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Hg 27th September 2011, 23:24 Quote
yeah i only recently finished the war in kytra and hearts of the north. Now im doing the winds of change and i'm five quests in on that and yeah its pretty hard :p
Tyinsar 28th September 2011, 00:27 Quote
Being mostly a PvE player I really hope they don't compromise the races too much for the sake of PvP balance. IMO a real RPG (at least a solo one) would give the larger races (Charr & Norn) a large strength advantage while the Asura might have special devices and the Sylvari might have a greater affinity for certain magics. If they make them all the same strength etc. I'll be very disappointed.
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yeah was kind of bummed they added oppressor weapons to the hom.. I had already got the full set of tormented around a year before.. the quests they added were pretty fun though
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I know how you feel. I got Legendary Survivor before that changed (now counts between deaths) & LDoA before the new quests. The changes cheapened those accomplishments - though, from what I hear, a lot of MMOs do that. (Come to think of it I think I finished (or almost finished) Prophecies before the normal mode / hard mode split).
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never could get into power trading.. I don't get how you can spend your game time sitting in kamadan or lions arch and spam sell your goods xD
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They really really really need an auction house or something better than Spamadan.

The one potentially large downside of GW2 for me is that I play for escapism & relaxation (my few forays into PvP reminded me too much of driving in rush hour traffic with idiots. - no offence intended to those of you into PvP) and a part of what I really appreciate about GW is the instancing. It looks like that's gone in GW2.

F.Y.I.: My H.O.M. I'm not sure if I'll get it too much fuller - I'm kind of bored now - perhaps it's time for a break.
tad2008 28th September 2011, 12:34 Quote
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F.Y.I.: My H.O.M. I'm not sure if I'll get it too much fuller - I'm kind of bored now - perhaps it's time for a break.

45/50 and you are thinking of stopping? Are you mad, lol, I have only 30/50 and am still pushing on as far as I can go, it may be slow going at times but then GWAMM is on a whole new level, it's not just a title or accomplishment it's way beyond that.
Smellyhead 28th September 2011, 13:41 Quote
The one game besides BF3, that I'm really looking forward to.

Played this and SWTOR as Eurogamer, and oh my, this game realy is amazing, even in the alpha stage it feels so polished.

I regret standing in line for 2hours to play SWTOR, when I could of lined up twice for this. SWTOR is nothing in comparision to GW2, I was so hyped for SWTOR aswell, but it's just World of Warcraft with a Star Wars theme.

I picked up GW1 just to go through the story and try my luck at getting some HoM stuff. Only on 9 points so far though.
Hg 28th September 2011, 13:53 Quote
Smellyhead feel free to call upon me if u need help in game or just want to play the game with someone else in game name is "Without Life"
tad2008 28th September 2011, 14:25 Quote
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I picked up GW1 just to go through the story and try my luck at getting some HoM stuff. Only on 9 points so far though.

The first 30 points are typically the easiest to reach, tho does take some time and gets increasingly more time consuming, tho there are guides on the guildwars wiki on how best to approach things.

If you get stuck tho, HG will no doubt be happy to help you out as will I (Lady Elyssa in GW).
Tyinsar 28th September 2011, 16:14 Quote
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45/50 and you are thinking of stopping? ...
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The first 30 points are typically the easiest to reach, tho does take some time and gets increasingly more time consuming, ...
I think you have my answer there. Honestly I can see myself getting to about 48 but even at that it amounts to a lot of grinding. One of the nice things about GW is that the main portion of the game requires very little grinding (and the rewards for grinding aren't that great). However, maxing that many titles (I've got almost everything else in the hall) is best done by grinding - no joy in that.
tad2008 28th September 2011, 17:12 Quote
I can certainly appreciate that grinding doesn't make for a fun experience, tho I have found that breaking that grind down in to smaller bite sized achievements makes it more fun and interesting.

