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Nightwraith

November 07, 2014

Birthday Bio War Rumble

Rumble in the BioDome!

The time has come...FOR WAR...and cake. Cake? That's right. Today, we're excited to launch a new war region, the Biological Preserve, in addition to Nightwraith's birthday stash of rare loot.

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.

Armor Hazard Husk

This war's prize is a mighty one indeed! Claws and teeth and hardened-bone armor await the conquerers of the Biological Preserve!

Close Up!

We've also added some small changes to the War balancing mechanics, specifically to prevent War Rallies from occuring when both alignments are within 1% of each other. Also, rallies will not happen when the war is nearly over. This should provide clarity to those confused by the outcome of the last war.

Now, go forth my Legion and Exile warriors! Claim the Biological Preserve for glory! But first...

 

Nightwraith's Birthday Bash

Birthday Party Time!

Happy Birthday to me! Well, it's still a bit early, but why not? Everyone loves cake! 

Nightwraith's Birthday Loot

Also, everyone loves new stuff! Remember, you'll need the OneX6 Key to access my stash in the ArmoryBot. You can either claim it from me by completing the OneX6 4 mission or just buy it from me if you're the impatient type. This year, I've stolen NegaWraith's (that IMPOSTER) armor to sell at my own shop. Haha! I can't wait to see the look on his face when he sees my minions clad in his precious power armor!

Nightwraith's Terrifying Visage

Be sure to kick him in the shin if you find him in Fortune City skulking around the Battle Arena.

Also, there are new and returning missions ready to play! The Party Business mission chain has returned with a new mission, and Titan has a new chain Caffeine Crash to complement the Coffee Crusader chain. This chain will allow you to redeem Titan's Mug for a rare Achievement!

 

Titan's Trinket

Titan's Mug

Some have been asking about the Titan's Mug item from the Artix Entertainment 12th anniversary event. Here's what will happen:

  • The Coffee Crusader mission chain will go rare at the end of November.
  • Those with the Titan's Mug item can complete the Coffeine Crash chain to redeem the mug for an achievement!
  • The achievement will be rare because it will not be possible to get the mug if you missed the event, similar to previous anniversary achievements.
  • You may keep the mug if you wish, but you miss out on all those sweet, sweet rating points.

Got it? You've got until the end of November to complete these missions and claim your prize!

 

Have a safe and happy weekend everyone! Duel On!

Tags: Nightwraith RPG Browser MMORPG Flash War Legion exile Battle Duel Strategy Holiday Achievement Titan Missions Rare Collector Rares Armor


Nightwraith

October 13, 2014

Coffee Crusader Primer

Howdy, EpicDuelists!

I hope you're all enjoying the Curse of the Phantom Pixel event! Some have voiced some concern about the EpicDuel portion of the event -- specifically about the difficulty. I realize some may be joining us for the first time, or the first time in a long, LONG time. For the newcomers, here's a quick guide for starting the event and completing the Phantom Pixel missions in EpicDuel.

This guide is assuming you've already created an account, a character, and completed the tutorial missions. If you needed to create a new character, you will need to complete EpicDuel's brief tutorial -- which will actually teach you a great deal about EpicDuel's mission system. If you already have a character, you will not need to complete the tutorial.

Without further ado, here we go!

 

Handle It!

Start

First, click on the Mission Log button from your main HUD.

Mission Button

Event Missions

This will bring up the mission lists. From this interface, you can view all available missions in EpicDuel. They are divided into Permanent, Event, and Daily Missions. The Curse of the Phantom Pixel Mission group is know as Coffee Crusader, and it is located at the top of the Event Missions list.

Jump To NPC

Clicking Coffee Crusader will display all the mission in the group, but you cannot accept the mission until you visit the NPC offering it. Luckily, there's a handy Jump-To button to teleport to Titan. 

Finding Titan

Once on this screen, click Titan to display his options.

Choose Mission

You see he offers the mission "Handle It!" This is the first mission in the Coffee Crusader chain.

Mission Description

Now you can see the complete mission details including all the mission in the chain, mission text, rewards, and the requirements. Click "Accept Mission" when you are ready. Be sure to carefully read the mission text -- while providing flavor for the story, it may also offer more details about how to complete the mission.

Accept Mission

Confirm Accept Mission. You can only progress on the mission if you accept.

Finding Titan

For this first mission you must win 5 1v1 battles. 

Find 1v1

Click the Fight 1v1 Battle on the HUD to start a battle.

Mission Progress

You can go back to the Mission Log at any time to track your progress. Your progress is saved even if you log out. However, if you abort the mission or accept another mission before completing your current mission, progress will be lost.

Complete Mission

When you have completed the mission, click Complete Mission from your Mission Log, and receive your reward. In this case, your reward will be a mission item. Don't worry, you'll need it for the next mission!

Now that you're familiarized with EpicDuel's mission system, the next few should be cake so I'll give a brief rundown of each. If you're ever confused, you can check your Mission Log at any time to re-read mission text, check your progress, and review requirements.

 

Deity Stuff

For this mission you will need to search for a piece of Titan's Mug. Run from screen to screen searching for something that looks out of place. The item is somewhere in Frysteland so if you're not in Frysteland, you've missed the item. If an object you find is the mission item you're seeking, you will be able to click on it and add it to your inventory. If you've looked everywhere and still can't find anything, check to make sure you're on the correct mission -- scavenger hunt items only appear if the mission is active.

Return to Titan to turn in the item and complete the mission.

 

The Sound of Silence

For many players, this will probably be the most difficult and time-consuming mission. To complete it, you will need to win 5 2v2 battles.

 

Shard Search

This is another search mission. Titan tells you to search around Caden. To quickly find Caden, you can click the Map button from your HUD to see the map of Delta V. Clicking on a region like The Wasteland will show all the NPCs in the region. You can jump to any NPC by clicking it's avatar image. You may need a moment to find Caden, but once you find him, you can jump right to him and grab the final Mug piece.

 

Contents Under Pressure

This mission will require you to battle and defeat the NPC Talia to get her to drop a mission item. She was reduced to level 5 for this mission to make her easier to defeat for new players. Chances are, after completing the Tutorial missions and the PvP missions, most players will be well beyond level 1.

 

That's all there is to it! With a little persistence, you'll have Titan's Mug in no time!

http://www.artix.com/

Tags: Titan


Titan

August 01, 2014

Patch Notes - 1.6.21

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • 20+ new Titan items created by guest artists
  • New Titan’s Triumph ArcadeTitan’s Triumph VIP achievement
  • Naomi and Raymus can be challenged
  • 2 new NPC Boss achievements
  • Mission “Cake and Bacon” a part of Nightwraith’s Birthday chain and not available during Titan’s Birthday. Bacon Cupcake achievement updated to reflect this
  • 3 new Titan-themed home items

 

Balance:

  • Abyssal Slash on Black Abyss Bot E is now blockable. This was done for thematic reasons as it’s odd to deflect a direct attack. Also, it was done for the sake of consistency as the Black Abyss Bot P was already blockable

 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Skill Core descriptions:
    • Meteor Shower - Changed from 100% to 110%
    • Plasma Shower - Changed back from 100% to 110%
    • Thorns Assault - Changed back from 100% to 115%
    • Jack-O-Fire - Changed back from 100% to 113%
    • Infernal Overlord - Changed back from 100% based damage to 85% based damage

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

July 24, 2014

Titan's Triumph Preview

Titan Arcade Preview

Prepare yourselves! There's a rumbling at the top of Titan's mountaintop home in Frysteland and it can only mean one thing: Titan HUNGERS!

It could also mean that it's about time for Titan's Birthday celebration! Join us in celebrating the birth of EpicDuel's creator and ever-hungry demi-god Titan with new weapons, vehicles, home items, and a brand new Arcade game Titan's Triumph!

