Exciting New Pirate101 Updates!

Pirate101 has added some awesome new updates to the game, including a new pack! Click the image above for more details!

Lots o' Pirate101 Swag!

Click to check out all the new items in the Pirate101 Zazzle store! And keep an eye out for more new items in the future as well!

Pirate101 guides are now available!

Get information about secret pets, Spiral maps, clues to Zeke quests and more!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Reminder and Vacation!

Ahoy!

This is just a note to let you guys know that I will be gone for approximately the next 10-14 days or so on a family vacation.  I do have several posts that I made in advance and scheduled to appear at certain times, so be sure to look for those.

Also, only a couple more days left to submit a Pirate101 screenshot for my July post!  You can see the details here: Monthly Picture Submission.

And best of all, when I get back from vacation, I will be having some type of contest or giveaway to celebrate Secrets of the Spiral hitting 101,000 site views as a thanks everyone who visits! :)

So that's all for now! I will see you all soon! I hope ya'll have a great time in the spiral while I am gone! :)



Monday, July 29, 2013

Happy Birthday.......Or Merry Edmas?

Hey there all ye Wizards and Pirates!

As many of you may know, yesterday was Edward Lifegem's (Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem) birthday.  Ian Stormstaff (Wizards Unite) and I decided that it would be fun to throw a party for him.  And what better way to have a July birthday party for someone who loves Christmas than to have a Christmas in July party?

We hosted the party at my two houses, The North Pole for games and the Christmas theme, and my Celestial Observatory for PvP.  I also had Wizard101 and Edward Lifegem themed trivia and gave away about 25-30 Yuletide packs.  Other than that, I had a lot of fun just hanging out with friends and talking.  I hope everyone who came had fun too!  Here are some pictures.
Edward, Ian and I in the Gobbler's house at The North Pole
Game time! :)
(Photo courtesy of Ian Stormstaff)
Hanging out in the ice tunnel at The North Pole
(Photo courtesy of Ian Stormstaff)
Trivia, PvP, and chillin' at the Observatory
More PvP!
(Photo courtesy of Ian Stormstaff)
The Famous Ninja Bunny Lord and The Famous Edward Santagem!
(Photo courtesy of Ian Stormstaff)
Dance Line!  This was at the end of the party after people had already left.
If you didn't get to be in this picture, make sure to come next year! :)
(Photo courtesy of Edward Lifegem)
I had a ton of fun at this party! But as you can maybe tell, I was busy and didn't get many pictures (only 2).  So thank you to Ed and Ian for letting me use a few of theirs!  Anyway, I hope I will be able to do this every year.  If you couldn't make it to this one, there is always the next one!

Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks to all of you for reading.  See you in the spiral! :)


Friday, July 26, 2013

Sparty Party Review

Ahoy!

Yesterday was the Sparty Party on Pirate101.  A bunch of pirates got together to fight Captain Spartacus. I had a great time! And we even got the Kraken Horn from him.  Thanks to everyone who came!

Unfortunately I was too busy chatting and multitasking that I didn't get to take many pictures of this event, but here is one I did get.

 I will be having lots more events in the future, so if you couldn't make it to this one, don't worry!  And if you have never come to an NXP party, you should give it a try! They are a great way to nautical level, get gold and just have an awesome time chatting with other pirates.  Thanks for reading! See you soon! :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Witchdoctor Dorm Room

Ahoy!

The other day I did some gold farming so I could buy some of the new items that were released in the last update.  I got enough gold to buy the Witchdoctor house, as well as some of the Witchdoctor furniture sets.  Actually, I bought 2 of each furniture set because I knew I wanted some duplicate items. Here is what each pack comes with:

Bedroom Set - themed floor, themed wallpaper, lamp, square rug, bookcase, bedside table, & themed bed
Dining Room Set - wood chair, oval rug, round table, fruit bowl, branded floor, stove, & buffet table.
Living Room Set - coffee table, cushioned chair, beanbag chair, branded wallpaper, end table, couch, & aquarium

Each class has the same items in their packs, just in their class theme and colors.  And you can also get separate fountains, chairs and beds for each class as well.

Since I'm not too good at decorating houses (it takes me forever to decide where to put everything), I decided to make my dorm into a Witchdoctor themed dorm.  I used everything from the packs (some items I used duplicates of), except the coffee table, which is huge! Seriously, it takes up like 1/4 of my dorm.  Anyway, here are some pictures.
An overview of the whole dorm
Hanging out area-type place
Living room
Kitchen area
Bedroom
I hoped you liked seeing my dorm, and a preview of what the furniture looks like! :)  See you in the spiral! :)


Friday, July 19, 2013

Treasure Hunt Contest

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Guess what! It's contest time! I figured what better way for pirates to have a contest than to have a treasure hunt!  Here's how it will work.  All around the blog there are treasure chests hidden that look like this:
This is an example chest.
It is not part of the contest
When you find a chest, click it.  You will get a message either saying "Try Again" or you will be lucky and get a message giving you a code for a 7-Day Pennyfarthing Rental and 1,000 Crowns.  Be the first to redeem the code and win the prize!

Starting Monday, July 22nd, I will be hiding 1 code each day for 5 days.  There is a catch though.  The first day there will be 15 chests hidden throughout the site. Each day I will be adding 3 more chests and moving some of the previous ones around.  On the last day, there will be a total of 30 chests hidden throughout the site.

To give more people a chance, I will be hiding the codes at different times each day.  The dates and times can be found listed below. The times are all Eastern.  You can follow my Twitter for updates as well.

