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Monday, September 17, 2018

New Wizard Questing Part 1

Hey there Wizards!

Last week, Edward Lifegem and I started a new weekly stream where we created new wizards with all of you to quest through the game.  This stream is every Tuesday evening from 7pm-9pm EDT.

Last Tuesday was our first day of questing on these wizards.  I made a fire wizard named Autumn Flame and Edward made a myth wizard named Edward Gem.  We started right in Ambrose's office to get the first quest and then we headed to Unicorn way.  We made it all the way through that area and started in on Triton Avenue, where we left off for the night.  You can see more details about exactly where below the picture.

Next Stream
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Quest
Who's in Charge (Collect Lumina Crystals)

Area
Kraken Realm

Stream

We have decided to do most side quests on our own time, but we will be doing some as we quest through, especially quests to areas like Aquila and Crab Ally where we can farm for new gear.  If you would like to join us this week, it isn't too late! Simply make a wizard and quest to the point mentioned above and then meet up with us tomorrow.  I hope to see you there because last week was a lot of fun! P.S. If you do join in, remind me to take some better screenshots this week! haha

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Pirate101 Updates and a Streaming Announcement

Ahoy pirates!

Guess what happened this morning! Pirate101 released a new update to the live game! I am so excited about this one if you can't tell from all the exclamation points!!!!!!!!! Okay, I will stop shouting at you all now, but seriously I am so excited.  I always love new Pirate101 content and while this update isn't a storyline update, it does add some cool new features.  Let's take a look at them.

Old Scratch Promotion - I love the companion promotion quests and this one is super cool and spooky!  Once you are level 70 and promote Old Scratch to level 70, you can do a promotion quest for him! And this particular update actually leads into the next one.

Skeleton Key Bosses - If you play Wizard101, you may already be familiar with skeleton key bosses, but they are a new addition to Pirate101.  You access the first one (Old Scratch) during Old Scratch's promotion quest. After that, there are three more as well, Captain Blood, Brass Monkey, and Duck of Death.  These bosses are TOUGH, so be prepared!

Quest Finder - Having trouble finding those hidden side quests?  Now Pirate101 has a quest finder!  To activate it, just click the quest finder box in your quest book and the quest arrow will direct you to the closest quest you haven't collected yet.

Other updates include backpack item lock, increased space elixirs for the friends list, backpack, and banks, new pet names, member benefits and many more!  You can see the complete list of updates by clicking here: Pirate101 Updates.

To celebrate the release of these updates to the live game, Edward and I will be streaming a run through of the Skeleton Key bosses this Sunday during our stream.  We will be looking for 2 more level 70 people who have skeleton keys to join us so we can complete all four bosses.  Let us know if you are interested!  Of course, more are welcome to join in and we can split into groups too, so if you have a level 70 pirate with a level 70 Old Scratch, meet up with us in Avery's Court, One-Eyed Jack realm on Sunday at 7pm EDT!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Balloon Run Recap

Hey everyone!

As you might know, Wizard101's 10th birthday is this month.  Many of the fansites are having events and contests to celebrate.  I hosted a Balloon Run with Edward Lifegem from Around the Spiral this past Sunday.  It was a ton of fun and we streamed the entire event.

Photo courtesy of @eclipsefoxart

We started off just hanging out in Ravenwood and talking with everyone.  Many people showed up early and it was fun interacting.  Kingsisle was awesome and provided us with a code for 1-Day balloon mounts for everyone to use during the event. There may be some mounts left on this code, so try it out if you would like your own 1-Day Balloon mount.  The code is: Balloons1DaySOTS.

Once everyone had their mounts, we took a few pictures and then it was time to.....well not run, but float!  We went around Ravenwood 5 times and then around the Commons 5 times to signify 10 years of Wizard101.
Photo courtesy of @ChrissyzTweet
After the run, it was time for hide and seek, where 3 winners each won a permanent balloon mount!  Then it was time to port to my Celestial Observatory for the after party.
Photo courtesy of @isaiah_hexrider
The main part of the after party was the scavenger hunt, where people had to find 5 specific items and email screenshots of them to us.  The winner of that contest was Isaiah Hexrider.  Congrats Isaiah! The scavenger hunt ended up being more difficult than we had planned and took a lot longer than expected, but I still think people had fun with it.  After that, we had a few housing games for Party Corgi pets and also another mini hide and seek for Decaversary packs.
Photo courtesy of @GriffTheWiz
I would like to thank everyone who showed up!  I think this was a really fun event and I had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone!  Congrats to all the winners of the contests and thank you to Kingsisle for providing all the codes for the rewards!
Photo courtesy of @DezzyLCrafter
There is still a lot more going on throughout the rest of the month.  Check out all the official fansites for contests and you can see the rest of the scheduled events below.  Thanks again to everyone and Happy 10th Birthday, Wizard101!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Come Quest New Wizards with Us!

