If there’s one thing that always bothered me as a World of Warcraft player, it was the eventual feeling of sameness that permeates through the game once you’ve hit max level and done most of the raiding content. You log on every day to do your dailies and keep your fortunes growing, keep the raid group satisfied, and participate in the occasional holiday event for achievements. Or you can just not play the game at all – something Blizzard would rather avoid if they can help it.
Blizzard wants the holiday hype going all year long with micro-holidays, small holiday events based around in-game lore to be added in Patch 7.1.5. These may not be major additions to the game, but it’s the little things that keep things fresh.
Here’s the initial list of Micro-Holiday events from Blizzard, with screenshots from the 7.1.5 PTR. It will likely be added to over time to fill in the gaps in the calendar.
Call of the Scarab January 21-23
To commemorate the first ringing of the Scarab Gong on January 23, 2006, players will be able to relive a portion of the Ahn’Qiraj gate opening by collecting items for turn-in. The winning faction will then be able to claim bragging rights and have their faction flag hang over the gates until the next Call of the Scarab micro-holiday event.
Hatching of the Hippogryphs February 23
Those who head to Feralas will be able to bear witness to the yearly hatching of the hippogryphs. You may even make a little friend for the day.
March of the Tadpoles April 5
Each year, the Winterfin murlocs allow their tadpoles free reign over their village. You can make a difference by adopting your favorite, feeding it, and protecting it from nearby predators.
Un’goro Madness March 17-19
Dinosaurs are running amok in Un’Goro. Help quell the rampage and you’ll be awarded some temporary evolution buffs.
Volunteer Guard Day April 28
Step into the shoes of a guard in the major cities with a /salute and you’ll get to serve and protect the city just like them. Stay vigilant and watch out for any invaders.
Spring Balloon Festival May 10-12
Several of Azeroth’s characters – some of whom you might recognize – are giving tours of Azeroth in their hot air balloons. You’ll enjoy their commentary and interact with other citizens as you take in the scenery.
Glowcap Festival May 27
Head to Sporeggar in Zangarmarsh, collect some rare mushrooms, and help the sporelings heal the great mushroom, Fshoo. You’ll gain a bit of Sporeggar reputation for helping them out.
Thousand Boat Push June 6-8
Thousand Needles is where the biggest bash on boats can be found in Azeroth. It’s a chance to unwind a little, away from the lurking danger of the Burning Legion.
As you can see, the events get noticeably scarce towards the latter part of the year – keep an eye on the calendar, as Blizzard will be adding more World of Warcraft mini-holidays in the coming months.
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