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Happy Birthday, ESO!

ESO is 4 years old this month, but there were no holiday events the first year, so we are heading into the 3rd birthday party. Official announcement release is at this link.

The birthday event may be my favorite. Possibly because it was the first event – they have holidays in WoW and I missed them in ESO, so I was excited they’d been introduced, and I like that they started with a birthday celebration.

But I also like the event because the rewards are linked to dailies & weeklies, which means a wide variety in activities you can do to participate. My biggest single issue w/the the events (which I think is everyone’s issue) is that repeating the same activities for the rewards gets boring. Not an issue during the birthday fest.

Also: rare motif pages can drop in the reward boxes, and as a craftaholic, I’ve been looking forward to those reward boxes for months. ūüôā

It amuses me that the cakes get a new tier each year; that’s going to be a biiiiig cake in a decade.

Chef and Jubilee Cake - ESO 2nd yr birthday

Last year’s two-tier cake.

In addition to announcing the event, the promo article also listed a bunch of fun stats, which I’m copying below… and congrats to my EP buddies, I feel I should add. ūüôā


ESO Turns Four!

In these four years, we’ve been proud to hit some big-time milestones, including 10 million players last year. That said, the ESO community has hit some pretty amazing milestones of their own. Check out these incredible in-game statistics from PC/Mac launch until today:

  • Total number of monsters killed: 15,881,472,493
  • Total number of players killed: 1,346,033,201
  • Total number of Soul Gems used: 1,183,836,570
  • Total number of quests completed: 2,064,266,404
  • Total number of items crafted: 7,415,834,454
  • Total number of achievements earned: 1,145,234,018

And, finally, here’s some additional numbers that might surprise:

  • Most popular race: High Elf (14.98% of all characters)
  • Most popular Alliance: Ebonheart Pact (36.33% of all characters)
  • Most PvP Kills by Alliance: Ebonheart Pact (122,490,253 kills)
  • Highest unpaid bounty: 248,655,731 gold
  • Highest paid bounty: 362,324 gold
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Event Catch-Up: Wild Hunt, Jester’s Fest, Happy Birthday, ESO!

@Zells - sepia stone - smallI’ve been having so much fun playing with my dollhouse I haven’t done much of anything else.¬†¬†(Downstairs is done now,¬†hopefully will have the next post up tomorrow or next week.)¬† But for now…

Wild Hunt Crown Crates – RNG is a bizarre mistress.¬† Bipolar,¬†gives mixed signals, yet here we all are, courting her.¬† Back in December I had¬†some Christmas money,¬†and decided to buy a big pack of the storm crates.¬†Didn’t have much luck, as I described –¬†15 crates, no mount, very few big items, ended up converting¬†all I could¬†to gems and buying the belly dancer veil that way.¬† Wasn’t impressed. Of¬†the available treats in the Wild Hunt crates,¬†I wanted two: the methrot multicolored hair, and the ancestor moths pet.¬†¬†I had gems left over from¬†before, so I got¬†4 more crates, and¬†could convert enough trash into gems¬†to¬†get the methrot hair,¬†but not enough for the moths.¬† However, I did much, much better in terms of getting the high-end prizes: an apex mount¬†(the wolf),¬†two pets, the leaf aura,¬†and the Hircine banner.¬†¬†Nice, but¬†I wouldn’t have¬†bought any of those outright,¬†and I’d absolutely trade in both pets for the ancestor moths.¬† In other words, whether I do well or not, I’m still ambivalent about Crown Crates. Grade: C+

Jester’s Festival – Hm.¬† On the plus side, like with the New Life fest, I love how it was integrated into the world lore; it felt like something that was really happening in Tamriel.¬† On the other hand, I got super tired of doing those 3 quests, and quit after only 1 character had the full achievement, compared to the 5-7 each for the Halloween and New Life fests.¬† And partly I bailed because distribution on the drops was so off – I have ~20 of those Jester banners now, and I wasn’t excited about the other prizes.¬†¬†Jester’s wasn’t my¬†favorite so far, but it was a fun little diversion, and not every holiday event has to be huge.¬† Grade: B-

2nd Anniversary Party! (for ESO’s 3rd birthday, lol) – This was great.¬† No caveats, no “buts”.¬† Fantastic set-up.¬† Hooking the rewards to dailies meant every player could play/celebrate the way¬†we each wanted, but there was still a group element, because players were grouping for dungeons and WBs.¬† And there was incentive to participate, because the rewards in the boxes were real rewards – pre-existing, highly-sought items people already wanted, and not simply event-related gimmicks.¬† Even the “trash” in the boxes were still useful (mats can be sold, if not needed), and seemed skewed towards housing mats¬†(yay). In addition to¬†sacraments/heists, guild, and WB dailies, I did a hella lot of writs¬†because those were the fastest dailies, and as a crafter I had 9 alts already certified in all 6 crafts.¬† (9×6=56/day, which I did several times,¬†and yeah, it took hours.) Normally I don’t do writs on the alts with lower-level skills, but for the low price of maple or iron, I got another present box with a chance of a great motif page.¬† Picked up a lot of Akiviri, Celestial, Glass, and alliance motif pages, in addition to the more common ones.¬† Happy birthday, indeed! Grade: A

As a general rule, I like the events, and I like having incentive to do particular things to help break me out of ruts.¬† I have to admit, however,¬†that¬†after New Life, the Jester’s Fest, and the birthday party, I am looking forward to just playing the game for a while. And¬†by “a while” I mean:¬†less than 5¬†weeks ’til Morrowind!

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