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August 27, 2015

The Dragon's Return Part 2

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As we stated last week, if you haven't finished Part 1 of the current storyline, now is the time, otherwise these Design Notes may be a bit spoilery for you.

Tomorrow, we will release part 2 of The Dragon's Return, which will challenge players to confront the force controlling Dravax and threatening the destruction of Delta V and the demise of Charfade as we know her.

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Along with the concluding mission chains, we will be releasing some incredible new items that have only been teased at in the past! With 3 new achievements, this week will be a spectacular conclusion to one of the most compelling EpicDuel storylines ever!

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15 missions, 3 new achievements, a multitude of styles and home items round out this great EpicDuel event! Will you be able to slay the Dragonoid?

 

Next WEEK!

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Remember this? Next Friday, the Waves of Wrath gear, along with the rest of the TLAPD content returns to EpicDuel!

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That includes the Kartherax Promotional Gear from last year because, as we have done with previous promos, we're giving players who missed them the first time for whatever reason a chance to enjoy these awesome items!

YAAAR!

 

BioBeasts in In-house Testing!

BioBeasts has formally entered into in-house testing. What is that? Check out our latest BioBeasts Design Note post to learn more!

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Functionally, the game is very nearly complete. We are mainly adding content, details, polish, and improving that every-so-elusive fun factor to ultimately release the most polished Artix Entertainment mobile game yet! As testing progresses from In-house to extended (closed Alpha) testing, we will post more clips of gameplay to give you clearer picture of what BioBeasts is and (hopefully) build excitement toward the imminent release.

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Nightwraith

August 21, 2015

Dragon's Return Part 2 Preview

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Next week, August 28th, we will release the exciting conclusion to the Dragonoid Saga: The Dragon's Return Part 2. If you haven't finished Part 1, now is the time, otherwise the Design Notes may be a bit...spoilery for you.

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Along with the concluding mission chains, we will be releasing some incredible new items that have only been teased at in the past! With 3 new achievements, next week will be a spectacular conclusion to one of the most compelling EpicDuel storylines ever!

 

BioBeasts on Deck!

Much of our efforts lately have been focused on BioBeasts. If you don't know what BioBeasts is, what have you been doing for the last few months? We're currently in an in-house testing phase so we've been working tirelessly to complete the game to release it for iOS and Android platforms.

Even in the midst of an epic pre-release crunch, we haven't forgotten our promise to deliver a BioBeasts themed package in EpicDuel.

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More details on this package will be revealed when the contents have been finalized. The release date will be near the release of BioBeasts, which we hope will be very soon. Be sure to follow our Twitter accounts for the latest concept art posts and details. Even our Guest artists have been getting involved in the process! Get ready to kick some cyborg butt in EpicDuel and BioBeasts!

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Nightwraith

August 14, 2015

Dragon's Return Part 1

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In a few hours we will go live with the beginning of the end of the Dragonoid Saga: The Dragon's Return Part 1! In this saga crafted by Ranloth, Dravax the Harbinger, after years of dormancy, has consolidated enough power to unleash a swarm of Dragonoid Spawn upon the Barrens Outpost.

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The reasons for this are still unknown, but the popular theory is that the invasion is an effort to seize control of the Turret Array. This could mean that Dravax's Master is near.

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Cut through waves of Dragonoid Spawn to uncover the mysteries of this invasion and reveal Dravax's ultimate intentions. 

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Before you venture out into the wilds to confront the legion of interstellar androids, visit the Slayer to stock up on the latest Dragonoid Gear crafted with care by Theon, Bido, Valoroth, Seth Juron, and Hatred Cuirass!

 

Classic Dragon Restock

It's that time of year again! Time for Summer to slowly ease out into Fall. Time for students to go back to school. Time for...DRAGONS!

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Slayer is receiving another seasonal restock of the classic Dragon gear from years past. Many of the items are limited quantity so get them while you can!

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They're back!

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Prepare for the second half of the saga on August 28, which will include new items, missions, achievements, and the ultimate conclusion to the Dragonoid Saga!

 

New Guest!

Finally, we would like to welcome Therril Oreb to the Guest Artist team! He will be assisting us in PR/marketing. Be sure to say, "Hi!" if you see him in-game!

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Nightwraith

August 06, 2015

Power Weekend and Dragonoid Preview

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Since there's no major update this Friday, it's time for another EpicDuel Power Weekend! Get double experience and credits all weekend long as you prepare for the return of the Dragonoid! You'll need all the XP and upgrade weapons you can muster to combat the greatest threat Delta V has seen yet!

