Greetings! As the whole MQ team is now aware it's dangerous to let me write stuff for releases. I volunteered to work on this release and wrote a script. All of us had a bunch of ideas and I tried to put as many of them into this. It had a LOT of stuff in it, like a LOT of new art stuff that had to be made and bunches of dialog. Lyris did an amazing job on the new backgrounds and some of the assets and Plasma worked on something cool for the second part. Mae also deserves major props for spending a LOT of time making the rest of the backgrounds and art assets and especially for building the whole quest and making it work. (Thanks again Mae!) Part 1 is live now and Part 2 will be out as soon as it's ready.
Also the 4pri1 mech has been revived!
It's got all new specials that Blues came up with.
Head: CD=5 - BtH NoT, -7 (8,10) per turn- damage BoT, +5 (6,7) per turn- immores decrease 50 (60,70) for 5 turns---> tries to stun every turn, roll 30 (40,50) every turn
BA: CD=3 - 1x (1.5x, 2x) HP DoT FA: CD=3 - damage NoT, -7 (8,10)per turn- damages also EP with 25% of damage done BS: CD=0 - damage buff (weapon only) +10 (15,25%), caps at 200% FS: CD=3 - 1x (1.5x, 2x) EP DoT- heals EP with 50% of damage done Body: CD=5 - immores buff +100- defense BoT + 7(8,10) per turn- buffs DoT by +15(25,40%) per turn til end of fight, caps at 200% It's available from the opening of the new quest so go check it out! There were a few bugs when it initially came out but Vivi came in and helped squash the body bugs for me and I was able to fix most of the restof them this morning. Some of you remember that other mech that came out at the same time as the 4pril.Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about it. It will be out...soon. Hope you all enjoy part 1 and part 2 when it's complete!
We hope you're enjoying your Lucky Weekend! Special Happy Birthday to Gibby! We've brought back the Giblet Skewer in the Birthday Shop to commemorate the happy occasion. Have you gone up the Rainbow Road to check out the new mission? See Braddock Steele in Soluna City. Be sure to gather clovers to rank up to Ultimate Commander so that you can unlock all the reward shops.
Features of the release include:
New Clover Cutter Poleaxe E-Blades in the Clover and NG Clover reward shops. (They might be a bit hard to spot in the mass of weapons)
Advanced House Lucky mech merges that scale to 49,
NG Advanced House Lucky Mech versions that scale to 49,
level 50 Lucky versions of the Elite House Mechs, and
an all-new mission, Pot O'Gold which will bring you...
the special bonus all-new LepreScythe mecha (beat the new quest to unlock this shop!).
Also, increased chance to encounter Richy the Rich Guy in Soluna City East - all weekend!
The new mission has ... not just one, not two, but three beautiful new backgrounds from Minar, along with some shiny buttons. Ash and blues worked together on the specials for the new mecha model, which Ash coded onto it - and Ash even broke out his mad animation skills to create a walk cycle for it! We're having fun learning new skills. Clarion provided art for the Clover Cutter Poleaxe.
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Incoming Transmission from Ash
LepreScythe Mech This mech cannot equip any items. BUT to make up for that they have been "equipped" with Luck and Accuracy stats. The NG version even gets a bit of Power. Now you can't be "disarmed" by enemies and lose your ability to attack with the NSC/SC models! NSC and SC versions have a Body attack. This button chooses randomly between the two attacks.NG versions are able to pick which attack they want.
Attack 1 (Claw Slash)1 Hit Inflicts 1x HP DoT that lasts for the entire battle. Dot increases per use and caps at x3. Inflicts 1x EP DoT that lasts for the entire battle. Dot increases per use and caps at x3. Nerfs enemy Defense by -20. Increases by -20 per attack and caps at -70. (-80/-90 for SC/NG) Nerfs enemy bonus by -40 for the entire battle.
Attack 2 (Lazer beam!)1 Hit Buffs Boost by 25. Lasts for the entire battle. Increases by 25 per attack and caps at 50 (60/70 for SC/NG). Nerfs enemy Boost by 25. Lasts for the entire battle. Increases by 25 per attack and caps at -40. (-45/-50 for SC/NG) Buffs Bonus by 10. Lasts for the entire battle. Increases by 10 per attack and caps at 40 (50/60 for SC/NG). Inflicts 1x HP DoT that lasts for the entire battle. Dot increases per use and caps at x2. Chance for a 1 turn stun.
I don't want to spoil anything but I want you to know that Lyris is working on some amazing stuff that we'll be revealing in due time. We have one word to reveal at this time: BLASTERS! We've got a TON of new stuff in various stages of readiness for you - this is going to be an exciting season for MechQuest! Thank you so much, as always, for your continued support.
One more note: On Gremlins - Bug Reporting: The links on the MechQuest pages will change so you can get to the new bug zapper with one easy click. The old Gremlins forums have been retired, and the new one-size-fits-all Bug Tracker site is live. http://www.artix.com/bugs
Gianna Glow is the 'chief tracker' for MQ, and she's got a few tips on how to tailor your reports for MechQuest:
A general form pops up, with fields to fill in.
