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A desire for more holidays and other events

Once upon a time, World of Warcraft's holiday events were one of my favorite parts of the game. Not only did they make the game world feel alive, they changed the standard day-to-day gameplay routine. When those events went live, I didn't even consider spending my time doing the same daily hubs, reputation grinds, or dungeons I'd been doing all along. There were new quests, light-hearted quests, and the holiday bosses asked me to revisit dungeons I may not have run in ages. I didn't even care much for the loot dropped by those bosses, I just liked seeing and fighting them. Before those bosses became something in the dungeon finder, I ran them as much as I could, just because I knew they'd be gone for a year afterwards. The rewards from quests, even when they were light-hearted items that didn't contribute to a character's power level whatsoever, were fun little short-term goals.

Unfortunately, these events long ago fell to the wayside, receiving few updates beyond increasing the item level of gear drops from bosses. Patch 5.4 introduced a pandaren brewmaster to Brewfest, Love is in the Air's last update was the addition of the Swift Lovebird in patch 4.3.2, but generally speaking, ilevel increases have been the majority of the changes. The focus has been on the Darkmoon Faire more than anything else, which has, itself, become part of the routine. It's understandable that these events have fallen out of production, it's difficult to justify creating temporary content over something more permanent, but I do miss the temporary, fleeting content. More than updates to old events, I'd love to see new events, holidays pulling from Azerothian culture rather than our own, or even events on a smaller scale. Let's kick around some ideas, shall we?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Events

Reminder: It came from the Blog's Love Zeppelin party is tomorrow

Tizzi near the Love Zeppelin
Tomorrow morningish a few of WoW Insider's writers will be joining the It came from the Blog annual party on the Love Zeppelin.
  • When: Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon EST (9 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet near the flightpath in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh/Hellscream (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any level Horde player
  • How: Ask Tizzi or any member of It came from the Blog for an invite
There will be dancing, party games, and love. You'll also have the chance to ask questions from some of our staff.

Join us!

Please join us on Zangarmarsh/Hellscream (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. All guild ranks can invite, so /whisper Tizzi or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

It came from the Blog: Join us for a party on the Love Zeppelin

Tizzi in front of the Love Zeppelin
Love is in the air, but I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that this holiday does not lend itself to group activities where the group is multiple levels. The good news is that It came from the Blog is going to be having a party anyway: our second annual party on the Love Zeppelin.
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon EST (9 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet near the flightpath in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh/Hellscream (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any level Horde player, clothing optional
  • How: Ask any member of It came from the Blog for an invite
  • What: Fun, dancing, party games, love
We won't be having a raid for this event, so any level character can join us. We hope to see you there!

Updated: Some of the WoW Insider writers will be joining us, so you can ask them questions and otherwise rub virtual elbows with them.
Please join us on Zangarmarsh/Hellscream (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. All guild ranks can invite, so /whisper Tizzi or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

WoW Moviewatch: Azeroth News Network: Love Is In The Air Special

The Azeroth News Network: Love Is In The Air Special by Slightly Impressive spells out the inconsistencies and oddities involved in this February holiday. While the video is a tiny bit late for the real life Valentine's Day, there's still plenty of comedic value left for it in Azeroth.

I've always wondered if it made me a creeper, sitting lonely in Dalaran and desperately begging strangers to have a picnic. But, hey, it's just an achievement. What's love got to do with it?
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Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

What have you done because of WoW?

World of Warcraft, by its nature, is a very social game -- you have to group up and work with other players to accomplish many in-game goals. Maybe you play WoW with your friends or maybe you've made friends through playing it. Plenty of players know each other or meet each other in real life -- some have even met their future spouses in WoW. With that in mind, Valentine's Day -- or, if you'd rather, Love Is in the Air -- is a great time to visit Because of WoW.

The website collects photos and tweets with the #BeacauseOfWoW hashtag, compiling them into one grand story of community connections. So why not take today to join in on the lovefest and tweet about the friends and connections you've made because of WoW?

Filed under: Fan stuff

Breakfast Topic: Your holiday frustrations

Love Is in the Air once again, which means -- you guessed it -- crowds of people in a rush to complete their holiday quests and achievements before time runs out. I'm a fan of holidays for a change of pace, but the crowds -- especially on day one or two -- can be tremendously frustrating... especially when you've got twenty people standing on top of your quest-giver. Argh!

So, readers, let's talk holidays: what are your holiday frustrations... and, better yet, what are your frustration workarounds? The frustrated among us really, really want to know.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Love is in the air starts today

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around... And it's certainly kicking off in all the major capital cities of Azeroth and Outland today. If you want a Peddlefeet pet or to kick Apothecary Hummel and his cronies out of Shadowfang Keep yet again, now's the time. Love is in the air 2014 runs from February 10 to February 24.