 

Dragonoid Preview

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In preparation of this event, Guest Artist Bido has crafted some reverse-engineered Dragonoid weapons based on Dravax's technology.

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These weapons and much more will be available once the Dragonoid returns to Delta V with a vengeance.

 

The Difference a Frame Makes

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Sometimes the difference between a sweet attack that feels good to use is the placement of a single frame. Gain insights into the animation process of the BioBeasts character the Salamancer in the latest post on the BioBeasts design blog.

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July 30, 2015

Ode to the Oathbreaker

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

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

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

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

 

The Dragonoid Returns

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

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

 

Undead Assault!

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

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

 

Balance!

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

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Nightwraith

July 23, 2015

Titan's Gear Returns

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

 

Seth Juron Preview

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

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

 

New Guest Artist: Valoroth

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

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July 15, 2015

Theon of Odosius

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

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

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

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

 

Noragh the Beast Guardian

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

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

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

 

Slay the Bosses

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

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Nightwraith

July 10, 2015

Theon Showcase Preview

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

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

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

 

Dragonoid’s Return

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nightwraith

July 02, 2015

Dawn of Delta V

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

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

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

 

Rares Return

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

 

Power Weekend!

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

 

Bot Busting

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

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Nightwraith

June 25, 2015

Bido Has Arrived!

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

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

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

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

 

Home Sweet Bido

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

 

Void Essentials

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

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

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

 

Limo-ZEEEEEEEN!

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

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

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Nightwraith

June 13, 2015

VelocityAE - NEW MOBILE GAME!

Retro Arcade Game Made in a Day

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

Gameplay

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

Simple, right? HA!

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

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

Features

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

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

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Share Your High Scores!

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

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

Rolith's Surprise Mobile Game Release: The Story

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nightwraith

June 12, 2015

Update - 1.6.47

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • New Missions:
  • The Inventor’s Right Hand
    • I Spy
    • Proof of Persistence
    • Nursing to Health
    • Malfunctioning Wife
  • Rise of the Underworld
    • Chink in the Supply Chain
    • Edging Out the Competition
    • Cutthroat Prices
    • Imperial Resurrection
    • No Country for Old Men
  • Right Under Ya Nose
    • Union Membership
    • Mining for Memories
    • It’s Always A Good Time for Dessert
    • Watching the Watchmen
    • Cooking Up a Revolution
  • New Achievements for defeating NPC
    • Anya's Badge
    • Mort's Mask
    • Zed's Dead
    • Mirv's Mug
  • New fightable NPCs
    • Mort
    • Zedmyr
  • New NPC drops
    • Mort’s Rifle
    • Zedmyr’s Rifle

BUGS FIXED:

  • Rotting Cutlass P/E was tagged as seasonal but still in shop. Added scheduler to remove them.

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Nightwraith

June 11, 2015

Rise of the Underworld

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This Friday, get ready for a heavy dose of EpicDuel lore! Guest Writers Silver Sky Magician, One Winged Angel, and Ranloth have crafted several harrowing mission chains focusing on some of EpicDuel's more obscure characters: Mort, Anya, and Zedmyr!

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In addition to new missions offering killer rewards, you'll be able to unlock 4 new achievements for defeating Mort, Zedmyr, Anya, and Mirv. If you're really persistent, you'll be able to claim Zedmyr and Mort's rifles for your very own!

Now, I'd like to leave you with a lovely bit of prose created by Guest Writer Silver Sky Magician. Enjoy!

 

Zedmyr's Story

The world never changes.

It was all a lie. Delta V was never a paradise, not before the Banishment, not before the Uprising, not even before Baelius. Just ask a Marauder – it was always hell here. A little more contained, perhaps, a little more out-of-sight, but this fear, this despair, this cruelty – it was here from the very beginning.

Before Baelius, there were the natives. The ones I lived with were the Sae’ilians. Children of the sky, in their language, for their rich blue skin. Of course, back then the sky was actually blue...but I digress. The Sae’ilians were beautiful people, their voices music, their gaits a dance. Their paintings and sculptures so stirring and exquisite that thousands flocked to Delta V just to see them. Flowers even bloomed where they walked – no, really. They planted seeds everywhere. If you were an immigrant back then you’d have thought you’d died and went to heaven.

Then there was us. Those who weren’t fit to enter heaven. The dirt under the carpet – the disabled, the discoloured, the disfigured. Abandoned from birth into the underbelly of society. Well, not entirely. They couldn’t let us run amok, could they? Who knows what sorts of heinous crimes we could commit! Or worse, we might show our mugs in public. So we were forced to do the tasks too inelegant for normal people. Throwing out the trash. Maintaining the sewers. Cleaning up after the dogs. And in exchange we got the leftovers from their tables.

Some treated us as mysterious invisible forces who could compel them to move far away. Some – typically the children who hadn’t learnt such sophistication – preferred abuse. Jeering at us, their voices music. Kicking our ribs, their gaits a dance. We couldn’t strike back, of course. Everyone suddenly saw us then. Quite a few of us endured it with shame. When beauty is a virtue, ugliness becomes a vice. Who could protest against the actions of angels? The rest of us, though, were only too happy to follow the flip side of the Sae’ilians’ logic. If we were born irredeemable criminals, why, should we not strive to achieve our manifest destiny?

I came onto their radar when I killed my parents and my lovely little sister one fine cloudless day. Or at least, I think I did. Couldn’t really be sure who my folks were. Anyway, they hunted me down pretty quickly, but I escaped into the sewers. They didn’t even try to follow me down. Too scared of the filth. So they sent the slaves after me, half of whom punched me in the arm with stupid grins. The rest pretended that they couldn’t spot a hunchbacked shadow the size of three men. I went on the run after that, into the underworld where the real baddies thrived. Bashed my way up the ranks and made my name as a premium black market dealer. Added some melee weaponry and guns and sweet bazookas to my arsenal. But nothing could beat a brawl.

Then Baelius started tightening his fist around the planet. I was classified as a Marauder, to differentiate my kind from the hundreds of other categories of outlaws, like Rebel, or Bounty Hunter, or Artist. Bah, bureaucracy. Soon the Uprising was in full swing. Legionnaires torturing us, mowing us down. Exiles avoiding us like nuclear waste. Same old, same old, though it was a good deal more annoying this time. Never could sleep for long before a bullet buzzed past my ear. Soldiers smashed themselves into my fists like mosquitoes. All the fault of that Legion General, Kojimura or something. But that cursed lizard almost made up for all that with the greatest spectacle I’ve ever seen. Incinerated the Flatlands, ha ha ha, burnt up all the villages! Exposed it for what it really was – a hollow wasteland. I’d give him a friendly smack on the neck if Slayer hadn’t already done it.

Most of the people escaped somehow. A flood of refugees, unused to anything but extravagance. The black market swelled and business boomed. Shoes that’ll last more than a week? Ten thousand credits! A gun to protect your family? Fifteen thousand! Bullets sold separately, heh heh heh. Diapers? You’re out of your mind, a hundred thousand if I ever come across one! Crime was no longer our exclusive domain – it surged out into the open like a plague. Neighbours tearing the clothes off each other’s backs. Marauders competing through stabbing sprees. A Sae’ilian eating her pretty child, mouth stained an ugly purple.

I was an emperor and my kingdom was a junkyard.

Then he came, conviction in his stride and a man in an iron mask by his side. Walked straight up to me and offered to be partners in business. “I have secured a steady food supply to some refugees,” he said. “But it will not last long. And food is not enough – we need medical supplies, radiation-protective gear, toiletries, shelters, security...we need your help. Your experience and influence in black market dealings. Your knowledge of the supply routes. Your combat skills for fending off Marauders. Together we can establish a safe haven, lead the way out of this hell. The Barrens will never again see its former glory while the war rages, but we can restore a spark of hope, a semblance of home. The Bazaar.”

I don’t remember having laughed so hard before. “Just what do I get out of this?”

“A new world.” My smile faded and I fingered my gun.

“How do I know that I can trust you?”

His eyes flashed. “My family was killed by Marauders. And here I am, asking to work with you, and coming clean on top of that. That’s the kind of trust I’m putting on the table. How much will you give?”

I gave him all of it there and then. It takes a madman to change a mad world.

Things improved beyond our wildest dreams. Within months the Bazaar was set up and the refugees had basic amenities. We even got electricity and water running – Ulysses, the masked man, could work magic with machines. The Marauders tried to wreak havoc, of course, but there was no one in the Barrens who could get past me. And that man, the new director of the Bazaar, made it all possible. People began calling him a god. He didn’t like that at all, but the name stuck. Thousands flocked to him for a miracle.

