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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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Nightwraith

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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Nightwraith

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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Nightwraith

July 29, 2016

Make sure you can play EpicDuel

Enable Flash Player to log in to your account!

We want to make sure all our heroes can continue to log in and battle on along side us, but over the last year, browsers like Chrome haved changed how they handle the Flash Player plug in. To make sure you are able to log in and play Artix Entertainment games, please do the following:
  1. Install (or update) your Flash Player here
  2. Enable the Flash Player plugin inside your browser if the game window doesn't appear.

Instructions by browser type

Each browser has a different method for enabling the Flash Player plugin, but lucky for you, we've got a list of each of the main ones below!

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Manage add-ons.
  3. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  4. In the list find Shockwave Flash Object and make sure the Status is set to Enable.
  5. Click Close.
  6. Close and relaunch Internet Explorer.

Edge

  1. Launch Edge.
  2. Click the ...  icon and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Advanced Settings.
  4. Make sure that Use Adobe Flash Player is set to ON.
  5. Close and relaunch Edge.

Firefox

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Click Tools and select Add-ons.
    • If you do not use the Menu Bar on Firefox, click the Menu icon (three stacked lines) and select Add-ons.
  3. In the list find Shockwave Flash and make sure it is set to Always Activate.
  4. Close and relaunch Firefox.

Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. In the address bar type chrome://plugins and hit enter.
  3. In the list find Adobe Flash Player and make sure it is enabled and that Always allowed to run is checked.
  4. Close and relaunch Chrome.

Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click Preferences and select the Security tab.
  3. Next to Internet plug-ins, make sure Allow Plug-ins is checked.
    • While you're here, make sure Enable JavaScript (next to Web Content) is checked as well.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. Close and relaunch Safari.

More help

You can also refer to Adobe's help articles for more information:

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Nightwraith

July 22, 2016

West Naval Yard War!

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After a long period of relative peace, war has returned to the West Naval Yard! For those who've forgotten the minutia of this particular region's conflict, here's a brief refresher.

 

Prepare for War!

Naval Yard War Begins

The West Naval Yard is the latest flashpoint in the ongoing alignment War. Battle for dominance and new prizes now as the war has already gone live!

War Summary

The Legion forces have control of the full-restored Pirate Flagship sitting ominously in the Naval Yard.

Naval Entrance

Obviously, this could be very bad for Exiles, so they'll use Naval Shells and Super Naval Shells to bombard the ship from turrets located around the Naval Yard. 

New War Drops

Legion forces on the shore can take out the turrets with Naval Bombs and Super Naval Bombs.

Naval Yard Ammo Depot

Pick up Super Naval Shell and Super Naval Bombs at the Ammo Depot located right of Big Tuna!

Good luck, and war on!

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Nightwraith

June 09, 2016

Infernal Aftermath 2016

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This Friday, the coveted Pyro Fly buzzes back to the Infernal Mines! Claim this powerful bot from Kraggor and unleash it's potent special attack against unsuspecting foes to strip them of a random skill. The quantity will be limited, so make haste to grab this incredible insectoid!

 

Infernal War Aftermath

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Another war has ended, and this time the Legion emerged victorious, seizing control of the Delta Vault! AO, the designer of the War Prize, created more weapons that we could offer with the current system so I decided to offer them as prize code items. The winners still received a unique item, but the rest could be claimed by anyone lucky enough to snag a code. These codes were offered without any warning so to give more players a fighting chance to grab this gorgeous gear, I'm offering scheduled prize code drops starting tomorrow through the weekend.

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Below is a complete schedule. All times are in Easter Standard Time. The codes will be issued from my Nightwraith Twitter account. Each batch will be small so as to make the players who get the items still feel special.

Infernal Sword P -Friday June 10

4AM

10AM

4PM

10PM

Infernal Sword E - Saturday June 11

4AM

10AM

4PM

10PM

Infernal Battlegear P - Sunday June 12

4AM

10AM

4PM

10PM

I will post an hour in advance to give you a heads up. Times are all in Easter Standard Time, and I will not translate the times to your specific time. Think of it as an opportunity to work on your Google-fu.

Good luck, and happy hunting! There's no perfect way to distribute codes, somebody will always miss out, but hopefully this will give a fair chance to some who missed the first batch. If you've already received the weapons, please be courteous and let other players claim them!

 

Power Weekend

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After you've claimed all the prize code items, you can power them up during Power Weekend (starting Friday). This means double XP and credits all weekend long. This is a great way for players of all alignments and factions to ascend in level and economic status to better contribute to the next war event, which will be the Overlord Facility!

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Nightwraith

May 12, 2016

Friday the 13th!

The Frysteland War has concluded and the Exiles have prevailed, maintaining control of that frigid, but vital, outpost. After a few weeks of cooldown, the War will reignite in a much warmer region: The Infernal Mines!

This was a close fight, closer than we've seen in awhile. The outcome of the next region will be anyone's guess!