The official Blizzard post makes no mention of any updates for 2014, so as far as we can tell no additional love has been added to this holiday. We can confirm that the drops have not been upgraded and are still ilvl 480. That being the case, burgeoning lovers can check out 2013's Overachiever guide to all the achievements, pets, items and more that the holiday brings to players. And if you want to get your love on in the real world, check out this weekend's guide to making heart-shaped candy!

This is another of those fun holidays that sends you off a'hunting for the race-class combinations that elude the average player in order to shower them with rose petals for Fistful of Love. If you're one of the rarer race-class combinations, you can often peddle your services by agreeing to be showered with rose petals outside a faction capital. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

But the most important thing, in my book, is to kill the three apothecaries on every character, every day, just for a chance at the Big Love Rocket from the heart-shaped box the bosses drop. I've got 14 90s. This year it's mine.

Filed under: News items

Well Fed Buff: Love is in the Air Heart Candy

That bell-like sound? That sweet scent wafting through the air? Ah, that's love. Love is in the Air means it's time to slip that special someone a strategic Heart Candy. It's the thought the counts; nobody can deny that Heart Candies are probably not the tastiest treats in Azeroth. Good thing nobody actually eats them! (You don't, do you?!)

You can pop as many as you like in real life if you whip up a batch here on Earth instead of in Azeroth. Like love itself, the recipe for Love is in the Air Heart Candy is simple yet demanding; you'll knead your heart out for this one. We've also got two tastier and quite romantic treats to share with you today: the delectable Dark Desire and those irresistible Tauren Toenails. Mmmm, chocolate!

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Filed under: Arts and Crafts

Pet battlers, it isn't too late to get your hands on Peddlefeet

Pet battlers, it isn't too late to get your hands on Peddlefeet
In the world of pet battles, there are two humanoid pets that reign supreme: the Pandaren Monk and the Flayer Youngling. There are competitors to the throne, but the monk and the flayer are your go-to dragonkin slayers in PvE pet battles. One of the two requires a purchase from the Blizzard Store, and while the other is a perfectly valid option, there's beauty in diversity. Why not be different? Why not break social norms and embrace the diversity inherent to the universe? Why not Peddlefeet?

Peddlefeet can be added to your pet journal by using a Truesilver Shafted Arrow, purchased for 40 Love Tokens at Lovely Merchants in capital cities across Azeroth. This item is only sold during Love is in the Air celebrations, which end February 23. You still have most of this week to pick up those 40 tokens, and it's just about the easiest thing in the world. You can either do Love is in the Air daily quests or murder hapless mobs (which award experience) for Lovely Charms, which can then be exchanged for Love Tokens. You have plenty of time. Do it!

Peddlefeet's dragonslaying abilities are as follows:

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Reminder: It came from the Blog's Love-in is tomorrow

Reminder It came from the Blog's Lovein is tomorrow
This is a call to action! It came from the Blog is staging a peaceful protest tomorrow. We want booze sold in the Undercity, and we want it now! We'll be starting at the top, and then moving our protest from there.

Because love is in the air, our form of protest will be a Love-in. So it will not only be peaceful, it will be groovy.
  • When: Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16 at Noon EST (9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet in front of Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any Horde player level 10 or above
  • How: Ask Tizzi or any It came from the Blog member for an invite, if you aren't already in our family of guilds
If you are joining us (and all are welcome), please wear something alluring, bring something alcoholic and behave something groovy, man.

Alliance are encouraged to protest with us! Just roll a Horde character (10 or above) and show us how it's done. After all, your dwarves would never allow a dry city in your faction. Or wait, does the Exodar sell libations? They're so full of light and boringness there -- which is why it should be a disco.

Anyway, join us for peace, love and virtual drinking tomorrow!

Please join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. Guild ranks of Blog Lurker or above can invite, so /whisper Robiness or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

It came from the Blog: Join us for a Love-in

It came from the Blog Join us for a Lovein
We at It came from the Blog want to hold a protest -- the best kind of protest there is: a Love-in. For those of you who aren't hip to the 60's lingo, a Love-in is just a particularly groovy Sit-in. The protesters hang out in a public place and protest peacefully, but the theme is love, since love is in the air, as you know.

What will we be protesting? You can't buy alcohol in the Undercity. Seriously, how is that even legal?
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 16 at Noon EST (9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet in front of Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any Horde player level 10 or above
  • How: Ask Tizzi or any It came from the Blog member for an invite, if you aren't already in our family of guilds
Tizzi will be providing transportation as needed via mage port, which is why you need to be at least level 10 so that you can join the raid.

