I wanted to do dungeons for fun. Yeah. I remember doing stuff for fun in Guild Wars. But that was when I was decked with everything my heart desired and could focus on the things I enjoyed, and do everything there was to be done (often with stupid handicaps, like, using balanced teams or protection monks).
But now? I have to constantly be counting money, count my laurels like they were pennys to save them for gear I don't even need but should. Or working painstakingly for cosmetics that have insane requisites beyone my meager ability to gather currency. Would I really stop playing if I got my Foefire weapon a month ago? Or did I really had to do Arah twenty six times to deck myself in the coolest armor ever, when I could do it in six and continue running for the heck of it, like I'm doing right now? And do Ectos all have to come from stupid items that sometimes refuse to drop?
Wha happened to Anet I loved and cared for? Where did they go? And who are those imposters that took their place...
This has been a terrible week for me. First the SoS server is practically disbanding over WvW issues so the community is being torn apart by that with guilds disbanding all over the place, and now my small PvE guilds have begun to disband. People were looking at the new ascended items (ascended trinkets, so now all trinkets can be ascended) and they quickly realised that the best way to obtain them was through Guild Commendations earned from guild missions. They also quickly realised even if our small guilds could complete one or two of them, they would be far better off in a massive guild that builds multiple at the same time, already has multiple trees unlocked and can trigger as many as possible (because the grind to build the ability to have guild missions, never mind the time period to build them all is simply crazy for some guilds, there are like three or four barriers of entry before you even reach the content). In a short period of time I've seen several people log in and decide to join the bigger guilds on the server in hopes they would be better provided for there.
Good job ArenaNet.
See... and, I'm so not smiling at your funeral here, but hear me out...
That's the genius of this system. I'm suddenly seeing it, and I am pulling a complete 180 on the emergent community dynamic of this.
Those "guilds," those "communities" that are dissolving as a result of this decision of "friends or loot," choosing loot over friends, are doing two things:
1) They are self filtered. You know who your friends really are. Nothing, NOTHING being offered by this new system, is worth ditching your friends for. So those that ditch... that's revelatory self filtration. Soak it up and consider your inner circles cleansed and purged.
2) They become public content generators. Let the giant guilds amalgamate and grow to ridiculous levels. They're just creating public content for everyone to enjoy.
So look left, and look right. The one that is no longer to your left because they wanted gear/precursors, they weren't your friend to begin with. The one on the right, smile, and walk out with them into a world that will now have more events running.
ArenaNet did it again. They took our worst traits, and used them against us to the betterment of the game.
GW2 Fan? Check! I think my fandom is pretty well shown by these 3 pictures:
1) My crafts. I started the first golem with the original promo pics and my quaggan obsession is boundless.... Sadly, this isnt even all of them. My kids still want more even though they have near a dozen quaggans, golem, and all my GW1 crafts. I HAVE to make myself a plush griffon soon, I finally have all the materials needed.
2) My GW2 loot. Items I have won, bought, and I have been gifted. Found the other art book shortly after the posting previously so I updated the pic. My daughter has the GW2 shirt so it couldn't be added to the pile.
3) My husband :-) He is a big fan too. He took my unfinished Blue Eyed White Quaggan to get Felicia Day's autograph for me when I couldn't make the last 2 days of Dragon*Con last year.
Meet my Sylvari, Jareth. I drew him during the very first beta weekend access, I was so taken with his looks
I have never animated anything, but I so loved the concept of the Sylvari's bioluminescence, that I HAD to learn how to make him glow!
Here he is (not glowing yet) and below the picture in the spoiler tag, the glowy picture.
(Please keep in mind that it's a .gif, I put it under the spoiler tag because it might take a bit for it to load properly)
As far as I know damage increasing sigils only work with the weapon skills gained by the weapon they're equipped on. So if you've got a sigil of outlaw on your main hand and a different one on your offhand only your 1-3 skills gain the 10%.
As for if it stacks with a potion, I would assume yes.
So just because I don't want to play the Fractals until they fix the DC and reconnect to the group problem (not me being the one who DCd), I am getting left behind and won't be able to find a group to have fun with in a week or so?
I am SO disappointed that GW2 is starting to look more and more like WoW 2.0.
What happened to the promises, Anet?
I agree with bloodtau. This world is full of people who just pretend to be nice.
I would never be selfish with people who earned my trust, but don't ask me to care for strangers.
This is the attitude that makes the world such a shitty place. Not to drag this thread off topic. But, I was in a room crowded with strangers once and due to specific illegal substance abuse, a girl dropped and started having what became a life threatening seizure. I watched as a group full of people became more concerned about their own legal freedom than the life of another human. As they continued to ignore directions given by the only person in the room who had Red Cross training and properly knew how to deal with seizures, I had the paperwork in my wallet. As they continued to fight and argue, to scream at those slightly worried for her and telling people considering it to not call 911.
I did call 911, and visited that girl I didn't know in the hospital. We're now great friends.
It's actions and feelings like these that make the world such a shitty place. This "I'm in it for myself and * you" attitude, it may allow you to get ahead, but at what cost? Sacrificing and screwing over those around you? Well played.