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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 8:43AM dudes said

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Nudefest?

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:36PM Doba said

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@dudes +1
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 8:58AM wagonfactor said

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epic screenshot. ive heard alot of good things about lego universe but from what ive read it seems more geared towards 4-10 yr old age group. any adults out there playing lego universe and having a good time? i need to look more into it. my manager at work loves it and is playing it untill rift comes out

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:37PM Doba said

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@wagonfactor I love the game to death. I play with my 6 year old cousin and I am also waiting for RIFT to come out. The only problem I have is the Profanity Filter is crazy.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 9:06AM (Unverified) said

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Guildfest

The camaraderie and spirit of the guild is celebrated as specific totems throughout the land allow a guild leader to setup a festival site which will display many of the achievements of the guild. The banners and colors of the guild fly proudly across the site and their mementos are present for all to see. If a guild has slain Demon Lord Arx, perhaps his horn sits in the festival site on a pedestal and anyone who clicks on it can hear his final bellow as the guild put him down.

The festival site grows as the number of guild members are present and if large enough become a proper festival with vendors and colorful npc's. If large enough it might even spawn rare events or quests which become available to the guild. Perhaps such a strong gathering of guildmates brings out an old enemy who sees such a gathering as a prime opportunity to wreak havoc on his hated foes. He summons a long dead fire elemental to attack and the guild must fend him off!

.02 cents.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 10:44AM Unverfied B said

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Sounds like e-peen-fest ;)
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 9:10AM Lateris said

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I play the game with my 6 year old. I have to admit it is a lot of fun. I mainly help him with is quests.

My holiday would be The Festival of Slime! All structures would be made of a gui substance and slime throwing wars would break out everywhere. Followed by a live event where a massive green slimey dragon would spew slime upon everyone in the area from the skies. raids would have to form to take this slime dragon down. Loot rewards and epic gear would be included.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 9:30AM Syesta said

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Do something randomly hilarious.

Festivus.

One day, there's a small update, and when you log in, there are large aluminum poles erected in major hubs...
GMs would stand in their proximity, moderating an open Airing of Grievances...
Players could randomly be awarded logs of meatloaf and shoddily decorated store-bought cakes...
Upon eating said items, players would get a Feat of Strength buff that would randomly impact combat in their favor. Perhaps you could have special Festivus damage leaderboards for Feat of Strength procs...

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 9:52AM LordBeefy said

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@Syesta

Gah you beat me to it! :P
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 10:12AM Jeromai said

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I'd prefer tying it to in-game lore, like unique Asuran or Norn holidays, but maybe use some less known real world holidays as inspiration.

For more generic medieval fantasy though, here's two:

The Wild Hunt. (Done by Warhammer, yes, but it's still got potential.)
PvE: Quest chain, part 1. Daytime. Mechanics: mounted, perhaps with hound pets, perhaps with unique net/trap/gun skills. Join in or help a group of huntsmen going out for a hunt. Naught but a little black fox giving merry chase who leads you through hill and valley and aggressive mob that you'll have to fight off. When finally cornered and caught, the fox turns into a devil (of that world) who laughs, mocks and waves his hands turning day into sudden night.

(This part inspired by a poem, Black Fox, by Graham Pratt.)

Part 2: Night. Creepy spooky atmosphere a la Halloween or green ghost light in the woods. You've been cursed to join the Wild Hunt - Cernunnos the Horned One at its head, and forced to hunt an innocent. Perhaps it is not obvious to you until after the killing blow falls and it changes shape. The haunted woods fade with its death, returning you to normal existence. (And possibly a reward title of some kind.)

Possible Part 3 continuation: Not content with this injustice, or perhaps just furious at being played for a fool, you collect a bunch of spell components and with the help of whatever weakens the boundaries of the mortal world (witches, crones, strange planetary conjunctions), you call down the Wild Hunt. This time, you fight them. And you win.

They dissipate until the next year's event, and you run off with cool loot - title, fancy costume option like Horned One horns or a mask, a hound minipet, a mount, whatever the big boss kahuna dropped, etc.

PvP twists on this could be the innocent is really a player of some kind. Folk that try to stop the Wild Hunt do so at a disadvantage... If they get run over, they join on the Wild Hunt's side (obviously everyone will turn eventually, but there will be a lot of crazy mounted zerg waves, which is the effect we're going for.)

