Halloween in Galaxy of Magic! | October 2022 Festivities

Halloween in Galaxy of Magic! | October 2022

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Howdy, SBS gamers, and Happy Halloween!

With Halloween just around the corner, we're ringing in this exciting holiday by bringing the spooks, special events, and exclusive limited-time items! Additionally, Halloween night is the official birthday of SBS, meaning that we will soon be reaching our 7th-year anniversary milestone. As for what you can expect to see from today up until around a few days after Halloween, you will notice a Halloween-themed loading screen as you load into the server, and that the map has been decorated and filled with Halloween spirit. The night version of the 'Forgotten School' map will also be the default map during this time, which if you haven't had a chance to see yet, more information will be provided later in this announcement. But to first be completely clear; this map is not the Starbright map that's currently in the works that was mentioned in previous announcements. Moving on, you will find that you can now play as a skeleton under any dorm scholar job during this time. All V.I.P. dorm jobs even get their own special 'Zack Halloween' variant that can be chosen. We'll be bringing back the fearsome pumpkin boss battles from previous years, with collectible candy that can be spent to buy temporary items and perks. You will also be able to obtain two limited-time items for this year's Halloween events, one being the first obtainable magic staff on the server, known as the 'Staff of the Dead', and a spell simply called 'Jack-o'-lantern'. These items will only be obtainable during this time and there's a chance they may never return, so don't miss out!

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As usual, we will be conducting an SBS holiday event during the month of October known as the Halloween 2022 Event. From today until a few days after after Halloween, an additional random global class has been added to the class system. This will trigger the Halloween event. An Oogie Boogie NPC will randomly spawn in a hidden position on the map, as pictured below.

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Once you discover the location of Oogie Boogie, he will supply you with the limited-time magic staff known as "Staff of the Dead". This staff will only be available to obtain during this time and unlikely available to be collected ever again, so be sure to hop on and get it while you can!

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Halloween 2022 Event Pt. 2

Not only will you be able to snag a limited-time staff, but this holiday event will also allow you to obtain a limited-time spell as well, known as "Jack-o'-lantern", showcased below. This spell turns your target's head into a spooky Jack-o'-lantern!

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This spell will only be available to collect for 24 hours from midnight on Halloween night (Oct 31st, 12 AM CST) until midnight on the first of November (November 1st, 12 AM CST). Jack Skellington will be placed on a random static location on the map for the entire day of Halloween, where you will be able to collect the Jack-o'-lantern spell.

Halloween 2022 Event Pt. 3

Pumpkin hunting, candy stealing ghosts, pumpkin bosses, oh my!

Throughout the course of this entire month alongside the other two parts of this event, and at random positions on the map at random times, you'll stumble across destructible pumpkins. You can break open these pumpkins which will supply you with candy. This candy can be collected and used to buy temporary items and buffs from Señor Calabaza in the mid-courtyard at Forgotten School. Though the items and buffs are only temporary, the candy you collect will remain stored on the player until the event concludes at the end of the month. A scoreboard can be found in the mid-courtyard as well near Señor Calabaza which will display the leaders who find and destroy the most pumpkins! In addition, you'll find that pumpkin bosses will spawn at several fixed positions on the map at random times. These bosses are quite tough and will require a solid team of various combat orients to defeat, as even a large group of spells sometimes won't be enough to finish the job. These bosses and their minions also drop large quantities of candy. Finally, keep an eye out for those spooky, pesky ghosts! They're out to get your candy!

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This system involving the destructible pumpkins, candy, ghosts, and pumpkin bosses is quite extensive. There are a lot of configurable options, so fine-tuning it will be something that we do over the course of time. If you have any suggestions for this system as far as boss spawn points, boss health pools, candy amounts, shop redeemables, etc, feel free to drop them off in the Galaxy of Magic server suggestions section of the forums. For now, this is intended to simply only be something a little extra to do during this event, as well as a multi-part trial and test run of the system itself. Hopefully, if things work in our favor, we can reuse this system in the future in a more valuable manner and be sure the incentive of the system is more worthwhile. Nonetheless, enjoy it while it's here! It's worth mentioning that this system was used last year, however, all the changes, tweaks, values, etc, that we made to the system were lost. We are hoping to refine the system again similarly to the suggestions that were given last year, that way we can properly save them for any future events.

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Here's a quick peek of what you can expect to see as far as decorations go for this Halloween event.

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Final Details
  • Halloween day will likely consist of similar activities to previous years, where the entire day will be considered 'Fail RP' day, and several OOC events will occur. Some of the basic RP rules will be temporarily disregarded for that day, so it could be a bit more chaotic than normal on the server.

  • October is an action-packed month for SBS due to holidays and our very own birthday, amongst other things. We're excited to once again be conducting all of our end of October festivities, events, and celebrations.

  • There is another fairly large update coming to the server soon that will make up for a lot of the unique character and creature models and jobs that we lost due to the transition, and this same update will also include a ton of new stuff as well. We can't wait to share more with you guys and will do so as soon as we possibly can!

The Starbright map mentioned in previous announcements is still in the works and is making great progress. Our goal is to make this map better than any map we've had previously, so a lot of time and care is going into the design. We also have big plans to run some large ad campaigns for the server whenever the map is finished, as it will be far more worth our resources and effort when the new custom map is actually on the server. First impressions are important, and we don't really currently have a map that fits all the server's needs to operate as it did previously in the first place. A good map is vital to any server's success and longevity. We will, however, get back to that point soon enough. Until then, we will be running several small ad campaigns periodically to tighten up the ad settings so we're ready for the big campaigns. If you'd like a little more insight into the map's design process, you can catch this video that gives a look into the early stages of development.

We've added a few new maps to the server since the last announcement, including a day and night version of a map called 'Forgotten School'. For those of you who played before the transition, you will recognize this map as a "stripped-down" version of our previous home map. We will maintain the night version of this map as the main map for the month of October while we conduct these events. A new temporary main home map will be decided via a poll in a coming announcement by our Staff Manager while we continue to wait for Starbright. Keep your eyes peeled on the forums for that.

Finally, as aforementioned, SBS's 7th Birthday and Anniversary is Halloween night. We have a lot planned to celebrate this milestone, including an entire week of celebration featuring lots of events, an absolute ton of giveaways, and more, just like every year before. More information will be shared and announced regarding that soon. Until then, come experience and see what the spooks in the Galaxy of Magic are all about!

Star by Star;
- The Guy

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