Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Are on Pandora, Wizard101 version ;)

Greetings Wizards,

I have completed the outside of my living garden, Let me quote from my favorite movie this year. " You are not in Kansas anymore you are on Pandora! " Thats right I did my best to recreate the world of Pandora from the movie Avatar. So please welcome to my version of this lush and living world, Wizard101 style of course! With new gardening the world comes alive with plants and sounds. I think the fun part was trying to get all those furniture likes into this house and still be a working version on this world.

Part one the world itself:
I worked with th Life school house for this, for 3 reasons. One its already got a setting for lush plant life. Two the tree house part would work great for home tree. Three The trails it has going up and around work for mountains and and the flying dragon spices of animal.

This world has a humanoid species called the Na'vi They are blue skinned and I found the witch doctor gear from Celestia and the crafted mannequin to look the best for these people. :)

This world had trees called "Tree of Souls" I found that a simple snow pine looked great for these, well actually a few of them blended together ;). I also made one inside the home tree but that will be at a later date this is just the world itself. The Na'vi fly on dragons one being the Turok legendary large red dragon they keep the first one ever ridden skull in a special place near home tree. I used the crafted weapons rack and dragon skull for this. for the honey sickles and fly traps growing there.

There are trails for florescent colors Simply used the pretty blue bonnets and brown blooms to make these trails. There is also a trail that leads to the Floating mountains. This trails spirals around the world. As you lead up to the mountains you see water falls coming from no where and rocks and mountains just floating in mid air. The purple rocks from Dragonspyre worked for this, now the water fall I had to crate from tree rocks and a fish fountain. Here are a couple of images of those

As I stated above there are trails that lead up and over these mountains to where they find and the one true dragon to fly with. I used the broken palm tree from Celestia for this trail made a very nice one and then it leads around to where you find of course the dragons and what else could I possible use? Snap dragons and dragon pets ;) I will post pictures below. I hope you enjoyed this segment Of the first part of the house, Next part still needs a few pieces just not there yet :). So Until next time, happy house decorating.
Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Weekly update

Greetings Wizards,

I have been so busy with contest and Christmas. I wanted to Say Hope everyone Had a very Merry Christmas I was very shocked when I got 2 presents one being and gift card for Wizard101 :D Woot! I got crowns. :D Another being a Blown glass horse from the movie Avatar made me cry, I also got some more teas and honey :D I am one happy camper.

Wizard101 housing update
Pandora is almost complete I cannot wait to show you all the house. Outside is done inside almost but just not all the way. Anyway wanted to update with my readers. Until next time happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Friday, December 17, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Greetings Wizards,

Sharpen your spades and quills!
A new Central contest is afoot!

For the next 2 weeks Ill be holding a gardening contest over at Wizard101 Central to find out more visit How Does you garden grow. . Some rules apply on what needs to be done. Only one entry per central account. Hope to see you there . :) Until next time happy house decorating.

Your Friend,
Paige MoonShade

Monday, December 13, 2010

Give the Gift of Magic & weekly update

Greetings Wizards,

Its that time for giving. KingsIsle is donating the net proceeds to children's charities to find out more please visit Give the Gift of Magic . Last year KingsIsle made around 126,000 for children's charities, lets help them again with this awesome charity drive. Just like the mount last year you can find this tree in the crowned shop under housing,remember this is a seed so you will need to plant it, or give one to your friend.

-Weekly update-
Oh I have been so busy so many things to do in wizard101 for me. New gardening things found are the likes and dislikes, each plant has new furniture likes which helps them grow faster :). Good guide for this I found on central Hidden likes . Let's see been starting on designing a house for plants its gonna be fun to get all the likes for plants and still make the house look awesome.

Oh been getting many awesome Celestia furniture items KingsIsle have even made some of the Celestian stuff animated which makes me very happy! There is a tree I am looking for the Gaint Willow tree. I actually found where it is dropped and trying for it today, Ill let you know if I get it once I design the house I am working on and until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gardening Tips and Tricks

Greetings Wizards,

I have been busy testing everything I can test in test realm. Been crafting all the new Celestia furniture, some pieces are simply wonderful KingsIsle did a awesome job getting these pieces together. Ok back to gardening , you know me I can get carried away with talking about housing ;). I read a interesting article by Fallon Shadowblade Over at MMO Sanctuary. Good read. There are many bloggers with some really good info If you head over to The Friendly Necromancer's Blog take a peek at the bloggers club there are many bloggers talking about the gardening. Lots of great info. Oh and make sure to tune into Ravenwood Radio Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 pm as I'll will be talking about gardening in Wizard101.

