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August 12th
BW2: Dog Days of Summer 2022 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

The residents of the Commons want to close out summer with a blast! That big old event field sits there empty most of the time anyways. Help them build an awesome temporary pool to chill out beside. Once you've completed all three building quests, the residents will come in and there will be 3 turn-in stations where you can bring Towels, Sunscreen and Life Rings to get event tokens for buying this year's custom items!

Nate's New Puppies!

Plus, foster an adorable puppy for Nate. It seems he's accidentally ordered too many dogs (again!!) and needs your help to look after them temporarily. Choose one of the 3 to help him out! Once you equip your dog, Nate has some daily quests for you to do to keep the ball of energy that is your puppy occupied. Love the look of the dog? Permanently adopt it with a simple purchase! You can choose between the Raiju Puppy, Aralez Puppy, and Qiqirn!


Puppy and Person Training

A professional dog trainer will help train your puppy AND you! As dog owners need to know how to care for their puppy.

Puppy Mill Protest

Miss Marbles is rooting out awful puppy mills this event, and could use your assistance!

Race Track

Check out the Companion Racing Track once it becomes available, and you'll be able to bet on pet races! You can only win the prizes once per day though.

The Next Race Track Champion

Later on in the event, you'll need to help an NPC train their unlikely companion to participate in the race!

New for 2022

If you can complete the event, you'll earn the Dog Days Flower Box!


Wally's Custom Trinket

You can also look forward to a 8th upgrade to the trinket Wally has made for you! With some more glitter, he can improve it from Ritzy to Magnificent, which is 3-ish% more effective!

Achievements

-- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
There are 19 possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2022 event:

Returning Achievements

Pool Digger - Build the Pool for the Dog Days event.
Safety First! - Help at each pool-side station during the event.
Safety to the Max! - Help at each pool station 50 times - must first complete "Safety First!"
Doggy Daycare - Complete all the doggy dailies.
Man's Best Friend- Level your doggy pet up to level 10.
Training Day - Complete all the puppy training quests.
Dog Days Race Track - Successfully win 5 bets on the Companion Race Track.
Pro Racer Assesser - Buy all the racer assessment upgrades for the Companion Race Track.
The Plodding Blob - Help Shayla Sharker train her blobfish for the Companion Race Track.

New Achievements


Sunshine Keepsakes - Purchase all the custom items for 2022*
Cats Teaching Dogs - Help School Cat complete her thesis

Retired Achievements

We have the following achievements from previous years, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present/didn't earn it during the initial year:
Dog Days Sale - Buy all the custom items and pool items from 2013
Dog Days Outlet - Buy all the custom items for 2014
Summer Supplies - Purchase all the custom items for 2015
Summer Souvenirs - Purchase all the custom items for 2016
Pool Party Procurer - Purchase all the custom items for 2017
Good Dog Goods - Purchase all the custom items for 2018
Dog Toy Takehomes - Purchase all the custom items for 2019
Doggie Dabbler - Purchase all the custom items for 2020
Pool Procurer - Purchase all the custom items for 2021

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

Mount Packs

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from August 14th to 17th!

The Xolotl mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Cursed Xolotl and Ethereal Xolotl are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!


Get Ready!

Post your celebration plans on the forums!

The event will run until Friday August 26th at Noon PDT.

Check out the Release Notes here!
August 5th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Voronika 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Achieving any goal while trapped in the mists of Ravenloft can be exceptionally difficult. But our next Champion has the cunning to get what she wants, even when Darklords and death stand in her way!

Voronika has wandered the mists as a ghost, traveled the domains of dread imbued into a sword, and taken over the land of her youth. Now she joins her fellow Black Dice Society companions in the Idle Champions roster during Ahghairon's Day 5.

I. Voronika

Dungeons & Dragons Voronika Key Art
    This young Eladrin woman was raised to be the Queen of Koshmarr. What was meant to be an idyllic life took a dark turn when she was killed on the night of her wedding. But Voronika didn't let death stop her, even as she was pulled into the machinations of greater powers. Using her excellent intelligence and observational skills, as well as a lot of cunning and manipulation, she used the crown of the Raven Queen to defeat Zybilna and cause the fall of Prismeer. This action drew the mists to Voronika, and she became the new Darklord of her domain of Koshmarr.


Voronika is a Support Champion that allies with evil Champions and members of the Black Dice Society. With help from her Inner Circle Champion, she ultimately must complete three goals to claim the Crown of the Raven Queen and transform into a Darklord. Once unlocked, you can swap this Eladrin Druid with Bruenor in slot 1.

