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December 10, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Wizard101 Changed My Life

During the holidays, we’re running a contest through our “12 Days of the Spiral“.  The question is – what has Wizard101 or Pirate101 meant to you and/or your family in the past year?  Today we have our first winner!  Read about their growth through playing Wizard101.

Wizard101 has changed my life. I first began at around 2009, which doesn’t even seem that long ago, but the impact it has had on me has been immense. When I was younger I had trouble making friends. I was too shy and I never really talked, so for the first ten years of my life I was practically alone. My parents were always at work and I was often left home alone. I was never really unhappy, but life just felt a little bland. Then, however, when I was in the fifth grade, a few of my classmates started talking about this great new game that they were all getting into. I decided to give it a shot (since I had never really tried online gaming before, and I figured I might be able to make some new friends), so one day I logged on to Wizard101.com and made myself an account.

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My family had an Apple computer, however, and Macs didn’t support Wizard101 at this time, so I began looking for every way possible to get onto the game. I would walk over to the library when I was home alone and play for a few hours, I would ask my grandma if I could go over to her house to play sometimes, and I got completely absorbed into this game. I started meeting new people and we went on quests together, and I had never had more fun in my life. Well, I didn’t have a membership at the time, so I was eventually left to fighting Lady Blackhope and the Kraken over and over again, but just the experience of doing it with others who appreciated me was more than enough.

After several months, I finally asked my parents if I could purchase a membership. They said if I could raise enough money for a computer and a membership, I could get one. Since I was really anxious to get a membership to this game, I started to do chores for neighbors as well as my own family. So, Wizard101 kind of indirectly taught me some responsibility and people skills! Several months later, I had a shiny new PC and a twelve-month membership to call my own, and it was completely worth it.

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I played for years and the game kept getting better and better, taking me on breathtaking journeys and countless adventures. The game also developed my interest in music and acting, because I always found myself listening to the many music tracks and impersonating all the characters in the game. Currently, I am in high school and I’ve already seen huge improvement in myself. Talking to other wizards online helped me “get out of my shell” a little bit, and I actually made one of my best friends in sixth grade! Today I am in the drama club and the band at school, I have lots of good friends, and my grades are getting better and better. My parents say Wizard101 is a waste of my time, but honestly, I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Sure, I may have naturally at some point made a friend here and there, but Wizard101 truly gave me the skills necessary to lead a happy life, and I am eternally grateful for everything Kingsisle has done. I really do hope you realize how much this game can change lives, and also that I’ll be a loyal member of the 101 games until the very end. Thank you KI!

Rogan HawkBreath

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  1. Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 2:02 pm

    This is a amazing Rogan HawkBreath!!!! come find me on wizard101 and ill help you with quests or anything!!! – Emily Ice River (level 46) Have fun with those crowns!!!!

  2. Cody Summershard / Dec 10 2013 4:01 pm

    I completely agree! Come find me as well! I would be glad to help you now that I know what you have gone through. Just say on this blog if you want to. -Cody SummerShard, Level 94

    • Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 4:56 pm

      nice going man that was a good one look for me on 101 hunter only hunter level 90 fire

    • Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 5:17 pm

      good job! I agree with you 100%. I don’t know if I would be any help, but if you want to quest sometime, let me know! – Rebecca Nightstrider

      • Aditya / Dec 10 2013 7:08 pm

        Wow! I never saw anyone Who was this confident to tell their personal Life I am I storm wizard and I am level 22 and I have good friends who are such I high level, also I hope you get the crowns you have a great explanation so good luck! -Mark Thundersword Level 22 Diviner

  3. Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 5:06 pm

    If you ever want to talk about all things Wizard101, I’m here! Hopefully your experience will be even better with those winnings! – Blaze DragonForge, Level 41 Pyromancer

    • amber / Dec 15 2013 9:04 am

      WOW! I am really like this competition! You?

  4. Grace / Dec 10 2013 5:08 pm

    Please get to me as well. Great blogging! I so love this game because it is a great place to have fun and communicate
    -Grace Icerider (Level 46-soon 47!)

    • amber / Dec 15 2013 9:11 am

      Ya. Real fun and great blogging! But I sometimes get the downs on a mission that I’m stuck on. ;(! I learned that you have to try, try again!
      -Amber Summer staff (59 to 60)

      P.S: You can fined me in Wizard City but I hang in Dragonspire most! Come find me if you need help! :)! (text chat only!)

