Friday, November 28, 2014

The Black Market of Pirate101

The super cute squid who sells the cool Black Market items

Every tentacle is a vendor. I don't know how the Squid can multi-task like that. He must be a genius.

Nice beard and mustache for a girl, eh?

So there's a brand new Black Market in Pirate101 and with that, we got a new currency - Scrips! You can earn Scrips from an Smuggler's Arena which is bought from the Crown Shop for 7,500 crowns and/or by battling ships and turrets.

The best way to earn scrips is to battle turrets since they drop scrips every time from approximately 1 to 12 scrip per time. Ships drop it randomly, so sometimes you will get it, sometimes not. The smuggler's arena is guaranteed. Even if you win the first battle and not advance, you win scrips. My first battle I did, I earned 8 scrips and you can do the Arena every 2 hours.

Sold in Crown Shop

The Smuggler's Arena

My question to you is do you think the following prices for the Black Market items are way too high? After all, every turret battle you do receive an average of 5 tickets.

Every battle takes approx 5 minutes for a max level. So in a hour, you can do 12 battles per hour. So a hour of 12 battles would total up to 60 scrips. Every day, if you farm 6 hours for scrips, you would earn 360 scrips per day.

6 hours every day for a week would earn 2520 scrips. So the Captain's Quarters: Pirate King Retreat that costs 75,000 scrips would take you almost 30 weeks which translates into 7 and half months.

That's just by battling turrets alone without buying the Smuggler's Arena.

My main question is - Can you really farm 7 and half months for the Captain's Quarters: Pirate King Retreat? Do you think it's too much? Remember the majority of the people in this country do have work, school, time limits, irl issues, etc. So for those people it would be much much longer than 7 and half months.

I have listed all of the furniture details below, so you can see what you would like and figure out how much scrips you would need and how long it would take you. Let me know if you think any of those scrip prices needs to be lowered or not. Even the simple Room Divider End Cap that costs 250 scrips would take you 4,3 hours of turret farming.


Room Divider: End Cap Blank - 100
Room Divider: End Cap - 250
Room Divider: End Cap 2 - 200 
Room Divider: Open 1M - 300
Room Divider: Blank 1M - 100
Room Divider: Blank 2M - 350
Room Divider: Blank 4M - 400
Room Divider: Doorway - 650

Room Divider: Hammock - 2500
Room Divider: Porthole - 800
Room Divider: Large Porthole - 1200
Room Divider: Netting - 450
Room Divider: Shelf - 500
Room Divider: Sink - 300
Room Divider: Large Desk (Green) - 2000
Room Divider: Large Desk (Purple) - 2000
Room Divider: Large Desk (Red) - 2000
Room Divider: Fancy Fireplace - 4000
Room Divider: Water Closet - 900
Room Divider: Large Shelf - 550
Room Divider: Single Bed - 950
Room Divider: Cannon - 1500
Room Divider: Galley - 5000

Skull Island Cabin Walls - 100
Skull Island Cabin Flooring - 100
Monquestian Cabin Walls - 150
Monquestian Cabin Flooring - 150
Cool Ranch Cabin Walls - 200
Cool Ranch Cabin Flooring - 200
Marleybone Cabin Walls - 350
Marleybone Cabin Flooring - 350
Mooshu Cabin Walls - 300
Mooshu Cabin Flooring - 300
Aquilian Cabin Walls - 350
Aquilian Cabin Flooring - 350

Large Safe - 1999
Open Large Safe - 2999
Skull Safe - 19999

Pirate Flag: Green - 200
Pirate Flag: Blue - 200
Pirate Flag: Brown - 200
Pirate Flag: Orange - 200
Pirate Flag: Pink - 200
Pirate Flag: Purple - 200
Pirate Flag: Red - 200
Pirate Flag: Yellow - 200

Folded Towels: White - 25
Folded Towels: Black - 25
Folded Towels: Brown And Tan - 25
Folded Towels: Black and White - 25
Folded Towels: Red And White - 25
Folded Towels: Yellow And Blue - 25
Folded Towels: Green And Orange - 25
Folded Towels: Purple And Green - 25
Folded Towels: Blue - 25
Folded Towels: Blue And Cyan - 25
Folded Towels: Black And Red - 25
Folded Towels: Green - 25
Folded Towels: Pink And White - 25
Folded Towels: Purple And Orange - 25


The Cool Mint - 120
The Vampire - 250

The Navigator - 1200

Captain Smiley - 2500 (Totem)
The Mysterious Stranger - 1200 (Totem)
The Business - 210 (Hat)

Black Market Tarantula - 750

Pirate Banner - 4500 
Buccaneer Banner - 12000
Privateer Banner - 12000
Musketeer Banner - 12000
Swashbuckler Banner - 12000
Witchdoctor Banner - 12000

Master Smuggler's Cowl - 3000
Master Smuggler's Mask - 3000
Master Smuggler's Visor - 3000

Master Smuggler's Garb - 6000
Master Smugglers Mail - 6000
Master Smuggler's Armor - 6000

Master Smuggler's Boots - 1500
Master Smuggler's Greaves - 1500
Master Smuggler's Sabatons - 1500

Captain's Quarters

Pirate King Retreat - 75000
**UPDATE - This Captain's Quarters is now 25,000 in Live**


Pentacles of Tentacles - 750

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Evergreen Bundle from Wizard101

Introducing the Botanical Gardens from the Evergreen Bundle

"After touring this house, I just have one word to say - WOW! This is by far the best piece of work I've seen in the game for a long time. This house has everything - Beautiful secret passages, a PvP ring and an overgrown fly trapper plant that you can get rewards from. Not to mention the natural tranquil and beautiful surroundings. I think this house is alone the full price of the bundle and I'll definitely be moving in here now. :) Great job, KingsIsle!" -Chris Drakeflame aka @TheDrakeflame

The Evergreen Bundle has arrived in Wizard City! It has a beautiful huge greenhouse house, the Botanical Gardens, which your gardening plants will love... LITERALLY! It even has a giant flytrapper which reminds us all of the movie, "Little Shop of Horrors." FEED ME SEYMOUR! It will give you rewards once you pull its levers such as Gardening TCs, Reagents, even Housing Furniture like Gong of the Oni. 

Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Chrissy's Plant Taking A Bath

There are three levers - Pollinate, Sun and Water. There's three funny animations to watch for each lever. If you water the plant, it will be washing itself. Sun, it will act like it's getting a tan. Pollinate, it gets tickled.

"The Bundle is great, functional, and fun. The concept behind the bundle is new and fresh; definitely worth buying." -Nash aka @Spiral_Official

You get a really cute Spirit of the Forest pet that has a Gardening talent, the May Cast Gardening Pixie. He also comes with a Super Nova card as well as Growzone Layer Gardening Card which prevents Magic Need for 48 hours. When you cast any gardening spells on your plants, he will cast his may cast Gardening Pixie talent on your plants too. What a nice bonus, right? Not only that your gardening plants will love the house, so it will give them another bonus like the Red Barn Farmhouse. To sum it up, this house and pet is grrrrrrrr-eat for gardeners!

"The new bundle is unlike any other in the game. It is dark and mysterious, but still holds a sense of fun and adventure within its forests." -Jack aka @Jack_Silversong

There are cool secret passages that leds you down to a secret lake. It's so much fun trying to find them. I would stand in the secret passageways, shouting "BOO!" to friends walking by who are clueless. It was so much fun!

"I just love the new bundle house.  It is HUGE :D I really love the plant with it's nod to Little Shop of Horrors. The place has SO many hidden areas. Most bundle houses don't have so many. It is really a blast to play tag in if you know all the hidden areas lol. The forest is beyond beautiful and I can't wait to decorate it.

I am also in love (Yea I am using Love a lot here lol) with the wolf mount. It is incredibly beautiful and fun to ride. I have included some shots of it. The one of the wolf in the sky with the comet flying by took more than an hour of waiting to get the combination of comet, no debris flying by, and the wolf howling in the short seconds of the comet flyby. Not counting the work involved to float me out there, lol.  All that work was sure worth it as that mounts beauty looks incredible in a night sky :D

Celestian Spectral Wolf Moon With Comet

I have seen several decorated Garden Houses and they are incredible *cough, Paige Moonshade's cough*  :P. One has a delightful maze in the greenhouse that is a real hoot.

I have so many new ideas now for decorating it and I can't wait.  I haven't even BEGUN with training the new pet that helps with my plants yet.  I am hoping to mix the forest sprite traits with the otter traits and have a fishing & gardening pet.  So much goodness to discover :D

I couldn't recommend this bundle any higher. It is well worth the investment."
-Chrissy The Blesser aka @ChrissyzTweet

"The Call of the Pack" - Chrissy with her Celestial Wolf Mount

Spirit of the Forest Pet

"Very spacious and has a lot of scenery. Although you may get lost, you can enjoy the surrounding environment." -Alexander Lionheart aka @Alex_Lionheart

You may find this awesome Bundle from GameStop for $39. You can tell by all of the comments from our Stars of the Spiral staff that the bundle is worth having!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sneak Peeks from Pirate101!

Apparently soon we will have new content coming to Pirate101. Check out their teasers below!

What a cute squid. At first I thought it was a pet, but others disagreed and said it had to be a npc or boss.

Guess they were right, it's a NPC. BLOOP?!? Hehe, so cute. If you notice, he's still in Skull Island. Hmm, wonder what we'll have to do there? Hopefully to find a new key to reach another new world? Polaris, Mirage, Krokotopia, Grizzleheim? Who knows?! Valencia is practically confirmed if you have finished Aquila, there you find out we have to return to Valencia. So yes for sure we are going back there. However, I am hoping that we will get to see yet ANOTHER new world. I am actually hoping for two book expansions or something. I loved having Marleybone and Aquila at once. Since we have waited so long for a new world, I am hoping that it will happen again.

OMG OMG OMG! CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS?! This was something that we pirates have been waiting for a few years for. We wanted the ability to be able to go down inside our ship and decorate it and have ship parties. I guess our dream is becoming a reality with this teaser!

Oooh bundle gauntlet?! SQUEEEEE! It's another thing that us pirates have been waiting for. MORE BUNDLES! We're debating if the building is based off Monsquista or my idea, Mirage.

What do you think? What are your theories? Post in the comments below!