Sunday, February 26, 2012

Feature Post: Turn by Turn PvP Mechanics

If you're very far into the blogging community, you probably know Diana Wildheart. She has agreed to share one of her many outstanding posts, PVP Passing: Good or Bad, from here blog, Diana Wildheart: Guardian Theurgist's Journal. In her post, Diana discusses the pros and cons of passing in PvP, and how some wizards take advantage of that. It isn't uncommon for massive matches to last hours, even with players who are quick with their card selection, and this issue certainly isn't helping the problem. PvP hasn't been completely on track for some time now, and it does need a few repairs, but can we ever truly enjoy PvP as we did originally, or are we forever stuck with at least a few of these unfortunate PvP problems?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Win a Foo Dog, Feature Post and Blogroll Reminders, and Crown Shop Update

It's time for a small contest exclusively for blog readers. While I encourage you to subscribe and become a member, all you have to do to qualify to enter is to be reading this post. Now, you've got to do some work for the contest, but if you're reading this, you can enter. I'd also like to remind you about what's coming up this weekend - our second ever Feature Post! I was impressed with our first, it quickly grew to one of the top ten most popular posts of all time, and I have high hopes for this next one. In addition to that, this coming post features the blogger famous for her gardening tips and outstanding blog - Diana Wildheart! And for some time now, no one has asked to be added to the Blog List, so I'll be reminding you how to get added, and why you might be removed!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Backgrounds - High Flying Photo Album!

Get ready to open up your desktop customization, because I've got new backgrounds, and these, quite literally, set the standards much HIGHER! With a recent Test Realm glitch (no fixed), players found a way to get a KingsIsle-style view of the Wizard101! While I didn't have forever to take pictures, and it was patched overnight, I did get a couple of neat glimpses of a few different worlds. The best part is that you can use your new backgrounds with horribly visible watermarks!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Win a Blood Raven Mount, Feedback Friday, and Feature Post Announcement

You heard right, I'm giving you the opportunity to win a permanent Blood Raven Mount! You might call the Blood Raven priceless, because you really can't buy one, you've got to buy pack after pack with a chance to get it. With this mount, two people can take advantage of the 40% speed boost, and receive the effects of collected wisps. You don't have to worry about being separated or dragged into a battle alone, either.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Test Realm is Up and Running and Upcoming Posts

It's time for our first major update of the year, and that means new things and changes to a variety of other things. Ever wanted to play tag in your home? Two different versions of tag? All that is now possible, plus you'll have power-ups throughout the house. Power-ups include Speed-up, Freeze, Teleport, Disguise, Invisibly, Immunity, and Break Immunity. Although this update won't be available in the Live Game until later this year, there are spell updates, creature updates, and more! No more Insane Bolt in PvP!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wizard101 Arrives in China!

Wizard101 has long since reached countries halfway across the world, but now they're expanding again... to China! In China, the gaming market is huge, but there are countless potential problems... what about all of the US puns? Wizard101 certainly isn't in Kansas anymore, and the Chinese might not understand the Dorothy story. In that situation, it doesn't have a major impact, but there are parts of the game which would certainly be affected.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fact or Myth: Krokotopia Edition

So now you know that Bartleby didn't put the Spiral all together by himself, that Elik's Edge IS where an ice giant is sometimes summoned, and that Merle Ambrose has a pet named Gamma... but that is just one world of the Spiral. What about Krokotopia? Is there really a hidden shop there? Can you actually access those rooms blocked off in the Pyramid of the Sun? All of this and more in another edition of Fact or Myth - Krokotopia!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Kirin's Hoard Pack and Animation Introduction

Click to see animation

What you're seeing above is an animation of the Silver Kirin in its idle time. Get used to a special new way to get your pictures - in-game animations! You'll known exactly how something moves, walks, runs, or whatever else it does with these new animations. Don't worry, you'll still find your regular pictures, you'll just be getting these new animations, too. Already wanting to know how to make one? Don't worry, that's an upcoming post. With that, I'll introduce the Kirin's Hoard Pack! Take a chance at three colors of Kirin mounts, and six different Foo Dogs, as well as new, interactive bobble-heads and other items - including gear and weapons! Plus, learn where you can win/earn free codes for a Kirin Mount or win/earn free codes for Foo Dogs! You could win a pack and your own Wizard101 Central animated avatar. It's all here in the latest post - The Kirin's Hoard Pack!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Five More Blogging Tips and Tricks and Win a Kirin's Hoard or an Animated Avatar!

Quite some time ago, I did a post on ten blogging tips and tricks, and that's HERE if you're curious, but don't worry, I'll re-post the first ten. I'm back, though, with ten more things you can do to make your blog yours, increase your visitors, and get feedback like never before.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kirin's Hoard Pack: A First Look

Picture Credit: Shadowaaron46
As you can see, even though the Kirin's Hoard Pack hasn't been released yet, we're already seeing the mount and pets around the Spiral. We've seen multiple colors of the pet, called a Foo Dog, and multiple colors of the mount. How do people already have these rarities? That's part of the post, of course.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Question of the Week, New Site Feature, Contests, and Become a Member and Get a Free Boar Knight Pet

In the past, I've received a lot of questions about what programs I use for editing, and in case you're curious - that's GIMP. Since I get it so much, I'm going to go over a few of my tips and tricks for using the program. Everything from creating and effective background to using the various tools, all part of an answer to the numerous questions I received, specifically, one from The Hilarious Thaumaturge. And Swordroll, where'd you come up with your odd name?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pack-A-Palooza, Free Items, Friendship Festival Begins, and Various Updates

I'm beginning to think that we need the ability to purchase attic upgrades with gold because of all of the items I've got. And remember when I mentioned a possible Pack-A-Palooza? Well it's here, and the Nightmare pack has returned. There's also a new hoard pack being released later this month. The Kirin's Hoard pack is just around, the corner, too. All packs will be up to 50% off. If you aren't overwhelmed yet, the Friendship Festival has begun, Wizard101 UK is hosting a Valentine's Day banner contest, Wizard101 Central is having massive giveaways, including the new mount from the new pack, Wizard101 is giving away one free pack item to every account, as well as offering a chance to win more items everyday on Facebook and Twitter, plus they're joining up with a major gaming news site so that you can win the newest mount in-game. If you're not over on yet, continue reading for more information.