Here’s the SWL portion of the final list of Christmas ideas I just sent in. The full list is at http://forums.gridstream.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=29712&p=235223#p235223
To whichever elves, space-elves, fae, notum miners, and/or code monkeys may be tasked with Christmas content for Secret World Legends,
Here’s GSP’s annual brainstorming contribution of Christmas ideas. Ideas were collected over three weeks of GSP parties, plus a few from the forums and some set aside since last year. GSP DJs, Dancers, and staff helped put them in order so I could fill in extra details on our favorites, but the whole list is here. One difference this year is I tried to limit the repeats instead of asking for the same things we ask for every year. We still want that stuff too, but I’m sure you still have the old lists, so just consider this an addition, rather than an update.
- [both] Scrooge as a boss in a new Christmas Carol mission
Apparently that’s legal. “A Christmas Carol” is so old it’s public domain. So there could be a mission with ghosts of past, present, and future, and even NPCs named Marley and Tiny Tim and a boss named Scrooge, and it would be fine.
Maybe all the spooky stories about some misanthrope stealing, commercializing, or otherwise ruining Christmas are on the verge of congealing into a new occult disaster that would let so many Krampus through that they’d overrun The Common Sense World and take all of Christmas to Hel. To save Christmas, the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future have to be confronted in their own times, with some good old Agartha Time Travel. Or in Transylvania, New England, and Tokyo, which is pretty much the same thing.
Maybe the reward includes a ghostly glamour that makes you translucent, like the spirit of St. Nicholas, but doesn’t change your outfit, just your alpha. Or Marley’s chains wrap around you and rattle as you move. Or a little boy on crutches follows you around, dragging a huge Christmas turkey on a sled and occasionally calling out, “Gaia bless us, every one!” But not so often that you can’t hear yourself think when there’s three in a room.
- [both] rolling pet snowman
Give the bottom snowball the rolling animation from a rollerrat and the top two just lean forward, so it moves like BB-8. I’m sure it’s more complicated to implement than to describe, but it would be really cool if you could make it work.
Bonus points if it comes in creepy and cute variations.
- [both] A new mission or activity that encourages some cooperation
Something like Adrienne’s “You’ve Got Heart” Valentine heart lantern quest or properly summoning Hel that involves cooperation with other players, but with new rewards to actually encourage us to make the effort. Maybe something like cooperative snowman construction, for example. Why are AO’s snowman parts NoDrop anyway? Who builds snowmen all by themselves?
- [both] glowing red nose
I know there’s a clown nose in SWL already, but it doesn’t glow. Something just like that, but glowing bright enough to cut through fog, and yet not so bright it blinds the wearer, might be tricky. Or magical. Probably both.
- [both] a fairy godmother wand
The kind with a big shiny star on the end, that you can equip to wave around and click to cast random sparkles. The kind of thing anyone who ever wore rainbow fishnets, a fluorescent tutu, and a glow in the dark bikini to a rave always wanted, but less pharmaceutical-powered. And yes, once we had the wand, we’d probably ask for that outfit next. At least, I would.
- [both] AO’s Play Costume - Sixth Edition, Christmas version
That’s the sexy school uniform one, but in Christmassy red with white trim and a ribbon bow instead of the neck tie. Maybe some holly details, like holly on the back of the stockings.
- [both] Hawaiian Christmas (tourist edition)
A variation of the hula outfit, but with a silver tinsel garland instead of a green lei, and a little microskirt made of holly, tied on with a mistletoe vine. In AO, that’s the miniskirt/skorts type. The legs mesh, not the skirt mesh. If you have to put a green thong under it for censorship, that would be acceptable.
- [both] Virgin killer minidress, knit grey with silver threads
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky2Buy-Sleeveless-Cosplay-Turtle-neck-Pullover/dp/B074HZBW1T
But a slightly looser knit so you can /almost/ peek through it, but still not actually see anything, and the silver threads give it a little bit of sparkle.
- [both] Christmas eve nightwear, just slightly naughty
A red satin babydoll nightie, maybe something like this:
… with thigh-high stockings, white panties, and green hollybough belt. Maybe a little mistletoe detail on the front of the waistband, instead of the typical bow. That’s pretty skimpy though, if you can see the bow with an opaque nightie that doesn’t /actually/ ride up or flutter, so maybe it’s just a bit more than slightly naughty.
Or how about something more like this:
So it goes a little lower in back, but ties in front and doesn’t fully close. It only almost closes where it’s tied at the waist with a holly-colored silk rope belt with little leaves. Or maybe it doesn’t go lower in the back so it’s a separate chest item and the lacy white panties and ruffle-topped wide fishnet thigh-highs are a separate leg item.
Okay, it’s not slightly naughty, it’s slight and naughty, but that’s just a different kind of good, right?
- [both] mistletoe bikini bottom
Either a Christmas bikini like the one AO already has, just with a mistletoe design on it, or one that looks like just some leaves and vines of mistletoe and holly. Like AO’s “Leaves” outfits, but just the bikini part, not all the way down the legs or up the abdomen.
And a matching thong made from one holly leaf, two fir cones, and a ribbon for the menfolk.
- [SWL] weapon skins that look like toys
- pistols full of blinking lights and sparklers
- an off-brand Frisbee-like flying disc for a chaos focus
- garishly colored rounded plastic swords with a silly amount of plastic jewelery on the hilt
- Carethulhu’s pop-up book of greater demons
- super soaker shotgun
- a giant hollow candy cane full of other candy that swings like a hammer and breaks like a pinata
- a handful of regular candy canes between your fingers for a fist weapon
- classic Red Ryder BB Rifle, not guaranteed to shoot someone’s eye out
- knotted up bundle of Christmas lights that glow with elemenatlism magic only when they’re not plugged in
- [both] Christmas cards like the Valentines
Just make sure there’s some solution to how much space they take up. Maybe you could treat collectable holiday items like mission items, but still tradable? They have to have no inventory cost so things that were supposed to be gifts aren’t a burden instead, like that horrendous blouse your sweet old aunt bought you at from a local independent artist. Or make a card box or folder or something that only takes one inventory slot and it holds any number of cards, but then we can take them out to trade them? Hopefully however you solve it, it’ll apply to the Valentine’s Day cards too.
