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More Halloween Fun in Free Realms!

Posted by FreeRealms Wednesday October 28 2009 at 1:21PM
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Halloween is almost upon us, but the super spooky festivities have been going on all month in Free Realms!

The Spooktacular celebration grows each and every day, with plenty of pixies and humans parading around Sanctuary in costume, scaring townsfolk in return for sweet treats.

Be careful which sweet treats you eat, though! The candy in Sanctuary has been known to have some eerie effects...

The Free Realms' world design team has been dreaming up Halloween events for quite some time now. Most of us are convinced the haunting holiday should be celebrated year round, so needless to say, when asked who was willing to create a few tricks and treats, we all eagerly raised our hands.

Luckily for me, I'm the tallest one on the team, so naturally my hand was raised the highest. Luckily for the rest of you, the world design team had too many fantastic ideas to choose just one, so we decided in addition to traditional trick-or-treating, we'd let you all follow along on a spooky tale, only to be told during Halloween!

Players are introduced to Halloween Harry in Sanctuary, the confectioner who has a super-secret recipe to create sweet treats. He's been crafting gooey candy for longer than anyone can remember, so when some strange things start happening in Sanctuary, he's not too spooked.

Old man Greyli Dustywings on the other hand, is convinced ghosts are to blame for all the mischief. If only he had his spectral spectacles, he could show everyone that ghouls and ghosts are lurking around Sanctuary!

For those who aren't scared of a little ghoulish fun, keep an eye open for Pumpkin Prince sightings! Rumor has it he's been haunting Snowhill, Bristlewood, and Stillwater Crossing. Ghost Hunters in each of those areas could always use some help scaring the ghouls away.

If you'd rather dress up and devour candy, be sure to join the party in Sanctuary! Some of the townsfolk are passing out rare goodies. If you don't get the treat you want today, come back tomorrow and try again. Members and non-members alike are invited to trick-or-treat every day!

So whether you want to help Halloween Harry get to the bottom of things, or simply scare away ghosts from Sacred Grove, there's something for every type of player in Free Realms' Super Spooktacular update! So come join in on the fun. We'll keep a delicious raven cupcake waiting for you!

Julie Burness
Associate Game Designer
Free Realms
www.FreeRealms.com

Boo! Halloween Comes to Free Realms!

Posted by FreeRealms Friday October 16 2009 at 7:24PM
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Halloween has come to Free Realms and it’s

Super Spooktacular!

From ghosts, goblins and creepy cobwebs to candy corn costumes, Free Realms gears up for the biggest virtual Halloween event of the season.

               

We are celebrating Halloween in Free Realms, with weeks of spooky activities and festive live events. It’s our First Annual Super Spooktacular and you’re invited to try out loads of great quests, costumes and more.

           

What a great holiday for the Free Realms character art team!! Most of us love dressing up in costumes, so making a bunch of costumes for the game was a blast!

         

We started out by making sure we had all the classic monsters like a vampire, witch, Frankenstein, mummy and werewolf. We made sure to give them a bit of Free Realms flair and they ended up looking awesome!

                

Thinking back to when we were kids, we also thought it would be great to put in a bunch of what we called "supermarket" costumes. Basically, those one piece jumpsuit costumes that came with the plastic mask, that just made a sauna on your face. Those costumes were usually made in the likeness of your favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters, so we thought we would make them all the various characters around Free Realms.

               

I think my favorite costume would have to be the full body Chatdy outfit. It looks hilarious, and most importantly, players will have to do something special to find that suit!

                              

There are many other costumes and surprises in there for Halloween, so be sure to get out in the world and shop or do some quests for all the crazy costumes out there!

     

And for those of you who like to “party” we’re having a Halloween Dance Party and you’re invited. Boy, girl, ghoul or ghost, you need to be there for our biggest dance party yet! How many people we can get into the graveyard near the Bone Bog Cemetery? Be there and find out!

Wednesday October, 21st
4pm PDT – 6pm PDT (11pm – 1am UTC)
Blackspore, Teleport to Bone Bog Cemetery
Server 1

Wear your best costume and get ready to shake your bones across the cemetery floor. It’s going to be a crazy night of creepy moves and Halloween grooves.

I’ve got my costume…See you there!

 

Matt Case
Lead Character Artist
Free Realms

www.FreeRealms.com