Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 2014 KILive!

Gotta love that Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Happy Dueling!

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 2014 KI Live!

Leala, Julia, and I had a great time broadcasting yesterday! Thanks everyone who attended!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Harvest Hannah!!! (oh yeah, and new dungeons)

You know her . . . you love her . . . Ladies and Gentleman . . .


Girl gonna sell you some turkey hats!

In somewhat less exciting news ;p four new dungeons and a whole bunch of new features. Enjoy and read all about it in the Update Notes!!!

. . . I gotta get to level 100!!!

Happy Dueling

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Out of the Shadows -- Shadow Magic!


Things have been pretty quiet around here at TFN. I've been here though, just lurking in the shadows -- it's kind of what necromancers do. ;)

I've been sitting at level 94-95 in Wizard101 for what feels like a year. (Hold that thought *goes to check on how long it's been since writing about leveling in Wizard101*) Looks like the last I wrote about Thomas Lionblood dinging 93 in Wizard101 was back in June. WOW! Time flies.

I just wanted to let you know I was here and playing lately. In fact, I just dinged 96 this morning and got my hands on some new shadow magic.

Yup, just four more levels to go!

So, enough about me, let's talk KingsIsle! Everything you want to know about the upcoming updates to the game can be found here on the Test Realm notes page.

In a nutshell, you've got four new dungeons coming out, equipment sets, member benefits, combat idle, a ton of fixes and improvements and . . . the main reason I want to get to level 100 . . . Shadow-enhanced spells!

WOOT! (Special thanks to Leala for filming that spells video.)

As long as I'm sharing videos, you should also know there were two new bundles that hit the scene in Walmart and GameStop.

First up, the Mystic Fishing Bundle

Next, the Evergreen Bundle:

The Bundle videos were written, filmed and produced by yours truly. Big hand goes to Damon, our Video Guru for piecing it all together and putting on the polish, and also to TJ for getting the perfect voice over artists for the job.

Of course, the real applause needs to go to the staff that creates these awesome items, houses, pets, and all that.  The Wizard101 team did a really great job on all those, don't you think?

Anyway, every day there's something new going on at KingsIsle and we have a lot of fun stuff in the works for the fans.  December is ALWAYS a cool (as in frosty cold and awesome) month for our games.

I'll be slipping back into the shadows now. :)

I'll let you know if I ding again and get those Shadow-enhanced spells once they make their way to the live game.  That Castle Darkmoor looks tough and fun!!

Happy Dueling.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What the heck is going on?! A Friendly Rambling . . .


It's been a while since I've written here on this wonderful blog, and I thought I'd just catch you all up on the life and times of The Friendly Necromancer while taking a look at what's going on in Wizard101 as well . . . STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS STYLE!  Rambling is the best, and I'm in kind of a rambling mood . . . so read on fellow rambling people!

Cool? Cool.

So, Wizard101.  You all know that game, right? Of course you do. You're a big time fan and all that jazz. This also means that you know all about the limited-time Five B.O.X.E.S. event that's going on. It's super hip right now.

We've been reading about all your thoughts at KingsIsle. We've seen your posts on Central. We've seen your tweets and your mind dumps on Facebook. We've got emails. BLOGPOSTS! We've seen your posts on our Message Boards, and we've even heard you talking about it in game.


You know what was fun for us? Preparing for it to launch and kicking it off in game!  That was great! Leala and I prepared and schemed and thought about how it would be received in the Community, and y'all didn't disappoint us. :)

You know what else? Hallowe'en or Halloweenfest or whateveryouwanttocallitthistime . . . is also underway!  There are these new fish you can catch. YEAH. First time you've seen that at Halloween time, right?  You know it is!! . . . And all the standards are back too . . . Nosferabbit and the towers and all that . . . .


You know what else else? We've got a new friend working with us at KingsIsle . . . a brand new employee!


We'll have to save introductions for later, but you might have seen that "Social Media Coordinator" position that was on our job listings suddenly disappear from the list.  That's our new friend. :)

Yup Yup!

Do you know what new friends mean?  New newbie characters that you can play with your new friends.  To those ends, I'd love to introduce you all to Fred Trollfinder.

He's finding Trolls.  That's what Community Managers do. :) (Beware impersonators . . . if you see a Fred Trollfinder in game and think it's me, ask to see the KingsIsle Support badge.) I'm Level 7 and saving Firecat Alley yo.


I'll have to do another mind ramble like this for Pirate101 a little later. For now, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still alive and kicking and doing well. There's always TONS going on in the back channels of KingsIsle, and it doesn't always allow for me to speak as freely as I'd like to about upcoming features, but I really do hope you're all enjoying The Spiral lately and loving all things KingsIsle.

In the infamous words of Howard Jones, Things can only get better.

Happy dueling!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

5 Things about me

I got tagged by Stephen Spiritcaller, Chrissy the Blesser, and Sheldon over Twitter for the 5 things meme.

1- Back in 2006? 2007? I got tagged in a meme that asked you to share 100 things about you. I typed up 75 or so things and gave up for two reasons. 1- dang it's hard to type out 100 things about yourself. 2- I read something somewhere that warned against doing the meme because you have the potential to give away important information about who you are -- Sure enough, I have protected my password plenty of times with little things that were on that list. I'm kind of glad I never published it.

2- I used to want to be a rockstar. Seriously. I self-published and made mass quantities of two tapes and one CD of music between 1990-1996 and wrote several unfinished/finished songs. The whole collection of music can be found on a series of 10 or so 90-minute tapes. I need to archive it all digitally some day, but the project seems daunting to me. I still write music from time to time.

3- I used to want to be a poet. I have a binder somewhere with several poems I wrote, but most of my poetry was better heard than read. Back around 1996 to sometime in the 2000's I started attending slams at a local book store and started winning free gift certificates at the slams. The most money I ever made as a poet was winning a college level poetry slam for a whopping $100. I rarely write poetry anymore, but someday I hope I can get back into it.

4- I was a Toastmaster for a year. If you ever want to get into public speaking, join this group. It will give you a lot of opportunities to listen to people speak and get you in front of other people. They ring a bell every time you say "um." They give you great advice. They give awards for doing a good job.  It's also pretty cheesy. I'm glad I did it, but I don't think I would want to go back and join the club a second time. The main reason I even joined was because an old acquaintance of my father talked me into it. My dad had so much respect for him, and the guy was pretty awesome. Both he and my father are passed away now. Both rocked the mic. Both were great story tellers.

5- I memorized the patterns for beating Pacman from the inside sleeve of the record "Pacman Fever" as a kid and used to be pretty awesome at the game because of it. Most of my friends seemed to die out before they even hit the apple level. I was able to get up to the ninth key level -- after you get to a point in Pacman, the game just starts giving you keys. I've forgotten all the patterns and I probably couldn't recreate the magic, but it was something as a kid that made me feel both nerdy and awesome at the same time.

I'm not going to nominate anyone because I'm pretty sure they've all been nominated! ;) Sorry it took so long for me to write this up.

Happy Dueling

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Ice Bucket Challenge

Hello all!

I posted my Ice Bucket challenge video on Twitter last week, but I'm going to put this here as well (as requested by my new co-worker ;)).

So, I was quite young when she died, but my grandmother actually died of ALS. As my sister describes her, "A beautiful redhead with blue eyes, she was a fun loving, hardworking, positive thinker from Hayworth, Yorkshire, England."

If I had the money, I'd donate as well, but I'm a broke friendly necromancer, and so I'm showing my support however I can. Thanks for the challenge, Alric, and thanks to all for the increased awareness.

Happy Dueling!