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Halloween fun drawing to a close

Nosferabbit

I’m realizing we’re running out of Halloween time in the Spiral and I haven’t participated very much.  My main activity involved two of my wizards fighting through Nosferabbit’s dungeon enough times for each of them to create a Nosferabbit house guest.  Which meant I also had enough veggie revenants to create a bunch of house guests from them.

 

I haven’t been too interested in Monstrology and since I find most of the creatures you can use to create guests yucky, I haven’t even wanted to do that.  But I do think Nosferabbit is funny and the veggie revenants are pretty cute, so…

I’m kinda done with the Stormdrain Tower since I don’t like the way so many people behave in there and I’ve gotten most of the pets and realized.. they’re not particularly good…   I’ve run through a bunch of the Jack Hallow quests — I DO get a kick out of the ghost collecting bit.  With one wizard I did the highest level of the Ravenwood dungeons — never have found that I get anything worth the time it takes to do those towers.  Not sure if I just have really bad luck or if the drops aren’t that great in general.

I must admit I’m more ho hum about the game lately than I usually am — and immersed in some genealogy research that’s calling to me more persistently — but I just couldn’t get too excited about the same old Halloween stuff.  There’s a new bundle that does look fun but I can’t afford it at this time.

And the test realm has been open for a new world.  As usual, only those who’ve made it through the last world (Mirage) can get in to see the new one.  I’ll never understand why they don’t make up some little quest anyone can do that lets everybody see the new world — seems like it would be a way better PR/advertising move to entice people by giving them a taste.  Since I can’t see it I’m not at all moved to log in to the test realm.

If you want those Halloween drops and your Frankenbunny, etc. start hustling, your days to collect Halloween goodies are dwindling.

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Halloween festivities begin

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Jack Hallow

The month of special Halloween events begins.  You can farm the Stormdrain Tower for special drops or farm Baron Mordecai, who is only around for this event.  Win your bunny pet by doing Dworgyn’s quest (level 13 and up).  Take part in the Jack Hallow quests.  Complete the special towers in Ravenwood.

For much of the fun you don’t have to have a paid membership, so this is a nice chance for free players to pick up some good drops.  Spooky Bob is, as always, selling the special Halloween pets and costumes in The Shopping District and most of the items he sells are available as drops from Lord Nightshade and Baron Mordecai.

While I enjoy this event, I’ve seen some comments about it being the same stuff every time and I can’t disagree.  I’ve participated for enough years that I find myself wishing every time that a couple of the quests would change or a new quest would be added to the mix.  Still, it’s a bunch of stuff that only shows up once a year for a few weeks so I find it a fun diversion.

If you’re farming I have one main piece of advice:  in the Stormdrain Tower there tend to be an inordinate number of players who go in on Team Up and wipe everybody out before all wizards are in the circle (people who are actually on the main story quest are stopped at the door by a chat with Nightshade).  They don’t care that some people get no drops and they will not let lower level wizards participate in the battle.  For some reason (probably that it’s a little harder and takes a little longer) more of the patient and kind-to-other players wizards farm at Mordecai.  So if you want to go fast and don’t give a crap about anybody else, go to Stormdrain.  If you want to hang out with really nice folks, have a chance to participate, get some drops and don’t mind moving a little slower, farm Mordecai.

Have fun!

Getting ready for sad farewell to Halloween

Jack-o-lantern

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve really enjoyed having lots of new and different activities for the Halloween season and I’m sorry that it’s about to end.

The Professor quests were gone too soon, but I enjoyed them.  I especially liked that for once it was a special activity with XP and drops that made it well worth putting in the time to do it.  I also liked the stories and the special settings.  The day I got sent to take the one wizard with Zafaria access to that dungeon was the day the quest disappeared; not sure why but I’d assumed it was lasting the whole month like the rest of the Halloween stuff.

On my second account I’d only created three wizards and planned to leave the other three slots open until the those three leveled all the way up.  I started adding and deleting wizards in those three spots in order to collect Frankenbunnies.  The main impetus for that was that none of the bunnies I got on either account were getting Energizing Battery…

In the end I wound up creating a Storm wizard to keep, since Frankenbunny is a Storm pet with some great perks for Storm and then eventually I liked one Death wizard so much I kept re-doing her and then another Death I just really liked.  So here I am, all six slots filled.  And thoughts of a third account…

I love the beginning stages of the game.  I really just play games to space out and relax.  Since it gets harder as you move up, there’s a point where it’s no longer so easy and feels less fun.  At this point I could just about do Wizard City in my sleep and I’m ready to stop.

The Jack Hollow quests were good fun, though I’ll be glad to quit catching my mounts on jack-o-lanterns sticking out in the safe paths.  And I got a kick out of the ghosts everywhere though I really wished they didn’t look just like the mobs of various ghosts you have to fight.  It was hard at first to make myself run at them when I’m used to avoiding them and I never completely registered them as benign; the instinct kept being to avoid.  Too bad they didn’t create a different look for these haints.

My first account’s level 73, Morgan, helped some of those newbies through Mordecai and Nosferabbit; she’ll be growing a garden of baby carrots one of these days.  For some odd reason porting didn’t work in the Nosferabbit dungeon so working two accounts was harder than it needed to be; also couldn’t port into it.  But taking her in made it so easy.

The main thing was the fun of getting away from the same old quests and scenery and staying busy with great activities that will be gone before they become “same old”.  Wish that happened a bit more often but I’m grateful to have had this month of fun.

Halloween: the Nosferabbit dungeon

Halloween’s afoot in the spiral.  I had just been looking up pets that heal and discovered the Frankenbunny with its Energizing Battery talent.  It’s one of only two pets that have the talent. [the other is Betta Fish; available only in Atlantean Bundle at WalMart, which I’ve been boycotting for something like 30 years]  When I saw it’s a drop for a quest everyone can take at Halloween I was pleased–even more pleased when the quest showed up a couple of weeks before I thought it would.

I’ve taken five wizards through the little dungeon now.  Yesterday, the first day, I took four.  For all of them the final three battles were all with invisible opponents. Made it hard to set deck before each fight ‘cos you couldn’t see the schools until you were in the battle.  I thought it was odd but decided maybe it was supposed to be spooky.

Invisible opponents

Invisible opponents

However, when I took another one in today, all the bad guys showed up fine.Veggies

The first two levels of the fight are just Blood Bats so pretty easy.  When I soloed there were just two at each stage.  But when you get to the Veggie Revenants there are four whether you’re alone or with a group, so for anyone under about level 30-35 it’s a bit tough.  Most lower level wizards don’t have enough health even with equipment to withstand 2-4 hits per round.

But it was fun.  Not hard at all to get a full crew on team up.  And an easy way to get a pretty cool pet.  The drops, not surprisingly, pretty much fit the level of Triton Avenue other than some okay seeds. So for higher level wizards your main reward is the pet and the chance to just have fun.

I’ve enjoyed taking my higher level wizards into the dungeon and into the Towers in Ravenwood with lower level wizards and helping them out.  I’ve seen some complaints from higher level wizards that it’s not challenging enough.  The idea is fun for everyone.  So how about being nice to some wizards who aren’t as advanced as you just because you can?