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All I Wanted Was a Bunny

I started off the week grousing about how World of Warcraft’s Noblegarden event had devolved into a cut-throat rendition of Lord of the Brightly Colored Flies in Goldshire.

But now I stand at this end of the week wearing a pair of bunny ears with the title “The Noble” appended to my name… and a pet bunny… we must not forget the bunny.

The first thing I did was get the hell out of Goldshire.  I actually spent time hunting eggs in Kharanos, Dolanaar, and Azure Watch to see which would be the most fruitful location.

Azure Watch turned out to be the place of choice, though not for the first reason you might think.

Certainly it was less crowded than Goldshire.  But it was only slightly less populated than Kharos and about on par with Dolanaar.  But Azure Watch has one feature that makes in the superior location: Geography.

Azure Watch is laid out on the top of a little hill in a circle.  This gives it two obvious “tracks” to run around, one outside the buildings and one inside the buildings. None of the other areas have such an obvious course, much less two courses, to run and none of them have such an obvious geographic boundary that defines where the eggs are.

So rather than the whole egg hunt becoming a camp-fest, people were actually running around to pick up eggs.  And when you get everybody in motion the whole thing is a lot less of a drag.  Granted, I wouldn’t want to make Noblegarden my main activity in WoW, but the egg stakeout in Goldshire was just painful in comparison.

And thus I managed, in a single evening, to collect all of the eggs I needed for the chocolate consumption achievements.

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I also got all the items as drops, which enabled me to knock out all of the other achievements as well as look very silly.

Vikund the Noble

Vikund the Noble

And I got the bunny!

I am the pink bunny, the pet is the brown and white

I am the pink bunny, the pet is the brown and white

The hardest achievement of all turned out to be putting the bunny ears on one female representative of each of the playable races in the game.  You suddenly realize that there are not so many female orcs or trolls running around.  I had to go to Dalaran to do that part of the achievement, which meant doing it on the iMac since my video card still chokes on the place.

Fortunately there were a few people on my server with female horde characters who parked them in Dalaran to help people out with that achievement.  That helped a lot and probably took the pressure off of a lot of other players.  I can imagine it getting a bit creepy finding that Blizzard has made your troll female suddenly in demand server-wide!

All the rest of the achievements, once you had the right bits and pieces, were a matter of travel and finding a bit of help.  So, soon I was ennobled.

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This was only the second time any of my characters have ever bothered to enter the zone Silithus.  And the last time was for the Lunar Festival to talk to one of the elders by the inn out there.

Of course, the next evening I had to get on my daughter’s account and get her the bunny as well.  Back to Azure Watch!

I was surprised when I started doing the egg hunt with my daughter’s character.  The achievements were identical.  I would have thought, since she plays a female character, that some of them would have been reversed.  You know, like wearing a dress and kissing somebody in a tuxedo or running around and putting bunny ears on a male from each of the player races in the game.  Certainly this sort of turn-about would have gone some ways towards blunting some of the criticism about the sexist and/or Playboy Mansion overtones of the event. (Putting bunny ears on level 18+ females?)

But I ran around and got her a bunny, the ears, and a good supply of eggs.

Then the next night, while my wife was off at a PTA meeting, I told my daughter about the bunny, so she wanted to see it, which lead to more egg hunting and I got out yet another character and ran in circles around Azure Watch until he got his own bunny and had all he needed to finish off the whole chain of achievements and get the title.

Not that I am sure he can finish it any time soon.  Not only does he face the bunny ear problem, but while it was pretty easy for a level 74 to travel all over to finish up the achievements, when you are level 32 it is a different story.  My little druid got about 50 yards outside of Tanaris on his way to Un’goro Crater before he had to flee back to safety.  I’ll have to get back to that with him another time.  It was still worth it to see his scowling visage topped by a pair of bunny ears.

Hey, four ears!

Hey, four ears!

That is how I ended up spending my time during Noblegarden.  And now it is Children’s Week.  More achievements to conquor.

Noblegarden Egg Frenzy

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:

  1. Easter
  2. Orthodox Easter
  3. 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.

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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.