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Poll: Is WoW ever going to have an "XP boost weekend"?

It's a common thing in other MMOs for the studio to boost experience gains (usually by 100%) for a weekend here and there. It gets lapsed players back into the game, gives current players a reason to dust off old alts, and repopulates the non-end-game zones like nothing else. It even has a little bit of a long lasting effect in that players will likely continue to level their characters they got a leg up on via the XP boost, and that creates more overall engagement; which is the critical factor for any MMO.

Blizzard has ventured into this area now with Diablo III. We're all getting 50% increased experience until Reaper of Souls comes out on March 25th. It's a really great time to level your alts. Personally I'm planning on getting my monk up to 60 before then (I'm a big fan of flashing around and stabbing baddies). From my completely unscientific poll of everyone on my friend's list, nearly everyone is playing Diablo again. The XP boost seems to be working.

But what about WoW? In some ways I don't want to see it, I have a gut feeling that it's a sign that the game isn't doing well, that Blizzard needs to attract players back to the game. But in another way I feel that if this is the way the market is moving overall, then why shouldn't WoW do the same? And at that point, wouldn't it be irresponsible of Blizzard not to offer the same level of service to WoW players as they can get with other titles?

My bet? It's coming to WoW a month before Warlords of Draenor releases. What do you think? Let us know.

Is WoW going to have an XP boost weekend?
Yes2172 (38.9%)
No3417 (61.1%)

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Darkmoon Carousel increases XP and reputation gains

Darkmoon Carousel increases XP and Reputation gains
WoW Insider received various reports via Twitter and email of a bonus to reputation and experience granted by taking a ride on the Darkmoon Carousel. Further investigation indicates that this is indeed the case. The carousel works similarly to the maypole-styled stick during the Fire Festival, in that the longer you spend spinning the longer the duration of your buff.

Darkmoon Carousel increases XP and Reputation gainsThe buff is named WHEE! and increases experience and reputation gains by 10%. It's very fast to build up, and you don't actually have to ride the carousel itself to gain the buff, just be near to it. If you want to stand on it but not mount one of the carousel mounts, that's just fine too.

To access the Carousel you'll need at least one Darkmoon Ride Ticket in your inventory. Fortunately, these can be bought 5 at a time in books from Kae Ti, the NPC in the tent through which you enter the Carousel. If you have a Darkmoon Ride Ticket in your inventory already, one will simply be subtracted from your total as you walk into the Carousel area.

Don't confuse the ride tickets with Darkmoon Prize Tickets, which have an almost identical icon, but are rewards rather than access tokens. The Prize Tickets are a currency and appear with your Valor points and the like, while the Ride Tickets stack in your bag.

If you get onto one of the carousel's mounts, and can't seem to get off, type /leavevehicle into chat. You can also keybind this function via the WoW Key Bindings menu.

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