Villagers & Heroes - Subscription Packages Coming Soon!

Contributed by Ravix
Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:45 am

News from the Villagers & Heroes team:

One of the many exciting new features included in our upcoming ‘Sands of the Equinox’ patch will be optional subscription packages available for purchase by our players.



What Does This Mean?

An active Villagers and Heroes subscription grants players the following benefits on every single one of their characters on their account:

۞ Villager XP Boosts: Experience gained from gathering, crafting, gardening, and ranching is increased by 50%. Quest experience is unaffected.
۞ Hero XP Boost: Experience gains from combat and bounties is increased by 50%. Quest experience is unaffected.
۞ Unlimited Travel to Travel Pads.
۞ A Secondary Shared Locker! Players will have 48 more slots of vault space! Accessible to all characters on your account.
۞ Free Rent on all houses on your account.

Every time a subscription is started, you will get a bonus assortment of goodies, including full heals, full spirits, wobbles remedies, and extra sockets. The amount of goodies received depends on the length of your subscription. Additionally, whenever your subscription renews, you will get all of the items again! The items will be deposited into your item shop bag and can be shared between all of your characters.



Subscriptions Can Be Renewed In The Following Ways:

۞ Monthly (30 days): $7.95 per month
۞ Trimonthly (90 days): $21.95
۞ Biannual (180 days): $39.95

Players who play through Steam or WildTangent cannot purchase an automatically-renewing subscription. However, they can purchase a six-month subscription item, which will provide them with the benefits of a subscription for six months, after which they can purchase another one to continue their subscription.

Our subscription packages are entirely optional, and that will never change! But we hope our players will enjoy the many benefits of this easy-to-use system coming out soon!

Villagers and Heroes, New Special Event Zone Pending

Contributed by Layla Littlenymph
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:32 pm

Break out the sunblock, or as appears to be the case here, pile on the desert robes.
Why? Because the folks at Mad Otter inform us that a new special event zone, Equinox, "is just around the corner..."


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Special Event Zones are temporary zones that compliment the lore and storyline within V&H. They feature rewards and achievements that can only be earned during the event, as well as optional items available for limited time purchase.
When asked for specifics on the Equinox zone, the Mad Otter simply gave me a silly grin, and said "just around the corner" then swam away. A bit cryptic I thought, and not very informative, but it is as much as you can expect when dealing with a rodent known to be mad. Further details will be "coming soon" which is this Pixies way of saying you will know when I know, cause right now, I don't know nothing!

Neat pics though, eh?


~LL~

Wizard101 | Logins and Website will be Offline 9/11/14

Contributed by Brooke Emeraldflame
Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:10 pm

Posted on the official Wizard101 Social Media Page:

Wizard101 logins & website will be offline 09/11/14 from 3-6am US Central. Log on before 3am to keep playing!

Wizard101 | September 2014 Update Notes

Contributed by Brooke Emeraldflame
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:09 pm

Posted on the official Wizard101 Website:

Test Realm Update Notes (Have been applied to Live Game!)

This update gives the Crown Shop a makeover, Quest Log sorting and a new Restore Original Castle button for Arcane Builders. And good news, the Spiral Cup Gauntlet is no longer Friends only!

Crown Shop Revamp!
Categories in the Crown Shop have been sorted and new sub-categories added to make finding items easier!

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  • The first tab “For your Wizard” is a collection of all sorts of items that other players like you have been purchasing, like Packs, Mounts, Pets and more! It’s a great way to see some of the best that the Crown Shop has to offer.

  • The Featured tab shows all the best deals, new products and some of the most popular items in the Crown Shop.

  • The Cards tab is where you’ll find Hoard and Lore Packs, Pet Snacks and Booster Packs with sub-categories for each.

  • Permanent and Rental Mounts have been combined in the Mounts tab, with sub-categories for each.

  • On the Pets tab you can find all the Pets available in the Crown Shop as well as Snack Packs.

  • Gold and Elixirs each have their own tab.

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  • The Appearance & Gear tab is much more organized, with sub-categories for Clothing Bundles, Weapons, Amulets, Shoes, Robes, Hats, Transformations, Hairstyles, Rings and Athames.

