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Luska Arco

Meet The QA Crew

Hello Defenders! Welcome to a new segment from Trendy's own Quality Assurance department entitled "QA 2: Electric Bugaloo[working title]". We pick our favorite bugs and post a screenshot or a video to reminisce about squashed bugs that really left an impression on us. First off, I'd like to introduce our department:

From left to right; Jason Yu, Levi Fink, Chris Flores, Patrick Scanlan, Corinne Maloy

From left to right; Jason Yu, Levi Fink, Chris Flores, Patrick Scanlan, Corinne Maloy

As Quality Assurance, we will strive to help make Dungeon Defenders II the best game that we possibly can! Now on to the bug!

One fateful day during the summer, we came into our room and sat down at our desks. We were just finding our bearings, ready to begin a new day and see if there were any new changes that were implemented the night before. What I saw when I loaded a testmap was this...

I was somewhat disarmed while my brain tried to process exactly what my eyes were seeing. Everything the heroes did was functioning but they looked like they were made of rubber bands. Oh, and they walked like funky chickens where they puffed out their chests and and held their arms to their sides like wings. Our Associate Producer Ben Craven walked in with a grin on his face and asks if wed seen the heroes.

For an explanation of exactly what caused this supreme funkiness we turn to our Technical Animator Abraham Abdala: This happens when there is a difference in scale with the animations and the skeletal mesh. If the skeletal mesh was exported, lets say at 1.0 scale, the animations have to be exported with the same scale. If they're not, the bones will try to adjust... and fail badly.

The funk didnt last long, however. As soon as word had spread, we updated our clients and the funk ceased. All heroes were back to normal. Alas. A few hours later tons of screenshots were circulating the office. Patrick made one his wallpaper for a while so we and anyone who passed by our door could continue to enjoy it.

Chime in on the comments to let us know if you like this post and what other posts you would like to see from us. If you have a better name for our segment than QA 2: Electric Bugaloo let us know, we might pick one for the next column!

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We wouldnt have made it this far without our fans. As a special treat we will be bringing back live-streaming on our Twitch.tv page. This isnt your regular Trendy Friday Fun. First of all, itll take place this Monday after our birthday and secondly, it will be 2 hours long. From 5 to 7 p.m. EST we will jump on Dungeon Defenders and play with any fan who wants to join the fun. We will also be having some special guests from Trendy getting on and answering your questions. What are we working on now? What do we plan on releasing next? Did the squire bake that cake? Will Laura ever get her cow?! You know, the important hard hitting questions.

If enough people show up, we might have an extra surprise for you. But thats on Monday, right now we are so excited about our upcoming anniversary that we had to show you a sneak peek on something were working on.


Thats our early birthday present to our fans. Hope you like it! Dont forget to visit our media pageto get wallpapers on each or our heroes and our official Dungeon Defenders II wallpaper. Try not to stare at it too long or it will temporarily blind you with awesomeness!

Let us know in the comments who you would like to see on our live-stream and what you think our extra surprise is. We also encourage you to leave us any questions you want to ask our development team or just comment on the new art!

Hero survey


Will you be my hero?

For some reason I always imagine Enrique Iglesias' singing that to me whenever I have to chose which hero to play with. It doesn't help that I only know that one line from the song. One day I'll look up the rest of the song, but in the mean time I'll be here working hard to make Dungeon Defenders 2 even better with your help! We would like to know all about how you chose to play the heroes. Who do you bring out before the battle begins? Who is always brought out to face the waves of enemies? Take this Hero Survey and let us know!
When it comes to choosing a hero, there's a lot of things we look forward to. How do they look, what towers they have, and what abilities they have are some things that may affect your choices. Some people find it very handy to have their hero to go into a Blood Rage in the middle of battle, cutting through foes like butter. Other people want the satisfaction of being able to conjure up projectiles that go pew pew.

This is your chance to tell us what abilities you use and how often. Just take this Hero Ability Survey and tell us what you think. Let us know why you voted that way in the comments. You can even suggest some new abilities and let us know who should have it and why. I'll be sending these results to the Dungeon Defenders 2 design team sometime next week so hurry up and let us know what you think!
It's time for us to reach out to our fans and learn more about how you play Dungeon Defenders. This time we want to know about towers. Each one of our four main heroes has 4 awesome towers to assist them in holding back the enemy forces. With so much to chose from, we started wondering how often our fans each tower and why. Help us out by taking this survey. Sign into our forums and go into detail or let us know what you think in the comments!

