Achievements, Part One

A guildie started a thread called “Show off your MS paint skills” which is a spin off of a thread called ‘WvW in MS Paint’ on our server’s unofficial forums.  He thought it would be funny to see what guildies could come up.

My submission, a commentary on the effect of the WvW Season 1 achievements on the state of WvW. 😛 (click for full size)

I wanted to do more, but I’m so used to any artistic endeavours being undertaken in Photoshop.  I ❤ layers!  They make everything easier.

I have two more ideas I want to draw.   Perhaps I’ll be a bit cheaty with Photoshop.  Or just try a bit harder with paint.  Ally Brosh can come up with some epic stuff with paint  at Hyperbole and a Half (I highly recommend reading through her blog… it’s brilliant), so it’s worth a try. 😛

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Decisions, decisions

With Guild Wars’s release nearly here,  I’ve been trying to decide what profession my main character will be.  Usually this is a really easy choice for me.  I always go first to casters and ones that like to throw around fire and lightning.  Naturally I went for the elementalist, but after spending some time on it, I’m not sure it’s the right class for me to start the game with sadly.  I really want to play it and I do like the skills, but I found myself struggling, feeling like a noob and this affecting my fun.

So why is this?  Well, it seems that elementalists are one of the more complicated classes in the game.  What I found to be somewhat overwhelming was the sheer amount of skills that were usable so early on in the game, but moreso that I couldn’t see all of these skills at once.  To explain, elementalists have access to four elements (fire, water, air, earth) yet only one can be active at a time.  There are then 5 skills within each of these elements, so you have 20 skills available to you yet you only see the skills for the element you have active.   Here’s the elementalist skill bar:

Here you can see I was in fire attunement (disregard slots 6-0 as those are not weapon skills).  I’d have to hit the corresponding F key in order to activate skills from the other attunements.  Now, I’m used to gaining skills more slowly and also being able to see all my skills at once on the skillbar so they soak into my mind. 😛  I’m sure only getting to play in the stress tests made me feel rushed which isn’t helpful, but I was feeling like I need to study the classes skills.  Playing wasn’t fluid for me.  It certainly doesn’t help that you’ll get 20 new skills when you equip a different weapon.  Just go take a look at all the skills available for an elementalist at Guild Wars 2 Wiki.  Now I can deal with that amount of skills eventually.  But with the way GW2 works, you earn your skills by using a type of weapon and making kills with it.  This is both good and bad.  You’re not going to a trainer every level and can earn skills by learning to use them, yet for the elementalists, you’re stuck using all of one element until you have it all unlocked… which made me feel squishy.  Also this means you can potentially have A LOT of skills available quite early in the game, which could be good or bad, depending on the individual.  (Yeah, I know you have everything unlocked for lvl 80 pvp.  Steep learning curve in this game in general I guess!)

So I also tried necromancer and mesmer, but more so the necromancer.  I was having a lot more fun on necromancer and it felt more survivable as well.  Already it felt less confusing than elementalist.  Until level 7 when you can weapon swap (elementalist cannot weapon swap which is fair enough given the number of skills at hand), you have far fewer skills available which felt more manageable.  Once I could weapon swap, it still felt manageable. 14 available skills as opposed to 20 isn’t that much of a difference but it still felt so to me.

So with the necromancer, you have your normal 1-5 weapon skills then have Death Shroud (which has its own 4 skills) that you can activate once you have a little green in that bar that’s next to F1.  The arrow on the left is your weapon swap button.  Already it looks less complicated.   So perhaps it was because of this that I was able to play a bit better but also I found the necromancer’s skills to be quite sweet.   I was playing much better and having a lot more fun.

Now, I spent more time on elementalist and was getting better at it.  I never redid my keymap but I’m sure remapping the element attunement keys from the F keys to something better would help greatly.  I also wasn’t that fond of the combat noises for necromancer.  Yet I’m thinking back to Rift when I played a mage elementalists yet at lvl30 it was becoming a really squishy class and people saying that I needed to spec for necromancer as it was better.  I didn’t really want to change, but did and immediately became more sturdy and ended up having fun anyway.  I don’t want EZ mode, but I do want to have fun and not feel like I have to study my skills.  So do I push myself to get better at elementalist or relax and have fun on necromancer?  I’m thinking I should do the later, let go of my normal desire to throw around fire and lightning and save it for when I’m better at the game in general.

