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RabbleFroth

July 31, 2015

Patch Notes - 1.6.51

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • New mission chain: Ode to the Oathbreaker
    • Taken
    • Asking for Directions
    • Dead End
    • Desperate Search 
    • An Unexpected Revelation
  • New NPC Seth Juron in the Infernal Mines
    • Challenge and defeat this new 2v1 boss for an achievement!
    • 2 new drops: Arcturus and Kutsal Ant
  • Seth Juron Showcase Shop
    • Armors
      • Oathbreaker Suit M
      • Oathbreaker Suit F
    • Sidearms
      • Oathkeeper Blaster P
      • Oathkeeper Blaster E
    • Auxiliaries
      • Oathbreaker Cannon P
      • Oathbreaker Cannon E
      • Oathkeeper Bazooka P
      • Oathkeeper Bazooka E
      • Nano Annihilator Cannon P
      • Nano Annihilator Cannon E
    • Mutating
      • Nano Annihilator P
      • Nano Annihilator E
    • Swords
      • Nano Slayer P
      • Nano Slayer E
      • Oathstone Slayer P
      • Oathstone Slayer E
      • Naval Oathblade P
      • Naval Oathblade E
      • Desire of the Hatred P
      • Desire of the Hatred E
      • Oathsaber P
      • Oathsaber E
      • Sacramentum
      • Juramentum
    • Wrist Blades
      • Oathstone Claws P
      • Oathstone Claws E
    • Clubs
      • Oathstone Axe P
      • Oathstone Axe E
    • Staffs
      • Oathstone Staff P
      • Oathstone Staff E
    • Bike
      • Oathbreaker's Motorbike

BALANCE CHANGES:

  • Fireball
    • Now applies a 1 turn debuff that lowers target’s defense and resistance from (unbuffed) stats and armor by 5%
  • Atom Smasher
    • Now drains energy as a percentage of primary weapon damage, instead of total primary damage
    • Energy Drain: 52-79% → 48-75%
    • Now gains +1% drain per 8 Strength
  • Static Smash
    • Now drains energy as a percentage of primary weapon damage, instead of total primary damage
    • Now scales +1% drain per 8 Strength
    • 75% energy absorb remains unchanged
  • Stun Grenade
    • Damage: 185-320 → 195-330
    • Level scale: +1 damage per 0.44 levels → 0.4 levels (increased damage at level 40)
  • Overload
    • Damage: 170-350 → 180 → 360
    • Level scale: +1 damage per 0.44 levels → 0.4 levels (increased damage at level 40)
  • Plasma Grenade
    • Damage: 160-340 → 170-350
    • Level scale: +1 damage per 0.44 levels → 0.4 levels (increased damage at level 40)
  • Improbability Gate
    • Description now mentions the 400 damage cap to high health NPCs (functionality unchanged)

BUGS FIXED:

  • Icy Chill and Ebil Crusher were not working correctly on their respective NPCs
  • Field Medic was adding your own Medical Mastery values when viewing other player’s Field Medic skill.

Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


Nightwraith

July 30, 2015

Ode to the Oathbreaker

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Seth Juron, the Oathbreaker, is finally making an appearance in the depths of Delta V. This blind warrior travelled far in pursuit of his kidnapped daughter. Can you help him solve the mystery of her disappearance and atone for his past? Will you discover how he got his title: Oathbreaker?

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Meet him deep within the Infernal Mines to being his new chain of missions. You'll need your wits about you as well as a capable friend for the final challenge:

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A 2v1 battle against Seth Juron himself! He will not be easy, so prepare yourself for a fight! I know I say that every time, but maybe we'll finally stump the hardcore players with this moveset (at least for the weekend)!

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Many other artists and helped collaborate on this release. Seth Juron, Theon, Bido, and Gabriel assisted with content while Silver Sky Magician crafted the missions! This release is packed with content so we hope you enjoy it!

 

The Dragonoid Returns

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Something stirs in the darkness around Delta V. Dravax has been quitely sulking since his massive defeat years ago...or has he been planning? 

All will be revealed in a few weeks when the new saga begins!

 

Undead Assault!

Coming very soon to a mobile device near you (so close it's in your pocket!), Artix Entertainment is proud to present our latest mobile game: Undead Assault!