The pressure got to him, and he started hiding away in Kojimura’s fallen airship. Obsessed with bodyguards, even though he had me. Scrambled to accommodate the demands, the new refugees. He failed, of course, and commanded me to stand guard, keep them out of the Bazaar. Left on the edge of heaven by the man who saw I had a soul. I started killing more refugees than Marauders. Sometimes hundreds at once, when they tried a riot. But I stood firm and refused to stop believing. Not even when the saved stopped smiling. Not even when Ulysses left. Not until he told me to sell weapons to the Legion who expelled his family, so that they wouldn’t interfere with the trade.

Business boomed. The refugees kept coming. Blood roiled like clouds in a thunderstorm.

The world never changes.

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Nightwraith

June 04, 2015

Power Weekend and Power Preview

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It's time for another EpicDuel Power Weekend! Get double experience and credits all weekend long! This is a great way to build Legendary ranks quickly and dominate your foes. That buff will help prepare you all for another BIG update next week featuring backstory of some of Delta V's most mysterious figures: Mort, Zedmyr, and Anya!

 

Anya, Mort, and Zedmyr, OH MY!

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Coming next week, a novella's worth of story is dropping in on EpicDuel as Ranloth, SSM, and OWA put their talents toward revealing the backstories of some of EpicDuel’s most popular and mysterious NPCs! Why is Zedmyr so grumpy? Why does he look just like Mort? Are they related?  

You'll also have an opportunity to test them in battle! Careful! Mort and Zed are tougher than they look!

 

Bido Preview

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All those credits from Power Weekend will come in handy for Bido's upcoming showcase shop! You'll have a lot of loot to choose from including a host of primaries as well as sidearms and auxiliary weapons. This event will also reveal the origin of Bido and how he came to find himself adrift in the Afterlife.

 

BioBeasts Update

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In a previous post we discussed enemy design in BioBeasts, but there's still much more ground to cover. At that point, our enemy behaviors were relatively simple; enemies would run towards you and attack. The difficulty variables were limited to the enemy health, speed, and spawn rates. Now enemies are finally getting interesting. Learn more about the strange and sinister foes you'll encounter in the latest BioBeasts Design Notes post!

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Nightwraith

May 28, 2015

Bido Showcase Preview

Hello, EpicDuelists! No release this Friday as we continue to stock up content and ramp up on BioBeasts. However, we do have a restock of all Limited Quantity Shops at 10 AM and 4 PM EST. If you don’t know what time that is for your time zone, there are handy conversion guides available online. I will also likely Tweet before it is time. Getting the items before they’re gone is hard for some, but such is the nature of the LQS. Good luck, and happy shopping!

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Coming up in EpicDuel in the coming weeks is the next showcase shop featuring Bido (formerly Bidoof). This will feature, like Deuce’s shop, a new NPC, new weapons, items, an achievement, and more! We’ve also got more missions from Ranloth, SSM, and OWA revealing the backstories of some of EpicDuel’s most popular and mysterious NPCs! We’ve also got a Central Station war on the horizon which will be the final war in this cycle before we return, at long last, to the Dread Plains!

 

Join the BioBeasts Discussion!

Did you know the EpicDuel team is working on a new mobile game called BioBeasts?

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You can learn more about it by check out the Official BioBeasts website or following the development process on Facebook and Twitter! The release date nears with every passing day, but it's not too late to join the conversation and contribute your thoughts to the development process! Who knows? We may use your beasts idea in game!

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Nightwraith

May 19, 2015

Epic Artist Showcase: Deuce

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This Friday, we are excited to introduce our first in a series of artist showcase shops! This week, we'll be featuring Guest Artist: Deuce! This mysterious warrior, tired and weathered from years of torment and battle, recently arrived in a remote and forgotten portion of Delta V!

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In the old, forgotten Minestation, Deuce wanders, looking for clues to his mysterious arrival and the cause of his lack of memories of his past. 

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Speak with him to assist him is a series of brutally challenging missions (created with the assistance of Guest Writer Ranloth) or partake in his shop of signature items. Deuce somehow found time in the Void to handcraft these items and they all reflect his unique style. At least, that's his story. He may have "borrowed" them from some fellow travellers in the Void.

If you're feeling tough, you can challenge Deuce to a 1-on-1 battle for new boss achievement!

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He won't give up this achievement easily -- his mind may be clouded, but his skills in battle are razor-sharp! He may have a weakness, though.

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Be sure to say, "Hi" to Deuce if you see his real persona in game. 

