March 18th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Rosie Beestinger 
Posted in Idle Champions.

An elderly lightfoot halfling walks down the cobblestone street of Waterdeep's Dock Ward, the soft tap of her quarterstaff echoing through the evening air. Her footsteps soft and deliberate, she leans heavily on her staff as she takes in the last of the sunset along the water.

A dark-haired human carrying a hand crossbow, a red-skinned tiefling with an eyepatch and a dagger, and a shirtless, burly, tattooed mountain dwarf have their mark in their sights. As one they move from three directions towards the halfling centenarian, blocking her path.

"Your purse," croaks the human thug in front, his voice indicating a nose broken many times. "Hand it over."

As if to emphasize the threat, the dwarf begins cracking the thick, calloused knuckles on his hands while giving the halfling woman a predatory stare. The tiefling licks his dagger's blade menacingly as he creeps towards her from behind. Stifling a laugh, the human casually lifts his weapon to point it in the direction of the woman — except she isn't there.

*CRACK*

The dwarf's eyes roll into the back of his skull as a trickle of blood flows down his temple, and he falls forward, crashing into the cobblestone street face first. Standing where the dwarf's shadow once was, the elderly halfling woman carefully folds up her shawl and places it neatly on the ground, revealing hands and forearms are wrapped meticulously in ceremonial cotton gauze.

With a snarl the tiefling attacks, rushing towards the woman with his dagger at the ready. In the same moment, the human aims his hand crossbow and fires.

To this elderly Way of Shadow Monk, however, these thugs are moving in slow motion. She snatches the crossbow bolt from the air as easily as if she were picking an apple up from a fruit stand, and in a blur of movement she sends the bolt back towards her attacker's foolishly-unarmored knee. The bolt strikes true, and a nasally shriek fills the evening air as the human drops his weapon and falls backwards into the street.

Before the human hits the ground, the elderly monk has already closed the distance to the rushing tiefling, vaulting off the ground with her staff towards his face. He has barely enough time to register surprise before the monk lands a stunning kick to his face, snapping his head back. Consciousness fades long before his body collapses in the cobblestone street.

Dusting herself off, Rosie Beestinger resumes her walk along the water, pulling her shawl back on and clutching it closely to her chest. It's getting chilly out, wouldn't want to catch a cold!

Are you as excited as we are to have Rosie Beestinger coming to Idle Champions? If you want to know more about Grandmother Night, you've come to the right place!


All photography by Tyler Curtis


Not your grandma's grandma...

    "Rosie Beestinger came to us highly recommended—by basically everyone. By which I mean at least one hundred halflings all entered her name in our Winter Intern drive. They all seemed a little nervous, and their handwriting was very shaky. Who knows! Maybe they were very, very cold. Winter, right?! She’s a monk or something. Let’s see how she does." ~Omin Dran
    Weighing in at just under 30 pounds and with a grandmotherly demeanor befitting her advanced age, Rosie Beestinger is easily mistaken for someone on the wrong side of the “aggressor/victim” relationship. But this is a mix-up that few people make more than once.
Rosie Beestinger. Grandmother Night. Matriarch of the Beestinger family. Adoptive grandmother of Strix. Possible mob boss. This lightfoot halfling Way of Shadow Monk is over 100 years old and her story is still going strong. Played by the always-amazing Kate Welch, game designer at Dungeons & Dragons, Rosie is the most badass centenarian monk you'll likely ever cross paths with.

For more info, check out the Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team each week or catch one of Rosie's many amazing live appearances (Dylan highly recommends last year's Force Grey one shot at Stream of Many eyes).


Rosie's Stats

Race: Halfling Class: Monk Alignment: Chaotic Good
STR: 8 DEX: 16 CON: 12
INT: 12 WIS: 14 CHA: 14

Rosie Beestinger is a sassy DPS Champion. Her damage increases for each Champion in the formation younger than she is, and she catches and deflects incoming missiles. When you want to add the Rosie Beestinger to your formation, you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10).


The Art of Rosie

Every time we do an Idle Champion Spotlight we praise our art team here at Codename Entertainment, and today is no exception! Senior Artist Alexis Theroux did an absolutely wonderful job with Rosie Beestinger, both with her Champion and animations (we're especially fond of her Shadow Step/Flurry of Blows attack) and also with her portraits.

If you'd like to check out more of Alexis' art, you can find her on Instagram.


