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Jun. 10th, 2013

Dragonfest in GW2

Well, they're calling it the Dragon Bash due to the fact that the official enemies are dragons. But it's still a dragon themed party. But, that's not the important part. The important part is this:

*makes grabby motions*

I found the scelerite weapons in the last update too meh. The SAB skins were fun and I got a GS for the guardian and a staff for my mesmer. The Fused weapon skins before that were too hard to get (from black lion boxes... I don't gamble). So here's hoping these skins are more available. Cuz *grabby*

I want the axe & longbow for my ranger, the shortbow/sword (and possibly daggers/pistol depending on size) for my thief, the staff & focus for my ele (don't care if colors clash, or maybe I'll make a necro for it), and the shield to just sit in my inventory until I have a character I can use them on (engi?/future warrior?)

EDIT: Ok, preliminary reports on the RNG for these aren't promising. So looks like I will need to prioritize. And farm farm farm.
Priority: longbow > sword/staff > shortbow > shield/dagger/axe

EDIT2: Official patch notes thread

EDIT3: Event is now over. Only got one jade weapon ticket (via casual playing; I wasn't about to farm for it). Used it for a shortbow on thief (since it matches her color scheme).

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Jun. 7th, 2013

GW general status update

So I mentioned a few posts back that I'd started a new mesmer. Once I had finished up getting my last few pieces of exotic gear for my 3 level 80's, I went back and started playing on my lowbies some more.

That mesmer is now level 72. The thief is still around the 56ish range, and my engineer got some play and hit 38. Yeah you can see where most of my leveling effort went. I thought I'd share some thoughts.

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Jan. 28th, 2013

GW2 Jan update impressions

Some brief first impressions since I'm working... )

Addendum: Some further thoughts... )

Jan. 21st, 2013

GW2 plans for Jan...

*reads the rest of the transcript*

Still ambivalent about the AoE nerfs, but I'll withhold judgment until the changes actually come out. I just really hope classes like ele who have practically nothing but AoEs don't get shafted. If they want single-target to be stronger, I agree that both bows can use some work (on ranger). But classes like thief don't really need a buff to their single target spiking.

Also ambivalent about ele bunker build being under watch, since the D/D build I run has a few bits of similarity to it (half the trait choices, IIRC). Especially if they're also going to nerf the AoE damage as well, which would cut down on the alternatives to fall back to.

Crowns/laurels daily change ... Jury is still out for it. While I like that it may put more people, I have a concern that the new options will force people to jump zones a lot (like do X jumping puzzles) rather than something they can do in one zone like the current dailies. This seems to make it harder for people who just have one character, who will have to either spend money to waypoint or a lot of time running between zones. Well, we'll see how it goes.

Good news about the changes to Orr. God the mob density of that place can be a serious pain. (Edit: Though I think it's slightly better in places during the "day" than at "night". I can't be 100% sure and it's not like I counted, but it's just a feeling I get. Of course, it's so gloomy all the time in western SoD and all of Malchor's Leap that you can't really tell when it's day. -_-)

Also good news about the possibility of additional hairstyles & cosmetic features. I bought a pack of makeovers when it was on sale a while ago and haven't used it yet. I might as well hold off on using any of it yet.

EDIT: Also, not a response to the interview, but I realized something today (belatedly). After banging my head against the last 3% of Cursed Shore, I took a break and went to map the WvW Borderlands and my server's part of Eternal Battlegrounds (also picked up the last pet, juvenile wolf, yay). There were crafting stations at the Borderlands base, so I dropped off the big chunk of change I'd been gathering in Orr. When I was done, I logged out to character selection and noted that my character's last location is still Orr. Logged back in, and yep, she's still where she left off in Cursed Shores. This means that you can actually have access to bank and all the other amenities of cities at any time by jumping over to borderlands and then logging out/in. Nice. (Though it makes all my portable bank access thingies I got from the black lion chests useless.)

EDIT2: Looks like the news page is out on
That backpack is cute. *makes grabby hands*

Dec. 14th, 2012

GW2 Wintersday Update <3

Update Notes

There's the expected new content for Wintersday of course, but also HOLYWTFBBQ!!! BUFFS!!

Ele - Buffed! And finally we get our falling damage trait!
Engi - Kits finally get sigil bonuses! Some slight buffs otherwise.
Guardian - Mostly buffs!
Ranger - Buffed!

