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News & Features Discussion  » [Column] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Are Seasonal Events Really Fun?

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9/11/13 7:01:04 PM#21
I think seasonal events are a nice change up. Anything that changes the formula and gives something on the side is good. Hell, some events can be quite fun to play through. Others... eh... not so much. Still its all up to the user and how they take things.

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9/11/13 7:43:54 PM#22

The "Master of Seasonal Events" is still Arena Net, and that won't change at all.  I'm surprised they weren't mentioned in the article when Rift and NWN was.  


Swimsuits and a dynamic event....I mean "Fate", that's it? That's all that entails this seasonal event.  GW2's  Bazaar of the Four Winds is a far better seasonal event what with it's NPC's, mini-game race, cool zone, several dynamic events, and range of items to obtain there.  


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9/11/13 7:53:03 PM#23

Bikinis and stuff are neato, I guess, but are more the province of F2P shit games and really have no place in a real fantasy MMORPG that's P2P.  Very silly.  Very unnecessary.


This event isn't much of an event and seems to be just another part of the game that gives stuff away for zero effrot - which seems to be the overall theme of FFXIV - zero effort.  In typical FFXIV style, like with the fate grind xp/loot braindead give away, yeah, many of us had the event currency already before the event began, making it even more of a braindead event.


I find holiday, seasonal, and other events to be ok once in a while.  They can be overdone (early Rift for ex).  They get pretty old when it's the same old crap year after year (hi WoW, I'm talking to you).





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9/11/13 8:07:22 PM#24

As far as FFXIV, I was excited to see there was already a special event in the game (seasonal or otherwise) but found the event to be a let down.  The event isn't just in Costa Del Sol so I did the FATE in the South Shroud.  The first FATE I participated in got me 30 of the wet ash which I used to buy one of the cheaper swimsuits and a set of sparklers.  When I found out the achievement required purchasing the more expensive swimsuits (15 wet ash per piece compared to 3 wet ash per piece), I did another FATE.  The second FATE ended with a message of failure but gave me 20 wet ash.  I was able to buy another swimsuit and still have wet ash left over.  I was disappointed with the level of the required FATE.  The bombards are level 3 and the sync put me at 11 (mob levels are slightly lower than the "recommended level" for a FATE).  Unless this is a short event, I think the FATE could have been around level 10 and still allowed time for new players to get to required level since players can not change classes until the first class hits level 10.  Since the swimsuits are basically low level armor, it would have been nice if a variety of levels were available with higher levels costing more wet ash.  Along with this, multiple levels of bombard FATEs would've been nice so people could find FATEs at the level of their class.  Maybe even replacing some of the current FATEs with bombard FATEs.  As it is, the event can probably be covered by participating in a couple of fates and leaves a person with an achievement and some fairly useless "armor."

As far as seasonal events in general, I think it depends on how the event is handled.  Does it make sense within the context of the game (or if the actual season/celebration doesn't make sense, has it been adjusted to something that works)? Do the activities fit the theme and gamestyle? Are the "rewards" for participating appropriate to/useful in the game? Does it add much content or is it something that can be completed in 5 minutes although the event lasts somewhere from a week to a couple of months?  Is there something in it for everyone from the person that just logged into the game for the first time to the highest developed character in the game?


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9/11/13 10:09:55 PM#25

Yeah sure, compare a non-holiday summer item grab event to a full holiday themed christmas event? Of course its going to come up short... 

The fact that there was any summer themed event at all, this soon after launch is nice I guess, but I wouldn't use it as a base to judge seasonal events.


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9/11/13 10:26:59 PM#26
Originally posted by Siphaed

The "Master of Seasonal Events" is still Arena Net, and that won't change at all.  I'm surprised they weren't mentioned in the article when Rift and NWN was.  


Swimsuits and a dynamic event....I mean "Fate", that's it? That's all that entails this seasonal event.  GW2's  Bazaar of the Four Winds is a far better seasonal event what with it's NPC's, mini-game race, cool zone, several dynamic events, and range of items to obtain there.  

EQ2 does a great job with seasonal events as well.


But SE isnt at the point where they should be dedicating time to seasonal events anyway.  this wasnt meant to be a frostfell or a Hallow's End.


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9/11/13 11:05:48 PM#27
Originally posted by Ikeda

Where is my appearance slots?  C'mon SE.. you give us actual COSTUME apparel but no place to wear them.

You do realize that they have already spoken at length that they will be giving us costume slots in a future patch. Its hoped that this will be 2.1 but we do not have a concrete timetable. What we do know is that they have shown off devart of several Costumes that are upcoming for their Winter and Valentine's events.

The Moonfaire event is a simple one. One that will be expanded greatly upon next summer. If you have ever participated in a FFXI holiday event, you know they can be extremely fun and well thought out. This event was effected by their current server limitations. I can not wait til we see what they do for Halloween.


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9/11/13 11:49:19 PM#28

Strange to watch all this happen around those of us that can't even find the game for sale anywhere. Starting to get to the point where I'm going to stop following news about  it and move on. 

However, As for festivals. Only ones I ever cared about were pre-f2p lotro events. 


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9/11/13 11:56:44 PM#29
I think it is more of a Japanese thing to have these bondage looking swimsuits and as we know, SE does not really care about its NA consumers like they do the Japanese consumers.
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9/11/13 11:57:25 PM#30

The best way to describe how I feel on this issue is to refer to the film The Nightmare Before Christmas. For those who have seen it (and those who haven't, SHAME ON YOU), remember how Jack Skellington felt in the beginning? Halloween was the same thing, over and over again, and though he clearly still loved it very much, there was definitely a longing for something different.

That's my take on seasonal / holiday events in MMOs. They can be a ton of fun, but the devs need to be involved in order to keep things fresh. WoW's got a couple of really good ones, but at this point they've been the same thing for years. Most people have all the little novelty rewards by now, and participation is pretty much mechanical in nature at this point (for those that still bother). There's no sense of excitement as one approaches, and in some cases they're even viewed as a nuisance.

When starting / stopping a seasonal event is effectively reduced to flipping switch on the server, there's a problem. They should be engaging and fun for both the devs and the players.

The one in FFXIV right now is okay. It's just a little basic, and without an appearance tab currently in the game, getting any / all the costumes can seem like a bit of a waste (protip: You can store them in your inn room's armoire). For a basic 'filler' event at the end of the summer, it's not bad. Hopefully next year they'll expand it a bit more.


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9/12/13 12:14:53 AM#31
yeah im having fun i had tons of that wet bomb ash from the zone so im firing off mad sparklers

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9/12/13 2:00:45 AM#32

I personally hate seasonal events even when they started in EQ1 and Vanguard. LOTRO is an ok mmo for a free to play game, but one thing that really makes me quit each time I try to play it is the way you are pushed into doing the seasonal events.


They make it so no matter where you go in the world to pick up quests there is always one npc that will eventually lead to these silly set of quests when I just want to play the game as it is meant to be played.


Keep them out of mmo's or create lore friendly seasonal events rather than celebrate christmas and easter look to the calendar from the game world and make their own up. Party hats and silly costumes no thanks. Keep them out of my game.


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9/12/13 2:18:59 AM#33

In most games I play seasonal events are far too grindy.  Seasonal event bosses in WoW are great, but the daily quests are too much of a grind fest.  I like seasonal costumes as long as they are limited to the season.  Pets and mounts on the other hand I'd rather weren't limited.


Really IMHO having a little something extra to do in these events is great, things were quest chains and story are told are similarly awesome.  When you have a quest currency that needs to be daily farmed or farmed from mobs it gets grindy and boring.


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9/12/13 2:48:29 AM#34
Oh so it started already? I did saw the splash but like others i saw nothing in game hinting that it had started. I play in Grandia, stuffed away deep in the forest, and nothing there says there is a summer event going on and where to go to for that. Now i know.

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9/12/13 4:01:26 AM#35
As much as I like FFXIV the event is disappointing and not being able to store the items in the inn chest is pretty crappy too.

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9/12/13 6:36:57 AM#36

I don't mind the effortless event rewards as long as they are exclusive to it's time and wont be given away again, so another item for next summer event? A reward for being there I guess.

Why do you guys prefer grind fest events? do you really prefer to have to repeat the FATE gazillion times before you can enjoy your reward?

I liked the idea that I DON'T HAVE to grind like a crazy or log in everyday to receive the event item. Many other MMOs does this and its not fun after some time to only guarantee gaining the reward at the end. But again its me.


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9/12/13 9:20:54 AM#37
I cant really blame them on the bad event actually, I think they had been trying to solve the issues that everyone is having. Maybe they made this event in a hurry and wanna let us enjoy some.. :)

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9/12/13 9:26:12 AM#38

I'm extremely wishy washy on events, for the most part I'd rather they did not exist due to the completionist or get event items while it's on, in me. While part of me appreciates the distraction, the change of pace, the good feeling they can bring.

Other mmo's just stop, enough, to much event, then you have GW2 which take it to the extreme so much so it was a stupid level, i literally stopped playing that game due to the constant mega expansion sized events. I JUST WANT TO PLAY THE F'in GAME!

When i read about the FFXIV:ARR event i was come on already, f@ck now i'm going to have to waste time on this, i just want to play the game ffs.

Went and did a couple fates and voila DONE, got all the items and back playing the game, PERFECT i tell you, PERFECT!!!


Once again SE solidifies my faith in this MMO, and what i said the moment i logged in, this going to be a sweet ride for the next several years.

6 Months sub, DONE!

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9/12/13 3:03:57 PM#39
Ok, so the event is a bit thin but then it comes just 2 weeks after tough launch. I think I will cut them some slack this time around.

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9/12/13 10:58:00 PM#40
The only seasonal event I ever enjoyed was the EQ1 Halloween events..mainly because the event was server wide and usually injected an unpredictable freshness to the zones.  Seems like festivals in other MMOs are confined to a few set areas with predictable activities.
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