At long last, we celebrate the release of Guild Wars 2! Not only is this a time of celebration, it is also a week of exploration and discovery. As a community, we can begin our personal quests to see and experience the new world of Tyria, 250 years after the pivotal events in Eye Of The North. The Elder Dragons have awoken, but coincedentally, so have the Sylvari. Follow along with me after the break as I share my first experiences and first impressions. My first adventures as a Ranger during the headstart weekend.
For many of us, it has been a long journey since Guild Wars 2 was first announced, yet there are many others who will be taking their first steps into the world of Tyria next week. We stand together on the edge of destiny to begin our first adventures, but there are choices to be made before we set out on our initial journey.
One of the most important decisions you make will be to choose your profession. When you choose to play a Ranger, you are accepting a challenge that no other profession can offer. What is this challenge you ask? Follow along after the break to learn how Rangers can shape the fields of battle.
Welcome back to Companions’ Crossing and the continuation of our beginner’s guide to weapons and skills for the Guild Wars 2 Ranger profession!
In the first part of our guide (The Training Grounds), we discussed the skills related to our ranged weapons – the Axe, Longbow and Shortbow. We learned about some new skills that are completely unique to Guild Wars 2, and discovered that many of the skills used with these weapons of marksmanship were carried over from the first Guild Wars game. Yet, while shooting arrows and throwing axes is often the trait that we come to expect from a Ranger, sometimes you really just want to mix things up with a little bit of melee swordplay. To learn more about the dynamic skills of fighting in close quarters, move through the break.
Julian paces through a company of Rangers, a task force made up of many races including the sovereign humans, the proud norn, the inventive asura, the plant-like sylvari, and the feline charr. ”Noble rangers. It is important that you show no fear when you face an Elder Dragon. In Tyria, we fight to the last Companion standing.” (and then we regroup at the local tavern or waypoint) “Without courage, how can we call ourselves Rangers! Before we begin the training, are there any questions?”
A young charr raises a paw with a sad, worried look on her face. “Can I go to the bathroom? I really gotta go.”
“What?” the charr asks. “When nature calls you gotta go.”
“Does anyone else need to heed nature’s call?” The contingent raises a vocal affirmative. /facepalm!
Join us after the potty break for a complete rundown of the Ranger’s skillful armament in Guild Wars 2!
Greetings and well met noble Rangers! It is my pleasure and special honor to welcome you to Companions’ Crossing! I am Julian Evenfeather, Keeper of the Crossing and Master of Companions. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, I will be your guide and captain to help you gain knowledge and wisdom in the expertise of the Ranger profession in Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2.
Pull up a tree stump and gather to The Ranger’s Table, because the first round of drinks are on the house!