July 5th
Idle Champions Event: Founders Day 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Celebrations are underway to commemorate the founding of the Free City of Waterdeep. Founders Day attracts huge crowds to the Field of Triumph, where audiences watch illusory shows about Waterdeep's history and martial exhibitions by notable Champions and the renown city guard.

Festivities have also brought an ancient power from Avernus, first layer of the Nine Hells. A fallen angel has arrived to collect souls for the Blood War...

Founders Day is the fourteenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, which runs until Tuesday, July 17th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Deekin Scalesinger, Kobold Bard!

New Champion: Deekin Scalesinger

A former member of the Dripping Fang clan, Deekin was once a Skald for a White Dragon named Tymofarrar. Once he was released from Tymofarrar's service, he set out to become the most amazing storyteller in all of Faerȗn. He yearns to sing and tell stories of heroic deeds, but his songs often devolve into "tales" of the doom that is coming to him or his companions.

When you want to add Deekin to your party, you can swap him with Bruenor.

Founder's Day Variants

  • Spectator Sport — Three local farmers have joined in on the Founders' Day tussle, and won't take the hint that they should probably take a seat. It might be because they are pretty drunk. They take up a slot in your formation and change positions every 25 areas.

  • Doom is Coming to Waterdeep — Deekin must sing a song so everyone in Waterdeep knows that doom is coming. I know. We tried talking to him. However, he doesn't know which spot will give him the best acoustics. Deekin is always in your formation and will change positions every 10 areas. Deekin cannot be moved because, well, Deekin is singing a song.

  • The Blood War — Whenever you kill a demon, devils get stronger and demons get weaker, and vice-versa.

Features:

  • Added the Founders Day event, our fourteenth limited-time campaign event! The event runs until Tuesday, July 17th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Deekin Scalesinger, Kobold Bard.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Asmodeus' Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!

June 28th
Idle Champions: Time Gates FAQ 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Looking for more information about our new Time Gates feature that wasn't covered in our Dev Blog: Introducing Time Gates? Check out our FAQ below!

Time Gates FAQ

  • Q: What are the Time Gates?

  • A: Long ago, there were ways to travel through time within Toril. These portals, or Time Gates as they were known, were powerful creations of magic that have become lost to time. Mystra, the goddess of magic, has foreseen great challenges coming for the champions and has granted one of her chosen, Kaylaar, the power to open Time Gates to assist you in your quests.

  • Q: OK, so that's the lore-filled explanation. But what does that really mean?

  • A: Time Gates are a new feature for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. They are the avenue by which you can earn champions from previous events that you may have missed, and/or gear them up for free. Every time a Time Gate is available, you'll be able to choose from one of three previous event champions. Once you open the Time Gate to that champion, you'll be able to replay the event adventure they are tied to, and collect up to 2 gold chests for the champion. If you haven't unlocked the champion, you'll also earn that champion on your first Area 50 completion.

  • Q: My Time Gate has different champions available than my friend's Time Gate. Is that a bug?

  • A: No. The champions for each player are randomly chosen based on the champions they have collected already. If possible, there will always be at least one Champion you haven't unlocked available through the Time Gates.

  • Q: What do I have to do to collect the displayed Time Gate rewards?

  • A: The first time you select any given champion through the time gate, you'll need to complete two runs to collect the rewards: one to area 50, and one to area 75.

  • Q: I just triggered a Time Gate and the areas I have to reach are higher than 50 & 75. Why is that?

  • A: The first time you select a champion, the areas you have to reach are 50 & 75. The next time that champion is available within a Time Gate, the target areas are increased for each reward previously claimed, so you'll have to get to areas 100 & 125. This effect stacks if you continue to choose the same Champion each time they're available, making their rewards harder and harder to get. However, if you don't choose that champion when it's available, the *next* time that champion because available the required levels will drop by 25 (to a minimum of 50 & 75).

  • Q: How often are Time Gates available?

  • A: Natural Time Gates will be opened by Kaylaar approximately every 3 weeks (give or take). But you can open them (with her assistance) on your own once you've collected enough Time Gate Pieces.

  • Q: What are Time Gate Pieces?

  • A: Bosses will now begin dropping Time Gate Pieces. These are extremely rare drops which do have a cooldown, so farming bosses will not increase your drop rate. Once you collect 6 of those pieces, you can ask Kaylaar to open a Time Gate outside of the normal event window. You won't be able to open one is if she's going to open one on her own within 72 hours, or if you already have a Time Gate open.

