Sunday, August 2, 2015

#Blaughust Day 2 -- Angus beats Optio in Celestia? What?

So, if you aren't familiar with my Angus UnicornPants challenge, here's a link. (In short, it's my solo storm wizard that I play with no clothes on and only a starter deck and starter wand -- he beat Malistaire) If you are familiar with Angus, then you know I left off at Optio in Celestia scratching my head after several defeats. It left me thinking . . . maybe I should rethink the Angus Unicornpants challenge in Celestia. But I also left off with this thought, "Polymorphs seemed to be the answer to wearing no gear since they supposedly have their own statistics."

So today, while harvesting my Evil Magma Pea Garden, I got an idea from the harvested Ninja Pig Polymorph card I saw on my window . . . said I to myself . . . I wonder, self, if the Ninja Pig Polymorph might stand up to the challenge of soloing Optio with Angus?

It was a bad idea. No definitely not the Ninja Pig Polymorph, but then I started to think. I remember not being able to buy cool Polymorph treasure cards with Angus, but I was able to trade polymorph treasure cards to him . . . so . . . mind blown.  THIS MEANT I COULD TRADE DRACON AND TREANT POLYMORPHS TO ANGUS!

And trade I did!

I started out with one treant polymorph and one dragon polymorph. This ended in defeat, but I had got farther than I ever had got before.

The beautiful thing about the Treant polymorph card has always been that final cast of Regenerate right before getting out of the polymorph. This tactic remained as awesome as ever.

The beautiful thing about the Dracon polymorph is the potential to stack up a big hit. You get a bubble up with the Ignite spell, you break a shield and lay a trap with the Cursed Flame spell, you blade up, you trap, and then the 4 pip Firezilla hits a big POW with a lot of efficiency.

It took two Treants and three Dracons to crack that evil Optio Crab in two!  Here's the round-by-round play-by-play

round 1 - Snow Shield
round 2 - Snow Shield
round 3 - Water Elemental
round 4 - Fortify
round 5 - Polymorph Treant
round 6 - (stunned / pip build)
round 7 - Regenerate
round 8 - Guiding Light
round 9 - pass / pip build
round 10 - pass / pip build
round 11 - Regenerate
round 12 - Snow Shield
round 13 - Fortify
round 14 - Polymorph Dracon
round 15 - Ignite vs. crustacean minion
round 16 - stunned / pip build
round 17 - Fireblade
round 18 - Firezilla vs. crustacean minion (dead crustacean)
round 19 - Cursed Flame vs. Optio
round 20 - Firezilla vs. Optio (fizzle)
round 21 - Polymorph Treant
round 22 - Regenerate
round 23 - Spirit Armor
round 24 - Guiding Light
round 25 - Pass / Pip build
round 26 - Pass / pip build
round 27 - Regenerate
round 28 - Polymorph Dracon
round 29 - Cursed Flame vs Optio
round 30 - Fireblade
round 31 - Firetrap
round 32 - Firezilla (fizzle)
round 33 - Firezilla vs. Optio (1000 damage)
round 34 - Firezilla vs. Optio (495 damage)
round 35 - Wild Bolt vs. Optio (50 damage -- hehe, tested my luck)
round 36 - Water Elemental
round 37 - Sprite
round 38 - Polymorph Dracon
round 39 - Cursed Flame vs. Optio (230 damage)
round 40 - Firetrap
round 41 - Fireblade
round 42 - Firezilla vs. Optio (2000 damage)


So, that's that . . . it's on Celestia!  I highly doubt I'll be able to say (as I have said so many other times in the past) "Your gearz don't matter none," but I'm a little bit further in the Angus story line than I was yesterday

Happy Dueling!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It's all about the challenges! #Blaughust Day 1 -- Clean Slate

Amirite? Challenges make people do crazy cool stuff:

The Blaughust challenge appears to be no exception! It was good to see a few of our faithful Wizard101 and Pirate101 staff and fans jumping to the cause, and with that . . .


