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Ash
Ash
August 28, 2015

Mr Zs Plan

Greetings! It's finally time to confront Mr. Z and find out all about his diabolical plans!

For months EbilCorp has been using recovered ShadowScythe technology to research new things and improve their tech. You've found one of their research stations in a mess when some of that recovered tech got out of control. Confront Mr. Z on the EbilCorp station where the augmented technology is being produced and put a stop to it once and for all! Augmented rewards await you should you succeed!

I'm working hard to get Soluna North, and everything it involves ready so this chain has a permanent place to go but it's still a bit off. Most of the art is done, there's just a bunch of background stuff to do, quests to make, dialog to get put in, and it's a long process. I've been working on it during the past couple of months during down time but I'll be focusing more on it in the next few weeks.

I hope you enjoy the finale quest!


Tags: Ashendal Mr. Z

Ash
Ash
August 21, 2015

House Mecha Updates

Greetings! Just like I promised I've done quite a bit of updating to all the older house mechas. If you noticed anything weird in the past couple of house using one of the ones that got updated it was because I had to manually go in and adjust them. Everything should be setup properly now but if you notice anything I missed let me know on the forums in the thread for these DN's and I'll get it fixed!


RuneHawk (Base version to 3.8)

FA
Mechronomicon
CD 4
25% chance each for one of the following to happen.

- Icy Shard: 120% damage. 30% chance to stun for 1 turn and inflicts 1/1.5/2x EP DoT for 3 turns.
- Ghostly Gun: 120% damage, +30 BtH for all hits.
- Magic Missile: 100% damage, increases Boost by 20 for 2 turns.
- Healing Chant: Heals 30% of your total health.

BA
Fire Phoenix
CD 3
110% damage
Inflicts a .8/1/1.2x HP DoT effect for 4 turns.

FS
Arcane Orb
CD 1
100% damage
Damages foes EP by 50% of the damage done.

BS
Arcane Orb
CD 1
100% damage
Damages foes EP by 50% of the damage done.

HD
Warp Visage
CD 3
110% damage
Lowers enemy Defense by -20 for 3 turns.
Increases your Defense by 20 for 3 turns.

BD
Mana Burst
CD 5
120% damage
Increases EP Regen by 50% and lowers enemy EP regen by 50% for 3 turns.


Mystraven (Base version to 3.8)

FA
Volt Slasher
CD 4
110% damage
Inflicts a 1/1.5/2x HP DoT effect for 4 turns.

BA
Shock Bolas
CD 3
100% damage
Stuns foe for 1 turn.

FS
Compound Archer
CD 1
100% damage
+50% chance to crit

BS
Compound Archer
CD 1
100% damage
+50% chance to crit

HD
Lotus Missiles
CD 3
110% damage
Increases Bonus by +20 for 3 turns.
Increases Boost by +15 for 3 turns.

BD
Mist Kick
CD 5
120% damage
Lowers enemy Bonus by -100 for 1 turn.
Lowers enemy Defense by -20 for 5 turns.

Wolfblade (Base version to 3.8)

FA
Wolfsmasher
CD 4
120% damage
Stuns for 1 turn

BA
Howitzer
CD 2
100% damage
Each use increases the damage by 20% up to a cap of +100% damage.

FS
Piercing Round
CD 2
115% damage
Lowers enemy Defense by -10 per use for 3 turns and caps at -40. Stacks with BS.

BS
Piercing Round
CD 2
115% damage
Lowers enemy Defense by -10 per use for 3 turns and caps at -40. Stacks with FS.

HD
Wolf's Rage
CD 5
120% damage
Increases Boost by 25 for 5 turns.

BD
Wolf Smash
CD 2
120% damage
If your HP is < 50%
- Damage increased by 50%.
If your HP is > 50%
- BtH for the attack is raised by 100.


A bunch of the older effects were either gimmiked in a way, like the Runehawk healing effect on the FA needing a random chance of greater than 90 as well as being below a certain amount of HP, or were setup in a really weird and convoluted way that didn't really equal out to what was intended in the coding. Now all 3 types have effects that more closely feel like the intent of the house itself and have weapons in every slot which should help out in terms of overall power of the mecha themselves.

