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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.

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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.

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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!

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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)!

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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. roslyn rain / Apr 9 2014 4:24 pm

    well that sounds like a blast, I hope i find a work like that

    • Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 4:59 pm

      iv’e played lord of the rings deck building game and the dc and marvel version

    • theventhiran nickname theva / Apr 11 2014 8:26 am

      yea same

  2. valzabrat / Apr 9 2014 4:44 pm

    Somehow this does not surprise me one bit. Happy workers make happy games and playing great games inspires lots of ideas. What a great company to work for. I envy you guys. Well done KingsIsle. 😀

    • Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 6:35 pm

      i have not even tried it yet XD

  3. Dave / Apr 9 2014 4:47 pm

    Back at MIT in the old Strategic Games Society in the late 60s, one of the favorites was Diplomacy – which I quite heartily recommend. It rewards glibness and deceit, just like the real world

  4. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 4:59 pm

    i love it

  5. Natalya Ganz / Apr 9 2014 5:21 pm

    I would want to work at Kingsisle! Do you take doctors? lol xD

  6. Adam / Apr 9 2014 5:26 pm

    i really like it but i wish i could get more crowns

  7. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 6:01 pm

    all we need in wizard 101 is something extra for storm students like maybe a dragon for all types?
    that is after the last spell until you get all your school’s spells

  8. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 6:06 pm

    Sounds like my kind of job. Fun, fun, fun. I really enjoy playing this games. It is always nice to meet all of you. Thanks for a wonderful game and I’ll be sure to try out the new ones. thanks Colleen

  9. Advtech / Apr 9 2014 6:09 pm

    You know what you’re doing if you’ve got taboo in there. Make sure there aren’t any sharp tools around, though! My family can’t handle monopoly or taboo!

  10. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 6:29 pm

    I hope I get to have that chill of a job when I grow up. 😀

  11. moses / Apr 9 2014 6:29 pm

    that must be the must fun ob lol

  12. moses / Apr 9 2014 6:30 pm

    yeah that was meant to be job not ob sorry

  13. jessica / Apr 9 2014 6:57 pm

    i love w101 oh… what about mermaid101 😮

  14. Juan DarkHunter / Apr 9 2014 7:04 pm

    I think you guys should make a Wizard101 board game or card game it should be like pokemon cards or somthing XD so just like the virtual cards in the game but in real life lol can you guys reply to this once the moniters check it?

    • Seth BoomBright / Apr 10 2014 11:06 am

      I want that too 😀 that would be awesome since i’ll probally get a bighead and think yep IM gonna be working for Kingsile i’ll start off by awnsering people questions :3

    • emma / Apr 10 2014 12:28 pm

      i wanna know about Nina101 people have been talking about it and its so nerve-wracking!(:(:

  15. Hunter Ravenspear / Apr 9 2014 7:24 pm

    wow i would love to work here

    • Seth BoomBright / Apr 10 2014 11:08 am

      YOU AN ME TOO BAD I LIVE FAR FAR AWAY … sorry caps

  16. blitzbob / Apr 9 2014 7:30 pm

    this is so awesome do you play unreal tournament or mages of obivlon and minecraft and roblox play thoes games you will love them

  17. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 7:53 pm

    That’s interesting. I have a really good suggestion that i though about at football practice, you guys should play Skyrim. It could help you awesome people think of new monsters to put in the game and new ideas for the wands and clothes.

  18. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 7:57 pm

    Sounds sweet.

  19. Alicia RainStone / Apr 9 2014 8:16 pm

    I’ve played a lot of those games when I was young! They’re much fun, hope u keep on gaming!

  20. Tony Wilson / Apr 9 2014 9:23 pm

    That really has to be an interesting lifestyle. Keep up the great work, and continue to keep these games alive.

  21. Anonymous / Apr 9 2014 9:51 pm

    very very interesting. I DON’T CARE! I love it!

  22. Seth / Apr 9 2014 9:53 pm

    It makes sense those who love to game have made Wizards and Pirate. Great games!

  23. Paulette / Apr 10 2014 4:59 am

    Hmmmmm, I envy you! Thank you for letting us have an inside peek!

  24. Emma Pearlgarden / Apr 10 2014 6:45 am

    Dear Kingsisle, this is about the Mount-a-Palooza. I always buy something with my saved up money from Easter, well, right now i don’t have enough for the thing i was wanting, so i was hoping that when the Mount-a-Palooza comes again, or if it comes again ever, maybe it could be on Easter?
    Anyways, thx for reading my comment, please consider it.

    • C.J / Apr 11 2014 6:48 am

      what’s your idea?

      • kelly / Apr 11 2014 6:49 am

        buy the amber estate and then get the dragonfly?

      • scarlet / Apr 11 2014 6:52 am

        THATS A GOOD IDEA 😀 thanks for your idea plan!

  25. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 8:27 am

    AWESOME

  26. A.A. / Apr 10 2014 8:30 am

    Wow, only one female in the bunch. That explains soooooo much about the largely terrible wizard clothes and shoes in the game for females. And the hair options. omg. Explains so much.

    • Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 1:24 pm

      ikr!!

