July 22, 2018

LOTS 7th Birthday Recap

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having an amazing weekend. Yesterday was amazing because one of our favorite fansites, Legends of the Spiral, recently turned 7 years old! With their Birthday came an awesome event for the community. This event was hosted by Michael Wildflame of Legends of the Spiral.

Wizards actually showed up in the Ice Tower hours before the event was meant to begin! It was fun talking with the awesome members of the community. A few of us ran around in circles (which was actually fun) and we also danced while waiting for the event to begin. Speaking of dancing... Did you know that my favorite new dance move is now The Floss? I know, I know! The Breakin' dance move is still an amazing dance move, but this new dance move is definitely very silly. The silliness of it is what makes it so much fun! 

Once the party began, awesome port wizards teleport us to Michael Wildflame's Storm House which include one epic Maze! Now I didn't participate because I'd still be there right now even though the event took place yesterday. I'm sure a lot of you would be asking where I am and Michael would have to tell you that I'm completing the maze! Okay... Maybe I wouldn't be like that! But I would definitely be there hours trying to successfully complete it - I'm not good at mazes, but I'll definitely keep trying. Anyway, Michael does a great job on his mazes and you really should check them out when you get a chance!

After the maze, we went to view the fashion show. I must say that there are many wizards out there with a great sense of style. I congratulate all of them on amazing outfits. I wish I had the style that they have! Anyway, this was an amazing show put on by Michael. He had every wizard walk down red-carpet (which sadly isn't shown in the picture above) and walk up to talk to everyone about what they were wearing. I was lucky enough to take a picture with the Grand Prize Winner of the Fashion Show, Sophia Wintersong! 

She did a great job on her outfit and I congratulate her on her win! Congratulations to all of the other stylish fashion show winners as well. Thank you again, Sophia, for letting me get a picture with you. Anyway, that's actually where I ended my adventure in the Legends of the Spiral event. They had a lot more activities including Hide & Seek, a Scavenger Hunt, and a dance party to end the day in the commons. Thank you to all of the Legends of the Spiral staff, including the host, Michael Wildflame, for putting on such an amazing event for the community. Happy Birthday, Legends of the Spiral! Here's to many more Birthdays and celebrations!

Legends Of The Spiral

July 21, 2018

Holiday Mashup 2018 - One More Week!

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend. The Holiday Mashup is quickly approaching! We're already one week out from today until the event. For today's post, I've included a few things that you should do if you plan on attending our first annual Holiday Mashup. This list should help you with any confusion you may have about this event or our events in general. :)

The Video Guide for the Holiday Mashup shows where exactly we'll run in Wizard City. The guide for this event is the longest guide we've ever had to make because we have a few new tasks included. Please watch this video and study what we'll be doing so you're well-prepared for next week's event. A good way to get studying for this event would be to enter our Video Guide Contest. Autumn from Secrets of the Spiral will be giving away 30,000 crowns to one lucky winner for this contest! Click the link above to access this contest.

Follow Our Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/edwardlifegem
I've already mentioned a few places that we now stream our events on Twitch. If you're joining us for the first time, please watch our official Twitch Channel (which is linked above). This will help provide you with more of an understanding of our activities which begin at 12:00 pm CDT up until our main event (The Holiday Mashup Run) which begins at 3:00 pm CDT. We'll be streaming all kinds of fun activities and playing Holiday music. 

If you're now just finding out about our events, the link above will provide more of an understanding of what our events are and why we have them. We welcome all of you to attend our events but remember to keep them family-friendly because this is a family-friendly game. Memberships, Mounts, and Costumes are not required to attend if you do not have them. We hope to see you there! 

The list above is a great list to follow if you plan on attending our event. We're going to try to make it as fun as possible. We'll continue working hard to make these events the best they can be for the community. Our main goal, as I've stated many times, is to bring the community together. You are welcome to attend this event. And I would like to thank all of you for your support that you've shown us over the years. We'll continue having events like these for many years. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you on Saturday, July 28th at our first Annual Holiday Mashup. Until then, I'll see you around the Spiral.

