On October 26th, 2006, Artix Entertainment premiered its first ever animated short, Artix vs. The Undead!
You can even play through Artix vs. The Undead in DragonFable's Necropolis chain! The very first war in DragonFable was the Undead Assault. Artix, always fighting for the light, has even exorcized the three spirits of Frostval!
What we're saying is he really, really, really, really likes destroying undead creatures.
Coming soon, you'll be able to help your favorite paladin in his eternal quest to rid the world of the evil undead! The original Undead Assault minigame has been resurrected by Kraken and it'll be up to you to play as Artix himself and take out all the shambling skeletons, flying eyeballs, and other disturbed dead using your trusty axe... or maybe even a little dragon fire*!
*Also, doesn't that dragon look super amazing?
The best part? You won't even need to drag around your desktop to help rid the world of the undead. You'll be able to up your undead-slaying game while on the move, whether you're using Android or Apple!
Hi guys! In a few weeks the beginning of the end of Blood and Roses begins... to end! /ahem
So, waaaaaay back in September we previewed the concept sketch that Oishii made for the refreshed Frydae and, today, the vampire lord's artwork is finally done (and it might mysteriously find its way to Book 1)!
The Goblin Vampire King
Oishii worked with me on the story for Blood and Roses and we strived to plan through the entire storyline and to lay out all the relevant background info. We talked about everything from how people are turned into vampires (need to be drained to the brink of death - too little and you don’t turn, fully drained you will actually die - then drink the vampires blood which is now mixed with yours) and werewolves (one bite and you're infected) in DFs Lore. We talked about what elements affect the curses and how lycanthropy is tried to the moon.
We also spent a lot of time discussing just who exactly these NPCs in the Doomwood were. What did they want? Why do they want it? Where did they come from? Making sure we understood the character, looking at things from their viewpoint, has given the NPCs in this arc a lot of depth... and a lot of secrets! Even Amaris has a full character profile and bio!
Here's the basic character info that that initial sketch of Frydae grew out of:
Former King of Darkovia
All flash, elitist - He’s always hidden in the shadows but now is starting to get bolder.
He’s drinking more blood, venturing out more and is starting to look and feel younger and vigorous.
He’s older looking and wizened - he hasn’t fed in years.
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Motivation: Create elite class of vampires from those humans he deems “worthy” enough that will take over Lore and rule the “peasant” class (i.e. anyone or any creature he doesn’t think worthy enough to be a vampire in his circle).
The vampires that follow him want to be part of that elite class.
Afraid/intimidated by Safiria, she’s never hidden in the shadows, she’s ancient and powerful, and she already has minions flocking to her even though she’s just awoken.
Frydae is clever and has bided his time but he's also arrogant and entitled... he's not content to let someone stronger just take what he thinks he deserves and he's willing to go to extreme lengths to get back to the top. Even to the point of giving up his own humanity for the power of darkness....
From The Dark Tower:
Frydae: Do you really think I care? Long ago, I was a King! I held the borders of Darkovia strong against the Drakath dynasty. I accepted this gift to complete my rule over this dark land, but that slug Drakath reduced me to hiding in the darkest shadows. Then he and his children and his children’s children took my kingdom, my legacy, for their own. The once mighty kingdom of Darkovia… reduced to a mere Doomwood within Greenguard. My own descendants were weak. Pitiful. Thursday is still the first and only being who is worthy of the gift I once foolishly offered you. Once she is ready, Thursday will be the first step to regaining my kingdom.
Despite the Drakaths countering his original scheme hundreds of years ago, he's doubling down now and betting that Thursday will be the final piece in his plan to see his kingdom regained and a new class of elite vampires to rule over it!
Frydae Final Concept Sketch
Lord Frydae the XIII
On July 17th, Frydae will finally have Thursday in his clutches in the Darkness Tower! Will Thursday finally be cursed by darkness? Will all of Frydae's machinations finally allow him to gain all the power and status he's always felt he deserved? There's only room for one royal in Doomwood and, with just two quests left in the Blood and Roses chain, which of the warring vampire clans will be the one to claim victory? And where will that leave everyone else that calls Doomwood home?
Today we need to go over something important. It's so important I'm devoting a whole DN post about it because it needs to be covered. How to report a bug.
First off. Clear your Browser Cache! Flash uses a caching system. That means your computer saves old info so it loads things faster. If we rolled a fix to a bug and your cache still has the old info you WILL NOT get the fix! You should try and clear your cache at least once a month, but if you're reporting a bug clear your cache first, THEN try to get the bug to happen again. If it doesn't that means we most likely fixed it. If it does still happen then yes you should report it. To figure out how to clear the cache of the browser you're using a quick google search will show you how!
Now, if you've cleared your cache and the bug is still happening that's when you should report it.
That link is at the very bottom of the game window, just scroll down a little bit. It's in both the normal game window AND the DA only server so you just have to look. That's the first step if you find a bug. Click that link.
Once you do that, select DragonFable from the drop down list and then hit the "Go" button.
