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chasedude
06-11-2010, 01:05 PM
Thread update for Info

Official Release date Aug 28th.

Those who pre-purchased allowed a headstart Aug 25th Midnight (PST) and maybe hours sooner.

Game info:
http://www.guildwars2.com
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Main_Page

Fansite BB:
http://www.guildwars2guru.com/

Crafting Guide:
http://gaiscioch.com/tavern/guildwars_crafting/post_35198.html
People New to this Thread:
CP Players are unofficially picking Yak's Bend as our homeserver and maybe eventually setting up our own guild.

I'll add player names to this OP if others don't object upon release.

chasedude = Reigning in Blood /Necro ---- Mesmerizing Flash / Mesmer
pr_capone = Mephistopheles Janx
Valiant = codissius
David = arktik
Pants = Tyterion Selmy
hometeam = FALX

chasedude
06-11-2010, 01:11 PM
Also the biggest selling point for this game, like the original, free online play. No monthly payments! Why pay to play a game on a monthly basis that you already bought?

Pants
06-11-2010, 02:10 PM
Why pay to play a game on a monthly basis that you already bought?

It's worth it for some people. But, yeah, having never played the original, I might give this one a try. Wasn't the original done by some of the old Diablo people?

chasedude
06-11-2010, 05:49 PM
It's worth it for some people. But, yeah, having never played the original, I might give this one a try. Wasn't the original done by some of the old Diablo people?

I'm not sure about that. The production company here is http://www.arena.net/

chasedude
07-23-2010, 04:45 PM
Latest Update.. The Ranger!

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Weapons

A ranger is mostly a master of ranged weapons, however, he can use sword or greatsword in melee combat. The ranger weapons are:


Main Hand: Sword, Axe
Off Hand: Axe, Dagger, Torch, Warhorn
Two-Handed: Greatsword, Longbow, Shortbow

Pets

A ranger has three active pet slots. Outside of combat, or through the use of utility skills, the ranger can swap their active pet. There are 12 different types of pets, including some terrestrial (spiders), some amphibious (lizards), and some aquatic (sharks). Within each type there are subtypes that can influence pets' abilities. For example, a polar bear might have an Icy Roar, while a brown bear might have a Fearsome Roar. A ranger's pet gets its level from its master, which determines their basic attack, armor, and health.
Pet Evolution

Pets have customization options. The first of these has to do with a pet's evolution level. Pets evolve up to 20 evolution levels. Each pet type receives automatic bonuses at different evolution levels. For bears, these bonuses might be increased health or increased damage. Pets gain evolution points when the player gains XP while the pet is active. At certain evolution levels, pets will unlock ability slots (up to 4 total). Ability slots can be filled from a list of active pet abilities based on pet type.
Pet Controls

In addition to managing his skills, a ranger will be able to manage his pet with limited commands and modes. This will be an interface element for the ranger class. Here are some examples:
Modes--Ongoing behavioral settings the ranger can toggle.


Aggressive--Attack what I am attacking.
Defensive--Attack enemies that attack me.
Passive--Don't attack.

Commands--Specific, direct commands that execute right away.


Attack--Attack my target.
Heel--Come to me.
Stay--Do not move.

chasedude
03-14-2011, 03:18 PM
New Profession Released - The Thief!

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Mechanics

Weapons

The thief has a mixture of melee and ranged weapons. The thief weapons are:


Main Hand: Sword, Dagger, and Pistol
Off Hand: Dagger and Pistol
Two-Handed: Shortbow

Initiative

Initiative is the thief's resource mechanic. A thief has ten points of Initiative that refill at a rate of one point per second both in and out of combat. Skill 1 on their bar is always free, but the other thief weapon skills all cost Initiative instead of having recharge. Thief Heal, Utility, and Elite skills do not cost Initiative and still have a recharge cost.
Stealing

Above their skill bar, all thieves have a special skill called Steal that can be used on enemies. It does not actually steal a real item from an opponent, but rather generates an appropriate environmental weapon based on the target. Stealing does not break stealth, and cannot be used often. When a thief steals, it can open up a range of support and control options that are less prominent in his basic skills.
Dual Skills

Dual Skills are special skills that thieves acquire in slot 3 of their weapon bar that are based on both weapons they are wielding. A dual skill is determined by both main hand and offhand weapons, and can vary depending on the order. For example, a thief wielding a pistol main hand with dagger offhand (Shadow Strike) will have a different dual skill than a thief wielding a dagger main hand and pistol offhand (Shadow Shot). The shortbow is the one exception to this rule; it does not have a dual skill.
Stealth

Stealth has a limited duration and can be broken in various ways. Most stealth is lost when a player attacks through it. Some stealth breaks when the player moves. While in stealth, a player can still take damage and will temporarily appear in the world when they do.
Shadow Stepping

Shadow Stepping is a teleport mechanic used by the thief profession to get in and out of battle. A thief may only shadow step where normal movement is possible and may not use it to teleport through a gate or other blocking area.

chasedude
04-02-2012, 12:18 AM
I forgot to add this last profession, and my favorite profession to play in the original Guild Wars game.

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Mechanics

Weapons
A mesmer can use a variety of magical, ranged, and melee weapons, including:

Main Hand: Sword, Scepter
Off Hand: Focus, Pistol, Sword, Torch
Two-Handed: Staff, Greatsword
Confused Condition
The mesmer introduces a new condition to our set called confusion. An enemy with confusion on them takes damage each time they activate a skill. This condition stacks in intensity, so the more confusion an enemy has, the greater the damage.

Shattering
The mesmer has special abilities that can shatter illusions. Shattering will destroy all illusions and create a secondary effect. There are four different shatter skills:

Mind Wrack—Destroys your illusions and does damage to opponents near them.
Cry of Frustration—Destroys your illusions and gives the confused condition to nearby foes.
Diversion—Destroys your illusions and stuns nearby foes.
Reflection—Destroys your illusions and places a barrier around the mesmer, which reflects enemy projectiles.

chasedude
04-19-2012, 03:05 PM
Public Beta coming next weekend, Apr 27-29th. Those of us :D who grabbed the pre-purchase will be allowed a taste.

Much more information in the link...

http://www.arena.net/blog/the-beta-weekend-event-is-coming

pr_capone
04-19-2012, 03:12 PM
Public Beta coming next weekend, Apr 27-29th. Those of us :D who grabbed the pre-purchase will be allowed a taste.

Much more information in the link...

http://www.arena.net/blog/the-beta-weekend-event-is-coming

No sleep will be had

chasedude
04-19-2012, 08:41 PM
No sleep will be had

It sucks because the choir I sing in has dress rehersal Friday and performance on Saturday.

So... I'll have limited time :mad:

pr_capone
04-24-2012, 10:18 PM
and the download begins

chasedude
04-24-2012, 11:15 PM
and the download begins

Yup just got mine started soon as I got home. PBJ

pr_capone
04-24-2012, 11:27 PM
looks like a 4hr download for me.

chasedude
04-24-2012, 11:46 PM
looks like a 4hr download for me.

80k/sec top DL for me... estimating 2 days maybe. :mad:

pr_capone
04-24-2012, 11:53 PM
80k/sec top DL for me... estimating 2 days maybe. :mad:

what speed of internet do you have? for example, my connection is 15mbps (currently d/l'ing at 570KB/sec)

chasedude
04-25-2012, 12:04 AM
I'm on a 3meg/512k wireless connection(at least they claim that). I'm rural with no wired ISP access.

chasedude
04-25-2012, 01:29 PM
Speeds must've picked while I was sleeping. Just got home and everything is loaded. Tested my User/Pass everything works. Now I'm ready to play!

thecoffeeguy
04-25-2012, 03:36 PM
Speeds must've picked while I was sleeping. Just got home and everything is loaded. Tested my User/Pass everything works. Now I'm ready to play!

Give us the updates! i am very excited for this game.

I have a feeling, PVP is going to be awesome in GW2

chasedude
04-25-2012, 04:11 PM
Give us the updates! i am very excited for this game.

I have a feeling, PVP is going to be awesome in GW2

Open Beta starts 2pm CDT Friday for me. I'm cutting outta work early to get home in time to be one of the first to login :D

I'm not at the best of giving play by plays but I'll try my best to help with updates. Plus there's no disclosure issues so I'm sure youtube will have tons of stuff uploaded.

pr_capone
04-25-2012, 09:10 PM
Open Beta starts 2pm CDT Friday for me. I'm cutting outta work early to get home in time to be one of the first to login :D

I'm not at the best of giving play by plays but I'll try my best to help with updates. Plus there's no disclosure issues so I'm sure youtube will have tons of stuff uploaded.

I've got Friday off so I'll be among the first ones on.

/pumped

chasedude
04-26-2012, 10:16 AM
I've got Friday off so I'll be among the first ones on.

/pumped

Kick Ass PBJ

pr_capone
04-27-2012, 10:14 AM
sitting in front of the computer with my dick in my hand waiting for this thing to kick off.

pr_capone
04-27-2012, 12:35 PM
25 minutes!

Sofa King
04-27-2012, 12:47 PM
Where's the beta download for this? I'd like to try it out.

pr_capone
04-27-2012, 12:59 PM
Where's the beta download for this? I'd like to try it out.

Only people that prepurchased the game are invited to this beta.

chasedude
04-27-2012, 03:41 PM
Server crashing quite a bit. Picked Ehmrey Bay for my server since it was listed as low population.

Oh well, that's what a open stress beta test is for. I'm impressed with the game so far.

pr_capone
04-27-2012, 04:53 PM
I'm on Yak's. so far this game is pretty farking cool.

chasedude
04-27-2012, 05:18 PM
I'm on Yak's. so far this game is pretty farking cool.

