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!)
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!
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...
The Cinco de Mayo Weapon Shop is Live! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Pick up a Limited-Time Front Arm weapon - the Go.Oogly. Celebrate the spirit of Maypril Foolery when you attack. (Hint: Turn up the sound!)
3 hits CD = 3
NSC Special Effects: *Good Chance for a critical hit Damage Increasing Over Time!, Increases Boost by +10 per turn for 3 turns. +13 Bonus for every successful hit x 3 turns.
SC Special Effects: *Good Chance for a critical hit Damage Increasing Over Time!, Increases Boost by +12 per turn for 3 turns. +16 Bonus for every successful hit x 3 turns
NG Special Effects: *Good Chance for a critical hit Damage Increasing Over Time!, Increases Boost by ( was +10 every turn for 5 turns) +18 per turn for 3 turns. +18 bonus for every successful hit x 3 turns.
Enjoy the holiday! I left the Clover O.ops shop open because I read on the forums that at least a couple of people are still farming credits for it. So, have fun, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and, as the saying goes....
EbilCorp's "Operation Gameocide" has been thwarted! The loyal players of the Artix Entertainment games banded together to defeat Chairman P, Mr. Z, and the legions of EbilCorp warriors who were attempting a hostile takeover of the entire AE network.
A huge thank you from me to all of you for making sure that we're continuing under the umbrella of AE - I hope you know that I will never work for EbilCorp willingly! While we occasionally have had good reasons to work with Mr. Z, I prefer not to have anything more to do with Chairman P...
I'm also grateful for your loyalty & dedication - all of you - our players who are coming back to MechQuest from a hiatus, players of our other games trying MQ for the first time, and brand-new players who have come to AE games via MechQuest all joining our long-time loyal G.E.A.R.S. students in bringing down the Chairman and his forces. You fought valiantly and tirelessly - thank you for your support of the MechQuest team!
Incoming transmission from Plasma Charge!
A message to all Mecha Pilots!
Victory! Congratulations! On Thursday, 18 October 3012 at 7:04 EST you amazing pilots managed to crush EBILCorp! It was really inspiring to watch you all battle to save the game and I salute the forumites that joined the discussion on the forums. You can join the fleet here.
It was a pleasure to fight beside all of you! When the war meter reached 100%, the reward shops were set to unlock (and are now unlocked) - and to thank you, Odessa is offering SDF mechas to all you warriors!
Here’s a lowdown of the mecha specials:
FA - melee one hit- Starts with 110 (120,130%) damage- tries to stun- normal (1.5 time, double) HP DoT for 3 turns
BA - 2 hits - gunshot- Starts with 110 (120,130%) damageHit 1: normal (1.5 time, double) EP DoT for 3 turnsHit 2: BtH NoT -7 (9, 10) per turn for 3 turns
Shoulders - 1 Hit CD= 1- Starts with 110 (120,130%) damage- each shoulder nerfs enemy damage by 3(4,5%) per turn on hit, caps at -35% damage- chance for a crit
BD - 1 hit- Starts with 110 (120,130%) damage- decreases enemy immo res by 60 (70,80) for 5 turns- BtH BoT 4 (5,6) per turn for 5 turns
HD - 5 hits- Hit 1: 20% damage, chance for a crit- Hit 2: 30% damage, chance for a crit, general damage boost of +4 (5,7) per turn for 5 turns- Hit 3: 40% damage, chance for a crit- Hit 4: 50% damage, chance for a crit, decreases enemy def by - 5 (5,7) per turn for 5 turns, stays til end of fight, adds up, caps at 75- Hit 5: 75% damage, chance for a crit NG-only special:
When Mecha is equipped with all standard weapons, each weapon activation gives additional +5 BtH, adds up, caps at 75. Hit 3 of the Head heals EP with damage done, hit 5 HP with damage done. Thanks to Blues for the specials!
This week we have a new starblade for all players available in the war camp, and Star Captains can pick up three new action figures for their starships, and of course you guys still have time to get Valor Badges to merge the war mods! Good luck with the VBs, watch out for Gremlins, and I hope you all have an excellent weekend!Also stay tuned because Mogloween will be coming soon.*Transmission closed*
If you haven't linked your Star Captain's Character ID for Trick or Treat visits at Mogloween please do so on the forums here!
I'm in the Secret Underground Lab today (yes for a visit!) working with the intern Aerylen, (who has been working with Epic Duel and Dragonfable), looking at MQ's interface design with me - and tomorrow he will be playing MechQuest (and other games) streaming LIVE for charity!
It's Friday, and we had an early release today! Now, for some notes to you! We'll start off with a note from Plasma Charge:
Star Date: 28 September 2012
A transmission to all active mecha pilots!
Char has requested your presence in Dean Warlic’s office to speak to you about wormhole technology and to offer you an experimental new weapon to aid you in the battle against the Shadowscythe. The new weapon is available for all players who have completed Lagos and all previous missions.
Here’s Blues with the literally head spinning specials of the new weapon:
Numbers are NSC/SC/NG
Starts with 110/115/120% damage
- Gains + 5/8/10% damage per use, caps at 250%
- decreases enemy defense by 5/8/10 per hit, caps at -75
- decreases enemy BtH by 3/5/8 per hit, caps at -50
- decreases enemy damage by 2/4/6 per hit, caps at -40
Thank you Blues! =D
Also be sure to check in with Tek on Monday because we’re having a party! This Monday MechQuest will be turning 5 years old, and to thank all you players who help support the game Tek has commissioned a special anniversary mecha, as well as some sweet Starship loot designed by the ever-amazing Minar!
The annual Soluna bounty hunt has final come to an end which means Captain Rhubarb has returned to Lagos and took all his booty with him, also Tek is reporting that her stock of Imitation DragonConquest Blades is running low and will run out on Monday! So if you plan on getting this ferocious blade you have until Monday when it becomes RARE for a year - until Dragon*Con season 2013!
In Gremlins news: Vivi managed to squish the gremlins in both Ghosthunter damage and the Seppy front arm crit blade. (Sepulchure Ultimate and Sepulchure of Doom)
Enjoy your Shaking of Dimensions, watch out for Gremlins, I hope you have a good weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday!
Char says that the wormhole tech may have unseen consequences. The weapons have been thoroughly tested and they appear to be working as intended, so doesn't it make you wonder what she could be talking about? Find out as the Dragonoid Saga progresses later this fall!
bzzt transmission incoming from Nightwraith at Epic Duel!
