Warhammer Online kicked off it’s Halloween-themed event, The Witching Night, yesterday. I am usually excited about holiday events found in MMOs because it focuses people and draws them together. Games will draw people to go trick or treating to the inns across the world, to play rock, paper, scissors with a mad demi-god, or even eschew the pagan festival for a happier harvest celebration.
In Warhammer Online it draws people together so that they will kill each other. Last night I logged on and immediately flew to Black Fire Pass and joined the first RvR warband I found. Order controlled the Keep and two Battlefield Objectives, and had pushed Destruction back to the warcamp. We then started pushing back. I think that I completely missed the event’s Public Quest, but I did have a blast racking up the Renown (especially since they recently buffed Renown gain from healing). It was becoming such a meatgrinder at one point that people were running back to the warcamp after being rez’d multiple times to get their rez sickness healed.
Warhammer Online might have too much content. But, when Mythic places the candy corn (read: carrots) in the right place to unabashedly lead the two sides together to fight over Halloween goodies, it is a beautiful thing. I hope that the RvR zones containing the Witching Night Public Quests remain this active through the event because I think it will show how much the game can shine.
Someday this war’s gonna end…