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#1 jackie1st

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:34 AM

Since this weekend will be my first time trying out the guild wars 2 beta and I want to try to make the most of it before deciding on whether or not to pick up the game. I was wondering what people thought was one of the most underrated features of GW2, something someone could easily pass by without even noticing.
Or what type of things I should definitely go out of my way to check out this weekend.

Thanks in advance!

Edited by jackie1st, 17 July 2012 - 06:05 AM.


#2 jozeph

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:21 PM

What i missed in the first BWE:
- you need to move around and dodge in fights, you shouldn't be standing still unless you're using a ranged weapon and the mob is using a melee weapon
- dynamic events: even in the starter zones they chain up; when a dynamic event ends follow the named npc, he will start another dynamic event a few minutes later; the dynamic events contain a story you can only hear when you follow named npc's and listen to their conversations with other npc's
- i you play ranger, then switch pets before it dies; you'll see lot's of rangers with death pets

#3 Fatalis

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

I think a big one is just to stick around some NPCs after a DE finishes.

They often chain into other events, and lead you to places that might not otherwise be available.

#4 Cyvil

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:50 PM

I would suggest not giving up on a profession, until you have had a chance to try the various play styles. I almost gave up on my first choice, because I started with an odd weapon. Thankfully, I read up a bit, tried a different weapon and liked the choice once again.

Your starter weapon is predetermined. Weapons will drop for you but that, of course, is random. There are vendors in each city that sell weapons for a few copper. I would suggest trying out, at least, a ranged option, 1H/offhand option, and a 2H option before writing any profession off completely.

Oh, and once you get a weapon, you can check out the skills available with that weapon through your Hero panel ("H" bind). Knowing that would have saved me some coins, and trouble, as the skills on your skill bar are grayed out until you level them up.

Edited by Cyvil, 16 July 2012 - 12:52 PM.


#5 GrandmaFunk

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

here's my advice: look up!

it's so easy to just focus on the UI and walk around looking at the map... but as soon as you actually look up at the horizon and what's around you, you'll see tons of interesting features that will draw you into to exploring them.

and that's when you find hidden gems =)

#6 Adakias

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

My advice is to try the 3 professions that appeal to you the LEAST. I think many people will admit the class they now want to play most was at some point or another on their least-excited list.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:26 PM

View Postjozeph, on 16 July 2012 - 12:21 PM, said:

What i missed in the first BWE:
- you need to move around and dodge in fights, you shouldn't be standing still unless you're using a ranged weapon and the mob is using a melee weapon
- dynamic events: even in the starter zones they chain up; when a dynamic event ends follow the named npc, he will start another dynamic event a few minutes later; the dynamic events contain a story you can only hear when you follow named npc's and listen to their conversations with other npc's
- i you play ranger, then switch pets before it dies; you'll see lot's of rangers with death pets

Wow I didn't know that about DEs, cool, I can't wait to do some more to test this.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:27 PM

Here is the one thing every player in the BWEs should do -

Make sure you spend some time in the mists (even if you never plan to pvp). In the mist preparation area, you are autoleveled to level 80 and given access to all of your skills and traits. It is a great way to see if you will enjoy playing a particular profession at max level - and a great way to try out all of the professions in their full glory before the game launches.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:27 PM

Explore the world!!!! Try to get 100% on every area. When you complete Renown Heart go to the newly unlocked karma vendor. They have very useful items for you, like better green weapon, armor, jewelery.

#10 jozeph

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:42 PM

View PostDJSkittles1, on 16 July 2012 - 03:26 PM, said:

Wow I didn't know that about DEs, cool, I can't wait to do some more to test this.

Watch these videos for more info:   

#11 Crunchygremlin

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

kill other peoples mobs...
That doesn't sound right but its hard to unlearn that training if you have played any other MMO.

If you are out and exploring and see someone else, do not ignore them. Run with them for a while.

The below is also pretty important. this is something i don't get in MMO's very often. here is your character with everything. see what you like.


View Postjustaguy, on 16 July 2012 - 03:27 PM, said:

Here is the one thing every player in the BWEs should do -

Make sure you spend some time in the mists (even if you never plan to pvp). In the mist preparation area, you are autoleveled to level 80 and given access to all of your skills and traits. It is a great way to see if you will enjoy playing a particular profession at max level - and a great way to try out all of the professions in their full glory before the game launches.


#12 KQ

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

Moved to TA as there's no objective answer to the given question.

#13 Fuzzoro

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:08 PM

There are alot of hidden tunnels and areas under water. the environment is not set on one plane as you can go up or down verticly and some times you tend to not look around as much as straight ahead. Your not going to drown so why not give that black pool a closer look and poke a head thru that seemingly wall of vegitation.. oooOOOOOoooo!

Also, just because a cliff looks tall doesnt mean you cant hop from edge to edge all the way up... many many secrets to those who "explore" the "dead ends" a little more. :D

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:11 PM

View PostAdakias, on 16 July 2012 - 01:36 PM, said:

My advice is to try the 3 professions that appeal to you the LEAST. I think many people will admit the class they now want to play most was at some point or another on their least-excited list.
This!

I didn't expect to like one profession cause didn't like it much in GW1 but I love it now in GW2

Try help other players if they are by themselves, go explore with them could be more exciting makes some things harder and more fun to play.

Talk in chat, see if anyone wish to join you to do an event or just explore and play with you,  some people may wish to.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:33 AM

View Postjozeph, on 16 July 2012 - 06:42 PM, said:

Watch these videos for more info:   

All I can say is...wow...I had no idea how much detail they had put into this. It reminds me of all those stories they actually put into the books in skyrim. This game continues to amaze me everyday.

#16 Arava

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:43 AM

Have fun and do whatever you want :)
Stick around for events - most of us tend to leave when an event is over, but often there is more!
Move when you fight, try to learn to dodge. It's best to disable the doubletab to dodge option in the options (F11) and assign a different key for it, because then it's easier to deal with the jumping puzzles.

Right click on the items in your inventory - you can put all the crafting stuff directly into your bank (which is shared between all characters and is located in the cities). Takes care of the inventory-mess.
And take on a crafting discipline. All the armor-crafters can craft larger bags at the very beginning.

Ah - I found a topic on reddit just now about tips for newcomers, some good advise there:
http://www.reddit.co..._the_newcomers/


Edit:
There are also these two great threads here on guru:
http://www.guildwars...os-tips-tricks/
http://www.guildwars...-the-gw-newbie/

Edited by Arava, 17 July 2012 - 05:48 AM.


#17 jackie1st

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:55 AM

View PostDJSkittles1, on 17 July 2012 - 05:33 AM, said:

All I can say is...wow...I had no idea how much detail they had put into this. It reminds me of all those stories they actually put into the books in skyrim. This game continues to amaze me everyday.
Same here, I'm sure if I hadn't watched that I would have just left immediately after turning in the quest and missed out on all the rest.



I'm planning on trying out as many classes as I can as well, To try and get a better feel for them since I've still been bouncing back and forth between what class I want to play.

Edited by jackie1st, 17 July 2012 - 06:02 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:56 AM

my best advice would be to slow down, and truly smell the roses

there are soooo many fine and wonderful details to be discovered in this game

also, i would suggest to peruse all the options for your UI and settings...it can offer much useful information and shortcuts

and...enjoy :)

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:13 AM

I don't think you should go out of your way to do anything besides install the game and play.  Let it go from there!  Try to take it slow and have fun.  ^_^

#20 theSollith

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

The best tip would be just to let yourself have fun and enjoy the game.

It's not a game that one can go into thinking the same way as other MMO's.

Go in and run around, doing whatever suits you fancy; stop and look around from time to time at the world, participate in events, explore the world, travel around with people, explore with others, follow npc's around; there are just so many things you can do in the game that its really hard to say "you have to check this out."

Just take your time with things and have fun is about all that can be said; YOU are the hero of this tale. YOU are the one that makes the choices about what to do. It's not like other games where you just follow along, you are completely in control of your experience in this game.

#21 GrayLadyPat

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:18 AM

Pay attention to the world around you. There are NPCs having conversations that are informative, and sometimes funny. There are people wandering around, taking care of business.  The animals have their own animations, so they're not just sitting there.

If you see something that interests, you, don't worry about what you're doing at the time. Go find out what it is. Sometimes it's worth investigating.

Jump off the High Dive in Lion's Arch at least once. Just so you can say you did it.

Start to think in 3D. There are things above you, below you, and all around you. Even the world map is in "levels" so you can see that there are underground areas as well. You can jump and climb, so don't be afraid to explore that Z axis.

But, the most important thing for you to do is to remember that this is a game. It's meant for you to have fun! Don't turn it into a level grind. If you take your time, and see the sites, and do everything you want, the levels will take care of themselves.

Cheers!

#22 stonelead

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:08 AM

great thread.... there is def a need for a thread later where people can pin up cool stuff they found, that is off the beaten track

#23 Trufs

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:13 AM

Check different classess not just one, they are very different from one another. Also try underwater combat, i think that the thing that is easy to miss, since in most mmos you dont have underwater combat :) Also try spvp and wvwvw obviously :P

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:04 PM

Go AFK while underwater (away from baddies) and come back alive and well, and not a drowned piece of driftwood.

After you complete a Heart go back to the NPC and check their goods, because they are now a merchant.

The map leaves a trail print to show where you came from. helps you stay oriented.

If you are far from town and need to return while saving some money just use enter the mists. You can then go into lions arch and take the portals to any major city.

Salvage, salvage salvage, Dont leave town without a salvage kit. Break down all junk and right click will give an option to deposit all collectibles to your bank in a special slot.

Rebind your keyboard. Do not be afraid to try different key bindings untill you are comfortable playing and have good acess to the abilties you need, and know where you bound them.

Make a habit to weapon swap during combat. You can double your potential.

Invite someone into a group while playing. You be surprised the friendships you can make.

If someone is downed fighting a mob that is low on health, kill the mob and allow the player to rally instead of trying to revive them. save you the time to revive then kill the mob.

Stick around after you complete a Dynamic Event. You might of joined in at a time where the chain event will continue.

Discover and use waypoints in cities. Once you discover them they are free to travel between inside the city.

Harvest anything in sight. Nodes are sharabale, and even if you dont care about crafting. You get exp for harvesting and call sell the materials for easy money.

Submit feedback and bugs during beta. Remember it's your game. Let your voice be heard, dont rely on others to speak in your behalf

Try another profession, even one you least like. You might be surprised and end up playing one. If not you know the in an out of that profession having knowledge of what they can do in pvp if you are against one and in pve to synergize with one.

Have fun, and take a few pauses to simply immerse yourself in the world around you.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:27 PM

* Create a Sylvari Warrior
* Reach lvl 20
* Test the new preview feature
* Level up crafting
* Test all Dynamic events and Hearts
* Test the new Vista feature
* Level up in PvP and buy PvP gear
* Submit feedback and bug reports
* See if any feedback i gave in earlier betas have been fixed.

^
* Create an Asura Engineer

#26 Lazmira

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

Check underwater lakes, rivers, anywhere with water! There are secrets to be told! I don't know how many times I tumbled on secret caves or Quaggans when I was swimming around and about! Seriously people, explore every nook and cranny when underwater O_-

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:09 PM

The item preview is a huge feature to try. I'm going to go to different capitol cities and try on the racial armors to get an idea of which class I want to roll for each race.





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