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Vs. The Undead
The release is LIVE and SO
is the PALADIN CLASS!
Make sure to grab and level the paladin
armor from Artix in Doomwood!
This week's quest FINALLY ties directly
into the Artix Vs. The Undead animated short that we released last year.
If you've never seen the short... be sure
to watch it HERE.
Also new this week: The quest drops 2 weapons,
the giant undead's sword and Artix's massive stone hammer! These are
excellent weapons for the paladin class (or warrior) and these keepsake
weapons only drop from this quest. We decided to drop these weapons instead
of the normal one-for-every-base-class style that we normally do because
we wanted you to really feel like you were part of the short, and take
something home so you could say "I was there!"
We tried to make this a kind of touch one
so good luck heroes!
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Quick security update.
It was recently discovered that some versions of the Adobe Flash
player (the player
that you already have some version of, if you play DF, AQ, MQ or a
host of other web games) have a built-in security issue that could
allow some very clever hackers access to some of your personal information.
We HIGHLY suggest
that you head over to the Adobe website and click their
GET FLASH button. It looks a bit like this:
This will grab the
latest updated version of the player: Version
126.96.36.199 which has been patched to fix the
security issue. It's a fast download and it's very simple to install.
If you are worried
about the download, don't be. You're just downloading and installing
the lastest version
of the plug-in that allows you to play Flash videos and video games.
It's not spyware, it won't give you pop-ups, it won't try and sell
you long distance service, snakeoil, or legless dogs (Just hear me
out... they're like cuddly throw pillows!).
In other news, someone
on the forums said that they had posted a link to the MMO site, but
in reality it was
a Rickroll. This
was patently against forums rules, and that person was properly punished
for violating forums rules... but personally speaking, that was pretty
funny. I lol'd.
Has His Own
Maybe you saw this in the
Zardian. If you didn't then here.
"By Artix von Krieger
Greetings and salutations, friends! I would like to congratulate The
Zardian staff on the one year anniversary of their amazing E-zine. To
make this one year anniversary issue extra special, we are going to make
the largest official announcement ever right here, right now! *looks
up* The title may have given it away, but read the next line loudly in
your mind and let yourself feel the adrenaline rush we are experiencing
by telling you ... Because ... We built a massively multiplayer game
It is true. A 100 percent flash-based, in your browser, AQ/DF/MQ inspired,
real-time combat, honest to goodness massively multiplayer online game.
As I am sure you are already thinking, this is a wish come true! At long
last we will accomplish the seemingly impossible goal of adventuring
and battle alongside each other for real. The best part is, you will
be able to import data from your existing AQ/DF/MQ characters and accounts,
making all of your old hard work and effort really mean something. Like
our other games, we are growing this one from scratch. Alpha testing
will start in early June. (We fully expect everything to break, catch
on fire, and blow up - just like with the other games!) We hope you are
excited about this new project and will become involved and help us build
it alongside the other games."
If you want the whole story you'll have to check out the latest issue
of The Zardian.
So there ya have it, straight from the paladin's
mouth. This is really exciting for us! I was running around the Inn
with some of the guys and I took THIS screenie,
if you're curious about the look of the game. Yeah I know that there
is actually a toilet there, I just missed it. Blame it on the hair.
If you want to chat with other AE gamers about
the MMO, the dutiful, clever and loyal forums staff have set up a special
place to chat about it, which you can find HERE.
This is still in development, but the stress testing
will be creeping up on us soon, and you can expect to meet a lot of
us live in game during
the stress test. I'll be there for sure. Because it's only a stress test
it will be missing a lot of the final game functionality, but let's
that many people in the game without crashing the servers.
We don't have any specific dates for you yet, but you can expect to
hear more about this is the near future.
Are you as excited as I am? Or more?
Morning. *Yawn stretch*
As promised on Friday
the Memorial Day Holiday DA shop has been removed, about 15 seconds
ago. I hope you got a chance to nab the rares if you're that kind
of player. I got mine and stuffed them DIRECTLY into the bank.
It kinda takes the
fun out of being a rare collector when you can just give yourself
any item at any time. I LOVE making DF but sometimes I envy you guys.
All you have to do is wait for the release. Either we further the
plot and reveal some more of the story to you or we add new functionality,
like puzzles or minigames that you've never seen before, but either
way we try and bring you at least one surprise a week.
