I didn't log in until 10:00 pm central on 14 Dec. i didn't now what to expect. I was in Metrica Province on my asura and noticed huge gifts laying about, so I opened them. KABOOM!!! presents and skritt everywhere. I grab the presents in case they are on a timer or the skritt get them and then dispatch the skritt.
"okay....that was...interesting." "Wait! The loot."
I check through the inventory, find the gifts and I got a .....what? A dirty ole sock! Well not to be deterred I started hunting the map for gifts falling form the sky. Explosions, skritt and gifts again and again. I finally got some snow flakes, which fetched almost 2 silver a piece on the trading post.
Curiosity has me now by the neck and I have to go see Lion's Arch. I get to LA via the PvP/Mists quick travel. The loading screen is gorgeous.
|A polar bear having a snowball fight with a human child. There's a Coca-Cola commercial in there some where.|
|KODAN HAS A GUN-ARM MAN!|
|Notice the Tengu has the big pile of snowballs.|
|Told you the Kodan can throw hard.|
|The fountains redesign is just magical and amazing!|
I then jumped in the the jumping puzzle. Yes, you go into the jumping puzzle and it is HUGE! In addition, players have to keep jumping. Stand still and the snow flakes melt or you can get frostbite. This thing is fun, even though I haven't gotten past the first part!
Here are some shots of the puzzle from the starting point. I'm totally amazed and the sheer size of the puzzle, its design and just all the attention put into it.
Glowing orbs start at the end of the stage and will move toward you. When they hit the white line you have to hit the correct note/color on keys 1-4 or 6-9. The songs become progressively harder; I actually got to the fourth round and it was tough. I think with a little practice players can pick this up pretty quick, of course they'll need a lil' bit of rhythm. Also, after some songs you get a "free play" for about 30 seconds wherein you can play what ever song you like.
|Hit 8! No Blue! I mean...what color is that?|
Finally, I got in the the snowball fight on steroids, "Snowball Mayhem"!!!!
Two teams are trying to get a gift near the center of the map and carry it back to their base, essentially capture the flag. However, each player must choose a role: scout, heavy gunner or supporter. Each role can do specific things. Scouts are a hunter/thief mix with rapid shooting, a stealth and an awesome snowball sniper skill. Heavy gunner is just that, massive spiked snow ball shooter with a mix of other heavy hitting shots but a slow mover when their skills are deployed. The supporter is a blast! players can lay down ice slicks, snow walls, a heal or turn themselves into a massive snowball and run people over! I vote this best skill in Wintersday, you have to try it.
|Yes, that is my Asura as a massive snowball.|
See you in Tyria.