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March 29th, 2008 The Lymcrest Labyrinth! JUST RELEASED: A new style dungeon How far down can you go? Explore a never-before-seen kind of dungeon that goes deep within Lymcrest's mines. Use the Gryphon and head to Lymcrest where you will meet the famous dwarven super-miner, Dough Digg.The adventure awaiting you is suitable for players of all levels and features random treasure chests, progress save, LOTS AND LOTS OF GOLD and coming monday... unlockable items! I stole one of his Strawberry Yogurts. Worth the trip from California."
Behind the Scenes We really hope you like this new release. Cysero, Rolith, and Geo wanted to create a new, VERY DEEP and VERY EXPANDABLE dungeon with moving monsters, random treasure chests and a place to find some wierd temp items. Moving monsters is something we have seen asked for on the forums a lot -- the gang did a great job!
This brand new walk-around with moving monsters style dungeon was created by Rolith. (Side note: Rolith also coded the new Alvin and the Chimpmonks pinball game that went live in AdventureQuest's Ballyhoo earlier this week... we have been keeping him busy!) We saw that some of the temporary items (which were not supposed to go live until Monday) were causing NaN damage and one shotting monsters... you were lucky if you got one!
NaN: Stands for not a number. Litterally what happens when you try to do the following math.... 1+"A"
Shameless Dragon Plug
If you are enjoying the game and are eager to see us attempt even more mathematically impossible feats, upgrade your account and Get a Dragon Amulet. New DA-only features will become available for you in the new dungeon as it is improved next week (Not to mention you get access to ALL of the exclusive areas, features, shops, Titan Battles and more that are in DragonFable for a one-time-only fee...)
2008 Lymcrest! THE RELEASE IS NOT OUT YET. THE RELEASE IS LIVE!
How do we keep doing this
to ourselves every week? I was TRYING to get this release
done for Thursday and once again, 7 P.M. rolls
around and we're still getting the release ready
for you. At least we have a reasonable excuse this
week... we've never done anything like this before.
Here's a sneak peek:
Digg in Lymcrest
RELEASE IS NOT OUT YET.
Lymcrest isn't a
fully functional town (yet), but we plan on expanding it as things
go. You WILL be able to set your hometown there if you find the Lymcrest
Labyrinth as fun as I do, and you will learn a LOT more about the dwarves
of Lore and the town of Lymcrest by talking to Doug.
will have a shop or two that might sell the temporary weapons that
you will find in the dungeon and some other miner-related goodies.
We may even add an inn and a few other NPC's, but right now Doug
Digg is the only person you'll be able to find in Lymcrest.
THE RELEASE IS NOT
It really is an entirely
different game when the monsters run around and you have to dodge them.
We're trying to make this a survival challange, and the balancing is
delicate, but with randomly spawning treasure chests that MIGHT heal
you or refill your potions you might have enough to make it trough
floor 5. Then again, if you're really lucky and clever, you may just
walk through all 5 floors without ever getting in a fight.
THE RELEASE IS NOT
The release isn't out
yet but we'll let you know when it is, as SOON as it is. In the meantime
here is a funny story. A friend of mine has never ever seen The
I was stunned to hear this because I really thought that she was the
one person on earth who had seen every movie and TV show that I had.
I consider this a crime MOST foul, so I'm making her watch it tonight.
It was one of the best movies (ever made) from the 80's so to set the
mood, I also promised her Tab and Pop-Rocks.
As it turns out Pop-Rocks
are a very rare find in this day and age. I was driving around my town
last night hopping from gas station to CVS until nearly 4 A.M. looking
for this noisest of candies and no one had any... most of them didn't
few people had never heard of the stuff.
I was about to give
up hope when I stopped for gas this morning and there they were, right
on the counter. I fell to my knees and began to cry with relief and
joy. They asked me to leave because I was froghtening the other customers.
Zhoom, as it turns
out, had ALSO never heard of Pop-Rocks. I fed him some. I carefully
watched his eyes bug out as he swallowed a whole Pop-Rock and listened
burst inside his throat. I'll be laughing about that look on his face
for a week.
