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#2301084 How the hell does LFG tool work?

Posted peteed1985 on 26 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

I'm 34 post up in AC LFG tool for Story and a 32 thief joins. Then a 3rd guy jois and description changed from "Story" to "p1 any level".

What ended up happening was 3 wipes to spider and a disband.

Now I posted up the story group and never joined any P1 LFG tool group so am extremely confused how this came about.


#2301093 How the hell does LFG tool work?

Posted Exo Dyo on 26 February 2014 - 11:22 AM

The guy who joined you was just generally a ♥♥♥♥. He can change the description, but he shouldn't. :)


#2299197 GW2 Eventer, the efficient way to farm events

Posted mkdr on 22 February 2014 - 07:06 PM

Dear guildwars2guru community,

I'm presenting you:

GW2 Eventer

What does it do?
  • It is an easy to use event timer/tracker for efficient event farming.
  • It has a build in overlay window, letting you see active events in-game. (new v1.4)
  • In-game WvW timer and status overlay. (new v1.5)
  • In-game event overlay, select looted events (new v1.77)
Why should I use GW2 Eventer, where there are lots of other sites out there already for tracking events?
  • Almost every tracker site out there shows you too many, and unimportant events. GW2 Eventer just tracks the most important, most profitable ones.
  • It can play a sound alert for every pre- or boss event, so you can let it run in the background and won't miss the events you are interested in.
  • You can mark already looted events for the day, which would still show up, but don't play any sound alerts anymore.
  • You can turn on and off every single sound alert for every event, pre- and boss event.
What does it run on?
  • It's a standalone program, therefor it runs on your computer, which makes it independent from sites on the internet, which could be down or laggy.
  • You need Java to run it.
  • It's written in Java. Therefor it runs on any platform supporting Java, including Windows, MacOS and Linux.
How to use it?
  • Download and unzip the file to a folder of your choice, and run the GW2Eventer.jar file. You can use the optional gw2eventer.exe too, which is just a wrapper for WIndows, checking if you have Java installed on your computer.
  • In the program you can select your home world, if the program should play sound alerts, if it should prevent your computer from going sleep/hibernate, and an auto-refresh option.
  • For the auto-refresh set the number in seconds for each interval check.
  • You can click with your mouse on each event, marked X and colored gray if it hasn't been activated yet. In the pop-up you can activate or deactivate for each event if it should play a sound alert for either pre event, and/or boss event. You can also mark it there if you have looted it and if so, the color of the active event will change to yellow.
  • If an event becomes active, the X will change to the number of the pre event or to "B", standing for "Boss event" and becomes colored green.
  • If a boss event will fail or succeed, a timer will start counting up the minutes from where it was deactivated. This will help you to estimate when it is likely a new boss event will start.
  • For using the overlay function, GW2 has to run in window or fullscreen window mode.
That's all. Try it out now. It's free: http://gw2eventer.com

I hope someone will find this tool useful, and if you like it, tell about it in your guild and share it with your friends.

It's open-source.

Therefor, it has no ads, it has no hidden malware, and it's free!

mkdr

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#2296662 Whaaaat? No karma? Heeeere

Posted Minion on 17 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

Since the dissolution of karma in dungeons, there are now only three places in which to seriously gain karma:

1. Tequatl
2. lower-level fractals (I think 10 levels below your personal reward yields max karma)
3. WvW

It seems incredibly unfair and inconsistent of Anet to pigeonhole players wishing to craft legendaries, and other karmic required goods, into these three events. No other world event yields the insane karma rewards as Tequatl. Most world events offer 500 karma tops, with all the buffs, while Tequatl gives closer to 15-20k.

Fractals is essentially a glorified dungeon chain, yet earning 9k-15k karma is justified? Why not balance this out for daily dungeons too?

By the way, check your Birthday Boosters, there's something fishy about them. Remember, you only get them once every 365 character days.

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Should karma really be this exclusive?


#2296728 Whaaaat? No karma? Heeeere

Posted Minion on 17 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

View PostMordakai, on 17 February 2014 - 03:46 PM, said:

So, has anybody tested to see if you get bonus Karma from the birthday boosters?

Tested. You don't get shit.


#2295639 What advice would you give new players trying to learn the ropes?

Posted Kratimas on 14 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

View Postsanctuaire, on 14 February 2014 - 05:45 AM, said:


-take your time and enjoy the journey


I like everything in your post but, this one strikes me as the most important to GW2 as well as any game really.

