Sunday, July 29, 2012

Winners of the 5,000 Crown Creation Contests

Ahoy there mateys!

After an hour of judging, Kelsey and I finally came up with winners for the 5,000 crown Short Story and Art contests in the previous post!

We had so many amazing entries, thus decided to have a 3rd place winner for each contest, who will each receive their choice of either 6 Energy Elixirs, or 4 hoard packs!

Thus, here are the winners!

Art Contest winners:

1st Place: 5000 crowns- Amy Nguyen

2nd Place: Mega Snack Pack- Becky Bridges

3rd Place: 4 Hoards OR 6 Energy Elixirs- Thashni Fernando

Short Story Contest winners:

1st Place: 5000 crowns- Elaina Littlejohn

2nd Place: Mega Snack Pack- Valdus FireFlame

3rd Place: 4 Hoards OR 6 Energy Elixirs- HsLite

The entries were very long, thus could not be posted. I apologize if you were looking forward to reading the entries!


All codes will be sent, but the prizes that have to be gifted will have to wait until mid-August due to our family vacation. 

Sorry, but congratulations to all the winners! 
Good job, and enjoy the rest of your vacations!

Happy Sailing, young pirates!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

5,000 Crown Creation Contest

Thank ye to One-Eyed Jack over at Kingsisle, this Swashbuckler has 2 codes, each for 5K crowns to give away.

Thus, I present to ye our first non-raffle(ish) contests here at That Swashbuckler.


Draw a simple scene in Pirate101. There are TWO things which you MUST include anywhere in your drawing:
-A Companion (Can be made up)
-A Ship

Those items are required in order to have a valid entry.

Send all entries to

Here are your prizes:
1st place: A code for 5,000 crowns.
2nd place: A Mega Snack Pack.

Due Date for entries: July 29th at 3P.M. Eastern Time.


Compose a short story, no less than 150 words & no more than 650 words, about your Pirate in combat in any ONE world.
Include anything that can make yout story more appealing!

Send all entries to

Here are your prizes:
1st place: A code for 5,000 crowns.
2nd place: A Mega Snack Pack.

Due Date for entries: July 29th at 3P.M. Eastern Time.


All entries will be judged and winners will be announced on July 29th.

Good luck everyone!

Happy Sailing, young pirates!

Interview With One-Eyed Jack, the P101 Community Manager!

~Ahoy me mateys!~

I have had the honor of interview Thomas Purdue, A.K.A. One-Eyed Jack (Your one and only Pirate101 Community Manager) & The Friendly Necromancer!
I arranged this interview a few weeks ago, and today this Swashbuckler's face lit up in joy after seeing this in my inbox! 
Thanks to Thomas, there are some 5000 crown codes included at random points in the interview for YOU to redeem at!
Okay, you probably don't want to hear me speak again, because this amazing interview is the only thing on your minds! 
All questions are in LIME and Mr. Purdue's responses are in AQUA.
Without further ado, here we go..:

