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Sonic Spring Disappointment

Sonic Spring, upper right

Sonic Spring, upper right

May 31, 2016.  Since, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got a one month membership for my third account and am trying to get through Zafaria, I’ve had a dilemma about the current Five B.O.X.E.S. quests.  There are some great crafting recipes now available in the B.O.X.E.S. for furniture and decorating items.  Unfortunately every recipe requires a Sonic Spring.  Sonic Springs are dropped in the B.O.X.E.S and not available anywhere else.

I’ve never done the quests very much so the accumulation of Sonic Springs on my accounts is negligible.  But I bought quite a few recipes for my top level wizards.  More recipes than I have Sonic Springs.

I’ve taken some time out here and there from my pursuit of getting through Zafaria with Heather G. and Jasmine R. to run some wizards from each account through some of the B.O.X.E.S. with disappointing results.

I don’t do the boxes too much because to me they’re a bit long and there’s way too much running around in them.  I’ve rarely gotten much in the way of drops that made it worthwhile to keep repeating them.  But suddenly I want Sonic Springs.

I hadn’t previously realized how rarely they drop.  All the extra time spent on it recently has garnered little help in collecting the one missing ingredient for my recipes.  Tonight, in fact, I put Rylee W. (level 85 Life, second account) through the Wizard City Box* FIVE times and got one spring, which you see above in her reagent list as seen right after completing the five rounds.

It’s another of those moments in the game where I’m failing to see the point of adding all these great recipes and then requiring an ingredient that’s so hard to get.  After all those attempts, I won’t be able to craft a bunch of the recipes I got until — MAYBE — the next time the Professor shows up.  And that’s only if I have better luck than this round.  So many ways in this game you can work your tail off and wind up with nothing to show for it.  Odd message to be giving children — theoretically the main intended audience…


*  I chose that one just because it’s the fastest to get through.  The down side of that, of course, is you’re not going to get any great drops for a high level wizard there so if you also don’t get a Sonic Spring, it’s pointless…

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Team Up: Be a Team Player

Info on team and opponents

Okay I know, I harp on this a lot.  But every time there’s an event that encourages lots of teaming up to repeat going through dungeons or towers, I run into the issue of high level wizards who get on Team Up and then wipe out all the enemies before everyone else is officially in the circle.

When that happens, those not in the circle get no drops for that round of the dungeon and, if someone is actually completing the quest, it can keep them from getting credit.  Since some wizards don’t seem to know this, I’ll spell it out:  the only way all the wizards are counted in is the point when everyone’s circle is lit up and everyone has one or more pips at their feet.  If one or more wizards are standing in an unlit circle, the group is NOT in.

Just because you get lots of pips immediately and have big spells that can be lobbed by the first or second round, doesn’t mean you have to do it.  If some of your team hasn’t made it into the circle, it’s in fact poor sportsmanship and basically just a crap thing to do.  In the B.O.X.E.S. often one person has to make a final trip down to the Professor for the last instruction and it takes that person longer to get into the battle circle.  Make sure everyone is in a lit circle before you cast a spell that wipes out all the enemies.

Come on — if you can’t be bothered to be a team player DON’T TEAM UP!  Seriously, if you’re in that big a hurry and obviously perfectly capable of beating everyone in the dungeon on your own, don’t Team Up.  If you join a team, play for the team.  Give lower level wizards not only a chance to be counted in, consider giving them a chance to play.  It is a game after all.

New furniture recipes in Telegraph Boxes

crafted furniture telegraph box recipes

As mentioned in the previous post, the Professor and his five B.O.X.E.S. are back and now, Rose Piper, the recipe vendor in the boxes, has some great new recipes for furniture and decorations available.  The event ends May 31, 2016, so make sure you get in there to buy your recipes before it disappears or you’ll have to wait till next time.

Grouped in the above photo are the first items I crafted:  Blue Canopy Bed, Sturdy Table with Bookshelf, Barnstable Stove, Sloped Blue Club Chair, and Grand Tome Repository.  Quite nice additions to the available furniture — I’m especially pleased to have the stove, as nothing I’ve been able to do in the way of kitchen furniture has quite made a kitchen seem like it had one — other than a couple of ways to make it look like cooking is done in a fireplace…

The catch (in my opinion) is that they all seem to require a Sonic Spring, which is only dropped in the B.O.X.E.S. — and no guarantee you’ll get one every time you complete one of these dungeons.  I only had five for the wizard for whom I bought these first recipes, so I couldn’t even craft all the recipes I bought.  Not in love with farming in the B.O.X.E.S. but I guess I’ll be repeating some of them to get the Springs.

