Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Two great calendars coming your way!

There are two big projects going on right now, one made by us, and one made by your fellow players!

First up, the Artix Entertainment 2011 Wall Calendar!  This is a project we've wanted to do for about six months, and a month or two ago we realized "hey, it's almost 2011. We should really start making this calendar if we're going to get it to the players on time."

The calendar will feature female NPCs from our Artix Entertainment games set on backgrounds appropriate to the month's theme.  (So December will have Aisha on a snowy background, and October will have Safiria on a Mogloween-themed background!) Mido, our newest graphic design artist, is hard at work on the calendar, and is featuring the following month/NPC pairs:

  • January:    Fae
  • February:    Beleen
  • March:        Ai No Miko (pictured above)
  • April:        Geopetal
  • May:        Jemini
  • June:        Faith
  • July:        Nythera
  • August:        Reens
  • September:    Alina
  • October:    Safiria
  • November:    Oishii
  • December:    Aisha

We'll also include significant dates from Artix Entertainment's history and the games (big events, beta and alpha dates, AE holidays, etc) so that you'll know just when to make time to play the Mogloween event, or to check out Frostval or Hero's Heart Day!

The calendar will sell on HeroMart (so we should probably finish that up pretty fast. Right, Ai No Miko? /patpat).  There will also be an in-game item that comes with the calendars!  We can't wait for you to see it, and more details on pricing will be available as we get further details!

* More appearances by Fae that AREN'T in-game! This must be the longest-running joke we've ever made.



Now on to another AWESOME news item! Your fellow players are making a fan-made calendar that will be included on the Portal site once it's done!  They've gathered all the information they need for it and have moved on to the art-gathering stage. 

They'd really like to showcase fan-made art in the calendar, and for that they need YOUR help!  They've got themes for each of the months, but would also like to see any free-themed AE-based art for possible inclusion in the calendar.  If you'd like to submit your work (or to read the guidelines for submission) please go here.

Thank you guys so much for taking the time and effort to put something like this together (before we even considered a calendar for the Portal!).  We can't wait to see what you come up with, and can't wait to show it off on the site once you're done!