Thoughts on Guild Wars and the Hall of Monuments now that I’m “Done”

After dragging my feet for the last couple of HoM points, I sold off  almost everything I had of value to make the final push for 30/50 last night.  I kept almost logging off to go to bed but then someone would respond to buy something or post in trade that they wanted something I had… needless to say, I sold the last items I need to go over the top to a character by the name of Armen The Guide.  He made my night so much that I dumped a few random odds and ends I had on my that I wouldn’t be needing anymore.  I dashed over to get my Destroyer weapon created, and then trimphantly strolled into my Hall of Monuments to place the final weapon on the stand.

I can’t remember the last time I felt so accomplished for playing a game… and this is one of the huge successes that ArenaNet has made.  I think the Hall of Monuments is pure genius on ArenaNet’s part.  Reward the hell out of your existing player base and try to give them a good incentive to buy your new game.  I also have to give them serious credit for not using this as a cash grab to entice people to buy the transmutations for the HoM weapons.  I just read the other day that they will be free to transmute but they’re still working on exactly how that will work.

It also has massively increased the number of people logging in to Guild Wars numero uno.  I have all of the expansion packs for Guild Wars but barely played more than a few missions of each.  The idea of the game always appealed to me, but the learning curse after a few missions would always piss me off and I’d bail.

My biggest criticism for this game is that without reading the wiki (and I mean really digging in to it) it’s really easy to have a completely awful build or just completely not know that you can upgrade weapons or armor in certain ways.  I’m really hoping that they fix this as much as possible in Guild Wars Part Duex.  I’ve always hated that for many MMO’s you have to constantly alt-tab out to a wiki to have an real clue on what you should be doing.

The mood in Guild Wars is certainly exciting… everyone is trying to get the last few points for either 30/50, 50/50 or some other random stopping point they have decided on.  There are many stories of people logging in and dumping all of their accumulated wealth on random bystanders or guildmates.  I know that the original Guild Wars will stick around for a bit, but many people (myself included) don’t expect to play the orignal very much in the coming future.  The closest thing I can associate it to is being on a server at the very end right before they pull the plug on a title.

I plan on logging in to Guild Wars just prior to Head Start and maybe even before the proper launch just to see if anything crazy is going on… I fully expect something exciting to happen, but I guess we’ll see.


To anyone that is still listening…..

I got 30/50!!!!!



On that note, it’s almost 2AM here and I need to be up in a few hours for work.  I know I have been slacking on the posts, but partly that is because I’ve been kind of bored with the games I have been playing… Guild Wars… grind to 30/50 took forever and a few times I almost gave up.  Star Trek Online?  When they said that small Fleets wouldn’t be at a disadvantage… they lied.  Grinding Fleet Marks and committing all of my duty officers to the dark pit that is our Starbase… How do they honestly expect a smallish fleet to really compete?  Oh well, time for bed… at least I met my 30/50 goal finally!  Now if I can just make my “post semi-regularly, and not just once a month” goal………

Will you just shut up and get to the screenshots already?!?!

I have struggled with two things while creating this blog.  The first thing I have struggled with is just posting on a semi-regular basis…  I’ll mean to post something and even have ideas, but then I’ll get sidetracked and put it off for a day (or a week).  Another thing I tend to run into is having an idea of something I want to write and  just before I write it, I see someone else posting almost the exact thing I was thinking so I just drop that idea altogether.

The other problem I tend to have is the dreaded Wall of Text… I don’t always have screenshots handy when I’m typing up an article on an iPad (which is a very unique experience I highly recommend you try at least once).  I also tend to run in to issues actually having relevant screenshots anyways.  I tend to get involved in whatever game I am playing and I don’t even think to hit the Print Screen key often enough for it to matter.

I have been trying to remember to look for a tool that will help me and ran across this post by Valerian.  So I grabbed Chronolapse and with just a couple small tweaks to the default settings I have been collecting screenshot upon screenshot upon screenshot.  Only issue I have is remembering to stop the autocapture before I have  a bunch of screenshots just of my desktop.

So for your viewing pleasure, here’s a bunch of random screenshots jumbled together.  I’d try to make up an interesting title like FrankenScreenshots, but then Massively would likely love the idea and call it BlenderizedScreenshots.  I’m just a wee little blog, so I’m sure it’s just a coincidence… it’s not like anyone talked about this idea to a bunch of people or anything.

I’m really not cranky about it and I could be completely wrong.  On the offhand chance that I AM right however… would’ve been nice to throw a little blogger a bone link.  A link on Massively’s website… oh the traffic I would see…. on second thought… maybe I really don’t want that kind of attention just yet.  I’m lying… I want the attention.  Ok, somehow a screenshot heavy post turned into a wall of yammering.  Screenshots are go!

Secret World Beta

Yeah… skimpy armor is one thing, but just forgetting to button your shirt?

Creepy looking dude…

Matrix creepy dude… ok, let’s just play the game.

Topless creepy guy?!?! Ok, maybe I should have played the girl after all!

Puppet guy was a good time. Crazy as hell!

Almost felt like Left 4 Dead MMO Edition. Big guy was cool looking though!

Could you please get your Bioshock out of my Secret World?

I know that not all women in a game world have to be half naked and hot… but do we really need to model NPCs after women seen on!

Guild Wars

Little bit of Guild Wars PVP – Look so much better in Avatar for than in my dress robes…

Yeah.. I’m not so hot at PVP… but at least I took them with me and got the capture!

