Guild Wars 2: Inching Along

I spent quite a bit of time this evening in yet another area of the Wayfarer Foot Hills.  I’ll be done with this area soon, because I came upon a portal leading to an interesting looking level 17ish area and I’ve done most of the quests in the area. 

My xp did not seem to be accumulating at any great rate, I was watching it. I did get to “effective level 12” and actual level 22.

Happiness is gathering resources in the landscape.  I found copper, fruits, vegetables, trees.  It just adds that little treasure hunting zing to find things as you whack your way through the landscape.

At the end of my session I went back to the large major city whose name I forget.  I’ve decided to take up Armorsmithing after all.  An NPC let me buy a couple of recipes from him out in the foothills, and I could learn them, though I haven’t trained in anything.  Most interesting.

Guild Wars 2: Effective Level 8

 I’m enjoying playing my Norn Warrior.  She actually had a one year birthday recently, for which I got a nice in game email and some in game rewards such as extra xp.  I created the character and didn’t play her, but now Guild Wars 2 is in my pleasant MMO rotation so I’m advancing the character, though slowly.

Character Level

I have many questions about the game, the top one being what the heck is my character’s actual level.  Her character sheet says she is Level 21, Effective Level 8.  I keep seeing her Health amount going up and down and I’m assuming that is just putting me at the same level as other players in the area working on the same Public Events stuff.


I found the bank in Hoelbrak and stuffed all of my crafting ingredients in it.  I can’t decide which crafts to pick up and haven’t found an online guide yet that tells me what each requires and suggests good choices for each class.

The obvious thought for a Warrior would be Weaponsmithing or Armorsmithing, but I find that in many games, by the time I get the ingredients needed to make anything useful in these two tradeskills, I’ve leveled past the helpfulness of what I can make.

Which Weapon?

I understand that your skills are dependent on the weapon you use, and researching Warrior, it seems Two Handed Sword is best, right? But I have a Two Handed Hammer that does considerably more DPS so, shouldn’t I just equip that instead?  I haven’t done any dungeons or groups with this character, nor do I plan to, really, so perhaps the guides I’ve seen are aimed at group effectiveness, and I should just pull out that Hammer and WHOMP stuff.

Guild Wars 2 Warrior

As you know both WOW and Sony were down yesterday and I had a few spare moments so I took a look at my Guild Wars 2 characters. I had created but not played one of several classes. The Warrior character is just gorgeous, had the ever desirable long hair and she is a monster in combat so far. She has just the right feel that you would want from a sword wielding character, she feels very powerful.

Her in game “voice” is really deep and she sounds like what I might call a “butt buster” girl. You know? “I’m a brute and my foot is coming your way”. I’d rather she had a less monstrous tone. I want elegance and power not Ye Butt Babe.

Here she is rough talking Ido the Tanner.

Guild wars2 Warrior and Ido the Tanner

Guild Wars2 Worlds

I wanted to kill off my neo-Guild Wars 2 character thinking this would clear the decks so I could make a character on my son’s server.  But nooooo.  Even though you’ve cleared a slot of Server A you are seen as doing a “transfer” to the world of “Server B”.   You’re just stuck with your first choice.  That is such a bad policy I can’t imagine what they were thinking.  Why do games come up with these rigid rules?


nsp another world

Guild Wars 2 Onward

I spent a little more time last night trying out Guild Wars 2.  You will be pleased to know my character was given the foofy multi-colored dress of her dreams by a nearby npc.  No more embarrassing leaf cover.  Note also I have a flame coming out of a spot in my forehead.  How handy is that?

gw new outfit

I explored the area a bit and came across an npc who helpfully brought up a map of the area which showed in a small video clip that let me know how to find other npcs with tasks for me.  Too funny I passed that npc a bit later and some other guy was clearly watching the little clip because right by the guys head was a little icon of a film reel.  Don’t disturb!

area map in tutorial

While I was meandering up popped a notice of a NEW EVENT NEARBY!  These appear to be like the public quests in Warhammer Online.  The first event I tried out was one where you killed monstrous fireflies and brought their essence over to an npc.  As you gave them to her, you could see a progress bar for the event and also see how much you had contributed to the event.  Well, sometimes competitive doggie that I am,  I ran and killed the fireflies as quickly as I could and trotted right back over to the npc with them, thus raising my contributions to the event and earning a GOLD Contributor status for the event.  Pity the poor fools who were saving up their essences to turn in all at once.  I bet they either got shut out or were PUNY contributors!  Hehe.

gw gold contributor

I like these public quest events.  It is nice to work somewhat cooperatively (but not as cooperatively as in a dungeon setting) with other people.  You get help, a little competition, and you can all hit on the same mob and everyone gets credit.  It makes the world a little more lively.

