January 17th
Idle Champions: New Grand Tour Variants 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This week's update included two new challenging Grand Tour of the Sword Coast variants: March of the Undead, a new variant of Terror in the Dark, and Invisible Shadows, a new variant of Unearthed Evil.

Terror in the Dark

  • New Variant: March of the Undead — Additional Relentless Undead monsters spawn and attack your formation. When they are killed, Relentless Undead don't disappear. Instead, after 5 seconds, they get back up and start attacking again.

Unearthed Evil

  • New Variant: Invisible Shadows — Additional shadow monsters attack your formation. They're invisible and cannot be damaged until they reach you, then they are revealed and can take damage. They move quickly and don't block spawns.

Features:

  • Added two new Grand Tour of the Sword Coast variants: March of the Undead and Invisible Shadows.

See the variants in game for more information!
January 10th
Idle Champions: New Tomb of Annihilation Variants 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This week's update included two new challenging Tomb of Annihilation variants: Crowded Streets for Exploring Port Nyanzaru, and Market Fluctuations for Running of the Saurs. These are some of our most challenging variants to-date, so you'll need every scrap of gear, favor blessings, and formation optimization you can muster. Good luck!

Exploring Port Nyanzaru

  • New Variant: Crowded Streets — Slots in the formations are occasionally taken up by random citizens.

Running of the Saurs

  • New Variant: Market Fluctuations — Leveling up your champions costs more.

Features:

  • Added two new extremely-challenging to the Chult-based Tomb of Annihilation adventures: Crowded Streets and Market Fluctuations.

  • Fixes for various bugs

See the in-game change-log for more information!
January 9th
COTLI: Introducing Limited Time Challenges! 

Today we're finally ready to unveil a brand new feature in Crusaders of the Lost Idols: Limited Time Challenges!

Limited Time Challenges are customized objectives that you can attempt once a week, between Tuesday at noon and Thursday at noon PST. You'll be awarded Challenge Tokens depending on how far you get, and you can use those Tokens to buy special items in the brand new Challenge Store (coming soon). This week's Challenge has already begun, so get to it! Good luck!

You can check out the Challenge FAQ below for more information, or the Challenge FAQ on the Challenge dialog in-game.


What are Challenges?

Challenges are limited-time objectives which can be attempted once a week to earn Challenge Tokens. Each week, a random objective from a pool of specially designed Challenge objectives will be chosen to be that week's Challenge. The base set of Challenges restricts you to using certain types of Crusaders, however future Challenges will provide more variety.

What are Challenge Tokens?

Challenge Tokens are awarded for taking part in Challenges and are used in the Challenge Token Store to buy all sorts of goodies, such as Jeweled Chests and week-long buffs. More items will be added over time, providing an endless supply of fun rewards to work towards.

How are Challenge Tokens awarded?

Challenge Tokens are awarded when you reset in a Challenge and are based on the highest area you reach during that run. At any time during a Challenge, you can see the amount of tokens you would receive if you reset by looking at the notification on the right, or in the Challenges window, which is accessed from the same panel as Achievements and Statistics. You can reset whenever you'd like during a Challenge, but you can only do one Challenge per week, so you should get as far as you can before you reset!

When can I attempt Challenges?

Challenges run every week from Tuesday at noon to Thursday at noon (PST). A countdown to the next Challenge can be found on the Challenges window. You only get to try a Challenge objective once per week, so once you have started a Challenge, you will not be able to start one again until the next week's Challenge is available.

Will there be a new Objective every week?

You will never see the same Challenge Objective two weeks in a row, but the same Objective can be picked again on a later week. You can start the Objective again and earn tokens again even if you've already done it for a previous Challenge. Try to beat your old scores!

What happens if I run out of time?

If you have not yet started the Challenge, it simply disappears. If you are currently on the Challenge, you will be forced to reset the world. Any progress already made will be counted and you will receive Idols and tokens as normal.

This Challenge is too hard!

If you're not getting anywhere, just go do another Objective. There's always next week! If you've not yet unlocked a Crusader who can reset, you can abandon the challenge like you would normally abandon an objective. You can abandon Challenges without any penalty. You will receive Idols and Challenge Tokens as though you had reset normally, and the cooldown timer for abandoning will not be triggered.
December 27th, 2017
Idle Champions Event: Wintershield 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It’s considered lucky to possess and examine a map on Wintershield, so put on your most durable boots and head out into the streets of Waterdeep to claim one for yourself in this new limited time event.