Monday, July 22 @ 9:00am  - Found by anthonygem
Tuesday, July 23 @ 5:00pm - Found by Blaze FireBreath
Wednesday, July 24 @ 12:00pm - Found by Sophia TitanHeart
Thursday, July 25 @ 3:00pm - Found by Jacob DeathHorn
Friday, July 26 @ 11:00am - Found by Luke Spiritfriend
Bonus Code for 1 - $10 gift card - Found by Quick Lucas Newell

Good luck to everyone, and happy hunting! :)  Have fun! :)

*Note* If you are under 13 years old, please get permission from your parent or guardian before entering this contest! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pennyfarthing Raffle

Ahoy!

I have some codes to give away for  7-Day Pennyfarthing Rentals and 1,000 Crowns.  So I have decided to raffle off 5 of them!  The others will be part of a contest that will be announced tomorrow.  Anyway, this Raffle starts tonight at midnight and will last for one week. There will be 5 winners who will be chosen randomly. Good luck! :)

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New Pirate101 Housing and More!

Ahoy!

Yesterday Pirate101 announced that the game would be down for a short maintenance while they brought some updates to the game early this morning, and WOW! They did not disappoint at all! They brought tons of new things that have been frequently requested.  I will give you an overview of some, but you can see the complete list in the update notes.

New Class Houses
One of the major updates was the new houses.  These are the most epic houses available for either game so far. The Kingsisle game team really outdid themselves this time.  Each one contains a PVP area, items to interact with, hidden areas, and more space than I know what to do with! They are really awesome! And each one costs only 10,000 crowns or 100,000 gold! Here is a sneak peek at the outside of each one, as well as a description!  *Note* Thanks to Sorceress Miklai for letting me view her houses!

Skullrock Stronghold (Buccaneer)
This house is awesome, with rain and lightning.  When you arrive, you see this huge skull with the house built on top of it.  And when you go inside, it just keeps going up and up and up. There is an interactable practice area with Armada dummies, a catapult, a gong to summon Luska, and a hidden aquarium!

Sharpshooter's Citadel (Musketeer)
The musketeer house looks like a castle.  There is lots of room inside and a practice shooting/target range where you can shoot pop-up Armada guys! There are also interactable cannons and guns outside that you can shoot to defend your fortress!

Commodore's Garrison (Privateer)
This house is one of my favorites.  It looks a lot like Marleybone or Port Regal to me.  There is actually 2 smaller houses and one medium/larger house that are all connected by an underground sewer system!  There is a hidden War Room in the larger house and a bell you can ring in the PVP area.  I also found out on Twitter that there is a fountain you can interact with as well! (Credit to Alric Ravensinger)  How cool is that!?!

Rake's Lagoon (Swashbuckler)
The swashbuckler house is decorated with a statue of El Toro.  There are 2 house/building type areas to decorate, as well as a shipwrecked ship that you can go inside of and decorate too!  And don't miss out on the hidden area behind the fireplace and the surprise behind the bookshelves!

Haunted Grotto (Witchdoctor)
This is my favorite house by far!  The colors are so vibrant and I love the area that is hidden behind the giant.....um.....Voodoo thingy's mouth!  This is also where you can find the PVP area in this house.  And make sure you stop at the self-stirring cauldron for some eyeball soup!  This house is so big I actually don't think I got to see all of it.  But I can't wait to get my own! :)



















Ryan the Relentless's Yum-n-ade 
Chillin' with Ryan the Relentless :)
Low on health?  You can now visit Ryan the Relentless in Skull Island.  His Yum-n-ade stand in located between the robe shop and the weapon shop.  Talk to him to refill your health for only 100 gold.  If you aren't already familiar with the story of this NPC, you can read all about it on Kingsisle's blog.

New Crown Shop Additions
There are lots of new items/features in the crown shop, including a new elixer, housing items and best of all.....GIFTING! They have also added a couple new categories to make it easier to find things.  Read about a few of the new features below :)

Gifting
This is a feature that I have been hoping for since the game went live, and I am really happy they finally added it!  Gifting allows you to purchase certain items with crowns and send them to a friend.  This feature can be turned on in the parental controls section of your account for people under 18 years old.

Class Furniture
There are new furniture items for each class that are sold in sets of 7.  Each class has 3 different sets, for a total of 21 items. These can be bought for 4500 crowns or 22500 gold.  There are also a few single items for each class (beds, chairs, fountains) that can be bought for between 1750 and 5000 gold.

Teleporters
Teleporters can be placed in your house or dorm and come in 8 different colors. They allow you to transport from one place to another, either inside the same house, or to a location in a different house. If you aren't sure how they work, the update notes explain more. They are available for 2500 crowns each or 9995 crowns for a pack of 6 random colors.

Mini-Games
There are 6 different mini-game stations that can now be bought and placed in your house.  You can purchase them singley for 2000 crowns each or as a pack of 6 for 7500 crowns.

So that's just a brief overview of the new updates.  You should log into the game and check them all out! Have fun and see you soon! :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Sparty Party!

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I had so much fun at my last NXP event, and there were several people who couldn't make it, that I have decided to have another one!  We will be doing the same thing as before, farming Captain Spartacos and the surrounding ships.  I am hoping to get armor or the figurehead this time!  So join me and we'll see how much we can scare Captain Sparty and his crew this time!  Details below:


Date:  Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time: 3:00pm Eastern
Where: Meet in Avery's Court, then port to Achaean Skyway
Realm: One Eyed Jack, area 1
Who:  Add Autumn Walker, level 2 and she will port you to Aquila

As always, this event is open to everyone, regardless of level.  Just make sure you have membership or crowns to access the area.  So grab your friends, a ship and come help sink some ships!  Hope to see you there! :)

Caption This Photo Winners

G'Morning' Me Hearties!

My Caption This Photo Contest is over and the winners have been chosen.  I have to say, you guys had me cracking up with some of the things you came up with.  I think it was one of my favorite contests to host so far!  Here is the photo I asked the participants to caption:
 And here are the winning entries:

First Prize
Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount & 2,500 crowns
Fearless Dante West
"Cyclops and the Missing Contact Lens Incident: 'By Aquila's Feathers! I had no idea this was the ladies' restroom!'"

Second Prize
Black Rain Shades & 2,500 crowns
Dark Wolf Xiriga
Pirate girl: Hey what's behind that door?
Cyclops: Um it's nothing
Inside the cyclops mind: I can't let her see my puppy collection

Third Prize
7-Day Pennyfarthing Mount Rental and 1,000 crowns
Fearless Morgan
Omg! He has 4 fingers!

Honorable Mentions
"Eye Eye" captain... I shall guard this door with my life!
-Crazy Cassidy

Argos: I'm trying to...hold back....one of the deadliest forces...in the Spiral
Pirate on Pennyfarthing: Yeah, we'll I'm trying to pop-a-wheely.
Argos: Zeus Help Us....
 -Dark Jack Kedge

" Please don't do it, I have only this one-eye!
 -Red Rachel Quincy

Your not coming in here riding that pennyfarthing like that.! You'll break everything!
-Wicked Esmeralda Nightingale

Pirate: Do you like my new hat?
Cyclops:  MY GOODNESS! It's hideous! Get it way from me!
-Silly Tiffany

This is what happens when you text and drive.
-Modest Morgan Morgan

No 2-eyed things allowed!
-Friendly Jack Maxwell

"All right, Are you gonna let me in or do I have to pull off a feather and start tickling those knobby knees?"
-Fair Christina Nightingale

"I don't care how good a rider you are. You're not going out without a helmet on."
-James Morgan

Thanks to everyone who entered!  I really enjoyed reading all the entries.  And congrats again to the winners! I have emailed your codes to you.  See you all in the spiral! :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Taco Farming Event Review

Ahoy Mateys!

Two days ago I had an NXP event to farm Captain Spartacos, aka Captain Taco.  Thanks to everyone who came! :) It ended up being a pretty good time! And better yet, we even got a couple of the crowns equivalent items (cannons and anchor) as well as a wheel that gives an AOE heal.

When we weren't fighting Taco Boy.....Uh, I mean Bird.........We were sinking the surrounding ships and collecting lots of gold, NXP and having fun chatting.  If you couldn't make it to this one, don't worry. I am planning another event for next week, so watch for that announcement!  Thanks again to everyone who came! See you soon! :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Polaris Bundle Contest Winners

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It's time to announce the winners for the Polaris Bundle contest.  First I would like to say thank you to everyone who entered. All the entries were awesome! There was some really great and creative ideas! However, I could only pick four winners So here they are!

Grand Prize 
Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount, Black Rain Shades and 10k crowns
Quick Lucas Newell

First Prize
Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount, Black Rain Shades and 5k crowns
Perilous Lenora Thatcher

Second Prize
Pernament Pennyfarthing Mount and 2,500 crowns
Cunning Jack

Third Prize
Black Rain Shades and 2,500 crowns
Dante West

Congrats to the winners!  You can read all the winning entries below, copy and pasted exactly as I received them.  And thanks again to everyone who entered! Be sure to watch for more contests and giveaways soon!

Quick Lucas Newell

House: Emperor Napoleguin’s Royal Castle 
Emperor Napoleguin’s Royal Castle is a house in a Polaris setting. The exterior consists of several frozen mountains, their peaks stretching as high as the top of the Castle. There are also many trees outside, all of them covered with ice and snow. Even the ground has snow on top of it, making it have a feel of wintertime and a cold environment.
The inside is what truly makes the house fit to be associated with Mr. Napoleguin. There will be pillars on either side of the front door, stretching up to the ceiling of the room. There is mostly an empty space here, fit for decorating as desired. To the left, there will be an opening leading to another room, which will be a room entirely dedicated to Napoleguin, with a statue of him towards the back of it and medals and emblems given to him on the walls. To the right of the main room is an area to “warm up” from the cold, which has a nice, warm feel to it that is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Both the left and right rooms will lead to a room farther back into the Castle, which puts the “royal” in Emperor Napoleguin’s Royal Castle. There is a large throne towards the back and a red carpet leading down to it. Statues of Penguins who served in the Polarian Revolution and the Polarian War are to the sides of the red carpet, as well as statues of what used to be Napoleguin’s servants.
There will be stairs leading up from the back room to a second floor. Here is a Polarian themed Tavern area, with a long table and several stools near it. It is still frozen and snowy like the rest of the house, and even the table looks as if it is made completely out of ice. One final room is connected to the Tavern area, which is Napoleguin’s planning room. There are maps of the entire Spiral on the wall (and some worlds we’ve never been to, as well!) and a map on a desk, which can be seen as a map of Valencia. It has a large X over an area known as Cadiz, showing that the Castle is not just Napoleguin’s home, but it is your Pirate’s now, too, so your missions and goals will be thought out here, too. Much of the house has very open, leaving room for it to be decorated with your own personal touch.
With Napoleguin trying to regain his throne back in Polaris, his Royal Castle might be empty for a little while. Long enough for your Pirate to occupy it for their own home with the purchase of this bundle!

Companion: Penguin Revolutionist 
The Penguin Revolutionist is a veteran from the Penguin Revolution, fighting under the legion of Emperor Napoleguin himself. He was deemed one of Napoleguin’s most tactical soldiers and saved Napoleguin from capture several times from the Walrus Tsars. After the Revolution was won, he was called upon once again many years later to fight in the Polarian War. The Penguin Revolutionist was issued to be a Captain of his own legion, but led his crew to disaster at the hands of the Royal Navy. After a well-devised distraction, he was able to escape from the clutches of Marleybone and fled on Marleybonean ship. As it turned out, it was bound for a Marleybonean colony in Skull Island: Port Regal. It was there that this brilliant soldier heard that a familiar friend was locked up in Fort Elena, the top prison in Port Regal: Emperor Napoleguin. He bought his own ship and found the Pirate after he began to start a new life and joined their crew, promising to not only help stop the Armada and find El Dorado, but to avenge Napoleguin and return him to his previous state as the supreme ruler of Polaris.
Statistics:
Class: Musketeer
Starting Epic: True Grit
*Comes with one extra Epic Talent*
Epic Pool: Crossfire, Double Tap, Quick Adjust, Quick Draw, True Grit
Starting Powers: Guaranteed Critical Strike (+1), Musketeer’s Menacing (x1 Damage, -25% Agility to enemy and -1 Speed for 3 Rounds)
One Promotion (Quest!!): Gains two additional Epic Talents, Musketeer’s Menacing changes to Musketeer’s Munition (x1 Damage, -25% Agility and -25% Damage to an enemy and -2 Speed for 3 Rounds)
Note that this is a ranged companion with a range of 5, similar to the range of Bonnie Anne, Jane Canary, Buffalo Bill, Loius le Bisque, etc.
Title: Penguin Revolutionist
Title After First Promotion: Penguin War Veteran
Name: Randomized – The name for this companion consists of two parts, a military title and a first name. The first names are similar to those that the pirate can choose when they are creating their character, but are more limited to those that fit the theme of this companion. The military titles include Corporal, Sergeant, Commander, Captain, Lieutenant, and General.
The Penguin Revolutionist cannot be obtained through means other than purchasing this bundle.

Mount: Ancient Walrus Tsar
There’s something about Polaris that not many people know… it’s actually based upon Imperial Russia, too! Of course, the Penguin Revolution changed that, and now it’s more based upon France, but, when we do venture off to Polaris, we might just see some ties to the Soviet Union! So, this Ancient Walrus Tsar is just that. He managed to escape Polaris when the days of the Polarian War began, and has sought a master ever since. He’s not too trained in the arts of combat, so he is content with taking his Captain wherever s/he needs to be, and, secretly, hopes to return to Polaris one day to see the state it has “fallen” to. Perhaps he may even believe that his cowardliness has brought Polaris’ fate upon the civilization, but, if he manages to reach El Dorado with the Pirate and their crew, he may just be satisfied with the knowledge that the entire Spiral will be safe once more.

Pet: Polar Bear Destroyer
This pet is a Polar Bear who claws at its enemies with its paws to attack. Its critical animation is jumping up in the air and pouncing on the enemy, then jumping back off. It’s more of a… vicious… type of creature from Polaris, to say the least.
Starting Epic: Flanking

Ship: Polarian Warship
The Polarian Warship is said to be straight from the Polarian War, used by a trusted soldier of Emperor Napoleguin (no, not the Penguin Revolutionist companion – he has many, many other trusted soldiers!). However, the captain abandoned their ship for unknown reasons, leaving it behind in a Skull Island port. A note on it read “Skyway Captains of the Spiral – take this ship as ye see fit to do so! Use it better than I, an’ only use it for the good of the Spiral!” Sounded promising enough, so, as the Pirate came across this Polarian Warship, it is now under their control!
The Polarian Warship is a Frigate, but it is a strong Frigate, at that. As other bundle ships do, this ship comes in tiers – a Level 10+ tier, a Level 20+ tier, a Level 30+ tier, and so on, in intervals in ten, up to a Level 60+ tier. Obviously, the higher tier you redeem, the stronger the ship will be. But, if you redeem a lower tier, you can use it sooner, so choose wisely!
As Polarian ship gear is not yet available for those who do not purchase this bundle, the Polarian Warship will come with a full set of ship gear that can be equipped to it. It is significantly stronger than other ships around its level, but it is, of course, still in line with them and would not be considered overpowered.

Gear: Napoleguin’s Attire
 Napoleguin’s Headgear of the Strong (Hat), Napoleguin’s Coat of War (Outfit), Napoleguin’s Shoes of Invulnerability (Boots).

Weapon: Napoleguin’s Pistol of Lost Time
 Don’t forget the weapon! The Polarian Wartime Bundle comes with Napoleguin’s Pistol of Lost Time, a one-handed pistol that packs quite a punch in combat!
The gear and weapon all have tiers like the Polarian Warship in intervals of ten, starting at Level 10+ and ending at Level 60+. The statistics for the Level 60+ tier of the gear are as follows:
Level 60 Hat:
+10 Accuracy
+5 Dodge
+5 Armor
+30 Resistance
+10 Agility
Comes With One Card: Musketeer’s Mastery
Level 60 Outfit:
+15 Accuracy
+5 Dodge
+5 Armor
+45 Resistance
+15 Agility
+150 Health
Comes With One Card: Musketeer’s Mettle
Level 60 Boots:
+5 Accuracy
+5 Armor
+20 Resistance
+10 Agility
Comes With One Card: Guaranteed Critical Strike (Ranged)
Level 60 Weapon:
Bonus From Agility
156 – 254 Magical Damage
4 Attack Range
Comes With One Card: Penguin Rush!
Card Effect: x1 Damage, Cone Formation, -25% Accuracy to Enemy, Lasts 5 Turns
Penguin Rush! is basically the opposite of Bonnie Anne’s Scatterblast power, as this power reduces the Accuracy of enemies while her Scatterblast power reduces the dodge of enemies.

*Important Note*
While only the Level 60+ tiers of the gear are listed here, it is worth mentioning that the cards to not change as the tiers increase or decrease. So, Musketeer’s Mastery, Musketeer’s Mettle, Guaranteed Critical Strike (Ranged), and Penguin Rush! will all be on any tier of the gear that you redeem.

Also, the Penguin Rush! card has a more comical animation. The player holds up one hand in the air, signaling a group of Penguin Soldiers to march in across the area affected by the blast. They will basically walk right over any enemy in that range, damaging them and reducing their Accuracy by 25% for 5 turns.


By the way… it might not be best to tell Napoleguin that you took one of his sets of attire and his prized weapon. Just making a guess here, but it probably won’t sit too well with him.

*Note from Autumn*  Lucas also sent in an awesome quest story he wrote for the companion he created for his bundle.  If you would like to read it, click this link: Sorry, this page is no longer available

Perilous Lenora Thatcher
I think of Polaris as a cross between the South Pole but with Russian/Poland tendencies.

My Polaris Bundle would include the following:

An Igloo House-This house would look like a traditional igloo but with LOTS of room AND many rooms on the inside. The dome portions could be turned so that there were plenty to connect and doorways (not needed on ALL the domes) to get outside to different areas. There would be ice everywhere inside and out to celebrate and honor Polaris's wintery landscape. There would be a frozen ice pond where our Charity Fa-la-la-llamas could skate to their bleating hearts content. Even though the house for our pirates is an igloo it would be nestled into a snow covered pine forest. You would be able to see the Polarian Metropolis off toward the horizon where there are building and shops with the colorfully twisted turrets (like pictured). It would look just like one of those Christmas snow globes. There will also be a PvP area on another pond.

Pics attached to this are: Double igloo, Snow Village, & the Russian Federal building.


 A Polar Bear Companion-The companion will be a Musketeer. He will look like the one that we had showing up on our launcher a couple months back. His weapon will be a musket/bayonet hybrid and his Critical attack will involve shooting from the musket then finishing by stabbing them with the end of the bayonet. His Epic ability that he comes with will be Overwatch. He can choose to be trained in the following Epics: Overwatch x2 & x3, Crossfire x1 & x2, Quick Adjust x1 & x2, Burstfire x1 & x2, & True Grit x1, x2, & x3. He will also get one power card called "Kwas Kegs" (kwas being the national drink of Poland) to place 5 Powder Kegs in an X formation. The Talents he can train in are: Accurate, Dodgy, Lucky, Rough, Agility, Tough, & Will. He would do a little dance like the one here from :35-:39 when he gets healed or defeats his opponent.

Sled Dog Mount-This will be a two passenger mount. It will be a sled pulled by either 2 or 4 (depending on aesthetics) Siberian Husky dogs.

(I am basing this off of a level 65 pirate for the tiers)Napoleguin Admiral Attire-You will get the outfit that Napoleguin is wearing when we go to let him out of Fort Elena in Port Regal Skyway. The hat will come with a Cyclone Round power card, 15 Accuracy, 18 Will, 22 Armor, 9 Damage. The outfit will come with a Sniper Shot power card, 18 Agility, 34 Resistance, 9 Damage, & 83 Health. The boots will come with Cannister Shot power card, 10 Agility, 15 Dodge, 12 Resistance, 6 Damage

Charleville Musket-This is almost the same kind of musket that Napolean used. This weapon will come with an Overwatch card to give your pirate that ability when equipped. It is boosted by Agility and it's damage will vary depending on the tier. Around 255 for a level 65 pirate.

A Penguin Pet-This will be a little Penguin pet dressed up like a cross between a toy soldier and a Nutcracker. 
He will have one of those old fashion toy rifle guns that had the little rubber stopper tied onto a string (pop gun?). His attack will be to try to shoot the enemy but since the gun doesn't work he will reverse it and just bop them on the head with the stock end. His class (where he gets his JuJu from) will be Privateer with Strength. His Epic ability will be First Strike. Attached pic for this is of a toy pop gun

One Year Subscription OR 60,000 Crowns-You can choose a one year sub to be applied to either P101 or W101 OR you can choose 60,000 Crowns to use toward either game account.

The price is $89 and it will be available at GameStop-This is a card like the Boochbeard bundle because you get a house, mount, companion, & pet! Not to mention that full year sub OR all those crowns to buy the game 
 

Cunning Jack
House: A large glacier-like island, covered in snow. The surrounding sky is dark blue. The main house looks similar to St. Basil’s Cathedral. (Picture below.) In front of the structure, there is a large courtyard/PvP Arena, up to 2v2. Many pathways encircle the island, and two lead into ice caves. One cave is a large room, big enough to make into whatever you want. (Treasury, Armory, etc.) The other is a secret entrance into the house. Inside the house, there are 3 floors, not counting the turrets. The top floor leads into the two turrets that can be entered, the main one on top of the house and the rightmost one. There are three main rooms in the top floor. The ground floor has five rooms, including the main hall. You can also enter the leftmost turret from this floor. The basement has two rooms. The back room is missing the left wall, as that is where the ice entrance connects to the house. This room also has a stack of pickled herring in the corner (cannot be moved or picked up.) Also, there are 5 turrets placed around the island that can be entered, and two that can’t be entered that serve as the gate between the island and the docks.

