August 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Ishi Snaggletooth 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome back to our latest Champion Spotlight design blog! Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Ishi Snaggletooth - Kobold Fighter, who will be available in our latest event: Ahghairon's Day- launching on August 15th! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest Champion.


How you can unlock Ishi:

Ishi is unlocked by playing Ahghairon's Day, a limited-time event launching on August 15th and running until August 27th. Once you unlock Ishi, she swaps with Jarlaxle or Stoki.

Who is Ishi:

In addition to being an adorable pile of Kobold fanciness, Ishi is a character played in the weekly Roll 20 livestream on the D&D Twitch channel. Ishi is an overconfident loudmouth. She's out to prove herself, and she doesn't know when to shut her mouth. I don't know about you, but I can definitely relate on that point! Since she began her adventuring career, she's often been looked down upon as "just a kobold". However, she's taken that frustration and channeled it into championing the fact that monsters can be adventurers too! Thanks to a few lucky encounters, and her ability to exaggerate her skills, she's known as a deadly duelist most noted for defeating the great Hershel Von Saberberg in a duel to the death. The remnants of his cape now adorn her small stature as a reminder to those that she passes: Ishi is not to be messed with.

You can go along on the continuing adventures of Ishi & co. every Friday at 1PM PST. She is roleplayed by Violet Miller, AKA DistractedElf.

Ishi's Design:

From our initial discussions with Violet, we keyed into the idea of "monsters are people too", as it is core to who Ishi is. She's a fighter who focuses on DPS and increasing your gold find.

Ishi is always out to prove herself, and that is reflected in her Quick Strike basic attack. Quick Strike states: Ishi attacks the front-most enemy a quarter second faster than anyone else. That means if you're fastest champion is attacking every 4 seconds, Ishi attacks every 3.75 seconds. If you then add a champion that attacks every 3.5 seconds, Ishi steps it up and attacks every 3.25 seconds!

The first ability you'll unlock with Ishi is her Monsters are People Too! ability. With it, she increases her damage by 25% for each non-human champion in the formation. It's an additive bonus, so if you can get her surrounded by 6 non-humans, she's got a 150% increase in her damage, just for hanging with her peeps!

From there, you can unlock the first of her specialization choices, which focus on increasing your gold find.



If you want to use her in the early game, when you're cleaving through enemies quickly, choose Clear 'em Out! If you want to have her boost your gold find when you're close to your wall and fighting against a bunch of baddies, choose Wait for It!

Her next ability is Let's Find Some Treasure, which increases all gold found by 10% for every non-human champion adjacent to Ishi. Are you sensing a pattern here?

From there, you reach her second specialization choice, which is all about choosing her friends.


You can choose her friends from 3 groups:
  1. Shorties: Both monsters and "standard" adventuring races that share a similar aversion to being the tallest in the room.
  2. Tall Monsters: The name says it all. Monstrous races who tower over Ishi.
  3. Tall Folk: These are tall folk that Ishi doesn't consider monsters, but at least they're not humans!

Whichever route you go, Ishi's damage is raised by 100% for each of those races in the formation!

Ishi's Ultimate Attack:

Ishi's ultimate is called Confidence Boost. It's all about her strutting her stuff in front of her friends. For each non-human in the formation, Ishi's damage is increased by 100% for 15 seconds. Pair that with friends who attack quickly, and Ishi can easily bounce around the screen, laying waste to your enemies!

Ishi's Equipment



Slot 1: Rapier
  • Ishi's Rapier increases her damage.
Slot 2: Cape
  • Ishi's cape inspires those around her, increasing their damage (even if they're human).
Slot 3: Hat
  • Ishi's amazingly fancy hat increases the effect of Monsters are People Too! increasing Ishi's damage for every non-human adjacent to her.
Slot 4: IOU
  • Ishi once ran into the famed Artus Cimber, and carries an IOU from him to be redeemed at a later date. This equipment card increases the effect of Let's Find Some Treasure, increasing your party's gold find for every non-human adjacent to Ishi.
Slot 5: Nub Ub the mouse
  • Ishi's pet mouse, Nub Ub helps to inspire her to continue onward when using her Confidence Boost Ultimate Attack.
Slot 6: Pocket Soup
  • I've heard it's a delicacy, but the pocket lint turned me off from trying it. Pocket Soup decreases the cooldown of Ishi's Ultimate Attack, allowing her to use Confidence Boost more often!

TL;DR- Final Ishi Thoughts

We're super excited to introduce Ishi into the game. Hopefully she'll inspire you to think of new formations, casting those pesky humans aside. 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!

August 8th
BW2: Generation 9 Pets are Here! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Gotta find 'em all! A new selection of cute and scaly critters are now available to be your companions!

Those weirdly random abandoned eggs scattered all over Bushwachkia have been switched up and all new pets are ready to hatch when you accept the "Find an Egg" quest from Misty. She will also have all the Generation 8 eggs available to purchase for Bush Bucks during the "Find an Egg" quest.


Other changes to Misty and Hank for Generation 9:
  • Misty will no longer let players abandon Gen 8 pet eggs that they are hatching (they're now too rare). Only current generation pet eggs can be abandoned during hatching. Please note that if you're in the middle of hatching a pet, then that egg will still hatch into whatever pet it would have been before.

  • Generation 8 pet eggs can now be found in Quester's Satchels (with the same limitations as the Generation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 eggs, which will still be available in satchels as well.) Generation 8 pet eggs are now more expensive to buy with DNA in the PAGAS store.

  • Hank now sells a random assortment of hatched level 1 Generation 9 pets (instead of Generation 8) for Bush Bucks in his pet store.

PAGAS changes for Generation 9:
  • Generation 9 pet eggs are available to buy with DNA in the PAGAS store, once you have hatched at least five (5) Generation 9 pets.

  • The Pet Progress dialog now includes Generation 9 pets. Another 10 new pets that all players can unlock!


And now, without further ado, the information you've all been waiting for:

Generation 9 Pets:
  • Angler Fish
  • Arctic Fox
  • Blood spider
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Kiwi
  • Maine Coon
  • Narwhal
  • Scorpion
  • Sea Monster
  • Woolly Mammoth
Comment on the new additions on the forum!
August 8th
BW2: August 8th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Generation 9 Pets (August 8th, 2018)

- 10 new pets are now in rotation for Misty’s pet raising quests!

- Added 7 new unique variations of the generation 9 pets to the PAGAS egg store.

- Space, Period, and Single Quote characters now allowed in pet/mount names.

- Fixed older trinkets becoming available after crafting the Nomad’s Star mega-combine trinket.

- Fixed some Secret Bonus Areas not counting towards the related achievements.

- Added unlock quests and achievement to Cloud King’s Castle area progress.

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
August 8th
Idle Champions: Azaka's Procession 
Posted in Idle Champions.

After a long and difficult journey through the jungles of Chult and into the depths of the Tomb of the Nine Gods, the party succeeded in ending the Death Curse.

However, your work in Omu is not yet complete: a soul stirs in the beyond. A companion who gave the ultimate sacrifice yearns to return to the mortal world...

Today's update is something of an epilogue to the main Tomb of Annihilation storyline, offering eight new variants and the potential to unlock another Champion: Azaka Stormfang, Weretiger Fighter. These variants are extremely challenging to complete. Fortunately, we also have raised the max level for upgrades on each Champion to help you push further. Good luck!

Note: To start these new variants, you need to have completed the corresponding adventures to unlock them.

New Champion: Azaka Stormfang

A former guide who operated out of Port Nyanzaru on Chult, Azaka Stormfang originally concealed her curse of lycanthropy from the champions, having lost many friends to that revelation in the past. Her true self was revealed after she valiantly helped them to collect the puzzle cubes they needed to defeat the villain Acererak in the Tomb of the Nine Gods. Azaka paid the ultimate price in that battle, but was able to be resurrected afterwards once the champions destroyed Acererak's soulmonger.

Azaka increases Gold Find and buffs party damage while outdoors. The longer she is in her human form, the more she increases party Gold Find. The longer she is in her weretiger form, the more damage she deals with her Taste for Blood ability. When you want to add Azaka to your party, you can swap her with Arkhan or Zorbu.

