alt="Spring-Flingin': LotRO's 2011 Spring Festival"
The Spring Festival has begun in
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There is no new content this year - nothing on the scale of Winterhome,
at least - but the 2011 Spring Festival does have the old favorites:
the hedge maze and Stomp-A-Shrew. And a shiny new horse.
alt="New Spring Festival Mount"
The less-visually-jarring Blue Roan Steed from last year is
also still available. The hedge maze near the Bree-land festival
grounds has a whole
slew of quests - timed runs, scavenger hunts, chicken-chasing, getting
drunk and lost, etc. Some of the quests are new this year (one
involving rascally hobbits, another involving a timed drinking
challenge). All of these quests begin at the festival
grounds side and finish on the other. Learning the path through the
maze will probably take a few practice runs, but after you've navigated
through a few times it gets much easier. It's been a year since I last
ran through the place and I still remember the way.
alt="Deep in the middle of the hedge maze"
Stomp-A-Shrew takes place in a garden cave in Duillond. Think
competetive Whack-A-Mole with dwarves and elves - the goal is to beat
down shrews and rescue seedlings, competing with other players who will
attempt to knock you out of the way and ninja your shrews. There are a
number of quest-givers
inside the cave, involving procuring supplies for the shrew-stomping
festivities and the actual stomping of shrews. Bloody savages.
alt="A game of Stomp-A-Shrew"
The flower-picking quests from previous years are absent this
Spring Festival, so races, maze-running and shrew-stomping are the only
way to earn the festival tokens. There is, however, the other standard
festival fare this spring: the Inn League continues its valiant effort
to get all of Middle Earth drunk, despite the best efforts of the
less-noble Ale Association, and dance instructors at the usual festival
locations are teaching new players how to bust a move, step by step.
The rewards this year are mostly the same as last year, but there are a
few new cosmetic cloaks and some new gag items available from festival
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alt="Long-sleeved Spring Flinger Outfit"
Long-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk
alt="Short-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk"
Short-sleeved Spring-flinger Haubkerk
alt="Spring Adventurer's Quiver"
Spring Adventurer's Quiver
alt="Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak"
Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak
Spring Dandy Cloak
alt="Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak"
Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak
The 2011 Spring Festival runs until April 12
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