Friday, September 12, 2014

My Rundown of the Pirate101 World Order





So a lot of people are making theories about the next Pirate101 worlds, now I have pretty much analyzed everything I could from concept to in game text so to me, this order of worlds I am about to tell you would make most sense. Everyone is correct in saying that Grizzleheim, Krokotopia, Polaris and Darkmoor are key, however, Grizzleheim will not be as big as people think. I begin my adventure where we left off, Aquila. So we have just obtained the Rosetta Stone, awesome now what was that language again...oh yes, Krokotopian. You see, Blind Mew states there are three languages in the Spiral, Aquilan Linear A, Aquilan Linear B (one is simple pirate's English) and Krokotopian. Obviously we know this isn't true as we have seen on several accounts, various languages from worlds including Grizzleheim, Zafaria, and Celestia. So where would we go to transcribe Krokotopian...you guessed, it, we are heading to AVALON! No, but seriously, the next major world we will visit will be Krokotopia. Now, Krokotopia has been around A WHILE. Seriously, Wizard101 had plans of expansion for Krok since 2009. Krokotopia has a very unique history that actually messes up the history put fourth in Wizard101. Sadly it seems, both Blind Mew and Artorius seem to butt heads with each other on what is cannon. Now Artorious has recently placed Mirage as a "world" however, as shown in the concept above, the original document name was 'KT_mirage_hub", meaning "Mirage" is the capital city of Krokotopia. Makes sense when you think about it right? Mirage is Middle-Eastern in theme, Krokotopia is Egyptian, why not merge them, they both have a similar culture and environment. KI does this all the time, MooShu is half Japan, half China, Polaris is to be half Russia, half France.

     Back to the premise. Next place we are heading off to in the story (which is CONFIRMED) is Valencia. I assume we will visit Valencia 3 total times each with a different skyway. We have already been there once and saw the destruction of isles by the armada but the next visit will be more...political. We will be introduced officially to Kane as well as his female counterpart (most likely named "Queen") and will be introduced to the lore and reign of King Casimir, the unicorn king of Valencia. Our third and final visit will not be for some time after oh say, 2 more worlds. Let's get into those specifically. The two worlds after Krokotopia to me are going to be Darkmoor and finally Polaris. Darkmoor I assume will have a role in finding our mom's map piece considering she is dead, might want to consult with the world of the undead. Obviously we might go for a different reason but I assume it is a fair guess. After we leave Darkmoor we will finally head off for Erika the Red's piece. Now instinctivly we would head to Grizzleheim and YOU, would be correct. We will ENTER Grizzleheim, I might even dare say we will dock, however, it will not be a full blown adventure world like Krokotopia, Aquila or Moo Shu. It will be a quick in and out, one skyway world that they may expand on. In fact, Grizzleheim won't be our ONLY skyway we cross through we will cross through...*DRUMROLL* Wizard City. The Marco Pollo map spells out the root to Polaris which is VERY far away in the spiral indeed. In fact I think I may be able to pinpoint the skyways in the spiral, the two missing Aquilan stormgates are Valencia and Krokotopia, and in order to get to Grizzlheim we cross through Wizard City. It will not be a dockable world but a simple skyway where we steer our ship around the mighty grandfather tree world and find our stormgate to GH. Once in GH we wish to go to Polaris, the final world before El Dorado. The reason for Polaris is because Erika the Red (being the nomatic viking all Grizzleheim citizens are) has fled to PL. Why? She knew a war would break out over her map piece and she knew she would be safer in the secluded world abandoned from civil war. Also I argue there is a direct coorelation between the Grizzlheim bears and Ices Bears of Polaris. 