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


Homecoming

Struggling through Omu — Only Champions with a charisma of 13 or lower can attempt to gain the friendship of the Aarakocra.

Lost Heir of Omu

Lobsterfolk Assault — Who brought a lobster to a pirate fight? Aldani spawn in every area, and they don't drop gold.

The Forbidden City

No Good at All — Only Champions who are of Neutral or Evil alignment are allowed. No Good-aligned Champions are allowed.

Captured!

Double Vision — All enemy spawns are doubled, including bosses. These duplicated enemies drop no gold and do not count towards quest progress.

The Grand Puzzle

Never Split the Party — It seems not all of you returned from the Fane! Every 25 areas there is only one Champion available per bench slot. The Champion available in each slot randomly changes every 25 areas.
Note: There is always at least one champion open in every slot, so if you only have base champions, this variant is just like a normal run.

Azaka's Procession, Part 1 — You cannot leave Azaka behind. When she dies, her body takes up the center location on your formation.

The Tomb of the Nine Gods

The Soulmonger Calls — Champions start at 50% health - Whenever a Champion dies, their soul is sucked into the Soulmonger and they are unavailable for the remainder of the adventure.

Azaka's Procession, Part 2 — Azaka's body takes up the center location of your formation as in Azaka's Procession, Part 1. Completing both of the Azaka's Procession variants unlocks Azaka Stormfang.

Features:

  • Added eight new Tomb of Annihilation variants: Struggling through Omu, Lobsterfolk Assault, No Good at All, Double Vision, Never Split the Party, Azaka's Procession, Part 1, The Soulmonger Calls, and Azaka's Procession, Part 2.
  • Added a new Champion: Azaka Stormfang, Weretiger Fighter.
  • Added new Champion upgrades for each Champion.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
August 7th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Azaka Stormfang 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome to what will hopefully be the first of many new dev blogs highlighting our Champions. We hope this blog will give you all the details you need on our newest Champion: Azaka Stormfang - Weretiger Fighter. She's launching in the update set to go live tomorrow - Wednesday August 8th, but we wanted to give folks a day to get ready for her arrival!


How you can unlock Azaka:

Azaka is unlocked by completing the two Azaka's Procession variants at the end of the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, so if you haven't completed the campaign yet, get cracking! It's quite a challenge to unlock her, but we've increased the level cap for Champions this week as well, so that should help you push a bit further. Once you acquire Azaka, she swaps with Arkhan or Zorbu.

Why we chose Azaka:

In each of our campaigns, we want to unlock multiple permanent Champions. These are Champions that you can unlock as an achievements for completing a certain level of a campaign, whose equipment gets added to regular gold & silver chests once you collect them. The Grand Tour has Drizzt Do'Urden (unlockable in a variant of the Underdeep Cartography adventure), and now Tomb of Annihilation has Azaka Stormfang. We're looking forward to unlocking more permanent Champions in the future.

We chose Azaka as our first permanent Champion in the Tomb of Annihilation campaign because of our fans. Let me explain. When we began designing the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, we needed a guide to get us around Chult. We chose Azaka as our guide in much the same way that any DM running the Tomb of Annihilation TRPG campaign might, since she is a listed as one of the possible guides within the book.

    Azaka joined the Champions as a guide to Chult in the fifth Tomb of Annihilation adventure: The Templar's Camp.


However, once she was around for a few adventures, Dylan started hearing requests on our official Discord and livestream for her to join the Champions. We didn't realize how quickly our fans had become attached to our guide, but as soon as we heard the request, we realized how much we liked the idea. Suddenly, our first Tomb campaign Champion was born!

Azaka's Design:

We wanted to make sure Azaka could be impactful to your late game strategy once you acquire her. Rather than look at what she could do differently in the slot, we focused instead on what she wanted to do as a character.

As a weretiger, she's really a beast of two worlds, and we wanted to reflect that in her design. Additionally, we didn't want to go the same route as Tyril where her weretiger form was just one option out of her specializations. We wanted to highlight swapping between human & weretiger forms as the cornerstone of her design. Her Curse of Lycanthropy ability dictates how she transforms.