II. Voronika's Stats

Race: Eladrin Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Class: Druid Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 31
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 10 DEX: 18 CON: 18
INT: 12 WIS: 23 CHA: 17

Role: Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra, Zariel
Slot: 1 (Bruenor)


Dungeons & Dragons Voronika

III. Voronika's Design

We were thrilled to have Vee Mus'e join Codename Entertainment as our Partner & Talent Manager, and then to continue that work creating her character in Idle Champions! She has a notable presence in the D&D community as a professional Dungeon Master, writer, player, and mini painter, showing off her skills on our Twitch channel every Friday on Paint and Slay! Her YouTube channel has a wealth of resources, instructional videos, and advice for anyone wishing to learn more about crafting and mini painting, and you can enjoy her D&D performances on a multitude of shows, including The Black Dice Socity.

Voronika's goal is to find the Crown of the Raven Queen, which will enable her to transform into her incredibly powerful Darklord form. To do this, she chooses one Champion to join her Inner Circle. Her Search for the Crown requires her to reach a high enough level, defeat many monsters while her Inner Circle Champion is part of the formation, and use enough Ultimates from any Champion. When her goals are complete and she acquires the crown, she becomes the Darklord of Koshmarr, increasing the damage of her Produce Flame, and unlocking her Horrifying Visage Ultimate attack!

While she may be focused on her personal goals, Voronika also aids the formation with some Calculating Guidance, increasing the damage of all evil Champions and Black Dice Society members in the column in front of her. The more Ultimate attacks that are used, the stronger her Calculating Guidance becomes as the formation demonstrates their Ultimate Power. Her ghostly form reminds anyone who has effects that care about dead Champions that she was Wed, then Undead.

All of this requires Voronika to select one Champion to become her focus. Her first Specialization offers three potential Inner Circle Champions to choose from, and once that Champion is picked they gain entry into the Black Dice Society. Voronika then uses her second Specialization to decide if she wants to Assist the Puppet and boost that Champion's power, or Dispose of the Fool and help others as she sends her chosen Champion away.

IV. Voronika's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Produce Flame - Voronika creates a flame in her hand which she fires at a random enemy. If Voronika has achieved her Darklord form, the target is lit on fire and takes 1 second of BUD damage every second for 5 seconds.

Formation Abilities

  • Wed, then Undead - After being killed on her wedding night, Voronika became a ghost. Voronika counts as "dead" for the purposes of effects that care about dead Champions, but "alive" for all other purposes. She still counts as "dead" even after reaching her Darklord form. She can be attacked like normal and she can be "killed", at which point she stops granting all effects like any dead Champion would.
  • Calculating Guidance - Voronika increases the damage of all Champions in one column in front of her by +100% for each Champion in the formation that is either a member of the Black Dice Society or Evil. This stacks additively until Voronika completes her Search for the Crown, when it changes to stack multiplicably.
  • Search for the Crown - Voronika's search for the Crown of Raven Queen requires her to complete 3 goals. When Voronika completes all 3 goals, she acquires the crown, transforms into her Darklord Form, unlocks her ultimate attack, and improves her base attack.
  • Ultimate Power - Voronika increases the effect of Calculating Guidance by +10% for each use of an Ultimate while she is in the formation, stacking additively and applied multiplicably. Caps at 1,000,000 stacks. These stacks persist until reset.

Specializations

Voronika's first specialization dynamically displays 3 potential Champions. The Champion chosen becomes a member of Voronika's Inner Circle.
  • Inner Circle - Voronika chooses a Champion to be her Inner Circle champion. They gain the Black Dice Society affiliation membership if they don't already have it. Voronika displays herself if there aren't enough choices.
Voronika's second specialization offers benefits depending on if the Inner Circle Champion is kept in the formation, or removed.
  • Assist the Puppet - Voronika's Inner Circle Champion gets an increase depending on the Champions roles. Champions with multiple roles get all the benefits. Support will increase the effects of the Champion's positional formation abilities, DPS will have Calculating Guidance applied to them at all times, and applies twice if they're in the correct column, and Tanking Champions will have their overwhelm value increased by 10.
  • Dispose of the Fool - After Voronika has achieved her Darklord form, she increases the effect of Calculating Guidance by +100% while her Inner Circle Champion is not part of the formation.

Ultimate Ability

  • Horrifying Visage - Voronika moves in front of the party, magically pushing back all monsters a short distance. All enemies take ultimate damage, and then all surviving enemies deal 90% less damage for 30 seconds. In addition, the boss/enemy enrage timer fills 200% slower for 30 seconds.

V. Voronika's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Calculating Guidance
Slot 4: Ultimate Power
Slot 5: Ultimate Attack Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

Will you help Voronika on her quest for the crown? She offers many enticing rewards for Black Dice Society members, and the whole formation, if you do! Let us know on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord if you enjoyed aiding in the creation of a Darklord!

