Sunday, January 21, 2018

On to Bigger Battles

This is long overdue. And for that I am sorry.

My life has gotten extremely busy. My classes are more demanding than they have ever been. I haven't played Wizard101 in months. I haven't posted in months. My interests have shifted. 
It isn't fair to keep my readers in suspense for the next post if there aren't any left.

I have decided that I will no longer post on this blog and be active in this community. 

This has nothing to do with Wizard101 being a bad game. I simply don't have the time to keep up with it anymore. I haven't played past the first battle of Khrysalis. How can I give quality commentary and guides on things that I haven't even played? I'm sorry that I am leaving many projects unfinished and many posts unwritten. I don't have the time to research and complete them. I can't get to paid places in the Spiral to take screenshots or even play. It is for the best that I step away permanently.

Starting February 1st, 2018, all of my accounts related to Cheyenne Caster and Nordic Champion Blog will become inactive. They won't be deleted, but I will not check them any longer. This blog isn't going anywhere, as I believe there are parts of it that still are valuable to the community. It will not be updated and I will no longer respond to comments or emails.

I'd like to thank everyone that has stuck by me on this great journey! Everyone in this community has helped me learn the ins and outs of the game. You have all inspired me to blog- your input has formed my blog and made it what it is. Thank you. Thank you for your never ending support!

Thank you to KingsIsle, for creating such a beautiful game. Thank you for creating a game that was so fun to play, explore, discuss, and blog about. Wizard101 is awesome! Don't stop creating!

Lastly, I would like those people who are considering blogging to read this: Blog. You have nothing to lose. Even if you last a week. Every post contributes to something in this community. It is so worth it! I am passing the torch to new bloggers, so take it!

My purpose is complete here in the Wizard101 blogosphere.

Thank you.

Farewell, for I am off to bigger battles.
-Cheyenne Caster, Nordic Champion

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wizard101's 9th Birthday

The 9th Birthday of Wizard101 is upon us! To celebrate, KingsIsle is really stepping up the festivities with decorations, giveaways, birthday-themed items, events, and so much more!

Birthday Giveaway
For their 9th Birthday, Wizard101 is giving you these 9 fantastic gifts:
    • NEW Sparkler Wand
    • 1 Professor’s Hoard Pack
    • 1 Rockhammer Jewel Pack
    • 1 Energy Elixir
    • 1 Hambrosia Pet Snack
    • 1 Birthday Snack Pack
    • 1 Birthday Gala Gazebo
    • 1 Confetti Cannon
    • 1 Birthday Hat
To redeem the free items, use the code “burstingwithfun” before the giveaway ends on Sunday, October 1st at 11:59 pm, 2017.

What's New
The newest mount is here: The Birthday Balloons mount! This mount costs 3750 crowns.

What's Returning
  • Member Benefits (through September 5th)
    • Double Pet Experience
    •  Double Gardening Rewards
    • Bonus on Daily Assignments and Daily PvP Assignments
    • Double Animus and Monstrology experience 
    • Free Training Point Respec
  • Returning Crown Shop Items
    • Gobbler Mount
    • 8th Anniversary Gobbler Cake
    • Party Corgi Pet
    • Grandpa Piggle Pet
    • Reg. Keeper Party Multi-Tank Aquarium
    • Party Chair Housing Item
    • Party Buffet Table Housing Item
    • Birthday Snack Pack

  • Lost Pages & Five B.O.X.E.S. Events (through September 5th)
  • Birthday Mystery Fish (through October 1st)
Save the Date!
A special birthday KingsIsle Live will take place on September 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM Central time! KingsIsle Community Managers play and discuss KingsIsle games, answer questions, and give away cool prizes! If you would like to watch the livestream, use this link to watch during the event!