The Chairman Has Landed!
The nefarious Chairman has landed in EpicDuel and he's come to claim Delta V for his own! To lull the populace into compliance Chairman Platinum is selling powerful Ebilcorp armors of his own deisgn. These armors have a special skill, Chairman's Fury, a one-time use, selectable skill that can be used to unleash a powerful unblockable uppercut attack that steals 25% of your opponent's rage for yourself.
As if that weren't enough "ebil" at once, Dage the Evil himself has stumbled upon Delta V to share is wares with those he deems worthy. Do you have what it takes to wield one of his monstrous creations?
=ED= Spooky Head Design Contest
EpicDuel is also hosting a new art contest in the AE forums: http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=20723387. They styles will be used for EpicDuel, but everyone is welcome to enter! All you need is an EpicDuel character name and a cool design to enter!
Hmmmm. Chairman Platinum landing in Epic Duel ... could Mr. Z have something up his sleeve here in MechQuest? This is alarming news indeed! We must not let EbilCorp get its claws into MQ. Mr. Z and Maria13 are expert at security so as of yet we've been unable to crack into their communications network. We'll definitely need to be on high alert!
Anyhow, I've got a big party to set up - cakes to bake for Scrap's Delight and so on. Happy 5-year anniversary - thanks for your support! Five years! Sweet!
See you at the party in Tek's Basement on Monday! (I love it when the Floorivator is working!)
Once again doom strikes Soluna City... the Hunter Eidolon mecha series has been by far one of the most interesting series in the game.
So I was really excited to see these new buffs designed by Blues, they increase the efficiency of the mecha against both ghost and normal enemies! Here’s Vivi with the new specials:
FA: Deals 150% damage +30% damage on ghosts Applies an effect that drains EP (they lose, you gain) equal to Level/2 rounded down that lasts 4 turns Chance for a 1.5x EP DOT
BA: Deals 150% damage +10% damage on ghosts Captures weakened ghosts If the enemy is not captured, chance to lower bonus by 40 for 3 turns and the enemy loses 15% of their max EP
Shoulders: Deals 150% damage First use of the shoulders gives the enemy the Psionic Link effect (which does nothing). The second use replaces Psionic Link with an Energy Drain effect. Each turn the enemy loses 75% of their EP Regen and you gain it.
Head: Deals 150% damage High crit chance on ghosts Against ghosts, gives +40 boost for 5 turns
Body: Deals 150% damage If you have any ghosts captured, consumes 1 ghost and heals 40% of your max HP and 20% of your max EP
Thanks Vivi, not only have these new specials been added but also the mecha is now color customizable!
Hope you guys enjoy the release, watch out for scurvy gremlins, and I leave you with doom pirates!
Thanks, Plasma Charge! Maegwyn here. I just wanted to add a quick thing:
Happy Birthday, Warlic!
From all of us on the MechQuest team!
Thank you to all of you for playing MechQuest! We're working on a lot more exciting new content for the upcoming weeks. I just got off the phone with Arklen a few minutes ago & he says hi as well! Have a most-excellent weekend, and please remember to tell all your friends about MQ! =Mae
K&S! The long-awaited Knife & Spork Challenge Updates have begun! If you have completed the first set of ten Grand Opening Challenges, click the new "More" button above the Contest button to access the second set of challenges, called the Advanced Contest. Challenges 11 and 12 are playable now, with more in the works.
Challenge 11 is a special feature, incorporating the winning designs from a forums contest to Build Your Own Mecha, held 'way back in 2010! Maverik, Vadriel, Bling bla, and Lyris (who entered that contest before she joined the MQ team) finally got their designs in game! It is recommended that you be Level 28 when facing these enemies. Defeating them all opens up a shop with a higher-level Pan arm and also unlocks Challenge 12.
Challenge 12 gives you a series of L30 opponents - one from each House with some customization and stats trained, and a couple of students with Anniversary models and trained stats.
We had a blast pretesting this. One of the Contestants was a little crazy at first - he equipped mini-mechas to his mecha! (That's a byproduct of the intended weapon being the default to a different chassis rather than a standalone weapon.) So Vivi grabbed the screenshot and after we laughed our heads off for a while, I changed things up a bit - we still used the general theme of Bling bla's winning entry as inspiration.
Updating the K&S has been promised for ages but now that I'm able to set them up myself, I'll keep adding new challenges for everyone - and keep your eyes on the forums because I'm going to be looking for more of your setups for new Challengers!
Wrangler Buff! And now from Vivi, the Wrangler mecha buff details:
Specials are listed as NSC (SC, NG) FA, 3 Hits: ---> CD= 2 - Hit 1: +30 (40,50%) damage - Hit 2: +55 (65,75% damage - Hit 3: High (Guaranteed, Guaranteed) chance for a crit
There's a chance the gun will jam - when it does, no damage is done but there's a good (guaranteed, guaranteed) chance for a stun and your bonus increases by 10 (15, 20) for the rest of the fight
BA, 2 Hits: ---> CD= 2 - Hit 1: lowers immo resist by 50 ( 80, 120) - Hit 2: Good (guaranteed, guaranteed) chance for a crit, tries to stun
Shoulders, 5 Hits:---> CD=2 - in creasing damage by +5 (10,+15%) for every Hit - Good (high, guaranteed) chance for an extra Hit, extra Hit crits ( same base damage of Hit 5)
Head, 2 Hits: ---> CD = 5 - Hit 1: blinding NoT, - 5 (8,10) BtH per turn for 5 turns - Hit 2: normal (1.5 time, double) HP DoT for 5 turns SC / NG only: - additional Hit 1: general damage BoT, +8 (10) damage per turn for 5 turns NG only: - additional Hit 2: 1.5 time EP DoT for 5 turns
Thanks for the details & for coding them, Vivi!! And thanks to blues for designing them!
Persistence Bonuses! Korin went through a TON of early quests and added persistence bonuses, so doing the jobs will go faster. I think after we rolled I updated a total of 15 quest names - the Museum quests, the Police quests, and the Hospital quests were all on the list. Thank you, Korin! We have plans to improve the Ghosthunting quests by changing how soon you earn the rewards - and long-term ideas about making that Ghosthunting training pay off.
New Planet Coming Soon! Lyris and Minar and Arklen have all been working on assets for the upcoming new planet - for which Lyris designed the concept & storyline. I've been working with Lyris on some of the script details while she does cutscenes - Minar has some backgrounds in the works and Arklen & Korin are working on vectorizing & animating some NEW enemies drawn especially for MQ by Thyton!
Thanks for playing MQ - don't forget to send your referral links to your friends and family so you can earn bonuses when they play - and have a great weekend!
The War Is Over! Rewards are all unlocked already!
You can still play through it so don't worry - it's just all unlocked and here is how it went down. Freddy Yeti was trying to send you tech as a Frostval present, and Mr. Z sent EC units to intercept the shipment and get hold of it for EbilCorp. There was a war - and you won it in what just might be record time! You went out on Thoh to find the parts that went missing when the starship crashed, and you had to fight mini-bosses to get each piece of the mecha. (You can still do this.) You are able to collect them for a build-a-mech style or just to use as weapons as you go along - and if you can defeat Mr. Z you open shops with a chassis (NSC, SC, and NG versions) and a fully-decked-out mecha model (for Nova Gems only).
Happy Frostval to All! You really pulled together and fought valiantly - great job!! This release was a lot of fun to put together. It was kind of crazy and a lot to do - and with it being a short week & people on the team having limited time with school committments, travel, computer issues I have to say I'm amazed & proud of us for getting this release out to you! Also even knowing that, for some reason I decided I should make a bazillion levels of everything so everyone would be able to have nice rewards so I gave myself a ton of extra work - but it all came together in the end! I like to try to fill you in on who did what, and I'm hoping I don't forget anyone's contribution... Lyris did the opening cutscene and Korin set up the mecha & did the war questing. When Korin finished vectorizing and animating, Minar shaded & colored the mecha. I learned how to break off the weapons to make into standalones and also how to make an empty chassis. Vivi's laptop is having serious issues so I asked blues for relatively simple specials design & then I coded the weapons with Vivi's help when he could get online on his family PC, and then when Korin finished the quests & came back from a bit of Christmas shopping, I turned the chassis (body attack) and fully-equipped mecha over to Korin to code so I could do some Christmas shopping. Vivi & Korin are really good teachers and Warlic laid a good foundation in helping me understand the basics - not that I was writing new code or anything, but you have to know what to modify and where it belongs in order to get things working as intended. The worst thing that happened (that I know of so far anyway) wasn't a coding issue - I made some kind of weird error when setting everything up in the database and for a few hours the weapons were unsellable and un-destroyable. That's fixed now, though. I'm hoping there aren't any major bugs with any of the specials!! If you find one, please let us know on the Gremlins forum.
A facebook friend of mine, David Lark (a.k.a. davids8765 if you play AQWorlds), helped me with names for the rewards - huge thanks!! The language of Latvia is featured - and it's my fault if anything is misspelled! Also a forum member, Master Merlin, mentioned on the forums that he had suggested pricing the Build-a-Mecha chassis the same as a standalone weapon - I used that concept (& it may be that others have suggested the same but his came to my attention) with a bit of tweaking from Vivi to keep it affordable and in line with our 1000-NG pricing of a completely-built model.
FA Sniega Lielgabals SC only ---> CD=0- starts with extra damage- adds +20% damage per use (only the weapon), caps at 300%- adds +10 BtH per use (only the weapon), caps at 100 BtH
BA Ledus Bumba (NSC, SC, NG) ---> CD=3- starts with extra damage- normal (NSC) /1.5 time, double) HP DoT for 3 turns- SC and NG only: 20 roll for stopping enemy EP regen for 3 turns- NG only: 40 roll for a crit
FS Laasteka Shot (NSC Only) ---> CD=3- starts with extra damage- Chance for a 1.5 time EP DoT for 3 turns- chance for a critical strike
BS Laasteka Shard (NSC, SC, NG) ---> CD=3- starts with extra damage- Chance (NG guaranteed) for a normal (NSC) / 1.5 time (SC) / double (NG) HP DoT for 3 turns- SC and NG only: chance for a crit- NG only: chance for stopping enemy EP regen for 3 turns
HD Sniegapika Volley (NG only) ---> CD=5- starts with 1.5 times damage- general damage boost of +12 per turn over 5 turns- general BtH boost of +15 per turn for 5 turns- defense BoT of +10 per turn for 5 turns
Chassis Milziiga Sniegapika (NSC, SC, NG) ---> CD=5- Uses 0 EP- gives the mecha higher EP reserves. - starts with extra damage- NSC & SC have a chance and NG guarantee for damaging also EP with half of damage done to HP- SC and NG only: double HP DoT for 5 turns- NG only: chance for a critical strike.
If you have the fully-equipped Nova Gem model, in addition to the NG specials described above, the weapons which don't sell as standalones for NGs have the following: FA: - starts with extra damage- adds +25% damage per use (only the weapon), caps at 300%- adds +15 BtH per use (only the weapon), caps at 100 BtH FS: starts with extra damage- double EP DoT for 3 turns- chance for a crit- additional chance for damaging EP with half of damage done to HP
Ok I think that should cover it all! Oh - also if you are a Star Captain be sure to grab the gift boxes - they will open on gift-giving day which is traditionally New Year's Day so I'm shooting for that as our deadline for having them all ready but if we have to be a little later this time it'll still be early January - and the wrapped gifts are fun to play with before they open, anyway!
Have a very happy Frostval! Thanks for playing MechQuest!
There is a NEW Star Captain Back Shoulder weapon in the Traveler shop!
The Grapnel ALB series is a powerful grappling hook styled weapon that has 0 cooldown, increases in power with every use, and has a good chance to deal an HP and EP Damage over Time attack that also increases over time.
You will also find a new shipment of the TNSEWP series including a NEW Level 45 version - and in the Nova Gem shop, the Serious Gatling series has returned!
Screenshot Contest Winners now on the Screenshot Page! Check them out here
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As you might have guessed, we are working on the Finale of the Zargon Wormhole for next week! This release features intense cutscenes, a new challenging boss battle, and lots of excitement. I know, we've left you in suspense over what will happen with Zargon... no spoilers coming from me!
