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January 07, 2013
It's 2013! Already? When did that happen? How does it feel to have survived yet another apocalypse? I think if you survive 12, you get a free cold cut combo with a drink and chips. That might not be accurate. In any case, we had a busy, bittersweet end to 2012. Our goal was to release Omega before 2012 at all costs, but after a serious dose of reality, we decided our goal in 2013 should be to make the wait for Omega worth it.
For the New Year
The future of EpicDuel post Omega will hinge on gameplay. When all the items in game suddenly become viable options, the dynamics of battle will shift to your build and what skills are equipped to your items. We will work hard to make the battle engine, the core of EpicDuel, as dynamic and robust as possible to offer interesting experiences in every battle. Tournaments, new battle modes, and new skills will ensure that battles always offer interesting choices.
Our Twitter pages have been quiet lately, but not for lack of working. The holidays offered a brief interruption in the development routine, and getting back in synch proved to be challenging. For this reason, we've been hesitant to drop more details. However, after today's intense Monday meeting, we decided that it would be best to keep everyone as informed as possible by posting Design Note updates every day until Omega goes live! It may be a tiny blurb or a massive, multi-paragraph summary of a feature. Many of you already know what's releasing in Omega, but I will try to be as informative and interesting as possible!
Although we do not have a formal deadline for Omega, we will inform you as soon as we do! Some have speculated that we will "surprise" you with Omega. This is a profoundly bad idea for such a massive release. We will absolutely inform you of the date as soon as we are confident in our timeline, but also understand that we will not and cannot release Omega until it is in a ready state. We may be able to find features to cut, but the largest part of Omega is the battle engine, and we cannot release a broken battle engine no matter badly we want to release Omega.
We thank you again for your patience, and we hope we can make Omega release to remember!
Golden Yeti Tournament*
Mention of the Golden Yeti Tournament in previous Design Notes may have grabbed your attention. We discussed it further. and we are making a few adjustments / clarifications. First, it will be a 2-week competition instead of a 30-day competition. 30 days is a long time to expect someone to constantly battle at 100% capacity, and seeing someone at the top of the leaderboard with thousands of wins might be discouraging to someone unable to participate at that level.
Second, we will not be offering the Omega Ticket with a promotional package after Omega is live. We are doing this because seriously participating will be more challenging the longer the tournament progresses and entering midway through the event would place a participant at a huge disadvantage. All those who preorder will be able to participate in this tournament as soon as the tournament goes live.
Participation will be simple -- if you preordered you have the ticket. Each PvP victory will automatically earn you points. These points will position you on a leaderboard with other ticket holders. At the end of the competition, the top 100 players in terms of point total will be awarded the Ultra-Rare Golden Yeti as well as a tiered achievement based their standing on the leaderboard. It's more of a competition than a tournament, but if it succeeds, it will be an important stepping stone to a fully realized tournament system!
Some have mentioned that it's not fair to the non-Varium players to restrict this tournament, but the tournament is a special reward for the preorder offer and making it available to everyone would defeat the purpose. Keep in mind that this will not be the last competition of this type -- future contests will be open to a much wider range of players!
*As of January 9ths DN post, we decided will be adding a buffer of a few days between the launch of Omega and the start of the tournament. This will give everyone a chance to explore all Omega has to offer.
When we go live with Omega, the EpicDuel Wiki is going to need major help updating all the entries for items. Stats and requirements as you know them are going out the window, so much of the existing information will be obsolete the second Omega goes live. We are constantly impressed by how quickly the Wiki updates with each EpicDuel release, but they are definitely going to need help for this one.
Please contact a member of the EpicDuel Wiki Staff to find out how you can join the cause and help to keep this great resource as accurate as possible while lessening the burden on the small but dedicated staff. Please do not contact the Devs about being a member of the Wiki Staff as we are not directly involved in it.
To encourage more participation on the Wiki, we will be increasing the value of the coveted Lore Master Achievement by 1000 Rating Points, as well as offering the extremely rare Rabble's Attack Tome sidearm for contributors deemed worthy by the current staff.
