Design Notes

Ravenspire

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A warm, happy, and friendly town that needs your help

As a long time reader of our various design notes... you know many strange and unusual things occur when we are develop new games. I am, not by nature, superstitious - although, never shy to get into the spirit of something fun just because (foreshadowing). So when we created he story of Ravenspire we envisoned a beautiful and peaceful town. Named for the hundreds (if not thousands) of Ravens that call the town home. It is a simple town with a few lovely houses, a fountain with a COOL looking statue, and a chapel. Oh, and a graveyard. Wow, look at all those ravens circling the graveyard! (Is there something strange about this?)

RavenSpire - The Alpha Town(Ravenspire art concept by Llusion)

So yesterday, while talking about this town I stepped out of my house to take Daimyo on a walk... and I am not joking... there were 5 black ravens sitting on the top of my house. The ravens sat still, most of them staring at me and Daimyo. Did, um, we stumble onto some sort o raven secret in this script? ...do they think we are onto them?  Then, for good measure, as we crossed the street a black cat ran past me. THEN, several large black bats started darting back and forth through the night sky above us. WHEN EXACTLY DID MY NEIGHBORHOOD BECOME A LEVEL OF CASTLEVANIA!? I am changing my name to Simon Belmont and carrying a cool looking whip with me from now on. (Everything but that last sentence was true.)

Onward, to the Alpha!

As you read this, the team is working as fast as they humanly can to get us to the next alpha test (I keep them hooked up to a caffine IV to make them go even faster.) We are building 3 zones: The town of Ravenspire (first!), the forest outside (for farming type quests), and a dungeon (for instance-run type quests.) We are also building monsters, armors, weapon, props, and animating the male and female base models. It may seem similiar to what we do in AQWorlds -- but so far, because it is 3D, it has been as different as apples and oranges. Zhoom and Minimal have officially switched to working on the multiplayer socket server full time this week. I asked you on Twitter if you would be interesting in testing walking around & chatting before combat was working and almost all of you said yes. So, that is our current goal for the next alpha test. I am looking forward to hanging out with you in the town of Ravenspire soon! How soon? Pretty soon. (They threatened to hurt me if I gave a solid date.) But if we do not run into serious complications... we could be looking at *OOOOOOF!*

New Feature: Towns that can change dynamically

In our older games, we have one town per entry in the database. This makes sense. Town #1 = Battleon. When we update towns, we actually have to change the town file. There is really only one town... and we continuously update it. But we are changing that in this game in a creative way that will let towns actually change as the result of what you and the other players do in game! You will be able to help NPCs build some towns, destroy others, cause certain leaders to rise, or... well, pretty much anything. It is an advanced version of what we used to do manually back in DragonFable-style wars. Talking about NPCs.... we have 4 coming up in Ravenspire, and they need names:

Twitter/FaceBook/Forum Question: Can you help us name a Blacksmith (female), Knight (male), Shopkeeper (male or female), Magic user (male or female)?

P.S. Be sure to check out my lengthy and telling Action Figure post that I made earlier today on AdventureQuest Worlds.

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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: Awesome! Can't wait for alpha testing!
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sournote103
sournote103: OK, just some random name ideas for the characters:
(keeping in mind that I am terrible at naming things):
-Blacksmith: Elira
-Knight: Arthis
Shopkeeper: Male: Garris, Female: Nara
Magician: Male: Modran, Female: Melia
Just kind of throwing things out that I feel kind of fit those general character archetypes.

In addition, I would say make the shopkeeper male and the magic user female.
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1c3 R3b0rn
1c3 R3b0rn: Names:
Female BS - Fehammur
Male Knight - Sir Black point
Female Shopkeeper - Retaylor
Magic User - Clairvoy
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BadAssMcKee
BadAssMcKee: for the knight you should name him "McKee" ;)
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Memory
Memory: These pieces of concept artwork are really beautiful. They have something special that cannot be re-created in 3D. I think it would be a shame not to use them for something in the future, inside or outside of the game.
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Aroninia
Aroninia: 1. Please oh please make an underground town! Or let the players build one with the help of an NPC!

2. Try building a robot to do the work! If the team can't HUMANLY work any faster, maybe they can ROBOTICALLY work faster! :D
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: This is awesome, AE. I seriously want to play this as soon as it is released. Anyways, is the boss for Ravenspire a massive bird or something? I think a behemoth or undead leviathan would be suitable.
About your Blacksmith, name her IDK, Yuki? The Knight should be an awesome guy named Ryuuji, Make the Shopkeeper Haruka if its a girl, Rei if its a guy. And the Magician should be named Cody if it is a guy, Zerita if its a girl, or you can have two magicians as counterparts or sibilings.
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Lone Hero
Lone Hero:
Blacksmith(female) - Lyra Lightkeeper
Knight(male) - Sir Janus Knightwalker
Shopkeeper(male) - Alec Lycanclaw
(female) - Clair Voyance
Magic user(male) - Wildart Dragonblade
(female) - Laila Casterfield

I made names out from the dictionary XD
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Air Head
Air Head: Blacksmith: Jordan Strongnine
Knight: Sir Frederick
Shopkeeper: Jenna Douglas (Female)
Magic User: Falk Dreamscape (Male)

I hope that the changing towns is playable by future generations, unlike most wars in past games. If a new governor rises to power, then the old one should be there to all players until they do the quests/storyline that involves the new one.
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zuvizu
zuvizu: Blacksmith (female)=Stellite the name i got from a cobalt alloy
Knight (male)= Arthur i haven't seen an Arthur in AE entertainment
Shopkeeper (male or female)=herrería blacksmith's shop in Spanish
Magic user (male or female)=Nyx based off of Greek Primordial deity the goddess of the night

i hope this helps
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Kodix 101
Kodix 101: The Knight should be an arcane warrior (a special knight that could use magic but is still skilled in basic fighting) named Clyde.
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Athysin
Athysin: Aren't ravens a death omen?
Speaking of death, how's it gonna work on this game? Magical portal that revives the dead?
Oh, and promise me that we won't have to kill 50 monsters for every quest by the time we level up to level 60 or so >.>
"Almost all"? Some people said no? O.o
I love naming characters, but most people say the names I make up are weird
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Panshade
Panshade: That is alot of ravens. Also I'm looking forward to seeing to what scale player influance will change the world. I just hope it won't be just wars whit a blatante good and bad side to them, like in some of the others, seeing as evil always wins. Wars are fine but maybe just add a bit of Gray in there now and again.
PS: Is *OOOOOOF!* some kind time mesurament I don't know about?
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Relenam
Relenam: Hello, AE! I am continually proud of the good work you do. Good job!

Personally, I love the concept art of Ravenspire. It is so... beautiful. It is so... peaceful. It is so... full of ravens. It sounds like a lovely place to enter this new world! Also, the concept of the town changing is really cool. I hope it works well, as I've always enjoyed that sort of thing. (Especially since it's like DragonFable! :D Go DragonFable!)

I also have a name for each of your four NPCs! They are: Nyra (Blacksmith), Kenrik (Knight), Bellana (Shopkeeper), and Ghyris (Magic user). I hope you like them and that I didn't use the name of a character already used!

Well, I guess that's it. Thanks for listening!
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director123billy
director123billy: Answer to question:
Blacksmith: Seuth
Knight: Rodrick
Shopkeeper: Felicia/Robert
Magic user: Jordan(female)/Cal(male)
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Darkgriffen
Darkgriffen: Name Ideas:

Blacksmith: Brynn (Female)
Knight: Colin (Male)
Shopkeeper: Alric (Male)
Magic User: Kestrel (Female)
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Felix Dragonsbane
Felix Dragonsbane: I think the knight should be Sir Ravenheart the Unkind (Named after a "unkindness of ravens", which is the name for a group of ravens)
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rob360
rob360: My favorite part is the fountain xD
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Lynx
Lynx: Wow! Talk about a coincidence with those ravens!

Anyways, seeing what you said "the team is working as fast as they humanly can to get us to the next alpha test", make sure the team doesn't rush AQ3D ;)
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The Jop
The Jop: A chapel, a graveyard, and ravens? Could you by any chance be inspired by another town?
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Menirz
Menirz: Blacksmith - Kamile perhaps? (Ka-mee-lay)
Knight - Rostov (Rho-stuhv; a large burly type, perhaps with a russian accent) or Arturious (Ar-tour-ee-us; a more noble sort)
Shop Keeper - I think Bob fits.
Magic User - im drawing a blank, ask again later (not a suggestion, merely a comment)
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Void Orpheus
Void Orpheus: On my never-ending journey to banish the horror that is Serasaransa, I ran into a mage who called himself Jyskall - more particularly, a summoner of the highest degree. If you so desire, his name is yours to use as an NPC in honor of a death most tragic: death by sleep; it is how Serasaransa operates, and it only gives reason for me to hasten my quest.
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CARG13
CARG13: im excited I can't wait for alpha tests.I wish it would be somewhat like Dragonfable because Dragonfable is the AE game I play most and like.
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TJByrum
TJByrum: Nice. Nice.

I like it.

I like the new feature, allowing us to 'dynamically' change towns, should be quite interesting.

I don't want to get my hopes up, but I hope this means we can invest in and expand certain towns, and raid/pillage and destroy other towns as players.

For example, a clan of players could get together and completely annihilate a town. Or a clan could move into a town and help it grow and prosper.

I don't know about anyone else, but for some reason I just want an MMORPG where clans actually have wars and battles over territory for parts of the map!

Keep the good work AE!
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Allsaint
Allsaint: Blacksmith = Vestri

Knight = Michael

Shopkeeper = Nora

Mage = Santiago

My suggestions for the names, maybe some of the names are too ordinary but I like them, they are fitting names for those people I believe.

CANT WAIT TILL ALPHA!

BATTLEON!
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pyroknight321
pyroknight321: Hey this is going well thank you artix team for making great games for us.
I hope this game will go really great
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Spyrix
Spyrix: I think Lann is a fine name for the male knight.
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Zethin
Zethin: Good, can´t wait for the Alpha tests to actually begin!
For the question over Twitter/Facebook/Forum:

Blacksmith (female) : Opaline, meaning "gem, precious stone"
Knight (male): Zethin, Zorak, Terrowin, Rowan, Terrin (especially Zethin here, cause the name means "darkness, dark soul" and it´s a good name that I usually use, people like it ;)
Shopkeeper: (male - Gregory, Borin) (female - Beatrix, Brunhild)
Magic user: Same as Knight, especially Zethin (think about it, a name that means darkness and he usually create dark magic!..but also light magic in his freetime ;)
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Nimero
Nimero: Names:
Serina Pilgrim
Erebus Lone(my pseudonym)
Kale Zinerin
Chale Dowe
Bio
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Hoplon
Hoplon: Blacksmith (female) Telemh. Knight (male) Sir Aron Braveshield. Shopkeeper (female) Irina. Magic user (male) Kaztecos Sollain.
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phlynch
phlynch: parry noid, the slightly jumpy inn keeper

Krunch the mercenary

Lyra the town gardener

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Carman Sandego
Carman Sandego: Name for the Blacksmith: Sharn
Name for the Knight: Brendon
Name for the Shopkeeper: Male: Kevin Female: Sarah
Name for the Magic user: Male: Baltor Female: Sabriel
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Ironloss
Ironloss: looks great so does this mean we will be in the AQ3D world soon? :)
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slicer11762
slicer11762: You could name the magic user casters
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: The shopkeeper should be named Draconius, after my own character! He's a boy, but he's also a silver dragon as well. Shopkeeper Draconius - I think I'm already liking this title
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slicer11762
slicer11762: Shopkeeper can be Elain. And I meant caster, not casters for the magic user.
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lol 4 3vr
lol 4 3vr: I got an idea for the knight: Sir Ious? Yes, I am.
Maybe for the magician Master Wonda (Master Windu and Master Yoda)
Perhaps for the blacksmith Ironbite, although it is a bit of a manly name.
Got nothing on the shopkeeper, srry.

I posted it here because I don't have a twitter or facebook.

Great job on the AqWorlds release, really awesome :D

I've been a player of your games sinds i was eleven or twelve or something and i recently turned seventeen: Stil play it everyday :P

Battle On!
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Zink
Zink: That art by Llusion is fantastic! I can't wait to see the town realized ingame ^^
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pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: the Blacksmith should have a name like a female Yulgar.
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M4xisZurn
M4xisZurn: remeber don't rush out the alpha test,Its like a 1st impression to people.Bad alpha means bad game to people.
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Ergotth
Ergotth: Blacksmith: Violet
Knight: Crownell (like, with the word Crowl and sounding like Coronel)
Magic user (male): Karsu (karasu = japanese for "raven")
shopkeeper (female): Ignis
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Withered
Withered: AWESOME! I think some good names are: Blacksmith-Alice, Knight-Draco, Shopkeeper-Peter
Magic user- Tanya
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Shad_ShadowLore
Shad_ShadowLore: Looks Good, I suggest Merbim for the shopkeeper, and he be a pretty middle aged dude who's pretty hyped up about his supplies
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IAP3TUS
IAP3TUS: Blacksmith (female): Ariana or Bo
Knight (Male): Dyson
Shopkeeper (Male/Female): Jeb or Ulysses/ Verna
Magic User (Male/Female): Jagang/Kahlan

