Wednesday, June 25, 2008

First Day of Summer Feast - The Screenshots

As expected, not many of you took the time to help document the day. Which is totally fine as I didn't want people to have to worry about stopping in the middle of their fun to take screenshots unless they really wanted to. So, I have a collection of my own for all of you to use to remember the fun. Enjoy...

Arilou's Screenshots:

Ah, the trivia contest. Out of the three I ran, this is from the first. Everyone flocked into this one map when called and sat down to try their hand at winning some feast tokens. The plan was to ask ten questions and give out four tokens as a 1st prize, two tokens as a 2nd prize, and one token as a 3rd prize. But, it was a four way tie with those four people each getting two questions right so I just gave them each two tokens.

Here players excitedly wait for Teshuvah's Mining Lq to begin.

The Mining Lq just ended (thus the pickaxes flung carelessly across the ground) and players returned to stuffing their faces with food so that they could become all the better for me to eat. I must say, players are a strange kind of prey. They just flock around a hungry predator, seeming not to care that they are making said predator's job all the more easy. I'm not sure if it's foolishness or stupidity. Perhaps a combination of both. As you can see from this screenshot one, especially tasty look halfling, even dared to think that simply surrounding me could cause me to be trapped.

Like Stone Giants to the slaughter, a large group of players gather in preparation for the day's Pk Lq.

Players find that the Conqueror Wurm's army has destroyed a small elven community and are in the process of digging through the area in search of the famed relic. "Bravely," the band of selfish vagabonds do battle with Nec-Bathat's followers in hopes of stopping their reign of destruction here before too many more lives are lost.

As it turns out, those "heroes" couldn't save their way out of a paper bag and so the Conqueror Wurm is able to move on to destroy the hamlet known as Bilyn's Town. They once again confront Nec-bathat's followers and once again...

their being there only barely slowed the army's search for the relic and so they are able to determine that it is not there and move on to destroy Fallwick. As you can see from this shot of Fallwick, a Stone Giant bravely fights a pair of deadly Glabrezus, while a Paladin leaves him for dead and appears to be searching for a corner to hide in. Typical.

But wait, here the Paladin is seen going up against the Conqueror Wurm. Or so it seems... clearly, his hiding spot had been discovered and after trying to flee, he found himself cornered. No doubt he is wetting himself at this moment. Poor little Paladin.

And so the Conqueror Wurm moves on to obliterate another poor village. This time we see a pair of those brave (is being too stupid to run really considered bravery?) Stone Giants trying to stop the Conqueror Wurm's path of destruction here and now. As you can see, the paladin is nowhere to be seen. No doubt he died crying back in Fallwick. He will forever be forgotten.

Oh dear. As the band traverses the underground caves, that lead to Hawthorne, they encounter a fierce bunch of undead horrors. It turns out that the army has supplemented its lost numbers by using these undead to try and kill the interlopers.

Nec-bathat lives! Mwahahaha! With the relic recovered, she has been summoned from the Abyss to continue the destruction she begun five years ago. But first she must defeat these insignificant little whelps who foolishly stand before the Goddess of Death!

The survivors of the Nec-bathat battle return to the feast. Not to help care for the wounded, mind you, but to try to exchange their spoils of war for rarities. It makes you wonder whatever happened to those heroes that fought simply to protect the weak and make the world a better place, doesn't it?

The third Trivia contest for the day takes place. After the first one, I did two more contests that consisted of ten questions each and this time everyone who got an answer right got a feast token.

Just because, I took a screenshot of Legolas' chessboard pieces. He introduced the new graphics at the first feast and then used them for a chessboard in Almien ao it was fitting that they make their appearance this year. Further on there's also a checkers board. Early in the day people were earnestly playing both games, but as the day went on they seemed to have lost interest. Every time I went to check on it after the morning hours I found the place empty. Here, I seem to have missed someone who started a Chess game, but left in the middle. Alas.

As the day wound to an end, the feast map emptied and everyone begun to park themselves in Valkon's lottery, waiting for a new lottery ticket to become available and chatting in the interim. The wizards followed with Legolas, Teshuvah, Binyamin, Arilou, Contrare, Valkon, a crushed pixie, and others making appearances before they went off to catch some must needed rest.

