It's Wednesday! In place of the usual Sneak Peek, we've got some REALLY exciting news! DragonFable has a new intern, and some of you might know him from the forums. Welcome True Mortal to the DF team!
This is True Mortal's version of his character!
We're REALLY excited to welcome him to the team, especially since he'll be working mainly on making player suggestions and, eventually, more house items! Please congratulate him if you talk to him, because his awesome talent will soon directly benefit YOU!
A new Challenge!
To start his internship off with a bang, we're going to have a 48 Hour Challenge! Much like Lim's 24 Hour Weapon Challenge, this time we're giving you an element and you have to suggest weapons or gear that you think would fit the theme. True Mortal will make them and they'll release next Friday!
So, what's the theme for THIS challenge? Light! It's been a while since we've had some Light weapons and gear, so go all out and show us what you can do! (Note: You do not NEED to submit art along with your suggestion, but it's always appreciated. If you do, we'll try to stay as close to your idea as possible.)
This week we'll launch the beginning of the Resident Sneevil Mogloween event! This month-long storyline will take place all over Lore, but mostly in Moonridge. Can YOU discover what the secret behind the Zards' assault is? The Zardhunter and Aria need your help, and you're the only hero who can give it!
We'll also have a brand-new cutscene in Ravenloss for you! Greed, Riadne, and the ChaosWeavers do not get along as well as Greed would hope. In fact, the friction is heating things up SO much that he might just have to get out of the kitchen all together! But... what will happen to Riadne?!
A thank you!
We'd like to thank ALL of you who play DragonFable and enjoy the stories we tell, but most especially the DragonLords and Dragon Coin purchasers! Without you guys, DragonFable wouldn't be possible! We try to give you guys as many bonuses to show how much we appreciate your support as often as we can!
If YOU would like to receive all the benefits of being a DragonLord, or if you'd like some of the AWESOME gear that Cysero sells in his Dragon Coin shop, then now is a great time to help us out! You can upgrade your character or entire account here: DragonLord upgrade Or purchase some Dragon Coins and start outfitting your character with amazing gear here: Dragon Coins
This week we'll have the conclusion of Vilmor and Cryozen's story. When we last left Vilmor and Cryozen, Circe and Frostscythe, you had just survived a cave collapse, but others were not so lucky. Frostscythe revealed that he's displeased with how things have turned out, but what could he mean by that? What happens to Cryozen and does Vilmor wind up back in DragonsGrasp Prison? You'll have to log in and play the quest to find out!
You DO know, though, that Cryozen, the Great Elemental Dragon of the Ice Realm, is dying. Many of you have asked questions on the forum about why there is snow on the ground in Falconreach. In the first quest sharing Vilmor's story, we told you that the plane of Ice was crying out due to Cryozen being near death.
The snow in Falconreach is an effect of that: the plane of Ice being disrupted and disturbed. Take note of what happens in this week's DragonsGrasp quest, and check Falconreach on Monday! (unfortunately, snow falling in Falconreach would cause too much lag, so we'll just keep it falling in the Design Notes!)
For rewards for the Betrayal quest, we'll have:
Frostscythe's scythe (you guys have been asking for this one for a LONG time!)
And a note: If you collect rares, you MIGHT want to hold on to your Frozen Claymores even though we're introducing Frostscythe's scythe. We might be doing something with them in the future.
But that's not all we have for you this week! We ALSO have a brand-new Willowshire quest! On the forums, alot of you are wondering about many of the questions we raised in last week's quest. Who is the mysterious Rare Item Hunter? What is she kneeling in front of? What will happen to the rare artifact? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week's quest!
It's going to be a busy release for you guys, so I'll let you get right to it! Let us know what you think of the release on the forums, Facebook, and Twitter!
So, I was poking around on AQ as I am wont to do on lazy Sunday evenings, playing a couple of quick random quests, and low and behold, I saw something interesting.
September 19th, 2010 was my 7th year playing Artix Entertainment games. You see, I am one of the many staff members who came up through the community, and ultimately ended getting to help make these games happen. So over the last seven years, I’ve gone from being a player, to a community staff member, to game staff, to lead coder on DragonFable, and server-side coder for MechQuest. I’ve even managed to find the love of my life over the past seven years all thanks to these games!
