Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Double Vision and the 44th Kings of Spun

Spun Salutations! It is from the spinning depths of his confusion that Uncle Spun announces our current Kings of Spun - JohnPlayer67, 44th Spun Majesty of the EU and abhraham_us, NA King of Spun. All Hail!

Dear reader, Uncle Spun craves your indulgence whilst he relates some of the unspun experiences he has found thrust upon his sorry self this past week. One would not step so willingly from the bounds of decorum were our gracious Queen still with us, but as I am sure you know by now things are otherwise and the sadder for it. One hopes that this is not a prelude to asking for help, but the demands of one's solemn duties are such that Pride must play second fiddle to Caution. Should you find that your time is short you may wish to scroll some way down the page to find the details of the Coronations, otherwise read on...

It seems that Uncle Spun is having some trouble with his eyes, what began as a simple blurriness of vision has developed into something altogether more unspun. One was initially tempted to place the blame for this ocular aberration on the particularly bad night's sleep following the traumatic episode of the 43rd EU coronation.

Uncle Spun awoke to find himself shivering amidst some sodden boxes in the doorway of a dark alley, or so it seemed until the mewling of a black cat which bore an uncanny resemblance to the feline partner of his Unspun Sibling merged into the unmistakable sound of his alarm clock and he awoke once more. Perhaps you too have experienced dreams in which you wake to find yourself confounded as to your circumstances, but carry on as though you had simply forgotten the past five minutes and trust that all will become clear if only you persist. But when you truly wake it is the confusion which persists, as though the cogs in your head have become misaligned by some odd sleeping posture and whir away without connection, permeating your cranium with their lonely song until they click back into place and the world resolves itself once more. So it was for Uncle Spun, save that an after image of that dark alley was left imprinted on his left eye, resulting in this blurred vision. Many a Spun Season has passed since Uncle Spun last saw the Spun Optometrist of even the Cog Cleaner, leaving him no choice but to firmly shut the defective portal and set about his cares. Were this the end of the matter Uncle Spun would not be commandeering your time with this lengthy tale.

The following evening Uncle Spun retired to bed, more weary than ever from the odd effort of having kept his left eye tightly shut all day and was almost relieved when he awoke again in a dream to find that both eyes presented a consistent vision. Great walls of stacked boxes rose to either side, leaving but one route to take in what seemed like some dimly lit warehouse. Curiosity and trepidation chased relief away as Uncle Spun rolled down the cardboard corridor before him. A left turn followed by a right brought him to a T-junction and the suspicion that this was some kind of improvised maze. He was just about to take the turn to the right when a robo came whizzing between the stacks bearing a box on its head. As quick as a brown fox he followed, trying hard to remember each turn taken until the walls suddenly gave way to a great chamber. The gloom hummed with the sound of robos pushing and pulling boxes of all sizes, busily engaged in some vast construction.

'Spun Salutations' whispered a voice from behind. Uncle Spun turned to see the black cat from the previous dream addressing him from atop the highest pile of boxes. Listen close it commanded.

The black cat then told a strange tale, indeed presented a riddle - you have a choice to make it purred. I belong neither to your brother, nor the Witch of Spun, indeed to the degree that I belong to any then my master must be Schrodinger for I am the cat of unopened boxes and I am here to present you with two. In this box is all that you have owned until now, it is full and no more may go in it and in this other box is absolutely nothing.

How very spun.

The first box looked worn and well used, the veteran of many house moves it's edges were barely straight and it's sides obscured with old labels and parcel tape as though it had served many purposes none of them entirely appropriate to it's simple form. The other was excruciatingly new, each face a bold bright colour of some impervious material. I am sorry to contradict you kind master cat, but you must be mistaken for Uncle Spun owns nothing but his duties, both boxes must surely be empty?

The black cat squinted it's emerald eyes and looked Uncle Spun up and down. So what about that Top Hat upon your head, or the name you use so frequently, hrrrrm? You own them do you not? Or should one call for the Unspun Police?

