Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Twenty Must-See Wizard101 Video Screenshots

We all know that Wizard101 puts out some pretty impressive videos. However, they've outdone themselves lately with the release of two trailers featuring two wizards battling Malistaire in a final showdown that no Grandmaster wizard has forgotten! Here's some fantastic screenshots of key moments in the video... twenty, in fact, putting us even closer to our 200 "top ten" list items.

Friday, July 27, 2012

What Are Permalinks, and Why Are They Important?

Recently, Blogger gave us the ability to choose our own post permalinks! First of all, thank you! Wait a minute, what are permalinks? Why are they important? I've been asked this question several times; here's my answer.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Most Popular Mounts

Remember the time when the Horner Sweeper seemed like the best of the best when it came to mounts? Back when mounts themselves were about their speed bonus and not looks. Wait, when was that? Anyway, between the new hoards and charity events, Wizard101 has built up quite a collection of speed-boosting companions! Based on a survey of over 50 wizards, here's a list of the top ten most popular Wizard101 mounts!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

An Announcement and a Contest!

Needing a few extra crowns? Maybe a new pet and an energy elixir to train him? Here's an opportunity to grab those things - just by showing your support for Swordroll's Blog! Find out how to win here. I should also let you know why I won't be responding to comments or emails these next few weeks.

UK School's Out Party and Spiral Summer Athletics!

Wow! And they were definitely crazy! For the first time, we built our own maze for the party - or rather, Mason and Antonio did. With one of the biggest parties yet, we were thankful to share the crowd control experience with the new fansite owners!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New UK Fansites, New Polls, and Balance School Celebration!

*Cues celebratio music?* ... Um, definitely not (here's why)! No beautiful ballet, riveting rock song, or perfect pop piece here, but we can celebrate... silently! Why? There are four brand-new Wizard101 UK Official Fansites that will bring a lot to the community. Plus, here's your chance to vote on your favorites and give feedback to all of the owners! And, if you aren't up to date on your news, Mason's School's Out Party is coming up in two days and the Balance School Celebration is around the corner!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Knight's Lore Pack, Leviathan's Hoard, and New Pirate101 Image

KingsIsle's got a brand-new pack on the shelves - the Knight's Lore Pack! This pack gives you a chance at some stunning new gear with universal resists up to 15%, in addition to all new pets with impressive cards and new epic talents. There's also three new spells to learn from this pack. And that's not to mention the treasure cards, reagents, bobbleheads, weapons, and more! Plus, stick around for information on the Leviathan's Hoard, and a new Pirate101 in-game image!

Monday, July 16, 2012

P101 Concept and In-Game Photo Analysis

There are some amazing in-game photos that tell us a lot about Pirate101, but first, I'd like to get you up to date on the concepts that have been released lately - there are a lot! From Valencian Warriors to Giant Turtles, they're pretty interesting. I've also got a little bit of information on Pirate101 Beta for you!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Are You Making These Website Mistakes? (Part 1 of 4)

Whether you own a forum, website, blog, Facebook page, or something else altogether, your purpose in this community is (or should be) to assist others and share you opinions and stories. You might also offer up your talents for the betterment of the community. The problem is that sharing stories and walkthroughs is no use if you don't have an audience. So, why do blogs promote their content? For that very purpose - by growing their audience, they reach and assist more wizards than they ever could have without it.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

UK School's Out Party!

In the United Kingdom, every student's favorite part of the school year has arrived - the end.

To celebrate, The Life of a Wizard, in partnership with Swordroll's Blog, Wizard101 World, and Legends of the Spiral UK are bringing you a party you won't soon forget!

When is it? The party is happening on July 19th at 5:30 PM BST.

Where do we meet? Look for "port buses" in the Fire Tower, Gamma Realm. Areas are known to fill up quickly, so don't be discouraged if you don't get in right away.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christmas in July and Majestic Bundle Card, Mount, Gear, and Wand

It's Christmas in July in Wizard101 and that means free items, returning holiday plants and decorations, and an amazing contest! Plus, I'd like to update you on the Majestic Bundle - there's new photos of the mount, card, gear, and more included!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Want to Play Pirate101 in Alpha? Here's Your Chance! (Plus New Concept Art)

You all know that you want a chance to play Pirate101. But, what if you could play before it's released to the public? That'd be nice. However, suppose you could play before the game is even released in beta? That's be spectacular! And, actually, you can!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

UK Derby/Fansite Poll Results and Mason's Upcoming Party

The United Kingdom Derby Results have been posted! After hours of "fun" sorting, the staff has released the names of the winners, and well as the results on the UK Fansite Polls! And, if you think the above office photo looks bad, take a peek at the FULL picture at!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Complete Majestic Bundle Description and Album

Looking for information on the latest bundle that wasn't supposed to be released yet? Looking for high-quality, widescreen pictures? Looking for a full preview of every area? You've come to the right place! Despite the fact that I've been heavy watermarking due to recent problems, I think you'll get a lot out of this album, and get a better idea of this house after you're finished reading. I've been sure to include wand pictures, and level 80 gear and wand stats.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Your Life Depends on These

Don't worry too much... we're talking in-game here! However, these are the new way of essentially saving your place in the game. They're what you'll return to on death - a structure found is many locations, allowing you to choose your re-spawn point. In fact, dying may become the new teleport...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Need $12,000? I Can Help!

While it seems that a lot of our wizards and pirates who run multiple accounts can already handle themselves,  if you're looking for an extra 12,000 dollars or 10,000 euros, I've just the thing for you!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Best Mounts? Secret Locations? Blog Tips? Pirate Treasures? It's All Here!

It's hard to believe that in just over a year, I've managed 200 posts already. I must say, this blogging is quite enjoyable, if you haven't figured out my standpoint on the matter. For my 100th post, I did a special on Advanced Lighting and a follow-up on Advanced Lighting in Houses. While those single, impressive posts were fun, I'm going to try something a little different this time.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pirate101 Combat and Wielding Explained

Some of the most asked questions about Pirate101 involve the combat. Currently, only about two photos of a battle board are released, and there are a number of hand-to-hand combat shots, so just how exactly does Pirate101 combat work? Hopefully, my explanation will point you in the right direction, but first, I want to start off with talking about how your pirate wields weapons.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Staying Safe on the Fourth and Potential Blog Contests!

Happy Fourth of July! It's today that the US gets to celebrate their independence! This can be one of the most festive days of the year, but, while you're essentially literally burning through your wallets, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind before you head outside tonight!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wizard101 US and UK Updates - Furniture, Housing, and Packs!

The teams behind Wizard101 have been busy, both in the US and UK. In the US, there's an all new house in the Crown Shop, plus new Avalon furniture! If you're a UK wizard, don't worry - you've got new elixirs, a brand new pack, and more! Here are the updates!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pirate101: The Storyline, Your Character, and Companions (And New Concept!)

We can already make a number of assumptions about Pirate101 - combat, companions, etc. It's time, however, for an in-depth post about a few things we're sure of in this "other side" of the Spiral.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Proposed Idea For KingsIsle Bloggers: Post Week!

To all of you who blog about Wizard101, Wizard101 UK, or Pirate101, an idea recently crossed my mind - something that I'll be doing, and was wondering if more would be interested in.