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Ditto’s Interview with Fred Howard of KingsIsle at Pax East

Once in a while in a monsters life, really really awesome things happen. For me, that was getting the opportunity to go to Pax East, an amazing gaming convention in Boston that was huge and really mind-blowing in so many ways!
Just going to Pax East would have certainly been enough for me, sure, but the thing that pushed my weekend completely over the top was an opportunity to sit down with none other than Fred Howard, the Vice President of Marketing from KingsIsle. And not just shaking hands for a quick photo op in the KI booth, either – no way! Fred actually took the time to sit down with Miss Narrator and myself and answer a number of questions, including some questions posted by you, my readers, about the game!
I was so nervous! I’m just a simple Fabricated American, it was a lot for me to take in, but Fred was great, and he even said he was nervous about meeting ME – can you believe it? I really appreciate him taking the time to sit with us!
Without further ado, here’s the interview!!

Ditto Meets Fred Howard from KingsIsle

Ditto Meets Fred Howard from KingsIsle

See Part 2 of Ditto’s interview with Fred and the announcement of Wizard 101’s new world, Wintertusk!!

114 responses

  1. Ditto that was amazing. Great interview and i could not even tell you were nervous.
    Simply Awesome!

    March 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    • Flint Fire Wizard

      i agree w101 is a great game and will get better

      March 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • I cant wait until WinterTusk comes out
      “New World is Winter Tusk”

      That Will Be The Most Best Thing Possible

      March 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      • joshua


        March 18, 2011 at 5:55 am

  2. Love the video with Fred! I will go next year if KI is there! WOOT!

    March 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  3. Amber Hart

    Excellent interview Ditto! Thanks!

    March 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  4. Leesha

    Excellent interview ditto! You are a pro. Really wish I could have been there too! 🙂

    March 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  5. My first interview with a pup- I mean you! Hehe, awesome Ditto 🙂

    March 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  6. elfgirl1981

    Great job Ditto! Very funny and informative interview! 🙂

    March 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  7. Tara Windwalker

    A fantastic interview. Fred Howard seems like such a nice man, who clearly loves Wizard101, and appreciates Wizard101 fans. I learned so much, Ditto. Thomas Deathgem’s question “Where do the Holiday NPCs go when they aren’t in Wizard City?” is brilliant. I laughed at the “lightbulb turns on over Fred’s head” moment (at 5:21). Seeing him imagine a mechanical mount was precious! He so clearly wants one … like we do! I love that so much about the KingsIsle staff … they love the game as much as we do!

    Ditto, you again brought smiles and joy to Wizard101 fans. Your selection of questions and your light-hearted (but I DO want to know) manner is perfect.

    March 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    • Thanks Tara, I had a lot of fun doing it, and half the questions came right from the awesome Wizard 101 community, so I can’t take all the credit!

      March 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

  8. Ditto, your rise in the blogosphere, and the Community contribution associated with it, are nothing less than extraordinary! You are an exemplary role model for Fabricated Americans everywhere! I salute you.

    p.s. Did they bring back the beanbag chairs at PAX?

    March 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    • Thanks Autumn! And yes, there were a number of bean bag chairs there, I almost tripped over one!

      March 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  9. Nice interview it answered a lot of questions about Wizard101. Character: Daniel DeathForge death wizard level 46

    March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    • i am level 60 diviner (storm) one tip u need a lot help in middle and very late celatia against rank 11 boss that start with 7 powerpips!

      March 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      • cesltia misspell lol

        March 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      • Cody Griffinblood

        Thats a lot of pips. I will look out for him/her. P.S. I am rank 56 Ice dude

        March 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

  10. Victoria Lightwisper

    This is awesome interview Ditto. Be signed under Tarin comment, very nice written. I am very happy that this game plays a lot of adults, among them also I 🙂
    Way to go, I wish you much success. Let me thank you on behalf of many players for this excellent work – the game.

    Get a nice greetings from Slovenia

    March 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  11. ditto one question will there be levels 70? i hope there is it should be called epic or legendray master and start with 3 or 4 power pips in late levels unlike 2.

    March 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    • Sorry Paul, I didn’t hear anything about level 70 when I talked to him, but I’m sure there are more things on the way, the game is doing very well!

