March 13, 2019

Kingsisle Stream: Exploring The Spiral - Thursday, March 14th

Ahoy Pirates!

Our awesome community manager, Mathew Anderson, recently announced that he will be having a Pirate101-Only Livestream! You can catch this stream on the official KingsisleEntertainment Twitch channel. Word is he'll be questing in the game. So if you have a pirate that can help out, get them ready. :D Here's more information about this upcoming Pirate101 Stream:

Thursday, March 14th
3:30 pm Central / 4:30 pm Eastern

March 11, 2019

Wizard101: Group Questing In Dragonspyre - Week 3

Hello Wizards!

I hope you had an amazing weekend! My weekend was somewhat busy, but I'm now getting around to doing things that I should have done last week. One of those things that I needed to do was to make a Recap Post of our second week of questing in Dragonspyre.



Last week, we were finally able to group quest again. We went through the rest of The Drake Hatchery & quested through the majority of The Crucible. We were unable to finish this area, but we definitely made it through many quests. Some friends were also able to level up to 50! I can't wait to make more progress this week. Speaking of that, let's talk about the quest we ended on & when you can catch the stream. 


Quest: "Pick Up The Spare" in The Grand Chasm
Optional Tasks: Complete All Side Quests

Our Next Stream
Tuesday, March 12th
6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern
https://www.twitch.tv/spiralvision

Thank you all again for your support! Keep in mind that these streams are open for everyone to attend and help out. We hope to see you there. Also... we will be having an event this weekend (Sunday, March 17th for St. Patrick's Day). We hope to see you there! Feel free to click HERE for more information about that event. Thank you all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.


March 8, 2019

Pirate101 Group Questing Returns March 14th - Cool Ranch

Ahoy Pirates!

It's been quite some time since I've made a new Pirate101 blog post. I hope all of you are doing well. Today I wanted to share with all of you that I am ready to return to making new Pirate101 blogs + return to streaming new pirate group quest streams!



Today, I thought I'd talk mostly about Pirate Group Questing! So far we made it through Skull Island, Monquista, and Valencia Part 1. We plan to start on the first quest in Cool Ranch - "Welcome to Cool Ranch!" I think it'll be a lot of fun questing with everyone who is able to quest with us. We hope you're able to stop by & chat and/or quest with us. Here's more information about our upcoming Pirate101 stream:

Thursday, March 14th
6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern
Quest: "Welcome To Cool Ranch"

I would like to thank all of you for your support on our streams whether it's for Wizard or Pirate. It truly means the world to us! I especially want to thank the pirates for waiting so long for our next stream. The year has been a crazy year, but things have finally slowed down enough for us to stream again! I look forward to progressing through each world & hopefully new worlds down the road. ;) Thank you all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the skyways!






Pat O' Gold Returns To The Spiral - 2019

Hello Wizards!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day! With that, Pat O' Gold has returned to the Shopping District with all of her St. Patrick's themed items - wands & a lucky leprechaun pet. You can visit Pat O' Gold now through March 18th, 2019. I hope to see y'all rocking some of these items at all of the upcoming in-game St. Patrick celebrations next weekend. :D


March 7, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Video Guides

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday! Today I thought I'd make a Throwback Thursday post about our video guides for our events. Many of you already know that when we host events, we ask all of you to watch specific video guides before attending. Did you know that our first official event guide was released nearly a year after our first Run event?


The first video guide ever recorded for one of our events was released on July 6th, 2016. This guide was for our Christmas in July Santa Run! I actually had to record most of our first video guides two or three different times due to the recording stopping at random times. During this time, we also didn't stream so during an event we had to run through each different area and remind everyone to watch the video guides! Ah! That was such a hassle. But in the end, I was happy because everyone knew where to run after watching the guide.

