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Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire
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Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and prepare to be amazed!

It’s incredible! It’s unbelievable! You’ll be dazzled. You’ll be amazed! You aren’t prepared for the Darkmoon Faire, ‘cause it’s like nothing you’ve seen before! Don’t be shy now, don’t be bashful, step right up for a tantalizing glimpse of what we’ve got in store for you when patch 4.3 arrives!

That old thing?

No, no, no, Clem. The Darkmoon Faire isn’t what it used to be and it isn’t where it used to be. The management hasn’t changed but the Faire certainly has. It’s a whole new animal. Tickets? You don’t need those old tickets, just rip ‘em right up, ‘cause we’ve got new tickets! Out with the old, in with the new -- new quests, that is! Things have changed ‘round here: we’ve got an island all to ourselves now, and what an island it is. Mist-shrouded Darkmoon Island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. It’s a place of mystery and wonder, and you wouldn’t believe the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with. But never mind that, just follow me right through here and I’ll show you what the Darkmoon Faire is all about.


All new! All spectacular!

Catch a show at the marvelous main stage or witness a dazzling fireworks display. But don’t stare too long or you might miss the stunning spectacles that surround you. Gaze in awe of our magical menagerie, get your fortune told by the amazing Sayge, go on a pony ride, experience the healthful effects of carnival food, and more!

Of course, there’s more to the Darkmoon Faire than just fantastic shows and culinary delights. You can still turn in your Darkmoon Cards, but you wouldn’t just come here for measly ol’ cards when there’s so much more to see, experience, and win. Yes, win! You like dancing bears, right? Everybody likes dancing bears. Even bears like dancing bears. How about a dancing bear… you can ride!

That’s not all! We have adorable companion pets includin’ a fez-wearing monkey, a plethora of profession recipes, toys, balloons, souvenirs, delectable carnival snacks and beverages, heirlooms for the little ones, and even replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs. You can also make your mark with new achievements and titles. All it takes to earn these fabulous rewards is a few Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets and a good reputation with the carnies. How do ya get your grubby mitts on some tickets? I’m glad you asked!

Step right up! Try your luck! Everyone’s a winner!

Have we got games? You bet we’ve got games, and they’re so easy to play an orc could do it. Just head on over to the midway, buy some Darkmoon Game Tokens, and get ready to play. Easy to learn, difficult to master, anyone can play and everyone can win. Just lay your tokens down for a chance at winning Darkmoon Prize Tickets playing games like Whack-a-Gnoll, the Tonk Battle Royale, the Cannon, Ring Toss, the Shooting Gallery, and more! Five games are there to test your skills at any one time. The better you play, the easier it is to win a bucket of Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets! Once a month, you’ve got a shot at tickets, and the fun never stops ‘cause you can play as many times as you like. But that’s not the only way to win big!


The Darkmoon Faire Field Guide

It’s your passport to riches, my friend. Y’see, we need a few things -- just some junk, nothing valuable to a big hero like you. We call ‘em Darkmoon Artifacts, and there’s all different kinds to be found all over Azeroth. The Darkmoon Field Guide helps you discover artifacts while you’re explorin’ dungeons, slayin’ monsters, and fightin’ in Battlegrounds. Without a guide, you’d never notice ‘em, and it’ll help keep you focused on the stuff we want. Whether you just reached level 10, or you’ve crushed the biggest baddies in the land, we need somethin’ from nearly everybody. You won’t have to go too far out of your way to get ‘em and each month you’ll get a new opportunity to seek out an Artifact for us. What do you get out of the deal? Don’t you worry, you’ll get your cut. When you bring a Darkmoon Artifact back to us, you’ll get valuable experience (it builds character, you know!), earn a better reputation, and possibly earn precious Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets too!

Oh, did I mention that you can use the Field Guide to get to Darkmoon Island whenever the Darkmoon Faire’s monthly extravaganza is up and running?

So, you want to work in show business?

