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Nightwraith

September 26, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.26

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES: 

  • Waves of Wrath Part 3
    • 35 new Naval/Pirate home items
    • 24 new hairstyles
    • Challengeable Captain Shoggoth
      • New boss achievement!
    • Challengeable Kartherax
      • New boss achievement!
    • New Items
      • Tuna’s Noisemaker (P/E gun)
      • Agony’s Sorrow (P/E aux)
      • Kartherax’s Blaster (P/E gun)
      • Kartherax’s Annihilator (P/E aux)
      • Rotten Cutlass (P/E sword)
      • Wrath Blade (P/E sword)
      • Potato mutation
    • West Naval Yard War Live
      • Attackers collect Naval Shells to attack Pirate Flagship
      • Defenders collect Naval Bombs to attack Naval Turrets
      • New war prize (Pirate Captain Armor)
    • Unsellable mission items and weapons now sellable:
      • Battlesuit Parts
      • Battlesuit Plans
      • Battlesuit Program
      • Blown Gasket
      • Boothe’s Badge
      • Botanical Key
      • Bribe Money
      • Bribe Money Receipt
      • Can of Magic
      • Carrots
      • Cindy’s Package
      • Crystalline Fire
      • Cyanide Capsule
      • Dragonoid Claw
      • Egg Sack B
      • Elite Yeti Horn
      • Equipment Pack
      • Fish Combo
      • Ingredients Packet
      • Krampus Crown
      • Krampus Totem
      • Mer’a Artifact
      • Override Chip
      • Screwdriver
      • Spare Parts
      • Strategy Document
      • Super Yeti Bait
      • The Lawman’s Hat
      • Turret Access Card
      • Yeti Cure
      • Dark Heart Key
      • Old Fortune City Key
      • Platinum Pulverizer
      • Classic Armor
    • Added improved messaging on disabled NPC challenge buttons indicating why you are currently unable to fight a given NPC
    • Transcendence and Immanence now require completion of the mission ‘Dark Hearts’ to travel to the throne room instead of the Dark Heart Key.

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Nightwraith

September 25, 2014

Waves of Wrath Finale

Waves of Wrath Part 3

The terrors of the deep finally surface in the West Naval Yard! Join the forces of good to make a final stand against Captain Shoggoth's armada of nefarious pirates and stop the mysterious beast he plans on unleashing upon Delta V!

The Guest Artists and Writers outdid themselves once again with this release, allowing us to not only introduce a mission chain complete with boss battles, but also open the next war region!

 

Boss Bonanza

Potato

In addition to great mission loot including exclusive item, you'll also have the opportunity to battle not one, but TWO new bosses with collectible achievements! Can you take down Captain Shoggoth and his mysterious beast from the depths?

Special thanks are due to Korin of MechQuest fame for his help in animating the Kartherax boss.

 

New Kartherax Gear

 Kartherax Gear Part 2

To take down this new menace, you'll need the best gear possible -- complement your Kartherax gear with Kartherax-themed sidearms and auxiliaries!

 

Prepare for War!

Naval Yard War Begins

With so many Legion and Exile forces converging in one area, war is inevitable. The West Naval Yard with become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing alignment War. Battle for dominance and new prizes as soon as the update goes live!

War Summary

With Shoggoth's forces spread across the Naval Yard Legion forces have taken the opportunity to commandeer the Pirate Flagship.

Naval Entrance

Obviously, this could be very bad for Exiles, so they'll use Naval Shells to bombard the ship from turrets located around the Naval Yard. 

New War Drops

Legion forces on the shore can take out the turrets with Naval Bombs.

Naval Yard Ammo Depot

Pick up Super Naval Shell and Super Naval Bombs at the Ammo Depot located right of Big Tuna.

Pirate Captain

Score enough influence in this conflict, and you'll have the opportunity to receive the exclusive Pirate Captain Armor (mutating). The Wrath Blades pictured will be available on Thalyssa in the Naval Yard.

 

More Styles

Naval Styles

Dress your best for the high seas with 24 news styles!

 

Bounty of the Seas!

New Loot!

Visit Big Tuna and Thalyssa for crazy new nautical items created by the Guest Artist Team!

 

Home Item Blowout!

Home Items

Deck out your cabin with the finest nautical decor with over 30 new home items! Finally, you'll have a chance to claim the infamous Oyster Bunny!

 

All that and more are coming to EpicDuel tomorrow! Prepare for yet another Epic release!

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Nightwraith

September 19, 2014

Waves of Wrath Gear

Waves of Wrath Story Begins!

The Quest Begins!

New Zones!

There's big trouble in the Naval Yard! Talk to Big Tuna to find the cause of the mysterious events surrounding the arrival of villainous pirates and horrific, mutant squid beasts! Big prizes await those brave enough to explore the depths of this dark, aquatic tale. Can your mind handles the horrors of the deep? Best not go venturing into the abyss ill-equipped!

Special thanks go to Cinderella, Trans, and One Winged Angel who collaborated to make this tale one to remember! Additional thanks goes out to all of our GAs: Vorzathiel, Hatred Cuirass, Vultex, Assassin Order, Bidoof, Tomcat, SarpDV, and Overlord Drekon. A release this epic would not have been possible without you! If you're interested in joining, this is a good place to start.

 

Waves of Wrath Gear

Waves of Wrath Gear
Today, we're unveiling not one but TWO Waves of Wrath promotional packages. For a limited time, get Kartherax's Darkspawn bot, Kartherax's Reaper scythe, and Kartherax's Destroyer mutating weapon in either physical or energy flavors! 

You can also visit Thalyssa for new wares

Waves of Wrath Cores
The bots come with the Curse of Kartherax core that replaces the target's primary weapon with useless fish. The mutating weapon and scythe come with the Deep Plague core which infests a target with lethal spores harvested from the darkest depths. The volatile spore grow in power until they're detonated with another strike from the attacker.

These are some of the most powerful cores ever released, and you'll have a chance to grab them as soon as this release goes live!

 

Farewell, Lionhart!