THE RELEASE IS NOT
Can Dig It
Our Hands Dirty
We asked you what you thought
we should name the new dwarven NPC, and you gave
us about twenty total pages of great ideas to sort
through but finally we've made our choice.
Ladies and Gents, allow me to introduce Douglas
Forum member and
free player Issac suggested Doug Dig (we added another G) and we
fell in love. For those of you who don't remember there was once
an arcade game called Dig
Dug in which you played a little guy tunneling his way through
the earth, inflating the monsters found hidden therein until they
popped and collecting the various goodies that only miners and geologists
can really appreciate. Like rocks.
This wasn't an official
contest but for making us laugh until we stopped we'll be dropping
500 Dragon Coins on your level 40 warrior, Issac. Great job!
We've begun mapping
out the first 5 levels of the Lymcrest Labyrinth, which will be released
on Friday. We are
trying to add some new functionality here which will make grabing a
treasure chest a little more interesting, and these monsters will be
moving around the dungeon so tread carefully brave adventurer.
March 25th, 2008 Spiders and Cheese!
We had two very special visitors to the secret underground lab today. The first one, a terrifying doom spider who wanted to trap us in his unescapable web and eat our brains (pictured below) and our very own Cheddar* from the forums. Meanwhile, Cysero completely changed his mind about the end of the DA War leading to the Titan battle... and in a completely unexpected event (especially with only 5% left on the war) he threw away the existing monster and dialog and created something completely NEW (starting this morning) that he absolutely felt NEEDED to be in the zone. There is a 81.57%** chance he will not complete the boss read before you win the war <gulps>
Cheddar says, "I do not know what to say... ah..... I am not really good with words. Cysero offered me a Pop Tart.... then I stole one of his Strawberry Yogurts. Worth the trip from California."
*Less likely to attempt to eat our brains. He is likely not a Zombie... but we will keep our eye on him just in case! ** Chances are getting worse for Cysero as I hit the upload button letting you know this.
Evil Man-Eating Doom Spider found in the secret underground lab and then released into the wild (onto the Verizon phone box outside where the contrast would make for better picture taking.)
LIttle Ms. Muffet crouched on her tuffet, gathering her shell shocked wits. When down from a glider, landed an H-bomb beside her... and blew little Ms Muffet to bits. -- I do not remember the author of this poem, but I found it heartwarming and inspirational as a young child when it was read to us by a 3rd grade teacher. ***, ****
*** This explains a lot. ****Hmm, when you remove the spider reference from the poem it no longer makes sense with the picture!
HAHAHA! I win! So here's the tale:
Originally I had you DragonLords facing
down a GIANT mummy dragon. That didn't sit well with me because you've
already fought one of those.
Then, last night around midnight I was at
The Globe with my laptop
and I realized that I had not referenced Frank Herbert's DUNE series
the whole time (actually I did. See if you can
find it) ! What good is a desert zone without sandworms?!
So I immediately ordered
a pot of hot green tea (they don't serve tea by the pot so they gave
me a coffee pot full
of boiling water, four tea bags and a mug), re-wrote the entire quest,
and began work on The Dunelord. I had to do sketches
since ghost was offline I had to animate him myself. I'm very happy with
the way that he came out and also very satisfied that I was able to close
that quest chain with a nod to one of the most important works of literature
from my young life.
I was very tempted to make him impossible,
but I decided to give you a 50/50 chance if you know how to work with
your dragon. Enjoy the Titanfight, DragonLords... you earned it!.
Once the war has ended and the Titanfight
button moves to Zhoom's zone, it will require that you finish the entire
chain before fighting The Dunelord, but for today... it's open to all
Is Full Of
Special War Announcement
Just letting you guys know,
I added the REALLY Special Dragon Chow to the DA
War which will unlock the SandSea titan fight.
Why did I wait until
now to do this? I didn't think of it until just now.
