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PC Community Event: The aMAZEing Maze

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

This article was written by DanielSound. Want to promote an event of your own? Send an email to josh.isom@trendyent.com!

This week the Dungeon Defenders PC Community Events team brings us a new and exciting challenge, the aMAZEing Maze!

With the desire to bring new enjoyable experiences to the players, the team came up with an event that does not involve crystal defending, but instead finding one hidden crystal in a big maze. Of course the players won’t be alone in that maze, they’ll have to face its resident, minotaurs.

This event was also made with new players in mind. The past few event sagas were of increasing difficulty. While some players appreciate the challenge, other newcomers struggled to complete it. This event was built with that in mind. Players will be able to choose the level of difficulty they would like to face and the enemies will scale accordingly.

The aMAZEing MAZE event will be running from Saturday to Tuesday (5/18 – 5/21). To participate, simply sign-up at the following link.


Trendy Friday Fun: Map Contest 3 Part One

Friday, May 10th, 2013

We’re showing off the first Map Contest entry today on our Trendy Friday Fun livestream. Community mapmaker Nexus will run us through his contest entry, Brookrift Keep.

This three-crystal map opens up dynamically as the match goes on. On waves 5 through 8, you’ll have to defend the Lower Crystal. On waves 9 through 13, you’ll have to protect the Lower and Middle Crystals. On waves 13 through 17, you’ll need to protect the Lower, Middle and Top Crystals.

Nexus created custom textures, materials, sounds and meshes for the map. And just wait until you hear the music. It’s quite epic.

Join @iamisom, @darkpython98 and @laurawantsacow for this special one-hour livestream. The event will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, and we’ll drop Dungeon Defenders II beta codes in the chat.

The last day to enter our Dungeon Defenders Map Contest is June 15, so hurry up! If you are interested but don’t know the rules, you can find them here.


Trendy Friday Fun: The RNG Games

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Join us on Trendy Friday Fun as we showcase this weekend’s Steam community event, The RNG Games! Participants of the event will win the Face of RNG, an exclusive accessory that can only be won in this event. The event takes place on a twisted version of The King’s Game created by community map author Mischief.

If you’d like to sign up for the event, follow the sign-up instructions in this thread.

Broadcasters @iamisom, @darkpython98 and @laurawantsacow will be joined by members of the PC community event team to talk about the event. This special one-hour livestream will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT this Friday. As always, we’ll drop Dungeon Defenders II beta codes in the chat. Be sure to register for a Twitch account and follow the channel for your chance to win!

See you then!


Dungeon Defenders Linux Available on Steam

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


Click the image to grab your Linux Steam copy!

Due to popular demand, the Linux port of Dungeon Defenders is now available on Steam! In a strange and completely unrelated coincidence, Dungeon Defenders and all DLC are 75 percent off on Steam from now until tomorrow. Weird, right?

The Linux port is cross-platform on Steam with the PC and Mac versions of the game. Be sure to pick up the game and let us know what you think!


Trendy Friday Fun: Returnia Shards Part III

Friday, March 8th, 2013

After fighting in the harsh desert heat, you’re left craving the one thing that the dry landscape barely provides — water. Whether it’s a cruel twist of fate, or the work of spiteful Djinns, your journey now takes you into the very depths of the ocean. You are returning to Aquanos, and your demise might be the very element you craved so dearly.

Watch us tackle this twisted map on Trendy Friday Fun. The show starts at 5 p.m. EST. The usual crew (@iamisom, @darkpython98) will be there, minus @laurawantsacow. We last saw her flying off into space in the Alchemical Labs. As we tried to chase her, the Grav-o-tron 3000 roared back to life. We were grounded like helpless, adorable penguins.

Sign up for the Returnia Shards events by Friday, 11:59 p.m. EST in this thread if you would like to participate. These events will be on Open, and you will have to subscribe to the map once it is made available on our Steam Workshop in order to play. The map will be available to download on Friday at 6 p.m. EST right after the stream is over.


Grab Dungeon Defenders Android/PC/Mac/Linux in Humble Bundle with Android 5

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013


Click the banner to grab a Humble Bundle!

Once again, Trendy Entertainment has partnered up with the Humble Bundle team!

