Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- Wysteria Updates

I'd like to start off with a disclaimer:
These are the opinions of Cassandra Hexthorn and Cassandra Hexthorn only.
If you disagree with something written here, please voice it, but don't bash or be rude.
These are my assessments of the new updates and how I feel about them.
Opinions are subject to change, however, right now this is how I feel.

THE GOOD!

New Housing Items!

All these new furniture items are great! I've wanted one of those wooden wells from MS for SO LONG.
Aren't those sunflowers the best?! I think they're so cute, and will look great in a garden/forest themed house.
With the chicken coop, you get a golden chicken and little golden chick! Also adorable. Makes me smile. :D
The bird bath has been something I've sought after ever since it showed up in the pet store in the pavilion.
The bird cages are also super fun! I just wish they were hanging from a pole or sitting on a table.
(That wooden bridge isn't from the recent update, but House-a-Palooza is also a really good thing!)

New Gear with Energy!

Pictured here is the Greenwarden's Energetic Shroud.
+315 max health, +18 max energy, +5 pips, +40 block and +6 defense -- lvl 60+, no auction.
The 18 energy makes it better for gardening than the Piggy suit, which only gives 10.
The hat gives the same amount as the Piggy hat, which is why I won't be hoping for that.
I would like the boots however, as they give 12 energy -- more than Piggy shoes' 8 energy.
This is helpful for both gardeners and pet trainers -- I'm glad to be both in this case.
With the whole outfit, you get 112 energy. Add the Wintertusk Ring of Valor? 116 energy.
And with the Garnet Bear Claw? That's a max of 118 energy!! Wowsers, that's a lot of yellow goop!

Wysteria, Pigswick Academy and the Spiral Cup!

Wysteria is for wizards of level 25+. Being level 60, I can't get the experience, but that's okay.
At first, I was going to put this under "The Bad," but the more I thought about it, this is a good thing.
Even though us level 60 wizards cannot benefit much from this world at the moment, there are lots of good things.
1) Another training point: Zeke is here again with another task for us -- finding Wallflowers! (I thought it was clever)
2) Introducing other new worlds: Only in text, but two of the competitors in the Spiral Cup mention different worlds!
Also, one of the shop keepers hints at yet another world through a quest to gather items. Go check them out!
Who knows if we'll actually ever see these worlds they speak of? It's fun to theorycraft in the meantime. :)
3) The Tower of the Helephant: This tower is for wizards level 60+ and is located in Pegasus Place.
I have not yet run this tower, but I know there's a nice piece of 60+ jewelry waiting for me at the end!
So you see? Wysteria isn't all that bad! Playing with low levels can be irritating sometimes, but hey, it's fun!

THE BAD

The New Teleporters.

I know what you're thinking -- "What? The teleporters aren't bad! Take it back! Take it back!"
It's not that I think the teleporters are BAD really... but the way KI made them is what I don't like.
These are not movable --  you can't put in the shared bank for other characters to use.
In other words, if you want them on all characters, you have to either buy them or craft on each character.
Sorry, I'm not getting to GMA on any other wiz right now. Or paying lots of crowns for them. Meh.
Also, when you place the destination for the teleporter and then set the teleporter down, if you decide you want
to move the teleporter to another house, you have to reset the destination... which is sort of a hassle in my opinion.
I do like how they allow you to make your dorm a home base and have teleporters branch out to all houses.
I did that earlier -- I connected my dorm to my Sultan's Palace lamp, my MFP garden, and my storybook house.
I'm excited to see what people do with these for PvP parties and mazes and such!!!


The Wyvern's Hoard Pack


For most of you, this pack may be a bit of a blessing. For me -- well, it's not exactly that.
Sure, you can receive teleporters, new furniture, gear, mounts, and other various items, BUT...
Unfortunately, like the Dragon's Hoard Pack, the rare items rarely pop up. See what I did there?
Honestly, the only thing I really received from these packs were trees and bushes I already owned.
I did get two pair of boots, the gardening robe, a cool wand (see above), and furniture I've been waiting for,
but this was only after being gifted and spending most of the 9500 crowns I had on my account. Humph.
KI, why put crafted items in the WHP? The aquarium? A sideways palm tree? The bamboo fountain?
And why do these items have to be from Celestia? With the DHP, I can understand going back to DS,
but why on EARTH return to CL, especially when you have Wysteria all fresh and new for us to experience?
I'm lucky to have such great friends. I received both the staff above and a golden wyvern mount from gifted packs.
If I were you, I would snipe some of these great items off the bazaar. You can find most of them there.
And please, if you're trying for one of the 5 wyvern mounts, use caution when buying crowns.
Don't let KI drain you dry like they're attempting. Be strong. It's gambling -- an addiction. Don't feed it.


