Ah yes, Springtime. A time when a young man’s fancy turns to raiding and you can smell the fresh, flowery scent of epics in the air. Raiders flit from boss to boss, collecting these epic lewtz in order to spread and pollinate other bosses so they too might have a chance to drop the precious purples we hold so dear. But with this increased love of the plums, came another whole new way to waste time in our most favorite of games. Yes, I speak of the newest of WoW holidays, Noblegarden.
So yesterday I logged on in the afternoon and said to myself, “Self,” I says, “why don’t you give this new spanking version of Noblegarden a try?” Not one to disappoint myself, I figured why not and made my way out to Orgrimmar then down to whatever that little level 10 village is called. I spoke to the appropriate NPC’s, picked up an egg basket and was soon sprinting everywhere, trying to beat people to the plethora of eggs that were spawning all around. I must admit, it was rather amusing.
I’m not sure at what point my amusement spilled over into obsession, though, but soon I found myself wishing death and destruction upon my fellow WoW player. Sure, you may have technically gotten to the egg first, but didn’t you see me standing there? Don’t you know how long I’ve been doing this?! I have to raid in an hour, I just want the title, DAMMIT!! Ahem. Anyways, at a certain point, this holiday morphed from an amusing way to kill a couple of hours to something that had to be done, that needed to be done!
My main problem with this holiday was the sheer randomness of what you got inside the eggs when you cracked them open. You see, in order to complete the meta-achievement, you had to open these brightly colored eggs and hope you received three items. An Elegant Dress, A White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants. However, these did not drop regularly, oh no, not at all, and though you can buy these items from a holiday vendor, you have to actually loot them from eggs in order to get the achievements. So began one man’s journey into the brightly colored maw of madness.
You see the picture on the right there? That’s everything I looted while I was looking for one pair of Black Tuxedo Pants. Keep in mind when you look at that chocolate that I ate 100 of them for the achievement, bought a rabbit’s foot for a hundred, the bunny ears for 50 (which I promptly looted two in a row not twenty minutes later), a pair of the Black Tuxedo Pants for 50 as well (so I could get the kissing achievement) and that each of those eggs in the 20 stack cost me 5 chocolates and I’d already planted two by this point. And I still had 189 leftover. Have you ever spent hours running your character in a tight circle around a newbie town? Yeah, not pleasant.
So what are my impressions of this holiday that Blizzard brought us, albeit slightly late? It’s an easy title with the hardest part being you have to travel to Un’Goro and get someone else to come with you and turn you into a bunny. However, it feels like just a time sink with no draw other than the title and the eventuality of being able to get the proto drake. It’s not fun like some of the other holidays and seems to really have no purpose other than to give you some mindless actions to do for a few hours. Overall, I was actually very disappointed with it and by the time I finished all the achievements and got my title, I felt more relief to be done hunting god damn eggs than a sense of accomplishment.
I give this holiday a D+. It accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is keep people occupied while they play. However, it feels kind of like it was just thrown at us with no thought to entertainment value. The only plus is that they at least made it so the eggs respawn quickly and keep players from really fighting over the spawn points. The only redeeming quality about this holiday is that it was easy. I was able to accomplish it in about 6 hours or so. How about you, gentle jerkwads? Did you enjoy the newest of Blizzard holidays? Or will you never be WoW nobility?