Seven years is an awfully long time, I was just entering my senior year in high school when I created my original AQ account. That seems like a lifetime ago, and really, it sorta is one. Forum question, when did you start playing AE Games? What is the clearest early memory of the games you’ve got?
I know between the proposal posts and this one, it seems like we’ve done a lot of sappy appreciation posts lately, but every word of them is genuine. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without these games, and they wouldn’t get to be here if it wasn’t for you guys, so thanks! But remember, I am not ALWAYS the happy go lucky guy that you see here, and man oh man have I been watching the Thursdays pass this month. Tick Tock, everyone, Tick Tock.
I’d stay tuned to design notes tomorrow for more details on what’s heading our way this week, but looking at my todo list, it’s going to be one of the biggest releases, at least in terms of work for me, we’ve had in quite some time.
Grab your gold doubloons, me hearties, because today be Talk Like a Pirate Day! And not only that, ye scurvy dogs, but it ALSO be the day where we DragonFable team members give a hearty cheer for two players who's suggestions have made it in-game!
For the new Parrrrotical Pete the Parrot Pet, head to Rhubarb in Falconreach and tell him ye want one of these adorable (yarrr, pirates can like cute loot too, ye know!) pets or ye'll swab the deck with him!
And be not shy to let Margus20000 and Zhukai know ye're likin' their work on the forums, because Lim liked their work enough to turn it into in-game art! YARRRR! Each of their weapon sets be in Serenity's Player Suggestion Shop in the Falconreach Inn. Ye can get a tasty mug of ale there, or just take a break from adventurin'(ye lazy land lubbers!)
Here's what we've got fer ye:
Spirit of the Forest I,II,III (level 25, 40, 55 sword)
Cheers to ALL who submitted in Lim's 24 Hour Suggestions Challenge! Do ye like this format of Player Suggestions better than the huge thread that be in the DF Suggestions board? Short, timed submission periods that give ye a better chance of havin' yer stuff seen by the artists? Let us know on the forums!
Now I'm off to sail into the settin' sun! (It's got to be settin' somewheres, right?)
Enjoy yer Talk Like a Pirate Day and Player Suggestion Shop loot!
Yarrrr! Talk like a pirate day is almost here, me hearties! And we've got a hearty release for you because of it! Lift up your eyepatch, because you'll want to read this with BOTH eyes to make sure you don't miss any of the details!
Return to Ravenloss
First up is the Ravenloss quest! You'll need to head back underground and talk to Tomix to start the Dark Tower Penitentiary quest. Once you venture into this prison, you might find yourself con-vinced that you need to get out, because it's a dark and dismal place; NOT somewhere you want to be without the key to leave!
And speaking of Keys, you're on the lookout for the Icicle Key! (And the Bolt Key, which you never found in the last quest.) It'd be thrilling AND chilling for you to find it here in the prison, because that means you're one step closer to getting into Pellow Village with Tomix. And don't forget about Riadne! She's a prisoner of the Chaosweavers, and they're not likely to want to let her escape!
Rewards will be:
Black ChaosWeaver Guard Helm (your face turns into a blackened ChaosWeaver head)
ChaosWeaver Guard Helm
Verne's Steampunk Blade
Verne's Steampunk Staff
Verne's Steampunk Dagger
The weapons come in levels 20, 33, and 53 and are Metal element.
And don't forget to check out Willowshire! We've got a new, small quest which advances the storyline and provides new information! We'll soon be focusing on this area of Lore, so you'll definitely want to make sure to stay up to date on the releases there!
If it's been a while since you brushed up on it's story, why not go and battle Gorgok or have a chat with Lord Valorus? Now's a great time to catch up!
Rhubarb says "Ahoy!"
Yarrrr! Sunday be "Talk Like a Pirate" Day, and Rhubarb's ship is docked in Falconreach Bay to celebrate! You can find him by Serenity's Inn in Falconreach with THREE shops full of booty-tastic loot to swap for your gold doubloons! (If you don't HAVE any gold doubloons, you'll either need to swab a few decks or get out there and get battlin'!)