Here are a few tips and Tricks I have learned along the way.

Fastest way to level- Well nothing is ever truly fast in gardening but the quickest way is to have, all of the same type of plant so they will all go elder at the same time. Each time you level get the next level of plant and do the same thing again.

Dorm Room Gardening- Remember this is one room Try to make sure plants can all go together , I have done some testing and baby carrots in same area as stinkweed do not mix well, infact my baby carrots died. :( After trying with a higher level plant the plant simply is not growing well much slower than the other one I plant in another area. There is good info on each seed that tells you what it likes and dislikes.

Pet training and Gardening- I have been testing with a level 20 and a level 30 wizard Both in dorms room. I found it easy to take care of 5 or 6 plants and still have enough energy to still train a few mini games. Take care of the plant first. This depends on if your plants had a pest or not. After then you will know how many mini games you can play. My level 20 was able to take care of 5 plants and do 4 to 5 mini games, if the plants had pest then around 3 mini games. This also depends on if you are using the beast master gear or not, I was not. MY level 30 was able to do more mini games with same amount of plants.

Plant care - If you play wizards once a day planting is easy, and with the new ways to tell what your plant needs makes it so much better KingsIsle even gives away to see how long till your next harvest. Yes plants die if they are not taken care of at least once a day or every other day at the most. I would suggest anyone who does not have time during the week plant on a Friday then by Sunday they should be Elders depending on plant, Honey sickles seem to be fastest. Each type of plant grows at different speeds so can take a longer time to care for.

Signs of Harvest - Each plant has its own tell sign of when its ready to harvest. First stage is a seedling, next a young plant( these plants do not move) ,Mature plant are animated when mature plants are ready to harvest they Move a lot. So far here are some of the tell signs I have found. To harvest make sure you are not in gardening mode and jsut walk up to the plant to get the X to harvest. I would love to see a plant harvest some energy I could really use some :D Anyway here are tell signs.
honey sickles- these plants get all blades bent out of shape
Boom Shrooms- stop exploding
dandelions- start bobbing around their head and dont roar
Laugh-o-dil looks like they are going to fall over.
desparagus -begins to cry
prickly bear- throws paws up and down
snap dragons and baby carrots spin around
Helephant ears bounce around
Evil snow peas- pea pod is up on its side with peas going up in air
fickle pickle- throw his arms up
bushes bounce around
Fly traps start to dance
Trumpets bounces is vines back and forth

Gnomes - These funny little statues I have found they help with harvest but it does not matter how many you have. I can have 1 or 5 around a plant and get the same amount of harvest. I have found they do not help with growth speed in testing 2 kinds of plants both with and without gnomes both grew at same speed. I do hope we get more of a variety of these little statues as I am getting tired of the red.

Gardening and Decorating - I have a couple of tips, One being If you use the pick up all items It will leave soil and pots that have plants in them, it will pick up all pots that do not have plants. It will also leave soil that do not have plants. Next tip is location , remember some plant have likes and dislikes so locations of plants are a must to think about. I do hope KingsIsle makes it so you can move pots(only) with plants as of right now if you do the plant stays. Also Your inside and outside of your house are 2 different gardens, if you use a all plant spell it will not effect both inside and out. As of right now I am rank 7 in gardening and still learning more each day, my hopes are that these tips help the future gardeners of the spiral and until next time ,happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Edited: News just in from Arthur Wethersfield in a topic over at wizard101 Central
Pixies are good pest :) Here is the topic to help everyone.wizard101 Central topic

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Wizard101 News

Move over Santa Wizard101 is coming to town.

Any wizard that logs in between December 21st 2010 and January 1st 2011 will receive These awesome special holiday gifts. The Silent Night Christmas hat can be yours! here are the female and male versions. One per account. Visit wizard101 holiday gifts

Gift Certificate Pet, Ice elf, I got one of these last year from a friend of mine, Thank you so much, Wait- There is more Now you can have this rare pet too,or buy one for a friend/ family member. When you purchase the Gift Certificate the recipient of the certificate will have a Winterborn Egg. Once that egg has hatched, it will become the Ice Elf Pet, to find out more visit the gift certificate page Gift Certificates

Last Wizard101 has a new commercial over at you tube KingsIsle I am seeing some pretty awesome things in this new commercial.So I just thought I would pass some really awesome news along to my readers and until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dorm Room Gardening

Greetings wizards,

I wanted to talk to you about Dorm rooms. I know now everyone has houses and some players just not that into housing. Gardening can still be done in dorm rooms. Now remember there is very low item count 50 and plants and pots count towards that. Dorms rooms you cannot make soil plots so you must use the pots that you buy for gardening.
Note: Once you place the pot and plant in it you wont be able to move it so place it where you would like it to stay until plant is Elder.There are some really nice looking pots for gardening inside.

