Best event ever! Need proof? Let’s examine the evidence:
- Dev appearances:
- Devil assault:
Back in the day, a dev would appear on an avatar and run some kind of contest in a tavern. Meanwhile hundreds of players spammed lag-inducing AoE spells and sneak-humped everyone, especially the dev. Three people would get an item that granted +1 to (Haggle? UMD?). Good intentions! But hopeless in execution.
The videos Turbine releases about this event now make it look really fantastic! I must have had a great time. Except I only actually saw three frames in the marketplace that whole week. I was right next to the tent when it exploded too but I actually had no idea until the videos came out later.
A winner! The first instance included “jumping puzzles” which was kind of a head-scratcher, but still fun. And the gold coins make excellent gifts for your guildmates. The only downside is that it isn’t really an activity so much as it is a flavoring. Still, thumbs up to Festivult.
Another winner! I especially like that the event components are tradable, it makes it more fun for those who are into the buying/selling aspect of the game. The only downside on this one is that it was run too frequently during the Great Content Drought and overloaded everyone on ice weapons and components.
A mixed success. Farming the undead was novel for a few days, the loot was worthwhile, and the whole thing was a nice change of place. But the raid was a return to the days of Devil Assault as hundreds of players jam a few instances of the Spectral Dragon and bring the game to its laggy knees. Following up the event by banning hundreds (thousands?) of (generally) innocent players via automated email removed what pleasant buzz remained.
Pure win! All of the fun of the Mabar event plus much better instancing and lag control. Monsters that are not Rogue-unfriendly. A new quest that allowed you to work with your friends, doing something fun! And best of all, zero downside.
There you have it, proof positive, the Smugglers Rest birthday event is the best event ever. What, still not convinced? How about this shot where several players model their lovely birthday hats?
Note how many of them are boasting Skull Factors of over 9000.
Here, victorious players gather excess torches in the Crystal Cove central area where we can keep a wary eye on our Kobold Union Workers.
This torch smells funny!
And for those of you who are so into schadenfreude that you simply cannot get past the millions of plat earned, I have only one thing to say: