Design Notes

AQWorlds3D Tech Demo

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"Long live AdventureQuest 3D!"

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Without any warning, we surprise launched the tech demo of our new 3D MMO game engine. Just as the original AdventureQuest started inside the tiny interior of Yulgar's inn... so does the birth of this new game. "Actually walking around Yulgar's inn in 3D... who would have believed!?"
 

The reaction was uninimous!

  1. It is Fast.
  2. It is Beautiful.
  3. It is Bug free.
  4. The excorcist emote is really creepy! :P

 The AQW3D tech demo is live right now for Members of AdventureQuest Worlds.

 
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SUPER SHORT BACKSTORY

The team and I were crushed when the original AQ3D was cancelled for very good reasons. We began PROJECT: OMNI, with the goal of building games for all devices: Phones, Tablets, PCs, Toasters, etc.
 
"Never Give Up!" Please watch the video "Artix vs the Wall" on YouTube.
 
During the last tweleve months our team has been training and building, approaching a near mastery level with both 2D and 3D development for web and mobile using Unity and other tools. It has been more difficult than we ever imagined imagined. But in the end, Zhoom and the programmers created two new omni-game engines. One for 2D, and this one for 3D.
 
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You built this in SECRET!?

We did not announce this or create any hype (other than the occassional leaked image on my Artix Krieger facebook page) because, honestly, we were really mad at ourselves for what happened with the original AQ3D and do not ever want that situation to happen again. So Zhoom & Xero worked diligently on this in secret. This Tech Demo is a full re-created, vastly better looking, faster, smoother, bug free multiplayer experience. We built iPhone and Android apps (not released yet) which allow you to login and play on your phone. In fact, I have been mostly playing from the dev version of the app on my iPhone.

AQW3D? Wait, I thought it was AQ3D?

We rebuilt the 3D MMO project from the ground up. It now uses the AdventureQuest Worlds login and art style. We changed the name so that is was very clear to everyone that this is not the same project as the previous one.

In the future we will likely decide to change it back because of how unweildly it is to type!

Why is AQW3D going to work when AQ3D did not?

Easy answer: "Unlike the game's predecessor, this game runs on phones and tablets apps too! It is an Omni-Game."

Longer answer: See, the original AQ3D was built with the intention of running in Flash. The 3D graphics, shaders, poly count and hardware specs were all designed for the web. When the carpet got pulled out from under us, we had a ton of assets that were only good for the web. Too complex for phones and not good enough to make a stand alone steam game. Rebuilding this from the ground up we have optimized graphics that will run on any modern device. We know everyone is playing on their phones and tablets now... and that is where our games need to be. That is where AQW3D will be! This is something we can grow, improve, and expand for the next 10+ years.
 
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Interactive Development: HOW YOU CAN HELP!

You probably have a ton of questions that I will not be able to answer below. Because... well, you have not helped us decide yet! My dream for this project is to build it like we did the original AdventureQuest. Side by side! That is... we build forward and involve you in all of the steps. There are a few questions I can answer now:
 
Will the combat by like AQWorlds?
No, it will be a lot more action oriented.
 
How many Emotes are there?
Korin animated a ton of amazing emotes including a... er... twerk. Some of them are really funny. There does not seem to be any limit to the amount of animation we can add to the web version.
 
When can I customize my character?
Right now, the game gives everyone random skin & armor color when they log in. Soon you will be able to customize your character like in AQWorlds -- maybe a little deeper.
 
Will my Gold, ACs, Armor, etc from AQWorlds be imported into this game?
We do not know yet. The mobile versions will have access to less options. We are open to ideas and solutions.
 
Why is there little to no moderation?
During early testing, a lot of things will not be in place. We expect everyone to be on their best behaivor and enjoy the tests. If someone is really out of hand, their AQWorlds account will be banned and they will lose access to this game.
 
Why are only AQWorlds Members able to participate?
There is only a single development server and limited space. The AQWorlds Members/Legends who upgraded are literally paying the bills for it and fairly deserve first access at it. It will be this way for most of early development.
 
What if I am an Alpha Knight from the previous tests
We have your Alpha Knight status saved in the database. We have not come up with an official plan yet as there are a ton of questions on the login system. For the immediate future, the AQWorlds login is the only way to play.
 
