Happy 10th Anniversary wizards! We officially crossed the 10 year mark this past Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Our team has been spending months in advance working up cool new content in the game to celebrate, including work on the 2nd part of Empyrea! Much more about Empyrea Part 2 was also on KI Live last week, which you can watch now on YouTube.
Another major announcement was the inclusion of the game on Steam! That’s right, we’re bringing in a wave of new players from this expansive platform. The exciting thing about players coming from Steam is that they will be right there with you in the same world, no separation of servers. Read more about the addition of Steam support in our Wizard101 Steam FAQ.
There’s so much more to talk about in this month’s newsletter, so let’s get to it!
Let’s take a quick look at some of the neat things that have happened this past month:
10th anniversary events! See community section below for community run events
Birthday quest turned on and now with 10th Anniversary energy!
Wizard101 is now available on the Steam platform
The 10th Anniversary Storybook has been completed!
New Decade Pets! We picked some of our favorite classic (or just cool) pets and gave them a shine! There are some new, never before seen talents on these pets as well...
The 1.370 hotfix also included Mac users now being able to use Photomancy
My Dear Wizards,
TEN. Ten is a lot of just about anything. Ten Firecats can be a handful to keep track of and ten Fire Dragons will most certainly cause chaos! It’s also a wonderful and amazing amount of time to spend being a Professor in the Spiral, and we’re incredibly thrilled to be celebrating our TENTH ANNIVERSARY, well, all year, but officially next month on September 2nd. We would not be here without our fabulous and dedicated community, and we’re overjoyed to have you along for the ride, whether you’ve been around for ten days or all ten years!
We’ve been doing a whole lot of reminiscing at KingsIsle lately, and it’s crazy to think how much our little corner of the Spiral has evolved.
Worlds and Levels: The original game launched in 2008 with four worlds and a level cap of 50. We’re currently at thirteen main worlds, four side worlds (five if you count Wintertusk as its own area), and the level cap is 125 (and 130 is not too far away...).
Wizards Best Friends: The original game launched with purely cosmetic Pets. Now, they’re an integral part of life in the Spiral, they have their own pet park to train them, the Hatchery to hatch the perfect pet, and most recently what we call the “Amazon prime” of hatching, the Hatchmaking Kiosk!
Side System O’ Rama: Launched it in early 2009, PVP was the first side system we introduced. Since then, we’ve added crafting, housing, mounts, pets, gardening, housing games, castle magic, team up, fishing, socketing, daily assignments, Monstrology, and more.
Life in the Spiral: It’s much more convenient to be a Wizard now. Do you know that from September 2008 until April 2009 there was no Quest Helper? Can you imagine? Since then we’ve added a bunch of Quality of Life updates including Quest Finder, Photomancy, the Magic Mirror shop, the level 50 elixir, menu chat improvements/revamps, friends chat, equipment sets, deck sorting options, and so much more.
Talk To Me: The Spiral was much quieter back then. We added full voiceover starting in 2009. We experimented with a lot of different options before that, but we ultimately decided that the effort was important. I think it was worth it for the immersive experience!
Shop ‘Til You Drop: Shopping and storing your loot used to be much more difficult. We added both the bazaar and Crown Shop in 2009, as well as the shared bank. Since then we’ve increased the backpack, bank, and treasure card storage sizes, and offered various storage solutions like the Gear Vault, Seed Vault, and Mannequins. We also gave you decluttering options (which have become increasingly necessary as the Spiral adds more cool loot) with quick sell, and feed pet. To fuel those shopping habits, now you can earn Crowns with trivia, daily assignments, and by watching videos.
Wave Your Magic Wand: Your spell options used to be limited to your school and what you could train in Ravenwood. Now you can learn Celestial magic (sun, moon, and star school, originating in Celestia), and Shadow Magic (originating in Khrysalis). You can find spells on trainers all over the Spiral, as well as in various Lore CCG packs and on the Loremaster in Dragonspyre.
Member Benefits: Being a member now really has its perks. Since launch we’ve added extra backpack space and friends lists, faster crafting and hatching timers, faster energy regen, and all the temporary member benefits like double gardening, double pet xp, and more!
Missed last week's KI Live? Watch it now on YouTube! We covered a bunch of Wizard101 10th Anniversary content, some really cool updates to Pirate101, Animal Cove's global launch, and more!
