Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pirate101 Test Realm is Online

The Pirate101 Test Realm is live once again and available for download! Please join KingsIsle in testing Avery's new Diplomat quests, Practice Ship PvP, Team Up Ledger, Emojis, Auto-Companions, and other bug fixes.

Avery's Quests
Captain Avery's dream is coming true: Skull Island is going to be a republic! For players, this means new adventures await those who have completed the quest "Gunn's Gold".

Avery's new quests will take you across Skull Island, and always guide you back to Zeke's Party Barge. Once you complete Avery's initial quests, every 24 hours the diplomats on the Party Barge will offer you a level-banded repeatable quest that have a chance to reward you some of the rarest jewelry and totems from around the Spiral.

Once you earn your new badge from completing these quests, a new vendor will unlock on the Party Barge. Drop by the Party Barge often! You never know who or what you might see there!

Practice Ship PvP
For all those who are level 3+ (and nautical level 3+), Mickey Dugan has a new quest titled "Broadside!" This quest will direct you to the Skipper and open the portal to a random location in the ship PvP zone. It's sure to be a dangerous place!

Special Notes:
  • You won't be able to change your ship in the zone;
  • You will spawn into the zone in a random location;
  • The only way to exit is to use your shortcut teleportation keys (...or get sent back to a life fountain from being defeated);
  • There are new badges for both sinking ships and for being sunk in Practice Ship PvP.
Team Up Ledger
Visit the new Join a Team Ledger in Skull Island, proper to find a group for adventures! It will display a list of all teams that are waiting for additional members. Only the dungeons and worlds that your Pirate already has access to will be listed! Press the "Refresh" button at the bottom right to update the list and look for additional teams.

Pirate101 now has emojis! Click the skull face icon on the right hand side of your chat window, and this will open up a menu of emojis you can add to your conversation. If you'd rather not see emojis, there is a toggle now to turn these on and off from your options menu.

Now your companions have been given intelligence to act of their own accord! The "Automate Companions" option now defaults to "on", but you can toggle this off through your options menu. While Automate Companions is on, whenever you don't issue a command to a companion, they will approach and fight the enemy as they see fit. This also works for Henchmen!

For a complete list of updates, click here.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wizard101 9th Birthday Contests

To commemorate Wizard101's 9th anniversary, I am hosting three different contests for the community. They are fairly easy this time around, to give everyone a chance to participate.

'Caption This' Contest
The Banshee below is blowing a candle for Wizard101's birthday, but what could she be saying? Using just one sentence, caption the screenshot and send your entry by email to [email protected], with the title "Caption This", along with your Wizard's name (such as David SilverHunter) by the deadline. Please, keep the caption family-friendly! Thanks to Swordroll for the contest idea!

Grand Prize - 50,000 Crowns + Random Beckett Wand
First Place - 25,000 Crowns + Random Beckett Wand
Second Place - 9,000 Crowns + Random Mount
Third Place - 2,500 Crowns + Random Pack

Grand Prize: Sophia FrostHeart
"I hope our boyfriends will visit us for the celebration because i'm DYING to meet them again."

First Place: Alejandro Story
"You know, you don't have to be so loud blowing that candle. The neighbors will complain!"

Second Place: Aaron FireCaster
"Those cookies don't look gluten-free to me!"

Third Place: Carlos SeaSword
"A-AA-AACHOOO!!!! W-What was I doing again?"

Birthday Fun Screenshot Contest
Take a screenshot in Wizard101 and show me how you're celebrating the game's 9th birthday! Hanging out with friends? Paying a visit to old foes so they can have a piece of cake, too? Send only one screenshot to [email protected], with the title "Birthday Fun", along with your Wizard's name (such as David SilverHunter) by the deadline.

Grand Prize - 25,000 Crowns + Random Beckett Wand
First Place - 9,000 Crowns + Random Mount
Second Place - 2,500 Crowns + Random Pack

Grand Prize: Christina LionRider
"Ready for some ninth party fun!"

First Place: Hunter Blade
"Playing video games against other people."

Second Place: Patrick ShadowFlame
"Celebrating with some of the original Undead Cast of Wizard City."

Birthday Raffle

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest Rules
  1. You may enter all contests, but can only submit one entry per contest and win in one of the contests;
  2. If I suspect you are using more than one account for additional chances of winning, you will be disqualified from all contests;
  3. All contests start now and end on September 3rd, at 4:00PM CDT, to give winners a chance to buy the new mount before it leaves the Crown Shop;
  4. Winners will be announced and contacted on September 4th, 2017.
Thanks to KingsIsle for providing the prizes!
Got any questions? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wizard101 Producer's Letter Hints at New World

In the August 2017 Producer's Letter, Professor Falmea revealed two new pieces of concept art, of what seems to be the next world expansion in Wizard101.

Although nothing was specifically stated about this forthcoming update, which is expected to be on Test Realm this Fall, we still have to visit three major worlds, according to Old Cob's prophecy:

  • Empyrea;
  • The Hidden Lands;
  • The Broken Shores.

What we know about the next expansion is that one of its areas seems to be called Sycorax Jungle and that the world itself is home to beasts. Now I know this will sound odd to most of you, but this made me think of the description Zander made of his homeworld, Wallaru. And the beasts shown in the concept art fit the theme perfectly.

