Wizard101. It's like Everquest meets Harry Potter meets Nickelodeon. In fact, we were watching some Saturday morning show with Ivy earlier this year, when the commercial for Wizard101 came on. It looked like a pretty cool thing for kids, so we decided to all get our free accounts and give it a shot.
From there you go to MooShu, a far-eastern land populated by the cow people, and a brand new world called Grizzelheim, in the Nordic wilderness populated by some very rustic and honorable bears (they're like a Native American tribe meets Lt. Commander Worf). The next (and I believe last) stop on the journey will be to Dragonspyre, which I assume is a land of dragon-people, but we haven't made it there yet, so I don't know what it's like.
For example, as a Life school wizard, many of my spells have to do with restoring health. I can give myself or other players enough fairy dust to keep them from being defeated in battle. Whenever you are defeated in the battle, you end up with a cracked glass of blue magic mojo dust in the center of the "common" area in whichever world you happen to be battling in. The blue mojo dust is called "mana" and it's like the power source for casting spells. If you have no mana, you can't cast a spell - and need to go replenish it in the common area.
One of the things I think the game really teaches is strategy. Whether you're working alone, or playing with other wizards in the game, you learn how to hold out for stronger cards or use enhancement cards against the opponents in battle. You figure out that it's good to have a friend from the Life school playing alongside you when doing battle with a particularly strong opponent, because they can keep replenishing your health. Eventually, you get like us, and "stack your deck" depending on which type of enemy you're going to fight: (if it's a fire-school opponent, you stack your deck with ice spells, myth school opponent gets storm spells, death gets life, etc.).
But because the different worlds and the characters in them are so unique, you also learn about different cultures. Some of it parallels our own reality. Maybe a fifth grader doesn't know that in our history, the English did occupy the Middle East and ran excavations there. But when they do learn it, they'll remember the occupation of Krokotopia by Marleybone.
So, if you send me a gmail chat and I reply letting you know I'm battling a troll, or that I'm in the middle of a battle with three other wizards, two cyclops and a banshee, you'll understand that I'm trying to save Wizard City from the evil Malistaire from the comfort of my own home.
To get started on your own journey, go to http://www.wizard101.com
6 years ago