Design Notes

Rapid Fire Update #2

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"Now with storytime!"

Each Wednesday I am start the day by walking around the lab and tell you things I see going on...

AdventureQuest 3D & Mobile

We sure seem to be in perma-crunch time these days. Our newest round of work on the AdventureQuest 3D characters has really seemed to hit the mark. Xero (3D Modeler) finished the gazzillion changes to the female late last night. Korin (3D animator) has been animating their new idle and combat poses. If it seems like we are doing this over... and over.. and over... that is just because -- we are! this game has to be more perfect then anything we have ever put out before. Minimal & Zhoom are still working on the combat system. It is pretty complex... far more complex than AQWorld's system. Minimal has his heart set on being able to support 40+ person raids. I have been working with the team during the days... on nights and weekends I have been working with Warlic on building mobile games. Last night we discovered that we can sneak extra data into graphic files. This is pretty amazing. It means instead of sending you two files... we can just send a graphic, and it will already contain all of the information on how to place, animate, etc the monster, character or weapon. 

DragonFable's Valentines Day Event

Last year was the wedding of  two of our most beloved team members, Rolith and Alina. (Fan art by ~TomeOfFaith) They had both worked together on DragonFable before Alina was promoted to co-lead of AdventureQuest Worlds and Rolith went on to create the multiplayer server for Oversoul. In fact, Rolith proposed to Alina in an amazing old-spice parody quest inside DragonFable. This explains why DragonFable players were furious when the in-game wedding event for their favorite developers took place in AdventureQuest Worlds instead of DragonFable! This Valentines Day... the DragonFable Team is rectifying that issue... with a twist. They are going to tell the story, just prior to the wedding. With a fair amount of focus on Rolith's bachelor party. Based on the real life bachelor party his best man threw him... which was *coughs* Artix. Now, you are probably thinking, "Artix!?!?! He does not drink, nor anything bad and in general is way too goodie two shoes to throw a worthy bachelor party." -- until you find out that all of the bad stuff was replaced with incredible amounts of combativie violence. Earlier that morning radio announcers were talking about a bunch of old WWF wrestlers were in Tampa preparing for an unspecified private event. But if you want the full story... and the pictures I promised... then be sure to check out DragonFable's very special Valentines Day event and posts :-)

Other random Artix Entertainment going ons!

  • EpicDuel is REALLY close to launching their Omega release.
  • Oversoul launched the friends system and an undead dungeon with a boss monster, Degore. The team is now building "artifiacts."
  • Samba is doing live streams on Friday!
  • Miko & Draven made a snazzy new design for the AQWorlds Payment Page
  • Did you already see AQWorld's new Character Creation design?
  • Diozz drew an AMAZING Galanoth picture that will be the header of a special AQWorlds email being sent to players this week. Be sure your email is up to date and verified.
  • Is Chairman Platinum a good villain?
  • Phase 2 of Artix.com is still underway. Progress was slowed down by an endless sea of other issues popping up around the network -- but it looks like Nythera's new player support pages will be completed first then the account mangement. 
  • AdventureQuest World's programming team is overwhelmed. They hit the max lines of code to compile the game client (again... for the 5th time) and are now chopping up the game engine into smaller pieces. This has been an ongoing source of frustration and why the Guilds project has kept being delayed. Also, they are addressing a critical error that prevents some players from loading the game on their first try and the walking speed hack. I warn anyone against using the walking speed hack -- as soon as the fix goes in (hopefully today), it will auto ban anyone who even attempts to do it.
  • Dage has been spending his spare time learning how to make armor in real life. He is REALLY into it...
  • HeroMart - we approved two new samples. The Chicken Cow (Bawk 2) shirt and a new, more blood red, ShadowScythe T-shirt. Those are going to print now and should be available next week.
  • All of the game teams are hard at work on their new releases for this Thursday/Friday

Question: What are you more interested in playing? AdventureQuest 3D in your browser OR AdventureQuest Mobile on your phone or tablet?

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Bybaiko
Bybaiko: I'd like to play the mobile game.
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velc
velc: Totally AQ3D
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Knightmare
Knightmare: AQM and AQ3D sound like equally tough challenges for AE, AQM because of the mobile endproduct...and AQ3D because of the 3D graphics..
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Eonaleth
Eonaleth: AQ3D on my browser but it would be nice to have it downloadable. I'll pay extra if you can do that.
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Sasuke_kool1
Sasuke_kool1: AdventureQuest Mobile
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Dangoni
Dangoni: AdventureQuest 3D ...
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KiraNightingale
KiraNightingale: I would hope that you guys would make the 3D game a client download as well for people who are able to play MMORPG games on their computers not just their browser.Alot of times despite it being browser baised can be really laggy for people i've played some 3D browser games on facebook and they ran fairly slow.It might be a good idea to do a client download as well.
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JeffTechnoWiz
JeffTechnoWiz: The main issue you need to fix with the ShS T-shirts is. Fixing up/Setting up a Doomknight Armor shop in AQClassic. It badly needs it.
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Chazore
Chazore: artix, I am currently building my own 3d mmorpg and one of the classes i have created is a time controller. i was wondering if i can use the name Chronomancer.
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DaiTigris
DaiTigris: 40 person raiding parties in Legend of Lore just sounds amazing! That would have to be the most epic raiding party of all time.
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DaiTigris
DaiTigris: Enter button action commercial break commence! I keep on forgetting that enter auto posts, is there going to be a fix for that by the way? Anyways to answer your question I'm more interested in being able to play Adventure Quest 3D. I've been patently watching and following the development for it over the past year now and I can't wait till the full release comes out.
Kae
Kae: The HHD will be pretty cool. I love these events that mix the npcs with developers. What other game company does that? Or rather, is there any other gaming company in which we have a close contact with the developers so that even marriages of them become events in the games?
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Jet
Jet: A new ShadowScythe T-Shirt?
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raveolot86
raveolot86: HHD is going to be fun and im looking more to playing AQ3D on my browser thin AQ on a mobile seeing as i don't have one
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Jet
Jet: A new ShadowScythe T-Shirt? I hope it has the same items as the previous shirt. ;__; Or if not, then a Necrotic Blade of Doom for my DF character
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Entro
Entro: necrotic blade of doom must be bought with the doomknight package for 60-80$
Jet
Jet: No, that's the Necrotic Sword of Doom. I mean the big blade Sepulchure wields.
aaa213
aaa213: I think you should do AdventureQuest 3D in the browser.
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Shawo180000
Shawo180000: AQ3d...cause i don't own any 'I' stuff (Meaning i don't own an Ipad, Iphone, IDon'tReallyCare...
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dooooooom lord
dooooooom lord: I want AQ3D 9000000000% more! :D
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KJinx101
KJinx101: wow ninetrillion percent more... well me for AQ3D over a mobile app: a decececececececececillion% more
Fuzzyink
Fuzzyink: My vote goes for 3D in browser :) But if mobile could be delivered way faster -like in a month or so :P- then it'd be the mobile game.
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Torang
Torang: While I really want to see AQ3D come out because it will give me a nice replacement to World of Warcraft (I can't afford the monthly payments unfortunately), I would like to see the mobile game come out first. Also, is there any plans at AE to introduce a druid class to any of the games?
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Dracomon
Dracomon: AQ3D I can't wait for the new combat system.
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Thyrst
Thyrst: I really hope the mobile game would be compatible with older devices, too.
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Paganinii
Paganinii: Cool stuff coming in. Can't wait for EpicDuel to finally release. I'd much rather see AQ3D in-browser than a mobile app, personally.
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_fx_
_fx_: especially since i don't have a smartphone, but even if i did i'd much rather have aq3d (LoL?) in a browser than aq on mobile platforms.
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_fx_
_fx_: woops, pressed enter by mistake there. but does dage making real armors mean that next time you're on tv you'll be wearing metal?
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Entro
Entro: probaly mobile, i could use something like df or aq on my ipod :)
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: Rolith's Old Spice parody was so funny. I also remember his "blank" DF DN from when he told everyone about what he was planning at D*C that year. It's awesome you guys share all this with us. As for the question, AQ3D in browser.
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mlkk22
mlkk22: browser
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KJinx101
KJinx101: Aq3d in browser. I got the photon browser app[it enables flash] and I have been able to play AE games on my tablet already. AQ3D will be too complex to do on a tablet, but i would love the borwser; all for AQ3DLoL
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Gravmon
Gravmon: i looked up photon browser on app store but multople ones showed up so i got the free one what is the one your talking about YuKahi
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KJinx101
KJinx101: sorry, "Photon Flash Player and Browser" by APPSVERSE, INC. And I'm on the google play store, By The Way.
Kvasir
Kvasir: Browser, not just because AQ3D has a much higher chance of running on my laptop than anything ever will on my phone, but also because AQ3D has a much higher chance of running on my laptop than anything ever will on my phone. Also did i read 40+ raids?...... I am moving to a place with a better internet connection just for that.
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Swordsman of Worlds
Swordsman of Worlds : AQ3D, hands down. It's still the one thing I'm really looking forward to. Though I finally got a tablet for Christmas, so AQ Mobile will be a treat as well. But I must say, your dedication is absolutely unmatched from any other game company I've seen. I mean you're literally building AQ3D to perfection. And you're planning on allowing 40+ person raids!? Dude!! If you can do that then we should have 40+ person wars too! A free downloadable client would also be very useful; less lag and smoother performance is always better, especially for a 3D game.
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MoglinBeast
MoglinBeast: I agree, a free downloadable client would be great!
Slayerz
Slayerz: AQ3D for sure, that is hardly a question.
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Blizzard
Blizzard: AQ3D is definitely the game I am most looking forward to playing. Please make segments and allow us to beta test them! It would get content out to us sooner! :D I'm so excited for the game and I have been for a long time.
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Orcs4044
Orcs4044: Waiting for AQ3D...
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Sparrow
Sparrow: AQ3D! The alpha looked awesome! I hope you guys aren't changing the world. It's beautiful and I have already made memories of it. It would be cool if you could make it a game on a disc that you have to buy at walmart or something. I'd definitely buy it.
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SamX
SamX: If that happens, most players from other countries wouldn't be able to buy it.
Entidadpunk-Chan
Entidadpunk-Chan: nobody says anything about the speedhax,it's my time to shine:
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jakemaster1390
jakemaster1390: I would love to see all the games made portable. Only thing hanging me up as to buying a tablet is because I want one that will run all these games. If a tablet wont support these games then it is not worth having one to me.
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: aq mobile definately
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G_Darkmoon
G_Darkmoon: I'm more interested in AQ3D. Just make it possible to lower graphics options below the lowest. My video card is pretty good, but i only have 256 MB of RAM. I'd really appreciate an option to turn off as many details as possible.
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Colossus
Colossus: Just upgrade your RAM. Buy some RAM and stick it in your computer. It couldn't be simpler and you don't want to waste that good video card.
Supertails
Supertails: RAM doesn't cost much, so I say get some more! You can get like 8GB of RAM for ~$20 or not much more. :]
grayfoxrunning
grayfoxrunning: Browser for now, until all bugs are out. Just hope that AQ3D isn't to hard for an old fart to understand. Keep up the good work.
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Draek Katsu
Draek Katsu: AQ3D for both, with priority being Browser as still not everyone is going to have a lot of speed on phone and the price of the bill...
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SamX
SamX: Hmm.... I wonder how the AQ3D game would turn out to be? Will the stybe similar to aqw? Or df? Or mq? Or maybe AQ classic? Or is it will be a whole different kind of style? I can't wait to see how it would turn out when it is released. I bet it's gonna be great, I mean 40+ raids? I don't think 30+ raids even existed!(For a 3D game) I just hope that this game won't be a huge lag maker... Maybe you should make a downloadable version for players who might want it so that the game won't make a constant lag for their browsers.
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Paatar
Paatar: AQ3D! I really hope there is an Alpha Pirate class or Alpha themed class. Same with beta, a beta themed class. I also want to become a founder of this amazing game! :)
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Colossus
Colossus: Wow, AE is keeping busy. Good job, guys! It all looks promising but I really am looking forward to AQ3D
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SamX
SamX: AQ3D, Duh. I only got one phone and that is a blackberry.
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saviet12
saviet12: AQ3D on browser
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Taini
Taini: I'm excited about both. Don't make me choose! D:
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Tonemaro
Tonemaro: I'm going to have to say AQ3D
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Supertails
Supertails: Personally, AQ mobile, assuming it's AQ classic. I miss playing it, and being able to play it on my iPod while I'm lounging about might just renew my interest in it, since it's fun as a casual game and playing casual games in your browser is less fun. :P
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Menirz
Menirz: Why not both! Lol AQ3D on my phone/tablet =P But in more seriousness, i would love either - though AQ3D probably wins out by a slight margin. AQ Mobile sounds like a great way to learn the app business, but Im hesitant about its ability to hold up against the big budget games that are already out there. Maybe a later AE mobile game will be able to do well (AQ3D Mobile? *wink wink, nudge nudge*) or maybe ill stand corrected when AQ Mobile comes out! Either way, keep up the great work AE!
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sillf0x
sillf0x: QUOTE: "I warn anyone against using the walking speed hack -- as soon as the fix goes in (hopefully today), it will auto ban anyone who even attempts to do it." Are you sure about that? Every Game release you break things and You are making you're security worse! /faceplam only if you would listen to me!
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sillf0x
sillf0x: Part 2: chopping up the game engine into smaller pieces? Please noo, what are you thinking! this will make you're Game-Engine more exploitable then ever before!
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