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 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!
    July 24th
    Idle Champions: Midsummer 2 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    Every four years, a special leap year day follows Midsummer between Flamerule 30 and Eleasis 1. Known as Shieldmeet, this special day is celebrated across Faerûn.

    In the city of Waterdeep, Shieldmeet also serves another important purpose. On this auspicious day every four years, the lords of Waterdeep meet with the Open Lord to reaffirm their rule.

    As the Champions arrive in the City of Splendor on Midsummer, the day before Shieldmeet, they are summoned by The Blackstaff, Vajra Safahr. It seems that Open Lord Laeral Silverhand has gone missing...

    Midsummer 2 introduces Shandie Freefoot, the Halfling Rogue and member of the Heroes of Baldur's Gate. Players will have until Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock her!

    New Champion: Shandie Freefoot

      Shandie grew up on the rough streets of the Lower City of Baldur's Gate. She quickly learned that if she wanted to survive, she needed to be fast on her feet and even faster with her wit and weaponry. The first time Shandie saw a bowmaster gracefully launch an arrow into a bull's-eye, she knew she had to master archery. With years of practice under her belt, any opponents underestimating this stealthy halfling will soon realize how dangerous she is as a volley of arrows bear down on them unexpectedly from shadowy corners.
    Shandie is an agile Support Champion. Her Dash ability can increase formation speed, while Explosive Arrows and Agile Allies offer potent formation buffs. When you want to add Shandie to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).

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

    Year One Champion: Xander Cesso

      Fascinated by magic at a young age when he lived in an orphanage, but lacking any ability or proficiency, Xander is not terribly good at much of anything, though something about his adorable clumsiness and childlike wonder anytime magic is being used nearby has been known to inspire those around him. Until recently, he was living on the streets of Waterdeep, scraping together just enough to survive. Now, he is a faithful member of your party, always ready to leap into the fray, even if he doesn't really seem to be able to hit much of anything.
    Xander is a Support Champion. His Lucky Shot ability has a chance to double quest progress, and his Streetwise ability increases the damage of Champions behind him. When you want to add Xander to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

    Year Two Variants

    • Dreams of Grandeur — Jenks really wants to meet Vajra Blackstaff. From Area 12 onward, Jenks takes up a slot in your formation.

    • Stay Back — Only Champions that attack with ranged or magic-based attacks can be used.

    • Haunted Past — Only Neutral, Evil, or Champions with a Dexterity (DEX) score of 15 or higher can be used. Shandie beings the adventure in your formation and cannot be swapped out, moved, or removed. Strahd Vampires that can only be damaged by Shandie randomly spawn in non-boss Areas. Luckily, Shandie will prioritize Strahd Vampires over all others and attack twice as frequently when they are present.

    Year One Variants

    • Waterdeep Escort — The Waterdeep City Watch Officer insists that he accompany you on your adventure. He fills one slot in the formation, and if he is killed, your DPS goes down by 33% every 10 seconds.

    • Drow Deception — The Drow said they were looking for a wizard, but the Champions seem like a more interesting quarry to chase! A Stealthy Drow Pickpocket appears on every level, and if they reach the formation, you fail the area and have to head back to the previous level.

    • Commander Xander — Xander takes the lead as his childhood wishes of becoming a Hero have come true! Champions not adjacent to Xander have a 50% chance to miss whenever they attack (Xander isn't great at command). Those that are adjacent to Xander attack normally. He does enough missing for everyone.

    See the in-game FAQ for more information!

    July 23rd
    Idle Champion Spotlight: Shandie Freefoot 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of Shandie Freefoot, a halfling rogue, and member of Heroes of Baldur's Gate! Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion releasing later today in Midsummer Y2!

    Who is Shandie?