Check out these preview images of the latest and greatest Titan gear coming to Delta V next week! Our volunteer artists have been operating at peak performance to craft epic gifts for EpicDuel's epic creator!

Titanite

Titan Tomcat


Titan Slayer

Titan Statues

Many of these items will be available form the new Arcade game, but they will also be available for sale in-game on Titan's seasonal birthday shop along with previous Titan-themed rares:

Titan Weapons

Titan Weapons

Omnom

Titan Cores

 

Beyond Titan Preview

We'd like to formally welcome Vorzathiel (formerly ..Trizzzcentrino..) to the EpicDuel Artist team! He's already hard at work creating new content and working on an update to the West Naval Yard!

Dimensional Weapons

It's never too early to talk like a pirate!

PirateBot

Or dress like one!

YAAAAAR!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

July 11, 2014

Battle Gems PvP Is LIVE!

Like PvP? If you're on epicduel.com, then chances are you do, then you'll love the new PvP update to Battle Gems! Check out Cysero's post on the AQW Design for comprehensive info regarding this exciting new update!

 

Battle Gems PVP!

BATTLE GEMS PVP IS LIVE! 

PvPVideoButton

Actually, it's been live for almost a fullday, but we haven't said much about it because we wanted to make sure there were no terribly bad game killing bugs before we sounded the war horns and drew a lot of attention to it. It was a quiet launch. 

Of course there were a few bugs (There are always a few bugs) but noting too serious and we've already got most of those solved and ready to publish to the live versions of the game in the next update today or tomorrow. 

As always, if YOU encounter any bugs, they go here: http://www.artix.com/bugs

They do not go on Twitter or Facebook or in the comments of the Artix.com version of this post... they go here: http://www.artix.com/bugs

Just so we're entirely clear, ALL bugs for this or any other AE game go here: http://www.artix.com/bugs

... here: http://www.artix.com/bugs

And now we're moving on. 

BATTLE GEMS PVP! What's the deal with that?

Here's the deal.

  •  Create your own cool (or silly) PVP name! 
  • Battle anyone within your level range (plus or minus a few levels)
  • Collect PvP trophies for winning that raise you higher in the World and Friend Leaderboards!
  • Climb through the PvP Titles until you reach Arena Grand Master
  • New PvP Titles unlock the ability to buy new PvP Gear in the PvP Shop!
  • They cost A LOT!
  • But we now allow you to BUY GOLD! 
  • Random board mechanics make each battle different. You might get...
    • Slime Gems
    • Stone Gems
    • Crit Gems
    • Cages
    • Lava
    • Or in rare cases ALL OF THE ABOVE! (We call that the Devil Board)

Devil Board

WAIT, DID YOU SAY "BUY GOLD"?!

I did indeed say that, imaginary player who asks me this stuff! There are three gold packages to pick from but the obvious winner is the 50 MILLION GOLD PACKAGE. That should keep you set for a while and allow you to buy almost all of the PvP rewards (If you have the intestinal fortitude to unlock them). 

Plus it comes with in-game bonuses where the other packages only come with gold (which is still nice).

the 50,000,000 GOLD package gives you a GOLD NAME (in Battle Gems PvP) and the MAKE IT RAIN skill will be added to your skill list. It's like a big gold fireball that explodes into a shower of gold coins when it hits the target. Fun? Yeah, fun.

Apple based players can get the game here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battle-gems-adventurequest/id694721552

Android based players can get the game here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.battleon.aqbattlegems

And, of course, you can always play it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/games/?fbs=100&app_id=217802018249672

Have fun!

OR ELSE!  

Tags: Titan


Titan

March 31, 2014

War Secrets

Happy Monday! The Dread War is still well underway, but I think there is still one element that is still a big mystery to many EpicDuelists.

Battle map

As you can see in the main war map (accessible by clicking the War Bar at the top of the EpicDuel client), there are 4 auxiliary War Objectives with one main objective. That might be old news to many, but did you know that not all War Objectives are created equally? 

 

War for the Win

The 4 auxiliary War Objectives can deliver different results depending on a number of factors. The following is a quick reference guide to help you decide which turrets to use to get the most bang for your war buck! Defensively, this information is extremely valuable for deciding which War Objective to target with Dread and Super Dread Bombs.

 

Legion Missile Array (Lower Left)
Missile Array

Inflicts less damage the more it's health is depleted.

 

Heavy Turret (Upper Left)
Heavy Turret

Inflicts more damage as the Control Array Shield's health decreases.

 

Mega Turret (Lower Right) 

Mega Turret

Inflicts consistent damage regardless of health.

 

Heavy Rocket (Upper Right)
Heavy Rocket

Inflicts consistent damage regardless of health.

 

There you have it! I hope this guide will clarify some confusion about varying damage delivered by different War Objectives. Now, go forth mighty EpicDuelists with this knowledge and WAR ON!

Tags: Titan


Titan

March 18, 2014

Battle Gem On!

Battle Gems goes LIVE on Apple App Store! 

Battle Gems just went live! Be the first to play our 1st major mobile game, AdventureQuest: Battle Gems! It is available right now for free on Apple’s App Store!

Get BattleGems on the App Store! 

The Battle Gems team is really proud to be releasing Battle Gems for you. As our first major mobile game, it took over 6 months to draw, animate, code and write the 450+ joke & pun filled levels for you. We think you will agree that it is our most crazy, addictive and fun game yet! Get Battle Gems and please help us spread the word. (P.S. We are working on the Android version as you read this.)

Battle Gems Screenshots 

 

Battle Gems Features

  • Over-the-top fantasy Puzzle/RPG
  • 150+ monsters including BrutalCorn, Octobear and more!
  • 450+ quests to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull
  • 250+ items
  • Every item you collect increases your total power!
  • Fully customizable character
  • Crazy monsters, epic battles, and… horrible puns (but get it anyway)

Battle Gems Founder! 

 

Limited Time Offer: Become a Founder!

Now is your only chance to become a Battle Gems Founder! Support the game during this launch and UNLOCK EVERYTHING with a one-time payment that is cheaper than a Pizza. …and our game comes with “extra-cheese” at no extra charge. Purchase the Founder Package during this limited time offer for $9.99, you shall receive:

  • UNLIMITED turns! (Yeah. Unlimited. In your face Crushy Candy game!)
  • Exclusive Dragon Knight Armor, Weapon, Wings & Helm
  • Permanent Gold boost
  • The Skeleton Key
  • AdventureQuest Worlds MMO exclusive - Dragon Knight CLASS, Armor, 2 Helms, 3 Capes, & 2 Weapons

BattleGems Founder Details

 

Battle Gems is already getting GREAT REVIEWS!

Thank you so much to everyone giving the game five stars to us on the app store. Battle Gems has been getting amazing feedback and reviews -- check out this KILLER game review from the game review site, Game Skinny! The humor is spot-on perfect "AE" and Battle Gems has the highest quality and most consistant art. I am really proud of the team, the testers, and our online community for all of the long and hard work that went into creating this amazing game. Thank you guys!!! We are working hard on the Android and other ports. Even if you cannot play yet, please help us spread the word! Each day this week we will be releasing a new Battle Gems video... and this weekend, "The Gems" will be heading to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida to run around and cause trouble. BATTLE GEM ON!

Battle Gems... Kitty is Disolving.. HURRY! 

Do not forge to LIKE the BattleGems Facebook page!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

March 07, 2014

Onward to War

New War

War is approaching. A better war. A faster war. A war that more fully captures to epic clash of Legion and Exile forces. Though this new war was not quite ready to be unveiled today, we're still hard at work and hope to have a finished feature ready to go early next week. This Design Note post will reveal some new and exciting elements from the new war system.