Tips: Remember Plants like gnomes so you need those and some plants do not like other plants. Dorm being one room It would not be a smart thing to have both laugh-o-dil and Desparagus in you dorm at same time or would you want to have stinkweed with other plants.
The image below show how to tell the dislikes and likes of a plant.

Now I have been testing how many plants you can have and still take care of them and still do some pet training ,myself I am figuring 5 max this still gives you enough energy to train your pet and by playing a couple min games each day. If you are a very avid trainer I would cut the plants down to about 3 once you level in gardening, You can get some much better plants that give better rewards. I would suggest starting with honey sickles and get them to Elders fastest so far to rank up.

Another tip is Stay with lower rank spells, not all plants have the same needs, so you are using 3 energy Vs 8 and up per area of plant. I would still learn all the pest spells as they comes in all ranks. Always Inspect your plant before using a pest control spell you would not like to use a 15 energy spell for a rank one pest and the inspect cost nothing to use. Hope this helps some players who just cannot afford or just a lower level wizards who cannot get housing yet with gardening inside your dorm room. Until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Oh I would like to show case a view of a house for you, This storm house from a friend Talon was made into a fish bowl it is a pretty awesome view please enjoy .:) Thank you talon for allowing me to view this house.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Weekly update and More on Gardening (TR)

Greetings wizards,

First Off I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Lets see been spending all my last few days in test realm. Testing all the newest features. Starting to craft new Celestia furniture pieces to see what they look like. I absolutely love all the new stuff. The mossy covered tree trunks are so real like. elephant ears plants the broken down golem robot, Will soon become a very nice feature to a over grown forest I am ready to design when this all goes live. :) I am up to rank 4 gardener in test ,well almost level 5 and I got some pretty interesting plants planted. Snap dragons and evil snow peas are looking pretty awesome and the bread bushes are funny look like bread popping out of toasters. Here are a couple pictures of those.

Let's talk about some tips for gardening. Start off with a small garden Honey sickles seem to be the easiest to grow plant and harvest. They are the easiest to get to elder stage which gives the best rewards. Gnomes these little guys are important and needed for your plants to give harvests. I have tested with and without and the without has yet to give any harvest. Watch what you plant likes and dislikes Lets say if you plant a Desparagus near Laugh-o-dil They wont give harvest. Stay with the lower energy using spells if your garden is small enough it wont use that much energy. I am hoping KI gives us more energy or allow us to use mana instead. This will leave pet trainers the energy they still need and be able to garden at same time.

Gardens to die and wither away its pretty gross, it took 3 days for one of my gardens to wilt away, yes I was testing this. I hated going to that wizards house :(. Now I have heard from other players that it did not take 3 days so unsure why mine took 3 days , anyway here is a picture . :(

Misc. stuff in gardening One being Laugh-o-Dils, I was so thinking since dandelions roar these would laugh and make me giggle every time I walk by ,but no they blow rasberries O.o. So now I walk by them and go hrmf, silly things. ;) The garden I have is very large as it is all testing each plant and every time I go to that house it sounds like a jungle, roaring , popping, scarping, snapping and so much more, cannot wait to hear my prickly bear plant. :) looking for guides being made. Found this one on plants Wizard101 Central
If you have a guide please let me know so I can post it Here for my readers.

More fun stuff I cannot believe I have 54 followers I was shocked when I saw I went over 50, Thank you to all my readers and It is such a honor and a pleasure to write to you. even if I am not that great at it . :) Oh a Player drew me a picture of my death wizard Ill post the picture at the end of this segment, Thank you so much MJ. Oh! and I won this awesome mount rental from a Tiny twitter contest from A Mythspent Youth, thank you so much :). Remember to always make everything fun and until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend.
Paige MoonShade

Thank you MJ

Thanks :D

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wizard101 Gardens (TR) Cont.

Greetings Wizards,

So I have been having much fun in test realm trying out all the newest features for gardening and the new furniture items.Made a simple garden As you see in the main picture of this post. I wanted to tell you a few things I have found out. Plants allowed for houses- Dorms-50 Small houses- 50, bigger world houses like the WC playhouse allow 100, school houses 100 same for the Palace and Watchtower. One thing to keep in mind pots count towards the furniture items. Watch your counts everyone.

