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September 10, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Spotlight on an Employee’s Pirate

You know that we have tons of talented people creating Wizard101 and Pirate101, but did you know they enjoy playing the games too?  Today David Beau Paul tells about what it’s like to both work and play your favorite game!

You might think that because I help write the story of Pirate101 and that I always know what’s going to happen next would make playing Pirate a bit of a bore to me. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. I LOVE playing Pirate! In fact, I may have played more Pirate101 than just about anyone! (It helps that I get to play at work. 🙂 )

When I first started here at KingsIsle Entertainment, a good deal of the Pirate101 story was already written. One of the first tasks I was given was to familiarize myself with the main quests and side quests and to play through them while checking to make sure that all the lines were being spoken and spelled correctly and that the characters and environments looked the way they were supposed to look.


It didn’t take me long to get hooked on the game! To say this was my favorite job ever wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.  Before I knew it I became the very first member of our team to play Pirate straight all the way through from Avery’s office in Skull Island all the way to Marazume Castle in Subata.

My favorite part of the game is getting a new power for myself or a companion and figuring out how best to use it to give myself an edge. Sometimes it can take me a little while to figure out what works best for my character, but it’s always a rush when I figure out the perfect way to employ a new tactic.

Because I love powers so much I gravitated to the Witchdoctor class first. Witchdoctor spells are really visually spectacular and I love that! Over time though, I’ve grown to love certain things about every class, whether it’s the trick shots of a Musketeer, the brute strength of a Buccaneer, the awesome acrobatics of a Swashbuckler or the defensive ploys of a Privateer. I like ‘em all! Not only am I the first person to play through all of Pirate’s available content, I’m the first to do it with every character class as well!

Every time I play it helps me really get a feel on this incredible world that I’ve helped create (and makes me appreciate just how amazing our “crew” of designers, artists and programmers here at KingsIsle really is!). Playing through not only ensures that the visions of our design team are correct, it also inspires me to help make our new content even more spectacular. So being a Pirate 101 player not only makes me really happy, it also makes me better at my job!

I hope you guys like playing Pirate101 as much as I like playing it (and writing it)!

David Beau Paul
Associate Creative Designer II


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  1. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 1:57 pm

    i love pirate 101

  2. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 2:55 pm

    I love pirate101. I’m so happy you play 😀

  3. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 3:02 pm

    awesome game I am a lvl 55

  4. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 3:12 pm

    Yes pirate101 is definetly amazing

  5. valkoor / Sep 10 2013 3:21 pm

    I like pirate101 I am a lvl 55

  6. steven surles / Sep 10 2013 3:39 pm

    love pirate101 im level 5 ,4,and3 if only can they have a free crowns sale

  7. Anoymous / Sep 10 2013 5:04 pm

    Pirate101 is awesome!! 😀 I just love the outfits and the companions, though I wish some more areas would be open to all non-members. That would make the game even more fun that it is now!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  8. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 5:57 pm

    I love pirate 101 I am level 42

  9. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 6:07 pm

    i love pirate101 it the most epic game ever I played some other games but I like pirate101 because it fun to play there fun quest and its like being in a history book but a fun new way 😀

  10. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 6:39 pm

    I Love Pirate101(and Wizard101 too!)

  11. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 7:01 pm

    Just started playing Pirate101. Would like to see companion created from the blue frozen guys depicted in the volcano dungeon. Out of story line perhaps, but i enjoyed their antics.

  12. John Richer / Sep 10 2013 7:47 pm

    Nice, well done. I saw part where you looked through dialogue etc…, only error I saw was in Marleybone section where a side mission had you take supplies to each of the lighthouses in Westminster Skyway. The lighthouses were named for islands in the Channel islands between England and France. However, there is a Spelling error on one of the Islands. You call them Jersey, Alderney and Guersey. It should be Guernsey. Only reason I know is because my parents were born there, but I was born in Canada. Love English references thrown in throughout section. Just an FYI.

  13. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 7:50 pm

    I love pirate101.i have a lvl65 witchdoctor a lvl65 musketeer a lvl21 swashbuckler a lvl11 buccaneer and a lvl11 privateer.

  14. serina / Sep 10 2013 8:04 pm

    i love pirate101. i’m level 65.

  15. Anonymous / Sep 10 2013 9:51 pm

    lv 65 me

  16. Ismail Menioui / Sep 11 2013 8:21 am

    well im happy no im too happy to play pirate101 my be i can chalenge you in a duel

  17. Anonymous / Sep 11 2013 8:28 am

    Pirate101 is an amazing game! Fighting the Ships is so fun. It is like flying and dancing in all the ship fleets. When friends join in the fun is even more fun. You are such a lucky guy to enjoy and work pirate101. Hope we can be friends too!

  18. Anonymous / Sep 11 2013 12:30 pm

    i love pirate 101 i hope you add on more place and levels

  19. Dierdre Dragonrider / Sep 11 2013 1:52 pm

    Our family loves the Kings Isle games. We’ve been with you guys since the beta for Wizard 101 and were in the beta for Pirate as well. Yeah, we’re addicts! It’s a good product and it’s easy to see that you love it too. Thanks for writing about your experience.

  20. Anonymous / Sep 11 2013 3:09 pm

    Cool! My son plays Pirate101. He is a lv. 27 Privateer and he loves it!

  21. Anonymous / Sep 11 2013 4:37 pm

    i love both games!

  22. Sunny Israel Spinnaker / Sep 11 2013 7:32 pm

    I love both games Pirate101 and Wizard101 because it helps me relax and take my mind out of problems. I wish my family could play it because it would show my family what I love and I love this game. I just wish I could get the membership.

    • Anonymous / Sep 18 2013 8:09 pm


  23. MR. Awesome / Sep 11 2013 9:49 pm

    Pirate101 RULES! you can fly though the skies(and blast baddies out of it!), you can fight awesome bosses, and you can get TONS of LOOT!!!

    K.I., please make a Space101!

  24. impish juan jones / Sep 11 2013 10:02 pm

    i am pirate 101 max level and beat game

  25. Anonymous? / Sep 12 2013 4:52 pm

    Love love love love! I’m a lvl. 59 Swashbuckler. =D

  26. Anonymous / Sep 13 2013 12:24 am

    pirate101 is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. valkoor / Sep 13 2013 6:04 am

    i wanna pvp a lvl 55 swashbuckler vs my lvl 55 buccanner
    the game is awesome

  28. Anonymous / Sep 14 2013 4:49 am

    pirate 101 is awesome!!!! just wanted to thank the p101 crew for all the hard work they put in making each day out in the skyways a memorable one 😀
    ~ Fiery Isis

  29. silver allon vernon / Nov 17 2013 2:21 pm

    this game is the best game i have played in years!! keep up the good work kingsisle and well be more popular than disney!!!

  30. Scarlet Roberts / Sep 6 2014 7:43 pm


    • akn / Oct 18 2014 4:08 am

      super awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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