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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Backpack Issues?

Hey Tabitha, thanks for keeping the lights on here at the Keep!  With Christmas being what it is, many of the other Wizards around the Keep have been travelling.

Me, I have been playing with pets lately, and I have been helping out with a few hatches here and there.  After that I had a couple of runs in the Pagoda (thanks Alia and Tabitha for your help) seeing if I could get a Red Shenlong to add to my collection.

All of a sudden, my backpack was very full and I couldn't figure out why!

The obvious thing was a trip to the Bazaar, but I just didn't have that much surplus stuff?  What could it be?

Then, going through trying to feed my pet with unsalable objects, I realised the extent of my the problem I had created for myself, my 'pet problem' - 6 pages of pets!  At 8 pets per page, that was a staggering 48 pets I was carrying around with me!  Seriously?!?


Breeders and Pagoda warriors beware - these little blighters can fill up your backpack quicker than you can believe!  You don't see them in the Bazaar to sell, and can easily miss how quickly they are amassing!  If you are in the middle of a hatching program - purge those pets that you don't need or you will find that you'll be getting a lot of visits from the Stork telling you about yet another item that you didn't get!

Hope you are enjoying your Holidays and,

See you 'round the Spiral!

Morgrim

Monday, 30 December 2013

Ooooh.... not seen that before.....

Decided it was time to buy another house. I have been looking at what is available the last few days, but nothing has really grabbed me. I have the Red Barn Farm, The Wooded Cottage and the Winter Wind Castle. I was keen to have something without snow. I know right? I am trying to get 20 snow globes as a personal quest.... but I am over the snow. I want Spring this time.

Having checked out the Crown shop houses, I decided to look and see what was available elsewhere. I didn't want Marlebone Manor, or the Krok House. I wanted greenery outside and rooms that could be used as proper rooms. And I really want to craft a kitchen! So.... I made my choice last night. Drum roll........

Here it is - the Imperial Palace. Not that I particularly wanted a Moo Shoo feel, but I figured once I changed the walls and floors I could make it into something I wanted. Most importantly there are proper rectangular rooms that I can use.

While I was over at the Moo Shoo shops I checked out the crafting recipes for housing items, something I tend to do more now-a-days. And I noticed a bed that I have not seen in any other house that I had visited. So I bought it.

As you can see it is a Canopy Bed. As luck would have it I already had all reagents I needed, thanks to my everlasting supply from gardening mostly.

I crafted it this morning, and placed in the first of the bed-rooms. Now I need to get a better floor in here, but this is the bed in the room.


It looks good!


I have more ideas on what to do with this house, and much more crafting to do. But I am pleased with the start of this room.

I've got a long way to go, but I am looking forward to the end result. Will let you know how I go as I complete each room.

Until next time,
Tabitha.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hatching a Drake Egg

Hey everyone,

My questing partner is not around for a while, so I am going back and finishing some of the quests we were planning to do together. The big one of note is in Dragonspyre in the Drake Hatchery. The quest to hatch a Drake from an egg.

Once you have the egg (gained from a standard and pretty easy tower fight), you need to warm it..... which means a quick visit back to Wizard City - actually Golem Court.

I wasn't sure I remembered this cave - I seem to remember Galen going there on a spell quest, but he is a fire wizard - different schools get to enter some places.... So off I go to Golem Court. The cave is small and unimpressive. But the brazier is enough to complete my quest in warming the egg. Then I have to go back to Dragonspyre. So make sure you mark your position BEFORE you go to Golem Court... just to save a bit of time. Wish someone had told me that!


The ancient Matriarch is a bit weird if you ask me. Slightly transparent and an odd angle when you approach, but very motherly once you have warmed that egg!
Once the egg is warmed the Matriarch announces "Even now I can feel the baby Drake stirring inside, warming to life". Of course there is another quest to do as the egg shell is very hard!! We need to help the Drakeling break through......

The next part of the quest happens right outside of the cave the Matriarch sits in front of.
In case you were wondering there is no need to mark your location for this one. Again - would have been nice if I had found that out before using 60 mana! So the Gallium Juggernauts are life and only 950 health.

For a Death wizard a very easy fight. But I wasn't successful in the first one. Or the second or third. In fact I had to get through 6 battles before I was able to finish that part of the quest. Trust me I was getting fed up of seeing "sorry you did not collect" messages! Make sure you have enough mana in case you face a string of battles. So back to talk to the Matriarch..... Of course it is not a simple hatch... there is more to do.
 I guess it would be pretty disappointing if it was not being guarded! Onto the next battle, and again you do not need to mark your location. You are just going further into the hatchery. Down to the battle and you'll face a level 8 Fire Boss and another Life Juggernaut. A fairly simple battle, unless you are a Fire Wizard!
Now I have to go over to the drake nest and use the hammer to break the egg. This little guy hatches and thanks you for helping to break the egg. This really is a lovely story!
To end the quest you have to go back to the Matriarch who is very happy.
The next part of the quest I will do another time. We will be teaching the baby drake the ways of the world by visiting the other mothers.

This is a great storyline in Dragonspyre. Can't wait to see where the next part of the quest leads us. But for now it is time to go.

Until next time,
Tabitha.



Thursday, 26 December 2013

Let it Snow!

I'm on a quest. For snow..... In the 12-days of Christmas giveaway I won a snow globe. Snow globes are cute. I thought I could place it on a table somewhere, probably forget it was there. So I had a pleasant surprise when I placed the globe and the area around me started snowing. How fantastic!! I have bought a heap of Yuletide packs, just in case there was a possibility of getting another one.

Every-time I am at the bazaar I have a quick look to see if there are any in. Once in a blue moon one appears. And then I try to buy it and.....


But the good news is that they do appear so the chances are there. I was lucky enough to buy two on Christmas Eve. As you can see they are pretty pricey, but thanks to Morgrim I have had excess gold from farming Halfang recently.

I picked up another one this morning. So that's 4 I have. I wonder if more will become available as Christmas goes and people sell? I intend to keep buying. You can have a maximum of 20 in your house. So that's the goal. Make a snow palace!!

Wish me luck!!

Until next time,
Tabitha,

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Gardening in the Spiral - Beginner or EXTREME ?

Recently I have had an influx of Wizards over to my Red Barn Farm, quite often when I am gardening. They ask all sorts of questions, where did I get my seeds from, how do you make your garden float?

You see, my garden has changed considerably since the early posts when I was discovering what to plant, how best to make use of energy - and you may remember that Morgrim was an invaluable resource providing information. Here is a link to all our  Gardening Posts.

Well this has spurred Morgrim into writing an eBook. Actually he has written 2 of them. One tells you just about everything you could ever want to know about Gardening in the Spiral, and the second one takes you to the next level - including the Stacked Garden and other things, or as Morgrim puts it - Extreme Gardening! Take a look below to see Morgrim's Red Barn Farm with 2 stacked gardens!


What a bumper harvest - Couch Potatoes AND a combo of Evil Magma Peas and King Parsley!  All those reagents and even better, all those mega snacks!!

I have read both these eBooks, and they are fantastic! Good to read and an awesome resource to refer back to. So if you want to find out more about Gardening in general, how to start, what to plant and so much more, or you just want to get into Extreme Gardening, use the links below to get your copy. 

Gardening in the Spiral
Extreme Gardening
You know how much we love receiving comments from other Wizards, so why not drop us a comment or two to let us know what you think of them?

Until Next Time,
Tabitha.


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Gardening Limits II - The answer to Question 2!

So, have you figured out how many plants can be affected by a Large Area Spell?

There is a fair bit of chat about this online, so I thought it was high time to find out for sure.  This was a slightly painful experiment to set up as the plants and their needs took ages to line up just right.  That said, I'm pleased to announce that the experiment is complete and the results are in!

If you want to see for yourself, check this video:


It is clear that this garden is simply too large.  It is at the absolute limit for a Small Plot garden, and that means there are 76 of these little guys swaying in the breeze.

The spell goes up, the bees disappear...well, most of them do at least.  There are, surprise, surprise, 7 bees left.  This means that 69 of the plants have been successfully serviced by the Large Area Spell.