I think new players feel like they are so far behind when they join because they are starting a year after the game is released and try to rush everything.

IMO GW2 is one of the few games where you are never behind because everything you need is available.

Also I agree with trying to find a good guild or at least some people that you can run and learn the game with.
With the scale down for level 80 players it makes it nice for new players that we can come back to a lower level area and not just dominate everything. The level 80's IMO are still a little too powerful even with the scale down but, it is still nice that you can over aggro and die if you are not somewhat careful.

This is a very fun game to play and offers a lot for those who are willing to slow down and take it all in.

Don't worry about getting to max level in a day, it will come with regular game play and having fun.


#2297016 Would you be angry if Scarlet turned out to be a victim of the bigger bad?

Posted sanctuaire on 17 February 2014 - 11:48 PM

while the LS on a whole displeases me,
(dev time better spent on more important things)

its not even a spoiler at this point, they dropped tons of hints already.


#2295561 What advice would you give new players trying to learn the ropes?

Posted sanctuaire on 14 February 2014 - 05:45 AM

for an absolute gw2 newbie?

-take your time and enjoy the journey

-guild wars 2 wiki / gw2stuff / gw2ores / dulfy.net / gw2guru / gw2buildcraft / crafting apps/ ect.
are your friends. don't hesitate to look or ask something up you don't understand, or understand enough.

-that said, join a friendly helpful guild, since it will make the game easier and better.
if you happened to join a not-so-friendly one, keep searching until you find one. there's
a section here in guru for recruitment.

-if you completed all quests in a low lvl map, and you still haven't reached the level
for the next one, find similar lvled maps to go to.

-when fighting an unfamiliar monster the first time, read up if it has any traits written
below its name, it may give clues on how it attacks.

-you don't need to buy expensive equipment on the way to lvl 80.
in fact, avoid buying the most expensive stuff for below-80.
even blues will do. and you don't need to buy every lvl as well,
every 5-10 is enough. and if you joined a nice guild,
they'll be giving away hand me downs or low lvl stuff.

-if you're not in a rush, place orders instead of buying stuff outright in the trading post.
you don't get 'taxed' for placing orders, only when selling.

-as much as possible, try out the different classes as you can. sometimes descriptions
aren't a substitute for actually playing them. also note that their mechanics
can change considerably from low lvls to 80, as you unlock better traits.
and perhaps it might be wise holding off picking the avatar you'll make your
first legendary with until you tried them out.

-as you experiment with classes, don't be afraid to try out all the available
weapons they have as well.

-don't be afraid to switch weaponsets / utilities / heals / major traits mid-dungeon
until you find what works for you in different situations

-when you reach 80, read up first on the following before you start making equipment sets:
a.  on the different types of equipment sets in the wiki and how can they be acquired
(zerk/valk/soldier/rabid/ect.)
b.  maximizing survivability / ehp / balance of vit & tough
c.  breakpoints / balance of pow/prec/crit damage
d.  best places to put crit damage with regards to stat trade-offs
  * b,c,d are more for mixed sets
e.  effective class builds in that point in time

-take note, there's going to be changes soon with crit with the arrival of the ferocity stat.
in case you get to 80 first before changes occur, perhaps its safer to stick
with dungeon token exotics in the meantime.

-for cash, you have dungeon runs, world boss trains, champ trains, and playing the
trading post. join first in guildie dungeon runs, so they can teach you, or if you're pugging,
avoid ones marked as  'speed runs, experienced' until you get the hang of it.

-when doing open world events, don't be afraid to join or create temporary parties,
more people, more tags, more loot.

-get at least 1 wp per map when you get to 80. that way you can easily join guild
missions / world boss hunts.

-more later if i forgot to add some things.


#2296200 Lion's Arch Destroyed - What Then?

Posted GuildWarsHidden on 16 February 2014 - 03:21 AM

View Postrusticgamer, on 15 February 2014 - 09:58 PM, said:

Yes the only thing that I can say is that lore-wise tge Krytan gouvernment is in charge of Port Stalwart. What you also possibly don't know is that Kryta since gw1 lost a lot of lands. Needless to say the Krytan gouverment wasn't happy. Also since it's Krytan territory the Ship's council has no authority over it... so they can't just pack up their books and go there. Check in gww (guild wars wiki) the official gw1 wiki the map of Kryta and compare. Also I will be extraordinary happy if a city like LA is removed... Waiting 3-4 mins everytime I dc in fractals or just want to go in LA is annoying. Gw1 outpost sysstem was much better imo... Find players everywhere not just in one big city where you get in an overflow. Anyways weak chances that after sylvari, tengu and LA. LA was sort of tolerated by Krytan royality due to it's use agains Zhaitan. Nno Zhaitan, no reason to tolerate it. Read the full book and see what's what ^^.