Arilou, having napped just before, decided to take this time to eat all the players he could catch. If you look closely, you can see that here I've pinned a Halfling down and am in the process of stuffing his fat self into my mouth. Naturally, this is the end result of toying with my little prey for quite some time, taking chunks out of his meaty hide and "accidentally" releasing him so that I could chase him down once more. While it was fun torturing the bug-eyed creature, I could only resist chowing down on him for so long. Oh and for the record... he was a most delicious meal indeed.

Randorxeous' Screenshots:

Steovanni's Screenshots:

Patriarch's Screenshots:

Well, that's all folks. For now anyway - It's never too late to in-game mail me and let me know you have feast stuff that you want me to include here. So if you're slow on the uptake, no biggie. Anyway, I'll be following this up with at least two more blog posts that are more informative than visual. So check in if you think that might be of interest to you.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

First Day of Summer Feast - The Day After

If I do say so myself, the feast was a smashing success. It was a lot of fun all around and I think most everyone would agree. In the next couple of days I'll be posting screenshots and describing the days events for anyone who wasn't around for all or some of it. I'll also give a complete run down of the main lq and get a bit deeper into the plot for any interested.

In the meantime, I'd like to request that anyone who took screenshots or videos, in-game mail me. Any links you send me will be posted here and if you don't have anywhere to host it, just let me know in the message and I'll give you an email where you can send it to (I'll upload it here for posterity sake). I have my own screenshots, which I'll be posting either way, so if nobody comes through, there will still be something for you guys to remember the day by. Plus, a player was nice enough to get in contact with me already. Still, it would be awesome if someone managed to capture the lq on video.

Anyway, I have to get back to the fun part, (doing the work needed to get some of this new content into the game on a regular basis) but I'll be back to blogging soon.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Trivia Contest

Wow, just wow. I ran a number of Trivia Contests today in honor of the ones Rhialto used to do late at night. It's a pretty simple concept. Answer some basic Wyvern trivia questions and win a prize. However, the type of answers I got back were mind boggling. Take this one, for example. I asked this: "How many arch wizards are there and what are their names?" and below are the hilarious replies I got back.

klodin says: 4
klodin says: ummm
patriarch says: 2 legolas and rhialto
snarfer growls: 2 Arilou, and Teshuvah
crier says: 3 Kupior, Legolas Rhialto
heqet says: 2 rhialto legolas
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto
zevran says: legolas rhialto
veldin says: 3, teshavuah, arilou and binyamin
randorxeous says: 3 lego, rhialto and kupior
dermatolith says: 7- sleepy, dopey, doc, bashful...
klodin says: 4 Rhialto, Teshuvah, Kiz and Caius
snarfer growls: 1 Legolas
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 2
firexr says: 3, rhialto, legoles, ad kiz
rifkas says: 2. Legolas and Rhialto
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 2 tesh biny
veldin says: 3, teshavuah, arilou and rhailato
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 2 readen
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 3 readen
patriarch says: 3 kiz, legolas, and rhialto
snarfer growls: 2 Legolas, and Kupior
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 3 tesh
zevran says: 4 legolas rhialto kiz janica
heqet says: 3 kiz, kupior, legolas
tyranos says: say legolas and rhialto 4 biny tesh
veldin says: 3, teshavah, arilou and legolas
klodin says: Janica's a elder
crier says: Kix, Tesh, Lego, 3?
steovanni says: 3
snarfer growls: 2 Legolas, and Kiz
klodin says: the 4th is someone who starts with C i think
crier says: kiz*
heqet says: 2 legoloas, kiz
patriarch says: 1, legolas
tyranos says: me
steovanni says: tesh arilou
randorxeous says: 5 lego, rhialto, chirs, and others?
klodin says: there are 4 >.<
You say: It's 4, yes...Now who are they?
perceptor says: 3 Cloud Strife, Sephiroth and Johnny Cash
steovanni says: 4
veldin says: 4, teshavah, arilou, janica, binaymin
klodin says: Rhialto, Teshuvah, Kiz and C......
crier says: Tesh, Lego, Arilou, Ciaus
steovanni says: tesh lego arilou cauis
beckhan says: rhialto legolas benyamin and teshuvah
rifkas says: 4. Teshuvah, Binyamin, Arilou, Lego
snarfer growls: 4 Legolas, Kiz, Janica, and Ciaus.
patriarch says: 3 lego, ciaus, and R
klodin says: Rhialto, Teshuvah, Kiz and Ciaus?
raffy says: Rhialto Legolas Galdor Kiz
rifkas says: 4. Teshuvah, Rhialto, Arilou, Lego
klodin says: arilou's not arhc
patriarch says: 5 kiz, caius, rhialto, janica, and legolas
snarfer growls: 4 Legolas Kiz Rhialto and Ciaus
randorxeous says: 5 lefo, R, kiz, janica and ciaus?
steovanni says: rhialto legolas kiz cauis
veldin says: 4, teshavah, arilou, janica, legolas
beckhan says: rhialto legolas kiz and teshuvah
perceptor says: Legolas, Kiz, Teshuvah, Ciaus
zevran says: legolas kiz caius rhialto
tyranos says: rhialto legolas zifa claus 4

And my all time favorite: patriarch says: 4 kupoir, legolas, rhialto, and kupoir Gotta Love those Kupior twins. :)

People ask how many arch wizards there are and who they are all the time and I'm constantly answering that question. Knowing this, I thought it would be a breeze, but apparently not. First of all, how do you seriously answer the question without including Rhialto in it by default? Even if you don't know all of them, he's obvious. Secondly, I was visible - Anyone who typed wizards could've seen I was an Elder and not an Arch Wizard, yet my name kept coming up. Third, Kupior? Seriously? That name was thrown out way too many times. How so many people could confuse a full wizard with an arch wizard I do not know. Janica...Okay. Raeden...Okay. Teshuvah, come on, she's around all the time...Okay though. But Kupior? Silly players.

It went on like this for awhile, but this was the most comical. Other gems included seriously mixing up when wizards were first promoted, (which is no big deal in and of itself, but the level at which they mixed them up was classic) not knowing that Thrain originally made the Mist Temple (that should be common knowledge) and responding that Legolas and Rhialto were elders to a question asking players to list all our Elder Wizards ("then says: arilou, teshuvah, rhialto, legolas, binyamin"). Surprisingly, though, everyone knew Teshuvah was afraid of Spiders - After asking that question my screen filled with "spider! spider! spider...." Which, of course, made me happy as I exist to make sure everyone knows this.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my amusement. More blogging about the feast will be done over the next few days. Which will include a full run down of the main lq for anyone who missed it and lots of screenshots!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

First Day of Summer Feast and LQ

You heard that right, we are doing the First Day of Summer Feast again this year on June 21st. It hasn't happened in five years and it may never happen again, so miss out only if you have to.

Whether you were here for the first one or not, you are in for a treat. It will be an all day event that you can stop in on at any time and find something to do from hanging out with good company in our lovely feast area to enjoying some of the games we will be hosting. Many of our active wizards have banded together to contribute something for this event so expect to see a wave of new content. Much of which will end up working its way into the game afterwards, but some of it can only be seen/obtained on this special day. So as to not spoil things for you, the wizards are remaining tight lipped on the specifics of what you can expect to encounter, but trust me when I say you will enjoy yourself with what we have planned for you.

However, if are really dying to get some sort of idea of what it will be like, I recommend seeking out your fellow players who were here for the 2003 feast. Ask them to publicly share their stories and see if any have screenshots that they will be willing to put up on the forum. While you're at it, you can also stop by Glacier Point and Lirkka to see some of the lasting effects that day had on the game. There was a lot going on that day and it was a lot fun, but if I do so dare, I think we've managed to top it.

Oh and by the way, I'd like take this time to encourage you people to take screenshots and make videos during the feast. The last one wasn't well documented and it would be nice if future Wyverneers had something to look back on. I'll be blogging about it sometime after it happens and I'd be more than happy to link to any videos or display any screenshots for those of you who contact me about it. More so, if you have a website (even a freewebs one) and you want to make a page about the feast, just let me know and I'll even link to that. That said, if you feel any of this will be a distraction, just have fun and absorb the day. That's what it's all about, after all.