Hey everyone!

Last week Edward started a stream series with the pirates who watch our stream.  We all made new pirates and will be questing through Pirate101 every Thursday together as a group! Well, we decided to do the same thing for wizards! Keep reading to find out more.
Our new wizards, Edward Gem and Autumn Flame
All you have to do to join us is make a new wizard and go through the tutorial.  The log into the game and tune into our Twitch channel every Tuesday and quest along with us as we make our way through the game.  We will be starting this coming Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6pm CDT/7pm EDT.

Where
Meet up in Ambrose's office to get the first quest

Realm
Kelvin

Time
6pm CDT/7pm EDT

Stream

If you miss a stream, that's okay! We will only be questing once per week so you will have time to catch up.  We will also plan weeks to farm for better gear and such as we progress through the game. This will be a lot of fun, raiding the game as we quest through.  I hope to see you all there!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Relaunch Contest Winners

Hey everyone!

Throughout the past couple week, I have been hosting a contest to celebrate the relaunch of my blog.  Wow! The support and response from all of you were amazing! Thanks to everyone who entered and for all the kind words you guys had. It really means a lot to me.

This is one of the largest contest responses I have ever had, with the exception of retweet contests on Twitter.  You guys had so many great ideas!  Some of them I will definitely be using in the future, but I am going to keep those a surprise for now.  Some ideas, while I thought they were great (such as a forum or cool graphics effects) are way beyond my current capabilities.  Just know that if you don't see your idea implemented, it doesn't mean I didn't like it.  And who knows, things could always change down the line.  I am going to keep all these ideas filed away for the future!

Anyway, onto the winners.  As I mentioned in the original contest post, this was a raffle. I entered everyone's names into a random list generator and the first three it gave back, in order are the winners.  So without further ado, here they are:

First Prize - Accursed Play Gauntlet
Alexander Skywalker

Second Prize - Battle Mage Keep
Sophia Rainbow

Third Prize - 5,000 Crowns
Brandon Nightdreamer

Congrats to all the winners! Your codes have been emailed to the address you used to enter. And thank you so much to everyone who entered!  Your ideas were all amazing!  Be sure to watch out for more contests in the future.  Also be sure to check out the stream I host with Edward Lifegem.  See you soon!

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Pirate Questing Part 1

Hey everyone!

Last night was my and Edward Lifegem's first official Pirate101 stream since we decided to start streaming on a schedule.  We decided that Thursdays will be Pirate101 days and we are dedicating them to leveling new pirates, with a twist!
The questing group!

The twist is that we invited everyone to create a new pirate and join us in questing each Thursday while we stream!  We had several people join us and it was so much fun!  My son even joined us in the game and on the stream.  We started right at the beginning, by talking to Captain Avery.  We quested through most of the free to play areas, defeating troggies and cutthroats along the way.

After we got to Traitor's Cave on Blood Shoals, we started Manny's quest and stopped when we got to the quest "Lizard City." At that point, it was time for some nautical leveling!
So many rafts! Btw, it is extremely hard to make a line of ships.....

Nautical leveling is one of my favorite things in Pirate101, but I had never had an NXP event with a bunch of rafts! It was really a lot of fun! We fought the ships in Skull Island Skyway near Dead-Eye Deidre.  This gave us a chance to gang up on her and get some decent ship equipment drops.
A FLYING SHIP!

So that was two hours of a lot of fun! If you missed the stream yesterday and would like to join us in the future, you can catch up.  I will post the information about where we left off below, and I will also post it on my streaming page each week.  We actually won't be streaming on September 13th, so that gives everyone 2 weeks to get a membership or crowns to buy areas and catch up to where we are.  After that, we are going to try to stream every Thursday, unless something comes up.
Thanks to Chrissy for this great shot of Triton sinking a ship!

Next Pirate101 Questing Stream:
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6pm CDT / 7pm EDT

Quest where we stopped:  
Lizard City (Blood Shoals, Traitor's Cave, Manny's quest)

Level:
5

Nautical Level:
5
I hope to see you in 2 weeks at our next Pirate101 stream!  Or before that at one of our other streams!  Until then, have fun questing! :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wizard101 Decaversary Balloon Run

Hello everyone!

