Can you please recommend me an MMO I can play with my nieces and nephews ages 8-12

I don't mind paying a monthly fee for all of them if need be.

I haven't been to WOW in over 5 years but it's cartoon art style and relative simplicity and lots of nonquest things to do seemed like my first choice. I briefly tried Runescape and personally didn't enjoy it.

Previous MMO I played was Tera, beautiful clothes (some of the outfits were GORGEOUS!) but absolutely not kid appropriate (especially the community).

Suggestions welcomed.
Thanks!

/ESA

I'd have to say that Guild Wars 2 is probably a nice bet. There's a heck of a difference between 8 and 12, though. I'd be a little concerned for the 8 yo in GW2 more just because some of the outfits are pretty revealing, maybe pg-13 at best, but still.

Community wise, keep them off of group chat and there shouldn't be issues there. Even on the server the GWJ folks generally play on, the group chat is generally pretty good and there are language filters too. The nice thing about GW2 is that you can always go back to play in any zone, no matter if you are a higher level. There are even some of the events where they uplevel you to 80 so that you can participate.

The final plus to me would be that while there are a lot of skills and ability to vary playstyles, you don't end up having multiple rows of skillbars to worry about. The fact there's no monthly fee doesn't hurt either.

I'm sure there are other F2P ones out there (Marvel Heroes springs to mind) that might also be worthwhile mentions. Easier to get everyone on a F2P, where there's no cash outlay at all.

What about Wizard 101? I have never played it but I hear it is really popular with kids.

fangblackbone wrote:

What about Wizard 101? I have never played it but I hear it is really popular with kids.

Actually Wizard 101 is specifically built for kids and, honestly, it is fun for adults as well. There are a lot of privacy protections built into the game to protect children.

The developer also released Pirate 101, which has different mechanics, but the same kid-friendly interface and protections.

Bonus is that both games are F2P so you can try them without commiting.

Free Realms, Wizard 101 and Pirate 101 (the last two are by the same company and related) are all specifically designed with children in mind. They even have guides for parents and controls for parents. In fact, Wizard 101 was originally free-to-play specifically so parents could check out the game for themselves before allowing their children to play.

Though some have questioned my judgement, here are the MMOs that I've been playing with my 6 year old that we both enjoy:

Firefall
Marvel Heroes
Path of Exile

He really enjoys playing Age of Wushu but he doesn't actually do any of the quests, he just runs around punching boars and skinning them. He just likes the idea of "doing karate" on pigs, bears and the occasional bandit. I liked the game for a bit but it really tries to strong-arm you into getting a subscription and the open PvP format can be annoying.

We also played Neverwinter together for about 20 levels on 2 different characters but he lost interest because he didn't like being forced to do specific things to complete quests, he just wanted to run around, explore and fight enemies.

While I really can't stand the way EA monitized it during F2P, TOR is a very well made MMO, and I highly doubt the restrictions will be noticeable or matter too much if you're playing in a group, since you get bonus XP for grouping, as well as being able to complete a lot of the daily repeatable heroic quests to stay on the leveling curve despite the reduction in XP for free accounts.

If they're more interested in a fantasy setting, then LotRO is another fantastic game; I'd recommend rolling on Landroval there. It's a very, very friendly server, with lots of help available. Also, if you've got a solid machine, some of the outfits you can get in LotRO are gorgeous as well, and very kid friendly.

Anyone know when Wildstar is to be released?

That game at least on paper, looks to be what they are looking for and that I as well would enjoy.

And since I will be playing with them, I'm not too keen on strictly kid MMOs like Wizards 101.

Please keep the suggestions coming.

Thanks ^^
/ESA

Wizard 101 and Pirate 101 are excellent choices and have great family account plans

EvilShawnAndrich wrote:

Anyone know when Wildstar is to be released?

That game at least on paper, looks to be what they are looking for and that I as well would enjoy.

And since I will be playing with them, I'm not too keen on strictly kid MMOs like Wizards 101.

Please keep the suggestions coming.

Thanks ^^
/ESA

Before the end of year, but not entirely sure yet. They're still in closed beta.

edit:
Also EQ Next: Landmark is supposed to be out by the holidays

Cobble wrote:

Wizard 101 and Pirate 101 are excellent choices and have great family account plans

I had fun with Wizard 101. It has an interesting card mechanic that you use in battles.

Eve Online.

MacBrave wrote:

Eve Online.

8-12 is too old, EVE is for newborns.

garion333 wrote:
MacBrave wrote:

Eve Online.

8-12 is too old, EVE is for newborns.

ya know if i ever have kids i may do that.

Create an account for them the day they're born and let the xp build and when they're old enough give them that toon.

Lotro is definitely kid-friendly. Let the Kinfolk know you've got a tyke on and they'll usually accommodate. Landroval is a generally mature population of experienced players.

I'd also say you could try Guild Wars 2. It's shiny, but it does have scary/gruesome stuff in it (necromancer pets come to mind) and you'd want to limit their chat windows. Both games have profanity filters.

You could also set up your own Minecraft server and give them access to it. That would be fun even if you pick another traditional MMO to play.

Robear wrote:

You could also set up your own Minecraft server and give them access to it. That would be fun even if you pick another traditional MMO to play.

This. What kid doesn't like virtual Legos?

Star Trek Online should work and it is free to play. Even though it has a lot of fighting it isn't very graphic.

I was going to suggest Runescape, so that won't work.

Have you seen Maplestory? Or is that too light?

Also DC universe might be pretty fun for your nieces and nephews. You all could come up with a theme and create a team i.e. like morbad the worst, morgood the better and mornuetral the same... Ect. I remember it being pretty family friendly but it was a long time ago that I last played.

It is free to play too.

DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online) is free to play, so you could give that a try too.

Puzzle Pirates. It's been around forever, and you accomplish stuff by playing puzzles like bejeweled and so on. It's surprisingly deep, and a relatively mature and family-friendly community. Free to play with microtransactions if you wish.

Wizard101 kicks ass. Crafting, PvP, quests, instances, deck/spell management, pets, pet breeding, plant farming, player housing, auctions, mounts, minigames...

"Designed around kids" does not equal "strictly for kids."

Brizahd wrote:

Star Trek Online should work and it is free to play. Even though it has a lot of fighting it isn't very graphic.

I second this one!

GW2 hands down.

We even have a few GWJers who also play with their kid(s).