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Alina
TIME For New Game Releases! posted by Alina on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

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!

  • 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!
 
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The Buy Back Shop is HERE!

Members can log in to their account manager TONIGHT to help us test the Buy Back Shop... then EVERYONE can access it tomorrow! Get all the details in this Design Notes post!

The Class is themed after Nulgath's apprentice, Revontheus, and its skills look amazing! 

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Find the Abyssal Angel Class in your Game Menu:

  • The Class and accessories will be available for one month only!

The Class is themed after Nulgath's apprentice, Revontheus, and its skills look amazing! 

 


 

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AdventureQuest

Season of Choices!

This week the dedication ceremony begins for the newly-built Temple of Hope. Clearly the Chosen cannot be in three places at once - the Brilhado Civil War, Chasing after news of ENTROPY directly, or dealing with Bree'ha are all important. So a vote needs to be taken among the people.

  • Cast a vote by battling a war wave in the appropriate camp. 
  • At the end of a week the results will be tallied 
  • Your battle-votes will decide where next week's story will focus... and where the Chessmaster Saga goes!
  • Also don’t miss the Purple Rain Spell coming to Warlic’s Magic Shop!

May Z-Token Packages - Creation Burst and Arctic Tornado Spells!

  • We are releasing 2 new 12k Z-Token packages - each comes with a powerful spell!
  • Also the Horn of Tera'Suul returns to the 20000 Z-Token package! 

 

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Epic Duel

Lionhart and War Gear Return!!

Legion/Exile and Lionhart seasonal rare gear return for a limited time! Visit Transcendence, Immanence, Admin 10, or the Exile Leader to claim this incredible weaponry.

 


 

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BioBeasts

Release 1.3.29 is LIVE! 

This week, BioBeasts will be releasing the beta version of its cloud save feature. This will allow saving across platforms, so you can start on an Android device, and continue on an Apple device and vice versa!


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Alina
New Game Releases for April 22nd posted by Alina on

As spring marches on into summer, it's time for YOU to /equip your mightiest weapon and march into battle! Log in this weekend to quest through the all-new game releases we've built to hone your battle skills and blades!

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Throne of Darkness: Skull Towers of Silver and Gold

It's a GREAT week to have an upgraded account in AdventureQuest Worlds! Members get the exclusive expansion to last week's Castle of Bone zone, PLUS... unlock the DeathKnight Lord CLASS!

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There are two ways to unlock the Class:

  • Buy the Class for 1600 AdventureCoins (For the next week, the class will be 20% off... then it raises to its FULL price!)
  • Farm the daily quest to get the tokens required for the merge shop version!

 


 

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AdventureQuest

ZardMaster Saga!

Now that the pesky Emojin has been dealt with, you can explore the true Zardmaster Saga, featuring TONS of new rewards requested by your fellow heroes (and maybe one or two of your own!) 

 


 
 
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The End of the Beginning

Once upon a time
There lived a boy
Together with mother and father
The dad beamed with joy
The mom wept with woe
For she really wanted a daughter

Note: Tomix is crafting as fast as he can... to check on the release progress, keep an eye on the DragonFable Design Notes.

 


 

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Epic Duel

Frysteland War!

Legion and Exile forces will gather yet again in Frysteland to battle for this vital northern stronghold! And GREAT NEWS! We’ve made large strides in preparing a downloadable version of EpicDuel!

 


 

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BioBeasts

Release 1.3.29 is LIVE! 

The fastest, smoothest version of BioBeasts yet!

  • All the beasts have been reanimated and improved in quality while reducing memory usage by up to 75%
  • Numerous fixes have been added to help players having issues with iOS builds of the game.

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Artix
BattleGems Founder Leaving Soon posted by Artix on

This is your very last chance to get Founder in BattleGems, our mobile RPG Puzzle Game. Considering that you had.. oh wow, nearly two years now, it is finally time to make BattleGems Founder go perma rare!

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Rolith and his team have upgraded BattleGems to the newest version of Unity improving the game's speed and giving it 64 bit support. Along with this release, we will be removing the Founder package which basically gives you ulimited turns, unlimited keys, special in game armor set, special AQWorlds armor set, well... EVERYTHING for a single in-app purchase of $10. Founders will be pretty proud of that they got it, because after the new patch goes live, the armor will be perma rare and will have to pay double to get the upgrades and perks.

So if you have been wanting the DragonKnight armor from BattleGems in AQWorlds and BattleGems... this is your final chance to get it on the Apple iOS or Android versions of the mobile game!


