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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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Nightwraith

March 19, 2014

Dread War Chests

Artillery Strike!

Due to popular demand, we're adding a way to purchase Super Dread Bombs and Super Dread Shells in-game at the new Dread Ammo Depot. Since these items are highly dangerous, and stocking an infinite amount of explosives in a tiny place would be a massive fire code violation, they will be restocked in quantities of 50 every hour (as long at the remaining quantity is 0).  

The items will be alignment restricted so you will not be able to buy the opposition's war items. You can only purchase the war item that applies to your alignment.

Ammo Depot

The current war drops will still be available through PvP drops, but players who really, REALLY want to help their respective alignments dominate will now have another option to unleash their fury upon the Dread Plains.

 

End of War Prizes

 The Dread War Prizes are locked in and ready to be claimed by the victor!

Spoils of War

In order to claim a free prize, all you have to do is participate in the war for the winning alignment. There's no reason not to participate unless you have a weird aversion to free stuff. This is just the beginning. War Prizes will change from region to region as the War rolls across Delta V.

 

Bug Fixes Galore!

This update, we've managed to patch some major bugs, including errors with awarding War Hero and regional Influence Achievements. Check out the Patch Notes for a thorough breakdown of the fixes.

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Nightwraith

February 21, 2014

War Two Point Oh

When will the Dread War End?

Boom!

We've heard your feedback about the Dread War and many players have made it clear they're ready for it to end.  Well good news!  We’ve been working hard planning exciting improvements to the current system. When we first conceived the Dread War, our goal was to implement an event that could provide perpetual engagement, but over time, a few weaknesses in the system’s design have become apparent and the war has become a bit stale. The current war is complicated, it never ends, it doesn't offer enough rewards, and there is no focal point. This post will explain how we intend to overhaul the current system, and offer up the key points of the proposed new war system. The details are subject to change so please give us your feedback so we can build the best system possible.  We believe by borrowing the best ideas from previous phases and prior wars, we can craft a system that is simple to understand, extremely engaging, perpetually rewarding and really, really fun!

War Planning Board

As you can see, our dry-erase board breeding program is progressing nicely.

 

A Sense of Urgency

 Currently, The Dread War is a global conflict without end. The lack of focus and lack of duration means there’s never any urgency. In past events like The Frysteland War and The Infernal War, there was a clear set of victory conditions. With War 2.0, we hope to recreate this sense of urgency by limiting the scope of the War to one region at a time and structuring it as a race. The War will last until a specific set of conditions are met by either alignments’ forces (we expect these regional conflicts to last roughly 1-3 weeks).

When the War in a particular region ends, the environment will visually reflect the winners, and the region will remain in control of the winning alignment until it comes up for contention again in the future. Prizes will unlock for the winners, and the top participating players and factions will be made famous (in a similar fashion to the Infernal War). After a small cooldown period, the next region will activate and the war will continue. The victory conditions in each region will vary to keep the conflicts interesting.  

 

Streamlined Gameplay

 To a new player, the current War system is baffling. Control points, cooldowns, and other obscure systems are extremely challenging to convey at a glance. As we develop War 2.0, we’ll be streamlining many of the old systems. Mechanics like Influence, Flag Captures and World Dominations will remain, but behave differently from the current system.

The gameplay mechanic will evolve from a constant grind for control, to a more focused system where both alignments are racing toward very specific goals. Each regional War will be a race to complete the given objective and whichever alignment fills their global war bar first will win the battle and take control of the region!

PvP battles will remain the main driver of conflict, however, Influence will no longer be earned at the end of battle. Instead players will earn Influence by depositing new "War Drops" on War Objectives within the region. These drops will be similar to the grenades in the Infernal War in that they will drop after winning a PvP battle. War Drops will be thematically tied to the currently contented region and can be anything from missiles to computer chips, ammo crates, bricks, cakes, plants, metal, bullets, etc. Players of all levels can obtain and use these items, maintaining a very low barrier of entry for War participation. 

 

Showoff

 If you fight hard to be the greatest champion EpicDuel has ever know, you deserve a place of honor. With War 2.0 we hope to give greater exposure to exceptional players who make the greatest contribution to the war effort. Interactive leaderboards will display the leading players and Factions for each alignment. At the end of each regional War, the bravest, most dedicated soldier will be displayed prominently until the region is contested once again.

 

War Prizes

 By defining a clear beginning and end for each regional War, we can offer real rewards for the victor. At the end of each War, players on the winning alignment will gain access to exclusive prizes. To add variety to this experience, players can select a prize from a list. These prizes could be never-before-seen weapons or currency prizes like Credits and Arcade Tokens. Each region will draw a new set of prizes to choose from, and the prize pool will continue to expand as the regional wars progress.

These rewards will only be available to those who participate on the winning alignment, and they will only be available until the next regional War begins.  We will also be adding additional levels to each regional War achievements. If you’re at level 10 or close in any of the regions, you’ll be able to battle your way to an even higher Rating Point score!

Also, the highest scoring player at the end of each day will receive a War Hero achievement. This achievement will have a tracker to record each time you qualify for this prestigious distinction.

 

EpicDuel Evolution

War 2.0 will herald a new phase of EpicDuel development: EpicDuel Evolution. This new phase will be unlike any before it – over the last few months we have been gradually building tools and tutorials to allow EpicDuel’s future to be directed by a force more powerful that the mighty Titan himself: our Community.

Goony's Gats

Over the years we’ve attracted some amazingly talented and ambitious players. Our player base may be much smaller than AdventureQuest Worlds, but the level of talent is no less. Our intention for EpicDuel Evolution is to allow more input and direct involvement from our players to influence things like content creation and balance. If you were shy about contributing content or ideas to EpicDuel, now is a better time than ever to express because soon we’ll be offering the resources to make them a reality!

Group Shot

We're aiming to activate the first region on Friday, March 7, but as usual this is just an estimate and could be delayed if development demands it. Stay tuned for more details as this exciting new feature evolves!

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Nightwraith

February 06, 2014

Epic Cleanup

Epic Cleanup

This week, we're getting our hands dirty with some deep-cleaning of EpicDuel's inner workings. It's been awhile since we've done optimization so this week we worked hard to fix some nagging bugs and clean up some code to improve performance. These updates don't usually yield many shiny new toys for your enjoyment, but we've worked hard to make sure you're not empty-handed for this update!

 

Home Decor

To assist you with the cleaning process in your homes, we're introducing crabby new home item. These crabs are hungry and ready to clean your homes of any refuse. 

Crabby

We're introducing a total of 31 new home items, including the popular development phase AI trainers. Show off your appreciation of the eras from EpicDuel's past with these awesome new home items!

 

Matching

Last week, we planned on implementing a change to the matching engine to tighten the range at the highest levels. This means that a level 40 should almost never match against a level 35. This change was not thoroughly tested, but this week we're confident in releasing this change. This should encourage fairness and balance among the high level players.

 

Prize Codes

This weekend we'll be giving out more prize codes! As an experiment, we'll be dropping codes more randomly, making it more difficult to "camp" codes with multiple accounts. Follow our Twitter pages to stay updated with the latest developments on these codes and their availability!

