Crystal cove, festivult, whatever you call the stupid halloween one, they all just screw up the game. 2 weeks of no groups except for farming twinking loot; because the game isn't easy-mode enough these days that I need special gear every 4 levels while TR'ing, apparently.
Now, I understand that some people, for whatever reason, like these events. Fine. Keep them. But can the rest of us, for the love of Gygax, have a server where this nonsense doesn't happen?
There is an extent to which suspension of disbelief is a necessary element to a game like this, and these vignettes are like a slapstick routine in the middle of a movie about the holocaust; it destroys the mood.
Elminster is a hammy little *****, too, but at least he only talks to you in a couple of quests.