There are no surprises
on this end (that is a flat lie, there are ALWAYS surprises, but
they're usually the bad kind... like bugs). We should switch positions
some week. You guys make the release and we'll
play through it. Deal?
I hope that you,
my fellow Americans, had a great memorial day (Personally, I had
the best one ever), and that you non-americans had a great normal
weekend... unless it was your birthday. In that case I hope you had
a great birthday weekend.
I got up too early.
I'm going to go curl up behind the fridge and take a nap. It's
warm there. (do not
try this at home. I am a professional napper).
Is Running SO
Time for the winners! Thank you to everyone that entered, you all did an awesome job with this! We has some seriously incredible entries! Make sure to visit the entry thread on the forums and check them out!
Over The Top award:
theoutcrowd "Warcry of the Paladin" - This entry was simply amazing!
Best Performance (Vocal/Musical):
Tomix "Necropolis-themed Music"
Personater "The Sorrowful Abyss"
DragoonX "In Town"
Redhouse129 "The Ballad of Artix Krieger"
Sairex the DragWolf "Rattle them Bones"
Silver Dragon "The Eight Elements of the Dragon"
Crimzon5 "DragonFable Lore"
Marimzirtud "A Hero's Story"
Lkeas "The Necromancer"
SEVERiN "Undead Slayin' Gangsta Rap"
LANDIS "Ode to DF"
Guns Bovolt "Rhapsody of the Lich Slayer"
Darugai "The Hero Pep Music"
Cow Face "Level One Lament"
.Discipline "An Ode to Geo"
Muffinladdie "Falconreach" ("Ikea" parody - Johnathon Coulton)
BerserkerChaosDragon "Cysero's Theme" ("Shaft" parody - Isaac Hayes)
jainya "Necro-U School Song" ("Auld Lang Syne" parody - Robert Burns)
nightflayer7 "Psycho Paladin" ("Ridin'" parody - Chamillionaire)
Xianyd "Artix Krieger" ("Pinball Wizard" parody - Pete Townshend)
Robofire2 "He is Cysero" ("We are the Champions" parody - Queen)
Eruvadhor/Bane "King Alteon's Royal Fanfare"
Crohner "Ash Sneevil Slayer"
(As a side note: KickKat, a former staff member, entered just for fun. His piece, "A Summer Dream... A DragonFable Dream" was beautifully done.)
We've got a release
coming your way. It is one of the most original to date. You go back
and play through one of Artix's oldest memories. The memory of how
he met Vayle... and lost everything in his life.
We are also adding
a special DA Only Memorial Day holiday shop to town for the weekend.
To honor all of the fallen heroes of our own beloved Falconreach Artix
has clensed a number of weapons from the very first DF war ever, changing
them from pure darkness to purest light! These weapons will only be
available for the holiday weekend, and then
well become rares.
We are almost ready
to roll them out to you! Give us a couple of more minutes.
I'd love to stick around
and chat about stuff but I've got somewhere very important to be!
Ok, guys. This is serious.
A number of select
theatres are showing the live action Deathnote movie (the dub, not
the sub, Nythera informs
me). They were showing it last night too but we had forgotten until
Rolith, Galanoth, Miltonius, my friend Alces and I are totally going.
There is ONE showtime. Ours is at 7:30.
If there is a theatre near you showing it, then yours will probably be
around that time.
The Live action movie
isn't as good as the anime which is far inferior to the manga. Still...
Deathnote is deathnote.
I'd give you a complete listing of the theatres
showing it but I don't have one on me, so you're on your own. Good luck
and happy hunting.
"Justice will prevail!" -L, The Worlds Greatest
Birth Of A Hero
This weekend's continuation
of the Necropolis storyline will explain quite
Have you ever wondered
what Artix looked like as a kid?
This week you will
journey into Artix's memory as he revels his mysterious ties to Lady
Vayle. The coolest part is that you will get to play through his
flashback as the young hero before he joined the order of paladins.
There are a lot of
surprises in store so I won't ruin too much of the fun but you WILL
have to battle as the drastically underpowered young Artix in order
to take the flashback to completion. This is one of the hero's most
formative experiences... so try not to get him killed, K?
That The Cake
Is A Lie.
Tonights release is currently in testing! Expect a release... sometime tonight!
Yeah, I totally have to try and make a cake like this!
