The History Behind Wizard101 Central
Today we have a guest blogger who hardcore Wizard101 and Pirate101 fans are familiar with… Jester from Wizard101 and Pirate101 Central! Jester takes a moment to explain the full story of how Wizard101 Central began.
Olivia and I have been working with Wizard101 for about five years now and it seems like it was just yesterday that we got started. Time sure flies when you’re having fun! As I write this, I realize that despite being asked about how Wizard101 Central came to be more times than you can shake a sheep pet at, I don’t think we’ve ever told anyone the full story. Well, gather around and listen my fellow Wizards, for a little bit of history about Wizard101 Central.
A few years before anyone had heard about Wizard101, back in 2005, our young daughter was playing the top child-friendly MMO at the time. She was actively visiting a community website for that game where she was looking up tips, organizing events and socially interacting with other players who were as excited about that game as she was. While everything seemed fine for a while, one day out of the blue she told Olivia and me that she wasn’t visiting that website any longer. Surprised and concerned, we discussed the matter with her and it turned out there was a bully who was teasing other people on that fan site. Right at that moment we decided to start our own community for that MMO where we could be sure she’d be safe from bullies. This would be a place where people could discuss aspects of the game without having to worry about being teased and pestered. For the next three years, that site slowly grew and became a fun, bully-free alternative to the “other” community.
One fateful day in 2008, my daughter mentioned a new game to us that she had read about called Wizard101. We did as much research as we could about the game and the company that made it. It was a family entertainment game and was being made by a company committed to family high quality games appropriate to all ages. It also helped that the game looked really cool! Our daughter applied for and got accepted into the Wizard101 beta program where she began playing the game like crazy. Olivia and I also wanted to play this awesome game, so we applied to the beta program as well. Before we knew it we were all playing Wizard101 together as a family and having more fun than a fire wizard who just summoned a Helephant! The more we played, the more we realized this game was going to be something very special.
On August 12th, 2008 we started Wizard101 Central with a single purpose; Olivia and I wanted to create a fun, safe place for everyone to visit where bullying and rudeness would never be tolerated.
Both Wizard 101 and Wizard101 Central steadily grew in popularity over the next few years. While Wizard101 has grown to become one of the most popular child friendly MMO’s, Wizard101 Central has grown to become the destination for anyone looking for Wizard101 information on any aspect of the game and a great compliment to KingsIsle’s forums. Our Wizard101 Wiki is full of accurate information and is ranked as one of the top wikis in the world!
In the spring of 2012, we had the privilege of participating in the alpha/beta programs for KingsIsle’s next family friendly game, Pirate101. We immediately loved the game and began to create a safe community for it, Pirate101 Central. Even though this community is young, it’s growing and has quickly become the largest archive of Pirate101 information on the internet.
Central forum members are friendly, helpful and fun to be around. They are the reason the Central forums are the best communities I personally have ever been a part of. We even have a few active members that are still with us from our first MMO website back in 2005. I cannot say enough good things about our Central teams either. Each and every Central team member is extremely hard working and dedicated to keeping our communities safe for all ages. It’s a privilege to be associated with each and every one of them and they are all a true pleasure to work with.
So that, my fellow wizards, is how and why the Central forums came to be. Over the last 5 years we’ve suffered growing pains, server outages and a few other stresses along the way but we can honestly say that we have had a blast though it all. One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment!
Jester and Olivia
Wizard101 and Pirate101 Central Founders