Complete the adventure and you'll recruit the stout gold dwarf cleric, Barrowin Undurr, who has some unique buffing mechanics and shares a seat with Tyril. This event will run until January 8th, 2018 at noon PST. Good luck!

New Champion: Barrowin Undurr

A proud daughter of Clan Undurr and a devout follower of Gorm Gulthyn, the dwarven god of vigilance and duty. She spent fifteen years in the city of Ironmaster, in Icewind Dale, overseeing and protecting her family’s investment in the city’s lucrative mining operations. However, she saw little action and feared that her talents were being squandered. She has recently found a home within a budding organization called the Order of the Gauntlet, which vigilantly guards against the rise of evil in all its forms.

When you want to add Barrowin Undurr to your party, you can swap her with Tyril.

Wintershield Variants

  • The Chatty Map — The map is extremely chatty. Every 15 seconds it engages in deep conversation with a random Champion in your formation, disabling their DPS and Formation Abilities for 15 seconds.

  • The Cult of Daggers — Dagger-throwing Cultists spawn alongside normal waves and toss daggers at random Champions in your formation. These additional monsters drop no gold.

  • Only the Strong Survive — Only Champions with a Strength stat of 13 or higher can be used. This includes base Champions Bruenor, Celeste, Nayeli, Minsc, Tyril, Jamilah, and Arkhan, and event Champions Gromma, Krond, and Barrowin Undurr.

Features:

  • Added the Wintershield event, our fifth limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Monday, January 8th at noon PST.
  • Added a new Champion: Barrowin Undurr, the Gold Dwarf Cleric.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Oghma's Favor.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
December 20th, 2017
Idle Champions: The Grand Tour, Part 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Your time at the Wayside Inn has been fruitful: You've earned the favor of Torm, helped a were-beast find true love, and saved countless villagers from an undead invasion. Now it's time to head south to the grand city of Waterdeep, where you were supposed to meet a certain drow ranger months ago...

Three new adventures are now available in the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast campaign. If you're skilled enough to beat the third one and its variant, you'll recruit Drizzt Do'Urden to join your party. You'll need every bit of optimization you can bring to your formation to recruit the famous drow ranger — good luck!

New Champion: Drizzt Do'Urden

Despite his increasing fame (or infamy) across the Sword Coast North as a drow who dwells on the surface, is deadly in battle, fights with great agility and two enchanted scimitars, and can call on an onyx panther figurine of wondrous power to bring a battle companion to his side, Drizzt Do’Urden remains an enigma.

Thoughtful and sensitive to others, Drizzt holds himself to the highest ideals but does not expect the same of others. Ever alert for treachery and danger, he speaks little but is apt to be polite (if terse) in his dealings. A perfectionist who yearns to be accepted into places and groups and to make friends widely, Drizzt is haunted by the danger he brings to those he befriends thanks to the scrutiny of Lolth and his other foes (notably the demon Errtu and the human Artemis Entreri). Those he meets see his manner as grim.

You must complete the first variant of the Underdeep Cartography adventure before you can add him to your formation.

When you want to add Drizzt to your party, you can swap him with Makos.

New Adventures

  • Escort to Waterdeep — The party takes its leave of the Inn and proceeds west and south to the port city of Waterdeep to meet Drizzt. They haven't made it two steps before running into a caravan in need of an escort.

  • Waterdeep Detours — You have arrived at the Gates of Waterdeep, Drizzt's designated meeting place is a small tavern in the Dock Ward. Little do you know your journey there will have as many detours as the city has wards.

  • Underdeep Cartography — Drizzt has been mapping the tunnels, crypts, and sewers under Waterdeep. Rumours of dangerous monsters escaping from the Undermountain suggest something may have broken through into the normal tunnels and sewers under Waterdeep. Follow the clues left by Drizzt and find the opening.

Features:

  • Added a new Champion: Drizzt Do'Urden, the Drow Ranger. You must complete the first variant of the Underdeep Cartography adventure before you can add him to your formation.
  • Added three new adventures to the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast campaign.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
December 6th, 2017
Idle Champions Event: Simril 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Simril is ruined! Someone or something has been pillaging all the food stores of Luskan, leaving very little leftover for the feast of Simril, let alone the long, cold winter to follow. Your party has been hired to hunt down this ruiner-of-holidays and recover the stolen sustenance.

