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You really can help each other in GW2

My first online game was Guild Wars, and since it was instanced you never saw people outside of your party in the world.  I moved from GW to Lord of the Rings: Online as my first real MMO.  When I was new to LOTRO I could often try to help people that I saw while I was running around.  I was a captain so I could heal them or help attack what they were fighting.  Pretty quickly, and to my surprise, I learned that was considered a no no.   People thought I was trying to steal their XP, or kill the things they needed for their quest.  So instead of helping people, I would usually just run right past them.  Sometime I might look and see if they were in big trouble, and if they were I would help then.

Along comes Guild Wars 2 were Anet has promised that it will be possible to help people without hurting them.  By that I mean they will still get the kills and XP that they need.  Reading about it, and promises are one thing.  It is something else to be able to see it yourself.  This is sort of a simple example, but it was the moment when I truly realized that everybody can be friends and work together in GW2.  There is no PvE competition for kills, XP, or loot drops.

I was in the Norn level 1-15 area just sort of running around exploring.  I found a cave with a bunch of Ice Elementals in it.  I didn’t have any real reason to go in there other then exploration.  There was another person just starting to go into the cave when I got there.      Without any discussion or grouping, we both just started to kill the elementals.  I was playing a Ranger with Healing Spring, and the Axe/Torch combo.  I would occasionally lay down Healing Spring or Bonfire.  I cannot remember what class the other person was playing, but we were doing combos off of each others skills and generally helping each other.  We cleared out a bunch of Elementals as we moved through the cave.  Eventually, we left the cave without talking to each other.

In LOTRO, as in many other MMOs, we would have been in some sort of competition.  Who could “tag” the mob first?  Who could kill fastest to move on to the next kill?  In GW2 we helped each other.  I have to say that Anet fulfilled their promises in this instance very well.  It does pay to help other people.  Everybody gets the quests done, gets loot, and gets XP.  If anything you are punished in this game for not working together, and that makes me very happy.

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BWE goodness

Anet has released some BWE changes in the form of a blog.  There are 13 different changes or additions that they tell us about in their blog.  A few of them jumped out to me.

Improved Overflow Servers

We listened to a lot of the input we received from players regarding their experience with overflow servers in the first Beta Weekend Event, and we’ve implemented a new party UI that tells you when party members are on a different overflow world. We’ve also given party members the ability to fast travel to overflow worlds where other members of their party are located, and we’ve made it easier to keep party members together when moving between maps. It’s all designed to give you as smooth an experience as possible.

This one is huge for me since I will generally be playing with my wife, son, and guild mates.  I like the opportunity to be able to map to the same location as those that I am grouping with.  This will add a lot to the feel of community.

Unlock the Mysteries of the Mystic Forge

On a less dangerous note, the Mystic Forge has arrived in Lion’s Arch. This strange forge actually holds the imprisoned djinn Zommoros, who hails from distant Elona. If you offer the Mystic Forge gifts (like unneeded items and weapons), you will receive a gift in return. Got a pair of pistols that you don’t need? Drop them in the Mystic Forge and see what Zommoros gives you in exchange!

Ok, I am curious about this.  Can I keep trading items until I get something like?  If I trade pistols and get a sword can I trade that sword for something else?  This seems like a really fun way mess with junk loot.  Also is there the opportunity to get something really great or will this all be basic items?  I will have to see how this thing works.

Expanded World vs. World

Once again, the Mists will echo with the sound of combat as we open up World vs. World for the weekend. As usual, massive armies of players from different servers will battle for supremacy on four huge maps, but this time we’ve added a couple of interesting new twists.

Players can now take their WvW battle underground in a new “mini dungeon” beneath the central map. This brand-new subterranean level is full of tricks and traps that can be used against enemy players, and is home to the aptly named Dark Room, which players will have to see (or not) to believe.

We’ve also added skill challenges, dynamic events, and even jump puzzles to the WvW maps. Why are these PvE elements being integrated into WvW gameplay? “We want to make the transition from PvE to World vs. World easy and natural for players,” says developer Matt Witter. “We always wanted additional meaningful content on the WvW maps so that players will always have something to do, even if the frontline of battle is far away.”

I am not usually into PvP, but WvW looks like so much fun.  I am going to have to go into WvW to see how good it is.  Anet is cramming a lot into the WvW arena.  I think this could be the defining section of GW2.

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What class to play during the 2nd BWE?

I am facing a dilemma.  I refuse to play the Necromancer and Engineer during the beta weekends since those are going to be my main classes once the game goes live.  I will be playing the Necro as my main when I play with my wife.  I will be playing the Engineer when my wife and I play with our oldest son.  However, if the game comes out in the next few months I will have quite a bit of time to play solo, and for that I need a third character.

I am thinking of reusing a name I first used in GW1 for my warrior, and then used as a captain in LOTRO.  In GW he was my 2nd character, and LOTRO my main.  He has always been a melee, heavy armor wearer.  So it seems weird putting him in anything other then heavy armor.  Yes I know that is odd and sort of geeky.  I am writing a blog about MMOs after all.  I want to use the BWEs to help find bugs, and also to find what class I am going to use for my 3rd character.

In the first BWE, I had very limited internet access.  I did play the Guardian a little.  I came to the Guardian thinking I wouldn’t like it based on my dislike of the LOTRO Guardian.  I found the GW2 Guardian wasn’t bad to play.  It does more damage then I expected and did some nice buffs and such.  I just am not sure if I want to play a class like this.  There is something that just doesn’t work for me, but I can’t put my finger on it.

I might try the warrior.  The combination of ranged weapons in the Rifle and Bow with the melee weapons is very appealing.  It does fit my characters history of being a warrior and captain.  I just wonder if I am gravitation to this class to fit that history.

The Ranger also interests me.  It seems like the ranger is pretty durable and if built correctly can go toe to toe in melee range.  I like the idea of having a pet, but pets in MMOs usually seem to be pretty dumb with many pathing issues.

I also like the Mesmer and the illusions.  However, I had bad memories of the “armor” that mesmers had in GW1.  I don’t want to go around fighting monsters while dressed like I should be in a play.

I have no interest in the Elementalist or the Thief.

So I have 4 classes to choose from, and I have only a little time to try them out.  From what I have read in blogs and from postings in my guilds forums it seems like every class is fun.  Almost everybody seems like they play a class only for the BWE, but they find it is so good that they end up with more questions as to what they will play when the game goes live.  That is a testament to the work that Anet has put into GW2.  However, it has me confused and wondering what to play for the BWE.

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Beta Weekend June 8th-10th

Anet has announced that the next BWE will start at noon PST on the 8th of June.

Existing Beta characters have not been deleted, so those that have played deep into the game will have the opportunity to try out the  Ascalonian Catacombs dungeon.

What I liked most in their announcement was this paragraph.

We have listened intently to all of your feedback from our first Beta Weekend Event, and we’ve made great strides toward resolving many of the issues you’ve helped us identify. These include party movement into overflow servers, chat functionality, key bindings, server stability, performance, and many more that we will detail in the near future.

Considering I plan to play almost exclusively with my wife and son the party movement is a big deal.  I don’t mind the idea of overflow servers so long as my whole group gets put in the same overflow.  I will also be interested to see what they have added for chat functionality.  There where only a few chat channels available during the first BWE, and it left a lot to be desired.

Right now I am very excited and am counting down the days already.

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