| Star Captain
| Nova Gems
|July 24, 2015|
Star Date: 24 July, 3015:
Engine Change: I fixed an issue in the Starship where the equip slot suggesting the placement of Hovering items in the back room of the Captains Quarters was actually not functioning. This required an engine change, so be sure to clear cache and refresh your browser if you are not seeing Omega Ver. 4.0.2
New Hovering Items! Lyris made a couple of terrariums (terraria?) and an aquarium and they are in Lisa's shops on the Starship. The Hovering Aquarium and Hovering Desert Terrarium sell for credits, and the Hovering Terrarium is in the Nova Gem shop.
Here's a screenshot of a couple of them in MaegTest's CQ
I'd love to see some screenshots of your starships - feel free to share a link to your screenshots on the forums or via Twitter or Facebook!
Amusing Gremlin: Lyris tried out some new coding for the inhabitant of the Hovering Terrarium so that it would choose from a variety of actions. Flash decided to read it as a directive to cycle the whole game from character creation through login and into the News screen. Fortunately, Vivi was around and Ash popped in from his vacation destination for a bit, and we were able to work together to figure out how to circumvent the strange anomaly. Note that the code Lyris put in had no logical reason not to work! (Huge thanks to all of you for volunteering your time.)
I went ahead and rolled the release live really early because I'll be at the newspaper office all day. Besides writing a story and photographing a parade later, I'm also filling in for the proofreader/receptionist while she's on vacation. And then it'll be the weekend! Music, local Farmers' Market, art and going over MQ Volunteer applications. What are you doing this weekend besides playing MechQuest?
Tags: Maegwyn Lyris Star Captains Bugfix Engine
|July 21, 2015|
New Nova Gem Package For $29.95!
Where do I get it? http://portal.battleon.com/store/packages/mechquest.asp
What do you get for $29.95?
15000 Nova Gems
for your character ...
And the Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel mecha for every StarCaptain on your MechQuest account!
Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel
What is it? G.E.A.R.S. has many great minds within its halls and they are always pushing the boundaries of what's possible. They came up with a new type of particle accelerator, one that when placed into a vehicle granted it some amazing effects. Upon seeing what it could do in a lesser mecha, the students built this containment vessel specifically designed with combat in mind. It uses the various exotic particles that the accelerator constantly creates to recover energy and keep you in a fight, as well as increasing your combat potential and greatly increasing your chances of winning. The core even has a small chance to create and utilize an as-yet-unnamed particle (only discovered and harnessed by one other, to make the Ubertron). These particles will swap with those in your foe, swapping your HP and EP! The pitfalls discovered in the creation of the Ubertron, however, caused them to come up with a safety mechanism. Upon detection of creation of these particles and the swap with your foe, a safety system will engage and recover a portion of your HP and EP - keeping you in the fight!
This prototype accelerator may never see widespread use because of how dangerous it could be if it winds up in the wrong hands. However, YOU have been chosen by the scientists at G.E.A.R.S. to use this one because of everything you have accomplished! Will you be able to use it to its peak potential and show how powerful it can be?
What does it do? Levels with you to 100, and:
FA - Charged Particle Blaster
- Hit 1: 30% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as HP.
- Hit 2: 40% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as EP.
- Hit 3: 50% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as both HP and EP.
BA - Overclocked Force Blade
- Inflicts a 2x HP and EP, 3 turn DoT effect.
- If the enemy is Equippable will disable enemy HD weapon.
FS - Collision Launcher
- Nerfs enemy Defense by -55 for 2 turns.
BS - Disruption Particle Launcher
Nerfs enemy Boost by -45 for 2 turns.
HD - Particle Field Generator
- Prevents enemy EP regen for 3 turns.
- Buffs Boost by 30 for 75 turns.
- Buffs Bonus by 25 for 75 turns.
BD - Particle Accelerator Drive
- Hit 1: 50% damage, with 100% chance to crit. If this hit connects will lower enemy ImmoRes by -100.
- Hit 2: 50% damage, attempts to stun at current ImmoRes.
- 4% chance for hit 2 to swap HP and EP values with your foe and then heal 15% of your max HP and EP.
Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems Mecha specials
|July 15, 2015|
Star Date: 15 July, 3015
Fourth of July Mecha: Staying until Friday, July 17, and then this seasonal rare will be out of the shop.
For those preferring to use Nova Gems for your purchasing power, a question or two:
Were you hoping to get enough Nova Gems from Ballyhoo?
Saving up Artix points?
Waiting for payday?
You mean you can buy a bunch of Nova Gems??? Ha! I had no idea.
What page do you use for your Nova Gem purchases?
Please let us know on the forums - or if you prefer Twitter, tag @MaegwynAE with the hashtag #MQNGS so we can work on meeting your needs.
I hope you are all having a great summer - staying cool in the Northern Hemisphere and keeping warm in the Southern Hemisphere. Doing anything new or special? I'm listening to lots of great music and taking guitar lessons in my spare time.
I'd like to make a big shout-out to Ash and Lyris for their dedication and hard work that they do to make exciting updates happen for you.
As always, thank you so much for playing MechQuest!
Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems MechQuest
|July 17, 2015|
Star Date: 17 July, 3015
1) Happy Birthday, Minar! Log in now to commemorate our beloved former MQ artist Minar's birthday with a new e-blade!
2) New Mission Coming This Weekend! Check back to have a first look at some permanent content! When it's ready, you'll access it via Soluna Main - in the future, when Soluna North is ready to roll, that will be its permanent home.
3) Help Wanted! Volunteers!
Are you passionate about MechQuest? Do you have an eye for detail and a nose for news? Do you want to help find the Gremlins (hunt the bugs) so we can get them fixed? We need a couple of qualified volunteers to join our Bughunting team!
Are you an artist and/or animator who uses Flash? Do you love creating mechs, high-tech weapons to equip to them, and perhaps even animating your creations? We are also looking for volunteers to add to the MechQuest development team. We especially need artists and animators who can provide the game with new mecha-equippable weaponry.
To volunteer as a bughunter or artist/animator, please email --> MQartists@mechquest.com with the following info:
- Your forums name (if you participate in our forums)
- Twitter account name
- Facebook account name
- primary MQ character name and ID number
*Note on age: we are really looking for artists over the age of 18 but will consider taking on younger talent on an apprenticeship basis.
Artists: please include samples of your Flash art and/or animation. It would be great to see work done in the MechQuest style, but we are interested in seeing a good sample of your range.
Tags: Artists Gremlins Bug Hunters volunteer Animators Flash Minar Maegwyn
|May 16, 2015|
Star Date: 16 May, 3015
The Traveler is back in town and he has brought a new Back Arm weapon. Here are the specials.
1st use - 2 turn, 1x EP DoT
2nd and 3rd use - 2 turn, 1.2x EP DoT
4th and 5th use - 2 turn, 1.4x EP DoT
6th and higher use - 2 turn, 1.6x EP DoT
1st use - 2 turn, 1.5x EP DoT
2nd and 3rd use - 2 turn, 1.6x EP DoT
4th and 5th use - 2 turn, 1.8x EP DoT
6th and higher use - 2 turn, 2x EP DoT
1st use - 2 turn -15 Bonus nerf.
2nd use - 2 turn -10 Boost nerf.
3rd use - 2 turn -15 Defense nerf.
4th use - 2 turn +10 Boost Buff.
5th use - 2 turn +20 Bonus Buff.
6th and higher use - 2 turn +20 Boost Buff, -15 Boost nerf.
Tags: Maegwyn Traveler specials
|January 16, 2015|
Star Date: 16 January, 3015
A New Room! The New Year is a lovely time to do some decorating. Star Captains, you are getting a new room in your starships tonight! I've started making some new items for you - there's a Hovering Goldfish Bowl that goes quite well in the Floor slot on the far left of the new room, with more hovering-style items to follow in the weeks ahead. Also new, for the Wall slots, is the Snow Globe On A Shelf. (The new part is the shelf. The snow globe was previously only available on a table as a floor item.)
