I give up, well I gave up anyway.
Love is in the air was my breaking point, but I have felt similar levels of frustration with other events.
I pity the no-love fool
Events such as this can only be completed and the final achievement gained if you:
- Are desperate and Dateless
- Are married in-game
- You can drop by the PC at the very least every hour on the hour (which ignores the additional 20 minutes each hour required to hit up NPCs)
If you are married in real life (or the equivalent), you are screwed. While in RL this may be a good thing, in-WoW, this is a bad thing.
Time for love
These achievements take time, way to much time.
- You have to be around once per hour to get the big packages.
- You need the time to follow questlines.
- You need the time (and levels) to run instances.
- You need the time to visit multitudes of NPCs.
- You need the time to sit around and mend broken hearts.
I spent 2 nights (well 1.5 before I realized what a waste this was), chasing candy and heartbroken fools before I realized that in the same time I could have gained 2 levels and become exalted with all Alliance factions. My mates were still chasing skirts after 5 nights.
Cruising for a RNG
However there is a good chance after that 1st visit, that the love junk supplied is no more than junk. As useful as an ex on your first date with a new love.
I don’t need more arrows, I need more rose petals. So do me a favor Blizzard, either remove the unnecessary items from the loot list, or at least put modifiers on the item weights so I am more likely to get those last few items I need.
God forbid if you screw up and use any of the items inappropriately, then it’s back to the unforgiving RNG to pray for a refill.
Now this was frustrating enough for me, but I pity my mates that were hanging on for that last lucky drop of candy or fireworks, yet received everything else, hour on hour, day after day.
Let’s have a quicky, a one night stand
Something needs to change. Rather than being an exciting Valentines event for me, this had the potential to be a home wrecker.
My wife was certainly not happily with me spending our Valentines day (and the days before or after) loitering around the PC. I knew it was worthless attempting to convince her to let me log on every hour for 5 minutes because:
- It would be a lie as it would take longer, and,
- Circling the PC is not good for relationships.
My thought is that rather than having an hourly buff, they have a 20 use buff, so theoretically you could grind out the NPC interactions and go get the big package of love once more.
The NPCs and their love approachability should be on a per toon basis, let’s not have players camping NPCs and swooping down on them like mineral nodes to steal them from those fellow players.
Hookers for Valentines
Well if you need to find love somewhere and you are desperate enough, why can’t you buy it?
It’s great that many of the event items were tradeable, but it would have been better if they were AHable. I ended up with a truckload of some items, and very few of the others. I begged and pleaded in /say and /trade, asked my friends etc, but no one came through, so I was screwed.
At that point I was desperate enough to buy a little love on the AH, but unfortunately the moral police were out and I couldn’t procure any love items on the AH, and since I couldn’t find any on street corners, I missed out.
Once in a lifetime love
The frustrating thing about these events is you need to make a decision up front.
- I can and will complete this achievement no matter what the cost, or
- I can’t complete this, or it really isn’t important to me.
You need to make this decision up front, and preferably on the 1st day of the event.
If you don’t, then you will be looking for love for another 12 months, if you ever find it that is.
After wasting a couple of nights on this and sweating a lot in chat, I dragged and dropped all the Love Fool Event items into the space, deleting them forever.
As much as I wanted the achievement (and I did want the achievement), I wasn’t going to chase it at the cost of my real life Valentine.
It appears that Batgirl over at Warcraft and Other HooHa has encountered similar issues with the Lunar Festival.
Gnomer and Out!