- [both] iridescent rainbow taffeta and opal bead steel boned corsets
- [both] starbrite mint bikini with candy cane stockings
This is an old favorite that keeps getting requested every year. I tried to minimize the repeats in this list, but this one’s kind of a tradition. I even drew my own examples twice because I couldn’t find any reference images close enough to what was suggested.
But with better shoes. I never did get around to fixing the shoes on those.
- [SWL] Australian Christmas
- Christmas bikinis like AO
- Plastic stumps (three upright posts), plastic cricket bat (hammer skin) and a tennis ball
- [both] tiny pets
- a little mousie in a nightgown and cap, stirring a cup of tea
- a mouse-size antleet (in the Scrooge mission, found next to a stapler)
- [both] a shoort [sic] red and white skirt with a matching bikini top
[both] a little black skullcap hat with a model yalm on top - a Yalmica
[both] unicorn/silvertail with red and white stripes and a candy cane colored horn (normal horn shape)
[both] Christmas lights with more colors, particularly purples and pinks
[both] make the cookie frosting wearable
[SWL] A minigame where you deliver construction paper to random children in the Tokyo slums.
- You choose either to give a red piece or blue piece to protect them from the appropriate Namahage.
- Getting a certain amount correct nets you the Morninglight Santa outfit (#60 on this list).
- And if you’re a Dragon, rather than construction paper, it’s toilet paper (no kidding, the Korean ‘namahage’ sits in bathroom stalls to scare children).
- [both] flannel pajamas
- green and red plaid
- red and white check
- blue too, but please don’t make them faction-exclusive
[both] photo-op cutout Christmas scenes with holes so you can stand behind them and take a selfie
[both] Green Spanx with red handprints
[both] new backpacks
- holly leaf
- snowman’s head
- Xmas tree
- wrapped gift
- [both] Oversized sunglasses with holiday bling
- [both] marching baton, possibly spinning in your hand when clicked, red and white spiral like the candy cane, but straight and narrow, and a gold and purple marching band uniform to go with it
- [both] Snowball Grenade launcher
- like an OT-12 (from AO) with a candy cane skin that fires the social snowballs on clicking, like Adrienne’s bow does
- [SWL] a pet snowman who wakes up and throws snowballs at the Orochi drone pets to make them stop zapping the poor kitties
- [both] red and white color swap of the Oscura outfit, with some green details, like a holly brooch or a thin vine of mistletoe for a belt
- [both] a proper blouse and some nice slacks
- not the awful one your fashion-blind but well-meaning free-trade shopping local-artist supporting aunt picked out, bless her heart
- [both] a variation of the Phasefront Sleigh nano pulled by a team of antleets wearing jetpacks
- SWL version: mini-sleigh pulled by running antleets
[both] Informer Snowman toy that says random things when you poke it, like mixes of Lovecraft and Snow: “Informer! Cthulhu R’lyeh fhtagn, tekeli boom boom down!”
[both] pet lump of coal shem/heckler
- [both] a hippopotamus
[both] lump of coal outfits
[both] a VR gaming rig with a simulation speed setting so you can get in a full week of gaming after work every night
- [both] wassail
- [both] Rupert the Red-Nosed Swiftwind and/or Randolph the Bright-Horned Silvertail
- [both] eggnog that gives a red and/or green sparkle effect
- [both] spray can of scent deletion nanos, or canned Christmas hearth smell, the smell of chestnuts roasting on a pine fire in a stove made of peppermint sticks
- [both] Morninglight St Nicholas outfit
- the same outfit the ghost wears at the end of The Christmas Conspiracy, but opaque and in the Morninglight white & gold colour scheme, instead of translucent red and white, and maybe with a matching mitre
[SWL] make stacks of Krampus rockets into a big Krampus “treat”, like a boom and a large stinky cloud
[SWL] yule log and fruitcake weapon skins
[both] translucent pastel colored pet hecklers/shems - rock candy
[both] chocolate toffee
- [both] giant gift box that a character can burst out of, for screen-cap photos
[SWL] hockey stick hammer skin
[SWL] snowball gadget that animates like the snowball social emote, but inflicts a knockdown, confuse, or stun like a normal gadget
[both] A dead pine tree strung with blinking UV LEDs and burgundy tinsel the color of dried blood and black lace garland
[both] hot chocolate that buffs cold AC and chocolate craving resistance
- maybe +2 Stamina even, like an extruder bar
[both] a pet wooden cuckoo bird that escaped from a very large and slightly magical clock
[both] a Bing Crosby mask and suit
[both] white leet with red spots in a dalmation pattern
[both] Slow Djinn Fizz
- a carbonated drink made by intellectually challenged elemental spirits, so viscous that the bubbles take a full minute to rise to the top and pop
- [both] a tangled bunch of old school Christmas lights, like the fist-sized frosted bulbs and tear-shaped ornaments and boiling bubble lights, all too tangled to get on a tree, so they’re held up in a big roughly tree-shaped tangle by a hovering drone, like the AO balloons pet inverted
Thanks again for reading and letting us participate in the making of festivities, and thanks for continuing to bring more festivities to our favorite worlds. I hope you found something useful, interesting, or at least amusing here and we’re all looking forward to seeing whatever the holidays bring!