HO HO MMO: A Holiday Content Round-Up

Ho Ho MMO: Holiday Content Round-Up
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 largest MMOGs.

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 15th until January 2nd, 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 25th! 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 snowball fight?

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. For 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

Welcome to Winter-home
In the words of this festival's designer, Lauren "Budgeford" Salk, "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 doesnÂ’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!

The show must go on!

The 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:

Dungeons & Dragons Online - Festivult

The city of Stormreach is no stranger to this annual tradition, which has been underway in one fashion or another since the first day of December, and will continue until the last day of December. In the darkness of the month of Vult, the Coin Lords of Stormreach have banded together to create a celebration to drive the monsters and gloom away.

Adventurers undertaking quests in the region will occasionally obtain Festivult coins from treasure chests, and can return them to the Jester in Stormreach for a few festive prizes, primarily in the form of cookies. Who doesn't love cookies?! But the Jester is a mischievous and mysterious fellow and will also occasionally gift adventurers with rare and powerful artifacts, seemingly at random.

If chest-diving isn't exactly your speed, you can also enjoy the Risia Ice Games which will come to town twice during the month: Dec 13 thru Dec 16 and again Dec 26 thru Jan 3. One of the biggest attractions is the challenging ice jumping course that offers prizes if you're dextrous enough with your aerial acrobatics.

And last, and many may consider least, Turbine is offering up a whole horde of goodies on sale in the DDO store during this festive time of year. Additionally, all players will receive a bonus to their experience and guild renown gains, as well as their loot drops, from December 20th until January 1st. So get out there and deck some goblins in the holly berries. Fa la la, etc.

Click here to read the official Festivult Announcement at DDO.com

City of Heroes - Winter Event

Despite lacking a cleverly catchy title like most of the others on this list, the COH Winter Event definitely stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the others in terms of content and spirit.

The Candy Keeper
Just for logging in between December 17th and January 3rd, all heroes will be given an earmuff costume piece unlock, a special temporary power that helps prevent experience debt, and a gift that can be given to their fellow players. These gifts contain random goodies that can be temporary powers, costume unlocks, or great heaping bags of Influence/Infamy.

That's far from the end of the celebration, though. A mischievous elf known as Gamester has littered the world with presents that can contain a variation of goodies (or baddies!) including the Candy Cane Salvage that the Candy Keeper is seeking. He'll give you prizes if you bring enough salvage to him at the Ski Chalet. While you're there, try a speed run down the icy ski lifts to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold badges!

But all is not sweetness and light in Paragon City. In the deep cold of winter, the wicked Lady Winter has decided to launch her diabolical plans to freeze the entire planet! Whether a hero or a villain, this would put a serious crimp in your future plans, so gather your friends/minions and put an end to her dasterdly plans! You'll also have to rescue Baby New Year from the clutches of Snaptooth, for if Father Time is unable to pass on his legacy the entire universe may come to a chilly end!

Get more details about this superpowered Winter Event over at NCSoft's site.

Age of Conan - A Bloody Solstice

Conan Revels
The world of Conan is known for violence and glorious bloodshed, and it remains true even in this celebratory time of year. While most tribes celebrate the renewal of all things with a relatively peaceful solstice feast, the conquering Vanir have taken the opportunity to oust the Aesir from their holy feasting grounds. This atrocity cannot stand, and so you and your fellow adventurers must heed the call to bring vengeance to the Vanir invaders.

Two new solo quests and one group quest are offered with this seasonal content, as well as a half-dozen unique social rewards and a Vanir "companion" to join you on your journeys (whether he likes it or not).

Keep an eye on Ten Ton Hammer's AoC community site for more information as this content launches.

EVE Online - The Echelon Holiday Ship

As a gift to all active ship captains in the EVE universe, CCP is handing out one free cutting edge ship per account. The Echelon is said to be in possession of some impressive encryption technology, as well as incorporating enigmatic Sansha technology into its systems.

To redeem this unique and limited-time offer, follow the redemption details available in this CCP Dev Blog.

(Note: This ship is not available for trial accounts, and the offer ends January 3rd, 2011.)

LEGO Universe - Frostivus

Once a year, a comet that houses the city of Frostburgh comes hurtling through space and passes close enough to Nimbus Station that it thaws out and the town comes to life! During this brief period of activity, the citizens of Frostburgh offer events and prizes to visitors, and occasionally reward them with unique items that can only be found in the snowy city.

If running errands for the locals isn't really your speed, you can try your hand at a winterized race track that includes ice-patches and rampaging snow-monsters. Or just pick up a handful of the white fluff that falls in abundance in Frostburgh, and have a snowball fight with your friends and neighbors.

This event will run until January 1st, when the comet will pass out of the range of Nimbus Station leaving the city of Frostburgh to once again ice over, and will not return again until next year.

Fallen Earth - Holiday Apocalypse Challenge

Not every game offers its content within the confines of the game world. But then, not every game can use the terms "holiday" and "apocalypse" in the same breath without causing eyebrows to raise.

Fallen Earth is running a giveaway sweepstakes that requires nothing more than a registration, and frequent log-ins to the game world. Once registered, each daily entry between now and January 7th will put players in the drawing for massive prizes sponsored by big names like Alienware and Patriot Memory. Also up for grabs are a series of in-game vehicles!

Visit FallenEarth.com for complete entry details and rules of the contest. And happy hunting!

Global Agenda - 12 Drops of Christmas

One simply cannot survive on arena PvP shoot 'em up alone. Sometimes you need silly hats to motivate you!

Global Agenda is launching a campaign aimed at that specific need. Beginning on December 16th and running until January 9th, they will be introducing a new set of challenges every 2 days with the reward for each challenge being a festive piece of seasonal head flair that will strike fear and uncontrollable laughter into the hearts of your opponents. Collect all 12 to earn a bonus 13th prize!

12 drops of Christmas

Further details of each challenge will be announced on Global Agenda's event page.


Got any tips to share about your favorite in-game holiday celebrations? Did I fail to mention a favorite of yours? Leave a comment below to share your holiday content stories, wishes or favorite guides!

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