Updated Sat, Dec 22, 2012 by jeffprime
Once again, it's that special time of year where children have dreams of sugar plums and Ten Ton Hammer staffers kiss under the mistletoe. [Actually, mistletoe avoidance is the precise reason we don't get together for a holiday party. - Ed.] Gamers will be unwrapping (or downloading) oodles of gifts come Christmas day. (All I want for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. I promise not to shoot my eye out!). Most MMOs get in the holiday spirit by having special events to commemorate the season. To help you get the most out of the holiday season, we offer this guide to the various special events offered in your favorite online games. So put down that sword, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and start having a jolly good time.
Q's Winter Wonderland returns to Star Trek Online from December 6th to January 14th. Yes, you too can enjoy holiday magic with that insanely annoying (but incredibly powerful) and pompous entity. To begin your trek to Q's Winter Wonderland, speak to Q at Qo'noS or Earth Spacedock and you'll be transported.
You can fend off the freezing attack of animated snowmen by pelting them with snowballs, and you can earn rewards for joining in the snowball fight, which you can turn in for various rewards such as new costumes. Players can face off against each other in the Fast and the Flurrious race. Practice your skating moves on the frozen lake or snuggle together in the gazebo. If you're lonely, you can earn a snowman pet or a winter tribble. It's only logical that you partake of Q's Winter Wonderland.
Vanguard brings back the Festival of Gloriann this holiday season and begins December 15th. Players can loot Shards of Gloriann from defeated enemies. These shards can then be turned in to the Avatars of Gloriann that have appeared in Tanvu, New Targonor, and Khal for festive rewards. Gathering in the avatars' locations are a number of pilgrims, and players can speak to these pilgrims to learn the lore behind the festival. However, all isn't peaches and cream in the world as Finch and Ghalnn are stirring up trouble by creating three monsters. Heroes can defend the good people of Telon by slaying these monsters and recovering the stolen presents.
Celebrating the holidays takes a different turn in EVE Online. The good folks at CCP are having a dev incursion, where the devs, with their mighty fleet, will reign destruction down upon any who dare to oppose them. The joy for players is that you actually have the chance to shoot a dev down and score yourself some massive bragging rights!
These incursions will begin when players hear reports of a massive CCP fleet gathering in Polaris. These announcements will be broadcast through news channels, social media, and the in-game events forum. The dev fleet will then depart Polaris and appear in a selected system in New Eden, where they will mercilessly destroy everyone and everything. Damages from past dev incursions have hit billions in ISK damages. If you can't make the event, you can tune it to Own3d.tv and watch it live.