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superhobo avatar 1:11 PM on 02.19.2009  (server time)
My Week in Wizard 101: Day Two

Check out Day One

Okay, so it's Day 2, and today was the first day I was confronted with the option to pay for areas. I don't have anything against this in concept, after all this entire game is based on Microtransactions, my problem was that it took me about ten minutes to realise that there was still plenty of free content left to explore. The game tells me that it will cost me 1500 crowns (roughly $3) to unlock the three areas I can't reach at the moment. This seems reasonable enough to me, so if I run out of stuff to do before the end of the week, I might just do that. However, looking at the prices of the other
areas , it works out a hell of a lot cheaper to pay a monthly subscription if you want to keep playing.

Please note, I had music from the Harry Potter soundtrack on this Video but it was removed.

So anyway, back to my experiences in the game. At one point, bored I wandered into a building in the Wizard School and found some random player (PC) standing behind a desk, handing out quests like "Go to Old Town and Collect 10 mana spheres" or something. As if it wasn't random enough that a player was wasting their time hanging out and doing this, the game doesn't even let you transfer items to other players, so he couldn't even profit from this behavior. When I confronted him on this he got very annoyed and basically threatened to kill me if I didn't leave. When I proceeded to point out that he would have to pay to enter the PVP arena with me (and anyway, I'd kick his ass), he transported away. I found him again in the same spot later and he started insulting me. Only now do I realise I was probably stepping all over the dreams of some 12 year old.

Day 2 also saw my first defeat (and I mean defeat) against a "boss" character, in this case a giant scarecrow/pumpkin called the Harvest Lord. Thinking that grinding would be required, I spent a fruitless half hour beating on various Ghouls and Ghosts gaining minimal experience until I just gave up and did a few more side quests and gained shitloads of experience really quickly. Apparently the game does not encourage grinding. Fine with me.

Anyone, that's all from Day 2. Check back tomorrow for more tales from my Week in Wizard 101.

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