I didn’t play much, because my body is still recovering from bruises and sitting hurts my butt. But I did play some. My friends invited me to play Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne with them. I never really played before and was unfamiliar with the Tower Defense mechanisms that are in custom maps. I really sucked in the beginning. Also because no one told me what to do, but after five matches, I had the top score.
This wasn’t the first time I played Warcraft 3. I played it almost half a lifetime ago (about 12 years ago). That was the first time I actually met my boyfriend outside of school or the school forum. He let me play Warcraft 3 on his pc while he explained it to me. I don’t remember much of it, to be honest, besides the butterflies in my stomach.
I should probably play a bit more, or maybe just the campaign, because Warcraft 3 is an awesome game. No, I’ll never play World of Warcraft, but I’ll play this. I’m guessing that we’ll be playing this again on the lanparty which is scheduled for April. I’ll add this to my list of awesome classics to play with friends, together with Settlers 3.
The other game I played is Guild Wars 2, of course. It’s always my main game. We played some PvP with guildies. Some were new to PvP, so we didn’t win everything, but we had a lot of fun. I even managed to complete my first reward track. I started with the Ascalonian Catacombs track, because I really like the skins. It’s a repeatable track so you can unlock all the dungeon skins and finish the dungeon collection. The next track I’m going to do is the Crucible of Eternity reward track. I need the dungeon tokens for The Crossing. That’ll take me a while before I have enough tokens.
This week was also the Chinese new year, something the original Guild Wars celebrates as the Canthan new year. Yes, these events are still going on. The Canthan new year is one of the few moments the Shing Jae boardwalk opens up and you can play the Nine Rings game. You buy festival tickets, stand on one of the nine rings in a three by three grid and let luck be your mistress. The system will choose on the rings as a winner. Any adjacent ring will win slightly less tickets. It costs 10 tickets to play. The center ring will be awarded 25 tickets and the corner rings 55 tickets when it wins. Adjacent rings will win 15 tickets. The biggest reason people are playing this game is to max out the Lucky and Unlucky title tracks. If you’re unfamiliar with the original Guild Wars’ title tracks, most take several years to max out. I’m only at tier 1 of both titles which is maybe 10% at most of the complete track.
I started the game, bought the tickets and AFK’ed in the rings and turned it off again when I went to bed.
Even before the announcement of Heart of Thorns, I’d written a list of all the things that I want to do in Guild Wars 2 this year. The coming of the expansion has only made me more excited and pushed the deadline forward. I don’t want to complete all of this, this year, but before the expansion hits. Since I’ve no idea when it’ll come, I’ll have to hurry up :)
It’s the end of January and I haven’t been posting much. I recovered from a busy holiday season and then I was in a car accident, with a bike, two weeks ago. But as you might have seen, two types of posts have been posted consistently since 2015 started: character creation videos and screenshots on Saturdays. I wanted to add some visual spice to my blog and this is just the beginning. I have more plans and one of them is to post on a more regular basis.
The character creation videos are a for personal research. Character customization and development has always interested me for a long time. I recorded about two dozen videos already and they’ll be uploaded to my YouTube account and shared here later. I will use these videos later for a more extensive article/essay on character creation in (MMO)RPGs.
I have also written down a small to-do list of things I want achieve in Guild Wars 2 (post is up now). With the expansion, Heart of Thorns, coming later this year, it’s an excellent time to complete some things of old and start getting ready for the new content. Are you excited? I am.
Besides that I still want to complete some games from my backlog. I want to complete all the DLC of Dragon Age: Origins, one or two visual novels (Fading Hearts and Always Remember Me) and a few indie games from bundles. One game I want to finish is Faerie Solitaire. I’m about a quarter in and I’ll keep playing it in between things. Another one is Evoland. I’m stuck halfway through the game and I think when I’m pasted that point, I’ll be able to finish it.
I have no ambitions in League of Legends beyond just playing with friends and enjoying (mostly) friendly ARAM games.
Mike O’Brien confirmed that Heart of Thorns to be the first expansion pack during the panel at PAX South. He started with a recap of the manifesto in 2010. He talked about what he wanted for an MMO and what Guild Wars 2 is going to be. Guild Wars 2 was the basis for this and the expansion is another step to the right direction.
There will be no new item tier and no new level cap. Your characters will still be at the top, but there are more ways to progress. Heart of Thorns will introduce a whole lot of new features without throwing the base game away. The old areas and items are still relevant after the expansion is released.
I’m very excited for the expansion. Read on for an overview of the major features announced by Colin Johanson.
NCSoft has registered the trademark of the above logo and the name Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. There have been rumours about the expansion for quite a while and here it is. The big announcement is expected at Pax this year.
That_shaman, someone who finds a lot of stuff before others do, wasn’t the one who posted the information on Reddit, keep a clear conscious since he didn’t want to spoil the announcement.