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Nightwraith

July 13, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.78

Friday the 13th Don't look behind you Oh NOOOOOO!!!!

Features/Changes

  • New 12K Promotional Package!
    • Stun Blaster 2018
    • Stun Cannon 2018
    • Stun Shot Core buffed to 7% (on legacy version as well)
  • New! Mega Curse -- 80% Support Reduction -- Available at Caden
  • New Mega Stun Blast -- 31% Stun chance for Aux -- Available at Caden
  • Max Inventory Slots increased to 300!
  • New Achievements
    • For buying 200 and 300 Inventory slots
    • For reaching 15,000, 20,000 and 30,000 Fame
    • New World Cup 2018 achievement

YOU GET A STUN AND YOU GET A STUN AND YOU GET A


Balance

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Smoke Screen -- Improve for every 3.4 levels above 20; Improve by 1 Dex point every 3.2 levels of Tech
    • Reflex Boost (Same for Blood Mage) -- Improves 1 Dexterity point every 3.3 levels above 20
    • Massacre (Same for Cyber Hunter) -- Added 30% lifesteal; Increased energy cost by 50
  • Mercenary
    • Berzerker -- Added level scaling +1 for every 2 levels over 20; +5% to each level of additional damage
    • Maul -- Fixed stun % at 25%; Improvement factor is now defense reduction
    • Artillery Strike -- Reduced base cost by 5; Improved scaling to improve every 0.25 levels above 20; Weakens every 0.7 levels below 20
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Toxic Grenade -- Increased damage by 5 per level
    • Atom Smasher -- Improves with every 2 levels over 20
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Static Charge -- Reduced % energy converted by 2 per level and 3 at level 10; Slightly reduced scaling by Support
    • Plasma Armor -- Reduced by 5% Resistance per level
    • EMP -- Scales +1 energy point with every .8 Technology
  • Cores
    • Dark Omen -- Increased Support reduction to 35%
    • Stun Shot -- Buffed to 7% stun chance

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Nightwraith

July 06, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.77

The strongest, beefiest bots this side of Delta V!

Features/Changes

  • Inventory
    • Max Inventory Slots increased to 200
    • Max Bank Slots increased to 1000
    • Reduced inventory slot price to 295 Varium per 10
    • Reduced bank slot price to 295 Varium per 10
  • Achievements - Note: If you already qualify for the achievement, you will need to increment the number once to receive the achievement
    • 3 new tiers for Epic Stylist
    • 3 new tiers for all the regional Influence achievements
    • 3 new tiers for War Item Upgrade achievements
    • 6 new hairstyles (1 for each gender and class)
  • Item Changes
    • Omega Baby/Dark Yetis now available in limited quantity at Nightwraith!
    • Evil Teddy, Pumpkin, Candy, and Candy Corn no longer seasonal to allow mission completion

Balance

Basically, Bounty Hunters and Mercs are getting the stuffing beaten out of them at the highest levels. Most of the following changes are meant to make them more competative, while also improving damage scaling with Strength, Dexterity, and Technology, especially in the lower tiers of diminishing returns. While I think a long battle with plenty of strategic skill variety can be interesting, faster battles with more impactful hits will hopefully address the tedium of builds that rely on healing and energy loops to prolong battles far too long.

  • Stats - Note: While the damage ranges on the stats page may look similar, the effective damage in-game should be noticeable higher
    • Improved Dexterity scaling for Sidearms 
    • Improved Strength scaling for Primary
    • Improved Technology scaling for Bot damage
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Static Grenade -- Improved level scaling (more power for every 1.4 levels above 20) and improved the base energy gained by 5
    • Mark of Blood -- Improved HP gain by 2 per level, reduced cost by 10 (Same for Blood Mage)
    • Smoke Screen -- Improved Technology scaling by 1 (1 point of improvement for every 4 points of Tech) and added level scaling (1 point of improvement for every 3.8 levels over 20)
    • Massacre -- Reduce base energy cost by 20
  • Mercenary
    • Static Smash -- Improve strength scaling to add 1% of Energy conversion for every 4 Strength plus improvement of 1% conversion for every 2.5 levels over 20
    • Intimidate -- Increased duration to 4 turns
    • Blood Commander -- Reduced base energy cost by 10
    • Maul -- Defense ignore buffed to 25%
  • Tech Mage
    • Assimilation -- Increased Energy Points gained by 5 per level and increased scaling factor so it now improves by 1 point for every 2 Strength invested and % energy absorbed increased to 50%
    • Malfunction -- Added level scaling at 1 point per 2.4 levels over 20
  • Cores
    • Pacify -- Rage reduction improved to 85%
    • Omega Yeti/Dark Yeti Charge -- Buffed to 35 bonus damage
  • Bots
    • Assault Bot P/E -- Cleanse improved to ~ 85% debuff reduction ( may be as low as 80% depending on amount of debuff)
    • Azrael’s Borg -- Buff reduction increased to as much as 85% (may be as low as 80% depending on amount of debuff)
    • Golden Yeti -- Chomp buffed to 90% damage
    • Omega Dark/Baby/Pink Yeti -- Chomp buffed to 85% damage
    • Baby/Dark Warrior Yeti -- Chomp buffed to 80% damage
    • Bio Borg: Thorns reflects 75% of damage
    • Ballistic/Electro Bunny Bot -- Increased Color Blast duration to 4 turns

