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Maegwyn
Maegwyn
December 12, 2014

Frostval Replays

Star Date: 12 December, 3014

Replay Frostvals Past: The sidebar button in Soluna City Main will take you to Planet Thoh to revisit missions from past years.

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/MechQuestReturnofThoh12-11-2014.png

Revamped '08 models! While you're on Thoh grab yourself a '14 version of the old '08 mecha and item models - they now have new specials!

Higher-level items added: A lot of higher-level versions of the holiday rares have also been added to the shops. Note that these use the existing specials from those years.

Flavescent Friday - December 19: Let us know on the forums what weapons and mecha models you would like to see discounted or which rares you wish we would return for our crazy once-a-year limited-time sale shop. See the first post for guidelines.


Tags: Maegwyn Frostval Thoh Flavescent Friday

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
December 04, 2014

MQ On Your YouTube

Star Date: 4 December 3014 

MQ On YouTube?  A dedicated longtime player known as DrePlaysGames on YouTube has started a series of MechQuest videos! Here's the link to his channel . (Disclosure - he's not just a random player, but actually someone I know in real life.)

Do you have MechQuest videos, or ideas for them that you've never gotten off the ground? Let's see what you've got! Email me the link to your video or channel, or you can also use Twitter to let me know. You've got a chance to get it shared on the Design Notes. No guarantee of course - if I get a zillion responses I'll end up having to pick some randomly to highlight.  They don't have to be instructional - they can be amusing or exciting or surreal or whatever direction your artistic vision takes you. What they should be to qualify as something I might share is pretty simple - they should be clean - no hax, no swearing - and basically family-friendly. 

Flavescent Friday Wishlists! Start making your wishlists because we'll have a forum post for your input shortly.  What's Flavescent Friday, you ask? We put items into a special limited-time discount shop for you and also choose a few rare items to include (some of those are not discounted). 

Please do not make suggestions for any of the following: 

Anything that has been promised as perma-rare 
Arthurian Eagle/Pirate Raider 
Other AvP war rares 
Crystal Asteroid rares (especially Shadow Blight/Purge) 

One of us from the MQ team will set up a forums thread for your wishlists within the next day or so. For those who don't use the forums, we'll have some kind of alternative. 

Now I need to wrap everything up for tomorrow's Turkageddon release! Nearly everything is done - I just need to get the mecha battles set up and the rewards shops plugged in and a couple of elements of the "outro" squared away. And finish the town interface. So I'll talk with you again soon. 

(Also for this week: Ash & Lyris are working on this year's Zorbo, and Clarion is creating an e-blade for his birthday, too.) 


Tags: Maegwyn Youtube Flavescent Friday Turkageddon

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
December 03, 2014

Turkageddon

Star Date: 3 December, 3014

Turkageddon is a Monster Holiday!: So of course you need a new monster in your favorite mecha battle roleplaying game, and we've got one for you in MechQuest! You'll encounter someone new to battle and you'll find yourself a new enemy. Holiday shopping is insane at this time of year, but that's not the only place you'll run into trouble!

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/Turkageddon3014-300w.jpg

Sorry for the delay - I had it scheduled for release last Friday and as is fitting for the holiday you might say I bit off more than I could chew... Seriously, this wound up as a mission incorporating a lot of elements that just take time to put together. It's not throwing out a lot of Gremlins or being extra-buggy or anything. It's going quite smoothly. Simply time-consuming, is all. I put together assets that already existed so you won't see a lot of new art but you will get to enjoy an all-new story that's never been told quite this way before.

I'm really excited about it and we will have everything ready for you this Friday, December 5 (and better than it would have been last week, for certain). I added in a new e-blade and an extra new enemy to help make up for the delay.

Ash is setting up a big monster and adding in a challenge version so everyone should have a blast with the major fights.

