Design Notes

Rolith's Bachelors Party

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IT IS STORYTIME!!!

The answer is "Violence! Lots and lots of Violence!" But what is the question? Oh, the question was "How can a goodie two-shoes like Artix throw the best bachelor's party ever for Rolith without breaking his life-long PG-13 honor code?" You probably think we are talking about the highly anticipated new Valentines-themed event in DragonFable... but in fact, we are talking about the actual, real life, Bachelor Party featuring WWE Hall of Famers, Midget Wrestlers from TruTV, and sword swinging bridesmades that inspired it.

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Hit 'read more' for the full story of Rolith's Bachelor party (with pictures as promised!) then play the new release inspired by it in DragonFable this weekend!

A match made in DragonFable (Lover's Backstory)

If you know the gamers love story of Rolith and Alina, feel free to skip on to the main event. But if you are new to our gaming community here at Artix Entertainment, then you may become inspired at the tale of these two Artix Entertainment game developers who fell madly in love. Rolith is a programmer and Alina was a writer for our web-based fantasy game, DragonFable. They expressed their feelings for each other and became a couple at the convention, DraconCon. Uncertain if it was against AE policy to date a co-worker, they tried to keep it a secret. *laughs* EVERYONE on the staff knew they were going to end up together at least a year before. The real shocker was what happened at the following year's DragonCon. Rolith proposed both in real life AND in a special in-game proposal (spoofing the popular old-spice commercial.)

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It was an extreme honor that Rolith asked me to be his best man.  They were married the next year in front of all of us that supported them... which of course meant they were married in real life, and in a special AQWorlds game event. The decision to marry them in AQWorlds turned out to be controversial, as players of the game DragonFable believed they should be married in their game. An issue this weekend's special release should more than remedy!

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FYI: This entire post is 100% true

Someone at the office said, "Weird, the radio said there were a bunch of wrestlers in town for some 'unspecified' event this morning, I wonder what is going on."

Act 1: The HangGame-Over

Rolith had been worried for about a month straight. As best man I would be throwing his Bachelor Party. That last hurrah of being a single, free man before getting married. Normally these kind of parties are the things that you could not write about on the Design Notes -- but seriously, this is me we are talking about. Rolith knew I did not drink, nor smoke, nor do drugs, nor participate in anything innappropriate. (To most people "The worst Best Man choice ever.") So, by process of elimination, Rolith got the idea that his last night as a single man would be spent trying not to loose teeth, go to the hospital, or to the morgue. Alina met with me privately and made me promise that Rolith would not be missing any noticeable body parts for the wedding. You know, for the sake of the pictures. I said, "Promise, I will do my best."

After work, all of the "BACHELOR MANLY MAN SQUAD" formed up at my home: Rolith, his brothers and friends including Warlic, Cysero, Zhoom, Dage, Stryche, Roam, Galanoth and myself. I put on a cheesy Japanese monster wrestling movie called "Calamari Wrestler" -- which was actually about a giant squid who wrestled -- and frankly, Rolith was sorta hoping that was going to be the highlight of the night. I told him to pay attention, it would be relevant.

Then, we were picked up by a black vehicle and taken quite a distance away to a dimly lit industrial park. Light was only coming from a door in one building... we told Rolith that he had to go in first.

Act 2: LET ROLITH COMBAT... BEGIN!

Rolith walked in and was confronted with the full force of Hulk Hogan's Micro-Champtionship Wrestlers (MCW). Managed and led by former WWF wrestler Johnny G, the MCW crew had a show following their adventures on the TruTV channel.  Everyone knew Rolith on sight and rushed to greet him, congratulate him and introduce themselves.
 
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The warehouse was normally home to an ice skating ring, but this night it was huge and empty except for a full size wrestling ring, a set of bleachers, and us. Johnny G stood in the ring with his microphone and one-by-one announced his MCW wrestlers as they made their intros including Samson, Blixx, Meatball, Demo, and others who were new and not on their TV show. Keep in mind, this was not a public event... this whole happening was just for Rolith.

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Rolith's Private Wrestling Ring
(This is a photo from the Bachelor Party)

THEN...

Johnny G announced WWE Hall of Famer Brutus the Barber Beefcake! Brutus was a famous wrestler from the '80s who carried giant shears. When he won a match, he would use the shears to cut off his opponents hair. He walked in, posed for a bit, walked up to Rolith, shook his hand, congratulated him, then saw me sitting next to him... grabbed me by the collar and threw me across the ring and took my seat next to Rolith.

