April 29th
BW2: April 29th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Lake Island Rezoning Application (April 29th, 2019)

- Added the Lake Island Rezoning Application community quest, which allows plays to buy and expand a new ranch area once completed.

- Your pet is now hidden when you enter build mode

- Gold amounts on ranch expansion dialog are now comma separated

- Added missing tooltips to Quality and Fullscreen options buttons

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
April 29th
Lake Islands Rezoning! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Have you dreamed of having another piece of property to decorate? Well now you can make it a reality!

You and all your fellow players can now work together to help Celine submit a rezoning application for the lake islands, enabling you each to buy your own private island!

Once the rezoning is complete, if you are at least level 250, have fully upgraded your house, and have built all the buildings in the Commons, including the fourth floor of the skyscraper, you can purchase the Lake Island property, which you can expand and decorate like your ranch! You can even build a Cottage on it!

After you've bought your own Lake Island, Jim will help you build a boat to get there! Note that this boat will appear in the water near the upper right corner of your ranch. You'll have to make sure there aren't any items on your ranch blocking your view of it!

Three days after you've bought your island and have a boat to get there, Jim will offer to help you build a Cottage on the island. You must be level 290 to build the Lake Island Cottage.

Rezoning the lake islands is a cooperative quest, so everyone's contributions will count towards getting it done. Talk with Celine in the Town Hall to get started.

To contribute, you can complete the following quests:
- Special Document Paper (20 hour cooldown)
- Scrounging More Paper (Cannot accept during Special Document Paper quest. No cooldown)

Complete these quests until you reach your platform's goal!

Discuss on the forums!

Have fun!
April 24th
Idle Champions: The Grand Tour, Part 8 
Posted in Idle Champions.

After fighting their way through countless undead, monstrosities, and horrors, the time has finally come for the Champions to finish their journey in Barovia. It is time to storm Castle Ravenloft and face off against the vampire Strahd von Zarovich. Your final test awaits you...

Note: You will need to complete the Grand Tour Adventure Backtracking through Barovia in order to access these new adventures.

Excavating History

It is time to enter the infamous and foreboding Castle Ravenloft. However, the welcome the Champions receive is not what they were expecting...
  • Variant: Screams of the Dead — As the Champions ascend the tower, they are haunted by the screams of the dead. Old enemies appear in boss areas, forcing the Champions to fight through their fears and regrets.

Towering Expectations

The Champions have the tools needed to confront Strahd von Zarovich... but are they truly ready? There's only one way to find out!
  • Variant: Guests of the Groom — Barovian wedding 'guests' take up two slots in the formation, causing adjacent Champions to deal random amounts of damage.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
April 18th
COTLI: Nate's Candy Conundrum 4 

Good mythical morning! Not again! Nate's devious antics have landed your Crusaders in yet another sugar-coated parallel world. Will you conquer it in time and recruit new friends? Find out as you face down the sweet fiends in Nate's Candy Conundrum 4!

The Nate's Candy Conundrum 4 event runs until Tuesday, April 30th at Noon PDT. For more information, check out the How to Play /FAQ in-game!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Bridget the Painter

That heavenly laughter you hear? That's the sound of your new friend Bridget the Painter as she makes friends with everyone in your formation and paints them with good cheer. Plus, she'll increase the DPS of the Crusaders in front of her based on how many Good Crusaders are in the formation.

Note: Bridget is a wizard with her paint brush and she knows how to use it.

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. Alan the Archangel, RoboRabbit, Baenarall, Angel of Hope, Sisaron the Dragon Sorceress and Biff the Magic Rabbit are ready and raring to go, once you unlock them!

Five New Tier 4 Objectives!

  • Recruit Bridget the Painter | Reach area 600 with angels leading the way. Bridget takes up a slot in the formation and only Angel Crusaders will be able to deal DPS.

  • Spring is Sprung | Reach area 700 while only using the Crusaders from Nate's Candy Conundrum.

  • Chicken Rabbits | Reach area 750 while the Chicken Rabbits attack. And no, those aren't rabbits that are chicken. These tough monsters take extra time to kill, but while they're alive Chocolate Egg monsters will spawn. Chocolate Eggs drop extra gold, and always count towards quest progress when you kill them.

