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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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New: DRAGONS Fan Art Contest posted by Beleen on

Grab your pencil, Dragon Master!

AdventureQuest DRAGONS, the brand-new idle game for iOS and Android, is a critical hit! Since its launch in December, over 100 shining Reviews gave DRAGONS a 4.5 Star Rating in the App Store, and over 5000 Reviews gave it 4 Stars on Google Play

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That… is… AMAZING! Artix, Cysero, and everyone here at Artix Entertainment are so happy that you love DRAGONS as much as we love creating the best games online and on the go! *hugs*

We know you love DRAGONS. We also know you love Fan Art Contests. And we know you loveloveLOVE getting free stuff. So we all know what that means: it’s time for our first-ever AdventureQuest DRAGONS Fan Art Contest!

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Dragon Masters Needed: Eligibility Requirements

Since this contest is all about AdventureQuest DRAGONS, you’ll need to download and play DRAGONS (if you haven’t already) so you have references for your Fan Art creation!

Download DRAGONS for free in the App Store (iOS devices)

Download DRAGONS for free in Google Play (Android devices)

This contest is OPEN to any player of every Artix Entertainment game, but the Contest Prizes will only be awarded inside AdventureQuest Worlds. We are unable to award prizes inside Mobile Games (sorry!), so it isimportant to have DRAGONS installed on your smartphone and/or tablet AND have an active AdventureQuest Worlds account in case your Fan Art submission wins!

Create your free AdventureQuest Worlds account here (if you don’t already have one!)

Epic Loot: The Prizes

The 1 Grand Prize Winner shall receive:

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  • A DRAGONS Pet
  • 1,500 AdventureCoins
  • The DRAGONS Master Fan Art Character Page Badge

2nd Place Winner(s) will receive:

  • A DRAGONS pet
  • 1,000 AdventureCoins
  • The DRAGONS Master Fan Art Character Page Badge

3rd Place Winner(s) will get:

  • A DRAGONS Sword
  • 700 AdventureCoins
  • The DRAGONS Master Fan Art Character Page Badge

Runner Ups will get:

  • 500 AdventureCoins
  • The DRAGONS Master Fan Art Character Page Badge

As always, we reserve the right to award additional prizes for those who go above and beyond!

Cooldown Timer: Contest Timeframe

The DRAGONS Fan Art Contest:

  • Begins Friday, February 20, 2015
  • Ends Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 11:59pm EST (server time)
  • All entries must be submitted to @AQWcontest Twitter page before 11:59pm EST on 03/01/15

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Contest Rules (follow these EXACTLY, or your entry WILL BE disqualified!)

This is the most important part of the whole contest. Read all the rules below BEFORE entering your DRAGONS Fan Art submission.

Follow EACH rule if you want your entry to be considered eligible.

1.     Create AdventureQuest DRAGONS Fan Art! You can Draw, Paint, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Print, Sculpt, Bake/Decorate, Comic-strip, Cosplay, or create a Stuffed Animal/Plushie of anything relating to AQ DRAGONS. Get creative here, folks!

 IMPORTANT: Do NOT submit random drawings of random dragons. This contest is ONLY wanting fan art of the Dragons found within the mobile game, AdventureQuest DRAGONS.   

2.     Your AQ DRAGONS Fan Art MUST BE created by YOU. And only YOU. No teaming up with friends, sorry.

3.     DO NOT trace or steal ANY artwork! If your fan art is stolen from any Artix game, or traced overpreexisting DRAGONS art work, or directly copied from another dragon-related photo online, YOU WILL BE disqualified.

4.     Your AQ DRAGONS Fan Art entry MUST include your AQW Character Name somewhere on the picture. No name = no chance at winning, and the possibility of someone else stealing your hard work. Pleasewrite/sign your AQW Character Name legibly so we can actually read it =) Also: DO NOT CHANGE your AQW Character name during the contest and contest judging! 

5.     Put the date on your entry so no one tries to steal your Fan Art during future contests (because you know some sneaky scoundrel will try)!

6.     Type your AQWorlds Character Name in your Tweet BEFORE submitting. That way, if you win, I can easily copy your Character Name for faster prize awarding and no mistakes.

7.     Include hashtag #DRAGONS in your Tweet so that way the whole world can see your awesome art, too!

8.     After following ALL THE RULES above, submit your DRAGONS Fan Art entry towww.twitter.com/AQWcontest

Preparing for Victory: The Checklist

Check off each item below before submitting your entry to ensure your chance at winning!

  • AdventureQuest DRAGONS Fan Art created by you
  • Your AQW Character Name *neatly* written on your picture
  • The date on your entry
  • Type your AQW Character name in your Tweet to @AQWcontest
  • Include hashtag #DRAGONS in your Tweet to @AQWcontest
  • Upload your DRAGONS Fan Art picture to your Tweet to @AQWcontest
  • Hit the Tweet button and submit your entry!

And there you have it, folks! Best of luck to you, and if you need some AQ DRAGONS inspiration, check out theAQ DRAGONS Facebook Page here for some awesome DRAGONS artwork.

Everyone here at Artix Entertainment is super excited to see what AdventureQuest DRAGONS Fan Art you come up with! Best of luck to you, and don’t forget to have fun and Battle ON!

xoxo Beleen =D

Download DRAGONS for free in the App Store (iOS devices)

Download DRAGONS for free in Google Play (Android devices)

Submit your DRAGONS Fan Art to the @AQWcontest Twitter 

 


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New Game Releases Online and On the Go! posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Embersea Isle: Ring of Fires

This Friday, journey to Embersea, once the jewel of the Firestorm Caldera, now the capital city of the newly-shattered Ring of Fire island chain.

Speak with Warlord Kyron, former Captain of the Firestorm Guard, now in charge of halting the advance of the Firestorm Onslaught.

He and the townspeople of Embersea prepare for war as a vicious plague rages… and YOU are the only one who can discover the cure!  

  • Battle to defend the people of Embersea from monsters fleeing the Firestorm Onslaught 
  • Buy any AC package worth $10 USD to unlock the Fyreborn TigerMaster armor and more
  • Celebrate Carnaval and Chinese New Year in Terra Da Festa and Akiba

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Heartbreaker Saga 2 Part 2

  • Continue the saga in the mysterious realm of the Afterlife. New terrors and trials await those daring enough to continue the adventure! 
  • Plus, new bonus missions to stock up on Credits and Achievements!
  • New items! 
    • New Void items available from Necronaut Clemek, including the coveted Necronaut Armor! 
  • New Styles!
    • 12 new Endless and Necronaut styles!

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

Huge Golden Giftbox update! 

  • MANY new and returning items are coming to the Golden Giftboxes this month! Find some of your favorite items from:

    • Adventure Quest
    • Adventure Quest Worlds
    • Battle Gems
    • Dragon Fable
    • EpicDuel
    • Hero Smash
    • OverSoul
    • WarpForce

 

  • Chinese New Year Suggestion Contest!

    • We want you to create an original idea themed around Chinese New Years!
    • It can be a weapon, shield, armor, pet, spell, or misc item - Any category as long as it's made by you and involves something to do with the Chinese New Year!
    • Find the contest on our forums! http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=21921798

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Homecoming Hurts

  • In this week's release, play as Leon in his enterprise to free Kara from Akanthus' clutches!


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Skysplitting Update!

  • Get the next SCEM, Steve Skysplitter-P!

    • This mecha returns in Permanent form, with all new specials!

  • A Blues' Day and other cool stuff!

    • It's Blues' (late) birthday! Get a cool hairdo or a weapon to celebrate! 

    • Look for a few more uniforms to the uniform shop!


Battle On! 


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New DRAGONS Game Update! posted by Beleen on

Introducing Leaderboards and Exclusive Cookie Clicker Dragon

Have you played Artix’s newest mobile game, AdventureQuest DRAGONS?