What are the implications of this?

Well the key one is, you do not need to stack a garden if you are using small plots! Additionally, any medium sized plots (at 37 plots per layer) would be complete overkill if they were stacked.

The other key thing is that Large Plots, at 14 per layer, can be stacked to 56 without any real challenges, and the remaining 13 plots...well, if you read my book on Extreme Gardening, you'll get a hint that will help you get those 13 plots as well, allowing a Large Plot garden of 69 plots.

So, now you know all there is to know about how many of each type of plot you can plant - and ultimately, there is no difference at a pure  'count' level.  You can get 69 of any plot type into any garden and, seeing as that is the limit for the Large Area spell, any more is simply wasted Energy.

As ever, love to hear your comments.

See you 'round the Spiral.

Morgrim


Friday, 20 December 2013

Lock it or Lose it!

For those of you who have been with us a while, you will know that I have a questing partner called Galen. He's a Fire Wizard, just a little below my level, and we have been farming gold in Halfang this week - with help from Morgrim, as we do not have access to this area yet.

Those of you who know Halfang, know that it is a fairly straightforward battle, and you can really reap rewards selling the drops. One of them is an amulet worth over 8,000 gold!! None of the dropped items are auction only - so everything can be sold. This is a busy place at all times!
Anyway, we farmed it last night and I got 3 of these, very lucky! If you want to find out more about Halfang then pop over to Wizard101 Central, you can find out about his spells and his drops! Click here.

So we hotfoot it to the Bazaar to sell our considerable stash. In fact we sell at the Bazaar and then go back to farm some more - backpacks were full!! Galen was dressed as Santa. Now it's one thing getting the Christmas spirit, but unless you have stitched your gear, the Santa suit is absolutely no help during a battle. Fed up of not getting his usual Power Pips, Galen decided to revert back to his trusty fighting gear.

And that's when the problem became apparent. He had sold all the Halfang gear at the Bazaar.... along with his fighting gear. And it is good fighting gear, or it was! So for all you Wizards out there who do not have the lock set, I would recommend that you start using it. Just to be safe!!

It is simple to enable this handy feature. You can find it in your Gameplay settings, same place as your Quest Finder. Once enabled, when you look at your gear pages you will notice there is a lock/unlock icon at the bottom of the page. Just click on the item and then click on lock and you will never mistakenly sell your awesome gear again!

Hope you find this helpful, if you weren't aware before!! And I wonder how many Wizards have sold awesome gear just like Galen?

Until Next Time,
Tabitha.

Gardening Limits - What? There are Limits??

Sorry I haven't posted for a little while, I've been hard at it, writing a "Definitive" guide to Gardening.  All those questions you wanted answers for, but could never find!  I hope the Wizard101 Community finds it useful.  It has been a lot of fun writing it, and it is nearly ready for release.

This post is about Plot limits.  Obviously there are Energy limits (without Elixir use of course!), there are Housing Slot limits, etc, but we are just looking at pure Plot driven limits today.

Personally, one thing I have never really known is...what are the limits for a garden?  (Just talking a simple flat garden here, not a Mega Garden or Stacked Garden).

Interestingly, there are two kinds of limits:
  1. How many plots can fit inside the ring of a Large Area Spell?
  2. How many plants can a Large Area Spell affect anyway?
Well...that was it.  I was on a quest to find out!  This is clearly necessary information for any book that calls itself "definitive".

Evil Magma Peas - Wizard101Before I go any further, the rules I set myself were
  • No "All Indoor" or "All Outdoor" spells allowed
  • As indicated above, only flat gardens are permitted for this test
OK - so it was on to Question 1 - the easiest one to track down an answer for.

Maximum Medium Plots

People love the Evil Magma Pea (EMP) for very good reasons (easy to grow, great harvest rewards), and it needs a Medium sized plot.  It seemed like a good place to start.  There is quite a bit of discussion online for this one and if the chatter can be believed, 37 is generally considered a safe maximum for a flat level, Medium plot garden.  This has been reinforced many times, with only the ever-amazing Paige Moonshade able to beat it at 40.  Seeing as Paige has an incredible amount of experience, 40 would be the maximum target to aim for, but I have to admit, I couldn't do it reliably...so I'll stick to 37.

Maximum Small Plots

For the Small Plot, there is little to no good data online.  Looking at the problem in the same way as for the Medium Plot, it would seem that the maximum number is about 76.  Have a look at the image below to see the configuration that is possible.  They are a challenge to cover cleanly in a single spell, but it is possible to enclose all 76 Small Plots within the bounds of the Large Area spell.

Gardening in Wizard101

Interestingly, this is the 'theoretical' maximum number of plots.  I say this as the answer to Question 2 posed above changes this equation substantially!

Maximum Large Plots

I was a little surprised to find that there was again only scant information available about the Large Plot.  I suspect that people think that there are simply too few in a garden to make it worthwhile. I can assure you that this is not the case.

For the Large Plot, 14 is a reliable number and again, because of the answer to Question 2, it is enough (well, it is if you a REALLY good!).

I'll leave the answer to Question 2 for my next post.

If you think you know the answer to Question 2, why not post in the comments to see if you are right?

Have fun with your gardening and...

...see you round the Spiral!

Morgrim

Thursday, 19 December 2013

On the 13th Day of Christmas?

KI has made a 13th day of Christmas this year! Along with all the awesome give-aways and new items in the Crowns Shop, KI has given us a Code for CROWNS!!!

Ranging anywhere from 250 to 60 000 Crowns you must type the code crownsplz
Also, if you open up the Wizard101 launcher today then you will be able to go to Wizard101.com from there.


 This is a great thing for KI to do for it's players and I really hope some Free to Play players get a couple of thousand Crowns for areas!

I ended up getting 500 Crowns myself and I think I'm going to try and save them.

Feel free to tell us how many Crowns KI left for you this year in the comments!


Enjoy your Crowns everybody!!


Until next time!

Blaze

BOOM Tree!!

Hey everyone! I was lucky enough to win a competition and received 4 yuletide packs. Got some good gear out of it, so if you see me round the spiral I am more of a Snow Queen than a death wizard! One of the other things I got was a Boon Tree. This is my first Christmas in the Spiral, so I had no idea what a Boon Tree would give. The Holidaisy is a bit of fun, so I thought the tree would be too.

On the plus side it looks good. A little baby Christmas Tree that shrinks and grows. It harvested a couple of times and gave me presents to put under my main tree. All good really!

So today I go to check it out, and find it at Elder. Not knowing what to expect I decided to video the harvest so I could share it with you. So here it is!


video

It really was a bumper harvest, and you probably didn't quite see what the end results was, so - along with 3000XP (always handy!) the total harvest was:

Yes that is a Pet and a 7-day mount included there. Much more than I expected!

So either get the Yuletide packs or go direct to the Crown Shop to pick one for yourself (although they are 2,000 crowns) and see what you get. Certainly not your usual harvest!!

Until Next Time,
Tabitha.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Doing the Happy Dance Right Now!!!

As you know, I hatched my Toaddle pet with a Coldfire dragon some time ago. I recently wrote about revealing abilities here. The last couple of days I have been training Baby Chester (who has been renamed to Murphy now) to Epic. The hatch has already proved itself worthwhile, so I was curious to see what other talents he would receive. So far he has 2 talents from each, plus the original Cleanse Charm card at Baby.

Last night was the big night, and boy I am one happy Wizard right now!! I just had enough Mega Pet Snacks to see me through, though a couple were level 8 snacks. Still they each gave 30 XP, and 10 Intellect - which is the only Stat not at full now, so that was a bonus!

Anyway - drumroll....... he picked up one of the original Toaddle's traits - as you can see.... Incredibly Infallible!!

This is absolutely awesome. Take a look at these Pet Stats!!



This pet is super awesome, and I will be continuing with the training to see what else he is hiding!

But for now I have to get some more Mega Snacks, so back to Gardening for a while. I may have to go over to Savarstaad Pass to farm some of the Troubled Warriors to get some more. If you want to know more about that then be sure to read Blaze's Tips and Tricks about Mega Snacks here.