      March 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      • anthony neophyte gardener

        ditto awesome interview i like the way you look i wanna hug you so bad 😀 and thnx for all the tips and support and questions you answered i love so much

        March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  12. Lucas FireHunter

    That was amazing Ditto, I am very excited about what is going on next in wizard101, I think the next world is going to be very exciting and challanging, I like that idea about the robot mounts, and the thing i’m the most excited about seeing is the new spells. It be awesome if they made a spell of you heh heh.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  13. WOOHOO!

    I’m not an american but i know you Ditto! You did a great job on that interview and i think you’re the BEST 😀

    March 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  14. I want to personally thank Ditto and his support staff for meeting with me at PAX [you know what they say… behind every great monster are a few great people :-)]. It was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable interviews of the day. I also want to personally thank him for bringing such a great perspective to the Wizard101 community. At KingsIsle we absolutely believe that the community is one of the best aspects of our games and it is great to see this kind of engagement and passion. Hats off to Ditto for creating such a great interview experience at PAX East!
    Thank you.
    Fred Howard

    March 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    • Thanks so much Fred, it was certainly an honor and a privilege to speak with you, and taking the time to sit down with me and give such a great interview definitely shows how much KingsIsle appreciates and values their community!

      March 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    • Hi i just have one question about Wiz101 i been dieing to ask you will there be like a world about like helping save the titance or some thing like that?

      March 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  15. Wolf Strongshield

    Hi ditto. You did a very nice job meeting him, i know its hard to meet someone, when i was a kid, i aways about monsters that are nice, and i would name them bob, but anyways, you did a very nice interveiw with him 🙂 and you look good in the picture 🙂 i wish i could be there and get crowns for my balance or life, i wish i could see you and show my person!

    March 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm

  16. Anna DarkBringer

    Awesome interview! So excited for what’s coming up on Wizard 101 can’t wait to see the new things like spells and the new world,I love the robot mount idea very cool! I wish kingsisle let most wizards pick weather they want to wear a hat or not. and change their apperence when wanted such as face texture or so.
    -Greetings from California I hope you had a great time~!

    March 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  17. nicholas morgan

    I really like the questions and the answers. I thought it was awesome when ditto talked about the mounts, that is a really nice idea.Also do you have any idea if there are going to be more pets that come with the world after celestia and what level would it go up too.

    March 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  18. Cody Griffinblood

    I like the new concepts and stuff but I have one question. What does ado mean? I would really like to know that. Thanks Ditto.

    March 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    • Hi Cody – ‘Without Further Ado’ is an old saying that means ‘without any more talk or activity’ – I was basically just saying that I was going to stop blabbing and get on with the interview! See, you learned something else new from Ditto today!

      March 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  19. Fantastic interview You gave information and it was very interesting I can’t wait till next time I will be waiting for the next interview or so on you did a wonderful job!

    March 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

  20. Awesome and Wizard 101 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  21. Jenna RoseLeaf

    Great job with the interview. I couldnt have done better. I LOVED How you gave all that info. Cant wait for the next interview 🙂

    March 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  22. sob sob sob because its amazing 😦

    March 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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  24. diane

    diana crowgiver

    would love to see two pets at the wizards side, would like to see some levy pets and mounts, would like to see more hybird possibilties for different and rare pets. every pet mixed with something should beable to make some kind of weird mutate, also on rare occasion when crossed the pet should inherit both its parent cards. So a pet could occasionally end up having both cards. Would be awsome.

    March 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

  25. plz!!! new spells!! plz o plz o and a new world plz thank you!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  26. wizard101.com is AWESOME I play it every day

    March 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  27. amazing job ditto

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

  28. i am left handed lol

    March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

  29. anthony neophyte gardener

    i wish wizard101 made up to like level 100 or up to 300 that would be nice and also plz more quests for free people i dont know i feel sad for them new places more gardening stuff bigger houses and new pets mounts and clothes more worlds in the spiral >……… ps:ditto do you have a wizard101 player??? i wanna add you :p

    March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    • nice wizard101 is the best yet, I love it ever since it started

