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Wizard 101: Free & Fun
Free Online RPG is Fun for All Ages
I first heard of Wizard 101 about a year ago when two friends told me they were actively playing the game. They said it was free and that they'd been playing for a while. I have spent the past 20 years playing online role-playing games (RPGs) and was already involved in two games at the time and didn't have the stamina to check out yet another online RPG.
I started playing Modus Operandi (from Simutronics) when I was in my mid-teens. It's a text-based MOPRG (multiplayer online role-playing game), which worked well for me because I read fast and type even faster. A few years into that and I was playing Gemstone (also by Simutronics and also a text-based MORPG) and had a D&D server in my house for my roommates and I. Eventually I started playing Everquest and spent over ten years of my life completely addicted to that game.
One afternoon when I had nohing else to do, I logged on to Wizard 101's website and created an account. I spent the next several hours enmeshed in the game. It's extremely fun, very appropriate for children (and has parental settings to prevent children from being able to engage in in-game chat with other players), and totally free to play. The graphics are nice and there are tutorials and help files as well as in-game quests that help you familiarize yourself with the game geography, and you can play it as a strictly solo adventurer or join groups with strangers or friends.
While the game is free, there are some areas of the game where you cannot venture without purchasing that area or subscribing to the game. Subscriptions are inexpensive and you certainly do not need to pay to advance with your character. However, paying the small fee for a subscription or for an area purchase does provide you with even more ground to explore, quests to complete, and creatures to slay.
If you're burned out on Everquest or Worlds of Warcraft or any other online game you've been playing, I definitely recommend that you give Wizard 101 a try. I know people from ages 12 to 65 that play it and they all enjoy it immensely. You will too!