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Artix
Ready to Talk like a Pirate? posted by Artix on

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming Friday!

This weekend, our games will be getting into the spirit with Pirate themed events and armor sets! Which is AWESOME timing considering my new found obsession with the Captian Harlock movie and anime-series. So obsessed... that I formally requested that Dage draw me a "Captain Harlock-adin" armor & cape set. (Note: I share!) The official Talk Like a Pirate day is on the 19th, but So here is a sneak peak of what is coming this Friday!

"WAVES OF WRATH" in EpicDuel

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  • Battle pirates and Eldritch horrors in a newly redesigned West Naval Yard
  • New 3 part mission chain
  • New Naval themed NPC's to battle
  • New Naval themed armors and hairstyles
  • Newly designed Naval weapons
  • New Achievements to collect
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"DEEP TERROR - DEATH FROM BELOW" in AdventureQuest Worlds

The AQWorlds team is having a full release for this year's Talk like a Pirate Weekend! The team is also planning on releasing some secret treasure maps this week. In addition to the highly anticipated Naval Commander Class, the Naval Commander Design contest is abotu to begin! Players will have a chance to design armors and submit them... the winner will get 1K AdventureCoins, a special Trobble Pet (0AC), and their design will become available for all players in next year's Talk Like a pirate Day! Read more at www.AQ.com

 

 
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OTHER GAMES

Our other games will be getting in on the piratey fun too! Fun fact: our first Talk Like a Pirate Day took place in the original AdventureQuest in 2004. Captain Rhubarb appeared on a ship to teach land lovers how to talk like a pirate and quiz them on their knowledge of pirate lore. Secret buttons were added all over his interface-- from his eye patch to the barrels of moblin berry juice and everything in between. I love easter eggs. The event has been updated with new things every year since! I always felt that the way our community embraces odd, random and silly things like this is part of what makes our games so different.

 

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Talk Like a Pirate Day... um... WEEKEND.. ummm. WEEK!? ...begins this Friday!


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Beleen
It’s Your Destiny: Play New RPG and MMO Game Releases on September 12 posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Survive the Apocalypse: Hunt for the Watchers

The Queen of Monsters has risen, and as your allies take stock of the destruction around them, you receive a mysterious scroll from a shadowy organization calling themselves “The Council.” Loremaster Maya cannot say who it is from, only that you MUST discover where they are hiding are as soon as possible… and that if you can decipher its hidden message, the scroll will guide you.

  • As the world shatters, battle through Lore to find the people who will help you save it!

  • Dage’s Deep Terror Blade and Collaboration shop are available in your game menu!

  • Aranx’s birthday shop will be available for the next week.


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AdventureQuest  

Dragon War: Platinum!

  • The platinum dragons have risen.
  • Ancient experiments. Weapons of War.
  • Living beings manipulated by the darkest and most fell nation this world has ever known!
  • Also this is the final week to grab your Summer themed gear before it goes rare!

National Videogames Day + Bonus Gold/Xp weekend!

  • In addition to 10% extra Gold/XP all weekend - play Adventure Quest on Friday the 12th to earn yourself 1000 free Z-Tokens!

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Waves of Wrath

  • Yarrrr! Avast ye landlubbers and prepare for an invasion! The shores of the Delta V West Naval Yard are being stormed by scurvy sea dogs serving a dark master. 
  • Can you unravel the mystery of these peculiar pirates and reveal the true horror that lies beneath the waves? Find out this Friday!

Booty and Balance

  • Explore the newly redesigned Naval Yard and investigate the mysterious invasion. The Naval Guard Thalyssais attempting to restore order, but the renegade Captain Shoggothand his band of pirates are attempting to claim to shore for their own dark purpose. 
  • Stock up with new Naval Guard Armors available from Thalyssa in the Naval Yard.
  • Also, we've done a massive balance pass and have made some major adjustments. A full list of changes will be available in the patch notes.

Talk Like a Pirate Returns

  • Big Tuna is restocked with classic TLaPD items! Find her in the Naval Yard to check out her inventory of nautical loot.

Pirate Styles

  • Talk like a pirate and LOOK like a pirate. We're introducing 24 new pirate styles (4 for each class and gender). 

Pirate Decor

  • Over 15 new pirate and nautical-themed home items!

TLAPD is coming so be ready to get your Void Pirate in AQW and OS!

