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#1 Hep

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:39 AM

This is my plan for jumping into the game at release. Yes, I know I'm obsessive-compulsive. It actually does wonders for your real life career, but that's neither here nor there. Just know that I realize this is way over-analyzed. Anyway, here it goes:
  • Pick a server. This will already be determined by my guild by release.
  • Fill up the 5 character slots with predetermined names. Three I'll be carrying over from GW1, the other two are single word names. Do the single word names first, since they don't have any reservations. Besides, my main will be a multiple word name. Rush through the first four, just worrying about the name at the end.
  • The 5th character, take time on the creation screen, making sure I pick the answers I want. My first I was is asura, so hopefully, that will open next BWE. If it does, I'll write down the exact steps and levels of different things like height, color, etc. I will also have a predetermined answer for the life story questions.
  • At creation, immediately go to key binds if I don't get to carry them over (they probably will). Bind the keys to a predetermined layout.
  • Go through the starter area, just concentrating on unlocking my weapon abilities. Any other weapons that drop, unlock those, too.
  • Rush those through to the persistent world, making sure I've unlocked my weapon abilities before I continue (if these aren't happening quickly, go ahead and continue without unlocking them all). Have a set plan of the heart quest areas by level in front of me.
  • Start a guild or make sure a guild mate has started a guild. Make sure everyone has invite privileges.
  • Knock out the heart quests, one by one. Be sure to pick up skill point challenges along the way.
  • Pick up your personal quest so you're matching its level to your level. This is because they typically give a drop and you want to maximize that piece of equipment.
  • Get gathering tools as soon as I find a vendor, and loot everything I come across. Make sure I get the daily achievement in everything. Also, get generic versions of all weapons I don't have yet and unlock all weapon skills.
  • If there's a TON of WvW going on, go out there and get as much XP as I can out of it. Until I get bored with the other bullet points or my curiosity overtakes me, though, just keep rolling unless you hear a lot of discussion over chat.
  • Make sure I hit the discoverable areas, waypoints, etc.
  • Have an exact plan of the order in which I want to unlock skills. Take in consideration how many need to be unlocked each tier.
  • At the point I'm at a pause point with character progression and WvW, go into the store and buy enough gems to get my vault fully unlocked, and any other items I want.
That's the current list. I'm sure there will be more before the early start date.

#2 Shamadamun

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:44 AM

My only plan consists of somewhat memorizing what my character looks like in BWE3 and picking a perfect name, after that I'm just gonna explore the world and do whatever I want! The one thing I'm gonna work at differently in GW2 than other MMO's is keeping up with crafting. It's happend far too often where I outlevel my crafting by a longshot and end up having to grind it out.

Crazy plan though lol

#3 Crook

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:09 AM

The only thing that should be planned (IMO) is your characters look and name. Whatever happens once ingame should be an adventure. Remember your first days on GW1? You were lost, just chasing quests after quests, exploring around. You eventually meet a cool guy in one of your missions and he invites you to his Guild. As you progress through the game you make more contacts, etc.

At least that's how it was for me. :cool:

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:17 AM

View PostHep, on 06 July 2012 - 04:39 AM, said:

