Flameseeker Chronicles: My Guild Wars 2 goals for 2018

It’s the time of year for spring-cleaning and goal-setting, where we look ahead to a fresh start filled with plenty of days left for accomplishing all the things we didn’t quite get around to in the previous year. I love taking stock of my yearly MMO progress, especially in Guild Wars 2, and using that reflection to form some new goals to keep my focus and make things challenging in the year ahead. I’ve decided to share my 2018 GW2 to-do list with you all in the hope that it might inspire you to create one yourself.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll explain my 2018 goals. Some of my goals are far more ambitious than others, while a few on my list are simply continuations of goals I set for myself year-on-year. I never truly aim to complete my entire list, but it does serve as a fantastic point of reference for times when I feel a little directionless or restless and need some inspiration. Don’t forget to share your goals with me in the comments; who knows, perhaps some of your goals would be added to my list too!

1. Get on board with PvP

This is a turn-up for the books, but I really want to give PvP pursuits more of a shot this year, albeit not really for my own benefit. I love gaming with my real-life friends and that includes Massively Overpowered’s own Brendan Drain, and he is far more interested in PvP pursuits than PvE. Although I can sometimes tempt him to join us on world boss trains and other light content, I know that what he’d really like is if our whole group gets to grips with PvP or WvW. I’ll make a full commitment as soon as I choose which character to rejig for the purpose and see where it takes me.

2. Keep better stock of my bank

I have a hoarding problem, people: It’s not quite at the MJ level of never throwing things away, but it’s close! This year, I want to be far more choosy with how I use my bank space and I want my storage to match how well maintained my character inventories are. I have a pile of things to condense, toss, or use up, so I’ll get on that at some point soon. The real trick will be keeping my bank space neat going forward, though, so I’m going to be far more selective in what I decide to throw in there from now on to prevent it being overrun again.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire3. Log in daily

This is one of those goals that I aim for every year: MMOs are my relaxing space and I really enjoy logging into GW2 every day, even if it’s just to do a few dailies or some crafting tasks, for instance. At the same time, I don’t wish to become a slave to my PC and I do take breaks when I feel I need them or if I’m travelling, so my January gaming schedule was much lighter than I’d like due to being away. As long as it still brings me joy, I’ll strive to play daily in 2018.

4. Complete pending story achievements

For someone who enjoys the story so much, you’ll be surprised to hear that I’ve not completed all the achievements that go along with the story content. I never check the list before running content and don’t take the time while completing story to check in case it breaks the immersion or  Recent story drops have been much easier to max out the achievements in and it has made me realise that I can revisit the older stuff with a new lens if I simply go into the story with a view to completing the few achievements I missed along the way. I have a few friends who are new to GW2 so I will have company in doing this if I want it, providing I get started soon!

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire5. Record all the jumping puzzles!

I feel the need to get recording my exploits in Tyria this year: I think a good starting point for this would be recording each of the jumping puzzles throughout the year. I really enjoy them and would love to capture my less-than-perfect completions as a mere-mortals guide to getting by in the jumping puzzles. I might roll it into an article at some time during the year that brings the video series together with a general advice article with lots of little tricks and tips in it. I might also start recording my raiding exploits, but see point number 8 for more on that!

6. Complete a random achievement each week

This is another continuation for me: I always enjoy relying on achievement hunting to pass the totally rare, never-seen-ever rainy Northern Irish weekend. I definitely want to continue the tradition of getting friends and family to look through the achievement list and select one for me to accomplish. I love the range of tasks they cover and that achievements take such a varying amount of time to complete: Those who I ask to choose never know what they’re getting me into!

7. Start a new legendary journey

I have to preface this one by saying that I’ve not yet picked which journey to commence, but I do have a stack of materials that’s burning a hole in my bank. I could kill two birds with one stone if I use the bank clearing goal as a good excuse to complete this one. It’s always daunting to start on a legendary, but if you work smart it doesn’t have to be too painful a process. I might well document this in Flameseeker Chronicles and use my pointers to create a newbie’s guild to legendary building, but we’ll see! I’ll have to have a look at my characters — and their wardrobes — to determine whether any of them are crying out for a particular legendary to complete them. Feel free to bombard me with inspiration in the form of your best screenshots!

