Finding Housing Items Made Easy, Introduction

If you’re anything like me, you probably have spent hours combing through the Wiki trying to figure out the name of the one housing item you’re looking for, whether or not it’s actionable/if you can find it at the Bazaar, and where you can farm for it. The problem is, there are hundreds of pages of housing items, and since their divided by the same 6 categories as in-game (Plant Life, Wall Hangings, Wallpaper and Tile, Outdoor, Furniture, and Decoration), and since you have to click on the name of an item on a list before you can see what it looks like, (and since the Wiki is super slow to load and has a tendency to freeze–even on my BRAND NEW laptop), it can take forever to find the perfect painting to finish a sitting area or the perfect potted plant to go by the door. The struggles I’ve been having lately finding exactly what I’m looking for has sparked an idea for a new organizational method for finding the perfect housing item quickly. I preset to you the start of Finding Housing Items Made Easy.

Housing Items Made Easy will feature a short list of various housing items from a specific category (for example “Potted Plants” or “Paintings”). Each item listed will have a picture posted with it, a brief description of how it’s obtained, and a link to the Wiki page for more information.

Example

Plant Life: Potted Plants

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Found near Khalkos Coppersmith (crafting vendor), Garden of Hesperides; can be found at the Bazaar
More information about this item can be found here

 

The formatting may change as I continue forming and working on this project, but that’s the general plan for how I’m going to have this set up. It’ll take time, but I’m so excited to work on (and finish) tis project! It should make finding the perfect housing items so much faster.

~Emma

 

Royal Estate Tour

After YEARS of owning a Royal Estate (the large Marlybone house), I FINALLY finished the inside to a point where I am completely content with how it looks. 🙂

I bought the house the summer of 2011. It was the first house I bought on Emma. (Although she’s my highest and main wizard, she was the 3rd I created. I don’t remember if any of my other characters had houses before her–I think I got Jenna’s Wooded Cottage before though…) Anyway, it was my first, and for the longest time, only house on that character. As I quested through the Spiral and found new housing items, I slowly began filling the house. In October 2012, I bought my second house, the Wysteria Villa. I abandoned the Royal Estate to decorate the Villa, deeming the Estate complete.

Then about a year ago, I spent some time looking over my first housing project and decided I didn’t like it, that I had wasted so much potential by decorating it the way I did. So, I began emptying it, tearing it apart room by room. (Now, I really wish I had taken screenshots of what it used to look like…It’d be fun to compare before and after.)

Well, today I added the last finishing details. It’s not on tour because the outside is still a mess, but I’m excited to show off the inside of this house. Enjoy!

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Front Entry (next6 images)

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Main Floor (next 10 images)

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Basement (next 2 images)

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Upper Floor (next 5 images)

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If I choose to put this house on tour after the outside is finished, then I plan on figuring out an elegant way to block off the crafting room since it doesn’t really fit the theme for the rest of the house. Anyway, what do you think?

~Emma

Warlord!

Off and on over the past year and a half or two years, I’ve been very interested in Player vs Player (PvP) matches, especially in learning strategies that work for me and allow me to win once in a while. When I first started, I strongly believed that using TC in ranked matches was “cheating” and refused to use them. I quickly learned that, because the vast majority of PvPers, especially in the lower levels, use them, it was virtually impossible for me to leave the rank of Private (lowest possible rank: 0-524 points) without them.

I started out in PvP with my level 26 Death, Fallon DeathThief. I struggled to find a strategy that worked for me. I mostly enjoyed my time in the Arena with her, but eventually got tired of the insults from cocky players and the general lack of progress. I stopped with a rank of 386 (29 won-37 lost). Since rank starts with a base of 500 points, I ranked down by 114 points. I haven’t done any PvP with her for around a year now.

About six months ago, I started doing PvP on my life, Alyssa RoseThorn, since I heard lower level PvP is easier. When I first started, she was level 15 but after talking to a few friends, decided to level her up to 16 so she could get absorb and Tower Shield. During the time that I PvPed with her, I took advantage of the free tournament member benefit (can’t wait for it to return!). I had fun with it and even came in 3rd place in one of the tournaments! (It was with a randomly assigned team–3v3 I think.) I started playing ranked matches between tournament matches, and at one point managed to rank Alyssa up to the second rank: Corporal. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. When I got bored of PvP a couple months ago, I left Alyssa at Private with a rank of 426 (31 won-36 lost).

