Welcome to another Friday! This is a HUGE Friday, and I am cannot WAIT to tell you why! Except if you've read the other Design Notes from this week, you already know. But if you HAVEN'T, boy oh boy, let me tell you what is coming tonight!
First up, we've got the Clashening quest chain FINALE! You've come to know Lim and Cysero really well over the course of this quest chain and, if you've learned nothing else, you've learned that where Cysero and Lim get together, there is CRAZINESS!
And this quest is no different! Cysero is sending you off to fight Biff the Buffed-Up Time Tyrant in order to get his Timey-Blimey thingamahickey. Cysero needs it for... SCIENCE! And MAGIC! What do you get when you pair the two? MAGISCIENCE! Whoooooo! /cheer!
I'm not going to spoil things for you, but let me just tell you now... there is 1- no, 2, no, 3- well, MANY times the Cysero hijinks in this quest, and Lim cannot TAKE it anymore! Your hero seems to think it's pretty funny, though. They are really good about taking Cysero and Lim's peculiarities in stride. I admire that.
To get your rewards for the Clashening chain, you'll need to pick up a Vote item from the end of CyseRedux, then do the "Your Vote" shop-quest in Lim's Clashening section. Your reward for the entire chain will depend on what you vote for, so choose wisely!
That's right, the nefarious plotting of the Red Queen has finally come to fruition, and you're NOT going to like it! Thanks to an alteration in her programming (I bet the CEO of Parasol Corp. didn't see THAT coming!), she's declared war on all the non-infected! Yes, that means YOU!
But... maybe not for long! You DO have a chance to become infected, and if you do, you can stay in the Zardbie Armor* and continue to fight FOR the infected side! As you'll see from the two war meters, the amount of the Infected that have been defeated is racing against the number of Infected. Which side will YOU choose to be on?
If you DO get infected and want to become uninfected, just talk to the TARTS team. They'll be right in the war camp, which you can get to from Mogloween. And since you guys have been asking for cutscenes midway through wars, we'll be having an unlockable cutscene after you battle through 2 million waves! (If, that is, Ghost finishes in time. It really IS a race!)
The war itself is timed (i.e. the war is going to end next Friday when the boss appears!) and that awesome spy gear we previewed in Wednesday's Design Notes will be in the War Chest, plus depending on which side wins the war, we'll add in a special challenge prize!
* Yes, that IS a new, temporary, just-for-this-war armor we've created! What do you get when you cross Zards with Zombies? Zardbies! Infecteeeeeeed!
We hope you've enjoyed the Clashening quest chain! It's been a BLAST writing it; Lim and Cysero's characters are so much fun! They're CRAZY! If you haven't played up through the last quest, you'll definitely want to catch up, because in CyseRedux, there's a TON of wackiness that you'll need to see to believe!
Wel ALSO hope you're enjoying the Resident Sneevil Mogloween storyline! We've thrown a LOT at you with it, and we're not done yet! There's still a whole week of October left!
I've got to run! Time to take Miko's leetle Chi-weenie (half-dachsund, half-chihuahua!) home, because she's away and I get to puppysit! /squeal Enjoy the release!
The Resident Sneevil- Code: SALL-IE release this week! The Red Queen's programming has evolved beyond even what the genious CEO of the Parasol Corporation could have imagined... Log in this weekend to find out exactly what she has in store!
We've got some VERY green, VERY awesome rewards for the Resident Sneevil release this week, too! Here's a peek at them courtesy of True Mortal:
What's green-not-orange or orange-not-green?
Your hero as they make up their mind on preferring Science or Magic in The Clashening's finale! Of course, there COULD be a third option... but Lim wouldn't stand for that, would he? Help save the future of the past of the present in "CyseRedux," this week's Clashening finale!
And we ALSO have some awesome rewards for THIS release, too! Tomix and Lim each took a share of the work to provide you with some nifty new helms and an Energy weapon set!
The helms are like SO, being hairstyle-helms (including Lim's beard!) with some sweet stats:
And, as for the weapon-set, Flash is cranky and won't let me preview it for you. /kickFlash So I'll just tease you with a description! The art for the weapon-set is based off the look of the Technomancer armor. There's a staff, hammer, and daggers and they look PRETTY SWEET!
