Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bear Acuda and a Todd Pole *check*

Hey all!

Just a quick update.  I finished up the fishing quests earlier today in Grizzleheim.

At first I was kind of miffed at Haarek Silverscale for giving me his backside when we were talkin'.

But then I realized that a fisherman never breaks his gaze from the water.  You might miss that spacebar moment when you see your magic orb pop underneath the water! Although, to be honest I had already had my fill of bear snout in my face. Eek!

Them there be some teeth on that thing!  I can't believe I'm swimming in the same water that thing is in! Looks bitey.

I think for me personally (I know everyone has their own horror story about an extremely hard fish to catch) the hardest fish was that fish sandwich back in Cyclops Lane.

Someone somewhere said that the Fish Sandwich fish was making them crave an actual fish sandwich.  I agree.  Nom.

Probably the surprise catch for me was this pet egg in a treasure chest!

Now what kind of person puts an egg in a chest along with 1450 gold and some mistwood and throws it into the water? eh? (Actually, I can see putting the mistwood in a box and chucking it away.) In the past, I'd blame aliens, but . . . Ha! You know, it would be a funny quest to have Pirates in Pirate101 put things into treasure chests and throw them into the rivers of Grizzleheim.  Aliens? No . . . Pirates are the only explanation for crazy stuff like this sometimes! *nods*

I think the big takeaway lesson I learned from my fishing experience is how to target those little guys in the water.

What I do is imagine I have a big X on the back of my head. (Being a Community Manager, that's usually the case anyway . . . .) 

That's about the spot where the lure will end up every time I cast it out.  If the fish will be near that spot in 2 seconds, I cast out my line.


Anyway, fishing was a fun distraction, but I think it's time to get back to my adventures in Khyrsalis.

Happy Dueling!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fishing Arrives in Wizard101!

That's right . . . the servers came back online around 5:00am US Central, and the joys of fishing in Wizard101 were opened to the world today. I took a quick look this morning, and it was pretty awesome to see a strange shift in the Commons! Instead of everyone standing or sitting around on their mounts, there was a frenzy of activity around and in the lake--catchin' up whoppers! How awesome is that?

I joined in the fun and caught my first icecuda fish. :)

. . . and promptly put him in my house.

Awwww! First fish cuteness! He'll love hanging out by my Krokotopian sacrifice table and sarcophagus collection!

Anyway, I'm glad to have been a very small part in the process of bringing you fishing, and I really hope you enjoy it. I've been tuning in to Twitter, Facebook, Central, and our own message boards, and I'm excited to hear more of your feedback now that fishing has gone live. :)

Happy Dueling!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fishing! Wizard101's Test Realm is LIVE!

The official announcements have been made on Facebook and Twitter!

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And here's the official Test Realm update notes!

I'm on a lunch break here at KingsIsle, and I'm hanging out in the Test Realm for a moment (oh man, I should have loaded the Test Realm for Wizard101 earlier . . . now I'm just waiting for game assets to finish downloading).  Just thought I'd give a shout out to the Wizard101 team and give them a big congratulations on beginning this new season of sport in Wizard101!

Now the real question . . . do I wish Pirate101 would have gotten a Fishing system before Wizard101?

No response. ;)

Looks to be a lot of fun from everything I've seen and heard!

Happy Dueling (and happy fish collecting)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday -- Dragonspyre test server post Day 1

Heya all!

It's Thursday, so I thought I'd dig through the archives to see if I could find something interesting, and I came upon an interesting post back on January 10th, 2009 . . . it was when Dragonspyre was released on the Test Realm, and I had jumped in to get all the inside info!

Here's the original post. And here's a copy and paste:

Post Title: Fell Asleep, but here's what I got (SPOILER)


I fell asleep while formatting this video of Dragonspyre. It's just freshly uploaded to youtube, so I hope it comes through. It's a spoiler, so don't watch it if you don't want to see me running around Dragonspyre on the test server. HAHA!

!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!

Don't watch this if you don't want to see Dragonspyre on the test server. I video taped and screenshot what I could for you all, my fantastic readers.


Happy Dueling!

Now stop watching that and go have fun on the test server yourself! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ding 93 and the groaniest groan ever.