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Nightwraith

June 22, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.75

Features/Changes

  • NEW Arcade Games!
    • J6's Jackpot
    • Junker's Junkyard
  • NEW Achievements!
    • J6's Jackpot VIP
    • Junker's Junkyard VIP
    • Every existing Arcade receives 3 new tiers
  • Omega weapons return to Nightwraith  as 2018 versions!
    • Omega Obliterator 2018
    • Omega Onslaughter 2018
    • Omega Slayer 2018
    • Omega Impaler 2018
  • World Cup items return to Overlord Guard!
  • Rating cap increased!
  • 2 NEW star tiers: Platinum and Regal

Balance 

The general idea behind this balance update was to broadly nerf Energy regeneration skills while buffing Bounty Hunters, who've had trouble coping with endless regen builds. Legends were also slightly buffed. These adjustments are small and meant to pave the way for more comprehensive balance updates in the future, likely as soon as next week.

  • Legends
    • Primary Damage: 1 → 2 per point
    • Sidearm Damage: 2 → 3 per point
    • Auxiliary Damage: 2 → 3 per point
    • Defense: 1 → 2 per point
    • Resistance: 1 → 2 per point
    • Robot Damage: 2 → 3 per point
    • Medical Mastery: 1 → 2 per point
    • Energy Efficiency: 1 per point (unchanged)
    • NPC Crusher: 1 → 2 per point
    • NPC Armor: 1 → 2 per point
  • Bounty Hunter:
    • Massacre → Increased Damage % +2 per level and +1 for level 1 and reduced base energy cost by 10 
    • Mark of Blood → Increased % of HP gained +1 and reduced base energy cost by 10
    • Static Grenade → Reduced number of energy points drained from target by 2
  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Static Charge → Reduced % of Damage converted to Energy by 1 except level 10
    • Massacre buff Increased Damge % +2 per level and +1 for level 1 and reduced base energy cost by 10
  • Tech Mage:
    • Assimilation → Reduced energy points drained by 2 per level 
    • Battery Backup → Reduced energy restored by 2 per level
  • Blood Mage:
    • Energy Parasite → Reduced % of target's energy consumed by 1 per level except level 10
    • Mark of Blood → buff Increased % of HP gained +1
  • Mercenary:
    • Static Smash → Reduced % of Damage conversion to Energy by 2 per level
  • Tactical Mercendary:
    • Battery Backup → Reduced energy restored by 2 per level
    • Atom Smasher → Reduced % of energy conversion by 2 per level

Botting

  • Moved location of a closing interface button to thwart autoclickers
  • This is a minor step until more drastic measures can be taken

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Nightwraith

June 19, 2018

Arcade, Achievements, and Balance!

Greetings EpicDuelists! I'm very pleased to announce a new update coming later this week! I want to try to include as much content as I can while allowing for enough testing so I'm predicting a Friday release. For those of you who haven't followed

Wait. What? A release? Yup! I posted a tweeet a few weeks ago asking what themes for Arcade games players would like to see and I was flooded with ideas and suggestions for release content. The EpicDuel community is still hungry for new releases and possesses an incredible passion for the game. This moved me to devote my efforts to giving EpicDuel the attention it deserves! I'm not a programmer like Titan or Rabble so I can't promise any big features, but I'll do my best with the game as it is.

OHHHH YEEAAAHHH NEW RELEASE!

 

Arcade

The Arcade machines scattered throughout Delta V but mainly concentrated in Valestra's Arcade have been sadly neglected since their introduction. Years ago, we updated the Arcade with several games themed after popular items from other AE games. I've put out the call again and received some great items to adapt to the world of Delta V! The Arcade is something I hope to expand further so if there are other themes you'd like, let me know!

 

Achievements

In addition to being a great way to win cool weapons and home decorations, Arcades are also excellent for boosting rating points! I've boosted the achievements for Arcades to all have 3 more tiers. This will result in a HUGE rating point boost for those who've dominated the leaderboards. Don't fret, though! I've also boosted the Rating Point system include 2 more tiers: Platinum and Regal Stars! Currently, nobody has hit the existing cap, but with the addition of new achievement tiers, I expect a few lucky souls to cross the threshhold to the new tier! Who will be the first to go Platinum?

 

Balance

I've heard a lot of requests to buff Legendary Ranks. The last time we addressed Legendary Ranks we nerfed their power while also buffing the Underdog skill. For this reason, I'm buffing Legendary Skills as follows:

Primary Damage: 1 → 2 per point
Sidearm Damage: 2 → 3 per point
Auxiliary Damage: 2 → 3 per point
Defense: 1 → 2 per point
Resistance: 1 → 2 per point
Robot Damage: 2 → 3 per point
Medical Mastery: 1 → 2 per point
Energy Efficiency: 1 per point (unchanged)
NPC Crusher: 1 → 2 per point
NPC Armor: 1 → 2 per point

They're not as powerful as they were originally, but it's a start. We'll see how this changes balance and go from there.

Another area I will address is the potency of energy regeneration skills by reducing their effectiveness. These nerfs will be broad but not severe as I'd rather proceed with a scalpel than a mallet to address balance. My goal is to offer balance updates weekly to keep the game fresh and try to nudge the classes to some sort of equilibrium.

 

OMEGA

By popular request, I've decided to bring back the Omega Weapons with some special conditions. First, they will be rebranded as 2018 editions, allowing the originals to retain their rarity score. Second, they will be available in-game at Nightwraith for Varium only. This was a tough decision, but it seemed most fair to those who joined us during Omega but missed out on those awesome weapons. Since we're still in Omega, it just made sense to give people another chance. I'm not sure how long they will remain in game, but since they're tagged RARE, it won't be forever!

 

That's all for now. Back to work! Hopefully this will be the first of many successful updates to EpicDuel! 

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Nightwraith

May 24, 2018

New War Cycle and Power Weekend!

Hello! It's been awhile since our last Design Notes post, hasn't it? Titan and the rest of the team have been busy with AQ3D, but we haven't forgotten you! It's time for the EpicDuel war cycle to reset yet again this Friday and that means new War Prizes and new chances to boost faction/personal influence! This is also a great opportunity to pick up the seasonal rare Exile and Legion battlegear to get in the fighting spirit!

Exile Battlegear

Legion Battlegear

Also, since we're heading into a long weekend for Memorial Day, we're activating Power Weekend! Start the Summer season off right with a heaping pile of credits to give your home and characters a makeover! 

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EpicDuel may have seen busier days, but it's still operational after 10 years! That's an amazing run for a humble little Flash game started by two college students who had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Thank you again for all the duels you've fought and have yet to fight on Delta V and beyond!

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Nightwraith

November 22, 2017

Gifting Returns 2017

Howdy! It's been awhile, hasn't it? As you may know from previous Design Notes posts, the ED team was reassigned earlier this year to AQ3D. Because of this change, EpicDuel hasn't seem many releases this lately, but it would be a tragedy of hum-bug-ian proportions if we didn't restore one of the game's most anticipated features: Gifting. We didn't have the resources this year that we had in past years to create loads of items, but we tried to bring back as much of the old magic as possible!

Winter 2016

First of all, Winter seasonal rares are available at Torgan and Edgar Boothe in Frysteland, so get them if you've been holding off for whatever reason. Also since this is an extended weekend, we're offering an extended Power Weekend! That means starting midnight tonight, you'll earn Double XP and Credits until Monday! You'll need all the credits you can get for what's to come!

 

Gifting!

As of the writing, the 2017 gifting feature is locked-in and ready to go -- it's set to launch Friday, December 1st and last until December 31st!