I’m also slightly conflicted as to what race to choose for my main.  I thought surely it would be human, but I tried out a Norn when investigating a necromancer.   I quite liked their area and the story was interesting as well.  I always prefer nature over a big city (though the sylvari go a bit far since they look like plants).  The Norn females look nice enough on their own:

and I’m a sucker for snowy areas.  But I’m thinking I’d rather not have my character feel like a giant when she’s around others! 😀 😛  I’ve actually been quite impressed by the races I thought I wouldn’t want to play.  The only race I’ve not tried yet is Charr, but the others all have good storylines and have been enjoyable.

It appears that during this latest stress test, the devs added dance emotes in.  I had wondered why there seemed to be a large number of people dancing everywhere. 😛  There was a game restart during the test so in the last moments I grabbed some silly screenshots of my Norn dancing.

There are some good videos out there of all the dances (I think the humans got the best one, and of course it’s LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem) but this one is quite funny!

Less than two more days!  Can’t wait! 😀

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Returning to my hunter

I decided to start playing my hunter again and level her up to 75.  I’m not really sure why I wanted to start playing the class again, especially as I was completely clueless about it now.

The last time I played my hunter was back in Sammath Gul days.  I stopped right before the first major changes and the good Helegrod set came out.  Since then there’s been even more changes.  This left me feeling somewhat nubby and experiencing a few facepalm moments. 😛  It also didn’t help that my skillbars were a mess, a leftover relic from the days I clicked on skills instead of using mainly keys.  It was not a key-friendly UI at. all.

So I sorted the skillbars as best I could and with the help of a kinnie I have things mostly figured out again.  It’s so weird that fleetness is actually good and something you want running all the time.   I’ve been having fun questing now that I understand the class again.  My only gripe is the long induction to initially build focus.  It’s already gotten old again.  I was really hoping it would be reduced with the improved skill but no such luck. (Totally separate topic but I would love it if Turbine got rid of stand-still inductions, in combat and out.  It ends up feeling like so much exists to slow you down.)

I don’t know if I’ll actually group with this hunter.  I find the class to be fun on it’s own, but in the past it was really boring in groups to me.  Hunter used to be my main but I dropped it in favour of the more complex loremaster as using more than 4 keys is fun. 😉   I think with the changes, it could possibly be interesting enough again, on par with a fire rk, though even that class gets boring to me after a while.  Loremaster has spoiled me, though sometimes mindless dps is a relaxing change.

Of course the first thing I did before even arranging my skillbars was to update my character’s outfit.  Even if she was going to be a noob skillwise, she should at least look good whilst doing so!

Out take: photobombed by a bull!

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lol, ur a n00b!

Ugh, that’s what I felt like last night. 😛 Which is frustrating as I’m clearly not.

I joined a 6-man skirmish with some RRU members so I could get to know a few of them. (I signed up with them last week in an attempt to be able to do a bit more raiding…though I wonder how much more raiding I’ll really be able to do…having a non-gaming husband makes it difficult). When it comes to fellowship maneuvers, they prefer ad hoc round-the-clock ones. They don’t go setting a FM and assigning colours. Just go around the FS wheel and add the next colour.

You can start with either colour and go clockwise or anticlockwise. They do this for versatility, as straights are still the strongest and the leader can pick which fm is best for the situation. Seems simple huh?

Well, in theory it looks really simple but I had quite a hard time with it. :/ They have a FM trainer which I’ve tried out and gotten quick with, but it doesn’t simulate other people adding colours extremely fast, multiple of the same colour being added and having to be removed, you having to remove a wrong colour as someone got to it first, nor the issues certain classes can have when they’re at range. R and Y generally suck for LM/MNS while conversely, B and G can suck for hunter. I found myself being a bit paranoid about always being close to the mob so as LM, all options would be open. And I think I only joined in one correct FM. :/ Not to mention I got chided for jumping to cancel my fm contribution. Not sure why…guess it’s slower to come back with a new contribution.

Soooo…I’ve signed up for some raids with them. But now I’m a bit uptight about this whole FM thing and seeming like a noob. :/ We’ll see how it goes.

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