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The myserious menace of Delta V, Caden, has just received a stock of interesting new Friday the Thirteenth weapons and items! These limited quantity items, crafted by the most demented individuals in the star system (Guest Artists Theon, Assassin Order, Deuce, and Valoroth) emit a threatening aura of dread destined to strike fear in the hearts of anyone unfortunate enough to be on the sharp end.

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The Dark Omen weapons crafted by the legendary Charfade will come pre-equipped with the vicious active core Dark Omen. This core will cause you to strike your target, inflicting a Curse-like effect, diminishing them in physical size while debuffing Support. Because this skill is similar to the aforementioned Curse core, it cannot be stacked on top of Curse or Curse Aura.

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These items will be available tomorrow, Friday the 13th, along with the returning Friday the 13th achievement. They will be limited quantity so once they're gone, they'll stay gone until the next Friday the 13th which looks like...January 13, 2017? Yikes! Don't let this opportunity pass!

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Nightwraith

April 20, 2016

EpicDuel State of the Game Report

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Howdy!


A few months ago, I made a huge post about the status of BioBeasts and the future of EpicDuel. I explained that BioBeasts would still need more attention for features and fixes, and the best course of action for EpicDuel would be investigating a downloadable client to future-proof the game against the dwindling support of the Flash plugin.

 

Here we are, several months later. How did we do? BioBeasts has seen a substantial uptick in installations from the time of that old post.


BB install growth

 

This chart represents the steady increase in total installs of BioBeasts on Android since launch. While we would have obviously liked to see those numbers climb much higher much sooner, we’re encouraged that the the installation rate has been steadily increasing despite little advertising for BioBeasts outside the AE network. A steady climb is generally a healthier chart for sustained growth than a steep spike that drops off quickly.


“Wait!” you may think. “Why haven’t you advertised?”

 

Advertising is INCREDIBLY expensive. Mega-hit games like Clash of Clans can justify spending millions on hiring famous actors for Super Bowl commercials because they know empirically that for every dollar they spend, they’ll get much more from each player they gain. BioBeasts doesn’t yet have the features or content to make such a huge investment, but we are nearly there. We’ve made great strides since launch to add features that boost retention, but we still need to improve monetization in order to justify such an investment. Over the past few months, we’ve built leaderboards, new beasts, survival mode, and (soon) cloud saving, but with each new feature, we brainstorm a dozen more based on player feedback and our own experiences.


As with every game, enthusiastic players have given us an endless wish-list of features from PvP to upgradeable beasts to new attack options and more. Our initial projection of early April for BioBeasts being feature complete was ambitious. Given the added complexity, the update process with mobile is much slower than the browser games we’re used to.

 

Just to give you an idea, BioBeasts is supported on over 10,000 devices on Android! Each devices brings with it a unique set of challenges, including differences in resolution and hardware.

 

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Game developers at all levels are notoriously inaccurate at estimating the time costs of features. A lot has to do with the amount of unknowns involved in tackling something completely new:


A perfect example occurred  recently when we received notice from Apple that we needed to implement changes to BioBeasts cloud saving functionality as soon as possible. This news performed an epic table-flip maneuver on our timeline and sidetracked the development of other important features and improvements. Such events are nearly impossible to anticipate.

 

What does this mean? BioBeasts development will continue until we are completely satisfied with the state of the game. At that point, we will conduct a large-scale marketing campaign to put it in front of as many eyeballs as possible. That will be the best chance the game has to fully succeed. Our immediate priority is cloud saving.  Many players have indicated they are hesitant to play until they can be assured their progress will be safe. We understand that the mobile marketplace is extremely competitive so our window of opportunity to promote a feature complete iteration of BioBeasts is small. We are by no means operating at a “leisurely” development pace.


Key areas we’re looking to improve include:

  • Increase download conversion rate of users landing on App Store / Play Store pages

  • Improve player retention rates at 1, 7, and 30 days

  • Increase number of play sessions per day

  • Increase purchase conversion rate

 

In the meantime, the best long-term direction for EpicDuel remains a downloadable client to future-proof against the dwindling reach of Flash. Another massive, Omega-scope overhaul would be exciting, but would both 1) have a massive time requirement and 2) not address the platform problems of Flash. EpicDuel 2 would also be exciting, but it also wouldn’t address the outstanding issues of EpicDuel.


On that front, we’ve actually had some recent successes. This week, Titan and Yorumi managed to create working prototypes for client versions of AQW and EpicDuel.



A preview of the client version of EpicDuel.


This is big news because it means 1) EpicDuel will be future-proof against the death of Flash, 2) we can potentially be supported by a robust, popular platform like Steam, and 3) the client may even perform better than the current browser version! We remain cautiously optimistic on this project as there are still many unanswered questions and rework required to get the games to 100% functionality (older games written in AS 2 may have more trouble converting), but it’s progressing well and seems to have the most potential of all solutions we investigated.


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A downloadable version of EpicDuel could, indeed, go fas.


