Posts Tagged With: personal storyline

Armour, swords and tear jerkers!

So apart from the fact that I’ve been running out of tissues this past week, I’ve been enjoying my walkabout through Tyria and there have been some emotional moments.

I haven’t forgotten Selir, I mean she is my main character after all – the leader of my girls, poor thing holed up in Orr and she’s been having a tough time. Throughout Tyria exploration has been fabulous. Every little cave I spot I want to see where it leads too, but in Orr I want to get the hell out of there. I’m sure exploring the ruins of Orr would have been fascinating, but not when the undead keep popping out from every nook and cranny! Now because heart quests are non-existent in Orr I’m following my personal story and the problem is soloing in Orr is difficult. Most of the time Waypoints are contested so opening the map to get to my story point is taking me forever. Sometimes I find that I miss my heroes from GW1. Orr is bearable when there are other players around, but otherwise I would have loved to have my heroes. My pet isn’t enough! Those undead take forever to die again. I never liked zombies and now I hate them with a passion – after all that’s what they are, right? I mean otherwise I might end up calling them ‘dracovamps’ – dead people turned into undead by the kiss of a dragon! Clever!

Selir, leader of the pack!

Selir, leader of the pack!

Anyway enough of that. I think you get the picture. I’ll move on to something more interesting.

Alistine, red and bronze. Gorgeous!

Alistine, red and bronze. Gorgeous!

Switching to my guardian, quite a gorgeous gal in her antique bronze coloured armour and hefting a Lionguard greatsword. So there I am following the story line and Alistine is close to discovering the whereabouts of her parents. Slashing through bloated spiders as they descend from the roof of a cave, Alistine finds two headstones. I don’t know, may be because I had the flu or I’m becoming soft the older I get, but I got all emotional on discovering they were the tombstones belonging to her parents and that Alistine’s name was mentioned in the epitaph. I guess being a gemini doesn’t help much……and the tear jerkers don’t stop there.

Let's take a moment!

Let’s take a moment!

Decided to spend some karma!

Decided to spend some karma!

Alistine hefted her greatsword and gazed around noticing this odd-looking area, a brown patch of valley surrounded by pillars of brown rock. A glowing sphere hovers down in the center – a skill point which I got quite easily enough, but what caught my attention the most were the bodies of dead dolyak. Naturally, I immediately went on guard, scouting the area. Heaven knows what creature was lurking in the shadows waiting to feed.  So I waited…..and a lone dolyak walks down into the valley. I drew my sword. I wait. The dolyak lies down…..and dies….and the spirit of the dolyak rises from the remains. Oh hell! This was their grave yard. A place where the dolyak come to die and I found that so sad. I actually sat there staring at the screen following the ghostly apparition. I didn’t even touch my coffee…..and that’s saying a lot!

Dolyaks resting ground!

Dolyaks resting ground!

……..and Alistine sheathes her sword and sits on a rock. There’s nothing quite like seeing a pack of rock dogs saunter by!

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Stress easy!

Why is it every time I log into GW2 I feel confused, wandering aimlessly through the world? It’s probably because I feel rushed, 4 hours and all. Going into the stress test (15/08/2012) didn’t feel as exciting as when I first logged on that 1st BWE. I think it’s because I don’t want to spoil things for myself. I don’t want to discover those hidden places even accidentally. I want them to remain hidden until launch.

Don’t get me wrong, I love playing GW2 and I love experiencing it even if for just 4 hours, but I find it so hard to restrain myself. So during this last stress test I decided to concentrate on creating a guardian……and I really liked her. She felt extremely powerful and easy to create combs with other players and being a human seemed to suit her just fine. I didn’t craft, I didn’t follow any of the personal story. I just ran around Queensdale doing dynamic events and joining up with my guildies. I mean launch is just practically a week away……so, it’s like “why bother?”

Human Guardian

Ready for the next challenge!

Anyway now I’ve tried out all the professions and all races and have finally decided on what my team of five are going to be. Well, I’m sure there will be more than five, but at the moment these five will definitely keep me going for quite a while.

My famous *cough, cough* five (starting from my main):

Norn Ranger

Sylvari Necromancer

Asura Elementalist

Charr Engineer

Human Guardian

One thing I hope to avoid with GW2 is burnout. That’s what happened with Lotro. I played every day from the afternoon right through up till midnight, then the weekends it would be the entire day stopping only for lunch and coffee.  By the time I reached level 65  – that was close to 5 months from beginning to end of play – I just couldn’t be bothered with killing another orc (I was a hunter). Mirkwood was the last place I ventured in. I guess you can actually get mentally tired with a game and sitting for such long hours wasn’t one of the best things I did.

So this time around there really isn’t any reason to rush. No subscription, no deadlines, no having to rush to level cap to have fun. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it more if I pace myself, though I’m not going to be fool enough to promise myself anything…..too risky!

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BWE3 Phase Two – Asura

Ah the sweet little buggers! It’s one thing watching a YouTube video of the asuras, it’s another thing actually having a go yourself. Creating sweet little Qamar (yes, I named her after my blog, it actually suited her!) was a charm, though it would have been neat if there were more hairstyles. At present I find it a bit limited, as with the faces, but I’m sure that’s what the sliders are for……..make your own particular little genius!

Qamar! The little darling!

