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The Airship Tower – As stated earlier, the Airship Tower becomes available to you at Level 5. --- Actually, the GAME directs you to opening the Tower during Level 5. It presents at the beginning of the game and can be opened at any time as long as you are willing to pay the necessary amount of coins. --- It will cost 200 coins to unlock it. The airship will sit in “dock” for 16 hours after it comes in. It will leave on its own if you do not send it off. It will return in 4 hours from the time it departs. (You can pay diamonds to bring it back sooner.)
If it departs on its own, or if you decide to send it empty, you receive no reward for the sending. However, if you pack each of the 3 crates, the “send” button will activate. You then receive 15 coins for every item you put in a crate (so if the game asks you for 10 ancient scrolls, you will receive 150 coins when you pack that crate), plus a bag of pet food and a stamp when you send off the airship.
It should also be noted that you can send an entirely full airship (pack all 3 crates) or send a totally empty airship (leaving all 3 crates unpacked). If you click to pack one of the boxes and try to send the airship, the "send" button is not activated and you cannot "uncheck" the box to get back the items (because you have already received coins for that packing). The only way to send a partially loaded airship is to pack one or two of the boxes and let the airship leave at the end of the 16-hour time in dock. And when it leaves, you receive no stamp or pet food.
(Some players choose to send an empty airship when it is asking for an item of which they have very few......the hope is that when the next airship arrives, it will ask for items of which the player has more available.)
During the seasonal events, you may also receive some extra seasonal item when you send off the airship.
The Dice Game – This feature becomes available at Level 4 and will cost 600 coins to open. Initially, the Dice Table had some random item for which you could play a character. However, this was recently changed. It now will only offer items relative to a character quest (through Prof. Pinfeathers quests) and when you have zero of that item in inventory.
If you have no character quests active, then each player at the Dice Table will offer only coins for winning. Please pay particular attention to the arrows below the Innkeeper and the Chamberlain…..this indicates that there are additional players with whom you can play. There are a total of 6 characters – Anabel (100), Iron Knight (150), Innkeeper (200), Lord Chamberlain (300), Troll (400), and Dragon (500).
You get 3 rolls of the dice for free. Then the Table closes for a period of 12 hours. If you do not play the Dice Table immediately, it remains open until you do play – the 12-hour timer starts when you have rolled your third time. You can reopen the dice table with diamonds.
The Fortune Wheel – This feature becomes available at Level 3 and costs 600 coins to open. You get one free spin each day….the wheel resets after a 24-hour time limit. It cannot be reset with diamonds. If you do not open it for your free play when it immediately becomes available, the 24-hour timer resets when you take your free turn. You can take additional spins…..the cost for each spin goes up in increments of 100….so the first one is free….the second one would cost 100 coins….the third spin would cost 200 coins….the fourth one would cost 300 coins, etc.
There is an achievement (Egg-Centric) for winning pet eggs from the Fortune Wheel. Sometimes there is a bit of confusion as to what pet eggs qualify for this achievement. If there is only 1 egg required to craft a pet, it is considered a pet egg. However, there are some of the Spring pets that require decorated Spring eggs to craft them. (These are the Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Chimney Sweep, and Cook.) For instance, multiple blue eggs are required to craft the Baby Boy.
To reiterate, the spring eggs that are Blue Egg, Golden Egg, Green Egg, and Red Egg ARE NOT considered to be pet eggs for the purpose of the Egg-Centric achievement. Sometimes players will spin the Fortune Wheel multiple times – to the tune of a boatload of coins – to attempt to get an egg from the Wheel. There has been more than one player who was most disappointed after spinning and receiving several colored eggs --- and then finding out the coins were wasted.
Morphing Flowers – On each location, you will be able to “capture” or “collect” 3 morphing flowers. They will pop up at random locations on the location…..they will NOT be in the HOSs. When you have collected 5 of them, you will receive 10 coins, a diamond, or a stamp. The coins are the most frequent……sometimes the stamps show up…..and the diamonds are rare.
It takes about 2 minutes for them to “regenerate.” There are some achievements associated with collecting these morphing flowers. During the seasonal events, they change to some other object. So far, it has been as follows:
Spring – eggs
Fall – pumpkins
Winter – snowflakes
During the seasonal events, the coin amount you receive is doubled to 20 coins. The other items you receive for collecting 5 changes with each season. It should be noted here that during the seasonal events you also receive diamonds at a much higher rate, so it is important to collect the morphing objects during the seasonal events because of the additional bounty received.
