Design Notes

GameStop?!

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When we first started building our Flash based game I was asked, "Do you ever think you will have your games in GameStop?" I shook my head no and said, "No, our games are not the type of thing you will ever see in a store like Gamestop." Update: I was wrong. O_O

Artix Pre-paid Cards at Gamestop

I am pretty sure it is against the rules to take photos in a store, but when we went to the GameStop on Saturday and saw the AQ display... we snuck a photo using my phone! This is SO AWESOME! I posted this photo on FaceBook. Less than 2 hours later, other players started sending me and posting photos of them posing next to the sign. (NOTE: The way advertising is SUPPOSED to work... is you pass by an ad and you notice it. But our awesome players did the opposite and were actually GOING to GameStop to take a photo with the display and send us a picture. You guys are even crazier than we are!) One thing I did notice was our cards were located on a different side of the spinny thing than the display poster. You will notice in the picture above, the cards are right above the display. This is because I *coughs* manually fixed it. Reminds me of all the times I used to go to bookstore and look for Piro's MegaTokyo books and moved and arranged them all to be face forward so they were the first thing people saw. (Ironic Historical fact: Back in 2003, my friend who is now the manager of the local GameStop, recommended that we put an ad for AdventureQuest on Piro's web comic, MegaTokyo. It was the very first ad we ever put on the internet.) Sometimes the stores need a little help :-)

Only 1 Week Left!

By request of the store, there is a special promotion, which will end on the last day of this month, where you can get the FlameStop blade if you use a GameStop card to upgrade or get AdventureCoins in AQWorlds. While these are currently only available in U.S. locations, we are hoping it does well enough to expand to other countries! Until then, we are going to create a special offer for those of you who cannot visit these stores.

AdventureQuest Worlds PTR

The PTR (Public Test Realm) has re-opened in AQWorlds to fix the "Blue Flame Stuck" and server lag issues. Game coder Yorumi worked through the weekend building new versions of the both the server and client. The PTR tests will be vital to permanently fixing the game. One major issue has already been identified and fixed... it should be rolling out live within a few hours. Also, a new round of anti-bot detection is going in so if any of your friends are using something they should not, please give them warning so when the ban hammer comes down, it does not get them!

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McRichter
McRichter: Hehehe, I saw this on FB a bit ago. Pretty soon (and by that I mean a few years from now) you guys will be able to put out commercials for AQ3D like Blizzard does with WoW. :D
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: Artix! im in Canada and actually there were these cards in my small city on the bottom border of Canada, they were sold at max but not anymore. Why did they stop stocking your cards?
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Gjappy
Gjappy: GameStop.. I was actually thinking of a sort of pause in game making. lol, I 'm sure that Artix would never do that.

But it appears to be a store, I don't think we have those in Europe though :s
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Persephere
Persephere: By anti-bot, do you mean bots acctually botting are banned? Becuase I made a thingy so I didn't have to go to aq.com manually to play, due to my slow network latencies. I'm afraid it may be considered as a bot.
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Voodoo
Voodoo: I only want to add that this deal also gives you the blade in DF, AQ and maybe MQ.
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Dieo
Dieo: Sweet, this really works for me because I live about a mile away from a mall with a Gamestop. Are we able to get the card packs that make the "Paladin Slayer" class at Gamestop? Anyway I'm really looking forward to playing AQ 3-D.
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Sela
Sela: I really hope GameStop expand to more European countries.
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Big Paradox
Big Paradox: I wanna Test out legend of lore it would be awesome to be a part of a great process like that
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123Tommy123
123Tommy123: Hey Artix, I'm just wondering why the PTR server is for members, when the goal is to find the glitches. The progress would go much faster if non-members were able to play on the PTR. Also I wonder the same thing on your newest game, AQ3D. I would love to play AQ3D, I just don't have membership on any of your games. Also, the glitch finding would be faster if non-members would be able to play alpha-AQ3D. I hope you guys read this. See ya and good luck on AQ3D and AQW lag! :)

~123Tommy123~ :D
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Ergotth
Ergotth: haha, dude, you OWN the games, of course you can take a pic or two of your game's stuff xD
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svrsaver
svrsaver: thts craz and still cant wait for alpha test awesomeness BATTLEON TILL U DIE IN ALL GAMES AT LEAST 500 TIMES
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Blizzard
Blizzard: Ahh I really have to get to a gamestop. I was going to walk to a CVS today and update my membership so I could get into the PTR, but I wasn't allowed to; I had to work outside instead. Very sad... But I need to get to gamestop and get a 3month card! >.< heaven help me :/
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Lightningninjastorm
Lightningninjastorm: Below, Grey_Storm, man your the most honest person I have ever seen (or what you call it online) online :/, most people its obvious they were and they just cover up that fact.
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cbink
cbink: ok 123tommy123 they do it for members because they have put money into there compony therfore get the ability to test the new game also the glitches in aqw, and to the Ae team i hope you guys get this out soon i pre camped my name but havnt had a chance to do anything for alpha ill be watching to get on
-cbink
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Kyle8497
Kyle8497: I thought you'd have to sign something to get your stuff in there; I'm surprised you never saw them in there before. What you should of done was boast and say something about it out loud and how you're Artix. :)
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The Chosen 0ne
The Chosen 0ne: This is gonna make it SO much easier to buy cards.
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mturf
mturf: it was the megatokyo advert that brought me to AQ back in 2004 ^-^
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BartiriX
BartiriX: I did not get my PTR invitation or something?
How can I enter? I am a member.....
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Z Man
Z Man: Is artix the actual owner of AE or is it sort of a group thing?
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Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: Now I want to go to Gamestop and blow all my money on all of my favorite online games... well played Artix, well played.
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Brendan
Brendan: ok, ptr started, time to do offers like crazy to get membership, i got this, i did it for 2k dragoncoins, i can do it for 1 month of membership in aqw, btw ae, there should be like a trade in shop where say u change ur mind after u buy acs, u could turn in 1800 acs into mem, and u could also do it with earned acs.
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pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: the fact that you rearranged them was a bad idea. If a person saw the add but not the cards they would think it is super popular and go try it. Just saying
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Rasdor the Bloodthirsty
Rasdor the Bloodthirsty: I started to read the megatokyo it is very funny
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Pyr012
Pyr012: Whats going to be the ptr special item?
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best of miltonius
best of miltonius: Artix Team Plsss Unban Me Im Best Of Miltonius From AQw my acc is banned but a friend get for my paladin hightlord with glitch plsss unban me mute my for week of bann me for 3 days
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Zhing
Zhing: That's just.. ...awesome... ...wow!! I am going to GameStop asap!!
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Captain Rhubarb
Captain Rhubarb: Important reminder: To get the FlameStop blade, you must redeem your card on our web site during July. It doesn't matter when you bought the card, you must redeem before Midnight Eastern time August 1, 2012.

I have taken pictures of our cards at my local Target store, and one day someone left a big detergent bottle sitting right on the shelf blocking our cards! I moved the stupid bottle, and straightened the card stacks.
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Mr. Trobble
Mr. Trobble: test
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KJinx101
KJinx101: This is awesome. (to other players) Dont forget to follow "Artix Entertainment" on Google+!
(to staff) please update on google+...
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milaza
milaza: There aren't any gamestops in NZ...

Megatokyo is an awesome webcomic!
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jinx
jinx : That's awesome that u guy's made it to gamestop
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