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ArenaNet: The Evolution of Narrative in Personal Story


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#1 Clobimon

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

http://www.arena.net...-personal-story

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Hey, everyone! I’m Leif Chappelle, a member of the content design team responsible for implementing the personal story in Guild Wars 2. While we have gone into detail about some of our other content types, including dynamic events and PvP, we haven’t yet given you a behind-the-scenes look at how the personal story is designed. This blog post is here to remedy that, with a personal story of my own to help illuminate the process of creating the stories that will guide you through the vast world of Tyria.


#2 Geikamir

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

Nice. Personal Story info. Nice surprise.

#3 China boy

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

Thank you:) for linking :D

#4 Doctor Overlord

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

Awesome!  This is a nice pick-me-up for a Monday.  Onto reading.

#5 morgy8755

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:36 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how the personal story sort of evolves, and I am happy to know that it is quite diverse :D especially since I am someone if I love the game, I want to be able to replay through it numerous times.

#6 Faethorn

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:38 PM

Sounds like personal story is going to be fun :D

#7 Geikamir

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

I really love that screenshot. So vivid in color. This game looks great.

#8 ShadowABCXYZ

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

Wow, that Asura golem battle Personal Story sounded awesome!

#9 Lordkrall

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

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This means that, to experience every potential storyline being told from level 1 to 10, you’d need to play the game 30 times

Well atleast I know what I'll be doing the rest of my life then :D

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

This. is. AWESOME:

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...going undercover as a pirate and competing in a bawdy drinking contest, playing a bit of tower defense with turrets and troops against an onslaught of invading ghosts, sneaking through a city at night, or leading a huge army against an overwhelming foe, you’re going to find a lot to enjoy as you experience your character’s own personal story.

Tower Defense? Leading an Army? Sneaking through a city? YES, YES, YES!

I am way more excited about personal stories now :D

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

hmm I still hold my doubts about personl story being great but I bet it will be better than Swtors. Anyway very interesting look at the asura storyline that will be fun :)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

This is exactly what personal story needs to be to expand the MMORPG genre to new, immersive players: RPG first, MMO as a close, highly supported second!  I love it!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:47 PM

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I want one of those couches for my house.

#14 Sixes

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:48 PM

Sounds cool and I'm not normally one for stories in video games.

Who thinks that golem idea got hatched right after watching Real Steel or a trailer for it?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:49 PM

omedon666 said:

This is exactly what personal story needs to be to expand the MMORPG genre to new, immersive players: RPG first, MMO as a close, highly supported second!  I love it!
O man srs , my life is f*** up after this new's xD i wanted to play alot of pvp wuVwu, but the story line is so epic xd

#16 Naconix

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Cool story Anet.

#17 Jobrjo

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Haha, this game is gonna be awesome :D Keeps getting better and better. Unlike others, alll elements of this game are fun and amazing. So awesome. Just so, very awesome.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

it's defenetely not going to get boring XD
Good for me as an altaholic <3 I'm excited and can't wait! Gogo time - why won't you go faster? :/
And I love those screens! Can't wait for the Asura

#19 Embrace The Bold

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:52 PM

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O man srs , my life is f*** up after this new's xD i wanted to play alot of pvp wuVwu, but the story line is so epic xd

You can always lvl up through WvWvW and speed through the story line without doing any DEs :)

#20 NeonArlecchino

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:58 PM

Woohoo for Asura screenshots!

I wonder if this is a hint that the next beta will have Asura playable leading to April 20th including the Sylvari :surprised:

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Why oh why?, the more I see, the more I wish I had two bodies with one interconnected mind, so that I can work and play at the same time. Time for science to catch up with my needs. :p

Edited by Dream Catcher, 19 March 2012 - 10:01 PM.


#22 Frotee

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:04 PM

I am SO looking forward to playing an Asura :D
Throws up the question of main again...I wanted to have a Sylvari as my main, but then again, I just love the megalomaniac little critters...no chance but to try it out on release :D (or rather, 3 days before release – I alreade decided not to go with my favourites during the BWEs)

Really though, it appears as if I do need to at least play through once with each race :)

#23 Nabbis

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

ou crap and the CE dosen't even have extra character slots ou well....

5 characters just ain't gona cut it oh I think I am gona be poor guy at the end of this year.

But still good stuff keep it up.

#24 Flaming

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

Well here's hoping that when you get to the end of your personal story that it doesn't end with 3 different ending that have no bearing what so ever on the decisions that you made in the game.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

Eight characters for me, so I will get to cover a few different personal stories, not sure I will ever get through every different story though. It will be fun trying to though :o

#26 Howl

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

Seem very cool, I'm counting the days to play this game!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

Embrace The Bold said:

You can always lvl up through WvWvW and speed through the story line without doing any DEs :)
Ye but i like usually to do a 50/50 pvpve but now xD is kinda hard choice:surprised:

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

Me thinks the next beta might include asuran stuff.

I'm glad they are trying to make each quest unique.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

I'd like to point out:  We have our first images of asura kids!  There are two little dudes in the golem throwdown picture.  (And is that Zojja I see to the far right, or just someone with the same outfit?)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:09 PM

Embrace The Bold said:

hmm I still hold my doubts about personl story being great but I bet it will be better than Swtors. Anyway very interesting look at the asura storyline that will be fun :)

I played all the way through the Bounty Hunter, Consular, and Imperial Agent stories and they are all pretty great. They all have pretty great humor and plot twists too. Do I think ArenaNet's stories will be better? I do. I also think BioWare  has proven time and again they are more than capable in crafting a great tale too.