October 10th
BW2: A Missing Hat Limited Time Quest 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

A Missing Hat

For the next couple days, a talented visitor will be staying in the Commons. Be sure to chat with them for a limited time opportunity. Be quick though, as they'll only be here until Noon PDT on Friday, October 12th!

Redeem this code before Noon PDT on Friday October 12th for 1 free Large Energy Pack: SOWA-KEME-UPAV-ICII
October 5th
BW2: Dungeoneering Preparations Weekend! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hail Whackers!

You're summoned to the Commons for a weekend quest! There are some ill-prepared visitors who need your assistance. They have 4 main quests for you tackle, and if you have the energy, a repeatable 5th quest you can do up to 5 times.

But hurry! These furry visitors are only around until Monday October 8th at Noon Pacific!

This weekend we're also running two new package deals each containing a unique pet! Be sure to check them out!

And finally a treat! Redeem this code before Noon Pacific Time on Monday October 8th for 1 free Large Energy Pack: DUNG-EONE-ERIN-GCAT
October 5th
BW2: Oct 5th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Limited Time Quest: Dungeoneering Preparations! (October 5th, 2018)

- Limited time quest line, available via visiting NPCs in the Commons (Oct 5th until Oct 8th at Noon PDT.)
- 4 main quests
- A 5th repeatable quest can be done up to 5 times for veteran players

- Running two Dungeon Kitty pet packs (usual $20 pet pack; Oct 5th-8th)

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
October 4th
COTLI: Carnival of Sorrows 4 

Darkness descends upon the Crusaders, bringing with it unknown horrors and twisted new Tier 4 Objectives.

Crusaders arrive from beyond the veil: Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney have stepped out from the shadows. A new Crusader joins them.

The Carnival of Sorrows as returned. Do you have what it takes to unlock our latest Crusader in our first-ever Tier 4 Event?

Carnival of Sorrows 4 runs until Tuesday, October 16th at noon Pacific, and introduces Sashimi the Seal!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Sashimi the Seal

Her name is Sashimi the Seal.
She happily supports for a meal (of fish).
She finds gold for you all,
while bouncing her ball,
and this limerick is terrible.


So lets just say she's really, really good at improving your Gold Find. Like, really good.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Crusaders by completing their respective objectives. Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Sashimi the Seal | Sashimi the Seal takes up a slot in the formation. Every 100 areas, an additional slot is taken up by a fish. Reach area 600.

  • Out of the Crowd | If any Crusader has more than one adjacent Crusader, they deal no damage. Reach area 700.

  • My Balloon! | A floating balloon takes up the front slot in the formation. If the balloon is popped, your formation wipes. Additionally, Crusaders in the column directly behind the balloon are busy trying to catch it, and deal no damage. Reach area 750.

  • Cleanup Crew | The carnival janitor and some waste bins take up slots in the formation. Quest requirements are doubled. Garbage monsters spawn at random, which can only be damaged by clicking, and garbage which reaches the formation is collected BY the janitor. Collecting garbage for the janitor gives a buff that doubles quest drops. Reach area 800.

  • Unleashed | Only animal Crusaders may be used. There are additional slots in the formation. Reach area 1000.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Carnival Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop all-tier chests. Gear for Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 Crusaders will only appear in all-tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop.

You'll have until Tuesday, October 16th at 12:00pm Pacific to complete Carnival of Sorrows 4!
October 3rd
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Faerûn's Savage Frontier has no shortage of dangers, but that hasn't stopped the citizens of Triboar from carving out a living in this picturesque stretch of fertile northern farmland.

This year, however, the people of Triboar are in need of aid. As the Highharvestide Festival approaches, bandits have begun causing trouble for farmers attempting to bring in their harvests, and it's up to the Champions to put an end to it!

Highharvestide 2 is our first Year Two Event, which runs until Monday, October 15th at 12:00pm Pacific. Highharvestide 2 also introduces Farideh, the Tiefling Warlock protagonist from the Brimstone Angels novels, and also brings back Stoki, the Rock Gnome Monk!

Our Approach to Highharvestide 2

When we began our approach to Year Two of Highharvestide, the first decision we made was to polish to our work from Year One. We started by playing through the event, pausing to discuss what we would do differently if we had designed the event today with an additional year of tools, monsters, and knowledge.

We approached the event with the following questions:
  • Can the backgrounds be updated, or should we use different ones?
  • We updated the lighting on a few of the backgrounds to better match the text.
  • Are there better monsters we could be using?
  • We added the new Red Wizard Evokers from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, and we also mixed up the groups of bandits and added wizards that actually attack with fire that matches the text.
  • Should any boss monsters flee or have additional tech added?
  • The Resurrected Hero of the Vale is now hits-based and cleaves the first 2 rows. It seems it is getting cranky about constantly being resurrected.
  • Are all the quest icons and portraits polished?
  • They all were.
  • Are there any location or event-specific distractions we could add?
  • For Highharvestide 2 we didn't, but we look forward to adding pumpkins to Liars' Night!
  • Should we update any text?
  • We fixed a few typos, and we will be updating the dialogue to include more Event Champions in future updates.

You'll be able to play through the updated event during Highharvestide, but also when you go through a Time Gate for Farideh or Stoki in the future!


As you can see above, both Champions have their own track of Adventures and Variants. They both use the same event currency – in this case, Harvest Baskets for Highharvestide. You will earn chests for the corresponding champion by playing through their variants. For example, Stoki Free Plays will grant Stoki Silver and Gold Chests, and Farideh Free Plays will grant Farideh Silver and Gold Chests.

If you didn't complete all of Stoki's variants or achievements last year, you'll be able to pick up right where you left off. If you did complete them, you can still play through her free plays. As an added bonus, all Year One Adventures and Variants have had their cost reduced by 75% for Year Two! We also updated the Free Play costs for both Year One and Year Two events. They will each start at 500 Harvest Baskets. Every time you complete a Free Play within one of the two tracks, the cost of that Free Play will increase by 500, to a maximum of the normal Event Free Play cost of 2500 Event Tokens!

Side note: We appreciate all the feedback we had during the Year 2 Event Q&A last week — thank you :)

As a final update, the new Year Two track of The Bandit Harvest adventure and variants will have a new formation to help keep things fresh! This formation will also remain for future Farideh Time Gate runs.

When you log in and click on the Highharvestide notification, you'll see the two Champions listed. You can select either of them to see their Champion details, as well as see how far you've progressed in their track of The Bandit's Harvest.

We hope you all enjoy the updates we've made to The Bandit's Harvest!

New Champion: Farideh

Abandoned as an infant and adopted by an outcast dragonborn warrior, Farideh grew to adulthood acutely aware of the drawbacks of being a tiefling. Despite doing everything she could to reassure her neighbors, including keeping her wild twin sister, Havilar, out of trouble, the villagers focused on Farideh as the one who would embrace the dark side of herself. They weren’t wrong.

When Havilar tried to summon an imp to practice her blade on, she drew the attention of Lorcan, a cambion looking to make warlock pacts with the descendants of one of the first Infernal warlocks, the Brimstone Angel. But Havilar was always meant for the glaive--and Farideh would do anything to keep her sister safe. While Lorcan, Asmodeus, and the Nine Hells do their utmost to corrupt her, Farideh isn’t interested in power so much as defending the world from demons, the undead, and any other villains trying to bring trouble or drag her friends and family into danger. Even being made the Chosen of Asmodeus--something Asmodeus isn’t going to explain to Farideh or anybody else--just means she has more magic to turn against the powers of evil.


Farideh is a DPS Champion with a tank-synergy twist. She attacks using Scorching Ray and will use Hellish Rebuke against enemies who attack either her or adjacent Champions. When you want to add Farideh to your party, you can swap her with Minsc or Catti-brie (Slot 7).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Farideh dev blog!

Returning Champion: Stoki

Born Stami Gackle, she fled her home after a terrible accident at a young age and joined a monastery of the Even Hand to study ki. An adept monk and extremely capable adventurer, her thoughtful approach to problems has earned her a reputation as an uncommonly stoic Rock Gnome.

Stoki is a DPS and Support Champion, able to attack multiple enemies. Furthermore, enemies damaged by Stoki will drop additional gold when killed. When you want to add Stoki to your party, you can swap her with Jarlaxle or Ishi Snaggletooth (Slot 4).


Year Two Variants

  • Asmodeus is Watching — Cultists of Asmodeus randomly spawn alongside the normal monster waves. They drop no gold when killed.

  • It's Quite A Puzzle — Only champions with Intelligence/INT score of 12 or higher are allowed in the formation.

  • Time to Step Up — Asmodeus is testing Farideh. You start with Farideh in your formation, however, she is the only Champion that can deal damage. All other Champions' damage is reduced to 0, but they continue to grant buffs.

Year One Variants

  • The Farmer's Kids — The Farmer's Daughter and Son block two slots in the formation.

  • Due Diligence — Quest requirements are doubled.

  • Wanton Necromancy — Undead enemies randomly spawn alongside the normal monsters. These additional enemies drop no gold.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

October 2nd
Idle Champion Spotlight - Farideh 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome to our next Champion Spotlight design blog!

Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Farideh, the Tiefling Warlock.

Farideh will be available in our first Year Two Event: Highharvestide, launching TOMORROW (October 3rd)! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest champion.


How you can unlock Farideh:

Farideh is unlocked by playing Highharvestide, a limited-time event launching on October 3rd and running until October 15th. Once you unlock Farideh, she swaps with Minsc or Catti-brie.

Farideh will be sharing Highharvestide with last year's Champion: Stoki, the Gnome Monk! Don't worry - you'll be able to unlock both of them if you haven't already unlocked Stoki.

Who is Farideh:

Farideh is a character from the from the Brimstone Angels D&D Novel series written by Erin M. Evans.

Abandoned as an infant and adopted by an outcast dragonborn warrior, Farideh grew to adulthood acutely aware of the drawbacks of being a tiefling. Despite doing everything she could to reassure her neighbors, including keeping her wild twin sister, Havilar, out of trouble, the villagers focused on Farideh as the one who would embrace the dark side of herself. They weren’t wrong.

When Havilar tried to summon an imp to practice her blade on, she drew the attention of Lorcan, a cambion looking to make warlock pacts with the descendants of one of the first Infernal warlocks, the Brimstone Angel. But Havilar was always meant for the glaive--and Farideh would do anything to keep her sister safe. While Lorcan, Asmodeus, and the Nine Hells do their utmost to corrupt her, Farideh isn’t interested in power so much as defending the world from demons, the undead, and any other villains trying to bring trouble or drag her friends and family into danger. Even being made the Chosen of Asmodeus--something Asmodeus isn’t going to explain to Farideh or anybody else--just means she has more magic to turn against the powers of evil.


Farideh's Design:

We were excited to have a fully fleshed-out 5th edition stat block, which gave us a great place to start from a mechanical standpoint. Between the stat block and our knowledge of the Brimstone Angels series, we reached out to Erin M. Evans, the author of the books Farideh appeared in, to see if she was interested in working with us to make our version of Farideh. Luckily for us, Erin was game for anything we threw at her. She worked closely with us, reviewing the design, sketches, and the equipment pieces. She also helped come up with some really fun GIFs, like this one showing Farideh enjoying her tea with WAY too much sugar.


We decided early that we wanted to place Farideh into slot 7 (Minsc, Catti-brie) and we wanted her to be a pure DPS character. I found her Hellish Rebuke ability super compelling. I really liked the idea of giving her a reaction-based ability to push back against the horde. From there, Justin and I sketched out the rough design and passed it over to Erin who enjoyed it as much as we did!

Base Attack - Scorching Ray: Farideh starts in your formation with her Scorching Ray attack. Scorching Ray begins with 3 rays of fire that attack random enemies. As Farideh increases in level, the number of rays she creates increases, which increases her DPS. Her DPS is key to her design as you'll see shortly.

Hellish Rebuke: When you unlock Hellish Rebuke, you start to tap into the infernal power that Farideh controls. Whenever an enemy hits Farideh, they take damage back equal to a percentage of Farideh's DPS. It starts as a modest percentage, but as you gain levels, and earn better slot 3 equipment, that percentage increases. On my dev server, each Hellish Rebuke is currently dealing 1,300% of her DPS!

Chosen of Asmodeus: Being a chosen of Asmodeus has to grant you some sort of advantage, right? When you unlock this ability, she grants Hellish Rebuke to champions adjacent to her. This means that when enemies attack Champions adjacent to Farideh in the formation, those enemies will take damage from Hellish Rebuke. Even though this damage is coming FROM a different Champion, the calculation is based on Farideh's DPS, so put her behind your tank(s) to maximize her damage dealing capabilities!

Pact Family: Farideh and her twin sister Havilar were orphaned at a young age. They understand the sting of growing up as a Tiefling. Because of that, Farideh's damage increases based on the number of Tieflings in the formation. Bring out Makos & Strix. It's time for a Tiefling party!

Farideh's Specializations:

With Farideh's specializations, we wanted to help you decide how you want to use Farideh's Hellish Rebuke based on your formation.
You can either use Dark One's Luck to expand the range of Hellish Rebuke, granting it to Champions within 2 slots of her, or you can increase her damage with Dark One's Blessing, which also increases the damage output of Hellish Rebuke to those Champions that have access to it.

Farideh's Ultimate Attack:


Farideh's Infernal Aspect is a new ability granted to her as a Chosen of Asmodeus. With it, she can project an aura of menace, affecting her enemies and causing them to be frightened. In our game, that means she's going to sprout a pair of fiery wings for the duration of the ability, tapping into her infernal connection. She pushes enemies back, slowing them for the duration of the ultimate, while she also damages a random enemy EVERY second, for 15 seconds.


Look out, baddies. We've got an angry tiefling!

Farideh's Equipment



Slot 1: Amulet
  • Farideh's amulet increases her damage.
Slot 2: Magical Rod
  • Farideh's chosen focus increases her damage.
Slot 3: Spellbook
  • Farideh's book increases the effect of her Hellish Rebuke ability.
Slot 4: Armor
  • Farideh's armor increases the effect of her Pact Family ability.
Slot 5: Wroth Deck
  • Farideh's wroth deck increases her Ultimate Attack damage.
Slot 6: Chapbooks
  • The chapbooks that Havilar continues to loan Farideh reduce the cooldown of her Ultimate Attack.

What about any other Farideh Details I'm looking for?

Farideh is Neutral Good, and her stats are as follows:
Str: 10 Dex: 14 Con: 14 Int: 14 Wis: 13 Cha: 18

TL/DR- Final Farideh Thoughts

Farideh uses her Hellish Rebuke as an unlimited reaction to deal damage to enemies that attack her or Champions in the Formation she wants to support. She wants to work with other Tieflings and stay near your tanks. She's a DPS character that you'll want to buff, especially when facing down an enemy that attacks multiple Champions!

We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well she's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord! If you are enjoying Farideh, consider checking out the Brimstone Angels series by Erin M. Evans. It's a good read!

Chris Dupuis
September 28th
BW2: Monsoon Relief Community Quest 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Terrible Storm Hits Bushwhackia!

The Bush Whacker community is needed once again! A storm has hit Bushwhackia, and a group organizing a relief effort needs help! You and your fellow players can contribute to their quest!

See them on Amicus Isle before Noon Pacific on Monday October 1st for a limited time community quest! Assuming the community is successful, you can pick up your reward from them any time before Tuesday October 2nd at Noon Pacific.

Also, you can redeem the following code before Noon Pacific on October 1st to get 2 FREE Large Energy Packs: BUSH_WHAC_KIAS-TORM
September 28th
BW2: Sep 28th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Storm Relief Effort Community Quest (September 28th, 2018)

- Limited time community quest with unique rewards (Sept 28th - Oct 1st)
- 2 part community quest to first gather supplies for storm survivors, then take those supplies to survivors.
- All players gain rewards for completing the goal.
- Individual players gain currency (Relief Effort Coupons) for completing quests.
- Currency can be spent at special store for unique items.

- Added 3 new pets available in standard pet packs from Noon Pacific Sept 28th to Noon Pacific Oct 1st

- Changed the costs of the White Unicorn Mount to include the small feeds also used for the Horse Head custom item, which can only be purchased once.

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
September 28th
COTLI: Introducing Taskmasters! 

Five all-new Taskmasters have joined Crusaders of the Lost Idols!

Taskmasters are purchased with either Rubies or real money, and can click monsters, level Crusaders, and use activated abilities. And if you add three Taskmasters to click monsters, they'll also pick everything up for you! Awesome!

What are Taskmasters?

Taskmasters are purchased with either Rubies or real money, and can be assigned to tasks in-game like clicking monsters, leveling Crusaders, using activated abilities, and automatically progress to the next Area. Additionally, adding three Taskmasters to clicking monsters will also have the added benefit of picking up all gold and quest items instantly, helping to speed up your progression even further!
  • Three Taskmasters, Computron 9000, Yves the Butler, and Ruby the Dragon, are available to purchase for 1,000, 5,000, and 15,000 rubies each.

  • Two Taskmasters, Otto von Click and Molly the Mouser, are available in DLC packs, which also include legendary catalysts, spawn speed buffs, and crafting materials.
For more information, check out the in-game Taskmasters interface!

Note: This feature is only available in the computer version of Crusaders at this time.
September 26th
Idle Champions: Tomb of Annihilation, Part 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The party has saved the world from the Death Curse, but their work in Chult is not yet finished. While on their way back to Port Nyanzaru, the party explores ancient ruins, crosses paths with Red Wizards, liberates a mine from a dragon, and runs into an ancient hero and his Saurial companion.

Today's update to the Tomb of Annihilation campaign brings two new adventures, The Immortal Warrior and The Wyrmheart Mine, each with a new challenging variant to complete.

Note: you will need to have completed the Tomb of the Nine Gods adventure in order to unlock these adventures!

The Immortal Warrior

The ancient ruin of Shilku offers priceless treasures and dangerous relics - the perfect place to stop by on the way back to Port Nyanzaru!
  • Variant: Hold for the Red Wizards — A Red Wizard appears in every area, casting Hold Person on a random Champion and locking them out of the formation until he is defeated.

The Wyrmheart Mine

On the way to Orolunga, a dwarf asks the Champions for help retaking a dwarven mine from a dragon.
  • Variant: They Who Smelt It — A skunk takes up a slot in the formation, and the smell causes adjacent Champions to deal a fraction of their normal damage.

Features:

  • Added two new Tomb of Annihilation adventures: The Immortal Warrior and The Wyrmheart Mine. In order to start these new adventures, you will need to have completed the Tomb of the Nine Gods adventure.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!