Friday, January 30, 2015

Pack-A-Palooza is back!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Kingsisle has announced that their special sale, "Pack-A-Palooza" is now back until February 8th! Save 50% off ALL Packs! Now is your chance to open some of your favorite hoard/lore packs and try for the goodies that you didn't have luck getting when they first came out! Even the special Holiday Packs are back including the ones from Halloween!
 
    They are even giving out a FREE Random Pack to every member who uses a special code! To get your Free pack click the button below! Good luck and see you in the Spiral!
https://www.wizard101.com/promo/surprisepack


Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. We are lucky enough to have Amazing CM's who actually care about their gaming communities unlike some of the other games around! Tom and Leala do an amazing job keeping the Wizard101 and Pirate101 communities in check while having a great time!
 
    For example they just recently started doing these interactive events called KI Live where they do a webcam live stream recapping new content while giving out some prizes to lucky viewers. If you want to watch them you can check out Kingsisle's Youtube Channel with them! Just wanted to give a quick shout out that I am very thankful for them. Major Props for Ex Greyrose Kiersten Samwell as well. She is now a dev on the W101 team.
 
    Cannot wait to see what Tom and Leala have in store for us in the future. I'm sure they will do a wonderful job. :) Make sure to give them a shout out today if you can. You can reach them on twitter at @Lealaturkey and @FriendlyNecro.
 
See you all in the Spiral!
 
PS: To everyone who lives on the East Coast , be careful a big winter storm is approaching, stay safe and have fun in the snow!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Custom Casting Animations

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Hello Wizards!
 
    What do you think of Custom Casting Animations? Instead of the normal casting of each spells school, you could purchase a custom animations with crowns via the crown shop, or unlock various ones throughout the game! Badges could also unlock some.
 
    It would be a nice change up from the norm that is for sure! Maybe even certain wands/staffs have their own custom animations. For example, the harp that is sold near st patty's day could have musical notes! What do you think of this idea? Would you like it?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blades, Shields and Strategies Oh My!

Hello Wizards!
 
    Today I wanted to finally expand on one of my ideas for Wizards! I have expressed this in the past but finally took the time to create some graphics for it! Basically the Idea is to have a icon on yours or your enemies name panel. If you click on it, a new window will pop up with the current blades, traps, wards, and auras they have on.

    This would be especially helpful if you need to see which blades your team has on already if you forgot or if they have too many blades on. (sharpened, trained, pet, tc) The blades hovering over our heads, and the wards/traps near our feet  all look the same so it tends to get confusing sometimes. Simple but neat Idea I think would help out people playing.
    Thoughts?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dream come true!

Hello Wizards!
 
    I am excited to announce that Wizards of the Spiral has been asked to become an official fansite for Wizard101! This is absolutely a dream come true to me since I have been here since the beginning! I cannot believe I am helping one of my favorite games in the world out!! Congratulations to Adventures of the Spiral as well for becoming an official fansite!! (Sheldon, Sophia, Jason)
 
    Thought I would share my background story for this post. Back in December of 2008 I remember watching tv since it was snowing out, and an ad for Wizard101 popped up. Ambrose and his trusty sidekick Gamma was in a magical room with their crystal ball. Now I was a big fan of all things Harry Potter during the time, so I hopped on the computer right away and checked it out. Right away I was HOOKED.
 
    I signed up, and started the test to see which magical school I would end up being in. Ironically I ended up in the Ice School. Out of all the schools, I didn't think I would get that. Went in game and was in complete awe! Ended up at the end of Unicorn Way after 10-20 minutes or so and was about to enter the "Hedge Maze". I remember taking a moment flipping out saying "OH MY GOD A MAZE?!" and ended up going in and seeing just small mazes. xD
 
    After a while I ended up meeting this other Ice Wizard named Noah and we helped eachother quest through Triton Avenue. Sadly that point in the game was a turning point for us since he wasn't able to get a membership at the time. I still talked to him on and off though! After a couple of weeks I was finally done with Wizard City and was about to enter Krokotopia.
 
    Before heading there I remember buying Crowns for the first time and visiting Zeke in Olde Town (His old stompin' grounds) before he moved his cart to the Commons. He had the infamous old crown gear as we know it now in his catalog. Once I took  a look at all his cool items like the coat of stormzilla and boots that let you cast darkwynd, I fell in love with the Storm school!
 
    I decided then I would hang up my thaumaturge shoes and become a diviner! Once I was a decent level on my storm, I headed back to Zeke and made my first crown purchase! Coat of Stormzilla and Darkwynd Boots. Quested up all the way to Krok again and began my adventures in the ancient desert. One of my favorite past times was the old pvp arena before ranked showed up in game. All you had to do was enter the arena and walk right down the ramp and enter the duel circle.
 