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire8. Refocus on raiding

I am a self-confessed raidoholic but I’ve recently taken a break as I was so busy this January. I’m going to recommit to my raiding this week, though, especially since my husband is also bursting to get back to it as well. I have a wonderful raiding guild within my set of five that make the content what it is and I’ll be so delighted to get back to enjoying raids with them. I am always nervous when it comes to recording my raids since there are so many players who already create dazzling coverage of much more precise kills than we achieve, but this year could be the time when I get over it and get recording some kills from an everyman perspective. You won’t see perfect rotation deployment or the cleanest runs in the world, but those videos or guides would give you a better idea of what mistakes are salvageable in any given encounter and which result in guaranteed wipes.

9. Work on overhauling those alts

Many of my alts are in a state of incompleteness that would make me blush if you could actually see them, in all honesty. I have four characters I use with any regularity and another four that are disasters that represent my brief experimentation and half-hearted endgame efforts with them. I want to get them in order this year: I find that picking an overarching personality in broad strokes or a coherent style makes the rest of my character plans fall in place, so that’s where I’ll begin. I sometimes find the blank canvas nature of alts a little overwhelming, so narrowing down my options by giving each character some definite direction always helps. This clean-up and redevelopment work will tie into some of my other goals, especially in terms of bank cleaning and exploring PvP content types. Maybe I’ll share some photos of the base characters in the comments and you can give me ideas on where you’d go with them.

Over to you!

I wonder if I’m maybe just a little bit obsessed with lists and this is just a Tina thing to do, or whether many other gamers make a plan for the year ahead or take some time to do some in-game spring cleaning? Let me know if you do anything special to refresh your GW2 account for a new year in the comments below.

Tina Lauro has been playing Guild Wars 2 since it launched and now pens the long-running Flameseeker Chronicles column, which runs every other Wednesday and covers everything from GW2 guides and news to opinion pieces and dev diary breakdowns. If there’s a GW2 topic you’d love to see covered, drop a comment Tina’s way or mail her at tina@massivelyop.com.

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Hey Tina, always a pleasure reading your GW2 columns. You write about the game as good if not a tad better than anyone. When all is said and done, my goal as always is to have fun. When it stops being fun, I know then that it’s probably time to give it a rest for a bit, and of course since there is no sub with GW2 I can do this completely guilt free. :)

Anyway, my take on your categories:

PvP – I’ve never been a big PvP fan as it does tend to bring out the worst in people, although I must admit I do like SWTOR’s Galactic Starfighters. That said, one of these years I’m going to have to queue up for WvW, if for no other reason than to say that I tried it.

Inventory Clutter – I hear you loud and clear on this one. It seems it was pretty manageable during the main Tyria story, but once I started Living Story Season Two it has gotten progressively worse with each new LS and expansion. There do seem to be a lot of grey area items that may or may not be useful at some point, but in the meantime they are taking up precious inventory space. Oh well, as my uncle used to say, “When in doubt throw it out.”

Story Achievements – I won’t say I couldn’t care less about them, but they are not a big priority with me either, especially if they are going to take a lot of extra time and repeat of content. If I get them it’s cool, if not then I’m not going to loose any sleep over it. BTW, I suspect this is where a lot of those obscure titles I see on players comes from.

Jumping Puzzles – See Story Achievements above. I’m happy for the ones I have completed, but more than likely will never complete all of them, and I’m totally OK with that.

Raiding – It’s good when a game has a variety of content to suit different tastes, but for me, when I hear people start talking about doing raids I run for cover. ;-) Between the long time commitment and putting up with intolerant professionals and other toxic personalities, it is not my idea of fun. In the immortal words of Billy Joel, “If that’s moving up, I’m moving out!” lol

Alts – Agree completely with what you wrote about alts. I try to have an RP persona and specialization for each of them, and when I don’t or otherwise start losing focus, then I invariably loose interest in the alt. In fact I have re-rolled alts in mmo’s more times than I like to admit.