If you have never heard the laughter of cats then count yourself lucky, for Uncle Spun the only thing worse is the derision of a Queen.

'You have until the Crowning of the 50th King of Spun to decide, have a Spun day, won't you hrrrm.'

And with that Uncle Spun awoke. The confusion of the preceding day was as nothing compared to the befuddlement of this, for now the after image of the dream was not some static tracing like the retina burn of an over bright light, but an animated vista of the construction taking place in the warehouse. Since that disturbing moment Uncle Spun has found that the only way to perform his myriad duties is with the aid of an eyepatch.

It is only in Spunland that Uncle Spun is free of this double vision and so can happily still report on the Coronations with confidence, at least for now.

And so to the 44th Coronations. The EU contest began with AngelBoy, and although sam_reynolds01, electrica and distruttore3461 fought a vigorous battle for the crown, the way the contest would end was clearly marked from the first harvest when JohnPlayer67 took the regal prize and held it for the whole Spun Cycle. hotbunny4life became Harvest King on the second harvest, then Motorbike(?) took it for the briefest of periods (Uncle Spun barely had time to take down the name - apologies if not accurate) before JohnPlayer67 staked his claim again. The third harvest saw LP4MI join the fray, losing out to JohnPlayer67 who this time could not keep the crown from sam_reynolds01. LP4MI saw his chance when sam_reynolds01 dropped it with the onset of the Spun Storm and so ended the cycle in possession and was attentive enough to start the fifth cycle likewise, but JohnPlayer67 put paid to his ambitions by the next Spun Storm. Then the final harvest bloomed and JohnPlayer67 confidantly claimed the crown and with it the title of 44th EU King of Spun on 42,432 Spun Points! All Hail!

It seemed as though Spunland NA rang with echoes of the previous week; Maxx_Mega not only got the contest off to a start, but was Harvest King of all 5 cycles! dxkills16 relieved him of the crown briefly before she in turn was best by sam_reynoldsUS. ReccaWolf took up the prize as sam_reynoldsUS dropped it during the first Spun Storm to end the first cycle victorious. Both the second and third cycles saw our cast thus far battle it out, with Maxx_Mega dominating despite the addition of SoulReaver_444 and notsoevillyn. dxkills16 made a convincing play in the final cycles but none stop abhraham_us when he made his first claim of the contest in the final moments and secured his victory on a spuntatstic 69,325 Spun Points! Trully all hail, for this may be a record breaking score!

Next week, all being well (full or empty?) the 45th Coronation will take place on Tuesday the 2nd of September. Spunland EU: 9 -9.30pm BST, Spunland NA: 4-4.30pm PDT  and 7-7.30pm EDT. Until then Stay Spun!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The 43rd King of Spun and the unspun horror of the EU coronation

Spun Salutations Dear Reader. It is with a head hung low in shame that Uncle Spun must announce that we have but one King of Spun this week, please all hail tammy21218, 43rd NA Majesty of Spun! If there were an EU King of Spun it would be JohnPlayer67, but alas it was not to be. As Old Mother Spun would have it, 'tis an unspun wind that blows nobody good', and it certainly feels like an unspun wind sweeps through announcing with its bitter edge the approach of autumn. Yes, Uncle Spun is a little melancholic today, perhaps it is just the ghostly herald of an over-eager season, or the weariness brought about by so much coming and going in Spunland Mansions, the constant clamour of attention seeking plans. Then there is this unspun graffiti one keeps seeing - "when the hills have eyes the end is nigh". More likely it is the guilt from last night's aborted EU coronation and the fact that Uncle Spun has been too busy to attend to the next Spunland update quite yet...

