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      Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      I've always thought that becoming a student in the Arcanum is reminscient of becoming a student at a university. After all, we've already graduated from Ravenwood, which has lasted for several years similarly to Middle School and High School. Given that there's a new world each year, graduating from the Arcanum would make perfect sense.

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      While it's true many college students often partake in a 5th "Super Senior" year to finish up their coursework, it's normally established that colleges are 4-Year institutions. We've been with our Arcanum Professors for over 4 years now (including around half of Polaris, which I can imagine had been the same thing as taking college-level classes as a High School Senior). I'm not saying that we're done with the Arcanum but I think it would be reasonable that a graduation ceremony would be around the corner based on analogy.

      What do you think? Do you think we're going to graduate in the coming Novus update?

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      Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      Maybe there will be a smaller ceremony as we gain more prominence, but I always envisioned the Arcanum as a research university for the top academics in the Spiral. There is no "next step" so to speak. A graduation from initiate to fellow academic maybe?
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      Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      I certainly don't feel like I've done very much "coursework" for the Arcanum as a University. It's not like we even return there for spell quests or anything these days, we just "get the spell" with a storyline quest completion in higher worlds.

      I kind of miss the linking of things back to our school trainers, the school trees, etc.

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      Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      I don't think so. Since we've only been promoted from Arcanum Initiate to Senior Arcanum Liaison, we've a long way to go in our training. Especially since there are three badge spots still left unfilled.

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      Lightbulb Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      A great question that has huge ramifications on the future of the game.

      I think that our days as "The Young Wizard" learning their lessons are done. In Ravenwood, we had our start and learned the"basics"and went beyond those very "basics". What started out went very quickly from a student of the magical arts into an "in the field" student learning from first hand experience instead sitting idly in a class room.

      We grew faster than a class room student would and quickly surpassed the basics, and even delved into and mastered astral magic and the "forbidden" dark shadow magic and saved the Spiral time and time again.

      Then came the Arcanum, where it felt not so much like a school but instead was being part of a collection of scholars (Although they stayed in their offices while we did all the "grunt work"); but once again instead of sitting in an office reading books, we went out in the field and again saved the spiral and to a degree, even helped it evolve and in the process surpassed the Arcanum scholars.

      This brings us to your question, exactly what is next? What would make sense?

      I don't think we have ever been the type of Wizard to stay in a musty/dusty class room/library reading book after book like our teachers/the scholars are known to do most of the time. To me, the logical next step is to once again get out into actual "field work" BUT with a new catch that I think @Willowdreamer would be able to have a great reference about.

      Our days of going on a "solo quest" are coming to an end, so instead we could take a page or two from P101. Now we not only go into the field, but we start building our own team/class/students to go with us. In P101, we gradually add to our team and over time they each get new spells and strengths to help us along the way...so why not have our Wizards become a "Master" that starts a new concept of teaching students in the field instead of in a class room. We can start out with 1 student who can interact in the story the same way as in P101.

      In a fight, we can have 2 options: 1. They give us stat boosts in a battle OR 2. We can select them to be an actual member of the fight with some control over what spells they can cast (Again like P101). Eventually we could have our own classroom of students to pick and chose from depending on what activity is happening at any given moment.

      This new format would open up so many new directions for the game and might even open up some real "cross over" events between W101 and P101 for higher level players (Which in its self would help promote players to have accounts in both games).

      So, @Willowdreamer, what do you think? With your knowledge of BOTH W101 and P101, how would you see something like this become a reality? How many others are active in P101 and have ideas or suggestion in this direction?


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      Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      Quote Originally Posted by Pegasus Unbound View Post
      So, @Willowdreamer, what do you think? With your knowledge of BOTH W101 and P101, how would you see something like this become a reality? How many others are active in P101 and have ideas or suggestion in this direction?
      I think adding a single companion wizard would be the best way to go. Wizard101 wasn't built for a full team of companions, and most of us would still want to leave space open for friends to join us. I'd rather our "student" or "companion" would be summoned by a card from our deck than simply give some tiny stat boost like allies do now. What a lot of us would like is a controllable minion or henchman.

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      Cool Re: Are we going to be graduating from the Arcanum?

      Quote Originally Posted by Willowdreamer View Post
      I think adding a single companion wizard would be the best way to go. Wizard101 wasn't built for a full team of companions, and most of us would still want to leave space open for friends to join us. I'd rather our "student" or "companion" would be summoned by a card from our deck than simply give some tiny stat boost like allies do now. What a lot of us would like is a controllable minion or henchman.

      That was my own initial thought as well. They could "simply" take the henchmen/minion concept to the next level by making them not only "cards" but as you said, controllable minion/henchmen as well as have them become a character in some of the stories. We could start with 1 and over time maybe add others allowing for future growth of the game.


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