I wish I could say, “Get ready for EpicDuel Zeta!” or “EpicDuel 2 2016” and get applause and excited emojis from the forums and Twitter, but I can’t. We remain committed to the long-term success and development of EpicDuel, but BioBeasts will continue to hold the majority of our development focus for the near future. The bottom line is BioBeasts’ success is the best chance EpicDuel has for a bright future. Despite this turbulent present, we will do everything we can to ensure EpicDuel and BioBeasts can be enjoyed by players for years to come!

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Nightwraith

April 14, 2016

Power Weekend War and More!

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Last week, the Legion broke an impressive streak held by the Exiles to seize control of the Delta V's illustrious capital, Fortune City. This was the closest war yet and it was a geniune thrill to watch the last desperate volleys of bombs and batteries befor the event concluded. Both sides fought hard, but I like the think Alydriah would be proud of her Legion, if she were capable of feeling such things.

The next stop in the war will be a departure from the bustling metropolis to the frigid wilderness of Frysteland! Can the Exiles reaffirm their dominance or will the Legion extending their victory to the farther reaches of the world. 

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Power Weekend

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This weekend, starting tomorrow (Friday) we will be activating a Power Weekend. This means double XP and credits all weekend long. This is a great way for players of all alignments and factions to ascend in level and economic status to better contribute to the next war event!

 

What Else?

We know you're probably wondering what the status is with the current development of EpicDuel and BioBeasts. We're writing a much larger post to address those issues which will be posted soon!

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Nightwraith

March 18, 2016

Power Weekend and War Preview

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Since there's no update today, it's time for another EpicDuel Power Weekend! Get double experience and credits all weekend long as you prepare for the reactivation of the next crucial war region: Fortune City!

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For those of you who missed the event in the last war cycle, Fortune City is currently powered by an Energy Core in Alydriah's Spire. Rather than destroying the Core, the Attackers are determined to drain the Core to fuel their own war efforts using Sappers located around the city. The defenders will defend the core by destroying the Sappers. The citizens of Fortune City will follow whomever can keep the lights on. Will the Legion reign, or will the Exiles wipe the traces of Legion influence in Fortune City?

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Easter Treats!

Next week, in addition to activating a new war region, we will be releasing new seasonal Easter/Springtime rares crafted with care by our amazingly talented Guest Artists!

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Gifts from Dage!

In celebrations of their birthdays, Dage the Evil and Laken have been kind enough to lend their exquisite talents to EpicDuel for a restock of Dage's shop and the Legendary Shop in Titan's Peak! You may even be able to test your mettle again Dage himself!

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Murdoc's Madness!

In addition to loads of new loot and a war event, we're releasing a small, but interesting mission chain starring everyone's favorite ill-tempered Yeti Trainer, Murdoc!

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Nightwraith

February 26, 2016

War Goof

So it would seem that in our recent update I switched the IDs for the war drop and the war prize in the database! Obviously, this was not intended and a VERY big problem so we stopped the servers as soon as possible.

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While we were down, we corrected the error in the database. We then found all the players who received the item. Before we removed the prizes, we reimbursed the players for any credits spent on upgrading it. If anyone equipped cores to it, we returned those to the player's inventory. If anyone equipped the armor, it was removed and reset to default.

Sorry for the inconvenience, confusion, and brief delight/outrage this may have caused!

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Nightwraith

February 18, 2016

The Dread War Returns!

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This Friday, for the first time in over 2 years, the Dread Plains will be contested once again! Collect Dread Bombs and Dread Shells to gain or maintain ownership of the Control Array! 

Ongoing War

The winning alignment of this region will also be eligible to receive a new, rare war prize!

Boom!

The Legion took a beating in the last war cycle, as the Exiles rallied and overwhelmed their ranks. Can the Legion surprise this time and use their brutal tactics to unseat the Exiles?

 

Prepare for Celtic Gear

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The coveted Celtic Gear will be available from Naomi March 1st!

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Nightwraith

January 18, 2016

BioBeasts Launch Date

After several months of rigorous development, BioBeasts is finally ready to erupt from its containment cell at the Underground Lab and escape to the iOS and Android App stores! We’re extremely excited and proud to officially announce the launch date:

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 2016

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Woah! Woah! What is this Bye-Oh-Beasts? I’m glad you asked! If you don't want to read the whole FAQBioBeasts a challenging new free single-player action game for Android and iOS! You are a powerful mutant beast battling through a terrifying laboratory run by merciless mechanical guards. Defend yourself against endless hordes of robots, lab defenses, and hulking bosses as you claw, bite, blast, and bash your way to freedom! Unlock new beasts with unique powers, and upgrade potent mutations to experiment with for endless variety!

 

Meet the Team

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BioBeasts was created mainly by the EpicDuel Team, but nearly everyone at Artix Entertainment had a hand in the project, whether it was contributing artwork, Unity expertise, testing, or simply helping us spread awareness!



Why BioBeasts?

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BioBeasts is nearly ready to launch, but we need your help for it to succeed! When we first started BioBeasts, we wanted a way to learn the ropes in Unity and mobile development while incorporating some familiar EpicDuel elements. We knew a huge multiplayer game was out of scope for such a project so we narrowed the focus of the project to an intense, challenging action game with surprising depth.

