November 1st, 2017


Who’s Thankful for November? We are!

November in Wizard101 looks to be AMAZING:

  • Empyrea is sure to be released soon.
  • Harvest Hannah will be paying us another visit.
  • Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are right around the corner.
  • Extra Life will be wrapping up.
  • A new bundle is sure to found.
  • There will be more sales that you can shake a tail fin at!

It’s great to be busy here at KingsIsle . . . we got this!

As for October, we had a fantastic month that saw the release of the new Spooky Carnival Bundle and the updated 2017 Gloomthorn Hoard Pack.

There were new Crown Shop items and old favorites to help celebrate the spooky times of October. We hope you had a great time in the Spiral and were happy to hear about successful events like the annual “Halloween Run.”

At KingsIsle we were overwhelmed with happiness to host Derrick as our newest Make-A-Wish visitor, Stay tuned for more news about Derrick in November. If you haven’t had a chance to watch his interview yet on KI Live . . . Check it out! It starts at 4 minutes and 48 seconds:

Read on for more information and links about what happening at KingsIsle and beyond. Thanks for playing Wizard101.


Developer Mini-Interviews


Developer Spotlight: Erik McKenney

Favorite thing about Wizard101: The story. I really enjoy exploring all the different worlds and I love the combat, but it’s the story that keeps me logging in year after year. The parts dealing with the lore of Spiral are the parts I enjoy the most.

Favorite thing about working at KingsIsle: My co-workers are my favorite part of working at KingsIsle. They are fun, creative and entertaining to say the least. It is like getting to work with your best friends every day and while making some of the coolest environments in any MMO. I count myself very lucky to be a part this amazing team.

Who is your hero? Bruce Campbell

What motivates you to work hard? My son.

What is your favorite book to read? Guards! Guards by Terry Pratchett [Book 8 in the Discworld Series]

What did you want to be when you were small? Marine Biologist

What's your favorite zoo animal? River Otter

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Alphonse Mucha, Carol Shelby, Bruce Lee and Terry Pratchett

What's your favorite holiday? Halloween

Do you collect anything? Board games

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? Parachute pants

What do you do to keep fit? Shaolin-Do Kung Fu

What was your first job? Gas station attendant at a Mobil Mart.


Helping Hands for Gamers


Game Day Here We Come!

In last month’s newsletter we talked about our Extra Life efforts to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. (Click here to read about it.) Time is quickly running out to raise money and the November 4th game day is right around the corner!

We’ve already blown past our goal of $5,000 and hope to see us go even higher this year! Please join us in supporting this great cause, and don’t forget that you could earn fantastic prizes while raising money.

This is a chance to get a new yet-to-be-announced bundle before most people have it, and if you’re living in a different country that doesn't usually see bundles until they’re in our online stores, that can be a very attractive proposition! Of course what really matters is that you’re helping kids while having fun.

If you have any questions specifically about the KingsIsle Extra Life team, please send an email to community@kingsisle.com.

We look forward to an amazing day of gaming for a great cause and thank everyone for their support!


Screenshot Favorites


Screenshot of the Month!

You listened to our pleas and swamped us with awesome screenshots in October! Thank you! Keep them coming. We’d love to see all your great screenshots from Empyrea this month (from Test Realm and hopefully the live realm as well).

This month’s screenshot was a lineup that *screamed* the holiday season. Even better, our screenshot artist’s name is . . . wait for it . . . Keller SoulThief. He’s a wizard that lives up to his name! Just look at his collection of haunting souls in this chilling picture. You can tell it took quite a bit of work perfectly lining up all his stolen souls. Nice shot!

As a reminder, please only send us your best three screenshots every month to community@wizard101.com if you’d like to participate. For more tips, check out this blog post with helpful screen shot hints. Don’t forget to press Control+G before you snap your picture!


Fan Art Spotlight


Fan Art Spotlight

We had a ton of great fan art submitted to us this month. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us month after month. We are so happy to be a source of inspiration for so many talented individuals. Keep up the great work, and we’d love to see more. Send your creations to community@wizard101.com and you may end up in our Fan Art Spotlight of the month.

This month’s Fan Art has a great style and humor and comes from abba-yaga from tumblr. Abba-yaga let us know that, “Istar is one of my favorite characters in Mirage! She makes a lot of mistakes, but her heart’s always in the right place :)”

Abba-yaga has been drawing fanart of both W101 and P101 for years now. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, for playing our games, and for being an active part of the KingsIsle community.


What's Up in the Community


Spooky Times & Empyrean Accomplishments

The unaffiliated-with-KingsIsle “Community Newsletter” had a great selection of Wizard101-related links this month from around the web. NOTE: Be sure to visit and follow their Twitter page for more information. To subscribe to their newsletter, send a Direct Message to them over Twitter inquiring to be added or email them at community.newsletter.101@gmail.com. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending them an email with the phrase “UNSUB”

In the spirit of Halloween, Vanessa Mythdust battled the evil veggies of Nightside and shared her experience on MMORPG.

In a guest post on Swordroll’s Blog, James shared some tips on how to decorate the exterior of your castles.

With the celebrations throughout the Spiral, LivvyPlays opened a few Halloween packs.

ZenmasterBlue showcased the new Obsidian Mimic in the Crown Shop.

Duelist101 shared the new and different ways that a wizard can acquire the Pigsie, Angry Snowpig, and Ninja Piglets spells.

Swordroll’s Blog featured a guest post by Tony Gaddis in which he shared his experience as a long-time KingsIsle animator.

For the month of October, ZenmasterBlue created a spooky meme!

Some of many wizards that featured the exciting new Spooky Carnival Bundle:

Many wizards jumped right onto the updated Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack to acquire the new items, mount, spell, and pets that were added:

The release of test realm sparked much excitement as wizards began to explore what was new:



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