Friday, January 25, 2013

Goodluck Todd!

Yarrrrr!
 
    Today we learned that J. Todd Coleman, (Director of Wizard101 and Pirate101) is leaving Kingsisle. This is a big shock to many of us but we all would like to wish him the best of luck on his future adventures! It is very sad to say goodbye to someone who has been with Kingsisle since the beginning so we all shall say see you later, Mr. Coleman. We appreciate your hard work for both of these games, without you it wouldn't have been possible.
 
Here is his message to all of us;
 

Goodbye, thank you, and a new beginning.
"This update is going to be one of the hardest that I have written, so please hang with me as I try and get through it.

I have decided to leave KingsIsle and pursue my own course. This might sound crazy – and, full disclosure, it probably is – but it is something that I have to do.

What a fantastic experience this has been! As the creative lead of our games, and the first employee hired in Austin, I was in the unique position to...
watch this team blossom, and watch our games grow from niche titles to mainstream popularity. Wow! A handful of dreamers got together and turned an unknown start-up into the market leader for family online entertainment… That’s not something you see every day. I am blessed to have been able to play a role, and I know that I am leaving the company in capable hands. I have no doubt that the Spiral will continue to expand for many years.

What is next for me? I’m a storyteller, so I will keep doing what I do best – dream up ideas, breathe life into characters, build worlds for you to explore… only next time, I want to do it for myself. I’m an entrepreneur at heart. A new company, a new game, a new story… I’m not ready to say, but when I’ve got something to show, you guys will be the first to know.

I want to thank you for becoming a part of this community. Your patronage has allowed me to work with my best friends, and to entertain you, for almost a decade. You gave me a chance to build something, something unique and wonderful. These are more than games to me. I see these worlds when I sleep. I greet these characters like old friends.

These are the dreams that filled my childhood. I cannot tell you how fortunate I am, to have been given the chance to share them with you.

Thank you."
J. Todd Coleman
“Headmaster Ambrose”
 
    I want to personally thank you and all of the Kingsisle staff for creating these great games that all ages can enjoy. I'm so greatful to have found Wizard101 in 2008 and have been playing for a great 5 years! I've made many great memories and friends. Pirate101 recently got released and is going to be just as successful. I really hope you do return time from time to say hello to the KI community, we all will miss you. Thank you for the awesome memories! :) You will always be our Headmaster!


 
 
 
    Don't fret pirates and wizards, Kingsisle is going to continue with Wizard101, Pirate101, and other new projects! They have a wonderful staff and I'm sure we all will be amazed! Thank you for everything!
    If you want you can go leave a message for Mr. Coleman here.
Until next time pirates! See you in the skyways!
 
Johnny
 


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