EpicDuel gifting 2017

EpicDuel prize details

This time, the #1 prize will be Nightwraith's own personal Gamma Gear (Bike and Bot)! The top placing players will receive the new Cosmic Battle Yeti morphs!

EpicDuel Varium 15000

To help you prepare for gifting, we've returned the 15,000 Varium package and a NEW Epic Supporter achievement with purchase. Because we didn't want anyone who just bought Varium before the announcement to feel left out, we added the extra Varium and achievement for anyone who purchased the 12,000 Varium pacakge in November. This offer will be removed when the package goes live!

 

What's Gifting?

For those who forget how this system worked or weren't around the last few times we introduced this EPIC gifting feature, Beleen created great video breaking down this system feature-by-feature:



The dates are changed, but the system remains basically the same. Thanks again, Beleen, for this epic video! Miss ya! 

How do you find the best places to give and receive gifts? The EpicDuel gifting system is a very social feature so it pays to talk to your fellow players and use social media to find the hottest gifting spots and the best times to be online to get gifts. Please, please, please be careful of scammers who thrive during this time of year! Remember -- if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

 

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

January 06, 2017

EpicDuel 2017

EpicDuel 2017

I know it’s an overused cliche at this point, but 2016 has been a beast of a year, filled with tragedy and turmoil, but quite a lot of productivity. This year we saw the launch of BioBeasts which was a triumph for our small team. We experienced many highs and lows in the post-launch aftermath as we wrangled with trends and tried our best to improve the game and help it gain traction in a clogged and bloated marketplace. This year was a triumph for Artix Entertainment as AdventureQuest 3D entered Open Beta. There have been some snags along the way, but it’s unbelievable how far the game has come in such a short span of time.


 We entered December with modest expectations for the gifting release. December is typically a strong month in terms of player population and sales, but it’s been challenging to fight the downward trend of browser games. These past few months we re-dedicated ourselves to EpicDuel in an effort to address many longstanding issues. There are some insurmountable challenges concerning balance, but we took in all of your feedback and did what we could with the time we had and the constraints of an engine thrice rebuilt.

 

Overall, the releases have performed surprisingly well, once again leaving us in a state of wide-eyed astonishment at the enthusiasm of our players. You definitely surprised us with your passion when servers came back online after the update on December 1st. You sent a clear message that you still love EpicDuel and wish to see it thrive in the new year. We’re constantly humbled and inspired by the fervor of our little community.


Of course, not everyone was overwhelmingly pleased as some balance issues were not thoroughly addressed. Some major changes, like the NPC fill system, are controversial, but necessary for the challenges EpicDuel will face in 2017.


Some of those challenges we’ve been harping on for ages -- It seemed like Flash was going to die in...2012? 2013? 2014? True, it’s still here and kicking, but it’s utility is constantly eroded as other platforms and web standards consume its market share and browsers discontinue or limit support. Flash will probably still be running in 2075 on whatever hacked-together browser exists in the blasted Wastescapes between the shattered Megacities.


The persistence of Flash in the face of extinction doesn’t mean we’re not still concerned by this threat. We mentioned we were experimenting with executable clients, but that approach has some challenges we’re not sure we can overcome. We even looked into porting to Steam, but the fact is that while EpicDuel on Steam would be a boon to our current players, as an aging PvP MMO it would fail to attract the new players it would need to grow and justify continuous development. The only EpicDuel-related project that could break out on the modern market is perhaps a reimagined or completely new game, but such a project would be a massive undertaking and probably at least years away.


If a direct port is not feasible, could a new or rejuvenated product be born from within EpicDuel? We’ve said many, many times that Omega is the last phase. There will not be an EpicDuel Zeta or EpicDuel Gamma 2. Even if we wanted to, we can’t simply roll back some of the massive engine changes that have been accrued over nearly 10 years of development. The inherent flaws of the engine and platform are also reasons why returning to full-time development is not a viable solution either. We want EpicDuel to succeed, but we’re also facing harsh realities of aging technology, a rapidly changing the marketplace, and the current position of our company.

 

“What about BioBeasts? Wasn’t that supposed to be the great salvation of EpicDuel?” The fate of BioBeasts is covered in a post over at its homepage. The summation is that it didn’t reach the heights we hoped it would, but we’re still proud of it and wouldn’t trade the experience gained from working on that project for anything.