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Our goal with BioBeasts was to create a game that was a counterpoint to the current trend in mobile games that harkens back to a time when games focused on skill and reflexes. BioBeasts captures that classic feel of intense, old-school arcade games that could be understood in seconds, but took days to master. With BioBeasts, there aren’t any timers or energy systems or social gimmicks to interrupt or limit your play that have become so common in the mobile gaming generation. You can play as much as you want, whenever you want!

 

Bring the THUNDER!

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One of the biggest challenges new mobile games face is simply getting the word out! Fortunately, we have many tools at our disposal to extend our reach as far as possible. Did you know you can dedicate your own social media reach to support the BioBeasts game launch? It's super simple and 100% FREE:

Check out the Help Share BioBeasts campaign on ThunderClap

Select which social platforms you want to dedicate to the BioBeasts launch:

When the game is ready, we'll smash the GO button and our message will reach tons of players!



Like BioBeasts? Want to know more?

Following our development blog for the latest BioBeasts news:

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Follow @BioBeasts on Twitter:

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Become a fan of BioBeasts on Facebook:

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Watch our latest development videos:

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Join us on Google+:

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Nightwraith

January 14, 2016

Central Station War!

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At long last, next week, the highly anticipated Central Station War goes LIVE! Join the Legion or Exile forces to gain or maintain control of Central Station to win incredible prizes and secure control through the next war cycle.

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Central Station has been Delta V's starting zone since Alpha, and it has been oddly calm throughout the War. Legion and Exile forces have coexisted here for many years, but that calm is finally coming to an end. This time, rather than the objective being a superweapon, it's something far more powerful: the Communications Array. This array controls the messages for all newcomes to Delta V returning from the Void or recouperating after running dangerous missions. Those who control the array will control the hearts and minds of Delta V's most vulnerable citizens!

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The defenders will commandeer the Communications Array in the middle of the station and seek to destroy Propaganda Towers broadcasting unsanctioned materials, while the attackers will attempt to subvert the alignment propaganda being spewed towards newcomers with some of their own.

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This war will be the final event in the current war cycle. What will happen after the Central Station War ends? The current cycle will end, but then the next cycle will start (after a brief cooldown period) and will loop back to the Dread Plains, where the former winners of that region will have to defend their region against being lost to the opposition! The next cycle will feature new prizes and incorporate all the War balance changes we added throughout the first cycle. 

Are you ready...for WAR? WAR ON!

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Nightwraith

January 06, 2016

Coming Attractions 2016

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New year, new list of goals and milestones. 2015 was a hard year with a lot of late nights and steep challenges, but much was learned and accomplished, enough to prepare us to attack 2016 head-on!

 

AQ3D Kickstarter 200% FUNDED!

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This is old news, but still fantastic! I’ll just use Cysero’s post since he put it so eloquently:

All Hail the Backer/Founders of AdventureQuest 3D!

You did it! You really did it! AdventureQuest 3D is happening!

What an incredible way to start our New Year of adventure together. Including Kickstarter ($368,503) and Paypal ($34,265), our final total is a colossal $402,768. ALSO, you have gotten AdventureQuest 3D greenlit on Steam and unlocked ALL of the posted Stretch Goals! Absolutely amazing! Way to go everyone!

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Thank you!

On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment team, thank you. This is all because of you and our amazing community. As a direct result of successful support on this campaign, we will now be able to finish building and deliver AdventureQuest 3D. Thank you for seeing the potential of this project. Most of all, thank you for giving us the opportunity to build this amazing cross-platform, massively multiplayer game for you. As a Backer/Founder, we invite you to join us as we build it!

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The incredible success of the AQ3D Kickstarter is an incredible opening to 2016! “Why is this good for any other game,” you ask? “How does it affect EpicDuel?” Well, Artix Entertainment is more than one product: it’s a network of games. When one game does REALLY well, the traffic to all the other games increases. This benefit extends to our mobile games, including BioBeasts, of course. If AQ3D delivers on the promises of the Kickstarter, there’s no reason it won’t be orders of magnitude more successful than AQW, which could mean a new breath of life into the legacy games as new players discover them for the first time while veterans return after many months or years away, their hearts brimming with nostalgia.

 

Gifting Conclusion

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This week, the 2015-2016 gifting event reaches its conclusion. We had a bit of a hiccup as addressed in the previous post, but we’re still very impressed with the amount of gifting in this second iteration of the popular event. After the event concludes, we will award the prizes as soon as we are able. Keep in mind that this is a manual, not automatic, process so it will take some time to distribute the prizes.

 

BioBeasts

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BioBeasts is so, so very close to releasing. After many weeks of polish and overcoming technical setbacks from Unity, BioBeasts is probably as ready as a game could be to launch. We were hoping to possibly release before Christmas, but since even a company as huge as Apple takes a vacation around that time, we weren’t able to get a final build approved.

