For months, players have been asking how their achievements in the first Guild Wars move over to Guild Wars 2, and where they go for those rewards.
An ArenaNet blog post published this morning sheds some light on how players entering Guild Wars 2 for the first time Saturday will redeem awards tied to their Guild Wars 1 accomplishments.
As the post indicates, all newly-created characters on Guild Wars 2 accounts linked to a corresponding Guild Wars account will receive a special in-game item to go to their Hall of Monuments:
The stone, as seen in a recent stress test.
Once there, speak with our old friend Kimmes the Historian (in his newer, slightly less-corporeal state) and he’ll show you a list of Hall of Monument reward items you have unlocked. You can select any of the items, at any time, for any character you make on your account.
Use the Hall of Monuments Portal Stone again to transport yourself (and your rewards) back to your former location. It’s that easy.
Portal stones are created only once per characters. According to a Guild Wars 2 support page on the Hall of Monuments, the stones are account-bound, so if you accidentally delete yours, simply create a new character and move the stone into your inter-character bank storage.
So, you’ve made a character, created some sort of backstory on which to expand, and defeated an epic monster, all in the first 15 or so minutes since logging in. Then, after the comfort of the tutorial, you are turned loose into the wide, wild, world of Tyria. Sure, there are a few helpful scouts there to point you in the right direction, but they are holding out on you. They are not going to tell you the important tips that you need to know to really succeed in Guild Wars 2.
Luckily, you’ve got us! Here are the 5 most important things you can do in your first few minutes of gameplay:
1. Kill a Few Mobs in the Tutorial: Before you are thrust into the wide world, make sure to take some time to kill a few things in the tutorial zone. This serves a few functions. First, it’ll allow you to get used to the controls in a confined environment. It will also give you a chance to unlock a few weapon skills for your starting weapon, which is incredibly important. Finally, it will give you some copper. For the next few steps, you’ll need around 100 copper. You’ll get 40 later, but make sure you have a little pool of money to rely on. (more…)
Leatherworking, as the name implies, is the crafting discipline able to create leather armor. This can be especially useful if you are an Engineer or a Thief, as you’ll be able to make use of all the items that you craft. There are also bags and other miscellaneous items, such as runes, that can be crafted to help augment your gear or to sell.
As with almost all MMOs, and even regular games, there is a starting area that serves like tutorial zone. Not much can happen, and it typically feels like the much dreaded line at the Department of Motor Vehicles to get to the fun of driving. Guild Wars 2 definitely shatters this stereotype, as the starting zones are very fun and really give you a good feel for the world you are in.
In this guide, we go over the starting zone, how it works, and why it’s so important in Guild Wars 2.