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Thoughts from ChangYou's Blade Wars Dev. Team about publishing a F2P game in the West, living the gaming life and the industry in general. To find more info about Blade Wars, go to

Author: ChangYou2

Stars, Stripes, Apple Pieā€¦and Zombies! What are you doing for Independence Day?

Posted by ChangYou2 Tuesday June 29 2010 at 8:37PM
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Dispatch: Day 13
The stench is growing by the day and it’s so strong now that I can’t tell if it’s them or if it’s me. After I heard the first moan, like an idiot I thought I would be a hero and see who was in danger. Five minutes later, I realized it was I as an undead monstrosity set upon me in an effort to taste-test my brain!  As time has passed, they have armed themselves and now swing objects like they’re trying to win the home run derby. Staying on my toes has been harder than I thought—I’m getting old and my reflexes just aren’t what they used to be.
I’ve been making my way east toward the Devil’s Camp area and I feel like these beasts are right on my heels. Hopefully, the rumors are true and there are people who know how to fight where I’m going. Whether or not they know how to defend themselves, the invasion is coming and its coming fast. The overall speed and strength of these things is astounding. I would have loved to have addressed them as zombies, but they’re so much more alert and cunning. The movies have lied to us!
At this rate, I should be approaching some form of civilization a few days before the 4th of July - hopefully around 4:00 PM (PST). Defending freedom has a whole new meaning when you’re not defending land but rather defending yourself from becoming a rotting, senseless beast. One day, hopefully, I can look back on this and try to piece together the clues as to how it all started. But for now, I just need to survive…

By Player Request: The Blade Wars Monster Renaming Project

Posted by ChangYou2 Wednesday June 23 2010 at 8:59PM
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Bad localization has been blamed for some of the most terrible acts of human kind. Sometimes this is true, but not always.

As a game, Blade Wars had a reputation before it even released. Several reviews of the game stated that it was "likely to suffer from bad localization." Our production team took this early criticism to heart. We endeavored to build a top-notch localization team in order to create an experience within Blade Wars which would communicate the game to westerners. After localizing all of the game text, during Pre-Closed Beta, and Closed Beta, we received several requests to change the monster names in the Blade Wars World.

Our players asked - and we listened!

Participants in the Blade Wars Open Beta will be able to roam the world and go up against monsters whose names belong as part of the bigger story. No longer will players face the "Microcebus Spoon" (what IS that anyway?) or the "Edacity Monster".

The Blade Wars production team hopes that everyone enjoys the changes. We would like to see *more* change requests from our community - this is just as much *your* game as it is ours!

Love and Rockets,

The Blade Wars Production Team

(Huckleberry & EntropyInk)

Princess of the Iron Fan

Posted by ChangYou2 Thursday June 3 2010 at 7:31PM
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The most popular event within Blade Wars is undoubtedly the Iron Fan event. It is no wonder that players would be attracted to the event which offers them the most Exp.  of any in Blade Wars. Additionally, Double Exp. is valid for event - so bring some Solar Jades! As an added bonus, the Exp. gained from the Iron Fan event will be multiplied 5x the norm for Saturdays within the first and third week of any month.
Princess Iron Fan from the 1941 animated movie.
For those into history, Princess Iron Fan is a character based in traditional Chinese folklore. In 1941, "Princess Iron Fan" was created and became the first Chinese animated feature film. The story for the movie was liberally adapted from a popular Chinese folk tale Journey to the West . Princess Iron Fan is a beautiful goddess whose giant magical fan is desperately needed to quench the flames that surround a peasant village. When the Monkey King requests the goddess's help to save the village, she refuses him, which results in an epic duel.
How does this relate to Blade Wars?
The vengeful Princess Iron Fan awaits inside an enormous colorful egg in the final stage of the Iron Fan event.  Will you let her hatch?
How did she get there?
Long ago, Emperor Yu sealed some of the most dangerous monsters in a cave. Recently, these monsters have been awakening and are trying to escape due to the weakening of the Nine Tripod Seal. As a hero in Blade Wars, it is your duty to prevent these horrors from terrifying the world again. Every day between 11:30 AM  until 1:30 PM (PST) or from 8:30 PM to10:30 PM (PST) the power of the trapped beasts is the weakest. This is the best time to put them in their place!

Are there any tips to successfully completing the Iron Fan event?


To gain entry, first speak to the Event Officer in either Luo Yang City or Ice Valley. Once inside, your team will need to destroy the monster's eggs within a set time limit, or they will hatch. Remember:  eggs have more HP than hatched monsters, give out more Exp., and they do not fight back.
The difficulty of this event automatically adjusts according to the level of players. Your team should be prepared for ten total stages of increasing difficulty. The first stage begins with three eggs of three different colors. The size and color of the eggs are clues as to which order they should be destroyed in. The final stage will pit you against Princess Iron Fan.
What rewards are available?
In addition to the most Exp. a player can earn from any event in game, completion of the Iron Fan event will grant a Mount Order. Collect 25 Mount Orders and 1.5 million Coins to exchange for a Senior Mount.
I find the history behind Princess Iron Fan fascinating, and hope to get a translated copy of the movie. I know that many of the Blade Wars Closed Beta players have enjoyed this event with me, and I hope we all will for some time to come!
Blade Wars Assistant Producer