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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pirate101's Top 10 Spiritual Centers

Pirate101 Spiritual Centers

The Spiral is full of different cultures, most all of which have a basis in real life. One cornerstone of each society in-game is who they follow, worship, or otherwise call upon in times of need. Some, however, stand out more than others. Here are the top ten.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Must-Have Polaris Drops

Wizard101 Polaris Best Drops

Wizard101's latest world - Polaris - reminds me a lot of Aquila in the sense that there's not necessarily a whole new gear set to farm for (which is a good thing), but there are a few drops you want to pay attention to scattered throughout the world. Here are the top ten things you need from Polaris.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Catch of the Day: The New Bank of Halfang

Wizard101 Fishing

If you're played Wizard101 for very long, you're probably familiar with Halfang - either from hearing it so many times or having farmed there yourself. Gary Scott Smith, the Senior Software Engineer for Wizard101, promised an alternative to this gold-gathering method... and he delivered in this most recent update.

Monday, November 16, 2015

KingsIsle Introduces New Make-A-Wish Skeleton Key Boss


Wizard101 has been testing Polaris in the Test Realm for a few weeks now, and with the most recently update, they added in a third NPC based on a Make-A-Wish visit to KingsIsle. He comes with his own story and his own boss. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Polarian Shipwreck House Map

Wizard101 Polarian Explorer's Bundle Shipwreck Home Map

It's been almost two years since I did my Amber Estate Map. The Polarian Explorer's Bundle inspired a second one. After redeeming the bundle, I immediately fell in love with almost every aspect of it. The house itself is not quite as spectacular as some of the original bundle homes, but I intially hadn't been so lost in my own house since the Pyramid of the Lost Horizon (that's a good thing).

Monday, November 9, 2015

Wizard101 Polarian Explorer's Bundle

Wizard101 Polaris / Polarian Explorer's Bundle Card - GameStop

Extra Life participants are finding the new Wizard101 Polarian Explorer's Bundle in their inbox today. The card contains a Polarian Shipwreck House, the Battle Narwhal Mount, the Elegant Penguin Pet, Polarian Explorer's Gear and Pickaxe, and one month of membership or 5,000 crowns! Let's take a look at what's new in this bundle!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

KingsIsle's Rise & Destroy: Elemental Power


If you haven't heard, KingsIsle's new game, Rise & Destroy, is now available worldwide. To generate excitement and show you what the game's about, we're taking an inside look. I demonstrated some of the first levels, but let's look a little further!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wizard101 Polaris Test Realm Bugs, Feedback, and Suggestions


Wizard101 has released Polaris, and with it some new features, spells, and updates to old systems. Having run through the world and paid close attention, I've noted several bugs and potential improvements here. This is one of my favorite updates to the game yet, and I share this list in hopes that it goes live as spotless as possible.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Wizard101 Polaris Level 108 Spells: An Analysis

Wizard101 Polaris Level 108 Spells

Wizard101 follows their world-themed spells trend in Polaris, and these new shadow-enhanced creatures are a hot topic right now in the wizard world. From effects to animation, they've undergone extensive scrutiny, and after having examined much of it and drawn some of my own conclusions, I am excited to provide my analysis and suggestions for these new, level 108 spells.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KingsIsle's Rise & Destroy: Getting Started


KingsIsle recently unveiled a brand new mobile game - Rise & Destroy! While dinosaurs and monsters of all types were asleep in their cave, humans wrecked their world, and stole powerful energy cells and more from the monsters. Now it's time to take revenge.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Quest Contest Winners, Discussion, and Feedback


As the first Quest Contest on Swordroll's Blog comes to an end, there are a few winners to congratulate, but also a few ideas to discuss. This contest concept will be coming back, so share your feedback so that it's even better than the first!

