MMO Holiday Event Guide 2013
The holiday season is starting earlier and earlier every year and the announcements for the events are already pouring in. We’ll be updating this list every Thursday leading up to Christmas so keep an eye out for your favorites. And this year we’ve added events that aren’t strictly in game events including charity drives, shopping guides, and more.
Welcome to Week 2! This week things have really picked up and the list has exploded! Find all the new events below in Light Purple.
In Game Events:
Anarchy Online – Rubi-Ka – December 14th – January 2nd
Old school Christmas social items have been added to the loot from Winter Leets and Kry’Ozch Grin’cha who has returned to ruin Santaleet’s gift shop factory. Gingerleet will also be making a return for the first time in many years. The item shop will have something new for everyone and an additional new item for subscribers. And a new Tree Dress has been added to the Christmas Gifts.
Blackshot – Winter Warfare – ?
The season has come to Blackshot in an explosive way. With Christmas Bauble grenades, mini tree knives, and guns wrapped up with a bow there is a seasonal weapon for everyone. And the maps have been given a redecoration as well.
Champions Online – Winter Event – December 5th – December 30th
Black Harlequin is back again causing trouble the festive season with deadly toys and it is up to the players to stop him before any toys get delivered. Millennium City will transform into a winter wonderland on December 14th and on December 24th you can find Santa in game with presents under a fully decorated tree.
Dark Age of Camelot – Midwinter – December 11th – January 7th
From Santa Nicholas losing his presents to escorting Noelle to the festivities there is something for all types of fans of Dark Age of Camelot this year. With quests for players of all levels. The Midwinter Festival has something for everyone.
DCUO – Season’s Greedings – ?
Larfleeze is up to his usual mischief again this year. Take him and his minions on as they try to steal presents and power rings. Stopping him can earn the player rewards a feats from previous years as well as new ones.
Dota 2 – Frostivus – ?
After taking a year off from the winter holiday season Dota 2’s Frostivus celebrations return! With a new crate of festive goodies and a King in need Frostivus is sure to be an adventure this year.
Dragon Nest – 12 Days of Wintertide – December 12th – December 23rd
Log in every day to get a new special item! Players won’t want to miss any days as every day brings something new.
Forge of Empires – Frosty Returns – December 2nd – ?
Frosty the snowman returns once again bringing festive quests to the cities’ population. Every day he will hand out a new quest to players to ear stars. These stars are used to open presents with buildings, decorations, avatars and more.
Grepolis – Tyche’s Calendar – December 2nd – ?
Tyche, the Goddess of luck has created a calendar and a festive tree for players to decorate. Get more decorations each day by opening the calendar and spinning the holiday wheel of fortune.
Guild Wars 2 – A Very Merry Wintersday – December 10th – January 14th
Toymaker Tixx’s golem shaped airship returns once more with mischievous toys and fun. And more favorites from last year return including the bell choir, snowball mayhem, and others. New this year is the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle.
Guns and Robots – Christmas – December 12th – January 1st
Fight fellow players for gifts with weapons that shoot snowballs. And the players who manage to steal the most presents will be entered into a competition to win a Christmas Sleigh. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few sales added in too. 50% off parts bundles!
Hawken – Operation Frostburn – December 3rd – January 2nd
Hawken is getting in the festive spirit this year with an all new winter themed version of the Last Eco map. But the fun doesn’t stop there! There’s also holiday themed camo, a snowman repair drone, and a candy cane wrapped thruster.
Kings and Legends – Advent Calendar – December 3rd – December 31st
Log in every day to receive something new. Just click on the day when you log in. But don’t miss a day! The best is at the end.
Microvolts – Frosty Frollickers – ?
Listen to festive music as you battle toys with your new candy can uzi rifles, Rudolph bazookas, and other Christmas themed weapons. While several characters including Naomi, Pandora, Knox, and others get in the festive mood with costumes.
