Today, Miko and I are updating this website. I missed the black background... so EVERYTHING is going back to black! Behold... the dark, sweet embrace of HTML's eternal darkness. Hex color #000000, will you be my valentine? I added a romantic zombie love song in the upper right hand corner of the site today so we can celebrate.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team is setting up the 3D game database and building the interface for Thursday's pre-registration. Do you know what name you are going to reserve? You should use the name that everyone in the community knows you best by. I am going to pick Artix! Trust me when I say, I know how frustrating it is when you cannot get your name... *coughs* I have not been able to get the my name on ANY game or web service for the past 5 years O_O.
Today you are going to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about reserving your name for our upcoming 3D game. But first, I would like to express... seriously... OMG seriously... my heartfelt gratitude to you and the other players who sent the team and I such awesome cheers and congratulations on the AQWorlds event, "The Eternal Curse of Love", the MechQuest "Planet Romero" release, and everything leading to the launch of this new website. I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt this overwhelming amount of joy and creative enthusiasm.
The comment that perhaps touched me the most was a personal note from this week's musical guest, Mia J. Park (I probably should have asked permission before posting this.) who kindly wrote, "I think you should be proud, as I can see from here how much love there is in the world for Artix. Thank you for sharing it with me and giving me this dream come true. I could honestly just die happy now as I think it's all I ever wanted. To watch the music fly and touch lives . You made it possible. So, I think if anyone's really part angel... it's you! Wishing you huge success!" I want Mia and her music to be a success as well... so I am going to shamelessly plug her debut CD, Metamorphosis one more time in hopes that you will support her by getting a copy. (Remember, this is a link to a special page she made where she is giving our players 20% off) Perfect Valentines gift? It is also available on iTunes.
How can I get my name for AQ3D?
It will take place Thursday (unless the bug monster rises from the grave and destroys us all), right here. You must have support one of our games (any game) to qualify. Here is what you need to do:
Show up here on Thursday night (Feb 16th, 2012 at approx 5pm EST) there will be a new post with a GIANT BUTTON.
Make sure ALL of your game accounts are linked to this Artix Entertainment account.
If you have ever supported us by Upgrading or becoming a Member in any of our previous games, you will be able to reserve your AdventureQuest 3D game name. Remember, you can only reserve one name. So choose the one the gaming community best knows you by.
Continue checking Artix.com daily for development news and tests... tests... more tests! (to get Alpha points!)
Questions & Answers
Once I have my name will I be able to play!?
No :-( Pre-registration is here to let our long time player's reserve their name.
But I really want to play!!! Why can't I play!?!?!?!?
Um, we are still building the game. There is nothing to play... yet.
BUT I WANNA PLAY!!!!!!!! WHY WON'T YOU LET ME PLAY!?!?!?!?!
How can I make sure that my account is eligable for pre-registration?
Hmmm, good point. I will ask Capt. Rhubarb to add something to the portal site that tells you when you login. This might take a few days.
Is it true you are going to be moving all the functionality at portal.battleon.com to Artix.com ?
Yes. This will take time, but by Summer, we expect signup, player support, forums, the payment system, avatar creation, the creative community and more to all be at www.Artix.com !
When will alpha testing start for AQ3D and who can participate?
Keep checking back here for updates on when it will start. There will be LOTS of tests! As you know, this is a MMO and space on our dev server will be limited. Upgraded Members of our current MMOs AQWorlds/HeroSmash/Epicduel are guarenteed access to the Alpha and Beta tests. By supporting these games you are also funding the creation of AQ3D. From time to time we will need the help of ALL players to test various parts of this new game.
Check back tomorrow....
Because I am going to write something. I do not know what, yet. It could be anything! You will have no way of knowing unless you read. O_O
Pre-registration is coming next Thursday We have recovered the files (and comfy sofa) and the new AdventureQuest 3D game project is officially back on schedule. To celebrate, we redesigned this site. From now on, all new behind-the-scenes development secrets will be posted for you right here on the new Artix.com homepage! (Be sure to bookmark it and hit the like button to the right!) Please let me know what you think of the new site and projects on my official Artix Facebook page or Twitter.
Thank you to everyone who cheered and supported us through the events with Ebilcorp. This new game, and the creation of it so far has been unlike anything we have done before. We love that you are being a part of it. Although... dos anyone else get the feeling that we have not seen the last of Chairman Platinum?
OMG! Nulgath joined EbilCorp!? Was it him that made it possible for them to infiltrate the lab? We may have gotten back our files, but EbilCorp has just taken one of our most skilled and talented artists. It appears that Nulgath is creating a new competing game titled OverSoul. It looks like a PvP focused game with interesting card-game-style mechanics. You better check this out for yourself.
AQWorlds "The Eternal curse of Love" The love story I wrote for players is being released tonight. This Valentine's release features music from our new musician friend Mia J. Park. As a thank you to our community, Mia is giving AQWorlds players a special discount on her debut album Metamorphosis.
EpicDuel PvP drops! Players will have a chance to get a drop with every PvP fight. This first round of this feature is for players up to level 10 only. Meanwhile, Titan is perfecting the new Weapon Finder bot which will help players locate gear in-game and instantly teleport them to the shop or location that offers it.
DragonFable Hero's Heart Day storybook! This year is a huge clue-solving puzzle throughout the game to find the boss.
MechQuest Planet Romero New quests on the planet reveal that a virus is turning people into zombies resulting in Artix's first appearance in MechQuest.
AdventureQuest SnuggleFest 2012 This year's snugglefest has been released along with a new quest and limited time item.
HeroSmash Daily Random Item Shop A new "Daily random item shop" has been released. Each day, the contents of the shop will be randomly chosen from a list of growing items. Some items will return, some unlucky items might not!
Almost there! Xero, Thyton and I spent the morning working on our female 3D character model's face. (TRANSLATED: Xero had two overly-suggestive back seat drivers hurling non-stop, conflicting thoughts at him for hours straight... it is amazing that we did not end up creating something that looked likethis.)
I am really glad we are slowing down and spending lots of time to perfect the character models. Xero is very humble and sooo easy to work with. Although I have only known him for these last two weeks, he has already achieved "Zhoom-like" respect from us. We have made some pretty significant changes since this picture was first poted.
Yesterday, Llusion sent this concept sketch for the forest he is now creating in 3D. A lot of games create concept sketches like these. They serve as inspiration and reference when making the 3D models. We learned a lot from building our 1st forest... but we are trying to hit "full production quality" with this next one. (TRANSLATION: Expect 4 more versions before this actually happens.)