04 2011 DragonFable - Design Notes: April 2011
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geopetal
April 29, 2011

Hidden Blades

Hello all! This week is the week! We get to hide the Blade of Awe! Rolith, Ghost and I have worked hard all week to make this a very epic release for you guys.

 

This BoA Dig will be a full player effort! As we search for the perfect hiding spots you'll see sections of the map above fill in with color. Each of the 45 sections has one to three short random map quests associated with it. Of these 45 sections, ten hold a single rare wave that will allow you to hide a piece of the Blade. Will you be one of the ten to hide a piece of the Blade? Will you be one of the few to chose the next spot on the map to search? '

If your quest is successful Valencia will have special decoy Blades as rewards for you! These decoys will have a health/mana vampire special!

Guardian Fortuna has also commision a special set of weapons as a thank you for helping Willowshire in their hour of need!

Lord Valrous (and Lim) have imbued the special weapon set to switch between the elements of stone and nature!

You'll have to safely hide all the pieces of the Blade of Awe before you can reap the rewards though! Good luck on the dig and BattleOn!


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Alina
April 27, 2011

Still Alive!

I'm making a note here. Huge success! (Ok, maybe I am a few years behind the times. I will get caught up. Rolith will make sure of that.) I wanted to hop on here and say hi to you guys, we haven't spoken in a while! (Or to be more accurate, I haven't typed at you for a few weeks.)

How've you been? I've been keeping up with you guys on the DF forum and on Twitter, and y'all seem to be having a blast with what's been going on in DragonFable. And let me tell you, it is only going to get BETTER! Much, much, much, WAY better. Rolith would call that a combo-breaker. +1000 pts!

You wouldn't happen to know of an unlucky day coming up anytime soon. Oh, you have? Eeeeexcellent. You just keep an eye on that little square on the calendar, and be sure to keep free of commitments, because you are going to want to be parked behind your computer, Mountain Dew in one hand and mouse in the other.  It's going to be... well. I was an English major. I write for a living. And I am at a loss to describe what is coming up. Get ready to be flabbergasted!

 


 

I've got some fun stuff to talk about, too. (Not that DF isn't always fun. But this stuff is offline-fun!) You guys might remember that recently I went to Ireland. I did not meet any Sneevilchauns, but I saw some amazing scenery, multiple double-rainbows (so intense!), and had one of the best times of my life exploring an incredible country.

Only a single rainbow, but still beautiful! Irish skies were smiling!

One of the COOLEST parts of the trip was visiting Blarney Castle. Not only did I get to kiss the Blarney Stone (I levelled up in eloquence!), but I explored all over it. Even the dungeon, which do exist outside of RPGS.


Way in the back there, that is a cell.


I also saw the murder-hole, which is the hole that defenders used to attack invaders. The name pretty much says it all.

 


One cute story I wanted to tell you guys was about the Ice-cream Eating Collie of the Little Village of Sneem." Sneem was a VERY tiny village (I think it was big enough to be called a village) that the tour bus stopped in. In the village was an excellent ice cream shop. When we got off the bus, we were greeted by a very friendly, very soggy Collie. (It rains a LOT in Ireland.) and he seemed very happy to see us all, wagging his tail and licking our hands.

My mother, sister, and I made sure to get our ice cream cones and came out to enjoy the drizzle. We watched the Collie go from tourist to tourist, local to local, from bus to bus, begging for ice cream. And he got it! I counted 4 cones devoured by the dog. Not the healthiest dog food, but probably the tastiest. The guide told us this is the dog's regular meal-time habit.


 

I have WAY too many pictures from the trip (over 600!) and so I cannot share them all with you, but I wish I could! And beyond the awesome things I got to experience, my family is Irish-American, and I'd love to take some extra time on the next trip to find long-lost relatives. If you ever get the chance to go to Ireland, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is a country that is hard to describe, but I know that I will definitely be going back there. Many times, if possible.

