Friday, March 13, 2015

Liebsters have claws *pinch pinch*

Thanks to Soultamer for nominating me for a Liebster Award!



Without further ado . . . my ten answers:

1-If you had the choice of neither Coke nor Pepsi, what would you choose? (Bonus points if your answer isn't water)

So I've been asking my wife for a soda-making machine for a couple years now. I do this thing where I ask for something for my birthday, and then waffle about it, which makes her not want to buy it . . . but really deep down inside I'm hoping she throws caution to the wind and just buys me one?

Anyway, I would love to try a cola from a SodaStream Machine.  The starter kit is $100 at Target. :)



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2-What effects has blogging made on your life? Has it imprinted on more than your schedule?

Oh my . . . it changed it. I have my current job because I started blogging about Wizard101 all those years ago.  I'm pretty sure everyone knows that I haven't had the time to keep up with it lately. It's a pretty time-consuming task and a labor of love.

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3-Where I am, there's plenty of pollen - and it's making me sick! What's the weather like right now? How is it affecting you?

I don't know if I'm sick or if it's allergies. The symptoms seem about the same. Everyone in Austin complains about Cedar Fever from some time in November to some time in March.



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4-Would you rather your greatest struggle in life be made into a game, or your most recent nightmare? Describe your choice.

I'm hard pressed to remember a recent nightmare . . . most of the time when it happens it's just a muddy mess of worry. I hurt my arm last year when I was up wandering around late at night and tripped over a children's rocking chair in my path. That was like a living nightmare.  I hit the ground on my face, twisted my arm and leg . . . I couldn't even drive my stick shift for a couple days afterwards my arm hurt so badly.

I don't know how fun a game of avoiding obstacles in a dark living room would be?

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5-Now, pitch that game to me. What are the mechanics? Which genres would it fit? *shifty glare* Mac compatible?

Ok, so you're sitting in bed fighting back a worry meter. Tossing and turning to get rid of invading thoughts that threaten to chew your brain to mush, but doing so also risks causing the zombie sleep walk.  Once that worry meter caps out, BAM, you're up out of bed wandering in a familiar darkness. Obstacles are in your path as you wander to the couch looking to escape the humid heat and memories of invading thoughts. If you trip over something, game over. If you successfully get a glass of water and back to bed, you'll get a refresh on your worry meter and the process starts over and over until you reach the rainbow unicorn level.

High score wins . . . a rainbow unicorn level?

Genre? Permadeath Physics-based clicker? Could also simply be a level in Warioware?

Mac Compatible? Sure! Why not? As long as we're dreaming, let's go for it!

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6-Have you ever been frustrated to the point of 'keyboard smashing' when trying to write a blog post? What do you end up typing? Alternatively, what do you do when you're frustrated?

Not really. Instead I have post after post of unpublished blather that never gets seen beyond my own eyes.  If I'm frustrated, it'll likely come across in my post, and I'd rather not project that if possible.

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7-What's the most ambitious thing you've done in your life, according to you? How has that experience affected you?

I stand up in front of all KingsIsle employees every other week as a very small part in a big all-hands-on-deck type of meeting, and I let them know the fans of the game are cheering them on and what fun stuff is going on in the community. It's something I always dreamed of doing when on the other side . . . now it's a reality.

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8-You're trapped on a distant island with a console/accessories and ONE GAME. You do not have internet connection, but you somehow have sufficient power to have just enough battery life and hardware quality until you are saved. Which game, console, and accessories would you have on you?

Minecraft offline.  I find playing it to be incredibly soothing and a very methodical way to waste time. I will happily spend four hours chipping away at the bottom layer of the world in search of diamonds and not even miss the time.



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9-Zombie apocalypse has hit! You have six hours to get ready and go (or not)! Describe your game plan.

If watching H1Z1 livestreams has taught me anything, my greatest fear will be other people, not the zombies.  Also, blackberries, make-shift bows, backpacks, and motorcycle helmets go a long way to keeping you alive.