Designing Grandmother Night

We are big fans of Acquisitions Incorporated, both the original show and The "C" Team, so any chance we get to work on a character we love is a fun day at the office.

When it came to working on Rosie Beestinger, we connected with Kate Welch (as well as Shadow Chancellor Elyssa Grant) and spoke at length about just what makes Rosie tick. We drew inspiration for Rosie from these calls, ongoing design correspondence (usually over email), and of course, the wonderful abundance of podcast and live show performances Kate has been a part of. There was definitely no shortage of inspiration!

First and foremost, Rosie Beestinger is Sassy, and we wanted to make that a core part of her kit. This grandma has no problem putting anyone in their place, and the idea was that we would take a slightly different approach from Gromma's Grandmotherly Love and Rosie would get even more badass the more youngsters were around her. Not only does she keep up with the kids, but she shows them how it is done.

If you have ever seen Kris Straub's awesome introduction to The "C" Team, you know Rosie's entrance moment: she's an unassuming kind old lady until someone has the audacity to fire an arrow at her, which she catches it easily and gives the shooter the look of death. You don't mess with this grandma. We knew immediately that we wanted to include Deflect Missiles in Rosie's design, and we're excited to have her tossing those missiles back at enemies in your formation. And to boot, she'll also catch some of the arrows fired at her allies!

Busy Beestinger came together both as a play on words and because we wanted to try something unique with our latest team-focused Formation Ability. Rosie attacks a half second quicker once you unlock this Formation Ability, and for each one of her fellow #cteam members in the formation, she'll attack even more quickly. Float like a flumph, sting like a Beestinger!

Rosie's last two Formation Abilities are tied together, making it clear that she is a DPS Champion first and foremost. With Shadow Arts, Rosie's usual barrage of attacks starts to include her Beestinger Staff to add an AoE attack every fifth attack. With Timeless Body, that Shadow Arts attack becomes every fourth attack instead.

With her Specializations, Rosie can double down on boosting her DPS with Matriarch, increasing the potency of her Sassy self-buff for each female Champion in the formation younger than she is, or she can go for a powerful increase to her AoE damage with From The Shadows.

There really was only one Ultimate we considered for Rosie Beestinger, and it came straight from Kate: Grammamancy. Rosie roots all enemies in place, stopping them dead in their tracks — then she takes advantage of the situation and pummels the crap out of them! And as an added bonus, the cooldown on Deflect Missiles is removed for the duration of Grammamancy, allowing Rosie to take all those pesky fireballs and arrows and swiftly returning them to their senders.

Formation Abilities

  • Sassy — Rosie deals +100% increased damage for every Champion in the formation younger than she is.

  • Deflect Missiles — Rosie catches/deflects the next ranged/magic attack against herself or any adjacent Champion and redirects it back at the attacker. Damage done is 100% of Rosie's normal damage. This effect can only trigger every 2.5 seconds.

  • Busy Beestinger — Rosie's attack speed cooldown is lowered by .5 seconds (stacking additively) and her damage is increased by 100% (stacking multiplicatively) for each member of the C-Team in the formation, including herself.

  • Shadow Arts — On every fifth attack, Rosie does a whirlwind attack with her staff, hitting all enemies in a small AoE for 50% of her base damage.

  • Timeless Body — Reduce the number of attacks before Rosie performs a Shadow Arts attack by 1.

Specializations

  • Matriarch — Increases the effect of Sassy by 25% for every female Champion in the formation younger than Rosie.

  • From The ShadowsShadow Arts now hits for 200% of Rosie's base damage instead of 50%.

Ultimate Attack

    Grammamancy — Rosie roots all enemies in place and becomes a blur of movement, pummeling up to 10 enemies on screen for massive damage and, once she returns to the formation, removing the cooldown on Deflect Missiles for the next 15 seconds.

Equipment

As always, Kat (aka @TehArtMonkey on Instagram and Twitter) did a fantastic job with the equipment icons. When a player already has a detailed Cosplay and numerous pieces of official art and fan art, it goes a long way towards helping us flesh out the aesthetic of the equipment.


  • AI Cartographer's Gear — You can't have a cartographer without their gear!

  • Necklace of the Greater Will — Rosie's handcrafted necklace. Each ball represents a single regret.

  • Belt of the Beestinger — No outfit is complete without the right belt.

  • Beestinger Staff — Walnut Dankgrass found Rosie this staff, which has since been used to knock out countless foes.

  • Stuffed Jar of Eyeballs — Everyone needs to collect something! You wouldn't happen to have any spare eyeballs, would you?

  • Emerald Loot Bag — Who doesn't like emeralds? Rosie just happens to have a whole bag for them for no reason at all.


Final Thoughts

We are really happy with the approach we've taken to bring Rosie to Idle Champions. When we get a chance to work with an amazing creator like Kate Welch, it's always a great experience, and it is always an honor to work together to bring their character to life in Idle Champions.

The third member of Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team has joined the fray, bringing a powerful DPS Champion to join her Support Champion friends, Donaar and K'thriss. Rosie will get better with every youngster you include in your formation, which considering her advanced age, is most non-elf/non-dwarf Champions in the game. She punches with fists honed over a century of experience. She lives life to the absolute fullest. And we think that once players have a chance to use her in their formations they will see the benefit of considering a centenarian Shadow Monk DPS in place of say, a Firbolg Druid ;)

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
March 15th
BW2: March 15th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Misc Update (March 15th, 2019)

- Added a “Gifts” button to the requests dialog so you don’t have to reload to see your gifts

- Fixed being able to friend whack manual-whack quest spawns (sorry)

- Fixed quest spawns getting stuck when you try to power whack them

- Wandering merchants now rotate properly (some were getting skipped over)

- Renamed the trinket crafting store to “Ye Trinket Tinkering Workshop”

- Renamed the trinket combining store to “Ye Trinket Integration Workshop”

- Renamed the Candy Apple store to “Ye Candied Apple Outlet”

- Made progress on Kaine’s Salt Desert mystery

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
March 13th
Idle Champions: Variants & QoL Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It is time for the first major Quality of Life update for 2019 — and we've included some new variants, to boot!

This update includes seven new challenging variants for the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast, Tomb of Annihilation, and Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaigns, as well as Quality of Life Updates around improving chest opening, blacksmith contract usage, and potion of polish usage.

Don't worry if the QoL change you are hoping for didn't make the cut today. Today's update is the first of several QoL updates planned for this year, and we may even be able to sneak in a few extras here and there with different events. Thank you all so much for your patience!

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • Silken Swamp: Hatchlings Underfoot — Spider Hatchlings spawn in each area. They move very quickly and drop no gold when killed. If a Spider Hatchling reaches the formation they are 'squished', dealing massive damage to the Champion who stepped on them.

  • Supply Run: On the Hunt — An archer wearing a long green cloak takes up a slot in the formation. Every 10 seconds they attack for a percentage of the Formation's DPS. Every 50 areas, an additional archer appears in the formation.

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • The Immortal Warrior: Form Ranks — Male Champions are only allowed in columns two and four. Female Champions are only allowed in columns one and three. Warden can be placed anywhere they wish.

  • The Wyrmheart Mine: Distribute Your Weight — Champions with three or more Champions adjacent to them have their DPS and Formation Abilities disabled.

  • The Guardian of Orolunga: Air's Getting Pretty Thin — As the Champions ascend the temple their damage is decreased based on their Constitution (CON) score. The higher the CON, the lower the damage reduction.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Trollskull Manor: House Of Darkness — Darkness shrouds Trollskull Manor. Enemies in darkness move much more quickly, and each time an enemy emerges from the darkness they surprise a random Champion, increasing their attack cooldown by two seconds for 10 seconds. This effect does not stack, however, whenever it is applied again the duration is refreshed.

  • Attack on the Manor: Our Time To Shine — Champions from the C-Team, Waffle Crew, Champions of the Hall, Heroes of Baldur's Gate, and Force Grey can NOT be used.

March 13, 2019 QoL Updates

  • Improved Chest Opening — You can now open up to 50 chests at once; you will be shown up to the 6 best cards from the chests you open, and then all the other loot afterwards.

  • Improved Potion of Polish Usage — When you use a Potion of Polish a button appears to immediately use another one.

  • Improved Blacksmith Contract Usage — When you use a Blacksmithing Contract a button appears to immediately use another one.

  • Leveling Up Champions — On the standard interface (Steam) You can now hold down the mouse button (or press down on the tablet) when leveling up a Champion to repeat the action over and over (until you run out of gold), similar to how the Gamepad UI/Console UI works with holding a button to level-up. Note: This feature will only be available on iOS/Android in the next client update.