BTW, your Taimi pic reminded me how delightfully humorous she can be during the PoF ‘conference calls’. “Hello, this is Taimi, speaking in my official voice!” lol


PvP legendaries. 52 weeks of solid grinding.

Dragon Whimsy

I don’t set up goals for the year in GW2 but I do always have a page in OneNote with a list of my current goals in GW2 that I just continually update.

Currently my goals are to play through the personal story and LW2 on my new main character to complete his story journal and because I feel awful when the game remembers the choices you made in the past and it has to go with a “default” decision because I skipped it on this character (who wasn’t originally meant to be my new main when I level skipped him).

Second I want to get more into WvW and get some of the weapon skins from the WvW ticket vendor. Also I need Honor Badges to get +5 power infusions for my new main’s new ascended armor.

I also want to go explore the wider RP community outside of my guild. Meet new people. I love my guildies but I do feel I’ve stuck to just my small group of friends too much. I used to be a lot more social back in my old WoW days. And I miss that a little.

Finally, I’m slowly collecting materials and farming gold to get my own Guild Hall and get the first several upgrades. I really love the idea of having an entire zone to decorate all to myself. This is THE big goal of the year for me.

Bryan Turner

Now add a 3 day suspension on top of that as icing on the cake for calling them out on their BS, my new goals for GW2 is uninstall it from my PC.

Songs for Children

See ya!

Bryan Turner

Hold on I just got done reading the balance patch notes for Necromancer and wanted to add a new GW2 goal, avoid playing the game and spending any money on the Gem Store.

Bryan Turner

My GW2 goal for 2018 is stay far away from the GW2 subreddit, judging by my Karma I’d have to say ESO Subreddit’s community is way nicer and helpful; my problem is I’ll literally get bogged down in the mud going blow for blow with any one on that site with a passive aggressive snide response and then their Mean Girl Groupies will come out in droves to down vote you into Oblivion. One day on GW2 Subreddit brought me from 30 to -40, followed by one night on ESO which brought me back up to 55 Karma.

I just figure if I’m going to get any enjoyment out of GW2 this year then I better stay away from places where their ‘community’ congregates.

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I’m not much of an achievement hunter unless it’s gating something I need (eg. Mastery Insights).

I dislike long grinds. Every time I start looking into crafting something Ascended the list of materials needed convinces me to go find something else to do (sooner or later I’ll cave). I can’t imagine the pain of crafting a Legendary (although Bifrost looks kinda nifty).

At any rate I do have some goals.

Fix my gaming environment. My desk at home is a disaster. It sits way too high and the keyboard tray I got it was expensive junk. I’m currently making do with a piece of shelving sitting on top of a some file boxes. While that’s alleviated the joint stress I need something a bit more stable. In addition a replacement monitor has a gloss finish screen which doesn’t do well with morning sun-glare. So replace and reorient. And figure out what to do with the old desk.

Join a guild. When I started playing in November I was hanging out with a RL friend. He’s quite a bit more laid back in his gaming so I wanted to stay free of any commitments before his interest started to wane.

What I’m struggling with now is that Discord seems to have taken over gaming VOIP services and several groups use that for text chat. Their business model absolutely rubs me the wrong way (skins? really? I so call BS). “When you’re not paying for the content you are the content.” Sorry, my privacy is not for sale.

Get into raiding, dungeons and fractals. I love group content. In fact I’m really having a blast with GW2’s world bosses, bounties, and map metas. But the best time I’ve had in other MMO’s was when I found static groups to run instanced content with.

Get into WvW. May or may not happen in 2018. All depends on if and when their proposed rework happens.

Get one of each core class to 80 and geared. This is pretty much a gimme. Very painful past experience has taught me to not ever limit my class focus.

Dug From The Earth

My biggest problem with gw2 and why i never end up playing for long, is how difficult it is for me to really set goals for myself in the game. I dont have that problem with many other games. Mostly just GW2.

So thumbs up to you, Tina. Hope you can achieve what you have set out to do.