This isn't exactly a fresh topic anymore but my excuse for not posting when the time was more appropriate is that I was too obsessed with getting the blog moved to here. Now that is out of the way, might as well post it now!
Anyhoo, due to certain circunstances Caleb Steelclaw, my charr warrior, had to leave behind his warband in the Black Citadel and head to the big world by himself. He wasn't too happy about that though so he decided instead to form his new warband. Here is the first new member, Jenkins:
Don't let his disguise as a backpack fool you! He is actually one of the elite soldiers of the Ash Legion and- ... Ah, who am I trying to fool here? Ok, it is just a backpack in the shape of a charr. But he is still part of the new warband!
Caecilia Cicerus, my human guardian, also decided to get someone to fight by her side. Or rather by her back as the case might be. Actually, she got her partner first and Caleb got his later.
Details aside, you can see she has a fierce veteran of many battles watching her back. I mean, just look at the guy, one of his eyes is barely being held by a thread! With a someone like that fighting with you there is nothing to fear!
Since I began playing MMORPGs I pretty much embraced my altitis. After all, what is the harm in having 1, 2 or a dozen more characters? They all provide different ways of experiencing the game world, after all.
With Guild Wars 2 however I was determined to limit myself to only the 5 initial character slots. It was enough to have one of each race and by playing the betas I knew which classes I really wanted to play. That worked for a while.
My slippery into altitis began innocently enough when I decided to make an unplanned character. A charr elementalist. Elementalists are fun. Charr are fun. It is a perfect combination! It wouldn't hurt to have just one more character and I could see another personal story. Surely, nothing bad could come out of it, right? If only I knew how many characters I would create after that...
Let's assume that the elder dragons were actually unbeatable by any "lesser beings" and end up destroying everything in their path. So, what would happen? Would they then try to fight each other until there was only one? Or would they just shake hands, pat each other on the back, say "Good work!" and then go back to sleep?
If I recall my lore correctly, there are evidences they already destroyed the world once (or came close to it). So I am guessing it would be the second option. But it certainly would be interesting if they were all competing for territory/food/whatever their motive is. It would be even more cool if we could actually take a seat and see some of them fighting each other!
The fine folks at Nerdy Bookahs decided to do something really special for this Christmas season. If you are one of the people who just got into Guild Wars 1 and are trying to get those 30 Hall of Monument points they will be giving away a bunch of stuff that will help out with that.
For those don't care about it or just want some Guild Wars 2 stuff they will be giving away cool stuff for it too, like mini pets, rare dyes, among other things. 🙂
For more information, including a list of the all the cool people who donate items for the give away, you can find the announcement post here.
And for the first giveaway just click this link! Good luck to everyone participating and many thanks for the folks at Nerdy Bookahs as well as all the contributors. 🙂
And right at the last minute I complete this month's challenge from Ambermist, author extraordinaire of Tastes Like Battlechicken. As you can probably guess this month's challenge is what kind of costume your character would wear for Halloween!
With Kahlef, pictured above, I tried to go for some mad doctor type-thing. But since the screenshot (or my choices of outfit) didn't turn out so great, here is a bit more about the idea behind it:
A long time ago, there was a charr of the Iron Legion whose job was to fix up all the soldiers that got wounded in battle. He was so good at it that soldiers could go back to battle in a very short amount of time. Of course, that also made him the first choice to send the injured soldiers to whenever it was possible. Since a life of charr soldier is always a busy, dangerous one, that meant the good doctor was always busy healing someone.
One day he started to think "Why should I keep healing soldiers if they are only going to get hurt again and just end up here one more time? Why shouldn't I just go one step further and make them better so they don't get hurt so much?". With those thoughts he began working. At first it was just small things, just some small metal bit here and there under the skin. Things that his patients would only notice because of the strange pains they felt, despite the doctor guarantees that they were fine and had not to worry about. Soon enough though he started to experiment more substituting limbs with entire mechanical creations (that didn't work) or body fluids with his own alchemical creations that killed his patients. It didn't took long for the powers-to-be in the Black Citadel to find out about those experiments. However when they did, it was already too late. The mad doctor had run away to never be captured. They say that to this day he is somewhere in the lower levels in the Black Citadel, hiding in forgotten places. The doctor stalks those places trying to capture any charr that dares to venture there... or even non-charrs. Pretty much any living thing that he can capture will be dragged back to his lab where he will "improve" on the subject. Some times the grotesque corpses of his failed experiments can be found in the poorest parts of the Black Citadel. Some times it is even hard to know what it used to be. But some times his experiments succeeds.... and if you walk around alone in the night you may see the Mad Doctor running with his new creation looking for more victims to experiment on.
And that is it for now. For everyone that celebrates it, I hope you are having a great Candy Day! For those who don't, I hope you have a great Wednesday, with or without candy!
