Well, it’s that stupid time of the stupid year again.
I’ve never liked Valentine’s Day. It just never appealed to me. Something about forced emotions and all. Shrug. That, and I don’t like chocolate 😛
Both CoH and WoW are running markedly different events for the holiday. I’ve played around with both of them a bit and find the differences kind of interesting.
City of Heroes
In CoH/CoV, the event centers around an interdimensional nightclub that players of both factions may visit. It’s kind of a neat place. Loud music, flashing lights, and no PvP allowed. Anyhow. The place opened in late January if I am remembering correctly.
As a way of pushing attendance, they then launched this V-Day event that enables/requires heroes and villains to party together and do some fairly demanding missions. It’s repetitive – in order to get the badge, you have to kill the same boss 5 times (and for each of those five times, you have to kill him 3 times within the same mission…).
But it’s cool. I got to run around with my lvl 22 necromancer sidekicked to lvl 40 defenders and scrappers (hero healer and melee dps classes respectively). It was great fun. Much overkill happened.
They also sell temporary party buffing/healing powers at the nightclub that are most effective when used on a member of the opposite faction. I burnt through one of each type, with absolutely amazing results. Scrapper with my +attack and +def buffs was unstoppable. The defender got hurt, I healed her for something like 900 damage. (For reference, at level 22, with a squishy type character, I have something around 300 hp. My normal heal does around 100 points and is very useful. I assume that since defenders are kind of squishy as well, they don’t have more than 3x my hp at only 2x my level).
In addition to the nightclub missions, you are also given a free costume piece just for logging in during the event – a toga 😉 Apparently you can quest further and get some sandals and a laurel crown. Event is kind of sponsored by Eros. So, yeah.
I ran around quickly and finished my mission to earn a second costume slot and can now switch into my toga at a moment’s notice. I’ve got to look up on the web and see what has to be done to get my other costume components. What’s really kind of funny with the toga is that since my char’s thematically rather associated with the undead, I made him very very pale. This does not look good at all in a toga. So, when he switches costumes, he suddenly gets a rather nice tan 🙂
As with all events in the game, they send all registered players an announcement of the details. In this case, the document in question is currently available on their web site here. It’s a funny read.
World of Warcraft
Warcraft’s event is also kind of interesting. There seems to be some sort of plague of lovesickness sweeping the planet. And there is this ugly, evil little flying goblin in a diaper with a bow…
Basic event function is spraying oneself with perfume/cologne and giving cards to assorted NPC’s. Most of the time they accept and give you a present in return. Unless it’s the Stormwind city guards. They’re mean. You have to collect a total of 15 items per faction, and the items you get per gift exchange are kind of random (so you will probably have to gift more than 15 NPC’s to get them).
Tony and I both did all of the gifting we needed to do in Ironforge last night, and each only got rejected 1 or 2 times. I am about 2/3 of the way to finishing my Stormwind collection and have been shot down no less than 5 or 6 times.
Yeah. Tony and I are both IF natives. So, it could be some really subtle racism code, but I’m not certain. It could also be somehow related to one’s current faction standing with the city in question – we’re both very well loved at home, but my worst Alliance faction rating is with SW.
Or… it could be somehow related to the buff you get when you cure somebody who just got rejected. When you get shot down, you get a heartbroken debuff that lasts for an hour unless some other player gives you a friendship bracelet. Yeah. Cute. Anyhow, when you give it, you receive a positive status effect without any apparent numerical significance. Since Tony and I had both healed each other, we were both running around with the whole Power of Friendship buff or whatever it’s called. I wonder if that offers you a bit of protection from the heartache? 🙂
Anyhow. In addition to this whole running around and smelling pretty and giving out cards nastiness that has infected all six capital cities in the game, there are NPC’s who are concerned about the whole situation and agree that something is not right. I don’t know about the Horde side of things, but I’ve been sent on something of a wild turkey chase all over Stormwind to get perfumes analyzed and such. I’m not actually being sent out of town to hunt down the supplier of the chemicals 😉 It’ll be funny. It’s a mid-low level area that they want me to visit.