Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ship Combat - Pirate101

I know I have been busy with Dorm contest, since the contest is over I can work on more posts.
Pirate101 ship combat image as posted on J Todd Coleman facebook page. Lets take a few minutes and really look at this image.

I see a few things; one being that ships seem to take on damage as you can see both seem to be on fire and smoking. I see targeting and I also see these little green diamond things on the ship. Any Idea what those could be?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! To our Time Traveling Winners!!

First off I want to say Thank you to each and every contestant, there were 198 fantastic entries, Wow! Everyone did a wonderful job that the judges had a really hard time.

Here are your winners!

Grand Prize

Cody RavenThorn

Ah-a! The Spell is working!
 My dorm represents the time travel theme, by taking each individual wizard, and sending them all the way back to when you first meet Headmaster Ambrose, and his trusty Pet Owl, Gamma. Right as we signed onto this game for the very first time, we are greeted by these 2, confidently saying that we may just be the one to rescue this fallen spiral from the most wicked evil. We are quickly granted our School of magic, after taking a rather... difficult Exam, and we are off on our own, prepared for a rather Magical Adventure!
I used the Interactive item of Merle Ambrose’s bobble head, because he is the first NPC you will meet in game, if not the most important! I used the Tic-tac-toe O piece, and created a small stand for Gamma, Merle’s trusty companion, to rest his claws on. For my mature plant, I selected the Orange dandelion who guards the door, as to make sure no Malistaire or Morganthe, is to slip into the room and potentially harm the new Wizards. Of course right when you step out of this room, your met with Malistaire, but what do you expect from a potted weed? For a red item, I selected the Ravenwood wall Banner, as it represents the unity of the 7 VERY different Schools of Magic. As you leave the Room, Gamma reminds you to grab the suitcase, sitting near the alter of candles. He tells you that this will be all you need to start your magical training, including your Starter Spell Deck, and Starter Wand. You are Finally ready to begin your Journey through the Spiral!

First Place 
Iridian FrostFlame

Iridian FrostFlame, Science Officer's Log StarDate 27191: We achieved orbit circling the mysterious planet after having been warned off by an ancient alien defense satellite grid. It was no match for our state of the art phaser array. The planet, though, is cold and lifeless. Curious. Addendum: We beamed down to the planet in search of our Ship's Doctor, who had accidentally injected himself with a powerful poison, and in a fit of madness, fled through the transporter. The surface was barren, strewn with rubble, but a strange tic-tac-toe-like circle on the ground activated a glowing portal. The portal spoke to us, calling itself The Guardian, and stated our present, and our future was in peril. Our Doctor had leaped through the portal ..To The Past. And something he had done there had changed our future, our Ship, gone from the sky above. We had to find him and set time straight, or all would be lost. Our Away Team, The Captain, myself and Ensign RedShirt, jumped into the portal, and The Guardian sent us into the past.
Iridian FrostFlame, Science Officer's Log Stardate Unknown: We have found the Doctor in the attic of some sort of half way house but he is still suffering delirium, and will not recover unless we find an antidote. Dandelion, a native flower that grows in abundance may hold the key. Fascinating. While we grow a specimen to it's mature state, I try and jury-rig an old crystal set radio on a basic crafting station to tune into the frequency of The Guardian so that we may finally return to our own time. Until then, a well traveled suitcase of old clothes helps disguise The Captain and I when we venture out during the day as the old bed and couch are the Doctor's only comfort. We have not seen Ensign RedShirt, and fear he is dead.

