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Wizard 101

Wizard 101

Dec 7, 2010

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go play1 Wizard 101Wizard101 is a 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by KingsIsle Entertainment. Players take on the role of students in a fantasy academy for wizards, and battle a variety of creatures by casting spells using a turn-based combat system similar to collectible card games. Players advance in the game by accepting quests to learn new spells, gain equipment, and collect gold. The game holds a rating of “Everyone 10+” from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for crude humor and mild fantasy violence. Although designed for pre-teens, the game appeals to all ages.

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At the beginning the player controls a novice wizard, who is named something that you chose at the start of the game, that wizard joins the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, a school of wizardry located in a fictional town called Wizard City. Instead of the traditional character classes, Wizard101 offers players a choice among seven different “magic schools” (Fire, Ice, Storm, Life, Death, Myth and Balance) which will influence character development and parts of the magical spells (in form of collectible cards) available to the player in combat.

In Wizard101, the different areas accessible to players are referred to as “worlds”. Upon character creation, only Wizard City is opened to access. As the player progresses, more worlds become available.

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Combat is a battle between your wizard(s) and some of Malistaire’s minions (well, not exactly all of them). You have to use spells from your deck to defeat them. After you defeat them and win the battle you get a little gold, a bit of experience, and sometimes equipment, treasure cards, pet snacks, or reagents. These items can be dropped in combat from bosses, or even regular ‘monsters’ wandering about the various streets in the 5 worlds.

Characters in Wizard101 who are defeated in combat are sent back to the “Commons” of the world (Commons- WizardCity, Oasis- Krokotopia, Regent’s Square- Marleybone, Jade Palace- Mooshu, The Basilica- Dragonspyre and Northguard- {Grizzlehiem)Celestia Base Camp- (Celestia) they are on to regain their vital characteristics. Playing mini-games helps restore these more quickly, and may also yield gold and equipment.

wizard 101 screenshot 300x239 Wizard 101Player housing

KingsIsle released a player housing feature named “Castles” on May 6, 2009, enabling players to edit and customize their own virtual space. Three tiers of housing are available: dorm, modest castles and lands, and luxury castles and lands. Once a player has purchased a castle, they can immediately move out of their old home and into a new house. Houses cannot be traded between characters on the same account. A player starts with a small dorm room, a student’s basic house, in Ravenwood. The player can buy a modest castle or a land after becoming level 15. To obtain these houses, a player must go to the house shopkeeper. A recent addition is the new school-themed houses, with one for each school, though players can buy any of these houses, regardless of school allegiances. School houses cost 10,000 Crowns, a.k.a. US$20. Players can also pay for them with in-game gold, with each house being 100,000 gold.

Pets system

KingsIsle released the advanced pets system May 26, 2010, enabling players starting at Level 7 to enter The Pet Pavilion in the Commons, where players can train their pets in various mini-games. After each mini-game, players are allowed to feed their pet snacks which further increase their skills. These snacks can be bought in the shops around the Spiral, found as drops from various creatures, or crafted from reagents. In addition to the mini-games, players can also participate in Ranked Pet Derby matches (Pet PvP) and compete with other wizards’ pets for Arena Tickets or gold. As a pet’s PvP rank increases, the player gains the opportunity to purchase pets requiring said rank to be used

Another addition to the pets system is the ability to hatch pets with other players in the Hatchery, located in the central area of the Pet Pavilion. A pet must be an adult to hatch pets for new powers and abilities. When it hatches, a new pet will have the powers and stats of one pet and the look of the other. Each pet can hatch as many times as the player wants, although hatching does not occur frequently, due to the large sums of money it takes to hatch with others. This update also added new pets, who drop from various bosses in the Spiral.

wizard 101 screenshot2 300x225 Wizard 101Player interaction

Due to its young core audience, Wizard101 restricts player interaction when compared to other games in the massively multiplayer online genre. Aside from the different levels of chat filters available depending on player age, duels between players are available only in a special player versus player arena designated for the purpose, removing the possibility of player defeating.

Rewards for combat or completing a quest are distributed equally among the party, so players need not fight for spoils. Players may trade a special type of spell card called a treasure card, which offers boosted stats to a regular spell card, but so far they are currently unable to trade items between one another (it is possible, however, to trade items to one’s other wizards on the same account, through the use of a shared bank).

Online safety features

Several features have been implemented to protect younger players in the online world. Parents must activate controls for players under 13, including setting levels for interaction with other players in the world. Three different levels of chat are available. At the most restricted level, players select from a menu of pre-defined phrases, and players using this option can only see menu chat from other players. At the next level, players may type what they want, as long as the words are available in the game’s dictionary. If a word is not present in the dictionary, or part of a forbidden phrase, such as asking another player’s age, it will not be visible. If players know each other outside the game, they can use a true friend code to allow looser chat inside the game, however it is subject to some restrictions. Additionally, players choose names for their characters from a list that allows selection of a first name and a one- or two-part surname. You can also choose to not have a surname, and just have a first name. Names for in-game pets can also be selected from a list, though dropped pets start with names you don’t get to choose, you must pay gold to change their names. The official game forums are filtered and moderated. Finally, at player request, KingIsle Entertainment added open chat for players aged 18 years and above, an age limit verified through credit cards, which allows everything except profanities. Other features have been designed with a pre-teens audience in mind, for example opponents in combat disintegrate or vanish, and there is no bloodshed.

Wizard 101 system requirements:

  • Internet: Internet Connection Required
  • Operating System: Windows 98SE or later versions
  • Processor: 1GHz Intel Processor
  • RAM Space: 512 Megabytes
  • Video Card: Best results with GeForce 2 or equivalent(standard in most PCs)
  • Disk Space: 5 Gigabytes
  • Game Download: The game automatically initiates a download in the background when you log in to play for the first time. The process is transparent to the player. No special installation process is required. You must, however, be connected to the internet.

What are you waiting for? Go play!

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