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Control Artix himself in a classic battle against an endless horde of skeletons, ogres, and mages! What? You didn't know about Undead Assault? You can keep track of the latest info, including release details through Twitter and Facebook! The undead will never know what hit them!

 

Balance!

We are also planning several balance improvements to improve battle fairness. More details will follow in the patch notes after all the details are tested and confirmed.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

July 23, 2015

Titan's Gear Returns

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This Friday, prepare for the return of Titan's Gear! Celebrate the birth this mighty programming, cheeseburger eating, deity with his seasonal rare stock available from his Frysteland dwelling. Mmmmmmm...bacon cheeseburgers...

 

Seth Juron Preview

Next week, Seth Juron, Guest Artist, joins the party on Delta V, bringing his own unique wares to the game.

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He has ton of content planned to go live, including missions, achievements, armors, and more!

 

New Guest Artist: Valoroth

Please welcome the latest addition to the Guest Artist team Valoroth! Be sure to follow his Twitter and give a friendly "hello" if you see him in-game!

Tags: Nightwraith


RabbleFroth

July 17, 2015

Patch Notes - 1.6.50

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Search for the Yutilian Shards mission group
    • Search for the Primo Shard
    • Search for the Secondo Shard
    • Search for the Terzo Shard
    • A Good Beatin’!
    • A Bounty Well Deserved!
  • New NPC: Theon of Odosius
  • NPC Drops
    • Theon's Gauss Rifle P
    • Theon's Gauss Rifle E
  • New Theon Slayer Achievement
  • Theon’s Shop
    • Bloodseeker (Armor)
    • Crimson Piercer
    • Cerulean Piercer
    • Blade of Aurac 2 P
    • Blade of Aurac 2 E
    • Archfiend's Bloodlust
    • Archfiend's Vengeance
    • Q-I Blaster P
    • Q-I Blaster E
    • Theon's Cannon P
    • Theon's Cannon E
    • Theon's Scimitar P
    • Theon's Scimitar E
    • Theon's Gauss Blaster P
    • Theon's Gauss Blaster E
  • New NPC: Noragh
    • Noragh’s Head Achievement
    • Drops Noragh’s Husk
    • Noragh’s Head Trophy Unlocks new shop
      • Yutilian Shard Set P
      • Yutilian Shard Set E
      • Deity Blades P
      • Deity Blades E
      • Deity Mace P
      • Deity Mace E
      • Deity Staff P
      • Deity Staff E
      • Guardian Husk
  • New Home Item
    • Yutilian Spire Bank
  • 6 New Noragh Hairstyles

BALANCE CHANGES:

  • Primary Damage
    • Diminishing returns lowered from 0.85 to 0.8 at high amounts of Strength
  • Stuns no longer prevent blocks and deflections
  • Overload
    • Stat scaling: Dex → Support
    • Stat scaling: 0.4 → 0.45
    • Base stun chance: 30% → 25%
  • Stun Grenade
    • Base stun chance: 30% → 25%
  • Plasma Grenade
    • Base stun chance: 30% → 25%
  • Double Strike
    • Energy cost: Reduced by 10 at all levels
  • Fireball
    • Energy cost: Reduced by 10 at all levels
  • Cheap Shot
    • Defense Ignore: 9-36% → 13-40%
  • Azrael’s Borg
    • Heart Attack damage: 60% → 70%
  • Bio Borg
    • Spirit Thorns duration: 3 → 4 turns
  • Assault Bot
    • Cleanse: Now also reduces poison damage by 70%
  • Energy Storm
    • Energy cost: 0
    • Energy drain: 25% → 20% of strike damage
  • Energy Shot
    • Energy cost: 0
    • Energy drain: 25% → 20% of gun damage

BUGS FIXED:

  • No longer staring at Deuce's tummy while talking to him
  • Typos destroyed

Tags: RabbleFroth Patch Notes


Nightwraith

July 15, 2015

Theon of Odosius

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This Friday, meet Theon of Odosius. This notorious treasure hunter has scoured Delta V searching for the lost Yutilian Shards and fears they have already fallen into the hands of some of the planet's most powerful individuals! Can you collect the Shards and unlock the mysterious Yutilian treasure? Join us for this latest artist's showcase event featuring work from Theo and Hatred Cuirass!