Celebrate Faerûn's winter solstice with the latest Idle Champions event, Simril! This limited-time adventure runs from today until Noon PST on Monday, December 18th 2017, and introduces Dhadius the Scarlet, the Human Wizard!

New Champion: Dhadius the Scarlet!

Dhadius is a mage of legendary status and acclaim (at least, in his own mind), who sees everyone else as intellectual worms. Being an egomaniac, he seeks out esoteric lore and rare magical secrets so he may know things that the 'common fools' do not.

Dhadius hails from Luskan in the north, where he is a member of the Arcane Brotherhood, an infamous group of wizards. He joined them only recently and hasn't been taken as seriously by the others as he thinks he should be. He's determined to let is be known far and wide that he is a wizard to be respected and feared.

When you want to add Dhadius to your party, you can swap him with Calliope.

Simril Variants

  • Frightful Weather — In areas where it is snowing, your party will take 1.7% of their max health as unavoidable damage every second.

  • Light in the Darkness — Several slots in the formation are taken up by floating magical torches.

  • A Wise Endeavour — Only champions with a wisdom score of 13 or more may be used.

Features:

  • Added the Simril event, our fourth limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Monday, December 18th at noon PST.
  • Added a new Champion: Dhadius the Scarlet, the Human Wizard.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Shar's Favor.
  • Champion ultimate abilities now usable with numeric keypad.
  • The game is now compatible with Razer hardware – let there be lights!
  • You can now minimize the top UI using a button added to the left of the top left menu – bird hunters rejoice!

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
November 30th, 2017
Idle Champions: Tomb of Annihilation, Part 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Those interested in earning the favor of Kelemvor by investigating the mysterious death curse now have two new adventures to do!

Exploring Port Nyanzaru and The Running of the Saurs are the two newest additions to the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, and each come with one additional variant. You can now take the fight to Chult, an ancient jungle peninsula shrouded in mystery, provided you have previously completed the Seeking Allies adventure.

Legendary wonders, magnificent beasts, and our most epic final battle to date await you. Good luck, adventurers! Try not to get trampled...

Exploring Port Nyanzaru

You are exploring the streets of Nyanzaru looking for clues when you are quickly sucked into some local intrigue and sent on various errands around the city while trying to find someone who knows something about the death curse or has spotted the Red Wizards lurking about.
  • Variant: Flying Monkey Skulls of Doom — Undead Flying Monkeys spawn randomly alongside normal non-boss waves. They toss monkey skulls at the formation doing normal damage, and when killed they do not award gold.

Running of the Saurs

You must fight your way "upriver" through the streets of Port Nyanzaru against a swarm of racing dinosaurs in the Chultian equivalent of the running of the bulls.
  • Variant: Dinosaur Racing — Complete area 50 within 30 minutes of starting the objective.

Features:

  • Added two new Tomb of Annihilation adventures: Exploring Port Nyanzaru and The Running of the Saurs, each with one variant.

  • Added hotkey indicators for each ultimate to the top left corner of their icons.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
November 22nd, 2017
Idle Champions: Kelemvor's Blessings 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Early Access Update #12

Rejoice, followers of Kelemvor! Your patron, the lord of the dead, judge of the damned, who despises the undead and seeks a peaceful transition for all, has seen fit to bless those who have earned his favor. You can now purchase Kelemvor's Blessings in the Blessings store!

Features:

  • Added Kelemvor's Blessings.

  • Added in-game support for steam DLC discounts.

  • For more information on how Divine Blessings work, refer to our Divine Favor Blog. TL/DR: Choose wisely!

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
November 17th, 2017
BW2: Thankful Thanksgiving Event 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Thanksgiving Time!

The residents of The Commons are preparing for a massive feast to celebrate the end of harvest season, and of course they need your expertise at finding things in bushes!

First and foremost, it's all about helping the chefs fill their food stations to the brim - and beyond. There's three of them for three types of meals, so you'll be collecting Meat, Veggies and of course Deserts to feed the hungry masses of Bushwhackia! Can you make all the Pristine Food? Keep doing turn-ins to achieve it!

On the subject of food - four of the guests have promised they would bring a dish to share, but they've forgotten ingredients.

