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Cysero Wishes He
2008 New Year's,
Artix's Birthday And Why I Can't Help You.
I hope you all are
having a great holiday season and enjoying Frostval!
I just wanted to
take a minute out to say "I'm Sorry" to everyone who e-mails me for
From time to time
I will get a mail from someone that only I can help, but for the
most part I get TONS of e-mails every day from people who want help
with their account.
I really do wish
that I could help every single person who got hacked, gave out their
info, lost their items or got caught cheating... but I can't. That's
why we have the help pages and the amazingly hard working help staff
including Safiria, Nythera, Piroska, Reens and several others, ALL
of whom have earned my eternal gratitude just serving their primary
MY primary function
is Creative Director of DF. I'm pretty much in charge of all the
content that goes into the game and every responsibility that falls
under that umbrella. If i took time out to help every person tho
asked me for help I would never get anything new released, and I
would only have enough time per day to help a limited number of you
Nonetheless, I wish
I could help all of you and I'm sorry that I can't. Rest assured
that the help staff is VERY helpful and will help however they can
whenever they can. I'm sorry that I can't.
Let's see what we've
got going on this week.
Rolith and I are
fixing PVP and adding NEW pvp rewards. Maybe more than just weapons,
maybe some house item stores that are unlocked by your rank.
We are also adding
some limited time only house items for frostval and new year's, AND
for a limited time only the Frostval Moglin style homes!
We are ALSO adding
DA ONLY Holiday Rare shop which will sell some silly but powerful
New Year's themed weapons. This shop will ONLY exist until Monday
of next week so when it is released, be sure to check it out.
We are ALSO releasing
the next step in Sir Ano's quest in Oaklore. This quest might blow
you mind a little so wear a hat that you don't mind getting messy.
This will all PROBABLY
be coming to you Friday. We are still very short-handed here in the
lab but we've got Artix's birthday coming up this week as well as
New Year's so we've got a lot of real-life stuff to do too.
Wish us luck!
This Isn't BWI...
Togicide Before Frostval!
I'd just like to take this chance to thank each and every one of
you for such an amazing year, look how far we've come in just twelve short
Also, I'd like to laugh evilly if you'd so indulge me.
A new, slightly holiday-themed Rolith's Forums Challenge can be
accessed by visiting my house (ID #35) from Falconreach or your house. The item
you're looking for is a Tog Snow Globe. (Thanks to Reens for providing the art!)
It's next to me and Pandora taking a well deserved nap (I'm actually running out
the door to get to the airport in time for a late-night flight!)
Remember, just like every other challenge, you'll need to work
together on the forums to figure this one out... It could take you a LONG time,
or with this one, you might just get it solved before the end of the night. I'm
really not sure. I fully expect you guys to impress me!
Also keep in mind this slow descent into madness is all in good
fun... Don't push yourselves too hard, the challenge will be there when you come
And If I don't get the chance, I'd really like to wish each and
every one of you and your families, especially those far away from home, a very
happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!
Cysero Is Holly AND Jolly!
December 23rd, 2008
The Night Before The Night Before Frostval!
Frostval 08 is LIVE! AGAIN!
Well... the REST of it.
One a few things won't make
1). After you beat all the
quests in the chain it will return you to a town where everyone is frozen in
time. That's unavoidable and not a bug. So no need to report it.
Ok, that's really it unless I
Check this out. I could say it
better than Artix did in the AQW design notes so I'll just repost what he did.
We are all very grateful this holiday season. We like
to express this both to you and to each other by giving gifts. (Just wait until
those in-game presents unwrap themselves on New Years at midnight!) Because
there are so many of us here on the team now, we follow a tradition called
"Secret Santa". At the beginning of December, we all draw names out of a helmet.
Then, get a gift for the person we pulled out of the helm. We wrap the gifts and
at noon today, we all gathered by our action figured ornamented christmas tree
(yup, as you can see in the photo, the tree is black) and open the presents we
got each other. OMG, Piroska hand made me a clay model of Artix!
There is even a little Daimyo too!
I did not know what to say. After the attention moved away from me I choked up a
little. Piroska works with Nythera and Safiria in player service. It was an
amazing and completely unexpected present. Especially that she made it by
herself. Meanwhile -- you should have seen Cysero's face when he unwrapped the
custom plushie that Jemini had made him!