August 3rd
Idle Champions: August 3rd 2022 Adventure Variants & A Familiar Quest 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time to challenge your formation skills in these 10 new adventure variants! But don't worry, escorts drawn from our livestream show A Familiar Quest, Champions from previous years, and an updated Vi will be right there to help.

A Familiar Quest Series Two

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions A Familiar Quest S2 The second series of A Familiar Quest returns to Mondays at 5pm Pacific starting August 15th! In this next round of episodes, LaTia Jacquise takes over the DM seat, with players Emme Montgomery, Michelle Nguyen Bradley, Gabe Hicks, and Eugenio Vargas! The cast will also be joined by additional guest players, like Hope LaVelle as Dottie! New familiars are joining some of the previous familiars, who now have a new look. Make sure you watch the show to see what adventures they will all experience!

Starting on August 8th you can purchase A Familiar Quest Series Two familiars in Idle Champions, so they can help you in your adventures! They'll be available individually, or you can pick up the Series Two Bundle Pack for a discount and have the whole set! Check the in-game store for all the details.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions A Familiar Quest S2 Bundle Pack

Adventure Variants

We've added 10 new adventure variants to our game, 2 in each campaign! Evergreen Champions and A Familiar Quest friends are ready to help you complete these new and dangerous missions.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Adventure Variants

  • Orcs are Wild Variant 3: A Familiar Friend
  • Aid an Orc in taking back control of his tribe with a familiar friend, Moogin the Swarm of Quippers!
    • Only Champions next to Moogin can deal damage with normal attacks. This does not affect Ultimate attacks.
    • Enemies have +4000% health, but take an additional 10% damage each time they take damage
    • Complete area 375.

  • The Sunless Citadel Variant 3: Evergreens with an Evergreen
  • Split the party and follow the trail of goblins with a coniferous companion.
    • Only Evergreen Champions can be used on this adventure.
    • An Evergreen Treant joins the formation. They're so big they take up three spots in your formation and throw giant rocks at the enemies dealing 1 second of BUD damage per hit.
    • Complete area 375.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Adventure Variants

  • Waterdeep Under Siege Variant 3: In The Beginning
  • Race the Xanathar to the Vault of Dragons with Champions from Year One.
    • Only Event Champions from Year One can be used.
    • Complete area 325.

  • Vault of Dragons Variant 3: Vault of Cuteness
  • Stop the Xanathar from raiding the Vault of Dragons while being overwhelmed by cuteness.
    • Marvel the Imp joins the formation. Champions next to Marvel have their normal attack cooldown increased by 5 seconds due to the cuteness overload.
    • 1-2 adorably cute enemies from The Sketching Hour with 5 armored hit points each join in with each wave. They don't drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress.
    • Complete area 350.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus Variants

Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus Adventure Variants

  • A Tale of Two Cities Variant 3: A Tale of Two Years
  • Head south to confront the evil growing there using Champions from Year Two.
    • Only Event Champions from Year Two can be used.
    • Complete area 350.

  • The Dead Three Variant 3: Sneak Attack
  • neak through the streets of Baldur's Gate and survive its seedy underbelly.
    • Pest the Gremishka joins the formation
    • You can't use Champions with the speed role.
    • When you enter a new area, the area requirements are reduced by 5% for each Champion with a Dexterity score of 15 or higher.
    • Complete area 375.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Adventure Variants

  • The Giant's Bane Tavern Variant 3: Power of Three
  • Enter Icewind Dale with Champions from Year Three.
    • Only Event Champions from Year Three can be used.
    • Complete area 300.

  • The Everlasting Rime Variant 3: Only Human
  • Continue to Ten-Towns with a human Champion of OUR choice.
    • A random Human Champion is immediately unlocked, added to the formation, and can't be removed.
    • Other Human Champions cannot be used.
    • In each area, enemies move 2% faster and deal 4% more damage
    • Complete area 325.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Wild Beyond the Witchlight Variants

The Wild Beyond the Witchlight Adventure Variants

  • The Witchlight Carnival Variant 3: A Familiar Behind Us
  • Uncover the mysteries of the Witchlight Carnival with your most charismatic Champions.
    • Gale the Miniature Giant Seahorse joins the formation. Champions next to Gale have their normal attack cooldown decreased by 1 second for each familiar assigned to click enemies.
    • Champions' normal attack cooldown is increased by 5 seconds.
    • Only Champions with a Charisma of 16 or higher may be used.
    • Complete area 350.

  • Thieves of the Coven Variant 3: Go Fourth
  • Dive deeper into the mysteries of the Witchlight Carnival with Champions from Year Four.
    • Only Event Champions from Year Four can be used.
    • Complete area 400.


Update to Vi

Vi - Vi receives a small buff during our Spring Balance Update, and now we've had a chance to update a few more of her abilities:
  • Vi should always finish her current attack before switching to her "Bored Now" attack (so that Catch and Release has a chance to trigger).
  • When changing areas, Vi's Baubles is destroyed and the bonus gold is immediately collected.
  • The gold bonus of Vi's Bauble remains even if she is benched.
See the in-game Change Log for more information!
July 15th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Valentine 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's a constant struggle to keep control over your own life and destiny when traversing the Domains of Dread. But our next Champion is determined to be in charge no matter who, or what, stands in her way.

Valentine was altered and reanimated after her horrific murder, and while this second chance comes with a heavy price, she's determined to use the power it provides to her own benefit. She joins her companions in The Black Dice Society in the Idle Champions roster during Midsummer 5.

I. Valentine

Dungeons & Dragons Valentine Key Art
    Valentine was once a social butterfly, nightlife connoisseur, and princess of a shady family business until her life ended in sudden tragedy. Through the mysterious will of Bluetspur, Valentine was given a second chance at life, though no miracle comes without consequence. Now she wanders the domains of dread with her companion Tatyana, in search of purpose and power.


Valentine is a Support and Gold Find Champion who takes hold of any incoming positional formation abilities, and uses her telepathic powers to broadcast and boost them, making those abilities more deadly! When you want to add her to your formation, you can swap her with Calliope in slot 5.

II. Valentine's Stats

Race: Reborn Half-Elf Alignment: True Neutral
Class: Sorcerer Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 22
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 9 DEX: 13 CON: 14
INT: 12 WIS: 13 CHA: 17

Role: Support, Gold Find
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra, Strahd (via Feat), Zariel (via Feat)
Slot: 5 (Calliope)


Dungeons & Dragons Valentine

III. Valentine's Design

Host, writer, producer, and TTRPG performer Saige Ryan has extensive experience creating content in a huge variety of spaces! We were excited to work with her and bring her Champion to life! Idle Champions fans will know her best as the creator of Valentine from The Black Dice Society, but she also plays characters in several shows on Pixel Circus, and can be found enjoying gaming and pop culture content on Smosh Games as well as her own Twitch channel.

The most deadly weapon Valentine has is her mind, and she uses her telepathic abilities to boost the deadliness of the formation. The more positional formation abilities that she is affected by, the more powerful she can make the rest of the formation! She can use Tregrum, the aberrant spirit in her brain, to harness that power and turn it into a damage boost for DPS Champions. As a Socialite she'll also share or boost those formation abilities with those damage dealers! And as she enjoys A Life of Leisure Valentine will also turn those abilities into an increase in gold find.

Valentine can focus on damage, gold, or her friendship with her fellow Black Dice Society member Tatyana. When All Hail the God Brain, Tregrum further boosts the damage of DPS Champions. If Tatyana is being My Loyal Bodyguard and making sure that Valentine is affected by her Faithful Friend ability, Valentine will return the favor and boost its effect! But if what matters most is gold find, the Family Business will increase that power substantially! When helping her friends isn't enough, Valentine will take damage into her own hands and summon the Arms of Hadar! She'll move to the closest enemy while inky black tentacles erupt out of her body, causing massive damage to all enemies in a huge area all while they are grappled and stunned!

IV. Valentine's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Mind Sliver - Valentine attacks a random enemy with a mental magic attack for one hit, and enemies have a 50% chance that they are stunned for 2 seconds.

Formation Abilities

  • Tregrum - The aberrant spirit in Valentine's brain telepathically reaches out to the other Champions in the formation. For each positional formation ability affecting Valentine, she increases the damage of all Champions with the DPS role by +100%, stacking multiplicably.
  • Socialite - Valentine duplicates any positional formation abilities that are affecting her to Champions in the formation with the DPS role. If the receiving Champion already has the formation ability, the formation ability is instead boosted by +50%.
  • A Life of Leisure - Valentine increases the formation's gold find by +100% for each positional formation ability affecting her, stacking multiplicably.

Specializations

  • All Hail the God Brain - Tregrum's pre-stack damage increase is increased by +25%.
  • My Loyal Bodyguard - If Valentine is affected by Tatyana's Faithful Friend ability, its effect is increased by +200%.
  • Family Business - A Life of Leisure's total gold find is increased by +200%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Arms of Hadar - Valentine moves up near the closest enemy and inky black tentacles erupt from her eyes, mouth, and hands to attack nearby enemies. Enemies in the area take massive damage, and are grappled by tentacles for 4-8 seconds. While grappled, the enemies are stunned and take +1000% damage from all sources.

V. Valentine's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Tregrum
Slot 3: Socialite
Slot 4: A Life of Leisure
Slot 5: Ultimate Attack Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

Valentine might be cold and calculated, but we are very excited for her to join Idle Champions, and hope you give her a warm welcome into your formation! Let us know how much you're enjoying the growing Black Dice Society roster on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

July 13th
Idle Champions: Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Part 6 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Skabatha may have thwarted our plans, but we can still save the children, recover the unicorn horn, and start on our path to Yon!

This week's update to the Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign brings two new adventures and adventure variants, so it's time to dive back into the Feywild!

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Wild Beyond the Witchlight Adventures, Will of the Feywild and The Roots of Loomlurch, in order to access these new Adventures.



Best Laid Plans

Face off against Skabatha Nightshade as your heist takes a turn!
  • Variant: Pincushion Party - Face off against Skabatha Nightshade while struggling to heal and under fire by goblins with spears!
    • Additional ranged spear-throwing Goblins appear with each wave and attack a random Champion.
    • Champions don't recover health when moving to a new area, and resurrect at half health when changing areas.
    • Complete area 700

The Howling Peaks of Yon

Enter Yon and learn about the final fractured portion of Prismeer.
  • Adventure Variant: Strength of Character - Enter Yon as your Champions slowly go on vacation.
    • You may only use Champions with a Strength of 13 or higher.
    • After every 100 areas the Champion that has dealt the most damage goes on vacation, being removed from the formation and becomes unavailable for the rest of the adventure.
    • Complete area 750
You can find all this information, and even more details, in game!

We would love to hear about your experiences in the Feywild on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

July 8th
Idle Champions: Summer Spectacular 2022 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our fifth annual Summer Spectacular filled with events, daily rewards, and the excitement of The Black Pits!

Summer Spectacular

Our Fifth Annual Summer Spectacular begins Wednesday July 13th at 12pm Pacific! Log in to Idle Champions for seven days of in-game rewards you will get just for playing the game!

Dungeons & Dragons Summer Spectacular Daily Rewards

Daily Rewards

Every day during the Summer Spectacular you can log in and open a new Summer Chest, but each chest is only available for 24 hours! Every chest contains five awesome items, hand-picked by the team here at Codename Entertainment to help you in your adventures. Once you have claimed at least four daily Summer Chests, you unlock the bonus prize: Gladiator Minsc! This bonus includes an epic new skin for Minsc, a new Feat, and 5 Gold Chests!

Dungeons & Dragons Gladiator Minsc

Twitch Streams

We're celebrating not just in-game, but on our Twitch channel! Our streaming schedule is filled with fantastic shows, some returning favorites, and a very special three-part epic event you won't want to miss! Tune in, enjoy the streams, and pick up a code for Gladiator Tatyana!

Dungeons & Dragons Gladiator Tatyana

Idle Champions Presents: The Black Pits

Dungeons & Dragons The Black Pits Renown entertainer Baeloth Barrityl has convinced, cajoled, and conspired to get many of his acquaintances to sign up for a stint in the Black Pits of the Underdark. Now that they're under contractual obligation, the Champions must work together as they go through Baeloth's gauntlet of challenges. After all, it's all in good fun, entertainment, and a good cause...right?

Mark Meer takes the Dungeon Master seat for this three-part epic event, featuring players B. Dave Walters, Erin M. Evans, Jim Zub, Becca Scott, Adam Bradford, and Meagan Kenreck! Tune in 9am Pacific on July 13th, 14th, and 15th to our Twitch channel to cheer on your favorite gladiators as they battle for fame and fortune in The Black Pits!

Gem Shop Updates

Dungeons & Dragons Summer Spectacular Gem Shop Update Our Gem Shop has been updated with some exciting new items! Check out the epic armor on Prismeer Nayeli and Mechsuit Nova, or celebrate the Court of the Raven Queen with Shadowfell Orkira, Shadowfell Baeloth, and Shadowfell Shaka!

Find out all the details in-game!
July 8th
BW2: Summer Carnival Event 2022 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Summer Carnival Event 2022

The Carnival has returned to town! Get ready to play some games, help some Bushwhackian residents and win carnival tokens which you can exchange for cool prizes at the Carnival Event Vendor!

The Carnival Games

A staple of any summer carnival or fair, are those devilish carnival games. There are four different games which will unlock over the course of the event and they include "Balloon Popper," "Whack-A-Mole," "Baseball Throw," and "Duck Shoot." Don't worry, there's no skill involved with these games, you play them automatically when you interact with them.

- It costs 4 carnival tickets to play each game, and you can whack those tickets out of the bushes, or purchase them from Timmy in the Event area for Bush Bucks (30 Salvaged Tickets for 30 Bush Bucks)

- You receive Carnival Tokens based on how well you do. Now, we're not saying they're rigged in the Carnival's favour or anything, but you'll definitely want to ask your friends to help you rig these games to help you!

To get started, the Balloon Popper game is unlocked! As well, it seems William needs your help to satisfy his sweet-tooth!

A Teleporter to Somewhere...

The Pandaclaw was wandering around here somewhere....build the teleporter and complete all the quests and get your very own!