Five B.O.X.E.S. are back

Royal Museum telegraph box

May 21.  A new Five B.O.X.E.S. event started Thursday and will run through May 31.

  • If you are 10th level or above, Talk to The Professor in the Wizard City Commons
  • If you are 30th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Marleybone’s Regent’s Square
  • If you are 40th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Mooshu’s Jade Palace
  • If you are 60th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Zafaria’s Baobab Crossroads
  • If you are 80th level or above, Talk to The Professor in Avalon’s Caliburn

I’ve written guides to several of the boxes:

There are some special drops in these boxes and now there are some recipes for housing items available for purchase from Rose Piper, downstairs from the Professor in each box.

Have fun!

Zafaria Telegraph Box

We’re coming to the end of this round of the Professor and the Five Boxes (Nov. 16) and I’ve at last done them all.  I’m generally on a team and often everyone is moving so fast I don’t get a chance to see the drop list because I’m too busy scurrying to the next place.  I keep landing in popular dungeons like this with level 100s who don’t wait for everyone to get in the circle before wiping everybody out…

However, I have gotten a couple of nice music boxes and some gear that would be good if I had a wizard who could use it.  Unfortunately a lot of it is “No Auction” so if you don’t have a wizard on the account from the right school, you just get whatever you can from feeding it to a pet.  A few pretty good jewels.  I’ve gotten a couple of 7-day mounts, which I generally don’t use since all my wizards have permanent ones.  Some pretty good seeds, like Couch Potatoes.  Some seeds I just feed to pets and don’t remember where I got them.  Sometimes good reagents.

Sometimes I do a Box and move right on to some other quest or a different dungeon without looking at my Backpack so I’m not always sure where I got what…

Finally managed to get some screenshots in the Zafaria Telegraph Box and take a few notes.

1st Battle Zafaria Box

The first battle is against:

  • Champer McGill, Storm, Health 7,210
  • 2-4 Cutthroats, Ice, Health 2,970 each

Second battle is some Red Claw Thugs, Fire, Health 2,890 each

Third battle:

  • Buster Crab, Balance, Health 13,880
  • Red Claw Thugs, Fire, Health 2,890 each

Fourth battle is more Red Claw Thugs, Fire, 2,890

 

Red Claws in Zafaria Box

The fifth and final battle:

  • Custos Decimos, Storm, Health 7,360
  • Armada Marines, Balance, Health 1,820

Final Battle Zafaria Box

I’ve done this one several times now and as far as I can tell there are no big tricks you need to be aware of.  At least when I went in with a slightly lower level wizard, the two of us defeated everybody using normal methods and without being punished for casting traps or having one of the creatures constantly setting up -90% shields or anything like that.  The rest of the time I’ve been with level 100s who smashed everybody so fast, I wouldn’t know…

Mooshu Telegraph Box again

I’m reposting the notes on this box I put up a while ago:

Dimwood Vale

Dimwood Vale

The Professor’s Telegraph Box quest in Mooshu is the highest level I’ve done so far. I have yet to get notes while doing the Zafaria box so we’ll see if I can manage before they take the Boxes quests down on November 16.

Where the first two (Wizard City and Marleybone) send you to rooms that are like the sites on that world, the Mooshu quest sends you into a world that looks more like Dark Side and Sunken City — graveyard, darkness and creepy. [I’ve seen some wizards comment that it’s like Avalon —it’s not like the part of Avalon I’ve seen, but I’m just in the early stage]  That’s not usually my thing, but somehow this was fun for me.  You’re rescuing Dworgyn so he can become a teacher in the Death School.

There’s also a classroom straight out of Wysteria–just a visit with an NPC there.

This time around I used Team Up so I could take notes during the extra time it takes to get around the circle.  I kept getting teamed with a level 100 guy who smashed the bad guys so fast it took several times to manage to get notes on everybody 🙂

[Side note to high level folks:  you might ask before wiping everything out that fast.  While some wizards like getting the drops without doing anything and appreciate your massive spells, some of us would like to participate even if our spells aren’t as great as yours.  And you should definitely make sure everyone gets fully in the circle (with pips showing up) before you lob a kill-everybody-spell.]