Second Place 

I Padric, a wizard of no little repute in certain knowledgeable circles, do declare and attest that the images submitted with this missive represent what we firmly believe to be the optimum retreat (in the present time-line of course) of an intrepid adventurer, time-traveler and highly successful wizard, namely myself. While some may be of divergent opinions, any experienced traveler can attest to the fact that the simple knowledge of a safe, familiar and comfortable place of one's own to return to, will help sustain one through many difficult circumstances and adventures. With soft lighting, muted tones, splashes of favored colors, tasteful furnishings, select pieces of art, treasured mementos of past expeditions and one's preferred music playing softly, it is the ideal place to return to, relax and recharge one's energies for a day (or several days) before addressing the mundane but sometimes trying concerns of managing one's many personal contacts, business interests, vast estates and important local affairs. It is unquestionably equally important as a quiet, serene place to mentally prepare oneself for the next series of adventures. The few items specific to time travel are; the crystal ball used for scrying into distant worlds and situations in preparation for specific expeditions, the small cases that hold the exquisitely faceted and meticulously tuned crystals necessary for the time traveling aspect of the apparatus that in combination with the modified teleporter can instantly transport the traveler anywhere, "anywhen" in the Spiral and even far beyond, and the enchanted Gamma bobble head that allows one to report directly and discreetly to Headmaster Ambrose. With the exceptions (and even here great care was taken to enhance the effect of relaxed and comfortable elegance) of the small study area, the large table where necessary final adjustments to the apparatus are made and the ingeniously modified teleporter that makes time-travel possible; the decor is carefully designed to give one a tangible sense of peace, stability and calmness. Even the obligatory weapons on the wall beside the bed, while fully functional and extremely powerful, are in themselves exquisite works of art and craftsmanship. From the playfully affectionate leopard kitten, to the homey glass of cold milk and cookies still warm from the baking, to the hot chocolate waiting to be shared with someone special before a cheerful fire, this room compels one to breath a sigh of contentment and gratefully allow oneself to be gently embraced by it's elegant and comforting charms; the perfect prescription for a successful but weary time-traveling gentleman adventurer.

Third Place
Jonathan DeathShield

Evolution of the Living Room
The ever studious Ravenwood wizard and benevolent Necromancer, Jonathan DeathShield, has taken his love of knowledge to whole new level – three levels to be exact – by using Marleybonian science and Celestian technology to unlock the mysteries of time travel.  Jonathan performs this experiment in his dorm room, where he flips on his time machine to show us the dorm room of the past.  Here we see the outdoor living area where nature’s surroundings offer the creature comforts of home.  As you step through the green teleporter you come to the dorm room of the present, which is nicely decorated with Marleybonian furnishings.   Stepping through the teleporter once more brings you to the dorm room of the future which is richly designed with Celestian antiquities. 
For the objects used, the tic-tac-toe “o” is seen in the first level – set in the past- underneath the drake skull.  It is the remnants of an ancient donut that the drake was eating before it was killed.   There is also the mature boom shroud which is pictured on the first level in the past.  On the second level –set in the present- you have the interactive bonsai tree which is like the evolution of the boom shroud from the past to the present.  The red is well represented in the sofa seating area in the Marleybonian styled lounge.  And lastly, with the suit case, you cannot travel through time without a trusty pair of luggage.

3 Judges Choice Awards

Richard ShadowWalker

The Voyage to the New World
For the time travel theme i thought to use a time when people from europe came across the world to discover the new land,  such as when England had began to conquer the Americas (as it was called that back then).  Finding new creatures and plants that were native to the new land.  Obviously i had created a small portion of what seems to be a ship because back then people couldn't fly or drive, they took a ship to the new land.  Most of the people aboard these ships died because of the cruel and harsh conditions they had to endure.

Diana IcePetal

I’ve finally done it!  After retrieving rare and exotic power sources throughout the spiral, months of study in the Grand Chasm, and by harnessing the explosive energy of the common Boom Shroom, I have successfully crafted an operational DORM ROOM TIME MACHINE!

Valerian DeathStalker

Gone Fishin'
My dorm involves time travel, by taking one of my biggest hopes, of implementing a Fishing system for Wizard101 in the Future! There is a short peer off of the beach, that lurks just above the Celestial Ocean. You select your bait off of the Shelves (which may cost you a few gold pieces) and hook it onto a fishing line, that hangs off of your wand. You CAST (Little pun) your fishing wand, and it whips through the air, with magical sparks that come fall off the line. It plops into the water, and you wait for a tug on the other end. You feel a sudden pull, and quickly real the line in, to see that you have caught a pet Jellyfish! when fishing, you can catch pet snacks, wooden chests, pieces of furniture, reagents, and if your lucky, PETS!

