November 19th
BW2: Halloween Haunted Mansion Winners 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

We've chosen our 2018 Halloween Decoration Contest Winners! If you weren't aware, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are picked by the whole Codename Entertainment studio, while Community Choice was voted on by you, the wise Whacker community! Our top three choices earn 250, 200, and 150 Bush Bucks respectively, while the Community Choice takes home a cool 50 Bush Bucks.

Without further ado here are your winners:

Facebook Winners


1st Place
Marcin G.

2nd Place
Steven V.

3rd Place
Russel D.

Community Choice
Barbara T.

Kongregate Winners


1st Place
mdjoyce

2nd Place
she89

3rd Place
hellvin

Community Choice
LilacRoseD

Armor Games Winners


1st Place
Fenrir025

2nd Place
abner69

3rd Place
PlayerII123

Community Choice
mfitzj

Big Fish Games Winners


1st Place
Flybaby

2nd Place
jelab

3rd Place
no22pw

Community Choice
swenlo



Congratulations again to all our winners! Your Bush Buck prizes have been added to your accounts!
November 16th
BW2: Thankful Thanksgiving Event 2018 
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 in a previous year, and a fridge to store all those leftovers!

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 2018:
  • 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.
  • Fattened Feathered Friend - Help Nate fatten up his turkey.
Added/Changed for 2018:
  • Banquet Blowout - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2018 items.*
We have 7 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.
  • Feastful Frittering - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2017 items.
* The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Banquet Blowout achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Pet Packs:

2018 Pets -- Available in Packs! COMING SOON!



The event will run until Friday November 30th at Noon PST!

Give thanks and feedback here!
November 16th
BW2: Nov 16th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Thanksgiving Event 2018 Update (November 16th, 2018)

- Updated the Thanksgiving Event for 2018
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added 3 new pets available from Nov 21st to Nov 23rd

- Can now send Turkey Dinner 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

- Added Autumn Elk Mount promo (free with BB purchase over $10; 30% more BBs over $5)

- Fixed being unable to speak with the two NPCs in the Salty Settlement.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
November 15th
COTLI: Kaines' Dinner of Doom 4 

Doom. Dooooom! As the seasons turn from Autumn to Winter, Kaines' Dinner of Doom arrives once again!

Kaines' Dinner of Doom 4 introduces 43G1S, an all-new Tier 4 Robot Crusader, and brings back Chef Casey, Paul the Pilgrim, Petra the Pilgrim, RoboTurkey, and Momma Kaine!

New Tier 4 Crusader: 43G1S

43G1S (also known as 'Aegis') is a Tank Crusader, ready and willing to add their skills to your formation. They'll absorb the damage of the Crusaders in the column in front of them. They'll charge up while the formation isn't under attack, and unleash their wrath on all monsters on screen once the monsters reach the formation. Plus, they've got a way with monsters, causing them to slow down and not reach your formation as quickly.

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. Chef Casey, Paul the Pilgrim, Petra the Pilgrim, RoboTurkey, and Momma Kaine are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit 43G1S | 43G1S takes up a slot in the formation. They constantly summon robots to attack the Crusaders. Reach area 600.

  • Trim the Fat | The fatty formation slots have been trimmed. Additionally, Fat blob monsters spawn in each area, reducing Crusader DPS by 10% (multiplicatively) for each blob. These blobs can only be killed by projectiles and activated abilities. Reach area 700.

  • Assigned Seating | Several tables have taken up positions in the formation, disabling DPS and formation abilities of adjacent Crusaders who do not have the correct tag that matches the adjacent table. Every 75 areas, 2 of the tables will swap positions. Reach area 750.

  • Help's Day Off | Support Crusaders and Taskmasters cannot be used as you strive to reach area 800. Note: the reset ability is available on the Gold Panda when she's level 250.

  • Electro Dance Party | Only Robot and Healer Crusaders can be used. A beat-blasting robot takes up a spot in formation, randomly disabling the DPS and formation abilities of 2 adjacent Crusaders. Reach area 1000. Note: the reset the world ability is available on Khouri the Witch Doctor when he's level 250.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Thanksgiving 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, November 27th at 12:00pm PST to complete Kaines' Dinner of Doom 4!
November 14th
Codename Plays Games for Kids! Extra Life 2018 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's that time of the year again - and we're not talking about Christmas, though Christmas is pretty great - it's time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2018!

For those who may not know, Extra Life is a wonderful program set up to raise donations for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The money raised is donated as unrestricted funds for hospitals to use as needed. But the best part? We can help by doing what we love to do: gaming!

For more information about the Extra Life program, check out their FAQ.

What's the Plan for 2018?

Like in previous years, the Codename Entertainment team will be playing all kinds of games, including TRPG games, board games, card games, and of course, video games. Dave even built a VR streaming setup!

The 24 hours of streaming include:
  • Two Eberron-based D&D sessions, each influenced by donations to the Idle Champions Extra life Page. Two different teams of thieves will attempt to complete Adam's all-new scenario: LIGHTNING TRAIN HEIST!

  • Art galore! Michelle and Alexis will be drawing sketches with pencil and paper and Kat will be drawing a tavern scene! Donations to Kat's Extra Life page get you a character added into the final scene! Follow Kat on Twitter to see her final image!

  • A founders Q&A hour with co-founders Dave and Justin!

  • A Magic the Gathering tournament!

  • Classic SNES games played by Justin and friends!

  • CNE plays the VR game Beat Saber!

  • Our very own version of Hot Ones, mixed with party board games!

  • Plus more!
And when we're not doing scheduled content, you get a bird's eye view of the office, awesome elevator music, and a custom stream overlay made by Dave and Adam, listing our schedule and current donations!

How Can I Help?

We've got a few different things happening this year for Extra Life.

Each of our actively supported games (Bush Whacker 2, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, and Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms) has a special item available for you to purchase in the game. Starting today, and until 10:00am Pacific Time on Wednesday November 21st, all net proceeds from purchases of these special in-game items will be donated to Extra Life!

Additionally, if you are feeling generous and want to donate more, you can contribute to any of the game's pages on Extra Life: Plus you can check out the Codename Entertainment Extra Life page here.

When do you Start?

We have time-gated our stream to this coming weekend, starting on Friday, November 16th, at 9am PST and running for 24 hours until Saturday, November 17th at 9am PST. You'll be able to watch the event in all its glory over on the Codename Entertainment Twitch.

Once again, you can find all our info and more over on the Codename Entertainment Extra Life Team Page.

Wish us luck surviving again!
November 14th
Idle Champions: Feast of the Moon 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

As the Feast of the Moon approaches, the Champions descend into an infamous crypt in order to pay homage to their deeds.

What they find is a tomb of restless undead, raised by necromancy and gathering in the depths for some nefarious purpose...

Feast of the Moon 2 runs until Monday, November 26th at 12:00pm PST, introduces Vlahnya Um'Vairar, Eladrin Bard and Wizard, and also brings back Gromma Nander, the Tortle Druid!

New Champion: Vlahnya Um'Vairar

Fate Weaver, Spy mistress, New Olamn college of whispers instructor, Band Manager of Sirens of the Realms & Magic Missile, long time pal of Durnan. This noble looking Eladrin Elf has friends in high and low places. Her true origins are unknown though it is rumored she traveled across Faerȗn with a bard troupe and learned about the world one tavern at a time.

Vlahnya is a Support Champion, able to buff Champions in columns ahead of her with Enthralling Performance. The more harmonious the party, the greater the buff. When you want to add Vlahnya to your party, you can swap her with Delina (Slot 8).

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

Returning 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.

Gromma is a versatile Tank and Support Champion. Her Druid Circle specializations offer different tanking options depending on the situation, while her Grandmotherly Love formation ability buffs your party, with the youngest Champions receiving the greatest benefit. When you want to add Gromma to your party, you can swap her with Nayeli (Slot 3).

Year Two Variants

  • Inevitable Betrayal — Skeletal warriors accompany you in your adventures through the crypt of legends. They take up 2 slots in the formation. While they are both 'alive' the champions deal 50% less damage.

  • Siren's Song — A doppelganger has taken on the guise of Vlahnya and is filling the crypt with dissonant tunes, waiting to destroy Vlahnya and take her place. Vlahnya starts the adventure in your party. This Doppel-Vlahnya appears in each area, stunning Champions, and only the true Vlahnya can deal damage to her until she reverts to her Doppelganger form.

  • Undead Legends — Additional undead stalk the Champions within the crypt. Additional boss monsters appear in each boss area, including some legendary bosses from your past, present, and/or fugure. This variant features unique dialogue.

Year One Variants

  • Respectful Restraint — Ultimate Attacks are disabled, 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 their health doubled, 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 (or Deekin). Gromma cannot be removed from the formation or moved from her formation seat. She has a 4x damage boost and her normal attack cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

November 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Vlahnya Um'vairar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Vlahnya Um'vairar, the Eladrin Bard/Wizard who runs the Sirens of the Realms.

Vlahnya will be available in our next Year Two Event, Feast of the Moon, which launches TODAY! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest champion. But don't forget that Feast of the Moon is also a chance to collect and gear up Gromma, the Tortle Druid who will be getting her annual tune-up in the upcoming tanking & healing update.

How you can unlock Vlahnya:

Vlahnya is unlocked by playing Feast of the Moon, a limited-time event launching on November 14th and running until November 26th. Once you unlock Vlahnya, she swaps with Delina, Hitch, or Nrakk (Slot 8)

Who is Vlahnya:

Fate Weaver, Spy mistress, New Olamn college of whispers instructor, Band Manager of Sirens of the Realms & Magic Missile, long time pal of Durnan. This noble looking Eladrin Elf has friends in high and low places. Her true origins are unknown though it is rumored she traveled across Faerûn with a bard troupe and learned about the world one tavern at a time.

Vlahnya is the leader/ Band Manager of the Sirens of the Realms. She is played by Satine Phoenix. Those with keen eyes may already recognize her from this year's Stream of Many Eyes, where Satine played Vlahnya during Ivan Van Norman's Off the Table sessions.


Vlahnya's Design:

Anyone who has ever met Satine has more than likely been overwhelmed by how OP her Charisma stat is. When we saw her play as Vlahnya at the Stream of Many Eyes in June, we knew Vlahnya could be an awesome presence within the Champions. We reached out to Satine and she was over the moon excited about bringing Vlahnya to video game life.

As we do with any of our content creator Champions, we started our design by talking directly with Satine about who her character is at her core. Being the Band Manager of the Sirens of the Realms is one thing, but what sort of quirkiness could she bring to the champions? After an exciting conversation we landed on the idea that Vlahnya would take her role as leader seriously, staying back to debuff enemies and make sure the team was maximizing their capabilities.

Base Attack - Mage Hand: Vlahnya starts by using her custom mage hand to slap an enemy and try to distract them.


Formation Ability: Enthralling Performance: Vlahnya's main formation ability is a bit complicated, but it's a lot of fun to try to maximize! All Champions in the columns ahead of her increase their damage by 1% for each stack, based on the stacks of 3 notes that are above her head. Building a formation and strategy that can maximize all three stacks will help you push further!
  • Tempo Note: Tempo gains 4 stacks every time a Champion in the formation attacks.
  • Bass Note: Bass gains 20 stacks whenever a Champion adjacent to Vlahnya kills an enemy.
  • Treble Note: Treble gains 1 stack for each gold goober you collect.
Each of the stacks diminish 20% every 10 seconds and cap out at 300 stacks per note.


From left to right: Tempo, Bass, Treble; each note fill with a color as that note gains more stacks.


Formation Ability: Witch Slap: Vlahnya's Mage Hand now stuns an enemy when she attacks, in addition to dealing a bit of damage.

Vlahnya's Specializations:

Vlahnya's specializations are all about deciding whether she's focusing on being a solo artist, or getting the band back together.

Vlahnya's Ultimate Attack: Plane Shift


For Vlahnya's ultimate, we wanted to come up with something really unique. Something to fit her character. She has an Amulet of the Planes magic item, and who doesn't like a little Plane Shift fun?! When Vlahnya uses her ultimate, she fey steps into the middle of the fray, and Plane Shifts away with up to 10 non-boss enemies. A few seconds later she Plane Shifts back to her formation slot. Where did the baddies go? That's Vlahnya's secret! Note, that enemies that are Plane Shifted away do not drop gold, nor do they count towards quest objectives.

