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!

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Chat With Antonio Lotusblood (Part 1)

Antonio Lotusblood, if you don't know him, is a Wizard101 UK player who owns the now official fansite Wizard101 World! I decided that I wanted to know more about Antonio and his experience with KingsIsle games and the community. Awhile back, I saw Duelist101 do something that was pretty neat - they had more of a "chat" than a formal interview! I liked that idea, so I'm doing something in between, in case you were wondering. Additionally, I wanted to have quite a bit of a chat, so this interview has been divided into multiple parts! Give a warm welcome to Antonio Lotusblood!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pirate101 Highlight: Showdown With Captain Blood!

In an encounter with Death, we learn how to defeat Captain Blood... and an interesting puppet show that is! Obviously, there are some major Cool Ranch and overall story spoilers here, so if you want to experience it for yourself first, stop here! However, I encourage you to take a quick look at this final fight with a pirate who supposedly couldn't be killed!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Darkmoor: Wizards, Pirates, or Both? (Pt 1)

Darkmoor is mentioned a number of times in multiple areas, namely around the Pirate101 website. However, it's widely questioned as a possibility of being Morganthe's home world, and her final hiding place in the world of Wizard101. The reality of the matter is that, despite the fact that it hasn't been released in any game yet, it is very likely coming to either Wizard101 (and subsequently Wizard101 UK) or Pirate101. Or maybe it's both.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wizard101 Concepts Hint at New World

Even with Pirate101 information on the rise, J. Todd Coleman's Wizard101 concepts haven't slowed. If anything, they've grown in number and frequency. While a number of concepts that I'll share with you are characters and places that we're familiar with, there's also a photo or two of a brand new, mystery location. Using a few good observations, we can guess that this is new content - could it be a new world?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The All-Around Update

Believe it or not, there are other things going on in the Spiral besides Pirate101 beta! In fact, quite a bit of news is running around! Where Wizard101 US is concerned, Josef Hall is talking about future game expansions and Grub Guardian. In Wizard101 UK, Happy Hour is returning to the Spiral, and the Fire School Celebration starts soon. In Pirate101, beta has been updated, and new concepts and photos of ship-to-ship combat have been released!

Pirate101 Highlight: Early Stages of Cool Ranch

If you're hungry, this is definitely NOT the world for you! Introducing Cool Ranch, the fourth world of Pirate101, full of ghosts, bison, chickens, and all sorts of western decorations! With one of the most beautiful Stormgates yet (complementary colors blue and orange), this world is sure to be a favorite - and it's big, too! With at least four known skyways, there's no shortage of awesome, Cool Ranch content!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Swordroll's Blog Update Notes (1)

You know, after months of designing, redesigning, reworking things, coding HTML, asking questions, talking with others, and spending countless hours on this side project, the new design and content is finally complete, and it sure looks to be worth it so far! Here's a look at the complete updates!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The First of Many: A Pirate101 Preview!

I have just started the third of at least five Pirate101 worlds, and I've already got over 1300 pictures to share with you - from combat to housing to skyways, and more! It's official, the NDA has been lifted! That means photos, videos, and more, all right here on a fantastic source for inside tips that everyone needs - beta or not. Keep your good eye out for tricks, guides, and more! But first, here's a preview!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's Time to Win Some Pirate101 Beta Keys and Shark Week

Pirate101 is on its way, and I've recently made it into beta (Thank you, Paige Moonshade, for your Twitter trivia!). You can join, too, because there are a ton of new contests from which you can earn beta keys! It's time to put your boots on, though, because there are so many people that this could get dirty! That being said, don't get upset with anyone if you don't win, and they do - be a good sport! That alone might get you a key!

Monday, August 13, 2012

What's Coming to the UK?

Have you heard? Something is on it's way in the world of Wizard101! What's coming to Wizard101 UK soon? So soon, that it'll be in-game Wednesday morning during maintenance? I'll give you a hint - the answer isn't Storm! (Warning: Spoiler Alert!)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ravenwood Ball Photos & Recap and Blizzard Elf Winner!

Everyone had a blast at the third annual Ravenwood Ball and Birthday Bash (Happy Birthday, Fallon!). From pre-party pictures to dance lines, Fire Elf races, and more, there was certainly no lack of excitement! I even hosted a mini-party! I've gathered some pictures and am going to provide a quick recap of the event. Plus, one lucky blog member is going to win a Blizzard Elf!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Third Annual Ravenwood Ball and A Preview of My House

If you remember my post on the 2nd Annual Ravenwood Ball and Birthday Bash, you know that it's a big event. Despite me posting, I wasn't actually in attendance. That means that this is my first year! However, I wanted to do more than just party, I decided to host a mini-party! I've got information on the event, a preview of my house, and the winner of the Blizzard Elf pet!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Spiral Door To the Stone Age

If you play Wizard101 UK and are needed some extra crowns, try out Gameforge's latest app! The app features a prehistoric, Stone Age theme in which you can complete adventures to loot special units and level up, fight other players, buy creatures and people to assist in your fights, and become a wealthy caveman. If you get to level 8 in this limited amount of time, you'll win a coupon for any Gameforge game. Only one coupon per account, though! In Wizard101, the coupon is good for 1250 crowns - that means free crowns for you and blog prizes for me!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Catching Up With W101/P101 Concepts and In-Game Photos

It looks like it's been a slower couple of weeks here in the KingsIsle community with some exciting updates just around the corner! Let's take a look at these concepts and in-game photos from a new perspective.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

500 Comments Reward and Interview and Contest With Blaze Shadowhorn

Just an interesting picture there to get you started. I actually did this to myself yesterday, but with Grub Guardian.

As promised, the first member to either make the 500th comment, or the first comment following 500, wins an Energy Elixir! In addition, we now have no less than 102 site members! That means that very shortly, someone will be winning a Blizzard Elf (I will announce the winner tomorrow). Plus, that means only 25 until a 5,000 crowns giveaway, and there are more prizes to come! I've also included some information here about an interview (in which I was the interviewee) with Blaze Shadowhorn. He's set up a contest to win a beta key that I think you might be interested in, so check it out!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Hopes For Pirate101 and Choosing A Class (Help Me Pick!)

Once upon a time there was a Death wizard frolicking along in his Tower of Winter Wings, when suddenly, a company called KingsIsle threw him into a completely new environment full of pirates, both allies and enemies, and all new choices that made him game completely different from anyone else's. Suddenly, he's faced with the first of many decisions: which class shall he focus on?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Why 2000 XP Mega Pets and Hard-to-Craft Spells Are Ok


For the first time in quite a long while, KingsIsle has made a step in a very good direction! That's not to say that they haven't been going the right way the entire time, but this latest update (currently in the Test Realm only) begins to set a standard for the future - one that I'm going to really enjoy, even if it doesn't benefit me more than others.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wizard101 Test Realm Launches With New Spells, Pet Games, Talents, and More!

The Test Realm is open, and it's got a ton of new things to check out! I've got all of the statistics, pricing, and photos for you here, but before you start, grab some background information on what's new over at the Update Notes! Then, let's get started!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pirate101 Closed Beta Release and Beta Questions Answered

I'm back! And it's Beta time! Glue those eyes to your inbox, because beta invitations are being released... right now! Don't be upset if you don't get one today, though! They're sending them out in sets every day! Did you catch all of the articles? The information? The Facebook updates? They're all here for your reading enjoyment!