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Friday, 7 November 2014

Test Realm and Updates Galore!

So the rumours were true and the Test realm is once again open for Business!


The first big reveal are the 4 new dungeons. A good friend to the blog - Scarlet FrogSlinger - has hinted that Myth may well be a good school for certain cards in some of these dungeons! Usual rules apply for these in the test realm, if you are a member you automatically gain access, but if you are a crowns player you can rent for 6hrs at 495 crowns each, or buy each, noted below:

Level 25+ head to the Oasis in Krokotopia  (1,245 crowns)
Level 40+ head to Regeants Square in Marleybone  (1,745 crowns)
Level 60+ head to the Krokosphinx in Krokotopia (2,495 crowns)
Level 100+ head to my little mate Dworgyn in Nightside (3,495 crowns)

You know, I think there would be plenty of Wizards that would be happy with this as the update. But there is so much more. In fact, this update is pretty huge by all accounts!

New Shadow-Enhanced Spells

All level 100+  Wizards will get the opportunity to train in a new spell for their School, and these will cost 5 pips + 1 shadow pip to cast.

Storm School: Glowbug Squallattacks all targets for 1220 Storm Damage and removes all positive Charms.

Myth School: Mystic Colossus removes all Shields and attacks for 880 Myth Damage to all targets.

Balance School: Gaze of Fate attacks for 550 Balance Damage and 550 Random School Damage.

Death School: Call of Khrulhu attacks all targets for 1100 Health Drain.

Life School: Hungry Caterpillar attacks for 950-1150 Life Damage and applies 800 Damage Absorb to the caster.

Ice School: Abominable Weaver attacks for 950-1150 Ice Damage and applies a -75% Damage Shield to the caster.

Fire School: Fire From Above attacks for 1100-1300 Fire Damage and applies 3 +25% Damage Traps to the target.

Equipment Sets

Now this is extremely useful. You know the hassle when you get to a battle, check out the enemy and know that you need to do a full gear change before you can begin? All that clicking and the time it wastes? Well no more! You can create up to 9 Equipment Sets consisting of: Hat, Robe, Boots, Wand, Amulet, Ring, Deck and Pet. (Not mounts)

Changing your gear has never been so easy!

Hoarding or Friends Galore?

Get fed up of being told that your back-pack is full, or finding that you are losing valuable treasures because you just don't have the space? Got too many friends and want to add more? Worry no more - if you are a member that is :) This update brings with it member benefits - 150 items in your backpack, 150 friends and new exclusive emotes. And as if that wasn't enough, there is promise of limited time surprises too!

Silver Chests

Now I like the old Shock-a-Lock game, but wouldn't it be awesome to have something else to play every now and then? Well you can count that wish granted too - with this update those Silver Chests will either have Shock-a-Lock or Catch-a-Key. This is a brand new mini-game!

Plenty of chance to practice in the Test Realm as all Silver Chests that you encounter will have the Catch-a-Key game.

And as if this wasn't enough there are also a heap of Quest updates and Spell improvements.


Of course no update would be complete without new Housing being available, and we are not let down on this score either. New wallpapers and floors patterns have been added to vendors around the Spiral. Personally I love it when these two items get additions, as they are the two fundamental items that can completely change the look and feel of your houses and castles. Looking forward to finding out what they are and more importantly, what the look like!

There are many other housing improvements - way too many to list here!

And now onto Crafting.

So if you thought that more Tapestries need to be available to craft then get ready to jump for joy!! Both Eudora and Padraig have new recipes for all the crafters out there and there is even a new recipe vendor in Wysteria!

Got too many fish and don't know what to do with them all? How about using them to craft some Mega-Snacks. This is a great addition for all the non-Gardening Wizards out there!

And talking of fishing there a few small updates that might please the anglers out there. This is still a fairly new past-time so don't get too excited with this one....


There are also some gardening improvements. KI have introduced the traffic light effect for the Gardening so you can quickly tell the difference between Happy, Needy or Dying plants.
There are some other improvements, like the ability to lock seeds so you don't accidentally trash them!

Then there are a whole array of Miscellaneous improvements, again far too many to list here. The full update of the Test realm and what the new update gives you in full can here found here.

The bottom of that page also note when the test realm is open or closed.

Hope you have fun with this one. I will be waiting for it to go Live to check it out.

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. Would be very interested to hear what you think of the new dungeons when you get the time to visit them.

    The attention to detail, by KingsIsle, is a delight at times. It is such a tiny thing, but I have to confess to feeling great joy at seeing the snow blowing under the door in the Temple of the Pagoda. Doesn't take much to make me happy :D