Waiting in Antici................................

......................pation.

Guild Wars 2's 3-day headstart is on the horizon. There's an energy of excitement in the air around our store this week. Many of us who are now friends met through our mutual love of the first Guild Wars (and subsequently, World of Warcraft as well). There was something special about Guild Wars, about how we essentially had freedom to play it whenever we wanted without worrying if we were wasting money on a subscription. It's something we are all looking forward to feeling yet again.

In the original, my main was a Warrior/Necro. Coincidentally, my brother played as a Warrior/Monk, and we did a LOT of Drok's runs for people (thereby making shitloads of money). Aside from that, our group of friends also ran a lot of Sorrow's Furnace trying to get perfect greens, played a lot of PvP, and did a lot of Elite skill capturing. In short, we never felt like it was a grind because we could spend a couple of hours with the game, feel like we accomplished our general goals, and then move on to something else. Guild Wars was the "MMO" where you didn't try to plan your real life around the game, but planned the game around your real life. It was the odd man out, the middle finger to the industry saying "we'll do it our way, and we'll be successful at it".

Sadly, many of us quit playing some time after the launch of Factions, namely because we got sucked into WoW way too much. Since then, we've tried multiple different MMOs - Warhammer Online, DDO, Rift, and SWTOR are the main ones, but none of them were nearly as entertaining as our time with Guild Wars. In short, we were never looking for a game to replace WoW, not even one that was better than WoW. We didn't hold WoW to nearly the high standard we held Guild Wars. WoW was a job, while Guild Wars was always pure fun.

So we sit here...and we wait... Guild Wars 2 is on the horizon. We'll all be joining the Yak's Bend server to be alongside the Giant Bomb community as we explore Tyria, fight the forces of evil, and maybe draw penises in the general chat. We hope to see you all there on Saturday.

Until next time, piece.

P.S. - I'll be making a Charr warrior named Finlee. If you guys feel the need to throw me a friend request, go for it.

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Posted by jakob187

......................pation.

Guild Wars 2's 3-day headstart is on the horizon. There's an energy of excitement in the air around our store this week. Many of us who are now friends met through our mutual love of the first Guild Wars (and subsequently, World of Warcraft as well). There was something special about Guild Wars, about how we essentially had freedom to play it whenever we wanted without worrying if we were wasting money on a subscription. It's something we are all looking forward to feeling yet again.

In the original, my main was a Warrior/Necro. Coincidentally, my brother played as a Warrior/Monk, and we did a LOT of Drok's runs for people (thereby making shitloads of money). Aside from that, our group of friends also ran a lot of Sorrow's Furnace trying to get perfect greens, played a lot of PvP, and did a lot of Elite skill capturing. In short, we never felt like it was a grind because we could spend a couple of hours with the game, feel like we accomplished our general goals, and then move on to something else. Guild Wars was the "MMO" where you didn't try to plan your real life around the game, but planned the game around your real life. It was the odd man out, the middle finger to the industry saying "we'll do it our way, and we'll be successful at it".

Sadly, many of us quit playing some time after the launch of Factions, namely because we got sucked into WoW way too much. Since then, we've tried multiple different MMOs - Warhammer Online, DDO, Rift, and SWTOR are the main ones, but none of them were nearly as entertaining as our time with Guild Wars. In short, we were never looking for a game to replace WoW, not even one that was better than WoW. We didn't hold WoW to nearly the high standard we held Guild Wars. WoW was a job, while Guild Wars was always pure fun.

So we sit here...and we wait... Guild Wars 2 is on the horizon. We'll all be joining the Yak's Bend server to be alongside the Giant Bomb community as we explore Tyria, fight the forces of evil, and maybe draw penises in the general chat. We hope to see you all there on Saturday.

Until next time, piece.

P.S. - I'll be making a Charr warrior named Finlee. If you guys feel the need to throw me a friend request, go for it.

Posted by Xeirus

My god, I don't think I have given a crap about any MMO since I played WoW all those years ago. Star Wars was the closest thing to excite me and that wore off quick (never buy a game without trying it)

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

I hate to sound sentimental, but it warms my heart so much to see others recognize the amazing achievement that the original Guild Wars was. 
 
...Though the compass is typically where penis drawings go.

Posted by Subjugation

Hold on, I didn't think you could draw penises in general chat? Is this true? If so, it changes everything.

Posted by Sticky_Pennies

I just hope the Giant Bomb staff tries to pay more attention to the game. It really deserves it.

Posted by Turkalurch

8==D @Subjugation:

PENETRATION!

On a less silly note, good read!

Posted by Hugh_Jazz

@Dark_Lord_Spam said:

I hate to sound sentimental, but it warms my heart so much to see others recognize the amazing achievement that the original Guild Wars was. ...Though the compass is typically where penis drawings go.

Same here. It's actually kind of sad to see the changes to GW2. Now, a lot more of my friends are getting into it and "understanding why Guild Wars is awesome", while I secretly think that Guild Wars 2 isn't enough like Guild Wars. Nobody understands.

Bring that shit on, head-start begins on Saturday morning, after that it's all game for 48 hours. I love it.

Posted by GnomeonFire

LESS THAN A DAY NOW!

not sorry for caps.

Posted by Jack_Lafayette
@GnomeonFire: No problemo. If anything, we need MORE enthusiasm. CHANGE PLACES!
Posted by Maystack

IN 24 HOURS WE WILL BE PLAYING GUILD WARS 2 AAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Posted by Tarkhein

LINCOLNFORCE WILL LEAD THE WAY! FEAR NOT THIS NIGHT!

