Play2Crush: Blog Revamp Postponed

December 24, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments



Hey everyone! I know you weren't expecting to see any posts on here until January 1st. Well, we've had a sudden change of plans. As you have probably heard, J. Todd Coleman and Gordon Walton have teamed together to form ArtCraft Entertainment Inc. which has released news and a beta application for their new game (unknown) that the community is calling Play2Crush.

Seeing this opportunity of a new game coming out, I decided to jump on the opportunity with a few other good friends of mine to create a fansite for it and after many many long hours, Knights of the Dragon Rose was formed. As I am spearheading this project, I have to postpone the revamp to probably Mid/Late January as I am giving KDR my 100% right now. Until then, TotS will remain public and I will post here if I get around to it but the majority of my time is going to KDR to improve it and make it even better.

If you haven't done so yet, please go over to KDR and take a look at it! We've got lots of amazing content and team building threads that you are sure to love for the up and coming game by ArtCraft.

Website: www.dragonroseknights.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DragonRKnights
Facebook: www.facebook.com/knightsofthedragonrose


Thank you and a happy holidays to you all!

Warmest regards,
Blaze Shadowhorn


Update: Game has been announced as Crowfall. KDR was my "baby-step" if you will as I am now also running the leading Crowfall fansite/forum known as Crush the Throne. I've had to spend the majority of my time there but come mid/late February or March I shall be back posting here on ToTS. Stay tuned!

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A New Year. A New Site. 2015.

December 17, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments



Hello there Wizards and Pirates alike! As you may have noticed, there has been a absence in my posting the past 2 months. Unfortunately I came down with mono in October and was sick in bed for weeks and couldn't go to school or anything. When I got back to school, I had to do my current work plus make up a few weeks worth of assignments and material as well. Not to mention this week has been finals week so the past two months I have only been able to focus on recovering health wise and getting all of my grades in as the Semester closes.

On a brighter note, as the title may hint, I have a huge surprise for you guys in the upcoming 2015 year. Are you curious as to what it may be? Let me give you a few details that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Fourth Blogaversary Overview and Contest Winners!

October 05, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Hello there all you amazing and wonderful people!

September was a busy month for myself as I had my Fourth Blogaversary (woo!) along with throwing a party for it and having tonssss of contests. We're going to break this down into a few parts, the party, and then the contests. Lets zoom right in for this blogaversary overview!

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Trivia Tuesday: What's this "Twitter Tag Game"?

September 23, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 3 Comments



What is this "Twitter Tag Game" everyone on Twitter keeps talking about? All I see is #TwitterTagGame this and #TwitterTagGame that. What's it all about?

That is how I was like yesterday. As Christina Lionrider later told me, the Twitter Tag Game is when you share 5 things/facts about yourself and you tag/nominate 5 others to do the same. When I finally figured out what it was, I was eager to be nominated for it but most people had already done theirs.... When I thought all hope was lost, Jason Goldenshield and Sorceress Miklai had extra spots to nominate so I got the chance to tell you all a few things about me! Since today is also Trivia Tuesday, I figured why not put the two together and do something interesting. So.. Let's get to it!

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Walk the Plank Wednesday: What to Improve?

September 17, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 5 Comments

Hello there everyone!


I'm nearly 100% back in the swing of things and I figured that since it's the third Wednesday of the month, I'll start bringing back Walk the Plank Wednesday! For those of you who may be new to my blog or have never seen one of my WtPW posts, here's how it goes.

Walk the Plank Wednesday takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in which I make a post where I interact with you and you can win an assortment of prizes such as KIFG Codes, Hoards, and maybe once in a while, a few Crowns! How do you enter? You just follow the instructions in that post and hope you win! Now, onto this months Walk the Plank Wednesday!

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Let The Games... Begin!

September 15, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 6 Comments

Hello there Wizards and Pirates alike.

Blaze Shadowhorn here and as many of you know, September 12th was my fourth blogaversary! This has been such a huge milestone and I wanted to share this special time with all of you! As you keep reading, I will be clarifying details regarding my party and giving you all tons of information about contests and raffles I'm doing this week leading up to the party where you can win tons of amazing prizes. Let the games begin!

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Happy Blogaversary to Me!

September 13, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

"Started from the bottom now we're here. Started from the bottom now my whole team here." Yes... I just quoted Drake... >.<

Hey everyone!!!!