You may have noticed that the numbers jumped
a bit this morning? WHY? The in-game reason is that Zhoom came in this
moirning and said that he had decided to join the fight to save the people
of The Sandsea. It's good to have
OK! This week Rolith, Geo and I are working
on a very new idea based on the maze-style dungeon from MQ.
Picture this: You go
back to Lymcrest and talk to our first dwarven NPC. He gives you access
to a deep underground
maze style dungeon that he accidentally discovered while mining. Completeing
each floor takes you one floor down, the monsters are wandering around
the maze, searching for anything that could eat as food, you can find
powerful temporary weapons, items (maybe even temporary classes) in trasure
chests which randomly spawn. Every 5 or so floors it takes you back to
the dwarven NPC, and saves your progeress so you can start back there
next time. Who knows how far down it goes, what you might face along
the way, what powerful temporary items you might pick up along the way?
This is the Dwarven NPC. Got an Idea for a name?
Let us know on the forums.
We decided that with the conclusion of the
recent Sandsea chain, we were going to have a little fun before we start
the next new chain. We want to go back and take care of a few of our
numerous loose ends. Starting this week, with the release of the DoomCola
Machine monster in DF (remember him? He won the Design Us A Monster contest
a while ago), as well as making the RoboTog pets from Voltabolt rares,
buffing them and introcuding a new weaker but far eaiser to obtain pet.
We want to know what you guys really want
to see next. Noxus (Doom wood, tie-in to Artix Versus the Undead video,
the Necromantress etc etc), Fae (shape-shifter and DF mascot... who hasn't
really appeared in the game yet, but HAS appeared in nearly every ad),
or Galanoth (Some guy with a grudge against lizards). Who would you like
to see when
to work on building the zones around Falconreach? This is your game as
much as anyones. Remember that.
March 21th, 2008 We are live!!! The Zone Finale is happening now In your quest for the Light Orb you have battled through deserts, pyramids, aided the rebellion and crossed swords with the seemingly invincible ranger, Zhoom. Today your adventures in the the SandSea will reach its climatic conclusion. If you have not played through the zone yet, you take the griffon to the SandSea and adventure through the entire complete quest chain!
Cutscene and Boss Fight! (Sek-Duat XV, the Evil Ruler of the SandSea)
24 new weapons (All created this week by Cysero)
Battle with Zhoom against an army of Anubis Knights
Special DA War which will unlock the zones grande finale Titan Battle!
P.S. Geopetal is going to kill me for mentioning the Doom Burrito... you guys on the forums nearly caused Rolith and I to shoot coffee out of our noses when we read the follow up posts.
Coming next: Find out on Monday -- Same Battle thyme, same Battle channel!
March 20th, 2008 Spring Break Break? I have not broken anything... yet*!
Please view the forum post I just wrote featuring all of the games releases for this week. Spring break** has begun and the games will be going all outstarting now!
* Master Myrzor says, "The future remains cloudy" ** We need Undead-or-Alive vollyball at the beach with our NPCs.
Sek-Do... WHAT!? The crunch is on to complete the zone finale this weekend
Here at the secret underground lab, the rooms echo with the sounds of clackity-clacking keyboard keys as crunch time is underway. Cysero and Geopetal are completing the end of the SandSea zone which will premiere tomorrow -- including a DA mini-war to the Titan fight! I am really excited that Zhoom's zone is going to be complete. 24 new weapons too! If you like this, just wait until you see what is coming next week!
Forum Question: Which "known", but not yet in-game NPC would you like to see have their story revealed in DragonFable next?
C.) Vayle & Noxus
D.) You are not allowed to have all of the above in this one!
E.) Cysero for President!
Approacheth. . .
AE has a lot planned for Friday.
We've got the big End of Zone release, the DA mini-war,
and the Sek-Duat battle with some new item drops.
Mechquest has a lot
going on so their normal Weds release will be smaller than usual to
make room for the MEGAFRIDAY
release. Also THESE shirts will be going on sale Friday as well.
It's not a great picture. Sorry, the lighting
in that room was kind of weird and my phone is a great phone but not
such a great camera.
