December 20, 2014

Purreau's Legacy: The Future of Pets in Pirate101

I was around for the release of Advanced Pets in spring 2010. As a crowns player having bought just weeks before, I was on board with testing, and I hopped onto the bandwagon with overwhelming eagerness towards all the new games and opportunities. As time wore on, the importance and effects of these updates became clear. And now that Pirate101 is mirroring this progression, the outlook towards a similar result is plausible.

December 11, 2014

Bah Humbug! Anticipations for the 12 Days of the Spiral

Bah Humbug! It’s a term that strikes the hearts of many, whether a Scrooge or a Spirallite, a reader or a snowball-thrower, or a variety of others. The holiday season is here, and KingsIsle is starting it well with the 12 Days of the Spiral event, back for yet another year of wintertime fun and surprises. There’s a brand-new, limited-edition charity mount every year, and this year’s design is the Bah Humbug itself, a festively-dressed scorpion mount with a stylized carriage for the player to sit in. What else is coming this month? So many possibilities abound. Let’s explore a few options of what there is to look forward to this 12 Days in Pirate101…

December 3, 2014

A Matter of Coordination: The Unexpected Outcome

Back in April, a group of bloggers - myself included - made posts regarding a certain message left by Pirate101's Ratbeard on the Official Messageboards, stating that (quote the way to get higher drops is by patting head and rubbing stomach). My friends and I set off to work on testing and proposing this theory... 
...And we were right.

November 27, 2014

The Thanksgiving Surprise - A Poem by D.S. Devereaux

"If Ratbeard can't get turkey
and Bonnie can't make pie
Than what other surprises
Do on this Thanksgiving lie?"

November was coming to a close
Upon the Hero's Kite
And past the Raven Island snows
She sailed on t'wards the light

While Gracie manned the cannonballs
and Sarah topped the mast
The captain, boggled, milled about
As frazzled as was fast.

"Should we worry 'bout the traffic
On through the sparkling Stormgates home?
What about today's parade -
Skull Island will be overflowed!"

In time, as she neared the swirling
passageway to her island home
Ships, bumping 'round, were stacked and twirling
Flotsam soon these vessels prone!

With a sigh, the dead-eye swashbuck
Steered her ship away, away
Seemed that she was out of luck
To spend time with her friends that day.