Do you know what yesterday was? You're all smart cookies so you can probably tell from the title but it was my Fourth Blogaversary! I can't believe it has been four years (and a day) since I started Tales of the Spiral or as it used to be known as, Mywizard101site. That's like 1,460 days (and today)... Crazy right? I would just like to say thank you to all of you because without you, where would I be? What would I gain motivation from? You guys inspire me to keep blogging so thank you for giving me your ears.

When thinking about what to do for this post, I had a few ideas. I'm going to give you an inside look at the progression of TotS and how it evolved graphics wise (you can make fun of my artistic abilities here) and than I will tell you all about an awesome surprise I have in store to celebrate this milestone. So, let's get to it!

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Four incredible years...

September 12, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

It's crazy how time flies.... One day you are creating a new website on Webs.com hoping that someone will read it. Next day you are creating graphic art and coding for your website to make it appeal to your 150 followers. Before you know it, you are at 223 Followers that come along with a crazy 135,000 page views. Four years. It has been four years since I started Tales of the Spiral or as it used to be known as, Mywizard101site.

As many of you know from my tweeting today and over the past few days, I have been ridiculously busy with school, job interviews, and studying for the ACT. I have had no time at all this week to work on my blogaversary post so I am making this quick one to just say how much I appreciate all of the support you have given me these past four years. I wouldn't be here without you guys and your support truly means the world to me. I will be going much more in depth with this all tomorrow as I make my official blogaversary post so check back then because I've got lots of amazing news to tell you!

Hope you all had an amazing week and I will see you.... tomorrow!
-Blaze

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Never Forget the Fallen

September 11, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

Every year, I try finding a new angle to talk about this day, September 11th, and what it means to myself and our nation.

Thirteen years ago, two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, one went into the side of the Pentagon and one into a field in Pennsylvania. My father was driving to the Pentagon that day for a meeting he had and it was supposed to be a regular day. I was in Pre-School, 5 years old to be exact, and my mom suddenly came and got me from school. I had no idea why or what was going on. Next thing I know, I was at home and I saw my mom sitting in front of the TV screen, watching what I would later know as the first two planes hitting the World Trade Center. My mom wasn't sure what was going on and so she called my father who was already driving to the Pentagon and she told him to come home. She had a weird feeling and was preferring that he came home immediately during this time. This call from my mom may have saved his life. What felt like a half hour later, the next plane hit the Pentagon and my mom let out a sad sigh of relief. It was a tragedy knowing that so many people were losing their lives yet by a chance of luck, my father was able to avoid this and arrive home safely.

To be completely honest, I never know how to write posts such as this. What am I supposed to talk about when it deals with a national tragedy? It's always a difficult topic to write about, yet sometimes the best things to say require the least effort.

I found this prayer by a Navy Chaplain in regards to 9/11 and I feel like it is well worth the share.


"Almighty God, the past year will be indelibly inscribed in our memories.

We looked with horror on the terrorist attacks of last September 11th. But we looked with honor on acts of courage by ordinary people who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction.


We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost. We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope. You have turned our grief into determination. We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.

Help us to remember what it means to be Americans— a people endowed with abundant blessings. Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy and inspire us to stand with courage, united as one Nation in the midst of any adversity.

Lord, hear this prayer for our Nation. Amen." -A Navy Chaplain

We shall never forget the horrors of this day and all the lives that were lost. We as a Nation will only get stronger and will always be there for one another during these tough times.


Keep those who have fallen in your hearts.
Have a nice day,
-Blaze

Previous 9/11 posts:
September 11th post from 2011
September 11th post from 2012

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Six years... Time flies when you're having fun!

September 01, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments


Happy (almost) birthday to Wizard101! Just one more day until it is official. September 2nd is on it's way! Before I get started, I just wanted to say that since my last post, I have finally gotten my new laptop and am working on getting back up to speed with posting. I have a long list of topics to write about and not to mention wanting to start thinking about new blog aesthetic changes. Wizards, have no fear. Things will be up, and than you can cheer! Now on to what you're reading this for, the Wizard101 Sixth Birthday Extravaganza!!!

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#TwizardIceBucketChallenge

August 21, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Hello there wonderful people, 

Blaze Shadowhorn here to talk to you about something that has hit the nation by storm. Over the past few weeks, people all around the United States and Abroad have taken a bucket filled with very cold water and ice and dumped it on their heads. You may wonder why they are doing this and I am here to explain that to you.

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A Tragic Loss...

