Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fifth Annual Best Little Dorm in Wizard City Winners!!!!

Congratulations Dorm Decorating Winners!!!

Our 4 judges certainly had their work cut out for them - but, they did it!!!  They have found the winners for the 5th Annual Best Little Dorm contest. So many amazing entries!
Each entry was scored by 4 categories:  (1) Use of the 5 items (2) Paragraph One (3) Paragraph Two, and (4) Over All Theme.  Thank you to all who entered!  And to all our winners who put so much effort and talent into creating that perfect shop theme!

This year's winners!!
Grand Prize
Brianna Nightrider - Santa's Workshop
Welcome to Santa’s Workshop! Santa's workshop is the magical place where workers are said to make toys and presents to give out at Christmas. So I thought we check in to make sure things are on track with all the toys Santa will needed this year! Looks like they are doing pretty good. There are all types of train engines and train cars going clickety-clickety clack as they go around the train tracks. There are locomotives, steam engines, boxcars and cabooses too. Santa's Workshop also has a few Globes, Teddy Bears, Nutcrackers, Snow-globes and prepackage presents in stock to make lots of young wizards happy come December. This is truly Santa's go-to place for the latest fun, creative, and unique toys as well as all of the favorite classics.

But wait that is not all, there is a wide selection of the best musical toys to fuel creative inspiration. There are Playable Trumpets, Lead Guitars, Bass Guitars and Percussive Drums. Ohh and lets not forget about the miniature Mushroom doll houses they are just to cute for words. Santa's Workshop also has a few Christmas trees along with some hanging Nutcrackers (Wand), Ginger bread men, and Christmas wreathes that will adorn the walls of unsuspecting homes so they to can enjoy in all the magic the season has to offer. Santa has placed a Snowman holding a single Pearl Orchid in the workshop to symbolizes peace in the spiral and good well to all. However nothing is more important to Santa than providing a safe working environment so Tallow Candle were added to ensure enough light is available both day and night. Looks like Santa will be all set when the time comes to load up his sleigh and visit all the young wizard both near and far.

First Place
Calamity Summerdust-Spells and Potions Shop
Welcome to Calamity's Spells and Potions Shop. To make magic work spells and potions are the most commonly used tools. Spells and potions are intended to produce magic. Spells are rituals performed with powerful words to make magic happen and potions are concoctions made from herbs, roots, bark, seeds and other similar materials. Spells and potions are intended for a variety of uses, from practical applications as healing and cooking to falling in love or to make someone do something for no apparent reason. In my shop you will find the number of possible uses for spells and potions are limited only by your imagination. But like any other forms of magic, spells and potions must not be used with ill intentions in mind. They are dangerous for everyone concerned including the instigator.

To ensure the safety of our works and clients our shop uses a common purification technique for cleansing the space. This is done with the use of an anointing candle (small candle) and an aromatic pearl orchid. However, if you are looking for a purification technique for your place of business or home you might want to display the Golden Dragon Fear Banner as it easily fits into most decors. Whereas a restaurant might want to us a Jar of Mushrooms to accomplish this task. But if that doesn't work for you the ancient scrolls (Aquila Atlantea Theme) contain thousands of spells and potions that can be bought for uses around your business or home to attract or repel both positive and negative energies. All you have to do is stop by, request a spell or potion of your liking, and one of our Master Mixers will have it ready for you in a jiffy.

Second Place

Jack Night -Farm Fresh Market
The Farm Fresh Market & General Shop's fruits & vegetables are fresh off the vine, the fish are straight from the pound and the eggs are gathered daily. That means the items you select are just steps away from the fields, ponds, and chicken coops which ensure you get the best tasting, most nutritional produce available. This week we have fresh strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, sack of wheat, sugar, beans, mushrooms and onions. Additionally we have hand carved bowels, drinking cups, and water buckets.

The Hart of the Sky Scepter, Lord of the Swamp's Scepter (staff), and the Ancestor Calling Drum (musical item) all contain the sprites of the past which bless both the farm and shop. A single Pearl Orchid adorns the welcome sign providing a splash of beauty & the Candle and Holder provides the extra light need to record the daily sales. Additionally I need to call attention to the Wild Mushrooms because they are on sale this week, so be sure to stop by Jack Night's Farm Fresh Market & General Shop.

