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#2172770 March Patch (WvWvW) PreviewB

Posted RawNG on 28 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

This is the most we've ever got out of them I feel and I'm happy with the responses for once.  I hope they become more transparent on what their plans are for WvW because I think that'll be good for the community.  

I can't wait to have culling gone!!!  So excited for this, prob more than anything else.

Also excited that we can build our toon's based on what we like to do whether it be a siege player or a front-liner.  

Can't wait to get rid of this damn 'Invader' name, I think it's a cool idea to give titles in that spot if they don't ever plan on letting us see player names.  I look forward to grinding out some World XP.

#2166205 Update on Loot/Drops Investigation

Posted sambombe on 18 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Loot reward based in damage imput??? WTF Anet, what an epic fail. What about the support professions/build, that keep spamming boons for the party and does not sufficient damage??

#2166774 Should Anet bring back Rune only drops?

Posted Captain Bulldozer on 19 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

As some of you are certainly aware, in GW1 it was fairly commonplace to receive a drop that was essentially a piece of armor you couldn't use (say it was for the wrong size or species for example) yet was still upgraded with a rune or insignia.  Since armor could only be bought in the game and never dropped, this served as a way to bring runes/insignias into circulation other than the rune trader.

In GW2, of course armor drops and with some of it we get runes.  However, there are often times you want to use the armor with a different rune and since there's no way to remove a rune without destroying the armor, the rune is completely wasted.  You either have to use the rune or mod over it.  This has made high end runes extremely hard to get in some cases (although partly because exotic drop rates are already laughably low) and caused prices on the TP for some of these to spiral out of the realm of affordability for many.  

So, my question is, what do you think about the idea of re-introducing drops of non-usable but runed armor pieces to help increase the supply of runes?  (admittedly it would be better if anet just significantly increased the drop rate of exotics, but since they seem unwilling to do this, perhaps this is something they could consider instead... they could make the runed stuff not salvage for ecto if need be).

#2117036 A seven-step guide to fix GW2's PvE

Posted Alleji on 13 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

Before fixing anything, let's quickly identify the core problems with GW2's PvE today. And by "PvE", I mean only the open-world PvE here, not personal story or dungeons.

So, the problems:
- The world is dead. Other than cursed shore, the dragons, and lion's arch, it's largely empty.
- "Dynamic" events are hardly dynamic, as we were led to believe.
- The reward structure is really, really bad. This is actually the main reason for the first problem.

...aaand now how to fix all this, starting with the pre-requisites and moving on to more complex changes:

1. Better event scaling. Currently events don't scale well for large number of players (10+). You just get more mobs in pre-set spawn points that get aoed down just as easily. Anyone who's spent 30 minutes in Cursed Shore knows this. Some improvements were made in this regard compared to a few months ago, but it's very little. Events with more players around need to spawn veterans and champions and add additional spawn points, not just additional mobs. Basically, things that are not negated by AoE.

2. Iterative difficulty scaling for events. Most events never fail. Why not? Because they're too easy. Anet needs to add difficulty scaling that's not dependent on number of players, but based on the number of times the event was successfully completed previously (on top of number-of-players scaling in #1, not instead). Every event stats at difficulty 0 after a server reset. Each time it's completed successfully, the difficulty goes up by 1 point. 1 point of difficulty translates into 1 additional mob per wave, +3% mob health and damage, etc.

So instead of facerolling Shelter's Gate Camp for loot every 10 minutes, one day you might come there and get zerged by veteran spiders. Woah, what happened? Well, see, the last defense barely succeeded and turned the difficulty from 7 to 8. And they had more people than you did, so tough luck. But now that the event failed, the difficulty scale goes down by -3, so next time the event will be at difficulty 5. This system will calibrate itself to the average number of players in an area and add a huge amount of variety to the same events, while the +1/-3 system still ensures it succeeds most of the time. (The scale is hidden, so people don't intentionally avoid scaled-up events.)

3. More events. More, more, more. There are a handful of basic event "templates" in the game and 95% of all events fit in these: defend a point, assault a point, escort an npc, kill a boss, kill mobs until the bar gets to 0 (or 100%). I honestly don't see why anet isn't minting these like crazy. I highly doubt they take a lot of time to make, given that you already have all the components... just need to put the pieces together in a slightly different configuration in a different area. BAM, new event. Reduce the frequency of each individual event to keep the number of concurrent events the same, but increase the variety. I'm not asking here for a brand-new zone with brand-new armored crabs and a ton of scripting to be used one time and then abandoned. This would probably take far less work.

4. Balancing rewards. The base reward for completing an event is pitiful. 1.5 silver, some experience that you don't need at 80, and a bit of karma that's grossly outweighed by the daily jug. (The daily jug was a good idea, but it's just... difficult to outperform it. That's a different subject.) The bulk of the reward comes from the drops and drops from a single champion are much worse than from aoeing waves of mobs for 4 minutes. Most of the time the champion takes more effort too!

The second problem is the disparity between zones. Events in Orr are well-known (so everyone does the easy ones), highly populated and give max rewards for level 80. Events in every other zone are the complete opposite. To balance this:

- Normalize the silver/exp/karma rewards for lvl 80s throughout the world. Seriously, it's a tiny amount of money anyway and getting 1.5s or 0.9s won't really impact anything. All it does is make lower-level events look bad.
- Improve drops from champions. Duh. To avoid causing inflation, do not flat-out make them drop 15 silver, but simply add a chance for each champion to drop zone-specific items. Each zones or a group of zones could have things like unique armor sets and unique weapon skins. There are zone-unique weapon skins in the game currently, such as "Steam" weapons in Charr areas, but they're easily obtainable and thus can't serve as an incentive to go there.
- Also add tokens to champions. For X tokens from champions in Charr lands, you can buy a rare armor skin (that also drops only in this areas), but weapons can only be gotten as a drop. Something like that.

5. Worldwide and zone-wide event notifications. Another very simple addition, but once you've really made events dynamic (points #1 and #2), added more of them (#3), and gave the players a reason to go there (#4), tell people about them! Display all events happening in the zone on the map, with an option to toggle it off, and display MAJOR events happening in other zones on the world map, like Orr temple assaults, dragons, swamp monster in Queensdale, etc. People will see events and flock to them instead of wandering about empty zones alone or farming events in Cursed Shore as a zerg.

Also, display this next point in the corner of the screen (under your personal story) at all times:

6. Daily zones. Now we're getting into more ambitious things. It's time to really create a dynamic world. Each day 1 or 2 zones could become event hubs. Balefire means business today and made a pact with the ogres to attack Ebonhawke! The entire area turns into a warzone. You know, the Charr are really attacking. Basically, turn the area into Cursed Shore + difficulty scaling (#2).

Hearts are disabled (Farmer Joe doesn't really care about shooing away the gryphons from this cabbage when THE CHARR ARE ATTACKING). All regular events that fit the war theme are enabled with a majorly increased frequency (remember, we reduced it in #3 and increased the total number of events). There are additional events active: every outpost gets assaulted on a regular basis and after a successful defense, there are events to march out and take down a champ or recapture a lost outpost. Again, this is all just copy/paste stuff (#3). Optimize the templates and then make more events!

As a bonus, drops of zone-specific rewards are doubled for the day when that area is a warzone.

As a second bonus, if a critical number of events is failed during the day (this could be a rather high threshold), the zone is under Flame Legion's control for next 1-3 days, every waypoint is disabled, you still can't do hearts in it (Farmer Joe is dead, his head is on a spike, and so are the cabbage-loving gryphons), and after these 3 days, the map becomes a warzone for the day again. Same events are running with the aim of recapturing it. This time it can't fail.

7. Live GMs. All of the above would do a good job of making the world appear dynamic, as it was advertised in the beginning, but dedicated game-masters controlling the world would make it REALLY dynamic. Provided there's a good framework for creating events (#3), anet could expand it to create events out of pre-set pieces on the fly. Starcraft's map editor did it in 1999 by allowing you to create custom missions using building blocks already provided with the game, why can't we do it on a live server in 2013? This outpost is getting attacked by X waves, each one consisting of Y mobs for Z minutes. Oh and there's a dragon at the end, which I'm going to personally control and target people with it. Go!

