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2-11-2010 @ 2:12PM
This is the last holiday i'll need for my shaman's 310% mount. Last year his level wasn't high enough to do all the elders. So I can't wait to get my alt a 310% mount
2-11-2010 @ 2:17PM
It's my last holiday, too. I skipped it last year 'cause it looked like too much work.... So, I'm going to need all the help I can get to finish it this time!
2-11-2010 @ 2:22PM
Same boat, though technically I need Love Is In The Air as well - still that, and Lunar Festival are all I need for my 'locks Violet Proto. I'm glad this holiday doesn't have any sort of time restriction. You can do it all on the first day, spread it out over 3 weeks, or do it all on the last day...though the sooner I do this the sooner I get my 310%. Good luck to you!
2-11-2010 @ 4:08PM
I am also in this boat. I always refused to do the holidays because they seemed like a lot of work and I didn't want to start them without finished them. (That's a thing of mine: I really don't like starting things that I may leave unfinished, and yet once things are started, I have no issue leaving them unfinished. Anyways...) That all changed with Noblegarden last year, since the achievements seemed simple enough that I realized I could do them all. That started it, and since then, I've done every holiday's achievements successfully. With Fool For Love under my belt, this will be the last one, and that Violet Proto-Drake will finally be mine.*sigh* Looking at that almost-complete meta of metas, I realize that is has been a long, strange trip. I begrudgingly did PvP achievements that brought me into a place that nothing else can motivate me to enter (battlegrounds), trick-or-treated hour after hour before that damn toothpick finally dropped on the second to last day of Hallow's End, and beat a boss I wasn't able to beat last summer due to sub-par gear thanks to Blizzard not updating his level and loot table. I'm almost sad to see it end. *Looks at the screenshots of the VPD on wowhead* Dammit I want to start this holiday now! Must! Have! Proto-drake!
2-11-2010 @ 4:10PM
It really is starting to feel like Blizz is just handing out 310 mounts now. I finished up "What A Long Strange Trip" during brewfest 2009 like the majority of other people who got the first round of achievements and our drakes. The holiday events were not hard to begin with, they just took a decent amount of dedication and time over the course of the year, which in my opinion, was a fair for the award at the end. Now this year they have changed the Valentines Day event to the point where it can be completed in one or two day (if one worked hard enough) and extended it as well. Now it seems as if they have made the Lunar Festive easier and extended it as well. I am all for making the game more accessible to new players or those with limited time; however, there comes a point where you are no longer making it accessible and instead are making it easy. Those are to different things. Accessible gameplay would be one where you still had to put in a little work and dedication and had access to similar rewards as players who devote more time, and easy is this trend of basically logging on and doing the bare minimum but getting the same rewards as the people who bust their ass and work extremely hard to achieve things in the game. I wish Blizz could find a healthy balance between those concepts.
2-11-2010 @ 4:19PM
@Christopher Schmidt: If a year of work isn't dedication, I don't know what is. The idea of the holidays is to give casuals/solo-ers a way to get a 310% speed mount so that it isn't limited to the hard-core arena players and hard-core raiders. The reason Blizzard can justify it, even while they make the holiday achievements themselves easier, is that no matter what you do, What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been takes almost a year to a full year to get. Nothing else in the game is guaranteed to take that long.
2-11-2010 @ 5:45PM
@ Gamer I AmI wholeheartedly agree it still takes time and dedication to get the achievement , as i clearly said in my initial comment. My issue is that they have greatly reduced the amount of time needed as well as diminished the dedication you need. I took me the full span of the V day event to finish it last year because of the horrible RNG and also for having to make sure i logged on every hour. My wife completed the event this year start to finish, and because of the new easier mechanics did it in 3 days. I have no problem with "casuals" (I hate that term because the converse would be Professionals not "Hardcore") or solo-ers getting 310 mounts. I am against making an already easy set of achievements being made easier to get as you work towards the meta. Again I am not debating the length of commitment needed to get the meta, becaue it is still a year. My complaint/concern is just the time now needed to get each event completed and the work needed to be put in has been absurdly reduced to the point of feeling like its simply a hand out for showing up an hour or so for maybe a day or two.
2-12-2010 @ 3:24AM
@Chris The whole point of the Long, Strange Trip achievement is that you can get it with dedication; Which is why Blizzard altered the Valentines holiday. Frankly, there were too many people who did do all that work only to fall victim to the RNG and not find themselves able to get the achievement. And fact of the matter is, you still have to be around for every holiday for a full year and that's a pretty impressive feat, even if it may not strictly take a lot of "skill" to do the achievements.And as a side note I just want to say I'm really sick of this attitude people get when Blizzard "nerfs" something that they had to work hard for before. Don't be upset that you had to work harder back in "the day" for what you have, be happy that if you decide to do it again you don't have to work as hard.
2-13-2010 @ 3:11AM
I would've been happy if it took only a year to complete the meta--instead, due to the RNG I still have no Sinister Squashling after 3 years of Hallow's End. What's even worse? A year ago, after coming up with only 5 of the 8 candies despite setting an alarm to wake me every hour so I could try again, I thought I would have to wait a whole 'nother year until, well, now to finish the meta. Instead, I can't finish it until October at the earliest, with nothing else to do from now until then, holiday-wise.
2-17-2010 @ 6:31PM
On my realm (Rexxar) Exodar and Darnassus are both as good as dead.Exodar: 5-10 people, mostly under level 20 or so, or surrounding the JC Trainer.Darnassus: 10-20 people, mostly under 30 or so, or surrounding the bankers.Stormwind: 100-200 people, most crowded place, mostly scattered throughout the place.Ironforge: 100-150 people, 2nd most crowded place, most around Training Dummies.That is a **ROUGH ESTIMATE** of what my server's cities are like.Though I have not really checked out the horde cities lately, for I am Alliance, I do not know what they are like.
2-18-2010 @ 5:52PM
Dang, that was supposed to be a reply to deluded spider's comment.WTB Edit please. (Please Downrate this and the comment above please.)
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