Real-Life Stuff: I cooked an enormous bird with all the trimmings for nineteen people on Turkageddon (Thanksgiving). Most everyone on the MQ team is buried in exams, too, and so I didn't like to ask for a lot of help with this release. I do apologize for the delay. The Thanksgiving prep was pretty crazy. It was part of the inspiration for this quest. I really did buy our bird in a

...spoiler alert!

...well, kind of a spoiler... skip this portion if you don't want to know anything about the plot!

back alley (well, the parking lot behind a restaurant) and it really was free-range and all kinds of good things.

(I know the farmers who raised the bird so it's not as shady as it sounds!)

...

No more plot spoilers from here onward!

I need to give you more regular Design Notes, so let me know whether you want more of the Real-Life stuff, or more of the behind-the-scenes development, or more sneak peek screenshots or what you want to be reading here. You can let me know on Twitter using #MechQuest or drop us a comment on our forums.

Flavescent Friday Is Coming! We'll have a forums poll for what you want to see in the shops so get ready to give your input!

Clarion's Birthday Shop: Happy birthday to our newest creator of weapon art coming up on December 6. The birthday shop will open this weekend in Soluna City Main.

YouTube: Do you have a YouTube channel where you feature MechQuest videos? Shoot me an email with the link! Tomorrow's Design Notes will feature a link to the YouTube channel where you'll find one of your fellow players' original videos. Yours could be next!

I'm so thankful for all of you - thanks for your enthusiasm and for supporting MechQuest!


Tags: Maegwyn Turkageddon

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
October 14, 2014

Get OmniKnight

Star Date: 14 October 3014

How To Get The OmniKnight

http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/OmniKnightGuide

The Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!

Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games! Read on to see what you'll need to do in each of our games to unlock the Blade!

MechQuest

The Cursed Tape Reappears... will you watch?

  • Work with River to secure the tape before EbilCorp gets their hands on it!
  • Complete the quest to unlock the Cursed Mod Tape!

(Find River by talking to Jack on Soluna City's Main Street)

AdventureQuest Worlds

Quest to recover 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts in AQWorlds:

  • Death’s Cursed Hourglass 
  • Cysero’s Doom Sock 
  • Unholy Wasabi 
  • Cursed Chickencow Claw 
  • Zorbak’s Haunted Skull 
  • Dragon Khan’s Corrupt Scepter 
  • Sir Ver’s Cursed Power Button

Once you have recovered all 7, talk to Artix to merge them into the Omni Artifact!

Epic Duel 

Battle through Delta V to recover Titan's Coffee Mug!

  • Battle opponents in 1v1 and 2v2 matches, then take on the boss to gather the shards of Titan's cosmic coffee mug!

AdventureQuest  

Artix has been cursed, and is stalking the wilds with the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!

  • Use the Battle Monsters button to hunt for Artix and the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!
  • Defeat him to unlock a shop to get the Axe for yourself!

OverSoul 

Capture Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade... if you DARE!

  • Battle, defeat, and possess Thok and his Cursed Phoenix Blade using the Battle Monsters button!

DragonFable

Enter the Wastelands to find a scrap of the Mysterious Necromancer's cloak!

  • Look in your Book of Lore to find directions to the Wasteland.
  • Complete the quest there to find the cloak!

HeroSmash

The 12th anniversary event is heating up... and so is Hottica's zone!

  • Head to Hottica's zone and battle the Igneos, Rhyolite, Dacite, and Andesite monsters for a chance to find Hottica's Cursed Shield!

After you've recovered all the artifacts listed above:

Head to the Portal Site and log into your Master Account. 
Go to the Quests tab to check your event progress. You are looking for 7 green checkmarks. If a game is not checked off, you have not found the artifact in that game. 

If you DO have all 7 checkmarks, you'll see a box appear saying "Congratulations! You have found all the cursed artifacts!"

Click the link that says "Click here to get your prizes!" and you will go to your Achievements tab. You should see "Artix Entertainment 12th Birthday Event" achievement under "What's New?"


