Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wizard101 Summer Test Realm Is Online


The Wizard101 Summer Test Realm includes the addition of PvP Daily Rewards, a new PvP turn-based tournament mode, a new PvP age, PvP rank boosting changes, new chat channels, chat emojis, chat tabs, Tutorial Tip Log, Avalon Fishing, New Monstrology Extraction Spells, Main Quest indication in your quest log, and much more!

If you meet the requirements, you can download the Test Realm here.

PvP Daily Rewards
There is a new Daily PvP Tournament kiosk in the PvP staging area, where you can check on your Daily Award status. While most days will give you bonus tickets and gold, Days 5, 10 and 15 all have awesome surprises in store! Best of luck at finding both new items and old favorites (like Loremaster spells).

Other PvP Changes
To help stop the practice of boosting rank in PvP, players are no longer allowed to play against the same players they've been matched with for a period of time.

In PvP only, KingsIsle has implemented a Dispel Shield functionality to reduce the ability to spam Dispels. When a Dispel is cast upon a player, they will also receive a Dispel Shield, which can only be broken by a second Dispel. NOTE: If you use a spell that leaves multiple Dispels on a player, like Elemental Diffuse, only one Dispel Shield will be applied.

With these recent changes, KingsIsle is also adding a new age of PvP: welcome to Age 4, which includes new badges for your Wizard to obtain!

PvP Tournaments now have a new turn-based mode. In this mode, each side of the dueling circle will take turns choosing their cards instead of both sides choosing at the same time.

Chat Improvements
This update features a ton of new chat changes. First, the Menu Chat has been updated and revamped, so that it contains a lot more strategy and other fun phrases. It also now features a "Favorites" column at the top of your list.

Also available to all players are new emojis! Click the round face icon on the right hand side of your chat window, and this opens up a menu of emojis you can add to your conversation.

To really kick up your conversations, KingsIsle has added a new "Friend" chat channel. Now each player has a friend chat channel and can invite friends to join it. Your Friend Chat Channel can be public or private.

Avalon Fishing
Brooke Waterman has set up her tackle box in Avalon, where you can find a new fishing quest for all wizards who have finished the fishing quests in Dragonspyre (specifically the quest "Not If I Catch 'Em First!") and completed the world of Avalon (specifically the quest "A Great Storm Coming"). Brooke's quest will take you on a journey to all the newest fishing spots in Avalon, and she may even have a new fishing spell for you once you finished your quest!

Monstrology
New Monstrology spells to extract Treants, Pigs and Gobblers can now be found in Grizzleheim, Colossus Boulevard, and Wysteria. Hunt down Monstrologist Burke in these new locations, and she'll have these new extract spells to teach your wizard.


And there are many more changes and minor updates to the game! Read the complete list of Update Notes for more.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fifth Blogoversary Celebration


Happy anniversary to the blog! Five years after my very first post in the blogosphere, here I am. I still don't know how I made it this far and what made me this popular over the years, but I really owe it all to you!

I've been blogging for the past five years because of the games that I love, but also for your entertainment; to keep the flame ablaze in your hearts and the interest in the games afloat. Your feedback and constructive criticism have always been wondeful and greatly appreciated, and your continued support is a blessing. Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin, thanks for your devotion and your interest in the blog, but above all else, thanks for giving me a chance to express myself through Frostcaller!

Frostcaller over the years...
Since June 5th, 2012, I've covered weekly news from around the Spiral, featured a few blog posts from guests, co-hosted several in-game parties with other Community Leaders, such as the Halloween Run, released over 30 unique wallpapers for both Wizard101 and Pirate101, launched many helpful guides, including my popular Guide to Promotional Wands & Staffs and Illustrated Guide to Teleport Tapestries, that I will update very soon with the missing tapestries from the Mirage update, and wrote theories about the remainder of Arc 3 in my Wizard101 Chronicles, Part 1 and Part 2. You may have noticed that I've added direct links to KingsIsle's mobile games on the blog as well, so if you haven't had the opportunity to test them yet, please give them a try!

Coming up on Frostcaller...
I've been working on new wallpapers that I'm not ready to reveal just yet. However, I can tell you that I will be releasing new Astral and Shadow magic wallpapers later this year, and I might make new ones for Pirate101, too!