I can build 3D stuff! Can I help?
Please send us a link to samples of your work. Even if we are not looking for help now, we will definately need it once the release cycle starts!
 
Will AQWorlds 2D continue?
OF COURSE! It is our most popular game O_O. We have a second team with 3D skills to work on this one.
 
Does this game have a plot yet? When does it take place?
We feel that this game should be a contination of AdventureQuest Worlds. So in the timeline, the plot will feature new villains and areas headed North of the map while AQWorlds goes to the southearn continent and DragonFable goes East. We would very much like to have a "Game of Thrones" like warring factions-- Dage's Legion, Artix's Guardians, and Drakath's Chaoslords would definately be 3 of the 10+ possible factions.

PVP?
Dage says, "YES." ...and none of us are going to disagree. It will be a high priority of this project, and vastly superior to the current system in AQWorlds.

 

OLD CONCEPT ART

 
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I think we can re-texture and re-animate some of the original AdventureQuest 3D monsters to be used in this new game. Or... we will just rebuild them. One of the many promises I seek to keep is putting the "design a monster" contest winner's creation into the game.
 
 
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"Knights of the Rectangle Table" at their very first meeting.

Thank you

Thank you for everyone who believed in us. We are so excited about this project it gives us goosebumps and that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Maybe you feel it too? We know that this is the right move
 
