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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!

Read on!

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WoW Harvest Festival Begins

Harvest Festival has begun and will last from September 6th until the 13th. Don’t confuse this with the Pilgrim’s Bounty, there aren’t any achievements associated with this event so you don’t have to scurry to get anything done in a week.

There’s only one short quest chain associated with this event (for Horde, for Alliance). Basically you’re sent on a quest to offer gifts in tribute to the memory of a fallen hero of your faction. You will be mailed an item that allows you to conjure 4 pieces of food every 12 hours after completing this quest. Not completely useless, but something that can definitely be done without. The only other thing to be had is the fireworks vendor.

Brewfest will be coming up at the end of this month as well, with more achievements and novelty items to be had!

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WoW’s Population Decline

The Elders guild here at JOB have experienced themselves some of the decline of WoW and several have quit playing due to the repetitiveness, lack of challenge, boring grind, and any other excuse we can come up with including myself. I’ve started playing again but am doing it at my pace and doing only what I feel like doing and not what I’m obligated to do for the sake of my guildmates, in-game friends, etc. Selfish? Maybe, but I’ve enjoyed the game for years and am looking for some kind of reason to stay around.

I found an article today at Gamasutra that outlines a lot of the decline that WoW has faced in the recent year or two and especially post-Cataclysm expansion. I found the article through a link in another article on WoWhead where the lead game designer Tom Chilton said “If you look at, if you look at the way the population breaks down, we’re at a point in our history where there are more people that played World of Warcraft but no longer play World of Warcraft than currently play World of Warcraft”. That’s a pretty loud statement and was somewhat tucked away in the interview between upcoming 4.3 content and the future of WoW.

The Gamasutra article states that in the months immediately following the last expansion that the game has lost almost 1 million players, dropping to 11.1 million subscribers from a peak of 12 million in 2010. Greg Street, lead systems designer at Blizzard, states in the interview that “The quests flow better, there’s not so much traveling all the way across the world, the rewards are just a little better.” While we agree with his statement, what’s causing this decline?

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