I appreciate your input. I have not read the FULL book just yet, so I still have much to learn. Also, it was only since about 4 months after GW2's release that I got into the Lore. I would usually ignore anything about story, until I learned how great it is.


#2285766 How to use a XBox360 or PS3 controller

Posted mightys on 26 January 2014 - 04:36 PM

Since a video can say more than thousands of words, lets start with a little recording of me playing guildwars 2 with a xbox 360 gamepad.



And here is my solution how you can play Guild Wars 2 with your xbox360 / ps3 or similar gamepad! I’m working on this profile since the very first beta! Sadly the solution is not based on freeware, but you can test it for 30 days and – from my point of view – even just a month worth the setup and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed – just maybe after the 30 days..! ;-) [There are also a lot of free solutions, some can also be found under the wiki link below!]

Guild Wars 2 Settings

General
In addition to the default settings I suggest to
  • Deactivate "Double-Tap to Evade"
  • Activate "Auto Loot"
  • Activate "Show All Enemy Names"
  • I suggest a "Camera Rotation Speed" between 0% and 50%. (Right now I use 50% myself)
  • You should consider to experiment with the stop auto attack on target change, the auto target settings and the "Lock Auto Target" toggle key which is mapped by the profile.
  • Under Graphics switch to "Small UI"
Keyboard <=> Profile
This keys are not mapped to a default key by arenanet, but are used in the profile and should be mapped anyway! Rest as set by default.

Movement > Walk Insert
Movement > About Face End
Targeting > Nearest Enemy C
Targeting > Nearest Ally L
Targeting > Next Ally X
Targeting > Lock Auto Target ; [Semicolon] [Qwertz: Ü]
User Interface > Mail 4 (numpad)
Camera > Look Behind Home [Qwertz: Pos1]
Action > Stow/Draw Weapons . [Period]
Targeting > Show Friendly Names 1 (numpad) [In addition/alternative to the default mapping (Left CTRL) to prevent some issues]
Targeting > Show Enemy Names 2 (numpad) [In addition/alternative to the default mapping (Left Alt) to prevent some issues]
Misc > Town Cloth Toggle 5 (numpad)
Misc > AoE Loot 6 (numpad)


Mighty's GW2 Profile

General
  • The profile is made for a resolution of 1920x1080 and small UI size.
  • If you want to change anything have a look on the "How to modify" section below - if not don't read that section.
    • You may need to change joystick sensitivity according to your wishes. But keep in mind this will also affect AoE positioning.
    • This is just a basic layout. As example if you play necromancer, it could be worth to have death shroud (F1) on dpad. Unshifted dpad is a good point to add some functionality for your needs.
  • You need a keyboard - you cannot play a mmo without. Voice chat toggle/push-to-talk is mapped to 3 on NUMPAD and triggered by pressing dodge button just a little bit (numpad 9 is mapped to XBox Button, as alternative PTT) See "How to modify" to change.
  • You should also have a mouse for the UI interaction next to you.
  • Sometimes PGP misplace the mouse cursor probably issued by the luncher or maximizing a window. So if you own a keyboard or mouse where you can map a button to execute the batch file or even map it in the profile itself and it will kill and restart PGP for you... See how to modifiy and then adjust the path of the command wich is by default mapped to R1+Start. Click here to download restart_pgp.bat
How to play
  • Zoom out as far as possible before/in a fight, especially for AoEs.
  • You gain access to your skills by holding L1 or R1 down.
  • You can always dodge [R2], (de)activate mouse/camera view [R3] and move your body and the camera with the sticks.
  • Call AoE by pressing the skill combo twice. Like L1+X -> move the AoE in place while "mouse view" mode is active -> L1+X again OR you could also activate the skill as example L1+X -> release X, but keep L1 hold -> move with left/right stick -> press left stick down to execute (so you dont have to release camera movement twice)
    • Mouse View [R3] will always place the mouse pointer a little bit above the center of the screen. Thus the AoEs are always at exactly the same position / pixel.
  • If Mouse View is off (mouse cursor visible) you can left-mouse click with the left stick down [L3]. If Mouse View is on you can call a target with [L3].
  • There are three different right-joystick sensitivities in the profile:
    • If the Mouse view is off (you can see you cursor) the joystick sensitivity is horizontal 50 and vertical 50.
    • If the Mouse view is on (you cannot see the cursor) the joystick sensitivity is horizontal 50 and vertical 37.
    • If you press L1 or R1 the joystick sensitivity is horizontal 45 and vertical 30. (That way you can place your AoE more precise.)
    • All values are conservative and need further testing as also depend on personal preferences. You can easily change it - see how to modify!
  • The panel cycle commands (L2+DPad) break the mouse view, so you do not need to deactivate it manually before. The cycle pointer is reseted each time you activate mouse view.
    • E.g. it is pretty common to swap utility skill between fights. So you press [L2 + DPad-Right] to cycle through the utility skills without beeing forced to move the mouse. You only need to move the mouse by hand when you reach the utility slot you want to change.
  • If the controller vibrates you have activated a hold-key-down command. A.e. hold and keep the right mouse button down. Also the previous enemy, call target and select call target commands have vibration feedback.
  • To drag and drop, rotate the camera, left click, double left click use [L2 + R2] when Mouse View [R3] is off.
You should print the screenshots for quick reference and read the Legend - as also sit down and make some dry exercise a.e. with a "text editor" Posted ImageIt will take some time to get into it, especially since you have not made the profile on your own - just do not give up after half an hour....Good luck!