In the face of these challenges, what does the future hold for EpicDuel? In the new year, you can expect the systems of the game to function normally with the continued return of seasonal rares and the reactivated war cycle. In the new iteration, the wars will run with a one week cooldown in between to keep them moving faster so there’s less downtime. Each war region will continue to have unique war prizes. The servers will remain online as long as long as Artix Entertainment can afford to do so, even if the population dwindles to one lone player battling NPCs.


“If you can’t make a new phase or EpicDuel 2 or return to EpicDuel development full time, then WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” For the EpicDuel team 2016 was more trial than triumph, but 2017 will be a year of exploration and expansion -- Exploration of new technologies and expansion of our technical knowledge and skill. This will be done in an effort to look beyond the scope of our limited team with the goal of working to secure the future of Artix Entertainment. Currently, the best way to help AE in the very near term is for us is to bolster the development of modern, interesting projects like AdventureQuest 3D.


Thank you everyone for all you’ve done for EpicDuel, supporting it throughout these many years of development. It hasn’t been easy and we haven’t always made popular decisions concerning the direction of the game, but you’ve stuck with us in spite of everything. Because you believed in EpicDuel. You believed in us and helped the game endure as long as it has. How long can it last? Ultimately, it’s up to you. The lifeblood of EpicDuel has always been it’s players. As long as there are players eager for a duel, Delta V will be open for business.

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Nightwraith

January 06, 2017

Patch Notes - 1.6.70

Features/Changes

  • Players will now receive a Credit bonus when they level up, roughly equal to the amount of Credits they would have earned before the experience curve changes made in December
  • 3k bonus Varium promotion has ended
  • BioBeasts packages have been removed
  • Increased level of opponents in a Juggernaut match with only NPCs to curb botting attempts
  • Seasonal Rare BioBeasts items will be removed from shops, set to return Sept 18, 2017
  • Weapons/armor will receive credit prices when they return. Cores will remain Varium-only
    • Monkakazi P/E
    • Bio Berserker PE
    • Bio Slayer P/E
    • Bio Blaster P/E
    • Bio Hunter Rifle P/E
    • Hazmat Suit
    • Phase Shift
    • Pacify
    • Tranquility
    • Salvage

Balance 

  • Lower level players now have an increased chance for First Strike
  • Effective level system for Legendary Ranks has changed. This affects First Strike and Underdog calculations
    • Dev Note: This change should better reflect the fact that the higher Legendary Ranks are not as powerful as early Ranks, stopping the Underdog buff from penalizing higher Legendary players.
    • Old System
      • 10 Ranks = 1 Effective Level (Rank 50 Legendary = Effective Level 45)
    • New System
      • Rank 1-7 Legendary = Effective Level 40
      • Rank 8-19 Legendary = Effective Level 41
      • Rank 20-35 Legendary = Effective Level 42
      • Rank 36-55 Legendary = Effective Level 43
      • Rank 56-79 Legendary = Effective Level 44
      • Rank 80+ Legendary = Effective Level 45

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Nightwraith

January 05, 2017

New Year New Update!

Happy New Year, EpicDuelists! Here's to a new year with new beginnings, new challenges, and new triumphs! I'd like to congratulate our Epic gifters this year who blew away our expectations for generosity, especially ..Cosmic Emperor.. who received my very own Founder Armor! Wear it with pride!

Winter Gifting Winner

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this event, even if you only gave one gift or just did something nice for a fellow player. 

 

Update Time!

For the first update of 2017, which should arrive tomorrow, we'll be making a few changes. First, and most noticeable, we'll be reverting the 15,000 Varium package back to 12,000. As soon as we update, you'll not be able to earn the Ultra-Rare Epic Supporter Achievement again, so if you've been on the fence, now's the time to act!

15000 Varium Offer

We'll also finally be removing the BioBeasts packages from the shop. The promotional items, including their cores, will also be removed from their in-game shops on Galatea and the Monkakazi until September 18, 2017, when they will be available for Credits as well as Varium. 

 

War Online

When we update, we will also reactivate the War, which should resume at Central Station. There will be a brief delay before the War region officially activates on Monday to make sure everyone is aware and prepared for it. Wars have been updated to have a shorter cooldown between, unlike the variable cooldown times of before which could stretch for months.

 

Balance Changes

We'll also be addressing some balance issues with this update, including First Strike, Underdog, and Legendary Ranks!

