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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Character Update

Wizard101 Azteca

January has been a busy month in the Spiral, despite none of the new, anticipated content from either game (hold off on that, I have a few theories, first). Between both Wizard and Pirate, I've found some time to enjoy a few interesting side quests, farm various bosses, and start a couple of projects. Here's a quick look!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pirate101 Highlight: Captain Swing's Gear

Pirate101 Captain Swing's Gear (Gear Stands)

There's no question that Pirate101 is unique in the sense that it has some amazing gear. As Merciless Morgrim points out, they've got us farming not just for stats, but looks. We're always discovering new items dropped by bosses that actually look like the ones they wear. Here's one undiscovered until recently that I thought was rather interesting.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concept101: Why Did It Have to be Snakes?

Pirate101 Aquila Concept Art

"Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" Concept art fascinates and amazes - it's where our in-game ...everything... comes from. However, not all pieces are completely finished art - and sometimes those are the most fun to look at.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Count of Days: Completely Barmy!

Wizard101 / Pirate101 Spiral

Who said Wizard101 didn't have any good side quests? I recently did one in Azteca that's worth mentioning, as the lore contained within it leads us to what could be the epic conclusion to the Morganthe finale and tell us all about the upcoming new content for Pirate101. The Spirals, are, after all, one in the same.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Connecting the Pirate101 Teasers

So we've got all of these new teaser images from KingsIsle, which, if you haven't seen, I'll be happy to recap with you. But the question still remains - how do they relate? What's the significance? Some players have some very interesting ideas.
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Errands For Pirates: A Zafarian Quest


Who let the dogs out? No seriously, what's this guy doing in Zafaria? I'm happy to explain. Normally it's Merciless Morgrim who's converting wizards to pirates, but I figure I'll help him out... and go the other direction as well, with a few posts about how the games create layers of story that they can't have on their own.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Concept101: Celestia and Its Shadow

Wizard101 Celestia Concept Art

Every now and then, I like to take a look at old concepts. Not only because not everyone here was around at the time some pieces were released, but also because I would hope Concept101 has inspired you to take a closer look at KingsIsle art, and revisiting old pieces can offer a new perspective... especially with high-quality versions.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Valencian Politics, the Armada, and the Grand Design


Our first trip was very much a quiet, in-and-out operation inside the backdoor of Valencia. However, with the cliffhanger ending in the Marleybone and Aquila expansion, the promised return to Valencia seems to be close at hand.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Contest Winners and Guides Addition


With all that has happened recently, I've been a bit delayed on these announcements, though winners were contacted and sent prizes yesterday and the 31st. So here they are - your December contest winners and new Zeke guides!