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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
Comments 478 Comments
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    If it's not fluff, what is it? And why would they try and resurrect something that 1% of the playerbase cares about. I visit the DMF once per expansion, for my trinket, and that's it. I could walk past DMF at peak time and its empty every single time. It's like Brewfest, packed on day one; but empty after that ... and that's once a year.
    What IS it? Did you NOT read the article?

    It helps up my proffession skills, discontinued armor is being made available, alts gain experience for doing it, there's an ARENA DEATHMATCH thing like in STV that gives rewards (rewards probably for level 85s! Relevant GEAR!) and of course it gives people fluff stuff like pets and etc.
  1. Papadragon's Avatar
    There's nothing epic in this. It's for kids and casuals players. It's a zone designed for them. They are like : "Dancing bears, games, cannon..." Cmon...it's a crap event
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Papadragon View Post
    There's nothing epic in this. It's for kids and casuals players. It's a zone designed for them. They are like : "Dancing bears, games, cannon..." Cmon...it's a crap event
    ARENA DEATMATCH! D: Why does no one like this????

    Lemme just remind u that casuals completely outnumber non-casuals and they are very thankful for the few things they get. Hardcore people are always hungry for more content and NEVER satisfied when they get it. Honestly the casuals deserve these things. They didn't get anything for like 3 patches! The zandalari instances were too hard for most of them, dailies are kind of a mixed bag as only few people, casual or not, enjoy them.
  1. Exera's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    If it's not fluff, what is it? And why would they try and resurrect something that 1% of the playerbase cares about. I visit the DMF once per expansion, for my trinket, and that's it. I could walk past DMF at peak time and its empty every single time. It's like Brewfest, packed on day one; but empty after that ... and that's once a year.
    Pulling numbers out of your ass to try and prove a point makes me laugh.

    This as I said will make those that plays for other reasons then me, you and mr.hardcore raider happy and give them something more to do, I give Blizzard props for actually adding content for others then just the whiny, sel centered raiders who thinks everything should revolve around them.

    And as for content, we will get content for 4.3, so I'm not to worried.

    I just dont see why it's so wrong that they add something for the RP players(they will love this) and the extremely casuals once in a while.
  1. sokrana's Avatar
    Uh easy rep inc ... leaves just the lockboxes to be a real grind then, huh

    Anyways, stuff sounds nice. Always looking forward to new mounts and pets :-)
  1. Kikiyodragon's Avatar
    Want. I hope I can get my Vengeful Gladiator's Longbow from this.
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    If it's not fluff, what is it? And why would they try and resurrect something that 1% of the playerbase cares about. I visit the DMF once per expansion, for my trinket, and that's it. I could walk past DMF at peak time and its empty every single time. It's like Brewfest, packed on day one; but empty after that ... and that's once a year.
    1% care about it now (though that 1% is your opinion I see no sources for that percentage) They are remaking it so that more than *1%* will care about it, a monthly hub, with stuff to do, things to collect, content for those that don't focus all their time to raiding, there are many different types of people that play this game, you only want them to give content to those that raid or PvP? (I'm guessing)

    Never knockback the fun stuffs, it's what makes the game enjoyable for a huge percentage of players, I love DMF, (heck I play on the realm DMF) and am buzzing that it is getting a make over.
  1. Biggiej's Avatar
    I wish they could get this creative with everything else, but hey I would be willing to take a look at this, seems like the most fun of all things they have put into cata so far!...to bad its 4.3 and aka 4-6 months away
  1. Exera's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Divr View Post
    I am a hardcore raider in a 6/7H guild and I love this! I cant wait for 4.3, i think blizzard is about to put out one of the best, if not the best, patches they have ever done.
    I'm not saying hardcore raiders wont like this either, I'm sure you're not the only one. Just tried to point out that there is actually room for this kind of content because there are a lot of people who loves this kind of stuff, and loads of people who only play because of this kind of stuff.
  1. vaccine's Avatar
    Sounds a bit grindy
  1. Wilian's Avatar
    I for one am happy to see that Blizzard is finally paying attention to the lack of world content and doing stuff like this. The real question is though, how long will this stay relevant or will it be reduced to a level of 15 minutes / day stuff after first day (aka, boring waste of time) and then only for one week of a month. Or can we do stuff in unlimited amount for as long as we want.
  1. EviForums's Avatar
    Great, like the Winterspring Frostsaber, another epic rep grind gets handed to the masses for doing a few quests.
  1. Bombkirby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vaccine View Post
    Sounds a bit grindy
    Which part sounds grindy?
  1. det's Avatar
    Oh look, Blizzard announces something that could be fun. Oh look, the forum is awash with naysaying and QQ.
  1. ABog's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Papadragon View Post
    There's nothing epic in this. It's for kids and casuals players. It's a zone designed for them. They are like : "Dancing bears, games, cannon..." Cmon...it's a crap event
    ^
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  1. Mth's Avatar
    Can't wait to see what those new recipies are all about.
  1. Desminn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Papadragon View Post
    There's nothing epic in this. It's for kids and casuals players. It's a zone designed for them. They are like : "Dancing bears, games, cannon..." Cmon...it's a crap event
    *awaiting the annoncement of raid worthy gear*

    we will see how useless all it will be for all those non-"kids"/"casuals" when they release it.
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    Oh look, Blizzard announces something that could be fun. Oh look, the forum is awash with naysaying and QQ.
    I hear ya, though I tend not to really expect anything else these days.. usually the first couple pages are from people overjoyed by whatever news is given, then the sour pussies start yelling, opinions are fine and all, but jesus, can't people just be glad we are getting new stuff to do, and if you don't fancy it, then stop trying to ruin everyone elses enjoyment ;/
  1. feigning's Avatar
    Why are people so damn negative about everything? I'm not a kid, I think this looks really fun. I know a lot of people are going to use it. I'm really excited to see this come to fruition.

    And really, do people honestly think that if the team who did this hadn't done it, we'd suddenly have four more bosses in the final raid and two extra 5-mans? No. They would have worked on a different thing like this. How likely is it that these people even have experience designing PvE encounters? Why do people act like Blizzard consists of five people...

    Anywho, this looks really awesome and I'm hyped for 4.3. I haven't raided in a month now, so it'll be pretty fun to have a new event to play in.
  1. Jokerpoker's Avatar
    HOLY SHIT.. I am excited.. so excited for 4.3..

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