Please do not confuse Wiki Staff with Moderators or Developers. They should not be contacted concerning bugs, account issues, or player reports. Also, please don't send them your passwords. They don't want or need your account information.
Become a Bug Hunter!
Artix.com just unveiled this snazzy new system for reporting bugs! No more tweeting at Devs hoping they'll see your report! No more trying to find the right place to post on the forums! This is your one-stop reporting zone. The bugs will never know what squashed them!
Charity Is Child's Play
One more item before I wrap up this DN post: Child's Play Charity, the charity that raises money year round for toys and money for hospitals around the world! This year gamers showed astonishing generosity and raised a grand total of $5,085,761! That's a lot of happy sick kids! I feel it's an incredible feat and definitely worth sharing.
Can this record be shattered in 2013? Given the track record for boundless gamer generosity, even in times when others are tightening their belts, I have no doubt that record will be obliterated!
Tags: Nightwraith Resolutions Omega Tournament contest Progress Report New Year Child's Play Charity Bug Artix
November 08, 2012
Wear Your Birthday Best
Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to m...OK, that's a little over-indulgent, I admit. Even though I'm leveling up in real life, what I'm really excited about is what I get to offer you!
All your favorite items will be returning from my personal stash of weapons. I'm generous, but I don't want to make it too easy to access them. Like last time, you can either buy the OneX6 Key from me directly or win it from me by besting me in combat!
Check out these new level 35 bazookas suggested by ..TRizZzCENTRINO..!
All your old favorites are returning as well!
The missions will also be returning. Visit my friends and associates around Delta V to see what Birthday trickery they're cooking up!
The one key absense is the 11-11-11 achievement. 11-11-11 is only happening once in my lifetime so it's RARE. 11-11-12 doesn't really have the same ring to it.
Dress Your Best!
It wouldn't be a real party without outrageous costumes! Suit up in one of 42 NEW STYLES (7 groups with one style for each gender and class). These artisan styles were crafted with great care based on the winning designs from our Spooky Head Design Contest. Join us Friday to see the designs come to life in-game!
On Friday, the winners will also receive their achievements and their in-game styles free of charge! Congratulations, you earned it!
A Cold Front Approaches!
As Fall comes to a close, a cold wind blows from the north. Last year, Frystland fell to the Legion and Alydriah has commanded the occupying forces to do...something. We don't know, and that's terrifying. We have a feeling that she'll unveil her schemes soon, though.
In the meantime, check out these new concepts for revamped EpicDuel classes: Bounty Hunter and Tech Mage!
Tags: Nightwraith Titan contest styles Cake Birthday Missions Weapons Armory Omega
October 03, 2012
The Chairman has been on Delta V for nearly a week and already he grows impatient with his hosts. His diabolical offerings have kept the citizens from expelling him thus far, but Baelius is still a no-show. Shuttles are now approaching with a hoards of EbilCorp goons, and the Chairman's promises of wealth and power have swayed some locals to his cause.
Events are escalating quickly as local authorities seem unable to make a move against the EbilCorp incursion. Will Delta V be under new management permanently? What are the Chairman's true intentions? Who taught the Bio Hazard how to tie a tie? All will be revealed soon!
'Tis the season to unveil new styles -- 18 to be precise (3 for each base class and gender). These styles will have an EbilCorp flavor to them. Visit any style change bot around Delta V to check out these sinister new styles.
Rabblefroth has been hard at work expanding the functionality of our style purchasing system. After this release, unlocking a single style will unlock all similar styles across all classes (i.e. wolf style, bio hazard, dragon slayer). We will apply this retroactively to those who have already purchased styles, so you should notice way more styles unlocked when you change classes!
To further satisfy your hunger for style, we will be offering a new bonus package that includes a jumbo pack of styles! This promotion will includes new EbilCorp styles. This does not mean that we will be removing any current promotions, just that we will be adding a new one.
If you play as a Male Mage or Hunter, you may have noticed that you have fewer basic styles than Mercenaries. Maybe you haven't. In any case, we're correcting that oversight by adding 1 new default style to Mages and 2 new default styles for Hunters. Huzzah!
Existing styles not your...uh...style? Remember, we're hosting a hairstyle design contest in the forums RIGHT NOW! Submit your creations for a chance to win ALL THE STYLES available in game at the time of contest's end as well as seeing your own design used in game! You have until the 26 of October, so sharpen those pencils and do your best!
In case you missed it last week, the seasonal Harvest Festival home items are now available for purchase. You will also have the opportunity to acquire the beautiful winning posters created for our account safety awareness art contest! Hang them proudly in your homes to show that you know how to keep your account secure, and encourage others to do the same!
The weapons are not ready for this week, but we are currently culling the forums for the best item suggestions for vectorization. I would like to remind all of those participating that plagarism will not be tolerated. Furthermore, a comment from a mod or dev like "nice sword" should not be taken as a guarantee that the suggestion will be used. Art posted on Twitter and FB will not be considered unless it is posted in the forums as well.
Also, be sure to follow our assistant artist, Disturbed's, Twitter for his progress as he vectorizes the best suggestions!
Suggestion shops are always a breath of fresh air into the game's expansive inventory and I wish we could do them more frequently. That said, I have a feeling this shop will be the best one yet! Thank you and good luck!
Tags: Nightwraith hairstyles contest suggestions promotions Chairman EbilCorp War
September 27, 2012
Spooky Head Design Contest!
Hey there! Just to let you know, there a totally rad contest we're hosting in the AE forums! Dust off those pencils and grab that printer paper because it's time to DRAW!
As many of you know, Halloween (or Mogloween) is celebrated widely among every single game Artix Entertainment makes! Delta V celebrates a Harvest Festival, but the spirit of dressing up in cool, scary and twisted ways is still a major part of the holiday. For this reason, the team and I thought it would be a great idea to kick it off this Harvest season with a contest. This contest is all about “Player Head Designs!” Since it is the time of year that Halloween rolls about, we are looking for some very awesome Scary, Funny, or Creative head designs. However, it is not required that it is related to Halloween. To be clear, all head designs must be drawn, either traditionally or digitally, but in-game screenshots are NOT allowed at all. To make life easier for you, I've uploaded head templates for all the classes and genders. You can deviate from the template, but it's a good place to start if you're running short on inspiration. I recommend printing them out and drawing over them using a lightbox to perfect your design. You can also import them into your drawing program of choice!
EpicDuel Male Template
EpicDuel Female Template
To award the wonderful artists of the community, we have the following awards to give out:
1 Grand Prize Winner will receive 1,500 Varium, a very special 1,000 rating points achievement, all the hairstyles in-game up to the point the winner is declared, and the style they created added into the game permanently!
5 Winners will receive 1,500 Varium, an achievement, and their style featured permanently in-game!
The contest will run from Thursday, September 27th till Wednesday, October 26th at 11:59pm. You have plenty of time to work on these entries to make thems as polished as possible so please use your time wisely!
The rules and guidelines are short and to the point, but we advise you to follow them otherwise your entry will be disqualified.
- Design must be inspired by EpicDuel
- Your entry must be entirely made by you, and must be original work.
- You must include your EpicDuel Character Name with your entry.
- You may use any form of media for your entry. (Pencil, Flash, etc)
- No Screenshots.
- Do not change your entry or edit your forum post until the winners are selected.
- Only ONE entry can be submitted per person. An entire set of styles for all classes and genders can count as one entry.
- The head design must be made in the theme of Scary, Funny, or Creative
- Make sure that you provide a VALID URL to your photo. Try using a reliable photo uploader like Photobucket, TinyPic or Twitpic. Entries without working links or entries requiring a login to access will not be considered.
- You have until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, October 26th to submit your entry.
The team and I look forward to seeing all these awesome head designs, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Stay safe and good luck to everyone!
Contest Entry Format (Can adjust for the contest)
Title of Entry:
Well, what are you waiting for? Head to the official forum topic right now and get drawing!
