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#2318281 Megaserver Status Update

Posted Satenia on 18 April 2014 - 10:45 PM

Coming from a high-population server, doing world bosses has never really been an issue for me. On the contrary, for some encounters the biggest difficulty was to avoid the overflow.

Having played on various megaserver-maps during the last couple of days, I would like to share my experience:

On the bright side of things, the maps do fill up nicely. I can easily join Blazeridge Steppes right on time for Shatterer spawn during prime-time without fear of overflow. There are plenty of players and generally the whole event is being done faster and without the need to camp ahead of time to ensure a space on the main map.

However, I do feel like a stranger on these megaserver maps and that really bothers me. I am (was?) very fond of my home server and the people playing there. I dare saying that I knew all the guilds and all the regulars attending the world boss events. Even though I may not have them on my friends list and I may not be part of these guilds, there are still all these players I happen to know from regular attendance and doing these events with them was in a way a coming together that felt natural. While waiting for the world boss spawn to happen, I was often looking at their characters, admiring certain armor combinations, new legendaries they acquired and whatever else. My home server was truly where I felt home... but all that is gone now.

The sad truth is that the megaserver maps I end up on simply have none of these players. I don't even know most of the guild tags. More often than not, they don't even speak my language. What the hell?!?

To me, the GW2 community I've known has pretty much died with the megaserver system. It may ensure that there are (almost) always the numbers present to complete a world boss event, but it comes at a price I did not wish to pay.

:(


#2310319 Do you feel empowered?

Posted ChuyDog08 on 24 March 2014 - 08:35 PM

I know I do and 5 others near me when I select the #5 Staff skill when running my guardian.


Empower

Sorry, I had to do that.  ;)

I think I have less of a feeling of empowerment in Guild Wars 2 than any other game I have played.  At some point in most games you feel uber.  With GW2 the down leveling takes that fun away.

Also, when you do feel empowered, ANet finds a way to take it away.


#2308903 Tera Rising & Guild Wars 2 - new classes

Posted Desild on 20 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

View Postraspberry jam, on 20 March 2014 - 05:31 PM, said:

I wish they would have done that in GW1 instead of adding those 4 weird classes.

But Ritualists were so cool!


#2302047 If they came out with an expansion tomorrow would you buy it?

Posted MCBiohazard on 28 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

View PostMinion, on 27 February 2014 - 02:42 AM, said:

Oh, one more thing. Stereotypes in literature/art aren't even a bad thing. They're just symbols to depict something we know from reality. Stereotypes are what we identify with generally and respond to as consumers. Having said that, if you don't want a stereotypical female villain it's simple. You plan it for being a male the whole time and on the seventh day, just add tits.

Somehow I think writing a nuanced character of any gender takes more effort than "write the opposite gender and then bend it afterwards". Just saying.


#2295123 New CDI, Community Voting for Top 3 Professions Needing Help

Posted Phineas Poe on 13 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

View PostRobsy128, on 13 February 2014 - 03:45 PM, said:

Maybe they're just the underrated class in GW2.

They are.

The bomb kit can maintain 18 stacks of vulnerability, and does it on up to five targets in a 240 radius. A warrior relies purely on cleave.

The grenade kit is even better at it, maintaining 25 stacks of vulnerability.


#2295000 New CDI, Community Voting for Top 3 Professions Needing Help

Posted Beyond Freedom on 13 February 2014 - 12:31 PM

Top 3 professions needing help:

1. open world encounter designer
2. trait and skill balance committee member
3. Living Story writer


#2294853 New CDI, Community Voting for Top 3 Professions Needing Help

Posted Arkham Creed on 13 February 2014 - 02:48 AM

View PostAzure Skye, on 13 February 2014 - 02:38 AM, said:

They've been broken since the start of the game and that profession has always been been a gimmick with turrets. They just need to release more weapon sets for the Engineer to make more viable. The ele and ranger traits are just fail all over!

Wait, wait, wait....let me get this straight. Your argument for not prioritizing desperately needed engineer fixes in favor of elementalist and ranger (I currently main a ranger, so I'd love to see some improvements there mind you) is that engineers have been so badly broken for so long that everyone is just kind of used to it by now? I'm sorry; that is really, really stupid.


#2291985 Engineer vs Elementalist

Posted MazingerZ on 07 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

View Postmaster21, on 07 February 2014 - 09:19 PM, said:

not in the meta dps ele build on which you just stick to fire.

Oh yeah, I forgot, I'm playing Guild Wars 2.


