Design Note Archive - See the good, bad, and the buggly -- all the way from the start!
April 30th 2010*
Hunt the monsters of Lore for the good of us all!
The Hunter's Paradise is owned by Teral, a weaponsmith who will be more than happy to craft you new weapons provided you bring him the proper materials. And where can you get those? Why, by talking to Karina, representative for the New Dawn! She and her compatriots collect information on the monsters running rampant around Lore and give that information to heroes and hunters just like YOU!
This weekend you'll have TWO quests from Karina, with the request that you hunt the new monster species that are terrorizing the citizens of Lore! Take the quest rewards back to Karina to sell them for gold or to Taral to merge them into new rewards!
And when I say new rewards, I mean NEW REWARDS! There's a ton of them, and all available by merging the loot you get from hunting the Cabit and Rhoddu!
You're not done exploring Ravenloss quite yet!
Haven't heard of the Shards of Spirit-Loom item before? That's because it's a brand-new drop, and you'll definitely want to collect them! They'll be used later on to train up your SoulWeaver armor once the end of the Saga gets closer! We're not going to go into more detail than that about the armor training because it will spoil the end of the Ravenloss storyline! Start speculating!
The weekend is HERE!
* I have valiantly battled and won against the insidious machinations of the time-travel fairies, correcting myself BEFORE they could get into the Design Notes and tinker with time. Win!
April 28th 2010
It's Sneak Peek Wednesday again!
Get ready to go on the Hunt!
Are you ready to save Lore from an invasion of these new monsters? You are? Good! Because it's up to you to save Lore as Karina sends you around the world hunting strange new beasties!
You know her as Warlic's Assistant...
Nythera (the staff member) and I met for almost 2 hours today and got the whole story mapped out in between phone calls, Zazul making funny voices and weird noises, and lunch demanding to be eaten (there was no Hero around when I was attacked by my Hero sub. Surprised face!). Now we just need dialogue, art, cutscenes animated, rewards drawn, NPCs drawn... ok, there's a lot left to do. But now you know we're doing it, and that it'll be done this Summer!
See you Friday! (Or maybe earlier, if Rolith finishes his Codemonkey Day Challenge. He says it'll be done by Friday at the latest, but don't be scared. It won't leave you in tears. He hopes. /grin)
Gave the scythe a makeover.
April 27th 2010
The Rutilated Ripper is in Cysero's Superstore of Savings!
We do not control which countries receive the offers we participate in; the companies sponsoring those offers decide where to take them. We DO, however, control what content we can offer for Dragon Coins, and Dragon Coin items are available to everyone! With that in mind, we've recolored the Ripper scythe a gleaming silver and will offer it for sale!
The Rutilated Ripper and Oversized Rutilated Ripper (because some of you wanted the GIGANTIC version that was first released mistakenly) is now in Cysero's Superstore of Savings!
The level 30 versions will sell for 300 Dragon Coins and the level 50 versions for 400 Dragon Coins. The gems on the scythe will customize themselves to whatever your armor trim color is, too! *
Thank you for your feedback about the Rixty promotion. Many of you were very excited about it, but for those of you who did not have the offer available to you, we understand how it could be frustrating. You are very important to us, and we always try our hardest to make sure we give you our best!
Enjoy the Rutilated Ripper series!
P.S. - The Statue of Pandora is now in the DC Shrubs shop at your Real Estate Orb, so if you just HAVE to have one for yourself (and really, who doesn't?), then head to your house and pick one up today!
* The Rixty scythes were supposed to have this feature, as well, but the code did not work on them. It does now. Sorry about that!
Is happy to be back at the Lab.
April 26th 2010
It's always nice to get back after a relaxing weekend
Now, though, Mondays aren't a day to be feared or dreaded, because it means it's time to get back to the Secret Underground Lab! Here's a run-down of my Monday so far:
After getting up and getting ready (total time: 15 minutes), I am on my way to the Lab with a breakfast bar in my bag and a song on my lips (Yes, I sing in the car!). Pulling up to the Lab reveals that I'm early, but not early enough to beat Wrayth, Warlic, and Galanoth! (I can NEVER beat Warlic and Wrayth. I wonder if they don't sleep. It's got to be that!)
On the way in, it is mandatory to stop and play with Daimyo, who guards the Lab from the hordes of undead which would DEFINITELY invade if he wasn't there. Then down 40 flights of stairs and into the DragonFable room (right next to the MechQuest room) and time to set up my laptop.
Remember to feed the Server Hamster a treat so that my connection doesn't drop during the day, then signing on and getting ready to rock this week out! Interrupted by Beleen arriving and sharing pictures of her Pom-Chi puppy, Leviathon, (she likes to gnaw on carrots now!) and Lim arriving with arms full of D&D equipment for later tonight.
Then Cysero showed up and gave a movie review (note to self: buy tickets to theater today) and Galanoth came in to talk about a new secret project I get to work on. (So exciting! I love secret projects!)
I talked to Tomix about what we need to do for the next Ravenloss quest (coming in a few weeks) and asked him and Lim to do some work on a project for Falconsnest (to come out in a week or two).
Rolith showed up and I cornered him about a couple bugs Verlyrus had mentioned over the weekend. Then it was FINALLY time to open Flash and address a few bugs with the Random Encounter button (it lets you access quests it shouldn't) and work with Lim to fix the color customization on the Kathool helm. (Status: Fixed!)
And NOW it's Design Notes time! Today's topic: Monday morning at the Secret Underground Lab and Inspirational Poster Contest winners! So lets get right to that!
Time to announce Poster Contest winners!
See the Contest Winners page here!
Grand Prize Winner (2000 Dragon Coins)
Runners-Up (1000 Dragon Coins)
Honorable Mentions (500 Dragon Coins)
Congratulations again to the winners! I'll award prizes today!
Last day to get the Rixty Ripper!
It's easy! Here's how:
Have a GREAT Monday! See you on the forums and Twitter!
Fed the ducks this morning.
April 23rd 2010
How are you feeling these days?
And speaking of facing enemies, here's a picture of who you're going up against this weekend!
Any guesses? You'll have to log in and play the newest Water Orb Saga quest to see who you're going to have to face down! Rewards for this quest will be awesomely corrupted. Wear them if you dare!
Up for a picnic?
But if you want to find the Shell Key (and you really, really do), then you'll need to talk to Tomix this weekend and head to the Park to face Chaosweaver Nobles, Sneevmoles, and other monsters. Keep an eye out for a very SPECIAL new monster, one which should give you a clue about the Equilibrium Gate if you can guess it!
Quest drops from the Ravenloss quest will be Chaosweaver Baubles, which you will need to turn in to Murk (located at the start of the quest, which means to get a reward, you'll need to go BACK into the quest to use Murk's merge shop).
But that's not all!
It's been a BIG week for us, and we hope you enjoy everything we've put out there for you this weekend! See you Monday!
Rixty Ripper only available for a few more days!
The Rixty Ripper will only be available through this MONDAY, April 26th, so be sure to find a location selling Rixty cards near you by going here: www.rixty.com before time is up!
P.S.: Look for the DragonFable Inspiration Poster Contest results on Monday! We've had some AMAZING and really funny entries!
April 22nd 2010
Happy Earth Day 2010!
So on this day- if not every day- do your part and remember that the Earth is our home, except there's no Mother to make you clean your room, so you have to do it yourself!
To celebrate Earth Day in DragonFable, we're selling the rare Dragon Amulet-only Rubiaceae Reaper in Falconreach! It's as pretty as a posy but as deadly as belladonna, so we're sure you'll want to pick up this stunning scythe and get ready to flourish some floral fury on your enemies! (Stab'em in their stamens!)
Want to save your starting armor? Here's how!
If you're looking to save your starting armor, we have a few options for you to do so:
The Dragon Amulet-only Armor Closet will let you load or save ANY armor you have access to (that is in the closet). It is a ONE-TIME PAYMENT of 1000 Dragon Coins. Then, every time you want to use it, it will be FREE!
If you don't want to spend Dragon Coins on saving your starting armor, you can purchase the Dragon Amulet-only Orb of Savings for 20,000 gold. The catch is, every time you want to use it to save an armor, it will cost you 7,213 gold.
Both of these can be purchased at your DragonFable house's Real Estate Orb (the Armor Closet in the DC Stuff shop and the Orb of Savings in the Gold Stuff shop).
If you haven't gotten an Armor Closet or Orb of Savings yet, there's no better time than now! The convenience of not having to run all over Lore in order to equip your favorite armor before starting to play is REALLY nice! These two house items are ONLY for Dragon Amulet holders, though, so if you want the convenience and extra rewards which come with being a DragonLord, you'll need to have a Dragon Amulet of your very own!
Loves new monsters and random battles!
April 21st 2010
Random Encounter button is almost here!
Our Random Encounter button isn't quite like AdventureQuest's though; instead of doing random monster battles, we're going to offer whole quests! Which of the MANY DragonFable quests will be offered through Cysero's Random Encounter button? You'll have to click to see this Friday!
Hunter's Paradise: Opening for Business in the near future!
What IS the Hunter's Paradise tavern, you ask? It's a place where heroes and adventurers can gather and swap stories about the monsters they've hunted AND go on new quests to hunt the never-before-seen monsters which have recently started invading the area!
Talk to Karina once the tavern opens to go on many new quests to hunt these rare beasts, and turn in their pelts to merge them into all-new rewards!
Remember the Rixty Ripper!
See you Friday for brand-new quests in the Water Orb and Ravenloss Sagas!
Thinks the new path is really cool!
April 19th 2010
We plan adding lots of areas such as this in the future, and we always welcome your suggestions and input. So check out this thread on the forums and you can brainstorm with other players to help make Dragonfable even better!
*Not that you'd ever want to go there. Cause it's creepy & stuff…
Don't forget about the Rixty Ripper!
Rixty cards are great because you can turn your loose change (any money you have sitting around the house. Or your car. Or that you find on the sidewalk) into BattleOn Points! All you need is a card and a Coinstar machine, which can be found at 10,000 locations throughout the United States!
Has a spotted Chickcalf
April 16th 2010
We've got a TON of things for you this week!
We have been VERY busy this week; it feels GREAT to put out so much stuff for you! Details, details, everyone likes details. And I've got some for you:
Gotta wake up, gotta wake up!
Rewards for the quest will be the new Fugu series:
Time to train that Mana Alchemy!
Before you can begin training, you will need to gather Mana reagents. Mana Alchemy uses gems and stones with symbols inscribed on them as reagents while Health alchemy uses organic materials.
Take the reagents back to Alac. Then, once the minigame starts, you'll need to click on the glowing gem, then drag your cursor to the next glowing gem. This is how you draw a Transmutation Circle, one of the basic components of Alchemy. (Unless, of course, you're Edward Elric!)
Once you've completed the symbol however many times your level requires, your Mana Alchemy skill will increase!
Once you've reached level 10 in your Mana Alchemy training, a Helm Shop will open! The helms are INT and WIS-heavy, so if you've been looking for items heavy on those stats, these will be good for you!
There are also some color customizable Helms in Alac's Helm shop being sold for Dragon Coins:
Good luck training!
Need to go to The Locker?
Shadow Base Class Armor Merge!
The Grenwog Eggs have turned into Spring-themed Grenwog items!
Here are the Grenwog Egg items:
Have a GREAT weekend and enjoy the release! I can't wait for next week, more details on Monday! See you!
Is letting you Sneak a Peek!
April 14th 2010
One, two! One, two! And through and through
Now, though, you can take a look at the interface Ghost drew for the Mana minigame, because it will release this Friday!
This is a similiar minigame to the HP Alchemy game, but it's definitely got a unique feel to it. The base for the game comes from BladeHaven, our newest (as yet unreleased) minigame! You can get more sneak peeks about THAT game at https://portal.battleon.com!