As you can see in the above snapshot, there is now also a "back door." It will transport you to the mecha bay area of the starship. Thanks to Rolith for doing some backend work to make this happen for us. I got everything set up but just didn't have the access level needed to actually add the slot equip functionality.
I've been wanting to add another room for ages, and it came about because I was attempting to fix a Gremlin that happens when you have your starship set as your hometown. Sadly, the bug is still firmly in place (because the process of loading the starship as the hometown is a complete mystery to me so far - and also a mystery to Ash, to Vivi, to Korin, and even to Rolith). (Warlic, I'm asking you next!) So if your starship is your hometown, you still see an ancient starmap when you first enter. Just run out the bay doors and re-enter from Soluna East and you get your updated modern current map.
New Star Captain Missions Also On The Way! Ash is developing a fantastic new set of missions for you as we speak. More on that later.
So this week's release is still a work in progress - it also will involve an engine change so when we announce that it's live you will need to refresh your browser window.
I'll touch base with you again soon! Better get to battling because the holiday bonus xp and credits boosts will be gone after we roll.
Tags: Maegwyn Ash Star Captains Starship Missions
|December 19, 2014|
Star Date: 19 December, 3014
Flavescent Friday! The Flavescent Friday shops are open now in Soluna City Main. They will stay open for the weekend, and then will disappear for another year at 7 PM EST (server time) on Monday, 22 December, so grab your rares and discounted items now, while the sale is hot!
All-new Frostval missions on Planet Thoh! Gianna Glow's first script with some minor co-authoring by Ash, who built the missions. New art courtesy of Lyris. Very exciting never-before-seen all-new missions are live now, with more coming soon.
Follow @Lyris_AE on Twitter for exciting previews and storyline hints like this:
Tags: Maegwyn Flavescent Friday Frostval Thoh Gianna Glow Ash Lyris Dr Kringle
|December 12, 2014|
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.
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
|December 04, 2014|
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
|December 03, 2014|
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!
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
...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
|October 14, 2014|
Star Date: 14 October 3014
How To Get The OmniKnight
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!
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)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
|October 10, 2014|
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!
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
|October 03, 2014|
Star Date: 3 October, 3014
Incoming Transmission - From Ash:
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!
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
|October 01, 2014|
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!
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
|August 30, 2014|
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 Blade: https://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 Lyris: https://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.
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
|August 13, 2014|
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
Each mecha scales
100% chance to Crit
Energy Regen halt for 1-3 turns. (Random each time)
1.5/2/2.5x DoT for 3 turns.
Boost nerf for 4 turns.
-10/15/20 per successful hit
Defense nerf for 4 turns.
-10/12/15 per successful hit
Damage increases each use, either shoulder, up to 200%.
+10/12/15 per use.
Nerfs Immobility by -100 and attempts to stun.
% 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
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!
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
|July 11, 2014|
Star Date: 11 July, 3014:
Calling all Star Captains! I'm Boy Orbitson, Grad Assistant. I'm up in the Missions Room at the Star Captain's Club. If you are one of the students who is under L25 and feeling like it's the same old grind day after day to try to get ahead, then you will definitely want to check out the missions I've got here. A little something different for some extra experience. Even if you are over L25 you will probably want to give it a run-through, just for laughs.
Happy Birthday, Minar! To celebrate Minar's birthday, light up your battles with the Ornate Blade from the Birthday Shop in Soluna City.
Chaos Is Spreading! There is now a Chaos Weapon shop in Soluna City Main where you can grab weapons! To celebrate the Chaos finale in AQW, this week you can pick up a Chaorrupted E-Blade in Soluna! See HAL in Soluna City East to get your 'hair did!'
Battle Gems PvP!??! Do you live for PvP action? Do you have a mobile device? Get all the info over on the Epic Duel Design Notes by Nightwraith (clicking the link will open a new window)
No device? No problem! You can play BattleGems PvP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/games/?fbs=100&app_id=217802018249672
Plans, Plans, and More Plans! The MQ team is positively feverish with plans in various stages of completion. Vivi and Lyris are working on the functionality of a super-secret project that we have all been planning out. Besides ironing out the wrinkles on some existing unfinished missions and bringing you updates weekly, we're also putting together some all-new storyline and areas. Looking at wishlists and prioritizing before we actually make a firm timeline. Ash would like to note:
[5:38:40 PM] Ash: That long quests are long and take FOR-EV-ER to build
Yep yep. That they do. Tons of fun - but a lot goes into them. So - have fun, try to focus on achieving a goal (whether in game or in real life), and let us know on the forums and on twitter how everything is going. Thanks so much for playing MechQuest!
Tags: Maegwyn Star Captains Chaos Minar BattleGems PvP Ash
|July 03, 2014|
Star Date: 3 July 3014
- This weekend only - ALL NEW 4th of July "Haliaeetus" mecha model.
- The Haliaeetus mecha has all NEW art by Minar and specials designed by Blues, and Vivi! It's in Soluna Main in the Holiday Shop on the sidebar. It'll only be here this weekend though! The art will probably return in the future, but specials won't come back in later years.
- What's a "Haliaeetus?" Well, it's one of the most-recognizable eagle species. It ties in to the United States of America Fourth of July celebrations. And to think, I never would have known this if we hadn't already made an Eagle mecha model in the past! I love finding new and obscure bits of knowledge when researching - a friend of mine calls this "Research Rapture." Have you ever experienced research rapture, where you are led further and further off track from the original line of inquiry? This particular research line didn't veer at all. YET. But I digress...
- Here are the specials:
- - +25% general damage bonus
- - enemy BtH reduce 15%
- - enemy defense reduce: 50
- - enemy immores reduce 100
- - SC only: + 75 BTH til end of fight
- - Hit 1: 30% damage
- - Hit 2: 45% damage
- - Hit 3: 75% damage
- Each hit heals EP for 50% damage done.
- - Hit 1: 10% damage
- - Hit 2: 20% damage
- - Hit 3: 30% damage
- - Hit 4: 40% damage
- - Hit 5: 50% damage
- Each hit, 50% chance to damage EP for 100% damage done.
- - Hit 1: 60% damage
- - Hit 2: 50% damage, tries to stun.
- - Hit 1: 40% damage
- - Hit 2: 40% damage
- - Hit 3: 40% damage
Damage increases as enemy EP decreases. 1x/1.5/2x HP DoT.
- Star Captains can pick up the Traveler Hologram!
- The Hologram will allow you to access the Traveler's shops, even when he's not in town anymore! Access it in Soluna Main on the sidebar. It won't be available forever, so snag one while you can!
- Chaos Hairstyles are available!
- To celebrate the Chaos finale in AQW, this week you can show off your chaotic side with a new male and female hairstyle! See HAL in Soluna City East to get your 'hair did!' More Chaos will come ... next week!
Enjoy the release, and have a sparkling weekend!
Tags: Maegwyn Chaos Traveler specials 4th of July Star Captains
|June 27, 2014|
Star Date: 27 June, 3014
Happy Birthday, Korin! To celebrate, pick up a Ketchup Cannon in the birthday shop in Soluna City Main. It's also the perfect date for this week's main release, which
> Incoming transmission: Ash
Oh ha. Well I'll just let him do the talking!
Greetings! This week we have a somewhat larger release, at least it feels that way to me. Hah!
Last week I was talking to Mae about what we could do to give you all something larger than normal. I came up with the idea to do something for our players who have done everything in the storyline already and wanted something extra. This turned into something larger than I had planned and it pushed me farther than I've gone in a while.
Tonight we have an addition to Planet 51. It's a series of fights that you can access after you've beaten the current 51, finished Yokai, AND finished Necryptos. Once you've done all that you can use the button that shows up on Korin's list.
