September 17th
BW2: Terry Fox Charity Drive! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Terry Fox Charity Drive!

In 1980, Terry Fox set out on the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. To commemorate his efforts, we're running a Terry Fox Charity Drive.

Until Noon PDT on Wednesday September 19th, you can buy Charity Marathon Waters to restore your energy. All of our proceeds here at Codename Entertainment from those sales will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation, which maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox, and continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research. You can learn more about the charity here.
September 14th
BW2: Jr. Whacker Event 2018 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Teach Me How to Whack!

It's time to put your knowledge of whacking bushes to good use as you help educate the next generation! Take a trip to the Event Area of the Commons and get helping!

Help three aspiring young ones learn how to whack bushes, mana whack, and power whack! Bring the Jr. Whackers some Cardboard Swords to use, found in bushes throughout the world, and they'll share the spoils of their training with you. As you help them, they gain experience, "leveling up" and will award more items with each turn-in. Each of the determined young padawans will have a daily quest to power up the spoils from their next turn-in.

One Jr. Whacker appears to have suffered a head injury, since they are idolizing Nate. Talk to them and see what's going on.

What's a funner thing to earn than your Baking badge? Nothing of course! Help one Jr. Whacker get theirs later on in the event.

Help Keisha get her camping badge again this year! Check back daily for her quest unlocks.

New for 2018
We've added 2 new quests that will unlock in a row next Friday. Enjoy!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are an incredible TWENTY possible Achievements to earn in the Jr. Bush Whacker 2018 event:

Achievements Returning for 2018:
  • Working Harder - You've helped a Jr. Bush Whacker level up.
  • Power to the People - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker power up.
    • Working Better - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 5.
    • Working Faster - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 10.
    • Working Stronger - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 15.
  • Honorary Jr. Whacker - You completed all 8 enthusiastic Jr. Whacker quests!
  • Won a 'Diamond!' - You got a cardboard diamond. Isn't that awesome? No?
  • Fashion Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Fashion badge.
  • Capitalism Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Capitalism badge. (Cookie selling quest-line)
  • Cooking Badge - You helped Jaidee earn her Cooking Badge.
  • Camping Badge - Help Keisha set up a demo campsite to help other Jr. Whackers get their Camping badges!
  • Tree Planter - You planted 100 trees for Julia during the Junior Bush Whacker event!

Added/Changed for 2018:
  • Jr. Acquisitions - Buy all the 2018 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *

We have 6 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial years:
  • Putting on the Uniform - You got all the player items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Junior Decorating Award - You got all the house items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Jr. Merchandiser - You bought all 11 items from the 2013 Jr. BW Event!
  • Supporting the Cause - Buy all the 2014 Jr. BW Event items.
  • Jr. Shopaholic - Buy all the 2015 Jr. Bush Whacker custom items.
  • Jr. Patron - Buy all the 2016 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Jr. Whacker Wares - Buy all the 2017 Jr. Bush Whacker items.

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

Pet Packs

New 2018 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)



Share your mentoring success on the forums!

Have a large energy pack! Redeem this code: JRBU-SHWH-ACKS-2018 It will no longer be usable once the event ends!

The event will run until Friday, September 28th at Noon PDT!
September 14th
BW2: Sep 14th, 2018 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Junior Bush Whacker Event 2018 Update (September 12th, 2018)

- Updated the Junior Bush Whacker Event for 2018
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added 2 new quests
- Added a ranch item to the Ye Environmental Conservator's Equipage store
- Added 3 new pets available from Sept 21st to Sept 24th
- Can now send Jr. Whacker Cookies 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 Giant Badger Mount promo (free with BB purchase over $10; 30% more BBs over $5)

- Fixed the Heart Tee Mini Golf Piece getting set to the last hole when the course is loaded

- Fixed Quester’s Satchels occasionally not appearing when you have full amounts of either small, large, or pristine feeds

- Changed the costs of the White Unicorn Mount to include the remaining unused small feeds

- Made progress on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
September 13th
COTLI: Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 

Going back to school is already rough enough, with all the homework and classes, but throw some demons into the mix and things start to get really complicated!

Wait — who's that? Over in the corner, wearing a leather jacket and looking all broody? Is that our latest Crusader? He's so dark and dreamy! <3

Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 runs until Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm PDT, and introduces Zoraeban, Demonic Angel!

New Tier 3 Crusader: Zoraeban, Demonic Angel

He's part angel, part demon, and all brooding 90s: Zoraeban, Demonic Angel is here to do damage and chew gum - and he's all outta gum. Something of a loner, Zoraeben boasts a leather jacket and an ear stud, and he excels in the corners of 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. Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, and The Exchange Student will be available to unlock while Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3 is live!