Third Place
Michael ShadowLeaf-Pirate Shop

Welcome to me shop for pirates and wizards who plan to become pirates. Here ye can buy all kinds of things for your pirate adventure. Wizards may join our fun and be prepared for the treacherous seas of Celestia and many other worlds! There be a few leaks, but the shop is first rate. We sell all sorts of goodies including maps, boats, food, medicine, pirate swords, chests, and many things for a great adventure. Ye can even stop by for a couple of drinks or enjoy games for ye to play with the other pirates. The shop even has a fish tank. We don't keep them fish in there though, we keep our beloved turtle there. If ye look on top of the tanks ye can find our choice of different chests to keep yer loot in. If you're a fan of site seeing there be a telescope next to the window ye can look right at the sea. Are ye feeling sick today? Our wide verity of medicine be right next to the fish tank. We had all sorts of medicine to make you fell better in a jiffy. Boats are bought in ship in a bottles, just throw one in the sea and watch the ship appear! Ships can be found on the shelves, ye can see them right when ye walk in. Our shelve have so many objects ye need for the trip. Items sold on the shelve include, globes, books of knowledge, pirate hats, pens, parchment,and telescopes. On top of the shelves is spooky candle stand. In the pictures below ye can see a customer holding what she found as useful medicine. The other customer is observing the tanks and weapons. We also have displayed a form of punishment they ruler breakers had to suffer for breaking the rules back then, in the second window that we blocked. Since ye now see how fantastic the shop is, don't even think of stealing. We have security cameras (Insightful Spyglass infused with magic) set up next to the door and around the room. Once ye found what ye need, proceed to the check-out. Also a very stern reminders to t' shoplifters, our pet Ruby is very merciless to ye, so be warn!  So visit our shop and bring many friends!       

For the first object, a mushroom and a jar of mushroom. Next to the tank I used the mushroom as medicine. I actually used two mushroom objects. A normal mushroom on top of a jar of mushrooms. Mushroom is the best form of medicine in me shop! Scurvy to poison, these mushroom will be the greatest asset in a dangerous ship! The second object, a candle object, you can find it those on top of the supply sections. I put the large candle holders on top of the dragon claw housing item. I put them there to give them more of a skeleton-pirate theme and to provide all of ye customer t' light they need. The third object, musical object, you can find them all over the store! Music greatly improves the mood and leisure of t' shop, especially when people eat and listen to the classical pirate music. The two instruments are an Upright Piano and a Violin and Stand. We even have a turtle orcarina used for security of t' treasure. For the fourth object, wands, you can find them along or near the walls of the entire shop. I used many of the wands for different uses. The 4 insightful spyglass wands I used for security cameras. For the wands being sold I used the Fusilier's Fireberry Saber and Winter palace Spikeleaf sword and the Color Guard Winterblade. Also used the Steelwielder's Mine Blade which are sold in a package and are also very high quality.  And the last item needed, A pearl orchid, I used for medicine being held and about to be bought by  t' beautiful pirate lady in red near the book shelves. Legends has said that Pearl Orchids bring luck in those dangerous ole seas! Our shop is located in the Grottos in Celestia, all wizards and pirates are invited to me shop!

Judges Choices
Judge A
I couldn't help but smile at this unique shop. Need Air? Paragraphs are fantastic!
Eric Soulbrand - AIR EMPORIUM
Welcome, one and all, to Eric Soulbrand's APOCALYPSE-B-HERE: AIR EMPORIUM AND APOCALYPSE SHELTER!! Apocalypse got you down? Suffocating from all that nuclear fallout in your bomb shelter after your air tanks failed and your filters stopped working? What? Nothing has happened yet? Well, it will! Here at Apocalypse-B-Here, we've got all the air for your nuclear apocalypse needs! If not nuclear, then what about a Zombie Apocalypse? Don't let them bite you! Let us not forget the stray chance of a mutant gerbil invasion! I'm wasting my time? How dare you! We sell only the finest quality air for those dire circumstances! Stock up now or be the guy or girl who wished they had!