There are four battles:

1.  Aunt Eunice, Life, 3780; Crying Spirit, Death, 1010, 2 Rotten Scallywags, Death, 1010

2.  Aunt Eunice, Life, 3780; Aunt Millicent, Ice, 3990

3.  2 Anguished Wraiths, Death, 890

4.  Ostrame, Fire, 3870; 2 Anguished Wraiths, Death, 890

A bit formidable, I’d think, for wizards to solo at the lowest level with access, but doable.

Since I make so much gold from gardening that I’m always bumping up against the limit, I don’t really battle for drops and don’t pay much attention to them unless I’m trying for something specific (i.e., something that’s a plant “like” or a pet).  A few items received there sold at the Bazaar for a lot of gold but I didn’t scribble down what she got.

Enjoy.  If you’re in with lower level wizards, please help them along.  Hope you get the drops of your dreams!

The Marleybone Telegraph Box

Telegraph Box version of Royal Museum

Much of this post has been up before.  I got a couple of new pictures this time, showing the very Marleybone and Marleybone meets Mooshu look in this box.

Also want to issue a reminder to high level wizards.  I’ve already had one of my lower level wizards on Team Up in a Box with a full team that included a level 100 wizard.  In all 4 battles he cast an end the battle AOE spell on the first cast BEFORE all wizards entered the circle–if you’re a little delayed you’re in a circle but it’s not lit and there are no pips so you don’t count as being in.  I said something in the first battle and he just made a smart remark and did it again in every succeeding battle.  One wizard had to do the quest over to get the points and drops because she missed out on the final battle.  Seriously people, if you can’t be bothered to wait for everyone DON’T TEAM UP!

In the MB box

This one has five rounds of battles in three different locations–including time travel to the past!  You have to be level 30 to get this quest.  (Not sure if somebody lower level could port in to a friend).

More minions of course, if you have more people, but otherwise the lineup is:

  1. Sgt. George Trencherd, Fire, 690 and Constable, Life, 610
  2. Sharkhill Barker, Storm, 560 and Sinister Paw, Death, 710
  3. Two Sinister Paws, Death, 710
  4. Two more Sinister Paws, Death, 710
  5. Emil Softpaw, Balance, 2,200 and yet again, a Sinister Paw, Death, 710

Final Battle MB box

For level 30, most of this is pretty easily doable, although the final battle is a bit of a challenge; more than you’re usually facing in the 30’s outside of Big Ben.  For my wizards in the 30’s, I’d probably Team Up.

Like the Wizard City box, health restores as in the common areas every time you go back to the entry of the booth, where the Professor is.  Restores very slowly.  And there’s no mana anywhere.

Another fun little quest with some pretty good drops and, the first time you do it, some pretty good XP.

The Professor’s Back

The Professor and his Five Boxes quests are back.  I’ve written about several before, so I’m just re-posting.  First up is the Wizard City box:

The first quest is in Wizard City.  You have to be level 10 (minimum) to get the quest from the Professor; he’s in the park near Ambrose’s house.  The Telephone Box where the quest is done is in Olde Town, near the entrance to Cyclops Lane.

Inside the box, you talk to the Professor first and then get sent to various rooms, in which you either chat with an NPC or fight a battle.  All of the battles, in my opinion, are a little tough for the lower level wizards.  I’m sure people have done it solo and level 10 but I wouldn’t advise trying.  It’s easy to Team Up for this.

If you’re in with other wizards, only one needs to go chat with each NPC on the quest — everyone will get an exclamation point with the chat and the arrow will point everyone to the next piece.  You can just wait around, click the exclamation mark to read the chat and then follow the arrow to the next battle.

There are four sets of battles inside and 11 creatures to defeat if you’re solo (a few more if there’s another wizard).  Every time you go out of the rooms into the area where the Professor is, your health renews just like it does in all the common areas, but there is no mana anywhere.  For a level 10, you have 34 mana and one potion — that’s a lot of spell lobbing to have to do with only one potion to restore mana.

Kasai Baku in WC Telephone Booth

The first fight is against Frosty Walker (Ice, 1120) and two Malformed Snowballs (Ice), 520.  The second is against Kaisu Baku (Fire, 930) and one or more Yin Snakes (Fire, 460).  The third is against 2-4 Fire Wraiths (Fire, 460), depending on how many wizards.  The final one is Grimsnes Burnback (Fire, 930) and two-three Fire Wraiths (Fire, 460).

