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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jacob Goldgrove

I'll pass on your spell ideas on. THX

On a totally different note:
If you want to see what the new horse mounts look like go to:
http://commonsensegamer.com/?p=1492

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ever Wanted to Ride or Fly Instead of Walking?

Well Wizard101 makers are realeasing "mounts" in October! There are four types: Brooms, Horses, Cats, and Dragons!

• They will be male and female styles.
• They can rented for a day or up to a week. Permanent ones can be purhcased with crowns.
• Ones purchased with crowns are faster than rented ones.
• Mounts can be purchased from a new thing called a Crown Shop or from Zeke.

And for those of you who are "arena rats" Wallgreens is selling defender pig again in October. (woot!)

Have fun!
Vale

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Arena Rank Cheat

I posted a comment about this cheat to Central and their system would not allow me to post with a link in it so I will go about informing them yet again today if time permits.

I had recorded video of the arena setup to duplicate this cheat. But I'm going to add only one video as the others require editing for length and this story needs to get out for the sake of all arena goers.

Backstory:
This that came to light courtesy of the two wonderful guys (previously posted about) who first gave my team an in-your-face "taste" of the results and had a good laugh at our expense. Many of my friends had reported to me significant point losses in some battles. I wasn't sure what to make of it until I saw it first hand and my internal cheat-meeter went clear off the charts.

The use of this cheat has become so prolific as to catch nearly everyone during an evening dueling in the arena on a nightly basis. The fact that it was becoming more and more common made me realize it was more than just a random bug.

For Clarification:
This is NOT the rank "borking" that Overlords do to get matches where they have one of their buddies lose all their points and average their team down lower so they can get matches. (Which some say is neccessary but still suspect) I'm talking about an actual cheat that doesn't involve dropping your rank of your dueling character at all.

Theory:
Arena is now set to average players ranks that are playing in the same battle and try to match them with similarly ranked players.

How It's Done:
Note this is not to explain how its done so you can do it... this is an explanation of the bug so that KI can reproduce and fix it. Hopefully sooner than later. If the bug/cheat is public then it should motivate them to fix it sooner than later.

1) make a noob on a separate account
2) battle the noob and purposely lose until their rating is close to or exactly Zero
3) have the noob make a multi-player battle for your super high ranked buddies
4) as your friends begin to join your noob leaves the battle
5) you log in as your grand master and join the battle as well
6) wait for your victim team to join
7) try to beat them so you will gain 20+ points, but losing is no big deal since you lose maybe 4 points
8) do this for a couple days, beating up on low ranked teams and pick up your Wings or your Cape that you "earned" by "working your way to the top"

Below, notice the whopping 21 points awarded for beating a similarly ranked team during our test to confirm the existence of the bug... Also notice that our competitors had their buddy "bork" his rank so they could play down and get matched with noob teams for the same effect. Little did they know that we had done them one better by not having to give up one of our ranks in this test of the cheat.


Thanks go to a friend who will remain anonymous. She confirmed the extistence of the bug and got the details from someone in the know. Thanks go to Shannon and Morgan for helping set up and test this exploit.

Thanks most of all to Kevin Rubyhunter and Nathaniel Mythshade who so brazenly boasted about this bug and took great delight in torturing us over the points we lost, and dared me to post about it on Central. Well, Kevin and Nathaniel... I now have a great deal of satisfaction knowing that soon you will have to earn your rank like everyone else.

See you in arena. :D
Valerian

Arena Cheats

A reliable source confirmed what some of our commenters believed... the arena rank cheat is done handily with the help of a noob character.

I'll post video later of this being set up and the results.

The next time when you drop 20+ points by losing to "privates" wearing full Commander gear you'll know why...

Vale

Monday, September 14, 2009

More and More and More Arena Bugs

So I've complained about the Zombie bug and other bugs affecting arena. Last night however I got proof of the worst yet.


Above is a picture of the guys admitting that they were gaming the arena system in order to gain 25-21 points per win and only losing 4 points for a loss. If you note their ratings below you will see that they are above 1000 (Overlord) and yet their rank in arena was "Private". Hmm, how does that happen? They won, twice, legidimately, and this good team lost a total of 21 points per game (42 total) losing to people ranked 300 points higher. (see below)


So we have a means by which super-high ranked people can bum free points off of lower ranked people and continue to move up and up and up with no end in sight. And with their ranks lowered to Private in the arena pool there's no end of victims that they can bum points off of.
If you see these guys Kevin Rubyhunter and Nathaniel Mythshade on the 2vs2, 3vs3 or 4vs4 board do NOT accept a match until they are gone. You will lose HUGE points to their "bug" or will win nothing worth while.
Is this something that K.I. needs to fix? ... Likely
But is it something people like this are taking advantage of you over? Yes! I managed to talk to Kevin Rubyhunter and Nathaniel Mythshade and they simply defended themselves by saying "everyone else does it".
While I have my theory on how this is done, please let me know if you've seen or know how this is done and I'll report on it.
Valerian

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wizard 101 Party

Log into the Wizard101.com web site using your game username and password. Goto enter codes and use the code Party
for a free party hat.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wizard101 Official Contest

King Isle is having a contest for best pictures of the spiral worlds (not housing not included) You can read more about the contest here.

Link To Wizard101 Contest Info

My two cents again on arena issues...
K.I. Please fix the active arena bugs listed previously and the actual stats for vampire which is 56% for 24 casts in my test thus far.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Danger Hound Challenge Continues!

Link to contest and Birthday activities for wizard101

The following post is duplicated from the Wizard101 main site.

"The Wizard101 Central / Facebook challenge continues into September and getting the Danger Hound pet is easier than you think!

Step 1. Make sure you are a registered member of Wizard101Central. http://www.wizard101central.com/

Step 2. If you are over the age of 13 and have a Facebook page, go to facebook.com/wizard101. If you are under the age of 13, ask a family member to invite their friends.

Step 3. Click the Suggest to Friends link on the left hand side of our Wizard101 Facebook page.

Step 4. Select all your friends and invite them to become Fans too!

The more people you invite, the closer you get to the Danger Hound! Hurry this contest closes Sept. 16, 2009! The only way to get the prizes is to reach the goals, so tell everyone you know about this amazing challenge!"