I got a Charr Necro up to lvl 5, gonna try a different character and class now.

pr_capone
04-27-2012, 09:40 PM
30 minute server tweak. Holy shit... this is a very well made game.

icepick64
04-28-2012, 12:22 PM
anyone that's playing have any impressions of the game?

chasedude
04-28-2012, 02:31 PM
anyone that's playing have any impressions of the game?

I played for about 6 hours yesterday. Tried a few different races and professions. I was really impressed. Of course there were a few laggy parts and the occasional DC while ingame, but hey, that's what beta events are for. Weed out the problem areas.

Arenanet has been on their game though. Fixing bugs as soon as they come up. I'm sure the coffee pot has been brewing nonstop for the developers.

chasedude
04-28-2012, 02:37 PM
Now that I'm home after work can't login. Looks like they're doing some major work on the servers.

pr_capone
04-28-2012, 03:00 PM
Now that I'm home after work can't login. Looks like they're doing some major work on the servers.

T-5hours until I can play again.

chasedude
04-28-2012, 03:03 PM
T-5hours until I can play again.

Hopefully they'll have the servers up by then. Yet I wont be home during the time you'll be on so I'm sure they will knowing my luck :cuss:

pr_capone
04-28-2012, 03:17 PM
Hopefully they'll have the servers up by then. Yet I wont be home during the time you'll be on so I'm sure they will knowing my luck :cuss:

LMAO

I am loving this game. Plenty to do, nothing strong arming you into a quest. Graphics are pretty damn nice for a stand alone game, much less for a MMO.

The Engineer seems to be a little bit o a letdown though. I may go ranger instead.

thecoffeeguy
04-28-2012, 11:06 PM
anyone tried the pvp yet?

pr_capone
04-28-2012, 11:25 PM
anyone tried the pvp yet?

not yet.

chasedude
04-29-2012, 03:24 AM
anyone tried the pvp yet?

me either.

Been running around lvling up with friends unlocking skills, quests, instances. Might try some PvP later today though.

chasedude
04-29-2012, 03:26 AM
Can't keep eyes open any longer. Must sleep, pillow is calling me...

chasedude
04-29-2012, 03:48 PM
Finally got into some PvP and wow is it fun! Server has kicked me a few times had to relog but hey again, that's what open beta stress testing is for.

The Worlds in this game is HUGE. Sooooo much to do, solo, group, Pvp. I've heard there will be one more open beta test in a few weeks and then the actual game launch in about a month. That's rumor though, can't find links to confirm.

pr_capone
04-29-2012, 03:55 PM
Tried PVP... not my favorite aspect. Finished off the human engineer quest (as far as they would let me go) and found it to be ok. The world is HUGE though. It will take a long time to go through it all.

chasedude
04-29-2012, 03:57 PM
Tried PVP... not my favorite aspect. Finished off the human engineer quest (as far as they would let me go) and found it to be ok. The world is HUGE though. It will take a long time to go through it all.

Yeah, so many different origin worlds for each race. Alot of space to explore. Swimming around in Lion's Arch was fun. First game I got to swim in :p

chasedude
06-07-2012, 01:29 PM
Update: Another Beta test this weekend, ready to get my fix again :D

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Setsuna
06-07-2012, 02:50 PM
Can I haz da beta too?

pr_capone
06-07-2012, 02:51 PM
Can I haz da beta too?

you have to pre-purchase the game to be invited into the beta

chasedude
06-07-2012, 03:14 PM
Can I haz da beta too?

you have to pre-purchase the game to be invited into the beta

A couple of online magazine companies have handed out free beta keys through Guild Wars 2 on facebook. I'm sure they went quick.

Setsuna
06-08-2012, 10:33 AM
you have to pre-purchase the game to be invited into the beta

A couple of online magazine companies have handed out free beta keys through Guild Wars 2 on facebook. I'm sure they went quick.

Damnit! :cuss:
I'll just wait till it comes out and stay out of this thread.

pr_capone
06-08-2012, 01:26 PM
It's on like Donkey Kong mother bitches!

chasedude
06-08-2012, 02:03 PM
It's on like Donkey Kong mother bitches!

Hell Yeah! I'm in like Flynn!

chasedude
06-21-2012, 04:06 PM
http://www.arena.net/blog/help-us-stress-our-servers-on-june-27

Another beta stress test, only from between 10am to 2pm, Weds June 27.

I'm at work during this time, doubt I will be able to do it. I'm sure there be plenty of kids home on summer vacation to give it a true stress test. Maybe I'll be sick that day and won't be able to work ;)

Sofa King
06-22-2012, 07:26 AM
I forgot about this game.

Who played guild wars 1? Can you describe it using 30 words or less?

chasedude
06-22-2012, 02:18 PM
I forgot about this game.

Who played guild wars 1? Can you describe it using 30 words or less?

I played Guild Wars 1 for quite awhile until my account got hacked and cleaned out. I lost my thrill after that and have been patiently waiting for this to release.

It's a MMORPG much like WoW is. Max level was capped @ 20. Guild Wars 1 was released in 3 different (stand alone) campaigns and one true expansion. PvP and PvE was both for hours of enjoyment. The game was free online play, pay for the game... play forever, no subscription.

Here's a recent interview I found today on GW2's beta events.

http://www.rpgamer.com/games/guildwars/guildwars2/guildwars2BWE2interview.html

Javabean
06-28-2012, 09:30 AM
Guild Wars 2 will launch August 28th. (http://www.arena.net/blog/announcing-the-guild-wars-2-launch-date) (Headstart access will begin August 25th.)

Also, another beta weekend is planned for July 20-22.

pr_capone
06-28-2012, 10:03 AM
Guild Wars 2 will launch August 28th. (http://www.arena.net/blog/announcing-the-guild-wars-2-launch-date) (Headstart access will begin August 25th.)

Also, another beta weekend is planned for July 20-22.

my pants are tenting

chasedude
06-28-2012, 11:22 AM
Woot, just got the email. Finally a release date.

Setsuna
06-28-2012, 08:50 PM
Too early.

chasedude
06-28-2012, 09:07 PM
Too early.

:spock:

pr_capone
06-28-2012, 09:25 PM
Too early.

I don't understand this post

Setsuna
07-05-2012, 08:55 AM
I don't understand this post

Dude I assumed it would come out in late Fall. That would be better for me financially. Now I'll be coming late to the party when everyone else is max level and making alts. That pisses me off. Therefore it is too early. :fire:

Canofbier
07-05-2012, 03:25 PM
I've dabbled with GW1 a few times and it never really drew me in. The controls felt awkward, and the world was boring. I've been itching for a new online game to play, so hopefully this one will be different.

chasedude
07-05-2012, 05:56 PM
I've dabbled with GW1 a few times and it never really drew me in. The controls felt awkward, and the world was boring. I've been itching for a new online game to play, so hopefully this one will be different.

This one is way different. The grind is nearly eliminated. I've been beta testing with friends that played GW1 with me. We've been having a blast!

chasedude
07-05-2012, 05:57 PM
Dude I assumed it would come out in late Fall. That would be better for me financially. Now I'll be coming late to the party when everyone else is max level and making alts. That pisses me off. Therefore it is too early. :fire:

http://www.techinasia.com/techinasia/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/simpsons-haha.jpg

Sucks to be You! :evil:

Valiant
07-05-2012, 06:30 PM
This one is way different. The grind is nearly eliminated. I've been beta testing with friends that played GW1 with me. We've been having a blast!

See I like hard grinds..

It makes players learn their character.. It is a whole game by itself..

Then the other game is endgame at max level..

Of course if I remember correctly, you could start at lvl 20 for the original..

I played it for a few months, but none of my friends joined, all stayed with wow.. I think it will be different now.. So many people want to play a fun game that is not wow.. Problem is, none of the past games have been polished enough to keep them..

Setsuna
07-05-2012, 08:37 PM
http://www.techinasia.com/techinasia/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/simpsons-haha.jpg

Sucks to be You! :evil:

ROFLLMAO Screw you. My plans may have changed and I may be getting this after all! :evil:

Canofbier
07-05-2012, 09:07 PM
See I like hard grinds..

It makes players learn their character.. It is a whole game by itself..

Then the other game is endgame at max level..

Of course if I remember correctly, you could start at lvl 20 for the original..

I played it for a few months, but none of my friends joined, all stayed with wow.. I think it will be different now.. So many people want to play a fun game that is not wow.. Problem is, none of the past games have been polished enough to keep them..

I don't mind a grind, so long as it's kept reasonably fun. World of Warcraft, despite how stale it's become as a whole, has a pretty good leveling experience, especially since the newest expansion. Even the endgame content is pretty good, given what its competitors are doing, but a game can only be played for so long before even the new parts seem old.

Perhaps it's because I arrived very late to the party, but leveling in Guild Wars just felt empty and tedious. I do like what I've seen from GW2 so far, though, so I'm definitely keeping my eye on it. Is there any way to play in the beta without having pre-purchased the game? It might be a good opportunity to get a feel for the game.

chasedude
07-05-2012, 09:15 PM
Is there any way to play in the beta without having pre-purchased the game? It might be a good opportunity to get a feel for the game.

So far it's been mainly the pre-purchasers allowed in the beta. I have seen some of the pc magazines (online only so far) giving out free beta keys. They usually go pretty fast once posted though because of the huge draw for this game.

chasedude
07-05-2012, 09:15 PM
ROFLLMAO Screw you. My plans may have changed and I may be getting this after all! :evil:

PBJ Kick Ass! Rumor is the next beta weekend is July 20-22. You better be there!!!