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If you haven’t… now is the best time to do so! Because the easy-to-pick-up and hard-to-put-down DRAGONS game was just updated with global leaderboards and the exclusive Cookie Clicker dragon, “Krumblor.”

Download the free app now at
www.AQDRAGONS.com

Fast fact time GO GO GO!

  • Over 5,000 shining reviews on Google Play!
  • Sharing AQ DRAGONS with 5 friends gets you the Cookie Dragon
  • Introducing Leaderboards... with all bugs squashed!
  • DRAGONS Fan Art Contest starting soon
  • Web version of AQ DRAGONS hatching soon-ish

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Do you have what it takes to become the best Dragon Master? Then prove it at www.AQDRAGONS.com !


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News Flash: New Flash Player Update posted by Beleen on

How to update Flash Player and keep it up to date!

Since the beginning of February, Adobe Flash Player upgraded to level 16. And this has caused some problems for some online games that use the Flash Player plugin—like, for example, all Artix Entertainment games!

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From our end, we think we have solved most of the issues, so now it’s our turn to help YOU get rid of some your Flash bugs if you have them!

What is the Adobe Flash Player?

The Flash Player is a plug-in that is required to play all of our games, and is automatically ‘plugged in’ to your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.). Adobe Flash Player makes our games run, displays the flashy animations, makes your shiny Blade of Awe glow bright, and plays all the epic cutscenes!

Which version of Flash Player do I have?

First of all, you might need to know which version of Flash Player you have on your browser. To find that out, follow these easy steps:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to www.aq.com/play-now
  3. Right click somewhere near the ‘Login’ button.
  4. In the menu that then opens, you need to READ the last line, which says something like “information about Flash Player 16.0.0.305…”
  5. IF it DOES NOT say “Information about Flash Player 16.0.0.305…” and gives another number, then you need to upgrade your Flash Player to the latest version.

How to upgrade Flash Player to the latest Version?

If you do not have the latest version of Flash Player, you‘re in trouble….  O__O ….. because older versions of the Flash Player will cause your game will lag, disconnect, have sluggish animations, etc. So it is ALWAYS better to upgrade. Here is how to upgrade your Flash Player if you do not have the latest version:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
    • If you have an older version of Flash Player, the page will automatically tell you to upgrade it.
  3. Click the link “Download the Adobe® Flash® Player system plug-in
  4. Click “Install now” to download the newest version and install it.
  5. Follow the instructions given by the program.
  6. Restart your browser and it should be working fine now!

This method should work for any browser you use. Some browsers, like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, automatically update Flash Player when a new version is out. Other browsers do not and then you will have to update Flash manually.

I want Flash to automatically update!

When you update your Flash Player, there is an option in the installation process where you can check the box to make Flash Player update automatically, like in the picture.

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However, you may not know if you enabled that for your computer. Or that you are sure your computer has not enabled automatically updating Flash Player. In that case you can still enable it in this way:

  1. Go to www.aq.com/play-now
  2. Right click near the “login” button.
  3. Click “General Settings” in the dropdown that opens.
  4. Go to the tab “Advanced Options” in the Settings Manager that opens.
  5. Click on the button “Change Update Settings”, this might require administrator rights.
  6. Check the bullet/box of “Allow Adobe to install updates”
  7. Additionally you can click “Check now” to see if there are any updates for Flash Player.
  8. Close the window and you should be fine.

I am using Google Chrome and it does not work like that!

Oh yes, Google Chrome acts a bit weird in that case. Chrome usually updates Flash automatically, unless something (or someone!) disabled it. Here’s how it works for Google Chrome:

  1. Go to www.aq.com/play-now
  2. Right click near the “log in” button.
  3. Click “General Settings” in the dropdown that opens.
  4. The browser will bolt you to a help page of Adobe in a new tab.
  5. Scroll down till you see a link called “Panel General Notification Options” and click it.
  6. Set “Check on updates” in the screen that follows on 14 or 7 days, and check the box “Warn me about new updates”
  7. Close the tab and it should be set now.

What if it still does not work right?

Curse technology!! It could be that your computer just refuses to update the Flash Player, or that it keeps messing up because of conflicting versions.

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In that case, it is better to entirely remove Flash Player and re-install it. To remove Flash Player, it’s best to do that via your computer’s configuration panel. (Note: this might differ per Operating System)

  1. So go to “Start”
  2. Open the configuration panel.
  3. Go to “Programs and Software”
  4. Search for “Adobe Flash Player” (there might show multiple of them)
  5. Right click them, and select “uninstall/delete”
  6. If you had more “Adobe Flash Players” showing in the list, uninstall these too.
  7. Then open your browser and go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  8. Click the link “Download the Adobe® Flash® Player system plug-in
  9. Click “Install now” to download the newest version and install it.
  10. Follow the instructions given by the program.
  11. Restart your browser and it should be working fine now!

Still having troubles after? Then you might want to check if your Firewall or Security programs are not blocking it. Programs like AVG could still be blocking it. Quick options to change that would be:Gjappy-moglin-explains-flash-player-update.png

  1. Open the AVG panel
  2. Go to Firewall
  3. Go to Options
  4. Go to the tab Applications
  5. Make sure “Adobe Flash Player” is on the list of allowed applications.
  6. If it’s not, add it manually.

This is all we can teach you about Flash Player—a tricky but very good plugin that all our games run and live on. If you have additional questions, feel free to comment below and we will try our best to help you out! Please only write our Player Support team if there is a serious and/or complicated problem.

Thank you, Gjappy!!

When you see Gjappy in game, be sure to give him lots of /cheers for helping US help YOU! We could not have done this without his help, and we cannot thank him enough. So if you want to share your love, be sure to thank him on Gjappy’s Facebook and on Gjappy’s Twitter!


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Happening Now: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day Special Events! posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Friday the 13th: True Love Never Dies

This Friday the 13th, undead love and invasion are in the air, because it’s the most nec-ROMANTIC Hero’s Heart Day since 2009! True love never dies, but sometimes you need to choose between your love… and the world! Battle through Lore to defeat an undead invasion and help Jagger retrieve the 13 Dark Gifts his love, Nastasia, desires!

  • Talk to Voltaire in Battleon to begin the Hero’s Heart Day / Friday the 13th Crossover adventure

  • Battle the Necromantic undead throughout Lore to save the star-crossed lovers

  • Get the seasonal and rare gear in your game menu - including Gravelyn’s Doom Fire cape

  • Find all Quibble’s hottest gear in your game menu and Battleon (including NEW holiday bank pets)!

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Heartbreaker Saga 2 Part 1

The events of Frozen Fury ripped a hole in space and time, allowing travel into a realm beyond life and death. Journey into the Afterlife to learn more about the mysterious and powerful Necronauts Paz and Clemek. What is their purpose? How are they able to travel between worlds? Are they human or something beyond comprehension? 

  • 10 New Missions + New Achievement
  • New Loot
    • 20+ new Valentine's weapons
  • Endless Armor
    • Color custom Endless Armor available at The Endless
  • Friday the 13th
    • Collect the Friday the 13th achievement available in the achievement shop

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

NEW! SnuggleFest + Suggestion Contest!

  • SnuggleFest - Tweenie Nightmare!
    • Jimmy, one of Eukara's students, is being teased for having a classroom crush. Though he vehemently denies it, his frustration and embarrassment begins to create a "shadow" that gets bigger and bigger behind him until it becomes a monster. 
    • The monster rampages through Lore, seeking out people who are showing affection to each other, only to invade their space and turn one of the partners sour. You must chase down this manifestation of Jimmy's pain and destroy it!
  • Chinese New Year Suggestion Contest!

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Over Soul  - Trading Card Game MMO

Valentines,Void Rebirth Evolution & Year of the Ram 2015!

Characters Release:

  • Earth Ram
  • Water Ram
  • Void Rebirth Legendary Evolution
  • Love Machine
  • Aphrodite
  • Love Slime

Coming Soon!

  • Chaos
  • Fire Shinobi

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Love and War!

  • Big Daddy needs your help! Apparently another cat has moved into Amityvale and she's really unhappy! Can you help Big Daddy bring looooove to Amityvale?

  • An undead army is massed outside Falconreach! Will you be able to fight it off?


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Hero Smash - Super Hero 2D MMO

Double Feature Weeked!

  • Friday 13th returns to fairgrounds with map fixes!    

  • Hero Heart Day returns with new Daggers of the Heart!


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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

The Unlucky Blind Quest!

  • The EbilCorp Blind Quest Game Show is back!
    • You're the star this year on the Blind Quest Game Show!
    • Will you meet the love of your life or will your luck run out?

Battle On! 


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Update Your Flash Player Version posted by Alina on

Don't miss this weekend's new releases!

Adobe released a super-important update to Flash Player updated last week. Make sure you update yours to thelatest version from the official Adobe website.

We've had reports of older versions of Flash player triggering errors in certain browsers depending on the browser, Flash Player version, antivirus program (like AVG), and browser plugin.

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If you see blackscreens or warning messages when you go to log in at the aq.com/play-now page, update your Flash Player version!

Help Us Check Our Site

We want to make sure all our pages are working properly. We need help checking our log in screen and upgrade pages across all browsers and FP version combinations.

To help check our login page, follow these steps:

  1. Go to this URL: http://www.aq.com/play-now/
  2. Check to see if you see the login screen 
  3. If you see a black screen or get a warning message, please post your browser and Flash Player version in the comments section below (and screenshots if you have them)

To help check our upgrade page, follow these steps:

  1. Go to this URL: https://www.aq.com/order-now/direct/
  2. Click on any "Buy Now" button
  3. Click "no" to the bonus offer
  4. See if the payment window appears properly.
  5. If you see any errors or get a warning message, please post your browser and Flash Player version in the comments section below (and screenshots if you have them)

Note: you do NOT need to make a purchase for this test. We just need to know if the window appears and will let you enter text. If you


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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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New Game Releases in February! posted by Beleen on

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Adventure Quest Worlds - Web Browser MMO

Northpointe: Before the Storm

This Friday, journey to the town of Northpointe, your hometown on the continent of Drakonus. Gear up, listen to the townspeople’s rumors, and defend this safe haven from creatures driven to frenzy by the Queen of All Monsters minions!  As her influence begins to spread, there is only one question you must answer: is anywhere safe? Also releasing this weekend: Quibble Coinbiter’s Firestorm Rares shop in Battleon and your game menu!

  • Journey to Northpointe, the starting town for the Ancient Evils storyline on the new continent!

  • Find all Quibble’s hottest gear in your game menu and Battleon!

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POWER WEEKEND!

  • Double XP and credits NOW through Sunday night!
  • Coming Next Week: Valentine's Day Event!

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Adventure Quest - The Classic Fantasy RPG 

Shapeshifter Update!

  • The power of Shapeshifters grows exponentially! Learn incredibly powerful new forms like Lightbringer, Wyvern, Sacragon and more!

Item Update!

  • A new round of gear has arrived in a Battleon shop near you!  Also don’t miss the Deadly Icicle Spell in the Limited-Time Shop!

February Z-Token Package - Flareos Pet!

  • A new bonus item that comes with the 12K token package!
  • This heavenly archer carries two types of arrows, one will awaken fiery passion for you in your foe that renders them unable to harm you, and the other just unleashes fiery death!

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Dragon Fable - Turn Based Adventure RPG

Vaaloirr

  • This week, visit the map and select a brand new region on the western continent to discover what happened to Roirr!


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Over Soul  - Trading Card Game MMO

Year of the Ram 2015!

New Characters Coming Soon!

  • Earth Ram
  • Water Ram
  • Void Rebirth Legendary Evolution
  • Fire Shinobi
  • Chaos

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Mech Quest - Sci-Fi Giant Robot RPG

Soluna Shop Update Continues!

  • We are continuing to update the look of the older shops!
    • This week's update is the E-Blade shop in Soluna East.
    • Meet the new NPC in a mission given to you by Grayson Light of Light's Blades!

