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.

Celebrating 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
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
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
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
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!
November 8th
BW2: Change Log Nov 10 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Nate’s High Jungle Dive (November 8th, 2017)

- Nate's High Jungle Dive:

- Requires that you have completed the Nate Spine of the World Adventure and have completed the first tier of the third field in the Plateau Lakes.
- Starts from the Town Crier in the Commons.
- Eight Quests
- The main quest line rewards the player with a new pet, ranch item, and an achievement (no achievement reward or title).

- Added missing achievements for the Nate Adventures since Nate’s Cloudland Adventure, which will retroactively credit once you complete this latest one.

- Added a Tom Petty Limited time tribute quest (November 6th - 8th)

- No longer hover or have extra shadow when riding a mount underwater

- Shifted the Magic Carpet Mount up a little bit so you’re more appropriately hovering

- Fixed Burl in Sanctuary Village not giving you “A Gift of Love” when you’re dating him, and giving it when you’re dating Faun.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
November 8th
Tomb of Annihilation: New Variants & Upgrades 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today Champions can take their next steps into the Tomb of Annihilation, with additional Champion upgrades and two new variants for the first two adventures, Ring of Regeneration: The Death Curse and Seeking Allies: Premature Betrayal.


New Variants!

  • The Ring of Regeneration: The Death Curse — Each time a Champion is killed, they have their damage reduced by 25% permanently for the rest of the adventure (stacks multiplicatively).

  • Seeking Allies: Premature Betrayal — Red Wizards of Thay attack your formation in all areas. There are several different variations, each with their own special properties, including increased health, increased speed, and debuffs on attacked champions.

New Champion Upgrades & Balance Changes!

  • The Party Grows Stronger — All champions have had additional high-level upgrades added. This should provide approximately 20 areas of progression to players with enough favor to access the new upgrades.

  • It's Not About Makos — Makos' level 55 upgrade no longer requires a specific specialization but now increases his DPS by 100% instead of 200%.

  • Too Much Ki — Stoki's level 235 upgrade which adds an extra attack target if you choose the Ki Strike specialization has been removed.

Changes:

  • When Upg is toggled, or alt+shift is pressed, and a champion is locked, it unlocks the champions before purchasing their first upgrade.
  • Updated the description of Jamilah's Frenzy ability to be more clear.
  • The formation arrows from Hitch's Friendly ability now only point to those it is affecting.

November 3rd
BW2: Change Log Nov 3 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Gargoyle Limited-Time Quest (November 3rd, 2017)

- Limited time questline available via visiting NPC in Commons with unique reward! (November 3rd thru 6th)

- Added Gargoyle Pet Pack promo (standard $20 pet pack bundle)

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!

- Made progress on the Nate adventure for the High Jungle
October 27th
BW2: Change Log Oct 27 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Explorer’s League Part 3 (October 27th, 2017)

- Added Part 3 of the Explorer’s League Epic Quest Line, which includes 20 new challenging daily quests. You must have completed Part 2 at least a day prior to starting, and have completed The Torrid Top area.

- Swapped some reveals for the 2nd field in The Verdant Undergrowth so the friend blocker can be accessed earlier.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
October 26th
Announcing Fan Appreciation Week! 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Huge thanks to our fans for playing Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms in Early Access! In order to celebrate, we'll be giving away our brand-new Starter Pack DLC for free for the next week, and an additional three lucky players will win Idle Champions T-Shirts through our Livestream T-Shirt Giveaway!


Starter Pack Now FREE Until November 2nd!

In order to celebrate our fans and this journey we are taking together, we are making our next DLC free for the next week! Head on over to our Steam page and receive your Starter Pack, which includes two Gold Chests and a shiny shield for Bruenor. This offer expires on November 2nd, so don't delay!


Win An Idle Champions T-Shirt!

We also have a t-shirt giveaway over the next week! In order to sign up for the giveaway, head over to http://bit.ly/IdleChampionsShirt (case sensitive) and enter to win.

Three winners will be drawn at random to collect the prize during our next livestream on Thursday, November 2nd, starting at 1:00pm Pacific on the Official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch Channel.

NOTE: You will need a Twitter account in order to participate.