holiday event

Hearthstone opens up registration for hosting Hallow’s End gatherings

Is there anything like celebrating Hallow’s End by sitting around and playing Hearthstone? Not according to the developers behind the game, although they might be biased. The latest dispatch on the official site is all about helping players either join or host fireside gatherings for the best holiday in autumn, a Halloween celebration by any other name. Gatherings can take place any time between October 9th and November 5th, so there’s plenty of time to make this happen.

Sanctioned events will also be able to distribute the new Nemsy Necrofizzle hero to players who take part in a fireside brawl at the event. Nemsy will be available from October 17th on, so you’ll want to schedule any events later in the month to attract prospective players. And if you’re not up for hosting the event yourself, hey, you can always attend one and wind up with the same rewards in the end.


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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Massively OP’s Best of 2016 Awards: Best MMORPG Holiday Event of 2016

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for the MMORPG with the Best Holiday Event of 2016, which is yet another new award for us this year, and we have readers Agemyth and Mylicia to thank for suggesting it. The award is self-explanatory: It’s meant for the MMORPG with the best holiday-themed event that took place during 2016 specifically, regardless of when the game itself was launched. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for MMORPG with the Best Holiday Event of 2016 is…

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The Stream Team: The Secret World’s snowball fights

This winter seems to be all about snowballs. Even The Secret World is getting in on the act. Not that Massively OP’s MJ is going to complain; she loves the time-honored tradition of pelting friends with frozen balls of wintery goodness. And now she can do just that without all the inevitable slush down your back thanks to the new snowball fight minigame introduced for Krampusnacht. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see who gets the most snowball shots off!

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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Pokemon GO confirms rumors with Generation 2 update, 7800-store Starbucks rollout

The Starbucks leak is at least partially true: Niantic has confirmed that Pokemon Go has teamed up with the coffee company. Starting at 2 p.m. EST today, 7800 participating locations will become PokeStops and/or gyms, so you can get your coffee and screw around on your phone in a totally new way. One Reddit user has noted that the promised promotional drink is super sweet, but we’ve yet to hear anything about new Pokemon and their relationship with Starbucks. We have, however, heard some more news.

Sprint is also getting in on the Niantic team ups. Like Starbucks, participating Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Radio Shack shops are also PokeStops and gyms. While there was no mention of promotional drinks for these businesses, they are offering charging stations at least.

As some players have already noticed, the new update allows for some small quality of life improvements, from seeing the type of Pokemon you’re fighting in gyms to sending multiple Pokemon to the professor for candy.

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DC Universe Online brings out new holiday outfits and penguins for December

It’s time for the holidays in DC Universe Online once again, and that means that a supervillain is going to try to ruin the celebration. Of course, this also means that whether you’re a hero or a villain, you can work on saving Christmas in exchange for a bunch of new holiday costume pieces and base decorations. And really, isn’t that the spirit of the season?

Seriously, is that the spirit of the season? It’s hard to tell sometimes.

Players will have access to new daily missions that can be completed to recover presents and pick up Holly Leaves, the event currency for unlocking all of the base decorations and costuming options that you could want. You’ll have until December 31st to gather all of the leaves and associated rewards that you’d like; if that’s not going fast enough for you, you can also pick up a few more Holly Leaves in exchange for real money. So it’s really all about getting stuff. That seems like it might be the spirit of the season.

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Defiance plans for the New Frontier Harvest event

Every other MMO with a Thanksgiving event can pack it in because Defiance has clearly won the arms race. Literally, in fact: The game isn’t just giving you a healthy dose of turkeys; it’s literally weaponizing turkeys with the new Flock Launcher and Roost Hatcher. They are guns that shoot turkeys. Feeling festive? Fire a turkey at someone’s face. No sitting around and eating, no doing the lore gymnastics necessary to justify these holidays existing in this fictional setting, just bam. Firing turkeys out of guns.

The turkey guns come as part of a new item pack in the game’s store, while players can also use the new Ravenous synergy to pick up various consumables and enjoy a new set of gameplay bonuses. The aforementioned item pack also includes costume pieces so you can complete the turkey-firing look, which is important. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Launch a turkey as a weapon at something. You’ll be glad you did.


Blade & Soul kicks off its rose-collecting Valentine’s Day event

It’s the most affectionate time of the year, and Blade & Soul is ready to celebrate by letting you dress up your character as if she forgot her pants and couldn’t finish buttoning her blouse. But that’s really just a bundle in the cash shop to match the theme; the real event is all focused around collecting roses. White Roses and Red Roses can be exchanged for a powerful attack gem and a bundle of items including an unsealing charm and several other potential benefits.