The Dunk Tank

The dunk tank returns! Can you dunk all 8 helpless Bushwhackian residents? NPCs you haven't dunked yet will have a yellow exclamation mark above their heads, to let you know you still need to send them plunging into the icy waters of the tank! It'll help them all cool off. Plus, the tank is always in need of cleaning, so try to keep up with Katherine's daily Dunk Tank Cleaning quests!

Clowning Around

Peat Bog, Pete the Carney's brother has some tasks for you to help him put on a show!

Testing Your Power

And how are your Power collection skills? Are you strong enough to win all the bonus prizes? There are 7 strength settings to beat, unlocking as the event goes on as Strong-Whacker Sabine continuously tries to increase the difficulty of her Strong-Whacker Strength Machine Game.

New for 2022

If you can complete the event, you'll earn the Carnival Flower Box!

A new Pandaclaw Skin!

Once you complete the teleporter quest line and capture a Pandaclaw, Taban the Teleporter Engineer will offer to transmogrify your Pandaclaw companions, changing their appearance, with science! There are now FIVE Pandaclaw skins to choose from, each yielding a type of pet DNA.

VIP Rewards!

Active VIP members can claim unique rewards based on their event progress! If you don't have an active membership, you have the entire event to consider becoming one! You can earn and claim these rewards until the end of the event.

And more!

And there's some minor fixes and improvements which you can check out on the Release Notes, which are linked at the bottom of the page!

Achievements

-- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
There are up to TWENTY THREE possible achievements that can be picked up during this Summer Carnival event, depending on your game history.

Returning Achievements

Step Right Up - Win a Prize Token gaming at the Carnival!
We have a Winner - Win 8 Prize Tokens at once at the Carnival.
Carnival Ace - Win 8 Prize Tokens at all 4 Carnival Games.
Gotta Try 'Em All! - Play all four games offered at the Carnival!
Big Time Bonus Buyer - Purchase 10 Bonus Prize Packs from the Carnival!
Sweet Tooth - Help William satisfy his Sweet Tooth. Or not.
Nostalgic Whacker - Repair the teleporter and fulfill your duty…
Dunk-a-Thon! - Dunk all eight unique Carnival Event dunk-ees!
Scuba Dunk - Dunk yourself while wearing a hefty diving helmet. (Helmet is found from fishing in the Windy Crest fishing hole.)
Daredevil Darer - Make Peat Bog risk his life for entertainment 5 extra times. Dunking Devs! - Dunk the four developer Carnival Event dunk-ees!

New Achievements

Amateur Amphitheater - Purchase all the 2022 Carnival Event items.*

Retired Achievements

We have 11 achievements from previous years, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial year:

Carnival Customization - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Carnival
Party at My Place - Buy all 6 house items from the 2012 Carnival!
Carnival Collector - Purchase all of the 2013 Carnival event items.
Carnival Connoisseur - Buy all the 2014 Carnival event items.
Carni-Value! - Purchase all the 2015 Carnival Event items.
Carnival Compulsion - Purchase all the 2016 Carnival Event items.
Cashed Carnival - Purchase all the 2017 Carnival Event items.
Prized Prizes - Purchase all the 2018 Carnival Event items.
Prize Proprietor - Purchase all the 2019 Carnival Event items.
Material Menagerie - Purchase all the 2020 Carnival Event items.
Hippodrome Haggler - Purchase all the 2021 Carnival Event items.


* The Mini Golf Piece is NOT included in the Amateur Amphitheater achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Mount Packs

All new bear mounts are available this weekend, from June 8th to 11th!

The Tibetan Bear mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Undead Bear and Circus Bear are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts leave sparkle particles behind when you ride them!



Pet Packs

COMING SOON! Check out this year's carnival pets on the second weekend of the event!


Get Ready!

Post your celebration plans on the forums!

The event will run until Friday July 22nd at Noon PDT!

Check out the Release Notes here!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
    There are two vendors. The one in the tent has this year's items. The other is the one with the party hat and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

  • What contributes to my 100% progress?
    You need 200 plays of any combo of the games to get 100%. Just whack up tickets to play the games, and turn in quests to get tickets as well.

  • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
    It helps you rig the game and improve your chances of getting 8 tokens.

  • 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.

  • Where can I see progress on the Dunking Achievement?
    Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Look for the ones listed above in that list.

June 24th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Nahara 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The mists of Ravenloft are filled with loss, dread, and despair. But some make the choice to fight the darkness with a cheerful disposition and a child-like sense of wonder.

Nahara adventures into the mists on a mission to remember her past, trying to figure out where she has come from and who she was in previous lives. With a proper demeanor and joyful smile, she tries to balance her hopeful vigilance with her dark sense of vengeance. She joins her fellow The Black Dice Society Champions in the Idle Champions roster during Founder's Day 5.

I. Nahara

Dungeons & Dragons Nahara Key Art
    When she fell into the mists of Ravenloft, Nahara was unable to remember anything from her life, or previous lives. All she knows is she's caught in the conflict between her current Patron, Azalin Rex, and his foe Strahd von Zarovich, who has been desperately seeking her out.


Nahara is a DPS and Speed Champion, who permanently grows more powerful as she recovers her lost memories by completing areas and quickly dispatching enemies. When you want to add her to your formation you can swap her with Nayeli in slot 3.

II. Nahara's Stats

Race:Aasimar (Reborn) Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Class: Warlock/Bard Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 27
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 9 DEX: 16 CON: 12
INT: 10 WIS: 13 CHA: 16

Role: DPS, Speed
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra (via Feat), Strahd (via special rule), Zariel (via Feat)
Slot: 3 (Nayeli)


Dungeons & Dragons Nahara

III. Nahara's Design

With an extensive resume of livestreams, Noura Ibrahim is well known to the TTRPG community for a variety of performances and characters. She's brought Nahara to life with her acting and roleplaying skills on The Black Dice Society, as well as with her extensive cosplay talents. It was wonderful to work with her to bring that dedication to creating her Champion into our game!

Nahara may have the beauty and grace of an angel, but she also has the power to back up her dark sense of vengeance and justice. She's quick to Witch Bolt oncoming enemies, and the outcome of her attacks will inspire her To Amuse or Avenge. She gains a Levity stack when she attacks and defeats at least one enemy, but she loses a Levity stack when she attacks and no enemies die. The more stacks she has, the faster the formation will progress by reducing area requirements, and the fewer she has, the more powerful her attacks become! She is keen to recover bits of her lost memories as she asks Who Am I? and the more she remembers the more powerful she becomes. Thankfully she is part of a Strong Society which boosts her damage for every Black Dice Society member who joins her in the formation. Since she is Beloved by Strahd she can easily travel the mists to the Count's side, and can start in all Strahd patron adventures no matter the restrictions.

All of Nahara's Specializations focus on increasing one of her many abilities. If she's anxious to learn more about her past, A Grave Experience will increase the amount she receives from Who Am I? Or she can use A Skilled Lyre to further reduce the area requirements to get through adventures faster. But when Strahd comes calling she can surround herself with her friends, using A Barovian Bond to allow all Black Dice Society members to join her in Strahd Patron variants, as well as increase the power she gains from their support. When the battle becomes fierce, Nahara will manifest an aspect of her patron's terrible power with her Form of Dread. This Ultimate attack greatly boosts her damage and has the chance to leave enemies stunned!

IV. Nahara's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Witch Bolt - Nahara attacks a random enemy and every enemy that she has already hit with this attack.

Formation Abilities

  • Who Am I? - Nahara recovers a bit of her lost memory as she adventures. If Nahara is in the formation when you complete an area for the first time, she gets a +0.2% damage bonus, stacking additively. These bonuses persist through resets.
  • To Amuse or Avenge - When Nahara attacks and defeats at least one enemy, she gains a Levity stack, with a maximum of 30 stacks. When she attacks and doesn't defeat an enemy, she loses a Levity stack. Nahara gets a 10% damage boost for each Levity stack she has below 30, and at the start of each area, she reduces the area requirements by 2% for each Levity stack above 15.
  • Strong Society - Nahara gets a +100% damage bonus for each other Black Dice Society affiliation member in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Beloved by Strahd - Nahara is eligible to start in all Strahd patron adventures, even if variant restrictions would say otherwise.

Specializations

  • A Grave Experience - The Who Am I? counter increments three times for every area cleared.
  • A Barovian Bond - Strong Society gets a +100% increase, and Black Dice Society members can be used if Strahd is currently the Patron, even if they do not qualify for the other variant requirements.
  • A Skilled Lyre - The area reduction in To Amuse or Avenge is increased by 50%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Form of Dread - Nahara takes off into the air and channels the power of her patron Azalin Rex for 15 seconds. Her damage is increased by 1000% while in this form and any enemy she hits has a 50% chance of being stunned for 2 seconds.

V. Nahara's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Self DPS
Slot 3: Who Am I?
Slot 4: Amuse or Avenge
Slot 5: Ultimate Attack Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

We are very excited for Nahara to join Idle Champions, and make it easier to use the Black Dice Society even more often in your Champion roster! If you're enjoying having this avenging angel in your formation, let us know on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 22nd
Idle Champions: Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We must face off against the League of Malevolence, unravel the plans of Skabatha the hag, and save the kids trapped in Loomlurch! Fortunately we have the perfect, carefully laid out plans...written in crayon?

This week's update to the Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign brings two new adventures and adventure variants, as well as the third tier of blessings for the campaign!

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Wild Beyond the Witchlight Adventures, Slack-jawed Lorna and The Fairy Rings of Thither, in order to access these new Adventures.



Will of the Feywild

Face off against the next member of the League of Malevolence while you try to understand Skabatha's plans.
  • Variant: All Damage, All The Time - Warduke is a powerful foe, so we'd better send in the Champions that can do the most damage!
    • You may only use Champions with the DPS role
    • Complete area 600

The Roots of Loomlurch

Follow these carefully laid out plans - is this crayon? - to save the other kids trapped in Loomlurch!
  • Adventure Variant: The Loots of Loomlurch - While we're here, we might as well loot the place, right?
    • You may only use Champions with the Gold Find role.
    • Complete area 650

Witchlight Tier 3 Blessings

With the release of Part 5 of the Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign, the third tier of blessings have also been added to the game:
  • Feytouched - Local: Increase damage of Elves, Gnomes, Half-elves, and Harengon by 50%.
  • Late Bloomers - Local: Increase damage of Champions in bench seats 7-12 by 100%.
  • Brisk Benefactor - Local: Reduce area quest requirements by 4% during patron variants/free plays.
  • A Cut of the Profits - Global: Gold earned from Boss enemies +2500%
You can find all this information, and even more details, in game!

We would love to hear about your experiences in the Feywild on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 10th
BW2: Summer Sports Event 2022 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Summer Sport Fun in the Sun

It's time to help the Bushwhackia Pee-Wee league coaches! They need supplies to help whip their various teams into shape and take home the AAA championship trophies! Whack them up in the bushes, starting with soccer balls and water bottles! Plus, the first coach needs some Jerseys!

Quests

Claire, the clerk from the Town Hall, needs your help to discover information about a local sports Legend! The stages of this quest will unlock throughout the event. If you completed this quest last year or the year before, different quests will replace the original ones, sending you out in the world to find more sporting memorabilia.

It's not just about supplies to keep the kids going: the parents and coaches have quests for you to embark on as well! Look for those interspersed with Claire's quest!

Plus there are Gnomes! Gnomes everywhere! Make a custom sports gnome for your ranch! You can make a Codename Entertainment logo jersey for your avatar to wear! And later on in the event, find some noisemakers to help cheer on those kiddies!

Also, one of the soccer parents needs help reclaiming a whack-ton of special soccer balls from all over Bushwhackia, and Gilmore the golfer has a quest asking you to play a round of mini golf on anyone's course!

Check back daily for all the fun!

New for 2022

If you can complete the event with 100%, you'll earn the Sports Flower Box!



Plus, there are new year 9 AAA trophies to collect! They become available after you've bought all the store items and helped the corresponding teams play a AAA game, and are available for Sports Tokens. The old trophies can be bought from the prior store for Bush Bucks.

Achievements

-- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of 21 possible achievements to earn in the Summer Sports 2022 event.

Returning Achievements

Well-Rounded Coach - Help coach all four sports teams
Semi-Pro Coach - Help a teamget into the AAA league
Championship Coach - Help a team with the AAA championship
Greedy Coach - Help all four times win the AAA championship
Onside Play - Help the coaches and parents with their tasks
The Hidden Legend - Unravel the history of the Common's Sports Legend!
Gaming Gnome - You made your own custom sports gnome!
Bushlympics - You learned about other weird Sports!
Mighty Mick - Help Bo become a Pro Boxer
Bad Betting Buster - Help Bookmaker Bailey stop the illegal sports better
Soccer Ball Savior - Reclaim all the hyper-bounce soccer balls
Course Cruiser - Submit a scorecard for a mini golf course

New Achievements

Locker Room Luggage - Purchase all the 2022 Summer Sports items!*

Retired Achievements

We also have 8 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Equipped to Entertain - Purchase all the 2020 Summer Sports items!
Geared for the Game - Purchase all the 2019 Summer Sports items!
Team Merchandise - Purchase all the 2018 Summer Sports items!
Athletic Acquisitions - Purchase all the 2017 Sport Event items!
Memorabilia - Purchase all the 2016 Sport Event items!
Sporty Shopper - Purchase all the 2015 Sport Event items!
Sports Lover - Purchase all the 2014 Sport Event items!
Sports Fan - Purchase all the 2013 Sport Event items!

*The mini-golf piece is not required for the Locker Room Luggage achievement.

Mount Packs

All new struthio mounts are available this weekend, from June 10th to 13th!

The Struthio mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Radical Struthio and Punk Struthio are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts leave sparkle particles behind when you ride them!



Pet Packs

COMING SOON! Check out this year's Summer Sports pets on the second weekend of the event!


Get Ready!

Post your summer sport plans on the forums!

The event will run until Friday June 24th at Noon PDT!