This will be your last chance to get the Lionhart Gear! After we go live with the Waves of Wrath Package, the Lionhart Package is leaving for good!

Bye Bye Gear

He's so cute!


New Armors!

 First Mate
Check out Thalyssa's shop for new First Mate armors and Naval sidearms! Also, deck out your cabin by stopping by the home shop to check out new home items!

 

Prize Code

Follow our Twitter accounts (NightwraithCinderellaTitanCharfade, and RabbleFroth) and the account of other AE staff for an awesome new prize code item to come shortly after the release goes live! 

Deep Terror

What could the prize code be? A boat? A bike? What could it be? If only there were clues! Welp!

 

More Piratey Shenanigans to Come!

Completed the missions? Collected the loot? We're just getting started!

More to come!

Stay tuned for more updates as the Waves of Wrath saga unfolds! Yaaar! Pillage On!

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Nightwraith

September 19, 2014

How to Prize Code 2014

For this upcoming release, we'll be issuing a new prize code! We've been doing these for years, but I still see people in my Twitter feed utterly confounded by the process. To help these poor souls, I've put together a handy new guide following the latest and greatest prize code redemption process:

 

Step 1: Find a Twitter Code

Currently, you can get these codes by seeing us in person at a convention or by following us on Twitter!

Nightwraith

Cinderella

Titan

Charfade

RabbleFroth

When we post a code, we'll usually announce in advance.

Follow a dude

These codes have limited redemptions (usually a few hundred) so you're best bet is redeeming them as soon as possible.

 

Step 2: Login to EpicDuel and Click the Upgrade Shop

Go to the Upgrade Shop

On your main interface (what you see when not in battle) click the Upgrade Shop button. It's the little shopping cart with Varium. There are actually many useful shortcuts here that go unnoticed such as Style Change, Class Change, and Boosting.

 

Step 3: Click the Redeem Code Button in the Upgrade Shop

Click Redeem Code

In the Upgrade Shop click the Redeem Code button. It's the little purple box with a question mark. What prizes does it hold? Only one way to find out!

 

Step 4: Enter the Prize Code

Enter the code

Enter the code you found! They are typically 10 digits. Be careful when you type the code as sometimes we use numbers as letters  (i.e. "0" instead of "O"). This screen also has links to our Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow us as it's the best way to keep up to date with all the latest EpicDuel news!

 

Step 5: Receive Prize!

You got a prize!

Congratulations! If you don't get a prize, you either entered the code wrong or waited too long before entering the code. Sometimes people mistakenly retweet or repost old, expired codes so be sure to check the date it was posted. Generally, codes will be completely claimed within an hour, but some go even more quickly.

Good luck, and happy code hunting!

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Nightwraith

September 12, 2014

Waves of Wrath

Waves of Wrath

Yarrrr! Avast ye landlubbers and prepare for an invasion! The shores of the Delta V West Naval Yard are being stormed by scurvy sea dogs serving a dark master. Can you unravel the mystery of these peculiar pirates and reveal the true horror that lies beneath the waves? Find out today!

 

Booty and Balance

New Naval Yard

Explore the newly redesigned Naval Yard and investigate the mysterious invasion. The Naval Guard Thalyssa is attempting to restore order, but the renegade Captain Shoggoth and his band of pirates are attempting to claim the shoreline for their own dark purpose. Stock up with new Naval Guard Armors available from Thalyssa in the Naval Yard. You'll need them to weather the oncoming storm.

Naval Guard Thalyssa

The Waves of Wrath missions are not quite ready to go live, but next week we'll be releasing parts 1 and 2 together. 

Also, we've done a massive balance pass and have made some major adjustments. A full list of changes will be available in the patch notes. 



Talk Like a Pirate Returns

Restock!

Big Tuna is restocked with classic TLaPD items! Find her in the Naval Yard to check out her inventory of nautical loot. There are bound to be more treasures available as the event progresses!



Pirate Styles

Pirate Styles!

Talk like a pirate and LOOK like a pirate. We're introducing 24 new pirate styles (4 for each class and gender).

 

Pirate Decor

Home Items

Decorate your cabin with over 15 new pirate and nautical-themed home items!

 

Stay tuned next week for more pirate-themed madness in EpicDuel. The Waves of Wrath have just begun!

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Nightwraith

August 29, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.23

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Dragon’s Destruction Arcade Game
    • New Arcade Leaderboard
    • New Dragon’s Destruction VIP Achievement
    • GameBot added to the Slayer’s screen
    • Stocked with select Dragon Items
  • New Seasonal Dragon Items Available from the Slayer
    • Developed by our very talented Guest Artists!
    • Onyx Dragonslayer
    • Gold Dragonslayer
    • CC Dragonslayer
    • Royal Dragon Cannon
    • Royal Dragon Blaster
    • Gold Dragon Sword P
    • Gold Dragon Sword E
    • Gold Dragon Blades P
    • Gold Dragon Blades E
    • Gold Dragon Axe P
    • Gold Dragon Axe E
    • Gold Dragon Staff P
    • Gold Dragon Staff E
    • Regal Dragon Sword P
    • Regal Dragon Sword E
    • Regal Dragon Claws P
    • Regal Dragon Claws E
    • Regal Dragon Maul P
    • Regal Dragon Maul E
    • Regal Dragon Staff P
    • Regal Dragon Staff E
    • Draconic Drekonator P
    • Draconic Drekonator E
    • Drekonic Sword P
    • Drekonic Sword E
  • New Guns Avaialble from the Slayer
    • DTR P
    • DTR E

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Nightwraith

August 27, 2014

Dragon's Destruction Arcade!

Dragon Arcade

Now that you're all thoroughly buffed from last weeks Power Weekend, you should be eager for some new weapons to show of your newfound strenght! We've got plenty of loot for the anxious Dragonslayers out there with this Dragon-filled release!

 

Dragon's Destruction Arcade!

Look for the new Dragon's Destruction ArcadeBot found near The Slayer in the Barrens Outpost! Win never-before-seen dragon items while you rank up your new VIP achievement and climb the Arcade leaderboard!