 

EpicDuel Team 2017

What's on the agenda for 2017? We've been meeting with Artix and other team leads to determine the best direction to proceed for our personal growth and the good of the entire company. We'll post a Design Note concerning the outcome of those meetings tomorrow after the update. 

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Nightwraith

November 23, 2016

Winter 2016 Update

Winter 2016

Winter is coming and that means the return of EpicDuel's most anticipated event of the year: Gifting! Until then, you can stock up on returning seasonal rares available at Torgan and Edgar Boothe in Frysteland!

Power Weekend

Since this is an extended weekend, we're offering an extended Power Weekend! That means starting midnight tonight, you'll earn Double XP and Credits until Monday! You'll need all the credits you can get for what's to come!

 

Coming Soon

Gifting 2016

As mentioned before, our annual gifting event is just around the corner, NEXT WEEK, in fact! This time, the #1 prize will be Nightwraith's own personal Founder Armor! The top placing players will receive the new Platinum Yeti morphs!

 

Other Updates

Based on your feedback in the forums, we're including many more features, adjustments, and balance improvements that should shift some of the game's fundamentals for the better (hopefully!). Obviously, we can't incorporate every suggestion -- we don't have the time, resources, or engine flexibility to include them all --  but we can do our best to improve the longevity and fun-factor of the game as we head into 2017!

 

What kind of improvements are we making? I'll list a few below:

 

Improved Leveling Curve

Many prominent players have remarked that one of EpicDuel's biggest problems in the early game is that it just takes too dang long to level up! We agree, so we're adjusting the leveling curve to allow players to reach the cap much faster (up to 3x faster) than before.

 

Founder Step-Down

This feature request goes waaaaay back to the initial release of factions. With this feature, faction founders will be able to promote another faction member to become the new founder. The founder will be demoted to whatever status the promote player was. This feature has a multi-step confirmation process so it shouldn't be possible to "slip" and put a rando in charge of your prestigious faction. 

 

Unbound Cores

We will be introducing cores from promos past (excluding development phase items) as unbound cores. This means you will be able to buy and attach cores like Platinum's pride to any weapon you desire. We're doing this to give you some of the flexibilty and customization we promised at the start of Omega.

 

Fine Tuning

We've adjusted many of the skills and cores in the game based on your suggestions. Because testing is still underway, we won't list the numbers here just yet. We will likely do another balance pass after the Gifting event goes live and more battle feedback can be gathered.

 

Juggernaut and 2v2 Balance

Matching in these modes has been a pain for awhile now, but we're testing some solutions to improve this situation. Juggernauts will receive a buff similar to Underdog which will scale with their opponents. 2v2 partners can also receive a modified Underdog buff that's been customized for this mode.

 

More

Development is ongoing and we'll cram as many features and items as we can in what time we have. We though about doing a promotional package, but realized that introducing several new cores in the midst of all the other balance changes would probably not be the best idea. Expect a follow-up release after the initial Gifting launch for fixes, adjustments, and a few features that didn't quite make the initial cut.

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

October 21, 2016

EpicDuel Balance Suggestions

Hello! I'm dropping by to let you know that with several major BioBeasts updates under our belts, we plan to pivot towards EpicDuel development for the upcoming holiday season. We are planning a large release for late Novemeber/early December that will include, among many other things, balance changes.

Please let us know what you'd like to see us address in this forum topic!

I can't promise miracles, or that every concern will be addressed fully, but we'll do as much as we can before the release. We'll keep you updated as development continues. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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Nightwraith

October 10, 2016

AQ3D Open Beta Starts October 18th (ish)!

Starting October 18th-ish, 2016 It is almost here! This October, everyone will be able to join us as we continue creating AdventureQuest 3D. The release date says "-ish" because that is when we will start rolling it out onto each platform (STEAM PC/MAC, APPLE, ANDROID) and some will go live before others. Being able to login play your character on the same server as your friends no matter what device you are using was our dream goal... and it is happening! A True Cross-Platform MMORPG...

Watch the official OPEN BETA Launch Date Announcement Trailer.

Coming in Open Beta!

Thank you to everyone who made amazing project a reality. It is October.... and we have two magnificently dark and exciting releases coming your way. Also here is a few things to expect!

SHADOW SKULL TOWER

First, is ShadowSkull Tower which will open with the launch. Players will need the best items in the game and to work together to battle to the top of the tower. The floors of the tower are randomized. Some floors are puzzles, some kill-alls, and some mini-boss battles. At the top of ShadowSkull Tower you will find the NecroKnight-- and he has a surprise.

