Friday, December 27, 2013

Concept101: Broken Bones

Malistaire... not but a ghost of the past now - lost to the Spiral. For those wondering, "King Artorius" (Jesse Scoble) confirmed that Morganthe had no hand in the Malistaire arc or the death of Sylvia. So her motives for bringing him back must have been elsewhere. However, Artorius also confirms that Malistaire is currently lost and absent from the storyline.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Creating an Amber Estate Map

Wait a minute! What's that? A map for the Amber Estate? That's correct... I made it myself. But the process was a lot harder than you'd imagine, and certainly an intriguing one - allow me to talk you through it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Pirate101's Class Gear and Its Significance

Class gear? What's all this? Much to my surprise, this slipped in right beneath a lot of people's noses, and they're still not sure what it is or where to get it today. The addition of this new gear is much more than fancy looks, however. It suggests a few exciting... and horrifying things.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wizard101 UK Contests: Christmas Puzzle and Raffle!

It's contest time in the UK! Want to win some awesome prizes? This is your chance. In honor of Christmas in the Spiral, this year, our contests have begun for some very exclusive prizes! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bazaar Issues Reveal Unreleased Items

Yes, those are new staves in Wizard101... not yet released, and yet, three or so exist in-game after they mysteriously appeared in the Bazaar during a string of bazaar events... Ha, that's punny!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nausica: Revolutionizing Pirate101 PvP

Nausica, oh Nausica... What can I say? This companion has forever changed Pirate101 - it completely alters our concept of Musketeers in more ways than one and has sparked major controversy for Pirate101 Central tournaments. Sheldon did some great coverage of her HERE. This is my analysis and what I have to say.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Housing Tours to Kill Gauntlet Bundle Sales?

With the release of Khrysalis, a great new feature made its way into the Spiral. Housing Tours! This awesome new shop allows you to visit houses from those who have chosen to put them on display for others to see under four categories. You can rate each house based on how much you enjoy it, and even interact with items within it. However, could these new tours have an unseen side effect?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wizard101 UK Sheds Light on St. Bernard Pet and Yuletide Gear

I logged into Wizard101 UK this afternoon after reports surfaced of the St. Bernard pet being spotted there. And sure enough, I ran into a wizard named Matthew, who was happy to allow me to take photos of his impressive new dog. Plus, he revealed some information on it... and I also caught some Yuletide item looks.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Keeping Your Account Safe in an Age of Technology

There are a lot of ways to compromise your personal information any more. And I've been reading a lot of Central threads lately regarding hacked accounts that were unfairly banned. Maybe one person wasn't telling the whole story, sure, but all these threads would just be too many coincidences. I believe in treating the problem at the source - keeping our accounts secure.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Round-Up: Charity Mounts, Surprise Gear, New Commercial, and More

Wizard101 Noelephant 2013 Charity Mount

The Yuletide Festival and the twelve days of Wizard101 and Pirate101 have hit the Spiral head-on. But in the excitement, have you caught the more subtle updates? New spell drops, a new commercial, Yuletide Gear, etc.? It's all here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Contests, Events, and More!

Swordroll's Blog has gone into Winter mode! And with some new decorations came a new contest that a few of your picked up on early. Plus, the UK has some upcoming events, and December Newsletters have been released.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Character Update

November has been the busiest month in a long time. Between bundles, new worlds, and more, much has been done and much has been planned. Here's your look this month on my progress in-game.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pirate101 Battle Standards: A Complete Overview

Pirate101 Battle Standards Guide

Pirate101's new Empire Bundle (Click to view) contained the first available Battle Standard, a whole new system that will forever change combat. Pirate101 released a guide, but it left many questions unanswered. Which companions does it affect? What is the effect area? Allow me to answer these and show you this standard in action.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Full Look at Pirate101's Empire Bundle: Battle Standards, House Tour, and More

Pirate101 Empire Bundle Card New 2013

Yet another new bundle has arrived at GameStop - and this one with entirely new things as well. It has the first available Battle Standard, plus a Lady Centaur Companion, Imperial Galleon, and Emperor's Villa! Pirate101's new Empire Bundle is sure to be a hit.

New Wizard101 Hive Bundle - Full Look Plus Amber Estate Video Tour

New Wizard101 Hive Bundle Card

What's the buzz all about? I'll tell you - Wizard101's new Hive Bundle from GameStop is by far the most exciting new thing in Wizard101 in quite awhile. The house is extremely impressive and comes with a brand-new feature that you're going to love.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembering Our Veterans

We all have our problems and occasional altercations. But today, we're reminded just how lucky we are to live in a country where we have so many freedoms. Let's take a moment to appreciate our veterans.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Guides Update and Other Changes

I've been hard at work again on Swordroll's Blog behind the scenes, this time with one of the largest updates yet involving the guides page. I've slipped in a couple of these over the past few weeks, so this is a full list. Here's a look at what's new and what's to come!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pirate101 Content Hints Spur Imagination

Pirate101 has had its players drooling over some new and upcoming content. They released a first spoiler in the update notes, and now another is out. Speculations have ranged from Player vs. Player to annual events. Here's what the community is saying.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Concept101: Reflection on the Past

Wizard101 Azteca Concept Art Intro

Azteca is a one-way-or-the-other kind of world. You either love it or hate it. But one thing you absolutely can't discount is the world's beauty. And naturally, where a beautiful world exists, you will find even more beautiful art.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October Character Update

A lot has happened in the last month across Wizard101 and Pirate101. I don't like to fill you in on adventures that you've probably already experienced anyway, but with so much happening, I decided to keep you up-to-date on my activities in-game with a once-a-month post on my characters!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Epic Morganthe Trailer!

