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September 12, 2018



Stange weapons have washed up the stranger tides of the West Naval Yard, as the mysterious pirate from another realm, Esprit d'Cour, offers the denizens of Delta V spoils from his personal stash.

Bye Bye Big Varium

As of the newest update, 18K Varium promotion will ends. Deals like this don't come around often, so take advantage of this great value while you can!


Shoggoth’s Stash Arcade shop is now available at all ArcadeBots throughout Delta V! Will you be the first to catch the unique gold prize?


Earn those blue, red, or platinum stars with 3 new achievements! 


Legendary Big Tuna and Legendary Captain Shoggoth are joining the roster of nearly unbeatable NPCs to test your skill a strategy. Plus, it's a great way to earn rating points! 


  • Bounty Hunter - BHs still appear to be outclassed by Mages. Smoke has been improved to increase damage output.
    • Smoke Screen: Improves with every 3 Tech.
  • Tactical Mercenary - Tac Mercs need lots of help, so these buff are intended to increase survivability and damage output.
    • Field Commander: Added +10% crit chance; goes up by 3 Strength points per skill level
    • Frenzy: +8% health gain per level
    • Toxic Grenade: +5 damage per level; 100% damage; -10 energy cost
  • Mercenary
    • Adrenaline Rush: +5% rage gain per level
  • Bots
    • Infernal Android P and E price increase to 35000 Credits and 1495 Varium. These bots are way too good to be as cheap as they were.
    • Infernal Android PxE (Physical main attack, energy special)
    • Internal Android ExP (Energy main attack, physical special)
    • Kartherax’s Darkspawn: Curse of Kartherax duration reduced to 2, inflicts 100% damage on initial strike
    • Pyro Fly: Picks from the target's top 4 skills instead of 3


This update features 16 nightmarish, nautical styles for all classes and genders. At long last, you can turn your head into an eldritch nightmare! You did want that, didn't you? 


This update will also feature dozens of new weapons available at Esprit d'Cour! Some of these are also available through the Arcade, but if you don't like games of chance, you can purchase them directly.

  • Mutating
    Leviathan's Might P/E
  • Guns
    Pirate Mage Flintlock P/E
    Gold Pirate Pistol P/E
    Pirate Flintlock P/E
    Void Pirate Pistol P/E
    Vampirate Magnum P/E
    Pirate Mage Pistol P/E
    Ornate Pirate Pistol P/E
  • Swords
    Leviathan Rapier P/E
    Ivory Cutlass P/E
    Mana Rapier P/E
    Undead Octo Cutlass P/E
    Omega Cutlass P/E
    Vampirate Cutlass P/E
    Deep Sea Rapier P/E
    Pirate Angler Rapier P/E
    Pirate Mage Katana P/E
    Leviathan Impaler P/E
    Mystic Pirate Cutlass P/E
    Iron Wavebreaker P/E
    Sea Scourge P/E
    Void Pirate Cutlass P/E
    Gold Leviathan Impaler P


Remember, the Heroic Housing contest is still underway and has already seen some fantastic entries! There's still plenty of time to enter if you haven't already! The complete rules can be found in this post!

Tags: Nightwraith


September 06, 2018

Shoggoth's Stash

Shoggoth's Stash

The vast, irradiated oceans of Delta V stir once again with the activity of Captain Shoggoth and his brutal crew of eldritch pirates. Join the party into the West Naval Yard to discover new challenges, new weapons, new achievements, and a boatload of new styles!

This update has so much content that it will need a few more days of development and testing with an expected release of Wednesday. Also, I (Nightwraith) will be traveling to the land of my forefathers (Ohio) later next week for a family event so consolidating both these shortened weeks made more sense than 2 abridged updates.



As of the last update, Mercenaries, especially Tactical Mercenaries are under-performing, to put it mildly. They will receive some improvements to their offensive capabilities and usefulness of buffs. 



If you completed the Waves of Wrath storyline, you've already tested your steel against Shoggoth, but how do you think you'll fare against a Legendary version of the corrupted pirate?

