The latest episode of the ABC TV Show, Designated Survivor, had a scene where a major character was playing AdventureQuest 3D’s upcoming release… The Dragons of Ashfall: Part III.
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I know. This is crazy awesome x 9999! As an AdventureQuest player, you should be smiling with a deep feeling of pride. This is a huge honor and a major win for our video game community.
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The show is on ABC, Wednesdays at 10pm (9 Central).
It is the story of the most unlikely cabinet member becoming President of the United States after a catastrophic attack. I am (for real) a huge fan of the show and have been watching since it first premiered. Mostly because it stars Kiefer Sutherland-- you know, Jack Bauer from the TV show 24? In my own words, this is pretty much an alternative universe where instead of saving the President, he gets to BE the President. Season 1 is free on Hulu. You can watch Season 2 as it airs on ABC and Hulu Plus. (No one asked me to write this-- did it sound professional?) We appear on Season 2, Episode 8, “Home”.
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In the episode, Lyor Boone (played by Paulo Costanzo) is playing the game at the 37:25 mins mark. He is speaking a different language to each of his party members. Lyor is a whiz kid and the White House Political Director.
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So, your first question is probably, “HOW IN THE WORLD DID AQ3D GET ON A MAJOR PRIME TIME TV SHOW!?” Perhaps the full story is for another time. But imagine the most excited you have ever seen me… then multiply it by a thousand when imagining the fan-boy yell I let out when the producer told me the name of the show. The only rule was that I was not allowed to say anything about it until after the show aired.(See! I CAN keep a secret… sorta.)
You would have been very proud of us. As with most TV show production, their deadline was extremely tight and our team did some crunch time miracles on the fly that even I cannot believe they pulled off. During the scenes you may have noticed two things. First, Boone was playing with a controller. This may be foreshadowing of future controller and console support. Second, you just got the first glimpse at Ashfall’s GIANT FIRE DRAGON RAID BOSS! This fight is at the end of the adventure which we are working on. There will be a version for solo (story mode), 5-player, and 20-player parties.
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I would like to thank Designated Survivor for giving us the opportunity to be a part of their show. It is such an incredible honor. Sincere thanks to you and all of the AdventureQuest 3D players-- because it was your love of the game that made this a reality.
Artix & the AdventureQuest 3D Team
P.S. If President Kirkman ever needs help and Agent Wells is not available, the AE Community will be ready! (...because he cannot call Jack Bauer :P )
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