As I’m writing this, I’m wrapped up in a blanket cocoon with a bag of cough drops and a 32 oz. Gatorade at the ready. Nature couldn’t have picked a worst time to smite me with the sick bug. But there’s no time for rest when there’s so much to talk about! (Also, I can’t sleep when I’m sick, but that’s beside the point.)
Before we jump in to the DunDef-specific news, we’d like to welcome a familiar face to the Trendy family. You may have seen him kindly helping strangers out in the PC Tech Support forum. It gives us great pleasure to welcome IceArrow to the Trendy team! Ice will be our new tech support guru and all around bad mamba-jamba.
Also, a few of our forum moderators are stepping down and passing the torch to fresh blood. We’d like to give a very special thanks to Naed.draagur, Jetah and KanibalKittN for all of their hard work. Taking up the mantle of forum defenders are Alhanalem, Immortal D and Dredd, who have already shown tact and kindness in their new roles. Keep up the great work!
Love is in the Air
For all of you love-struck Defenders, the Etherian Festival of Love is now available to download! Play matchmaker for the appropriate “boy” and “girl” goblins, and then rise up to defeat Mega Cupid!
Of course, we wouldn’t leave your matchmaking efforts unrewarded. The V-Day DLC brings new skins and a lovable new pet to the mix. My personal favorite? The Squire’s new skin — a full suit of armor. No more running around like the King of No Pants!
The Etherian Festival of Love will be free for another two weeks. If you’re having trouble beating the map, head on over to the Sky O’ Love thread, where our best and brightest have gathered to share their tips and strategies.
V-Day Card Contest Winners
Last week, we asked you to create an awesome Valentine’s Day card. The first-place winner of our V-Day Card contest is … Thomas Mortensen! Thomas went above and beyond the call to make an animated V-Day card using the DDDK!
For your effort, we’ll be sending you a signed Dungeon Defenders art print, a Steam copy of the game and all of the DLC to date!
And now for our second- to fifth-place runners-up! These fine men and women will receive the game and all DLC to date!
Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who submitted an entry.
Eternia Shards Part I is out now for EU PSN
You read that right. The first part of the Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards is finally out on EU PSN! And because of the delay, we’ve partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to bring it to you for the low, low price of free! Woohoo!
A Word from the Beta Team
Starting this week, we’re going to designate a part of our Digest to the beta team. You’ll get to hear straight from the horse’s mouth on beta progress and help contribute by participating in weekly discussions!
Take it away, gang!
The beta team is still growing, we’ve gotten our PC team pretty much filled out, and are still open for Mac applicants. (If you didn’t know, we’ve added a post to the forums for recruiting and suggestions on specific topics.)
Our new suggestion topic will be posted each week within the digest. If you’ve got constructive suggestions you’d like to share, you can PM our “Official Beta Test Group” account, we’ll read it, post it on our beta forums, and send you a quick reply. (Sometimes, we’ll even ask for additional feedback.)
This week’s topic is, “How would you adjust challenges to better fit the game’s progression?”
We wanted to share some insight into the beta team’s workings. With that thought in mind, here are some conversations overheard among the beta team over the last week. Sorry some details had to be
Lead: Here’s the upcoming schedule:
Member: Wow, that’s a lot of stuff! And I had no idea about the
Lead: Yes, it’s awesome and unexpected. Trendy loves their customers.
Lead: V-day challenge is a new map. Get male and female mobs to get jiggy in the center of the map
Lead: you lure them, get them to pair off
Member: Wow, that’s different… (who uses the word jiggy anymore?)
Lead: I hate you…..
This is why we can’t have nice things.
Lead: President’s Day… is a
Member: That’s… crazy.”
I can’t wait until you see what the beta team was talking about with President’s Day. It might be the single craziest thing we’ve ever done. We’re not going to ruin the surprise — you’ll just have to see for yourself on Monday.
Fear the VAC
A new wave of delicious VAC bans are about to be delivered. If you see a flood of tears and blood on the forums, you know why.
The Battle is Near
If you saw the Digest from Jan. 18, you’ll know I’m kind of a Lord of the Rings nut, which is why I’ve been hawking Cr4zy’s thread waiting for updates. Yesterday, he posted these beautiful, work-in-progress images of Helms Deep. WANT.
Keep up the great work!
Screenshots of the Week
Of course, we couldn’t end this week’s Digest without some community-flavored eye candy.
Courtesy of Black Mamba
Courtesy of deathsythe
Courtesy of GeniusBug
Have a cool photo you’d like to share? Send it cool to contest[at]trendyent.com with the subject “DunDef Screenshot”! Be sure to include your forum username or Steam username in the email. Our favorites will appear in future Digests!
Until next time,