Wizard101 Morganthe Trailer - Khrysalis?

An epic new clip that I found tonight makes me think that Shadow Magic has surely been years in the making! Morganthe, seeming to make use of such magic, was located in a new trailer that I'd like to share with you.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wizard101 Level 92 Shadow Magic Spells and Level 90 (King Artorius) Spells: An Analysis

Wizard101 Khrysalis Shadow Magic Spells Level 92 *New 2013
Wizard101 Khrysalis' Shadow Magic Spells for levels 92+

With the opening of Wizard101's Khrysalis, the Morganthe story is... not coming to a close. Apparently, this ending is so epic that it had to be split into two parts. Part one is now available and you may progress to level 95. But what exactly is it that's going to rock Wizard101? How about some Shadow Magic spells!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Multiple New Exclusive Pirate101 Ships?

Pirate101 Exclusive AMD Ship

A plethora of new ships has begun to show up, and it turns out that VisionTek isn't the only company Pirate101 partnered up with. There are a number of other ships, too. I've only come across four or five so far, but as I discover more, I'll share them.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Concept101: Not a Bear

Pirate101 Marleybone Concept Art

Concept art has long been one of my greatest fascinations with KingsIsle games. Of course, what they do compared to what they release can only leave us guessing as to what we haven't seen. The art that I love so much is often breathtaking or inspirational in some sense... very rarely is it humorous.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nightmare Pack Resource Center

Wizard101 Nightmare Pack New Gear 2013

The Nightmare Pack is back and better than ever - you've probably seen a good deal of it by now, but how about the individual gear pieces? And have you watched the packs being opened - that is probably the best perspective you can get. I have put together a number of resources that I think you'll be interested in for learning more about this pack.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pirate Celebrates One Year and Halloween

Pirate101 Halloween Ship

After much anticipation, Pirate101 has announced their first Birthday along with Halloween in the pirate Spiral. KingsIsle has used many a strange event title, but this one - Birth-O-Ween - takes the cake (pun intended). Here's a look at what's new and what's to come.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October Contests: Gearing Up!

We're well into October - and well into contests, too! If you haven't noticed, I've already run four raffles (two of which have not yet been drawn), and am introducing more today - so even if you're aware of these, you might want to take a look at this post.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Top Ten Unsolved Spiral Mysteries

Part of any online game is the history itself. Because most games tend to drop you in the middle of some dire situation, there's always a question of "How did I get here?" and "What happened here beforehand?" Lore is a huge manipulator of game interest. Fill the libraries and you keep players guessing - one question answered is, after all, two questions asked.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Morganthe Finale: Polaris?

Broken, lost - the only gate;
Through silver doors she does await

Halloween announcements went out today of upcoming new quests tomorrow (after being recalled for glitches this morning). However, the monthly newsletter shared an interesting new photo pictures below. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Frankenbunny and Vampire Pets Plus New Quests Indicate a Big Halloween This Year

Wizard101 Halloween 2013 - Frankenbunny, Nosfer Rabit, Dworgyn

Halloween is just around the corner in the Spiral, but this year, it seems that it can't be kept under wraps at all (no pun intended). With about four items suggestive of a specifically large event this year, it has wizards continuing to guess what it'll be.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Concept101: Darkmoor, Revisited

Pirate101 Darkmoor New World Concept Art

Legends, owner of Legends of the Spiral and Stormgate Pirates, recently sent me a message contained a high-quality version of the Darkmoor hub concept. I had seen this piece three places before, and couldn't imagine that it could be much higher quality than the ones I had. I was wrong. And the image, it turns out, would be very revealing in a variety of ways.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pirate101 VisionTek Ship Video Tour

Pirate101, along with VisionTek, has recently launched a unique new promotion that offers a brand-new ship with the purchase of a graphics card in specially-marked packages from authorized retailers. So where can you get one? What are the stats? What's it going to cost?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Reactions to Aquila in the UK!