July 20, 2018

New Community Manager: Mathew Anderson

Hello Wizards & Ahoy Pirates!

Today, our awesome community manager, Tom Purdue, announced that he would be leaving the community manager position to fulfill an awesome new promotion as Game Designer on a Kingsisle Mobile Game, Animal Cove. He also announced that we will now have a new community manager, named Mathew Anderson. He will be known on the Wizard101 Message Boards as Sparck and the Pirate101 Message Boards as Bat Masterson.

Tom has been a very great help to this community from the very start. He started blogging about Wizard101 nearly 10 years ago! Since then, he's brought the community closer together in various ways - Blogging, YouTube, streaming, etc. I know he'll be a Game Designer on Animal Cove, but I am glad I got to know him as both a Fansite Owner & a Community Manager. He's given many people, including myself, chances to bring this amazing community together. Thank you so much for being an awesome community manager. The entire community appreciates everything you have done for this game. Thank you so much for all of the support you've shown my website & the events that we throw for the community. You're the Grandfather of Blogging and Community Management!

It's now the time to welcome our new community manager, Mathew Anderson! We're happy to welcome you into this community. I look forward to working with you for many years to come. As I've stated in my email, I know you'll do a great job! Thank you for everything that you will do in the future. Now, if any of you would like more information about this change, you can view the message board links by clicking on the links below or you can view the upcoming episode of Kingsisle Live:

Wizard101 Message Boards

Pirate101 Message Boards

Kingsisle Live
Thursday, July 26th at 4:00 pm CDT

Thank you again, Tom! Here's to a very bright future for both of you! :)

July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Christmas In July - Santa Run

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday. Did you know that in previous years, we had two Santa Runs? We had one during July and another in December. This year, we've decided not to have a Santa Run and have a Holiday Mashup event in its place! However, that doesn't mean we're done talking about Christmas in July!

The Santa Run was an event where we got everyone together to celebrate Christmas and Santa. It's pretty self explanatory! The Santa Run itself is the event that started all of the events. The first Santa Run took place back in December of 2012. A few years passed and I decided to have another one in December of 2015. Since then, we've had events for nearly every Holiday. 

Since then, our events have evolved to be amazing events. At one point, we would only run around the commons a few times. Now we're running around Wizard City and have activities that lead up to events. The Santa Run holds a very special place in my heart. This is why I wanted to make it once a year - during December. Anyway, I want to thank all of you for all of the support you've shown us since our first event. It's been amazing and we look forward to hosting many more events for the community. Merry Christmas in July!

July 18, 2018

Wizard101: Decaversary Hoard Pack

Hello Wizards!

Kingsisle released a new hoard pack in the game, called the Decaversary Hoard Pack. This pack is full of special items that celebrate Wizard101's 10th Birthday. You can now buy this new pack in the Crowns Shop for 399 Crowns!

This pack will be a permanent item in Wizard101, so there's no need to worry about rushing to buy it. However, I'd personally rate this pack the best since they have so many epic items in it. Want a full list of all of the amazing items that is included in this new pack? You can read more about this new pack by clicking on the link below:

July 17, 2018

Check Out New Wizard City!

Hello Wizards!

This morning, Kingsisle added all of the new updates from the Test Realm to the Live Realm. Many of you already know about all of the updates, but today I'm mostly going to focus on Photomancy and the new Wizard City Graphics!

If you use the Z key on your keyboard, you can access a new feature called Photomancy. This awesome new feature allows you to take screenshots to the next level. If you're in a full realm and there are many people around, you have the option to hide other wizards (including your own). I took the picture above near the rainbow bridge in the Commons today during a very busy time! This feature will be such an amazing feature for events and blog posts. 

Now I never say Selfie, but today I will. The Selfie (Picture) option on Wizard101 is another part of Photomancy. You can take pictures of your character, or just NPCs, without worrying about other wizards getting in your shot. This will be such an amazing feature for blogging. We bloggers are sure Kingsisle was thinking about us when they were working on this feature! ;) The new Graphics and Photomancy are going to be very popular! I've already heard great reviews from people who were unable to access the Test Realm before. Here's to a new successful beginning.

Read The Update Notes

Picture with Wolf & Flint. We hope to see you in New Wizard City sometime soon!

July 16, 2018

Wizard City Redone - Live Realm Tomorrow

Hi there!

This evening, Kingsisle announced that they will be bring the new updates from the Test Realm to the live realm. With this update comes new graphics for Wizard City, photomancy, a Magic Mirror, Azteca Fishing, New Monstrology, and other amazing updates You can log into the game tomorrow morning to check out all of the new updates! Spread the word to your friends! I hope to see you there.

Maintenance Timeframe
Tuesday, July 17th

Questing with Suri - The Broken Monolith

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful Monday. Today I decided to try out something new; record questing adventures. These are very popular on YouTube and have been done before, but I've still decided to do a quest guide with my death wizard, Suri Skullshard.

A few months ago, I did a stream where I finished up the last quests of Dragonspyre and started the first few quests here in Celestia. At the time, I didn't think I'd be making too many posts about my death wizard. I've always thought the death school was amazing, but never got through many quests because my main focus was on my fire, ice and life wizards. So, I've recently decided to talk more about my other wizards and where they are in their quests. I know this isn't a start to finish walkthrough, but I'm going to record questing videos and post those videos on my website for memories! 

So now that I've talked about what my plans are. Let's talk a bit about the video below! Today, I started questing in the Districts of the Stars in Celestia. I had to defeat some Piscean Guards to collect pieces of a Broken Monolith so I could learn more about the Celestial Schools of Magic - Sun, Moon, and Star. This is a Part One of the Districts of the Stars questing:

July 13, 2018

My Nephews Play Wizard101 For The First Time (Reaction)

Hi there!

Today, I had my nephews try playing Wizard101. The Test Realm is expected to be released sometime this month, and with this new update comes amazingly new graphics. Today I wanted to show my nephews the new graphics + a few other awesome things that the game has to offer.

I logged into my Wizard101 account and showed them the different schools and trees. Their favorite schools/trees were the fire, death & storm! So I let them run around on my characters to get a feel of how Wizard101 works. We defeated Trolls, Cyclops and Rotting Fodders. They loved the mounts, pets, graphics, and really paid a lot more attention to things that I usually don't pay attention to when I play the game! It was awesome to see their reactions to the game. So what exactly does my 5-year old nephew think about Wizard101? Well. Listen to the 13 second video below.

So, I'd say my nephew gives the game an A+! Although they're still too young to play, I will certainly create them an account in a few years. They always ask me when they can have an account. I may end up creating it earlier than expected. Who knows?! For now, I'll show them how everything works. I have to say that I also give Kingsisle an A+ on an amazing game! Thank you KI for creating such an amazing game that I can share with my nephews and in a few years (or less), I can help them quest. And thank you all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

July 12, 2018

What Was Wizard101 Like Back In The Olden Days? (Castles)

Hello Wizards!

Welcome to another installment of "What Was Wizard101.." yeah you get it! On this post, I wanted to discuss something that we all love in Wizard101... our Castles! Castles these days are used for decorating and dueling parties. However, we didn't always have a dueling circles & many other awesome things in our homes. Today I'm going to talk about what castles/homes were like before the start of this decade.

I remember buying my first castle, the Wooded Cottage. I had to farm Kraken quite a bit in order to get gold for both the castle and the decorations used in the castle. At the time, I thought I was one of the best wizards in the game because I had a castle! I remember inviting the friends that I had over to see my castle/decorations. I also got to see the homes of my friends. My friends were a higher level than I was, so were able to buy houses that were also sold for gold from the other worlds.