Username: put character ID and character name here Server: put location of bug here in a "planet"-"city" format
"That alone would be a HUGE help," she says.
Before submitting your report, it would be wonderful if you would: restart browser, clear cache and history, and try to duplicate the bug you're reporting. If you can describe the steps to take to make the bug happen, it will help us figure out how to fix it!
NOW: See Braddock Steele in Soluna City to travel to the Rainbow Road & fight Lucky Warriors and Leprescythes while collecting Clovers to open the reward shops. Apologies for the issue causing a black screen while you were collecting Clovers - that issue is now FIXED.
WEDNESDAY: A brand-new mission launches! As for new equipment? We've got Lucky Mechas on their way to you, including Elite House Mecha models for the high-level players! The Advanced versions will scale to higher levels, too. There's also a surprise model on its way, thanks to Ash!
Happy Birthday to Gibby! The Giblet Skewer is coming back to the Birthday Shop in Soluna City to commemorate the happy occasion.
And now a very important announcement from Artix!
It just went live! Be the first to play our 1st major mobile game, AdventureQuest: Battle Gems! It is available right now for free onApple’s App Store
The team and I are really proud to be releasing Battle Gems for you. As our first major mobile game, it took over 6 months to draw, animate, code and write the 450+ joke & pun filled levels for you. We think you will agree that it is our most crazy, addictive and fun game yet! Get Battle Gems and please help us spread the word. (P.S. We are working on the Android version as you read this.)
Battle Gems Features
Over-the-top fantasy Puzzle/RPG
150+ monsters including BrutalCorn, Octobear and more!
450+ quests to Mount Death Dread Doom Skull
Every item you collect increases your total power!
Fully customizable character
Crazy monsters, epic battles, and… horrible puns (but get it anyway)
Limited Time Offer: Become a Founder!
Now is your only chance to become a Battle Gems Founder! Support the game during this launch**note: this includes Android - the Android launch is coming soon**and UNLOCK EVERYTHING with a one-time payment that is cheaper than a Pizza. …and our game comes with “extra-cheese” at no extra charge. Purchase the Founder Package during this limited time offer for $9.99, you shall receive:
UNLIMITED turns! (Yeah. Unlimited. In your face Crushy Candy game!)
Thank you so much to everyone giving the game five stars to us on the app store. Battle Gems has been getting amazing feedback and reviews -- check out this KILLER game review from the game review site,Game Skinny! The humor is spot-on perfect "AE" and Battle Gems has the highest quality and most consistant art. I am really proud of the team, the testers, and our online community for all of the long and hard work that went into creating this amazing game. Thank you guys!!! We are working hard on the Android and other ports. Even if you cannot play yet, please help us spread the word! Each day this week we will be releasing anew Battle Gems video... and this weekend, "The Gems" will be heading to the MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida to run around and cause trouble. BATTLE GEM ON!
Happy Birthday, Dage! In honor of Dage's birthday, I converted his Blademaster Katana (which he created for AQWorlds) to an MQ-styled energy blade. I also added a magic animation that unlocks if you wear the Ninja costume (found on Planet Yokai). Get yours in the Birthday Shop button on Soluna City's Main Street!
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Ash, who has been learning to code and is now helping me with database work, has been working on updating some of our older weapons with higher level versions and a few new specials! This week we had updates to the House shops at G.E.A.R.S, and here's Ash to tell you about them:
House Shop Updates
Wolfblade- New levels of the WM series arm weapons.- New levels of the WR series shoulder weapons.- New levels and specials on the Spit Fire series! If the attack hits it nerfs the stun resistance of your enemy by 15/30/45 (NSC/SC/NG) and attempts to stun it for 1 turn.- New NSC/SC/NG permanent mods! NSC up to level 48 and SC and NG versions that reach level 50!
Runehawk- New levels of the RC series arm weapons.- New levels of the RS series shoulder weapons.- New levels and specials on the Psychic Blast series! If the attack hits it buffs your Bonus by 15/25/35 (NSC/SC/NG)for 2 turns.- New NSC/SC/NG permanent mods! NSC up to level 48 and SC and NG versions that reach level 50!
Mystraven- New levels of the RG series arm weapons.- New levels of the RB series shoulder weapnos.- New levels and specials on the Flak Bomb series! If the attack hits it causes a HP DoT based on the item level and item type for 3 turns. It deals 1.5/2/2.5 (NSC/SC/NG) times damage. - New NSC/SC/NG permanent mods! NSC up to level 48 and SC and NG versions that reach level 50!
Tek's basic weapon shop updates Chain pole series updated! New levels and special. If the last hit connects it causes an HP DoT based on the item level for 3 turns. DoT deals normal (1.5x) damage.
Next week, more items from all of Tek's Shops! Same MQ time, same MQ channel!