That's right. Jem made me a REAL version of Tomix's Plushie
Cysero... and HOLY CRAP is it awesome. If no one has ever made a plushie of you
for you... get better friends. There's the little Zorbak ornament that I made
last year and the Twilly that Jem also made for our lab tree.
It's Black. Artix demanded that it be black. You can kind of
see it back there.
Enjoy the rest of the seasonl and enjoy your own holidays!
From me, geo, Rolith, Ghost, Tomix Alac and whoever else will let me speak for
them here... Happy Frostval!
Cysero Is Going
Ho Ho Home.
December 19th, 2008
And The Boys In The NYPD Choir Still Singing 'Galway Bay', And The Bells Are
Ringing Out For Fortval Day!
Frostval 08 is LIVE!
I have no problem saying that
this is my favorite time of year so I decided to make a guest appearance this
year. It's good to be the weaponsmith.
If this is your first Frostval,
then you've got two whole years to catch up on until you can begin this years
epic Frostval adventure! Here is a handy-dandy cheat sheet.
FrostVALE is the town.
Frost VAL is the holiday.
If you've been with us...
welcome back, enjoy the quests and the armor and just you WAIT until next week's
was just told that Thyton is handing out Xan's quest in the snowcovered
Falconreach. Heh. I'll fix that when I'm done here.
For the first time we have a
special rare holiday armor for Frostval that Ghost went out of his MIND filling
up with holiday goodness.
If you are waiting for rare
weapon drops, you'll have to wait until you save Frostvale, same as the last 2
years. But you can get LAST year's rares, if you want them. I should warn you
that Tomix designed this year's Frostval weapons and they are pretty sweet.
Anywhoooo, GREAT job with the
art contest, keep the entries coming and we'll see you next week for the
conclusion to Frostval 08!
OMG OMG OMG!
Where have all the Merry Makers gone?
There is absolutly NO way that today's the 15th. I refuse to
accept it. It's just not happening. Nope.
Okay, denial time over. We've got a LOT to do this week. We're
going to turn the war in Dragesvard over to a static quest, remove the war rares
and clean up the zone.
Also, last year's Frostval, as well the year's before will be
made into renewable content and get released this week for people who were not
here for a previous celibration as well as those wishing to re-live the fond
memories. We're going to require you see the events of previous years before we
let you continue your adventures with the inhabitants of Frostvale.
Bit of Education for you, Frostval is the celibration that
happens yearly, Frostvale is the Moglin village we all travel to. Keep that in
mind when reading the design notes, because I have been corrected 3 times, so
all the extra effort fixing those typos shouldn't go to waste!
I wanted to say here that I'm duely pleased by the success of
the Togicide's Revenge challenge but you defeated my estimate AGAIN and I'm
instead evily plotting a revenge on you...So there's that!
We've also fixed a bunch of the house items, Nyhera's poster
(available in the DC Ikea's shop!) lets you play the minigame from last week's
quest in infinate mdoe, my current high score is 15, I'm curious if anyone can
Cysero Can See
That You Have
December 12th, 2008
Olaf's House Vs. Yours
At long last, you can visit Olaf
and see with all the fuss is about! This quest ties up Dragesvard in a neat
little package as you face the fully powered Aisha, find out what happened to
the citizens of Dragesvard and confront Galanoth about the baby dragon who has
been folowing you around this whole time that he hasn't yet mentioned or slain.
This will do something new for
DA Holders. After winning the titan fight, in addition to some new weapons,
Dragesvard will also become alive with citizen's filling the streets! Assuming
all the code works.
Speaking of Dragesvard you GOTTA
see the new items in Ikea's House Item shop! Ghost and Tomix have been going
into overdrive making this second round. Let us know of the forums which of the
new house items you think is the Must-Have, or at least the coolest.
Nythera has a new minigame quest
for you in Warlic's zone. It's a memorization game. We've been timing outselves
to see who can beat the best time in the underground lab. So far geo holds the
Sir Ano has a new quest ready
for you in Oaklore Keep. He needs your help getting some advice from a
hard-to-find wizard. So you're off to see that wizard.
This is the last week of the
Dragesvard war so if you haven't gotten the weapons that you wanted from he NPC
that you like best, now is the time. When next Friday rolls around, those
weapons will be war rares!
Have a good weekend guys or i
will be forced to enjoy myself for the rest of you people who can't pick up the
slack and have some fun on your own.
Cysero Is Jolly.