  • What's that Smell? | Reach area 800 with spoiled eggs. Four eggs take up spots in the formation and start out by providing good buffs to your Crusaders, but as you go deeper their rotten natures are revealed.

  • Which Came First? | Reach area 850 while solving an age-old question. Chicken and Dino monsters spawn at random. Chickens make Eggs, which make dinos, which make eggs, which make chickens, forever and ever!

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Easter 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 have until Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 12:00PM Pacific to complete Nate's Candy Conundrum 4!
April 18th
BW2: April 18th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Anniversary Celebration and Friendly Fixes (April 18th, 2019)

- 7th Anniversary Celebration is happening in the outdoor theater area of the Commons from April 17th to noon PST April 19th

- You can now see who helped a crop if you click it and mouse over the “helps” bar

- Fixed being able to bug people to play who have played recently, which should remove the “help stem the tide…” requests people are seeing when they play regularly

- Now show a popup saying "You already have the max number of friends, and cannot add any more!" when you open the request dialog via clicking to invite friends, if you have the max number of friends. This should reduce some invite spam players are seeing.

- Changed the type of the Balloon Kitty from “misc” to “premium”

- Fixed being able to remove a mount's base bonus when you remove levels of the same bonus (April 15th)

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
April 17th
Celebrate Bush Whacker 2's 7th Anniversary! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

As some of you may know, April 18th marks the day BW2 was first released.

We sometimes run a full Anniversary event, but this year, as with other years where Easter doesn't come early, we're dialing the party back to a small developer celebration in the Commons where the Theater currently stands.

Much like the 5th anniversary, you'll be able to get cake, buy items from past anniversary celebrations from Nick, and complete Georgia's quest to get 2 new developer gnomes.

The celebration will start at 9 AM (PDT) on Wednesday April 17th and end at noon (PDT) on Friday April 19th. Don't miss out!

Lastly, we'd like to thank you for being such an amazing community.
April 12th
Egg-tastic BW2 Easter Event 2019 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Easter Bushwhackers!

The Easter Bunny is back in town to bring the friendly competition of his egg hunt! That's what Easter is all about, right? The yummy chocolate eggs!

Every 8 hours, you can compete against 4 residents of the Commons in the Easter Egg Hunt! Plus, after your first Hunt of the day, you can hide eggs to set-up for the next hunt and whack monsters to keep the fields safe for the children!

Having trouble winning? Why not use some bonuses, available from the shady character in the wizard hat in the Event Area. Boosts are available for purchase for Easter Tokens after you complete your first Egg Hunt of the event.

Help make the eggs with the three turn-in stations! With all the Unpainted Eggs, Dye and Wax, we can make some pretty egg designs!

Chef Elza will have her bevy of recipes for you to help her prepare to have an awesome Easter feast!

Speaking of Easter feasts, lambs are so very cute, aren’t they? Help Lambchop save her fellow fluffy lambs from ending up on Easter feast tables.

Grab Jelly Beans and Peeps every 20 hours for extra Easter progress and tokens! Plus, each of the turn-in station owners will have a bonus quest for you to complete, and you'll get to help the poor confused soul deal with Easter moving around.

You can help one character make a Chocolate Easter Egg, because who doesn't need more sugar? And you'll be able to make a custom hat! This year, you'll be able to get the hats for both genders for completing the quest for Hyatt the Hat Maker!

Finally, don't forget to help a bilby evict some invasive bunnies... a lot of them. It starts tomorrow, Saturday April 13th, at Noon Pacific Time to give you time to finish it.

New for 2019:
If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward carousel critter for your ranch!



The World Wide Easter Egg Hunt has been updated for this year! You can find up to 90 Eggs, hidden in new spots, depending on your progress in the game.

Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of EIGHTEEN possible achievements to earn in the Easter 2018 event.