Saturday, I decided that I was interested in PvP again, but instead of going back to Alyssa, I decided that I wanted to try low level (1-9) PvP. I had heard that Myth was a great school to PvP with at level 5, so I deleted my Magus Myth, Natalie EmeraldFlame and recreated her as a brand new myth, Natalie DayDreamer. I played through Unicorn Way and got Wooden Puppet (0 pip myth minion) and Troll, then took the 5+ Crowns gear from Alyssa and bought the 5+ Crowns staff that she didn’t have, and put all the gear on Natalie. I put 3 Fairies, 3 Puppets, 3 Fire Elves, 2 Trolls, and 1 Stun Shield in Natalie’s main deck and 2 Tower Shields, 1 Minotaur, 1 Orthrus, 1 Myth Blade, 1 Infallible, and 1 Stun in her TC deck and hit the Arena.

The first evening, I ranked her up to Sergeant! The next night, she made it to Knight. Around the rank of Knight, I started facing Wizards up to 15 levels higher than me! And was winning! But I realized that one of the biggest parts of low level PvP is a pip war: whoever gets the most pips first can hit first and therefore win. Since I was facing wizards with so much more health than me, I had to use my bigger hit that cost 2 more pips. I switched Minotaur out for a Minion sacrifice card that gives me 4 pips, and triumphed more than I lost. The following night, I managed to rank her up to the coveted Commander and decided that I’d leave her there until I cold get the gear. However, I decided that, with the luck I had been having, that I wanted to try again. So I did. Later that night, I managed to rank her up to the top badge: Warlord. Her record: 47 won-21 lost.

I haven’t done any PvP on her since so she’s sitting at the same win/lose record with the same 913 points. I haven’t really had the time, but I also want to preserve that badge until I can get the Commander gear. So, at the next free tournament member benefit, I plan on leveling Natalie up to level 12 (for Myth Blade) and participating in the free tournaments for the gear. Once I have it, I plan on reentering the Arena. I never DREAMED that I could actually be good at PvP. But with Natalie, I am.

~Emma

 

Reagent Maps: Stone Town

My first Reagent Map is ready to go! It is completely filled in (to the best of my knowledge). If I come across an unmarked reagent, I’ll update the map. Here it is!

Stone Town Reagent Map

 

Merry (Late) Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2 days late! I’ve been super busy lately with Christmas preparations and celebrations. Hopefully I’ll have more time this week to blog and play. I’ve been working on various posts, but none are done yet. I’ve been working on reagent maps, a new “series” on gardening and plants, and a new “series” on crafting. I’m also nearly ready for a belated Yuletide Dorm Rooms with Emma video.

I got a new laptop–Lenovo Yoga–yesterday. The upgrade should make my projects go smoother. I’m especially excited for the Windows 10 built in recorder, it’ll make Dorm Rooms with Emma much easier. I’m also super excited for the touch screen. The Reagent Maps should be much more manageable with it.  Hopefully I’ll be back to posting regularly within the next few weeks.

~Emma

Creating the “Perfect” Pet

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the term “perfect pet” over the years. It bothers me because there isn’t a single perfect pet. THE perfect pet simply doesn’t exist. I’m tired of players judging other wizard’s pets. It’s one thing to critique a pet when someone asks if you think it’s a good pet, but it’s quite another to go up to someone and tell them that their pet “failed”.

For example, shortly after I trained Emma’s Carnation Fairy, Lily, to Mega, a friend told me it was a failed pet. When I asked why he thought that, he simply told me he personally wouldn’t want most of the traits Lily has. I understand that some of her traits aren’t ideal, and there a one or two that I’d be fine if I didn’t have, but she by no means failed, especially since I wasn’t expecting a pet nearly as good as she turned out. There was absolutely no reason for this friend to tell me that MY pet was a failure.

