October 17, 2017

First Pirate101 Stream

Ahoy Pirates!

Before I continue, I want you all to know that this is my 100th blog post of the year! I thought I'd save this special moment for today to let you know that I will be streaming Pirate101 for the first time! I'm looking forward to questing with Autumn Dreamwalker. If you would like to watch, you can click on the Play Button on the YouTube video at the listed time below. Hope to see you there!

TODAY
4:00 pm CST / 5:00 pm EST

October 16, 2017

Suri Skullshard Returns

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're ready for a new week. I know it's Monday, but you can start today off by telling yourself that it will be a great week. Go ahead and say it now: This week will be a great week and if I face struggles, I will get through them - You can do it!



Anyway, yesterday I had a chance to do something different - quest! I couldn't believe that I was able to log on in the morning and quest my new death wizard, Suri Skullshard, through a few Halloween Quests and a few other side quests to level up to level 48. My plan was to train my Scarecrow spell, but I forgot I had another spell quest that I needed to complete. I made my way through these side quests by using scarecrow treasure cards. I was able to stream the event but didn't share it with everyone because I'm still a bit uncomfortable. But here's the stream if you would like to watch a bit of it: 

October 15, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday, Pirate101!

Ahoy Pirates!

I know it's crazy, but today is actually Pirate101's 5th Birthday! Time is flying by! I can't believe it was five years ago when Kingsisle first let pirates venture Skull Island. I remember standing with other Beta Players waiting for everyone to show up as the time neared - as we had a One Week Headstart. It was amazing to see so many people wanting to try out Kingsisle's newest game, at the time!



The year 2012 doesn't seem like it was that long ago because of how fast time seems to be flying. I really do enjoy my time here so much in the community and I think that's why it flys by so fast! 2012 once was a modern time and now even that year is becoming an old year. I never thought I'd have a nostalgic feeling about this year, but today I do. I'm sure I'll have a nostalgic feeling about this year as well in the year 2023. If you're reading from that time, Hello from 2017! :D



Pirate101 will always hold a special place in my heart! It really brought me closer to the community than I thought it ever would. I love this game and I'm glad Kingsisle is spending more time on it again. I look forward to many more years of Pirate101. If you haven't tried this amazing game out, you should. Some might say, oh it's not Wizard101, and it's not. It's Pirate101! Never judge a book by its cover, you might be surprised if you don't. Thank you, Kingsisle, for so many wonderful memories! I wish you a very Happy 5th Birth-O-Ween! 


October 11, 2017

Halloween Run - Help Meetup - Saturday!

Hello Wizards!

I promise we'll stop talking about the Halloween Run soon and release some original blog posts! For now, we're working hard to get all of the last minute details together for the event. I want everything to run smoothly for you all and this begins with being interactive with you all. We will need help for the event so I've made a few public announcements about Help Meetups. I have one more:

Saturday at
 6:00 pm CST / 7:00 pm EST
The Commons, Vampire Realm 

October 9, 2017

Mic Test #2: Trying My Best!

Hello Wizards!

Yes, I have another update video for you all. I want to release a few videos before streaming to test this new microphone out. I can't believe I'm doing this, but at the same time, I don't mind. :D Let me know what you think about this microphone now on social media. I will improve as time progresses.

October 8, 2017

Halloween Run Update: New Microphone

Hello Wizards!

I apologize for the silence at the beginning of this month. I'm working hard on the Halloween Run and Midterms (which I've gotten A's on)! I am excited about the event that'll take place in a few weeks. We're working hard to get all of the important details together so you have fun. I made a new video with my new microphone. I discussed a few important updates in this video. Please watch when you get a chance:



October 6, 2017

Halloween Run Guide Contest

Hello Wizards!

The Halloween Run is quickly approaching! We're working hard to make this event a lot of fun! Today I'm proud to announce that we're starting the first of our contests - from one of our amazing hosts, Autumn Dreamwalker. We'll be having a Halloween Run Guide Contest! Keep reading for more information.


Halloween Run Guide Contest

List Every Area In Order: Watch the Halloween Run Guide Video (above). In order, list every area that we travel to in the Halloween Run Guide. There will be areas that appear two or three times. Please list every area - Example: We start in Nightside and end in the Death Tower. 

