Sorry for how slow it has been around here! I spent the last week moving and getting settled for my last little bit of school before I graduate. Despite being busy, I managed to play the first day of Guild Wars 2′s launch, and what better way than an Adventure Log to fill you all in on the details.
I decided to go into GW2 ignorant to almost every detail, so I’m seeing the world through the wide-eyes of a newbie. At times I regret this decision because I’m asking so many questions about where this is or how that works.
My name is Glumshanks, and I am an Asura Ranger. I don’t know what kind of Ranger, yet, but I know I like pets so I’ll probably start by boosting Beastmastery. I’m still figuring out which pet I want to use. I like bears because they tank, but I know from beta that the lynx can do a lot of damage. For now, I’m just using what I can find.
Leveling through the Asura area has been a real pleasure. Everything seems to flow so naturally. I didn’t try to go from one heart to the next. I just went around killing monsters and seeing if the area I’m in wanted an objective completed. I found events, followed them around, and allowed myself to be easily distracted. I don’t know if that’s the most efficient way to level, but I got to level 15 quickly and never once felt like I was grinding or having to work for it. GW2 lacks that ‘hub to hub’ sensation — I love it.
Something I like is 100% completion for zones. It’s a bit meta, but if you get the chance hit the map key and check out on the left side what you haven’t completed. I realized I missed two entire areas and went back to finish them up to get credit for achievements and rewards.
GW2′s scaling system seems extremely useful. I went to the Norn area to grab a bear pet, and while I was there I did one event and gained a huge amount of experience despite being nearly ten levels higher. I might have to go and do the human starting area now just to see what it’s like.
My crafting professions are Huntsman and Leatherworking. I can make most ranged weapons with Huntsman, and LW obviously makes armor. This is the first time I’ve played around with crafting. It feels like a mix between a complex crafting system, and a very superficial themepark model. It works, though. You find items to fulfill a recipe and you make things. Discovery, however, is where you can make things and add bonuses to items to discover new recipes. I find the crafting enjoyable.
I have a few complaints so far. The auction house has been down the entire time, and the mail system is also sporadic at best. The global naming system where only one person can have a name across all servers — including guild names — hurt my guild and many of the people I play with because we couldn’t get our names. Joining people in group across overflows is still broken; It rarely works. Several bugs with our guild are causing issues. What we are researching is only visible to some people — I can’t even see the research I started for us. One of our guild officers who created the guild while I was away now can’t even see that he’s in a guild. Editing ranks and the motd can also crash me.
More to come!