Setsuna
07-06-2012, 12:07 PM
Awesome! I hope to have everything settled by then. I will if I can!

hometeam
07-06-2012, 08:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7y8SauaUIo


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pr_capone
07-06-2012, 10:31 PM
there is just no way in hell I am going to listen to them for 2 hours.

tl;dw/l

hometeam
07-07-2012, 08:15 AM
If you click through to the actual youtube page, it has timestamps for everything they talk about, pick a few and listen. GREAT resource for people who havent played, or arent sure what to expect.

chasedude
07-09-2012, 12:48 PM
I was curious if they were going to wait until full release before showing the new races. Think I'll start me a Sylvari Necro this next Beta weekend PBJ

Play Asura and Sylvari in the July 20-22 Beta Weekend Event!
http://www.arena.net/blog/play-asura-and-sylvari-in-the-july-20-22-beta-weekend-event

http://www.arena.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/asura_blog_header_1.jpg
For our final Beta Weekend Event (July 20-22), we’re making the asura and sylvari races available to beta players for the first time. Players will be able to create characters from any of the five main races of Tyria—human, norn, charr, asura, and sylvari—and begin their Guild Wars 2 experience in any of the five radically different home regions.
For asura players, this means beginning your tale in Metrica Province, a vivid, exotic jungle area full of high-tech laboratories, quirky golems, and competing krewes of mad scientists. Nearby, the massive monoliths of the asuran capital Rata Sum hum with technomagical power. These diminutive geniuses may seem cute at first glance, but never underestimate an asura…
Sylvari players begin their story in the Grove, a luminous living city nestled in the shade of the Pale Tree, the “mother” of every member of this young race of plant humanoids. The sylvari are an enigmatic race of chivalrous explorers who are driven by an insatiable curiosity and guided by a collective Dream.
http://www.arena.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Starter-Area-C-600x337.jpg
If you’ve played in previous beta events, you know that each playable race has its own distinct regions, signature city, and personal storyline options. But above all, each race in Guild Wars 2 has its own identity, and the asura and sylvari perfectly illustrate this.
We can’t wait to see players drinking in the mystical atmosphere of the Grove or stopping alchemagical experiments running amok in Metrica Province during our last Beta Weekend Event before launch. If you want to reserve a spot in the beta, pre-purchase your copy of Guild Wars 2 today.
http://www.arena.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Exploring-Sylvari-Starter-Area-600x337.jpg

chasedude
07-09-2012, 12:51 PM
Those looking for free beta keys!!!

http://www.guildwars2guru.com/news/633-curses-july-bwe-beta-key-giveaway/

Edit: Today is only available for premium Curse.com members. If there are some left they'll be avail to non-premium members. Good Luck grabbing one!

chasedude
07-09-2012, 01:36 PM
Gear vs. Skill: How Will Gamers React To Guild Wars 2 Skillful Progression?

http://www.gamebreaker.tv/mmorpg/brawn-vs-brains/

As I obsessively count down the days until the August 28 release of Guild Wars 2, I do wonder, how will gamers coming from other MMOs perceive it? The innovations that ArenaNet have poured into their highly anticipated sequel are legion. While many aspects of the game will be familiar to MMO fans, there are quite a few departures as well. One of the biggest alterations is that Guild Wars 2 is a skill-based game, while most other MMORPGs offer a gear-based progression system. The question is: Will this design choice be a breath of fresh air or a source of confusion and frustration?

Defining Gear and Skill

In a gear-based MMO, such as World of Warcraft or Star Wars: The Old Republic, achieving the maximum level is the beginning of your journey. At that point, it’s time to jump on that gear treadmill and claw your way to a decent power level. Players are led down a progression path which includes repeating dungeons and raids of varying party sizes and difficulty levels, which grants you statistically better gear for completing them. It works the same on the PvP side, with players competing in matches to earn various currencies to purchase yet more powerful gear. Not to mislead you—skill still plays a major factor in these games. In fact, being extremely skillful can compensate for lower gear levels, but it’s usually unwise to ignore your character’s gear progression if you want to experience the most challenging content. MMO gamers are used to this system. It’s expected and comfortable. So what will happen as the masses discover that Guild Wars 2 doesn’t work like this?

Outside of MMOs, gamers are very familiar with skill-based games. Shooters, for example, frequently offer gamers a level playing field to test their expertise. Fighting games, like Mortal Kombat, don’t require you to spend dozens of hours working to unlock a more powerful set of moves. Imagine having to play twenty matches as Ryu in Street Fighter before being able to sling a single hadouken! In these titles, your skill is the primary determinant of your success. It will work the same in Guild Wars 2.

ArenaNet’s Skillful Approach to Guild Wars 2

It’s easy to see the skill-based framework when you look at how the structured PvP is designed in Guild Wars 2. After a new character completes the instanced introductory area, they have the option to teleport to the Mists. The Mists is a PvP staging area, which is the perfect place to experiment with different builds and equipment configurations before stepping into world vs. world or a structured PvP match. Here characters are bumped up to level 80 with all trait points and skills unlocked. They are also given a set of max-level PvP gear and access to vendors with free weapons, runes and sigils. As you can see, players will be on an even playing field (in regards to gear power) from their very first PvP match.

Obviously, players that choose horrible skills or are clueless about how to set up their traits and equipment will be at a severe disadvantage. Skill is comprised of more than just manual dexterity. Knowledge of your profession and build, your strategy for the various maps, and coordination with your teammates are all facets of being skillful. But the power of your gear will not hold you back. Your progression is dictated by your personal improvement, not by obtaining a new helmet that grants you +30 to Pwnage.

The PVE progression will work similarly. As you level up, you’ll find increasingly powerful gear, but once you hit the maximum level of 80, your statistics will hit a plateau. While we haven’t been able to test any level 80 PVE content ourselves, Lead Content Designer Colin Johanson, has stated: “Everyone, including casual gamers, by level 80 should have the best statistical loot in the game. We want everyone on an equal power base.” The rewards you receive for tackling dungeons, dynamic events, and crafting will be unique skins for your weapons and armor. So you can work towards looking more bad-ass than everyone else, but your actual prowess in battle is largely dependent on you.

No Gear? Why Play?

Players of the original Guild Wars will be familiar with this set up, as achieving the max level of 20 and obtaining the best armor can be accomplished by the savvy in a matter of hours. MMO veterans, who are used to games like Rift and WoW, might be asking themselves, “What’s the point in continuing to play once I hit max level, if it’s easy to get the best gear?” The topic of incentive is large enough for its own article, but the short answer is: Instead of needing to farm gear in order to the play the game, Guild Wars 2 allows you to simply play the game. Completing the dungeons, working on crafting, experiencing the story, engaging in World vs. World, competing in PvP tournaments and many other activities will all provide players incentive without requiring your gear to be measure against a “you must be this tall to ride” sign. I’ll admit that I had a hard time wrapping my brain around this concept when I first started reading about it. Many MMO gamers will also need to adjust their mindset to understand this paradigm shift.

Gear vs. Skill: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

PvP in gear-based games usually have a tough barrier of entry for new players. A fresh level 50 character in Star Wars: The Old Republic has very limited access to expertise, which is a critical statistic for PvP. This creates a situation where newbies have to endure a period of getting slaughtered as they work on improving their gear. The most skilled and dedicated players will have the most powerful statistics and the performance gap between these players and a neophyte is colossal. Game developers can counter this with several strategies, but it’s a challenge to figure out how to entice new players to join PvP and have a rewarding experience from the start.

Gear-based PvE has similar issues requiring fresh-to-max-level players to gear up before tackling the highest difficulty content the game has to offer. One does not simply walk into the heroic Madness of Deathwing encounter minutes after hitting level 85 in World of Warcraft. Consequently, hardcore guilds often struggle to find new raid members who have the appropriate gear level for the content they are trying to defeat. Once again, there are strategies the developers can use to lessen the impact of a gear-based system, but they need to be constantly aware of these undesirable byproducts.

As most people know, Guild Wars 2 will not have a subscription fee. ArenaNet will, instead, support the game through microtransactions. The skill-based nature of the game allows them more freedom in the items they can sell in the in-game store without upsetting balance. Karma boosts, for example, aren’t game-breaking in Guild Wars 2, because the progression is based on player skill. However, selling currency boosters in a gear-based game would create a situation where players would feel compelled to buy those boosters if they wanted to remain competitive.

It may sound as if skill-based MMOs are all puppies and flowers with no drawbacks at all, but this is far from the truth. In fact, I’m concerned that some of my friends and family may struggle in Guild Wars 2. Level 80 players exploring Tyria can’t compensate for a lack of skill by obtaining more powerful gear. Before you say, “Well, duh. Learn to play, noob!”, realize there are many players out there that have a skill ceiling that is lower than your average gamer. It may be easy on a forum or in an internet space to discount those players, but it’s a different story when you’re talking about real people you want to play with. One of my close friends gets extreme motion sickness when he plays certain games. In MMOs, using the mouse to pan the camera triggers his condition, so he uses his keyboard for both movement and activating skills. He’s defter at playing like this than most people I’ve seen, but his performance might suffer with the action-oriented combat of Guild Wars 2. My dad loves MMOs. He was a dedicated raider and one of our main tanks for 6 years in World of Warcraft. The fact is, however, that he’s 65 years old and his reflexes aren’t as fast as they used to be. I created a video that discussed the same topic as this article (check it out below) and I received many messages in reaction to it from gamers who had all sorts of physical limitations that impacted their skill ceilings. So this concern is more widespread than we may realize. Gear-based MMOs are very friendly to these players because they allow them to surpass their own personal power limit with the acquisition of shiny loot. If they can’t defeat a challenging boss now, they can continue practicing knowing that eventually their gear may give them the boost they need to defeat it. In a skill-based system all you can do is keep trying until you overcome the obstacle or give up.

The good news is Guild Wars 2 is not designed with a structured raiding environment where gamers converge for countless hours spanning several weeks in an attempt at defeating a single boss encounter. Players with lower skill levels aren’t going to be holding back an entire raiding team’s progression. Large-scale dynamic events, world vs. world, crafting and personal story can be enjoyed by everyone equally. Structured PvP and the explorable mode dungeons may prove to be more prohibitive, but since they don’t yield more powerful loot for completing them, gamers won’t be hindered from accessing other areas of the game if they aren’t successful.