Dragon's Destruction Location

Don't have any Tokens? Remember to do those daily missions! Every day is an opportunity to earn a free Arcade Token! Some other mission chains also offer Tokens as rewards.

Dragon Arcade

Of course, if you want to win them all, you may need to mash the 10x button. That Color Custom Dragonslayer Armor probably won't drop on the first try like it did for me (no joke!).

 

Dragonslayers, to Arms!

Arcade not your cup o' tea? The Slayer has what the ArcadeBot don't. Check out over 25 new items, including limited quantity armors and seasonal rares designed by the diligent and talented Guest Artist team!

Boom! Roasted!

The Slayer will never know what hit him! Nobody expects dragon bazooka! Like the other DragonCon seasonal items, the new dragon weapons will only be around for a limited time, so grab them while you have the chance!

 

Dragon Styles!

You've got the equipment, now you'll have the style! Choose from over 18 new Dragonslayer styles (3 for each class and gender) to strike fear in the hearts of your enemies!

Dragonslayer Armor

The first two styles (Gold and Onxy) are non-color custom to match the Gilded and Onxy Dragonslayer armors while the last style is fully color custom. If you're not sure which style is which, select a color swatch and see if anything happens. If the color doesn't change, the style isn't bugged -- it's working as intended.

 

See Us at DragonCon!

dragoncon survival guide

Well, you'll see some of us. Due to cutbacks and scheduling conflicts, the AE crew attending DragonCon will be less than previous years, but the staff that do attend are promising to make the panel EPIC! Unfortunately, no EpicDuel staff will be attending this year.

If you have no idea what DragonCon is or you plan on going this year, Cysero is your best bet for surviving DragonCon. Check out his comprehensive survival guide here.

On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment team, we hope to see you at the Artix Panel @ DragonCon this Saturday, August 30th, in the Hilton’s Grand Salon D room!

 

Talk Like a Dragon!

Thar be monsters

NO! Not dragons! Not really related to dragons at all (I've still got dragons on the brain, I guess), but Talk Like a Pirate Day is on the horizon and we have a MONSTER event planned around this very silly holiday. Styles, items, mission, npcs, and a redesigned Naval Yard are just a few things to look forward to in EpicDuel in the coming weeks!

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Nightwraith

August 21, 2014

Dragon's Return

First of all, congratulations to the Exiles, who managed to hold the Infernal Mines after a very close battle against the Legion forces. Could it be that the Legion are beginning to find weak points in the Exile defenses? Perhaps next time, the Legion will smash the Exile defenses and claim the Mines for their own, but for now, the Exiles can rest easy as the Android Army is firmly under their control!

Or IS it?

It is.

 

Thar Be Dragons

Dragon Returns

It's that time again -- time for back to school! That's not exciting? What? But you get to pick out a new Trapper Keeper! Those aren't a thing anymore? Oh. Well, how about DRAGONS! That almost makes up for the whole going back to school thing. Back on topic, EpicDuel's Dragon/Charbinger/Back-to-School items of the past are available at the Slayer NOW! Right now! Not Friday, but right now! Check them out, because many are limited-quantity items! Jump in now before they're gone!

 

Dragon Items Redux

Already have all of the old stuff? Well, we've got quite a treat in store for you! The Guest Artist team has been working hard to deliver piping-hot Dragon-themed weapons to EpicDuel. These will all be available next week at the Slayer. Some will also be available at the new Dragon's Destruction arcade game!

Bidoof

Bidoof crafted these awesomely regal Dragonslayer armors. We're trying something new with this set. There will be a Gold version, an Onyx version, and a color custom version. We're trying this because there seemed to be an interest in armor colors that aren't available from the current swatch selection in EpicDuel. Also, when armor is separated, some of the vibrance of the colors is lost. If this experiment goes well, we'll try it with more armors in the future!

Vultex

Vultex has also delivered two epic sets of Guilded Dragon weapons for your enjoyment! If you're going to slay dragons, you migh as well do it with bling!

Sarp

Now's as good a time as any to welcome SarpDv to the Guest Artist group! We look forward to seeing this new set of dragon items and many more of your creations in-game!

 

Power Weekend

Because there's no official cotent release this week, we're offering a POWER WEEKEND!

Power weekend

That means double XP and Credits all weekend! All you need to do to get this advantage is to log in and play!

 

Talk Like a Pirate Preview

There are big, BIG plans for a pirate-themed event. There are even bigger threats stirring in the deepest seas of Delta V.

Cosmic Horror

Stay tuned for more details as they surface! Yaaaaaaaar!

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Nightwraith

August 08, 2014

Infernal War Plus

The Battle Begins!

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Infernal Mines opens as the next war region
    • Defenders hold the Infernal Controller which allows them to oversee the Android Army
    • Attackers use Infernal Drills to bore in to the Delta Vault and attack with swarms of ravenous Mechachillids using Infernal Beacons
    • Defenders collect Infernal Bombs to destroy the Drills and thwart the attack
    • Battle for new prizes and control of the Infernal Mines!
  • 2 new mission groups
    • Cleaning Central Station (Naomi)
    • War Stories (Raymus)
  • Infernal War Achievement unlocked! Earn influence in the Infernal Mines!

 

The Mines of Madness Return!

After years of lying dormant, the Infernal Mines are back in contention! During their occupation after a hard-fought victory, Lawman and his Exile army have guarded the mysterious Android Army. Unable to awaken them, the defended forces remain vulnerable to attack. Now, the Legion have finally mustered enough forces in the region to strike back and reclaim Baelius' greatest and most terrifying creation!

Baelius' Army

 

To War!

This time around, there is no Vault Door to impede your progress, but the attackers will need to be sneakier to infiltrate the innermost Vault chamber.

Enter the Mines

Attackers will use Infernal Drills engineered by Mechachillids who were persuaded to help the Legion with the promise of crunchy rocks and metal the ability to continue living.

Infernal Drill

These drills can bore directly into the Vault, allowing attackers to zap Infernal Beacons directly to the Infernal Controller.

