My proposal for Festival Schedule:
Echoing someone else's sentiments from before about there not being decent breaks between festivals - I've noticed this too. There seems to be a large gap between the Yule and Spring fest, then another between Spring and Summer/Lithe. But then the Autumn one comes round really quickly, and the Yule one very soon after that. They're not really very well balanced throughout the year. And then the Farmer Faire is shoehorned in, making the latter half of the year very festival heavy. How about a bit of randomising on the farmer one like the treasure hunt ones?
Treasure Hunt: February 19-22 (approximately) - President's Day weekend (USA) - 3 days only
Spring Fling: March 16-31 OR start from Spring Equinox - 10 days / 2 weeks MAXIMUM
Anniversary Festival: April 10-25 (approximately) OR reduce to 10 days down from 2 weeks MAXIMUM
Summerfest: June 21-July 6 (approximately) OR start on Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) 2 weeks until end of July 4th (USA Independence Day) weekend. Ideally 2 weeks MAXIMUM.
Farmers' Faire: August 16-31 OR September 20-30 (10 days to 2 weeks MAXIMUM)
Ideally September 20-30 to cover the Fall Equinox (Northern Hemisphere) and a traditional harvest time, but not to get too close to Harvestmath in October. Due to Talk like a Pirate Day on September 19th, the late August time-frame may work better.
Talk Like a Pirate Day: September 19 OR double up with Treasure Hunt for September 17-19.
Harvestmath: October 16-31 OR October 20-November 3 (for those who want to still get spooky a couple of days after Halloween). 2 weeks MAXIMUM.
Winterfest/Yule Festival: December 21-January 6 (16 days MAXIMUM). This will start on Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and end on the last day of Epiphany. This covers Solstice, Yule, Christmas, New Year's, and Epiphany (for those politically correct/concerned about holidays) - as well as spans the typical college winter break.
PLEASE GIVE US AMPLE TIME BETWEEN FESTIVALS so that we will look forward to the next one.
I have spaced these out to allow ALL the typical festivals to run, but they need to be limited - NOT extended. We are getting burned out on yet another moth of festivals/updates (both before and after the festivals), not to mention without any significant amount of new content & prizes (if any) for festivals, they get very boring, and a large portion of the playerbase do not want to participate if we did the same things for the last 3 years (like me). I completely avoided the SummerFest as their was absolutely nothing new but some ugly horses.
PLEASE STOP EXTENDING THE FESTIVALS. This only makes the time between festivals to be shortened, but it feels greatly compressed, so that many are saying "Not again!?" Not another one!?" As is, most people play the Festival quests only in the first few days and first week - the second week is usually dead and any third week extension is a dreary wasteland of festival participation.
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