August 03, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

This morning at 10:52am in Paris, France, A tragedy occurred. After waking up, I found it unable to work or process vital information. The love of my life had finally left me. RIP my laptop. You were such an amazing friend and I will miss you dearly. Although this means no video games for 2 weeks until I get back to America, this also means I can't type up my English Summer Homework essays so woohoo! You will be missed. Hopefully we will be able to retrieve your soul and move your memories over into another computer.

Thank you for all you have done.

With much love,
Blaze



So yeah, I'm typing this on my phone quickly but unfortunately there will be no posts until I get back to the states and get a new laptop which will be around mid August. I'll keep you updated on my travels in France whenever I have wifi so make sure to check my twitter for all the info.
Hope you guys have a great summer!
-Blaze

P.S. It's not letting me schedule this post so it's super early in the morning for you all haha.

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Au Revoir!

July 30, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 3 Comments

Hey everyone!

I say au revoir to you all as in a few hours I leave to France!
An exciting journey awaits me as I have never been there before. So much to see, so much to do, so little much time. Two whole weeks!! Anyways, I will be staying at my grandmothers yet was just informed that she does not have wifi so it will be much harder to get posts up within the next two weeks. I'll try going to a coffee shop here and there to publish a few posts but don't be expecting 4 or so posts a week until I get back to the States on August 12th.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Spiral, I bid you adieu as I embark on this amazing journey. Keep the Twittersphere rockin' and may the festivities continue!

Hope you have an amazing rest of your summer!
-Blaze


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Trivia Tuesday! Can you handle it?

July 29, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

As I mentioned on Twitter, the wifi at my cousins house has been acting up lately but I just got it to briefly work! Yay! I didn't have much planned for today's post and figured since I'm writing a few big posts for later on this week, I would just stick with today's Trivia Tuesday. How about some old fashion Wizard101 knowledge. You ready?

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Welcome to Wizards Unite

July 27, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Hey everyone!

The time has finally come, today I start blogging at Wizards Unite! As I mentioned in a previous post, I have finally put plans together with my good friend Ian Stormstaff and after applying, I am now going to be blogging at WU. You can expect posts from me on the first and third Sunday of every month. As time progresses, that will possibly increase to either 3 or four times a month. In today's post, I briefly introduce myself to all of you and give a little background of my involvement in the community. Next Sunday, August 3rd will be my first informational/intriguing post over at WU which will start off the bi-weekly posting schedule. I can't wait to show you all what I have in store for you so get excited! You can check out today's post by clicking on the image above.

Thanks for listening and I'll see you in the Spiral!
-Blaze


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It's Christmas!...In July?

July 26, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Well it's that time of year again, New Years is right around the corner and it's time to start celebrating Christmas!! Wait.. What's that? Well folks it seems as though I was wrong. It's Christmas in July!!

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Ermergerd - Spiral Cup Gauntlet!!

July 24, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

How are you doing? Recently my luck took a turn for the better. Silverleaf or WizFanGirl as she is known on Twitter has been generously hosting Twitterdraw's on her account. I was out for lunch with my family and all of a sudden I got a tweet saying, "The winner of our Twitterdraw for the Spiral Cup Gauntlet is: @BlazeShadowhorn CONGRATS! A DM will be sent with the code shortly." I was like, wait what? Did this just happen? And following that I basically fangirl freaked out that I had won lol. After doing some research and putting some thoughts together, I came up with a conclusion on how I feel regarding the Spiral Cup Gauntlet. Let's just say that this Gauntlet is probably one of the better ones (in my opinion) and here is why.

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Exciting News! Blogging Announced & Trivia Tuesday!

July 22, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 4 Comments

Hey guys!

Boy, do I have a surprise for you! I am humbly excited to tell you that I am now a blogger for Wizards Unite!

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Duelist101's Duel-A-Duelist Party Recap

July 21, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

If you recall, yesterday I posted a recap of the marvelous Petnome birthday celebrations. Today, I've got another recap for your enjoyment but this time of the Duelist101, "Duel-A-Duelist" event! With various houses filled with PvP ranging from 1v1 to 4v4, guest appearances by Kevin the Noob along with the rest of the Duelist staff, everyone was having a blast all night long and the party seemed to never end!

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Petnome’s 4th Birthday Party Recap!

July 20, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

What's going on fellow Wizards!

This weekend was full of magic. Many celebrations took place such as Petnome's 4th birthday, Mercenaries for Hire's 5th birthday, and Duelist101's "Duel a Duelist" event. In this post I'll be giving you an overview of the whole Petnome birthday celebration starting with the Loremaster farming event on the 18th ending with the huge party on the 19th. Next post will be a recap of the Duelist101 celebration. M4H had a contest to celebrate and you can view all the details for their "High Five!" contest HERE! Let's get started shall we?

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Fifth of July Party Recap

July 07, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments


Another successful Shadowhorn party has come and gone. The first ever Fifth of July party was a complete success! Despite only giving a days notice, close to 100 people showed up and it was packed! Thanks to publicity from tons of twizards, bloggers, and a Facebook event page, it all turned out really well!

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Quick Catch Up & Fifth of July Party!

July 05, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

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Hey everyone!

First of all, I just wanted to say sorry for not being able to post often. Due to time zones and being busy every day of every week, it's been hard to find time to type except for right now haha. I still have another month and a half before I get back to the states but I'm enjoying every minute out here with my friends and family. How was your Fourth of July? Did you guys have a BBQ or watch fireworks? Maybe go to an in game party? Sadly, due to being out of the country, I didn't get to fully celebrate the Fourth so I figured why not do something on the fifth for it? I used to do huge Fourth of July in game parties so I decided that I was going to do one on the fifth since the fourth already passed. After all, they say everything is better the day after, right? All of the party information is bellow so trust me when I say you wont want to miss this one.

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A Quick Catch-up

May 23, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 0 Comments

Hey everyone! So I've been meaning to post a lot lately but I just had finals week and have been very busy. Although I am now done with school, I leave on a 2 month international trip this coming Wednesday so I won't be posting much during this time ether. Now, something just came to my mind regarding why I got back into Wizzy. I tend to try doing too many tasks at the same time and I realized that I can't do everything at once. I figured that since I came back, I will only be posting here and there (when I get the chance to) and will be playing Wizzy when I get the chance. You will see me in Wizzy a lot though if you are on. So yeah, this is just a catch-up post to keep you informed on whats going on.

Hope you all had a nice week!
Blaze

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Astonishing artwork from around the Spiral

May 02, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 2 Comments

Since the release of Wizard101 in 2008 and Pirate101 in 2012, concept art, fan art, and much more have become a huge thing in the community. Artists such as Dave Greco, AluraRB, Swordroll and Frostcaller have shown through with their various forms of art; entertaining and inspiring us all. I've always been a fan of concept art yet I always felt like the images could be enhanced. I took a Digital Photography course this year and learned how to use Photoshop and it opened my eyes to many new possibilities. Mouse in hand, I started working on retouches of images. Enhancing them, making them more "popping" to the eye. Sorry it has been so long since I've posted guys. I've been very busy with school and haven't gotten the chance to finish lengthy posts yet so shorter yet intriguing posts such as this will appear here and there. All artwork bellow does not belong to me. For every image in this post, I have taken the original image and enhanced it to make it more vibrant so I hope you guys enjoy!

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A Warm Welcome

April 17, 2014 Blaze Shadowhorn 5 Comments

Hello there Wizards and Pirates alike!

It is I, Blaze Shadowhorn.  As many of you may have noticed, this past year I was inactive as I had retired from the Kingsisle gaming community and moved on to focus on school and other things. The thought of coming back has been in the back of my mind for quite some time. Sadly, I knew what my priorities were and decided to focus on my schooling and real life. A little over a week ago, I was looking through my laptop photos looking for a photo to post on my friends Facebook for his birthday. I came across something that brought back grand memories. In a sub-folder hidden away, I found a recording my mom made of when I co-hosted the first episode of my retired Podcast – Spiral Live alongside co-host Nicholas Lionrider. My, did it bring back memories.


The next day, my mom and I were talking and she told me the following, “Do what you want in life. You will only find happiness if you truly are passionate about something.” This got me thinking. Wizard101 was something that I had played since 5th grade. If you didn’t know, I’m currently in 11th. Nearly 7 years of my life I have spent playing both Wizard101 and Pirate101 and I realized that this is one of the only things that has always given me unconditional happiness. If I was ever down, I did a few quests and caught up with many of you. I was telling my friend last week that I have truly made the best friends throughout my years of playing Wizard101 and Pirate101. Throughout the past year, I kept in touch with some of you and would check up on the news once in a blue moon but I’ve missed being a part of the community and I have realized that this is what I need to do. Blogging, questing, and just hanging with all of you makes me happy and I so I decided to make a return to the community to be with all of you. You may be wondering what is new or going to change on the blog. Well I’ve got a ton of great ideas so keep reading to see what’s new!

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