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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 2:04PM MMOaddict said

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We're well past the delights of anticipation and into the full fledged frustration of the waiting game. In other words, come on already.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 2:16PM Lucidus said

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A long time ago I was getting a little burned out from Warcraft and happened to see a box for Nightfall. I picked it up because it's exceedingly rare to see an African based fantasy world. I was not disappointed.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 2:18PM Faction 3 said

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With only 6 weeks left in the year, they might want to get the process rolling...signups, invitations, client downloads, etc....

I mean c'mon...its the 21st of November already.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 2:51PM (Unverified) said

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For me, what's amped up my GW2 interest is playing Skyrim. I wasn't at all surprised when I heard about the "search GW2, find Skyrim" thingy, because they really do seem to scratch the same itch. It's the open world, passionately designed backdrop and awesome music (same composer!) experience, not to mention the absence of cartoonyness that some MMOs have. Add all of those up, and Skyrim seems a good placeholder for that GW2 spot in our lives we've all been preparing. At least, it is for me.

I used to tell my friends wondering about GW2 that, based on what I had heard, the best way to describe GW2's MMO design to them was "parallel, online Dragon age", but I think Skyrim makes a better comparison.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 9:26PM Nepentheia said

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Its brilliant, isn't it? Skyrim is going to whet people's appetites for an MMO that reminds them of Skyrim--lush open world with beautiful 'realistic' graphics, beautifully orchestrated music (by the same composer, no less), immersive gameworld... Yah, this is goina be cool! :-D
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:01PM Arkanaloth said

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I was lucky enough to be in the GuildWars beta waayyyy back when, but I didn't buy the game. I recall saying "It's good, but the henchmen are so so, once they fix that I'll be in for good"

Then along came Nightfall and heroes... been playing GW as my top MMO ever since, sure I've played other stuff but I've always come back to GW and even now as I wait for SWTOR to launch I'm thinking: "TOR will be a great game to play and keep me from going crazy before GW2 shows up"

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:03PM (Unverified) said

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Also, a "pre-release tidbit" I'd love to see would be a stand-alone, self contained client for nothing but the character visual creator/customizer engine. No background questions or anything like that, just visuals. I know, I know, no MMO has ever done that (that I'm aware of), but damn, I'm going to spend my entire first evening in GW2 customizing my intended "one of each" roster of characters!

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:16PM jimr9999us said

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GW's was my first on-line game, and I will always remember it fondly as the game that introduced me to true mmorpg's.

Here's hoping GW2 can do the same for a new generation of the un-initiated.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:23PM McJAC said

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Back in the days I was 14 when I found out about GW.... I don't know how. I somehow got my hands on a beta key in December 2004....those beta weekends once a month were magical and very inconvenient (3 days of nothing but playing gw ....no homework done for school). I was in the best guild ever (everybody was way older than me 17+, so there were no annoying kids except me :) .... just now, when I'm way older I realise how annoying I had to be sometimes). We started the game at the same time ....so we did most of the pve together. After that we were playing a lot of PvP which was the best part of it all. Now the world is so enormous...everybody wants to do something different....

However, half a year after the release the game became a little bit stale I guess and I started playing differend games.

From that time I was trying to get back into the game....but wasn't succesful at finding any guild that would suit me, help me....do stuff together....I'm not even trying anymore (although I would like to relive the old times) so I'm at 11/50 and I'm really afraid I might not get to 30 any time soon or ever.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:24PM DevilSei said

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"(Aside to the developers: I'm out of town this Wednesday through Sunday. Please don't do anything then.)"
This just confirmed;

Wednesday 11:59pm: Beta Registration opens up
Thursday: Final Class revealed, more info promised tomorrow
Friday: Mesmerzilla info released. Mesmer like class who creates illusions, solidifies them with Asura techno-magic know-how, and wreaks havoc on Asian-inspired cities.
Saturday: Beta-key Blowout, everyone who registered for it gets a beta key
Sunday 12:01am: Beta registration closes.

As for the question to answer... I had dial up for god knows how long, and the only MMO experience I had was Ragnarok Online and World of Warcraft. Because I had Dial-up, it was impossible to play WoW as soon as a patch released (until a friend burnt a disk of the patch and brought it over). I remembered hearing about Guild Wars though in one of my many gaming magazines. Curiosity peaked.

Then one day, as I was walking around Targets with my parents, I stumbled across a Guild Wars disc. Now, it wasn't the game (it wasn't out for at least a few months after this), no. It was a BETA disk... How that works I was unsure, but young me was dumb, I bought it for a dollar (Yep! One US Dollar!), and found out. Now when I got home I found out it was just for beta (young me starting to get smart), and was sad.
Eventually the game came out, and on release day I scrounged up my money and rode my bike to the local Gamestop store to buy it. I played on and off, but I never could really find a guild and my interest waned as we switched to a better internet and I began to play Burning Crusade.