We are now LIVE,
people. The latest quest in the Doomwood: Necropolis zone has SIX never-before
seen monsters drawn
by Thyton, Colored by Oishii and animated by Ghost. The quest also drops
NINE brand new food-themed weapons up to level 35!
I should mention
that we are ALSO planning on raising the level cap to 50 by the end
of this zone (but not tonight). Have fun! Or Else!
The newest contest has been decided! This month we want you to break out your guitars, xylophones, coconuts, spoons, even your pots and pans and make some beautiful DF music! You can enter in lyrics or an entire song, but it has to be DragonFable themed. What do you think the Necropolis' school song is? What muzak does Yulgar have playing in his shop? Does Zorbak call for death metal... or does he go for the infinitely more evil Pop genre?
Winners of the contest will receive DC's for their main character and, as always, we reserve the right to award additional prizes for those who go above and beyond!
Where: The =DF= Original Music Thread
When: The contest thread will close for judging on Wednesday, May 21st, at 12:00PM, winners will be announced on Friday, May 23rd, in the evening.
What to do: Create an original music piece that is DF themed! Please write out the lyrics (you're welcome to compose the music as well, but it's not necessary, just remember to include the sheet music and/or tab if you do) and post them!
Only ONE entry per person, please do not post multiple entries.
5,000 Dragon Coins will be awarded for to the winner!
with additional prizes as we see fit for over the top creativity, effort and/or talent!
I is rock.
Sooooo... it's been a while since the last contest. We've been tossing ideas around the office of
crazy things we can make you do things you'd have fun with! So what kind of contest would you like to see? Original Art? Comic strips? Writing? Lego models of characters? Sending geopetal presents*? Edits? What your character is doing for summer vacation? Let us know!
All that is undead is not made of meat.... This week you and Artix will check out the more culinary side of the Necropolis as you explore the Icecreamatorium. Let us know what kind of food puns will make you giggle (or just give you a stomach-ache). Just remember, you are what you eat! Nomnomnooommmm.
* I really like this one!
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Sorry guys, We just got back
online after a minor technical catastrophe at the
secret undergroud lab. I won't say that it's my
fault exactly... lets just say that I have quite
a lot of socks, and someone left the sock cages
open after feeding time, and if you've ever wondered
what a sock's favorite food is... ethernet cord
is a safe guess.
As a result the DF
release may be slightly later than usual, but we will try our hardest
to get the quests out to you in a timely manor. Bear with us.
AAAAND we're back.
Sorry for the delay but BOTH brand new quests have been launched. Head
to the Necropolis or to
Valencia's zone to take on either of these new quests! Enjoy your weekend
(if it's your weekend... we have some time travelers on here who are
a day ahead of us).
So, the epic sized tog at the end of Valencia might have been too uber for the game. Sorry. My bad. He's been reduced in 1337ness for sake of quest completion.
Also, the extra monsters and boss have been buffed considerably. That is all! Thanks!
The World. He
*Blows the dust off
the Design Notes*
I guess it's been a
while since we posted anything. Sorry about that. Things have been
a little nuts around here. Still working on this week's release...
the next chapter of the Doomwood: Necropolis zone. You and Artix start
by tossing monkey wrenches into Necromancy University's Build-A-Beast
Workshop (where you will get a chance to spawn your own randomly created
Geo is also working
on a special quest for Valencia. Hope you're good at puzzles.
One of the reasons
that things have been so crazy this week was that we were interviwewed
over the phone for a weekly gaming podcast. By we I mean Artix, Galanoth,
Warlic, Safiria, and myself. Some other people were in the room but
decided to stay all quiet. *glares at Rolith*. It hasn't been released
but as soon as it is (and I like the way we sound) I'll link you guys
Some of you have noticed that Ballyhoo has
returned to town. I know that 50 free gold isn't a great reward for you
rich-as-anything level 40 players, but there are a lot of lower level
players who think gold is too hard to come by, and who would complain
about free gold? We thought we would give them a hand.
Rolith is waving his
arms in the air and telling me to let you all know that the necromancer
class armor will NOT be coming out this weekend.
I've got a lot more
work to do on this week's quest so off I go back into my TMBG, Coulton,
SweetAfton23, Regina Spektor, Katy Perry, Sabbath, Cake and Random
Other Stuff work coma!
Hey, it's still the 3rd somewhere!
