Monday, August 30, 2010
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!
Friday, August 27, 2010
The time has come for Nythera to embrace her destiny as she attempts to reunite the Creatioux and Decadere! Watch as she flies around Lore searching for an entrance to the Void. Always before, the Decadere sent the portals to HER. Now, she needs to find one by herself. And once she manages to do THAT, she'll need to take on the minions of the Decadere before facing Decair, the Eldest.
Nythera has done a lot of growing up this Summer, turning from a spoiled young half-dragon into a much more mature and thoughtful young lady. With her powers unlocked, she has access to MUCH more magic! But will it be enough to shake up the Decadere and make them settle down into Creatioux? You'll find out this weekend in the finale to the Rise of the DragonMage Saga!
With a regular mode and Extreme mode, you'll be able to choose just how strong a battle you want. Void weapons will drop as rewards, levels 45, 55, and 60! Nythera's story might be ending in DragonFable, but it's only just beginning in AdventureQuest Worlds! So if you're left wondering just what happens to her, be sure to watch for her story here!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The battle is won... but the war is far from over!
The zards have been beaten back, the sinister Yaw defeated. Where, and how the zards came to be is still unknown though, so the Zardhunter definately has his work cut out for him! The Friday the 13th Zard Invasion will officially end tomorrow though, which means if you haven't gotten your Rush of Zardlings or Boxar pet it's time for you to get in there and take down Yaw before they go rare! Don't stress too much though... the outbreak will continue this Mogloween!
A few weeks ago I asked what kinds of weapons you guys would like to see in the Moonridge shops. You guys responded with pages and pages (and paaaaaages) of suggestions! There does seem to be some confusion though, so I wanted to clear up a few points!
- Regular items and items created through merges can't go in the same shop. So this chest won't contain any merge items.
- We have *lots* of existing elements already so, for now, I've placed a moratorium on making more items with new elements. (So, sorry, no void weapons.)
- Though we do have the capacity to make new types of accessories (like boots, gauntlets, bracers, earrings, etc) every new type of item we add is another thing you have to gear for, another thing you need inventory space for. Remember that free players only have 20 slots to start with. Keeping weapons of different elements, helms, capes, belts, rings, pets, and resources tends to eat up those slots pretty quickly. So in order for me to approve the introduction of a new type of equippable item... lets just say it'll take a really, really good argument for it.
- There won't be anything going in that chest that will replace "X-item-type" for all time. ;P
What I would like to put in that chest (and in the Moonridge Armory) are reforged weapons for gold. So this means I'm looking for the answers to a couple questions:
- Is there a particular element that's really hard to get a drop for?
- Is there a gap in the existing weaponry (i.e. there are tofu-element scissor weapons from levels 1 to 35 and then from 50 to 60, but I can't find anything for level 40!)?
- Is there weapon artwork you want to be able to use again (i.e. I loved the art for the Angel's Wrath, so I reforged it for Angel's Ire.)
Gold weapons, due to the fact that they're relatively easy to get compared to chasing a drop on a loot table, tend to have a slightly lower stat allocation and do slightly less damage. This chest will follow that same basic tenement, but I want to use it fill in gaps in inventories and to make weapons that will be useful as you finish leveling. I also want reforge some of your favorite weapons so that you can wield that amazing artwork again! :)
So, for this Design Notes thread, try to think about the answers to those questions when you make your suggestions for both the regular free player shops and for the Dragon Amulet chest! (And, if you guys can make me a nice list of the forum favorites that's easy for me to go through... <3!)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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!
We appreciate all our players (you guys ROCK!), but the DragonLords keep our game going and the server hamsters fed so we strive to make sure that when you buy a Dragon Amulet for your character, you are getting the very best game we can make for you!
Monday, August 23, 2010
And I feel fine!
No, no, just kidding. That describes the end of the LAST Nythera Saga! This one won't destroy anything. We hope. It all depends on you, and if you can help Nythera achieve her ultimate goal: reuniting the Creatioux and Decadere! Can you tame the Decadere? Will they bow before Nythera's might? (Not to mention her AWESOME fashion sense. Who doesn't love a good pair of purple feathery shoulder-things?) You'll see this week in the Nythera Saga: Rise of the DragonMage finale!
Ghost is working doubletime on the Nythera cutscene AND the project I'm going to tell you about in 2 or 3 sentences. The Nythera quest will drop some REALLY nifty Void weapons that Lim made this past weekend.*
Ok, maybe it was less than three sentences. But onwards and upwards (or outwards and downwards, if you prefer those directions instead), because as I type, the construction of a brand new town is taking place! Those poor construction moglins have assembled another unit in... Willowshire! You'll finally get to find out what happened to the Falconreach stable! No, we did not leave the stable door open for the horses to escape. It's MUCH more fun than that! /widegrin
As always, we are working ahead to prepare for future releases. And speaking of future releases, with the end of the Nythera Saga this week, you'll see the return of the Clashening and Ravenloss in the next couple of weeks!