Or for a fairer battleground scenario effect. One player is the fox/hunted with a bunch of trap, dodge, hide/stealth skills, possibly a LOAD of hitpoints and nine (or however many was fun in the playtest) lives, and a really twisty map level. Possibly invisible on map radar except to the leader of the Hunt. All the other Wild Hunt members thus rely on the leader to track the fox (unless the fox turns up in plain LOS) but they get a bunch of team synergy skills that can snare, slow or impede the fox.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 10:23AM Jeromai said

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Second would be the Feast of Fools.

Think Hunchback of Notre Dame, the lowly are kings and the high are fallen. (This would traumatize more people and the game mechanics are more iffy, but might be amusing for a day or so.)

Essentially, lowbies - level 1s and up - would get to convert into level 50s (or max level) for a day. Perhaps through a quest that awards some temporary item that wooshes them to the top. Thing is, while wearing the item, you don't get the regular MMO loot or xp, you get the Feast of the Fools festival loot. So the idea is to make one or two alts, and go farming for festival shit that you want, and get a sneak peek at what max level feels like. Once the Feast of Fools ends, the item goes bye-bye and you go back to the original level you started.

Max level folk on the other hand, convert to level 1. No no, wait, come back, keep reading. I'll be kind, it's a festival quest you gotta choose. Think session play as a chicken in LOTRO. A bunch of skills that allow you dodge, control, evade, speedrun, etc. Then of course, it's running a gauntlet of some kind and surviving. Passing that obstacle course nets you your prestige titles, festival loot, yadda yadda.

And since it's a festival or feast of fools, we could throw in a carnival with minigames and such.

I can't really think of a clever way to incorporate the voting for the mock leaders, The Lord of Misrule, the Archbishop of Dolts, the King of Fools, that sort of thing. Maybe a costume contest with a bunch of devs or GMs giving out temporary titles. :)

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:18PM Balraw said

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@Jeromai I remember from my days playing FFXI that they had an event (i think it was one of the Sunbreeze ones) that converted you and a partner to level one and then put you both into a dungeon/area (high level) at different locations with Sneak/Invisible. The idea was for you both to make your way to a gate and escape. To activate the gates you had to remove sneak/invis which made that part somewhat tense as they were usually surround by higher level mobs. Also as anyone who has played FFXI will know some of the underground locations can be evil and very easy to get lost in.

It was a very exciting and fun event to take part but sadly I can only recall them ever doing it once (or if they repeated it I missed it)
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:02PM lmollea said

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Mobs on holiday! Empty world, no NPC, no mobs, no questgivers... :D

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 1:13PM Averice said

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I kind of wish more MMO's would have unique holidays instead of just copying all the IRL ones. I never really noticed before I started reading massively (lol thanks alot!) but when each holiday rolls around the amount of... IDK, Junk, that appears in MMO's just grows to gross proportions.

I didn't mind it early on in WoW, when there were only a couple big name MMO's out, but now that these holidays are in Every Single Game and it's the Exact Same Ones Every Time it's just sickening.

Why should I celebrate Valentines Day 3 times in 3 games, most of the time there isn't even story twist, just a collectibles/fed-ex event with an item that will get lost/accidentally vendored 3 weeks later. And why the special holiday bosses... come on. Do we really need a special valentines day boss?

I wish MMO companies would create holidays that fit their worlds and lore better, and if they just had to copy something from IRL they could at least change the name and put it at a different time, like have Aion's Valentines Day event in September or something instead of February.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:52PM Azzura said

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April Fools.......

All Safety's OFF

Id love to see an MMO turn on Friendly Fire for a day. Though this would infuriate the crybaby whiners.

Give us pranks to pull on each other that actually do something negative/annoying for a second..

Such as the original Snowballs in WoW. It was funny to smack your main tank in the middle of a charge and have them get knocked down.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:53PM Djinn said

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I wish more MMOs had holidays that gave items that were useful in-game, like DDO does. WoW and LotRO both give fluff items. At least LotRO also gives crafting items sometimes which can be used to make useful items. But still mostly fluff.

In DDO holidays you can get various tokens which can be used to create armor, weapons, wands, etc. (or you can use them to get fluff).

As for mirroring RL holidays, I wish they wouldn't. I don't mind the straight seasonal holidays (celebrating spring, harvest, winter, summer) but I don't like them mimicking Valentines Day, Christmas, etc.

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