Click that to get your prize code, then go to the "Redeem Codes" page to unlock the OmniKnight Blade in each game! 


Tags: Maegwyn Anniversary OmniKnight

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
October 10, 2014

12AEAnniv

Star Date: 10 October 3014:

Happy 12th Anniversary to Artix Entertainment!

In honor of the 12th anniversary, players of all seven of the company's games have a joint mission: to find all 13 Cursed Artifacts. 

In MechQuest: Your mission is to meet up with River at 472 Limegreen Terrace.* She will fill you in on what's happened and what you need to do to help! Gather up the cursed artifact before it's too late...

Hint 1: To find River, you should go to Soluna City's Main Street and have a quick chat with Jack.

Hint 2: You really can't miss Jack standing next to Braddock Steele.

Hint 3: When a shop opens, you should be sure to take that item and keep it in your inventory because it's necessary for your collection!

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/PIXEL-300.png

Unlock the Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!

Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games!

Read all about it here http://www.aq.com/gamedesignnotes/12thbirthdayall-4327

And don't forget to visit http://www.artix.com/ for a running tally of when each game's event goes live!

* Why that address? Tweet me with your theory using the hashtag #MQ-Tape


Tags: Maegwyn Anniversary

Korin
Artix
October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Community!

It is our 12th Anniversary-- and we hope you enjoy this year’s cross-game event, “Phantom of the Pixel!” The idea of cursed items crafted from dead pixels is…. spine-tinglingly awesome! The event spans AQWorlds, EpicDuel, DragonFable, MechQuest, HeroSmash, Oversoul and the original AdventureQuest. With the coming of the new mobile games, it might be too hard to have another full cross-over games event like this… so do this one while you still can!

I would sincerely like to thank you, and everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. Thank you to you and all of the amazing gamers who login and battle in our video games. Thank you to all of you who give us encouragement and much love on the forums, twitter, facebook and all of the other ways you talk with us. Thank you for not just playing the games but contributing your creativity and clever ideas. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and supports us by upgrading or buying things in the video games—because of you we can afford to keep the lights on and the server hampsters running at full speed. It has officially been 12 YEARS of weekly, non-stop updates! THANK YOU!  

Our video game’s “weekly new releases” — where we add new quests, maps, monsters, weapons & content to the game — is something that is really special about our community. AdventureQuest classic was one of (if not the) first to do it. We have been compared to long running shows like The Simpsons, Southpark, and Saturday Night Live with our game’s history of weekly releases. But there is one big difference… TV shows run in seasons and the cast and crew… take breaks. We do not. We never have. As a whole, the AE team has delivered a new video game update/release every single week for 12 years. Our games never take holidays off — the team and I actually work harder and have larger releases during them!  

Because of that, I would very much like to recognize and thank the AE team — all of the artists, animators, writers, coders, the moderators, the forum staff, and all of the volunteers for their hard work. I am extremely proud of these passionate super heroes. Thank you all, too — players, team, and all the people who love us and put up with our crazy video game habits — for making Frogzards, Moglins and DoomKnights a part of our everyday life!

Battle on!

Artix

P.S. Ooooh… NEXT year will be our 13th Anniversary… we should up the bar and change the format. Better start brainstorming now. Open to ideas!



Tags: Artix

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
October 03, 2014

After Reset

Star Date: 3 October, 3014

Incoming Transmission - From Ash:

Greetings!
Many of you have been asking what we had planned for the next big storyline and now you all can find out! You can access the new quest, which will begin the brand new main storyline, in Soluna Main right now!
Right now you'll be able to access it without having to play "The End", the end of the previous main storyline, but that will change in two weeks. If you haven't completed the ending, which includes the conclusion of the biggest war against the Shadowscythe ever, you really should first as this new quest might be a bit confusing if you haven't.
There's also a limited time reward if you complete the quest now. There's a brand new mecha drawn and animated by Minar!