  • The Housing tab has also received a makeover with sub-categories for Houses, Seeds and Castle Blocks.

  • The final tab on the far right is a new Gameplay tab with convenient sub-categories for Henchmen, Reagent Bundles, Fishing and the Everything selection if you’d like to view all items available in the Crown Shop. When you are in battle, the Henchman tab will still automatically open when you click on the Crown Shop to purchase one.

    This new category organization will make shopping in the Crown Shop a much more intuitive experience.


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You’ll also notice the new Recommended Items feature! These are items that are popular in the Crown Shop with other players that share your same school and level. At the top of each section you’ll see up to three Recommended Items for a chosen category or sub-category. For example, if you are searching for a new Weapon for your Wizard in the Crown Shop, you have so many choices it may be overwhelming which one to choose! The Recommended Items are a great place to start looking for a Weapon that is just right for your Wizard.

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Quests

Quest sorting just got a bit easier! The quest window is now be sorted by World in the following order: Wizard City, Krokotopia, Marleybone, MooShu, Dragonspyre, Celestia, Zafaria, Avalon, Azteca, Khrysalis, Wysteria, Grizzleheim, Wintertusk and Aquila.

Other quest changes:
  • The Narrator will now direct players to defeat the guards at Stormriven Temple before the gates to the Storm Altar will open for the quest "Kraken Up."

  • Players must defeat the final boss in the Briskbreeze Tower in order to complete the quest “Lost Lieutenant.”

  • Defeating Yakedo will now count toward the goal of “Defeat 10 Enemies” in the quest “Battle of Evermore.”

  • All players will now receive quest completion credit after defeating Shemazan Blightmark for the quest “Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”

  • When playing the instance quest “Top of the Rock” with multiple players, additional enemies will no longer spawn after the boss is defeated.

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  • Players will no longer receive the “Are you sure you want to leave the dungeon?” pop-up when moving into the Serpent Cave area of the dungeon during the quest “Cor Serpentis” and will no longer be able to enter the Serpent Cave before defeating the Rattle Catchers.

  • The harpy in the quest “Wrath of the Immortals” will no longer be named Cyrus Drake.

  • Players will be able to re-enter the cave to accept the second part of the “Sing a Warsong” quest in Grizzleheim if they port out.

  • Players will not be able to enter the Phoenix Tower top floor before talking to the Fifth Column Mantis during the quest “The Rarest Egg.”

  • Players must defeat the Whirligig Beatles before entering the Crab Cave for the quest “Deep Blue Something.”

  • Players must defeat the Lost Knight before entering the second area of the “Hart of a Star” quest.

  • A proper exit warning will now display if a player tries to exit the “Garrison” quest instance.

  • The instance name will now appear when entering the “Eight-Legged Queen” quest area.

  • Players must now acquire the staff before placing it on the platform to complete the quest “Into the Map Room.”


Housing
Rebuild your castle!

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Good news for messy Arcane Builders! If you would like to restore the original Castle that came with your Arcane Builder’s Bundle, you can now do so. You will need to have all of the Castle Blocks that made up the original Castle. Place all of the blocks required to build the Castle in the area (Indoor and Outdoor areas are separate). Open the Castle Blocks settings window. At the bottom of the screen, click the “Restore Original Castle” button. It will then prompt you to confirm this choice or it will show you which Castle Blocks you are missing in order to complete the request. If you have all of the required pieces placed, it will successfully rebuild the original Castle.

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Other housing changes:
  • The Spiral Cup Gauntlet is no longer limited to friends only, but we have made a change so players who aren't friends with the owner cannot use their Spiral Cup Gauntlet while visiting during Castle Tours or Castle Games.

  • The Spiral Cup Gauntlet will now always register as complete after the last boss is defeated.

  • The Bolt of Zeus will be easier to select while hanging on the wall.

  • Objects will no longer get stuck in the Wyrd House.

  • Players can now properly add tile flooring to the middle upper room of the Sunken Palace.

  • The Krokotopian Houseboat, Fantastic Fish Bowl and Magic Treehouse can now be placed in the Shared Bank.

  • The “Go to Commons” button will go to the Castle Tours HQ when visiting top-rated houses on Castle Tours.