All Seasonal Rare weapons from last Talk Like a Pirate Day have been tagged as 2009 weapons, and new versions (including a higher level) have been made and tagged as 2010 versions. Rhubarb's piratical pets are back, as well, so if you love those Pirate Monkeys, now's your chance to bring one aboard as a crewmember of your very own! The Pirate Monkey pets ALSO got a new level: there is now the Pirate Monkey Admiral (level 60)!
For a comprehensive list of TLAPD seasonal rares, just look down:
Prismatic Matey's Cap (matches your armor's base color) (sold for Dragon Coins)
Mirroed Matey's Cap (mathes your armor's trim color) (sold for Dragon Coins)
Red, Green, White, Blue, and Black Matey's Caps
And on Sunday (the real Talk Like a Pirate Day) we'll have a brand new pet: the Piratical Parrot! (Lim needs time to finish the animation)
That's not ALL that'll be new on Sunday, either! Lim's given you 24 hours to suggest ideas (or submit art) for a new set of Wood weapons! These will be the Player Suggestion Shop weapons. While we have a TON of great ideas in the Suggestions board thread, we want Wood weapon suggestions specifically so that we can fill in some gaps in the weapons selection. It's been a long, long time since we had some new Wood weapons.
It's a BIG release this week full of bountify, bootyful loot and brand new quests! So what are you doing still reading the Design Notes? Log in and get questing!
See you on Sunday when I update the Design Notes with news of the new items!
It's another Wednesday Sneak Peek, and this one is all about the Ravenloss quest this week!
So, you know that you're headed back to Ravenloss, and you know you're looking for Riadne and the Icicle Key, but what does the key look like? Take a peek at Tomix's "Guide to Equilibrium Gate Keys"!
You found the first 4 keys (the Cloud, Flax, Ember, and Shell keys) but did NOT manage to get ahold of the Bolt Key! If you don't know what happened to it, now's a great time to replay the last Ravenloss quest to get caught up! The newest Key is the Icicle Key, and you'd better make sure you get your hands on it! And, while you're searching for it- and Riadne- why not keep an eye out for the Bolt Key? It couldn't hurt!
These keys are so pretty, I think I just might turn them into weapons. They resemble daggers in a way, but we'd have to make them scythes so everyone could use them. Thoughts on this idea? If we DO do them, they'd come as end-of-the-Saga rewards. Gate Key scythes: yes or no?
And in case you missed the preview of the Dark Tower Penitentiary's art style in the Design Notes a few weeks ago, here's another look!
It's been a LONG time since we've visited Ravenloss, and we're all happy to get to work on this Saga again! Remember, it takes Tomix a bit of time to do the art for each quest, but we'll hopefully be alternating Ravenloss quests with Clashening quests from now on so that we can get both chains finished up!
See you Friday for Talk Like a Pirate Day (Ahoy! I spy new booty AND returning seasonal rares!), the Player Suggestion shop, Willowshire and the Dark Tower Penitentiary!
*** Update to the Design Notes ***
After realizing that we already HAVE a staff member named Geno (he writes for AdventureQuest), we've decided to go with some Kenog and Sator for the Stone and Nature dragons! Thanks very much to UltraPowerPie, a forum ArchKnight, who became our human anagram-machine and suggested the new names!
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 *
March: Ai No Miko (pictured above)
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!
Hello! It's Monday, and we've got some BIG plans for this week! But first let me tell you about the big plans I had for dinner last night, and the even BIGGER mistake I made.
My mom and grandma have cooked up some great recipes over the course of their lives, and recently my mom sent a bunch of them to me. I thought it'd be fun to try making a few of them. A few weeks ago, I made American Spaghetti for me and Rolith. That was a great success, and both Rolith and I loved it. Now, the Macaroni and Cheese I made last night, on the other hand... that did not go so well.
What happened? That's very simple. Typo-demons in the recipe. You know that here at Artix Entertainment, we have a fond relationship with typos; we make them, fix them, then make more. And then fix THOSE! So I was very familiar with typos. But I didn't know before making the mac and cheese that there WAS a typo in the recipe! And it was a very, very, very bad typo.
