Hot on the heels of Wizard101’s 11th birthday, we’re gearing up for the game’s fall update! What could be included? Don't risk digging yourself into a hole trying to guess!
We'll eventually be turning on Test Realm so you can explore all the new content. Meanwhile, Tony Gaddis, Sr. Animator here at KingsIsle, posted a really cool work in progress animation model on his Twitter page. Check it out!
Now for a quick look back on all the sunny September activities:
SEP 02: Wizard101’s 11th Birthday
SEP 10: Winners announced for the 2019 Birthday Party Decorating Contest
SEP 12: New Sinbad Hoard pack
SEP 13: Abracadoodle #200 two-parter
SEP 17: New Life Deckathalon event and Beastmoon Hunt
SEP 17: New Strout dance emote
SEP 23: New Best Fabled Friends Pet bundle and Phoenix and Cloud Wyvern bundles
SEP 24: New Super Nimbari Hoard Pack
OCT 01: Halloween festivities kicked off along with new items and events
As always, keep updated daily on the latest news for next month on Twitter and Facebook!
macOS UPDATE WARNING – ACCESS TO WIZARD101
Apple will be releasing the macOS Catalina update anytime now. If you upgrade right away to Catalina, you will not be able to play Wizard101 or Pirate101.
The good news is that we’re working on making both games Catalina compatible. To ensure your game access is not interrupted, please wait to install Catalina until we announce full support for the new OS.
Thanks for your patience as we work on this updated functionality. We will notify you as soon as support for Catalina becomes available!
KI LIVE WITH SPARCK & PROFESSOR FALMEA
KI Live in September was rockin’ the boat with all sorts of Pirate101 shenanigans, including both the game’s birthday and the new content that just went into the game! Watch the show below on YouTube:
For more videos and livestreams, be sure to subscribe to KingsIsle's YouTube channel!
A tip from this month’s KI Live comes from community member Jason ThunderThief:
“Carrying around feint TC blades helps when fighting difficult bosses!” - Jason ThunderThief
BEASTMOON HUNT DEV DIARY VIDEO PART 2
We wrapped up the behind-the-scenes look at what the Beastmoon Hunt events are all about and how they were built from the ground up in this latest developer video diary!
2019 HALLOWEEN DECORATION CONTEST
Screenshot from Alexandra Dragon
BOO! Get the cobwebs out of the attic and candy out of the cupboards, because it's time to celebrate Halloween in spooky style! Put your decorating skills to the ultimate test in our new 2019 Halloween Decoration Contest! This contest is for both Wizard101 and Pirate101.
Share your ghoulish creations as instructed below throughout the contest period. You’ll get a chance to win some great prizes, plus receive tons of design tips from your fellow players. We’ll even be featuring contest winners this October 31st on KI Live! Since KI Live is on Halloween, we may even have a few of our developers transform into nightmarish creatures for the show.
Prizes include the following:
1 Grand Ghoul: 30,000 Crowns + Obsidian Mimic Pet + Spider Rider Mount
With KingsIsle’s QA Tester – Kayly Ginsberg (aka Vanessa Mythdust!)
Swordroll’s Blog released a new developer article with our very own Kayly Ginsberg, aka Vanessa Mythdust! Kayly has always showed interest in sharing her unique journey, so we were both eager and happy to collaborate and make this post happen!
“The tricky part of game development is that if you fix one bug, ten more could potentially be created. Some issues are super easy to spot (a feature not working), but others are harder to find and sometimes almost unnoticeable. For example, each terrain in Wizard101 and Pirate101 has a different sounding footstep. Whenever I test a new zone, I check to make sure that the footstep sound you hear corresponds with what you're walking on. If you're running up to a boss across some dirt, I'm going to make sure that you're actually hearing the dirt sound and not wood, stone, or grass. Little things like that are small details that I never really thought about as a player.” - Kayly Ginsberg
Just in time for this month’s Halloween contest, a reminder that we want to add a monthly spotlight of a decorated house or dorm room! If you have an amazingly extravagant and interesting house to share, or simply a cute, quaint one, please email a few screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it spotlighted in one of the upcoming newsletters!
Please let us know your submission is for ‘Decorator’s Corner’, as we also received screenshots for our Facebook page and other content areas. Thanks!
FAN SCREENSHOT SPOTLIGHT
This screenshot is from Stephanie from the recent birthday celebrations (party!). Here she is riding her new Sinbad Hoard Pack Roc Mount. The party doesn’t start until Stephanie and her Roc Mount arrive!
FAN ART SPOTLIGHT
For this month’s spotlight, we are showcasing DarkRapier’s Balance Wizard at the beach:
"As I've spent time adventuring the Spiral with my Wizard101 characters, I've grown attached to the colorful stories that the game worlds and the NPCs have to offer. Because of that, I have decided to construct some of my own fan lore, based on my in-game characters. I hope through my digital paintings, I am able to offer a glimpse into another interpretation of the Spiral universe." - DarkRapier
We would love to see more screenshots and art from the community for next month’s newsletter. Do you have something amazing to share? Send it to us in an email to community@Wizard101.com! We’re always interested in showing off more fan art, gameplay guides, and other content.
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