Her name is Reckless Roslyn Ramsey, and she is a pirate
. She sails a ship, loots treasure, hangs out in seedy bars, and fights anyone who stands between her and the fame and fortune she so rightly deserves. You wouldn't be lying to say that young Ms. Ramsey has swashed a fair few buckles in her time, and the pink and white, panda and crossbones flag under which she and her crew sail is feared the world over.
Such is life in Pirate101
, a family-oriented MMO created by KingsIsle Entertainment
and due to launch today. Placing you in the role of a young pirate at the beginning of his or her quest for glory, Pirate101
asks you to carve your own path, gather cunning crewmembers, and discover the hidden mysteries of The Spiral
(a fantasy world the game shares with smash hit Wizard101
I hopped in on the Pirate101
head-start over the weekend to get an idea of what this colorful MMO has to offer and to see whether its kid-friendly
design hinders its ability to be fun for those of us jaded gamers who expect a little blood with our sword slashes. What I found was an accessible game with a clear slant toward younger players as well as a robust and fun MMO with plenty to offer grown-ups seeking to step away from the grim, dark worlds
of more traditional fare.