Letters From Tamriel

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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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Crown Crates

@Zells - sepia stone - smallCrown Crates, the Summary: You spend actual $ to get crowns, then you spend the crown points to buy (usually cosmetic) goodies from the Crown Store.¬† In the case of Crown Crates, what you’re buying is, per crate, 4-5 random prizes from a set pool.¬† Items range from common to “apex”, the most rare items – in this round (they will be seasonal)¬†all apex items are mounts with a storm atronach skin.

I was in retail a long time, so I really grok the idea that money needs to come in to keep the staff paid and the doors open.  I love TES & ESO, and I am a subscriber partly because I believe in paying for art I consume РI love the game and play it a lot, so I feel a moral obligation to contribute to its financial upkeep.  So far, so good.

But… paying real money for random chances at virtual stuff.¬† That has some problematic consequences. Read more…

Witches Festival review

@Zells - sepia stone - smallThe Witches Festival ended this morning; here are my thoughts.¬† It’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this doesn’t know what the event was, but I’ll start with a quick recap.

To participate in the Festival, players “bought” (for free) a Crow Caller from the Crown Store, which then put a crow caller item (a whistle) into their inventory.¬† Using the Crow Caller summoned a witch who gave a quest to kill a boss.¬†¬†The boss dropped a Plunder Skull – a container with a random assortment of loot: 1-5 “creepy” mats (spider eggs, worms, etc.); 1-3 Amber Marbles (the¬†style mat for the Hollowjack motif); and¬†lastly, a HJ motif page / creepy recipe / special rare¬†mask.¬† The quest reward was a Momento (witch whistle) that¬†caused a 2-hour skeleton polymorph –¬†wearing the skelly polymorph doubled player¬†experience pts and caused bosses to¬†drop Plunder Skulls.

There were achievements for doing the original quest, learning all the Hollowjack motifs, and collecting 100 Plunder Skulls.¬† There were also limited-edition items available from the Crown Store (a “Grim Harlequin” motif, scarecrow & pumpkin polymorphs, and a zombie horse).¬† That’s the recap; review is after the cut. Read more…

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