Maybe you’d like a little peek behind the scenes, eh? Want to see what it takes to run the greatest show on Azeroth? Well, it’s not all sunshine and cotton candy, my friend. There are beasts to heal, food to cook, and buildings to fix. If you’re willing help keep the show going and put your skills to work, you’ll not only impress us, but you can get experience, Darkmoon Prize Tickets, and even polish up your skills -- up to five skill points per profession, per Faire week, if you’re good at what you do!


Darkmoon Deathmatch!

Like any good carnival, the Darkmoon Faire has a shady side. You can leave the skilled labor to the suckers and go for a faster score instead. If you’ve got the minerals, the Darkmoon Deathmatch offers an experience unparalleled since the Gurubashi Arena. Pitmaster Pei has a big old treasure chest just brimming with goodies and Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets that he’ll drag out into the Darkmoon Deathmatch Pit every three hours or so. Everybody wants it, so if you want a piece of the action you’ll just have to jump in and prove that you’re the toughest one in the Pit.

Oh, the Faire is perfectly safe, Clem. Just don’t wander into the woods.

Now, now, don’t panic. Darkmoon Isle might be a bit spooky, but except for the Deathmatch Pit, the Faire itself is completely safe, I guarantee it. It’s a sanctuary even, and we won’t let anybody’s beef ruin the fun. The shadowy woods surroundin’ the fair are another thing entirely, though. I wouldn’t say that people have disappeared into those woods never to return, but, well… people disappear into those woods never to return. So watch your step , and your back, when you leave the Faire. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!


Mark your calendar

Now that you know how amazing the new Darkmoon Faire is, you won’t want to miss it. Just take a look at your in-game calendar, and the Darkmoon Faire dates will show up there on the first week of every month. Darkmoon Faire barkers and displays will also pop up in every capital city to herald the arrival of the Faire. Silas Darkmoon himself has even started up a mailer to make sure that no one misses out!

Hitch a ride

During the first week of each month, convenient Darkmoon Faire outposts with Darkmoon Portals will appear in Elwynn Forest and Mulgore, offering free rides to Darkmoon Island and the Faire!

Darkmoon Mages in capital cities and on Darkmoon Island will also be around to help you get between the Faire and various capital cities. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so naturally you’re obliged to compensate them for their services.

The all new Darkmoon Faire is coming to Darkmoon Island in patch 4.3. Don’t miss it!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RincrowTheOmnipotent View Post
    Or alternatively.
    Blizzard: We give you more bosses. And more bosses! And more Bosses.
    Non-raidres: Man this game sucks. Thats not content.
    Raiders: Shut the fuck up and get out of our game.
    ORRRR more accurately!

    Blizzard: New raiding content!
    Raiders: Uggg it'll suck. They can't match the epicness of VANILLA raids!
    Blizzard: Here you go raiders! We sure spent a lot of effort on this raid!
    Raiders: Worst raid ever! I'm unsubscribing! D:<
    Non Raiders: There's nothing new for us this patch! D:

    There's just no pleasing people. XD
  1. keLston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malygos The Spellweaver View Post
    Did you join in Cataclysm or what? If you had any idea of the 1-60 content before Cataclysm, it was a complete and total pain in the ass. It was boring, outdated, and everyone longed for the day they got to 58 so they could get to Outland. Blizzard updated this to the point that everyone dreads going to Outland now because the content THERE isn't half as interesting or fun as the 1-60 content.

    Clearly you are "LEET HARDCORE RAIDAR" which means you only appreciate your end game content. Thank god, you are not the only kind of player in WoW. Hard to believe, I know. And, Ragnaros, the same? LOL. 6/7H? That statement alone seems to point to "hasn't got a character past level 40".
    I've been playing since my server went live. It wasn't quite an original (Eredar launched 3 days after the official WoW launch).

