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September 4, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

KingsIsle Labor Day Weekend Adventures!

You know we spend a lot of time in the office working on your favorite games, but what about outside of work!  This holiday weekend, we asked KingsIsle employees to share a little of their Labor Day weekend adventures with us.  Here’s what some of us got up to this past weekend:

During my holiday weekend I will be working on building my Proton Pack for the local Ghostbusters group I’m a part of, Ghostbusters ATX. We dress up in full Ghostbusters gear and attend conventions but our main goal is to work with charities and help our community. Currently we are working with the American Cancer Society raising money for the Relay for Life which will be held at the Dell Diamond this year on Sept. 21st. Aside from doing that I am going to see George Takei aka Mr. Sulu at Dragons Lair on Sept. 2nd, can’t think of a better way to spend my holiday weekend. If anyone wants more info on our Ghostbusters group feel free to check us out on on Facebook or our website.
James Kane
QA Tester

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Arrgh Fellow Pirates!
The summer be a season fer relaxing and getting some things done too. I spent my spare time planting a garden and painting up my little house near Flotsam. Lastly although all Pirates love the skyways for traveling, sometimes we also yearn for old fashioned water. So to round out my vacation I went to a pool party to end the summer with a big Splash.
Hope yers was as good as mine,
Old Ned

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Over the Labor Day weekend my wife and I packed up our car and three boys and drove the 3 ½ hours down to the Texas coast. They’re not exactly the white sandy beaches of Florida but we had a great family trip. Boys loved digging in the sand and the water was warm and calm to swim in.
Fred Howard
Vice President of Marketing

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I played daddy day care with my 1 week old new born son at home. I gave him a sponge bath and he made funny noises. I padded him on the back for a job well done drinking all that milk, and he gave me the longest burps. I made fun of how little he was and he made weird faces at me. At the end of the day we were both very exhausted and slept for a long time.
Tiger Ouyang
Lead Engineer

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This Labor Day weekend, I went to College Station to visit my sister! The trip was a great opportunity to catch up with family – and for our dogs to have fun goofing off together! I got to enjoy a lazy drive through some of the small towns East of Austin – and some fantastic venison shish-ka-bobs. My puppy and I wrapped up the weekend with a trip to Red Bud Isle here in Austin with the dog – a great swimming hole for our four-legged friends! With summer coming to a close, every weekend counts!
Brendan McLeod
Senior Game Designer I

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My Mom went iFlying over the weekend – or — researching what it’d be like if she walked the plank on a Pirate ship inside a skyway vortex?
Evan C
Principal Artist

I went to Florida and spent the weekend with an old friend on the beach! Was the most rejuvenating break I have had in a long time….Here was the highlight of my weekend….clear blue waters and dodging jelly fish!
Christy Lane
Producer

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I spent most of the weekend hunting in South Texas, followed by a dip in the Colorado river. We went on a kayak trip down the Colorado river where we swam, swung on ropes swings from trees, climbed cliffs and let my dog run free. As you can see she likes to hang out on the tip of my kayak keeping a lookout for icebergs and squirrels.
Russell Hughes
Principal Cinematics/FX

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My name is Bobby Menkedick and I am a Sound Designer at KingIsle. My wife and I flew to Denver, CO to see two concerts of our favorite band, Phish. We also hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park and took a train ride through the mountains. I always bring my microphone on trips and made sure to record the steam locomotive. The sounds might even make it into one of our games!
Bobby Menkedick
Sound Designer

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I took the family down to San Antonio for the weekend. While I was at Worldcon, watching the Hugos and schmoozing with fantastic writers and amazing fans, the family explored the Riverwalk. It was a great weekend to refuel creatively, share fun stories, take a river boat ride with the kids, and explore the Alamo!
Jesse “King Artorius” Scoble
Senior Writer, Wizard101

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I headed back to the east coast to my home state, North Carolina, for some beach time! We hung out with my family, took the boat out on the Intracoastal Waterway, and enjoyed the salt air sitting on the beach.
Lauren Mauldin
Marketing Website Producer

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Joel “Mr. Trelawny” White and Leah “Professor Falmea” Ruben spent Labor Day swimming, biking, and running in the hot sun at Tri Rock Austin. This triathlon was a 1500m swim in Ladybird Lake, a 25 mile bike ride around beautiful downtown Austin, and a 10k run surrounding Auditorium Shores. We both survived the heat, and lived to claim our medals and our victory tacos upon crossing the finish line!
Mr. Trelawny and Professor Falmea

