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July 16, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Ryan’s Make-A-Wish Visit

This past week, KingsIsle had the honor of hosting a wonderful young man and his immediate family. Ryan is an 11-year old boy who chose to visit KingsIsle and Pirate101 through the Make-a-Wish organization and was accompanied by his 14-year old brother, 16-year old sister and his parents. Here at KingsIsle we did everything we could to make a memorable experience for him.

Welcome to KingsIsle Ryan!

Welcome to KingsIsle Ryan and family!

The whole family arrived at 9:30 am, and after a brief look around we introduced him to the 250+ employees here in the Austin office as our newest Pirate101 Honorary Producer. The kickoff was led by KingsIsle’s Senior Producer, William Haskins, who really went above and beyond organizing an incredible visit and some special surprises for Ryan. In addition to these surprises the team put together, the Pirate producers, Jay Gordon and Mike Stone, also worked to pull together a “treasure chest” with an assortment of appropriate goodies.


William introduces Ryan to everyone as the new Pirate101 Honorary Producer

After the introduction, Ryan sailed off to an in-office recording studio we had set up where he and his family got to meet a number of our Pirate101 voice actors. Ryan also met with all the folks in our Sound department to learn how sounds are built into our games, and then he stepped up the mic himself to give voice recording a go. We had some stealthy lines for Ryan to record for a purpose, but we tried to work them in with a bunch other fun voice over lines to help hide what was really up our sleeves . . . .

Recording voice over in the studio

Recording voice over in the studio

After a short break, Ryan whisked off to one of our conference rooms where he got to play his character on a computer hooked up to a large-screen TV surrounded by KingsIsle’s Creative Director & Vice President, Josef Hall; Pirate101’s Community Manager, Tom Purdue; Lead Creative Designer, Sam Johnson; and a number of other Pirate101 folks. I honestly had a hard time trying to figure out what was giving Ryan more pleasure: leveling up all the new companions we had put on his account, running around Aquila asking Sam for some of the integral details behind the story, or defeating Satyrs in Achaea side-by-side with Tom. The hour we spent in that room went incredibly fast, and Ryan’s parents had to almost pry him away from the computer to hit one of our break rooms before having lunch with a large group of KingsIsle employees.

Playing Pirate101

Playing Pirate101

After lunch Ryan got to put his new title of Pirate101 Honorary Producer to the test. He appropriately started with the resident Pirate101 producers who gave him some background on their jobs and showed him how to track a bug from putting it into the system all the way until it gets fixed. He then got to go and spend time with each department, learning about art and animation, game design and story development. He also got to spend some time on one of Pirate101’s internal servers and be the first non-KingsIsle employee to see a few yet unreleased “cool” things that are coming soon. He really did great work with the designers and was able to give us some very good and specific feedback 🙂

Learning Production with Pirate101 Producers Jay and Mike

Learning Production with Pirate101 Producers Jay and Mike

Giving feedback on brand new animations and effects

Giving feedback on brand new animations and effects

Working with the design team

Working with the design team

Participating in a story session

Participating in a story session

Toward the end of the day we brought Ryan and his family back to the conference room and reveal the special “treats” we had up our sleeves. The first was a custom poster that Josef presented to Ryan that had Ryan’s in-game character surrounded by his top companions. It was a beautiful one-of-a-kind original done by one of our very talented concept artists, Nick Overdiek. We had made sure to have a little time left so we could “let” Ryan jump back into the Pirate101 internal test server again. Here he got to see the newest addition to the Pirate101 game: a Yum-n-ade stand manned by none other than Ryan the Relentless, complete with voice over lines he had performed that very morning. It took a lot of quick work and a few weeks of prior planning, but the Pirate101 team had created a new NPC with Ryan’s in-game character so he will forever forward be known as the NPC vendor for the Yum-n-ade stand. You can check him out in the live game this week 🙂

Josef Hall presents Ryan his poster

Josef Hall presents Ryan his poster

Ryan the Relentless' Custom Poster

Ryan the Relentless’ Custom Poster


Ryan, his family, and the some Pirate101 team members

If you want to learn more about Ryan and his story, check out local Austin news source KVUE’s story on his day at KingsIsle. You can show KVUE and Ryan a little extra appreciation by clicking the share button on the KVUE site to share their story on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m pretty sure Ryan and his family had a great time. What I do know for certain is that everyone at KingsIsle had an amazing time getting ready for the visit and then spending the day with them. We were truly honored that Ryan and his family chose to come spend a precious day with us!