We've got a lot more plans for MechQuest coming along after this Wormhole wraps up, too. I'm really bursting with excitement about everything - I can hardly wait for next week and beyond! Huge thanks to everyone on the team making all of this happen - but most of all, thanks to all of you playing MechQuest! Hope you're having a great summer - or winter, if you're in Australia for example - and enjoy your weekend!
NEW Wormhole Quest (access it via the Dean Warlic button in Soluna City): It's a race against time - can you get to Starstorm before Boltavolt does? (Cliffhanger...) The cutscenes in the Wormhole this week are the simple style, rather than the animated, to give Lyris some breathing room. The backgrounds - specially destroyed by Minar - have some animated fire effects. Note that this can cause a bit of lag in the quest, but shouldn't affect your ability to complete it.
Here's Vivi with the specials he programmed into the new Star Captain Monthly Mecha, the Dharmahp, according to blues' specs:
BA - 2 Hits --> CD=2 Both hits do increased damage First hit lowers immobility resistance by 100 for 3 turns Second hit attempts a stun
FA - 2 Hits All hits do increased damage First hit lowers enemy bonus by 30 for 3 turns Second hit lowers enemy defense by 50 for 3 turns Chance for a third hit
Shoulders - 2 Hits ---> CD=1 Alternating damage buff. Start with 125% damage and add +15% every turn, caps at 250%
Head - 3 Hits Increasing damage per hit Hit 1: Chance for a Bonus BoT, starts with +10, adds +10 every turn, lasts 5 turns Hit 2: Chance for a double HP DoT for 5 turns Hit 3: Chance for HP drain of damage done Damage BoT, starts with +10%, adds +10 every turn, lasts 5 turns (not tied to any hit, activates at the end of the attack)
Body - 2 hits Both hits do increased damage Critical BOT. Starts with 5% and adds 5% crit chance every turn, caps at 75% (not tied to any hit, activates at the end of the attack)
Thanks for putting that together!
We had lots of time for testing and tweaking, so we hope you won't find any Gremlins - if you do, please report them via the Gremlins forum
Have a great weekend - stay cool if you're in a hot climate, and keep warm if it's your winter! Thanks for playing MechQuest!
When Char opened the wormhole and it led to... Zargon, in the VERY recent past, this created the possiblity of averting catastrophe. But, the Queenadent wants you and Sys-Zero to avoid getting involved with events because Chronal Paradoxes are unpredictable and dangerous... You will be faced with a choice: what risks are you willing to take?
With more amazing animated cutscenes by Lyris, rewards drawn & animated by Minar, coding by Vivi and me, Maegwyn (quest by Vivi incorporating an idea of Minar's, arm coding by Vivi, specials designed by blues // enemies coded, stat setup, and re-color, & town file setup & coding by Maegwyn) this was a fun collaboration! I really enjoyed coordinating everything and pushing my limits a bit, too. We miss Korin & hope he's having a nice vacation!
As you explore the Lair, you have the chance to pick up a key card each time you battle one of the Guard Drones. After you complete the quest and return to Sys-Zero, you'll see that he has a new shop - if you don't want to spend time questing for a key card, you may purchase one for Nova Gems!
This quest has three new swordfighting enemies - if you are not a Star Captain, this will be your first encounter with an opponent who can actually pause to regenerate mana points! There is an A, a B, and a C - one of the three is quite dangerous, especially if you are not prepared! (Hint: if you think you encountered the most dangerous one, you may or may not be right.)
Note that there is a Gremlin (a bug) at the engine level - if you have a temporary sword equipped, such as the Yokai Blade, and you find the key, the shop unequips your Energy Blade. So if you are a non-Star Captain, you will want to use one of your strong blades such as the Ultraviolet from Necryptos...
If you can find the hidden shop, the rewards are a hand-to-hand Energy Blade and a mecha-equippable Front Arm, both drawn & animated by Minar!
The hand-to-hand energy blades may seem similar to the ones you can buy on Necryptos at first glance. There is one for Star Captains and one for NSC players. There are two differences: the Volt Spike and Bolt Spike are compatible with the Yokai Ninja Uniform's Magic attack, and they also give you a little buff to your Power Stat when equipped!
Let's go to Vivi for the run-down on the specials on the mecha-equippable Volt Strike series that he coded from blues' specs!
This sword is available to all players, and has SC-powered specials even for NSCs!
Against Equippable enemies: 125% damage Chance to disable a weapon each use on hit. Order is FA/BA/FS/BS. Star Captains ONLY: Starts with the head instead, and you get a guaranteed stun when disabling it. Every other use of the weapon attempts a resistable stun with immobility resistance lowered by 50.
Against Unequippable enemies: 125% Damage Chance to inflict an HP and EP DoT. These DoTs grow more powerful each time you inflict them.
So it looks like, unless everything breaks unexpectedly, we'll actually have an early release so we can head over & check out the Arc Attack special event in AQWorlds! I am a huge fan of Arc Attack - I saw them at DragonCon one year with Artix & a few other people from AE! (Have you been watching the behind-the-scenes happenings on the Play by Play at that link?) So maybe we'll catch you online in AQWorlds a bit later, or on the forums as usual!
Thanks so much for playing MechQuest! Talk to you again soon - have a great weekend!
The Traveler Gets a New Shipment! A Star Captain Head complements the Ring shoulder series, and a Nova Gem and a non-Star Captain shoulder also arrive!
The Star Captain Macabre Circlet series: Each of the 4 hits has a chance for a critical hit. Can nerf enemy damage by -10% for 5 turns. Can reduce enemy Bonus to Hit by -10% for 5 turns. Has the potential to do HP and/or EP Damage Over Time for 5 turns.
The Nova Gem Poison Cannon series: May add +30 to your Bonus to Hit for 3 turns. Good chance to do critical damage. May mergepurge all Bonus to Hit nerfs affecting you; can also mergepurge all Damage nerfs affecting you.
The non-Star Captain Flamethrower series: Does extra damage. Good chance for an HP DoT - decent chance for an EP DoT as well. Also has the potential to blind the enemy with a Bonus to Hit Nerf over Time (-10 per turn for 3 turns).
The 4th of July Mecha Models stay in the shop over this weekend! NG and SC get a buff! A lively discussion of the power level of the Deflagrator models is underway on the Balance Discussion Forums. After some mid-week Staff discussion of your comments, we decided to buff the Star Captain and Nova Gem models a bit - the Star Captain models now have a chance to get what was previously the Nova Gem exclusive special, and the Nova Gem models have a greatly-increased chance of that special. So we are keeping the shop open this weekend for you to pick up a Deflagrator.
Char is working on opening the wormhole... but...
This is a sneak-peek from one of the upcoming cutscenes in the newest Wormhole chapter of the Dragonoid saga! Lyris has been putting together some epic scenes and we are working on quests, enemies, and ... rewards! Thyton is drawing up something amazing, and as this unfolds over the next few weeks we think you will be on the edge of your seat!
Minar, meanwhile, is working on an exciting top-secret project in his spare time, while keeping busy designing and animating weapons! Awesome art, as always!
I guess that's it from me for now - I feel like I'm forgetting something I meant to tell you, other than to thank you - and I'll see you on the forums (and facebook, and formspring, and twitter...)
Gremlins Fixed: A huge shout-out goes to NaturallyMaria on the forums for helping confirm and isolate these Gremlins from Yokai! Thanks to Vivi for the fixes! (I helped. Just saying so's you don't think I do nothing. Ha!).
Snake Master Arms: The damage boost and crit boost should be working now The NG special is functioning properly
Tengu Wings: NG version now has correct specials (was using SC numbers before) BTH buff and debuff effects respect the stat cap
Tiger FA: Respects the stat cap Does not reset itself to 0 when you reuse it
Tiger BA: Now increases your boost properly
Also here are the weapon specials from Friday:
Phoenix (1 hit, SC) Quest Reward - Traveler - 1.25 times damage - Chance for 1.5 time HP DoT over 5 turns - Chance for 1.5 time EP DoT over 5 turns - Chance for an HP Heal Over Time over 5 turns - Chance for an EP Heal Over Time over 5 turns
Lightning (1 hit, SC) - 1.25 times damage - Chance for blinding effect, BtH NoT of -10 per turn for 5 turns - Chance for BtH BoT, +10 per turn over 5 turns - Chance for damage NoT, -10% per turn over 5 turns - Chance for damage BoT, +10% per turn over 5 turns
Beam (2 hit, NG) - 1.5 times damage Hit 1: - Chance for a damage BoT of +10% per turn over 5 turns - Chance for a 1.5 time HP DoT over 5 turns - Chance for a 1.5 time EP DoT over 5 turns Hit 2: - Chance for a damage NoT, -10% per turn over 5 turns - Chance for a BtH buff of +50 for 5 turns - Chance for a BtH nerf of -30 for 5 turns
Rift (2 hit, NSC)
- Chance for 1.25 times damage First hit - Chance for a BtH buff of +20 for 5 turns - Chance for a 1.25 time HP DoT for 5 turns Second hit - Chance for a damage Buff of +15% for 5 turns - Chance for a 1.25 time EP DoT for 5 turns
Thanks to blues for designing those, and to Vivi for coding them (and writing them up!) Also - Plasma Charge is the person I wanted to thank for reminding me about the MechQuest facebook page updates.
Hope you all had a glorious weekend! I went to a nice party and had ice cream and worked in the garden - and I'm still at war with the ants... having fun now working with the team to bring you something new! See you on the forums!
So today's release brings new Head weapons to the Gameshow planet and buffs the Mechatron SCMM model.
Here's Vivi with a rundown of the SCMM changes:
Switched the BA so that the specials are more aligned with the rest of the mecha BA is more damaging Head is clickable, toggles whether you'll turn shifting on or off when you attack with it Head gives +30 defense or boost depending on your current toggle Shifted body keeps some crit damage and reduces bonus by 10 per crit instead of 7 Shoulders deal a bit more damage, effects are slightly stronger FA Crits on second hit whether or not you are shifted
Also the default weapons have +2 to crit, and the body has +10 to crit. That's a database-based tweak, suggested by golden1231 on the forums. Besjbo created the discussion, and notable participants were EinhanderX01, glaisaurus_x, NaturallyMaria, Selutu, Street Halo, TostiTostelli, $$$$ (and maybe more but those were the constructive posts that stood out for me - if I missed your post, it was nothing personal - please PM me on the forums please with a link!) - thanks as always for your valuable input!
Then back to Vivi again:
NG Head: 150% damage Even odds of either +40 boost to yourself for 5 turns, -40 boost to opponent for 5 turns, or both ("even odds" meaning 1/3 chance of each) If you're in the Mechatron, this will also trigger or disable the data shift the same way its default head does
SC Head: First hit gives -20 defense Second hit deals 150% damage and either stuns the enemy or heals you equal to damage dealt (50/50 chance of either)
NSC Head: 120% damage Chance to inflict a 1.5x HP DoT on hit
Thanks again, Vivi!
We worked hard on getting this together for you, and we really hope you like the new Heads! Also, in theory the buff to the SCMM should set it up to power standards. We tested it and it definitely plays better - if you have something more tweak-needing to discuss, please use the Mechatron thread in the Game Balance Discussion forum.
If you're in the area, you should check out PariahCon this weekend! Korin & Charfade were instrumental in setting this up, and ArtixEntertainment has a booth so you really should go if you can! And on that note - thanks for playing MechQuest - please don't forget to tell your friends - and have a fantabulous weekend!
Rescue Quest: Though this was put through the wringer of extensive testing, even still when you reached the 75% mark and unlocked it, it became clear that I should have made the timer longer to accommodate some of the lengthier animations of various mecha models and equipment setups. I've made the timer longer now, but hopefully still enough of a challenge to be fun.
Imbiber Bugfix and Buff: Part of the issues with the underwhelming performance of the Imbiber was the result of a bug. Korin made an engine change and Vivi made the code play nice. Also, blues and Vivi and I discussed the buff and looked over your notes in the Game Balance Discussion section of the forums, and here is Vivi with a run-down of the buff details:
Buffed Stats for the Imbiber: DOT Shield is the same as before
If you have enough EP to not go below 0 with this effect, 50% crit chance. If the attack is a critical hit, takes additional EP from you equal to WeaponCost at your level
50% of damage is also inflicted to EP
Each hit rolls between 0 and 50% bonus damage
First hit heals HP equal to the damage done
Second hit heals EP equal to the damage done
Front Arm: Inflicts a 2x EP DoT, lasts three turns
Back Arm: Inflicts a 2x HP DoT, lasts three turns
Front Shoulder: Inflicts a 1.5x EP DoT and heals your EP each turn by some amount based on your mecha level (this amount has increased from before)
Back Shoulder: Inflicts a 1.5x HP DoT and heals your HP each turn by some amount based on your mecha level (this amount has increased from before)
The fix and buffs should bring the Imbiber up to expectations. Thanks for your feedback on the forums!
I also put the Ice Harvester and Shadowed Arthurian Lion mecha models on a diet so that they can now be used for the timed quest and other walkaround maps. Thanks to everyone for your reports in the Gremlins forum! Now that I've got the hang of fixing that Gremlin I'll be a lot faster at that (and ideally we will catch those now before they roll Live...)
You haven't heard from me on the Design Notes much lately - I'm happy to say that I'm working from home now instead of on the coffee shop circuit! I'm about five times as busy as normal at this stage - working with Vivi and Lyris on an upcoming release, which I can't remember whether Korin has mentioned so I won't say too much for now - along with working ahead on putting together another quest - and then more current things like the usual testing, fixing your House Affiliation Gremlins, doing all the database entries for the upcoming rewards to give you some examples of what I might be up to on a given day. I'll try to be more talkative!
Selectable Ammo! People have mentioned liking to hear who did what for a release, so here is a little breakdown of this part. Vivi updated the code for the Crow's Cannon weapons with the long-hoped-for Selectable Ammo feature! Hooray for Vivi getting this function to work! I set up higher-level versions of these in the database, and also now they display the DPT and EP costs and have updated descriptions (database work). Blues provided the buffs to the ammo specials, which Vivi coded up. You will need to travel to Crow's Nook on Lagos to get the Crow's Cannon series weapons - ammo is available also at Tek's Mechs for convenience.
Vivi provides the details:
General Info: -NSC cannons scale from 20 to 30 and 31 to 40. -SC and NG cannons scale from 25 to 35 and 36 to 45. -The NSC cannon does 110% damage, the SC cannon does 120% damage, and the NG cannon does 125% damage -Clicking the cannon will allow you to rotate through the ammo in your inventory.
If you run out of one type of ammo while you have another in your inventory, the cannon should automatically switch to an ammo you do have without being clicked. If you run out of ammo completely or if you don't buy any at all, the weapon should become unusable (CD set to 999999).
The weapon special is determined by the type of ammo loaded. The NG cannon has slightly improved specials.
(NSC) Burning Cannonball: ---> Chance for an 1.5 time HP DoT, lasts 3 turns
(SC) Cast Iron Cannonball: ---> 70% (80% on NG) chance for a critical hit
(SC) Flash Cannonball: ---> Chance for -30 (-35 on NG), Bonus, lasts 3 turns
New Quest at the Knife & Spork! Talk to Marza Pan, who is standing behind the cash register, to access the new quest. This is available for all players, whether you have completed Maegwyn's Grand Opening Challenges or not. It is actually an introduction to the long-promised new challenges that will be coming to the Diner later this year. This quest will not go rare. You may play it as many times as you like - choose to heal in between, or try it without healing. It does not open up a shop - just another place to get experience and credits with a little bit of storyline attached. As for who did what for this ... all art was re-used, but I did mess around with the boxes and the backgrounds and the scaling of your mecha as you are in the Walk sequences. I wrote the storyline and the dialogue, and set up the quest and the addition to the town file. I chose the enemy list and did the coding for the stuff that needed it - enemies do not have new code. Korin's lessons over the past 2 weeks really paid off - while I did manage to break the quest a couple of times, I also didn't have to ask him a single question about setting it up or about fixing what I broke! (I have discovered that while I'm also very good at breaking things, the experiences with chasing Gremlins and learning what makes them tick and how to fix them have helped make me pretty good at figuring out why something has gone flibberty and fixing it back up again.) Also Azami was here to help with final testing!
MQ Team Notes: There has been a lot of concern about MQ's team, so here's a little peek at some of the things we're all doing. Korin is working on really awesome stuff for the upcoming planet and providing moral support & direction leading this whole project along. Jemini is providing some backgrounds (the art that sets the scenes so everything is not just gunmetal blue) for at least one of our upcoming releases. Minar is working on at least one weapon that I know of for sure and possibly more than one (design, art, animation). Lyris has been doing some things for upcoming releases. I should ask Korin what Thyton and Arklen are up to, and here he is now! Ok, Korin tell me that Thyton has drawn some bzzts for the new planet and Arklen just finished animating one of them. I've probably forgotten someone - not being at the Secret Underground Lab, sometimes I overlook what other people are doing for MechQuest. So if I forgot anyone it doesn't mean they're not crucial members. I know that Warlic is available especially for any music needs MQ may have, and always answers questions and is willing to lend a hand when needed. Also I left some things & people out because of what is...
Coming Next Week: While Korin works with Dumoose and Llussion on the game challenge thing next week, he is letting me steal the MQ release again! blues and Vivi are plotting the SC challenge - we've been working on this for a while now. Vivi will code what blues designs for the enemies attacks, Minar is designing & drawing & animating the reward - I will be setting up the quest, putting the code on the buttons and so forth, and doing the database work. (Each enemy or monster needs an entry - each reward needs entries with DPT and EP costs, names, descriptions.)
I hope that gives you a nice window into things MQ - and I hope you enjoy this week's release! Have a great weekend!
Normally I would only give you guys the quick-and-dirty details of a new weapon or mecha, but with how awesome Chrono is I decided that a more extensive write-up would be worth the time. So here is what Chrono is capable of.
First off is the Front Arm - Chrono-Meter. This weapon's effect changes depending on how long you've gone without using it or the body attack, so be sure to plan your timing with this weapon to get the best effect possible! -1 round (body was used last turn): 125% damage -2 rounds: 130% damage, boost increased by 15 for 3 turns -3 rounds: 140% damage, boost increased by 20 for 4 turns -4 or more rounds: 150% damage, boost increased by 15 per turn for 4 turns
Next is the Back Arm - Chrono-Cannon. This attack deals 125% damage and also inflicts your enemy with a Nerf Over Time that will decrease their bonus by 12 points each round. A simple weapon on its own, but it plays well to Chrono's strength as a long-term battler and has great synergy with Chrono's head and body attacks.
Now for the shoulders - Timestopper. These shoulders work together to keep your opponent immobile while you set up your buffs and nerfs, ensuring that you won't ever be left vulnerable at the start of a battle or after effects begin wearing off. The first time you use either Timestopper shoulder, it will attempt to stun the enemy mecha. If it fails then your next Timestopper use (whether it's the same shoulder or the opposite shoulder) will lower their immobility resistance before making its attempt. On top of all this, the one turn stun will occasionally turn into a two turn stun, buying you even more time to do what you want! Quite a duo indeed.
Next up is the Head, Chrono-Graph, which is a very important weapon for Chrono. It deals increased damage, and by itself also inflicts a 1.5x EP DoT. However, if you've activated one of Chrono's over-time buffs or nerfs (such as the ones on the arms), the effect changes! This weapon is capable of moving the clock back and increasing the duration of an over-time buff that you've applied to yourself by 1 turn, OR moving the clock forward and causing an over-time nerf on your enemy to skip a weaker nerf for a more powerful one! With all of the over-time effects that Chrono has access to this weapon is sure to play a big role in any of your strategies.
Last but not least, Chrono's body: Time Warp! The body attack will buff your bonus and defense by 10 points each turns for 5 turns while nerfing your opponent's boost and defense by the same amount. Once per battle, it can also restore some lost HP and EP. Normally it will restore 1 attack's worth of EP and give back the HP you lost from the last enemy attack that did damage, but occasionally it will restore ALL of the HP and EP you've lost in the entire battle. When does this once-per-battle effect kick in? You decide! By clicking the center of Chrono's body during your turn you can toggle this effect on or off! This feature has NEVER BEEN SEEN in MechQuest and is definitely one of the coolest things Chrono has to offer.
It was really fun working together on this - now that we have a working button mechanism set up, this opens up all sorts of possibilities. Exciting!
Thanks for being patient & waiting for the more-detailed Design Notes! Yesterday I did a terrible haphazard job of vacuuming but I had a lovely time at the corner store and spent some time out with my cousins and brother-in-law plus some friends. Later, my cousin came over and played guitar with my husband - I played a little trumpet, but that is a loud instrument for late-night jam sessions in a quiet neighborhood...
Anyway, I was a little surprised that the Encore War wasn't going very quickly - until Terosin asked whether there was a reward... it does help to know that you're fighting for something, doesn't it!? There is a brief mention in the newsletter also, but here's the scoop. Jack has some new mods for your mechas, but you'll have to get through the groupies and have a facedown with Evil Jim himself before those shops will unlock. Azami and I worked together on these - even though they're holiday rares, the idea is to create some that fill an empty niche. So you won't already have something with the same stat boosting values. There are NSC, SC, and NG mods waiting for you in the shops, and Korin made a really cool cutscene... I think I'll wait until you get to 100% and have a chance to see Evil Jim in action before I talk more about Mogloween-related stuff - so Battle ON!
So if you've battled the character IDs in PvP from yesterday's DNs - 8367666 and/or 304236 - you've gotten a little sneak peek at the Chronomech's capabilities. When you have one of your very own, which you can get by ordering the AE Calendar at HeroMart (right now these are just pre-orders and they have not begun shipping yet- so there will be a wait before you can get your calendar with your code) you will be able to click an area of the body during battle. This is a new thing for MechQuest - with this button you can choose between two specials on the body attack. The regular special - that happens if you don't toggle the button - triggers the Time Warp Drive that wears down your enemy's weapons and armor (Nerfs Over Time) while increasing your own speed (Buffs Over Time). By toggling the button, you can choose during battle when you want your next body attack to do its healing special. This is available once per battle, and has a VERY rare chance of restoring your HP and EP back to where they were at the beginning of the combat. So this is something that is impossible to see in Assault Mecha, and just one of the cool innovations - Vivi and I will post all the specials for you in much more detail. They are very interactive specials so the PvP AI can't display the real power and potential for you. Also we'll get a picture up.
Real life calls again for now - I need to do a better job of vacuuming (haha) and also help my husband, who is trying to figure out some issues with our plumbing... I know some of you are awaiting answers to your PMs on the forums too, so I'll get to those later also. See you on the forums when I have my household tasks done!
125% damage Randomly selects one of the following specials. Head has a CD of 3 to make up for the randomness.
1) Crit 2) +50 BtH for 3 turns 3) +50 def for 3 turns 4) +25% general damage boost for 3 turns 5) 2x HP and EP DoT for 3 turns Thanks, Vivi, for the specials list!
Get your copy of the novel, The Dragon's Secret, by Lyra Trice Solis, at HeroMartand redeem your code for this novel item in MQ today! Check out the promos in the other AE games as well! Be A Hero! Why not consider donating a copy of the novel to a classroom or library, if you would like to unlock promos for more than one character per game?
The calendar goes up on HeroMart for Pre-orders on Thursday, November 11th! (That's tomorrow!) We only have a limited number of calendars, so you'll definitely want to be one of the first in line to get your pre-order in to make sure you get ALL these AMAZING rewards!
The calendar is only $12.00 USD, which is a GREAT deal!
MQ's Chrono Mecha:
We worked together to get this amazing promotional mecha assembled - if you've been watching Twitter and/or facebook you might be aware that Vivi & I collaborated on a never-before-seen feature for this! Here on the Design Notes I can tell you that while I cobbled together a rudimentary, working-ish prototype-y version of the vision, and we danced a little when certain features worked, the real excitement (complete with jigging and dining room Zorbo-dancing and similar shenanigans) came when Vivi's fancy code tested out as "Working as intended!" We solemnly called Korin in to the (virtual, as in chat) room, and had him test the mecha without much explanation. He later referred to us as "becoming a power team of awesome" - which is teamly... and awesome! Anyway, this is an amazing mecha and you should totally pre-order a calendar just to get one for your very own. Because that's the only way to get this, and it's got a cool new feature. Plus some timely specials.
MogloWhat? Mogloween? It's still not over! Evil Jim is still around for some reason...
Random Fact: Ketchup is classified as a liquid in the US, in certain places where such things are regulated and classified. It's classified how and why I know this random fact. Until maybe Saturday, when I might say more. Or I might not! Muahahaha!
First-off - you guys were amazing, tearing through the waves of enemies so quickly to get the rewards shops open and reach the Boss fight in record time! Again, Happy Mogloween! Now here are the specials for the war rewards weapons and Skelapunk mecha: thanks to blues for the design and to Vivi for the coding!