Wizard101 House Fish School, Location, XP, Rank, and Tank Size Guide


Wizard101's latest Test Realm reveals new fish in houses! Wizards can now enjoy the relaxations of fishing in the comforts of their own home. These fish are available in a variety of houses. Let's take a look!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Win a Jewel Crafter's Bundle in Wizard101!

Wizard101 Jewel Crafter's Bundle Contest

Can't find Wizard101's new Jewel Crafter's Bundle at your GameStop? Fear not! You can win one here, as well as a multitude of other prizes, even if you already have the bundle. This contest is unique, and not one to miss!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

KI Live Teases Wizard101's Polaris

Wizard101 Polaris

Every month, the Community Managers at KingsIsle have been hosting a livestream showcasing both Wizard101 and Pirate101, but never has it been so exciting as this month, where KingsIsle previewed a new world coming soon to the Test Realm - Polaris! Take a look at the footage and my breakdown here!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wizard101 Jewel Crafter's Bundle


The Jewel Crafter's Bundle is all new in Wizard101 and here's a look at the level 100 (and 110) gear, wand, and all of the items included! This new bundle can be purchased at GameStop stores near you and costs $29. Let's take a look at what's new!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Halloween Items Coming to Wizard101

Wizard101 New Halloween Pack Items

Every year, Wizard101 either updates seasonal packs with old items, or introduces another pack with new items. Which they'll do this year is becoming more and more clear. Not only that, but some people saved packs in their gift boxes from previous years, and snagged some items early. Let's take a look at what's coming to Wizard101.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

An Artist's Inspiration

You may know him as Avery, DarkRapier, ReqiuemDemonic, or a Wizard101 Central Graphics Champion, but whatever the case, you've probably seen his artwork. Now take a look at his personal journey in the world of art and internet gaming, and the effects Wizard101 have had on him.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gamer to Gaming Industry: A Lesson in Dedication


Yadin Bromberg, known widely as Blaze Shadownhorn, has progressed from gamer to gaming professional faster than most people dream of transitioning. His unparalleled dedication has led him to share his advice here in the fourth of five posts in the September Guest Post Lineup.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

An Inward Journey in Gaming


D.S. Devereaux, Destiny Soultamer, or just Sonja... However you know her, this talented blogger is more than qualified to share her unique journey and self-discovery in gaming. With a variety of experiences beyond what many KI-only gamers have and personal recommendations on additional titles, there's something to learn for everyone in this third portion of the September Guest Post Series.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Road to Champion: A Witchdoctor's Secrets


Stubborn Duncan Freeman recently reached the rank of Champion after dedicating himself to over 300 PvP matches and experiencing and attempting to counter just about ever type of strategy out there. He's easily one of the most well-versed PvP players around and now he's going to be sharing some tips with you. This is the second of five guest posts in the September Guest Post Series.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Wizard101's Most Game-Changing Update


In celebration of my fourth blogoversary, I hosted a contest requiring contestants to write a blog post about the update to Wizard101 that changed the game the most, for better or for worse. The winner of the contest was Mary Darkriver, and I'm sharing her post today as the first of five in my September Guest Post Series.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Guest Post Lineup


Something new and fun is happening at Swordroll's Blog, and it starts in just two days! Guest posts are common outside the KingsIsle community, but we didn't see them very often here until recently, when Sonja over at Soultamer Gaming did a post swap with Evan at Pirates in the Sky and also had some guest posts from Ian over at WatchHallow. Now I'm giving them a try!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Polaris: Where Wizards and Pirates Collide

Wizard101 Polaris / Napolenguin

We know at this point that our wizards will be visiting Polaris, this following a teaser from Wizard101 located HERE. However, what will our wizards be doing? How will we interact with our pirate counterparts? Let's explore some of these questions.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wizard101's Top Ten Most Evil Bosses


Bosses range in purpose from trials and tribulations to guards and war-ready generals. While the Spiral is full of diversity, there are some enemies that are undeniably more sinister than others. Here are the top ten most evil bosses in Wizard101.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wizard101 Idea: Arctic Bundle

Wizard101 Arctic Bundle

One of my favorite parts of KingsIsle games is bundles. They're like mini-updates that come unannounced. People start to hear rumors of a particular pet and before long, someone shows up with the new card. You pay for then, just like any game expansion, but they come with some pretty epic items. So here's my idea for the Arctic Bundle!