Character Release coming next week:

  • Void Pirate
  • Gamma Pirate
  • Beta Pirette

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DragonFable

Longing & Proper

  • Go talk to Mritha in Sulen’eska to play the cutscene prologue to the Third Level of Espina Rosa. 
  • Also, Verlyrus the boxcat has a proper quest for you this time! 

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MechQuest

Fixing Gray!

  • It's time to return the color!
  • The color needs to be returned to Soluna! Part 2 of the long awaited Going Gray quest!

Battle On!


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Artix
Mobile User Interface Design posted by Artix on
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UI (User Interface) design "meet & sketch" for the single-player version of AdventureQuest Mobile! Designing things to fit phone + tablet + web screens is a lot trickier than it looks. Not only because the resolutions and aspect ratios are different from device to device... but also because you use your finger (or thumbs) for one and your mouse for the other. We spend a lot of time holding an imaginary game in the air saying things like "you know... if I am using my thumbs to play, I prefer attacking with my right hand thumb." 
 
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In the sketches you can see my (SUPER ULTRA AMAZING) scribbles... and how Cysero is able to turn it into something beautiful and functional. Look at the right most doodle then scroll back up and look at the picture of BattleOn-- yup, that is all Cysero had to go on! As an added bonus everything looks amazing on J6's wicked awesome backgrounds. Oh! And in the sketch above... to the left you will see a preview of "WEAPON FUSION". This allows you to combine two weapons.. you choose which parts of each weapon to keep (Art, Stats, Proc).. and them fuse them to get a new weapon. This is how it will be possible to "level up" a weapon and make it more powerful in this game. www.Artix.com
 
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"RAWR" Sometimes I look at this killer artwork and think, "We should just release the game in doodle version!"

P.S. Meanwhile, in another room in the Lab, DRAGONS is rocking along nicely... will post you an update with the newest painted art next week!

QUESTION: What do you think of the "WEAPON FUSION" idea? Is this something you would like to see in other games as well?



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Beleen
A September to Remember: New Game Releases and Exclusive $100 Promotion posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Legendary Heroes: BeastMaster Class Conquest

Monsters are rising up across Lore, taking advantage of the Chaos running wild. Faith, one of Lore’s most skilled BeastMasters, is searching for help to battle them into submission. She is calling all Legends to accept her quest to become a Legendary BeastMaster, and the fight to become the best begins this weekend! All of Lore’s heroes should venture into the Underworld to begin the Lord of the Forgotten Tomb’s gear quests!

  • BeastMaster Class releases for Legends

  • Lord of the Forgotten Tombs’ gear and quests

  • Brasil Independence Day shop

  • MEGA-bonus quest for everyone who has unlocked Drakath’s Armor quest

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AdventureQuest  

Seed Spitter Quest!

  • One of the most ancient quests in AQ gets a whole new look!
  • Relive an epic battle between Rilithia and The Mawler.
  • Plus the Drakel Black Market gets many items updated! 

September Z-Token package - Doom Knight Armaments!

  • Doom Knight's Blade is wielded by Doom Knights, powerful warriors that command necrotic forces.  When facing Undead enemies, this weapon will deal massive damage as though the foe were weak to Darkness! Click the blade to swap between Melee and Magic damage!
  • Doom Knight Shield is carried by Doom Knights! It provides great Darkness resistance, and will strike back at foes that damage you!

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DragonFable

Prison Brawl

  • Only the strong can hope to make it on to the Elite Patrol of Espina Rosa. Are you strong enough to withstand Sofist’s wrath and join the Elite Patrol?

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MechQuest

M.A.T.H. Class!

  • All-new back-to-school mission!
  • There's a homework assignment you'll need to complete. Access it via the Soluna City Main sidebar button. There's a nice E-blade reward if you can complete i

Battle On!


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Cysero
13 Lords of Chaos Poster posted by Cysero on

Larga vida a los Señores del Caos Poster!

El Postero

I used Google Translate for that. 

This weekend we held our annual Artix Panel at DragonCon 2014 and one of the many, many new and exciting that premiered during the panel was the 13 Lords of Chaos Poster. Those intreped few who came from far and wide to watch us ramble aimlessly for two and a half hours were the VERY FIRST people ON EARTH to be able to get this poster and the avalanche of swag that comes with it. 

Their time is over. Now is YOUR time! 