Send An Email Of List: You can send that complete list to Autumn Dreamwalker's email with the Subject "Halloween Run Guide Contest" and your wizard's name. You can send the list to the email that is listed below:

secretsofthespiral@hotmail.com

One Winner Will Recieve
$20 Wizard101 Gift Card

Contest Ends End Of Day on Saturday, October 28th

October 4, 2017

Wizard101 Teases Empyrea - First Teaser

Hello Wizards!

Today, Kingsisle sent out their very first Batman-Gobbler themed Concept Art on Social Media teasing a soon-to-be world, Epyrea. This world is expected to be released in the test realm later this month or early November (guessing obviously). Are you excited? I know I am! As they release new Concept Art throughout the month, I'll be sure to update my website with new posts!

October 3, 2017

I Love The Wizard101 Halloween Quests

Hello Wizards!

Yesterday, Kingsisle added the Halloween quests back to the game. I've always loved the beginner Halloween Quests because they're so nostalgic. This year marks my 9th Halloween with Wizard101. That means I've quested through these quests for nine different Halloweens. Time sure does fly by!




I know we have new quests, but the quests that have been here since the beginning have been my very favorite quests in this game. I'm sure many others feel the same way that I do. As I mentioned above, I quest through these quests nine different times, but they'll never get old. I remember the first time I quested through back in 2009 when I knew this game was the best game ever! Yeah, I still believe that (but we have to add Pirate101 to the list now).




These are all equally amazing quests, from the Ghosts to the Pumpkins to the Apple Bobbing. My favorite has always been the Pumpkins, though! I mean, have you ever listened to the narrator when you trick-or-treat for the pumpkins? It's awesome. Give it a listen! I've actually memorized all of the lines over these past few years! Today many want new things constantly, but for me, these quests along with many other not so new things will have a close place in my heart. Thank you, KI, for so many wonderful memories. Here's to new wonderful memories with the recently added Halloween quests.. which I'll probably quest through, tomorrow evening. Hmmm!

This carpet does not like me... Aladdin, you're ruining my plans to take over Wizard City!













October 2, 2017

Duelist101 Tournament/Party Recap

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful 2nd Day of October. I still can't believe it's October because it's one step closer to the Holiday season! I also love October because I'm able to make many blog posts and quest in game more since it's a quieter time. Today, I decided to make a blog post recapping an event that I attended during the weekend from Duelist101.



On Saturday, I arrived at least an hour early for the Wizard101 Celebratory Tournaments from Duelist101. Now, many of you already know that I've never participated in a tournament, but I still wanted to attend to show my support for Duelist101 and all of the hard work that they do for the community. I arrived talking to many amazing community wizards, including one of the amazing hosts, Mora Misthead. When the event started, we were teleported by Mora Misthead to Cody Raventamer's beautifully decorated Polarian Shipwreck house. 



I think I took about 30 different screenshots of Cody's house because I always found something I loved about it. I'm sure many of you know I'm crazy about taking screenshots, but I love having these memories for later. Who knows, maybe you'll check this post a few years from now and say you remember this awesome event/house! I thought it was a beautiful house and Cody did a great job decorating. Thanks for working so hard to decorate for the event, Cody!




While attending, I also got to talk with some awesome friends! This is one main thing that I love about events in the community, being able to talk to friends and being able to meet them in-game for the first time. Shortly after talking to everyone, I watched Alex Thunderstaff's stream where he streamed the tournament and gave away codes to the viewers! I didn't accept any codes, but I was wishing I could view his house in person! It's crazy, but Alex also had an amazingly decorated house. I loved the PvP ring AND the Rainbow. The music scroll in that second place he streamed really set the theme. I enjoyed the stream and thought Alex did a great job as well. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to leave early. I want to thank Duelist101 for the hard work they put into bringing the community together. I enjoyed your event and can't wait to attend/watch your next one. 

They look nice snowmen, but are they really?
















October 1, 2017

Happy October

Hi there!

It's finally October! I'm excited because the end of the year is my favorite time of year because of the Holidays. If you've read my website for awhile, you know how much I love this time of year. Recently, Halloween has become a favorite because of events that we throw in game. Speaking of that, I wanted to talk about a few things that will occur this month!