Also love that so many skills have been updated to be combo fields or finishers. This by far makes the combo mechanic much more approachable to lowbies/newbies. Also love the buffs to underwater; what with so much game content located there, anything that makes this less of a pain is great.

Mesmer portal got nerfed (again?) but I don't have a mez so I don't really care about them. :p

An excellent Wintersday event guide
Wintersday soundtrack

Nov. 19th, 2012

Thoughts on the Lost Shores event

So after the dramatics of the event weekend (half week?) is finally over, I thought I'd just put down my few cents on the issue.

(The tl;dr version: Halloween created some high expectations. Anet was able to add some great things this update, but they were generally less advertised and drowned out by the more controversial stuff. On the other hand, they may have also bit off more than they could chew in some areas as well.)

Read more... )

In Other News:
Not related to the above. But I have finally gotten enough influence for the guild storage. It's under construction and set to finish by sometime 1-2 AM tomorrow morning. 50 slots for non-account/soulbound items only. I'll probably drop in some of my extra cooking stuff in there (not the interim ingredients I still need since you can't craft from the guild bank like you can from your personal bank).

Oct. 29th, 2012

Hit lvl 80!

My ranger hit level 80 over the weekend. Big boost from all the Halloween mini-events all over the place. Also managed to do the Halloween dungeon in a team of 3 (5 person max dungeon). I feel accomplished! XDXD

There's a free devil horns hat from the gem shop - free like the baseball cap from opening week - so make sure to pick that up.

The quest line for Act 1 + 2 also give a good back item - it's a book you wear on your back with flames that glow in the dark (in shadows as well, not just at night) and appears to be max level stats without any level requirements. I was able to do it on my ele despite being underleveled for Bloodtide & Sparkfly - just a lot of running & dodging & leeching. XD *pokes cashew* Hit me up if you want help/run.

Halloween event ends on Thursday Nov. 1 so if you want to do it, do it before then.

Oct. 24th, 2012

GW2 Halloween

I haven't had a chance to do this yet since my ranger is all the way out at Mount Maelstrom and it feels like a pain to get her back to LA and then have to get her all the way back to MM again, but I might just bite the bullet and do it. I don't want to use the other characters since the first quest line requires going into that crypt in Gendarran which I cannot do on my Ele and wasn't even able to do on the ranger when she was overleveled for Gendarran. Maybe with other people during this time...

Anyway, some resources on the various Halloween stuff:

Act 1

Act 2

Other stuff

Sep. 26th, 2012

GW2 Crafted armor

Some nice sets for clothed classes among the bikini dresses; thank Anet for T-stones. Heavy armor is mostly blah but I kinda like the lowbie scale mail and the highest tier draconic set. Medium armor, alas, are all kinda bleh to me...

Also, karma armor styles:

Sep. 17th, 2012

GW2 color wheel

Also, wallpapers

Sep. 14th, 2012

Sylvari personal story

Recent discussions have inspired me, what can I say? This isn't really a fic, but rather what I would have liked my sylvari's personal story to have turned out like.

For the record, her biography choices were: white stag, "where Life Goes...", and cycle of night.

Work In Progress... )

Sep. 10th, 2012

GW2 so far

I figured I'd write something up about my thoughts about the game.

Just to give some background, I have a ranger that's closing in on lvl 40 (halfway through!), an elementalist that just hit 30 (31 after crafting her new clothes), a guardian that's probably going to sit for a while at level 20, and an engineer at lvl 13 (everything above lvl 11 from crafting).

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Sep. 1st, 2012

GW2 Chef guides

Chef is probably the easiest crafting to max out, since many ingredients can be bought off of vendors instead of harvested or salvaged.

If you're just looking to level the chef crafting profession, this is the guide you want.

If you're just looking for cool things to make and don't want to just throw random things in the pot and see what sticks, there are two database sites and a google doc that list all the recipes. (Note that there are some which can only be crafted after buying a recipe from a karma vendor; those items usually have a quotation in their description.)

Also useful is the guide to ingredient locations.