Spunland EU was very quiet last night. How great a quest would it be to find our missing spunlings wondered Uncle Spun, perhaps they have found our Queen in some other virtual world and frolic the spun day away in dance and song. Perhaps. It was not the first time that the quietness whispered of unspun things to come. JohnPlayer67 took the crown at the start of the contest, and spuntastically enough apart from one brief Harvest King foray by GlassReaver managed to keep it for the whole 30 minutes! Ah but if spunland was so quiet this would not be an achievement I hear you protest, but it was not that quiet. Indeed JohnPlayer67, glitching as he was may well have had a rather unspun score, a phenomena which Uncle Spun will be addressing as soon as he is able. This is all besides the point however, as Uncle Spun made a catastrophic error and summoned what he hoped would be the Happy Duke of Spun only to find the call being answered by his Angry brother who in so doing ended the coronation prematurely, leaving us without an EU King. Big Spun apologies, especially to JohnPlayer67, we will not take the risk of summoning the Dukes mid-coronation ever again.

On the other side of the Great Atlantic things were busier, but still more quiet than is usual for a coronation. Maxx_Mega began what soon became a choppy, fraught contest - losing the crown not for the last time to spunlandfan2014, who in turn lost to sam_reynoldsUS. Sam droped the crown during the first spun storm and Z9065 swept it up on his skateboard LMO, the crown then changed heads rapidly back and forth between Z9065, PEPITOWISLON (as a spunling ghost) and Maxx_Mega. Z9065 may have ended the Spun Cycle but it was Maxx_Mega who sprung forth again at the advent of the next Spun Harvest, indeed Maxx_Mega was Harvest King in every cycle of the contest. boofi13 made his first regal claim on a Spuno'ween Broom Broom LMO during the second cycle, besting spunlandfan2014 to end the cycle victorious. In the third spun cycle all of our contestants slogged it out. Maxx_Mega may have lost to spunlandfan2014 shortly after the start of the final harvest, but grabbed it again when sam_reynoldsUS dropped it as the final SpunStorm started, then to cries of 'No!' from spunlandfan2014, tammy21218 swept in to steal the day with 46,015 Spun Points! All Hail!

Next week, the 44th Coronation will take place on Tuesday the 26th of August. Spunland EU: 9-9.30pm BST, Spunland NA: 4-4.30pm PDT and 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Until then, stay Spun!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Kings of Spun the 42nd

Spun Salutations Dear Reader! All hail sam_reynolds01, 42nd EU King of Spun and SoulReaver_444 42nd NA Spun Majesty!

Due to various mysterious goings on in Spunland Mansions both munki's were in the same physical location last night, and so the coronations were only run in one instance in each territory, for those of you who found yourself in another coronation-less  instance Big Spun Apologies (sorry Akina8373!). If you want to make sure to reach the coronation add the madmunki's as friends (NA: UncleSpun, SpunDeDuke, EU: madmunkid, i-munki) and 'goto' one of us just before the allotted coronation time and all spunning well we'll see you there! Big Spun thanks for the further unspun bug reports (HotChick955 & Ren_Echo) they have been added to the next Update list, although we have no date to announce for that quite yet. As to the mysterious goings on, well more on that in a future blog post, but there does seem to be a lot of noise in the basement...

Both 42nd Coronation Contests were busy and fiercely contested. In the EU JohnPlayer67 got the competition off to a start at the tail end of a Spun Storm following which jbond006hmss became the first Harvest King. MAXMALO made his first appearance by snatching the crown, followed not long after by sam_reynolds01 who took us through to the end of the first whole Spun Cycle. eXtremo2fast made her coronation debut as the second harvest King, losing out to Hennryke in spuntastically huge robo from as ever, and although she recaptured the regal prize from sam_reynolds01 it was MAXMALO who ended the second full cycle. MAXMALO took the crown once more to begin and end the third Spun Cycle, with all of the previous contenders staking a claim at some point along with richrich1991. The 4th Harvest brought the return of eXtremo2fast as Harvest King but she quickly lost out to MAXMALO. Hennryke and JohnPlayer67 both managed claims before sam_reynolds01 ended the 4th Spun Cycle. It is rare for a coronation to see 5 Spun Harvests, but such was the case on the regal battlefield last night. GlassReaver made her first foray of the contest following the final Harvest, but MAXMALO and Hennryke gave no quarter, just as none was shown to them by sam_reynolds01 as he spooked to victory on a spuntastic 51,278 Spun Points! All Hail!