Fan-favorite Big Tuna is also receiving a Legendary buff to challenge your skills and patience. You didn't think earning those extra stars would be easy, did you?



If you have some extra Tokens burning a hole in your pocket, the Arcade will see the addition of Shoggoth's Stash which will come stocked with wild and weird weapons, including a new travel form!


Pirate Stylin'

Look for a big expansion to Credit and Varium styles for all classes, with a focus on Halloween and nautical themes! I don't know how many yet because they're still being drawn, but I expect at least 10 per class/gender!


Back-to-School Varium

As with the other AE games, we'll be extending the 18K Varium promotion through this weekend. For EpicDuel, we're keeping the bonus Varium in until the update goes live on Wednesday. It's never too early to stock up for gifting!



Since this update is still in development, the plan can still change with additional content. In the meantime, remember that there's still an EpicDuel contest going on with plenty of time left to participate!

Tags: Nightwraith


September 01, 2018

Get the Artix Game Launcher

Play Artix Entertainment Games without a Browser!

Help us test our new Artix Entertainment Games launcher. We built this to future proof our existing games. Using this launcher removes the need for a browser or the Flash Plugin.



  • Yes, this is an early access Alpha Test
  • Help Test
  • Hunt for Bugs
  • Suggest Features


  • AdventureQuest Worlds
  • EpicDuel
  • AdventureQuest
  • DragonFable
  • MechQuest
  • Oversoul
  • AdventureQuest 3D (Sorta - the button will open the game in STEAM)

Tags: Alina


August 31, 2018

Heroic Housing Contest

Heroic Housing
Happy Friday, EpicDuelists! Are you ready for the long weekend? It's been a loooong time since our last EpicDuel contest and a reaaaaally long time since our last Home Decor contest. With today's update, you should be flooded with weird, wild home items to decorate your myriad of home styles to shake up the Delta V real estate market in our new Heroic Housing contest! 

Contest Time Frame

The contest will run from Tuesday, September 4th to Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 PM EST. I pushed the start date to Tuesday to allow the Moglin contest to end before startin a new one. The winners will be announced via Twitter.

How to Enter

All you have to do is submit one screenshot of the best looking room of your best house to us at the AE_Contests Twitter account. There's no specific theme so there are no limits on your creativity! Please use #EpicDuelHeroicHousing when Tweeting us! Don't forget your character name!

Prize Details

Winners will get 5,000 ArtixPoints, a rare Achievement, and a rare Home Item!

Contest Rules

To make sure your hard work gets judged: Read all of the rules before submitting your entry!

  • Your entry must be YOUR own in game EpicDuel house and not someone else’s (We will check).
  • If you don't play EpicDuel regularly, don't worry! All players can claim one free home and there are many low-cost home items available to get started decorating!
  • Create the best looking house you can! There are no parameters for theme so go wild! We'll consider your creativity, attention to detail, coordination, and the overall quality of entry.
  • Please limit your entry to one screenshot of room of your home! We appreciate the thought of coordinating your entire house but we want to have mercy on our judges!
  • Include your EpicDuel character name with the entry!
  • The screenshot of your entry should be of the Highest Quality, and as large as possible.  The more clear the picture, the better it will look.
  • Don't edit or change your entry after the fact. You have nearly a month so take your time and create a truly epic entry!
  • Post to the AE_Contests Twitter account using the #EpicDuelHeroicHousing . Uploading your photo to your Facebook and sending us a link does not allow us to see the photos. If you upload your photo to your locked image-sharing account, we cannot see it.
  • One entry per person!
  • Have fun!


Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only enter once per person!
We reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your entries!

Tags: Nightwraith


August 31, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.86


Bonus Varium, Balance, and a metric TON of home items! This is all in preparation of the EpicDuel Heroic Housing contest! Details will be posted soon on how to enter!

