GridStream's Christmas 2018 Brainstorming thread


As some of you may know, I collect ideas every year at GridStream parties for Halloween and Christmas brainstorming, and it’s time for the Christmas one. I know it’s not even October yet, but that’s how the timing works out. After two weeks collecting ideas, I curate them into a somewhat ordered list, we put them in some semblance of order, and I put a little more detail into our favorites, with reference images where appropriate. Then I send those off to FC roughly two months before the event, which I figure is shortly before they need it. In order to get this list to them about the time they’re done making Halloween, this is how early we have to start thinking Christmassy. Take a little side trip to the Carpathians if it helps.

This is the first year I’ve had the option of also putting that list on an official froob-friendly FunCom forum. I’ll keep the whole list on the GSP forums, but we can discuss new ideas to add to it here, and then I’ll post the results here when they’re done. Also, the GSP list will be both AO and TSW, but I’ll split out the results to the two separate forums here. It seemed to work pretty well last time.

If you’d like to see the full list, the thread is at If you have a GSP forum account you can post your idea there if you want, or just reply here, or come to a show and tell me there.

And yes, you can always just post your own suggestion any time you want, in the Suggestions thread even, but I find that these Brainstorming threads, especially the discussions of them at parties, bring up a lot more ideas and more of them actually get posted in a big pile FC can more easily find. So let’s hear it. What do you want for Christmas, boys and girls?

There are some common sense guidelines, or would be if sense were common, so I’ll mention them just in case:

  1. Don’t infringe anyone else’s Intellectual Property.
    There are Fair Use exceptions for parody and such, and oblique references are fine, but a direct copy of someone else’s IP isn’t going to happen. Grey areas are not worth the trouble of getting lawyers involved.

  2. Items should be social in nature rather than providing a gameplay advantage.
    Minor conveniences and average gear, on par with the items we’ve had in previous years, are fine because that still comes out to a cosmetic difference from what’s normally available. Cache weapons are fine, even if they have some brand new effect, as we can expect FC to keep them roughly in line with all the other cache weapons.

  3. Keep it within the game’s rating and rules.
    Clothing can be pretty skimpy, like the various bikinis and outfits (Snakecharmer) we already have, but remember, only monsters go to “clothing optional” beaches. Ingesting drugs or alcohol, including tobacco, is similarly prohibited. I don’t recall anyone suggesting anything patently offensive in the past, but if even suggesting it would be against he EULA, it’s probably not very Christmassy anyway. Then again… Krampus. So, you know. “Christmassy” is relative. We can leave the grey areas in on this one and let FC make the call.

  4. New ideas are preferred, but I’m not going to ask anyone else to go back over 8 years of lists to check.
    If you want to go to the GSP forums and dig up one or two old TSW or even AO ideas, because they’re still your favorite ideas, go ahead. I’ll probably be doing that myself toward the end, just to remind them. Similarly, please look over this thread before you add to it (just this year’s, not all the past ones), to make sure someone else hasn’t just said the same thing. (Just write your idea down first so you don’t get distracted by all the shinies and forget yours.) If there’s already something similar, adding some details and/or options to it is always good.


I think we can already smoke and drink in this game. I know we could in TSW.


We can smoke smolders and drink assorted soft drinks and poisons. The label is the difference.


Let’s split the difference and give us Malort :skull_and_crossbones:

Also, we can get Ergot based drinks, at least in the Horned God (Ergot is a powerful hallucinogen and a precursor to LSD).


Seriously, though, how about some more of the niche Christmas Traditions from around the world?
Like the Gavle Goat

Goat Burning Competitions would make an absolutely EPIC alternative to our regular PvP.

Or, more comically, something based in Kaidan themed around the Japanese Christmas tradition of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I can see Dante taking the place of the Colonel. In full costume, of course. Something like, Brigadier General Dante’s Country Fried Akab. Now in regular and extra tasty crispy!


We need more flavours of barrel hounds (in regards to what’s in the barrel) and a barrel puppy swarm. Imagine three little puppies frolicing around you while do your fireball stuff to save the world.


That Gavle Goat reminds me of the Beehemoth. Maybe the devs and GMs set them up somewhere in Agartha and we come burn them down. To make it a competition, maybe the ones who do the most damage to it get an extra piece of candy or whatever, but it shouldn’t be pointless for casual and social players to participate.

As for Dante… would that just be a little cosmetic detail? Like the decorations in Agartha? Or is there more to it? Or do we have to investigate to discover whether there’s anything more behind this cosmetic detail? My agents tell me Dante’s taco meat is nothing to be concerned about, but I’m not sure how much I trust those bums, either. If he started selling “chicken” I’m not sure I’d want to investigate it.

@Svella, while a barrel puppy swarm does sound adorable, I suspect the folks who complain about pet lag and pet noise and such would object. I can put it in the list anyway, but I think the “flavors” of barrels are more likely. Of course, if FC were to implement a switch to ignore, as in not even render, other people’s pets, maybe whole litters of puppies would be fine.


Just ran into one more, that would, in fact, fit right in with our current Viking theme:


I’m not sure how exactly this would happen in SWL. Where do you imagine a burning longboat or a procession of torches would work? There’s some undead Norsemen in Kingsmouth… maybe they dredge up the boat they arrived in and we bring the torches? It doesn’t really seem like a very New England celebration, but does Stonehenge have a coastline within range? I can just throw it in the list anyway and see if it sparks some idea, but it would be nice to have some idea how it would work.


Well, Nova Scotia literally means ‘New Scotland’ and it isn’t that far from Solomon Island (the real life Deer Island is often given as the modal for Solomon Island, I believe, although it has been years since I’ve seen the threads with all the photos and specifics), so it would be reasonable for there to be some cultural bleed through:,+Canada/@42.787242,-71.3587819,5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4b591298de18cf45:0x102581ef8cf0940!8m2!3d44.6819866!4d-63.744311,+ME/@44.222001,-68.9868238,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cae83ad5341b319:0x86e980589e582d8c!8m2!3d44.2245068!4d-68.6777805

As you can see, if the Fog were not in the way, we would actually be able to see the coast of Nova Scotia from the docks at Kingsmouth.

Running into a Scottish celebration would not be out of place there, especially with all the Norse mythology around.