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/DragonGuard.png

After this week it'll be replaced with a new mecha created by Lyris with a few additions by myself. The mecha by Lyris and I will be around permanently though as the reward from this quest.
Make sure to be careful when attempting the quest, the enemy inside has resistances to 2 damage types as well as the ability to gain additional resistances as you battle against him. This'll be a really tough fight if you aren't careful!
This quest is only possible thanks to the entire team. We all spent months planning and coming up with ideas, especially for the new main villian. I wrote and built the quest but Maegwyn, Lyris, Gianna, Minar, and everyone else on the team contributed so much to get this ready. This storyline is going to have you exploring all over as time goes on, to planets and places in the universe you haven't seen yet. It's going to be a wild ride and I hope you'll keep checking back to see how crazy it gets!
I also want to take a second and thank all of you, the players. Without you we wouldn't have anyone to make this content for. Your support and feedback is what makes us that much more excited to do things every week. The amount of support recently for MechQuest made me work extra hard on this quest to show you all that we're going to continue to put out the best content we can for you guys.
Enjoy the quest and let us know what you think of it and the new enemy!


Tags: Maegwyn Ash Storyline Post Reset Mecha Limited Time

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
October 01, 2014

Happy Birthday MechQuest

Star Date: 1 October, 3014:

No-score and seven years ago, our four-or-five-fathers brought forth a ... new Dropship, and planned for its (crash-) landing in Soluna City... and here we are today, still exploring the vast multiverses!

Happy 7th birthday to MechQuest!

Happy 7th Birthday MechQuest

7 Years! Woo Hoo! Time to get your party on!

In honor of the occasion we are bringing you updated Anniversary-themed items that you can pick up downstairs at the party by riding the Floorivator at Tek's Mechs. The Pajama/Cake party (accessible via the GEARS Parties button) has an updated dialogue reflecting on some of the events of the past year.

Coinciding with the anniversary, this release also brings a change to stat training. You still get 5 points per level to spend - 6 if you upgrade to Star Captain - but now you can train them faster. You can now train 10 points per session - and 20 if you are a Star Captain! 

Star Captains may now get an item for your starships that essentially turns stat training into an "online course." Instead of having to battle a bazillion times to retrain your stats, you just allocate 20 points and press the "Train" button. Bazinga! No more marathon sessions required just to change your build. Pick yours up today at the button in Soluna City Main! 

We have a super-huge release planned for this Friday - the big Anniversary quest! Ash has been working like a madman and coordinating with Lyris, Minar, Blues to bring you...

SORRY for the delay in posting! I was called away! When is someone going to clone me...

MechQuest's NEW Storyline! and it's coming with a 

Limited-Time Ultra-Rare ALL-NEW Mecha! 

Log in now for the celebration! 20% Bonus Credits & XP continues. Join us Friday, October 3 for the new storyline and be sure to grab yourself the commemorative mecha before it is gone forever!

Thank you all so much for playing MechQuest. Here's to another great year! Party on!


Tags: Maegwyn Rare Ash MechQuest Birthday Anniversary

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
August 30, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenges

Star Date: 30 August, 3014

Did you see the AE on-site team doing the Ice Bucket Challenge at the Lab yet? Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Lsphmj5T4

There are a lot of us who work elsewhere, so there's more silliness to watch.

Here's Bladehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDQvFtcdkFY&index=1&list=UUqkcFa8KEm41lHGX33SmbUA

Gianna Glow challenged Lyris and me to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLF9zezOLVI&list=UUDi9PdzWb3qd9JGhSFsvlGg

Here is Lyrishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzS213ICJ04

Here I am: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwaVhErqPv_1qRyc9scckGsBFVebYoHyI (Mine is a series of three because you can't really see what happens at the end of part one as the lighting is extremely bright. It was about 80 bazillion degrees outside and my first batch of ice had already nearly melted.)

