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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Arrrgust 2016 Caption Contest Winners


I hope you are all having a great Arrrgust!  I had a blast with all the contests and giveaways I held, especially with the ones on my Twitter account!  I tried to have a variety of different ways to win and I hope you all enjoyed them.  Be sure to thank Kingsisle and our community manager, One-Eyed Jack, for the awesome codes!

I received a lot of great entries for this contest and decided to let my kids help choose the winners.  If you didn't win this time, be sure to watch for future contests.  Also check out the other fansite contests too.  I believe some are still active.

As a reminder, here is the image that people needed to caption:

First Place
Permanent Pygmy Whale Mount & 10k Crowns
Sarcastic Danielle Verger
"Something smells fishy here and it's not the whale."

Second Place
Permanent Pygmy Whale Mount
Fair Christina Nightingale
"Could be just a fluke, but my guess is that there is not a china shop behind those doors."

Third Place
7 Day Pygmy Whale Mount Rental & 2.5k Crowns
Shy Sarah Silver
"You know my whale's name is Battering Ram for a reason, right?"

The entries were judged on humor, creativity/originality and whether they follow the contest rules.  There were really a lot of great entries and it was hard to choose just three.  Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!


Hey everyone!

Kingsisle announced yesterday that they are having Bundle-A-Palooza in both games through September 7th!  This is awesome because it gives you a chance to get any bundles you don't have at a discounted price, including some retired bundles!

50% off
Admiral's Bundle
Cutthroat Bundle

25% off
Empire Bundle
Hoodoo Bundle

50% off
and so many more!

25% off
and many more!

As I stated above, this sale ends on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, so be sure to visit the websites in the links above and check out the amazing pricing on these bundles!  Even if you have all the bundles, it would be a great time to get one for someone else as a gift or for yourself on a second (or third) character.  You really can't beat these prices. Have fun and see you soon!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Arrrrgust 2016 Contest: 3 Ways to Win!

Happy Arrrgust Mateys!

To celebrate, our awesome community manager, Tom, has given me some awesome codes to give away to you all!  I have decided to split the codes and give you guys (and gals) 3 different ways to win.  Keep reading and find out how to enter.  Please note that each section below is a different contest.  You do not need to enter all three to qualify for a prize.

1.  Find your way through the pod of whales!

**Note** The blog will be going down at approximately 1:45pm EST so I can activate the maze. It will be back up at 2:00pm EST when the maze starts. Be sure to refresh or reopen this page at that time. You can also watch @SecretsOTSpiral on Twitter for updates and the official announcement. Thanks!

On Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2:00pm EST  the image above will turn into a link.  Follow the links through the maze of whales.  There will be three different codes hidden at the ends of three different paths.  Be the first to redeem one of the codes to win a whale mount and a random amount of crowns!  Remember that this contest is not yet active.  Be sure to check back at the time above to enter the whale pod maze.

2.  Caption this photo!

Think of a creative or funny caption for the photo above and email it to before Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 5:00pm EST.  Please be sure to include your pirate's name and the subject "Caption Contest" in the email.  Please do not send any personal information.  There will be three winners as follows:

  • First Prize - Pygmy Whale Mount & 10k crowns
  • Second Prize - Pygmy Whale Mount
  • Third Prize - 7-Day Pygmy Whale Mount Rental & 2.5k crowns

3.  Watch my twitter!
Throughout this week, I will be giving away random codes on my twitter account, @SecretsOTSpiral.  These may be given away through retweet contests, trivia, or me just randomly posting a code.......Whatever my mood is at the time.  I will not be announcing specific times for these tweets ahead of time, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

So those are the three ways you can win.  Be sure to check out the other Pirate101 fansites for more chances to win too!  Good luck everyone! :)

Monday, August 8, 2016

International Cat Day Events!

Hey everyone!

This morning I found out it was International Cat Day when Edward Lifegem announced that he was going to have an event to celebrate in Wizard101.  I talked to him and he said he thought it would be cool if I had an event in Pirate101 as well, after his ended.  I thought this was a great idea, even though it was last minute.

First I went to Edward's event.  A bunch of us got together on our various cat/panther/tiger mounts and ended up having a mini "Cat Run" around the commons.  Unfortunately I was having a really bad issue with lag, so I didn't get to run, but I did get to meet some new people, which is always fun!

After that a few of us jumped into Pirate101 and had a dance party to celebrate.  Of course we gathered in Catbeard realm, since it was a Cat Day celebration.  Everyone had cat pets, companions (Catbeard FTW!), or mounts equipped.  It was a smaller gathering than the event in Wizard101, but still fun!

Thanks to everyone who came to my event.  We need to get together in Pirate101 more often and show the game some love! It seems like so many events now are in Wizard101, so I am going to make it a goal to have more Pirate101 events for everyone!  Be sure to keep an eye out for more event announcements on here and on my Twitter page!  Thanks for reading and see you next time! :)

NXP Event Recap

Hey everyone!