It is late, and I need to get ready to head back to the Secret Underground Lab in the morning. So I will leave you with this uber-adorable finishing note: Rolith and I adopted a hedgehog last night. His name is Hermie (short for Hermes, because he moves so FAST!) the Hedgehog, and he is too cute for words. Except the ones I just typed. He is cute enough for those words. Here is a pic of him being all grumpy and camera-shy after coming home:

That's all I've got for tonight, but I'll try to come around more often in the future. Even if it's just to say hi and see how you guys are enjoying the game! See you in the DF forums (which I still read every day) and on Twitter!


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Ghost
April 25, 2011

I'm in Florida!

..and ohmagawsh, I am melting. This is my first time meeting any of the AE team, and it's been a really cool experience. On the way home from the office today I am so totally picking up some ice to duct tape to my head though. Srsly.

Anyways, in DF last week we saw some spoilerrific events that I won't even mention cause dude you have to play it.. and now you've probably figured our final job in the Earth Orb saga will be to hide the treasured Blade of Awe!  Which means.. that no you will not be able to keep the sword. It's too important that it remains as far away from Seppy as possible.  But!  Before you say "Awe, man!".. True Mortal has whipped up some KILLER weapons inspired by the Blade of Awe, and we're going to give them an awe-inspiring special attack!

AWE YEAH

We also have a very cool new system written into this week's quest that I am sure you guys will love. This will be very different than every other quest in the game! Seeya Friday!  ~Ghost

Hide the Blade of Awe

 


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geopetal
April 24, 2011

Happy Grenwog!

I hope everyone is having a pleasant Grenwog! The special Grenwog shops are now live. This year we have a special Grenwog Cave House* (for those of you who prefer rocks to walls!) created by Ghost and a special Grenwog Egg cape and helms from Tomix. The cape and helm will show a different dragon egg design everytime you reload your character! Tomix has added some new ones too... how many are there now?

There is also a new item in the normal "Stuff" shop through Cysero's Orb. The Grenwog Egg Clutch will (/cough as long as I don't forget /cough) go rare will the rest of the items though!

Enjoy the rest of your Grenwog and BattleOn!

*Note: If you use a background with the house it will be camoflagued on the outside! Rolith will work on getting the Grenwog's house Cave Stealthing Unit disabled. ;)


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geopetal
April 22, 2011

Earth and Entropy

Chasing after the broken halves of the Earth Orb... betrayed by one of your own party members... then chasing after him, while a dragon overtaken by En and Tropy follows closely after the Orb as well... This week we get to see DragonFable first ever double titan fight! When you're caught between the weilder of the Earth Orb and the decaying hulk of the Entropic Gorgok will you prevail... or will you be crushed?

A special shop of simple, recycled weapons is also in town this weekend for Earth Day 2011! These metal weapons are fully recycled! ;)

Happy Grenwong!
There will be a special Grenwog shop this Sunday. Ghost has created a new Grenwog Cave house and egg clutch to decorate it with! Tomix also supposidly has something up his sleeve to help celebrate.


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Artix
Artix
April 18, 2011

We are going to be on TV!

On the show EndGame at 10pm EST tonight

OMG! Attention my fellow AdventureQuest Worlds fans... we are going to be on TV... tonight! If you are in Canada, tune into the show EndGame at 10pm EST on Showcase. AQWorlds will appear in tonight's episodes plotline. Yes, I repeat... this is not a commercial... AQworlds will actually be IN THE SHOW. Crazy!!! 

EndGame - AQworlds

Unfortunately, all of us at the lab here in Tampa, Fl are unable to see it... so if you are in Canada and can tune in -- please tell us how it is! *coughs* YouTube the good scenes for us *coughs* This is pretty huge for our gaming community! Here are the times to lookout for:

10:23:23 AQWorlds mentioned
10:24:23 5 seconds of gametime
10:26:13 2 seconds of gametime
10:35:40 Good scene
10:37:01 Good scene


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geopetal
April 18, 2011

Catching Cards and Ravens!

The AQW Anything-Goes BattleOn Battle Card Game is now available at Toys-R-Us for our players in the United States and HeroMart for our international players! It comes with the incredible CardClasher Class in AQW!

 

A New Addition to the Team!
Also a warm welcome to Eric Greydawn to the the DF Team! Known better on the forums as Eric Ravenwing, he has agreed to come aboard and intern with us. Everyone on the team is very excited to have him on the team and look forward to his contributions. I, for one, am certain that Eric will be a great asset on the battlefield!

From Eric:
Hi everyone.  Wow.  REALLY excited.  I will continue to help on the field of battle... now both up front and behind the scenes, and if there's one thing an old warmonger like me loves it's wars.  Hopefully I can get pretty creative for you in that respect!  I am excited to be joining the team! 


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Ghost
April 15, 2011

The 8th Orb is in Play!

Aww, I miss that webcomic (Inktank).  Anyhoo, we've got a rockin' release for you guys
tonight!  Trey Surehunter is unleashing the power of the Blade of Awe and the Earth
Orb together to search out all those treasure he's been meaning to find over the years,
and he will crush anyone who dares to stand in his way!  With all the artifacts he is
acquiring, Trey is steadily growing in power. It's time to end this!  * But… you are not
the only ones trying to find him.  The Entropy dragon, under the command of
Sepulchure is also hot on the trail. It's a race, and you do not want to find out what
happens if you lose. Grab your gear and head to Willowshire!


Also up this week: True Mortal's Fractured weapon set!  Seriously. Get them.


Oh, and there will be a special add-on to one of the walkaround areas connecting the
towns together… A new little area called Stoneheart Fall (not to be confused with
Coldfall Barrens, but watch your step in both places…).  It is a mysterious place filled
with mystery, mist, probably some mystic stuff, and a whole lot of awesome. There isn't
a lot here for you to do yet, but it might grow into something much larger. Stoneheart
Fall is inhabited, sort of, so be on your guard…


*Well, technically you won't be ending the saga this week, but soon you totally will!
And then sentences like that will sound a lot cooler.


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 11, 2011

Welcome Back Alina!

Hey guys its Monday.  

Yay Monday.

Alina’s back in the UGL and she poked me to make a design notes post as she gets caught up on all that went on while she was away.  Geo’s out of the office today, but we’ve got a lot of stuff planned for this week.  Let’s just hope it goes a bit smoother than last week.

Some of you that follow me on twitter might have saw over the weekend, before Alina made it back state side, I was working on a project for her.  As a welcome home present I made her some custom-designed library software, that will help her keep track of her, and I’m not exaggerating here, thousands of books.

It’s still pretty basic, and waiting for both of us to have some time to fine tune the design before it gets finished and usable.  However, it’s working, more or less.

That said, the idea wasn’t just to make something nice for my fiancé, which is always good, it was an interesting test of a few technologies I needed to get more comfortable with.  The biggest of these is taking JSON (a type of sterilization – organizing and moving data between two point) and turning it into actual useful information on a server level. 

JSON is a considerably more size efficient format then anything we’ve used before, and so I knew I would need to use it for the Player Created Content system, but I had, more or less, no experience with it more than a month ago. Again, a lot of what we’re doing here in DF’s player created content system is UNKNOWN ground for me, so each step is taking a little longer then we’d like or expect it to.

The library software taught me a lot about working with the data objects and how to deal with them using the technology we use at AE, and it should help make the rest of the player created content system moving forward.  I think I’m going to see what I can do about getting cut scenes done as soon as possible, but I’m not even going to give dates at this point.

Cya on the forums, and make sure to welcome Alina back!


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 08, 2011

Today...BAH!

So, let's go through the list of things that happened causing this week's release to be in the state it is currently.

I was not suppsoed to work basically at all this week. I was planning on taking vacation but I'm more then DragonFable's code monkey (I was brought on to the AE team orignally as a webcoder, after all and only got put on the DF team after I blundered into the Mogloween release before MQ came out) and some behind the scenes work came up and I ended up working the second half of the week.

