Friday, 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:
Friday, 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.
Thursday, December 4, 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.)
Wednesday, December 3, 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!