In Spunland NA Kojoe6669 made their first Coronation debut by starting the contest, but Darth-Matt92 soon swept the Spun Crown away on his skateboard LMO then lost out to another new name in the form of xXur_babyXx. Maxx_Mega became the first Harvest King and although Darth-Matt92, dxkills16 and sam_reynoldsUS all managed to lay claim to the Crown he still managed to reclaim possession by the end of the first complete Spun Cycle. Maxx_Mega claimed the Crown with the spawning of the second Harvest and a heated round began with Darth-Matt92 claiming, then losing to spunlandfan2014, who lost to sam_reynoldsUS before reclaiming to then lose to Ren_Echo with Darth-Matt92 ending the cycle. Ever tenacious Maxx_Mega became Harvest King for the third time, losing it to Darth-Matt92 again, before managing to swipe it up as sam_reynoldsUS dropped it after besting Darth-Matt92. SoulReaver_444 finally announced his regal ambitions by snatching the crown at the end of the third cycle and although Ren_Echo became our final harvest King it was SoulReaver_444 who proved there can be only Spun by winning the contest on 37,815 Spun Points! All Hail!

Next week, the 43rd Coronation Contest will take place on  Tuesday the 19th of August. Spunland EU: 9 - 9.30pm BST, Spunland NA: 4 - 4.30pm PDT and 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Until then, stay Spun!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Kings of Spun the 41st & Spunland News...

Spun Salutations Dear Reader! Yesterday, one day late for reasons covered below, we crowned our 41st Kings of Spun - both with incredibly close scores and both have never been Kings of Spun before! Callooh! Callay! All Hail Hennryke, 41st EU King of Spun and tammy21218, 41st NA King of Spun! Before getting to the details there is much for Uncle Spun to relate...

To paraphrase what a famous Scottish King never actually said 'So Spun and Unspun a week I have not seen!' Yes, last wednesday the latest big Spunland update went live to launch the madmunkis into a world of spun fun and pain. It took but five minutes to run into the shop bonus crash bug and find ourselves ejected into the unspun crash void. Oh the horror. The Happy Duke of Spun was summoned regardless and made his first philanthropic foray into Spunland. The Update brought to Spunland and the Spunland Cottage a set of 6 Spunner Posters to find, as many will now know one of these posters is gifted by the Happy Duke, who has since managed to make it it into Spunland every day except Tuesday. If you are hunting for said poster be sure to look out for messages on twitter or facebook heralding The Happy Duke's arrival, I believe he intends to make another appearance today, but details will be posted later.

Uncle Spun got back to Spunland Mansions after much travelling last Friday to be greeted by the spuntastic news that sam_reynolds01 was the first to find all 6 posters and earn his illuminating reward. Not long afterwards Majesty Imhokh and King of Spun Independence the 1st abhraham_us did likewise. Uncle Spun did mention last week that we would create some certificates for those who proved their diligence by posting a picture of their prize on the Spunland facebook, and we will, it has just not been done quite yet...

It was on Tuesday night that Uncle Spun found himself once more in the bleakest pits of the unspun crash void. The first sign that all was not as it should be came with the length of time that PlayStation Home took to start, and as it did so presented screens so old that Uncle Spun began to wonder again about the reality of the Spun Time Machine. What was happening? He arrived in Spunland with not so much as a glimpse of the newsviewer or even message of the day to find things subtly unspun, but as he was almost late to begin the Contest he did not notice at first and after warning all present not to activate the Shop Bonus, left Spunland in order to rejoin. It was on his second  arrival that he saw the face of the Unpsun problem - for him Spunland was adrift in the void, nothing from his Spunland was getting to the others even though he could see and chat with all of the Spunlings present. A third attempt was made to quit and restart, and this seemingly caused some unspun catastrophe as when he returned Spunland was truly empty. Alas.

Some hours later he experienced more or less the same in Spunland NA, only this time he was better prepared and managed, thanks to phatso64, dxkills16, the homeling collective and others to get some truly spuntastic Spunland Photos which have yet to be posted. The 41st Coronation was thus delayed, and Uncle Spun must beg your forgiveness and applaud your patience.