Ship: Similar to the kind seen in the Napoleguin puppet show, a French style ship covered in icicles and frost. Galleon-sized. Can be redeemed at the same tiers as the other bundle’s ships.
Figurehead: Emperor Napoleguin figurehead. Origin: Polaris Size: Galleon. Looks like Napoleguin. Can be redeemed at the same levels as the other bundle’s figureheads. Gives the following cards at each level it’s redeemed: Frost Arrows, Frozen Grape Shot, Snow Queen, Icy Shot, Frozen Bar Shot, Ymir’s Hammer, Frost Gorgon.

Outfit: Polaris Guard Uniform. Pictures below. Boots give Will, Resistance, and Dodge. Outfit gives Strength, Health, Accuracy, and Damage. Hat gives Agility, Armor, and Accuracy. Each will give powers depending on the tier. Tier 3+ gives Discipline (Boots) and Claw Trap (Outfit). Tier 6+ gives Discipline (Boots), Bear Trap (Outfit), and Call to Arms (Hat). Redeems at same levels as other outfits in other bundles.


Weapon: Imperial Guard Kit: A slashy/shooty weapon combo. Relies on strength/agility (It gets the bonus from whichever you have more of, i.e. if you have more strength than agility, the weapon gets a bonus from strength and vice versa.) The sword looks like the Royal Navy Sabre from the Admiral Bundle, but shorter with a gold hilt and blue blade. The gun looks like a gold/blue flintlock pistol. Gives the epic Flanking. Redeems at the same levels as the other bundle weapons.

Companions: One of five different companions. You get the companion that is the same class as the pirate you redeemed it on, and unlock the rest for purchase in the Crown shop. They all promote at level 25 for 2500 gold and level 55 for 5500 gold. They all gain two epics after the first promotion, and one epic after the second promotion. They all have randomized names.



Polar Bear Recruit. Buccaneer. Wears a small cap and old armor. Carries an axe. Comes with Critical Strike and Flanking. Upon promotion 1 (Polar Bear Guard), gains a larger fur hat and better armor. Gains Critical Strike 2 and Valor’s Shield. Upon promotion 2 (Polar Bear Warden), gains gold inlay for armor, hat, and axe, as well as several medals on his armor. (Picture below.)  Gains Critical Strike 3 and Valor’s Fortress. Epics: Flanking, Hold the Line, Repel Boarders, Relentless, Vengeance Strike.


Penguin Picket. Musketeer. Looks like Napoleguin’s personal guard (Seen in Fort Elena), but plainer. Comes with Critical Strike and Overwatch. Upon promotion 1 (Penguin Watcher), looks exactly like the guardsmen. Gains Critical Strike 2 and Incendiary Shot. Upon promotion 2 (Penguin Sentinel), the uniform becones gold-lined and fancy, he gets gold casings around the musket, and he gains lots of medals. Gains Critical Strike 3 and Inferno Shot. Epics: Overwatch, True Grit, Parting Shot, Quick Adjust, Double Tap.


Fox Hermit. Witchdoctor. Female arctic fox. Wears a ragged robe and has a wooden staff. Comes with Improved Mojo Blast and Ghostwail. Upon promotion 1 (Fox Vagabond), robes become smoother and nicer, staff gains crystal at top. Gains Soulreaver and Vulture’s Gift. Upon promotion 2 (Fox Pariah), robes become ornate and fancy, staff becomes straight and crystal becomes smooth. Gains Mournsong and Crow’s Song. Epics: Improved Mojo Blast, Jobu’s Ruse, Mojo Rising, Readied Spell, Coward’s Bane.

Polar Bear Exile. Swashbuckler. Female Polar Bear. Wears ragged, thrown-together armor, carries two rusty swords. Comes with Critical Strike and First Strike. Upon promotion 1 (Polar Bear Rebel), armor becomes more wholesome and clothes are less ragged. The swords are better looking, with only a few rust spots. Gains Critical Strike 2 and Assassin’s Mist. Upon promotion 2 (Polar Bear Revolutionary), armor is a general’s armor, and clothes are not ragged at all. Swords are now gleaming and fancy. Gains Critical Strike 3 and Assassin’s Gloom. Epics: First Strike, Flanking, Riposte, Cheap Shot, Second Chance.

Walrus Lieutenant. Privateer (ranged). Male Walrus. Wears plain army clothes. Comes with Rouse and Parting Shot. Upon promotion 1 (Walrus Captain), his clothes become fancier and he gains a few medals. Gains Rally and Gunnery. Upon promotion 2 (Walrus Major), clothes become even fancier and he gains more medals, and he has a (unusable) sword at his belt. Gains Revive and Artillery. Epics: Parting Shot, Quick Draw, Overwatch, Burst fire, Crossfire.

Mount: Snow Leopard. Similar in animation to the jaguar mount from the Tribal Crew Pack, but is a snow leopard. Very fast. No trade, no auction.

1 month subscription or 5000 crowns.

Cost: $39.00 USD.

Dante West
The Polaris Bundle
includes...