-On May 9th 2012, you received a call from KingsIsle asking you to join their team. What was your first reaction as soon as you ended the call? Was the move worth it?
Actually, the call came a couple months earlier! I just had to keep it a secret all the way *until* May 9th. It was probably the most painful two months I've ever had as a socialite. ;) 
My first reaction was shock and panic with a smile on my face. I wasn't planning on getting a job and wasn't actively pursuing it either. It just literally landed in my lap after all those years of work and fandom. I had to call a few people and express just how stunned I was.
I think the move was worth it, but that remains to be seen really. When a dad makes a move like this that involves the whole family, you have to take the whole family into account. If my kids don't blend well or there's some additional problems that we didn't foresee, then no, the move won't be worth it. On the other hand, there were no promises things wouldn't go sour where we were at either. You never know. It's my ultimate hope that it's a very awesome adventure in life for everyone, and so far that's exactly what it's been. For now . . . it's so worth it!
[5000 CROWNS CODE: Y855D3L9F23LR9M4Q533]
-So, I'm sure everyone knows that you're the Pirate101 community manager by now. How are you enjoying the new job and working with the staff at KingsIsle?
The new job is really intense and cool at the same time. Some of my coolest moments in the day are those where I get to wander and look over the artists shoulders to see what's being made next. Everybody contributes in a huge way here and it couldn't all get done without a lot of teamwork and supervision.
-Does being the community manager make you very busy? In other words, do you still have a lot of time for the Friendly family?
So far I still have plenty of time to be dad and One-Eyed Jack. I worry about what life might be like when the game launches, but it's all about finding balance. My coworkers have been doing a great job trying to prepare me for the onslaught that cometh. Technology rocks!
-We have heard that you are an 'Alpha' tester for Pirate101. Do you think that this game is more addictive and time-consuming than Wizard101? [5000 CROWNS CODE: C855D3L9K23LT9M4Q533]
It’s not just me--all our Alpha testers love playing Pirate101! You should see how hard everyone is working on making this game every bit as fun as Wizard101, and the community has been right there with them making suggestions and trying to make this game as epic as possible. 
To me the words “Addictive” and “Time-consuming” really have a negative connotation that, while I understand where you’re coming from, aren’t how I really feel about Wizard101 and Pirate101. I think what makes us want to spend time playing these games (MMOs in general) are the people we play them with. Sometimes I'm “addicted” and moreover “committed” to the people I play with more than the game I'm playing! That said, Pirate101 is going to have an awesome community. I can already see it blossoming and taking a life of its own, and currently it’s a community that’s just really anxious to play the game. Soon that’ll be a reality! I can’t wait for us to raise the anchor and launch!
-You've confirmed that your NPC in Pirate101 will be One-Eyed Jack, while in Wizard101, it's Dworgyn, right? So tell us, what role does One-Eyed Jack play to the young pirates in P101?
Ahh, well I don't know if I want to spoil the surprise! Let's just say that One-Eyed Jack is very instrumental in getting you in touch with the right people there in the early stages of the game. Much like the One-Eyed Jack character, I too am very instrumental in passing information between players and "the right people." 
-Apart from being the community manager and One-Eyed Jack, do you play any other role in Pirate101?
I put in my request with the sound guys to please let me do some voice acting in the game, but it hasn't happened yet. I'll keep trying to polish my pirate talk . . . we'll see!
-If someone had asked you to name three reasons that you love Wizard101 and Pirate101, what would be your reply?
1- The people.
2- The consideration for family play.
3- The fun.
-Rumor has it that you're working on a Pirate101 blog, called 'The Friendly Witchdoctor'. Can you confirm as to whether this is true, or not?
True! I have reserved the name The Friendly Witchdoctor, but I haven't been posting anything in there yet. Maybe the time will come, but for now I'm just trying to keep afloat on The Friendly Necromancer. ;)
-Apart from these two games, is there currently any other game that you have a 'knack' for?
The past month I've been playing Diablo 3, Legends of Grimrock, Mario Super Sluggers, Monkey Quest, Minecraft, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. BTW, I was stoked to find out there was a crew of guys at KingsIsle that play Dungeons and Dragons Online! Woot! Part of the DDO clique baby! YEAH!
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-This question is between me, you and well of course, the readers- Is there anyone at KingsIsle who you think has been more friendly to you than the other workers?
Oh dang! You want to get me in trouble with everyone, don't you? Everybody has been friendly to The Friendly! Technically my section is Marketing (even though Community Management is slightly different than Marketing), so everyone in Marketing is who I talk with the most, and Professor Greyrose and I are tied at the hip. Outside of my section though? I gotta give a shoutout to the designers that sit behind me! They probably don’t want to be mentioned by name, but they’ve been a great source of knowledge when I or the Alpha community members have had questions. 


Wow, a HUGE thank you to Mr. Purdue for taking his time to answer all of these questions excessively and 'partially' comically

Hope you all enjoyed the interview!
Have a good future at Kingsisle!

Happy Sailing, young pirates.

Monday, July 16, 2012

HUGE Twizaversary Giveaway!

My Twizaversary (One year of being on the Wizard101 Twitter community) is coming up soon, on the 24th of July!
This is a big celebration for me, as joining this community was the best choice I've ever made.
I got to meet new friends who were funny, kind and caring.
If I had to name a few of my favorite people from the Twitter community, I'd have to pick: Tatiana ShadowFlame, Diana WildHeart, Kelsey FireHeart, Anthony DeathBane & Cody SunDreamer.

Since this celebration means a lot to me, I thought I'd celebrate by giving away a ton of prizes, so below is a Rafflecopter Contest.
The grand prize is a Watchful Hound pet, followed by a bunch of crown prizes. This contest will run from today (July 16th) until August 24th, since my yearly family vacation is coming up and we'll be gone until August 18th. This gives you a whole lot of time to enter.

Without further ado, here is the contest. Good luck everyone!

GRAND PRIZE: Flint FireMancer- Watchful Hound Pet

Reilly Lennon- Evil Magma Peas seed.
Arielle Mahal & Cesar T. Garcia- 2 Hoard Packs of Choice.
Talon NightShade- Energy Elixir AND Key Limes Seed.
Isaac StormFlame- Customizable WC Sign.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Captain Deadly On board!

Ahoy ye scurvy pirates. A Deadly Pirate here, and this be my first post on board of That Swashbuckler's blog. I be coming to tell ye what I like to do. I be likin' them companions very much. They just been findin' me an interest that is uncontrollable. I mainly like how they be lookin' with my pirate, because they just add the pirate to me. Although I be wishin' they be makin' a parrot for a pirate's companion, all I could do is ask and see what they say.
Companions have many attributes, and here they be.
 Strength increases damage for 
short distanced weapons.
Agility increases damage for
long distanced weapons.
Will increases damage for
magical attacks.
Accuracy increases the chance
that you will hit your enemy.
Dodge increases the chance that
 your enemy's attack will miss.
Armor reduces the amount of
damage from an enemy's attack.
The amount of damage an 
attack will usually deal.
Resistance reduces the amount of
damage taken from magical attacks.

That be what I been wantin' to show ye scurvy dogs. I hope ye enjoyed this post and will come back to read more when more is revealed. Until then, pull up the anchor, we got sailin' to do!

Welcome to th' crew, Captain Deadly!

-Pirate SkyRider ;)
*Pirate SkyRider AND TheDrakeFlame ;)*

Sunday, July 8, 2012

New Avalon Concept Art & Announcement!

Aargh me mateys!

I've decided to start using this blog for BOTH Pirate101 arrr-nd Wizard101 purposes!

Thus, I present to you new concept art released by J Todd Coleman showing the world of Avalon!

And J Todd adds: 
Fantastic early "look and feel" concept for Avalon. Love the use of color in this one.
Haha, you gotta love how this looks!

Anyhow, there's a very big celebration for me coming up later this month.

It celebrates one year of me being a member of the Wizard101 #Twizard community! (Meaning, one year of me joining Twitter).

Thus, I'll be giving away some great prizes on this here blog!

Remember to follow and be ready for the contest!

Happy Sailing young pirates,


Monday, July 2, 2012

Picture of the Potential Swashbuckler Outfit (Official)

Just five minutes ago, J Todd Coleman shared a picture of the potential Swashbuckler outfit, and as usual, this Swashbuckler had to be the first to post it~

Here it is:
And J Todd adds:
for the curious, here is an example of a player outfit concept line-up. this one is a series of potential swashbuckler outfits for Pirate (boy and girl variants.)
Ain't that outfit awesome?

Thanks for sharing, Capt'n Coleman!

Happy Sailing young pirates,
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