In case of an emergency, we even double as our own shelter for those in need! Space is limited. We aren't like those other apocalypse stores claiming to be prepared. We have a touch of class. With lead walls, ceilings and floors, that radiation won't ruin our day! All our wood is gorgeous cherry with silk rugs to match! Our patented Red Toadstool allows for a constant circulation of fresh air through natural means! I beat those other guys use "machines". Ha! Our Candle and Holder provides light for the blackout that is sure to come. We won't be caught in the dark! We offer the sweet melodies for a piano for those who will assuredly be the last of humanity. Does those other Apocalypse-Ready stores have a piano?! I think not! I bet they think piano is a vegetable! An axe adorns the wall for special cases, such as a breach, or if one of us really did get bitten by a zombie and lied about it, changing hours later and endanger those of us left. Not this time, Ted! Finally, rest your eyes on the gentle and soothing Pearl Orchid and forget those terrible memories the destroyed world outside our walls. Come in today! Say "I'm not infected, Eric! Put down the axe! Nooo!" for a special discount!

Judge B
Great Imagination - Awesome use of the five special items and the way they were incorporated into both the story and dorm room.
Melissa- Sewing Shop

Melissa's Magical Sewing Shop is the place to get your fashionable, trendy clothing that will make you fell fabulous for any occasion! Melissa's staff offers friendly personalized service from knowledgeable fashion experts, unique clothing, jewelry, hats, shoes and even a few special accessories. All clothing are crafted on site by the use of two magical sewing machines located in the back section of the shop.

There are 5 special items located throughout the shop which help to provide its magic.  First off is a bolt of special fabric (Wide Drum) located in the bookshelf which is used to make all the outfits magical. But this fabric needs the glow of a rare mushroom (Glowing Mushroom) and the sent of a single pearl orchid to provide the strongest magic. Once a item has been sewn the seams are sealed with hot wax (Candle and Holder) and then a spell is cast using the Crystal Staff of Mirages to assure the magic stays intact. All wizards are welcome and I hope everyone enjoys visiting Melissa’s Magical Sewing Shop.

Judge C 
Love the Mooshu Look and Feel, Paragraph's are great. Loving the way how he uses nature for his shop
Nicholas Shadow -Gardening Emporium
 Welcome! To the, "Green-to-go Gardening Emporium!" In this magical Gardening shop we sell all you're gardening needs! Stop by for a quick seed refill. Or even for your gardening tools such as: hammers, shovels, mallets, buckets, and more! My Gardening Store provides the best gardening materials, Guaranteed for life! Not only are the quality of the tools and seeds in our store amazing, but the store itself is breathtaking! Enjoy our fine and fresh water spring, or even sit back and just enjoy the natural trees and flowers we tend to everyday. You will find that my store is a fun and inviting place to shop! Stop by and converse with the cashier Debby! She loves to talk about gardening and if you're up for it maybe even her fabulous green afro! The main structure is actually not the dorm walls, I put "House Stage sets" all around the walls except for where the tools are, to create a Mooshu themed store. You will find this store fun, inviting, helpful, and magical! Come stop by! We'd love to have you! 

In this Gardening store I used all 5 of the required items. I used a diseased mushroom to show that my store is rooted with nature. In a gardening store it only makes sense to have everything nature filled and appealing to the eye. This mushrooms may be diseased but they add that sense of nature to the store, which I thought was greatly needed. The candle I chose was "Candle in Pagoda Base" I felt this was the perfect candle because my dorm is Mooshu themed and it fit perfectly. However you don't see the whole candle, it is right near the tree and cash register. It provides light and it adds an extra flare to the check-out counter as you purchase your magnificent Gardening supplies. The music item I chose was the music scroll. I chose this because it is actually a supply you can purchase! Now you may be wondering, how does that have anything to do with gardening? Well, it does! It teaches you all the music notes and songs you're going to need to know once you become a plant expert! I used the harp wand. It is located right behind the cashier. It provides the store with tranquilizing music that will set your mind at ease when you stress out about your needy plants. Yes I said needy. As much as I love to garden, they can and will be a pain. This music will help you enjoy your shopping time, plus it looks great! And last but not least, the Orchid Flower. It was placed right in center of the check-out center. It was actually the first plant to ever be planted in this store! It not only symbolizes the start of a great and hopefully fortunate business, but it looks great and is sympathizing to the eye. I feel like I used all 5 items to the best of my ability and hope you felt so too! 