Azaka's Curse of Lycanthropy
In human form, the counter over her head tracks how long until she transforms again (normally 20 attacks). In her weretiger form, the counter counts down till she transforms back to a human (normally 60 seconds). The red arrows remind you that she gets stronger with every attack.


As a guide, she hides her weretiger curse from the heroes as long as possible, so we wanted to make sure she felt like more of a guide than a raging beast of DPS all the time so we leaned on her increasing gold find in human form with her Guiding Hand ability. While in human form she increases gold find by 20%. This percentage continues to increase as you gain levels with Azaka, but it is decreased by 50% while she is in weretiger form.

We also wanted to show how adept she was at traversing the jungle. We started with a formation-wide boost to damage while in Chult. However, we didn't want her to only be a viable Champion in the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, so we extended her Adept Traveler ability to any outdoor area, which there is plenty of in Chult.

When we looked at her Weretiger form, we leaned on the narrative that we designed around her final assault on the Lost City of Omu. The Champions were captured and Azaka (in her weretiger form) assaults 3 of the shrines on her own, single-handedly collecting a third of the puzzle cubes that the Champions need before she succumbed to the death curse. Because of that story beat, we wanted to allow her to continue to grow in strength the longer she remains in her weretiger form. From that discussion, her Taste for Blood ability was born. Each time she attacks in weretiger form, she does 10% more damage than the previous attack (stacking multiplicatively). If you can maximize her time as a weretiger, she's a beast on the battlefield!

So we felt like we had a good idea of what her two forms would do, then we needed to work out the specializations. As I noted above, we didn't want her weretiger form to just be a specialization route, we wanted her transformation to be available early and used often. Her specializations allow you to highlight which version of Azaka you need for that adventure. In order to do that we decided the dial we would turn would be the length of time she spends as a weretiger.




If you choose Resist the Curse, she spends less time as a weretiger (from 60 seconds to 15 seconds), focusing instead on the gold find boost of her human form more often.

If you choose Lycanthrope Forever, instead of transforming into a weretiger after 20 attacks, she transforms into weretiger every 12 attacks instead, maximizing how often she shifts into weretiger form.

Azaka's Ultimate Attack:

We decided early on that her ultimate attack would be tied to her Mask of the Beast, a magic item listed in the Tomb of Annihilation campaign. When she uses the mask, she can cast the spell animal friendship, so her ultimate has her donning the mask and calling two tigers to her aid. The tigers have two abilities that are tied to her specialization.



If she specializes in Lycanthrope Forever, the tigers help you transform into a weretiger, and allow you to stay in that form even longer:
  • Their attacks (every 5 seconds) count as her attacks for the purposes of Curse of Lycanthropy, advancing your counter into weretiger form quicker.
  • For the duration of the ultimate, the countdown out of weretiger form is paused. So instead of the normal 60 seconds in weretiger form, you get 60 seconds + whatever time you spend as a weretiger while the ultimate is active.

If she specializes in Resist the Curse, the tigers help you collect gold:
  • Attacks by the tigers cause enemies to drop gold whether or not they are killed by the attack. They will still drop gold when they are killed.



Azaka's Equipment

Azaka has 6 equipment slots, and a variety of Chult-inspired equipment to collect.


Slot 1: Scimitar
  • Azaka's Scimitar is always by her side, granting her a bonus to her DPS.
Slot 2: Puzzle Cubes
  • The puzzle cubes remind Azaka of a great moment of triumph for her and her friends, granting a bonus to the party's DPS.
Slot 3: Coin Pouch
  • Azaka's Coin Pouch grants a bonus to her Guiding Hand ability, increasing the party's gold find while Azaka is in the formation.
Slot 4: Earrings
  • Azaka's Earrings grant a bonus to her Taste for Blood ability, increasing her damage in weretiger form.
Slot 5: Map
  • Azaka is an adept guide throughout chult. As such, her map grants a bonus to her Adept Traveler ability, increasing the party's DPS whenever they are in an outdoors area.
Slot 6: Mask of the Beast
  • Azaka's Mask of the Beast decreases the cooldown of her ultimate attack, allowing her to use her Mask of the Beast more often.

TL;DR- Final Azaka Thoughts

We're super excited to introduce Azaka into the game. We think she's going to be a strong DPS character who can also help you boost your gold find and help you get to your Champions' level cap sooner and push to your wall. However, we can only design and test a Champion so much. 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!
August 2nd
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!
August 1st
BW2: New Areas! Enter the Salt Desert 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

Who's done with being waterlogged from the humidity in the High Jungle? Do you need to escape that lush environment and dry off? Well, it's time to enter the Salt Desert.

If you've completed the Cera Alepetl Boundary to 100%, you can now head South out the bottom exit to begin your journey. Three new zones await your well-honed bush whacking skills in this first part of the Salt Desert.

This content update includes:
  • Three brand-new salty areas to explore!
  • Level cap increase to 420!
  • New Trinkets!
  • New secrets to discover!
  • Part 2 to be released soon!


Document your adventures on the forums, and share tips with your fellow players!

Check out all the changes released since our last update in today's release notes blog.
August 1st
BW2: August 1st, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Salt Desert Area Update (August 1st, 2018)

- Added part 1 of 2 of the next major content area: The Salt Desert! It includes:
- 3 new zones, each with 5 fields, and 5 quests
- 5 new secret bonus areas
- 42 pieces per puzzle
- Continuation of the main story
- New trinkets (Only half of the Flux 19.0 trinkets are in this update. The rest will be included in the next area update!)
- And more!

Additional Changes

- Added 14 new items to buy in the Flux Store and the Burglary Boutique.

- Changed the description of the Scuba Dunk achievement to better fit the achievement dialog.

- Fixed broken reveal in Sturdy Stone Structure quest reveal.

- Fixed broken reveal for Bramble Blocker in the Forest Detour.

- Fixed the hat tutorial focus circle not pointing at the right spot in the tutorial at the beginning of the game.

- Fixed the Friend Helps bar looking weird.

- The strong-whacker game now only drains the amount of power required for the current whack, instead of all of it (if your max power is higher than the daily requirement.)

- Removed the area progress from the Cloud King’s Castle, since the daily quests repeatedly popping up the progress was annoying.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
July 30th
COTLI: Third Anniversary Bash Giveaway! 

It's our third anniversary! Tomorrow. Crusaders of the Lost Idols is turning three (!!!) years old. Maybe it's time we came out of Beta? Maybe not. But it is totally time to do another Anniversary Bash Giveaway!

We'll be giving away three days of rewards to our players in the form of codes from our Newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter, with a special BONUS reward for players who redeem all three! Huzzah!


Day One — Thrice the loot!

Starting Tuesday, July 31st, we'll be giving away some special goodies to Crusaders of the Lost Idols players, starting with a Special Anniversary Newsletter featuring Special Anniversary Loot!

Day Two — Crafty McCraftface

On Wednesday, August 1st, we will be sharing a code through the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Facebook page. These rewards will be... 'crafty' ;)

Day Three — MOAR IDOLZ!

Finally, on Thursday, August 2nd, we will be posting a code through the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Twitter page sure to be a big hit with any Idols fans.

BONUS — Hasta La Vista.

And did we mention that entering all three codes will immediately reward players with special Golden Epic equipment? We told you we'd be back!

July 25th
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, and introduces Diath Woodrow, Human Rogue!

New Champion: Diath Woodrow

An adventurer whose greatest treasure stands at his side. Diath is not a thief, nor a burglar, he only seeks challenges and forgotten relics. Even though he bears the weight of the world on his shoulders, his quick, clear thinking allows him to lead his fellow companions to the one place he wants more than anything else: home. By chance he met his faithful companion Strix, whom he quickly developed a strong friendship with. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to ensure her safety, though it seems there is far more to their relationship than it seems.

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

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.

  • Luck of the Wafflecrew — The Champions have been afflicted by Diath's bad luck! Champions not adjacent to Diath have a 50% chance to miss whenever they attack. Those that are adjacent to Diath attack normally. He does enough missing for everyone.

Features:

  • Added the Midsummer event, our fifteenth limited-time campaign event! The event runs until Monday, August 6th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Diath Woodrow, Human Rogue.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Savras' Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!