And now here's blues with the "revived" Cubot specials. You can find them via Braddock Steele in the Heroes' Hearts Replay of 3009
DoT´s stay til end of fight BS: CD to 1- starts with 150% damage- adds +25% damage per use (Shoulders only), caps at 250%- works also alternating with other shoulder- EP DoT, adds +25% damage per use, works also alternating with other shoulder
CD to 1:- starts with 100% damage- adds +25% damage per use (shoulders only), caps at 250%- works also alternating with other shoulder- HP DoT, adds +25% damage per use, works also alternating with other shoulder- decreases enemy immo res - tries to stun
both shoulders increase their own damage and also alternating the damage of the other shoulder when both are equipped, same with the DoT damages.So best is to buy both :)
We've got a lot more on the way for you in the weeks ahead. Not just shop updates but also - finally - new missions! Ran into a few technical difficulties that had been causing some delays & Gremlins, but we should be on track again now.
Speaking of Gremlins... A new bug reporting system is being perfected, and we'd like you to check it out. (They're now called "bugs," but they'll always be "Gremlins" to me!)
Richy the Rich Guy In Town! The "Possible Riches" mission is available NOW - one of the students standing somewhere on Soluna City's Main Street wants to offer you a challenge. The location of that student may change, so be sure to walk East and West to find him or her. You will battle a variety of students in your mecha, with a chance to encounter Richy the Rich Guy.
Because it was nearly impossible to find him when this mission was introduced, this weekend we have a LIMITED TIME SPECIAL:
Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM until 2 PM (Server Time) you will have an EXCELLENT chance to face Richy the Rich Guy in your "Possible Riches" missions! There will be only three possible enemies in the last battle and each one has an equal chance to be your opponent. This means that the probability of facing Richy the Rich Guy is 1/3 instead of 1/64! So don't forget to log in during the LIMITED TIME SPECIAL, and tell your friends, too!
Also February 15th (available NOW) is Blues' birthday! Happy Birthday, Blues! Get your Blues' Tech Blade (specially created by Minar) in the birthday shop button in Soluna Main to celebrate the occasion!
More exciting news to come later. I just wanted to be sure you knew about the LIMITED TIME SPECIAL!!! in time to plan ahead for it.
Brickity! These Back Arm weapons might remind you of Lego (TM) pieces, but they are made of brightly-colored bricks. The specials team up together to make all the things awesome! Here's blues with the details:
- 150% damage
- chooses 1 out of the following specials, they stay til end of fight all together. No special can happen 2 times. Once a DoT is applied it increases its damage by 50% every turn caps at 250%!
- special list:
- Normal HP DoT, +50 BtH for weapon only
- Normal EP DoT, +25 def
- immores reduce by 80 and try to stun
- heals HP by 50% of damage done
- reduces enemy EP to 50% of current value and damages enemy HP with 50% of normal damage
Thanks, blues! And thanks to Vivi for coding this, and to Blade for the art & animation.
More Brick-styled back arms on the way! We didn't forget - we've got some on the way that will sell for credits. Plasma Charge is working on another cool design for these.
Richy the Rich Kid? I asked on twitter & on the forums, and so far I haven't heard about anyone running into him yet. I'm thinking about tweaking his encounter rate. Should the better chance to find him be a Star-Captain-Exclusive feature? Let me know what you think, on twitter (@MaegwynAE) using the #MechQuestRichy hashtag and let's also discuss it on the forums.
*note: the location of the quest has changed to somewhere else on Main Street.
Soluna City is getting a bit of a cleanup. The 'replay the past' quests for Friday the 13th and Turkageddon have gone rare until their seasons come around again. The Epic Limited shops are no longer displayed; those weapons are being replaced with their less-powerful permanent versions over the next few weeks.
Happy New Year! To ring out the old year and ring in the new, we've added some new Candy Cane themed Partizan Energy Blades for everyone, and also some Starship Items for Star Captains. Go to the Frostval Replays button in Soluna City Main to get to the new shops. (Honestly I would have liked to do more, but I'm glad to have a few new things ready for you. I hope you've been enjoying all the year-end and New Year gifts and purchasables we've been bringing you!)
Back Arm Giftbox is now fixed: it was displaying an unwrapped present from a year in the past.
We customarily unwrap these at the turn of the New Year, but this year we are shifting the date to the first full week of the New Year. This means you still have time to upgrade to Star Captain if you have not already, and pick up your free giftbox weapons!
Minar is putting together some terrific art & animation for this year's set!
Coming in 3014:
WAR! This was originally to be the Practel vs. Korin war, and it is undergoing some design modifications. Here's a note from Practel
I've been lurking the forums for some time and feel like I owe you guys an explanation to the Practel vs. Korin war. To get right to the point, the PvK war in its current state will not be released. Instead, another war will occur in its place. While I'm confident you guys will enjoy the new war, I hesitate to release information about it at this time. I believe part of the issue with the PvK war was that I announced it and hyped it far too early. A war is a huge project to undertake, and it was a mistake for me to want to do most of it by myself. While I genuinely wanted it to be a learning experience, I did not realize the amount of work it would take to make a great war. Furthermore, launching a huge-scale project only 2 weeks before school started for myself and some other team members was a big mistake. I couldn't commit to the project, which as a result, delayed it indefinitely.
