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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pirate101, my experience with the game, the good and the bad.

So, sorry about the long break. IRL has been super busy with work. But onto the big news, Pirate101 turns 7 in October! So I thought I would share my experience with Pirate101 through the years.

I first heard about Pirate101 from the wiz launcher, announcing beta. I applied but unfortunately was denied. I continued to play wiz and forgot about Pirate for awhile, then I saw an ad and decided to give it a try. When I logged in for the first time and saw the amazing intro (now sadly removed) I was blown away. I remember when I first started to really explore people where everywhere, I saw people with skarakeet pets and I tried farming dead eye Deidre since she had a skarakeet mob. Little did I know it was from a bundle. Much of early pirate for me was exploring the world of skull island absorbing all I could find and trying to figure out everything I could. I met many people who while I have forgotten their names, I still remember the experiences with them. From sailing the skyways destroying everything we saw, to just fighting some random mobs like the crab crawlies in traitors cave. Skull island was all about learning about the game for me. It was my first step into this amazing game and one I fondly remember.

My First Pirate
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Questing through Monquista and Valencia went by fast, something thats not as bad as it sounds. I usually take my time questing but I just wanted more and more. And then I got more, cool ranch...

Cool ranch is a long world, it has lots of long quests, some hard, some annoying, and a lot of people seem to not like it. It was different for me though. I met my first and best friend in game here. Silver Jack and I met in Santa Pollo. We quested through cool ranch together, through it all. We bonded most over the bumbaloon, one of the most annoying quests in cool ranch. We often hung out and not just quested after that. We would talk about serious matters and not so serious. He is probably the best friend I ever had in pirate. He sadly quit during the long break for VA2. 

Mooshu is beautiful, I quested through it fairly fast with the help of some friends and always stopped to admire its beauty. I remember most the "that was yesterday" quest, where the key drop rate was horribly low. I made several friends farming them for the key, which could take several days for some. Honestly, when mooshu ended and I had the power to translate the map, I felt like the game was just about to begin for real. Like this all was an introduction and I was about to begin my real journey.

Marleybone is probably the most well done world in Pirate101. It relies on past events that our pirate did and it was up to us to fix our mistakes. It was here I got my first real taste of the armada. An enemy I never really grasped the full power of up until this point. The story and art was amazing, and the fights were legendary. I began my first farming crusade by farming bishop and rooke for their gear, which took over a year total! Marleybone was nothing but positives for me, and despite my hatred for rooke and his drop rates, I wouldn't trade the time I spent farming him for the world.

Aquila, the land of the eagles, it wasn't beautiful, it was majestic. The story here isn't about me questing with my friends, its about what I did after I was done. I became active in the community. I started talking a lot on the message boards and later joined twitter, making friends who have quit or had falling out with, none of which I don't miss the times we shared. Honestly, the community is great, I became sort of known but not really. I'm fine with that though, since I did make many friends I never would have. Aquila was not a time for gameplay but for community for me.

Valencia 2, honestly, it wasn't a disappointment for me. Sure it was short, but I had been waiting for this for a long time. From hearing Gortez say I would enter as a hero to fighting Kane it was all just in disbelief. I waited for 3 years and the awe of walking straight into enemy territory like I owned the place was amazing. 

The only bad part about Pirate101 is the lack of updates. In my opinion it surpasses Wiz in all other aspects. 
 
Just overall, my experience in Pirate101 was an experience of friendship and community. Exactly what a MMO experience should be. I'm not going to lie, Pirate101 is kind of dying, but I will play until it shuts down. I love this game, and I always will. I hope more people start to play and it updates but even if they don't and it doesn't, i'm fine with that. Pirate101 has gotten me through the tough spots in my life and I will always love it for that. I'll cya in the spiral!

-Jack

Friday, August 30, 2019

Arrrrrgust Contest Winners!

Just going to do the grand prize winner's entry and the names of the rest. Hope thats fine.

Pirate Name: Daniel Radcliffe

While many people would bandy about with their reasons for liking and disliking the game, I really truly enjoy the game for a few reasons - the first is that you can feel the passion in every character, dialogue, scene and location, from Skull Island to Marleybone. Each and every character is packed to the brim with expressions, personality, and so much more. The story is spectacularly written, with interesting plot points, mechanics, designs, memorable characters, and more! You can just tell this was a passion project by the developers. Someone, somewhere, put their heart and soul into this game, not for profit, not for any corporate reasons. They wanted to make a story, a wonderful adventure, to share with at least one other person the awe-inspiring vision in their head. The least I can do is appreciate them for it.
The second reason was the sense of adventure and world-building. Wizard101 has a lot of "ooh magic" and new locations, but there was always a sense of disconnect between the game and the player. You weren't really there in the spiral, and being a wizard, you were sort of above political conflict. You casually rubbed elbows with kings and gods. The wizard could hop on over to Olympus and probably go drinking with Zeus, while the people of Aquila had probably never even seen their gods before, and you get the sense that you're more of a commoner, part of the actual masses of the Spiral. You're one of the people sitting in the homes along the street, not the hero cruising their way to victory.
The world of Pirate101 isn't just some set of connected maps and landmasses, going from area to area in your ship really brings together the sense of exploring a new place, with new people and culture If you look at the screenshot, it feels like you're really in Mooshu, sailing from land to land, a whole world full of people and places to visit, instead of a bunch of connected maps and roads you can vaguely recall as a W101 player. You actually feel like a real denizen of the Spiral. You enter the darker everyday life of the Marleybonians in the midst of a war, rather than just solving mysteries with Sherlock Bones, you lie and finesse your way through a court to get at Kane, you gate-crash a wedding to humiliate a tax collector, you overthrow an entire monarchy to put a gorilla on the throne! For all the classic "legendary hero blessed by the gods" vibe of W101, P101 feels so much more real. With P101, you see more of the Spiral than any W101 player will ever see in their lifetimes. It's a whole world(s) out there, and I adore each and every part of it.



1k crown winners

-Jewel

-Pretty Jewel Jackson

-Charming Julia Silver

-Seth

-Cunning Zane Pelton 

Thanks to everyone who participated! Have a good week and be back soon!

-Jack
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An in depth look at the Crowns vs Membership debate (Pirate101 and Wizard101)

So, there is often the question, "Do I pay for areas or just buy a membership?" This is debated since its different for everyone. I'm here to look at the pros and cons of each and offer situations where either would be acceptable. I do have several max pirates and a max wiz, and for the part where I go over maxing I am not including finishing the story. So lets begin!

1. My overall view:

First, Pirate101. I know this game well and can say without a doubt in any situation, buying areas is the way to go. In total the entire game costs about 95k crowns, or 130 dollars US (assuming you buy the 80k crown bundle) It seems like a lot, and it is. But in reality for Pirate101 it fits since it doesn't get much new updates requiring a member. You can max 1 or 2 pirates in a month and then have to buy a few more members to max every class and to farm but in the long run, buying areas is the way to go. If you only want to max one class though I suggest a membership. Plain and simple. Now for the hard game, wiz...

Wiz is different. It can take a month to max if you have lots of time but if not it may take a couple memberships. Now lets assume you do have a lot of time, want to max one class, and have friends. One membership is all you need, But again, here I recommend to pay as you go. Wiz costs a lot of money to buy all of it. However it is worth it since wiz is a game where you need to grind for good gear. Sure maxing may be slower but at least you can grind for gear while you wait.

part 1 summary: overall its better to pay as you go.

2. The pros and cons of membership and crowns in both games.

1/2. Pirate101 membership
     
      a. pros:

  • Quick to max
  • Teleporter can be used for gold
  • More friend list and backpack space
  • Member events
      b. cons

  • Can't spend as much time farming
  • You can always buy backpack and friend list space
  • You only get a limited time to do everything
  • Membership runs even if you are logged off meaning if you get grounded thats money down the drain.
  • In the long run its more expensive
2/2. Pirate101 crowns

     a. pros
  • Unlimited access to the game forever
  • You have unlimited time to do what you want
  • No worrying about when your member runs out
  • Not much is worth spending a member on every month
  • You can buy a few member benefits either way. 
  • In the long run its cheaper
     b. cons
  •  Have to spend 1000 crowns on a quick port to a new world.
  • It can take longer to max your first Pirate.
1/2. Wiz membership pros and cons

      a. pros
  •  Tournaments cost gold
  • Quicker to max
  • Member events
      b. cons
  •  It's not really worth it unless you want to max quick and need very specific stuff. 
2/2. Wiz crowns pros and cons

     a. pros
  •  Have access to the whole game forever
  • You can do pretty much everything a member can without much hassle 
      b. cons
  • There aren't really any besides you will max slow and pvp will be limited.
Part 3. What situations is it better for a member or crowns?

In both games, crowns to buy areas is usually better. However the only situations membership is really good is if you can only afford a member once a month. Thats really the only time you should buy a member.

In conclusion, pay as you go offers about the same as a member but a bit more long term. In the end its up to you to decide but in my opinion memberships are becoming less and less a priority and more and more optional. They don't offer much extra to the table compared to pay as you go. Again in the end its up to you, but I would look at everything before you decide. Cya in the spiral!

-Jack