I also got a message that I had an Achievement.  Open your Hero Panel!  I like that name better than character sheet.  Makes me poof out my character chest a bit.   Thanks to World of Warcraft I have become something of an achievements fiend.  The rewards for getting the achievement will have to be worthwhile to me.  I want either some cool title or a pet, a mount, something!  We shall see.  I need to look more closely at this panel but I like that it is there.  One thing these achievement sets can do for you is help you make sure you have explored, quested, and done everything you can do in an area before moving on.

gw hero panel cropped

Happy Adventuring!

Guild Wars 2: a Beginning

Long download to get the game up and running.  Tons of options in character creation.  I chose an Elementalist with Fire as my specialty.


new char 2


I may not have made the best selections in my character traits, but I just wanted to try it out and chose what I liked.

The intro is in a very interesting art style, like Japanese cut paper.  You’re in a dream sequence with lots of helpful tooltips to help you move along.  As you move out of the dream sequence things are still in a watercolor wash.  Perhaps other starting areas are sharper.

In the forest


That’s my girl on the left.  Rather tree-like and ropy with not the best wardrobe.  Note at character creation she is wearing a foofy colorful dress.  I guess she has to grow into something more charming.  Hair turned out odd.  May have to stick a helmet on her at the first opportunity.

A Few Game Updates

Today’s log in to World of Warcraft brought these revelations:

You can only do the craft quests in Darkmoon Faire once per month. Boo hiss. Once per day would have scooted me along nicely in crafts such as leatherworking and enchanting I struggle with.

I can’t figure out how to send mail to all my guildies.  Should be simple, maybe it is but no.

After a long patch day wherein they had servers down for much longer than stated they came up and I was working so quien sabe?  This morning though they are doing rolling restarts of all realms.  Tsk.  Try to get it right beaners.

My level 90 character got a quest pop up to see about the Thunder King!  Whoooo hooo!  Back to Pandaria she goes.



Guild Wars 2    After dicing about this one I slunk out and grabbed a copy off the local store shelf.  I guess thinking about having it made me uberously desire to have it.  Report some time this week on wut I think.



Tomb Raider   I regret to say I am a low fish and would have this too except the spot for the PC version was empty.  Don’t tell my husband.

timb raider new


Lord of the Rings Online is downloaded and installed after several hours.  At least no monies were exchanged in its acquisition (though I bought three copies when it was initially released so I’m golden there).

lotro pic


Comments:    I certainly welcome comments but don’t get many.  Too much to ponder in my writing, no doubt.  However, just mentioning SWTOR yesterday brought me SPAM targeted at SWTOR-ites.  Moving on up…

Patch Day Blues

I like to play World of Warcraft as I drink my morning coffee.  Accomplishing mini-goals helps me wake up and puts my mind in a nicely organized place.    Today the beaners took the servers down for Patch 5.2 even though they’ve been downloading patch content in the “background” for a month.  What to do to wake up?

I could play Oblivion or Morrowind.  Both good choices.  I haven’t played either for awhile so I would need extra brain power to remember where I was and how to work the controls etc.  Zzzzzz.

The new Tomb Raider game is out today.  I could download digitally and voila join the new Lara Croft in her adventures.  Two things stop me.  I’m feeling cheap this morning and don’t want to pay $60.00.  Since I first saw the new Lara, all beaten and scratched and seeming very much the victim, I have been of two minds about having this one.  It is getting good reviews from the people who like Drake’s Uncharted.  This is a Playstation only game which has taken over the adventurers mantle from Lara who should be more like Nathan Drake.  Well no.  She should be Lara Croft.  I have been a huge fan of Lara in all her incarnations.  How can I abandon her now?

New laraMy heroine?

So then I thought how about Guild Wars 2.  More good reviews.  The original was intriguing.  Another 60 bucks though…nah.   I have the original Guild Wars, maybe instead of digging for my box I could just download from the web.  Not seeing it on their site.  On the plus side, I’m into my second cup of coffee and am starting to wake up.

guild wars 2

How about Lord of the Rings Online?  I played for several years and enjoyed it but abandoned at the free to play stage.  It kindly let me download from the site, but the time involved is 5 hours of download.  Zzzzz.  Hobbiton takes shape as we speak.

Lord of the Rings Online

I rejected Star Wars the Old Republic because I disliked the game at launch and have all those old resentments about their taking out Galaxies to make room for this sterile mess.

star wars the old republic splash

I’m awake and I can do other things while LOTRO slowly downloads…Happy Patch Day!