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This week's bonus question: Do you still participate in in-game holidays? And do you participate in the Lunar Festival, in particular?
Adam Holisky (@AdamHolisky) I'll be working on bringing my rogue up to 85, just for fun. I'm kinda burnt out on other games at the moment. As far as WoW holidays go, I'm going through and doing them on my warlock. I never did get the world event mount, and it's something I'd like to do. We'll see if I can keep it up.
Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart) I've been rather scatterbrained with gaming this past week, and that's likely to continue into the weekend. The Old Republic! No, Minecraft! No, Binding of Isaac! No, WoW! And so on. Like Rossi, I'm also getting back into some fiction writing and hope to make some solid progress there.
As for holidays ... eh. I enjoy the heck out of a holiday the first year Blizzard revamps one, but I don't bother with it after that. I'm not super-interested in doing the same thing two, three, maybe four times. Screw that.
Allison Robert (@AllisonRobert) The lonely, forlorn hunt for the Crawling Claw continues. I'll also be rechecking elder coordinates for OverAchiever, as I have the sneaking suspicion that there are still a few pre-Cataclysm numbers floating around our guide. Otherwise, I generally do holidays on alts, because my main already has all of the achievements. I learned the hard way never to recheck holidays on her when Pilgrim's Bounty debuted. She had already maxed cooking, and I didn't realize until someone pointed this out that the holiday was basically all about leveling cooking. Oops.
Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'm really not going to be playing much this week at all -- I have raiding on Sunday, but other than that, I think I'm going to step away from the computer and continue working on various projects around the house. As far as the Lunar Festival goes ... well, most of the time I don't really bother participating in the holidays anymore, because I've done everything there is to do. The only exception for this is the travel holidays like the Lunar Festival and the Fire Festival, because you get gold everywhere you go. And I'm not going to turn down free gold! Plus, this year's Lunar Festival includes a pet, so of course I'm doing it, because I have to catch them all. To be the very best. Like no one ever was.
Chase Christian (@madsushi) Playing a lot of Diablo II. I got bored of SW:TOR pretty quickly, although I do plan to finish the Jedi Knight storyline eventually. I started playing D2 again instead, and I'm right back at it, farming Mephisto into the wee hours.
Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid) Been crazy-busy learning a new position at work, so not too much gaming or writing time yet this week. I did get my first full night of normal mode raiding in, and I'm now in the "fortunate" position of needing 10+ red gems with no ore on the AH. Yay. If I have some time this weekend, top game on the backlog pile is Red Dead Redemption.
Bonus: Nope; got the achievement done and now find most of the holiday events dull.
Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) Mainly doing hard mode flashpoints and dailies on my assassin in SWTOR, but I really should figure out a way to salvage my save file from Skyrim. Just a tip for those playing at home -- don't pop Beast Form in Sovngarde for "the lulz" -- you will never return!
As for the holidays, I pretty much did them all once, got the holiday meta and my drake, and stopped. They just don't have a lot of replayability, mainly because they feel so recycled.
Daniel Whitcomb (@DanielWhitcomb) Finally finished my Trooper's storyline, so I'll probably give my Jedi Knight some love in SWTOR, or I may play some more Saint's Row 3, since I started playing that last weekend and sort of got absorbed. Then there are, of course, Raid Finder runs to catch up on.
I sort of burned myself out on in-game holidays getting Long, Strange Trip on my death knight, so I rarely bother with them anymore outside of any daily dungeon boss runs. That said, I do want the new pet, so I may just force myself to grind out the required tokens this weekend too. We'll see.
Dawn Moore (@DawnWoW) I'm debating putting WoW back on my Mac laptop. It always runs terrible when I do, but I really want to play my new shaman more! Sigh! I guess I'll just stick with the Nintendo 3DS till I get home from my trip. Bonus question: I typically ignore holidays, but I enjoy Lunar Festival for the extra Elune Stones. I'll usually just visit the elders I come across and stockpile what I can. I haven't gone all out on a holiday since the last time I had a boyfriend who played WoW. We would spend holidays talking and traveling from place to place on my mammoth mount. It was sort of like taking a car trip with a lover, only in game.
Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) I recently discovered that my laptop sucks too badly to run SWTOR on any but the lowest settings. I has a sad. So I will probably continue playing Skyrim, and as my husband recently dug out his old PS2, I may replay Final Fantasy X-2 and 12. SHUT UP X-2 WAS FUN AND NOT A FASHION SHOW AT ALL. I never really bother with in-game holidays. By the time I think about them, they're usually already over.
Fox Van Allen (@foxvanallen) (gplus.to/foxvanallen) Heading off to New York to hang with my buddy Mat McCurley. Then, I'll browbeat Tyler into hanging with me instead of raiding. Sorry, everyone from WoW Insider who shares a raiding team with Tyler.
Josh Myers (@Elamqt) I'M HEALING. Both on my shaman and in real life, where I'm getting over the effects of somehow managing to sprain my hamstring while watching a movie, as that makes total sense. Other than that, I actually don't know what I'm doing this weekend; the past four days of having no work and being confined to my bed and a laptop makes me want to do something that doesn't involve video games or computers at all.
Kelly Aarons (@Cadistra) Hoping to do some relaxing and gaming this weekend. Not sure what I want to play just yet, but I wouldn't mind trying my hand for the lantern pet!
As for holidays, I generally don't do them. I got the ones I like, but I'm such a wimp when it comes to PvP that I just forgo achievements that require it.
Lisa Poisso (@LisaPoisso) The only gaming I'll be doing a wee bit of Lunar Festival. I only do holidays on certain alts -- whichever one seems most suited to that particular holiday, either by personality or mechanics -- and then only as far as the parts that seem especially interesting or productive. Putting this kind of leash on holiday activity keeps the completist in me from clawing her eyes out.
Mathew McCurley (@gomatgo) I've got a decent social weekend ahead of me. Continue farming for transmog pieces in WoW, Trooper in SWTOR, and I'm thinking about replaying Mass Effect and such right before the newest installment comes out. Maybe. Lunar Festival was fun the first time and the revamped time, but I don't think that I have it in me this year.
Matthew Rossi (@matthewrossi) SWTOR, WoW, and working on my space opera pen-and-paper setting, set in an alternate history where humanity discovered that magic works in space. Venus has been turned into pulp Venus with dinosaurs and swamps, Mars is the home to wizards, and we have colonies in the Pleiades.
I do not bother with in-game holidays.
I have decided I'm also going to play with my bunny. She is in need of banana chips and gentle pettings, and I am in need of reassurance that not all things are terrible. So WoW, SWTOR, some Skyrim, some Space Opera, and a bunny.
Michael Gray (@writegray) I'm playing with my beef. OK, actually, my wife and I are making a huge store of beef and venison jerky as an alternative, healthier snack. Probably do some Battlegrounds and the like in between.
Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel) I will of course be respecting the elders in the second annual Lunar Lunacy event. You know you want to join me. Otherwise, I will be enjoying every drop of SWTOR. I've got some romancing of Bugboy to do.
The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!