      March 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

  30. I love playing wizard101. 🙂 i hope they give me some time to level up! i just became level 26 so i got some ways to go. oh well i guess i’ll have to wait 😀

    March 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  31. P.S. i am a big fan!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  32. i am so glad to be an adept 🙂 😐

    March 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

  33. hey ditto i have a question…….. will there be a legend of the guardians the owls of ga’hoole quest on wizard101? if there will it will be sooooo cool! 🙂

    March 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

  34. Hunter DarkSword

    Hey Ditto you were amazing! I wish I could meet ya. I’m also a HUGE Wizard101 Fan. My name on Wiz101 is Hunter DarkSword I’m lvl 51 in Dragonspyre. I’m very rich ( not well i have 16,984 gold ). Wish I could interview you!
    Happy wishes!

    March 15, 2011 at 2:00 am

  35. Blaze Windrider

    Nice interview ditto, i like how he thought the mount idea was cool.

    P.S. what type of world is morganthe gonna be in.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:05 am

  36. Laura Shadowsong.

    Wizard101 is awesome! It’s the only MMO I’ve ever liked, and I recommend it to all ages- I am 24, a level 41 balance mage, and a total kid at heart. 🙂

    Great interview, by the way. 😉

    March 15, 2011 at 2:33 am

  37. Nicole

    Pretty good questions, if there r going to be New Worlds beside celestia……Cant wiat. New mounts…Cant wait….I want fuzzy monsters in the new would.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:00 am

  38. Sydney RainWeaver

    I was going to go, but due to unfortunate circumstances, I was unalbe to do so. Wish I could have gone now. Would have loved to have seen the people behind W101! As a player of a different MMORPG, W101 is a great game for all ages!

    March 15, 2011 at 3:42 am

  39. kaylan

    will there be more pets and mounts coming soon

    March 15, 2011 at 4:36 am

  40. CourtneyEmeraldBlossom

    I liked the interview… But i would really enjoy a ds castle with an arena…. or a mechanical mount like the lava spiders that’d be sooo cool

    March 15, 2011 at 4:55 am

  41. ChelseaRosePetal

    Awesum interview i thought i would really rather have all the stuff they talked about in te spiral so it’d be more awesum! All the ideas here have got me thinking of a question wat is the highest lvl the game is gonna cum up with because we cant just keep it at one lvl like 60! So to u all that watched this and posted comments wats the highst lvl u think their gonna cum up with?

    March 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

  42. Tatiana Nightshade

    Hey, Ditto!! Great interview and fantastic questions! Thanks for getting Ron to answer them! Looking forward to newer and great things at Wizard101! 🙂 Fuzzy monsters sounds like a really fun idea! (BTW – my handler is over 30 and luvs this game!)

    March 15, 2011 at 6:35 am

  43. Vanessa RainbowDreamer

    Omg ditto u look so cute :)and nice job u did

    March 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

  44. stephen skygarden

    ditto good job

    March 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

  45. stephen skygarden

    ditto you are very good

    March 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

  46. bob


    March 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  47. Wow Ditto what a great job, a lot of those questions i have been wondering too.

    The mount idea was awesome.

    All the others were awesome.

    Your Friend,

    James Duskleaf

    March 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  48. Grace TitanStaff

    Love the interview, and Ditto was awesome!

    March 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  49. awsome interveiw! I hope we get some of those cool ideas. Go wizard 101!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  50. Chris ThunderGem


    March 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

  51. Amber Dreamhunter

    W101 is the coolest game ever! I know its hard to believe but I have bought over 500$ worth of crowns. I have 3 lvl 60 wizards and 3 lvl 40+ wizards. W101 is a great inspiration to others. I have bought a w101 shirt and It is my favorite shirt ever! Wizard101 can never get old. KI makes so many things that you have too many things to do! I love w101!!! Ditto you monster! You rocked (like usual)!!!!!!!!!!! Ditto I am a huge fan btw. U amaze me!! Your questions were very smart and unique. I really hope that we get mechanical mounts. Fred Howard seems like a nice person. He is totally into the idea with the mechanical mounts. The thing I like about him is that he is into today, not like those 200yr old parents that think today is still the 70’s. My room has w101 posters and has all these T-shirts all over it. I have advertised it to all my friends and so far 25 have joined. (That means I have gotten a ton of crowns) Wizard101 still inspires me today. I will keep playing all my life and never give up hope for improvements. Your rock Kingsisle!!! Keep up the Amazing work!
    -one of your biggest fans, Amber Dreamhunter lvl 60 balance wiz. aka- 10 yr old pal Maya 🙂

