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Of blooming flowers and growing vines!

Small mama kills big mama!

Small mama tickles big mama!

One may wonder what one has been doing through this lengthy silence…….well, as every decent Tyrian would do……..clobber centaurs and defeat crazed sharks! Not only that, but I’ve been levelling my guardian – got her to level 22 – and made an asura mesmer. Yes, yes, I am an altaholic! I’ll probably be making a sylvari ranger soon. Another, you might ask! Well, yeah! I love rangers, always have. When I played LOTRO I had a ranger there as well. Influenced from Lord of the Rings? Probably. Though I did fall for Aragorn more than Legolas, but, hey, what’s a girl to do…….in GW2 I get to do both, aim with an arrow and wield a greatsword! The best of both weapon-wielding worlds!

The Necromancer, a stylish chick!

The Necromancer, a stylish chick!

The guardian got a new hair cut!

The guardian got a new hair cut!

Being home sick with the flu I’m spending quite a bit of time in Tyria and the beauty of the land never ceases to amaze me. I had to leave Orr for a while. It can get so heavy there and I’m sure I’ve told you already I HATE the undead. So I relieved Selir from the dreariness and took her exploring and came across a really cute, beautiful, neat – call it what you will – event. I met an Arboreal Spirit that wanted to get back to its husk, but couldn’t because the Hylek were being, as usual, their annoying snobbish selves. So in I charged with my trusted scorpion pet and clobbered and whacked the entire group of hylek…….and saved the day! The spirit thanked me and retreated into its freed husk and……wow, oh wow…..the husk suddenly sprouted vines and the flowers bloomed right in front of my eyes! I love it when GW2 does that! It literally changes right in front of you. I’ve never been in a game that did that before. It shows you how much of a difference you actually make, that you do make a change. Your feats of valour do influence everything around you.

Peace is restored!

Peace is restored!

I must admit this is one game I never tire of coming back to and the longer I play the longer I want to stay……well as long as real life lets me…..I intend to finally kick those undead once and for all…..at least with Selir, I’ll think about the others when they get there! /sighs.

Looks cute, but whacks a punch!

Looks cute, but whacks a punch!

 

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GW2! A week old!

A week ago today, I woke at 4.00am to be in TeamSpeak with my guildies, so that we would be standing by the doors when GW2 launched. So many things have been accomplished during this week. I have reached level 29 (will probably get to level 30 later on today) because I am an intentionally slow player. There have been players in my guild who have already reached level cap – level 80 and there has even been one player (not in my guild) by the name of MisterSLIN who has actually completed the entire world map of GW2. There have been game crashes, guild bugs, the Trading Post isn’t working. There have been hackers you have stolen accounts, people you have exploited known bugs in the game and were banned (Kudos goes to ArenaNet for being strict and sticking to the TOS)……..all in all a very entertaining week!

A girl likes her bling!

I started off in Hoelbrak and have progressed through the Shiverpeak Mountains, with the occasional pop-over-to-Lion’s Arch to throw things in the Mystic Forge. I did jump over to Divinity’s Reach once and explored a bit of Queensdale, but only because I wanted to reach my required level to be able to continue my storyline……and to just visit Divinity’s Reach……I just love that city! I just love wandering around. A bit of storyline, dynamic events, hearts, gathering material for my crafting professions, killing anything in sight…….so relaxed, but the one thing I enjoy the most is coming across things quite unexpected.

……so there I was exploring the Shiverpeaks and I came upon an outpost. I sold some of my junk and just stood around observing (I tend to do a lot of that) when I overheard one of the NPCs saying that they needed to gather wood to build a bridge, but were bothered that the Dredge might stop them, but they still needed the wood. So off they ran towards the forest. Aha, I said, interesting. So I followed them. They reached a wooded area and proceeded to chop the trees, when suddenly the Dredge appeared…….fun……other players just ran up and fought them with me. We killed all the Dredge. The other players left, but I stayed. The woodcutters collected the wood and headed back to the outpost. I followed. When we arrived back they were told to start building the bridge. Interesting, I couldn’t see a bridge, just a very long drop. Ok, I thought, pretending to build something……….but, oh, wrong! Suddenly the bridge materialized in front of my eyes! I mean, come on, these NPCs just built a bridge and now were assembling a caravan to walk across it to another outpost! I mean WOW! This was real. I could cross the bridge now and a few minutes before I was wondering how to get to the other side. ArenaNet weren’t kidding when they said this was a living, breathing world and what you did actually effected the world around you……..if I hadn’t helped the woodcutters the Dredge might have killed them and the bridge wouldn’t have been built! Crazy! Amazing! Fun!