The Update to Home yesterday fixed not only the truly Unspun issues of the day before but also brought the  the Shop Bonus back into use and some other small improvements too - special Spun thanks to Sciotoan68 for revealing the score display bug, that should also consequently be fixed, and whilst one remembers: there is a Spunland Tutorial thread on the Home US forums which many may find helpful, although much of the information is out of date some of it is impressively astute. And so to the Coronations...

There were more than a few new names in Spunland EU to complement the old ones, NarwingStar took the Spun Crown to the first Harvest where he was succeeded by Zouhair11FA, then playaboede_king before Hennryke made his contest debut in a Robo suit. sam_reynolds01 seized the crown from Hennryke then lost it to the belligerently named agianst__you who proved to be no match for the mighty MAXMALO. NarwingStar became the second Harvest King in a cycle which set the rhythm for the remainder of the contest as he, sam_reynolds01, MAXMALO and Hennryke slugged it out over the next 3 Spun Cycles. In the end Hennryke was crowned 41st Spun Majesty of the EU with a spunderfull 31,635 Spun Points!

Spunland NA also saw its fair share of new names, perhaps this is what is required to shake up the old guard and present us with fresh Kings of Spun? Either way skittles2345y got us off to a speedy start and a cycle dominated by names previously unseen to Uncle Spun; lwringer1, niteSkyy and FaLsEhOoD227 all staking their claim before the sartorially spuntastic smokingpistol took charge at the end of the first Spun Cycle. Naughty_Girl_FTW became the first Harvest King of the contest then niteskyy nipped her ambition in the bud before being bested by qtu7tool, sam_reynoldsUS swept in and after a determined tussle with niteskyy and qy7u7tool ended the second cycle with the Crown. The third harvest gave us KAM3RON-916 as it's Harvest King, with Naughty_Girl_FTW and then niteskyy losing out to the determined q7u7tool. For the final harvest FaLsEhOoD227 reappeared and although Ren_echo joined the fray with q7u7tool, sam_reynoldsUS and niteskyy it was tammy21218 saving her well timed gambit for the last minute who went on to be crowned 41st NA Majesty of Spun on a spuntastic 31,014 Spun Points! All Hail!

Next week, unspun interventions permitting the 42nd Kings of Spun will be decided on Tuesday the 12th of August, Spunland EU: 9 - 9.30pm BST and Spunland NA: 4 - 4.30pm PDT/ 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Until then, Stay Spun!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

40th Kings of Spun & Spunland Updates...

Spun Salutations dear reader! Uncle Spun here to avail you of all the latest Spunland news and herald our latest Kings of Spun; Imhokh (EU) and SoulReaver_444 (NA) the 40th Mighty Monarchs of Spunland! All Hail!

Warning! We have just jumped into Spunland to check that everything is tickety-boo and it turns out that it is not quite... There seems to be a crash caused if you visit the Shop Maze, 'Inspect' an item, then leave the Shop - you will find yourself in an unspun empty Spunland. Uncle Spun will look into this as soon as possible, in the meantime avoid inspecting items in the shop - note this means that you will be unable to use the shop bonus until fixed. Big Spun apologies! Anyway...

Today sees the release of new Spunland Commerce in the form of the Spunland Rocket LMO, and the Uncle Spun Head - a full body suit modelled on one's very own spuntastic visage - it even has it's own Uncle Spun animation! For those with a nose for bargains, peruse these details of the 2 new Spunland Mega Bundles, one of which even includes The Spunland Cottage! Finally we have some substantially spun updates to Spunland and the Spunland Cottage, for ease of use one will simply list:

