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World of Warcraft: Celebrating the holidays in style

Andronica and Avandia

In the World of Warcraft, this is the time of year we celebrate the Feast of Winter Veil. Members of the Technologia guild mark this festive time of year in various ways, ranging from dungeon raids to snowball fights. This TechRepublic Photo Gallery reveals some of Technologia's recent revelry.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us in our favorite gaming diversion. This is the time of year many join the World of Warcraft for the first time and Technologia would welcome some new eager members. With no end in sight for the writers strike, it may be your bet entertainment bet for the upcoming long winter months.

Believe it or not, one of these alluring Blood Elves is a grandmother.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

12 comments
Dan Aquinas
Dan Aquinas

Having no involvement of any kind in WoW, I am curious as to *why* there is a celebration of a holiday, especially in a virtual world? Is it truly a "holy day" (the origins of "holiday"), just an excuse to give in to appetites that are otherwise held in check, or perhaps is it done just because that is what other cultures have done in the past and the WoW "culture" is great at being a mimic, or is there another reason?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

The Feast of the Winter Veil has a back story and there are quests that give players a chance to reveal it. In general, it is a celebration of life (even if it is merely a virtual life). From the outside looking in, it is timed to coincide with the common religious and secular holidays taking place in December.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

As for Christmas being a holy day, I don't know what planet you live on, but it hasn't been a holy day for a LOT of years. It's a commercial holiday to sell crap, just like any other holiday to sell crap. Why not celebrate in a virtual world too? What's wrong with it? It mirrors what we celebrate in real life (friends, family, and shwag). Don't make me send Terry Tate to your office....

lisa.schlaf
lisa.schlaf

Why all the attention on WOW. Guild Wars does the same thing, but better. Entire cities were decorated with large candy canes, snowmen, nutcrackers and strung holiday lights were everywhere. Special quests were developed just for the weekend and one could collect candy cane shards to have a weapon, armor, etc crafted with candy cane. Way cooler than WOW.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

That may all be true, but I don't play Guild Wars and TechRepublic does not have a guild in Guild Wars. We do, however, have a guild in World of Warcraft -- Technologia on the Duskwood server.

efitzsimmons
efitzsimmons

I don't play anymore, but in years past the cities were all decorated and there are tons of quests that holiday based and are only available around the holidays.

mikeadams1137
mikeadams1137

Boring at it's best. Played since 04. Multiple 70s. Ick. No fun anymore. However; There is this new game called...Fury..."Age of the Chosen"... 100% free to play, was a $50 MMO...excellent game, MMOPVP...Mortal Kombat style...check it out ^_^

drsmith
drsmith

which server do you play horde on? i'm on Alleria US Alliance and Horde sides.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

We are playing on the Duskwood server - come join us. Just look for: Elkwinkarma Ramekinwalk Bonky Inferious Cervisia Keres Nixa To name but a few guild officers who can join you up.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

Man, I can't wait to get the shweet shoulders ;-)

mjlas01
mjlas01

Managed to get my mage to lvl 50 finally...hopefully in next few weeks can hit 60 and get to outlands.