Design Notes

Multiplayer prototype... WORKING!

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Go Minimal & Zhoom!  Alpha is on the way.

At the end of the day on Friday, the AQ3D Team logged into a working prototype of our new 3D MMO game. It was very bare bones (it was an undead dungeon) , but we loaded our characters and were able to walk around and chat. As with any prototype there were LOTS of odd things... for example, space bar makes you jump. So whenever you were typing, it would make you(jump)every(jump)time(jump)you(jump)hit(jump)space. Also, because we built this new multiplayer server 100% from scratch, we have not yet completed some very important features (including chat filters, flood filters, etc) yet.  The good news is, because it is so optimized it runs about 300%+ faster than the AQWorlds multiplayer servers. Maybe one day we can go back and retro fit AQWorlds with this new tech. One thing at a time... our top priotity is getting to an Alpha Test #1  where you can all log in, walk around the town of Ravenspire, and chat. (Getting so excited!)

Catching up... it has been a CRAZY WEEK!

The past 6 days have been the busiest of my entire life. You already know about our 1st action figures being released on Friday at Toys"R"Us and HeroMart.com, and you probably know about the CRAZY twist in the DoomWood saga which started  AdventureQuest Zombies too. Not to mention the weekly updates in all of our web based games this weekend. So, if we can share a personal moment together... I would like to tell you everything else that was going on at the same time. In reverse order...

  • True Grit Challenge
    This Sunday, "Team Artix" participated in the ultimate physical fitness team challenge. It is a charity event benefitting the Huntington's Disease Society.... and was a half mile of over 20 obstacles in the gritty sand of St. Pete beach. Our team's time slot put us against the ABC news team! (We...  made friends... and shamelessly gave them our weird anime-style business cards.) Maybe they will bring their film crew to the lab and interview us? Thyton, Roam, myself and 2 other members of the team gave it their all. We got 4th place.
  • 48 Hour Movie Making Competition
    The night before, a film team used both the lab and my house to film their entry in a 48 hour film making contest. They used the actor of the "Zombinator" as their final boss villain.... he is officially our "BIGGEST" fan. Literally.  Unknown to me before I agreed (BIG /facepalm) there was heavy use of firearms in the movie. The cast of the film ended up firing over 400 rounds of ammunition "blanks" until 1:30am. My neighbors are so used to weird things like this happening at my house that they do not even bother to call the police. Three days later,  I AM STILL finding bullet shells in my living room and kitchen. 
  • American Ninja Warrior
    One of my favorite TV shows started airing on Sunday. You are going to be surprised who might be on it. See... at the end of a long series of advesarial emails between Chairman Platinum and myself, we escalated into a high stakes open challenge over the ownership of Artix Entertainment and EbilCorp. We decided the best place to solve our differences would be on the course of American Ninja Warrior. So we both sent in submission videos... and BOTH got invited to come to the preliminary round and run the American Ninja course. But, they did not announce when the filming would take place until I was already in Japan... and while Chairman Platinum was on his way to run the course, I was stuck in Japan. Luckily, my good friend, Roam, went to do the course against Chairman Platinum in my place. There will be more on this soon... keep an eye out for when the South Eastern Qualifying rounds air! Chairman Platinum ran it in his suit and Roam ran it in a full set of chainmail armor!
  • New team members: Web designer, Programmer, Intern
    This past week we created two new jobs and... brought on our first AE intern of the year. both the web designer and the programmer will be working on this site, Artix.com, and the 3D game. To test out the designer I gave him 3 hours to create the Action Figure page. Great job! The intern will have an interesting story to tell when he gives the report to his school in New York. He has done everything from working with each team on their releases, to writing scripts, and arm wrestling the Zombinator (I will post a video on YouTube of this later in the week when I get a free moment.)
  • Channel 8 News Crew
    Do not tell the ABC news team... but the local Channel 8 news crew (NBC) called me and are coming tomorrow morning to film and do a piece on our indie game studio tomorrow morning. I am going to ask them for a copy to post online after it airs! I asked everyone to come in to the lab dressed and acting just like normal... (which means, in many cases, not wearing shoes, with their pets, and ready to do crazy suff.) I was told that we should not have a zombie or a ninja army attack the news crew... at least not on their first trip. I do not know... what do you think?
  • Script Writing
    O_O So... far... behind.... sorry, Samba! Aso, this October the original AdventureQuest will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. (10 years of weekly updates!? O_O) The team asked if I would like to come help write the anniversary event. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Any suggestions on what should happen?

