Ho Ho MMO:
Holiday Content Round-Up
Does anyone else out there feel as though the Holidays suddenly sneak
up and backstab our wallets and free-time every single year? I don't
know why I never see them coming. You would think that I'd come to
expect it around the same time each year, right? No such luck!
One of the most difficult things to get straight every year, is how I'm
going to balance my time between family, parties, public appearances as
Santa Claus (it happens!), and all the wonderful holiday-themed content
that gets pushed out for a limited time during this time of year. How
do I decide whether to rescue Paragon City from Lady Winter, or obtain
my very own glittering Yule Pony?
Step one is to be as informed as possible. And so, in the interest of
making your holiday season a bit easier to deal with, I've assembled a
simple Round-Up of the content being offered in many of the industry's
World of Warcraft - Feast of Winter Veil
This merriest season of the Azerothian year couldn't come at a better
time. Fresh off the destruction that Deathwing's rampage has caused to
the world, the denizens of this WoW's various factions are definitely
in need of some good old winter holiday cheer.
Running from December
, these festivities will offer the opportunity to earn
about 10 different achievements while completing a handful of seasonal
quests, all while munching on about a dozen food items only available
during this event. Also be sure to visit your nearest capital city to
see the lights, trees and other decorations lining every street and
building, and to pick up your very own presents from beneath the trees
on the morning of December
! Prizes in past years have included remote-controlled
cars, reindeer mini-pets and much more, all exclusively offered during
the Winter Veil celebration.
A few of the achievements require PvP activity, but if these aren't
your style work on them early! Chances are that you'll run across
others attempting to get the same achievements, which may make for a
more cheerful experience. And who doesn't love a good old-fashioned
And don't forget - many of the seasonal achievements available during
this limited time can allow dedicated celebrators to earn long-term
rewards like the Violet Proto-Drake!
For help on getting the most out of the Feast of Winter Veil, check out Ten Ton Hammer's Guides.
EverQuest II - Frostfell
Frostfell arrived early this year, surprising players by launching
during a period of hotfix maintenance on December 7th
the fourth year running, players of EQ2 can visit the Frostfell
Wonderland Village to obtain quests, craft exclusive holiday-themed
items, and pick up their daily presents courtesy of Santa Glug (a very
festive, but slightly creepy goblin dressed in holiday garb).
The primary purpose of the quests given at this time of year is to
obtain items known as the Frozen Tokens of E'ci which can be traded for
unique items, clothing and decorations for your home. This year offers
return revelers a whole bunch of new items to obtain including icy home
decor, high-end armor sets and much more. There is also as a new quest
called the Frostfell Fanatic which will have players running across the
face of Norrath on a scavenger hunt that will reward you with your very
own Santa Glug Sleigh! Which, sadly, is just decor for your home, and
not a working mount. But it sure is festive.
SOE has posted a complete announcement that includes links to Frostfell guides on the EQ2 website
Lord of the Rings Online - Yule Festival
In the words of this
festival's designer, Lauren
, "This festival looks
different, feels different, and is different. It is not the usual
event-in-a-box that we have been making again and again... This one is
bigger, more immersive, and doesn’t just layer more content on top of
the existing festival areas."
The biggest change that came with
this event, is that the LOTRO team has set aside an entire region for
the festivities instead of just dropping mini-games on top of existing
content. The celebration takes place in a snow-covered village called
Winter-home. Contained within this winter wonderland is an ongoing
snowball fight event, an eating contest, a theatre event and a bunch of
seasonal quests that will all give players new opportunities to pick up
unique and limited-time prizes and presents, including a new cloak,
several new outfits, and a glittering yule pony mount.
What is a
"theatre event" you ask? Well, the ingenious and tireless developers at
Turbine have devised a new type of content that, while set outside the
established questing system, nonetheless allows players to participate
in a story event as it unfolds. And, through the use of emotes,
actually drive the story down a path of their choosing!
larger story of Winter-home is one that players will also play a role
in determining the outcome. Whether they side with the greedy and
self-serving mayor of the town, or stand up for the goodness of the
little folk, the outcome is determined solely by the choices a player
is allowed to make along the way.
For more information about LOTRO's Yule Festival check out
these developer blog posts: