Design Notes

BattleGems Update!

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Project Progress: 91%

We have created 484 crazy quests (Up from 256). There is a really impressive amount of content in this game. When we launch it, it will definately be our single largest release yet. If we are mathing right... there is a solid 40 to 60 hours of gameplay at launch. We are currently testing and fixing a mountain of bugs. A mountain of bugs known as "BUG MOUNTAIN!"

The official release date is: "When bug mountian has been defeated!"

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What is BattleGems?

BattleGems is our first "Major" mobile game. It is a highly addictive fantasy puzzle-rpg that is notoriously simple yet surprisingly deep. If you have been following our progress from the start, you know that this project is far more important than just making a mobile game. BattleGems is our first step in Project Omni-- a development process of creating games that will play seemlessly across all devices including phones, tablets, web browsers and toasters. Our dream is that BattleGems will be a success... and then our other hit web games, including AdventureQuest Worlds, will evolve to become Omni Games too. In the future, you will be able to play our games on any device, anywhere, at any time.

All the techie stuff aside... BattleGems is crazy fun!

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Features!

I am not sure what we announced was working... or not working... or to be done on phase 2... etc. So, I will just re-post everything here. Behold... BattleGem Features:
  • Huge Scrolling world map with all 484 Quests
  • Defeating Quests will...
    1.) Give you a skill, an item, bonus gold or a boss power
    2.) Level you up!
  • You can see your friends progress on the map (This uses Facebook)
  • We wrote all the starting and ending dialog for the 484 quests... *falls over*...
  • 159 Unique "AE drawn" Monsters
  • OMG... so many weapons, armors, & pets!
    • The game was designed so that you can and want to own EVERY item in the entire game.
    • Items cost gold or come from quests (there are no AdventureCoins in BattleGems)
    • Just owning an item increases your power. (Mo' items = Mo' Power!)
    • Equip anything you want and look however you want.
  • Game Board Mechanics
    • Slime maps
    • Cage Maps
    • Rock Maps
    • Lava Maps
    • Monster Immunity & Resistance
    • Other "untested" mechanics... we um, are going to stop trying to add new things at this point and finish what we have.
  • PvP "preview" which allows you to fight your friends (Scoring & leaderboards scheduled for Phase II)
  • Photo Ops! The iSword 5 has a camera that lets you take selfies after PvP battles and boss fights.
  • The game is free to play.
  • You can upgrade to Founder for a one time fee (just like the original AdventureQuest) $9.99
    • Gives infinate turns
    • Permanent +30% Gold Boost
    • Includes Skeleton Key (instantly unlocks all areas)
    • DragonKnight weapon & armor set
    • Allows you to link your account to AQWorlds and also gives you the DragonKnight weapon and armor set in AQWorlds.

 

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Thoughts about BattleGems

I am so excited that I will finally get to play BattleGems soon! You are probably thinking, "But you are testing it right now!?" -- to which I must reply, this stage of testing is insanely frustrating. I am looking forward to the work finally being done, resetting my character to the start of the game... then, when the game is live, racing you and the other players to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull!

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Oh, some other things!

  • We had a NPC named "Hero" but everyone kept calling him Artix. So we finally broke down and just re-named him Artix.
  • I just want to call this now... Grim is going to be your new favorite character. Kiki, Myst, Thok, and Omni are all cool... but Grim has some serious psychological issues which instantly catapulted him to my new favorite.
  • I wisely changed my mind about naming every major villain after different manufacturers of Toilets. Some of the Boss Monsters required much cooler and more serious names. However, you can STILL find Kohler, Zurn and Toto in game :-)
  • We added Galanoth the Dragonslayer as an NPC... you can find him in second area, the Dragon Peaks which is a crazy Dragon area with four dragon minibosses and a mega dragon boss.
  • The end of the game is now 22 amazing boss fights.
 
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PSSSST!

