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Cysero Is Giving
Out Thanks !
November 26th, 2008
I'm happy to say that this is
one of DF's largest release weeks ever!
Armor Saving is LIVE. Everyone say 'Thank You, Rolith'.
(Thank you, Rolith)
All you need is a DA, a house,
the Orb of Saving and 7213 Gold per save (my fault)... Or a DA, a house, and the
Armor Closet. The Armor Closet costs 1000 DC and the Orb of Saving costs 20,000
Gold and BOTH are avaialbe in the Dragesvard House Item Shop and the normal
House item Shop.
2) Dr. Voltabolt is
back in town trying to show the world that science is better than magic. He
really thinks that we should all thank him for opening out eyes... and if we
don't thank him of our free will... then he will take the thanks from us by
Thankstaking 08' is live with
the Holiday Turkey Leg Weapons and the popular Butterbomb pet (in various
levels.... new level 45 weapons!) that have made this event a DF favorite. It's
an interesting combo event. The weapons require you to defeat RWARGOBBLE., the
Turkey Dragon (Yes, he is breathing cans of cranberry sauce onto you. My fault.)
as well as a few Dragesvard War Waves to get the Corn Kernels and Defender's
Medal's to make the weapons.
Turkey Feathers are rare drops
off of RWARGOBBLE, of course. You'll need those to buy and upgrade your
Butterbomb pet. All the weapons and pets are for ALL players... Dragonlords and
free players alike!
You will notice that there is
only one way to get the weapons but you don't have to chain level them. You can
just buy the highest level. Butterbomb on the other hand is different. There are
2 ways that you can get him. You can buy him directly at whatever level you want
with a SILLY amount of farming.... OR you can get the lowest level and chin
level him up with corn kernels. Choices are good.
If you are a Dragonlord, you Dragon Amulet allows you to invite 2 friends along
to help battle RAWRGOBBLE or you can face the Extra Large version on dragonback!
Caution: Titan fight ahead.
Sir Ano, standing guard outside Oaklore Keep, once again needs your help to
prove himself. One of the cooks from Sir Loin's kitchen has gone
missing. Alac is writing and producing this quest chain so all Mushroom Pun
complaints are to be directed at her, so she can ignore thm instead of me.
Zorbak, standing near the fountain in Amityvale has a task for you.
Zombie Dravir are swarming a cave in Doomwood and he would like your help in
clearing it out. All he asks in return is to keep one of the mysterious orbs for
himself. hilarious quest by geopetal, amazing cutscene by Ghost.
The Dragevard war is heating up (cooling down) and the Boss is
waiting for you. We all know that Gary the Ice Elf is involved in the end of the
war, but what could the incompotent Ice Elf possibly do? It's up to you to beat
the war and find out, heroes.
Lastly... (big breath) Dragonslayer armor is still up for balance testing
and you might want it for the Turkey Dragon and the Zombie Dravir. The Months of
the Dragons is drawing to a close, with the big Dragesvard finale coming after
the war so test the armor while you can guys! it will be going live soon!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in
the States. It's a day set aside for people to really take a moment and reflect
on everything in their lives that they have to be thankful for.
I've got more to be thankful for
this year than ever before (Thanks Bekah) and as in the past few years
a very large part of what I have to be thankful for... is you guys. You are the
best game fans, the best game community on the web. You are loyal, considerate,
obessive and best of all, forgiving (typos, bugs, puns, etc).
Thanks for making DragonFable
one of the best games on the web because without you, all of you, this game
would be nothing.
So, on behalf of from me, the
whole DF team and all of Artix Entertainment... Happy Thanksgiving!
Do You Want?
Have you been fighting in the Dragesvard war? I have!
With the release just one day away, we've finally started to get
the DA Only Feature class saving functionality up for staff testing (those of
you watching our character pages - I know who you are - might have noticed this
started sometime late last night. Things are going well, but I thought now would
be a good time to get expectations in line.
How things are going to work:
Armor Closets will be able to equip all armors and save them for
free. As often as you want.
Gold-based (Dragon Lord Only) Orb of Saving will allow you to
save your currently equipped armor as your default one. This will cost a LOT of
gold to be prohibitivly expensive.
From both, you will be able to return to your base armor, and
Now for what you WON'T be able to do.
Snuggle Bear, Shadow Classes, and Chicken Cow Lord will not be
saveable as default. These classes don't work the same way normal ones do, so
they require special code, which won't be ready for release.
None of the secondary classes have any AI code attached to them.
So when someone fights you in PVP the only thing you'll be able to do is attack
over and over again. This code is slightly time consuming to write, though a lot
of fun. I plan on adding it over time, with your input! Check out
this thread and request which armor you think deserves the AI coding most!
Also, You will not be able to save any of the special class
armors, like Kid Artix, Kid Nythera, and expecially not your dragon rider, for
obvious reasons.You will also not be able to save any testing armor (like the
current dragon slayer armor) until it is fully released.
But remember, the only way you can save your armors is to have a
Dragon Amulet and own either the DC-based Armor Closet the new house item - the
Orb or Saving - coming to the game this week!.
However, some MORE interesting news - the Turky Dragon we're
fighting this week will have several modes. One giant sized fight for you to
take on yourself, one more sinister version that is meant for DAs to bring their
friends along for, and one that is so large you will have to go one on one with
it on dragon back!
Wish us luck with squashing bugs! And if I don't get a chance to
post again, to all you American players I wish you a happy and safe holiday this
weekend, and that you all have my humble thanks for getting to do this week in
and week out for you!
Cysero Is A Voice Actor
November 24th, 2008
My Computer Works Again!
Man oh brother, what a week.
The BEST way to tell you
everything that's going on would be some sort of musical event. I don't have
time for that so I'm just going to make a list.
1) This week's release will be
in WEDS instead of FRI, cause most of us have famalies and the ones that don't
are invited over to my mom's place.
2) Dr. Voltabolt is at it once
again. It's funny how this mad scientist / dentist always has the best of
intentions but is perpetually drawn back to his natural tendancy to try to
destroy Falconreach and all who live there.
This year he has invented a
Turkey Dragon. It sounds like this:
You'll learn more about that on
3) ARMOR SAVING IS FINALLY
MAKING ITS WAY TO DF! As we promised, the ability to save your armor WILL be
built into the Armor Closet for easy access but a lot of you were saying that it
should be a DA feature and not a DC one exclusively.
We listened and we agree.
Once again the DA prooves it's
power. This weekend, in addition to adding the ability to load your class using
the Armor Closet you will also be able to save your class there BUT we will ALSO
be adding a new item into the house shops (for sale for GOLD, not DC) which will
enable anyone with a Dragon Amulet to save their base class and starting items.
It won't load your classes for you like the Armor Closet does, and it will
charge a fee (also in gold) every time that you save your class and starting
items.. but it will be available to any Dragon Lord who has a house!
So if you're tired of running to
Doomwood and loading the Paladin or Necromancer armor every single time that you
log in... then these are the items for you!
3.5) We also plan on releasing
upgrades for the houses! People have been calling for at least 2 more rooms to
decorate, so we will be adding upgrade houses (also for sale for gold) with 2
additional rooms to decorate.
4) Alac is working on the next
step in the Sir Ano quest chain in Oaklore. I Have to admit that I'm pleasntly
surprised by how many of you knew who Cyrano DeBergerac is. Well done you.
You will want to stick with this
quest chain. I won't give away anything but it will change the face of DF
forever. But not this week.
6) Geo is putting together
another quest for the weekend. This time Zorbak needs your help cleansing
Doomwood of some of it's more vile monsters. Or does he?
6) The war SHOULD br drawing to
a close this weekend with new items dropping form the boss fight. A lot of you
complained that some of the fights have been too easy so I stepped this one up a
little. The conclusion of the Dragesvard war is nearing but remember, heroes of
Falconreach, the ability to unlock the boss fight is in YOUR hands.
Work together, save
Dragesvard.... face Gary the Ice Elf.
We're Getting There!
RELEASE IS LIVE!
So, I'm looking across the table and see one broken Cysero's
Laptop, and one broken Cysero, who is frantically working on a borrowed laptop
on the release, can't post design notes from the borrowed laptop... So looks
like you guys are stuck with me this release day!
