It’s that time of the game everyone: The alt craze has begun. Up until this point, My Asura Thief Mrellhas not only been a joy to play, but the only character I’ve spent any significant amount of time with. Sure, I’ve got a crafting Alt, Herros Kraitbane, the Charr Ranger, but I don’t intend to do anything other than craft with him. But, only a week ago, I felt it was time to try something else, to start fresh and experience another class.
This week, We’ll see what I learnedabout playing my Thief from playing my Warrior.
In a new video and GW2Guru post, The Legendary shield “The Flameseeker Prophecies” was revealed in all its golden, page-turning glory. Check out the video below for a sneak peak at the thing in action, head on over to the forum thread here, and, if you have the determination, start planning the path to make your own!
Ah cooking, the most interesting, and apparently simple, crafting discipline in the game. There is no doubt that there is a lot of options when it comes to leveling cooking and Reddit user greymalik has an interesting/cheap method that may help you along.
I didn’t start cooking before the infamous nerf and ever since then I’ve then been looking for an updated guide. There are a few out there but none of them had everything I was looking for so I made my own.
Because there are so many paths to take when leveling cooking you need to prioritize. Here are the goals I set and met for my guide:
No need to run to high-level karma vendors for any ingredients (like cherries, peaches)
Avoid items that the market can put a stranglehold on (though there are a couple)
Include a complete shopping list so you can buy everything at once, in advance
Be able to go to the Trading Post, buy your materials, go the cooking station and go 0-400 with no additional running around
Keep cost to a reasonable minimum
I understand that not everyone wants to powerlevel. Some people like figuring things out and getting all the recipes. This guide is not for those people. This is for someone who has money to burn and wants to quickly and easily add 10 levels to an alt. I also know that leveling via discovery may be more efficient in terms of money (I’m not sure), but it’s more complex and takes more time and more bag space. I consciously chose to avoid a discovery-focused guide but would enjoy seeing someone else provide one.
In total the guide is about 2 gold worth of mats (if you don’t have them already) and 110 karma. That’s really cheap for something that was touted as the most expensive discipline! Check out the full post here for the complete guide. Happy crafting!
Below is most of what ArenaNet programmers had to say during the Reddit IAMA today. We covered all of the major topics and responses as well as some of the more interesting off topic posts. For a complete albeit hard earned read of every post, the Q&A can be found here
We’re doing a group AMAA and we have most of the programming team behind Guild Wars 2 here to answer your questions. This isn’t a marketing exercise, we’re looking for technical questions and we’ll give you technical answers! You’re welcome to ask about anything, although we reserve the right to clam up about anything we consider to be our secret game development sauce. Guild Wars 2 is a big game and its development touched basically every area of game programming – ask us about engines, servers, web, tools, gameplay, you name it.
It’s worth pointing out upfront that we’re programmers, not designers! So if you want to know why your favorite skill was changed or when you should sell all of your hoarded butter to maximize gold return, we probably won’t be able to help.
The link leads to an Anet blog that gives out the following details:
With Guild Wars 2 out the door, our programmers wanted to take a some time to answer the burning technical questions that players and aspiring (or current) game programmers may have about Guild Wars 2 and about working as a programmer at ArenaNet.
The Ask Me (Almost) Anything session will start at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on October 17 on the /r/gaming subredditand will run for about two hours.
The initial post will come from the ArenaNet Team, and we’ll have ArenaNet Technical Director, Cameron Dunn, as well as most of our Guild Wars 2 programming team answering your questions. You’ll be able to ask our programmers technical questions about engines, tools, game play, and more!
Do you have a technical question about Guild Wars 2? Ask our programming team today on Reddit!
Starting this week, GW2 players will be able to purchase Gem Cards at select retailers. If you have any experience with buying game time cards, or similar items, this will be familiar to you. The way it works is that you’ll buy a physical card with a code (generally revealed after scratching off the surface) that you’ll redeem for gems. Just in time for the Holidays!
This is great for people like me, who dislike having credit/debit card information saved in an account. We will update this post with the list of retailers as soon as we get more information.
Gamebreaker’s article describes how to continue enjoying Tyria after reaching the level cap. If you’ve finished leveling and don’t know what to do next, look no further! With Meta Events, sPvP, WvW, and exploration, Gamebreaker aims to help you experience everything Tyria has to offer.
How have you been spending your time at 80? Running dungeons? Completing zones? Let us know in the comments or in our forums.