The Holiday season has started in New Eden as CCP kicked off the Naughty or Nice event early today at downtime.
Gone are the Yoiul Lads of old, replaced by the now familiar, and recently updated, daily login reward interface, which is the cornerstone of this year’s event. There are 13 days of gifts to login and collect, though you have through until downtime on the morning of January 7th, 2020 to collect the last one, so you can miss a few days if you’re traveling to see family.
As usual, everybody gets a gift, but Omega clones get more each day.
Of course, if you’re an Alpha clone (non-subscriber) there is a button right there to upgrade, and if you do you’ll be able to go back and collect any gifts you missed.
The daily gifts include many of the usual items like special holiday ship SKINs, festival launchers, snowballs, cosmetic items, and the like.
But something new is in the mix, a series of travel filaments. These will open up a portal that will take as many as 20 ships within a 6,000m radius of the activation to a location in null sec space. If you want to have an exciting random roam with your friends, here is a chance for something new. It might be enough to see if you can get back alive.
Also starting today is another even that will let players earn skill points daily.
This is the return of the long running Skilling Spree event from the summer and fall, with a change. Instead of logging on to blow up 1 to 10 NPCs every day, this time the goal is to hit the NPCs (or other players) with snowballs. And the rewards vary rather than being just a simple skill point reward every day. Sometimes it is skill points.
Sometimes it is something else.
This, of course, means you will need snowballs, so don’t waste the ones you get from the Naughty or Nice boxes. Also, if you have melted snowballs leftover from past years, because you’re like me and never clear out your hangar, you can take those to the Meltwater-Snowball Exchanger at Yoiul Festival Snowball Exchange stations in high sec space. You can see beacons out for there, including in Jita, which is probably the most actively used one.
The beacons will lead you to a Meltwater snowball exchange station, which looks like a festive Astrahus.
The exchange rate is 10 melted snowballs for 1 fresh snowball.
That sounds a bit steep, but then what is the value of a melted snowball really?
Or you might want to save your snowballs for the Luminaire Snowball Fight, which will take place on Sunday, December 15th, at 21:00 EVE Online time.
All in all, not a bad event. There are no combat sites to run. That sort of event seems to have fallen by the wayside, though with the Triglavian invasion still going more combat sites might be redundant.
I like that there are new SKINs, but I always like when there are new SKINs.
And the travel filaments… those should make for some fun.
Anyway, there is a post up about the events, though the details are a bit scant.