Fifth Blogoversary Contest
To celebrate the blog's anniversary, I want you to draw my Wizard101 character (pictured on the right) celebrating his birthday, using any mean you want (digital drawing, pencil drawing, etc.). This contest starts now and ends on June 29th, 2017, at 11:59PM CST. To enter, send an email to frostcallerfan@gmail.com, with the title "Drawing Contest", and your drawing along with your Wizard's name (such as David SilverHunter) by the deadline. Winners will be announced on July 1st, 2017.
Prizes
Grand Prize: Avalon Outlaw Bundle
First Place: 10,000 crowns
Second Place: 5,000 crowns
Third Place: 2,500 crowns
Runner-up: 1,000 crowns

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Changes Coming to Wizard101


With Spring drawing to a close, the soaring temperatures and warm rays of sunshine beaming through the tall trees are making way for the Summer. And with Summer comes another Test Realm!

On the last episode of KingsIsle Live, Community Manager Tom Purdue and Senior Producer Leah Ruben covered some of the new content coming this Summer to Wizard101!

What we know about the Summer Test Realm:

Notable PvP Changes
The dawn of a new PvP era is upon us, Wizards, because PvP is being revamped!

According to KingsIsle, a new turn-based mode will be introduced to Wizard101 Tournaments, most likely this Summer. This new mode is a chess-based turn system, similar to the one that's already in place in Pirate101: one side casts a spell, while the other waits for their turn to select a spell and cast it, and so on. The new system will be implemented in Tournaments at first, and might be applied to all PvP in a future update. You can watch the video here.

Additionally to the turn-based system, Dispel Shields will now be added to your target whenever you cast a Dispel on them. This will address one of the biggest problems in the current max level meta: the dispel spam.

Chat Emoticons
The June 2017 Newsletter suggests that we will now be able to add emoticons to our chat messages, as shown in the gif below.


What do you think of these changes? Are you excited for Wizard101's Summer Test Realm? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wizard101 Avalon Outlaw's Bundle


Introducing the newest Wizard101 game card available in stores now: the Avalon Outlaw's Bundle! You'll find this all new game card at GameStop stores across the United States, for $39.

This Game Card comes with
  • Outlaw's Refuge
  • Vulpine Avenger Mount
  • Fairyfly Pet
  • Dashing Outlaw's Gear
  • Ranger Marksman Bow
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns


Bundle Overview
The Outlaw's Refuge is an immense, peaceful and picturesque haven, with cabins perched on giant trees. The space available makes it perfect for hosting housing games and parties with your friends. There's also a secret room full of treasures and a PvP arena! If you love Avalon, this bundle is definitely for you!


The Vulpine Avenger is a fablelike mount that goes hand-in-hand with the Avalon theme. It will give your Wizard a 40% speed boost and +2% armor piercing.

The Fairyfly is a dazzling and adorably cute wisp of green light that comes with a with Healing Card at Baby, a starting pedigree of 70 and excellent stats for a first generation pet.


The Dashing Outlaw's Gear goes up to Level 120 and gives remarkable overall stats to your Wizard. The Ranger Marksman Bow grants 4% pierce, 65 critical rating, 14% universal damage, 1 power pip, 210 pip conversion rating and Maycast Outlaw's Courtesy at Level 120+.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

KingsIsle Launches EverClicker Worldwide


KingsIsle's newest mobile game, EverClicker, is now global and available for download through app stores! 

EverClicker is a 3D adventure like no other! The further you travel, the more amazing heroes you can awaken! Empower your troop with special powers and cool effects, and celebrate victories in an upgradeable Feast Hall. With each click, you have the power to unlock magical spells, rare items and more from the mysterious world of the EverVerse.

Wizard101 players will be especially interested in this game for a few reasons:
  1. This game features some VERY familiar enemies from time to time;
  2. It is an RPG;
  3. You can connect with your Facebook friends and make new ones, and gift them free goodies everyday!
Important note: something that you might be worried about when you start playing is the fact that you "lose" levels when you defeat the Star Devourer. In fact, your Heroes levels aren't really levels. Your progress through the game is correlated with the number of "Stars" you have collected after defeating the Star Devourer, which are directly noted on the leaderboards.



Crowns for Clicking!
From now through July 6, 2017, players can get Crowns for hitting two event goals in EverClicker:
  • Goal #1 – Collect 1 Star to earn 200 Crowns;
  • Goal #2 – Collect 4 Stars to earn 800 Crowns.
Once you hit a goal, you will receive a message in your EverClicker in-game mailbox, with a code that you can redeem for Crowns in Wizard101 or Pirate101!

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding this limited time offer.