8 Honorable Mentions

Tatiana ShadowFlame

Jenna Mythstrider

Esmee Dreamcloud

Jacob Nighthunter

Malvin Shadowhunter

Scarlet DragonWhisper

Tarlac DayCatcher

Luke FireHeart

15 Random Draws(valid entries only)

Sophia TitanHeart
Morgrim SoulBreaker
Jenna ThunderHeart
Blaine Hexcaller
Maria Moonblossom
Samantha Legendgrove
Ashley Wildstone
Mason MoonMask
Blaine Ravenmancer
Jason Stormcaster
Allan Rainbowheart
Eric Spiritsword
Brian Deathstalker 
David Fireblood
Aaron Bluegrove

All Winners are being notified & Prizes Delivered. All entries will also be receiving a special gift from KingsIsle of 5000 crowns 

Thank you to all the contestants, Judges and KingsIsle.

See you next year ;)

All Winners have been sent their prize codes. All prizes and gifts have been sent out. :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yuletide (Christmas) in July Winners!!! Dorm Contest

Here are your 10 winners!

Each winner receives

1 Wysteria Villa & Extra Castle Space Elixir
10000 Crowns

Luis Thundersword
Christmas Present
    I choose present Christmas , because we don’t have to focus the Christmas that already passed or in the next Christmas, if we want to have a great Christmas we have to live the present to the max. I wanted to represent a town with joy and happiness celebrating the Christmas with family and friends. The second picture with the snow man and the wizards represent that the Christmas is not about gifts or food, its about having a good time with the people we love. That is what Christmas is about!

Diana Icepetal

Sick of the summer heat, I pulled out my favorite red winter gear and portaled to Wintertusk. 
With my spider Sparky leading the way, we happened upon something extraordinary hidden in some ruins.  An enchanted Christmas in July was in full swing- but rather than the toys BEING the gifts, the toys were giving gifts to each other!

David Fireblood

The Christmas yet to come
  I choose to decorate my dorm room with the time traveling theme just like in the Christmas Carol with Ebenezer Scrooge (Me) when he just traveled in time with the third Christmas ghost, the ghost of the Christmas yet to come. In the picture we can see Ebenezer Scrooge in front of his own grave begging to the ghost of Christmas future for a second chance to make things right for Christmas. I wanted to recreate the scene of the dark cemetery in the winter night of Christmas with the snow and the fog around the graves.

Amber Moon

Tiki Yuletide
My dorm represents a couple's trip to The Floating Land in Celestia, where they stayed in a tiki log cabin for winter break. Their room is a mixture of tropical water-mole land and a wintry yuletide spirit.There is a table set with fresh coconut milk drinks and a campfire with a floated breakfast pan making eggs for a tasty meal.The couple crafted many things for their cabin, so there is a housing crafting station to show their mastery of the arts. The whole room is warmly lit with natural lighting and fires. At the door, two tiki statues greet visitors with friendly snowmen perched atop their heads.

Kiley FairyRiver

My dorm respresents a Christmas in July theme because it shows my wizard returning from her questing to see that Felix Navidad has showered her humble abode with mounds of snow, candy canes, and Christmas trees galore.

Michael Dreamblade

An Early Christmas Celebration

Is it Christmas time already? Well, it appears to be in Michael's house. He has set up all the Christmas decorations that he could find. The decorations range from Christmas trees to holiday wreaths to presents under the tree. Michael even went to the extent of building his very own snowman in his house! He sometimes likes to lounge out on his royal sofa and feel like a king or sit by the fire in his big, comfortable chairs. Michael has the toy train all set up for some children to play with right next to the beautiful Christmas tree.

Kymma Jade

Here is my Christmas in July. Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs Claus, are on vacation on some secluded island. After all they do need vacations in-between winters to recharge their batteries. They have brought along Rudolph and a bit of home with them to brighten up the island.Poor Rudolph needs a break from flying around the world, so he's happily running around on the sand.They have also added presents to the Christmas evergreen tree and games such as Tic Tac Toe. They also have decorated the Palm Trees in a Christmasy fashion. And while here,they also have created a Sandman that they have brought to life with their magic! Here Santa can breathe a sigh of relaxation, but the Claus family has to be careful while swimming because sharks are in the water. Maybe Santa can charm the shark into a nice shark?Who knows? And yes, Santa Claus brought along some milk and cookies. A perfect day in paradise can't go without some!
Gavin Trollblood
My dorm shows the life of Old St. Nicholas in the off-season. It seems as though no one reminded Santa there would be a Christmas in July! Because he works so hard year-round, he’s refusing to work. Instead, he’s on a private island sipping coconut milk and eating island cookies (he needs to gain back his pot-belly). He has set down his suitcase from traveling the world, sat himself in a comfy chair, and has been there ever since. Enjoying his nice vacation, Santa leaves all Christmas duties to be carried out by the elves! Isabella, the reliant, angelic elf, takes charge by making toys ranging from board games to trains or bobble heads to teddies for beds. Not only that, but Isabella also makes sweets like peppermints and candy canes. While trying to get through to this cranky Santa, Isabella wraps all the presents and sets them on a boat going to the North Pole. Hopefully Santa will be prepared for a traditional Yuletide.

My dorm looks like an old traditional place to stay.  I used mostly wood inspired furniture since they are charming pieces that gives a natural appearance and slightly weathered look. It is decorated with old musical instruments, stone fire place, clocks and I used wood plank wall papers and tiles to add a homey feeling which reminds me of days with my grandparents. I included wall paintings of nature to signify time that passed by which added a classic look. 

Roslyn RavenSong
It's only July but the Elves are hard at work making toys for all the wizarding boys and girls of the spiral. Roslyn has been assigned by Santa himself to watch over the evles as they make, inspect and wrap all the toys! She has even flown in snow from Wintertusk just so that the Elves are right at home!

Congradulations to all the yuletide in July winners.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bundles ,Castles and packs Oh my!

It always make my day when i see all the new bundles and packs come out. This month we have 3! That is right readers I said 3 new bundles and packs. There are even new pets for all the pet gift cards this month, you can see those here at Wizard101 Prepaid Game Card . Lets talk about some of these new bundles and packs.

The Majestic Bundle from Gamestop, New housing bundles always make my day when I get one I Just cannot wait to start decorating that house, just makes me feel so special because i am doing something I love to do within the Wizard101 game.

The Majestic Bundle Includes
Tower of Winter Winds Castle
Arthurian Dragon Two Person Mount
Silver Lance of Daybreak
True Silver Armor
Strange Beast Pet
Caliburn Teleport Tapestry
Additional Castle Slot Elixir
1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

The Tower of Winter Winds castle is such a grand castle, hidden passages, your own arena, dungeon, interactive banquet hall where you can receive a free gift everyday, really great 2 passenger dragon mount and a strange beast pet. So much come in this bundle its a steal at 39$ from Gamestop.


Dragon mount

The Pagoda Gauntlet bundle is from Walmart or Target and i have to say this is one of the most unique bundles I have seen. Not only do you get the neat looking gear you get a monkey pet, great mount and this wicked gauntlet you can place in your house . This gauntlet is your very own personal dungeon that you are you Wizard101 friends and enjoy. Another great buy for 39$. Some really great guides for this dungeon are in works over at Wizard101 Central, here is one for Novice Players.

The Pagoda Gauntlet Includes
Midnight Sun Pagoda Gauntlet
Hankyu Bow
Sohei Gear
Shaolin Monkey Pet
Run Run Rickshaw Mount
1 Month or 5,000 Crowns


Knights Hoard Gear

Now we get to my all time favorite bundles, well beside the house ones ;) The hoard packs! These are fun and you always get something in them with a chance for something special. This new hoard pack is in the crowned shop for 399 crowns. :) I have gotten Gamma, Old Green beard, and a Knight bobblehead. I also have gotten 4 of the pets. Housing items I have gotten a Tea set, Ambrose painting both of these are crafted items.  Obsidian Firecat statues and a weapons rack.

Knight's Lore
Game Card Pack
New Spells from the
Knight's Lore Pack!
The Knight's Lore pack is here, and with it your Wizard has a chance to gain entirely new spells!

There's also a chance to get other cool new items including:
Night King's Armor
Darkfire Longbow Weapon
Minstrel Pet
Treasure Cards
Bobblehead Housing Decorations
and Much More!

The spells from the Knight's Lore Pack are reward spells, and do not cost your Wizard a training point. They will go into your spellbook just like any spell you have learned from a trainer, and they will not disappear when you sell your spells back for Training Points with Mr. Lincoln. They will obey the rules of a normal spell, meaning you can blade, trap, enchant etc. If you receive a spell from the Knight's Lore Pack, it will not appear as a reward again on that character. You cannot delete or sell these special spells.

These three spells are also available through crafting.
Knights Hoard pet

I hope you enjoyed this post about all the new things that have been released. I cannot wait to get my hands started on that castle :) Until next time , happy house decorating.

Your friend,
Paige MoonShade