This week we've got a few things coming out for you guys. The
Dragesvard War is progressing quickly, just as a hint for you guys, the boss
fight for this war will be VERY fun! It's got some special coding by yours
truely, and once you guys assure the safty of the north you're in for a treat. I
can't wait to see your reactions.
Also, a new knight has found his way to Oaklore, and has a quest
for you to help with. His storyline should be a lot of fun for newcomers and
those of us that have been around for a while. Two new monsters (as well as one
that needed to be recoded for some reason) were added with this quest! We'll
hopefully get a new perspective on life in Oaklore through him.
Ash is also getting some new quests to go along with the theme
of the Month of the Dragon. He will have three random dungons, each one bigger
then the previous, the largest being almost as big as the 100 room dungon! The
larger the dungon, the better the rewards!
Stay Tuned next week for our ThanksGiving release, as well as
more quests as well as the culmination of the Month Of The Dragon!
This week's Rolith Posts The Release Design Notes was brought to
you by Cysero's Dead Computer, The Letter D, and DragonLord Upgraders like You!
RELEASE IS LIVE!
Orginization is Your Friend!
So, while Cysero is on the phone with tech support muttering
over his dying laptop some secret incantations to try to get it to last one more
week, I decided to drop in and fill you in a bit on what’s been going on around
the secret underground lab!
This week, we’ll hopefully see the boss battle with the Ice
Dragon War, (Have you been fighting? I Have!) as well as several new
quests. One new floor in Lymcrest has been completed (We’re going to go
with larger floors coming out spread over time, with every fifth being saved as
a checkpoint) as well as a new quest in Oaklore for our new players, as well as
those of you who just can’t get enough of the Pactagonal Knights.
With the new monsters being coded for the Oaklore quest (3 of
them), Boss fight for the war coding, and several other things for lots of other
projects, as well as a stack of bugs about as tall as at least some of our
players, my to-do list has grown to ridiculous levels that I’m not sure I’ve
ever seen before. All of these projects are being thrown at me repeatedly from
all directions, and it’s rather hard to keep track of.
So, of course, my first response was to hide from them and do
something fun instead.
So I did.
See the Nooby Nooby Noob quest in Amityvale.
But now that I've gotten to have my fun, it’s kind of hard to
avoid the responsibilities as lead coder forever. So I did the next best thing
to avoiding the work itself, I decided to get organized. If you’re ever facing a
daunting task, I strongly recommend having a clear itemized list of what you’ve
got left to do; it’d have saved us several late releases if we have always kept
Anyways, this morning I spent the entire morning organizing my
It’s currently 80 items long, and still missing a large number
of things, including everything I personally REALLY want to do.
I’m not kidding.
*Gulp* At least they’re organized by category.
Cysero Is In Two
November 17th, 2008
Merely Childs Play
If you were reading the Design
Notes this time last year you remember that we donated to the
Child's Play charity. It's that time of year again.
Childs Play was started by the
guys over at Penny Arcade, and it's been my very favorite chairty for as long as
it has existed. They collect money, games, and books and donate them to various
children's hospitals around the globe. Since its creation, itIt's a great way to
help people who could use some it, and to show the world what gamers like us can
really do when we put our minds to it and work together.
Personally, I have donated every
year sicne it was created and when I started making everyone else around here do
it last year, (since a lot of us were already donating) we decided to give as a
company. We were able to use some of the money from your purchases of Dragon
Amulets (and other upgrades) and donate a Gold level sponsorship.
The charity is really important
to us and we had planned to give again, but
the financial support from the Founders in AdventureQuest Worlds was so strong
that YOU GUYS were able to match our donation... DOUBLING IT.
This year we are very, very
proud to say that we are PLATINUM sponsors and you guys made it possible.
If you want to see what REAL
power your Dragon Amulet has... just visit
http://www.childsplaycharity.org and take a look for yourself. You helped
change lives for the better.
Well done, everyone. Give
yourselves a pat on the back!
Just wanted to let you all knwo
that we've been having a LARGE problem with Yahoo. Yahoo Mail blocks any and all
e-mails coming from us. So if you don't get the DF, MQ, or AQ newsletters, that
is why. If you made an account of AdventureQuest Worlds and you didn't get a
confirmation e-mail... that is why.
