FFXI turns 9 next month, Vana’versary events previewed

Determined not to let a temporary shutdown ruin its anniversary shindig, Final Fantasy XI is going full steam ahead with its 9th Vana’versary, with Square Enix giving us a sneak peek of the contests and giveaways coming our way.

Get Creative… Or Edible

The popular fan art contest returns, and entries can be submitted right now. For inspiration, you can browse through last year’s submissions and the chosen winning entries. Our general advice is to either pump up the graphic details, or go the cute and edible route, like our personal favorite, the adorable Tarutaru-Mithra lunch box (shown above).

Don’t Lose Your Marbles

There’s also the Mog Bonanza raffle to prepare for, which brings hundreds of rare item prizes and millions of FFXI Gil. Marbles should be available for purchase in cities by late May, after the monthly version update.

Mystery Loyalty Gift

The 9th Vana’versary also continues with the Adventurer Appreciation Campaign, a two-week long fan service that sees developers showering players with one-of-a-kind items. This year, it seems to be a fashion collectible, although there’s no word yet on which slot it will occupy.

Ask and You Shall Know!

Square Enix also brings back the Census, which collects data across realms and provides helpful factoids for curious adventurers. The results of the Census are planned to be released in mid-June, making it a grand finale of sorts to the anniversary event.

You may have noticed that there’s been no mention of an Anniversary Ring, which contains limited use charges for an XP gain buff. Confidence is high that it was just a slight omission, given that the Anniversary Ring has always been part of the freebies offered at this time of the year. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it – till then, get cracking on those art projects!