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Ditto working on Minecraft Ravenwood… Beware the Googlies!!

Googlies everywhere!!  What are googlies?  Well, they are all the scary creatures that inhabit my Minecraft world, like zombies and creepers and spiders and skeletons…  I know a lot of people call them ‘monsters’ but, since Ditto is a monster, he doesn’t like calling the scary bad things monsters, so he calls them Googlies – it’s something my mom used to say…

So as you can see, Ditto is working hard on his ‘Minecraft Ravenwood’ project, with the Headmasters’ office and Bartleby built, including a good start on the spiral door chamber down inside of Bartleby…  I start building out some roads, but as soon as it gets dark there are just googlies all over the place, and that doesn’t go well for Ditto…


Ditto creating Minecraft Ravenwood – Things Get Going

Ditto has been working hard on his Minecraft version of Wizard City and Ravenwood…  I’m not a Minecraft ‘expert’ by any means, but I think it’s a lot of fun to create things, and I figured since I’m a long time Wizard101 blogger I figured it might be fun to try and re-create some of the sights of Wizard City, starting with the Headmaster’s office…

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Captain Ditto and Fair Christina Nightingale battle General Tsao!

One thing that Kingsisle has always done well in their games is funny pop-culture references, from Firefly to old John Wayne movies to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.  Mooshu is no different, and of course in a world named after Chinese takeout, they would be a villain named ‘General Tsao’…  Ditto has spent months slowly making his way through Mooshu in order to face General Tsao, and the final battle was definitely NOT disappointing!

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Captain Ditto and Crew infiltrate General Tsao’s fortress!!

The beginning of the big ‘General Tsao’ battle in Mooshu in Pirate101 – Captain Ditto and his crew infiltrate General Tsao’s compound searching for the piece of Marco Pollo’s map… Witness daring fights, explosions, and a furry orange monster – who could ask for more?


New Video – Ditto’s Minecraft Ravenwood- The terrible beginning!

This is the very fist Minecraft video I have ever made (though I’ve played Minecraft a bunch)  and I’ll be honest – this video does not go well.   In getting the streaming sorted out, I was more focused on streaming stuff and bandwidth, etc.., and not on things like creepers and zombies and getting my first shelter build or getting torches made.  Thankfully, I do eventually get the hang of stuff and it gets a bit less crazy…


Looking for help with Streaming and the Bloggy Thingy

Hi everybody!  So Ditto has been having a great time streaming, and it works a lot better than my old recording method.  I’ve had some fun interactions with people in the chat room too – like I said, I really like it and, small technical glitches aside, it’s been great.  Now, I want to improve it, fine-tune it…  and that’s where I need your help!

If you are a person who loves watching gaming streams and watch them all the time, or you are a Ditto fan who just likes watching my videos, I want to hear from you!  I want to know what you’re looking for! How often you want to see videos?  Do you prefer watching live or seeing the recordings on Twitch or YouTube?  How long do you like them – short, like 15 minutes?  A half hour?  Longer?  I can really get wrapped up while playing and some of these videos and they can go on fore a while… so how long is too long?  Also, regarding schedule, I’m TRYING to keep a semi-normal schedule of streaming on Tuesday night and Thursday night starting between 7:30 and 8:00pm EST, plus weekend play on Saturday and maybe Sunday morning, starting between 8am and 8:30am.

Hopefully that works for most folks, but I know in addition to good timing I have to provide entertaining content too – if a TV show is boring it doesn’t matter if it’s on every night, people aren’t going to watch!  I’ve got plans for Wizard1o1, Pirate101, maybe Hearthstone (I kind of fell out of favor with that one) and now Minecraft – I want to keep the content fun and totally family friendly, but what more do you like to see?  Ditto in daring battles?  Ditto completing quests, doing boss fights, getting killed by zombies?  I’d love to hear thoughts and suggestions to make Ditto’s channel your go-to destination for furry monster gaming video fun!!