      Shandie grew up on the rough streets of the Lower City of Baldur's Gate. She quickly learned that if she wanted to survive, she needed to be fast on her feet and even faster with her wit and weaponry. The first time Shandie saw a bowmaster gracefully launch an arrow into a bull's-eye, she knew she had to master archery. With years of practice under her belt, any opponents underestimating this stealthy halfling will soon realize how dangerous she is as a volley of arrows bear down on them unexpectedly from shadowy corners.
    Shandie Freefoot is a member of the Heroes of Baldur's Gate, created by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar for the Legends of Baldur's Gate series by IDW. She joins her comrades Boo, Minsc, Delina, and Nerys Kathon as the fifth and second-to-last member of the team to join Idle Champions.

    Shandie's Stats


    Race: Halfling Class: Rogue Alignment: Chaotic Good
    Age: 63 Affiliation: Heroes of Baldur's Gate
    STR: 10 DEX: 18 CON: 15
    INT: 13 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

    To add Shandie to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).


    Basic Attack

    Shandie fires an arrow at a random enemy.

    Formation Abilities

    • Agile Allies — Increase the damage of Champions within 2 slots of Shandie by 100% (multiplicative) for each Champion adjacent to Shandie with a DEX of 15 or higher.
      • For reference that list currently includes: Aila, Birdsong, Black Viper, Calliope, Catti-brie, Xander, Drizzt, Hitch, Ishi, Jarlaxle, K'thriss, Korth, Minsc, Nrakk, Paultin, Regis, Rosie, Qillek, Spurt, Stoki, Tyril, Walnut, Warden, and Zorbu!

    • Dash — Increases the game speed by 25% when the formation hasn't been under attack for 60 seconds. Early levels are quicker to get through with Shandie!

      Note: this will not increase speed beyond the current limit of 10x speed.

    • Explosive Arrow — When the formation is under attack, Shandie fires Alchemist Fire-equipped arrows that explode and increase the damage of Champions in the column in front of Shandie for each enemy hit. Put your DPS Champions in front of Shandie!

    Specializations

    Shandie's Specializations allow her to choose where to double-down her abilities
    • Ranger Training — Select Ranger Training to increase the effect of Dash by 100%. Zoom Zoom.

    • Alchemist's Fire Expertise — Select Alchemist's Fire Expertise to increase the effect of Explosive Arrow by 100%

    • Criminal Contacts — Select Criminal Contacts to increase the effect of Agile Allies by 50% for each Neutral or Evil Champion next to Shandie.

    Ultimate Attack

      Survivalist — Shandie throws smoke grenades and caltrops onto the battlefield, causing enemies to bleed and miss 50% of their attacks for 10 seconds.

    Equipment



    Final Thoughts

    Like Deekin from Founder's Day, Shandie is a go-to speed assistant, helping your Champions advance through the early areas quicker. Put her in the center of your formation, and surround her with dextrous friends (see the list above) to maximize her contribution to the formation!

    As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
    July 19th
    BW2: Summer Carnival Event 2019 Edition 
    Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

    Summer Carnival Event 2019

    The Carnival has returned to town! Get ready to play some games, help some Bushwhackian residents and win carnival tokens which you can exchange for cool prizes at the Carnival Event Vendor!

    The Carnival Games

    A staple of any summer carnival or fair, are those devilish carnival games. There are four different games which will unlock over the course of the event and they include "Balloon Popper," "Whack-A-Mole," "Baseball Throw," and "Duck Shoot." Don't worry, there's no skill involved with these games, you play them automatically when you interact with them.

    - It costs 4 carnival tickets to play each game, and you can whack those tickets out of the bushes, or purchase them from Timmy in the Event area for Bush Bucks (30 Salvaged Tickets for 30 Bush Bucks)

    - You receive Carnival Tokens based on how well you do. Now, we're not saying they're rigged in the Carnival's favour or anything, but you'll definitely want to ask your friends to help you rig these games to help you! (Platforms without Friend functionality are balanced accordingly.)

    To get started, the Balloon Popper game is unlocked! As well, it seems William needs your help to satisfy his sweet-tooth!

