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#2326109 GW2 has a content, not a feature problem.

Posted Phineas Poe on 03 June 2014 - 02:53 PM

View Postilr, on 02 June 2014 - 09:28 PM, said:

Tequatl gives neither options.  It's a formulaic Zerg fest that took into account NONE of the feedback provided to Anet by it's players on how to actually improve their PVE zerker fest.  (hint:  No one said "just disable Crits and Conditions ... yeah that'll fix everything").

As a world event, it is content that is more about higher-level organization and less about individual skill. You can join one of the EG Teq kills at 10 EST, refuse to get on our Teamspeak, range him like a moron, die repeatedly, and proceed to get carried the entire fight and call it a "formulaic zerg fest." Testing the individual is not the purpose of Tequatl/Wurm. That's the purpose of content like Liadri.

And for what it is designed to do---demanding higher level organization---I think Tequatl does that quite well. And I think it's appropriately challenging given the fact that there is a very short list of guilds outside of TTS that actually kill Tequatl on a regular basis. Since the megaserver was implemented, this is so much more obvious.

Whether or not it simply replaces a Berserker meta with a Soldier meta is not really my concern. At least it makes all eight classes feel appropriately meaningful, and allows classes like ranger and necromancer the opportunity to showcase their strengths in ways differently from most everything else in PvE.

View PostI post stuff, on 02 June 2014 - 06:24 PM, said:

Really Tequatl isn't mindless. It's exactly what a raid boss should be like in this game; takes a fair amount of organization, but not too much.

I think people get away with shit-talking Tequatl like it's some mindless content precisely because the game allows them to latch onto organized kills and contribute nothing at all. So because they didn't need to contribute to succeed, they think these kills require zero contributions at all to be successful.

I feel if Tequatl was closed-doors content like WoW raiding, where you couldn't just latch onto TTS kills to get your loot, players would have a different tune about it. But because they can, they're allowed to make a mockery of it and think they have the credibility to do so.


#2193261 Game Exploit Closed

Posted AmyLynn on 19 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

Mike OBrien said:


It was not possible to perform this exploit with an unmodified game client. Those who performed it knew exactly what they were doing.
As a normal player of the game, you shouldn’t have to worry that you might get banned for doing something that you didn’t think was wrong. We know it’s a very serious action to ban an account, and we don’t want to take that action arbitrarily or subjectively. Our goal is to only ban when we’re sure that the account maliciously participated in the exploit, or was used for muling or distributing the proceeds.
In this case we made a mistake and banned some unrelated accounts. It was human error, and we apologize. We unbanned most of them in a batch last night. But, upon reviewing appeals, we can see that we missed some, so we’re going through and unbanning those too.
We review appeals thoroughly. Anyone who believes he or she was unfairly banned only has to write to us to get a clear answer.
~ MO

Hopefully this answered everyone's questions.


#2140506 Snowflake: Just got resolution for my banned account...

Posted I've got your kisses on 11 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

They refunded me all my gem purchases. $320

Looks like the book is closed. It's bittersweet for sure. Nice to have the money back but I would have preferred my account to be un-banned. A couple of friends have offered me accounts that they aren't using but I don't want to jump through it all again. I had 4 level 80's fully geared in exotics, all crafting mastered, and just needed the precursor to complete my legendary.

Anyways- the point of this post is not to argue if it was an exploit or not, or if I'm a horrible person or not. But just to show that ANet was serious enough about the ban to give me a good chunk of change back so that I wouldn't play my account anymore.

Hopefully some other peeps can also get their gem $ back.


#2121889 The moment I lost my faith in ANET

Posted Hep on 18 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

View PostHeroYouFear, on 18 December 2012 - 01:31 PM, said:

At that time i decided not to react, because i didn't care, and still don't.

If people's level of "care" was at the same level of "willingness to complain", the internet would be a nicer place.