Achievements Returning for 2019
Winner, Winner! - Win the Easter Egg Hunt. You can do it!
Greedy! - Win the Easter Egg Hunt with a perfect score.
Easter Feasting - Help the Chef prepare for the Easter feast!
Basket Weaving 101 - Complete the Easter Reeds quest 5 times.
Pro Egg Designer - Help 40 times at each of the Egg Stations.
Lambs against Lamb - Help Lambchop protest certain feast choices.
World Wide Hunter - Find 5 eggs during the World Wide Egg Hunt.
Chocolate Egg Maker - Help Edna make her own chocolate Easter eggs.
Hyatt's Hats Hustler - Help Hyatt unlock his passion for creating hats!
Bunny Invasion! - Help save the bilbies by capturing invasive bunnies during the Easter event

Added/Changed for 2018
Easter Earner - Purchase all the 2019 Easter custom items.*
Egg Eagle Eye - Find all 90 of the eggs during the World Wide Egg Hunt [HARD! Requires most of the Salt Desert content finished]

We also have 7 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Eggregious Purchases - Purchase all the 2018 Easter custom items.
Easter Item Exodus - Purchase all the 2017 Easter custom items.
Easter Decorator - Purchase all the 2016 Easter custom items.
Gone Egg Crazy - Purchase all the 2015 Easter custom items.
Easter Token Finder - Purchase all of the 2014 Easter custom items.
Eggtacular - Purchase all the 2013 Easter custom items.
That's Not Fair! - Win the Egg Hunt while dressed as the Easter Bunny (2013 customization items: Rabbit Hat, Rabbit Nose and Bunny Cape)

*The Easter mini-golf piece is not included in the Easter Earner achievement.

New 2019 Pet Packs:



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

The event will run until Friday April 26th 2019 @ 1pm PDT.

Plan your attack for finding all the Easter eggs here!

FAQ

How do I participate in the Easter Egg Hunt?
Talk to the NPC under the Easter Egg Hunt banner to be teleported to the hunting zone.

What do I do in the Easter Egg Hunt zone?
Click on all the crates, barrels, rocks and bushes trying to find as many eggs as you can. There are only 20 eggs hidden in all the doodads.

How do I get a perfect score in the Easter Egg Hunt?
You need to collect all 20 eggs - basically not letting any of the other hunters find any.

I’m too slow at the Hunt. How can I be better?
The NPC with the wizard hat in the event area of the Commons sells boosts for Easter Tokens. Speed up your character and distract the other hunters with his wares. Also, travel in a circle, starting in the area closest to where everyone else is being distracted. And don't click on the searchable items themselves, click beside them. Clicking on the item causes you to walk slower.

When will the last quest unlock?
All quests will be unlocked by the 10th day of the event.

What contributes to my 100% progress?
Turning in the Unpainted Eggs, the Dye and the Wax as well as completing the Easter Egg Hunt and the quests for the folks in the event area.

Why do I want to ask friends for help?
It increases the amount of progress you get from doing a turn-in.

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 the achievements available and how to get them?
Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

When can I do the World Wide Easter Egg Hunt?
The World Wide Easter Egg Hunt starts on Good Friday - April 19th - and lasts for the rest of the event.

Where do I find World Wide Easter Egg Hunt Eggs?
Once the hunt has started, you can find eggs by clicking them in many of the zones in the world. Eggs are hidden behind rocks and trees and in tricky to access locations in normal zones, secret areas, and adventure zones all over the world. Not every area has an egg hidden in it. There are 75 eggs hidden throughout the world in total, but you'll need to be done most of the content in the game to find them all.
April 12th
BW2: April 12th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Easter Event (April 12th, 2019)

- Updated the Easter Event for 2019:
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added 10 more Easter eggs to the world wide Easter egg hunt
- Added 3 new pets available from April 19th to 22nd
- Added Easter Gryphon mount available in Bush Bucks sale from April 12th to 15th

- Added a new pet summary bonus for 550 unique pets which rewards 9 Unique DNA

- Can now buy 5 Hay from Clint’s “Ye Fanciful Feeds Grocery” once per day for 4 Mount Bucks

- Feeds in Clint’s “Ye Fanciful Feeds Grocery” now tell you why you can’t buy them when you have the maximum amount of them

- Made some optimizations to the ranch inventory/store/storage dialog

- Added graphic for “No Category” in ranch store

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
April 10th
Idle Champions: Greengrass 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The start of spring is traditionally marked by a day of peace and rejoicing, featuring beautiful displays of flowers in celebration of Lathander, God of Spring and The Morninglord. Unfortunately for the town of Triboar on the Sword Coast, their celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of a githyanki raiding party... That's right, it's time for the Greengrass Y2 event!

