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#2074964 Ascended Items

Posted by Caledore on 12 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

I'm waiting to see more information before reacting too strongly.

That said, if this is a true gear treadmill as many fear...I might be out for good. I may play alts now and again, and WvW on occasion, but I came to this came to avoid the gear treadmill, and I'd be very disappointed if ANet changes that tenet of their design philosophy.
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#2066817 Screenshot Your Elementalist

Posted by Caledore on 07 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

Jonen Caledore, Krytan Elementalist...I love the temple armor look, enough that despite hating farming, I farmed Orr events for a while to get the pieces I wanted (of course now with karma in dailies, it's MUCH easier to get, much to my annoyance!).

This pretty much the 'final' armor, though once they fix the bug with transmuting the starter headgear, I will be adding the Storm Eye skin to my helm.

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#2025334 Glass Cannon Syndrome

Posted by Caledore on 17 October 2012 - 03:01 PM

While i agree that this is most likely the reason so many glass cannons are created , i also think it is foolish to consider anyone using it bad.

A good experienced player full MF gear is more useful than a newcomer not MF any day.

True, but that same player would be much more effective using non-MF gear. I don't think using MF gear is 'bad' necessarily, but it IS selfish. A player using MF is limiting their own effectiveness - and thus the effectiveness of the group as a whole - for entirely selfish reasons of gaining loot.

Selfish play isn't anything new or uncommon in MMOs, granted, but I find it irritating when people do something to the detriment of the group just to get a chance at better loot for themselves.
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#1989152 Am I the only one who likes using Staff?

Posted by Caledore on 03 October 2012 - 03:28 PM

I love the staff, and rarely use anything else, but I enjoy support, so it's the natural fit for me. Staff can do respectable damage, particularly AoE, of course, but it's not up to S/D or D/D's level in that department. It really shines with all the utility and combo fields it has. It's quite a toolbox, which I love. If you're looking just for pure damage, I'm not sure it's the best choice. But if you enjoy the staff's playstyle the most, I say stick with it anyway.

Personally Scepter bores me to tears, so even solo I generally stick with staff, even if it's not the most effective choice. Though I do sometimes break out D/D when I need a 'melee' fix - having generally played melee classes in the past, I sometimes need to scratch that itch.
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#1726841 Is alcohol overrated?

Posted by Caledore on 13 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

I'd say absolutely not, but I love good beer. Not for getting drunk, but because it's delicious and I love trying the countless different varieties (and I'm getting ready to start brewing my own, something I've wanted to do for a while).

I'm not as big a fan of wine as beer, but I enjoy wine as well. I will drink hard liquor now and then, but I can take it or leave it (with a few exceptions).

Pairing beer and wine with food can improve both the drink and the food, so more often than not, I'm drinking while I eat, though occasionally I'll have a beer or two while watching a game.

But getting drunk for its own sake? Way too expensive, unless you use crappy beer, and I don't drink crappy beer as a rule.
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#1691469 Will You Miss Your Heroes in GW2?

Posted by Caledore on 07 August 2012 - 05:44 PM

Glad they're gone, personally. I prefer managing one character over a party. I suppose they were necessary for GW1's heavily instanced, full group-only content, but they would not have worked in an open world MMO.
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#1613921 Painfully whitewashed?

Posted by Caledore on 19 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

The thing is though... Tyria isn't a Caucasian continent, and it never was. Ascalon has always been the haven for more Caucasian peoples. As much as we can pretend that the rest of Tyria was 100% Germanic peoples, it just wasn't.

Exactly, and I'm baffled by people who say otherwise, as I question if they even played GW1. Tyria is not and never was a white-skinned only continent. Only Ascalonians had Western/Northern European skin tones, most Krytanshad much darker skin tones. I realize there was an influx of Ascalonian refugees into Kryta, but why does it seem like the majority of Krytans today are only of Ascalonian descent? What happened to all that Krytan blood?

It's the inconsistency that bothers me. GW1 established Krytans looking one way and then it looks like that was ret-conned to look more like typical European fantasy. It's somewhat disappointing.
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#1553263 Who or What inspires YOUR Warrior?

Posted by Caledore on 27 June 2012 - 07:29 PM

Romans not only invented the best pre-gunpowder battle strategies in the world, the best armors and weapons for the era, but their formation of combat (manipular formation) emphatized individual combat over relying on the formation shape.
In fact we've beaten up the "unbeatable" greeks pretty fast and with little casualties due to the fact their strength came from their formation rather than the skill of the single soldiers.

I think you should read up some on academic texts on Roman military formations and tactics, as that's the opposite of the general academic consensus - the strength of the Roman legions is considered to be their great discipline and ability to act as a single cohesive unit. Individual combat was never the focus of Roman military tactics, it was about teamwork and discipline, and it was the excellence of their training, not their individual strengths as warrior, that allowed them to overcome so many foes (the Roman legions also had excellent logistical organization and military readiness, which gave them a huge advantage as well).

Individual martial skill means very little against a disciplined and organized foe in the real world, though of course the opposite is true in most fantasy, since heroes are the focus of most fantasy stories.
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#1465575 Torchlight 2

Posted by Caledore on 22 May 2012 - 05:34 PM

Precisely and it's sad that most people don't realize this. It's likley one reason it took bliz so long to create D3 (they scrapped crappier versions over time and they must of bean REAL crappy considering the dookie the ended up with).

Either way...IMO, torchlight is more diablo than what diablo has become with D3.

Absolutely agreed, and it's a big reason I'm going to get TL2, and I'm going to pass on D3 (of course, Blizzard's questionable decisions on online-only and real-life auction house have a lot to do with it, too).

Torchlight 2 just feels like a more genuine spiritual sequel to D2, while D3 comes across to me as more of a cash grab. Plus it's hard to beat the $20 price tag - nice to see a game priced at what it's actually worth, rather than inflating the price to $60 no matter what.

The only thing I'm a bit hesitant on is the art style, and I can't make up my mind if I like it or not! But since the gameplay seems to be very fun, I can easily get used to it.
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#1397297 Diablo III

Posted by Caledore on 01 May 2012 - 05:26 PM


I knew Blizzard took a cut from their real-world money shop, which is part of the reason I've decided against Diablo 3. But I didn't realize how bad they were. They take a 15% cut from transactions of consumables, and a flat $1 for weapons/armor, and then if you want to cash out the money you've made to PayPal (rather than spending them in-game) they take a FURTHER 15%.

Personally I find this really greedy on Blizzard's part. I really wish people wouldn't support these awful business practices, because it just sends the message to companies that it's ok to do. I also hate the whole idea behind this kind of pay to win system, and I wonder what effect it will do on any in-game trading, when people can just buy and sell items with real-world cash.
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