11 2010 DragonFable - Design Notes: November 2010
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November 29, 2010

War, the Stores, and more Orbs (not in that order)

Happy post-turkey day food coma recovery period! (Wow, that's a mouthful. Much like Thanksgiving Day was for most Americans!)

If you experienced the great feasting that is Thanksgiving this past weekend, I hope yours was full of food and merriment with friends and family!  I had a great time visiting Rolith's family in rural Pennsylvania, the land where so many great coders come from!  (Note: that smell you smell when you're driving over there is probably a hog farm. Or mushrooms. You won't smell chocolate in the air unless you're near Hershey, Pennsylvania. We were not. I learned this quickly.) There was VERY much food thanks to some very nice grandmas and aunts and cousins who cooked all day. And then there was VERY much napping on couches as people slept off copious amounts of turkey and side dishes.

I went with some of his family out shopping on Black Friday. That was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, probably because we went at 4 PM instead of 4 AM. All the crazy shoppers were gone already. And so were all the great deals. Sadface!

But even if you didn't get nifty discounts on Black Friday, you aren't out of luck yet! Today is Cyber Monday so if you prefer online shopping (like I do) then get your mouse-button finger in gear and get clicking for some great deals!

Speaking of great deals, have you seen the NEW electronic gift certificates for BattleOn Points at HeroMart? (Electronic means no shipping!)

You can buy them in the following denominations:

  • 5,000 BP for 25.00 USD
  • 10,000 BP for 50.00 USD
  • 15,000 BP for 75.00 USD
  • 20,000 BP for 100.00 USD

They're REALLY convenient because you don't have to do anything but click a few buttons on your keyboard, then hit print on your printer! And if you don't want to involve your printer (hey, some of us are running low on toner!), then you can just email yourself or a friend the gift certificate! If you want something to wrap, though, you can have the snazzy gift card mailed to you or a friend! 

And that's not the ONLY deal we've got going on!

Get $10 FREE! in the biggest RIXTY Promotion of the Year!

Feeling the need for some bonus game currency? From now until December 31st, you’ll earn $10 FREE when you deposit $40 or more into your Rixty account using Coinstar machines or Rixty prepaid cards.  Spend your $10 bonus in any of our online games!

Got questions on how to use your Rixty card to get BattleOn Points?  Check out this nifty and helpful webpage! Rixty How-to

Our Black Friday shops will remain in-game until TOMORROW!  Why tomorrow? Because Tuesday has no shopping-related adjective attached to it.  I'm open to hearing ideas for Tuesday names that will convince us to extend the shop another day NEXT YEAR, though.

And if you've been fighting in the Thankstaking War, don't give up yet!  The war's at 41% and you're doing GREAT!  The boss should be unlocked in another couple of days, and with it a VERY pretty Fall-themed drop made by Lim.  Also, sometime today look for a button to allow you to access the Nitro-sponge catapault quest directly from inside the war camp.  That should make you explosion-happy warriors, well, happy!

But what's coming up THIS week, you ask?  That is a very good question! And one I am prepared to answer! 

If you look at the Design Notes entry below this one, you'll see that TODAY we've updated Hunter's Paradise, and in the next couple days, the war's boss fight should go live! But on Friday we'll have TWO more Orb quests for you!  We'll have the next Earth Orb quest as well as the conclusion to the Darkness Orb Recovery mini-chain! 

We've got a LOT of work to do this week, so I'd better get back to it!  Eat some more leftovers for me, I'm too full to eat for a few DAYS, at least! Later, taters! (Mmmmm, mashed potaters!)

Tags: Alina Thankstaking HeroMart Earth_Orb Darkness_Orb

November 29, 2010

Hunters Paradise Update

Hail adventurers!  This week we have a special extra mini release for you, and it is not a quest.  We just updated the town of Hunter's Paradise* in a couple ways. There is music, and more npc dialogue, and, well.. I'll let you discover the rest.  There is something new here that we will be seeing more of in the future, for certain.

*  Travel south, then south-west from Valencia to reach Hunter's Paradise.  

Tags: Ghost Hunters Paradise

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November 26, 2010

Black Friday

It's early morning on the Friday after Thanksgiving and that means it's Black Friday sale time! This year we have three themed shops for you!

* The Half-Off Shop which features some of the coolest items from DF at half price and half-drawn!
* The Black Market Moglin has a special shop with high level items from devious weaponsmith True Mortal!
* Twig has special Black Marker items he made just for you!
* Check the Gold and DC Stuff shops at your Real Estate Orb!  There are some new Fall and Thankstaking-themed items there to spruce up your house with holiday cheer!

Have fun shopping and working off all the turkey from yesterday! We'll have a new quest for you guys later tonight!

The new Earth Orb quest is now live! Visit Guardian Fortuna in Willowshire to start your search for the Nature half of the Earth Orb. Will you be able to survive in... the Temple of Gloom!?

Tags: geopetal

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November 24, 2010

Happy (almost) Thankstaking!

What does Dr. Voltabolt's turkey say? Gobble gobble GOBB-*bzzzzt*!  It's the day before Thanksgiving for all our US players, and that means that it's the start of the Thankstaking event!

This year, we're giving Oishii, the most High and Deadly Lunchlady, a bigger role to play in DragonFable.

From her home in Battleon, she's heard many things about previous Thankstaking feasts and events and she does NOT like what she's heard. At all! She wants to completely reform the holiday into... the Feast of Welcomegiving! She's invited the WHOLE town of Falconreach to a gigantic feast and invited everyone to bring their favorite recipes! Can you guess what Artix is bringing? How about Cysero?

Unfortunately, with being the Most High and Deadly Lunchlady comes some... interesting recipes! Oishii is using Dr. Voltabolt's brand new Pressurified Cookatron 3500 Pressure Cooker (or as Dr. Voltabolt calls it, the "Prezzurified Cookatron 3500 Prezzure Cooker) AND she's mixing in her super-secret spice blend into all the dishes the townspeople have brought.  That can only mean one thing! MUTANT FOOD!

We've got a bountiful buffet of new food-beasts for you to battle in this year's Thankstaking War:

  • Slimed Potatoes
  • Cranbatty
  • Jellatonous Cube
  • Chocolate Moose (my favorite!)
  • Turkeylime Pie
  • and the boss monster: ???

We've also got some TASTY new rewards for you in Doctor Voltabolt's Thankstaking shop!  I wouldn't try to eat any of them, though.  Oishii/Lim collaborations might just TASTE good, but they'll cut your mouth up something fierce!  The weapons below cost Turkey Tail Feathers and Corn Kernels and come in levels 33, 53, and 60.

  • Maize Staff
  • Pumpkin Pie Daggers
  • Cornycopia Mace

So suit up your armor and grab your gear, because WAR is here and it's time to BATTLE ON!

But that's not all we've got for you today!  Rolith has built a BRAND-NEW Challenge quest!  You asked for harder battles and we love giving you what you want! Especially when it involves togs!

So head on over to Oaklore and talk to Captain Rolith to go on one of the craziest and hardest quests in the game!

We hope you have an AMAZING Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, US players! (And a great Thursday if you're not American!)  Rolith and I have a plane to catch in, oh, less than an hour.  So lets get this War in gear and fight, fight, fight for the side of Turkey and Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Cranberry Sau- is lunch here yet?!

We hope you have an amazing holiday! Stay safe if you're traveling to see family, and enjoy each other's company! 

Your continued support and enthusiasm is something WE are really thankful for.  Thanks, guys for staying with us, enjoying our games, and letting us know how we can improve them in the future!  I'm going to go catch that plane with Rolith and spend the holiday with him being thankful for what we have.  Ciao (and chow), guys!


PS: We'll have THREE Black Friday shops AND a brand new quest from Geopetal to release on Friday, so look forward to that as you slowly come out of your lingering food comas.

PPS: New levels of Defender Belts are in the Defender Shop!

Tags: Alina

November 23, 2010

Child's Play

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Thank you for making our donation possible!

Child's Play is a charity that raises money to make lives better for sick children in hospitals around the world. It was started by gamers, like you and me, and is a cause that the BattleOn Games Team feels very strongly about.


It fills us with happiness that we are able to pass along the support that you give to us to this worthy charity. We have just made a donation to Child's play on behalf of all the 2nd Upholders, AQWorlds MembersAdventureQuest Guardians, DragonFable DragonLords, MechQuest Star Captains, and Epic Duel supporters. Thank you for making it possible to support them with a platinum sponsorship!

Artix always says that you can never fail unless you give up. If you're still trying then the game's not over. It's really true. There is a great children's hospital in the town where I live and they were not on the Child's Play network of hospitals. So I did a few minutes worth of research on the internet, called the people in charge of fundraising and told them all about Child's Play. Today they are contacting the charity, becoming a benefactor and hopefully some of YOUR generosity will go to help the sick kids in that hospital a few blocks from my house!

If there is a children's hospital in YOUR town, maybe you can do the same thing! All it takes is a little effort and you can improve the lives of so many people. It's amazing to see what gamers can do when we put our minds to it!

Thanks, everyone, for supporting BattleOn Games (Did we tell you all that are changing the name of the company?), allowing us to make great adventures for you and for making our support of Child's Play possible! It's all because of you.

Tags: Cysero

Code Monkey
November 22, 2010

Start of the Holidays 2010

Things in the underground lab are never what you'd all 'normal' by any means.  I mean a typical work week involves undead invasions and more caffeine and sushi than is strictly dietarily recommended, but this week was destined to be stranger than usual.  It's time for Thanksgiving in the United States and the entire Underground Lab is in a hurry to get things done before the big Turkey day this Thursday.  Me and Alina both have an even tighter deadline than the rest of the team because we are leaving early Wednesday afternoon for a trip to the land where all great Code Monkeys come from: rural Southeastern PA to visit my family and enjoy the first Thanksgiving home I've had since I started working with Artix Entertainment.   