Judge D
I loved the outdoor look and the gypsy feel to this room! You really get the feeling that this wizard could quickly pack up and be on the road to his next stop, providing wizards of the spiral with items they need
Reed Dragonheart- Traveling shop
This is my exotic shop on wheels. I am a traveler and i sell exotic and rare stuff from all around the spiral. In my shop i sell everything from rare and exotic pets, reagents, clothes, weapons, musical instruments, flowers and much much more cool stuff. When the weather gets rough i just pack up everything on my wagon and i am good to go.

Mushroom is one of the rare enchanted reagents i sell. The candle in pagoda base is a rare Mooshu antique which i sell. For the musical instrument i have few kinds of Zafaria and Azteca drums which include the talking drum, ancestor calling drum, ornate drum, and the blue top drum. Weapons, i sell all kinds of one of a kind wands from Zafaria and Avalon.The Pearl Orchid is one of the exotic flowers which you can find for a very low price in my shop.

An extraordinary entry earned an extra Judges choice award!
Keena Ironweaver - Ninja Shop
I decided to create a "Ninja Shop" because although there are ninja-related items sold through shops, recipes, and packs, there is no single place in the Spiral known to wizards that specializes in ninjas. This hidden market offers food, scrolls, weapons, disguises, camouflage equipment, stitching, bobble-heads, treasures, training lessons, and a highly-trained ninja fish to stalk/catch fish or raid treasure chests for you. Having both water and dry ground allows the ninja pigs and fish to work closer as allies as well as being able to personally receive or hand something to a customer. The fish can go through a door in the tank that leads to the open water, but prefers to stay in its secure tank while making a deal with a client. Located in a highly dense bamboo forest near water, stone was carved into stepping stones, wood was used to build the shop, and reeds were turned into fencing. It all makes the shop appear more natural along with the koi pond and plants growing around it, inspired by real ninjas being resourceful. In fact, Ninjutsu isn't only about martial arts. It's about gaining benefit through any form of useful knowledge, including knowledge of plants, sharpening senses/skills, combat arts, chemistry, anatomy/health, and even house-building. Although there's a story of 3 pigs building houses from straw, sticks, and brick, this trio of ninja pigs built a shop with mostly reeds, wood, and stone. They also make deals with a fish instead of dealing with a wolf.

The diseased mushrooms, candle in pagoda base, playable sound generator, Jade Oni's amethyst blade(stitched with candle wand), and pearl orchid each play a role in representing the ninja-theme in the shop. The diseased mushrooms camouflaging within the clusters of plants represent a ninja's hidden dangers as well as their knowledge of plants. To sharpen the sense of hearing, ninjas used to stare into the flame of a candle while listening to their surroundings. The ninja fish often stares into the flame of the candle in a pagoda base to improving its hearing ability while waiting for a client. (Despite being in a tank filled with water, it must be able to hear its client clearly.) The playable sound generator being sold in the shop is a valuable tool for a ninja on a mission. Ninjas often had to mimic sounds such as rain, create a distraction to get past security, and camouflage their own sounds to go undetected, like releasing a box of noisy crickets into a building so that they wouldn't be heard sneaking around. (Sure, it looks too big to carry since ninjas travel lightly, but a ninja-wizard could just fold it up into their backpack...) The wand displayed above the tank was originally a Storm-school wand, but it "changed ownership" and became Ice. The ninja fish overheard an Oni talking about a sword and decided to snatch it at the right time as a proof of worthiness to belong in the shop with the 3 ninja pigs. Being stitched with a candle wand changes the plaque from Storm to Ice, matching the school of the ninja fish while ironically relating to its sharp sense of hearing that paid off for staring at the flame of the candle in a pagoda base. (Perhaps the Arctic ninja pig camouflaging in the water by the candle helped with stitching. Maybe the candle's flame has secret magical properties as well.) The pearl orchid can be viewed as a pearl by the fish and as an orchid by the pigs, uniting their perspectives as both shells/sides of a clam/view. (Yin and yang or below and above surface. A symbol of 2 worlds/species of ninja working as one.) To a wizard, the flower may represent a goal to be reached after questing and entering many dungeons through sigils, especially with all the sigil leaves growing on the koi pond.

