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11/22/2021 13:33:11   

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Z-Token Holiday Madness Happening Now:
The weather may be getting colder... but AdventureQuest is heating up with blazing hot Z-Token bonuses and discounts!

Get more Z-Tokens with each Z-Token package, and the larger the Z-Token package you buy, the more bonus Z-Tokens you'll have to spend! Get up to 30% more Z-Tokens and also unlock tons of bonus items with select packages for a limited time.

Poster 1

AQ's massive Z-Token Sale has also begun with all Z-Token items and Golden Giftboxes 50% off! These amazing discounts will only be available until December 8th, so grab them while you can!

Poster 2

Coming This Week - 50k Chaos Hollowborn Sets:
These champions of the Hollowborn have been consumed by Chaos! These Darkness and Energy packages come with the following bonus items:

1 Armor
1 Shield
Melee, Magic, and Ranged Weaponry
4 Player Faces
2 Titles

Grab these chaotic sets while you can as they will only be available until January 9th!

Poster 3

NOTE: These new Chaos Hollowborns, according to Hollow will NOT be clones of the original. Both the Sale AND the Discounts are live as well.

Digi-tagged! -Digital X

< Message edited by Digital X -- 11/22/2021 17:22:12 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 1
11/22/2021 13:48:15   

I got 3 ultra rare giftboxes and 1 rare box in 10 boxes. 0_0

Don't returning sets like Hollowborn usually have different elements? Energy/Dark were last year's elements.

< Message edited by Kurtz96 -- 11/22/2021 13:57:55 >
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 2
11/22/2021 14:02:42   

A couple of questions, and thoughts:

1. Although I posted the subs of the originals, I'm not sure if this will be a clone of the originals, or if we'll get whole new effects. Perhaps the staff can give us a hint here.

2. Going forward, if we get more Hollowborns, are we going to get other variant re-skins or will we get THIS set? IE, will next year give us THIS Hollowborn set, or will we get yet another variant?

3. If we're getting more variants instead of, that is quite worrying as a trend. We could just save a lot of time by not making variants instead of pleasing those very few people who would even care from the start.

4. There are quite a number of sets now available from Ballywhoo. Can we look to get some kind of search option for package shops? The current interface is a little clunky. When you're in a specific Category menu, like for instance Armors, you can go forward, but if you want to go "back" in THAT menu, you have to click more to get you back around to the previous selection. The real "Back" Button takes you out of the flow. There should be a "Main Menu" button that does that instead, and the "Back" button that actually take you back in THAT flow. Not a priority now, but for next year this should be explored as a QoL fix. A search-like menu would also be great too. For things like Doomlight and newer packages which are always added to the back you have to go through quite a lot of menus just to get to the shop.

5. Loving the new events menu. It looks like from the design that we see, that we should be able to fit more than 4 events at a time. Perhaps now would also be the time to think about making the Void F2P for everyone (since we can already access it so frequently from the Events Menu). But that can wait for next year too. Certainly would make things MUCH easier for newer players and/or returning F2P's or just existing players making new accounts.

< Message edited by PD -- 11/22/2021 14:21:53 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 3
11/22/2021 14:22:18   
  The Hollow
AQ Lead

Yes the Z-Token Sale and bonus are both live!

The Chaos Hollowborn are not clones of the previous Hollowborn sets. They may share some similarities being Hollowborn-based sets. You might notice some nice changes to the event page from resident graphics wizard Adama1a! He has been working on our release graphics for over a year now and I really appreciate his keen eye for details!

Great suggestion on the Ballyhoo area! I know that can get a little tough to navigate after so many years, and honestly the entire Ballyhoo shop area needs to be rebuilt. I will add this to our QoL list.
AQ  Post #: 4
11/22/2021 14:34:12   

Think the ones last year had a status effect like flavor and were sort of mage-ish with the attack pattern. Wonder if we're getting a more Warrior focused design this time with those heavy looking swords.