Infernal Controller

As usual, participants in the war will have the option to buy War items from the Infernal Ammo Depot located near the Infernal Mines entrance.

War Shop

Infernal Items

These are limited quantity, so stock up while you can! Mechachillids are hungry for some Baelius hologram face!

Infernal Controller

"Don't you DARE eat my face!" -Baelius

 

Leaderboards will be located near the War Memorial, a reminder of the Exile army's epic triumph, and a painful reminder to the Legion to never underestimate the Exiles.

Leaderboards

Will the Exiles hold the Infernal Mines? Will the Legion reclaim their Android Army? Do you have what it takes to be a War Hero? 

 

Achievement Unlocked!

For the first time, players will be able to earn regional influence in the Infernal Mines!

Achievement Unlocked'

Who will be the first to attain the highest rank? Will it be YOU? *points*

 

War Stories and Cleanup!

Visit Naomi and Raymus to accept 2 new mission chains created by Guest Writers Trans and One Winged Angel!

Naomi and Raymus Mission!

These missions will help fill in the backstories to these two mysterious and tragic NPCs. Plus, you'll get some loot in the process! Getting paid to learn? What a deal!

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Nightwraith

July 30, 2014

Titan's Triumph Arrives!

Titan's Triumph

This Friday, prepare for a boatload of new Titan-themed items including a Titan-themed arcade game. Our volunteer artists worked super hard to deliver a shop packed with weapons, home items, and even a bike made of Titan's favorite food -- BACON!

Titan's ArcadeTitan Prize

This arcade game also unlocks a Titan's Triumph VIP achievement. Are you feeling lucky?

 

New Challengers!

Rise to the challenge and battle the not-so-pacifist Naomi and Raymus to claim their achievements!

Naomi Fight

Even Naomi can only be pushed so far.

Some have asked why give achievements to these particular NPCs and not ALL the NPCs you can fight? Good question! I suppose as soon as we draw achievements for the other unique NPCs, we can fill out the ranks of the challengeable NPCs. This would give opportunities to earn these "boss" achievements to players in all level ranges!

 

Ask Titan!

As a new feature on Artix.com, you'll have the ability to ask the Developers any question you like (within reason). You voted for the first Dev to be interviewed, and it was our very own Titan!

Ask Titan

You've posed your questions, now wait for the answers that should be posted on Thursday (or as soon as Titan finishes his answers). Stay tuned to have the great mysteries of EpicDuel and the Universe revealed!

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Nightwraith

July 18, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.20

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • 2 new mission group on Valestra and Habuki with 5 missions each (10 new missions total)
  • Valestra and Habuki can now be challenged
  • 2 new achievements for defeating Valestra and Habuki
  • Extended War Cooldown
  • Overlord Facility updated to reflect Lionhart aftermath
  • War cooldown extended to end August 8th to allow more development time

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Nightwraith

July 16, 2014

Lionhart Aftermath

Mission Accepted

Last week you took a stand against Lionhart and, though we posed a great challenge, you were able to defeat him. To date, little over 300 duelists have earned the Kingslayer achievement. We designed Lionhart to be the toughest boss yet, but it looks like the best of the best rose to the occasion! Congratulations on this epic achievement!

Thanks to the events of the final mission, the mission chain will be repeatable for the forseeable future for those who aren't quite powerful enough to take on the king.

 

Missions

This week, as a palette cleanser for the exciting, but challenging Lionhart missions, we're introducing 2 new missions created by guest writer One Winged Angel! Talk to Valestra a Habuki in Fortune City to complete their tasks and claim your rewards!

 

Chaos

This week, the Chaos Lords poster goes live in Heromart. Buying this epic poster will earn you the Chaos Dragonslayer Sword P/E in EpicDuel, along with awesome chaotic weapons in other AE games!

 

Chaos Dragonslayer

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Nightwraith

July 10, 2014

Lionhart Saga Part 3

Lionhart Finale

Prepare for the grand finale of the Lionhart Saga! Join Revontheus and the mysterious mage Caden to smite Lionhart and his army using a terrible weapon from Delta V's past! You'll need all your wits and fighting skill to go head-to-head with the champion and leader of the Lionhart Empire. Prepare for the fight of your life!

Kingslayer

Do you have what it takes to kill the king?

 

A King's Bounty

To satisfy your appetite for Lionhart weapons, our artists have created an arsenal of new Lionhart gear available at the level 35 Lionhart Soldier in the Overlord Facility. This incredible arsenal was created by Bidoof and Assassin Order!

Lionhart Weapons

Also, rumor has it that Lionhart can be "persuaded" to part with his scepter. Only a bold few can hope to claim this prize for their own!

 

World Cup Warriors

To celebrate the largest sporting even in the world, we're introducing new World Cup weapons created by Bidoof!

World Cup Weapons

Show off your World Cup fever with the complete set of 8 weapons available from the Overlord Guard in the Overlord Facility! Be quick, because like the World Cup, these weapons are temporary! However, rather than make you wait another 4 years to claim them, we'll bring them back next year around this time.

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Nightwraith

June 27, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.18

CHANGELOG 1.6.18

Features/Changes

  • New Fightable NPCs
    • 7 New Lionhart Soldiers for level ranges (5,10,15,20,25,30,35)
    • Trancendence
    • Immancence
    • Revontheus (drops Achievement!)
  • Lionhart Alliance Part 2 Mission Chain (10 Missions)
  • New Weapons!
    • Plasmic Flame Sword - Revontheus
    • Blood Flame Sword  - Revontheus
    • Transcendence's Fury - 5% Drop from Transcendence
    • Immanence's Reaper - 5% Drop from Immanence
    • Lionhart War Sword P - Sold at Lionhart Soldier (lvl 35)
    • Lionhart War Sword E - Sold at Lionhart Soldier (lvl 35)
    • Lionhart Light Sword P - Sold at Lionhart Soldier (lvl 35)
    • Lionhart Light Sword E - Sold at Lionhart Soldier (lvl 35)

 

CHANGELOG 1.6.17

 Features/Changes

  • New tiered War Prize system added
    • Better prizes are now available based on War participation
    • There are 4 tiers of prizes,  Rookie, Private, Sergeant, Commander
    • Win or Lose, players can reach all of the tiers, but the Bonus Prize is only available to Commander tier players on the winning alignment
    • The Bonus Prize will not be available for purchase to the losing side

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed problem with the radio buttons in the War Leaderboards
  • Leaderboards now say “Final Results” and hides the radio buttons for leaderboards in inactive regions
  • No longer displays the Ally Chat option when playing as Juggernaut
  • Fixed issue with NPC battles remaining at the conclusion of non-NPC battles

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Nightwraith

June 20, 2014

Lionhart Part 2

Lionhart's Strike

Now that the Legion and Exiles are allied against the Lionhart forces, Transcendence and Immanence are taking matters into their own hands. Challenge them to one-on-one battles to test your mettle against the best forces Lionhart has to offer.