Some gamers simply won’t like the skill-based approach to Guild Wars 2. To some, the allure of seeking new items is not strong enough if they don’t include a power increase with them. Others may be frustrated by the difficulty rather than inspired to rise to the challenge. For me, personally, after playing gear-based MMOs for over a decade now, I’m ready for something different. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my time in those worlds; in fact, they are some of my best gaming moments. But I feel that I’ve seen what that approach has to offer and I’m curious as to where my adventures in Tyria will lead me.

hometeam
07-09-2012, 05:53 PM
I got a beta key from curse as a non permium member last night.. not sure how it happened, i refreshed the page at basically the moment it opened up, and got my key.

Definitely not a premium member

Setsuna
07-10-2012, 09:21 AM
They don't got no more! Screw you guys!

chasedude
07-10-2012, 09:42 AM
They don't got no more! Screw you guys!

I told you those Beta keys disappeared quicker than Oprah on a baked ham. Too slooooooooow! :)

chasedude
07-10-2012, 09:44 AM
I got a beta key from curse as a non permium member last night.. not sure how it happened, i refreshed the page at basically the moment it opened up, and got my key.

Definitely not a premium member

Glad you hear you got one. The OP for Curse said premium members only the first 24 hours, guess not enought prems wanted it. You're the lucky one here I guess. Hope to see you in the next Beta Weekend Hometeam! PBJ

hometeam
07-10-2012, 12:09 PM
I also snagged another one last night when it officially opened.

Pants
07-10-2012, 05:37 PM
Watched some of that podcast with those 4 dudes and looked at some videos and I'm thinking I'll be giving this a try. I really like some of the ArenaNet's ideas.

Setsuna
07-11-2012, 08:54 AM
I also snagged another one last night when it officially opened.

WHAT!!!???? :cuss::banghead:%(/nlmrochambeau:lame::$2500::bang::sulk:

chasedude
07-11-2012, 06:14 PM
I also snagged another one last night when it officially opened.

I've been on a camping trip or otherwise I would have grabbed a couple for those that didn't get in on time.

On another note... At game launch I'd love for all those on CP playing to hook up with my GW old school friends into a legion. Support in numbers!

I've learned quite a bit about #2 from the betas and enjoy helping others get better, more aclimated. My International friends would agree with me.

This game has a HUGE map and it can get confusing where shit is.

Anyway's there are a few core group of guys that have remained friends for years and have a great time together. A Swede, a few Canucks, a Bug eatin Nebraskan and me.

Oh yeah, we use Teamspeak for most of our gatherings and many nights are a riot. GW2 is supposed to have a VOIP but they havn't been testing that on the beta yet. Hit me up if you want TS hostname, port, password or what have you. Just throwing my thought out there.

hometeam
07-11-2012, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the invite but I have a pretty large and like minded crew to go into the game with~

As for the beta keys, I did snag two, but gave them to some buddies who im hoping will play with me ~

Setsuna
07-11-2012, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the invite but I have a pretty large and like minded crew to go into the game with~

As for the beta keys, I did snag two, but gave them to some buddies who im hoping will play with me ~

Dude seriously give me one next time. Like not kidding. Seriously.

hometeam
07-11-2012, 08:38 PM
I think they are all gone :(

However some of my guildies snagged 10 or 12 each. Maybe I can get one for you. Let me check on it.

Setsuna
07-11-2012, 08:45 PM
I think they are all gone :(

However some of my guildies snagged 10 or 12 each. Maybe I can get one for you. Let me check on it.

Thanks buddy! If you can spare one! PBJ:grovel:

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:01 PM
Thanks for the invite but I have a pretty large and like minded crew to go into the game with~


I gotcha about the guild/legion that's why our core members have lasted so long because we're all on the same page.

Either way linking guilds together as alliances has it's benefits too :thumb:

Not only do I enjoy the game, but the social aspect too. We'll cross paths somewhere along the way.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Thanks buddy! If you can spare one! PBJ:grovel:

Setsuna, I'm always keeping eyes out for free beta keys. If hometeam can't help out I'll hit my gaming buddies and see if they snagged some extras.

Pants
07-11-2012, 09:07 PM
Are there separate servers or is it all one big ass world with the whole playerbase in it?

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:17 PM
Are there separate servers or is it all one big ass world with the whole playerbase in it?

Separate, but with a twist.

Your first toon on a server is kinda set like your homeroom. Yet you do have the ability to take your toons onto other servers. The only downfall so far been released about the multiple servers is the influence factor.

You earn influence by pvp, pve, nearly everthing you do. The only problem is you can only earn if on your home server.

You can go to another server and help out a friend in quests, storylines, but any influence accrued will not apply because you're away from your home server.

hometeam
07-11-2012, 09:18 PM
There are seperate servers. But the world is big ass.

Pants
07-11-2012, 09:19 PM
Separate, but with a twist.

Your first toon on a server is kinda set like your homeroom. Yet you do have the ability to take your toons onto other servers. The only downfall so far been released about the multiple servers is the influence factor.

You earn influence by pvp, pve, nearly everthing you do. The only problem is you can only earn if on your home server.

You can go to another server and help out a friend in quests, storylines, but any influence accrued will not apply because you're away from your home server.

Oh ok, thanks for the info. So when you create a character, you don't select a server, it just kind of assigns one to you and then you're free to go back and forth between servers (with the influence penalty, of course)?

Setsuna
07-11-2012, 09:19 PM
Setsuna, I'm always keeping eyes out for free beta keys. If hometeam can't help out I'll hit my gaming buddies and see if they snagged some extras.

You guys are like family! :deevee: :thumb:

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:20 PM
There are seperate servers. But the world is big ass.

Yeah I'm blown away on how huge it is and we still havn't seen the other two races (Sylvari, Asuran) area yet.

This next beta weekend we will be allowed to test the new races.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:22 PM
Oh ok, thanks for the info. So when you create a character, you don't select a server, it just kind of assigns one to you and then you're free to go back and forth between servers (with the influence penalty, of course)?

No... You do pick a server first then create your toon. Anyone you know else that's joining up with you plan your server selection carefully so everyone is on the same page.

And yes, there will be no boundries jumping from server to server barring the influence thing you mentioned.

Pants
07-11-2012, 09:23 PM
And yes, there will be no boundries jumping from server to server barring the influence thing you mentioned.

Wow, that's crazy. Crazy awesome.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:24 PM
You guys are like family! :deevee: :thumb:

That's why I love social MMO's. I've meet some cool people playing in the past and some long term friendships.

In GW2 they've added rewards for helping out your fellow gamer. Gaining Exp by rezzing someone you don't know is one of them.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:26 PM
Wow, that's crazy. Crazy awesome.

Arenanet is breaking the mother fuckin mold with this game. I already know I'm gonna be hooked on this one.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 09:27 PM
I feel the buzz picking up around here for GW2, PBJ

Blizzard... pay attention you might learn something.

hometeam
07-11-2012, 10:32 PM
WANTTT...

Setsuna, put in a request for your key, lets see how it goes.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 10:54 PM
Make sure you guys "like" GW2 FB page. That's usually the first breaking news on beta key givaways.

chasedude
07-11-2012, 10:55 PM
I signed up under 2 different email address for free keys on this site but havn't seen anything yet.

http://guildwars2beta.org/

chasedude
07-12-2012, 11:04 AM
Another site giving out 25 keys, with a slight twist. You need to submit a sketch of a weapon. I'm not an artist so I can't help with this one.

http://gw2wvw.com/main/guild-wars-2-bwe-3-beta-keys/

Setsuna
07-12-2012, 11:13 AM
WANTTT...

Setsuna, put in a request for your key, lets see how it goes.

How do I put in a request?

chasedude
07-12-2012, 11:42 AM
How do I put in a request?

I'm not sure what he's talking about. The last giveaway is already closed, I checked. But the art submission one, I just found this am.

hometeam
07-12-2012, 09:02 PM
No no no, i meant IIIIII put in a request for your key.

Also here is another giveaway.

http://www.alienwarearena.com/giveaway/guild-wars-two-closed-beta-giveaway/

hometeam
07-12-2012, 09:28 PM
Here, between ALLLL of these there has to be a key in there for you.

Moved to a new thread at the request of moderators.

In the interests of keeping the hot page concise, this thread will be updated with the various beta key giveaways that are going on. Here are the ones posted so far:

Contests/giveaways:
•http://www.canardpc.com/concours/guildwars2/ (French)
•http://www.eurogamer.it/articles/2012-07-11-eurogamer-regala-300-chiavi-per-la-beta-di-guild-wars-2 (Italian)
•http://www.incgamers.com/2012/07/guild-wars-2-bwe3-beta-key-giveaway/
•http://www.onlinewelten.com/win/1395-guild-wars-2-betakeys/ (German)
•http://www.pcgamesn.com/guildwars/we-ve-got-500-guild-wars-2-beta-codes-and-we-want-you-have-them
•http://www.killtenrats.com/2012/07/12/gw2-beta-weekend-event-3-key-contest-on-twitter/
•http://www.gamersbook.com/scene/news/guild-wars-2-beta-giveaway/
•https://www.facebook.com/SteelSeries/app_166307463503287
•http://www.buffed.de/Guild-Wars-2-PC-169660/News/Guild-Wars-2-Beta-Key-987805/ (German, requires account)
•http://www.pcgames.de/Guild-Wars-2-PC-169660/News/Guild-Wars-2-Betakey-987835/ (German, no account required)
•http://www.alienwarearena.com/giveaway/guild-wars-two-closed-beta-giveaway/ (daily at 3PM PDT & 7PM GMT)
•http://www.gw2bnc.com/2012/07/beta-giveaway-5/
•http://diablo3x.com/120-guild-wars-2-beta-keys-give-away/
•http://www.thesearing.com/guild-wars-2-beta-giveaway/
•http://www.talktyria.net/2012/07/12/final-beta-event-key-giveaway/

Expired/ended:
•http://www.curse.com/betas/guild-wars-2 (premium curse members until Tuesday, US/CA only)
•http://www.curse.com/betas/guild-wars-2-eu (EU version)
•http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/07/12/get-your-guild-wars-2-final-beta-weekend-key-here/
•http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/landing/93 (requires TTH membership)
•http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-07-12-we-have-500-guild-wars-2-beta-keys
•http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/12/guild-wars-2-beta-key-giveaway-2/

Post new ones below and I'll update this post periodically.

See http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/uf7y7/how_to_automate_your_gw2_account_registration_for/ for scripting signup.

Got a key? Read https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2/posts/239137036200505 for instructions on what to do.

Didn't get a key but want one? This is the thread for you: http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/wc4jt/the_i_didnt_get_a_beta_key_and_i_would_really/

chasedude
07-12-2012, 10:41 PM
Here, between ALLLL of these there has to be a key in there for you.

Moved to a new thread at the request of moderators.

In the interests of keeping the hot page concise, this thread will be updated with the various beta key giveaways that are going on. Here are the ones posted so far:

Contests/giveaways:
•http://www.canardpc.com/concours/guildwars2/ (French)
•http://www.eurogamer.it/articles/2012-07-11-eurogamer-regala-300-chiavi-per-la-beta-di-guild-wars-2 (Italian)
•http://www.incgamers.com/2012/07/guild-wars-2-bwe3-beta-key-giveaway/
•http://www.onlinewelten.com/win/1395-guild-wars-2-betakeys/ (German)
•http://www.pcgamesn.com/guildwars/we-ve-got-500-guild-wars-2-beta-codes-and-we-want-you-have-them
•http://www.killtenrats.com/2012/07/12/gw2-beta-weekend-event-3-key-contest-on-twitter/
•http://www.gamersbook.com/scene/news/guild-wars-2-beta-giveaway/
•https://www.facebook.com/SteelSeries/app_166307463503287
•http://www.buffed.de/Guild-Wars-2-PC-169660/News/Guild-Wars-2-Beta-Key-987805/ (German, requires account)
•http://www.pcgames.de/Guild-Wars-2-PC-169660/News/Guild-Wars-2-Betakey-987835/ (German, no account required)
•http://www.alienwarearena.com/giveaway/guild-wars-two-closed-beta-giveaway/ (daily at 3PM PDT & 7PM GMT)
•http://www.gw2bnc.com/2012/07/beta-giveaway-5/
•http://diablo3x.com/120-guild-wars-2-beta-keys-give-away/
•http://www.thesearing.com/guild-wars-2-beta-giveaway/
•http://www.talktyria.net/2012/07/12/final-beta-event-key-giveaway/

Expired/ended:
•http://www.curse.com/betas/guild-wars-2 (premium curse members until Tuesday, US/CA only)
•http://www.curse.com/betas/guild-wars-2-eu (EU version)
•http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/07/12/get-your-guild-wars-2-final-beta-weekend-key-here/
•http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/landing/93 (requires TTH membership)
•http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-07-12-we-have-500-guild-wars-2-beta-keys
•http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/12/guild-wars-2-beta-key-giveaway-2/

Post new ones below and I'll update this post periodically.

See http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/uf7y7/how_to_automate_your_gw2_account_registration_for/ for scripting signup.

Got a key? Read https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2/posts/239137036200505 for instructions on what to do.

Didn't get a key but want one? This is the thread for you: http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/wc4jt/the_i_didnt_get_a_beta_key_and_i_would_really/

Nice Sleuthing Dr. Holmes... I think I'll update the OP with this info.

hometeam
07-12-2012, 11:03 PM
No thanks to me, i just stole it off the gw2 reddit.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/

chasedude
07-12-2012, 11:13 PM
No thanks to me, i just stole it off the gw2 reddit.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/

I didn't know it was on there. I got it bookmarked now.

Setsuna
07-13-2012, 09:34 AM
Hometeam you are my boy! Thank you very much! :D

chasedude
07-13-2012, 05:24 PM
Very large download on the client today. It's gotta be the sylvari and asuran areas being added for the next beta weekend. PBJ

hometeam
07-13-2012, 05:58 PM
Setsuna did you end up getting one? My request via my guild has gone unanswered/unnoticed.

Setsuna
07-14-2012, 08:53 AM
Setsuna did you end up getting one? My request via my guild has gone unanswered/unnoticed.

Well I followed one of your links and currently there is one where they are giving 50 keys randomly picked out of people that post a comment in a thread. So far there are 57 responses and it ends tonight at midnight, so I have a large chance of getting one if that number stays below 75 by midnight. I do believe I'll get one though! :)

hometeam
07-14-2012, 09:08 AM
Look at the gw2 reddit. THere are new giveaways being announced all the time. Arenanet wants people to play this game for this beta weekend.

Setsuna
07-14-2012, 09:21 AM
Will do good sir.

hometeam
07-15-2012, 04:32 PM
setsuna check your pms~

Setsuna
07-15-2012, 07:11 PM
setsuna check your pms~

If you were a chick I'd marry you.

hometeam
07-15-2012, 09:43 PM
Ok any CPer want to play I do have an extra key!

Setsuna
07-15-2012, 10:08 PM
Yeah boy! I'm gonna be playing dat beta this upcoming weekend!

Edit: I did not take the key hometeam is graciously offering so don't freak.

Setsuna
07-20-2012, 09:58 AM
Never done a beta before....do you get to choose your name?

Setsuna
07-20-2012, 01:05 PM
Which homeworld are Chiefs people going to be on?

Ahh screw it. I'm playing.

Canofbier
07-20-2012, 01:43 PM
Ok any CPer want to play I do have an extra key!

I'd like it, if you've still got it!

hometeam
07-20-2012, 09:31 PM
I gave it away :(

Im playing on Sorrows Furnace

hometeam
07-24-2012, 08:36 PM
Well my guild and I got tweeted/facebooked by arenanet. We spent our weekend doing this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5PwJX7EIk

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gj5PwJX7EIk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



At one point we had 2 devs following us, one of whom made a char look and named like us, hopped in our voice server, and played with us.

We all made charr mesmers with some variation of illlliilili.

dont be fooled by youtube views, this thing has sat at the top of reddit all day plus been officially acknowledged and plugged by arenanet!

http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/

Pants
07-24-2012, 09:00 PM
Well my guild and I got tweeted/facebooked by arenanet. We spent our weekend doing this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5PwJX7EIk

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gj5PwJX7EIk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



At one point we had 2 devs following us, one of whom made a char look and named like us, hopped in our voice server, and played with us.

We all made charr mesmers with some variation of illlliilili.

dont be fooled by youtube views, this thing has sat at the top of reddit all day plus been officially acknowledged and plugged by arenanet!

http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/


Haha, that's awesome. Must have been a shit ton of fun.

hometeam
07-24-2012, 09:04 PM
We did alot more than that, that just happens to be a cut. We for 2 hours rolled around the world making friends and doing strange coreographed things. If you watch the 13 minute cut off the youtube link you can see the instant /sleeps we did as well as some of the other stuff

Setsuna
07-24-2012, 10:39 PM
We did alot more than that, that just happens to be a cut. We for 2 hours rolled around the world making friends and doing strange coreographed things. If you watch the 13 minute cut off the youtube link you can see the instant /sleeps we did as well as some of the other stuff

Lol I made 3 characters and they were all fairly fun. I loved the guardian and the elementalist though. Warrior....eh idk. I think this game is as it should be. A learning experience at the beginning and everything gets exponentially better as you level.

hometeam
07-24-2012, 10:58 PM
I tried alot of different stuff. I quite liked the warrior, but I think im going to play ranged of some sort. Engineer is top of my list as of now.

also building a new PC for gw2. Parts are ordered, PC will be operational and OCed on saturday night~

Setsuna
07-25-2012, 09:34 AM
I tried alot of different stuff. I quite liked the warrior, but I think im going to play ranged of some sort. Engineer is top of my list as of now.

also building a new PC for gw2. Parts are ordered, PC will be operational and OCed on saturday night~

How much did that run you?

hometeam
07-25-2012, 07:23 PM
ehmm.. about 2200. But this sytem will dominate gw2 and many games upcoming.

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Reliability Thermal Compound
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
COOLER MASTER R4-MFJR-07FK-R1 200mm Case Fan
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4X1600C7
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

will using my samsung 7200 rpm 1tb HDD that i have laying on my desk here

Im also going to add a second card in SLI next month, looking for a 4.5-5ghz overclock on the 6core

You can build a computer to run gw2 pretty handily for around 800 bucks though. Get a bargain case, an i5 2500k and a 560ti and be good to go for fairly cheap

Setsuna
07-26-2012, 09:27 AM
Can I haz some of dat lettuce?

Canofbier
08-09-2012, 08:07 AM
There's a stress test today from 12:00 to 4:00 pacific time, for any of you who wanted one last fix before the game comes out in a couple weeks. I finally caved and pre-purchased the game, because I knew I was going to buy it anyway once it came out.

chasedude
08-09-2012, 06:00 PM
There's a stress test today from 12:00 to 4:00 pacific time, for any of you who wanted one last fix before the game comes out in a couple weeks. I finally caved and pre-purchased the game, because I knew I was going to buy it anyway once it came out.