Also, half of the DragonFable team is heading to Dragon*Con next week for crowd-filled fun (and crowd-borne germs. I REALLY hope no one gets the Con plague this year!). We'll be having a panel on Saturday (on the MMO track) and a party hosted by Artix Entertainment on Saturday night. If you're in the Atlanta area, we'd LOVE to meet you! So stop on by and chat. We'll be selling merch and, as usual, giving away free stuff! (Like the non-member pets in AQWorlds. What will it be? Possibly a derp-dragon, maybe sorta?!)
Big SALE news!
And finally, we have some very exciting news! For the week of August 22nd (that's RIGHT NOW!), our AE game cards will be 15% off in Target stores! That means they'll be $16.95 instead of $19.95. Now, I'm not a numbers person (seriously, I took Math for Liberal Arts majors in college. We did word problems all semester...), but that looks like savings for you to me! You can also find our ad in the Target circular (the pages of coupons Target sends out).
Friday, August 20, 2010
Battle to save Moonridge!
In a race against Zards, time, and Geopetal's 100% Challenge, you guys did it! The release was SO close! I worked my potion-stirring fingers off to get the Nythera quest out in time, but... it looks like the heroes DEFINITELY won the war! As I write this, the war meter is at 100%.
Throughout the war, players on the forums were going strong with poetry, pictures, and battlecries to inspire each other onwards to VICTORY! This has been an amazing war; so many people have responded to the call to battle! Some have even brought in family members and spouses to aid the war effort! (I'm looking at you, Eric and Lady Ravenwing! BattleOn!)
Can you battle through the Zards and Boss monster to get to the cutscene in time?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So you guys pretty much shattered all expectations this weekend and hit 50% in the war Monday afternoon (beating Rolith in his coding frenzy to finish the zard cuisine, something that we were tossing around on Friday as a cool idea for fun battle buffs)! Since you guys took to my *cough* unofficial challenge Saturday, I'm now going to put forth....
The Official 100% Zard Frenzy Challenge!
Reading through the war threads on the forums, it's become clear that you guys want a zard pet. So Ghost is going to take some time out of his busy schedule of making amazing things to make one (maaaaybe two) more amazing thing(s)... a Rush of Zardlings!
Why, yes, I did spend way too much time animating this random cutscene.
IF you can get the war meter to 100% before the release on Friday, then the Rush of Zardlings will be added to the loot table of the boss monster in addition to the other war goodies. If you guys don't make it, then those poor little zardlings will have to be content to play in whatever giant, empty box Ghost is going to trap them in until the next war.
Good luck all and BattleOn!
Monday, August 16, 2010
At about 3 this afternoon I realized I wasn’t going to beat you guys to 50%. Bah.
Oh well, turnabout’s fair play. And if you’re smart you’d be counting the number of Thursdays in your months from now on.
But to reward you for your epic defeat of...me... I've sent in the Togs, and taken care of 1000 of the zards for you in one fell swoop!
Still, your present is now ready! The Zard Hunter, Irwin, has had no shortage of Zard Meat, and while helping to organize the war he has taken to experimenting with various preparations of Zards.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
You guys are amazing! 25% by Saturday night! You guys are decimating all those zards!
I'm hoping that we're giving Rolith enough time to finish. We don't want Rolith to exact revenge for this next Codemonkey Day....
I honestly think at this point that you guys might beat Rolith to 50%! If you get to 50% before Monday afternoon, he's not going to have to get the 50% DragonLord addition ready... and he'd definately be very grumpy if I issued any sort of challenge for you guys to race Rolith to 50%.... 0;)
So, the 50% DragonLord prize is going to have to be adjusted to either 50% or when Rolith finishes programming it, whichever is later!
Keep up the good work though! I'm very proud of all you guys and how hard you all are fighting. I can't wait until you guys get to see the 100% cutscene. Based on everything I've managed to read (ya'll are on the 4th war thread already!*) the final cutscene is going to surprise all of you. :D
Also, great poems Dornalca!
The Zard still come in numbers great and still we hold them back,
And though they are so many we will throw back the attack!
The town of Moonridge needs us to save them from this horde,
So we will smite these enemies down, with dagger, spell or sword!!
I'm back and eager to win!
*Speaking of which, add discussion of this to the current war thread please, to keep it all together for the brave AK's!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
37%! You guys rock! (I am officially licensed to say that as a rock myself.) It's great to see how active the war threads* are with all of you coming together and cheering each other on! War poems, song suggestions and personal wave tallies abound!
Midday, and our heroes bombarded,
We must fight back before we are Zarded,
We must not leave with our hopes discarded,
So fight for your lives, as the clouds have parted...
The light shines on you...
You heroes are the last hope...
I really think you guys are going to beat Rolith to 50% too! :s So please make sure to keep that in mind, Rolith is going to need time to get the special DragonLord goodie coded!