  • Q: How long are Time Gates open for?

  • A: Time Gates will normally be available for only 72 hours, whether they are opened through the normal event cadence or through your collected Time Gate pieces. However, for the first Time Gate, we're opening it for an additional few hours to make sure everyone has plenty of time to play in the first window.

  • Q: Do I gain divine favor during a Time Gate event?

  • A: Yes, you gain favor with Mystra, and you'll be forced to convert it once the Time Gate closes, just like normal events, although the conversion ratio is smaller than normal events.

  • Q: If I decide I don't want to collect the champion I chose, can I choose a different champion?

  • A: No. Once you select the champion during a Time Gate window, you can't change your decision.

  • Q: I opened the time gate, but I didn't complete the 2 runs. What happens?

  • A: For each reward that you were not able to collect we credit your account with a Time Gate piece when the gate closes, which is 1/6th of another Time Gate run. So if a Time Gate becomes available and you chose a champion, but you are unable to complete any of the objectives, you'll find 2 additional Time Gate pieces in your inventory when the Time Gate closes.

  • Q: Who is the woman controlling the Time Gates? Is that Mystra?

  • A: No. That is Kaylaar Allun, a powerful wizard and a chosen of Mystra. She has reached out to the champions under the bidding of her goddess, Mystra.

June 28th
Dev Blog: Introducing Time Gates 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Hey everyone! Justin here from the Codename team with another developer blog for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. This time we're talking about Time Gates, a new feature that you can access RIGHT NOW in-game.

One of the most common questions we see from players involves when they can recruit event Champions that they missed - either because they started playing after an event or because they weren't able to play an event for whatever reason. This has been a priority of ours for some time now, and we've spent a considerable amount of time trying to determine the best way(s) to introduce this feature. Time Gates are our first pass at that feature.

They work like this: Thanks to the power of Mystra, the goddess of magic, every few weeks (on most weekends when there's no event running) three Time Gates will magically become available. You can find a countdown until the next natural Time Gates on the Time Gates dialog, which you can access from the main screen or the campaign map.



    Clicking the Time Gate button on the main menu or the banner on the campaign map will take you to the Time Gate dialog.


Each Time Gate allows you to unlock and/or gear up a specific event Champion, though the available Champions are randomized and unique for each player each time the Gates appear. There will always be at least one Champion you don't have recruited available, unless you already have them all. You can only pick ONE Time Gate to open each time the Time Gates become available, so choose wisely. The other two options will be lost in time once you've made your choice, at least until the next Time Gates become available.



    You can see how many Time Gate Pieces you've collected in the upper left of the Time Gate Dialog. Whenever you obtain a Time Gate reward, the difficulty for the next Time Gate adventure for that champion is increased by 25. Whenever you don't select that champion on a future Time Gate, the difficulty will decrease by 25. Note: This image is from the Dev Build.


Once you've chosen the Time Gate you can complete adventures through that Gate to earn rewards. Each time you complete a Time Gate adventure you earn favor with Mystra and, if you reach a certain level, a reward. The rewards are chests for the chosen Champion and, if you don't already have them recruited, the Champion themself. Once you've earned two rewards you can continue to do Time Gate adventure free plays to earn more Mystra favor, but you won't earn any more Champion chests.



    Make sure to complete your current adventure before you open a Time Gate so you can play immediately.


Mystra favor can be converted to a permanent favor when the Time Gate closes. The conversion rate is about a quarter of what you get for normal events, but it's still enough to provide a good boost to your Torm, Kelemvor, or Helm favor for new and veteran players alike.

So a new Champion and/or two Champion chests every three weeks or so. Sounds good, right? But what about all the time in between Time Gates? Well we've provided a mechanic to open Time Gates manually, via Time Gate Pieces. Time Gate Pieces drop randomly in boss loot sacks (there's an internal cooldown, so farming won't help you get them faster), and once you've collected six of them you can manually open a Time Gate, assuming a natural Gate won't be opening soon. Manually opened Gates function exactly the same as naturally opened Gates, with a random selection of Champions to pick from and two rewards to claim.