The more we know the better we can make Dungeon Defenders 2!
Help us make DD2 better


We know we've been quiet, but we're hard at work. We need your help in making Dungeon Defenders great! All you have to do is fill out this survey!*We'll peek our heads out and say more as soon as we can.

In the meantime, here's some concept art from what we have been working on and no, the little running stick figure guy is not a hero. Sorry. Let us know what you think in the comments!
We have an exciting new announcement. After some conversation with Valve, we are happy to let everyone know that Dungeon Defenders II will be coming to Steam. Well have a lot more delicious details (and an official announcement for fans who dont check our site everyday) in the near future so stay tuned.

As for the competitive closed beta, we are hard at work taking everyones feedback and implementing it. Some of changes already made include several bug fixes, more UI capabilities, and adjusted camera angles. There will be even more coming in the future weeks. If you didnt get to sign up when we opened registrations last Friday, dont fret. Well be sending out another batch of beta codes via email soon! Remember, once you play jump on the beta forums and let us know what you think!

So... what Steam features do you want to see most in Dungeon Defenders II? Sound off in the comments below. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen June 13.

For this issue of Co-op Confidential, we'd like to present.... the Fiend Fire Tower!

Many of you may think, 'Hey, we've seen this before! This is the new Fireball Tower!', but you'd only be half-right. The Fiend Fire Tower does shoot fireballs, but ones which bounce from minion to minion instead of fizzling out on their first foe. But want to know the really exciting secret... this tower also sets the enemies aflame!

Yes that's right, Dungeon Defenders II's co-op now has elemental effects. After causing it's initial damage, this Fiend Fire Tower will light enemies ablaze causing additional damage over time. Here's an even closer look at the (in-progress) tower:

What're your thoughts? What towers would you like to see return for the Apprentice? Have any great ideas for new ones? Want us to continue this sneak peaks into the development of DD2? Let us know in the comments below. Our favorite comments will receive DD2 beta codes! Winners will be chosen on June 10th.

Dungeon Defenders II PvP beta registration is now open. Go to www.playverse.com now to sign-up! Registration is limited, so get in while you can.

Once you're registered, download the bootstrapper to get started. Both Windows and Mac clients are available. If you get in, make sure to post your feedback and issues in the Beta Forums here. You must be logged into the forums via your playverse account to access the beta forums.

Keep in mind, the beta is still under NDA and some parts are very rough around the edges. We look forward to hearing your thoughts (in the beta forums).
Drumroll, please. *ahem*

The winners of the Dungeon Defenders II Prize Pack contest have been chosen! Check your email to see if youve won.

The grand-prize winner will receive 4 DD2 T-shirts, 4 DD2 in-game Hero Pets, DD2 iPhone 4 case, limited edition DD2 mousepad (of your choice!), instant access to the DD2 beta, Black Widow Razer keyboard and a Naga Hex Razer mouse. The second- and third-place winners will receive instant access to the DD2 beta and a DD2 hero T-shirt of his/her choice.

Plus, all of our forum/Facebook post winners have been revealed. Be sure to check all of those posts to see if youve won!
Meet the Monk

Fresh from his time at the Monastery, it’s time to meet...

The Monk!

On his hero page, you can learn about his journey to the ancient temple and the powers he learned alongside his father.

Increase your desktop’s radiance with the Monk’s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media page.

How do you feel about the Monk? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on May 30.
Trendy Friday Fun -- Farewell Edition

We have a jampacked Trendy Friday Fun for you today. We have tons of Dungeon Defenders content to show off, we’re giving away 30 (yes, 30!) DD2 beta codes, and we’ll be saying a fond farewell to one of our own.

First up, we have the new PC community event map, Princess Quest. This map entirely changes the way you play Dungeon Defenders. These community weekend events just keep getting better and better every week, and you would be a fool if you haven’t signed up to enjoy this one. On the stream, we’ll have PC event hosts DanielSound and KeenJammin to talk about the creation of the event.

