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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
New Game Releases Launching Friday, May 22, 2015 posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Firestorm Finale: Wrath of the FlameLord

  • Arise, almighty Titan!
  • Fight off the Firestorm Onslaught
  • Defeat their leader at Lavarun Altar
  • Prepare for battle against the Phedra, the Fire Titan
  • Score new Lavarun armors, helms, weapons, and items

Memorial Day Weekend Specials

  • Earn DOUBLE boosts each day!
    • 2x Reputation on Friday
    • 2x Class Points on Saturday
    • 2x more EXP on Sunday
    • 2x more Gold on Monday
  • Log in everyday starting Friday to earn your free Boosts!

New Combat System

  • Bonus for upgraded Legends:
  • Help test out AQW’s new combat system on the PTR server

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Epic Duel  - Real Time PVP MMO

Epic Artist Showcase: Deuce

  • Introducing 1st Artist Showcase Shop
  • Meet Deuce, EpicDuel’s featured guest artist
    • Mysterious Warrior
    • Tired and weathered from years of torment and battle
    • Found a safe haven in a remote, forgotten portion of Delta V
  • Assist Deuce in recovering his identity
  • Embark on brutal missions
  • Shop his wares of uniquely-styled items
  • Earn achievements for besting him in battle!

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Coming Soon: Bio Beasts for iOS, Android

New Mobile Game arriving Summer 2015

  • New environment designs
  • New art concepts in the latest Design Notes: http://biobeasts.artix.com/biobeasts-environment-design/  

Follow the offical BioBeasts Twitter for more news!


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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

Maze of The Minotaurs

  • Deceit and wizardry built the maze, and only the bravest and strongest will be able to overcome its perils and claim the treasures it holds!
  • Also don’t miss the Stratus Cleaver coming to the Limited-Time Shop!
  • Enjoy a 10% Gold and XP boost until the 26th!

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

The Drowned Fortress

  • The shattered remains of the flying fortress sits, moldering, in Falconreach Bay.
  • What dark creatures still prowl its depths?
  • What treasures still wait to be found amongst the bones?

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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Memorial Day!

  • Return of the Land, Naval, and Aerial Memorial Mecha!
  • Embark on a mission with extra Exp rewards to help if you’re stuck between levels!
  • Celebrate Gianna Glow’s Birthday with an E-blade!

Battle On!

 


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Beleen
Just Released: New Game Updates at Artix Entertainment posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Dage the Evil: The Forgotten Tombs

Battle through The Forgotten Tombs this weekend as we continue the saga of Dage the Evil. Members of the Undead Legion guard one of Dage's most treasured artifacts deep inside the tomb, and Laken's Seraphic Paladins will do anything to possess it - the fate of the Dark Shard depends on YOU!

  • Battle to reach the Dark Shard before the Seraphic Paladins

  • Find Nulgath’s Chaotic Fiend Rares shop in your game menu

  • Find the Golden Cheezburger in Cleric Joy’s Battleon shop until Monday, May 11th


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Legendary Revamp

Don’t just be Epic, be Legendary! Level 40 is just the beginning. This Friday, Legendary EpicDuelists will have access to 4 new Legendary Stat categories, a new evolving Legendary Achievement, and an arsenal of new Legendary gear Titan’s Peak!

We’re adding a new Underdog Core balancing mechanic to help lower level players have a fighting chance against super-powerful opponents.


Want to learn about the top-secret technology that is essential for game development? Learn about this amazing invention, and how it applies to the development process of BioBeasts in Titan’s latest Design Notes post!

 

Check out our new mobile project BioBeasts (http://biobeasts.artix.com/)

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You can follow the offical BioBeasts Twitter (https://twitter.com/BioBeasts) for more news


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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

WarpWars - The Matriarch Strikes Back

Dark Madder has stolen the Gaunlet of The'Galin. Her army has taken over the SS Alteon and now plans to turn it's weapons on Lore!


Also don’t miss the amazing Pueblance coming to the Limited-Time Shop this week for Cinco de Mayo!


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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Yulgar’s First Date

Every year, for the past twenty years, on a special day Yulgar has brought a bouquet of flowers to the Falconreach pet shop; first for his girlfriend, then for his wife, then… for a memory. This week, join Yulgar and his daughter, Aria, for the first half of our Mother's Day quest event and listen in as he retells her favorite childhood story about Yulgar’s First Date!


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Hero Smash - Super Hero 2D MMO

Celebration week!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Birthday of Randor the Red!


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

No Burrata For Mama!

Parma John’s mom is visiting and a group of Rusty Rat’s has ruined the cheese for the meal! You need to help him find more before his mom arrives!


Mother’s day Mods will be available in Soluna Main!


Battle On! 


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Beleen
New Game Releases Happening Now! posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Nightmare Gauntlet: Feed the Fear

  • Legend-only release, plus challenge fight for all players.

  • Earth Day seasonal event returns!

  • Exclusive Legend-only release, plus a high-visibility farming set w/ a shortcut for AQ Guardians.

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Roadmap of EpicDuel Releases

  • You can find here: EpicDuel Design Notes 

    • Legend revamp

    • New Legendary shops

    • New Legendary point categories

    • Legendary achievement

    • Artist showcases

    • Returning seasonal rares

    • Upcoming war


Check out our new mobile project BioBeasts (http://biobeasts.artix.com/)

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You can follow the offical BioBeasts Twitter (https://twitter.com/BioBeasts) for more news


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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

The Past Unraveled part V - Rutan’s Reckoned Rule of Semi-Classical Organics!

  • Evidence that the Abode has been misused by ENTROPY attempting to manipulate matters to his own ends surfaces and sends the Chosen on a mission back over the razors Edge of Extinction in an attempt to unravel what it is this force intends for Lore.