I need another 40k Vanguard points to max that title so thats 40 repeat quests, but doing 5-10 at a time and then going off to do the WiK reward quests or a HM Dungeon, etc breaks it up and makes the grinding seem easier.
thehippoz 28th September 2011, 17:30 Quote
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Being mostly a PvE player I really hope they don't compromise the races too much for the sake of PvP balance. IMO a real RPG (at least a solo one) would give the larger races (Charr & Norn) a large strength advantage while the Asura might have special devices and the Sylvari might have a greater affinity for certain magics. If they make them all the same strength etc. I'll be very disappointed.

yeah that's what I said.. and when they were talking about potions- could see where it was headed =E

you see the asura warrior video.. I mean what the heck! a little asura is not going to be inflicting criticals on ankles.. I'm not going to complain though until I see the beta- it might be awesome.. most who played the demo seemed to like it

make more sense if the asura warrior used his golem to fight- when that went down he was a squishy.. but they had them in gw1 in arachnis haunt remember- used them for fodder on the blobs
ModaRobby 28th September 2011, 18:50 Quote
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55 stacks.. heheh I did like 20 stacks one year.. and liked to farm for the xmas bear too.. never got him though.. always the guys who hop in seems for couple of runs that got it

This guy in my alliance farmed for the Polar Bear every event for like 4 years and finally got it this past one. And yea, I didn't have a job over Xmas so I just farmed like an asian (no offense to anyone of that ethnicity) for the entire event.

Yea the first 30 points are easy as hell to reach, even the first 35/37 if you have lots of bank. Obby armor, Vabbi and mini pets are going to consume the hell out of your money. Or just do non stop FoW/UW as a terra and farm the mats that way. Worked for me.

Most annoying part of HoM is definitely the PvP title if you dont have cash to blow on Zkeys....
thehippoz 28th September 2011, 23:12 Quote
I'll look for you guys next time I'm on.. just gonna be grinding though- cartographer =E not looking forward to that

yeah I'd join hg but I like my cape.. hope they fix that in gw2 where you can design and wear your own cape.. sometimes you like the clan- like coils clan is awesome.. did some runs with them but their cape looks too formal.. I like the ripped up cape- kind of represents.. now if the brown boots worked with half my characters =p
Tyinsar 29th September 2011, 01:17 Quote
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make more sense if the asura warrior used his golem to fight- when that went down he was a squishy.. but they had them in gw1 in arachnis haunt remember- used them for fodder on the blobs
I like that idea (it makes me think of "Master Blaster" from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome") but that might better fit the Engineer profile. Perhaps a power-suit or some kind of charged weapons would fit? Maybe give the Sylvari a massive self-heal - though I'm not sure how humans would keep up to any of that.

Honestly I'd like to see it be a major accomplishment for a single human warrior to defeat a Norn or Charr warrior in one on one armed combat (as the game says it should be). Add some kind of system of honour points where different race/class combos are rated for overall strength and honour points are awarded appropriately (this could even replace hard mode). In PvP This would effectively mean different victory conditions depending on the opponent you face - not simple victory but rather something like how long the battle lasts or how much damage you do or take before your expected victory or defeat (with bonus points for the winner of an upset). e.i.: If you want more honour you play a harder race/class combo. Honour could also lead to better prices from merchants etc.
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... mini pets are going to consume the hell out of your money. ...
If any of you need mini-pets I have a few extra I might be able to sell for a pretty reasonable price - (PM me your in game name & I'll contact you when I'm on next)
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yeah I'd join hg but I like my cape.. hope they fix that in gw2 where you can design and wear your own cape.. sometimes you like the clan- like coils clan is awesome.. did some runs with them but their cape looks too formal.. I like the ripped up cape- kind of represents.. now if the brown boots worked with half my characters =p
I like that idea. Here's a variation: make the colours and insignia on the cape the same for the entire guild but let each character choose their own cape shape/cut.

IIRC GW originally had tabards with guild insignias rather than capes (though they looked a too much like bibs and hid the chest armour).
Smellyhead 29th September 2011, 15:11 Quote
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Yea the first 30 points are easy as hell to reach, even the first 35/37 if you have lots of bank. Obby armor, Vabbi and mini pets are going to consume the hell out of your money.

