Are there rewards or loot drops that can only be gained when an event is new, not when you're going back and playing it on the timeline? I've looked at the pages of the DF Encyclopedia for some of the old events from Book 1, and it seems like a lot of them have rewards that are crossed out because those rewards are no longer in play for the "archived" version of the quest. If I'm misunderstanding how that works, then I guess you're right that it isn't important to play the current mission. But if there are things you can only get by playing it when it's fresh, then it doesn't seem fair that those rewards are only available to people who have been playing since January 2019 (or people who do an insane amount of catching up very quickly).
I think you have misunderstand how DragonFable operates. It's not similar to AQW, AQ or other free-to-play MOBA.
DF doesn't have events in the same way that many f2p games have. It's story-based game that moves forward like any other single-player game that is story-focused (aka after you have finished one quest, you move to the next one). So we don't have an event going on right now, the newest release is part of the Proclamation Story arc. Which means it is accessible to all players whenever they have progressed enough in the story.
The only events we have are Wars. And those drop Defender's Medals (that you can use to get new gear) and they are the only reward that goes away after the War event has ended. And nowadays the wars are part of the main story and are accessible after you get there. If the War is ongoing currently, you can join in to farm Defender's Medals, no matter if you have progressed enough in the story.
Even if I talk about story, there are currently many story arcs going on. The newest release is part of the main story, End of Magic and the War that just ended was part of the Maleurous storyline.
Some rewards have been locked away (aka are RARE), that were part of the wars. But dev team has had a lot of changes during these 15 years of DF and that isn't the custom anymore and hasn't been in years. So need to worry you would miss on any rewards by not getting to jump to the newest quest. It will still have the same rewards accessible when you will get there. So if you see that some rewards aren't available anymore from some old Book 1 quest, no need to worry. DF was different game 10+ years ago.
Like Laelon said, DC items and seasonal items are not available all the time, but they rarely become RARE (aka completely unaccessible).
(although it's not really that much different from someone tuning in to whatever episode of a TV show is currently airing instead of starting from the beginning, especially if they want to discuss the events of the story with other people)
I mean yeah, but isn't it hard to discuss the events of the story if you have no idea who those people are, where they are, what they are doing, what their backstory and current motivation is? Even if you see Galanoth in the preview, he is the only Book 1 -era character in the newest quest.
There are plenty of other online games with progressive storylines that still let new players jump into the current event even if they're not up to speed on what's going on, so they can have a chance at getting some of the rewards.
I mean yeah, but that was one of DF's biggest criticisms. Because you could jump to the story anytime without doing previous story arcs, it became really messy and hard to keep track when everything happened. With the additions of Timelines and streamlining the story to be more cohesive, it helps a lot for the player to understand what's going on when you need to do the quests in specific order. And since the rewards stay in the quest, there is practically no reason for player to play the newest quest.
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