  5. Ahmed Ahmed / Dec 10 2013 5:11 pm

    Rogan I feel you and i think this is an amazing blog. I just recently lost my mother and i find myself losing all my friends i am doing better now thanks to KI. Sean GoldWeave level 95 fire

    • Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 7:29 pm

      I am sorry for your lose. My mom died 8 years ago, and I really miss her. Hugs, and remembering the good times helps

  6. Ahmed Ahmed / Dec 10 2013 5:13 pm

    I would be more than happy to help you. reply as soon as you can so i can friend you. I am done so i can help you with whatever you want. Hope i do get to friend you Chou.

  7. Brandon Rainrunner / Dec 10 2013 5:27 pm

    Awesome story Rogan! I kinda went through the same thing, and Wizard101 helped me out of my shell! I would love you meet you too!
    -Brandon Rainrunner (Life 90)

  8. Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 6:16 pm

    Me too! Come and find me in WIzard City and I will gladly help you your quests! But you have fun with crowns and spend them well man!
    – Nathan Redstone, Level 49

  9. Duncan Duskleaf / Dec 10 2013 6:17 pm

    wizard101 did change my life it my my life have fun and get exited of new stuff.
    and wizard101 are the one that made me cool at school, people start telling me
    that i play cool games. I invite my best friend and he started to invite more friends.
    (I LOVE WIZARD101)

    • Edward Emmett / Dec 11 2013 7:30 am

      wizards101 has helped me stay in touch with my kid,she moved out of state,so we meet here to chat an help each other out.it also has helped her to meet new people and make freinds were she lives now

    • vanessa darkstone / Dec 11 2013 9:56 am

      wizard101 is the best game I ever played it even made me more active I’m now on level 20

      • amber / Dec 15 2013 9:14 am

        Congrats Vanessa! I had fun being level 20!

  10. Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 6:53 pm

    Nice! u r a great writer! and congrats! hopefully I will make it and btw good luck to everyone!

  11. Austin TitanCloud / Dec 10 2013 6:55 pm

    Rogan, your experience is exactly like mine, I totally agree with you, enjoy your crowns! 😀

  12. Rogan Hawkbreath / Dec 10 2013 8:26 pm

    I won! Wow! Thank you Kingsisle this means the world to me! And thank you to everyone who commented, seeing this really made my day :). I hope to see all of you in the Spiral! I’ll probably be in Aquila looking for cool gear!

    • Anonymous / Dec 12 2013 9:37 pm

      Kingsisle you are the best you mad pirate 101 and wizard 101 i love all of these and i will keep on playing for a while and you will be updateing the game and then ill play more thx for the game kingsisle 🙂

  13. Anonymous / Dec 10 2013 8:34 pm

    truly inspirational.

  14. happyloco / Dec 10 2013 10:12 pm

    During this past year I have learned new ways to strategize and have fun. For example, in life and in this game rather than waiting for things to happen I go for it. Over the course of this past year this game has brought my little brother and I closer together; whether it’s working together to defeat the enemy or working together on a lazy Saturday. I enjoy playing one on one with my friends; I even made a few new ones. Throughout this year I remember the excitement in our house when we would defeat a dungeon. This game has expanded my vocabulary and inspired me to ask many questions about programming and graphics. This game means a lot to me and my family and I have loved this game with its mount, pets, companions, and all of its new additions. In conclusion this game has changed my life forever and this game has made my year better.

  15. Sophia LegendShard / Dec 10 2013 11:42 pm

    Good job. You earned the crowns! My name is Sophie Legenshard come find me please.

  16. JackRedGem / Dec 11 2013 6:05 am

    That was amazing wow that was so touching it helped me too by helping me be more social and think a little more like when you think of a good attack on your enemy it helps you in life of what’s to do next but very responsible.

  17. Jeffrey FireBlood / Dec 11 2013 7:15 am

    Awesome story bro!! You’re a really winner. 🙂

  18. Anonymous / Dec 11 2013 7:19 am

    Awesome Job!!!

  19. Anonymous / Dec 11 2013 7:42 am

    I agree with everybody else and this post truly did deserve to win! if you ever need any help rogan i’ll be here!

    adrian deathcloud, level 43

    • amber / Dec 15 2013 9:26 am

      Adrian deathcloud? I think I heard of you! I am Amber Summerstaff! Wana hang together?

  20. kiley / Dec 11 2013 1:51 pm

    I like playing Pirate101 and Wizard101 because when I play these games I feel like I’m with people who actually care about me along with my friends but not my parents. When I play Wizard101 I feel like the teachers and my fellow wizards are my family and care about me. When I play Pirate101, especially when I play as my buccaneer, Kobe seems to be your pirate’s adoptive (as in he “adopted” you) brother. He is definitely one of my best friends period. Also I love it when he calls you “My friend”. I love Kobe and I love Ratbeard’s story when we hear about his early life.