But what if you don't want chests for any of the Champions available in a Time Gate? We've got you covered. If a Time Gate closes and you haven't earned some of the rewards, you'll gain a Time Gate Fragment for each of the unearned rewards, giving you a head start on opening another Gate manually.


    Time Gate Pieces will drop from boss loot sacks. You also collect one if you don't receive a Time Gate reward.


Time Gates are available in game RIGHT NOW, with the first natural Gate already open and waiting for you to step through. You can also find an FAQ in-game with more detailed information about Time Gates, the adventure objectives, and the rewards. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Got more questions about Time Gates? Check out our Time Gates FAQ!
June 27th
Idle Champions: Tomb of Annihilation, Part 6 
Posted in Idle Champions.

After the defeat of the warlord Ras Nsi and his followers the party begins making final preparations to depart the Lost City of Omu and descend into the deadly tombs below.

Beneath the fallen kingdom, the souls of the dead are being stolen by a necromantic artifact in order to feed the hunger of a malignant, otherworldly threat.

The time has come to brave the Tomb of the Nine Gods and end the death curse once and for all.

Today's update brings an epic conclusion to the Tomb of Annihilation storyline with two new adventures, A Grand Puzzle and The Tomb of the Nine Gods. These adventures conclude the main storyline of this campaign, but don't worry – there will be more side-quests and variants to come, so don't stop earning favor with Kelemvor!

Note: To start these new adventures, you need to have completed the Captured! adventure.

A Grand Puzzle

One of your companions reveals that they have been afflicted by the Death Curse, and it's a race against time to discover the secret to gain entry into the Tomb of the Nine Gods and save them.

The Tomb of the Nine Gods

Desperate to save the souls trapped in the Soulmonger, the party descends below Omu to confront the powerful lich Acererak.

Features:

  • Added two new Tomb of Annihilation adventures: A Grand Puzzle and The Tomb of the Nine Gods. In order to start these new adventures, you will need to have completed the Captured! adventure.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
June 13th
Idle Champions Event: Dragondown 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Summer Solstice celebrations in Faerûn sometimes feature ceremonial bonfires and charms that attempt to 'tame' or 'drive down' dragons. These mock-spells and chanted prayers are performed even by non-clergy, as the sun sets after dusk. Unfortunately, it looks like these rituals are not working this year: somehow the village of Luskan has drawn the ire of a bronze dragon and its kin...

Dragondown is the thirteenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. The event starts today and runs until Monday, June 25th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Binwin Bronzebottom, Dwarven Fighter/Barbarian!

New Champion: Binwin Bronzebottom

Binwin Bronzebottom was a member of a rather infamous adventuring group/company, until he left to spend more time with his family. A grumpy and headstrong dwarf with a penchant for springing traps rather than disarming them, if he's not the first into battle then he's disappointed. There's nary a door, tankard, or acid pit that hasn't felt the wrath of Binwin Bronzebottom at one time or another. These days, when he's not adventuring with the likes of Drizzt and Minsc, Binwin leads a small group of incompetent and eminently replaceable minions through perilous adventures.

When you want to add Binwin to your party, you can swap him with Nayeli or Gromma.

Dragondown Variants

  • Awaken the Beasts — Beasts move much more quickly and deal far more damage.

  • Binwin's Minions — Two of Binwin's Minions take up slots in the formation, decreasing the damage of adjacent Champions by 90% with the exception of Binwin, whom they buff by 400%. Binwin's Minions move to different slots in the formation every 20 areas.

  • Untrusting — The bronze dragon doesn't trust you to return her egg, so she continuously sends her Wyrmlings to keep an eye on you. Four different varieties of Wyrmling spawn at random.

Features:

  • Added the Dragondown event, our thirteenth limited-time campaign event! The event runs until Monday, June 25th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Binwin Bronzebottom, Dwarven Fighter/Barbarian.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Waukeen's Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!

June 6th
Idle Champions: Introducing Dragon Heist 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Blackstaff of Waterdeep, Vajra Safahr, has summoned you to Waterdeep. Upon arrival in the city, the party is quickly caught in a web of Waterdhavian intrigue, including a street war between Zhentarim mercenaries and the Xanathar guild, and a dinner meeting with the Open Lord of Waterdeep...

Hot on the heels of the campaign announcement at the Stream of Many Eyes, we are excited to offer our fans the first opportunity to experience content from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist!

