Your Favorite Year of Wizard101 – Anna IronBlade
Time for the third winner of the Birthday Celebration Blog Contest! Today Anna IronBlade, level 75 Myth Wizard, writes about spending quality time with her son playing Wizard101 in 2008.
My son Jon came to me wanting to play a game he had heard about called Wizard101 in 2008. He was only 8 years old, and I was seriously reluctant to allow him to be part of an MMO where he could have interactions with people from anywhere – and what those interactions would be. I relented after much begging (on his part) with the provision that I would also create a wizard and follow him around. We went to the website and took the test, carefully considering the answer to each question, weighing what was important to us and what made us happy. Headmaster Ambrose assessed our responses and sorted us into our schools. Jon’s wizard was Balance, mine was Myth.
I was amazed. I don’t know what I expected, but the characters were entertaining and the people I met were fun and helpful. Some were even parents like me. Unlike the Pokémon battles I was strong-armed into, it was wonderful together time with my young son that we both enjoyed. I loved wry, sarcastic Professor Cyrus. Jon learned spells from every school, begging for crowns to buy back training points more than once.
Wizard101 made him learn to spell, because if he couldn’t spell it he couldn’t say it. We did math, how much health did the monster have, and what spell was best? If we put our spells together, how many rounds? He learned how to be polite, take turns and to be a good sport when he didn’t get to kill the boss. Nice hit, good job. It was a team effort after all. Comparing our new spells, debating who was more powerful, teaming up for boss fights, we finally worked our way to the end of Dragonspyre and the biggest boss fight there was… Malistaire. Ten thousand health. Minions. A maze to work through before the final epic fight. We were Grandmasters. We had the coolest spells and pets available. It was like standing on top of the world.
Now Grandmaster is a small step on the way through many exciting and interesting worlds. We have mounts to run faster, our pets actually help us. We have quest helper to point the way. If you love someone’s pet, you can ask them to hatch and have one of your own. You can grow and care for plants in your home and are rewarded. You can even go fishing and spend some introspective time in the spiral. The game has grown and changed. I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy it as much now as I did then, but there was something magical about that first year that I will cherish always. 2008, when we learned we could be Wizards.