Heck, in the last week of FFXI before they close the servers, they should just go nuts. Have people randomly get changed into other people's characters every 15 minutes or something. Drop a horde of beastmen on the Jeuno AH. Something like that.
that would be awesome. but i fear for the backlash; WoW had a weeklong Zombie Apocalypse event leading up to the release of their second expansion, and it was either the best thing since sliced bread or the spawn of satan himself depending on who you talked too.
basically, a person could become "infected" with a plague and if the plague ran its course (or you died) it would turn you into a zombie. a slow-moving, shambling zombie that couldnt communicate with anyone besides other zombies. if you, as a zombie, attacked another non-zombie, you gained life and infected that person. each subsequent attack done by a zombie onto that target would lower the duration of the plague until it eventually hit 0, turning them into a zombie.
by the end of the event, chaos reigned. entire cities could be wiped out, thanks to the large npc army of zombie a single pc could create. the zombie-only communication turned out to work cross-faction, meaning the opposing factions of horde and alliance could finally communicate in game (but only as a zombie). nothing was quite as fun as seeing a multi-faction group of zombies raid a capital city in an attempt to turn everyone into a zombie. zombie-hunting groups with the express desire of killing all zombies were often formed, some for the "zombie apocalypse survivor" feel, while most others did it because they saw the zombie invasion as an interruption of the "real" aspects of the game. that is to say, it kept people from doing pvp, or arena, or whatever.
the amount of complaining on the boards was epic beyond belief, and i doubt blizzard will implement a world-wide event like that again. which is a damned shame, because it really was quite fun for all but an incredibly vocal minority.
which is why i doubt SE will do it :(. but oh man if they did....
The thing about me is that apparently it's very hard to tell when I'm drunk. So I feel like I'm walking sideways on a UFO and everyone else sees me doing the robot like a pro.
i have bathed in the blood of many. my life was spent well.
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