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).
June 27th
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms 
Posted in Codename News.

VICTORIA, BC - June 27, 2017 - Codename Entertainment is proud to announce Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, the world's first idle clicker game set in the celebrated universe of the Forgotten Realms®. The game is the studio's first licensed video game in partnership with Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms will take the player on an epic quest throughout the fabled Sword Coast. Newcomers to the world of Dungeons & Dragons will learn about their new home through the game. Seasoned fans will have the opportunity to revisit popular storylines and even learn new knowledge as they play.



Force Grey fans will also discover familiar characters in the game at launch. Two of the starting ten Champions are taken from the popular series.

From launch, the game will feature scheduled updates every month, with new campaigns and regular events, including the recently announced Tomb of Annihilation adventure.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms will be available on PC in Q3 2017.

Sign up for the official newsletter for further information at www.IdleChampions.com and add Idle Champions to your Steam wishlist here.
January 15th, 2016
Best Sim/Idle Game, ArmorGames.com 

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, January 15, 2016 – Codename Entertainment announced today that Crusaders of the Lost Idols has been named Best Sim/Idle game for the ArmorGames.com Games of the Year 2015.

The ArmorGames Game of the Year Awards recognizes the very best and brightest in digital entertainment both on browser and mobile from within its portfolio vast library of published games.

“To not only be nominated for an award, but to be chosen to win, is a distinction that goes beyond words. Crusaders of the Lost Idols has been, and continues to be, a passion project for all of us at Codename Entertainment. Thank you to the fans who play Crusaders and thank you to AmorGames for this recognition. We’re both honored and humbled.” said Codename Entertainment CEO Eric Jordan.

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is a top rated Idle/Clicker game that has been played over 10 million times and is available on ArmorGames.com and other platforms. Fans worldwide have come to appreciate the unique formation that are unique to Crusaders in the genre. Players must utilize strategy and learn to master the art of organizing their band into the most powerful formation possible.

Find Crusaders of the Lost Idols on ArmorGames: http://armorgames.com/crusaders-of-the-lost-idols-game/17824

ABOUT CODENAME ENTERTAINMENT: Codename Entertainment was founded in 2008 in Victoria, B.C. by David Whittaker and Justin Stocks. They started making games for Facebook and evolved into making games for platforms like Kongregate.com, ArmorGames, and Steam. In 2015, the company launched Crusaders of the Lost Idols. It was awarded the Idle Game of the Year on Armor Games, is the top rated Idle Game on Kongregate.com, has over 10 million unique plays, and more than 1.1 million hours played per month on Steam.

Codename Entertainment and Crusaders of the Lost Idols are trademarks of Codename Entertainment Inc. All other products named herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
August 18th, 2015
Idle Adventures in BW2 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.


The Commons is playing host to an inter-dimensional traveler and he needs your help!

Since adventuring is what you do, he's looking for your help and the help of four other Bushwhackia citizens to join him as he tests out his machine and leads you all on a merry adventure! The others are a little reluctant to join though, so you need to go out and find things to persuade them to come along! Can you go through the portal before time runs out and grab the reward?

Interested in learning more about the travelers crazy world and the adventures you had when you went through the device? Check out our all-new idle game, Crusaders of the Lost Idols!

To go along with this mini quest, we're having a sale! Pick up a Jeweled Chest Ranch item which awards a random assortment of gold and gems every 20 hours! Plus 150 Bush Bucks and 2 VIP Vouchers, all for only $20!

Talk about the adventure on the forums!

This quest-line will be available until Friday August 21st at Noon PDT!
August 12th, 2015
New Descent into Darkness Campaign 


Today we launch our brand new campaign which takes our Crusaders into the depths of the Bush Whacker universe. Our intrepid heroes are tasked with dungeon raiding to wipe out the hordes of enemies creeping around in the catacombs.

However, the tight spaces mean the team have had to leave behind one of their comrades in order to fit into the musty tunnels. The new diamond formation requires more careful strategy to maximize your DPS.

New Diamond Formation



"Grond! Grond! Grond!"

The first three objectives we've created are dastardly enough, but the final fourth objective will challenge even the best players. The Crusaders must resort to a battering ram to taking down the final objective but, of course, that takes up two valuable spots in the formation. It's going to require the very best formation strategist to complete the entire campaign.

The Grond Battering Ram



Discuss your new formation strategies on the forums!
August 4th, 2015
#1 Idle Game on Kongregate.com 

Victoria, British Columbia, 4 August 2015 - Today, veteran games studio Codename Entertainment announced the global launch of Crusaders of the Lost Idols, the next evolution of idle gaming. The game debuted at number 1 in the Idle Games charts on Kongregate.com - the largest dedicated web gaming site in the world.

Crusaders of the Lost Idols puts players in charge of a band of fighters set in the fantasy world of Bush Whacker 2. Their mission is to form a mighty group of adventurers to take on waves of enemies as they rid the world of evil-doers, bad guys, terrible T-Rex, irritable escargot and Panda Claw. Yes, that’s right, a giant panda with lobster claws.

In a unique twist to the new Idle Games category, Crusaders is the only game to include a unique formation feature. Players must now learn to master the art of organising their band into the most powerful formation possible.

The position of each fighter in relation to his or her companions will have a significant effect their attack strength. Combined with their equipped buffs and upgrades, this unique feature adds deep complexity to the idle genre. Another key feature of the game is the chance to earn the chests filled with rewards. As your heroes clear each level, they'll be matched-up against a boss character. If your Crusaders win, they'll be rewarded with gold, buffs and equipment to level-up their abilities.

Only those players who develop the best combination of formation, characters, buffs and upgrades will survive.

“We’re delighted to enable gamers around the world to play our latest game,” said Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment. “Our beta player feedback was very positive with some players saying they were losing sleep because they were so hooked. We’re looking forward to more players trying Crusaders and also losing sleep because they can’t stop playing.”

Currently the top-rated Idle Game on Kongregate.com, the game is available now:

Crusaders of the Lost Idols on Kongregate:
http://bit.ly/CrusadersOfTheLostIdols

Crusaders of the Lost Idols on Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/lostidols/