Have Fun and Play Safe!!!


Ditto shows off his house and takes on Olympus in Wizard101

More Wizard101 Action for Ditto, a few fun videos this time!

First off, Ditto shows everyone his Polarian Explorers’ Bundle!! It’s a great bundle with a cool shipwreck house, an armored narwhal mount, an ADORABLE little penguin pet, and lots more!!

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Ditto makes it to Aquila in Wizard101

Ditto’s new streaming setup is working great, and after some technical and connection difficulties, Ditto has finally made it to the amazing arenas of Aquila!  Ditto must do battle and win three battle tokens to unlock the puzzle of Eris Golden Apple…. which Ditto immediately fails… but at least he can still use his amazing Pyromancer’s abilities!

 


Polaris!! (Sort of…) Wizard101

OK, so Ditto has not yet experienced the world of Polaris, but he has the next best thing with the amazing Polarian Explorers’ Bundle, now available at GameStop!

Ditto just happened to get his furry paws on the bundle, and it is VERY nice – I’m really enjoying it so far!  It comes with the standard bundle stuff – a house, a mount, an ADORABLE pet, Explorer’s Gear armor and pickaxe…

One thing that really impresses me about this bundle is the ice – the house is the ‘Polarian Shipwreck House’ and it’s a really well designed shipwreck trapped in ice, and that shimmering blue ice is so beautiful! It really is an impressive effect and I just love it.  The sky is really beautiful too – it’s all designed so well!  I also love how areas of the ice are actually ‘slippery’ for your character and you can slip and slide around – it’s a fun change in physics!

The house also has some secret passages and other fun areas to explore – it’s not the biggest house KingsIsle has released, but it’s very well designed and the details are beautiful.  There’s also an ice skating rink inside the house that I’m sure would make for some really fun parties!

The mount is an interesting one, the ‘Battle Narwhal’ – we’ve had a cool whale amount before this, of course, but this one is pretty incredible looking; that point looks pretty severe!  The animations are nice, too – it might not replace my preferred dinosaur mounts, but he looks great ‘swimming’ around the shipwreck.

And then there is the penguin!!!   Oh my GLOB how cute is this little guy!!  He’s so cute and fluffy!!  Look at his little top hat and bow tie!  Squeee!

For the armor and wand – The Explorer’s Gear armor and Pickaxe – I kind of made a mistake and took the rank 11 (level 100) armor, so I can’t wear it yet, but from what I’ve seen it looks pretty cool…  I’ll try to get screenshots.

So that’s the new bundle; it’s nice, with some new features we haven’t seen in housing before, and if you like icy landscapes I think this is much nicer looking than the original Ice School house – my personal opinion of course.

I’ll plan on streaming a tour of the place soon, too – I don’t think the screen shots quite do it justice.


Ditto has a Streaming Studio!! Hooray!!

So Ditto finally got his Twitch.tv streaming channel all set up, did a few streams at random intervals, and then disappeared for like 3 weeks…  Ok, that was not really what Ditto intended, of course.  What happened was multiple things – Ditto lives in a house with other people and Fabricated Americans, for one, and it can be difficult to find ‘quiet time’ where I can stream or record without interruption – typically I was streaming from the central living room (that was our big green couch behind me).  Another thing is that work schedules and other schedules sometimes make planning specific streaming times very challenging (especially combined with the first issue…)

What Ditto finally did about this is, I think, pretty awesome – Ditto has built himself a streaming studio!  Woohoo!  That’s right – it should have proper lighting, great sound, a cool backdrop (that can occasionally change), and most importantly, it is nice and quiet and interruption free!  So stay tuned – I actually have a broken mouse that I will hopefully have replaced today, and then I should be able to stream my favorite games on a pretty regular schedule!  I’m hoping at least three days a week, possibly four – we’ll see how it goes!


Captain Ditto’s Halloween Pirate Contest Winners!!