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Yes, we were already approved, but if you change anything in the game, even nudging a logo or fixing a typo in the game, a new build must be submitted for launch approval. This is part of the reason it’s so difficult to put an exact launch date on mobile titles. The Android process is much easier, but we feel it’s crucial to the success of the game that we launch on iOS and Android simultaneously.

In the name of full-transparency, let me show you the final tasks remaining for BioBeasts:

  • Polish Tutorial
    • Ensure clarity in every tutorial step ( this is mostly done, there are just some minor tweaks we want to add to the tutorial which we hope will add clarity. )
  • Third-Party Integrations
    • Test Apple and Google purchase platforms
    • Test Ad integration via Unity Ads
    • Test Analytics via Unity Analytics
  • Finalize Marketing materials
    • BioBeasts Video
    • Image graphics for Google Play and Apple Store
    • Image graphics for AE network
  • Launch and play final beta testing build!
  • Hit the big red submit button!

 

Central Station War

The Central Station War is still coming later this month, as Legion and Exile collide once again in Delta V’s classic starting zone. The defenders will commandeer the communications array in the middle of the station and seek to destroy Propaganda Towers broadcasting unsanctioned materials, while the attackers will attempt to subvert the alignment propaganda being spewed towards newcomers with some of their own.

 

What Comes Next?

After the launch of BioBeasts, we expect a few content updates to add a few “wish list” features and implement the inevitable, but hopefully minimal, bug fixes. We will do everything we can to promote it through every channel available to us so that will consume much of our time immediately after launch. What happens after that depends greatly on the success of the game. We have plenty of ideas from the testers and in-house to potentially expand the scope and depth of the game if it really takes off.

As for EpicDuel, we are continuing development as planned. Our Guest Team is actively conceptualizing future events, writing new mission chains, reorganizing existing content, and preparing to launch a new War. New Years and Heartbreaker gear will also return as planned.

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Nightwraith

January 04, 2016

Gifting Event Update

Greeting EpicDuelists! How was your holiday?

Our gifting event has inspiring tremendous generosity from our playerbase. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens with contests with high stakes, certain participants will do whatever it takes to win. If you’re glued to the leaderboard, you will notice a change in the next hour. Thanks to research from the Help Team, we determined that several players were taking advantage of a third party exploit to earn Artix Points. This exploit has been patched, but not before the players climbed the gifting leaderboard. Since a prize as lofty as Alpha Gear is at stake, specifically my Alpha Gear, the players who participated in this exploit will have their achievements deleted and thus be removed from the gifting leaderboard.

We discussed a proper course of action for quite awhile today and didn’t arrive at this decision lightly; we didn’t want to disrupt the contest, but we also didn’t want to award prizes to players who used an exploit to gain an advantage. Those who are punished will still be able to gift and receive gifts for the remainder of the event, but with all current gifting progress will be reset to 0.

Remember, if an offer sounds to good to be true, it probably is. NEVER share your account information, and NEVER use off site services not supported or verified by AE!

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Nightwraith

December 23, 2015

Power Holiday!

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The holiday festivities are upon us once again, and we want to ensure the holiday cheer is thoroughly spread throughout Delta V. To that end, we're keeping the gifting spirit going with a 4-day Power Weekend (starts midnight EST). Get Double XP and Credits from Thursday December 24th to the end of Sunday December 27th.

So far this year's gifting event has BLOWN AWAY our expectations. It looks like RomanianSanta is eager to spread holiday cheer (and snag my Alpha Gear)!

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Be sure to check the #edcodes and #edgifting tags on Twitter to find the most popular rooms for gifting! 

 

Gifts? What Gifts?

Remember, your gifts won't get better if you wait to open them. In fact, they'll expire 60 days after you receive them! There's not reason to hoard them so why wait? There's not even any gift wrapping to dispose or impossible-to-open plastic cases to rip through! These gifts are 100% eco-friendly!

 

Where BioBeasts?

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BioBeasts is still moving forward at full speed. New builds have been pushed out to testers to tear apart over the holidays, though not many bugs have been reported at this time. We would love to have released before Christmas, but Apple completely closes it's submission process on the 22nd. Since it can take up to 2 weeks for approval of a final submission, a pre-holiday launch was impossible. The Android version is nearly ready, but we feel a simultaneous launch is the best way to maximize our marketing reach, rather than split attention between 2 versions of the game.

We'd like to extend our thanks to our hundreds of Beta testers who have helped make BioBeasts one of the most stable and polished mobile games released by Artix Entertainment!