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Clergy
Clergy: Are we always going to need our AQW login for the game, or will we be able to log in through our Master Accounts further down in the game's development?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: It seems like it will stay linked to AQWorlds for now.
Crawler3333
Crawler3333: I was never fond of PVP to be honest, but if it will be separated from the PVE aspect there's nothing wrong with it.
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Primerose05
Primerose05: Same here, but I never got used to pvp though.....
HeroOfMana
HeroOfMana: isso é maravilhouser *---*
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McRichter
McRichter: If I can throw in my two cents, I definitely think you guys should take a look at the Action RPGs out there like Dragon's Nest, Vindictus, and Elsword (to name the ones I know). Action RPG MMOs are, in my opinion, a lot more fun to play, even if the only difference is you have to click multiple times to attack as opposed to the traditional MMO Auto-attack. It just feels more engaging, keeps my attention longer since I have to put in a bit more effort to actually kill a baddie. You can have the primary attack combo bound to the left mouse button, and then the number keys to special moves that can be chained in with the primary or by themselves to make/extend the combo. Maybe implement a physics engine with ragdolling and throw in grapples and throws for crazy dynamic fights.
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JRVthatsME
JRVthatsME: I'm delighted about this as I was very devoted to the original AQ3D project and very involved in the old "Waht would you like to see" forum. One question about the PVP. I'm glad it will be available for those who like it, but can the players who don't like PVP have a way to not be involved in it. I'd hate for some low level player to be just walking around minding their own business and suddenly get assaulted by another player completely unprevoked and unwanted.
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Kcaz
Kcaz: Haha, YES! I was quite disappointed finding out the old AQ3D or (Legend of Lore) was discontinued, Being a member of the Artix Entertainment community for almost 8 years now I am supporting this game 100%! Im sure this took great dedication and passion, great comeback guys!
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SlyCooperFan1
SlyCooperFan1: "Too complex for phones and not good enough to make a stand alone steam game."
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SlyCooperFan1
SlyCooperFan1: Does this mean that you guys are looking into putting AQW3D onto Steam? I've always wanted to see Artix Entertainment get onto that platform! :D
SlyCooperFan1
SlyCooperFan1: "Too complex for phones and not good enough to make a stand alone steam game." Does this mean you guys are going to be looking into getting AQW3D onto Steam? I've always wanted to see Artix Entertainment listed on there! :D
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GDSklen
GDSklen: com o objetivo de construção de jogos para todos os dispositivos: celulares, tablets, PCs, "torradeiras", etc !!! O.o torradeiras? kkkkkkk :3 vai ser demais ... nao vejo a hora de iniciar o jogo logo
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Magolv7
Magolv7: In the 2 Floor, have a BUG, when the Camera UP you see Wood. Thanks. It's Amazing! WoW! AQW the best game from my Heart <3.
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Menirz
Menirz: Artix - I know you feel terrible about what happened with AQ3D, but for us Alphaknights we dont blame you, its a part of the development process that was unfortunately unavoidable. We stick around not because of the games you promise, but because of the company you have - no other company in the industry has such an intimate relationship with its fans. And its because of this that I know this will turn out well. Also, I am really digging the concept of having all three games in the same timeline - the ability to have crossovers would be so amazing. Keep up the amazing work, and in the mean time I'm going to sharpen my err... hammer so that whatever bugs come out of the woodworks can be squashed asap.
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Doomfullord
Doomfullord: I have to tell you, this is probably one of the greatest things I've ever heard actually. I will save some of my money to buy 500 years of membership for this game when it comes out.
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-Nolan-
-Nolan-: Alright, so do our Alpha Points from AQ3D transfer to this AQW3D thing? .-. Because I have spent a lot of time getting gold on the old AQ3D, lol.
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DragonMageX
DragonMageX: Will the game itself also need unity player?
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Azirlx
Azirlx: This is so cool ^^
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kingsnick
kingsnick: There i am...... Being cool, (That wasn't hard)Yay!
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Flamehead
Flamehead: I would love to seen a plot played out of ancient Greenguard Kingdom vs ancient Darkovia Kingdom
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: To be honest, I'm not that fussed about not being able to play (YET), just reading about the development get's me hyped! And I must say, the idea of how the games start in the same region of the world and travel in different directions is very clever! I was very curious when I first saw that new map for Dragon Fable! Indeed, this game is definitely going to take things to new heights! VERY exciting stuff.
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DiiTT
DiiTT: Beta alpha bills 2012 will continue with the same items? Because I had bought the stars, now do not know whether to continue with the items 2D AQW or start as a new game? is because I really liked the old alpha version.
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Necrosis
Necrosis: In the future will The game start to look like the old AQ3D? I just feel the older art looked alot better and fresh.
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Mercenario
Mercenario : Nossa , Vai ser muito legal Jogar AQW3D Com minha guilda inteira *-*
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chask
chask: So i go to login into the tech demo only to get a pop saying i need to have an active aqw membership in order to play heres the catch i have a membership for my aqw so why am i running into this pop up?
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nexus gen
nexus gen: The same message happens if you mistype your account username and password also make sure it hasn't yet expired as you need an ACTIVE membership
praytorres
praytorres: i want to play but i need to be member in aqw nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Danny91
Danny91: when will this game will be released guys ? cant wait to play it :))
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Tempest Dash
Tempest Dash: "We are open to ideas and solutions."
