Finally! Ages later than the creation of Honor’s bear, I finally managed to get Brian’s hydra made!
Brian had a very specific hydra that he wanted. He’s been enjoying the Wizard101 online role playing game, and one of his favorite creatures in the game is a Hydra. Early in the game, it was available as a pet, now it’s only available with a card or as an equipment bonus. Here’s a little clip:
Brian drew this sketch for me, mostly to insure I got the order of the heads correct:
And here is his finished hydra. This one doesn’t breath fire, ice and lightning like the one in the game, but it turned out pretty cool any way!
As for other pets, the online game has recently brought out an expansion to game play. Previously, a pet for your character was usually just a creature that followed you around. A cute status symbol. Some pets gave you a small bonus in the game in the form of an additional spell card. Now, pets have been made more interactive. From an article on the new Advanced Pets:
“The pet system allows players to raise and combine their own pets, which can assist them in battle. Pets also can roam freely in Castles and Lands, enjoy snacks, compete in the multiplayer Pet Derby, and train in special mini-games (including Dance Game, Gobbler Drop, Cannon Game, and Maze Game).
In battle, pets will accompany their wizard companion, and be able to use new abilities such as traps, shields, and blades during duels.”
I’ve recommended Wizard101 as a family game before, and definitely continue to do so. It is still evolving, and is still very engaging for all members of the family. Here’s another article from an Austin, TX news station about it.