All this hurry and we're planning one of the biggest release weeks we've seen since... well... last week!  But to be fair, Falconreach Idle was a HUGE event.   

Oishii, the Most High and Deadly Lunch Lady has sent out invitations to you and the rest of the Heroes of Lore to join her for the Feast of WelcomeGiving, and as a personal warning, I'd make sure your war gear was ready.  Harvest Time in LORE may be a time for giving thanks and preparing for the long winter ahead, but if past years are any indication it doesn’t matter how good the chef is, expecting trouble is just practical advice, and with a name like "Deadly Lunch Lady" well, maybe you should stock up on some Healing Potions from Reens and sharpen your skills and swords.  

Coming Friday we're also bringing out THREE shops for the biggest shopping day of the year.  Cysero will be releasing new wares, of course, but the Black Market Moglin will throw his hat in as well.  So too, strangely, will Twig.   

All and all, along with a quest from Geo this Friday this week's looking far too busy for the three working days we've got, well, two and a half at this point.   

Which is why I'm more than a little crazy to shove in my own release, too.  There's been talk lately of how there aren't quite enough challenges in DragonFable.  I've decided to fix that at least a little, and let you guys be glutons for punishment of your own choosing.  Rolith will be directing you into hunting the Great Obsidian Tog. 



Your task is to take out the Obsidian Tog, but clearing out his many minions will reward you with an increasingly difficult final battle.  Pick how hard you want the fight, and see how successful you can be.

See you at the release!

Tags: Obsidian Tog Rolith

November 22, 2010

The Midnight Bandits!

For those who have been following the minor npcs in Hunter's Paradise, you know that Dirk and Rat have set off on their big adventure.  Equipped with nothing more than some shabby weapons, sweet costumes, and their wits.  But what has become of them?  Well, we know they were in the crowd during Falconreach Idle.. but that is their last known whereabouts. Those who know them are a little apprehensive about what they might have gotten themselves into, and likely for good reason. 

Shenanigans Incoming!

I have some ideas for these guys and what I want to happen to them and around them, but I thought it would be a lot of fun to let you guys decide their fate. If you haven't already, go check out what we know of their story and post on the forums about what big adventure(s) you'd like to see for these two goons. I think I'd like to keep these guys in the background of the game, so they won't be getting their own saga or anything, but maybe we can see some of their antics along the road. Maybe they wind up co-mayoring a town somewhere, or in jail, or who knows?  There are still lots of areas and towns on the Dragonfable map that we haven't explored yet, most of which you don't even know about!  So let's find a spot for them… and you decide where & what, so consult the map at Serenity's Inn and upstairs at Hunter's Paradise, and let's have some fun with these two.  And we will even reward some of you whose ideas we use with DCs, woot woot!  The funnier, the better! 

The contest will run for one week and please, please, pleeeeeaaase try to be brief with your entries so that I have time to read them all!

Tags: Ghost

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November 19, 2010

Tonight on DragonFable... FALCONREACH IDLE!

Falconreach Idle with your host, Lim!

It's DragonFable's very first voice-acting event! (So make sure your sound and music options are checked!) Starring the vocal talents of George Lowe*, Cysero and Lim (voiced by their real life counterparts), Serenity (played by me), and Lime the moglin (voiced by the talented Nythera), Falconreach Idle is DragonFable's first parody of all those reality TV talent shows you know, love (or maybe hate) so much!

And it ALL starts tonight! It'll be a half-hour packed with action, puns, and a panel of judges who are VERY ready to tell you exactly what they think about your act!  So instead of grasping your remote control, you'll need to grab your mouse and click your way to Falconreach because YOU are going to be a STAR! 

Rewards for Falconreach Idle are made by Tomix and True Mortal in recognition of your awesome acting abilities on-stage!

Who will come out on top? Who will Lim choose as his assistant weaponsmith? How will George Lowe react to all of DragonFable's many puns, and how closely will Lim stick to the script that was written for him?

Find out by logging in now and taking center-stage in one of the biggest events DragonFable has put together in a long, LONG time!

* the voice of the famous cartoon talk-show host, SpaceGhost!**
“Space Ghost” and “Cartoon Network”are both registered trademarks of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company.

Return to Hunter's Paradise!

Talk to Karina to accept her newest hunt if you think you're ready for it. Then get ready to head out, because...

Danger lurks in the Shaal Forest! You will walk a tiny, hardly-trodden path and as you try to move stealthily through the trees, you will be able to feel something watching you. The leaves will rustle and slowly part. You'll see emerging from the shadows the deadly and venomous... Scorpiarc!

And you can bet that Teral will be able to make some sweet gear for you if you don't choose to sell its pelt once you've torn it leaf from limb!  

