March 30th 2010
This is where I start to egg you on
This year's egg hunt will differ a bit from previous years. Instead of sending you on a blind hunt for them all over the game, we'll be providing a list of clues here in the Design Notes. That way, if you have limited time to hunt, you'll have a better idea of where to look for the egg drops (not egg drop soup, though, that wouldn't make a good reward at ALL. Too messy!)
And as usual, if you don't want to farm at all, the eggs will be purchaseable in Cysero's Superstore of Savings for a small egg-laying fee. *
The Chocolate Bunny is still available
News on this week's release
First up is the next Water Orb quest! You've GOT to find that Orb before Sepulchure does, or the consequences will be dire! But... where could it be?! Better keep searching around The Locker. You've gotten some clues so far, try piecing them together!
We'll also be releasing the restructured Quest Log! Rolith and I worked this weekend and today on fixing the bugs our testers found last week, and it's looking like it will be released this Friday! New organization, some old features brought into play, a new look, and BADGES! (There's even a special one for owning DoomKnight Armor)!
The Egg Scavenger Hunt will also start this Friday! Six eggs will be available for you to collect, so make sure to come back to the Design Notes on Friday to see the clues we come up with!
We're packing things full of fun, so make sure to stop by this weekend and check the release out!
* Don't ask who lays the eggs in Cysero's shop.
Needs a new set of dice.
March 26th 2010
Grab your dice and an energy drink
And speaking of this week, it's Player Suggestion Week! We've got brand new content from:
The weapons and wings suggested by Mephiles the Dark, Marth234, and Zarcon can be found in the Player Suggestion Shop in Falconreach. The Travel Griffon can be found in the DC Shrubs shop by talking to your Real Estate Orb. The quest suggested by 15cman can be accessed by talking to Cysero in Falconreach!
In the Critical Failure quest, Cysero has decided that the people of Falconreach aren't having enough fun. He is determined to fix that, and what better way that by playing a game together? But, since this IS Cysero, it's not going to be just any game! It's a life-sized board game, and you and the other people of Falconreach are the pieces!
You'll need to roll a set of dice in order to advance, and you'll have monsters to battle on the way. If you can make it to the end and have freed all the townspeople, you'll win!
Quest Log delay
While Rolith starts working on the Alchemy minigame ** (hopefully to release in a couple weeks), I'll finish up the fixing of the Quest Log. We know you guys are anxious for it, but we'd rather release one that works instead of one that doesn't.
Chocolate Bunny Pet from Upgrade Cards
And the Upgrade shop for the Choko-Bun pet is now live in Grams' Pet Shop in Falconreach! Just click on the Pet Upgrades button!
If you love rare items, or Dragon Coins, or Upgrades, you'll definitely want to purchase an Artix Entertainment Upgrade Card between now and April 11!
It's so pretty out!
If you like Player Suggestion releases, please let us know on the forum and we'll make more of them!
* Lim, Cysero, and Rolith made Artix and I started keeping a tally of our critical failures. We get WAY too many of them. It's statistically unpossible! Imconceivable! We really need to find dice that like us.
Can't wait to take one home!
March 25th 2010
Who doesn't like bunnies? Or chocolate?
And not only is Choco-bun the Chocolate Bunny pet cute, but it will measure up pound for pound against your other pets (even pets that don't use cooking measurements to specify intensity of damage)!
Now, you ask (if you haven't read Monday's Design Notes post), just how do I get a cuddly, nibble-worthy pet like this of my own? Here's how!
Remember, if you buy an Upgrade card tonight, you'll need to wait until TOMORROW to use it! The promotion starts Friday; make sure to make this adorable and rare bunny yours!
Really likes your ideas!
March 24th* 2010
You're making the release this time!
Coming with this release are two sets of weapons, one pair of wings, and a quest, all suggested by you guys!
The weapon set on the left is the Underworld Defender series, while the set on the right is from the Renaissance series! We'll announce whose suggestions have made it in-game on Friday!
The quest is still being worked on, but make sure to bring your gaming gear, you'll need it!
