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August 8, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

KingsIsle Takes a Field Trip to the Library!

Recently the New Braunfels Public Library hosted a very special event for their youth: some Pirate101 playtime for around 16 children and young adults. This event was a partial finale to their full month of reading spotlights focused on Pirates and Pirate-themed reading material.  Young readers were encouraged to “Dig up a good read!” Yarr!  There be a treasure trove of knowledge awaiting ye’ in books, mates!

We’ve always had a very healthy relationship with Kit, our favorite librarian from the New Braunfels Public Library.  If you read the Pirate101 or Wizard101 newsletters, you will recognize Kit’s reading suggestions as she is the main source of the books we share.  When Kit told us about the Pirate event, we knew it would be well received when we decided to drive the extra hour from Austin to New Braunfels to crash the party with posters, codes, and fun! Besides bringing goodies, our ultimate goal for the day was to help out these players where we could and answer any questions that might crop up.

First things first, we handed out a few of our rare and coveted Treasure map puzzles that award a free Ninja Pig companion.  Not many of these maps are left, so these kids were very lucky!  The second thing we did was hand out a number of free crown codes (woohoo)! Finally we held a raffle for two amazing Pirate101 posters and another handful of crowns prizes for a couple of lucky kids. Best . . . library . . . event . . . ever! Right?!

pirate-library

Although the mass of computers all running Pirate101 at the same time put a bit of a strain on the event (for anyone else doing this event at your own library – we recommend preloading the game and signing in on each machine with a slightly leveled Pirate character), some of the extra download-time allowed us to answer a few great questions. Much to our surprise, we found a few players didn’t know that pressing the “New” button at the start screen could get you another character to play with. We were happy to share that you can create up to six Pirates (or wizards as the case may be) per account.

We were asked a lot of other great questions like, “How do I train a companion beyond my own level?” and “What do the questions I answer at the beginning of the game do for my character?”  Of course you can’t train a companion beyond your level, but we shared a little hint about keeping your companions slightly under your own level if you’re short on gold, and we’ve already led on as to what your origin story questions do for your Pirate. Everyone seemed to benefit from this Q&A session . . . including us!

This library trip was another great opportunity for us to simply watch players play the game!  We noticed it was far too easy to toggle off the Quest Helper (which led to some changes!) and we even helped a mom or two sign up for the game with their own accounts.

Thank you so much to the New Braunfel’s Public Library and Kit for allowing us to join in the fun. It was a great event, and one we hope will leave a lasting impression.

One-Eyed Jack
Community Manager

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  1. Kitty / Aug 8 2013 10:04 am

    I love that kingsile did this in my hometown in Texas, but its too bad I left before it. It would have been a lot of fun to go to.

    • andrew / Aug 11 2013 7:50 pm

      that sounds awesome i wish i could have gone but it is so far away from where i am 🙂 kings isle is awesome

  2. Silent Cyrus Armstrong / Aug 8 2013 10:11 am

    That was so nice of you guys!

  3. emma / Aug 8 2013 11:36 am

    cool

  4. Bloody Sam Jackson / Aug 8 2013 1:09 pm

    that’s cool but I think you guys should have a special day where us pirates can get some free crowns that would be cool but that’s really nice to do that for the other kids I would so go there but I don’t live there. But I hope the people had a GREAT TIME! 🙂 like who wouldn’t like to spend time with kings Isle.

    • andrew / Aug 11 2013 7:54 pm

      lol yea that would save some money and reward a lot of happyness!!!! 🙂

  5. Darling Arthur / Aug 8 2013 2:17 pm

    You guys are so kind and awesome!! thank you for doing this!!

  6. jjcool986732366 / Aug 8 2013 3:43 pm

    that’s cool but you should have a day where we get a ninja pig companion. that would be cool!

  7. Sniper Rose / Aug 8 2013 5:18 pm

    That seems so fun! Now I wish I lived in Texas a bit but I belong in my own state because I’m still a teenager.