Pumpkin Shoulders, 4 Hits, NG
FS: - Increasing damage per hit - Hit 1: -30 enemy BtH, 3 turns - Hit 2: chance for a crit - Hit 3: -50 defense, doesn´t wear off - Hit 4: chance for a crit
BS: - Increasing damage per hit - Hit 1: +30 player BtH, 3 turns - Hit 2: chance for a crit - Hit 3: +30 defense, doesn´t wear off - Hit 4: chance for a crit
Tombstone Launcher Front Arm , 1 Hit, NSC
- chance for a normal HP DoT, lasts 3 turns - chance for a normal EP DoT, lasts 3 turns - chance for a crit
Ectorifle Back Arm, 1 Hit, SC
- 1.5 times damage - chance for a 1.5 time HP Dot, lasts 3 turns - chance for a 1.5 time EP Dot, lasts 3 turns
Specials are mostly decided by the player's upgraded status regardless of whether they're using the NSC or NG variant, unless otherwise noted
Head (1 hit) NSC: -25 bonus for 5 turns SC: 125% damage, Bonus NoT (-10 per turn for 5 turns), General Damage Boost of 15 for 5 turns, 25 against shadowscythe and doesn't wear off SC on NG model: General Damage Boost is 25 instead, 35 against Shadowscythe
Body (3 hits) NSC: Increasing damage per hit First hit lowers defense by 30 for 5 turns Second hit lowers boost by 15 for 5 turns Third hit has a high chance to crit SC: Increasing damage per hit First hit gives a defense NoT of -12 per turn for 5 turns Second hit gives a damage NoT of -10 per turn for 5 turns Third hit has a high chance to crit
Front Arm (3 hits) NSC: First hit has a chance to inflict an HP DoT Second hit has a chance to inflict an EP DoT Third hit has a chance to deal damage to EP equal to the HP damage SC: First Hit has a chance to inflict a 1.5x HP DoT Second Hit has a chance to inflict a 1.5x EP DoT Third Hit has a chance to deal damage to EP equal to the HP damage SC on NG model: Third Hit special deals 1.5x EP Damage
Back Arm (2 hits) Both hits do increased damage Additional special if the second hit connects: NSCs: chance for an extra shot SCs: chance for an extra shot, if that connects it deals damage to EP equal to the HP damage they took SC on NG model: third hit is more powerful, EP damage is 1.5x the HP damage of the third hit
Shoulders (2 hits) Start off at 120% damage for NSCs/125% damage for SCs, increase by 20% per use for NSCs/25% per use for SCs if the second hit connects
Thanks to Vivi for writing up the specials!
Many people commented on the forums in hope that the mecha would be color-customizable, and Korin does plan to add this feature for Star Captains and also for the Nova Gem model.
Mogloween 3010 isn't over! The story continues this week and next week! New side-quest before everything wraps up, plus more rewards and holiday items! I don't want to say too much, so I'll simply note that Evil Jim has some interesting fans - and that laying the smackdown on a certain someone will open up another nice reward - and that if you are a Star Captain, you'll want to have a look in the Swag shops! And that's not even all...
As I hinted on the forums, all did go well, and Vivi coded up more specials for the Non-Star-Captain Dropship weapons! He's putting together a note on what everything does so I'll add that in when he's done. Oh he's done already!
Salvaged Pulse Laser: Good chance at -25 bonus for 3 turns on hit
Squire's Volt Sword: Good chance at +25 boost for 3 turns on hit
Double Autogun: Very Good chance at -30 defense for 3 turns on hit
Used Gatling Gun: Good chance for EP DoT for 3 turns on hit
Mecha Boomstick: 140% damage
Bargain Bin Laser: Good chance for -25 boost for 3 turns on hit
Refurbished Machine Gun: Very good chance on each hit to raise bonus by 10 for 3 turns
Freshman Laser Pointer: Good chance for an extra shot that does 50% damage
Thanks, Vivi! We'll have a part three with some Heads - ideally next week but we're not promising an exact timeframe on those yet.
Update to Dropship Interface:
In response to some feedback (thanks for passing this along, neodiabolus) Korin has given SysZero a button to Tek's Dropship Shop, with a bit of extra dialogue.
Yokai Mantis Quest Bugfix:
A couple of Gremlins reports came in with people being unable to unlock the Mantis Master. I found where the problem was hiding, and Korin helped me with updating the code! I'm starting to understand those kinds of bugs a little better, so this was a really exciting fix.
Exciting Week: Monday Bugfixes, Friday is Almost Here, Azami is Back from Hiatus, and Other Notes!
This has been an exciting week already! On Monday, we got a few bugs fixed with the new minigame
Invincible enemy on stage six is no longer invincible
The triple shots now work on a timer, so you don't have to wait until all the bullets fly off the screen, but only on the triple shots
Level skipping bug is gone
Also I am going to be insufferably proud of myself and make a big deal out of this: I found and fixed the Hoverscythe A infamous "damage oover time" bug! It was the weirdest thing ever - "oover" just didn't exist - everything looked A-Ok - and then he would attack with that arm and it would pop up again... "damage oover time." Well, I tried something new and different, and Vivi & I tested it, and it worked!
Speaking of testing - Azami's schedule has freed up enough now so that he is back with us on the pre-testing and planning and bug-squashing again! I'm so excited I'm dancing...
...Speaking of dancing... the forum member caneyempor was inspired to post a thread about having a Mechquest dance! Circe, who is very excited about this, showed me the thread - and I got very excited about it as well. I was hesitant at first, because these kinds of decisions are made by Korin, whether we are even considering an idea - so when I saw Korin online this morning I pounced him and gave him the link. He said he is game for a "prom" - some kind of Spring Dance! When he said that, I danced, and then I messaged Circe (because we're both so excited) and emailed Lyris (because her pre-staff suggestions post had something related to this) and put something up to alert the whole MQ team. So please use this link http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=18243761 to discuss your ideas - the MechQuest team is listening and starting to put together plans for the future. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm IM-ing with Lyris!
...Speaking of plans for the future... Korin has given his blessing to me and Vivi to work on the parts of the S.O.O.N. list that we can tackle without needing the entire team! As in, stuff that doesn't require completely new art, or complex coding, and so on. So we are going through the list making an assessment - we'll have news and results for you... er... soon (haha! get it? soon!)