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December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays from the EpicDuel Team!

Happy Holidays!


It's that time of year again.  A time for giving.  A time for caring.  A time for giving thanks.  I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the EpicDuel crew to thank all of our players for their support!  This support comes in many forms.  Whether you bought Varium each update or still rock all credit-only gear, dominated the leaderboards or just played a few rounds while your boss wasn't looking, we're eternally grateful for your support.  YOU keep the EpicDuel community alive.  You ARE the EpicDuel community.  You contributed, great or small, towards the 80 million + battles fought since we started this quaint little PvP Flash game.

I would also like to thank our Mods.  You guys helped us keep the game safe from the beginning, and over the past year we have worked hard to add more features to your Ban Hammers.  You have all truly earned your green names!

Last year we had just integrated with Artix Entertainment.  We hadn't even released Founder status yet!  A year before that, EpicDuel wasn't even public.  In fact, we conducted a small private test around Christmas time for our closest friends.


Happy Holidays!


Wow!  We've come a long way since then.  I believe this image depicts Titan as ADMIN BOT trying to convince players that he was an AI program.  I think some were actually convinced!  We had just finished color custom appearance, a whopping 20 weapons, and, oh yeah, Massacre could be used on the first turn.  You want to talk about balance?  LoL!


Happy Holidays!


Titan and I have been working on EpicDuel for over three years now, but this past year with Artix Entertainment has been, for lack of a better word, EPIC!  When I was compiling a list of features, I kept going back and thinking, "We did that THIS YEAR?  Bwah?"

Here are just some of the features we've introduced over the last year!

  • New Battle Screens
  • Expandable Buddy List and Inventory
  • Custumizable Player Housing
  • Three New Skills
  • Name Change
  • Class Change
  • Rating Points
  • Armor Enhancements
  • Weapon Enhancements 
  • Arcade mode
  • Security Improvements (take that, H4x0rz!)
  • Performance Improvements (take that, lag monster!)
  • Battle Boost and Experience Boost
  • Player Suggestion Items
  • Facebook Sharing
  • Tons of New NPCs
  • Tons of New Weapons, Items, and Armor 
  • Two new zones: The West Naval Yard and the Overlord Facility
  • New Auxiliary Weapon Type
  • Seasonal Rare Weapons
  • Earnable and Purchaseable Achievements
  • Faction Headquarters
  • Faction Cannons
  • Faction Message Board
  • Faction Domination Flags
  • Faction Ranks
  • Robots with Unique Secondary Attacks
  • Six New Leaderboards
  • "What's New" Section to Inform Players of Updates
  • Performance Slider to Improve Performance
  • Bikes to Increase Movement Speed
  • NPC Chat (with sound!)
  • Probably more that I'm forgetting...

Remember, we never would have been so productive if not for your awesome support and suggestions keeping the EpicDuel community alive and growing!  We've already got a huge list of new features planned for next year!  Stay tuned for further updates!  The best is yet to come!

Tomorrow, be sure to wish your opponents a Happy Holiday...right before you bazooka them in the face!  A true EpicDuel Holiday Greeting!

Tags: Nightwraith


December 14, 2010

Prepare for the Lowe-Down Throw-Down

This Friday, prepare for one of the biggest EpicDuel events yet!  George Lowe is descending upon Delta V to challenge its best warriors and increase his collection of fallen souls. 

Also, to increase his collection of tiny ceramic kittens.  Hey, it's a hobby.

Join us for this amazing event bursting at the seams with new content!


George Lowe!


Battle George Lowe: Space Warrior!

George Lowe feeds on fear...and it's dinner time!  Meet him in the newly constructed Legion Arena (located just inside Fortune City), and try taking on the fearsome mercenary in his sweet space armor!  Think you've got what it takes?  You'd better bring your fighting pants because George Lowe fights dirty!


...Or Hire Him!

George Lowe is also a registered mercenary for hire.  For a price, he will launch a devastating (and hilarious) attack on the opposing alignment!


New Skills!

New Skills!


The classes are evolving.  For the first time in a loooooong time, we are introducing three new skills!  Will you try them all?  

  • Assimilation: Maintaining a steady flow of energy is essential for a Tech Mage to power his or her powerful spells.  In time of great distress, powerful Tech Mages can strike an opponent and drain their energy, converting a portion of it for their own.  Fully leveled Assimilation can drain up to 10 energy points from an enemy while addition 5 points to your own energy reserve.
  • Shadow Arts: A truly skilled Bounty Hunter's reflexes are so finely honed, that time appears to slow, making incoming attacks easier to avoid.  This skill passively increases block rate, deflection rate, and stun rate by 1% per level of investment.
  • Blood Shield: Using intense concentration and a portion of their own life-force, Mercenaries can now bestow protection from energy attacks on themselves or an ally.  Blood Shield levels the same way as Hybrid Armor, except it eventually dissipates after 4 turns.


Balance Improvements!

  • Field Medic   - new Tech requirement base 15 step 3  
  • Double Strike - new Dex requirement base 13 step 2  
  • Bunker Buster - reduced Dex requirement by 2 per level  
  • Berzerker     - new Dex requirement base 20 step 2  
  • Atom Smasher - increase % by 2% per level  
  • Bludgeon     - new Dex requirement base 15 step 2  
  • Overload - new Tech requirement base 18 step 2  
  • Reflext Boost - increase dex by 2 at all levels  
  • Massacre     - new Supp requirement 20 base step 3  
  • Venom Strike - new Tech requirement 20 base step 2
  • Lowered the Rage impact from 65% defense ignore to 45% defense ignore
  • Underdog players have a much higher chance of First Strike against higher level opponents

New Weapons!

New Holiday Rares!


While you're visiting George Lowe be sure to browse his inventory of devastating, class-specific frost gear.  If you ask nicely, he just might let you have some...for a price!

Coffee-tron 3000, you're my best friend <3

Tags: Nightwraith


December 03, 2010

Gamma Evolution 1.1.2a

The holidays are nearly upon us, and to celebrate, last week we reintroduced Frostbane. This week, we will be reintroducing the rest of our holiday rares, plus some brand new level 32 weapons for those players who have evolved a bit since last year. 

Frostbane Returns!!! 


The devastating, legendary sword Frostbane is returning to EpicDuel and it's better than ever! Immediately after the release goes live, those who purchase the 10,000 varium package will receive the coveted blade for a limited time! 

New Holiday Rares!!! 

Holiday Weapons!


New weapons have joined the party! Deck the halls with explosive alien penguins and packages of doom! 

New Home Items!!! 

Home Items!


Homeowners rejoice! Get into the season with a plethora of seasonal house items! 

Credit Option for Item Enhancements! 

Non-Varium users, we have heard your pleas! Thanks to new breakthroughs in item enhancement technology, all items can now be enhanced with Varium OR credits! Yes, you can also enhance partially with Varium and credits in any order. Be advised, the new technology used to enhance weapons without Varium is costly! 

Become a Frost Warrior! 

Frost Warrior!

The mightiest warriors of the season may receive the Frost Warrior achievement, worth a mighty 2500 rating points! 

One Year Anniversary! 
Year of the Dragon 
A year ago at this time, Titan and I were in the underground lab working on the merger with Artix Entertainment, and it's been a wild ride ever since! Without them, the game you see today would not have been possible, so to celebrate, we're offering a "Year of the Dragon" achievement for purchasing ANY varium package after the update goes live. This achievement will be available for a limited time to commemorate the anniversary, so grab it while you can! 

New Features! 

  • New level 32 weapons available from Marauder Hulk, Nightwraith, and Titan! 
  • Holiday rares return from last year! 
  • New holiday home items! 
  • New faction flag emblems! 
  • Credit option for all item enhancements! 
  • Consolidated War event log groups attacks by user and type! 
  • Notifier toggle! 
  • Frost Warrior achievement for 2500 rating points! 

    Bug Fixes! 

  • Fixed error that caused NPCs to change into Light City Guard 
  • Fixed intro battle bug 
  • Fixed error that would prevent Warlord achievement from awarding 
  • Tags: Nightwraith


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