Another thing which has had me in a jitter are those blasted jumping puzzles. Some are pretty straight forward, but some just…….ooooh…….just test more than your patience! Yesterday I decided to do the Sharkmaw Cavern jumping puzzle with a pirate’s hidden treasure at the end of it. Ok! Good! I like treasure! The beginning was pretty ok…..the spirit of the pirate showed you the way. How sweet, helpful, I thought! WRONG! He’s a crafty bugger that pirate! He leads you to this huge cavern (after having climbed and fallen and died oh so many times already!) which is completely in the dark. You can’t even see a fly on the wall it’s so dark!  So while you’re trying to find the jumps without falling, this pirate just keeps on laughing! At one point I wanted to wring his neck! I fell so many times, but then I found a torch, pirate style……pirate says “Hey that’s cheating!” I say to him “Eat my dust!” The lit torch didn’t last long, but I managed to see some ledges here and there……till finally I got to the last one. Oh – thank – the – spirits! I was so ready to give up! But no! Ain’t going to let some measly, transparent pirate defeat me, a Norn! No way! Reached the final, huge flat rock and was faced with three waterfalls. I chose the one that looked most dangerous and I seemed to have picked the right one! Down I fell into a pool to be greeted by that voice again. Ooooh wait till I get my hands on him! Oh! Beautiful cavern with treasure! Nice! Very nice! Then he says I’m going to be stuck there forever with him……..like…….YEAH!……no! Ha! Ha! Found my way out through a hole in the wall not before grabbing the loot. All in all satisfying when you finally get to the end of it, but boy, oh boy, I could have done with a bit of rum!

“Hey, Mr. Pirate! Eat my dust!”

Yes! Guild Wars 2 is a HUGE entertainment park and I’ve only just started my adventure. I’m going to need a truck full of cookies (chocolate chip) to help me on my way. Need LOADS of energy for all that trekking!

……now where did I put the rum!

Pink is so pretty!

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It’s a Launch! Straight to the stratosphere!

The 3rd day. Pre-order day. All have come and gone and today, Official Launch Day (28/08/2012) dawns bright and clear. It’s been a fun packed four days for those who got the chance to play prior to launch and now it’s OFFICIAL……GW2 is a go! Launching up into the stratosphere and brightening up the gaming universe!

I have been taking it nice and easy, nice and slow. There’s so much to do, why rush it, I say. Yesterday I decided to take a break from doing dynamic events and personal story-line and journeyed to Lion’s Arch to explore a bit. Diving into the clear waters of the harbour was just fabulous and I swam to part of the harbour that I had never been before and it was so deep, it was actually scary…….on my way up I had the most amazing surprise…….I saw a humpback whale. I mean…..OH MY GOSH…..a whale! It’s these unexpected little things that makes playing GW2 so much fun, ‘cause you never know what lies around the corner!

The humpback whale in Lion’s Arch! Think am going to call him Tiny!

……well, best get back to those jumping puzzles….so much to do! So much to do!

Selir feeling funky in her new hat!

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End of An Era Party!

The End of an Era party (18/08/2012) kicked off in Ascalon City in all the International Districts. I happened to be in International District 1. It was so much fun to see all those players, it made the world seem so alive, so vibrant, an element that will definitely be present in GW2. In GW you could only get this vibe when you were in the cities or outposts because otherwise, in the wide world you were alone as GW is a heavily instanced game.

Let the party begin!

The party was hosted by GW-EN (Gaming World Entertainment Network). Players who couldn’t get to the party could follow the live feed (credit goes to GuildWars2live.com)on their Twitch channel, through their Facebook page or through Twitter. MALIBU Barbie was the DJ and entertained the party goers with an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from the 80’s, 90’s and to the present day. There were also trivia questions based on GW lore and prizes were given out both in-game and through their community sites. To make the occasion more special two very important ArenaNet employees made an appearance, Mike Zadorojny and Rubi.

Mike Z and Rubi!

Throughout the party Barbie read out memories of GW sent to her by some of those that were in-game as well as from those that were out of game. I haven’t been playing GW as long as most of those that were present, but I can try to imagine what lovely memories they must have. Seven years of playing a game is no joke. It’s a lifetime of memories, friendships and for some even loves. It’s strange when you think about it. MMOs are not just games, but are community networks, where people from all over the world get together to join in combat and chat and make new friends. The world no longer seems to be such a huge place. You can check what the party was like in this YouTube link.