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You'll find Theon in the Infernal Mines next to an inert Yutilian Spire. Once all the Yutilian Shards are collected, the treasure will unlock!

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If Theon is feeling generous, maybe he'll let you take a cut of the treasure for your troubles!

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If not, you may need to...persuade him.

 

Noragh the Beast Guardian

Legends abound of a great power that guards the treasure and can only be summoned once the Shards are gathered.

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You can face this nemesis of Theon to unlock the Yutilian treasures by claiming the Noragh's Head Trophy drop! You can also collect other extraordinary drops by defeating him!

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This release will feature at least 2 new color custom armors, Noragh's Husk and the Guardian Husk mutating armor! Coordinate the armors with 6 new styles!

 

Slay the Bosses

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This update will also feature 2 new achievements for defeating Noragh and Theon! Onward to those RED stars!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

July 10, 2015

Theon Showcase Preview

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Next week, prepare to meet Theon of Odosius, a treasure hunter who traveled many lightyears in search of Yutilian Shards. These shards will allow him to unlock legendary treasures...if he gets to them first! There is another who seeks the shards, Norgah: The Beast Gaurdian!

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Being a resourceful and experienced treasure hunter, Theon has arrived on Delta V fully equipped with some impressive wares of his own! He will be more than willing to part with them for a fair price, and perhaps some assistance in procuring the notorious shards.

Blood Shards, Void Shards, Heart Shards...Delta V is an interesting place to be a rock collector. Sorry, MINERALS. They're minerals.

 

Dragonoid’s Return

Remember, that in addition to the launch of BioBeasts, there are big, BIG things coming to Delta V this summer. Check out this preview post written by Ranloth to set the stage for our next epic event!

As the sun set in the Barrens, you could just about see the moon on the horizon. The nights are often cold, followed by a heatwave during the day - says a lot about deserts. Everyone minds their own business, and that  dwarf Mirv is still looming over my head. Pathetic. No technology made by the likes of him can accurately trace my actions. They are still under impression of me sitting idly; just waiting for my day to come.

When the sun set, I focused my energy into the shard. The search for him continued and I found something. A trace of energy, familiar one at that and I knew - I knew it was him. He has finally answered my prayers!

"Master?" - muttered Dravax - "I have been awaiting your return. Three long years. After your heart was stolen, I was lost--"

"Silence, you fool!" - replied the voice - "Have you any idea what your insolence has caused!?"

The voice was but in my mind. I was the only one he could speak to - due to the power bestowed upon me from the shard.

"She will pay for this. Char of Mer’a mustn't be spared. The orders of ShadowScythe are absolute! Her universe is no more, and we cannot allow her to roam free here - as long her human energy resides in this world, we cannot escape from this planet. We will use her to change that."

A long pause. For a brief moment, I stopped sensing his energy but he does not give up - Master would never give up. Then he spoke to me again;

"You are worthy of a praise however, for turning the Pirates against Delta V and Big Tuna herself. Not everything went according to the plan, but disabling the barrier around the planet should be much easier now - we should be able to activate the turrets in the Naval Yard with ease. Has anyone suspected you at all, Dravax?"

"No, they did not. Everyone believes Kartherax acted of his own accord, but something as trivial as a Kathool spawn, takes little effort to control."

"Excellent. Finish all the preparations for my return, and in the meantime, I will gather even more energy. Soon, Char will be no more."

"Before you go, Master; can we really open the portal to Kathool's--"

The final hour of reckoning approaches. The Dragonoid will return, and all on this miserable rock will pay for denying him his prey!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

July 02, 2015

Dawn of Delta V

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M4tr1x, the sentient AI interface that inhabits the Overlord Facility, is fully online and ready for battle! Complete her tasks to learn more of the storied past of Delta V, including Baelius' rise to power (missions written by Ranloth). Challenge her Legendary form for a new Legendary Boss achievement and a M4tr1x Token that can be used to access her shop with great new items crafted by Hatred Cuirass!

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Be warned: she possesses the combined battle data of a billion battles so she won't be a pushover!