Immanence and Transcendence armors will be available from the Lionhart Soldier in the Overlord Facility. Also, by defeating them you will have a chance to claim their weapons as rare drops!
Also, change your look with 12 new Lionhart styles. These features and more will be coming to Delta V early next week, along with some exciting new improvements to War 2.0! (No release today) Read on for more previews of the continuation of the Lionhart Event and War 2.0!

 

Database Overhaul

Titan and Rabblefroth have taken this week to perform some major housekeeping on the database structure--primarily the structure of the skill tables. This sounds very technical, but it basically means that there were many fields that were no longer relevant or extremely unclear in their function. This restructuring means extensive testing will be needed to ensure that the battle engine isn't borked. Basically, if we did everything right, it means you won't notice any changes, BUT the changes will make adjusting balance and balance testing MUCH easier in the future.


Overlord War

Although Delta V is allied against the incursion of Lionhart, Legion and Exile forces still face tensions over who controls the Overlord Facility. This will make the Overlord Facility the next region in the cyclical War. 

AI Core

This new war will be fought for control of the AI Core, which controls all military assets in the region.

Hovercraft

The attackers will collect Fuel Cells to power rogue Hovercraft to perform strafing runs against the AI Core. If they do enough damage, they can neutralize the Core and rebuild it for their own purposes. 

To preserve the Core, the defenders will collect Sabotage Kits to disable the attacking Hovercraft.

Overlord War Drops

To address some complaints with the current war rewards system,  we have decided to implement a new tiered prize system that I shall endeavor to explain below...

 

New Prize Tiers

With the introduction of the Overlord War, we will introduce a new participation-based prize system. Players who fight harder will be eligible for better prizes. Currently, you only need 150 Influence on the winning alignment to qualify for a free prize. We feel it's unfair to award players who only play an hour the same as those who go the distance and participate throughout the war to support their alignment. In addition to adding tiers, we are also raising the minimum participation requirement to qualify for the baseline prize. 

Tiered Prizes

*Prize amounts in the above graphic are placeholders. Actual numbers are subject to change.

You will be able to see the tiers at the beginning of the war. At the end of the war, you will receive all the prizes available for whichever tier you qualify. The option to buy a prize outright will no longer be available. Because we want players on the losing alignment who battle fiercely to be rewarded, they can still qualify for the prize tiers, but cannot win the item prize (treasure chest).

Due to the complexity of this new prize system, we will need to update the war system manually in an update early next week (Monday or Tuesday). Participants of the Frysteland War will have until that update to claim their prizes. After the new system goes live, it will apply to the previously contested war regions, meaning when the Dread Plains is under contention once again, it will use the new tiered prize system.

We hope this new system adds real value to war participation and makes those who play harder feel rewarded. We also hope it addresses the "all-or-nothing" stakes of the current war system in which the losing alignment receives nothing (for free).

Thank you for your patience as we work to build, test, and implement these exciting new additions to the war system. Be sure to join us next week as the Lionhart Saga continues and war comes to the Overlord Facility!

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Nightwraith

June 12, 2014

Lionhart Alliance

Lionhart Saga

Last week we were introduced to Immanence and Transcendence, emissaries and children of Kaiser Saeva Lionhart, an intergalactic conqueror bent on reclaiming Delta V. This week, you will join Revontheus to unify the Legion and Exile forces in an alliance against this new threat from the stars. To rally both sides, you'll need to convince the most formidable warriors from both alignments of your combat skills. With both alignments united against Lionhart, Revontheus is over 10% Delta V can survive the invasion.

Peacemaker

Complete the missions successfully and you'll be greatly rewarded with Credits, a new item, and the Peacemaker achievement! This is only part one -- there are still many more missions, rewards, and insane bosses to come!

 

Overlord Ops

Lower level players may find the Lionhart Alliance missions too challenging, but don't fret, the Overlord Guard could use your help! Even with an invasion fleet looming overhead, he's still trying his best to enforce law and order in the Overlord Facility. Help him do his duty for a sizeable reward!

 

World Cup

Has it been four years already? In celebration of the World Cup, the World Cup achievement will make a reappearance in the Achievement shop for a limited time!

 

Core Clarification

It was originally stated in the previous Design Notes that Lionhart's Shield would allow your allies to heal or buff you while the shield was enabled. Unfortunatley, this was a case of the nature of the core changing through development, resulting in an inconsistency with the early marketing materials. As it is in game, Lionhart's Shield protects you or an ally from damage and makes whomever it is cast upon completely untargetable for everyone, even allies. This is the intended behavior and the previous Design Notes have been updated accordingly. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

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Nightwraith

June 03, 2014

Lionhart Cometh

Lionhart Saga

Deep-space scans have detected an armada of unknown origin approaching Delta V. A single transmission was received before the ships disappeared from view, “I am Kaiser Saeva Lionhart, and I am coming to claim what is mine!” Saeva Lionhart and his forces are ready to take control of Delta V even if it means annihilating the existing population!

In addition to an army of elite soldiers, Saeva is bringing his most powerful lieutenants, his children Immanence and Transcendance. Once again, Legion and Exile forces will need to unite to protect Delta V from this otherworldly army. This Friday, June 6 at "When It's Ready O-clock", prepare for the dawn of the Lionhart Saga!

