Every year at this time, two things happen. 1st, Starbucks releases it's Pumpkin Spice Latte. 2nd, the greatest 3-months of releases happen in our video games. It is probably a coincidence. Probably. *sips from cup*
GUILDS in AdventureQuest Worlds
Today, Phase 1 of guilds was released in our fantasy MMO, AdventureQuest Worlds. If you have upgraded, or upgrade to Member, you can now create a guild on the PTR server (our testing server) and start inviting members. This first release is pretty bare bones... but what is really exciting is where the AQWorlds team is going with this. Guilds are going to be able to get their own town, and work together as a guild to level it up and build it into a Kingdom. There will be Guild vs Guild wars (optional - for those of you who like that sort of thing) and tons of new features including special events for your town. Read Alina's posts on the AQWorlds Design Notes for more information.
4 Weddings (..and a Fun-Aura?)
Unmarried Male Staff Members are the new AE ULTRA RARE! In fact, there are only 3 of us left. This past weekend I flew to Montreal, Canada to attend J6's wedding to the lovely Cinazul (remember her from the ultra cheesy Save Chuckles video?) For the wedding, J6 asked DragonFable's amazing animator & musician, Ghost, to recompose a special version of DragonFable's main theme to walk down the aisle to. It was epic. You will get to hear it in the in-game version of J6's wedding coming next week to AQWorlds. J6's story is very special to everyone in the AE community. For those of you who do not know, J6 was original a player of the classic AdventureQuest. We saw his art on the forums and were impressed! He joined the team as a volenteer artist. His skill level grew QUICKLY and over the many years that followed he became one of our greatest and most legendary artists. Definately our #1 background artist. You can see his work everywhere from all of the backgrounds in AQWorlds, MechQuest, and many monsters, armors, and weapons in all of the games. In fact, he is currently the only artist at AE to have worked on every single one of our games! Oh... a funny side story for you (because this will NOT be going in the in-game wedding!). Are you familliar with the part at the end of a wedding, where the girl throws the bouquet and the guy throws the garter. Well, the groom has to get the garter from his now-wife's leg. Imagine this if you will, Cinazul in her fancy wedding dress is sitting on a chair in the center of the room surrounded as the audience watches on. J6 is supposed to get the garter -- so he pulls out a pair of sunglasses, and the Mission Impossible theme song starts playing. He gets on the ground, rolls over on his back and slides under Cinazul's dress. Everyone laughs... and expects him to pull out the garter. But instead, he pulls out a fake severed leg, a plastic baby, and other crazy objects tossing them on the floor. Cinazul had NO IDEA this was going to happen! (The groomsmen had hid all the props under Cinazul's chair before she sat down. The dress provided perfect cover for the gag. J6 is so creative. It was the funnist thing I have seen in a long time.
On the subject of AQ weddings: Not long ago Dumoose (AQWorlds/HeroSmash) was married. Lussion (AQ3D) also just got married and is on his honeymoon now. Rolith (DF/OverSoul) and Alina (AQWorlds) are going to be married next month and Mido (Artist) will be marrying the girl who made the original Artix cosplay armor in November! It is a pretty happy time here -- but we need to even balance out the ratio or married to single. Maybe we should put up a help wanted ad for single people?
I have been so anxious to tell this story, even if the ending is not the one we wanted. A few weeks ago, I traveled to meet the members of the band Journey and try to talk them into doing an in-game event with us. It was so exciting meeting the band -- especially their new lead singer, Arnel. He has an amazing story -- he homeless and discovered by the band on YouTube. He was so cool, and even took a picture with the Artix figure I gave him. Upon returning home, the pressure was on to get a formal agreement in place so we could start work on the event for the anniversary event. But with such a tight deadline there was just not enough time to jump through all the management/legal/businessy hoops. (Knew we should have put more points into hoop jumping.) So, while it is still possible to do an event with Journey or Arnel in the future, we will not be doing it for this Anniversary. *bummer* Alternative Plan 0073.01A has been activated.
Both of the new games we have in development OverSoul and AdventureQuest3D: Legend of LORE have ramped up development. OverSoul went into testing on Thursday. If you have ever upgraded in ANY of our games, you are welcome to login and help test the current phase of the new game. Both of these new games use the Artix Entertainment"ONE LOGIN TO RULE THEM ALL!" - which is the same login that is featured at the top right of this website. Our goal is to eventually have all of the games run on this new, improved, and ultra secure login. Ooooh... and a side note: When AQWorlds is upgraded to use this login, we will finally be able to turn on the name-change feature!
Tomorrow is "Talk Like a Pirate Day"
Wednesday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day." For 24 hours ALL of our games will be embracing pirate speak and running special events. Want to brush up on your pirate-ese before the events begin? Read this How To Talk Like a Pirate Guide.
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