  1. The Hopper Kill Bonus. Once a player reaches the Spun Point threshold of 2500 Spun Points the Hopper Kill Bonus will become active. This takes the form of a Spun Imp which bounces above your head tracking the position of The Spun Hopper. Should you get close enough to the Hopper the Imp will become agitated and eventually spring forth to kill the Hopper earning you the Spun Points indicated on the HUD. If you avoid the Hopper and score another 2500 points the Imp will respawn in another Spun colour worth more points... Note, the Imp will never attack the Hopper whilst you have the Spun Crown, also no one but you will see your Imp and only your local Hopper will be attacked by it (for now).
  2. The Spunflowers should hopefully always die during a Spun Storm at last. If they don't Uncle Spun will be most displeased, but would appreciate if you could let us know if you spot any further unspun floral problems...
  3. Whilst in Underspun the Lumino will now be able to continue to illuminate Spun during Spun Storms. I'm sure you don't need Uncle Spun to tell you that this means Underspun should yield you considerably more points than before.
  4. Three new rewards have been added to Spunland; the Spun Balls companion and 2 Spunner Posters...
  5. 6 Collectable Spunner posters. If you manage to collect all 6 of these posters you will receive an illuminating reward the next time you enter The Spunland Cottage. As #4 above two of the Posters can be purchased as rewards in Spunland, a couple are in the Spunland cottage, one is 'event' based (for the time being) and another is hmm really quite... hidden. Uncle Spun will say no more for now, and would be spuntastically pleased if anyone who manages to find them all would send us a missive via facebook, twitter, the forums or by email. Perhaps we will create a special spun certificate for any such intrepid treasure hunters who communicate their success to us! Please avoid spoilers if you do so!
  6. 3 more Picture Hooks have been added to the Spunland Cottage to take it to the maximum number (15 - sorry smokingpistol this seems to be the measly maximum!)
And so to the Coronations. Spunland EU was a little quieter than usual, perhaps as we had changed the time to 9pm BST, which is where we will keep it unless we face objections (it was moved simply by request). The prettily named PixiePirate laid the first claim to the crown as the Spun Storm raged, then lost out to MAXMALO. Nena__bcn became Harvest King on the passing of the storm, her first of many regal forays, indeed not only did she hold the Spun Crown for longer than any other but Uncle Spun was sure she would win the day. MAXMALO snatched the crown from Nena__bcn then lost it to the mighty sam_reynolds01 in his customary Spunling Ghost costume, a costume also worn by another of our 40th coronation contenders; JohnPlayer67. lola_25 managed a brief stint in a contest otherwise dominated by MAXMALO and Nena__bcn, but none seemed prepared for Imhokh's successful gambit in the final minutes sweeping him to victory on 20,355 Spun Points - winning him a justly earned Spuno'ween Crown! Special mention must be made of CoubiaK on his orange Spunland Hopper who reminded Uncle Spun how linguistically retarded he frequently feels in Europe with just one language in his Spun Head.

Spunland NA was significantly busier than its EU sibling and the contest seemed to beat out a singular rhythm; SuperMacho69 took the Spun Crown first to lose it to q7u7tool, then took it back to lose it once more to q7u7tool before managing to regain possession before the first harvest! The_Wiz_1 became our first Harvest King but not for long as the ever attentive SuperMacho69 swept in once more and kept claim for the remainder of that Spun Cycle. Following the second harvest the competitive beat of the first returned, this time between dxkills16 and SuperMacho69, reclaim followed claim up until the third harvest when it seemed that dxkills16 had best SuperMacho69 and dominated until the sudden challenge of SoulReaver_444 left her standing. The clarion call of the contest's end struck with the final Spun Harvest - Uncle Spun has never seen so many gathered around the Spun Pipe in eager anticipation of the Spun Crown's spawning. A flurry of names flashed above the pipe before SoulReaver_444 settled the contest on a spuntastic 43,180 Spun Points! All Hail!

Next week the 41st Coronation will take place on Tuesday the 5th of August. Spunland EU: 9-9.30pm BST, Spunland NA: 4-4.30pm PDT/7-7.30pm EDT. Until then stay Spun!

p.s. In August Spuno'ween will fall on Sundays...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kings of Spun the 39th

Spun Salutations all! Today we celebrate our 39th Kings of Spun; sam_reynolds01 (EU) and abhraham_us (NA) - All Hail! Before getting down to the details of these most spunderful of contests Uncle Spun would like to take a minute to cover one or two spun things which have come up in the past week...