Happy 9th Birthday, Wizard101!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Fantastic Voyage Gauntlet

The newest bundle in Wizard101 is the Fantastic Voyage Gauntlet! This gauntlet provides players with a great four part dueling experience and an exclusive fishing voyage. Jock Coosto assists your wizard through this grand Celestia-themed voyage! The Fantastic Voyage Gauntlet is available at Walmart for $39. If you are having trouble locating this card, check KingsIsle's list of locations!

What's Included
- Fantastic Voyage Expedition

- Shark Skirunner Mount

- Peppy Porpoise Pet

- Abyssal Warrior's Suit

- Abyssal Eel Whip

- 1 Month of Membership or 5,000 Crowns

Fantastic Voyage Expedition
This challenging four battle dungeon is not for the faint-of-heart. The first three battles are simple enough, but the final battle culminates in an extremely tough cheating boss! When you finish the gauntlet, you get a free +33% Fishing Luck Elixir and access to Data Atoll, the fishing island. You can access this island with out doing the quest, but you'll have to successfully complete the dungeon once to do so. The unique fish caught is the Microfish.

Shark Skirunner Mount
The Shark Skirunner Mount is a clockwork Celestian contraption built to boost your speed by 50%! This great looking mount will help you get from place to place in a timely manner. It is the second mount to give a speed increase!

Peppy Porpoise Pet
Need some pep in your mundane wizarding life? Magical studies bogging you down? Enter the Peppy Porpoise Pet! This cute little pet starts off with a 69 Pedigree and a Lifespear card at Baby. If you can't buy the gauntlet, you can hatch it in the Hatchery.

Abyssal Warrior's Suit & Abyssal Eel Whip
This unique set of gear provides a hodgepodge of stat boosts. As with previous bundle gear, I recommend using the gear for supplementary or stand-in use. All the stats are universal. The cards seem very useful.

The Abyssal Eel Whip looks very intimidating, but the stats aren't. I don't think the wand has enough lashing power to really be useful. However, the two May Cast cards, Wild Bolt and Healing Current (casts as Ice), may satisfy some wizards, but the unpredictability and unreliability of May Cast cards aren't worth it in my opinion. This flashy wand would make a great stitch though!

This bundle is really cool! I like the Skark Skirunner Mount and the Peppy Porpoise Pet. I think the expedition-like gauntlet is a neat idea. This is a great bundle with some really cool components, great supplementary gear, and an entertaining experience.

What drops have you been getting from the gauntlet? Have you caught any fishing chests? What did you receive from the chests? Comment below!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nordic Champion Turns Two!

Nordic Champion is celebrating two years of blogging today! I am so excited to share this great milestone with all of you!

Looking Back
I've come a long way since I began blogging back in 2015. It really feels like it was just last year, not two years ago. I've since grown in my writing and research abilities. The blog hasn't changed too much over the past two years, but that's not a bad thing. I think that my current look stands true to my name, and I love it the way it is!

In the two years of blogging, Cheyenne Caster has gained 21 levels since Level 71. However, she has been a level 92 Promethean Sorcerer for a while. She has been stuck on the first battle in Khrysalis. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to progress since I haven't had a membership in a while.

Within the two years of my blog's existence, Wizard101 has changed so much! In the past two years, we've seen the addition of the "Ultra Summer," Daily Assignments, and Monstrology. Polaris and Mirage were added to the game. Numerous packs, bundles, and other items were created.

What's Next
I would first like to apologize for such a low post rate. School got incredibly time consuming. I was hoping that summer would be better, but it's not looking that way. To top it all off, I have had severe writer's block.
What I am planning on doing is to continue posting once or twice a month. I hope that this relieves a little pressure on me, which in turn will hopefully cure my writer's block. It is entirely possible that I could post more.

I am going to continue what I have been doing: news, guides, and spiral history. I will still do my other posts, but those three are my main areas of focus.

I think that my only goal for this coming year is to make more time to really work on this blog. It really disappoints me when I can't think of something to write about. I want to write!

