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!
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!
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)
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!
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
- NG only: +10% damage
- Hit 1: 30% damage
- Hit 2: 45% damage
- Hit 3: 75% damage
Each hit heals EP for 50% damage done.
- NG only: +10% damage
- 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.
- NG only: +10% damage
- Hit 1: 60% damage
- Hit 2: 50% damage, tries to stun.
- NG only: +10% damage
- Hit 1: 40% damage
- Hit 2: 40% damage
- Hit 3: 40% damage
Damage increases as enemy EP decreases. 1x/1.5/2x HP DoT.
- NG only: +10% damage
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!
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!
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!
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.
Strider-P 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...)
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
FA CD=3 Inflicts a 1x(1.5x/2x) HP DoT Chance to inflict a x2(2.5x/3x) HP DoT instead.
BA CD=3 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)
FS CD=4 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)
BS CD=2 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.
HD CD=4 4 turn increasing Bonus nerf over time effect. -7(-8/-9) per turn. (-7 -> -14 -> -21 -> -28 -> expired) Rolls Nerfs enemy ImmoRes by -50 and chance for 2 turn stun Else 1 turn stun
BD CD=4 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.
Greetings! As some of you know I've been messing around with new effects. Welp, I came up with one that is really powerful. It's not just powerful, it pretty much laughs at your opponent. Because of that I built it into a new mech and we're going to let you all have it for a limited time. Now it does have a low chance to activate instead of the normal effect, but when it happens it does some really cool stuff. Since I was given an assignment to create a powerful mech I decided to use the idea and convert the rest of the mech around it. Being all fancy and such I came up with an in-game reason for it.
The Nubertron mech is a basic mech many of you are familiar with. It's an alright mech to start off with but it was the perfect test bed for a new power core. This core is a prototype of my own design and is way more powerful then anything I would normally let pilot's take out and use. (Even if you have saved the universe a few times.) I usually wait till I've fixed the power spikes and damage jumps before releasing it, but in this case I just couldn't resist letting you all play around with my prototype.
My creation is called the "Ultra Broad-ranging Energy Recovery core" or "U.B.E.R. Core" for short. This core usually only gives you a fairly large boost to mech HP recovery, granting a random amount of health back to you. This prototype can instead, very rarely, interface with your opponent and actually steal its HP and EP while giving YOUR HP and EP to the opponent. It's very random and the effect could make things really bad if it triggers when the opponent has less health then you, but it could also be amazing if you're down to almost nothing and the enemy is near full.
Like I said, it's a prototype and a lot stronger then any other future versions I make will be, but it's a powerful piece of tech I know that you can use. The core has one other side effect. It's increased the damage and effects off all the other built in weapons. It won't boost the damage of non-built in weapons but it does grant a hefty bonus to the current ones.
That sounded like an NPC explaining something in game but it makes it sound cooler to hear it like that sometimes.
In other news, last week you'll remember that I tweaked some of the Lagos mechs and equipment. Some of you mentioned that those mechs didn't really seem to have a theme after that. They made convincing arguments and showed the pro's and con's of what each mech could have done so I went ahead and redid them along with a few other mechs. All these re-tweaks, along with the tweaks to the Navigator series, the Shadowed Arthurian Lion series, AND the basic Bunzilla's will come tonight after I've had some time to take care of a few more things. I'll be posting a list of all the changes and effects in the DN thread in the MQ General Discussion area of the forums as soon as I get done with it and they are live.
I know I also said I'd revamp some weapons. The problem is some of the weapons were supposed to go rare a while ago. That's why once you get to a certain part in the war you no longer have access to some shops. Right now I'm waiting to hear back about if they are alright to revamp and make a shop button for them in the Lagos War finale screen so you all can always access them, or if they are meant to be war rares that got lost in the shuffle. Once I know, I'll be able to proceed.
Enjoy the mechs and let me know what you think of the effect!
Thanks, Ash! And thanks to Blues for advising on power level for this innovative update! Then I'll just add a quick few bits of detail and news for you...
So the Ubertron model will be in the shop in Soluna City Main for a limited time: it will close on Wednesday, April 30th. And then don't forget... Maypril will be here!
Maypril f001: This model will be in the shop for a limited time - only until Monday, May the 5th. This one will be available for Nova Gems and will also have credits versions.
Enjoy your weekend - I hope it's nice weather where you are!
Happy birthday, Lyris! The Birthday Shop in Soluna City Main has been updated with a new E-Blade to honor Lyris on the occasion of the anniversary of her birth. Thank you for the art, Clarion! But that's not all the spring holiday news...
<bzzzincoming transmissionzzt> It's Ash!
Greetings! As you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter or visit the forums (you should visit them!) I asked what planet you all wanted a revamp of. The answer was a resounding, "LAGOS!"* So, being the nice guy that I am, I went to work revamping some of the stuff from there. The planet has a bunch of stuff so I had to split the work up between adding stuff for the Easter re-release and getting the Earth Day items ready. Right now if you visit the Hideout you'll find some new levels of the mechs in the Anchorman and Wolf shops as well as more levels of items in the weapons shop. I haven't forgotten about the Build A Mech models or the Pirate weapons and all that good stuff. That will all come next week!** I'll be doing other planets and other places in the future as well so be on the lookout for my next poll of what people want! Enjoy these and the Easter Release! Have fun!
I give you ... ... ... ...LANCEBUNNY! ...
*I possibly lost hearing from the amount of yelling for Lagos.
** I don't revamp things early or late. I revamp them exactly when they should be done.
Wow Ash! Thanks!
Next Tuesday, the Earth Day shop will open in Soluna City, and the weapons will be available for the higher levels this year. Be sure to log in - and as an extra bonus we will extend the DOUBLE REWARDS while the Earth Day shop is open! It will stay open for nine days, closing on May First. May f- ... Maypril!
Maypril is coming! The f001 mecha really doesn't want you to use a body attack, so we've been in a long wrestling match with him. Ash & blues have worked out some specials to make this model worth the wait. Will it be ready on Maypril (May the 1st)? Or will we release it without the body attack and fix it later? Who will win? We are very dogged and determined, so you should not be disappointed, whatever happens. And wait - there's more... Part Two of the April Fool mission will finally open for you!
We're also working out the details of several projects that are still under wraps, so keep your ears to twitter and your eyes on the forums! Thanks so much for playing and have a wonderful weekend!
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.
bzzt crackle pop bzzzzt
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!