Family Portrait

Transcendence

This highly anticipated release will prominently feature artwork from Revontheus, the architect for many aspects of the release. If you enjoy it, be sure to thank him!

 

Fight Lionhart with...Lionhart!

Before the full force of Lionhart’s army arrives on Delta V, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with Saeva’s technology firsthand! Lionhart’s Avatar Bots (P and E), Lionhart’s Carnage (Physical mutating primary), and Lionhart’s Knowledge (Energy mutating primary) will be available for a limited time with the 10,000 Varium package. This incredible package includes 4 powerful weapons of destruction to help you defeat your foes and repel the invading forces.

Staff

Lionhart Maul

Carnage

These weapons will include a permanent active core Lionhart’s Shield. This defensive core allow you to encase your or your partner in a crystalline prism that prevents enemies from attacking. It literally makes the target untargetable and immune to any debuffs or attacks. This brief reprieve from damage allows you or your ally to deny your opponents from inflicting damage for a turn and forces a change of strategy. It is not possible to heal or buff an ally if they have this shield enabled.

Lionhart’s Avatar Bots include two potent skills, Lionhart’s Claws, a devastating slashing attack, and Lionhart’s Roar, a special ability to unleashes a deafening roar that buffs the Rage of you and your ally. That's right, this new ability will be the first AOE buff.

Lionhart Bots

These amazing items are just a taste of the amazing assortment of weapons and armors that will be available in game as prizes, mission rewards, drops, and items sold at merchants.

These weapons and bots will be available for a limited time through the Varium shop and at the Lionhart Soldier merchant for Varium! To make room for this new package, the Black Abyss and Blood Hawk packages will be leaving permanently. The Black Abyss Bots will be located in the Black Abyss Cache with the other Black Abyss items.

 

Overlord Overhaul

Overlord Facility

Because this new event is bringing focus to the Overlord Facility, this long-forgotten region is receiving a major overhaul. Charfade is working her painterly magic on the facility, creating the haunting, imposing military installation it was always meant to be. Be sure to explore the screens and experience the revamped region for yourself. There will be many more friends and foes to challenge here!

 

Rage Revealed

Since it was first introduced, Rage has been a mystery to many players. You only see your Rage on your turn; the Rage of your opponents and allies remains a mystery until the attack is finally unleashed. You also have no idea how much Rage you accumulate from your attacks or from damage you receive. 

RAGE

In this Friday’s update, you’ll finally be able to see your Rage and the Rage of your opponents throughout the entire battle. The familiar Rage bar will still appear on your turn, but you’ll also have a permanent Rage bar with the rest of your vitals.

 

Fame Game

Lately, we've been seeing more and more people abusing Fame. This is unfortunate as the feature has not served the purpose we originally intended. Our plan to address this issue is to remove Fame from the character page to an in-game system. Since our plate already overflows with Lionhart content, we may not have time make the transition this week. We apologize that fixing this has not been a priority, but we believe that moving this feature in-game will greatly reduce the amount of Fame harassment and exploitation to make it the fun and engaging system we always hoped it would be.

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Nightwraith

May 22, 2014

Another War Down

Exile Victory

The Fortune City War is over. The Exiles have won another war and seized Fortune City from Legion control. Now is the time to login and claim your war prize!
So many choices!
If you weren't fortunate enough to be on the winning side, you still have the option to purchase the Fortune City Battlegear war prizes! Remember, the next war is just around the corner and you'll have another chance to claim another slice of Delta V for your own!
New Gear
The next war will be a shorter duration, with added balancing mechanics to prevent one alignment from pulling ahead and creating an insurmountable gap. If one alignment gains a strong enough lead, the losing alignment activate a Battle Rally, which will strongly boost the war drop rate. This, combined with the shorter duration, should make for a much tighter and exciting conflict!

 

Charfade's Charshoppe
Charshoppe
Charfade has added several new items to the inventory, including a color custom Little Gear mutation and new items from Juniu and Assassin Order! Be sure to stop by Charfade's location in the Barrens Outpost to check them out! This journey should be even easier thanks to a helpful new feature...

 

New Navigation
Quickjump

Now, you can use the redesigned world map to navigate to any NPC in any region! This should make finding those obscure NPCs much easier. It also means the grumpier ones will get more visitors and become even grumpier! Be sure to stop by and cheer them up!

 

Power Hour!
Power Hour!
The war is over, but that doesn't mean the dueling is over. Battle your heart out all weekend long for double XP and Credits! There's no special mission to complete or button to activate -- just log in and DUEL!

 

Heroic Memorial Achievement
Heroic Memorial
Be sure to stop by the Achievement shop to claim the seasonal Heroic Memorial Achievement (available now)!

 

Have a safe and fun weekend! Duel on!

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Nightwraith

May 15, 2014

May Madness

New Weapons!

After a small hiatus, EpicDuel Team is back at full-strength. Take a look at some of the spicy dishes we've cooked up for you this week!

 

Arcade Update

First, you'll want to stop by an ArcadeBot to try a new Arcade Game featuring new weapons from our fantastic new guest artists:

  • Hatred Cuirass
  • Assassin Order
  • Bidoof 
  • Juniu 
  • Vultex

As usual, this game will offer new achievements, a new leaderboard, and come fully-loaded with never-before-seen weapons!

 

War Progress

The Fortune City War is now pushing past its midpoint. The Exiles are pulling ahead with a commanding lead. The Legion will need to rally to win and hold onto their seat of power! Crazier things have happened.

After the Fortune City War is decided, the next area up for contention will be -- Frysteland. For years, the Legion have held claim to this frigid stronghold, but soon it will be up for contention again and Legion and Exile forces will vie for control once again.

The Fortress Core

Warp Gates

Frysteland Drops
The Attackers will collect Yeti Bait to lure Yetis into jumping through Warp Gates placed around Frysteland to assault the Fortress Core. The Defenders will use Fryste Bombs to destroy the Warp Gates and secure their Core.