Wizard City
Wooded Cottage - 8,000 Gold

Royal Playhouse - 15,000 Gold

Oasis Camp - 10,000 Gold

Desert Villa - 20,000 Gold

Metropolitan Manor - 12,000 Gold

Royal Estate - 30,000 Gold

Tranquil Cottage - 15,000 Gold

Imperial Palace - 40,000 Gold

Grand Citadel - 20,000 Gold

Grand Fortress - 50,000 Gold
As I said earlier in the post, we were unable to duel each other, but it was still a lot of fun to hang out with friends and talk about how awesome it would be if we had mounts. Okay, we didn't do that, but it still would have been amazing to have them! Wait, that has nothing to do with housing.. or maybe it does? I guess we'll just have to wait for another post for that! What a time this was before we had Bundles, Gauntlets, Customizable Items, Roaming Mounts, etc. etc. Kingsisle has certainly did a great job improving the game. Anyway, I should get going! Thank you all so much for reading. Until next time I'll see you around the spiral.

 Do you remember your first house? If so, which house was it? Comment Below! 
Stay tuned for a somewhat part two of this post. Hmm, I wonder what the topic of this next post will be?

July 11, 2018

School Mounts - Seven Years Later!

Hello Wizards!

It's 7/11 and I realized that seven years ago, today, I made a post about School Mounts! I made this post before many of the mounts that we have now were even added to the game. Today, I wanted to update the list with a list of new school-themed mounts that should be added to the game!

Balance: Scorpion, Chimera or Sand Worm! 
We have scorpion mounts in Pirate101, but we do not have them in Wizard101. I think it would be awesome if Kingsisle added scorpion mounts to Wizard101. A few new spells I'd choose to be a school-themed mount for Balance Wizards would be a Chimera or Sand Worm Mount. Both are amazing spells and I'm pretty sure many balance wizards would be feared if they had mounts like that.

Storm: Leviathan, Storm Owl, Glowbug
These three spells are all amazing spells. Leviathan was one of the spells that I listed about seven years ago. I think it would be amazing if Kingsisle was able to add this mount to the Crowns Shop or to a Bundle. I'd also think it would be amazing to see Storm Owl & Glowbug mounts because why not? The spells are amazing and the mounts would be even more amazing!

Myth: Orthrus, Basilisk, Earthquake Mount
Years ago, I listed a Blood Bat for a perfect myth school mount. Yeah, I take that back! I'd say an Orthrus & Basilisk Mount would be amazing mounts to have. One new one I'm sure others may have thought of is an earthquake-type of mount. For this, I was thinking that the myth wizard could somehow float over wherever he or she is going and everywhere they go, the ground splits open. 

Death: Dr. Von's Monster, Avenging Fossil, Khrulhu
Death has a ton of amazing spells. I think the three out of many amazing spells would make amazing mounts. Dr. Von's Monster would be amazing if he could carry you like the Gobbler mount carries wizards. Avenging Fossil & Khrulhu are both equally amazing. My death wizards would be very happy death wizards if they released mounts like this in a pack and/or bundle.

Fire: Firecat, Fire Dragon, Sun Serpent, Fire From Above, Raging Bull
Okay, I can't even describe all of these spells as mounts like I did with my previous choices for spells. I mean imagine what these would like and you'll get the idea. Fire is full of school-themed mounts. All of these would be amazing! Out of all of them, my top two would be Fire Dragon and Raging Bull. Those would be epic! 

Life: Spinysaur, Hungry Caterpillar
Life doesn't have as many school-themed mounts as fire does, but at least there are two spells that would be perfect as mounts. I'd say it would be awesome to have another dinosaur mount in the game. Spinysaur seems more likely as a life school mount. So if they ever add it, yay, I was right!