Polaris is a beautiful and large world that I am sure will be amazing. In addition, is it a difficult assumption to presume Napoleguin will regain control of Polaris and provide us an army aligned with the allied forces of Gortez and Monquista, as well as the Marleybonian navy to defeat Kane once and for all? That's right my order of worlds is: Krokotopia, Darkmoor, (technically Grizzleheim and Wizard City for a short time) and finally Polaris. Ending with El Dorado of course. I cannot be certain any of this is correct but I was correct about Marleybone and Aquila (thanks to One Eyed Jack for hinting at it in a meeting with IAmTheChezz and myself before it's release). To me the details of the spiral are everywhere and it's little things like finding concept to find out that Mirage is in fact an area of Krokotopia and not an outright world. Which we have found to be the case in several other worlds, Nodor as a part of Grizzleheim, Weirwood being in Avalon, etc. I hope you all enjoyed reading and I will see you in the spiral. FOR THE GLORY OF MOTHER POLARIS!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: What's Wrong with People Doing it in Wizard101

     So one of the world's most popular fads right now is the ALS Ice bucket challenge. I have no problem with it, it is a simple challenge to raise donations and awareness for ALS, a terrible and fatal disease/disorder that slowly over time paralyzes the bodies systems needed to survive. To put it in simple terms, the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" is where one person, nominated by another person, dumps ice water on themselves and donates roughly $10 to www.alsa.org they then in turn nominate 3 people to participate in the challenge as well. Simple enough, failure to accept the ice bucket challenge within 24 hours requires the person to then donate 10 times the amount originally required. For the average person, $10 would turn into $100 but I know some famous youtubers and stuff generously put down anywhere from $500-$5000 (big props to you GameGrumps) even after accepting the challenge within the time slot. So why am I making this post then if I think it's a good cause and a fun (non harmful) trend? The wizard101 community creating their own "challenge" from it. This actually isn't even the Wizard101 community because the entire community is split into several distinct factions relating to a social media platform they base their "sector" of the community in. The people specifically doing this sort of stuff I am talking about are the #TWIZARDS which to me is super dumb. They will put #Twiz/#Twizard in front of anything to try and make it different from whatever. They have become so ignorant and privileged from everyone else in the game that they themselves are a totally separate community from the rest of the game. These are the people that won't want a KingsIsleCon but a TWIZCon, the same people that talk about the community and have #TwizardStrong. They don't understand the actual game they even support! The game isn't "Twizard101". What once started out as a new media platform wizards came to turned into this indifferent group of bigoted drama queens. So what are they doing in regards to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They have created the "Twizard Ice Bucket Challenge" is it any different than the normal challenge? No, they just wanted to throw their name onto it to make it special. Here is what I don't like: people abusing the simple rules put fourth. People aren't doing the actual challenge they are doing half-a**ed versions that don't do anything. Here are a few examples:
Scenario 1. A person was tagged to do the challenge in real life.          -They complete the challenge and nominate 3 of their IRL friends...but they don't stop there, they think that suddenly you get to add an additional 3 "twizards" cause they are different than anyone else somehow? The rules say nominate 3 people...that's it...your challenge only counts once for those 3 people...you don't dump water on your head and that then gives you the rights to nominate, 3 family members, 3 close friends, 3 neighbors, 3 relatives, 3 online friends, like it doesn't work like that. You nominate 3 people and that's it.
Scenario 2. They don't do the challenge.         -The challenge put simply is you record yourself dumping ice water on yourself, publish it online, donate, and nominate 3 friends. Creating a video of a puppet getting soaked in water, a drawing of your wizard getting water dripped on it, your character in game using a water effect, that doesn't count. "But they are shy" then they don't accept the challenge. What is the point of "doing" the challenge if you don't do it and donate? Hi I just made this video of my character in the commons pond, saying "ooh chilly". You didn't do it in real life...you didn't actually get cold...the point of doing it is to show your commitment to the cause. If you don't you donate, when you have your character do it to save money cause your cheap from donating or want to say you "did it". I don't think that's acceptable. To me, you shouldn't be able to nominate anyone, get out of the donation of $100 or whatever, or say that you did it when you just did a cheap knockoff. And to those that say they are shy and want to hide their identities? Why...most of the people on twitter are grown adults and HAVE in the past shown their faces on camera, shared out their real life names. I know now, almost EVERYONE is doing it cause like I said twitter has come a long way from everyone using aliases behind the cover of their W101 character to now just using it as a real life twitter. And last but not least the one that I can really upset about seeing:
Scenario 3. They don't even donate.
       -The challenge originated to raise awareness (and boy has it succeeded) and raise additional funding to research towards finding a possible cure for ALS. Now it has become some mainstream fad that everyone blindly follows cause EVERYONE is doing it. And I think the twizard community (along with a lot of other people, this isn't just targeting them by any means) are losing sight of the actual cause and not actually donating to the foundation. This isn't a Harlem Shake...it isn't a Cinnamon Challenge, it is a fun thing to raise awareness for ALS. Now take it from me, I WILL NOT, judge you if you don't participate in this challenge even if you were nominated. I won't bother you or judge you if you don't donate to helping ALS. I can agree with some other people that in general, it isn't maybe the best organization to group fund compared to the fact we are wasting water from doing it and could be putting more money into other diseases much more popular and lethal. And if that is your opinion on the matter, that is fine. If you are downright LAZY and don't feel like donating or freezing, I am fine with that. But I do expect, if you intend on, nominating someone, outdoing your friends challenge, just donate. I look at it like voting, if you plan on voting in America, you accept our rules and do what you're expected and you get that right. Same here, if you follow through and donate the expected amount you originally intended, go ahead and get a dump truck full of water dumped on your, jump in a trashcan full of water, have a solid block of ice hit you in the head, do whatever but know what the cause is for.
     This post is not meant to offend those in the community that did the challenge and did what was expected. They nominated only 3 people, donated and actually followed through with the challenge. This is for the people that copped out or were too lenient with what they could do. Obviously the past is in the past but I just hope that people understood what the actual meaning of the trend is and not just reading it off like some script they do before each video. That's about it, until next time, see you in the spiral! -Nicholas LionRider

