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Artix
Did someone say, "Living Dungeon Design?" posted by Artix on

Sneak-peek at this summer’s blockbuster release

I am writing two (maybe three) releases for AdventureQuest Worlds this summer. Cysero and Beleen are coming back to write special releases too! For this one, Titan Hollow, I wrote a short story about three Titans battle for the tear of a Fairy that turned into an eternal curse. Like the most popular dungeons from Doomwood, this will be a story-crawl adventure with bonus hidden secrets for hard core gamers.

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Concept by Dage the Evil

Originally, I wanted to make it a Grimskull dungeon, but for some reason, players hate dying horrific terrible animated deaths over and over again. <_< Not sure why. >_> Really. So instead of animating comical death cutscenes, we will be focusing on heroic acts of how to cleverly get from point A to point B which will provide scores of awesome screenshot worthy moments.

Beware of living dungeons though.... sometimes... they move. O_O

Like what you see? Share your thoughts on my Facebook Post here!

BATTLE ON!


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Beleen
Love is a PvP Battlefield posted by Beleen on

EpicDuel’s Heartbreaker Saga Launching this Friday the 13th

Journey into the great Hereafter and meet a fascinating cast of new characters including the Necronauts, explorers of the last great frontier: DEATH. Journey beyond time and space to confront the dangers and challenges of the Afterlife while you uncover a trove of new seasonal items created by our talented Guest Artists—historic EpicDuel players . Be warned those blindly driven by greed and adventure: This tale woven by Cinderella, Ranloth, and OWA is not for the faint of heart!

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Do you have what it takes to become the most epic dueler in all of EpicDuel?

Prove it: Play EpicDuel now!


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Cysero
NO TRADE IN AQW posted by Cysero on

One of the most common questions/suggestions that we get is about adding Trade to AQW.

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I know that I'm on the OMNI team now but the answer is the same now as it was back when I was working on AQW. We wish we had expected AQW to get as big as it did, because then we would have added it in when we were laying the groundwork. It's already something that we are heavily discusing for AQW 3D but for AQW... Trade will never be a part of AQW. 

There are several reasons. 

First, there is nothing in the AQW engine that would allow for trading of any kind so it would take not just writing the new function into the engine but a complete retooling of the entire AQW engine. The ability to give an item to another player is pretty core functionality. It's not something that you can just tack onto an existing game in most cases.  

Second, Flash actually has an actionscript line limit before it can no longer compile. The changes to allow for Trade and to make it secure, as it would need to be, would be a massive addition to the engine and the engine is already large enough that Adobe Flash has issues compiling it. Think of the engine like a slice of pizza. The AQW pizza already has so many toppings that the crust can barely support it all right now. Adding trade would essentially be adding another pizza on top of the first one at which point the pizza would then collapse under its own weight. Then you'd have to eat pizza with a fork and who want's to eat pizza with a fork? Mutants and losers, that's who. 

Third, having a reasonable trade system means having a balanced economy in-game. Gold rewards and item sale prices would have to be normalized across the game to make gold a reasonable currency with which to trade. This would mean going back over the game and retooling EVERY SINGLE quest, item price, monster kill award and shop by hand, one at a time, to balance the economy. All that could only take place after the math was done to figure out what changes would need to be made to make the ongoing economy viable. 

Fourth, all of this would take the code team a REALLY LONG time and without the coders, there isn't much that the rest of the Devs can do to make a release. While the programmers took the time to do all this and do it right, AQW would probably have limited to NO weekly releases which would make people come back less often which would reduce player count which would reduce sales which would pretty quickly kill the game off. We don't want that. That's bad. 

Fifth, it would pretty much ruin the concept of rarity which still plays a very big role in AQW. Some people would say that it's already ruined but those exact same people have some pretty amazing rare items that they wouldn't part with for all the tea in Teattle (which is like Seattle but has tea instead of coffee), so they can stuff it. People have suggested only making non-rares tradeable but most people wouldn't care about trade unless they could purchase hard-to-find items like rares so that's a pretty bad suggestion. 

Finally and most importantly, the ability to actually trade items would give hackers and scammers a real, actual reason to hack people's accounts. Right now, there's no real reason to do that other than to feel important in a pathetic sort of way and we STILL get THOUSANDS of e-mails a day from players who got "hacked" (read as: gave away their account to someone who promised them something, or tried to trade accounts even though it's against the rules for this very reason). Once the hackers and scammers actually had a reason, one of AQW's biggest problems would get substantially worse overnight. 

It's not impossible. Anything can be done but as you can see there are some pretty HUGE obstacles that make it very improbable. We're not scared of a little hard work and if something changes that someday makes it possible then we'll let you know but for now, it's pretty safe to say that Trade will NEVER be a part of AQW. Tell your friends. 

I hope this clears that up for you.


