August 13th
Idle Champions: Vizier Familiar & PAX West 2019 
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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!

July 3rd
Idle Champions: Founders' Day 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's a time of celebrations and festivities for Waterdeep. Founders' Day is a time of legendary displays of martial and arcane prowess from the notable Champions who call the City of Splendor home, where visitors and locals alike gather and share stories of Waterdeep's history.

Unfortunately, these festivities have also attracted the attention of one of the Lords of the Nine Hells, who has come to collect souls for the Blood War...

Founders' Day 2 introduces the Wild Elf Druid, Walnut Dankgrass, and brings back Deekin Scalesinger, the Kobold Bard. Players will have until Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock them!

New Champion: Walnut Dankgrass

    Walnut is a child of the Enclave Panax Anima, an all-female clan of woodland defenders within the Kryptgarden Forest. Not only a frighteningly enthusiastic member of Acquisitions Incorporated, she also strives to protect the natural world by any means necessary. Did we mention she also has the goddess Mielikki living inside her? That seems important.
Walnut is a versatile Tank and Support Champion. Her Documancer ability can be customized for your formation needs through multiple specializations. When you want to add Walnut to your formation, you can swap her with Delina (Slot 8).

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

Returning Champion: Deekin Scalesinger

    A former member of the Dripping Fang clan, Deekin was once a Skald for a White Dragon named Tymofarrar. Once he was released from Tymofarrar's service, he set out to become the most amazing storyteller in all of Faerȗn. He yearns to sing and tell stories of heroic deeds, but his songs often devolve into "tales" of the doom that is coming to him or his companions.
Deekin is a Support Champion. He helps the party by buffing DPS and by attracting enemies (to help clear areas more quickly) with his Song of Doom. When you want to add Deekin to your formation, you can swap him with Bruenor (Slot 1).

Year Two Variants

  • Rain of Fire — Fireballs occasionally rain from the sky, damaging a random Champion. These Fireballs become more frequent the further you progress.

  • Close Quarters Combat — Only Champions with melee Base Attacks may be used.

  • Aww, Hells Nuts — Enemies become much more powerful over the course of the adventure. Walnut starts the adventure in your formation and cannot be moved, removed, or swapped out. Demonic Squirrels occasionally spawn. When killed, these squirrels drop Hell-Nuts, which increase the effectiveness of Walnut's Documancer ability and last until the end of the adventure, stacking additively.

Year One Variants

  • Spectator Sport — Three local farmers have joined in on the Founders' Day tussle, and won't take the hint that they should probably take a seat. It might be because they are pretty drunk. They take up a slot in your formation and change positions every 25 areas.

  • Doom is Coming to Waterdeep — Deekin must sing a song so everyone in Waterdeep knows that doom is coming. I know. We tried talking to him. However, he doesn't know which spot will give him the best acoustics. Deekin is always in your formation and will change positions every 10 areas. Deekin cannot be moved because, well, Deekin is singing a song.

  • The Blood War — Whenever you kill a demon, devils get stronger and demons get weaker, and vice-versa.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

May 8th
Idle Champions: The "C" Team Weekly Challenges 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Want to influence the events of a popular D&D show while earning free loot? Well, once again you can!

Idle Champions is proud to be supporting this summer's Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team TRPG adventure, and you can take part with The "C" Team Weekly Challenges!



Complete challenges to earn the Champion Asharra outfit!


Participation is simple: players log in to Idle Champions on their platform(s) of choice, and each week they will be offered challenges to complete. Completing these challenges rewards points, with the "Omin's Challenge" each week rewarding bonus points and the opportunity to vote for 'Good' or 'Bad' fortune for the next episode of The "C" Team. Once you complete "Omin's Challenge" you can vote once per day, so get it done quick and let your voices be heard!

As players earn points they will also earn rewards, with rewards every 50 points and special milestone rewards every 350 points, which include everything from different potions and chests to the new Champion Asharra Outfit and an Exclusive Golden Epic for Donaar – which will also unlock Donaar for you if you don't yet have him!



Get the Chronaar GE AND Donaar if you don't already have him!


The "C" Team Weekly Challenges run for the next 10 weeks, influencing 10 episodes of the latest season of The "C" Team. All you have to decide is whether or not you'd like to see The "C" Team earn good fortune or bad fortune in between episodes, and the next episode will see your collective wishes granted.

Good luck! And might we just mention that D&D games are always the most interesting when things are going wrong... ;)

The "C" Team Weekly Challenges FAQ

What is this?

The "C" Team Weekly Challenges are ten weeks of weekly activities that coincide with the latest arc of The "C" Team tabletop stream. For the next ten weeks you'll be able to complete Challenges, earn rewards, and vote to influence the events of The "C" Team episodes each Wednesday at 4PM PDT.

What are Challenges?

Challenges are in-game tasks that you can complete to earn points. Challenges come in a variety of difficulties, with corresponding point values for each. New challenges unlock every week. Each Challenge is available to complete for the two weeks after it unlocks, with some exceptions (see below). After two weeks any unfinished Challenges will no longer be completable. There are two special types of Challenge each week: Omin's Challenge, and the Daily Challenge.

What is Omin's Challenge?

Omin's Challenge, when completed in the current week, grants not only a bunch of points but also the ability to vote in the poll to influence the events of the next episode of The "C" Team! If you complete Omin's Challenge after a new week of Challenges have unlocked, it will not grant the ability to vote, but it will still give you a boat-load of points. Once unlocked, you can vote in the poll once per day (resetting at noon PDT each day).

What is the Daily Challenge?

Daily Challenges can be completed multiple times per week (once a day, resetting at noon PDT each day). Daily Challenges update each week, and only the current week's Daily Challenge is available.

What can I earn from Challenges?

Each Challenge awards a certain number of points. Points can be redeemed for a fixed set of rewards. Each reward requires you to have collected a certain number of points. Your points are not consumed when you redeem rewards, so if you have an available reward, claim it! Milestone rewards appear every 350 points, and include Gold Chests, a unique outfit for Asharra, a Golden Epic for Donaar (which also unlocks Donaar if you don't already have him), and a Potion of Polish (upgrades a random piece of gear to Shiny).

Where can I watch "C" Team episodes?

Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team broadcasts every week on Wednesday at 4pm PDT on the Penny Arcade twitch channel at twitch.tv/pennyarcade. You can view the archives on the same channel.



Donaar commands you to collect Chronaar!


March 20th
Idle Champions: Festival of Fools 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

"What is the Festival of Fools", you ask?

Well, it's a celebration of feasting and foolishness observed by communities all up and down the Sword Coast. People play pranks, overeat, and overdrink as they celebrate reaching the end of winter.

But some folks take their pranks too far, and the wife of one prankster just told the Champions that her husband plans to prank a Frost Giant...

Festival of Fools 2 runs until Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT. Our latest Year Two Event introduces Rosie Beestinger, the Halfling Matriarch of the Beestinger family and Way of Shadow Monk, and brings back her adopted daughter, Strix Beestinger, the Tiefling 'Trash Witch' Sorcerer!

New Champion: Rosie Beestinger

    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 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 Rosie Beestinger to your formation, you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10). For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Rosie Beestinger dev blog!

Returning Champion: Strix Beestinger

    The Sorcerer known as Strix is from Sigil, the City of Doors at the center of the multiverse. Very little is known of Strix's heritage, even to herself, but it was recently discovered that she was a powerful member of the Skizzicks family, who long ago made a pact with Asmodeus, ruler of the Nine Hells, to become Tieflings.
Strix Beestinger is a 'Trash Witch' DPS Champion who attacks enemies with Fireballs. Her Poor Hygiene ability causes approaching enemies to take increased damage. When you want to add Strix to your party, you can swap her with Jamilah (Slot 11).

Year Two Variants

  • A Lighter Touch — Only Champions with a Strength (STR) score of 14 or lower may be used. Additionally, Champions with an Intelligence (INT) score of 14 or higher deal 400% increased damage.

  • Flay the Fools — During boss areas, Mind Flayers appear and attack the formation. While alive, Mind Flayers make all other enemies immune to damage.

  • Beestingers Unleashed — This adventure features unique dialogue created with the help of Strix & Rosie themselves! Strix and Rosie Beestinger begin the adventure in your formation with Strix asking Rosie what it means to be a Beestinger. No other Champions are able to be used, however, both Strix and Rosie Beestinger have increased damage, increased attack speed, and reduced Ultimate ability cooldowns. Additionally, Rosie Beestinger's Matriarch also doubles her health. Completing this adventure will unlock a bee outfit for both Rosie & Strix!

Year One Variants

  • Foolish Variance — Champions randomly do between 0.1% and 199.9% of their actual damage with each hit.

  • Persistent Foolishness — The Drunken Fool appears randomly in non-boss areas. Only one can be spawned at a time, but he has special abilities each time he appears.

  • Like Father Like Son — The farmer's son takes up a slot in the formation. He moves to a new slot every 25 areas. Every 15 seconds (in non-boss areas) the farmer's son foolishly summons a Frost Giant to attack the formation unless Strix is adjacent to him.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

January 16th
Idle Champions: Midwinter 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

As the citizens of Longsaddle celebrate Deadwinter Day by exchanging gifts, the Champions have once again been hired by the Harpells to patrol the outskirts of town.

However, it appears as if one of Orcus' most feared abominations has been summoned to wreak havoc, a demonic fiend with an insatiable hunger...

Midwinter 2 runs until Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 12:00pm PST, introduces K'thriss Drow'b, Drow Warlock of the Great Old One, and also brings back Regis, the Halfling Rogue!

New Champion: K'thriss Drow'b

    Curious, affable, and morbid, the Drow heretic K'thriss Drow'b seeks the insane god-truth behind the veil of reality. As the "C" Team's hoardsperson, he keeps an eye out for occult relics that could aid him in his unearthly quest.
K'thriss is an unusual Support Champion. He reduces Gold Find to increase Global DPS, summons Shadow Demons to assist the party, and buffs distant allies. When you want to add K'thriss to your party, you can swap him with Bruenor (Slot 1).

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

Returning Champion: Regis

    As a poor urchin on the streets of Calimport, Regis quickly learned that survival often requires bending the rules in your favor. He fled to the north to avoid capture after stealing his former master’s magical ruby pendant. Eventually, he found companionship amongst the Companions of the Hall, becoming one of Bruenor Battlehammer’s most trusted confidants. Bruenor was the one who gifted Regis with the nickname “Rumblebelly” due to the halfling’s insatiable appetite.

    Regis would prefer nothing more than to relax in the sun with a full belly near his home in Ten-Towns and fish for knucklead trout, the source of all of his scrimshaw carvings. But when his friends need help, Regis is always there for them. He never sees himself as the hero, even though his true friends know better.

Regis is a Support Champion. He uses a magical ruby amulet to buff Champions in front of or behind him, and to make enemies weak to different types of damage. When you want to add Regis to your party, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).

Year Two Variants

  • Velvet's Midwinter Adventure — K'thriss summons his unseen servant, Velvet, to help with party. Unfortunately, Velvet has been tasked with collecting gold for K'thriss, causing enemies to drop 50% less gold. K'thriss and Velvet both start in the formation, and once unlocked, K'thriss' Unseen Encouragement ability extends from both K'thriss normally, but also extends to those adjacent to Velvet.

  • Truth Beyond Knowing — K'thriss desires more knowledge of his unknowable god. Every area, a Drow Cultist empowered by the sign of the Ur appears, attacking with Chain Lightning. The Drow Cultist drops no gold upon death, but does drop a glyph (book). Every time you collect a glyph, Champions with an Intelligence (INT) score of 13 or higher have their damage increased by 5%, while Champions with below 13 INT have their damage go down by 5% for the remainder of the adventure.

  • More Like the Scream Team — The Devourer now arrives as a second boss in Area 25, and if that wasn't scary enough, the Devourer now devours Champions every 8 seconds instead of every 10 seconds!

Year One Variants

  • Deadwinter Date — You've been tasked with escorting two young Harpell wards on a date during your adventure. They take up slots and are otherwise pretty useless..

  • Deadwinter Fey — A large number of sprites and pixies spawn with each wave of enemies (not during boss areas). These extra monsters do not drop gold, and when killed they sprinkle a random Champion with pixie dust. Any champion that is sprinkled with 10 Pixie dust has their DPS and Formation Abilities disabled. Pixie dust stacks reset when you change areas.

  • Deadwinter Pay (-back) — Every time you defeat an enemy (in a non-boss area) your Champions take 10% unavoidable damage. Champions adjacent to Regis take one third of that damage while Regis himself is immune.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

October 24th, 2018
Idle Champions: Liars' Night 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "It was quite the party: fun, festive, and perhaps a tad too much ale. But then some masked jerk managed to sneak in and take off with a bunch of our magical items! Can you help us?"
It's all fun and games until someone loses their magic items — now it's time to get the Party back together for another Liars' Night!

Liars' Night 2 runs until Monday, November 5th at 12:00pm Pacific, introduces Donaar Blit'zen, the Dragonborn Paladin, and also brings back the new-and-improved Krond, the Half-orc Eldritch Knight!

New Champion: Donaar Blit'zen

This copper, draconic gentleman claims to know more than one hundred different dragons. Chromatic, metallic—just tons and tons of dragons—I’m hoping we can leverage some of these connections in our dealings. None of the dragons I’ve contacted have gotten back to me, but they’re probably just very busy right now. This is one of the busiest times for dragons… or so I’ve been told by my new best friend, Donaar Blit’zen.

Donaar is a Support/Healer Champion. He uses his Command ability to debuff enemies, while also healing damaged Champions and buffing those behind him. When you want to add Donaar to your party, you can swap him with Celeste or Regis (Slot 2).

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

Returning Champion: Krond

Born to an academic human wizard who was researching an orc tribe and the leader of said tribe, Krond has experience in both worlds. Raised as a fearsome warrior, he began focusing on the arcane arts after his mother was killed in a goblin raid. Krond wears intricate leather and cloth armor and carries a bonded warhammer.

Krond is a versatile DPS Champion, able to choose one of three DPS specializations. Krond's formation ability, Survival of the Fittest, increases his DPS for every strong (STR 16+) or evil-aligned Champion in the formation. When you want to add Krond to your party, you can swap him with Asharra or Evelyn (Slot 6).

For more information about Krond, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight - Krond dev blog!

Year Two Variants

  • The Chaotic Decisionist — Donaar has decided that he's going to lead the way on his first adventure. Donaar starts this adventured unlocked and in the front of the formation, and he has decided that he can't move from that location. Only Champions with a chaotic alignment can be used.

  • Nightmare Fuel — A flaming scarecrow spawns in every Area. After each encounter with the Masked Man, an additional scarecrow will spawn every Area, stacking cumulatively.

  • Pirate's Night — Bruenor tried to bring the fun for Liars' Night by dressing up as a pirate. Unfortunately, a drunken sailor has mistaken him for another pirate who owes her some money. She spawns in every Area with one of four different special abilities. Bruenor is locked into his Pirate Bruenor skin for this variant, which unlocks for you once you complete the adventure.

Year One Variants

  • Stealthy Pickpockets — Invisible pickpockets spawn and sneak towards the formation, becoming visible after five seconds. When they reach your formation, they steal 2% of your total gold each time they attack.

  • Costumed Foes — A variety of costumed humanoids enemies attack the formation, each with different special abilities.

  • It's Getting Darker — The night gets even darker, with each successive area getting darker and reducing your gold find while monsters gain additional health.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!