We had a lot of fun celebrating with the community during last month’s Friendship Festival, including receiving dozens of Pirate101 exclusive poems for the Wizard101 and Pirate101 Poetry Contest! Several of those poems were read on KI Live, so be sure to check out that show further below in this newsletter.
Keep updated daily on the latest news on Twitter and Facebook including special announcements from community fansites! Read on for more fun happenings with the community and their Spiral activities.
POETRY CONTEST WINNERS
A little poetry can brighten one's day, especially if it’s shared with friends, and today we have the winners of the Friendship Festival’s Poetry Contest to share!
We’ve selected 15 qualified entries to win the new ‘Hearts’ teleport effect in Wizard101, the Sweet Heart Mount in Pirate101, and 10K Crowns! Some entries were also read during February’s KI Live.
Thanks to everyone who participate in this dual Wizard101 and Pirate101 contest! Regardless of whether we chose your entry or not, please feel free to share your entry in the community forums for all to see.
KI LIVE WITH SPARCK & PROFESSOR FALMEA
February’s KI Live was full of Friendship Festival poetry! If you are interested in poetry, no worries, we had plenty of interesting news and other fun activities to share:
Secret Reader Bonus - As of this newsletter's announcement, for those who didn't get a chance to redeem the KI Live giveaway code yet, we opened it up again (LUCKYFRIENDS2020) for another 500 redemptions! You get 1x Wizard101 Funky Piggle Pet and 1x Pirate101 Happiness Lion Pet.
A great Pirate101 tip from KI Live comes from community member Ash:
“When purchasing ship equipment in the bazaar, ensure you have the ship unbottled if you are sorting the equipment by 'Usable', otherwise the equipment you could be using may not show up. Happy Pirating!” - Ash
macOS UPDATE WARNING REMINDER
We are continuing to work with our partners on making both games Catalina compatible and feel a resolution is quite close now. To ensure your game access is not interrupted, please wait to install Catalina until we announce full support for the OS.
Thanks for your patience as we work on this functionality. We will notify you as soon as support for Catalina is available!
Gandry:"Capitan, are you sure this frog is 'toad'ally worth it? He's giving me a slimy look."
Boochbeard:“No jokes in front of the Frogfather! And aye' I'm sure he's real 'ribbit'ing!”
~ Alex Kidd
Join in on the fun by watching Twitter and Facebook for the next Puppet Pirate reveal!
COMMUNITY VIDEO SPOTLIGHT
From The Craft Box, they continue their walkthrough of the Privateer with The Hydra!
FAN ART SPOTLIGHT
For this month’s fan art, we are showcasing a steam punk inspired drawing from Silver Dino Hawkins of a Battle Angel!
"I really like the armada, so I made a custom new series of Battle Angels! Hope you enjoy it!" ~ Silver Dino Hawkins
Capture an amazing screenshot like a magnificent sunset or a monster about to eat your ship and send it to us at email@example.com. We’re always interested in showing off more art, gameplay guides, and other content!
Here are just some of the Easter Eggs on the list:
Moo Manchu - Based off the fictional criminal mastermind, Fu Manchu, created by Sax Rohmer. Fu appears as a character in a number of books, comics, tv shows, and movies.
Kow Cheng & the Terra Cotta Army - Kow Cheng was the first Emperor of Mooshu, and is inspired by the first Emperor to unite China, Qin Shi Huang. It's believed that Qin Shi Huang, in the search of finding how to become immortal, drank liquid Mercury after being told it would help extend his life. Mercury is actually very poisonous, and likely have been what killed him.
In the MooShu side quest "Emperor Moo," Moo Manchu is attempting to animate the terracotta army that is buried with Kow Cheng in Kow Cheng's tomb. This is based off of the real Terracotta Army buried with Qin Shi Huang. Qin wanted to have an army defend his tomb at all times, so his government hired hundreds of artisans and craftsmen to build an army of men made form terracotta. I actually saw a few of them several years ago in 2013 when a museum in the city I live near managed to have the Chinese government send a few of the terracotta soldiers over for a temporary exhibit, which was fun to see.
Caoism - For the final part of the Mooshu storyline, the Pirate works to be able to meet Cao Tzu, who Shunzang calls the father of Caoism. Caoism is a reference to the religion/philosophy of Taoism, which originates from China, many readers may be familiar the symbol and idea of the concept "Yin and Yang," which originates from Taoism.
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