Posted Thu, Oct 20, 2011 by gunky
Today saw the launch of the
Lord of the Ring Online's 2011 Fall Festival, also
known as Harvestmath. The Haunted
Burrow, a new feature introduced at last
year's Harvestmath Festival just after F2P went live, makes
its triumphant return, with the same 7 quests, daily lootable
chests and madcap zaniness as last year. And with the Haunted
Burrow comes the Skeleton Painted Steed, a rare drop from one of
the chests inside the trap-filled maze. And, like last year, it's
very rare, so don't give up if you don't get it within the first
day or so. Last year, I got mine on the very last day on the
festival, on the very last of my 12 or so toons that was able to
enter the burrow.
There are the same "festival standard" events that have been around since the beginning: item-collecting in each of the racial starting areas (apples in the Shire, pumpkins in Bree, geodes in Thorin's Hall, scrolls in Duillond), the unrelenting power-struggle between the venerated Inn League and the Dwarven upstart Ale Association, dancing instruction, and horse races. And for those Farmers who planted a mushroom during the Spring Festival, the mushroom is now ready to harvest in the tent near the Party Tree in Hobbiton. Also returning this year are the Troves and Trickeries events in Thorin's Hall, Duillond, Hobbiton and Bree-town. This mini-event requires the player to find 4 NPCs and use the proper /emote at them before time runs out. To help you out, here's a quick guide:
The events aren't new, but some of the rewards are. In addition to the usual assortment of pranks, housing items, masks and the lovely Cloak of Falling Leaves from last year, there are two new cloaks, a new tunic for the fellas and gown for the dames, 4 new maps for your house (and for the Cartographer deed), and a new horse to be won at the races. This year's new mount, the Autumnfest Steed, wears barding that matches the look of some of the new character cosmetics.
And, while not directly related to the festival, there's another new horse for sale from the LotRO store: the awesome Painted Skeleton Steed: Glowing Green. This is a store-exclusive mount with 250 morale and +68% run speed, and it does indeed glow in the dark, making it at least triple the awesome and worth every one of the 1995 Turbine Points it costs to buy it.
The festival came as part of a package with the first Rise of Isengard patch, which fixes a number of nasty bugs and glitches that shipped with Dunland. The Patch Notes can be found at Update 4, Rise of Isngard, Patch 1, Official. Some particular highlights:
Previously that thing you were looking for was always found in the last place you looked. This has now been randomized.
The 2011 Harvestmath Festival runs until November 7.