This left little time for me to get ahead on the DF release, but that wasn't a big deal. We've done every part of this week's release before in other quests. Never together, mind you, but each part has been done before, so while there was a boatload of work for Geo and Ghost to do, assembling the final parts of it shouldn't have been that big of a deal. Right? Right.

It was a big deal. I do belive every single component broke in this release. The cutscnes? Wern't advancing right. The Fae class/guest code? Broke and missing some skills that we wanted to go in (I'll see what I can do about getting them in over the weekend, small consolation as that might be.) Moving monsters? Well, you see the occasional sticking one? Well all of them were doing that. The amazing thing is? They're all running the same exact code. So as to why some are sticking and others aren't NO idea.  What's even more stateling is that this code hasn't changed, at all, in over 3 years since Lymcrest was fixed and revisited.  Geo's used it several times to no ill effect, but apparently Flash decided it didn't like it anymore and broke it.  Scaling on monsters didn't work, and while that's not exaclty unheard of, the reason for is (too long to go into details here...) compleatly backwards and shouldn't be wrong.  *sigh*

So, while this release ended up pretty awesome, and the animations on Fae


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geopetal
April 08, 2011

Nature's Keeper!

A new installment of the Earth Orb Saga is ready for you guys! This week you'll get to fight as Fae as she tells the story of how she found the Nature half and escaped an army of fighting elementals. Most importantly... Fae may have the key to getting the full Earth Orb back from Trey Surehunter!


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geopetal
April 07, 2011

Fae-bulous!

Tomorrow we continue with the Earth Orb Saga and answer a few questions about the mysterious Fae and just how she found the Nature half of the orb. Ghost has been hard at work on the cutscenes and a few tricky traps for the quest. True Mortal has also made a beautiful Nature set for the quest rewards!

Nature-y!

A new hidden shop will also appear tomorrow somewhere in Lore! Hidden in a secret nook, the Zurvana Set awaits... but can you solve the devious riddle that unlocks it?


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geopetal
April 04, 2011

A Rocky Saga

Happy April!
We started this month off with a bang! Well... with a carnivorius ficus at least! Town has been cleaned up slightly for today, but the shops will be disappearing tonight. The Titan Chickencow will be a permanent addition to Cysero's quests though and the Zurvana Set may be able to be found sometime in the future... (/cough Friday) if you look hard enough.... (Though it's location would most definately be a spoiler if you found it.)

This Week's Release!
This week we will be jumping back into the Earth Orb saga and we'll be answering a few questions about the mysterious girl who found the Nature Half as well. How did Fae find the Nature half? When did she find it? Just how old is she?

AQW Card Game!
The new Adventure Quest Worlds card game will be at Toys-R-Us on April 18th! Check out the official card game website for videos on how to play and a sneak peek at the exclusive Card Clasher class (it's an insanely awesome class made by Minimal) that comes with the game.


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Timey Fly... ies...?

11pm: The end of the day. A new trinket is out as well. We all survived... I think. I haven't seen Rolith. I'm starting to worry. But so tired....

 

Oh. Oh no.


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Mindtwisting

10pm: So tired. Confused. So close to end. Too much coffee. Mind spinning. A new scythe. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher.

One left to go!


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

A Titanic Fight On Our Hands

9pm: Another quest. Another fight. We must rally.... We can... can.... do this!

Can you defeat this most nefarious of titans? Khelios has created an insane fight, with the help of the Cysero, that conforms to Mr. Ficus exacting standards. Will you win? Or will you be the one to end up with egg on your face?


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Tardy Is...

8pm: So tired. Must not sleep. Must release.... more.... A new house item. The Blue Box. Can't figure out how to open door....Can hear Cysero experimenting. Even more scared now.

3 hours left.


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Zurvana Set

7pm: Tomix has made a beautiful set of time weapons. Hopefully Mr. Ficus will be appeased. Hopefully.

