Pirate101 Monthly Newsletter


 
 
 

January 2019



Screenshot from: Edward Lifegem

It was an amazing 2018 with the community across the Spiral! We released an update in September with some important hotfixes, celebrated Pirate101’s 6th birthday in October, and expanded our coverage of community content to more outlets. Also, in Professor Falmea’s December Producer’s Letter, we talked about the wintry and festive holidays, charity mounts, Krampus, and much more!

Let’s take a quick look at some of the treasures of 2018 to remember together. A big thanks to Final Bastion, Adventures of the Spiral, Frostcaller, and other sites for tracking content throughout the year!

  • January: New Seraph and Dark Wings Mounts
  • February: Two new flying snake pets
  • March: Spring Festival begins!
  • April: April Fool’s ‘Ball-N-Chain' Mount
  • May: New Green Vine Mount
  • June: New Skeletorus Pet-a-Palooza Pet, and Moonblade Pantera and Golden Eagle Mounts
  • July: KingsIsle participated in Make-A-Wish! And a new Koi Mount was released
  • August: New Update on the Test Realm
  • September:
    • Old Scratch Promotion Quest
    • New Skeleton Key bosses
    • New permanent elixirs
    • Quest Helper
    • Item Locking
    • Member Benefits
    • Leah’s Top 10 KI Live moments and other blog posts
    • New Leaf Swarm Mount
  • October:
    • Happy Halloween across the Spiral!
    • New Halloween themed items and pets
    • New mounts celebrating Pirate101’s 6th birthday
    • New pillow fight pillows arrive. (They stack!)
  • November:
  • December:
    • A jolly 12 Days of the Spiral begins!
    • New holiday exclusive mounts: Crumbles Gingerhorse and the Giant Green Baubleloon
    • Wizard101’s Part 4 anniversary, focused on the community (including Pirate101).
    • Congrats to the 2018 Snow Globe contest winners!
    • Krampus pays a visit!
Most important was the huge amount of community generated content that you introduced to each other. From contests and events like PvP competitions and charity giveaways to housing tours and useful starter guides for new players, we saw a ton of community generated content. Keep it coming! One of our goals in 2019 is to expand our presence on other social media sites, so let us know which ones you are on and we’ll check them out.

Kicking off 2019 at PAX South



Kicking off the new year, we’re heading to PAX South! Join Community Manager Mathew “Sparck” Anderson and Associate Producer Renee “Wooften” Wooten as we meet with the community during the show. We’ll be attending on January 19th and 20th. Email community@kingsisle.com and let us know you will be attending so we can say hello! We’ll be hanging out with The Untold Spiral and DuelCircle as they team up for a KingsIsle Community PAX South takeover.

As always, be sure to keep watch on the game’s Twitter and Facebook pages for regular event updates as the community sends them to us!


KingsIsle Dev Diary: Krampus


We just started up a new video series where the KingsIsle developers talk about a new release or new in-game system. This new series includes coverage for all our games. Pirate101 made it into December 2018’s slot! In this video we talk about Krampus making a scene in the game, including how he was developed. Have a look:



What should be the next Pirate101 dev diary? Let us know by responding to one of the newsletter announcements on social media, or posting a comment in the community forums. Thanks!

Non-KI Live Community Livestream with Bat Masterson


There was no KI Live in December due to the holidays, though Bat Masterson managed to still sneak into one of the conference rooms to play Wizard101 and Pirate101 while chatting with the community about 2019:



For more videos and recorded livestreams, be sure to subscribe to KingsIsle's YouTube channel!


 

Going Rogue: Community Article Spotlight


As we did last month, we’re changing things up for this space’s normal Rogue’s Gallery update and replacing it with a more community focused feature – Going Rogue – Community Article Spotlight!



We’re accepting contributions from the community with guides like how-to and walkthrough blogs and articles. Submit your best one for next month’s newsletter and it may be featured right in this spot!

This month's featured community post comes from the Dragonspyre Pirate Blog: The Strongest World
So, who do you think is the strongest world in the spiral? Before you answer let me just tell you. Its Captain Avery's pirate republic. Why you may ask? Well they don't have any military power really, no law or defense and are a brand new independent world in the spiral. But what they do have is allies. Remember that quest with the pillars in VA, the ones that states the Spiral Powers? Well 3 out of 4 of them are allied with SI, not to mention Polaris which as we know has Napoleguin back. So, who are they allied with, when did they ally with them, and why does this make them the strongest spiral world? All shall be answered today! (and some questions like why isn't Wizard City the strongest?)

We want to hear from the community on what content we can add to this space! Email us your ideas to community@pirate101.com. Thanks Pirates!


 

Puppet Pirates


Last month you voted on the best Puppet Pirates quote featuring the ever scary but still popular KRAMPUS. Congrats to Smart L. for his quote being chosen!


Gandry: "That's not the rifle I asked you to get for me on Christmas!"
Boochbeard: "Who the blazes are ye!?"
Krampus: "I'm your Christmas present! And past nightmares you naughty lubbers."
~ Smart L.

 

Community Spotlights


Screenshot of the Month


This month’s winner goes to Two-Faced Aurora Clegg with this screenshot of his PvP group and friends still celebrating the 2018 end-year holidays:


Thanks for remembering to send your screenshots to community@pirate101.com so we can share them with the rest of our fans on Facebook!

Fan Art Spotlight


We have some truly amazing talent in the community, wow! Usually we will spotlight here a random piece that was submitted to us throughout the month, but this time we want to highlight a few of the additional 2018 Holiday Snow Globe contest entries that didn’t quite make it into the final pool:



Sophie

Anna WaterBloom

Julia SparkleFountain

Save your creative designs for future contests, as we may run a similar contest for 2019!

We need to see more art from our fans for next month’s newsletter. Do you have something to share? Send it to us in an email to community@pirate101.com! We’re always interested in showing off more fan art, gameplay guides, and other content. Thanks, Pirates!


 

Community News



Adventures of the Spiral looked back at everything KingsIsle had to offer in 2018.

The Dragonspyre Pirate shared what he thinks are the strongest worlds in the Spiral.

With different champion weapons each PvP season, Final Bastion showcased the different ones that Pirates can acquire.

The Untold Spiral is selling hoodies and t-shirts with proceeds going to AbleGames Charity.

Final Bastion rated the member benefits that have been introduced for Pirates.

Stephanie Dragonheart went on an adventure through the Spiral to acquire the Frosty badges.

Scrip is not always easy to acquire but The Dragonspyre Pirate shared the best places to obtain it.

Paige Moonshade showcased Jack Nightingale’s pirate hideout with a golden chicken army.

Kyle IceWielder shared his theories after watching the puppet shows.

For the winter season, Stephanie Dawnheart and Final Bastion looked at the new champ weapons.

With the new Krampus update, Pirates were excited to explore Krampus’ lair and check out the other winter festivities: Also, the unaffiliated-with-KingsIsle “Community Newsletter” had a great selection of Pirate101-related links this month from around the web. NOTE: Be sure to visit and follow their Twitter page for more information. To subscribe to their newsletter, send a Direct Message to them over Twitter inquiring to be added or email them at community.newsletter.101@gmail.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending them an email with the phrase “UNSUB”

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