Mogloween & Haunted House

We will be celebrating our yearly tradition of Mogloween this year... but this is the first year it will be in 3D! Town will go dark and along with glowing pumpkins, a haunted house will appear. More on this coming later.

Game Re-balancing & New Items

We have been carefully reading your feedback and re-re-re-re-balancing the game. This includes changes to crafting and being able to buy items with gold. Will it be perfect on launch? Heck no! But it will be an amazing start to a game that we are dedicated to working on as long and as hard as the previous two AdventureQuests-- which for the record are STILL updated every week :D

Volcanic Dragon Area

In November, we will be opening up our next major area, a volcanic region filled with Dragons... and Dragonslayers. and possibly Dragonslayer slayers. And Forseeably Dragonslayer Slayer Slayers.

Closed Beta Badge

If you have participated in Closed Beta, you will be getting a shiny new badge for your character page. Want in Closed Beta before it ends? Then good news... follow my Artix Krieger Twitter and keep a look out for Early Access Key give aways.

Crunch time!

Thank you for making this all possible. As you can imagine, our small team is going to be in hyper GO MODE these next two weeks! So much to do!!!! If you were not with us for the launch of previous games like DragonFable or AdventureQuest Worlds then hang onto your helms, it is about to get crazy. As the veterans will tell you things will change fast and frequently. It is vital that we go into Open Beta so that we can release the public version of the Apple iOS (Phone/Tablet) versions. Then, with AdventureQuest 3D playing on all of our 1st round targeted devices, and with your help, we can begin the sprint to LIVE RELEASE-- which I would love to see us hit Summer of 2017.

QUESTION: What device to you think you will play AdventureQuest 3D the most from? (Steam, Apple iOS, Android)

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Nightwraith

September 01, 2016

Biological Warfare and TLaPD


Biological Warfare

Corrupted Tree

The Biological Preserve war is nearly over and the Exiles maintain a narrow lead over the Legion occupiers. Can the Legion fighters hold destroy the last Exile purifier or will the Exiles expel the Legion corruption for the region?

 

Waves of Wrath and TLaPD Return!

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This Friday, the coveted Kartherax gear, along with the classic Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day items will return to the West Naval Yard! Visit Thalyssa and Big Tuna to check them out! Once again, you'll have the chance to power up with the Curse of Kartherax and Deep Plague cores!

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These weapons will only be available for a limited time, then they're gone for another year!

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While you're gathering nautical rares, don't forget to check the Achievement shop for the TLAPD Achievement! YAAAAAR!

If you haven't completed the Waves of Wrath missions yet, what are you waiting for? This excellent saga ties into other aspects of EpicDuel lore with some of the best writing in the game. Be sure to check it out!

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August 25, 2016

Live Now: BioDome Battle

Rumble in the BioDome!

The Biological Preserve War is currently underway. Login and play now to turn the tide in the latest flashpoint in this ongoing conflict!

Biological Preserve War Map

The Biological Preserve is the last bastion for all that is green and growing on Delta V, and it is being used as a weapon by those occupying the region. By using Davarril's research on mind-controlling Spores, Exiles have engineered a massive tree to become a spore-launching factory, spreading spores throughout the region. 

Purifier

The Legion, under the watch of Cinderella, are attempting to stop this threat with Purifiers. These devices launch spores to counteract the Corruption Spores launched by the Corrupted Tree.

Purifier Closeup

Exiles will attempt to use this to their advantage by planting Corruption Spore on the Purifiers, infesting them and turning them into Corruption Spore factories.

Corrupted Tree

The only way to stop the spread of the spores is to cleanse the Corrupted Tree. When it is fully cleansed, the Legion will take control of the Biological Preserve. If the Exiles prevail and infest the Purifiers, the region will fall fully under Exile control. 

War in the Forest

Davarril has been moved one screen to the left of the Corrupted Tree. You'll find him next to the Ammunition Depot stocked with war drops. Davarril's mind still isn't right from the Arborgeddon event so he won't be much help to you. Good luck, and war on!

 

DragonCon!