Fred Howard
Vice President of Marketing

Watch a Video of Ryan’s Day at KingsIsle


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  1. caitlynn / Jul 18 2013 4:31 pm

    Cool! Good for Ryan! Ryan is a lucky kid because his parents and him and his big brothe and sister travel! I don’t do that much anymore though. 😦

  2. jackson / Jul 18 2013 5:47 pm

    wow KI is awesome! ryan is so so so so so lucky! yea at first I thought it was about the money but I you guys proved me wrong KI your great not only do you help kids but your willing to take time out of your life to help them

  3. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 6:29 pm

    They muted me but i don’t care ^_^ they still rock 😀

  4. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 8:23 pm

    God Bless the Make-A-Wish and KingsIsle for bringing some happiness to this precious boy and his family. It’s so wonderful to hear there are good people still left in this world who are willing to give a little bit of their time to make someone else’s time happier.

  5. lol / Jul 18 2013 8:26 pm

    well he is a VERY LUCKY boy ki make the best games I bet he had a GREAT time

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 11:01 am


    • Brave.s / Jul 25 2013 8:23 am

      i think to but i have some ideas and cool charters so just tell me because you missed my b day and i really want to go so bye

    • Brady / Sep 15 2014 4:26 pm

      i saw ryans video and did anyone of you see the guy he made?

  6. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 8:38 pm

    wow awesome!

  7. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 9:15 pm

    he is lucky xd

  8. james / Jul 18 2013 9:20 pm

    when i get older i am gonna make some games like w101. also lucky kid just wow that wouldve been awesome to meetthe whole crew 😛

  9. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 10:01 pm

    I would have liked to be as lucky as him I like both wizard101 an pirate101 he is so very lucky

  10. Dustin Reagan / Jul 18 2013 10:07 pm

    Hey was awesome of you guys doing that thank you that was cool.:)

  11. Anonymous / Jul 18 2013 11:20 pm


    Just one small detail in third paragraph last sentence.

    Keep up this incredible work.

  12. Anon / Jul 19 2013 5:38 am

    You make me proud to be a member. WTG, KI!

  13. Denislav / Jul 19 2013 6:01 am

    yes a ril luki kid

  14. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 8:03 am

    seems pretty fun i guess ill try it

    • Anonymous / Jul 23 2013 4:27 pm

      To be a part of Make-a-wish foundation, you need to have a life-threatening disease. Ryan has cancer, and this was something he really wanted to do, so thanks to the generosity of KI and Make-a-wish, he was able to do it. Thanks once again, KI. DZ

  15. Sly AlexCarter / Jul 19 2013 8:39 am

    If only I was Ryan he must be the most luckiest kid in the world

    • Anonymous / Jul 23 2013 4:25 pm

      Not exactly. Read the other posts. DZ

  16. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 10:37 am

    yeah he’s lucky boy It make me happy to play w101 and pirate101

  17. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:01 pm

    :0 😮

  18. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:24 pm

    Yes it is nice that he got to visit there and realy bring his wish to life but it is all of you on here that are lucky, ryan got to go cause of make a wish foundation, he has cancer and has no idea on how long his young life has left, cherish all the things you have, peace love and chicken grease

  19. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 12:27 pm

    wish it was me!

  20. taylorswift friend / Jul 19 2013 2:58 pm

    he is so littel OMGbut he is awsome

  21. EmmaDeathSong / Jul 19 2013 3:10 pm

    Wow! that sounds really fun! o. o I want to give it a try someday 😀 hope I can though x. x

    • chase / Jul 19 2013 3:21 pm

      man that is pretty cool I love the new yum-enade stand there it is really useful

    • Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:35 pm

      i know right

  22. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:34 pm

    he is so lucky!

  23. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:35 pm

    i wanna do what he did! he is so so lucky! 🙂 😀

    • steven / Jul 23 2013 1:31 pm

      Do you really think its lucky to have cancer, or what ever he has (didn’t read the whole passage.) To everyone who is clueless its not a good thing to have a disease. So please pay attention to what you write because i’m sure you do not want cancer. also you can only get one wish through make a wish foundation and that’s only if your a little kid who is about to die.

      • Anonymous / Apr 12 2015 5:34 pm

        I bet you’re fun at parties.

  24. Taz / Jul 19 2013 3:36 pm

    i wanna do that so bad! he is so so so lucky!