Like the Dread Plains War and current Fortune City War, the Frysteland War will offer new prizes, new leaderboards, and the ability to build influence in the region for you and your Faction.

 

Assuming Direct Control

Rabblefroth is completing a tool that will allow testers to easily alter skills and stats to thoroughly test balance adjustments with minimal dev assistance. This means more thorough and useful balance updates.

 

New Face of Delta V

Delta V is getting another facelift, this time from the mega-talented Charfade. Be sure to click the little Map button on the main HUD to see it in all it's glory!

Delta V

Pretty.

 

Lionhart Preview

Check out this new preview from Revontheus of the upcoming Lionhart event: The whole Lionhart family together at last!

Family Portrait

Are you ready to challenge Saeva, Transcendence, and Immanence?

 

Code Time!

We haven't offered one in awhile so this weekend, we EpicDuel developers will be offering prize codes on Twitter for these new home items designed by Charfade!

Minis

Each Dev will offer a code for his or her respective statue. You'll need to follow all of us on Twitter to collect them all!

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Nightwraith

May 01, 2014

Fortune City Countdown

The War Continues...

The War between the Legion and Exile forces resumes this Saturday as the countdown to the next War closes in on 0. This War will take place in the capital of Delta V, Fortune City. Fortune City is currently powered by an Energy Core in Alydriah's Spire. Rather than destroying the Core, the Attackers are determined to drain the Core to fuel their own war efforts using Sappers located around the city. The defenders will defend the core by destroying the Sappers. The citizens of Fortune City will follow whomever can keep the lights on. Will the Legion reign, or will the Exiles unseat the Legion from their lofty perch in Fortune City?

 

Fortune City Countdown

As you can see, the cooldown timer continues to tick by and the next War is very near. The text war region, Fortune City, will be open for contention early Saturday morning. This means a new chance for War Hero, leaderboard domination, and building regional Influence in Fortune City.

Countdown Clock

Remember, once the Fortune City War goes live, you will no longer be able to claim Dread Prizes. If you haven't claimed a prize yet, or purchased one that caught your fancy, you've only hours left to do so.

 

Dread Plains Champions

Before the next War begins, we'd like to commemorate the leaders of the previous war. Will they be major players in the next War? Do you have what it takes to dominate ALL the regions?

Exile Winners

Best Legion Soldiers

 

Return of Legion and Exile Battlegear!

To make sure you're properly equipped for an alignment brawl, the Legion and Exile Battlegear have returned to the Dread Plains. 

Equip for the next war!

Visit the Exile Leader or Administrator 10 to purchase these powerful mutating weapons for your own!

Shop in the Dread Plains

Deliver an Exile or Legion Strike to your foes with the weapons' powerful cores. Better hurry -- these weapons will only be available for a limited time!

 

Battle Gems for Android is LIVE!

Be the first to play Battle Gems - the 1st major mobile game created by the same friendly (and crazy) team that creates AdventureQuest Worlds. Battle Gems is available right now for free on Google Play's App Store for your Android device AND Apple’s App Store for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Read more details here!

The team and I are really proud to be releasing Battle Gems for you. As our first major mobile game, it took over 6 months to draw, animate, code and write the 450+ joke & pun filled levels for you. We think you will agree that it is our most crazy, addictive and fun game yet! Get Battle Gems and please help us spread the word. (P.S. We are working on the Android version as you read this.)

Battle Gems Features

  • Over-the-top fantasy Puzzle/RPG
  • 150+ monsters including BrutalCorn, Octobear and more!
  • 450+ quests to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull
  • 250+ items
  • Every item you collect increases your total power!
  • Fully customizable character
  • Crazy monsters, epic battles, and… horrible puns (but get it anyway)

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Nightwraith

April 24, 2014

Lionhart Preview

Lionhart Preview

We mentioned before that Revontheus was cooking up something wicked, and now we have even more previews of this epic event in the making!

Meet Saeva Lionhart. He's seen the endless warring of Delta V's factions and realizes that it's the perfect opportunity to strike! He's coming to claim Delta V for his own...and he's not coming alone.

Lionhart

Be sure to follow Revontheus' Twitter feed as he posts more previews of this exciting event.

 

Be Prepared

The Dread War is over, but Fortune City stands ready as the new battleground as the war cooldown ticks by. The Exiles triumphed in the Dread Plains, but will the Legion readily hand over their home turf to those sneaky rebels? Prepare for new prizes, new war objectives, and more war action and you fight for immortality on Delta V.

 

Something Wicked...

Also prepare for a new and malevolent creation coming very, very soon...

Malefic

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Nightwraith

April 17, 2014

Dread War Aftermath

Cleanup

The Dread War is nearly over. What better way to relax from ceaseless battle than some fun new missions courtesy of Hank?! New missions, new items, and a POWER WEEKEND await for this upcoming release!

 

Easter Best

Our volunteers are hard at work learning the intricacies of Flash and they're ready to reveal the fruits of their efforts.

Exo Knight

Check out this suggestion entry by VectosAE, vectorized and separate by G00ny!

Exo

This sweet new armor is available as male and female neutral armors at Talia in Fortune City. Visit the style change module to complete the look with matching styles for all classes and genders.

Wear your Easter best!

There aren't any Easter bonnets in EpicDuel, but we DO have killer egg armors, doom bunny swords, and cybernetic, grenade-launching rabbits! Visit Xraal or Cinderella in the Biological Preserve to dress your Easter best! Go pastel or go home!

 

Trash Talk

The resources consumed by the raging war in the Dread Plains forced Fortune City to suspend sanitation services. This has turned the Delta V capital into a literal dump! 

Take out some trash!

Visit Hank in Fortune City to help him clean up and make Delta V shiny and new so he can finish tinkering on a top-secret project. 

Hank's Tasks

Hank has a reputation for being stingy, but he loves his planet and city more than he loves cash so he's bringing extraordinary rewards. You won't believe the prize for completing the final mission, a collaboration between Charfade, Hatred Cuirass, and Assassin Order! Or maybe you will. I guess that depends how easily you're surprised. Like, did you know someone is behind you right now watching you read? No? Well, of course it moved! Anyway...

