Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pirate101 Trailer Analysis

Stepping away from my analysis post series, I want to concentrate on the Pirate101 Trailer. It offers us a lot, but leaves wizards and soon-to-be pirates with more questions than answers. If you're looking purely for answers, you might be in the wrong place, because I'm taking a hard look at everything noteworthy.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Patriotic Leprechaun, Feedback Friday, and New Prepaid Game Cards!

I'd say that that Patriotic Leprechaun banner is worth opening full-size! It's pretty neat. But, there's a watermark... why is that? Honestly, when you visit Facebook pages that have basically regurgitated all of your photos and illustrations, your kindness with watermarking sinks.

Analyzing New Pirate101 Pictures and Info - Part 2

In this second part of my short analysis of all Pirate101 information, I'm going to focus mainly on Cool Ranch. When you mention the world, I immediately think of Doritos - they have a flavor called Cool Ranch, which this must have something to do with. Anyway...

LotS's UK Summer's Super Party Recap and Other UK Updates

Earlier today, Legends of the Spiral UK hosted the Summer's Super Party in-game. While the party page itself indicated that only ten or twenty people might be coming, but the game told a whole different story! Quickly, Gamma went from one area to three, and the Life tower filled up!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Analyzing New Pirate101 Pictures and Info - Part 1

In my mind, it is better to carefully look into new information, and provide a closer look (and theorycrafting, of course) than to immediately present new information that you can view yourself, anyway. There's quite a number of new pictures and bits of info, so we'd better take a close look!

UK Official Fansite Polls and M4H UK

If you've dug very deep into the Wizard101 UK community (careful, you might hit some AMAZING on the way down), then you probably know the Community Manager, Emy Anemsalok! After a couple of tweets today, I think we all agree that she's, as she says, "useful, (apart, ofc from awesome) sometimes", except we might have to transition to more descriptive words like invaluable, and super-amazing.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Phoenix Bundle, Other New Prepaid Cards, and Avalon Furniture!

Introducing the brand new Phoenix Bundle! Wizard101 has left subtle hints about bundles, a few of which, including the Pagoda Bundle, must have simply slipped out early! Here are some details!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More on the Pagoda Gauntlet Bundle and Pony Express Sale!

A day after the supposed release of the Pagoda Gauntlet bundle, we're beginning to realize that Target seems to have launched the cards early! Not only does the tower appear to have some bugs, but the card also gives you two sets of gear - some for level 10 and up, and some for level 20 and up. It also appears that the bow is not included.

Monday, June 25, 2012

New Wizard101 Pagoda Gauntlet Bundle and a Walkthrough!

Right under our noses, KingsIsle released a brand new $39 card at local Target stores! However, at this point, you've got plenty of houses, and they decided to try something new - a sigil-lit gauntlet with amazing XP rewards, a news badge, and a variety of cool drops!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

One-Year Blog-A-Versary Contest Winners and New Announcement Banner!

After reviewing over 1700 entries, and deleting over 200 invalid ones, I finally came to the end of the line, and used Rafflecopter's system (powered by to choose four winners who receive prizes according to the order in which they were selected.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Legends of the Spiral UK Summer's Super Party!

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Do you have a Wizard101 UK wizard? One of the best places to spend your spare time is Legends on the Spiral. Here, you can create your own Wizard101 cards, post pictures and videos, host parties, translate runes, and take part in a number of other contests and activities.

Friday, June 22, 2012

So You Want to Be a Pirate? Lesson 2: Pirate Etiquette

Most of you are probably wondering what sort of etiquette pirates have. I assure you, Pirates aren't the crazy madmen you thought they were at all. In fact, there's almost a Pirate Code for general manners... (This is all historically accurate, right, Swordroll?)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Hoard of the Hydra Pack Attempts and Test Realm Updates

Recently, KingsIsle announced the newest pack - the Hoard of the Hydra! For 399 crowns in the Crown Shop, you can get a chance at the first ever three-person mount - one per head! Of course, you didn't need ME to tell you about the new pack, it's all over the place. I did, however, decide to share my few attempts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So You Want to Be A Pirate? Lesson 1: How To Talk Like a Pirate!

A few of us #twizards were looking up pirate translators yesterday, and came across some interesting changes and additions to phrases and words. Here's a couple of translated words and phrases to prepare you, or rather, ye, for the upcoming game, Pirate101!

