Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quick Update

Well, I haven't been neglecting the blog - trust me! I've been back in the hospital for a second surgery, but I'm working my way back onto my feet. I've got a few quick updates and other blog highlights to keep you busy until I'm back up and running!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Missing Pet Mystery: Part 2

If you're reading this, you've been selected to be a part of an ongoing investigation regarding a theft in my primary home. Recently, a rare pet was stolen from outside of my Pyramid of the Lost Horizon - and it's your job to explain the mystery and get it back! That's not the best part, though. Completing pieces or all of the mystery could win you some impressive prizes - in Wizard101 US, Wizard101 UK, and Pirate101!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Missing Pet Mystery: Part 1

If you're reading this, you've been selected to be a part of an ongoing investigation regarding a theft in my primary home. Recently, a rare pet was stolen from outside of my Pyramid of the Lost Horizon - and it's your job to explain the mystery and get it back! That's not the best part, though. Completing pieces or all of the mystery could win you some impressive prizes - in Wizard101 US, Wizard101 UK, and Pirate101!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Level 90 Waterworks-Style Gear Needed?

Introduction // One of the largest parts of Wizard101, and most content-filled topics, is gear. You see, everyone has their own preferences, and strategies. While KingsIsle has intended for all wizards to choose different gear, they've only made it halfway. Many are now asking - do we need a new, level 90 dungeon giving us Waterworks-style gear?

Monday, December 10, 2012

The 12 Days of the Spiral: Days 1-4

Last year began an unprecedented Christmas celebration - the twelve days (actually thirteen, but for the sake of names, KingsIsle has gone with twelve). Well, it's back this year, and better than ever! With a new charity mount, and the introduction of Pirate101, it could only properly be named "The 12 Days of the Spiral." Sing with me, now. On the first day of the Spiral, KI gave to me - a partridge in a... wait, is that a llama on ice skates? 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pirate101 PvP: Tipping the Scales

Introduction // If you didn't know, the Pirate101 Test Realm recently opened. In my last post, I gave a brief description of how it works currently. Obviously, things are still being tested, but Pirate101's PvP and classes are very different than Wizard101's PvP and schools. Has KingsIsle bitten off more than they can chew?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Three Christmases (And Other Important Notes)

December is a huge month in the KingsIsle community for a number of reasons, but not just in Wizard101 US - In fact, Wizard101 UK and Pirate101 have some major things happening, too. Here's a look at your December! Get excited!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Side Quest Companions: For Better or Worse?

Introduction // Pirate101 offers you a number of interesting companions, from Crown Shop reworks to side quest rewards. Those of you who remember Beta remember it as a collector's paradise, in which everyone scrambled for every possible companion, showing off their rarest ones in Avery's Court. However, as Beta neared its end, some realized that they might not have made the best decisions.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

To Fourteen Pips... And Beyond?

KingsIsle recently released the world of Azteca in Wizard101 US, and not too terribly long ago, released Avalon in Wizard101 UK. With the introduction of Azteca, Rank 10 Spells were released, and with Avalon in the UK, four sets of various spells were released. However, new gear doesn't offer as much Power Pip chance as it used to, and pips are harder and harder to gather... what happens when you go over your limit?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Joining Battles Without Asking: Opinions and Responses

It's been a long-existing debate in Wizard101, and a brand-new issue in Pirate101 - is it okay to jump into people's battles, and why or why not? Furthermore, if someone is not adhering to the way you think things should be, what is an appropriate reaction? Most people have a preconceived idea about this topic, but lets keep an open mind and consider both sides.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wizard101 UK Pre-Anniversary Extravaganza - And More Contests to Come!

The second ever Wizard101 UK Anniversary is coming up, and there are some exciting things happening to celebrate! Right now, here's a look at how you can win crowns and various prizes through some of my fellow UK fansites, and a sneak peek at some other upcoming contests in the UK!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Necessary Evil?

Pirate101 beta players might remember battling the above elemental guardian in MooShu as one of the five final fights in the game. An occasion like that certainly called for a unique location, and it was certainly unique - and needed to be photographed. Previously, that was made easy with the push of a few keys - Ctrl + G. However, since Pirate hit live, they have removed this feature in combat - here's three reasons it needs to come back!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

First Look at the All New Wizard101 Dino Bundle

I can always rely on my GameStop to have what I need, and always before the release date! Turns out that they had this brand-new Dino bundle, which means that I get the privilege of providing you with the first ever look at this awesome card!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pyramid of the Lost: Azteca Housing?