Anyone is welcome to join us and support the cause. If you're Alliance, please make a character just to help out. We appreciate all the support we can get.

So join us for our very first Love-in. Just make sure to wear something alluring, and bring booze.

Please join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. All guild ranks can invite, so /whisper Tizzi or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

Guide to Love is in the Air 2013

Love is in the Air returns this year from Sunday, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 23. As always, check your game calendar for your server's specific start and end times. After many tweaks over the years, the holiday's become one of the less annoying and RNG-riddled outings from the What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been meta. However, last year's version added a pretty grind-intensive mount to the holiday rewards, so if you're starting fresh and want the meta and the mount, be prepared for a lot of work.

Before you ask -- yep, it's required if you're still on the warpath for your Violet Proto-Drake. The finished holiday meta will also reward the title the Love Fool.

If you're completely new to Love Is In the Air, you'll probably want to read our FAQ on the holiday. Otherwise, we'll be dealing with the holiday achievements here. There are only two optional ones if you're going for the meta, so I've listed all the ones you'll need first.

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Filed under: Events, Achievements, The Overachiever

Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite in-game holiday?

Breakfast Topic What's your favorite World Event
I love Halloween. I am a big fan of the spooky, the creepy, the gloomy, dark and dank. It enthralls me, it's mysterious, it's fun! I'm talking real life here, now, not candy buckets in cities. I'm not a huge fan of the in-game Halloween, it seems too jokey, too trick-or treat and candy-focused, missing the scary side. But, having said that, I do like the Headless Horseman. He, well, his head is very entertaining, with its constant issues with his disappearing body and horse.

I also like Love is in the Air and Noblegarden, they're wonderfully corny and cute, with the bunny ears and the lovebirds. Winter Veil isn't bad either, but perhaps that's because I have a child-like love for Christmas.

But my favorite in-game holiday by a long shot is Brewfest. I really like the music, for a while at least. With my habit of alt-tabbing to work while leaving the game running, leaving a character standing in a Brewfest zone for long periods of time is annoying at best! The games are really fun, and the in-game drunkenness does bring a smile. If Coren Direbrew was as entertaining as the Horseman, and the rewards were as fun as the Lovebird or the Picnic Basket, this could be a perfect holiday!

What about you? Which in-game holiday tickles your fancy, and are there any that you despise?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Why I hate holidays

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There are two reasons why I hate holiday events in World of Warcraft:

  1. Rather than a heart, I possess a shriveled black acorn of hate ripped from the oakbread tree, steeped in the corrupted blood of the deep wound of the earth, and finally implanted in my chest after my original heart was consumed by the venom of the Emerald Agony, rarest and most deadly of the agony serpents.
  2. There is no way you can convince me that running around trying to pick up eggs before anyone else gets to them while hissing expletives at the screen is anything like a good time.
Seriously, I just don't get holidays in game. I get that other people like them, and I'm not campaigning for their removal or anything. But there has yet to be a holiday introduced in the history of World of Warcraft that's done more than gotten me to say all right, I'll run that for you. I don't enjoy holidays; I tolerate them. Every year when Children's Week rolls around, I gulp knowing I'm going to be forced to try and get School of Hard Knocks so that other people can get a mount. When Noblegarden rolled around this year, I just rolled a lady dwarf death knight so that my guildmates could throw ears on it primarily because I was tired of hearing people talk about how hard they are to find.

I guess what really bugs me about all these holidays and holiday achievements is that no one seems to enjoy them. They go nuts grinding for a new mount or pet, yeah, but I just don't get a happy vibe when I ask people about them. Instead, I get a grim litany of how many more necklaces or chocolates or whatever they have to get through. I could just be missing the joy, I suppose. I'm very good at that.

Do you like holidays? If so, why? If not, congratulations on agreeing with me. Also, why not?

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Filed under: Breakfast Topics

It came from the Blog: Join us for a party on the Love Zeppelin

Goblin on zeppelin with heart
Unfortunately, Love is in the Air doesn't really lend itself to an all-levels event. Many of the achievements require rather high levels to complete, and the Dangerous Love quest line can't be picked up if you've already done it in a previous year. So I've decided to go literal with this holiday and take our love into the air.

The It came from the Blog family of guilds will be holding a party on the Love Zeppelin -- and you're invited!
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 11 p.m. EST (8 p.m. PST, 9 p.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet near the flightpath in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any level Horde player, clothing optional
  • How: Ask any member of It came from the Blog for an invite
  • What: Fun, dancing, party games, love -- something for everyone
We will not be forming a raid group for this event, but we will have a chat channel set up as usual. So join us this Thursday night for the Love Zeppelin. Here, have an earworm.

Please join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. Any member can invite, so /whisper Roblinator or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

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