Hello readers of TFN!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and all is well. Leave me a note, tell me what you did in the wonderful world of The Spiral!

Me? I dinged 93 in Wizard101.

Yup, there I am hanging with Sidra So. . . . (head in the way) . . . Knife. OHHHH, yeah, it's Sidra Soaringknife from purple land, otherwise known as Tyrian Gorge.

But I believe all you Pirates call it Devilfish Hollow. yarr!

Hard to tell though until you spin it 180 and put a bunch of green and brown instead of purple and blue, but the similarities as you're wandering around in there is uncanny as far as I'm concerned!

That's magic for you! They look and enter completely different, but once you're inside you can't help but feel like you've seen this place before.  It's a special feeling that only people who play Wizard101 and Pirate101 BOTH get.  I call it fan-juju.  Ok, not really, but that word just came to my mind.  I GOTZ FAN-JUJU!

Anyway, I'm enjoying my time in Khrysalis! I like that so far it's focused less on "cheating bosses" and more on "unfair fights," meaning 3 vs. 1 or 4 vs. 1.  I'm absolutely sure I'm soon going to run into a harder fight, but quite honestly, Death wizards are built for soloing, and I've been doing that pretty good (no deaths yet).  I did run into a kind stranger though between level 92 and 93 and had a nice time questing with her until I went AFK and she zoomed ahead.  No worries though--that's just what happens.

So, who all groaned when they saw this awful play on words in the game?

If not, here you go, Brighteyes, enjoy:


Until next time . . . I hope this post brought you much fan-juju.

Happy Dueling, Brighteyes! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ding 92 and more feedback!

This happened!

Ding 92!

I really like the urgency in Khrysalis so far!  The chase scene in Last Wood with Poul BrokenSword and the urgency brought about by Dyvim being stung . . . those were really cool story enhancers that worked wonders with the pace for me.

Also got another comment, this time from good ol' taliesinharps, "I never depend on crit, but and I cant stress this enough resist and block are your best friends and a pet with any may cast heal. The crafted gear for death isnt great but some crowns gear might be useful, the preference is Hades gear but Water Works is good too (my storm is using that set)"

Nice! How are you doing these days, taliesinharps? I can see you're of the defensive mindset when it comes to this content.  Thanks!  I'll keep that in mind.  I'd call my current set up and deck . . . balanced? I keep hoping that I'll run into an upgraded piece of gear along my path here, but I know how it really works. hehe. The big bang items are with the bosses and they're usually not that easy to get . . . welcome to MMOs, eh?

Of course, you know me, I'd rather not even think about gear. ;)

Now if I was a heavy PvP'er . . .

Happy Dueling

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Khrysalis continued and a string of band jokes

Hey!  I got a couple comments yesterday:

1. Chrissy The Blesser said, "I am back and playing again too but you got me beat already. My highest (Chrissy Lionrider) is only lvl 86. Perhaps I'll catch up. :D
Happy bug hunting. :D"

Oh nice! I have no doubt you'll overtake my levels as I march onward to 100, but it sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown! (I wish I had more time to play this game at work rather than simply think and talk about it.) Funny, when you said bug hunting, my first thought was not about insects...

Speaking of which, anybody else seen this disappearing bug act?

2. Alric Ravensinger said, "Put down the Wand and get ye tail back to Flotsam, sir. Jk, lol.

My only tip(s). Play with a friend, and maybe carry a May cast Fairy pet. But since you can heal/attack may not be as bad. Might wanna invest in some Crit [gear] and/or Resist [on the pet]."

Hehe, you know my heart is in Flotsam. :) Although I was dismayed to see Kan Po betraying me yesterday.

As far as gear and pets and whatnot . . . Well I actually do have that going for me, My Ninja Pig pet is a healing dynamo with good resists and I've got both Jade gear and Waterworks gear--I believe I'm wearing a strange combination of the two with a prepaid card piece thrown in for flavor. I found a deck I had set up that's working well enough, but from what I can tell Khrysalis 1 doesn't seem to be too difficult so far, which ain't a bad thing necessarily?

I've been doing a lot of this:

And this:

And this:

like riding an evil bicycle of death magic . . . and it's been pretty fun!

Aside from that . . . Oh writers . . . Look at you go . . .

Nice . . .

Happy Dueling!