Honestly I don't care if I win any prizes or anything. I've been trying to revitalize my love for blogging (I mean, seriously, game blogging was my gig for several years . . . with . . . several . . . blogs . . . like . . . these . . . and what ended up helping me land a job at KingsIsle). I have a passion for it, for gaming, and for writing--and I'd love to bring that back.

Hopefully by the end of the month you will see a NEW Friendly Necromancer. Not just a new look and feel (gimme a couple days . . . no more black background with white text), but a blog that talks freely about whatever it is that I want to talk about! Still "friendly" and still a "necromancer," yes, but no more "I'm an employee of KingsIsle and yet somehow still on the list of official Wizard101 fan sites out of seniority therefore I must always talk about . . . work." i.e., this blog is no longer ONLY about Wizard101 and Pirate101. (Not that I've always talked straight Wizard101 topics anyway.) This blog needs a shake up and a bit of a change because . . . I've changed a bit too. Yet, I'm still going to be the same Friendly Necromancer I've always been--you can trust that. I'm not going to start posting about M-rated games or whatever because I don't play M-rated games (for the most part).

So this isn't 2009 and 2010 (as I joked about on Twitter), it's 2015, and this blog is now about anything and everything I want it to be. YAY! That said, I'm not ashamed at all of anything I've ever said on this blog nor for my undying love for KingsIsle games, and there will still be plenty of talk about Pirate101 and Wizard101 in the future. Don't get me wrong with all of this. It's just . . .

To be honest, I feel what needs to happen is for me first is to excuse myself from the list of official Wizard101 fan sites. In fact, I'm going to fire up my work computer and do that as soon as this post hits the blogosphere (and now with added approval via text message to Professor Greyrose).  Whew!  What a relief.  I can't tell you how many times over the past three years I've considered doing that. It's incredibly freeing for me. I don't want people coming here looking for contests and events and strictly Wizard101 information because suddenly everything has changed!

Hope you all understand what I'm going for here, and it shouldn't be something met with sadness at all (if there was a twinge of that). What it should mean is more posts from me about whatever it is I'm wanting to talk about, and usually that topic is MMOs, But, I play all kinds of games! Not only do I try to stay fresh on what's out there and what's happening, but I also keep an eye on the past (Classic gaming ftw). Console gaming? I've got a very wide collection still: Atari, Dreamcast, TurboGraphix, Super Nintendo, Nintendo64, Wii, WiiU, Xbox, Playstation3 . . . I've got it all upstairs (um, and downstairs too).

So . . . Blaughust?  I'm in!  Let's do this thing! It's a clean slate . . . kinda . . .

Happy Dueling!

Friday, July 31, 2015

KI Live -- July 2015 (The no-ship equipment incident *gasp* Ratbeard *gasp*)

Here's the YouTube in case you missed it:

I just wanted to thank our 1,500 concurrent and 9,400 unique viewers that joined us on our epic journey of giveaways, fun, and tom-foolery!  We had a great show and a lot of great questions . . . a plague of 100 duck-sized Meowiarties upon thee!

I'm gonna go right now and check on my ship equipment . . . promise!

Happy Dueling!

p.s. I shaved this morning.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

KI Live Today + Roger That + Ultra Dexter

First, I just wanted to put a reminder out there that we're having KILive today! Head to this page, follow us on Twitter @Wizard101, and watch at 4:00 PM US Central (on Thursday, July 30th, 2015).

We'll be hitting Pirate101, Wizard101, and just a dash of Rise and Destroy.


Second, I sold a bunch of those rank 5 pet snacks from my Elvis Parsley hoarding and Roger and I are buddies again. MASS PLANT SPELL!


Third, the infamous Lady Dexter is now an Ultra Pet! YAY! I'm still on the hunt for a really good death gem for her, but for now, Death-Eye will work (less fizzles are always good, right?).

