Er … A Small Miscalculation

Yeah, this again. Look how she’s matured. No more showing her garters, she’s just a lean, mean, killing them slowly while sometimes successfully staying alive machine. I do not have a handle on her skills but don’t really seem to care because I’m having fun. I thought it would be something enjoyable to do while waiting for the expansion. I may have miscalculated here.

I may have to start staying up nights so I can be in three worlds, and sometimes, I’m really phoning it in in the real one. I had no expectations as I wasn’t familiar with Guild Wars. Time will tell, as I have a track record of taking a three or four month break on a new game and then losing interest, but so far GW2 has done so much right, at least for me.

Dynamic events rather than quests, remind me of what I liked about Rift. You’re wandering around out in the wilderness all alone, minding your business, chopping down trees. A call goes out! A location is under attack! You rush off to help, you’re outnumbered, doesn’t look good! By the end you’ve got twenty people helping you take down the big bad whatever. So far these impromptu groups have been fun, polite and stress free.

Grouping with strangers in WoW is not stress free for me. I’m always scrunched up waiting for the insults and accusations to fly, so much so that I avoid most groups of strangers other than quick holiday bosses. For whatever reason this doesn’t seem to happen at these dynamic events. I’m not high enough level for the first instance so I don’t know if this will carryover in dungeons.

There seems to be more of a spirit of cooperation rather than competition. If you help someone out you both complete. The big chest at the end of a boss kill, everyone loots. I don’t know if the quality of the loot is determined by contribution but I love the idea. Same with nodes. If you see a silver node and someone arrives before you and mines it, no problem. It’s still there for you, it doesn’t disappear until YOU mine it. This is so wonderful it’s indescribable!

I haven’t seen much of the world, but what I have is beautiful. I got visually drunk in the The Grove, the Sylvari Capital City. I just sat here irl awed. There appears to be a very vast world to explore and when I go to the areas I’ve outleveled, with level scaling I won’t be running through bonking level 5s on the head. I’ll be scaled down too!

There’s a lot here to like. I’ve downed the Kool-Aid, ate the brownies … whatever … I really like it. I may have to come up with a schedule. Even days there … odd days here … mornings in Azeroth, or no maybe … oh boy, this could get complicated.

7 Responses to “Er … A Small Miscalculation”

  1. Take your time. After all, it’s not like either game is going away.

    • Right now I’m trying to wear out Tyria before Tuesday so I won’t mind breaking. I’ve become obsessed with leveling my professions and I’ve been clear cutting the forests in between saving far outposts from attack.

  2. As I said in our talks, I thought this food for thought would make for a good post and indeed it did. There is so much I agree with you on, and so far ArenaNet’s effort to make the game encourage cooperation is in full swing. I recently encountered the “Swamp Monster” in the human area. What a crowd we had for that!

    I think the goal of chests is to make them useful to the class you’re on. Sometimes that happens, other times not so much. Also, the challenge gets harder the more people there are taking part (but the xp rewards are equally as good).

    I don’t know about you, but leveling profs can get expensive. of course, the game even tells you cooking is a tougher one so I brought that on myself. We’ll see what happens next with Jewelcrafting.

    If you’re still not sure about the Necromancer, switch up your weapons. so far my personal favourite combination is Axe/Warhorn. Oh, and having my 5-7 buttons as summonable minions was a great deal of fun. That I can sacrifice one for health seems to be a better option solo than using the slot for a self heal as he also seems to draw the attention of mobs and thus it means taking less damage and thus negating the heal requisite. Also, dodge is your friend, even though I know it takes a while to get the timing down (I still haven’t).

    • Yes, leveling professions seems a little harder if you don’t want to spend money. I can’t believe that I’m jumping up and down for joy when I receive a letter with and ENTIRE silver reward, lol.

      I recently went over 50s! Yay! Who knows how I’ll celebrate if I ever get one gold. Yeah, although I love dodging I’m apparently not doing it effectively, haven’t got that down!

  3. FIFTY. Silver. FIF-TY. I think I got to 13 once and then bought my Trait manual for level 10….

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