February 21st
BW2: 3 New Horse Varieties! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

More Horses Of Course!

This little permanent update includes three new basic horses you can tame from Clint, plus armor for them in the Cloudland quest hub, and a dialog from which you can view your mount collection! Speak to Clint to check out the new dialog.

Also, the Pet Release and Craft Trinket dialogs now have sorting filters for your convenience. Happy Whacking!

And if you haven't already, don't forget to redeem the Valentine's Day coupon code before Noon on Friday February 23rd and get 1 FREE Cake: VALE-NTIN-ESGO-CAKE
February 21st
BW2: Change Log Feb 21, 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Horses (February 21st, 2018)

- Added 3 new kinds of horses you can tame through Clint:
- Dapple Grey Horse
- Silver Dapple Horse
- Blonde Pinto Horse

- Remember you can refuse to claim the mount after the 4th round of collecting feed, and keep repeating that last quest until you get the colour of mount you want.

- Added a Mount Collection dialog you can view via Clint’s new “I’d like to see my mount collection” chat option.

- Added filter/sorting to the trinket crafting dialog.

- Added filter/sorting to the release pet dialog.

- Fixed the starter pack dialogs having the pet in the wrong position.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
February 16th
COTLI: Weekend Buff – Love Potion Number Nine 

Drink this potion and you'll find some of your Crusaders buffed to the max!



The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until Noon PST on Monday, February 19th.
  • Warwick the Warlock - Curse of Weakness ability +200%
  • Jim the Lumberjack - Sharpen Party ability +200%
  • Sasha the Fierce Warrior - Bulwark ability +200%
  • Katie the Cupid - Lovin', Huggin', Kissin', and Snugglin' ability +200%
  • Griz the Robo-Coach - Non-Binary Pep Talk ability +200%



Check out these limited-time Enamored Chests that contain equipment for just the five Crusaders above!

(Only for previously-unlocked Crusaders)
February 15th
Idle Champions Event: Grand Revel 
Posted in Idle Champions.

In the Forgotten Realms, Grand Revel is a day of dancing, music, and the eating of sweet treats of all sorts, from chocolate to red "firemint" candies. But even during such an unparalleled day of joy there are quests to be done and adventures to be had. One such adventure revolves around a missing caravan on Chult – and the Templar of the Order of the Gauntlet who desperately wants it found...

Grand Revel is our seventh limited-time event for Idle Champions, which starts today and lasts until Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, and introduces Birdsong, the Tabaxi Bard!

New Champion: Birdsong

Birdsong, a cunning young Tabaxi bard, learned to defend herself while enslaved by the Yuan-ti. Proficient in playing the lute, Birdsong discovered her potential as a bard when witnessing the effect her songs had on other slaves. After her escape, she became one of the greatest minstrels of Chult. She promised herself to, one day, get revenge on the Yuan-ti who destroyed her village.

When you want to add Birdsong to your party, you can swap her with Makos or Drizzt.

Grand Revel Variants

  • Three's a Crowd — Any Champion that is adjacent to more than 1 other Champion has their damage reduced to 0.

  • Pair Up — Your ratio of women to men in your formation cannot be off by more than one (at all times you must have an equal number of men and women, or 1 more man than woman or vise-versa).

  • Love Potion — Every 25 areas, two Champions drink a love potion and fall deeply in love. For those 25 areas, if those Champions are adjacent to each other in the formation they do bonus damage themselves (x4), and buff global damage as well (x3). The chosen Champion combos are fixed rather than random.

Features:

  • Added the Grand Revel event, our seventh limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Tuesday, February 27th at noon PST.
  • Added a new Champion: Birdsong, the Tabaxi Bard.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Sune's Favor.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
February 9th
Idle Champions: Chest and Potions Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today we're excited to release a major update for chests and potions. You'll need to read the change log or the developer blog for the most details, but the gist of the update is that chests are way better now! They drop more things you needs, fewer things you don't, and there are more bonuses for purchasing packs!

We hope you enjoy this update, which is the first of a series of major systems updates planned for early 2018.

Features:

  • Massive chest and potion changes. See below for details. Read the developer blog for additional detail.
  • To celebrate the new chests, we're running a chest sale from now until Tuesday, February 13th at noon PST. Get up to 25% more chests on pack purchases of 7 or more chests.
  • Added a "Next Chest" button after opening a chest, which lets you open another chest without having to click the chest selector on the left again.