15 Honorable Mentions

Heather Rainbowfinder
Julia Sand
Lucas Dragonrider
James DragonBane
Diana Rosestone
Corwin Frog
Blaze Shadowrunner
Mason Earthstrider
Gavin Stardust
Mary Winterweaver
Autumn Moon
lucas silver
Cori Lotus
Angel MythCaster

30 Random Draws(valid entries only)
Caitlin Darkshard
Isabella Rainwhisper
Eric Greenleaf
Jeremy ThunderEyes
Rowan SpiritWalker
Autumn DawnRiver
Flint Thunderflame
Issac Moonshard
Kimberly StrongFountain
Lucas ThunderRider
Sophia Star
Edward mist
Alexandra Shadowhunter 
Wolf Stormflame
Christina Fairybloom
Eric Battlerider
Jennifer Wildflower
Tasha Skywalker
Edward SandShade
Ian Skullmask
Thomas DragonRider
Angel Fire
Roslyn Roseheart
Scot Sunblade
Duncan Soul
Monica PixieHeart
Amber Wild

I want to thank everyone who entered, we had so many amazing dorm rooms you really made it hard for us to judge. Special thank you to KingsIsle. Without everyone this contest would not be what it is today! See everyone next year!! 

Winners are being mailed. Thank you for your patience.  All prizes have been sent out.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pirate101 Guest Poster -Noble Felix Yellowfish

Ahoy there!
Me name's Felix,and some of you may recognize me.I am a Witchdoctor,of many trades,and I wish to talk about one of my favorite aspects of the Pirate101 game.I am gonna talk about puppet shows Now,for those who may not be aware,I can explain.

When the writers,Blind Mew and his crew,find a spot in the story requiring some backstory,or general exposure,they do something rather unique.First,they find an NPC,who in this case is known as the narrator,after which,Blind Mew writes the script.Then all the jokes and funny bits are buffed up,enhanced etc.The artist and animator in charge of puppet shows is Donkey Hotay. And once all of this is done he makes a background and the actual puppet show itself.

The reason I love the puppet shows so much is heavily tied to my obsession with the storyline. And everyone enjoys laughter,obviously.Typically,there's supposed to be one puppet show per book(there are exceptions,of course.Remember when Don Raphael shows you all those pictures of Mustang Sally?).They aren't all that long,and they all tell a unique tale.They are stored and can be rewatched as many times as needed.The common references and recurring characters,like the aliens and of course,Cthulu(who i kinda an alien?) add more spice to it all.Then there's the amazing nature of th animations itself,the curtains,the strings.The theatrical beauty of it all is beguiling.

Finally,I will leave you with questions,to my fellow denizen of the Spiral: Do you guys like the puppet shows?Which one is your favorite? Do you find it weird Cthulu is in a suit?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wizard101 Guest Poster - Kevin Lifewalker

Question:  What do Celestia and Khrysallis have in common besides bookending the Morganthe arc?

The answer is the zodiac.  You may or may not remember that we were introduced to the 12 signs of the Celestian Zodiac while we were there.  The first way in which we learned about the zodiac was the zodiac tomes (the Celestia book quest) where each tome explained one of the 12 signs.  The second way was less direct.  We were able to view the 12 signs of the zodiac in the wall hangings around The Astral Archives.  Each zodiac sign had a wall hanging and the name of the sign written in Celestian script.  Each wall hanging also had a glowing shield-like shape at the top of it.

All 12 signs are as follows:

Here is a wall hanging and sample of the tome information for the sign of the phoenix:  Even though it is small and hard to see, the picture alongside of the quest dialogue matches the picture on the wall hanging.

