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Posted: Dec 19th 2011 9:13PM shodannet said

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Let the grind for gifts, shards and the slim, gnat's wings length of a sliver of a silver lining's hope for the polar bear :D

Posted: Dec 19th 2011 9:38PM Pyzlnar said

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I do want to be in beta, but for many reasons. (I'm not complaining about not being in, nor do I believe I'll ever be until OB)
1. I wanna try the game. Probably the reason most people want in; unlike many I haven't had the fortune to play the game on conventions and it's quite unlikely that I will.
2. I want to do something for the game more than promoting it to my friends. I feel that this game is going to be BIG, and as someone who is aiming to be a game designer I would gladly waste my time sending feedback to the Anet. Idk if my voice would be heard, but I'd gladly point out everything I see.

I guess I'll just have to sit and wait til Open Beta begins, but I'm happy that GW2 entered into CB. Most people would think this means nothing, but it actually means that most of the features are already in and ready to be tested.
/me sits back and waits

Posted: Dec 19th 2011 10:22PM Yarr said

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If GW had a feature where everyone doing the same solo mission showed up to other players as a ghost, all of us standing at the door in The Strength of Snow could have a nice little ghost party while waiting for the snowmen to finish off the grentch (grentchies?) so we could get our goodies and the near impossible chance for a polar bear mini. :)

Posted: Dec 19th 2011 10:25PM DevilSei said

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I definitely see Mesmer being a hard class to really handle in GW2. The fact it has capabilities in both melee and ranged confounds it a tad bit as well, specially seeing as its a class not normally associated with being "in the fray" enough to justify a giant sword.

The part that will probably be hardest, and I think it has been stated in an interview somewhere, is managing your various "clones" and "phantoms", along with the shattering effects. Its going to depend a lot on how much ArenaNet lets the class control and move them of course, since that will be a big part of the group-wide effects.
But also, determining when to shatter them for that extra stun, or spike of damage, is worth the loss of a defensive barrier or skill-punishment phantom.

Also, YAY Wintersday! That means I get a chance for at least an easy 30k, some fancy hats, and more!

Posted: Dec 19th 2011 11:28PM Ehra said

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I'm not even attempting trying to get the mini jingle bear this year. Let's be real; it's never going to drop :p

I've just been farming Fighting in a Winter Wonderland with my girlfriend. Got the run down to about 4 and a half minutes, which isn't bad for 11 tonics, 11 gifts and 500 gold.

Posted: Dec 20th 2011 12:22AM ArcherAvatar said

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Couldn't agree more with the sentiments expressed about the closed beta testing. Personally, I'm relieved they are approaching it "old school" and actually TESTING, and although I'm retired and could devote 12+hrs per day towards testing, and have a proven propensity for expressing opinions and observations, and absolutely no aversion to typing as much as is required to do so... I'm also not in the beta. I'm also very happy that ANet are playing things close to the vest at this point in their process. "We" don't need to know all of the particulars at this very instant (despite protestations to the contrary by many) and although I savor every bit of info we get on the game, right now, it's enough to know that they feel good enough about it's current state to take it officially out of alpha and into a true beta testing period (as opposed to a glorified demo)

Looking forward to hearing more about their progress through this phase in 2 or 3 months. Hopefully everything stays on track for a release sometime around summer. (Mrs ArcherAvatar's B-day is near the end of June... sure would be nice to slap a bow on GW2 for her.)

Posted: Dec 20th 2011 5:07AM (Unverified) said

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This is the first time iv been a little annoyed with Anet. No its not because i didnt get in beta; Its because closed beta hasnt really started! Not in the normal sense anyway.
I feel like Anet has used this as a get out of jail clause since every fanboy has been screaming for a closed beta date for ages now. I really think they do not know when the game is going to be ready for a real CB, so therefore they have just named the in house alpha test the start of closed beta. I mean, i know there is no real definition (as for how many players, public or not) to a closed beta but i do not know of any closed beta test that doesnt include some sort of application.
Anyways, even with that in mind im glad to hear more news in general and altho i dont particularly agree its a CB, im glad the game SEEMS like its moving forward.
For all we know, Anets close friends and family could just be playing through the current demo clients...
Anyways i pray to the gods there will be a application before the year is out, which would tell me a summer release is indeed likely.

PS. Every game i test, I TEST. Im one to try and break things as much as possible aswell... Kinda like the bragging rights of finding a killer bug or possible game breaker. But thats my competitive side coming out ;)

Posted: Dec 20th 2011 7:25AM GW2waiting said

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To quote Anet:
"We will officially enter Closed Beta Testing this Friday. It will be marked with an increase in our pool of testers. To clarify, this phase of testing is still under NDA and is not open to the public."

So despite what you might hope, yes, they have officially entered close beta, and no, you won't get into it. They will be using capable internal testers made up from company employees who actually know how to test their game, not a bunch of kids trying to get early/free access to it. Nobody in the public will be getting their hands on this game until it is ready......in June.

Keep up the good work Anet.
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Posted: Dec 20th 2011 10:11AM Irem said

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"Beta" is usually defined by the state of the game, not by whether or not Joe and Jane Public get to muck around in it. We're used to thinking of "closed beta" translating to, "Oh boy! Now's when I get to sign up and hope they let me test it!" but ArenaNet's been pretty upfront about not wanting to do the beta-as-free-preview thing until open beta, when everything is mostly polished. They know people form opinions on unfinished stuff that are hard to shake.

If a game is in beta that typically means all of the features are in place and it can be tested as a complete product. If pre-alpha is laying the foundations of a house, and alpha is putting up the walls and roof, beta is making sure it's actually habitable.
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Posted: Dec 20th 2011 3:12PM Ehra said

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@Irem

To add to this, I'm not sure where people are getting the idea that things are going behind schedule, or they did this just to drum up hype to counter TOR's release, or whatever. We've known that closed beta would start late this year since the NCSoft conference call. Fans latched onto that announcement (which wasn't meant for "fans," it was just something to give investors an idea of where the game was development wise) and took it to mean that it was going to be a big public event like most betas these days, even though later comments from Anet made it pretty clear that it was going to be pretty low key.
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Posted: Dec 20th 2011 7:32AM Yoh said

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Someone is enjoying herself.

Posted: Dec 20th 2011 11:09AM mystique said

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would have loved to get into CB, but I think of this as a step closer to me getting my grimy little mitts on the game. Arenanet is soooo freakin serious about giving us a game that will rock our world, and I for 1 am glad of it. I don't want this to be like FFIV. I want my world rocked. Good job Anet.

Posted: Dec 21st 2011 7:22PM BA said

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Although we understand the need for an NDA, it's too bad testers wouldn't be able to post information for others to see. It would love to know what level of "brokenness" they perceive in the game. When balances and shifts are made, such as the recent one for the thief, is there a smooth update, much like we see in GW1? Or is there a wave of unintended consequences? Since Anet will be moving forward based on feedback from the CB testers, it would be great to get a feel of how that is progressing.

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