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Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Contest - We can't get enough contests!

You thought you were running out of cool things to try to win but you were just not realizing how awesome KingIsle and Wizard101 is at give aways!

We are now into October and well, what's October without a few bazillion things to win?

There's no time to waste getting your dorm/house/mansion decorated for Halloween right?  I'm sure there are some decorating contests coming up soon and KI is giving away:

10 - Death House &
Additional Castle Elixir
25 - Spider Pack
1 Spider Altar
1 Spider Porringer
1 Spider Table
1 Spider Egg Sac
1 Spider Chalice
1 Spider Vase
1 Spider Vessel
1 Webbed Haunted Imperial Shrine
1 Webbed Haunted Monk Shrine
1 Webbed Haunted Samoorai Shrine
25 - Graveyard Pack
1 Pointed Grave
1 Arched Grave
1 Angled Gravemarker
1 Elephant Gravestone
1 Crossbone Gravestone
1 Zafaria Graveyard Theme
1 Graveyard Tree
1 Customizable Gravestone Sign
1 Slanted Grave
1 Tall Grave

25 - Decorating Pack
1 Halloween Cauldron
1 Pumpkin
1 Fat Pumpkin
1 Tall Pumpkin
1 Ghost Doodle Stand
1 Ghoul Doodle Stand
1 Scarecrow Doodle Stand
1 Vampire Doodle Stand
1 Witch Doodle Stand
1 Witchdoctor Cauldron
1 Witchdoctor Mask
25 - 5000 Crowns
This should be enough swag for all 110 fans we have out there right?  (JK!)
The contest starts on October 1st and ends at the end of October.  We'll be giving out the houses first and then the decorating packs starting next week.  I'll close each contest segment separately so come back to see which contest is on next and which one you might have won!  Enter as many times as you like but don't expect multiple prizes in any one contest.
Make sure Javascript is enabled on your browser so you can see the contest widget below. 

So let's kick off the Death House give away! Let the winning begin!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Winners of Jaguar Mounts

Below are the winners for the Jaguar Mounts!
I noticed that one got lucky and won twice. I normally only allow someone to win once but this one snuck past me and I sent out the emails before realizing.  So Julian count yourself three times lucky today!
All of the emails are on the way to the winners except for two...
Pirate Skyrider's email was not correct so.... PirateSkyrider, contact me by leaving a comment with your real email address.
David R. leave a comment with your full email address.  (I only have part of it)  As soon as you do I can send you an email.  If you are the real DavidRavenStorm your email address will match and I will know you're the right one.
If Pirate and David don't get back to me by Oct 1st I'll pick two new winners for the Jaguar.
Don't forget to come back for the October Giveaway which has some Halloween-y cool prizes and LOTS of them!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Distracted by iPhone 5

I wasn't going to post about this but I was looking at my blog stats and realized just how incredibly many people view this site from their iPhone!  So that pushed me over the edge.

A cute little package arrived the other day and well I've been obsessing about it ever since.  I'm not all about new-fangled things but our contract happened to be renewed at the right time and I waited past all the mini-releases of iPhones so I could order the 5 the very night it started selling. 

Yep Rowan stayed up until 1am and ordered our phones.  I did my duty and stayed up with her for moral support even though it meant that I was super tired for work the next day.  That was my contribution to the "new consumer confidence" the news is talking about so wistfully.  I'm glad at least one company besides KingIsle is doing ok these days!

I grew up on Apple products.  My first real computer was an Apple IIgs. Yep.  I've been spoiled ever since.  I don't buy everything out there that other people go for...  I don't spend money on video games (besides Wizard) or on XBox, golf or DVDs or stuff like that.  I tend to wait, save up, and buy a totally epic thing with my money.

So Rowan got the white iPhone and I got the black.  When they arrived it was like a mini birthday moment and we even had an urge to take video the unboxing. (is that nerdy?)  Anyway, we settled for pictures instead!

The 5 is slightly thinner, longer and much lighter than the iPhone 4.  The screen viewing area is half an inch longer but it makes a big difference.  The phone is very pleasing to hold.  A lot of people say that about Apple products but for whatever reason it's true.  It's kind of like a worry stone or something. The case is colored aluminum but is easily scratched unfortunately.  The phone is 4g so it's very fast on the net and has a lot of basic improvements including camera pixel density.

Here is a blurry shot of the back. I'll try to add one that you can actually see better.

Anyway.  This is a small tribute to our iPhone visiting fans.  I'm not saying one phone beats another but I would like to suggest that if you need a thing and you have decided it's of value to you in multiple ways then go for it!  But do be smart these days and save up for stuff that is of lasting value.  For me it was this...  And of course time on Wizard to spend with good friends.  I would recommend if you spend game money that you do it on games like Wizard101 and Pirate101 where you can make lasting friendships rather than shoot-em up games where you sink $100 a month and barely know any one's name.  I get satisfaction from being careful and making sure that money goes toward things of value that make a long term difference.  Times are a getting a little tough and your parents or significant others will love you for being smart with your money.

Never fear. Our contest winners will be announced tomorrow!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Upcoming Contests and Crafted PERMANENT Spells

Hang on one more day for the results of the contest!  Stick around too because we're setting up for the Wizard101 Halloween giveaway!

You thought you had seen everything? If you read this blog you probably knew about the crafted permanent spells you could get from the trainer/crafting master in Avalon... but did you know there is a crafting/trainer in the plague Oni instance as well. And if you're a perfectionist like (take your pick of wizards) you probably feel a burning need to have these spells to show your pure epic-ness. Who doesn't want to bust out a new spell and show people how wizardly masterful you are? Or just to avoid boredom by collecting reagents for no good reason?

Below is the Faomori spell

 This spooky guy is the Deer Knight

 Here are the spells for the secret trainer at the end of the plague Oni instance. Click the pictures to see them full size...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jaguar Contest

Make sure javascript is enabled on your browser if you don't see the contest widget below:

This contest is for the Jaguar permanent mount shown in the post below

You'll have a week to enter the contest and we'll be giving 12 Jaguars away so come back and enter often for a better chance to win! 

Good luck to everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Check out the new Wizard101 Jaguar mount

This pure epic kitty is not only sweet looking but it doesn't eat wizards.  The speed is average (40%) but versus walking that's like warp factor 4 in Star Trek terms.

Check out these cool pics.

I will be giving away some of these cool kitties over the weekend so come back and join my contest!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sock Monkey Locations

Where do you find the Wizard101 sock monkeys in Zafaria?  Those pesky sock monkeys have to be put in the wash sooner or later.  Zeke needs to find them so he can send you all over creation looking for them.
I think it's not so much that he's lost them but he wants to see how much work he can make you do for a training point.  Either way we're grateful in the end for the extra training points as it makes us better wizards.  I got pictures of locations for ones you may not have yet.  Good luck finding them even with the help of the maps below.
Note the location of the sock monkeys are at the same spot as the green arrow on the map...
Also notice the surroundings (building, hut, etc)
Elephant Graveyard

 Zamunda Outskirts
 Baobab Market