These shirts are a
limited run, this means that we didn't make a ton of them so they WILL
sell out and only the quick and clever will possess them!
You will see me wearing my RuneHawk shirt
with pride if you find me at DragonCon. (Yes, I said I was MystRaven
before... but only to prove that RuneHawks play pranks too.)
Always Wears Green
St. patty's Day!
Just a quick note to let you
guys know what we have planned for this week.
There is a boss battle
coming at the end of this week and you will be able to fight in it
wether ye be free or
wether ye own a DA. You will be facing down Sek-Duat and you won't be
alone. Zhoom will be at your side the entire time.
We're also THINKING about making a mini-war
type event which will unlock The Sadnsea's titan battle. The event and
(of course) the titan fight will be DA only.
Today everyone is a
little bit Irish and those of us who are already pretty Irish go almost
entirely Irish. It seems
appropriate to mention one of the greatest and most well known Irish
philosophers of all time, especially since his greatest and most well
known thought has ALWAYS applied to all of the Artix Entertainment games:
Murphy's Law "Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong,
It will, at the worst possible moment. "
Injured In The Line Of Duty
look at the size of it!
Last night Artix, Galanoth,
Zhoom, Rolith and I were playing Rock Band. I started
on the guitar, and I was really nailing the strum
bar. I ended up giving my right thumb a blood blister
that is about half the size of New Jersey. It's
Do you have ANY idea
how long it's been since I got a blister playing video games? LIKE
15 YEARS! This tells you 2 things.. .first, my game calluses are magnificent
beasts. Second... I was rawking THAT hard.
So This week's release
is live. If you want to see what all the fuss is about... head
to The Sandsea and play the lastest quest in Sek-Duat's continued Sandsea
chain. You get to fight against Zhoom! It might be pretty hard for
some of our lower level players but you should be fine if you're 15
and up, or you have your potions maxed. 6 Brand new weapons drop from
the quest and they look sweet if I do say so myself.
The Gold Fever war
has laft the game and next Monday, the mysterious prize boxes open!
Also, by popular demand, Zhoom's custom
PrideLord, Zixcy, has been added to the pet section of my Superstore
of Savings. Armor makes everything better!
Most of you will have
figured this out by now but I'll tell the ones who are distracted by
the shiny new Zixcy... next week you battle Sek-Duat XV (and probably
a titan of come sort).
March 13thagon, 2008 SUPER DESIGN NOTES DAY I missed you! So let us catch up today in an extra super long, typo and grammatical catastrophy filled post from the heart.
Escape from LA It was pretty easy, I took a plane
I was in Los Angeles for the wedding of a good friend of Warlic and myself. It was beautiful and no one was brutally mauled by bears. Meanwhile, Warlic was in New York at a different wedding of a couple with ironically the same names. Between the two of our trips there was a lost driver's license (please send if you happen to find it), at least one towed car, a number of VERY "wrong turns" and the unexpressable satisfaction and happiness you feel when a close friend marries the love of his life. It was a great trip!
Zhoom Boss Fight (This Week!) You may have taken down a Dragon, slain a Vampire, and stood up against a Death Knight -- but defeating Zhoom will not be so easy! He is cunning, daring and FAST! In this week's upcoming quest you will at long last get to test your skills to the max in our first ever multi-part fight! Woah, every sentance in this post ends in a !! This must be an incredibly exciting release!!! Question! How many !!!!!!!!!!!!'s do you need before you need to start using some sort of exclamation point notation! Like, for example: Groovy!x5 which would be Groovy! Groovy! Groovy! Groovy! Groovy! Hmmm, what can we call this ! notation?.... perhaps Exclamation + Notation or.... Exclation!?
This weeks battlle with Zhoom is going to be AWESOME!x10
(My e-throat hurts from this... perhaps I should place this 3rd mug of coffee... back... down.... on.... the table... and slowly.... slowly... back... away....)