MU Online – Give and Get Back, Holiday EXP Boost, Santa’s Village – December 18th – January 1st
MU Online is going all out this year with four different festive events taking place! The first is a charity drive which you can read all about further down the list. The in game events include Give and Get Back; Send fellow players in game purchases using WCoins to be entered into a special raffle for EXP packages. A 200% Holiday EXP boost will be in place after the regular maintenance on December 18th. And finally, visit Santa’s Village to get random festive rewards.
Rift – Fae Yule – December 12th – January 1st
The fae are up to their usual tricks, stealing from dragon cults and leaving the gifts under trees for adventurers to find. There are 6 artifact sets to complete. Whitefall Steppes gets a wintery makeover for PvPers, and even raiders are included in the festivities.
Silkroad Online – Freezing Winter – December 10th – January 14th
Get the snowman. Hunt snowmen and collect snowflakes for some awesome rewards. Team up to meet the snowflake goal for the server and everyone gets 50% EXP and skill EXP buffs for one hour. When this is completed White Knights will appear, defeating them means special items. And finally if the knights are defeated 5 times the Winter Princess will appear with more knights. Defeat them for more amazing prizes.
Spiral Knights – Winterfest – December 11th – January 2nd
Grinchlins have vowed to stop Impostoclaus and steal all his presents! Its up to players to defeat the Grinchlins! Find their treasure and collect it or leave it behind to carry on and find more.
Star Trek Online – Q’s Winter Wonderland – December 5th – January 16th
Q’s Winter Wonderland returns again along with all new Q mischief in the form of a Gingerbread colony which is under attack from his legion of animated snowmen. There are prizes to be won, including from a hidden Holiday recipe which when given to the Winter Wonderland Chef unlocks a special mission that rewards players with tasty holiday food and much more.
TERA – Wintera Snowfield – December 17th – January 2nd
Snow means only one thing, snowball fights! Queue up for 10v10 snowball battles in Wintera Snowfield. But you have to be at least level 11 to take part. Collect Wintera tokens to trade with Ambrrr for a variety of winter and holiday themed items.
The Settlers Online – Christmas – December 12th – ?
Player islands have been covered in snow and Santa dropped presents all over them. Gather presents to trade in for special event items. And Santa himself will take players through 8 festive quests.
The West – Holiday Shops – December 19th – ?
The holiday shops will be opening on December 19th this year in The West. Unique sets new and old will be available during this time.
Tribal Wars – Travelling Merchants – Late December
Sometime in late December travelling merchants will arrive in Tribal Wars. They’re looking to trade their valuable goods to players. Players can trade with these new merchants or try to attack the heavily fortified merchant’s posts.
Out of Game Events:
AbleGamers – Holiday Guide for Gamers with Disabilities
The AbleGamers charity have compiled a list of the top games, assistive devices and game systems for the disabled gamer on your shopping list.
MU Online – Give An Extra Life – December 6th – December 27th
Tis the season of giving and MU Online is teaming up with Extra Life to play 25 hours of MU Online for the benefit of Children’s Hospitals around North America. Players are being encouraged to stretch the 25 hours out and raise money for the kids. And of course there are in game rewards for reaching certain fundraising milestones.
Nexon Europe – 1.5 Million Euro Bonus – December 2nd – January 2nd
Nexon Europe is getting in the spirit by giving back to the community with cash and items. Players receive bonus cash based on how much they’ve spent throughout the year. Buying Nexon Cash during the event also results in getting gifts scaled to how much is purchased. And last but not least spend that Nexon Cash to get even more rewards valued between €2 and €50.
Games mentioned in this article
- Grepolis - Grepolis is a 2D browser based strategy MMO set in Ancient Greece. Build your own classical city and raise armies of land, sea, and mythological units!
- Guild Wars 2 - Grab a first look at Guild Wars 2, the successor to Guild Wars, published by NCSoft and developed by ArenaNet.
