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Dank and Creepy Dungeons of Skulldor

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Dank and Creepy Dungeons of Skulldor

Yergen here! The AQ3D team and I have been working steadily on creating the Dungeons of Skulldor. Llusion, and Xero have been modeling amazing dungeon props, and walls, and pillars, and everything else you can think of that would thrive in a spooky, dark, and dangerous dungeon. Thyton has designed some exceptionally creepy undead skeletons, but there appears to be some sort of a gooey fluid sticking to them. Gross. Mido has been adding textures to the base female models. What have I been doing? Taking all these amazing pieces and using them like building blocks and putting together the Dungeons of Skulldor.Thank you childhood building blocks!  What secrets lurk in the dark recesses of these walls? I’ll never tell. Well maybe I will... later.

This Isn't Nearly Enough...

This post seems small in comparison. I guess I’ll have to ramble on a bit… ok. What have I learned while putting together the dungeons? Lighting is key. Here is a work in progress of the dungeon lit with bright light.

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Not too spooky, and what an awful color choice. Now here is it lit dimmer.

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Muuuch better. It’s amazing what a few setting can do. Anyhow. back to the dungeons power people. This game is going to be amazing! Btw - Monday the 19th I am going to hop onto the forums and answer some of those AQ3D Q&A questions. You have great questions, and I know I'll have some definitely adequate answers.

~Yergen

 

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JRVthatsME
JRVthatsME: I completely agree, the lighting makes all the difference. With the right spooky sound effects and not being able to see very far into the darkness it could create the feeling of dread, knowing that there are horrors waiting in the darkness that can claim you at any moment. Imagine no torches on the walls and players had to wonder around with their own torch. That with well placed monsters and just the right sound effect could really creep players out. Well done :)
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Lord Finger
Lord Finger: That's a cool looking dungeon for sure. I can't wait to explore it! Indiana Jones would be jealous
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xanti
xanti: Yeah first comment, good job guys keep on working, this game is going to be awesome.
I hope that we can test this game soon.
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Gregku
Gregku: I must say, the team is doing an amazing job with this dungeon. I can just imagine how the goo-covered skeletons will look like.
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Gregku
Gregku: I must say, the team is doing an amazing job with this dungeon. I can just imagine how the goo-covered skeletons will look like.
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: The dungeon is amazing both the prototype and update verison! I can tell this game will be awesome!
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Blanefire
Blanefire: when does aq3d come out i really want to play it
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Antithesis
Antithesis: Lookin' good!


Yergen, you so silly.
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Zadck
Zadck: Looks so spooky! Undead jumping out at you from that will be epic!
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Kinzvlle
Kinzvlle : Is it bad that I find the purple one slightly creepy? Also this goo stuff is interesting. A virus that turns people undead, spread by goo perhaps.
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: I kind of like the first one better. It looks mysterious and such :)
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FeorasToxArch
FeorasToxArch: Seeing it in game for the first time, Skulldor definitely has an eerie vibe. It's spooky, especially when the light disappears and the vaulted ceiling makes it like looking into an abyss. Hopefully the end result has a mix of light and shadowy sections, where the crypt's inhabitants can lurk until an unfortunate adventurer strays too close.
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TestMaker
TestMaker: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ARTIX I AM CRAZY TO PLAY THE GAME
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Qiaf
Qiaf: Is the game done yet?
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Emperor_Eon
Emperor_Eon: Looks really nice, I can't wait :)
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the almighty freddy
the almighty freddy: I say the first picture with the light works better, because it's easyer to play or see in the room
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rob360
rob360: That's an awesome dungeon, can't wait to play in that!
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Tyrina
Tyrina: It's pretty amazing what you can do with a little light
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Artken
Artken: The dark area makes it look more like a dungeon
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SamX
SamX: So, what will the game look like?
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Bob The MAN
Bob The MAN: I'm really digging the look of that dungeon 0.0 Though you shouldn't not ever use that nearly pink styled one lol. It'd be wicked to see a vibrantly pink Skulldor at some random point.

The cobwebs actually look glowy on the top picture which is gnarly in its own right as well.
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Ground Hog
Ground Hog: Haha First x)

That Dungeon looks sick Guys!!!!! cant wait for alpha testing release!!!
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Seth Dragonbane
Seth Dragonbane: Really? I think the purple dungeon is much scarier. I would also prefer it because I'm really bad in the dark.
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Drache412
Drache412: This dungeon is looking amazing!! is this just one great hall in the dungeon or will there be small corridors or other kind of rooms and passage ways all around? Also, can we expect the skeletons (and possibly zombies?) coming up from the ground as you get near their spawn points or will they all swarm at you? So pumped for alpha! XD
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Rezilia
Rezilia: Uh... I like the first pic better?