Pay more than the average price to get Dungeon Defenders on PC, Mac, Linux and Android. All Dungeon Defenders DLC to date comes with every bundle. (That’s a $50 value!)

Last year, we removed Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave from the Google Play Store due to server hosting costs. The Humble crew contacted us and graciously offered to rehost our old Android game, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave. If you want to always have access to Dungeon Defenders on your Android device, grab a bundle! At the moment, the in-app purchases for Second Wave do not work. Please do not try to purchase mana from the shop.

Also included in the bundle are some amazing mobile games: Super Hexagon, Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2 and NightSky HD. As usual with Humble Bundles, official soundtracks from some of the games (including Dungeon Defenders) are included in the bundle. Listen to the sweet sounds of Aquanos in pristine FLAC format or the ever-dependable MP3 format.

Upon purchasing, you get to choose where your money goes. You can split it between the developers, charity (Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation) and the Humble Bundle team, or you can send it all to one place. The choice is up to you.

Click here to head to the Humble Bundle site to grab a bundle!


Trendy Friday Fun: Valentine’s Day DLC Sneak Peek

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Get ready to break some hearts.

Join us on Twitch this Friday for an exclusive look at our new Valentine’s Day DLC! Watch as @laurawantsacow, @darkpython98 and myself (@iamisom) try to keep these hot-and-bothered mobs from finding true love and from doing that thing that usually comes after that. Senior Gameplay Designer Skott Chatten is joining us to share development insights and to answer your burning questions.

Every 10 minutes, we’re giving away Steam codes for the game and for any piece of DLC to date in the chat. All you need to do is log in to Twitch, follow the channel and say something once every 10 minutes to be entered in the giveaway. It’s that easy.

The show runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Follow the channel to join in the fun the moment we go live!


DunDef Digest 1/10/13

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This weekend marks the anniversary of Dredd’s community events. In honor of such a joyous occasion, we’re donating FIVE unique accessories that you won’t find anywhere else.

In this anniversary event on Steam, players will be defending The Summit. But there’s a twist: Bosses throughout Etheria will be there to crash the party. As players progress through each wave, more and more bosses will appear in larger numbers. Can our Dungeon Defenders community stop these party crashers and save the anniversary, or will our Defenders meet their untimely demise? To sign up for this event, click this link and post your Steam ID, a link to your Steam profile page, the day you’d like to run the event and the time you’d like to run it. Sign-ups close Friday night at 10 p.m. EST, so don’t delay.

In January 2012, Dredd sparked the community-hosted event movement. As our console community events were winding down, Dredd formed a group to carry on the spirit of the events. Enter the 360 Winter Olympics. From a hot lava obstacle course to Squire racing, his events amazed our team and our community. To encourage more participation, we sponsored his events with unique items. Thus, the Sponsored Events were born.

He switched from the 360 to the PC last year. During his time on the PC, he and his team have created The Legend of Selda Events and their current series, the POLYBIUS Doomsday Saga.

Thanks for making our community brighter, Dredd. And thanks to all of our event hosts, both past and present, for all of your hard work. Our community would not be the same without you.

On another note, are you an experienced video editor? Want to help us make amazing videos? We’re looking for a video editing intern! You must have previous experience with video editing and a working knowledge of Adobe After Effects, particularly with compositing overlays onto footage. You do not have to live in the Gainesville, Florida, area, but that would be preferred. If you are interested, please send an email to josh.isom@trendyent.com with the title “Video Editing Intern Application.” Include your name, age and video editing software experience. Samples are not required, but they are appreciated. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Android fans, I have some bad news to share with you. I sat down with the development team to talk about when Second Wave will be coming back to the Google Play Store. I’ve been informed that Second Wave will not be coming back to the store. Our previous hosting arrangement for the game expired, which is why the game went down from the store. To modify the code to use Google’s new content hosting features is too costly.

In that same meeting, we discussed what was happening with Shards Part IV and the patch for PSN EU. At the moment, we’re on target to meet a crucial milestone for our next project. We’re not at risk of missing the milestone, but we need all hands on deck to ensure the ship is steady. That means that, for the time being, the DLC and patch for PSN EU will be postponed until after we hit our milestone. As all of that is under wraps at the moment, we are unable to share a date on when these items will release at this time.

I understand this was not the news you wanted to hear. This is not the kind of news I enjoy sharing. I wish things were different.

