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Wizard 101

My current spell in Wizard 101 has come to an end. I was part-way through the second Grizzleheim sequence when my time came to an end. All in all it was good fun to play in the Spiral for a bit, and I may very well return on and off.

World of Warplanes

Very sporadic playing, on the whole. I did manage to achieve my second Ace, which made me smile. I have also gotten a few games in on my second Tier II aircraft, the Demon. I have to say I prefer the Bulldog. I am now undecided whether to get the British Tier III fighter or a different Tier II, but I am leaning towards getting the Tier III.

World of Tanks

As ever at the moment, this is where the majority of my gaming time took place. The chief highlight of the week was getting my first Pool’s medal, swiftly following by my first Crucial Contribution medal. There have been other good games too though, and it would be wrong to over-focus on any one particular tank.

One particular task I have had this week is playing on the GW Panther, taking advantage of the Interactive Special. So far the crew on the GW Panther is now at 95%, and I hope to be able to boost them a bit more before the end of the weekend. I am enjoying it very much, even with the stock gun. I am also enjoying the Tier IV German artillery I picked up, the Pz Sfl IVb. That has a insanely large gun arc for a SPG, much wider than many TDs. Very much enjoying it, and thinking I may stick with it for a time too to train up another SPG crew if I choose to keep the GW Panther (which I am already thinking about doing). I am now about two-thirds of the way to the top gun.

As to my other projects, I am just over a quarter done with both the grind to the IS-4 and the IS-3, and I have now unlocked the T29. I am really looking forward to the T29, and am hoping it is on discount soon. I am also slowly grinding towards the Panther II, but I still have almost all of that ahead of me. On the Ferdinand I am two-thirds of the way to unlocking the top engine, or one-third to unlocking the top gun. At the moment I am very much intending to do the engine first, however.

On the lower tiers I moved on from the T40. I am sorry to see it go, but I just don’t have the space at the moment. I have also now played my first game in the B1. I can easily see that is going to be an experience in managed frustration.

This weekend I want to make an effort to try and earn a day or two of premium time, and then looking forward there are two Interactive specials running at the same time, on the new German TD line and the Russian arty line. Interestingly the KV-2 is included in the Russian arty line, so I will probably use that as an excuse to get a few more games in with the boom-tank. Also going to take advantage of the bonus in skilling up the crew in the Marder 38T. I hope to get the two 75% crew either up to 100% before I move onto Pz Sfl IVc. Finally I hope to start training up a crew on the Stug III, which I will aim to either put into the Jagdpanther II or Jagdtiger at some point in time.

Wizard 101

Well as mentioned I have dipped my toe back in this game over the course of the last week, and had some success in achieving what I set out to do. On Krokotopia I have completed the Krokosphinx, and I am now doing some tasks in Grizzleheim. I have been told one goes back and forth to Grizzleheim several times over the course of the main storyline – in any event this will be my second sojourn in the land of the bears. I also now have an invitation to go to Wysteria, though I have no intention of doing anything there just yet. Along the way my Conjurer is now Level 26, almost 27.

I really do not know if I will extend my time in the game for the time being. I certainly have enough stored crowns I could play for about 2½ months, but I feel in need to make a hasty decision.

World of Warplanes

I continue to muck around a little in this game. I have now gotten my first ace medal – on the Soviet Tier I plane. I have also now bought the second British Tier II plane – the Demon. Overall I am enjoying my occasional forays into the skies.

World of Tanks

Well I did less week than I thought I would – a consequence of not playing tanks at all on Sunday and having a little less time more generally. Still I got in a very reasonable amount of tanking, various matters progress forthwith. My KV-1 crew is now at 99%, and once again I intend to get to that 100% and the same for a couple of others. The long grinds to the IS-3 (69k to go)and IS-4 (170k to go) are now well underway, but I now only need 8k experience for the long-awaited T29. The Panther is now fully upgraded. With the Ferdinand I am seriously considering researching the engines over the top gun – with the stock engine the thing is frustratingly slow. Finally on the T40 I am most of the way to the M10 Wolverine, and I hope to complete that grind before close of play on Monday to benefit from this weekend’s special offer.

Actually there is a lot of change going on in my garage at the moment, entirely due to this offer. I have sold four tanks, bought three, either moved or credit-trained crews for eight tanks – and not finished yet! I have at least two more tank moves I intend to make, one more I hope to make, and I am considering whether or not to get the Tiger II at this time. Amongst all these moves I have now sold my Marder II after 1268 matches.

Moving ahead whilst I will continue to grind away the higher-tier tanks, my aim is to make most progress at the Tier VI level. However, this is somewhat dependent on what my platooning with the clan is like in the coming week.

So over the weekend, on Sunday specifically, I found myself feeling rather worse for wear with a head full of cold. Basically I just did not feel like playing anything that required even moderately reasonable reaction time like World of Tanks. Neither did I feel like playing anything intellectually demanding such as Kerbal Space Program or Crusader Kings II. Instead I ended up firing up Wizard 101, a game I last played over a year ago, and it provided exactly what I needed.

I had a Level 25 Conjurer and was in the second main stage of the Krokotopia world. I spent some crowns I had left over to get access for a week, and have proceeded to have some fun completing the Krokosphinx stage. The card magic provided just the right mix of challenge and ease, and I only lost one fight (due partly due to just sheer bad luck). I found picking the game up again relatively easy. Oh I am sure there are subtleties I have forgotten or never yet learned, but in the main it was easy to get into the flow once more.

One thing that I particularly like about Wizard 101 is that, having finally remembered my password, there was very little patching. This is because Wizard 101 only places a relatively small client on your pc to begin with, and then loads up the extra stuff it needs as it gets required. This meant I was playing very quickly – a great thing.

I am not sure how long my current sojourn in the Spiral will last. Probably not that long given everything else, but just for now it is has proven good, low-intensity entertainment given my circumstances.

Plus it is interesting. In a few years time, I would love to be able to play a game like this with my daughter. After all, she exists because of a MMO. It seems only just to share some of these wondrous online worlds with her (if not actually the one in which my wife and I met – EVE Online is no place for a child 🙂 ).