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Tempest Dash
Tempest Dash: First time posting, sorry! kinda hoped the enter key would jump two liines down, not... post twice... anyway, delete the previous double message, and, since you asked, a "multiverse" is already established in AQW. I mean I'd hate to ruin any plans you have for AQW3D, but that could be one way to look at AQW3D; a parallel "dimention" to 2D. just a thought on puns. Otherwise, a reward system could be established where achievements in one game could get you something in the other. Something like getting the Blade of Awe in AQW would transfer because it's "the same character." or picking up one of those rare classes like Cardclasher, Vindicator of They and the Dark caster. and maybe even reputations in AQW could have an effect on the "future" AQW3D if we go down that path. of course, things could work backwards from AQW3D to AQW, easily explained either with the multiverse thing or time travel fairies. Just my suggestions... ^_^
Tempest Dash
Tempest Dash: "We are open to ideas and solutions."
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Niroquill
Niroquill: YES! I had a feeling there was some secret project being worked on, just thought it was some new minor game. Glad this game wasn't completely dropped and honestly this looks 100x better than the first version and second. Keep up the good work.
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indonesian
indonesian: whai member again
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Noletroid
Noletroid: Marvelous. This is... just amazing. The AE Team is an example of no matter how things can go off from the expected, there will always be a solution. I am impressed AE Team, very impressed. *Clap clap clap*
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Darklukeman
Darklukeman: when will the game be released? will free players be able to play too?
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andreasholz
andreasholz: still can connect to servers thou
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TheDragonFire
TheDragonFire: When i first saw this game coming out, you also had it open for guardians of the original adventure quest game... the non-multiplayer online version. Now, i made my account with that, seeing as i am a guardian in your original game and still play it often. Why did you remove the ability for your other membership-owning players? I would have loved to try it, to help bug tester, and so on, but you have removed this option. Could you please add your original Adventure Quest guardian login again?
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Arthuradis
Arthuradis: Was a member in aqw long time ago and bought a lot of ACs
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Arthuradis
Arthuradis: Will i be able to play this and will i get an alpha night because i had it in the aq3d
Yvtq8K3n
Yvtq8K3n: The beta was great, but i didnt liked the camara. I hope you guys improve it.
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phlynch
phlynch: Why do we need to be AQW members? Why not Guardian, Dragon Lord, Battle Gem Founders?
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Darke
Darke: Personally, being a non member I haven't seen aqw3d but from descriptions it sounds amazing! I've been forever waiting for a 3d version of aqw to be released, and when it becomes available to non members, I'm certainly not wasting anytime!
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Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: AQ3D had some high-quality art. AQW3D has intentionally cheesy renderings of that art. Will all the art for AQW3D be as cheesy as the current armor? I want to assume the stock character model is an unpolished early version of the armor we'll see later on, but I'm worried it won't be.
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Vypie
Vypie: I have never stopped coming to Artix.com to see how things were going, and also hoping to see news about the 3D game. Now you have me really exited! The visuals on the characters look awesome with the light and texture that gives an amazing 2D feel to it. :)
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Vypie
Vypie: I also super happy to see Acevorah (the winning monster of the contest) being mentioned, considering I created it. That's also one of the reasons why I always came to check. I'm glad it will be included! :D
Wolfe
Wolfe: I don't have any graphics or animation skills yet, and forget 3D, but I am an excellent artist (excuse the ego) and if you're interested in ideas for armor or monsters or what else, I would be glad to send you some pictures. All original, so copyright infringement won't be a concern. If you're interested, please leave a reply and I'll give you some sort of contact information.
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xkillertenzo
xkillertenzo: i found bugs a lot i thought it was bug free
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Tendou no Mazo
Tendou no Mazo: This is just a preview of how the game will be, an early alpha phase, there will be bugs like any game :)
PhoenixKing101
PhoenixKing101: Will there be parties in it? Or will it be solo style adventure? And if you find a chance can we know which classes there will be. Thank you very much
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Gjappy
Gjappy: Battle On!! now even in 3D! ;D
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PhoenixKing101
PhoenixKing101: Will there be parties to take on tough bosses and stuff?
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Dietrech
Dietrech: Good work AE!
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Dietrech
Dietrech: You guys have picked up from the big disappointment by Adobe and have moved on, I am proud to be a "Legend". I wish you luck in the future! I just logged on AQW3D today and I must say it gives us a whole new view on AQW, there are so many possibilities of what this game could be evolved into!
Moneyman
Moneyman: Is it already usable? coz i can't see the log in screen, any solutions for this?
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Dietrech
Dietrech: you need to download the latest version of flash and make sure your internet speed is normal and nor marred by downloads :)
nexus gen
nexus gen: Theres a popup or plugin missing go to the top right of your screen (this applies to the more popular browsers) and clickk on the puzzle piece, then click allow all popups, plugins etc.
Souverain
Souverain: Would be cool if you could implement a dodge frame system like Monster Hunter uses. It feels horrible and unfair at first but eventually you become so skilled at it that it's mostly unfair for the enemy!
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fawkes
fawkes: i want tell you there are a bugs, when you walk you can trough another player . please fix it soon i hope this game will be the best ever...!!!
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DudesOfTheDuke