    Just for you, from our guild's hunter. He joined us in BWL:



    So the question still is, what have you done? You're clearly a nobody that hasn't seen any of the actual content to get excited over 1-60 revamps and DMF islands.
  1. RincrowTheOmnipotent's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by feigning View Post
    You're being ridiculous. You are forcing the idea that only your idea of fun is, in fact, fun. I happen to enjoy Cataclysm. You can call me a "Blizzard Apologist" (what the hell does that even mean?) all you want, but my enjoyment is my enjoyment.

    The Burning Crusade gave lots of raid bosses. Yep. Big deal. Everyone saw every single one right? They all had fun and interesting mechanics, right? Were they fun, yes. Does the amount of them make for fun? I don't think so. You can prefer quantity, I prefer quality. You can try and argue that Firelands is shit since it only has 7 bosses, but really, they are all pretty unique. Lord Rhyolith, while I despise the fight, it's not like anything else that we've seen. Staghelm and Alysrazor are completely different than anything else. Atramedes was pretty damn neat. Conclave of Wind is probably one of my favourite fights to date.

    Recycled content? Seriously, stop with that fucking word. How similar are the new Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep to the originals? They have the same setting? Got it. How about Zul'Gurub? Same setting? Got it. You basically flat out said you just want more bosses. Well, these are more bosses. Yet you hate it because these bosses are in a place you visited 6 years ago. Got it. Throw the word recycled around all you like, it doesn't make the dungeons any less fun. Was the new Deadmines on heroic terrible? Nope. Not at all. Vanessa VanCleef and Cookie were really cool and fun encounters. I loved them.

    Why is it you're screaming that Cataclysm has less content? What do you call content? Just raid bosses? Then, by gum, you're right! It has less raid bosses. Ergo, it's terrible and has no content. You're opinion. I've had loads of fun with this expansion. Just because you haven't, doesn't mean others don't enjoy it.

    Transmogrification does excite me. I get tired of seeing my clones everywhere. I'd like to actually roleplay in the roleplaying game we all play. Nuts, I know. And guess what, I'm not even raiding anymore. My guild decided we'd had enough. So now I'm just enjoying the content in questing and PvP. This new Darkmoon Faire will add a fun and unique experience at the start of each month from now on. You don't like it? That sucks. You get your Deathwind raid though. Why the hell do you hate on one aspect of the patch so much when there is already a really good piece coming your way?

    The game is not dumbed down. Why do you say it is? I'm pretty sure stat priorities and reforging and all the other stuff they've thrown in has made managing your character far more complex than ever before. Raid content is much more difficult than ever before. (Though, since we're all Dragonslaying Firelord Gladiators that are Insane and ride around on a giant Robot Head that's pretty Invincible here on MMO-Champion, I guess we wouldn't notice.) My server's top guild is 2/7 heroic. Sinestra was only just downed recently. What exactly was "dumbed" down?

    Content? It's content! I'm laughing and having fun and you're pouting over it.
    100% agree on every single point. Also a lot of the BC bosses where the same fights just with different names. It was rare to find bosses with unique mechanics. Cata is filled with them.
    Why do people play something if they don't even enjoy it? Its unhealthy.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ardipithecus11 View Post
    Eh, that's what I meant, that you don't have to do them.
    I misread my bad
  1. Desminn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SadWarrior View Post
    You and the rest of 999 twinks.
    because its out of the realm of posiblity that maybe some lvl 85 stuff drops from the chest?

    who knows if itll be twink gear or not.

    i hope there will be some tasty stuff in it =)
  1. Malygos The Spellweaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by keLston View Post
    I've been playing since my server went live. It wasn't quite an original (Eredar launched 3 days after the official WoW launch).

    Just for you, from our guild's hunter. He joined us in BWL:

    So the question still is, what have you done? You're clearly a nobody that hasn't seen any of the actual content to get excited over 1-60 revamps and DMF islands.
    "Here's a screenshot of someone else, this proves my point."

    Doesn't work that way buddy. And I've been in WoW since early Vanilla.
  1. RincrowTheOmnipotent's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bombkirby View Post
    ORRRR more accurately!