Sycorax was a powerful witch in William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", but what does that have to do with the game? Well, we know one of Old Cob's children - the Bat - is still roaming around, so Sycorax could be a reference to the third Warlord we are going to face in the upcoming world.

We know that Scorpion was plotting in Mirage long before we set foot on the sandy world, so it's not too farfetched to think that this third foe has been doing the same and could've named a forest after itself.

Are you excited for the third expansion of the Old Cob arc? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wizard101's 9th Birthday Celebration

Happy birthday, Wizard101! Wizard101 is bursting with fun as we celebrate the game's 9th birthday!

The Birthday Celebration includes Member Benefits galore, Five B.O.X.E.S and Lost Pages events, returning Crown Shop items, a birthday giveaway, a special episode of KingsIsle Live and birthday fish that have returned for the occasion! And, of course, Wizard101 Fansites will be holding contests in the coming weeks to celebrate with all of you.

New Birthday Mount
Check out the new Birthday Balloons Mount in the Crown Shop! Your Wizard will love floating over the Spiral with this fun, celebratory mount.

Returning Crown Shop Items
KingsIsle is bringing back some Crown Shop items for the occasion:
  • Gobbler Mount
  • 8th Anniversary Gobbler Cake
  • Party Corgi Pet
  • Reg. Keeper Party Multi-Tank Aquarium
  • Party Chair Housing Item
  • Party Buffet Table Housing Item
  • Birthday Snack Pack
  • Grandpa Piggle Pet

Lost Pages & Five B.O.X.E.S. Events
To celebrate yet another year with some extra awesome, the Five B.O.X.E.S Event and the Lost Pages have returned.

Member Benefits Galore
Wizard101 Members will get special benefits during the birthday celebration! Enjoy double pet experience, double gardening rewards, bonus on daily assignmentsdaily pvp assignments, double Animus & Monstrology experience and free training point respec. Not a member yet? Subscribe here.

Birthday Giveaway
The moment we've all been waiting for: FREE gifts for Wizard101's birthday! KingsIsle's giving your Wizard 9 items to celebrate the game's 9th birthday! Use the promo code burstingwithfun or click the image below to redeem the following gifts:

  • 1 NEW Sparkler Wand
  • 1 Professor's Hoard Pack
  • 1 Rockhammer Jewel Pack
  • 1 Energy Elixir
  • 1 Hambrosia Pet Snack
  • 1 Birthday Snack Pack
  • 1 Birthday Gala Gazebo
  • 1 Confetti Cannon
  • 1 Birthday Hat

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 1st, 2017, at 11:59pm US Central Time.

KingsIsle Live Birthday Episode
Make sure to watch KingsIsle Live on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM Central. If you've never watched the show before, KingsIsle Live is an event where KingsIsle Community Managers play Wizard101, discuss the latest game news, take questions from the audience and give away awesome prizes. To watch, just visit this page during the event!

Birthday Mystery Fish
There are special, rare fish in town (one for each school), creeping in the waters of the Spiral through October 1st! These returning fish, and your birthday favorite from last year, are only here for a short time for birthday celebrations... can you catch them?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pirate101 Updates Coming Soon

A year after the final showdown with The Armada's leader in Valencia Part 2, Pirate101 is finally getting another update. But not a major one; at least, not for now.

In the August 2017 Producer's Letter, Professor Falmea revealed that a major story update is planned, but it will most likely be released in "smaller, bite-sized chunks." According to Falmea:

"The first episode involves our good friend Captain Avery asking for yet more assistance, this time in an Ambassadorial role. Skull Island is on the cusp of becoming a true, legitimate republic. Your exploits have helped other major powers realize that Skull Island should not be ignored; and Avery is positively giddy at the prospect of wealth and power. Navigate your way through the needy Ambassadors’ whims, and perhaps you can help Avery succeed with something he’s been trying to realize for FIVE LONG YEARS."

So what can Pirate101 players actually expect in the next update?

Nautical PvP
KingsIsle is going to introduce the very first "free-for-all practice ship-to-ship combat area", where players will engage in fierce nautical battles against one another, similar to PvP but without teams. If this becomes popular enough, Professor Falmea clarified that they intend to delve more into nautical PvP and expand it based on the community's reception:

"We're doing step one, which is giving you some space to fight amongst yourselves (and some badges for bragging rights). If this is popular, fun, and something a lot of you enjoy, we’ll take more steps. Currently, we’re talking about expanding this in future updates, by making different modes, doing some tweaks and rebalancing ship combat in general; and of course building in a ranking/match-making system like PvP."

Team-Up Kiosk
Pirate101 will be getting a Team-Up Kiosk very soon, just like the one that operates in Wizard101. For those of you who don't play the latter, the Team-Up Kiosk displays a list of all teams that are waiting for additional members, for a specific dungeon or boss fight.

Automate Companions
KingsIsle is also going to implement a new mechanic that allows our Companions to be a little more independent, by making their own decisions. A preview of this new feature was shown during this month's KI Live, that you can watch below.

There are more things in store for us that weren't revealed in the latest Producer's Letter, but Falmea confirmed that a Test Realm is coming very soon to Pirate101!