While I know a few of you may know this, 2 months ago I left all of my Artix Entertainment responsibilities to focus on my school work as well as pursue new experiences and opportunities within the video game industry. I left Artix Entertainment and the MechQuest team with full support from my co-workers. Our team leader, Maegwyn, fully supported my decision and stressed that school must always come first. I miss the team a whole lot - they are a great group of people, and I'm extraordinarily happy I was able to work with them for so long - but I worked as a volunteer at AE for 2 years, and it was time for a change. I suppose I should have offered this explanation 2 months ago instead of now.
The team is a group of extremely talented people, and I know for a fact that they have some great ideas that they are excited to share with you guys soon. While the team may be small, they are full of ambition and desire and will get the job done.
I suppose I'll see you guys around later on, but if not, Battle On!
We certainly miss Practel & wish him well - and we stay in touch! *waves at ol' Praccy* ... and then also coming in 3014...
The 89.7 GJNK Incidents Continue: Blade and ACW0 have a funny storyline cooked up so you will want to tune in for this!
Gark II: The dangerous planet of Gark holds more adventures in 3014, as promised.
Liath: The ends you thought were loose and dangling were just put on hold! There is more to discover.
AND MORE. As we firm our plans, we'll continue to reveal them!
Thank you all so much for playing MechQuest - your support and enthusiasm is contagious! Wishing you a healthy, happy, and adventure-filled New Year!
We hear our competitors are charging $500.00 for golden mechs. We gilded some of our mecha models for you, but it won't cost you a dime. These don't even sell for credits! Log in to www.mechquest.com NOW to get your free golden mechas!
We selected four models at a variety of levels, so there is sure to be something for everyone! Thank you for playing Mech Quest!
Cyber Someday! Who knows what day it is in these crazy times? Log in now to take advantage of Cyber Someday! All-new energy blades by Blade and Plasma Charge, plus a new back shoulder weapon courtesy of blues, Plasma Charge, and Vivi.
The Nova Gem blade, called the "Blue Light Special," works with the Ninja uniforms to unlock its magic attack. There actually used to be a REAL "Blue Light Special" back in the Darker Ages...
The Green Starflash blade and the Blue Light Special are both Blade's artwork. Plasma Charge did the Cyber Slasher and also spent some time teaching Blade (and me) how the special magic attack is set up for e-blades. It pulls a completely separate file for the magic attack animation and uses very specific coding to make it all work together. So it's more time-consuming than a standard blade (but less complicated than a mecha weapon) - now that more of us have some familiarity with the inner workings, we'd like to start bringing you new magic attacks.
You're probably interested in the new shoulder specials. These are set up with Star Captain damage-per-turn (DPT) numbers, and if you are a Star Captain you unlock bonus specials. Specials designed by blues and coded by Vivi, so let's hear from blues:
Here´s the specials: All last til end of fight, everything caps at 50
Hit 1: +5 BtH, +2 def, HP DoT (stacking, caps at 3 times) Hit 2: +7 BtH, +3 def, heals EP with damage done Hit 3: +9 BtH, +4 def, EP DoT (stacking, caps at 3 times)
SC only: Hit 1 reduces immo res by 80, Hit 2 damages also EP with damage done and Hit 3 tries to stun.
Thanks, blues! Also a special thanks to Gianna Glow for helping test.
The Junk: 89.7 GJNK is now on the air at last! See Parma John to get a little bit of further reveal. There's still more to the story coming - and ACW0 (who you may know from the forums, twitter, or in AQWorlds) has been writing cutscene script with us, so you have a lot more to look forward to! Did you know that this story idea initially came from Blade, who has also worked up a soon-to-be-seen NPC along with some... modified NPCs...
Yeah, the team is having fun with this! I know it's taking longer than I feel like it really should, but we will probably pick up more speed as our momentum gets underway & we hit a new stride.
behind-the-scenes: Getting the radio to work... it works just fine as a Starship Item, but getting it to work as a clickable radio in a town or quest file was super-problematic. Either it became unclickable, or resulted in an endless 0% loading, and even the mostly-workable solution using the standard music loading procedure still breaks the on-off toggle switch. It must just be inherently Evil somehow!
Also I just realized that after spending many, many hours fixing the replay of Turkageddons past, I did not set them up as playable for you. Better late than never, so that'll come later with more of the Winter Holiday stuff! Mogloween will leave next week, and Tek's Birthday Party will also end for the year. We've still got Flavescent Friday coming soon as well!
Oh! before I forget: Galanoth reminded me to mention this:
Holiday Special - Ends January 5, 2014: Get 10% more Artix Points when you purchase using credit cards or Paypal on portal.battleon.com
Thank you all so much for playing MechQuest! Have a great weekend!
10-25 Is Now a Holiday! That's right, Mr. Z is coming to Soluna City's Main Street to direct you to the new Holiday Shops! Starting today, 10-25, and lasting for a full 10 days, a selection of 10 items will be offered in these shops for 25% off! That's ten items per shop: ten Starship Items, ten Weapons, and ten Mecha Models. Don't delay - get yours today! Shops will shut down on November 5th.