This is my plan for jumping into the game at release. Yes, I know I'm obsessive-compulsive. It actually does wonders for your real life career, but that's neither here nor there. Just know that I realize this is way over-analyzed. Anyway, here it goes:
  • Pick a server. This will already be determined by my guild by release.
  • Fill up the 5 character slots with predetermined names. Three I'll be carrying over from GW1, the other two are single word names. Do the single word names first, since they don't have any reservations. Besides, my main will be a multiple word name. Rush through the first four, just worrying about the name at the end.
  • The 5th character, take time on the creation screen, making sure I pick the answers I want. My first I was is asura, so hopefully, that will open next BWE. If it does, I'll write down the exact steps and levels of different things like height, color, etc. I will also have a predetermined answer for the life story questions.
  • At creation, immediately go to key binds if I don't get to carry them over (they probably will). Bind the keys to a predetermined layout.
  • Go through the starter area, just concentrating on unlocking my weapon abilities. Any other weapons that drop, unlock those, too.
  • Rush those through to the persistent world, making sure I've unlocked my weapon abilities before I continue (if these aren't happening quickly, go ahead and continue without unlocking them all). Have a set plan of the heart quest areas by level in front of me.
  • Start a guild or make sure a guild mate has started a guild. Make sure everyone has invite privileges.
  • Knock out the heart quests, one by one. Be sure to pick up skill point challenges along the way.
  • Pick up your personal quest so you're matching its level to your level. This is because they typically give a drop and you want to maximize that piece of equipment.
  • Get gathering tools as soon as I find a vendor, and loot everything I come across. Make sure I get the daily achievement in everything. Also, get generic versions of all weapons I don't have yet and unlock all weapon skills.
  • If there's a TON of WvW going on, go out there and get as much XP as I can out of it. Until I get bored with the other bullet points or my curiosity overtakes me, though, just keep rolling unless you hear a lot of discussion over chat.
  • Make sure I hit the discoverable areas, waypoints, etc.
  • Have an exact plan of the order in which I want to unlock skills. Take in consideration how many need to be unlocked each tier.
  • At the point I'm at a pause point with character progression and WvW, go into the store and buy enough gems to get my vault fully unlocked, and any other items I want.
That's the current list. I'm sure there will be more before the early start date.


Seems like a normal kinda of typical plan other than the odd ball OCD stuff at the beginning.

#5 HappyDragon

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:27 AM

Here's my plan:
-Pick a server. Get frustrated when I find out that the server is full. After several failed attempts at joining, pick another server.
-Make one character. Spend one hour creating said character.
-Dye armor with appropriate colors. Realize that the armor color clashes with the character color. Go back and mess with the character creator some more.
-Think really hard of a character name. After half an hour, come up with a really cheesy name.
-When in-game, see someone with a character whose name and appearance I really like. Why didn't I think of that?
-Eventually warm up to my character. Unlock weapon skills, do hearts, DEs, skill challenges, etc.
-Find random mountain. Try to climb it, in the hopes of finding a secret at the top.
-There is no secret. Jump off mountain.
-About to move on to next zone. Realize I forgot one point of interest on the other side of the map. The nearest waypoint is contested.
-Search for guild. Find one that I like. It's on a different server. Silently weep that I can't join them in WvW.

Edited, because I came up with some more stuff.

Edited by HappyDragon, 06 July 2012 - 05:37 AM.


#6 Cl1p

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:40 AM

Here's my plan:

-Create 3 chars
-Continue studying for resits

#7 TheGizzy

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:50 AM

My plan -

- Spend 1/2 hour on Vent with my hubby, my best friend and my bestie gal pal choosing which world - out of the least populated ones available - we actually want to play on.
- Spend another 1/2 hour with hubby and best friend nagging bestie gal pal and I to hurry up and get our toon customization finished, interspersed with hubby and best friend making smart-alec comments about how long it's taking "the women to get ready."
- Spend another 1/2 hour agonizing over personal story line decisions, weighing pros & cons.
- Spend 2 minutes telling hubby he'll be sleeping on the couch for a week and BF that the next time he comes to visit, I'll be making a closet his guest room, if they don't stop nagging me and BGP to hurry up.
- Offer a suggestion that maybe they should have married each other, instead.
- Ask BGP if she'd marry me should I "suddenly find myself single and free..."
- Zone into starter area and fight whatever little fight we have to before we can get into the city.
- Move between all 5 racial cities, plus Lion's Arch, getting all waypoints & landmarks
- As my hubby and best friend chuckle indulgently while I chase after anything that catches my attention, remember that the reason I love them both so much is because they're totally tolerant of the fact that even at my age, I'm easily distracted by anything shiny...

Beyond that?

No clue.

There are far too many shiny things in GW2 that are likely to lead me down paths I could not imagine right now!

#8 asbasb

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:00 AM

* Rush to guild agent and steal as many big guild initials as possible to sell them later on. :P
Na, just reserving some names, nothing else.

Edited by asbasb, 06 July 2012 - 06:02 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:02 AM

My plan starts at the next BWE :

-Create a Norn, find the fastest way to gain levels using the Norn zone (because that will probably be the zone with the least amount of persons).
-Study each and every zone, each DEs, each heart, how long it takes to create the perfect route to level without going into WvW.