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is the third permanent campaign for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. This update includes the first two new adventures for this ongoing campaign, A Mysterious Summons and Building Trust, each with one challenging variant. The City of Splendor awaits!

Note: you will need to complete at least 15 adventures in other campaigns in order to unlock the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign.

A Mysterious Summons

The Blackstaff of Waterdeep, Vajra Safahr, has tasked Force Grey – and, by extension, the party – with patrolling the Dock Ward of Waterdeep.
  • Variant: Street War — When the party kills Zhentarim mercenaries, Xanathar mercenaries get stronger while Zhentarim become weaker, and vice-versa.

Building Trust

While being introduced to Laeral Silverhand, the Open Lord of Waterdeep, the dinner party is crashed by Zhentarim mercenaries.
  • Variant: Wisdom Check — Champion damage is increased or decreased based on their Wisdom. Scores of 10 or higher see a damage increase in damage while scores below 10 see a decrease in damage.

Features:

  • Added the new Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign, our third permanent campaign, with two starting adventures: A Mysterious Summons and Building Trust, each with one variant.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
May 23rd
Idle Champions Event: The Great Modron March 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Several times each century the clockwork plane of Mechanus mobilizes a vast wave of modrons and sends them on a tour of the cosmos. Known as The Great Modron March, this unstoppable tide of lawful constructs journeys across the material plane on the exact same route each time. However, this time something has changed — the modrons are marching on Waterdeep.

The Great Modron March starts today on Steam and Tablet for Android, runs until Monday, June 4th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Evelyn Marthain, the Human Paladin of Lathander!

Note: Apple iOS users will have to be patient with us as we work with Apple to make The Great Modron March available for iPad players as soon as possible.

New Champion: Evelyn Marthain

Caring, motherly, and endlessly optimistic, Evelyn has adventured across the realms as part of the Waffle Crew with Strix, Diath, and Paultin for many years. She's always first in battle, thanks to her flying boots, and will always take a hit to protect others. Short, yet tough, her devotion to Lathander has seen her through many perilous situations.

When you want to add Evelyn to your party, you can swap her with Asharra or Krond.

The Great Modron March Variants

  • The Neverending March — Every time a Modron is killed in non-boss areas it shuts down for five seconds and then comes back to life with full health.

  • (Hu)man vs. Machine — All human Champions get a buff called "The Human Spirit" which increases their damage by 5% in each area (stacking multiplicatively).

  • Charge Into Battle — Enemies move extremely fast and deal massive damage to everyone except Evelyn. Evelyn starts the adventure at level 1 and in the front slot of the formation.

Features:

  • Added The Great Modron March event, our twelfth limited-time campaign event! The event will run on Steam and Tablet for Android until Monday, June 4th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Evelyn Marthain, the Human Paladin of Lathander.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Gond's Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!

May 17th
Idle Champions Now Available for Tablets 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Available for iPad and Tablet for Android™ Today


VICTORIA, BC – May 17, 2018 - Codename Entertainment is proud to announce that Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is now available for iPad on the App Store and for tablet for Android on Google Play.

Idle Champions is the world's first idle strategy game set in the celebrated universe of the Forgotten Realms, and is already available in Early Access on Steam for PC and Mac, where it has enjoyed great success since launching this past September:
  • Top 25 F2P game on Steam.
  • Top 100 Most Played Steam game (Top 0.5%)
  • Over 4.3 million cumulative plays.
  • 3 million hours played last 30 days.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is an idle strategy game where players must assemble and organize a party of Champions to master the art of Formation Strategy. Players unlock Champions, upgrade their specializations, and quest for epic weapons such as Drizzt Do'Urden's legendary swords, Icingdeath and Twinkle. The key to success is learning how to combine each Champion's abilities to maximize their potential and defeat an onslaught of increasingly powerful monsters.

Key Features:

  • Unlock Renowned Champions: Collect renowned Champions from the world of Dungeons & Dragons, including fan-favorites from R.A. Salvatore’s best-selling novels and the Force Grey web series. Unlock additional Champions added to the game through campaign updates and limited-time events. Formation Strategy: The key to completing each adventure is mastering Formation Strategy, knowing which Champions and synergies are needed to defeat the infinite waves of enemies.

  • Explore the Forgotten Realms: Take your Champions on a ‘grand tour’ of the Sword Coast, exploring familiar locations within the Forgotten Realms as they tackle each adventure. The game receives regular updates with content inspired by the official Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role playing game adventures, including a trip to Chult with the Tomb of Annihilation.