wiki page - section 2.1 2.2 3.2 4.1 are copied/pasted above
http://tiny.cc/tfb2hw

most recent profile file - attached file (v1.5) below may be outdated
http://tiny.cc/ekb2hw Changelog

Posted Image

Legend
  • LMB
    • Left Mouse Button
  • RMB
    • Right Mouse Button
  • LMB MV AoE
    • Executes the AoE with active mouse view. That means release right mouse button, click left mouse button, press and hold right mouse button again.
  • 180° MV
    • Executes a turn around with active mouse view. That means release right mouse button, turn around, press and hold right mouse button again.
  • Select
    • Select the current called target
  • XY / YX
    • A button where is more than one command mapped to.
  • XY/YX
    • If there is no space before and after "/" it is one single command.
  • LMB//Call Target
    • If Mouse View is off (mouse cursor visible) you can left-mouse click with the left stick down [L3]. If Mouse View is on you can call a target.
  • <----AoE-aim------}
    • This command will slow down the mouse/camera movement to improve AoE placement.
  • VoIP/Dodge
    • If you press R2-Trigger till the maximum (95%-100%) you will dodge. If you slightly hold the trigger between 5%-95% the button 3 on numpad is pressed for push-to-talk (This may not work so good with PS3 pads, but xbox pad trigger is fine from my personal experience)
  • Execute restart_pgp
    • This will execute the batch file restart_pgp.bat to enable automatic exit and restart of PGP. Especially if the mouse cursor is not placed correctly on the screens center by PGP you can download the restart_pgp.bat from "3.1 General" (see above) and then adjust the command to the path where you downloaded the restart_pgp.bat to and speed up PGP problem solving...
  • Blue cycle arrows
    • Cycle commands are a set of many commands, which are rotated.
  • Green arrow down
    • These button are mapped to double commands. Press or Hold the button executes different commands. Also some of the sub commands are again cycle commands...
  • Green arrow with a colored bubble
    • Shift commands swap the hole mapping of the controller as long as the button is kept pressed.
good luck and of course any feedback is welcome!


#2296206 Lion's Arch Destroyed - What Then?

Posted Azure Skye on 16 February 2014 - 03:42 AM

View Postturbo234, on 15 February 2014 - 11:19 PM, said:

There's going to be another main city that everyone migrates to. This isn't really such a big deal.
They're talking about lore. :P


#2289366 A few queries about Malchor

Posted draxynnic on 01 February 2014 - 06:31 AM

That's essentially what I'm thinking - and each dragon finds some things easier or harder to corrupt than others. Primordus, for instance, seems to find it easier to create destroyers directly out of lava and stone rather than corrupt living creatures, while for Jormag and Kralkatorrik, it seems to be easier for them to corrupt living creatures both biological and elemental - but neither shows a tendency to corrupt anything that's already dead.