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10-What song is stuck in your head? Describe its merits.

This is going to sound incredibly self-absorbed, but I write music on the side, and one of my own tracks is in my head lately.  We have a self-imposed deadline to get it in its final version, polished, and ready for publication to iTunes in a month or so.  I need to rerecord the vocals and there's a few tracks that just aren't working right.  It doesn't have merits yet . . . and that's the beauty of it . . . of any unfinished song, really.  At some point we'll have to call it done and see what kind of wings it has.

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I'd now like to nominate Tish Tosh TeshTipa from West KaranaLionrider KingQuestproquo, and Stephen Spiritcaller for a Liebster, and here are your ten questions from me:

1- You're suddenly very tiny and trapped in a giant salad bowl, what do you do?

2- What's your very first memory of playing video games? If you could lie about that question to make it sound more cool, which game would you choose instead?

3- What's your favorite comic book series? Why?

4- Most astounding food you've ever tasted?  Was it every bit as good the second time you tried it?

5- What's something you've lost in your life that you'll never get back. If you did find it, what would you do with it?

6- What theory, rule, or insight do you remember most from school? What made it stick in your head?

7- You want to make me a mix CD. What five songs (or artists if you can't name individual songs) would be essential to the mix?

8- What website do you use that you feel more people should know about?

9- If you were to take a week long trip to get away from everything and find some peace of mind, where would you go? Why?

10- What's the one game everybody should play? What feeling does it tap into for you?

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Happy Dueling!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Do I Twitch? Do you Twitch?

Got a question over Twitter from Edward Anvilshard: "@FriendlyNecro do you have your own twitch account?"

My answer was "Yup! I hardly ever stream though because . . . kids, noise, and interruptions."



At one time I thought about streaming some Pirate101 play and having other people choose things for me . . . like which class I was going to play and if I should do certain side quests. I've seen other streamers use really cool apps to announce things and run live polls, and I would love to do more of that. I have a really stupid "I'm an entertainer" bug inside of me that gets really jealous when I watch other streamers, and it makes me wish I could do it more often.

To make matters worse it seems like my playtime lately has been totally shot because my kids suddenly found a renewed love in playing Roblox.

If you'd like to follow me in case I do get a wild hair to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/stingite

If you have thoughts, suggestions, hints, or tips about streaming and want to share them, I'm all ears. Leave a comment!  Also let me know your twitch stream channel in the comments.

Happy Dueling!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Big Ben Book Pedestal?

I got another email from Valdus! He asks this: "I found this book at the Royal Museum, And i'm wondering what its for, any ideas? ​Or since you work at Kingsisle maybe you can ask your co-worker(s)?"


Heya Valdus! I have an answer for you . . . but I'm also going to show you how I found the result, because that's far more interesting than the answer . . . it's a quest goal for Ice Wizards for their level 78 spell quest.  They get to read all about Woolly Mammoths here. :) 

Actually this is all the quest goal says for Ice Wizards:

"Your eyes glaze over as you read extensively on the subject of Mammoths (Woolly)."

When I first went looking for the answer, I Googled: "Big Ben Book Pedestal"



That didn't get me what I wanted, so I narrowed the search a bit and got more specific with ""locate book pedestal" royal museum Wizard101" and this was right on the money.



If only Life could always be a clean Google search result with only one topic, am I right?! It led me right to Wizard101 Central's wonderful wiki page that mentions locating a book pedestal in the Royal Museum. The key really was using the search term "Royal Museum" in conjunction with exactly how the quest goal would read in quotations, "locate book pedestal." 

I'm hoping that solved the mystery. If not, I'm sure I'll have an Ice Wizard pop in and say "nuh uh!" and leave a comment for us.  In that case, the mystery will continue, but I'm about 99% sure this is the book we're looking for. I can't remember if my Ice Wizard has that spell or not. It seems familiar, but I should probably log her in and see what quest she's on. 

Happy Dueling

Monday, February 16, 2015

KI Live, Vine, and Freddy Nine Lives?

So I've got a few things for you here this morning.

1- KI Live for February was a lot of fun, and here's the YouTube for it:


As always, it's a lot of fun interacting with the community and sharing the news with Leala and #JuliafromKI. :)

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2- I made a few game humor vines on Saturday for kicks.  Thought I'd share them here for you. (You can toggle on the sound by clicking the volume control in the bottom right hand corner)

Pirate101:

I love those street sweepers!

Wizard101:

Watch where you're going, Wizards!

Guild Wars 2:

I've been playing a lot of GW2 lately with a few of my friends. Dance parties will happen! (What's up with random bear? I love random bear!)

DC Universe Online:

hehe . . . gotta love when the interact animation. If you haven't played this game, the joke may fall short.

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3- I got a question from Valdus Silverdust, our up and coming necromancer! His question is this, "Hiya Friendly! only 2 levels away from getting Animate, But, I'm stuck, so i need to fight Freddy Nine Lives 9 times, right? so i am wondering, can i have some tips on him?"

Sounds like you're doing great, Valdus!  Keep at it!

Honestly, it's been so long since I fought Freddy Nine Lives that I had to look him up. hehe. Now that I've looked at his page on the Wiki, it's all coming back to me. Freddy wasn't really too tough if I remember right . . . it was just kind of annoying (and also kind of cool) that you had to fight him nine times to get your spell.

Looking at his spell list, it appears the real spells you have to watch out for are his out-of-school cards that he casts like lightning bats and sunbird. If you're struggling with these spells, it might be worth it to stop off at the Bazaar and pick up a few Volcanic Shield Treasure Cards.

Also, as a side note, I was kind of shocked when a co-worker of mine had no idea he had a free death shield spell available to him from Sabrina Greenstar (you get a free shield of your class type, e.g. Death Wizards get a Death Shield, Storm Wizards get a Storm Shield, etc.). If you haven't picked up that card yet, make sure you visit her in the Fairgrounds section of the Wizard City Commons.  

You'll also be well served by using your Death Prism spell against Freddy Nine Lives because he is a rank 4 death boss that will be weak against life magic. 

Hang in there and stick with it, and hopefully you wont' have to spend . . . wait for it . . . five nights at freddy nine lives . . . before you beat it. *winces*

Best of luck and Happy Dueling!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Pirate101 Link Dump 2/12/15!

Every week there are a ton interesting things happening in the larger Pirate101 community that myself and my cohorts keep track of (I don't know if you remember this post back in 2013). I have them all at work filed in my email and have been doing such since the dawn of Pirate101. It's a book at this point.

I have everything from old debates in beta to . . . yesterday's offerings. It's a nice collection of things that people requested or thought about. A lot of these links feed into bug reports, feature requests, or into the Pirate101 monthly newsletter.

Here's just a few of the interesting links from last week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrjortWSAag
The Fiesty Orange trains his new Yohr companion and explains a bit about why he assigns his stat points the way he does.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awoxaQ3opu8
Musketeer Strategy guide that uses the new Holiday Treant Companion juxtapose the Beastmaster banner. (Fiesty Orange is kicking behind with these videos lately.)
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http://starsofthespiral.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-bears-of-pirate101.html
Stars of the Spiral talks about the bears found in Pirate101.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVbANCvJQYw
“The Kid” talks about why he likes Pirate101. “It’s so awesome. It’s like you get to do hand-to-hand combat. You have real weapons not wands that look like weapons. You go up to a person’s face. You don’t just sit there in one spot. There’s a lot more action out of the storyline.” -- This kid is awesome!
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http://www.buzzle.com/articles/games-that-are-similar-to-animal-jam.html
Pirate101 and Wizard101 mentioned as games similar to Animal Jam? I guess I can see it.
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http://www.justinfreeden.com/pirate101/
Justin Freeden shows off his 3D character animation for the raptor models in Pirate101.
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https://twitter.com/MMORPGcom/status/565181914261123075
The Cutest NPCs in MMORPGs -- MMORPG.com tweet. (Marleybone Orphan Cats)
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http://www.pirate101central.com/forums/showthread.php?55736-NEW-PET-Flamango
. . . and this just in . . . looks like the Flamango was discovered yesterday!
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Hope you enjoyed the link dump!