Balance Changes:

  • Chests will now always attempt to drop an upgrade if one is available (without adjusting the rarity of the items in the chest).
  • Purchased chest packs of 7 chests or more will now include guaranteed shiny items. See the store page for more details.
  • A one-time lot of "Potions of Polish" have been added to the inventories of players who have made purchases in the past, based on total amount spent. These potions can be used to upgrade a random loot item to be "shiny".
  • Potions of Heroism (+health) have been removed from the chest drop table, however existing potions will remain in your inventory.
  • Existing "Potions of Fire Breath" have been renamed "Expired Potion of Fire Breath".
  • New "Potions of Fire Breath" have been added that do damage based on your party dps rather than a fixed percentage of the monster health.
  • New "Potions of Specialization" have been added to the chest drop tables that can be used to reset any specialization choices you have made on the run.
  • Potion durations have been updated based on rarity. The new durations are as follows: Common: 5 minutes. Uncommon: 15 minutes. Rare: 60 minutes. Epic: Until you complete your current adventure. (Expired fire breath potions are excluded from this change).
  • New Blacksmithing Contracts have been added to chests. These new contracts increase the loot level (not rarity) of a random piece of loot owned by a selected Champion; can only be used on Champions with all 6 gear slots filled.
  • Cooldown reduction (both normal and ultimate cooldowns) has been capped at 75%.
  • Gear item levels are now more powerful (250 level to double instead of 1000).

Changes:

  • Chest packs are now opened separately from normally earned chests. When opening chests from packs, a new dialog will display any guaranteed shinies that you will earn from the pack. Note that only packs purchased after the update will be shown in this way. Previously purchased packs' chests simply appear in your normal stash.

Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue with the area 10 boss in Rescue in the Jungle.
  • Fixed an issue with the area 45 boss in Rescue in the Jungle.
  • Fixed an issue where Azaka's portrait didn't show up correctly in a couple of cinematics.
  • Fixed a grammatical issue with Stoki's tips.
  • Fixed several other typos.

Coming Soon:

  • Loot level caps on cooldown reduction gear so that you won't get any more duplicates of that gear or have them be targets for Blacksmithing Contracts if your cooldown reduction is already capped (sooner rather than later).
  • A rework of offline gold to bring it more in line with gold earned while the game is open (also soon).
  • New ways to approach clicking in the game (somewhat soon).
  • Updated to health, healing, and tanking specs to make tanking a more viable alternative (after everything else).
February 9th
COTLI: Weekend Buff – Love Never Dies 

True love never dies, unlike these buffs, which only last this weekend.



The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until Noon PST on Monday, February 12th.
  • Sally the Succubus - Seduction ability +200%
  • The Princess - Ignite, Char, Conflagrate, and Incinerate, abilities +200%
  • Rocky the Rock Star - All DPS +200%
  • King Reginald IV - Royal Grail ability +200%
  • Nate Dragon - All Gold Found +200%



Check out these limited-time Endless Chests that contain equipment for just the five Crusaders above!

(Only for previously-unlocked Crusaders)
February 9th
BW2 Gets Romantic with Valentines 2018! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Valentine’s Day Bushwhackers!

The residents of the Commons are putting on a Valentine’s Day dance, so you know what that means! Helping with the set-up through one-time and daily quests, plus turn-ins!

It’s not Valentine’s without presents! Help stock the stands with Chocolates, Teddy Bears and Roses by turning in Candy Hearts as the stations unlock.

The event organizer seems a bit frazzled. Why don’t you help her out by doing her set-up quests each day? And don’t forget to keep those party supplies topped off!

Nate is looking for a date. Help him choose a girl that can put up with his antics, and help the one he doesn't pick get over her grief with some Ice Cream daily quests until it's time to help Nate’s rejected girl through the 5 stages of grief. All five quests will unlock right after each other and then she will have a new daily quest for you.

Once the Valentine's dance has started, you get to look for the partner of your choice to share a moment on the dance floor.

Jim and Sasha's relationship quests are around. If you haven't married them yet, you'll see either their Dating or Proposal quest line. If they are married, you get to help the pair pack for their honeymoon, or celebrate their anniversary.

You can also learn how to play guitar to serenade your loved one! And who is that mysterious note from this year?

New for 2018

Nate wants a Teddy Bear. Will things go well?

If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward statue!



Starting next Friday, the 3 new Valentine's themed pets for this year will be available to purchase over the weekend! Can they woo your heart?



Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of FIFTEEN possible achievements to earn in the Valentine’s Day 2018 event.

Achievements Returning for 2018
Party Planning Committee - You helped at least once at each Valentines Station.
Party Planning Leader - You helped 50 times at each Valentines station.
Pet Detective - You found each of the lost pets at least once.
Nate's Date - You helped Nate pick a Date.
The Five Stages of Grief - You helped Nate's rejection get through her pain.
Two Left Feet - You danced at the Valentines Dance.
Setup Wizard - You helped the party organizers with all their tasks.
Guitar Training - Follow through with Virtuoso Guitarist Jimmie's lessons.
A Secret Admirer - Find a note from a true secret admirer.

Added/Changed for 2018
Romantic Acquisitions - Purchase all of the 2018 Valentine's Event Item!*

We also have 5 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Customization Lover - You bought all the Valentines things from 2013!
Customize Your Love - You bought all the Valentines things from 2014!
Heart-wearer - You bought all the Valentines things from 2015!
Hearts Hearts Hearts! - You bought all the Valentines things from 2016!
Passionate Purchases - You bought all the Valentines things from 2017!

*The Valentine’s mini-golf piece is not included in the Romantic Acquisitions achievement.

This event runs until Friday February 23rd @ Noon PST (8pm GMT).

Post your love for the event here!
February 9th
BW2: Change Log Feb 9, 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Valentine’s Day Event (February 9th, 2018)

- Updated the Valentine’s Event
- Added a new 5 part quest line with unique reward
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added 3 new pets

- Can now send ONE Valentine’s Card to a friend, which contains random energy, mana, power, and something special!

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

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
February 8th
COTLI: Merci's Mix-Up 2018 

Merci the Mad Wizard has spent years looking for love, but this year will be different: Frankie the Demon Crooner is here to help! While Frankie serenades your Crusaders, you'll have plenty of time to take on the demon hordes and find Merci true love...

The Merci's Mix-Up 2018 event runs until Tuesday, February 20th at Noon PST. For more information, check out the How to Play /FAQ in-game!

New Tier 3 Crusader: Frankie the Demon Crooner

Frankie the Demon Crooner is a debonair singer like no other: when he sings nearby Crusaders are empowered, gaining a boost to their DPS, and the more quickly monsters are defeated the greater the buffs Frankie bestows – up to a limit.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock our Tier One Crusaders Rocky the Rockstar and Sally the Succubus by completing the respective Tier One objectives. Then, you can collect the Tier Two Crusaders, Warwick the Warlock and Katie the Cupid, by completing the first two Tier Two objectives!

Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

  • Recruit Frankie the Demon Crooner | Frankie takes up a slot in the formation. His demonic singing disables the DPS of all Crusaders within 2 slots of him. He moves around the formation every 50 areas. Reach area 500.

  • Swoon | Only Frankie and female Crusaders may be used. Reach area 600.

  • Three's a Crowd | All Crusaders reduce the DPS of adjacent Crusaders by 50%, stacking additively (aka more than 1 adjacent Crusader = 0 DPS). Reach area 650.

  • Lovesickness | Every area a random Crusader is affected (if possible) by Lovesickness, which disables their DPS and Formation Abilities. It lasts for 30 seconds and spreads to an adjacent Crusader of the opposite gender every 15 seconds (2 spreads per infection). Crusaders cannot be affected by Lovesickness for 2 minutes after it expires (either from spreading or from entering a new area). Lasts through area transitions. Reach area 700.

  • Matchmaker | Every 15 seconds one female and one male Crusader are randomly chosen from those in the formation. Those are the only Crusaders who do DPS for the next 15 seconds. (protip: can force one pick if you only have one male or one female in your formation). Reach area 750.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Valentines Silver and Jeweled 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 the Tier 2 and 3 Crusaders will only appear in all-tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusader. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop.

You'll have until Tuesday, February 20th at Noon PST to complete the Valentines event!
February 7th
Dev Blog: Upcoming Changes to Chests and Potions 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Well met everyone! Justin here. I'm the lead systems designer on Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. I wanted to take some time to discuss some upcoming changes we're making to chests, loot, and potions. I'm going to be on our weekly stream tomorrow, February 8th, to discuss these in more detail, so watch for that.

We've been hearing for a while now from many players, both spenders and non-spenders, that the experience of opening chests in Idle Champions isn't ideal. Too many duplicates, too many sub-par potions, and taking too long to get the gear you want. We want to address those concerns as best we can, so we've put together the ultimate chest, loot, and potions update.

Before we begin, there are five main goals that we had for this update:

1) We want to make chests more fun to open.
2) We want to make chest packs more desirable and more worthwhile to purchase.
3) We want to make duplicates show up less. More upgrades! Less filler!
4) We want to make duplicates you do get more worthwhile.
5) We want all potions/buffs to be desirable so there are no bad items in chests.