Unfortunately, I’m expecting to hear this a lot once I finish Suri’s “perfect pet”. Her perfect pet would ideally be ice, preferably the one-headed hybrid ice hound. I want the pet to have Spell-Proof, Spell-Defying, Fairy Friend, two “selfish” talents that enhance to resist stats, along with a third selfish as a jewel. If it all works out correctly, Suri will have a pet with 21% universal resist and may cast fairy.

Before you judge me for wanting selfish talents on my “perfect pet”, you need to understand Suri’s role in her team and how I play my ice character.

I quest Jenna (Fire) and Suri (Ice) together along with two of Cameron’s characters, Cameron Hawk (Storm) and Daniel Hawk (Balance).

Cam Hawk and Jenna are primarily hitters. Sometimes they’ll play support for each other. Sometimes the attack the same target(s) one after the other. Sometimes they take out different targets the same round. It depends entirely on the type of battle and who draws what cards when.

Dan Hawk primarily plays support. He keeps Jenna and Cam in blades so they can hit fast and hard. He sometimes will play healer with Availing and Helping Hands and sometimes with Treant Polymorph.

Suri is the tank. She’s always first in the battle circle (except for the rare occasion when someone gets dragged in on accident). For boss battles, she wears a hodgepodge of gear that gives her the highest possible resist. She has an average of 65% resist to any one school at a time, with the highest at 86%. My goal is to get her to 100% resist to any one school by level 80. I’m hoping to have her at 100%+ resist to ALL schools by level 100. It’ll take work: a lot of farming and a fair amount of crowns to succeed, but it’s possible. But in order to succeed, I NEED a pet with 21% resist.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, THINK BEFORE YOU JUDGE A PET WITHOUT BEING INVITED TO DO SO. It’s hurtful, thoughtless, and mean. You never know if the pet that you perceive to be a failure was intended to be the way it is, or if the pet belongs to a child who hasn’t grasped pet training, or if it belongs to someone who doesn’t want to invest countless hour and snacks trying to “prefect” a pet.

If someone asks for your opinion, give it (preferably in the nicest way possible), otherwise, please leave any critical thoughts to yourself. Remember, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.

On a different, but related note, I’m currently actively working on three “perfect” pets: one each for Suri, Jen, and Kayla. I’m also passively working on improved pets for Emma, my Life, Alyssa, and my Death, Fallon. (Which basically means if I stumble upon a pet with useful talents for them while working on Suri, Jen, and Kayla’s pets, they can have it.)

Anyway, I’m working on getting the above mentioned Ice pet with Proof, Defy, Fairy, and three improving selfish talents for Suri. So far I have a pet with proof and two if the selfish talents. (9% resist at ancient!) on Suri’s account. I also have a pet with Defy on Emma. That pet has a chance at developing Fairy Friend. If it does, Suri’s hatching process will become simpler….

Ultimately, I want Kayla to have a Spark Beast with a combination couple storm damage talents, universal damage talents, a may cast heal, Galvanic Field may cast, and universal resist. I realize that’s far more talents than talent slots. Ideally, I would want Pain-Bringer, Pain-Giver, Storm-Dealer, Storm-Giver, and may cast Galvanic Field, with Storm-Boon as the socketed jewel. Although right now, she’d probably benefit more from Pain-Giver, Storm-Dealer, Spell-Proof, Fairy Friend, and Galvanic Field

Jenna’s, like Suri’s, is more exact. I want her to have a Blaze Beast or Fennec Fox (both give extra Fire Blade card) with Fire-Dealer, Fire-Giver, Pain-Bringer, Pain-Dealer, and either may cast Furnace or Fairy Friend, with Fire-Boon in the jewel socket. Since she’s a hitter, the more damage she has, the better off she is. I’m hoping to have well over 100% fire damage by the time she reaches 100. From what I’ve seen, that shouldn’t be too difficult.

~Emma

I’m Back!

I’ve had a busy last two weeks wrapping up fall quarter for school. Now that the quarter is over, I have time again to blog and play! So excited!

Anyway, today is day 12 of the annual 12 Days of the Spiral celebration. I had had plans to write about each day, but it fell through due to school. Oh well. I guess I’ll write a recap and review. 🙂

In other news, now that I’m done with school for Christmas break, I’ll have a bit more time to focus on my blog so I plan on getting some of my projects started. So what do I have planned for Spiral: A to Z?