Brutus The Barber Beefcake

THEN..........

Johnny G announced Nasty Boys' own Brian Knobbs. If you are not familiar with the Nasty Boys, they were tag team champions with a history of not... um.. being the good guys. Even though he had injured his leg and walked in on a single cruch, he grabbed the guy sitting on the other side of Rolith, threw him, and took his seat.

Brian Knobbs

THEN...................

Johnny G announced that Rolith needed a manager! Who better to manage Rolith than Hulk Hogan's former Manager, Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart! Sure enough, he came in wearing his eccentric red coat and screaming into his iconic bullhorn.

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I am sure you guessed by now... Rolith is a huge fan of wrestling. You cannot imagine the look of shock and wide smile on his face as all of this is going on. All of our favorite part is how everyone focused on Rolith... as the fights started they dedicated their matches to him. He was king... actually.. more like a Champion.

Act 4: THE CAKE IS A LIE

A cake was wheeled out. It was an abnormally large cake. MCW female wrestler Jersey Jess popped out of the cake (fully dressed!) holding a Championship Wrestling Belt & A special wrestling outfit for Rolith. The wrestling outfit was a "onesie"... you know, one of those one-piece outfits. With the help of Mido's wife a giant Ban Hammer (Rolith's weapon) was embroidered onto the front of it.

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(Yup... this actually happened)

It was explained to Rolith that he had a manager, a costume, and he had a Championship belt... but now he was going to have to DEFEND IT! To do this, he was going to have to learn to wrestle!!!!

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Instructed by Tanaka, Knobbs, and Brutus the Barber Beefcake... and in front of all of his best friends... Rolith got his first lesson in Wrestling.
 
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(Rolith was not the only one to learn "the ropes". I got to hop in the ring too!)

 

Rolith and our group learned how to take a bump, handle the rope, lock up, and more. Dage, being the youngest and most (I need a word that means if you bend someones spine that much they still do not care and just sorta bounce back up)... well, he took a lot of killer body slams... then DEMANDED more!  (Bonus Story: During the training, Brutus the Barber Beefcake's really expensive glasses fell in the ring and we accidentally broke them.)

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(Dage requests ANOTHER body slam... good luck killing Dage, he is already undead!)

BEST NIGHT EVER!

Rolith had the time of his life! Any injuries he may have suffered from the event will be our secret. (So Alina does not beat ME up.) The final match of the night featured a new upcoming wrestler known as "The Lawyer." He is pretty amazing and I would not be surprised if he makes his way to being a prominent wrestler soon. The most amazing thing, was even though we were such a small crowd, these guys put on a half dozen matches at 100% energy. It is one thing to perform for a stadium full of people... but they did this for the 8 or so of us. It was unbelievable.

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(There were some additional surprises that night... for example, the Chairman showed up... and left with a little haircut, via Brutus the Barber Beefcake, HAHA!)
 
Rolith did ask, "This was AMAZING! Seriously!? How the heck did you set this up?" I put my hand on his shoulder and told him, "Awww, I would do this for anyone who dedicated their entire life to my game studio, met and married the love of his life here, and still takes my calls at 3am in the morning, when I am being spawn camped in some MMO, and need a friend I can rely on to save me. By the way, can I post pictures of you in that onsie?" Rolith replied, "NO."
 
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Whoops.

I hope you enjoyed the story and photos. This was one of those pretty special one-in-a-life-time events. One of the things I love about our community is that we can share things like this with you. I mean, you know we do not look like our characters in real life, and you are not the sort of person to judge us or make hurtful comments. I just hope the next time we do something this fun and crazy -- that you are a part of it!

On that very topic! What are you wraiting for!?!?!?!

Play the Bachelor's party in DragonFable now!