Jumping into the starter area I felt the complete noob. So far that has always happened to me between one BWE and the other and I have had to learn the skills all over again……..and in actual fact, it’s not a bad thing really. Anyway, before I get carried away here, it was like “come on, let’s find all those nooks and crannies” and there were.

Come on then, how about a game of chess?!

One of them was actually discovering the asura. The animations were hilarious, the best I’ve ever seen. I loved the way they jump and the way they start off running……and boy, do they run – making up for their size, of course. I enjoyed playing chess, took me a while to figure it out though, but when I did it was just fun……..you’ve got to love the mini-games. They just add that little something more to the game. The story-line wasn’t too bad, but I didn’t get far along the line. I didn’t really want to spoil it for myself now that the game is very close.

Yet one thing which bothered me slightly was the lack of dynamic events. May be because I was in the overflow, I have no idea, but dynamic events were few and far between……..and this is a first for me. So far in every zone that I’ve been, human, norn, charr, sylvari the dynamic events have been constant. In fact, it has been a problem actually doing them all, there have been so many, but here, with the asura, it actually felt very quiet. I didn’t move from heart to heart, I just drifted. I explored and then if I happen to be close to a heart I would do it and yet no dynamic event was triggered. I am hoping that it’s because I was in the overflow, but even then that’s not too neat. At one point everybody is going to be sent to the overflow because the server is full and we will all want the same experiences that we get in the actual server. So I was actually ‘shocked’ (for use of a better word) that I found myself grinding to gain levels as I was below the required  level to continue my personal story. Most of us have already experienced BWEs and we know that it isn’t that difficult to level and to be at par with your personal story – gaining experience through exploration, dynamic events, hearts, crafting, WvWvW, sPvP, you name it – so it was indeed strange that I found it hard to level because nothing was going on. I was exploring the Obscura Incline and we were so few, two or three at best and for the first time the world felt empty. I honestly don’t know what to make of it. It’s definitely not what I’m used to……..and it’s such a shame because the asura area is so neat and there are these crazy jumping puzzles to do. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed and blaming it on the overflow!

Another thing that was really surprising was the lack of helpful players. In BWE1 I would be downed and 3 – 4 players would come to resurrect me, this time around 2 players actually walked over me before somebody came to give me a hand. May be it’s because there were more new players due to all those beta keys given out and they didn’t realize that even by reviving a downed player they would gain experience points and achievements. Don’t they realize that GW2 is a community game –  hence the name – Guild Wars!

Also I felt the experience to be easier compared to the other BWEs. In BWE1 I felt I had to be really careful…….think things out before going in for the kill. I had to think about the skills, how to use them and how and when to dodge. This time I felt I didn’t need to dodge that much, just thrashed the keys “noob-style” (that’s how I used to do it before I learnt that’s not how you do it). I played an asura elementalist. Could it be that it’s because the elementalist is so strong and doesn’t need to dodge as much as a ranger? I don’t want the game to be too easy. I want it to be a bit more of a challenge. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment, that I really deserve the rewards that I get.

Hmmmm………we shall see. May be I’m becoming really good at it!

What I do know is that I adore the asura. They are cute, they are loveable and clever…….I like being clever! So there is no doubt really, I will eventually make an Asura, as I will make all the rest………but I don’t think the asura will be my main character.

Now that’s a neat “washing line”!

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Take the Order!

Sitting back and enjoying my coffee…….alright, so it’s hot and I’m mad to be drinking coffee in this heat! Hello! I’m drinking it in front of the fan!!…….and it suddenly dawned on me that GW2 is not just about dynamic events and WvWvW and heart deeds, but it’s also about the characters themselves. As there is so much to do in GW2 I think we tend to forget that it’s really all about the ‘people‘ . We, the players, have quite a job on our hands.

An aspect that quite intrigues me is when I think about the 3 orders and their role in GW2. The Durmand Priory, the Vigil and the Order of Whispers. Now according to sources:

The Durmand Priory

The Durmand Priory was established in 1105AE by scholars dedicated to protecting the knowledge and lore. They hoped that  they would find some hidden text that would help them uncover the secret of the Elder Dragons and how they could defeat them. The scholars also contributed to the New Krytan alphabet. A language that all races could communicate with.

The Order of Whispers. This was a secret and ancient Elonian society. It’s members were thieves, spies and agents working along an extensive network throughout Tyria in the hope that one day they could defeat the Elder Dragons.

The Vigil was founded in 1320AE after the Dragonbrand. The Vigil’s founder and leader was the charr Almorra Soulkeeper. She survived the Dragonbrand, the deep scar in the charr homelands caused by Kralkatorrik.  This order was a military one dedicated to defeating the Elder Dragons through force of arms. They believed that the only way to defeat the Elder Dragons was if all the races of Tyria were united.

So I wonder. How do these orders play out in the personal stories? I know that eventually we have to choose which order we’re going to belong to as we progress along our personal storyline, but I am extremely curious to see how it’s all going to develop.

Yet again I am knocked over by the depth of lore in GW2. Turn a corner and the lore just leaps out. It’s interesting to see how all these strings tie up together to form one cohesive history……….and now I sound like a university professor!!

Well, I think I know which order I’m going to join. Are you ready to take the order?

Vigil Castle in the Shiverpeak Mountains

 

sources:     http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.arena.net/blog/

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