To celebrate the 4th of July, Guild Wars players experienced the 3rd annual Dragon Festival. Players could earn victory tokens by completing special quests or by participating in a variety mini games. The tokens could be traded in for either a seriously weird looking 'Grasping Mask' or some party items. I opted for the party items, as they helped to further my party animal title track.
In traversing between mini games, I stumbled across a game played in the Shing Jea Monastery, where you had to run around and collect Celestial Charges and return them to NPCs. I usually don't participate in these kind of things, as it chews up valuable PvP time, but I was in a good mood. As a reward for my skillful charge running (lol), I received a bunch of Boardwalk Prizes, which supplied me with an easy 2 platinum. I was pleased :) Here is a pic of my monk running a Celestial Charge, right before it exploded:
The coolest part of the Dragon Festival was by far the Rollerbeetle racing. This mini game strangely resembles Super Mario Kart, but with colorful rolling beetles in place of karts and RPG skills in place of turtle shells and mushrooms. The game is largely based on skill, however if you're lucky enough to pick up a Super Rollerbeetle, you can gain a significant advantage over your opponents, especially if you Echo it.
By playing the Rollerbeetle racing I managed to increase my Gamer Title by 700 or so points. Unfortunately the time ran out and the festival ended with me a mere 32 points short of the 'Skillz' title. I justly provided a rather loud "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOES!!!!", promptly followed by: "BRING BACK THE BEETLES!!!". This raised raised an eyebrow or two from my girlfriend.
Although this is the third time I've experienced the dragon festival, I must say that this time was definitely the most fun. It will be a while before I see the roller beetles again, so I might have to dig up the old SNES and sate my addiction with some Super Mario Kart. Good times...