 

Preview

Next week, we'll have more awesome items in store for you, including Revontheus' epic new swords, Aphrodite's Woe!

Aphrodite's Woe

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Nightwraith

January 30, 2014

Heartbreak at Halftime

Heartbreaker!

Get ready to finally experience EpicDuel's new tutorial system! After much testing and polish, we're finally confident that it's ready for prime-time! Give it a try by testing the "A New World" mission chain and letting us know what you think!

You didn't think that was ALL we'd be releasing, though, did you?

 

Heartbreaker

As is the seasonal custom, we will be stocking the Alydroid in Alydriah's Spire in Fortune City with a host of Valentine's rares, including last year's promo items: Azraels' bazookas and sidearms! These items will include the cores so if you missed the promo last year, now's your chance to unleash the awesome power of Azrael! 

 

Maintenance

The server hamter were upgrade to super-server hamsters...possibly hampster ferrets early this morning. Ideally, this would have happened without much notice, but for reasons beyond our control (and some within our control) the EpicDuel servers were down much long than intended. We should have done a better job preparing you in advance for this outage, and we apologize for that oversight. However, we will do our best to make it up to you with a couple exciting additions this release!

 

Power Weekend!

To try to make up for the lost dueling time, this weekend, we'll be offering Power Hour all weekend long! Double XP and double Credits! Just log in and play and become a Legend faster than ever! Titan is also making some changes to how Power Hour works to give us more flexibility to do day-long or weekend-long Power Hour events more easily in the future!

 

Prize Code!

We haven't done one in awhile, so this weekend, we'll be offering new prize code items! Follow our Twitter pages to stay updated with the latest developments on these codes and their availability!

 

Secret Package Revealed!

That's right! After nearly a year, we'll finally be unwrapping that mysterious Secret Package earned from the Tea and Titan mission. When we go live, the mission item will automatically be converted to the item so you won't need to do anything to unwrap the package! I hope you think the prize was worth the wait!

Finally!

As of the release Friday, we will be removing the Tea and Titan mission, in addition to the Yeti Trainer missions. Going forward the only way to train up a Baby Yeti or Dark Yeti to an Omega Yeti will be with the Growth Serums purchasable from the yeti trainers in Frysteland.

 

Matchmaking

Rabblefroth is adjusting the matching engine to enable tighter matching for those at the level cap. It should be MUCH harder for a level 40 to match against a level 35. Also, alignment matching will be loosened for faster matching.

 

The Big Game

In the Achievement shop under the seasonal tab, you can find the Big Game Achievement! Celebrate the excitement of America's most watched sporting event (or most popular commercial viewing and chip eating event if you're me) with this capstone Big Game Achievement. Do you have all of them?

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Nightwraith

January 24, 2014

Welcome to Delta V

Welcome

As you may have noticed, this week's release is a wee bit behind. We've been working all this week and most of the week prior to develop a new tutorial to welcome new players to the worlds of Delta V in style! This requires a lot of custom programming and loads of new artwork to make the experience streamlined and exciting. When finished, it will be leagues ahead of what we have now: randomly placing a new character in the midst of Central Station without the foggiest clue of what to do!

Since the success of this new feature is so crucial to maintaining new players, we're devoting the weekend to refining this feature to release early next week. We don't want to risk releasing the tutorial Friday evening, only to find that new players coming in over the weekend are getting stuck, frustrated, and logging out forever!

In the meantime, check out this brief rundown of what we have so far. It may not be thrilling for you veteran players, but it is interesting to think about from a game design standpoint: how to introduce EpicDuel to a new player without overwhelming them with options! 

 

Soft Landing

Welcome to the Feldspar Flats! This region near Central Station was mark for heavy construction before the war against Baelius. Now, it's littered with the ruins of abandoned scaffolding and rogue construction robots. Miraculously, life still flourishes in this region, as the volcanic soil is quite nourishing for plant life.

Your first task will be to move around the screen. This may seem overly-simplistic for veterans, but you might be surprised by how many players first attempt to use the keyboard for movement!

You've landed!

Ok, you've overcome that challenge. Feeling good! Ready for a mission?

Clear a path to Central Station!

Errands for the AI

AI Trainers (relatives of the M4tr1x AI) will offer simple missions, introducing players to missions as an important means for collecting credits, experience, and items. They will also serve as an introduction to some quick battles against Renegade Junkers. Apparently, years of neglect and dust storms have corrupted their programming and made them openly hostile to new arrivals.

Collect Robot Parts to help the AI Trainers reset their programming!

Collect Parts

Be sure to disarm them! You'll need all the help you can get to face the enemies ahead!

Zooka Prize

Outlaw E

After completing this mission chain, new players should have a weapon for each slot (primary, sidearm, auxiliary). This will guarantee that new players emerge from the tutorial more battle-ready than before.

Whoa! This fellah means business!

Miniboss!

Learn about Physical/Energy Damage and Defense/Resistance by defeating a series of Boss Junkers.

Meet the Boss

These Junkers are bosses in name only. They can be handled easily with the right equipment.

Shot in the face

That doesn't mean they're harmless, though.

 

Gather their Corrupted Chips and return them to your trainer for your reward!

Must be a Pentium II

I think I see the problem: It was set to MURDER!

Your journey isn't over yet! We've moved the alignment selection from the character creation process to the tutorial. Representative NPCs will plead their case and request your pledge of support. If you accept, you will be offered a new mission to complete an automatch battle.  

Which will you choose?

Success

After you complete the battle (win or lose, all you need to do is complete the battle), turn in the mission, and the gate to Central Station will rise, allowing you to join the rest of the experience EpicDuel community!

One Small Step!

Don't forget your "One Small Step" achievement! 

 

Legro Inmortuorum Poster

And now a word from HeroMart!

HeroMart is proud to offer an Art Nouveau (French for New Art) inspired poster of Dage and his undead legion! This new 24” x 36” high quality poster by Diozz featuring Dage and his undead army will be a great way to make your room feel more alive! Or rather undead.

New Dage Poster!

Dage Poster IRL

Order the poster soon, because I don't think anything this awesome is going to stay on HeroMart's shelves for long! Did I mention it also includes a mysterious new blade, Dage's Desolation, in EpicDuel? 