Tom’s Top 10 KI Live Moments
For those of you who don’t know, KingsIsle Live is the monthly livestream where KingsIsle shares news about all of our games, MMO and mobile. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we asked Tom and Leah (prolific KI Live hosts) what their 10 favorite KI Live moments are.
Today’s post is a top 10 list from the man himself, Tom Purdue! He sent over his favorite moments and his explanations for why they’re his favorites. We’ve added links so you don’t have to hunt through hours and hours of KingsIsle Live. Get ready to laugh, cry, and… who am I kidding? You’ll mostly be laughing!
MMORPG.com: Interview with the Devs
From MMORPG.com: "Well, it's not every day that you see an MMO turn 10 years old. Wizard101's community made sure to celebrate the grand occasion by participating in in-game events, sending appreciation messages to KingsIsle, and visiting their favorite professors in Ravenwood. In other words, September 2nd was certainly a busy day for the spiral's wizards. With Wizard101's Steam launch inching closer and closer, the spiral is only expected to get even bigger. To gain some insight on this amazing milestone (and see what's coming up in the game's future), I caught up with Senior Creative Designer of MMO Content, Leah Ruben, and Lead Wizard101 Creative Designer, Sam Johnson. KingsIsle community members would better know Leah Ruben as Professor Falmea and Sam Johnson as Blind Mew."
Although it means there’s no discounted zone this month, we couldn’t help but return to the original Wizard City. Now that it's newly remodeled and more welcome to new players than ever before, we continue our coverage of select zones to get a look at what’s unique.
Location: Ravenwood is the heart of Wizard City, just off the Commons.
Description: Ravenwood is the fortuitous spot where the Great World Tree, Bartleby, first took root when the Spiral was formed after the destruction of the First World. Bartleby is surrounded by six of the seven Spell Trees (Niles the Balance Tree sprouted up in Krokotopia, of course). The shade of the magical trees provided the perfect location for the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts classrooms (once again, not including the Balance School).
Secrets: The Mythic Eye spies one of the small Smiths.
Schools: Fire, Ice, Myth, Storm, Life, and… now where did that Death School go??
The World Door: Inside the World Tree lies the World Door – the magical gateway to every world of the Spiral. Every world of the Spiral has a World Door. Wizards can use a World Door to travel to any and all of the worlds that they have unlocked.
Don't Miss The Quests!: There are too many exciting Side Quests that originate in Ravenwood to pick just one. Instead, let us offer up an entire side gameplay mechanic! No trip to Ravenwood would be complete without stopping by to see what Daily Quest Aegon Statz has for you.
Who’s that Boss? Since Ravenwood is a no-combat zone, you won’t be fighting any big bosses here, but you may see an interesting “visitation” from students learning their new spells or a giant firey phoenix flying overhead during our birthday.
Screenshot of the Month
We love to see your screenshots every month! Photomancy is now live with thousands of Wizards capturing unique instances of their gameplay experiences! Send us your best (three max please) screenshots every month to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see what you capture!
This month’s Screenshot of the Month comes from Amber Hawksong, who captured this great image of her group hanging out in front of one of their homes:
We’ll be uploading all the screenshots received over the past month to Facebook soon. Thanks!
This summer has seen a good increase in fan art with some amazing works submitted to us on a daily basis! Our spotlight this month goes to Michelle Spiritwhisper for this fantastic concept art of her Triple Crowns hat:
Michelle adds, “The new crowns hat is exactly what a posh wizard like me was looking for!”
And, just because it was so cool, we wanted to show you this anniversary picture again, and give credit to the amazing Victoria Thundershard!
This is fabulous work from both of you. Thank you for sharing with the community!
We need to see more art from our fans! Do you have something to share? Send it to us in an email to community@Wizard101.com ASAP! We’re always in need of more fan art. Thanks!
What's Up in the Community?
Here are a bunch of upcoming events by the community!
The unaffiliated-with-KingsIsle “Community Newsletter” had a great selection of Wizard101-related links this month from around the web. NOTE: Be sure to visit and follow their Twitter page for more information. To subscribe to their newsletter, send a Direct Message to them over Twitter inquiring to be added or email them at email@example.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending them an email with the phrase “UNSUB”