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April 9, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Tabletop Gaming at KingsIsle

We have lots of fun making cool games for kids of all ages at KingsIsle Entertainment, but we also make sure to spend time playing games of all types. Card games may inspire a new card spell in Wizard101, while new tactics in a land conquest board game can be the seed for units in Pirate101. Plus, games are a great way to let off steam when you are feeling stressed out.


We have several break rooms at the KingsIsle offices, and most of the time these are filled to the brim with people playing games on their lunch hour. We even have several games set up to be played over many weeks, one hour at a time. A recent favorite board game is a cool one called Krosmaster: Arena. This plays almost like a board game version of Pirate101. You command a team of characters who must battle in an arena against other players. The plastic figurines have a great anime look to them and are very colorful. The strategy is nice and light for a lunch game, but there are enough tactical layers to make for an interesting challenge for everyone.


Another game that we have been playing a lot of is VERY old school. Riichi Mahjong, or Japanese Mahjong, has been in heavy rotation at the office for several months now, and there is even a tournament going on as we speak! Every day I swing by the break room to see a great looking set of Mahjong tiles on several custom boards. These gamers take their games seriously!


What do gamers do when they are outside of work making games? Why, they play MORE games! We have a regular Blood Bowl (PC) tournament outside of work that consumes the office like March Madness. It gets pretty intense and you’ll hear colorful stories of wild victories and tragic defeats throughout the halls, the conference rooms, the break rooms, the bathrooms, at Starbucks, etc. If you don’t know Blood Bowl, think of it as fantasy sports (full contact football and/or rugby) played by elves, dwarves and orcs with a tremendous amount of mayhem. You never know who is going to come out on top or whose top player might be killed by an unlucky roll! We even have a bracket tournament system of wins and losses that culminates in a finale that is fought out live between the two finalists while spectators watch and cheer (and also eat a lot of BBQ)!


So we take games very seriously here at KingsIsle Entertainment…. we won’t even mention the round-robin style ping pong that gets played at the close of business almost every day! There is nothing wrong with a little gaming at work, after all! Who knows? Maybe it will inspire people with a new creature, ability, story, or interesting technique for what we do in Wizard101, Pirate101 and everything that is still to come.

Game on!

Jeff Toney
Principal Artist


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  1. kelly / Apr 11 2014 6:50 am

    i’m a huge fan! great, thx for sharing 🙂

  2. china guy 中國佬 / Apr 11 2014 8:36 am

    nice a lot of games wonder how you guys got ’em from

  3. austin silverblood / Apr 11 2014 9:10 am

    wow, it sounds fun

  4. Anonymous / Apr 11 2014 9:58 am

    wow i play wizard101 and pirate101 and they are both such good games and i couldn’t thank you guys enough for making those games so yeah have fun and just relax.

  5. vinny / Apr 11 2014 1:33 pm

    This game is the best!!!!!!!!=D Love ot

  6. vinny / Apr 11 2014 1:34 pm

    Its the best love it

    • Anonymous / Apr 11 2014 8:20 pm


    • carlo / May 28 2014 10:19 pm

      yea it is

  7. Tre / Apr 11 2014 3:33 pm

    Hey kingslsle I think you guys should have a mount race thing on wizard101also,awesome updates

  8. Jennifer / Apr 11 2014 6:54 pm

    I love wizard101 it’s the best game i have ever played! P.S can you guys please make it into a iPad game pretty please because sometimes my laptop doesn’t work thanks 😉

  9. STROM BOY / Apr 12 2014 4:20 am

    the bets game ever

  10. Anonymous / Apr 12 2014 7:25 am

    I love Wizard101 because it’s amazing graphics and music! I really hope I can join kingsIise some day to show them my idea for a game!

  11. anonymous / Apr 12 2014 9:42 am

    i love the game huge fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous / Apr 12 2014 12:15 pm

    wow that is a lot of games

  13. NoahDragonsword / Apr 12 2014 12:19 pm

    wow that is so cool

  14. Edwin / Apr 12 2014 10:51 pm

    I love this game. Its my best game.

  15. Anonymous / Apr 12 2014 10:55 pm

    I like it a lot and I did at the cards you can get.

  16. joshy / Apr 13 2014 8:31 am

    thanks for the good games and fun experiences

  17. Anonymous / Apr 14 2014 7:13 am

    Wow guys i love all these games you are making keep up the good work!

  18. Anonymous / Apr 17 2014 9:31 am

    I love pirate 101 keep up the good work

  19. D.S. Devereaux (L.3 Human Bard) / Apr 17 2014 9:46 am

    What about the D&D atmosphere? It’s a little big for lunch, but do you guys have any home campaigns composed of employees? Also, have you ever tried Pandemic? Also a little heavy on strategy and it’s tough to win, but it’s one of my favorite collaborative tabletop RPGs.

    Good rolls! 🙂

  20. Anonymous / Apr 17 2014 11:04 pm

    wow guys that sounds soooooo fun!

  21. anonymous / Apr 23 2014 11:04 pm

    this game is so much fun i’v been playing since it came out and i’m on it almost all the time p.s. i love the new pets 😀

  22. Donna RosePetal / Apr 30 2014 5:54 am

    YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP SMILING! GG

    • carlo / May 28 2014 10:20 pm

      yo u know about the shadow deck

  23. Anonymous / Jun 29 2014 11:04 am

    you guys should make a board or card game version of wizard101… also an ipod/pad app

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