Five New Tier 3 Objectives!

  • Recruit Zoraeban, Demonic Angel | Zoraeban is right the middle of the formation. Each Crusader adjacent to Zoraeban reduces global DPS by 25% (additive). Reach area 500.

  • Band Practice | Three band members take up slots in the formation, causing various debuffs. These effects change over time or with monsters killed. Reach area 600.

  • Rivalry | Your FIERCEST RIVAL, Delila, spawns randomly. While spawned, Delila reduces all gold found to 0 and speeds up monsters on screen. There can be only one Delila at a time.

  • Take Wing | Only winged Crusaders can be used. Reach area 700.

  • Math Class | Only Crusaders in prime slots may be used (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23). Reach area 750.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Educational 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, September 25th at 12:00pm PDT to complete Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 3!
September 12th
Take This PAX West 2018 Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We are delighted to announce that the Stinky the Cranium Rat DLC pack has raised more than $11,500 for mental health at game conventions!

With the help of our fans, we managed to raise an astounding $11,542.05 in support of Take This, helping to fund AFK Rooms not just for PAX West 2018, but for future PAX Events as well.

On behalf of all of us at Codename Entertainment, we would like to offer a massive ‘thank you’ to the fans and supporters who made this happen. It is thanks to you that PAX attendees will have access to these invaluable spaces to recharge.

Also, a very special thank you to Holly Conrad, whose fantastic imagination created Stinky, and whose own fans helped make this a giant success too.

To learn more about how your donations make a difference, visit www.takethis.org
September 12th
Idle Champions Event: Brightswords 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Our Champions have arrived in the quaint town of Longsaddle amidst the Brightswords festivities, hoping for some much-needed rest after a full year of touring Chult and the Sword Coast. However, they arrive to find Longsaddle under siege!

An army of Drow have come to the surface from the Underdark seeking a long-lost artifact, and it's a race against time for the Champions to discover it first...

Brightswords is our seventeenth limited-time event for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, and the final event of Year One. This event runs until Monday, September 24th at 12:00pm Pacific, and introduces Wulfgar, Human Barbarian and the final member of the Companions of the Hall!

New Champion: Wulfgar

Wulfgar started his life in the north as the flag bearer of the barbarian Tribe of the Elk. He was bested in the assault on Ten-Towns by Bruenor Battlehammer, who decided his punishment would be five years and a day of service. Bruenor grew to love the tall barbarian, eventually seeing him as an adopted son. At the end of his service, Drizzt Do'Urden to taught Wulfgar the ways of combat and Bruenor crafted for him a mighty warhammer, named Aegis-fang. This magical warhammer bears the symbols of three of the Dwarven Gods: Moradin, Clangeddin, and Dumathoin. It is specifically attuned to Wulfgar and magically returns to his hand upon telepathic command.

Wulfgar deals AOE damage that stuns and deals additional damage to armored and stunned enemies. He has additional abilities for each other Companion of the Hall present. When you want to add Wulfgar, Son of Beornegar to your party, you can swap him with Tyril or Barrowin (Slot 10).

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

Brightswords Variants

  • Little Eyes are Lurking — A pair of Quasits have infiltrated your party, taking up two slots in the formation and causing chaos, making it difficult to work as a team. Every 25 areas they switch positions.

  • Father and Son — Wulfgar and Bruenor have set off alone, on an adventure to catch up after some lost time. Only Bruenor and Wulfgar are available, and both start in your formation. Their damage and cooldowns are dramatically improved.

  • Lolth's Domain — All Drow have the blessing of Lolth. Enemies gain armor and bosses gain additional armor.

Features:

  • Added the Brightswords event, our seventeenth limited-time campaign event! The event runs until Monday, September 24th at 12:00pm PDT.
  • Added a new Champion: Wulfgar, the Human Barbarian.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Tempus' Favor.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!

September 11th
Idle Champion Spotlight - Wulfgar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome to our latest Champion Spotlight design blog!

Today, we're going to go into detail on our newest Champion: Wulfgar, Son of Beornegar - A Human Barbarian, and a member of the Companions of the Hall!

Wulfgar will be available in our final Year One Event, Brightswords, launching TOMORROW (September 12th)! I hope this blog will give you all you need to know about our latest Champion.


How you can unlock Wulfgar:

Wulfgar is unlocked by playing Brightswords, a limited-time event launching on September 12th and running until September 24th. Once you unlock Wulfgar, he swaps with Tyril or Barrowin.