The 13 Lords of Chaos Poster is now live on HeroMart, and now YOU can also bury yourself in the aforementioned swagalanche. 

--->   GET IT NOW!   <---

The poster comes with a the AQW Chaos Forge which can be used to obtain and then further UPGRADE these items: 

  • All-Seeing Spirit Staff
  • In-Djinn-ious Blade
  • Chaorrupted Dragonlord's Sword
  • Escherion's End
  • One Eyed Claw
  • Wolfwing's Last Paws
  • Fallen King's Scythe
  • Manabranch Staff
  • Temporal Triune Axe
  • Kitsune Kitsune Katana
  • Lion's Fang Blade
  • Tentacular Whip
In Dragonfable, you get:
  • Dragonlord Vath (Helm) (Look like Vath)
  • Dragonlord Vath (Sword)
  • Dragonlord Vath (Wings)
In AQ Classic you get:
  • Corrupted Guardian Dragon Jr (pet)
In MechQuest you get:
  • Chaosawa mecha  
And finally in EpicDuel you get:
  • Chaos Dragonslayer Sword Physical 
  • Chaos Dragonslayer Sword Energy
SO yeah... swagalanche. I think this item comes with more in-game stuff than any other HeroMart item ever and what a great way to celebrate the completion of the Chaos Saga and the start of AQW's new chapter The Queen Of Monsters! 
 

Free Stuff, cause why not?

 
If you just can't wait and feel the need to decorate your computer desktop with this amazing art, I made you several free wallpapers. Click on the picture to view each. 
 

800 by 600 
800 x 600
 
1024 by 768
 1024 x 768
 
1920 by 1024
1920 x 1024
 
1680 by 1050
1680 x 1050
 
And we also have some more options on our Artix Wallpaper site put together by HeroSmash Project Lead Randor the Red. These are all for personal use only, please and thank you. 
 
If you have already ordered the poster, plan on getting the poster or just like the free wallpapers then let us know in the comments! 
 

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DragonCon 2014 posted by Artix on

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BREAKING NEWS! Dragons & Project: AdventureQuest Omni

Greetings friend! I just returned home from DragonCon 2014 where we officially announced video game projects that you are going to love!  WARNING: This post contains Brutalcorn thumb-wrestling, baby teleportation stories, and semi-spoilers about the new storyline in AdventureQuest Worlds!

(What is DragonCon? Read the previous post.)

DragonCon PHOTOS!

I posted a gallery of 80+ DragonCon Photos on my Facebook page. Check it out and be sure to Like the post to recieve updates when I add more. As team members return home and send me their photos I will upload them there. 

Stories from the Artix Video Game Panel

The best DragonCon panel yet! I would like to thank everyone who attended giving us so much support. I would like to thank everyone who was unable to go (both staff and players) for being a part of our community and sending so us so much love. We hope for the chance to meet you and all of our other fellow gamers at future conventions.  So here we go... STORY TIME!

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Originally, I was not scheduled to be at DragonCon due to having... a baby. But the little fella came 2-weeks early and when a few other staff members had to cancel at the last minute, I got permission to go! Cysero and I came up with a funny skit. We kept my presence at DragonCon a secret. Then, at the panel,  Cysero showed a video... which showed me at home, holding the baby... talking about how I wish I was there with everyone. Then, I was suddenly given permission! But how would I get to the panel (8+ hours away) in time? Fortunely once every 100 years a portal opens from my house to DragonCon! The players chanted a count down and when they reached 1... I bust through the door in the video, and then through the door into the panel room at DragonCon. They were so surprised! (Except the clever 20 of you that "busted me" finding me in the halls the day before.) To take the joke further.. I ran back through the door and appeared with a baby swaddled in a blanket. I smiled and whispered, "Shhh... the baby is sleeping" Then after a dramatic pause I non-chalantly tossed the baby through the air at someone-- it was a just a doll. Everyone gasped, then started to laugh. The energy in the room started building.
 
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Brutalcorn invaded the panel and was challenged to "Thumb Wrestle to the Death" three awesome players. Fortunately for them, Brutualcorn is a terrible thumb wrestler!
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WOAH! The player Brutalcorn is  battling is cosplaying as Cysero!
 
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Stryche actually had Cysero's joke shirt created... they were given to the winners.
 
