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Posted: May 16th 2011 2:22PM Faction 3 said

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C'MOOOOOOON MESMER!!!

Posted: May 16th 2011 2:47PM Arkanaloth said

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@Faction 3

agreed, time to give the mesmer reveal!!!
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Posted: May 16th 2011 2:54PM Seldra said

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@Arkanaloth No way! Gunner gunner! >:3
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Posted: May 16th 2011 2:55PM Ryn said

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Absolutely Beautiful!! I SO love well done game worlds. I hope this turns out to be the game that changes things for the genre. I can't wait!

Posted: May 16th 2011 3:07PM Equillian said

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the lion's arch video put this game on my radar.

Posted: May 16th 2011 4:37PM Apakal said

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@Equillian
You mean the manifesto that's been out for like forever now didn't? Pff...
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Posted: May 16th 2011 4:06PM ArcherAvatar said

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As one of the legion of gamers looking forward to GW2 who hasn't played the original game I was curious about whether GW1 veterans recognized any landmarks or buildings from the Lion's Arch video... the impression I'm getting is that pretty much everything is re-built/new with very little if anything recognizable surviving from the GW1 version of the city.

The GW2 version of LA is fantastic imo... but I've always loved port/coastal cities (currently in Tampa Bay, FL.) The sounds of the surf and the gulls in the video were perfect... I'm looking forward to spending many many hours relaxing in LA while chatting or taking care of other things like managing Market Place or dealing with mail.

Posted: May 16th 2011 4:39PM (Unverified) said

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@ArcherAvatar
From the GW2 Lion's Arch map on the Arenanet blog (http://www.arena.net/blog/lions-arch-building-the-heart-of-the-city) it seems that the GW1 Lion's Arch is underwater in the bay during GW2. The same blog post mentions this fact - "The quaggan have a settlement here in Lion’s Arch; do we also want to have them taking up residence in the sunken ruins of the old Lion’s Arch, deep beneath Sanctum Harbor?".
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Posted: May 16th 2011 5:37PM yeppers said

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Wow! It's almost like some sort of Cataclysm happened! Haha... I kid I kid!

Seriously though... unlike some people, I've really enjoyed the ambient sounds and NPC voice overs (in combat and in outpost) they've been showing.

This video, though, has me a little more put off than normal though. I like the in-game footage they're showing for sure. However, I'd like to see a WALK through the city showing the UI to see what it will really look like -- not the artsy tilted-camera zoom-pans.
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Posted: May 16th 2011 5:58PM Sean D said

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"There's a lot of interest in Guild Wars 2 from people who don't necessarily play Guild Wars (which is great, but seriously, you guys are missing out!), [...]"

I'm one of these and it bothers me. So I didn't miss out, I tried GW1 twice, playing solo with a monk through the Factions campaign the first time, and with an elementalist through the Prophecies campaign the second time. I didn't finish the Prophecies campaign because it became too difficult. I was probably 'doing things wrong', but my apparent options were to either pay someone plat to run me through the events I couldn't solo, or farm the recommended elite skills, many of which were unavailable to me anyway due to my position in the storyline. I've heard since that it's possible to buy the complete set of skills off the GW1 website, but I'm generally opposed to buying my way through a game and have not done so.

In short, GW1 is great up to the point where you're forced to group in order to progress. I'm not opposed to grouping, but the ordeal of barking/waiting/barking/drama that goes along with forming a group in any MMO usually kills my enthusiasm for whatever it is I'm about to do. The game became work, so I dropped it.

That being said, I'm looking forward to GW2. Maybe getting in at the beginning will give me a different perspective.

Posted: May 16th 2011 6:48PM Dirame said

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@Sean D
The thing about the first two expansions is they didn't introduce the hero system, GW: Nightfall does this and the game is made a lot more accessible due to this. You should try Nightfall and move on from there when you get a hang of how to handle Heroes. You can also get EOTN which also gives you more heroes to work with and the Hall of Monuments where you can place your achievements.
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Posted: May 16th 2011 7:52PM Sean D said

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@Dirame

Thanks for the advice! I'll give that a shot next time I get the urge to jump back into the game.

Sean
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Posted: May 16th 2011 7:56PM Rubi said

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@Sean D These guys had some awesome tips -- Massively readers truly are the smartest out there! -- and don't forget that you can always always use NPC henchmen when you don't yet have heroes.

