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Flameseeker Chronicles is a Guild Wars 2 column by Tina Lauro. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Flameseeker Chronicles: Ten things I’d forgotten from Guild Wars 2’s Living World Season 1

I spent quite a while poring over a recent gem of a video that served as a fantastically nostalgic trip down memory lane through its condensed retelling of the Living World season 1 story. The cleverly constructed movie was made possible by the historic work of several Guild Wars 2 enthusiasts, with several contributions being knitted together in a coherent order by Youtuber Dreamy Abaddon in an almost 3-hour delight. Although much of the content has not been voiced over or personally recorded by Abaddon, the amount of effort that has gone into creating the piece has to be commended. It’s fantastic to remember the roots of the Living World system in this way since we can no longer revisit what many would consider it the best season to date.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to take you through a lighthearted list of particular moments or sentiments I’d forgotten about in the haze of all that story content, which I hope will inspire you to check out the full movie for yourself, especially if you missed out on Season 1. My list is a little spoilerific for those who aren’t up to date with Scarlet’s story, but since it’s such old content I doubt any of you will shout over that. In any case, I hope you enjoy my list of forgotten favourites from Season 1 and will collate your own best moments in the comments below.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: 2017 predictions for Guild Wars 2

The year is most definitely drawing to a close: I’ve devoured a mountain of turkey and stuffing sandwiches, binge-watched all of my favourite holiday movies, and failed the Wintersday jumping puzzle far too many times to count, so I am under no illusion that 2016 will be over before I know it. With that said, I wanted to take a moment to look back on everything that 2016 brought to Guild Wars 2, revisit my predictions from the beginning of the year to see how wrong right I was, and finally add some new predictions and wishes for 2017. I’m feeling very nostalgic and whimsical this festive season, so it’s the perfect time for a reflection as well as a little bit of optimistic wishlisting!

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, expect a blend of already-known information with my usual dose of heavy speculation and a noble attempt at piecing together the scant pieces of information that exist regarding ArenaNet’s 2017 plans. As much as I’ll try to steer clear of spoilers where possible, I feel that this will be a bookmark-and-read-later option for those of you who aren’t quite up to date with the 2016 GW2 happenings. My 2017 predictions will contain potential spoilers throughout for those who haven’t caught up, but I won’t place these spoilers behind tags due to the time elapsed between the last story drop and today.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2 PvP league changes explained

Guild Wars 2 fans had a strong inkling that some significant, much-needed changes would be a large part of the PvP League’s season 5 launch, and we certainly haven’t been disappointed. ArenaNet has made sizeable changes to how PvP players earn rewards and are matched up against one another with the main goal of making faster, more accurate matches that better reward those who engage with the league. Season 5 really seeks to challenge and stretch PvPers as they climb the rankings, engage as many players as possible for the entirety of the season, and open up the competitive playing field much more than ever before.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll outline the changes you’ll see if you engage with this PvP season and help you understand how the overhaul might impact your game. It’s early days and I don’t hope to fully evaluate how well the changes will meet the aims set by ArenaNet, but I’ll also give you my two cents on the improvements as well.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Unpacking Guild Wars 2’s A Crack in the Ice

I’ve covered plenty of ground since my initial impressions piece went live last week, and I’m hoping that you’ve had time to play Guild Wars 2‘s most recent addition to the Living World’s third season by now because I am bursting to share my thoughts with you all! A Crack in the Ice passed me by rather quickly, but I nevertheless greatly appreciated such a well-paced chunk of story landing on my lap on the shy side of the holidays. My preview pieces are always light on spoilers due to the lack of time I get to sink into the story in advance, especially since I never want to ruin the launch day suspense for myself prematurely.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll give you a blow by blow account of A Crack in the Ice and present the highlights and lowlights as I see them. There are no bones about it: This article will be jam-packed with spoilers for those who have not yet completed the episode. If you’re behind in terms of story, I recommend skipping this one until you’re ready to discuss the story!

