July 27th
The Beginning: Eric and D&D 

Today is Gary Gygax's birthday. As you may know, Gary created Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson in 1974. In honour of Gary's birthday, I'd like to share how my lifelong love affair with this game began in 1981.

This month marks an important milestone for me... like many people, my journey to discovering Dungeons & Dragons started with theater.

Thirty-six years ago I played Kai in The Snow Queen. I was twelve years old and these performances were the culmination of a theatre camp for kids offered by Bastion Theatre in Victoria.

Eric as Kai (center)




During this camp two of the other kids said, "Have you played this game called Dungeons & Dragons?". They brought in the AD&D books, we rolled up characters and played during our lunch breaks.

From our first game, I was blown away. I knew that this game was fantastic and that I wanted to DM. From that point, I DMed games almost exclusively for the next twelve years. I played as often as I could and by university my love of fantasy RPGs heavily influenced my course selections.

Eric aged 12! He looks like he has walked off the set of Stranger Things!

Some of Eric's cherished Dragon Magazines
(plus a bonus Traps book to kill PCs!)

When I graduated from university, I started my first company and had very little time for anything outside of work. Then I fell in love, got married and had children, plus sold the company to IBM twelve years later.

As my kids got older, a friend of mine (Eshu) mentioned that he had recently started playing D&D with his kids. He said they were having a great time. So in 2008, I got the newest D&D books (4e) and started playing with my kids. The first time my kids rolled initiative, I was so overcome with emotion that I almost cried.

Fast forward nine years and not only have I continued playing D&D, but my kids have picked up the hobby and now play in their own games with their friends.

Film, TV, and stage star Joe Managaniello's Champion announcement.


And then the icing on the cake... we are getting to make a D&D game at Codename! There are so many of us at our company with long histories of playing D&D that it is a treat to be able to pour our love for D&D into one of our games.

We are really looking forward to sharing the Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms with you (Check out the official site at: www.IdleChampions.com).
July 26th
2nd Anniversary Bash Giveaway! 

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is two-years-old this month, and we're celebrating in style with a giveaway all weekend long.

There are three free gifts up for grabs. Collect all three and you'll automatically unlock a super-secret fourth gift!



The first gift will be made available in the Idol Times newsletter this Friday (sign-up now). Then make sure you Like us on Facebook for another giveaway on Saturday. The final gift will be available on Sunday on the official Crusaders Twitter account @CrusadersIdols.

Please note the unique codes are only valid on PC/Web. For mobile, you must link your account using these instructions so you can redeem the codes.

Thank you for supporting us and being an awesome community of players. We're looking forward to you playing for the next 12 months!



Don't forget we are also looking for your input in naming two new Crusaders as part of our second birthday celebrations. Thank you for all the suggestions in the first round, we are now compiling them into a list for a second round where you can vote on the winning names!

Name These Crusaders!

We'll be announcing the start of the second round soon so stay tuned here, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Idol Times newsletter for more information.
July 21st
BW2: Change Log July 21 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Summer Carnival Event (July 21st, 2017)

- Updated Summer Carnival Event

- Added 6 new quests

- Added new customization and ranch items

- Added new ribbons and 100% reward

- Added 3 new pets

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

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

- Made progress on the next major content update
July 21st
BW2 Summer Carnival Event 2017 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Summer Carnival Event 2017

The Carnival has returned to town! Get ready to play some games, help some Bushwhackian residents and win carnival tokens which you can exchange for cool prizes at the Carnival Event Vendor!

The Carnival Games:

A staple of any summer carnival or fair, are those devilish carnival games. There are four different games which will unlock over the course of the event and they include "Balloon Popper," "Whack-A-Mole," "Baseball Throw," and "Duck Shoot." Don't worry, there's no skill involved with these games, you play them automatically when you interact with them.

- It costs 4 carnival tickets to play each game, and you can whack those tickets out of the bushes, or purchase them from Timmy in the Event area for Bush Bucks (30 Salvaged Tickets for 30 Bush Bucks)

- You receive Carnival Tokens based on how well you do. Now, we're not saying they're rigged in the Carnival's favour or anything, but you'll definitely want to ask your friends to help you rig these games to help you! (Platforms without Friend functionality are balanced accordingly.)

To get started, the Balloon Popper game is unlocked! As well, it seems William needs your help to satisfy his sweet-tooth!

The Pandaclaw was wandering around here somewhere....build the teleporter and complete all the quests and get your very own!