(Note: The wrestlers were replaced by Undead to protect the Wrestlers)

 

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Locar
Locar: weres artix
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Artix
Artix: I am only in one of the pictures featured here... wearing black sweat pants with three white stripes (my uniform) about to lock up with the wrestler.
Jet
Jet: To be fair Artix, you do look a lot like your character, minus the armor and epic battleaxe.
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Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: Clearly you have not seen him in cosplay.
hellblade124
hellblade124: i gotta say this is one of the funniest in game releases i hav ever played and for that i than the entire team plus i been a wrestling fan all my life made it even better
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raveolot86
raveolot86: i love your game even tho a lot of thim got hacked and i naver got thim back but all wall i hope one day i can work for AE love all you guys 8'D
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Artix
Artix: How about we figure out how to get your account back! Was it a AQWorlds account? If so, what was the name?
raveolot86
raveolot86: @Artix it was a DF one it was revenblood but the one i use now is a higher lvl so it ok it you whant can i get my frozen claymore if not that ok il keep playn your game's
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dragonmaker
dragonmaker: that had to be sooooooo cool nice job artix and congragulations roith and alina
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: by the way artix, did you have the pleasure to fight with rolith or dage? if so who won?
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Artix
Artix: We all trained with wrestlers they brought to the event. Mostly students from Brian Knobb's wrestling school.
Deni
Deni: Wow what an awsome bachelors party.
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Original-Hoogabooka
Original-Hoogabooka: Ooh, poor Chairman Platinum...
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herowars
herowars: Chairman platinum is EVIL! i am GOOD! :3
Original-Hoogabooka
Original-Hoogabooka: I don't feel sorry for him at all.
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Kage
Kage: One of the things I love about AE is the community. I mean really, what other CEO of a Game company would bother to share his personal, or at least some of it, life with the players? AE does not seem like a company that just goes through the motions, they actually care about their players. Major props and respect toward you all. Congrats to Rolith.
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FudgeMuffin
FudgeMuffin: i always wondered how the AE team was in real life. now I know, and I'm proud to have played your games for the past seven years! (by the way, is that a TYPO?[On that very topic! What are you wraiting for!?!?!?!])
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: OH MY GOD! You guys are insane! I LOVE it! Rolith is one lucky guy! This must have been one heck of a night for him! Artix, I love how you will do something this special for your coworkers. Yes it was perfect for the occasion but no body would do something anywhere near this awesome! Congrats again Rolith! I'm so happy for you and Alinia! <3
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Gjappy
Gjappy: I think the word you needed for Dage's state of beeing is "flexible"
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Fife M
Fife M: How about... obliviously resilient. Oblivious-unmindful. Resilient-
returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched. Perfect.
Inherjha
Inherjha: You guys are the best. Seriously, not only do you create THE best RPGs it has ever been my pleasure to play, but you're all just such cool people! I can't wait to meet everyone at DragonCon (next year, not this coming one unfortunately). Congrats to Rolith on getting married and on having the best friends/coworkers one could ask for.
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Cryptos2600
Cryptos2600: Awesome work, Artix! I don't know anybody who would do this to a friend. Great job and may you live happily ever after Rolith.
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jakemaster1390
jakemaster1390: OMG. A very funny story. Loved Platinum getting his nice doo getting cut. (Laughs Evilly) Oh and I do agree with the last part of the post about not looking like your in game character. I get told all the time that I look cute in some games.
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DaTronix
DaTronix: Hey Artix I have been watching you and the teams great progress on AQ3D and with AQ3D almost coming I would love to see you and the team do another live puppet show announcing that games 100% official release and talk about the huge re-design. Bad idea? maybe but all the more fun to do it, if anyone would like this to happen reply to this comment and give me your opinion PLZ spread the word to artix plz and thank you :D
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Chesshire
Chesshire: *Chuckles* That is an amazing story. Agreed fully upon the comment of a "Once in a Life-Time". I hope to see more stories of epic amazingness like this one, and who knows maybe one involving me later on in life. ;P
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Chesshire
Chesshire: Also on a less professional note, aka from fan to fan. So excited for the new Evil Dead movie coming out soon!!!! ^,..,^
herowars
herowars: hey,artix!
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herowars
herowars: é o rolith e a beelen contra os immortal?
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DoomOverlord
DoomOverlord: O_O GREATEST. BACHELOR. PARTY. EVER! He must be lucky to have firends like you guys. ^_^
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Dietrech
Dietrech: Imagine a private session! That must have been quite espensive :/
Dietrech
Dietrech: Whoah nice:) Too bad John Cena wasnt there?
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Dietrech
Dietrech: Do I see Rey Mysterio in the last pic?!
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godlyreavers_10000
godlyreavers_10000: lol wrestling where John cena he is my favorite wrestling and ryback
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godlyreavers_10000
godlyreavers_10000: Feed me Moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
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darkmoon314
darkmoon314: i cwant to see hulk hogan :)
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darkmoon314
darkmoon314: is those guys in where from old days class characters?
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darkmoon314
darkmoon314: and ultimate warrior
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