August 16th
BW2: Dog Days of Summer 2019 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

The residents of the Commons want to close out summer with a blast! That big old event field sits there empty most of the time anyways. Help them build an awesome temporary pool to chill out beside. Once you've completed all three building quests, the residents will come in and there will be 3 turn-in stations where you can bring Towels, Sunscreen and Life Rings to get event tokens for buying this year's custom items!

Check out the Companion Racing Track once it becomes available, and you'll be able to bet on pet races! You can only win the prizes once per day though.

Later on in the event, you'll need to help an NPC train their unlikely companion to participate in the race!

Nate's New Puppies!
Plus, foster an adorable puppy for Nate. It seems he's accidentally ordered too many dogs (again!!) and needs your help to look after them temporarily. Choose one of the 3 to help him out! Once you equip your dog, Nate has some daily quests for you to do to keep the ball of energy that is your puppy occupied. Love the look of the dog? Permanently adopt it with a simple purchase!



New for 2019!
We've made some minor adjustments to the Companion Race Track betting, in hopes of making it a bit more affordable and predictable.

You can also look forward to a 5th upgrade to the trinket Wally has made for you! With some more glitter, he can improve it from Burnished to Fripperous, which is 5% more effective!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are 16 possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2019 event:

Achievements Returning for 2019:
Pool Digger - Build the Pool for the Dog Days event.
Safety First! - Help at each pool-side station during the event.
Safety to the Max! - Help at each pool station 50 times - must first complete "Safety First!"
Doggy Daycare - Complete all the doggy dailies.
Man's Best Friend- Level your doggy pet up to level 10.
Training Day - Complete all the puppy training quests.
Dog Days Race Track - Successfully win 5 bets on the Companion Race Track.
Pro Racer Assesser - Buy all the racer assessment upgrades for the Companion Race Track.
The Plodding Blob - Help Shayla Sharker train her blobfish for the Companion Race Track.

Added/Changed for 2019:
Dog Toy Takehomes - Purchase all the custom items for 2019.*

We have the following achievements from previous years, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present/didn't earn it during the initial year:
Dog Days Sale - Buy all the custom items and pool items from 2013.
Dog Days Outlet - Buy all the custom items for 2014.
Summer Supplies - Purchase all the custom items for 2015.
Summer Souvenirs - Purchase all the custom items for 2016.
Pool Party Procurer - Purchase all the custom items for 2017.
Good Dog Goods - Purchase all the custom items for 2018.

* The Dog Days Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the achievement, and therefore it is not a required purchase.

New 2019 Mounts!

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from August 16th to 19th!

The Crocotta mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Exotic Crocotta and Ember Crocotta are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!



The event will run until Friday August 30st at Noon PDT.

Chat about the event and your new puppy companion on the forums!
August 16th
BW2: August 16th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Dog Days of Summer Event (August 16th, 2019)

- Updated Dog Days of Summer Event
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Reduced gold cost of placing companion race track bets
- Wally the Trinketsmith can improve your trinket a fifth time via his event quest line
- Increased the difference in odds provided by the different “levels” of fitness and mood to of race track competitors to make betting a little more predictable
- Reduced cost of racer assessment books and bet buy-in
- Added 3 new pets available from August 23rd to 26th
- Added Crocotta mount available in Bush Bucks sale from August 16th to 19th
- Added Exotic Crocotta and Ember Crocotta mounts in standard mount packs from August 16th to 19th

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
August 14th
Idle Champions: Ahghairon's Day 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Each year the citizens of Waterdeep celebrate Ahghairon's Day, honoring the first Open Lord of Waterdeep and the founder of the Lords of Waterdeep. Common folk leave violets and effigies at Ahghairon's Tower and the House of Wonder, Lords toast Ahghairon and the Watchful Order, and Guildmasters offer toasts in the name of the Lords.

For this year's festivities, the party has received an assignment from the Open Lord of Waterdeep, Laeral Silverhand — and when the Open Lord calls, you must answer...

Ahghairon's Day 2 introduces Jim Darkmagic, the most famous and powerful wizard from Acquisitions Incorporated. Players will have until Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock Jim!

New Champion: Jim Darkmagic

    James Winifred Darkmagic III is the scion of a mysterious, multi-planar wizarding family. As an entertainer and purveyor of the 'Jim Darkmagic Experience,' the legendary mage can often be found in markets and town squares performing feats of mundane legerdemain. The renown he has earned for these feats is nearly equaled by the reputation that follows him as a Chief Arcanist (and occasional arsonist) for Acquisitions Incorporated.
Jim is a DPS and Support Champion. His Wand of Wonder offers varied Support effects, and his Magic Magic Magic Magic increases the DPS of Champions with magic base attacks. When you want to add Jim to your formation, you can swap him with Minsc (Slot 7).

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

Year One Champion: Ishi Snaggletooth

    Ishi Snaggletooth hails from a warren of Kobolds living in the sewers under Baldur's Gate. Always the type to be more curious than careful, she accidentally stowed away on a ship headed to Port Nyanzaru. There, she met her dear friend, the Firbolg Littlefox. Often shunned by humans, Ishi hopes to prove herself as a true hero however she can. Ishi's biggest claim to fame is the defeat of the known swordsman, Hershel Von Saberburg, and since that day she's touted herself as a renowned duelist to anyone that'll listen to her.
Ishi is always the fastest Champion in your formation. She increases her own damage as well as the party's Gold Find based on the number of non-human members. When you want to add Ishi to your party, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

Year Two Variants

  • Spelling "Bee" — Our Champions continue to struggle to spell "Ahghairon's day". Spelling Bees spawn at random, reducing the DPS of whomever kills them by 90% for 20 seconds. If that Champion kills another Spelling Bee before their debuff expires, the effect stacks and resets the cooldown back to 20 seconds.
    Reach area 75.

  • Magical Misadventure — Only Champions whose base attacks are magical may be used.
    Reach area 125.

  • Center of the Multiverse — Jim Darkmagic starts the adventure in the formation and cannot be moved or swapped out. Only formation slots which Jim considers to be useful to himself may be used (the columns in front of and behind him).
    Reach area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Memory Magic — Two slots in your formation are affected by a magical spell causing all of the bandits to fight for the Eye of Gruumsh spellcaster. These affected slots change every 15 seconds by moving to a random adjacent slot. Heroes in affected slots must concentrate on resisting the magic, so they are unable to attack and all their Formation Abilities are disabled.
    Reach area 75.

  • Orcs Among Us — One, two, or three Powered-up Orc Fighters spawn randomly with each wave. They have triple health, do triple damage, they do not drop any gold, and they do not count toward any quest progress.
    Reach area 125.

  • No Humans Allowed — Ishi has been shunned by humans too many times, and for once she just wants them to see how it feels! You cannot use Human Champions in this variant.
    Reach area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

August 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Jim Darkmagic 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of James "Jim" Winifred Darkmagic III, human wizard and member of Acquisition's Incorporated. Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion releasing later today in Ahghairon's Day Y2!

"Jim" who?

    James Winifred Darkmagic III is the scion of a mysterious, multiplanar wizarding family. As an entertainer and purveyor of the 'Jim Darkmagic Experience,' the legendary mage can often be found in markets and town squares performing feats of mundane legerdemain. The renown he has earned for these feats is nearly equaled by the reputation that follows him as a Chief Arcanist (and occasional arsonist) for Acquisitions Incorporated.
Jim Darkmagic is a founding member of the Acquisitions Incorporated, played by Mike Krahulik. He joins his 'comrades' from the C-Team: Rosie, K'thriss, Donaar, and Walnut.


Jim's Stats


Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Neutral Class: Wizard
Age: 41 Affiliation: Acquisitions Incorporated
STR: 8 DEX: 14 CON: 10
INT: 18 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

To add Jim to your formation, you can swap him with Minsc (Slot 7).

Basic Attack

Jim attacks random enemies with his own brand of magic missiles.

Formation Abilities

  • Magic magic magic magic — Increase the damage of all Champions whose base attacks are magic by 50% (stacks multiplicatively) for each such Champion in the formation.

  • Wand of Wonder — Every 5 attacks, Jim uses their Wand of Wonder. It provides one of four random effects:
    • Slow the target for 15 seconds.
    • Stun the target for 5 seconds.
    • Polymorph the target into an abyssal chicken with very little health or an armored mimic that drops more gold. (this effect cannot affect boss or special creatures).
  • Fan Club — Increase Jim's damage by 50% for each Champion in the column in front of and behind them (stacks multiplicatively).

  • Specializations

    Jim's Specializations allow him to choose which route to focus on, DPS (Darkmagic cheer squad) or Support (Is there an echo in here?)

    • Darkmagic Cheer Squad — This choice will increase the effect of Jim's Fan Club, letting him focus on his own damage.