Creations of the Week

Here are this week’s Dungeon Defenders Steam code winners! Winners, we’ll be in touch. Want to win a Dungeon Defenders Steam code of your choice? Send your amazing videos, screenshots, fan art and other Dungeon Defenders creations to contest@trendyent.com. Each week, we’ll choose five lucky winners and display them here in our Digest.


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Previously on Dungeon Defenders

Trendy Friday Fun: Back in the Saddle — Trendy Friday Fun is back! Join @iamisom and @laurawantsacow as we play Dungeon Defenders live!

As we end this week’s Digest, I’d like to take the moment to announce a few community team changes and addition. We’ve hired Zack “Artorias” Donovan as our new community coordinator. You may have seen Zack’s posts if you hang around our PC/Mac Tech Support subforum. Zack will be helping us with lost heroes, feedback, tech support and Report a Player. Welcome to the team, Zack.

I will be taking a step back to focus on our future, so you’re going to see less of me around these parts. Laura is kindly and boldly stepping up to the plate. Our website content production will be back to full capacity next week.

Should you need me, you can email me, shoot me a Tweet or talk to me via forum PM.

Until next time,
Hitmonchan



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Trendy Friday Fun: Back in the Saddle

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Trendy Friday Fun is back!

Join @iamisom and @laurawantsacow as we play Dungeon Defenders live! Join our Steam group to play alongside us. Also, we’re giving away Steam codes for the game or for any piece of Dungeon Defenders DLC in our channel chat.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST on our Twitch channel. Please follow the channel, and we hope to see you there!


DunDef Digest 1/2/13

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Like a survivor rising from a fallout shelter, I saw the outside world again.

The sunlight torched my pale skin. Pain, unimaginable pain, coursed through my veins. I fell to my knees and begged the sun demons for mercy.

Then the pain melted away. I rose to my feet without labored breathing or grunting. I was stronger than ever before. I trekked north to Tennessee, where I hiked mountains, walked trails and breathed fresh air for the first time in ages. It was the best of times; it was the best of times.

I’m back in the office now, along with most of our team. A special thank you to Laura for keeping things tidy and orderly while I was gone for the first week. She did a marvelous job.

While I have everyone here, I’d like to direct your attention to the curtain in the room. Behind this velvet cover lies wonder. Mystery. The future of Trendy. Within a few months, the curtain will be drawn. Your eyes will see beauty beyond imagination. You will look upon previous sneak peeks with new understanding.

The curtain could raise at any moment. If you’re vigilant, you’ll know with some advance notice. Maybe a post will appear on our Twitter or Facebook. Maybe a whisper will float like a fallen leaf from a livestream.

Needless to say, you’ll want to be there when the curtain draws.

Our current game isn’t slouching, though. The Steam Holiday sale and the Humble Indie Bundle did wonders for our community numbers. We’re consistently in the Top 25 Most Played Games on Steam with more than 9,000 players at our peak time. We have nearly 40,000 registered users on our official forums. At the time of this post, we have nearly double our currently active forum users than usual. If you’re new to the game, or if you read our forums but don’t normally post, stop by this post and say hi! I’d love to hear from you.

Our fearless leader is out of town at the moment, so if you were hoping for news on Second Wave or PSN EU, there’s nothing new to report at this time.

Interested in Dungeon Defenders merchandise? We want to hear from you! Our Merchandising Manager Alex Polefko put together a survey, and he’d love for you to answer it. It only takes a few minutes of your time. What you say will directly impact what we sell. Please let us know!

Just a few additional things to note. Our Ask Us Anything section is on hiatus as we get things in motion for our reveal. Creations of the Week winners will no longer receive 10 billion mana. Instead, we’ll be offering winners a Steam code for Dungeon Defenders or any piece of DunDef DLC he/she wants. If you win, we’ll add you as a friend on Steam and send you the code via chat.

I know, I know, this Digest is shorter than normal. To make up for it, I’m giving away 10 Dungeon Defenders Steam codes! All you have to do is post a comment on our Digest Discussion thread. To enter, post by Friday at 12 p.m. EST! We’ll announce the winners in the original post of the thread.

Buckle up. 2013 is going to be a big year for Trendy fans.

Until next time,
Hitmonchan



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