So this week my character experienced her first Banapis, a day in Midkemia
where everyone celebrates the birthdays of... everyone! Since the game years are pretty long, the admin put huge events on every other Banapis, with a lot of different activities and challenges as well as rare, otherwise unobtainable prizes. This Banapis wasn't one run by the game administrators, but instead by the city player administrators in Sar-Sargoth. It was one of the most fun experiences I've had in any game.
First, we had a scavenger hunt with hints from our city leader. She put letters in different places and gave us vague clues on where to find them. Each letter was a voucher for something, some credits, some city-favours, some other things. They were a lot of fun to find and although I didn't find any because I'm still new, the experience was still really fun.
After that, we had a city-wide Bloodbath, which an in-game administrator playing the role of a God set up for us. We all fought in an arena that unfortunately wasn't on my map file, but I still stumbled around killing people. Most of the fights were fair, but one player decided to get a little tricky and started trapping two people who were already fighting in with icewalls, then spamming pyroclasms in their room. Brutal.
I had a lot of really good fights in that Bloodbath, my character took down someone who beat her 8 times just a few days ago, as well as the Fourth Warlord of Midkemia
, Agravain. My character is a lowly goblin, but it was a ton of fun and I got a Divine Truefavour, too!
After that, our city leader showed us some really cool scripted beetle races with random outcomes, and let us bet on them. Each beetle was named after either a famous player or a God, and each race had different possible outcomes. In the first race, some of the beetles started fighting, while others scurried across the racetrack and one even flew! Not to be outdone, the beetles named after Gods actually took on their Gods' powers! The beetle named after the Goddess of Death killed one of the other beetles, while the beetle named after the Goddess of the Sea made it rain a lot, flooding the track and taking the win.
Afterwards, it was time for my character to tell a story. She's a little bard, so she went over the story of her life. It was my first time doing any kind of performance like that and a few of the tools were new to me, but it was actually a lot of fun and people seemed to enjoy it. I chose bard for the PVP of it, but I'm really glad that it fits my character so well and builds the enjoyment of others. You can read the story here
, if you'd like to!
This Banapis was an awesome example of what player-driven events can really bring to the game. Midkemia has a small player base, but each and every one of the players I've met so far has been awesome to play with, RP with and PVP with. If you're looking for a game with a good community as well as awesome administrators and a great lore background, check Midkemia
out. Really, you'll thank me.