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George Lowe, the voice of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, also crashed the panel. We made him read the insanely long MechQuest plan revealing a bunch of new content... but George Lowe has never played MechQuest and had no idea how to prounounce most of the things on the page! At some point he just started making stuff up.
 
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We told our most embarasing and inappropriate stories from the lab... we are really open on the design notes. But we are REALLY open in person. I apologize for any therapy bills resulting from the panel.

 
We got the entire panel up on their feet to dance along to the BattleGems Dance Dance video!
 
Also we got a special request from a player who's friend was a huge fan and unable to come... and very politely asked if we could just say "Hi!". We said we could do one better than that :-) We got everyone there involved... we made a video and the entire staff then the ENTIRE ROOM said hello-- you guys are so awesome. Furthermore we sent her a signed copy of the new poster and an action figure.

OFFICIAL =AE= ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

13 Lords of Chaos Poster launches this Tuesday!

Available this Tuesday on www.HeroMart.com! Because this is a piece of history that deserves to be on your wall. Drawn by Diozz and painted by Dage... this poster contains all 13 Chaos Lords spanning the last 5 years of AdventureQuest Worlds releases. It comes with... WAY TOO MUCH STUFF!!!! You will need to check out the official entry on HeroMart to see the full list on Tuesday. If you are unable to afford the real-life poster, we are building you some free desktop and phone wallpapers-- because your screen should to look this freaking awesome. (Personal use only)

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AdventureQuest Worlds' NEW STORY is here!

AdventureQuest Worlds players were thrilled at the seemless transition into the game's new overarching main storyline... "ANCIENT EVIL." A cataclysmic like event has returned the Elemental Titans to our world. Those blank areas on the map are about to start opening up. Also, a cast of never before villains have escaped from the underworld do to the... um... death of Death. It is hard to make the rest of this post without spoilers. So if you have not completed it yet, then SPOILER ALERT!!! Stop reading right now and skip down to the next post. Seriouly. Ok, so you are caught up with the current release? Then you know that the Hero is in fact the reincarnation of the Eternal Dragon of Time... the "god" of our multiverse. Before you actualized your powers, you also became the 13th Lord of Chaos. Following the tragic series of events that we witnessed King Alteon undergo... you went on to do what no other Chaos Lord had done before you-- conquer the world. Then... FURTHERMORE... to escape the underworld, you assassinated Death himself. Which, technically makes you Death too! The final battle with Drakath was the most epic series of fights and cutscenes in the games history. My Twitter feed was full of awe as it exceeded the hype. However, a fixed point in time... Drakath, in a depserate attempt to flee you, enters the Chaos Gate. Defeating him was the only way to stop the end of the world... but doing so would strip you of all of your powers. Just like it did Drakath. The decision of a true Hero... good or evil... is to sacrifice everything for your cause. You know what happens next O_O. The Chaos Gate was closed... but the Queen of all Monsters escaped into our world. Time happens differently in the Chaos Realm... so when you return a long while later, you find the world has been devastated by the re-awakened Ancient Elemental Titans and the villains that escaped Death's underworld. The Queen of all Monsters. the one who created Drakath, has returned to our world... to defeat her you will have to face the Titans and regain your powers. AdventureQuest World's true storyline has finally begun!

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DRAGONS - A new "Idle Game" for your Apple, Android, and/or Web browser!

We are collaborating with the creators of Cookie Clicker to build an Idle Game about Dragons! There will be 12 Dragons, each with a unique storyline & progression tree. You can follow our progress at www.AQDragons.com

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When I first talked to Orteil about the project and he said "yes"... I told him that I was going to make a video in my armor of how excited I was telling everyone. He probably thought I had forgot. He probably was not expecting this video, LOL!

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This project is pretty far along... and the Dragons you will be raising in this game play an important role in the game we announced next!
 
But first... the wall.
 

THE WALL

Everyone who strives to reach the stars eventually hits a wall... ironically, the wall in this video is not a metaphor. I showed this personal video at the panel before we announced the next game project... it says a lot. It says alot about what it takes to accomplish something hard. Failure is only a temporary situation. Never giving up... battling on... persistance... is the path to acheiving your dreams! No matter what your dreams are. And you know what I REALLY want to make. Watch the video then please read the next game announcement post.

 
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... and....
 
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Serious face time.... here we go!

