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DragonCon 2014

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BREAKING NEWS! Dragons & Project: AdventureQuest Omni

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

(What is DragonCon? Read the previous post.)

DragonCon PHOTOS!

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

Stories from the Artix Video Game Panel

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

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

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

OFFICIAL =AE= ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

13 Lords of Chaos Poster launches this Tuesday!

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

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AdventureQuest Worlds' NEW STORY is here!

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

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

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

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

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

THE WALL

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

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

 

ADVENTUREQUEST: OMNI PROJECT (Phase III)

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

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

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

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

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

THE GAME PLAN

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

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

Please repeat after me....

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

LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D!!!

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Kenamo
Kenamo: Long live adventure quest 3D! I am so excited to watch these games develop into the amazing projects I know they'll become, so excited and ready to support them in anyway I can.
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Swift007
Swift007: Artix... This...is..too..much
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Artix
Artix: O_O I know.... sooooo much!
YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: Since I can never go to D*C I always enjoy the write ups and pictures. ONE DAY Ill open a time portal big enough to make it. I was excited for AQDragons but Im over the moon for AQ2D and AQ3D!!
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The Extraordinary Mr. E
The Extraordinary Mr. E: Wasn't looking forward to AQ: Dragons, but I am certainly looking forward to the new AQ2D. Hopefully we can get our hands on an early build "soon".
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Artix
Artix: Friendly reminder: We called it Project Omni because "Omni" means "All". The goal of this project is to bring our games to all devices... phones, tablets and the web. (And also game enabled toasters.)
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Wazikamawata
Wazikamawata: So, perhaps a silly question Artix, but do you mean that a mobile version of AdventureQuest: Worlds is an idea that has been at the very least tabled?
Aqua_Waterheart
Aqua_Waterheart: Just a question, my toaster can't run BattleGems, do I need to update my divice? it is connected with the internet so I hoped I could download it. Otherwise, can there be an explanation why windows phones won't have it (which is actually a really good OS imo)
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Rabosta
Rabosta: xD
Rabosta
Rabosta: Yeah I have the same problem I have the I toaster five
RavenRose
RavenRose: I love seeing DragonCon stuff...I live no where near it, so poor me :( I was going to comment on everything else buuut...HLYCRP, a mobile DF/AQ thing? I'll never need my desktop again. I love the new character designs too. That's something I've always wanted to see upgraded (tho I love DF's). One thing I want to ask : Will these upgrades mean that we could change our eyecolor in DF? Because I've always wanted to do that... :3
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Clergy
Clergy: So how similar will the 2D and 3D games be? Will they be the same thing (but in different dimensions), or completely different games?
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Naronyx
Naronyx: This is most promising :) ~ although i would like you to please stick to MMO games, gaming is more fun when playing as a team, and yeah REAL TIME PVP is the best :) BATTLEON!
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KJinx101
KJinx101: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH YEAAAH! You guys just blew my mind...
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KJinx101
KJinx101: Also are you guys gonna update the AQ3d.com website with this new info? or maybe replace with.... THE PROJECT OF AWESOMENESS
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roborhino
roborhino: DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D

LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D!!!
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Laura
Laura: A thousand hugs to you guys! I almost died of happiness when my friend sent me the video of you all saying hi to me.
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Zion
Zion: I thought Omni was a play on Unity because that is the game engine AE switched to... Does this mean Alpha Knights are back in business? ... Very excited - my Nexus 7 can be devoted to alpha testing the Android versions... Keep up the great work!
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dan12345678910
dan12345678910: Omg awesome and how long do we have to wait because it's hard to wait for something this awesome
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SpellFyre
SpellFyre: Sorry to ask what may have been answered already but AQ 2D & AQ 3D are these remakes of the classic AQ I know or is it a new story taking off?
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: WHOOOOO!!! What a massive post! It's all so... massive! Project Omni is going to change EVERYTHING!! I must say, though, I noticed the shorter part of The Wall. You could have easily scaled it... but no. You went for the big one. You aimed higher, and challenged yourself and by doing so, getting a far greater reward. Well played Artix, well played. And LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST THREE DEEEEEEEEE!!!1!
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Voodoo
Voodoo: I'm really excited for all the new games! But I do have a gazillion question, about AQ2D specifically. Don't we already have a 2D AQ? Why do you want to make another one? Why is it an essential step in your plan to make the 3D game? And will it keep getting new content and attention even after the 3D game is out?
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phlynch
phlynch: DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
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Withered
Withered: I didn't exactly understand this... why do we need a new 2D Adventure Quest? I'm sorry I just didn't understand as we have AQ Classic already.
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Ai No Miko
Ai No Miko: Hahaha @ my faces!
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DeepShift
DeepShift: LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQYEST 3D!!! It's back baby, and looking better than ever. Can't wait to see how this goes :D
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Battlechan
Battlechan: Im so Excited about the AQ3D please work hard guys im giving all my support.
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Necrosis
Necrosis: Awesome! So if this works out when mite be the earliest time we will see work on aq3d again? 1 Year? 2 years? 10 years? maybe tomorrow? some time yesterday maybe?
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Cysero
Cysero: If I had to venture a guess, I'd say at LEAST 2 years away in some form or another unrecognizable from the first attempt.
Crawler3333
Crawler3333: I like all the projects you're making, but AdventureQuest 2D is the one I'll be waiting most. The classic AQ is the game that made start playing browser games two years ago, and I'm very glad to see that it will be (somehow) re-vamped and updated to the actual technology.
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Kylestien
Kylestien: Kylestien: Hey, I don't know who reads these comments (And I would like to get a reply saying who does if possible) but do you mind if I ask a question? I was thinking of ways to promote OS and I recall a official AE tournament was made. The important thing is that (As far as I know)the code to make official tournaments is still in game and would not require coders to make work. (Feel free to correct me on this though if that is not the case) So I was wondering if it would be possible to make a OS Tournament, publicize it on some of the other game's DN's, and hold it with a grand prize, maybe some currency in a game of their choice or a NPC in the games or something. Heck, in fact, since most of the forgotten games have some sort of PVP system, why not make it a inter game thing with a catagory winner, second and third place for each forgotten game? Aside from prize money, it does not require cost to promote or run, it does not require valuable coder time (Far as I know), it gets people into these games some of who may say, and in short is a good way to promote them without having to do much work on them. The only thing I could see being a issue is organisation and the issue of high vs low levels. In OS you could end up with level 20's vs level 1's and that may turn people off, so it might be good to suggest people use lower leveled guys to encourage more players, though I'm not sure how this would be enforced. Anyway, thank you for your time and I would love to hear your thoughts on it since i am given to understand staff run these comments sections. Also, I love the idea of this, but I do have to wonder what what you mean by upgrading the games. Do you intend to just make them playable on mobile and whatnot or give forgotten games a update? Also, I still remember you posting on Twitter about that project to do with the server (I won't say what it was here in case you are not ready but it involves me being a good detective)is that still happening because I'd love to (do stuff involving said thing) for OS and others. Also, I do worry that I will need a FB aaccont or whatever to play games in future on my comp. Would it be possible to make it so anyone with or without one can log in? It killed me when I heard you needed a FB accont to play Battlgems. Also, more payment methods please since I use Ukash.
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Glerax
Glerax: Oh...my gosh...OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH! DRAGONFABLE UPGRADE! DRAGONFABLE UPGRADE!
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: I KNOW! WHOOOO!!!
Glerax
Glerax: If there are Doomknights in the 3d games....oh dear.
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Swordsman of Worlds
Swordsman of Worlds : This news is fantastic. I'm so excited that AQ3D has been revived from its limbo. I'm eager to see how things go this time around. I knew I was right to not leave your side, Artix. :D Long live AQ3D! Long live AE! Long live the glory of online gaming communities!!
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Rabosta
Rabosta: Soo you're getting rid of aqw? If so I'm kind of sad... I love the original
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Rabosta
Rabosta: Oh duh never mind kiss read
gUeLiToXtArZ
gUeLiToXtArZ: Jesus <3 Ya all
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gUeLiToXtArZ
gUeLiToXtArZ: Artix u should change aqw name to Aq Universe is cooler
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NiGHtsBeta09
NiGHtsBeta09: Artix, this is too much... I can't handle all the inbound hype!! D8
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NiGHtsBeta09
NiGHtsBeta09: Needless to say, you guys have been a huge inspiration to me, and you all have changed the way I view a lot in life and in gaming. I just wanted to let you know how much your team and your games mean to me. I only hope that one day I at least get the chance to shake your hands and say "Thank you."
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gijoe528
gijoe528: So glad to hear about this, can't wait. LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D.
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LVXYZx
LVXYZx: Seeing this gives me faith.
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LVXYZx
LVXYZx: (*Forgot that shift+enter doesn't wrap to the next line) Anyway, it gives me much more faith in my gaming to come, as AE will likely reach the tippity top tier at this rate! Also, another wall that I hope that can be overcome is being able to have back-arm and leg art for AQW and have the servers be able to handle it!
Asterisk
Asterisk: Hooray! Also, a minimal amount of my horrifically unphotogenic self. Yay!
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Bidoof
Bidoof: Good luck!
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MorlockDarccastle
MorlockDarccastle: Can't wait to go to DCon with the crew in a couple of years!
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Lionrex
Lionrex: Was wondering if the 2D singleplayer will have options to move from singleplayer to multiplayer so you can enjoy both ar once...
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MetalSonic
MetalSonic: Opposition Omni, Battle Omni?
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Zhing
Zhing: Please repeat after me....

DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D!
DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D
LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D!!!
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Fallen_Shadow
Fallen_Shadow: Recently on AQW , you made the 13th lord of chaos , What about the Story of AQ2D and AQ3D and Dragons? , We need an hint of the coming up storys :)
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Fallen_Shadow
Fallen_Shadow: Also , after drakath defeat,Would the Poison in Seplechure wont be longer a poison ? , and will he revive ? and takes gravelyn Placement ?
I UnderLord I
I UnderLord I: Amazing news! Best of luck on Project Omni, and know that we're with you at least in spirit every step of the way. :)
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I UnderLord I
I UnderLord I: Amazing! Best of luck with Project Omni, and know that we're with you at least in spirit every step of the way. :) DRAGONS! AdventureQuest 2D! AdventureQuest 3D! [x3] LONG LIVE ADVENTUREQUEST 3D!!! *LONG LIVE ARTIX ENTERTAINMENT!!!* *Ahem.* I'm certainly excited, and it is nice to see each game will have be revamped in some capacity.
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I UnderLord I
I UnderLord I: My deepest apologies; it would appear that my computer is attempting to sabotage me. :P Please approve only this comment, excluding this addendum.
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