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Patch 4.3 Preview - The All New Darkmoon Faire
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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
Comments 478 Comments
  1. mikisulu's Avatar
    to dkey89, thanks for an uplifting, intelligent positive post.
  1. Chell82's Avatar
    Really ? This is the kind of crap they waste their dam time on instead of actually coming up with actual content ??
    God they just keep getting stupider and stupider
  1. Raptoos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by akts View Post
    Yeeah its my problem I like my old character and I am not appealed to solo content in a MMO game. What a jerk I am, oh my.
    Liking old character won't change that new content exist, and Blizz spent lot of time at working at it. New epic questlines in Ashenvale, Stonetalon, or Hillsbrad are Cataclysm content.
  1. Hellfrog's Avatar
    That island looks like its been made for 12 year old children If you ask me. Funny how only people with Ponys in their avatars like that here.

    "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"

    Who needs that anyway? Aren't there enough pets, heirlooms & more garbage already in the game??
  1. Rawt's Avatar
    I can't believe so many people are excited over this. To each their own, but it's this type of thing that has ruined the current state of the game.
  1. akts's Avatar
    I would've preferred if they took more effort designing, say, 3rd troll dungeon or an 8th firelands boss. In my guild no one rerolled in cata. People I like to play with are happy (more or less, /hug shamans and paladins) with their classes. I repeat: not a single person of 30 or so that I know have seen those epic questlines. And I doubt they will.
  1. Fishfeast's Avatar
    Not only are they recycling content, they're recycling the most boring content in the game. I can't believe people are excited about this.
  1. Harthmut's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    Erm, really? How can you even say that without any word on actual content? The darkmoon faire is honestly a waste of resources, and I know this will just become another daily quest hub.

    DMF has ALLLLLWAYS been dead, for YEARS.
    Yeah and raiding is always the same, so... Yeah screw new content, bring in the fun!
  1. Cakka's Avatar
    Sounds like this will the patch for WoW so far Can't for all the new dungeons, raids and quests, especially giving us like 13 new tier sets for all classes in one patch, I mean how can you beat that lol
  1. Claudir's Avatar
    Is this seriously what they're spending their time on? What about adressing the massive PvP imbalance? What about giving things to people that's NOT just more rehashed content? I really worry about the direction in which Blizz is taking the game.
  1. Culexus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Claudir View Post
    Is this seriously what they're spending their time on? What about adressing the massive PvP imbalance? What about giving things to people that's NOT just more rehashed content? I really worry about the direction in which Blizz is taking the game.
    And since they only got one developer in the whole company its not possible that they are working on multiple things. Also all information about 4.3 is already out and there will be nothing else in it than the stuff announced so far. /rolleyes
  1. theycallmenannerpuss's Avatar
    I'm totally stoked - replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs. Yes please! I am sad with my 2/9 T3, WTB 9/9! Heck, I'd even settle for 8/9!
  1. Phive's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nautik View Post
    I'm totally stoked - replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs. Yes please! I am sad with my 2/9 T3, WTB 9/9! Heck, I'd even settle for 8/9!
    theres this awsome website http://roleplaygear.wordpress.com/

    see, heres the thing for me

    my main was a rogue and leather has always been ugly but it never bothered me until i started getting my darkmantle gear and ever since then i love trying out kilts, sure its a little strange for a guy to like it as much as i do. i can admit that, but i just consider it part of the fun of the game.

    i know most people only care about content and you really should stop playing.

    im not gonna go into addictive personalities and ruined lives but if youre always chasing that high like a crackpipe, stick to games with endings
  1. akts's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Culexus View Post
    And since they only got one developer in the whole company its not possible that they are working on multiple things. Also all information about 4.3 is already out and there will be nothing else in it than the stuff announced so far. /rolleyes
    Don't get me wrong, I love those transmorify announcements. I don't really fancy DMF but I certainly don't mind it at all. Yet I have the feeling that those features are made at the cost of RAID CONTENT. Feeling =/= truth, but nontheless I'm worried. And I have a damn good reason to be worried: firelands and it's 7 bosses. Is there a possibility that without so much effort spent on the molten front dailies there could've been a larger raid? Who knows. And I would trade that boredom front and zandalari dungeons for a couple of extra raid bosses in FL.

    Is there a chance that this new DMF will come at a cost of a sub-par raid instance?
  1. boraud's Avatar
    There are so many hints in this description that make me think this patch will release at about the same time as Blizz Con. That way they can elaborate a little more on the statement "the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with". I bet they made this deal with the pandaren. Either that or blizzard is aware of the negative reaction to Pandas and they are trolling us. It could go either way.
  1. Vraul Jawrip's Avatar
    you wouldn’t believe the deals we made to get it… or who we made ‘em with.
    This quote. Purple architecture. Misty, shady environment and attitudes. ...This can only mean one thing. CHUCKIE CHEESE IS IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT!
  1. makapipi's Avatar
    Ppl complaining about another rehashed content should look at the bright side of this, we're almost out of classic content that can be rehashed ;-)
  1. ScottsdaleHokie's Avatar
    Wow, kiss another 500,000 subs goodbye.
  1. rockdontroll's Avatar
    this will only be worth it if the faire gives out ilvl 305 or something as its top prize
  1. Cldmani's Avatar
    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.
    Could this possibly mean that we'll finally be getting our hands on the heirloom pants?

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