I mean, even I'M a follower of Darkness but don't you think the second one is a little TOO dim to show off the aesthetics of the dungeon?
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Xellos
Xellos: There should be more yellow in the dungeon, Yergen :P
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Moldore
Moldore: Great job Im loving the artwork for the this game cant wait to see in action!
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Zereldo
Zereldo: I have to say the first image reminds me of Jak and Daxter, the purple being all Dark eco like.

The second one looks a bit too dark, like somthing could be lurking in it, Basically you have it just right.
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awesome kick
awesome kick: the figures are not in hero mart when will they be and aqw rocks!
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Timeweave
Timeweave: 1st :) And wow it's bigger than I thought ! cannot wait to explore what lies within the dungeon!

BATTTTTTLLLLEEEE ONNNNNNNN!
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.Joerte
.Joerte: Is it just me or was the first version better
Anyway i had no idea that they would have got so much of skuldor crypt out by now
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eliminatorr
eliminatorr: when can we play this?
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pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: i like the purple dungeon more
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Smog The Magnificent
Smog The Magnificent: Wow skulldor looks really awesome with the dark lighting I cant wait to explore it.
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Sir Vicies
Sir Vicies: Epic Work Yergen and AE team.
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Sir Vicies
Sir Vicies: Epic Work Yergen and AE team.
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Dalontonius The Infernal
Dalontonius The Infernal: What are the classes going to be like?
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Dalontonius The Infernal
Dalontonius The Infernal: What are the classes going to be like?
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ltpfiredemon
ltpfiredemon: nice!!!!!!
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Herroxx
Herroxx: Good job on making Aq3d.....BATTLE ON!!!!!
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Neptune.
Neptune.: I cant wait! who ever took my display name, I'm coming for you!!!
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Herroxx
Herroxx: Good job on aq3d. Nice work.....BATTLE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Draka_The_Dragon
Draka_The_Dragon: yeay
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sirjas
sirjas: yea dim color is way better :)
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Merdinho
Merdinho: This game is going to be so cool!
Keep up the good work and battle on!
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Vaxos
Vaxos: yay, first comment, cant wait, the dungeon looks completly beast XD, wonder what the skeletons look like...o.o....or the boss O.O....
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PyreLordGideon
PyreLordGideon: AWESOME DUNGEON!!! The lighting effect was superb...
Can't wait to pack my items and journey through it :))
-Gideon
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drag9999
drag9999: Nice,And when should the Alpha Tester start?Oh Artix Entertainment you are my Favourite Game makers online.10/10
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: Both of them are interesting i wouldn't mind seeing the bottom or the top version. the top one looks more for a poisonus spider dungeon while the bottom one is more skullleton-ish
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Me
Me: Dungeon Look Great =D
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~Eros~
~Eros~: Keep up the good work!
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FireSprite1
FireSprite1: That is a lot of purple! lol but it is so elegant it almost seems a shame to lose all that beautiful detail in the dark, then again i really like spooky! You guys are amazing as always and anticipation grows with each update!
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Kazan Dragneel
Kazan Dragneel: awsome!!
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Siganiv
Siganiv: Hey Yergen!
Skulldor looks good :-)

Greets from AQWorlds.pl community!
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Inferno Dragonlord
Inferno Dragonlord: was that a typo "dank"?
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Maxandstewart
Maxandstewart: Everyone loves Childhood Building Blocks.

(And making skelletons and dark dungeons out of them).
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.Joerte
.Joerte: Im going to explode waiting for Beta
That will be the explanation if you hear a distant exploding noise



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Gulfraz
Gulfraz: Elu. Yergy :D
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Baronpraxis350
Baronpraxis350: The dungeon looks amazing so far. Can't wait for the beta testing to start!
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|..Keaton..|
|..Keaton..|: WICKED COOL!! Go AE!!!
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Djjman
Djjman: Woah, i never knew that lighting and colours made such a difference! Cant wait to destroy all those slimy skeletons
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NULGATH'S BANE
NULGATH'S BANE : Keep up the great work Yergen!
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Zeke Lionhart
Zeke Lionhart: O-ho! I was like "aaaaaaw man! This looks like WOW D:" in the first picture, then "AWWW YEAH! This looks like Diablo! :D". Seriously, real shadows like that make it WAAAAY much cooler and spooky! I'm glad you decided to do that, instead of the "dark-like effects" from WOW.
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Uzaak
Uzaak: Looks pretty awesome. I must say the purple-colored dungeon could really have been a choice, but maybe for something chaos-related, if we're hacing them. Chaos seems to like purple. On the other hand, the dimmer one makes me wonder whether I should dare walk further inside or stick around and level up a bit - something I must say brings back memories from old MMORPGs I used to play years ago. This is awesome.

By the way, I still strongly wish Jack Spratt made an appearance there. He was the awesome undead boss from AQW Alpha!
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RYTHMIC
RYTHMIC: When can we log on and play on the actual servers?
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Solo Xz
Solo Xz: I guess i'll be first to reply to your message Yergen XD. As you know SoloXz is here, I have a few questions to your awesome post.
1. Is the beta going to start in the summer?
2. Will there be more than one awesome undead bosses in this map (crushing skully's head in hand) XD?
3. How many players will be ableto access this area?
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Xendran
Xendran: Hopefully its going to be an MMOARPG instead of a wow clone
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dragonkillermaster1
dragonkillermaster1: cool! the dungeon thats dimmer is creepier and more fun to look at but the brighter one also looks awsome. so you guys might want to ask the AE community which one they like
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Archer
Archer: When in this dungeon i feel like there should be crumbling noises. Almost as if the dungeon was closing in on the player O.O ...suspenseful
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Camellia
Camellia: I have to say that this Dungeon looks absolutely amazing so far!
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WootzAE
WootzAE: Nice!
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Alroc
Alroc: Wow, I didn't know lighting could have such a massive effect on how good/bad the environment looked. The dungeon is looking good so far, I can't wait to see more sneak peaks :)
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Satro1
Satro1: I donno why,but I like the 1st one better.Maybe its because you can see more ahead or maybe im just afraid of the dark xD
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_negachin_
_negachin_: Well Yergen, you were absolutely right ! xp
That first dungeon looked like it was all pink-ified by Beleen XD
The 2nd one looks reeeaaally spooky !
Dungeon-On !
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Atlasica
Atlasica: If these are the kind of graphics we'll be able to experience after release, I'm going to be very impressed. I mean, geez, this is browser-based! I hope the world isn't split up into to many "rooms". By which I mean, if the forest in the intro video was one continuous landscape a player could explore..wow 0.o
But would that cause lag and terrible loading times? Erm...I hope not (but I think it would).
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BladeMaster
BladeMaster: I like the difference :D Though while the process, the details got faded deeper down the dungeon (not intended alliteration XD) . This reminds me of the days of Runescape :3
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Shadow Raven
Shadow Raven: Are we going to test this dungeon?
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sickofitall
sickofitall: looks so cool. when is the official beta going to start? so excited
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deady bare
deady bare: Can't wait u guys r the best hoping games out soon ur games best ever.
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Gordo!
Gordo!: Shaping up to became an awesome game, so pumped, excellent work AE!!
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big jester
big jester: nice
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Shiraneh
Shiraneh: Very nice man, but where are the link for registration to open beta?
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Abeo
Abeo: Nice Photos, I hope you post more pictures soon.
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Zealis
Zealis: Personally, I'd like both to be available.

The first seems mysterious, inviting, alluring. The purple web at the top and the lanterns/torches(?) along the road make it seem like it will lead to a king's throne, but will ensnare the ignorant adventurer into a gloomy dungeon.

The second one is dark and damp enough for everyone, but it's dimly reminds me of MiltoniusSecret caves. Honestly, unless I was extremely arrogant or well-trained, I would definitely NOT venture into it. I guess if the hero was paid to kill whatever was in there...

But then, the hero should be well-trained enough to survive TO the dungeon -- there's gotta be some sort of obstacle preventing that, right? ;)
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Melonn
Melonn: Wow! It is amazing how just a little bit of lighting can make something look 10x.... spookier!
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Shanny370
Shanny370: Sweet! It's awesome to see how fast this is coming along, guys- and the game looks incredible so far. Can't wait to see a 3D game imbued with the AE signature of fun. Although, I was hooked as soon as Skyrim was mentioned on the list of games you'd want to keep in mind.
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shadowarlord
shadowarlord: i like the not so dark one better :P
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Lorkade
Lorkade: These dungeons remind me of the MMO, Sherwood.