This happens from time to time
with Verizon and Hotmail, but Yahoo has decided to block every single e-mail
coming from us. We've been trying to get this fixed but either Yahoo doesn't
want to be very helpful (unlikely) or Yahoo has bigger fish to fry than our
little web game company (likely). Either way, we can't seem to get anyone to
give us a hand.
If you have encountered this
issue, the ONLY thing that you can do for now is set up another free-mail
account somewhere else, like Gmail.com and then change the e-mail attached to
You can set up Gmail to forward
your mail to another addresse and Yahoo shouldn't have a problem with that. We
Again, if you never got your AQW
confirmation e-mail and you have Yahoo... there is your answer, and there is
exactly nothing that we can do to fix it. Although, we are trying.
In other news, we are continuing
our Dragon themed release all the way through the end of The Month Of The
Dragons (November) and .all the games are now gearing up for our Thanksgiving
Holiday events, large and small. Directly after that begins the Frostval
celebrations, (AE Upgrade Cards make great Frostval presents... remember that
they work foir AQW too,) so we've got a couple of event packed months coming up.
You won't want to miss a single release!
Well you might want to, but you
shouldn't. You'd feel so left out.
Cysero Is STILL
November 14th, 2008
WAR and COOKIES!
It's November the 14th. This is
the day that I celebrate being with Artix Entertainment for 3 years.
Normally I bring in homemade
oatmeal raisin cranberry cookies for everyone to celebrate and thank them for
letting me work with them, but Artix had to be out of the lab today so I'm
waiting until next week.
Guys, doing this, designing
video games, especially for you guys is really a dream come true. Aside fom
having the coolest job on earth working for the coolest comapny i can imagine
and working with the coolest and most talented, hard-working lot that the gaming
world has ever seen... i get to make games for you guys, by FAR the coolest and
most appreciative gaming community in the world.
I'm so grateful for the
oppritunity to live out my dream and keep doing what I love day after day. it
never gets boring and rather than running out of ideas I seem to get more and
more every day.
Someday the ride will be over. I
will retire or die or something else. I know that I can only do this for a very
limited time and I'm enjoying every second of it. Thanks to AE for having me and
thanks to you all for making my dream come true.
Enough of that, lets talk about
Not that one. The one in
This war is the bees knees
folks. You get to choose the battlefield upon which you wish to face Aisha and
her army of ice monsters. Do you want to fight in the human town or help save
the Killguins? Do the Ursice Savages need your help more than the Tuskers?
Even better, you get to CHOOSE
your war rewards! Each faction needs your help and each faction is willing to
reward you for helping them with their very own set of war rare weapons!
Different levels and different elements (none of them are ice) but which do you
want? Will you have time to get all of them? Tomix did a great job on these
weapons (especially the Ursice weapons... tasty) so give him some love on the
forums. As usualy Ghost worked his magic with the Guests and the new Frost Drake
monster. We relied on his skills a lot this week and he came through as always.
As usualy, nothing would have happened without Rolith, Geo and Alac and if I'm
forgetting anyone... sorry. You did great too, whoever you are.
You WILL want the Dragonslayer
armor for this war. You will SLAUGHTER wave after wave of enemies if you've got
it on so if you haven't helped us test the Dragon Slayer you couldn't have
waited until a better time!
Have a great weekend guys!
Thinks Fish are Fish
come from the land up yonder!
My devoted fans (and those of you who want to kill me for all
the time you've spent on togicides) might have noticed I have been a bit absent
the past couple of weeks. Don't worry, I have no intention of stopping the
togicides or any of my many other devious plans (armor saving is still
progressing nicely but don't expect it this week, going to be a bit more still.)
Anyways, I was up in the ancient homeland of most good
programmers, rural Pennslvania, where the winters are cold, the software stores
are far away, and they only have basic cable, for a wedding. Working from there
was an interesting experience to say the least, and not the most productive I've
ever been, but that's not the point of this post, No! I actually have a point in
this rambling tirade.
I got a PM from a member of the
forums this morning asking if I could fill him in on a day in the life of
the AE team, and I figured rather than just ignoring his PM like I ususally do
(sorry, but developers are busy people!), I would post a snippet of life here
for all to read and enjoy!
