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September 19, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

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.


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  1. Rowan Trollcaller / Sep 19 2014 4:17 pm

    Very cute! I’m glad your son got to play this with you, and you bonded.


  2. Danielle BlueSmith / Sep 19 2014 6:44 pm

    Awesome input! Congratulations!

    • jessica angelheart / Sep 22 2014 4:38 pm

      I love the game because its so intersing and u get to talk to people, have friend that u never had

  3. EllieStorm / Sep 20 2014 6:42 am

    Nice wording i agree with every wor

  4. Leo Alonzo / Sep 20 2014 10:41 am

    i thing you should because you should want wizard101 can with family great jod:)

  5. samuel / Sep 20 2014 12:37 pm

    ill tell the truth before i joined wizard101. i was a big bully. at lest that’s how people saw me. but a was nice and i could be my self. i believe that every player can be him self or her self becuse it help for me

  6. devon / Sep 20 2014 1:39 pm

    i like this game!

  7. blake dragonthorn / Sep 20 2014 7:06 pm

    i really loved the update august 2012 because of advanced pets then comes august 2013 update because of mining for way better armor and gear , then forth place is november 2013 because of new shadow type of spells plus better gardening spells,last on my list in order is april 2014 because of cheating wands and the end of morganthe and new shadow spells making wizards a whole lot stronger.

  8. Anonymous / Sep 21 2014 1:00 pm

    my favorite year of wizard 101 is all the seasons they do and that they do these amazing stuff!
    i like the phoenix that soars above u in the commons, and i like the gazebo for the party!
    wizard 101 rocks, i think everybody should play it! U ROCK WIZARD 101

  9. Anonymous / Sep 21 2014 2:23 pm

    Beautiful story from a beautiful soul.
    She has other faces and other charcters.
    All a bit different.
    Though all demonstrate what is good in W101.
    They have for years and I hope they will for years.

  10. Lindi / Sep 21 2014 4:49 pm

    the wizard 101 adventure has been the best. So many different wizards and creatures roam the spiral. I have had so much fun playing this game, and the best part is that there are always updates so the game never gets boring. I really liked in the beginning how Ambrose asks you the questions and then he tells you what wizard school you are in. Also i really liked how you could hatch with people and get their pets. This is just the tip of the iceberg of how interesting wizard 101 is.

  11. Tyler / Sep 21 2014 5:06 pm

    Wow I absolutely love this! I was captivated in your story and how your bound with your son grew as the game went on. I admire you for seeing this game as an educational opportunity. The ending was spectacular. I applaud you and hope you enjoy your prize :).

  12. tick43 / Sep 21 2014 6:45 pm

    my favourite year was 20013 because that’s when all my friends and family started playing and it was very fun

  13. connor / Sep 22 2014 11:59 am

    i think 2013 was the best because there were new worlds added to it and new quests wizard 101 is the best ever i think everyone should play

  14. Anonymous / Sep 22 2014 1:32 pm

    this game is fun to play I love it

  15. scarlet rainbowblossom / Sep 22 2014 3:55 pm

    wizards101 is the boom i really love playing the game and making new friends to help them in hard quests and bosses i really love the game the new world is too cool

  16. rachel.B / Sep 22 2014 4:50 pm

    omg omg omg omg omg omg omg wizard 101 was publish on 2011 right well…….my favorite year was all of them I just love the its just fab amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. rachel.B / Sep 22 2014 5:20 pm

    and true you can have friends I was crazy over wizard 101 just this game since I love everything is like I feel everything this game is made for everyone who believe in wizards like me and you….

  18. Fallon Ravenheart / Sep 22 2014 9:27 pm

    This blog echos so much of my experience with Wizard101 that I felt it was my own story. Well said, and I agree. My first year of winding through the spiral with my son and learning the how to be the best wizards we could be was the most magical, challenging, and rewarding year. Together this is one of the most wonderful shared bonding experiences and will always be one of my fondest memories spent with my son.

  19. Anonymous / Sep 23 2014 2:02 pm

    I love wizard 101 it helps me stay in touch with my friends and helps me make more friends and meet people from many different places . Wizard 101 is such a fun game and I hope you guys get so much love from all our players in the wizard world I wish all of you guys good luck 🙂 and hope you make many more things

  20. Omar Ramirez / Sep 23 2014 2:22 pm

    KingsIsle I don’t really have a favorite year because i have always been happy with yours guys work i love how you guys develop these new and special twist to both Wizard 101 And Pirate 101 Thats make you guys out of the park compared to any other online game you give us the people imagination,wonder and a good feeling of success when us the players do right and your guys ad on tv lol i would be in another room and hear the ad and i would run to the other room just to see it no lie lol I love you guys work and its a honor to play your games Thank You-Omar

  21. Samantha FairyMask / Sep 23 2014 3:44 pm

    I love it! amazing how you and your son both played. if you want to friend me meet me in the unicorn realm 🙂 -Samantha FairyMask-

  22. Samantha FairyMask / Sep 23 2014 3:46 pm

    My Level is 50 >_<

  23. Leyla Brown / Sep 23 2014 3:53 pm

    I love wizard 101. I have played since the day it was made 🙂 It is a awesome game I even got a one year 🙂 I don’t have favorite because all the years were my fave. Good luck and happy b-day wizzard101 🙂

  24. Jonah Zurn / Sep 23 2014 6:39 pm

    wizard 101 is awesome. i try to play every chance i get. i stopped playing for a while but started again and now i am hooked again. i loved this last year, it was so cool. p.s. happy birthday to wizard 101

  25. Anonymous / Sep 23 2014 8:08 pm

    This game was really cool to play! I can’t choose a favorite because their all my FAVORITE!

  26. Mackenzie Lexington / Sep 23 2014 8:15 pm

    I love to play Wizard101 i played it since it came out! am a level 99!

  27. tyler E. / Sep 23 2014 8:40 pm

    It is really hard to decide. I thing every year is the best because every year is awesome!

  28. Tefaugn Mundy / Sep 24 2014 7:30 am

    i love this year i finally made it to level 20 and celebrating its b-day wizard101

  29. Hvnguyen / Sep 24 2014 9:17 am

    I love this year because it has fishing in it and I get to sell them to get some money if I’m poor

  30. ryan runner / Sep 24 2014 2:50 pm

    so great to play the game

  31. cole swift hammer / Sep 27 2014 12:59 am

    wizard101 has been the best game of my life i had a different life before this but eh

  32. shawnshawn1996 / Sep 27 2014 9:06 am

    I absolutely love Wizards101. It has been a game ive played for years so i can honestly say I am about even when it comes to my favorite year. Since 2008 I have been entertained with a very action packed expierience in which kept me locked on this MMO. When I wake up until the time I lay my head I play Wizards aiming to get my wizards maxed and ready to go for the new adventures to come. Thank you kingsisle for making the BEST MMOROG EVER! ;D

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