1) Polaris Long Ship (similar to Viking long-ship, and unlike other Pirate 101 ships, this one has many great paddles along with the sails, making it one of the most maneuverable ships, as well as having short reload times with one of the fiercest projectiles-Valhalla Bolts)

2) Polaris Berserker Twins (two deadly Polaris Bear Warrior brothers that look like Viking Polar Bears; one brother functions as one of the most heavily armored tank Companions around-the best of the Buccaneers-and the other brother specializes as an attack-happy Swashbuckler; both have plenty of health to start with, and the Swashbuckler is slightly thinner than the Buccaneer)

3) Ice Palace Isle with an Igloo Housing Attachment (the player receives a glacial isle with a grand palace of icy spires and a customizable igloo "garage" or extra house)

4) Polaris Pack (the pack acquired through the Polaris Bundle is not a hoard pack, as it will ALWAYS include one of the biggest, yet still agile mounts-the Polaris Poliphant, which looks like a great, frosty blue Mammoth; two pets: the Polaris Lion-a ferocious lion/seal hybrid, and the Hyperborean Hydra-a magic frost dragon with a suitable number of heads; housing items such as: a Crystal Valhalla Throne, a Polaris War Shield and Axes, a Crystal Chandelier, a pile of Polaris Gemstones and Crystals, a blue and purple Polaris Carpet, a Polaris Mug, a Feast Table- with a feast fit for a Viking on a long table with benches-a letter of opened, frosted parchment entitled "War Dispatch," a Bed of Hides, and a book collection of icy blue tomes entitled "Lore of the Polarian Bear Kings;" the pack in the bundle will also include the Polarian Iron Warrior's Set, which includes: the Ice Trident [halberd/spear that is quite powerful, giving the user an added Avalanche skill], the Snow Scepter [casts an eerie blue glow and gives an added Blizzard skill], a Polarian Great Axe and Great Saber, a Polarian Shield and Cutlass [which looks to be fashioned from steel an a saber-tooth's fang], the "Hermit Collection" [Eskimo esc clothing and armor], the "Cold Mail Collection" [tough Polarian armor outfit, making the character look like a Viking], Polarian Throwing Axes, the Polarian Set [which has a Polarian Valhalla Crossbow and an Icicle Spear], dual-wielding Polarian Valhalla Crossbows, and dual-wielding Valhalla Cutlasses)

5) Polaris Berserker Twins Promotion Quests (which, upon completion of the side-story, will reveal the secret of the Lost Polarian Treasure...) *these quests will also include info on Arctic Environmental Preservation, but with kind, family-friendly learning lessons, and a portion of the money used to pay for the bundle will go to reputable charity organizations

6) 10,000 Crowns

Cost: $39 as the initial, introduction and promotional fee, and $49 after the limited-time beginning offer   


Those are all the winning entries I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!  See you in the spiral :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Guide to Ancient Tomes in Marleybone & Aquila

Ahoy!
I am back with the locations to some new Ancient Tomes, or Training Tomes, that are hidden around Pirate101.  These new ones are in the two worlds that were just released, Marleybone and Aquila.  If you are looking for the Tomes that are in the other worlds, please see this guide: Guide to Ancient Tomes.  Good luck finding them!

Marleybone
Walkie's Hotel, Airdale Pier, The Isle of Fetch Docks, Westminster Skyway
Go up the stairs and into the room where the 2nd and 3rd fights are. There is another small room off to the right. The Tome is in there, on the table.

Aquila
The Labyrinth, Knossos, Achaean Way
There are many different ways to reach the ancient tome in this location. However, I have outlined the most direct route in red for you.  And for those of you who may do better with descriptions than maps, here is how to get to the tome. When you enter, go left (the only way you can go). Take your first right and you will come to an area where you have to fight Skeleton Hoplites. After you fight, run straight through the room. In the next area go left, right, right, left, right, and finally left again to get to another room. Take the path across and down to the right, not the one directly across from you. Go right, then immediately left.  Take the first left again and go around the corner. The tome is on the floor at the end.

These are the only 2 tomes I have been able to find in the new content.  However, if i come across more, I will update.  I am also going to add these to my Guide to Ancient Tomes.  Good luck and see you in the spiral! :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Taco Farming Time! (NXP)

Ahoy!

It's been awhile since my last NXP event, so let's have another!  Come join me for some ship sinking fun in Aquila.  We will be in the area in Achaean Skayway where Captain Spartacos (aka Captain Taco) is. He drops tons of awesome ship parts for the Aquila Galleon, as well as the other Aquila ships.  And we can also fight the surrounding ships for lots and lots of NXP!  See the complete details below. Hope to see you there! :)


Date:  Sunday, July 14, 2013
Time: 6:30pm Eastern
Where: Meet in Avery's Court, then port to Achaean Skyway
Realm: One Eyed Jack, area 1
Who:  Add Autumn Walker, level 2 and she will port you to Aquila

This event is open to everyone! Just make sure you have either a membership or crowns to purchase the area.  And a ship would be helpful too :)  Hope to see you there! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Promotions

Ahoy!

I mentioned awhile back that I had promoted both Ratbeard and Bonnie Anne.  I have been trying to decide how to go about making posts about their promotion quests, but I keep running into the same problem.....These quest stories are so awesome that I don't want to give too much away!  And I have waited so long to make this post, I have actually completed Bat Masterson's promotion quest as well!  And his quest was just as great as the other 2. So here is an overview of each quest, with a few pictures. I hope I don't give away too many spoilers!

Ratbeard
This was the first promotion I completed with the new content, when he reached level 55.  When we go talk to Ratbeard in the tavern, he tells us that Lasko wants him to atone for all his sins by helping a certain someone named.....SCROOGE!  I have to say that I absolutely love this story line! Actually it may be my favorite one in the game so far!  I won't give too many details, but I will say that while part of the quest is in Marleybone, you also have to go to Mooshu and Skull Island.  Here are a few pictures.





















Bonnie Anne
Bonnie Anne promotes when she reaches level 57.  Her quest actually gives some information about her background and her family.  As a matter of fact, her brother, Guy Fox, plays a prominent role in this quest.  I liked that this quest is all in Marleybone. Less running around is a good thing sometimes.  However, I was slightly disappointed in the ending of this quest, even though I understand why they made it the way it is. But again, not giving away too many spoilers, so I can't say too much.


Bat Masterson
Bat Masterson (and the other Magnificent Seven companions) promotes at level 60.  This quest was fun, but kind of long, although that wasn't a bad thing! :)  I loved the idea of competing in the Contest of Champions, and I did like that there was a twist near the end, right when I thought I was done.  Again, I don't want to say too much here, but this really was another great quest!










So that's a small overview of each of the promotions that were released with the Marleybone and Aquila content.  I may go into more depth for each one when I continue leveling on my Privateer, but for now, I didn't want to spoil too much.  I do have to say that Kingsisle definitely put a lot of thought into these quests and made them very enjoyable!

I hoped you enjoyed reading! See you in the spiral! :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Caption This Photo Contest

Ahoy!

Time for another contest!  All you have to do to enter is this:
  • Think of a caption for the photo below and send it to secretsofthespiral@hotmail.com
  • Make sure to include your pirate's name in the email and "Caption Contest" in the subject line.
  • All entries must be received by Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:00pm Eastern.
  • If you are under 13, please make sure to get your parent/guardian's permission before entering.
Sound good?  Here is the picture:

I will be choosing and announcing 3 winners by Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  These will be the prizes.
  • First Prize:  Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount and 2,500 crowns
  • Second Prize:  Black Rain Shades and 2,500 crowns
  • Third Prize:  7-Day Pennyfarthing Mount Rental and 1,000 crowns
Good luck to everyone who enters!  And be sure to keep an eye on my Contests page for more contests!  See you in the spiral! :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

Ahoy Me Hearties!

I would just like to say Happy Fourth of July to all ye pirates and wizards out there!  Have an awesome day and stay safe!  See you in the spiral! :)


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Be Cool with a Polaris Bundle (Contest)

Ahoy!

I don't know if it's the heat or what, but I am in a Polaris mood lately!  Can ya'll tell?  So let's take an imaginary adventure to Polaris to stay cool! And what better way to stay cool on our imaginary trip than going with the new Pennyfarthing mount and Black Rain Shades!  Here is your chance to win these awesome items, plus some crowns as well!  Here is what you have to do:

  • Create a Polaris themed bundle (similar to the Cutthroat, Admiral and Boochbeard bundles. Not a hoard pack.) Tell me what items will be included, and what they will look like.  Will your bundle include a house, ship or both? A cool companion or pet? What about gear? And how much will it cost?  Be as creative and detailed as possible! Graphics aren't required, but are always welcome.
  • Once you create your bundle, email it to secretsofthespiral@hotmail.com.  Please include your pirate's name in the email and put "Polaris Bundle Contest" in the subject line.
  • Please make sure all entries are family friendly!
  • This contest will end Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:00pm Eastern.
  • If you are under 13 years old, please make sure you have your parent/guardian's permission before entering.
The winners will be announced no later than Monday, July 15, 2013.  The prizes will be as follows:

  • Grand Prize - Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount, Black Rain Shades, and 10,000 crowns
  • First Prize - Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount, Black Rain Shades, and 5,000 crowns
  • Second Prize - Permanent Pennyfarthing Mount and 2,500 crowns
  • Third Prize - Black Rain Shades and 2,500 crowns
Good luck everyone! And watch for more contest announcements in the next few days! Also keep an eye on the other official fan sites for more chances to win! See you around the spiral! :)

July 2013 Pirate101 Newsletter

Ahoy!

Pirate101 has released their newsletter for July 2013, and there is some great information in it.  For the complete newsletter, click this link: Pirate101 Newsletter.  Here are a few of the highlights you will find:

  • A new Rogue's Gallery, featuring Morgan LaFitte
  • The newest Pirate101 commercial
  • Lots of awesome links to featured posts on fansites, message boards and more!
  • Make sure to check out One Eyed jack's awesome tip about the Hermit Crab companion!
  • And lots more, so definitely go read through the complete newsletter!
As a side note, I would also like to congratulate Luke Andreen (host of Talkin' the Plank) and his family on the newest addition to their family, a baby boy!  Awesome and exciting news! So congrats to all of them! :)

Thanks for reading! See you in the spiral! :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Monthly Picture Post!

Ahoy Captains!

I got a new idea for my blog from a friend.  She asked if she could send me some cool screenshots that she had taken.  I said sure, and that I would post them on here, and that got me thinking.  What if I made a monthly post featuring screenshots that you guys had sent in?  I love seeing cool shots that other players take.  And I figure this could be a way to get them out there so more people can enjoy them as well!
Fair Christina Nightingale sent in this picture from my last NXP event
Fighting the Marleybone turret boss
If you have an awesome picture you would like to share, this is all you have to do:  Email it to secretsofthespiral@hotmail.com with "Monthly Picture" in the subject line.  Make sure to include your pirate's name, as well as a one sentence description of your picture. And only one picture per month per pirate please!  Everyone who follows these rules with see their picture posted in a post on the first day of the following month (pictures received throughout July will be posted August 1st.)
Also from Fair Christina Nightingale, a picture of fighting ships in Aquila.
Need some tips for taking good screenshots? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Take screenshots by pressing the PRT SCRN key on your keyboard
  • Before taking a screenshot, press CTRL-G to get rid of all the menus, health globes, etc.
  • Go to settings and turn off names and increase the resolution quality.
  • Find something that you think will be unique to take a picture of!
These things aren't necessary to get your picture posted, so don't worry if you already have a cool picture that you didn't do all these things with.  Have fun with it and good luck! And thanks to Fair Christina Nightingale for sending in the first 2 pictures and for giving me this idea! I can't wait to see what the rest of  you send in!