- Hawken - Take a first look at Hawken, a first-person mech shooter by Adhesive Games.
- Mu Online - Mu Online is a 2D Fantasy MMORPG currently being published by Gamers First. First released as a pay to play title, it was later re-released as free to play.
- Star Trek Online - Star Trek Online, called STO for short, is a 3D sci-fi themed MMORPG based off of the Star Trek franchise by Cryptic Studios. The game has two factions.
- The West - The West is a 2D browser based adventure game set in the American Wild West. Players start as Greenhorns and must work odd jobs to gain skills and cash.
- Tribal Wars - Tribal Wars is a medieval strategy game played right on ryou browser. Start with a single village build it into a powerful city!
- Combat Arms - Combat Arms is a fast paced modern 3D FPS with great graphics. Combat Arms has dozens of maps and various game modes. Earn rank and cash to upgrade your guns.
- MapleStory - Maplestory is a fun 2D side-scrolling fantasy MMORPG with cartoony graphics. The game is certainly one of the most popular free to play MMORPGs out there.
- Vindictus - Vindictus is a fast paced 3D fantasy MMORPG brawler. Based on Celtic mythology, Vindictus allows players to fight through instanced stages hack-and-slash style.
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- Anarchy Online - Anarchy Online is a 3D Sci-Fi MMORPG released as a subscription based game but now available free. There are 4 playable races and 14 classes to chose from.
- Blackshot - Blackshot is a fast paced 3D tactical MMOFPS game published by TwoWar. The game is set somewhere in the year 2033 after an apocalyptic nuclear war.
- Champions Online - Champions Online is a 3D super hero themed MMORPG. Create a hero using the game's character creation system and play through the game's well crafted story arcs.
- DC Universe Online - DC Universe Online is a 3D super hero MMORPG published by Sony Entertainment Online. Battle alongside some of the most famous superheroes and villains from the DC universe.
- Dota 2 - Dota 2 is the acclaimed, stand-alone sequel to the Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III. With furious multiplayer arena action, the goal of each match is to destroy your opposition's stronghold. Getting there will not be easy, however. Players will have to contend with waves of lesser units, as well as other players defending their territory and seeking the destruction of your own. Defeat opponents to earn gold, buy equipment and level up to earn and upgrade your skills for victory!
- Dragon Nest - Dragon Nest is a 3D anime inspired action fantasy MMORPG with fast paced gameplay. The game is being published by Nexon and has great gameplay elements.
- Guns and Robots - Get your gatlings and your spare parts, and build a shooting robot in Guns and Robots, a free to play third person shooter from Masthead Studios.
- Kings and Legends - Collect cards and battle for glory in Kings and Legends, an online trading card game from Just A Game.
- Kings and Legends Global - Kings and Legends Global is an exciting card-based MMORPG that pits players against the forces of evil.
- MicroVolts - MicroVolts is an anime inspired 3D MMO shooter. With unique characters and a third-person view, MicroVolts offers quirky visuals mixed with team based gameplay.
- RIFT - Rift is a 3D fantasy MMORPG. Chose to fight against the coming apocalypse as a member of the Guardians or Defiant faction.
- Silkroad Online - Silkroad Online is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG by JoyMax. Although Silkroad Online has generic grind based gameplay, the PvP / Profession system is innovative.
- Spiral Knights - Spiral Knights is a 3D Action MMO with bright animated graphics. Play cooperatively and clear dozens of stages, each with various monster and puzzles to solve.
- TERA Rising - TERA is a unique action MMORPG that lets you become a legendary hero. Instead of the traditional target and auto-attack featured in most MMOs, TERA requires your own skill in positioning, aiming, and timing your attacks to take down your foes. With seven races and eight classes to choose from, and a variety of skills, you can customize to suit your style, there will always be a variety of ways to conquer your foes!
- The Settlers Online: Castle Empire - Snag a look at The Settlers Online (Castle Empire), an online strategy game published by Ubisoft.