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PostSubject: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Wed May 02, 2012 1:56 am

May 01, 2012
Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators

Hi there EpicDuelists! It’s your friendly Neighborhood Cinderella here with your weekly dose of design notes!



Confounding Keys

As we noted last week, and many of you have noticed, we now have a
new system for building your own promo pack, where instead of a set
promotional item, you get “keys” with which you can use to unlock
weapons, extra credits, and other goodies.



To clarify some things: all keys must be used at one go, you cannot
stock up keys. You can purchase multiple bonuses to use up your keys if
you wish or use them all in one go. Players who purchased packages
prior to this system will not be receiving more keys. The keys are
simply a way to allow you to unlock more bonuses with higher tier Varium
packs. You cannot purchase keys independently from the Varium
packages.

If you need some help figuring out how to purchase promos using the
new system, Practel has helpfully made this video guide to purchasing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXuVB_TQQZM



Infernal Armaments

Our newest addition to the creative team, Disturbed, has been hard at
work on some new weapons as a preview to our next war: the Infernal Infiltration Saga! Again, we are super-excited to have him around, and he’s going to start working on backgrounds and items for this saga.



I should have an outline turned in by the end of this week for the
first part of the saga. As before, player action will have a profound
effect on the outcome of the story and impact on the aftermath.



New Mods!

We’re proud to announce the selection of the new members of our moderation team!

In no particular order:



Fay Beee

Daimyo

G00NY

ORDER

Elf Priest Jzaanu

Digital X

Basicball

Practel



Congrats all! If you see them running around with a green name, be nice to them- they’re new!

I also realize that at least one of our selections comes with quite a
bit of controversy. Practel has been a tester and a personal friend of
the development team up to and including Artix himself for quite a
while. While he is not quite of age, AE has made exception for
exceptional teens in the past, and we have confidence in Practel that he
will live up to our expectations.



Artix & Sepulchure Toys


Cysero of AQW has already done a great job describing the new action
figures, so Imma just rip it and post here. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiip :3



They are nearly here!



My sources (at least the reliable ones) tell me that they are on their way to the U.S. Toys R Us locations right now. They should arrive there a week or two before theyn reach us here and become availible on HeroMart.Com.

People often ask us why we can't get them
to Toys R Us locations in other countries and that's mostly because
there are different branches of the company and our relationship is so
far only with the American branch of the company.

If our stuff keeps selling well in the
American branch then we might be invited to start up a relationship with
various other branches of Toys R Us... but that's really up to you
guys.

Toys R Us gets to set their own price and
we want the HeroMart price to be competative with the Toys R Us price
so we have to wait and see what they set their prices at before we can
set ours. If we decided early and went too high with the HJeroMart
price, then we would be shooting ourselves in the foot and losing sales
to Toys R Us. If we go to low, then we undercut Toys R Us and they might
decide to cut ties with us which kills any future deals we might make
with ANY branch.

SO... soon they will get theirs, we will
find out what the decide for the price and then we will be able to tell
you the HeroMart price whicl will be very close to the store price.

For the special Limited Edition BLACK
version of the toys, I'm pretty sure that the price will be $50. It
comes with the same in-game items as the normal versions but we made a
LOT less of these and you will ONLY be able to get them from HeroMart.
These are for hardcore collectors ONLY (or maybe people who want to
resell them on E-bay for double price when they sell our and go rare).

More news on that as it arrises.



LiveStream Event with Dage the Evil




As you know, AQW has been inviting
their artists to take part in live stream events in the game. The 5th
and final artist participating in this particular event is Dage the Evil. I know many of our players are huge fans of Dage, so head on over to AQW around 4 PM EST/Server time.



Tents!

I was in the field a couple weeks ago and I had the opportunity to
get up-close and personal with a web full of Eastern Tent caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum)-
probably first instar. The tent was at eye level so I could see the
caterpillars clearly. This species forms nests in woody roses including
cherry, apple, and black cherry. The caterpillars are capable of
consuming the cyanide compounds in these plants, but instead of
sequestering the compounds in the hemolymph or fat, or metabolizing
them, they keep the cyanide in the gut and vomit on would-be predators.

Of lepidopteran social behaviors, those of the Eastern Tent
Caterpillars are among the most complex. Eggs are laid by the adults in
spring or early summer, and the clutch contains 200-300 eggs. Upon
hatching, the caterpillars construct a silk tent where they live
communally, venturing outside the tend only to feed. They use vibratory
and chemical signals to communicate with their siblings, and thrash as a
group when the tent is attacked by a predator.

They emerge as cute little fuzzy pink or brown moths.



Infernal Infiltration Preview Continued

This is another excerpt from the backstory for the upcoming war.
Interstellar Marshalls John St. Alban and Silas Auer are investigating
suspicious happenings on Delta V during their war for sovereignty. The
two are separated, with Silas being guided by a Shadow Guard Commander,
and Alydriah’s right-hand woman, Valestra Hitchens. Known throughout the
galaxy as the “Angel of Death”, Valestra is an expert at hand-to-hand
and ranged combat, a skilled sniper, and an accomplished poisoner.



They ventured into Fortune City's tenth
district. A center for research and innovation, the district was marked
by a large hospital, which Valestra explained is where she had learned
pharmacology.

"There's someone I want you to meet. He isn't the administrator, but I think you'll like him."

Valestra led Silas to a back office in the basement where a lanky man wearing navy blue was working with his back turned.

"Ulysses!"

The man turned. He was a man of about 30;
tall and long all over, with a visage that seemed to be stuck in a
perpetual wonder. His face was thin and wide gray eyes hid behind tinted
goggles. A shock of unkempt dishwater blond hair perched awkwardly upon
his head.

“Valestra! And is this a boyfriend?”

Valestra laughed. “Aww, Ulysses. You know
I’m waiting for you.” She turned to Silas. “Ulysses is a Master
Craftsman, brilliant engineer...”

“And a lover of beauty.” Ulysses extended
a gloved hand to Valestra, took her hand, and kissed it. “If you’re not
Val’s boyfriend...”

“He’s one of the Marshalls. Making sure we’re playing nice.”

“Oh! Well, Marshall, let me show you my latest project... I’m sorry what did you say your name was?”

“I didn’t. It’s Auer. Silas Auer.”

“Auer. Like gold. Splendid!” He picked up
a golden object. It was oblong and was carved with strange markings.
“Do you know what this is?”

“No. What is it?”

“I have no idea!” He smiled broadly.

“Your project...” Valestra interjected.

“Yes, of course. Pygmalion. That’s the
name I gave my creation. It’s a method for extracting the central
nervous system of a sick or dying creature and placing it in this
ingenious metal suit! So far I’ve only tried it on rabbits and
squidlings, but it could revolutionize medicine as we know it!”

As he said this, Ulysses produced a cage
containing a little robotic bunny. The cyborg rabbit sadly chewed upon a
corncob, and looked despondent and confused.

“He looks sad.” Silas blurted.

“The alternative was dying from his
injuries. This little guy was run over by a ground vehicle,” he said
defensively, replacing the rabbit cage. “Lovely to see you, Valestra,
but I’m sure I don’t want to waste any more of the Marshall’s time.”
Valestra and Silas turned to leave when Silas heard his communicator
beep. He read the text message- “Do not trust Alydriah. There’s more
than she’s telling you. Find the Delta Vault.”

“What was that?” asked Valestra.

“Spam. Apparently, there are Fortune
City singles who wish to speak with me.” He closed the communicator and
smiled rakishly at Valestra, "Intriguing."

She laughed. “Your wife must be jealous.”

“You looked at my background. You know I’m unmarried.”

Valestra smiled to herself. “Come on, there’s more to see, cowboy.”
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Wed May 02, 2012 1:59 am

:/ Arghhh... lucky champ....Hate you :P

Congrats , Basic
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Wed May 02, 2012 4:02 am

^thank you
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Thu May 10, 2012 2:30 am

Hey, basic
Could you please tell, what do Dev's reward you for being a MOD ?
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Thu May 10, 2012 8:17 am

well, i'm not allowed to talk about payment, but we have some obvious privelidges (typos) like a green name, acces to the dev server, and moderating powers
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Tue May 15, 2012 5:43 pm

Hmmm, Ok!

Btw, what exactly you do now?/ i mean, what exactly you moderate and do you test, upcoming updates??
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PostSubject: Re: Keys, New Gear, and a Welcome to our newest Moderators   Wed May 16, 2012 5:56 am

as a moderator, i enforce the rules, and i try to help the players as good as possible, I also help test releases.
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