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Beleen
New Browser Game Updates and Releases posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Winter’s Heart: Breaking Your Bones

From Travelers leaving the Frozen Wastes come rumors of a vast treasure, waiting for those strong enough to take it. But, say the travelers, no one who has set out to claim it has ever returned… and no sign of them has been found. Is the treasure so grand, the luxury so rich, that they never wish to leave? Or is something darker, deadlier, lying in wait at the heart of the hoard?

  • Unlock an exclusive zone, storyline, boss battle, and rewards with the  BoneBreaker Adventure Package!

  • Discover the deadly reason heroes seeking the Winter’s Heart Hoard treasure never return!

  • Talk to Aran the Tundra Hunter in Yulgar’s Inn for a tale of frozen fear and to get his gear!

  • Happy birthday, Beleen! Check out her pretty pink birthday presents in Battleon and Frostvale!


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Frozen Fury Part 2

  • This Friday, unleash a fury which has never been seen in a browser MMO with 2 NEW promotional packages. Get fully-equipped with Frozen Fury-themed scythes, armors, bots, mutating weapons, sidearms, and auxiliary weapons. This awesome gear comes loaded with SIX new cores! This gear will allow you to dominate your foes in EPIC PvP battles.

Continue the Saga

  • Take a break from the conflict between Edgar Boothe and Alydriah to explore the Frysteland wilderness and investigate the mass disappearance of yetis and blood hawks.

Give and Receive 

  • Remember to login every day to claim your free gifts! While you're in, why not share the love and offer gifts to all your friends?! New prizes will be added with the new update so there's never been a better reason to login and give!

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

It's a Wonderful Life of Crime!

  • You have to stop Zorbak from making a huge mistake and retiring!
  • Can you do it by showing him what the world would be like without him - a world of sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and everything that's wonderful?

Guardian BONUS - Radiant Guardian Dragon Armor!

  • This awesome armor comes free if you Guardianize any time during the month of December.
  • Existing Guardians can find the armor in the Guardian Tower at a super discounted price!
  • Grab this armor while you can because it will only be available until the end of December and then gone forever!

Giftboxes are here!

  • Be sure to grab your giftboxes from the Guardian Tower as we wait to see what awesome items will be unwrapped!

Kibbles has returned!

  • Kibbles is a really happy elf.
  • He likes to wander around at Frostval time and spread as much holiday cheer as he can!
  • Find him during random battles and join in the spirit of giving, and donate up to 100k to your fellow players!

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Over Soul  - Trading Card Game MMO

Christmas Seasonals and Skexis Variant!

  • Buy Soul Gems from now till the end of the year and get a Hanzo Void put into your Inventory at the end of the Year!

New Characters:

  • Skexis Mantis
  • Rudolphtheus
  • Jack
  • Jack Ice
  • Jack Frost

Coming Soon!

  • Thanksgiving Seasonals Leave Next Week!
  • New Revontheus
  • Void Rebirth Evo
  • Turkonian Evo
  • Xmas Elf
  • Xmas Fiend

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Bitten

  • The search for Thursday continues! 
  • Will you and Raven find her time? 
  • Or will your reckless rushing from werewolf camp to camp bite you in the behind? 

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Hero Smash - Super Hero 2D MMO

Golden Ticket Shop!

  • Strange and cool items from all AE Online games can be found here with a Few games this week and more to come!
  • Get your tickets from enemy drops, quests, special promotions or just buy them! Choice is yours!

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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Return of Thoh!

  • Thoh is once more in this sector of the galaxy!
    • Replay all the old events and catch up on the story!
  • New levels of older rewards!
    • The '08 mecha and items are reborn as '14 models with new effects!
    • Higher level versions of the other seasonal items!

Battle On! 


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Yergen
AQ3D Monster Contest Winners posted by Yergen on

 Yergen here! There were well over 450 submissions to Legend of LORE’s first ever contest. Each and every submission was awesome in its own right. The monsters ranged from cute, silly, gross, to downright frightening. Oddly enough I didn’t see any monsters that shot lightning out of their butts. Anyhoo - The battle was tough, so tough in fact that we extended the deadline to let a few more monsters get in. In the end, however, a winner (or shall I say - winners) has emerged. What better way to celebrate a 10 year anniversary, than with winners! Here is how it all breaks down:

Monster Design Contest

Gargantuan Grand Prize Winner!

The winner’s monster will be “Thytonized,” 3D modeled by Xero, painted and animated by the 3D team and will be put in one of the first playable maps in Legend of LORE. The winner will get a print of the monster, signed by the entire Legend of LORE team, and 4000 Artix Points.

And the winner is...... Acevorah: by Vypie

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Rightful Runner Up

The runner up will get a limited edition black variant Artix or Sepulchure figure, or a signed poster of your choice. (You may only choose one of the previous items.) And 4000 Artix Points.


And the runner up is...... Cappy the Guardian in a Box: by Jaikon

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Terrific Team Favorites

All submissions below will receive 2000 Artix Points.