 

ADVENTUREQUEST: OMNI PROJECT (Phase III)

Behold, our ambitious 3-stage game project, officially declared! Long live AQ2D & AQ3D!

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For the past two months we have been posting ambigious art samples on Twitter and Facebook to get your feedback on different NPC and art styles. We have been asking you random questions and listening to your feedback. These images are prototype characters for our biggest and most ambitious project... a bold step to not only to age up our games, not only to future proof the games against rapidly changing technology, not only to bring our games to new platforms & devices... but start a snowball effect that will avalache right into a new AdventureQuest 3D!

"Hey! These characters look awesome and.. wait, is that back arm art!?!?!"

THIS WAS THE PLAN OF "PROJECT OMNI" FROM THE START... and it gets better.

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3D models of the character armors are being created at the same time the 2D ones are! 3D stuff take a lot longer to create, so building the assets in the background while making the 2D game will give it time to all come together. It is vital that we do it in this order to succeed. AQ3D is "The Wall" -- and the steps needed to climb up it are listed below.

THE GAME PLAN

  1. Create a "single player" 2D AdventureQuest (Mobile & Web)
  2. Use the 2D game assets to create a Multiplayer Game (Improved real time combat & PvP)
  3. Create a 3D version of that game that matches seemlessly (Working on 3D assetsin background.)

Also... give the technology that we are building to the DragonFable, MechQuest, Oversoul, etc teams so that they can upgrade the games. We already have a working prototype of the Mobile 2D engine (It is a lot like DragonFable and AQ Classic mixed.) We also have a single player run around of the 3D characters (Cysero showed a video of it) where you can battle a few of the monsters. Do not get the wrong idea... this is a big project and will take quite some time. We want you to be with us every step of the way from 2D to 3D. You probably have a gazillion questions... to which I would like to say... AWESOME! Because, LOL, we probably do not have answers to them yet! ...but that means we get to answer them together.

Please repeat after me....

DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D

LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D!!!


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Beleen
Labor Day Means Time to Play the Latest Artix Entertainment Game Releases! posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

3 Lords of Chaos: Queen of Monsters Rising

Journey into the Realm of Chaos to confront the Queen of Monsters and face all 13 Lords of Chaos one last time… as the world begins to shatter around you! There is only one thing you can do to save your home and the people who depend on you: defeat Drakath and confine the Queen of Monsters to the Chaos Realm for another millenium! The fate of the world rests on the single, most important choice you will EVER make, Hero!

  • 13 Lords of Chaos Saga Finale: Into the Realm of Chaos

  • Gryphon Rider Limited Quantity Shop

  • 13 pets and weapons drop from the Chaos Lords

  • Double Rep, XP, Class Points, and Gold boosts on ALL servers

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Epic Duel 

Dragon's Destruction Arcade! 

  • New Dragon's Destruction ArcadeBot found near The Slayer! Win never-before-seen dragon items while you rank up a new Arcade achievement and climb the Arcade leaderboard!

Dragonslayers Unite!

  • Over 25 new items, including limited quantity armors and seasonal rares!

Dragon Styles

  • You've got the equipment, now you'll have the style! Choose from over 18 new Dragonslayer styles (3 for each class and gender) to strike fear in the hearts of your enemies!

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AdventureQuest  

Warlic shop update!

  • Many spells in Warlic's shop get a fresh look with new tiering!
  • The powerful Doom Knight and Dark Sepulcher Armors have finally arrived in the Z-Token shop!
  • Also don’t miss the Ninja Flyrtle pets in the Limited-Time Shop!

September Z-Token package - Doom Knight Armaments!

  • Doom Knight's Blade is wielded by Doom Knights, powerful warriors that command necrotic forces.  When facing Undead enemies, this weapon will deal massive damage as though the foe were weak to Darkness! Click the blade to swap between Melee and Magic damage!
  • Doom Knight Shield is carried by Doom Knights! It provides great Darkness resistance, and will strike back at foes that damage you!

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DragonFable

Amityvale

  • This week, you will be able to visit new, fortified Amityvale, a town protected by the Rose from vampires and werewolves!

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MechQuest

DraginConquest Scepter!