  • New Fishing phrases have been added to Customizable Signs.

  • Names for the Midday Estate, Night Garden and Meadows at Dusk have been added to Customizable Signs.


Creatures

  • Players will no longer be prevented from defeating the Gurtok Barrier Demon if they return after getting disconnected during the battle.

  • Lord Ombra and Archmagus Lorcan will respawn more quickly if a player is returning after being defeated.


Crafting

  • Lloyd Fallingwater in the Shopping District has two new Castle Block Crafting Recipes: Roof/Floor B Castle Block and Roof In Corner Castle Block.

  • Gold amounts will now display properly in the Crafting vendor “Recipe Shop” user interface.

  • Eudora Tangletree in Olde Town no longer sells the Tapestry to Pigswick Academy recipe. (It was removed to prevent a confusing error message that was happening if players did not meet the quest requirements to visit Wysteria while trying to craft it. Don't worry, the tapestry will be making a return in a future update.)


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Pets

  • The Chameleon pet no longer gets stuck in the ground in the Way of the Ninja Pig mini game.

  • The Seafood Mocktail is now a Rank 6 Snack.

  • The Catfish Stevens is now a Rank 7 Snack.


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Fishing

  • Fishing Utility spells will now animate and function properly in East Cyclops Channel and West Cyclops Channel in Cyclops Lane.

  • The Fishing bobber will no longer disappear beneath the water surface in Tree of Life.

  • Mounts will no longer unequip if a player logs out while Fishing.

  • Players will no longer accidentally use potion bottles while Fishing.

  • Spacebar will close the caught fish window.

  • An icon will now indicate if a fish is Seasonal. Image

  • Summon Fish will now cast at a quicker pace in larger ponds.

  • Fishing information has been added to the Help menu in game.

  • Players can no longer access the Fishing menu in non-Fishing areas.

  • Fishing menu will not re-open if the player is outside of water range when a Fishing Utility spell finishes.

  • While Fishing, Players will no longer turn to face those around them who are learning a new spell.

  • Your pets are now hidden from view while you're fishing, so they don't get in the way.

  • Fishing tutorial has been adjusted to clarify that pressing spacebar is the same as Invoke Spell.

  • The Reveal Fish or Reveal Fish School spells will no longer break when some fish are scared away.


Miscellaneous

  • The Menu Chat window now shows 10 items with arrows for scrolling so that it can be properly viewed on smaller resolution monitors.

  • More phrases have been added to Menu Chat, including phrases for Fishing!

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  • Nidavellir is now properly labeled on the Map.

  • Keep of Ganelon will now be referred to as Ghost Avalon on the Map.

  • Dyvim Whitehart will properly provide combat boosts.

  • Accepting a quest while the quest log is open will no longer cause a crash.

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  • Text on Supercharge that has been enchanted with Sharpened Blade now displays correctly.

  • Players can now queue up normally for another derby match after fleeing a previous match.

  • Deathblade and Mythblade cards no longer display the wrong size when other spells are clicked.

  • Robes of Radiance Reborn base colors can now be dyed.

  • Hawk Rider’s Claymore and Wand of Equivalence now have a more appropriate icon in the Housing item placement bar.

  • Players can now view more than 8 kinds of Gardening Treasure Cards in their backpack.

  • Added new camera movement to several Wizard City quests that featured a cinematic.

  • Various spelling errors throughout the Spiral have been corrected.

  • The pages for your Fishing and Gardening spells will now display your page count (1/1).

  • Additional Health has been added to several Level 100 Crown Shop Clothing items.

  • Dungeon Recall will be cleared when teleporting to a friend in a different realm.

Villagers & Heroes - Final Patch Notes for 2.33.6

Contributed by Ravix
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:25 pm

This is a half-build that focuses on improving several issues that arose out of the last class balance build. After a lot of listening to player feedback, fixing, testing, testing some more, some more fixing, and then some more testing... we have finally arrived at some improvements that we think will be good for everybody.

These changes focus heavily around the warrior, but other classes have small changes as well. In addition there are a lot of bug fixes, and other various improvements that we are hoping make players happy.


The patch includes:

Warrior Improvements
Other Improvements
Bug Fixes




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