Visit the style shop to try on some new CC M4tr1x styles! The hair is so luxurious! What's a good conditioner for hair tentacles?

 

Rares Return

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Independence Day rares have reappeared on the Overlord Guard in the Overlord Facility. The Independence Day Achievement is also available form the Achievement Shop!

 

Power Weekend!

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Since this weekend is a holiday weekend for many of our players in the USA, it's time for another EpicDuel Power Weekend! Get double experience and credits all weekend long! This is a great way to build Legendary ranks quickly and dominate your foes. This will be especially useful if rain puts a damper on your BBQ and fireworks-related plans this weekend.

 

Bot Busting

Bots have been a problem for awhile in EpicDuel, and with this release, we are implementing a countermeasure to remove the incentive for botting. This countermeasure will also flag botters in our database so we will be able to track who is using bots and how often they do it. We want battles to be fun and fair for everyone, and botting disrupts that fun both for the botter and for anyone who encounters a bot. Hopefully, this feature will make EpicDuel dueling a more enjoyable experience for everyone!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

June 25, 2015

Bido Has Arrived!

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The adorable android Bido has finally arrived on Delta V! Well...technically. He's still hanging out in the Afterlife (accessible from Frysteland), but he's SUPER curious about all these humans running around and dueling each other. He knows the quickest way to a human's heart is food, but new weapons are also a big draw to the combative citizens of Delta V.

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Visit Bido, floating casually on a piece of broken Void rock, and investigate his brilliant shop packed with amazing items!

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Bido knows what humans like, and he knows they love the thrill of battle! Help Bido enjoy that same thrill by bopping him on his shiny round head with your new Heavy Katanas! Bido is withholding a couple weapons for himself. Through enough battle, you may be able to "persuade" him to drop them for your use.

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Help Bido get in touch with his human side and learn about the world beyond the Void through a series of new missions with spectacular rewards! Plus, be sure to claim the Bido Breaker achievement for besting the runty robot in battle!

 

Home Sweet Bido

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Bido is also bringing a hearty bounty of new home items for your enjoyment! Stock up on katana displays, dragons, and bobbleheads to really help tie that Frysteland Yurt of yours together.

 

Void Essentials

During the Frozen Fury event, we offered a mission chain that allowed players to use the gifting system to obtain ingredients for the very powerful Endless Armor. After gifting was removed from the game and reincarnated as the Code system, the only way to obtain Void Shards was by purchasing directly. Many players hoped for a way to obtain the ingredients without outright purchasing them. To accomodate this request, we will be introducing a new ingredient: Void Essence

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Void Essence, made from coalesced Void particles, can be collected from the level 35 Void Creature, the Void King, and Bido. This will give those who missed the Gifting event a chance to collect one of the most awesome armors in game!

If you're very close to unlocking the armor the old way, Void Shards will now be available as Silver Tier items form the Frozen Fury Arcade machine!

 

Limo-ZEEEEEEEN!

This Friday, Revontheus will be offering a new, full color custom version of the Limousine. It was a heady task to break this complex vehicle down to perform the color separations while maintaining the effects of the gradients (Rev loooooooves him some gradients).

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We would like to extend a special thanks to RomanianMaster for suggesting this. He will be receiving his own in-game as soon as the release goes live! I hope to see some trendy duelists cruising around Delta V in style!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

June 18, 2015

Pyro Fly Returns!

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This week marks the return of a very special bot to Delta V: the infamous Pyro Fly! This Friday, visit Kraggor for a fresh restock at 10 AM EST and 4 PM EST and own this bot for yourself!

Pyro Fly Swarm

The bot's primary attack is a sweeping infernal beam that scorches enemies from a distance.

Infernal Swarm Skill

The Pyro Fly's special skill is Infernal Swarm, an especially nasty and sneaky ability which causes tiny mechanical fireflies to swarm your opponent and neutralize one skill at random.

Be sure to collect this bot before it returns to the depths of the Infernal Mines for another year!

 

Bido's Artist Showcase: June 26

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Mark your calendars because Bido's Artist Showcase Shop is next week! Enjoy weapons, missions, and achievements galore as you meet Bido in the Afterlife! Will he be an ally or does his disarming appearance hide more sinister intentions?