#2118866 Gallery of Wintersday weapon skins, outfits, and minis

Posted dulfy on 15 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

Hey everyone, with the help from quite alot of GW2 players, I was able to finish up my gallery of all the weapon skins, (both in gemstore and in the vendors that sells them for socks/hats/sweaters), outfits, and minis I managed to find for Wintersday.

I hope this should help those deciding if they wish to purchase those skins/outfits/minis. All of the weapon pictures are high res ingame screenshots as the preview window doesn’t show the particle effects (all the gemstore ones have a frosty effect).

Enjoy and let me know if you find anything missing! Huge thanks for everyone that helped me to complete the gallery!

http://dulfy.net/201...-weapons-skins/

Minis
  • Baby Quaggan – Foostivoo the Merry
  • Mini Snowman
  • Mini Infinirarium
  • Mini Festive golem
Outfits
  • Wizard’s Hat
  • Holiday Ear Muffs
  • Festive Hat
  • Fancy Winter Outfit
Weapon Skins
  • Wooden Dagger Skin
  • Bell Focus skin
  • Candy Cane Hammer Skin
  • Pop Gun Skin
  • Princess Wand Skin
  • Slingshot Skin
  • Toy Staff Skin
  • Toy Sword Skin
  • Winter’s Slice Sword Skin
  • Winter’s Edge Greatsword Skin
  • Winter’s Needle Dagger Skin
  • Winter’s Shelter Shield Skin
  • Winter’s Cutter Axe Skin
  • Winter’s Blunt Hammer Skin
  • Winter’s Sting Pistol Skin
  • Winter’s Reach Longbow Skin
  • Winter’s Arc Short Bow Skin



#2117413 Pricing for Dummies - tips and advise for using the Black Lion Trading Company

Posted LFk on 13 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

View PostRAGE, on 13 December 2012 - 10:47 PM, said:

If there was no tax then everyone could put items up on the tp for ridiculous prices knowing they wouldn't sell, effectively using the tp as extra bank space.


View PostChalky, on 07 December 2012 - 03:53 PM, said:

It's a gold sink.

Gold sinks exist because gold is constantly being spawned from thin air, therefore it must also disappear into thin air in order to prevent the amount of gold in the world rising so rapidly that everything is worth 20000 gold after a year or two.

It's amazing that anyone still questions this.  It's been a feature of MMOs since they were invented.


This. This. This.

I don't understand why people still can't think a single step ahead of the obvious.

The first thought is just "I don't want to pay taxes, because then i'll have less money."
That's it. The train of thought is just stuck right there.

The next question should be, "if there were no taxes, then how would I behave?"
The first thing I would do is to stick everything i'm storing on the TP, to free up bank space. Set the sell values absurdly high for reliable storage. Even limiting the number of sell slots per player would not help: 20 slots still means 20 potential bank slots. ArenaNet does not want you using the trading post as another bank at all, evident in many areas. For example, there's only a "take all" button, rather than allowing you to claim certain items. Otherwise, I personally would just use that to temporarily store items I don't immediately need.

Next, you should ask, "How would people with far more resources than myself behave?"
Do you think power traders are already too rampant now? Have you complained about price manipulation and arbitrage lately? Well, I don't, because it's how I make most of my money, but in a world with no taxes, I doubt I can ever keep up. I just don't have the time. Taxes are what discourage the micro-transactions, the constant listing and re-listing. The listing fee encourages you to set a price you think is fair and let it sit, rather than just adjusting it every 3 seconds to try to keep the lowest price on the market. Power traders would need smaller margins to operate, meaning everything suddenly becomes fair game. The number of transactions processed would skyrocket, leading to physical server restraints on the BLTP. In short, a whole bloody mess.

After that, you should ask "What are the long term ramifications of increasing the gold supply?"
In short, inflation. The TP is currently the predominant form of trade, meaning that the 15% sink it provides is the largest one by volume in the entire game. As Chalky mentioned, gold is simply condensed out of thin air. If it has no exit, it accumulates in the system. Prices would steadily increase across the entire board, making the eventual effect even worse: you may have more gold numerically, but your buying power is comparably the same, or less.