Until next time,
Tabitha


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

It's Monstrous!!

I have already proclaimed my addiction to crafting, and promised I would write about some more of my crafting activities..... This particular one is now a daily event. You know you have those list of things that you need to attend to? Gardening may be one. Pet Training may be another. Well mine is Gardening, followed by crafting Monstrous Treasure Cards, followed by selling pet snacks under 8 at the Bazaar.

So why the Monstrous Cards and why do I need so many of them?  Well first up.... I recommend you buy the recipe. You need to be Master Artisan to actually craft the card. So get those quests out of the way and then find someone to take you over to Celestia Base Camp. Look out for Avery Templeton. He sells the cards - Transmute, Monstrous, Giant. Monstrous Treasure card recipe cost me 250 gold. I wholesale bought the reagents I didn't have from the Bazaar. Trust me, they were not expensive! I have been crafting them for a couple of weeks now, and it has not cost anything more.

Once crafted, I have to remember to pop them into my deck. I make sure my main deck and my small deck have an abundant supply of these cards. More than any other card! Why? Well you can create your own Treasure Card using this little trick. And it really feels like you get an extra turn in the battle (you know like those cheating bosses do sometimes!!).

Being a death wizard, I love Scarecrow. But I love Scarecrow even more now. With a click on Monstrous, a click on Scarecrow - I now have an all hitter card worth 575 instead of 400. Add a couple of blades, and hope for a critical and this becomes a very handy little spell!!

You can add Monstrous to any damage card. Oh and don't panic when you fizzle.... the card literally becomes a Treasure Card. It will be there for another time and another battle.

Looking forward to the next level of these cards - my level is too low right now. But if you are level 58 or above then a very handy additional 250 hit is a real bonus. This one costs 500 gold..... but the rewards of crafting these as you wish make that a 500 gold worth spending. I, for one, will be straight back to Celestia to buy it as soon as I get to level 58!!

Until Next Time,
Tabitha





Monday, 16 December 2013

Pet Training - A Simple Trick

Pet training is one of the 'dark arts' of Wizard101.  So much so there are lots of people trying to crack the formula of pet genealogy and training to reveal specific talents.  There is even the Petnome project that is an entire body of work devoted to the subject.

Those people have a lot more information about how it all works than I do, but I do have some simple tricks to share for those of you who are still new to the art of hatching.

People hatch for lots of reasons, but typically it is to give them some advantage in the Spiral or to take part in Pet Derby racing.  Me, I hatch to fight...but no matter what your reason for fighting, sooner or later you will be looking for that special pet - that particular breed that will give you 'something'.

Well, I am fire and once I saw the Coldfire Dragon, I just had to have one...and I have written a post on that part of my pet journey.  I don't know about you, but I am a little impatient at times and I like to know what I have been able to get from the hatch as soon as I can.

...and for this I have a little tip.

When you hatch two pets, you will get one of two outcomes:

  • A pet that is the same as one of the parents or
  • A hybrid pet

Hybrid pets are pretty rare (at this stage) and this means the greatest likelihood is that you will get one of the parents.

Typically, I tend to find I am hatching two pets from different schools.  If this is the case, you can easily tell which you have been able to get.  Simply select "Pets" from your backpack (or hit the letter 'i' on your keyboard) and scroll one pet to the left.  You will see a screen that looks like this:


A friend was hatching their Smith with my Coldfire.  There is no hybrid pet generated from this combination, so I knew I would have either a new Smith or Coldfire to add to my pet pen.

As you can see here, this egg already has a school.  I know the Smith is Ice and the Coldfire is Fire...can you guess what Pet this egg will hatch into?

So, it is a simple trick, but if you are as impatient as I am, it can save you the wait!

See you 'round the Spiral.

Morgrim

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Are You Using Quest Helper?

You know Morgrim has recently been using Quest Finder and completing quests all over the place that he didn't know were around. So I thought it was time to find out more about this addition to the latest Wizard101 update.

If you haven't used it yet, you need to go to your Options page and choose the 4th tab along to access your Gameplay settings:

At the bottom of the page you will find your Quest Helper. Make sure it is set to ON.

Now open your current Quests, move through them until to get to the last page. You should see the Quest Finder 'Quest'. When you click on it, any quests you have not completed in the your current location will appear. If there are none, it will simply tell you there aren't any.

I have used it twice today to find 2 DragonSpyre quests that I may else have missed.

So if you haven't tried it out, give it a go. Very handy little tool!

Until next time,
Tabitha.


Friday, 13 December 2013

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - WIZARD101 STYLE!


You know, the other day I was chatting with Alia and Blaze and Blaze thought we should do a short video. Alia loved the idea and suggested our version of the "12 Days"...a few days and a lot of work later, and here we are!

You can check it out here:


A big thanks to the Wizard crew:  Alia, Blaze, Robert, Sarah, Edward, Galen, Emily, Zachary and a special thanks to Tabitha for keeping us all going!


THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - WIZARD101 STYLE!

On the 1st day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
An Alligator in a Pear Tree


On the 2nd day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 3rd day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 4th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 5th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 6th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 7th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 8th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
8 wizards crafting
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree


On the 9th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
9 ladies dancing
8 wizards crafting
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 10th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
10 lords are leaping
9 ladies dancing
8 wizards crafting
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 11th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
11 dills are laughing
10 lords are leaping
9 ladies dancing
8 wizards crafting
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree

On the 12th day of Christmas Ambrose gave to me
12 Drums for drumming
11 dills are laughing
10 lords are leaping
9 ladies dancing
8 wizards crafting
7 sharks are swimming
6 minstrels playing
5 gold por-tals
4 Wyvern’s Flying
3 Boom Shrooms
2 Turtle Mounts
And an Alligator in a Pear Tree


Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Don't know whether it is the time of the year or the fact that you can showcase your house or castle now, but I have been spending way too much time in the Bazaar. And I'm not buying reagents, or gear, or even selling. No. I am buying trees, drums, tables - even a grand piano! Gold is depleting a bit too quick, and my Red Barn Farm is looking more like a home.

When the free gift came our way earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to get a snow globe. It's awesome. It has spurred me on to create a special little place in my garden. Thought I'd take a quick video to show you!



I don't think this space would look as good without the snow gently falling down, so a big thanks to KingsIsle for that little gift!!

What about you? Have you created your Wizard101 Christmas yet?

Until Next Time,
Tabitha

Monday, 9 December 2013

Simple Crafting Secret - Do you know it?

You know, I have been crafting a long time and I reckon I have crafted everything I want to in the Spiral.  Crafting in Wizard101 is fun, challenging and full of little hints and tips for everyone.

Sometimes, there are times when you just ask yourself "why can't I craft my ..." whatever it happens to be.  You go to your crafting table and the item simply doesn't appear as an option to craft.  This can be quite frustrating...until you know this little tip.

The only time the item will not appear is when you are at the wrong table!  OK, I guess you probably knew that, so what is the trick?  Let's see...there are 6 places in the Spiral (as of now, who knows what KingsIsle have planned!) and these are:

Crafting in Wizard101
  • Basic Crafting Table
  • Equipment Crafting Table
  • Housing Crafting Table
  • Card Crafting Table

These are the ones you can buy (for example, in Marleybone), and so you can therefore control them.  Many people have an area set aside for their crafting work.  This is my Crafting Room in my Storm house.

Then there are two others that you come across in your travels:

  • The Crafting Anvil in the Hall of the Ice Forge in Grizzleheim
  • The Crafting Anvil in Lower Great Spyre in Dragonspyre
These are spectacular looking Anvils.  The Grizzleheim one is impressive either up close or from a distance:

Crafting GZ in Wizard101

It positively reeks of power.  Some of the coolest housing items are crafted using this unique Anvil.

The Grizzleheim Anvil up close

Whereas the Dragonspyre Anvil is mysterious and foreboding, striking magical hammer to Anvil in a mysterious, never-ending series of blows.