Battle On! 


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AQWorlds Projects Update posted by Alina on

If you've been with us for a while, thanks for playing! You'll see that we've been changing a number of features and functionality inside AQWorlds. If you're new, hi! Welcome to AQWorlds! You've come at a really key point in our game's lifespan.

AQWorlds is over six years old now; we've grown so much since 2008, and over the years, we've defeated scores of villains. But one of the most dangerous enemies of online games is staring us straight in the face, and we are doing all we can to fight it - stasis. We need to move forward, evolve, and change with the times. To keep AQWorlds alive, we need to GROW and IMPROVE and CHANGE.

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Because AQWorlds updates on a weekly cycle, the development for improving and updating the game take place alongside weekly releases. That also lets us have YOU guys test the changes as they are being built (once we reach a stage where you can push buttons and have something happen). 

Several of these projects (like the new world map and the quest UI) are in live-testing. We do this to see how the new functionality will hold up under load. So, below is where those projects and others stand, and where we're headed next:

New World Map

The new world map is designed to both help you navigate the world and give a better idea of story progression. We call these "adventure maps." They aren't 100% geographically accurate; instead, they show you where you're headed next in the story.

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Changes left to make:

  • Reducing lag 
  • Adding in more adventure maps (for Doomwood, seasonal events, side stories) 
  • Adding direct links to the bank and other popular locations

New Quest/NPC Interface

The quest/NPC interface redesign is taking place for a number of reasons: 1) the current appearance is outdated. We've got to keep AQW looking fresh and appealing. 2) many new players have difficulty using/understanding it 3) by re-doing the UI, we can improve the functionality.

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Changes left to make:

  • Appearance updates based on player feedback
  • Adding in the "turn in quest from anywhere" functionality (the quest box in the upper-right side of the screen will call the last NPC pop-up you accepted a quest from)
  • Bug fixes to current version

New Tutorial

The new tutorial is a VITAL project! When a new player first joins AQWorlds, we want to excite them, engage them, and TEACH them how to play the game. Based on your feedback, this version of the tutorial meets those three goals the best. You've also sent in additional ideas on how to improve the tutorial (thanks!).

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Changes left to make:

  • Add in player suggestions
  • Load tutorial videos directly into the game
  • Add in helper cutscenes on Nythera and Sora
  • Add in email confirmation reward

Server Rewrite Progress Update

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted a Design Notes about the server rewrite project. We have a good deal of control over the game, but currently we are using server software whose base we did not build ourselves (though we created all of our server-based game functionality)... and that means there are some things we cannot change. But we CAN rewrite the server!

Due to a number of additional top priority projects (like the Facebook integration, the quest interface, and others) and delays (the end of the Chaos Saga, the holidays, etc), work on the server rewrite has been delayed. 

BUT! As of January 1st, the server rewrite project is officially BACK in action! Yorumi has already made a lot of progress. He started researching again this past December, and met with Zhoom in early January.

So that we ALl have a clear idea of where the server rewrite progress is at, we'll use server rewrite version numbering (SRV) and phases.

Phase 1: Porting the existing game over to proprietary server software (that we built ourselves. This is what Oversoul currently runs on).

Phase 2: Updating core game functionality on AQW 2.0. 

Phase 2 is where we're planning to make the changes you guys want - the buyback shop, better PVP and guilds functionality, bank item previews, friends list syncing, cross-server chat, better anti-bot and reporting functionality and more.

  • SRV 0 - research begins
  • SRV .01 - server architecture meeting with Zhoom
  • SRV .02 - staff-only test of new combat system
  • SRV .6 - full working Alpha stage
  • SRV .8 - player live-test on PTR
  • SRV 1.0 - full launch of Server Rewrite, Phase 1

Right now, we are about a month away from the staff-only test of the new combat system. With the current calculations, we expect SRV .8 (the player live-test PTR) to begin in September. 

Keep an eye on the Design Notes for future progress updates!


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