    I met a lot of cool people and we use to practice our spells in the old arena lots of fun times. One day I met a balance wizard called Noah and he was the first high level wizard I met/saw in game. At the time he was level 45. We became good friends and he asked me if I wanted to check out the later worlds that I wasn't already in yet. Of course I basically screamed yes and he brought me to Mooshu!
 
    Once I saw the amazing atmosphere here I felt like I relived playing the game again for the first time. He brought me to Shirataki Temple dungeon and he help me defeat Plague Oni (Mind you I was only about level 15 at the time) xD Got some good XP and then he gave me some Treasure Cards to help me out.
 
    After a While I ended up in the middle of Krok and got stuck on one of the Puzzles (Yep I am a noob!) :P So I searched for a guide online. Right then I started my journey on Wizard101Central! One of the members had created a guide for the puzzle I was on and I finally got past it thanks to them. I thought the site was an awesome idea since it had a community of a lot of people who liked the same thing; Wizard101. I decided to sign up and ended up checking it daily when I could.
 
    Quick shout out to Jester and Olivia for creating W101C, back then without it, I don't think I would have stayed this long playing the game. Their forum had a lot of cool contests and everyone was nice to each other. (One of the contests was where I got my signed Mali Poster from the KI Staff at the time) So glad I got stuck on that puzzle because I don't think I would have ended up finding it if not. A couple weeks/years later I ended up meeting 2 of my best friends on the game questing in Dragonspyre. Gabby and Cass. :)
 
    We ended up keeping in touch for the next 2-3 years but then they ended up going their separate ways with the game. Lots of Great memories and stuff with them in game. In 2011, I was asked to join W101C as a moderator. Was soo excited and stayed up for the rest of the night when Olivia pmed me studying the mod guides.
 
    It was a lot of fun, and back then there were lots of awesome mods (steph, kane, jack, cait, paige and much more) One of my fav memories with them was meeting in the Dye shop dressed up in our bunny suits. xD
 
    In 2012 I was asked to be apart of Pirate101 beta. I thought at this time I would branch out to Twitter and possibly start a blog for Pirate101 when it started up. Thanks to Paige Moonshade, she helped me figure out blogger and all that Jazz! Quickly got the hang of Twitter and blogging and fell in love with it! Addicting if anything. :p
 
    After P101 came out I had to Juggle playing W101 and P101. They are both so amazing and I thank Kingsisle for creating them so much. My life would prob be so different right now If I hadn't started playing Wizzy its weird to think about. The one thing I love about the Kingsisle Community is for the most part we are very close with eachother and help out when we can. It started from the company themselves. Kiersten Samwell was a great CM for W101 and did ALOT for it.
 
    Fastfoward a couple of years and now we Have Tom and Leala! Woot woot! They are amazing peeps, and I absolutely love the addition they have started with the KI Live Streams. Very interactive with the community and that is the heart of a Online Video Game in my opinion. Without a great community I don't see me staying to play for a while. I've tried countless other games and none of their communities par up to ours.
 
    Ok I should stop rambling now... I apologize for any grammatical errors and such, but I am so excited right now!
    Its been one of my goals to become an official fansite for the game that started it all. Thanks again Kingsisle, Tom and Leala! You guys are the best! There are so many great sites out there that I believe should get it too, my advice to them is to keep it up, I didn't think I would be asked and bam I was slapped in the face. So good luck to all and congrats again to Adventures of the Spiral!
 
Johnny

KI Live Recap

Hello Wizards!
 
    Earlier today Kingsisle held another one of its awesome "KI Live" events where the community managers, Tom and Leala talk to us all about the new things in either of the games and events in general. As you can tell from above they even had some special guests today! ;) They are dressed up to celebrate the Professor B.O.X.E.S event coming back to the Spiral inspired by the Dr. Who series.
    First Tom and Leala was explaining to us that the B.O.X.E.S event is now back in the Spiral till February 1st. They then start explaining that there will be a secret member benefit starting sometime next week! So if you are a member or are interested in picking up a membership to see what it is, keep an eye out starting Monday! Right as they are explaining about it someone enters the room! ;) You may know him from the Pirate101 Message Boards as Decius.
    Decius is a developer for P101 and has been teasing the community with Hybrid hints on the main boards. He recently had us guess his pet tarantula's name in exchange for one! ;) Nice job making your KI Live Debut. Woot! Next Tom and Leala introduced the Lovely #JuliafromKI! She has been helping Tom and Leala choose questions from the Twitter Feed while they are streaming and much more. I hope one day she joins em during the show!! Thx for all you do Julia! :D
    Next they share the new Wizard101 Tumblr which features many Gifs, Pics, Fan art, and much more! To check it out and follow it, go to http://wizard101game.tumblr.com/ You can event submit something and it may be showcased on it!
    After exploring the Wizard101 Tumblr for a little, they head to the next topic which is that they added 2 new cool shirts to the W101 Zazzle store. If you didn't already know there is a store with a bunch of cool W101 swag. Click here to go check it out! Below are the 2 new shirts, a Malistaire one, and a Morganthe one.
    The next topic is about Pirate101! They have finally added the Empire Bundle to be purchasable online! This means if you had trouble finding one in a store near you, or you live outside of the US, you can now get your hands on one! My favorite thing about this bundle is Nausica. She is a beast Musketeer and is very powerful. Click on the bundle below to go check it out!
https://www.pirate101.com/free_game/empire_bundle
    Paige Moonshade is hosting her annual bunk house contest this month! It started a couple of days ago and is running for 2 more days! If you haven't checked it out yet, go and do so. She is giving out some neat prizes and all ye gotta do is decorate your bunkhouse to be a tea house! She be giving out Hoodoo Bundles, Empire Bundles, Crowns and much more! Click below to see all of the details!
http://www.paigemoonshade.com/2015/01/third-annual-pirate101-bunkhouse.html
    Next Tom and Leala are joined by 2 community members to help them through one of the B.O.X.E.S events in Zafaria! Valerian Nightbringer from Valerian's School for Wayward Wizards, and Calamity Bluepetal from Mercs for Hire!
    After exploring through the Tardis in Zafaria, Tom and Leala had everyone meet them outside of it for a flashmob. ;) Finally Leala showed off all the screenshots members of the community sent in as their favorite spots in the B.O.X.E.S event. We even had #AskKI trending on twitter!!!! Woot!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

KI Live Today!

Hello Wizards!
 
     Now that break is now over we are back in action! Be sure to watch Kingsisle Live today featuring our amazing Community Mangers for both Wizard101 and Pirate101, Tom and Leala! (Don't forget about Julia as well!) ;)
 
    They will be discussing a new year in the Spiral, resolutions and much more! Also they will be giving out some cool prizes to those that are lucky enough to get their questions chosen! If you want to leave a question, make sure to use the hashtag #AskKI on twitter with your question. Be sure to follow @Pirate101 and @Wizard101 as well if ye haven't already! They will begin the livestream at 4 PM Central, 5 PM Eastern time. Make sure you are there! Click here to go to the livestream page!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Cave of Solitude

Hello Wizards!
 
    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! The last time we left off on our adventures through the Spiral, we confronted Warlord Katsumori in his lair within Crimson Fields. After retrieving the Emperors Sword, we return to Hametsu Village with the good news. Shojiro thanks us for all of our help and to return the sword to Jade Palace.
    Before we head back to the Palace, we return to visit Professor Greyrose to learn a new Ice Spell; Balefrost. This global spell powers up all Ice spells until the bubble is changed or the battle is over. Very useful especially with the low attack output from our spells! Once we return to Jade Palace, we return the sword to Tan Keng. He learns that we defeated a Oni demon who took over Warlord Katsumori's soul. He thinks others may have been taken over as well.
    Tan Keng wants us to visit the nearby village of Shoshun Village to see if the healing waters of Mooshu are still pure. When we reach Shoshun, the monk Sun Hing tells us that the waters are in danger. They are no longer pure which means they would not cure the Emperor of his curse. We have to figure out a solution and he says his master Din Ho may know what to do. Din resides in the Cave of Solitude.
    When you enter the Cave of Solitude, pass the roaming spiders and find Din Ho by the Waterfalls near a shack. Be careful of the wondering Krakens and Diseased Spirits there as well. This area may be tricky to explore so be sure to use the teleporter when you unlock them! Din shares his wise wisdom that all problems have solutions.
    There is another Oni roaming Mooshu that has plagued the waters. It destroyed the Jade Scepter that has the power to cleanse the waters. Before he tells us more about him and how we can defeat him, Din wants us to go retrieve one of the broken pieces of the scepter that has been taken by local mutineer's in the forest up ahead.
    After you retrieve the Jade Handle from the Mutineer's, Din tells us he has read more of the ancient text and says that Koto a nearby Ninja Pig has another piece of the scepter. He is one of Plague Oni's minions so he wont give it up easy. Lets go get it back so we can find out how to purify the waters again.