  • Time Gates — When choosing which Time Gate to open, Champions' gear rarities will be displayed.

Coming Soon

  • Additional QoL Updates

  • Core Champion Balance Update

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a list of fixes!
March 8th
BW2: March 8th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

St. Patrick’s Event (March 8th, 2019)

- Updated St. Patrick’s Event
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added a minor secret to Rainbow's End Island
- Added reward options for Lost Pocket in Paradise quest if you've completed it in previous years
- Added 3 new pets available from Feb 15th to 18th

- Added Cu Sidhe Mount promo (free with BB purchase over $10; 30% more BBs over $5)

- Pet release dialog now has the “Favourites” filter.

- Rotated Ghost and Robot pets out of the Island Token store for Poot and Gelatinous Cube.

- Added 3 new Amicus trivia questions.

- Fixed serpent ranch items being available after the mount has expired.

- Added hint for Nate’s Salt Desert adventure to description of the Silver Spanner.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
March 8th
BW2: 2019 St. Patrick's Celebration! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Bushwhackers!

The Commons is greener than usual! That’s because the Commons Party Planning Committee is putting on a St. Patrick’s day party!

Unfortunately, the guests of honour seem to have gotten lost in the bushes. Go whack them up and help them find their way to the Event Area!

There are eight Leprechauns to whack up that will help you put on a rocking St. Patrick’s Day party! Every day the event goes on, the odds to whack them up gets larger, so you can get them all before it ends. Three of them will have turn-in stations for you to do and the others will have repeatable quests for you to do for event progress.

Unlocking throughout the event are previous year quest lines:

Mr. Keith is looking to put out his special brew again. Help him find the ingredients.

Seamus is in the mood to do some whacking of his own, but first he needs your help to make the perfect shillelagh.

Siobhan is throwing her version of an Irish Feast...but the dishes got lost in the bushes. Go find them for her!

Those poor snakes are tired of being whacked so often. Help their leader out by setting up his snake relocation program efforts.

Help Bree learn about Irish mythology!

A red Leprechaun up on the Rainbow's End Island might need your help at some point.

New for 2019:

If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward carousel critter for your ranch!



Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of EIGHTEEN possible achievements to earn in the St. Patrick’s Day 2019 event.

Achievements Returning for 2019
Little Rascal - Capture a pesky missing Leprechaun.
More Little Rascals - Capture all of the pesky missing Leprechauns.
Destructive Behavior - Help 25 times at each St. Patrick's Station.
A Perfect Brew - Help Mr. Keith make his brew.
King of Clubs - Help Seamus make a Shillelagh.
Mythological Detective - You helped Bree learn about Irish Mythology.
Crafty Brewing - Help Alec Guiness brew the craftiest of St. Patrick's beers. Rainbow Cloud Island - Find all of the Clover Pots on the Rainbow's End Island.
Crock in a Haystack - Make a whoopsie on Rainbow's End Island and then make it better.


Added/Changed for 2019
Green Garb and Gear - Purchase all of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day event items.*

We also have 8 achievements from previous years which may be earned by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

My Leprechaun! - Whack a Leprechaun while dressed like Rainbow (Wearing custom items from 2014.)
My Rainbow! - Whack Rainbow while dressed like a Leprechaun (Wearing custom items from 2013.)
Pot o' Swag - Purchase all of the 2018 St. Patrick's Day event items. Patty's Purchases - Purchase all of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day event items.
Always Wearing Green - Purchase all of the 2016 St. Patrick's Day event items.
Lucky Purchase - Purchase all of the 2015 St. Patrick's custom items.
Rainbow Braid - Purchase all of the 2014 St. Patrick's custom items.
Green Pride Week - Purchase all of the 2013 St. Patrick's custom items.

* The St. Patrick’s mini-golf piece is not included in the Green Garb and Gear achievement.

Mount Sale:

New 2019 Mount:



The Cu Sidhe is a fearsome hound from Irish mythology! It occasionally lets out three terrifying barks that can be heard for miles. It increases your speed by 45% and it's starting bonus turns 5% of your Nothings into Energy!

Get this mount free with the purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more during the weekend sale running until Monday March 11th @ Noon PDT!

Pet Packs:

New 2019 Pet Packs:



COMING SOON! Keep an eye out for the sale pop-up!

This event runs until Friday March 22nd @ Noon PDT.

Post your comments and questions here!