Some time later, I got back into the game, deleted my old (3-4yr old character STUPID ME DANGIT! He'd of been 6+yrs old by now!) and made my current bamf. Laptop dies shortly after I use the /flex command, clearly too much for the computer to handle.
Computer gets fixed, but knowing that there was expansions out there, I waited til I had them all before I played full-on. I joined the Massively guild after getting factions, nightfall, and eyes, and have been playing it since. Specially after the fact I got tired of WoW and uninstalled it.

Can't really say what still has me playing. A great guild certainly allows me to last longer through the game (it helped me last the entirety of Lich King for instance). The game also needs to offer fun, and an art style I can dig helps too.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:34PM yeppers said

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Looking forward to beta... but want no part in it. This is the only game in a long time where I will (most likely) be pre-ordering and do not want my initial experience to be tarnished/spoiled by beta participation.

Let's hope they're still on track and would have told us if it was going to push.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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@yeppers same here.. Don't want to spoil the "first experience" with beta.. Sill remember the first time in guild wars :)

On beta, they should send invites to the people with 50/50 or with GWAMM title.. :D
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 1:25PM mrfusspot said

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Why? Why exclude a majority of people from beta participation because the didn't bother to grind out all the titles?

In any case, I don't think I'll participate in the beta, either. It'll kill me not to, but that initial feeling of wonder and adventure that I'm praying for from this game just can't be ruined for me, not this early.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:55PM Daegalus said

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I remember when I first picked up the original GW when it first came out. I had made an Elementalist/Necromancer and was enjoying the game quite a bit. I quit for the longest time, but I kept up with getting the expansions. Came back for a month with factions to try out Assassin and Ritualist. Nightfall much the same way. Then I came back to do pure PVP.

When I finally came back a few months ago to do 30/50 HoM for GW2, I went back to Pre and Post searing GW and the nostalgia hit hard, memories of my early years in GW. IT was quite nice.

Now I am done with GW, have my 30/50 and just anxiously waiting to make my Necromancer in GW2.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 3:55PM Lenn said

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That screenshot reminds me of the first few moments in Prophecies: the intro cinematic with the chilling opening words by the voice-over "the last day dawns on the kingdom of Ascalon".

Of course I've experienced that last day quite a few times. That pre-searing area is so gorgeous. Even now.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 4:00PM Yoh said

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I guess I never told you how I got into GW did I Rubi?


It all started years back when I was working on a vineyard, which was hard work that took up most of my day and I only had a laptop to keep me busy in my off time.

I had vaguely heard of this 'MMO' thing before, and while I knew of WoW, I had no intention of subbing to a game, esp with my limited play time.

But then I saw Guild Wars, and everything changed. Even with my pitiful laptop and crappy internet connection, GW play like a mid summer nights dream, b-e-autiful.
And since then, it's been my benchmark for what an MMO should be.
ie, not wasting my freaken time.

(btw, I started playing GW shortly after it launched, so I was pretty long in the tooth before I met you and the Massively guild, and I was pretty tired at that point.)

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 4:24PM Jeromai said

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I don't even remember how I first heard of Guild Wars. All I recall is lucking into a beta weekend key somehow somewhere and turning up at the 3rd or 4th weekend or so.

As the immensely -small- client downloaded, and the loading screen zipped past while downloading just those assets it needed, I thought back to my previous agonies with City of Heroes and the accursed WoW pre-launch trial that used BitTorrent (my ISP throttled those ports mercilessly, I had to leave the computer on for 72 hours straight, only to get to try WoW for an hour before the trial closed for good as it launched,) and fell in love with Guild Wars before a single graphic loaded.

Gaile Gray's interaction with the fans back then, the spectacular graphics of pre-searing Ascalon, the innovative dual classes and skill system, the addictive nature of the rest of the beta weekends, all icing on the cake and made a believer out of me.

Went through considerable effort to get the discs with precious serial shipped to me before the launch amnesty window closed. If I recall correctly, there was some problems on that front for a lot of people, but both Amazon and ArenaNet came through brilliantly, one getting the serial keys to people digitally very quickly, and the latter extending the amnesty period.

I regret being too cheap to pick up the Prophecies CE then. Owning that artbook would be nice. Did go hunting across town later on for both the Factions and Nightfall CEs though, and never regretted that.

I intend to show up for every single GW2 beta weekend from the moment ArenaNet opens the floodgates and I manage to get in.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 5:11PM ArcherAvatar said

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Two words; Manifesto Video

I've been devouring anything GW2 related since then... Being a "pre-fan" has been it's own sort of fun, but I'm really looking forward to the game's release and being able to lose myself in the GW2 version of Tyria.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 5:54PM gloomforge said

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Thinking Dec 20th would be a good day for a beta announcement. :)

While I by and large moved on to LotRO, I still keep GW installed and play it a few times a month. I only found out about teh game in time to participate in the final couple of Beta weekends, but this was almsot all I played for the first few years it was out. Even now, I really think that GW did so much right that other games could look at. I sure hope GW2 captures some of that or me as well.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 6:57PM Mikx said

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Its a bit conspiratorial but Nicholas goes to his last new zone next week, and I can imagine them using the occasion (especially the week after) to release some mesmer/beta guild wars 2 news.

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