4 hours to go....


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Ghost
April 01, 2011

Hurk.... Blurgh!

6pm: The Knights in Willowshire have finally cornered, Bargok, Gorgok's insatiable cousin. Can you defeat this horse chomping... hurk... horse... urp...  oh, wow.... Just... just defeat him. Please.

Talk to the first Guardian inside the Willowshire gate!

Bargok could not handle the mandatory coffee schedule. He has been dealt with.  ~Ficus


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Double Rainbow!

5pm: Found Tomix. Luckily before Mr. Ficus. I think the air has been infused with caffeine. He created a new scythe for you. Working on more, but time flies... who knows what the future will bring?

Oh no... I hear leaves rustling! Back to work!


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Ghost
April 01, 2011

100 Cups Of Coffee

4pm: We have transcended.... so much coffee.... everything else seems to move... so.... slow....... New Trinket in the Coffee Addicts Shop!


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Ghost
April 01, 2011

Dented Shield Inn

3pm: Togs can still hurt ectoplasm... The Willowshire Inn has finally been repaired and is open for business...

So sorry, Mr. Ficus.

Help Us!


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Alina
April 01, 2011

The Ficus is Eternal

2pm: I can hear the togs growling... Another level of Eternal Spring weapons for you. More new stuff to come... (Hopefully!)


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Bubble Boy

1pm: Mr. Ficus is not happy. So not happy. Working as fast as we can.... I can hear a tog growling somewhere... but I can't see it....

Escort the Bubble Caravaner to Dragesvard. Don't pop the bubble!


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Eternity is Forever

Noon: Another level of the Spring Eternal Weapons.... Hopefully food will be here soon. Need sustenance... something other than coffee....


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Tooooo Muuuucccchh Cooofffeeeee

11am: Too much. TooMuchTooMuchTooMuch.....


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geopetal
April 01, 2011

Spring Weapons

10am: A new weapons set for you guys. Hopefully we have enough for the whole day.... Hope springs eternal!


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Found Coffee

9am: I was sitting at my desk, work work working. The next thing I know, I'm waking up with Mr. Ficus standing over me.... Leaves dripping. Rolith found coffee though, so hopefully that won't happen again. I hope it's enough...


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Even More Weapons

8am: Last level of True Mortal's weapons... Must find more to release... Must find more coffee....


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Alina
April 01, 2011

Time Is Running Together

7am: Is it 7 already? More coffee... Time is all runny....


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

More Weapons

6am: Another level of True Mortal's weapons... I think I can get away with this...Have you ever seen a plant angry?  Like, really angry?  Well, give that plant a tog.  The sight's not pretty.


Tags: April Fools Project C8 Rolith

Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

Coffee

5am: The dripping of the coffee... like the water dripping off of ficus's leaves... Not sure how much longer I can hold on....


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

So tired....

4am: True Mortal... made some weapons... releasing a level now... so tired....


Tags: April Fools Project C8 Rolith

Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

Lamp!

3am: Lamp!

Need more coffee.....Coffee GOOD. 


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

Stuff That I See...

2am: Mr. Ficus... Don't make Mr. Ficus mad... Um.... I made you guys some belts! Yeah... belts!


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

Mr. Ficus....

1am: I was wrong... Mr. Ficus followed me home... He...knows where I live.  I'll never be safe again... he's scraping my window.... C8 continues, without a break. I got ahold of Tomix... here's a DerpFish....


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Code Monkey
Rolith
April 01, 2011

April Fools!

Midnight: Happy April Fools, guys! As some of you might ahve guessed, 24 releases in 24 hours is a little crazy... it would take a lot of coffee! A new CMC is up for you guys right now though and we will have a few more surprises for you later on today.  I'll be hanging out on the forums for about an hour, and will check in there before I crash for the night.

Time to relax for now though. The weather has been crazy today and it's looking very sinister outside! In fact the wind's blowing so hard a there's a scraping on the window.

 

Oh he think's he's done for the night? We'll see about that.


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