Again, this is the first of several Guest Artist showcase shops this summer! Our Guest Artists and Guest Writers have contributed so much to EpicDuel since the programs inception. They make these releases with loads of quality content possible. It has been truly inspiring to watch their progress as artists and writers through the weeks, months, and (in some cases) years since they joined the team. We are truly thankful for all of their hard work and tireless dedication to building the world of Delta V!

 

Legendary Update Update

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This Friday, we'll be tying up loose ends from the Legendary update with balance improvement, bug fixes, and a hearty update to the Legendary shops!

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Nightwraith

May 15, 2015

Power Up Preview

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Live Now: EpicDuel Power Weekend! Get double experience and credits all weekend long! This is a great way to build Legendary ranks quickly and dominate your foes. That buff will help prepare you all for another BIG update next week featuring new items, NPCs, missions, balance changes, and bug fixes!

 

Legendary Update Update

Last week was a MAJOR update, but there are still items that didn't quite make it to the Legendary Shops. These items from Hatred Cuirass, Theon, and Assassin Order will be added next week!

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We will also be addressing some lingering issues from the Legendary update, including bug fixes and further balance adjustments!

 

Deuce's Showcase

Next week we will also be introducing our first artist showcase featuring Guest Artist Deuce!

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Look for his NPC in Delta V with a hearty stock of new Blade of Awe-themed items! He will also have some challenging missions to test your worth. Follow Deuce on Twitter for more previews of his spectacular showcase!

 

Triumph over Titan!

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Last week we released the hardest boss in game: Legendary Titan. We honestly weren't sure if he was actually possible to defeat and the initial impression was that we possibly overshot his stats. As usual, you exceeded our expectations and brought the demi-god down! Congratulations to the following duelists who claimed the Legendary Titan achievement with their incredible combat prowess!

  • comicalbiker
  • ..Cosmic Emperor..
  • ConQrR
  • Drogo.
  • Emolicious
  • FlaShSyll R3v0luTiOn
  • Hegemony
  • RomanianMaster
  • Variation

Who will be the next player to knock the god off the mountain? Will it be...YOU? *points*

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Nightwraith

May 07, 2015

EPIC MMO EVENT: LEGENDARY REVAMP

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This Friday, prepare for a Legendary update! New Legendary stats, new achievements, new Legendary gear, and a new Legendary boss are coming to EpicDuel!

 

Legendary...Gear?

Near Titan's lonely home in Frysteland, new shops have spawned that are only accessible by those deemed worthy. In these shops, Legendary players will be able to access up to three tiers of Legendary gear. The following is just a small sampling of the amazing content created by our talented Guest Artist team. 

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Don't worry, there's a "normal" variant of the war horse as well.

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These shops will be expanded over time to continually offer the the most epic gear in Delta V. We'll try to keep the updates rares, but of a very high quality to prevent the shops from being diluted. There's also a chance items will be rotated out of the shops to make room for more items.

 

Legendary Achievement

Rank up with the new Legendary achievement! 

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Show off your status by evolving your achievement all the way up to the 12th tier! This tier is worth a nice tidy sum of Rating Points. Can you reach it?

 

Legendary Titan

Titan has been working out to a steady regimen of double bacon cheeseburgers and lifting mountains, and he's ready to crack some skulls. 

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Challenge Legendary Titan at your own risk. He was designed to be the most challenging fight in the game.

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Triumphing over this impressive foe will reward you with a Legendary Titan Achievement!

 

Underdog Mode and Balance

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As mentioned before, Underdog Mode is still in progress. We're vigorously testing and reworking the numbers to make sure it's strong enough to be noticeable, but not so strong that it negates the level advantage of the stronger opponent. More specific numbers will be avaible in the patch notes.

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Nightwraith

April 30, 2015

Legendary Preview

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Good afternoon, duelists! How goes the war? We're currently engaged in a 2 week build for an epic Legendary revamp scheduled for May 8th. You may have seen some of the projected features described in the April 15th Design Notes.

Our artists are hard at work developing some of the coolest items ever to hit Delta V -- items worthy of the Legendary designation. These items will only be available exclusively to Legendary players.

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The Legendary Shops will be broken into 3 separate tiers to cover a range of Legendary Ranks. Each tier will have it's own unique set of items on offer. Being Legendary should feel awesome and we want those who are dedicated enough to achieve that status to really be able to show that status off in as many ways as possible.

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The Legendary Shop merchants can be found inside Titan's Peak. This is destined to be a hangout for the best and baddest in all of EpicDuel.

 

MOAR

I haven't even covered the new achievements and Legendary stats in this release, but I've got to leave something to talk about next week. We'll also have more specifics concerning the new Legendary stats and more preview images of Legendary content.