Greengrass 2 runs until Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT. Our latest Year Two Event introduces Aila, the Storm Herald Barbarian and Hero of Aerois. It also brings back Nrakk, the Githzerai Monk!

New Champion: Aila

    Aila was found and raised by a clan of wild elves, but never truly felt like she belonged. The tartan that was found with her is the only clue she has to her lost elven roots. Aila is stubborn and proud. Whenever anyone questions her past, she simply states 'I'm a delight!'. However, her smirk holds a lifetime of anger & questions that she's held close to her heart.
Aila is a path of the Storm Herald Barbarian, able to Tank and Support in formations. She wields the primal power of storms to damage, stun, and weaken enemies.

When you want to add Aila to your formation, you can swap her with Makos (Slot 9). For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Aila dev blog!

Returning Champion: Nrakk

    Having watched your party's progress for many years from Limbo, the Great Githzerai, Zaerith Menyar-Ag-Gith, has dispatched Nrakk to join your party on the Material Plane. Though his true motivations are unknown, Nrakk is a Way of the Kensei monk whose weapon of choice is a Naginata, making him a true force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Reserved and aloof, Nrakk sometimes has a hard time interacting with those he sees as his lessers, but he nevertheless seems committed to the party's cause.
Nrakk is a methodical Githzerai DPS Champion. His methodical approach to DPS has him able to deal AoE damage, stun, and bonus damage to single targets. When you want to add Nrakk to your party, you can swap him with Delina or Hitch (Slot 8).

Year Two Variants

  • Pixie Machinations — A pixie riding an intellect devourer (like you do) arrives in every area. When it appears, a random Champion is stunned until the pixie is destroyed.

  • Starve Them Out — Only champions with INT 12 or less can be used. A giant intellect devourer with 200 armor-based HP arrives in each area. While it is alive, all other monsters are immune to damage. For each collective point of intellect BELOW 12 in your formation, the giant intellect devourer's armor is reduced by 10, to a minimum of 10 armor-based hits. For example. If you have Bruenor in your formation, his 8 INT (4 less than 12) will reduce the giant intellect devourer's health by 40 (4x10).

  • Ride the Storm — Aila starts in your formation. Aila's Storm Aura hits two enemies with each strike. Only enemies who are either Primed or Electrified by Aila can be damaged.

Year One Variants

  • Whispers — The Elder Brain slowly drives your Champions mad. Whenever a Champion lands a killing blow, they gain 5–10 stacks of a "Whispers" debuff. When they reach 100+ stacks, they are stunned for 15 seconds.

  • Flower Power — Sentient flower enemies spawn at random in non-boss areas. When killed, they imbue the champion who killed them with a random power, which can be good or bad.

  • Unlikely Allies — Two Githzerai monks take up slots in the formation. Each increases the DPS of Nrakk by 400% as long as he is adjacent to them, stacking multiplicatively.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

April 10th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Aila 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Her eyes narrow. The corner of her lips curl up into a smile so slight, it's barely noticeable. "What did you say?" She asks stepping forward.

Her hand instinctively reaches to her warhammer. The air around us electrifies instantly. "Here we go again," I say as I reach for my weapons.

"What?" She turns around, smirking openly now. "I'm a delight!" She laughs as her barbarian rage takes over and she jumps into the fray; lightning coursing through her Warhammer, the Howling Gale.

Aila was created by Katie Morrison, a member of The High Rollers D&D crew, based in the UK. The High Rollers stream each week at the High Rollers Twitch page at 5PM BST, or noon Eastern every Sunday. You can also follow thair adventures on Youtube! For more info on Aila, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.


Aila's Stats

Race: Wild Elf Class: Barbarian Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
STR: 18 DEX: 18 CON: 16
INT: 9 WIS: 13 CHA: 10

Aila is a path of the Storm Herald Barbarian, able to Tank and Support in formations. She wields the primal power of storms to damage, stun, and weaken enemies. When you want to add Aila to your formation, you can swap her with Makos (Slot 9).

Aila's Story

Aila was found in the lowlands of Aerois by the wild elf Airdeith clan. While she is also a wild elf, she hails from a long lost clan. The only clue she has to her past is the tartan that was found with her.

When she grew older she began to realize that she possessed powers that most others didn't. When angered, her fingertips would produce lightning. She cultivated the strength of her ancestors, becoming the Barbarian that now travels with the Heroes of Aerois. She is stubborn, proud, and often very sarcastic.

