April 13, 2012

Exploration in Guild Wars 2

So thought I'd make a nice quick post on a neat little video I saw just now, from MMORPG.com (thanks, great work) about exploration and why you should and wont be punished for being a ADHD (ooooh, shiny) person like I am :)

November 9, 2011

Monumental 2: Fellowship - Heroes

As discussed last week we will be delving into the nitty gritty details of your Hall of Monument this week, starting with the Fellowship monument!

This is where all your pets and heroes (companions) goes. A total of 8 Guild Wars 2 reward points can be obtained from this monument for 30, companions, including at least 1 rare pet along with the generic animal companion statue. With only 30 statues currently available for display, all of the must be obtained for full points.

This time we will look at the heroes, and what is required for getting them into the Hall.

To be able to place a companion statue of a Hero in the monument, you have to upgrade their armor. So to save some time, let me quote the Wiki on this part:

Nightfall heroes require one of Ancient Armor Remnants, Stolen Sunspear Armor, Mysterious Armor Piece, or Primeval Armor Remnants to upgrade. Eye of the North heroes require either a Deldrimor Armor Remnant or a Cloth of the Brotherhood instead.
Simple, huh? Well not quite. Some of these are rather expensive, or require luck to get hold off. And ofcourse, you also have to get the heroes themselves. That said, most heroes can be obtained just from going trough the campaigns, but there are ofcourse some exceptions, like Xandra, Kahmu and Olias etc. But lets not make this into a "how-to-obtain-x-hero" post, and continue on!

Last time I was online, armor remnants could be gotten from anywhere between 5k to 14k platinum in Kamadan, Cloth of the Brotherhood being the cheapest (since it has the easiest way to obtain them trough the now well-known AFK farm).

While you fill your Honor monument (where you have your titles and statues for dungeon/campaign completion), your probably gonna be vanquishing and should be able to obtain quite a nice sum of money to help fund this, or find items you can sell yourself to help with funding your monuments.

Join me next week, when look at the Pets of this monument!
November 4, 2011

Guild Wars 2: Dev Update by Jon Peters

Ah, finally! We've been starving for new intel for the last couple of weeks, and finally we get some more intel on the new game from ArenaNet, in form of a large update about Engineers, pets and professions combos! Sweet!

Tinkering with the Tool Belt
So after GamesCom and listening to feedback, they've gone back and redesigned and added alot of new skills, and corresponding tool belts to the Engineer's kit. They added 23 new skills! That is awesome :)

To give some examples, an engineer that equips slots 6-9 with Elixir H, Flamethrower, Slick Shoes, and Rocket Boots would now have the following skills in their tool belt:

  • F1 Throw Elixir H: A ground-targeted skill that throws Elixir H at the target area, randomly granting vigor, protection, or regeneration to allies in the area.
  • F2 - Incendiary Ammo: Your next three attacks cause burning.
  • F3 – Super Speed: A very short but powerful speed boost.
  • F4 – Rocket Kick: A kick that causes AoE fire damage.

Jon Peters said, "I personally love popping Incendiary Ammo, firing off a few rounds, swapping to my flamethrower, chasing the enemy with Super Speed, and finishing them off with a Rocket Kick. " about the new skills.

A Ranger's Best Friend
Pets has also seen some work done, and we will be getting 4 different pet slots, 2 for aquatic and 2 terrestial slots. Amphibian pets can occupy any slots. This will make it so that if we get a downed pet, we can get another one out straight away! That's pretty neat?

Pets also have 2 stances now; active and passive. In the active stance, if your pet is doing nothing and you engage in combat, your pet will attack your opponent. In the passive stance, your pet will follow you and not to attack unless explicitly ordered to do so. You’ll be able to toggle between these stances by pressing F3.

Pets no longer evolve. Instead, they are set to the level of the ranger, and their stats and abilities are determined by their species. Each pet belongs to a species and each species belongs to a family. For example, a snow leopard is a species belonging to the feline family of pets.

Cross Profession Combos
There was also more information about cross profession combos, that should make it more clear how they work, and that we'll also get notification in the UI when we do combos, which should help to repeat them in the future.

One of the examples features an Elementalist freezing the ground, the Warrior stomping the ground, and the combo granting armor to nearby allies. Pretty sweet huh?

As always read more, on their blog about the news!

Source: http://www.arena.net/blog/guild-wars-2-development-update-by-jon-peters

See you back in Tyria!
November 3, 2011

Monumental 1: Starting out

Players have been expecting the Hall of Monuments to carry over in-game from Guild Wars 1 to Guild Wars 2, ever since devs said so around EoTN launch, allowing the descendants of the original characters to enjoy their family heirlooms, 250 years later.

On the new Hall of Monuments website, the reward calculator is keyed to your character -- simply go to the site and type in your character name to see where you stand in the Hall of Monuments goals. And you will be able to gauge your progress!

You're here to learn more about how to fill your hall, ofcourse, I present you with the Monumental article series. I don't know how many issues I will do, and I don't know how in-depth I will go either, but I will do my best.
Heroes are born in the crucible of conflict and tempered in the flames of battle. Their deeds shine throughout history as a beacon of hope to those who must rise to defend the world in ages to come, becoming part of the legend of the land. The legends forged within Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall, and the Eye of the North will not be forgotten in the future world of Guild Wars 2.

 Today, in the first issue, I will start with a few basic pointers and tips for a quick rise in points:
  1. You start with 3 points. You will always have 3 points.
  2. Complete the campaigns. You will get plenty points just doing that.
  3. Complete the campaigns on Hardmode. 
  4. Map / Vanquish every map that can be vanquished.
  5. Collect minipets.
  6. Collect heroes and their armors.
  7. Find a suitable way to get good platinum income. 
  8. Use above platinum towards your Elite and Prestige armor for more points.
  9. If possible, work towards weapons if you still points. 
  10. Everything you do, counts ACCOUNT wide. You can use whichever char you want. It all counts.
If YOU got any tips and pointers you think should be above, leave your interesting and clever notion in the comments below!
In the next issue, we will start by looking at the Heroes aka the "Fellowship" monument, and how and where to gather the heroes, aswell as their armors, and options. 

See you back in Tyria!

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