Christmas Comes to Stronghold Kingdoms, Millions of In-Game Items to be Won

London , UK12 th December, 2012 – Firefly Studios has just released a Winter Update for its popular Castle MMO Stronghold Kingdoms. The update adds three new features to the game in the form of snow, the new Vacation Mode and an in-game advent calendar with millions of prizes to be won.

Vacation Mode has been requested by Kingdoms players in the past and it is now finally here. This new mode allows players to set their Kingdoms account to “Vacation Mode” for a specific period of time, protecting their villages and castles from attack for a maximum of 15 days. During this time your villages are essentially locked up, no player or enemy AI can attack and your account becomes inaccessible across all game worlds until this period of Vacation Mode expires.

After logging in players will find that winter has come to Stronghold Kingdoms. A blanket of snow has been thrown over the world map, with areas of heavy snow, festive trees and animated snowfall making their debut.

Later today players will gain access to the 2012 Stronghold Kingdoms Christmas Giveaway. As an early present to the Kingdoms community, which is now more than two years old, Firefly Studios will be giving away Card Packs and Premium Tokens, with a guaranteed prize on Christmas Day. To win players will need to login and open a door on the Kingdoms advent calendar. The competition is open to anyone with a Kingdoms account and new prizes will be available every day. Players are allowed two chances to win per day, between December 12 th and January 1st when the competition ends. Nearly a million in-game prizes were handed out during last year's Christmas competition and the odds of winning are set to double this time around, with the addition of a second chance to win per day.

More information on Stronghold Kingdoms can be found at www.strongholdkingdoms.com. We can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StrongholdKingdoms and on Twitter @SHKingdoms.

About Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms is the medieval online castle game. Join hundreds of thousands of players in a rich world of Lords, Ladies, Bumpkins and Barons as you build your village, research new technology and strive to be the greatest in the land. Construct mighty castles to defend your lands against insolent intruders, develop your economy and trade your way to victory, lead your fellow noblemen to war and control of the Kingdom. Build, besiege, pillage, farm, explore, research, vote, trade and banquet your way to the throne!

About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles. Formed in 1999 by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette, the company has brought to market a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games, including the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over five million. Firefly has offices in the UK and US. For more information please visit their website at www.fireflyworlds.com or follow @fireflyworlds on Twitter.

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