December 10th, 2008
Stuff N' Things
This Frostval we will be
introducing a great new armor which I am calling the Holiday Warrior Frost
Moglin Suit Class Armor until I think of a better name for it. Here's a sketch
We are also introducing some new
holiday monsters including AQ's Paindeer, and some DF originals like the
Gingerdead Man and the DOOM Dradle (Dradle, Dradle Dradle, I made you out of
Frostval is coming soon! Much
like Mogloween, you will be able to play the last 2 Frostval events, plus this
year's all new quest chain! Prepare yourselves!
This week we have some other
stuff for ya. For one, the Dragesvard TITAN Battle against Aisha. I don't want
to give too much away (yeah, I do) but the quest is called
Completing this quest will
permenantly change Dragesvard for any Dragonlord who completes it.
Got some more House Items coming
to Ikea's store, including the
REST of the DF Plushie collection. Pay special attention to the geopetal
plushie. Yeah, that clock has moving parts AND it tells real time.
We've also got the next quest in
te Sir Ano quest chain, in which you and he are off to see a wizard (beware
falling houses), and a new Nythera mini-game quest. She needs your help with
some very time sensitive reagents for her... um.. potion making. Yeah, that's
the ticket... potions.
We've been talking a LOT about
the Nythera quest chain recently and I think you guys are going to LOVE where
Back to thinking more about
Frostval and those poor, poor moglins...
So far from home ...
did it get to be the 9th?
I can't belive you guys finished the war by last Friday!
Time moves so fast, and this week's no exception. I'm going to
be out of the under ground lab Thursday, and that means we've got to get a good
lead on everything, or else be in for another late Friday. I'd really rather
So, it's been entirly too long since I got to be evil! Who
want's another Rolith's Challenge? Lets see what I can come up with overnight
tonight and get rolling on something that will make you curse my name all over
again. I've got a sinking feeling I might just have the thing.
We're working on another quest in the Nythera quest chain, and
now that we've set the stage for Nythera's past, it's time to get back to
present day and see exactly what she's got up her sleeves... if she had any
sleeves. This quest will contain a new minigame coded by yours truely, and a
quest created by Geopetal.
Also: Sir Ano is going to be at his old tricks again for another
week. From what I've heard, Alac and Ghost have some awesome things planned for
Also, we've got another batch of house items (including Series 2
NPC Plushies!) coming this week, and maybe even some improvements to the hosues
if there's time.
What's left? Oh, the TITAN FIGHT for Dragesvard! Now that Aisha
has been defeated and her armies turned back, how will she recover and take
revenge for her plans being thwarted? Only Cysero knows for sure...which is
Back to coding, stay tuned!
Cysero Was Racing
December 5th, 2008
Cysero, In Da' House!
You Wanted 'em, You got 'em!
In response to a very high
demand and more than a little whining we are proud to introduce NEW LARGER
These house are designed in the
style of their smaller cousins but each upgraded version has 2 additional rooms!
You can buy these new houses in the same place as the smaller houses and they
are cheap at only 2000 GOLD!
But wait there's more! Ghost and
Tomix have been busting their humps to several new fun, odd and necessary (yay
toilet, and who doesn't need a dancing mushroom?!yup) items which no home would
be complete without. Fresh off the shelf, you can get visible replicas of the
famous Junk Items, or a pair of Mog-chucks, or even this:
A cabinet for your whole DF Plushie collection!
Ghost and Tomix did an AMAZING
job on all the new house items. Here's the REALLY exciting thing: In addition to
my Left Sock, you can now buy the Cysero Lure (which will draw me out of hiding
if you have enough patience) and a golden replica of my Massive Rawk Thunder
Kill You Stick. So NOW you can have a whole room dedicated to ME! HOORAY!
Every single one of
these new items are ONLY available at Ikea's House Item Shop in Dragesvard!
Thanks to all the dedicated forumites who made so many great suggestions for the
new house items. We couldn't have done it without you. If you don't see your
suggestion in Ikea's store... wait a week...we will have ANOTHER round of new
items next week!
We also have the Aisha boss
fight ready for you, awating the final countdown to the end of the war. The war
itself IS part of the quest chain... so you will
need to defeat the war boss before facing down Aisha. ALSO
PLEASE NOTE that you will have to REPLAY "The Snow Fields".
There was a error in the code that wasn't unlocked the next quest!