In the past few days, Aquila has gone live in Wizard101 UK! With the weekend under their belt, many UK wizards have had an opportunity to try out the new expansion. As controversial as both the stats and the price were in the US, wizards here seemed very excited when they heard the news. With new prices and new drops being discovered, however, some opinions may have changed.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Concept101: A Mystery Revealed

It wasn't long ago that Ryan had his wish granted by KingsIsle - he got to visit the headquarters and become a member of the staff for a day. The location news channel covered the event and included a few words from his parents. There was something interesting in the background.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Contest Winners

My contests usually don't do so great, but I am really impressed with how many people entered the Render Search and Find - fifteen. Not a lot, but that's a step up, and not bad for self-supplied prizes on a tucked-away unofficial fansite. I'll have to try that kind of contest more often. Here are your winners!

KI Free Games Update Resurrects Age-Old Gaming Issues

KI Free Games as you know it no longer exists - it is now FreeKI Games (Freaky?) with a monster-themed background to match. However, there's specifically a section called Games for Girls that has Twitter in a fit about stereotypes, women in gaming, and marketing. Let's recap.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Art of Blogging: Starting a Website

Whoever said blogging was easy never tried it for his or herself. I'll be the first to tell you, it take some magic to make it happen - that and a number of good friends behind you to catch you when you fall. Yes, when, not if. When it comes to running a site, I'm definitely not the best. I don't even pretend to be proficient at it. But I figured there might be some interest in following me down the ever-changing path that is blogging.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Five Clever Community Ideas

There's no doubt that the KingsIsle community is full of great ideas. Some, like a Mercenary-type system that ran across a variety of platforms seeking to assist wizards of the Spiral, have existed for a long time. However, I'll be taking a look at five more recent ideas that are truly original.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Concept101: See No Evil

There was always something about Monquista that I enjoyed. And despite the general dislike for the world, it remains to be my favorite of all the current worlds. The colors, the environments, the story... it's all one of my favorite parts of the game, and I can only hope that we'll return for additional skyways, even if there aren't currently plans to do so.

Friday, September 6, 2013

New Contests Are Up!

Are you in need of crowns or just wanting some great items for both Wizard101 and Pirate101? I've got a few interesting contests up now on the Contests page - complete with a new design!

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Background Packs and More!

As you all know, since the release of the major design change in Swordroll's Blog, I've been doing a number of small updates to bring more life to the pages here. First, I did the Entertainment page with all new fortunes and a brand-new look. I followed shortly after with the Community page and some of the sub-pages. Now it's the Tools Page's turn.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wizard101's 5th Birthday Has Begun!

Wizard101's fifth birthday is already underway, and it has brought many surprises with it. First of all, redeem the code "bday5" to get a limited-time Confetti Cannon, and a gift based on when you created your account. For all of that information, go HERE, but I'm guessing you're interesting the things you haven't seen!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Concept101: He Who Points Fingers

Ship ablaze, cannons firing, and Musketeers firing... you're in the heat of ship-to-ship combat! Every class is busy at work, including our favorite - Privateers! Because none is so important as he who points fingers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pirate101 Power Ideas

Well, I don't usually throw around power/spell ideas, but the topic came up on Twitter, and I thought I'd give it a shot. I've come up with some various ideas for Pirate101 powers. For some, I knew just what they needed, and on others, I wasn't sure, so please offer your feedback! These are older, but I haven't shared them here before.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Disney's Game Closings to Affect KingsIsle?

Very recently, Cass Lifeblossom asked me a question over Twitter - because Disney is shutting down two of their major online games, will it have an impact on other online companies, specifically KingsIsle? This question spiked my interest level quite a bit, and I've decided to offer my opinion in a post.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pirate101 Henchman and Wizard101 Islander's Hoard Pack: A Closer Look

Pirate101 Henchman

Both games have had some surprises for us over the last couple of days, and between those updates, the fansite contests, and other events, it has been tough to keep track of it all. So here's a quick look, with video, animation, pictures, renders, and more, of the new Pirate101 level 65 Henchman and Wizard101 Islander's Hoard Pack!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Companion/Gear Consideration

One of the greatest things about Pirate101 is the gear diversity. There's simply so much of it and the drops are rare enough that everyone has their own set. Sure, there are some universally desired and acquired items, but it's tough to get everything you want for every situation. But what exactly are you looking for, anyway?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wizard101 UK Summer Super Party Recap and Contest!

This was our second annual Wizard101 UK Summer Super Party. And though it may have been a bit smaller this year, it was entertaining as always, and several of the fansiters had the support of Gameforge to deliver a fun and exciting event to the UK community.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wizard101: The End?

Even today, I like to trick myself into thinking that by purchasing Wizard101 with crowns, I'm buying those areas forever. But, when Wizard101 is no longer a profitable enterprise, it will go. And all of my money with it. We all assume and hope that it won't be any time soon, but recent signs seem to prove otherwise. Will Wizard101 go up in flames?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Top Ten Must-Have Wizard101 Aquila Drops!

Wizard101 Aquila Tartarus

With the release of Aquila in Wizard101, there are a ton of impressive drops to keep track of. And when it comes to gear, this has been one of the most controversial updates yet. First, no one liked the gear. With added pieces and changes to old gear, some started to like it, while others still disapproved. But then we created a whole new group that even thought this gear was overpowered.