Sunday, August 28, 2011

Random Powerful Cake.

Why not?

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

(The Tiger is really a homicidal, psycho jungle cat..)

Monsters clash... and explode.

Random drop of the day from the Tomb of the Beguiler! Has 2 Green Cat Thugs now. *cackles*

You don't want to mess with Samoorai Chef.. (kudos to Diana for the hatch!)

I wish I knew.

Right near my Grendelweed spot too. Mmhmm..

*rakes in 5000 crowns and bounty as shown* Seriously though, that Umbra Blade is sweeeet.

Onis gotta shower too.

Palling around with Ngozi. Wait, is that a spear brushing my soldier..? Are those mander slaves back there?! NGOZI!

Overlooking awesomeness after completion of the Balance-shark area -finally-. Onto the Floating Lands!

Must you ask?

On a serious note, don't worry about me, just a loooong rainstorm so far, although it isn't over. Good luck to those harder hit and New Englanders! (Here's looking at you Ditto & Hexthorn!)

To end, I'll post 2 random songs that play on my iPod next.. *whistles*

I should hope so!

lol, I could go on, but thats enough randomness.

Just 2 links to share - Ambrose2Zeke's Champions II coming up! Remember to attend! And I won last year, so you have competition ;)

Plus, Friendly's great interview with Todd Rogers. Long but definitely worth reading! *gamersquees* nice game-records, Todd!

Happy Questing!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quoth The Raven, Nevermore. (Plus, Sights Of The Spiral - Commons/Unicorn Way). And, I Know This Is A Long Title.

So, the video I had for this Segment finally worked, so here you go! ^.^

These areas are mainly known for PvP trolls, Gobblers, etc. but there is some beauty to them, as we all pass by often. Hope you enjoyed that!

Also, a goodbye is in order for Homework in a Graveyard, a blog that I truly enjoyed reading. I remember, as a newbie to blogging, looking through her old posts and feeling a pang of sadness on her leave for half a year from 2009-2010, but she was back in business by that time. I remember reading her short Penny Dreadful fanfic and wanting more! As my experience in the community grew, I couldn't help but notice her absence for another few months from late 2010-early 2011, and I think I squee'ed when I saw a new post from her on my blogroll again. Her amazing techno work, in her pictures, in her 'AutDOSK' personality, must have had quite some time spent on them, and I really admire the work in those for OUR enjoyment. I know I'm not supposed to be sad at the conclusion, but my heart dropped when I saw her tweet and checked her blog. We'll still see you in-game Autumn, I'm sure, but its hard not to miss an ending of such a fantastic blog. I was such a fan I felt like a Belieber being followed by Justin when I got her friend request! LOL. Once more, thank you very much for your time, Autumn, and I hope to see you in the Spiral! :D

Lastly, another good luck to those starting school in the upcoming weeks (including me!) and those starting off on the real grind recently. High School seems a lot cooler, and I got some good teachers in my Orientation today. By next post I'll probably have started, so please forgive me if I start posting less once the papers start becoming a weight! ;)

Oh, yes, and best wishes to those in Irene's path. We may be affected on Sunday, a little off the seashore but still quite possible, so hoping for the best. And that earthquake on Tuesday, that shook us up (no pun intended) quite a bit, as I'd never experienced one of course. Till next time,

~ Be Well.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

We Are The Champions

Go Ravenwood!

They're obviously used to this, because that pig didn't bat a sweat at the sight of a ghost..

Reminds me a little of the Science Center.. 'cept for the flying Unicorns, defenses, and hobgoblins, of course.

Spiffy! Chico begs to differ though, think he got a splinter.

Immediately following a 10-15 minute maintenance fixing the friends list, LOL.

Ok, those Green Men are just STRANGE. Face reminds me of Shel Silverstein for some weird reason and whats with the thin red handlebar whiskers?

Nastrond-esque tunnel - easy to get claustrophobic in.

Hall of the Gorgon, where its not too hard to get lost. Very pretty and spacious! And the satisfaction of defeating a snob helped ;)

Its like the gateway for those condemned to the lions in the Roman Colliseum, yet the rug, fountain (not pictured) and more closed-up arena give an air of fanciness. Nice design by Kingsisle to give both a view of feeling condemned walking down those dungeon-y halls yet the splendor is completely different.. I could go on ^.^

*evil smile* + Myth Prisms + Gargantuan + Froggy....

I probably liked Nalia the most among my opponents, not jumping to conclusion of victory, humble in defeat.. I hope Mirage comes first, I want to see more of those foxes over Goth Pixies and Goblins with pierced-ears (sorry, Weirwood). Or the flying squid world!

Sorry I didn't bring you along for the ride, Medusa. A wall painting can't hurt me, right?

Feelin' Stronger Every Day! I mean.. YAYYY I HAVE THE SPIRAL CUP! *tries to lift, fails dramatically, carries broken piece of Cup to Jared Banks*

And, onto opinions!

The Best ~
It would have to be the new furniture items. Even if you weren't splurging on the Wyvern Hoards, some were up in the Bazaar, among them Birdbaths, Chicken Coops, etc. Cutefied! I even filled a small spot inside and outside to completely finish my Island Getaway from Wyvern Hoard items...

A close second, probably the design that was Wysteria. The ominous
background music (thank you, Nelson Everhart), the delicated tile and building, there was just many new places that are hard to compare to others. Pegasus Park, the vines, the Dorms..

The Worst ~
Err, why the little Pet Page change? (btw, credit to Cass Hexthorn for the idea of this segment and the pic) Thats just wasted time spent changing that right there for Kingsisle, while having zero good advancements made. The only thing they need to work on there is changing more accurate rarities, and that wasn't even done. Its small, but its just taking a tiny step back.

Teleporters - Yes, I believed these were very nifty... so I splurged 10k crowns on the 6-Pack. Now I want a refund. The main complaint from my end is it not being trade-able. I've heard there can be issues if it IS tradeable, but what in the world is the point of the 6-Pack if you only have 5 houses (if you have the MFP and MSP) and 1 dorm at maximum? And it doesn't change too much walking, it sort of shows you how lazy we can all be somet
imes xD.

The Debatable ~
Obviously, for a main course, we have the Wyvern Hoard Pack dispute. I'm on the fence here, to be honest. To stray the subject matter a little bit, take the 1000 gold for 800 crowns deal. That, along with the other gold for crowns buys, are a complete rip-off, (25k gold for $27? Farming
can get you that amount in under an hour) but you rarely hear people complain about why those are in the Crowns Shop. "Then doesn't everyone just not buy them?" Not really, newbies to the game may think this is a great deal and buy it, but 1000 gold is very easy to get in Wizard101 these days. Plus, the total combined gold of what you sold from everything in a Wyvern Pack would be well over 1000, for only 400 crowns. Or, take the second-chance chests, there's a
chance at getting a piece of gear that sells for a bit for only 50 crowns. Anyways, what I'd do for the Hoards is, should you have plenty of crowns, buy 20-25 and completely stop after that no matter the circumstances. The Wyvern mounts would probably be 10k crowns if sold separately, and spending 8k is probably enough. Still, if you don't get the Wyvern (me..), you got plenty of little things (more energy gear, housing pieces, etc) and can sell the stuff you don't need for a bit of gold and be a bit satisfied, but pick a reasonable limit. Its an addiction, after all! I really want the Cloud Wyvern, but I've
reached that personal limit, so just moving on. And, after all, maybe its not as great as you think, take the Skeletal Drake - I got that on my 2nd Dragons Hoard try, was pretty excited, but its just uncomfortably large and takes up a bit of the screen. The Wyvern may be the same case, maybe try getting on in the next Test Realm -free crowns- and see how it actually feels to ride it. It may not really be good enough, and don't most of us have plenty of mounts anyway? Anyways, I'll cut it short, the Hoards aren't Vegas, but they've got their pros & cons.

Note: For those interested in all the Wyvern drops, click HERE
Miscellaneous ~
These can be skipped over, the pet page is an example of a small miscellaneous update, but here's some opinions on the small ones that appear on the Update Notes:
Players will now see a confirmation window when they ignore a friend on their friends list - Good! There's been many accidental removings of friends, as Ignoring removes a friend, and we get a confirmation window to remove them, right? Good little fix.
School Symbols of Mobs/players now appearing besides them - Nice notice, and not changing it in PvP. Bosses with pretty long names don't have it all written down, is that part of the update or my Computer resolution? Might be my bad, but thats not very important anyways.
"Transaction Not Successful." -> "Sorry, this item has been sold." - A bit more simple... but, I noticed the number of reagents available didn't change when I bought some, and I had to refresh the page to see how many left again, which is kind of inconvenient. If this was bought on by the new sentence... this caused more bad than good for my Bazaar sniping.
Text Chat Dictionary slightly smaller/Angrus Hollowsoul no longer appears to load - Not sure which words were taken out of the Dictionary, but from the substitutes I've seen, there's always going to be a new way to say an obscene word. Hopefully they took out some big ones for the Trolls and peace may be a little better. Bad apples hurt the good ones, which is life, sadly. Angrus Hollowsoul, very minor update but lessens some annoyance when I sometimes walk through the Commons. It just makes me tic a little even though it matters none.. so I'm glad they fixed that.

Long post gotten to you yet? Sorry, I've had a lot to catch up on :P but I had fun for a week, and won't be going on anymore Vacations, although School restarts in 9 days. Good luck to those starting in the upcoming week! To close, it was nice to hear about the further Wizard101 expansion into foreign areas, as the largest country in terms of population joined hands! I hope it goes over well there and attracts many new players, so it will be interesting to see the commercial for China and if anything is different there. The British servers whole Wizard City is free, I believe, with several other minor differences from our main one, so you never know.