Have you heard about the...Artix Points Holiday Special- Ends Nov 1, 2013
Get 10% more Artix Points when you purchase using any of the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, PayPal, Visa Delta/Debit/Electron PayPal, Paymentez Credit Card, ClickandBuy
What are Artix Points, you ask? Artix Points is the new name for BattleOn Game Points. They are the most important and powerful points in the universe. Forged from crystallized dragon’s breath, marbles, and a little duct tape... you can use them in MechQuest to get Nova Gems & Star Captain upgrades - and also with ANY of our Artix Entertainment games to get upgrades, memberships, special items and even other in-game currencies!
Birthday Mecha Delay: We hit a small snag in the production line, but things are rolling along again smoothly at last! We're in the final stages of testing this weekend. The credits versions will be via the merge system, so get your Silver Tokens downstairs at Tek's (you won't need more than five) - they are set up with Star Captain power for all players (higher DPT, or Damage Per Turn, than a normal non-Star Captain model) and if you are a Star Captain you will unlock exclusive specials! AND - the Nova Gem models will have special pricing: only 750 Nova Gems instead of the "normal" 1000! Coming SOON!
Have a great weekend! Thanks for playing MechQuest!
Mogloween: Soluna City is about to get some decorations - will it be spooky or festive? We'll definitely be setting up replays of years past, and we're also working on some hilarious new content. Things are getting kind of hairy.
It's been a crazy few weeks & I'm looking forward to talking with you more. Have a great weekend! Thanks so much & we'll have some new stuff for you next week!
Happy 6th Birthday, MechQuest! Has another whole year gone by already since this time last year? It seems so long ago, while at the same time it feels like it went by in just a blink. Log in now to go downstairs to the party & grab the limited-edition Mecha Models of Yore - and log in this weekend to pick up your commemorative Starship items and see what kind of Birthday Mecha we've cooked up for you!
On behalf of the entire MechQuest team, I'd like to say, "Thank you so much for playing! We love developing new content for you and we're very excited about the year ahead!"
TLaPD! Arr, me hearties! Ye'll see th' Dread Pirate Rhubarb on th' Main Street o'Soluna City an' he'll take yer ta places piratical (of the past) and new 3013 shops. Blade updated the ol' Boneyface head - festooned it wi' new feathers, he did! An' I made ye Star Cap'ns a "Sea Shanty Generator."
Things written previously & not yet shared wi' ye - we arr so busy:
Dragon*Con: It was wonderful to see so many of you - you are the reason I go! I hope to see you again (or for the first time) next year!
Artix did a wonderful Dragon*Con recap a while back, with many great photos - here's the link
I was very honored when Artix took the time during the panel to thank me and the MechQuest team. I am hoping that someone has video.
I am still sorting through over 800 mostly blurry images taken with my phone... so I have a couple of good ones to share with you that were taken by other people.
Here is a fun group shot from after the AE panel.
Dragon_Girl brought Twilly & Zorbak for a photo op, and the otter that ACW0 gave me for my birthday got into the picture as well. It's lucky that Gjappy was standing by as a Guardian Angel - that sword arm is menacing! Many thanks to Dragon_Girl for sending me this photo!
More things of note were to go here, but...
"Hi, I'm Blade. A relatively new Assistant artist (Or whatever my title at this point is) for Mechquest."
bzz...right... I need to look into his actual title... =Mae out ...bzzt
"Part of making a war like this is making main art assets so you can play in a war zone. I spent about 2 weeks working on barricades like wooden spikes and sand bags, banners, signs, graffiti and posters, war NPC's like the Korin and Practel supporters, and Practel's NPC, war rewards, and a few other things that I can't really talk about for fear that Practel and Korin would send ninjas after me if I gave up any secrets.."
bzzabeep...incoming transmission #2 from Practel failed to update. #BlamePractel zzzzt
Thanks for the update, Blade!
War. Is. Coming. Watch out for that guy... Everyone is busy with school & related things, so we've had a bit of delay - if all goes well the war will launch at the end of this month; if there are hiccups, it'll be October. Prepare yourselves...
Ok I've got to stop wrapping this up & roll you out the TLaPD release!
Dragon*Con Bound! I'm just about finished packing for Dragon*Con! We're working on a head weapon for you if you're able to make it (and we'll make a version available to those who can't, too. Did I tell you that already? I forget... ) In other news, I've got twitter working on my phone now, so watch for tweets about #MechQuest and other Artix Entertainment game news from Atlanta this week! (follow @MaegwynAe on twitter - that's me!)
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Ooh a transmission from Practel! It's for YOU! I'll talk with you more later! =Mae
Hello players! I'm here to deliver you an update on the Practel vs. Korin War! A lot of progress has been made on it, and the hardest part (dynamically loading certain things pertaining to the war; I'll explain more in a minute) has been completed.