If so, I'm very down.
AQ  Post #: 5
11/22/2021 14:38:44   

I just got the email for the newsletter. Editted the original statement to include the newsletter link.

Thanks for the responses Hollow. It's great to know these things ahead of time. Kudos to Adama1a for his release graphics. I actually though that you (Hollow) did those but now I know to give credit where it's due.

Now that I know these won't be clones of the originals, I'm definitely more interested in seeing what these sets do.

< Message edited by PD -- 11/22/2021 14:51:21 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 6
11/22/2021 20:15:24   

I got 3 URs in my first 10 boxes, followed by 0 URs in my next 150 boxes.

Look, I get that getting back-to-back URs is great, but I'd honestly much rather pay a flat fee for URs. Seriously.
I know this is probably gonna fall on dear ears since I believe it's been suggested before, but having the option to flat out buy w.e you want would be so much better.
-my 2 cents
Post #: 7
11/22/2021 22:09:34   

Wish slots went on sale for once, those add up quickly.
AQ  Post #: 8
11/23/2021 0:31:28   

One other thing Hollow - if it's not too difficult, we should get an account sorter for House Items, Player Faces, and Titles. With the current Black Friday sale, people are probably going to buy some houses and items along with some Z-faces that they normally would not get, but there's a lot of items and thus managing them could be well suited for the account manager.

< Message edited by PD -- 11/23/2021 0:38:55 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 9
11/23/2021 9:01:35   

Is that a revamped Aria?

Also, I guess I should look into some tokens. Haven't bought Z tokens in a while and this is a great time.
AQ AQW  Post #: 10
11/24/2021 17:49:03   

Looks like Hollow posted the DN's, and the info subs are here for the Chaos Hollowborns too. The Account Manager now has both the Chaos Hollowborns AND the original Hollowborns to be purchasable as of this post.

Looks like in a summary, that the Chaos Hollowborns reward you for dodging. You deal damage based on the hits you block, like the Brightslayer Dagger and the recent Titanfall Shield. The items generally support mechanics that make it harder for the opponent to hit you (Blinds, MRM Boost, ect). I'll probably sit on this one for awhile since there's no rush before I make a decision to buy this or not. It's definitely got my interest and I will continue to study it. Maybe someone who wants this set would have more to say or demonstrate.

Now that the set (and pretty much the entirety of this weekly release) has been released, I do wonder what our timeline is going to look like for December. Historically speaking it would be 100% Frostval which means we likely won't get Lost Talon Part 3 and War Between Shadows Epilogue until sometime later. But I can be wrong (and have been wrong in the past) and hope that we'll still get our loose ends for this year wrapped up in timely fashion.

Other thing I want to talk about - these sets are certainly nice, but I do wish that these would be all on a more permanent rotation. As people have already noted there's a dearth of gaps that exist and these rare packages contribute to that mess. I do think we ought to be more prudent about these kinds of things. With a few exceptions, there's very little items in game that support the mechanics that these items have. Locking mechanics behind exclusivity gates is very problematic.

< Message edited by PD -- 11/24/2021 18:03:57 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 11
11/24/2021 19:28:41   

Uh, the original were advertised as perma rare. why are they back

Two incredible sets, in Energy and Darkness variants, are being offered as free bonuses when you purchase the 50K Z-Token Package! Both Z-Token Package bonuses will only be available until the end of the year and then gone forever.

< Message edited by Broccoli -- 11/24/2021 20:17:56 >
AQ  Post #: 12
11/24/2021 19:41:56   

These are two completely different sets from the originals.

The ones last year were based on status effects, these are very dodge effect related.

Really good ideas with these and some of my favorites of the packages. Plus the designs are awesome.

AQ  Post #: 13
11/24/2021 21:43:14   


The summer event has concluded. There isn't a pending epilogue, although the ongoing Lost Talon set quests double is a side story to it, as the quest hub says.

As with all recent sagas, War Between Shadows was itself a thread closer. Specifically, it had the scope of concluding Erebus's arc and resolving conflicts directly pertaining to the character. Other related story threads that had been tangled into Erebus's story during Hall of Monuments and adjacent plots will be concluded in their own releases, rather than abridged into smaller features of another saga.