Monday, August 3, 2015

How Companion Updates Will Change the Way You Play Pirate101

Pirate101 Test Realm Companions

Maybe you're aware of the recent companion update on the Test Realm. Maybe you haven't logged in to check it out yet. Or maybe you haven't heard at all. But whether you're a pirate that loves PvE, PvP, or both, these are changes you'll want to pay attention to.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Wizard101's Mysterious Dragonfly Pet


The latest buzz in Wizard101 is a brand new pet spotted multiple times yesterday in-game. At first, it was only in screenshots, but soon, multiple people were sharing images, and now the whole Spiral is wondering... Where does this pet come from?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pirate101: Clandestine Trainer Powers

Pirate101 Secret Power Trainers

Pirate101 has opened its Test Realm doors and there are new trainers with new powers available! Check out all of those new abilities here, as well as where you can find these secret trainers.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pirate101's Teaser: Ship PvP or Boss Fight?

Pirate101 Ship PvP

Pirate101's newest Vine would appear to show Ship PvP, but with some closer inspection, I think you'll find that this is not what's coming to the game at all. At least, it's not what the Vine shows. Take a closer look!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wizard101 July Test Realm Thoughts, Feedback, and Bugs


The Test Realm is drawing to a close, but several bugs remain and it's not too late to give feedback. Here are my thoughts and suggestions for this latest Wizard101 update!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wizard101 Celestia Fish School, Location, XP, Rank, and Tank Size Guide


Wizard101's Latest Test Realm reveals new fish in Celestia! Come take a look at what's new and see the locations, school, and more to learn what lure to use to catch these Celestian fish!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wizard101: Terror's Hoard Pack Review


Just today, Wizard101 released the new Terror's Hoard Pack. This Darkmoor-themed booster card pack includes new furniture, the Terror Dog mount, new wands with special May Cast spells, a new pet, and more!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wizard101: Grand Tourney Gauntlet Bundle!

Wizard101 Grand Tourney Arena Gauntlet Bundle

Wizard101 has launched the brand new Grand Tourney Gauntlet Bundle, which includes the Grand Tourney Arena, Dyeable Destrier Mount, Squirerel Pet, Valiant Jouster's Armor and Lance, and one month of membership or 5,000 crowns!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fourth Blogoversary Celebration!


I can't believe that four years have passed since I started Swordroll's Blog. Over the past few days, I've introduced a couple of new things, so before we look back, let me highlight what's new!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wizard101: Illustrated Card-Giving Jewel Guide


Wizard101 Card-Giving Jewel Guide

Last night, I released the Pirate101 Guide to Hybrid Pets, but I'm not finished just yet. There's another reason I've been busy at Swordroll's Blog. I've been hunting down jewels and and hunting down people who hunted down jewels, and put together a guide to highlight some of my favorites - the ones that give cards.

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Pirate101 Hybrid Pet Guide!

Pirate101 Hybrid Guide

Things have been a little quiet around Swordroll's Blog lately, and here's one of the reasons why - I've been wrapping up several months of work on a brand new guide for Pirate101 hybrids! Check it out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wizard101 Aztecan Builder's Bundle Card

Wizard101 Aztecan Builder's Bundle Card

Wizard101 has released a new bundle card: The Aztecan Builder's Bundle! This new card allows you to build your own castle using new Aztecan blocks, and includes a Raptor mount, axe and shield weapon, Aztecan gear, and a Toucan (or rather, Toucan't) pet.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pirate101 Producer's Letter Suggests Multi-World Summer Update


