Design Notes

AdventureQuest 3D Update

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"Smell the 3rd 'D'... SMELL IT!"

As a 2D video game studio making its first foray into the 3rd dimension, we have certainly been climbing our way up the learning curve. It continues to be challenging and fun. This week we built a volcano dungeon with some wicked looking pouring lava and a pixel shader which gives the illusion that the boiling hot magma is rippling like water under a waterfall.

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Samba is animating the half-dragon creature known as the Dravir. There are two versions. A wild feral version and a noble warrior-knight version. Meanwhile, heavy work has been going on under the hood of our 3D game engine. We have equippable armor, capes, boots, gloves, belts, and unique multiple styles of each working for our characters. Next week, Korin will be animating the extra pieces... so, you know, you can have cool fluttering capes while you run around and do jump spin attacks on monsters. There are an extremely large number of small detailed challenges our programmers Minimal and Zhoom are solving. And I mean, literally, solving them right now as I type this. Things that most people would never think a game developer would ever have to take time on. For example, when any player in the room changes a piece of armor, there is a tiny blip of lag. The reason for this is the real-time compositing of a character's texture takes a short, but intensive moment for a computer to process. To fix this, they created this really inventive queue system so the game spaces out when it attempts to change someones armor. It is almost ready. Which brings me to... OUR NEXT ALPHA TEST! We are aiming for mid-next week. The purpose of Alpha Test .004 will be to test equipping different pieces of armor on your characters.  Maybe battling in a Volcano. Check back often for more news about the next Alpha Test.

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UPDATE: Zhoom just ran the database query to give everyone who obtained Gems in the last test their Alpha Points! You can earn more Alpha Points by participating in the next text.

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raveolot86
raveolot86: can't wait for the alpha test
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: Can't wait. So did you guys change anything in the opening map. like entering house and smoothing the edges of the house?
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velc
velc: O...M...G...B...B...Q wow you guys just keep cranking out new things. Its amazing how such a small number of individuals can be so amazing I can't wait. You guys are awesome my dream is to meet you guys in real life and in-game if I do that my life would be infinitely better. you're my Idols like how giving and caring of you.
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Relaxbleu
Relaxbleu: realy very omega cool and i ll be there with testing hope only it wil be on the end of the week coz in the midweek i am traveling back to holland and thn chance tht i sitting in airplane but still great let me know when next test is and hope the servers stay thn some long open: battle and desighn relax on realy universially great work u all deliver :)
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Dark Parko
Dark Parko: What Day Is The Alpha Test 004?
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: If the sketches look this good, the game area is gonna be burnin!!! Love the runes on the walls.
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velc
velc: Dravir? do you mean like in dragonfable yeaaa another sign that dragonfable still is important
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andres9410
andres9410: yo espero que el alpha test llegue pronto
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andres9410
andres9410: I hope the alpha test will come soon
Legionpony
Legionpony: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHILOVETHISGAME...AND WILL THERE BE STILL THE MONSTER THAT DROPS BLINDING LIGHT OF DESTINY!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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zablablukas
zablablukas: When will classes be released?
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Legendium
Legendium: Nooooooo! I won't be here for the test! *sobs* At any rate, good job AE. When it comes to getting better, you get better at an exponential rate.
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RubyCrystalRose
RubyCrystalRose: Could you have the test last longer than the last one's? Like a day? I'd like to able to be a part of the test without being restricted with time zones and all
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: How many people are at Artix Entertainment? because now you have 7 main games.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: it would be hard to run if there are only 20 of you.
sonicanees
sonicanees: it would be great if aq3d had quest`s where you would be teleported to do the quest and beat the boss! Artix you are doing a great job on aq3d
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Jolisa
Jolisa: This is amazing, your hard work is really gonna pay off!
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Theguy
Theguy: yes! i won't miss this test coming soon because the school is closed for 2 weeks. yes finally gonna create account!
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Alpha
Alpha: Awesome! I can't wait!!!! BATTLE ON!!!
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Lelouch2411
Lelouch2411: When is the next alpha test ?
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rj_dragon10
rj_dragon10: How do i get to play in alpha testing , i got an account of aq3d but i dont know how to play it.
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: YAHOOOOO I CAN'T PLAY CUZ IM NON MEM BUT IM CRAAAAZY WAITIN' FOR ITS RELEASE!!
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jakemaster1390
jakemaster1390: OMG. You guys keep cranking out the good stuff. No wonder why I am so proud to be a loyal supporter of all AE games. I find now that if I try to play other online games that they now bore me. One I was playing recently and it was nothing but mindless. Keep up the good work.
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novarian
novarian: Looks beautiful. cant wait for the next test.
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RaDzDecimo
RaDzDecimo: WHat Date Is the AQ3d Will Be Online
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Sithaari
Sithaari: Is it gonna be a download or web browser based?
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velc
velc: part of the big hype about AQ3d is that its a 3d game on your web browser
Clergy
Clergy: Yay, we'll have more than just armor and hats to wear!
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Shaxi
Shaxi: When can i participate in this release i always miss them? If someone finds out exact release date will you let me know
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Alpha
Alpha: just come here and check everyday
rj_dragon10
rj_dragon10: Nice
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JudgmentSlayer
JudgmentSlayer: Okay Mods, I think you know why we're here,we have one question?
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JudgmentSlayer
JudgmentSlayer: When is aq3d online
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Yoda
Yoda: And the new update is awsome
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dazt001
dazt001: when is the aq3d will release?
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Yoda
Yoda: Can't you guys work faster I realy want to test aq 3D again
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omg75011
omg75011: whens it go back online missed all the times when it was open for playing
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RhysiiBoy
RhysiiBoy: When is the next alpha test?
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MasterNesh
MasterNesh: I thought it was suppose to be released mid-week.
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Alpha
Alpha: I know same here :/....i wonder what happend
Sora
Sora: I missed this when I was grounded because of playing AQW 24/7.I better not miss the next.
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Relaxbleu
Relaxbleu: i like how its looking but waiting to be in testing to be helping u guys by checking and smashing bugs and lag's i am in and battle and desighn on and have a nice day
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Just_Greg
Just_Greg: i was wondering if you guys could release a download version of the game if ever possible.
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MantaAbyssus
MantaAbyssus: I think that will be pretty convenient, but then the file size is something that is relatively worrying though. :/
Alpha
Alpha: Yes pleas it would be great!
Alpha_Omega
Alpha_Omega: Can You Change some rouge class skill
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