Gianna Glow also has an important note from the Bughunters:

Anything about loading being stuck on the loading screen isn't a bug. Thats the result of us joining with the DF servers if I understand things correctly. To fix this they need to clear cache and relog. We're getting a lot of those bug reports and they can't be fixed.

I will let Captain Rhubarb know that we're getting a lot of these reports and will see whether he can do some kind of magic to improve this issue. For now, please just try clearing your cache and logging in again if it happens to you - and sorry for the inconvenience!

The AE panel is happening now (2:30 Eastern Time) in Grand Salon D at the Hilton - if you're at Dragon*Con you can sign up with Ash to get your Genuine  DragonConquest Scepter. Sorry I can't be there with you this year.

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/DragonConquestScepter-300.jpg

Visit the shop in Soluna City to get the Imitation version, and pick up the companion DragonConquest Blade and also the head weapon from years past. 

 


Tags: Maegwyn IceBucketChallenge

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
August 13, 2014

Beard Blaster

Star Date: 13  August, 3014

Thanks for all the birthday wishes on the forums and twitter ... and I haven't even gotten over to Facebook yet. The birthday credits and xp bonus is still in effect through Friday, so please enjoy it!

In case you didn't know, Lyris and Ash conspired to build me a birthday mecha! You'll find it in the Soluna City Main shop.  From what I hear, Lyris had a concept for the specials design after she arted & animated the mecha, and Ash coded it. What a great surprise! Here's the rundown:

Iron Cook series 
(NSC/SC/NG) 
Each mecha scales 

FA 
CD 3 
1 hit 
100% chance to Crit 
Energy Regen halt for 1-3 turns. (Random each time) 
1.5/2/2.5x DoT for 3 turns. 

BA 
CD 4 
3 hits 
150% damage 
Boost nerf for 4 turns. 
-10/15/20 per successful hit 
Defense nerf for 4 turns. 
-10/12/15 per successful hit 

FS/BS 
CD 3 
2 hits 
Damage increases each use, either shoulder, up to 200%. 
+10/12/15 per use. 
Nerfs Immobility by -100 and attempts to stun. 

HD 
CD 3 
10 hits 
% damage per hit 
30%, 30%, 30%, 35%, 35%, 40%, 40%, 45%, 45%, 50% 

Extra BtH per hit. (Not cumulative, the number here is the amount added to that hit) 
+5, +10, +15, +20, +25, +25, +25, +25, +25, +25 

BD 
CD 4 
5 hits 
200% damage 
Increases your Bonus with each hit. 
+8/10/12 per successful hit. Lasts for 4 turns. 
Increases Boost with each hit. 
+3/4/5 per successful hit. Lasts for 4 turns.

You can also pick up the Otter head and the Pan E-Blades in the Birthday Shop. 

Ah, and here's Ash now!

Greetings! Just wanted to stop in and let you know about a couple of things that'll be happening this week.

First off, the Traveler will be leaving to parts unknown this Friday. No one really knows when he'll return so if you want any of his items make sure to get this before Friday evening!

Next, the Chaos Mecha and Items will be moving to the Event screen. You can get there by clicking the Shops button, it's next to the travel button on that bottom bar, and then clicking the "Event" button with the clock picture up at the top. This is also where the free Golden Mecha are, so you can pick one of those up as well. I didn't want anyone to think the Chaos stuff just dissappeared! 

For the release this week we'll have another quest in the Beard chain! The idea for the whole chain was thought up by Blade and ACW0, so if you like it make sure to let them know! Blade even made a beardy head weapon for this weeks release!

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/BeardBlaster.jpg

I'm able to do quests pretty well now so I'm trying to finish this up for you guys. It's a really cool story and one that's both funny and interesting. Once it's all wrapped up I'll work on the second half of the "Going Gray???" event! 
See you Friday!

Awesome news - the help on wrapping up the "Going Gray???" event is much-appreciated. I'll be super pleased to get Soluna City back to normal... if possible! 


Tags: Maegwyn Ash Lyris Beard Blade specials weapon

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