So, in summary:
- The listing fee keeps traders honest. It encourages people to set prices they believe are fair value, by providing a penalty for adjustments. It also discourages use of the TP as pseudo-storage.
- The overall tax provides a check against inflation. In addition, it also decreases the benefit of excessive arbitrage, and lowers the absolute volume of transations.

Bottom Line: Taxes are necessary to maintain a healthy game.


#2088849 So Andrew Macleod Threw His Jughead Crown In On Ascended and Gear Score / Checks

Posted bcbully1 on 20 November 2012 - 06:14 AM

I saw this.

They talk to the community like we are dumb. What he spoke of prior were artificial barriers. What is in the game now is a real barrier. He knows this, yet still keeps typing out rhetoric.


#2084710 Best dungeon experience ever!

Posted powercozmic on 17 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

For some reason everytime I open this forums, there's about 90% whine and moan and doom threads. I'm gonna be the ugly ducking here.

Don't care what enyone else things. Fractals is imo the best dungeon experience I've had ever - also one of my best gaming experiences. Maybe I'm just not into the loot or something, the dungeon design and the mood it created was awesome!

This is just an appreciation thread. Feel free to post what you feel about the fractals dungeons.

Thanks Anet. Take my money!


#2067541 Deleting posts

Posted Rhododendron on 07 November 2012 - 10:15 PM

And that creates the awkward situation of sending a private message to one of the 3 section moderators who probably doesn't know what you are talking about. This if you remember what you are talking about .

Because when a post is deleted you have to askyourself :  " i was here yesterday?; wtf just  happend ?; am i less likeable then before ?; is this a dream ? " In any case , obviously the PM'ed moderator is going to do a thorough investigation, contact his friend who made the abrogation under scrutiny  and carefully debrief him about the one post he deleted that day sometime between the raging pvp-er on 7 November 2012 - 06:13 PM and the awkward lolcat on 7 November 2012 - 06:27 PM.
This may take a while.

Some day, a few years from now, a stranger is going to slip a note under your door
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#1996419 Gearing up at L80 - a semi comprehensive guide to endgame gearing

Posted dulfy on 05 October 2012 - 10:20 PM

Updated Feb 27, 2013 to include items from the latest update

Hey everyone, it has being more than a month since GW2 was released and alot of you are probably reached or about to reach L80. I thought this would be a time to release my endgame gearing guide that I wrote in the past week. Basically, if you are not sure what to do at L80 to get all exotics, then this might be a worth a read.

Guide here: http://dulfy.net/201...-gearing-guide/

The guide is fairly lengthy and and to reduce the amount of vertical scrolling, I have enclosed most of the information in dropdown boxes. This allow you to skip the sections you don't want to read and jump onto the important bits right away. I will also include a TL:DR summary here.
Those who care only about exotics might find these three charts helpful Basic Information

· Item tiers (White (trash) < Blue (fine) < Green (masterwork) < Yellow (rare) < Orange (exotic) < Ascended (Red-pink) <Purple (legendary)

· Item affixes (Berserker, Rampager etc)

· Salvage everything that is L70+ for rare mats w/ discussions on salvage kit usage

· Map Completion your 60-70 and 70-80 zones for L70+ exotics

Trinkets & Backpieces

· List of masterwork, rare trinkets you can craft or buy from TP

· Mats you need for exotic trinkets and guide to getting Ascended ring

· List of masterwork, rare, backpieces with guide on geting ascended backpiece

Armor

· Fine/Masterwork: Cursed Shore karma vendor location and stats

· Fine/Masterwork: WvW karma vendor location and stats

· Rare: What mats you need to get a full set crafted (1.5-2 gold for the full set)

· Rare: WvW karma vendor also sell a rare set for 95k karma

· Exotics: Select sets based on your stats preference

· Exotics: Four ways to get full exotics: crafting (10-12 gold for full set), Dungeons (token grinds), WvW (Badges of Honor grind), or Karma (Orr Temple karma grind at 42k karma/piece)

Weapons

· Fine/Masterwork: Cursed Shore Karma vendors or WvW vendors

· Rare: WvW karma vendors or T3 cultural vendors if you got spare karma

· Rare: How to get them crafted w/ full mat list.