For lower level wizards (say, under 30), I suggest having Greebly’s Pendant (gives three Snow Shields) and/or Gobblestone’s Pendant (gives three Fire Shields) if you don’t yet have Snow and/or Fire shields from your school or training points.  You can buy them at the Bazaar though sometimes you have to go back a few times to find some.  Equip Greebly’s for the Ice guys and then switch to Gobblestone’s for the rest of the quest.

I enjoy these, just for something different.  You get a bit more XP than some of these special quests offer and there are some pretty good drops.  I’ve only done the quests through Mooshu.  For my high level wizards who’ve done those it wasn’t hard, but I’d say all of them are a little tough for the lowest level wizards who are allowed  to participate unless you Team Up or go in with friends.

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After the party

Tatiana's mid level garden

The birthday celebration is over.  There were so many things going on, I just never got around to some of it.  I’ve had some unmet goals in gardening and pets and it was just too tempting with both Double Gardening and Double Pet Experience going on; I put pretty much all my time into those and never got around to much else.

My third account is the one on which I don’t usually carry a membership and for which I’ve been largely unwilling to spend crowns other than to buy some zones.  I did spring for 12 Evil Magma Peas a while back, which I’d parlayed to 30 during another Double Gardening event.  This time I turned the 30 into 120!

Also managed to double a 17 Pink Dandelion patch twice so I now have enough extra PDs to craft a Seed Vault.  Well, ignoring the I-have-no-Silver-Trumpet-Vines-yet issue, which means I have no way to get the five Braided Vines the Seed Vault recipe also requires.  Heather has hit Celestia and since I got a one month membership so the 3d account could participate in the Double Gardening/Pet stuff, I’ll be whizzing her through there and hopefully will pick up some seeds.

On that account I also started out with something like 12 Couch Potatoes received in drops and had doubled enough in the last event to have 30.  The timing was right this time to harvest more than once, so I’m up to 128!  That means double the mega snacks too.

On the second account I did pretty well also.  From a base of 12 Evil Magma Peas I paid for, I had gotten up to 60 in the last couple of Double events and this time I went up to 180.  Finally I can get far enough ahead on mega snacks to quit gardening for a while.

I don’t have accurate figures for the first account as I bought more seeds without keeping track and have doubled so much over three Double Gardening events that I’m having trouble getting a count.  It took me an hour of shuffling stuff around in Seed Vaults, Attics , Houses and Backpacks to get all the Evil Magma Pea seeds that went into the Bank out and distributed among all six wizards’ various storage options.  I’m talkin’ a LOT of seeds!

As I’ve hit the final harvests in gardening I’ve been leaving the various gardens unplanted.  I’m SO looking forward to a spell of not being required to sign into every account twice every day in order to take care of plants!!!

Pet training, as usual, has been bittersweet.  I’d finally gotten a couple of pets on the first account with Spritely, Spell Defy, Unicorn, Energizing Battery and a variety of fifth talents (many of which I’d still like to get rid of…).  I hatched like crazy across accounts, figuring if I could get a few generations down on each I’d have something close to what I wanted.  Then I could start passing pets through the Shared Bank on the other two accounts.

On the second account my luck so far appears to be fair to middling.  I have some leveling up to do before I know for sure, but it looks like I”ll have to do a couple more generations of hatching off the first account pets.   I do have a few who look pretty good if the last talent comes out okay.

On the poor third account, my luck has been out.  I keep getting pets, even after something like four levels of hatching with one of the good ones, who manifest crappy talents that go back a couple generations before I even started this round of hatching.

I spent WAY too many hours playing the game to get that many seeds and to create and at least partially train a couple of dozen pets.  Thank goodness for the gardening success, because the pets, as always, have left me feeling as if I put in more effort than it was worth.

I never did get to make that foray into the Five B.O.X.E.S and Lost Pages quests.  Although I’ve done the Marleybone and Mooshu boxes a number of times each I’ve never managed to take notes the way I did for the Wizard City box so my plans to post similar guides to those boxes didn’t materialize.  Other than a few Spellwrit battles, I accomplished nothing in Lost Pages.

There was so much going on, it felt kind of exciting, but proved to be too many things happening at once to be able to enjoy all of it.  I mentioned before, seems like a “birthday month” might work better, a different event each week.  Or as they did for Halloween last year, let some of the events last all month???  How about you — did you have fun?  What did you choose to do among the special birthday events?

