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Halloween In Massive Space 45

Halloween is a great nerd holiday, and it extends into Massively Multiplayer Game space. Everquest Live is offering up a series of events from the Kithicor Forest to the Hafling village of Rivervale. EQ2 has trick or treating in the two major cities, as well as smaller quests elsewhere. World of Warcraft players can also trick or treat with Innkeepers to honor the holiday of Hallow's End. Fashion seems to be the primary motivator in Anarchy Online's holiday event, which allows you the chance to snag Halloween themed t-shirts. Guild Wars has the winners from a Halloween art contest, as well as some theming in-game. Finally, Final Fantasy XI's always terrific seasonal events continue with The Harvest Festival. FFXI and World of Warcraft specifically allows you the opportunity to dress your character as various monsters and characters. My priest made a great pirate. Arr!
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Halloween In Massive Space

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  • I'm like... WOW! holiday EVE Online content!

    meh :/
  • Halloween in real life is always much more interesting then Halloween in some computer game.

    I'd like to see what you all are doing in REAL life for Halloween.

    Not just Geeky Gadgets [] for parties, but what cool stuff are you geeks making for youselves? High-tech, low-tech it doesn't matter.

    I usually submit an article asking this question every Halloween, but the editors always reject the submission.
    • I'm not doing anything. I'm an adult. Left the halloween crap back in fifth grade where it belongs. Monday is a good day to sleep in and get some rest from the long work week (which ends on Sunday for me). Some time where I can shut the pager off, ignore the phone and not read any lines of code or compile anything or attend any meetings. I'll take that over just about anything else (except Thanksgiving, because turkey and mashed potatoes fucking RULE).

      I don't think these kids will be doing anything, either. []
    • "Halloween in real life is always much more interesting then Halloween in some computer game." Now, I *am* making an assumption here,'re American, right? Here in the UK Halloween is basically a non-event, and I gather it's much like that in most other parts of the world. Oh sure the shops here sell themed crap, gives them something in between "Back to School" and "OMG only 2 months til Xmas LOL!", but it's mostly for little kids and even then there's not the trick or treat mentality that exists o
      • In America, Halloween is a chance for grown women to dress like sluts (they always pick the same few costumes which are princess, dominatrix, vampiress, dorothy, school girl) and show off without feeling trampy and for guys to ogle them and, preferably, engage in semi-anonymous sex that you can probably not be incrimenated for by your significant other. You know, the kind of people who are serious attention whores, but on this special night, guys and jealous girls can't badmouth them for being all "hanging
      • Now, I *am* making an assumption here,'re American, right?

        Quite right. Halloween's a big holiday here-- in most places it's just kids dressing up in costume, going trick-or-treating door to door and getting candy.

        But in the fun cities like San Francisco, New Orleans (sigh), the Florida Keys (double sigh) Halloween is a major event. In San Francisco, many people call it the City's "Unofficial Holiday", the Castro District has a party with 100,000 attendees.

        It's also a good time to geek out with sp
    • I'd like to see what you all are doing in REAL life for Halloween ... but what cool stuff are you geeks making for youselves?

      Does the halloween webcam [] qualify as cool/geeky? Turn 7,000+ lights on and off via the web, plus inflate/deflate Frankenstein ... and watch it all on a webcam.

      We have a ton of kids in the neighborhood, and needless to say, my house is pretty popular, so it's fun having 'em all show up the actual night of Halloween, I have "HULK SMASH" audio playing really loud. So when the kids co

  • in anarchy we can turn into about 10 different kinds of spooky monsters that are actually mobs :) gotta love that
    • I should dig my free account out of the dust and check it out. I've got mixed feelings about WoW's haloween event. It's got some really cool seasonal quests, like stinkbombing Southshore and egging an inn, but alot of it seems just thrown in. In particular, my troll male can't wear any of the cheap costume masks, because instead of being on his face, they seem to be impaled through his skull.
  • DAoC also (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Alterations also occuring in DAoC, such as graphical changes to horses, players (in cities when a treat is purchased and eaten) and some backrounds (such as the moon).
  • They have just laid off everybody but 6 employees.
  • when Starfleet uniform wearing slashdotters appear to be normal.
  • At Kingdom of Loathing [], we get to trick or treat four times a year.
  • Nice to see how calendar events play into these games, and I wonder if news events ever will. Seeding stories based on todays news... maybe a modern day IRL game will use real news as feed for dialogue and quests...

    Could be funny, this is prior art, so no patents on "using up sources to seed live gameplay and dialogue" or anything daft.

    One thing, what is "Hallow's End", is this WoW only thing? Or is All Hallow's Eve known by this as well? I say because a google of Hallow's End brought up WoW pages.

    That is
    • I figure it is a way to celebrate a "real life" event within the context of the game. They changed the name because "Halloween" and "All Hallow's Eve" shouldn't exist in the Warcraft Universe. So by calling it "Hallow's End" they circumvent adding out of context material, but at the same time accomplish exactly that. Ciao
    • Hallow's End is one of those things that's simmilar enough to real life that you say, "Hey, it's Halloween!" but different enough that it can be fit into the game's world. For specifics: Hallow's End was originally celebrated in the Eastern Kingdoms to commemorate the people killed in the Second War. It's taken up popularity in Orgrimar and Darnassas more recently. I didn't see mention of it in the article, but that's not all going on in WoW. The Undercity is currently celebrating something called the Wi
    • Actually, at least one game, Black and White, makes snuggles with the internet to get the local weather and give more of the same to your little virtual heathens. I remember seeing this in at least one other game too, but I can't remmber which right now. I guess it's a start. :-)
  • MapleStory (Score:1, Informative)

    by Blaaguuu ( 886777 )
    Also, MapleStory [] has a halloween quest going, where you kill zombies and ghosts to get candies, which you give to an NPC for a little pumpkin basket, which you can hold like a shield.
  • by 0rionx ( 915503 )
    So how exactly do horde people in WoW dress-up for Halloween? As dwarves?
  • Updates over the last two days have decorated Drokanr's Forge and Lion's Arch with Hallowe'en related things, there's a new collector that gives out Hallowe'en related items, and apparently something big will happen on the day, which sounds like it'll involve a big enemy. Not bad considering there's no subscription fee.
  • Nexus ( has this, that I've noticed so far:

    Every half hour, you can say "Trick or treat" in the inn and receive a trick (such as forcing you to cast mass-vertigo, which makes the movement controls random for every player in the vicinity, including yourself) or a treat (such as a costume -- anything from a rabbit or fox to the Totem God/Dragon Chung-Ryong -- or a valuble item such as a Watermelon).

    There's a new NPC in a graveyard south of Kugnae who asks for "the spirit's gifts". No one's gotten
  • I kept waiting to read what would be happening in the only space MMO I'm aware of. Are they doing anything?
  • Last year on top of the normal Halloween stuff, the GMs also dressed up like the Demon mobs with the head GM Sage Sundii himself dressing up as the shadowlord. I wonder if they are going to do that again too.

    Nice thing about FFXIs event is that it very much takes on the childlike spirit of the holiday, you have to trade candy to get special treats which are items, this years big item is a pitchfork that when in costume makes you run 12% faster in towns.

  • Guild Wars is having quite the Halloween festival (completely redecorating a few cities).

    Some pictures are here: 7 []

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