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Birthday Celebration ending; more free stuff

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Kingsisle put out the announcement below.  You have till October 1 to get the free crowns, packs and elixirs, but the double rewards stuff ends September 17, as do the Five Boxes and Lost Pages events.  You also have until October 1 collect the other free birthday stuff.  See here for the list of birthday events and the dates.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Community
We’re ending our 9th birthday with a special “Thank you!” for sticking with us through thick and thin.

You never cease to amaze us, and we are ever grateful to our loyal fans.

Redeem the code ‘BirthdayBash2017’ for a gift of 1250 Crowns, 3 energy elixirs and a Farley’s Gardening Pack in Wizard101, and 3 energy potions and a Snack Pack in Pirate101.

This giveaway ends Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm US Central Time. In order to be eligible for this giveaway, your account must have been created prior to September 12th, 2017. No new accounts created after this time will qualify. Keep in mind, there is only one redemption per account and the Crowns are non-transferable.

See all our Birthday details here: https://www.wizard101.com/game/happy-9th-birthday

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Birthday extended

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September 6, 2017

KI announced yesterday–the original end date–that the birthday celebrations will be extended because of the DDOS attacks (see here for their announcement, keep scrolling down) which have been keeping many players from participating.  This includes everything; double pets, double gardens, BOXES, Lost Pages, extra rewards on daily assignments and PvP, double monstrology, etc.  So far they’re not saying when this ends.

I know from comments I’ve seen that in some parts of the world they’ve still never been able to get back on since the attacks started last Thursday so I’m hazy as to whether the plan is to keep it going until some point after everyone gets back on???  I’m having intermittent problems with the same glitches I previously noted so I gather there are ongoing issues in many places.

I’m both pleased and daunted as the celebration always leads me to spend more time on the game than usual.  I’ve been gardening quite a bit on three accounts (I often give a month of membership to one of the two non-member accounts during these events), hatching with some very kind and patient wizards on the Facebook Wizard101 for Non PvP Players group, and that of course leads to lots of the dreaded pet training (those of you who’ve read this blog for a while know how I feel about that 😬).

I’ve barely found time to take a couple of wizards through any of the BOXES — not very encouraged to keep trying by the zero sonic springs I’ve garnered so far (the only reason I do it at this point).  As I’ve mentioned before, I find the Lost Pages event is too time consuming/difficult relative to the rewards you get so I’ve not worked on it at all.

The way the Spellwrits are scattered, it often takes the whole 10 fights to get the total you need and the Spellwrits are always quite a bit higher health than the normal mobs in the area.  The dungeon then takes a bit of time and has a boss that’s tougher than the usual bosses in whatever area.  And I’m always flabbergasted at the tiny amount of XP I get for the time all that takes as well as the relatively innocuous drops.  If there are great drops, I’ve sure had no luck at getting any.  I generally do so much better just questing…

Looks like some plants for which I thought I’d just get a few double mature harvests are going to make it to elder while it’s still double–though I’m starting to see signs they’ve slowed down the plant timers.  As a just-in-case I’ve planted some Couch Potato and/or Evil Magma Pea gardens today for a few wizards who already raked in two elder harvests (plants already there the day it started and then planting and harvesting another round) in hopes of replenishing both some mega snacks and my hatching-diminished gold supplies.  If the event keeps going even a few more days I’ll get the gold back up for sure and possibly make it to another elder harvest.  My pets will be eating a lot of seeds 🙂

Anyway, if you’re fortunate enough to be in one of the areas where you can get on the game, keep on enjoying the birthday party!

 

9th Birthday celebration started today

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Every year Kingsisle runs a birthday celebration week, usually starting in the first week of September, and this year’s began today and runs through Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

You can log in on the Wizard101 site and pick up free items.  The Professor’s B.O.X.E.S. quests are back as well as the Lost Pages quests.  Members get double pet xp,  double gardening drops, double animus in Monstrology, and free training point buy back.

I’ve had a bunch of gardens sitting at elder harvest for weeks so it took several hours today to harvest, keep moving things around through the Shared Bank and into attics and Seed Vaults and popping to the Bazaar to sell TCs and miscellaneous snacks.

It’s a great time to buy treasure cards at the Bazaar as most gardeners have too many at this time.  Same thing for snacks.  Such big harvests, so many snacks…  The treasure card exception is gardening treasure cards, as everyone gets busy gardening during these double rewards events and that means they’re buying up gardening TCs.

Lots to do.  Good time to maximize benefits from gardening, pets and monstrology.  It’s always fun so enjoy!

Lost Pages through 7/9/17

June 19, 2017

Today KI launched a lengthy Lost Pages event–three weeks–ending on July 9.  If you’ve never participated, see Harold Argleston for the opening quest.