In addition to that, we are
finally done (well, mostly done. A few tweaks are always needed.) tweaking out
the Dragonslayer armor and Galanoth is ready to send you on the quest necessary
to level it up.
Galanoth has decided to try
something new for leveling the DS armor... In order to get Galanoth to teach you
a new Dragonslayer skill, you must win one of Galanoth's childhoom herilooms in
a game of chance from the dragon casino boat. You LUCK stat WILL affect your
chances with the roller... but you can bribe Chance, the casino owner, with Ice
Dragon Scales to REALLY increase your chances.
Maybe you're just naturally
lucky, but a little extra help never hurt!
Sorry for the late release guys,
have a great weekend or I'll come to your house and force happy thoughts into
your brain through your ear.
Cysero Made Rolith
December 2nd, 2008
(time travel fairies)
The Rule Of Shnarf
Maybe you call it something
else, but my friends and I have always called the act of laughing some sort of
beverage out of your nose Shnarfing. I think it was originally a
Snarf from Thundercats, but I can't be sure. It was middle school.
Logically, it follows that we
also came upon the Rule of Shnarf, or alternately the Law of
Shnarfing, which reads thus: Any time you
have taken a drink and have a mouth full of liquid, EVERYTHING is 3 times more
Artix, Rolith and I were just
standing around talking about Gamer Valhalla. In norse mythology if you died a
good death, in battle, you joined the honored dead in a giant banquet hall in
Asgard called Valhalla where you feasted, and continued doing what you loved and
died doing.... fighting.
Gamer Valhalla would be much the
same, but you have to be a really REALLY hardcore gamer to die gaming. And also,
that's kind of sad.
At one point or another I
mentioned taking time out of your afterlife for snacks and Rolith enacted an
brilliant example of the Rule of Shnarf, by snorting and clapping his hand over
his face to stop himself from nose-spraying us all with Liption Brisk Iced Tea,
for which we were all very grateful.
In other news, your forum
prayers have been answered and two brand new levels of Defender Items have been
added to the Defender's Shop in Falconreach. In addition to this the DM Cost on
some of the older Defender's items have been lowered.
THIS weekend, we will be adding
upgrades to the curent houses which will add 2 new rooms to the 3 base house
types (not the fish house). The house upgrades will be for gold, and both Ghost
and Tomix are working on a loads of new items to fill the rooms with! I see a
Fae statue, a replica of Artix's Axe, Rolith's hammer, Zhoom's Sword, Ghost's
Sword and my Thunder Rawk Kill You Stick... All the old school Junk Items like a
stuffed Zhoom plushie, My Fish Mug, Stuffed Zorbak/Twilly Combo, Signed picture
of Safiria, a breakfast table with Her-Os and a cereal bowl. A stack of
cranberry sauce and some turkey feathers...
I feel that I have to mention
the Cysero Lure. It is an invention of Ghost's. It's a Cysero Toy baited with a
sock. If you buy this item, and wait for a minute or two.... I am drawn by the
irresistable pull of a left sock and you will see me running through your house
to try and nab it.
Don't forget that you can buy
more house inventory space if you've already filled your house.
And that's all I got.
Is STILL Unpacking...
What's this? A plan on Monday?
Have you been fighting in the Dragesvard war? I have!
Whelp. Here we are. It's Monday, and we've got a plan! Here's
the deal! We're going to have the boss fight for the end of Dragesvard DONE this
week, and it's going to be awesome.
This has been one of my favorite zones, partially because I knew
what was coming at its end, and I can't wait for you guys to see it too!
So that's why I'm posting today. If you guys want to see the end
of the zone this week, and not have it put off another week, we're going to have
to get this war done!
That's right! To get the zone boss fight out this week, you'll
have to beat the Ice Queen's army and her general. You're making good progress
to have that happen, possibly, but it'd be a lot more likely if we all chipped
in a little more!
We've also got another quest for Sir Ano on the way from Alac
and Dragon Slaying will also see its revisions completed and it's leveling
quest. We're doing things a bit different for Dragonslayer class leveling and
hopefully it'll be a fun change of pace!
Housing will also see an expansion this week hopefully, both in
square footage and functionality, and if all goes well we'll see some new shiny
things in housing this Friday as well!
Looks like December's going to start off with a bang! Stay
tuned, I'm sure Cysero is going to have more info on the releases as things
Lets get this war finished and make the final push, I'll see you
on the front lines!