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Cysero
HEART, BRAIN & HAND! posted by Cysero on

In my opinion, It takes three things to be a game developer. Almost everyone I talk to about this has two of them. 

Heart Brain and Hand(BTW, these are three of the icons that I've made for AQ Dragons! COMING SOON!)

This weekend I was on TeamSpeak with a gaming friend of mine. We've been gaming together for a while now but this weekend was the first time that we talked about what we did for a living. When I told him that I make games for a living he said "That's completely unfair. That's my dream job".

It turns out that he is (like a lot of people that I know, and a lot of you guys) a lifelong gamer with a REAL PASSION for video games. He has SO MANY ideas for games that he's wanted to make and has even written out several complete worlds with their own races, rich histories and even languages. Stunningly deep, amazingly detailed stories that could riavl The Elder Scrolls mythology. It all sounded GREAT!

Then I asked him what was holding him back and he dropped the I BOMB (like the F Bomb but much worse to my ears). He said "I'm more of an IDEA GUY,". He can't draw, or animate and doesn't understand even the basics of programming or marketing. 

Here's the dirty little secret about Idea Guys. Every single game developer out there is an Idea Guy. They have all played video games for most or all of their lives and they all have their worlds in their heads just waiting to pop out onto the screen for others to enjoy. 

I've mentioned in a past post that I feel that I need to lie to people about what I do when I go to parties because someone there is an Idea Guy who just can't wait to talk to me allllllllllllll night about his game idea and how we can start making it happen. (I just came for the chips and Cards Against Humanity, dude). 

Most gamers have a PASSION for gaming. That is the heart. 

Most gamers have great IDEAS for games. That is the brain. 

Where most people get stuck is the ability and will to MAKE games. That is the hand. 

There are SO many people out there who really think that all they need is to find an artist and a programmer and they can just be the Idea Guy (so everyone else does the work, on TOP of having ideas of our own? Cool, where do I sign?).

Every person who works with me in the Secret Underground Lab is an Idea Guy (guy being used as a gender neutral term here), but on top of that they ALL have some amount of skill that allows them to participate in the creation of our games. These aren't skills they they were born with (a little talent helps but is not necessary to learn any skill). That is where most people hit a challenge or get bored and give up. 

The difference between my friend and a game developer is that the game developer took the extra steps to learn how to make games. Now they can take all that uncontainable creativity and build a framework for it so it could be appreciated and experienced by others in the form of a video game. 

I'm sure it's the same in any creative field. The novelist didn't just come up with an idea for a novel, but learned how to write well and put serious effort into sending it to TONS of publishers. The rock star didn't just stop at writing bad poetry and learning a few chords, they practiced their craft, mastered their instrument and worked their butt off to get gigs. The big time Hollywood writer/director didn't just come up with an idea, they got into the industry and worked very, very hard to get the chance to MAKE their own movies. 

This is what I meant when I wrote NOBODY WANTS TO MAKE YOUR GAME. They all put time and effort in so that they could make their own stuff, not make your dreams come true. 

If you want to be a game developer or ANY kind of creative professional, You will need all three: Heart, Brains and Hands. So, if this is your dream... what's your excuse? Start TODAY. Put in the time and effort, look for resources online, don't give up when it gets tough and MAKE IT HAPPEN! 


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Beleen
Happening Now: Play New Video Game Releases! posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Blood and Blades: Battle for the Vampire Throne

The time has come to choose a successor for Queen Safiria, ruler of Darkovia's vampires. Fight for the Vampire YOU want to take the Vampire Throne; your support will make the difference between ruling… and being banished back to the shadows of obscurity. Once you’ve battled, speed over to Battleon to get your gauntlets on Dage’s DeathRider bike set, available until October 24th!

  • Vote with your blade to help choose the next ruler of Darkovia’s vampires!

  • Find Dage in Battleo to check out his DeathRider Bike shop! Availabie until October 24th!

  • 6th birthday gift: 200 free ACs If you’ve logged in within the last 30 days and are level 10+!