~ Lorkade
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Guii
Guii: Awesome ! :) can't wait to play it!
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Dark Vordred
Dark Vordred: cant wait!
im too exited for this game
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Fa3z
Fa3z: what day will the game be LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!! ??????????
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in
in: NICE~! can't wait to walk those halls.
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hidden fire
hidden fire: I prefer lit up, but only because I always sucked at the spooky dungeons :P always made my skin crawl and put me on edge too much. Anyway it looks like its coming along nicely which is awesome :) keep up the great work!
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Maelstrom64
Maelstrom64: Wow! That looks great! I can't wait to start beta testing!
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Paleo\
Paleo\: Yay Skeletons!!!! Skeletons ftw!!! Looks realy nice guys. But ofc dont leve it like this but put some stuff on the ground like some rocks or a skeleton or just a skull or somthing and old creepy ruin ish stuff to make it look much better. And ofc i know its just a first look this so im not complaining but just some suggestions. It already is great but things can always get better =D
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Paleo\
Paleo\: I just read Atlasica's comment and the part about how awesome it would be if players could have huge area's to explore and dont need to enter different rooms and keep loading rooms ever few steps. I think he/she (srry dont know) is right about how this couse lagg but what about keeping it a browser based game and also making a download version so people can also chose to download and install the game to prevent some lagg. I used to have a 13 year old computer and all games are realy laggy on that ofc and even on that comp i was able to play the ae games wich was great but now i recently bought a gaming pc and if there would be the option for me to download the game when its released to fix some lagg that would be great and i gues im not the only one who would use the option to download it to fight lagg.
Just posting some random ideas that pop into my head...
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Xallos_
Xallos_: NICE WORK i can't wait to try this new 3D game and i know it will be good as every game you guys have made and i hope this game will have stats style like in classic aq and dragon fable but we will see good luck AE team :DDDD
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Xallos_
Xallos_: NICE WORK i can't wait to try this new 3D game and i know it will be good as every game you guys have made and i hope this game will have stats style like in classic aq and dragon fable but we will see good luck AE team :DDDD
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Zetralus
Zetralus: I wonder how you'll get to see. is it going to be like a short visible bubble of low light around the character that follows you around or do you have to find a switch of some sort to light a chandler over that room? o.o
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dooooooom lord
dooooooom lord: The second one looks amazing!!!!! I can't wait to explore it!!! If you brighten up the first one
a bit and replaced the skull engravings with hearts it would make a great valentines day special.
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Official Obito
Official Obito: looks like a really great game so far! I hope the classes aren't like in aq where you just throw a new class on.. I think it would be cool to pick it at the start and be able to evolve it into different stages of your beginning class.
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Sela
Sela: Ahh! I can't wait until I and my guild battle us through this dungeon. I love it.
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Paleo\
Paleo\: How to change commenting name? When i first typed it i excedently hitted the \ key wich is located right above the enter key so now i have Paleo\, then it asked it again and i typed Paleo right and thought it was fixed but then i didnt see my name at all whit all comments and now the Paleo\ is back :\
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Zethin
Zethin: The pictures of the dungeon looks like really good ;)
Can´t wait to enter it and explore the darkness of it corners :)

I hope this game will have different classes, abilites, skills/powers and that you can choose what you will be: Human, Elf etc

It would be awesome, best game so ever far! :D
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Fledgling
Fledgling: Cool i Like it !!!!!!!!!!
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wolvesgod
wolvesgod: Wow, that looks amazing. ♥_♥ I can't wait to creep around in there, and scare people. (Might even scare myself.... but shhhhh.)

We can hardly see the awesome skulls, though. anyway you guys, can put the lighting on the ceilings? because that's where all the awesome designs are. --the skulls are what I'm really talking about-- or like some weapons, on Aventure Quest, can you make the skull eyes glow? O.o like a faint red.
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shadowarlord
shadowarlord: Will there Be More Than A girl To Choose Or Will There Be More Monsters Than ----------->
<<<<<<----------------Will There Be More Chars To Choose Than
Cause lol i dont want to walk as an orc red one like that or a girl i want a guy hero + i want It
To Be Choosable Like Good Or Evil
Good | Evil
Human,Elf,dwarf,angel Vampire,ghost,dark elf , werewolf, corrupted , guy(like miltonius)
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Paleo\
Paleo\: nice picture yergen. lol yellow version of the fat guy and whit a red mohawk. XD
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: This game looks amazing! One question though. If you've bought something like the Dragon Amulet for DragonFable, will you be able to get Dragonlord for AQ3D?

AQ3D name: Draconix
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xPK!n$L@y3r
xPK!n$L@y3r: WHOA, mad good details and felt like i just got my mind blown away by the details XD
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Sanjoko
Sanjoko: Hmm, I actually prefer the lighter one, you can see more detail etc. I think the dark one is a little too dark, so you do get the dread of not knowing what's around you but you still want to be able to see some things. Though I do agree that it shouldn't be anywhere near as bright as the first one as this is supposed to be an undead infested dungeon, and an actual dungeon at that. (We might need to start using dungeon for actual dungeons and Dungeon for other "dungeons" which might be caves/forests etc.

Anime_Rpg / Sanjoko
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: Are there going to be things like DragonLord for those who got the Dragon Amulet? Because that'd be awesome since I HAVE the DA.
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Xx_Dranzer_xX
Xx_Dranzer_xX: looks amazing, looking forward to it
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darkgrim
darkgrim: very awseome
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DJ-P0n3~
DJ-P0n3~: The 2nd lighting is scary but it blocks out all the details that people stand and take a marvel at still its a great concept :D
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Elvishtheoneandonly
Elvishtheoneandonly: I want this game how long time is it before the game releases?
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Metronophist
Metronophist: I like the creepy looks of the....castle??
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