  • Adding 3 new items to the Golden Giftboxes this week - Thernda Guest, Shovel of Destruction and Farzhad Mogloo.

  • Dare Devil-esque player face - Token player face that will remain for 2

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Third Floor

  • The Third Level is a dark and mysterious floor of the Runed Fortress that holds the most dangerous prisoners of the Runed Fortress, off-limits to all but Sofist and the Elite Patrol.

  • Can you find the Vind’s ally and free them from the Rose’s grap or will you be lost to the depths?

  • Continuation of the Espina Rosa storyline

  • We will also be releasing the unchained set which was previewed last year.

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Hero Smash - Super Hero 2D MMO

Lucky Day

  • Updating Shop

  • Unlucky Day Hammer

  • New RARE items


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Bloghurl Phones Home!

  • Bloghurl has been a bit lonely lately and misses his friends. He needs your help to fix the broken transmitter on his ship to do so!

  • The new Easter mission, and replays of older events, are only around for one more week! You can pick up an Eggtech Probe house item to replay this years event any time you want though.

  • Pick up an E-blade in Soluna Main to celebrate Lyris’ birthday!

Battle On! 


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Beleen
April Game Releases: MMOs and RPGs posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

ShadowFlame War: The Shadows Burn

On Friday, April 3rd, fight fire with fire! The choice is yours: will you battle to save Embersea Isle from the first wave of the Fire Dragon Invasion, work with Empress Gravelyn to discover Tyndarius' secret, or battle for the Queen of Monsters alongside the Firestorm? Unsheathe your blade and prepare for war… because once the Empress of the ShadowScythe and the Queen of Monster’s Fire General come face to face, the eruption’s aftermath will permanently change one of these rulers… FOREVER!

  • Battle Akriloth the Fire Dragon

  • Discover what the future holds for Sepulchure, Gravelyn, and the Firestorm Onslaught

  • Take on the Grenwog during on Spring Festival

  • Hunt through Battleon for eggs and rewards

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

April Fool's Event - Truphma vs Clowns!

  • Loco's Clowns are desperate - they're under attack from the Truphma, and being turned into Mimes!
  • But, are you really going to help out Loco's Clowns, who are horrible demons of pure evil and terror (y'know, just like in real life)?
  • Which side is the lesser of two evils? 

Warmonger Special!

  • Earn 250 individual war wins and you will be entered into a raffle for a special weapon!
  • The winning side will have 10 winners and the losing side will have 5!

Gold/XP/Z-Token boost weekend!

  • Until Monday the 6th earn an extra 15% Gold/XP from battling monsters!
  • Plus the cap on the amount of Z-Tokens you can earn daily has been raised for everyone!

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Epic Duel - PvP MMORPG

Rabbits Return Part 2

  • Continuation of the latest EpicDuel saga with new mission, new weapons, and new achievements!

Balance Update

  • Shake up battle with tons of new balance changes!

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Mootopolis

  • Visit the world map, travel to a new region called Ovungu Zoyo and discover a town high up in the clouds, the Mootopolis!
  • Get new haircuts, a new class, talk with the locals, participate in a challenge mission and buy exciting new equipment!


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Eggciting Replays!

  • Replay all of the Egg-tastic events of the past!

  • A new event is in the works as well!

Battle On! 


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Beleen
Celebrating Dage the Evil’s Birthday and New Game Releases posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Embersea Isle: Ring of Fires

With the Firestorm Onslaught swarming into the area around Embersea, your blade and skill are needed for an escort mission to Pyrewatch Peak this Friday. When all communication with the tower guards is lost, ArchPyromancer Pyralis must investigate the disappearance of Embersea's latest shipment of medicine, and discover why they've gone silent!

  • Battle the Firestorm Onslaught as they invade Pyrewatch Peak, and discover the location of their next attack!

  • Dage the Evil’s birthday is Monday, but the first of his birthday gear arrives tonight!

  • Buy any AC package of $10 USD or more to unlock the Fyreborn TigerMaster mount armor set!

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Dage's Birthday Shop

  • 4 new vicious items forged in the underworld by Dage the Evil himself! 
  • Check Dage's EpicDuel NPC in the Wasteland Minetower for these items and a fresh restock of his classic, coveted limited-quantity items.

Balance Update

  • EpicDuel will be receiving another balance overhaul, introducing an Underdog passive core to assist lower level players in having a fighting chance against supremely powerful opponents.

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

Dragons Gone Wild! 

  • There’s an army of evil dragons attacking Battleon, seemingly unprovoked!
  • They must be stopped before they burn BattleOn to the ground!

March Z-Token Package - Cyber Assassin Armor!

  • Cyber Assassin Armor will be included as one of the bonus items that comes with the 12K token package on Thursday!
  • We are also bringing back Decimator Armor to the 12K package and Blood Contract to the 7500 package!

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Over Soul  - Trading Card Game MMO

Coming Soon: Chaos Beginnings!

  • It's almost ready, Chaos is coming! New art is in the works & there's testing to be had in the building of the New Chaos Element. 
  • Stay Tuned!

Also Coming Soon!

  • Chaos
  • Fire Shinobi

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Missed Raven!

  • The time after you were frozen was dark and it was even darker in the Doomwood. 

  • A young girl and her family were lost in the darkness, will they be able to survive? Or will the panic win out?


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Mountains Open!

  • There is a strange rumbling happening on Planet Liath!
    • The Teo-Airgead range near Slate City is unstable! You need to check out this situation immediately.
    • This all-new mission complete with animated cutscene reveals more of the saga that is unfolding on Planet Liath. 

Battle On! 


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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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