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March 2015

The time is almost upon us. Those crazy Mandervilles have been hard at work setting up shop for us on the beautiful coast of Costa del Sol and the doors are set to be open in less than a week. *points to the countdown to the left* For those unfamiliar, the Golden Saucer is going to be a casino/arcade/racetrack hybrid with lots of fun activities to enjoy when you are not busy beheading some Primal or playing dollie dress up with your Miqo'te Some of the many activities to be included are:

  • Triple Triad - A collectable card game
  • Chocobo Racing - A racing/breeding system
  • GATEs - Golden Saucer Active Timed Events (isn't that GSATEs?)
  • Mini-Games - Monster Toss, Crystal Tower Striker, Moogle's Paw
  • Cactpot - A weekly lottery drawing

Watch a video and read up on all the details in the Letter from the Producer.

Does this make Costa del Col the new Vegas? Are we going to start seeing Luisioux impersonators and overpriced hotels with Eorzean themes? We would need a Lalafellin mafia and headliners... a bunch of Tonberries that play music on odd ancient contraptions. We could call them the Green Man Group... people could get hammered and married to members of their PUG at 3AM for 5gil. We would need a red light district... chocobo parking...

It is that time of year again for the ladies to get dolled up in well... even more scantily clad outfits and be woo'd by their prospective woo'er. The whole shindig get's underway starting this February 3rd at midnight and lasts all the way up to February 16th. So get out those boxes of chocolates and sharpen those poem pencils because it is time to start the heart races... hearts racing.. anyway. Speak to Lisette de Valentione in New Gridania in the usual hangouts by the stage and she can help you spread some romance. Looks like this year we are getting barding for our Chocobos so they can feel loved too. Eeeeee! >.>

Full details here.

Only 7 more days left until we see the next big patch hitting. 2.5 brings with it a laundry list of new goodies including several instance upgrades: Wanderer’s Palace HM (Tonberries are so cute), Amdapor Keep HM (Sorry, you said two walls?), and the completely new Keeper of the Lake! (Now THAT’S a dragon)

For those with a penchant for gambling the Mandervilles will be introducing new story and hints toward the initial aspects of their new gold plated luxury hotel and casino nestled on the white sandy beaches of Cosa del Sol… the Golden Saucer! I’m sorry, they had me at the basketball hoop game. Guess we know where drunk night is going to be held from now on. The Golden Dave and Buster’s! Unfortunately, the grand opening isn't until 2.51 in February. :(

I see Square has been copying us. Chocobo racing was our idea! Shhh… that’s our story and we’re sticking to it. I get to be Mario! The Triple Triad collectable card game because seriously, you just aren’t a successful MMO unless you have a collectable card game these days.

Odin finally tosses his helm into the arena with a new Primal battle, Urth’s Font, (How hard can he be? I mean his horse only has four legs Pshshs!) and we finally descend … ascend … enter the final stage of the Crystal Tower, The World of Darkness *queue ominous music*… wait, wasn’t that a cancelled CCP MMO? Ooohh, I hope there are vampires! I love Kate Beckinsale! All and all it looks creepy and spooky and just the sort of place I want to go with 16 other random strangers that want to troll me.

All and all a truck load of new content for a game that already has more stuff than I can fit into my busy schedule, and all for free. Let’s show them some love people. Seven days and counting so let’s get ready and see what happens after the Before the Fall… later. This time stuff gets so confusing.

A big thanks to everyone for the great turn out to this years Holiday Party! Special thanks to Belle and Daisy for all their hard work setting it up and running the show. Congratulations to our big winners of the Ugly Glamor Contest: 1st Place - Leorin, 2nd Place - Rahl, and a special 'In a Pinch' award to Fabricated. Here's to another great year and to many many more wonderful memories in the years to come. A personal thank you to everyone for continuing to make this the only place to be year in and year out.

So I had this wild idea today to rewrite "A Visit from St. Nicholas" with a Sanctum flair. Here is a short excerpt:

Twas the night before that day and all through the city
decorations were hung and made everything pretty.
The Citizens all snug and me in my tower
prepared to lay down at this late winter hour.

You can read the final piece here. So while writing it I began to think about the lore of Sanctum and its ideals and it dawned on me why don't we have holidays? As I wrote the piece an entire mythos emerged as I saw a city draped in lights and the glitter reflecting it back in a million facets. I thought about the power of a single light and voice, each of you, and how the loss of any would dim the whole and leave us lesser for it.

I wanted to propose a new holiday for us Sanctumites, a day for us to focus on the value of our friendships, being part of our family here, and the immeasurable worth that truly embodies. So I present The Symphony of Lights, a time were we all decorate the city in millions of stars and reflective decorations, dress in our finest, and enjoy music and time together remembering how irreplaceable each of you are.

No presents, you are the gift to everyone around you and together our light will shine bright enough that others far and wide might find their way here. We will rise in one voice that all will know the beauty and kindness of our words. What we do here is different and special and you all should be proud. We are who we are because of you. It's time to celebrate that.

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