Rolith said what?!
After taking the screenshot, Rolith and I had the following conversation:
Have a good week Sneak-Peekers! We'll see you Friday!
PS: Hang on to your Grenwog eggs, they'll be opening THIS Friday!
* Boldly borrowed from Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"
Really likes the Ripper!
April 13th 2010
Got loose change?
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Rixty lets you purchase BattleOn Points by exchanging your old dollar bills and coins for FREE at 10,000 Coinstar machines throughout the USA. You can also buy a Rixty prepaid card at a nearby convenience store and transfer your cash online with no fees. Rixty currently has over 18,000 convenience store locations nationwide.
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There are no fees to use Rixty!
And, as an added bonus, for the next two weeks (Until April 26th), if you use a Rixty card to purchase BattleOn Points, you'll be able to get a RARE item in the game of your choice! In DragonFable, you'll get the Rixty Ripper, an awesome scythe made by Miltonius specifically for this promotion. And once the promotion ends, there'll never be another chance to get this scythe!
Need to make a Master Account login of your own? Visit https://portal.battleon.com and start linking ALL your Artix Entertainment game accounts today for better security and ease of playing!
Questions? Comments? Visit https://portal.battleon.com/help anytime.
||April 13th 2010
Oh Man Guys!
It's been a long time, a VERY long time, actually. Sorry about that.
My sleep schedule is clearly destroyed (I'm starting to post this at 4:20 am). I blame Alac. No, no not the Alac that's capable of hitting me with a nerf sword for blaming her! Heavens no.
No, The problem is Alac, the NPC, and her potion shop. It's gone from a "one or two days to program" thing to one of those projects. You know the type I'm talking about. The ones where we talk it up like it'll be coming soon but really we have no idea the hornets nest we're about to stir up.
Wether it's the fact that DragonFable's engine overwrites the moveTo method (A big deal if you do any drawing in flash… which we haven't done before apparently) or that the game seems to work on 50% of computers (including any that I tried it on) but on others? Horrible game-crashing/unplayable bugs that couldn't be explained. At all.
It's just one of those projects. Fixing the Potion Shop was how I spent most of my weekend nights, as well as tonight. And I think I've almost got it working, or at least ready for the rest of the team to test again, so keep your fingers crossed on seeing it this week.
We pride ourselves on delivering on what goes out in the newsletter. This usually means us working as late as we need to Friday and also a bug or two. But this week was just beyond our control. The bugs were so sudden and so untraceable there wasn't any other recourse.
Oh, and as for a sneak peak of something I'm playing with for fun? Here you go:
Have a good week, and hopefully it won't be almost 2 months before you hear from me again!
Cya on the forums! (Or Twitter)
Has a new contest for you!
ctest in a while, and this one is the PERFECT way to get your creativity going and let you explore your favorite scenes from new and old quests alike: an Inspirational Poster contest!
You've probably seen posters like this as you've wandered the Internet (it IS the World Wide Web, after all!), but you might not have realized what you were seeing.
The posters have a picture on them, then a word or phrase beneath the picture, and then below THAT a funny caption. Here are two examples from me and Lim:
For more examples, see the winners from the first Inspirational Poster contest here!
The contest will run from today through Wednesday, April 21st, and the thread you can post your entries in will be locked at 5pm server time (make sure you know when that is in your time zone!). You'll be able to post TWO entries per person; the contest submission thread can be found here, and a discussion thread for it is here.
You can use ANY screenshot from ANY zone, town, or quest in DragonFable. The funnier your entry, the better, so get out there and get inspirational!
Is building a mystery.
April 9th 2010
It's going to be a busy weekend for you!
In the second quest, you'll be heading into their lovely, liquid-less Water Tower to finish exploring everything Aquella disclosed in the first quest!
In the best of traditions, the Mighty 100K has come to DF!
Just talk to Ash in Falconreach, he has a new shop specifically for this weapon. And If you don't have the time or inclination to farm for 100,000 gold to purchase the Mighty 100K, there is always the option of purchasing the Big 100K from Cysero's Superstore of Savings for 400 Dragon Coins!
Delay in the shipment of mana potion bottles?
For everyone but Rolith.
That has caused codemonkey to fling bananas at his testers so, in the interest of not having anyone's eyes put out by a pointy banana end or slipping on an errant banana peel, we're going to hold off on the Mana Training minigame. However, you'll be able to look around Alac's shop and talk to her about mana alchemy!
The egg hunt continues
Last weekend for the RARE Chocolate Bunny pet!
Have a phenomenal weekend! The weather is starting to turn nicer all across the country, so make sure to take some time to go outside and revel in the Spring! I know I'll be going on a walk, and possibly talking Rolith into showing me how this geo-caching thing works. Enjoy the release! See you next week!
Likes hot sauce.
April 7th 2010
This is what is coming this week
And if you've been waiting for Mana Alchemy training to be introduced (and we know many of you have been), then this week should be an exciting one! The mana alchemy quest, shop, and minigame are scheduled to launch this weekend, so get ready to hunt for mana* reagents! They're a bit different from the health potion ingredients. You'll be hunting for:
While Health Potion alchemy uses organic ingredients, MANA alchemy uses the very building blocks of Lore- rocks, gems, and other stones- because when you're using your mana in battle, you're tapping into the very heart of Magic on Lore, using yourself as a conduit to channel the energy.
The mana training minigame will be something entirely new to DragonFable! The Transmutation Circle-casting game was developed by Warlic for our new (as yet unreleased) minigame, BladeHaven! If you like swordfighting and spell-casting and a whole host of new monsters, you should look for news about BladeHaven on the Artix Entertainment Portal website, which you can find here!See you Friday!
Is at the meeting.
April 5th 2010
We need your help to finish this meeting!
What questions, you ask? (That is a very good question to start with!) We decided that it was time to start tying up all of the loose ends in the game. that have accumulated over the past 4+ years. What questions do YOU have that still need to be answered? * What plots haven't been concluded, whose stories haven't been ended?
Those are the kinds of things we need to know so that at the NEXT meeting we can sit down and brainstorm just how to work in all of those important details.
You can ask all your questions in this thread on the forums! We look forward to reading them!
Note: Answers will not be posted on the forum, they will be put into quests and cutscenes and shown in-game.
Thank you for your help!
Remember the Chocolate Bunny!
* We WILL show you who the Spy in Falconreach is eventually. Promise!
Likes dyeing eggs.
April 2nd 2010
He can't stand to have Aquella taken from him!
Once you've gotten her out of Captain Davey's demesnes, the story will really start to take off, because Aquella will finally have a reason to trust you. ... Right? New belts will drop from the quest as rewards!
Reintroducing DragonFable's Quest Log!
It's divided into main and side storylines, towns, badges, and features. The Dragon Egg, Orb, Xan, and Nythera Sagas can all be accessed from the Storyline button while all other quests can be found under the Quests button. What we're planning on doing from now on is adding each Orb Saga to the Quest Log once you complete its story. (So look for the Water Orb to be added in a month or two!)
The Towns button will link you to all the main locations within DragonFable, so if you're standing in Amityvale and don't want to walk all the way back to Falconreach to get to a travel gryphon and go to Osprey Cove, now you can just look in your quest log!
Badges are finally here, too! Long-time players will find they've already collected many badges, but be sure to check them out anyways, because there might be one or two (or more!) that you've missed. New players can use the badges as a checklist of things to achieve in the game, too! Badges are divided into a few categories: Quests, Armors, Skills, and Miscellaneous. (The only miscellaneous badge right now is the DoomKnight Armor Owner badge.)
Features will let you access a heal/potion refill button OUTSIDE of quests along with a button that will teleport you to your hometown or DragonFable house!
The Grenwog Scav-Egger Hunt starts today!
Chocobunny still available with an AE Upgrade Card!
Have a great weekend, good luck hunting, and enjoy the release!