With December here, LOTRO has updated its new version of the winter festival. New this year is one specific location designed for the festival, rather than using Bree, Thorin’s Gate, and The Shire as backdrops. The festival takes place in Frostbluff, a new area.
Joining the festival and getting to Frostbluff hasn’t specifically changed. Upon logging in once the festival is downloaded and patched, players will receive an email tasking them to see new stable masters in the major town locations. (Bree, Thorin’s etc) Going to these stable masters will shoot you to the new location and give you a few coins to start.
LOTRO has designed new games and quests specifically for the new area and festival, and here is a brief rundown of the new games:
Frostbluff Theatre: This is as it sounds, which is a play depicting Bilbo’s birthday and Gandalf’s antics. Before each play, three players are selected at random from the audience, to play specific parts. Each part has a title associated with it, and the three players will be tasked to perform emotes by message. Depending upon which emote is chosen; the audience which is made up of the players who were not selected will shower you with petals or throw rotten fruit at you. There are three tiers of deeds associated with the throwing of the petals and fruit, which also includes Turbine Points upon completion.
Eating Contest: This is similar to the Inn League initiation quest line. In this game, you will start by eating 5 items from the table, and then move to the next table. As you progress, you will begin to get debuffed, as well as find that it takes longer to eat things at each station. The longer you are able to go, the better the rewards.
Snowball fight: Fairly straightforward and self-explanatory. Once the game starts, players will find snowballs in drifts then throw them at each other. It is best to pick up all the snowballs you need for the quest you selected (easy, hard mode) before you start throwing. Then, target one specific player and unload. Completing each of easy mode and hard mode 5 times unlocks a new deed and title.
Associated Quests: LOTRO has designed repeatable quests (once
per day) that are actually quite enjoyable and quick to complete. There is much going on within Frostbluff that the player is unaware of, and completing these quests not only nets you coins, but more information about what exactly is going on in the area. I strongly suggest players to complete each quest at least once.
This is an excellent winter festival that LOTRO has created and right on the heels of the fall festival as well. I strongly urge everyone to check it out, even briefly.