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[Gandara] Sun 2nd Feb: Temple of Balthazar clear

24 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

On Sunday the 3rd of February, DVDF will be organising a strike force to liberate the Temple of Balthazar on Gandara. With guesting being implemented in the January patch, we’d love to encourage our non-Gandaran friends join the fight, kill some Risen, and maybe meet some new friends too! If you’re the silent and deadly type, that’s cool – just stab/shoot/fireball the undead until they die and then rush the vendor (who sells Obsidian Shards and Power/Vit/Toughness karma armour)!

We’ll be starting around 4PM (GMT/UK time) and will be announcing in Lion’s Arch, as well as bumping this thread as the time approaches.

[Edit] This should be the Sunday the "3rd" of feb, but can't edit the title.

Temple of Balthazar clear: Gandara 23rd of Nov.

20 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

It's that time of the Month again! For those Gandarans needing access to the Temple of Balthazar vendor (who sells Obsidian Shards and Power/Vit/Toughness karma armour!), I'm looking to organise a large group of people to complete all the event chains to liberate the temple from the evil Risen.

I'll be starting around 4PM UK time, and will be announcing it both in game (Lion's Arch) and bumping this thread, as the time approaches.

Temple of Balthazar clear: Gandara 25th of Nov.

25 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

The brave souls of DVDF and their friends will today be attempting to liberate the Temple of Balthazar from the clutches of the Risen. If you're on Gandara(EU) and need access to the Karma vendor for Obsidian Shards or Armor, we'd love to have you by our side.

Place: Gandara (EU)
Date: Sunday 25th of November
Time: 4PM GMT (approximately 4 hours 15 mins from the time this was posted)

If you need any more info, or would like to form parties, whisper "Grey" in game :)

Grey's Art Commissions

01 October 2012 - 01:05 PM

Commissions are currently open.

Hi, my name's Grey, and I do Guild Wars 2 art commissions! If you need to send me mail, use "Grey.7319".

This thread contains a few examples of my work, but if you would like to see more of my art, please check my Official Forum Thread, GW2 Guru Art Thread or DeviantArt. Please use those threads to discuss my art, and this one to discuss/request commissions. You might also want to check my previous GW1 Art Thread and Commissions Thread

If you like the look of my art and would be interested in a drawing/digital painting of one of your Guild Wars 2 characters, please read on.

Interested? Show me your character!
I will need the following for any commission to be considered:

• Screenshot (an additional close-up screenshot of the face is also helpful)
• Character Name (important, so that I can contact you in-game)
• Character Profession (not always evident from screenshots)

If you want to go the extra mile, giving me further information about the character would help me put more life into the art. This could include the character's personality and story choices (Noble/Ferocious, Priory/Vigil etc), or even more detailed RP stuff, such as:

• Character's age
• Favourite weapons/armour (I can draw you with any gear you like, you don't need to own it!)
• Favourite pet (especially important for rangers)
• Favourite in-game locations
• Any other role-play information you can think of

How I choose commissions:
As I only have a limited amount of time to spend on commission, I expect there will more requests than I can sensibly fulfil. Consequently, I will need a selection process.

I will try to prioritise earlier requests, however it will not be a strict "first come, first served" system. Ultimately, I will choose commissions which interest me artistically, that will lead to better work. For example, if I have done 3 human female commissions in a row, I might decide that I'll take a male charr commission over another female human.

If I decide that I would like to work on your character's commission, I will try to contact you in game to discuss it further. We can discuss potential gear choices (if different to the screenshot), poses, locations, mood etc. If I can't get hold of you in-game (perhaps because of different time-zones) I'll message you via PM. Once we've agreed on a general direction for the art, I'll let you know the cost, and and an estimate on how long it will take.

GW2's economy is still young and the value of gold is still finding a balance. My initial prices are shown below. I've tried to make these open to as many people as possible, but I need to find a balance between making them affordable and making them worth my time.

5g: Rough sketch / portrait
10g: Detailed sketch/Simple painting (quick shading, no background)
15g: Full Character Painting (simple background)
20g: Full Paint + Background

Before I begin work on paid commissions, I will send you an in-game mail requesting half of the total gold fee. I'm aware that this requires a certain degree of trust on behalf of the commissioner, but I hope that my previous commissions and reputation will show me as trustworthy. Once the  payment is received, I will get to work on the image. Once complete, I will post a low resolution (watermarked) preview of the piece, and request the remaining payment via mail. Once final payment is received, I will provide the full resolution image.

In addition to the image itself, I'm happy to discuss extras and special requests. These might include:

• Forum Avatars + Signatures
If people would like their finished image converted into a forum avatar or sig, I can do that free of charge. All you need to do is tell me you want one, and provide the image dimensions (Usually no larger than 100x100 for an avatar, and around 300x100 for a sig), and any text you would like (character name, guild name etc).

• Extras/Special Requests:
Text and general messages you want displayed in the picture will be free of charge, just tell me what you want and where you want it, and I’ll stick it in. I'll try my best to accomodate other special requests and discuss pricing where appropriate. In general, I'll be more than happy to talk to people about what they want from a picture, and if anything is unclear with my pricing guides, or if you want something that doesn't fall into these categories, I'll try my best to sort it out.