We hope you enjoy this week's release!  A TON of work went into Falconreach Idle, and almost every team member contributed something.  It's one of the largest releases we've ever done in terms of animation, coding, and scripting.  Not to mention the voice-acting, which is something completely new for us!  And don't forget to check out the amazing and diverse Hunter's Paradise before you log off. 

Time for us to fly, and time for YOU to star!  Have a great weekend, everyone! Leave us your feedback on the forums or Twitter!

Tags: Alina Falconreach_Idle George_Lowe Hunters_Paradise

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November 17, 2010

Falconreach Idle is coming Friday!

We are hard at work getting everything ready for Falconreach Idle this Friday! 

We had a bit of a set-back but found (what we think is) a really funny solution to the problem.  The files are HUGE because of all the sound so rather than make a laggy quest, we've decided to break the event up into parts. 

And what happens on TV when a show is broken up into parts? Commercials!  We think we've found a funny commercial, and I bet you can't guess what it'll be for.  Or maybe you can.  We can't ever outsmart ALL of you!  The things you guess before we give hints about them always surprises me!

Aaaaanyways! Here's a screenshot of the Judging panel from the event.  You'll be performing before a BIG crowd. I hope you don't get stage-fright!

Be sure to check out the homepage banner, too!  It's full of glittery text and spotlights, just like a REAL show's premiere would be!

I've got to get back to work.  Ghost just uploaded the first cutscene and we've got to get it ready for going in-game.  As for you guys: Get ready to get your star on this Friday in... FALCONREACH IDLE!

Tags: Alina Falconreach_Idle

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November 17, 2010

The Artix Entertainment Calendars are BACK!

That's right, we now have MORE Artix Entertainment 2011 Year of the Moglin calendars to sell you!  Our first print run of them sold out in under FOUR DAYS!  We know that not everyone who wanted one got a chance to order a calendar (and get the AWESOME Chronomancer class!), so we've ordered another 1,000 calendars from the printer!

If you waited to order before and missed out, NOW is your chance to grab one of these rare merch items!  We've already sold over 200 calendars from the second batch, and they're going fast!  If YOU want to own the Chronomancer class in DragonFable and AQWorlds, the Chronomancer armor in AdventureQuest, and the Chronos Mech in MechQuest, this is the time to head to HeroMart and grab your chance!

The calendar sells for $12.00 USD plus shipping. (A good idea if you want to buy multiple things from HeroMart is to buy them all at once.  That way you'll save on shipping costs!)

The calendars are selling fast and we don't know if we'll print more after this second print run is gone, so if you want to make sure to have a GORGEOUS calendar on your wall and an AWESOME armor in your backpack, then click on this link to HeroMart and pick up a calendar of your own. Time is running out! (Time NEVER runs out for Chronomancers!)

Tags: Alina Calendar Chronomancer

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November 15, 2010

Premiering THIS FRIDAY! Falconreach Idle!

It's not quite our own TV show, but it's as close as DragonFable's going to come for the foreseeable future... it's new, it will release live on Friday, it's... FALCONREACH IDLE!

What IS Falconreach Idle, you ask? I'd be happy to tell you.  Lim, that SCIENCE!-savvy weaponsmith in Falconreach, has decided you superstar heroes give him WAY too much work to do on his own.  He needs an assistant!  But not just ANY assistant will do.  Oh no, no, no!

He needs the very BEST, most specialest, most smartest, most... well, you get the picture.  Lim wants an assistant who will be an asset to him and his shop and, to find that special someone, he's holding a contest!

It's not just ANY contest, though!  It's a TALENT contest!  No one will be singing, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for those of you who don't watch that talent-show megalith whose name I won't mention but which sounds like Samerian Bridle) but there WILL be a host of other talent acts.

And YOU will be one of them! That's right, you'll be a contestant in Falconreach Idle while Cysero, Serenity, and GEORGE LOWE judge!  Lim will act as the host (our very own DF-style Brian Bleekrest, not to rhyme with any well-known talent show host names...) who will keep the show moving along at a fast- and decidedly pun-filled- pace. 

Your act will be one of 3 awesome and entertaining showstoppers.  Our very talented and impartial judges will vote and hopefully by the end of the event, Lim will have a brand new, much shinier assistant (compared to the Orb he has in his shop right now)!

There's ONE more thing to mention... now, what was it? Something about... maybe... no... oh right!  The thing that makes this event so unique! (Besides the amazing George Lowe starring as himself!)  All the main characters in the event are voice-acted!  That's right, make sure you have your sound button checked "on" this Friday because we've all read OUR lines for you!  It'll be up to YOU to read yours.  If you haven't heard what Cysero, Serenity, Lim, or George Lowe sound like in real life, now's your chance! 

True Mortal and Tomix have done some GORGEOUS rewards for you guys!  Look for previews on Wednesday in a Sneak Peek Design Notes!

That's all for today!  Enjoy your Monday, I'm off to get a hot dog with the crew. 


Tags: Alina Falconreach_Idle George_Lowe

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November 13, 2010

Battleon Holiday Sweepstakes!

Gifts from us to YOU!

Here's your chance to win a HeroMart item of your choice totally FREE! All you need is a Battleon Master Account!

On December 10th, 2010 Artix Entertainment LLC. will randomly select FIVE winners for our Holiday Sweepstakes. Each winner will be contacted via e-mail and be allowed to select ONE item of their choice from our new AE Store, HeroMart. Since they are nearly all gone, we're even setting aside five AE Year of the Moglin 2011 Calendars just for the sweepstakes.

The item will be sent to the winners anywhere in the world (even if it's not on the HeroMart delivery country list), completely free of charge and shipping.

We will announce the winners on the AQW Design Notes on December 10th!

Rules and How To Enter:

  1. All you have to do to enter is start a Battleon Master Account on our portal site (Register a Free Account here!). That counts as one entry into the AE Holiday Sweepstakes.
    *If you already have an account, see #3.

  2. For each AE GAME (not game account, but game. i.e. DragonFable, AdventureQuest, AdventureQuest Worlds, EpicDuel, & MechQuest) that you have linked to your Master Account you get ONE additional entry into the sweepstakes, for a grand total of SIX entries!

  3. If you already have a Master Account and/or have already linked your game accounts to it then you are already entered into the sweepstakes, but if you want to increase your chances be sure to link each AE GAME to your account!

  4. You must also have a valid e-mail linked to the Master Account. We will be alerting winners via e-mail, and without a valid e-mail we will not be able to contact you!

  5. The number of game accounts that you have linked to the Master Account and the upgrade status of those game accounts will not be considered in the drawing.

  6. If we get no e-mail response from one of our winners after two weeks, a new winner will be selected.

  7. AE reserves the right to disqualify entries based on a history of hacking, cheating or other violations of our Terms of Service.

  8. Good luck and happy holidays from Artix Entertainment!

Here's a link to everything I just said plus all the legal-type language that we are required to post.

Pay special attnetion to rule number two. It doesn't matter if you link 1 or 6 or 19 or 300 DF accounts to your master account, it only counts as ONE entry for DF. Each GAME counts, each ACCOUNT does NOT.

We're starting the holidays a little early but I'm always ready to celebrate something like this! We've got more contests, events and surprises headed your way before the end of the year so be sure to check back every day!

Tags: Alina Holiday_Sweepstakes HeroMart

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November 12, 2010

The REAL Secret of the Thorn

It's Friday again and time to catch up on some Orb drama!

The Earth Orb and Valorus
Our last quest in the Earth Orb saga had us racing across the country side to provide a distraction for Valencia. Just exactly what did she hide and where?

This week, on your return to Willowshire, you find that the Dravir have pushed forward and they captured Lord Valorus, the original Captain of the Tower of Earth! Fight your way back into the upper reaches of the Tower and rescue Valorous and find out the real Secret of the Thorn! A brand new nature helm made by True Mortal will drop from the quest.

The Darkness Orb and Vayle
The time has come to return to Doomwood, the Darkness Orb, and the story of the luckless Vayle!  When you last left her, she had had the most important thing in the world ripped away from her.
And she blames YOU!  But all is not lost. While she is not quite a friend, she is also not quite an enemy. Even though you're not sure of your welcome with her, you'll still need to find her quickly because dark forces are moving to form an alliance with her.

If that happens, the end of the world will be nearer than it was yesterday. And you don't want that! So talk to Tomix to see if he'll come along with you and assist you in swaying Vayle to your side.
If you can't, there will be dire consequences!  A Darkness helm, cape, and wings will drop from the quest as rewards!

By player request (/waves at Mordred) a new helm has been added to the Mysterous Stranger's Doom Helm Shop! There are now level 40, 50 and 60 versions of the Pheonix Doom!

New Music!
If you're feeling nostalgic, swing by the Shadow of the Wind Village, Osprey Cove or the Sandsea. Ghost has created new music to experience as you revisit the classic quests!

Tags: geopetal Earth Orb Willowshire Darkness Orb Vayle

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November 11, 2010

2011 Year of the Moglin Calendar up for PRE-ORDER!

The Artix Entertainment 2011 Year of the Moglin calendar is now available for PRE-ORDER!  We have less than 1,000 of them to sell for this print run, and we are not sure when we'll be printing more.  Each calendar comes with a Battleon Code Card inside it, so if you want the AWESOME Chronomancer class in AQWorlds, Chronomancer class in DragonFable, Chronos Mecha in MechQuest, and Chronomancer armor in AdventureQuest (yes you get ALL FOUR with one code!), then you need to buy a calendar of your own before we run out!

The calendar costs $12.00 USD (plus shipping).  They are NOT sold out yet, even though it might say that we are. Actually, the calendars haven't arrived from the printer yet.


If you don't remember the last Design Notes post we did with details on the calendar, here's a reminder:

  • January:    Fae
  • February:    Beleen
  • March:        Ai No Miko
  • April:        Geopetal
  • May:        Jemini
  • June:        Faith
  • July:        Nythera
  • August:        Reens
  • September:    Alina
  • October:    Safiria
  • November:    Oishii
  • December:   Aisha

We've got your favorite female NPCs from AQWorlds, DragonFable, MechQuest, and AQ classic set on stunning backgrounds!  Important dates throughout the year are noted on the individual days (so if you can't remember when DF's anniversary is, or when MQ came out of gamma, or when Frostval, Mogloween and Thankstaking are, this is the calendar for you! We list all those dates and MANY more!)


Tags: Alina

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November 10, 2010

It's TIME to preview the Chronomaner skills!

It's a Sneak Peek Wednesday once more, and I think you're going to REALLY like what we'll be showing you: the Chronomancer's skill list!

I know there's been a ton of chatter about DragonFable's newest class on Twitter and the forums, but if you haven't heard about it yet, here's some important information to remember:

Chronomancer class is the in-game promotional item attached to Artix Entertainment's first Calendar, the 2011 Year of the Moglin!  This calendar features 12 of your favorite female NPCs from AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, and AQWorlds! (You'll also receive the Chronomancer class in AQWorlds, Chronos Mech in MQ, and the Chronomancer armor in AQ when you purchase the calendar!)

The calendar goes up on HeroMart for Pre-orders on Thursday, November 11th! (That's tomorrow!)  We only have a limited number of calendars, so you'll definitely want to be one of the first in line to get your pre-order in to make sure you get ALL these AMAZING rewards!

The calendar is only $12.00 USD, which is a GREAT deal!

Lets move now from great deals to even greater skills!  Rolith, Aelthai, and Tomix all pulled together to come up with an awesome list of Chrono-skills, so without further ado, lets fast forward into the skills section of this Design Notes!

  • Time Orb: distorts opponent's reality. Reduction to opponent's chance to hit.
  • Time Storm: replays hits of damage over time. A damage over time skill.
  • Chronolock: freezes time for the opponent. 3 turn stun.
  • ChronoSphere: magical orb which buffs defenses.
  • Mana Steal: slip through time to steal opponent's mana.
  • Fast Forward: resets your cooldowns.
  • Record: 3-strike attack dealing 150% damage.
  • Multi: Bend time to allow you to hit multiple opponents at once.
  • Time Bomb: Use the flow of time itself to reduce damage.
  • Rewind: Roll back time to a point where you have more health.  A heal skill.
  • Overclock: Show time who is boss! Attack skill + 40% damage buff.
  • Age: The younger (more healthy) your opponent, the more damage you do! Attack skill dealing damage based on mob's current health.
  • MEANWHILE!: Your opponent should never look away, because while he's doing it, you're attacking! Final attack skill.
  • Blink!: An extra turn? What? Wait! We can DO that?!

There are some AWESOME skills on this list (giving you an extra turn? HOW do we do that?  Rolith assures me it works, but it sure SOUNDS like you're manipulating the game.  Good for you, Chronomancers!) And if you can guess which of the skills is a tribute to Doctor Who (some of us are HUGE Who fans!) then you get a Tempus treat!

Time flies, and so must I.  Back to working on this week's release!  I hope to battle YOU in Chronomancer class armor in DF's PVP!  Want a sneak peek of the armor?  Battle 232339 or 35 to get in-game sneak peeks of the female and male Chronomancer armors!

Tags: Alina Calendar Chronomancer

has blue eyes
November 08, 2010

Two Orb storylines in one week!

Hello hello!  It's Monday again, and Autumn is falling all over itself to flood the land around the Secret Underground Lab with grey skies and chilly winds.  It's wonderful that Fall is finally here!  Time for apple cider and pumpkin pie!  What do YOU like to do in the Fall? Jump in leaf piles?  Drink Pumpkin Spice lattes?

What I'd like to do right now, though, is tell you about what's coming up in this week's release!  We're continuing TWO Orb sagas this week!

The Stone Orb starts rockin' again!

Geopetal is working on the next Stone Orb quest!  That was underway before we took a break for Mogloween, and we're excited to be getting back to it.  We've got a lot of plans up our sleeves for this one, so make sure you follow along and if you haven't been keeping up to date on the chain, head to Willowshire and have fun playing the previous quests!

Shedding light on the Darkness Orb!

I'll be working on beginning to finish up the captivating story of the luckless Vayle and the elusive Darkness Orb!  In the first part of this two-part mini quest chain, you'll need to gather some help from a VERY useful NPC nearby and then find clues to where Vayle is hiding! (You'd go to ground, too, if you'd been through everything she's lived through!) 

True Mortal is making some super-awesome helm and cape rewards for the quest, so you can look forward to those, too!  Again, if you aren't up-to-date on the Darkness Orb Saga, you'll definitely want to make time to go questing in Doomwood before this Friday!

Miscellany and odds and ends!

