Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Black Cat

For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief... however it does look like the Black Cat I purchased from Spooky Bob has decided to allow me to fling him into battle; which I suppose more than fair since I paid 1500 crows for his until now purely decorative tail. Though now that I have an unlimited supply of hex-inducing feline power, I have found myself with more Black Cat treasure cards than I know what to do with. Even as of this writing I have more than the 25 cards depicted in the delightful picture on the left. Its not that I don't like cats, in fact I am perhaps too fond of them. Anyone who has ever seen me wear a black pair of pants would be able to tell you this. I would walk away from the Haunted Tower, clutching my new golden cat card close to me... unwilling to send it into battle lest sometime next December when Halloween is long gone I get the sudden desire to hurl a wild ball of black fuzz at my opponents. 

Now they are simply a testament to how many times I have tried to figure out the secret of the wisps on the fourth floor of the Haunted Tower, which if you were wondering: Is far too many. Those little blue wisps confound and taunt me. My fruitless efforts to decipher this puzzle are thankfully not my only incentive for climbing that ghastly tower over and over again. You see Pumpkin Head, the final boss of the tower, must have been spending a lot of time in Kensington Park as he has in his possession an incredibly rare pet: Auto Madit. I am certain anyone reading this can relate to the deep desire of acquiring a pet robotic spider for themselves, especially if it doesn't involve spending two hours completing Kensington Park.

-Tarlac Sandweaver

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Would be a great name for a scarecrow, or perhaps a Harvest Lord. But Jack Hallow is good too. And as you probably already know, a Harvest Lord named Jack Hallow just happens to be one of the newest additions to Wizard101 that KingsIsle has gifted us with in their latest patch. Lots of other good things, undead and living, came with this new instalment, and you can find them listed on the main site. Even better, you could give Wizard101 Central a visit and see what people there think of it.

Patch notes aside, what is perhaps most interesting to me are some of the things that are not listed in the notes. Like the fact that players are now able to fight the Jade Oni more than once... which is great news if you happen to desire the storm blade that can only be achieved by defeating that sinister green elephant. By far my personal favorite undocumented change involves the graphical additions to Kagemoosha's Citrine Blade. Where before it was lacking the fanciful particles of the other sword-wands, it now boasts an impressive arsenal of colors that dazzle foes and distract young players. Keep it up KingsIsle!

And yes, I did buy a black cat.

-Tarlac Sandweaver

Thursday, October 9, 2008

3 Pips

Or one power pip and one regular if you happen to be a sorcerer... but that is beside the point. Welcome to The Helpful Mander, your new source for random musings on Wizard101! Strategies abound here, or will at the very least. Don't even think of traveling the spiral without checking here first!

By now I am certain you are wondering who I am. Well, no... I am not a mander. I just happen to be someone who summons manders. I am Tarlac Sandweaver, an avid fan of Wizard101, a prolific guide writer and, as of this writing a level 45 sorcerer. You might have seen me wandering aimlessly around Wizard City from time to time, but now you can find me any time you wish! And who wouldn't want to? After all, I do summon manders.

-Tarlac Sandweaver