  • Contests: We'll have plenty of contests this month. If you check my social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), you'll see contests leading up to the Halloween Run. You can also check my HR Contests Page at the top of the post for contests - you'll need to continually check this page since it will be updated throughout the month. 
  • Meetups: Lately we've had meetups for those who want to help us for the Halloween Run. This will continue this month. I hope you all are able to check them out if you get a chance. We're making sure that everything runs smoothly for the event later this month. 
  • YouTube Streams: If you didn't know already, I am planning on streaming quite a bit this month before the Official Halloween Run Stream on Saturday, October 28th. I'm going to get all of my nerves out of the way before the official day. If you would like to check the channel where I'll be streaming, click on the link below to check out my YouTube Channel:

We have a lot planned this month. I hope you all are able to join us! :D


September 30, 2017

Wizard101's 9th Birthday Contest Winners

Hello Wizards!

I want to thank all of you for entering my recent art contest - Wizard101's 9th Birthday Contest - it amazes me to see how talented all of you are. I couldn't give everyone something, but I was fair in judging. Thank you so much for entering the contest and following the rules! Here are the winners:

Grand Prize: Keira Breeze
50,000 Crowns + Random Pack + Random Mount + Random Beckett Wand

2nd Prize: Saffron Taleweaver
25,000 Crowns + Random Pack + Random Beckett Wand

3rd - 5th Prizes: 
 Random Beckett Wand + Random Pack

Zachary Unicornbreeze

Cody Sandward

Bad Terri Jones

The winners listed above are the Winners of this Contest! I thank you all for your hard work on this contest. We had more entries for this art contest, which was shocking, but also amazing. I'm going to make an additional post soon showing off the other amazing entries (and a Raffle of those, including the last three on this post to win a $10 W101 Gift Card). Thank you all for your hard work. I have sent the code email to the winners - and I hope to see you all at our event of many contests, the Halloween Run.


September 28, 2017

Halloween Run: One More Month (Saturday, October 28th)

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful week. I've been busy with a lot of real-life priorities, but I've also been working hard on preparing for the Halloween Run. Things are running smoothly and we're currently ahead of schedule. Today I wanted to make a post update to let you know what you should do before attending this year's Halloween Run.



Read The Official Halloween Run Schedule

This is an important part to know exactly what exactly will take place during this day. All other small activities will be announced on the stream, but I want all of you to know what exactly to do when we start an activity. Please read the Halloween Run Post, linked below, and let your friends that are planning on attending to do the same thing. I want everything to run smoothly and not be confusing. 



Watch The Halloween Run Guide

The Halloween Run Guide Video will show exactly where we'll be running for the Nightmare Before Christmas Run in the morning AND the Halloween Run later in the evening. Please watch this video and follow every rule in the video so you know where to run. A lot of people have been confused where to run, but this year we promoted the video a lot more than usual. Please watch the video below before the Halloween Run.


Subscribe to My YouTube Channel

As many of you already know, I am planning on streaming the Halloween Run this year. I have been promoting my YouTube Channel over the past few months so you know where exactly I'll be streaming. This stream will somewhat be a guide, but I hope you all pay attention to the game as well. I love chatting with you all on there over YouTube chat. Please stay family-friendly!


Keep It Family Friendly

In the past, we've had people bully, use bad language, and send death threats. This is a thing of the past. Our future events will include Hall Monitors and I expect everyone to report those who are doing things such as this, no question. Ignore and Report. Don't give any attention to them because they've had enough. If you participate in this, you'll be sent from the after party houses, reported, and potentially muted OR banned. Please stay family-friendly. This is a family game and we'll be having family events. You may get away with that type of behavior elsewhere, but you will not get away with it with me.

I hope to see you at the event.We're working hard for you!

September 25, 2017

Wizard101: Halloween Run Help Meetup - TODAY

Hello Wizards!

I'm making this blog post to let you know that the Halloween Run Help Meetup will take place TODAY. We're having this meetup to prepare for this large event. Keep reading for more information such as meetup location/time and what exactly we need help with. I've also provided an image at the bottom of the post that you click on to access the Halloween Run post.