FAQ

What are the different leprechauns?
You can whack up two types of leprechauns: hatted and non-hatted.
  • There are 8 hatted ones to find, 3 will unlock turn-in stations, and the other 5 will give you daily quests. You must manually whack these ones to capture them.

  • The non-hatted ones will drop items for you to turn into the turn-in stations. You can quick whack and mana whack non-hatted leprechauns when they appear if you wish. The non-hatted leprechauns will *always* drop some turn-in items, rather than just having a chance to.


How can I find the leprechauns?
Just keep whacking. You could whack them all up in a day if you wanted to. The odds to whack up hatted leprechauns will increase as the event goes on.

What adds to my event progress?
Turning in items to the Gold, Beer and Clover stations, and doing quests for folks in the event area.

Do I have to do the achievements?
No. Completing the goals for the achievements is totally optional. You get either a large energy pack or a title for your character from them, no event progress.

Where can I see all the achievements available and how to get them?
Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

Why should I ask for friends to help boost turn-ins?
It increases the amount of progress you get from doing a turn-in.
March 7th
COTLI: Hermit's Premature Party 4 

There's no such thing as a party starting too early — at least, that's what The Washed Up Hermit believes. Why celebrate St. Patrick's day for just one day? Why not instead celebrate for a whole two weeks!?

Perhaps Hermit is excited because his latest guest, Ana Guinness, an internationally-renowned bartender, has really cranked the party up to 11. She's here to make sure every Crusader has the time of their lives, and with her millennia of experience to back up her skills, lets just say she knows how to keep a Tier 4 party going until the sun comes up a dozen times over.

Welcome to Hermit's Premature Party 4! Hermit's Premature Party 4 introduces Ana Guinness, and brings back Kyle the Party Bro, Larry the Leprechaun, Snickette the Sneaky, Squiggles the Clown, and Saint Patroika! The party ends on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Ana Guinness

News of your exploits has spread far and wide, from the crowded cities to the hidden taverns of fae kind. Ana Guinness, bartender extraordinaire, is ready to have some adventures of her own again, after millenia serving drinks to her fellow leprechauns.

Of course, she wouldn't be a leprechaun without an affinity for treasure, and if you follow the rainbow she guards, bosses you encounter will drop silver chests more often. Plus, gold will just rain from the monsters as they die before you from her gold find abilities.

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. Kyle the Party Bro, Larry the Leprechaun, Snickette the Sneaky, Squiggles the Clown, and Saint Patroika are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Ana Guinness | Ana Guinness takes up a slot in the formation If a boss drops a chest, you lose DPS for 30 seconds. Reach area 600.

  • Leprechaun Party | Leprechauns and Elf Crusaders only. Invisible leprechaun enemies spawn randomly and are invisible, only appearing once they reach your formation. Reach area 700.

  • My Girl Likes Treasure All The Time | A Greedy Coin takes up a slot in the formation. Whenever you pick up gold, the Greedy Coin disables DPS for several seconds. The Greedy Coin also deals damage over time to Clicker Crusaders. Reach area 750.

  • Beers to You | Area quest requirements are tripled. Additionally, special Beer Monsters spawn on occasion, which increase area quest progress by 10 upon death. Reach area 800.

  • The Emerald Isle | An emerald island takes up the center slot in the formation. For every 100 monsters you kill, one Crusader gets disabled for 30 seconds. Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled St. Patrick's 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, March 19, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Hermit's Premature Party 4!
March 1st
COTLI: Talents on Show 

Greetings, Crusaders!

Just in time for the first weekend of March, we have some new talents, tweaks, and changes that are sure to help you earn more crafting materials and make the most of your missions.

Read on to learn more...

New Talents

Impatience



Increases your chances to get shorter-duration Missions.

Prospector



Earn more Epic materials from Missions.

The More The Merrier



Send more Crusaders on Missions.

Jeweler



Increased chance to turn Silver Chests into Jeweled Chests.

Scrap Hoarder



Earn extra Common Materials from duplicate items.





Changes

  • Removed “Spend It All”, “Upgrade Them All”, and “Speed Looter”

    • Buying max Crusader levels/upgrades now unlocks for free upon clearing area 100

    • Being able to open multiple chests now unlocks for free after opening 50 chests

  • “Surplus Cooldown” is now Tier 2 and costs more

  • “Set Bonus” is now Tier 1 and costs less