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Five reasons to buy Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns while it’s on sale

Ever since Guild Wars 2‘s first expansion released, retired players or MMO hoppers have been insisting in comments across the internet that they would only consider buying Heart of Thorns if it went on sale. I understand the sentiment, particularly with the MMO market being as saturated as it is and there being a sizeable strain on our MMO budgets to keep up with the latest developments in the genre. This week, the expansion is 50% off and still includes the max level boost and base game, so I thought it was a great time to talk about why those who haven’t already should take the plunge and step into the Heart of Maguuma.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll list some lighthearted yet nevertheless compelling reasons for those who haven’t already to get on board with the HoT train. Hopefully, some of my reasoning will help tip you over the edge if you were considering purchasing the expansion and just needed a good excuse.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Amazing Guild Wars 2 in-game Halloween costumes

I’ve devoured all of my homemade pumpkin pasties and downed the last of my butterbeer while enjoying the Halloween festivities in Guild Wars 2, gaining some very pretty treats for my playtime. One of my favourite parts of the Halloween season is seeing characters in costume, though: Only in GW2 — aka Fashion Wars — will you see so many characters getting into the season while playing the Mad King’s games and generally being festive. The best effort I put forward this year was to apply more Abyss dye to smoke out my usual armour colour scheme and equip some spookier weapon skins, so I’m always blown away by the effort some people make to get into the spooky spirit. Costuming is a year-long pursuit for many players, but Halloween seems to bring out the most awesome character cosplays and gives me a perfect opportunity to showcase the talent in the GW2 community.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to showcase some of my favourite character costumes from 2016, as spotted in-game, spied on the season-focused Guild Wars 2 Reddit threads, and during my random browsing of far too many GW2 YouTube videos. Be sure to add screenshots of your costumes in the comments for me to check out, and don’t forget to share any real-life character cosplays you wore as well!
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Flameseeker Chronicles: Gaming playstyles, science, and Guild Wars 2

I was curious recently about what specific personality traits or personal qualities lead to my enjoyment of MMOs in general and Guild Wars 2 in particular, especially after reading that Quantic Foundry has just conducted new research into any potential correlation between gender, age, and playstyle. The research referenced in the Daily Grind post was taken from a relatively small set of responses, but I was nevertheless prompted to consider my own playstyle and revisit my Quantic Foundry gaming profile again.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to examine my gaming profile and explain how it might relate to the type of GW2 content I choose to play, giving examples as I go to help other gamers with similar motivations consider whether GW2 might be the perfect MMO choice for them as well.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Fully unpacking Guild Wars 2’s Rising Flames

I’ve been aching to share more of my thoughts about Guild Wars 2‘s second Living World instalment for Season 3 and am finally convinced that enough time has passed for most of you to have experienced the story for yourselves. You’ll remember that my last edition of Flameseeker Chronicles shared my launch day first impressions, but a fuller breakdown seemed most necessary since I had played such a small proportion of the content in advance of its release and was asked to keep my impressions detail-light to avoid spoilers anyway.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll give you a rundown of the goings-on in Rising Flames and will again present the best and worst parts of the story from my perspective. If you haven’t had the opportunity to play Rising Flames in its entirety just yet, I recommend skipping this article for a while until you do unless you’re happy for some major story spoiling to happen: There will be several spoilers throughout the article for those who haven’t played this episode.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Rising Flames

Logging into your Guild Wars 2 account right now will grant you access to an absolute treat in the form of episode 2 of the Living World, named Rising Flames, which should provide you with an astounding amount of action for a singular episode update. My excitement levels were sent off the scale when the episode was announced during PAX West due to the return to the original game’s hardcore volcanic island chain in the form of the new Ember Bay zone. And then I was allowed to jump right into the Fire Islands early and see for myself how hot the action is this past weekend to ensure I could fill you in on my thoughts when the content dropped.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to share my first impressions of Season 3’s second installment, based on my experiences over the weekend’s preview time. I played through the best part of two chapters and tackled the new jumping puzzle while I was hopping around the islands. I’m going to keep the article intentionally light on the spoiler front since this episode is just launching today and I want you to enjoy it for yourselves, but please don’t read on unless you’ve completed the first episode and are up to date with the story so far if you’re worried about spoilers. Anything that I feel could be too revealing will be placed behind our special spoiler tags for your reading convenience.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Thoughts on Guild Wars 2’s Ring of Fire episode reveal