I hate when they schedule these stress tests while I'm working :cuss:

Anyways... I heard that all the packaged retail boxes are already sold out across the board. A Gamestop employee told me there's been so many orders that they can't take anymore. Digital dowloads are still available, but those wanting their pretty box will have to wait until more are manufactured.

hometeam
08-09-2012, 08:51 PM
Another stress test tommorrow... 6-10pm our time! wheee

hometeam
08-11-2012, 08:59 PM
1 hour stress test sunday 2-3pm. If anyone is interested I will be playing on sorrows furnace for the remainder of the beta time. However, after beta is over we will be re-rolling on another server~

Canofbier
08-12-2012, 01:46 AM
1 hour stress test sunday 2-3pm. If anyone is interested I will be playing on sorrows furnace for the remainder of the beta time. However, after beta is over we will be re-rolling on another server~

Man, they're really going nuts with these stress tests.

hometeam
08-12-2012, 10:17 AM
Yea, and after looking again its 1-2pm not 2-3!

Anyways i'm going to use the time to jump right into WvW.

I figure they will keep on doing stress tests up until maybe a week or few days before launch. They know that the d3 launch is what players are dreading, and will be a marketing nightmare for them unless everything goes smoothly.

hometeam
08-12-2012, 11:46 AM
Updated server for launch for me and my guild Arcanix at www.alttabme.com - Jade Quarry

chasedude
08-12-2012, 01:09 PM
I got in on the Friday test for awhile and home long enough to get in about 15 mins for this stress test. I think Anet has paid attention to the problems with D3 and are testing as much as possible before release. Can't wait for the official release though, not far down the line.

hometeam
08-13-2012, 07:31 PM
I take it back.. no longer rolling on jade quarry. - We have decided to do a different server, and not publicizing it. Would still like CPers to play w/me!

chasedude
08-13-2012, 09:46 PM
I take it back.. no longer rolling on jade quarry. - We have decided to do a different server, and not publicizing it. Would still like CPers to play w/me!

Found this little tidbit...

http://www.arena.net/blog/choosing-and-transferring-worlds-in-guild-wars-2

When Guild Wars 2 launches, you will also have the option to play with your friends on another world with our free “guesting” feature. With guesting, your characters can play on any world where you have friends—with certain restrictions. For instance, you will not be able to participate in WvW while guesting.

So no matter what world we choose we'll at least be able to PvE together, no PvP though.

hometeam
08-14-2012, 12:20 AM
Yea when you are guesting you can still gain exp for yourself etc but you cant gain any guild influence.

chasedude
08-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Yea when you are guesting you can still gain exp for yourself etc but you cant gain any guild influence.

Yep, that's what I saw too.

hometeam
08-14-2012, 08:18 PM
Another stress test tommorrow. Also they announced they are going to open the servers 3 hours early for headstart, so 12pm EST rather than 12pm PST

chasedude
08-14-2012, 08:44 PM
Another stress test tommorrow. Also they announced they are going to open the servers 3 hours early for headstart, so 12pm EST rather than 12pm PST

Hmmm 1pm CST for me. I'm supposed to have tomorrow off but offered to work morning deliveries since my boss has strep throat. He usually does Weds deliveries. I hope to be home by the start of the test.

I really enjoyed the Mesmer I created last test, I'd like to see how much further I can get into the class to see what more it has to offer.

Canofbier
08-14-2012, 09:46 PM
Another stress test tommorrow. Also they announced they are going to open the servers 3 hours early for headstart, so 12pm EST rather than 12pm PST

I'll probably spend a chunk of the time in the character creator, as my main will be a Sylvari and they have such a huge variety of options. Wouldn't want my character to look like ass when the game comes out.

Javabean
08-15-2012, 10:18 AM
Yea when you are guesting you can still gain exp for yourself etc but you cant gain any guild influence.

I know you can join multiple guilds. I had thought you could switch your active guild or whatever it's called and get guild influence for the server you're on -- is that not how it works?

hometeam
08-15-2012, 12:14 PM
I know you can join multiple guilds. I had thought you could switch your active guild or whatever it's called and get guild influence for the server you're on -- is that not how it works?

Your right in a way. yes you can join multiple guilds, yes you can switch the guild your repping for influence to said guild.

However, when your guesting on other peoples servers you will NOT gain influence. You can only gain influence by playing on your 'home' server.

chasedude
08-15-2012, 01:49 PM
Wow 11k files to download on the client. I hope I can get it done and still get in to help stress test a little.

Javabean
08-16-2012, 06:33 AM
Your right in a way. yes you can join multiple guilds, yes you can switch the guild your repping for influence to said guild.

However, when your guesting on other peoples servers you will NOT gain influence. You can only gain influence by playing on your 'home' server.

Oh, I can only gain guild influence when I'm on my home server? That's interesting. Thanks.

chasedude
08-16-2012, 08:25 AM
My group of friends decided on Sorrow's Furnace for the release. Just FYI if anyone wants to know, my account is Ultimate Flash.7982.

hometeam
08-16-2012, 10:14 PM
Just so you know, Sorrows furnace is going to be the 'spanish language' server, with multiple huge guilds rolling there. That is why we chose to move to Yaks Bend. We felt like so many spanish speakers would hinder pve and wvw communication.

chasedude
08-16-2012, 10:19 PM
Just so you know, Sorrows furnace is going to be the 'spanish language' server, with multiple huge guilds rolling there. That is why we chose to move to Yaks Bend. We felt like so many spanish speakers would hinder pve and wvw communication.

Last time I checked the "World Server List" Sorrow's furnace was a NA server.
http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/15/guild-wars-2-server-list-revealed/

Yak's Bend was my second choice because I always loved "The Yakslapper" from GW1. It was the first "green" I ever got.

Guess I better get on FB and get the team up to speed then :#

hometeam
08-16-2012, 10:24 PM
Last time I checked the "World Server List" Sorrow's furnace was a NA server. Yak's Bend was my second choice because I always loved "The Yakslapper" from GW1. It was the first "green" I ever got.

Guess I better get on FB and get the team up to speed then :#


Well, it is an NA server. Do you have any idea how many spanish speakers there are in north/central/south america that will be playing on NA servers? And the huge spanish speaking alliance guilds have chosen Sorrows Furnace as the unofficial spanish language server, and made it known in the community. Its pretty much a done deal :P Now, im not saying some of these people wont be bi-lingual, because they will. But, the threat of a constant communication barrier at least in some capacity was enough to make us reconsider.

chasedude
08-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Well, it is an NA server. Do you have any idea how many spanish speakers there are in north/central/south america that will be playing on NA servers? And the huge spanish speaking alliance guilds have chosen Sorrows Furnace as the unofficial spanish language server, and made it known in the community. Its pretty much a done deal :P Now, im not saying some of these people wont be bi-lingual, because they will. But, the threat of a constant communication barrier at least in some capacity was enough to make us reconsider.

I didn't anticipate the draw from central/south america. I've been pretty lax on lurking the BB's for GW2. Seeing "jajajajajajaja" roll across the chat window gets quite annoying. Sorrow's is out then.

pr_capone
08-16-2012, 10:43 PM
I didn't anticipate the draw from central/south america. I've been pretty lax on lurking the BB's for GW2. Seeing "jajajajajajaja" roll across the chat window gets quite annoying. Sorrow's is out then.

por que te molesta?

chasedude
08-16-2012, 10:50 PM
por que te molesta?

No Habla, that's why. Comprende?

pr_capone
08-16-2012, 10:57 PM
Is there an Auschwitz Ovens server? Seems like you might enjoy playing there.

/I keed

chasedude
08-16-2012, 11:00 PM
Is there an Auschwitz Ovens server? Seems like you might enjoy playing there.

/I keed

Wow! :spock:
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/7/75222/2072040-not_sure_if_serious.jpg

pr_capone
08-16-2012, 11:07 PM
Wow! :spock:
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/7/75222/2072040-not_sure_if_serious.jpg

No estoy serio... solo estoy jugando.

chasedude
08-16-2012, 11:09 PM
Is there an Auschwitz Ovens server? Seems like you might enjoy playing there.

/I keed

Shit, Damn your white text! ROFL I didn't see it when I quoted.

Tired eyes, long day...

chasedude
08-16-2012, 11:11 PM
No estoy serio... solo estoy jugando.

Damn it! Quit making use Google translate!!! :p

pr_capone
08-16-2012, 11:13 PM
Damn it! Quit making use Google translate!!! :p

jajajajajajajajajajaja

chasedude
08-16-2012, 11:17 PM
jajajajajajajajajajaja

I hope Arenanet added a block player feature in their plan. :D

Valiant
08-17-2012, 09:07 AM
Just bought and downloaded, says I get a 3day head start.

I will be casual player if rolling a cp guild.

hometeam
08-17-2012, 10:00 AM
gw2 is built for casual players as much as it is for hardcore players.

its gonna be the bomb.

David.
08-17-2012, 11:32 AM
I'm so excited for this game. Still haven't decided what server I'm going to. I know you can do multiple guilds so ill be down for a cp guild if one is made.
Posted via Mobile Device

chasedude
08-17-2012, 12:10 PM
I'm so excited for this ga
me. Still haven't decided what server I'm going to. I know you can do multiple guilds so ill be down for a cp guild if one is made.
Posted via Mobile Device

Ditto here I think a CP guild would be cool, I'm in.

Valiant
08-20-2012, 01:30 PM
Someone PM the server most will be on to form a CP guild.

How many are going to be doing the WvWvW ? That is my main interest.

jspchief
08-20-2012, 05:41 PM
When does it drop?

hometeam
08-20-2012, 06:25 PM
Not sure why we are pMing? Myself and my guild (www.alttabme.com) will be rolling yaks bend.

I will be doing some pve but mostly WvW. I expect yaks bend to be a force to reckon with in WvW, as well as sorrows furnace and jade quarry. Pretty sure that they are going to mix up who each server goes against every couple of weeks depending on performance.

Valiant
08-20-2012, 08:32 PM
When does it drop?

yaks bend it is.. Comes out the 28th, 25th if you pre purchased..

Pants
08-20-2012, 08:43 PM
Not sure why we are pMing? Myself and my guild (www.alttabme.com) will be rolling yaks bend.