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pirate101 Pet Training and Battling Review

   
     Ah Pirate101...love you so much but WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS! Now I just want to clear things up, I don't hate the entire test realm update and to be quite honest my opinion is a bit late anyways to even have it matter but I still wanted to address the amount of sheer facepalming I felt when playing this update. To my surprise it wasn't even the companion changes I was mad at. The things I was mad at were the updates that I was most excited for. Pet training is TERRIBLE. "But Nick, it's so fun, you can watch them grow and play fun games with them" is what I have been getting in response to the my anger and people need to open their eyes to what pet training is. It is like the worst farmville type game ever created, mixed in with minimal to no actual gameplay at all. Sure the Wizard101 pet training is flawed and the people that just want to feed their pets snacks should be able to do it if they don't want to play the dance game every time but the OPTION for someone to actually do something is there. Pirate101 didn't even have the decency to totally copy Wizard101! The people at Kings Isle are just standing there like...

                         
This is what I hate. The pet training is literally, well clicking buttons. They promised us simple activities to do with pets that we all assumed were some form of mini quests or mini games. Not an interface with a stupid squirrel! And if this was the case and there were no games, fine, but why add the little tents! The people from Skull Island, Grizzleheim, MooShu and Marleybone have absolutely NO PURPOSE other than the little introduction. They aren't merchants, they aren't pet game kiosks, so why are they there? And if they were going to do this LOWER THE FREKIN' PRICE! I am talking to some of the idiots that run our community and they are sitting their like "Well, isn't it SO FUN!" Like am I seriously the only crazy one that thinks this is in no way  fun? Wizard101 had pet snacks that are pricey and Pirate has them too but now they have the stupid ADDITIONAL price of the "gear". Again, the gear has no purpose other than a gimmick to get you to buy more stuff. So after you blow you're college saving buying the pet gear and pet snacks to train your pet, and somehow convinced yourself to not blow your brains out for even thinking about doing this, you are ready to train, you choose an activity hit 'train' and Oh look, it will only take my 26 hours to train my pet! That is reasonable. I mean, Wizard101 has the EXCRUCIATING time of about 30 seconds by doing the dance game but Pirate101 thought it would be fun to wait hours upon hours for your stupid pet to have the chance to level. And that is my point, mega snacks are REQUIRED to train in both games, you will not get that perfect pet by not spending money and that is the problem. KingsIsle is known for the pay to win model but do it in a way that makes it seem like you don't NEED to spend money. But again the stupid people in our community, "No you don't need to spend money, you can wait, you have to be patient, you are all so lazy" but no, I am not going to wait 20+ hours to give my pet ONE snack and do that every day. IF I did that, it would take my literally like 3 and a half years to train a pet to mega, which sorry to break it to you, P101 won't last that long for it to matter (maybe an exaggeration). Okay, you waited your lifetime to feed your pet and then you will on occasion get this LOVELY message...