  27. Angela LaGarra / Apr 10 2014 9:11 am

    Please hire me! 🙂

  28. Bloody / Apr 10 2014 9:19 am

    To me, it looks like you guys at KingsIsle are really having fun playing all those games! You really seem to be enjoying yourselves! This is Kayla AngleBloom from Wizard101 🙂

  29. tannerfirerider / Apr 10 2014 9:22 am

    i think it would be awesome if you make a wizard101 tcg game 😀

  30. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 10:57 am

    ok, I have this awesome idea for a myth spell, an orc! the reason I say myth is cause it seems like a myth type thing, I would love this! it could attack once and then attack again like orthrus or minotaur.

  31. Cobbie / Apr 10 2014 10:58 am

    I think this is great. I just love playing Wizard 101 and its fun to think that you all are having so much fun at work. Thank you for a peek inside the behind the scenes goings on of KI. One thing that makes me a little sad is there are soooo few women in the picture.

  32. Seth BoomBright / Apr 10 2014 11:05 am

    NOW I REALLY WANT TO WORK THERE RIGHT NOW!!!! When im older …

  33. Shar Sim (@WndDancer221) / Apr 10 2014 12:04 pm

    i play Riichi Mahjong too! it’s a lot of fun! nice to see how much fun y’all have together.
    After all: The coworkers that play together stay together!

  34. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 12:31 pm

    I started ten years a go, sculptures with a story The Legend of the Morsezels. After playing Wizards for over 5 years I would often think of how the story would play out Kings Isle could bring this story to life with your animations and incrediable eye for detail that your artists put into each game………..Where did Elves, fairies, mermaids, and Trolls come from and how did they end up where the Legends started, all around the world.

  35. Terrence Ching / Apr 10 2014 3:17 pm

    Wow! I want to work there!!!! How can I get a job there!!!

  36. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 3:32 pm

    y’all should make a mammoth mount 🙂

  37. Bloody Aaron Clegg the privateer / Apr 10 2014 4:13 pm

    i play pokemon trading card games

  38. Kevin SoulTamer the conjurur / Apr 10 2014 4:16 pm

    i have an idea for a death spell,HADES it would do damage overtime like fire elf but it would heal you like ghoul

  39. Kevin SoulTamer the conjurur / Apr 10 2014 4:20 pm

    knoga and hobbit and dwarf would be cool myth spells like hobbit and dwarves would be minions but dwarf would have more health than hobbit

  40. Jared LegendDustthe diviner / Apr 10 2014 4:21 pm

    pikachu would be a cool storm spell

    • Anonymous / Apr 11 2014 6:46 am

      wouldn’t that be copyright?

    • C.J / Apr 11 2014 6:48 am

      copyright? good idea though 😛

  41. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 4:36 pm

    That sounds really fun! I’d like a wizard101 card game. 🙂

  42. Nicole LifeCaster / Apr 10 2014 4:42 pm

    I would love to join KingsIsle so I could help them make new updates for both games, Pirate101, and Wizard101

    • Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 10:16 pm

      yeah i would to

    • Justin / Apr 11 2014 2:01 am

      @Nicole LifeCaster

      me too!

      I Really Like Shadow Magic In Wizard101 in Test Realms (Solar School collect the Lens) something I really like those shadow magic banner flag lol

      (be really cool kingsisle) those gear in Crown Shop (like Astral Star,Moon) make with shadow magic (bunch of symbol of shadow magic) allot people like that!

      (do like new pet update in pirate101 test realms) I love sabertooth bunny lol

      • Gwen Perreault / Apr 23 2014 9:08 pm

        They could use more women xD watttt is that Markiplier in the background!! XDDDD Anyways I completly agree, but I’d warn them if I was accepted into the Company Im kinda OCD about annoying noises. o.o And I’d make designs for the Girl Clothes, and would you like to be friends on W101?

        Love, Nicole LifeCaster (lolz)

  43. jessie sipes / Apr 10 2014 5:05 pm

    I got some inspiration by playing walking dead the video game you should make a new game called mystery101 or something like that because while I was playing the walking dead my friends (who were sort of watching me) were arguing over team Edward or team Jacob so I got the idea that you guys could make a game of choosing to be a werewolf a vampire or some other type of mythical creature! with attacks like pirate101 with a mix of special ability’s like spells in wizard101 just some inspiration from me I even asked some kids at my school and they said in quote “OMG SO PLAYING SO PLAYING!!!! OH YES YES YES!!!! WEREWOLF101!!” they went bilistic and tried to get me to tell them what site and I said it was only a question then they looked kinda half mad half disappointed :O

  44. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 5:22 pm

    wow il ove pirate101

  45. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 6:03 pm

    cool

  46. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 7:36 pm

    good job guys keep it up

  47. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 7:50 pm

    RIP ultimate warrior… boo hoo.

  48. Jason Frostpants / Apr 10 2014 8:36 pm

    Interesting insight. Thanks for the great games. And thank you for all the Music Artist references in the titles of quests and names of non player characters. Page Jimmy, Abbey Road… Those were very appropriate for Avalon. Some others are a stretch but enjoyed all the same.

  49. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 9:10 pm

    you guys should come up with a servivel game useing the monsters from wizard101

  50. keven11 / Apr 11 2014 6:06 am

    are you guys are going to make a new game that would be awsome

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