Now you need to pick your issue from the list. Try and pick one that's close but if you can't find one that is pick "Gameplay Issues".
Now, in the email box put a WORKING email. One that you actually check. If we can't replicate the bug or need more info that is how one of us will contact you. If you put an email that you never check then your bug may never get fixed.
In the Description box please don't try and describe the whole bug. If it's an issue with a specific item say the item and the issue. For example, if I'm have trouble with the "Super Fancy Sword of Wonder" not activating its special, I'd put "Super Fancy Sword of Wonder special not activating" in the box. You aren't done though!
Username: <---- Put your account username or character ID here. We need one of those to check the character itself. Class: <---- If it's a problem with a specific Class put the class name here. Even if it's NOT, still put what class you were in. Level: <----- This is your character's level. M or F: <------- This is the gender of the character you picked. Items equipped: <---- Include EVERYTHING that you have equipped! This includes your class (Yes I want it twice), ALL accessories including trinkets, any Artifacts you have equipped, temp food items you used at the time, what guests or pets you were using, and anything else at all no matter how small that is equipped on your character.
If you see a section called "Server" that is where you can put "Normal" or "DA Server".
This next part is where you get to go REALLY in depth.
-Before Bug occurred: <---- What were you doing before the bug? Did you just log in? Did you finish a quest? Did you buy an item? What did you do before it happened. If something is causing an issue it may be related to what you did before the bug happened so please put everything.
-During Bug: <---- What happened during the bug? How did the bug affect your character. Give as much detail and make sure you are as clear as possible. "DoT didn't go off" isn't clear enough. Go into detail. Give us as much info as you can so we don't have to guess! Guessing is BAD. Don't make us guess!
-After Bug: Did the bug go away? Did it happen again? Did you try and repeat it and it was still there?
Once you hit submit, that's it! We will get the report, and yes we do read them all, but it may not be fixed immediatly especially if it's not reported properly. I usually try and get as many bug fixes done on Monday's as possible so if you report something over the weekend don't expect it to be fixed that same day. (I like having time off to you know) Niki is very good at making sure Verly and I are aware of any big bugs that need fixes as soon as they get reported so if it's something bad it will get fixed asap.
Some of you may also be asking, "why is Ashendal telling us this?" The answer to that is we've been getting a lot of bug reports that aren't done the right way. Sending me a game breaking bug over something like Twitter or my e-mail is fine, but everything else needs to go into the bug tracker and reported properly. Also quite a few people have been putting one line in the description box, hitting submit, and expecting it to be fixed. We can't fix a bug when all we're told is, "the quest I was on is broken!". The game doesn't record the quest you were on or anything about what was going on when you click the report a bug link, YOU have to put that in the box.
We do our best to fix as many bugs with the game as we can, but we can't do that if you all don't report them and do so in a way that helps us do that! If you follow the steps mentioned above there shouldn't be any issues with future bug reports! Just make sure you're checking your email once a week!
San Robin has written a new quest for us this week! Log in now and head to the Book 3 Falconreach weapon shop to help Lim with the newest problem in his basement...
Dracelix has made some gorgeous new weapons as drops for the release!
Ashendal has gotten the Fire Soul weapon rewards live in the burnt house in Swordhaven for those of you that have finished the Alexander quest line. There is also new artwork for the Destiny upgrades that also went live this week! Dracelix has created shiny and bright new art for them!
I would like to let you know that the end of Espina Rosa will not come this week and that instead it will be due for another week (not next week). I know we said in the last DNs we were going to do it this week however between Tomix not feeling too well and my mild burnout from my Terran analog’s new job, we decided best to postpone it to the next available date. There will be a light release this week instead (make sure to wish Tomix well!).
In the mean time, I will make sure to brush up on the script as much as possible. After all, you will not be able to leave Espina Rosa without facing the final boss of the Fortress.
When that comes, I hope you are ready for a difficult battle, Hero.
San Robin has a short quest for us for Friday and the Espina Rosa finale will be coming in a couple weeks!
Hey guys! I've been working on AE's mobile games for the past few years but THIS FRIDAY I'm returning to AQW for a special guest release that I designed. Close your eyes and picture this...
OK, you can't read with your eyes closed. I see the problem.
Change of plan... keep reading but picture yourself with your eyes closed picturing this: The village of Deadmoor has been a ghost town for as long as anyone can remember. Some really bad stuff went down here and we're a few hundred years late to the party but it's never too late to try and right the wrongs of the past. I made friends with the ghost of a little girl who died here. Her voice was stolen when she was brutally murdered by the townspeople. If you can help me return her stolen screams, then I'll give you the chance to earn my own personal, Mad Weaponsmith armor and my super hammer! There will also be a bunch of other rewards if you're not a fan of green, but you look like a player with some taste... so you like green.
Getting off topic... Come to Deadmoor, help me help her. Learn the secrets of Deadmoor's terrible past and you'll get to learn a little bit more about me too (if you're interested. It's optional). The adventure in Deadmoor starts THIS FRIDAY in AQW! Don't let me down.