Saturday, June 12, 2010

Gilroy Darkflame is 2 year old

Two years ago, I was looking for a new online home after Disney's VMK closed its doors.  I had registered to beta test a new game, Wizard101.  Here's my registration acknowledgment, received on May 31st 2008:

Congratulations, you are on the waiting list for the Wizard101 Free Beta Test at
You will receive another email when you have been accepted from the waiting list.
You cannot login to the website or play the game until you receive this second email.
In the mean time, visit to see pictures, movies and downloads from Wizard101.

Thank you,

Merle Ambrose
Headmaster, Ravenwood School of Magical Arts

And two long weeks later, on June 12th 2008, I was admitted the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts:

Congratulations! You are one of the select few that have been accepted into the Wizard101 Free Beta Test at!

You may now activate your account in order to login and download the game. Once you login, you can click the "Play Now!" button to download the game and begin playing. When you login to the game, you will use the same login and password you used for the web site.

In order to activate your account and begin playing the game, please click here.

If you cannot click on the above link in your email client, you may copy and paste the following link into your browser:

In order to change your account settings, please click on the "My Account" link on the web site.

Thank you,

Merle Ambrose
Headmaster, Ravenwood School of Magical Arts

 When Gilroy was admitted, the admission test put him in the Death School.  Then he chose Fire as his second school.  Hence the name "Darkflame".  He chose Fire mostly because he loved the Fire spells.  But when the game was released, he decided to change his second school to Life.  Because he had experienced the higher world like Marleybone and Mooshu and found them quite difficult.  Now he wishes he had not done that.  The game was made much easier since then.  Who remembers Maleybone with no sidewalks?  I mean, there was almost no safe area on the sides...

I still love this game so I am in no way planning to leave yet.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank some people who are part of this incredible experience:
  • Of course, everyone at KingsIsle for this awesome world!!
  • Admins and all members of Wizard101 Central for this incredible bank of knowledge.
  • The Friendly Necromancer for his wonderful blog.
  • Fallon Shadowblade for Diary of a Wizard ConnectX and event organizer extraordinaire.
  • Steve and Leesha for  Ravenwood Radio, the best radio show in the world.
  • My friends from the DISboards, all former VMK citizens.
  • And of course all the bloggers out there who all contribute to make Wizard City a wonderful and friendly place.
So see you ITS for a long time!!