On top of having a Throwback Thursday type of post. I thought I'd talk a little bit about an event that will take place this Summer... The Holiday Mashup! I've already been planning for this event well in advance. One reason I wanted to plan for it is that I want to make this year's Holiday Mashup the longest path we've ever taken for a Run Event. It's seriously going to be an amazing event. I can't wait to share more with y'all as we approach the event. Keep an eye out the next few months for more information about our events including the Bunny Run (April 2019) and Holiday Mashup (July 2019). Spread the word because these will be events you will not want to miss. Thank you so much for your support, everyone! Now... I should start working on video guides for our upcoming events. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

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March 6, 2019

Breaking: New Kingsisle Teasers

Hello Wizards!

I'm making a quick blog post to let all of you know that Kingsisle has recently teased new graphic update content. If you click on the photos below, you'll be able to see what seems to be updated graphics in Triton Avenue (1st picture) & Cyclops Lane (second picture). Enjoy!




It's March - A New Beginning

Hi there!

I hope you're having a wonderful beginning of March. I can't believe we're already in the third month of 2019. This year is already flying by! We have so much to look forward to this year. With time quickly passing, I've been trying to improve the quality of our streams - including events - on SpiralVision.



Fixing the stream quality has become a very important job on my end so we're prepared for our upcoming events. I was unable to fix the quality last year since I was busy with Holiday season festivities both in real life and here in the community. The quiet time (January-March) actually gives me time to fix any issues we had last year. Two major issues that we had last year was Lag & Mic issues. I am proud to announce that I believe both are fixed. I fixed the Lag issue with research. I also bought a new mic (blue yet) for our streams. I believe they'll be amazing! Feel free to watch the video below for a preview of the new mic sound.


Changing these two things has released a great amount of stress mostly because I always worried about how the mic sounded & whether or not there would be lag. Most computers should be able to handle the lag & you should definitely be able to hear Autumn & I clearly on the streams here on out. One other thing I've been working on is new activities for the events. I've already thought up a new fun activity that I am thinking we'll try out for this year's Bunny Run (keep an eye out for more information about that). The events this year are going to be epic events! I can't wait to hang out with all of you again. It's been far too long of a wait already!




I believe this year will be one of our best years for the events. I will say that we're never done improving the quality of these events. Each one of these events is not possible without all of you. I thank all of you for supporting these events through thick and thin. We'll always try our best to make these events both as fun as they can be and a positive thing in the community. Thank you all again for your support. Let's work together to make the community the best place it can be for everyone! Thank you all for reading this post. Until next time, I'll see you around the Spiral.

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February 18, 2019

SpiralVision - A New Chapter

Hi there!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My weekend, and really the past few weeks, have been extremely busy. Things have since slowed down which has now allowed me time to make new blog posts! Today I wanted to make a quick blog post to share a SpiralVision video with all of you! Click on the play button below to watch the video. Thank you all again for all of the support you've shown us! Let's continue making the community the best place to be. :)

February 17, 2019

Wizard101: St. Patrick's Day Event 2019 - Sunday, March 17th

Hello Wizards!

I hope all of you have been having a great month! This year has been flying by. I can't believe that we're already nearing March! With that, I've decided that today (about a month before St. Patrick's Day) would be a great day to announce our first event of the year - our St. Patrick's Day event!



When?
Sunday, March 17th
4:00 pm Central / 5:00 pm Eastern

Where?
Ravenwood, Leprechaun Realm
(Multi-Area Event)

Official Stream?

Spread the word! I hope y'all are able to make it to our first event of the year. Dye your gear green and wear all green if you think you'll be able to attend. In the meantime, I'm going to prepare for our 4th Annual Bunny Run + improve the quality of our streams. I'm planning on purchasing a new microphone and hopefully switching up our streaming software. I am hopeful that this year will be a great year! Thank you all again for your support. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral. :) 


February 9, 2019

Wizard101: Valentine's Art Contest Winners!

Hello Wizards!

Today I'm happy to announce the winners of my recent Art Contest. I'd like to thank our awesome community manager for giving me codes to giveaway to the winners of this contest. Congratulations to all three winners - and thank you all for putting so much hard work into your art.

1st Prize: Sophia Dreamcrafter
15,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

2nd Prize: Sofia Firewalker
10,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

3rd Prize: Kaitlyn Miststone
5,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

Congratulations to the three winners above! You did an amazing job. Thank you for following the rules of including a well-drawn drawing + sharing your love for the game & community. Thank you all for putting so much work into your drawings. We truly have amazing artists in the community. I hope all of you a Happy Valentine's Day! Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

Check Back Tomorrow (2/10/19) for a Video Of Honorable Mentions




February 6, 2019

Wizard101: Group Questing In Dragonspyre - Week 2

Hello Wizards!

I apologize for not posting as many group questing updates as I have in previous months. Today I have a new group questing update for all of you. We have recently started questing through Dragonspyre! I must say after the past few weeks, it was nice to stream & quest again!

As of late, we've made our way through the first few areas in Dragonspyre - The Tower of Archives, Plaza of Conquests, The Grand Chasm, and we've just started questing through The Drake Hatchery! It's crazy to think that we're nearing the end of the first story arc. It has truly been a lot of fun questing with this group - and having new friends join us on our adventures as we continue to progress through each world.



I look forward to continuing these streams throughout this year. It's going to be awesome to see how far we get by the end of the year. My guess is that we'll be at least level 90 by the end of the year if we continue questing like we have been. Anyway, let's talk about where we ended up this week and the next time you can join us on our questing adventures.


Quest: "Enter The Dragon Rider" in The Drake Hatchery
Optional Tasks: Complete All Side Quests

Our Next Questing Stream
Tuesday, March 5th
6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern

We hope to see you at one of our future questing streams. I'll keep all of you updated as we continue to make our way through each world. Feel free to join us whether you're near the same level or max. Everyone is welcome to join. Thank you all so much for reading this group questing update post! Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral. :)

February 4, 2019

My Original Roots

Hi there!

Today I was thinking about this website. Years ago, Around the Spiral was the go-to place if I had something on my mind. I remember days when I was sick & I'd announce it here. From there, I'd post about the various things I did throughout the day - such as watching Wizard Weekly or farming for a pet that I thought looked cool. These days were actually my favorite blogging days. :D

The years since then have flown by! With time, this website also changed. I actually remember making blog posts but not knowing how to take a screenshot. Fun Fact: It took me nearly two years to figure out how to take a screenshot in-game. I had no use for screenshots for my first year because I never had a blog. After asking around, I finally figured out how to take a screenshot. I remember taking my first one in the Massively Fantasy Palace on my death wizard, Edward Deathgem. Sadly I've since lost my screenshots in time. However, shortly after, I started posting screenshots of the game on this blog for a place to collect all of my memories.

Some of these screenshots included pictures of the Diary of a Wizard events (you can see the one above from June 25, 2011). Diary of a Wizard was an old fansite that would host an event with other fansite owners to bring many thousands of people together for a time to celebrate both their Birthday and the community. These were actually my favorite type of memories up until our group questing streams. I made new friends during these & started posting about our group questing adventures in September of last year. 

So I'm sure many of you are wondering what the point of this post is. I'm kinda wondering the same thing! Really, I just wanted to thank all of you for letting me make so many memories. While there are crazy times, they really can't compete with the good times that I've had & will continue to have. I look forward to making so many new blog posts this year. Who knows, maybe I'll post when I'm sick again & make random blog posts throughout the day. Wait... Okay, now watch me get sick. :P I better not! Well, I guess you'll be the first to know if I do. Anyway, thank you all so much for supporting the sites, events, streams, and everything. It truly means the world to me & I look forward to making this year the best year yet! Thanks all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

SpiralRadio Event: February 7th

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week. We all know Mondays can be a drag, but keep reading because I have news that will lift your spirits. SpiralRadio's Stephen Spiritcaller & Christina Icedreamer will host a Friendship Festival event this upcoming Wednesday!