How do you get your roses? Red Roses can be earned daily as part of a repeating quest, granted automatically to characters over level 16. White Roses are a bit harder to get, as they’re awarded from dynamic quests inside of several dungeons or from purchasing the aforementioned Valentine-themed bundles off of the game’s cash shop. The event runs through February 24th, so if the rewards look good, you should likely get started on the event promptly.


Survarium patch 0.34 adds Christmas-themed raiding and improved netcode

The good news is that if you’re reading this today, you’ve managed to survive the holiday rush. The question, then, is whether or not you can survive Survarium‘s Christmas-themed events, which allow players to received festive toys and exchange them for new unique guns. You could probably shoehorn that in under the spirit of giving if you assume that firing a bullet at another player is like gifting that bullet.

Logging in will reward a player with a unique camo as well as a fire monkey decal, so even if you’re not so good at shooting others down, you’ll still get something. The patch that adds the holiday event also improves the game’s netcode to provide greater stability and smoother movement for all players. You can check out a video tour of the changes down below.

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The Stream Team: Winter (and Raptor Claus) comes to ARK: Survival Evolved

He’s making a list,
Shredding it twice,
Gonna kill all whether naughty or nice!
Raptor Claus is coming to ARK.

He sees you when you’re sleeping,
He knows when you’re awake,
He’ll hunt you if you’re bad or good
So you better run fast for goodness sakes!

Wait, wait wait! MassivelyOP’s MJ doesn’t want you to fall prey to such erroneous typecasting: Raptor Claus is actually a good thing. Every few nights he drops by delivering goodies… for whomever is fast enough to get to them. Can MJ beat the other survivors to the mistletoe? Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to play in the island-wide winter wonderland.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 26th, 2015

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EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s Frostfell 2015

Ahh, ’tis the season: When goodies galore are hidden inside a magical closet and gigglegibber goblins give out gifts. Yes, it’s Frostfell time! And in EverQuest II, that’s quite possibly the most anticipated live event of the year. Whether you’ve been gone a while and just lured back by the or you’ve been counting down the days in Norrath since last Frostfell, there’s plenty to do during this holiday — almost too many to remember, in fact! Since the holiday’s inception in 2005, the festivities have grown with more quests, more crafting, and more items. Even the entire Winter Wonderland itself was revamped in 2013! As such, it makes perfect sense that it might be a little hard to keep track of everything. Hence this  Frostfell guide. You don’t want to miss a single thing, do you? And you’ve only got until 10:00 a.m. on January 7th, 2016 to get it all done! Read more

Final Fantasy XIV previews this year’s Starlight Celebration

Have you ever noticed that every single holiday celebration in Final Fantasy XIV goes wrong? There’s never a year when player characters are not tasked with fixing something messy. This year’s Starlight Celebration is coming, and wouldn’t you know it, the holiday celebration is going wrong again and it’s up to players to ensure that everyone enjoys the magic of wearing fake beards and reindeer antlers on their heads.

Is that not the real meaning of the Starlight Celebration? Because it should be.

Aside from the fake beard and antlers, players can also pick up hooves, gloves, and a hat for cosmetic rewards, along with a Starlight tree and wall decorations for the house. The event starts up on December 18th and runs until December 31st, so players should have plenty of time to save Starlight yet again. One wonders if Eorzea’s residents would ever have another holiday without players.


Elite Lord of Alliance’s first major content patch adds a new level cap, a new area, and Christmas

How long should a game be around before you start upping the level cap? Elite Lord of Alliance (or ELOA as it’s known to its friends) hasn’t been in release for very long, but as a localized title there’s plenty of backlogged content to be unveiled. That means the game’s first major content patch can (and did) bump the level cap up to 35, complete with new titles, quests, battlefields, all of that fun stuff. The new zone Brimstone Mine has also been added, complete with a cutscene for the first time you enter.

Not in the mood for all of the usual leveling antics? Why not enjoy some winter holiday antics? Yes, the patch adds in those hallowed festivities as well, so you can feel free to just talk with snowmen and enjoy a simpler sort of celebration. That’s all plenty of stuff for fans of the game to enjoy until the next major patch; the fact that said patch also contains a new endless dungeon is just icing on a content-flavored cake.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Zariarn for the tip!


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