Between Brewfest, Harvest Festival, and this Pirate Thing, it’s a busy time to be in game. So many holiday events! So many achievements! So many little items and toys and costumes and junk!
It got me thinking: do you care much about the holiday stuff in online games like WoW? For me, it usually comes down to badly I want the title or associated little toys and stuff. For example, I recently did the whole Fire Festival brouhaha just so I could give my baby mage the “Flame Keeper” title. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bothered.
What about you guys? How do you like your holidays in your MMOs?
So there’s a Noblegarden (Easter) achievement called http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=2422/shake-your-bunny-maker , which involves putting bunny ears on a female player character of each race. And you know, up until now my main has been a female character and getting bunny-eared has not bothered me. My poor fem-tauren was hounded constantly and, you know, whatever, the ears are cute.
But now that my main is a male I suddenly feel creep-tastic. Like “HI, PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT I AM A STRAPPING YOUNG BLOOD ELF WHO IS CURRENTLY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A NICE YOUNG DWARVEN LADY. IT’S FOR AN ACHIEVEMENT. HONEST. SWEAR TO THE SUNWELL.”
So yeah. If you happen to see Althalor from The Venture Co stalking you down to bunny ear you, I promise I’m not being creepy. I promise! I just want my achievement! /cry
With Tawyn’s acquisition of Mr. Wiggles yesterday, she now possesses all three of the “old-world” Children’s Week minipets– Speedy being her first and Whiskers being her second. Because Childrens’ Week was the first ever in-game holiday I experienced (seriously, I was about level… 16?), this means I’ve officially headed into my third year of playing World of Warcraft.
For those of you who have been playing a lot longer than I have, that’s probably nothing, but for me it’s sort of a “wow… crazy” moment, that I have now played for two full years and am headed into my third. Two years ago I was on my last week of university courses ever and I opted to install the demo version of the game knowing I could now safely play it without having to worry about being distracted from homework and various super-important projects. I rolled up Tawyn, the teal-haired hunter, who was supposed to be a tauren except that the person who got me into the game was Alliance so I had to follow suit. Two years later she is (perhaps astonishingly?) still very much my main, and I’ve made some of my current best friends in-game and become some sort of blogger. Weird, huh?
Happy birthday, Tawyn! And thanks to all my readers for letting my share my WoW experiences with you guys. <3
– The song is called “Bucket!” and I wrote it. A 100%-Pike creation I made in 2003 when screwing around with a program that was then called FruityLoops. The original movie of this that I made used the songs “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash and “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers but YouTube threw copyright notices in my face and disabled the music, so in protest I am using an original song that I’ve been sitting on for years, waiting for a good time to use it. I think it works well.
– Yes I know there’s easier methods to get this achievement. Not nearly so fun though!
– See the big shadows on the ground starting at 3:38? There are supposed to be buildings there. And people wonder why I eat flame walls… *mutters*
1. Go to a level 5-ish “starter town”: Goldshire, Dolanaar, Razor Hill, Brill, etc.
2. Find eggs that are hidden around the town. On some low-pop servers people are running around grabbing eggs as they find them, on others people are camping egg spawn points which means you’ll probably have to also.
3. Open the eggs as you get them, inside you’ll get a lot of chocolate which you can use as currency and occasionally also some toys and items.
4. Visit the Noblegarden quartermaster (there is one in every aforementioned starter-town), any of the items you need for the achievement if you want it, and/or did not get inside eggs, are available to buy for chocolate.
I’ve written before about how I’m not really big into the holiday achievements partially because they are stressful (and thus, in my mind, counter to the point of having a holiday) and partially because I’ve already done them all before. However, with the new Noblegarden, I hadn’t done it before, so I went out and spent several hours yesterday collecting eggs. Not for the achievement and title, though I am definitely scooping up a few of the fun ones along the way… but because I can add more toys to my collection. My motto: one can never have too many toys for one’s backpack.
Oh, and my toons look superfriggin’-cute with bunny ears.
[Insert screenshot here that I’d post if the realms weren’t down. Feel free to pretend it’s the greatest screenshot you’ve ever seen.]