The photo above is obviously a quick illustration I put together using three images from J. Todd Coleman's Facebook page, but there's some real evidence to the idea that Azteca housing is on the way. Well, to clarify, we know that Azteca housing is in the works, it just might be here sooner than we thought.

The Adventure Continues!

Now that I'm "back on my feet" and in "recovery mode," I'm ready to get going again! However, that hadn't been the only thing putting my Pirate101 journey at a standstill. Fortunately, after the announcement of the $60 60,000 crown sale, I was all set to get going again - and I'm ready for some pirating!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wizard101 UK Halloween Contest Winners and Coloring Contest

They say that when one door closes, another opens. In the United Kingdom, that seems to be the case with these contests! Drum-roll please for the winners of the Halloween contests! Then I'll explain the coloring contest in the United Kingdom where you can win your very own Wizard101 giftcard!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Boochbeard Bundle Retirement, New Pirate101 Fansites, and Veteran's Day Gift

What pirate doesn't want a massive, tropical island to his or herself, complete with a volcano and extensive indoor and outdoor space? The house I'm referring to is the one that comes with the Boochbeard Bundle, of course. And it doesn't begin to scratch the surface of this magnificent card - available with crowns or subscription!

Azteca's Ending: Too Dark?

Warning - if you're not one for spoilers, it's time to keep scrolling to the next post! I'd like to visit a topic today that is quite revealing - the end of Azteca! You see, it's not another Morganthe-escapes-and-all-is-well-in-a-world-you-just-saved sort of deal. Quite the opposite in at least one of those cases. However, the end of Azteca has been widely debated, and I'm here to share my opinion.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Be Back Shortly

I haven't been posting too often recently, but I'm not at all finished here on my blog. In fact, I'd say it's quite the opposite. I've already got a variety of posts planned for these next few weeks. However, a few recent real-life issues have been affecting my ability to post. While I'm feeling decent, I'm going to offer you some insight into those, and give you an idea of what's planned for the coming month.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Admiral's Bundle Crow Nest and Bulldog Companion

Pirate101 Admiral's Bundle Crow Nest

When Pirate101's Admiral Bundle was advertised as having a housing add-on, I was curious as to what it'd be. A good couple of days, or maybe a week, before the Prehistoric Bundle was "discovered," I got to take a look at the Crow's Nest add-on, and it gave me a pretty good idea of what the Treehouse would be like. Anyway, while not the best of Pirate101 housing or companions, the Crow's Nest and Bulldog Companion are interesting enough to take a special look at!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wizard101 Level 88 Spells Analysis

Wizard101 Level 88 Spells
Wizard101 Level 88 Spells

It's that time again - lets take a good look at the all new Wizard101 level 88 spells! With the release of Azteca and level 90, there was no doubt we'd end up with our rank 10 cards. What's interesting here is that every spell is themed to the world of Azteca - a concept that I'm quite fond of.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wizard101 UK Halloween Contests!

Just in time for Halloween, Wizard101 UK is heating up with Death-themed gifts of all sorts, and some great giveaway from their fansites! However, you've already stacked up a million mounts and such, right? I suppose it can't hurt to have more, but why not offer prizes that are something you can really use? Things that crowns can't buy? Thinking of this, I opted to offer some rare reagents such as Amber, as well as rare treasure cards for crafting spells. Plus, if you're particularly lucky or skilled, you might walk away with a brand-new pet!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Morganthe and a Mysterious Past Foe Return in a New Wizard101 World - Azteca

As so many of the gaming articles are saying, just because Pirate101 is getting around doesn't mean that Wizard101 is slowing down at all! In fact, it's just the opposite! As I suspected in my post, New Giftcards Hint at Prehistoric World?, there is indeed a world full of dinosaurs and ancient life! But that isn't the half of it - Morganthe is back, and she's got a mysterious ally to help her. Throw in some awesome new mounts along with a complete collection of released photos and concepts, and you know you're in the right place to get the full scoop on the newest Wizard101 world - Azteca!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pirate101 Live Release, New Trailer, and More!

It's here - Pirate101 is available for everyone to play now! It's time for every wizard and non-wizard alike to join in on the fun. Start out for free in Skull Island to learn the ropes. Defeat some cannon-happy Troggies, recruit a fox with a gun, recover a stolen Jade Amulet, commandeer your own ship, visit a town on the back of a fish, enter a Vortex of Doom, meet the Frogfather, rob a group of armed monkeys, and drop into the belly of a whale - and that's just the free stuff!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Prehistoric Bundle: Getting Your Local Wal-Mart Employees to Cooperate

The Prehistoric Bundle is on pre-order in Wal-Marts across the country. The question is, does your Wal-Mart have it yet? Did the employees in all of the Wal-Marts you called just check the shelves, or did they actually look for the card elsewhere? If they don't have it, when are they getting it? How will you know?

In one of my recent posts, I talked about the Prehistoric Bundle, and whether or not it might be hinting at a new world. Other discussions of this bundle are going on, mainly over whether or not the "Scare-O-Dactyl Tree house" is a literal house, a dungeon, or a housing item. Or is it a housing add-on, like KingsIsle is introducing with the Admiral's Bundle? One way or another, you need this card. So, how do you get the most out of your phone calls to Wal-Mart?

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Nightmare Pack Returns, Updated With New Mounts, Gear, and More!

The Nightmare Pack is back, and better than ever! Not only can you snag the usual, fun items (minus the original Nightmare mount), but there are tons of new items in the pack, including three mounts and a variety of gear and weapons. There's also a new seed and pet with a fantastic new talent - take a look!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Monquistan "Touch of God"

Pirate101 is full of real-life references and based on a variety of modern and not-so-modern themes. For those of you not aware of several of these, I thought I'd share one that I found quite interesting. A little monkey in Monquista named Leonardo Michelangelo has more historical reference than you might think upon first glance. The concept above might seem funny, but not unless you understand where the idea came from. You see, the real Michelangelo did a similar painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Giftcards Hint at Prehistoric World?

Besides the Boochbeard Bundle (take a look, parts one and two), the Admiral's Bundle, the Cutthroat Bundle, and the two other known Pirate101 giftcards, two others have shown up. Not only that, but a new Wizard101 bundle is appearing. These are pretty interesting - take a look!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Boochbeard Bundle Pt. 2: Volcano Island

If my first look at the Boochbeard Bundle didn't sell you, check out these images of the best part - the house: Volcano Island. This massive home has loads of space, indoors and out. You won't have any trouble enjoying yourself in this home, even without decorations.

Pirate101 Head Start and Boochbeard Bundle Pt. 1

Pirate101 is live! Log in and download the game now if you're part of the one-week head start at! Even if you aren't included in this group, I've got some photos of the new Boochbeard Bundle items that I think you'll enjoy! If they alone aren't enough, I'll through some vivid descriptions in there, too.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

P101 Open Play Recap, Bundle Announcement, and Beta Gift

Pirate101 has been busy lately, introducing no less than four new cards to purchase, including $10, $20, $29, and $30 bundles!

Among these are the Cutthroat Bundle, which we'll momentarily take a look at, along with you typical $10 and $20 bundles that include special pets. The newest one, however, is the Admiral's Bundle, featuring a Marleybone Warship, Bulldog Companion, Naval Outfit, Military Sabre, and Crow's Nest Housing Add-On, in addition to the usual 1 month membership or 5000 crowns.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Arrives in the Wizard101 Spiral

It's that time of the year - Halloween in the Wizard101 Spiral! Besides the usual (Spooky Bob, Halloween quests, Halloween tower of varying difficulties with awesome rewards, special pets, etc.), there are a load of fansite competitions happening, and you ought to know about them! Let's take a look at the upcoming Halloween festivities!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pirate101 Date Release and Bundle Feature

Not too long ago, KingsIsle announced their first Pirate101 pre-sale bundles and a rough estimate on the release date for the game. Well, all of the fog has cleared - the exact date is here, for both the one-week head start, and the live game release. As if that weren't enough, I've got a short bundle feature with exclusive Pirate101 bundle photos - coming soon to your local stores! Take a look!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Worlds in Pirate101 (2 of 4): Aquila

So, we've established that, in Pirate101, Polaris is not only a possible world, but a likely one. But, that leaves us with several other possibilities. What about Aquila? There are references about the world left and right in-game. King Ferdinand VI names himself the "Overlord Protector of Marleybone and Aquila." But is Aquila a real possibility as a new Pirate101 world? Well, this Stormgate labelled "Aquila" ought to answer that question quickly.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New UK Website Design, Death School Celebration, and More!

At times, you might have gotten used to visiting the same old Wizard101 website over and over. For the US and UK players, it was double the trouble, because we frequently see the US site, which looks identical. That's no longer a problem. Wizard101 UK has spiced up their website with a complete makeover that looks fantastic! More pictures and details in a moment! But first, what happens once in a blue moon, involves prizes, and is my kind of party?