THE UGLY

The New Pet Page(s).

When I viewed the new pet pages,  my first thought was, "Oh what did they do?!"
This is what the left side of the new pet page looks like. Two different tabs to view the stats.
There's a lot of space around the talent names... it really just looks messy to me.
Unless you make all the talents named something long enough to fit in the box, it looks dumb.
In order to view the derby talents, you click on the "Derby" box below the pet card spot.
Then you click the "Talents" option to go back to viewing the regular talents. Awkward, right?
And they haven't even fixed the 'dots' glitch yet -- where the rarity dots are not the correct number.
Why make such a big change and leave out that one detail people have complained about for so long?
Because of the page change, Petnome will now have to figure out what to do with new pets and talents.
Will they stick with the old layout and just edit the pics down themselves when they're new talents?
Will they go and change the whole thing? I'm guessing the first one. The latter is a little to much work.
KI, why can't we just stick with the old layout? It makes life so much easier! No useless clicking... sigh

No Houses like on Test Realm?

Alright, KI, what gives?!
Although Cassie has no room for more houses and probably will not buy another,
KI gave us a teaser of two brand new houses on Test Realm, both of which are super cool.
Many people were excited to see new housing -- Calypso's ship was a much sought-after feature.
With the updates, KI decided to keep the housing out of the Spiral... but... I don't get why...
Maybe there were some more things KI wanted to do with them and just wanted us to try what they had?
I'm sure wizards would love to see the new houses out soon! All this waiting makes us wizzies impatient.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Teleporter Recipes

For those of you wondering, here are the teleporter recipes! The different jewels/gems are all "Perfect" gems so make sure you have more than just regular jewels!

List of reagents needed for ALL:
Pristine Vial
Golden Pearl
Sunstone
Black Lotus
Scrap Metal

Earthquake cards

Frost Giant

Fire Dragon

Storm Lord

Power Nova

Regenerate

Scarecrow

Orthrus

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hexy Has Returned! ...sort of...

Hello! It's Hexy unable to think of anything to blog about!
Yes, you read correctly. I have returned to the blogging world. However, this isn't going to be a substantial blog post... I don't exactly have anything great to blog about.

Over the past week, I've had a visitor here at my house. You all know it was Kevin Battleblood, and if you didn't know, well... WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, WIZARDS? Kevin and I spent a week developing our long-distance relationship that we decided on having a couple months back. I had an amazing time; Kevin is just as great in real life for those of you wondering. I do believe he is writing up a post about our time together, so I'll be sure to link that here on my blog when that is complete.

In other news... *cricket* Oh yeah, I really don't have anything else to say.

I leave for another vacation this Saturday and will not return for some time, as school starts on the 28th for me! Move-in day is always hectic, as are the first few weeks of school, so don't expect to see me around much. Sigh...

<3 Cassie

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Week Away...


Starting this Saturday (tomorrow!) I will be taking another brief intermission and step away from blogging. As you can see, the countdown on the side of my blog (over there >>>) is ticking down, which means I'll be off the computer for a week or so. You'll most likely see me around occasionally; I'll be on to watch a PvP match or two, or tweet about some happening in my life. If you don't follow me on twitter, you may want to start now (if you don't want to be out of the loop...) Follow me here at casshexythorn.

Anyway, I'm off to try test realm again. Yesterday I couldn't get in to fight the 2nd boss. Fail.
<3 Cassie

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Bit of Theorycrafting...

Here's a bit of news straight from Professor Falmea in the August 2011 Ravenwood Newsletter:

August is here, and despite Lydia's best efforts to keep it cool, the heat is certainly winning that duel here at KingsIsle's offices. Thankfully, it's always temperate in the Spiral!

We've got some really exciting news coming up for you this month young Wizards, but I can't say too much yet or it'll spoil the surprise. Just know that there will be some new challenges for Wizards who are level 25 and up, and a brand new challenge for Wizards who thought Waterworks was difficult! Watch for more information coming very, very soon!

As for the rest of this month's newsletter, we have our wonderful Book of the Month Club, a happy birthday shoutout to Wizard101 Central, a change to KIFreeGames rewards and a very important message from Mr Lincoln about protecting your Wizards. Read on!


I have been thinking about that middle paragraph, which I have bolded and italicized for your reading, and I have been able to come up with a few possibilities.


First, I'm going to rattle off the towers with difficult bosses we have now in the game, so bare with me here while I refresh your memory:

Briskbreeze Tower | The WarehouseWaterworks

Let's start with Briskbreeze. This tower, located in Wizard City's Colossus Boulevard, came for level 50+ wizards a while back and is made up of 10 floors. The bosses here were the first we had seen use cheats to get ahead of us wizards. You could receive a special ring for your school in this tower. I know some wizards who still use this ring from time to time, depending upon which sort of situation they're in.

The Warehouse (also known as "Spiral Geographic") is located in Reagent's Square in Marleybone and was created as part of the plot leading to Celestia, though it is not required to access CL. You have to obtain the Spiral Key and defeat the bosses here. This tower gives you the Wayfinder gear (hat, robe, boots) which isn't that great of gear when you measure it against the other gear we have, even at level 45.

In Triton Avenue resides The Waterworks, a tower for level 60 wizards. Both the first boss and final bosses use cheats to try and get ahead. Here, you can receive level 60 gear, aka the best gear in the game. Wizards strive to find the easiest way out of this tower, and many succeed in getting out within an hour. Supposedly the hardest instance in the game, wizards have squashed it like a bug.

In any case, we're definitely due for a new challenge and I hope you are ready for some major amounts of rambling.


There have been 2 towers in Wizard City and one in Marleybone. KI has skipped over Krokotopia, and I'm not exactly sure if this is on purpose or totally unintentional. Falmea says some of these updates will be for level 25+ wizards, which means, if it is a tower, it must reside in either Wizard City or Krokotopia. Because there are already 2 towers in WC, I am inferring this tower will reside somewhere in KT. If this is true, where will it be? Many wizards are curious about that random island in the sky. I believe I heard somewhere that KI originally was going to use that for something, but then left it there. Perhaps this is where the new tower will be? Teleport up to the island and meet some baddies? And what sort of cheats will the monsters have? We've seen interrupting meteors, interrupting heals, changes in the type of round, smokescreens and hexes. What could we see next? Interrupting frost giant? Probably not, considering this could be a 25+ tower. And what sort of drops will there be? New low-level gear? Crown gear? That would be pretty sweet.

Or perhaps it's another "new street" like Crab Alley, which may lead to the next tower!

A level 25+ tower seems highly unlikely, but a new street like Crab Alley sounds good to me! This mini-street is located in Triton Avenue. An area in KT that is comparable to Triton Avenue would be... either the Krokosphinx or The Well of Spirits. There does happen to be one place in the Well of Spirits that gets me thinking. On the other side of the Barracks lies a doorway that has been blocked off by rubble. Perhaps this will open up to be something new? There are many sealed passageways and rooms throughout all of Krokotopia, so it will be exciting to see - if they do use KT - what will come next!


Now on to bigger and better things - new challenges greater than Waterworks!

Since WW is a level 60 instance, I'm going to say this will also be level 60. It makes sense, since this is supposed to be more difficult in the long run. In Waterworks, we saw 2 cheating bosses. Perhaps 3? 4? Maybe this will be more like Briskbreeze and have 10 different floors? Maybe it continues the story arc with the spiral keys, though there is no door to open at this point in time. Is KI getting ready to release a new world? Oh, the possibilities!

One possibility that seems more likely to me than others is the usage of that lonely floating island or some other inaccessible area of KT. If this does continue with finding Spiral Keys, KT would be the next place to look. If not? Well, how about Marleybone again? We still haven't set tail or paw into Barkingham Palace!


Who knows what KingsIsle has in store for us?! We'll all just have to wait and see.
<3 Cassie