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Dage's Deathrider

  • Dage's Deathrider, a limited quantity bike, is coming to EpicDuel available at Dage the Evil's Delta V avatar!

Harvest Styles

  • 12 new styles designed by Bidoof are now available!

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AdventureQuest  

Ode to Seasons!

  • Somewhere in the universe, there is a festival celebrating a person's introduction into the world.
  • And in that place, pastries, ice cream, giftboxen and decorations will signify that someone special was in the room.
  • And, then, on top of it all, the people gathered there will sing a song in honour of that person.
  • Now, that world isn't Lore and that place isn't Yulgar's Inn. But, we do know of a song that celebrates the wonders of the four seasons!
  • Also don’t miss the Maple Leaf Storm spell coming to the Limited-Time shop! Only here for 2 weeks!

October Golden Giftboxes - Minotaur Pet and Samurai Armor!

  • Become an honorable Samurai! Slash down your enemies with a powerful 2-hit attack or cause a massive fissure with your stomp!
  • A hybrid of man and beast, a Minotaur possesses incredible brute strength and ferocity and is often employed as a guardian of wealth. Y’know with the giant axe and stuff...

Halloween Seasonal Release this Friday!

  • 10 Seasonal Rares!
  • Character Release:
    1. Zombie
    2. Zombie Mutant
    3. Sprout
    4. Pumpkinlord
    5. Abber Outcast
    6. Condemned
    7. Abberant
    8. Abomination
    9. Headless Hollow
    10. Headless Horseman

Game Update

  • TLAPD Rares leaving next week!

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DragonFable

The Locket 

  • A mysterious gift has appeared in Thursday's room... but who sent it?

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HeroSmash

Talk Like a Pirate Day Shop Ending!

  • Last set of Talk Like a Pirate Day items have come get before they gone!
  • Next: PumpCON!

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MechQuest

Mortis Orbits Back Around! 

  • Planet Mortis circles back around within reach, bringing the opportunity to revisit the past.
  • It's time to catch up on events from the past and pick up seasonal rare equipment!
  • This is the buildup to Mogloween's new content coming at the end of the month!

Battle On!


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Artix
Happy Birthday Community! posted by Artix on

It is our 12th Anniversary-- and we hope you enjoy this year’s cross-game event, “Phantom of the Pixel!” The idea of cursed items crafted from dead pixels is…. spine-tinglingly awesome! The event spans AQWorlds, EpicDuel, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, Oversoul and the original AdventureQuest. With the coming of the new mobile games, it might be too hard to have another full cross-over games event like this… so do this one while you still can!

I would sincerely like to thank you, and everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. Thank you to you and all of the amazing gamers who login and battle in our video games. Thank you to all of you who give us encouragement and much love on the forums, twitter, facebook and all of the other ways you talk with us. Thank you for not just playing the games but contributing your creativity and clever ideas. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and supports us by upgrading or buying things in the video games—because of you we can afford to keep the lights on and the server hampsters running at full speed. It has officially been 12 YEARS of weekly, non-stop updates! THANK YOU!  

Our video game’s “weekly new releases” — where we add new quests, maps, monsters, weapons & content to the game — is something that is really special about our community. AdventureQuest classic was one of (if not the) first to do it. We have been compared to long running shows like The Simpsons, Southpark, and Saturday Night Live with our game’s history of weekly releases. But there is one big difference… TV shows run in seasons and the cast and crew… take breaks. We do not. We never have. As a whole, the AE team has delivered a new video game update/release every single week for 12 years. Our games never take holidays off — the team and I actually work harder and have larger releases during them!  

Because of that, I would very much like to recognize and thank the AE team — all of the artists, animators, writers, coders, the moderators, the forum staff, and all of the volunteers for their hard work. I am extremely proud of these passionate super heroes. Thank you all, too — players, team, and all the people who love us and put up with our crazy video game habits — for making Frogzards, Moglins and DoomKnights a part of our everyday life!

Battle on!

Artix

P.S. Ooooh… NEXT year will be our 13th Anniversary… we should up the bar and change the format. Better start brainstorming now. Open to ideas!


