With the holiday season comes a wide range of warm merriment and delights. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is joining in on the holiday warmth by bringing a sleigh-full of holiday events and activities for its online players of EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms, Legends of Norrath, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Star Wars Galaxies and Vanguard Saga of Heroes. That’s a lot of Christmas cheer.
EverQuest sees the Frostfell event, running from December 10th to January 7th. This Frostfell, in the Plane of Knowledge, a Grinch-like event has been introduced, where the Frostfell celebrations have been ruined by thieves and monsters intent on stealing presents intended for the children of the Realm. Players take on the task of tracking down these miscreants, returning the presents and saving the annual Frostfell. New Frostfell items have also been added to the Marketplace.
EverQuest II also observes the Frostfell from December 10th to January 7th, and offers some new quests goodies during this time, which include:
- Gardy, the ex-giftgiving Frostfell elf, who is offering a new quest.
- Santa Glug has several brand-new gifts which he is giving out.
- Merchants of the Frostfell Wonderland Village have new holiday goods for purchase, and tradeskillers can create several new items.
- Throw Fruitcake. Seriously. Hitting a friend with a throwable fruitcake will spawn another one in their inventory for them to throw back. It’s the one time wasting food is a good thing.
Legends of Norrath, from December 18 to January 4th, is offering lots of new goodies:
- A Holiday Bundle pack, including 25 booster packs of the Travelers expansion. Each bundle will contain one of four mounts from the retired Oathbound expansion.
- Depending of player settings in their Legends of Norrath client, players will receive an EverQuest or EverQuest II mount.
- On-demand tournaments. Eight players can start a tournament anytime between Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. (PST) and Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. (PST). For five Event Passes, players gain entry into the Holiday tournament and a special Sleigh-ers Stash pack.
Free Realms sees the winter celebration, Snow Days. Snowhill is transformed into a veritable winter wonderland brimming with food, merriment, fun, and presents. Snow Days begins on December 16th, and concludes on January 21st. Players who visit Candi Ivy near the gift tree in Snowhill can undertake an entire line of holiday quests. Players can bean their friends with snowballs in the Snowhill snowball fighting area. The Free Realms Trading Card Game is offering a special Holiday bundle pack, which includes ten booster pack of the Shattered Past expansion, a Duelist on Demand Print Voucher, and an exclusive holiday item redeemable within Free Realms. (The Holiday bundle pack is scheduled for December 23 through January 3rd). The Marketplace also has new clothes, costumes, and items in-stock.
Pirates of the Burning Sea has Junkanoo, where players can take up a quest and carol door to door and exchange gifts to unlock a festive holiday hat and title. PLayers can also partake in a new holiday mission to protect Junkanoo from shadowy forces, or join King John Konnu in re-enacting the seige of the Bradenburg Fort, and receive as a reward a rat shoulder pet.
Star Wars Galaxies sees the return of Wookiee Life Day and festivities, beginning on December 15th, and ending January 12th, in the cities of Dearic, Wayfar and Doaba Guerfel. Players can sign up for the festivities by visiting the Wookiee Freedom Fighters or Trandoshan Traders. By taking part in the activities, players receive Life Day tokens which can be redeemed at the Wroshyr Tree. A new holiday ornament is available for players homes. In the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game, players can look for on-demand tournaments in celebration of Life Day. Eight players can start a tournament at anytime between Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. PST and Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. PST. For five Event Passes, players gain entry into the Holiday tournament and a Life Day pack.
Vanguard Saga of Heroes offers the return of the Festival of Gloriann this holiday season. Trees are adorned with lights, glittering within the cities of Telon. Players can cover their homes and Guild Halls with festive decorations, try on new illusion costumes, or view the rooftops of the world atop their flying reindeer mount, Randolph.