So, yesterday I finally got Kahlef to level 80. I also got him to 400 leatherworker so I guess it is two big dings at about the same time.
I admit I was pretty slow at leveling him as I took a few breaks from the game here and there or just went to play some alts. Regardless of the time I am pretty happy for getting to this point. Still I feel like there is still a ton of things to do with him. To begin with, I only have 45% of the map explored with him. Heck, I haven't even reached Orr itself yet. The closest I got was its neighboring zone, the Straits of Devastation. If Orr is anything like that it will be both awesome and scary as hell at the same time. So, seeing Orr and getting World Map completion with Kahlef is one of my biggest goals right now. Another major goal with him is getting level 400 with his other crafting skill which is Huntsman. But I will get to those as I feel in the mood for it.
My other goals, in no specific order are:
Short term goals:
Raising all crafting skills to 400 (each alt has two, so I got all crafting skills covered)
Get Casimir to level 30 and finish his personal story that deals with the different orders so I can unlock the vigil banner
Medium to long range goals:
Get 100% map completion
Complete all the dungeons in story and explorable mode
Level up all my characters to 80
Finish all the personal stories
Get more character slots/bank slots/inventory slots. Preferably by buying the gems with in-game gold
Get all the minis. Gotta have 'em all!
Get all the tameable pets for Casimir
Get the commander book. Because I can.
Complete all the jumping puzzles* Something else I forgot right now
Things I am dreaming about but can live without
Get all dyes
Get all the legendary weapons (or at least one!)
Something else I am forgetting
At the rate I am going it might take me about 60 years to complete this list. I might not even complete half of it before then! But you know what? It doesn't really matter to me. Achieving stuff in MMORPGs is cool, and I can even feel regret about not achieving a few things in certain MMOs. But ultimately the journey is what matters to me. As long as I can have some good memories along that journey my time with the game will be worthwhile. And I already had many with Guild Wars 2. So let this ding to 80 to be just another step to many more great memories. 🙂
As pointed out by Siadine of Tryppin Tyria it seems that the site Guild Wars 2 Riches is going to be sold. That by itself isn't an issue and none of my business. The problem is the owner is also selling the mailing list of all those who subscribed to his site without giving any warning whatsoever about it. There is absolutely no way to know what the new owners will do with those e-mails. So if you subscribed to his newsletters the best advice I can give is to try unsubscribing to it. I don't know if it will do much good or if it might be too late.
To all my readers and friends, I deeply apologize for this. The site has been deleted from my blogroll already and from now on I will be avoiding adding those kind of blogs to my blogroll. I am making an exception to Guild Wars 2 Trading Post since it is already there, the owner seems to be a decent fellow and it still provides good tips. I will be keeping a close eye on his one too, just in case.
Once again, my deeply apologies for this mess.
And just in case someone thinks I am making this up, you can see the site for sale here. Notice the line about the mailing list as a "feature" for any prospective buyers.
EDIT: dolada06, the owner of the Guild Wars 2 Riches site, made his defense on the comment section of this post, including a link to his site where he goes into further details about this. I think I already made my stand on this whole issue pretty clear both on this post and in the comments section. I am also taking out the Guild Wars 2 Trading Post link off my blogroll as there seems to be some drama going on between both sites that I'd rather not associate myself with, nor get any of my readers or friends caught up in the crossfire either. This will also be the last I will talk about this whole mess. From next post on we go to our irregular ramble.
So, yesterday me and some guildies finally completed the story mode of Ascalonian Catacombs. Or perhaps I should say I finally completed it since the others already did that on Friday. I am getting ahead of myself though so let me just give a forewarn about a few details about this post: I am making it purposefully vague as to not spoil things for anyone who didn't do the story mode of Ascalonian Catacombs yet. Also, the lack of screenshots is because the dumb guy here forgot about it in the middle of everything. I am specially sad about it because I wanted a screenshot of our group (aka "Team Green") once we beat the dungeon. I also forgot to take screenshots of the Lovers for Siadina of Trippin Tyria as she requested in one of our talks in her comments section. Apologies for that, Siadina! If it makes anything better, the Lovers' fight is pretty cool as well as their dialogue but their appearance isn't that big of a deal.
While reading a post by Syl, from Raging Monkeys, I found this other interesting post written by Chris of Game by Night. Chris tells about his difficult in playing an asura thief since ArenaNet did such a good job of giving each race a strong sense of culture. Due to that he just finds it hard accepting an asura as anything but as an engineer. With other races he has similar problems but with different professions. I was going to comment about it on his blog but sensing that it would end up turning into a wall of text I thought it might be better to turn it into a blog post instead.
Anyway, I don't know if it is because I have a weird mind or what but I don't find it that difficult to justify any combination of race and class. Making it sound interesting or unique without it feeling convoluted might be hard but simply justifying an off-beat combination of race and profession, not so much.