· Exotics: Full mat list for regular crafting, mat list for mystic forge crafting, you can also get them from dungeons and wvw

Runes/Sigils

· A list of most exotic runes/sigils in the game with methods on obtaining them (mat list for those that are crafted)

Food

· Peach tarts for 26% magic find and +60 power (<20 copper each)

· Onomnomberry stuff if you want 30% magic find

· Lotus Fries are a cheaper alternative if you just want 30% magic find (1/3 price of Onomnom stuff)




#1985400 Long awaited [The Bifrost]... Real World First :) since 23/9

Posted XalkyriezzZ on 02 October 2012 - 04:43 AM

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I actually gotten the mats &amp; everything ready since 23/9 on Sunday Night but was denied/delayed due to bugged event @ Strait of Devastation for the Temple of Balthazar Karma vendor to exchange for last remaining Obsidian shards I need. And later on the silly patch that make new Obisidian shards doesnt stack with the old one, Which is offically the World First. Proof: http://www.guildwars...40#entry1960755

In before - No lifer, Big Fat Nerd, Yes, I'm a nolifer + bigfatnerd, but thats what I call Determination &amp; Commitment.

- www.twitch.tv/xalkyriez


Hi, I'm Xalkyrie [SYNAPSE] from Henge of Denvari, unless someone with concrete evidence that they have obtain any legendary weapon eariler than 23/9, I shall hereby proclaim that my Bifrost is the -REAL-In-before-bugged-token- World First. :)


Here are the background knowledge and details /"dairy" on my journey of obtaining [The Bifrost]: (long post ahead)

I'd had been so much looking forward to this game since its beta period, especially after since BWE3, I quitted D3 shortly (I shall not explain why) and focusing/studying/reading up on GW2.
I played during beta and therefore I do have early knowlegde of the game over most people. I knew that legendary would be hard to obtain and require lots of time and commitment, thus it would be one of my foremost goal in game.

During Beta, making of a legendary is slightly easier before Arenanet decided to change them before game went live and making it harder(via more mats req). But it has not deter us from finding out the new recipe, credit to those who spent time&amp;effort to find them out.(guru forumers) ^^

Before deciding on which weapon should I make, its gonna depend on what class/profession I play, and since I've been playing an Elementalist and loved it during BWE2&amp;3 and due to higher skill cap req, I've decided to make Elementalist during live too. And since I feel that staff is the most overall weapon choice for PvE/WvW, I chose to make it as my target as Legendary.

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Aug 25th: Headstart for those Preorder peeps, of coz I'm one of them! IIRC, I'd reach level80 with few friends one day before the game offically released, thats about 50-55hrs gameplay. Definitely not the fastest but yeah..

Since I'm making Staff, I know that my crafting would need to be Cooking/Artificers and therefore shortly after level 80 I max those 2 crafts. I got myself a fullset of yellow MF gear crafted by my friend and made an exotic MF staff for myself too since I knows that these will help in a long run of grinding/farming!

Okay heres the breakdown of mats and how I got them:

*DISCLAIMER**, I did not buy any Gem and convert them to gold at any time, neither do I buy any gold from anybody/goldseller. Only Me &amp; Myself got access to MY account. (maybe GM of Anet too) If you see me move, it means I am controlling it. In another words, I don't bot neither do I get other to play for me.*

$GOLDs$ -  As I mentioned, I do know about putting 4x kv70+ rares/exotics in mystic forget for a chance of exotics/legendary base. Note that I didn't try any of 4x rares as I don't like gambling.. I play the mystic forge !! rawr~ I only put in 4x 70+ EXOTICS for a confirmed lv80 exotics, price of a 70+ exotics during the 1st-2nd week of the game was like 20s-40s buy order(note* I only do Staff), lv80 price @ around 4g and some special skin could fetch higher price, its profit no matter whether legendary base came out for me or not. I didn't count but I believe I've at least made 50+ exotics out of it until like 3rd week or so when each lv70+ cost 50s or more I stopped.
(I am fully aware of my shitluck and therefore I did not get my legendary base myself, infact I got mine from Trading Post like on the 1st week for 26g2s buy order when most people did not have that kind of money)
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please note that the screenshot was taken on 25/9, so you minus 14days ago.

I don't really consider myself as TP master but I do "do good" in playing TP, one of the most profit items was Platinum Doubloon, which was 1.7s+ when the TP was working, i bought about 60+ and put in bank and TOTALLY forgot about it until few days ago before I gather up all my mats... ^^.

Secondly was that Gift of Energy that was req for Gift of Bifrost previously, on beta it req 250 gossamer scrap and that I also bought quite a few when it was around 2.8sBO, soon after someone bought the recipe, it was discovered to have changed to crystalline dust series.. and thus it all became profits ^_^v. I also did some flipping of minor stuff here and there.

Of course, those money that I made aren't really enough for all the mats req, I could afford my own 100x Icy runestone, my base weapon, 2x 10g gift recipe about 80% of t6 bluemats and about 400 ectos(about 200+ is farmed from karma, others is bought with gold from TP), but the remaining was borrow/pool by group of friends of mine in game and some guildies.

%KARMAs% - Well, I farmed my karma mostly from Cursed Shore Dynamic Events like a boss with a group!! Members of HoD most probably seen me before at CS during oceanic time at those events ^^. I got a lot of Karma from WvW too while farming badges, especially those match-up where we vs-ing good tier server, they provide lots of back and forth action and thus alot of karma and invaders to kill for badges! PvP defence of Keep/castle is awesome :)

I gained about on average 7-8k per hr w/o booster and 50% more with boosters, I did not use boosters until the last 3days of sick farming which at that point I had my clovers ready and going for my last 525k Karma.
I would probably write up a guide sometime on Karma Farming after awhile.

(*NOTE* farming in CS is a !@#$ing tedious and boring, I literally windowed mode my GW2 and watch Detective Conan anime on my other half of screen.. watched over 170+ episodes while doing it.. tell me about it,in order to maximise my karma gain per hr, I did not just semi afk @ either 3 of the WP, I opened my map and did WP-ing to nearest WP and do all events + those that need to be activated, I did them too. I also wrote this stuff at the very last 2days of Karma farming! YES I wrote all this before I actually got it! zomg hax)

Gift of Mastery:

Bloodstone Shard - I guess thats never a issues with the requirement of 100% map completion.

250 Obsidian Shards - This is my last of last items required for this whole process. Check out above on how I farmed my karma. Beware of bugged event..... ...... .... ..

Gifts of Exploration - Did them shortly after reaching the level cap, got mine like 2days after Guildy Slin aka misterslin got his world 1st. Not hard and its fun!

Gift of Battle - 500 WvW badges. Did I mention I was from [Synapse] ? lol Our guild rockz and especially most of the match-up we vs-ing are good tier server, they provide lots of back and forth action and thus alot badges! And I also did my daily JumpPuzzle of Borderlands almost everyday if possible on last few hours of matchup where opposite server has mostly given up.

Gift of Fortune:

Gift of Magic- Just cost some golds (Check above on Gold) and some pooling of mats from my guildies/friends for the last bit. (about 5-10% only)

Gift of Might- Same as Gift of Magic

250 Globs of Ectoplasm - Got some from the last bit of my gold and remaining from friends/guildies. Used most that I've farmed against the ultimate Mystic Clovers Boss.

