June 29th
BW2: Change Log June 29th, 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Misc Updates/Fixes (June 29th, 2018)

- Added 10 more pets to the PAGAS store, available for Unique DNA.

- If you have Pet Collars left over from the quest NPC in Cera Altepetl Boundary, you can speak to them to remove them from your inventory.

- Added the following ranch items to the mini golf cours: Lava Rock Floor, Volcano Lamp, Firefly lamp, Snowflake Tile.

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
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 28th
COTLI: Alien Invasion 2018 

Alien war. Alien war never changes. As massive motherships once again occupy our skies, it's time to take the fight to these alien overlords and cancel the apocalypse.

Alien Invasion 2018 runs until Tuesday, July 10 at 12:00pm PDT. Unlock Crusaders, battle aliens, and save the world!

New Tier 3 Crusader: First Lady Betty Smithsonian

First Lady Betty Smithsonian is a badass human Crusader buffer. Nobody can motivate troops or empower Crusader behaviour quite like her. The magnitude of her buff is increased by having certain tags in the formation.

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. President Billy Smithsonian, Kizlbylp, the Alien Traitor, Red, the Ace Pilot, and Slisyblyp, the Alien Scientist will be available to unlock while Alien Invasion 2018 is live!

Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

  • Recruit First Lady Betty Smithsonian | First Lady Betty Smithsonian takes up a slot in the formation. No human Crusaders can be used. Reach area 500.

  • First Contact | Only Human and Alien Crusaders can be used. Reach area 600.

  • Alien Circuitry | An alien bomb takes up a slot in the formation. You must complete each non-boss area within 30 seconds or it will explode, sending the party back one area. Reach area 650.

  • Strange Bedfellows | Three aliens take up slots in the formation, moving around every 50 areas and debuffing adjacent Crusader DPS by 50%. This debuff is additive, so two or more adjacent aliens will disable Crusader DPS. Reach area 700.

  • Abduction | Every 15 seconds one of your Crusaders is abducted from the formation for 60 seconds. During that time their formation abilities and DPS are disabled and they are "replaced" in the formation by an extremely unconvincing robot that decreases adjacent Crusader DPS by 90% (multiplicative). Reach area 750.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Independence 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, July 10 at 12:00pm PDT to complete Alien Invasion 2018!
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 22nd
BW2: Patriot Event 2018 Edition! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Patriot Event 2018

It's party time in the Commons! Come join in the fun as the Bushwhackian natives celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day with a big extravagant barbecue and endless displays of fireworks!

Collect hot dogs, hamburgers, chickens, ribs and the rare steak to grill up for Patriot tokens and bonus energy! Find the green, red, yellow, blue and rare purple fireworks from the bushes for Fiona to put on awesome displays!

As well, help assorted party guests with their quests to make their celebration even funner! Some are one part, some are multi-part that will unlock as the event goes on so check back daily for all the excitement!

First up, help Scoutmaster Sam find Globes today, so that she can see the glorious world of Bushwhackia in its entirety.

New for 2018

The Canada 150th quest line has been updated to be a generic Canadian anniversary themed event. If you've already unlocked the Canoe mount, then this year you get a yummy treat when you complete it instead. There are 8 quests and one unlocks every day at Noon Pacific Time, starting tomorrow, Saturday June 23rd.

If you have already collected every Fireworks launcher piece, then talk to Fiona on June 30th to get your fireworks launcher related achievements.

Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of 18 possible achievements to earn in the Patriot Event 2018.

Achievements Returning for 2018
Fine Dining - Cook 5 kinds of food during the event.*
Iron Chef - Cook 300 pieces of food during the event.
Colorful Booms - Fire off 6 types of fireworks during the event. **
Many Booms - You've set of 600 fireworks during the Patriot event.
The Tyrant - You overthrew Nate's illegitimate kingdom.
The People's Quester - Complete all of the Patriot event side quests. (Updated with this year's quest)
Patriot Fireworks Launcher - You crafted a Fireworks Launcher!
Patriot Fireworks Launcher Rare - You found a Rare addition for your Fireworks Launcher!
Patriot Fireworks Launcher All Rares - You found all the Rare additions for your Fireworks Launcher!
Sesquicentennial - Help Connie the Canadian and make full use of a Free Parks Pass.

*If you are having trouble finding the Steak, you can buy it for Celebration tokens from an NPC in the Commons.

**The 6th firework for the quest is the one you help an NPC build later in the event. As well, if you are having trouble finding the Purple firework, you can buy it for Celebration tokens from an NPC in the event area.



Added/Changed for 2018
Free Trade - You bought all the 2018 Patriot event items!***


We also have 7 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

National Acquirer - You bought all the 2017 Patriot event items!
Patriotic Purchases - You bought all the 2016 Patriot event items!
Celebratory Splurge - You bought all the 2015 Patriot event items!
Freedom's Price - Purchase all of the 2014 Patriot custom items.
Freedom of Purchases - Purchase all of the 2013 Patriot event items.
Dressed for Freedom - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Patriot event.
A Patriotic Pad - Buy all 7 house items from the 2012 Patriot event.