Ice: Woolly Mammoth, Climaclysm
I know there are other ice spells that may be converted into a mount, but the woolly mammoth needs to be added to the game. Out of all of the spells I've listed above, I am mostly looking forward to the day that Kingsisle adds the Ice School Woolly Mammoth mount to the game! Please, Kingsisle! There are a lot of ice wizards out there that want to see this mount added to the game. Maybe this Christmas.... in July? Okay, I'm kidding. But I'm sure they'll add this mount one of these days. :D 

The spells above would be my choice for school-themed mounts. I don't know how Kingsisle would add them, but however they do, it's going to be amazing. Did you know that some of the spells I mentioned seven years ago as mounts in the game? I look forward to seeing what Kingsisle has planned for us. I'll see you in seven years! Who knows what type of mounts we'll have in the game at that time. Maybe flying mounts (in the sky)? ;) ;) Who knows! Anyway, I should get going! If you would like to read my mount ideas for seven years ago, click on the link below:

Until next time, I'll see you (Read Top Line in Image Above)

July 10, 2018

Josef Hall Joins Artcraft Technlogies (Crowfall)

Hello Wizards,

Today, Todd Coleman, creator of Wizard101, Pirate101 and Shadowbane, announced that Josef Hall has joined a new division for the creation of Crowfall. Josef Hall worked at Kingsisle as the co-creator of Wizard101 and Pirate101.

I wish Josef the very best of luck. Thank you both for working on such amazing games. A lot of us in the Wizard and Pirate community appreciate the work that you put into the Kingsisle games. I look forward to trying out Crowfall and other games you plan on creating! 

July 9, 2018

A New Villain In Town?

Hello Wizards!

Today, while roaming through Nightside, I noticed a mysterious person roaming about. He was mumbling to himself. I could only make out a few things that he said. This mysterious person said something about Jafar and something else about turning wizards into monsters. I just hope he isn't talking about turning every wizard in Wizard City into monsters because of Jafar's defeat last year. Aladdin? Where are you? We may need your help again!

July 6, 2018

Holiday Mashup Event: Saturday, July 28th

Hello Wizards!

I hope to see you at our first annual Holiday Mashup! The Holiday Mashup is a new type of event where we combine all of our Holiday events into one main event. Keep reading this post for more information about this event and a Raffle:

Official Schedule
12:00 pm CDT - Twitch Stream Begins / Dance Party

12:30 pm CDT                               Transformation Party / It's A Surprise
1:00 pm CDT                                   Mashup Raid & Christmas Caroling
1:30 pm CDT                                                          Holiday Hide & Seek
2:00 pm CDT                                                   Holiday Derby (Teen Pet)
2:30 pm CDT                                   Countdown to Run / It's A Surprise
3:00 pm CDT                                              Holiday Mashup Run Begins
3:30 pm CDT                                                              Afterparties Begin
4:00 pm CDT                            It's A Wonderful Life, I Mean, Surprise!

Holiday Mashup Hosts
Edward Lifegem

Autumn Dreamwalker

Michael Wildflame

Sarah Skystrider

  • Choose Your Outfit/Costume: The fun thing about this event is that we can mix-match our costumes or just wear one costume. It is your choice! Wear your favorite Holiday item or try to wear all of them - like a few of us will be doing. 
  • Watch The Mashup Guide: Please watch the Mashup Guide before attending this event. That will show you where we'll be running during the main part of our event. 
  • Keep It Family-Friendly: If you plan on attending, I ask you to keep the event family-friendly since this is a family-friendly game. Other than that, it'll be a great time for everyone. 

Holiday Mashup Raffle - One Winner
a Rafflecopter giveaway  

July 5, 2018

Wizard101's 10th Anniversary: Part Two

Hello Wizards!

Kingsisle released a new 10th Anniversary Video. In this video, they discuss the new graphics of Wizard City - how far the gave has come since 2008. We know that they did a fantastic job on the Wizard City Update. I can't wait to see what else they have planned for us! Anyway, click play on the video below to watch a behind the scenes of the soon to be update.

July 4, 2018

My 9th Wizardversary!

Hello Wizards!

I want to first say Happy 4th of July to everyone! I hope all of you are planning on having a great day with your family and/or friends. I will be hanging out with family today for a BBQ and swimming, and later, I'll be watching my town's firework show! Today is always an eventful day. Speaking of eventful, for me, today marks 9 years of playing Wizard101!