Tags: Nightwraith contest Halloween styles Drawing Art Forums
May 30, 2012
Summer of EpicDuel
Hi there, EpicDuelists! As we wrap up Spring (is there a Pony song for that?) we have some pretty great things to keep you entertained while we’re preparing for the Infernal Infiltration War!
Gently Down the Livestream
Thank you to all of you who participated in the latest EpicDuel Developer Livestream. We want to publicly apologize to all of you for allowing Practel to sing- it’ll just be me singing from now on. The stream is still up, so you’ll be able to watch the creation of one of the NEW War NPCs!
Many players were upset by the fact that the latest round of missions were geared toward higher level players. Lower-level players will be able to play some permanent chains for some nice rewards this week!
While war is brewing deep in the mines, not everyone is focused on the conflict at hand. Brunson’s Mama is preparing a very special feast, and she needs help from players of all levels (including the very lowest level players) to prepare her scrumptious morsels.
Midlevel players will be able to start a chain from Mirv. Both of these chains give credit and battle token rewards, along with another special surprise for players.
We are running a special contest for all EpicDuel players to raise awareness of account security. Nightwraith already wrote up a great description of the contest, so I’m just going to quote the whole thing:
Summer is drawing closer and closer every day, and what could possibly be better than kicking off summer with a new contest? We want you guys to have tons of fun this summer, but we also want you to be safe. To help remind members of the EpicDuel community how keep their accounts secure, we are requesting your assistance to spread the word through artwork! The objective of this contest is to create a poster like this one based on “The EpicDuel Moderation Team and the importance of account safety.” To reward your creativity, we will be issuing the following prizes:
- 1 Grand Prize Winner will receive the 10,000 Varium Package, an achievement, and a home item.
- 3 Runner Ups will receive 1,500 Varium, an achievement, and a home item.
- 5 Honorable Mentions will receive an achievement.
The contest will run from Tuesday, May 29th till Sunday, July 1st.
When submitting, please obey the following rules or your entry will be disqualified.
- Design must be inspired by EpicDuel
- Your entry must be entirely made from you, and must be original work.
- You may use any form of media for your entry. (Pencil, Flash, etc)
- Do not change your entry or edit your forum post until the winners are selected.
- Only one entry can be submitted per person.
- The poster must be made in the theme of “Importance of the Moderation Team and account security.”
- Make sure that you provide a VALID URL to your photo. Try using a reliable photo uploader like Photobucket, TinyPic or Twitpic.
- Entries without working links or entries requiring a login to access will not be considered.
- You have until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, July 1st to submit your entry.
The team is looking forward to seeing your entries in a soon!
Stay safe and good luck to everyone!
Contest Entry Format
Title of Entry:
You can submit entries on the ArtixEntertainment forum. Entries will ONLY be considered if posted here (http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=20353961). Entries that are tweeted at us or posted on the Facebook fan page or emailed to us without being posted in the forum will NOT be considered. Entries containing a link to a file on your harddrive will not be considered. Entries that we must be your friend on Facebook or that we have to sign up for a site or service to see will not be considered.
As I’m sure this will come up: my advice to everyone who is designing a poster is to be direct and to the point. We want these to be something that could be placed in-game as a warning poster. We are accepting entries until July, so take your time.
Currently in my area of the United States (the midwestern US), we are experiencing an outbreak of Red Admiral butterflies, who are invading during their migration season. The Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta is a cosmopolitan and charismatic member of the family Nymphalidae, and is recognizable by the red-orange median bands on the forewings and marginal bands on the hindwings. This species has a winter and summer morph, with the winter morph being smaller and duller colored. The adult migrates to the northern part of its range during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months (ranging from April to October), expanding into Canada. They overwinter in Texas to Florida, and are single-brooded in the northern part of their range and triple-brooded in the southern part of their range.
Interesting among butterflies, the males of the genus Vanessa, which includes species such as the American Lady, Painted Lady, and West Coast Lady, are highly territorial. Territories are typically located in the area between a ring of trees open to light on the west side, or on west-facing walls and will contain several resting spots. Males will defend their territories by chasing an intruder to outmaneuver and confuse the intruder, creating a wind tunnel, and ultimately forcing it away.
Tags: Infernal Infiltration War Cinderella Missions livestream contest Summer
January 04, 2012
Frysteland Final Phase
An Epic New Year!
Welcome back, EpicDuelists. I hope you all had a great holiday and had a great time ringing in the New Year of 2012! The staff is back in the office, and are all grateful for the time spent with friends and family during this holiday season. Now that we’re refreshed, we’re ready to begin the Final Phase of the Frysteland War!
Frysteland Final Phase
EpicDuel’s first war is approaching the final stretch, and your allies will need everyone pulling together to assure victory! I know you guys have all been working diligently- as of the writing of these design notes, over 15,000 unique characters have competed in the Frysteland War! There have been real-life wars with fewer participants! You guys have all done a magnificent job, so regardless of which side prevails, you all deserve to be commended for your efforts!
However, the war is not quite over. To bring that final push, we’ll be releasing the long-promised missions, along with the War Bosses, Commander Edgar Boothe fighting for the Legion, and King Alaric fighting for the Krampus! Could this final phase turn the tide? Only one way to find out!
King Alaric the Technologically Inept is a fair and just warrior-king. Known as the Child-King, Alaric rose to power during the Uprising at the age of 15, following his father Callan the Decent’s death during the Haze of Iwona. Under the tutelage of his great-aunt Aldhagrimm the Erudite, he’s grown to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother, the great King Andra the Merciful, who was murdered by Baelius.
We’re coming down to the wire here, people! If you’re Exile, don’t let those yetis down! If you are Legion, do not disappoint your leader!
There, I fixed it!
We’ve received a few complaints about blue stars not showing up on character pages, and we’ll be fixing that as soon as possible! We’ll also be fixing the issues of duplicate achievements, and war achievements not updating correctly.
The following is a brief rundown of the balance changes that will be implemented in the next release. We're still in the process of testing them, so this list is subject to change!
- TLM - Replace Maul with Stun Grenade
- Keeps stun skill; removes easy, low cost damage skill
- TLM - Replace Hybrid Armor with Mineral Armor (New skill - passively gives physical defense)
- Reduces inherent tankiness of TLM
- TLM - Replace Technician with Blood Shield
- Reduces ability to be more tanky + increase damage output + heal
- CH - Replace Technician with Plasma Armor (passively gives energy resistance)
- Gives them a reliable passive with better defensive options
- Bunker Buster/Plasma Canno
- Weaker at lower levels, stronger scaling for high levels
- BM - Replace Technician with Energy Shield
- Gives BM higher energy resistance
- Artillery Strike - Remove stat requirement
- Bring it in line with other multis
- Improve Fireball & Plasma bolt
- Slightly weaker early levels, scales much better mid-high levels
- Slightly reduce passive Armor skills’ defense/resistance
- Evens out scaling per skill level, make it slightly less powerful
A Winner is You!
Congratulations to all of you who entered the First Ever EpicDuel Holiday House Decorating Contest! The following characters’ houses have been judged by the staff and testing team (the judges are: Charfade, Practel, Ashari, Illuminator, Lycus, and ME!) Using a super-secret method that we are not allowed to discuss under penalty of noogie, the following in-game characters have been selected for the sweet prize of an achievement and home item!
In no particular order:
Elf Priest Jzaanu for “EpicRestaurante A la Duel”
Smackie El Frog for “Smackie goes BOOM!”
Buffy A. Summers for “Home For the Holidays”
Invicticus for “Santa’s Humble Abode”
Sparticus for “My ED FAMILY and HANDS ACROSS ED PROJECT”
VIX for “VIX’s BOMB for Christmas!”
ManThong for “Happy Holidays Legionnaires!!”
G00NY for “In Excess”
Sergei Petrovich for “Seasons Greetings”
Mokta 3 for “The Hope and Joys of Christmas”
Dr Jekyll for “Only One Shovel!”
BadWitch for “Is the season to be jolly :)”
Santa ClawZz for “A house full of wishes!”
AVA for “Happy Holidays”
Appleeno for “Christmas Morning”
African Warrior for “All Welcomed”
Basicball for “Basically Basicballs Barrens Base”
Battle Elf for “December 24th!”
Captain Notorious for “Santa Claus Apartment”
Azht3b.Bethza for “StreetWorrion Street for Eve”
Prizes will be visible on the next Server restart! If you see your name up here but did not receive your prizes, please let us know!
Tags: Cinderella Frysteland balance Bugs New Year contest Legion exile War
December 20, 2011
EpicDuel Home Decorating Contest
EpicDuel’s First Annual House Decorating Contest
In case you haven't heard (that the bird is the word?), it's not too late to enter the EpicDuel Holiday House Decorating Contest! Decorate your in-game home in its holiday finest and post a picture in the ArtixEntertainment Forums by Friday, December 30th at 12 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time to be considered for the prize, which consists of a personal EpicDuel House Item and a special achievement!
As always, your entry must be your own in-game house (please include your EpicDuel character name), and above all, be creative! See the Forums post for official rules, and Decorate On!
Tags: charfade contest decorating Prizes
April 22, 2011
New Central Station, Bunny Borg Armor, Enhancements, and More!
Revamped Central Station!
It's time for spring cleaning on Delta V, and that means a major overhaul of a major zone: Central Station. The decor has changed and the ambigious train platforms have been replaced with the more efficient teleporter pads. Expect to see more pads scattered across Delta V for easy travel. Caution: We are not responsible for accidental disintegrations!
A new visitor to Central Station is Naomi page. Like most Delta V civilians, she longs for a day that the conflict on Delta V will end. However, she also realizes that in the planet's current state of affairs, dueling is survival!
For this reason, she's brough some unique, limited-quantity armors for sale: The Bunny Borg!
This fearsome armor is sure to intimidate opponents, while looking pretty snazzy with the other Bunny-esque gear!
We have also expanded on the concept of Encumberance to include armors. What does this mean? It means you will now be able to equip armors with level requirements up to 4 levels greater than your current level. For example, as a level 21, you can equip the level 25 armors. However you will take a penalty of -1 damage per level different (25-21=4). Recogning that some armors give small bonuses, an armor's defense or resistance can never drop below 1!
More Enhancements! More Power!
Got some dusty old bazookas and guns you've been keeping for a special occasion? Want to take the latest and greatest weapons to the next level? Power them up with sidearm and bazooka enhancements! Plus, to be fair to our non-varium players, credit enhancement prices have been slashed 30-40%!
NPC Item Drops!
To test NPC drops before we go all out and build missions that hinge on them, we have introduced drops on some popular NPCs. The following NPCs have the chance to drop a free health or energy booster/pack!
- Gamma Guard
Skill Diminishing Returns
The diminishing returns we applied to stats over the last few releases will now be applied to skills. This means that the rate at which skills with improve with a given stat has been reduced, so as more points are point into a stat, the associate skills will improve more slowly.
Do you like movies? Do you like free stuff? Do you live in the US? Then check out this BRAND-NEW offer from Netflix that you can access through this page on our Portal site- if you are over 18 (or your parents are agreeable) and have never signed up for Netflix before, we have an offer available where you can get 4,500 Artix Points FREE!* That's enough to upgrade in any of our games!** However, if you or your parents are like Cysero have already signed up for the service, then be warned- you can't cancel your account and then re-sign up for this one. That's bad ad juju.
* BattlePoints have been permanently renamed to "Artix Points".
** Unfortunately, we do not control which areas/countries receive certain offers from our ad sponsors.
Calling all Epic Artists!
We are offering yet another opporuntity to score some free points with Spring-themed AE art contest! I know there are some talented artists in the EpicDuel community, and now's your chance to really shine through and prove that we have some truly EPIC talent! Click here for more details!
Tags: Nightwraith Netflix Offers Enhancements balance Central Station Naomi contest