    • Is There An Echo In Here? — This choice will increase the effect of Magic magic magic magic, allowing him to support his allies more, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Ultimate Attack

      Jim's Magical Maelstrom — Jim attacks all enemies with a showery shower of sparks. You can't miss it!

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

    We're psyched to add Jim to the game, and feel he has a lot to offer the most magical of formations.

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    August 13th
    Idle Champions: Vizier Familiar & PAX West 2019 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    Greetings, Champions!

    We hope your August has been filled with joy and adventures, both inside and outside Idle Champions. It's a very busy month for us here at Codename Entertainment, not just because we continue to work on live servicing our games while half our staff go on holiday, but also because we're gearing up for PAX West.

    Wait -- did we mention that we'll be at PAX West again this year? Whoops. Let me start over. We're going to be at PAX West again this year! And not only are we hosting our very own booth (#7301 on Floor 6) but we will be featuring a whole bunch of fun stuff. Read on to learn more...

    Put a Bird on it for Charity

    Some of you may remember that last year we did a charity fundraiser for Take This and AFK Rooms at PAX, raising over $11,500 in support of Mental Health Awareness!

    This year we have partnered with the incredible Amy T. Falcone, aka Walnut Dankgrass on Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, to bring Walnut's Familiar, Vizier, the Steller's Jay, to Idle Champions.

    Would you like to know more? We have a video for you!



    Through August 27th, 2019, all net proceeds from the Vizier the Steller's Jay Familiar Pack will be donated to Take This in support of AFK Rooms at PAX events. It's a fantastic cause and one we really believe in, so we hope you'll help!

    Meet the Cool Kids

    What fun is a PAX without your friends? This year we're hosting some amazingly-talented folks over at Booth 7301 for signings/meet & greets, and when we're not already introducing you to awesome people our artists will be drawing caricatures of PAX attendees as D&D classes. Ever wanted to have your likeness immortalized as a Warlock or Barbarian on a fragile sheet of paper? PAX West is your chance!

    PAX West Booth 7301 Schedule

    Note: subject to change, because, well, things happen and you adapt ;)


    TIME Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
    10AM–12PM Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures
    12PM–1PM High Rollers The "C" Team &
    Anna Prosser
    The "C" Team PT1 &
    Anna Prosser
    Caricatures
    1PM–2PM Caricatures Caricatures The "C" Team PT2 &
    Jeremy Crawford
    Caricatures
    2PM–3PM Erin M Evans Erin M Evans &
    Jeremy Crawford
    Caricatures Caricatures
    3PM–4PM Caricatures High Rollers High Rollers Caricatures
    4PM–5PM Scott Kurtz Caricatures Scott Kurtz Caricatures
    5PM–6PM Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures Caricatures

    Yes, you read that right: it's all caricatures, all day long on Monday, September 2nd. Many PAX attendees wait until Monday to get their caricatures done, and that's awesome - but keep in mind that the queue for caricatures does tend to fill up quickly!

    Free PAX Stuff™

    At past events we've always had a selection of Champions for players to pick up through Champion Postcards. This PAX we're going to put a little bit of a spin on it and make things far more simple. There will be one giveaway to rule them all: Rockstar Jim Darkmagic!

    Anyone who drops by Booth 7301 can pick up a Champion Postcard that unlocks Rockstar Jim Darkmagic, a costume based on Mike Krahulik's cosplay at Acquisitions Incorporated Live - PAX West 2018. And, if you don't already have Jim Darkmagic unlocked, the Rockstar Jim Darkmagic Postcard will unlock him for you as well.



    I can already hear the collective groan of players who will miss out on PAX West and their chance to get Rockstar Jim Darkmagic. Worry not, friends — we will be making Rockstar Jim Darkmagic available again in the future. So while PAX West 2019 will be your first chance to get this exclusive outfit, it will return, and in the meantime you'll be at least as cool as Jim!

    Is that it?

    No, that's not all! But the other stuff isn't quite ready to be shared. We have a rather ambitious idea for our booth setup this year and we're still working on it, unsure about whether or not this crazy idea will work. We hope to share that info soon, but everyone may have to wait until the doors open to PAX West and then head on over to Booth 7301 on Floor 6 in order to find out...

    In the meantime, we hope you'll consider contributing to Take This by grabbing your very own Vizier the Steller's Jay Familiar!

    August 7th
    Idle Champions: Feats & The Grand Tour, Part 9 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    Following a climactic battle with the vampire lord Strahd von Zarovich in Castle Ravenloft, the Champions have found their way back to the Sword Coast, close to Mirabar and the Lurkwood.

    Along the road, the Champions come across Volothamp Geddarm, the scholar they first met back in Waterdeep during A Botched Kidnapping. Volo invites them on a hunt for an elusive beast...

    Today's update features the ninth (nein!) update for our Grand Tour of the Sword Coast campaign, along with our new Feats system! Read on to learn more!

    Note: You will need to complete the Grand Tour Adventure Towering Expectations in order to access these new adventures.

    Feats

    Feats have arrived! Feats are small, Champion-specific buffs that can be unlocked and assigned to your Champions. They offer an additional level of customization for your favorite Champions — and may even provide some new formation opportunities!

    Various rarities of Feats can be found or unlocked throughout Idle Champions. Some Feats are available by default for each Champion, while others are found in Gold Chests, purchased with gems, or sold with Weekend Buff Chests or other premium packages. Don't worry, Feats sold with Weekend Buffs or premium packages will also be available for larges sum of gems when the chests or package goes on sale.

    For more information on Feats, check out our Feats Developer Blog.

    Who Lurks in Lurkwood

    Back from Barovia, the Champions find themselves on the road to Mirabar. Along the way they run into Volothamp Geddarm, who invites them on a hunt for an elusive beast...
    • Variant: Bullywugs in the Bog — Two local Bullywugs take up spots in the formation. Reach area 325.

    Orcs are Wild

    A wounded Eye of Gruumsh pleads for aid. A Hobgoblin Wizard has taken over his tribe and corrupted them, and it's up to the Champions to stop it..
    • Variant: An Abyssal Situation — Abyssal Chickens are everywhere! After every 10th enemy spawn, an armored Abyssal Chicken will appear. They do not grant gold or quest progress. Every 10 areas the number of Abyssal Chickens that spawns increases by one (2 per area in area 11–20, 3 per area from 21–30, 4 per area from 31–40, etc, with 32 in area 291–300). Reach area 300.

    See the in-game Change Log for more information!
    August 2nd
    BW2: August 2nd, 2019 Release Notes 
    Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

    Bulk Rune Crafting (August 2nd, 2019)

    - Added a limited time quest to catch a crocodile! Ends at noon on Tuesday August 6th.

    - Can now craft Luck Spheres, Rune Dusts, and Runes in bulk! You can set the quantity next to the Craft button on the Rune Crafting Dialog.

    - When increasing bulk purchase amounts in select stores, you can now hold Shift to increase/decrease by increments of 10, and hold Shift+Ctrl for increments of 100.

    - Fixed the type filter getting set to All when reopening the rune Combine and Disenchant dialogs instead of being set to the same filter used last time the dialogs were opened.

    - Now show the number of runes out of your max on rune Combine and Crafting dialogs.

    - Fixed the longer names of some Runes getting cut off in their tooltip.

    - Fixed the longer names of some Runes and Luck Spheres getting cut off on the bottom row of the Rune Combining Dialog.

    - Fixed the disenchant all warning popup always having a comma after the last rune name.

    - Fixed a null reference exception being thrown when you release a pet without having one equipped.

    - Adjusted the spacing of non-pet/mount inventory tooltips.

    - Removed TrialPay bush bucks offer banner from bottom of the Buy Bush Bucks dialog on Facebook.

    - Optimized some purchasing calls, premium, and from in-game stores.

    - Optimized the Claim Gifts call, making it much faster and preventing the issues around being unable to connect to the server when claiming a gift (as of July 22nd).

    - Fixed being unable to click to open gifts when you’ve got the Bramblenomicon equipped (as of July 22nd).

    - Adjusted computer I/O ranch items so they can be placed on desk ranch item.

    - Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
    August 2nd
    Dev Blog: Feats 
    Posted in Idle Champions.


    Want to learn more about the upcoming Feats system in Idle Champions? Well, you've come to the right place! Read on below to learn how you will be able to use Feats to augment your Champions' power and customize them to your liking!

    What are Feats?

    Oh, I'm glad you asked! Feats are small, Champion-specific buffs that you can unlock and assign to your Champions. You can have a small number of Feats assigned to each Champion at once, based on how many Feat Slots you've unlocked for the particular Champion. Feats allow you to customize your Champions in ways that make them better for you, and could unlock new formation possibilities.

    How do I unlock Feat Slots?

    Feat Slots are unlocked when a Champion reaches specific Champion levels. Once a Feat Slot is unlocked, it's unlocked forever and persists through resets. Additional Feat Slots require higher and higher Champion levels. You can see the level you must reach to unlock a new Feat Slot on the Champion Profile dialog. The level requirements are unique to each Champion.

    How do I get Feats?

    A small set of uncommon-tier Feats are available by default for every Champion. Rare feats can be found in gold chests (for all Champions, not just core and evergreen), or purchased with gems (it varies from Feat to Feat). Some epic Feats may be sold as sweeteners with weekend buff chests or found in other premium packages. Such Feats will also be available for a large sum of gems, starting as soon as the chests or package goes on sale.

    How do I assign Feats?

    You can assign Feats on the Champion Profile dialog. Select an unlocked Feat to assign it to an available Feat Slot. On the Champion Profile you can also see all the locked Feats for that Champion, and purchase ones which cost gems to unlock.

    What kinds of things do Feats buff?

    The initial set of Feats can do the following:
    • Buff a Champion's own damage
    • Buff global damage
    • Buff a Champion's hit points
    • Buff a Champion's healing
    • Buff the party's gold find
    • Buff one of Champion's formation abilities
    • Increase the overwhelm point of a Champion
    • Increase an ability score by 1 (STR/CON/DEX/INT/WIS/CHA)
    Additional Feats may be added in the future that expand on this list.

    What are the odds to get a Feat from a Gold Chest?

    The odds to get a Feat from a gold chest are approximately 4% (1 in 25 chests). There is currently no pity timer on Feat drops from gold chests, so it's possible to go more chests than that without finding one. It is not currently possible to earn multiple Feats from a single gold chest.

    Can I get Feats from any other chest types?

    No. You can currently only get Feats from normal gold chests. Champion specific or weekend chests will not drop Feat cards.

    Will new Champions have Feats right away?

    Yes, new event and evergreen Champions will have a small set of Feats available as soon as they are released.

    Will you add more Feats for existing Champions?

    Yes, we plan to add additional Feats for some Champions over time as the opportunity arises.

    When is this system going to be released?

    Soon!™



    Got any more questions about Feats? Tune in to our live stream over at twitch.tv/dnd starting at 1:00pm PDT on Thursday, August 8th! Lead Designer Justin Stocks will be joining Host Dylan Wilks to answer all your Feats-based questions!
    August 1st
    Idle Champions Now Available on Xbox Globally! 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    Codename Entertainment is proud to announce Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is available on Xbox One in Europe and several other countries globally.

    Xbox One fans can finally get their fix of Idle Champions if you live in one of the following countries:

    Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.

    Global: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Turkey.



    If you have Remote Install on your console, don't delay! You can install Idle Champions remotely to your Xbox One by clicking this link. Otherwise, just search for 'Idle Champions' on the Xbox Store.
    August 1st
    COTLI: Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 

    Nothing says 'summer' like going on adventures in the wilderness! Join Littlefoot and her entourage of Crusaders who love the great outdoors for another one of Littlefoot's Big Adventures!

    Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 introduces Langley, the Conductor and brings back Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun. The adventure ends on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

    New Tier 4 Crusader: Langley, the Conductor

    Langley is a naturally adventurous person. While on vacation, they came across the rest of the Crusaders and decided to join them on Littlefoot's Big Adventure!

    If you're hoping for extra Gold Find and Support, Langley is here to help! Their Chew Chew ability increases Gold Find for each adjacent Crusader in the formation while also increasing the damage of Crusaders two or more spaces away. Ticket Please and Whistle all the Way increase your Gold Find even more. With My Friend Thomas Langley will throw a toy train at an enemy, causing the monster killed by the train to drop even more gold. Flip the Switch allows formation abilities affecting Langley to also apply to those Crusaders in the column directly behind Langley and All Aboard increases the effect of Chew Chew for each boss area you clear for the first time on the current reset.

    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. Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun are all once again available to unlock!

    New Tier 4 Objectives

    • Recruit Langley, the Conductor | Langley, the Conductor and their friendly train take up slots in the formation. Reach area 600.

    • Back to Nature | Only Animal Crusaders and Littlefoot Crusaders can be used. Reach area 700.

    • Trail Mix | Only 10 bench slots are availiable. The available slots change every 100 areas. Reach area 750.

    • Divergent Evolution | Monsters alternate between being immune to DPS, click damage, and projectiles. Reach area 800.

    • The Lost Grove | Trees gradually take over the formation. Reach area 850.


    Help! Where’s the Loot?

    Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Bigfoot 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, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4!