Next on the bill, we have Tinkerer’s Lab. (Try saying that five times fast.) We’re going to be showing off the Assault Challenge Mission first, and then we’ll end the stream with the campaign mode. Special guests Senior Gameplay Designer/Producer Skott Chatten and everyone’s favorite host, Ice, will be on hand to discuss the new content.

Finally, as we mentioned before, the show will close with a fond farewell to one of our own employees.

The show starts at 5 p.m. EDT and will run until it’s done. Don’t miss it.
Ready for round three?

In this weeks PvP Hero Showcase, the Huntress is in the spotlight. Watch the video to see her abilities in action.

Now that were three videos into this series, how do you feel about the PvP Hero Showcase -- good, bad or otherwise? The most constructive comments will receive a DD2 beta code. Forum winners will be chosen on May 29.

Come back every Wednesday for a new PvP Hero Showcase.
Each week, were revealing more information on our cooperative tower defense campaign mode. Today, were lifting the curtain off of a design change in DD2 enemies -- enemy variants.

Currently in the game, every enemy has two additional variants. These extra variants will behave differently from the original enemy type.

For example, lets look at the Kobold.

You remember the Kobold -- small, terrified, suicidal. Once he lights the stick of dynamite on his back, hell run toward something and explode. With that in mind, variants of the kobold could be a kobold that moves slower because the bomb on his back is enormous! Because of this larger explosive, this Kobold variant would explode in a bigger radius than a normal Kobold. Another variant could be a kobold on rollerskates who is twice as fast as a regular kobold but carries smaller sticks of dynamite and thus does less damage.

All three of the kobolds are the same enemy in essence, but the fact that they behave in different ways causes the player to have to strategize against these new challenges. The towers that you would use to defeat normal Kobolds might not be as effective against the rollerskate variants, so you and your friends will have to choose your towers wisely.

Have an idea for a DD1 enemy variant? Let us know in the comments. Our favorite enemy variant ideas will get a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on Friday by Skott.

Next week, well take our first look at DD2 levels.
Each week, were detailing a feature of our competitive mode that separates it from the rest of the genre. This week, were focusing on the modes social center -- the Town Hub.

The Town Hub is a 24-player locale where players can strategize, customize, practice and trade before jumping into a match. The Town Hub is a natural evolution of the Dungeon Defenders tavern, much like the co-op overworld we mentioned earlier this week, but on a much smaller scale.

Its also a way to find and make new friends to play with in the competitive mode. Heres how it works: After selecting PvP from the Main Menu, players will join a random Town Hub. Any friends youre partied up with will join the same hub with you. Once youre there you can level your heroes, win prizes, visit the Archives, equip gear, manage your inventory, shop and more while youre queueing for a match.

Want to see potential teammates in action or test a heros skills before the Arena? Start a duel! Dueling is a one-life, two-minute taste of the real action that takes place in the hub itself, with no separate loading time or matchmaking queue. You can even watch other players fight from a nearby outlook. Afterwards, players can invite those worthy candidates to their party and head off to the Arena together.

After a few rounds in the Arena, youll notice your backpack is heavy with loot. You can lighten the load by trading that gear with other players! Or customize it with unique dyes, names and stats! Well have more details on customization soon.

Were hoping by making the experience more social, more personable and more selective as well as giving players ways to help each other progress, we can improve the negative atmosphere often seen in MOBA communities.

How do you feel about the competitive Town Hub? Let us know in the comments below!
Our last survey was super effective!

We got to know what our fans liked about our campaignmaps, what they didn't like, and why. It was great to hear from you and we want to hear more. Go take this survey and let us know what you think of the Eternia Shards campaign maps. Let us know what you think in the comments!

You can also contribute by posting your thoughts inCrzyRndm's thread: "Level design and Gameplay. What makes a map fun to play (or not)?"
Its that wonderful time of the year where we are all glued to our computer screens enthusiasticallyawaiting everything E3 has to offer.