So what are we doing? Well, several things, actually:

1) Guaranteeing upgrades (if possible) in every chest. While we're not changing the distribution of rarities in chests, we are making it so that every chest contains at least one upgrade, if possible. This means that if you open a gold chest, and you don't have all of the rare loot for the champions that the chest drops loot for, you're guaranteed an upgrade. Keep in mind, if you don't have all the uncommon items, this upgrade may be an uncommon, so we're not promising a rare upgrade in every chest (until you have all of the uncommon items). It's also important to note that if you have all the rare loot from that chest, we're not promising an epic in every chest, but when you DO get an epic, we'll guarantee that it's an epic you don't already have (unless you have them all). This change will make it so that it's literally impossible to not have a fully rare'd event Champion within 10 event chests, and if you purchased chests, a fully epic'd event Champion within 50, though in actuality the average number of chests for each is much lower. The purpose here is to remove the bad luck that people can sometimes experience if the RNG gods are not in their favor.

2) Guaranteeing shiny loot in purchased packs. We want to reward people who purchase chest packs for real money. After all, without them we wouldn't be able to continuously release new content for the game (or even keep the servers on). With that goal in mind, we've restructured the chest opening screen so that purchased chest packs are displayed separately from normally earned chests. When opening chests from a chest pack, your progress through the pack will be displayed, and a number of "shiny" card slots will be displayed on the pack. We'll distribute the shiny cards that fill these slots throughout the chests in the pack, so you've always got something to look forward to with your purchase. As a thank you to our existing purchasers, we'll be distributing "Potions of Shininess" to people who have bought chest packs in the past. You can find those in your inventory and they can be used from there to shiny-ize one piece of loot you own at random.

3) Increasing the power of loot levels. Right now it takes 1000 loot levels to double the effect on a piece of loot. We're reducing the number drastically so that earning duplicate loot can have more of an impact on your game. We don't have a final number for you yet, but we're hoping to strike a good balance between not being too OP and not taking forever to come into effect.

4) Adding Blacksmithing Contracts. Speaking of loot levels, Blacksmithing Contracts are new buffs randomly earned in chests. They can be used from your inventory on a specific Champion to increase the loot level of one of their pieces of loot at random. They come in all rarities from common to epic, and increase the loot levels the same as if you'd earned a duplicate item of that rarity. The ability to target your loot level upgrades (including on event Champions which you otherwise could not improve) should be an interesting new avenue of optimization in the game.

5) Other Potion Drop Changes. We're removing the Potion of Heroism from the drop table in chests, because health is pointless right now (more on that in a future dev blog). We're also adding a new rare drop: the Potion of Specialization. This new potion, when used on a specific Champion, will reset any specialization choices you've made on that adventure, giving you a do-over in case you want to change your mind later on. Finally, we're removing the Potion of Fire Breath from the drop table. Now, wait, I know what you're thinking! Don't panic! We're adding a NEW Potion of Fire Breath back into all chests, and your old, existing potions will still work the same way as before, so if you've got a stockpile it's still around and you can still use it. The new type of potion will turn your mouse-clicks into mini-ultimates. Each click will do damage to enemies based on your party DPS rather than a fixed percentage. This means that these new potions will crush through normal trash mobs, instead of tickling them like before, while also still be useful at destroying bosses that your Champions are having trouble with on their own. The big difference is that with the new potions you won't be able to push forward infinitely (given infinite potions), which was a balance concern for us that we are happy to finally address.

6) Potion Duration Changes. Oh, one final thing about potions. We've gotten a lot of feedback from people saying they don't feel useful because they expire so quickly. With that in mind, common potions will now last 5 minutes (up from 1 minute), uncommon will last 15 minutes (up from 2 minutes), rare potions will now last 60 minutes (up from 4 minutes), and epic potions will last until you reset your adventure. These changes will be retroactive to all your existing potions except for the old-style Fire Breath potions. Sorry!

7) And About Offline Gold. We're finally taking a pass on offline gold gains, bounty contract gold gains, and silver chest gold gains. They're too low in many cases and we're hoping to solve that with this update.

So that's about the long and short of it. What do you think? We'd love to get your feedback on the steam forums, in discord, in-game chat, and on the stream tomorrow. We're hoping to get these changes out very soon, but nothing is set in stone if you guys have a really great idea that we didn't think of (or steal already while lurking in the chat).

Until next time!