June 12th
Daydream Believing! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Bush Whackers!

For the next couple days, there will be an air-headed visitor staying in the Commons. If you help them out, you might just get something for it! Be quick though, as they'll only be here until noon on Wednesday, June 16th!

We're also running a cloud themed mount pack from noon today (June 12th) to noon on June 14th! Be sure to check it out!
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!

June 30th, 2016
New Event! Alien Invasion Day 

We didn't see it coming. The reduction in budgets for NASA and space exploration meant that we took our eyes off the cosmos. The result was the aliens were able to sneak into orbit and launch a stealth attack on Earth!

"We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Alien Invasion Day!"


New Crusader! Billy Smithsonian



Your first objective for the brand new Alien Invasion Day event is safely escorting Billy Smithsonian, the leader of the free world to safety. At area 100 a secure bunker awaits the president and his aides.

One plucky, smart-talking Navy pilot has managed to outmanoeuvre the extraterrestrial invaders. His wise-cracking aerial acrobatics enabled him to take down and capture an alien called Kizlyblyp (humans are unable to pronounce his real name without spontaneously haemorrhaging their brain. It's a thing.)

New Crusader! Kizlyblyp



The Crusaders must deliver her to the lab for a plethora of invasive probes as revenge for all the mutilated cows in the American Midwest. Unfortunately, on their way to Area 100, she'll debuff all the Crusaders' DPS by 50%. Once fully probed, Kizlyblyp will be brainwashed and join the Crusaders' fight back.

"It's the White House, for crying out loud. You can't just go up and ring the doorbell."

The remaining three objectives include Protect the Monuments where the Statue of Liberty, CN Tower and Eiffel Tower all take up slots in your formation. Your job is to stop the senseless destruction of these poor defenceless structures in every SciFi movie ever.

New Objective! Save the Monuments



Superior alien technology makes the Crusaders' mission that much harder in the Shields Up objective. An alien tank will randomly appear using its alien shield to protect the other monsters from attack by absorbing all DPS for a short period.

Finally, the Banelings objective sees the invading aliens resort to despicable tactics. Now special banelings will rush your Crusaders and explode on making contact, wiping an entire column. You'll have to keep them at bay to reach area 250.

The Alien Invasion Day event will run until July 12th at Noon PDT.
June 17th, 2016
Weekend Buff! Father's Day 

It's Father's Day weekend and we're celebrating by buffing all the Dad Crusaders from today until Monday, June 20th at Noon PDT.

For the duration of the weekend, five Crusaders will be receiving massive buffs to their abilities. It's going to be a weekend of crushing monsters, earning gold and unending Dad jokes.

Hermit, Khouri, Thalia, Nate, and Groklok all get a limited time buff applied automatically this weekend. Plus, there's a unique chest featuring gear just for those five Crusaders! See all the details below.











March 3rd, 2016
New Event! Hermit's Premature Party 

Hermit is way too excited for St. Patrick's Day. In his permanently inebriated state he has organized a 'knees-up' for himself and the fellow Crusaders in advance of the actual celebration of everything from the Emerald Isle.

Starting today and continuing until March 14, Hermit's premature party is a rolling booze-up of epic proportions taking place in a party house, street parade, obligatory Irish pub, and ending in Blurry Drunk Land. It's a real place; we've been there. Plus it's all happening just in time to recover before the real St. Patrick's Day a few days later.

Larry the Leprechaun



Parties are about meeting new people, and Hermit's shindig is no exception. Two new Crusaders are coming along for the ride and successfully completing their objectives will recruit them to your ranks.

Larry the Leprechaun loves gold. He has a big pot of it stashed somewhere, after all. His abilities include various ways to increase your gold generation. When he reaches Level 100, for instance, he'll increase all the gold found by a hearty 25%!

Kyle the Party Bro



The other newcomer is Kyle the Party-Bro. He's the kind of wingman you need at your side at any party. He combines his tremendous ability to consume alcohol with still being able to get his friends into a taxi and safely home at the end of the night. His technique of clearing the way of party-pooping monsters reaches it's peak at level 150 when he increases the DPS of all his fellow Crusaders by 20%.

New Objective Parade Route



Once you've recruited the two new Crusaders there are three additional objectives to play. Parade Route requires 500 idols and two floats take up four of your formation slots. Beer Before Liquor requires 1,000 idols and involves deadly pink elephants out to crush you in your stupor. The final new objective Four Leaf Clover restricts you to only four Crusaders (can you see what we did there?) at any one time and requires 1,500 idols to start.
February 12th, 2016
New Valentine's Event! Merci's Mix-Up 

It's Valentines Day for Merci, but being a Mad Wizard can be a lonely life. Merci's decided to mend his loneliness in the only way he knows how: by mixing up a fix-all love potion! Unfortunately, while preparing his concoction he swiped left instead of right. The resulting concatenation of amorous ardour and wayward magic opened a portal to Super Love Land and beyond.