Who is Wulfgar:

Wulfgar is the final piece to the Companions of the Hall team that started with Bruenor in the base game, and continued with the introduction of Catti-brie and Regis as event champions, and Drizzt as an evergreen champion. With Wulfgar as the final Event Champion of Year One, the Companions of the Hall - made famous through R.A. Salvatore's bestselling Legend of Drizzt series - is now complete!

Wulfgar started his life in the north as the flag bearer of the barbarian Tribe of the Elk. He was bested in the assault on Ten-Towns by Bruenor Battlehammer, who decided his punishment would be five years and a day of service. Bruenor grew to love the tall barbarian, eventually seeing him as an adopted son. At the end of his service, Drizzt Do'Urden taught Wulfgar the ways of combat and Bruenor crafted for him a mighty warhammer, named Aegis-fang. This magical warhammer bears the symbols of three of the Dwarven Gods: Moradin, Clangeddin, and Dumathoin. It is specifically attuned to Wulfgar and magically returns to his hand upon telepathic command.

Wulfgar's Design:

We approached Wulfgar as the final piece of the Companions of the Hall formation. We wanted to make sure that he was strong on his own, but when placed with the Companions, the team shines.

Martial Training: We began by looking at his backstory and how he would want to work with all of the companions. Immediately, we landed on his Martial Training ability - the idea that since Drizzt taught him how to fight, he and Drizzt have been able play off each other and capitalize on their combat strategies. Whenever one of them kills an enemy, both of them increase their damage for 10 seconds. As a note, this is a one-time boost that lasts for 10 seconds. If the bonus is already in place and either of them get another kill, it just resets the countdown to 10 seconds.

Barbarian Smash: Wulfgar's base attack is second to none. He jumps out and smashes the nearest GROUP of enemies with a chance to stun them all for 5 seconds. Stuck at your wall and your tank can't take all the attacks? Bring Wulfgar in to help you clear them out. As we continue to talk about his abilities, you'll notice a lot of them deal with stunned enemies. Wulfgar is your expert at stunning, but his abilities will also work against enemies stunned by other Champions. He's like bringing the Xanathar to a Binwin fight. Oh? Too soon? Sorry. . .

Companion Abilities: Everyone knows that the adventuring party is always strongest when they are together, right? Well, we wanted to hammer that idea home with Wulfgar, who has an ability tied to each Companion. If they are in the formation, the ability is active. If they aren't, it isn't.
  • Bruenor: Increases the effect of Bruenor's Rally ability for each stunned enemy.
  • Regis: Stunned enemies drop more gold if Regis is in the formation.
  • Catti-brie: Increases the chance of Catti-brie's critical hit ability against stunned enemies.
  • Drizzt: Because Martial Training wasn't enough Drizzt/Wulfgar buddy cop fun, we also added an ability that increases Drizzt's damage against stunned enemies.

Smash 'n Grab: Wulfgar wields a GIANT magical warhammer that Bruenor created and called Aegis-fang. Not only does it magically reappear in his hand after he throws it, Wulfgar really loves smashing things with it. With his Smash 'n Grab ability, Wulfgar deals more damage against armored enemies. If he does enough damage with his attack to remove a chunk of the hit-based armor, he also increases the damage of all Champions for 10 seconds. This will hopefully help a few more Champions get in on the armor-breaking fun!

Flag Bearer: Wulfgar's damage is increased against stunned enemies. When he stuns an already stunned enemy, all Companion abilities are buffed for the duration of the stun. Acererak should really have thought twice before coming to this plane.

Wulfgar's Specializations:

As noted above, Wulfgar really wants to smash things. If he can't kill them outright he wants to stun them so the rest of the Companions have something to do. His specializations allow you to choose how he maximizes his abilities depending on the formation you have.
His three specialization choices are based on the deity symbols that adorn his mighty warhammer:
  • Clangeddin's Will: Choosing Clangeddin, the dwarven god of war, will increase Wulfgar's damage by 400%
  • Dumathoin's Will: Choosing Dumathoin, the dwarven god of buried secrets, will increase the chance of Wulfgar's attack stunning ALL enemies in the attack area by 10%
  • Moradin's Will: Choosing Moradin, the dwarven god of creation, will increase the duration of Wulfgar's stuns from his Barbarian Smash basic attack by 2 seconds.
Each of these specializations will help you augment how Wulfgar (and the rest of the Companions function in your formation. Try them all out to see which one works best on any given adventure. Don't forget, you can also change your choice mid-game by using a Potion of Specialization.

Wulfgar's Ultimate Attack:


Aegis-fang is unleashed with Wulfgar's ultimate attack. He throws Aegis-fang at the most distant enemy, dealing damage to and stunning all enemies in that line for 10 seconds.