Birthday Celebration Report

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We’re down to a couple of days for the big 7th birthday celebration and I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time on the game, mostly trying to make strides in gardening and pets, with a little of the Lost Pages and the Five B.O.X.E.S quests thrown in.

I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally get enough seeds to produce bigger mega snack supplies on the third account, so I’ve got a month of membership which means I’m trying to level up the two higher level wizards*.  Mostly that’s on hold until after the birthday celebration, but I’ve worked at it enough that they’ve both gained a level.

On my first account I’ve doubled Evil Magma Peas for two wizards a couple of times.  Having finally gotten some crowns I’ve wound up springing for a few seed vaults (second account too) — hey, compared to the cost of all those seeds, it’s a bargain — and I’ve got so many seeds stuffed into vaults and attics and backpacks that I’m going to have to feed dozens of seeds to pets!

The second account is the only one for which I’ve bought any Sword Ferns.  They’re so slow growing I’ve had issues about getting the original six to ever double on DG days, but this time I’ve made it to 12.  As far as Hambrosia drops, they’ve proved to be pretty disappointing so I won’t pay crowns for any more.  But, since they drop Treasure Card blades at every level of harvest, I’ve been able to supply blades to wizards of every school on every account just off the original six so it’ll be nice to grow 12 occasionally.

On the third account, 30 EMPs have become 60 and I’m crossing my fingers for the possibility that 60 is going to become 120; it’s a pretty sure bet there will be at least 90, which is the max (45 each) the energy of my two gardening wizards can plant.  Forty Couch Potatoes have become 80 and there will assuredly be more, though I’ll probably be just planting EMPs as I like the mega snacks better.  Also hoping for enough extra Pink Dandelion seeds to craft a Seed Vault when I can manage to get some Silver Trumpet Vines for the Braided Vine.

Over the summer I quit pet training for a while, having become fed up (see post) with the poor showing for lots of effort.  A couple of weeks ago I got an idea about hatching some pets between schools to see if I could get rid of some pesky unwanted talents and add a couple of great non-school-related talents.

Just doing it on a small scale had worked well enough by the time the celebration began that I’ve been hatching across accounts like crazy, getting pets to adult to hatch again, trying to pass on the talents from a couple of great pets (Spritely, Unicorn, Energizer Battery, Spell Defy and Health Gift).  I want to level up as many as I can while there’s double XP so each account has at least one I can pass through the Shared Bank and keep hatching until every wizard finally has a good pet.

The picture at the top shows a few of the birthday items (free origami pet plus some housing items bought for gold, which I thought paired nicely with my crafted carousel).

So far, other than battling some Spellwrits of various sorts, I’ve not completed any Lost Pages quests.  My level 42 Myth had somehow missed doing any Five Boxes quests, so I’ve gotten her through the first two, WC and MB.  I always enjoy those and she made some nice gold off the drops.

This is the first time they’ve run the Double Gardening and Double Pet events at the same time (at least since I’ve been a member) and it’s been pretty challenging to my energy.  I’m normally incredibly resistant to buying energy and I’ve gotten pretty good at managing gardening and pet training without doing it but I’ve sprung for some refills this time in order to keep planting and training.  If you’re into fishing, there’s a mystery fish too, so another occasion for burning through energy.

I almost wish they were celebrating birthday month with different activities different weeks as I just haven’t had time to do much outside the gardening and pet training — and trying to do as much as I can with both of those is taking more of my time than I’d prefer to spend on the game.

Still, it’s been fun so far.  Always excited to double those seed and mega snack harvests and I’ve about reached the point where I can only stand pet training when I’m getting double XP for both games and snacks, so I love the double pet days.  At this point I’m winding down and not re-planting anything as nothing will finish before the double days are over.  As the gardens go quiet I plan to turn to the special quests for the last couple of days a bit more.

Whatever you choose to participate in for the celebration, hope you have lots of fun for the rest of the hoopla (through Sept. 8, which often seems to mean about 7 or 8 am EST the next morning).


*The third account is the one that’s mainly for just starting and deleting wizards since I like the easy fun of the first couple of worlds.  I wound up deciding to level two on up so they could provide mega snacks to create good pets.  I’ve been really glad because those low level girls have been passing along some great pets.  Not that they really need them in WC but it’s really fun.