As we get closer I am going to start posting to you more. Be sure to follow the game on Facebook if you not following already!

 
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reallysillydude
reallysillydude: I was really looking forward to playing this in January, but I can wait a little longer. (Just don't do what Nintendo did with Flipnote Studio 3D.) Oh, and will this game use the Artix Login, or will it require an account at all? Will any of the items other than the Founder Items be "Legend Only?" Will the Membership be a One-Time Payment like DragonFable, or will it be a Monthly/Yearly thing like AQWorlds? (P.S. It's okay if you don't answer my questions, I can always find out at launch, but I'd prefer to know some things beforehand.)
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Gjappy
Gjappy: :) It will most likely be linked to Facebook
AQWElite
AQWElite: "You can upgrade to Founder for a one time fee (just like the original AdventureQuest) $9.99"
Lightningninjastorm
Lightningninjastorm: It would be one-time, not monthly, as you also finish the game in a limited time period, without weekly updates and such, and they are not greedy like most other game companies...
reallysillydude
reallysillydude: Only Problem is... I don't have Facebook, and there's a specific reason that I'm not allowed to make a Facebook account at this time. I certainly hope that it doesn't require facebook.
DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Artix said that the Founder-ship thingy only requires a one-time fee, so no worries!
Blizzard
Blizzard: They have already stated the payment model. There isn't a "membership". The game is free to play for everyone at all times, but you can buy founder at the beginning, which will make it so you never have to buy more energy(You need energy to keep playing, and it refills slowly unless you have founder, in which case it's unlimited). I'm not sure what you mean by "Legend Only", but if you mean like a membership limitation system, it won't exist. The only items you can't obtain and use in the game normally are the founder items. They have also stated that you can connect your account with your AQ account, but they have not stated whether the game will use it's own account system, the master account, or Facebook at this moment.
kid_khaos
kid_khaos: dude i clearly says one time fee a bit before the third pic ( the one with the ipad and stuff) but i agree waiting for good stuff is worth it
Gjappy
Gjappy: If you don't have a Facebook I thought it was still possible to play it somehow.
phlynch
phlynch: looking less forward to this game than AE resumeing work on aq3d
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Zeke Lionhart
Zeke Lionhart: This
Martial
Martial: ^That^
Danis delaverdy
Danis delaverdy: Im really looking forward to be able to play AQ3D i hope i can play soon
Alpha
Alpha: I know right. It feels like years since they stoped working on AQ3D
KJinx101
KJinx101: Artix, I just love when you post about major game projects!
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Phyol
Phyol: This might be a silly question, but can you buy the founder package with artix points ?
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Martial
Martial: Hey Artix! I was just wondering if AQ3D was still on the table. I know you guys ran into some issues with it, and have postponed its development until you finish BattleGems. My question is whether or not you will resume your creation of something that looked like it had the potential to be an amazing game. I love you guys and your work (AQW was my first mmo). I would LOVE to play a game made for a slightly older crowd. Not more mature exactly, just a bit more complex.
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Gjappy
Gjappy: AQ3D is still on the table.
Alpha
Alpha: Can't wait till they resume AQ3D!!!
FriendlyElf
FriendlyElf: brilliant idea #1: accessories increase stats but you don't have to equip them.
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Kalithar
Kalithar: That is the case with ALL gear. You get something, you get stronger. Direct quote from post: Mo' gear= Mo' power!
DerpSonic
DerpSonic: So excited right now! It sounds so epic and awesomely fantabulas! By the way, Grim must be SERIOUSLY insane if he's YOUR favourite character! I'm sure he's a lovely chap, though.
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HaosL.
HaosL.: "BattleGems is a crazy new Web/Mobile game in development by www.Artix.com"
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HaosL.
HaosL.: That means we can play it from our computers and mobiles?
Gjappy
Gjappy: Yes.
Joegreenbeen
Joegreenbeen: Artix, I hope you don't EVER do this (miss calculate the release date again, and again , and again) even though I know it'll be worth the wait, I would rather you told us on the release date than tutore us like this. (I was still like to sincerely thank you for all the fun times you have given me, and the rest of us players.)
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AErules
AErules: do you realize how SHORT a delay that was even though it still even isn't out? 1. it took one of the halo games 4 years to come out when they said a lot less 2. it took kingdom rush frontiers 1 and a half years to come out when they said in spring 2012 but the time it was out it was 2013. so we are ALL very lucky that they did not delay it for another year or so. 3. at least they told you that it was delayed. so don't be upset becouse as I said before we are all very lucky
Relaxbleu
Relaxbleu: i ll defenitly create a account because i like it very much i holding up to be founder :)xoxo me
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UltraGate
UltraGate: i think the skeleton key in the founder content will erase the fun. i think it's more fun if you can complete the game from the first area!
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Kalithar
Kalithar: Who said you had to go straight to the last area?
lole234
lole234: i wish the monster can use the gems on your board so it would be more fun
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MakaiHunter.
MakaiHunter.: hai how to buy Founder ? using Artix Point or Credit Card ? sorry bad english :D
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Lutfy14
Lutfy14: it can run on Android, IPhone, and browser. can i ask something? so, the game can run on every version of android? i mean, it can run on Android version 2.3.6 Gingerbread or only on Android Version 4 jellybean ?
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Kae
Kae: Finally an AE game that you can collect everything. I hope it runs in the Wii U gamepad too...
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: Hate to burst your bubble, but Battle Gems is only supposed to be playable on all network devices, not gaming consoles.
reallysillydude
reallysillydude: Actually, he specifically said that the OMNI means ALL DEVICES. That means gaming consoles like Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as well. Those versions may not be available immediately, but I'm pretty sure they're still in the plan.
Vokun
Vokun: I houng this game would be release on Mid-Jan
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Gjappy
Gjappy: Artix wants it to be perfect, so it's still in testing. It took the testers more time then expected to get to the last area.
boshfighter
boshfighter: It might be release in mid-April,but we never know when so it also might NOT be release in April but I'm certain it is gonna be released in April.
Raph
Raph: How can I link my AQW and Battle Gems account to my FB account?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: These options will be visible in-game at the options menu when they are released. Also BattleGems will be available as facebook app.
zeonite
zeonite: I have really serious and the answer will decide wheter i will be able to enjoy this game or not..... Is it just available for iOS and Android... or does it involve other operating systems like Windows mobile?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: ^_^ I'm happy to tell you that it will be available on iOS, Android AND Windows Mobile.
Archfiend of Nulgath
Archfiend of Nulgath: I was wondering since Battle Gems is able to run on my Toaster is it able to run on my Microwave?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: Most likely it will run on your fridge and shower too!
crazycaboose009@live.com
crazycaboose009@live.com: By EVERY DEVICE, i hope you really mean this...I don't have need for an Iphone or android besides maybe apps, so I have a crappy phone for phone calls, will it be able to play on crappy phones too so long as they are app capable?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: Yup, that's were we 're going for!
TheHighFlyer
TheHighFlyer: Do you guys need any testers
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Gjappy
Gjappy: Nope, we 're fine with the staff testers.
Cae11
Cae11: Can't wait to play this. I'm totally going to beat you all to mount "Mount Death Dread Doom Skull"
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Ultraremix
Ultraremix: This game will work on Tablets too?
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boshfighter
boshfighter: I hope the game launches at around April 2014 or less,but will you continue AQ3D and make it an omni game?
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trash rose
trash rose: then battle gems will only work with IOS and Android?
if he has any prediction will be added to windows phone platform 8? would be a shame because the wp is being used a lot, and here in Brazil he is surpassing IOS in sales.
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Themortecerta
Themortecerta: The Founder version will be available to which system?
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paku18
paku18: cuando esta el juego para descargar en android
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