Wild elves in Aerois typically have Celtic and Viking themes which inspired Katie to bring her own Scottish roots into her character. The scrap of clan tartan became an important item and Aila's story was formed around it. The name Aila means "from the strong place" in Scottish Gaelic. A fitting name for a barbarian!

The Art of Aila

Aila's portrait and model were drawn by Alexis Theroux. Her equipment was drawn by Kat Crane! As always, they've done an amazing job and we hope all of you enjoy their efforts on Aila!

Basic Attack

Aila attacks the nearest enemy with her warhammer, the Howling Gale, knocking them back slighlty with the gust cantrip.

Formation Abilities

Before we get into her abilities, I want to talk about two statuses she inflicts on enemies: Primed and Electrified. Multiple formation abilities refer to both Primed and Electrified enemies. Enemies become Primed from Aila's Storm Aura. They become Electrified from her Storm Soul & Raging Storm abilities. Primed enemies take more damage from all Champions. Electrified enemies take EVEN MORE damage!


Primed enemies are shown visually by a small lightning ball overlay on their model.
Electrified enemies are shown visually by a wreath of lightning around them.

  • Storm Aura — Every 4 seconds a random enemy approaching the formation is Primed. Primed enemies take 50% more damage from all Champions.

  • Heart of the Storm — Increases the health of all Champions by 25% of Aila's max health.

  • Storm Soul — When Aila attacks a Primed enemy, they are stunned for 2 seconds and they become Electrified, increasing the damage they take from all Champions by a much larger amount for EACH Electrified enemy on screen!

  • Raging Storm — When Aila attacks an Electrified enemy, all nearby Primed enemies become Electrified and then all nearby Electrified enemies are stunned for .5 seconds.

  • Shielding Storm — When an Electrified enemy attacks Aila, she gains temporary HP at 10% of her max health for each Electrified enemy on screen.

-----Update! 5/22-----

  • Aerois Synergy — We're introducing a new affiliation boon for the Heroes of Aerois! There will be a pool created when either Aila or Qillek is in your formation and has the Aerois Synergy upgrade unlocked. The pool is noted as the Aerois Synergy Pool. Heroes of Aerois contribute to the pool based on how well they're performing in the formation, and then one or more of their abilities are buffed by a percentage of that total pool. The more Heroes of Aerois Champions you have in the formation, the higher the pool, and the higher the buffs to each Champions' ability!

    You can see what the pool total is by viewing the formation buffs for each Champion once they unlock their Synergy formation ability. The details of Aila's contributions are listed below. For her, enemies that are electrified take additional damage based on a percentage of the total Aerois Synergy Pool.



  • -----End of 5/22 Update-----



    Specializations

    • Stormcaller — Reduces the cooldown on Aila's Storm Aura by 2 seconds. Use this if you want to get more enemies Primed quicker!

    • Stormbreaker — Increases Aila's Storm Soul stun by 2 seconds and increase the length of Aila's Raging Storm stun by .5 seconds. Use this if you need to hold enemies back longer, allowing your DPS Champions time to clear them out!

    Ultimate Attack

      Storm Herald — Aila lifts her Warhammer high into the sky, calling the lightning and unleashing the power of her ancestors. Once her warhammer is charged with lightning, she unleashes it across all enemies, damaging and stunning them for 5 seconds. It deals 10% more damage for each Electrified Enemy on screen.

    Equipment


    • Furs of the Stormbringer — As a barbarian of the lowlands, she's been raised to hunt. "Take what you can and leave nothing behind; it's the way of my people."

    • Mr Snappy the Trap — Mr Snappy is always around if you need a quick meal.

    • The Howling Gale — The warhammer given to her by the Airdeith, her adoptive clan.

    • Heritage Tartan — She was found and raised by the Airdeith clan. The tartan she carries is the only clue to her past.

    • Airdeith Clan Boots — "Just because I'm a barbarian, doesn't mean I run around with bare feet!"

    • Belt of the Storms — Why have a simple belt when you can be awesome instead?

    Final Thoughts

    We are super excited to begin introducing the Heroes of Aerois to Idle Champions. If you enjoy the character, consider checking out their Aerois campaign on the High Rollers Twitch channel!

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!