The ultimate is designed to help you clear the rabble away on boss levels or blocker levels to help your champions focus fire on their target.


Vlahnya's Equipment



Slot 1: Zither
  • Vlahnya's signature instrument increases the damage of all Champions.
Slot 2: Arpeegee
  • Get it?! Vlahnya's Familiar also increases the damage of all Champions.
Slot 3: Harp-Handled Dagger
  • Her dagger of choice increases the effectiveness of the Tempo note stacks of Enthralling Performance..
Slot 4: Crown
  • Her crown increases the effectiveness of the Bass note stacks of Enthralling Performance.
Slot 5: Amulet of the Planes
  • Her amulet increases the effectiveness of the Treble note stacks of Enthralling Performance.
Slot 6: Cloak
  • Her cloak reduces the cooldown of her ultimate attack.

What about any other Vlahnya details I'm looking for?

Vlahnya is Neutral Good. She currently does not have an affiliation, and her stats are as follows:
Str: 8 Dex: 14 Con: 10 Int: 14 Wis: 14 Cha: 16

TL/DR- Final Vlahnya Thoughts

Vlahnya is a master spy, and a strong leader. She'll increase the damage of those in front of her in the formation based on how well your formation is doing in 3 areas: the speed of your attackers, how often those around Vlahnya are dealing killing blows to enemies, and how often you are picking up gold goobers.

We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well she's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord! If you are enjoying Vlahnya, consider checking out the Sirens of the Realms Broadcasts
November 9th
BW2: A Gothic Guitar Weekend Quest 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Oh, hi Whackers...

What's got you so cheery on this wet and weary weekend? Well, if you want to put that energy to good use helping out, these two goth visitors in the Commons have a quest for you. Be quick though, as they're only around for the weekend and will disappear at Noon Pacific on Monday October 12th.

Also, this weekend we've updated the merchants on Amicus Isle with new stuff to purchase!

Plus, you can have a treat! Redeem this code before Noon Pacific on Monday November 12th for 1 free Large Energy Pack: GOTH-ICGU-ITAR-HELP
November 9th
BW2: Nov 9th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Limited Time Quest (November 9th, 2018)

- Limited time quest line, available via visiting NPCs in the Commons (Nov 9th - 12th)
- Consists of 3 main quests
- A 4th repeatable quest on a 12 hour cooldown
- The Amicus Isle Pawn Shop merchant will be available for this weekend

- Running Cheeky Sprite pet promo (free with BB purchase over $10; 30% more BBs over $5)

- Added 9 guitar custom items to General Store, Pawn Shop merchant, Island Token store, and casino Prize Token store.

- Added 5 Gothic themed custom items to Tailor and Mad Hatter merchants.

- Added expensive stick sword to the Pawn Shop merchant.

- Changed casino store name from ‘Ye Olde General Store’ to ‘Ye Gaming House Prize Shoppe’

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
November 7th
Idle Champions: Dragon Heist, Part 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

After thwarting a pair of plots to kidnap and kill lords of Waterdeep, the Champions are presented with a new challenge: homeownership!

The scholar Volothamp Geddarm has gifted the party with the title to Trollskull Manor, an aging estate located in Trollskull Alley in the North Ward of Waterdeep.

What Volo neglected to mention, however, is that the manor itself is already occupied...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Dragon Heist Adventures, A Dinner Party and A Botched Kidnapping, in order to access these new Adventures.

Trollskull Manor

The Champions have been given the title to a house in Trollskull Alley, the aptly-named Trollskull Manor. However, it looks like some unwanted guests have taken up residence inside — time to kick them out!
  • Variant: The Gargoyle's Apprentice — All the activity within Trollskull Manor has activated a long forgotten spell cast by one of Ulkoria's students, awakening her cleaning objects to help prep the manor for residents again!

Attack on the Manor

After the Champions finish cleaning up their new base of operations, an explosion in Trollskull Alley brings chaos right to their doorstep.
  • Variant: The Trepidatious Trio — Nat, Squiddly, and Jenks tag along to help the Champions. They take up three slots in the formation and do no damage.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!