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Nightwraith

January 17, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.1

NEW CHANGES / FEATURES 

  • Revontheus NPC added to Valestra’s Arcade
  • 36 New items now for sale at Revontheus
  • Nulgath Bike moved to Revontheus from Caden
  • 5 new Winter rares added to Hank in Frysteland
  • NPC changes
    • NPCs now grant experience at all levels. NPCs lower than your level grant less experience.
    • NPC wins are now tracked if the fight granted experience and Credits
    • Several NPCs have had their levels changed to fill level gaps
  • Losses
    • We feel that publicly showing losses and win percentages can discourage players from battling or trying new builds. We’ve also opted to not track NPC losses since we want NPCs to be a very low-stress environment where you can freely experiment without feeling obligated to win every time.
    • Losses are no longer shown when viewing another player’s stat page
    • Win percentage is no longer shown on win-based leaderboards
    • Losses against NPCs are never displayed to encourage build testing

BUGFIXES

  • Zeuszooka seems a tad bit of space from back. With petite armors more visible

BALANCE

  • Static Grenade 
    • Static Grenade is currently draining a bit too much energy at once. The energy gain effect felt about right, so we increased the percentage to keep it about even.
    • Lowered base energy drain to 95-220 from 100-250
    • Energy gain increased to 35% from 30%
  • Toxic Grenade
    • Toxic Grenade was a little too spammable in the case of the opponent cleansing the poison, so we’re increasing the cooldown; we also want the initial damage to feel meaningful so we increased the damage there.
    • Increase initial damage to 85% from 70%
    • Increase cooldown to 2 from 1
  • Venom Strike
    • Poison damage increased by 10 at all levels
  • Assimilation
    • Lowered base energy drain to 70-150 from 70-170
  • Battery Backup
    • Lowered base energy gain to 190-325 from 200-350
  • Plasma Bolt
    • Tech Mages are outperforming the other classes at every level; we want to bring them more in line across the board by lowering the damage on their main spell.
    • Lowered damage by 15 at all levels
  • Blood Commander
    • Blood Commander feels a bit lackluster in general, so we’re giving it a bit of a boost, especially to the amount of lifesteal.
    • Increased Strength by 2 at all levels
    • Increase lifesteal percent to 60% of Strength gain from 40%
  • Intimidate
    • Intimidate is another skill that feels a bit underpowered, so we’re giving it a lowered Energy cost and nudging up the effect.
    • Lowered Energy cost to 95-230 from 100-280
    • Increased Strength debuff by 2 at all levels
  • Hybrid Armor
    • Increased buff by 10% at all levels
  • Field Commander
    • Along with Blood Commander, we felt this skill needed to be a bit stronger to justify its use.
    • Increased Strength gain by 5 at all levels
  • Blood Shield
    • Blood Shield has long been a skill that is hard to justify using in most cases. A flat Health cost at all levels keeps the cost reasonable, and we’ve increased the effect to make it more useful in general.
    • Change to flat health cost
    • Increase base Resistance gain to 50-150 from 40-130
    • Now improves by +1 every 4 Support
  • Frenzy
    • Frenzy wasn’t quite granting enough Health to feel as satisfying as we wanted, and Tactical Mercenaries were lacking in tools to ignore a target’s defense.
    • Added 10% defense ignore
    • Removed Club requirement
  • Fireball
    • Blood Mages are currently underperforming at most levels, this should give them a general boost in power.
    • Increased damage by 10 at all levels
  • Smoke Screen
    • We wanted to pull some of the free high level power from Smoke Screen given how well Bounty Hunters scale with this skill.
    • Slowed stat scaling to +1 every 5 Tech from every 4 Tech

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Nightwraith

December 24, 2013

Legendary Patch Notes - 1.5.42

NEW CHANGES / FEATURES 

  • Maximum level has been increased to 40
  • Experience curve has been smoothed out and total experience required to reach maximum level has been reduced
  • New Legendary Mode
    • You may now gain experience beyond the level cap, granting Legendary ranks.
    • In a future release, Legendary ranks will grant you points to spend in new areas to further customize and strengthen your character
  • New 10k Varium Pack Blood Hawk Battlegear Bundle
    • 2 Blood Hawk Slayer swords
    • 2 Blood Hawk Battlegear mutating weapons
    • 2 Blood Hawk bots
  • Davarril, Elite Yeti and Black Abyss Spider have a chance to drop gems (Flawed, Normal, Imperfect) upon defeat
  • Daily mission chain battle requirements reduced -- easier to earn an Arcade Token
  • New icon-only display option for Achievements panel
  • Numerous interface changes to the stats panel to improve clarity and readability
  • Stats panel now shows the current player’s equipped gear
  • 6 new Artix-themed Arcade games with new items from various AE games
  • 30 Asgardian styles

 

BALANCE

  • All Health, Energy, Damage, Defense, and Resistance values have been multiplied by 10 
    • This gives us much greater flexibility in future balance updates
    • Every stat point will now give noticeable improvements to your character
  • Removed damage ranges from all skills that used them (examples: Bunker Buster, Supercharge)
  • Static Grenade
    • Steals 30% of the energy drained, down from 50%
    • Energy drain now scales off Support instead of Technology
  • Plasma Bolt
    • Energy cost increased to 150 from 130
    • Stat scaling lowered to 2.5 damage every 1 Tech, down from 2.85
  • Berserker
    • Energy cost lowered to 240 from 270
  • Adrenaline
    • Rage gain increased by 10% at all levels

BUGFIXES

  • Fixed
    • 1. Click on your buddy list and select any buddy (does not have to be online)
    • 2. Click the home icon to view the buddy's homes. You must view the homes through the buddy list, and not by the home icon on the bottom of the screen
    • 3. Fortune City Efficiency is being sold to the left of your buddy's homes. Click the "Claim Home Free" button and a confirmation will show up saying "Are you sure you want to claim the Fortune City Efficiency for FREE?"
    • 4. Click "Claim Home" when this confirmation shows up and an error message appears: "unable to purchase home, please try again later!"
  • Fixed Botanical Borg Attack skill name was missing
  • Deposit button is visible while not banking
    • 1. Enter house
    • 2. Click on bank bot
    • 3. Click on "View Items"
    • 4. Exit bank bot but stay in house
    • 5. Click on inventory icon (bagpack)
    • 6. Instead of equipped items you see "Deposit Item" button
  • Arcade and Ultra-Rare Achievements were sometimes not displaying properly
  • Epic Stylist achievement could sometimes show the incorrect tier and progress
  • Typos
  • Wasteland War Points total showing incorrectly

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Nightwraith

December 19, 2013

A Legendary Release

Be Legendary

Become Legendary

Prepare for the most exciting evolution of EpicDuel since Omega! In addition to an impressive new Varium bundle, we're unlocking level 40! But what happens after you reach 40? Level 40 will allow all players to achieve Legendary status! This means you will continue to earn experience toward Legendary ranks, all the way up to 100!

Each Rank will allow you to unlock points to invest in new stat categories. This part of Legendary mode is still in development and will be fully-released after the new year. This is partially because we want to make sure enough players have reached level 40 before turning it on, partially time constraints, and partially because of the next major chage to EpicDuel described below!

 

10x the Balance!

Well, maybe 10 times the balance is a bit of an exaggeration, but this release, we're increasing key stats like health, energy, damage, and defense by a multiple of 10. This means that every point of stat investment will have a significant impact on your overall combat effectiveness. It also means that all the EpicDuel Maximum Damage videos are going to be posting some huge numbers!

Mega Balance Change!

In addition to looking impressive, multiplying the stats also gives us finer control for balancing skills. We're making all the adjustments we can before we go live, but we're also hoping that all the battling over the holidays up to level 40 will give us good information on further tweaks.

 

Blood Hawk Battlegear Mega-Bundle

This release, we're unveiling the new Blood Hawk Battlegear Mega-Bundle! For the price of one 10k Varium package, you'll be getting 2 Blood Hawk Battlegear Mutating Weapons, 2 Blood Hawk Slayer Swords, 2 Blood Hawk Bots, and, of course, 10,000 Varium.

Blood Hawk Battlegear Mega Bundle

These weapons will be available in the one-stop Varium shop for a limited time. For those who would rather purchase the items piecemeal, Frysteland Valestra will be stocked with the Blood Hawk items in-game.