  • Dragon*Con Commemorative Weapon Shop!
    • Open the shop in Soluna Main for the "Imitation" version of the commemorative Back Arm weapon that is being given out to Dragon*Con attendees! 
    • You can also pick up the "Imitation" versions of the front arm and head weapon from the past.
  • Dragon*Con! 
    • Are you at Dragon*Con? Be sure to sign up with Ash to get your "Genuine" souvenir DragonConquest Scepter. 
    • Also look for Lyris and ACW0 for MQ-themed magnetics.
  • Chaosawa!
    • Visit HeroMart at http://heromart.myshopify.com/ to pick up the brand new ChaosLords poster coming out this weekend, and you will get the exclusive Chaosawa mecha to go with it!

Battle On!


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Artix
Dragons Update posted by Artix on
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Writing Stories for the 12 Dragons

Dragon artwork is pouring in from our artists for our Dragon Idle Game project in collaboration with the creators of Cookie Clicker. Writing each Dragon's individual progression story has been really fun... and challenging! Each of the 12 Dragons have a unique story.  For example, the Steampunk Dragon is not hatched from an egg, but rather built from a blue print then prototype. As the story progresses you continually upgrade the Steampunk Dragon's hardware and computer AI until you reach the singularity and cause a robot uprising. Be sure to like and follow the official AdventureQuest Dragons Facebook page where I am posting sneak peaks of the art and more information about the individual dragons... including the Darkness Dragon listed above. 

Also happening this week...

Cysero and the team will be heading to DragonCon 2014! At the official Artix Entertainment panel we will be 1.) Announcing the OTHER secret game project and 2.) Premiere the Chaos Poster and 3.) Reveal more about the new storyline for AdventureQuest Worlds-- which everyone will learn about in this Friday's new www.AQ.com special release!

Because you clicked "read more"... you get special DRAGONS bonus concept art!

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Baby 3-headed dragon (Trigoras?)
 
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Baby Armored Lava Dragon (Dagron?)
 
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Baby Green Dragon (Name??)
 
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Adult Green Dragon... loves Gold!
 

QUESTION: What do you think the story for the Darkness Dragon should be?


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Beleen
Voting Ends This Week! posted by Beleen on

Thanks to you and all our wonderful heroes,

  • AdventureQuest Worlds is nominated for Most Passionate Fan Base
  • Beleen is nominated for Community Manager of the Year
  • Artix Entertainment is nominated for Best Community Management Team
  • and AdventureQuest Worlds is nominated for the Most Engaged Design or Dev Team

in the 3rd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards presented by Guild Launch!

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Voting ends THIS WEEK, so please tell your friends, your family, Facebook connections, Twitter followers, Instagram buddies, and anyone else with an internet connection to vote for US so WE all can win the Dragon Slayer Awards!

Vote on!

xoxo Beleen =D


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Cysero
CYSERO'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING DRAGONCON 2014 EDITION posted by Cysero on

What Is DragonCon?

Quite a few people don't know what DRAGONCON is so we should probably cover that first. 

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Since 1987 people have been coming to Atlanta, Georgia (roughly 8 hours drive from The Secret Underground Lab) for DragonCon which has become one of the largest Sci-Fi, Fantasy conventions in the world. They say that they get about 40,000-45,000 people every year but it's closer to 65,000 or 70,000 and every year, it keeps growing. 

There is so much to see that it can actually short out your brain. it happened to my on my first year.When I got back my friends asked me how it was and I actually needed a few days to process all that I had seen and done, heard and tasted, battled and escaped from before I could talk to them about it.

There are panels about everything from making your own functional steampunk R2-D2, to meet-and-greets with some of the biggest names in TVs, Movies, Gaming and Books. There are thousands of people dressed up as their favorite characters, movie marathons, a sea of tables for table top games like Dungeons and Dragons, card games like Pokémon, Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, board games like Risk, Settlers of Catan and King of Tokyo. There are several WAREHOUSE sized rooms stocked to the gills with Naruto headbands, Lightsabers (like mine and Yorumi's), Steampunk Goggles, Nerdy T-shirts, Comic Books, Video Games, Card Games, Board Games and other types of games, Art and anything else you can imagine for sale. There are nightly raves, Firefly themed shindigs, vampire masquerade balls and a constant stream of Concerts featuring people like I Fight Dragons, One-Eyed Doll and Voltaire... and, of course, our own Artix Entertainment Fan Panel.

We are a small company with a small but loyal fan base who keep showing up no matter how awful the panel was the year before. In fact, they keep giving us bigger rooms and better time-slots every single year. 