Miho: by Col3ra

Miho

LORE Ghost: by Callado123

LORE Ghost

Steampunk Scorpion: by Ergotth

Steampunk Scorpion
Snakephant: by Gossj1000

Snakephant
Oblivion Diwata: by JuanKunai

Oblivion Diwata
Greenmist Guardian: by Kantro

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Zeitgeist: by LordKaho

Zeitgeist
Monsturtle: by Monster AE

Monsturtle
M.A.M.A.: by Nitramier

M.A.M.A.

Eye Durr: by RedKutai

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Rune Calibur Knight: by shock_troop

Rune Calibur Knight

Nagmaul: by Wion

Nagmaul
Serpiend: by Zined

Serpiend
Talonius: by Draconerix

 Talonius

Awesome Art

General Esrow: by FlameXero

General Esrow

Advare: by Heartdragon

Advare

ToxicLeechDragon: by Boxdragon

Toxic Leech Dragon

We Didn’t Expect THAT!

2000 Artix Points.

Aracat: by Amymist

Aracat
Eldritch Beast: by Pygar 2

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Sarian: by Ryumin

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Pwnicorn: by Karpousi

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Craziest Creations

2000 Artix Points.

Orncoia: by Therril Oreb

Orncoia






Arachnida monster was disqualified.





Dr. Q: by Darth Necroktus

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Cutest Creatures

2000 Artix Points.

Chuppa: by Ammarnight7

Chuppa
Jarkel: by Ownzer

Jarkel
Screttly: by Sorro Asjurai

Screttly
The Squoat: by iSwim

TheSquoat
Thintle: by Animalking

 Thintle

Delectable Descriptions

2000 Artix Points.

Serpent Dragon Like Thing: by Akikane

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Ars Custos: by Crepusculum

ArsCustos 

So many amazing submissions! You all are amazing, and talented, and wonderful. Keep up the good work, and we’ll see you in the Legend of LORE! Yergen OUT!


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Yergen
AQ3D: Legend of LORE Video posted by Yergen on

Yergen here! How is everyone doing? I have something special for everyone. It’s the internet premiere of the AdventureQuest 3D: Legends of LORE trailer!

But first -

The flythrough trailer premiered at DragonCon at the end of our now infamous panel. My guess is there was no panel that was even near as loud as our panel. AE fans are the best! The trailer was a perfect end to an amazing panel.

While we were working our butts  off to make get this game ready, I knew DragonCon was on the horizon. Our work was looking so amazing (especially for a browser-based game) that I wanted to do something that really showed off what we can, and have, done. I had the idea of a flythrough of sorts, showing off some amazing environments and hinting at things to come. I figured we could come up with 4-5 cool environments to fly through. We had finished Ravenspire and had the Skulldoor Dungeon. But we needed 3 more, so Geopetal, Thyton, Artix, and I thought chose three new environments that we called the Ice Giant Kingdom, Northpointe, and the Sky Pirates Lair (*note: Location names are subject to change, and probably will). Did I forget to mention that we had a month and a half to finish them? A month and a half!!!  The team dug in their heels and worked like mad to complete the three full environments in the unbelievably short time. It was an impossible task and they did it!  I can't wait to show it to you.

But first -

This video wouldn't be possible if it was not for our amazing team working on it. First off, Zhoom and Minimal have been building this thing from the ground up. They have been (and are still) feverishly working to build a kick-butt engine that will blow all other browser-based MMO’s out of the water. Thyton, being the master of monster making, brings his unique blend of awesomeness, and epicness (“Epawsicness”) to the game and makes some of the most epawsic monsters, armors, and weapons you can imagine. Next, Xero, the dimensional dominator, takes those hand-drawn designs and brings them into the third dimension. He and Thyton are so in tune, it’s scary what they can accomplish... Scary AWESOME! And then Korin takes those newly created 3D models and makes them move. That bag on his head must be used to hold in his talent, and am I glad for that. I suggested he double bag it, to ensure that we don't lose any of his talent. Next is Llussion: Not only does he help in designing most of the landscapes and architectures, but he then turns around and begins building them in 3D. He has really shown how multi-talented he is. Then comes Tamarann. He takes all of our drawings and scribbles and turns them into amazing 3D models. Lately we have given him many challenges of making extremely modular houses and architecture. He accepted the challenges, and created some amazing looking and highly modular pieces, that helped make one house look like twenty. We have begun to borrow Geopetal more and more to have her start building a rich and lush world that will be LORE. She will take her experience and success of creating the world of DragonFable, and add jetpacks, nitrous, and iron armor to it to create a story that will be Epawsic! Lastly we have been lucky enough to borrow Samba. Her amazing animation skills in AQW make her perfect for jumping in and helping out with animating some of our monsters. Now, without further distractions let’s show this video!

But first -

Ha! Just kidding...

I give you the AdventureQuest 3D: Legends of LORE Flythrough Trailer!




NOTE: This was screencapped with FRAPS from a browser! (That is right, this is actual game footage, right in the web browser.) What did you think? Let Artix or Yergen know. We’d love to hear from you.


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