When?
Wednesday, February 7th
8:45 pm Central / 9:45 pm Eastern

Where?
Nightside, Vampire Realm

They've announced that they'll have prizes & will also talk about the future of their amazing podcast/fansite. Speaking of SpiralRadio.. Did you know that it was originally called Ravenwood Radio and premiered nearly 10 years ago - this October? That's dedication. I can't wait to attend their event! Spread the word to your friends if you haven't already.


February 2, 2019

The Next Chapter

Hello Wizards and Ahoy Pirates!

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about a new path I've decided to take. For years Around the Spiral has been an official fansite whether it was for Pirate101 (2012) or Wizard101 (2018). I appreciate all of the support that Kingsisle has shown this site and I will say right now that I'll continue to support Kingsisle as they continue to make all of their games the best that they can be.



I was not expecting to make a post about returning within a day after officially deciding that I would leave. I've received so many heartfelt messages from friends throughout the community. Autumn & I have officially decided that we will continue having events & streams. We would like to put whatever has happened behind us by moving forward to continue doing great things for the community. There will, however, be a change in how we promote events. Please keep that things have changed, so everything will be different. One way we've decided to move forward is promoting important event information by following SpiralVision on Twitter & Twitch, which you can find links below. You may also view upcoming events page by clicking on the "Events" tab above.

Twitter - @thespiralvision


The accounts below will provide all important information that you need as we continue to progress through the year. I would also like to let everyone know that we will still have events throughout the year - such as the Bunny Run, Holiday Mashup, Halloween Run, and Santa Run - and potentially new Pirate101 Events. Please keep in mind that the events will be different from what they were since we no longer have official Kingsisle support. We still plan on making these events a lot of fun for everyone that is able to attend.

Other than codes & promotion - these events will still be what they always were. Our plan is to keep these events family-friendly, inclusive, and overall fun. I also want everyone to know that I still respect the hard work that Kingsisle puts into the games to make them better. Thank you again, Kingsisle, for giving me a chance to be an official fansite owner. Today, we're starting the next chapter. I hope all of you can join us for this new chapter. Thank you all so much for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

Join us on February 16th for a Friendship Event

Friendship Event (Canceled)

Hi there!

A few days ago I announced that I was parting ways with Kingsisle & the community. Yesterday was one of the roughest days I've had in quite some time. While Wizard101 & Pirate101 are online games, I believe I've made the community a major part of my life.



I first joined this community when I was 16 years old. I will be turning 26 in July. I do have a life outside of the games & community, but this community was still a major part of my life. I've made friendships that have lasted nearly a decade. While it seems easy to leave all of that behind, it truly isn't, especially leaving on bad terms. I don't want to leave on bad terms with all of my friends who have supported this website, our events, and our streams. I would like to have one final event with all of you who truly support what we've done for the community. More information:

When
Saturday, February 16th 
3:00 pm Central / 4:00 pm Eastern

Where
The Commons, Greyrose Realm

I will not stream this event. I'd love to know some of your favorite community & in-game memories. I have so many fun & funny memories I'd love to share with all of you. You have no idea how much my life has changed (in a positive way) because of the kindness you have shown to me. If you aren't able to make it to this event, that's fine. I love all of you. Thank you so much for reading. 


January 28, 2019

Happy CMAD Day, Mathew Anderson!

Hi there!

Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. I'd like to thank our community manager, Mathew Anderson, for all of his work over the past 6 months! He's already brought a lot of the community together in many different ways. Mathew has used social media to bring many in the community together to make new friends. I've definitely made new friends!


