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
Comments 478 Comments
  1. Raptoos's Avatar
    Wow, kiss another 500,000 subs goodbye.
    Great.The less complaining noobs will play wow, the better this game will be
  1. Idletime's Avatar
    In the end, SWTOR will fix it. And possibly D3, if they don't screw that up. Another MMO this year tried to fix it, but they didn't really. I'm mostly upset that they are trashing the old DMF system - my two Insane characters are the most upset. I've been visiting there monthly since they introduced it along with BWL. This place offered so much and will be missed.
  1. Buckluck's Avatar
    This seems awesome! I've never been really too big about the DMF but I might be now!

    ---------- Post added 2011-08-26 at 12:47 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by wassam View Post
    Nobody notice all the hints to pandaria in this?
    What do you mean?
  1. Nodrim's Avatar
    Lol most pathetic blue post ever, can you try to show off more with your .jpg event?
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennydabull View Post
    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.
    To what specific "type of thing" are you reffering to that has somehow ruined the current state of the game?

    If anything, this game needs MORE of this kind of stuff!

    While Darkmoon Isle will not bring me back to WoW... I will admit that that, and the new Transmog, are indeed steps in the right direction.
  1. huldu's Avatar
    Diablo 3 will take another chunk out of the playerbase(won't matter much since it's another Blizz product). LoL, HoN, WoT, TF2, all the "multiplayer" fps etc... and so on, i forgot to mention dota2. Players have choices these days. WoW is going down no matter what. It's old that is reason. We've done and seen it all since vanilla. Nothing is really new, it's just same old stuff with new packaging. This happens to all mmo's eventually.
  1. Tang's Avatar
    Blizzard continues their string of "answers to questions that no one asked" by reskinning the darkmoon faire.Clue level: Low, and dropping rapidly.
  1. Skiball's Avatar
    And now people can get rep with Darkmoon more easily. Yet another kick in the pants to people that got "The Insane" before Cata.
  1. deathtakes's Avatar
    Sounds pretty cool. This last and final patch might actually have me enjoying this expansion! The new free for all arena is going to be a gong show but might actually be fun to watch, looking forward to this.
  1. lilbuddhaman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mvallas View Post
    While Darkmoon Isle will not bring me back to WoW... I will admit that that, and the new Transmog, are indeed steps in the right direction.
    I equate Blizzard and their sudden release of Transmog and hurried content to American Car Manufacturers finally modernizing their car lines and increasing gas mileage. Too little, too late, still not as good as the competition.
  1. ohnztad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Runawaynow View Post
    If Darkmoon reputation becomes "easy to obtain" (read: "changes"), "the Insane" should become unavailable to obtain as a result. They did that with Naxx/Ulduar titles when they got too easy, might as well keep up the trend for posterity.
    "the Insane" has been easy for a long time, seing as they removed Shen'Dralar as a requierment.
  1. Gouled's Avatar
    What the fuck Blizz! You fucked it up! You want to make the entire fucking game a circus, go ahead! I'm not gonna pay for this shit!

    I'm gonna go fap and re-sub to Rifts. Screw Blizzard!

    (Jk of course.) Edit: Can't wait to see the people who didn't read this part to tell me to QQ more.
  1. Rawt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mvallas View Post
    To what specific "type of thing" are you reffering to that has somehow ruined the current state of the game?

    If anything, this game needs MORE of this kind of stuff!

    While Darkmoon Isle will not bring me back to WoW... I will admit that that, and the new Transmog, are indeed steps in the right direction.
    Spending resources on elements of the game that should come way after actual content. They spend more time placating people with short shelf life features, than they do focusing on core, game enhancing aspects.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    I'm surprised a story about Darkmoon Faire is so busy with so many posts because the DMF had always been deserted on my server.
  1. Topix's Avatar
    I hope they add shield heirlooms for tanking
  1. Boathouse's Avatar
    Never cared much for anything like this in game. However, this seems an awesome way to spend time and get a quick alt booster going. People forget games are supposed to be fun. Ignore the naysayers and QQers, they'll cry about everything.
  1. Raim Surion's Avatar
    I guess nobody cares about updates unless they come in the form of instanced raids with new spiky gear to flex their e-peens with. Not like this is an MMO or anything, and that the game world matters.
  1. SHT's Avatar
    I think one thing that most people forget is this is an MMORPG.The posts are needlessly long because they are done "In Character" and the features are added because they have a solid focus on the main aspect of the game (its in the genre type and everything).This is seemingly forgotten in between the continual QQ about raiding and PvP.
  1. Zoros's Avatar
    Darkmoon Faire needed a revamp, but in the current state of the game some fresh content will be welcomed. Nefarian, Onyxia, Zul'gurub, Zul'aman, Deadmines, Shadowfang, Ragnaros, Molten Core 2.0, Blackwing Lair 2.0, Warsong 2.0, the whole Azeroth... And I bet that the new raid tier will be the lost tier 3, the same evils in the same scenarios again and again. Cataclysm should be renamed Dejavu.

    Ofc there are some good new content, look at Vashj'ir, is amazing, however the entire end game is focused on old content. Why? Because it's cheaper to adapt the old content to new players, than try to create new content for angry hardcore players. Hardcore players always return anyways. There's nothing out there that lasts more than 2 months.

    We must resing that the current WoW slogan is no longer quality, it's profitability, and Blizzard's quality efforts are invested in the new MMORPG project.
  1. Penguirrel's Avatar
    I've had 43 tickets to the fair for well over 4 years now. Now I see how wasted a bag slot that was.

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