The signs are in alphabetic order which is the order in which we read the zodiac tomes.  And that’s it.  We don’t learn anything else about the 12 signs of the zodiac while we are in Celestia.

Now fast forward to Khrysallis.  In Radiance Reborn we find 4 towers, the serpent tower, the crab tower, the phoenix tower, and the hart tower.  Hart is another word for a stag – both words refer to a male deer.  So we have 4 towers, each with a name from the Celestian zodiac.  The dialogue for the Radiance Reborn quest indicates that the celestial creatures in the towers are related to star magic.

So what do we think is the connection here?  The signs of the zodiac appear connected to star magic, but in what way?  How are the actual celestial creatures in the Khrysalis towers connected to the zodiac we learn about in Celestia?  ?  Did Morganthe bring the zodiac to Khrysalis?  (Or did it go the other way?  Did creatures from Khrysalis visit Celestia sometime in the past and teach them astral magic?)

And what about the remaining 8 signs?  Some of them are a little familiar.  The chariot we take to Aquila, The fountain in Wysteria, The loom of fate that Urd and her sisters tend to who live at the base of Grandmother Raven in Wintertusk.  Is the messenger us?  Are others such as kraken and the galleon a ‘sign’ of what’s to come?  How would you explain this?

Kevin Lifewalker

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fifth Annual Best Little Dorm in Wizard City- Contest

Let's get ready to ----DECORATE!!!
This contest has now ended Winners will be announced on or before July 28th by 6pm central US time
Winners posted HERE

Do you have the best dorm in Wizard City?

Do you like to decorate?

The Fifth Annual Best Little Dorm in Wizard City contest starts now! Hurry! You only have until July 25 , 2014 6:00 pm Central to enter.

This isn't just any little old decorating contest, though. There are twists and turns ahead!

First twist: Decorate your dorm to represent what you think "Create a Shop" themed dorm would be like.

Example: What kind of shop would you like? Maybe a hat shop?

The turn: You must use all 5 items below.

1. Mushroom- Can be any type of Mushroom. Example: Wild Mushroom

2. Candle- Can be any type of candle, Candle has to be in the name of the item. Example: Small candle

3. Something musical - Music item or provides music. (Judges have ruled ocarina is musical)

4. Weapon- As in a staff, wand or sword. (Cannot be the weapon your Wizard is holding but must fall under wands in your backpack)

5. One Pearl Orchid - Just one!!!

Wait! There is one more twist to this contest.

Second twist: 
Write 2 paragraphs : Both paragraphs are important, must have both

Paragraph 1 -Write about how your dorm represents your shop. Explain your shop.

Paragraph 2 - Write about how you used the 5 special items in your dorm. 

( Be sure to tell the Judges how you used each of the 5 items and how they worked into your shop theme and design.)

( You may add a title.)

Official Rules:
* Using all 5 items pictured above, you must decorate your dorm to Create a Shop Theme.
* This contest begins July 12, 2014 and ends July 25, 2014 at 6pm (Wizard101) Central time. 
* You may use as many other items as you wish to make your dorm complete.
* You may only enter once.
* 2 Paragraphs must be sent with your entry screenshots.
* 3 screenshots will be allowed (no videos) List of screenshots;
A. Your wizard (with name showing) must be in one of the screenshots. (This screenshot cannot use control G)
B. This screenshot must show as many of the 5 items as possible.Any of the 5 items not shown must be seen in one of the other screenshots
C. One best over all screenshot of your dorm room
* All prizes will be awarded Via email of entry.
* Nobody may win in more than one category of prizes.
* To be fair to all entries you must stay within the dorm room space. (If you use floating technique you must stay within the walls of your dorm room.) Sinking items into walls is fine.
* Your wizard name must be sent with your entry. (Such as Paige MoonShade)
* Yes you may use build a castle blocks, though you still must stay within the dorm room walls.

How to enter:
Following the official rules posted above, you will decorate your dorm in a "Create a Shop theme" and submit with no more than 3 screen shots of your dorm along with your 2 paragraphs by July 25 , 2014 at 6:00 PM Central US time.
How do I submit entries? Send all entries to email.

( If you are under the age of 13 you need to have your parents or guardians permission.)