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Aiden’s 6th birthday party was a blast! All of the children enjoyed the special cake made by his mother, which was hand-decorated with all of the emblems of the various Schools of Magic wizards can join in Wizard101. When he saw the poster signed by all of the friendly staff at KingsIsle Entertainment, he was overjoyed. He and the other children even pointed out all of the main characters featured on the poster.
Mike Stone
Associate Producer

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I spent my Labor Day weekend isolated in the beautiful forests that surround the prestigious Shoal Creek Golf Course near Birmingham, AL. Although I am not a golfer, I managed to play a few rounds without losing any golf balls! It was the perfect escape for quiet and relaxation.
Natalie Akilian
Assoc. Product Marketing Manager

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My buddies and I checked out the Leander Car Show. Every first Sunday of the month in downtown Leander, they rope off a city block and folks show off their sports cars and classic hotrods. The range of cars varies, including Camaros, Corvettes, Torinos, Minis, Porsches, Chargers, Challengers and even Ferraris. They even a have a truck with a dynometer so people can test how much horsepower their cars have.
Jeff Wand
Artist

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It was a very hot and crowded day at Lake Pflugerville (A man-made lake in the outskirts of Austin Texas) over Labor Day Weekend, so we didn’t stay too long, but it was nice to get our feet wet, enjoy the water and splash around with the family a bit. The rest of the long weekend was spent mostly playing video games in a much cooler, indoor environment and just enjoying our family time together.
One-Eyed Jack
Community Manager

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Well, we obviously had a great time over our vacation weekend! Now it’s time to get back to hard work in the studio. Hope you got up to fun adventures of your own last weekend 🙂

56 Comments

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  1. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 5:05 pm

    Wow! Looks like you all had fun 🙂

    Lots of fun things y’all did. It was nice getting to “meet” some more of the KI staff, too!

    ~SM~

    • Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 6:38 pm

      kewl things ya did

    • t titanspear / Sep 4 2013 6:42 pm

      hey nice pics of moolinda and a gobbler in those cars lol 🙂

      • Jenna Goldenheart / Sep 5 2013 10:14 am

        I agree t titanspear! I like those cars a well.

      • tyler / Sep 5 2013 3:53 pm

        lol

    • bryn / Sep 4 2013 7:14 pm

      I would totally want a poster like that! soooo cool! 🙂

      • Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 7:07 pm

        right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sheldon and Shelby / Sep 24 2013 1:52 pm

        I like how Mr.Wu was in one of the cars 😄

    • Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 8:43 pm

      I wish I could have had that much fun.

      CL

    • Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 9:13 am

      nice hoper you enjoyed your vacation

    • tyler / Sep 5 2013 3:51 pm

      looks like they had lots of fun and so did I because of your games

    • louismayshack / Sep 16 2013 5:22 pm

      cool i wish i have a cool life like you guys i only a low lvl o:

  2. Sydney Thundersong / Sep 4 2013 6:24 pm

    I bet you guys all had a lot of fun! I visited my family and threw an 80th birthday party for my grandfather for my Labor Day weekend. It’s cool that you can find inspiration for your games even when you’re relaxing on vacation. Congrats to you triathlon runners, and the Wizard101 themed party sounded like a blast!

    • tyler / Sep 5 2013 3:52 pm

      yes it did

  3. Jess / Sep 4 2013 6:44 pm

    WOW Fun i wish i did some of that thanks for keeping this game running, i hope to see the next new world you guys open 🙂 Thank you Forever KingsIsle.
    xoxo Jessica firewisper life 58

  4. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 7:16 pm

    they had lots of fun 🙂

    • Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 4:50 pm

      man you guys sound like you had a ton of fun let the wizarding and pirating continue can’t wait for baron mordecai

  5. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 7:40 pm

    cool to see their life’s outside of wizard101

  6. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 8:09 pm

    Nice. it looks like you all had nice times! btw best game ever 😛

  7. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 8:10 pm

    nice

  8. Someone / Sep 4 2013 8:25 pm

    Very fun! I had lots of homework :/ Oh well. In the end I was proud of myself. Looks like everyone had a great time

  9. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 8:34 pm

    thanks for all of your work, you have made this game really great. you deserve the break

    Ang

  10. morgrim deathsword yeah buddy / Sep 4 2013 8:44 pm

    I love the gobbler in the hot rod

  11. astrothousand98 / Sep 4 2013 10:21 pm

    Looks like I wasn’t the only one enjoying the last summer days at the beach. Glad you guys had fun and relaxation. For the hard work you put into the games you deserve it!