At the panel we get to meet and hang out with some of our biggest fans, we talk about what is coming up, have a question and answer session, and Artix usually shows some movies that he's made over the past year. In 2012 our panel was AMAZING complete with a fight between Artix, Chairman Platinum and Sepulchure himself fighting surrounded by screaming AE fans cheering Artix on. A few people even stepped in front of our friendly paladin to protect him from the DoomKnight. 2013 was even bigger and louder than the year before and the people running the room were AMAZED by how excited our players got compared to the other panels on the Gaming and MMO tracks. 

AE 2014 Panel Exclusives

This year, those who have chosen to come and meet us will ALSO get the first crack at the 13 Lords of Chaos Poster before it is even released on HeroMart. They will get it before anyone else and they will get it signed by us. 

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Those attending the panel will also get the inside scoop and first real look at our new game projects including AQ Dragons...

AQDRAGONS

 ... and the other new secret mobile project that I have been tweeting about recently. 

SecretProjectPalis

There has also been talk about people coming to the panel getting the first crack at this shirt which took me all of 10 minutes to throw together. 

ArtixPanelShirt

Every year we make a special item for those who have come from all over the globe just to hang out with us. Usually there is also an Artix Entertainment Flyer that we hand out that has a code for another DragonCon item for everyone. If you can't make it, just talk to one of your friends who goes to get the code.

This year the Artix Entertainment Panel:

The time will be Saturday at 2:30PM. (2.5 hour panel? What have we gotten ourselves into?)

The hotel will be the Hilton Atlanta

The room will be the "Grand Salon D"

Sadly, there due to the above mentioned cutbacks we have no fan table this year. Sorry, guys. 

A LOT of the famous people at con will sign something for you if you pay them, but lucky for YOU we're NOT FAMOUS AT ALL! All you have to do is give us a marker. We will sign ANYTHING. I mean that. Artix and I signed a dude's neck back in 2011.

NOTE: WE DO NOT RUN DRAGONCON! AE has nothing to do with the set-up or funding of the convention. We just attend like everyone else. It's an institution in Atlanta and has been held there for the last quarter century so asking us to have it in YOUR hometown next year is impossible on every level.

This is also the closest, biggest convention that we can get to. We would LOVE to come to the convention in your town or in your country but we simply can't afford to travel that far. 

If this is your first Con, then you should carefully read...

Cysero's Con Survival Guide! (revised 2014 edition)

DragonCon starts THIS WEEKEND and as has become tradition I am imparting my knowledge and experience to you all. This is Cysero's Con Survival Guide '14!

WHAT TO BRING

  • A Large Bag. You're going to to be carrying a LOT of stuff around with you and picking up a lot of stuff as you con so a large bag is necessary. And when I say bag I DO NOT mean a large plastic grocery bag. I mean a sturdy courrier bag or backpack. I will be bringing my N7 Canvas courrier bag, hardered for con survival.
  • A Towel. Your hotel room will probably come equipped with these but I always prefer to bring a large, beach-sized towel with me wherever I go. Hitchikers listed most of the uses, but for a more practical example: I have fallen asleep in the hallways of more than one convention hotel and it's always nice to have a towel for a blanket or pillow.  
  • Energy Bars. Meals come unpredictably during con and staying alive can be hard. You never know when you'll be stuck at a table-top gaming session that lasts 14 hours straight... and if you leave the brutal GM will just kill you.
  • Bottle Of Water. See above. Also good for waking up wierdos who are sleeping in the hallways of your hotel under beach towels. Trust me.
  • Extra Strength Energy Shots (Optional). You know, those little bottles of energy booster that they sell everywhere. These things are not great for you, but caffeine and sugar have no effect on MY metabolism unless delivered in MASSIVE doses and you might be built the same way. Con goes day and night, all weekend long. And it's a holiday weekend. I consider them a necessity during Con.

  • Multi-Vitamins. There are thousands of people from all over the world at con and many of them have brought strange, exotic diseases with them. All these diseases mingle together and become some sort of super-flu affectionately called "Con Rot" that WILL infect you. Keeping your body's defenses up during con severely reduces the time and number of limbs you will lose to the Con Rot after you leave the convention.