Zhaitan, on the other hand, preferentially corrupts the dead, and while he can corrupt the living, he seems to regard it as easier to kill them and raise them as undead, which the other dragons haven't really been seen to do. (Arguably Jormag has done so, but it's unclear there whether he or his servants have corrupted corpses into icebrood, or whether the corruption starts while a prisoner is still alive and then the icebrood develops an undead-like existence as the icebrood becomes more and more composed of ice and powered by the dragon's magic instead of biological processes, causing the original body to appear as one frozen to death. Certainly, most corruption rituals we see in-game have a living but restrained victim.)


#2287146 A few queries about Malchor

Posted draxynnic on 29 January 2014 - 11:14 AM

Actually, there are questions raised over that. Zhaitan does have incorporeal undead (ie: spirits) in his service, indicating that he does have some form of power over them. However, there are also plenty of examples of ghosts that have been left with free will after their bodies have become Risen - there's a personal story step that involves a few, and a ghost in Mt Maelstrom that mentions that her body has become a Risen.

My gut feeling is that while Zhaitan can recruit incorporeal spirits, there's some factor that makes it harder. Maybe he can only recruit them if they're willing (whereas if he has the corpse, he can force the corpse to act to his will even if the spirit is trapped inside and being used as a power source however hard it fights against this fate - see King Reza as an example). Alternatively, it could just be a matter of investment - it takes more power for him to bend the spirit rather than the body, and while kings, priests, and powerful magic-users are worth this investment, common soldiers and adventurers are not - and neither, in Zhaitan's opinion, is Malchor.

This could be somewhat influenced by the fact that Malchor in his current state is still useful to Zhaitan - why expend whatever effort it requires to corrupt him when he still contributes to the maintenance of Zhaitan's defenses in his current state?

As for the repetition - I think it is canon that the temples and other strategic points did in fact change hands multiple times over the course of the full campaign, in something of a "three steps forward, two steps back" manner - the Pact gradually pushing forward but regularly being pushed back. Apart from Balthazar and Abaddon, in fact, each of the cathedrals has two different ways in which they are taken, and Dwayna has three (which causes a bit of controversy, since that's a case where it's unclear what order they happen in - Melandru, conversely, is quite straightforward).

It's also possible that Malchor is actually just resetting every time he tries to go to the Mists - he's not exactly a sterling example of sanity, after all, and typically becoming a ghost is not exactly good therapy. In fact, this might in itself be a subtle form of corruption - Zhaitan has left Malchor with the illusion of free will, but is preventing Malchor from being able to dissipate into the Mists, instead causing him to recoalesce back at his sunken workshop each time he tries lacking the memory of the circumstances under which he tried to leave.


#2294328 Why so many poor female Norn?

Posted draxynnic on 12 February 2014 - 04:01 AM

If it's not coincidence, I'd probably mark it down to the following:

1: Norn are known for being impulsive and taking risks that members of other races probably wouldn't in the name of building their legend. Thus, if a storyline involves a character getting in over their head on something, there is a good chance that character will be a norn.

2: Rightly or wrongly, bad things happening to female characters generates a stronger emotional reaction in most people than bad things happening to male characters, so to maximise drama, tragedy should involve a female character.

2.1: Apparent circumvention of the above can if a male character has a strong emotional connection to a female character. However, this is not really a circumvention, as in that case drama can still be harvested through the female character's loss at the male character's death - arguably, following the idea that it's worse to be the one that's left behind, this is still essentially a bad thing happening to a female character.

2.1 examples: Snaff and Zojja,
Spoiler

2.2: Norn are probably the least suitable race for leveraging 2.1, since norn in general and female norn in particular are more independent and individualistic than other races, and norn culture is more inclined towards responding to death by celebrating the legend of the deceased and getting back on to building their own than through heart-wrenching grieving scenes.

Put them together, and a disproportionate number of poor female norn is the result.


#2292561 Why so many poor female Norn?

Posted Desild on 08 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

View Postrusticgamer, on 31 January 2014 - 09:53 PM, said:

Well Desild you are the Sylvari specialist ^^!

Funny story, I was the one who came up with the term all the way back in GW1, when I was in GWOnline, back when they announced Guild Wars 2. Had it on my signature and everyone started to use it.

Heck look at one of the adages people made about me back then.

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Picture the scene, two learned men each sitting upon a sumptuous leather chair, a roaring fire blazing in the hearth. Each of the men holds a glass of port in their left hand, from which they sip occasionally.

Kailden: "I say, Quintus, why do you think Sylvari have breasts?"
Quintus: "*sigh*"