In short, the saga itself was the loose end closer, rather than saving its resolution for an epilogue. It also served to further the setup of future conclusions.
Post #: 14
11/24/2021 23:24:25   

Interesting that this year's token package is a kiting-themed build! It's been nice seeing offensive dodge builds getting love lately, even if it doesn't particularly fit with any of my current characters.
AQ  Post #: 15
11/25/2021 11:36:36   


These are two completely different sets from the originals.

The ones last year were based on status effects, these are very dodge effect related.

Last years Hollowborn set is also available to purchase now.
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 16
11/26/2021 0:39:05   

So if you're looking for budget House Guards, a subtle reminder that as of today (26 Nov 2021 server time) you can get the Shadow:

Roc - 740 Tokens
Minotaur - 735 Tokens
Naga Baba Yaga - 730 Tokens
Hydra - 725 Tokens

Or 2900 Tokens for the Quartet.

On Tuesday server time (30 Nov 2021), Gauntlet 2 will be enabled. I ought to suspect that Guantlet's rewards too will get the 50% Discount.

Also worth noting in this same post that several other already discounted items, like:

White Knight Z
Terror Set
Peta Dragon Buster

Aren't eligible for the discount. I don't have the comprehensive list but someone ought to have it somewhere.

< Message edited by PD -- 11/26/2021 0:43:52 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 17
11/26/2021 4:53:54   

So WKZ was always 2080 at level 150?
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 18
11/26/2021 5:13:27   
  The Hollow
AQ Lead

The Hollowborn sets were not meant to be rereleased and they have been removed!
AQ  Post #: 19
11/26/2021 10:50:11   

The discounted items are actually further discounted. The Terror Set items and Peta Dragon Buster all cost 1,485 Z-tokens, 1/4 the normal price of an MC'd level 143 Z-token item.
Post #: 20
11/26/2021 11:47:59   


The Hollowborn sets were not meant to be rereleased and they have been removed!

Oops. I already bought it lol.
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 21
11/26/2021 16:12:19   

@Robyn Joanne: Checking again, it looks like you're right that those items get a discount from the discount. However it does seem there are still certain items that don't qualify like WKZ. So in that vein Kaizoku, it (WKZ) usually is 2080 tokens.


The Hollowborn sets were not meant to be rereleased and they have been removed!

I actually wish you didn't do that. The "gone forever" thing is extremely harmful for the health of the game long term. The capitulation was far too quick, and only emboldens those peoples to gatekeep more when at this stage and time, it is the last thing anyone needs or wants. To be honest, I'm not sure how much this even matters until someone brings it up. If nobody mentioned it that it was gone forever, nobody would really have had a problem with it coming back. And not to mention all the people who just got the set by taking advantage of this oversight, versus the people who didn't. Now what?

< Message edited by PD -- 11/26/2021 18:53:12 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 22
11/26/2021 18:19:29   
Heroes of the Scape


The Hollowborn sets were not meant to be rereleased and they have been removed!

Darn, I was going to get the original Hollowborn items today. I saw them available again and thought it was awesome. Oh well, I guess I should have bought them when I saw them.
AQ  Post #: 23
11/28/2021 8:42:30   

would anybody agree that the revamped protector set is a good pick up during this sale

also, what build best utilizes each piece of the gear from the protector set

Thanks guys!


Time is of the Essence--- except for us.

AQ DF  Post #: 24
11/28/2021 15:17:48   
Red Blood

Yeah I asked that question myself just out of wonder myself on discord, and yeah the general feeling on the set is best to look at other options. For a water doge armor you might be better of waiting for the Hare Magician from Grenwog, and Shadowfall to cover Dark for a few non package alternatives. Granted I don't focus on dodge myself so others likely have better insight there, but the Protector pets aren't terrible if you want to just have them for their flavor of damage vulnerability given their gold cost.
AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 25
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