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July 29th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions and Lulu find themselves at Fort Knucklebone with some new allies. They set off in a warmachine to find the Sword of Zariel and encounter some interesting folks along the way.

Traveling the wastelands of Avernus is never a simple or smooth journey.

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, Into the Fire and Dreamscape, in order to access these new Adventures.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

The Path of Dreams

The Champions and their new allies catch a sweet ride to Harumann's Hill, but the journey through the wastelands of Avernus is neither uneventful nor easy...
  • Variant: The Path of Redcaps — Redcaps from Fort Knucklebone arrives to hamper your progress. Redcaps appear in each area with increased damage. Redcaps track the number of enemies destroyed. For each enemy destroyed during this adventure, the damage of all Redcaps is increased by 10% (additive).
    Reach area 350.

The Lost Hollyphant

The Champions find themself alone on Avernus and launch a rescue party for their kidnapped ally!
  • Variant: Zapper Overload — The Demon Zapper is overcharged and overloading! Only Champions with STR of 13 or higher can be used. In areas 1-40, the demon zapper is no longer targeting fiends, it's targeting interlopers that are in Avernus! Every 10 seconds, one member of the formation is zapped by the demon zapper offscreen. In addition to taking damage from the zap, Champion zapped have one of the following random effects happen to them:
    • Teleport: The Champion is removed from the formation and you are unable to use them until you change areas.
    • Sear:The Champion takes 50% more damage from the beam for each Champion adjacent to them.
    • Enfeeble:The Champion's damage drops to 0 for the next 30 seconds.
  • Reach area 375.


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
July 13th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Beadle & Grimm 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for the latest Champion Spotlight or should we say Spotlights? It's two-in-one with Beadle & Grimm making their debut in Midsummer 3!

Read on to find out how this dynamic duo swaps in and out to tag team crush their enemies...

I. Beadle & Grimm

Dungeons & Dragons Beadle & Grimm

    Beadle and Grimm have been best friends & adventuring partners their entire lives. Together, they have faced the most dangerous foes their realm had to offer and built a respite alongside the frozen north's harsh realities: The Giant's Bane Tavern.

Beadle & Grimm are Support and DPS Champions able to swap places in the formation on demand. The longer that one is in the formation, the more powerful the other becomes when swapped in. When you want to add Beadle & Grimm to your formation, you can swap them with Delina (Slot 8).

II. Beadle & Grimm's Stats

Beadle

Race: Dwarf Alignment: True Neutral
Class: Rogue/Wizard Gender: Male
Age: 91 Affiliation: none

STR: 13 DEX: 17 CON: 12
INT: 16 WIS: 10 CHA: 8

Role: Support, Gold

Grimm

Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Barbarian Gender: Male
Age: 26 Affiliation: none

STR: 18 DEX: 12 CON: 16
INT: 12 WIS: 9 CHA: 14

Role: DPS, Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich. Read on to understand how!


Dungeons & Dragons Beadle and Grimm

III. Beadle & Grimm's Design

We were elated to collaborate with Matthew Lillard and Bill Rehor on bringing Beadle and Grimm to Idle Champions. We've interacted with the crew from Beadle & Grimm's at multiple D&D events, and we fell in love with the story that their company was named after their home group's D&D Characters!

When we reached out to them to discuss their characters a bit more, we learned about many of their past exploits, including the tavern they created together: The Giant's Bane Tavern. At some point during the discussion, we decided to challenge ourselves with the design of this pair: what would it mean to have a tag-team set of Champions in one Champion slot?

We started with the idea that their shared Ultimate Attack, Tag Team, would swap Beadle for Grimm and vice versa. That ability (and its name), gave us a north star to look to during design. In every aspect of their character (where possible), they are working together.

Beadle & Grimm have all the advantages of two sets of stats and alignments, but none of the disadvantages, which is why their Inseparable ability allows both of them to be eligible for an adventure, variant, or Patron even if only one of them qualifies!

We are very excited to see what opportunities this opens up for players...