Wizard101's 10th birthday is coming up fast!  In fact, it's this coming Sunday, September 2nd.  All throughout the month of September, the official fansites will be having events and giveaways to celebrate this milestone.

I am participating in the celebration by hosting a Balloon Run with Edward Lifegem on Sunday, September 9th. After the main event, we will be porting to a house for an after party with PVP, games, and many other surprises. I will post the details below, so get your birthday gear ready (or any gear if you don't have birthday gear) and keep reading to find out how to join!


Who
Edward Lifegem & Autumn Dreamwalker

Date
Sunday, September 9th

Time
1pm PDT - 3pm CDT - 4pm EDT

Where
Ravenwood

Realm
Greyrose - All areas

Twitch Stream
Starts at 12:30pm PDT - 2:30pm CDT - 3:30pm EDT

This event will be a little different than our other events, but it will still be fun, with plenty of activities planned. I hope to see you there!  I also mentioned the other fansites will be celebrating as well.  You can see their schedule of events below.  Be sure to keep an eye on all the official fansites for details about their events and contests!

Here are some direct links to more info about the various fansite events:


September will be an amazing month for the community.  I hope you all enjoy everything that is planned!  Happy Birthday, Wizard101!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Streaming Announcement

Hey everyone!

I am excited to announce that starting Tuesday, September 4, 2018, I will be streaming on Twitch three times per week with Edward Lifegem!  We will be streaming both Wizard101 and Pirate101.  We want to make sure that we have streams that will be interesting for everyone so we will be mixing it up from week to week and stream to stream.  At the beginning of every week, we will be announcing the theme for each stream.  You can see the schedule below.



We will be streaming every TuesdayThursday, and Sunday from 7pm - 9pm Eastern.  Please note that we will not be having streams on holidays, and at times even around certain holidays, as we will be spending time with our families.  Every week you can check below to see the theme for each stream.

Tuesday, Sept 4th
Helping viewers!
If you are stuck with a battle or quest in W101
let us know and we will help!

Thursday, Sept. 6th
New Pirate Questing!
Create a new pirate and join us in questing on our new pirates

Sunday, Sept. 9th
3:30pm EDT - TBD
Balloon Run
Join us for this fun event celebrating Wizard101's 10th birthday!
**Please notice the time change**

These streams will be a great way for us to connect and interact with the community in a new-to-us way.  If you have ever joined in our event streams before, you know how random they can be.  We feel like it makes them more fun...Plus we are just random in general.  If you have never joined in before, I hope you will stop by and see what we're all about. We always have a good time and everyone is welcome!  As I mentioned, I am super excited about this new chapter and I hope you all are too!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Secrets of the Spiral Relaunch Contest

Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed, this site has a whole new look!  I have been working hard on updating the graphics and color scheme.  Along with this, I have removed some of the old content and am going to be focusing on adding newer sections to the blog for Animal Cove, new guides, and more surprises!

To celebrate all these changes, I am going to have a small contest for my readers.  Keep reading to find out how to enter.

This will be a raffle.  To enter please send an email to secretsofthespiral@hotmail.com and include all of the following:

  • Subject line "Relaunch Contest"
  • Your wizard's name
  • One idea that you would like to see implemented on my blog or an idea of how to improve it.
All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, September 7, 2018.  The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 8th.  What will the winners receive?  There will be three winners as follows:

  • First Prize - Accursed Play Gauntlet Bundle
  • Second Prize - Battlemage Keep Bundle
  • Third Prize - 5,000 crowns
Again, this is a raffle, so everyone has an equal chance of winning, as long as they follow the rules.  I will be taking everyone's ideas into consideration for future content and updates on the blog.  I may even post a few of my favorites when I announce the winners.  Good luck to everyone who enters and I hope you all enjoy the new site!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Holiday Mashup 2018 Recap

Hey everyone!

Yesterday was the day of the first annual Holiday Mashup and it was amazing!  If you weren't able to make it, no worries.  You can see a recap of all you missed here.  Also, we will be having plenty more events in the future!