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Nightwraith

December 11, 2015

Patch Notes - 1.6.57

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NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Caden's Curse mission chain removed
  • Gifting system reintroduced - 29 Days of Gifting

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  • Achievements
    • Cookies and Milk evolving achievement
    • Good Gifter 2015 evolving achievement
    • Yeti for Winter 2015 evolving achievement
  • Bikes
    • Platinum Polar Bear (event prize, not for sale)
  • Armors
    • Arctic Soldier M 
    • Arctic Soldier F 
    • Kezeroth Kezeroth (No Cape) 
    • Winter Warrior
    • Cryo Husk 
    • Winter Slayer M 
    • Winter Slayer F
    • Dage's Paragon (legendary shop) (non CC)
    • Seraphic Inquisitor M (legendary shop) (non CC)
    • Seraphic Inquisitor F (legendary shop) (non CC)
    • Evolved Dragonlord M (legendary shop)
    • Evolved Dragonlord F (legendary shop)

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  • Mutating Weapons
    • Winter War Gear P/E
    • Kezeroth's Vengeance P/E
  • Swords
    • Frostbite Sword P/E
    • Frozen Vengeance P/E
    • Frozen Fire Sword P/E
    • Winter War Sword P/E
    • Arctic Soldier Pike P/E
    • Kezeroth's Bane P/E
  • Wrist Blades
    • Frostbite Claws P/E
    • Arctic Soldier Blades P/E
  • Clubs
    • Frostbite Axe P/E
    • Arctic Soldier Axe P/E
  • Staffs
    • Frostbite Staff P/E 
    • Arctic Soldier Staff P/E
  • Guns
    • Arctic Soldier Blaster P/E
    • Theon's Gifted Blaster P/E
    • Winter Blaster P/E
  • Aux
    • Arctic Soldier Cannon P/E 
    • Theon's Gifted Rifle P/E
    • Winterzooka P/E
    • Seraphic Launcher P/E (legendary shop)

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  • Styles
    • Arctic Solider 
    • Dage (non CC) 
    • Seraphic (non CC) 
    • Kezeroth 
  • Home Items
    • Santa Juron  
    • Seth Juron Statue Left 
    • Seth Juron Statue Right 
    • Seth Juron Portrait
    • Regal Cookie Feast 
    • Titan's Cookie Banquet
    • Cookies and Milk 
    • Kezeroth Bobblehead 
    • Kezeroth Statue

Bug Fixes:

  • Venom Strike isn't affected by Cyber Yeti's shield
  • We made Venom Strike blockable to address this issue, previously the unblockable nature of Venom strike prevented the shield from having an effect
  • Hatchling Rush isn't working (I.e. Deal damage and costs EP, but effect does not appear) 
  • Players who completed the Dragon’s Return mission chains can help others fight Merged Dragonoid
  • Deimos now Energy
  • Phobos now Physical

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Nightwraith

December 08, 2015

AQ3D's Kickstarter hits 75% of its goal!

We are almost at 100% and full funding!

The AQ3D Kickstarter campaign just broke $150,000 raised! That means we're 75% of the way to our goal, and only need $50K to go until the finish line. Thanks to every backer and everyone who can't be a backer but is helping us spread the word and get this game the funding it needs!

More Ways to Help Spread the Word about AQ3D

Want to help ‪#‎AQ3D‬'s ‪#‎Kickstarter‬ become a staff pick? Email STORIES@KICKSTARTER.COM with your AE stories and why AQ3D is important to you!

Becoming a staff pick would help AQ3D hit the goal before the deadline and become a reality, but they need to hear from YOU!

Other ways to share:

  • Tweet or Facebook to your followers
  • Tell your friends. And your friends' friends. And your friends' friends' mothers.
  • Make videos of you playing in AQ3D and post them on Youtube
  • Decorate desserts with AQ3D characters and logos (like in the AE Frostval Cookie contest... happening now!)

Check out Zach Storch's AQ3D Video!

Zach Storch, long-time friend of Artix Entertainment, author of Za'nar (a wicked-cool young adult fantasy novel), Lore's own King of the Nerds, and all-around great guy and gamer is super-hyped about AQ3D and created a video to help spread the word. You can check it out by clicking here or on the image below!

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Nightwraith

December 01, 2015

Tis the Season for Gifting

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Greetings, Epic-Duelists! We hope you had a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Our team is at full strength and we're ready to rock! Next week, EpicDuel players will witness the exciting relaunch of the extremely popular Gifting system! We will also be updating the Legendary shops and seasonal shops with some awesome new gear!

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Our Guest Artists delivered the goods this year with an incredible assortment of winter-themed gear, including an impressive new armors with contributions by Dage and Laken!

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Hungry? Try upgrading this evolving Cookies and Milk Achievement to become a sprawling candy-coated feast of epic proportions!

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This year, the grand gifting prize, for the most generous EpicDuel player, will be MY Alpha Gear. That's right. You heard me...or read me, rather. I will be parting with my own Alpha Gear, depositing it gingerly in the inventory of the lucky winner with the designation: "Nightwraith's Alpha Gear." 

 

Caden's Curse Missions

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Artix Entertainment's 13th anniversary missions in EpicDuel will be leaving next week! That means the achievement will go permanently RARE! This mission will not recycle so if you've haven't completed it or haven't turned in your item, you're running out of time to complete it!

 

Merged Dragonoid Fix!

We will be implementing a fix next week that will finally allow those who have already completed this year's Dragonoid missions to team up with those who haven't to help take down the Merged Dragonoid boss! This was a long time coming, but there was an odd technical quirk that kept us from doing this earlier.

 

What Is Gifting?!?!