What is brown and brown and brown and gooey?
S'mores! Let me tell you, a GREAT way to celebrate Tuesday (or Monday, or Sunday, or really any day of the week) is to pull out the grill with your family and make delicious, ooey-gooey s'mores just for fun!
Of course, if you prefer healthier grilled desserts, skewering pineapple chunks and then grilling those until they're carmelized and brown is a GREAT way to have a healthy snack with ALL the flavor of candy! Mmm mmm grill marks.
Summer might be done, but there's still time to get outside and enjoy the sun and any lingering heat from last season!
Enjoy speculating about this week's release! See you Friday!
It's Monday! Monday, Monday, Monday! Let's get ready to Rumblllllllle!
Except there won't be any rumbling today. Not on Rolith's birthday! No fighting allowed, only cake. And cupcakes. And chocolate fondue. Now THAT's an ooey, gooey birthday surprise! Rolith doesn't know it yet, but in about an hour, everyone in the Secret Underground Lab is going to crowd into the DF/AQW room and surprise him with a PARTY! Whoooooo!
If you'd like to wish Rolith a happy birthday, feel free to use his Twitter (@Rolith_AE) or post on the forum. We wish we had enough cake for everyone to share, but you all know it's a lie anyways, right? (Except for the breakfast cupcakes he had. Those were real.) Happy birthday, Rol, from all of us on the DragonFable team, and your Artix Entertainment family!
Coming this week!
That was the great fun. Now here's the good news! We've got some awesome releases planned for you this week!
Are you ready to continue your adventures with Resident Sneevil: Revelations? You'd better be, because there's going to be a LOT involved in it! Including the introduction of the mysterious Tactical Assault Reconnaissance Team....
That's not all, though! We've also got a Clashening quest planned for this Friday's release! It's the lead-up to the final quest, and Lim is NOT going to like where Cysero takes his experiment THIS time! But we've got a VERY pretty star-filled night sky background planned, and hopefully an intergalactic space-monster if Tomix has time. Anyone got a spool of string to spare? We're going to need it!
And in news of future releases, I promised you guys some information on the voice-acting event that will take place in DragonFable come this November. (Artix spilled the beans about it in the AQW Design Notes on Friday, hehe!)
The event will star Lim, George Lowe (yes, THE George Lowe of Space Ghost and Cartoon Network fame*), Cysero, and Serenity as judges in our event: Falconreach Idle! What better way to help Lim find a new Weaponshop assistant than to hold, you guessed it, a TALENT competition?! (Just look at the superstars that have exploded out of all the current TV talent shows. Our characters are WAY more talented than that! /nod) Contestants will include Aria, YOU, and a brand-new character in a battle to explode into STARdom!
* “Space Ghost” and “Cartoon Network”are both registered trademarks of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company.
There's your teaser! I'm off to go hunt down Faith and see where the cake is. Mmmm, liecake!
PS: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! If you like Seasonal Rares (and we know many of you do!) then check out the Canadian Thanksgiving shop in AdventureQuest Worlds for some really neat items!
BladeHaven Beta Release
Beta for BladeHaven is scheduled to begin on Thursday. The Beta will use the ONE LOGIN TO RULE THEM ALL (Your BattleOn Portal Master Account login!) and will be open to Guardians, DragonLords, Star Captains, AQWorlds Members and... um... we have no idea what Epic Duel players that upgraded are called... but yup, them too. Bladehaven is a first person sword fighting game. It features achievements that will earn your master account EXP.
We'd all just like to say a BIG thank you to Eonaleth, a big fan of AE's games! She's been telling us for a while about her awesomely friendly project that she was working on: friendship bracelets for the people in the Secret Underground Lab.