The pre-event started super early!  Edward Lifegem was in the commons at around 5am CDT and he told me people were already starting to show up.  Where was I? Sleeping of course!  However, I did make it onto the game at around 9:30am and there was A LOT of people there already!  Seriously all you early risers, your support for the events means so much to me, Edward, Michael, and Sarah!
Edward the 4th of July Santa and Autumn the Santa Witch!
The amazing early birds!
The stream and activities started at 12pm CDT.  Edward and I started off the stream with our signature whisper-opening, because...well...why not? :P Then we had a dance party while we explained more about the event to our viewers. Dancing to Twenty One Pilots anyone? :D After that, we had a transformation party where everyone chose their favorite transformation.  We talked about some of the contests we were having, such as the video guide contest (Congrats Terri Mistweave!), the #HM2018Ideas contest (Congrats to all 11 of those winners! Click the link to see all the entries!), The RT contest, and the keyword raffle! Wow, that was a lot of contests!  On top of that, our twitch moderators were giving away codes in the stream chat!
Dance party around the pond! Photo courtesy of @TaylorAshstone
The next part of the event is one of my favorite things that happened yesterday! We went around to different realms and locations in Wizard City and did some Christmas caroling!  This is always an extremely fun thing to do.  Unfortunately, I couldn't participate yesterday because I was getting too much lag and had to prepare for Hide and Seek, but it was still fun watching everyone on stream! And after put on our birthday hats and met back up in the commons to sing Happy Birthday to Edward Lifegem! Yes, yesterday was his birthday, so if you didn't get to say happy birthday, make sure to go to his twitter and wish him a happy belated birthday! Happy birthday again, Edward Lifegem! I hope you enjoyed all of our singing!
Singing to the birthday boy! Photo Courtesy of @ChrissyzTweet
After all the singing, we had a holiday-themed hide and seek, one for each of the six main holidays we have events for.  Congrats to all those winners, who won prizes such as packs, mini-games, and even a mount! Then we did holiday pet derby racing, which was a lot of fun even though I lost really badly.  I guess I should practice some more!  Finally it was time for the countdown leading up to the run, but first, we had a surprise for everyone.  Tom, the community manager, had given a code for everyone to redeem for a rubber ducky mount!  The rubber duckies are absolutely adorable and swarming the pond with them was so much fun!
Rubber Ducky, you're the one......or thirty!
So much cuteness!
Soon enough it was time to get ready to run...or bounce! We all lined up on the rainbow bridge, which made for some pretty cute pictures!  Then it was off to run the course and fight some bosses! We ran through all the free areas of Wizard City and fought pretty much every boss we came across.  We even rode the carousel and possibly mentioned mashed potatoes quite a bit.  I have no idea who thought that up...Anyway, this was one of the longest run paths we have done so far, but it was so much fun!
Getting ready to swarm Skullsplitter with Ducks! Photo courtesy of @ChrissyzTweet
After the run, it was time to go to the houses Michael and Sarah had decorated for the after party.  There was a maze, some housing games, and even pvp!  Sarah and Michael both did a great job decorating their houses and helping to host the event.
TAG! YOU'RE IT! Photo courtesy of @Iridian_Willow
Overall, I think this was tied as one of my favorite events so far.  I think everyone had a great time and there was so much to do throughout the day. You can see more about the entire day if you watch White Tiger's video below.

I'm so glad Edward Lifegem lets me help out with these events, so thank you so much, Edward!  I would also like to thank the following people for all their help: 

                         Michael who is an awesome co-host and helped mod the twitch chat.
                         Sarah who is another amazing co-host and helped port people.
                         Austin who helped port people and was a twitch moderator 
                         White Tiger who helped port people and made the awesome video above.
                         Gabby who helps moderate the chat and hosts trivia and contests there.
                         Cameron who helped us port people to the after party houses.

Be sure to follow the twitter accounts of everyone linked here, either in the photos or the list above.  They are all amazing community members! I would also like to give a shoutout to Victoria Thundershard who helped out quite a bit porting people and spreading the word about the surprise birthday hats.  Also, thank you to everyone who showed up or helped spread the word. And last nut not least, thank you so much to Tom and Kingsisle for providing us with codes and supporting the events!  You are all amazing! While we announced some contest winners during the stream, others will be announced on Twitter over the next few days, so be sure to watch @SecretsOTSpiral and @AroundTheSpiral for the announcements! This really was such a fun event and I hope all of you think so too.  I cannot wait until the next one! 

Speaking of that, we announced our next event, the Halloween Run, at the end of the stream yesterday.  You can see the information about that below.  Each event we have seems to get better and better so I hope to see you there!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Holiday Mashup Guide Contest

Hey everyone!

It's almost that time! The Holiday Mashup is only 12 days away! That's less than 2 weeks! Every time we have an event, we make a guide video that shows where we will be going and what we will be doing throughout the run. It helps a lot to watch this video before the event.  You can view it below.