This has several fights, most chosen by players when I asked, as well as one final fight that I came up with myself. It will take a little thought and strategy to beat a couple of them, but if you can it'll be worth it.
I also did some updates to the old Planet 51 rewards that you'll find in the Arm reward shop once you win. There's also some new stuff too that I came up with just for this. Some of the rewards are hints about something I'm cooking up personally and something in particular gives a hint at where the storyline is going next. You might have to talk to someone once you win to find out what that is though.
I hope you enjoy it and I'm very thankful to Mae for letting me go all crazy and do this. Make sure to let me know on the forums what you think of the fights and the rewards!
I'm quite thankful to Ash for all the hard work he put into this!
Here's a screenshot for you
Speaking of hard work, Minar is hard at work in his free time in between summer classes, creating art and animating because we are putting together an ALL-NEW mecha for you! It's slated for release on the 4th of July.
Also in the works: some serious chaos is coming your way next week. So have a great weekend, enjoy this week's new content, and get ready for more!
Tags: Maegwyn Korin Ash 4th of July Rare Chaos
|June 11, 2014|
Star Date: 11 June, 3014
The Artix Entertainment team is offering a special deal for the month of June! If you buy Artix Points using a credit card, you will receive 10% bonus Points.
How? It's easy!
Just go to http://portal.battleon.com/store/points/ and select your preferred Points Package - then choose "Credit Card" as your payment method.
Update: The bonus applies to the following:
- Visa Delta/Debit/Electron
- Paymentez Credit Card
Having extra Artix Points on hand is always a Good Thing!
You can use your Artix Points to upgrade your MechQuest characters to Star Captain, or grab some Nova Gems which are useful for picking up extra storage slots and powerful battle equipment. Save up for a Holiday Rare mecha model coming July 4, or pick up some of those sweet seasonal rare weapons that cycle in and out of the shops - or even the ever-popular Sepulchure of Doom mecha from the Mysterious Stranger in Soluna City East.
We'll be bringing you some fun things to do on Friday the 13th - which is this Friday! Just a couple of days away!
Tags: Maegwyn Artix Points
|May 30, 2014|
Star Date: 30 May, 3014
Happy Birthday Jemini! Star Captains: Get your Seasonal Rare Jemini Hologram from the shop in Soluna City and display it on your starship.
Star Captains: Permanent Version Of Strider Now In SC Club!
I would like to thank you personally for upgrading to Star Captain and for your support of MechQuest. This game is so important to me, and it's because of your love of the game that we are able to keep providing updates. Not myself alone - the entire MechQuest team!
Incoming Transmission: Ash
Greetings! Something I've wanted to do for a while now was get back to doing the monthly SC release. I'm going to be doing something each month now, maybe not a mech each time but something to thank you guys for your support.
This month Blues and I wanted to do something really special to kick it off, so we decided on doing the very first SCEM, the Strider. We didn't want to just copy the old one with nothing changed so Blues re-statted it as an offensive mech with a LOT of firepower.
FA/BA - CD= 1
- Each use buffs damage by 25%, either arm. Caps at 200%
- Applies a 1.5x HP and EP DoT, either arm. Every additional use of either arm buffs the DoTs by .5x. Caps at 4x.
FS/BS - CD=3
- Hit 1: 25% damage
- Hit 2: 35% damage - Damages enemy EP with hit's damage.
- Hit 3: 45% damage
- Hit 4: 55% damage - 15% chance to heal 50% of hit's damage.
Hd - CD=5
- Self Boost BoT, +10, per turn, for 4 turns.
- +25 BtH for 4 turns.
- Enemy Boost NoT, -7, per turn, for 5 turns.
Bd - CD=4
- Hit 1: 20% damage, (if hit hits) Nerf enemy immo res by -30.
- Hit 2: 25% damage, (if hit hits) + 25 BtH for 4 turns.