Any suggestions for what to socket Lady Dexter with? She's a pretty solid defensive healer pet.

Happy Dueling!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wizard101 "Operation: Cleanup" "Subject: Gardening"

Ever since Double Gardening Rewards were introduced into The Spiral, I've been sitting on a nasty little problem -- pages and pages of King Parsley and Evil Magma Pea Seeds.  I mean, it was a problem before since King Parsley used to love to reseed like crazy, but now it's just out of control.

Now, thanks to the Seed Vault where I can stash those extra one-off seeds and thanks to the ability to simply force feed Lady Dexter Parsley by the truckload, I think I may finally reclaim some of my bank space back that was all kinds of overstuffed. Woot!

How many people would like a mass feed to pet button for feeding multiple items to a pet at once?  I mean, it was kind of cool seeing if Lady Dexter was going to spit out 180 gold or gain some experience, but there's gotta be a way for me to more easily clean house when I'm in the mood to clean house, amirite? (Who will come forward to tell me they've been saying that for years?) (Which programmer will come to me and yell DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE ASKING?!)

Anyway, it's a good time to clean house because . . . I need money and Lady Dexter needs some XP! (She got 10 percent of the way to Ultra on King Parsley alone. LOL.)

Why do I need money? Because of the evil Roger the Shrubber!!!

300,000 for that Plant All spell . . . dang . . . Time to Farm (farm, not garden . . . get it? Oh, it's not that funny whatever.)

. . . or start up a Stinkweed Garden . . . I hear those make a lot of money and sellables. THE GARDENING STRUGGLES ARE REAL, PEOPLE!

Happy Dueling!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PSA: This Blog is old now

Heya all!

I'm so sorry I've been slacking off with my blogging duties. I've been otherwise occupied . . . it's easy to do when you're throwing yourself into your work; playing lots of other games; and have three kids, a Nanamancer, and a wife to look after. I know right, excuses! ;)

So what I'm discovering is that . . . this blog is a little old now . . . I mean, Diapermancer is six now. CRAZY! When that happens, some old links found on this blog are dead, defunct, or in the case of the old Wizard101 Damage Calculator--malicious.  (I deleted that link as soon as I found out, whew.)

I downloaded Xenu this morning to do a complete scrub of my site for dead links, and it's busily chomping through the 13,000 URLs it found on my site -- I don't think it'll be perfect though. For instance, I searched the term "Maria" this morning to see if I ever made a mention of Maria's Taco Xpress on this blog and instead found an old joke where my wife said the unicorn princess at the end of Dueling Diego should be called "Maria" (we didn't know it said her name was Francesca in the instructions to the game). Anyway, there was a link to a play through of Dueling Diego that has since been taken down (Boo), but the link isn't necessarily "dead."

Anyway, I've deleted the link now, but if you are going through my site and find something broken or off, feel free to let me know. I'm easy to contact over Twitter: FriendlyNecro.

In the meantime, I'll scrub a bit and do what I can . . . maybe even get into some NEW blogging. That'd be different, eh?  My site is in need of some attention. Maybe even a makeover? I'll see what I can do.

Happy Dueling

p.s. Who wants a blog post about Maria's Taco Xpress? (I've got a couple good stories about it actually ;))

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salad Club (and last month's KI Live)

We noticed a couple months agos that #JuliafromKI ate salads every day for lunch. There was some gentle coworker ribbing at the time, and whenever we'd bring in a salad for lunch, it was always in tribute to #JuliafromKI.  There was even once a lengthy discussion of salad costs and expiration dates on pre-packaged salads . . . are they to be trusted? You know, stupid stuff like that.

Yesterday, I came in to a photoshopped surprise from Leala, and it demanded the full parody treatment. SALAD CLUB!


I also wanted to leave our last KI Live recording here since it's been forever since I blogged, and I haven't put it up yet.

It's always a great time, and we loved hanging out with the community.  We'll see you at the next one!

Happy Dueling