* Add discussion of this to the current war thread please, to keep it all together for the brave AK's!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday the 13th Has Arrived!
You can feel their eyes... watching... waiting.... Their snarls echo through the edges of Doomwood.... The Zards have arrived!
Zards are an unusual reptilian creature that have long inhabited the southern reaches of Lore, but they have never been encountered this far north. These zards, though... well, these zards are angry! Where you felt just a single pair of eyes before, heard just one creature skittering away, now yellow eyes seem to peer from any dark space. Where did they all come from? Who is responsible?
Luckily (well... maybe not so luckily for him), the famed Zardhunter, Irwin Dundee, has come north to study the wildlife indigenous to Doomwood. Surely he can help fight back this enormous outbreak of zards? Even Falconreach is lending a hand with the Nytroglycerine Sponge Catapult.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The bustling trade city that sits at the edge of Doomwood has opened it's doors to all the heroes of Falconreach. Captain Viamat has a new random quest if you feel like patrolling for undead or you're more then welcome to hop on a dragon and bomb the attacking skellies, slimes and zombies from high above!
You can find your way to Moonridge by following the new, improved path east of Falconreach! Just go south from Valencia.
Make sure to check out the varied (and slightly random) shops available in town. You'll see items from all over Lore as well as a few higher level versions of familiar items. What other stuff would you like to see the merchants of Moonridge carry? Are there any favorite items that you just outleveled that you'd like see again? Let us know on the forums so we can continue to fill the shops!
Friday the 13th Approaches!
The unluckiest of days is almost upon us again. As always, masses of angry things are getting ready to attack! This time though... it's different. This time, something new lurks in Doomwood. Something... changed. Something... angry. It's not even Friday and sometimes, when wandering around the new town of Moonridge... sometimes it feels as though something is watching you.
Where did it come from? Who is responsible for this new, dangerous legion of monsters? What exactly are they? Log in on Friday the 13th... if you dare to find out!
This Friday the 13th... the Invasion begins... and it won't stop with just one war!
Monday, August 9, 2010
I bet you know what THIS week is, right? We are SO excited about AQWorlds Friday the 13th event. It's going to be amazing! (There's been so much voice acting, I'm hearing our NPC voices in my sleep!) We've even been helping the AQWorlds team a bit with some of the ideas. I know Lim sat in on the planning meeting, and Rolith and I gave the final script a good going-over for additional ideas.
Friday, August 6, 2010
See, that's how we combine two release topics into one headline. /flex
It's going to be a wild weekend, full of activities that will get your heart-pumping and your head thinking!
In the DragonsGrasp quest and minigame, you'll talk to Circe until - Whoops! - somehow an avalanche gets triggered! Those wacky natural disasters, always springing up without warning! You'd better run! ... On second thought, running downhill with a mountain of snow crashing down behind you doesn't sound so smart.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So, I know you got your design notes fix for the day, but you can never have too much of a good thing, right?
Except for chocolate, and peanut butter. You can have too much of those, but we don’t talk about that car ride anymore.
So I’m over caffeinated and tired, but thought I’d share with you about the bane of my existence this week: The dreaded OVERMAP*.
For you to understand the OVERMAP you need to understand maps in general.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Nythera levels up!
In this week's Nythera quest, she'll unlock and learn her Void skills (though you won't be able to USE them until next week). Khelios and Tomix are working together to make these skills SUPER-awesome, and we wanted to give you some information about them!
Summon an Abyss Fiend!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
It is a story shrouded in insanity.
Gather around, gather around! It's time for a wond'rous and adventuresome tale. A tale of luck, of chance, and- most importantly- of TableGum!
Your normal fireside storytime will have magic and might, heroes and tricksters, and possibly flaming napalm-like marshmallows (the ONLY way to eat them!) and other tasty half-charred snackfoods*.
But this is not that story. No, for today you will learn the wonders of TableGum, an object either revered or despised, depending on just what you hear when you shake its container.
Now, I should begin at the beginning, as all good tales do. And that means starting with WHERE the TableGum sits: the DF/AQW table in the Secret Underground Lab, 40 levels belowground in a land where mosquitoes and moths are the size of mice and where the sun sleeps, but the heat never truly dies.
The DF/AQW table is shared by Lim, Beleen, Cysero, Rolith, and me. It's a happy table, full of laughter and oft-repeated memes**. One day, not very long ago, but long enough that it has faded into the misty land where memories live, Rolith brought in a container of gum (he was sure 60 pieces would last a while. How wrong he was) and placed it squarely in the middle of the table.
It was not YET TableGum; we did not fully realize the honor that would coat it in a thick, creamy covering of glory. The gum was eaten, piece by piece, until only one remained. And one fateful day, Cysero shook the bottle and out fell the last piece of gum. Little did we know, but on that day the legacy of TableGum began.