 

Map It Up!

Delta V Reborn

Charfade is currently in the process of giving Delta V a MEGA facelift. That old map is going away. Prepare for the shiny newness! We will be incorporating the new map shorty after the next war region goes live. 

Hey, now you can tell which region is which! It's not green and blue blobs anymore! PROGRESS!

 

Power Weekend!

POWER UP!

Grab your Boost and your best gear and get ready to duel! Earn levels and Legendary ranks faster than ever with another POWER WEEKEND! Double XP and double Credits! You're probably asking, "But Nightwraith! How do I qualify?" All you have to do is login after our release tomorrow and duel your heart out! Tell your friends and your enemies...because you friends can help you beat them and stuff.

Duel ON and Happy Passover and Easter to those who celebrate!

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Nightwraith

April 10, 2014

Earth (Delta V) Day

Earth (Delta) Day

Get Your Green On!

Spring reigns in the Northern Hemisphere (in Florida at least) so we’re unveiling some new item devised by dedicated players and EpicDuel fans, Hatred Cuirass and Tomcat. Collect these new weapons from Xraal in the Biological Preserve this Friday!

 

The Twilight of War

The race to victory in the Dread Plains continues as the Exiles continue to pummel the Legion artillery. However, the Legion have not given up yet. The Control Array shield is showing wear and tear so the turret bombardment is taking its toll. Will the Exiles destroy the last of the Legion turrets and claim the region, or will they become complacent, allowing the Legion to surge forth with a surprise triumph?

War End Nears

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during our time running wars in EpicDuel, it’s that our players can surprise us with their tenacity. Anything is possible between now and the war’s end.

 

The Next Phase

With the Dread War winding down, we’re already one step ahead preparing the next war region: Fortune City!

Next Round

Prepare for urban warfare as the attackers attempt to drain the source of all power in Fortune City, the Energy Core located strategically in Alydriah’s Spire.

Next Round

The attackers will use Sappers located around Fortune City to siphon power from the Core to store in FC Batteries. Defenders will protect the Core by destroying the Sappers with FC Bombs.

Fortune City War Drops

This war will go live after a brief cooldown period after the Dread War concludes. Like the Dread War, Fortune City will offer it’s own bounty of war prizes!

Fortune City Prizes

Excited? You should be! War On!

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Nightwraith

March 28, 2014

Lionhart Preview

War Buildup

Now that new Dread War is underway and stable, many are already wondering "what's next?" If you haven't figured it out already, our aim is not an end to all war, but to unveil a full-realized regional war cycle. After the Dread War ends, the winner will claim the region, and after a brief cooldown period during which no region is active, the next region will be contested.

While the Dread War is still being heroically fought by Legion and Exile forces, the EpicDuel team is hard at work building out the rest of Delta V to prepare each region for war. This includes new prizes, maps, objectives, items, and in some cases, completely redesigned maps. My hands are already crinkling at the thought. This task will be quite involved but we're confident we can have it completely ready early May 2014. Until that time, updates may be sparse, but we'll be sure to keep you informed of ongoing developments.

Stay tuned to these design notes for updates as reveal hints for the next war region, and the future face of Delta V!

Mappy Map

War On!

 

Project Lionhart

Lionhard

War isn't all we have in store for you! While we continue our war buildup, our artist Revontheus is working on a big release behind the scenes! The plan is to have it ready in May. It will include new weapons, home items, armors, missions, bosses and more. Are you ready for Lionhart?

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Nightwraith

March 21, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.7 and 8

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • New Legion and Exile Dread War Chests (alignment specific)
    • Legion and Exile Tanks
    • 10x Dread Bombs/Shells
    • 5x Super Dread Bombs/Shells
    • 3x War Commander Cores
    • 10k Varium
  • New Dread Ammo Depot added to the Dread Plains
    • Sell Super Dread Bombs and Super Dread Shells in small batches
    • Restocks every hour

  • Use the ‘War Notifications’ checkmark in Settings to hide War popups

  • Regional Items Return
    • Dread Destroyer P and E now sold Exile Leader and Admin 10
    • Nautical Nightmares now sold at Big Tuna
    • Barrens Busters now sold at Slayer
    • Overlord Overkills now sold at Overlord Guard
    • Fortune City Slayers now sold at Hank
    • Trainyard Terrors now sold at Naomi
    • Wasteland Wardens now sold at Lawman
    • Bio Busters now sold at Xraal

  • War Objective Interface Improvements
    • Objectives now display current damage range on the map
    • Objective use menu now displays description and your currency

BUGS FIXED:

  • World Dominations and War Hero achievements now awarding correctly
  • Fixed delay glitch in the update of regional war achievement Influence
  • Fixed Limited Quantity Items on Cinderella
    • Carrotic Collider
    • Lagomorph Launcher
    • Bunny Borg
    • Bunny Bane E/P
    • Omega Bunny Borg
    • Carrot Blaster/Impaler
    • Egg Cannon/Laser
    • Carrotic Cannon
    • Lagomorph Laser
  • War Tanks set to Seasonal Rare instead of Battle Drop.
  • Using Concussive shot (or any ability that affected cooldown) against bosses would not put boss skills on cooldown
  • War Bar is now hidden while in player homes to prevent Home Editor toolbar overlap
  • Fixed achievement level up bug, you can now move up multiple tiers of an achievement at once
  • Fixed ‘Stony Tark’ mission item Raw Crystal now equipped to Kraggor.
  • Fixed wall problem in Old Fortune City screen where players would get stuck
  • Fixed an issue preventing you from saving your location in homes
  • Battle damage bubbles are now positioned so they don’t exceed the screen bounds
  • Fixed issues with Doom Snowball, Icy Impaler, Ice Wall and Frozen Breathe on Elite Yeti
  • Fixed an issue where mail recipient names would not add to the interface when sending mail from the Faction Manager or Buddy List
  • Fixed a hairstyle issue, there wasn’t enough room to show the denominator (ex: 100 / 100) when cycling through 3-digit styles

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