The Dragonspyre Anvil in Wizard101

This Anvil can only be accessed after a ride on the Drake's back at Dragon Claw Ridge, in the entrance hall prior to entering the Great Spyre.  Fortunately, only the Dragonspyre level 44+ gear can be crafted here.

So, the trick is, knowing what can be crafted where.  I know I found this a little frustrating initially, until I learned this trick.

When you look at the recipe, look here:

Crafting Tips in Wizard101

The recipe actually tells you where to craft!!  Each of these symbols will show you what you can craft where.  The symbols for the Crafting Stations are the same as on the Stations themselves.  The symbols for the Anvil represent the World they are from as opposed to the type of Anvil.

Knowing this makes this part of crafting just that little bit easier!

Crafting Stations in Wizard101

Crafting Anvils in Wizard101









Have fun with your crafting and...

...see you 'round the Spiral!

Morgrim

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Just having FUN!

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, but I have been working on something BIG.  It will change the way you play and think about Wizard101 - drop me a line or leave me a comment if you want to know more.  But more on that later.

The thing I like about Wizard101 the most is that it is just plain and simple FUN!  Whether it be questing, gardening, PvPing, pet training or crafting, there is so much depth to the game.

One of the things I'll often do is help people.  That can mean lots of things to lots of people.  For example, when I port to help in a fight, I ask "hit or heal" or sometimes "fast or slow", so I know what kind of role people want me to play.  It is normally "hit" and "fast", but not always.

A good example was today - Blaze was looking to compile a detailed guide to Mount Olympus, so he asked me to join to help get some great pics, but also to help smash our way through fights.  I enjoy helping anyone who asks...it is rare that I cannot lend a hand.

Here are some pics that I took along the way, although Blazes will be awesome, just like the Guide he is writing will be..and yes Bad Guys, that is a super pumped-up meteor with your name on it :)

So, if you see me around the Spiral, don't be scared to say "Hi" and ask me if I'd like to help.

See you 'round the Spiral!

Morgrim

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Hatching Misery?

A while back a level 90 Storm Wizard wanted to hatch with me. He thought my pet was awesome!! I was pretty surprised at the time, but I checked out his pet to see what was on offer - a ColdFire Dragon with may cast Spritely, Unicorn and Fairy!! My pet had May Cast Infallible, and a couple of other Storm attributes.

I didn't notice any of the other attributes for the ColdFire, but I really wanted some May Cast Healing spells. So off we went to hatch! This is the Toaddle pet I hatched with the Dragon. Strange thing was, when we went into the hatchery he changed his pet. It had nothing I wanted, so out I came. He then tried a different pet. Again it was not what I wanted. I told him I said yes to the ColdFire Dragon as I wanted May Cast Healing. So third time lucky... I can only assume that he didn't want to spend the extra gold to hatch with that pet as it was rather more expensive than all the others!!

After hatching the level 90 Storm Wizard was over the moon. He had gained a Toaddle pet straight away. I was disappointed. I had another Toaddle. So I left the pet in my backpack, and completely forgot about it.

Over the last couple of days my backpack needed clearing down, so I off-loaded some of pets. That's when I came across this baby Toaddle.

I remember the May Cast abilities and think that I may as well train it to ancient and see what I get. Thanks to my Couch Potato harvest I had a fair number of level 9 pet snacks, and changes to my garden also meant I have left over energy most days too.

Disappointingly, the first reveal was Storm-Proof. While this is useful (particularly as I have no Storm resistance at present, and they hit so hard!), it wasn't what I wanted. The next reveal was May Cast Unicorn - I was really happy. Looks like my little Toaddle has picked at least one of the May Casts from the ColdFire Dragon.

As you can see for yourselves, the next reveal was Fairy Friend, otherwise known as May Cast Fairy!! Woo Hoo. I am over the moon. This was better than I could have imagined!

Need to wait for a few more Couch Potatoes to get to elder to carry on through, but it is safe to say that I will be training this pet further to see what other reveals there are!!

How about you guys? Ever get disappointed with a hatch only to find that it was very handy indeed? Would love to hear your stories!

Until Next Time,
Tabitha.