A GM per server or even 1 GM per few servers could further spice up the "daily areas" and add an occasional special event to other places in the world. And once again, I don't mean "occasional" and "special" a la brand-new invisible precursor-dropping crabs that take months of development for one night of lag. No, "special", as in, there will be a unique event somewhere a few times per day that's not part of the game's default package. You know, something new.


Well, that's pretty much it. A game like this would almost certainly keep me playing for years, paying a sub fee, and buying all the expansions. (Provided those expansions also expanded the above model).

#2164376 How do ectos fit into the lore?

Posted Taskumatti on 15 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

200 years ago everyone was walking around tyria in their fancy obsidian armors and chaos gloves. Eventually the bearers of these armor died, but because armor were allways customized to their crafter no one else was able to wield them, thus creating mountains of useless obsidian armors and chaos gloves, these items were now considered scrap metal. The armor were then salvaged into all kinds of rare and exotic quality items which we still can find in every part of tyria.

...I guess...

#2134141 So it seems a lot of naughty boys and girls got one last gift from Santa this...

Posted RaoulDukeHST on 03 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

they should focus on the trading post exploiters,who make thousands of gold just because they have thousands of gold.A person can buy 100 $ worth of gold from gold farmers and double that money in an hour,arenanet doesn't do anything about these people who are creating artificial prices,they ban some poor sucker who tried to get 50 ectos to craft some backpiece.

#2125073 Trahearne should be further developed...

Posted Alleji on 21 December 2012 - 11:53 AM

View PostXgreatArtist, on 21 December 2012 - 11:36 AM, said:

his wood

#2014679 Halloween! "Shadow of the Mad King!"

Posted Omedon on 12 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

View PostAlShamari, on 12 October 2012 - 11:05 PM, said:

Way to jump my bones and assume I'm one of the entitled gamers on here that complains about everything. I pretty much try to back Arenanet on many of their decisions, however there is one move that worries me. I have been a fan of Arenanet having played Guild Wars through its existence, but upon the hiring of a Nexon employee to oversee almost all of the Guild Wars 2 economic decisions, I can appropriately say I got worried. Guild Wars ran on the "free to play" function, down to the bone. They made their money through expansions and release of added content, but this added content never got in the way of the game. With the release of the gemstore, etc... I was fine, I saw the idea and supported it as an alternative income source for Arenanet, but I will not support ventures that get in the way of average game play, that's all it comes down to. Yeah, give me the "if you like it, why do you have a problem buying it" argument. Sure, I would like to have the cash to buy everything I enjoy in the game, but as it stands, I don't. I'm a young college age male, working to pay my bills and I don't have a lot of extra income to spend on games, thus why I've always played and supported Guild Wars (no subscription fee) and if it takes a turn for the worst as far as "paying to play", I simply won't support it out of monetary reasons. I'm sure that there are others who think the same. They would just be losing a lot of their base supporters, it's a bad marketing move.

So buy gems with gold.  Solved.


View PostAlShamari, on 12 October 2012 - 11:05 PM, said:

Way to jump my bones

Never on the first date, come on now...

#1994389 Karma - Should it be account bound?

Posted Baron von Scrufflebutt on 05 October 2012 - 07:07 AM


#1962841 So... The bugs are getting ridiculous.

Posted Domynic on 24 September 2012 - 07:38 AM

Scumbag ANet. I can't believe their MMO has bugs a month after launch. I can do their job better than them!

#1821191 The great big "Oh dear I got banned" thread

Posted Barack Obama on 26 August 2012 - 02:11 AM

same, my headstart is gone already because i created a character called lonely milf

#1817321 Power leveling: "Lettuce leveling" - the fastest and most efficient way

Posted Generic Fantasy Name on 25 August 2012 - 01:01 PM

Lettuce onto the game servers so we can try your method.