Reagent Maps: As I mentioned last month at the launch of my blog, I plan on creating Reagent Maps. So far, I’ve only done a Parchment map for Caer Lyon. I plan on making more maps and slowly getting them posted over my break.

Who Drops It?: This is a fairly new idea inspired by how much trouble it’s been for me to find information on drops from areas that weren’t top level upon their launch. (For example, House of Scales and Master and Archmage One-Shot Gauntlets.) I plan listing what is dropped where in a similar manner as the Wizard101 Wiki, except instead of JUST having the name of the item, I’ll also list the stat information. I’m finding the Wiki to be more of a pain then it’s worth lately. Of course, I don’t want to try to REPLACE the Wiki, just supplement it. 🙂

Housing Items: I have two ideas relating to housing items. My first idea is to do something similar to what Friendly Necromancer did a few years ago–Housing Item of the Day. I won’t copy his idea exactly, but I had fun reading those posts. Basically, I’ll pick one or two housing items, give some information about it (what is it, what type of housing item is it, how much does it cost, where do you get it, etc), and then use it in a few decorating examples. My second idea is to put together a housing item list/guide. It’d be similar to the Wiki, except there will be more than one item per page. I hate sifting through hundreds of pages on the Wiki looking for all the different tables. So mine will be divided into categories like Tables, Chairs, Wallpaper, etc, and I’ll  list the name of the items, a picture of what each looks like, and where you can get them.

Contests: I would like to start hosting small contests, but I can’t do that until I know I have at least a small group of readers. Leave a comment if you’d like to see some small contests. Once I have readers, I’ll start running them. 🙂

 

~Emma

More Thoughts on Critical

As I’ve been questing through Polaris with Cameron StarCatcher, I’ve noticed a few interesting things involving the new critical system. I’m currently level 103. I’ve been tracking Emma’s critical and block rates since before the update went live. I’ve noticed an interesting pattern as I’ve leveled up.

At level 100, post-update, I had 29% critical and 29% block.

When I leveled to 101, my critical went UP to 31% but my block dropped to 28%.

At 102, my critical dropped again, this time down to 28%. My block stayed the same at 28%.

When I leveled to 103 last week, my critical went BACK UP to 31% and my block remained at 28%.

So at this point, my critical has been higher at odd levels and lower at even. It’s odd. So far, the decline that was present with the old system is more intense at even levels than it was in the system, but it’s jumping back up at odd levels. It seems odd to me. I guess I should start tracking Suri and Jenna’s critical and block ratings for more data. Maybe Cameron will be willing to contribute data. Has anyone else noticed this?

On a slightly different note, I realized the other day that my critical and block ratings dropped by about 20% at the update, which means when I use Amplify and Conviction, my ratings are about equal to pre-update ratings. Just some food for thought…

~Emma

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In the spirit of the holiday, here’s the top ten things I’m most grateful for in the Spiral (in no particular order):

1. Mounts! The 40% boost makes traveling so much faster than on foot. And they’re more than just convenient. They’re fun to have equipped thanks to the unique animations each have.

2. Pets! Not only are they cute and fun to have, but with a little training they’re helpful too! They can be frustrating, especially when the desired stats dint manifest, but they’re worth it!

3. AOEs! One spell that hits all enemies is so incredibly helpful. They makes mob battles go much faster and makes farming more effective.

4. Treasure Cards! Treasure Cards (TC) can be so helpful. I keep a stock of healing TC for solo battles or when I play support/healer. I’ve also been using Conviction and Vengence a ton more lately due to the new critical system. It’s so nice to be able to put more than 3-6 copies of a card in your TC deck and its a little easier to control when they show up in your hand than your normal cards. Plus the ones I don’t need can be sold for gold!

5. Mega Snacks! The ONLY reason why pet training isn’t a complete nightmare. Thanks to these rank 8 & 9 snacks, I can train a pet from baby to ancient on a single energy globe and to epic with two!

6. Gardens! The best way to earn TC , Mega Snacks, and Reagents! Plus a lot of the seeds are cosmetically pleasing, with fun animations and cute sounds.

7. Mastery Amulets! In particular the Life Mastery. Being able to use pier pips to heal is amazing!

8. Music Players & Scrolls! I LOVE having the ability to play my favorite music from around the Spiral in my homes! Some of my favorite tracks include the Graduation Theme, the Five B.O.X.E.S. Theme, Baddle of the Bands (both battle and main themes), all the Avalon, Azteca, Khrysalis, and Polaris themes, and, of course, the good old Wizard City Main theme.

9. Teleport Tapestries! It’s sooo nice to have easy and quick access to various areas of the Spiral right in your own home…especially to the Bazaar!

10. Friends! Friends make everything better! Questing is more fun and easier, housing games are possible and so much fun, chatting and creating bonds through the common interest of the game is wonderful. I’ve met some fantastic people in the Wizard101 community and I’m glad to call many of them friends. Shout out to Cameron StarCatcher, Evan FroatGiver, Ashley DreamDust, Valkoor LegendWhisperer, Blake HawkRiver, Kyle LegendWard, Lauren BattleEyes, Erin DragonCaller, Thomas Thorn, Valerian GreenGem, Wolf DragonBlade, and Wolf Shadow. ALL if you are amazing friends! Even though I haevn’t seen several of you for a while, you still matter to me and I’m thankful to have known you and to be able to call you friend.

~Emma

Dorm Rooms with Emma Episode 2: Thanksgiving Feast

For episode 2 of “Dorm Rooms with Emma”, I created a Thanksgiving Feast, just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Items Used

Table and Benches: Crown Shop–500 Crowns or 2,500 Gold

Stuffed Turkey Dinner: Thanksgiving 2015 Giveaway

Lattice Cherry Pie: Torald Wayfinder (Grizzlehiem) Recipe–1,830 Gold

Holiday Cranberry Sauce (x2): Winterland Pack (Yuletide Only)–299 Crowns; Thanksgiving 2015 Giveaway

Orange Basket: Found in Turquoise Cave, Azteca–Free

Bowl of Lettuce: Ea’rik, Krokotopia Housing Vendor–125 Gold

Bowl of Tomatoes (x2): Found in Krokosphinx, Krokotopia–Free; Dropped by Grimsnes BurntBlack

Round of Cheese: Crown Shop–500 Crowns; Dropped by Grimsnes BurntBlack

Corny Wand (x2): Harvest Hannah–300 Crowns; Dropped by Lord Nightshade

Fall Wand: Harvest Hannah–300 Crowns; Dropped by Lord Nightshade

Hanging Lanturn (x2): Dropped by Tyrfing and Wretched Elexorien (or Bazaar 288)

Leafy Floor: Zhi Lan, MooShu Housing Shop–1,000 Gold

Marleybone Wood Panels: Crown Shop, Marleybone Furniture Set 3–4,500 Crowns or 22,500 Gold

Male Mannequin:
Gear
Headdress: Harvest Hannah–1,500 Crowns; Dropped by Lord Nightshade & Spectral Guardian
Bear Tunic (Dark Orange & Brown): Eloise Merryweather (Grizzlehiem)–1,860 Gold
Mage’s Boots (Dark Orange & Brown): Eloise Merryweather (Wizard City)–249 Gold

Female Mannequin:
Gear
Turkey Hat: Harvest Hannah–1,500 Crowns; Dropped by Lord Nightshade, Jade Oni, and Othin Stormfather
Jester’s Motley (Orange & Gold): Eloise Merryweather (Wizard City)–621 Gold
Cleric’s Shoes (Orange & Gold): Eloise Merryweather (Wizard City)–249

Alternative food ideas include the Turkey Platter from the Crown Shop (350 Crowns), Bowl of Dates dropped by Odji Sokkwi, Bowl of Potatoes (Recipe from Torald Wayfinder), Egg Basket (Recipe from Torald Wayfinder), Fat Pumpkin from the Crown Shop (225 Crowns), Fish Basket found in the Mangrove Marsh, Azteca, Pie from the Crown Shop (500 Crowns or 2,500 Gold), Pumpkin dropped by The Harvest Lord, Tall Pumpkin found in the Krokosphinx, Krokotopia, and many others you may come across.