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Alina
New Game Releases for April 15th posted by Alina on

Storms are raging above the Secret Underground lab... as Darkness rolls across Lore! Log in this weekend to quest through the all-new game releases we've built to hone your battle skills and blades!

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Artix's Throne of Darkness Saga: Castle of Bone

Begin Artix's Throne of Darkness Saga this weekend as you battle your way through the Bone Castle to take on Vaden, the DeathKnight!

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Buy the Treasure Map from the AdventureCoin shop in the game menu... then begin the hunt to find the Treasure Chest! Once you locate it, you'll unlock ALL the gear the treasure chest holds, including TWO new armors and their gear!

  • Darkblood Berserker armor and weapons
  • Seraphic Dragoon armor set

 


 

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AdventureQuest

Terror Set and April Golden Giftboxes!

A challenge has been issued by the Master of Terror. Defeat him in battle and claim your own Terror Set! The mighty Fear Eater blade not only has the ability to consume your enemy's Fear and heal you - it also changes from Melee, Magic, and Ranged damage! 

April Golden Giftboxes - Diamond Flutterby Pet and Eggsplosion Spell!
This beautiful butterfly golem is crafted from diamond and other precious metals, inspiring awe on the battlefield!
Destroy your enemies with this eggsesively powerful spell!

 


 
 
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The Beast!

Your attempt to sneak into the Rose Tower into Swordhaven has been foiled and the BeastMaster is not happy with your intrusion. Will you be able to tame the Beast or will you be the one broken?

  • Fight the Beastmaster!
  • New Runed Chains cape rewards!

 


 

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Epic Duel

Double POWER Weekend!

Power Weekend! Earn double XP and credits all weekend long!

 


 

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BioBeasts

Release 1.3.28 is LIVE! - Cloudsaving for Android!
  • Android players: you can now save your progress using Google’s Play Services!
  • We are still working on cloud saving for iOS devices, but expect that to go live very soon.

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Your Lair or mine? posted by Artix on

Upcoming Dungeons of Throne of Darkness

The Throne of Darkness begins this Friday… a brand new main storyline for AdventureQuest Worlds. There are 7 villains in this story, each will unlock a new major dungeon. I like using the term dungeon… even when describing an outside area like a forest or clouds you can walk on. To get a flying eyeballs view of the land we shall soon explore together, let us sent forth our scout… Jimmy the Eye!

Jimmy the Eye is a flying eyeball. 

He is blue. 

As he flies North, he thinks to himself… why is so little known about the North?

It starts to rain. 

The rain blurs his vision, and every clap of thunder makes him jump. 

The red eerie glow of the setting sun silhouettes a castle…

The castle appears to be growing… the castle appears to be made of bone…

He flaps harder against the turbulence or tornados…

They seem to be coming from a series of portals. 

Is it a rip in time and space?

Or perhaps it is… WHAT THE!?!?!

The sun has gone black and he obsesses on an indescribable twisted shape of triangles. 

Perhaps the rumors of the 4th Dimensional Pyramid were true?

If that is true then… but before there is time for another thought, he hears weapons clashing and screams. The Death Pit Arena… a half-Dragon General stands watch as gladiators do battle.

The flying eyeball tries to look away but is blinded by what he sees next…

A Tower...

A tower made entirely of mirrors. He notices a parade of young girls being led into the tower… 

No less strange than what he thought he had seen in the clouds just moments before.

But if he ever said what he thought he saw up on those clouds... with all its bacon and cats they would just call him crazy.

So he flies on to his final destination...

It is a secret place. 

A place where THE COUNCIL used to meet...

Meet to scheme and solve their "problems."

That place, without question… was the THRONE OF DARKNESS. 


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Alina
Begin your Blacksea Odyssey posted by Alina on

Blacksea Odyssey Now Available on Steam!

Earlier this month, we shared news about Blacksea Odyssey, a violent, top-down, rogue-like space RPG created by friends of Artix Entertainment... and if you haven't checked it out yet, you really should!  

If you're like most of the gamers here at the lab, battling aliens, piloting spaceships, and triggering explosions make up some of your favorite gaming memories. Blacksea Odyssey is updated weekly (just like Artix Entertainment games), and is available on Steam now! 

Blacksea Odyssey: Features

  • Rip Apart Enemies Piece by Piece
  • Fully Destructible Everything
  • Twitch based Action-Packed Combat
  • Hardcore Rogue-like Elements
  • Massive Bosses
  • Expansive Customization System

Learn more about Team Blacksea Odyssey's story in our earlier post and follow them online to get news about coming updates:

If you love the game, make sure to let me (on Twitter @alina_AE) and Team Blacksea Odyssey (on Twitter@BlackseaOdyssey) know... and send us screenshots of your adventures for retweeting and posting on Facebook!