  • Hand Sanitizer. See above.
  • Cash (Well Hidden). As you explore the convention you WILL encounter some stuff you NEED to own. Swords, pithy shirts, novels, William Shattner selling autographs... and there is a 50% chance that the thing you want to buy, you can't buy with plastic. If you plan on falling asleep in a hall somewhere, be sure that your cash is in your sock or in the secret pocket in your boxers, or cloak... you don't want to wake up broke.
  • A Mobile Computing Device. Most modern cell phones will do, but you might not get a signal in the underground mazes that connect the convention hotels. Having a wireless card in a small laptop is priceless. A smartphone attached to a 3G, 4G or LTE network will do (con-tested my iPhone in 2009, worked like a dream). You might or might not Tweet or Vine. You might or might not need to check your Facebook and Twitter but your FRIENDS will NEED to contact you about something that you HAVE TO SEE RIGHT NOW! 

    A VERY large bonus to a smartphone is the DragonCon App. it has schedules, maps and gets updated on the fly unlike your paper schedule.  

    DragonCon 2104 App

    You will eventually lose your paper one but so does everyone else so there are an endless supply of them in every corner BUT this way you don't have to get your hands sticky and wonder why the last person ditched it. 

    It has maps, schedules for panels and speakers, concert times... everything you need to plan your Con experience. If you don't have an iOS device you can still access the event app through their web page

Panel Info

  • Phone Charger. Everyone has something to charge now so finding an open power outlet can be a real challenge but just like you never know when you will get to eat, the same goes for your phone. If you have an emergency battery boost for your phone, bring that but at the very least make sure that your phone charger is close at hand.
     
  • A Camera. Fully charged. Memory card empty. NEEDS a flash. Too many dark corners with Halo Spartans hiding in them. If you have newer generation smartphone with a decent flash, that will do fine.

  • Glow Sticks or a Dance Party App. in 2010 Alces and I accidentally found ourselves in a mobile rave. One guy was wearing the sound system and power supply on his back and his two friends were each wearing giant speakers converted into backpacks. The party never stopped moving. Alces and I took a chance, caught a cab, went to an all night market and bought $44 worth of glowsticks to give to share with our fellow mobile partiers. We were gone about 4 minutes, but when we returned to the street corner, they had moved on. We spent the next hour following the sound of those booming speakers until we caught up. If on'y we'd had the glow sticks on us!

  • Portable Gaming Device. Long lines. Really long lines. After last year this one was moved to the MUST catagory. Again, one of the newer generation smartphones will do. 

  • A Good Friend. The buddy system is always a good idea. That's why I bring usually Alces. He's part Dr. Gonzo, part Chief Medical Officer and part Tech Support. He is all best friend and has been for more than half of my life. If you have a friend who has been before and can show you around the ever changing paths of the convention, bonus. Sadly he can't make it this year so I will be auditioning people to fill the role while at con this year.
  • A Zorbak Plushy (Optional). It's the ultimate ice-breaker. "Can I get a picture of you holding this guy, please?" "Sure... what is he?". 
  • Good Walking Shoes. Trust me. 

  • An Umbrella or Poncho (Optional). in 2011 the Venture Brothers panel line was long enough that it went outside the hotel and Alces and I found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm. With all of the weather coming from Tropical Storm Isaac headed toward Atlanta just in time for con. I suggest packing weather protection. A poncho will fit in your bag but an unmbrella makes you look swanky if you rock it right.
  • Duct Tape. This is just something you should have all the time anyway, BUT there are a LOT of people in a LOT of costumes and things start falling apart on day one. A well timed piece of duct tape can make you a lot of friends very quickly. 

That should be, more or less, everything that you need to pack. Other options include: clean clothes, costumes, things you want autographed, video camera, your Battleon Battle Card deck (teach a stranger how to play!), a map of the con (some of us like getting lost), a pair of scissors (for a lock of Kevin Sorbo's hair while he's passed out in a fountain somewhere), a sketchbook (for ideas), a steampunk R2 unit, 8 channel progrmable remote control, Sonic Screwdriver, or grappling hook... just cause.

You Guys Are Coming With Me! 

It always seems that we have a TON of fans at our panel but they represent a tiny fraction of you guys and we really do wich you could ALL be there. This year Im going to try really hard to keep a contact stream of Twitter and Vine spam coming your way so you can come with me and live DragonCon through my eyes (camera). 

Here is a link to my Twitter.

I will be hopping in the car late on Thursday night, so be packed and ready to ride to Atlanta with me! 


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