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Pirate101 Fansite Kit and Behind the Scenes at Swordroll's Blog

Pirate101 has recently opened applications for becoming official! Here's your opportunity to be a part of the official Pirate101 community! You can submit your fansite on the Pirate101 website at! Meanwhile, you can be decorating your blog or website with the new fansite kit! The kit includes the wooden containers seen at, as well as some interesting map backgrounds and headers! You can also get background images, concept art, helpful links, icons, logos, NPCs, and more! I've also got some news for you regarding Swordroll's Blog!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Scheduled Posting and Contest Reminder

What is that picture there? It's one of the greatest options in Blogger! It means that I can go out of town where there's no guarantee on Internet Connection or time to make use of such a luxury... scheduled posting! So, why haven't I approved your recent comment? Why haven't I responded to your email? I'm posting here, after all. Want to hear the funny part? Yeah, it's just that tool!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Why Do Blogs Promote Their Content?

Is it a question you've always been afraid to ask? A secret irritation that you never understood? One way or another, we've almost all been exposed to promotion in the Wizard101 community. Consider Wizard101 - they've got it all - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube! How about Diary of a Wizard, whose owner is often called the Queen of Social Media? There's quite a lot of promotion left and right. Why is that?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Travel Tips for UK Wizards - Making the Transition From Zafaria to Avalon!

A while back, Wizard101 UK got Zafaria. That can only mean one thing - Avalon is on the way! Let me tell you now, Avalon is a step up from Zafaria. The final battle in Zafaria was four 4,000 health enemies. Beware - before you're done with Avalon, the street mobs will have that much health! And how about those lovely 5,000 to 8,000 health bosses? You won't find one boss under 10,000 health in Avalon. You'll even find some around 25,000, and several 15,000 health bosses that cheat!

Friday, June 8, 2012

MythBusters: Pet Edition

Welcome to the first ever Swordroll's Blog MythBusters: Pet Edition! It's time to prove those little-known facts and put to rest the myths that many wizards still wonder about! Here are twelve statements - are they facts or myths?

Here's how this will work: Statement. Explanation. Fact or Myth?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wizard101 UK Labyrinth Maze Recap

Ok, where's the floor?

If you were a part of the Wizard101 UK maze two days ago, you know how much fun it was! As a finale to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, wizards met in Unicorn Way park and awaited the arrival of Gameforge Support to add them and allow them to teleport directly into a small dorm room... with a portal to a string of about seven houses, each containing a variety of teleporters that might take you one step ahead, might start you over, or just might get you stuck altogether.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Training Your Pet On A Budget

I'm not sure about you, but I've been eyeing those new, craftable spells! At a recipe cost of 60,000 gold, and having requirements like 100 Blood Moss, 100 Diamonds, and Treasure Card versions of the spell, it doesn't come cheap, though. And there's also about a million new versions of pets being released through Pet-A-Palooza, so you'll want to be hatching left and right! That raises a question, though... when it comes to leveling your pets, where does THAT cash come from?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dress to Impress: How to Look Your Best For the UK Diamond Jubilee Celebration

You've already enjoyed a parade and a flash mob, but there's still a Labyrinth maze to explore and enjoy in the UK, and you can't slack off in your royal attire now! Here's a guide to looking your best - from cheap, Marleybone gear to top-notch royal coats!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

UK - All New - Pet Derby Competition, Crown Shop Items, Gift Card Pets, Life School Celebration, and Your Newest UK Fansite!

Pet-A-Palooza? Pshhh! The UK is where it's at! Contests? Try a massive derby competition, cool new crown shop items, gift card pet updates, a Life school celebration, and a brand new UK fansite!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wizard101 UK's Diamond Jubilee Celebration!

Beginning tomorrow, Wizard101 UK is planning a Celebration of royal proportions! Harold Argleston has a message for you!

Friday, June 1, 2012

All New Pirate101 Information - Minigames, Skull Island, and New Concepts

Pirate101 may still be in its Alpha stage of testing, but there's no shortage of game information! Here's the latest on all of the Pirate101 updates!

Scavenger Hunt, Wysteria Villa, New Mounts, and Other Wizard101 Updates

My being out and about doesn't mean that you have to miss out on your latest Wizard101 news with special pictures and detailed descriptions! In just the past few weeks, Wizard101 has thrown five new mounts in the Crown Shop, introduced a new house, released a new housing game, and put up a few new polls and sales!