This year, we thought we should do something special for our fans who wait eagerly every week to learn more about the Cooperative part of our game through our Co-op Confidential blogs. Thats why we have partnered up with our good friends at Twitch TV to bring you some exclusive first looks at our Dungeon Defenders II Cooperative mode.

After an intense battle of rock, paper, scissors, our very own Philip Asher was chosen to go to Los Angeles and share a very early, pre-alpha build of the game. Want to see new towers, a new level and a whole new take on Etheria? Tune in to Twitch TV at 12:20 p.m. Pacific Time, 3:20 p.m. Eastern time.

Whatre your thoughts? What would you like to see during the livestream? Have any questions you want to ask us regarding the game? Want us to continue this sneak peaks into the development of DD2? Let us know in the comments below. Our favorite comments will receive DD2 beta codes! Winners will be chosen on June 17.
Meet the Kobold King


Emerging from the sewers of Etheria is...

The Kobold King!

On his hero page, you can learn about his tyrannical rule of fellow kobolds and the shady business that keeps him afloat.



Claim royalty among your minions with the Kobold King™s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media Page.

How do you feel about the Kobold King? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on June 11.

Meet the Countess

Yar har yar har, a pirate’s life for...

The Countess!

On her hero page, read about her newfound life on the high seas and the rivalry that drove her to the tournament.

Stop and smell the flowers with the Countess’s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media page.

How do you feel about the Countess? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on June 17.

Meet the Spirit Warrior

Rising from the underworld, prepare yourself for...

The Spirit Warrior!

On his hero page, learn about the origin of this amoral force of vengeance.

Vengeance will glow bright on your desktop with the Spirit Warrior’s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media page.

How do you feel about the Spirit Warrior? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on June 6.
Co-op Confidential -- Level Teaser

You might be asking, “Why didn’t we get a Co-op Confidential yesterday?” The answer is that we were in strict observance of Memorial Day. The real answer is that we were all drunk, sitting by the poolside and eating ribs. Delicious, fresh-from-the-smoker ribs. In all seriousness, we’d like to say thank you to our troops for protecting our country.

This week is a short blog as we’re going to let our teaser do the talking for us. (Also, we feel like Phil, Stu and Alan today.) Above, you can see concept art for the first level of the cooperative campaign. Isn't it pretty?

“So is that it? All we get is glimpse of the first level?” Who knows, you might see more of the levels in motion, perhaps even sooner than you might think. Also, if you look through the DD2 co-op reveal trailer, you might see a few more levels. Wink wink nudge nudge.

What do you think is going on in this first level? Where is it in Etheria? What would you like to see in a future reveal? Let us know in the comments below! Our favorite comments will receive DD2 beta codes! Winners will be revealed on June 4.
Dear Defenders,

Theres no easy way to say this, so here goes.

As of May 30, I will no longer be working at Trendy Entertainment. (Waits for tears.) Im moving on to another opportunity -- one that will let me enjoy the mountain air and enjoy my youth while I can. (Waits for nods of approval.)

Laura and Angela will be on the community team to split my responsibilities for the time being. Were looking for another community manager to help out with the future of Trendy Entertainment. If youd like to submit your resume, you can look at the job posting and follow the directions on that page. I know there are many talented individuals in our community who would be capable of such a task, and I would be sad if not one of you tried for the position.

The wonderful community events, the passionate posts on the forums, the in-depth guides and Lets Plays -- time and time again you have uplifted my spirits and enriched my life with your presence. I mean that. I think of you as my family -- to some degree, even closer than my blood family. We have some crazy uncles and a few crazy cat ladies in our midst, but most of you are sane, rational people that I would invite to my Trendy family reunion. You, dear community members, are the sole reason I was hesitant to take the new position. I have been incredibly blessed to hang out with you every day. This has been the best job I have ever had. But some opportunities are too good, too timely, too alluring to pass up.

To my wonderful moderators, both past and present -- Alhanalem, Classic22, DarkPython, Dredd, Finally, Immortal D, Iyashii, Jetah, KanibalKittN, Naed, TitoDaddy, Victoryoftheppl -- thanks for going above and beyond to keep the forums clean. Your feedback concerning community ideas and changes have helped the community more than they could ever know. I hope that you will still be around to help Laura and Angela in the same way that you have helped me.