On July 4th, 2009, I was watching Cartoon Network. I was planning to go to the park with my family, but it was raining most of the day. I didn't think we would be able to go since it kept raining. At the time I was looking for a new video game to play. An advertisement for Wizard101 started playing on my television! I knew that was going to be the game that I would play. I typed in the website as soon as I heard about it and created my first character, which was of the ice school. I named him Edward Wintergem! 

I remember when I first started playing Wizard101. I would go to the commons and beg for membership/crowns. We didn't have a crown shop (mounts, packs, etc.) at the time, but I would want the crowns to buy new areas. I was addicted to the game! I remember waking up at 5:00 am before the school-day would start to play the game. These were amazing times and since then I've had a lot of great experiences with Wizard101's community. 

I created my life character, Edward Lifegem, around early 2010. Shortly after I decided to create a website as well, that is now known as Around The Spiral with Edward Lifegem. This website has been used to keep memories in one place. It's always nice to check out old memories by looking at my old blog posts. It's a lot of fun to see how I've progressed as a person since joining the game. I thank Kingsisle for creating such a great game. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have ever experienced such an amazing community. It has been an amazing past 9 years with a lot of experiences. Here's to many more years of Wizard101 and the community! I know that I'll continue to be here as long as Wizard101 lasts - which will be quite a few years!

July 3, 2018

Community Leaders: What They Represent

Hello Wizards!

Today, I thought I'd make a new blog post to talk about something that has been around since before I joined the game. Community Leaders have been part of this wonderful community since the beginning of the game. This post is about why community leaders are here, what they've done, and what they still do for this community.

As I've stated above, community leaders have been around for awhile. Community Leaders are sponsored by Kingsisle so not everyone (especially those who are not family friendly) represent a family-friendly game. Years back, I remember attending the Diary of a Wizard events, and this Fansite's events were sponsored by Kingsisle. All of the Fansites would get together and throw one huge event for the community. It was a family-friendly event. These events were by far the largest events that this game has ever had. No matter what anyone says - these were the largest events in the game that even if all Wizard101 Event Hosts got together and hosted one event, it wouldn't even add up to the number of people that attended these events.

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I started attending the Diary of a Wizard events back in 2010. These events, like I said above, were very family-friendly and brought many thousands of wizards together each year. Other great Fansites helped co-host their own events as well. This Fansite was chosen by Kingsisle for a reason. They led the community in a positive direction. It brought a lot of people together and was the owners of this website were true community leaders. So even though it's been about six years since the last Diary of a Wizard event, we're now heading in a new direction from the old Website & Podcast days. We've now been introduced to Streaming!

Twitch is very popular these days. So I thought I'd talk about how streaming started in this community. The very first streamers were Stephen Spiritcaller & Leala from Ravenwood Radio. Each week starting in Fall of 2009, they'd release a new episode of Ravenwood Radio. They would talk about what was going on in the community and even sometimes after the show, have afterparties. Today, we have many great streamers who also bring the community together and have parties. I can't even list the many great streamers in this community, but they know who they are! I would like to thank them for continuing to bring this community together. The main priority, in my opinion, should be to do just that. 

Although many people in this wonderful community have brought people together for years, there are others who let jealousy & competition run their path. If anyone is trying to compete with other members of this community, they aren't a community leader. They are especially not a community leader if they are not officially recognized by Kingsisle. They have provided the community with a way to see who they wanted as community leaders. You can read the official newsletters (or watch the KI Live Streams). You can also click on the links below to read the Official Fansites that are listed on their websites.

Pirate101 Fansites

Wizard101 Fansites

There is a reason why most MMOs have official fansites. Kingsisle is a family-friendly game. Anyone not being family-friendly & pretending to be a community leader is not a community leader. They never were and never will be. Community leaders make mistakes, I know I have made plenty, but KI knows who were are. They've known some of us for nearly a decade. Please be aware of those who mislead the community into thinking that we're not. They promote and sponsor us for a reason. Thank you all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the Spiral.