***The Patriot event mini-golf piece is not required for the Free Trade achievement.

Pet Packs

New 2018 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)



Post your celebrations on the forums!

The event will run until Friday July 6th at Noon PDT!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the last quest unlock?
    All quests will be unlocked by the 10th day of the event.

  • Where can I see how much meat and fireworks I've done for the achievements?
    Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Find Many Booms and Iron Chef to see your progress.

  • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
    There are two vendors. The one near the entrance of the Event Zone has this year's items. The other is under the American balloon arch and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

  • What contributes to my 100% progress?
    Turning in the meats and fireworks as well as quests for the folks in the event area.

  • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
    It increases the amount of progress you get from doing a turn-in.

  • 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.

June 22nd
BW2: Change Log June 22nd, 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Patriot Event 2018 Update (June 22nd, 2018)

- Updated the Patriot Event for 2018.
- Added new customization and ranch items.
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward.
- Added 3 new pets available from June 29th to July 2nd.

- Can now send Fireworks Gift Bags to friends, which contains random energy, mana, power, and something special for the duration of the event. These items do not expire and function like the Wrapped Presents from Christmas.

- Added Blue Ox Mount promo, running from today until Monday June 25th at Noon PDT (Free mount with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more.)

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
June 15th
BW2: Zepplincident! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

There's a visitor in the Commons that could use a hand! Be sure to chat with them for a limited time opportunity. Be quick, as they're only staying till Noon Pacific on Monday June 18th.

This weekend we're also running a Pet/Mount Sale and a Bush Buck Sale! Grab those cute little friends you've been missing!

Plus, for a limited time only you can get a Steampunk themed mount with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!
June 15th
BW2: Change Log June 15th, 2018 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Zepplincident Limited Time Quest (June 15th, 2018)

- Limited time quest line available via visiting NPC in Commons with unique rewards! (June 15th-18th)

- Running a Pet/Mount Sale (June 15th-18th.)

- Running a BB sale with a unique Mechanical Spider mount sweetener (with the first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more.)

- Made some possible performance optimizations in response to a change Adobe made to a flash function.

- Added the following limited time quest rewards to the Amicus wandering merchants:
- Steampunk Gas Mask
- Steampunk Gloves
- Steampunk Wrench
- Kelpie Hat
- Sleipnir Hat
- Pegasus Hat
- Prince Jacket
- Prince Hair
- Pegasus Wings
- Cooking Apron
- Tom's Top Hat
- Gord's Top Hat
- Reversed Revolver
- Spiral Braid
- Tuft Hairdo
- Long Mohawk
- Fancy Stable
- Deluxe Dog House
- Chow Chow
- Black Corgi
- Kokoni Pup

- Fixed an issue with one of the High Jungle quest hub quests, where you could get into a state where you had a quest you could not complete.

- Fixed quest field spawns giving you diggergy instead of the quest item. They will now give you both (if they yield diggergy).

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
June 15th
COTLI: The Yogscast - Search for Simon 2 

Simon is missing! Again! It's time for the Crusaders to galavant about in search of their missing friend, and if they're lucky, they'll make a couple new friends along the way: Skeletom and the Game Goblin!

The Yogscast - Search for Simon 2 runs until Wednesday, June 27th at 12:00pm PDT. For more information, check out the How to Play / FAQ in-game!

New Tier 2 Crusaders: Skeletom & Game Goblin

Skeletom — Lord of all skeletons, Skeletom causes special random skeleton monsters to spawn. While alive or when killed, these skeletons offer different effects.

Game Goblin — The Game Goblin lives in a cave, slowly venturing out as you kill more and more monsters. Once he leaves the cave he tosses a bunch of games at monsters and offers some party buffs before retreating back inside.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock our Tier One Crusaders Turps the Tasty and Sjin the Builder by completing the respective Tier One objectives!

Five New Tier 2 Objectives!

  • Recruit Skeletom | Skeletom takes up a slot in the formation. Three different skeletons spawn randomly: Exploding, Radioactive, and Regular. Reach area 300.

  • Recruit the Game Goblin | The Game Goblin takes up a slot in the formation and sits in his cave. Every time you get a kill he gets closer to the front of his cave, decreasing DPS by 5% (multiplicative). Once you reach 100 kills he leaves his cave for 5 seconds and decreases DPS By 100%. He then retreats back into his cave and resets his stacks. Reach area 300.

  • Gaming the System | Monsters can only be damaged by clicking, explosions, or projectiles. Reach area 400.

  • Grumpy Gamers | Only the Yogscast Crusaders and a random assortment of six other bench slots may be used. These random bench slots change every 50 areas. Reach area 450.

  • Going Viral | Whenever you get a kill, one random Crusader earns 6-10 stacks of a "Going Viral" effect, which increases their DPS by 10% per stack. Upon reaching 100 stacks, they gain the "Crash and Burn" effect for 15 seconds, reducing their DPS to 0. Reach area 500.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Jeweled YogsChests, 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 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 Wednesday, June 27th at 12:00pm PDT to complete The Yogscast - Search for Simon 2!