    Blizzard: New raiding content!
    Raiders: Uggg it'll suck. They can't match the epicness of VANILLA raids!
    Blizzard: Here you go raiders! We sure spent a lot of effort on this raid!
    Raiders: Worst raid ever! I'm unsubscribing! D:<
    Non Raiders: There's nothing new for us this patch! D:

    There's just no pleasing people. XD
    People should go back in time to the end of BC and go to all the WoW fansites. Its was just filled with bitching about how BC sucked. Wrath was another bitch fest and so was Cata. I despise gamers. They are an unhappy bunch.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by keLston View Post
    I've been playing since my server went live. It wasn't quite an original (Eredar launched 3 days after the official WoW launch).

    Just for you, from our guild's hunter. He joined us in BWL:



    So the question still is, what have you done? You're clearly a nobody that hasn't seen any of the actual content to get excited over 1-60 revamps and DMF islands.
    Doesn't stop the fact that blizzard re did all the 1-60 content cause people were asking for it. just Like reforging, transmogrification, old world flying etc.
    Or the fact that everything blizzard ever adds to the game doesn't have to be strictly raiding, why can't there be other things to do even if there optional? We'll still get our raid in the end so who cares?
  1. Niko031's Avatar
    An active new gurubashi arena, yes please.
  1. RincrowTheOmnipotent's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by keLston View Post
    I've been playing since my server went live. It wasn't quite an original (Eredar launched 3 days after the official WoW launch).

    Just for you, from our guild's hunter. He joined us in BWL:

    So the question still is, what have you done? You're clearly a nobody that hasn't seen any of the actual content to get excited over 1-60 revamps and DMF islands.
    That only proves how awful the UI was. I've seen the vanilla fights. They are easy mechanics wise, compared to what raiding has evolved into.
  1. ardipithecus11's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bombkirby View Post
    Well this doesn't seem to be built around dailies. It clearly says you can do everything as much as you want. You could get what you're after in a day probably! Seems anti-grindy to me. It mostly just seems like something you by to have fun in and get rewarded with free items.
    Actually, it doesn't seem to me either, but knowing blizz, it feel it will be that way. I hope it's not, and don't get me wrong, I'm actually looking forward to get in that island and get my ass kicked in the pit, but that's how blizz usually works and it's a shame they do.
  1. Malygos The Spellweaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bahska View Post
    Doesn't stop the fact that blizzard re did all the 1-60 content cause people were asking for it. just Like reforging, transmogrification, old world flying etc.
    Or the fact that everything blizzard ever adds to the game doesn't have to be strictly raiding, why can't there be other things to do even if there optional? You'll still get your raid in the end.
    He's a hardcore elitist douche, he only cares about loot and bragging rights. He will keep shitting on Cataclysm because it didn't cater to his kind, so save your breath. Or text, as the case may be.
  1. Commisar S's Avatar
    I want that fez wearing monkey... what? fezzes are cool
  1. Whó's Avatar
    I bet WoWCrendor will be happy about this!
  1. Edriel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malygos The Spellweaver View Post
    He's a hardcore elitist douche, he only cares about loot and bragging rights. He will keep shitting on Cataclysm because it didn't cater to his kind, so save your breath. Or text, as the case may be.
    Idk i heard heroic rag wasn't exactly a cakewalk
  1. Howard Moon's Avatar
    Some people's attitudes are seriously depressing. You guys should start taking some Valium or something. OT: The new DMF looks awesome. I might personally not visit it very often, but I am certain a ton of people will be all over this, and that makes me happy. Yes, of course it is content. If it happens not to be content for YOU, then too bad. You'll have your content soon enough.
  1. Teriko's Avatar
    ...I'm so FUCKING EXCITED ABOUT 4.3! D Best patch evah D
  1. Dblbaconator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Commisar S View Post
    I want that fez wearing monkey... what? fezzes are cool
    Because this vid is always relevant:

  1. Profyrion's Avatar
    A fez-wearing monkey!?!?

    I MUST HAVE IT.
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    This is fluff, not content.
    3 dungeons and a raid would like to have a word with you.... :/

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