In addition to these updates I also swapped the Advanced Wolfblade Head Weapon with the Body Weapon. All that did was make it equal to the others in that you can now customize the Head Weapon without losing the effect that the mecha was designed around. I got a request to do so when I was in there tinkering with the older mecha and it made sense to with how the other advanced versions were setup.

I also did some poking around in the labyrinth quest to see if I could figure out why people were getting stuck on walls randomly. The quest isn't setup like any other quest that we do so it took quite a bit of tinkering but it shouldn't catch you on walls anymore. I wouldn't suggest purposefully running into the same wall over and over because I can't guarantee that won't cause it to still happen, but you shouldn't get caught randomly on the edge of a wall anymore.

As for other news, the birthday mecha and items for Maegwyn will stay up until Monday and then disappear for another year. Grab them while you can! Next week I'll also be back with another quest. I'm hopefully going to be able to finish up the last quest in the mini Ebilcorp questline. (When Soluna North is ready they'll all be there in case you've missed any.) We're still working hard to get that area done and ready but we don't know when exactly that will be since Lyris is still working on some art and I still have a bunch of small things and a bunch of quests to build for it.

I also wanted to let you all in on a bit of a secret that will be happening in September. (That's the plan anyway.) AQ, DF, and MQ are all going to be having a crossover event. No, this isn't the anniversary event or anything like that. This is just something I had the privilege of writing to do something fun across all the games. I'm hoping you all will look forward to seeing it as I'm trying to do something really fun for it.

I hope you all have a good weekend!


Tags: Ashendal

Ash
Ash
August 12, 2015

The Morehawk floats back

Greetings! I've got an early release this week for you. The Morehawk SCEM is floating its way back to the SC Club!

I stated this one to focus on getting more from your foe. Almost every enemy in the game buffs itself in one way or another and now you can "borrow" some of that power for yourself. The more powerful the buff on your foe the more powerful the nerf will be and the buff you get! This is primarily meant to be used on bosses where they'll be using a lot of effects and buffing themselves up a lot, but with a focus in Pow and Acc you shouldn't have any trouble against basic foes.

 


 

Morehawk

Draining Blast
FA - 1 hit
130% Damage
CD 3
If enemy Boost > 0
- Nerfs foe Boost by half the total amount on the foe and buffs your Boost by the same for 3 turns. (Caps at -40/+40, Min amount -10/+10)
else
- Nerfs foe Boost by -25 and buffs your Boost by 10 for 3 turns.

Reaping Gatling
BA - 6 hits
120% Damage
CD 3
If enemy Bonus > 0
- Nerfs foe Bonus by half the total amount on the foe and buffs your Bonus by the same for 3 turns. (Caps at -50/+50, Min amount of -10/+10)
else
- Nerfs foe Bonus by -30 and buffs your Bonus by 10 for 3 turns.

Phasing Beam
FS - 4 hits
130% Damage
CD 4
If enemy Defense > 0
- Nerfs foe Defense by half the total amount on the foe and buffs your Defense by the same for 4 turns. (Caps at -30/+30, Min amount of -10/+10)
else
- Nerfs foe Defense by -15 and buffs your Defense by 10 for 4 turns.
(This is separate from the Back Shoulder effect and they can stack.)

Phasing Beam
BS - 4 hits
130% Damage
CD 4
If enemy Defense > 0
- Nerfs foe Defense by half the total amount on the foe and buffs your Defense by the same for 4 turns. (Caps at -30/+30, Min amount of -10/+10)
else
- Nerfs foe Defense by -15 and buffs your Defense by 10 for 4 turns.
(This is separate from the Front Shoulder effect and they can stack.)

Transient Waves
HD - 4 hits
120% Damage
CD 1
+50 BtH on each hit.
(This doesn't stack. Each hit doesn't get +50 on top of the last. It's a flat 50 per hit.)
+20% chance for each hit to crit.
(This doesn't stack. Each hit doesn't get +20 on top of the last. It's a flat 20% per hit.)

Crushing Starfall
BD - 3 hits
180% Damage
CD 6
If enemy ImmoRes > 0
- Nerfs foe ImmoRes by half the total amount on the foe and buffs your ImmoRes by the same for 3 turns. (Caps at -60/+60, Min amount of -10/+10)
else
- Nerfs foe ImmoRes by -30 for 4 turns.