A couple of weeks ago the EU Home community update stated that from the following day there would be 6 poster rewards hidden between Spunland and the Spunland Cottage, resulting in some consternation when said posters could not be found! Uncle Spun was completely Spun-out upon first hearing of this from some dedicated Spunlings, for at that point he should have been the only person to know about the posters, which were not due to make their clandestine appearance until next Wednesday (indeed the digital ink was not even dry on the images!). What spun thing had happened here he wondered? More than a few recent requests for a means to visit the 4th of July theme by homies who had missed it had given the madmunkis the idea of creating a Spunland Time Machine, perhaps this is proof that they will create such a spun wonder even if they have not done so quite yet... All spunning well the prophecy of the hidden posters will come to pass in the Spunland Update next week (30th), but not having actually constructed the Time Machine yet we cannot be sure. Details to follow...

Uncle Spun was recently asked if it was true that arriving in Spunland from the relocator in the Spunland Cottage conferred upon the intrepid traveller a Spun Point Bonus, the answer to which is YES. There is a different bonus each day, on a Tuesday - coronation day, the bonus is a two-times-multiplier for planting seeds. We will leave you to discover what bonuses await on the other 6 days, but will take this opportunity to mention a few other bonuses which could influence your chances of winning the Spun Crown. The Spunflower head reward item enables the wearer to plant up to 3 seeds on any vacant patch (this should be more of a bonus after the next update when the plants should finally die and thereby actually result in vacant patches) - you get 50 Spun Points for every seed you plant and wearing any Spunland Full Body Suit (commerce item) will confer the same planting ability. Note if you plant enough seeds to create a full Spunflower (i.e. 3) you get a bonus 75 points. The Harvest Head reward item gifts the player twice as many seeds as normal, so when you fill the Spun Bar at the top right of the screen you will receive two seeds and not one - thus switching between these Spun Heads at the perfect point in the Spun Cycle could yield you a healthy trove of Spun Points. And that's not to mention the 4 minute double points bonus for 'inspecting' any item in the Shop Maze...

And so to the Coronations. Both coronations were busy and hotly contested. Spunland EU was full of faces familiar and new, there was little evidence of glitching and a pleasing lack of acrimony. Crazy_Dragonus got us started but quickly fell out of the contest as regulars MAXMALO, sam_reynolds01 and Hennryke (in huge robo suit as ever!) seized the crown in quick succession. MalagaBoy21 swept it up as sam_reynolds01 dropped it during the Spun Storm to hunt rabbits on his LMO. The mighty luukhoekstra and Imhokh joined the competitive throng after the first harvest and thus our key competitors were set to thrash out the regal contest. Mandycamp and Nena_bcn staked their claims late in the day, but none could stop sam_reynolds01 take his EU Spuno'ween crown on an incredibly spuntastic 50,960 Spun Points!!!! All Hail! Finally special mention must be made of InSightFz coasting through the air on his Spunalloon!

On the other side of the Great Atlantic it was ringcollector79 who began the contest and tussled with lilmonstersmiler over the Spun Crown before it was snatched by Akina8373 who went on to undoubtedly dominate the match dressed fittingly as a Happy Spunling. For Unspun technical reasons Uncle Spun cannot take pictures while the game is on, which was a particular shame in this case as Akina8373 looked so Spuntastic glitching with her purple crown beneath the huge contest crown and frequently did the Happy Spunling dance as she butchered the spawning Spun Hopper. Many were the other contestants; q7u7tool, sam_reynoldsUS, pizzagirl and ReccaWolf all made great plays only to be beat in the end by abhraham_us who cunningly picked his moment and claimed the crown in the final minutes on 17,045 Spun Points! As he (like others present) was playing in Spuno'ween, Majesty abhram_us won himself the Spuno'ween Crown. All Hail!

