The Elder Scrolls Online challenges players to earn community rewards in the Bounties of Blackwood event

    
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Earning rewards in an MMORPG is well and good, but earning them in a larger communal effort is even better. It’s in that spirit of community effort that brings us the upcoming Bounties of Blackwood event to The Elder Scrolls Online, which will run between Thursday, September 30th, and Thursday, October 12th.

The event asks players to chase the Blackwood Pathfinder achievement by visiting the six locales in the Blackwood zone, which in turn contributes to an event meter that fills for every player that earns the achievement. Filling this meter will unlock a Crown Store reward bundle that all Blackwood owners can claim, including a Pellucid Swamp Jelly pet at 33%, the Shadows of Blackwood markings at 66%, and a cascading bounty box and fourth mystery prize at 100%.

On top of the communal unlock effort, ESO is offering its usual extra event goodies like bonus rewards while adventuring in Blackwood, Glorious Blackwood Legates’ Coffers for completing daily and weekly quests in the zone. and Event Tickets that can be earned and spent for mount and pet rewards. If you own Blackwood and want to get free stuff, you and other players will have some work to do this Thursday.

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misanthropomorphic

The timing of this sucks, and I’m not happy with Zenimax about it. They know New World is launching tomorrow, and there is no reason they can’t do this event at a later time.

I mean, true, it’s a fairly quick event, but still, just push it off a week or something, yeah? It’s a bad look, imo.

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2Ton Gamer

Seems like it will be quick and painless to get your event tickets and as someone pointed out below it looks like they will be available on the New Life Festival.. As a side note though, yeah it’s probably plausible that they are running this to try and keep people logging in just as competition has kicked in from New World which is understandable because why would/should they not?

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Tanek

So, wait. If I am reading this correctly, the last part of the event ticket mount is locked behind buying the expansion?

The event mount I have been working toward for months now? I might not get at all because I haven’t purchased the latest expansion?

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Bruno Brito

That’s one of the biggest issues i have with ESO. Their DLC system is honestly bafflingly predatory. Most of the core systems they develop for the game are locked behind each DLC. You can’t transmute your gear without CWC. You can’t companion without the other DLC which name i forget. You can’t get Blackwood rewards without Blackwood, etc etc.

This is a B2P game. Sometimes i don’t get it.

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DECLXN

The PTS patch notes suggest that the New Life festival will allow you to get the tickets you need in order to finish off the event mount:

https://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/en/discussion/587617/pts-patch-notes-v7-2-1

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Hurbster

Yup, you can get the last bit from the New Life Festival.

You don’t need Clockwork City to transmute stuff. You can travel to anyone who has a transmute station and use theirs. Most guilds and many players have crafting stations at their homes.

Blackwood was advertised as introducing companions and you have to get go to Blackwood to get them. Which you need to buy.

No doubt we will be getting more companions down the line.

Why would you expect to get Blackwood rewards if you have not bought Blackwood? In an event based in Blackwood, which you need to buy to enter.

You can’t say ‘this is a buy to play game’ and expect not to have to buy the DLC to play it, that doesn’t make sense.

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Bruno Brito

You can’t say ‘this is a buy to play game’ and expect not to have to buy the DLC to play it, that doesn’t make sense.

I can’t expect the game that forces me to buy the base to not punish me monetarily with a shitty bagspace, crafting space and all this crap? Sure.

And why is that there are no transmute stations outside player houses or CWC? Sure, i can go to other’s players houses but only if they have it, which means i have to search for it.

Core features, even those that come after launch, should NOT be locked behind paywalls. I can live with companions, but transmutes should be allowed in ALL cities, and not having them is beyond idiotic.

But then again, this is ESO, which basically monetizes everything, and everyday, comes someone trying to defend it, when other f2p games have way better models.

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Sorata

Yeah… ESOs monetization is so damn unfair that you have to do sonething to get your gear skin changed… like finding a open House to use the workbench… which is soooo complicated and dont add value to the houses, which do have already tons of it…
Sorry, ESO sure has several issues. Didn’t know lazy players are one of them, too. And a nother advice: don’t bash people because they defend the game against your selfish whinig. It just lets you look salty

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2Ton Gamer

We get it, you want to play a game without having to spend money and then complain when a game goes out of business and there aren’t enough AAA games to play. Dont want to sub? Then don’t. Don’t want to buy the new expansion the team has been putting months of work into, then don’t. Go play some F2P mobile games and maybe those will make you happy, but honestly this game is pretty cheap to play, even without Plus. All of the expansions were just $40 a month ago and if you only needed Blackwood it was like $20. The gist of my post is you need to pay something if you’re going to play and that goes for everything in life and not just a game. Geez… Stop being a tightwad.

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Tanek

Why would you expect to get Blackwood rewards if you have not bought Blackwood?

The Gryphon mount is not a “Blackwood reward”. It is a reward that people have been working toward for months now in events outside of Blackwood.

And their own announcement reads “This is your first and only opportunity to acquire all the fragments you need to upgrade your Unstable Morpholith into the new Dagonic Quasigriff mount—don’t miss it!”

So unless they have come out and specifically said that this is not true (in which case, it is some slimy marketing lie meant to scare people into buying the expansion), I am not taking PTS notes as set in stone.

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Hurbster

And you can still get it in the New Life Celebration. Just chill and wait.

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Tanek

Oh, good. So they confirmed that the announcement was lying about this being the only chance? If you have a link for that, I’ll save it for reference. Just in case. Thanks.