Server Stability

Before we get into the meat of the post, I'll briefly mention the absense of Legion and Doom from the server select. Today we did a small update to patch some exploits and improve server security. Due to recent erratic behavior, Legion and Doom were taken offline. We do not yet know if we will bring them back, but we do know that those servers were old and underperforming. Epic and Exile (we should probably change their names now, huh?) will soon be upgraded to faster, more modern servers to improve performance, making additional servers unnecessary for the time being.

 

Onward to WAR!

With the new war system, we wanted to emphasize accessibility. The current war has a lot of moving parts and can be quite difficult to grasp for a novice just learning the basics of dueling. Under the new system, the active war will be represented by a global war bar. This war bar provides general information about the conflict and quick-jump buttons to the main objectives.

New Map

When the war is over, the prize button will become active for the winning alignment! We'll get to that a bit later...

Some war objectives may be familiar with a few key changes -- you'll notice the Control Array now has a shield over it. It's up to the alignment on offense to bring down the shield and capture the Array, while the defenders must stop the aggressors at all costs!

Main Objective

To defend or attack, Legion and Exile warriors will receive PvP war drops. Defenders will receive Dread Bombs while the attackers will receive Dread Shells. These drops can be used at objectives to gain influence for yourself, your Faction, and your alignment. This is also the primary mechanism for driving the war. To discourage hoarding, you will only be able to hold a maximum of 10 of each type of war drop in your inventory. If you choose not to participate in the war, you will be able to sell the drops with no sellback.

War Drops

War drops can be used at war objectives, which will be scattered throughout the active region.

War Objective

Clicking a war objective brings up a menu to use your war drops. You can use your drops for free, or upgrade them to a more powerful form for Varium. The more powerful drops can also drop from PvP battles, but at a much lower rate.

Shell Display

Bomb Display

The objectives will show realtime destruction as they are used and abused by warring alignments. Small notifications will appear to broadcast your feats of valor for all to see!

Blowing Stuff UP

Each objective has a different attribute -- providing interesting tactical decisions for either side of the conflict. 

Broken Turret

Defend your objectives or see them burnt to the ground! When the war ends, the winning alignment, along with the most victorious player and Faction will be displayed prominently throughout the region!

 

Cores

With the changes to the war system, we'll be consolidating the existing regional influence-buffing cores into a sole War Commander core. This new limited-charge core will give 10 guaranteed war drops for battle victories.

War Commander

This core will be available from prominent Legion and Exile NPCs in active war regions.

 

More Cheevos!

Since some are already very close to attaining the 10th tier of certain regional war achievements, we've decided to bump up the difficulty with 2 more tiers for each region. We're even planning a super-special acheivement for reaching tier 12 on ALL regions, including Frysteland and the Infernal Mines (coming soon)!

War Hero Cheevo

During the war, you'll also have a change to earn the prestigious War Hero achievement by earning the most influence in a single day! 

 

Big Prizes!

Winng a war is an incredible task, so the victors should receive equally incredible rewards! Never-before-seen weapons, armors, vehicles and amazing currency bonuses await those who triumph!

Treasure Chest

If you're the picky type, you'll have a list of 6 items to choose from when claiming your reward. The prizes will rotate between war events so the list will be ever-changing and always interesting!

Expect an early release next week while we iron out the last of the bugs and polish the remaining features of our new war system! Thank you for your patience! We're confident the feature will be worth the wait!

 

Springtime Gear!

Last but not least, remember to check out the seasonal rare Springtime gear, available at Naomi and Xraal! 

Springtime

Grab this awesome gear before it disappears back into the database aether for another year!

Tags: Titan spring War Factions Weapons


Nightwraith

February 14, 2014

Aphrodite's Woe

Aphrodite's Woe

It's that time of year again. A time for love. A time for romance. A time for battle! Join us for today's release as we unveil the most diabolical Heartbreaker weapon yet! Visit the Alydroid in Alydriah's Spire in Fortune City to collect the mightiest Valentine's swords yet conceived: Aphrodite's Woe! Marvel at Revontheus' intricate attention to detail as you smite your foes with the Mark of Azrael core!

When we go live, we'll also be restocking any LQS items that are empty so be ready to jump on that opportunity!

But...as they say in the game show biz...that's not all!

 

No Place Like Home

We've attacked the Home Inventory Manager and blown it to bits! From the ashes, we've reassembled a better, stronger, faster interface for more easily browsing Home Items for sale as well as Items in your own inventory. You will also be able to filter Home Items by category. We are able to expand this system in the future to more granularity in categories for faster searching.

New Home Interface

You may also notice that you can now see your current balance of Credits and Varium! It's useful to know how much money you have when you're shopping, no?

We've done away will the separate "Selling" mode in the Home Inventory Manager. Now, you will be able to sell items from your own inventory quickly and know the sellback price at-a-glance!

In addition to sprucing up the interface, Titan has made some excellent performance improvements to the Home Item inventory, allowing items to load faster and permitting you to cycle through the list unimpeded.

 

Heartbreak Stylin'

While Titan tackles the Home Inventory Manager, Rabblefroth is attacking the style changer. We've removed the clutter and brightened the background to give your character some room to breathe!

New style changer

Also, to eliminate confusion, we're removing the nominal 100 Credit fee for style change. Now, once you own a style, you'll never need to pay for it again, even if you change your colors!

Speaking of styles...how about 24 dapper, new Heartbreaker styles courtesy of Charfade?

Stylin

Stylin

Stylin

Stylin

Every style is made better by putting a bird on it!

 

BeetleGerms? BottleJeans? BezeledJams? BattleGems!

That's right, AE's first major mobile game BattleGems is nearing completion! Follow the latest development news on AQ.com and Artix.com so you'll know the moment it hits the App store!

Tags: Titan Heroes Heart Day Hearts Valentine's Day Heartbreak Aphrodite Home Optimization BattleGems


Nightwraith

January 10, 2014

EpicDuel Legends Part 2

EpicDuel Legends Part 2

Welcome to 2014, EpicDuelists! After a small patch last week, we're ready with our first major update of the new year -- Legendary Points. Players who reached the level cap and beyond have the opportunity to earn Legendary Points to invest in small stat bonuses. For this release, we will be introducing 6 new stat categories:

Legendary Points

This menu is accessible from your stats page. We've designed the system in a way that will allow us to add more stat categories in which to invest in the future. As you can see, these categories must be unlocked before they can be invested in. Points can be redistributed later in a system similar to retraining. These bonuses will give veteran players an edge, but not so much as to become completely imbalanced.

 

Styles from Beyond

Revontheus delivered yet another batch of awesome Asgardian styles for EpicDuel, along with a spooky moose skull!

More Asgardian Styles

We've made a small change to the female styles released previously. Style 87 will become the "Loki helm" style to match the equivalent male styles, while the current style 87 will become 92. 

 

Epic Hoarders

The Epic Hoarder achievement promised to those for maxing our their inventories will be awarded this update.

Hoarder

It's not quite as good as having your own reality show, but probably a lot less stressful. At least your EpicDuel items don't attract wild animals (yet)!

 

Next Week Planning

We've got some big additions and improvements planned for January so here's a sneak-peak of what's coming up:

Revontheus

The Epic Artist Revontheus will finally make his EpicDuel debut, and he's not arriving empty-handed! 

Here's Revvy

Stop by his location for some out-of-this world items and to formally welcome him to the game!

 

Tutorial Town

Next week we'll also be focusing on EpicDuel's early game experience. This new tutorial will guide new players through the somewhat overwhelming systems of EpicDuel in an imformative, fully-interactive tuturial.

Nubland

In this new zone, players will learn battle basics like how to initiate a duel, the difference between energy and physical damage, and how to switch different weapon types.

Newbland

If you already know the ropes, you can opt out of the tutorial and join the community in Central Station, but there will be an achievement for completing this mode!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

December 12, 2013

Blood Hawks Inbound

Blood Hawks!

A cold wind is blowing through Frysteland...actually a cold wind is usually blowing through Frysteland, considering its climate and all. ANYWAY! We've got big, BIG plans for this upcoming release, and as I mentioned last week, this release is so big we'll need 2 weeks to build it. That means, unfortunately, no release Friday, but next week will be incredible!

 

Blood Hawk Battlegear Bundle

In the year since Alydriah was expelled form Frysteland by the Endless, the Krampus people have slowly begun to recover. In addition to the human toll Alydriah's cruelty took on the harsh Northern land, many indigenous species were devastated or wiped out by constant battling. One such species is the rare Blood Hawk. These creatures were used for centuries by the Krampus people for hunting and taming yetis. Thought extinct, they have returned in force to once again aid the Krampus people in keeping the cuddly but ferocious creatures in line.

Now you will have the opportunity to own the Blood Hawk and the Spectral Hawk (energy variant) along with a host of avian armaments!

Blood Hawk Weapons

The Blood Hawk Battlegear Bundle will be available for a limited time. With this package you will receive:

  • 2 Blood Hawk Slayer swords
  • 2 Blood Hawk Battlegear mutating weapons
  • 2 Blood Hawk bots
  • The swords and mutating items will come with a pre-installed Blood Hawk core!
  • 10k Varium

We realize that the last package offered was not that long ago so we're offering the package items in-game as well. It's definitely a better value to get them all together in the bundle, of course, but if you've got a pile of Varium burning a hole in your pocket...you should probably seek medical attention immediately.

If those weapons weren't enough to intrigue you, we have some special surprises in store. Stay tuned for more details!

 

You're Epic, But Are You...LEGENDARY?

Next week, we're raising the level cap to...*drumroll* 40! Rabblefroth is hard at work smoothing the experience curve to make earning levels slightly less painful. But what happens after you reach 40 and max out all your gear? What then? Ponder the great mysteries of the universe? NO! 40 is just the beginning of a much longer journey as an EpicDuel Legend!

After a player becomes Legendary, you will continue to earn experience as Legendary experience. Your level will not increase, but you will instead earn Legendary Ranks! Each rank earned will unlock a Legendary point that can be placed in a broad array of stats. These stats will be more specialized than Dexterity or Technology which influence a range of battle attributes. We haven't finalized the list, but we will build as many as we can by next week. The beauty is we can always add more later, unlike the current, more rigid stat list.

Legendary players will be defined by a uniquely colored name, an icon in their interface, and several other minor aesthetic changes. We'll have more details as the systems are finalized and polished.

 

Achievement Overhaul Continued

Work on the Achievement Overhaul continues as we wrap up a few features we didn't get to last week, in addition to fixing some minor bugs.

New Layout

You will also have the option to switch view modes. If you don't like the new, larger style, you can always switch back to a more classically styled view to see more achievements at once.

Classic Layout

Titan is also working on a new overall progress bar to see how many Achievements you have total. How close are you to earning them all? If you're close, we're about to make getting them all a bit more difficult with the next feature.

 

AE Arcade Bonanza!

We're going all-out with the Arcade next week, offering several new games based on other AE games. Collect weapons, house items, and other intriguing baubles from MechQuest, HeroSmash, AdventureQuest, AdventureQuest Worlds, and MORE! Each of these new games offers a new achievement and a new leaderboard to dominate!

To make it easier to acquire Arcade Tokens, we'll be softening the requirements for the daily missions. If you didn't already know, it's possible to earn Tokens from completing daily mission chains. Some can be a bit on the grindy side so we'll try to make it a more pleasurable experience to complete them.

 

Party Like They Do in Asgard

As if everything else mentioned above weren't enough...ED Artist Revontheus is crafting some slick Asgardian styles to spice up this release. What does Asgard have to do with Frysteland? Well, they're basically space vikings and vikings lived in cold climates sooooo...yeah.

Asgard!

Asgardian styles

Tags: Titan Winter Blood Hawk Weapons Items Armors Achievements Legendary Legends Frysteland Birds Varium Level upgrade Stat balance Gear Vehicles Cores Holiday Arcade


Titan

November 25, 2013

Ultimate Game Card

Your Key to Victory!

Our players are all over the world. The Ultimate Game Card is available all over the world. So you should try the Ultimate Game Card to easily upgrade your character inside EpicDuel! Ultimate Game Card is the ultimate way to get the gear you want and crush your foes in style! Plus you can get this card practically anywhere!

Find a Store Now!

Ultimate Game Card

Tags: Ultimate Game Card Varium upgrade Titan


Nightwraith

November 07, 2013

Shameless Self Indulgence

Happy Birthday!

Prepare to party! This week, celebrate the birthday of EpicDuel's resident artist/assassin: Nightwraith. New missions, new weapons, and revamped skills await for your celebratory needs! As if that weren't enough reason to celebrate: the winners of the Creative Carving Contest will be announced in-game at Elon Musk!

 

Back to Party Business

Visit me at my usual haunt in the Wasteland to investigate my stash of weapons and armors! Do you have your OneX6 Keys? No? We've got you covered -- you can either buy one directly or win one by completing a new mission. Be warned: I've been buffed to level 36 so I'm not the pushover I used to be!

New Zookas!

My Gear

My Duds!

The classic birthday missions are also returning, with a few new additions in case you've already completed the old ones. Complete them all for huge rewards!

 

Suggestion Shop

In addition to hunting bounties and weaving baskets, I (Nightwraith) am EpicDuel's lead artist, but I don't mind sharing the spotlight with aspiring artists. That's why we're combining my birthday celebration with the introduction of a new round of suggestion shop weapons, created from ideas submitted from our creative EpicDuel community!

Suggestion Shop

It's been way too long since we've done a shop like this so we're really going all out. We hope to have over 12 new weapons culled from the best of the best suggestions. Charfade and I are working as hard as possible to deliver more, but this is a thoroughly packed release. The weapons are still in progress so check back for a full list of items and their associated artist after we go live. If your suggestion was not selected, that does not mean it was terrible or we hate you -- it just means it may have to wait for the next suggestion shop. Hopefully it won't take a full year to do another one! I wouldn't be surprised if more items enter the game next week!

 

Arcadia

It wouldn't be a proper birthday without a new Arcade Game! 

A Nightmarish Visage

Horrifying! Give it a spin and be the first to claim the grand prize! As with other games, Nightwraith's Nightmare will introduce it's own new evolving achievment and leaderboard!

 

Cheevo Counter

Speaking of achievements -- we now have tracking for many of the daily achievements like the 1v1 and 2v2 automatch daily winners. Players who win the daily achievements multiple times will increment their number on the appropriate achievement.  

 

Active Update

To address balance this update, we will be tweaking a few energy numbers from last week's update, but we also have a far grander change in store: Converting all passive skills into active ones.

Skill Revamp

That means Blood Lust, Reroute, Deadly Aim, Shadow Arts, Adrenaline, and all the Armor skills will be converted into active skills. Blood Lust and Reroute will become Mark of Blood and Battery Backup respectively. The purpose of this change is to add strategy to battle. Currently, passives grant HUGE benefits with little sacrifice, especially for level cap players. Active skills require more sacrifice in terms of energy cost and turn cost. To compensate for these sacrifices, the effects of the skills will be modified. This change will affect all classes so we're really interested to see what new strategies emerge from this change. 