And here's some bits of news to keep in mind:

  • The DoomKnight bug where the double-hit is doing 400% damage WILL be fixed this week, so if you're lucky enough to have the armor, take advantage of this oversight on our parts while you can!
  • The Doom Phoenix helm will be put into the Mysterious Stranger's Doom Helm shop at some point this week, so if you'd like to purchase it, it'll be available from him!  His shop's motto: One for all and all for DOOOOOOOM!

HeroMart has all your merchandise needs!

Like music?  How about reading? What about stuffed animals? HeroMart has got all that and MORE and we're ready to deliver it straight to YOU! (For a list of the 41 countries we deliver to, see this list.)

This past Friday our very first full-length novel, The Dragon's Secret, went on sale! With 232 pages of action-packed fun, this is is definitely a read you won't want to miss out on!  (Bonus: Talk to your teacher and see if you can get extra-credit for reading outside of class!)

It comes with a special weapon in AQW, the baby kraken pet in DF, a weapon in MQ and a LOT of stuff in AQ classic!

The AE 2011 Year of the Moglin Calendar will go on PRE-SALE on HeroMart this Thursday, but probably won't be delivered until later November. We did have a few on hand at ShadoCon this weekend so if you're running around AQWorlds, you might just be lucky enough to see their version of it.  You can see a preview of DragonFable's crazy-insane version by taking a look at the banner on the homepage.

Not only do you get the Chronomancer class in AQWorlds and the Chronomancer class in DragonFable, but you get the Chronos Mech in MechQuest and a Chronomancer armor in AQ classic!  That's a HUGE amount of rewards for a calendar that only costs $12.00 USD!

ShadoCon totally not overshadowed!

This weekend some of the friendly staff at the Artix Entertainment Secret Underground Lab traveled a little ways away to ShadoCon!  We knew we'd be seeing our friends Kimberly and Junior from One-Eyed Doll there, and so we figured WE'D set up a merch booth there, too!

For tales from ShadoCon, take a look at Cysero's Design Notes over on the AQWorlds Design Notes page!



Have a great Monday and enjoy speculating on what the quests this week will contain!  You can always contact us on Twitter or the forums if you'd like to leave us comments or feedback, too!  We look forward to talking with you! :)

Tags: Alina DarknessOrb StoneOrb HeroMart Chronomancer Shadocon

has blue eyes
November 05, 2010

Fixing, hunting, reading, oh my!

Happy Friday! 

It's definitely Fall today, even in Florida, and you can see pumpkins decorating homes and stores all throughout the area, so what better time to release a Gourd Hunt? 

Rare gourd Rewards will be dropping from MANY quests throughout the game from this Friday to next, so you'll want to replay as many quests as possible in order to get your rare, never-seen-again gourd items! 

Here's what you'll be hunting for:

  • Shiny Gourd (level 10) and Mighty Shiny Gourd (level 40)
  • Flaming Gourd (30) and Purple Flaming Gourd (50)
  • Platinum Pumpkin (20) and Glowing Platinum Pumpkin (60)

There are three new items which the pumpkins will grow into, a low and high level of each, all made by True Mortal!

If you don't feel like farming (because you don't really HUNT gourds, do you?) for the gourds, then we have a solution for you!  You can talk to Cysero outside his Superstore of Savings in Falconreach and just BUY yourself some gourds!

Of course, Nature takes her time, so the Dragon Coin gourds will also take a week to grow into the items. But for those of you with the Coins and a lack of time, this is a great way to ensure that you get a chance to grab these awesome items!

From time to time, players in the DF boards on our forum ask us to take a week off and fix a bunch of bugs.  Well, we can't just take a week off, we'd miss releasing new stuff for you too much, but this we DID sit Rolith down in front of his computer and have Verlyrus send him a list of easily duplicatable (and some NOT so easily duplicatable) class bugs to fix.  And fix them he did!  Aelthai also did a ton of fixing, while Verylrus coordinated testing and keeps track of all the bugs we let slip into the game.

The list might not look long, but a fair bit of coding and a TON of testing (thanks to everyone who ran through the new classes last night with Rolith, Verlyrus, and Aelthai) went into these bug fixes! Go Team Codemonkey!

Here's a list of what's been corrected:

  • The Zhoom guest no longer does zero damage.
  • Mage and DragonMage's Thorny Shield no longer causes a freeze when attacked by a pet in PvP.
  • Mage and DragonMage's Thorny Shield no longer decays in power over multiple battles.
  • DragonRogues using Scythes can now use the Stealth/Surprise combo.
  • Fixed an infinite stun exploit with DoomKnight.
  • DoomKnight's Wake skill works properly now.
  • DoomKnight meets 9.0 updates and the new class design.
  • DoomKnight added to armor closet
  • All easily duplicatable DoomKnight bugs are fixed (until you find more!)

And as if all THAT weren't enough, Artix Entertainment has launched it's very first full-length novel, The Dragon's Secret, written by Lyra Trice Solis, a staff writer for AdventureQuest!  It's available RIGHT NOW in HeroMart, our online merchandise store!