Ah, another Halloween has come and gone and all we have left is a huge pile of candy wrappers, and the winners from Ditto’s fun Pirate101 Halloween contest!!   That’s right, Ditto asked everyone for their favorite part of Halloween and wow did you deliver!  I got some great entries, and here are the winners!

Witty Arthur Norrington – My favorite part ’bout Halloween are the costumes. They always go crazy when I wear my Zombie Pirate outfit. I always love to see the terrified look in those kid’s faces.

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Captain Ditto’s Halloween Contest!!

Halloween is Ditto’s favorite time of year – Monsters LOVE Halloween, for all kinds of different reasons! Great costumes, lots of candy, spooky stories, and fun games!! I just love it, and I’m sure you do too!

For this contest, I want to learn about your favorite part of Halloween, but from your pirate’s point of view!  If you love costumes, tell me about your pirate’s costume!  Is it a ghost pirate, or a peg-leg postman?  If you love candy, what kind of candy does your pirate love, yum filled treats, pirate candy corn, chocolate dubloons?  What kind of games do they play?  Are there Pirate Halloween stories they like to tell around the campfire?  Send me an email at dittopirate@gmail.com with the subject ‘Pirate Halloween’ and tell me about your pirates’ favorite thing about Halloween! Oh, and make sure you include your Pirate name, too!  I’ll be taking entries through Halloween night (Next Saturday), and I’ll give away prizes on Sunday November 1st (winners chosen by random draw, as usual, to keep it fair).

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Ditto versus The Baron of Nightmares – Halloween Wizard101

Ditto is tasked to defeat the dreaded Baron Mordecai, the Baron of Nightmares!  Of course this baron isn’t really much of a threat to Level 95 Ditto, so I had some fun with it…  trying to put as much damage on as I could with a big Sky Serpent spell.  We make our own fun sometimes.  🙂


Ditto having Halloween fun in Wizard101

It’s that time of year again!!   Ditto actually had some folks in the Twitch chat who were requesting a bit of Wizard101 fun,  so I decided to have some Halloween fun with the Jack Hallow quests!  I love all the great Halloween quests so much!!


Captain Ditto – Can’t Stop the Signal, Part 2!!

Again, some GREAT pop-culture references here, and a fun quest series overall – here is the joyful conclusion as Captain Ditto and friends reunite Captain Reynolds with his trusty crew – Wash, Zoe, and Jayne…


Gameplay Video – ‘This Whole Stream is a Trainwreck’… #Pirate101

So it’s been a little while since Ditto has streamed, and Carl my helper was still asleep, as you can probably tell by the absolute wreck of an opening here…   And what is that weird creaking sound in the sound feed?  Was that my microphone?   Gah!

However, it is OK because if there is one thing I love most about Kingsisle games, it is their excellent use of pop culture references!!   This one is no exception – we need to save Cobb from villagers who worship him for all the wrong reasons… and they sing to him too!
So Ditto has to raid some armada ships to put together a bribe for a sheriff, to let ‘The Rooster of Doom’ go, so he can take Jayne’s place… Got it?


Introducing… Jasmine!!

So things have been pretty quite on Ditto’s blog lately, and there is a reason for that… Not long ago, Miss Narrator heard about a kitty who needed some help.  She lived with a family, her and her son, for a couple years, but then for some reason her family gave her and her son up.  Not only that, but her son (who was still more or less a kitten) was adopted out right away, so her last connection to her old, safe life was gone and she was all alone.

Of course her name was Jasmine, just like my long time Wizard101 pet Madame Jasmine, so it was like it was meant to be!  How could we resist?

The Lovely Jasmine!!

The Lovely Jasmine!!

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Ditto’s Wizard101 Birthday Contest Winners!!!

Here they are – the winners of Ditto’s fun Wizard101 Birthday Contest!!   I had so many fun entries, I really loved them!  All the winners have been notified and I’m sharing some of my favorite entries!!   Thanks again to all who entered, I love the creativity and fun of all my followers, these contests are great!!


Gameplay Video – Ditto versus his lack of paying attention… #Wizard101

SO this should have been a pretty standard ‘junk mob’ fight, taking out some crazy pterosaur looking bad guys who, at first glance, all appeared to be Myth school…  I set my deck up and dive in, and suddenly I find myself facing a FIRE enemy with over 6,000 health!!   And did I have even a single fire prism?  NOPE!
The most frustrating thing is that I was SO CLOSE to winning the fight – if I had better healing skills or hadn’t fizzled a key spell I think I could have beat him, even without prisms…
But I’ll definitely bring Prisms next time!

Contest Time – Happy Birthday Wizard101!!

So it’s birthday time again for the amazing and fun Wizard101!  And to celebrate, Ditto has a bunch of crowns to give away!  Contest time, yay!!!

So what is the contest?  Well, you can’t have a birthday without balloons, and Ditto LOVES balloons, so that’s the contest – take the below picture of balloons, color it however you like – your school colors, colored like your favorite spell (Meteor Strike!!)  or anything else you want.  Color it in and then email to me at dittocontest@gmail.com with the subject ‘Birthday Balloons’, between now and Midnight EST on September 26th – that’s a full two weeks, to give everyone plenty of time to get creative! Email me your picture and make sure you include your wizard name.  On September 27th I’ll choose winners using random draw, so everyone has a chance.

Color The Balloons

Color The Balloons

You can color them using a computer program like Paint or GIMP, or you can print them out, color them on paper, and then scan them back in or take a picture and email me that.

So that’s it – fun right?  Color some balloons and maybe win some crowns!  Have fun, be creative, and I really look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!!

 


Gameplay Video -Big Boss Fight – Scary Malinche Tears of Night #Wizard101

OK, first, this guy is very creepy!!   He says he cries black tears and wants to do pretty awful things to me and make me undead!   Scary!!!
Malinche is a Rank 13 death boss, but he’s really good at Ice school too- – he might have used more ice spells than death spells come to think of it.
I did end up using a life henchman to help me through the fight – I might have been able to take him solo, but it would have been tough and I need to improve my healing skills – I might do a re-spec for that…

Chip decided to play some #LOTRO

So Ditto slept in a bit, as it was a holiday (Labor Day in the US) and while he was sleeping in, Chip and Carl decided to play around with Ditto’s Twitch stream…  Chip has a LOTRO character he likes to play – a Hobbit burglar named ‘Klepto’, and he likes running around the shire doing random quests and doing tricks on the other hobbits.  Chip is also pretty shy and does get nervous when he thinks people may be watching, so this whole stream was a bit silly, but hopefully people liked it…

I hope nobody else around here gets the idea to play on my twitch stream, especially….

Never mind, I don’t even want to think about that!


New Video – Ditto needs a ride…

So Ditto can’t use the zip line to catch up with Belloq and the shadow minions and reclaim the crystal skull, so he needs to talk to Guaman Skyfall to try and catch a ride… Of course ‘talk to Guaman Skyfall’ actually turns into ‘Battle Guaman Skyfall until one of you are defeated’, which was really not a lot of fun, to be honest…

Finally, Ditto learned a new chant and headed up to the mountain peaks to defeat the forces of shadow, or something like that…


Ditto seaches for healing clay… and gets in a fight – more Wizard101 fun

Ditto must find Huix Saltwater in the Saltmeadow Marsh to find healing clay to heal the injured priestess Turquoise Water-Sun… Wow, say that tree times fast…

Of course the cave the healing clay is found in is guarded by a big nasty boss monster (of course)  – Ekra Bleeding Rose (what a scary name!) and Ditto has to battle fiercely to collect the clay!

I just realized I never posted anything yesterday – I swear I thought I did post something yesterday but maybe I dreamed it… this posting every day challenge is much more challenging than I imagined…