- Hit 3: 30% damage, (if hit hits) Nerf enemy immo res by addition -60.
- Hit 4: 40% damage, (if hit hits) Disables head when equippable.
- Hit 5: 60% damage, (if hit hits) Attempts to stun.
You can pick it up now in the shop with the other perm versions of the SCEM's. (They are in the Star Captain Club on the second floor.)
Also last week we had the Memorial Day shop. I didn't get the stats to Mae in time for a DN so here they are now!.
Memorial Day Mecha Models
FA- 3 turn CD
Nerfs immores (immobility resistance) by -50(-55/-60) and attempts a stun.
Rolls for a chance to do a 2 turn energy regen halt.
BA - 3 turn CD
If at least one of the hits connects.
- 3 turn 1.5 (2/2.5)x HP DoT
- 3 turn enemy damage nerf of -30(-35/-40)
FS/BS - 2 turn CD
- Damage increase per use, stacks using either shoulder.
- +10% damage up to cap of +50% extra damage.
- Stacking enemy Bonus nerf. -8(-9/-10) per use, either shoulder, up to a cap of -50 Bonus.
HD - 3 turn CD
- Stacking Boost buff. +8(+10/+12) per use up to a +40 cap.
BD - 5 turn CD
- 4 turn defense buff of 40(45/50)
- Rolls, heals a small amount. (Between .011 and .11 of max health. Max of 76 at level 50)
Hopefully you liked them. Next year will have a different set of effects! Enjoy the new mechs!
Thank you, Ash!
I also meant to mention that we have a couple of new bughunters on the www.Artix.com /bugs end of things now. Big thanks to kasama999 (many of you will recognize him from our forums) and Dragrinn for assisting Gianna Glow and the MQ team in hunting down and confirming the bugs you report to us. "We Aim To Be Gremlin-Free!" (TM)1
Have a great weekend, everyone!
1(Not really TM)2
2(It might be a good idea to TM this)3
3(Eh let's just squash all the bugs and not worry about trademarking a silly phrase...)
Tags: Maegwyn Ash SCMM SC Club Blues specials Jemini
|May 26, 2014|
Star Date: 26 May, 3014
Memorial Day Mecha Models: For this year's Memorial Day, Ash has developed a mecha that has three different color schemes. The Tactical Land Assault, Naval Assault, and Aerial Assault models share the same specials. You can find them in the shop on Soluna City's Main Street.
And from Lyris:
Thank you from all of us on the MechQuest team.
Tags: Memorial Day Maegwyn
|May 25, 2014|
Star Date: 24 May, 3014
Art: Thank you, everyone who submitted art on the forums! The new exhibit is now live in the Art Museum in Soluna City West, featuring artwork by
- Glade Slayman
If you are a Star Captain, you can pick up your favorites in Circe's shop in the Art Museum lobby to hang in your starship!
Talk to Circe in the Art Museum to get the link to the forum where we are accepting new art submissions. Or just click here - you will see the submission thread and a related discussion thread stickied to the top of that forum. Please be sure to read the rules in the first post! We would really like to get enough submissions to update this once a month. It's a great way to get your artwork seen by people all over the world!
Gianna Glow had a birthday this week! Plasma Charge put together a magical energy blade for the occasion. Wear the Ninja outfit to unlock the magic attack. There's also a special "blooper" version for Star Captains called GG's Little Ankle Biter. The original positioning of the magic attack was a bit off and it made me laugh; Ash made an extra one so we could share the laughter. Happy birthday, Gigi!
Ash has re-colored and reworked a mecha with new specials for Memorial Day. There will be multiple color schemes and all models will have the same specials. Be sure to log in on Monday, May 26 to pick up this new seasonal rare! There is a sneak peek on the Artix.com site. Check back tomorrow for more Design Notes.
Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for playing MechQuest!