DudesOfTheDuke: It would be so cool to see Dage's And Nulgath's Item in 3D . I know its a lot of work to do it , but I hope it will be done ! Best of luck to the Aqw Dev's !
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Gadjah_mad4
Gadjah_mad4: I was never fond of PVP to be honest, but if it will be separated from the PVE aspect there's nothing wrong with it.
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Gadjah_mad4
Gadjah_mad4: I do not know how to play
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Dietrech
Dietrech: at the moment it is in testing, hence "demo"
indonesian
indonesian: this game soooooooooooooooooooooooo awesemo::D
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cameron229
cameron229: i like your games it realy cool how you make them
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litendeath
litendeath: I think this project will be amazing. I think player housing would be very much a amazing aspect in this game. I love games that offer it and now its 3D it would open alot of options. I do not know what you plan on doing class wise but do you plan on keeping multiple classes and switching between them a thing?
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litendeath
litendeath: Will the members with AQW memberships get any certain items for trying out and beta testing it?An I love how this looking so far the in looks neat and can not wait to see other areas as they come in. Amazing job guys keep it up. I think it be neat to tie in chaos saga characters in this game
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TechShaman
TechShaman: I like the shiny armor... Will they frame some contest winner art in yulgar as like a hall of fame or something?
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TechShaman
TechShaman: I was walking around the railing by the top of the stairs in yulgar and my screen started sort of blinking really fast and then went black... I tried to /join battleon but the screen turned blue
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Statzer
Statzer: Hi guys I love the design so far, It runs very surprisingly smooth! One thing though I think it would be a huge let down if the items, armour, weapons, pets ect. from AQW didn't transfer over. I can't even fathom how much work that is for you all but after years of our dedicating ourselves to our charcters I think it would be super sad if we couldn't bring our images, favorite avatars, and our seconds selves to this new game
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Statzer
Statzer: Oh one more thing about that point. If items don't transfer how will this feel any different from every other mmo out there? I think that's how you draw your AQW users into AQW3D you let them bring their characters with them! You'd just start from lvl 1
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hitachin101
hitachin101: it wont even load up the game with me can someone explain why?
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deadlybeauty
deadlybeauty: guys i need help this demo game not working for me just black window and thats it while the normal AQW works fine
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Foxboys
Foxboys: What any one Play of Free come on Artix
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xDOMOCHUNKx
xDOMOCHUNKx: I'm having problems logging into my account in AQW3D when i choose my character it dose not let me into the game :/
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Pinkles
Pinkles: Will there be a trade system??
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wam9000
wam9000: So I don't want to be that guy, but I have to be. You misspelled definitely wrong twice. ._. Other than that I'm super excited! It's good to see you guys progressing as a company and making more games! :D You already have so many!
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zlxd
zlxd: when i press shift it makes me walk and it makes it look like other players are walking but they are running so a glitch ^ hope i helped
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Xrazoc
Xrazoc: It would be nice if AQW 3D is gonna be based on AQW 2D so that you can change from between 2D and 3D and be able to transfer/import your 2D Character info and stuff into this 3D system, but based on how much work everything would be, it would take very long time. But if you manage to do that you would be one of the few or maybe even the first one that would have "same game-system" based on Both 2D Version AND 3D Version in same game. Now thats something rare you don't see everyday. "IF" trading system comes at AQW 3D you should not be able to Trade Imported stuff (if that also would come)
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insanity2222
insanity2222: u should add in skill tree's for class's, mix it up a little, also add in some passive's that u can upgrade
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insanity2222
insanity2222: in the cave that u hav to climb the tree to get to, the water is all glitchy when u look at it from differant angles
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Dietrech
Dietrech: Just some things I noticed: I can double jump
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Dietrech
Dietrech: And I can attack when I am dead
alexnoname
alexnoname: i have the perfect idea of the plot undead paladins of chaos(just a weird idea)
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bymxeel
bymxeel: Emm why can't i log in to AQ3d now? it says login error, yesterday was fine but today when i tried to login i can't anymore?
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PrimalDragon
PrimalDragon: I am playing at 8:27 TX, US time. I found 2 bugs: one, movement: you start floating and spinning in circles. 2, talking: I cannot enter my chat.
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PrimalDragon
PrimalDragon: 3rd bug: Someone called "Freeze" is past the gate, at the guardian tower, etc. He is posting comments, so I think he is an actual player. However, I cannot pass the gat, even though it is open.
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PrimalDragon
PrimalDragon: Upon further review, I believe Freeze merely spawned on the other side of the invisible barrier. This means there is space there to run around in, but it is not connected.
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PrimalDragon
PrimalDragon: This post isn't a bug, it's either an improvement or a weakness. Monsters only follow the first person who attacked them. If someone comes and attacks later, and the first person runs away, the monster follows them, and once it fights them, or while it is following, it doesn't attack the other attackers.
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PrimalDragon
PrimalDragon: Boss behind the librareum.
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Colosso
Colosso: I can log in the AQ3D Legends of Lore but the screen freezes at the 'Connecting to Server'.
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jacquesrune
jacquesrune: is there a chance AQ3D ever sees the light of day?
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