07 2011 DragonFable - Design Notes: July 2011
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July 29, 2011

Yay Friday!

Whew! Sorry for the later release tonight everyone! There were lots and lots of little things to do for this release!

Blackwyn Tomb
Blackwyn Tomb has been a side projects of Ghosts for a few weeks. You can explore the large rambling map and find hidden shops, lockpicking puzzlesand avenge a few heroes while you're there! To finish questing there you simply have to walk back out of the front of the tomb.

There are lots of secrets to unlock here so the spoiler rule is in effect here! Who knows what you'll find in the Tomb... or how it may affect things outside the tomb as well?

Falconreach Guardian Tower
The new Falconreach Tower is up! Constructed with the original plans on what was left of the base of the old tower. Check out the new expanded tower and visit with some old friends.

Stoneheart Fall
True Mortal has opened his forge and you can now merge your Ignis Gems into new weapons, capes and helms! A few options come with even more doom!


Cysero's Superstore
Cysero has a new helm in stock as well! Check out Belial's Armored Visage!


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July 28, 2011

Tower Plans

The Falconreach Guardian Tower was destroyed in Sepulchure's ferocious attack at the beginning of the summer, but even as his fortress crashed into the tower the Guardians of Falconreach did not stop fighting against the darkness. With the war finally over, the Guardians have found the original plans to the Tower and have been rebuilding on the base of the old tower. Tomorrow's release will the new Tower complete and ready to explore!

Blackwyn Tomb
The long lost tomb of the Blackwyn line has been discovered. What monsters shuffle along in its dusty halls? What treasures lie hidden in it's darkened corners? Will you survive long enough to find out? Find out tomorrow!


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July 27, 2011

A Mysterious Orb

Make no mistake... the hooded stranger that has taken over the body of Drakath is the same one that began selling Doom Weapons outside Falconreach many years ago. An agent of darkness who wishes to rid Lore of the pollution of the other elemental realms. An agent of darkness that has spent ages slowly building up, accreting it's very being, in the shadows. An agent that has now bound itself to the most powerful weapon that Lore has ever seen, the body of the dragon Drakath!

A new peddlar now sits outside Falconreach (for now...), hawking the Doom Weapons... do you still want one?

Muahahaha.....


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July 22, 2011

The World Destroyer

Rolith has been working hard on the titan fight against Drakath. You'll get to team up with Sepulchure and, hopefully, take down the wrathful Prince...to win this battle though, you really will have to work together and watch how Sepulchure's attacks affect Drakath.

This titan fight will be available to all players, so get your dragon and fight! If you can defeat Drakath the Draconis Tenebras can be yours....

Forged by True Mortal!

Stoneheart Fall
The first quests in the True Mortal saga have finally arrived! Eric Greydawn, True Mortal and Tomix have all been hard at work on this. The Key represents Tomix's first foray into full-length cutscenes and Inroad is Eric's first quest offering. The Ignis Gems that drop from the random quests will eventually be merged into powerful new weapons and items through True Mortal!

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July 21, 2011

An Unlikely Duo

Drakath's transformation has made him the most powerful darkness dragon in the history of Lore. Neither you or Sepulchure has been able to put a significant dent in him alone... but the enemy of your enemy is, well, still a really bad guy. He's your best chance at taking down Drakath though... but even with Sepulchure and the full power of your dragon in titan form, will you be able to take down Drakath?

Stoneheart Fall
True Mortal, one of the few Spirit Wardens left, has been guarding his Portal for ages. He has lost contact with the other Guardians and now, now he has sensed a disturbance in the elemental planes. Monsters are attcking in Dragesvard and the Sandsea and he needs your help to stop them. To find out what is threatening his portal and the others attached.

This week, the first two random quests will be available in Stoneheart Fall!


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July 18, 2011

The Face of Doom

Sepulchure has been our hero's nemesis for years now, but just what exactly does the mysterious DoomKnight look like under his mask? Is he handsome? Scarred? Is there much of a face even left for the undead Knight?

The artists of DragonFable each have their own vision for what Sepulchure is hiding. They all seem to agree that he's a redhead though!

Now, I stress this more then anything I've stressed before... the following pictures are NOT OFFICIAL.


