World of Warcraft has another in-game holiday going on this week. It is called Noblegarden. It is essentially Easter without Christ involved in any way, so only slightly different than Easter for a lot of people. But resurrection isn’t such a big deal on Azeroth, where nothing really dies.
Blizzard thoughtfully put Noblegarden after Easter, so you should mark your calendar on consecutive weeks:
- Orthodox Easter
- Blizzard Easter
And if you want to turn Noblegarden into your own secular Easter celebration, I can tell you that all the Easter items are 75% off at CVS. Take that my Orthodox friends! (Actually Easter and Orthodox Easter fall on the same Sunday next year, so only the Noblegarden adherents will get a discount on candy.)
So Noblegarden is an in-game hunt for big colorful eggs. Each egg has a piece of chocolate in it. There is a quest where you turn in 10 pieces of chocolate and another quest for 20 broken egg shells, but the real event goes on after that.
After those quests you start collecting eggs for the chocolate, which it turns out is the currency that drives the Noblegarden economy. The Noblegarden vendor has a list of items that you can purchase with your chocolate.
The big item on the list is the Spring Rabbit’s Foot which gets you a Noblegarden bunny as a pet.
And there are Noblegarden achievements of course. And to get all of them done you need to purchase everything on the list, which leads to the annoying part of the event.
When it came to actually hiding eggs, Blizzard turns out to be even lazier than me. There are actually a number of locations where the eggs are hidden; around the first inn in each of the new player starting areas is the default, with a couple of locations in the Outlands. But the actual hiding area in each location seems to be pretty darn small.
In Goldshire the eggs are only immediately around two of the buildings. So everybody who shows up looking for eggs, a couple hundred people at prime time on Sunday night, is focused in a pretty tight area.
So on Sunday night I did not see an actual brightly colored egg, so heavily hunted were they. I began to suspect it was a myth, a late Blizzard April Fools joke. But people assured me that eggs were spawning.
This morning, thinking the crowd would be somewhat thinned, I tried again. I actually found 20 eggs and finished off the two quests in about 30 minutes, but it was brutal. There are a limited number of eggs, they spawn about once a minute in a given area, and even at off-peak time, 7am on a Monday morning Pacific time, there were easily 100 people scrambling after eggs in Goldshire.
You see, you need at least 300 eggs to get all the items and accomplish all of the achievements.
If they had spread the egg spawn area out some, this might be viable. But with the tight focus the hunt has become a maelstrom, at least on my servers.
Noblegarden is now a fierce battle, an epic struggle, a click race, as each known egg spawn point is covered by several people while others circle hoping to dart in and pick up targets of opportunity from the unwary. It is nasty, brutish, and colorful.
Congratulations Blizzard, you have turned this event into the ultimate mocking symbol of rampant holiday consumerism! You have shown us all what we are!
But I still want the pet Noblegarden bunny.
And I’ll have to get one for my daughter too.
And the rabbit ears. I have to have those!
Well, I have through Saturday.