From the wiki: Henchmen are computer-controlled adventurers who are always ready to travel with you. Some players hire one or two henchmen to round out a team. Others actually prefer to play alone, using one character to lead an entire team of henchmen, often complemented with heroes. Henchmen are not available in Pre-Searing Ascalon in Prophecies.

In order to hire a henchman, press "p" on your keyboard to open the Party Search panel. After that, click on the tab that reads "Henchmen". Then choose on the ones you want by clicking on them and choosing "add" on the bottom-right hand corner of the panel. Double-clicking the names will also add them to your party, or remove if they were already added. You can also add henchmen individually by clicking on the NPC and then on the "+" symbol in your Party Window.

Henchmen and heroes make GW one of the most solo-friendly games out there. I hope they help out when you hop back in!
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Posted: May 16th 2011 11:12PM Sean D said

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@Rubi

Indeed! I was aware of henchmen and GW Wiki. I used henchmen all the time and consulted the wiki pages frequently when I was playing. I was not aware that Nightfall added more heroes, though, as Dirame mentioned, and that may make all the difference. I'm starting the get the itch to give it another go.

Thanks again for all the help, all.
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Posted: May 17th 2011 4:54AM Seldra said

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@Sean D Lots of great advice here, but here's mine: Make a ranger or make a rit. Those are some of the best classes to run as they're very solo friendly. For a monk, what I did was I just ran it as a spirit spamming ritualist.

Make them both from Factions is what I recommend,(I only do this because I want to avoid the reputation grind associated with Nightfall made characters as they have to grind reputation as part of their storyline progress.)

Now hopefully you have access to Barrage or Signet of Spirits, if you don't, no big deal, Barrage is fairly early to the start of the campaign, (Borelas Seabed mission and it's from Aurora) SoS on the other hand is a little under halfway in Ferndale.

Now what you do is simple, you take your freshly made faction characters and do the intro isle missions/quests till you're taken to the mainland. Then make your way north to Kaineng Center, pick up the max level armor if you can afford it and get the quest/s that take you to Nightfall areas and Eye of the North. Also don't forget to go pick up MOX(Big golem) just outside KC(can't miss him) That's your first max level hero.

I would suggest you go and start and pick up and do Nightfall for a little bit to pick up a few heroes till you're told to do the Consulate Docks mission, after which go back to KC and do the Eye of the North quests, don't forget to bring your lower level heroes with you so they level up with you as well and do the EotN campaign till it's completion.

By the time you finish it you'll have all the main classes for heroes minus the all important rituatlist heroes at max level which isn't a gamebreaker since you're just a new player. Also keep in mind that it doesn't matter what level you are when you enter the EotN expansion, it automatically makes you a level 20 at least in stats and hp.

Good luck and happy hunting.
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Posted: May 17th 2011 7:15AM Lensor said

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@Sean D
You have gotten a lot of good advice here. I just wanted to add that everything really gets more fun if you make friends. And the easiest way to do that is to join a guild in an active alliance. Check out the recruitment sections on any of the large GW1 forums.

Also, just to clear up a misunderstanding. The skill packs in the GW1 shop only unlocks the skills for your PvP characters and heroes (and for Tomes). Your PvE characters still have to get the skills themselves though.

Finally @ Rubi. I know for a fact that there is some GvG going on in your alliance, so I am sure you could squirrel yourself a seat ;)
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Posted: May 17th 2011 8:07PM Sean D said

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@Seldra

This is huge. Thanks very much for the tips!

Sean
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Posted: May 16th 2011 6:38PM cray said

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Sean,

If your paying platinum for guides, then you're not making a good enough effort to establish in-game friendships. There are plenty of players willing to help you out without requesting any platinum. Furthermore the game is fairly easy once you set up your and heroes builds. If you can't find in-game friends to help you along, I suggest you check out the GW wiki (The unofficial wiki has more tips).

Posted: May 16th 2011 8:12PM Sean D said

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@cray

What's 'good enough'?

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Posted: May 17th 2011 3:23PM cray said

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Sean,

Go to http://www.guildwarsguru.com/ and register at the forums, get to know fellow players. Or you can do a search on Steam for Guild Wars groups. Help is out there you just have to look for it and more importantly you need to be willing to make new friends.

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