On Saturday, August 25, ArenaNet will open its servers to the world of Guild Wars 2 prepurchasers with head-start access. When they set foot in Tyria for the first time, an entire world of content awaits them. 

But for some, the contents of that world are still a mystery. Crafting disciplines remain untouched, professions remain unexplored. You make a daunting number of decisions when you first create a character, and we’re here to ensure that your early decisions are well-informed.

So for seven days, ending the Friday before head-start, we will be releasing content daily tailored to you, the undecided Tyrian explorer. Click through the mists to see our schedule and links to already-published content!

‘PRESS PLAY TO BEGIN’ COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

With this guide, the unacquainted player will come to learn about the most basic elements of every part of the game. What matters when you create a character? What do you do in the explorable world? Where does PvP competition take place? All of those questions, and many more, are answered in our guide, brought to you by Sryii, every weekday this week at 7 a.m. pacific time:

MONDAY, AUGUST 20: The Beginning, covering what Guild Wars 2 is, what an MMO is, and the lore of Tyria at a basic level.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21: Character Creation, covering the races and professions of Guild Wars 2, as well as personal story choices.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: Your Character’s Beginning, covering your starting zone – your first “quest,” skills and weapons, cutscene and boss fight.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: Game Mechanics, covering weapons, healing, skill points, traits, the armor classes, dodging and more.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24: Economics and Group Events, covering the trading Market, gem store, crafting and gathering, and the many group-focused formats in Guild Wars 2.

1-75 CRAFTING GUIDES COVERING EVERY DISCIPLINE

In Guild Wars 2, you can pick up crafting disciplines to create different grades of armor and weapons, as well as cooking food and creating jewels. But when you consider your crafting disciplines for the first time, you may be unaware of where to begin, or even what professions to take. For that, washednblood has every crafting discipline covered this week, explaining what they do and how to quickly, and efficiently, move to the second tier of item crafting in each discipline.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18: Cooking
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19: Artificing
MONDAY, AUGUST 20: Tailoring
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21: Huntsman
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: Leatherworking
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: Weaponsmithing, Jewelcrafting
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24: Armorsmithing

TYRIA’S EIGHT PROFESSIONS, IN ALL THEIR GLORY!

Quite possibly the most important decision you’ll make when you first enter Tyria is what profession you’ll play. Most of us have already worked out where we will begin, but others are still undecided. These guides will go over the basics of each profession – what do they specialize in? What weapons do they carry? What do their individual trait lines do? – so you can determine, once and for all, what you’ll be playing when the game goes live.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18: Mesmer
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19: Elementalist, Warrior
MONDAY, AUGUST 20: Necromancer
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21: Guardian
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: Thief
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: Ranger
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24: Engineer

 

THE WAIT IS OVER.

PRESS PLAY TO BEGIN!