  12. Flint DragonWhisper / Sep 4 2013 10:28 pm

    you guys are amazing glad ya had fun over labor day weekend!!!! I enjoyed playing wiz101 over the weekend 😉 thanks for the great game!

    ~F.D.W.

  13. Anonymous / Sep 4 2013 11:30 pm

    cool

  14. Fair Ashley Holystone / Sep 5 2013 7:44 am

    it was nice to hear that the KI team had a well deserved brake.

  15. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 2:24 pm

    i love this game

  16. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 2:54 pm

    looks like you had a wicked time!!!!

  17. dominick / Sep 5 2013 2:56 pm

    wisard 101 is awsome. i have a level 12 fire wisard.

  18. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 3:29 pm

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Good for you guys c:

  19. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 3:38 pm

    Wow!!! I wish I did one of those things!!

  20. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 3:59 pm

    man i wish i got there too.

  21. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 4:39 pm

    cool vidio i want to fly like that 😄

  22. Demons Fear Me / Sep 5 2013 5:40 pm

    The nice thing about labor day is that once in every 7 years my b day occurs on labor day. Its awesome, but i kinda feel sry for my mother, Ironic day for a baby. Anyhow, its good to see you having fun. I know that running a mmo is not all fun and games, but playing it is. Lol. BTW we aint afraid of no ghost.

  23. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 6:15 pm

    Looks like you all have tons of fun! Hope you enjoyed your vacation. 🙂

    -Brooke WillowWhisper

  24. Trevor Rainfist / Sep 5 2013 6:49 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great Labor day weekend! 😀

    Thanks W101!

  25. tyler E. / Sep 5 2013 8:12 pm

    I am level 31 balence and I love this game!!!

  26. Anonymous / Sep 5 2013 8:52 pm

    that awsome

  27. southerngalnc1 / Sep 5 2013 9:13 pm

    I’m glad you had fun. I spent much of the weekend studying. I went back to college. I did take sometime off. I’m in Western Carolina. It’s beautiful here, try it some time

  28. mason shadowcaster / Sep 5 2013 11:02 pm

    🙂

  29. K`shandra / Sep 5 2013 11:06 pm

    Yay, Worldcon! The only thing that would have made this list better for me is if someone else was at Burning Man – then it would’ve represented all of my nerdery in one place. 😀

    –Kestrel Dragonsinger, lvl80 ice

  30. Anonymous / Sep 6 2013 12:31 am

    he was very very lucky to get that poster sinned by all the staff

  31. Anonymous / Sep 6 2013 6:34 am

    awesome!

  32. brandon / Sep 6 2013 9:45 am

    you should make an old west story about Texas and bandits you have to defend old Texas and similar places like old California and old Oregon that would be awesome with a kingsisle twist to it
    old places that had sheriffs in not established USA territory that would make for a cool game .

  33. paul bane / Sep 6 2013 4:00 pm

    Nice photos. Looks fun :d Wizard101 rules

  34. iymcool / Sep 7 2013 3:11 am

    I love reading these stories! It’s nice to know the staff party as hard as they work. Y’all definitely deserved the break.

  35. jeremy / Sep 14 2013 12:12 pm

    Happy late labor day 🙂 … keep it up

  36. Anonymous / Sep 16 2013 3:02 pm

    nice 😄

  37. baylee / Sep 18 2013 10:20 am

    so funny how you did that ;]:]

  38. Anonymous / Sep 18 2013 8:02 pm

    That’s a nice little Ghostbuster thing one of your employee’s has going on KI. My dad also does some Ghostbusting lol. He has 3 proton packs and one ecto-1 with another one on the way. Very great job.

  39. crystal martin / Sep 18 2013 9:15 pm

    Hey everyone! 😛 thanks for using all your time to create this awesome game! I read all of your story’s about your labor day weekend their awesome!

  40. Taylor dreambreeze / Sep 18 2013 9:20 pm

    You guys rock! using all of your time on this game and helping people making sure there being good and not using foul words. I enjoyed reading your awesome stories!

  41. nicco / Nov 10 2013 11:34 am

    I can see that you guys had a lot of fun congrats for enjoying yourselves and take a brake for a while.

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