The quest will be playable by everyone. The Underworld Defender series requires a Dragon Amulet to equip while the Renaissance series is available to all players! The wings will be color customizable and will cost Dragon Coins to purchase.
I've got to get back to work on this week's quest. First I've got to put away all these dice. Imagine if someone were to step on a 4-sided die(the pyramid-shaped one). Cysero's done it before, and he says it HURTS!
And April Fool's Day is coming on Thursday next week! What would YOU like to see us do for it? So far we've had Chickencows invade the town, the DF NPCs switched with the MechQuest ones, and the town turned upside-down! Let us know hwat you think on the forum!
See you Friday!
* Thanks to Saojun for pointing out that the Time Travel Fairies snuck into my post!
March 22nd 2010
Coming THIS Friday!
Starting this Friday, March 26th, and running through April 11, all our games will be offering a rare item attached to all Artix Entertainment upgrade card! These super-awesome items will be different according to which game you use the upgrade on. DragonFable's item will be Choko-bun, a Chocolate Bunny Pet (just in time for Grenwog, our Spring celebration!)!
This rare pet will ONLY be available if you buy an Artix Entertainment updgrade card:
Remember, if you buy an AE Upgrade card before this Friday (March 26th), you'll need to wait UNTIL Friday to activate it or you won't get the rare Choko-bun pet! This promotion will only run through April 11th, so the offer won't be here long! If you're not sure where to find Artix Entertainment upgrade cards in your area, check here!
The pet you'll get for DF with the upgrade card will be level one, but if you go to Gram's Pet shop in Falconreach, you'll be able to upgrade it to either level 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 for free! Choko-bun comes with two special attacks and does a nice amount of Nature damage! The pet will be available to ALL players, but will have the damage level of a rare item, so this is definitely a pet to pick up!
For our players who live in countries that don't carry the Upgrade Cards, Cysero said it best in the AQWorlds Design Notes:
To those of you in countries that do not sell the cards, I'm sorry. The company that prints and distrubutes the cards to stores for us decide what countries they want to distribute in (printing those things cost money and we can't afford to send them to every country on Earth... just the countries with the largest number of players!) and Artix Entertainment has very little control over that.
Tried to beat the clock.
March 19th 2010
New item type!
What does that mean? It means that Cysero's Superstore of Savings (talk to the Orb all the way to the left inside his shop) is going to stock a new type of item: expiring items! Two of the X-Boost items will expire: the 7 day X-Boost and the 30 day X-Boost. The permanent X-Boost will not expire! All three of the X-Boost items will give you 10% more gold and experience for each battle you fight!
This means you will gain gold and level up 10% faster, so if there's a weapon that you're not a high enough level to equip, or if you need just a bit more gold to buy that Doom weapon or color-customizable DragonLord armor (or whatever goals you've set for yourself in the game, I'm sure there are many!), then the X-Boost is the item for you!
You can buy them with Dragon Coins by going to this page OR by talking to Cysero in game, both options will take you to the same page.
Things should be going swimmingly, but...
And what's worse than having a nightmare? Running a race IN your nightmare against a timer! The sense of dread that something really, really bad is going to happen if the timer runs out! But don't let THAT irrational fear stop you from logging in this weekend and playing the newest Water Orb quest, because Aquella still needs your help, so get going! Sweet dreams!
You blasted those monsters to golden smithereens!
Click on the button in Falconreach to go to the Golden Clearing and fight Baron Au'Mydas! See what his punishment is for invading Falconreach with an army of gilded monsters! (Note: the Irismancer and his dark Master were NOT pleased.)
Don't forget to turn your gold nuggets in to Lukkhi and merge them with the level 13 Tarnished Weapons! You'll gain a Golden version of the weapon (an axe, wand, or claw) in levels 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, or 60! Remember, if you're not a high enough to get your desired level NOW, hang on to the gold nuggets and you can merge them in the Defender Rares shop in the Mayor's Office once you've gotten to the required level!
P.S. : The Lucky Day shop in Falconreach will be leaving Monday, so get your Golden Tog while you still can! It's the shiniest pet in the game!
March 17th 2010
I know I do!