    A Teleporter to Somewhere...

    The Pandaclaw was wandering around here somewhere....build the teleporter and complete all the quests and get your very own!

    The Dunk Tank

    The dunk tank returns! Can you dunk all 8 helpless Bushwhackian residents? NPCs you haven't dunked yet will have a yellow exclamation mark above their heads, to let you know you still need to send them plunging into the icy waters of the tank! It'll help them all cool off. Plus, the tank is always in need of cleaning, so try to keep up with Katherine's daily Dunk Tank Cleaning quests!

    Clowning Around

    Peat Bog, Pete the Carney's brother has some tasks for you to help him put on a show!

    Testing Your Power

    And how are your Power collection skills? Are you strong enough to win all the bonus prizes? There are 7 strength settings to beat, unlocking as the event goes on as Strong-Whacker Sabine continuously tries to increase the difficulty of her Strong-Whacker Strength Machine Game.

    New for 2019

    Once you complete the teleporter quest line and capture a Pandaclaw, Taban the Teleporter Engineer will offer to change your Pandaclaw companion's appearance, with science! There are two Pandaclaw skins to choose from.

    Event Achievements- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

    There are up to TWENTY possible achievements that can be picked up during the Summer Carnival 2019 event, depending on your game history.

    Achievements Returning in 2019:
    Step Right Up - Win a Prize Token gaming at the Carnival!
    We have a Winner - Win 8 Prize Tokens at once at the Carnival.
    Carnival Ace - Win 8 Prize Tokens at all 4 Carnival Games.
    Gotta Try 'Em All! - Play all four games offered at the Carnival!
    Big Time Bonus Buyer - Purchase 10 Bonus Prize Packs from the Carnival!
    Sweet Tooth - Help William satisfy his Sweet Tooth. Or not.
    Nostalgic Whacker - Repair the teleporter and fulfill your duty…
    Dunk-a-Thon! - Dunk all eight unique Carnival Event dunk-ees!
    Scuba Dunk - Dunk yourself while wearing a hefty diving helmet. (Helmet is found from fishing in the Windy Crest fishing hole.)
    Daredevil Darer - Make Peat Bog risk his life for entertainment 5 extra times. Dunking Devs! - Dunk the four developer Carnival Event dunk-ees!

    Added/Changed for 2019
    Prize Proprietor - Purchase all the 2019 Carnival Event items.*


    * The Circus Elephant Mini Golf Piece is NOT included in the Prize Proprietor achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

    We have 7 achievements from previous years, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

    Carnival Customization - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Carnival
    Party at My Place - Buy all 6 house items from the 2012 Carnival!
    Carnival Collector - Purchase all of the 2013 Carnival event items.
    Carnival Connoisseur - Buy all the 2014 Carnival event items.
    Carni-Value! - Purchase all the 2015 Carnival Event items.
    Carnival Compulsion - Purchase all the 2016 Carnival Event items.
    Cashed Carnival - Purchase all the 2017 Carnival Event items.
    Prized Prizes - Purchase all the 2018 Carnival Event items.

    Pet Packs

    New 2019 Pet Packs (Coming Soon!)



    Post your celebration plans on the forums!

    The event will run until Friday August 2nd at Noon PDT!

    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 July 19th to July 22nd!

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

    The Rainbow Giraffe and Glow Giraffe 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!



    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
      There are two vendors. The one in the tent has this year's items. The other is the one with the party hat and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

    • What contributes to my 100% progress?
      You need 200 plays of any combo of the games to get 100%. Just whack up tickets to play the games, and turn in quests to get tickets as well.

    • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
      It helps you rig the game and improve your chances of getting 8 tokens.

    • 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.

    • Where can I see progress on the Dunking Achievement?
      Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Look for the ones listed above in that list.

