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March 27, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Creativity & Pirate101

Today we have a guest blog from a highly creative Pirate101 community member. Virtuous Anne Radcliffe is an avid fan fiction writer and took some time today to discuss her thoughts about creativity through gaming.

I had never written fan-fiction before discovering Pirate101. As a scientist and teacher I had written scholarly works, but in Pirate101, I found the desire to immerse myself further in the thrilling storyline by creating elements of the story for myself. In so doing, I joined a large company of people, children and adults, who do likewise.

The setting first inspires. The game starts engagingly in a fantasy Age-of-Pirates setting, complete with tall ships, antique buildings, period-style puppet shows, and wonderfully historically-inspired clothes. Each world has its own colors of sky and land, its own peoples and intriguing histories, and its own stirring music to accompany your adventures. I am tickled by Professor Challenger’s quest in which you possibly discover a new animal phylum; delighted by Galen’s elixir to combat melancholy, deftly incorporating the ancient idea of the four humors of the body; thrilled to fight alongside Admiral Nelson – just to name a few examples.

This setting provides a splendid playground for the mind. Is your pirate disciplined and polite because she grew up in Mooshu rather than the wild streets of Skull Island? Does your character wear frockcoat and breeches fashionable in Marleybone and Skull Island, or does she like the jackets and trousers of Cool Ranch? How is your dinner different in Monquista than Aquila? Character development blossoms easily from these inherent prompts.

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The story of Pirate101 is most captivating. It starts with high drama, rescued from a most sinister -yet fascinating- foe, mingled with playfulness in the form of your rescuers. Your adventures immerse you into echoes of history and many great stories. The Pirate101 story is richly textured and coherent, yet much is left open to imagination. Thus the story invites personal invention, whether art, poetry, or prose.

My invention came as I considered Anne Radcliffe, a ‘virtuous’ pirate, part d’Artagnan but more Elizabeth Bennet — with a sword! Who ever heard of a virtuous pirate? In Pirate101, you can be. There is ample opportunity within the storyline to imagine your pirate in many ways. You can be a scoundrel who does good deeds almost by accident; an innocent victim of circumstance; a Robin Hood of the skies, accepting your outlaw status to benefit the poor and oppressed. You can be a scruffy street urchin or a well-bred young lady (or gentleman).

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Ultimately, however, it was the themes of Pirate101 that really brought me to write. Themes of justice and mercy, love and sacrifice, parents and children, loss and endurance, justice versus revenge, courage and hope, loyalty and honor, the conflict between what seems right and what is right – these all come from the plots of Blind Mew and his team. With such themes inspiring reflection, stories just popped into my mind, both playful and serious.

I wrote my stories, and that would have been the end of it, had my youngest daughter not pestered me to submit them as fan-fiction. I admit, I don’t have my Anne’s boldness — it took me months to get the nerve to do so. I’m glad I did, for this new creative venture has been so very exciting for me.

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Still, writing fan-fiction has definitely been a learning process. I won’t pretend that my works were always accepted at first, and I don’t expect that they always will be. I have much to learn about the craft of writing. But it also has been great fun. One-Eyed Jack has been kind. Joining the outpouring of fan fiction has been a privilege and a testament to the inspiration of Pirate101.

Dr. Deborah Rochefort aka “Virtuous Anne Radcliffe”

If you’re interested in reading Virtuous Anne Radcliffe’s stories and the fan fiction works of other writers, check out our Pirate Fan Fiction pages at Pirate101!

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  1. valzabrat / Mar 27 2014 3:20 pm

    Oh well DONE Anne. Your writing and art has always inspired me and I absorb every bit of wonderful teaching you dole out when you write on the boards. Masterfully done and a hearty congratulations for being a guest blogger and for doing it so well. * Gives a respectful bow with a flawlessly executed Anne Radcliffeish flourish of the plumed hat.*

    • Anonymous / Mar 27 2014 4:57 pm

      so cool

  2. slicer361 / Mar 27 2014 4:09 pm

    ah pirate101 is such a awesome game and can have really good scenery

  3. Anonymous / Mar 27 2014 7:19 pm

    i love the game pirate101 way better than wizard

  4. china guy 中國佬 / Mar 28 2014 2:46 am

    Will you ever make another wizard101 and pirate101?