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



Now, in addition to giving pain to your fellow Duelers, you can give gifts of holiday cheer (and load and LOADS of credits!) to friend and foe alike!

Thanks again, Beleen, for this epic video! 

 

BioBeasts

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BioBeasts development continues to progress smoothly. We've had some technical hiccups trying to implement the newest performance fixes from Unity's latest patch, but we're on track. If you've played the Beta, you know the game is solid, but polish remains extremely important. The App store is unforgiving towards buggy software so a smooth launch is paramount!

If you want to try BioBeasts for iOS or Android, you can still sign up for the Beta on the official website! Join us in helping BioBeasts be the BEST mobile game AE has launched to date and one of the best on the mobile marketplace!

Join the AQ3D Kickstarter!

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If you weren't already aware (somehow) Artix Entertainment just launched a Kickstarter for AdventureQuest 3D! Our goal is to raise enough to extend the our development time on AdventureQuest 3D and complete the game right. So far, it is off to an AMAZING start! As I write this we are comfortably over 50% of the goal. You guys are amazing!  Check out the video, and see our vision for the game. Back this project, or help spread word about this Kickstarter anywhere you can to help us finish AdventureQuest 3D. The success of this project has the potential to elevate Artix Entertainment to the next level and make 2016 a truly incredible year for us and our players.

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Check out the AdventureQuest 3D Kickstarter

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Nightwraith

November 17, 2015

Frozen Fury Returns

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Even though it's still 90 degrees at the lab, this Friday we will be returning all of our Winter content to EpicDuel. Visit Edgar Booth and Torgan and The Endless in Frysteland to get Winter gear from years past, including last year's Frozen Fury Gear (now available for credits).

For those who need a refresher on what cores will be available, here's a quick refresher:

Primary Cores

Yeti Fury Frozen Fury Core

  • Yeti Fury (Equipped to Frozen Fury Destroyer and Scythe)
    • Mutate into a Yeti Hulk to deal 105% damage with 40% lifesteal. Usable below 25% health.

 

Bot Cores

Frozen Fury Core Ice Shield

  • Ice Shield (Cyber Yeti)
    • Grants 100% Block and Deflect chance for 2 turns

 

Auxiliar Cores

Hair Trigger Frozen Fury Core

  • Hair Trigger (Equipped to Frozen Fury Annihilator)
    • Do a mini-Rage equal to the percent of Rage you currently have available.

 

Sidearm Core

Icy Overkill Frozen Fury Core

  • Icy Overkill (Equipped to Frozen Fury Blaster)
    • Overload your gun, ignoring 35% of target’s defenses. This renders your gun unusable for the remainder of battle.

 

Armor Cores

Absorbtion

  • Absorption (Equipped to Blood Hawk Armor)
    • When attacked by a bot, increase your energy by 50% of damage taken.

Spirit Thorns Frozen Fury Core

  • Spirit Thorns (Equipped to Blood Hawk Armor)
    • Lower attacker’s energy by 50% of damage player melee damage dealt. Lasts 4 turns.

 

Miscellaneous Cores (not included in Megapacks)

Frozen Fury Core Whiteout

  • Whiteout (Available for sale on Vendbots and Torgan in Frysteland)
    • Summon a blizzard to disorient your enemies, covering their skills in ice and snow. Deals 110% damage

 

More Classics Return!

Spaceships, baby yetis, and polar bear mutations will also return to get you in the seasonal spirit (at least if you live in the Northern Hemisphere)!

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Frost Reaper and Beast Rider are BACK!

Winter Rares

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All of these items are just a prelude to the return of Winter gift-giving!

 

New Winter Gear Preview!

While BioBeasts development is nearing completion, our Guest Artists are creating some truly awesome Winter gear that will be "must-haves" this season!

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Be sure to continue to follow the Twitter accounts of our Guest Team as they post WIPs of their latest creations! With a new game and new Winter gift celebration in EpicDuel, we can try to make this holiday season the best one yet!

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Nightwraith

October 20, 2015

Let's Get Better Together 2

EpicDuel is a game primarily focused on PvP battles and like most PvP games, the playerbase can be very passionate. This passion sometimes causes players to treat each other in a disrespectful manner. It's important to always remember that behind each player character is a real live human, just like you. With that said, I'd like to present this note from Battle Elf and Therril, who help us maintain order on the AE Forums.

Hey Everyone,

It seems there's been some confusion with the authority and responsibilities of members of the Guest Staff on the Forums. First of all, the members of the Guest team currently have a title on the Forums to indicate that they are indeed a verified member of the team. If you have any concerns of questions about who is part of the team, please PM any ED AK, Forum Moderator, or Forum Admin.

The Forums are a place to create a community. While we all love when the members of the ED staff comment and chime in on the forums, they are in no means REQUIRED to do so. It's our privilege that they join us here.

The Guest team members are staff members. They have the authority to comment on behalf of the developers and deserve to treated with respect. No matter how frustrated or upset you are about EpicDuel's development, harassment of the staff is not acceptable. Such flaming will result in disciplinary action as well as discourage the team from using the forums.