Late entries will not be accepted. Please make sure it's correct before sending your entry in. Any entry with more than 3 screenshots and more than 2 paragraphs will be immediately disqualified. No exceptions." No editing will be allowed on screenshots. Please take your time and make sure everything is just how you want it.

Please read the Questions and answer in comments before you ask your question it is mostly like already answered. If you get to bottom of page  LOAD MORE for more Q & A. Please do not ask a question that has already been answered a few times . I will not answer the same question that has already been answered please read the Comments to find your answers.
( Q & A has ended Good luck everyone!!)

Good Luck Everyone! Here are your prizes. :)
Thank you KingsIsle for these amazing prizes!

Over 50 winners !!!!! 

Grand Prize
70,000 Crowns!!!
All 3 Arcane Houses + Addition Castle Elixirs
6 pack of Porters
Bric a brac Elixir
Spiral Cup Gauntlet Bundle

First Place 
60,000 Crowns!!
Night Gardens House + addition castle elixir
6 pack of Porters
Bric a brac
Spiral Cup Gauntlet Bundle

Second Place 
50,000 Crowns!!
Meadows At Dusk House + addition castle elixir
One green teleporter
Bric a brac
Spiral Cup Gauntlet Bundle

Third Place
25,000 crowns!!
Midday Estate + addition castle elixir
One purple teleporter
Bric a brac

4 Judges Choice Awards
60,000 Crowns!!
Night Gardens House + addition castle elixir
6 pack of Porters
Bric a brac

15 Honorable Mentions
10,000 crowns!
Both Winterbane and Pagoda Gauntlets
6 pack of porters
bric a brac

30 Random Draws(valid entries only)

One random prize from this list:
10,000 crowns
5000 crowns
6 pack of porters
bric a brac and one random porter

*Valid entry = All 5 items, 2 paragraphs, no more than 3 screenshots and your Wizards name
 Misc Information

Codes can be redeemed from any location worldwide, but are only redeemable at for use on the KingsIsle version of Wizard101. This promotion cannot be redeemed for Gameforge or Taomee hosted versions of the game.

 To enter your game code:

 * Visit

* Enter your account information and click LOGIN

* Enter your unique code and press SUBMIT


* Redeem your item(s) from the in-game gift window or look for rewards of Crowns to appear in your Crowns History on the website.

If you encounter an problem redeeming your game code, please send an email to and include your code and Wizard101 account name, but never the password!

Misc Information:

*Name must be shown in one . How to get it to show Spell book-- gear--first joystick--overhead names everyone.

*The meaning of Inside the dorm walls. This means You may sink items into wall for a feel but if you have to go outside the wall space to take a screenshot , it's a no.

How to take a Screenshot!
( Advice is to close chat box)
Players can quickly take a screenshot now using the Print Screen button on their keyboard. This will save the file in your C:/Program Files/KingsIsle Entertainment/Wizard101/Bin folder (note this will capture your entire screen, so if you are running Wizard windowed, it will capture everything on your screen) You will see the following text to let you know you took a screenshot. In your email make sure to state which image is A,B or C

Another way to take a screenshot using your Print Screen button. Follow these steps:
while in the game, press Alt+PrtScn buttons
Alt+Tab to desktop and start MSPaint or similar application
create new image file
press Ctrl+V or otherwise paste the clipboard content
save the file in a safe place you'll remember 

(Desktop is what I use) I would name your screenshot A,B or C
You can then either drag your screenshot into your email or add it as attachment to email to my contest email. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Introducing The Spiral Cup Gauntlet Bundle

The Spiral Cup Gauntlet Bundle Includes
Pigswick Fountain Dungeon
Tanglewood Vine Mount
Pegasus Pony Pet
Pigswick Academy Robe
Mystic Grimoire Weapon
1 Month or 5,000 Crowns
 Gear and book made a great addition to my Wysteria house. Now I have a book that looks like it's coming from the bookcase and Boomer has a new friend with a mannequin and and the awesome looking gear from this bundle. How about that Pegasus pet he fits purfectly in my front entrance. 