Release :

-CC will be done quickly, BWEs are there for that.
-Finish the first mission.
-Find the 4 other persons that will help me achieve my GW2 goal ("Find" as in group with them, not find 4 random strangers)
-Level using the route I established.
-Get that freaking armor, while making sure the other 4 focus on my goal :P (they can do whatever they want when I'm sleeping, I'm not a dictator).

Edited by RedStar, 06 July 2012 - 06:02 AM.


#10 nilzardo

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:40 AM

What is up with you kids.

My plan is to create my five characters, enter Tyria and then breathe in and chill out.

#11 Tallera257

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:53 AM

1. Rush through the login and server selection (I'll have one pre-chosen and agreed upon with my fiance).
2. Rush through character creation of my one planned Asura character to make sure I get the one-word name that I want.
3. Go back and take much more time and care creating (or recreating, if I can play one in BWE3) my Sylvari main.
4. Take my time to fully explore, enjoy and revel in every nook and cranny of the Sylvari zones and personal story.
5. Sometime before the headstart ends (probably on day 2 or 3), buy enough gems to get 3 extra character slots and create my remaining characters who want to use heritage names from GW1.
6. At some point in the future, delete my Asura (and any other characters whose creation I rushed through) one at a time and immediately recreate them with greater time and care to appearance and personal backstory.  This assumes that after the headstart and release day, GW2 will have the same "keep sole rights to the name for 24 hours after you delete the character" feature that GW1 uses.
7. Once all 8 characters (one of each class) have been created with their "final" appearance and backstory, take each one to the appropriate master craftsman and give each a primary crafting discipline appropriate to their class.

Keep in mind that I've already finished the very first step that comes before any of the ones listed above.  That's where I create a spreadsheet and carefully plan all 8 characters, including race, profession, primary crafting discipline, and ALL character creation/backstory choices.  Gotta make sure I'm spreading things out and getting a good balance of different choices (i.e., personality types, origins, etc.)! ;)

I suspect I'm just a tad bit more OCD than the OP.... ;D

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:56 AM

View PostHep, on 06 July 2012 - 04:39 AM, said:

That's the current list. I'm sure there will be more before the early start date.
Great plan. Only thing I would add is to make some 8 slot bags as soon as I got the resources.

#13 Hep

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

Ooo that's a good one. I'll have to figure out what I want to do for my crafting rotation. Thanks.

#14 Disanan

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:04 AM

  • Use BWE to find names that aren't taken
  • Get up at 5am, grab server & names
  • Breathe sigh of relief, log off
  • Go to class
  • Sleep
  • Don't play GW2
  • Be awesome at finals


#15 MinkoAk

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:01 AM

  • Rush to select the server I want.
  • If it is already taken, just select another server with a cool name and try guesting on the other server.
  • Send message to IRL friends who will most likely be sleeping at launch what server I choose.
  • Rush my Asura name, just because I bet with myself I could have it, even if it is most likely not going to be his name.
And that's it, I got my server and I won (or lost) my bet, now I can chill out and create my five characters at my leisure :D, no need to rush for those names, they are unlikely to be taken and I got back up names just in case. Of course, then, I just play and have fun !
Good luck for those who will have exams at the release, I don't know if I could take it.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:07 AM

My plan: write an essay on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and why people should stop using it as an adjective.

My GW2 plan: Make my Guardian on Crystal Desert and get 100% Queensdale by the end of the first day, and 100% Kessex Hills by the end of the second day (what I did during BWE1).

Also, make my 2 Guilds. One for RL friends, and one for my in-game group.

Edited by Alaroxr, 06 July 2012 - 09:09 AM.


#17 krone6

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

Mine is just do whatever i want.... If i feel like sitting there doing nothing then i will. If i feel like killing some wolfs for no reason i will. I've got PLENTY of time, so might as well just do whatever, even if it's not "efficient" form in/maxer'ing when others view it.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:24 AM

I don't like methodical planning over things such as a game's launch. I'm in no hurry in GW2.

I'll just get my Warrior done, prolly take a few name reserved and then enjoy exploring and clearing every single part of each zone.

#19 Tommyknocker

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

1) let out a long held deep breath
2) pick server, make character
3) ENJOY!

Edited by Tommyknocker, 06 July 2012 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:48 AM

View PostOrvall, on 06 July 2012 - 06:56 AM, said:

Great plan. Only thing I would add is to make some 8 slot bags as soon as I got the resources.

I will be making 8 slot bags for all my friends and making myself some good armour :)

#21 davadude

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:49 AM

-Make one character
-Play the game and 100% it with that character.
-Do it again.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:09 AM

I only plan to get out of the starter area (aka. do all hearts, skill challenges and points of interest at the 3-day headstart) so that at launch I don't have to be in these areas and have all these people and the lag and the zerg of events, maybe stay a bit there and hear all the things people say at chat and laugh at the trolls and haters ....

#23 Massive Jawbone

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:31 AM

View PostHep, on 06 July 2012 - 04:39 AM, said:

This is my plan for jumping into the game at release. Yes, I know I'm obsessive-compulsive. It actually does wonders for your real life career, but that's neither here nor there. Just know that I realize this is way over-analyzed. Anyway, here it goes:
(...)
That's the current list. I'm sure there will be more before the early start date.
And that is how fun turns into work and a game into a project with a due date.

My plan:
- spend 30 minutes in character creation to make my main perfect
- relax and enjoy the game where my curiosity takes me

Much less stress that way.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:36 AM

View PostMassive Jawbone, on 06 July 2012 - 10:31 AM, said:

And that is how fun turns into work and a game into a project with a due date.

While I whole heartedly agree with you. Some people have fun by planning then achieving goals. Personally I am all about the moment.

#25 Izardoz

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:45 AM

just enjoy the glory that is Tyria revisited

no particular plan

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#26 Nexes

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:56 AM

I'll just see what happens, i dont even have the headstart so i'll just make my way through the loads of new gamers.

I dont have even know what class i will take, dont know any name so i have some things to do before release!

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:05 AM

View PostHep, on 06 July 2012 - 04:39 AM, said:

snip

use the character builder here. some of the options might be swapped around but is very accurate. You can read and pre plan your character.
http://gw2.luna-atra...character_tool/

Also at release make all your names first, just pick a race hit skip to the end and get the name. Dont start your actual character creation untill AFTER you delete the character. Nothing more frustrating then making a character that fits a name only at the end to find out it is taken.

Also I have the theory that since names are reserved to your account for at least a couple hours after deleting, you could reserve more names then you have character slots by deleting characters. That way if you want more then 5 characters with unique names, you can reserve the names for 4, then on the fifth account make the extra names, delete, log into the gem shop, buy a slot then go back and get the character with the name you reserved

Edited by Linfang, 06 July 2012 - 11:15 AM.


#28 Dizzard

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:17 AM

My plan as of this moment is to start thinking up names for characters. I've pretty much decided on what the race and profession of my main will be.

After that I don't have much of a plan.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:24 AM

Here is my plan: Assuming that the game launches at the same time as BWE2,
-Before official launch, must not let my laptop(only playable computer lol...) to explode/die/BSOD/whatever driver failure/HDD failure/GPU failure/overheat/motherboard melt/endoftheworldomgwtfbbq
then on the launch day...
-Must find an excuse to wake up at 5am
-Keep very quiet and not wake up my parents, or else its 'WTF ARE U DOING ON THE INTERNET AT 5, GO SLEEP'
-Turn on the computer
-Silently scream at the computer to hurry up
-prays that i dont get hardware failure or corrupted dat file
-Opens game, silently screams at the cilent to hurry up
-Pick a server that is not too many people but not too little.
-Prolly call all my friends to choose a server, or maybe they might call me. That happened in BWE2...
-Rush through all 5 char slots with my favourite names
-Each slot = 1 different race, classes: Ranger, Guardian,warrior, ele and mesmer. 3 male 2 female
-Login on my main, assign keys, finish that tutorial thingy
-Try to do as many DE as possible and finish all the goddam hearts
-SAVE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Cancel all activities in the weekend
-stores supplies just like what i did for skyrim
-be prepared for no social life for a few days

Edited by XgreatArtist, 06 July 2012 - 11:26 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:29 PM

Mines basically just making all five characters (Asura Guardian, Asura Ele, Asura Ranger and two more I haven't decided yet), just to reserve my names I want.  Hope we get Asura during Bwe3 so I can write down the looks etc.




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