We understand that EpicDuel has a passionate and opinionated community. However, please make sure you express yourself in an appropriate and respectful manner.

Thanks for your cooperation,

Battle Elf and Therril 

 

Small Update

We will be doing a very small update this week to fix some bugs and implement the Ultra OmniKnight Blade in EpicDuel. You will be able to simply turn-in Caden's DNA through a new Caden's Legacy mission for the rare anniversary sword. The sister Blade will be made available through a prize code!

 

War Update

As many of you have noted, the Central Station War has been put on hold for a very long time. This is due to a number of reasons that we have not communicated yet.

First, the War 2.0 system was designed to rely heavily on automation  -- it would activate and disable with only minor involvement from the developers, allowing us to focus on other aspects of the game. The problem is, with Centra Station, we have reached the final region for the War. Ideally, when the Central Station War ends, the Dread Plains will be next in the queue, but since this has never actually happened, it has never been truly tested. Completing this system will take quite a bit development time, both to create a buffer of content for prizes and to wrap up the code to guarantee the system will function. 

Second, if we released the Central Station War prematurely, we'd just be kicking the work further down the road, which would in turn delay each additional war in the new cycle. Before we release the next war region, the system should be complete.

It's also true that BioBeasts has taken a lot of development time from EpicDuel features like the War 2.0 system and Legendary balance which I will discuss below in my next point.

 

BioBeasts and the Future of EpicDuel

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Some have been critical of the development time spent on BioBeasts. Why not EpicDuel 2? Why not port EpicDuel to mobile? Many of these questions were answered in the BioBeasts' FAQ, but I will reiterate here: BioBeasts offers the best chance for EpicDuel's survival. Flash is dying due to forces beyond our control. It may have been to our benefit to start mobile development much sooner, but the decision to divert time away from EpicDuel, even in a small way, was extremely difficult. Now, we're in a situation as a team and as a company that we NEED to move to platforms other than Flash. AQ3D, Undead Assault, and BioBeasts aren't cute side-projects or experiments -- they're the future of Artix Entertainment and thus critical to the survival of the legacy games. 

We would love to do more releases in EpicDuel, but we're currently maxed out for time, even with our amazing Guest Team. Every release takes time to create content, add database, entries, market, and test. More EpicDuel releases means BioBeasts takes a hit and gets delayed further. It's a brutal cycle and we're all working dangerously hard to maintain our current rate of productivity. I've personally spent a few nights at the lab to finish EpicDuel updates to not detract from BioBeasts development time (I know, I'm sure my medal is in the mail as we speak).

"Ok, so when is BioBeasts coming out if it's so important?"

Very soon! That's unfortunately still very vague, but each week our beta testers get another huge batch of updates and improvements, ensuring a stable, fun, and fast final build of the game! In order to hit our schedule, we need to focus as much as possible. That means we need your patience during this grueling time.

"So when BioBeasts is done, does that mean you'll go back to EpicDuel full time?"

This depends on a lot of unknowable factors: Are there critical bugs? Does the game need more content? Is the game fun enough to keep people playing? Is it being marketed well enough? If everything is 100% perfect (which it never is), we will have more freedom to attack many lingering issues in EpicDuel. Realistically, there will be bugs to squash and content to add, but when we're no longer under the weight of a crunch, our schedules will open up for more EpicDuel development.

"So after BioBeasts is done, you're working on a new ED full-time?"

That's very hard to say. We'd love to see ED on mobile devices, and we've learned a tremendous amount from developing BioBeasts but a mobile ED would be a huge endeavor. Right now, we're focused on releasing BioBeasts and maintaining EpicDuel. 

"What can we do to help?"

When the time comes we'll need your help promoting BioBeasts in as many venues as possible.  The AE network is well interconnected, so more BioBeasts players could become new EpicDuel players. This is not a guarantee, but we've seen through past game releases that nothing, not even the biggest phases releases, bring in more traffic than a new game. 

 

What's Next?

In the meantime, we still have release content coming up for EpicDuel, including a showcase for Guest Artist Hatred Cuirass. Our artists are also working dilligently on honing their skills for war prizes and seasonal content for this year's Frysteland event.

 

Gifting Returns!

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For those of you looking forward to another Frozen Fury gifting event...you're in luck! We'll be reactiving the gifting module for another month of gift-giving! New vehicles, new weapons, and new upgradeable achievements will be available for all who decide to spend their holidays on Delta V! Last year, we awarded the most generous player with Titan's Alpha Gear! What will we reward this year to top it?

 

Again, this is a super-stressful time for everyone so we ask for your patience as we try to make BioBeasts the best and most successful mobile game AE has ever released. If we truly had demi-god powers, we would duplicate ourselves and build ED AND BioBeasts AND ED2 3D VR EX: Championship edition, but alas, we are finite beings. Rest assured that we are working many, many hours to deliver on BioBeasts and create something that will provide hundreds of hours of enjoyment!

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Please be patient with us as GOOD things are coming. Very good things! As Charfade says, "Let's get better together!"

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