So as we were sitting around eating our Chinese food and listening to the AQW birthday cutscenes (Paul and Storm sound AMAZING!), Zazul came in with a very important envelope. (We do not often get VIE's with gifts in them. Usually they contain Very Important Notices from business people. Or there are VUS's. Very Unimportant Spam mails. We just throw those out.) Zazul handed us the plastic envelopes with THESE in them:
There were a LOT more in the package, but I borrowed the pink one from Beleen and the blue, red, and white one from Ai No Miko for the picture. The blue and green one is mine.
We all just wanted to say THANK YOU! to Eonaleth for her very sweet and very thoughtful gift! You rock!
And don't forget, in addition to Resident Sneevil: Genesis this week, we'll be having the next Clashening quest! SOMEhow Lim's very elaborate demonstration of velocity gets spoiled. 3 guesses how THAT happens! But there WILL be a mechanical rabbit AND a mail carrier turtle, which begs the question: which team will YOU be on? Team Rabbit, or Team Turtle? (look for pictures of Cysero's turtle and the Rabbitizer 6000 Mach 2 to come later!)
Hello, all! Sadly, I have some bad news for you if you're a fan of Ravenloss. Tomix is feeling a little under the weather and has had to take the last week off, plus an indetermined amount of the future to get better.
We don't want him to stress about work AT ALL, so we've told him not to worry about working on the Ravenloss backgrounds while he recuperates. We knew you'd understand!
All the scripts are written out for Ravenloss; we just need the background art and cutscene animation to finish the quest chain! So we're NOT going to forget about the chain, we promise. What this means for you is that for the next couple weeks, we'll release Clashening quests (only 3 left!) while we give Tomix some time to relax and get back on his feet.
turtle string time machine << These words have NOTHING to do with the three quests in the rest of the Clashening chain. Nope. Not a thing. Nada. Zilch. But if they DID, they might give you an idea of what to expect. :)
We'll have the next Resident Sneevil quest for you on Friday (Resident Sneevil: Genesis!) along with (hopefully) the next Clashening quest! AND some new weapons in the Player Suggestion shop from Clyde and Tokijin!
Please wish Tomix speedy healing while he rests up; we'll definitely be doing the same!
Lim has a kitty! And WE have a release for you! So, it's Wednesday. We don't usually release on Wednesday, but since most of the people in the Secret Underground Lab are going to be at Dragon*Con on Friday, Geopetal said "Hey, Alina. Why not release on Wednesday, and then you won't have to worry?" Geopetal rocks!
So today we have a brand new Clashening quest for you, returning after a Summer-long hiatus! Lim wants to show you his latest experiment, and it stars his favoritest kitty ever, Mr. Poofles! His theory is that if you put a cat in a box, it's impossible to tell if it's in THIS dimension or an alternate one. Makes sense, right? Of course it does. It's SCIENCE! There's just ooooooone little problem: Mr. Poofles doesn't FEEL like being a volunteer, and if you've ever tried to make a cat do something it didn't want to do, you know exactly what is going to happen.
YOU have to track him down; follow the cat-prints through Falconreach and hope you find him before Cysero does! Because Cysero is in the mood to do magic, and you know what THAT'S like, right? (Pssst, remember the Guardian Tower getting turned into a fish? Yeah, we don't want a repeat of that, now do we?)
Four different levels of Mr.Poofles will drop as rewards from the quest, so if you sold or never got your Mr. Mangles pet, here's your chance to get another cutetastical cat for a companion!
Dragon*Con update! Remember, Dragon*Con starts on Friday (and runs through Monday)! If you're in or near the Atlanta area, why not stop on by and say hi? We'd love to meet you, and we'll have plenty of Sharpies on hand to sign shirts, socks, hats, foreheads... whatever you have handy! We'll also be selling some of our swag at our panel:
"The NPCs Critical Hits" CD
Upgrade Cards (4,000 BattleOn Points)
MechQuest Artbook (which you can have signed by our friendly team members for a few extra bucks)
ChickenCow T-shirts (puchase includes the Chickencow Pet in both DF and AQW!)
And remember, if you come up to us at ANY point throughout the convention and say hi, you can ask for a free non-member pet in AQWorlds!