Harvesting, Yes, I got to harvest my first plant. First harvest I got was a few coins and spider silk. Now remember I am doing this for housing not for anything else so those reagents will come in handy to make furniture items and of course These moving and awesome looking plants just add to my excitement. Here is a picture of what it looks like when you harvest.

More on the plants, these plants are so animated ,from exploding Boom Shrooms to the very sad Desparagus , we even got roaring Dandelions. I cannot wait to see some of the gardens players come up with when this goes live. As I am not a great guide maker I will leave the exact details of each for the awesome guides makers of the spiral. I can tell you that each plants grows at a different rate and needs different help spells , so make sure you train all those gardening spells. As I gain rank and new seeds Ill make sure to keep everyone updated. Until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Edited: I made rank 2 Gardener

Note from KingsIsle on Main web site
What you see on this Test Realm is still a work in progress, and while we appreciate your bug reports, please note this system is still subject to change

Monday, November 22, 2010

Farming comes to Wizard101(Test realm)

Greetings wizards,

That is right wizards the newest expansion coming to wizard101 is farming. Don't ya just love it? I know I do something new for housing! I am not one for pet leveling so I really don't use my pet energy, with new content expansion I now will have something for my pet energy to be used on and we get new content. :D KingsIsle is doing a awesome job keeping up with us.

Ok, ok ,I know back to farming. Moolinda Wu talks to you about farming, then you get to meet this cute little mole Farley the gardener, he will teach you how to take care of your plants. Gardeners are found in Golem court,Krokotopia ,Mooshuu and Celestia. Golem Court Gardener sells all the needs for the first steps of farming, pots, seeds, spells. He tells you to check out the stages of seeds which teaches you all about the stages of grow and also what can happen. Plants start as seedlings and grow until elder plants. Mature seeds can produce items such as reagents, pet snacks, treasure cards, gold or more seeds.

Spells you can train these spells do not take training points they only cost gold. I know simply awesome! Spells are by rank as you start with rank 1 I would buy all those rank 1 spells. These spells use energy ob the left side of the card it tells you how much. These spells give you everything you need to make a plot, plant and care for your seeds. such as sun,rain,pest control and music.Here is a picture of what it looks like when you plant needs something, use the inspect spell to find out what your plant needs, this one needed sun.

As my Plants are all still young plants, I am unable to say what I get from them, so be sure I will have a follow up post. I do want to show you a few pieces from another part of this update coming to wizard101 live realm. Celestian furniture!! Thats right we get new furniture items. I do still wish for new paper and flooring. I got a picture of some of the sold pieces, I'll post it below. There is also new crafted pieces , cannot wait to start checking those out. Hope you enjoyed this post. Until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Friday, November 19, 2010

Housing items ( buying at the bazaar)

Greetings wizards,

The bazaar ,yes the place we all wizards young and old go to get the most wanted items. I know we all understand and there are many guides on how to use the bazaar. What I want to show you is how to get those items you want. First off make sure you have room in your back pack and enough gold to buy anything you see you might like as a fast pace, remember there are others that might want that same item.

Now you are ready, There are 2 ways to search for items one being # of items in stock and one being cost. Lets click on # in stock Click on it one time, this will take you to every single item that has only 1 in stock. Most of these are the hardest to find. Next way is cost by clicking on cost twice it will lead you to the most expensive items.

Now that we got those covered, lets do some fast shopping. Click on the type of items you want like lets say furniture, I go to highest price for the item I am looking for today which are mini games. steps are click on bed icon-cost twice- repeat until you find the item you want and then buy takes you clicking on item and then on buy -no hesitating- that will cost you the item you want. This all takes some practice and fast buying. Hope this helps some wizards get those more wanted items, Until next ,happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Along with a few other items this was my greatest item catch of the day

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekly update and Wizards school of Magic Video

Greetings Wizards,

Well lets see where I am in the world of Wizard101. Myth made it to the floating land,I cannot wait to get the Medusa spell :), life is in district. Storm and death are in grotto.
Oh! A friend made me a banner with all my updated looks on my wizards I really like, hope you do too. and Thank you Autumn

On to housing, Like promised I made a video , I am sorry I am not great at making these videos but I did it :D. Welcome to Wizards School of Magic aka Hogwarts. I tried to make sure I had the vital key points, such as the flying car, whomping willow, forbidden forest, spiders, Haggrids, Fluffy! Inside I have common,potions class, charms class, dorms, headmasters loft, and the grand hall including the ghosts ;). Well Anyway I do hope you enjoy the video. Until next time, Happy house decorating. I am still looking for more houses to showcase, just let me know.

