Somehow my Bristlebane post for EQ2 has gotten delayed for over a week, too many posts to do! I won’t simply post a guide to the event (see EQ2Wire for details), although it’s one of my favourite seasonal events in EQ2 so far as it has some really nice rewards.
Since I’m still a relative newcomer to the game, these events have a ton of content for me to explore. But I much prefer a ‘bite-size’ fun approach to gaming, hence why I play more than one MMO concurrently. I take the same view of festivals, I simply do not want to grind like crazy for a week or two to get all the possible rewards in one go. Most such events are annual if not more regular so there will always be another opportunity to get what you didn’t before. This approach also has the advantage of not burning through all the content too quickly, usually one or two things might be added new each year but players who ‘gorge’ on events will run out of new things to experience very quickly each time. I’m still playing catchup on all the goodies on offer!
Highlights this time around are the colour-changing horse pictured above and the jumping and racing mini-games. Both good fun in short bursts but not something I’ll be doing for hours on multiple characters. I also did several themed story quests which were a blast, one I’d done before, another I hadn’t. I even had a close encounter with the god Bristlebane himself!
All in all this means that for me the best type of festivals are those with a wide variety of activities and a good link to the lore of the game’s world. Very time limited events or big token grinds don’t do it for me.