These awesome items will come with some killer cores! Check them out:

Hawk Guardian

Hawk Guardian

This Active Core comes equipped to all the primary Blood Hawk weapons. When your health is critical, summon a wild Blood Hawk to come to your aid and deliver a devastating claw attack to your opponent!

Get 'em, birdy!

 

Blood Hawk Claw

Blood Hawk Claw

This Blood Hawk Bot skill allows you to summon the spirit of the mysterious Frysteland Blood Hawk to deliver a nasty attack with razor-sharp talons.

Blood Hawk Claw in action!

 

Armor Annihilator

Armor Annihilator

As a Blood Hawk, use your metallic claws to temporarily disintegrate your opponent's armor!

Blood Hawk Claw in action!

Kawkaw!

 

Mega Mutations!

This Winter, we decided to have a little fun with our new vehicle selection. Indead of riding a bike, you can actually become one of the creatures below! These designs are fully color-customizeable with entertaining travel animation!

Be a Yeti!

Are you Yeti? How Yeti are you? This year you can be an actual Baby Yeti!

Be a Blood Hawk!

Soar above it all as a Blood Hawk!

Be a Dino Hawk!

Dino Hawks are the ancient precursors to the Blood Hawks. They can't fly, but their strong hind legs allow them to move quickly across the snowy landscape.

Frostbike!

The final bike is a more conventional vehicle, concepted by G00ny and Smackey El Frog and vectorized by Charfade! It's powerful treads will allow you to tear through the frozen tundra with ease!

 

Artix Arcade Bonanza!

Ever wished you could take your favorite items from another AE game and use them in EpicDuel? After this release, you'll have your chance as we unveil new Arcade games for AdventureQuest, AdventureQuest Worlds, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, and OverSoul. By collaborating with the other teams, we've amassed a mighty hoard of legendary weapons! 

Festive!

New Arcade games also mean more Achievements and more leaderboards to dominate.  With 6 Arcade prize pools respresenting the biggest AE games, you'll have plenty of reasons to farm Arcade Tokens over the Holidays!

 

Stylin'!

Thanks to the help of Revontheus, we've been able to introduce 30 new Asgardian styles! Alter your looks to resemble a notorious trickster god or a mighty Asgardian warrior. 

Stylin'

What more crazy styles will Revontheus create? I have a feeling they have something to do with a moose...

 

Into the New Year

This Legendary release will be our last major release of 2013, but that doesn't mean we're slacking! We already have big plans for 2014, including a tutorial system to welcome and teach new players as well as features to keep the game fresh and exciting for veterans. All the tools we've added to EpicDuel over the years, especially this year, have really streamlined our processes and made delivering feature and content-packed releases easier than ever. We have very high hopes for the future of EpicDuel, and we hope you'll join us in making 2014 Legendary!

Happy Juloffenblotten and Frostval from all of your friends at Artix Entertainment! Duel On!

Tags: Nightwraith Legends Legendary balance Arcade styles Stats Frysteland Winter Holiday Level 40 upgrade Blood Hawk


Nightwraith

December 05, 2013

Winter Returns

Winter Is Coming

Welcome back, Duelists! We hope you had a happy and safe Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or last Thursday of November! Did you complete the Black Abyss Saga? If not, there's still time, but some big changes are coming this Friday to EpicDuel!

 

Achievement Overhaul

The central feature of this latest release is a complete overhaul of the Achievement system. Over time, EpicDuel has released over 300 achievements in multiple categories. Some are seasonal, some are rare, some can only be earned once while other accumulate. We will be consolidating them all into one interface, divided into categories:

General: Basic achiements like those earned through Mission completion.

War: Earned through events like the Frysteland War and the ongoing territorial control achiements.

Boss: Earned through defeating bosses like Titan, Nightwraith, and the Black Abyss Spider.

Arcade: Achievements earned through Arcade play.

Seasonal: Recurring achiements like Frost Warrior.

Badges: Purchaseable achiements.

Feats: Especially hard or impossible to earn achievements like Epic Artists and Alpha Tester.

From this interface, you will also be able to track your progress in collecting all of the available achievements. To make this feature easier to access, we've readded the Achievement button to the main HUD. Also, you can purchase Badge-style achievements from the main Achievement interface now, instead of seeking out a VendBot.

 

Winter Rares Return

Visit Hank and Valestra in Frysteland to browse a robust selection of returning seasonal rares!

Back in Frysteland!

Frost Reaper and Beast Rider are BACK!

Winter Rares

Winter Rares

These items will only be around for a limited time, so get them while you can!

Speaking of rares, a lot of current seasonal rares will be leaving this Friday, including all the Harvest and Nightwraith seasonal rares. Rabblefroth's Thanksgiving rares will remain a bit longer, but all the Harvest and Nightwraith missions will also be leaving until next year!

 

Balance 

This Friday we will also be pushing out a balance update to address energy stealing skills like Static Smash and Static Grenade. Energy stealing skills will be capped to the target’s current energy, thus obeying the laws of thermodynamics.

 

Preview

As I type this, Charfade is busily concepting new armors, vehicles, weapons, and bots for the upcoming winter release. It's going to be a super-sized mega release so we'll need two weeks to complete it!

Winter Hawk

Kakaw!

Stay tuned for further updates!

 

Royal Wedding Royale

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What happens in a video game creators wedding, stays in... nope. It goes right onto YouTube. This actually happened. Inspired byAdventureQuest Worlds weddings, the groomsmen wore Knight armor over their suits and you will not believe what happens next.  The only thing this wedding is missing is you... and we are going to fix that! Join us at sundown on Friday the 13th for a very special AQWorlds in-game wedding event!
 
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If you find it worthy, please like and share this video.

Tags: Nightwraith Frysteland Juloffenblotten Hank Valestra Achievements Winter Seasonal Rares Weapons previews Wedding Artix snow Frost


Nightwraith

November 26, 2013

New Mobile Game!?

Battle Gems is coming soon

More news from Artix! Get the latest info on AdventureQuest: BattleGems!

Do you have an iPhone, Android, iPod, iPad, iToaster, iSock or iWeirdSenseOfHumor? This holiday season we plan our releasing our first major mobile game! It is an RPG/Battle-Puzzle game calledAdventureQuest: Battle Gems.

You battle by touching the screen and connecting 3 or more gems of the same type. We got creative and added slime levels, lava challenges, bombs, cages, and a bunch of other crazy game mechanics. As you read this we are in the home stretch of creating the game's 140+ monsters and 256 levels.

BattleGems is coming soon!

Yes, it will be free. Probably an optional upgrade in it -- but we do not know what yet, we have been competely focused on the gameplay and level design. We want you to fall in love with our first mobile game.

The Battle Gems project was started to "teach us how to make mobile games" so we would be ready to create a mobile version of AdventureQuest Worlds. It turned into something really amazing... we hope you will be one of the first people to download it and try it out when it is ready this December.