Just like your real life preparation for Valentine's Day, your mission is to complete five new objectives by using the new Heart formation and slaying legions of monsters. We're pretty sure that's how it works, right?

Rocky the Rockstar



Fittingly for the ultimate celebration of romance, we have two new Crusaders for you to entice and add to your roster. Rocky, the Rockstar, is a swirling ball of testosterone, whose raw sexual power is tempered only by his genuine charm. The Juliet to this Romeo is the second new Crusader, Sally the Succubus, the winsome demon who leaves an army of admirers in her wake.

Rocky's talents include boosting his DPS by having female Crusaders around him, starting at 25% and increasing up to a deafening 250% per lady with his normal Epic equipment, and even further to 350% with his Golden Epic.

Sally includes the ability increase her own DPS up to a maximum of +300%. However, beware of putting female Crusaders next to her as it'll reduce her DPS by 25% per fellow lady. However, her other skill boosts all female Crusaders' DPS by 20%. Can you find the perfect spot for her in your formation?

Sally, the Succubus



We also have three additional objectives. Broken Hearted requires 500 idols to play and sees the love-lorn Crusaders heart formation split in two with the three middle slots taken up by a crack.

Backstage Pass requires 1,000 idols and only allows you to choose Rocky and female Crusaders. Furthermore, two slots are taken up with Rocky's band equipment.

The final event objective, Dangerous Allure only allows your to choose Sally the Succubus and male Crusaders and requires 1,500 idols to play. In a unique twist, the slots in the formation will steadily be taken over by zombies the further you progress!

New Objective: Backstage Pass



Continuing our tradition of recognizing some of our more famous fans, this event we're honoring regular streamer, Tedessence. Ted has been with us almost since launch and has been producing a constant stream of Let's Play videos on Twitch which you can check out here.



Tedessence


You'll be able to find his avatar as a boss monster in the Valentine's Day event. Pass on our love for him by smiting him down in Crusaders' fashion.

Merci's Mix-Up event will run until February 23rd to give you plenty of time to woo those objectives into submission.
January 6th, 2015
Shards of Titan Gingerbread House 

Over the holiday season, my daughter and I (Eric) made a gingerbread house version of the Shards of Titan Town Hall. We looked at all of the stages of the Town Hall and we thought it would be best to tackle the level 5 version. Still, it was a lot of work! In total, we spent about 4 days planning, baking, assembling and decorating the Town Hall.


What Should It Look Like?

First thing was get a reference screenshot of the level 5 Town Hall from the game. We thought about maybe doing the final stage of the Town Hall, but we weren't sure how to go about making the round tower. And we figured that the level 5 stage was ambitious enough!


Planning the Gingerbread House

Once we had a reference image, we mocked up the final gingerbread house in a light cardboard. We did the Town Hall in 25mm scale. Not only did this allow us lots of room to make a great looking gingerbread house, but it also meant that it works with my D&D figures. You can see two test figures in this picture.


So Many Pieces!

Next I made a template for every piece of gingerbread that we would need. Normally, I wouldn't make doubles of pieces that are the same size. However, this is the most complicated gingerbread house that I have made and making a individual template for every single piece of gingerbread that we needed seemed like the best approach. Having already done this once for the scale model, my daughter was now tired of cutting out templates and so I was left on my own to complete this step.


Lots of Tasty Gingerbread

At this point, all of the gingerbread has been made, cut to size, scored (for the wall sections) and baked. In total, we used 28 cups of flour to make all of the gingerbread for the Town Hall. We had quadrupled the recipe from our old "Joy of Cooking" cook book. Sadly, we quickly saw that we wouldn't have enough gingerbread and so we made another quadruple amount of gingerbread.


The Team

Here is the team hard at work putting the building together. My youngest son helped a little. However, my daughter worked with me the whole time.


Ready for Decoration...

It took lots of royal icing to glue everything together. However, is really sturdy.


Candy, Candy and More Candy!

We used crushed purple hard candies as shard crystals. It turns out that our local candy store was closed for the holidays, so we had to go all over town to find hard purple candies. I would have never thought that they would be so hard to find!


Decoration In Process

We had most of the town hall decorated by this point. I wasn't sure how we would come up with something for the windows, but we ended up cutting Airhead candies to the right size.


All Done and Ready to Eat!

Here it is this morning... at the office and ready to eat!


The Main Entrance

The view for visitors to the Town Hall.


Visitor at the Main Door

A shady visitor wishes to visit.


Wishing Well

Here is the well (Smarties) where you can make a wish (or perhaps fish too!).


Shard Quarry

What town would be complete without a shard quarry? Candy rocks and little bits of shard crystals with a few guards. A miner is ready to start digging.


Stealing from the Town Hall!

While there are lots of guards at the front of the Town Hall, two thieves (who happen to be identical twins) are sneaking out of the back.


Remains After Destruction

Folks have eaten and this is all that is left now.