    May 31st
    BW2: Summer Sports Event 2019 
    Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

    Summer Sport Fun in the Sun

    It's time to help the Bushwhackia Pee-Wee league coaches! They need supplies to help whip their various teams into shape and take home the AAA championship trophies! Whack them up in the bushes, starting with soccer balls and water bottles! Plus, the first coach needs some Jerseys!

    Claire, the clerk from the Town Hall, needs your help to discover information about a local sports Legend! The stages of this quest will unlock throughout the event. If you completed this quest last year or the year before, different quests will replace the original ones, sending you out in the world to find more sporting memorabilia.

    It's not just about supplies to keep the kids going: the parents and coaches have quests for you to embark on as well! Look for those interspersed with Claire's quest!

    Plus there are Gnomes! Gnomes everywhere! Make a custom sports gnome for your ranch! You can make a Codename Entertainment logo jersey for your avatar to wear! And later on in the event, find some noisemakers to help cheer on those kiddies!

    Check back daily for all the fun!

    New for 2019

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



    Plus, there are new AAA trophies to collect! They become available after you've bought all the store items and helped the corresponding teams play a AAA game, and are available for Sports Tokens. The old trophies can be bought from the prior store for Bush Bucks.

    Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

    There are a total of 17 possible achievements to earn in the Summer Sports 2019 event.

    Achievements Returning for 2019
    Well-Rounded Coach - Help coach all four sports teams.
    Semi-Pro Coach - Help a teamget into the AAA league.
    Championship Coach - Help a team with the AAA championship.
    Greedy Coach - Help all four times win the AAA championship.
    Onside Play - Help the coaches and parents with their tasks.
    The Hidden Legend - Unravel the history of the Common's Sports Legend!
    Gaming Gnome - You made your own custom sports gnome!
    Bushlympics - You learned about other weird Sports!
    Mighty Mick - Help Bo become a Pro Boxer.
    Bad Betting Buster - Help Bookmaker Bailey stop the illegal sports better.

    Added/Changed for 2019
    Geared for the Game - Purchase all the 2019 Summer Sports items!*


    We also have 6 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

    Team Merchandise - Purchase all the 2018 Summer Sports items!
    Athletic Acquisitions - Purchase all the 2017 Sport Event items!
    Memorabilia - Purchase all the 2016 Sport Event items!
    Sporty Shopper - Purchase all the 2015 Sport Event items!
    Sports Lover - Purchase all the 2014 Sport Event items!
    Sports Fan - Purchase all the 2013 Sport Event items!

    *The Summer Sports mini-golf piece is not required for the Geared for the Game achievement.

    Mount Packs

    New 2019 Mounts!

    All new equestrian mounts are available this weekend, from May 10th to 13th!

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

    The Equestrian Unicorn and Equestrian Nightmare are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two equestrians' hooves produce their own unique sparks and flame particles when you ride them!



    Pet Packs

    New 2019 Pet Packs (COMING SOON!)

    Post your summer sport plans on the forums!

    The event will run until Friday June 15th at Noon PDT!
    August 17th, 2018
    BW2: Dog Days of Summer 2018 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 2018!
    Can now send Dog Treat Gifts to friends, which contains random energy, mana, power, and something special for the duration of the event. These items do not expire and function like the Wrapped Presents from Christmas.

    Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

    There are 15 possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2018 event:

    Achievements Returning for 2018:
    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 2018:
    Good Dog Goods - Purchase all the custom items for 2018.*

    We have 4 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.

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

    Celebrate the end of summer and all things dog on the forums!

    The event will run until Friday August 31st at Noon PDT.
    August 2nd, 2018
    COTLI: Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 2018 

    Everything is ready, and The Crusaders of the Lost Idols Summer Games are about to begin again!

    ...and just like last year and the year before, the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Summer Games are the part of a nefarious plot. It looks like the Summer Games need to be protected by the Crusaders for a third time...

    Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 2018 runs until Tuesday, August 14th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Dr. Evil, PhD!