I will be doing some pve but mostly WvW. I expect yaks bend to be a force to reckon with in WvW, as well as sorrows furnace and jade quarry. Pretty sure that they are going to mix up who each server goes against every couple of weeks depending on performance.

Who are you guys accepting into the guild? Is it pretty exclusive or are you going for sheer numbers?

chasedude
08-20-2012, 09:10 PM
Who are you guys accepting into the guild? Is it pretty exclusive or are you going for sheer numbers?

The thing is with GW2 you can be a member of multiple guilds. Guild with your gamer friends, guild up with CP members, guild up with PvP only. The list goes on.

My friends and I decided on Yak's Bend too. I think I'm rolling an Asuran Necro first.

Edit: As for PvE / PvP I'll be doing both depending on what I wanna do when I login.

chasedude
08-20-2012, 10:18 PM
Another Stress Test Tues August 21st 2-6pm CST.

I'm working those hours but thought those around that could jump on it would like to know.

hometeam
08-21-2012, 09:38 AM
Who are you guys accepting into the guild? Is it pretty exclusive or are you going for sheer numbers?

its not 'exclusive' perse, but there is a type of person they are looking for. That being said, right now recruitment is semi-closed. They are only letting in who they feel are really exceptional fits. We have a 150 cap that we are pretty close too, so random people are being looked at hard. Friends and family invites are getting accepted regularly.


It's a pretty awesome group of people, check out the site and apply if you want.

hometeam
08-21-2012, 09:39 AM
Another Stress Test Tues August 21st 2-6pm CST.

I'm working those hours but thought those around that could jump on it would like to know.

Ill be on ~

Canofbier
08-21-2012, 01:35 PM
Hey hometeam, what's your name on the guild roster? Filling out an application, and I figure it wouldn't hurt to say that I learned about the guild from you. Seems like a pretty chill group of people, and games like this are always 100x more fun when you've got a good community to play it with.

Canofbier
08-21-2012, 02:21 PM
Never mind, just submitted the application. If you like it, maybe you could identify yourself on its thread, haha.

EDIT: The guild leader wants to know who I'm talking about, so I'd really appreciate it if you could drop by.

jspchief
08-21-2012, 04:42 PM
Bought the CE this am and dinked around for few hours during today's stress test.

Couldnt get on the Yaks server, it was full. Hope that doesn't mean I have to do paid realm transfer... I assume not since its just beta.

Played a norn warrior.

Definately a change from WoW. Trying to break my WoW habit, hope this will help me avoid the xpac.

hometeam
08-21-2012, 06:08 PM
You will get to choose a new server when the game launches. In the first few weeks they are going to leave server transferes open until population settles down.

Also, you are right in your post, I am Falx on there. I told Tristan that it was me you where looking for~

Canofbier
08-21-2012, 06:12 PM
Thanks dude, appreciate it. Can't wait until the game is out!

chasedude
08-21-2012, 06:12 PM
Guesting will be disabled on launch. This feature will be implemented later, just not at launch

Just FYI guys.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/08/16/guild-wars-2-news-post-details-guesting-world-transfers-and-re/

Pants
08-21-2012, 06:23 PM
Aight, I just bought the Digital Deluxe Edition as well. Whoever posted that video of those 4 nerds talking about the game for 2 hours, you're the reason I got this game. :D

jspchief
08-21-2012, 06:24 PM
Anyone have a good source for primers? Would like to have a better understanding of game mechanics, builds, etc.

Also, good forums?

chasedude
08-21-2012, 06:28 PM
Anyone have a good source for primers? Would like to have a better understanding of game mechanics, builds, etc.

Also, good forums?

Check out the OP, I just updated it with a few links.

If anyone knows of more links for BB's and such let me know I'll add them to the OP.

chasedude
08-21-2012, 06:42 PM
Stress test is still running, I thought I was gonna miss out. They must've extended it.

chasedude
08-21-2012, 07:14 PM
Stress test is still running, I thought I was gonna miss out. They must've extended it.

Just got booted, well at least I got another taste to keep me drooling until Saturday.

hometeam
08-21-2012, 08:02 PM
Aight, I just bought the Digital Deluxe Edition as well. Whoever posted that video of those 4 nerds talking about the game for 2 hours, you're the reason I got this game. :D



That was me :evil:

pr_capone
08-21-2012, 09:35 PM
Just got my 3rd monitor up and running.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/280899_4493832869217_2059141184_o.jpg

GW2 supports 3 monitors @ a 5760x1080 resolution. I have a massive hard on. :D

AndChiefs
08-21-2012, 09:38 PM
Aight, I just bought the Digital Deluxe Edition as well. Whoever posted that video of those 4 nerds talking about the game for 2 hours, you're the reason I got this game. :D

There goes the neighborhood.

chasedude
08-21-2012, 09:48 PM
Just got my 3rd monitor up and running.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/280899_4493832869217_2059141184_o.jpg

GW2 supports 3 monitors @ a 5760x1080 resolution. I have a massive hard on. :D

Sweet Dwayna :D, that's awesome!

Note to self: Must update newegg wishlist.

hometeam
08-22-2012, 08:59 AM
what setup?

With the newest drivers/engine changes I am not even keeping a steady 60 in heavy traffic areas, (WvW with LOTS of physics and stuff going on) and thats with the newest 6 core oced @ 4.8ghz and a single gtx 670 oced.

At that resolution you better be at the very least dual graphics or more :P

Valiant
08-22-2012, 09:12 AM
After playing a bit yesterday. Once the game goes live for prepurchasers, does that mean we also get a headstart on server choiceor all the people in beta retain those spots? Might be my only chance to get into yaks bend.

chasedude
08-22-2012, 09:30 AM
After playing a bit yesterday. Once the game goes live for prepurchasers, does that mean we also get a headstart on server choiceor all the people in beta retain those spots? Might be my only chance to get into yaks bend.

Yes, headstart gives us the edge in choosing servers, toon names all before those that get the "box" edition on Tues.

Everything done through beta is now wiped and we start afresh early Sat.

pr_capone
08-22-2012, 12:45 PM
what setup?

With the newest drivers/engine changes I am not even keeping a steady 60 in heavy traffic areas, (WvW with LOTS of physics and stuff going on) and thats with the newest 6 core oced @ 4.8ghz and a single gtx 670 oced.

At that resolution you better be at the very least dual graphics or more :P

Intel Core i7 920
6gb Memory
ATi 6870HD video card

nary a problem. :D

hometeam
08-22-2012, 12:54 PM
Not sure what the problem is then.. my processor and graphics card are twice as good.. are you running ultra high settings w/ supersampling? Im maxed out nearly all the time except in WvW fighting at walls with 100+ people running around and all the physics that go with it. Should still be maxed out in my mind. Maybe its the drivers.

As for head start, be at your computer at 11pm CST friday night if you want to get in and get your name reserved, Headstart was originally slated for 2am CST but they mentioned that they may open it up 3 hours prior at 11pm. gogogogo!

David.
08-22-2012, 01:10 PM
So is yaks bend the consensus?
Posted via Mobile Device

AndChiefs
08-22-2012, 01:36 PM
I'm considering this but I'm not sure.

hometeam
08-22-2012, 03:26 PM
All i know is that myself and sonofabier will be rolling there (provided he gets accepted into my guild)

Other than that, some of the other major groups on Yaks bend will include the gw2guru guild, and the gamebreaker.tv guild

Again, server transfers will be free at first, so if you cant get on yaks bend, or dont like it, you can move to or from at will in the first few days/weeks of launch.

Canofbier
08-22-2012, 07:14 PM
All i know is that myself and sonofabier will be rolling there (provided he gets accepted into my guild)

Other than that, some of the other major groups on Yaks bend will include the gw2guru guild, and the gamebreaker.tv guild

Again, server transfers will be free at first, so if you cant get on yaks bend, or dont like it, you can move to or from at will in the first few days/weeks of launch.

Whelp, I got accepted. I chatted with some people on the Mumble server, and they seem like a pretty cool gang. Looking forward to launch.

Pants
08-22-2012, 08:01 PM
Yeah, I'll be on Yak's Bend too, you guys!

Pants
08-22-2012, 08:02 PM
I'm considering this but I'm not sure.

i <3 u

u must do this

AndChiefs
08-22-2012, 08:05 PM
i <3 u

u must do this

I like that's it's a one-time outlay. Not home enough for paying the monthly fee.

Pants
08-22-2012, 08:09 PM
I like that's it's a one-time outlay. Not home enough for paying the monthly fee.

Yeap.

hometeam
08-22-2012, 08:45 PM
Monthly fees are already pretty much gone. GW2 will be the nail in the coffin they need.

hometeam
08-22-2012, 09:28 PM
Guildwars 2 currently occupies 4 out of the top 5 slots of Amazon gaming. This is going to be so huge.

Setsuna
08-22-2012, 09:36 PM
Hmmmm...how much is it out of the gate? $60?

hometeam
08-22-2012, 11:13 PM
60 bucks but there have been a ton of pre-order sales around 45-50$ from 3rd party sellers. Just had a 1 hour stress test impromptu.. i saw canofbier~

Setsuna
08-23-2012, 12:26 AM
Damn...I have to wait till next paycheck, if that. Till then I'll play Dragon Nest.

chasedude
08-23-2012, 03:43 AM
Not sure what the problem is then.. my processor and graphics card are twice as good.. are you running ultra high settings w/ supersampling? Im maxed out nearly all the time except in WvW fighting at walls with 100+ people running around and all the physics that go with it. Should still be maxed out in my mind. Maybe its the drivers.

As for head start, be at your computer at 11pm CST friday night if you want to get in and get your name reserved, Headstart was originally slated for 2am CST but they mentioned that they may open it up 3 hours prior at 11pm. gogogogo!

I've got some great names I don't wanna lose so I'm filling up my slots with my 5 top professions I've decided on. I know I'll end up buying more slots plus many other things later down the line. I always have one of each profession.

