August 21, 2015

[Blaugust 19] Continuing to Adore #GW2


It's not often that I don't have that many screenshots to post. Normally, I take about 10-20 screenshots per one-hour play session, but I'm now found guilty of having almost nothing. Why is this? Simply, I've been having way too much fun in Guild Wars 2 to remember to take shots of what I saw.

Oh, and the fact that I've gotten mobbed by spiders too many times to count...


Brissta, my squishy ranger, continued on her way through the early levels of play, firing arrows from afar (or as far as local bandits would allow) while her leopard-thing (named Fluffy since I spent about half an hour thinking about Brissta's name) took the focus away from her. Because I had to go through a few waves of bandits in an event to get to where I was going, I didn't have time to hit the printscreen key since it would momentarily cause lag in the game. I had to take off running before the next wave hit.

Remember what I said about bears in Eidolon? And then about bears in my neighborhood? Yeah, so GW2 did that to me, too, by launching way too many bears on a honey farm. For a little while, it was just me handling way too large of a conflict, but two other people quickly came in and started beating things up with me. We finished the event with only one beehive remaining - good enough success. However, what came next surprised me. The two people who had assisted to me started a conversation. I don't really see a ton of talk in GW2 (compared to W/P101 where there was chatter everywhere, and in Skyforge where I had a really interesting conversation about quinoa one afternoon) and it was awesome to even meet roleplayers like these. We talked in and out of character, trading tips and impressions of the game. I then awkwardly stepped out and left, bidding the two a good day.

I've got to say that in comparison to other encounters that I've had in games with real, chattering people, this one has to have been one of the most exciting. It's not a person in KI games bugging me to gift them Crowns Shop items or someone in Skyforge speaking (uh, Portuguese, I think), which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't do it in caps and in paragraphs. I think I can get used to my interactions being fewer but more beneficial. I do hope it stays like this.

I keep seeing people running around with guild affiliation. As a newer player to a guild atmosphere, I'm honestly not sure what to really do just yet. I think I might stay out of the guilds sphere (I think it may involve a lot of commitment) for a little while longer while I get my bearings and find out if I can handle any responsibilities I may have. I like the idea of guilds, though, and think that I'll ultimately look into them.

Anyways, it's getting late and I should keep working on my newest cosplay (can't wait to share some of it). I promise I'll have more screenshots next time... For now, enjoy this windmill.


8 comments:

  1. Just join the Twizard guild Fluffy Kittens, or something like that, I have to log on to look. I am sure Tom or Icy can hook you up

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    1. That's right, the #Twizard guild! I'll have to look into that. Thanks :)

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  2. I'm so glad you've been enjoying GW2!

    As for guilds, it depends on what kind of guild you join. For example a bunch of us at Guild Wars Players made a guild and it is as low-key as you can imagine. We basically just use the guild as a group chat. Another guild I'm a part of is a big ~500 person guild. They have a website and run Guild Missions (special events for guilds) but at the same time if you just want to talk to people in chat they are fine with that. It's pretty much like guilds/kins/clans in any other MMO - they are what you make of them.

    Once you get into the capital cities - Divinity's Reach, Lion's Arch, Hoelbrak, Black Citadel, Rata Sum, the Grove - you'll definitely see a lot more people in the map chat and lots of people roleplaying as well. I'm always surprised by all of the out-in-the-wilds RP I see in GW2 though, which is great!

    Oh and btw, you should totally feel free to say hi in game if I'm online! You can add me as a friend as Cithryth.6741.

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    1. Wow, thanks for the information! Nice that guilds vary in intensity. Besides the one RP encounter, I've had little conversation, so finding some people to pester while adventuring would be a welcome change. I'll add you asap. :)

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  3. One other thing to keep in mind is that GW2 allows for joining multiple guilds, up to 5 of 'em! So it's not necessarily a decision one needs to agonize over, if you find more relaxed social guilds. Some do ask for 100% rep (which means showing their tag at all times and earning influence for them) but many others are quite ok with you switching back and forth at will.

    It's also hinted that the expansion will allow us to see all guild chats for all our guilds at once, which will make it feel less awkward than the current situation of feeling obliged to rep a guild in order to hear/have a concersation.

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    1. Ooh, that would be an ideal portion of the expansion.

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  4. Great to hear you're having such a good time. Ranger was my first class and I still would choose it as the best to get the feel of the game. As far as the community goes, ArenaNet like to claim GW2 has the friendliest community in MMOs, which is probably a bit of PR on their part, but it's definitely one of the friendlier ones out there.

    One of the unusual things about the Guild set-up in GW2 is that you can join up to five guilds at once. There's a button on the guild window that lets you choose which you "Represent" and that's the guild whose chat you will see and to which your Influence points will go. Some guilds demand that you "Rep" them 100% of the time (or, less often, some other specific amount). Others are far more flexible. I'd avoid the 100% rep guilds unless you are totally into committing all your time to one guild.

    You could easily join several guilds that have different approaches and move between them freely depending on what they or you are doing or what mood you're in. When the Heart of Thorns expansion arrives I believe we'll be able to switch between all the various chat channels of the guilds we are in without having to Stand Down from one and Represent another to hear what people are saying.

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    1. That definitely is unusual, though I can quickly see the benefits. I'll have to look into the guilds atmosphere and figure out exactly what I'm looking for, seems like, since joining up is sounding more enticing by the comment. Thanks for stopping by again! :)

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