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Captain Bulldozer

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New NCSoft Earning report is out...

17 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

The new Quarterly earnings report for NCSoft has been released.  You can go here to find it if you're interested:


In it, the tidings for GW2 could be described as "bleak".  Pre-royalty sales for the 3rd quarter were around $23 million, only slightly higher than that of Aion.  Furthermore, the trend of declining sales of GW2 continues, and does so at a faster rate than the rates of change of NCSoft's other big sellers (Aion, Linear 1, Lineage 2 and Blade and Soul all have relatively consistent sales).

More than that, the quarterly sales by Arenanet are now lower than that of any other division of NCSoft except NCSoft Taiwan, for the first time since GW2 was released.

Now, 3rd quarter sales figures are often on the weaker side, and GW2 is still making a profit, so there's that.  However, the sales figures support that, on average, Arenanet was bringing in slightly under $3.1 million per month in the last 3 months, BEFORE taxes and expenses, with a trend of decline.

In light of this, it would seem that the microtransaction model of GW2 is not proving to be an overwhelming success in the long term (though of course, this quarter could be an anomaly). Things will likely pick up in the 4th quarter, but how much it does will say quite a bit about the viability of Arenanet's current practices.  Discuss at will.

Pretend you worked at Anet...

23 October 2013 - 07:41 PM

So, I've been away from the GW2 scene for a while now... I just got kinda fed up with the direction of the game somewhere around the Tequatl rehash/ascended weapon introduction.  I haven't signed in for probably 3-4 weeks and almost completely stopped paying attention to anything GW2 based.

Boy, it seems like I missed a lot of drama lately!  Anet seemingly continues to displease both on the official forums and here on guru (not everyone obviously, but a varied and vocal crowd of people nonetheless).

So my question is relatively simple. Pretend for the day that you're
1) A lead designer for GW2
2) The new head of PR/Community relations for GW2.

What would you like to do to the game and/or say to the community right now to try to turn things around?

In other words, if you're anet, what would YOU do to try and turn things around, regarding the negativity currently inundating the game from what seems to be a significant portion of its player base?

(I'll type my own answers later... gotta go teach a class)

Gathering Issues

11 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

I don't see much conversation on this on these forums (maybe because I usually don't bother to look for it) but with the recent introduction of ascended crafting as well as the magic find nerf, I imagine many of us care more about resource gathering than we ever have before.

So, I'm curious what kind of strategies you use for getting resources.  Obviously there's the TP, but people such as myself don't usually like buying medium to large quantities of resources on the TP (except perhaps for flipping!) so let's leave that out of the discussion.

Are there any special tricks you've found? Or location runs you'd be willing to share (I know this changes a bit from patch to patch).  

For myself, I tend to use  http://www.gw2nodes.com to quickly find the more rare nodes like ancient wood and orichalcum (and omnomberries!) but I am often wondering how I "easily" get more things like sage (which I've gotten about 3 of in a year of playing) and vanilla beans (which I got a lot of at first and then hardly saw again).  

What kind of tools do you use?  Ori for everything? or do you keep others for lower level mats?  Are some zones better for say, tier 2 materials, than others?  Thanks for sharing any "secrets: you are willing to share!

Searing Cauldrons

30 July 2013 - 05:59 AM

Those who played GW1 are well familiar with the cauldron of cataclysm that was used to spark the searing of Ascalon, though the players who have only played GW2 may also have encountered such cauldrons (as there are 2-3 in game).  In GW!, we were eventually told that the searing cauldron had been given to the Charr by their Titan gods, implying that Abaddon had been either directly or indirectly behind the searing.  

I'm wondering if we know more about these cauldrons.  In the personal story mission "Blast from the Past" the Pact uses such a cauldron (this one found in Orr, at the temple of Dwayna) to attack Orr, specifically at the temple of Melandru.  After it is used, an NPC from the priory says, "Well braid my ears! Those ancient Flame Legion poobahs may've been evil oppressive oinks, but they knew how to enchant a weapon!"  This line in particularly confuses me.  It would seem to suggest that magic of the cauldron came from the Charr rather than the titans/Abaddon.

The Cauldron in "Blast from the past" is also significantly less devastating than the one used to cause the searing (it basically destroys a bone gate as well as some risen rather than raining crystal/fire down on the entire continent. What could be the reason for this?

Other questions I have include
1)  Where did the cauldrons come from in the first place?
2)  Why are there seemingly multiple cauldrons in Orr?  Did the Charr bring them when they invaded, just before the cataclysm that destroyed Orr? Or were there cauldrons there to begin with BEFORE that  (or both)?
3)  Is there a link from the cauldrons to Zhaitan or other elder dragons that I'm missing?  Or to perhaps the forgotten in some way?

Discuss at will.

Inspector Null: Unbeatable?

28 May 2013 - 09:31 PM

I have tried this now about 7 times, all fails.  We seem to be understanding the overall concept of the boss, but at ~10 of his health there is an active debuff that causes you to take constant dmg, even though his shield continues to go back up.  The dmg is enough that from about half health, you will be dead in a matter of seconds, even if you avoid all the mines, and roaming energy.

Anyone been able to finish this yet?  If so.... tips?