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Wow! Hard to believe a year has gone by, but it's time again for Artix's pilgrimage to DragonCon! That means it's time for an updated survival guide written by Cysero! For those of you who just want to jump straight to the point, the Artix panel information is as follows:

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd, 2:30-3:30 PM

  • WHERE: Westin Hotel, Ballrooms E-G

Hopefully you can stop by if you're in the area!

 

Meanwhile, in EpicDuel...

To celebrate DragonCon, the classic Dragon Weapons have returned to Delta V:

 

Draconic Destroyer

Draconic Devastator

Bidoof

Vultex

Sarp

Visit the Slayer in the Barrens Outpost to browse dozens of phenomal draconic weapons!

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August 12, 2016

Our Biggest BioBeasts Update EVER is LIVE!

What is BioBeasts?!

BioBeasts is a new game for Android and iOS where you take control of powerful mutant beasts and battle through waves of robots, laboratory defenses, and hulking bosses. Claw, bite, blast, and mutate your way to freedom while freeing new beasts with unique powers! Unlock and upgrade Mutations to customize your beasts, and craft your own strategy! 

BioBeasts 1.5.0 Escape! Mutate! Destroy!

BioBeasts Version 1.5.0 is NOW LIVE!

We just launched a MASSIVE UPDATE that adds loads of exciting new player requested features and fixes. Download BioBeasts 1.5.0 on your Android or iOS device now:

Get BioBeasts NOW on Android and iOS!

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New Stuff in BioBeasts 1.5.0:

  • 22 NEW Mutations to collect!
  • Customize the look of each beast with new Skins Mutations
  • Overhauled Mutation Lab -- view all Mutations in one easy to use list
  • NEW Mutation Crate system -- you can now unlock and upgrade Mutations totally free just by playing
  • Mutation Equip Slots -- you can now start with mutations)
  • Loads of interface improvements
  • New Nuclear Bundle for sale in the Shop

The Nuclear Bundle Includes

  • Exclusive Radioactive Hazard Skin
  • Nuclear Crate
  • 10,000 BioBits
  • Prize code to redeem for bonus items in EpicDuel and AdventureQuest Worlds.

Need help redeeming your Prize Code? We've got you covered with this handy guide: 

Guide: How to Redeem Your Nuclear Bundle Prize Code

 

Introducing Batteries!

Coming to BioBeasts 1.5.0 are Batteries. Plink needs 10 Batteries to warp in a Mutation-filled Crate to help power up your beasts! Batteries are earned after completing each wave with a bonus battery for defeating the final boss, meaning it's possible to earn enough Batteries for a Crate on any Normal, Hard, or Insane run.

 

The Mutation Lab

Inside the Mutation Lab you can put those Batteries to good use! Use them to warp in new Crates filled with Battle Mutations, Beast Mutations, and Beast Skins!

After Plink warps in a Crate, it must be unlocked before opening. You can bypass this process with BioBits. Plink will also bring you a free crate every 8 hours. This gives you a great reason to check back on BioBeasts, even if you don't have time to play a few waves!

 

Mutation Crates

Each Crate is guaranteed to contain some kind of loot. However, not all Crates are created equally. Iron and Steel Crates, being the most basic, hold the fewest Mutations. Occasionally, Plink will get lucky and warp in a more luxurious crate like a Nuclear or Quantum Crate, which are guaranteed to contain Rare Mutations! Below is the breakdown of what you can expect from each type of Crate. 

Iron Crate Only seen in the Tutorial of the game, this Crate has the same capacity as the Steel Crate with 8 Mutations inside, but the unlocking process is very fast.
Free Crate Plink will find you a new Free Crate every 8 hours. Free Crates contain 15 Mutations.
Steel Crate This most common Crate yields 8 Mutations.
Reinforced Crate 15 Mutations, including at least 1 Rare.
Elite Crate 30 Mutations, including at least 3 Rare.
Nuclear Crate 70 Mutations, including 7 Rare and 1 Ultra.
Quantum Crate 250 Mutations, including 25 Rare, 5 Ultra, and 1 Epic.

 

New Beast Skins!

BioBeasts 1.5.0 launches with 10 new beast skins! These Skin Mutations can be unlocked from our new Mutation Crates, and there will be plenty more to come after the launch: 

 


 

If you haven't tried BioBeasts yet, you can download the app here:

Download for Android
Download for iOS

 

Thank you!

Once again thank you for joining us along this creative journey! We couldn't have done this with out your support! We plan to always add new and interesting things to read here on our dev blog. Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for latest updates!

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