Know who else loves puns? The joke wave monsters in the Gild the World Gold War! (Where else would a monster tell you: "I need a hug. GOLD me!") And speaking of the war, you guys are just smelting those golden waves! Last time I checked,l the war meter was at 37% and progress was making it steadily climb higher. If you keep on like this, you'll weaken Baron Au'Mydas' forces enough for you to unlock the boss fight!
In other war news, sometime today we'll add in a new measure for fighting war waves: the Napalm Sponge Catapault minigame! Rolith is working on code for it now, then it will go into testing, and then we'll release it for you guys, so check the catapault in FalconsNest (south of Falconreach) later today!
Lucky Day surprises!
Late Note: Just to let you guys know, we're still working on the Catapault minigame, I'm surprised at how hard it is to capture just how big of an explosion Cysero is capable of making.
Can't wait for an X-boost!
March 16th 2010
That's right, more EXP and Gold!
What is an X-Boost, you ask? That's a good question! It is an item you buy for Dragon Coins which will make monsters give you more gold and experience after each battle! 10% more!
The X-Boosts will come in three versions: 7 day, 30 day, and permanent. Prices for the different levels are:
They'll start being sold in Cysero's Superstore of Savings this Friday, so make sure you have enough Dragon Coins! (If you've run out, you can always talk to Cysero in-game to purchase them, or you can go here.)
This will make you level up and gain gold faster, so if there's a goal you've been striving towards, invest in an X-Boost and reach it 10 percent faster!
Loves playing mages.
March 15th 2010
Then make sure you're helping in the war!
We're expecting you to finish the War sometime this week, and really hoping you win! As we posted on the forum, you'll need 44 Golden Nuggets in order to upgrade your Tarnished weapons through all the ranks of the Golden weapons up to the level 60 version, so keep on collecting!
And speaking of collecting, if you're a pet collector, listen (read?) up! I just talked to Lim today about adding a new reward to release on Wednesday for St Patrick's Day no matter where the War Meter is at, so we will have something for you to celebrate the luckiest day of the year with!
Also coming this week:
Monday means it's time for D&D!
Last week Lim made AdventureStew in Rolith's crockpot, and hooboy was it tasty! We devoured that! THIS week Rolith is making AdventureChili and, from the smell of it, I can tell things are going to start heating up!
We're planning on starting to host Lim's Campaign Notes on this site, so if you're interested in following along with our adventures (and snagging the recipes to our AdventureFood), keep an eye out for that! I'll provide a link once the page is ready to go.
Have a happy Monday and, since we're surrounded by war, I'll leave you with the inspiring words of Artix's D&D character's battlecry: Don't give up, we're just about to win!
Likes shiny things.
March 12th 2010
Gold is pretty shiny!
Don't worry, that doesn't mean we don't get releases done; to combine our love of putting out new content with shiny things, the releases this week are new AND shiny!
Gild the World Gold War
You'll be battling gold monsters in a gold world, and talk to Lukkhi the Sneevilchaun to learn just what rewards you can expect. The monsters will drop tarnished versions of an axe, wand, and claw along with Defender's Medals and Gold Nuggets. You'll also get higher gold rewards from each monster now that they're covered in shiny, shiny metal!
At the end of the war, you'll be able to merge the gold nuggets with the tarnished weapons to create GOLD versions of the weapons! So get out there and get your hands on some of that gold!
But this week, you won't have to, because you'll BE him! Watch out for Aquella's teenage tricks and terrorizing as she tries to free herself from your (Davey's) clutches!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the release!
* The green plastic rabbit who screams for sugar and sits on the microwave is NOT a shiny thing. It is a thing that gets other things thrown at it.
Can't wait to read your ideas!
March 10th 2010
The Sneak Peek this week will be determined by YOU!
That's right, just like AdventureQuest Worlds, our massively multiplayer online game, has a player suggestion shop, we're going too, as well! The way it will work is on our forum, we'll have three different threads which you can post in! One for House Item suggestions, one for Weapon and Other Item suggestions, and one for standalone Quest suggestions!
