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All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Aleu » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:58 pm

Blizzard released a new preview of the new Darkmoon Faire.

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Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and prepare to be amazed!

It’s incredible! It’s unbelievable! You’ll be dazzled. You’ll be amazed! You aren’t prepared for the Darkmoon Faire, ‘cause it’s like nothing you’ve seen before! Don’t be shy now, don’t be bashful, step right up for a tantalizing glimpse of what we’ve got in store for you when patch 4.3 arrives!

That old thing?

No, no, no, Clem. The Darkmoon Faire isn’t what it used to be and it isn’t where it used to be. The management hasn’t changed but the Faire certainly has. It’s a whole new animal. Tickets? You don’t need those old tickets, just rip ‘em right up, ‘cause we’ve got new tickets! Out with the old, in with the new -- new quests, that is! Things have changed ‘round here: we’ve got an island all to ourselves now, and what an island it is. Mist-shrouded Darkmoon Island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. It’s a place of mystery and wonder, and you wouldn’t believe the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with. But never mind that, just follow me right through here and I’ll show you what the Darkmoon Faire is all about.

All new! All spectacular!

Catch a show at the marvelous main stage or witness a dazzling fireworks display. But don’t stare too long or you might miss the stunning spectacles that surround you. Gaze in awe of our magical menagerie, get your fortune told by the amazing Sayge, go on a pony ride, experience the healthful effects of carnival food, and more!

Of course, there’s more to the Darkmoon Faire than just fantastic shows and culinary delights. You can still turn in your Darkmoon Cards, but you wouldn’t just come here for measly ol’ cards when there’s so much more to see, experience, and win. Yes, win! You like dancing bears, right? Everybody likes dancing bears. Even bears like dancing bears. How about a dancing bear… you can ride!

That’s not all! We have adorable companion pets includin’ a fez-wearing monkey, a plethora of profession recipes, toys, balloons, souvenirs, delectable carnival snacks and beverages, heirlooms for the little ones, and even replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs. You can also make your mark with new achievements and titles. All it takes to earn these fabulous rewards is a few Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets and a good reputation with the carnies. How do ya get your grubby mitts on some tickets? I’m glad you asked!

Step right up! Try your luck! Everyone’s a winner!

Have we got games? You bet we’ve got games, and they’re so easy to play an orc could do it. Just head on over to the midway, buy some Darkmoon Game Tokens, and get ready to play. Easy to learn, difficult to master, anyone can play and everyone can win. Just lay your tokens down for a chance at winning Darkmoon Prize Tickets playing games like Whack-a-Gnoll, the Tonk Battle Royale, the Cannon, Ring Toss, the Shooting Gallery, and more! Five games are there to test your skills at any one time. The better you play, the easier it is to win a bucket of Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets! Once a month, you’ve got a shot at tickets, and the fun never stops ‘cause you can play as many times as you like. But that’s not the only way to win big!

The Darkmoon Faire Field Guide

It’s your passport to riches, my friend. Y’see, we need a few things -- just some junk, nothing valuable to a big hero like you. We call ‘em Darkmoon Artifacts, and there’s all different kinds to be found all over Azeroth. The Darkmoon Field Guide helps you discover artifacts while you’re explorin’ dungeons, slayin’ monsters, and fightin’ in Battlegrounds. Without a guide, you’d never notice ‘em, and it’ll help keep you focused on the stuff we want. Whether you just reached level 10, or you’ve crushed the biggest baddies in the land, we need somethin’ from nearly everybody. You won’t have to go too far out of your way to get ‘em and each month you’ll get a new opportunity to seek out an Artifact for us. What do you get out of the deal? Don’t you worry, you’ll get your cut. When you bring a Darkmoon Artifact back to us, you’ll get valuable experience (it builds character, you know!), earn a better reputation, and possibly earn precious Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets too!

Oh, did I mention that you can use the Field Guide to get to Darkmoon Island whenever the Darkmoon Faire’s monthly extravaganza is up and running?

So, you want to work in show business?

Maybe you’d like a little peek behind the scenes, eh? Want to see what it takes to run the greatest show on Azeroth? Well, it’s not all sunshine and cotton candy, my friend. There are beasts to heal, food to cook, and buildings to fix. If you’re willing help keep the show going and put your skills to work, you’ll not only impress us, but you can get experience, Darkmoon Prize Tickets, and even polish up your skills -- up to five skill points per profession, per Faire week, if you’re good at what you do!

Darkmoon Deathmatch!

Like any good carnival, the Darkmoon Faire has a shady side. You can leave the skilled labor to the suckers and go for a faster score instead. If you’ve got the minerals, the Darkmoon Deathmatch offers an experience unparalleled since the Gurubashi Arena. Pitmaster Pei has a big old treasure chest just brimming with goodies and Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets that he’ll drag out into the Darkmoon Deathmatch Pit every three hours or so. Everybody wants it, so if you want a piece of the action you’ll just have to jump in and prove that you’re the toughest one in the Pit.

Oh, the Faire is perfectly safe, Clem. Just don’t wander into the woods.

Now, now, don’t panic. Darkmoon Isle might be a bit spooky, but except for the Deathmatch Pit, the Faire itself is completely safe, I guarantee it. It’s a sanctuary even, and we won’t let anybody’s beef ruin the fun. The shadowy woods surroundin’ the fair are another thing entirely, though. I wouldn’t say that people have disappeared into those woods never to return, but, well… people disappear into those woods never to return. So watch your step , and your back, when you leave the Faire. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Mark your calendar

Now that you know how amazing the new Darkmoon Faire is, you won’t want to miss it. Just take a look at your in-game calendar, and the Darkmoon Faire dates will show up there on the first week of every month. Darkmoon Faire barkers and displays will also pop up in every capital city to herald the arrival of the Faire. Silas Darkmoon himself has even started up a mailer to make sure that no one misses out!

Hitch a ride

During the first week of each month, convenient Darkmoon Faire outposts with Darkmoon Portals will appear in Elwynn Forest and Mulgore, offering free rides to Darkmoon Island and the Faire!

Darkmoon Mages in capital cities and on Darkmoon Island will also be around to help you get between the Faire and various capital cities. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so naturally you’re obliged to compensate them for their services.

The all new Darkmoon Faire is coming to Darkmoon Island in patch 4.3. Don’t miss it!

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Feath3r » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:04 pm

You like dancing bears, right? Everybody likes dancing bears. Even bears like dancing bears. How about a dancing bear… you can ride!

... I am intrigued by their talk of dancing bears.

heirlooms for the little ones,

Wasn't there something about heirloom pants that were in the game files but not in the game?

(Way more excited for this than I should be, gg blizz)

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Kalliope » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:15 pm

Bear! <3

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Magli » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:30 pm

"I wouldn’t say that people have disappeared into those woods never to return, but, well… people disappear into those woods never to return."
:D

Also...a fez-wearing monkey?

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That's not it either.

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Chimera » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:31 pm

Bear. I want that bear. I WANT THAT BEAR *seizures from how awesome those it looks* >.>;; that bear is friggin eeeeeeeeeeepic (and probably damn hard to get grrrrrs......) and it has PURPLE EYES :DDD

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Golden » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:31 pm

Is anyone else getting Mists of Pandaria vibes from this?
Mist-shrouded Darkmoon Island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. It’s a place of mystery and wonder, and you wouldn’t believe the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with.
Not to mention Pitmaster Pei, that sounds really Pandaren-ish to me.... *excited* Gief PTR!
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Unread post by Cerele » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:35 pm

Sigh... PvP'ers are going to get all the phat loot, i have season 9 blues dammet!
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Unread post by Qinni » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:48 pm

I'm going to spend all my time at the fair...gonna be playing wack a gnoll for a looooong time!

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Unread post by Bonita » Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:30 pm

Im actually looking forward to this!

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Unread post by Alex » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:02 pm

Qinni wrote:I'm going to spend all my time at the fair...gonna be playing wack a gnoll for a looooong time!
Ahaha, that made me laugh more than it should've. :lol:

But I am really excited for this, the Darkmoon Faire used to be 'meh' and now I might actually participate in it for once, besides getting my fortune from the Gnoll.

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Unread post by Sarayana » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks for sharing, Aleu!! :D This sounds amazing!

Also, I like that they are putting the "extinct" armor sets into the game this way, it makes as much sense as any other solution I could come up with and it means they can bring the sets right away. My DK will need to get her starter set back, and my mage *needs* the frostfire regalia! NEEDS, I tell ya!!

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Unread post by Qinni » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:23 pm

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Qinni wrote:I'm going to spend all my time at the fair...gonna be playing wack a gnoll for a looooong time!
Ahaha, that made me laugh more than it should've. :lol:

But I am really excited for this, the Darkmoon Faire used to be 'meh' and now I might actually participate in it for once, besides getting my fortune from the Gnoll.
If a mount is to be had then I'm getting it. That bear may be the only one I like other then the ZA ones which I don't have. But its too big and has a mask covering its face...I like my bears with no goggles or other crap on their head. Plus its purple.

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Unread post by Miacoda » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:52 pm

I.... am a fan of that bear. :O
Just realized its a re-skinned version of this! :D
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Yay bear with no helmet!

Can it be 4.3 yet? Or at LEAST 4.3 PTR? Please?!?!?
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Unread post by Ocyen » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:55 pm

TheDoomcookie wrote:I.... am a fan of that bear. :O

Can it be 4.3 yet? Or at LEAST 4.3 PTR? Please?!?!?
An educated guess, but since most (all?) the Cataclysm patches have dropped on Holiday events with bosses; 4.3 could very well go live in time for Brewfest.

I am skeptical about this new Faire. Maybe because I am so jaded about the current version being a big, steaming pile of Kodo feces.

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Unread post by Sigrah » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Ocyen wrote:An educated guess, but since most (all?) the Cataclysm patches have dropped on Holiday events with bosses; 4.3 could very well go live in time for Brewfest.
I would say that's highly unlikely. Brewfest is less than one month away and we haven't even seen a test build hit the public test realms yet, and 4.3 is going to be a huge expansion in terms of content (Deathwing raid) and new fangled features (Transmogrification). Also factoring into things is the fact that Blizzcon is coming up in late October, meaning that will take up some of their time as well. If I were to guess, I would say 4.3 will go live between mid November and early December.

Ocyen wrote:I am skeptical about this new Faire. Maybe because I am so jaded about the current version being a big, steaming pile of Kodo feces.
Aren't all carnivals and fairs that way? :D

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Unread post by Vephriel » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:46 pm

*nod* I'm hoping we see 4.3 on the PTR fairly soon, but I have feeling the live release of the patch will hit in maybe December, just before holidays. They did say it was this year, so it won't be later than that. Beginning of December seems like a good time to draw some people in after Christmas, but they'd probably want to have it out before then since it would be hard to maintain a patch when employees are busy with family during the time.

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Unread post by GormanGhaste » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:30 pm

Blizzard wrote:That’s not all! We have replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs.
This amuses me, as the local Fun Faire is always a good place to buy replica armor!
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Unread post by Sigrah » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:56 pm

Vephriel wrote:*nod* I'm hoping we see 4.3 on the PTR fairly soon, but I have feeling the live release of the patch will hit in maybe December, just before holidays. They did say it was this year, so it won't be later than that. Beginning of December seems like a good time to draw some people in after Christmas, but they'd probably want to have it out before then since it would be hard to maintain a patch when employees are busy with family during the time.
Not to mention they'll want to take advantage of the "holiday shopping season". The patch may be free to Cataclysm owners, but the players it could draw in would need game cards and subscriptions.

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Re: All New Darkmoon Faire

Unread post by Pokerfase » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:33 pm

So... Beastmaster could be making a return?

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Unread post by Qinni » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:55 pm

Sigrah wrote:
Vephriel wrote:*nod* I'm hoping we see 4.3 on the PTR fairly soon, but I have feeling the live release of the patch will hit in maybe December, just before holidays. They did say it was this year, so it won't be later than that. Beginning of December seems like a good time to draw some people in after Christmas, but they'd probably want to have it out before then since it would be hard to maintain a patch when employees are busy with family during the time.
Not to mention they'll want to take advantage of the "holiday shopping season". The patch may be free to Cataclysm owners, but the players it could draw in would need game cards and subscriptions.
That is the boat I'm in now...and its working. *shocked*

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