TODAY at 6:00 pm CST
Nightside, Vampire Realm

Port Wizards: We need help getting port wizards to teleport everyone to the afterparty right after the Halloween Run. We'll need you to check back and make sure you got everyone in each area so nobody is left behind. We'll have different groups of port wizards, which we'll discuss tonight at the meetup.
YouTube Moderators: If you know commands/prior moderator experience, I'll need help moderating the Halloween Run Youtube Chat when I stream this event. I'm planning on streaming every weekend during October so if you'd like to test that out with me before the event itself, we can do that.  I'll provide more information about what we need help on tonight at the meetup. If you're not able to attend tonight and are able to help without cancelation at last moment, email me:
edwardfrostgem@gmail.com

September 23, 2017

Reputable Sites VS Unreputable Sites

Hi there,

I thought I'd make a post about a topic that I don't mind explaining to the community. I receive codes from our community manager, Tom Purdue, which is the host of KI Live and an employee at Kingsisle. So far the Official Wizard101 Fansites, and a few other sites - like my website or Vanessa's website, or other trusted Kingsisle fans are given codes to giveaway to this community.


There are always websites that you should be careful of before entering contests. For example, if you see a website asking for your personal information - it's too good to be true. Another safety tip you should keep in mind is that you should not purchase any item outside of the official Wizard101 and Pirate101 websites/and or games. I've made two pages on my website that include all Kingsisle links. If you click on the Spiral above, you'll access a page about Wizard101 where you can find Official Wizard101 Links. If you click on the Pirate101 Skull Island image below, you'll find a Pirate101 Page with Official Pirate101 Links.


Remember to always keep your personal information safe. You can do this by using trusted websites and not websites who only want your personal information.  I hope you all use this post to remember that you should keep all personal information personal. If you want to keep your accounts - don't give it away for things that are too good to be true and if you use an unreputable website, that is one way of giving away your account. Staying safe online starts by keeping your personal information private.

Online Safety Page Link - http://www.edwardlifegem.com/p/online-safety.html

September 22, 2017

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Hello,

I wanted to make a short blog post to talk about something important that I think is important to talk about. As you can tell by the title of this blog post, "Give Credit Where Credit Is Due", I want to credit somebody that has worked hard for our community, especially over the past year.




Our Community Manager

We all know that Tom Purdue, our community manager, has worked hard on keeping the community updated on every event, the attacks, and more. We have to remember that what he is doing is a job. Not everything is fun and games - so let's show a lot of appreciation for the hard work that he's done to make sure things continue to run smoothly. We also got an extended Birthday celebration and codes on top of contests that we've had. These codes that fansites are giving away also came from Tom. Thank you, Tom, for your hard work! 

Kingsisle Entertainment As A Whole

During the DDOS attacks, employees continued to work on the games to get us all back on the game. I don't think it's Kingsisle's fault at all that teenagers wanted to bring down a family game. The blame of this is on those teenagers, not Kingsisle. I appreciate Kingsisle's hard work bringing the game back up. We appreciate your hard work during Labor Day weekend bringing the games back up. People can say what they want - you're an awesome game team and I'm a proud supporter for nearly nine years! Thank you. The community loves you and the trolls will never outdo the support the support from your most loyal players. I wish you the very best for each game and game that you build. 


September 19, 2017

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2017

Ahoy Pirates!

It's Talk Like A Pirate Day! I wanted to make a quick post to let you all know that you can redeem the code "ahoymatey" today for a free item in Pirate101. I actually just got through redeeming mine and received a free Nautical XP Boost. There are many other awesome items in the game, so good luck on your redemption.


Setting Records!

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday! Today I checked the recent views on my posts and noticed that the Official Halloween Run Post / Raffle hit a record. This post made it to the most viewed post in FIVE years and is on the path of making it to the second most viewed post ever. Thousands have read this post so far! I want to thank you for the records set this year, even with posts that were not contest related. This is a great year for edwardlifegem.com, even during a YouTube generation. Thank you so much for your support over the past seven years. Now, I should get going because I have class soon! If you all would like to read this post that I'm talking about, click anywhere on the image below:


September 15, 2017

Decorating For The Halloween Run

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having an amazing Friday and looking forward to the weekend. I've actually taken time during the weekends to decorate for the Halloween Run. As many of you know, we are planning on having an after party after the Run itself and I wanted to be prepared for that.



Last year I didn't finish decorating my Darkmoor Manor for the Halloween Run. Lately, I've been spending a few times on the game to prepare my house as best as I can for you all to look at. Now, my houses will never even come close to the awesome houses made by Paige Moonshade, Fallon Fireblade, Frostcaller or many others, but I'm still trying to make it look as Halloweenish as possible. I'm planning on having a Group Photo Contest for this event (just after the Halloween Run) and I'm still trying to decorate an area for that group photo. I'll announce more details about this group photo contest the closer the time gets here. 



 We still have well over a month until the Halloween Run and we're still preparing all of the details. It's going to be an amazing event and I hope you all are ready for it. I do think this event will be one of the best events we'll ever throw. Everybody is invited, but keep in mind that this event will be a family-friendly event and we will have Hall Monitors in attendance. No Bad Language, Bullying, or anything like that. You all can behave and have fun, I know it! Let's put all of that behind us and have fun! I should get back to decorating. Until next time, I'll see you around the Spiral -- Click anywhere on the poster below for more information about the Halloween Run.


September 14, 2017

Christopher Bluetail's Party Recap

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having an amazing day! I've been busy with classes, but today has still been a great day. I wanted to make a short blog post about an event that I attended yesterday in Wizard101. Christopher Bluetail had a meetup/party for Twitter Wizards aka Twizards!



Everyone was supposed to meetup in the Commons and I was almost late, but I made it for a few minutes with my storm wizard, Edward Stormgem! I can't tell you how much I love attending events - even our own - all events from everyone are a great way to bring the community together. Anyway, Christopher teleported all of us from the Commons to his Massively Fantasy Palace to participate in Housing Games and PvP!  



I had no idea that he planned giveaways during this event until I won the Scavenger Hunt. I gave my prize (a game card pack) to the second winner. I was doing all of this for fun, plus it was fun to play with Castle Magic and take screenshots. I took about twenty of them only to use three on this blog post! Sadly, I had to leave around the time PvP started, but I enjoyed logging on for a bit to interact and have fun. I am glad the community still has events like these just to bring people together. Thank you, Christopher!


September 13, 2017

Thank You, Kingsisle!

Hi there!

Today, Kingsisle announced that in return for our support during the games' downtime this month, they'll be giving us quite a few awesome prizes. If you would like more information, you can read our community manager's official statement in the image below or click the link above it to redeem this amazing code for 1,250 Crowns, 3 Energy Elixirs, Farley's Gardening Pack, and Snack Pack in Pirate101.


September 12, 2017

New Friendly Necromancer Parody

Hello Wizards!

I wanted to share this hilarious parody from our community manager. Now a lot of us have come to know him as "The Friendly Necromancer" so I'll call him that on this post, because why not?! He's always coming up with awesome parodies and I've been looking forward to a new for two years now. Thank you for spoiling us with your awesome parodies, Tom!

Pirate101: Test Realm Online!

Ahoy Pirates!

Great news! Kingsisle has finally released the Pirate101 Test Realm with a variety of updates to test out. Practice Ship PvP, Team Up Ledger, Emojis, Auto-Companions, and new Captain Avery quests have been added to test out. Please report any bugs that you see so that when these updates are added to the live realm, we have a smooth experience. Remember that you need to have made a Crowns Purchase or have a Membership to access the Pirate101 Test Realm. Click on the image below to read the update notes for this Test Realm:


September 11, 2017

Pirate101: Skull Island - The Republic

Ahoy Pirates!

Kingsisle released another teaser today! In this teaser, Captain Avery announces that Skull Island is going to be a Republic! Now, what will this mean for us pirates? Will we have to do tasks to show everyone that we're capable of being a Republic? I guess we'll just have to see. The Pirate101 Test Realm will be released soon, so spread the word. Let's show Kingsisle how much we still love Pirate101! #Pirate101Lives

Never Forget

Hello,

Today is the 16th Anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. I wanted to make this post to thank all of the first responders. These people are heroes! I'll always remain thankful to every first responder of the attack, natural disaster, etc. Thank you for everything that you do.  Please keep the families of the victims in your prayers as well.