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.
January 13th
BW2: Happy Birthday Nate! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Birthday Nate!

It’s that time of year again! Help celebrate Nate Dragon’s birthday by decorating the Commons for him....because no one else will.

First and foremost, whenever Nate is involved, safety becomes a priority. Find Safety Coins in the bushes and bring them to the stations in the Commons to stock up on protective gear. Turn in 10 coins at each station 50 times for an achievement. You can see the number of turn-ins you've completed at a station when you turn in a set of coins. The Kevlar Pad station is there on the first day of the event, and the Fire Extinguisher and Band Aid stations will unlock as the event goes on.

Then it seems Nate needs decorations and activities to set up in the Commons. Go out daily and find things for his party. Have fun trying out the activity stations as many times as you want!

If you're trying to get Tiny Little Arms or Just Like Nate achievements, or if you just want to have a little fun, you need to be wearing all pieces of the Dragon gear or the Nate outfit (available from the vendor's Bush Bucks store if it's your first time playing this event) while completing the 4 party Stations: Dynamite Activity, Campfire Activity, Digging Activity and the Training Whacking Activity.

If you've built the Town Hall, you can expect an fiery visitor to the party as well!

New for 2017:

We've made the Surprise Party set-up quests a little bit easier for you to navigate. Keep an eye out for the Robin with your new task daily. He also has an option to teleport to the zone where the party planners are meeting, and for the duration of the event, going to the Forest Detour won't override your current destination on your return button.

Plus, due to your overwhelming feedback, Nate's mom Elena and Natalie in the Event Zone will have daily quests for you to do as the event goes on. And be on the lookout for a new 4 part quest line later in the event!

And introducing the 100% reward for this year: lanterns! They can face either left or right for all your decorating needs! Check out the explosive Nate themed one below!



Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!

There are a total FOURTEEN possible Achievements to earn in the Nate’s Birthday 2017 event:

Achievements Returning in 2017:

Safety First - You completed a turn-in at each of the Safety Stations.
Safety Inspector - You completed 50 turn-ins at each of the Safety Stations.
Without a Hitch - You helped Nate with all of his Birthday quests!
Neverending Supply - You completed all 4 of the Birthday event daily quests 3 times.
Firefighter - You put out a fire and saved a building in the Commons! [Requires the Town Hall built]
Dragon Slayer - You scared off a dragon and saved the Commons!
Surprise Explosions! - You helped organize a surprise party for Nate.

Added/Changed for 2017:

Birthday Souvenirs - You bought all the 2017 Nate's Birthday event items! *
A Heroic Gift - Help Natalie make Nate look like a hero for his birthday.

We have 5 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

Nate's Finer Things - You bought all the 2016 Nate's Birthday event items!
Nate's Stash - You bought all the 2015 Nate's Birthday event items!
Tiny Little Arms - You bungled each activity station while dressed like a Dragon
Nate's Inventory - You bought all the 2014 Nate's Birthday event items!
Just Like Nate! - You bungled each activity station while dressed like Nate.

*The mini-golf piece is not included in the Birthday Souvenirs achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Pet Packs:

It's dangerous to go alone, so you should have a friend! Check our newest sidekicks for you to consider:

2017 Pet Packs --> COMING SOON!!



Available for Bush Bucks

2016 Event Pets



Bomb Sniffing Dog - Replaces up to 30% of Nothing wins with Gold
Fire Duck - Reduce Nothing wins chance by up to 30%
Flame Kitty - BURN THOSE NOTHINGS! Nothings have an up to 25% chance to turn into Flames (energy, mana, or power)


2015 Event Pets



Kate (Cat Nate) - Replaces up to 30% of Nothing wins with Gold
Puffy the Dragon - Reduce Nothing chance by up to 30%
Dynobug - Replace up to 25% of Nothing wins with energy, mana, or power


2014 Event Pets



Boy Dragon - Burns up to 25% of your Nothing wins, turning them into random energy, mana, and power
Girl Dragon - Burns up to 25% of your Nothing wins, turning them into random energy, mana, and power
Dragon Kitten - Increases your chance to win puzzle pieces by up to 15%

This event runs until Friday January 27, 2017 @ Noon PST (8pm UTC).

Post your thoughts and feedback here!
July 26th, 2016
1st Anniversary Bash Giveaway! 

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is one-year-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!