My mother's recipe called for FOUR POUNDS of shredded cheese! (For comparison, you can get a bowling ball that weighs four pounds, or a medium-sized chihuahua.) That seemed like a lot to me, but I always remembered her recipe tasting very cheesy, so I shrugged off my doubts. I could only fit three pounds into the recipe, but I thought it was close enough.
It turned out... interestingly. It was VERY cheesy. Not bad. Rolith had a second helping, and Beleen wants a whole bowl of it (she does love her Mac and Cheese!). But we have SO many leftovers!
As for the typo... after calling my mom and telling her about my culinary adventures in dairyland, we realized that she had meant to type four CUPS of shredded cheese. Four pounds is much, much, MUCH more! (Four cups of cheese is 2 bags (half pound bags). Four pounds of cheese is 8 bags!)
Anyone up for four pounds of deep fried macaroni and cheese squares? Because that's all we can think to do with the leftovers. I'm not really sure what lesson to take away from this anecdote, besides never trust my mom's memory! (You probably won't encounter that particular situation, but always doublecheck your mom's memories, just in case.) In closing, this recipe has definitely left me cowed.
On to what to expect this week:
An update to Willowshire
Some player suggestions in the PS shop in Falconreach's Inn
Talk Like a Pirate Day shop
And the next quest in the Ravenloss chain!
We've got some new content for Willowshire planned, so if you've enjoyed that new town, get ready to head back! Maybe a quest, maybe a shop? It's only Monday, so not even WE are quite sure what will go there yet, but it'll be fun!
You guys asked on the forum for more Player Suggestions, and we love giving you what you want (when we can)! Looks like Lim will have some work to do; we'd better get ahold of him quick! He's loving being back to school, but we really miss him at the DragonFable table. Sadface for SCIENCE!
Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up, me mateys! Yarrrr! (Note to self: you sound very silly when you talk like a pirate. Don't do it outloud. Wear an eyepatch instead and call it a day.) We'll have a shop with some new-old things and some new-new things, so grab your gold doubloons and be prepared to spend, spend, spend on parrots and pirate hats!
Ravenloss is BACK! It's been a long hiatus, but the search for the Equilibrium Gate keys will continue this week in the Dark Tower Penitentiary! You'll be searching for the Icicle Key AND Riadne, since at the end of the last quest, she was captured by the ChaosWeavers. If you've forgotten what's been going on with Tomix, Greed, and the Chaosweavers, now's a great time to replay the chain and refresh your memories!
The new Dragonsgrasp is live! Rolith has done some crazy things today for this release too!
As Circe taunts Vilmor from the shadows, Vilmor becomes enraged and ice bolts go flying! Take up the chase with Vilmor and try to catch up to Circe! You're going to have to fight off Circe's summoned Frost Shocks by yourself though because Vilmor is focused on one thing and one thing only... taking down Circe!
I think Circe might be in trouble...
You might notice something strange during the battles too.... This quest is called The Chase for a reason! Rolith has once again tried to bend The Engine to his will by making you fight as you run. You might notice The Engine fighting back a little (i.e. there are a few graphical glitches still) but overall the effect is really cool.
Make sure to check out Alina's new quest as well! Those crazy togs have potion-master-napped her!
It's Friday again! (How is it Friday again so QUICKLY?! I am all behind from having Monday off. Anyone else have that feeling, or is it just me?)
But not to fear! I may be behind, but our release certainly isn't! We've been working hard these last four days to bring you the answer to an important question and more than a little bit of suspensefulness in the DragonsGrasp quest. So lets get right to the details!
In the Dragonsgrasp quest this week, we'll pit the dastardly Circe against the infamous Vilmor as you and Vilmor race to catch up with Circe as she tries to lure you to an unknown destination. (With a cast of characters where EVERYone is hiding something, things are definitely not what they seem, and it's up to YOU to figure it out!) Geopetal has some devious plans in store for the ending of this quest, so you'll DEFINITELY want to make sure you're caught up with Vilmor's storyline so that you can play this week!
And in "Alina's Answer," Rolith waits (im)patiently for her to respond to the question he posed last week. But before she can DO that, they're interrupted by- you guessed it!- TOGS! What you might NOT know is that Rolith and his tog companions really do care for each other (they think the Togicides are FUN. Togs are weird.) and when they heard Rolith was proposing to Alina, they got VERY jealous!
Now, togs are not that smart (obviously), and so when they pooled their collective ideas, all they could come up with was to keep Rolith from Alina the only way they knew how! Captain Rolith needs YOUR help, hero, in order to rescue Alina! And just because he's so invested in this quest, he's coming along with you to help! (Yes, that means Rolith is now a guest that scales to your level and damage! He is a super-strong Knight Captain!) Are you a champion of love or a fan of frustrating Rolith? For our sakes, HELP ROLITH!
I'm still recovering from catching some Con-Rot (tm) sickness, but I promise that next week things will be back to normal. Or as normal as they get here in DragonFable!
PS: In Alina's Answer, you'll hear barking togs. You might remember them from the Popsprocket chain. But if you've forgotten, let me remind you of one of my favoritest things Ghost has ever done with sound: he recorded his mother in law to get the bark! XD!
We're back from Con! (Or never left, in Geo's, Ghost's, and Tomix's case).
If you don't follow Artix or Cysero on Twitter, you missed one of the funnest and funniest parts of the rides to and from Dragon*Con! They twittered the phone numbers of the public pay phones at the rest stops we took breaks at, and players from all over the country called and talked to us! I hope we do that again next year, because it was awesome to get to talk to you guys!
Dragon*Con was AMAZING! (And not just because Rolith proposed, though that alone made the trip the most memorable I've ever taken!) We saw SO many great costumes, had a lot of laughs, and even watched Cysero, Alces, and Electro's robot battle in the Robot Wars contest!
The last night was probably one of the craziest times. Rolith and I wandered around with Artix, Cysero, and Alces. We snuck into a REALLY weird film festival (we tried all sorts of devious ways to open the door before we figured out we could just turn the handle and go in), then left that and went to watch anime music videos. That was nice, except I am really far behind on my anime, so there were a lot of spoilers there. Then Cysero, Alces, Rolith and I left to go find crazyfungoodtimes.
Also, hotel carpeting is REALLY bizarre. Who thought THIS pattern was a good idea?
We wound up in the Gaming Room (full of like-minded gaming nerds playing anything from Werewolf to Magic to Settlers of Catan and beyond). This was at around 2am. Were we tired? NO! So what did we do? Cysero and Alces signed up to battle Mecha in these huge pod-like contraptions that would immerse them in the battles. Rolith and I waited with them for a little while, then wandered off to play Werewolf.
The silly villagers thought ROLITH was a werewolf (doesn't EVERYONE know the Pactoganol Knights have a "No Monsters" policy? Gee, guess not!), so they lynched him. Too bad they were wrong! (That's what Rolith gets for not telling the truth in a more convincing manner. Never hestitate and don't be afraid to look an unwashed con-crowd right in the eyes!) After that, we wandered back to Cysero and Alces and played card games with them for an hour or two. The people next to us gave us Gift-pizza! Free pizza is never unwelcome at Con at 4 in the morning. We lost Cysero and Alces as they finished up battling and headed to a rave. And a drum circle. And probably to get into more trouble that they didn't want to tell us about so that we weren't made accomplices.
Look for more stories of Con on the AQWorlds Design Notes page to come later in the week!
Now on to what to expect this week!
We will definitely have a DragonsGrasp quest for you! After hearing the story of Vilmor and Donovan's exploits as children, your hero must have a pretty good idea about Vilmor's character. Maybe! Or maybe we still have a TON of surprises left for you in this awesome DragonLord-only chain. I was talking to geopetal today and she told me about a scene she's envisioning for the end of the final quest. I can't WAIT until you guys see it!
We'll also (hopefully) have Alina's in-game answer to the question Captain Rolith asked last week. For those of you who read the Design Notes, you've already gotten your answer. But for the DF players who only play the games, they've been left hanging. I'll give you just ONE hint for what the quest will involve: "BARK!"
I hope you guys had a GREAT weekend. I know we sure did! I am exhausted. I still need to go and pick up Kata and Rolith's kitties from the boarder. Then go home and unpack. And then sleep for a week.
Geo just pointed out that if I sleep until Friday, I won't get my quest done. Sadface! This is why I never take geo for granite, though. She's a rock-solid boss! AND tomorrow is her birthday, so happy birthday, pbl!