We’ve been promised a whole list of newness for Episode 2 of Guild Wars 2‘s latest Living World season, which will be with us by the end of the month, so I wanted to dedicate this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles to outlining what we can expect on September 20th. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new episode in two weeks time, and I’m very curious as to where the story will pull us to, especially after such a big reveal at the end of episode 1.

Exploring the unknown

The new zone will be another jog down memory lane for Guild Wars players since it is set within the Ring of Fire island chain that we all know from the Prophecies campaign. My mind is blown by the return: The new zone’s being set in an entire region that we’ve never set foot on in GW2 is exceedingly brave considering that other offerings are extensions of somewhere that we already have some sort of foothold in. Even Heart of Maguuma, which I always think of as quite an extensive, technically impressive region, was familiar to us by extension from the other Maguuman areas.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: What to do in Guild Wars 2 between season 3 episodes

Many MMOs, Guild Wars 2 included, face a well-documented but oft-unaddressed problem: What can players do to fill the time in between content gaps? The topic at hand was actually suggested by Bree after so many of us cleared the first chapter of the Living World’s third season so quickly. I admit that I was ravenous for something new, and in my content-starved state, I vastly overconsumed the new content and burned through it quicker than I should have. I knew that a further wait of two or perhaps three months was to be expected before the next story chapter, but I found myself unable to make the new chapter stretch and am now back to finding fun ways to bide my time.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to share with you some of the things I do to busy myself and create my own fun in periods of story downtime in the hope that you’ll feel a little bit inspired yourself, should you find yourself in the same predicament as I am in.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Unpacking Guild Wars 2’s Out of the Shadows

I figure that it’s been long enough for the majority of you to have run through Guild War’s 2‘s first instalment of the Living World Season 3 story, which is a huge relief because I’ve been dying to share my thoughts with you all. Sure, I shared my initial impressions with you on launch day, but I was rather light on the details since I was being so careful not to ruin your fun prematurely and I hadn’t been exposed to much of the content anyway.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to talk about the good and bad of the opening chapter, and then I’ll perhaps even reevaluate some of my predictions for the season after appraising my accuracy. If you haven’t had the chance to play through Out of the Shadows for yourself, I recommend giving this article a miss until you have: There will be spoilers ahead for those who are not aware of how the storyline has progressed.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s new Living Story has launched

Wowee, is it ever a massive day in the life of my favourite MMO! If you log in right now, you’ll notice three greatly anticipated additions to Guild Wars 2 as you know it: Firstly, we’ve (finally!) got some more juicy story to pore over with the release of the first chapter of Living World Season 3, Out of the Shadows, and then we also have Revenge of the Capricorn, a pirate-themed new (but kinda not new… more on that later) PvP Conquest map, and Chaos Isles, a crazy new fractal in which nothing is as it should be.

I had the opportunity to try out some of this new content over the last few days and am ready to share my thoughts on what you can expect from this mahoosive content drop. I played through a little bit of the story (I didn’t want to go too far and run out of story before it even launches), battled the devs in Revenge of the Capricorn, and blasted through the Chaos Isles fractal to get a sense of how the new content feels.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll share my playtesting experiences with you to prime you for tackling the new content yourselves. This article won’t be terribly spoilerific since I was asked not to divulge too much in terms of the new plotlines, so don’t worry too much about having a gander before jumping in to play through for yourself. Anything questionable in terms of spoilers has been placed behind special tags for your reading convenience. This is a fairly beefy article, so you’ll still have plenty to read even if you choose not to open any of the spoilers at all!

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