Updated Thu, Dec 22, 2011 by Saia
World of Warcraft: Hour of Twilight gave us many new features but have the Darkmoon Faire and 5-man dungeons have been a success?
The Darkmoon Faire has been the most surprising addition to this last content patch. In days of Yore, the Faire was a novelty that moved between Mulgore and Elwynn Forest every month. Nothing stopped you going to either starter zone, even if it was in enemy territory but you had to be prepared to be killed on sight on PVP servers. The first time you visited, it was amusing but, unless you were collecting Darkmoon Cards, it got boring pretty quickly.
Fast-forward to the latest patch and the Faire has gotten a total revamp. It’s now so big that it’s gotten its own island, located somewhere in the Azerothian sea. There’s a petting zoo, an hourly concert with Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain (yes, they’re still playing ‘The Power of the Horde’) and loads of other things to do.
There were games to play, which involved buying game tickets for gold and then winning prize tokens. There were daily quests to do and pets and mounts to earn. That said, hidden behind the fun and frolics of the Faire, its main purpose was to provide a way for people to level their professions. Yes, it’s all about making skills like fishing and cooking more fun.
We had just a week to experience it before the portals closed and the staging area vanished. The next Darkmoon Faire won’t take place until the new year and many are left missing the chance to have fun and win stuff.
The Faire is back and it's now bigger and better!
The last big quest hub was the Molten Front and it took weeks for the most dedicated players to unlock all the phased versions and get themselves a fiery hippogryph. The Darkmoon Faire is, in its own way, also a quest hub but by only making it accessible for one week in every month, it’s going to lead to frustration for many players.
The Darkmoon Faire is a world event, much like Brewfest or the Lunar Festival, but it is also much more frequent than any of the other festivals. Yes, this revamp has been long awaited and actually made people want to get blown out of a cannon but then we’re dumped back in Azeroth with more than a bump.
The month-long gap between Faires is just too long. For the first week, players are going to be eager and religiously do the dailies but what about after the second month or the third? Asking people to do dailies for this period continuously for this long works because everyone has an unspoken reward they want to earn. Once that’s been earned, most people will stop and move on.
Only the super-dedicated, therefore, will stick with the Darkmoon Faire. Asking them to stop, forget about it, and then go back a month later. Well, it’s like asking Garrosh and Varian to bury the hatchet and become BFFs. It’s just not going to happen.
Of course, I’m not suggesting Blizzard makes the Faire available the whole year, just lengthen the amount of time we can play it by turning one week into two. That extra time would not only give people longer to earn those precious rewards it would also keep their attention on Darkmoon Island for a little longer.