Yay, it's live, with only minor explosions! (Thank you, Verlyrus and AKs for helping with the bug smooshing!) I apologize that the quest is so late and hope you enjoy it!
We left your poor character in a tense fireside chat with the infamous Vilmor... this week that conversation continues as Vilmor reveals who Donovan is and what childhood was like for them. Fight your way through legions of imaginary monsters as Kid Vilmor and Kid Donovan as they just start to test their powers out!
I just wanted to give you guys a quick update for the Dragonsgrasp release this week which, unfortunately, won't be live until... soonTM tomorrow. Since we've an official quest Wednesday and a super secret fun (grats Rolith and Alina!) cutscene yesterday, the Dragonsgrasp quest is running a little behind (poor Ghost has worked his ghostly fingers to the bone!). Be on the lookout for it tomorrow though!
But oh, you guys already knew! Of course you did! I'm surprised (REALLY surprised) we were able to keep something so huge (to us) a secret for so long.
When Rolith asked me to marry him tonight, I said "yes"! I THINK my exact words something like "yes, oh yes!" but the last couple of hours are a little hazy. I think I'm still a little lightheaded. I am so very incredibly, completely happy. And I'm thrilled that you guys were able to share Rolith's INSANE secret plans with him! Like he said, we met and fell in love thanks to Artix Entertainment, DragonFable, and the amazing community that has grown up around them.
So, how did he do it? That's a funny story:
The last night of the first Dragon*Con we met at, we found a little corner off a small hallway at 3am. We sat down and talked for four hours about nothing and everything. How little we knew that two years later, he would take me to that very same hallway and ask me to marry him!
And, true story, the first people to congratulate us were two strangers (one a man in a black leather kilt. I love Dragon*Con!) who walked into the hall right after Rolith asked me. They didn't say anything, just walked down to the end of the hall, stopped, turned around, and came back to us. The man walked up, shook Rolith's hand and congratulated us. Then they walked away. Strange man and pretty lady, I don't know who you are, or if you'll ever read this, but thank you very much for sharing the happiest day of my life with me!
So, now I know! And you know! And I'm going to sign off now by thanking you all for sharing the happiest night of my life with us. I'm going to go spend some time with Rolith. Goodnight!
Did you guys know we were capable of keeping secrets from you?
Sure, we manage to keep certain story-lines under wraps for a few weeks, or maybe even big ones, like the nature of certain egg meanings, or the big ending to the Orb saga, but those we keep secret because we have to. It'd ruin the fun for you if you knew them. It's not our fault we're normally so bad at it, we get to be extremely creative people, and it's hard to keep that creativity from you guys when it's brought to life before our eyes and there are still so many days until Friday, or whenever the release is due.
So I'd like you to keep that in mind, as I share with you the biggest, and best secret I've ever kept from you guys.
Also remember, I'm not a very public person. While you've gotten to know me through these design notes and on the forums, I tend to keep the big private stuff very much to myself. The idea of how public and personal I'm about to be with you guys blows my mind in and of itself. So remember that too!
Alina and I met for the first time at DragonCon, more than two years ago; but that doesn’t really cover it. Our friendship started over IRC and IM more than a year before that. Neither of us can think of exactly when we started talking all day every day, but it's been more then a couple of years since we've gone a whole day without talking. And for us to meet at DragonCon, brought together by nerddom, and our shared passion for the games we both lived and loved so much felt, well, right.
At DragonCon '08 I got to hang out with an awesome person, who happened to have the most startling blue eyes that I've ever had the pleasure to look into.
For over a year after that we stayed at that point. We were friends, as near enough best friends that it wasn't worth thinking about even though we had only ever met face to face once. We flirted, on and off, but innocently. And still were just friends when our second DragonCon came and went, despite what some here at the underground lab thought. (Looking at you Thyton, Artix, Beleen... actually pretty much everyone.)
Things didn't start changing until Alina worked up the nerve to leave her friends, family, and life in Chicago to make the leap to developing for DragonFable full time and move to Florida. When she arrived, it wasn't long before we got to work together, hang out together, and even spend weekend afternoons watching really bad (and really epically good) British TV. Instead of finding the switch to real life friendship awkward or nervous, both she and I quickly realized we were growing closer and closer.