 

"Underdog Mode"

We've all been the underdog in a duel at one point or another. Even the level 40s with dozens of Legendary points started once as lowly level 1s. This can be very frustrating, especially as power levels increase near the cap. An underdog mode is being developed to address this issue by giving the lower level player a boost to help them remain competitive against a much more highly ranked opponent. This will not grant an easy win for a low level player, but merely offer a boost to give the player a fighting chance.

As this feature is still in development, we don't yet have exact figures to offer. We will likely have more details in next week's Design Notes.

 

Incoming Restock!

We covered this before, but it's so important, it's worth mentioning again. Coming up May 1st is a MASSIVE restock that should slake the appetite of the most warlike Epic-Duelists. That date will herald the return of the incredible Lionhart weapons, Dread weapons, and Legion/Exile Battlegear!

  • Legion/Exile Gear
  • Lionhart Seasonal Rares
  • Dread Seasonal Rares

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You may think you'll have plenty of time to get them, but it's easy to save it for later, but forget and miss out. Be sure to pick up these amazing items before they're gone for another year!

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Nightwraith

April 24, 2015

Patch Notes - 1.6.44

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Wasteland War Live!
    • Attackers use Drone Launcher to loot the Ammo Depot
    • Defenders use Drone Sabotage Kits to disable the Launchers
    • New War Prize (Wasteland Runner Armor)!
  • Legion and Exile tanks set to Permanent Rare
  • Avensis Draglin home item
  • Increasing max amount of Bank slots to 500

BUGS FIXED:

  • Fixed an issue with Rage where the Rage defense ignore portion of the calculation that improves with Support was not factoring in Gear or Buffs. This error resulted in players inflicting less damage than expected with high Support builds. Details provided by ‘nowras’ in the forums resulted in this fix.
  • Fixed an issue with Shadow Arts and block chance.
  • Fixed an issue where the Daily Mission button would display the wrong amount of time remaining in the day depending on your time zone.
  • Fixed Code Crafter achievement was not actually counting towards the total amount of achievements available under general achievements tab.
  • Fixed an issue where Faction flags would not appear on War Leaderboards in Fortune City, Frysteland and Infernal Mines.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong message would appear during retrain. It would say “Every starting skill must be at least level 1” when actually stat requirements aren’t met.

LANGUAGE & TYPOS

  • Fixed Egg-citing Adventure Mission dialogue:  “5 Nightmare Eggs Caden, Slayer and RabbleFroth.” > “5 Nightmare Eggs from Caden, Slayer and RabbleFroth.”
  • Fixed Thorns and Spirit Thorns core descriptions. They now clarify that only Player Melee 

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Nightwraith

April 23, 2015

PvP MMO Event: The Wasteland War

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The Lawman is one of the most powerful individuals on Delta V. Through his domination of the black market weapons trade, he has amassed armies of ruthless soldiers and collected an arsenal of the finest munitions the planet has to offer. This cache resides just beyond his personal suite in the Minetower.

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Recently, hostile forces have gathered around the tower to deploy a strategy that could succeed where head-on tactics failed: launch stealthy Drones to loot the cache bullet-by-bullet. Forces defending the cache will attempt to disable the launchers to defend the hoard.

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Join the Exiles or Legion forces to attempt to claim the cache for your own alignment. The fate of your alignment's war machine hangs in the balance!

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Collect war drops through PvP battles or purchase them from the Wasteland Ammo Depot near the Minetower. This is your chance to elevate your regional Wasteland Influence achievement through participation in the war. Use Drone Cells to power Drone Launchers scattered throughout the Wasteland to loot the Ammo Cache, or, if you're defending the cache, Sabotage the Launchers! 

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The prize at stake in this epic war is a mutating armor unlike any in Delta V: The Wasteland Runner Armor. 

Log in. Join up. Duel On!

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Nightwraith

April 15, 2015

A Legendary Spring!

With all of the recent attention on our new project BioBeasts, we wanted to reassure players that all of the EpicDuel dev team, including Titan, Nightwraith, Charfade, and Rabblefroth will continue to actively work on EpicDuel. Here is our roadmap for EpicDuel’s direction over the next few months: 


Legendary Improvements

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Based on your suggestions, we’ve decided to fix a few commonly reported problems with the Legendary system. The Legendary system doesn’t offer any exclusive rewards, there aren’t enough ways to invest your Legendary points, and matches against a high ranking Legendary player can be heavily one-sided. We’re going to fix these problems with the following improvements:

Introduce NEW Tiered Legendary shops

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Players will gain access to exclusive gear only available to Legendary players. The shops will be gated by your Legendary rank. There will be 3 tiers of Legendary shops unlocked at Legendary Ranks 1, 10, and 25. Reach the rank and you can shop at the shops, it’s pretty easy.


New item rarity category "Legendary" items

Currently, EpicDuel offers Normal Items, Seasonal-Rares, Limited-Rares, Rares, Ultra-Rares. The Legendary shops will sell exclusively Legendary items. When calculating inventory rarity scores, the new Legendary items will be worth as much as a typical Rare item.


Evolving Legend Achievement

Players will be rewarded even more for achieving greater Legendary ranks. Reach Legendary status and you’ll unlock this new achievement. Each time you achieve a new Legendary rank your achievement will increase in rating point value.

 

NEW matching changes Juggernaut and Legendary battles

Implementing an underdog mode to improve the quality of matchmaking and duels. More details on this to be announced.

 

NEW legend hangout area near Titan's Peak in Frysteland

This will be the location of the new tiered Legendary shops.

 

NEW categories to invest your Legendary Points:

  • Improve Medic
  • Core Energy Cost Reduction
  • Increased Damage to NPCs
  • Reduced Damage from NPCs

 

Wasteland War

The Wasteland War is set to launch Friday April 24. This will include a number of fixes to improve the War automation, allowing us to more easily setup war prizes and hide the cooldown until closer to the next war’s actual launch. This should help us avoid confusion as to the date of a war’s launch and prevent the issue of having to move a war date around to accommodate other releases or allow for more development time.

In the Wasteland, Legion and Exile players will vie for control of the Lawman’s not-so-secret weapons cache. Players on the offense will use transport drones to bypass The Lawman’s security measures and loot the cache. Defenders will thwart the drones by sabotaging them at their launch sites scattered throughout the Wasteland.

The best, victorious contenders in this war will receive an impressive mutating armor from Guest Artist Seth Juron!

 

BioSynergy

Because BioBeasts was inspired by the EpicDuel universe, we fully intend to cross-promote both games. Expect upcoming EpicDuel mission and storyline tie-ins that promote BioBeasts. Likewise, BioBeasts will reference and drive interest back to EpicDuel. So while we understand player frustration with the idea that our limited time will be split across 2 projects, our hope is that BioBeasts will increase interest in EpicDuel while simultaneously paving the road for larger scope future projects.  

 

Returning Rares

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How time flies when you're dueling your butt off! April is here and May is around the corner and that means some amazing seasonal rares are ready to populate the shops around Delta V! Most recently, merchants in the Biological Preserve has received stocks of Earth Day Seasonal Rares.

Coming up May 1st is a MASSIVE restock that should slake the appetite of the most warlike Epic-Duelists. That date will herald the return of the incredible Lionhart weapons, Dread weapons, and Legion/Exile Battlegear!

  • Legion/Exile Gear
  • Lionhart Seasonal Rares
  • Dread Seasonal Rares

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BioBeasts Promo Pack in EpicDuel

We saw quite a few people in the comments section of BioBeasts’ FAQ asking about a possible EpicDuel Promotional Pack celebrating the launch of our mobile game. We love this idea so we’re running with it. You can expect a BioBeasts-themed EpicDuel Promo Pack to premiere around the launch of BioBeasts.

 

Guest Artist Showcases

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Our Guest Artist Team has been crucial to building the best releases possible for EpicDuel so we’d like to show our appreciation for all their hard work...by making them work even harder! Mwahahaha *cough* I kid! I kid! This Spring and Summer, we’d like to highlight our Guest Artists by giving them their very own showcase shops packed with iconic items that represent each artist’s individual style and personality! You may even be able to duel their NPC avatars in game for a real challenge!

The following are tentative dates for the upcoming showcase shops:

  • Deuce May 22nd
  • Bidoof June 12th
  • Seth Juron June 26th

 

Dragon's Reckoning 2

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You thought it was time to count Dravax the Harbinger out for good? That his precious “master” was off eating planets in some far-flung corner of EpicDuel’s Universe? You would be wrong! Ranloth is crafting a continuation of the Dragonoid Saga to place players in an epic confrontation against a revived Dragonoid menace! Even though this event is planned for late Summer, we’re already stockpiling content to make this event one of the most epic yet!

