December 13th
Celebrate Christmas 2017 in Bushwhackia! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

'Tis the Season for Giving!

Get into the giving mood of the holiday season by tackling the Bushwhackia Christmas event.

You'll want to get started by heading to the event area in the Commons to meet up with the stranded elf and help him fix his teleporter. (It's delicate, OK?) Once you've got it operational, you'll be able to make the journey far to the North Pole where you'll find a bevy of characters who need your special skills to make the holiday celebrations work!

Your primary task will be helping the elves make presents by bringing them Candy Canes (that you find in bushes), but there is a veritable smorgasbord of holiday related quests to complete as well. All of these quests will unlock over the course of the event, with the last ones unlocking on Christmas Day.

Once you've found reindeer chow for the poor reindeer, then you can help out Santa by delivering a present to a random house daily.

New for 2017:
This year's update includes: a new Christmas tree for your ranch received from completing the Decorate Tree quest; a new Snowman pet from the Build a Snowman quest; custom items for ice fishing; 3 new daily quests; and more!

Presents all Around!!

Once a day, if you have excess tokens, you can send a Present to a friend! These presents will contain a random amount of gold, energy, mana, power and come with some other treats as well. If you want to send more presents in a day, it will cost you a few Bush Bucks. Talk to Sasha in the North Pole to learn more!


Sasha has the power to gift your friends!


Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!

There are a total of TWENTY-THREE possible Achievements to earn in the Christmas 2017 event:

Achievements Returning in 2017:
Apprentice Elf Helper - You've been responsible for at least one present!
Journeyman Elf Helper - You've been responsible for at least 20 presents!
Professional Elf Helper - You've been responsible for at least 50 presents!
Expert Elf Helper - You've been responsible for at least 50 presents from each Elf!
Santa Man - You've delivered a present to someone's house!
Diverse Santa - You've delivered a present to several houses!
Schoolyard Victor - You won 5 snowball fights!
Reindeer Herder - You've saved the reindeer 5 times!
Yay! Presents - You've opened a present from the Developers!
12 Days of Bushmas - You completed all 12 days of Bushmas!
Christmas Savior - You've helped all the citizens in need at the North Pole!
Snow-ho-ho! - You built yourself a snowman!
Well-arranged Caroling - Find all the special arrangements of famous Christmas carols.

Added/Changed for 2017:
The Gift of Getting - You purchased all the Christmas 2017 items!*
Sweater Weather - Buy one of Mrs. Claus' specialty sweater weather.
Naughty Nabber - Permanently borrow an item (Rudolph gnome) from Nate's house.

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

Santa Santa - You're practically Santa! (deliver a present while dressed as Santa)
Materialist - You bought all the 2012 Christmas things!
Reverse Grinch - You've delivered a present dressed as a Grinch!
All The Toys - You bought all the 2013 Christmas things!
No Returns Allowed! - You bought all the 2014 Christmas items!
Season of Shopping - You purchased all the Christmas 2015 items!
Winter Solstice Souvenirs - You purchased all the Christmas 2016 items!


* The Christmas Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the The Gift of Getting achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Note: The achievements Reverse Santa, Reverse Santa 2.0, Napping Nate Nabber, and The Gift of Taking are not available during the 2017 event.

Pet Packs:

New 2017 Pet Packs:



COMING SOON! Keep an eye out for the sale pop-up!

Other Pets available**:

2012 Reindeer - The pet for getting 100% in the 2012 Christmas Event (available for Bush Bucks.)
2013 Reindeer - The pet for getting 100% in the 2013 Christmas Event(available for Bush Bucks.)
2014 Reindeer - The pet for getting 100% in the 2014 Christmas Event(available for Bush Bucks.)
Snowman - Earned for completing a specific quest in this event.

** Note that these four pets start out as ranch items only, and can be converted to real pets by talking to Hank the Farmhand in the Commons (once you've built the stables)

Share the holiday spirit on the forums!

The Christmas event will run until Monday January 1st at Noon PST (8pm GMT.)
December 8th
COTLI: Weekend Buff – Challenge Accepted 

Are you up for a challenge? Stay tuned for something truly new and exciting.



The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until Noon PST on Monday, December 11th.
  • Arachnobuddy - Web Blast ability +200%
  • Detective Kaine - All Gold Found +100%
  • Bubba, the Swimming Orc - Synchronized Swimming ability +200%
  • Merci, the Mad Wizard - Deflect Evil ability +200%
  • Priestess of Time - Sands of Time ability +200%



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

(Only for previously-unlocked Crusaders)
December 6th
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!
December 1st
BW2: A Post-Feast Feast 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

There are so many Thanksgiving leftovers, and a visitor in the Commons doesn't want them to go to waste! It's a tall order, so they'll need the help of all the Bush Whackers!

This community-wide quest will last from now until Noon Pacific Time on Monday December 4th! Contribute as much as you can to help out and try to earn the rewards!