We are having a contest for everyone who watches the video.  All you have to do is watch the video and write down the entire path and what we do.  That's it! One random winner will receive 30,000 crowns! Here's how to enter:

Watch the Holiday Mashup Guide video below
Write down all the areas we visit and everything we do in the correct order while you watch it.
Send an email to ATSWELContests@gmail.com
Please include your wizard name, your list, and the subject "Guide Contest"
All entries must be submitted no later than Saturday, July 28th at 3:00pm CDT

That's it! All emails who have the correct path and follow all the guidelines above will be entered into a random draw and the winner will be emailed a code for 30K crowns!  Here is the video:


Good luck to everyone who enters!  For more chances to win awesome prizes, visit Edward Lifegem's post and enter his raffle!  We hope to see you at the Holiday Mashup!


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Holiday Mashup 2018

Hey everyone!

It's July! Wow, this year is going by really quickly.  Usually in July Edward Lifegem and I host a Christmas in July event together.  However, this year we decided to change things up and have a new type of event called the Holiday Mashup!  This event is going to include ALL of our other events into one. Keep reading for more information:


Date
Saturday, July 28th

Time
3:00pm CDT / 4:00pm EDT

Where
The Commons

Realm
Falmea

Hosts
Edward Lifegem
Autumn Dreamwalker
Michael Wildflame
Sarah Skystrider

Stream
Starting @12pm CDT

Run Guide Video

Schedule
**All times are CDT**
12:00pm                           Stream begins / Dance Party
12:30pm             Transformation Party / It's a surprise!
1:00pm                 Mashup Raid & Christmas Caroling
1:30pm                                        Holiday Hide & Seek
2:00pm                           Holiday Pet Derby (Teen Pet)
2:30pm                    Countdown to run / It's a surprise!
3:00pm                           Holiday Mashup Run Begins
3:30pm                                               After party begins
4:00pm                         It's a Wonderful Life (Surprise!)

Be sure to watch the video above for the path we will run and also visit Edward's site for information about the Holiday Mashup Raffle!  We have lots of activities and surprises planned, so we hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Fansite Festival 2018 - Autumn & Edward's New Pirate Party

Ahoy Pirates!

This year Fansite Festival will be on Sunday, April 15th.  It's coming up fast and I hope you're all as excited as I am!  If you aren't sure what Fansite Festival is, it's an entire day full of events on Pirate101 and Wizard101 organized by @SheldonCentral! You can read more about it by clicking the link above.

Anyway, this year Edward from ATSWEL and I have decided to mix things up from the NXP events we usually have.  This year we are inviting all players, new and old, membership and no membership, to join us by making a new pirate and having a huge questing party through the free to play areas of Skull Island!  We will be helping Captain Avery by fighting off troggies and sharks and collecting valuable treasure for him! 

After Avery rewards us with our own "ship," around level 4 or 5, we will head out into the Skull Island Skyway to do some NXP leveling!  That's right, an NXP event featuring only rafts! And to add to the fun, we will be streaming the entire event! Keep reading for more details.

When
Sunday, April 15th

Time
1pm CDT / 2pm EDT

Where
Meet up in Avery's Office

Realm
One Eyed Jack

Hosts
Silly Autumn & Silly Edward

Stream Link

Other Links
Follow the official FanisteFest Twitter account!

Click the following link to create your new pirate and complete the tutorial
before the day of the event!

Try to create your new pirate before the event starts so that we can all jump right into questing on the day of the event.  There is also a short tutorial to go through as well, but remember to stop when you reach Avery's office so we can all quest together! This event will be a great way to try out a new game you may not have tried before, or start over fresh and get that "new pirate" nostalgic experience.  This event will be a lot of fun and I hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bunny Run 2018 and a Contest!

Hello Everyone!

This Saturday, March 24th is an exciting day because it is the 2018 Bunny Run in Wizard101!  We have been working hard to plan this day out to make it amazing for everyone and we have lots of surprises in store for you all.  Keep reading for more information.
Photo courtesy of Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem
When
Saturday, March 24, 2018
5 pm CST / 6 pm EST

Where
The Commons
Unicorn Realm, all areas

Hosts

Stream
The stream and pre-event activities will start at 12pm CST / 1pm EST

Other Important Links

And speaking of contests, I have a Bunny Run Contest announcement!  All you have to do to enter is watch the video in the Bunny Run Guide like above and write down the entire route we will follow during the run.  Email your list to ATSWELContests@gmail.com by Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 5:00pm CST to be entered to win a $20 Wizard101 gift card.  Please include your wizard's name and the subject "Bunny Run Guide Contest."  The one winner will be randomly selected from all of the valid entries.  Good luck!

This is just one contest we have planned.  Be sure to follow the links above for more information and to follow each host's twitter account.  Like I said before, we have a ton of activities and surprises planned throughout the day.  It will be so much fun!  I really hope to see all of you there!