    March 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

  52. I am a big fan of w101 I love the game the graphics and other stuff the game has very cool updates and I hope that the game will be better thx for making this game it will teach you lots of stuff!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  53. Caitlin

    Go ditto! i love wizard101 and i am sure you probably like it too

    March 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  54. Caitlin

    Go ditto!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  55. Stephanie

    I wish i could meet Fred. He sounds so amazing. One thing if i would ask him is: “Where did you get the topic for Wizard101?”
    Btw, Wizard101 help improve my spelling in school. School is very important to me and so is Wizard101.
    Also, Why are people quitting? Why would you join if your gonna quit later on? Thats how we loose population on Wizard101.
    Wizard101 has helped me by raise my grades on my report card by: Spelling, proper nouns, and many other things!
    Wizard101 is the greatest thing ever. Its better than Rune Scape.
    Thank you for reading ^-^

    March 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

  56. Gabrielle UnicornDreamer

    Ditto RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!!!! GO DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

  57. luke

    can you add fishing

    March 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  58. luke

    can you add fishing please.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

  59. luke ironfountain

    can you add fishing pretty please.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

  60. David goldenblood

    ditto thx do you know if there will be a world wit ice snakes and flaming gobblers wit vampires ? and plz tell. I am not a americian but i am from the carribean. and thx again

    March 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    • luke ironfountain

      cool your awesome

      March 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

  61. David goldenblood

    and you go DITTO so everybody who is reading this just give me a D-I-T-T-O ditto ditto you go

    March 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

  62. Peter

    I hope wizard 101 can create more awesome spells, I am level 34 now, and from time to time I have to purchase a “partner” to help me to fight some boss, but even so they ” partner” are level 7 players, but their attack wasn’t that impressive, Therefore, I hope there can me more impressive spells for us to learn,

    thank you very mmuch

    March 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

  63. Emilyroseblossom (nicole)

    i LOVE wizard101 its sooooo fun its the best game i played in a LONG time!!!!! i love to meet new people its so Fun!! im a lvl 60 fire and the one thing i am sad about is my rank! i cant rank but i still try! love Emilyroseblossom

    March 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  64. Quinn AngelWhisper

    omg! I LOVED the video. And I had a question for Ditto. What lvl are you on w101? I am 31. I just wanted to know.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

  65. i have a question im not i member but i really need help. i cant talk to oakheart im a level 58 life wizard i cant get my forest guardian until i get then bartlbe card. i dont know were the quest is to get in oak hearts place in the jade palace. can you please help me. i looked every and cant find it. Please can you help me?

    March 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  66. Jeremy ShadowMask (Jalen)

    Ditto will you ever think i will belive you are real plz write back.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  67. AmberDawnDreamer

    This is soooooo cute :). I love wizard101 and i think it is the best game ever!!!!!!! I cant wait till new worlds come out :)(btw everyone my wizard name is Amber Dawn Dreamer soooo add me!)

    March 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  68. yesterday, I got to level 39, and defeted marlybone! I got a new spell too!

    March 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

  69. 魏凱琳

    KI should try to have Chinese New Year Holiday in W101 with all the firework and stuff.
    Try some holidays that comes from Japan since there is a Mooshu world based on Japan culture.
    Ha, Mr. Howard looks so nervous.
    lol adorable little monsters.
    Could you let players use both crowns and gold to buy an item? Not just using gold or crowns only to buy an item, but use both at the same time to buy an item from crowns shop.
    Oh and one idea for the mount: heck hound!!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

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  71. James Legend

    Awesome I would like to see some of the ideas mentioned in-game! Good job guys…

    March 17, 2011 at 4:19 am

  72. Michaeldeathblade

    when you meant lvl 58 pets do you mean like snow angel, forest lord, ra etc?