To the beta team members, whose names are too plentiful to list, you have been vital to the success of Dungeon Defenders and the future success of Dungeon Defenders II. Your dedication to the team and honest (sometimes brutal) feedback humbles us and makes us want to make better content. We can never thank you enough for taking a chainsaw to our DLCs and beta content and carving them into works of art. (Hanging phallus and all.)

To the community event hosts, there are absolutely no words for the time you put in to entertain the community week in and week out. Hands down, your creativity increased the longevity of our tiny $15 game tenfold. Your events remain the only reason why some members are still playing the game, and for that, we are eternally grateful. After seeing the community event map today, its great to see that a year and a half after the first events, you havent slowed down. Keep up the great work.

To the community map makers, your creations revolutionized the way Dungeon Defenders is played. From maps with dynamically evolving levels to interactive secret elements to entirely new game modes, your maps have stunned everyone here at Trendy. I sincerely hope that you continue to make maps long after this current Map Contest.

To everyone else not mentioned here, you are no less brilliant, no less wonderful than the amazing people above. I look forward to hearing from Laura and Angela about all of the wonderful things that youll do.

Im incredibly excited for the rest of the team to release Dungeon Defenders II. I cant wait to fight against you in the PvP and defend Etheria once again in the co-op. The team hasnt begun to reveal all the best secrets about the game. Im sad I wont be the one to share them with you.

If youre curious about where Im going, follow me on Twitter and youll find out very soon. Ill be sure to livestream games every now and then on my personal Twitch account.

Stay classy, Etheria. Ill miss you.



Competitive Advantage -- Persistent Hero Leveling

It’s time once again to reveal how our competitive mode separates itself from other games in the genre. This week, we’re going in-depth with a feature we’re really excited about -- persistent hero leveling.

In our competitive mode, heroes are leveled up individually. Your Man and Machine can be level 15 while your Huntress can be level 7. Cooperative and competitive levels for a hero are separate.

After every match, your hero will earn XP. Some matches will award additional XP, such as the first matches of the day. Eventually, your hero will level up. Each time you level up, you will receive a random reward (loot, gems and more), and you will be able to put a point into a stat of your choice. Some of these stats include your hero’s health, mana, and armor. These stats are currently balanced around giving players a slight edge and sense of progression, but not an un-balanced advantage. There will be respec potions if you wish to change the way a hero was specialized.

When you reach level 10, you will unlock that hero’s Hero Spell. Hero Spells are an additional ability to complement your original suite of four abilities. These unlockable Hero Spells can be used with any hero, so the Apprentice’s Mana Infusion Hero Spell can be used with the Squire. There are currently six Hero Spells that are unlocked from the beginning, so you will always have a Hero Spell to use throughout your competitive mode experience.

There will be boosts that can be found in the game. The idea behind the system is that people playing for free and people who are paying for boosts should both be able to reach level 10 at a reasonable pace, so the Hero Spells are not locked behind a time/pay wall.

As you level up, you will be able to equip your hero’s gear with higher-quality gems. Gems are what give your gear stats. Lower-level heroes will not be able to equip high-tier gems. This is to ensure that new players cannot trade/buy their way to a powerful hero. They will need to put in the time to level up the hero in order to use those stats. We’ll have more details on the gem system in full in a later blog.

How do you feel about the persistent hero leveling? Let us know in the comments section below. The most constructive comments will receive DD2 beta codes! Winners will be chosen on May 29.
Meet the Orc Chieftain

Striding in from the darkness is...

The Orc Chieftain!

On his hero page, you can learn about the history of his people and the strange crystal that corrupted them.

Make other people’s desktops green with envy with the Orc Chieftain’s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media page.

How do you feel about the Orc Chieftain? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on May 28.

Meet the Barbarian

Looking for a hero with immeasurable aggression? We think you'll enjoy...

The Barbarian!

On his hero page, you can learn about the Great Mammoth and the soothsayer who gave the Barbarian a great mantle of his own.

Make your desktop 100 percent more barbaric with the Barbarian’s wallpaper. You can download the 1920x1080 wallpaper on the Media page.

How do you feel about the Barbarian? Let us know in the comments section. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen on May 23.
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