Ghost's original sketch has Sepulchure still whole. The second version is a little more gruesome and definitely more undead! Does Sepulchure still have eyes? Or is there just darkness?


True Mortal's version is much grimmer, more sallow, with red glowing eyes and marks on his face.

Tomix has red glowing eyes, sunken in his face.

Again, the images above are NOT OFFICIAL.

Is he still human, even in undeath? Or has he started to decay? Is he melting into darkness? Morphing into something else entirely? What do you picture under the mask?

 

 


 

Heya, Ghost here. Since TM and Tomix both did awesome finished versions, I finished mine too after reading some of the input you guys had on the forums. Again, this is all just for fun. :P

 

Something on ur face


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Ghost
July 15, 2011

Cutscenes. We haz dem.

Geo asked me to talk about how we do the cutscenes, so here we go…

Five days ago, Geo handed me a script.  A really awesome script for the next part of Chapter 1's finale, which we are releasing right now. Reading through it, I thought to myself "Dude.. we really need to make this one kick butt with both feet".  So, I got to work animating it.. and by early afternoon I knew this was going to be pretty danged epic. We've got such a great team, and sometimes you just know it's all going to come together perfectly. So.. I got out my guitar and cranked my amp and laid down the music you'll hear during tonight's release. After it was recorded, we asked Warlic to master the song to give it a really polished sound. That song… has been looping in my iTunes for a solid week. I find it helps me really get into the cutscene if I animate it along with the music that will be playing.. and so off I went animating the days away quickly losing all sense of time. 

Somewhere around Thursday, I had much of the cutscenes beginning to come together, and so I dug out my wacom.* I use it for all the frame-by-frame effects animations you've been seeing lately.(Like those shadowscythe symbols that morphed in and out during the Seppy boss fight). As I've only owned it for a few months**, I've been slowly getting better and quicker at using it.. Well, this week I went nuts with it. 

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Just one frame of some FX we've used. 

Combining that with the epic script, insane functionality, and years of watching way too many movies, I'm pretty sure that the cutscenes tonight will be some of the best we've seen yet. We couldn't do this without you guys, and we are all very proud to produce an increasingly better game for you. Here's to many many more years of Dragonfable! And without further ado, please enjoy tonight's release. 

*An artistic device that lets you draw on your screen with a special pencil and pad, instead of a mouse.. which makes certain artistic things really fluid, where they could never be with a mouse. 

**omgosh, how did I survive without it?! <3


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July 12, 2011

Bone Chests Rattling!

The Bone Chests are rattling and will open in just a few hours! If you didn't manage to gather one from Sepulchure's forces this past weekend, Cysero still has a few in stock but they will be gone before the boxes open at 5pm tonight.

The Bone Chests have opened! Check in with the Black Market Moglin to upgrade the items found inside. You can combine the items with Vertebral Columns to upgrade them. The Vertebre are located in the Special Essences shop.


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July 11, 2011

A Message from Circe!

One of our favorite things about DF is the relationship between the designers and the players. There's a good rhythm there, a lot of back and forth that is so rewarding. The two most noticeable markers of that relationship are the discussion in the GD and the suggestions in DF Suggestions. As the game changes and as our responsibilities to it change, we've discovered that the old way of taking suggestions doesn't always work. We want there to be more feedback and more interaction, but we also want it built around discussion - around the exchange of ideas. This prompted us to come up with ways we could blend suggesting with discussing.
 
To that end, DF Suggestions will be eliminated by July 1st. Make sure you save all your work stored in that forum to your private computer!
 
On July 1st, DF Suggestions will disappear and special suggestions threads will appear in the DF GD! Members of the game and forum teams will be posting threads soliciting specific feedback from the players to improve or supplement the game. While this does mean that we're not allowing players to submit any suggestions they want anymore, it also means that we're going to utilize General Discussion forum to get player participation channeled in a way that makes it more meaningful to game design.
 
We appreciate your patience (and tolerance!) during this period of upheaval and look forward to seeing your ideas!!
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Hiya geo, Any news on the DN announcing the DF Suggestions/GD merge?
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Sorry to be a nag, geo, but I'm getting ready to leave in a few days and I'd ...
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One of our favorite things about DF is the relationship between the designers and the players. There's a good rhythm there, a lot of back and forth that is so rewarding. The two most noticeable markers of that relationship are the discussion in the GD and the suggestions in DF Suggestions. As the game changes and as our responsibilities to it change, we've discovered that the old way of taking suggestions doesn't always work. We want there to be more feedback and more interaction, but we also want it built around discussion - around the exchange of ideas. This prompted us to come up with ways we could blend suggesting with discussing.
 
To that end, DF Suggestions will be eliminated by July 1st. Make sure you save all your work stored in that forum to your private computer!
 
On July 1st, DF Suggestions will disappear and special suggestions threads will appear in the DF GD! Members of the game and forum teams will be posting threads soliciting specific feedback from the players to improve or supplement the game. While this does mean that we're not allowing players to submit any suggestions they want anymore, it also means that we're going to utilize General Discussion forum to get player participation channeled in a way that makes it more meaningful to game design.
 
We appreciate your patience (and tolerance!) during this period of upheaval and look forward to seeing your ideas!!
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Code Monkey
Rolith
July 09, 2011

It is done.

It has been an honur and a pleasure to punish you guys over the last almost two months.  You've done it, 20 Million Waves.  Enjoy your well earned rest, it won't last long.  Chapter One's finale continues next Friday.


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July 08, 2011

The Final 13th Generals

The war bosses are ready and waiting... and they're not happy that their Bone Chests are being stolen off their soldiers! The war meter sits at 96%... will you be able to finish the war this weekend? Or will the Bone Chests hold their secrets for longer? For if Sepulchure's necromancers aren't defeated by Tuesday, the mysterious Bone Chests will remain locked!

Stoneheart Falls
True Mortal has updated the artwork of Stoneheart Falls! Check out his new look!


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July 06, 2011

Bone Chests and Blackwyn Tomb

The war rages on... and now, as Sepulchure's forces are beginning to be forced back in the confusion of his absence from Drakath's betrayal, bone chests are being found! The Talus Chest, Horn Chest and Ossien Chest will drop rarely from the war waves until Sunday midnight, though Cysero has somehow gotten his hands on a few that his Orb is selling for 75 Dragon Coins each in his Superstore.

What could be locked away in these mysterious chests? You'll find out next Tuesday.... but only if the war boss has been defeated!

This week is an all out push to defeat Sepulchure's army while it reels from losing the command of the DoomKnight! True Mortal is working ferverishly on war rewards right now. If you defeat Sepulchure's Necrotic Generals you could wield a new weapon to fight against the darkness!

A work in progress!

Coming Soon: Blackwyn Tomb
A mysterious light glows faintly in the darkness of Doomwood Forest.. A tomb lost for centuries has just been uncovered behind Hunter's Paradise! Ilon, the archeologist who found it, would not dare to enter. What kind evil lurks amongst the spirits long since buried there? What is causing the Blackwyn line to walk again? Are you brave enough to explore the tomb and find out?

Ghost has been working on this new map for you to explore in a few weeks and there's sure to be lots of goodies to be uncovered within!


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Code Monkey
Rolith
July 02, 2011

Limited Quantity Shop Live!

As I post this, the limited quantity shop is hosting a new item!  Less then 1600 of these guys are left:

So if you want to get your hands on this awesome Sycthe, head to Falconreach now, because once they're gone? They're gone forever!


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July 01, 2011

The Ultimate Orb

The final, dark tower lies before you, with Sepulchure's spies waiting to fight! Can you make your way the top before Sepulchure creates the Ultimate Orb? If you can't stop Sepulchure... who will?

True Mortal and Eric Greydawn have created these wicked weapons as quest rewards this week... if you can make it through!

Limited Quantity Shop
In honor of Sepulchure's final plan being put into motion, a very special scythe has been crafted as well. Only 2000 of these will be available, starting at 6 pm EST, Saturday, July 2nd! For 400 DC, you will be able to purchase the level 30 darkness scythe and, it's rumored, the Black Market Moglin has Vertebral Columns in stock that will upgrade the scythe into level 50 and level 70 versions!

Spine-tingling!


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