     Can I explain to you how irritating this is? You wait all that time, you spend all that money on pet snacks to train your pet for talents that aren't really worth it to begin with, and you get that message. Your pet just, it doesn't FEEL like eating, it just doesn't FEEL like training today. So then your hot earned money goes to waste but you can always try again later with one of the other 16-22 long hour training sessions, but sorry your pet doesn't have dumbbells, which you acquire from salsa dancing, which requires maracas, which you can only get from hay jumping, which requires Jordan sneakers, which you can only get from pet battling...
Which takes me to I might say, stupidest systems I have ever seen. Pet battling, has NO TALENT to it. You do NOTHING while your pet get's his butt kicked by over powered NPCS or other players that have sat through hundreds of other battles until they are allowed to bring in four pets for your one. The idiots argue "You hit cheer though" but 'cheer' does little to nothing. Immediately, it has no benefits, it does nothing when you click it, it just adds a little bit to a bar that fills up. Once it's filled up you can use one of your pet's specials but they do nothing, because you are dead before the bar fills up anyways. I cannot stress how much this update angers me, it is boring as hell, has no strategy to it, has you doing absolutely NOTHING but waiting and requires you to burn I would say hundreds to thousands of dollars to get your perfect ostrich. I have been Nicholas LionRider/Kent and I will see you later, as a final word, I will not be participating in pet training because I am not in the slightest bit interested and as a final rating on this entire update I am just going to call it what it is. A waste. The game was fine as is with all it's elements but they had to go tampering with a perfectly good thing, they could have invested more time into Valencia Part II, or Krokotopia but instead they create new free to play areas (already losing money there) and the only way to get some of the money back they spend on the new rat gang areas was to put a gigantic price tag on pets and so I hope you all "enjoy" the new Pirate101 because I am just upset by it.
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pirate101 American Revolution World?

     After digging through some old draft posts I stumbled across this post I made a while back for a collab project that never really worked out with some people in the community of an untitled world. Thought I would post it just for fun and maybe you guys like the idea of the revolution world, I have a ton of other ideas and concept pieces if you guys do so make sure to comment on your opinions. Enjoy.  

Hello, my name is Nicholas LionRider or Nicholas Kent for you pirates out there. My job for Theorycrafting101 was to focus on a few topics and one of which is a personal favorite is the idea of colonies. Now ever since the release of Marleybone in Pirate101 and as far back as Krokotopia in Wizard101, we have seen similarities between real life history and Kings Isle’s games. Kings Isle likes to take fun and exciting parts of actual history and give them a twist that makes the game both fun and educational. Since we have seen a lot of the UK (MB), Spain(MQ), Italy(VL) and even glimpses of French/Russian history with Polaris, why not touch on the origin of American history. Cool Ranch was a fun world and shared the western exploration side of America but not the roots of the Revolution and the birth of the original 13 colonies.

Prologue: My story line takes place some time after a few worlds. Gortez calls upon you with urgent news.
Gortez: Pirate, we need to speak. My army has grown ten fold since the last time we spoke. I adopted some mercenaries from the coasts of Zafaria. I am training them to become my elite generals. Although I have a army, my men require a navy in order to prevent the crown to be taken from me. Talk to Father Pizarro in the holy church located in Monquista city he will give you a start on where to find the strong navy I need.

Once you talk to father Pizarro, he explains the best area to go for ships is the land of ______.

Father Pizarro: Please! Please! Don’t harm me giant! What? You aren’t here to squish me like a bug? A navy? Gortez? I can give you that. The best ship builders in the entire spiral are the dogs of _______.


A puppet show begins: You see, 50 years ago today, the greatest explorer to ever live set sail on a quest that would change the spiral forever. Even Marco Pollo couldn’t compare. His name was Christopher Colobus. The bravest monquistador the world had ever known. Sent by the royal family, Colobus along with his skilled group of men sailed many days to find a new stormgate to Rajah, this did not happen. Halfway through the stormgate Colobus became horribly lost. It got worse from there. A hideous monster the size of a titan attacked the ships. Destroying two…and a half of them. When Colobus and his crew arrived at the new world they were greeted…not so friendly. They were ambushed by natives! Colobus and his remaining crew fought back and thus the new world was born! Word spread quickly throughout the spiral of this world. Everyone wanted a piece of the land, Valencia, Darkmoor, even Polaris! Marleybone had it’s own trouble cateering to the needs of the it’s people. Riots began and the queen sent a group of settlers to the new world to make a new home governed for themselves. The first colony was born, Lexiton Port. Later more colonies formed until there was over a dozen! That is where you must go pirate. Be warned however, the locals don’t take well to people who favor Marleybone…better carry a weapon at all times.
                               
Storyline: There are 13 colonies located in _____. Each is unique and above all else dangerous. The main story introduces you to many characters such as George Washingtalon, Benjamin Froglin, and Freezedrich von Snowben. All will aid you on your journey to making ____ a free world. By completing tasks in each colony you will get their respect and eventually will unite them to fight against Marleybone for their freedom. The war is a difficult one however the colonists are some of the best shots in the spiral. You will obtain many companions on your journey and bring back old allies such as Napoleguin to send Polarian troops to help _______. All this and more awaits you in  Book ___: Severered Colonies.
I am Nicholas Kent and I will see you guys next time!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

An Overall Review/Recap of the Last Few Weeks

          This post is mainly going to consist of little to no images cause I am lazy and don't want to waste time on art that people don't appreciate like Swordroll so I apologize in advance. I want to talk about the last few weeks in both games and my opinions on ALL the updates. I am going to cover, the news, the reactions, the april fools joke, the new pirate update and of course my own opinions on the Khrysalis/Second arc ending. Now as a lot of you know, I "quit" the community recently but I really sorta didn't leave the games... I left all the drama and official sites and crap because I agree that there is a lot of issues with it but I have said FAR too much on stuff like that in the past. Now let me just break it down with my opinion on the pirate stuff.


    Now I am going to judge this solely on what they have given us as far as videos, images and little excerpts on the issue. I dont "hate" the update, simply because I cant. I dont have my hands on the content to judge it but from the looks I am kinda skeptical. I praise Pirate101 for doing Wizard101 but 1-Uping it but I personally liked it for the combat, companions and just set up. I have no problem with pet training and the so called "pet abuse" rants people are saying, no problem with the new companions, skull island update or anything but I am slightly worried about the new companion changes. Overall the creators at KI seemed confident in the product but I am a little skeptical on the outcome. It sounds cool but I can definately see some issues. To me, the battle system wasn't broke so why fix it? The issue I am noticing is two things. Wizard101 is trying to be Pirate101 and Pirate101 is trying to be Wizard101. Eventually we are gonna be at a standstill where both games wind up kinda bad. Pirate101 is trying to add things like treasure cards, pet training, useless stuff that really isn't why we like Pirate101. Wizard101 on the other hand wants to start adding companions, rich story and in general both systems seem to be falling flat. The new companion system I am actually reviewing as a player who knows the game. Some people like Blaze LifeHammer on youtube I'm not really liking because they go "Hey, so it's Blaze...I don't really know anything about Pirate101 and I read like a sentence of the actual update letter so here's my interpretation...'Pirate101 is adding pet training-' so this clearly means we are getting like a wizard style pet training, clearly in the avery's court area cause that is where the wizard one is in the commons, I don't see it but it's there, derp" like read the letter and dont be an idiot before you make an update post or video. For those who read it, the pet arena with be in an Aquilan style island in the skull island skyway that will be a free to play location. I generally am just "skeptical" on the issue of Pirate101. I feel as though they took a step away from the important stuff like story and book 15 and more or less worked on side projects that might not work out in the end. Now onto the April fools joke...
    The April fools joke is...eh. The Mighty Steed mount really didn't make sense at first and they I guess were playing it off like a horse but it didn't really work out in the end. The reference was supposed to be the old style of creating horse footprints sounds by clapping coconuts together but the average user, let alone child, would really understand that joke and to me when you put out a joke without a punchline...it kills it. I think they could have done a ton of cool things with the "Mighty Steed" idea that would have been funny but made sense. Maybe make a pathetic looking horse or a donkey or something ridiculous but name it a mighty steed, with the coconuts its just kinda weird. Cool animation though. Next topic, Khrysalis.