There are quests on a number of worlds and all involve fighting a bunch of  “spellwrit” creatures and then a dungeon.  The Spellwrits usually – but not always — are from the opposite school from the usual one for that creature and they appear kind of ghostly, or at least white.

These creatures generally have considerably more health than their normal counterparts.   You have to defeat 10 of them and most of the time they’re so scattered through the mobs that you can only get one at a time, so it’s a lot of fights.  You don’t get a very high XP for the huge amount of time it takes and, though you can supposedly get good drops, I’ve never gotten anything noticeably better than the normal drops for the area.

You might be guessing I rarely bother to participate any more, but it IS something different and you might get better drops than I have.  If you’re looking for something new to do in the game, here’s your chance to take a break from questing and help find the lost pages.

Birthday Celebrations and Level 90!

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Last night, after days of gardening and noting Morgan was on the tip of making level 90, I ran her around Avalon a bit to collect the last couple of scrolls and collect her quest points and it was enough to get her there!  Promethean — woo hoo!  And then I turned on the computer today and logged in to tend gardens and discovered KI has launched the annual week of birthday festivities as of today, September 2, 2016.

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It’s a week of Double Garden Rewards, Double Pet Rewards,  special gifts, AND they’re running both the Five B.O.X.E.S. and Lost Pages events!

When they suddenly ran a Double Garden Rewards event a couple of weeks ago, I figured they might not do it again for the birthday celebration.  I’d gotten a bunch of gardens to elder harvest and had them waiting for this event.  So I’m excited I got to collect doubles then and I’ve had time to get some longer-growing crops to elder harvest in time for this round.

Last year I found it tough to get as much of all these things in as I wanted to, so I can tell you you’ll have to do some juggling if you want to enjoy it all — and maybe devote your entire free time to it :-).  If you, like me, can’t afford to keep buying energy elixir, it’s especially challenging to have double garden rewards going at the same time as double pet rewards. The free giveaway includes one free energy elixir, so for one of your wizards you can use up all your energy on the garden and then refill and go train pets.  For the rest, which to do, which to do…

And since they added those great sonic spring-using recipes for sale in the B.O.X.E.S., I want to spend lots of time completing B.O.X.E.S. in hopes of getting some sonic springs dropped.  Personally I choose that over the Lost Pages as I think the return in drops for the time spent is better…

Have fun everybody!

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Lost Pages again

I’m a little late posting, but KI is running a Lost Pages event and you have till the end of tomorrow to participate.

These quests begin with Harold Argleston and send you to several different worlds.  Each quest involves some sort of “spell writ” mob creature.  You have to defeat 10 of them and they’re generally so few and far between that you wind up only getting one per battle.  Their health is quite a bit more than other creatures in the area though I haven’t received drops that are better than normal.

After you get the 10, there’s a dungeon, generally with one battle against mob creatures and one boss battle — against the student who’s under a spell.  Each world with a quest has a Dee’s mirror, which you use to get into the dungeon.

Supposedly there are good drops but I’ve never gotten anything very exciting.  You also get a surprisingly small amount of XP and, because of the many battles it takes to get 10 spell writ beings, they’re quite time consuming for the small return.

However, if you enjoy these or are looking for a change of pace from the usual, you have some time to do as many of these quests as are you are qualified to do (they’re tied to your wizard’s level).

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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?

Lost Pages event is back

The special Lost Pages event is back through Feb. 22.  The event consists of five quests in Wizard City, Krokotopia, Mooshu, Avalon and Azteca.

The farthest I’ve ever gotten is the Mooshu quest as I don’t have any wizards past Zafaria yet.  Today I’ll focus on the Wizard City quest.  First there’s some running back and forth between NPCs in the WC Library and Ravenwood.  Then you’re sent to Triton Ave.

Fighting Spellwrit Screamer

In each place there’s a special mob creature to fight. In Wizard City (Triton Ave.) it’s Spellwrit Screamer, a ghostly looking version of the normal Screamer who has become Storm instead of Myth.  You have to defeat 10.  Their health is 315 and they’re pretty easy to beat.

At Dee's Mirror

When you’ve defeated the 10 head back to Ravenwood and the Library and then you’re sent back to Triton Ave to Dee’s Mirror, located just outside the entrance to Haunted Cave.

Don’t forget to “mark location” after defeating the Screamers; you can use the port to Commons button, get the rest of the quest and port back to your marked location.  Unless you like a lot of running around, in which case forget the pesky porting.

After entering Dee’s Mirror you’re in a room with a dungeon sigil.  I’ve generally teamed up for this–it’s a popular quest, so it’s usually not much of a wait to get a full team.  It’s not so much that it’s all that hard, I just enjoying teaming up when it’s easy.

The dungeon has two levels.  First you fight some more Spellwrit Screamers (four if there are four of you).  Then you head up a level to meet Kestrel Blackstorm (Storm, 1055) and Rotting Fodders (Storm, 150; number variable depending on how many in group).

Rewards are keyed to a combination of your level and the difficulty of the opponents.  Supposedly there are some good rewards though I have yet to get anything great.  XP is also kind of low for how long it takes to do these (for instance, 25 XP for the tower).

I mostly do these because it’s fun to do something different. Since I solo a lot, I also enjoy teaming up for a change, in circumstances where there’s generally not a long wait.  Check it out, it’s fun!

The rewards of Lost Pages?

The first time I encountered the Lost Pages, I didn’t pay too much attention to the drops nor the experience points.  It was something different to do and I enjoyed it.  This time, with much more experience behind me, I am noticing.

I’ve been  a bit stunned the last couple of days at the small reward for kind of a lot of work. One of my wizards completed the Wizard City, Krokotopia and Mooshu phases of the quest and earned only a a few hundred XP.  It seemed awfully little for how time consuming it is and the fact that at each place you’re battling creatures that are a bit tougher than usual — plus the story line is pretending that the quest is important.

I also haven’t found so far that the drops are all that spectacular.  A lot of it is the usual stuff for the area.  In Mooshu I did get a couple of housing items that I think are usually Dragonspyre…  though I didn’t want them there either.

Now, the fun-because-it’s-different part is still holding true.  I’m only participating with a couple of my wizards so I still have wizards to take through it in the future.  But after spending quite a lot of time at it the last couple of days I’m wondering whether it’s worth doing more than a little bit each time.

The special mob guys are rare and you generally just get one at a time to battle.  They’re rare enough, in fact, that even if three other wizards join you, it’s likely you’ll be fighting one special guy and three regular ones.  That means that in order to defeat the 10 you’re often going to fight 10 battles.  Then the dungeon at the end of each one is a two part dungeon.  Not super hard but often a little harder than the average dungeon in the area.

I didn’t keep track of the exact XP but it happened that one of my Life wizards had just leveled up (plus some) when she started and I was startled to realize that after she’d completed the Lost Pages quests on three worlds her XP had gone up maybe 300  — at the outside.

I probably could have finished most of what she had left in Dragonspyre in the time I put in on the Lost Pages and she’d have gotten thousands of XP, some pretty good drops and the level 48 spell from the Labyrinth.  Given that, by the end of the day I was thinking that next time I’ll just put a very small amount of time into the Lost Pages unless they make it more worthwhile to complete the quests.

The Lost Pages quests

It’s Lost Pages time again.  It hasn’t been a year since the last time they had it, but long enough that I couldn’t remember how it works.  Once I figured it out again, thought I’d do a little post to help others who are scratching their heads.

When the Lost Pages quest is on, several areas have special “mobs” to fight, followed by a special dungeon.  The special opponents in each area are generally a little harder than the mobs and bosses that are always there.

There are a series of quests but they’re put up individually and you can do them in any order (assuming you have access to all the worlds involved).

When you first pick up the quest from Harold Argleston he mentions the worlds you’ll have to visit in order to complete all the quests.  You might want to write it down then because there’s no other reference within the game.  When you finish the Unicorn Way piece of the quest there is no longer a quest regarding the Lost Pages in your quest list and Arthur Westerfield doesn’t mention where you need to go next.

That is true with each quest in the series.  When you finish one you’re left with nothing that gives you a reminder of which world is next nor with whom you need to speak when you get there.  Generally (I’ve only worked on the ones through Celestia) it’s an NPC who’s somewhere near the World Gate, like Sergeant  Major Talbot in Krokotopia.

You don’t have to do the quests in order so I gather that’s why you aren’t directed to the next place.  I’ve tended to do them in order, so I’d appreciate the nudge about where to go next.  Or a reminder of all the other worlds that have one of the quests.

There’s a page on the Wiki that lists all the quests and the worlds here.  When the next Lost Pages days show up, that’s a handy way to pick up the quest again –after you remember what worlds you completed on the previous round…

It’s easy to get help for this quest.  Because the the particular mob creature you’re after is i the midst of the normal mob and there are tons of people doing the quest you’ll generally be joined when fighting the mobs.  Team Up didn’t exist the last time I was on the quest, but now it does and is available for the dungeons.  Again, because so many people are doing it, it’s generally pretty easy to Team Up with others for the dungeon.

Hope that helps.  Have fun!