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August 24, 2015 / KingsIsle Community

The Arrrgust PvP Winners!

PvP Winners

What’s a Pirate’s favorite month? Arrrgust of course! Arrrgust is the month where we celebrate every pirate’s favorite, happy exclamation of “ARRR,” and so far there’s been plenty of Arrr worthy moments. Be sure to check our Arrrgust page to join in the fun. There’s only one week left, so hop to it!

Today we’re announcing the winners of our grand week of PvP matches. There were a ton of contestants (and a lot of cowards . . . that’s ok, we still entered you scurvy dogs who entered a match and fled on the first round).  Most matches lasted between six and nine rounds.

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There was a nice spread of classes being used in the PvP matches, but Swashbuckler pulled out in the lead as to be expected. Swashbuckler is the favorite class in Pirate101 (as shown in the 50 million player graphic)

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It is interesting that Witchdoctors overshadowed the Musketeers in pure numbers of attendees for this contest however. Go Witchdoctors!

We compiled all the entries into our event and rolled the giant database dice here at KingsIsle. As it turns out, our top winner for the Arrrgust week of PvP was a Buccaneer. Congratulations Sydney Morgan for winning 60K Crowns!

Also Congratulations to our other top winners! They have each received a gift of 10k Crowns:

  • Stubborn Duncan Freeman, Witchdoctor
  • Noble Wolf Hawkins, Swashbuckler
  • Fallon Nightingale, Swashbuckler
  • Merciless Ronan Silver, Swashbuckler
  • Cruel Flint Strong, Swashbuckler
  • Chloe, Privateer
  • Kai Kidd, Swashbuckler
  • Slick Trevor Sharp, Witchdoctor
  • Reckless Angel, Musketeer

Even if you didn’t win, we certainly hope you had fun enjoying Ranked PvP in Pirate101. Feel free to congratulate the winners in the comments below, and thank you for your participation.  Don’t forget we have another chance to win Crowns in week 4 of Arrrgust. This time, get your creative juices flowing and unfurl your flags!

Best of luck,

~ KingsIsle Community

August 19, 2015 / KingsIsle Community

Taking Screenshots Like a Pro for Photography Day

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It’s Photography Day today!  Did you know that in Wizard101 and Pirate101, you have a kind of camera built right into the game? We call it “taking a screenshot.” It’s very handy and a great way for fans of our games to catalog their wonderful times, great friends, and happy moments.

The first thing you should know, taking an actual photograph of your computer screen with your phone or a camera is probably the easiest way to ruin a good photograph! The colors never come out right, you’ll get lines through your picture, and it’s never very straight. You’d be surprised how many photos our Community team sees like this. Just say “No” to taking pictures this way!

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Next, to take a simple screenshot, all you have to do is press either the F12 button or the PrtScn button. Like magic, your screen is captured and saved in a file on your computer. The location where your screenshot is saved flashes on your screen for a moment, and usually that’s located in your Documents folder in a subfolder called “Wizard101.”

Now if you want to take a screenshot like a pro and really make your screenshots shine, we have some tips that will help you work your magic and impress your friends.

  • Remove the Interface – Before you take your screenshot, hold down the Control key and Press G. Control+G removes the health and mana globes, the quest arrow, and all the other things on the screen that are getting in the way of your great screenshot! After you’re done, just press Control+G to bring all of those handy icons back into view.
  • Back up against a wall – This is kind of tricky, but sometimes you can back up against a wall and your player will disappear from view so you get a nice screenshot of the environment only. In Pirate101, this is even better because you can hold down your right mouse button and move around to position your “environment-only” screenshot.

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  • Shoot for even higher quality – Looking for an even higher quality screenshot? Go into your game settings and try putting your game into its highest resolution and select full screen size! Try turning Bloom on and off and see which one you like better.
  • Edit like a pro – If you use the PrtScn button, you can open up another graphic program like Photoshop, Gimp, or even Window’s Paint, and use Control+V to “paste” your screenshot. Then you can enhance the colors, crop it, and save it in a higher resolution format that’s still web-friendly, like .png files.

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  • Don’t overdo it – Once you start messing around with filters and features in Photoshop, it’s very easy to go crazy and make a beautiful catastrophe of a picture. Eek! Stick to the basics and make your favorite game shine!

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When you’re all done, your Community and Social Media team would love to see your creations! In fact, we repost the screenshots we receive on Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr! So join in the fun and send us your best creations for Photography Day to community@kingsisle.com!

Do you have a really good tip for taking a good screenshot? Please leave a comment below!

August 17, 2015 / KingsIsle Community

4 of the Most Popular Travel Reviews from the Spiral

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We’re having a bit of fun today in the KingsIsle office looking at Travel Review sites in the real world—read on and let’s imagine these also exist for Wizard101 locations! 

Travel review sites have become very popular in the Wizard101 Spiral. There is a lot to review with so many Wizard101 zones to explore in the Spiral. After all, how else are you going to decide the best locations for questing, shopping or just finding a place to relax and socialize?

In fact, the use of travel sites have become so widespread that even the older members of the population, such as Merle Ambrose, have figured out their way around the website (although we suspect that Ambrose may have had help from one of his young students). Here are four of the most popular reviews from all around the Spiral.

Review #1:

Username: Meowiarty (Marleybone)

Location: Newgate Prison

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1-star

 

 

After a prolonged stay, I can honestly say that the accommodations here were dreadful, not at all what one would expect from a long-standing establishment of repute. Room sizes were quite small, with inadequate common Wizard101 areas and few opportunities to take in the air. The bed was hard, and I am certain I found bedbugs in the bedding. Room service was awful, with poor menu options, and the food that was delivered was cold. When I demanded recompense, the waiter had the audacity to hit my door with a stick of some sort, for the purpose of frightening me into accepting the meager fare as my due. I was glad when, with the help of my friend Malistaire Drake, I was able to find accommodations more befitting of my status and repute.

 

Review #2:

Username: Sherlock Bones (Marleybone)

Location: Royal Museum of Marleybone

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4-stars

 

 

Students of my level of deduction will appreciate the intellectual haven that is to be found in the Royal Museum. This is an excellent place to look for clues and practice your observational skills. There are at least six exhibits containing treasures from the ancient world of Krokotopia, which I highly recommend seeing. Unfortunately, Meowiarty and Malistaire Drake are trying to steal the Krokonomicon, a book containing many powerful spells. Visit these wonderful exhibits before it’s too late!

 

Review #3:

Username: Mimir Winterbane (Hrundle Fjord, Grizzleheim)

Location: Well of Urd

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5-stars

 

 

 

If you’re looking for some spirited fun, stop by the Well of Urd. Don’t be fooled by the, er, rustic setting of this vacation destination. The accommodations are strictly BYOB — bring your own bread — and please don’t forget the honey! It’s a true adventure, hosted by yours truly. I can promise that no matter what, you won’t be bored!

 

Review #4:

Username: Merle Ambrose (Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, Wizard City)

Location: West Ende Girls Snack Shop

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3-stars

 

 

 

By far the best place in Wizard City to satisfy your cravings. The West Ende Girls Snack Shop has everything from harvest corn to star fruit, although its radioactive pizza is a bit potent and not for the weak-hearted. The only reason I’m not giving this wonderful snack shop five stars is, frankly, the girls’ appalling behavior when someone let it slip that it was my birthday. My advice: Don’t go here on your birthday unless you want to be embarrassed with singing, cupcakes and persistent inquiries as to your exact age!

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed these travel reviews! Which were your favorite reviews? If you were to write a review about a location in the Spiral, what would you say?