Can the world be interactive, as in Assassin's Creed style? Not exaclty like parkour and all but climbing and such?

Idea: King Artix of Ravenspire? :D
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Zoro
Zoro: These design notes are getting me too excited, i hope alpha comes out soon
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Aerwynn
Aerwynn: Alright. I am really big on inventing names, so this is cool. :P
Blacksmith: Stuni, Fryna, Cynne, or Claeri
Knight: Ikan, Mosiad, Bakkor, Degor, or Vham
Shopkeeper: Uli, Hellan, Qy, Seq, Tyqi, Joq, Kyt, Hakad, Anii, or Zerra (Whichever way)
Magician: Li, Petra, Atlor, Ygeni, Wrynd, Elatia, Tepan, or Oswan (Whichever way)
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Whs123
Whs123: Ahh ravenspire I love the concept and the art is masterfully done by lusion yet ago he is deffinately one of the best at what he does. Keep up the great art and even better game ideas everyone we are all pulling for you.

~Whs123
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Time Master
Time Master: Ravens attacked me yesterday aswell ! Awesome town name oh and in tribute for yulgars blacksmith inn , Raglus - lost brother of Yulgar !!
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Atherionus1337
Atherionus1337: SWEEET !!! Cant wait for the alpha :)
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Zhing
Zhing: Here , I have an idea:: Don't make Evil an option. In my opinion, that didn't really work out in AQWorlds... after all, you can't really be a Hero if you're Evil, right? And the things the characters did were all Good anyway, despite the 'choose this if you're evil' options. It was basically Good characters who called themselves Evil and Good characters who were brave enough to tell the truth and choose Good.

Wow...I think that's the longest comment I've written!!
Also, love the action figs... and ravenspire...looks more than promising!
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Withered
Withered: Why isn't there a new Sepulchre's armor quest on AQW?!
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Eyrie
Eyrie: Name the Magic-user Eyrie? :D
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JRVthatsME
JRVthatsME: Ravenspire absolutely must have a Tavern/Inn. I stated my reasons on the AQ3D forums http://forums2.battleon.com/f/fb.asp?m=20321722
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ttcapt
ttcapt: You should name the Knight Sir Lance Yeah I like that lol
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Redcaterpie1
Redcaterpie1: Hi Artix, I wanted to tweet some suggestions for AQW but they won't post (Any help there) so I'll ask you here: Is Queen Lynaria, Gravelyn's mother?; what would happen if Gravelyn and Artix were actually twins and King Alteon was their actual father but Gravelyn was kidnapped at birth by "ol' Seppy" out of jealousy, and made to think he was her father? the cutscene would have to include the quote "Gravelyn, I am your father."; lastly, would you, Cysero, Alina, maybe Dage and some other mods like to come to my in-game party for my REAL-LIFE 13th birthday? It would mean a lot to me and my friends, if you do want to come it will be at my in-game house (/house Redcaterpie), at around 2:30-3:30pm server time, on the Cysero or Artix server. Hope you can make it and that you enjoy answer my ideas for more of the Doomwood storyline. ^_^
Your fan and game player,
Redcaterpie
P.S +50 points for marketing Action figures and AQ zombies.
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FeedinThatEgo
FeedinThatEgo: It's turning out to be a great game by the looks of it, If only coding games didn't take so damn long!
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InceptionED
InceptionED: Cheers! :D