  8. Musketeer Danielle / Aug 8 2013 6:46 pm

    It was in Texas? Aww I live in Tennessee! I wonder is my 4 year old and 1 year old cousins that live in Texas went. I really doubt they went I don’t think they know about Pirate101. Note to KingsIsle: Please come to Tennessee! I want to meet you! If your planning on making a game I can help you!My little sis and I love your games!

    • demongirlrules / Aug 13 2013 8:17 pm

      i live in texas and it was so fun next time I am bringin sme friends 🙂

  9. Anonymous / Aug 8 2013 9:24 pm

    i wish i was there

    • demongirlrules / Aug 13 2013 8:18 pm

      lol my cusion pushed me out of the way so I didn’t see much :l

  10. Felicia / Aug 8 2013 9:41 pm

    Way to go KingsIsle! Good to see that those lucky people attending were well rewarded 🙂
    Yes I am jealous, wish I could have been there too. My 6yr old daughter and I play both games
    when we get the time. She is getting a better understanding of the game each time she plays.
    We love your games! Keep up the good work!

  11. i wish I was there! I love the library and pirate101 / wizard101 D=

  12. Anonymous / Aug 9 2013 9:18 am

    that is so cool! I love pirate 101

  13. Anonymous / Aug 9 2013 10:32 am

    @jjjcool986732366 you do get a ninja pig companion. Did you ever get the free map that the sent to all the people that played pirate101? I have a ninja pig companion o;

    • andrew / Aug 11 2013 7:52 pm

      aw i never got the ninja pig companion but i i wish i do most of my friends have him and his stats are amazing 😦

  14. Anonymous / Aug 9 2013 11:21 am

    it is cool

  15. Little Payton West / Aug 9 2013 3:17 pm

    Bloody Sam Jackson is right we should get free crowns. that would be totally awsome. i could not go because i do not live there but it seems really fun to go to.

    • logan / Aug 9 2013 5:19 pm

      i love pirate101 too

    • chris irongem (@yo_isjohnnelle) / Aug 14 2013 12:34 pm

      yeah we should get free crowns…but anyways wizard101 central has a raffle everyone’s a winner you get a umbra blade,500-50,000crowns and a brave hound pet!!! i know because the tweeted it on twitter and everyone’s joining oh and you get the code until the 30th of august 🙂

  16. Anonymous / Aug 9 2013 4:04 pm

    that is so kind and nice

  17. Isaiah Jones / Aug 9 2013 4:06 pm

    Hi Kingsisle. Thanks for doing all this for these people. Is there any way you guys would do stuff like this with weekly events like Arrrgust, Christmas in July, et cetera. I mean like a 5 minute crown splurge for a few lucky winners, give away a year of membership, and codes that always win but have various values. More like weekly contests or something for equality because we don’t all stay in Dallas. Thanks you guys!

  18. leeanna / Aug 9 2013 6:23 pm

    the game and the carters are so cool! and it was alsome!!

  19. recless cole / Aug 10 2013 8:07 am

    I agree with little payton west

  20. Anonymous / Aug 10 2013 9:33 am

    omg cool

  21. jt ciancetta / Aug 10 2013 9:35 am

    omg so asome

  22. Anonymous / Aug 12 2013 12:28 am

    hey everybody i am soooooooo happy that KingsIsle did this i love p101 and w101!

  23. taylorseablossom / Aug 13 2013 1:11 pm

    lots of people have joined the game, but its way to hard to get crowns and membership because we don”t have the money and we should have more worlds and quests that e can actually do if we are not members! but otherwise the game is awesome and should keep going on for a while 🙂

  24. jt ciancetta / Aug 13 2013 4:53 pm

    it like a fun arrrgust

  25. Anonymous / Aug 19 2013 12:45 pm

    I got the map like forever ago xD i have ninja pig :-D. Btw it came in ur mail for people who dont know

  26. valzabrat / Mar 13 2014 12:07 pm

    By any chance did you guys take pictures? I would love to see them. 😀

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