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Beleen
Curse of the Phantom Pixel posted by Beleen on

Artix Entertainment’s 12 Anniversary Special Event!

DING! Artix Entertainment just leveled up! Thank you so much for being with us as we celebrate our 12th anniversary with special events happening in 7 of your favorite MMOs and RPGs.

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LET THE HUNT FOR THE CURSED ITEMS BEGIN!

 

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AdventureQuest Worlds

AQWorlds’ 6th Birthday: Curse of the Phantom Pixel

  • As Mogloween draws near, rumors have spread about a cursed video floating around Youtube.
  • Someone - or something - is in danger, and the only way to save “her” is to recover the 13 missing cursed artifacts.
  • Seven of them lie hidden somewhere inside AQWorlds, and it will take an OmniKnight to recover them all!
  • Head to NorthPointe, home of the Secret Underground Lab, and talk to the AQW devs for ideas on where to begin searching.
    • Battle through AQW to find 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts for our all-game anniversary event!

    • Defeat Kurok Gravefang, the Werepyre Lich, and his undead army as they race to get the 13th artifact: Death’s Hourglass first!

    • Talk to Artix in /northpointe to find the Artifact Hunter 6th birthday Class!

    • Find all 13 artifacts spread among our 7 games to unlock the OmniKnight Blade!


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12th Anniversary

  • Don't mess with Titan's coffee!
  • Assemble a Titan's cosmic coffee mug to appease the deity and receive your rewards!

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AdventureQuest  

Quest for the Cursed Artifacts - Company-wide Event!

  • Can you believe we have been growing every week for 12 years?!
  • To commemorate this occasion we are releasing the Drakkonan-possessed Artix into the wild.
  • Find him randomly using the Battle Monsters button.
  • Defeat him and gain access to the Shadowfire Axe of Curses shop.
  • Collect all the cursed artifacts from our games and gain access to the mighty Omni Knight Blade shop on all your game accounts!
  • Also don’t miss the Desert Wyverling and Halberd coming to the Z-Token shop!

Find Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade to Unlock the Omni Knight

Character Release:

  • Thok ( Cursed Phoenix Blade )
  • Omni Knight 

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DragonFable

The Evil Artifact 

  • An evil artifact is rumored to be lost in the northern wastelands. 
  • Will you be able to find it before nefarious cultists do?

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HeroSmash

AE Anniversary Crossover Event!

  • Hidden among the monsters of the Hottest area is an 'Epic' item (Hottica's Cursed Flame Shield)!
  • Epic items are member class items that can be used by free players!
  • Collect all the special items from all the AE games to unlock the OmniKnight Blade Badge (HS Badge Shop)

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MechQuest

The Cursed Tape Reappears! 

  • EbilCorp has found the location of the Cursed Tape. Don't let them get their hands on it!
  • Work with River to secure the tape before EbilCorp!
  • An interesting reward awaits, if you can succeed! 
    • If you get all 13 Artifacts in all the games, the OmniKnight E-Blade awaits you!

Battle On!


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Artix
Curse of the Phantom Pixel posted by Artix on
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"7 Games"

Your screen is made of millions of pixels. At any moment... a pixel can die. An evil artist foolishly used dead pixels to create items in our 7 games... and as you know, things created from dead pixels are cursed. This Friday, adventure through AQWorlds, Epicduel, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, Oversoul and AdventureQuest Classic to find all 13 items and lift the curse for the ultimate prize!

Learn more about the Phantom Pixels on the AQWorld's Design Notes

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Beleen
Happening Now: New Video Game Updates in October posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

AQWorlds’ 6th Upholder and Sentinel Class

AQWorlds' 6th birthday is next week at www.AQ.com and that means we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder! Unlock the Sentinel Class, armor set, and 2 star swords when you upgrade in October!

  • Head to MystCroft and talk to the Cauldron Sisters to battle through the first 6 years’ of Mogloween releases!

  • Link your AQWorlds account to Facebook for increased account security and faster logins!

  • 25% EXP and Rep boosts on Legend servers and 10% EXP boost on ALL servers!

  • Unlock Naval Commander Class for AdventureCoins or gold (if you have an upgraded account)!

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Waves of Wrath Aftermath

  • You may have defeated the pirates, but there's still loot to be had! Experience a new supplemental mission chain from Ishmael the Treasure Hunter to unearth the Naval Yard's hidden bounty!

Saber Swords

  • Follow us on Twitters? There's a better reason than ever because we'll be issuing new codes from Twitter offering an array of Saber Swords over the weekend and throughout the week! Can you collect all the colors?

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AdventureQuest  

Annual Mastercraft Set!

  • Captain Rhubarb is perplexed. Ships are disappearing. People are going missing.
  • Shipments and hauls are either late, gone or never had a chance to be picked up.
  • For Captain Rhubarb, this is unacceptable, yet there is no explanation.
  • And then, one day, the explanation came...
  • Taken from the pages of Gaelic mythology; quest for awesome gear like Claimh Solais, Sea Druid, Badb Catha plus many more!

Oktoberfest Release!

Character Release:

  • Auguster Vet
  • Auguster Master
  • Bavaria Vet
  • Bavaria Master

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DragonFable

Blood Patrol

  • Magus Neron has a very important task that he can only trust to a hero... 
  • Someone not afraid of werewolves, vampires, or curses! Which is YOU! 
  • Will you head out on one of the Blood Patrols that protects the walls of Amityvale? 
  • All the creatures of the night that lurk in the shadows of the woods are waiting for you....

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HeroSmash

Coming soon: AE Anniversary!

  • Special 'Epic' item will drop for a limited time along with a special item create by Dage the Evil
    • 'Epic' items are rare items that have same features as member items and are usable by free players! 

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MechQuest

After The Reset

  • The long awaited new main storyline begins
    • Log in tonight to play through the events that happen after "The Reset" and discover an all new enemy!
    • Get a brand new Mecha to celebrate! Next week it will be replaced with a different model, so get it while you can!

Battle On!


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Beleen
Headstrong into the Weekend with New Game Releases! posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Deep Terror: Death From Below

Battle the Groggageddon and its monstrous minions as the Deep Terror war between the Naval Commanders and Pirates comes to a catastrophic close! Who will win control of Lolosia for the next year? That’s up to you!  This Friday, log into your account manager to check the all-new Achievement Tracker, with 45 badges and 150 all-new items to unlock!

  • Look in the Achievements tab in your Book of Lore to see which of the 45 new badges and 150+ new items you’ve unlocked!

  • More gear in Quibble’s shop, including two bank pets!

  • A new opponent enters the Lolosia conflict… and changes the course of the war!

  • Unlock Naval Commander Class for AdventureCoins or gold (if you have an upgraded account)!

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Waves of Wrath Part 3

  • The terrors of the deep finally surface in the West Naval Yard! Join the forces of good against Captain Shoggoth's pirate army and stop the mysterious beast he plans on unleashing upon Delta V!

Boss Bonanza

  • Battle not one, but TWO new bosses with collectible achievements!

Prepare for War!

  • With so many Legion and Exile forces converging in one area, war is inevitable. The West Naval Yard with become the latest hot zone in the ongoing alignment War. Battle for dominance and new prizes as soon as the update goes live!

New Kartherax Gear

  • Complement your Kartherax gear with Kartherax-themed sidearms and auxiliaries!

More Styles

  • Dress for the high seas with 24 news styles!

More Home Items

  • Deck out your cabin with the finest nautical decor with over 30 new home items!

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AdventureQuest  

White Washed Walls!

  • The Changeling has sent word that he needs to talk to you, that he has new information.
  • So dust off that Truphma disguise and get ready to return to the White City!

October Z-Token package - Gambler's Blade!

  • Replaces Pet Leeches as the bonus item that comes with the 7500 Z-token package
  • With a spin of the slots this powerful weapon can land on 1 of 5 special attacks!

Unleash the Captain Hook inside you!

Character Release:

  • Gamma Pirate
  • Alpha Void Pirate ( Male )
  • Beta Void Pirate ( Male )
  • Beta Pirate ( Female )

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DragonFable

Shear Destruction

  • The rose's army will soon be upon us. Help Leon fight back and prove to all that the they are far from invincible. 

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MechQuest

E-Z Changers!

  • New features coming this weekend allowing you to make changes to your characters!
  • Nova Gem interface good for a single use (you may purchase them repeatedly)  will arrive between now and Monday - one to change character name, one to change gender, and one to change House affiliation
  • Star Captains: a Starship Item is on the production line that will give you an easy way to untrain and retrain your character stats! 

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Beleen
Talk Like a Pirate Day Video Game Releases! posted by Beleen on

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AdventureQuest Worlds

Deep Terror: Death From Below

Tidal waves of rage are flooding the streets of Lolosia this weekend for Talk Like a Pirate Day! As Naval Commanders rally their crews for war, pirates from all seven seas are massing for an attack on Lolosia, and they aren’t content to keep the battle abovewater! Defeat the Dread Fleet, or face death from below!

  • Quibble arrives with the DoomKnight and Brilliant Naval Commanders and

  • Unlock Naval Commander Class for AdventureCoins or gold (if you have an upgraded account)!

  • Choose to fight for or against the Dread Pirate Fleet in the Naval Commander vs Pirate war!

  • Explore Lolosia and the lands beyond as you search for hidden treasure!

  • Complete Captain Rhubarb’s quiz to prove you are not a spy, but beware: if you answer incorrectly, you’ll be tossed overboard into battle!


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Waves of Wrath Promotion

  • Today, we're unveiling not one but TWO Waves of Wrath promotional packages. For a limited time, get Kartherax's Darkspawn bot, Kartherax's Reaper scythe, and Kartherax's Destroyer mutating weapon in either physical or energy flavors! 

The bots come with the Curse of Kartherax core that replaces the target's primary weapon with useless fish. The mutating weapon and scythe come with the Deep Plague core which implants a lethal plague on the target. The spore grow in power until they're detonated with another strike from the attacker.

The Quest Begins!

  • There's big trouble in the Naval Yard! Talk to Big Tuna to find the cause of the mysterious events surrounding the arrival of villainous pirates and horrific mutant squid beasts! Big prizes await those brave enough to explore the depths of this dark, aquatic tale.

New Armors!

  • Check out Thalyssa's shop for new First Mate armors!

Prize Code

  • Follow our Twitter accounts for an awesome new prize code item to come shortly after the release goes live!

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AdventureQuest  

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

  • Think ye have what it takes to call yourself a pirate?
  • Captain Rhubarb will test ye mettle with his Pirate Quiz!
  • Answer wrong, and ye be thrown overboard to the briny deep.
  • Answer 20 questions correctly and you'll unlock Rhubarb's special shop featuring many new rewards!
  • PLUS a new Rare Item Hunt for all you treasure-seeking buccanners!

September Golden Giftboxes - Squidge Pet/Guest & Inferno Scepter!

  • Squidge is a horrible tentacled abomination. Luckily, it's only a baby, so it less 'destroying reality when the stars align' and more 'crushing your foes in a huggle'.
  • Inferno Scepter can roast your enemies with 3 different spells!

TLAPD is coming to AQW and OS!

Character Release:

  • Void Pirate ( Male and Female )
  • Gamma Pirate
  • Beta Pirette

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DragonFable

The Quest for More Booty

Sail the seas in search of booty! Mazurek and Rhubarb are fighting for the title of Greatest Pirate Captain, choose your side and help with the quest for more booty!


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HeroSmash

TLaPD

  • RARE 'Golden Cutlass of Glory' now in shop!

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MechQuest

Yer Piratical Name!

Captain Rhubarb has come to Soluna City to invite you on a cruise!

  • New mission for ye! Battle pirates, haul in yer seasonal rare weapons an' slash the scallywags with new E-blades.
  • Star Captains: check the SC Club Mecha Shop for the new Psychic Wing-P mecha with exciting new specials and scalability! 

Battle On!


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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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