Did that make up for last week's missing daily DNs?

Back in the days when we were first building DragonFable, we always posted personal things and interacted back and forth on the Forums. It is weird now, because we are supposed to act more like a "real company," but honestly, I prefer you knowing and being on the inside of everything. There has been a lot of debate as to what this website, Artix.com, should become. We are going to redesign it and move everything that is currently on Portal.BattleOn.com here. Obviously, all of our games will be listed here... but should we keep this fun, loose, anything-goes site, or should we make it a stale, corporate homepage like every other game company? Maybe somthing in the middle? I would realy like your input. Please write me on Twitter or Facebook and let me know if you like these kinds of posts mixed with the gaming stuff.

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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: I TOTALLY WANTS NOW!

"Follow my lead."
Master Yi quote from League of Legends
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Scorpion
Scorpion: hey Artix why don't you give every player in AQWorlds some ACs for 10th anniversary?
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zuvizu
zuvizu: what makes a website is its background its colors and and how public you are to your fans on it obvously
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BhodHS
BhodHS: I cant w8 to play the alpha ;D
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freddy902
freddy902: make the site interactive. have chat rooms where we can chat virtually to our favorite characters. secrete parts of the site, cool videos, fan art, friendly greetings for new members and returning veterans. all the site should be unlike any other. other sites feel like flat clickable pages that have links to other flat boring pages. I do learn about the game but all the other site fell all game and make me feel as if I'm just another player.

make your main hub site feel like were all apart of one big happy family.
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~Gryffin
~Gryffin: I don't have a twitter, but please don't change this site to something boring! It's amazing how it is now......
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utaro
utaro: Why exactly did they want to shoot it at your house? Either way do you have in your testing the ability to equip stuff or just testing the stuff you mentioned?
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The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy: wow, your life in only 1 week is over 9000% more interesting then my whole life.
:)
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awesome kick
awesome kick: i think i like this to be a fun loose site and i talso think (i do alot of thinking) that the annerversary everybody gets acs and theres a party but i gets invaded by mutant alien undead from the future and you have to save the party and at the end every thing is fixed by a massive thingy magigy ma thingy bob thing which cause a massive kabllooe which wipes them out apart from the boss and the hero and artix kill it in a awesome minigame of awesome.*run out of breath*.*faint*.*get predicted dead*.*get lowered into the grave*.
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Zink
Zink: Woot! Can't wait for alpha testing to start :)

Don't run too hard Artix, everyone needs a breather now and then. And Sleep. Sleep is good too lol.

By the way you framed the two options about what this site should become, it almost looks like you've already made you decision :p
We all love AE's down to earth style (we wouldn't be here otherwise) so I see no reason to change it.
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Practel
Practel: Awesome! I hope Roam wins, but I also have to give luck to Platinum >_>
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Master of undead slaying goodness
Master of undead slaying goodness: Hey artix, you should definitely make it more geeky. Geekyness is GOOOD!!!! Also, I'm really looking forward to the first Alpha Test, but seriously, don't sweat it, get lots of rest and stay healthy for goodness sakes! :P
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BladeMaster
BladeMaster: Keep it nice and loose :D I depend on this site on one of those rainy afternoons, to relax and know what's going on. Its nice as a relaxing page, not a hard-up company page :o
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MrPyro
MrPyro: Crazy does not even begin to cover how nuts your past week has sounded
the website if you were going to change it's look it should be a little bit both
can't wait for Alpha test but get some sleep 1st plz we don't want u to become a zombie
then you would have to slay yourself :)
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Solaurus
Solaurus: Keep the page as unique as everyone expects from Artix Entertainment. Love how you guys are unique from other companies.
And P.s I bought both action figures and im loving every aspect of them :3
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Ryle Sabado
Ryle Sabado: cant wait for the alpha test. :">
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Zhing
Zhing: PLEASE ARTIX!!!!!!!! DO NOT BECOME LIKe other game companies!!!!!! One of the reasons I even play is because of these DNs. If you stop these I will stop playing AQW. Seriously.
Though I don't know if I will be able 2 make myself stop playing... .... ... lol i love you guys!!
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zuvizu
zuvizu: also don't rely solely on Facebook an twitter because those elements of communication are not for everyone just some people
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Menirz
Menirz: Keep these posts!!! Honestly, your team has some of the most interesting (and unusual) stories ive ever heard. The game companies that keep things really professional always get boring... because thats not how games should be! The company needs to reflect the game: fun company attitude = fun games.

And could you elaborate a bit more on why the hooters model's chose your house to shoot the video? Because it almost sounds like they were just a couple of random girls...
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Kodix 101
Kodix 101: For the anniversary event in AdeventureQuest, Artix and some other hereos should be kidnapped (like in AQWorlds) and we should help rescue you guys. Does that sound good? I also think the homepage of the game should be completely loose.
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MLordHades
MLordHades: I think that you should make this site as unique as possible
that is the reason i play Artix games. i usually don't play any other games
but ya the site is great the way it is
if anything you could make it more loose and interactive
not the other way around
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Grandma
Grandma: Keep it fun, loose, anything goes site.
Also makes me happy to hear that AQ3D will be 300% faster than AQW servers. :D
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Slayerz
Slayerz: Awkward chat filter testing on AQ3D, or at least it would have been for a player watching that xD
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Rayix
Rayix: you should keep posting anything on the design notes. while I like to know how the game is progressing, I also like to know why it isn't progressing or why a certain event is going on like a persons birthday. I personally feel much more involved in the game when there is a daily stream of information for me to read. It also keeps me coming back to the design notes everyday hoping for some new information on releases or upcoming events.
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Lord_Ajax
Lord_Ajax: Many things but the 10th anniversary should have something to do with the company or something that the games have had since the beginning...undead :p And even though I've only been on AE for 3 years (i think) I love how childish and outgoing you are. Always trying to do something out of the blue. To take that out of AE would make this company as BLAH as all the others are. To see you guys have fun making games is what made me want to be a programmer in the first place. So keep it real and don't hide your fun, cool, amazing, energetic, outgoing, and endless energy part of you. :3
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rysox
rysox: 1: Yay for alpha :)

2: I would keep the site like normal just post crazy stuff thats what I love to read.

3: Can't wait for the original Adventure Quest anniversary this year

P.S. To those reading. Why would AE give us stuff in AQWorlds when the 10 year anniversary is for the original Adventure Quest www.battleon.com
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Lord-Valdor
Lord-Valdor: i hate to be negative but there is a error on the great action figure page who ever made it broke my number 1 rule reading every inch as loud as possible at the bottom when it describing the castles it says "Redeem the special code online at www.AQ.com to gain the armor, skills, helm, weapon and CASTLE of an honorable and high ranking Paladin High Lord" for both the doom night overlord and paladin high lord. sorry for being a jerk but i love AE and want to help in every way possible. Battle-On!!!
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rob360
rob360: Yessss multiplayer cant wait for that alpha to start.
P.S. I go with everyone else, AE should stay the way it is! :D
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lycan-knight
lycan-knight: I LOVE ARTIX ENTERTAIMENT!
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SamX
SamX: Can't wait to see the videos. and I hope at Alpha test, there should be emotes as well. I am so excited at this post that leaves me speechless.
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kabimarta1
kabimarta1: I think I prefer the Battleon portal site to be the way it is right now, because I don't know if moving everything on there to here means losing all my master account information or not.
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reallysillydude
reallysillydude: KEEP IT LOOSE AND PERSONAL! ALL THE OTHER GAME COMPANIES ARE BORING WHEN THEY DO STALE, CORPORATE HOMEPAGES. IF YOU DO THAT, THEN I AM GOING TO CATCH THE NEXT PLANE TO THE SECRET UNDERGROUND LAB AND SEND MY ARMY OF SUPER NINJA ROBOT LLAMAS AFTER YOU!
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Scorpion
Scorpion: What you're doing is awesome but it would be better to make alpha and beta tests available for non-members.
PS. The site is VERY good and there is no need to change it.
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Athysin
Athysin: Oh my... I kinda feel bad for your neighbours
Seems like AQ3D progress is running smoothly though
Looks like most people prefer this page to a more "stale, corporate homepage"
I agree :3
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Carman Sandego
Carman Sandego: 1. yayyyy Alpha!
2. Please leave the sight the way it is or else you will have a tribe of weredragonwolffox and vambunnies running around your secret lab.
3. anniversary lots and lots of dragons and explosions!
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Cool73
Cool73: I cant Wait !! :D
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zuvizu
zuvizu: i came up with one more thing portal.batteon on LACKS any type of support just a bunch of FAQ maybe adding a little more support to the website
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: First,(jump)I(jump)can't(jump)wait(jump)to(jump)play(jump)alpha!(backflip)(cheer)