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Game's "Golden Days"

Considering skipping over or not reading this post? Don't. This here marks 250 for me - an occasion that I'll be celebrating with a special post. "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." - Robert Frost

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Extensive Look at the Phoenix Hoard Pack

You may have heard of the new Phoenix Hoard Pack, or even seen photos, but have you taken a really good look? Have you seen photos of the gear, pet, mount, and two new spells? How about an animation showing how the fire flows along the wings of the Phoenix? All that and more, right here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Worlds in Pirate101 (1 of 4): Polaris

One of the most widely discussed topics is the future of Pirate101. Not necessarily system developments, crown shop items, or even companions promotions, but new worlds and content. Now, with both Wizard101 and Pirate101, there's always going to be the question for new worlds - Wizard, Pirate, or both? Let's talk about some of the confirmed world extensions and additions in Pirate101, as well as other possibilities.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The All-Around Update!

It's been a busy week, and there are some interesting posts coming up, but I'm back now with your latest news, and things certainly haven't been quiet - there are sales and specials in Wizard101 US, maintenance and payment changes in the UK, and party planning and game updates in Pirate101! Lets take a look.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pirate101 Release Date and Bundles Announced

You might have heard about, and even seen, the information for these bundles. However, I've got all of the updates here in one place, including links and quotes from the latest Forbes article! You don't want to miss the most exciting Pirate101 news yet - the release date and information on the first bundles!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Complete Pirate101 Review

Well, J. Todd Coleman is continuously stressing how nothing in beta is set in stone, and so I've embraced that idea... to an extreme. Based on my play through the entire main storyline and a good variety of side quests, I've kept notes of what I enjoyed and did not, and have offered some suggestions as to what should be done. I'll apologize in advance for being blunt and whatnot, but I do believe I'll effectively convey some ideas you'd be interested in.

Friday, September 14, 2012

How to Get the Fin Dorsal Companion

Wait a minute, what? Fin has been duplicated! Wait, no, the left one is mine. You see, Fin Dorsal is available as a companion. And, chances are, if you've made it very far into the storyline, he can be yours, too. Here's how!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Wizard101 Expanded Decorating Elixir and Other Updates

Ah, the glint of sun on that shiny new Winter Winds Tower. Even before I originally received my tower, I'd begun planning decorations. However, there was one thing in my way - item limits! I needed just a little bit more space outside the house to fill it up with items. As of the opening of the Test Realm, this is no longer a problem.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wizard101 "Sails" Forward

With Pirate101 information and photos floating about, Wizard101 has made little attempt to overtake the newsstand. Instead, they've carefully planned smaller news before potentially large updates. In fact, between the new Jaguar Mount, Postcard Contest, membership savings, and the Evil Sandman's leaving the Crown Shop, there's a bit of information you might want to know about what's coming next in Wizard101!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nautical Training Hotspot: Haunted Skyway

The Haunted Skyway in Cool Ranch is more than an a skyway that is completely unique. It's more than an important questing location and home to the infamous fights with Captain Blood and Deacon. In fact, this location is a spacious and effective training location for what may be the most tedious part of the game: nautical level training.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Swordroll's Blog Update Notes (2)

Before checking out what's new here, I recommend having read the first update notes. This update features a variety of tweaks and a focus on the Community area of the site, including its subdivisions such as the Contests page. Anything I missed last time or added since then is included.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wizard101's Fourth Birthday and Community Events

Today marks four years of excitement for wizards all over the Spiral! Four years ago, today, Wizard101 was released to the public. To celebrate, they're giving you a brand-new free item in honor of Pirate101 - a Krokotopian ship! I've included the code for it, and some interesting information on past, ongoing, and upcoming community events!

Iron vs. Electricity: A Turn-by-Turn Guide to Pirate101's Stormzilla

Originally, I planned on doing just a feature on what is likely the most difficult Pirate101 battle - Stupendor-X vs. the Stormzilla. It's really quite the showdown. Many, including myself, attempted this a number of times and continued to die. I'll be doing a little feature on the battle, but then, instead of showing you all of the ways that I died, I'll be giving you a turn-by-turn guide to the one way that I won!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pirate101 Pick-A-Post!

As it turns out, there are so many impressive moments in Pirate101 that it has proven difficult to choose a single topic to post about. Consequently, you will be decided what topic you're interested in hearing about. While the losing topics may return in later posts, you can be sure that the those you're most interested are first on the list.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wizard101 Surprises Players With Update Changes

The Test Realm has been open for some time now, however, contrary to the usual update, Wizard101 changed a few things here and there, and added one or two new items. One of the highlights is a new pet pack that offers and opportunity for a variety of interesting new pets! As usual, I've got pictures and information for you - check it out!