Pirates, Wedding Dresses and Podracing Oh My!
For over a year now, the MMOG World of Warcraft has attracted millions of gamers, both young and old to the shores of Azeroth and Kalimdor to fight on either the mighty Horde, or the noble Alliance. As more and more people reach the level cap of 60 set by Blizzard, people are continually categorizing the game, and all those who reach the cap into 2 groups: the first being the end game content raiders, and the second being the casual playing 60's. Let me tell you right now, that this is NOT the case at all. Blizzard has provided within the World of Warcraft an incredible amount of "Fluff", better known as the content that is inside the game for the players to enjoy, but recieve no experience benefit from, (all the fun stuff!!). World of Warcraft is filled to the brim with crazy, creative, wild, funny and exotic content for all ages and types of gamers to enjoy, so sit back, relax and let me explain to you some of the funnest events in the game, that most players are too busy to enjoy!
This article will go over the following, just a few of the many things Blizzard has given its gamers in WOW, that we may overlook. Everyday there are ongoing and recurring events that take place all over the globe, some every few hours, others every odd week, sometimes only for a short while during the month, but there has always been content available to take part in and make you feel very much inside the World of Warcraft. These are the things that are all voluntary to participate in, and people only do it for the fun, and to share in the enjoyment with their fellow gamers. There are incredible celebrations and Holidays held over the Azerothian and Kalimdor lands, and there is usually, just like in real life, fun quirks, games and quests to do and take part in. There are the COUNTLESS comedic refrences hidden throughout the game, from movies, televsion, politics, music, you name it, Blizzard has very carefully added in great humor through the use of toons, or names, or even the landscape of the game itself. Also, inside WOW, it is filled with a life of it's own, including the towns and vendors available to the players, as well as the items, in which may not have the least signifigance in game, are used and worn for the enjoyment and Fluff purposes of the players!
Here is a small list of all the great activities that are available for all players to participate in!
Gurubashi Arena Booty Run - Every 3 Hours starting at midnight
The Bloodsail Pirates have a penchant for illicit after-hours activities, especially those involving mass combat and treasure. To see that his crew has its nightly fill of extracurricular entertainment, a lone pirate captain will drop a chest in the center of Gurubashi Arena every three hours starting at midnight (Pacific Time). Be the first to get to the chest and loot it - while fighting off everyone else trying to do the same - and you'll reap the reward it holds. And the pirates will rejoice!
Darkmoon Faire - First of every month lasting a week
A gathering of the exotic from around the world and beyond, Silas Darkmoon has brought together the Darkmoon Faire as a celebration of the wondrous and mysterious found in Azeroth. While the Faire spends most of its time in parts unknown, they do stop from time to time in Mulgore and Elwynn forest. When the faire is on its way, barkers will stop by Orgrimmar and Ironforge to announce its arrival. The Darkmoon Faire begins set up on the first Friday of each month, and continues for 3 days. On the early morning of Monday (4am server time), the Faire will begin. Features: Many exotic vendors travel with Silas Darkmoon, offering adventurers hard-to-find items from the far corners of Azeroth. Players can earn tickets by gathering trade goods for Darkmoon Faire's vendors, which can then be turned in for items and special equipment. Strange sets of cards have been broken up and scattered across Azeroth. Players who are lucky enough to collect a complete set of these cards can turn them in at the faire to receive epic items. Cheap booze.
Battlegrounds Holiday - 3 Weekends a Month
Holidays occur during most weekends, starting on Thursday night at midnight and continuing until Tuesday morning. During a holiday, emmissaries from that Battleground will be found in the major cities, and honor/faction rewards for performing objectives in that battleground are increased. Cycle: Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, None.
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza - Every Sunday, 2 - 4 P.M.
The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Early in the day, friendly neighborhood goblins will visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At the appropriate time, the shout will ring out across Stranglethorn to bait your hooks and cast your lines! Will you be the master fisherman that gathers the necessary amount of tastyfish to win the grand prize? Can you reel in the right fish to receive some of famous Nat Pagle's fabulous fishing equipment? Will the Lucky Fishing Hat make its triumphant return onto the heads of anglers everywhere? You'll soon find out!
Elemental Invasions - Every Few Days
Reports of elemental incursions in different parts of Kalimdor are increasing. Every few days, a new wave of elementals blasts its way into the regions of Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Azshara, and Winterspring - ostensibly, for the sole reason of seeing just how far into these territories they can penetrate before being beaten back by the forces of the Horde or the Alliance. Investigate these regions and aid your allies in countering these mysterious invasions.
Holidays and Celebrations:
Here is a list of some of the incredible celebrations that appear in the World of Warcraft! With these come new additions, characters, quests, items, pets, treats, food, arms and armour and suprises galore!
Noblegarden - March 22 - April 25
The great feast of Noblegarden has long been celebrated by the races of the Alliance and recently adopted by those of the Horde. On this joyous day, it is customary for the nobles and lords from each race to hide coins, candy, and the occasional treasures within special eggs painted to look like wildflowers. These eggs are then scattered around the major cities for the citizenry to find. From heroes to commoners, and everyone in between - the feast of Noblegarden is meant to bring communities together to share the joy of life and friendship.
Children's Week - May 1 - May 8
Children's Week is celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City. At the beginning of May and lasting for a week, it is a time for heroes of both sides to give back to the innocents of war...the orphans!
Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza - July 4
Deep within the cavernous halls of Undermine, goblins labor and toil over their strange and fanciful engineering creations. When they are not constructing powerful devices of destruction, they find making fireworks a diverting pasttime. They work tirelessly over strange chemical concoctions used to produce precisely the right color and, of course, spectacular explosion. It is an artform that comes naturally to those who find great pleasure in making things explode in a variety of ways. Competition is fierce among the engineers as they strive for perfection within their pyrotechnics.
Hallow's End - October 18 - November 1 (Memnok's Personal Favorite!!)
When the decorations of Hallow's End light up Azeroth's cities, you know there's mischief afoot! Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats! Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Deathcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken's Wickerman Festival, and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs -- are you up to the challenge?
Feast of Great-Winter - December 15 - January 2
The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities. Adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites - including Greatfather's Winter ale, candy canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoe. All the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he is looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies. Smokeywood Pastures needs a few brave adventurers to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of holiday goods traveling though Alterac. Unconfirmed reports say that consuming eggnog during a snowball fight can have some chilling results.
Everywhere we go in WOW, Blizzard has blessed us with humor at every turn. Movie refrences galore really shine through as famous characters and scenes appear in the World of Warcraft, for example, here are some of the best and most well known sites and attractions! Enjoy!
- The Undercity's mock "Fight Club" with a rather dead looking Tyler Durden carving his fresh recuits into wood, check it out all you Brad Pitt Fans!
- Trekkies beware! Engineer cheif Scooty and Jordy Lapforge grace us with their presence in Booty Bay and in Gadgetzan, as well as an away team in Gnomeregon!
- Mr. Wolfe from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction makes a appearance in Ravenholdt Manour for those witty dialogue movie fans.
- Full Metal Jacket lovers will notice in Thunderbluff, the Cenarion Circle soil digger has the tone of the Drill Srg.! Stay clear if you dont want to be doing pushups and be called a maggot!
- Dracula lovers will notice that one of the undead names of a dark, mysterious, caped undead near Brill, is called Bella Lugos, looking as scary as ever!
- For all you Pirates of the Caribbean fans, a Johnny Depp look alike resides there, going under the alias, Captain Heckleburry Smotts!
- Podracing!!!!!! Taken straight from Star Wars, Blizzard has added in its own Tatooine, rather known as the Mirage Flats Raceway, where you can go visit Watto, place a bet and watch the races!
- Dukes of Hazzard fans will love that Daisy Dukes can be seen in her little jean shorts out at the raceway as well!
- Shawshank Redemption fans, anyone remember the small tool that is used to escape from prison? Well, there is an in game quest item called Scrimshank's surveying gear!
Blizzard has given to us a living, breathing world. We often don't realise how intricate everything is, how the landscape can really look calming, or angry, how if you really wanted to, you could watch a sunset, or even the way the light appears on your armour. In this world that they have given us, the towns really do seem alive. If anyone has ever visited Stormwind, there are shops and stores for everything, whether there is a purpose for the game or not! There are taverns, and school children, dress makers, wine specialists! It is really incredible and as well, there are many items, grey, green, blue or epic that make people smile! Such as pirate hats, festive shirts, mechanical chickens, t-shirts, goggles, leather balls, tuxedos, and so very much more. I have even seen an actual in game wedding take place between 2 characters (scary thought you may say? I agree!), which leads me to say there is so much to enjoy in this game, not everything is about raiding or PVP, or "phat lewts", sometimes what matters most is to have fun and to smile at some of the little things.
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