Lucky for me a friend donated me 20 minis so I could get those points quite easily.

Money is proving troublesome though, I can't aford any of the armours that I am able to get at the moment.
Though I guess, I really should complete the campains first!

Stuck in Factions on Eternal Grove mission, because I just can't for the life of me keep all 12 alive for the bonus, so I can get that title.
Smellyhead 29th September 2011, 15:13 Quote
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[ like that idea. Here's a variation: make the colours and insignia on the cape the same for the entire guild but let each character choose their own cape shape/cut.

IIRC GW originally had tabards with guild insignias rather than capes (though they looked a too much like bibs and hid the chest armour).

On the subject or capes, they have said they are doing away with things like that for GW2, since you can be in multiple guilds now, so you'll just be flying the tag/name.

Although in the WvWvW PvP, your guild can fly its colours on a flag that will be on the keeps.
thehippoz 29th September 2011, 16:24 Quote
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Stuck in Factions on Eternal Grove mission, because I just can't for the life of me keep all 12 alive for the bonus, so I can get that title.

did that before the 7 hero thing.. did all factions solo in hm with h/h- the trick, well let me get my fuzzy memory working

flagged 4 by the left door (the hench) and healer in the middle.. then flagged 2 by the right door

as a ranger and elementalist this was pretty easy to beat I thought.. ele can just unload dot spells in a row on the turtles as they spawn.. ranger degen

think I used hundred blades for warrior.. necro was blood (actually easy with him too).. monk I went all smite, and ray of judgement

ritualist went spirit spammer with summon spirits.. assassin was just assassin with aura of displacement and deaths charge- set the aura inside camp and go take out the turtles as they spawn.. remove the enchant and go do the next one

can probably help you later if you need.. helps to have a rit/necro as the healer, they don't run out of mana.. might have to do a practice run though :) been years since did that map.. surprised I still remember
Tyinsar 29th September 2011, 18:57 Quote
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Sounds about right http://www.guildwiki.org/Eternal_Grove

Now, with the 7 heroes I'm contemplating the Guardian titles (I did some missions in hard mode with H/H before the change just to get the Zaishen coins but I know a few missions will be really tough (and some are actually easier in hard mode).

Re: Necro, I liked the blood necro but I don't see it often. I played through all the campaigns & EotN as a vampiric blood necro (though that might have been more due to good hero / hench combos than my own skills) - still, it was a fun build.

Actually for a bit I was a N/E with a minion master hero: in early & mid-game areas I had almost unlimited energy (but that was also before soul reaping was nerfed)
thehippoz 29th September 2011, 20:41 Quote
blood necro is pretty powerful.. especially with necrosis, it's single mob damage is through the roof

minion master with nova is a lot of fun too.. a lot of micro though.. crazy cause they make pretty good healers too- remember back in 2005.. remember you could make as many minions as you wanted

so cheesey xD miss the old 55 monk too, back when protective bond would only use 2 mana a hit at 17.. use the 20% protection chance +1 offhand to cast it.. could roll the wastes in a few minutes- ecto used to drop like crazy too =] remember you could take a break under full attack- go to the store, come back and your monk would have no problem tanking it while you were afk :)

gw2 probably going to be more like wow.. the skill < time
ModaRobby 29th September 2011, 22:33 Quote
Speed clears are honestly the way to go, especially for Obby and Vabbi (since Sapphires drop from End-Chests and are Rare Drops) Being a terra (T1 etc.) will make it faster since you kill more and all the drops go to you. Check out my friends channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ginnidorka
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so cheesey xD miss the old 55 monk too, back when protective bond would only use 2 mana a hit at 17..

If ya wanna use your monk for somethin' T1 for UW has monk build out that is posted on PvX Wiki.
Tyinsar 30th September 2011, 04:05 Quote
If any of you would like a spreadsheet to track your elite skills (with icons & links to the official wiki even) and party/drunk/sweet points PM me. I have some very nice ones done in Excel.
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