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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Test Realm and Khrysalis

Test realm is open with cool new features I have been wishing for for a long time but I assumed they would be too hard for KI to program.  But they did it!


If you have a membership you can log into the web site and download the test realm version of Wizard.  (It makes a copy of your character and your actions there don't affect your actual wizard so don't expect experience or purchased items to carry over to your regular account.)

So what cool features are being tested in Test realm?

1) You can team up with other wizards on boss battles.  When you're standing on the sigil you can pick the Team Up button and wait for other players in other realms to join.


2) You can now teleport back to instances in cases of defeat or accidentally teleporting out.

And Khrysalis part II is not out yet in test realm but something tells me it might be out soon.  If you find it online at any point please leave a comment ASAP.

Read more here: https://www.wizard101.com/game/update-notes/testrealm

While you're checking things out... check out how to earn a teleporter code unique to Valerian's School check out the contest page: http://icewizardsrule.blogspot.com/2009/01/contest-details.html
I'm trying out a new email system and I expect we'll test it's limits so it may be a work in progress.

Vale

:)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

For Writers Considering "Indie Publishing"

Right now IndieRecon.org is holding an online conference on self publishing. http://www.indierecon.org/

They have many best-selling authors telling their stories and spilling their secrets about how they achieved great success by indie-publishing.  They are providing advice and tips on how to market books, maintain quality, stay motivated, keep the ideas coming and many other topics.

Right now there is a live chat with Barry Eisler and JA Konrath, both wildly successful authors who are upending traditional publishing by breaking taboos and generally just being awesome.

So if you're at the point where you're considering publishing that smash novel you have been shopping around please check out IndieRecon.org and our own Ali Cross ~ aka ~ Rowan Watertamer.

What's life without a creative outlet?

Vale

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Second Half of the Friendship Festival Entries

Life with out you would leave me unbalanced. Let's be friends. 
~ Tabitha DarkSword

When I first started wizards you were already at the top you befriended a newbie who would have ever thought?
If it weren't for you I'd only have a sprite but now I have a penumbra that can give quite a fright. 
You helped me quest, farm waterworks too; 
I just want you to know that I'll never forget you. 
Antonio FairyStalker

Piggles are Pink Frilled Lizards are blue I'd rather lose to Malistaire than have to lose you. 
~ Laura Rainbowheart

Friends the best unlike a pest, 
they stay with us forever, 
unlike a person who is clever. 
Friends are needed, 
the give us a great friendship, 
not a battleship. 
Peter Y

Fire wizards are red Ice wizards are blue Phoenixes are hot and so are you. on Friendship Month Contest
~ jordane k

-A Valentine for my Pet- 
You know I love you 
So very dearly 
We've been together 
For what, six months? 
I swear I'll never leave you 
You've always been there for me 
Flapping, twirling 
Next to my shoulder 
I'll dance with you daily 
And feed you mega snacks 
Now maybe would you 
Heal me a bit more often? 
Love, your owner 
With the silly neck roll on 
~ Turq Le S.

Hearts are red 
And Ice wizards are cool 
This valentine just maybe have some fun for you. 
Or will you be nice or mean or neutral? 
Just treat everyone nice and every will treat you just like you wanted to.
Alex Fireblade

FIRE wizards are red, 
ICE wizards are blue, 
I want to spent my LIFE and DEATH with you. 
People think our love is just a MYTH, 
But i have to admit, 
That its strong like a STORM 
That keeps us warm. 
Whenever you're in trouble, 
I teleport at once, 
Watching our enemies struggle, 
As our victory gets announced. 
You say you want to quit Wizzy, 
To go back in your life, 
But tell me who will be the one, 
To heal me alive. 
FIRE wizards are red, 
ICE wizards are blue, 
Please stay forever, as my player two. 
Thanks for the contest :) 
~Mark Deatheyes

The sun and moon move as one 
The endless cycle of cygnets 
Flying across the sky In a magnificent fashion 
Waves lap gently 
Onto the shore 
Of precious gems, fused with 
Friendship and love, 
Empathy and kindness 
When the waves retreat 
The movement brings the gems 
To different shores afar 
To oceans deep and wide 
Spreading friendship in the air 
A touch of warmth In the coldest corners. 
Abigail UnicornSong

Roses are red, 
Violets are blue, 
This tapestry is divine, because it leads right to you. 
~ Cheyenne RubyTamer


Will you be my Valentine? 
So you could possibly be mine? 
Even if its only for one time, 
You don't have to be forever mine, 
I can't have Cupig for Valentine, 
Seek Valentina what to buy this time, 
He invited me for a romantic dine, 
We had an expensive red wine, 
Back to my palace he sent me a gift, 
A gift that few girls can accept, 
Expensive wand is what I am expecting, 
Guess what he get me a thorny vine from Pigswick Academy, 
I have to smile and say goodbye, 
Wait, he stop me and hold the vine, 
He cast a spell on it as I froze, 
Its a magical vine he turned it to rose, 
In this poem there is a lesson, 
Whatever you got for Valentine from a person, 
Just to let you know it is special, 
To that person you are crucial. 
~ Destiny SoulHeart

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Wizard Friendship Festival Entries

Here are some o the latest Friendship / Valentine's Wizard cards...

(Yes, you can enter multiple times but only with the chance to win a single prize)

Here are a couple silly "cards" I made up.

~ Don't be all ice-school this year Valentine... let me melt your heart with a little Fire magic.

~ Tell me which boss to farm for the key to your heart!

~ Some like to snowboard, some like to ski, and I still like you even when you beat me at PVP. I think we should snowboard, I think we should ski and I think we should both win gold at the Olympics in Sochi. 

See these awesome (actual) entries below:

Light me on fire, pyro. or Don't you scare for me..?  ~ Alia

Hearts are red Ghosts are blue I'd go anywhere Just to be with you.  ~ Oran

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!! :D Hope ya all enjoy it!! XD  ~ Ahmed

Your as cool as Lydia Greyrose! ~ Justin Thunderrider

You're Russian my heart faster than Valentina ~ Jacob Deathhorn

This Year, 
Val. Day is different. 
Roses are stone, 
Violets are red. 
And wizards of all, 
Celebrate this day. 
Not with chocolate, or candy so fine. 
But with their pets, 
Magic and friends. 
But as sadness fills the air, 
Zipping and zopping, 
With hearts drawn everywhere. 
On this day, 
Malistaire will cry 
he saddest tears in the Spiral. 
~ Victoria FireFlame

Good luck to every one and hope i win :D ~ arthur t.

Is it just me and my magic, or did you just cast a spell on me?  ~ Dylan SunThief

My Wizard's Name: Aaron Stone 
My Friendship-tine poem: 
Now must I these three praise 
Three women that have wrought 
What joy is in my days: 
One because no thought, 
Nor those unpassing cares, 
No, not in these fifteen 
Many-times-troubled years, 
Could ever come between 
Mind and delighted mind; 
And one because her hand 
Had strength that could unbind 
What none can understand, 
What none can have and thrive, 
Youth's dreamy load, till she 
So changed me that I live 
Labouring in ecstasy. 
And what of her that took 
All till my youth was gone 
With scarce a pitying look? 
How could I praise that one? 
When day begins to break I count my good and bad, 
Being wakeful for her sake, 
Remembering what she had, 
What eagle look still shows, 
While up from my heart's root 
So great a sweetness flows 
I shake from head to foot.
~ Aaron Stone


After waiting and waiting,
With lots of mating. 
This friendship season comes, 
Removing all the hating. 
This spectacular month is season of love, 
Along with symbolizing peace and dove. 
Imparting time, and love to the belove. 
When I think of hate in this season, 
I find it's all without any proper reason. 
Friendship and fellowship should be imparted instead, 
Leaving all the thoughts of treason. 
Being beloved and sharing love is the main aim of it, 
But for that, you need all the confessions to get admit. 
That's not going to lessen you reputation, 
It would work, instead as a healing kit! 
~ Justin DragonRider

Roses are red Violets are Blue Wizards are cool and that means you are too! ~ Rowan MoonHunter

When I feel as if I’m lost without an end in sight 
I look and there you are one step behind. 
When I feel as though the world 
Is bigger than my dreams 
I look and there you are, right behind me. 
When my biggest fear is failure 
And I see no way to win 
I look and there you are right behind me, my friend. 
~ Samantha Nighttail


Your so cool you burn me up. 
~Alex Fireblade 

A friend wears a smile 
When the world wears a frown. 
A friend will lend a hand 
To help when you’re down. 
A friend knows when to listen 
And when to give advice 
A friend is there without condition 
Any time, day or night. 
A friend is what I’ll be, 
Just as you’ve been to me
~ Marissa Dragon Tail

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Friendship Month Contest





We are entering Friendship Festival February.  And that means another contest!





In America and Canada and a bunch of other countries there is an embarrassing tradition called Valentine's Day.  For those of you not familiar with it, it's a day where people give a card to a friend that they like. Usually the card expresses a romantic interest. (as in you want the friend to be more than a friend)  Maybe the card would say "Be Mine, Valentine" And that's how the person you like knows that you REALLY like them without you having to actually say it out loud. If the person you like really likes you back then they give you a similar card.  If they don't like you in a romantic way then they give you a "you're such a good friend card" which means you're really a good friend but not a GOOD friend in the boyfriend-girlfriend kinda way.

Confused yet?

Yeah, well, Valentines Day has changed over the years to be more like: you give everyone a card that says "Hey buddy, you're awesome" or something neutral like that and it's kinda become common courtesy to give everyone a card so people aren't left out.  So that means you give a card to boys and girls alike. That means a lot of "You rock in a totally nice normal non-threatening sorta-I like you as a buddy, buddy." kinda cards. Mostly I think it's a holiday to make card makers happy more than your friends.  Either way I guess it's nice to get a peppy friendly message from random people.

Well, this is your chance to write the ultimate Wizard related friendship card.  Make it appropriate for kids of all ages, mushy or not, but definitely with a Wizard spin. Feel free to rhyme and add some funny if you can!

So for this contest we'll pick some winning Friendship Cards you submit through the contest widget and we'll post them for people to enjoy and Wizard101 to link to.

~ We have 5 Scareadactyls to give away!!!  Check it out!



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