Now, I've said before and I'll say it again, it's a HUGE honor
to be able to get to do this for a living day in and day out, but only having to
wake up at 9am-ish is a nice perk too! I usually am in not much later then that,
and most mornings are spent reviewing the forums, checking out suggestions, and
looking out for major bugs that were discovered overnight, and handling them
when they show up.
If there arn't any, often mornings are when I get to have a
little fun working on my side projects / major entries on the to do list / proof
of concept code, but once we get going in the late morning/afternoon the "fun"
ends and the real work on the release begins. Day in and Day out, this usually
involves coding classes, quests, and any new additions due out that friday.
Often times this also requires attempting to get major changes
up for testing as soon as possible (thursday at the earliest...but we're getting
better!) and handling the testing process. Some of the mods, mainly Alac, help
with this part, and it gives them a chance to make suggestions and offer up what
they think you guys will think. All the while, Cysero and Geo are working on the
creative side of the weekly quest, laying out the maps writing and animating the
cutscenes and setting up the monsters for you to fight. It's ususally a very
frantic friday where my code goes into their designs and ususally it dosn't work
until very, very close to release. More often than not I am here till 7-8 trying
to ensure that the release is out on time.
There you go, a rather clinical and boring look at the day to
day life of a AE Programmer. If you were expecting some crazy story full of nerf
gun fights and foam-sword battles well.. Wait, I could have told you guys about
the nerf-gun fights and foam-sword battles, not to mention the countless ninja
invasions, zombie hordes or right-sock cages! Oh well, there's always next time.
Cysero Is Keeping
November 10th, 2008
What I'm Not Allowed To Talk About
I was going to write a very
exciting design notes post but Artix said I can't yet. Don't worry, it's only
exciting to me. You're not missing out on much... and when the times comes...
POW... I'm gonna write the heck outta that post! JUST YOU WAIT!
See? I have eyes.
So, instead I will tell you some
other stuff. All my attempts at a pumpkin-asiago bread were a failure by my
exacting standards. I say they were a failure because I still have a bowl full
of pumpkin guts that I never used to make any bread. I should probably throw
that out. Yuk.
The gang sat around this morning
and talked about a couple of exciting ideas that we had for the games...
importing characters into AQW, a big hub site for all the games so you can get
to all of the games or ebil games from one big portal, tying your accounts
together to make one big AE account to people could see your DF, MQ, AW and AQW
characters all from the same page.... and my personal favorite... a, Artix
Entertainment Games badge system so you can see all the badges that you've
earned in all of the games from your main character page. ooOOooo Badges!
Keep in mind that all of those
things are IDEAS and some or possibly all of them might never happen. Still,
it's fun to talk about WHAT-IFs, isn't it?
This week, the Dragesvard Ice
Dragon Wars begin. This will be an interesting type of war. If all goes
according to plan (which it rarely does) then you will be able fight waves of
dravir, ice elves and maybe even dragons from any of the homes of the races
helping you. You will be able to defend Dragesvard with galanoth at your side,
team up with Grrol and help the shaman defend the Ursice Savage camp, bring
G'joob along as you defend the underwater home of the Tuskers, or join forces
with the mightly King Linus and defend the Killguin Battle Arena (and hockey
rink) from invading forces!
Each wave defeated will count
toward the ultimate goal of defeating Aisha each race will have it's own special
war drop (along with normal defender's medals) and each drop can be spent at a
special shop for war rares. For example, if you like the look of the special
Ursice Savage war rares the best then you can fight with Grrol to defend his
people and buy the lowest level and upgrade it using those special drops.
The DA only special quest for
this war will feature an old friend... someone we should have seen before now,
considering how many ice dragons we've already seen.
Geo is also working on a brad
new Dragon quest for this weekend, and Alac is working on a new quest chain in
Oaklore Keep, which may or may not start this weekend. Either way, this weekend
should be fun...
...especially if you're testing
out Dragon Slayer for us.
Thanks again for all the
feedback, we're started tweaking the armor out and I bet a few of you will
notice some real damage buffs for this class. SOme of you have said that there
are too many dragon slaying lance skills, so Ghost is touching up the armor with
some new animations. Keep up the good work testers! Thanks for your help!