Coming up on two years since the last storyline update to Pirate and having seen numerous retention mechanisms implemented, players are wondering just what Pirate has up their sleeves. Among cancelled memberships and closed accounts lies a gem of hope that suggests the largest release to date in KingsIsle games, and this epic next segment seems to be one most certainly worth waiting for.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wizard101: The Steel Golem Pet, Revisited

Wizard101 Steel Golem Pet

Players have recently gotten quite excited about the fact that KingsIsle announced that there were 100 undiscovered hybrid combinations in-game, but it seems that all these combinations are old pets make other old pets, except that it may be easier to hatch the combination than actually farm for the pet. But one undiscovered pet stands out still today and has people talking.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dyeable Mounts to Come to Wizard101

Wizard101 Dyeable Mounts

Wizard101 has confirmed that dyeable mounts are on their way to Wizard101, and they may even be part of the summer update. But what should wizards be expecting from this newest feature?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ten Places We Need Tapestries To

Wizard101 Tapestry - Shadow Palace

Just recently, some new tapestries have been emerging in fansite contests! Before long, we'll have a tapestry to just about everywhere. KingsIsle has hit many of the useful areas (the Bazaar, the arena, the Hatchery), and some that are just for collectors (I'm looking at you, Common's Tapestry). However, there are ten locations that don't currently have one that could use their own.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wizard101: Item Inspection Reveals New Housing Gauntlet and Bosses

Wizard101 Grand Tourney Arena

With all of the awesome new content now out on the live realm in Wizard101, there's a smaller update you might have missed that carries some significance - the ability to more closely inspect housing items in homes. And yesterday, it revealed an all-new housing gauntlet and bosses to come. Take a look!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Contribute to a Guide, Win 5,000 Crowns! [CLOSED]


With all of the new things in Wizard (or if you're just a poor Pirate), there's plenty of need for crowns, and if you're wanting some free ones, you've come to the right place. Here's a chance to win 5,000 crowns for either game using pictures you probably already have.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Fansite Festival, Retold With GIFs


The first annual Fansite Festival was an idea that originated with the crew at Adventures of the Spiral, and spread out across fansites all over the community. It grew into a full day of action-packed fun, including multiple events being hosted at once. Just in case you missed any of them, here's a quick recap... in GIF form.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pirate101: Soloing the Scylla - A Guide

Pirate101 Scylla / Spawns Solo Guide | Aquila

Too often, I hear people asking for assistance with the Scylla. Clearing tokens is usually the issue. But, as it turns out, there are some tricks available to you to be able to very easily solo this battle.

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Wizard101 Fish Castle

Wizard101 Fish Tanks Castle

Yesterday, with the 101 crowns sale (see more HERE), I took advantage of the offers on tanks. These fish tanks are a lot of fun to display in your homes, not just as decorations, but also as structures.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fun With 101 Crowns

Wizard101 Fish Tanks

It isn't often that I highlight a sale, particularly one that's over with, but yesterday's 101 sale was so much fun that it's worth taking a look at. Both games reduced the price of five popular items to only 101 crowns, and players took advantage!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wizard101 March/April Test Realm Thoughts, Feedback, and Bugs


The Test Realm is up and running, and it's packed with new content! There are some really great new features and updates that I've been trying out. I've spotted a few bugs and shared a few recommendations here!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wizard101: New Skeleton Key Boss Guide

Wizard101 Test Realm Skeleton Key Boss Cheat / Drop Guide

The Wizard101 Test Realm is live, and it has brought a number of goodies along with it! Among them are three new bosses in special sigils that require Skeleton Keys. Each has new and exciting drops to be had!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wizard101: Sentinel Fish Guide


Ever wanted to catch a sentinel fish in Wizard101? As a matter of fact, for the Dragonspyre quests, you're actually required to snag one. But, what's the best way to do it? And, once you've gotten a couple, how do get rid of all the ones that are stealing your lures in other ponds?