New Features/Changes

  • After the update today, $50 Varium package will give 18,000 Varium! Players who purchased this package since last Friday will receive the extra 6,000 Varium. This offer will last until the update next Friday (September 7th)
  • Increased Bank Slot cap to 1500
  • Delta Knight Armor sellable
  • New Mission: Skeptical Study -- to redeem extra mission items from Frozen Fury
  • 3 New Home Styles!
    • Abandoned Ship
    • Afterlife Shrine
    • Fortune City Spire
  • You can now place up to 25 items in each home room
  • You can now have up to 25 people in a single room
  • 211 New Home Items!
  • New Arcade: Raymus' Realty
    • New Arcade Achievement
  • Cores:
    • Bloodseeker Blast x25, Paralysis Coating x25, and Mega Curse x25 price reduction to 125 Varium
    • Thorns - Reduced damage reflected to 65% from 75%
    • Icy Chill - unlocked on weapons where it comes pre-equipped
    • Piston Punch - new  25x variant

Balance Changes

  • General
    • Small buff to strength
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Smoke Screen:Diminishing returns on skill levels:+3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2 levels above 20; Improves with every 3.4 Technology
    • Cheap Shot: Increased defense reduction 5% per level
    • Shadow Arts: Reduced energy cost by 10; Increased damage reduction by 5% per level

  • Tech Mage 
    • Plasma Bolt: Improves with every .3 Technology
    • Malfunction: Diminishing returns on skill levels: +3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2.8 Support; Improves for every 3 levels above 20

  • Blood Mage
    • Plasma Cannon: Cooldown reduced to 2
    • Energy Parasite: Initial damage reduced to 85%
  • Mercenary
    • Bunker Buster: Cooldown reduced to 2
    • Berzerker: Weaken every 2 levels below 20; Increased damage +10% for all levels
    • Double Strike: Reduced energy cost by 10; Damage increased +6% per level
    • Adrenaline Rush: Reduced cost by 10; 100% damage
    • Maul: Decreased energy cost by 10; Reduced energy cost per level by 5

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Blood Shield: Improves with every 3 Support; Increased Resistance buff by 10 per level
    • Double Strike: Reduced energy cost by 10; Damage increased +6% per level
    • Atom Smasher: Improved energy conversion +5% per level; Improves with every 5 Strength
    • Field Commander: Improves with every 3 Support; Weakens with every 2 levels below 20; +4 Strength per level

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Diminishing returns on skill levels: +3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2.8 Support; Improves for every 3 levels above 20
    • Plasma Armor: +5 Resistance at all levels
    • Cheap Shot: Increased defense reduction 5% per level
    • Shadow Arts: Reduced energy cost by 10; Increased damage reduction by 5% per level

Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted /fly animation to create a more natural angle for knee joints
  • Growth Serum - removed small transparent square on core graphic

Tags: Nightwraith


August 23, 2018

Heroic Housing

Heroic Housing

Have you been putting off being a homeowner in EpicDuel? In an upcoming release, we'll introduce more reasons than ever to join the Delta V real estate market with a freighter-load of new homes, items, and an arcade to win some incredible new decorations! There's so much in this update that I've decided to postpone this week's release to combine it into next week's. This will allow for more content, more testing, and an opportunity to draw attention to a new home decorating contest!


What's Coming?

3 new homes, dozens of new home items (going for 50+, but might hit 100!), new achievements, new arcade, and additional improvements to homes. The item cap will be lifted from 15 to 25 items per room. Additionally, in clear violation of Delta V fire codes, I'm increasing the player cap per room to 25! I may try to squeeze in some more bug fixes and balance adjustments depending on how quickly things come together. As I mentioned, there will also be a new contest launching next Friday!


Weapon Stat Fix

A decent chunk of time was taken this week with work on the persistent and annoying weapon stat bug that has been kicking players for weeks. A few weeks ago EpicDuel increased the amount of stats that could be assigned to class-specific weapons such as clubs and wrist blades. A consequence was that this put certain items in an "illegal" configuration, which would kick players when they tried to upgrade these weapons. I had been fixing weapons for individual players who reported these issues, but a broader fix was needed. Our solution was to "unlock" any primary item that could be affected by this bug up to their owner's level. This fix resulted in many weapons being unlocked for free, but this was preferable to players being kicked from the game and not knowing why.


Stay tuned for more previews as the release progresses! 

Tags: Nightwraith


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