 Tanglewood Vine Mount is so fun to watch and ride, even adding it as a moving piece top any castle gives it a added flare.  The  Pigswick Fountain Dungeon looks awesome, yes? I added some castle blocks to give this Wysteria House a whole new look.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wizard101 Test Realm July 2014 - Magical Fishing & More!

 Wizard101 test realm is back and with fishing!!  Now I know, I know! I have been asking for this ever since housing came out. I so wanted to be able to fish at my houses and maybe one day we will .  Right now we can fish in Wizard City, Krokotopia, Grizzleheim, and Mooshu, via test realm Notes Page.  Wouldn't it be grand if we could have a fishing house?? Can I hear a Yes? I know I would.

Fishing is very simple. You cast your lure and wait till the lure is completely underwater , (as in image above), then hit the space key.  There are many guides being created at Wizard101 Central Test Realm Guides  including one for types of fish/with schools they are. You can catch fish or treasure chests. I have even caught a Tank to hold the fish in !

Fish tanks go in your house as furniture, these tanks can show off your biggest or most unique fish, there is a limit of one fish per tank. These tanks count as one item space ,the fish doesn't count as far as I could tell, only the tank. Cool huh? I going to create a tank house just for fish tanks.
 New Zafarian Furniture!!!

Can I have a YES!!!! New furniture from Zafaria and there are simply amazing looking!! From outdoor statues to some of the most detailed flooring and wallpaper I have seen. I about died when i saw that paw print paper. 
Last on today's post is Castle Block crafting.  Castle Blocks Recipes can be found in Wizard City, Shopping District from Lloyd FallingWater, near the fountain . I took a picture of some of the pieces I haven't seen before. These recipes are very simple to craft too. Well that's all for today see you in Test realm. For test realm schedule check out updates page. See you in Test realm.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Guest Blogger -Matthew Shadowblade

My mind has been crafting Theories recently involving Falmea’s ‘Big Summer Update’. So what if this ‘Big Summer Update’ is coming right in June or August, when the Monthly Newsletter comes out, just like they did with Khrysalis Part 2. What if it’s Krokotopia Related? Remember that in the portion in the May 2014 Producer’s Letter, where Falmea talked about the ‘Big Summer Update’ there was a picture of Manders building a castle, lifting up a Mander in a Gobbler Suit with a pulley?

 I’m using Google Chrome and I right clicked on the image, then clicked ‘Open image in new tab’. Once I did, I looked at the web address and near the end, it had the web address and near the end, it wrote “…-mander-castle-…” so that must have been the name of the picture! Mander Castle! So what if this big summer update involves Krokotopia and Manders? And remember when we did Briskbreeze Tower, at the end once you defeated the final boss in Briskbreeze Tower, a wraith by the name of Orrick Nightglider, he dropped 2 key-rings. One is made of bones, the other is covered in hieroglyphics. What it means by key-rings, I have no idea. Perhaps it means one is a key, the other is a ring? If so, the bone-composed one is a Key, because there’s that small picture next to the dialogue box that tells you, and there’s a bone key there. In this case, I don’t think so. They’re both keys, because it says, “One is made of bones, and the other is covered in hieroglyphics.” So I’m not sure what it means by the ring part in key-ring. Anyway, Lieutenant Culpepper, the guy you’re trying to rescue, says stuff like “He told me something was coming to the Spiral…and that Krokotopia was the next step. How can something be ‘coming’ to the Spiral?” After that, Kingsisle never led up on this storyline. 

What if this ‘Something’ that’s ‘Coming’ to the Spiral is actually Old Cob and his reign of terror? What if we’re traveling to Krokotopia using this Hieroglyphics covered key-ring to open up Mander Castle? What if Mander Castle is a dungeon prequest meant to be a sneak peak into the next arc, just like the Warehouse was for the 2nd arc? What if Mander Castle is being built on top of one of those broken up islands, perhaps the one above the Spiral Chamber? What if that island has a portal leading to wherever Mander Castle is? I’ve seen a teleporter on top of that very island, and it’s inaccessible currently.

I’ll leave it at that, I’d like to hear your guys’ opinions on this, and I’d also like to hear your guys’ very own Theories.

Matthew Shadowblade