Following the contest Spun DeDuke summoned the Angry Duke of Spun to fire some more bouncing spun points at all present, Uncle Spun took off to fetch the Happy Duke - but alas it was not to be, as he found himself spunning alone in the unspun crash void. It seems we cannot have both Dukes following a Coronation, at least not until some changes are made...

Next week, we are going to start the EU contest one hour later than usual due to a request, should anyone object, or wish to suggest an alternative time please do so, otherwise: Tuesday 29th July, Spunland EU 9 - 9.30pm BST and Spunland NA 4 - 4.30pm PDT/ 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Until then Stay Spun!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The One and only 38th King of Spun...

Spun Salutations Dear Reader, Uncle Spun here to announce the 38th King of Spun. For the second time ever we have the same King on both sides of the Great Atlantic: sam_reynolds01 & sam_reynoldsUS! All hail!

The EU coronation got off to a particularly unspun start; madmunkid had fallen asleep to be woken at 2 minutes to the coronation hour by a message from i-munki. He fumbled and stumbled and found his way to Spunland to see that i-munki had experienced a bit of a problem in starting the 38th Coronation, indeed this problem would effect the way that many people experienced the event... Should such unfortunate circumstances occur again (which hopefully they won't) then the best thing for everyone to do is to leave Spunland completely (take a quick trip to your favourite apartment) and return a minute later. i-munki was forced to do this to restart the coronation, but without everyone else doing likewise they would have experienced some rather unspun phenomena throughout the coronation....

Despite the bodged start the coronation got underway and fell into a steady rhythm. Uncle Spun marvelled at the many LMOs in use (two motorbikes and a pony being the most impressive) as he tried to keep up with the passing of the Spun Crown. titemisse and sam_reynolds01 may have dominated the contest but luukhoekstra, KeLLy_KeLLy_K2, MAXMALO and Imhokh all took their turn before sam_reynold01's ultimate victory. Unfortunately the unspun start of the contest meant that there were also problems at it's conclusion leading to sam_reynolds01 not receiving his crown reward. Under the circumstances this was particularly unspun as sam was playing in Spuno'ween in order to win the special Spuno'ween Crown. Just as well he was able to make it across the Atlantic 3 hours later...

wubashnutz_09 kicked off the NA contest with the first claim only for sam_reynoldsUS to sweep in and take the crown moments later. The only real contender to sam_reynoldsUS seemed to be SoulReaver_444 who managed some impressively long stints, indeed he held the crown for the entirety of the third Spun Cycle. The spuntastically brightly coloured q7u7tool was Harvest King at least 3 times and SuperMacho69 made a confidant claim in the final phase of the contest only to be best by SoulReaver_444 who in turn lost out to sam_reynoldsUS, crowned 38th NA King of Spun on 33,258 Spun Points!

Once again sam was playing with Spunland in it's Spuno'ween theme and so he became the first to win the Special Spuno'ween Crown as you can see from the coronation pictures below. As many of you will hopefully know Spunland now takes it's Spuno'ween form on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st of every month, but if you look this up on a calender you will quickly see that the first coronation (tuesday) which falls on one of these dates is not till next year! To ensure that we can have a Spuno'ween Contest on the week of Halloween, we have set Spunland to be Spuno'ween for that entire week (25th - 31st of October). Should you not wish to wait so long to play for the Spuno'ween Crown you can enter Spunland in Spuno'ween form on any coronation night by using either the relocator in the Spunland Cottage or the Spunland Portal reward item and choose to visit Spuno'ween.

Uncle Spun is aware that there may be some resentment at sam and others who have won the contest more than once, but must repeat that we do not wish to prevent people from doing so. No one is cheating here, the contest is actually fair and there are many tricks to getting a high score fast, we may even publish a list of such again in the near future but not until after the next Spunland Update which will should bring some score effecting changes on the 30th of July. Hopefully.

Next week's contest will be on Tuesday the 22nd of July, Spunland EU: 8 - 8.30pm BST, Spunland NA 4 - 4.30pm PDT and 7 - 7.30pm EDT, until then - Stay Spun!