Jul. 28th, 2012

Hasta la vista

It took me a week but I've finally uploaded all the vistas I recorded from the beta weekend. The playlist is here. (Play All)

5/5 Rata Sum
8/9 Metrica Province
6/6 The Grove
5/5 Hoelbrak
8/8 Caledon Forest
3/5 Black Citadel
6/6 Divinity's Reach
9/9 Lion's Arch
6/7 Brisban Wildlands

Jul. 26th, 2012

Some w/ better musical skillz help me...

As far as I can tell from the lack of sound effect, the guy didn't have to change from the default scale he gets to the higher scale or lower scale. So given the notes 1-7 he starts with. What's the sequence to unlock that chest?

According to someone, the sequence is 2345432 231 12 (8 shift) 6

Jul. 23rd, 2012

GW2 Beta 3

So the third and last beta weekend has closed out. Only a little more than a month to go until the head start of release.

This weekend I put most of my time on playing an asura thief and sylvari ranger. Stopped at level 15 on the thief, having completed both Rata Sum and Metrica Province. Ranger ended up at level 23 by the end of the weekend, having completed The Grove, Caledon Forest, and about 70% of Brisbane Wilds. Also created a norn guardian and human elementalist just to view the racial armor, but didn't actually play either of those.

Anyway, on with the review... )

Pics and videos will be out as I sort through them. If anyone knows of a simple and free software that can clip unwanted bits out of the start/end of avi files, or merge together multiple vids into one, let me know.

Jul. 9th, 2012

Sylvari & Asura available in next BWE!

Eleven Days Left... *dances in joy*

Current plans are to finalize the looks like what will be my Sylvari Ranger main, with detailed screenshots on each of the settings so that I can zip through them quickly at launch. Same for the human elementalist main. Not as much worried about the Asura and Norn, since the names I prepped for them are less likely to get taken quickly.

For actual playing, I think I'm going to try out Asura Thief this time. See how the thief mechanic actually works before I cross it off my list. You never know. I might like it. Haven't decided yet if I want to actually play a Sylvari Ranger or if I'll just take the Norn Ranger through the sylvari zone (mainly to spot charmable pets).

Will take suggestions & requests for stuff in the game to look at, either with screenshots or video. I can record short snips of video with MSI Afterburner without any problems.

EDIT: Character creation videos for sylvari and asura

Jun. 11th, 2012

GW2 Beta 2 Day 2-3

Didn't get a chance to post yesterday. I did a little bit more of ranger, and then the rest of it was all guardian. So at the end my characters were: Engineer/11 (didn't touch this character at all except to raid the coffers), elementalist/9 (actually to 8 and then the last level was due to crafting), ranger/14 (that appears to be the threshold for the lowest level green drops which I wanted to test out), guardian/30 (reached 30 at 5 minutes to the end of beta and got my elite skill--whoo!)

Read more... )

Ugh...need sleep. More in coming days.

Jun. 9th, 2012

GW2 Beta 2 Day 1

This'll be short cuz I'm falling asleep at my desk here. Messed around with the various options, skills, traits panels. Took another look at pet stats. Played some ranger, some ele.

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Images will need to be cleaned up since I took some UI stuff for reference. Will probably not be putting them up til Monday.

May. 4th, 2012

It gets better?

I guess I should've stuck around more on the norn areas? Here's an awesome demo of a dynamic event chain (narrator's accent aside) from a norn area. Loved the detail that went to each of the NPCs involved. I guess coming across any one of the events in the chain would've seemed like it was a solo event or a series of solo events. If you don't stick around, you don't see how they actually chain together.

Also, some funny glitches:
Elementalist snowboarding/skiing
Mesmer portal trolling AFK'ers

May. 2nd, 2012

Things I'm learning about GW2 after the Beta

I need to write some of this stuff down so I don't forget for the next Beta (which sounds like it's going to be at the end of May).

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Apr. 30th, 2012

Misc Notes from GW2 Beta

It was getting too long as an addendum on the previous impressions post, so I'm moving it to it's own entry. (This list will grow as more things occur to me.)

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I <3 the GW community


This why I wasn't worried about trying out crafting in the beta. Cuz other people will do all the work for me and then I can just check the references when the game officially releases. XD

Also, stuff like this makes me want to try out the mesmer as well.

Some of the awesomeness that is Lion's Arch. I have some screenshots of these places, but the video is much better.

Some of the unlockable dye colors that someone got with the free gems this Beta.

Apr. 29th, 2012

GW2 Beta - third day impressions

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GW2 Beta - second day impressions

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