Global Chat: Returning to Guild Wars 2

    
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Guild Wars 2’s new (old) leadership, uptick in communication, and upcoming expansion have a lot of MMO players returning to the game lately — including Why I Game’s Jeromai, who wrote an essay on the state of the game and its activities right now.

Guild Wars 2, as a horizontal progression game, is filled with way too many things one could be doing at any turn,” Jeromai said. “A little bit of help focusing and a direction to follow is appreciated when one is lost and overwhelmed.”

Raining

Endgame Variable took a trip through FFXIV’s New Game+ mode: “In most MMORPGs, it’s not a big deal to start a new character and replay the story. In Final Fantasy XIV, it’s a massive pain. You unlock so much stuff on your journey through that game that losing it all is like losing two limbs, and then two more limbs.”

And speaking of FFXIV, Leo’s Life is going on a bit of quest tourism in that game as of late: “You are given clear instructions to go here, do this thing, talk to this person, and then most likely travel to the other part of the big map for the next bit. It’s quite jarring frankly, where the journey itself is more important than the character level associated with it.”

Retro MMO Gamer is “slumming” in Dark Age of Camelot lately, saying, “It almost seems contradictory to spend any time leveling in a mostly PvE server in a game like DAOC where PvP is its main attraction and done so well, but I do like the idea of all three realms working cooperatively to achieve certain in game goals.”

Boundless is still here, reports Unidentified Signal Source: “A lot of people seem to be assuming that the game is some combination of dead and/or abandonware. Live services cost money, gotta get the cash from somewhere if it’s not coming from here, and it’s hard to justify to an investor or publisher why you’re dedicating resources to this other thing instead of their project.”

The Ancient Gaming Noob took a trip back to WoW Classic’s Hellfire Ramparts: “The high point after that was the group of five at the top of the ramp which we have managed to wipe on every time.  As we got ready for that fight, I looked at my exp bar and realized I would level after we killed two or three of the group, so when we pulled them around the corner I did not hold back on mana.  I kept consecrate going and anything else I could throw at them.”

Should you boost to max level in Star Trek Online? Contains Moderate Peril considers this, saying, “Overall, this max level boost has proven okay and a convenient means to an end. It came with a bundle and was not something I specifically sought out. I’m not sure if I’d buy this if it was sold separately. Knowing how Cryptic tends to price things, it may not offer sufficient value for money.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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Castagere Shaikura

I have a love/hate relationship with the expansions. So I also went back to play mostly in the base zones with new characters. Just doing hearts and no story content if I can help it. I’m having fun again with GW2. I hopped on my level 80 characters too and found out haven’t explored the map as much as I thought.

The coolest thing happened to me last night that never happened or I don’t remember it. I was in an area of the Norm main hub exploring. An NPC ran up to me wanting to talk and told some guys were trying to retake a tower and I should help them and she marked my map. This turned into a major battle and ended with me and these NPC’s invading the enemy stronghold and it was a blast.

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Adis Podbicanin

There’s A LOT to do in Guild Wars where there’s days where I login in and I don’t know what to do, and nothing sounds fun so I end up logging out. What has helped me is picking an achievement, and focusing on that. Or I end up progressing on the story.

Stefan
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Stefan

Agree on Guild wars 2, recently started playing again and in the first expansion but there is just so much stuff that has been added on it seems impossible to figure out how everything works in game.

I seriously had to look up outside of the game how their build layout saver worked as you have two categories one was account shared the other character shared but that is not explained to a returning player anywhere.

Also the new event that is up, tried looking for things to do in there but i feel lost and while i do lack spare time during the work week so i could have invested more time exploring to figure things out, i do feel i am better off looking up a video on youtube to figure out what the hell is going on than to try to go exploring in game, which is not something you want people to really do in my opinion.

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graven2002

If you’re not sure what to do in an area or festival, the Achievement tab of the Hero Panel is a pretty good place to start. It can also be overwhelming at first, but is a great resource once mastered.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for guidance in map chat or guild chat. More often than not there is at least one player willing to lend a helping hand.

Stefan
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Stefan

Good points will take a look at those and indeed the community is quite helpful that is true, so that helps a lot when trying to figure stuff out.

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Араши 13

I, actually, like this part of GW2. You see it everywhere. You want to create a legendary weapon – farm resources, do collections, do archivements. It helps me focus on my irl issues while I’m doing it everyday step by step. It trains your concentration and calmness a lot.