Additional note: There are 2 achievements associated with collecting morphing objects (Morphing Power and Morphing Collector). Any morphing object collected (whether a flower or a seasonal morph) will counted toward these 2 achievements. HOWEVER, the rolling tally (on the left side of your achievement page) that shows the number of "flowers" collected is only increased by collecting the morphing flowers. Morphing eggs, pumpkins, and snowflakes do not impact this total.
The Archivist – These are the Gnome quests. There are 3 different gnomes that will offer quests to you: Librender the Archivist, Mechanogle the Engineer, and Potionmant the Alchemist. This feature is unlocked at Level 10.
Pay particular attention to the circle around the Gnome! The Gnome quests are divided into parts…..there are 3-part quests; 5-part quests; and 10-part quests. The circle around the Gnome’s head will have some triangles separating the sections. If there are 3 sections (2 triangles), you have received a 3-part quest. You earn coins, an HOS item, and pet medallions when completing each part of the quest.
After you have completed the entire quest (all parts), you receive a bonus chest. The chest can be bronze/iron, silver, or gold. (The Exclusive pets also give platinum/blue chests.) All of the daily quests, including what is required for each part, and the type of chest you receive, will be listed in a separate help thread.
Some additional info about the Gnome Quests:
1. You can open it, view it, and then either X out of it or accept the quest.
2. If you accept the quest, sometimes you will get an item for the Daily Quest instead of a character quest. Example: The Daily Quest says to go to the Armored Bear. A character quest needs a Strangled Ruby. You need an Eight-Pointed Star to open the Armored Bear. You need a Murder's Eye for the Iron Chest to get the Strangled Ruby. Both the Murder's Eye and the Eight-Pointed Star come from the Crypt. So, if you have neither and want the Murder's Eye.....you just might get the Eight-Pointed Star instead if you have activated the Daily Quest. (You will get the Murder's Eye next visit to the Crypt, but you have to wait for it to recharge to do so.)
New Areas – Each area of the map will be unlocked as you advance in the game. If you click on the locked bubble on the map, you will see when each section is available. So far, there has not been a coin cost to open these new map areas. Current areas in the game are as follows:
Castle – The game opens here. By time everything has been opened, you will have 12 locations, 22 HOSs, and 35** ZZs opened.
**The Fire Altar ZZ is unlocked/opened/presented in the Forbidden Tower during Level 60. When the Wise Dragon returns to the Forbidden Tower (Level 73), he replaces the Fire Altar....which reduces the number of ZZ in the Castle to 34.
Town – Achieve Level 22 and complete the Keeper of Wishes’ quest (This occurs after activating the Ring of Runes that opens the Mystery Chamber. The Keeper of Wishes then sends you to open Shining Split and you get the Map Pieces that “reveals the next part of the mysterious world.” When you click on the Map Pieces, you are taken to the Town – City Square). There are a total of 10 locations, 20 HOSs, and 33 ZZs in the Town.
Cloud City – Achieve Level 29 and complete the King’s Problem quest (This causes much confusion to players because it actually does not occur until you have almost finished Level 29. When you activate Griffin’s Horn, you are immediately taken to Cloud City Pier.) There will then be a bubble to open the Commercial District at Level 30. -- I recommend waiting to open this until the game sends you to this area. There are 7 locations, 14 HOS, and 23 ZZs in Cloud City until Levels 80 to 82. Then there are 10 locations, 19 HOS, and 30 ZZ.
Elvyn Forest – Complete Level 45 and the Elf Creature quest (This occurs at the beginning of Level 45 ….When you use the Fairy Serpent, it opens the Elvyn Forest. So the notation on the map should say at the completion of Level 44 instead of Level 45). There are 3 locations, 6 HOSs, and 9 ZZ in the Elvyn Forest
Dark Tower – Achieve Level 61 and complete the Crossed Fingers quest (This occurs mid-way in Level 61 – after you have completed Norman’s and Arabella’s tasks –and then activate the Rune Scroll. The Rune Scroll opens the Dark Tower). There are 6 locations, 4 HOSs, and 20 ZZs in the Dark Tower.
Harbor – Achieve Level 70 and complete the Energy Search quest (This occurs when you activate the Portal Activator to unlock the portal. The portal takes you to the Harbor). There are 4 locations; 5 HOSs, and 11 ZZs in the Harbor.
Atlantis – Get to Level 72 and complete the Sea Calls! quest (This happens when you give the Ocean Guide to the pirate. The Ocean Guide sets ship sailing and it ends up at a “forgotten city” – Atlantis). There are 4 locations, 8 HOSs, and 11 ZZs in Atlantis.
Fairy Forest - Get to Level 74 and complete the Ancient Artifact quest (This area is opened a little over half way into the Level -- when you get the final piece to the Tablets of Wisdom and activate that item.) There are 3 locations, 6 HOSs, and 9 ZZs in Fairy Forest.
East - Achieve Level 77 and start the Envoy from the East quest (This happens when activating the Storybook.) There are 8 locations, 15 HOSs, and 22 ZZ in East.
Bone Kingdom – Achieve Level 84 and start After Victory quest (This happens when activating the Mask of Silence.) There are 11 locations, 20 HOSs, and 29 ZZ in Bone Kingdom
Northern Islands - Achieve Level 89 and start the New Hopes quest (This quest starts after activating the Darkness Destroyer.) There are 8 locations, 16 HOSs, and 17 ZZ in Northern Islands.
Tournaments – Tournaments are available at Level 8. The mailman comes with a message 1 hour before the beginning of the tournament. There are 5 rooms to visit for the tournament round. You enter each room, find the objects, then go to the next room. For PC players only, there is bonus scoring for accuracy (iOS and Kindle players have the option to enlarge the screen, and this interferes with the accuracy posting. So for iOS and Kindle players, the bonus feature has been disabled).
In addition to finding the hidden objects in each room, there will be “chips” placed in each room. The amount of chips will vary from 1 to 3 in each room, 3 being the maximum. After you have completed all 5 rooms, you will get the chance to spin the wheel to enhance your score. It takes 3 chips to spin the wheel one time. Your score is then posted to the Leader board. Diamonds are awarded to the top players.
Also, if you do not like the blinking light from the mailman announcing the tournament, you can disable this feature by clicking on your gear in the upper right corner of your game screen. Select “Additional Settings.” Click on the amber diamond next to “disable tournament notifications” to put a check mark there. Click on the x to close the screen.
This information is explained in much more detail in the Tips and Tricks located on the Helpful Links for Midnight Castle. It should be noted, though, that the “bust” has been removed from the wheel as well as the minus scores. There have been many discussions about the tournaments in the forum.
Periodically, the tournaments are suspended to work through any player concerns about fairness in play. At this writing, the tournament feature of the game is disabled.
Seasonal Events – As briefly mentioned earlier, there are currently 3 seasonal events. During those times, the Gnome Quests change to 1-part quests based on the season. (The gnome is replaced by some theme character – During the Fall event, the DQ is brought to you by “All Hallows Jack.” The Christmas Elf is employed during Winter, and a Spring Fairy is used during Spring.) Each season, there are new achievements, new pets and special avatars that are offered.
During each event, there are some changes to many of the scenes (snow falls during Winter, etc). The Dice table changes from a Skeleton to some other character, but still behaves the same way (the characters still cheat and you still lose – at least it seems that way!)
Some of the items you need to craft the seasonal pets are only received from completing the daily quest or from the bonus chest you receive. The quest requirements are usually easy to secure – mostly you just need to visit the HOSs repeatedly. It should be mentioned that the search button next to the item requested in a seasonal daily quest will only take you to an open HOS. It does not guarantee you will get that particular Christmas decoration.
During the seasonal event, the morphing flowers will change to something else – snowflake, pumpkin, or egg. During normal play, when you collect 5 morphing flowers you get 10 coins or an occasional stamp. Possibly, you will get a shard. Or, on some rare occasion, you might get a diamond.
However, the morphing objects during seasonal events bring much bounty of goodies……coin bundles are doubled to 20. Frequently, you will get a diamond for collecting 5 of “whatever.” During Christmas, you will get cards. So, it becomes very lucrative to collect all the morphing objects that you can while going from location to another. You will be amazed at how your coins and diamonds will build up!!
The airship is a peculiar area during seasonal events….it becomes a pumpkin blimp during Fall, a Sleigh with reindeer during Winter, and an egg during Spring. During the Winter and Spring event (when you send the airship), you will get your usual pet food and stamp, but you will also get an event item. It doesn’t matter if the airship has been docked for a while or if it has just returned/come in.
Memory fades here, but I remember the Fall event – the airship only gave some event goodie if you sent it immediately after it docked. If it sat there for a while, you only got the basic stamp and pet food. This could change over time…..bottom line, experiment with it and see if you get additional goodies.