The main objective of this war is to explore the craziness and insanity between two brothers, Korin and Practel. A few players really want a serious progression to the story (or at least one building up to why the war is occurring), and I want to explain that the reset technically has not occurred yet. So, following the timeline of the story, the war takes place before the finale in terms of lore and story. The way that it should be viewed is as follows: the player has to maintain a very serious situation and needs to be focused, while Practel and Korin are absolutely not taking anything seriously (to the point where they start to cause issues for the people of Loreon!) If you haven't already, talk to Practel in-game at Soluna City for an awesome cutscene.
One of the awesome things that I haven't seen used a lot in the MechQuest is dynamically loading certain objects and scenery into the game. For instance, if you beat the finale in-game, a party is dynamically loaded into the game at Tek's Mechs. Normally, if you haven't beaten the finale it wouldn't show up for you.
In essence, it means that we can make players who support Practel see certain things Korin supporters can't and vice versa. The plan right now is to have the players (you guys) choose a side at the start of the war to support, and can't go switching easily. If time permits, there may be a betrayal quest that allows you to switch sides.
Now, with all that random and annoying technical stuff out of the way I give you the first room of MANY in the war hub for Practel and Korin.
Nova Gems! To recap the note from Artix and add some details: If you have logged in within the past month, you have been awarded 250 Nova Gems - and 1000 additional Nova Gems have been awarded to all Star Captains! Did you just send in a payment for an upgrade & missed it? If your payment method is not instant (bank-transfer or snail-mail or other delayed types) we will be on the lookout for yours. We'll scan again (thanks to Captain Rhubarb) in 7 days and we will monitor snail-mail upgrades for the next 3 weeks to be sure you new Star Captains all receive the thank-you gift!
Toast and Coffee! With all these new Nova Gems we're giving you for free this weekend, if you weren't already saving up for something, you probably want some awesome new items to pick up. Minar has drawn & animated in record time to bring you this series. Soluna Main is where you'll find the shops with the new Toaster Arm and the coffeemaker & toaster Starship Items.
Toaster Arm Weapon: The Level 1 version has a very special bonus, which is the reason for its pricing level. If you plan to upgrade in the future, or if you are already a Star Captain, this is the version in which you should invest. When you become a Star Captain (or immediately, if you have already upgraded), the "Turbo Toaster SC100" will automatically level with you to level 100! We also have non-scaling versions at levels 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 for normal Nova Gem pricing at those levels. Vivi is coding the specials that blues designed for these as I write, and here's the rundown:
Hit 1: 40% damage, heals back HP with half of damage done
Hit 2: 50% damage, reduces stun res by 75 only for this turn
Hit 3: 60% damage, tries to stun
Hit 4: 70% damage, damages also EP with half of damage done
Fixing Things As We Go Along:
Korin has been working on the Westion areas, and he's got Chapter 1 all set up and it works fine. He says, "I've also added lots of things to make it easier to follow. I also intend to add hidden-persistent rolls to the hidden rolls in the reputation and bounty hunting quests." Basically, the arrows pointing to warp pads (areas that teleport you to a new area, like through a door for example) will spawn when you reach the proper progression within certain quests. Then, if you have met all the prerequisites, the arrow will glow, pointing you in the direction you need to go.
Arthurian & Pirate Uniforms: Forum member DarkLore, who also is active on Twitter, pointed out that it has been impossible to get the Arthurian uniform after completing the Lagos missions. I'm very grateful for the reminders, and when the release rolls live you will be able to get the Pirate and Arthurian uniforms at Laser Eye for the Space Guy (Maria5's shop) in Soluna East after completing the required Lagos missions!
In the Upcoming Weeks:
There's a rumor going around on Twitter that you can Punch Practel - and I doubt that's just going to slide under the radar. This Could Mean WAR???
You haven't heard the last from Planet Gark yet!
Did you think Liath was forgotten? Oh no. It's still being developed! There will be more to discover as time goes on.
Thank you so much for playing MechQuest! We love bringing you updates - and we've got a lot planned!
Today: Are you a Black Belt in the Energy Blades 101 Class? Go to Light's Sabers shop in Soluna City East to see the new shipment!
Blade and Zoshi, our two new apprentice artists, have begun putting together an awesome new series of Energy Blades! These are permanent in-game items for the students who have achieved Black Belt ranking, and we've got plans to add more designs & themes as time goes on.
March of the Shadowscythe WAR! Hurry back to the War Camp to catch up if you are not yet up to date with the latest events of the war, and prepare yourself for the epic conclusion of this massive conflict. Be sure to check back this upcoming Friday for the spectacular climax!
Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for playin--
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A plan for the future... or is it the past? Or some kind of wild alternate timeline? Heya everyone, Plasma Charge here! As you all know the final battle between the Allies and the Shadowscythe is almost here, and from looking on the forums there seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to the state of the game after the finale of the main storyline. As such to put your minds to rest I'm happy to announce the location of the next planned saga of MechQuest; The next saga will take place on the planet Gark focusing on the Westian settlement! The basic bones of this saga have been in my mind for over a year now, and with the help of Maegwyn and other team members (past and present) it will be solidifying over **the next few weeks!
