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September 10, 2010

Circe's not so subtle! She's got PLANS! (And so do we!)

It's Friday again!  (How is it Friday again so QUICKLY?!  I am all behind from having Monday off.  Anyone else have that feeling, or is it just me?)

But not to fear! I may be behind, but our release certainly isn't! We've been working hard these last four days to bring you the answer to an important question and more than a little bit of suspensefulness in the DragonsGrasp quest. So lets get right to the details!

In the Dragonsgrasp quest this week, we'll pit the dastardly Circe against the infamous Vilmor as you and Vilmor race to catch up with Circe as she tries to lure you to an unknown destination. (With a cast of characters where EVERYone is hiding something, things are definitely not what they seem, and it's up to YOU to figure it out!)  Geopetal has some devious plans in store for the ending of this quest, so you'll DEFINITELY want to make sure you're caught up with Vilmor's storyline so that you can play this week! 

And in "Alina's Answer," Rolith waits (im)patiently for her to respond to the question he posed last week.  But before she can DO that, they're interrupted by- you guessed it!- TOGS!  What you might NOT know is that Rolith and his tog companions really do care for each other (they think the Togicides are FUN. Togs are weird.) and when they heard Rolith was proposing to Alina, they got VERY jealous! 

Now, togs are not that smart (obviously), and so when they pooled their collective ideas, all they could come up with was to keep Rolith from Alina the only way they knew how!  Captain Rolith needs YOUR help, hero, in order to rescue Alina! And just because he's so invested in this quest, he's coming along with you to help! (Yes, that means Rolith is now a guest that scales to your level and damage! He is a super-strong Knight Captain!)  Are you a champion of love or a fan of frustrating Rolith?  For our sakes, HELP ROLITH!

I'm still recovering from catching some Con-Rot (tm) sickness, but I promise that next week things will be back to normal.  Or as normal as they get here in DragonFable!

PS: In Alina's Answer, you'll hear barking togs.  You might remember them from the Popsprocket chain.  But if you've forgotten, let me remind you of one of my favoritest things Ghost has ever done with sound: he recorded his mother in law to get the bark!  XD!

Tags: Alina DragonsGrasp Yes

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September 07, 2010

Con, Quests, and an Answer

We're back from Con! (Or never left, in Geo's, Ghost's, and Tomix's case). 

If you don't follow Artix or Cysero on Twitter, you missed one of the funnest and funniest parts of the rides to and from Dragon*Con!  They twittered the phone numbers of the public pay phones at the rest stops we took breaks at, and players from all over the country called and talked to us!  I hope we do that again next year, because it was awesome to get to talk to you guys!

Dragon*Con was AMAZING! (And not just because Rolith proposed, though that alone made the trip the most memorable I've ever taken!)  We saw SO many great costumes, had a lot of laughs, and even watched Cysero, Alces, and Electro's robot battle in the Robot Wars contest!

The last night was probably one of the craziest times. Rolith and I wandered around with Artix, Cysero, and Alces.  We snuck into a REALLY weird film festival (we tried all sorts of devious ways to open the door before we figured out we could just turn the handle and go in), then left that and went to watch anime music videos.  That was nice, except I am really far behind on my anime, so there were a lot of spoilers there. Then Cysero, Alces, Rolith and I left to go find crazyfungoodtimes. 

Also, hotel carpeting is REALLY bizarre.  Who thought THIS pattern was a good idea?

We wound up in the Gaming Room (full of like-minded gaming nerds playing anything from Werewolf to Magic to Settlers of Catan and beyond).  This was at around 2am.  Were we tired? NO! So what did we do?  Cysero and Alces signed up to battle Mecha in these huge pod-like contraptions that would immerse them in the battles.  Rolith and I waited with them for a little while, then wandered off to play Werewolf.

The silly villagers thought ROLITH was a werewolf (doesn't EVERYONE know the Pactoganol Knights have a "No Monsters" policy?  Gee, guess not!), so they lynched him. Too bad they were wrong! (That's what Rolith gets for not telling the truth in a more convincing manner. Never hestitate and don't be afraid to look an unwashed con-crowd right in the eyes!)  After that, we wandered back to Cysero and Alces and played card games with them for an hour or two.  The people next to us gave us Gift-pizza!  Free pizza is never unwelcome at Con at 4 in the morning. We lost Cysero and Alces as they finished up battling and headed to a rave. And a drum circle. And probably to get into more trouble that they didn't want to tell us about so that we weren't made accomplices.

Look for more stories of Con on the AQWorlds Design Notes page to come later in the week!

Now on to what to expect this week!

We will definitely have a DragonsGrasp quest for you!  After hearing the story of Vilmor and Donovan's exploits as children, your hero must have a pretty good idea about Vilmor's character.  Maybe!  Or maybe we still have a TON of surprises left for you in this awesome DragonLord-only chain.  I was talking to geopetal today and she told me about a scene she's envisioning for the end of the final quest.  I can't WAIT until you guys see it! 

We'll also (hopefully) have Alina's in-game answer to the question Captain Rolith asked last week.  For those of you who read the Design Notes, you've already gotten your answer.  But for the DF players who only play the games, they've been left hanging.  I'll give you just ONE hint for what the quest will involve: "BARK!"

I hope you guys had a GREAT weekend.  I know we sure did!  I am exhausted.  I still need to go and pick up Kata and Rolith's kitties from the boarder.  Then go home and unpack.  And then sleep for a week.


Geo just pointed out that if I sleep until Friday, I won't get my quest done.  Sadface!  This is why I never take geo for granite, though.  She's a rock-solid boss!  AND tomorrow is her birthday, so happy birthday, pbl!


See you guys later on in the week!

Tags: Alina Dragon*Con DragonsGrasp Yes

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September 02, 2010

So Rolith asked me a question tonight...

But oh, you guys already knew!  Of course you did! I'm surprised (REALLY surprised) we were able to keep something so huge (to us) a secret for so long.

When Rolith asked me to marry him tonight, I said "yes"!  I THINK my exact words something like "yes, oh yes!" but the last couple of hours are a little hazy.  I think I'm still a little lightheaded.  I am so very incredibly, completely happy.  And I'm thrilled that you guys were able to share Rolith's INSANE secret plans with him!  Like he said, we met and fell in love thanks to Artix Entertainment, DragonFable, and the amazing community that has grown up around them.

So, how did he do it?  That's a funny story:

The last night of the first Dragon*Con we met at, we found a little corner off a small hallway at 3am.  We sat down and talked for four hours about nothing and everything.  How little we knew that two years later, he would take me to that very same hallway and ask me to marry him! 

And, true story, the first people to congratulate us were two strangers (one a man in a black leather kilt. I love Dragon*Con!) who walked into the hall right after Rolith asked me.  They didn't say anything, just walked down to the end of the hall, stopped, turned around, and came back to us.  The man walked up, shook Rolith's hand and congratulated us.  Then they walked away.  Strange man and pretty lady, I don't know who you are, or if you'll ever read this, but thank you very much for sharing the happiest day of my life with me!

So, now I know! And you know! And I'm going to sign off now by thanking you all for sharing the happiest night of my life with us.  I'm going to go spend some time with Rolith.  Goodnight!

Tags: Alina Yes

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