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Nightwraith

April 09, 2015

Junior Design Notes

Power Weekend

This Friday, since there is no planned release, we will be activating a Power Weekend! Double XP and Credits all weekend! If that's not enough to get you excited, we are also planning a restock of all Limited Quantity items Friday at 10 AM EST!

Why no release? Partially, it's to prepare for the upcoming Wasteland War, develop new missions, and the topic below.

 

Super Seekrit Announcment

As often happens when we announce something extremely vague in this space, rampant speculation abounds! The best rumor I saw was that Rabble announced his wedding. This was surprising to him! He didn't even know he was getting married! It's a good thing the rumor mill on the forum let him know so he can order a cake!

In all seriousness, though, the actual announcement is coming next week. PREPARE! It has nothing to do with a wedding.

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Nightwraith

March 27, 2015

Rabbits Return!

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The rabbits have indeed returned! Well, I suppose they never actually left. Still! They need your help with a very special mission: To repair their rocket, shut down the force field around Delta V, and make their final escape! Prepare yourself for this incredible new missions created by One Winged Angel and Ranloth, with content created by Bidoof, Vorzathiel, SarpDV, and Vultex! 

CAUTION! The "Hardcore" mission chain "Bundorable Chores" is very difficult. Some missions require many, many wins or item drops to complete so only undertake them if you have plenty of time. Fortunately, they aren't leaving so you can take your time if you're not in a hurry to complete every mission as soon as possible.

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These new items are available from Brachylagus in the Archives. However, some items are only available through completing some very difficult missions in the "Bundorable Chores" mission chain!

 

Rabbit Ride

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What this new bike lacks in fluff, it makes up for in ferocity! Tear up the Biological Preserve with this awesome new Skeletal Bunny Bike available at Brachylagus!

 

Easter Stylings

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Look your Easter best with these hip new styles that all the kids are talking about. I assume they're talking about them. I'm with it, yo! *cracks hip*

 

Home Decor

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Do you like eggs? Bidoof and SarpDV have created a host of egg-based items to beautify your homes for the season. The Bunny Egg Bank is available exclusively from completing the "Nuclear Omelette" mission.

 

War Pushback

To prevent the next war (The Wasteland) from overlapping with the Rabbits Return event, we have postponed the war event until April. This will allow everyone plenty of time to complete the missions without sensory overload.

 

Rabbits Return Part 2

Stay tuned for next week's continuation of the Rabbits Return event! What surprises and treasures await those clever and brave enough to serve the Lagomorphs?!

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Nightwraith

March 20, 2015

Rabbits Return Next Week!

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The snow is melting, the trees are blooming, the grass is green...but on Delta V all of those could mean very bad things are coming! In this case, there are no mutant spores to speak of or subterranean cyber-bugs, but adventure is still very, very near, arriving just in time for Easter!

This latest event Rabbits Return, the brainchild of Ranloth and One Winged Angel, will focus on the trials of the interstellar lagomorphs (sentient aliens that really, REALLY look like rabbits from Earth) that have been trapped on Delta V for years.

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Aid Myxoma, Brachylagus, Mr. Cottontail, Lepus, and Capensis as they attempt another escape. Will they uncover the secrets of the deadly field preventing disgruntled colonists from fleeing Delta V. Will they resign themselves to their fate and become a part of their adopted homeworld? Will Electrohazard finally have that jumbo order of rabbit stew he's always dreamed about?

Find out next week during part 1 of this epic new saga!

 

Ye Olde Hardecore!

Ranloth has something very nasty in mind for this event. Because some players find our standard missions far too easy, he's planned several hardcore missions geared toward the most dedicated players. Phenomenal rewards await those brave enough to undertake these hardest of the hardcore missions! Be warned, undertaking these missions will require some time

 

In the Meantime...

There's no new release today, but there's still plenty to see and do on Delta V. For those not paying attention, the Biological Preserve shops are fully stocked with NEW seasonal goodies!

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Grab the awesome Botanical Weapons from Xraal in the Biological preserve! Warning: NOT safe for allergy sufferers (jk it's all digital. BREATHE all you want!)

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Hop next door (pun intended) to check out the returning Bunny gear! The Ballistic Bunny Bot is one of my all-time favorites!

More lagomorphic and lethal weapons are coming your way next week, along with new missions and achievements! Stay tuned to the Twittervers for more WIPs and the latest information on the Rabbits Return event as it unfolds!

 

Think of the Future...

We've got a BIG announcement soon. I know it's really, really mean to make a post like this without immediate follow-up information, but we can't formally make this announcement until we're absolutely, 100% ready.

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