Want to be the first to know when it goes live!? Like the BattleGems Facebook page!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

November 22, 2013

The Dark Harvest

Harvest Festival

It's that time again! Time for family, giving thanks, and, of course, battling to save the world! We've crammed so much into this release that we'll need to hold off on releasing today (Friday) and instead release next Tuesday! Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're sure this update will be worth it. New bots, weapons, missions, achievements, an incredible boss fight, and a new item bank system! There should be something for everyone in this latest harvest release!

 

Darkness Rises

The evil Chairman Platinum was defeated by the combined efforts of Delta V's warriors and Elon Musk, but while his EbilCorp Factory was active, it stirred something terrible in the depths of Delta V's cavernous interior.

Don't turn out the lights.

This mysterious region of Delta V is known as the Black Abyss. Years after the initial colonization of Delta V, Baelius' scientists concluded that there was nothing of value in this region so it was sealed off from all mining and exploration operations. At least, that was the official story. Once again, Legion and Exile forces are threatened by this fearsome new enemy. If it is not defeated, this may be the last Harvest Festival for the citizens of Delta V. Fortunately, new technology has emerged to help you prepare for the trials ahead!

 

Into the Black Abyss

The dark substance that emerged from the Ebilcorp Factory site was unlike anything Delta V scientists have ever seen. Like most new discoveries, however, it was quickly adopted for the manufacturing of new weapons! The Black Abyss Battlegear will be available in physical and energy flavors from an NPC near the current site of the Wasteland's SolarWorld Factory. 

Black Abyss Battlegear

Black Abyss Battlegera

Again, the Black Abyss Battlegear will be available in-game with a new, locked, active core. We'll post more about that as we finalize details.

We are also restocking Rabblefroth with the seasonal Thanksgiving rares. Be sure to stop by and check them out if you missed them last year!

In addition to new weapons, we will be introducing an exclusive new Varium package that will include 2 new bots, the Black Abyss Bots! In addition to dealing a devastating slash attack, it is also capable to unleashing powerful secondary skill. Again, we will post more details as they become finalized.

Black Abyss Bots

 

Mighty Missions

An epic-sized release wouldn't be complete without new missions, and new missions wouldn't be complete without new achievements! Collect the new seasonal-rare Turkey Terminator achievement from any VendBot. It will only be available for a limited time so get it while you can. Also, the Hallowarrior Achievement will be leaving to make room for this new achievement, so if you haven't picked it up yet, now's your last chance!

Turkinator

New Achievements will also be available for completing the new mission chain related to the anomaly in the Black Abyss. One does not just walk into the cavernous depths of Delta V so level up and perfect your builds for one of the greatest challenges yet!

 

Bank Access Bots

This release introduces the new BankBot system, more accurately described as a Bank Access Bot. Once the release is live, you will be able to load inventory items into a centralized "bank." This bank can be accessed from any BABot you have on one of your homes. To make access as easy as possible, we are gifting all players one free Basic BABot with 20 bank slots. This feature introduces a lot of changes to the current inventory system so I will list them as clearly as possible:

BankBot Assortment

  • Everyone will get a FREE Basic Bank Access Bot with 20 slots
  • Addtional BABots can be purchased from your home item inventory. They will not provide additional slots, but they will allow you to access your bank from any home in which they are placed. Plus, they look way cool
  • Normal Inventory slots will be capped to 100 slots.  If you have slots above 100, you will keep them
  • New players will start with 20 normal inventory slots and 20 bank slots
  • Players can buy more bank slots just like they can buy inventory slots
  • 10 slot / 495 Varium  (same price as normal inventory slots)
  • Mission items WILL begin counting toward your inventory limit.  This is for clarity and to discourage players from hoarding a million of the same item, bogging down the database
  • If you exceed the inventory limit as a result of these changes you will not lose items
  • In a future release, we will allow players to tag items with custom labels so they can easily be found,  ex: "Beta Build", "My Alpha Gear",  "Defeat Titan Set"

Stay tuned for more updates on this epic upcoming release!

Tags: Nightwraith Black Abyss Bugs Turkey Thanksgiving Holiday Sale Cores Banks Inventory Bot Cores Weapons Achievements Boss Missions


Nightwraith

November 14, 2013

Big Balance Bonanza

Big Balance

Prepare for one of the most comprehensive balance updates EpicDuel has ever seen! Every class will be affected as we focus on making battle more interesting, strategic, and fair. We understand that these changes can be rough, especially as everyone struggles to find new builds and strategies, but know that we're trying our best to keep all the classes fun, interesting, and competative.

Balance is not my specialty, so I'll defer to our resident Numeromancer Rabblefroth. If you wish to comment about the changes or following the specific nuances of the changes, you can follow this thread in the AE forums! The following is a quote from Rabblefroth in the thread's first post.

Hey everyone! 

We have quite a lot of balance changes on their way this week, so I wanted to highlight some of the major ones and discuss why we're making them so it doesn't come as a big, overwhelming shock. 

OVERVIEW 
Most of the changes fall under three major areas that we want to address. They are: 
  1. Battle duration 
  2. Energy flow 
  3. Followup balance for the new skills 

BATTLE DURATION 
In general we feel that battles are ending a little too quickly, especially in 1v1. With so few turns available in the average fight, strategic options become limited, and certain events in battle such as critical strikes and blocks have a bit too much impact. 

In order to help extend the duration of battle, we're making a couple of key changes: 
  • Increase the amount of health players have. 
  • Decrease base damage in a couple of key areas, especially on weapons. 
  • Reduce the effect of critical strikes 

The goal here is to both increase Health pools and lower some of the free damage everyone does to slow the pace of battle down, putting less emphasis on each individual turn. Every turn you take should carry weight, but currently we feel it's a bit too much. 

Each individual change is relatively small, but we hope that the cumulative effect will be a noticeable improvement. 

ENERGY FLOW 
With recent updates adding energy costs to cores, and reworking passive skills into useable skills, energy management has become much more important. We feel that this is an important aspect to managing the pace of a fight, but certain things are a little out of line, so we want to review the system in general to make it fit better with the updated skills. 

The major changes here include: 
  • Increasing the amount of Energy players have. 
  • In general, lowering the impact of energy draining effects. These have become much stronger now that Energy is a more important resource, so they just need a little nudge to bring them in line. 
  • Adjusting energy gain on each class. Examples include giving Bounty Hunters a reliable way to generate energy, reducing Tech Mage energy generation, and adjusting Static Smash to be more useful. 

Nearly every energy-affecting class skill has been adjusted in some way. We hope that this will improve the strategies around Energy management and help push the pacing of battle into a more interesting direction. 

One other change I'd like to cover is the removal of the Energy gain effect from Reflex Boost. We want to change skills that have odd sets of effects that don't really make sense together. Reflex Boost currently gives you a stat that makes you take less damage, then gives you energy based on damage taken. The two effects are counter-productive and make the reason to cast the skill unclear. "Do I want this for extra Dexterity, or for extra Energy?" We want each skill to have one clear primary goal, and to accomplish that goal well. Now that the classes that use Reflex Boost have more reliable ways to generate Energy, we feel that this effect can be comfortably removed. 

BALANCING THE NEW SKILLS 
There has been a lot of great feedback regarding the new skills, and you have highlighted a couple of clear areas where we can improve them. 

Some of the planned changes here include: 
  • Increasing the amount of defenses given by the Armor skills. They will also no longer be affected by buffs or debuffs. The intention here was to create some gameplay around buffing yourself, further improving your defense, but the real result was that in too many cases a debuff would make the skills not worth casting. Finally, a bug was causing the duration of these skills to be 3 turns instead of 4. In short, these skills should be much stronger than before. 
  • Lowering the Energy cost of Mark of Blood. This should make the skill feel worth casting in more situations and lessen the drain on the relevant classes' energy pools. 
  • As partially covered in the previous section, we're also lowering the Energy gain from Battery Backup. 
  • Not directly affecting any one skill, but relevant to the removal of passives, NPCs got a bit harder in the last update. Part of this was due to a bug in the Bloodlust values on them that was giving them twice the intended amount of lifesteal (Oops!). But they also needed to deal a bit less damage, so we're lowering their base weapon damages across the board. 


CONCLUSION 
There are a few other balance changes coming this week that weren't covered here, but since there are so many I wanted to cover some of the major ideas and explain our reasoning behind them. 

I'll be happy to answer questions or concerns you have, but I might not be able to delve too deep into specifics since things are liable to change before the update. I also might not be able to respond tonight, but I'll be around tomorrow so I'll make sure to address what I can then!

 

 

Black Friday Preview

A dark force is awakening in Delta V. Elon Musk may have stopped the Chairman's Ebilcorp factory from destroying the planet, but he couldn't stop the evil Chairman from disturbing something that was better left forgotten.

Buggy Battlegear

Black Bug

Something is returning. Something that has slept for thousands of years. Something that is very hungry. Stay tuned for more updates on this new threat!

Tags: balance preview Thanksgiving Skills Weapons Black Friday Nightwraith


Nightwraith

November 07, 2013

Shameless Self Indulgence

Happy Birthday!

Prepare to party! This week, celebrate the birthday of EpicDuel's resident artist/assassin: Nightwraith. New missions, new weapons, and revamped skills await for your celebratory needs! As if that weren't enough reason to celebrate: the winners of the Creative Carving Contest will be announced in-game at Elon Musk!

 

Back to Party Business

Visit me at my usual haunt in the Wasteland to investigate my stash of weapons and armors! Do you have your OneX6 Keys? No? We've got you covered -- you can either buy one directly or win one by completing a new mission. Be warned: I've been buffed to level 36 so I'm not the pushover I used to be!

New Zookas!

My Gear

My Duds!

The classic birthday missions are also returning, with a few new additions in case you've already completed the old ones. Complete them all for huge rewards!

 

Suggestion Shop

In addition to hunting bounties and weaving baskets, I (Nightwraith) am EpicDuel's lead artist, but I don't mind sharing the spotlight with aspiring artists. That's why we're combining my birthday celebration with the introduction of a new round of suggestion shop weapons, created from ideas submitted from our creative EpicDuel community!

Suggestion Shop

It's been way too long since we've done a shop like this so we're really going all out. We hope to have over 12 new weapons culled from the best of the best suggestions. Charfade and I are working as hard as possible to deliver more, but this is a thoroughly packed release. The weapons are still in progress so check back for a full list of items and their associated artist after we go live. If your suggestion was not selected, that does not mean it was terrible or we hate you -- it just means it may have to wait for the next suggestion shop. Hopefully it won't take a full year to do another one! I wouldn't be surprised if more items enter the game next week!

 

Arcadia

It wouldn't be a proper birthday without a new Arcade Game! 

A Nightmarish Visage

Horrifying! Give it a spin and be the first to claim the grand prize! As with other games, Nightwraith's Nightmare will introduce it's own new evolving achievment and leaderboard!

 

Cheevo Counter

Speaking of achievements -- we now have tracking for many of the daily achievements like the 1v1 and 2v2 automatch daily winners. Players who win the daily achievements multiple times will increment their number on the appropriate achievement.  

 

Active Update

To address balance this update, we will be tweaking a few energy numbers from last week's update, but we also have a far grander change in store: Converting all passive skills into active ones.

Skill Revamp

That means Blood Lust, Reroute, Deadly Aim, Shadow Arts, Adrenaline, and all the Armor skills will be converted into active skills. Blood Lust and Reroute will become Mark of Blood and Battery Backup respectively. The purpose of this change is to add strategy to battle. Currently, passives grant HUGE benefits with little sacrifice, especially for level cap players. Active skills require more sacrifice in terms of energy cost and turn cost. To compensate for these sacrifices, the effects of the skills will be modified. This change will affect all classes so we're really interested to see what new strategies emerge from this change. 

 

Adrenaline

Adrenaline

  • Adrenaline

    • Replaced with Adrenaline Rush. Adrenaline Rush instantly grants the target a percentage of their maximum Rage.

 

Hybrid Armor, Mineral Armor, and Plasma Armor

Armor

  • Hybrid Armor

    • Hybrid Armor now increases the target’s Defense and Resistance by a percentage of their base Defense and Resistance (the portion from your Dexterity and Technology) for 4 turns.

  • Mineral Armor

    • Mineral Armor now increases the target’s Defense by a percentage of their base Defense for 4 turns.

  • Plasma Armor

    • Plasma Armor now increases the target’s Resistance by a percentage of their base Resistance for 4 turns.

       

Reroute

Battery Backup

  • Reroute

    • Replaced with Battery Backup. Battery Backup grants the target an immediate boost to Energy, and doesn’t cost the user anything to cast.

 

Deadly Aim

Fire Scythe

Energy Parasite

  • Deadly Aim

    • Deadly Aim was replaced by two new skills: Fire Scythe for Tech Mages, and Energy Parasite for Blood Mages
    • Fire Scythe deals physical damage to the target, ignoring a percentage of their Defense.

    • Energy Parasite applies a debuff that steals a percentage of the target’s current Energy for 3 turns, granting 1.5x the amount stolen back to the caster.

 

Blood Lust

Mark of Blood

  • Bloodlust

    • Replaced with Mark of Blood. Mark of Blood leaves a mark on the target for 3 turns, granting lifesteal to anyone that attacks the marked target.

 

Shadow Arts

Shadow Arts

  • Shadow Arts

    • Shadow Arts now casts the target in shadow and reduces all damage they take by a percentage for 3 turns.

 

Contest Announcement

Big Money, Big Prizes, I Love It!

When this update goes live, be sure to visit Elon Musk for a list of the winning entries! The effort so far has been stellar with such short notice. We are currently in the process of judging entries and narrowing down the list of finalists!

Tags: Titan Nightwraith Suggestion Shop Elon Musk contest Arcade Missions balance Skills Weapons Birthday


Nightwraith

November 01, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.37

NEW CHANGES / FEATURES 

  • New “Musk Mania” Arcade Game
    • New and returning Musk and Ebil-themed items
    • New Achievement
  • 12 new home items
  • New scavenger hunt mission chain on Elon Musk
  • Mission manager now has scrolling
  • Revamped Leaderboard layout supports up to 20 players, 5 portraits, linkage to character page

BALANCE

  • Some active cores will now have energy costs

Tags: Nightwraith Patch Notes Cores Arcade Items balance


Nightwraith

October 31, 2013

Musk Mania Continues

Musk Mania!

You've done it! The forces of Ebil have been vanquished from Delta V with the help of Elon Musk. This week, enjoy even more spoils of war with new weapons, new home items, balance improvements, new missions, and a new arcade game!

 

Musk and Ebil Gear!

Try your luck at the new Musk Mania arcade game for Musk-tech and Ebil-tech loot not available anywhere else in-game!

Weapons!

Can you win the grand prize?

 

Pumpkin Hunt!

Visit Musk to embark on an epic hunt spanning all of Delta V! Musk is preparing something special for you if you can complete all of his scavenger hunt missions and retrieve all the weird, wild pumpkins from the far corners of the planet!

Scavenge!

Be vigilant! Some pumpkins will be harder to find than others!

 

Home Decor

Some of those pumpkins mentioned above, as well as several new Musk and Ebilcorp-themed items will be available as home items for your decorating pleasure!

Who you callin' short!

Not so intimidating now, are you, Chairman?

 

Balance

Another change coming to this Friday's release is a balance update that will specifically address cores. For many builds, it is more useful to use a series of cores than to invest in particular skills and stats. For this reason, we are adding energy costs to many cores. This change will require you to think strategically about reserving enough energy to use all of your cores and necessary skills, adding variety and tactical choice to battle.

This is not the last balance change we have in mind, but because it is quite a big change, we could not fit in any other adjustments this week. Look for more farther reaching changes in the coming weeks. 

 

Storefront Cleaning

Next week, to refresh the Varium store, we are clearing out the following Varium packages:

  • Exile package

  • Legion Package

  • Dread Package

  • Omega Packages

If you have not already picked up one of these exclusive and powerful packages, now is the time to do so. Next week, they will no longer be available in the Varium store or in-game. Also, the items featured in the packages will be available for resale if you need the extra loot. 

Again, this change is not happening until NEXT WEEK so you still have another week to pick them up before they're gone! We wanted to announce this a week in advance so it didn't take anyone by surprise!

Tags: balance Arcade Weapons Elon Musk SolarCity SpaceX Tesla Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 25, 2013

Patch Notes - 1.5.36

NEW CHANGES / FEATURES

  • New shop on Elon Musk's SolarWorld Factory (after Ebilcorp factory falls)
  • 2 new cores: Critical Heal and Piston Punch
  • Musk Husk class-changing armor
  • New "Model L" hovercar
  • Flight Module allows players to fly by equpping module and typing "/fly"
  • 6 new Iron Musk styles
  • Added Confirm screen to the Faction Creation Module  
  • Confirmation screen when creating a new faction
  • Re-added the Law Giver and Antimatter missions.
  • Re-added Hallowarrior Achievement
  • Re-added Harvest missions in Hallowarriors Event mission chain
  • Re-added Harvest Seasonal Rares


BUGFIXES

  • Updated "Did You Know?" text at the end of battle to reflect new level cap of 36
  • Anya’s dialogue has an extra space
  • One of Desert Guard’s dialogue has an extra space in it
  • Landlord achievement’s description needs to be change from 4 to 5
  • Rabblefroth’s Tome achievement is too long due to the win counter added into it
  • Fixed several that were too long
  • Fixed an issue where Stat Boost Cores would not visually update Skill Details Rollover panels
  • Equipping the Strength Boost core would not visually improve Assimilation in the rollover 
  • Game screen froze after purchasing Class Change (Credits)

 

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 25, 2013

Ebil's End

The Battle Continues

Thanks to you and your fellow duelists, Chairman Platinum and his vile sludge factory are all but defeated! When the life bar finally falls, get ready to access Elon Musk's SolarWorld factory, to be contructed on the ruins of Ebilcorp's sluge machine. Within, you'll find many awesome gadgets, including and exciting new power. What power you ask? How about the power of flight!

Weeeeee!

The new Flight Module equips in your vehicle slot just like bikes and hovercraft. The module is activated by typing /fly to takeoff and again to land.

This new flight ability looks great when combined with the new Musk Husk Armor, a mass-production version of Elon Musk's power suit.

Musk Husk

This elegant, yet efficient design is able to adapt to any class or gender. If you don't have the stomach for air travel, you can always try a more grounded method: the Model L hovercar!

Model L

This new vehicle allows the driver to travel in luxury and privacy while preserving the environment!

 

Core Contingency

The SolarWorld factory will also house two new cores for your dueling pleasure!

Piston Punch

Piston Punch

Deliver a solid, solar-powered punch that absorbs your opponent's energy with this new active armor core! The energy absorbtion is based on your armor's Defense and Resistance values.

Critical Heal

Critical Heal

Always have a backup...especially when your life is on the line! This armor core improves the effectiveness of Field Medic when you're in critical condition (less than 20% HP).

 

Rare Harvest

While you're in the Wasteland, you might want to visit Snork in his subterranean home beneath the Minetower to check out some of his awesome returning seasonal rares!

 

Harvest Husk

The Reapening

Don't get it wet!

Also, be sure to check out the Event-based Harvest missions and collect the Hallowarrior achievement! There's more holiday fun to be had next week -- we just need to boot that pesky Chairman off the planet for good!

Tags: Elon Musk Nightwraith Lotus James Bond Car Vehicle SolarCity SpaceX Chairman Platinum EbilCorp Armor Battle Green Energy Rares Solar Cores


Nightwraith

October 16, 2013

Meet Mr. Musk

Meet Mr. Musk

Ebilcorp is back with a vengeance as Chairman Platinum is attempting to suck Delta V dry of all its precious resources. Fortunately, a more benevolent businessman, Elon Musk, has arrived on Delta V and he's ready to help. Complete Musk's missions to defeat the Chairman and dismantle his life-sucking factory. To help you on your journey, Musk is selling 4 new passive cores to give your stats a much-needed boost!

INNOVATION!

Visit Musk in the middle of Fortune City for a complete list of your tasks. If you complete them all, you'll be rewarded with material treasures, but you can also gain a wealth of knowledge about this real-life innovator.

Transmissions from space

In addition to a full character bio, you can also watch intensely cool videos. You haven't seen anything until you you've seen machines turn 20,000 lb spools of metal into working vehicles. You can see firsthand how Musk is bringing the technology of the future to the present!

Can you spot Dummy?

Are they assembing the next generation of powered armors? Only one way to find out!

 

Challenge the Chairman!

You thought Chairman Platinum would learn his lesson after the beating Delta V's dilligent duelists gave him and his cronies last year, but I guess if at first you don't succeed...

Ebilcorp's Red Energy Initiative

...build a giant, resource-sucking factory on your enemy's homeworld? Classic Chairman!

The only way to shut down his Ebil Factory of Doom in the Wasteland is to defeat the Chairman, but he's too tough to take on in a 1v1 duel. Fortunately, Musk has volunteered to help you and your fellow duelists crush the Chairman and send him packing. However, you'll need to gather a few supplies for Mr. Musk to help him devise the technology necessary for blasting the sinister CEO.

The Factory's strength is measured by a War Bar at the top of your screen. By defeating the Chairman, you can help take the bar down and bring Delta V one step closer to ridding itsself from Chairman Platinum for good! According to Musk, he can re-engineer the factory to be a source of renewable, clean energy. There may also be some other amazing prizes inside once the Ebilcorp Factory's defense are eliminated.

