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Posted: May 27th 2009 11:35AM (Unverified) said

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Great Idea!! I'll be watching.

I'm actually thinking of installing Guild Wars again and replicating this adventure using the poll results..I'm sure I can think of a better name than Moira Zonk tho :) Good luck.

Posted: May 28th 2009 5:39PM (Unverified) said

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I don't think that opening other chapters is a fitting ultimate goal. It would be much more interesting to beat Prophecies. I haven't heard the opinion of someone who's just joined (or rejoined) Guild Wars recently in a while. Should be great.

Posted: May 27th 2009 11:31AM Arkanaloth said

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starting in pre-sear... ouch.

But from what I read you've been there before so you know the drill, I've not logged into GW in a while but I still dip in there from time to time. Are you going for Factions and Nightfall access once you hit Lions?

Posted: May 27th 2009 11:34AM TheJackman said

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I think this choose my adventure part can become one new way to really review a mmo... the normal way to review games like this does not work... Like in case of Age of Conan the reviewers give it height rates for the first zone but later everything did turn bad...

Posted: May 27th 2009 11:40AM Arkanaloth said

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my old mesmer is still in pre-sear I think. I was trying for LDOA but....

Posted: May 27th 2009 12:47PM Justpotatoes said

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For those of us who don't play Guild Wars (or haven't played it in four years) it's a bit tough to choose items in the polls without a little more background on what they mean. I'm looking forward to following your adventures, but I would love it if you could give us a bit more information about the poll choices so we could learn more about the game. :)

Posted: May 27th 2009 12:51PM Arkanaloth said

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while you are correct, explaining all the terms of the poll could become a daunting task in and of itself. It would likely be easier to pop in deep-links to the GW-wiki, heck Underworld is a full article on it's own.
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Posted: May 27th 2009 1:36PM Justpotatoes said

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Good point! Popping in links to the wiki would definitely be better. Now I'm going to skip off the wiki myself and check it out.
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Posted: May 27th 2009 1:10PM (Unverified) said

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Just a quick comment... Reaching max level is really easy in Guild Wars - in fact, level 20 is where the "normal" game starts.

That is, if you follow the story line of Prophecies, that's around the point when you get access to elite skills and 8-man parties.

Of course, since Prophecies is a bit more slow paced than Factions or Nightfall, that might seem like a big step, but really, level 20 (max level) is only the beginning - not nearly a goal worth pursuing since it's not very hard to do.

Posted: May 27th 2009 1:17PM (Unverified) said

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The journal along with the pictures is a nice touch!

For those that don't play Guild Wars perhaps you could put a link to the official wiki at the top of the poll section each time:

http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Main_Page

so they can do a quick search on things before voting. Ditto on that for the other games when you get to them, hard to vote for something you don't know anything about.

Posted: May 27th 2009 1:19PM (Unverified) said

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Your ultimate goal for Guild Wars should be PvP. Chances are your will get burned out with PvE by the time you finish the campaigns and start on the high end stuff, as the monsters become very predictable and easy to counter, even in the harder areas. Ironically in Guild Wars, the more challenging the PvE areas get, the more simple builds you begin to use. As a necromancer, you will probably end up spamming hexes, which gets boring fast. Your other options as a PvE necro are blood magic buffer, minion master, and Soul Reaping abuser, all jobs done more efficiently by the AI controlled heroes. The necromancer is really a fotm class that goes in and out of popularity, and is considered by many to be the most poorly designed core class. The general class suggestion is Warrior because it is a "short time to learn, forever to master" class that is versatile and always in use in both PvE and PvP. Guild Wars is a game built for competitive play, and in my opinion, where it really shines. GvG is the most enjoyable aspect of Guild Wars to everyone I know who has played it, and what the game is built and balanced around. You would be missing out on the main attraction if you skipped out on PvP in Guild Wars.

Posted: May 27th 2009 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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Heh i remember those hunters in the forest, ah good times :)

Do they still give you free beer? ;)

Posted: May 27th 2009 1:42PM Thac0 said

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Is there a guide besides trying to hunt things down in the wiki for the titles and quests that get over looked in pre-searing

Posted: May 27th 2009 2:29PM (Unverified) said

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http://www.presearing.com


has some very good guides and overviews of everything Pre-Searing related and


http://www.guildwarsguru.com

http://guildwars.incgamers.com


have tons of stuff for the rest of the game areas.

Posted: May 27th 2009 2:57PM Arkanaloth said

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this article is seriously tempting me to pop into GW just to say hi and wish you well on your journies!!! I don't really play it enough to be a permanent fixture though (changes to FFXI have pulled me back there hardcore).

Posted: May 28th 2009 1:53AM DevilSei said

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Aww... no goal to get the title for reaching lvl 20 in pre-searing? Boo...

Posted: May 28th 2009 3:16AM Dirame said

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I left Pre-searing when I had finished all the quests, I was wondering why that wasn't in the options because that's when I think pre-searing should be left.

Posted: May 30th 2009 2:17AM (Unverified) said

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As someone who just recently returned to GW, I have to say that your ultimate goals are set pretty low. None of them are terribly difficult to do as my friend (a "casual gamer") and his girlfriend (basically a non-gamer as she never did much beyond Wii Sports and Super Mario before we got her into GW) have both done everything on your list over the period of about 3 months of casual play. Admittedly they had my help, but if they can do it with some nudging from me, certainly an experienced MMO player like yourself can do all of those with ease.

Your best option so far is beating the storyline, although if you just changed some of the "Get to..." options to "Get to and complete all the quests in..." you'd have some better possibilities.

Also, if you end up doing the Prophecies storyline, I vote that you also do the Titan quests and go through the Eye of the North story too. They tie up all the loose ends anyway.

I'm glad you're getting the collector's armor in Pre-Searing. For some reason I always do that even though it's largely useless and outdated almost instantly. Be sure to meet Nicholas Sandford and Professor Yakkington. I

Posted: May 30th 2009 6:20AM (Unverified) said

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I do recognize the fact that these are fairly moderate goals, but remember that this whole project is made to switch games every few weeks or months, so that we can keep it fresh. One of the great things about GW is there's so much to do, and the possibilities for goals are almost endless, but I want to give other games a chance too.

Also, since this is the first one, I may find that I'll need to set harder goals next time. But we'll see! It should still be fun though :)
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