Find out next week in EpicDuel!

 

All Hands on Deck!
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Game development is the ultimate team effort! We all want to succeed together! Learn more in the latest BioBeasts blog post!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

June 13, 2015

VelocityAE - NEW MOBILE GAME!

Retro Arcade Game Made in a Day

If you thought Flappy Bird was hard, you gotta try this app. It is hard, retro, hard, simple and super hard. Lasting 10 seconds pretty much means you are a gaming god. Tell you what. Get over 1,000 points and the entire internet will bow down before you claiming you are the ultimate gaming god of the universe.

Gameplay

Hurl down a wormhole in an 8-bit spaceship… that has a proven track record of exploding… in this retro arcade runner (technically speaking, a space-time continuum flyer). Your only goal is to survive as long as possible. The longer you last, the faster you go, and the higher your score climbs.

Simple, right? HA!

Survive breakneck turns as you dash through geometric wormholes that will shatter your spaceship — and hopes of a high score.

Luckily for you, you have infinite lives (and, apparently, an amazing mechanic), so you can replay the game without hesitation or remorse for the rocket you just destroyed seven seconds earlier.

Features

  • Amazing 8-bit graphics
  • Classic arcade soundtrack
  • Simple yet skillful tap button controls
  • Original gold coin collecting system (no one’s ever done that before, right?)
  • Colorful and vivid 3D geometry cubes that change color like WOAH
  • Infinite lives! You don’t even need to be a cat (wait, what?)
  • Unlock new rockets and spaceships featuring state of the art pixel art
  • Totally free! But we make you watch an ad every once in awhile, ‘cuz, you know, someone has to pay your spaceship mechanic bill…

This ridiculously hard twitch game was created as an overnight project by Rolith and the CRIT Team at Artix Entertainment. May you enjoy countless hours of frustratingly, addictively-beautiful space-travel with VelocityAE!

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Share Your High Scores!

If you think you can beat my high score, or Cysero's, or Rolith's - show us!  VelocityAE is up on the iTunes App Store and Google Play store right now.

Please show Rolith and his hard work some love by giving VelocityAE 5-stars and help us spread the word, then tweet screenshots of your runs to RolithArtixKorin, or Cysero!

Rolith's Surprise Mobile Game Release: The Story

If you’re a long-time player of Artix games, then you probably recognize this fellow.That’s Rolith, our resident code monkey. He’s been Artix’s longest coder, cracking away at DragonFable in 2006, and has dabbled in just about every Artix game ever since.

But, man, Rolith LOVES his job. When he’s not typing code at breakneck speeds here at the Secret Underground Lab, he’s at home writing even more ridiculous code “for funsies” (Rolith’s words exactly). I bet his dreams are in C#.



So it should come to no surprise that Rolith decided to make a game in his spare time... because, funsies. So one night, Rolith started building something he was really passionate about (retro arcade runners), and 24 hours later… VelocityAE was born.

But before anyone could ask him why, Rolith quickly pulled aside Cysero and Korin, asking for their help to build some assets for his overnight game. Cysero whipped up the 8-bit artwork for the spaceships and Korin was on 3D mesh duty.

“Have you told Artix about your game, Rolith?” Cysero asked. “Um, No...” whispered Rolith, “Don’t tell Artix about Velocity yet. 

Finally Rolith approached Artix and said, “I know you got a ton of games coming out this summer, but what would you say if I had one ready to go…. right now?”

A skeptically-curious Artix was given Rolith’s iPhone and he started playing. He died 3 seconds later. “Hard. Retro. ...and SUPER HARD!” exclaimed Artix as he spent the next 17 minutes replaying the game over and over again, trying to beat his high score. He didn’t last longer than 10 seconds. “I love this! How long until we can release it for the players”

Rolith smirked. Artix went o_O, leaned in and asked, “Did you, uh… already submit it?” Rolith was taken aback. “Should I have waited?” “No, no…. this is great!” Artix reaffirmed. “At least you did not use your spare time to making another game about Ponies! Let it go live secretly, we can make fixes and then tell the whole world about this!"

Tags: Nightwraith Velocity Rolith New Mobile Game Classic Arcade

 

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