HO HO MMO: A Holiday Content Round-Up

Updated Thu, Dec 16, 2010 by borticus

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 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!

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:

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