 

Adrenaline

Adrenaline

  • Adrenaline

    • Replaced with Adrenaline Rush. Adrenaline Rush instantly grants the target a percentage of their maximum Rage.

 

Hybrid Armor, Mineral Armor, and Plasma Armor

Armor

  • Hybrid Armor

    • Hybrid Armor now increases the target’s Defense and Resistance by a percentage of their base Defense and Resistance (the portion from your Dexterity and Technology) for 4 turns.

  • Mineral Armor

    • Mineral Armor now increases the target’s Defense by a percentage of their base Defense for 4 turns.

  • Plasma Armor

    • Plasma Armor now increases the target’s Resistance by a percentage of their base Resistance for 4 turns.

       

Reroute

Battery Backup

  • Reroute

    • Replaced with Battery Backup. Battery Backup grants the target an immediate boost to Energy, and doesn’t cost the user anything to cast.

 

Deadly Aim

Fire Scythe

Energy Parasite

  • Deadly Aim

    • Deadly Aim was replaced by two new skills: Fire Scythe for Tech Mages, and Energy Parasite for Blood Mages
    • Fire Scythe deals physical damage to the target, ignoring a percentage of their Defense.

    • Energy Parasite applies a debuff that steals a percentage of the target’s current Energy for 3 turns, granting 1.5x the amount stolen back to the caster.

 

Blood Lust

Mark of Blood

  • Bloodlust

    • Replaced with Mark of Blood. Mark of Blood leaves a mark on the target for 3 turns, granting lifesteal to anyone that attacks the marked target.

 

Shadow Arts

Shadow Arts

  • Shadow Arts

    • Shadow Arts now casts the target in shadow and reduces all damage they take by a percentage for 3 turns.

 

Contest Announcement

Big Money, Big Prizes, I Love It!

When this update goes live, be sure to visit Elon Musk for a list of the winning entries! The effort so far has been stellar with such short notice. We are currently in the process of judging entries and narrowing down the list of finalists!

Tags: Titan Nightwraith Suggestion Shop Elon Musk contest Arcade Missions balance Skills Weapons Birthday


Titan

October 29, 2013

Creative Carving Contest

 

Carving pumpkins with a plasma torch!

How To Enter

  • The contest will end on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 5pm ET.  
Contest Prizes
  • You may submit multiple entries, but prizes are limited to one per person.

  • Varium prizes will be awarded when we roll the release live on Friday, November 8, 2013.

  • 10 Grand Prizes - 10,000 Varium  
    • 10 players that submit the most relevant and creative pumpkins will be selected by hand by the EpicDuel staff.  
    • Each Grand Prize winner will be awarded 10,000 Varium!
  • The Epic Prize - 50,000 Varium 
    • Any player that submits a picture or video that manages to get a Facebook share or Twitter retweet from Elon Musk, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, or SpaceX will be awarded 50,000 Varium!  

 

Contest Rules
  • You are welcome to think outside the box and submit other non-pumpkin creative entries for our consideration.  Just remember that all entries should be fall themed with a focus on the Elon Musk event taking place in EpicDuel.

  • You can enter as many pumpkins as you like, but remember, please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only win once per person!

  • Get Carving!  We look forward to seeing your submissions!  

 

Tags: Titan Elon Musk Tesla Model S SpaceX SolarCity Blastar contest pumpkin Halloween


Nightwraith

October 11, 2013

Ebil Returns

*There will be no release today as we prepare for a MEGA RELEASE next week. Thank you for your patience!

Ebil Returns

It's been nearly a year since Chairman Platinum last showed his face on Delta V -- the populace quickly gave him a proper EpicDuel beat-down and put an end to his plans for a hostile takeover. If there's one thing the Chairman is good at (aside from robbing grannies and punting kittens) it's holding a grudge. After a year of planning and healing, he's ready to end the fued -- along with all the inhabitants of Delta V.

Rather than bringing an army, the Chairman is taking a more subtle approach -- forcibly extracting all the Varium from Delta V to cause the entire planet to collapse! The Ebilcorp extraction device is protected by a nearly impervious shield and in order to breach it, you'll need to face the Chairman himself!

This time, there will be no deals, no negotiations. The Chairman wants to annihilate those who wronged him and make a tidy profit while doing it. If only there were someone who could help us stop him!

 

Enter Musk

Musk

To defeat this otherworldy threat, Delta V will need an otherworldy benefactor in the form of Elon Musk, engineering mastermind and visionary businessman (basically the closest the real-world has to Tony Stark). While testing his new Ultraloop interstellar transportation device on a routine visit to a Martian colony, Musk overshot his target and landed on Delta V.

Although his ship was not damaged, he'll need some time to adjust his calculations. Since he's always up for a challenge calling for ingenuity, he's prepared to offer the citizens of Delta V his expertise in expelling the Ebilcorp threat and reversing Platinum's damage, offering Delta V a means of generating efficient renewable energy in the process!

This task will not be easy, however, as Musk is lightyears away from his fabrication workshop. You'll need to scour Delta V to find the parts necessary to allow this benevolent genius to invent a permanent solution to your Platinum problem. 

 

Coming Soon

New Missions

As stated above, Musk will need your help securing various items from across Delta V to devise a means for you to defeat Platinum. Also, he's not letting you go it alone -- complete his mission chain and he'll join you in a battle of the business titans as you take on Platinum in an epic 2v1 duel!

New Achievement

Complete the mission chain by defeating Chairman Platinum and you'll receive a new achievement!

New Cores

Chairman's Ebilcorp extractor is bad news, but Musk has plans to reengineer it to be a source of limitless energy! As an added bonus, the power plant will be able to produce advanced cores capable to augmenting basic stats!

New Armor

Musk sees you admiring his armor -- don't worry, he brought extras! Power up with the Musk Husk and send Chairman Platinum packing!

More!

Since next week will be a MEGA release, there are bound to be aspects that we forget to mention here. Stay tuned on Twitter and the Design Notes for the latest and greatest updates!

Tags: Titan EbilCorp Elon Musk Tesla Space Travel Solar Power Energy Pollution Clear Green Chairman Platinum Armor NPC Missions Achievements War


Nightwraith

October 04, 2013

Arcade Update

Valestra's Arcade is getting brand new game with some shiny new prizes!

Hazard Havoc

What could the prizes be? Something nice? Something...hazardous?

 

Hazardous you say?

Maybe.

As with all the other games, there will be a new 5-tier evolving achievement for Hazard Havoc! When we roll the update, hurry up and be the first to Valestra's Arcade to claim your spot on the newest leaderboard!

Also, for the first time, we will be offering home items as prizes. "What if I don't have a home?" you might ask. Well, follow me down below for the next paragraph for some great news!

 

Home Again

In this update, everyone is getting access to a Fortune City Efficiency. This single-room living space is designed to give everyone a chance to experience EpicDuel's home feature. Before this update, if you didn't own a home, you had know way to know what items were even available for decoration!

Fortune City Efficiency

To get this new home, simple click the Home button on the main HUD and click the big black "Claim Home" button.

You might also notice that all the homes now have Credit OR Varium options. There are no more mixed currency options. This should make it easier to acquire a home buy either buying Varium outright or saving credits to buy one. We have carried this partially through to the home items. Now, any home item that was previously Varium and Credits will now be just Varium (with a slightly increased price).

Tags: Titan Arcade tokens Hazard Bio Hazard Prizes Home Items Homes


Nightwraith

September 19, 2013

Step Right Up 2

*Note: Due to events out of our control, we are unexpectedly short-staffed this week. Still, Titan and I will work as hard as we can to release this on Friday. However, if we feel the feature is too lacking in polish or excitement, we will hold it until next week. Thank you for your patience!

Big Prizes!