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Storytime (Of Darkness!) posted by Artix on

The “Insider Secret” story behind Throne of Darkness

This Friday, our new saga Throne of Darkness begins in AdventureQuest Worlds. If you have been following me on my Artix Krieger Facebook or Twitter, then you have probably seen the posts from when I started writing it. But the truth is… I wrote the original concept for this story way BEFORE the creation of the original AdventureQuest.

Ready for this? I originally wrote this when I was 13 years old. Did you ever come up with an idea so incredible that you held onto it like your most carefully guarded secret? Except I cannot keep secrets... so I have been telling the AE Team about this concept (over and over) for as long as they have known me. Previous it was called “The Table Story” or “The original plot of ArchKnight.”

Due to the unusual way the adventure is told, I always expected it to be used for a new, stand alone game. See, in normal adventures you play it from your point of view. But The Throne of Darkness is from the Villain’s point of view. Instead of happening in real time, the Bad Guys are sitting around are telling stories about you… so everything you do, have already, technically… already happened. This is a lot of fun, because you can do things in the past, that can actually change the Villains at the table here in the present.

You will see what I mean in the opening adventure “The Castle of Bone” which features Vaden the Death Knight. It is so crazy… little did I know, so many years ago, way back then when I first came up with this story… that it would be about you.

A new cast of villains

If you went back in time and saw my childhood sketches and ideas from The Throne of Darkness, you would be surprised to find you recognized the villains sitting around the table-- Xan, Sepulchure, The Mysterious Necromancer, Drakath, and the Vampire Queen (later named Safiria.) Yup, we have secretly been using parts of this story for years. So if you have liked the 13 Lords of Chaos and other things I have written in the past... You are probably really going to enjoy this too.

To avoid using the same characters again, I wrote new a fresh new rogues gallery of villains. If you see any subtle similarities between the new villains and previous ones… you can probably take a good guess who they are taking the place of. And that is a fun thing that you will understand, and most people will not get.

I have tried not to mix any of the existing stuff into this new plotline, but every time I see clever posts from players on Twitter you make me want to break the rules. Take Vaden the DeathKnight for instance. Some players think he might be related to Vordred, or there might be a link because it sounds like Valen (Sepulchure’s original name), or that is might actually be Artix’s son (because Aidan and Vaden sound similar.) -- I am not going to rule anything out. The ink is not dry yet. 

Check in tomorrow for a sneak peak at the dungeons that Throne of Darkness will open up on the map. There are 7 Villains seated at the table… each with a lair more dangerous and crazy than the last. Battle on!


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New AdventureQuest Worlds Storyline posted by Artix on

Throne of Darkness is coming Friday

Greetings friends! Artix here. Be prepared...  Throne of Darkness starts this Friday. WHAT!? Yes, it is an entirely new main storyline for AdventureQuest Worlds which will open up a new area of the main continent. This story will be told in a unique way that we have never attempted… until now. If you have been wanting us to focus on story, create new major characters, and to explore interesting and bizarre new places… then you are going to love this Saga. At least I hope you do! That is why I personally wrote this saga for you O_O. Check back for tomorrow’s special “insider secret” design notes where this new saga actually came from. Oh, and if you are not already, be sure to follow me on my Artix Krieger Twitter & Facebook for random stuffs!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

Watch the Throne of Darkness trailer on YouTube


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Alina
Check out Blacksea Odyssey! posted by Alina on

Blacksea Odyssey is a violent, top-down, rogue-like space RPG... and it's on Steam RIGHT NOW! Every week, travel across the galaxy with the BlackSea Odyssey team as they release new updates, exploring spacescapes and hunting down enormous space-behemoths.

Blacksea Odyssey now on steam

Being gamers (and game developers), we're always on the hunt for games to play and draw inspiration from, and we want to support the efforts of other indie game developers... especially when they're friends of Artix Entertainment! Team Blacksea Odyssey is a wicked-talented group of developers and designers based out of Orlando, led by Peter Milko. Since they met, he and Artix have traded ideas, stories, and more than a few Energy Potions in their brainstorming marathons!

Blacksea Odyssey now on steam

Inspired by the classic arcade game, Asteroids, and the novel Old Man and the Sea, the team built the first prototype during the 2015 Game Jam. It's been getting a lot of positive feedback from the community and internet ever since, and I can see why -- exploding ships is REALLY satisfying at the end of a long day. (All you MechQuest, EpicDuel, and BioBeasts players know what I'm talking about!)

Follow Team Blacksea Odyssey

Don't miss any of the team's updates or news: follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and bookmark their website!