Tags: Maegwyn Memorial Day Art Museum Seasonal Rares
|May 09, 2014|
Star Date: 9 May, 3014
Hi! I'm going on vacation tomorrow for a week! I'll be checking my email and the forums and twitter when I have internet access. MQ is in good hands with Vivi and Ash doing next week's update, and Korin is going to help post Design Notes for you, so you probably won't even notice I"m away.
Greetings! This week I worked on getting a bunch of the bugs that were around, and that you all reported recently, fixed.
There were a bunch, and I can't mention all of them, but to sum up everything.
- A bunch of typos.
- Item bugs.
- Mech bugs
- Travel Map bug
- Romero quest bug
I also have a hunt tonight for you all for a new type of mod. These still boost stats but they boost a different set then you all usually see. I'm working on seeing about putting extra effects on new mods for some true passive effects but for now I wanted to put these out.
What better way to do that then a hunt through the game! I'm hiding the mods in a shop and the following is your clue.
"Struggled to be free, fled from destruction, leaving pieces behind with a kind of kin."
Good luck and feel free to work together on the forums! Have fun!
bip bip pongggggg
I wanted to mention that you might want to build up your stash of credits because there's an o.Ops weapon planned for later this month. Good chance to run into Richy the Rich Guy in the Soluna East mission this weekend. Also, we've got a little something for you on Mother's Day so definitely log in again on Sunday!
Good luck with the hunt, everyone!
Tags: Gremlin Bugfix Ash Riches Oops Mother's Day Maegwyn
|May 02, 2014|
Star Date 2 May 3014:
Well this is embarrassing... there's a critical issue with the Maypril quest involving cutscenes and player positioning that makes it unplayable and that has taken me way too long to sort out. So things remain color-faded until further notice. Which shouldn't be too much longer. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans... mmm scrambled eggs! It'll end up being better than it would have been.
We're laying the groundwork for some great new features and continuing to plan ahead for a very exciting set of releases while we work on bugfixing. I am so excited about all of this coming together for you!
May the 4th E With You: Be sure to log in on May the 4th to get a cool new holiday rare E-blade. Classic "lightsaber" styled weapons to fit the holiday. There will be versions for NSC, SC, and NG. Clarion made a whole lot of them, and Ash is inspired to add more colors -
transmission incoming: it's Ash!
Greetings! Some of you mentioned that you weren't fans of the way the 4pri1 mech worked, so we took that into consideration for the Maypril mech. Blues and I talked about a few things and we came up with the following for this year.
Inflicts a 1x(1.5x/2x) HP DoT
Chance to inflict a x2(2.5x/3x) HP DoT instead.
Deals increased damage on hit. Amount is random.
3 turn increasing Defense nerf over time effect. -8(-9/-10) per turn.
(-8 -> -16 -> -24 -> expired)
Crit chance increase
4 turn enemy damage Nerf over Time effect. Starts at -25(-30/-35) and decreases by 8 per turn.
(-25 -> -17 -> -9 -> -1 -> expired)
Effect based on how many hits connected.
5 hits - Buffs Boost by 20(25/30) for 2 turns.
3-4 hits - Buffs Boost by 10(15/20) for 2 turns.
1-2 hits - Buffs Bonus by 20(25/30) for 2 turns.
0 hits - Buffs Bonus by 40(45/50) for 2 turns.
4 turn increasing Bonus nerf over time effect. -7(-8/-9) per turn.
(-7 -> -14 -> -21 -> -28 -> expired)
Nerfs enemy ImmoRes by -50 and chance for 2 turn stun
1 turn stun
Enemy BtH nerf over time. Starts at -40(-45/-50) and decreses by 10 per turn.
(-40 -> -30 -> -20 -> -10 -> expired)
In other news I did a few more revamps for Lagos. Robina's shops will have a bunch of higher level items for you guys. Hopefully that will tide you all over since I've done about all I can for right now. I'll revisit the planet in the future but I need to focus on some new stuff. Enjoy the F001 and I look forward to hearing what you guys think of it.
Tags: Maegwyn specials Blues Ash Maypril Fools MQ May the 4th E With You
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