Players who have their weapon or other item suggestions created will automatically receive the item in their inventory (even if you are unable to log in and purchase the item from the shop)!*
* If you are a free player and you suggest an item that gets made, but is set to be Dragon Amulet only, you will still get the item automatically added to your inventry, but you will not be able to equip it unless you later purchase a Dragon Amulet.
Needs to bribe the Luck God.
March 9th 2010
Luck matters in real life AND gaming!
Rolith's character got a lance to the back of the head (he is REALLY unlucky) while Artix fell down some stairs in armor. But he redeemed himself by smacking a zombie in the face with his sword THROUGH an obstacle! It just goes to show you, the Luck Gods are persnickety.
Possibly the best part of the night was Lim's Critical Failure Dance! As our Dungeon Master, Lim gets to come up with creative ways to punish us every time we roll a critical failure. When someone rolls a 1 on their die, two things happen: 1) Lim prances around the room with his hands in the air and a look of intense and malicious glee on his face. 2) SOMEone has something really bad happen to them. When Ai No Miko rolled a critical failure on her attack using Lance of Faith, instead of the monster getting hit, Rolith's character did! BOOM, lance to the back of the head(shot).
Lim cooked up an AWESOME Adventure Stew in Rolith's crockpot, though, so it was all good. Lim is not just a Mad Scientist, he is also a Mad Chef!
Luck matters in releases, too!
Speaking of releases, I bet you'd like to know what we have planned for this week, right? Me, too! (Just kidding!)
We will have the next quest in the Water Orb saga for you, with a slightly different type of quest structure. Wish Personater luck, because it's mostly going to depend on him! (But no pressure, right? Right.)
We will ALSO have the start of the 2010 Gold War! Goooooooooold! Talk to Lukkhi the Sneevilchaun to see why he's so upset. (Here's a hint: an oldnew villain is involved. And not the way you might think!). Gold weapons will be available as rewards!
Taking engine 9.0 to the mechanic!
Bad code, bad! Go compile in the corner!
Is going to play videogames.
March 5th 2010
But not without videogames!
And you'll get a boatload of new weapon drops from this quest, too, so if you haven't gotten your feet wet with our newest quest chain, this weekend is the perfect time to unlock The Locker!
To Market, to Market, to buy a- wait. You're not buying anything!
There's a bevy of belts to be had as rewards, too, if you manage to complete the quest. If you need help with your health, look for the glowing bunch of bananas! Normally I wouldn't recommend eating anything that glows in a place like this, but hey, not all glowing fruit is bad, right? Right.
And as an added bonus, Tomix is now the first guest which scales to your level! He also has the same HP and MP as your character! This was done to address issues with the new 9.0 engine which makes quests harder if you have quests along with you. Let us know what you think!
Portal to fun!
Enjoy the release!
Has some surprises!
March 3rd 2010
It's Wednesday again!
These weapons will be used as rewards in one of the Water Orb quests. That rogue weapon is really off the hook*!
In the Ravenloss Saga, you'll be questing for the Ember Key in the Market District. I'd suggest you bring along a shopping list, but... do you really want rotten bananas and fly-ridden meat?
This is the main villain of our next war. You've seen him in one of our other games, but not quite in this form. When will we be having our next war? Soon! Who is he and what will he do? This is a golden opportunity for speculation! **
* Bringing Beleen's outdated phrases back, one use at a time.
Is happy Spring is coming!
March 1st 2010
For those of you who might have been living in the real world (you know, that place with the burning daystar and all that delicious fresh air), and missed all the hype and the practical joking, here's what you'll want to check out in DragonFable:
Catching the Johnnyfish in either of our Fishing zones will catapult your character into the beginning of the Water Orb saga! Once you've caught it, you won't need to do it again; a button will appear that will take you to The Locker in the future.
Wish I was kidding
Not joking now
Also on the schedule for this week is the next installment of the Ravenloss chain! You'll be heading to a new District to find the Ember Key and along the way, you just might learn some enlightening things! (A really good trick in such a dark city!) Due to a small error on our part, though, you'll need to redo the second Ravenloss quest before you can unlock the one releasing this week. Sorry about that!
* Seriously. OW.