The novel will cost $14.95 plus shipping, and come with a WIDE variety of reward items in AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, and AdventureQuest Worlds! 

For DragonFable, we've got this adorable little tentacled sucker, a baby kraken pet! (I named mine Gertrude Melinda Octavia BlackHeath III, Destroyer of Ships and Hearts!)

For a summary of what The Dragon's Secret is about, check out this DragonFable Design Notes post!  It's the perfect size to read in bed or in the car.  But if you're going to read in class, don't blame us if you get piled with extra homework as a punishment! (But this novel is TOTALLY worth an extra paper assignment or two!)

Let us know what you think of it by posting on our forums here!

Have a great weekend, and if we're lucky, we'll see you at ShadoCon!  Artix Entertainment staff will be at our booth there ALL weekend long!  We hope you stop by to say hi, but if you don't live in the Tampa Bay area, we're always happy to talk with you on Twitter!


PS: Mogloween will be leaving the game on Tuesday, so this weekend is your last chance to get all those awesome Resident Sneevil rares!  They'll NEVER be offered in-game again!

Tags: Alina Bugs Gourds Novel

Code Monkey
November 05, 2010

Bugs Week! Updated throughout the day!

2:50 PM - Getting the files all up on our testing server and getting ready to go live.  Thanks for all the help from testers over the last couple of days!

2:10 PM - Doomknight properly in the Armor closet. 

2:00 PM - Having to make some changes to the Zhoom quest chain to make him deal damage properly.  His double-shot now deals metal damage, should make him more useful in the light-regions. :-D

1:30 PM - Working on getting Zhoom to deal damage again.  He'll be scaling like Tomix and the Candy sisters eventually but for now let's just make him useful at all again. :)

1:21 PM - For confirmation - These fixes will all go live once we're done for the day, not as they happen.  Most of the work was done over the course of the week with the help of Aelthai and Verlyrus and the testers, today's about assembling the final files, getting the database ready for the change over and making sure what we think is fixed is actually fixed. 

1:13 PM - Mage's Shield no longer freezes pvp fights with pets.

12:50 PM - Wake working!

12:30 PM - Pizza Time

12:24 PM - Infinate Stun Doomknight bug fix confirmed! Wake next

12:10 PM - Working on some final bugs and testing of changes for this week's bug fixes.  Let's see how I do with this whole live-design-noting as things get confirmed fixed.  Remeber, if something is too buggy, we might need to pull back and not release it this week,so 100% of the things mentioned might not go live this week.

Tags: Rolith

has blue eyes
November 01, 2010

Hunting down bugs and growing some gourds!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a FANTASTIC Mogloween!  Parties, candy, trick-or-treating, pumpkin-carving... it really is a FUN holiday! And Fall is such a great time of the year.  If you don't live in a sub-tropical climate, the leaves will change color and neighbors burn piles of them, scenting the air with the delicious smell of woodsmoke.  That's probably the thing I miss most about not living in the MidWest anymore.  But Florida is great right now; I spend most of my weekends outdoors grilling and chilling with friends. Does life get any better?

I know for our Canadian friends, the watch is on for early snowfalls.  Lucky people! (Ghost will not appreciate my enthusiasm for snow. Not when he has to shovel drifts taller than HE is!)  So if you ARE Canadian, I guess it's time to break out your snowboots and hunt down your shovels and snow plows.  I'll just be over here wishing for a white winter in a few months.

And speaking of hunting... let's talk about this week's DragonFable release!

It's a Bug-hunting week, so you can bet Rolith will be busy, busy, busy as a bee, or a beetle, or, well, SOME kind of bug! Busy smashing it, that is! 

For our release this week, we'll be doing a Gourd Hunt! Serenity says that she heard Zorbak sprinkled some Gruesome-Gro Gourd Glitter on the plowed pumpkin patch in Amityvale, and then directed his horde of minions to plant the pumpkin seeds all over Lore! 

If this is your first item hunt in DragonFable, here's how it works:

  • We add the gourds (or chests, or eggs, depending on what type of hunt it is) to old quests throughout the game as rare drops.
  • You run through all the old quests seeking the new gourd drops.
  • When you find one, get with your friends on the forum (if you don't have an account, now's a GREAT time to make one and join in the fun) and share what quests you've found a gourd in.
  • Wait for the gourds to grow to full size.  When they do, they'll turn into brand-new items for you to equip and wear or use!

True Mortal made the items which will grow from these gourds, so if you're a fan of his work, you'll want to get hunting this Friday!  This will be the main event for this week's release. Aside from working on fixing a bunch of bugs, we're also preparing for some BIG events this November. (Events like Falconreach Idle, the Stone and Nature Orb Saga, and Thankstaking. So much to do and prepare for!)

Time for me to get back to work!  Oh, and take a look at the new homepage banner!  Chronomancer class will be available by purchasing the 2011 AE Calendar from HeroMart!

Tags: Alina GourdHunt BugSmashing

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