I can't wait for Ravenspire! And AE's first 3D MMO ! I wish you guys the best of luck, and I hope AE will go far! :D
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Inferno Dragonlord
Inferno Dragonlord: Consider making the knight: Jack Grise (pronounced Gr-ice). Consider making the blacksmith: Janette (Orenite? Maybe not, also pronounced or-nite/or-night/or-knight, all three are fine) BTW BATTLEON!!!!!!!!!!!
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Zoro
Zoro: Cant wait till alpha is out, looking forward to hanging out with you Artix
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Magmartorlx
Magmartorlx: Blacksmith: Raven Anvil [I know, soooooo creative], Knight: Hawk Blacknight, Shopkeeper: male, Pyronic Falkon, Magic user: Female: Swan Obsidian
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FireSprite1
FireSprite1: Blacksmith - Mikailia
Knight -
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FireSprite1
FireSprite1: Knight - Preston , Shop / innkeeper - Ido DeServin , Magic user - Majestica / Majesticor
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Redcaterpie1
Redcaterpie1: Knight- Ash Dragonblade from Dragonfable, Blacksmith-Ruby Tek Who (daughter of Doctor When from Dragonfable and Tek from Mechquest),Shopkeeper-Serenity(No surname yet), Magic user Alina the Potion Mistress (no guesses for where I got that from). BTW you and Cysero aren't listed but I doubt that Either of you would want to be a shopkeeper, knight (cause your a Paladin), or a FEMALE blacksmith (cause Cysero is a mad MALE weapon-smith).
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Carman Sandego
Carman Sandego: I thought up a few more names .
knight: Sir Poe (after Edgar Allan Poe)
Magic User: Female: Vivien Fay (after a character in Doctor Who Stones of Blood who was associated with ravens)


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malikthedestroyer
malikthedestroyer: knight: Sir Poe (edgar allan poe)

shop keeper (female): annabelle Lee (one of poes characters

blacksmith (female) Rowena (Narrators second wife in the story "ligeia")

Magic user (female): Ligeia (one of poes Stories, also she was poes wife in the story)
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FudgeMuffin
FudgeMuffin: Blacksmith: Raven Smith (pwned)
Knight: Ash Dragonblade (double pwned)
Shopkeeper: Lou Tek ("low tech" Tek's great-great-great.....grandfather/son/reincarnation)
Magic User: Mars Lin (he can be a redheaded "Merlin!"
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Serenfyrr
Serenfyrr: Blacksmith: Alana Tyler
Knight: Sir Ardenton
Shopkeeper: Silas Maggot
Magic User: Phadquan Rabman
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mturf
mturf: i'v been carrying a chain whip ever since i realized candles dropped gold just in case i see some levitating near a staircase.
i'm loving some of these suggestions in the comments ^-^
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ultra magnus10
ultra magnus10: cant wait until ultra magnus10 can play AQ 3D
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ImmortalPoseidon
ImmortalPoseidon: I wish you could make it to the alpha phase 1... because the school days are here :((
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Lord Drackon
Lord Drackon: Blacksmith: Maxim Smith II

Knight: Sir Poe

Shopkeeper: Max

Magic User: Vivien Fay

P.S. The wait for this game has been kinda agonizing but I'm sure it'll be worth it when Alpha finally comes, and I can finally stop holding my breath, which I've been doing for months now.
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Zethin
Zethin: Good, can´t wait for the Alpha tests to actually begin!
For the question over Twitter/Facebook/Forum:

Blacksmith (female) : Opaline, meaning "gem, precious stone"
Knight (male): Zethin, Zorak, Terrowin, Rowan, Terrin (especially Zethin here, cause the name means "darkness, dark soul" and it´s a good name that I usually use, people like it ;)
Shopkeeper: (male - Gregory, Borin) (female - Beatrix, Brunhild)
Magic user: Same as Knight, especially Zethin (think about it, a name that means darkness and he usually create dark magic!..but also light magic in his freetime ;)
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Xir
Xir: Name all of the male NPCs Bob and all of the females Not Bob.
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chrysus
chrysus: must say i am exstatic about this game cant wait! here are some ideas i had:
Blacksmith: Verrial (which is me playing around with a wod which means means blacksmith) (female)
Knight: Reece Raven-lux or Sir Raven-Lux (raven for the town symbolizing a long family line in the town and lux symbolizing light and the sun. fighting for the truth and what he believes in) (male)
Shopkeeper: Roxas or Romeo (both male)
Magic User: Ralous keeper of the ravens (male)
these are just random ideas :D
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Lord Vent
Lord Vent: i m really exited for this new game and for the names:
Blacksmith - Thylara
Knight - Quiustath
Shopkeeper- Marques (female)
Magic user - Luca (male

What ye think?
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