|July 24, 2015|
Star Date: 24 July, 3015:
Engine Change: I fixed an issue in the Starship where the equip slot suggesting the placement of Hovering items in the back room of the Captains Quarters was actually not functioning. This required an engine change, so be sure to clear cache and refresh your browser if you are not seeing Omega Ver. 4.0.2
New Hovering Items! Lyris made a couple of terrariums (terraria?) and an aquarium and they are in Lisa's shops on the Starship. The Hovering Aquarium and Hovering Desert Terrarium sell for credits, and the Hovering Terrarium is in the Nova Gem shop.
Here's a screenshot of a couple of them in MaegTest's CQ
I'd love to see some screenshots of your starships - feel free to share a link to your screenshots on the forums or via Twitter or Facebook!
Amusing Gremlin: Lyris tried out some new coding for the inhabitant of the Hovering Terrarium so that it would choose from a variety of actions. Flash decided to read it as a directive to cycle the whole game from character creation through login and into the News screen. Fortunately, Vivi was around and Ash popped in from his vacation destination for a bit, and we were able to work together to figure out how to circumvent the strange anomaly. Note that the code Lyris put in had no logical reason not to work! (Huge thanks to all of you for volunteering your time.)
I went ahead and rolled the release live really early because I'll be at the newspaper office all day. Besides writing a story and photographing a parade later, I'm also filling in for the proofreader/receptionist while she's on vacation. And then it'll be the weekend! Music, local Farmers' Market, art and going over MQ Volunteer applications. What are you doing this weekend besides playing MechQuest?
Tags: Maegwyn Lyris Star Captains Bugfix Engine
|July 21, 2015|
New Nova Gem Package For $29.95!
Where do I get it? http://portal.battleon.com/store/packages/mechquest.asp
What do you get for $29.95?
15000 Nova Gems
for your character ...
And the Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel mecha for every StarCaptain on your MechQuest account!
Prototype Accelerator Containment Vessel
What is it? G.E.A.R.S. has many great minds within its halls and they are always pushing the boundaries of what's possible. They came up with a new type of particle accelerator, one that when placed into a vehicle granted it some amazing effects. Upon seeing what it could do in a lesser mecha, the students built this containment vessel specifically designed with combat in mind. It uses the various exotic particles that the accelerator constantly creates to recover energy and keep you in a fight, as well as increasing your combat potential and greatly increasing your chances of winning. The core even has a small chance to create and utilize an as-yet-unnamed particle (only discovered and harnessed by one other, to make the Ubertron). These particles will swap with those in your foe, swapping your HP and EP! The pitfalls discovered in the creation of the Ubertron, however, caused them to come up with a safety mechanism. Upon detection of creation of these particles and the swap with your foe, a safety system will engage and recover a portion of your HP and EP - keeping you in the fight!
This prototype accelerator may never see widespread use because of how dangerous it could be if it winds up in the wrong hands. However, YOU have been chosen by the scientists at G.E.A.R.S. to use this one because of everything you have accomplished! Will you be able to use it to its peak potential and show how powerful it can be?
What does it do? Levels with you to 100, and:
FA - Charged Particle Blaster
- Hit 1: 30% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as HP.
- Hit 2: 40% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as EP.
- Hit 3: 50% damage, heals 50% of the damage of the hit as both HP and EP.
BA - Overclocked Force Blade
- Inflicts a 2x HP and EP, 3 turn DoT effect.
- If the enemy is Equippable will disable enemy HD weapon.
FS - Collision Launcher
- Nerfs enemy Defense by -55 for 2 turns.
BS - Disruption Particle Launcher
Nerfs enemy Boost by -45 for 2 turns.
HD - Particle Field Generator
- Prevents enemy EP regen for 3 turns.
- Buffs Boost by 30 for 75 turns.
- Buffs Bonus by 25 for 75 turns.
BD - Particle Accelerator Drive
- Hit 1: 50% damage, with 100% chance to crit. If this hit connects will lower enemy ImmoRes by -100.
- Hit 2: 50% damage, attempts to stun at current ImmoRes.
- 4% chance for hit 2 to swap HP and EP values with your foe and then heal 15% of your max HP and EP.
Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems Mecha specials
|July 15, 2015|
Star Date: 15 July, 3015
Fourth of July Mecha: Staying until Friday, July 17, and then this seasonal rare will be out of the shop.
For those preferring to use Nova Gems for your purchasing power, a question or two:
Were you hoping to get enough Nova Gems from Ballyhoo?
Saving up Artix points?
Waiting for payday?
You mean you can buy a bunch of Nova Gems??? Ha! I had no idea.
What page do you use for your Nova Gem purchases?
Please let us know on the forums - or if you prefer Twitter, tag @MaegwynAE with the hashtag #MQNGS so we can work on meeting your needs.
I hope you are all having a great summer - staying cool in the Northern Hemisphere and keeping warm in the Southern Hemisphere. Doing anything new or special? I'm listening to lots of great music and taking guitar lessons in my spare time.
I'd like to make a big shout-out to Ash and Lyris for their dedication and hard work that they do to make exciting updates happen for you.
As always, thank you so much for playing MechQuest!
Tags: Maegwyn Nova Gems MechQuest
|July 17, 2015|
Star Date: 17 July, 3015
1) Happy Birthday, Minar! Log in now to commemorate our beloved former MQ artist Minar's birthday with a new e-blade!
2) New Mission Coming This Weekend! Check back to have a first look at some permanent content! When it's ready, you'll access it via Soluna Main - in the future, when Soluna North is ready to roll, that will be its permanent home.
3) Help Wanted! Volunteers!
Are you passionate about MechQuest? Do you have an eye for detail and a nose for news? Do you want to help find the Gremlins (hunt the bugs) so we can get them fixed? We need a couple of qualified volunteers to join our Bughunting team!
Are you an artist and/or animator who uses Flash? Do you love creating mechs, high-tech weapons to equip to them, and perhaps even animating your creations? We are also looking for volunteers to add to the MechQuest development team. We especially need artists and animators who can provide the game with new mecha-equippable weaponry.
To volunteer as a bughunter or artist/animator, please email --> [email protected] with the following info:
- Your forums name (if you participate in our forums)
- Twitter account name
- Facebook account name
- primary MQ character name and ID number
*Note on age: we are really looking for artists over the age of 18 but will consider taking on younger talent on an apprenticeship basis.
Artists: please include samples of your Flash art and/or animation. It would be great to see work done in the MechQuest style, but we are interested in seeing a good sample of your range.
Tags: Artists Gremlins Bug Hunters volunteer Animators Flash Minar Maegwyn
|May 16, 2015|
Star Date: 16 May, 3015
The Traveler is back in town and he has brought a new Back Arm weapon. Here are the specials.
1st use - 2 turn, 1x EP DoT
2nd and 3rd use - 2 turn, 1.2x EP DoT
4th and 5th use - 2 turn, 1.4x EP DoT
6th and higher use - 2 turn, 1.6x EP DoT
1st use - 2 turn, 1.5x EP DoT
2nd and 3rd use - 2 turn, 1.6x EP DoT
4th and 5th use - 2 turn, 1.8x EP DoT
6th and higher use - 2 turn, 2x EP DoT
1st use - 2 turn -15 Bonus nerf.
2nd use - 2 turn -10 Boost nerf.
3rd use - 2 turn -15 Defense nerf.
4th use - 2 turn +10 Boost Buff.
5th use - 2 turn +20 Bonus Buff.
6th and higher use - 2 turn +20 Boost Buff, -15 Boost nerf.
Tags: Maegwyn Traveler specials
|January 16, 2015|
Star Date: 16 January, 3015
A New Room! The New Year is a lovely time to do some decorating. Star Captains, you are getting a new room in your starships tonight! I've started making some new items for you - there's a Hovering Goldfish Bowl that goes quite well in the Floor slot on the far left of the new room, with more hovering-style items to follow in the weeks ahead. Also new, for the Wall slots, is the Snow Globe On A Shelf. (The new part is the shelf. The snow globe was previously only available on a table as a floor item.)
As you can see in the above snapshot, there is now also a "back door." It will transport you to the mecha bay area of the starship. Thanks to Rolith for doing some backend work to make this happen for us. I got everything set up but just didn't have the access level needed to actually add the slot equip functionality.
I've been wanting to add another room for ages, and it came about because I was attempting to fix a Gremlin that happens when you have your starship set as your hometown. Sadly, the bug is still firmly in place (because the process of loading the starship as the hometown is a complete mystery to me so far - and also a mystery to Ash, to Vivi, to Korin, and even to Rolith). (Warlic, I'm asking you next!) So if your starship is your hometown, you still see an ancient starmap when you first enter. Just run out the bay doors and re-enter from Soluna East and you get your updated modern current map.
New Star Captain Missions Also On The Way! Ash is developing a fantastic new set of missions for you as we speak. More on that later.
So this week's release is still a work in progress - it also will involve an engine change so when we announce that it's live you will need to refresh your browser window.
I'll touch base with you again soon! Better get to battling because the holiday bonus xp and credits boosts will be gone after we roll.
Tags: Maegwyn Ash Star Captains Starship Missions
|December 19, 2014|
Star Date: 19 December, 3014
Flavescent Friday! The Flavescent Friday shops are open now in Soluna City Main. They will stay open for the weekend, and then will disappear for another year at 7 PM EST (server time) on Monday, 22 December, so grab your rares and discounted items now, while the sale is hot!
All-new Frostval missions on Planet Thoh! Gianna Glow's first script with some minor co-authoring by Ash, who built the missions. New art courtesy of Lyris. Very exciting never-before-seen all-new missions are live now, with more coming soon.
Follow @Lyris_AE on Twitter for exciting previews and storyline hints like this:
Tags: Maegwyn Flavescent Friday Frostval Thoh Gianna Glow Ash Lyris Dr Kringle
|December 12, 2014|
Star Date: 12 December, 3014
Replay Frostvals Past: The sidebar button in Soluna City Main will take you to Planet Thoh to revisit missions from past years.
Revamped '08 models! While you're on Thoh grab yourself a '14 version of the old '08 mecha and item models - they now have new specials!
Higher-level items added: A lot of higher-level versions of the holiday rares have also been added to the shops. Note that these use the existing specials from those years.
Flavescent Friday - December 19: Let us know on the forums what weapons and mecha models you would like to see discounted or which rares you wish we would return for our crazy once-a-year limited-time sale shop. See the first post for guidelines.
Tags: Maegwyn Frostval Thoh Flavescent Friday
|December 04, 2014|
Star Date: 4 December 3014
MQ On YouTube? A dedicated longtime player known as DrePlaysGames on YouTube has started a series of MechQuest videos! Here's the link to his channel . (Disclosure - he's not just a random player, but actually someone I know in real life.)
Do you have MechQuest videos, or ideas for them that you've never gotten off the ground? Let's see what you've got! Email me the link to your video or channel, or you can also use Twitter to let me know. You've got a chance to get it shared on the Design Notes. No guarantee of course - if I get a zillion responses I'll end up having to pick some randomly to highlight. They don't have to be instructional - they can be amusing or exciting or surreal or whatever direction your artistic vision takes you. What they should be to qualify as something I might share is pretty simple - they should be clean - no hax, no swearing - and basically family-friendly.
Flavescent Friday Wishlists! Start making your wishlists because we'll have a forum post for your input shortly. What's Flavescent Friday, you ask? We put items into a special limited-time discount shop for you and also choose a few rare items to include (some of those are not discounted).
Please do not make suggestions for any of the following:
Anything that has been promised as perma-rare
Arthurian Eagle/Pirate Raider
Other AvP war rares
Crystal Asteroid rares (especially Shadow Blight/Purge)
One of us from the MQ team will set up a forums thread for your wishlists within the next day or so. For those who don't use the forums, we'll have some kind of alternative.
Now I need to wrap everything up for tomorrow's Turkageddon release! Nearly everything is done - I just need to get the mecha battles set up and the rewards shops plugged in and a couple of elements of the "outro" squared away. And finish the town interface. So I'll talk with you again soon.
(Also for this week: Ash & Lyris are working on this year's Zorbo, and Clarion is creating an e-blade for his birthday, too.)
Tags: Maegwyn Youtube Flavescent Friday Turkageddon
|December 03, 2014|
Star Date: 3 December, 3014
Turkageddon is a Monster Holiday!: So of course you need a new monster in your favorite mecha battle roleplaying game, and we've got one for you in MechQuest! You'll encounter someone new to battle and you'll find yourself a new enemy. Holiday shopping is insane at this time of year, but that's not the only place you'll run into trouble!
Sorry for the delay - I had it scheduled for release last Friday and as is fitting for the holiday you might say I bit off more than I could chew... Seriously, this wound up as a mission incorporating a lot of elements that just take time to put together. It's not throwing out a lot of Gremlins or being extra-buggy or anything. It's going quite smoothly. Simply time-consuming, is all. I put together assets that already existed so you won't see a lot of new art but you will get to enjoy an all-new story that's never been told quite this way before.
I'm really excited about it and we will have everything ready for you this Friday, December 5 (and better than it would have been last week, for certain). I added in a new e-blade and an extra new enemy to help make up for the delay.
Ash is setting up a big monster and adding in a challenge version so everyone should have a blast with the major fights.
Real-Life Stuff: I cooked an enormous bird with all the trimmings for nineteen people on Turkageddon (Thanksgiving). Most everyone on the MQ team is buried in exams, too, and so I didn't like to ask for a lot of help with this release. I do apologize for the delay. The Thanksgiving prep was pretty crazy. It was part of the inspiration for this quest. I really did buy our bird in a
...well, kind of a spoiler... skip this portion if you don't want to know anything about the plot!
back alley (well, the parking lot behind a restaurant) and it really was free-range and all kinds of good things.
(I know the farmers who raised the bird so it's not as shady as it sounds!)
No more plot spoilers from here onward!
I need to give you more regular Design Notes, so let me know whether you want more of the Real-Life stuff, or more of the behind-the-scenes development, or more sneak peek screenshots or what you want to be reading here. You can let me know on Twitter using #MechQuest or drop us a comment on our forums.
Flavescent Friday Is Coming! We'll have a forums poll for what you want to see in the shops so get ready to give your input!
Clarion's Birthday Shop: Happy birthday to our newest creator of weapon art coming up on December 6. The birthday shop will open this weekend in Soluna City Main.
YouTube: Do you have a YouTube channel where you feature MechQuest videos? Shoot me an email with the link! Tomorrow's Design Notes will feature a link to the YouTube channel where you'll find one of your fellow players' original videos. Yours could be next!
I'm so thankful for all of you - thanks for your enthusiasm and for supporting MechQuest!
Tags: Maegwyn Turkageddon
|October 14, 2014|
Star Date: 14 October 3014
How To Get The OmniKnight
The Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!
Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games! Read on to see what you'll need to do in each of our games to unlock the Blade!
The Cursed Tape Reappears... will you watch?
- Work with River to secure the tape before EbilCorp gets their hands on it!
- Complete the quest to unlock the Cursed Mod Tape!
(Find River by talking to Jack on Soluna City's Main Street)
Quest to recover 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts in AQWorlds:
- Death’s Cursed Hourglass
- Cysero’s Doom Sock
- Unholy Wasabi
- Cursed Chickencow Claw
- Zorbak’s Haunted Skull
- Dragon Khan’s Corrupt Scepter
- Sir Ver’s Cursed Power Button
Once you have recovered all 7, talk to Artix to merge them into the Omni Artifact!
Battle through Delta V to recover Titan's Coffee Mug!
- Battle opponents in 1v1 and 2v2 matches, then take on the boss to gather the shards of Titan's cosmic coffee mug!
Artix has been cursed, and is stalking the wilds with the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!
- Use the Battle Monsters button to hunt for Artix and the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!
- Defeat him to unlock a shop to get the Axe for yourself!
Capture Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade... if you DARE!
- Battle, defeat, and possess Thok and his Cursed Phoenix Blade using the Battle Monsters button!
Enter the Wastelands to find a scrap of the Mysterious Necromancer's cloak!
- Look in your Book of Lore to find directions to the Wasteland.
- Complete the quest there to find the cloak!
The 12th anniversary event is heating up... and so is Hottica's zone!
- Head to Hottica's zone and battle the Igneos, Rhyolite, Dacite, and Andesite monsters for a chance to find Hottica's Cursed Shield!
After you've recovered all the artifacts listed above:
Head to the Portal Site and log into your Master Account.
Go to the Quests tab to check your event progress. You are looking for 7 green checkmarks. If a game is not checked off, you have not found the artifact in that game.
If you DO have all 7 checkmarks, you'll see a box appear saying "Congratulations! You have found all the cursed artifacts!"
Click the link that says "Click here to get your prizes!" and you will go to your Achievements tab. You should see "Artix Entertainment 12th Birthday Event" achievement under "What's New?"
Click that to get your prize code, then go to the "Redeem Codes" page to unlock the OmniKnight Blade in each game!
Tags: Maegwyn Anniversary OmniKnight
|October 10, 2014|
Star Date: 10 October 3014:
Happy 12th Anniversary to Artix Entertainment!
In honor of the 12th anniversary, players of all seven of the company's games have a joint mission: to find all 13 Cursed Artifacts.
In MechQuest: Your mission is to meet up with River at 472 Limegreen Terrace.* She will fill you in on what's happened and what you need to do to help! Gather up the cursed artifact before it's too late...
Hint 1: To find River, you should go to Soluna City's Main Street and have a quick chat with Jack.
Hint 2: You really can't miss Jack standing next to Braddock Steele.
Hint 3: When a shop opens, you should be sure to take that item and keep it in your inventory because it's necessary for your collection!
Unlock the Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!
Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games!
Read all about it here http://www.aq.com/gamedesignnotes/12thbirthdayall-4327
And don't forget to visit http://www.artix.com/ for a running tally of when each game's event goes live!
* Why that address? Tweet me with your theory using the hashtag #MQ-Tape
Tags: Maegwyn Anniversary
|October 03, 2014|
Star Date: 3 October, 3014
Incoming Transmission - From Ash:
Many of you have been asking what we had planned for the next big storyline and now you all can find out! You can access the new quest, which will begin the brand new main storyline, in Soluna Main right now!
Right now you'll be able to access it without having to play "The End", the end of the previous main storyline, but that will change in two weeks. If you haven't completed the ending, which includes the conclusion of the biggest war against the Shadowscythe ever, you really should first as this new quest might be a bit confusing if you haven't.
There's also a limited time reward if you complete the quest now. There's a brand new mecha drawn and animated by Minar!
After this week it'll be replaced with a new mecha created by Lyris with a few additions by myself. The mecha by Lyris and I will be around permanently though as the reward from this quest.
Make sure to be careful when attempting the quest, the enemy inside has resistances to 2 damage types as well as the ability to gain additional resistances as you battle against him. This'll be a really tough fight if you aren't careful!
This quest is only possible thanks to the entire team. We all spent months planning and coming up with ideas, especially for the new main villian. I wrote and built the quest but Maegwyn, Lyris, Gianna, Minar, and everyone else on the team contributed so much to get this ready. This storyline is going to have you exploring all over as time goes on, to planets and places in the universe you haven't seen yet. It's going to be a wild ride and I hope you'll keep checking back to see how crazy it gets!
I also want to take a second and thank all of you, the players. Without you we wouldn't have anyone to make this content for. Your support and feedback is what makes us that much more excited to do things every week. The amount of support recently for MechQuest made me work extra hard on this quest to show you all that we're going to continue to put out the best content we can for you guys.
Enjoy the quest and let us know what you think of it and the new enemy!
Tags: Maegwyn Ash Storyline Post Reset Mecha Limited Time
|October 01, 2014|
Star Date: 1 October, 3014:
No-score and seven years ago, our four-or-five-fathers brought forth a ... new Dropship, and planned for its (crash-) landing in Soluna City... and here we are today, still exploring the vast multiverses!
Happy 7th birthday to MechQuest!
7 Years! Woo Hoo! Time to get your party on!
In honor of the occasion we are bringing you updated Anniversary-themed items that you can pick up downstairs at the party by riding the Floorivator at Tek's Mechs. The Pajama/Cake party (accessible via the GEARS Parties button) has an updated dialogue reflecting on some of the events of the past year.
Coinciding with the anniversary, this release also brings a change to stat training. You still get 5 points per level to spend - 6 if you upgrade to Star Captain - but now you can train them faster. You can now train 10 points per session - and 20 if you are a Star Captain!
Star Captains may now get an item for your starships that essentially turns stat training into an "online course." Instead of having to battle a bazillion times to retrain your stats, you just allocate 20 points and press the "Train" button. Bazinga! No more marathon sessions required just to change your build. Pick yours up today at the button in Soluna City Main!
We have a super-huge release planned for this Friday - the big Anniversary quest! Ash has been working like a madman and coordinating with Lyris, Minar, Blues to bring you...
SORRY for the delay in posting! I was called away! When is someone going to clone me...
MechQuest's NEW Storyline! and it's coming with a
Limited-Time Ultra-Rare ALL-NEW Mecha!
Log in now for the celebration! 20% Bonus Credits & XP continues. Join us Friday, October 3 for the new storyline and be sure to grab yourself the commemorative mecha before it is gone forever!
Thank you all so much for playing MechQuest. Here's to another great year! Party on!
Tags: Maegwyn Rare Ash MechQuest Birthday Anniversary
|August 30, 2014|
Star Date: 30 August, 3014
Did you see the AE on-site team doing the Ice Bucket Challenge at the Lab yet? Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Lsphmj5T4
There are a lot of us who work elsewhere, so there's more silliness to watch.
Here's Blade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDQvFtcdkFY&index=1&list=UUqkcFa8KEm41lHGX33SmbUA
Gianna Glow challenged Lyris and me to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLF9zezOLVI&list=UUDi9PdzWb3qd9JGhSFsvlGg
Here is Lyris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzS213ICJ04
Here I am: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwaVhErqPv_1qRyc9scckGsBFVebYoHyI (Mine is a series of three because you can't really see what happens at the end of part one as the lighting is extremely bright. It was about 80 bazillion degrees outside and my first batch of ice had already nearly melted.)
Gianna Glow also has an important note from the Bughunters:
Anything about loading being stuck on the loading screen isn't a bug. Thats the result of us joining with the DF servers if I understand things correctly. To fix this they need to clear cache and relog. We're getting a lot of those bug reports and they can't be fixed.
I will let Captain Rhubarb know that we're getting a lot of these reports and will see whether he can do some kind of magic to improve this issue. For now, please just try clearing your cache and logging in again if it happens to you - and sorry for the inconvenience!
The AE panel is happening now (2:30 Eastern Time) in Grand Salon D at the Hilton - if you're at Dragon*Con you can sign up with Ash to get your Genuine DragonConquest Scepter. Sorry I can't be there with you this year.
Visit the shop in Soluna City to get the Imitation version, and pick up the companion DragonConquest Blade and also the head weapon from years past.
Tags: Maegwyn IceBucketChallenge
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