Happy Dueling

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tips for an up and coming Necromancer? (Ding 100)

Just opened an email from a new necromancer!

"So,I was wondering, I just started a new Necromancer named Valdus Silverdust

I was wondering,Any tips as I move along?"


Hey Valdus,

Honestly, since the time I first started leveling Thomas, it's been over six years . . . and . . . I just hit 100 last night! WOOT!


During the first part of my journey to level 100, I spent the majority of my time at level cap as they happened.

  • When I dinged level 43 in 2008, I had finished the story content in MooShu and was waiting for Dragonspyre to come out.
  • I dinged 50 less than a month after Dragonspyre was released.
  • Level 60 happened in November 2010 after that long wait for Celestia to be released.
  • Thomas dinged level 70 in December 2011.
  • Level 80 for Thomas happened in July 2012. This is when things started to shift for me. Instead of finishing Avalon right after it was released, it took me a few months to get through it . . . That's because Pirate101 had just been revealed and my life was turned upside down as I took a job at KingsIsle.
  • Level 90 and Azteca was wrapped up by Thomas in May 2013.
  • . . . and as I said, I *finally* just dinged level 100 last night! Woot!


Reading back through that, it appears the best tips I could give are patience and make friends! Life as a necromancer can be a bit daunting when you solo, and nothing makes Wizard101 more fun (nor easier) than when you play with another person.

1-50 is a breeze. You won't find much trouble soloing anything outside of Malistaire and a few key dungeons here and there. Standard tips apply here: Start your deck light with as few spells as possible so Wizard101 doesn't become a "discard" game trying to find that perfect card -- instead, carry only what you need. Load your treasure cards up smartly with the perfect defensive or utility spell for when you need it. Look at the mob you face before you blindly run in and see what class it is, chances are this will guide which shield you should load into your deck (although most 1-50 fights don't require heavy shielding). If you're soloing, your drain spells are your best bet -- they'll heal you to max and prepare you for the next fight. Learn to cast a death shield on yourself and empower or sacrifice off of it.

Level 50-60 is a gear check. You should start going to the Bazaar every few levels and see what's available for you. You'll most likely start seeing why shields, universal resist, and crit block are so valuable here.

Level 70, take some time out to do waterworks. It's not needed, but most of us at level cap did this, and I would bet Avalon was designed thinking everyone was wearing Waterworks gear and using Sun Magic, so . . . using waterworks gear and using Sun Magic would be a good idea. ;) It's not 100 percent needed, but those universal resists sure help.

Level 80+ -- Find a partner if possible and take a support role to them. You'll discover you're quite handy in a group. Debuffs, blades, sacrifices . . . you've got quite a bit of support power. Spend time getting a good pet to help you with resists and healing. Anyone can fill any role in Wizard101 (tank, dps, support) with the right combination of gear and cards -- just some do it much better. Pick a role and be the best you can be at it.

**READERS! If you have any great tips, please share them in the comments!**

So . . . best of luck, Valdus! Thanks for reading and for your question. Hope to see you at the gates of Darkmoor soon!

Happy Dueling

Sunday, January 18, 2015

KI Live 15 January 2015

Our Fifth Livecast! I can hardly believe it!

It was a lot of fun running through the BOXES event with Leala on KI Live this month:



. . . Decius stole the show . . .

Happy Dueling!