Monday, September 17, 2018

Wizard101 Decaversary Contest Winners

It has been difficult to narrow the entries down to my Top 4, but congratulations to the Wizard101 Decaversary Contest winners and thank you to all who entered and shared their happiest memories with me!

Grand Prize
Saffron Taleweaver
"I have had so many happy moments on Wizard101 - it is my favourite game - but the one that stood out the most was when I finally reached Commander on my storm, Saffron Taleweaver, with the help of my best friend, Talon Heart!"

First Place
"The reason I chose this memory is because I made this character on stream and had fun with a lot of my followers and friends making this character."

Second Place
Joseph Shadowblood
"Having my first permanent mount: the Panther!"

Third Place
"I drew me training one of my successful pets I've made."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pirate101 Skeleton Key Bosses Go Live

The Pirate101 Summer Update is live and brings a new Old Scratch promotion, Skeleton Key Bosses, Item Lock and many more quality of life updates for you to check out!

World of Dreams
Upon reaching level 70, and promoting Old Scratch to an Undead Houngan, there's an exciting new quest available that takes you to the World of Dreams: "A Dark Reflection"! Old Scratch will summon you to a tavern to begin your journey. Speaking of Old Scratch, you will notice that the introduction to the World of Dreams also comes with an upgrade for this spooky companion... if you're lucky enough to make it through the battle successfully!

Skeleton Key Bosses
There are four old bosses who have been powered up to now be Skeleton Key Bosses:
  • Captain Blood
  • Brass Monkey
  • Duck of Death
  • Old Scratch
These are meant for the most powerful Pirates, so bring your best crew and your exceptional fighting skills to the battle! 

Item Lock
Next up on the most wanted list is a very nifty and quite useful feature Item Locking! You'll notice a new icon in your inventory that looks like a Doubloon; this will toggle item locking on and off. 

Quest Finder
When you press the Quest Finder Button in your Journal (it's on the last page of your quests), the Quest Helper arrow will now point to the nearest available quest. It will start with the current zone you are in, and then expand to the current world you are in. If it doesn't find any quests in that world, you will need to move to another world and press Quest Finder again. 

When you use Quest Finder, a window will appear telling you where to go and who to talk to, and the Quest Helper arrow will now point to that location!

More Space
You surely have amassed a lot of valuable loot throughout the years of adventuring through the Skyway, so KingsIsle has added some ways to expand the precious storage systems:
They're granting everyone (yes, ALL Pirates) 20 more Bank space for free

In the Crown Shop, some various elixirs that can expand things even more were added:
  • The Expand Backpack Elixir will add 40 slots of backpack space (max 2 per Pirate)
  • The Expand Bank Elixir will add 40 slots of bank space (max 2 per Pirate)
  • The Expand Friends List Elixir will add 25 more friends list spaces (max 2 per Pirate).
Member Benefits
It's good to be a member! KingsIsle is introducing limited time membership benefits, as thanks for being a member of Pirate101. These will turn on occasionally for special events. Here's what you can expect:
  • Double companion orders – Double the loot when companions bring back their haul of goods.
  • Double pet XP – Double your pet experience from training and snacks!
  • Free player/companion respec – Change how your pirates and companies are trained without cost.
  • Free Miracle Mitch prices – Wounded companions are healed for free!
Note: When a member benefit is active, you'll see a new icon below the member chat menu option.

And there are many more updates applied to the game! For the complete list of Update Notes, click here.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

What We Know About Empyrea Part 2

Vanessa Mythdust has recently interviewed Wizard101's developers Leah Ruben (Professor Falmea) and Sam Johnson (Blind Mew) for MMORPG, where they discussed the game's 10-Year Anniversary and the future of our favorite MMO.

The second half of Empyrea will be the end of this third arc.
Quoting Sam Johnson: "[...] seeing as how it's the end of the arc and the stakes are high, there's still some tension in Empyrea (part) two."

We'll know more about Neumia's inhabitants.
The Nimbari warrior teased during the last KI Live differs from the rest of her kind. According to Leah Ruben: "[...] we mentioned previously that the Nimbari we had seen before were more studious - so she's different."

Expect one of these three things to happen...
In Empyrea Part Two:
  • You fight Old Cob.
  • You fight (Grandmother) Raven.
  • You fight Merle Ambrose.
Of course, considering the arc is coming to a close, fighting Old Cob would be logical... However, I think that is too obvious.

Grandmother Raven has been shady for a while now and her actions are kind of reckless, like when she sent her own child, Mellori, to confront Old Cob at the end of Mirage. What kind of parent would do that? Is Raven really who we think she is? She was most likely Spider's former lover, so an interesting plot twist would be if Old Cob fused with her at the end and we have to face the two Primal Forces at once.

A fourth arc is in the works.
Sam Johnson assures players that "The end of Empyrea Part Two is not remotely the end of the story of Wizard101. There will be a fourth arc..."

How do you think the third arc's finale will unfold? And where in the Spiral do you want the next arc to take us? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Friday, August 31, 2018

First Wizard101 Empyrea Part 2 Sneak Peek

Yesterday, during the 10th Annivesary episode of KI Live, KingsIsle revealed the first teaser of the much-anticipated second half of Empyrea, which is expected to hit the Test Realm during the Fall, if we go by previous world releases.

Judging by her appearance, she's definitely a Nimbari, just like Ione and Sparck. Neumia was first mentioned by Pork during the quest "Unstuck Pig", when talking to Ione.

The Nimbari woman appears to be a strong warrior, wielding two massive swords and a heavy armor. She has a lightning symbol on her belt, which could indicate that she is well-versed in Storm magic.

What are you most excited about in Empyrea Part 2? The storyline? The next level cap? New spells? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wizard101 Decaversary Celebrations & Contest

Wizard101's 10th Birthday festivities have just begun, and there will be fun things to do throughout the entire month of September: a new quest that will be revealed today on KI Live, special events and fansite celebrations!

Unfortunately, I will not be able to host an event of my own, but I wanted to join the commemorations by holding a contest for you guys!

Draw a Memory
A decade is a very long time, so I want you to think about the happiest memory you have of your time in the Spiral and draw it, using any means you want (digital drawing, pencil drawing, etc.). This contest starts now and ends on September 16th, 2018, at 11:59PM CST. To enter, send an email to [email protected], with the title "Draw a Memory", and your drawing along with your Wizard's name (such as David SilverHunter) by the deadline. Winners will be announced by September 19th, 2018!

Grand Prize: 10,000 Crowns + Moonblade Pantera
First Place: 5,000 Crowns
Second Place: 2,500 Crowns
Third Place: 1,000 Crowns

Good luck and I'm looking forward to see all your creativity! Thanks to KingsIsle for providing the prizes!