I’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!