From Ravenwood Academy, Arcanum's Archives, and even to our events, we've all been given a platform to promote our events to bring the community together. On top of that, a lot of people have also been given a platform to promote their art, screenshots, blog posts, videos, and more! I appreciate all of the hard work that Mathew has put into bringing the community together. I look forward to seeing what he has planned this year. Happy, CMAD, Mathew! Keep up the great work! We appreciate having you in this wonderful community. :)

Wish Mathew A Happy CMAD On Twitter


January 27, 2019

Tag: Four Games I Enjoy Playing

Hi there!

There has been a tag going around in the #twizard community over the past few days. I was tagged by multiple friends & I'm supposed to respond with four games that I enjoy playing. I've decided to respond here with my four favorite games and talk about why I enjoy each game. I will tag four people at the end of this post.

Wizard101
I started playing Wizard101 back in July of 2009. I've come a long way playing this game. I remember having a lot of social anxiety when I started playing. Since then I've overcome my social anxiety and interact with many great friends in-game & in this community. I love everything about Wizard101 and it's very nostalgic. I have all schools (a few doubles) of different levels!

Pirate101


I started playing Pirate101 in early August of 2012 - during the final few days of Alpha. This game has an amazing story-line & is very funny. It is nice to see that this game is still around in 2019 & I hope Kingsisle adds a new world (specifically Polaris) soon. I enjoy this game & hope to get back into it a lot more this year to bring new events and streams to the awesome Pirate community.


Animal Cove 


I started playing Animal Cove when it was first publicly released last year. Animal Cove is a mobile game made by Kingsisle. While I haven't played too often of the past month or so, I plan on getting back to restoring all of the areas that Animal Cove has to offer. I believe I'm nearing level 100. I look forward to playing again this year & sharing my adventures on this website! 

Lord of the Rings Online


I started playing Lord of the Rings Online in February of 2018. I haven't been playing this game long, but the time I have played has been amazing. I was never that interested into Lord of the Rings until early last year. I started playing this game and became addicted. I currently have three different characters ranging from level 8, level 23, and level 70. This is definitely one of my favorite games!

Thanks to everyone that tagged me. I love these four games the most at the moment. I hope to try out more games this year, but these are definitely my favorites at this moment. Now... I would like to tag @MathewAnderson, @Jesters, @tonygaddisart, and @nathan_darkhorn to let us know what their four favorite games are. Don't forget to tag four others after you share your favorite games! :)











January 23, 2019

Edward Gem Gets His Level 48 Myth Spell

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful week. Over the past few days, I've been sick. But that hasn't stopped me from questing on my group questing wizard, Edward Gem. We've recently made it to Dragonspyre. Side quests have helped us out a lot - and while we've only started in the second area in Dragonspyre, some of us will get our level 48 spells early. My myth wizard was able to get his spell today! Feel free to watch my level 48 spell adventure by clicking play on the video below:

January 17, 2019

Wizard101: Valentines Art Contest

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful week. Today I'm proud to announce that I've received some codes from our awesome community manager, Mathew, to host a Valentines-themed contest! It's been awhile since I've hosted a contest, so I thought I'd start out with hosting an art contest. Keep reading this post for more information:



Draw A Picture that represents your love for both Wizard101 & the community. Please make sure this drawing is Valentine's Day themed. Drawings, not graphics, will only be accepted for this contest. Well-drawn & inspiring entries will be more likely to win the contest. Include your wizard's name & the finish date on this drawing.

Send The Picture to the email edwardfrostgem@gmail.com with the subject "Valentines Art Contest". Please include your wizard's name in this email and only send one entry. Additional entries from the same or multiple emails will disqualify you from this contest.


1st Prize
15,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

2nd Prize
10,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

3rd Prize 
5,000 Crowns + Lovely Leopard Pet

Contest BEGINS today and ENDS Thursday, February 7th at 12:00 pm Central. A Contest Winner post will be published on February 9th with three winners of this contest. Above you'll see the prizes that these three winners will receive. Good luck to everyone that enters & if you have any questions - feel free to comment below!


