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!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Kings of Spun Independence The First!

Spun Salutations and Callooh! Callay! Today we announce our first Kings of Spun Independence, and there are 3 of them! All hail Imhokh undisputed First EU King of Spun Independence, whilst in NA courtesy of the the magic of multiple instances we have two: sam_reynoldsUS and abhraham_US, NA Kings of Spun Independence the First!

And what Spuntastic Coronations they were! The EU was busy and bright, festooned with fireworks and full of serious coronation contenders. The contest started on the stroke of the Spun Harvest with Armor-kings-2000 taking their one and only shot with the crown before new comer AKELX made their first of several successful claims on the regal prize. Majesty luukhoekstra joined the fray following the second harvest, looking ever the part of the King-to-be only to have AKELX stake his second claim, to then lose out to Imhokh's first gambit. Small_wave and Rockhead80 both managed to compete before sam_reynolds01 ghostlinged in, causing Uncle Spun to bet with i-munki that sam or luuk would win, but what do they know? MAXMALO also took a turn with the Spun Crown before the final harvest when AKELX lost out to Rockhead80 who was then trumped by Imhokh, winning the 4th of July Crown on 17,567 Spun Points! All Hail!

Uncle Spun arrived on the other side of the Great Atlantic to find Spunland NA disapointingly quite. Alas, he thought, these colours belong here and yet there are few to see them... Then lilmonstersmiler informed him that this was the quiet instance, in the other were many names familiar from the annals of the Kings of Spun, as Spun DeDuke would find out when he fortuitously arrived there. The quiet Contest began with krazekid263 and did not stay quiet for long. lilmonstersmiler took the crown which looked as though it belonged to her, losing it but briefly to RamenNoodleChef, before reclaiming it then employing the killing of the spawning Spun Hopper tactic to grind up her score. The second harvest saw more contenders take the crown than poor Uncle Spun could note; a_AAA1455, GamerGod49, EpicDeafGirl420x, KiLLERJASON, bennytran44 and krazekid623 all managed to share claims of the Spun Crown with lilmonstersmiler. Dr_Zoobilee-Zoo became the Harvest King of the penultimate Spun Cycle with henrynguyen making a valiant play against GamerGod49 and lilmonstersmiler. The final harvest seemed like a play off between krazkid23 and lilmonstersmiler, when to the surprise of all abhraham_us, seemingly by accident whilst planting a seed, plucked the crown from the head of his friend lilmonstersmiler and was inaugurated NA King of Spun Independence the First with 32,403 Spun Points! The drama!

Of the Second Spunland Instance Spun DeDuke had this to say:

Yee-ha! Well a twice in a lifetime chance to be crowned King of Spun! Yes, because we had not one but two instances going on for the Fourth of July celebrations and it was packed to the Spun rafters!

And we’re off to a smokingpistol start! – Quickly grabbed by Darth_Matt92 And then by Maxx_Mega and shortly after Vampirefun23 – lets take a breather and wow MHX_A1R come in for a steal – the game is on as SmokinP come back with a comfortable take and holds it for a while, so we wonder where is sam_reynoldsUS – Is he playing tactics here as he’s not yet claimed the crown and sure enough bang he’s in for the kill till KamilTiger wrestles in a massive tackle as a err, cute little bambi fawn a lolloping across the spun plains… Oh, while planting seeds – guys we got us a glitcher!

And so the storm ends… but KamilTiger picks up the gauntlet once again and prances off around the border fence dropping little brown nuggets of – wait no, she’s  planting seeds.

Oh now sam_reynoldsUS has got it – I missed that as I was too engrossed in the wild life. Spiderboy123456 comes in with a slickly silk smooth manoeuvre which is short lived as Maxx_Mega takes it back and then again lost to little hobgoblin. Nature fights fantasy and kamiTiger is back around the perimeter dropping those  seeds a plenty – then DarthMatt92 the self-proclaimed glitcher takes it and KamiTiger takes it back again!

I blink and yawn and suddenly we’re into the last 6 minutes and DarthMatt92 is sliding along till sam_reynolds hoists it off and runs with it till KamiTiger prancess through with gazelle like grace to have it taken away by Ren_Echo another long standing spunling – last two minutes and sam_reynoldsUS holds it through a heavy storm  while it shrinks – can he maintain it before the storm ends or with time ruins before… We’re over 30minutes by ten seconds and the crown is claimed!!

Well Done sam_reynoldsUS  you are ?? ing of Spun! With a cracking score of 46,474 without glitching – see it can be done just as you said DarthMatt 92J

Uncle Spun is pleased to report that following the contest many of those taking part managed to meet in the same instance, and thus he was able to photograph both Kings together - big Spun thanks for your patience with Uncle Spun's camera fumblings! And perhaps even greater Spun thanks to all who gathered to dance, pose pleasingly and chat. There were some spuntastic suggestions made for the future of Spun, many small practical things learnt and a few decisions made. Now it's back to toiling on the next Spunland Update, which should go live (all spunning well) on the 30th of July to bring some new rewards , an update to the Spunland Cottage and various Spun improvements, details to follow. In the meantime here's an interview madmunki recently did with PSHome Gazette...

