Design Notes

Mobile & AdventureQuest3D

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Double Post Tuesday!

Every day we seem to come up with a new project that takes significantly longer than a day to finish. This has been the case since January 1st. Our current "backlog" of projects is so comically long that I actually had to put sticky notes on the wall to remind us that the new things we NEED to focus on are AQ3D, Oversoul, & the AQWorlds Artbook. Then... this happened today /facepalm

AdventureQuest Mobile Test

A lot of players have been requesting a mobile version of our games. But, flash does not run (well) on most mobile devices and Adobe has since cancelled their mobile flash support. Those of you watching my Facebook and Twitter this weekend saw that I was spending my free time playing around with some alternative solutions. Then, Rolith got involved...  just a few minutes ago, we had a break through. In the following video you can see AdventureQuest Worlds monsters playing their animations on top of a fairly complex background at ~24 frames per second on an ancient iPod Touch.

Based on the success of this test, we really want to try creating a AdventureQuest classic style game, using AQWorlds art, adding some DragonFable style PvP, and maybe if we can wing it... chat.

AdventureQuest 3D Progress Update

Even more good news! Adobe has.... <comment removed> *BAD ARTIX BAD. YOU SIGNED AN NDA AND ARE NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, YET.* ...and we are so happy and exicted that all of that hard work last month was worth it. We are making a lot of progress!

Minimal and Zhoom are building "server side geometry." This is probably the trickiest part of building a massively multiplayer 3D game. They are coding the game engine to know what the 3D maps look like. Once it is done, monsters will know where walls are so they will walk around them, and hackers will not be able to "fly" or "teleport around." This is especially important for PvP.

Yergen and Korin are working on the "look and feel" of combat. We have our player character battling the Trolluck at various distances and different swing speeds. We have been spending a lot of time trying to add motion trails to weapon swings. Motion trails look AWESOME! (Most of what is in the current build of the game is really generic... but our goal is to make all of the animation crazy over the top)

Meanwhile, Llusion, Xero and the rest of the team have been creating different elementally themed areas. We plan on releasing a fly through of the various areas at DragonCon. OMG! DragonCon is in 2.5 weeks!!!!!

TEDxTampaBay Talks

I was invited to speak at the TEDxTampaBay Talk on September 21st. My gut told me not to, but everyone on Twitter said go for it... and I have become conditioned to whatever you guys on Twitter say. The theme of the talk is "Story Telling." Hmmm.... what should I talk about?

DragonCon 2012

Come meet the team and I at DragonCon, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe! See the website for dates and times. We will have our crazy all-games, anything goes Artix Entertainment Panel on Saturday @ 5:30pm at the Hilton in Grand Salon E! Thank you to Felicia Day for bumping our time slot ;-) We will also take turns running our fan table.... stop by each day for a different "badge tag."   This year's Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3 badge tags were drawn and painted by Dioz and Dage. Oh! If you would like ANYTHING signed, bring it to the panel or table and we will sign it for you. Something fun people have been doing ltely is getting all of the cards with NPCs on it, and getting each person to sign their NPC card!

COMING NEXT: For all of you creative types... Yergen is going to run a AQ3D monster drawing contest. More details coming soon :-)