Titans of Industry

If you defeat him, you'll be rewarded with an achievement. Why fight him again, you may ask? Good question!

Boss Tracking

We've add boss defeat tracking to all "boss" achievents. That means every time you bring the pain to Titan, Nightwraith, Caden, or any other NPC that offers an achievement, your achievement will track the number of times you were victorious! Unfortunately, this change is not retroactive so if you want to rack up the wins on the other boss NPCs, you'll have some work to do!

 

Scavengers

Over the course of Elon Musk's epic mission chain, you'll have the opportunity to try a new mission type: scavenger hunt!

Look! A shiny!

NPCs can now direct you to search a specific region of the world to find a mission item. Look carefully -- some items may not be as easy to find as others!

 

Musks' Cores

Musk has come to Delta V packing some pretty amazing technology -- including these 4 passive cores that buff the stats Strength, Technology, Dexterity, and Support!

Cores

If you want an extra edge over your opponents, these cores will provide a great way of doing so!

This release is packed to the brim with content, but we're not done yet! Once the Chairman's factory falls, the real party can begin!

Tags: Nightwraith SolarCity Tesla Innovation Elon Musk Chairman Platinum EbilCorp Cores Missions SpaceX


Nightwraith

October 15, 2013

Need Account Help?

Make Sure to Use the Help Pages!

Player Support is the first line of defense whenever you have ANY issue, be it payment, account, technical, or game-related, and we personally read EVERY email sent to us. We’re a small team, but we are MIGHTY in our power to help solve your problems and make sure you enjoy our games as much as possible!

The Player Support team is made up of:

  • Nythera, head of Player Support
  • Zazul
  • Neveya
  • and Lady Tomo
  • Stratos helps too, when he has time!

Where Else to Get Help?

You should only email the Help Pages! For us to help you in the best and fastest way possible, we NEED you to use them, not Twitter, Facebook, or the forum!

If you post on Twitter, Facebook, or the forum, that just means our team members need to redirect you to the Help Pages anyways! (It's also very easy for our team members to miss your important posts on social networking sites, because sometimes they need to sleep.)

 Using the Help Pages right from the start means we can start helping you confidentially and directly as soon as we read your email. (Remember, because real people read each email we get, it may take between 1-3 business days to respond!)

Where ARE the Help Pages?

You can find them linked on each of our game websites!

Account Safety Tips

There’s nothing I enjoy less than a stolen account. I’m sure you feel the same way - who wouldn’t?! So here are some tips to help keep your account safe and out of the hands of thieves.

  • Never share your account with anyone! Not even a friend. Every person who knows your password makes your account less secure.
  • Use a secure password! Use oth letters AND numbers, use both upper and lower case, and make sure your password is at least 8 characters long.
  • Confirm your email with us! This makes sure your email can’t be changed without your permission.
  • Never enter your account name and/or password into any site or email that isn’t owned by Artix Entertainment!

We Don't Want to Ban or Mute You!

We have rules in place to help keep ALL our players safe and having fun in AQWorlds! Make sure you follow the rules so you don't have your account muted, banned, or disabled! Not sure if something's ok to do? Review the rules!

Tags: Nightwraith nythera Player Support Help Pages


Nightwraith

September 27, 2013

Arcade Inbound

The Arcade is nearly here, but before Valestra officially has her Grand-Grand Reopening for her Arcade, I'll walk you through the newly renovated Arcade.

You can't miss 'em.

You know Valestra's, right? Fortune City's premiere hangout -- at least before Baelius banished most of the population to an interdimensional prison. If you're new to the game or just never explored much beyond Central Station, you can find Valestra's in Fortune City tucked behind Alydriah's Spire. Don't worry, there's a sign.

 

Token Time!

Once you're in Valestra's you can activate one of many ArcadeBots. You can't miss them -- there's a least one on every screen. An Arcade interface will immediately appear, displaying a game title, prize, list, leaderboard, and buttons for playing / purchasing more Arcade Tokens.

One Arcade Token gets you one press of the "GO" button. That's one chance to hit the Jackpot. Even if you miss, you'll leave with something nice. Arcade Tokens are easy enough to come by -- Daily Missions reward one Arcade Token as a reward for completion of the mission chain.

Snork's Stash

Maybe you don't want to play once. Maybe you want to mash the "GO" button until it shakes the whole Arcade, and all the players around you give you the old shifty eyes look and back away slowly. If that's they case, we appreciate and accommodate your enthusiasm. Each ArcadeBot features an option to buy one Arcade Token or a bundle of ten. Since they don't take up space in your inventory, you can buy as many as you want. 

Buy Tokens at ArcadeBots

Just be mindful of your Varium balance -- once you hit a winning streak, it might be difficult to stop!

 

Game Changer

Snork's Stash not exciting you? Choose from 3 other games/prize pools buy using the navigational arrows. Each game offers a different assortment of prizes. We look forward to offering many new prize pools in the future with truly unique rewards!

Valestra's Vault

Prizes aren't the only different aspect of each game. Every time you deposit an Arcade Token, you earn a score based on your prize -- the higher the tier (Bronze, Silver, or Gold), the better! All the different games store an individual score based on your success. This score comes with a unique achievement that evolves as your score grows! Currently, we are offering 5 tiers per achievement. Can you level them all?

Evolving Achievements

Each game also features an all-time leaderboard displaying the top scoring players with your current score displayed alongside them. 

WINNER!

What are you waiting for? Grab your Arcade Tokens and head over to Valestra's Arcade! You can't win if you don't play!

Tags: Arcade Nightwraith Credits Prizes tokens Achievements evolution Games


Nightwraith

September 12, 2013

Going Up!

Time for the big dogs to come out to play.

Are You Ready for a Challenge?

After weeks of controlling events from behind the scenes, Administrator 10 and the mysterious Exile Leader are ready to step into the spotlight, and they’re taking matters into their own hands! Team up with a friend to challenge these foes and claim their achievements for your own! These bosses will be some of the most challenging in game, but we’re not without mercy. To make it easier to triumph over these foes, we’re raising the level cap!

 Cheevos!

 

Level Up!

At long last, we have increased the level cap to 36. It won’t be quick or easy to reach so we’re sure there will be a mad dueling dash to be the first to reach it. The first players to reach this goal will be able to upgrade their gear and skills to become the most powerful duelists on Delta V! Will you be strong enough to defeat Administrator 10 and the Exile Leader?

 

Daily Missions

In between duels, Administrator 10 and the Exile Leader will have some new tasks for you. Check back with them daily for missions and rewards.  The missions will be part of a chain so players will need to complete all of them in order to receive the best reward! To keep missions from becoming monotonous, we’ll be cycling in new chains each day to guarantee that there’s always something exciting to do on Delta V!

 

Arcade Returns!

Arcade Returns

Remember the Arcade? We haven’t forgotten, and we’re working on implementing a new and improved version next week. Under the new system players will be able to deposit Arcade Tokens for a chance to win anything from a pile of credits, to never-before-seen weapons, to previously retired rares (gasp)!

Tags: Nightwraith Missions Daily Level Cap Arcade Prizes Legion exile War Challenge Achievements

 

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