Wulfgar's Equipment



Slot 1: Warhammer
  • Wulfgar's warhammer increases his damage.
Slot 2: Hair Clip
  • Wulfgar's dwarven hair clip shows the weight of his dwarven upbringing, increasing his damage.
Slot 3: Dagger
  • Wulfgar's Dagger increases the effect of Martial Training ability.
Slot 4: Tribe of the Elk Banner
  • Wulfgar's Tribe of the Elk banner increases the effect of his Smash 'n Grab ability.
Slot 5: Dragon Scales
  • The trinkets Wulfgar collected from his battle against Icingdeath increase the damage of his Ultimate Attack.
Slot 6: Wolf Cloak
  • Wulfgar's Wolf Cloak reduces the cooldown on his Ultimate Attack.

TL;DR- Final Wulfgar Thoughts

Wulfgar is the final piece to the Companions of the Hall puzzle. He focuses on stunning enemies he can't outright kill, and buffs the rest of the Companions of the Hall if he (or anyone else) stuns enemies. We're looking forward to seeing what new formations pop up now that he has been introduced! We'll be watching the discussion online and on discord to see how well he's received, so let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or on the official Discord!

September 11th
Announcing: Binwin Plays Idle Champions 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "You can kill the man, but you can't kill his brand."
    —Binwin Bronzebottom
As we announced in our livestream last week, Binwin Bronzebottom, who most recently critted a javelin throw into the Xanathar's eye and was subsequently petrified and disintegrated in front of the Wafflecrew, is back! Today we're unleashing even more Idle Champions fun onto the D&D Twitch channel! The only-mostly-dead Binwin Bronzebottom makes his triumphant return to the D&D Twitch channel for his new show, Binwin Plays Idle Champions!

Tune in every Tuesday at 12:00pm Pacific to join Binwin for an hour wisecracking and fun, while he learns the best way to sub-optimally play Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. Comment on his formation! Make him RAGE! Watch him try to kill all the seagulls! Come for the chest code, stay for the laughs!


That's right, Chris Perkins: you can kill the man, but you really can't kill his brand!

Binwin Plays Idle Champions will air on the Official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel on Tuesdays between 12:00pm and 1:00pm Pacific before Mike Mearls' Happy Fun Hour. No Binwins or Twinwins were disintegrated in the making of this production. Praise Perkins.
September 7th
BW2: Codex Pages Weekend Quest! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

There's a magical visitor in the Commons that could use your assistance! Be sure to chat with them for a limited time opportunity of a three part quest line! Be quick, as they're only staying till Noon Pacific Time on Monday September 10th.

This weekend we're also running two package deals each containing a unique pet! Be sure to check them out!

Redeem this code before noon on Monday September 10th for 1 free Large Energy Pack: LITE-RACY-DAYM-AGIC
September 5th
Idle Champions - 1st Anniversary! 
Posted in Idle Champions.

As of Friday, September 7th, Idle Champions has been live for a whole year - and what a year it's been!

In celebration of the past year and our amazing fans, we've lined up some fun for everyone. For the next 7 days, we'll have daily rewards for you to claim just for logging in!

Starting right now, and for the next 7 days you can log in and claim an Idle Champions Birthday Chest every day. There are 7 of them, and each one contains 4 items hand picked by the Codename Entertainment team to help you in your quests. What do they contain? Oh, just Time Gate pieces, Epic Blacksmithing Contracts, Epic Fire Breath Potions, and more! And if you wait very patiently, there might even be a Potion of Polish hidden in one of the chests!

If you claim 4 out of the 7 Birthday Chests during the Anniversary Celebration, you can claim the coveted Anniversary Chest. This epic chest contains 5 gold chests, a free Mimic familiar, and our first variant champion skin: Party-Time Jarlaxle.



We've also added new familars to the game: A Black Cat and a Faerie Dragon are available as paid DLC, and we've added new familiars that are available for gems: Evelyn's very own Armored Juniper, and Minsc's faithful companion Boo! Note: You have to have reached area 66 in an adventure to unlock familars.

We've added a new potion to the drop tables for chests: Potion of Speed. These potions increase the speed of the game for a short time, allowing you to clear those earlier levels faster when attempting to reach your wall!

We've also launched sales on many of our DLC packs during the week, as well as a chest bonus for any chest purchases you make in-game for the duration of the celebration.

And as a final candle on the anniversary cake, we've updated Idle Champions store! Now you can buy past champions in different packages that include their corresponding chests, AND we'll have rotating sales of champion-specific chests, with the corresponding golden epic that was available during their original event!
Note: that the store is updated in Steam currently, and will move to Android tablets and iPads in the coming days. So log in and join in the fun!