77 Mystic Clovers - Ultimate boss of this whole process, I did about 23x the 10recipe, I lucked out my last 3tries as my ecto was used up, my result can be viewed at one of the post here http://www.guildwars...utcome-changed/

Gift of Bifrost:

Gift of Enegry - Changed from previously cloths to now dust, easier &amp; cheaper <3,

Gift of Color - I knew this recipe req Unidentified Dyes so I kept all my Unid dyes from start. I also reminds my friends to keep them for me althought some doesn't even give a shit but I still love them <3

100 Icy runestone: Check above how I got my gold above

Sigil of nullification: just buy from TP.

The Legend of Rage: Got it from TP via buy order of 26g2s during 1st week of working TP period where not much people have that kind of amount of gold which I did.


Special Thanks

My farmer Union group ! thanks for making sure I'm not dead in reallife while farming CS.
Members: in no particular order,

Titania Scarletta - Lots of Unid dyes from start to end, lots of Mats, help &amp; advices in between the process.
Tyens - Farm alongside with me, almost same progression as me until he took an arrow on the knee by the Clovers boss.
Ahaa - My ultimate scout for events especially for Historian Fia, helps alot in mats too
Kamisamah - Willing to trade mats and help on each other journey to legendary
Outbreakz - Willing to trade mats and help on each other journey to legendary
Nenari Wildheart - Theorycrafting and farm CS like zombies. loan me ectos.
Chusan R Kaena - Moans in Teamspeak for motivation
Reiji Zwei - for been such a cute boy, bring laughter

Guildies to help me on my last part of materials and fellow guildies be it farming with me, or borrowing me mats even if its just one Ecto or one Powerful Venom Sac, any amount is greatly appreciated ! <3 you all know who you all are, I shall not name thus, rest assure that I didn't forget any of you that helped me in the process, /love you all

AND OF COURSE SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT IT WHEN I APPOACH OR ASKING FOR HELP, ITS YOU ALL THAT GAVE ME THE MOST MOTIVATION.  

- www.twitch.tv/xalkyriez


TL;DR Version: ^ TOPIC, and I'm an Asian, what do you expect? L0L !


#1931261 Orichalcum Nodes (Gate of Madness) @ 14/10/2012

Posted Alexandriea on 14 September 2012 - 03:52 PM

Dropping all the found nodes for this update.


Malchor's Leap
-Beacon Torch: 1 (North of Skillpoint)
-Pagga's Waypoint: 1 (Southwest)
-Murmur Waypoint: 1 (Near)
-Doric's Waypoint:1 (West)
-Hope Falls (Jumping Puzzle)



Cursed Shore
-Harrowed Sea: 1 (North)
-R&D Waypoint: 1 (North)
-Anchorage Waypoint: 1 (South)
-Temple of Grenth: 1 (Entrance)

-Augur's Touch: 1 (South)
-Desmina's Hollow: 1 (Far end of the tunnel)

Enjoy!


#1920174 Game addiction, or lack thereof.

Posted DanteGalileo on 11 September 2012 - 11:59 PM

View Postwiredone, on 11 September 2012 - 10:18 PM, said:

Then you have people who have played MMO's before WOW existed...played gw1 for years...and still find gw2 lacking.

Has there been a video game ever made that some people don't find lacking?


#1920072 Game addiction, or lack thereof.

Posted Neato on 11 September 2012 - 11:35 PM

GW2 most definitely isn't PvP-centric. They dropped the PvPers from GW like a rock with GW2. It's all about the casual PvEers.


#1912703 Official Guild Wars 2 Trailer: Our Time is Now (Zhaitan Spoiler) & GW2 Sa...

Posted subaru on 10 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

Not going to lie, that trailer was unbearable to watch. The only good part was at the end, around 1:43 and after. They should have stuck with in-game animation like they did with other promos.

At least they didn't pull a SWTOR where the in-game graphics are no where near the CGI promotions/trailers.