PvP Mystic Forge Recipes

27 August 2012 - 12:52 AM

Primer on the Mystic Forge:
If you're new to the Mystic Forge, check out Ratboy's general "How To" on PvP crafting.

To sum up the process breifly: to create an item you need an item token (available from a glory vendor), a rank token (Rabbit, Deer, etc.), an arcane token (crystal, orb, sliver, etc.) and some arcane powder. The combination of rank token and arcane token ultimately determines the look of the item, while the item token determins the type (weapon, light armor, heavy armor etc). Consumable recipes follow different and varied rules, as indicated in the recipe list.

The Recipes
When posting your recipes, please list the following information
  • Item Token used (including Light/Medium/Heavy, or weapon type)
  • Rank token used (Rabbit, Deer, Tournament etc)
  • Arcane token (Orb, Crystal, Sliver)
Then post the item created, including:
  • Item's full name
  • Armor weight (light/medium/heavy) if applicable
  • Armor slot (head, chest etc) if applicable
Consumables have very varied recipes so just post the ingredients used, including the amount of each required.

Examples (please include Token, Orb/Crystal/Sliver and Armor Weight):
  • Free Tournament Token + Orb + Light Helm = PvP Rubric Circlet (Light Helmet)
  • Rabbit Token + Orb + Dagger = Makeshift Dagger
  • 1 Consumable Token + 1 Crystal + 1 Orb + 10 powder= Glory Booster
Below is a list of recipes based on players' crafting experiments. Where possible, I have linked to the corresponding wiki pages, so that you can see how the armor looks etc.

It appears recipes have a small chance to "crit" and create a different, rarer, skin. Orbs and crystals craft items one rarity up. Slivers seem to have unique "crit craft" skins for each tier. Our understanding of how this crit chance works is still limited, so I am only posting recipes for which players (or my own tests) have found in-game. Names listed in orange, indicate these "crit" results.

Results in green are from data collected during BWEs. These have been cross-referenced using multiple sources, and initial tests at lower ranks suggest they are unchanged. However, actual results from live, especially at the higher ranks where data was patchy, would be appreciated.

Light Armor
Arcane Orb = Country, Embroidered
Arcane Crystal = Embroidered
Arcane Sliver = N/A

Arcane Orb = Magician
Arcane Crystal = Student
Arcane Sliver = Devout

Arcane Orb = Cabalist
Arcane Crystal = Acolyte (first one in the PvP locker)
Arcane Sliver = Dry Bones

Wolf: (see anomalous results section)
Arcane Orb = Conjurer*
Arcane Crystal = Stately*, Priory, Masquerade*
Arcane Sliver = Priory*

Arcane Orb = Acolyte (second one in PvP locker), Vigil
Arcane Crystal = Vigil
Arcane Sliver = Tactical

Arcane Orb = Champion, Whisper
Arcane Crystal = Whisper, Ascalonian Clergy
Arcane Sliver = Ascalonian Clergy, Flame Legion

Arcane Orb = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Crystal = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Sliver = Random exotic cultural armor

Free Tournament
Arcane Orb = Rubric, Seer
Arcane Crystal = Seer, Armageddon
Arcane Sliver = Armageddon, Wizard

Paid Tournament
Arcane Orb = ?
Arcane Crystal = Koda, Inquest
Arcane Sliver = Inquest, Corrupted Orrian, Guild

Medium Armor
Arcane Orb = Superior Studded, Seeker
Arcane Crystal = Seeker
Arcane Sliver = N/A

Arcane Orb = Swindler
Arcane Crystal = Outlaw
Arcane Sliver = Rogue

Dolyak (See anomalous results)
Arcane Orb =
Pirate*, Duelist*
Arcane Crystal =
Leather (2nd in PvP locker)*
Arcane Sliver =
Duelist*, Pirate*

Arcane Orb = Commando
Arcane Crystal = Noble, Priory,"Warhound"
Arcane Sliver = "Warhound" (set has no obvious name, all 6 pieces use different prefixes)

Arcane Orb = Rascal
Arcane Crystal = Vigil
Arcane Sliver = Conquest

Arcane Orb = Prowler, Whisper
Arcane Crystal = Whisper, Ascalonian Leather
Arcane Sliver = Ascalonian Leather, Flame Legion

Arcane Orb = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Crystal = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Sliver = Random exotic cultural armor

Free Tournament
Arcane Orb = Stalwart
Arcane Crystal = Leather (1st in PvP locker), Rugged
Arcane Sliver = Rugged, Mistwalker

Paid Tournament
Arcane Orb =
Arcane Crystal = Koda
Arcane Sliver = Guild, Inquest, Orian

Heavy Armor
Arcane Orb = Worn Chain
Arcane Crystal = Chain
Arcane Sliver = N/A

Arcane Orb = Worn Scale (1st in the pvp locker)
Arcane Crystal = Scale
Arcane Sliver = Superior Duelist