Let us just say that sometimes, things don't go as planned. As big as this week's release was, there shouldn't have been anything stopping us from getting the Lymcrest floors out to you guys Friday night. But, as a few of you saw earlier today when we thought we were ready to go, there was just something not working for us this week! Call it bad luck, or call it karma for having swiped the last outback roll last time we got sushi. But after seeing this I think most will agree it was probably a good idea for us to take the new quest offline and do some much needed bug fixing.
Thank you all for your patience. Not 100% of the bugs may be sorted out at this point, but we think we've got the big ones. Some monsters may decide they want to ignore the laws of physics and walk through an occasional wall, but who are we to stop them? We just happen to be doing exactly the same thing this week, after all!
No Items Will
The release is mostly live!
For those of you who forgot, let me remind
* The Falconreach Bank with 5 free item slots for DA holders, and up
to 30 buyable slots! (LIVE)
* Continued DeathKnight final balance testing (still live)
* Continued Paladin class armor testing (ditto)
* 5 Brand New levels to the Lymcrest Labyrith (Not Live, yet but it
will be by tomorrow morning!)
* 9 Brand New weapons in Cysero's Superstore of Savings! (LIVE and pretty!)
* A new Necropolis Side quest featuring the Doomcrawler! (UNDEAD! (live))
* 3 Brand new helms dropping from the new Doomcrawler quest! (LIVE! and
all 3 helms are for any player!)
We tested our brains out to make sure there
were absolutely NO cracks in the bank code. We are 100% certain that
your items are safe in there! That really saying something for a game
as bug prone as ours... but we wouldn't have released something THAT
important without being VERY VERY VERY sure!
I spent a few hours putting my valuables
in there and trying to get them to erase themselves from existance. I
tried HARD. The Bank is safe as a... well, as a bank I guess.
Rolith is working on the Labyrinth floors
right now, they floors work fine but he's working on a few methods to
make creating them faster for us. He assures me that they will be released
The 9 new weapons in my shop are some of
my favorites that I've ever made, but that is one weaponsmith's opinion.
They're really pretty creepy.
I will also mention that the Sandsea Inn
is also live. I will ALSO also mention that there is nothing to do there
but walk around and talk to people. I like people and I like talking,
so I count it as part of the release.
Have a good weekend guys!
Alright, so it's offically the 3rd, but I figured I'd drop in to let you guys know that the new labyrinth floors are going to be a bit later then originally expected. Check back here sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Admits, It Was
A Bad Hint
So It Is A Bank
It's some new functionality
that Rolith has been working on for a while and
he's pretty sure that he's got it working. Which
is to say, he's pretty sure it won't take all the
items that you put in the bank and vanish.
The "Inventory Issue"
has been a big one in DF for as long as we can remember and having
buyable bag slots really
helped but it just wasn't enough. If you have a Dragon Amuelt, (Sorry
free players, but inventory takes server space and the DA helps pay
for the servers!) starting
tomorrow, you will be able to go into the Falconreach Town Hall, speak
to Aleisa and use the power of your Dragon Amulet to open your own pocket
dimension with 5 FREE extra inventory slots! If that's not enough for
you, you will be able to use Dragon Coins to add slots to the bank, up
to 30 total slots in addition to your backpack!
One neat function of the bank is how you
can use it for stackable items. If you drop a stackable item into the
bank (like Defender's Medals or PvP Trophies, etc) then all future drops
of that kind will automatically join the stack in the bank. How do we
do it? MAGIC!
In addition to the bank we will be continuing
both DeathKnight and Paladin class armor testing.
In addition to that I will be adding 9 brand
new weapons to my Superstore of Savings (6 of them have a Disease element
so bring lots of soap).
In addition to that we will be releasing
5 new levels of the Lymcrest Labyrinth, with some special illusionary
walls so keep your eyes peeled.
In addition to that we will also be releasing
an unlockable Necropolis side quest. It will be a test of will and a
test of power against a new and improved Doomcrawler! You get to select
from 10 levels of difficulty ranging from Simple to Impossible! How much
can you take?
In addition to that, the Necropolis side
quest will drop 3 brand new helms.
In addition to that we will be releasing
the Oasis Inn in The Sandsea. There is nothing to do there but you can
talk to some of the locals. *shrug*
But really, the big news is the DA only
Side note: There are
a LOT of DF movies on Youtube. People beating me... people beating
Artix... people beating us both.... people beating us on their dragons...
but one of our players sent this
fan video to me and all I can say
is... LASER CAT! LAWL!
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