Lunar Fest Critique and Dalaran Lanterns
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Well, it happens to all of us. Real life (holidays, guests, chaos) intrudes a bit and the gaming takes a secondary spot. In my case it's a nasty virus that's hung me out to dry, so I'm slowly creeping back out from under my rock and into the fun again. When you're recooperating an MMO isn't always the best game choice - you actually have to be alert enough to communicate with people, as well as actually play, and that's not always restful. But now it's time to dust the place and get things back to normal.
And happily I'm in time for another festival - The Lunar Festival
. Except things are a bit different this year - it's now primarily an achievement
fest. See, once upon a time (look out, she's going to reminisce) part of the Lunar Fest was a sort of scavenger hunt to play Find the Elder
. Not only would finding and clicking that npc get you the coins
you had to collect for certain items, but your character would receive experience for it. So you'd get to explore a bit, get xp, and by the end of the fest your character would often be a few levels higher, just from the Elder Hunt. Well, no more. The experience is gone this year. That wouldn't bother me so much - if the achievement
for the title for this holiday didn't require your character be 70+. The concept of sticking Elders in instances doesn't really bother me, just that some of those instances are high enough to require a level - and that I had to dig around in the achievement to figure that out. Then to find that the level 61 character I was working on that achievement on wasn't getting any experience from those Elders...sooo, suddenly the fun thing I was doing wasn't benefitting me in any
way. Hmmm. That doesn't seem quite right. Yes I'm grumbling a bit here - but I often hear a lot about how MMOs are the "easy" game where everything is simplistic enough for children and "stupid people" to play, where everything is handed to us and all that's required is a time sink. Achievements are sort of that way, as far as being a time sink - but they're not always easy - and there's nothing on them that says "YOU MUST BE X LEVEL" - until you read the game equivalent of the fine print. But even Blizz realizes that some of the past achievement requirements have been too difficult/annoying - note the changes we've seen with various patches where the achievements have been edited to make them more attainable. Because the carrot on the stick was beginning to feel a bit too unfair if there was never a chance to grab the damn thing.
So anyway, I've decided I'm not going to bother to become Elder Rootahbaygah the deathknight, no matter how humorous that would be. And so that's a skip for the whole Elder hunt for me. Which I find a bit sad, as I'd enjoyed the perks of this holiday in the past. I'm also looking at the list of holiday achievements that I've not bothered to become involved in since...well, Hallow's End. I'll definitely sing out when there's a world event that I get into enough to finish. So far though - all time sink, no carrot for me.
However....we still have Omen.
that this is a screenshot of Omen hanging out in Downtown Dalaran. Omen
is the boss you'll fight in the quest Elune's Blessing
, given to you in Moonglade by Valadar Starsong (also known as "that elf dude that gives you the Lunar Festival Outfit."). However, this is a great time of year for your hunter to grab the Kurken
as a corehound pet and take him up against Omen. Those of us old timers (here she goes again) who remember when Omen was an untamable creature that regularly kicked the butts of raiders really
like the idea of taking a mini-Omen to the Omen fight.
Meanwhile...I'm really glad that they sent someone around Dalaran to hang decorations for the Lunar Festival. But I do wonder...
Who got to hang the decorations up in the sewer?
Despite my previous grumbling, I must say that any excuse for holiday fireworks is always a good thing in my book. I'm all for the eye candy. And the explosions.
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