AdventureQuest Worlds

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AdventureQuest Worlds
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Developer(s) Artix Entertainment
Publisher(s) Artix Entertainment
Engine Adobe Flash
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows Edit this on Wikidata
Release June 2, 2008 (Alpha)
August 18, 2008 (Beta)
October 10, 2008 (Live)
Genre(s) Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Mode(s) Multiplayer

AdventureQuest Worlds (often shortened to AQ Worlds or simply AQW) is a browser-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released by Artix Entertainment in October 2008.

Gameplay[edit]

Players are asked to choose from one of four "starting classes" (warrior, rogue, mage, or healer), each with different strengths and weaknesses. Leveling up lets characters learn new abilities and increase their attack power. Players have five different skills, depending on their character's class; the ability that is common to all classes is the "auto-attack" ability. Individual abilities, deemed "passive" abilities, may be unlocked after the character reaches a certain Rank. Players begin at Rank 1 and progress as they receive class points from defeating enemies; this may depend on the enemy's level and difficulty stars (1-5). Players gain experience and gold when enemies have been defeated. Players can also acquire other classes by gaining Reputation by completing quests in a certain location.[citation needed][1]

AdventureQuest Worlds has events on special occasions. A new event is added to the game every other Friday. Some events are one time only while others are seasonal events that appear once every year. Often, participants in these events can procure event-specific items not available at any other time in the game. There is an anniversary on October 10 which enables the players to partake in the birthday-themed events and have access to the Underground Lab. Some events feature live events with guest stars like Voltaire, One-Eyed Doll, George Lowe, Paul and Storm, Jonathan Coulton, the cast of Ctrl+Alt+Del, Ayi Jihu, ArcAttack, They Might Be Giants, Andrew Huang, Mia J. Park, The Crüxshadows, and Michael Sinterniklaas as the voice of Deady.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

The game is set in a universe similar to those in AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and MechQuest. It was established that the Dragon of Time allowed the dragonslayer Galanoth to slay him which resulted in the hourglasses within the Dragon of Time's heart to shatter and the sands that represented the three worlds within each hourglass to merge resulting in the AdventureQuest Worlds universe being created.[citation needed] The goal of the game is to adventure through Lore, move on to higher levels, face the 13 Lords of Chaos, and fight Drakath: Champion of Chaos. As the story progresses, the player meets the Queen of Monsters who chose Drakath to be her Champion.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Prologue[edit]

The player character, known simply as 'Hero' arrives in the midst of a war between two factions, the Evil and the Good. Summoned by the Good army, the hero is tasked to aid in the battle against the undead led by Sepulchure, commander and ruler of Evil. In the town of Oaklore, undead forces have begun plaguing its residents. Among other soldiers, the hero faces off against the undead attacking Oaklore and makes their way to an elite Evil soldier known as the Dread Dragon deeper in battle.

Having defeated the Dread Dragon, the hero continues their journey to Swordhaven, capital of Lore where King Alteon, leader of the Good army and his remaining forces fend against another invasion by the undead. Relentless assaults by the undead allows Sepulchure and his elite group of undead to enter the castle and battle the king, Alteon. Drakath, later introduced as the Champion of Chaos interrupts the personal combat and strikes the two away from each other infecting them with a sickness. Agitated by the sudden interruption, Sepulchure decides to attack Drakath in spite of his weakened state and fails as Drakath counters and eventually kills him. The hero and sickened Alteon watching the scene the unfold is spared by Drakath.

Sepulchure's death alerts his daughter, Gravelyn. Now the new ruler of the Evil forces, the griefing empress swears to avenge her father's death by defeating Drakath. With a common enemy, this led to the truce between the Good and Evil empires.[8]

13 Lords of Chaos Saga[edit]

There are already signs of corruption in the nearby forest and marsh causing the player to capture the Chaorrupted Wolves, Chaorrupted Bear, and Chaos Spiders alongside some antidote-based plants to be studied. At this point, the Chaos Lord Saga begins. Drakath unleashes his 13 Lords of Chaos (Chaos Lords are like bosses) upon Lore, which the player has to defeat one by one. They soon discover that Drakath plans to activate a rune upon the defeat of each Chaos Lord in order to free his master, the Queen of Monsters. The hero/player is revealed to be the reincarnated Dragon of Time and the 13th Lord of Chaos.

Queen of Monsters: Ancient Evils saga[edit]

Now that the Queen of Monsters has been freed, she plans to raise each of the eight Elemental Titans that are scattered across the shattered continent of Drakonus. The Elemental Titans were created by the Elemental Avatars to represent them. As not all of the Elemental Titans were consent with their roles where they stepped on lesser creatures and fought dragons, the Elemental Avatars put the Elemental Titans to sleep in the different parts of Drakonus. The Queen of Monsters plans to use her minions to awaken all eight of the Elemental Titans so that a new era can begin. After Phedra: Elemental Titan of Fire and Gaiazor: Elemental Titan of Earth are awakened, a minion of the Queen of Monsters asks if they would awaken the Elemental Titan of Darkness. The Queen of Monsters dismisses that idea and states that they will take "another path."

Throne of Darkness saga[edit]

The Mysterious Figure gathers Vaden the Death Knight, Xeight, Ziri the Sneevil Daemon, Warlord Pax, Pharaoh Sekt, and Queen Scarletta Tyrall at his castle lair to learn about their encounters with the players. Following the story of the sentient table Plank who mentioned how he, Dr. Dryden Darkwood, and their Trolluk servant Skudly had captured the players, the Mysterious Figure is revealed to be Dr. Dryden Darkwood as he tells the assembled villains that he has players in his dungeon. When the players defeat Dr. Darkwood and Skudly, they borrow Dr. Darkwood's hooded robe and pose as him in order to listen to the villains' story. Upon unmasking themselves, the players defeat the villains and return their cursed items to them in exchange that they listen to his proposition to help them against a greater darkness. The villains agree to the terms while Plank has an idea on who the threat is.

Book of Monsters saga[edit]

At the time when the players are fighting the Queen of Monsters' forces, a Rrift opens in the Neverglades as the Elder Monster called Extriki the Destroyer emerges and renders the surrounding areas toxic. When the players defeat, capture, and interrogate the toxic monster Zognax, it tells the players that Extriki and the monsters that came from the Rift thrive on toxic and can't survive in non-toxic location. In addition, Zognax states that Extriki is one of the Queen of Monsters' earlier children. With help from the Heart of the Grove from Brightoak, the players are able to weaken Extriki and slay it.

Reception[edit]

Kotaku's Mike Fahey praised the idea of using advertisements when the player died.[9] Pete Davison, from GamePro, also noted the advertisements at death, calling it an "interesting" idea.[10]

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