Blacksea Odyssey now on steam

 

Blacksea Odyssey: The Story

Once a decade, the greatest huntsmen in the universe gather to compete in a legendary tournament known as the Blacksea Odyssey. Steeped in blood, ancient treasures, and a madness that wills them to delve deeper into the black abyss, these huntsman compete for a chance to claim the ultimate glory of facing a creature of such insatiable ferocity and magnanimous size that its wingspan has been said to stretch across galaxies while it’s breath consumes black holes. A creature rumored to exist only in legend, the Titan of the Stars!

 

Blacksea Odyssey: Features

  • Rip Apart Enemies Piece by Piece: Eviscerate enemy creatures by ripping them apart with your harpoon.
  • Fully Destructible Everything: Blast through fully destructible environments with your spear or harpoon.
  • Twitch based Action-Packed Combat: Think classic top-down shooter mixed with modern RPG and rogue-like mechanics.
  • Hardcore Rogue-like Elements: Featuring permadeath, procedural levels, and incredible replayability.
  • Massive Bosses: Battle against colossally scaled bosses dwarfing several screen sizes.
  • Expansive Customization System: Forge millions of runic modifications for your spear and space-board.

 

Blacksea Odyssey: Reviews

  • "If it [the player’s harpoon] strikes its target however, it’s satisfying to then wrench it back out, pulling a fin or a jawbone with it."
    - Graham Smith, Editor-in-chief, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • "I love how the harpoon can tear off huge chunks of enemies and send them drifting off into space."
    - Ben Davis, Destructoid
  • "Space-whaling with total badasses on space-bikes chasing after the vicious space-fishies who will spike and claw you to space-shreds if you let up for even a second? Now that’s a proper challenge!"
    - James Cunningham, Hardcore Gamer
  • "You surf on a missile and use a harpoon to rip limbs off of giant space monsters in Blacksea Odyssey. If that doesn't pique your interest, then I don't know what will."
    - Joel Couture, Indie Games
  • "The harpoon, is remarkably gory with space blood spraying out of your prey..."
    - Corina Dee, Alpha Beta Gamer
  • "Hemingway may have been onto something with The Old Man and the Sea. Namely, that whole “man vs. nature” thing. However, it might be more entertaining if it was set in space, and the old man had cybernetics, and he was hunting massive space creatures for competition. Blacksea Odyssey gives players just that."
    - Evan Spadaccini, Indie Game Magazine

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March into Battle this Weekend! posted by Alina on

Get ready to spring into battle this weekend as our friendly development teams put the last touches on this week's new releases! Have a most EGG-cellent weekend as we celebrate our spring holiday, Grenwog! 

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Evil Quibble Rares Shop and Grenwog 2016!

Unlock all-new rare, dark and evil gear this weekend as Quibble Coinbiter returns to AdventureQuest Worlds! Find him in Battleon Friday, and learn the rumors of our next main storyline, written by Artix!

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And this weekend, take on the fiercest, deadliest, GIANTEST Grenwog Lore has ever seen when you travel back in time to learn the origins of this egg-citing spring tradition! And 

  • Hunt for eggst throughout Battleon and Battleon town!
  • Go back in time to learn where the Grenwog comes from and why we batle him each spring!
  • Don't miss the Evil Quibble Rares shop, and learn the rumors of the next main storyline!
  • The Arcane Dark Caster class gets buffed!

 


 

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AdventureQuest

Grenwog Festival + April Z-Token Package!

The time has come for the yearly Grenwog Festival, when eggs are hidden throughout town. Careful though, strange eggs have been discovered and the parents don't seem too happy about it.  

  • Collect as many as you can and trade them in for special things! 
  • If you collect enough eggs you can open shops to buy permanent versions of these items! 
  • Also don’t miss the Steel Bataxe coming to the Limited-Time Shop - only here for 2 weeks! 
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Champion of the Light Realm Z-Token Package!

The Champion of the Light Realm is coming this week to the 50000 Z-Token package!

  • Ascend your enemies into the Light Realm to blind them with it's radiance! 
  • The War Hammer can also switch between Magic, Melee, and Ranged damage types!

 


 
 
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The Beginning of the End!

Login this week and play the first part of the Roirr Saga finale "The Beginning of the End"! Experience the epic showdown between Danyel and Roirr.

 


 

 

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Epic Duel

Fortune City War!
  • Legion and Exile forces clash for the capital of Delta V!
  • Dozens of new springtime rares available at Naomi and Cinderella!
  • Test your might! You can now challenge Dage the Evil in EpicDuel! Can you best this lord fo the undead?

 


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