January 14, 2019

Snow Day: What I've Been Up To Lately

Hi there!

I hope all of you had an amazing weekend & you're having an amazing start of a new week. I'd like to start this post out by apologizing for the lack of blog posts lately. I haven't been feeling well lately due to migraines. These migraines have prevented me from making new Wizard101 & Pirate101 blog posts. I promise that I haven't forgotten about this website.



One thing that I have been doing lately behind the scenes is planning out things that I haven't done on this website for a few years now. One of these things is Holiday-themed contests! Another type of contest that I really enjoyed having in previous years was art contests. Have a look below at one of the winning art entries that I had a few years ago for a contest that I had on this blog for Wizard101's 8th Birthday. 


It's going to be so much fun bringing contests like these & other fun contests back to this website. Really other than thinking about what type of contests I could have, I have been resting & enjoying the snow while I can. I may have shoveled a driveway with well over a foot of snow yesterday. ;) Although I still had a migraine - and a few hours of sleep - I didn't miss the opportunity to shovel the driveway. By the way, I also made a video about the snow for all of my Twitter friends. Feel free to watch it below: 



The past few weeks have been different, but I'm still pushing forward. I look forward to making new blog posts again once I'm feeling better. I already have like 20-30 blog posts planned, but haven't had the time to make them. You may see a lot of those be published towards the end of the month. Anyway, thank you all so much for supporting this website. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral. :)


January 9, 2019

My Goals For SpiralVision

Hi there!

As many of you already know, we've recently changed the twitch channel "EdwardLifegem" to SpiralVision! We had a contest last year for the community to choose our new name to represent all of the community & the streams that we have. This new name really got me thinking about what I want the channel to be in 2019 & the years ahead. So today, I'm going to talk about a few goals that I have for this channel.

"The" Community-Themed Channel, Not 'A' Community-Themed Channel
One thing that I want our channel to be a part of is the community, not a community. When I joined the community in 2009, there were many different fansites. Although they were all different people with different opinions & views, together they were still part of the same community, not separate communities. Nearly a decade later, I'd love to follow what they started - which I believe really made the community boom (feel free to read my post: "A Growing Community: The Beginning"). 

This really ties into the inclusive & exclusive stream conversation. There are many streams outside of our community that are exclusive where you have to pay to feel like you're involved. I'd love to make SpiralVision the complete opposite of that to the point where people feel very welcomed at the events, group questing streams, and many more streams that we will have in the future. This is in no way saying that our streams are better than streams who may do this. It's an entire spiral of different opinions. Let's just say, we have a different vision. ;) 

Staying True To Ourselves
I love visiting the different streamers, to name one - WhiteTiger93. I look up to people like him for many different reasons. His channel is very nostalgic to me because he is a family-friendly YouTuber & Streamer. You may have noticed that I am a fan based on the event recap posts that feature his recap videos. As I said I look up to people like him & many other family-friendly YouTubers & Streamers in the community for putting the community first by staying true to themselves.

Staying true yourself means not changing who you are because of what others may or may not think of you. If you have to change who you are in order to fit into a group of people, that group is not for you. Once think about it, a group like that isn't for the people in that group. My main goal is to make SpiralVision a place where we can be ourselves. If you ever stop by the channel during an event or group questing stream, you'll hear some very random stuff from ASMR to favorite food conversations. I'd love to see SpiralVision continue on this pathway in 2019 & beyond. I mean because why not? :D

This year is going to be amazing as long as we stay true to ourselves. The only way we can make the year amazing together is to follow what I said above & have a positive outlook on the future. I am beyond thankful for each & everyone of you that have supported our streams. I know not all of you are able to make it to our streams but you do support them. You're the reason why the events exist & why any stream that we have on this channel occurs. To anyone that has supported the events & streams that we do - whether you're able to attend or not - thank you. Here's to an amazing 2019. Thank you all for reading. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.

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