Second, for AQ's anniversary, something super-dimensional, world shattering and epic would be great... wait, that's actually been done already hasn't it. Maybe, something like the world mysteriously becoming inverted or upside down and a quest to solve the problem? And as a side note, (mini-rant) it would be nice to have a book of lore type deal for older story lines and quests and have a somewhat less cluttered map. (/mini-rant) Anyways, the events in AE games are always fun so I'm sure the 10th anniversary of the start of them all will be ultra-super-mega epic! And congrats on 10 years of awesomeness!

Finally, I like the way you do the sight now. Part of why the games are so great is all of the personal attention you give to everything. It's always so fun to hear what crazy stuff is going on in the underground lab and it's also nice to be able to have such open dialogue on new developments. So, in short (or tall) BATTLE ON!



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Nienna
Nienna: I wish I would have had the chance to read this yesterday, I would have blown off work just to come up to the lab dressed in cosplay while channel 8 was there. It's not as cool as zombies but I think random people showing up in character would have weirded them out just as much.
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Allsaint
Allsaint: ALRIGHT!!

The game is on the home stretch, hopefully we will see it ASAP.

as for the anniversary, the event should be something truly nostalgic to veteran players and still be very cool to newer layers alike

Also, This company you guys run has always not been a "normal" company which has been one of its best aspects, you guys interact fully with the community which is a quality that is rare in a lot of online games. This makes your games the best their is and all of them, whether it be Adventurequest, Mechquest, or AQ3D, will last a very long time.
Keep it the way its been, a fun, loose and anything-goes site because this is not any other game company,
THIS IS ARTIX ENTERTAINMENT!
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Anubis
Anubis: I think it should be more loose. :D

O_o -_- o_O
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HalfbakedProphet
HalfbakedProphet: Wow. Someone has been a Busy Lizzie. I really like the way the site is now and how it keeps to your over all goal of working with us to make cool games. That's always been my favorite part of AE, is the relationship we, the fans, have with you, the game makers.
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Herroxx
Herroxx: Plzz go faster Can't wait!!!!! :D
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dragon fire76
dragon fire76: Would this game be downloaded or will it not be downloaded and i agree with everyone Battleon should stay the same but if it changes it will be what it is
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Alroc
Alroc: I've always enjoys AE's laid back approach in their games, it makes you guys somewhat unique :)

Also rather excited about the alpha test :) can't wait to see what the game looks like :D
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Zagord
Zagord: I'M SO EXCITED!!!
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KV_kidd
KV_kidd: Two things:
1st, for the super-speedy AQW Server thing...
We've ran secondary servers before, right? With the PTR and the secret mod-only server that I'm sure exists...
Why couldn't we down one of the Moglin safe-servers for a while, and run a few tests with this new 300% faster, 20% cooler engine?

2nd, I think that the original AQ's 10th anniversary deserves a lot of care and attention.
A gigantic 5th wall massacre, in which NPCs meet their IRL counterparts sounds fun
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Gingkage
Gingkage: One of the things I love about AE is that y'all are so charity minded. Props to you, AE!
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fugigugi3
fugigugi3: HEY guys do u know when will be the release date for AQ 3D?? I LOVE artix and when i saw the news on facebook i was like " YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH FINALLY thats what i was waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guii
Guii: Greetings Travelers!! (Deckard Cain waves)
i'm SO excited to see the alpha phase of AQ3D
like i was with AQW Alpha phase long (4y) time ago.

and oh man, 10 years of AQ,
how nostalgic it is to remember when my group (my friends and i)
rushed to get mastercraft sets.
Old classes, Undead Mutant freaking hits... and so on.

Happy B-day AQ :D

Guii ~
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.Joerte
.Joerte: Ah that nostalgia

I wonder if there will be a dungeon simialar to sil ruins in dragonfable. Wow AE sure exercise .
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Swordsman of Worlds
Swordsman of Worlds : AQ3D's server running 300%+ FASTER than AQWorlds' servers!? All in Unity3D and eventually in Flash? This is an incredible feat! In fact, this may be a new turn in Flash and browser capabilities. Man, AE, your freakin' awesome. At this rate, you might become a major gaming company. I wonder who'd try to hire you first, Nintendo or Microsoft... XD
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the masked tyrant
the masked tyrant: well this is going to be the best game you have ever created
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pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: that's good that the server is faster, i have a hard time lag on aqw. Also i like the less business like feel of this site
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Spyrix
Spyrix: Please don't make this site corporate! You guys are unique and awesome because you're so close to the players! Please, NEVER change that :(
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Raven Emperor
Raven Emperor: is it just my computer or is the floor in the pre-registeration sand.
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Leoonfire
Leoonfire: Which month do you think Adventure Quest 3d is going to come out?
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ImmortalPoseidon
ImmortalPoseidon: what date should be release?
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: @Raven Emperor: It's just your computer. I have two computers, the really powerful one works just fine, and the ground is covered in the grass texture, but on the one I'm using now, it looks like glowing sand.
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kabimarta1
kabimarta1: @Dragonmaster Flynn: That reminds me. During the year 2010, I used a monitor that looked like what I was looking at was in some kind of inferno because of the constant red glow.
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Swordsman of Worlds
Swordsman of Worlds : @Leoonfire: I'd guess either July or August for open Beta and live release, September or October at the latest.

@aqwnewaccount: Honestly, I REALLY hope not. I'm not really fond of using auto-attack and hotkeys for skills. I'd prefer action-oriented combat, like Tera.
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rob360
rob360: I just want it to come out soon. XD
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Nexus the slayer
Nexus the slayer: I want to see unique guardian,star captain and dragonlord skills(for those who upgraded in said game). I would love for my knight to have crushing sweep,defender's oath and retaliate. Even though I'm sure this game would promote working rogether as a team, I'm more of a loner knight so I expect to be able to defeat bosses alone with my wit and skills(though I expect it to feel extremely difficult to do so, which will make it even more enjoyable when I win) so that I can "legend of zelda" my way through the game.
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phlynch
phlynch: The full name of the game should be AQ3D: Abusing immortality.

The tutorial should be you escaping a demon who "cursed" you with the ability to re-spawn, so you would still be there when he was done regenerating so he could kill you him self.

Not the smartest demon.
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: @kabimarta1: Oh wow.
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Corverzex
Corverzex: will you be able to be dragonlord or doomknight ?
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Controler_Freak (not control freak)
Controler_Freak (not control freak): i want ranger to be either a starting class or one of the first classes you an earn or buy please
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Smores
Smores: Personally I enjoy the laid back style of this website better than the stuffy websites of other games. That's one of the reasons I started playing your games back in 2005, (Geez louis so long ago) I was sick and tired of Impossible to navigate sites trying to shove memberships down my throat. I have a mem for AQ, DF. MQ and AQW just because of the fact that they're free to play laid back gaming sites.
~Forever a fan
Smores
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voteforpedro98
voteforpedro98: i want Dragonfable and Mech Quest to be in AQ3D
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