So, I said we've been keeping a secret. If you haven't figured it out by now, Alina and I fell in love. And yes, secrets are fun, but it's about time you guys got let in on this one, because, and I'm being completely honest here, it's your fault.
Or, I should say, it's all thanks to you.
If it wasn't for Artix Entertainment, this game, it's wonderful community, and all of you, I would have never met the love of my life, and realizing that makes me feel so humbled, and lucky.
So, as you read this (and if you're reading this from the future, sorry for the spoilers) you guys are officially more in the know than Alina. She has no idea I've spilled the beans on the Design Notes (and in game). She also doesn’t know about the very special question I've got in store for her tonight.
Yes, I am proposing to Alina. Tonight. And you guys are in on it. The idea of asking her this question and not getting you guys involved was inconceivable, so there you go. I'm off to ask the most important question of my life and enjoy the rest of DragonCon. Hope you guys enjoy a wait, because I'm rolling this DNs live from my cellphone, and not sure when Alina will be able to post her answer. Not until very much later, I'm sure. Shhhh. She thinks I'm checking for bugs reports from the release testing right now.
Oh, and if you see us at DragonCon between now and when her answer is posted, CHECK FOR A RING FIRST. Don’t congratulate her before I’ve managed to ask, that’d be highly awkward.
Lim has a kitty! And WE have a release for you! So, it's Wednesday. We don't usually release on Wednesday, but since most of the people in the Secret Underground Lab are going to be at Dragon*Con on Friday, Geopetal said "Hey, Alina. Why not release on Wednesday, and then you won't have to worry?" Geopetal rocks!
So today we have a brand new Clashening quest for you, returning after a Summer-long hiatus! Lim wants to show you his latest experiment, and it stars his favoritest kitty ever, Mr. Poofles! His theory is that if you put a cat in a box, it's impossible to tell if it's in THIS dimension or an alternate one. Makes sense, right? Of course it does. It's SCIENCE! There's just ooooooone little problem: Mr. Poofles doesn't FEEL like being a volunteer, and if you've ever tried to make a cat do something it didn't want to do, you know exactly what is going to happen.
YOU have to track him down; follow the cat-prints through Falconreach and hope you find him before Cysero does! Because Cysero is in the mood to do magic, and you know what THAT'S like, right? (Pssst, remember the Guardian Tower getting turned into a fish? Yeah, we don't want a repeat of that, now do we?)
Four different levels of Mr.Poofles will drop as rewards from the quest, so if you sold or never got your Mr. Mangles pet, here's your chance to get another cutetastical cat for a companion!
Dragon*Con update! Remember, Dragon*Con starts on Friday (and runs through Monday)! If you're in or near the Atlanta area, why not stop on by and say hi? We'd love to meet you, and we'll have plenty of Sharpies on hand to sign shirts, socks, hats, foreheads... whatever you have handy! We'll also be selling some of our swag at our panel:
"The NPCs Critical Hits" CD
Upgrade Cards (4,000 BattleOn Points)
MechQuest Artbook (which you can have signed by our friendly team members for a few extra bucks)
ChickenCow T-shirts (puchase includes the Chickencow Pet in both DF and AQW!)
And remember, if you come up to us at ANY point throughout the convention and say hi, you can ask for a free non-member pet in AQWorlds!
Here's the official stats for our panel and party (remember, we recommend Dragon*Con for players 15+, but if your parents are alright with it, come on over and have fun!):
AE/AQW Panel (3 hours of gaming madness) When: Saturday, Sept 4th, 2010 Where: The Sheraton Hotel - The Savannah Room Time: 1pm to 3:30pm... unless we fall asleep
Gaming Party When: Saturday: Sept 4th, 2010 Where: The Sheraton Hotel - The Capitol Ballroom Time: 10pm to 3:30am (Although... we will probably grab everyone and flee to Voltaire's concert which is scheduled that same night.)
We hope to see you there! I've got a bit more work to do, then I've got to run home and make sure I'm all packed. Kata is staying at a boarders, and I miss her already! But she will get to play with Rolith's kitties, so she won't be TOO lonely!
Enjoy the quest, and we'll have more to release for you this Friday!