in-game events

Star Trek Online celebrates First Contact Day starting on April 5

It’s always nice when in-game events reference events that would matter a great deal to residents of that world even if they mean little in the real world. To the occupants of the galaxy in Star Trek Online, First Contact Day matters quite a bit, as it’s the day when humanity first encountered an alien race (the Vulcans, specifically). And now players can celebrate that event from April 5th through the 12th with a scavenger hunt through Bozeman, Montana!

It’s not just any scavenger hunt, of course; players will be hunting for suitable parts to build a replica of the Phoenix, the first warp-capable ship flown by a human. Players launch their replica models and compete for the highest altitude, with participants earning holographic memorial vouchers that can be traded in for special engines or holo-emitters. If you’d like to celebrate an achievement that hasn’t actually happened yet, just make sure you’re level 10 by April 5th to take part.

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Kritika Online patches in a Lunar New Year celebration

It’s time for a celebration in Kritika Online because it’s the Lunar New Year! And as you can probably guess, the celebration centers around new outfits. Defeat a Danger Zone boss and you’ll get a chance for food or a pouch containing temporary costumes, enhancement pieces, and fishing gear. You can also turn costumes in for Kagerfield Badges if you’d prefer, and of course there are more costumes available in the cash shop if you’d prefer a direct purchase.

The Lunar New Year event will run through February 21st, but the patch also adds in support for a Valentine’s Day event running later this month. No details on that one yet, though; you’ll just have to wait a little longer. Add in the balance changes and bug fixes that come along with this patch, and while it’s not introducing some huge new mechanics to the game, you should still have plenty to do.

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Star Trek Online braces for a mirror universe invasion on consoles

The Mirror Universe has been a persistent enemy in Star Trek Online since the earliest days of the game, because it sure is helpful to be able to repurpose Federation ships as enemies. Also, there are lots of episodes in which the crews of various ships have to deal with their evil mirror counterparts, so that helps to. And console players are going to need to work hard to repel another invasion by the Mirror Universe on the console version, which is kicking off today and running through February 8th.

Players will have to travel to various rifts and stabilize them before shutting them, stemming the flood of ships into the main reality (i.e., the one we live in). There’s an associated reputation project players can undertake that rewards extra Dilithium and Marks of your choice, along with new Mirror Universe Dual Pistols for successfully completing the project and fighting back the invaders. So get ready to face your dark mirrors on consoles… unless you play a Klingon captain, in which case it’s more a matter of blowing up people you already blow up but slightly meaner than normal.

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Closers rings in the new year with the Rampage Cube

Welcome to the new year, Closers fans! Have a Rampage Cube! What’s a Rampage Cube? It’s a big challenging… cube. Full of rampages. Look, it doesn’t matter so much what it is; what matters is that it’s here until January 22nd with the game’s newest patch, and fighting against it gets you tokens used to craft trinkets and costumes. So that should be reason enough to rage against the rampage of the cube. Or inside the cube to stop the rampage. Can we just accept that “Rampage Cube” is a cool name and leave it there?

The patch is also bumping Levia’s level cap to 65, adding a bunch of new items to the EMP store, and bringing in a new daily log in event to ring in the new year. So even if you’re not feeling up to the antics of the Rampage Cube, there’s plenty to do with the latest patch. You can even learn about it in video format just below, if reading patch notes doesn’t sound nearly as cool.

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SWTOR’s double event won’t make today’s 5.6 patch (but the trailer is now live!)

The bad news is that the Star Wars: The Old Republic double event has been pushed back slightly. It was supposed to start today, but instead it’s getting delayed just like the Yavin Warfront until patch 5.6.1. The good news, however, is that when the double event launches on December 12th, it’s going to be turned on until January 1st, 2018. Which means 20 uninterrupted days of doubling. Is that double the planned duration? Probably not exactly. But nearly double, right? Close enough.

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular style of event, the double event, well, doubles thing. Experience gains? Doubled. Command experience? Doubled. Currency rewards? Doubled, maybe. Story moments? Doubly potent. Lightsaber glows? Doubled. And now you’ll have double the time for double the rewards. (It’s actually slightly closer to triple the time, but let’s not quibble.)

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Final Fantasy XI prepares for a spooky harvest festival

You honestly can’t scare Final Fantasy XI players with anything short of a shutdown notice at this point, so if you were hoping for this year’s Halloween event to be a terrifying collection of wraiths and shades, you will be sorely disappointed. If you were hoping that it would give you a chance to ride around on a chair flanked with monster heads, though? You’ll get exactly that, apparently by taking part in this year’s trick-or-treat antics across the major cities.

Of course, that’s hardly the only event you can take part in. Jump into one of the game’s costume contests and have a shot at winning some new pudding-themed costume pieces. Help out some novice exorcists in driving out harmful spirits. Work with moogles to drive out actual supernatural beasties crawling through the cities. The event runs from October 24th through November 6th, so there’s not much time to do everything, but there’s no shortage of things to do for the Halloween season.

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MechWarrior Online integrates special events with its newest patch

If you played BattleTech around the table before jumping into MechWarrior Online, you’re probably familiar with the “IIc” designation attached to certain ‘Mechs, marking Inner Sphere designs adapted to serve as Clan ‘Mechs with significantly improved technology. Four new hero ‘Mechs have been added with the game’s latest patch, a quartet of Clan IIc machines for those who want the smooth tech of Clan engineering combined with the brutal lines of Inner Sphere machinery. Or for those who are just really attached to the Hunchback for whatever reason.

The big centerpiece of the patch, though, is a new special event system integrated into the game that will make special battles more immediately visible and relevant for players. It will support per-faction conflict more comprehensively while improving both Quick Play and Faction Play modes. Now you can just see your goals and your progress right from inside the game. And if you use those new hero ‘Mechs to take on some of these special events, well, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Final Fantasy XIV celebrates another anniversary with The Rising

Once more, a year has passed in Final Fantasy XIV, and once more the Wandering Minstrel is back around to prompt adventurers to join together for anniversary hijinks. Yes, The Rising is back once more, and the rewards from this year’s installment are significant; players can pick up a Wind-up Lyse and a Wind-up Gosetsu alongside two new orchestrion rolls, a new type of firework, and a rising balloon for your home or apartment. (The balloon is both from The Rising and one or that which rises, for the record.)

And what about the content of the quests? Well, someone is missing from this year’s Rising celebration, and there appear to be wandering bugs involved. Both the actual sort and the software sort. These events usually lean pretty heavily upon the fourth wall, after all. So hunt down some bugs and celebrate another year in the game when the event starts up this Saturday.

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EverQuesting: EverQuest II wins big with Beast’r Egg event

Did you participate in EverQuest II’s Beast’r Egg hunt live event this past week? If not, I’m sorry to say you missed your chance; it ended a few hours ago at 2:59 a.m. EDT. However, that doesn’t mean you’ve totally missed out! And that’s the beauty of this particular live event. Today’s musing are less a guide and more a love letter to a live event done oh so right.

While the event unfolded as I participated, it struck me how practically perfect the event was. So kudos to Daybreak for this one. EQII really knocked it out of the park with this Easter-themed event. Hopefully, we can see more like this in the future, both here and — if other studios take notice — in other titles. What’s so great about it? I am glad you asked! (Though honestly, I was going to tell you anyway!) Here are the winning elements:

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Final Fantasy XIV brings back the Starlight Celebration on December 15

It’s that time of year when the snow begins to fall once more… except it’s definitely not snowing in Ul’dah. It’s far too warm there. But the children of Ul’dah still need a Starlight Celebration, and this year Final Fantasy XIV is bringing the celebration to them. And it’s not just going to any children; it’s going to the children who are sitting in the children’s ward of Frondale’s Phrontistery, better known as the hospital run by the Alchemist’s Guild.

The event kicks off on December 15th, with the questgiver located just outside of the Ruby Road Exchange in Ul’dah. Taking part in the event will award a variety of seasonal items, including a new seasonal robe, an Orchestrion roll, and several housing decor pieces. Get ready to start volunteering on Thursday.

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EverQuest II celebrates a new Frostfell event with double the reward items

Christmas time is here in the real world, and while we’re decorating trees and decking halls, it’s important that we get our winter holiday fix in games as well. EverQuest II understands this need and is addressing it with the newest round of the Frostfell event. Players can earn 15 items from Santa Glug, 7 of which are completely new to the game, meaning there are double the options for rewarding your festive spirit.

This year also features a new quest in which you lead a lost little goblin around, and crafters can also make new outfits while other players purchase cosmetic armor both new and old. The good news for players on the time-locked server is that Frostfell is arriving for you, too; some of the later content will be locked out, but you needn’t miss out just because you’re slowly working through the expansions one at a time.

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The Stream Team: Halloween night in The Secret World

No game is better made for a holiday like The Secret World is for Halloween; Massively OP’s MJ has been waiting all year to spend her favorite night in her favorite world. Samhain 2016 is underway, and she’s eager to get in on the awesome event action. And what’s Halloween without a treat? MJ has a copy of Hide and Shriek to give away. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to help celebrate the holiday. MJ might even dress up for the occasion!

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 31st, 2016

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