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Seth Cay Dhows
Seth Cay Dhows: Also, there is a browser called Puffin, that has a free trial and a paid version. This browse has Adobe Flash Player along with it. It has allowed me to do a few things like aquire Shupru tokens and talk to a few friends with my iPhone. I cannot wait for an AQW app that allows us to play efficiently!
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mturf
mturf: dragoncondragoncondragoncondragoncondragoncondragoncondragoncondragoncon ^-^
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: For the TED talk about Story Telling, I think you should talk about how you guys brain storm ideas or maybe the ones that pop into your head and how that becomes plot line. Also talk about how you develop stories over several years, like DF chap 1. Talk about how you get ideas from other sources, like books, movies, TV and try to weave that into the story youre trying to tell. Pull in how you came up with nearly everything for DoomWood Saga. Seriously I wish I could come and listen to you talk about it. Have fun~
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KV_kidd
KV_kidd: Artix on TED? Zomg!
Storytelling? Tell them of Chuckles! Or Captain Rhubarb Day!
Or, even better, Tell them the story of Frostval!
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Phoenix Blaze
Phoenix Blaze: Artix, you can make it Downloadable, it's a little easy, a LITTLE Easy..
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svrsaver
svrsaver: awesome i can play on my ipod touch and about the aq3d im so hype and also artix i wiil like to vs u in epicduel my name is sithblade120 i saw u on youtube
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Kersaw
Kersaw: /cry, I've never been to dragon con, *sniffle* and i probably never will for the next like 8 to 9 years, stupid school.
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svrsaver
svrsaver: awesome mobile gaming cool idea but make it for old devices 2 so it would be fair
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svrsaver
svrsaver: will it be free
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StormComet
StormComet: Well. That hurt. If that IPod Touch is ancient, and mine doesn't even have a camera, are we talking Aztec or Mayan times here?
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Alroc
Alroc: I think it would be cool if you guys just turned AQWorlds into a mobile game instead of making a new one, I think it would work quite well :)
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vonciel 001
vonciel 001: can you unbanned my d8rkd3cod3d because d8rkd3cod3d is disabled :(
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Galfor2
Galfor2: When I play AE games on my iPad 2 I use Iswifter it works fine sometimes even better than playing on a PC, especially AQ classis, DF, and MQ.
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Zhing
Zhing: WOOT!! cannot wait for monster drawing contest!!! sounds fun :)
Awe, will miss not being able to go to DragonCon... maybe someday when i'm like 10 years older and can buy my own plane ticket...
Sounds like you're making some real progress with the game. Good job!
P.S. what happened to the Fox news reporter?
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: Yay, monster contest!! I'm already drawing my ideas out. Although, one is more a race than a monster, but it's not like they couldn't become enemies.

Oh, and I kinda feel sorry for ya Artix; those non disclosure agreements seem almost as bad as your shoes being untied :p
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Nivlac Hood
Nivlac Hood: well if you guys do make aq mobile it give me a reason to fix my ipod... why couldnt dragoncon be closer
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PhatD0g
PhatD0g: Artix should tell a story all about how his life got flipped-turned upside down. I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, and I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days. Chillin' out maxin' out relaxing all cool and shooting some b-ball outside of school. When a couple of guys who were up to no good started making trouble in the neighborhood. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared. She said "You're moving with your uncle and auntie in Bel-Air".
I whistled for a cab and when it came near, the license plate said FRESH and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could tell that this cab was rare. I thought "Now forget it" - "Yo homes to Bel-Air!" I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and yelled to the cabbie "Yo homes smell ya later" I looked at my kingdom, I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air.


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utaro
utaro: i really can't wait for the mobile game since my cpu AND laptops crashed so all i have four probably a month or so is my ipad, 3rd gen . Also excited for the drawing contest, will there be age restrictions or limit per entries like other contests or will there be a limit also for types of creatures?
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Evermore33
Evermore33: Can you please make the mobile version of your games work on android? I only have android devices because my dad is against apple for some reason.
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milaza
milaza: I played AQW on my tablet... everything worked fine except for typing and fighting.

Can't wait for monster drawing contest!
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: One question about the monster contest... Is it possible for the people who don't win, to get their creations in the game eventually?
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: I am so going to enter in the monster contest! I would probably die from excitement if I were to win!
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TJByrum
TJByrum: ARTIX you should definitely describe how combat is going to work.

Are our characters going to continuously hack at each other automatically until one of us falls? Or will we be able to maneuver, block, attack, at our own commands?
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Z Man
Z Man: Are we really to the point of calling an ipod 'ancient'?
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Derpyfire
Derpyfire: I cant log on to AQ3D!
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Akura
Akura: Unable to Log on to AQ3D, can I still get my shield for testing? O.o?
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