I love virtual parties and I’ve been to many, but this is my first in a game such as GW and it was a blast! I enjoy commenting in open chat with the best of them. One comment I made, I must say, was quoted by Barbie herself. I asked “What countries are present at the moment?” and it was brilliant to see the names popping up in chat; Ireland, Spain, Malta, Croatia, USA, Canada and Singapore! MAGIC!

The finale was just as much fun as all the dancing! The players ran around the entire map of GW to the tune of Benny Hill…….now that definitely brings back memories! It was so much fun! I managed to follow them to Lion’s Arch and the Eye of the North, but then at one point I couldn’t catch up, so I shifted to the live stream. Honestly, I was breathless just watching them scoot all over the place, but it was so funny watching them running in single file to the Benny Hill theme. Hilarious!

Listening to all those memories and watching the players was a bit sad, but then again, to think a new era is about to begin and new memories are going to be made. I am so looking forward to the parties in GW2, we are so going to ROCK THE HOUSE!

Rocking the House in Lion’s Arch!

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The song to GW2!

I love good game music, it just helps so much to draw you into the game and GW2 is no different. From today you can purchase the new GW2 song “Fear Not this Night” from Amazon or iTunes. The song is based on the ever popular Gamescom 2011 trailer theme.  I wonder if ArenaNet will post a new trailer to fit this song come launch.

There are some songs that are capable of transporting you to another world and “Fear Not this Night” does just that to me. I can close my eyes and picture the world, the magic, the fantasy, the darkness. Just go to this link and you can listen to the full version and then decide if you agree with me or not!

GuildWarsInsider were brilliant enough to transcribe the lyrics. I so love singing a-long with great music. The music is by the composer, producer and songwriter extraordinaire  Jeremy Soule and lyrics by the gifted Lore-master herself, Ree Soebee.

So I’m going to sit back, close my eyes and enjoy the music. Won’t you join me!

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Stress test and surprises!

Well, the stress test is over and as happens every time I play a bit of GW2, I’ve had a blast! Meeting up with my guildies and playing the fool was just the ticket and certainly relieves the accumulated “stress” waiting for the game to launch.

I didn’t notice any particular changes from the previous BWE so I guess they have been optimizing the game and fixing bugs, which is a very good thing. I only crashed about three times, which was to be expected it being a stress test and all, but otherwise the game ran as smooth as silk. I dabbled in the jumping puzzle in the Eternal Battlegrounds, but didn’t manage to get to the end because we were warped back to Lion’s Arch, presumably because they were fixing and tweaking the maps.

Us guildies having a blast…….let’s dive!

After that it was muck around in Lion’s Arch, jump off the diving board and continue to explore Rata Sum……..and it was while in Rata Sum, close to the end of the stress test that I got a pleasant surprise. Check out the picture below and see for yourselves!

Surprise! Can you guess?

Will we have another stress test I wonder? Who knows, I doubt we’ll have another BWE, but I’m not complaining. At this point I’d rather play the full game than play for a little while and then have my character deleted……I want to continue to have fun!

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Those Fun Surprises!

So in BWE 2 I decided I would stick with my ranger and had a grand old-time trying to find all the different animals I could tame and I found quite a number of fun ones – lips are sealed, don’t want to spoil anything for prospective rangers! Anyway, I digress. There I was exploring Queensdale (my ranger being human) and came across the farming town of Beetletun, a lovely town you must visit it. I came across a group of people escorting a laden wagon into the town and obviously I tagged along, despatching any sinister creature that popped up along the way and as I panned my camera around I noticed some electricity-type-thingy going on up on a little hill not so far away. Interesting! So having escorted the wagon into town I jogged off in search of the aforementioned activity.

Well, would you believe it! There stood an asura, Moa Trainer Kappa, surrounded by her magical-electricity-pulsing gadget! ……and she gave me a quest. Oh, wow, this was going to be good! Was I to help her overcome some magically complicated  obstacle? Or help in an experiment?…….forgive me, I have to stop a while and giggle……ok, I can do this. I had to escort Kappa and her dancing moa birds into town! I mean, come on! How fantastic is that! Off to town we went and when we got there I was rewarded with the most extraordinary thing ever! Kappa and her colourful Moa birds danced. Incredible! That was the most fun and hilarious thing I had ever seen. Totally unexpected!

……..and that, I think is one of the most extraordinary things of GW2, when you least expect it, BAM! your socks get pulled off! You never know what’s going to happen and where, whether it’s going to be something chaotic as a centaur charge or as entertaining as dancing birds.

I suspect I’m going to have my socks yanked off quite a bit!

Moa Trainer Kappa in Beetletun

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