#2287188 Coming Soon: The Edge of the Mists (Preview)

Posted Datenshi92 on 29 January 2014 - 12:41 PM

View PostKonzacelt, on 29 January 2014 - 06:12 AM, said:

Just saw this thread...

rant=

ANet, what in god's name are you doing??  Is Scarlet attached to your balls or something?  Is she a parasite stuck in your brain telling you what to do like Chekov in the Wrath of Khan?  You guys need to pull your collective heads out of your asses and give it up on Scarlet already!  She sucks.  She really sucks, and not in the good way.  And now you're going to force her crapstory into WvW...are you all insane?  The only part of the game with a dedicated, competitive following and you're going to dump this shit on them?  Good grief, someone, anyone, in the vicinity of ANet headquarters in Washington State please cut their power.  Break in, take all the Scarlet materials you can find, pile them in the parking lot, and burn it all in a giant bonfire.  Cleanse ANet of this soup sandwich sideshow circus and start something new already.  Write something about the Skritt, or the Kodan, or those dopey Quaggans, who cares.  Hell you got a Tengu city just rotting away at Sanctum Cay.  But do something for Christ's sake.  Something other than she-who-shall-not-be-named!  Seriously...it's starting to get embarrassing.  I know it's legal now in Washington, but seriously, you need to put down the joint and start creating good shit again.  Arrrgghh, my head hurts just thinking about it.  I need a drink.

/rant

Ok... I hate Scarlet as much as the next person but c'mon. They're not FORCING you into it - this is going to become a NEW WvW map for those waiting in the queue lines, its like an overflow of sorts and if I were a true WvW player, I would rather be in the overflow so I could still get my xp and loot than wait forever on a line. Please correct me if I'm wrong but if her impact is going to similar to those world events in the common WvW maps then I couldn't careless because we barely even bother at all as they're just... there in the background of things. All we want are the forts and the keeps and killing other players. That's it. She's probably going to have Aetherblade camps spread around instead of the regular Dredge, Ogre or Hylek in normal maps. That's not a big reason for concern...

Besides... Scarlet has been in the Mists for a while, if you play Fractals, then you will know what I mean. WvW maps are located in the Mists so it was only a matter of time before she expanded there...


#2283675 What is one bug / broken mechanic you wish they would fix?

Posted Kymeric on 22 January 2014 - 03:26 PM

Ascended crafting.

Both the terrible grind to get from 400 to 500 with very little useful stuff produced along the way and lack of new recipes as well as the stupid attempt to force people into areas of the game they don't wish to go by making mats exclusively available in specific activities.

I want "play how you want", "easily accessible BiS gear" and "you won't be crafting useless junk just to level crafting" back.


#2283624 What is one bug / broken mechanic you wish they would fix?

Posted Yol on 22 January 2014 - 02:07 PM

The in-combat speed reduction.....that's still active 30 seconds after you slaughter whatever it was that got in your aggro range....


#2283519 Update Notes - January 21st, 2014

Posted Elder III on 22 January 2014 - 03:02 AM

Rox is female fyi.


#2277050 New Years Weekend Sale

Posted Doctor Overlord on 03 January 2014 - 09:50 PM

I'm all for saving time during menial travel from point A to point B in MMOs, even if it's just from the mailbox to the auction house. My characters always have every Swiftness skill in the game equipped when I'm doing stuff in the cities. So I initially thought a permanent Terrace pass would be something I would buy.

Then I imagined what it would be like to constantly use it.  My character going to Divinity's Reach instead of crowded LA, isolated in a little corner of the human city with maybe a couple of other players ignoring me as much as I do them, each of us intend on being as efficient with our time as possible.

That made me realize that the time saving wouldn't be worth it.   Part of the reason I play MMOs is that spontaneous interaction that comes when players gather together in the open world.   I don't want to miss seeing other players lining up around the bank showing off their new legendaries or playing costume brawl.   Or miss the often surprisingly skilled musicians performing by the mailbox. Or miss the truly memorable moments, like seeing a whole group who had customized their characters to look like the heroines of the anime Sailor Moon or that norn in pink underwear, boxing gloves and rabbit ears.  

It might take me longer to run to the AH each time (and after doing it 100 times or a 1,000 times or 5,000 times, it *does* add up) but I'm willing to sacrifice that time for the entertainment provided by the open community and to have the chance to maybe provide a little entertainment back to that community myself.  



#2238650 Ascended Weapons.. will you craft one?

Posted Desild on 01 October 2013 - 08:54 AM

Hmm... Let me think. Between crafting an Ascended weapon or being pepper-sprayed, which one is better?

Anyone with a spare pepper-spray can care to spray my left eye? If it's not as bad as leveling my crafting to 500, I'll just spray my right eye and call it a day. Now that would be a better use of my time. I'd rather crawl in sheer agony rather than grinding agony resistance. Like our content patches, pain is volatile.


#2272523 Reddit X-Post CDI: Character Progression Dev Responses

Posted Kymeric on 18 December 2013 - 04:24 PM

View PostGyre, on 17 December 2013 - 02:25 PM, said:

Seems to me they are only squeezing the middle if they contemplate more of this and that's got to be their most vulnerable demographic of players.

That fits me to a tee.  I just recently gave up and stopped playing.  I'm in that middle where I'm not so casual as to ignore BiS, but not so hardcore that I'll happily farm/grind or throw hundreds of gold at the gear.  I made a stab at Ascended, crafted my first greatsword, realized I wasn't having fun anymore, and decided to stop playing.

I was a consistent, though not lavish, user of the gem store, and one of the sub-group of players who actually spent time in mid-level zones doing something other than world bosses.