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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blog Title Origin (and Housekeeping)

It has come to my attention that 150 (as of this post) posts in and most people still don't understand my blog title. I figured I'd give a little bit of info behind my thought process as I created this blog a couple of Mays ago why I chose to call this blog "Through the Eyes of a Sorcerer".

The truth of the matter is that I was at a complete loss for what to call it. Thinking about the school I couldn't think of anything very original to use. While mulling over a title before creating the blog, I happened to cast a Judgment and once again realize that she's blindfolded. And that's when the name struck me. I'm giving you an evaluation of the game from my Point of View. My perspective. It's through my eyes. But possibly the single most iconic Balance spell can't see a thing. Oh, the irony! And that's how I settled on it.

Since discovering the Fansite Kit, I've always included the balance doodle girl that's blindfolded. I had hoped this little head-nod to Judgment would tell people, but I guess it was too out there to make a connection. It's hard to say if I hadn't thought of it if I'd have even made the connection.

In other news, I cracked a single Hoard of the Hydra open and got the quintessential mount for Sorcerers everywhere. The Hydra! If the Great Hornocerous was the taxi of the Spiral, then the Hydra is the tour bus. Those of you at the Ravenwood Radio after-party tonight (assuming there is one, I have no power or background knowledge, I'm merely speaking from past experience) might see the Hydra and I might be willing to give rides.

That's all I've got for you today, folks. Have a super Wednesday.

Your Friend Always,
John Lifeglen

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Twitter Policies

It's sad that it has to come to this, but I need to get it all written down somewhere. I'm instating an actual Twitter "Who I'll Follow" policy. A couple of these items might seem absurd, but they're [sadly] necessary. Let's get this rolling.

  1. For the safety of all parties, I will only follow community members that behave or can prove that they are of legal age (18). If you are under the age of 18, please do not ask to be followed. I am not opposed to seeing tweets that you make; just mention me @JohnLifeglen. I use Tweetdeck and will see all mentions made at me. The only item that won't work is the DM. 
  2. If you constantly change your handle, picture, and name and I can no longer recognize you well enough to remember following you, you will be unfollowed and not refollowed. It's highly confusing to keep track of people constantly changing your identity. To be successful in the community, make friends, and fully enjoy yourself it is better to foster and grow one identity to make recognition easier. For more information about building a brand, check here.
  3. If you are trying to represent yourself as an employee of KingsIsle by using a picture, name, and handle of an NPC and are not employed by KingsIsle, you will not be followed. 
  4. Any unnecessary DMs (messages that could just as easily be said through a regular Twitter mention that doesn't pertain to a private matter) such as "Hello, how are you?" will result in being unfollowed. My DMs column is often full to bursting with organizing and planning between people and trying to sift the important messages from the pointless messages takes more time than I have. 
  5. If you tweet at me for a "#followback", chances are I won't follow you. Doing this is begging for attention in the eyes of many and does not make you look like you're of age for me to follow you [Item 1].
  6. I reserve the right to make exceptions to any of these rules for special cases. 
I apologize for any inconvenience these new policies might cause, but it's for the best. I reserve the right to make revisions as I see fit. A copy of these rules will be added to the top portion of my blog in the tabs bar for easy reference. These rules will apply to all of my blogs. 

Your Friend Always,
John Lifeglen

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


It's been a while since I last posted, and there's good reason for that. There's been a lack of news for Pirate101 lately, and that's kept me from being super active. Today, though, progress is occurring. The Fansite Kit for Pirate101 has now been released (as many of you could probably guess from the new header). I can't tell you how excited I am to be getting even tiny little bits of new information.  Everything looks great, and I can't wait to be playing in another part of our Spiral with old friends and making new ones along the way.

There's also some exciting news for KingsIsle! Pirate101 is already taking the world by storm and winning some awards.  Dad Lab has also made a video. And for those pen-and-paper game lovers, check out this great link!

I know it's short and sweet, but that's all I've got for you today. Hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the new kit from Pirate101 as much as I did!

[John Lifeglen?]

--Originally posted at Through the Eyes of a Privateer, pre-merge--