Happy Questing!

Friday, August 12, 2011

*Lots Of Squees*

Hey everyone! The Balance Duo has progressed more :)

Troll wanting to compete with the Ravens.


My Fire Elf pet from Doodle Dug's Tier 3! (7500-10k score) Woot woot ^.^

Cute little dragon! Well, not so little, but its awesome nonetheless.

Twisty Nastrond Caverns :o

Thanks to a nice #twizard, Wintertusk was defeated! RAWR! Into Celestia!

Thinks the cat got his tongue.

Nice crab house - but where's Tristans hat?

And, lastly, the Duo reached the District of the Stars. Celestia going well!

Accidently forgot to harvest my Elder Giving Tree till yesterday, but those are some awesome rewards.

Fiddled around on Dugan's KT House (going well!) and the Pavilion had a mind of its own o_O


And, the Houser's dream --- 50 new pieces of furniture, and thats not the end of it. CAN'T WAIT! Now, if it will only hurry..

Yeah, I could've posted more, but I'm a little short on time. I'm going to my Grandmas and the Outer Banks of North Carolina for 10 days, but I might bring my Computer to check on my plants and see the House-a-Palooza (release it in the next 2 hours, pleeez?). So, I'll be back to posting in a week and a half! Hope I have some fun and don't go totally MIA (although, I will be mostly). Oh, and good luck to those going back to school.. (2 1/2 weeks for me! And I had a weird dream about it last night). Kinda worried obviously, and I still have to do that Summer Reading stuffz. Just hope High School doesn't make me too busy.

Lastly, I NEED that Samoorai pet. Totally.
And, *cue fan squees*

Can't wait for that either! Have a good middle-of-August, everyone :)

Happy Questing!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Toxic Wumpus

Hey, everyone! So, I've made a lot of progress on the Sorcerers, but first ---

Shadowthistle's party last Friday!

Just for the record, I started it, Talon :P. Ever wonder why can you say Squijax in text chat? "Tacoxi" and "omnijak", too.. (the answer is in the link to the above sentence).
Wumpus = A mythical creature Cyrus sends you after on the Orthrus quest.. the Wizard City librarian debunks that myth for you.
Stoprmzilla = A misspelling of the spell that is allowed, strangely..
Anyways, we had fun saying those random words! Hehe.

It was a fun party that reminded me of the old days :) (when PvP-houses weren't invented yet) we need more of those! Thanks for the fun, Kestrel!

Continually questing throughout Sunday, the Balance duo reached Malistaire!

Who appropriately died on a wand spell ;) goodbye, depressing world of Dragonspyre! I won't miss you.

Afterwards, thanks to some help by a #twizard, the Duo beat the Gurtok Demon and Raven$! And, ta-da, the eager questing in Wintertusk had begun. They were only Level 45 (remember, not really doing side-quests), so Celestia was still closed. But, who cares? I couldn't wait to do Wintertusk anyways.

So, starting late this morning, Grandmother Raven was freed and the journey had begun.

Granny says HI!

Thanks to a nice Alwin Brightspark (lets just say I pull him out of the Crowns Shop a lot, ala Ice bosses here), doing a 7124 Helephant (buffs FTW), I beat Skeggis Forkbeak in 'Thanes Table'. And shared some nice hot bread.

So, several Ice bosses later and dealing with Austri, the Duo dinged 48. (3 levels in 2 streets! :D)
Before venturing into Vestrilund, Power Nova was calling. Above is the Crystal recieved from a DS Tower, and should you be curious of more details involving the Nova quest..
(Not my video, of course. Credit to original maker.)

One DS Tower and one fallen Oni later..

Do you notice the possible theorycrafting in the above picture?
There's a city, and quite a few place names I'm sure, called Kent in England (a la based off of Marleybone). There are no areas involving 'Kent' in Marleybone, though. Now, it could just be the real place in England, but I'm not sure Kingsisle would do that. So, should Barkingham Palace ever open, will there ever be an area called Kent? I wouldn't think World, but they did have 2 parts to Grizzleheim after all. Then again, it COULD just be a mistake and not mean anything. We may never know!

Anywho, after destroying a priceless jewel, the spell was mine! :)

And, first casting on some unruly Vestrilund Wildclaws.

Fail, much?
So, now the Balance Duo is in Sudrilund, completing Vestrilund tonight and moving on to face some challenges from Sudri's Raven comrade tomorrow. Hoping I'll get to Nastrond tomorrow! The Duo has moved from 45-49 in 3 areas, so that should give a good idea of that awesomeness that is Wintertusk EXP. Where will they be after Wintertusk, stepping foot into Celestia? Tune in next post!

Happy Questing!