Here's the official stats for our panel and party (remember, we recommend Dragon*Con for players 15+, but if your parents are alright with it, come on over and have fun!):
AE/AQW Panel (3 hours of gaming madness) When: Saturday, Sept 4th, 2010 Where: The Sheraton Hotel - The Savannah Room Time: 1pm to 3:30pm... unless we fall asleep
Gaming Party When: Saturday: Sept 4th, 2010 Where: The Sheraton Hotel - The Capitol Ballroom Time: 10pm to 3:30am (Although... we will probably grab everyone and flee to Voltaire's concert which is scheduled that same night.)
We hope to see you there! I've got a bit more work to do, then I've got to run home and make sure I'm all packed. Kata is staying at a boarders, and I miss her already! But she will get to play with Rolith's kitties, so she won't be TOO lonely!
Enjoy the quest, and we'll have more to release for you this Friday!
Schools are starting up again, which means it's time to wrap up our Summer storylines. The Rise of the DragonMage Saga, starring Nythera, ended last week, and soon the DragonsGrasp storyline will end, too. But not THIS week! Oh, no. This week we have something we think is REALLY fun for you.
"Fun, you say? I like fun!" Well, so do we! Using your imagination is fun, right? We think so! Like Willy Wonka, we try to imagine 3 new things every day.
Stretching your mind and giving your brain a workout when you were younger involved taking your imagination to places it'd never been before. And THAT's what we're going to do this week in DragonsGrasp! More details as the week progresses; I don't want to give away too much today!
Also releasing this week will be the next Clashening quest! Lim needs your help with an experiment (doesn't he always? It's a good thing you are a VERY helpful hero!). It involves a cat and a box, but it's NOT what you think.
Meet Mr. Poofles!
We are very pet-friendly here in DragonFable,* our heroes take their responsibilities to their beloved companions seriously. That's why we're giving this old favorite of a thought exercise a definite DragonFable twist to keep it in line with our humor!
Good luck going back to school! Khelios and Beleen are going back to school, too. In fact, she just zoomed out of here in order to get to class on time. (I LOVED schedules in college. Class 3 times a week, and you could sleep in til 10am! Not to mention all the FREE food. Bonus!) What are you guys looking forward to about going back to school? Or are you dreading a new year of pop quizzes, crowded hallways, and cafeteria food? Let us know on the forums or Twitter!
* Your backpack inventories are VERY spacious. Your pets are not at all crowded due to the compartmentalized nature of the backpack. A space for weapons, a drawer for trinkets, and a large fenced-in grassy area in the side pocket for your pets to frolic in. Gotta love Hammerspace! /nod
PS: Look for the Decadere Youngling pet to go live this week in Cysero's Superstore of Savings! You guys asked for it, and we're going to give it to you!
PPS: Sometime today we're going to be rebalancing the Defender's Belt series. Khelios worked up new stat numbers for it, so look for those later on!
It's that kind of Sneak Peek day when we show you something WE'RE really excited about! And we hope YOU are, too!
With the Nythera Saga ending this week, that means we can return to finishing the other side storylines we've already begun: The Clashening chain and the Ravenloss Saga!
There will be a brand new Lim-laden, Cysero-soaked Clashening quest next week while most of the AE team is at Dragon*Con. (I finished this quest parodying a famous paradoxical thought experiment ahead of time for JUST this reason!) And the week after the Clashening comes back, you'll see the return of the Ravenloss Saga! We're very excited about this; it's been such a fun chain to build! So for your Sneak Peek this week, we have a gloom-filled glimpse of one of the backgrounds from the next Ravenloss quest!
Are you up for venturing into the dimly-lit and deserted depths of the Dark Tower Pentientiary? Get ready to start the hunt for Riadne and the Icicle Key in two weeks!
I hope that's whetted your appetite for some of the releases in the coming weeks! We'll also see the return of the DragonsGrasp quest chain starting next week! Get ready to have fun, because we are going to be throwing some seriously awesome releases your way!
And if you want to join in ALL the fun we'll be having, now's the perfect time to upgrade your account! DragonLords get the best weapons and some of the most amazing battles and storylines in DragonFable, not to mention perks like Titan battles and getting to customize your very own Dragon companion!
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