Last hit attempts to stun at current ImmoRes

 


 

Hopefully you all like this different kind of play style. I'm trying to come up with different types of effects and we don't often do any that are reliant on your foe to give the total amount so I figured this would be a good chance to try this out and see how people like it. Since the Morehawk looks kinda creepy and floats like the ghost enemies and has the "wraith" feel to it it seemed fitting for this type of effect to me. Let me know on the forums what you think!

Why a Wednesday release though? During my vacation a few weeks ago I was looking at places to live around the two college's I applied to to finish my degree. I'm having to pack everything up tomorrow and Friday to actually move on Saturday so I wouldn't have time to do this then. This allows me to be able to fix anything that somehow got past testing (and I spent 3 hours testing with all sorts of bosses to make sure it was working so shouldn't be anything) before I have to take down my desktop and pack it and my file repository up. I'll be around tomorrow but after that I'll talk to everyone on Monday!

Have a good weekend!


Tags: Ashendal

Ash
Ash
August 07, 2015

House Leader Challenge

Greetings! Tonight we've got an update for the houses at G.E.A.R.S.! Each of the house leaders has a test for you. Should you succeed then new specials for some older weapons await you!

The different buttons that are up take you to different fights. The Basic will change based on your level between the base house mecha and the advanced version. The Advanced button will set you up against an Elite House Mecha. The Challenge button will let you face a...special...version of the Elite House Mecha. (Careful with that one) If you beat any of the versions you'll have access to the shop with the rewards so don't feel like you have to beat one of the harder levels. Those are only there if you WANT to try them. A lot of players keep asking me to make more "challenge mode" type content so they have something to test themselves against, so I keep trying to do that whenever I have time during the normal releases.

I had originally planned to give a few more items an update but as I went in and looked it turns out that the original house mecha really need an update in terms of specials and need things like a head and body attack. There's also the issue of getting stuck in the walls of the Labyrinth to select a house in the first place so I'll also try again to fix that. (I already did once with what I thought was causing the problem but people are still getting stuck so I'll need to spend a more dedicated amount of time to find out what's wrong with it.

That's my plan for the week of August 21st (two weeks from tonight) so look forward to those updates then! After I get both of those things sorted, if I have any extra time I'll look into updating some more of the weapons in the shops that need it. I don't know if I'll have that much time since stuck walls are something that is tricky to fix in some cases. (I still can't find the cause for why people are getting stuck in the Police quest after 12 attempts at fixing it. Still trying to find out what people are running into) The base level of the house mecha have been kinda neglected for a while and that's not right so I'm going to make sure that is fixed.

Also since I've been asked "why do I keep doing things like this release and the Wyonna release from last week? Can't we get back to the storyline!" There's a lot of storylines and things that I'd like to start building but my art skills can only go so far and Lyris doesn't have tons and tons of free time. Once Maegwyn makes her final choices on the artists and bug testers we should be able to start doing some more story type quests. I know me throwing together art isn't really something every likes so I'm trying to hold off till we get someone to help Lyris out and we can start having two or more actual artists working on it. I'll still do small storylines, like my EbilCorp one I've been working on, as well as updates like the house mecha one I'm planning, but I really want to hold off on true main storyline releases right now until we have the art to do it justice. I know that's not what a lot of people want to hear but I'd rather do something right than do it piecemeal and it looks bad because my art is bad.

Other than that, it's a very special day for our friendly Otter tomorrow so make sure to check back in for the return of her birthday items! Have a good weekend and enjoy the release!


Tags: Ashendal

Ash
Ash
July 31, 2015

Wyonna Gets An Upgrade

Greetings! Tonight we have a revamp of an older quest. Wyonna in Soluna Main has been trying to years to decide what house to join. She still can't make up her mind though. Will you be able to help her decide?

The House Leaders have given her access to every normal House Mecha so she can, hopefully, pick one! The Job owners around Soluna have also allowed her to use their Mecha as well since she'd have to help them to get one of her own. I even was nice and gave her access to the new package mecha as well as one I created using a few...interesting...equips.

This will give people a reliable place to test out builds against certain enemies without having to run through the random Soluna battle button to try and find the one they want. It will also also let people who are like Wyonna and still need to choose a House the ability to see all the House Mecha in action and find out which fits their play style. The Ashendal Special mecha is just something fun I put together as it uses some pretty powerful equipment.

Speaking of the Houses, this is leading up to something based around them for next week! No, it's not the Gears Games, (even though we're working on trying to get that ready for this year. There's still a bunch of things we need to get done for that but we're trying!) but I'll be working on it over the weekend to have enough time to make sure it's done right! Hopefully you guys will like it!


Tags: Ashendal

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
July 24, 2015

New Hovering Terrarium And More

Star Date: 24 July, 3015:

Engine Change: I fixed an issue in the Starship where the equip slot suggesting the placement of Hovering items in the back room of the Captains Quarters was actually not functioning. This required an engine change, so be sure to clear cache and refresh your browser if you are not seeing Omega Ver. 4.0.2

New Hovering Items! Lyris made a couple of terrariums (terraria?) and an aquarium and they are in Lisa's shops on the Starship. The Hovering Aquarium and Hovering Desert Terrarium sell for credits, and the Hovering Terrarium is in the Nova Gem shop.

Here's a screenshot of a couple of them in MaegTest's CQ

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/MQ-7-24-3015-Omega4.0.2-300w.jpg

Larger view

I'd love to see some screenshots of your starships - feel free to share a link to your screenshots on the forums or via Twitter or Facebook!

Amusing Gremlin: Lyris tried out some new coding for the inhabitant of the Hovering Terrarium so that it would choose from a variety of actions. Flash decided to read it as a directive to cycle the whole game from character creation through login and into the News screen. Fortunately, Vivi was around and Ash popped in from his vacation destination for a bit, and we were able to work together to figure out how to circumvent the strange anomaly. Note that the code Lyris put in had no logical reason not to work! (Huge thanks to all of you for volunteering your time.)

I went ahead and rolled the release live really early because I'll be at the newspaper office all day. Besides writing a story and photographing a parade later, I'm also filling in for the proofreader/receptionist while she's on vacation. And then it'll be the weekend! Music, local Farmers' Market, art and going over MQ Volunteer applications. What are you doing this weekend besides playing MechQuest?

Have fun!

=Mae


Tags: Maegwyn Lyris Star Captains Bugfix Engine

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
July 21, 2015

New Deal New Mecha

New Nova Gem Package For $29.95!

Where do I get it? http://portal.battleon.com/store/packages/mechquest.asp 

and/or https://secure.mechquest.com/mq-upgrade3.asp

What do you get for $29.95?

15000 Nova Gems 
for your character ...

And the Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel mecha for every StarCaptain on your MechQuest account!

http://www.mechquest.com/images/cms/345w-DN-PrototypeAcceleratorContainmentVessel.jpg

Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel

What is it?   G.E.A.R.S. has many great minds within its halls and they are always pushing the boundaries of what's possible. They came up with a new type of particle accelerator, one that when placed into a vehicle granted it some amazing effects. Upon seeing what it could do in a lesser mecha, the students built this containment vessel specifically designed with combat in mind. It uses the various exotic particles that the accelerator constantly creates to recover energy and keep you in a fight, as well as increasing your combat potential and greatly increasing your chances of winning. The core even has a small chance to create and utilize an as-yet-unnamed particle (only discovered and harnessed by one other, to make the Ubertron). These particles will swap with those in your foe, swapping your HP and EP! The pitfalls discovered in the creation of the Ubertron, however, caused them to come up with a safety mechanism. Upon detection of creation of these particles and the swap with your foe, a safety system will engage and recover a portion of your HP and EP - keeping you in the fight! 


This prototype accelerator may never see widespread use because of how dangerous it could be if it winds up in the wrong hands. However, YOU have been chosen by the scientists at G.E.A.R.S. to use this one because of everything you have accomplished! Will you be able to use it to its peak potential and show how powerful it can be?

What does it do? Levels with you to 100, and:

Specials:

FA - Charged Particle Blaster 
CD 3 
- Hit 1: 30% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as HP. 
- Hit 2: 40% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as EP. 
- Hit 3: 50% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as both HP and EP. 

BA - Overclocked Force Blade 
CD 3 
120% damage. 
- Inflicts a 2x HP and EP, 3 turn DoT effect. 
- If the enemy is Equippable will disable enemy HD weapon. 

FS - Collision Launcher 
CD 1 
110% damage. 
- Nerfs enemy Defense by -55 for 2 turns. 