IV. Beadle & Grimm's Abilities

Basic Attack

Their normal attack changes based on who is currently in play.
  • Magic Wand (Beadle) — Beadle bonks a random enemy with a wand (dealing half damage). This unleashes two magic missiles that fly out and hit two other random enemies for full damage.
  • Giant's Bane (Grimm) — Grimm cleaves through the nearest enemies with his two enormous greatswords.

Formation Abilities

  • Get Buff — Beadle and Grimm increase the damage of themselves or the Champions around them.
    • Beadle Increase the damage of Champions within 2 slots of himself by 100%.
    • Grimm Increase the damage of Grimm by 100% for each Barbarian in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Special Order — Beadle and Grimm provide a utility to help the party.
    • Beadle Whenever Beadle damages an enemy that is not at full health, that enemy will drop 25% more gold when it is killed. Does not stack.
    • Grimm Enemies damaged by Grimm take 25% more damage until they are killed (except from ultimates). Can stack additively up to 10 times on a single enemy.
  • Long Rest — While Beadle is active, Grimm's buff increases by 1 stack every 10 seconds. While Grimm is active, Beadle's buff increases by 1 stack every 10 seconds. When a Champion swaps out using their Tag Team ultimate, their stacks are reset, and while they're in-play their stacks reduce by 1 every 10 seconds. Stacks are additive.
    • Beadle — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 10% per stack.
    • Grimm — Increase the effect of Grimm's Special Order by 10% per stack.
  • Inseparable — Beadle and Grimm are so inseparable that if either one qualifies for an adventure restriction based on their tags, ages, ability scores, then both can be used.

Beadle's Specializations

  • As Quick As Me — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 100% for each Champion with a DEX score of 17 or higher, stacking multiplicatively and then applying to Get Buff multiplicatively
  • As Clever As Me — Increase the effect of Beadle's Get Buff by 100% for each Champion with an INT score of 16 or higher, stacking multiplicatively and then applying to Get Buff multiplicatively.

Grimm's Specializations

  • Chip Away — Increases the effect of Grimm's Special Order by 100% (up to 50% per stack)
  • Strongman Contest — Grimm's Get Buff now also adds a stack for any Champion with a STR score of 18 or higher.

Ultimate Ability

  • Tag Team — Their ultimate attack changes based on who is currently in-play.
    • Beadle — Grimm leaps into the fray, smashing a random enemy and all nearby enemies before leaping back into the formation while Beadle teleports into the shadows to recover.
    • Grimm — Beadle teleports into the center of the battle and explodes with arcane magic, damaging and stunning all enemies. He then slips quietly back into the formation as Beadle leaps away for a brief rest.

V. Beadle & Grimm's Equipment

Slot 1: Self DPS buff
Slot 2: Global DPS buff
Slot 3: Get Buff buff
Slot 4: Special Order buff
Slot 5: Long Rest buff
Slot 6: Ultimate Damage buff

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Beadle & Grimm? If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
July 8th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions have unlocked enough of Lulu's memories to know that they must leave Elturel and travel to Fort Knucklebone.

First the Champions must figure out how to get out of Elutrel with their lives intact, not an easy feat. Once down and fought clear of the blood war, the wastelands of Avernus and their warmachines are still treacherous at best...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, Eltruel has Fallen and Resolve Amongst Chaos, in order to access these new Adventures.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

Into the Fire

We're in the depths of the High Hall in Elturel. Hell is all around us, and we need to find our way out and travel through the wasteland to Fort Knucklebone...
  • Variant: A Difficult Descent — Getting out of Elturel requires Strength and Dexterity. Only Champions with DEX and STR of 13 or higher can be used.
    Reach area 300.

Dreamscape

Arriving at Fort Knucklebone, we learn the ways of Avernus before starting our dream quest with Mad Maggie.
  • Variant: Dream Gauntlet — Healing is harder in Hell. Only Neutral or Good Champions may be used. Champions do not heal to full nor are they revived when advancing areas. The only way to revive or heal defeated Champions is to go back one or more areas. If you go back one or more areas in your two highest unlocked areas, enemy damage is increased by 25% stacking multiplicatively.
    Reach area 325.


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.