And then, there's the problem of the Turkeys. Apparently, they need to be rescued in some fashion, so you'll need to get on that. You have the whole event to complete it.

Once again we're celebrating other harvest festivals around the world and hosting an inflatable surprise. They'll unlock as the event goes on. And tune in on Thanksgiving (or after, if you're enjoying your day off), for a fun show!

Of course, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Black Friday questline introduced last year, and a fridge to store all those leftovers!

New for 2017:
We've added one new quest line this year. Nate is up to something. Help him out once his quest begins.

Plus we've updated the goals required for the ribbons and 100% award, since there are so many quests that award event progress, and added some new quests to the Other Harvest Festivals quest line!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!

Achievements Returning in 2017:
  • Special Order - You helped all of the people prepare their special dishes.
  • Master of the Ways - You have helped cook each dish excellently for the pristine table.
  • Short Order Cook - You've helped prepare one of each dish.
  • Turkey Lover - You saved enough turkeys to guarantee survival. This year.
  • Historical Detective - You helped Bob the Historian investigate the Pilgrims.
  • Family Matters - You brought all of Brock's family together for Thanksgiving.
  • Parade Enthusiast - You watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Fridge Fix-Up - You helped Fatima fix an old fridge and move it your ranch.
  • Thorough Taste Testing - You helped out Miss Mei enough to try all the different daily side dish samples.
Added/Changed for 2017:
  • Feastful Frittering - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2017 items.*
  • Fattened Feathered Friend - Help Nate fatten up his turkey.
We have 6 achievements from previous years' events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks if a player was not present during the original years:
  • Thankful Decorator - You bought all the house items from the 2012 Thanksgiving Event.
  • Thankful Dresser - You bought all the player items from the 2012 Thanksgiving Event.
  • Thankful Shopper - You bought all the 2013 Turkey Day items.
  • Black Friday - You bought all the 2014 Thanksgiving items.
  • Thanks For The Stuff - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2015 items.
  • Grateful Expenditure - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2016 items.
* The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Feastful Frittering achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Pet Packs:

2017 Pets -- Available in Packs! COMING SOON!



The event will run until Friday December 1st at Noon PST!

Give thanks and feedback here!
November 16th, 2017
Idle Champions Event: Feast of the Moon 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The party descends into an infamous crypt filled with the tombs of local heroes to pay homage to their deeds during the Feast of the Moon. Unfortunately, the dead are restless, rising from their slumber as undead and gathering deep in the crypt for some unknown nefarious purpose...

Fight your way through the risen heroes of yore as your party descends into the dark depths of The Crypt of Legends. Seek out whatever is responsible for this undead uprising, and put an end to it for good!

Idle Champions' latest event, Feast of the Moon, is a celebration honoring the deeds of the fallen heroes of Faerûn. This limited-time adventure runs from today until Noon PST on Tuesday, November 28th 2017, and introduces Gromma, the Tortle Druid.


New Champion: Gromma Nander

A wise Tortle matriarch, Gromma Nander is an elderly Circle of the Land Druid with nearly one hundred grandchildren. She has picked up many skills over her long life, and is able to fulfill DPS, support, or tanking roles in a formation. No matter her specialization, Gromma has a particular grandmotherly fondness for young members of any race, and will empower members of her party, with the youngest receiving the greatest boost.

When you want to add Gromma to your party, you can swap her with Nayeli.


Feast of the Moon Variants

  • Respectful Restraint — Ultimate Attacks can not be used and any attacks with a cooldown of 5 seconds or less have an additional 3 second cooldown (so a 4 second cooldown becomes 7 seconds, but a 6 second cooldown stays at 6 seconds). These lengthened attacks don't do any additional damage due to their longer cooldown.

  • The Relentless Undead — Undead monsters have 2x as much health as normal and, when they take a killing blow, they are stunned for 10 seconds before coming back to life (they still drop gold and quest items and count towards the quest each time they are killed).

  • A Grand Nandventure — Gromma Nander is forced to be in your formation. She starts at level 1 in your formation right away alongside Bruenor. She cannot be removed from the formation or swapped out of her seat. She has a 4x damage boost and her normal attack cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.


Features:

  • Added the Feast of the Moon event, our third limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Tuesday, November 28th at noon PST.
  • Added a new Champion: Gromma, the Tortle Druid.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Jergal's Favor.
  • Added five new Achievements.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!