Lots of people missed out on getting the dragon helm from the ‘Big Boom in the Big City’ achievement over the weekend, myself included. While I have mixed feelings about temporary content in general, I feel that this particular achievement/reward was poorly executed and has left many people unable to obtain this great looking helm for no real reason other than not being able to log in on three arbitrarily selected dates.
ArenaNet in the past has mentioned that they can never please everyone when it comes to “one time” events in-game and there will always be people who miss out. I can understand this fully when it comes to things like the Karka event – it wouldn’t make sense to repeatedly run a world-impacting event.
However, in this case, it’s a festival-themed cosmetic item and “pleasing everyone” would be very easy – simply make the achievement obtainable for the rest of the event. Have the finale fireworks display happen every night – it wouldn’t be any less of a finale than having it happen in the middle of the event, as it did, but then still have the hologram and fireworks around the city afterwards.
Of course, this is the internet, and people will doubtlessly jump in and act like somehow having real life commitments means you don’t “deserve” the achievement and reward. My personal opinion is that in this case, it’s simply exclusivity for the sake of exclusivity. There was no skill, effort or even a grind involved. You didn’t earn your achievement and helm by not being busy that weekend. You were given it. Hell, lots of people got it before the finale even happened because of bugs and were allowed to keep them. Many people also got them just by being in LA without even planning for it.
Then there are other factors, like the fact that there was no in-game timer, no mail indicating when it would happen (correct me if I’m wrong on that one, but I couldn’t see any in my mailbox), the official wiki showed the incorrect dates, and as I mentioned – a lot of people got the achievement and helm due to a bug long before the finale, yet were allowed to keep it.
Anyway, ArenaNet – please consider making this achievement obtainable again. There is no reason not to. It not an epic or exciting form of exclusivity – it’s more a case of “I wasn’t busy IRL, so I got this helm” or “I benefited from a bug” or “I was just standing in LA and suddenly got an achievement and helm for doing nothing”. Let’s keep it fair – maybe you also afk’d in LA for a couple of hours to get it.
Please see the following posts from people who missed the event and would no doubt be overjoyed if the event would repeat before Dragon Bash ends: