Design Notes

WAR CHANGES THINGS

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Especially these. 

Maybe you are out of the loop and haven't been playing AQW for a while but the CHAOS WARS have been going on for a few weeks. This is really the moment that we've been building up to since 2008. 

If you need to catch up, the good folks in the AQW cage have put together a handy page to help you keep track of what has happened and what is happening. Find it here...

The Summer Of Chaos! 

All 13 Chaos Lords have been revealed. Currently every player fighting in the war is fighting for the future. The outcome of these wars LITERALLY decide the future of the game. 

You've played in wars before so you know how most wars go. They are fun. Everyone in the game comes together to unite and defeat and common foe. At the end of the event you've had fun, pushed hard, unlocked your rewards and not much in the world of Lore has really changed. This is NOT like that. 

These wars will change things. We've had a few wars like this. The one that sticks out in my mind is the DragonFable Xan invasion of Falconreach.

The players lost that war and Falconreach was burned down to the ground. Only one board remained but the hero gave a very rousing speech saying that as long as one board remained, that Falconreach had not truly fallen (I wrote that war and I'm still pretty pleased with that speech). 

That war gave us the opportunity to rebuild Falconreach using new art but that was just a happy side effect. The players really could have won that war but they didn't pull it off and that became part of history in DF.

The same is true now.  

The wars have already changed the face of the game with the death of at least one major figure in AQW dead and several known and loved locations destroyed. The wars are ending soon but it will be very different playing the game from now on. Things have changed and you will be able to feel that everywhere you go. 

This is all leading up to a MAJOR change in AQW. This is something that we decided before the game even went into Alpha testing, years ago and we've (somehow) managed to sit on it. People keep asking if the game will end when Drakath is defeated. It's such a silly question that I always answer "Yes. Game over. You all pack up and go home and we start looking for new jobs."

OF COURSE THE GAME ISN'T ENDING!!! It's just the end of the Chaos Saga! That's why it has said "Adventurequest Worlds... the 13 Lords of Chaos" at the start of the game for years. Soon we're going to have to change that. If you're a loyal player, your whole world is about to get effed. If you took a break from AQW, you want to come back and play again RIGHT NOW. 

The wars are almost over but the next chapter hasn't begun yet. You still have a chance to take part in shaping the world to come. NOW is the time to fight, my friends. 

Pick up your swords and axes and staves and bows and GET IN THE FIGHT! 

BATTLE ON! 

 

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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: Wish I could have seen the Xan Wars in DF but I think that was before I started playing. I do like when there are consequences to things like this even though it's a game. Make it feel more realistic. I do hope the Alliance gets a boost this weekend but it is fun to see what sides the players have chosen.
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phlynch
phlynch: I was there, it was awesome!
Rezilia
Rezilia: I was there as well. It was the best war DF ever had, tops. And since the game was still young and equipment choices were limited, it had JUST the right amount of challenge.
Gjappy
Gjappy: Battle On!!! for Lore!!
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dragonmaker
dragonmaker: FOR CHAOS
Amoroyanar
Amoroyanar: Battle On!!! :D
XxAVENGERxXXX
XxAVENGERxXXX: Chaos has taken many things away But it will never take away my hunger for destroying it. But most of our brothers and sisters have chosen chaos due to it's overpowering power. So please do not let chaos destroy lore. BATTLE ON
Gjappy
Gjappy: Good speech XxAVENGERxXXX
Shruuk'sRevenge
Shruuk'sRevenge: I chose Chaos because I feel like being the hero is kind of boring and being the villan is fun and different. I honestly thought that Chaos would lose but I guess that more people feel the same way?
Shikamaru
Shikamaru: Who knows guys there might be a twist in the story and it gives u an option to either destroy drakath or help lore.. at the end of the strolline >.< hehe i want to help him if there is a option for that… but my character has to be good looking for that xD
NovaDraconis
NovaDraconis: To be fair, Falconreach's HP meter was directly tied to the war meter, so it was always intended for Falconreach to be at 1% HP (the literal "last board") before finishing the war and losing our unwinnable boss fight against Pyronomicon-empowered Xan. It was Pyrrhic victory, not a defeat. Speaking of the reconstruction, the gold donated by the players for rebuilding Falconreach, a sum so large that it broke the donation system, still hasn't all been spent to this day. There remains some 323 million gold sitting in the Falconreach Town Hall treasury, and it's not even collecting interest.
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iampancake
iampancake: To build a city... you must build a government, a population, a defense, food and water to protect the people... just a few hundred million isn't enough
iampancake
iampancake: Sepulchure has died. But that's old news, isn't it? The death of safari makes us look into the mists of the past and think of the events which stopped heartbeats and created another world for us to explore. When we do new wars... one this death sort of led to; they make us fight through these fogs of the past. on this day, we alter everything we've done. The vampire race is now endangered, but what can we do? We chose to fight the fog. We can chose to end things we've brought, we can chose to save them? Life is always a two or more choice game. You defend, you attack, you betray;you help. The path this game goes always has a start... but sitting here doing nothing will make it never end.
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ubro77
ubro77: god i want to be a mem in aqw but im sooo excited for the chaos invasion . . . but still BATTLE ON
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CloudofFury
CloudofFury: It's been real awesome to fight in
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CloudofFury
CloudofFury: It's been real awesome to have been able to play AQW for so long allready and to think that this saga is ending, woah.. time has really flown fast!
DerpSonic
DerpSonic: TUDUCKENQUAAAAAAAA!!!11! Heh, sorry, I got infected by the inpsirates. I wasn't a part of the old Dragon Fable war but I do (VERY vaguely) remember that cutscene. TRULY, stuff is going down. LONG LIVE THE ALLIANCE OF ORDER!!
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Shikamaru
Shikamaru: i have been.. in aqw…. about 2 weeks after beta… and the game.. is awesome… but what happens to aqw3d xD cuz i got to test the game.. and omg the graphics are awesome.. i remember this one place in the game there there is a tower.. or something.. and behind it is a graveyard.. OH OH and then once you had to go through a portal and you fought those monsters and at the end of it there was a really strong monster and it dropped artixs axe i think.. but .. just want to say ae your doing a great job
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AgentAAA
AgentAAA: Honestly, it's been my belief since I first played AQ, that the wars might be the best, most original, and most interesting mechanic in the AE games, and I love to see that you've taken this mechanic(which has yet to really be duplicated and is well ahead of it's time) and expanded on it with every single release.
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