  21. Anonymous / Dec 11 2013 2:40 pm

    Simply amazing an speech enjoy!

    • Edward Emmett / Dec 11 2013 4:08 pm

      this game has helped me stay in tuch with my kid,she moved out of state an this has helped us both.we both have helped each other on quests and have grown stronger together becauce of wizards101

  22. Anonymous / Dec 11 2013 4:34 pm

    Hey Rogan HawkBreath you did a great job. All that you went trough you’ll derisive the prize.
    From: Zachery Shadowheart 🙂

  23. scar / Dec 11 2013 5:48 pm

    I’m really speechless. It was just completely beautiful. Um you did an incredible job of writing this. I just completely loved it! 😀 😏

    Scarlet

    • Taylor / Dec 12 2013 6:01 pm

      Wow Rogan your an incredible writer and sound like a fantastic person! I love your story! When I started this game I was a quiet person but this year I have seen an improvement too. Kingsisle has helped me through a great loss of a family member. Rogan look for me in the game!

      Taylor Night Talon

  24. I believe!!! / Dec 13 2013 3:55 am

    wizard101 has changed my life in different ways. like I take Tai-Kwon-Do they taught me dicpline but wizard101 has change my life in a way like that the game taught me to help people and always be kind and plus almost everyday I really use a little time to my self so when i am done with my homework and stuff i get on my laptop and play wizard101.

  25. jaden / Dec 13 2013 3:54 pm

    i am lvl 51 grandmaster my name is jack

  26. Niklas / Dec 14 2013 6:22 am

    wizard101 changed my life because can let me cast awesome spells!I LOVE WIZARD101!!!!

  27. conrad / Dec 14 2013 3:01 pm

    I am lvl 31 my name is flint

  28. Anonymous / Dec 14 2013 9:03 pm

    Rogan that was a completely inspiring story if you EVER need any help I’d be happy to help you anytime now that I know what terrible things you’ve gone through!

  29. Nina / Dec 14 2013 9:06 pm

    Rogan I’d be happy to help you anytime now that I know what terrible things you’ve gone through but I would still help you even if you didn’t go through these things!

  30. Nina / Dec 14 2013 9:07 pm

    And my character name is Megan Summerflower if you ever want to friend me!

  31. amber / Dec 15 2013 9:29 am

    Who can help me? I am stuck on a mission. If you can help, please come to DS.

    -Amber Summerstaff

  32. Anonymous / Dec 15 2013 1:38 pm

    I agree! I have met a lot of my friends on wizard 101 but i could not do it without kingsisle.

  33. Taylor / Dec 15 2013 3:41 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post!! I admire you, and I think you’ve gone through a lot but it was worth it! I hope we get to meet each other sometime 🙂
    – Taylor DragonBlade level 40 Ice

  34. Anonymous / Dec 15 2013 3:59 pm

    i love your piece of writing! It is so emotional! come find me, and i will try to help.

    Dustin FrostBane-level 53 life

  35. Bleh Bleh Bleh - Count Dracula / Dec 16 2013 5:55 pm

    Dear Rogan, i totally agree with you 100%%% Wizard101 changed my life too and i hope you have fun with those crowns, buy your self something pretty ***pats you on shoulder***

  36. Anonymous / Dec 16 2013 8:05 pm

    This blog was the best one that i read.

  37. Anonymous / Dec 17 2013 8:28 pm

    who wouldn’t agree?! KI make wonderful games for all AGES! keep on the good work KI 🙂

  38. Vanessa DragonCoin / Dec 17 2013 8:28 pm

    Awesome entry, Rogan. This is so much better than my entry.

  39. Anonymous / Dec 22 2013 5:42 pm

    Love the post. I think you definitely earned 1st place in this competition. Great job! If you want to befriend me, my character name is Megan IceSword, level 41 Ice Wizard.

  40. Anonymous / Feb 5 2014 9:26 pm

    This story.. remind me of me 🙂 Thanks for sharing and making me feel less alone. I had the exact same problems as a 4th grader, and this game ha done the same exact thing. Thank you for sharing.

  41. Anonymous / May 31 2014 4:57 pm

    OMG i have not played wiz101 in 2 years! This brought back so many happy memories of staying up late playing it, inviting friends over for wiz101 game night, and begging for member ship (LOL)
    This game was amazing! Now i think i am going to start playing again! this really brought back 6th grade memories when me and my best friend madison used to get on the phone and play at the same time together! Now, i am in 8th grade and me and madison are still best friends so i am going to call her and hit the computer with her. Its going to be just like it used to be. 🙂

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