  25. Taz / Jul 19 2013 3:39 pm

    i wonder how you can get on it so i can do it and maybe get unlimited crowns 😉 🙂 😀 🙂 😀 🙂 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Anonymous / Jul 23 2013 4:21 pm

      Easy. Have a life-threatening disease and get in touch with Make-a-wish foundation. Although, to be fair, KI should have pointed out that the poor kid has cancer for those who don’t know what make-a-wish is. Thank you KI, this was very kind of you to do this for him. DZ

  26. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 3:58 pm

    wow! I wish I could do that

  27. Chris RedLeaf / Jul 19 2013 4:04 pm

    Ive been thinking of a few ideas for games for Kingsisle and they are:
    Ninja 101
    Dragon 101 &
    Adventure 101

    Thanks for reading.

    Oh and whoever finds out how to text this to kingsisle, please give me credit.

  28. Anonymous / Jul 19 2013 4:05 pm

    lucky but it was nice for ryan to see kingsisle. 😀

    • Anonymous / Jul 23 2013 12:57 pm

      I’ve got some ideas as well, Knight 1o1 and Monkey 1o1.

      • Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 1:48 pm

        For the Knight101 thing I was thinking the exact same thing!!

      • Anonymous / Mar 6 2014 11:23 pm

        They can’t do Monkey 101 because there already is a game that would be like Monkey 101.It is called Monkey Quest.

  29. Lail / Jul 23 2013 12:58 pm

    It’s just a game -_-

  30. steven / Jul 23 2013 1:24 pm

    It makes me cry, also happy that he would pick his only wish to visit how sweet. but I am sure it also brought some advertisement which is another thumbs up. 😀

  31. Anonymous / Jul 23 2013 4:44 pm

    Wow! Just wow. BTW I love the poster. It’d be nice if we could get something like that… Not an actual poster, that has to stay unique to ryan, but maybe a sketch… 🙂 And I wonder what goodies he got? (Idea… replica of his medusa staff! Bet he would love that!) DZ

  32. Anonymous / Jul 24 2013 10:27 am

    one of my friends had leukemia. she passed away a month ago. this is a great thing you do kingsisle. continue helping people like my friend and Ryan who have cancer to have there one wish. i hope you can help more kids in the future. (my friend went to disneyworld for her make a wish)

  33. Anonymous / Jul 25 2013 8:53 pm

    god bless you guys for doing this for he will live forever and give life to those that need it.

  34. Sky Pirate / Aug 5 2013 7:46 pm

    Why does everyone think he is lucky???? He has cancer! You want cancer just so you can go to KI Studios???

  35. Genevieve Lionbard / Aug 6 2013 3:06 pm

    I think what Kingsisle did for him was incredible! I always wanted to see a behind the scenes video of how they created Pirate 101 and Wizard101.

  36. Anonymous / Aug 10 2013 7:53 pm


  37. Anonymous / Aug 16 2013 8:52 pm

    you guys did a good thing for this boy and thanks for all the hard work you put into wizard101 and pirate101 you guys are the best.

  38. Anonymous / Aug 16 2013 11:52 pm

    very lucky boy

  39. Gideon / Aug 23 2013 2:54 pm

    Ryan probably had a great time.i wish I could do the same as what he did lol so jealous

  40. Anonymous / Aug 30 2013 11:35 pm

    Go Kingsisle 😀 WHen I play Pirate I am gonna buy all of his Yum-n-ade 😛

  41. EJ Harris / Sep 16 2013 4:36 pm

    plus wizard101 is my favorit game!!!

  42. Looking for stuff / Dec 3 2013 4:03 pm


  43. Looking for stuff / Dec 3 2013 4:10 pm

    Thank you KingsIsle

  44. A Fellow Human / Feb 21 2014 9:50 pm

    I wanna take a visit to kingsisle. 😦

  45. kenneth / Mar 5 2014 8:36 pm

    i wish i could go there i am a big fan of kingsisle it is my dream 😀

  46. Anonymous / Mar 19 2014 3:24 pm

    so lucky

  47. skull / Sep 9 2014 2:21 pm

    Wait… is the yum-an-ade stand person based on this boy? How sweet!

  48. Juanita Leach / Sep 16 2014 8:14 am

    Hats off to you KI! You made a dying child’s wish come true in a truly magical way. I’m sure Ryan will never forget his visit with you. His poster will help him through the bad days as well as the good ones. Thank you for allowing Make A Wish to be a part of your company, if only for a day!

  49. jordan / Dec 11 2014 5:43 pm

    i wish i could go to that place i love wizard101 its like my alll time favorite


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