    New Tier 3 Crusader: Dr. Evil, PhD

    Before the accident that turned him robotic, Dr. Evil would experiment on Crusaders, infecting them with viruses to increase their combat potential...

    Crusaders Return

    If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier One and Two Crusaders by completing their respective Tier One and Two Objectives. Veronica, the Android Archer, Bubba, the Swimming Orc, The Gold Hound, and Milgrid the Mining Mage will be available to unlock while Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 2018 is live!

    Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

    • Recruit Dr. Evil, PhD | Dr. Evil takes up a slot and infects a random Crusader every 10 seconds. The infection disables the DPS and Formation Abilities of the affected Crusader. Lasts until you change areas. No effect in boss areas. Reach area 500.

    • Experiments in Robotics | Only Dr. Evil, PhD, The Goldhound, Milgrid the Mining Mage, The Bush Whacker, and Robot Crusaders can be used. Reach area 600.

    • Experiments in e.V.i.L | Only Crusaders with a V or L in their name can be used. Nate Dragon can also be used, because blowing up the world is kinda evil. Reach area 650.

    • Experiments in Steroids | Monsters move ten times faster, live for at least one second, and do double damage. Reach area 700.

    • Experiments in Difficulty | The areas get harder much faster. Reach area 175.

    Help! Where’s the Loot?

    Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Games 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 and Tier 3 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 14 at 12:00pm PDT to complete Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 2018!
    July 25th, 2018
    Idle Champions Event: Midsummer 
    Posted in Idle Champions.

    The Champions arrive in Waterdeep to enjoy the festival of Midsummer. However, upon arrival the party is summoned by the Blackstaff of Waterdeep, Vajra Safahr.

    The Open Lord of Waterdeep is missing, and to make matters more complicated, it's the day before Shieldmeet, when the Open Lord reaffirms the rule of the hidden lords...

    Midsummer is our fifteenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, which runs until Monday, August 6th at 12:00pm PDT!

    New Champion: Xander Cesso

      Fascinated by magic at a young age when he lived in an orphanage, but lacking any ability or proficiency, Xander is not terribly good at much of anything, though something about his adorable clumsiness and childlike wonder anytime magic is being used nearby has been known to inspire those around him. Until recently, he was living on the streets of Waterdeep, scraping together just enough to survive. Now, he is a faithful member of your party, always ready to leap into the fray, even if he doesn't really seem to be able to hit much of anything.
    Xander is a Support Champion. His Lucky Shot ability has a chance to double quest progress, and his Streetwise ability increases the damage of Champions behind him. When you want to add Xander to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

    Midsummer Variants

    • Waterdeep Escort — The Waterdeep City Watch Officer insists that he accompany you on your adventure. He fills one slot in the formation, and if he is killed, your DPS goes down by 33% every 10 seconds.

    • Drow Deception — The Drow said they were looking for a wizard, but the Champions seem like a more interesting quarry to chase! A Stealthy Drow Pickpocket appears on every level, and if they reach the formation, you fail the area and have to head back to the previous level.

    • Commander Xander — Xander takes the lead as his childhood wishes of becoming a Hero have come true! Champions not adjacent to Xander have a 50% chance to miss whenever they attack (Xander isn't great at command). Those that are adjacent to Xander attack normally. He does enough missing for everyone.

    See the in-game Change Log for more information!

    July 20th, 2018
    BW2 Summer Carnival Event 2018 Edition 
    Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

    Summer Carnival Event 2018

    The Carnival has returned to town! Get ready to play some games, help some Bushwhackian residents and win carnival tokens which you can exchange for cool prizes at the Carnival Event Vendor!

    The Carnival Games:

    A staple of any summer carnival or fair, are those devilish carnival games. There are four different games which will unlock over the course of the event and they include "Balloon Popper," "Whack-A-Mole," "Baseball Throw," and "Duck Shoot." Don't worry, there's no skill involved with these games, you play them automatically when you interact with them.

    - It costs 4 carnival tickets to play each game, and you can whack those tickets out of the bushes, or purchase them from Timmy in the Event area for Bush Bucks (30 Salvaged Tickets for 30 Bush Bucks)

    - You receive Carnival Tokens based on how well you do. Now, we're not saying they're rigged in the Carnival's favour or anything, but you'll definitely want to ask your friends to help you rig these games to help you! (Platforms without Friend functionality are balanced accordingly.)

    To get started, the Balloon Popper game is unlocked! As well, it seems William needs your help to satisfy his sweet-tooth!

    The Pandaclaw was wandering around here somewhere....build the teleporter and complete all the quests and get your very own!

    The dunk tank returns! Can you dunk all 8 helpless Bushwhackian residents? This year, NPCs you haven't dunked yet will have a yellow exclamation mark above their heads, to let you know you still need to send them plunging into the icy waters of the tank! Help them all cool off! Plus, keep it clean!

    Peat Bog, Pete the Carney's brother has some tasks for you to help him put on a show!

    And how are your Power collection skills? Are you strong enough to win all the bonus prizes?

    New for 2018
    We've added 3 new quests to the Strong Man quest line, which will be available one a day as the event goes on.

    Event Achievements- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

    There are up to NINETEEN possible achievements that can be picked up during the Summer Carnival 2018 event, depending on your game history.

    Achievements Returning in 2018:
    Step Right Up - Win a Prize Token gaming at the Carnival!
    We have a Winner - Win 8 Prize Tokens at once at the Carnival.
    Carnival Ace - Win 8 Prize Tokens at all 4 Carnival Games.
    Gotta Try 'Em All! - Play all four games offered at the Carnival!
    Big Time Bonus Buyer - Purchase 10 Bonus Prize Packs from the Carnival!
    Sweet Tooth - Help William satisfy his Sweet Tooth. Or not.
    Nostalgic Whacker - Repair the teleporter and fulfill your duty…
    Dunk-a-Thon! - Dunk all eight unique Carnival Event dunk-ees!
    Scuba Dunk - Dunk yourself while wearing a hefty diving helmet. (Helmet is found from fishing in the Windy Crest fishing hole.)
    Daredevil Darer - Make Peat Bog risk his life for entertainment 5 extra times.

    Added/Changed for 2018
    Prized Prizes - Purchase all the 2018 Carnival Event items.*
    Dunking Devs! - Dunk the four developer Carnival Event dunk-ees!

    * The Carnival Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Prized Prizes achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

    We have 7 achievements from previous years, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

    Carnival Customization - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Carnival
    Party at My Place - Buy all 6 house items from the 2012 Carnival!
    Carnival Collector - Purchase all of the 2013 Carnival event items.
    Carnival Connoisseur - Buy all the 2014 Carnival event items.
    Carni-Value! - Purchase all the 2015 Carnival Event items.
    Carnival Compulsion - Purchase all the 2016 Carnival Event items.
    Cashed Carnival - Purchase all the 2017 Carnival Event items.

    Pet Packs

    New 2018 Pet Packs (Coming Soon!)



    Post your celebration plans on the forums!

    The event will run until Friday August 3rd at Noon PDT!

    To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, if you purchase 100 Bush Bucks or more, get a free mount! The sale runs until Monday July 23rd at Noon PDT!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • When will the last quest unlock?
      All quests will be unlocked by the 11th day of the event.

    • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
      There are two vendors. The one in the tent has this year's items. The other is the one with the party hat and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

    • What contributes to my 100% progress?
      You need 200 plays of any combo of the games to get 100%. Just whack up tickets to play the games, and turn in quests to get tickets as well.

    • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
      It helps you rig the game and improve your chances of getting 8 tokens.

    • 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.

    • Where can I see progress on the Dunking Achievement?
      Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Look for the ones listed above in that list.