Arcane Orb = Reinforced Scale
Arcane Crystal = Splint
Arcane Sliver = Pit Fighter (1st in PvP locker)

Arcane Orb = Gladiator
Arcane Crystal = Gladiator, Priory (?), Plated (?)
Arcane Sliver = Plated,

Arcane Orb =
Arcane Crystal = Vigil, Dark
Arcane Sliver = Dark

Arcane Orb = Knight, Whisper
Arcane Crystal = Whisper, Ascalonian
Arcane Sliver = Ascalonian, Flame Legion

Arcane Orb = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Crystal = Random exotic cultural armor
Arcane Sliver = Random exotic cultural armor

Free Tournament
Arcane Orb =  Worn Scale, Pit Fighter (2nd in PvP locker)
Arcane Crystal = Pit Fighter (2nd in PvP locker), Armageddon
Arcane Sliver = Armageddon, Heavy Plate (I suspect this might be a bug, as it's a very plain set)

Paid Tournament
Arcane Orb = Scaled, Koda
Sliver = Inquest, Guild, Orrian

Arcane Orb = Makeshift
Arcane Crystal = Peacekeeper
Arcane Sliver = N/A

Arcane Orb = Gear, Krait
Arcane Crystal = Krait, Svanir (Frozen Shortbow, Etched Blade)
Arcane Sliver = Svanir (Frozen Shortbow, Etched Blade)

Arcane Orb = Valley, Forest, Flame
Arcane Crystal = Forest, Alpine, Fire/Flame
Arcane Sliver = Alpine (Zweihander Greatsword?), Summit

Arcane Orb = Adorned, Sylvari
Arcane Crystal = Norn, Glyphic
Arcane Sliver = Legionnaire, Spiked (?)

Arcane Orb = Tribal (Warstaff matches tribal set?)
Arcane Crystal = Summit
Arcane Sliver = "Bone" theme (Shaman/Tusked/Antler/Fanged Sword/Macabre Pistol), Ivory (shortbow), Fiery Gladius Sword

Arcane Orb = Quaggan
Arcane Crystal = Lacerator (possibly a crit)
Arcane Sliver = Bramble

Free Tournament
Arcane Orb = [Nameless] (probably bugged, eg "PvP Staff")
Arcane Crystal = Priory, Vigil
Arcane Sliver = Vigil, Whispering

Paid Tournament
Arcane Orb = Arcing, Golden (Shield), Forge, Molten
Arcane Crystal = Arcing, Nigtmare / Molten
Arcane Sliver = Arcing, Kodan, Orian, Dwayna's Longbow

Consumables follow a slightly different pattern to both weapons and armor, typically requireing more arcane materials, and less tokens.

1 Consumable Token
10 Powder
1 Orb
1 Rank Token (Rabbit, Deer etc)

Random Dye
1 Consumable Token
1 Sliver
1 Orb
10 Powder

Tournament Ticket
1 Consumable Token
8 Orbs
4 Crystals
2 Slivers

Glory Booster
1 Consumable Token
1 Crystal
1 Orb
10 Powder

Item Token
4 PvP bags (10-slot, 8-slot etc). These must all be the same type, 4x10-slot, or 4x8 slot etc.

Anomalous Results
These results may be intricacies of the system which we don't yet understand, or simple bugs, at this stage it's hard to tell. However, any results which fall outside of the expected behaviour will be mentioned here. This may even be helpful to ArenaNet in locating erroneous recipes.
  • Various items, salvaging into Tournament Tokens or tokens above their rank (people salvaging Tiger Tokens from gear in dolyak/wolf chests for example)
Though tournament tokens being obtainable outside of tourney chests might "possibly" be intended, getting tiger tokens from anything other than tiger chests is clearly unintended. If you find such recipes, I would advise using /bug to report them in game to ArenaNet. I am collecting info on this (to send to ANet), but I will not post them here, as they may be considered exploits. I don't imagine ANet will punish players for finding and using these recipes, but I don't want to encourage players to abuse mechanics which are unintended.
  • Free tournament + Sliver + Heavy Armor Pauldrons = PvP Pit Fighter`s Pauldrons
The expected result would be Armageddon, Pit Fighter is thought to be the common (Orb) recipe. So far this is unexpected as we don't have any examples of slivers crafting items of a lower rank.
  • Tournament Token + Arcane Orb + Medium Helm = Commando Helm.
Most likely a naming problem, as the helm visually matches the stalwart set. There are few items with similar erroneous names. At some point I will try to compile a list of them all.
  • Light Armor + Wolf Token recipes.
It seems like there is some unusual behavior surrounding Light Wolf sets, there are reports that each material type (Orb, Crystal, Sliver) is randomly producing any of the three sets for this tier (Stately, Priory and Masquerade).
  • Medium Armor + Dolyak
As with light+wolf, each material type (Orb, Crystal, Sliver) is randomly producing any of the three sets for this tier (Stately, Priory and Masquerade). Or at the very least, more random than usual results.