You asked for it, and it's back! After a long hiatus, Valestra's Arcade is back in business and eagerly awaiting a flood of players both new and experience! For those of you who don't recall or weren't around, the Arcade used to be a battle mode in which you could deposit Battle Tokens (5 at a time) to join an Arcade Battle. This battle was just like an duel except it offered the chance to earn a prize if you won. The downside was that it was possible to win the duel and not win a prize.

This time, you will win a prize for every play. The prize may not be a jackpot every time, but you'll still never walk away empty-handed!

Excited yet? Read on to learn more about this revamped feature!

 

How Do I Arcade?

To participate in the Arcade, you must have at least one Arcade Token. This is not a new currency, but is a miscellaneous inventory item. You can acquire them by completing certain Daily Missions or by purchasing them from the ArcadeBots in Valestra's Arcade in Fortune City.

Arcade Token

If you're having trouble finding Valestra's Arcade, there will be a link in the What's New page. If you're still lost, then the EpicDuel Wiki has you covered.

Revamped Machines

Once you're in the Arcade you can click on an ArcadeBot to bring up the Arcade interface. From there, you can play, view your current balance of Arcade Token, or buy more Arcade Tokens. Hitting the "Go" button will cycle through a list of possible prizes. You'll win something each time: it could be credits, a weapon, armor, or even a house! However, to keep the game's Credit economy from exploding, sellback on items won in the Arcade may be reduced from the normal values. 

 

Expansion

We're building this feature with expansion in mind. For this release, we will only have one prize pool, but in the future, we plan to include selectable prize pools, allowing you to choose which set of prizes you wish to play for.

Another feature that may not be ready for Friday, is an Arcade Leaderboard featuring the all-time winners, complete with an evolving Arcade achievement. This achievement will track the value of your prizes so each time you play, you're basically earning Arcade experience! Even if it's not in-game Friday, we will still be tracking the data!

Arcade Achievements

Our goal with this system is to never make an Arcade play feel wasted, and we believe this additions will make for a truly epic Arcade experience!

 

Rare Clarification

In last week's Design Notes, I mentioned that the Arcade would give you a chance to win retired rares. There was a bit of an outcry from those who were concerned that their own rares would be devalued. I'm happy to say, that you need not worry -- your hard-earned rares will remain rares. We've decided on a happy compromise to introduce Arcade exclusives -- items that can only be won in the Arcade. Some of these items will be revamped or reimaged versions of retired items. This preserved the value of the older rares while giving new players a reason to play! However, items like seasonal rares, limited quantity items, or prize-code items are still up for grabs! Also, legacy items like Founder Armor or Alpha Gear will be excluded for obvious reasons. I hope that addresses your concerns about rares in the Arcade!

Tags: Arcade Titan Achievements Missions tokens Leaderboards Prizes Rares Exclusives Varium Valestra


Nightwraith

September 06, 2013

Yaaaaar Design Notes

Mwahahaha!

After a brief hiatus for DragonCon and other important real-life events, the EpicDuel team is finally assembled at full strength. The problem is we only had 3 day to build a release (technically one full day and 2 half-days if you include planning and release testing)! We were so tight on time that I just got around to the Design Notes now. It's like I'm typing live! Anyway, no more wasting time...let's get down to it!

 

Administrator 10

Fighting in the Dread Plains has gotten so heated that Alydriah has ordered Administrator 10 to oversee battle operations directly. Normally content to manipulate events from behind the scenes, the Administrator has a nasty battle record that keeps his troops loyal and his enemies in a constant state of fear. He is also an extreme hypochondriac and wears a gas mask constantly to prevent himself from breathing in the irradiated vapor and toxic dust that blows across the Dread Plains. This, combined with his notable paranoia and disrespect for authority makes him an exceptionally unpredictable and dangerous foe.

 

Mission Organization

This week we've also made improvements to mission organization. Completed, pending, and unavailable missions are now color-coded and sorted for easy navagation!

Mission Organization

 

Talk Like a Pirate Again!

Yaaaaaaar! Since we've fixed the error with the seasonal rare scheduler, we are able to reintroduce the Talk Like a Pirate Day-themed rares! It turns out that the error was due to a single misplaced letter among the dozens of lines of code -- like finding a needle in a needle-stack! Visit Big Tuna in the West Naval Yard to check them out!

Yarrrr

Also, the Talk Like a Pirate achievement will also be returning!

Additionally, yarrrr!

Yarrrrrrrrr!

Because of this error, the Titan weapons were removed early. We have returned them for one more week! Thanks to Rabble's hard work on this system, we will now be able to add and remove items to merchants without rebooting the server, making it easier to get the right gear into the right hands!

 

Bye, Bye, Botanical Gear!

Since Fall is on the horizon (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anway) we felt it was time to retire the Botanical Gear and the Botanical Borg promotional packages. 

Bye Bye Botanical Gear!

If you managed to snatch them up, good job! If not, you'll have another go at them next year around Springtime to add them to your robust arsenal.

 

Coming Soon

All the battling in the desolate Dread Plains has begun to stir the local wildlife. Normally shy but curious Dire Wolves and Goat Lizards have begun to creep into the warzone. Will they align with Legion or Exile forces? 

Coming Soon!

I hope they're on my team!

 

Patch Notes 1.5.30

NEW CHANGES / FEATURES

  •  Arborgeddon and Botanical Battlegear promo packages removed from the shop
  • Mission List now sorts and displays mission groups in a more intuitive way

BUGFIXES

  • Seasonal item sheduler fixed -- TLAPD and Titan items now showing properly on merchants
  • When purchasing battlegear weapons (legion or exile) the passive core slot shows a “-1”
  • Cores included with Promo Package items were not showing up properly until relog
  • You were able to see the opposite alignment assets for a brief moment when you joined the Bazaar.
  • Reward from “Not a Good Reason” still result in a loss when you finish the mission. Should now give you a net profit of 1000 credits
  • Limited quantity Concussive Shot now working correctly
  • If you attempt to use the Strike button right after your opponent leaves, you would see an error message “You must select an enemy character to use the null.” 

Tags: Nightwraith Pirate Achievements Toast Titan RabbleFroth charfade Administrator 10


Nightwraith

August 16, 2013

Shields Up!

Shields Up!

Shields Activated!

Defend your hard-fought War Objectives with Shield Generators! These critical structures allow you to reinforce the influence of other structures you own in a certain region. Like Turrets, Shield Generators can only be used on another structure within the same region. 

Use Shield Generator

Like Turrets, Shield Generators have 3 levels of improvement depending on the amount of your Alignment's Influence.

 

New War Objectives!

Building upon the Turret release last week, we have added Turrets and Shield Generators to all contested regions. Here's a quick look at the new Objectives and their locations. Better hurry if you want a foothold in a heavily disputed region!

Wasteland Missile Turret'

Wasteland Missile Turret

Barrens Shield Generator

Barrens Shield Generator

Central Cannon

Central Station Cannon

Central Shield Generator

Central Station Shield Generator

Overlord Shield Generator

Overlord Shield Generator

Bio Cannon

Bio Cannon

Naval Yard Shield Generator

Naval Yard Shield Generator (formerly Propaganda Tower)

 

 

New Titan Cores!

Titan's birthday may be over, but he's not done giving just yet. Visit him in his frosty Frysteland lair to try three new Charge Cores!

 

Bacon Breath 

Unleashes the powerful scent of bacon on your target, dealing 114% weapon damage.

Blaaaaargh!

Titan's Toxic Breath

 

Titan Chomp

 Summon Titan to chomp your target for 114% weapon damage.

Titan Am Angry!

Omnomnom

 

Bacon Rain

 Rains down delicious bacon, dealing 114% weapon damage to the target.