I'm turning my phone off and locking the door. Wish I could talk the pharmacy I work for into a couple Adderall LMAO.

chasedude
08-23-2012, 03:44 AM
Hmmmm...how much is it out of the gate? $60?

60 bucks and out. No monthly fees, what could be better other than free?

chasedude
08-23-2012, 03:51 AM
Just updated OP with thread info. I think adding account/toon names (after creation of course) would be a good idea.

Any objections???

pr_capone
08-23-2012, 04:09 AM
Not sure what the problem is then.. my processor and graphics card are twice as good.. are you running ultra high settings w/ supersampling? Im maxed out nearly all the time except in WvW fighting at walls with 100+ people running around and all the physics that go with it. Should still be maxed out in my mind. Maybe its the drivers.

I'll report back when we can get in. That said... I have nearly talked myself into picking up a second card and xfire'ing it. The CPU is not a bottle neck for either of us. Then mine will be twice as good as yours. nlm

I ran Shift 2 with AA on and everything maxed and was running 33 FPS on a single card that has been mildly overclocked.

chasedude
08-23-2012, 04:54 AM
I'm jealous. I'm running a dual core athlon 2.8 mhz, nvidia 9600 gt, 150 gig raptor w/ 8g of memory. All displayed on a 19" LCD.

Been a couple years since I built me a new system, yup it's time.

I've always been a loyal AMD user but I think Intel is cleaning up the market. I'm switching, bye bye AMD.

AndChiefs
08-23-2012, 06:43 AM
What's the deal with this "headstart" that's been mentioned a couple times?

Javabean
08-23-2012, 06:51 AM
From the FAQ: (https://www.guildwars2.com/en/services/faq/)

Headstart Access will begin for those who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 three days before release, on August 25, 2012. Headstart Access will begin on August 27, 2012, for those who pre-ordered the game.

It just means you get to start playing early if you pre-purchase or pre-order. Otherwise, you have to wait until the August 28 release date to start playing.

chasedude
08-23-2012, 07:31 AM
Anyone else buy the CE version and did you get your "practice CE" items on one of the stress tests?

Got a 1000pt influence bonus for the guild, 3000pvp pts, a miniture, and nice trophey apparel item with stats across the board and an instance access to storage.

With all the time I pull in GW1 to complete my Hall of Monuments along with the CE bonus's, I'm gonna be loaded right out of the gate.

AndChiefs
08-23-2012, 08:59 AM
From the FAQ: (https://www.guildwars2.com/en/services/faq/)



It just means you get to start playing early if you pre-purchase or pre-order. Otherwise, you have to wait until the August 28 release date to start playing.

Thanks. So if I do get it I should make sure to pre-order in the next couple days.

Valiant
08-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Thanks. So if I do get it I should make sure to pre-order in the next couple days.

Just buy digital download tonight and hope it lets you in tomorrow.

hometeam
08-23-2012, 11:47 AM
I'll report back when we can get in. That said... I have nearly talked myself into picking up a second card and xfire'ing it. The CPU is not a bottle neck for either of us. Then mine will be twice as good as yours. nlm

I ran Shift 2 with AA on and everything maxed and was running 33 FPS on a single card that has been mildly overclocked.


I actually have the money sitting in my paypal to order my second gtx 670 for SLI but they are out of stock on newegg.

I did however see on the official arenanet post about graphics cards that ATI cards in general where getting better framerates as compared to the nvidia counterparts of similar 'power' . Im sure it has to do with exactly how the graphics are being handled. Either way im || this close to pulling the trigger on my 2nd 670, or my 120hz monitor. Decisions decisions.

As for headstart. My vacation starts when I leave work tonight, and goes until wed. SO I have all day tommorrow to get ready, sleep, then get up and play all night, and for the next few days. Im gonna stock up on foods and drinks and not come out until the sun burns me like a vampire~


YAKS BEND PEOPLE!

On the topic of names/account names, I am more than willing to share mine once the game gets going.

hometeam
08-23-2012, 11:48 AM
Just buy digital download tonight and hope it lets you in tomorrow.

If you buy the digital download you will be eligible for headstart.. you still have about 36 hours! GOGOGO

hometeam
08-23-2012, 11:49 AM
Anyone else buy the CE version and did you get your "practice CE" items on one of the stress tests?

Got a 1000pt influence bonus for the guild, 3000pvp pts, a miniture, and nice trophey apparel item with stats across the board and an instance access to storage.

With all the time I pull in GW1 to complete my Hall of Monuments along with the CE bonus's, I'm gonna be loaded right out of the gate.



I just got the regular digital download pre-purchase, but it did come with a single item, and everyone recieved any pre-order items during the 1 hour stress test yesterday, as well as the previous 4 hour one on tuesday. They are pretty much ready to rock. RUmor is that yesterdays stress test was very close to the final build since all of the areas where actually open instead of cordoned off.

pr_capone
08-23-2012, 03:23 PM
was just in the stress test. pulling 33 FPS on average. I really need that second card me thinks.

AndChiefs
08-23-2012, 03:41 PM
was just in the stress test. pulling 33 FPS on average. I really need that second card me thinks.

This is what I'm afraid of. I have an older computer.

pr_capone
08-23-2012, 03:51 PM
This is what I'm afraid of. I have an older computer.

33 FPS is completely playable. Just not ideal.

hometeam
08-23-2012, 05:40 PM
Even crap computers can play it with turned down settings. Dont be scared.

pr_capone
08-23-2012, 06:18 PM
Even crap computers can play it with turned down settings. Dont be scared.

wots your FPS and are you also running 3 monitors or just a single?

hometeam
08-23-2012, 06:23 PM
Im running a single 22 inch at 1920x1080.

With ultra settings, and supersampling i get 60 (monitor max) everywhere except lions arch, where its about 51-52 and really heavy WvW environments where it drops to the low 40s

This is with; i7 3930k @ 4.8ghz, evga gtx 670ftw, 16gb corsair dominator, force gt SSD

So yea, i have an extremely beastly system, but its still not enough to max the game in all situations even on a single monitor.

Nvidia has promised a 20-70% increase in the next driver, which is supposed to release today or tommorrow, so I feel ok about it.

All that being said during bwe3 I played on a q6600@3.1 and a hd6870 and it was playable on medium high settings.

pr_capone
08-23-2012, 06:31 PM
Yeah... I 'm gonna pull the trigger on that second card. This is money I was not expecting to spend but if this 3 monitor thing is worth doing... it's worth doing right. :D

Dual 6870's FTW.

/edit - bought the other one. I'll install as soon as I get it and report back with FPS.

AndChiefs
08-24-2012, 11:20 AM
Okay..I bought it.

hometeam
08-24-2012, 01:53 PM
Tonights the night! Get patched up and ready as they have already released 2 new updates today.

Somewhere between 11pm-2am the servers will open up.

YAKS BEND!

Be there or be a bronco fan for life.

AndChiefs
08-24-2012, 01:56 PM
Tonights the night! Get patche dup and ready as they have already released 2 new updates today.

Somewhere between 11pm-2am the servers will open up.

YAKS BEND!

Be there or be a bronco fan for life.

Did you have to make it such a tough decision?

hometeam
08-24-2012, 02:01 PM
Did you have to make it such a tough decision?

That's how epic this is gonna be~

Setsuna
08-24-2012, 04:52 PM
That's how epic this is gonna be~

So poor people have to become a Broncos fan? :cuss:

AndChiefs
08-24-2012, 04:58 PM
So poor people have to become a Broncos fan? :cuss:

Either that or break a law so they can go to prison and become a Raider fan.

hometeam
08-24-2012, 05:50 PM
If you arent playing and want to follow us, we will be livestreaming at www.twitch.tv/tr1age
I am not the streamer but will be in the group/voice

chasedude
08-24-2012, 06:29 PM
I'm updated and READY!!! Sucks I have to work a few hours on Sat but I'll be on tonight setting up toons, securing my names and other house work before a few hours sleep. Then when I get home after work it'll be on like Donkey Kong!!!

chasedude
08-24-2012, 07:08 PM
GW2 making headlines in the Washington Post.

Making MMO's more social more accessible. Article to long to copy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/guild-wars-2-making-mmos-more-social-more-accessible/2012/08/24/b38e54c0-ee0e-11e1-b0eb-dac6b50187ad_story.html

Pants
08-24-2012, 07:41 PM
Did you have to make it such a tough decision?

Can we get a FUCKING HOLDING ON TAMBA CALL? JFC.

Anyway, are you going to be on GW2 tonight? Same name as in SWTOR?

chasedude
08-24-2012, 09:25 PM
OK, the Chief's game is over. I'm sitting here waiting for the launch to tick down. Gonna jump on Teamspeak and shoot the bull. PM me if you want connection info. Any of you nerds are welcome to join and BS with me and my friends.

pr_capone
08-24-2012, 09:32 PM
I'm prolly gonna join up with you guys. I had another thing going but my main connection to that group went somewhere else.

My character's name is Mephistopheles Janx.

chasedude
08-24-2012, 10:04 PM
Ok, I'm logged in creating characters. Woohoo!

Valiant
08-24-2012, 10:14 PM
In also, codissius.

Pants
08-24-2012, 10:17 PM
Wha??? How?

EDIT: Never mind, I'm in too. Just had to close the launcher and reopen it.

chasedude
08-24-2012, 10:29 PM
Found a crafting guide already. Guess this guy did alot of it during beta.

http://gaiscioch.com/tavern/guildwars_crafting/post_35198.html

updated OP with it.

David.
08-24-2012, 10:31 PM
Im in on Yaks name is arktik

chasedude
08-24-2012, 10:32 PM
You guys do realize you can have spacing in your names don't you?

Valiant
08-24-2012, 11:46 PM
This might be the smoothest mmo launch I have ever been apart of.. And that is around 15-18 of them.. Kudos to them..