The dunk tank makes a triumphant return this year! Can you dunk all 8 helpless Bushwhackian residents? This year, NPCs you haven't dunked yet will have a yellow exclamation mark above their heads, to let you know you still need to send them plunging into the icy waters of the tank! Help them all cool off!

Peat Bog, Pete the Carney's brother has some tasks for you to help him put on a show!

New for 2017
We've added new quests to the event! Peat Bog has another show to put on, if you helped him last year. Plus, that Dunk Tank is looking a little dirty. Help clean it daily once those quests unlock!

And how are your Power collection skills? Are you strong enough to win all the bonus prizes?

Event Achievements- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are up to 17 possible achievements that can be picked up during the Summer Carnival 2017 event, depending on your game history.

Achievements Returning in 2017:
Step Right Up - Win a Prize Token gaming at the Carnival!
We have a Winner - Win 8 Prize Tokens at once at the Carnival.
Carnival Ace - Win 8 Prize Tokens at all 4 Carnival Games.
Gotta Try 'Em All! - Play all four games offered at the Carnival!
Big Time Bonus Buyer - Purchase 10 Bonus Prize Packs from the Carnival!
Sweet Tooth - Help William satisfy his Sweet Tooth. Or not.
Nostalgic Whacker - Repair the teleporter and fulfill your duty…
Dunk-a-Thon! - Dunk all eight unique Carnival Event dunk-ees!

Added/Changed for 2017
Cashed Carnival - Purchase all the 2017 Carnival Event items.*
Scuba Dunk - Dunk yourself while wearing a hefty diving helmet. (Helmet is found from fishing in the Windy Crest fishing hole.)
Daredevil Darer - Make Peat Bog risk his life for entertainment 5 extra times.

* The Carnival Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Cashed Carnival achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

We have 6 achievements from previous years, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

Carnival Customization - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Carnival
Party at My Place - Buy all 6 house items from the 2012 Carnival!
Carnival Collector - Purchase all of the 2013 Carnival event items.
Carnival Connoisseur - Buy all the 2014 Carnival event items.
Carni-Value! - Purchase all the 2015 Carnival Event items.
Carnival Compulsion - Purchase all the 2016 Carnival Event items.

Pet Packs

New 2017 Pet Packs (Coming Soon!)



Post your celebration plans on the forums!

The event will run until Friday August 4th at Noon PDT!

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, if you purchase 100 Bush Bucks or more, get a free mount! The sale runs until Monday July 24th at Noon PDT!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the last quest unlock?
    All quests will be unlocked by the 11th day of the event.

  • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
    There are two vendors. The one in the tent has this year's items. The other is the one with the party hat and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

  • What contributes to my 100% progress?
    You need 200 plays of any combo of the games to get 100%. Just whack up tickets to play the games, and turn in quests to get tickets as well.

  • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
    It helps you rig the game and improve your chances of getting 8 tokens.

  • Do I have to do the achievements?
    No. Completing the goals for the achievements is totally optional. You get either a large energy pack or a title for your character from them, no event progress.

  • Where can I see all the achievements available and how to get them?
    Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

  • Where can I see progress on the Dunking Achievement?
    Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Look for the ones listed above in that list.

July 21st
New Weekend buff! The Cliffhanger 

Don't you just hate it when something's just getting good and then it stops mid-sente...

The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until 12 pm PDT on Monday July 24th.

  • RoboQueen - I Like Dragons ability +200%
  • Sasha the Fierce Warrior - Bulwark ability +200%
  • Zombie Winter - Touch of Wealth ability +200%
  • Merci, the Mad Wizard - Deflect Evil ability +200%
  • Nate Dragon - All DPS +200%



Also, check out the limited-time Cliffhanger Jeweled Chests that contain equipment for the five Crusaders above!

(Please note: The chest will only contain gear for RoboQueen and Zombie Winter if you've unlocked them. If you are missing Zombie Winter, you can purchase Zombie Winter's Golden Epic, and it will be available on him once you unlock him.)
July 19th
BW2: Change Log July 19 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Quest Hub Trial Improvements… again! (July 19th, 2017)

- Increased the font size and outline of the numbers on the Sliding Block puzzles

- UI, Pets, and Mounts are hidden when you interact with the Sliding Block puzzles and when you enter the Pillar Reaction trial

- Modified the colours of the pillar states in the Pillar Reaction Skerbak trial to be more noticeable and colourblind friendly

- Made the Pillar Reaction Skerbak trial slightly (ever so!) easier

- Fixed a potential exploit in the Number Place Skerbak trial

- Fixed a bug in the “Slippery Security” story quest of the Explorer’s Camp quest hub where a certain event wouldn’t trigger unless you refreshed the game.