Special Thanks
I would first like to thank everyone who reads my blog! Whether you've read one post or 10, I appreciate you reading what I have to say. You have all been a great support for the past two years!

The special group of people I would like to thank is all the community leaders, bloggers, and YouTubers. I've interacted with a lot of you and the endless support you have all given me is incredible! You are all amazing people and I appreciate everything you do!

Lastly, I would like to thank KingsIsle for creating the beautiful, complex game that we all love! Without it this blog would not exist. Thank you for all the questions you've answered and all the fun you've given!

Thanks for a great two years everyone! I can't wait to see where this next one takes me!
-Cheyenne Caster, Nordic Champion

Friday, June 30, 2017

Patriotic Sale 2017

Don't miss your chance for limited time festive patriotic items like the new Red Cactus Hopper Pet, and the return of the Soaring Eagle Mount and Patriotic Leprechaun Pet! These items are available for Crowns and are limited time only. This sale ends July 6th, 2017.

Plus the following red, white and blue items are on sale for up to 50% off!

  • Solar Sabercat Mount (Perm)
  • Astral Unicorn Mount (Perm)
    The Red Cactus Hopper is so cute!
  • Roller Blades Mount (Perm)
  • White Stag Mount (Perm)
  • Skyracer Pegasus Mount (Perm)
  • Seraph Wings Mount (Perm)
  • Royal Ibis Pet
  • Cunning Seal Pup Pet
  • Red Panda Pet
  • White Tiger Pet
  • Evil Magma Peas Seed
  • Ice Mastery Amulet
  • Balance Mastery Amulet
  • Myth Mastery Amulet
  • Red Barn Farm
  • Ice House

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Disqus Comments Problem Update

I installed Disqus on my site for easy commenting. Apparently, this is not so. I've had issues in the past with it, and I don't forsee it being resolved any time soon. Disqus is aware of the problem where comments were not syncing with Blogger. Did you know only a small portion of the comments on my blog are visible? I'm so sorry that it's not working. There's no known simple solution.

If you know how to fix this, please email me via the contact form on the right. Sorry about this!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

5 Things To Do When You Don't Have a Membership

Not having a membership in Wizard101 can be really boring. You may be fortunate enough to go to some places that you bought with crowns, but if you're like me, you've only bought a few places. So if you can't explore worlds, what can you do?

5. Castle Tours
If you're bored, head over to Castle Tours! Looking through houses can be really exciting! If you are interested decorating, touring houses is extremely helpful for inspiration. If you aren't the decorating type, there's usually awesome stuff to do in the top rated houses. There might be a PvP duel circle, housing games, gauntlets, fish, and even reward-giving NPCs to talk to! Plus, exploring houses is really awesome. You can get a glimpse of cool gear, pets, mounts, furniture, and even plants!

4. Fishing
Believe it or not, but there are good fish in free-to-play zones. Holiday fish are available all over Wizard City. Numerous recipes call for fish caught in free-to-play zones. Fishing in houses can yield great rewards: some of the chests have items from their respective bundle! Additionally, you can get a lot of gold from selling fish!

3. The Bazaar
The Bazaar offers cool items from around the Spiral! Buy fun items for your house or character. Get items for hard recipes. Sell unwanted items! Sell rare items to make someone's life easier. Offer to trade treasure cards with someone so that they don't have to buy any! Observe cool outfits and pets. Make conversation with others. Just hang out!

2. Earn Crowns
Earning crowns is a great thing to do because it will enable you to go anywhere in the Spiral! Watch videos in game if you are completely out of ideas to do. If you aren't in game, take quizzes to earn crowns.

1. Help New Players
Helping new players in Wizard City can encourage them to continue playing the game! Starting Wizard101 can be complicated for some people. They may not know about online resources. Helping them through Unicorn Way and Triton Avenue can mean the difference between someone continuing with the game and quitting. Some bosses are extremely difficult. Lend your knowledge and talent to someone who needs it!

What do you do when you don't have membership?