Monday, January 14, 2013
And now, a message from Practel.
Miss me? No need to answer - I know you did. I've been working on a bunch of awesome stuff for MechQuest lately, some I can talk about, but most of it I can't. Later on today, Frostval and the decorated Soluna City will be leaving for another year, so you have a few hours to finish up and get whatever you want!
I have some incredibly exciting (at least I think it is :P) ideas that I'm planning and working with right now for the future of MechQuest, and I'm sure you guys will like it! Some of you may already have an idea of what I want to do going forward - those who do really made me chuckle!
Overall, this isn't a large Design Notes, but I wanted to wish you guys a Happy New Year, and to all who are going back to school, good luck on the final semester!
I'm back, and better than ever! ~Practel
(P.S: Did anyone find my easter egg?)
No, I'm sorry. You can't wear Tek's underwear.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
G.E.A.R.S. University Students Can Help Send J6 On a Mission! Yes, by working together we can make a real-life difference in the life of our very own Bounty Hunter! J6 - the creator of MQ's feature film, D.F.A. - has worked as an artist on every game Artix Entertainment has ever made. His dream is to go to space. He has entered the A.A.S.A. Space Competition. Winning this contest would send him to a training camp where he would have the chance to fly into space with an international crew. This is not a joke contest; the last time he tried, he got the most votes, but the number of votes didn't matter. This time it does! With our votes, we can potentially send him to the top spot and to the stars!
His bags are packed and he's ready to go...
How? Just click here to vote! A new window will open up, and after a moment to load, the green Vote button will appear. When you click it, you'll get a prompt to sign in with your Facebook account. Sign in, submit your vote, and he'll be one step closer to his dream! Each Facebook account can vote one time, so please share the link with your friends and fellow G.E.A.R.S. students - if we work together, we can make his dream come true.
Why? Each contestant has a published "mission statement." J6 says:
"Art is all about breaking boundaries; traveling into space would let me create and inspire a new generation with a first-person view of the universe!"
To the stars!
Friday, January 11, 2013
I promised to give you more info last weekend and... it's Friday already? Busy, busy week! We've got the Level 50 mecha models all set for you at last. A bit behind schedule on the A-Head of Schedule Calendar Promo Item but it's not forgotten & we'll set that up next. Also in the works is the transition from the current Corrupted House Mechas - we'll be replacing the ones on the shelves with less-expensive versions and buffing the ones that are currently in the shop - so grab one at the current price for the stronger version now, or wait till the 1000-NG models arrive next week.
Also got some bugs fixed - the barely-accessible Xaria Reward shop button is now clickable, and those of you who contacted me with issues about your House Affiliation should all be set up properly now as well. If you encounter a bug, there is a link on the bottom of the game page to report it. We are always working to bring you a high-quality game and truly appreciate your bug reports!
Keep your eyes on the horizon - and until next time, Battle ON! =Mae
bzzzt Incoming Transmission!
Star Date: 12 January 3013 Out with the old in with the new!
*A transmission to all G.E.A.R.S. students* Once again, Congratulations on tearing through the war meters in the G.E.A.R.S. games! You all went above and beyond and shattered all expectations we had, as rewards we have something for everyone. First off we have what you’ve all have been waiting for, the new series of house mecha. Elite. These new models feature some truly unique abilities and each one has a last legs ability for when your HP drops below 25%! As well as these mechs a new set of commemorative mods have been developed just for students of the three houses, each set of mods focus on the strengths of its respective house and can only be obtained by having a certain amount of Valor Badges. The amount of Valor badges needed is based off your level to make it easier for all players to obtain.The snow is starting to thaw.Be sure to pick up all your holiday rares because Frostval will be leaving this Monday and will take with it everything, that means this is your last chance to grab a bacon wrapped Zorbo before it becomes forever rare!I hope you all have an excellent weekend and I’ll see you all next Friday.~Plasma Charge
Friday, January 4, 2013
Star Date 4 January 3013: GREAT G.E.A.R.S. Games This Year! The 5th Annual G.E.A.R.S. games is now decided - and the winner is....
Congratulations, Runehawk! It came down to a matter of just ten victories at the crucial moment:
Wolfblade Runehawk Mystraven Total
The screenshot of those numbers was taken at 1:39 PM Server Time (the Skype logs below reference the timezone of my "Undisclosed Location") Korin & I just kept refreshing our pages watching your victories roll in, awaiting the moment when one House would pull ahead and hit the total needed to win.
[12:37:38 PM] Korin: keep clicking warvars. Report with which intWar you see hit the goal first
[12:37:53 PM] Korin: I'm doing the same
[12:38:06 PM] Maegwyn AE: yupyup
[12:39:05 PM] Maegwyn AE: rh wins
[12:39:06 PM] Korin: I got RH
[12:39:08 PM] Korin: Wow haha
[12:39:17 PM] Korin: I'll post it in the forums and explain some delays.
[12:39:25 PM] Maegwyn AE: Ok excellent thanks
*end Skype transmission logs*
To celebrate and reward your valiant battling, we've given you a 30% experience and credits boost for this weekend! This will help you reach Level 50, the new level cap - although to be honest there is really no rush to do so. The new Level 50 House Mechas will not be going rare - although when they unlock, for a limited time you will be able to grab yours at a discount!
New Level 50 House Mecha Models: Nearly Ready! We've been working on these for months to get them just right, and ideally we'd've had 'em perfected by the time you completed the G.E.A.R.S. Games, but sometimes things take longer than estimated. I take responsibility for this delay, and urge you to #BlamePractel2013 early and often! No, seriously it's my fault that these ended up needing more work when it came down to the final countdown - please join me in thanking Vivi for coming up with details on the specials as well as coding, thanking blues for specials concepts, thanking Arklen for animation along with several do-overs to get positioning and sizing just right - Thyton for the sketches, and along with the above-thanked who also helped test - Gibby, Plasma Charge, Practel - and please throw in a couple of extra thanks just in case I left anyone out!
G.E.A.R.S. Games Mecha Models Available NOW: Pick up a Corrupted or GEARS Edition mecha from the shops at the G.E.A.R.S. Games Camp. If you want the original Nova Gem versions, note that those will be going rare on Saturday 5 January no earlier than noon server time, to be replaced by a model offered with less power at a lower NG pricepoint. If you saved up and spent 3000 Nova Gems, we will ensure that your purchase continues to give you good value. If you want a powerful NG model but miss out on the original, you will have the opportunity to grab one when we have them ready.
I've got to run out for the moment - my cousin is a musician and he's got a performance to which I'll be late if I don't leave now.
I'll have more news for you before the weekend is over! Starship Items. Valor Badge Shop. What's coming next?
Meanwhile Vivi is still working while I'm out & we'll have those Level 50 House Mecha Models ready a.s.a.p.