The Best Rain

Extra Crispy

 

Matchmaking

Rabblefroth is also making some fine adjustments to the Alignment matching. It should allow for better quality matches, especially in 2v2.

Tags: Nightwraith Shields Factions War Objectives Turrets Cannons Destruction Cores Charged Titan Birthday


Nightwraith

August 08, 2013

Fire Ze Missiles!

Missiles Incoming

Covering Fire!

EpicDuel is finally rolling out the heavy artillery for the Dread War. Capture and upgrade turrets to fire upon opposition War Objectives within the various regions of Delta V. Turrets can be upgraded by filling the control bar. The more heavily an alignment dominates a turret, the further it will upgrade.

To fire a turret, simply click on it as you would an NPC. You can then select an option to fire the turret, select your target, then fire. The turret will fire in real time and those on the target screen will see the impact! Remember, you can only fire turrets that your alignment controls so it is imperative to capture and hold turrets to maintain a tactical advantage in any region in which they are present.

 

Titan's Triumph

Soon we will be celebrating the birthday of everyone's favorite Delta V demi-god: Titan. This mighty being uses technology so advanced, it is indistinguishable from magic. Some believe he created Delta V through sheer force of will. These people are quickly dismissed as fanatics, but there is no denying his awesome power.

Visit Titan in his Frysteland lair to collect new mutating weapons and a mighty new sword: Titan's Triumph. These will be limited in quantity so you had better be quick!

Titan Always Triumphs!

Hmmmm...seems a bit sketchy.

Energy Titan

Energy Titan

Also returning will be Titan's Burger Bike! 

 Omnomnomnom

Omnomnomnom.

The image speaks for itself.

 

Core Continuum

We are adding additional Active Cores to the roster of Charge Cores. Each use in battle will deplete a Core charge. We're hoping to have enough time to implement some completely new Charge Cores for your battling enjoyment. Could they be Titan-themed? Perhaps...

 

VendBot Upgrade

One of the oldest and most prolific NPCs in EpicDuel is the humble VendBot. These little guys have seen the evolution of EpicDuel from the earliest Alpha days to the modern Omega phase. In that time, they've traded their inventories of obsolete boosters to Cores. Their old technology can barely contain the demand so they've been refitted for extra capacity to provide you with the latest and greatest hardware upgrades, serving as a one-stop core shop.

VendBot Facelift

Someone's been working out!

Miss the old design? Don't worry, the original will still be around in a few remote places of Delta V. 

Tags: War Nightwraith Titan Birthday Rares Bike Mutating Weapons Turrets Objectives Cores


Nightwraith

July 03, 2013

War Shops

The Dread War Continues

War Hiccup

Those of you who played over the weekend may have noticed some wonkiness on the Control bars for each War Objective. This bug tipped the balance overwhelmingly in favor of the Legion. Obviously, this was not intentional and Titan spent all day Sunday repairing this bug. Unfortunately, since the scores for irreparably skewed, they all had to be reset. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.

 

Independence Day Rares Return

This Friday, you can celebrate freedom with the returning Independence Day rares. You can find them equipped to Naomi in Central Station. Also, the Independence Day achievement will also be available at all the VendBot Achievement shops throughout Delta V.

Bonus bikes!

Thanks to some help from Trizzzcentrino, we've managed 2 new seasonal rare bikes (to be found on Naomi)! Flavoured in Legion or Exile designs, you can show alignment pride while tearing up the battlefield. These are also the first bikes to attempt a new chrome color that's not color custom (the shiny, silvery bits on the bikes). I think it creates a neat effect that's lost on most color custom parts, but we'll see how you like it. 

 

New War Objectives

War Regions

Turret Array

To flesh out some of the less populous regions of Delta V, we have added 7 new War Objectives! You can find the in the West Naval Yard, the Barrens Outpost, and Central Station. Can you help capture them all and dominate Delta V?

 

Regional War Shops

Regional Concepts

Regional Concepts 2

By controlling key points in each region (i.e. the Battle Arena in Fortune City, the Overlord AI in the Overlord Facility, etc...), Alignments can unlock War Shops.  Since supplies are scarce during wartime, these shops only supply limited quantities of items. To allow as many players to collect these items as possible, alignments are encouraged to hold regions for as long as possible since the War Shops will restock automatically over time. These War Shops will offer distinct advantages to those who control them in the form of War Cores. These Cores come either attached to a weapon or separately.

 

New Cores

With this release, we will be introducing new core technology: consumable cores! By equipping them to a primary weapon, these cores will confer a regional Influence bonus that will last a certain amount of battles. After the core expires, a new one will need to be purchased. We have coded them to only count victories as a “use”. 

 

War Chests Revealed

War Chests Open!

Now it can be revealed! Each Legion and Exile War chest contains regional War Cores!  That means eight free cores (one for each active region)! Players with War Chests will start out with an automatic advantage in the War with the flexibility to gain a bonus in whichever region they choose. Since this bonus is alignment neutral, players who purchased the Legion pack, but decided to fight for the Exiles (and vice versa) will not be penalized.

 

Consumables Gone

For those who have been following EpicDuel since before Omega, you are probably aware that Consumables like Health Packs and Boosters no longer serve a purpose in battle. Rather than try to wedge consumables back into the game, we have decided to move toward consumable cores and, as of this release, we will be removing all consumables from the game. All players with consumables in their inventories will receive the appropriate amount of resale currency for the items removed.

Going forward, it will be possible for us to recreate Boosters, Grenades and Bombs as cores, which ultimately has more flexibility and does require the database to store excessive items entries for each player. Initially, we thought we could simply recode all the consumables back into the game, but the game has changed dramatically both code-wise and balance-wise since Omega launched so we determined that this would be the best decision for the overall health of the game.

Tags: Titan War Factions Dread War Weapons Consumables Cores Legion Exiles


Cinderella

June 21, 2013

War Begins!

The Dread War is imminent!

Legion and Exile forces, the time has come to man your battle stations! The Dread War officially begins today, June 21! Choose your alignment carefully, as you will not only be supporting that alignment for the Dread War, but the remainder of your time on Delta V.* This is a time of conflict- there can be no room for neutral parties.

*You will be able to change alignment later, but at a steep cost with time-based limitations. 

War Map

You are somewhere...around here.

I also want to mention that the war system coming todayis a major change to the overall gameplay experience of EpicDuel, not just a temporary event for the next month or so. We will change the dynamics periodically and add features to keep the war fresh, but the system itself is going to be part of the core gameplay. We don't want to keep ANYONE from the clash!

Battle for regional control

Use the regional map to jump to contested Objectives!

With this release, we will be introducing 21 War Objectives to claim. Do you have what it takes to claim them all and shape the future of Delta V?


War Objectives

Battle Token Contribution

As previously announced, Flags will be converted to War Objectives, which will require more active control over an area rather than simply dumping in tokens, which will be removed next week. Since I didn't have specifics last week about credit/token conversion, here is RabbleFroth's word on the subject:

1) Credits per battle will be increased. The base amount for 1v1 was 32 per win, it will increase to 37 per win, and about 2 more credits for a 1v1 loss. This bonus is appropriately increased for 2v2 and Juggernaut. 

2) Token -> Credit conversion. You will receive 10 Credits per Token you still have when the change rolls live (it will NOT be in this week's update). This will cap out at 250 thousand credits so as to not give unlimited currency to the small percentage of players that have hoarded a huge number of tokens over time. Thus, if you have more than 25k tokens, I HIGHLY recommend you spend them now

3) We will award an achievement for anyone that is currently in a faction and has contributed any amount of Tokens to a flag. This achievement will use a new system we're working on that can display the actual number of Tokens you contributed. So your actual contribution at the time of the update (again, not this week) will be immortalized by this achievement. 

4) Regarding Flag Captures: I've answered this a few times throughout the thread, but I'll re-iterate here for clarity. Your Flag Captures will not be reset, removed, or decreased in any way. They will be renamed to Objective Captures to match the new system's terminology. You will be able to continue getting Objective Captures in the new system. We'll explain in more detail how this will work soon, but they will likely be harder to obtain. This essentially means that factions that currently have Flag Captures will have a very nice head start in the new system. 

5) Achievement costs will be converted to Credits at an amount close to the Token -> Credit conversion (10). Can't say it will be exactly 10, but it won't be far off if not. 

6) All missions rewarding Tokens will be looked at individually, and we'll change the reward to what it would have been if the mission had awarded Credits in the first place. Pro Rabble Hint: It will probably be worth your while to do these Token missions now if you haven't already. 

The current flags will be converted to War Objectives with this release, with more areas under dispute released in the future! Next week we hope to upgrade Objectives to impart buffs to the controlling alignment in the area, and actually make it possible for the Objectives to upgrade and evolve with effort.

War Objectives Abound!

A new War Objective outside of Ulysses' workshop.

 

Coming Soon...

This is going to be a gigantic update with a major change to EpicDuel's primary gameplay, but we are far from done. Other features which should (hopefully) be implemented next week include:

  • War shops
  • War Objective Buffs
  • Upgradable War Objectives
  • More War Objectives
  • Participation-based evolving achievements
  • More!

With so many features coming tomorrow, and even more on the horizon, this is going to be a Summer to remember for EpicDuel!

Tags: Titan Legion War PvP


Titan

February 08, 2013

1.5.1 Patch Notes

NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • Lowered character retrain cost from 20 Credits per level (500 max) to 10 Credits per level (250 max)
  • Lowered item retrain cost from 250 Credits to 100 Credits
  • Vendbots have finally learned how to buy items from you
  • Veteran and Advanced Battlegear are now Rare Promo items
  • Mutating armors are now labeled as such in inventories
  • Added a resale value to Bacon drops from Titan

 

BALANCE CHANGES:

NOTE: These are far from the only changes we plan on making. We wanted to make these encompassing changes first to make sure we aren't over-tuning other skills or classes at the same time.

  • Health and Energy now grows by 1 point every even level (So level 35 players will have an extra 17 health)
  • Juggernauts now match with players 6-10 levels lower (Changed from 3-8 levels lower)

 

BUGS FIXED:

  • Missions would stop counting wins past 255
  • Items with no resale value (Grenades and Chairman Bux) now have their proper resale value
  • Missions rewards will now come with appropriate weapon damage instead of 0
  • Missions that require rusted weapons have been updated to require different weapons
  • NPCs would sometimes fail to drop mission items
  • Changing worlds very rapidly could result in a server kick
  • Leaving a battle early would still grant battle rewards
  • The item finder now supports apostrophes (') in search
  • Awarded missing Enhancer achievements to players that were supposed to receive it
  • NPC fights no longer show a visual loss during battle
  • Renamed duplicate mission "A Frosty Redux"
  • Poison/Frostbite damage now update your bottom-left HP/EP bars
  • Field Commander and Blood Commander were able to be cast on top of each other
  • Chairman's Fury is now properly a one-time use
  • Thorn Assault is now properly a one-time use

Tags: Patch Notes Titan


Titan

February 04, 2013

Last Chance

The time has finally come! Omega is nearly upon us and this is your last chance to be an Omega Founder and obtain the Golden Omega Ticket!

Last Chance!

In addition to giving the Omega Onslaughter (mutating physical), Omega Obliterator (mutating energy), Omega Slayer (energy sword), Omega Impaler (physical sword), Dark Yeti (energy bot), and Baby Yeti (physical bot), the ticket also entitles you to a slot in the Golden Yeti Tournament!

This preorder ticket is the ONLY way to participate in this event and will disappear forever as soon as Omega goes live!

We are in the final testing phases and should be ready to roll tomorrow. Time is quickly running out to take advantage of this amazing offer! Are you yeti for Omega? We are!

Tags: Titan


Titan

January 31, 2013

Weekend Progress Report

This morning after logging into the live server I realize that we have made roughly 2 kabillion improvements and changes over the past several weeks of Omega development. I thought it was worth summarizing all the things we've done, to show you just where we are in terms of development progress:

Rebuild the Battle Engine: 100%
  • Rewrote over 9000 lines of code
  • All battle actions are now modular and work on a new set of 100+ rules that can be easily manipulated
  • It will be around 3-4X faster to create new skills in the future per skill
  • More control than ever to balance skills on an individual basis
  • This means more exciting, more dynamic, more balanced battles as we go forward
New Item Stat Editor: 100%
  • All items in-game instantly become editable, upgradable and usable at any level
  • The current Enhancement system is replaced with the Core system and Stat Editor
  • Players that have Enhanced items will be compensated as per a previous post about Enhancement compensation
New Item Core Editor: 100%
  • Primary Weapons, Guns, Auxiliaries, and Armors now have 2 editable Core slots
  • Players can equip Active and Passive Cores to these slots to expand their battle options
  • Robots have been overhauled to use Cores, which means we can crank out new robots about 10X faster
  • Robots Core Slots will be locked when we go live, but it's likely in the future that we release bots with customizable specials
Overhaul the Character Creator: 100%

Redo the Account Creation Flow: 100%
  • New players can create and customize their character prior to registering the account
  • Guest Play has been removed
Create 50+ New Missions: 100%

NEW Omega Promotional Packages: 100%
  • Omega Onslaughter and Obliterator Packages
  • NEW Exclusive Omega Cores
Create Several New Yeti's 100%
  • New upgrade system to train your yeti
  • Improved damage as you evolve your yeti
  • 2 NEw Omega Yeti's with exploding Chomp ability!
Improve 100+ Hairstyles 100%

Improve Several Interfaces 100%
  • Inventory Overhaul
  • Merchant Shopping Overhaul
  • Simplified Varium Store
Create 6 New Base Class Armors 100% 
  • Prepare scripts to update every character existing in the game with the new armor when Omega goes live
  • Allow players to upgrade this new armor
  • Update armor logic so the character will always have armor equipped.
Improve Damage Bubble System 100% 
  • Damage bubbles now display health gains from Reroute, Lust, and losses from Other Effects
  • Makes it easier to visually see the HP/MP gains and losses that are occuring
Recreate NPC Artificial Intelligence 100%
  • NPCs now work more similarly to the way a real player does
  • This makes it far easier for us to create unique NPC battle experiences as we move forward
  • NPCs can now equip auxiliary weapons
  • We will take further advantage of this improvement later on in Omega
New Golden Yeti Tournament System 100%
  • Players will use their Golden Yeti Tournament tickets to participate in a new tournament
  • The tournament will launch a few days after Omega launches.  
  • This gives players some time to adjust their builds and learn the new system
  • It also gives us a window of time to resolve any issues that arise during the launch
Create NEW Basic Cores:  100%
  • The plan is to release a handful of simple item Cores for players to use to try out the new engine
  • These cores will be reasonably priced, and available to everyone at launch
  • With each subsequent release after Omega launches, we'll roll out more exciting Cores
  • Remember that this system is super-new to everyone, so let's get it right!
Final Balance / Testing Pass 100%
  • Prior to going live we'll be working with ALL of our testers to perform several balance tests and make adjustments accordingly.  We'll use this time to uncover and squash any remaining engine bugs.
  • This step is critical and I will NOT release Omega until I and the team are confident that we will launch you the best update you've ever seen.
We'll keep you posted on updates to these percentages to give you a better idea of how things are coming. 

Tags: Titan

 

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