    March 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  73. shawana shadowstalker

    Is the game ever going to let players trade items not just treasure cards. Since the game often gives items a player cannot use it would be nice to be able to trade items as well as gold cards.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

  74. ditto very nice enterview! (Storm) Lvl:40 I like the idea of robot mounts do you ever think there will be a level (70,80,90 or above?) Super fan,Matthew YOU ROCK DITTO and kingisle staff keep up the good work!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  75. Ditto hi i like to say your funny and cute. your a adorable monster. Hope you find out more about wizards 101 mystery. I love you and i have a question are monsters and wizards are real and cute like you!!!???

    p.s. i am the sister of paul jadegem level 60 divier and i am 49 ice or themegiest near that love a lot!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

  76. Nice interview ditto! I wanna bbe your friend on the game so go to your you tube account i subbed you!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

  77. this is a great game and i know cause Ive been playing it for three years now.it is getting better and better each month especially the gardening.now thats fun.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

  78. hey Ditto if you could work for any part of kingsile what would it be?

    March 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

    • I don’t know – I guess I would like to work in the part that creates mounts and pets, that seems like it would be a lot of fun!

      March 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

      • would you ever join kingisle in there making of wizard101? (also big fan) you rock
        Plz reply

        March 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

  79. LOVE U DITTO ur a cute monster hope to see u in wizzy 101. i love your really great in the interveiw. are monsters and wizard

    March 18, 2011 at 1:07 am

  80. Destiny Heart

    Awesome interview Ditto! You had some great questions to ask! Hehe, I actually learned some new things believe it or not…and Ditto, if you were told to pick a school from Wizard101, would you pick life, death, fire, myth, ice, storm, or balance?

    March 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

    • Hi Destiny, thanks – I play a Pyromancer and love the fire school, but all the schools have great advantages to them, so it’s really up to you!

      March 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  81. I found out that Ditto is correct about Wizard101 including the following: expansions in levels and worlds, new pets, new outfits, and new crown shop!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

  82. Jc

    yay! Winter Tusk Is Coming OUt I Am Sooooo happy when will it come out can you put on a date???

    March 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    • Sorry JC – as I said in my article, there is no hint of a date yet, so I can’t even guess at this point. I’m excited for it too!!

      March 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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  84. Alicia Frost

    Nice video! And also i wanted to ask, if there was going to be any more type of hounds like a Life Hound or Myth Hound.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

  85. Leesha Ashsword

    Hi ditto XD 🙂 i am so excited about the new world!!!!!! yea so….. you know the question i asked a while ago? i was wondering if there will be a quest to go to the guardians of Ga’Hoole! plz write back! cya! BYE! 🙂

    March 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

    • I don’t know about a quest for the guardians, Leesha – it would be neat though.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  86. Hmm… If in the interview (I THINK), if the holiday or unique characters (such as Selena Gomez) travel throughout the spiral, would one of those characters reapear in Wintertusk? Also, Im hoping that some day there will be a spiral world that represents life (like mooshu, but very different from it). I wish there was (WAY off topic and never ‘gonna happen) invasions towards houses every now and then, like depending on your rank, a certain lvl enemy/enemies would appear at your house, and if your away from home, you will get a notification; also guardians can be purchased by special merchants throughout the spiral (sort of like gardening merchants. Like the best seeds and tools are located at celestia) such as a firecat, or a collosus; or maybe your pets’ abilities could be used while placed at home to defend or defeat enemies. Like I said, this is no way going to become a feature, but, if someday it is, I thank Kingsisle for it 😀

    March 20, 2011 at 2:15 am

  87. Jc

    hi ditto you are epic!!! and sorry about asking for date but it bothers me because people saying winter tusk is a side quest world and it coming out in may Plz write back

    March 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  88. scot legendforge

    i love wiz101…in summers i play from morning till 5pm. i havent play for like 3 months now,,but after this i am certainly downloading wiz101 again.

    March 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  89. Thanks you Ditto. Awesome interview w/ Howard back there! Glad you had a great time my furry friend! 😉

    – M.W.S

    March 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  90. WOOHOO! I’m Level 29! XD

    March 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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