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October 15, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Pirate101 Celebrates its 2nd Birthday!

A baby buccaneer no more, Pirate101 is now two!  To celebrate this milestone, we asked some of the beloved game developers, Blind Mew and Ratbeard, what their favorite thing about working on Pirate101.

I get to work on pretty much all of the “systems” of Pirate101, so it’s really unfair to ask me which is my favorite– that’s like asking a parent which kid is their favorite! I’m always the most excited about whatever the latest thing is, and we’ve had a lot of really BIG releases in a row: the expansive story update from Marleybone and Aquila, then a massive UI overhaul, followed by a large pet update, and most recently the Tower of Moo Manchu and the Grizzly Beast Pack. When I think about what excites me the most about any of these updates in particular, it is getting to work on them every day, feeling the excitement building up behind the scenes, trying my hardest not to let any spoilers slip and then the great fun of seeing the feedback from all of the fans. I spend a good chunk of every day reading and replying on our forums, processing the praise and the criticism. Our fans are very passionate one way or another with their feedback. No matter what, that level of energy players have is very infectious. So my favorite thing about Pirate101 is definitely our fans!

Blind Mew

I’d have to say my favorite part of the development process in Pirate101 has been watching unexpected things emerge out of nowhere and become not only important, but essential. That’s always part of writing – when you’re in the groove suddenly a line will come out of nowhere that you never planned or even imagined, but there are other things too. Companions were the biggest, I think. We’d never thought of them as that big of a deal in the beginning, and then one day we decided to make them talk during quests – we’d use them instead of a narrator. And they did so much more: they let us have dead ends in quests so they could point you where you needed to go.  They also got to be funny – they were characters we could build over 50 levels instead of a single quest. SO much of the joy in writing for Pirate comes from inventing the quips from the peanut gallery: El Toro, Bonnie Anne, Hawkules, and the rest of them. Once we saw how much fun it was to have them talk, we invented promotion quests – and they exploded. They’re a lot of effort to write, but so worth it because they let us take the characters even farther. The Marleybone promo quests (Bonnie Anne and Ratbeard) are some of my favorite writing in the game – and as the game was originally conceived, they never would have happened.


The other thing I dearly love is to sprinkle in references. Yes, we do lots of movies and books and songs and the rest – those are great fun – but my favorites are the historical ones. Saving Nelson at Trafalgar. Getting to do a homage to the Illiad and the Odyssey, that kind of thing. There’s lots of history lurking under the surface, they we do put our own spin on it. Before I ever got into games I was going to be a history teacher – so sneaking this stuff in is second nature. I’ve said it several times – if I can get one player to read one more book than they otherwise would have, or get interested in some tidbit of history or literature that’s the highest achievement I can do – it takes this job beyond fun or rewarding – doing something like that makes this job truly matter.

Thanks to Ratbeard and Blind Mew for this look into Pirate101 development!  What has your favorite thing been in the last year of Pirate101?


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  1. Chrissy The Blesser / Oct 15 2014 4:52 pm

    I can’t pick a favorite either. I love SO much about the game. I love best about the company is how the developers are so friendly and interact with us SO much on the message boards and on other social media. I feel like I am friends with all of them (well in Ratbeard’s case I feel like I am just as equally disliked as the next one :P) You guys are doing a SUPER job and this birthday milestone is reason enough to celebrate long and hard. Happy Birthday to all of you and may your friendly genius continue to thrive throughout the Spiral form many decades to come. *Chrissy Hugs To All*

    • Jason The Pirate / Oct 16 2014 11:36 pm

      Yeah, They Really Did A Super Job! I Love this game And Also Cant pick a favorite. Happy Birthday Pirate101 And the whole Spiral! <3. *Hugs Back To Chrissy And All 🙂

  2. Anonymous / Oct 16 2014 6:58 pm

    I read this in Ratbeard’s and Blind Mew’s voices. Made my day a whole lot better. I definitely believe companions are the best, too.

  3. Joshua / Oct 16 2014 7:21 pm

    I really like the game to Happy birthday pirate101! I wonder when the new worlds are coming out and by the way the black tiger pet is really cool :D. LOVE how you talk to the fans to!

    • Anonymous / Oct 17 2014 7:27 pm

      yeah black tiger is cool

    • Anonymous / Oct 31 2014 5:51 pm

      Happy b-day Pirate101!

  4. Jason The Pirate / Oct 17 2014 9:44 am

    Aye, I Really Like Pirate101. This is my best game ever in my life. I Will Leave it ❤

  5. Silver Samantha Spinnaker / Oct 17 2014 8:56 pm

    I have to thank you for making a game that is so much fun but at the same time is so heart felt in it’s execution. the companions are one of the best things I feel about this they ad a depth to the game play that is sorely lacking in so many other games. I have been playing games since 1977 when we got a atari I have played every type of game there is this is the most fun I have ever had at a game but it’s not just the companion the story is fantastic game play the same and the community is the greatest bunch of people I have ever met .And to top it off the staff actually cares about what they do and show it everyday .Thank You KI

  6. sallythekiller123 / Oct 17 2014 10:54 pm

    I love the it is cool I like the people who play it like me aye and yarr

  7. Anonymous / Oct 18 2014 12:51 am

    hi I like the game so much I like marleybone allot but when is Polaris going to come out I really cant wait till it comes out I hear I might come out sometime this fall? I will never leave this game I’m really happy in the game but it would be nice if a clan system came out so you can make or apply to join clans

  8. akn / Oct 18 2014 3:55 am

    happy birth day pirate101 and thanks for a wonderful game love it.

  9. Anonymous / Oct 18 2014 9:33 am


  10. hannah the pirate / Oct 18 2014 3:20 pm


  11. hannah the pirate / Oct 18 2014 3:22 pm

    i love love pirate101! its like a great place for me i love it. Thank you whoever made this game i love it i will never leave it 😀 🙂

  12. Anonymous / Oct 18 2014 4:16 pm

    Thanks KI your the best! 🙂

  13. vinh / Oct 18 2014 7:27 pm

    I just joined about three months ago, and the game is already good! Happy birthday Pirate101

  14. Anonymous / Oct 19 2014 12:04 pm

    i play pirate 101 its boss like im also level 64

  15. Anonymous / Oct 19 2014 7:58 pm

    I love this game

  16. aven frank / Oct 20 2014 12:49 pm

    pirate 101 is…………..awesome!!!!! it is my favorite game ever in the whole universe i will never leave it i will always have it on my computer best game ever!!!!!! thanks kingsisle and creators of pirate 101!!!!

  17. javed / Oct 21 2014 6:17 pm

    i love every thing 😀

  18. Anonymous / Oct 21 2014 6:52 pm

    thank you for creating pirate101!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  19. Anonymous / Oct 23 2014 4:02 pm

    happy brithday guys 🙂

  20. Anonymous / Oct 24 2014 12:26 pm

    i love that game 😀

  21. brooke / Oct 25 2014 6:59 am

    I love yarr and i love u guys 🙂

  22. brooke / Oct 25 2014 7:02 am

    I LOVE it if u can do updates i would me happy but.. no doing Bad Things and thanks for u guys and the bday party for them

  23. brooke / Oct 25 2014 7:03 am

    Happy Birth Day!

  24. coolgirl / Oct 25 2014 12:28 pm

    I love this game and i like wizard101 game to do u guys play wizard101!

  25. coolgirl / Oct 25 2014 12:29 pm


  26. mariah the pirate / Oct 26 2014 1:40 pm

    I love this game I want to have the black cat but I cant buy it with my crowns..

  27. Alexis / Oct 28 2014 4:31 pm

    This game has been a great game so far and i love it when updates come out, someday it will be the TOP GAME!!!! 😀

  28. Christian / Nov 1 2014 5:50 am

    I think that I enjoyed playing with Clever Agnes a lot more than playing with Sierra Fairyfriend and all the other wizards in Wizard101 due to the fact that there was no narrator. I’m not saying Wizard101 is bad – in fact I have a blog about some of my wizards’ adventures – but Wizard101 is like reading a book and Pirate101 is like watching a movie. Both have their own experiences, and while I am more invested in Wizard101 as of now, I already have created a few new pirates for later play. Happy Birthday to Pirate101 and I hope you guys can get some more worlds in – we need to see the conclusion of the El Dorado story arc! ^_^

  29. Anonymous / Nov 2 2014 1:07 am

    this is the best game every

  30. aven frank / Nov 2 2014 10:10 am

    Pirate101 is not a baby buccaneer any longer it’s now a swabi’n swashbucler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. aven frank / Nov 2 2014 10:13 am

    pirate101 is now pirate102 I can’t wait for pirate103!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Anonymous / Nov 10 2014 11:49 pm

    PIRATE 101 is the best GAME IN THE HOLE WORLD!!!!!!!

  33. Anonymous / Dec 12 2014 8:55 am

    I love this game but I RRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY want a new world this message comes from december 12 2014 I like the black market but i want more.

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