Hmmmm… dead again… go figure.

Winning! = less times I have to run this for the skill I want to buy!

Mass Effect 2

Ya’ll kill them yet while I hide here in my cool medieval armor?

Double your refreshment, Double your enjoyment… oh just shoot them in the vaguely head-like area and move on!

T-100 really has been eating his Wheaties!

Hey… you think he saw me?

Yes Harbinger, run away like a scared little girl…

Only thing that would have made this better is if the Shep would have mooned him!  Or shown him that he’s number one… 

I didn’t realize Shep was soooo smooth. I guess you have to be a Jack of All Trades to save the universe…

War of the Guilds Part Deux



ArenaNet finally announced the launch date for Guild Wars 2!  August 28th is the big day… and I am quite excited to play for real.  I have dabbled with the Beta a little bit, but I find it hard to invest much time on characters that are just going to be wiped.   Teaser trailer is below… quite excited about the running/jumping part of the video.  Not sure if that’s the jumping dungeon I’ve heard about or not, but it looks interesting.

Also of note is that there will be one last Beta Weekend Event running from July 20th-22nd.  I’m debating about taking that Monday off of work.  I have missed all of the cool BWE end events since I am the Eastern Timezone and it is hard to stay up until 3AM when I have to work in the morning.  Ok, let’s be honest… I’m starting to get old and it’s hard to stay up that late anyways.

Nerd Time Addendum

I managed to get a couple hours of game time in last night and finished up Mass Effect 2 again.  Now I just need to do the Shadow Broker and Arrival DLC’s.  I hear the Shadow Broker is excellent and I’m excited for Arrival to lead me in to Mass Effect 3.  I’m taking a few days off work next week to get projects done and just relax, so maybe I’ll find time to finish up Guild Wars HoM and get rocking on ME3!  Oh, and of course get my projects done… of course.


Nerd Time (or lack thereof)

So the past few weeks have been quite busy for me.  June is always a busy busy month that is better off forgotten, but oh well.  Between my “little” brother’s high school graduation party, wedding I was in, work trip, accelerated  programming class for my degree and trying to get a house ready to sell, yeah… not nearly as much nerd time as I would prefer.  So what gaming have I gotten done you ask?  Uhm… yeah… not that much to be honest, but here we go.

Guild Wars

Still 24/30 on my Hall of Monuments.  Been playing my Monk to get him past a few more Factions missions so I can buy him the Kurzick armor.  Beyond that, I really just need cash and a little Asuran faction on my Dervish and I’m done.  Here’s the last few things on my to-do list:

  • Get 2 more common minis.  Will wait for another month or so until three of my characters get their 2nd year birthday gifts.  Hoping I get a couple I don’t already have.  Or I’ll buy them.  Either way… 25/30
  • Get 9k more Asuran Rep to hit Rank 5 and purchase Asuran Dervish Armor for 3 Armor Statues… 26/30
  • Few more missions in Factions for the Monk and then purchase Kurzick Armor… 27/30
  • Craft Primeval Armor (don’t want to grind any more faction and it’s not too pricey) now 5 Armors…  29/30
  • Craft a Destroyer Weapon – dun dun dun… 30/30!
Mass Effect 2
I picked up Mass Effect 3 but haven’t played it yet.  I went back and purchased a couple pieces of DLC I didn’t have for Mass Effect 2 so I’ve played a mission here or there to finish ME2, but not in a real big rush here.

Krogan – The race of cranky old men… sooo good.

Diablo 3
Then the only other thing I’ve really done much of is playing Diablo 3 with a buddy.  We just hit 50 and started Hell earlier this week.  My Barbarian is 51 and we’re having a really good time with it.  Diablo 3 is very much a boring game for me to play solo, but with a buddy… tons of fun.  Especially when I die horribly and respawn right in the middle of awful things and by the end of the battle I end up naked.  He laughed.  I laughed…. and then paid my repair bill and moved on with life.

This Barbarian is far more awesome than my current build but approximately the same level of broken-armored-ness

Star Trek Online
0 play time.  Well, I take that back… I logged in and promptly fell asleep at my keyboard a couple night ago… does that count?  I really don’t know what I’m going to do when Star Trek Online pushes out the Season 6 update which will include fleet bases.  Just not enough time in the day it seems…
Hopefully I can finish off 30/30 HoM in Guild Wars before then… would help free up gaming time but going to require a lot more Guild Wars gold than I currently have.  I also need to find a fleet to STO with… current fleet was fun when I played, but they are very much based in the UK and I missed most of the fun events due to my work schedule/sleep schedule.
I have heard that there are new Duty Officer reinforcement packs for sale in STO that have the chance to drop all kinds of random stuff, even including a transport!  Sounds very cool, and a really nice homage to Heretic who will be greatly missed.  I haven’t purchased a single lockbox key yet, but I will be picking up a few of these whether I get the ship or not.  I think this is a really great way to give the lockbox cash that Cryptic and PWE so love to see, but also gives us players something of value at the same time.  Now I just wish they’d finally get around to making a Duty Officer app.  Everyone wants one.  I know even Cryptic wants to do it.  What would it take?  Sell the app?  Done.  Here’s my money and thank you very much.
Anyways, on a personal note, does anyone know of a fun fleet in STO that doesn’t mind a guy that plays passionately for weeks on end, and then goes on hiatus and plays something else but eventually always comes home?  Really want to try to find somewhere to land so I can have some Starbase fun in the near future!