  5. Fair Ashley Holystone / Mar 28 2014 2:52 am

    Anne, you just expressed EVERYTHING I had in my mind about Pirate101. And I mean everything. It was delightful to read this 😉

  6. Modest Blake Morgan / Mar 28 2014 4:40 am

    nice cool heroic photo. i appriciate that really nice

  7. Lily/Sneaky Heather Parkinson / Mar 28 2014 7:28 am

    Pirate101 is SO MUCH BETTER than Wizard101! Unlike Pirate101 when you cast a spell it fizzles! In Pirate101 when you cast a spell it doesn’t fizzle! Plus it gets you a chance to open up your mind and lets you go on quests to new places! What are you waiting for?!! Go to Pirate101-NOW!

    -Lily/Sneaky Heather Parkinson

  8. Anonymous / Mar 28 2014 11:02 am

    You’re a scientist, and teacher? Perhaps Virtuous Anne Radcliffe will meet a lady scientist and engineer who has discovered principles by which the spiral universe operates that will allow her to construct a vehicle that can go to other spiral worlds by breaking out of the wormhole paths between stormgates? – Row4n

  9. Anonymous / Mar 28 2014 3:10 pm

    my brain just exploded 😛

  10. alvin101245 / Mar 28 2014 6:39 pm

    i think we should have day time or night time

  11. Anonymous / Mar 28 2014 7:22 pm

    grafhics equals awsome

  12. Lynn English / Mar 28 2014 9:26 pm

    It IS fun to write to the game! I “wrote” a song for Cool Ranch – to the tune of “Home on the Range”. My pirates often “sing” it as they ply the windlanes of that western-styled world. I like to write back-stories – the backgrounds of who my characters are, and how they are related. (I currently have 5 active pirates – 1 from each school).

  13. Practical Gorman Whitman / Mar 29 2014 6:40 am

    My name is Practical Gorman Whitman. I”m a max level swashbuckler. If you are a scientist or an engineer, ask kingsisle to create a new world with the new spring preview located in pirate101.com

  14. Anonymous / Mar 29 2014 10:47 am

    Very cool! I totally agree. Pirate 101 is totally more awesomer than wizard. =)

  15. Anonymous / Mar 29 2014 11:56 am

    will you make any more 101 games

  16. Swshbuckeler Kaden / Mar 29 2014 1:02 pm

    What you gust explained is how i feel about Pirate101 and what i love about the game!

    • lewis / May 26 2014 9:29 am

      i like pirate 101 too

  17. Sly Nicholas Nesbit / Mar 29 2014 8:45 pm

    pirate101 is a fun game

  18. Anonymous / Mar 30 2014 11:16 am

    pirate101 is an amazing game kingsisle your very creative

  19. Anonymous / Mar 30 2014 1:38 pm

    wow that is cool!!!

  20. rebecca / Mar 30 2014 1:57 pm

    i love this idea

  21. Anonymous / Mar 31 2014 9:34 am

    i know right im on level 45 and in subeta skyway

  22. Anonymous / Mar 31 2014 4:45 pm

    i love pirate
    101 but hay what does a fox say ring
    a ding ding ding

  23. Anonymous / Apr 1 2014 7:49 pm

    hay level 48 almost 49 this game rocks the world

  24. Anonymous / Jul 17 2014 7:17 pm

    I think the next addutition to the “101” series should be monster101. Choose to be a werewolf, vampire, zombie, or mummy. Choose the level of pailness in vampire. Fur color of werewolf. Amount of dirt on mummy. Color of zombie. Color of eyes and color and type of clothes. Plz no one steal my idea I just cannot find their e-mail so i’m hoping that they check this page often.

  25. Anonymous / Feb 28 2015 1:08 am

    i think they should create a vampires101. anyone with me?

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