A couple days ago, I hosted a NXP event with Around the Spiral.  We had a pretty good turnout and I got to meet several new pirates, which is always fun!

We spent about an hour and a half blowing up Martin Chambers in the Calabria Skyway.  I managed to get my witchdoctor to max level and many other people there leveled up several times each as well.  We also go some great ship equipment drops and tons of gold!  You can see a video of part of the event (courtesy of Edward) below.

I would like to thank everyone who showed up for making it such a great event.  If you didn't get to attend, don't worry! I am going to try to have these events monthly from now on.  I hope to see you guys at them in the future!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 Things I Want Added to Pirate101


Professor Falmea recently asked us pirates what we would like to see added to Pirate101.  I tweeted out my answer (crafting), but it also got me thinking about what else I would like to see added to the game.  Here are my top 10 choices, in no particular order.
  1. Crafting - As I stated above, I would love to see crafting added to the game.  I actually made a post about it awhile ago.  In addition to gear and houses, it would be awesome to be able to craft our own ships!
  2. More packs - While I wouldn't want to see dozens of different packs on Pirate101 (like Wizard101 has) I think it would be cool to have Halloween and Christmas themed packs added to the game.  I also wouldn't say no to a ship/nautical themed pack that offers an Epic ship and maybe the skiff mount.
  3. A side world - Wizard101 has a few side worlds and I think it would be awesome to have one or more in Pirate101 too.  I have actually been working on some ideas and concept art for a Pirate101 side world for awhile and I hope to have that post out soon.
  4. Ship PvP - We can currently test our hand to hand combat skills against our friends and other pirates with PvP.  How much fun would it also be to test our broadside combat skills with some ship PvP?  Imagine up to 8 ships all battling 4v4 in a skyway arena, fighting it out to see which team is best. It would also give us another use for the team heal and the AoE ship equipment.  I'm not a big PvP person, but I would love to try out ship PvP!
  5. Companion gear - We can already customize our companions a bit with which talents we choose to give them, as well as our flag color selections.  However, I think it would be awesome to be able to customize them a little more with their own gear.  Not anything huge, but maybe offer some different accessories we could equip to them to give a slight boost in their non class specific stats (health, accuracy, dodge, etc.)  Accessories could include eyepatches, amulets, rings, maybe add a peg leg or a hook hand......Just something to set our companions apart from each other.
  6. One Eyed Jack companion - One Eyed Jack is one of my favorite NPCs.  I was so happy when we got to revisit him later in the game for a side quest.  It would be awesome if KI added a new side quest in a future world that would allow us to recruit him for our crew!
  7. Quest Finder - This is one of my favorite new features in Wizard101 that I would like to see added to Pirate101.  For those of you not familiar with it, Quest Finder is an option in your quest log that you can click on and it will lead you to the nearest NPC that has a quest for you.  It is so useful, especially if you're someone who likes to complete every single quest.
  8. Daily Assignments/Events - This is another idea from Wizard101.  I think it would be great for Pirate101 to have something like this to get people back in game on a daily, or at least more frequent basis.  The more content available besides main story content, the more likely it is for people to log in consistently.  Plus the daily assignments and events have awesome rewards and items you can farm for.
  9. A new high level turret boss - There are already 3 turret bosses in the game (in Cool Ranch, Mooshu and Marleybone) but I would love to see a new one added in either Aquila or Valencia Part 2.  This one should be extremely difficult (for max level pirates), requiring multiple people to defeat it. The Marleybone one is pretty easy for max level pirates now. I am able to defeat it solo with my Aquila ship. It would also be awesome if the new one dropped unique ship equipment and lots of scrip, as well as respawning fairly quickly, making it great for NXP events.
  10. Doubloon vendor - Similar to the treasure cards vendors in Wizard101, I would love it if you could buy doubloons in Pirate101 from a vendor.  Still have rarer ones drop from bosses and such, but have a selection for sale as well.  It would also be nice to be able to sell and buy them at the Auction House.
So those are the top 10 things I would like to see added to Pirate101.  What would you like to see added?  Comment below and let me know! Also be sure to comment on the post linked above and let the developers know as well!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Wizard101 Back to School Event

Hey everyone!

I can't believe summer is almost over!  It went by really fast.  That also means it's almost time for a whole lot of you to go back to school/college/university/etc.  Edward Lifegem from Around The Spiral is having a "Back to School" event and he has asked me to co-host with him!

When: Saturday, August 13th @ 4:00pm CST
Where: Ravenwood
Realm: Vampire
Hosted by: Edward Lifegem and Autumn Dreamwalker

This event will be a great way to get together with friends, hang out, and have a good time before school begins again.  So help us end the summer with style! I hope to see you all there! :)