Hope you're all well, and best of luck in the battle ahead! Plasma Charge out!
**We'll be busy polishing & refining, and will bring it to you Live when it's ready!
Minar Levels Up! On the 10th of July, Minar had a birthday! We used to call him our "Artist Apprentice," but he's done so much fantastic art and animation for MechQuest over the past few years that we stopped considering him an "apprentice" long ago. Many happy returns of the day (and week, and month) to our very dedicated and extremely talented full-fledged Volunteer Artist, Minar! To commemorate this historic occasion, visit Soluna City to pick up an Ornate Energy Blade designed by Zoshi.
New Apprentice Volunteer Artists! We've got TWO new apprentices who have been arting it up in their own Undisclosed Locations: Blade and Zoshi! You may have caught a sneak peek or two via Twitter - if you want to follow them, their accounts are @BladeOfAE and @Zoshi_AE
Sneak Peek of Upcoming Addition to Light's Blades in Soluna City! This one's called the Mafic Blade, and is part of a series by Blade!
Bugfixes: There was a Gremlin in the Nemesis mecha that prevented you from moving from room to room in walkaround - that should now be fixed. Vivi figured out why the Male Star Captain uniform was popping up with a Battle Menu every time you went to sit down in class - that's also fixed. This wasn't really a bug, but I added a button so you can still access the mission from Braddock Steele after your progression in the War Camp takes you to a place where you have a "Previous Missions" button.
March of the Shadowscythe Missions Continue: Report to the War Camp for a series of new missions! Are you really ALL ALONE out there??? Loads of new animated cutscenes, and FOUR new missions! Battle ON!
Beginning of the End! The homepage countdown has hit 00:00:00 - launching The March of the Shadowscythe! The End of the Universe??!!?? Queenadent Odessa has TWO brand-new missions for you at the War Camp - complete with NEW music, NEW enemies, and NEW cutscenes!
GEAR UP! Check out the Head and Shoulder shops in the War Camp & Soluna City for a new Exclusive Limited-Time Set. Valoth's Epic Destruction Head & Shoulder work together to create combos vs. those nasty Shadowscythe enemies!
Happy birthday, Korin!
Cover your enemies with ketchup with this new seasonal rare front shoulder weapon by Plasma Charge!Screenshot courtesy of Blade.
Stay tuned for lots more exciting news ahead - and Battle on!
New Valoth's Epic Weapons! The Limited-time Epic Heads are back for just a few weeks so that you can pick up all the commemorative items to equip for the upcoming March of the Shadowscythe battles! Today the "Of Doom" colored versions of last week's Cannon hit the Arm shop, along with all-new "Valoth's Epic Cannon" arms (and some with the "Of Doom" variant). You can find them in Soluna City Main or in the War Camp.
Dealing out some Epic Damage OF DOOM!
Here is a transmission from blues with the specials:
Shs cannon , 2 hits, as always NSC (SC, NG), CD=3
Hit 1: - extra damage against SHS 20%(30,40) - Chance to reduce enemy HP to 50% of actual value. This means when actual HP is 760 it gets reduced to 380. When its 430 it goes To 215 etc. Also SHS only!!!
Hit 2: - extra damage against SHS 30%(50,70) - same as above with EP values
This thing is quite good when used very early. The EP/HP reduction is unique thats why i didnt give it specials against "normal" enemies.
Mod Shop With Valor Badge Merges! Queenadent Odessa's shop buttons in the War Camp now include the Mod Shop section. Pick up a Battle Mod to merge with the Valor Badges you earn, or use your Nova Gems to purchase powerful War Mods.
I have a lot more news for you so keep checking the Design Notes! Have a great weekend & thanks for playing MechQuest!
Hiya Questers! Today I figured I would walk you down the road of testing a weapon in MechQuest. Something awesome about MechQuest weapons is that each weapon is unique in its own way. Every weapon has a different special, different art, and different effect! Since each weapon is so unique, every weapon must be tested individually to make sure that everything is working. You can't just equip the weapon, say "This weapon looks good" and then release it because there are a LOT of bugs that come up!
For instance, I just finished a weapon this morning that is releasing later today. I would say I have 9-15 different versions of this weapon, each with little buggies. For this weapon, there are 17 different things that the team and I had to test. The beautiful thing about testing is that you can locate and pinpoint the bug, and then attempt to fix it. In the list of things the team and I had to test, we went down the list one by one, checking off the things that worked and noting the things that didn't. What happened a lot during this process was finding one bug, fixing it, doing a miniature celebration, then find another bug. Rinse and repeat.
Last night when I was working on the weapon a rather annoying bug occured. I have since dubbed it the name "Bug of Staying up Late!". Last night, with only one thing to test, a bug that literally defied the logic of math worked its way into the weapon. The bug was: 5 * -7 = 40. Which is false. 5 * -7 SHOULD equal -35. Why was this happening? I reviewed the code with Maegwyn and Vivi about 5-10 times over, and we still couldn't figure out why it was occuring. We decided to call it a night and tackle it in the morning.
Boom, 10:30AM and the bug was never a bug. The enemy had an inherent -5 boost, and the -35 was just being added to that. So in all, the code was right, and it's just I never realized the enemy had -5 to begin with. It's safe to say the game trolled me.
Well, that's it from me this week. I hope you enjoy the weapon coming tonight! It's called the "Valoth's Epic Shredder" series.
The specials are attached below :)
(FA and BA) 5 hits CD = 3 As always NSC (SC,NG)
Reduces enemy BtH by 6 (8/10) PER SUCCESSFUL HIT, AND duration is 3 turns
Hit 5: NSC & SC good chance for a crit / NG guaranteed crit
Vs. ShS Enemies: reduces damage by -6 (7/8) per hit
SC Only: -- Hit 1 reduces immo resist by 70 -- Hit 2 tries to stun
NG only - scales - 10 (to 19) 20 (to 29) 30 (to 39) 40 (to 49) 50 (to 59)
Commemorative only: General damage boost of +20(25,30%) and BtH boost of +50(60,70) against Shadowscythe and Ebilcorp enemies.
I'm actually transmitting to you from the Secret Underground Lab, which I can tell you is a far drive from my Undisclosed Location. I battled the elements to get here - Water and Lightning were especially strong, and Darkness turned out to be a factor in the end. Mission Accomplished - I'm sitting across the desk from Korin!
Specials: Here are the specials for the Automorph-P series mecha models that are now in the Star Captain Club mecha shop on the 2nd floor (Artillery Level):
Front Arm: - 1.25 times damage - -30 enemy defense
Back Arm: - 1.25 times damage - Roll for an additional hit - Hit 1 and 3 get additional a roll for -10 enemy defense
Shoulders: - Roll for an additional hit - Hit 2 and 4 get a roll for +20 BtH each, stacking
Body: - each hit gets a roll for +10 BtH , stacking - Hit 1,3 and 5 get a roll for a critical hit
Head: - Hit 1: +10% general damage - Hit 2: +15% general damage - Hit 3: +20% general damage ---> no rolls, stacks up to 45% general damage bonus
Hits 1 and 3 get a roll for a critical hit
Thanks to blues for the specials, and to Vivi for doing the coding!
SC Club "SCEM" for Levels 43 and up! With last week's Automorph-P release, many of you asked for it and other models to be released for the higher-level players. I'm going to show Practel how to add the scaling code and I'll make the new database entries for this Friday's release. Automorph-P, Dharmahp-P, and Falcon-P will the the models getting the higher levels this week!
Tweet #MechQuest: Send out a tweet using the #MechQuest hashtag with your wishlist of non-rare weapons and mecha models you'd like to see at higher levels. The weapons are the very fastest for me to put together so if you get me a list I should be able to add a TON of them!
Magitech Scythe Recolor: Plasma Charge did a nice recolor to the arm that is a huge improvement upon my original. This is the promo weapon that comes with the Artix Entertainment Artist Sketchbook, which you can get from HeroMart
Isn't that beautiful?!!? Nice work, Plasma Charge!
And finally... some big news - Diozz is working on a couple of projects for MechQuest! That's right - @AQWDiozz is doing some guest art for us! I can reveal to you that the first project in progress is ... going to be an amazing...
Automorph-P Arrives! Swing by the Star Captain Club in Soluna City any time to pick up the new SCEM - the Automorph-P series! A newly-balanced version of the original model, this all-terrain mecha is a must have for any Star Captain!
Cosmic Ivy Blade OC II: Have you ranked up to Grand Champion in the Colosseum? Head to Planet 51 to open the Grand Champion shop, and use your Nova Gems to grab the Level 48 version of the Cosmic Ivy Blade!
And then, of course, take it into battle!
Thrilling NEW missions in the works! Stay tuned for further transmissions. Over the next few weeks, new March of the Shadowscythe episodes will be revealed. With them they will bring new enemies, new challenges, and new rewards!
Hey Questers! Just thought I'd stop by and drop some DNs on the table for you guys. There's a lot to talk about, so let's get to it!
First up is our plan for this week. The goal is to release something for the higher level players, specifically those between levels 41 and 50. However, there is a twist! We are going to be taking suggestions for non-rare things you want at those levels this week. Tweet your wish list to us
( @MaegwynAE & @PractelAE ) with the hashtag #MechQuest and we'll see how many we can get in-game! Watch the Design Notes for shop info.
Secondly, I know some of you have been wondering where I've been for the past couple of months, and honestly, life has just sucked all of my time away! I plan on returning full-time and ready to rock and roll in one week. Get ready for a lil bit mo Practel in yo life!
Finally, shoutout to Jemini because it's her birthday! In honor of this special occasion, we are releasing a "Jemini Statue" which Star Captains can collect, just like Jemini herself! Congratulations @JeminiAE on the level up!
Well, that about sums it up for me right now. Take it easy, pilots!