • Test all chat channels (say, whisper, party, guild)

Combat:

  • Test skills, effects, buffs, debuffs.
  • Do monsters fight back, drop gold, exp, cp.
  • Do items drop and get added to inventory? 

Player Saving:

  • Check that your player's data saves properly after completing quests/killing monsters, etc (it will not save after you log off the testing server...YET) 
  • Check that your items, gold, exp, etc are what they should be each time you kill a monster, complete a quest
  • Do items equip and unequip properly? 
  • Do Factions get added, and do points properly save?

Guild:

  • Check that all commands work: add, remove, promote, demote

Party:

  • Check that all party functionality works
  • Check that players are removed from list when logging out

Quest:

  • Do quests display properly?
  • Check description, rewards, end text
  • Check to make sure your Quest progress is saved as you complete stories/quets 
  • Check to make sure story quests are completable

Shops:

  • Test both shop types: regular and merge. 
  • Check to see that Gold/ACs are gained/lost in correct amounts
  • Check to see if items added to inventory
  • Check to see if merge requirements removed. 
  • Are Shop location checks working?

Inventory:

  • Items display properly including preview (name, desc, enhancement, etc).
  • Items can be equipped and unequipped properly.
  • Items sort into the correct tabs
  • Regular items can be removed 
  • AC items should prevent deletion

Bank:

  • Items show in bank correctly
  • Items sort to correct bank tabs
  • Items can be moved between bank and inventory. 
  • Add to bank, add to inventory, and swap two items work
  • Items are recognized as in bank when dropping.

Thank you so much to everyone who has, is, and will help us test! We say that we build our games for and with you, and it's TRUE! We could not create AdventureQuest Worlds' weekly updates or its server rewrite without you, and I'm so excited that we are all building this together.

TEST ON!

Tags: Alina,
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April 25, 2016

Friday: The Time War BEGINS!

Message from Kairos, the High Chronolord

I have come, and not a moment too soon! The coded message from your Chronomancers arrived two years too late, but I could sense the turbulence in this point in the time stream as I drew closer… I sense Paradox Portal energy coalescing, and worse -- Creatures from deep within the timestream are massing to invade.

I need you and your fellow heroes to drive them back. Buy me the time I need to discover the cause of this invasion! And remember...

BEWARE THE PORTALS!

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