Zhoom's Project You likely do not know this, but the real life Zhoom -- in addition to coding DragonFable, MechQuest, <secret project>, drumming for the band, and training at the gym with me -- is also taking classes for his Masters in Computer Science*!x5 For his last project that he recently turned in, he pretty much wrote his own version of Google Maps in C#. It was graphical, funcational and really impressive! Compared to his fellow students work his project REALLY stood out. It was definately a A+++++++++++++ project..... which is why we were so suprised when it came back with with a 8% penalty from the TA!
What could he possibly lose 8% for you ask? The TA said is was because his code had no //comments! *gasp* (Comments are little notes that say what the code does and makes it easier for someone else to read your code) Zhoom was pretty mad. Now, I am not making this up and I certainly advise against writing letters like this to important people in charge of your grades... but LOL, Zhoom wrote the TA back and said "I work at Artix Entertainment, we do not waste time writing comments :-)"** I laughed really hard, but... um... why do I feel so guiltly suddenly?
* We are pretty sure he is one of those terminator machines sent back in time to build games until he is ready to construct Skynet. ** ...or design documents, or organizational charts, or project specification documents, or maps to the secret treasure we buried.. um... somewhere.... hmmm, wish I had a map.
Cooking on the Backburner!
Mmmmmm... it smells gooooood
When I was young, my Father taught me that "the only way to fail is to give up." Perhaps that is why I idolize characters like Goku from DragonBall Z and Luffy from One Piece -- they NEVER give up! Due to a slew of unexpected issues many of my projects got hurled onto the backburner during the last two weeks. Most visibly was the Comic which I expected to release for you last week. We have a lot of things in the works -- new T-shirts (Including MechQuest house shirts, then DragonLord shirts), a new minigame (not to mention some old ones... alas poor Punch'em Crunch'em Undead and Speak and Slay), the tv show (moving slowwwwwwwwwwwww), the art book, DragonFable Housing/Castles, MechQuest Starships & Planets, and... not to mention <secret project> So what do you do when you fall behind and things start stacking up? <thinks> Hmmm, I know! Let us make this multiple choice:
A.) Get back in there, work harder, smarter, and never give up!
B.) Call in for some help (reinforcements) and make it happen!
C.) Nominate Cysero to run for President!
D.) All of the Above
E.) All of the Above including "D.) All of the Above"
See you on the forums! Feel free to offer up help <whispers> we are going to need it!x5.
doesn't want the world... he just wants your half.
This week, you will be forced
into a rather compromising situation in your search
for the Orb of Light.
Sek-Duat XV sends you after Zhoom.
This will be an epic battle (of course),
and a great way to see which of you is the greater ranger. Unless you're
not wearing the ranger armor, in which case it will be a great way to
see if your (YOUR CLASS) skills are a match for Zhoom's ranger skills.
Ghost is working on
the versus version of Zhoom right now and one of his attacks will summon
his ranger pet (Zixy, an armored PrideLord!) to
attack his enemies.
This is one fight that you're not going
to want to miss.
In other news, Alces and I went to the They
Might Be Giants show last night and it RULED! If you haven't had
a chance to catch them live, it's a great show. Something else to add
to your Do Not Miss list.
Monsters and Mini-Games!
The release is LIVE!
This week we have some interesting stuff
for you. First, in The Sandsea, Sek-Duat XV has been contacted by one
of the rebels who wants to turn TRAITOR!
What do you do? Do you bring Sek-Duat SV
the traitor and betray the rebellion, or do you stand with the rebels
and risk blowing your cover with the emperor of The Sandsea?
You also get to fight a new monster called
the Anubis Knight. This ancient monster has the ability to shield himself
AND he regens health EVERY ROUND! It will be a tough fight, good luck
heroes. 50% Drop rate of a pretty cool looking helm.
Also new this week is our new Mini-Game,
Fires Over Oaklore. You will new find Sir Baumbard, a retired DragonLord,
right outside Oaklore Keep. He needs you to drop a few lightbombs on
invading undead hordes from the back of his dragon, Glumbert. If you
can beat all 20 levels of this mini-game and thin out the invading armies
award you a Defender's Medal. This is a guarenteed drop so now ANYONE
can earn Defender's Medals outside of a war!
You know what that means? It means that
the Defender's Shop will be getting some new items fiarly soon. Not this
week, but soon.
Fires Over Oaklore is a really pretty addictive
game. J6's art and Canon's brilliant Dragonback theme music really
add to the replayability! In fact, I'm gonna go nuke more slimes!
Running For Office
Is Well That Ends Abruptly...
Well, friends and neighbors, the war is over.
Bet you didn't see THAT coming.
Who knew that one little green hat could
cause so much trouble in so many places and times? Geo did, that's who.
I mean, if you're asking me I could tell you some horror stories about
exploding hats... I KNOW the dangers, first-hand... but I digress.
The green sneevilchaun hat has been sent
to parts unknown, and if you don't know what I'm taking about PLAY THE
WAR GOING ON RIGHT NOW!
In unrelated news,
my friend Kat delivered a 7 pound 14 ounce bouncing baby boy into the
world yesterday. Eamon, let
me be the first to say "Welcome to the world!" and offer a few pieces
of sage advivce that I wish someone had given ME when I was a few hours
1). Fish sticks are
AWESOME and don't waste any time. As soon as you're on solid foods...
GO STRIGHT FOR THE FISHSTICKS!
2). Always save your
recipts, 'cause as soon as you toss one you, THAT is the second that
you need it.
March 4rthithish, 2008 Cysero in the Spotlight!
Today, Cysero, your friendly neighborhood mad weapon smith is getting interviewed by Games for Windows magazine! This is HUGE! Thank goodness it is Cyser..... oh no....... we are doomed.
Forum Question: Do you have any tips for Cysero in this interview about DragonFable? Anything he should BE CERTAIN to say?
Old Friend. Sad news, guys. Gary Gygax,
the father of the Role-Playing Game (best known as the co-creator
of Dungeons & Dragons) died today. It's fair to say that if you're
reading this, he changed your life. If not for this man, you'd
Dragonpong. I could tell you endless tales of the fun my friends
and I have had playing the game and the genre that he pioneered,
but I'm sure you have plenty of stories of your own.
Bye Gary, thanks for all the fun.
Gary Gygax July 27, 1938 – March
March 3rd, 2008 High Altitude Undead Slaying!
Thank you all so much for your warm wishes and comforting words last week. It was truely appriciated. Now, we are back in action and even as you read this three seperate things are in development -- and one of them has UNDEAD in it! Cysero will be making a post shortly with a sneak peak screenshot of our newest NPC. <Chuckles> Alright, I do not know if you will find this as funny as we did... but last week when Cysero was still sick in bed I called him and he says, "I am sick of being sick. I want to stop playing all these video games and go back to work!" -- back to work, you know, where he makes and plays video games.
.... more coming in a bit!
Thank you all so much for your... oh, he
covered that. Ok then.
Let's talk a bit about Sir Baumbard, the
retired Dragonlord. He has finally come home to his beloved Oaklore only
to find the keep under constant assualt by droves of the mindless undead!
...Artix is busy...
NO I AM NOT! LET ME AT THEM! Please? Pretty please?
...SO, Sir Baumbard has devised
a cunning plan to drop magical lightbombs onto the undead swarming
outside the gate. When the
lightbombs explode they start a chain reaction that causes any undead
within the blast radius to also explode. This is when the aging DragonLord
discovered that after years and years of
his dragon, Glumbert, that flying through the skies on his stalwart companion's
back makes him a little... queasy. That's right, Sir Baumbard the Brave
gets very airsick. That's where you come in hero!
will be the only place in DragonFable to get a Defender's Medal (as
a rare drop) outside of a war! This mini-game
is only part of this week's release which also includes at LEAST one
new quest in The Sandsea, bringing us ever closer to the big Sandsea
finale, and the ongoing war (Geopetal is putting the finishing touches
on the end of the war as we speak).