A few weeks ago we put out a call for winter and holiday-themed screenshots. Two readers responded with multiple pictures each, so today’s column is brought to you by Tyler and Stormwaltz. Take a bow, both of you!
Our headlining shot is from Tyler in World of Warcraft. “Here my monk is taking in the sights during a snowstorm in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit zone,” he writes. “Whatever other problems Mists of Pandaria might have had, they sure nailed the world design.”
Next up is an excursion into Lord of the Rings Online and its holiday event!
Stormwaltz sets the mood: “The predawn gloom over the Middle-earth village of Winter-home is broken by the unexpected crackle of fireworks. I wish I had more screenshots of LOTRO’s Yule Festival grounds. It’s beautiful and homey.”
Stormwaltz continues her MMO tour with a trip into Star Wars: The Old Republic: “Crystalline clouds wreathe Castle Panteer in the Glarus Valley of Alderaan. The forces of House Ulgo hold off Imperial and Republic aligned rival houses. Thus far it’s been a stalemate — the two factions too busy fighting each other to press back the usurpers. The Sith Lord Nuwayrah Faris breathes in the raw sharpness of the air, and descends to break the stalemate…”
“This screenshot comes from The Secret World,” Tyler explains. “It shows my Templar getting into the holiday spirit by wearing her Dawn of a New Age Morninglight robe, which was only available from the End of Days ARG back in 2012, while posing in the Niflheim holiday dungeon.”
Finally, Stormwaltz returns with this ridiculous scene from Star Trek Online.
“I don’t know about you, but when I think of Star Trek, the very first thing that leaps to mind is giant snow-cones fighting giant snow-borg in a gingerbread-man village,” Stormwaltz writes. “Here Admiral Hannah Welch, in toasty holiday garb, takes part in the defense. I’m going to chalk this whole episode up to spiked eggnog and an overzealous interpretation of the Prime Directive. Fortunately, nearly anything can be excused with, ‘A wizard — er, a Q did it.'”
We’re getting close to the end of the year, and next week I’ll be posting my favorite six submitted screenshots from 2015. In the meantime, why don’t you send in your best shot from the year as well?