BS - Disruption Particle Launcher 
CD 2 
120% damage. 
Nerfs enemy Boost by -45 for 2 turns. 

HD - Particle Field Generator 
CD 99 
100% damage. 
- Prevents enemy EP regen for 3 turns. 
- Buffs Boost by 30 for 75 turns. 
- Buffs Bonus by 25 for 75 turns. 

BD - Particle Accelerator Drive 
CD 5 
- Hit 1: 50% damage, with 100% chance to crit. If this hit connects will lower enemy ImmoRes by -100. 
- Hit 2: 50% damage, attempts to stun at current ImmoRes. 
- 4% chance for hit 2 to swap HP and EP values with your foe and then heal 15% of your max HP and EP.


Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems Mecha specials

Ash
Ash
July 18, 2015

Omega Distress

Greetings! Tonight we have a new quest in the mini quest chain I've been working on as a side project. It's almost complete though! The entire chain will be available in a perm spot in the future when we get a secret area all finished up, so if you missed any of the previous parts you will be able to replay them eventually! I tried to get it done last night but due to several issues I ended up running out of time and needing to push it back till today.

A secret EbilCorp research facility has sent out an Omega Level Distress Call! This is only done when containment of a level 9 or above organism fails. What could be going on? One thing is for sure though, Mr. Z will have a few important questions to answer when this is all over!

Something to note is I'll be on vacation all next week, so Mae will be working to get something out for you all to do! After over a year learning new skills, like quest making, and making something for you all to play each week, I need a little time off to recharge and get some much needed sleep.

Hopefully you all enjoy the quest and I'll see you all when I get back!


Tags: Ashendal

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
July 17, 2015

Volunteer Help Wanted

Star Date: 17 July, 3015

1) Happy Birthday, Minar! Log in now to commemorate our beloved former MQ artist Minar's birthday with a new e-blade! 

2) New Mission Coming This Weekend! Check back to have a first look at some permanent content! When it's ready, you'll access it via Soluna Main - in the future, when Soluna North is ready to roll, that will be its permanent home. 

3) Help Wanted! Volunteers!

Are you passionate about MechQuest? Do you have an eye for detail and a nose for news? Do you want to help find the Gremlins (hunt the bugs) so we can get them fixed? We need a couple of qualified volunteers to join our Bughunting team! 

Are you an artist and/or animator who uses Flash? Do you love creating mechs, high-tech weapons to equip to them, and perhaps even animating your creations? We are also looking for volunteers to add to the MechQuest development team. We especially need artists and animators who can provide the game with new mecha-equippable weaponry. 

To volunteer as a bughunter or artist/animator, please email --> MQartists@mechquest.com with the following info:

  • Your forums name (if you participate in our forums)
  • Twitter account name
  • Facebook account name
  • primary MQ character name and ID number
  • Age*

*Note on age: we are really looking for artists over the age of 18 but will consider taking on younger talent on an apprenticeship basis. 

Artists: please include samples of your Flash art and/or animation. It would be great to see work done in the MechQuest style, but we are interested in seeing a good sample of your range.


Tags: Maegwyn Artists Gremlins Bug Hunters volunteer Animators Flash Minar

Maegwyn
Maegwyn
July 15, 2015

Nova Gem Options

Star Date: 15 July, 3015

Fourth of July Mecha: Staying until Friday, July 17, and then this seasonal rare will be out of the shop.

For those preferring to use Nova Gems for your purchasing power, a question or two:

Were you hoping to get enough Nova Gems from Ballyhoo?

Saving up Artix points?

Waiting for payday?

You mean you can buy a bunch of Nova Gems??? Ha! I had no idea.

Other?

What page do you use for your Nova Gem purchases?

http://portal.battleon.com/store/packages/mechquest.asp

Or https://secure.mechquest.com/mq-upgrade3.asp

Please let us know on the forums - or if you prefer Twitter, tag @MaegwynAE with the hashtag #MQNGS so we can work on meeting your needs.

I hope you are all having a great summer - staying cool in the Northern Hemisphere and keeping warm in the Southern Hemisphere. Doing anything new or special? I'm listening to lots of great music and taking guitar lessons in my spare time.

I'd like to make a big shout-out to Ash and Lyris for their dedication and hard work that they do to make exciting updates happen for you.

As always, thank you so much for playing MechQuest!

=Mae


Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems MechQuest

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