Assuming you're all successful, the reward will be available from them any time before Wednesday December 6th at Noon Pacific Time.
December 1st
COTLI: Weekend Buff – Park Hopper 

You may want (or need) this buff to help beat some of the Amusement Park of Doom's mos challenging objectives yet.



The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until Noon PST on Monday, December 4th.
  • The Washed Up Hermit - Base DPS +400%
  • President Billy Smithsonian - Us Vs. Them ability +200%
  • Artaxes, the Lion - Roar! ability +200%
  • Thalia, the Thunder King - Storm Rider ability +200%
  • Chef Casey - All DPS +200%



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

(Only for previously-unlocked Crusaders)
December 1st
COTLI: Amusement Park of Doom T3 Objectives 

New Tier 3 Objectives

Amusement Park of Doom has some new Tier 3 Objectives! Luckily, we also have some weekend buffs this weekend to help you power through them...



Roller Coaster
  • Tier 3: The bottom of the tween (100% debuff) now lasts twice as long
  • Reach Area 800

Carousel
  • Tier 3: Slot 21+ Crusaders are now included in the rotation, all the way up to slot 28
  • Reach Area 800

Log Ride
  • Tier 3: Splashed Crusaders slowly regain their DPS over 15 seconds instead of gaining it back immediately
  • Reach Area 850

Ferris Wheel of Doom
  • Tier 3: Crusaders not adjacent to the Ferris Wheel do no DPS, but still have formation abilities enabled
  • The Ferris Wheel now rotates every 15 seconds instead of every 10
  • Reach Area 900

The House of Horrors
  • Tier 3: The effects are even more severe (even more enemies spawn, they get even bigger, etc.)
  • Reach Area 900

Mauled By Mascots
  • Tier 3: The mascots move much more quickly
  • Reach Area 950

Couples Day
  • Tier 3: Male Crusaders decrease the DPS of adjacent Male Crusaders by 100%, and same for Female Crusaders w/ adjacent Female Crusaders
  • Reach Area 1000
November 30th
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 29th
BW2: Heroic Hubris 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

For the next couple days, there will be a heroic visitor staying in the Commons. If you help them out, you might just get something for it! Be quick though, as they'll only be here until Noon Pacific on Friday, December 1st!

We're also running two mythical mount packs over the next couple days! Be sure to check them out!
November 29th
BW2: Change Log Nov 29 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

A Hero's Hubris Limited-Time Quest (November 29th, 2017)

- Limited time questline available via visiting NPC in Commons with unique reward! (November 29th - December 1st)

- Added a Chimera Mount Packs promo (two standard $20 mount pack bundles)

- Can now buy some Alchemy store items in bulk

- Current Luck Spheres and Alchemy Dusts amounts now shown in Alchemy store currency bars

- Fixed the fishing bait store loading incredibly slowly for some players

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
November 28th
Extra Life 2017 is Almost Upon Us 
Posted in Codename News.

Welcome Back, Extra Life!

It's that time of the year again - and we're not talking about Christmas - it's time for Codename Entertainment Extra Life 2017!

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 2017!?

We're glad you asked! Like last year, Codename team donations will be going to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. In previous years we have managed to raise upwards of $5000 and dress Clive up like a princess. This year we want to do even better!

For starters, we're stepping up our streaming game this year. Some of you may have noticed that we now stream weekly on the Official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch. The side effect of taking that on is that we have an all-new streaming studio, handcrafted, hand-painted and painstakingly assembled by our very own cofounder, David Whittaker. On top of the Codename Streaming Studio we are aiming to have several camera feeds this year, focused on:
  • Tabletop — all things boardgames and a three-part epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure crafted by Lead Artist Adam Kosh, in which he intends to put our characters through the ringer. Seriously, it sounds nasty, and he never stops cackling about it when we ask him.

  • Multiplayer — the best way to play games is against your friends and in earshot so they can hear your cries of victory and so they are close enough for you to curse them out in defeat. What's it going to be this year? Mercenary Kings? Hellriders? Overcooked? Whatever it is, challenge accepted.

  • Singleplayer — We have some pretty hardcore gamers among our ranks, so from time to time they'll take the spotlight away from the rest of the stream to show us how it's done (or earn our mockery forever). Time to put our money where our mouths are.

We are here for your entertainment, and more importantly, to raise money for kids. There will also be some fun and special donation rewards/perks, like rewards in Codename Entertainment games for all players and the ability to troll our D&D game.

You can find the Codename Entertainment Team Page here.

When do you Start?

We have time-shifted our stream to this coming weekend, starting on Saturday December 2nd at 9am PST until Sunday December 3rd at 9am PST. It has been a hectic couple months dealing with the release of our newest game, Idle Champions, and various other engagements (TwitchCon, Blizzcon, PAX, etc) preventing the gathering of the studio as a whole.

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!