Your friend
Paige MoonShade

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MooShu Gardens, Learn something new.

Greetings wizards,

I have learn something new for my housing readers. MooShu gardens :). I was not the person who found this but you know me I wont leave them the way they look. :) This is a crafted item Sold by Eudora Tangletree in Olde town. Very simple recipe and you use the basic crafting table.

Off to decorating, Now like I said you know me I want my housing to be as real looking as possible, so this being said all gardens must have plants :). I found one that could be pineapples, of course must have my very own lotus garden and some wild bamboo, hum wait I see mushrooms growing will have to fix that later on ;). This was very simple to create small blue trimmed rug and tic tac toe board or chessboard, place rug then board and move only rug to area you want garden. Place all the objects you want in your garden on the board and pick up the rug, now you can place your garden right over the top. Add you details these items make or break your area, like my shovel and wheel barrel. Behold my own version of Wizard101 gardens.


I hope everyone has a great Veteran's Day and as a tribute I have placed my statue in the most perfect spot. Thank you to all the armed forces. Until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Paige's Thoughts, Weekly Post

Greetings wizards,

Today I just want to talk a bit. Weekly update 2 of my wizards are now level 58 fire and Balance and loving the new spells. I got my Level 58 Balance robe (by going with a friend) loving the pip% but still unsure of the rating stats and how they will work, I do wish level 58 gear gave better resist, unsure if I will keep it on or crowned gear. I won my level 55 wand spyglass still looks like a flashlight to me :) I wish we could stitch wands ,I am missing my Bunny staff. Now I am all about trying to own all new wands to add to my collection on my death wizard :).

Been helping many wizards through the Grotto. The special bosses have become very easy. No blades traps nothing. Egglis only use small spells, no spells over 3 pips X spells are ok here. Cuthalla Only use big spells meaning only spells 5 pips and over , no X spells.

My Fire and Balance are now in the Crustacean Empire at level 59. Started designing outfits for my other wizards. My newest outfit Is for my life wizard, tell me what you think?

My life has made it to the District of Stars and battling guards, cannot wait to get the Forest Lord spell. Still looks like a Wookie :P. Enough about me, tell me about your fun experiences and accomplishments you have done in wizard101. Until next time ,happy spell casting.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Wizards School of Magic (Palace)

Greetings Wizards,

I have been decorating my massive fantasy palace and have a few things done I thought i would show you. First off theme I choose Magic school theme as it looked like Hogwarts to me or not sure if any one know Howl's moving castle? Both of these movies are my inspiration here. I see many other themes that can be made Camelot, fairy palace, Kingdoms,so much more.

This house has 3 hidden passages, 2 you go through walls and one teleporter, 10 rooms of different sizes, many passages aka halls and the grounds/outside are spectacular. Oh lets not forget the personal arena. You can have 250/250 items and 50/50 pets. I do wish there were a bit more items and pets but I am sure myself and you can make it very special. So anyway,I went with the Wizards School of Magic for my theme.

I have a few things done one of which any Harry Potter fan would know ;).That is right it is the whomping willow. :) I was trying so many different ways to get that flying car to look right and my mind went blank then a friend said wait have you tried the wind swept tree? Well and there we have it. To do this you must first fly the car then place the tree, in a earlier segment you can see how to float bigger objects.
 I would look here though ;)
Lets head inside first area well everyone should recognize the common, you can also see parts of the professor hall of pictures ,oops how did that lynx picture get in there *blushes* hehe that spot is saved for Ambrose picture but I still need to craft it.The joke is my nickname is Cat ;) always need humor in houses. I am still working on the final touches of this room.

Now no school is a school without some sort of class rooms, I went with potions and charms classes. Potions class was a tricky one I had to try everything to get the beakers for potion making the right height on top of the student desks ended up being a simple wooden bench , set beaker in right place twist the bench and slide it away. Charms class was very simple still working on final details.

The grand hall Is not finished but Ill give a picture of it is starting to look. when I am done I hope to find someone who is good at making video's for me ;) hint hint anyone? It will be awhile before i am finished. I want to show you this one place outside I am building its kinda like Hagrid's and the Spider cave ,I wont go much into detail here as I am still really working on it but Ill show picture of a sneak peek as I am not happy with the way it looks at this time.

One thing for everyone to remember we are all decorators ,even you if just place items around your house you are a decorator. Believe me I have a house I call simply storage ;) but I still had to place those items even if it looks like a mess. All housing is awesome everyone has different views. So until next time, happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade