It’s not very often some little item pops up that I think I have to have in the game. A pet or a mount perhaps. But they’re far and few between. But a toy? No, I just take those as I stumble upon them. That was the case until yesterday when Tome talked about the new Darkmoon Faire daily. I was instantly in love.
So off I went. At first I couldn’t even find the bloody goblin…because I didn’t realize it was a daily. Smooth on my part. A short time later I had success. Liouxpold got the Ringmaster achievement and so I stopped, brainfarting on what needed to be done to get the toy. 50, not 25. So then I tried Tum. Completely the daily, not even close to the achievement and didn’t feel like buying tokens with him. Instead, I hopped over to Hartley, who the game apparently loves.
She picked up Lil’Bling, the Magic Broom, and the Pumpkin Bag in the span of a week. In-game time it was probably an hour. I don’t know what it is, but I have decent luck with her and the RNG. So I figured if anyone was going to do it, it should be her. The first run I came out of the gate flying, no pun intended. I made it to 42. And then I got 3. I had a few runs where I thought I caught the ring and it sure looked like I did…but the buff still wore off so I was out of luck. I got fed up and even posted on Tome’s page that I didn’t have the patience to try and knock this off in the few remaining hours of the faire. But I’m also a Taurus and decided that since I had bought the bag of coins, I would try my best. So I devised an alternate route this time. On the first crack, I got to 30-something and ended up at a dead end, but I realized it was because I grabbed an important ring at a time where I didn’t really need to. Sure, enough, the next run was successful.
I have to admit, a Skeleton with blazing wings and a flaming skull for a shield looks pretty slick. Oddly enough, this spot isn’t far from where you start and for what it is worth my initial strategy was to go right in front of me (which would be to the left in this shot), swing out along the water and curl in the south end. What ended up working for me was going the other way, towards the tent you see there, hitting the rings around the fortune teller and turtle toss area before going into the woods, then shooting across the main entrance and out along the water.
Once you get a feel for the layout of the rings, I don’t think it’s a difficult achievement. It’s just making sure you don’t accidentally miss a ring in the one instance where you have very little time between them. I found what made the effort most frustrating was when you landed on the ground as far as possible from the quest giver. But isn’t that always how it goes?