    So I gave my review on Khrysalis last time and you all hated it, this time I actually played part one and can still kinda agree to my previous statements. With the exception of a few cool cutscenes, characters and enemies the world is pretty bland. The new part is even as bland or even more! The first part had some sort of color with Last Wood but part two is literally ALL DESSERT! The idea for the end game should not have been something as boring as a sand world with bugs. That is the most boring idea to work with especially for the end of a almost 3-4 year long story! I will warn about the ending so if it wasn't already spoiled you are being warned here but I will also leave a special red text to tell you to stop. Spoiler free review, part two does what it is supposed to by ending the story...but it kinda does it pretty poorly. The level design is very bland with areas like Crescent Beach (sand), Kotan Dessert (sand) and of course the Umbra Palace (Tyrian Gorge Part two aka black sand). The enemies seemed cool and the atmosphere was nice with a couple of cool places like the great beast ride but it falls flat. I stand by the fact that the reason it is out so late and that the world is so short (ya people finished it within the same day) is because it was started roughly around the launch of part one. They said they were working on both parts last year but the evidence shows that this was not only the case but they didn't really start until this year! In the January, February and March newsletters we would get things saying "We have great things PLANNED" we dont have images but here is some CONCEPT. This means they were coming up with an idea and how it was executed seemed pretty rushed, forced and bland. For a final world people are giving it too much credit for what it did. If you truly were not satisfied with it say it. You don't need some sort of loyalty to KI for all things. One of the reasons I left it because everyone seemed brainwashed into thinking KI games were perfect in every way. KI knows they aren't the best or else they wouldn't feel the need to have sales, free crown giveaways, reasonable deals. Elder Scrolls Online...they are a bit cocky with their game for what it is and that is shown in the actual retail items. I don't like people reviewing a game like IGN would for a game they were payed to promote. "The new Wizard101 update is AMAZING! PERFECT! OMG I CRIED IT WAS SO WONDERFUL! 11/10! SO GOOD!" cause no they dont really think that. I am not saying the update was bad but seriously, think about what you are saying. The end game to Wizard101 isn't the final episode of Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones the story was pretty predictable like a kids game should be. Now for spoiler time...
*If you don't want spoilers don't read ahead*So the end to part two...the end to the SECOND ARC....the end of the ENTIRE GAME...Morganthe dies...WHAT THIS IS SO UNBELIEVABLE HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN! IN A MILLION YEARS I NEEEEEEEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN! No...who didn't think this. The two totally predictable theories were A. Morganthe runs away to arc 3 or B. She dies. Now she didn't "die" directly she fell into a void like Malistaire the Undying so I am sure the community won't let it go that she will return but I totally saw it coming. The giant spider form I predicted since Avalon. Every game does it, a women with a spider body its been done in tons of things, Dungeon Defenders, Elder Scrolls, the movie IT it was totally expected and wasn't anything new. From every review I have watched of the ending too they seemed to be happy but more or less expecting more which is what I felt. They might be saying "OMG, OMG, OMG!" but they are thinking..."that's it...kinda hoping for more here" and it's true. Morganthe is a giant enemy and her four forms each having 25,000 health is nothing! I was getting upset with the ice form alone! I said I would be (pardon my language) pissed unless the ice form casted Mammoth every turn and did she, no. Barely any noticeable cheats at all in fact. Cool cutscene but this is in no way close to a deep story or rich ending. It was more or less a "here is test -_- *throws key to test*" opening without any sort of enthusiasm and most people didn't even know it was up because it was so underwhelming. Quite franquely I am just disappointing with the end result and this kinda defines the ending to the game for me. I am really not interested in arc three because Khrysalis sorta killed any hope I had left in the game after Azteca. Avalon was good, Azteca was meh but Khrysalis just kinda sealed the game away for me.
    I have been Nicholas LionRider hopefully not hurting too many feelings here but I will see you in the spiral hopefully. Leave your opinions on the ending in the comments section but I want honest opinions. If you have ANY gripes at all with any of the updates post them here cause I highly doubt anyone can say the updates are all 100% perfect :P

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What Wizard101 Should Do before Third Arc