  • Regular Events: The game is updated regularly with limited-time events and additional campaign adventures. Completing events unlocks new Champions and gear to add to the player's collection.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is available now now for iPad on the App Store and for Android tablet on Google Play.

Digital Press Kit: http://bit.ly/IdleChampionsDPK

For more information on Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms go to www.IdleChampions.com.

About Idle Champions

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, the world's first idle strategy game set in the celebrated universe of the Forgotten Realms. The game is indie studio Codename Entertainment's first licensed video game in partnership with Dungeons & Dragons. The game has appeared consistently in the Top 100 games by concurrent player count since launch: store.steampowered.com/stats

About Codename Entertainment

Codename Entertainment Inc. is the award-winning indie video game studio based in Victoria, British Columbia. The studio's previous game, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, has remained popular since launching in 2015. It has stayed in the Top 1% of games by concurrent player count on Steam. It's also one of the Most Played games out of more 117,000 on Kongregate.com, and it is consistently ranked in the Most Popular Games on Armorgames.com.

About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards' players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com

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May 16th
Idle Champions: Tomb of Annihilation, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Thanks to the magic of the Aarakocra in the ancient monastery of Kir Sabal, the Champions are now able to make their way across Chult towards the fabled Lost City of Omu. As the journey to destroy the Soulmonger continues the danger only increases, and the party soon find themselves in conflict with a Yuan-ti warlord known as Ras Nsi.

Note: To start these new adventures, you need to have completed the Homecoming adventure.

The Forbidden City

The Aarakocra have offered the party safe passage across the jungle canopy via the magical Dance of the Seven Winds ritual. It is now time to travel to the Lost City of Omu, location of the Soulmonger, the powerful artifact you now know powers the Death Curse.
  • Variant: Periodic Petrification — every 15 seconds one of your Champions becomes petrified, stunning them for one minute.

Captured!

The party has been captured by the Yuan-ti warlord Ras Nsi. Luckily, a doppelganger employed by the Red Wizards of Thay helps the party to escape — but the party must fight their way free.
  • Variant: Home Field Advantage — Yuan-ti enemies power up each second they are alive.

Features:

  • Added two new Tomb of Annihilation adventures: The Forbidden City and Captured!, each with one variant. The first one, The Forbidden City, starts in Kir Sabal; these are very challenging adventures and variants. Note: to start these new adventures, you need to have completed the Homecoming adventure.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
May 3rd
Idle Champions Event: The Running 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A young Harper wizard has recruited the party to help her journey to the Grandfather Tree, a holy site for elves and other creatures. She has foreseen an acorn falling from the tree and wishes to take the holy relic to Silverymoon. However, the Grandfather Tree's acorn will not be easily won. The very forest itself opposes your quest, and no sooner have you entered the High Forest than the party is set upon by all manner of fey and forest creature...

The Running is our eleventh limited-time event, running until Tuesday, May 15th at 12:00pm PDT, and introducing Catti-brie, the Human Fighter!

New Champion: Catti-brie

"When I first laid eyes on Catti-brie, she had just punched a rather menacing fellow who was threatening to break every bone in my body. She hit the lout with such surprising force that he flopped to the floor like a sackful of mullet. Over the years, I’ve come to call her a friend. Underneath Catti-brie’s rough exterior lies a heart of gold. She cares deeply for her friends and will protect what she holds dear without fail. If she takes a shine to you, be sure to count your lucky pennies, because her enemies rarely fare well for long." ~Volothamp Geddarm

When you want to add Catti-brie to your party, you can swap her with Minsc.

The Running Variants

  • The Wolves in the Woods — Werewolves randomly spawn and attack the party, each with special abilities. Catti-brie's silver arrows deal double damage/hits to these creatures.

  • Critter Companions — Two forest critters take up slots in the formation, increasing the damage of adjacent Champions by 400% moving around every 25 areas.

  • Catti-alone — Catti-brie is the only Champion available for this mission. Her damage increases by 40% per area, stacking multiplicatively, her attack speed is greatly increased, and her Ultimate ability cooldown is reduced to 10 seconds.

Features:

  • Added the The Running event, our eleventh limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Tuesday, May 15th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Catti-brie.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Rillifane Rallathil's Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!