Next week, become the 38th Kings of spun on Tuesday the 15th of July, Spunland EU 7-7.30pm BST, Spunland NA 4-4.40pm PDT and 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Until then, stay Spun!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Kings of the Spun the 36th and Spunland Update

Spun Salutations Dear Reader! Today brings not only news of our latest Kings of Spun but also a Spunland bedecked in red, white and blue to celebrate the Spirit of Independence everywhere! The theme may be new but both of our Kings are undisputed stalwarts of Spunland Royalty - luukhoekstra, 36th EU King of Spun, his seventh such title and sam_reynoldsUS 36th NA Spun Majesty, NA King for the fifth time! All Hail!

Spunland will present its Independence colours from the 2nd to the 9th of July and next tuesday the Coronation Contest will be a special affair as a result, with the one time opportunity to win the 4th of July Crown! At the risk of causing some consternation Uncle Spun must repeat that the 4th of July Crown will not be awarded to those who employ the glitch to win. Please accept our Spun apologies if this sits ill with you, but hopefully you understand our reasoning.

Besides new colours and Crown the 4th July theme also brings Fireworks to Spunland! Yes, you can satisfy your pyrotechnic cravings by launching one of these at the cost of a mere 100 Spun points. The cost is extracted from the points that you currently have, rather than those stored safely in the Bank of Spun, we may change this at a later date depending on your feedback.

There have also been some changes to the Shop Maze, not least of which is the 4th of July Top hat reward for the intrepid explorer and in Underspun point scoring has been doubled to greater reflect the creative endeavours of poor Lumino.

We are aware that there are still some vicious unspun bugs haunting Spunland, especially with the Spunflowers and will seek to banish these in the next Update. You may have noticed that frequently the Spunflowers refuse to die (and consequently spawn no rabbits) - if you witness this and have the time and inclination we would greatly appreciate if you could let us know the following (posting here, on the facebook, or email to

1. What was the state of the 'weather' when you spawned in Spunland? (Cloudy, Storm, Harvest)
2. When you saw this was it during the first storm after you arrived?
3. Did the plants then die in the following storm?
4. If #3 above is true, did the problem recur at any point later during the same session?

Finally before getting to the details of the 36th Coronation Uncle Spun would like to thank YPSH for inviting us to their Summer Bash, it was spuntastic to see so many familiar faces - and apologies if madmunki seemed a little distant, the fact is that some unspun bug fixing was taking place at the same time!

Uncle Spun is pleased to report that Spunland EU was as busy as ever for the 36th Coronation contest and although incumbent Majesty luukhoekstra won the day with what may be the highest contest score ever (a spuntastic 46,707 points!) many were the heads to wear the Spun Crown. streetswagsisi got us going in the midst of a Spun Storm, to be pipped by dar29 then Small_wave all before the first harvest! sam_reynolds01 made his first appearance of the night as the Crown respawned to be thwarted by the mighty luukhoekstra who took the crown and held it for the longest period he managed during the contest. samet12345masser, HSudra, FuriouS_ofDuty, our old friend MAXMALO and Nena_bcn all managed to lay claim to the Crown at points during what was a hotly contested match, but none could best our undisputed EU champion luukhoekstra, nemesis of the Spun Hopper which met many a death at his regal hands. All Hail! And Spun Apologies Majesty, one could not stay to chat due to the demands of other Spun duties...

Spunland NA was just as busy as it's EU sibling and judging by the roll call of those that held the Crown for longest it seemed almost like a rematch of the previous week, if sam_reynoldsUS had not made the Great Atlantic crossing it almost certainly would have been... SavoDeMort swept the first Crown away, glitching majestically on his Broom Broom LMO, before KamilTiger took a brief turn, then BuBbLeGuM-JoY  who became the first to fall to sam_reynoldsUS. Erstwhile Majesty smokingpistol entered the fray on the second harvest, resplendently glitching with a two crown combo to lose out on his first tussle with SavoDeMort. The_Wiz_1 became a harvest King on the 3rd Spawn of the crown to contentiously lose out to glitching SavoDeMort who in turn lost to a non glitching sam_reynolds. Indeed this exact pattern of ownership was repeated following the final harvest when sam_reynoldsUS ended the contest victorious on 34,995 Spun Points! Before ending one must also mention the spuntastically named dreaminpurple23 who like The_Wiz_1 managed a harvest king claim only to be thwarted by KamilTiger during the penultimate spun cycle and one must also remark on how spunderful it was to see so many spuntastic LMOs, from majestic dragons to inflatable toys (what was that you were riding BuBbLeGuM-JoY?).

So next week, it's the 4th July Crown - no glitching please! Tuesday the 8th of July, Spunland EU: 8 -8.30pm BST, Spunland NA 4-4.30pm PDT/ 7- 7.30pm EDT. Until then stay Spun, and have a Spuntastic Independence day!