Fun Guild Events 1: Scavenger Hunt

January 19th, 2009

This one requires quite a bit of preparation, generally.  The idea is to come up with a list of items you want your participants to locate throughout the world, and see who can bring them back fastest.  It’s up to you whether you want to involve any roleplaying, it can be neat to have a reason why they are looking for these items.

I would recommend using grey items, since they will be much less likely to be able to just hit the Auction House and buy them.  Wowhead is a great resource, you can search through the junk items and pick out anything you find interesting.

If not all your participants are above level 70 or 77, you may want to restrict your search to Azeroth only, so flying mounts aren’t an issue.

Try to include multiple areas in your hunt, so people have to try to figure out the best way to get around.  Both continents, and possibly a required order will get people running around quite a bit.

Be sure to test run your hunt in advance.  Wowhead can be wrong about drop rates, and you want to make sure it’s possible to finish without taking forever.  This will also give you an estimate in time, so people can know how long to expect to be involved.

Example:  Unemployed’s Feast for Thrall

Pilsner and I ran this as our first major guild event.  I wrote up a story, we had NPC-ish characters, a script and everything.  It started with an in-game mail to all guild members, a job posting from Thrall’s HR Department, looking for lackeys to help set up for a Feast to celebrate Thrall’s glorious reign as Warchief.

At the start of the contest, everyone conflates at the front gates of Orgrimmar and get a letter listing necessities required for the Feast, and hints as to where they could be found throughout Azeroth.  They were asked to bring them to a Troll in Ratchet when finished.

When they brought all required items to the Troll (played by me), they would be sent to the Chef, located in the Apothecarium of the Undercity.  He asked them to visit all of the Horde leaders (Cairne, Sylvanas, Lor’themar) and then return with proof that they’d been visited.  (Proof was writing down the first line of text the leader says when you talk to them).  After this, it was a straight race back to the first “NPC”.

It went pretty smoothly, and I was pretty happy with it.  All the scripts had been macro’d, so we could do things easier.

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One comment to “Fun Guild Events 1: Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Great write up on this event idea. During the summer I organized a large guild event and one of the activities was a scavenger hunt. I set it up a bit differently, but the “NPCs” would have been an excellent addition!

    My husband and I scoured wowhead for items that could only be bought by a few vendors and tried to avoid items that were drops only. It was interesting a fun!

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