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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Permadeath Companions Part 1: Meet Merciless Jennifer

Ahoy Pirates!

I hope everyone's 2017 is going well so far.  I can't believe it is almost February already!  That means only 11 months until Christmas, but who's counting? :D

Anyway, I made a poll at the end of 2016 asking which Pirate101 Challenge I should attempt. Most people voted for permadeath companions.  I finally got around to making my new character and questing a little bit, so I decided to make a post to share my progress with all of you.

I decided to make a witchdoctor, since it is my favorite class.  Her name is Merciless Jennifer, who was orphaned by mutiny, raised in Krokotopia and is naturally spooky.  And this is what her flag looks like:
I decided to skip over the tutorial and start right in on the storyline.  I received my first companion (Kan Po) and talked to Avery who sent me to find an amulet.  I met up with Bonnie Anne who sent me to fight some troggies and blow up some cannons.  Then I got to recruit Bonnie Anne to my crew! Woot!

After that I headed further into Skull Island to try to find some scouts that were out looking for Fin Dorsal.  I found one of them caged up by some more troggies.  I fought the troggies to get the key and freed him.  Then it was time to fight some sharks!
The sharks (cutthroats) were stronger than the troggies, but I was still able to defeat them with no problem.  We headed into the cave and found all the tunnels were flooded.  My crew and I fought a few more cutthroats to get a key to the room where we could drain all the water.

The only problem in this room was.......More troggies!  This battle was different because it wasn't really a battle.  We had to go around the troggies to attack the pillars so they would rotate and the water would drain from the, tunnels. My crew and I were able to do this in 3 or 4 turns without receiving too much damage from the troggies.  Buh-bye troggies!

So after we flushed the water (and the troggies) down the drain, we were able to continue on and fight with Fin Dorsal.  This was the toughest battle so far.  Before I went in, I made sure I had decent gear equipped and more importantly, I made sure I had leveled my companions up to my current level (level 3).  Sergeant Shepherd also joined us for this battle, which helped.  It also helped that we only had to defeat Fin, so we could focus our attacks on him.
 So we defeated Fin Dorsal and got Avery's amulet back.  I haven't lost any companions yet, but that last battle was close.  I had to have Bonnie Anne heal Kan Po because he was very close to dying.  I should be getting more companions soon, so that should help me out, as well as getting to level 5 so I can get some better gear for myself.  Before I left the Temple of Gloom, I picked up my first side quest, to return a cane to its owner.

I am going to pick up the side quests and try to complete them as I go so that I can gain more XP, gold and training points to keep my companions leveled up.

Anyway, I am going to try to quest and make a post every week or so.  It was a lot of fun to get back in game and replay the beginning.  Everything feels so new! That is always a fun feeling for me.  See you all next week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My 5 Favorite Pirate101 Additions of 2016

Ahoy Pirates!

The new year is here.  I hope everyone had a great holiday season!  I definitely did.  We had our first white Christmas in years, so that made me happy! :)

Anyway, before I get started on new posts for 2017, I wanted to recap a few of my favorite things that Pirate101 added in the past year.  They had an awesome year with a continuation of the main story, as well as a few other updates along the way.  Keep reading to see my top five favorites!

1.  Valencia Part 2 - This was the largest update that Kingsisle added to the game in 2016.  After quite a long wait, it as great to get back in game and continue with the story.  This world is really beautiful to look at and a great challenge to quest through.  This update also brought new levels as well as the addition of new companions and promotion quests.  I can't wait to see what 2017 brings to the main story!

2.  The Armada Dreadnaught - In September, KI announced a new addition to Skull Island.  The Armada Dreadnaught is a epic turret boss type battle in the Skull Island Skyway.  Battling this thing is extremely challenging and fun.  Once you defeat it, you can go inside and battle it out with the bad guys, getting some awesome drops.  One of the cool things about the Armada Dreadnaught is that it's in a free to play area. While I haven't had a chance to run through this in the live game, I did a few times in test realm and it was a lot of fun.  Farming it in the live game is definitely on my 2017 To Do List!

3.  The Ashes of the Armada Pack - Along with the new dreadnaught, Pirate101 also go a new pack!  This pack gives out some awesome weapons and tons of cool furniture from around the spiral.  However, the reason it made my list is because of the Armada companions it drops.  Yes, that's right! Armada companions! I, along with many others, have wanted one since the game was in beta and now we can get them!  I was lucky enough to get Custos Modatrix, a buccaneer,  right before Christmas.  You can see a picture below.  I cannot wait to try him out in battle!

4.  New Powers, Talents and Epic Ranks - I think everyone loves finding ways to make their characters stronger.  I know I do!  Pirate101 added a host of new powers and talents to the game in the past year.   Some of these can be trained, while others can be acquired through special items and pets.  Stronger pirates means new worlds to come, right? :)

5.  New Holiday Decorations - This may not make some peoples' lists, but it does make mine.  I LOVE Christmas and seeing Skull Island all decked out for the holiday was awesome!  Kingsisle really outdid themselves with the decorations this year.  And let's not forget about the gift boxes! Those are always a lot of fun to open.  I hope they do the same thing next Christmas.

Anyway, those are my top 5 additions.  I could have added some other things, like new pets, mounts, ships, etc., but these really are my top 5.  Comment below and tell me what your favorite thing added in 2016 was.  And thank you to Kingsisle for make 2016 a great year to be a pirate!  Happy New Year!