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#2317489 GW2 has a content, not a feature problem.

Posted davadude on Yesterday, 07:49 AM

They just spent more than one year exclusively developing features in the form of the Living Story and holiday updates.  If you like them or not, don't care, but it was content-focused.  They do one feature patch that aims at improving the QOL and making it easier for them to add new content (megaserver system makes it much simpler to add zones), and the complaints begin about too much time being put into feature-only patches, even though this is the first one.

#2315806 Coming back after 2 months

Posted davadude on 11 April 2014 - 07:09 AM

  • This Tuesday, April 15th, a "feature pack" will close the first season of the Living Story.  This feature pack includes new traits, update mechanics, and the removal of server-based zone creation in PvE and sPVP.  From now on, megaservers will fill zones up with as many people as possible, ensuring you always have a filled zone, no matter what time of day.  The roll-out begins with level 1-15 zones, big cities, and the PvP lobby.  You can read more about it here.
  • The story part of the Living Story ended a few weeks ago.  You can read up on the entire Living Story so far here, and be aware that a season 2 is being prepared for launch later this year.
  • December of this year will see a large patch that will further continue the quality of live improvements that will be added on April 15th.  Certain social features, such as guild influence distribution, will be changed then.
Welcome back!

EDIT: Forgot Link...

#2313256 Reapers: The 3rd Soldier

Posted Talosmygod on 02 April 2014 - 05:37 AM

Starting Note: Inspiration for this concept was from Duke Blackrose.4981

"Over 250 years, the Dervish needed to adapt – to refine its skills and reform its philosophies in accordance with all races. Their faith lies with themselves and their own capabilities. The new order is that of the Reaper – skilled dealers of death who have learned to move with grace and fluidity even in heavy armor. Their trademark weapon is the Scythe. As a sort of bridge between the Warrior, Necromancer, and Thief, Reapers fill a unique niche meant to give a unique flavor to the whole 'Black Knight' deal."
																													  -Duke Blackrose.4981

Armor - Heavy

Base HP - 15,082 (same as Rangers, Engineers, and Mesmers)

Profession Mechanic: Avatars

Reapers cannot swap weapons, but instead, transform into one of two avatars: an Avatar of Force, or an Avatar of Patience. Comparable to the necromancer's life force and the warrior's adrenaline, avatars are activated by a mechanic called focus; Wherein, focus is gained like life force, but drained like adrenaline. However, unlike death shroud, avatars continue to use the reaper's normal health pool. (Refer to figures 1-3 (figure 1: Avatars; figure 2: Avatar of Force; Figure 3: Avatar of Patient))

Focus - Focus caps out at 100; it is built by various weapon-skills, and utility skills.

Two Handed - Scythe, Longbow (Refer to figures 4-5 respectively)
One Handed - Axe, Dagger (Refer to figures 6-7 respectively)
Off Hand - Axe, Dagger, Shield, Warhorn (Refer to figures 6-9 respectively)
Aquatic - Spear (no figure for this, anet would have to do some work ;))


Enchantments - For a duration, if the reaper preforms a specific action (i.e. blocking) they unleash an affect (i.e. knocking nearby foes down). When the duration is over, another affect occurs. (Refer to figure 10)

Oaths - The reaper marks him/her self, allies, or a location for a duration. If a certain circumstance (i.e. you're hit with a disable) is met during the duration, an affect (i.e. you ignore the disable and gain a boon) follows. (Refer to figure 11)

Brands - Similar to oaths, the reaper brands his/her foe(s) for a duration (i.e. if your foe falls below 25% health, they are damaged). (Refer to figure 12)

Shouts - Unlike most professions, the reaper uses shouts offensively... Mostly. (Refer to figure 13)

Signets - ...The usual (Refer to figure 14)

Healing Abilities

(Refer to figure 15)

Elite Abilities

(Refer to figure 16)

Trait Lines

Force – Power + Condition Duration
Grace – Precision + Critical Damage (soon to be ferocity)
Patience – Toughness + Healing Power
Lethality – Vitality + Condition Damage
Avatars – Boon Duration + Reduced Avatar Cost (maximum of 30 focus reduction)

(All skills would be subject to balance...of course.)

Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, Figure 4, Figure 5, Figure 6, Figure 7, Figure 8, Figure 9, Figure 10, Figure 11, Figure 12, Figure 13, Figure 14, Figure 15, Figure 16

#2308327 The Trinity, Roles, GW2, and You

Posted Desild on 19 March 2014 - 04:34 PM

View PostImprovavel, on 19 March 2014 - 03:35 PM, said:

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Do you know who said that?

Our fathers, their fathers, the fathers of our grandfathers, ad infinitum.

That particular quote is from Socrates.

I don't always agree with Improvavel, but I do, it is certainly about the metaphilosophy of recurring traits of human nature.

That, and I'm a healer. I'll go full CLERICS even when it is not feasible to do so, because screw the rules the social pier pressure over my role as a guardian, I got money the moral highground of my own creeds and beliefs to back me up!

#2274578 Necromancer Screenshots

Posted Tomus on 26 December 2013 - 01:50 AM

Thank you so much Ibari! :)

Well, I am not playing just my necro-girl Kaileen, but I have another characters of course. And I want to show them. Here are my four most played (another low level alts are not included here ;) ) -necromancer Kaileen as my most loved main character, warrior Skjorn, ranger Aela and guardian Allistair. My Mesmer male Charr, Gryul, Asuran Thief Loola and Sylvarian Dyvaria as Elementalist are currently on leveling phase.

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#2290179 Mix & Matching Armour

Posted Phenn on 03 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

Finally got around to grabbing Exotics for my Mesmer, which resulted in this getup:
Also got an new look for my Hybrid Necro based loosely on the Prince of Persia:

#2272799 What Happened to the Direction of ANet?

Posted shanaeri rynale on 19 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

View PostMazingerZ, on 18 December 2013 - 09:36 PM, said:

Considering the fact that I think it was Colin who said GW1 players can go play GW1...

Though I remember an Xbox guy saying that people who don't want 'always online' with Xbox One can play a 360... that went over well.

I was in the fortunate position of sitting opposite Collin earlier in the year and indeed asked the question that got the answer you mentioned . There wasn't an ounce of 'let them eat cake', or GTFO to GW1 about it.

What he actually said was(Paraphrase from my notes)  "We didn't want to make the same game twice, we wanted to try to evolve the MMO and the GW franchise. So if you like GW1, go play GW1. It's why it's still running."

That's a lot of difference to "Go play GW1 if you don't like GW2!"

He meant, quite simply GW1 is there to cater for those who prefer GW1 and that they wanted to try something new.

#2232376 Tequatl Rising

Posted Darkobra on 10 September 2013 - 06:45 PM

Coming in a gem store near you: Plushy Dragon Wings!

#2230360 Buying Gems with Gold

Posted davadude on 31 August 2013 - 08:08 PM

View PostConkers, on 31 August 2013 - 08:01 PM, said:

Your word does not count for much once you've broken it, they spent years promoting GW2 in Q&A sessions, interviews, blogs, etc on the basis it would not have vertical progression, that it would be optional and progression would be through things like cosmetics, achievements, etc as in Colin Johansons blog post :

"The rarest items in the game are not more powerful than other items, so you don’t need them to be the best"

"We don’t need to make mandatory gear treadmills, we make all of it optional, so those who find it fun to chase this prestigious gear can do so, but those who don’t are just as powerful"

They broke that within a few months of the game's launch, Arenanet's word counts for very little these days, but then it is a different company these days.

Those are game design issues.  Utilizing real money post-purchase to provide an unbeatable advantage would be an ethical issue.  The first ones can be changed, with flak from the community, without major drawbacks.  Break the second... you're screwed.

#2228724 First Birthday Gift

Posted dzanikken on 25 August 2013 - 12:46 PM

It is a GIFT!! Why does everything have to have some purpose?! Why does it need to be discussed in great length, or even encourage heated debates?

It's a gift, you either like it or you don't, you move on. Period.

#2226960 Watch out for Scarlet on August 20th!

Posted Azure Skye on 16 August 2013 - 06:42 PM

The page got defaced again from scarlet!! O_O


#2227200 Ascended Armor Coming 2013

Posted Occultus on 17 August 2013 - 03:41 PM

If they have new skins let's hope they employ some decent artists this time.  The armour in Guild Wars 2 is appalling.

#2226362 Guild Wars 2 is Just Like Every Other Failed MMO

Posted Bloggi on 14 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

And the point being...?

It's simple really. Like the game? Play it. Don't like it? Move along.

I don't know why both sides make such a big deal of it...why fanbois feel the need to prove that the game is thriving and why the naysayers feel the need to show otherwise. Frankly I don't care for either opinion.

As with anything in life, the principle is simple. Consider that time is limited. And then decide for yourself: is this *really* worth my time?

Turns out that writing this response is hardly even worth a minute of my time, so I'll just stop here and do something else.

#2226447 Watch out for Scarlet on August 20th!

Posted Khalija on 14 August 2013 - 04:08 PM

Just a few minutes ago, a mysterious man knocked on my door and handed me an envelope. This is what was inside:

Tick tock goes the clock

It's almost time for time to stop

Something you all must understand

Your world is built on fog and sand

You're out of time, your jig is done

It's time for Scarlet to have her fun

She has some hard lessons to teach

To the people of Divinity's Reach

So mark the date in permanent ink

The hour is later than you think

On the twentieth day she'll start her games

And warm her hands over Kryta's flames!

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It looks like the Queen's Speech page has been vandalized!

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#2226083 The Queen's Speech

Posted christiansoldier on 13 August 2013 - 03:23 PM

View Postdss_live, on 13 August 2013 - 02:43 PM, said:

They could ahve just as well given nothing, it's alrdy more than what you got for your characters birthday in gw1.

No they can't.  They owe us free stuff.  We have played this game for 1000s of hours and deserve it. It is just like real life.  Friends and family have to give me birthday presents, and if the presents are crappy I will go online and complain about them.