Tomix is out getting his laser eyes and I'm working on reorganizing the Castle Valtrith town, getting the static version of the Dark Night war set, making the opening and middle cutscenes for Friday (Tomix got the final cutscene!), updating a few new maps for Friday for you guys to search for... things, getting items together for Twig's Black Marker Shop and the Half-Off Shop (huge thanks to Jorath and Peachii for their help!) for Friday, getting together some awesome items for the 10th Beta Anniversary shop on Monday, thinking about what monsters to try and pull for possible Thankstaking Food Fights, aaaaand trying to get a hold of my Dad to get his yams recipe for Thursday's day of Overeating.
Luckily, I have this serene background to look at to calm my senses!
The Black Friday shop is now live! This year we've gone simple and classy (and kept Twig away from the markers) and Tomix has recolored some of the most popular weapons and items that we've released this past year for you snatch up for your heroes! The best part is, there's no lines!
The mysterious letter you got that sent you to the Deadlands in search of a scrap of cloak has now been moved to everyone's favorite letter-keeper, Ash! So if you still haven't had time to get your relic, never fear, the quest is still available!
Unfortunately, the quest for this week does need to be delayed until tomorrow. We apologize but we need juuuuuust a little more time to defrost the tofurkey (and animate some stuff).
Today's TwT is a preview of one of the weapons that will appear in the special Black Friday shops this week! What new weapons would you guys like to see in the two traditionalshops this year?
In addition to the half-off shop, Twig's Black Friday Shop this amazing Energy weapon will be in an LQS shop that will all appear at midnight, EST, Thursday night!
There will be just 2000 of these energy weapons available for 425 Dragon Coins, this Friday, starting at midnight, Thursday night. As with past LQS items, this scythe will have a special free merge item available from the Black Market Moglin to level it from 30 to 50 to 70 to 80!
WAR! Keep fighting those Turducken, guys! When you hit 50% a few of our traditional war minigames will unlock! There will also be a new cutscene unlocked, which should help with the... variety of food available this year!
This week we dug through all our old holiday folders and managed to cobble together a.... Thankstaking Storybook! Yay! You can go back and fight the Techno-Turkey Terror and the Rawrgobble or get shrunken down and explore a particularly giant feast! Have fun and enjoy!
This year for Thankstaking, two new M.O.P. members are guarding Oishii's secret instructions for cooking the feast! Well, not really instructions... but, you'll see. I really hope that nothing goes wrong 'cause then you guys would probably have to fight waves and waves of stuff.... ;)
True Mortal has made this gorgeous weapon for next week's Thankstaking finale too! The axe is the first complete weapon of what will be a set of three.
Surewood Dracelix is hard at work on Book 3 Surewood as well! It's not done yet, but here's a little preview to tide you guys over for now.
Pyromancer Barber Yonathan is not quite ready to open shop yet. He is coming soon though, with 11 male hairstyles and 11 female hairstyles. Remember, though, only Pyromancer's will be able to stand the heat inside his shop!
This week we'll see two new MoP members who are going to be helping out with this year's Thankstaking!
Just who could these mysterious new mercenaries be? Log in tomorrow to find out!
And now a word from the Kensai!
Well, it’s been a year (real time) since Voltabolt shrank us and left us to fight the food monsters that were all over the table. This year, it’s going to fall on the MOP to help avert a problem. Two new MOP recruits have been chosen to deliver a very special recipe to Oishii. Mayor Landis does NOT want to see repeats of the problems that plagued Mayor Rayf during this holiday to celebrate the harvest.
So this Friday, you will follow the two MOP recruits who have a very special package to deliver, and soon, very soon, the Thankstaking feast will follow. With two skilled heroes to deliver this package, nothing can go wrong… can it? As long as Oishii follows the directions nothing strange will happen with the food right?
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!
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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!)