K I just want to make this blog post as a theorist of the Wizard101 community specifically. As much as people say #twizards and #twirates (which again twitter users aren't the entire "community for either game) are the same, they aren't so this is for the hardcore Wizard fans not pirates or those who like both games. As a lot of people are quickly finding out, Wizard101 is losing it's fans and credit rapidly. Some loyal fans have stuck around but I have seen far too many friends of mine leave anywhere from 3 years ago to a month ago. As much as I may rant about some aspects about KI, they are still one of my favorite gaming companies of all time and I wouldn't continue to be playing them 6 years later if I didn't like them. Now time for the niddy-griddy. Why Wizard101 has had a decline in revenue. Through my research and consulting my friends I don't think it's only the community nor do I think "the content" is getting boring. I think it is the pre-existing bad aspects in the game that at the time seemed like it wasn't a big deal but without the already existing problems being fixed, slowly got worse. Think of it like a disease, it may start out as a common cold but unless treated it could get extremely bad. I think this sorta applies with Wizard101. The number one thing I see people requesting is content, am I wrong? Now although that works for some players what happens to the players that finish the new world or dungeon or whatever and then have nothing to do? But see that is the thing, you SHOULD have something to do. It's Wizard101 you can go gardening, crafting, pet training, PvPing-wait a second...Have you noticed something? All the activities KI has for the people who finish the game seem to be broken in a way. All these systems people complain are either boring or abused by other players and you know what, they are right. As much as KI tries to "tamper" with PvP to make it fair, it never works because people find ways to abuse other things in it. Things like jade gear and stuff have ruined it for people or the unfair matching of getting your level 10 to warlord because you are fighting new players. I myself can never get into PvP because I have people going "Ha! Noob! Look his pet doesn't have: fairy, sprite, both resists, fire giver and whatever. Cause no not everyone has the time or motivation to get the best gear from crafting or pet training because again, they are boring. Pet training is literally impossible without pet snacks (mega specifically) and crafting just get's annoying with the quests alone. I am not saying all these activities are bad just need an update. Same goes for worlds honestly, I think before we adventure into third arc, just spend a efw months making the Morganthe arc a little more fun (add rides like the Marleybone air ship, Krok boat or drake) they have proved they CAN still do it with the dragonfly in the Hive Bundle. So why not, the Morganthe arc is perfect for them! The elevator to floating land in CL, the boat rides in ZF, the ziplines in AZ! They are perfect for this mechanic. Also maybe add some improvements to things like Aquila so it isn't ONLY dungeons. That is a big complaint for me, W101 needs to act like P101 when it comes to fans. I get it the big names like Kelsey FireHeart and Johnny and stuff are high levels but they aren't your only fanbase. Make the game fun for ALL levels. This is why I think the worlds need an upgrade. You can give the high levels more content but unless you fix everything else that has problems in the here and now, you will be beaten out by your own brother game! Content and worlds are cool but remember to focus on making a fun game and not another 50 quests with a different theme. Pirate101 said it right out, you can take 6 worlds and keep revisiting them with different stories, not EVERY time do we need a new change of scenery. I merely propose this and to anyone who agrees with me it would be appreciated to comment or share this. I ask for a halt in world making for a short time after the Morganthe Arc is completed. Don't move straight into another arc just take a few months and try to fix and improve the mechanics already in the game so I don't need to look at the "best house in the spiral" with nothing in it but two dead plants. I have been Nicholas LionRider trying to help you for a better spiral

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Art behind the Video

    As the majority of you know, I am an avid artist in the community. So generally I wanted to throw in some actual art into my blog when and if I make posts. Today I have dedicated my post to talking about the art behind IAmTheChezz's new video, Wizard101 vs Spagoni (code named, Quizzy Wizzy). We have had this idea of questioning Tony Spagoni, Tyler's good friend about Wizard101 cause in reality, as active a player as Tyler is, Tony knows NOTHING about the game. It was very interesting hearing some of his answers. You can check the video out here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwI-AzEbTUY Now because this is about the art in the video, I will split apart the different pieces I did for the video. Enjoy -Nicholas LionRider

The Wizard Car: 

    -Probably the most difficult piece in the video and one of my most favorite pieces. It is more of a race car design but hey, it was fun making it. This is for the scene where Tony is asked what mounts there are in the game, and obviously other than the one mount (the slowpoke sloth) there is only Wizard Cars. Since there are no other 'Wizard Cars' to use from the world, I needed to design one my own.