- The field in the upper jail of Skerbak is no longer visible on subsequent quests into Skerbak

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

- Made progress on the next major content update

July 17th
It's Time to Name Some Crusaders! 

As part of our celebrations for the 2nd anniversary of Crusaders of the Lost Idols, we're asking for community input!

If you click on this link, you can view the two new Crusaders being added to Littlefoot's Big Adventure, and submit a name for each of them. We at Codename will go through the list of submissions and select our top few for each Crusader. Players will then get a chance to vote on the best name and the winning names will be revealed when the event starts!

The first round of submissions will be available from today until Noon PDT on Monday July 24.
July 14th
New Weekend Buff! Heatwaves are Coming 

It's so hot that the thermometers are starting to melt. It's time to band together and defeat the heat-walkers.

The following Crusaders will get a buff this weekend starting from today until 12 pm PDT on Monday July 17th.

  • The Princess - Ignite, Char, Conflagrate, and Incinerate ability +200%
  • Brogon, Prince of Dragons - Friends of Brogon ability +200%
  • Leerion, the Royal Dwarf - Golden Touch ability +200%
  • Prince Sal, the Merman - Base DPS +400%
  • Thalia, the Thunder King - Storm Rider ability +200%



Also, check out the limited-time Melting Jeweled Chests that contain equipment for the five Crusaders above!

(Please note: The chest will only contain gear for Brogon and Leerion if you've unlocked them. If you are missing Leerion, you can purchase Leerion's Golden Epic, and it will be available on him once you unlock him.)
July 14th
BW2 Bastille Day 2017 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Bonjour Whackers!

Talk to Pierre in the Commons--he's next to the General Store and Town Hall--to start a mini quest to celebrate Bastille Day for all our friends in France! He needs your help to set up a festive parade! Complete all four of his quests before he leaves to earn special rewards!

Pierre will also sell you the previous reward item from 2015 of the Beret, along with the Bastille Parade horse as a mount option, a French mustache and a French Flag shirt. All of those items are available for Bush Bucks. For gold, he will offer you the option of buying a Baguette sword!

The quests (and Pierre's store) will be available until Monday July 17th at Noon PDT!

Share your joie de vivre on the forums!
July 13th
New Event! A Song of Thrones 2017 

Winter is coming, but not before the Summer and Fall. Then Winter is coming. In the meantime, you can check out our A Song of Thrones event and new Tier 2 Crusaders!

The A Song of Thrones 2017 event runs from today through to July 25th at Noon PDT. For those players who haven't unlocked them already, this is your chance to add both Leerion, the Royal Dwarf and Brogon, Prince of Dragons to your roster.

The two new Tier 2 Crusaders (available to recruit after you've completed Tier 1 are RoboQueen and Zombie Winter.

New Crusader: RoboQueen.


Once recruited, RoboQueen unlocks RoboFamily at level 100 and it increases her DPS +100% for every adjacent Robot.

At level 400, her ability I Like Dragons increases her DPS +400% per Dragon or Dragon family member Crusader in the formation.

Additionally, for the first time ever, RoboQueen has equipment that increases her max level past the cap. Chilling!

The second new Tier 2 Crusader is Zombie Winter.

New Crusader: Zombie Winter.

At level 50, Zombie Winter unlocks Touch of Wealth. He'll touch a random adjacent Crusader every 10 seconds, increasing gold find by 40% for 30 seconds.

At level 400, Zombie Winter unlocks Lingering Cold which causes his Touch of Wealth effect to last 50% longer.

Once you've recruited both RoboQueen and Zombie Winter, there are three new side objectives to tackle in your quest.

New Objective: Ride of the Horsefolk.

In Ride of the Horsefolk, starting in area 1 and every 50 areas thereafter a slot in the formation is taken up by a horsefolk rider, until all slots are consumed by the primitive horde.

New Objective: Continuous Coups.

In the objective Continuous Coups, the DPS of all Crusaders is reduced by 99.9%, except for four bench slots who are deemed the "Kings and Queens" of the land. The Kings and Queens receive a DPS and gold bonus as well. Every 50 areas the slots who are "Kings and Queens" change.

New Objective: Season One Rewatch.

The final new objective is Season One Rewatch. Only the base 20 Crusaders and four Crusaders from this event are available to use.

Equipment for the Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Thrones chests. You'll have until July 25th at Noon PDT to complete the event.