Posted by zyn

GO TEAM GO!

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

Oh god stop this hyping, I still have a 50 bucks coupon somewhere round here and as luck would have it the gamestore it belongs to carries GW2 for 50 bucks.

Posted by Fattony12000

UUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Posted by Jack_Lafayette
@TaliciaDragonsong: I don't understand. Why haven't you slammed down the door, shoved the coupon in the janitor's hands, and taken eight copies of the game yet?
Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@Dark_Lord_Spam: Well...they don't have a janitor?
 
Thing is, I'm liable to become very addicted, I really liked the beta as well, and I'm not sure I can cope with that.
Still got to finish Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, my newgame+  in The Darkness 2, my second Witcher 2 playthrough, finish all the minigames in Plants Vs Zombies and finish Dead Island, to name a few!
Posted by TheHT

@TaliciaDragonsong: Let all those distractions slide. Give yourself to Guild Wars 2!

I've got a bunch of crap to start/finish up too, but I managed to get through Spec Ops last week and finished Walking Dead episode 2 tonight. Both are most likely going to be among my top 5 of 2012, so I'm glad I played them before GW2 garnered all my attention. Walking Dead is interesting enough to pull me away from GW2 for a night. God I really fucked shit up in episode 2.

My backlog/currentlog got so out of control for so long at some point I had to say "fuck it, I'm playing whatever I feel like". It all just started to feel like a chore, and that's no fun.

Posted by selfconfessedcynic

I remember reading

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@TheHT: That's true but I'm having a grand time with all of these games...
I've half a mind to wait till it lowers in price but that might be a while, no?
I'm like 49% convinced I should get it now, are there EU/USA servers? I'd love to roll with the Bombers if I went for it.
Posted by Rohok

ok

Posted by TheHT

@TaliciaDragonsong: Yeah, I can't imagine a price reduction anytime earlier than a couple years. But if you keep an eye out you can probably get it discounted from somewhere like Green Man Gaming. I've heard folks get somewhere around 20% off with a coupon, and that was for a prepurchase too.

Yeah, there are servers in both regions. The GB guild is on a US server (Yak's Bend), but EU players seem to have nonetheless all had a good experience, connection wise.

If you're sure you're gonna get to down the line, you could always pick it up, create some characters to get your names locked down (names are unique across all servers) and join our server, then come back to it later since there's no monthly fee. But I always hate buying games and not playing them, and like I said you may be able to catch it later on sale.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@TheHT: That's the thing though, I got a coupon for this store and its the only reason I'm even considering getting it!
The no fee part is also very enticing, the names I don't mind since I've never seen my usual choice of names used in games, so *sigh* I will probably go get it this week. 
I'm a sucker for MMO's so I guess I'll take the dive.
Edited by Jack_Lafayette
@TaliciaDragonsong: There are both American and EU servers. Our guild (which you can find more info on in the main GW2 forums) will all be rolling on the US Yak's Bend, however, as no one from other regions has reported hindering lag issues. 
 
Edit: Wow, I probably should have noticed this second page before I posted 45 minutes late. Oh, well!
Posted by ProfessorEss

I don't know why but I gave the original Guild Wars a number of tries and it always failed to grab me, thusly I haven't really given GW2 a whole lot of thought. But something about this post kinda got me all like "Hmmm, Guild Wars 2 eh?".

Posted by Jack_Lafayette
@ProfessorEss: If it's the mechanics of GW1 that kept you from enjoying it, I highly recommend trying the sequel. If it was the design philosophy of that game, well... nothing has changed on that front.
Posted by ProfessorEss
@Dark_Lord_Spam: Y'know it may have been more about timing. I was a big Ultima Online fan, an even bigger Dark Age of Camelot fan and an absolute slave to WoW and when Guild Wars came out it wasn't what I was expecting. But now that I've exhausted my love for the large meandering, grinding MMO  (and I don't mean that sarcastically, I really do love wandering and grinding) I feel I could possibly give GW2 a fairer shake. 
 
I might not dive right in as I'm already inundated with a hefty backlog (and the buyer's remorse that comes with buying games and not playing them) but my interest has definitely been building over the last few months.
Edited by jakob187

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@Dark_Lord_Spam: Well...they don't have a janitor? Thing is, I'm liable to become very addicted, I really liked the beta as well, and I'm not sure I can cope with that. Still got to finish Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, my newgame+ in The Darkness 2, my second Witcher 2 playthrough, finish all the minigames in Plants Vs Zombies and finish Dead Island, to name a few!

I still haven't touched Darksiders 2, and I've got a backlog of about twenty other games.

Fuck all of them. Guild Wars 2 AHOY!

@selfconfessedcynic said:

I remember reading

Huh? I can't remember a time where I wasn't hyped as shit about Guild Wars 2! If there was such a time, I give you permission to travel back in time and beat the shit out of that idiot with a tire iron.

A rusty tire iron.

Made of metal.

@TheHT said:

@TaliciaDragonsong: Yeah, I can't imagine a price reduction anytime earlier than a couple years. But if you keep an eye out you can probably get it discounted from somewhere like Green Man Gaming. I've heard folks get somewhere around 20% off with a coupon, and that was for a prepurchase too.

Prediction: Guild Wars 2 will be on sale for Black Friday.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@jakob187: I would have gotten it today but the store isn't selling them yet (fuckersssss) and they ran out of those pre purchase versions.
I think they hate money.
Edited by jakob187

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@jakob187: I would have gotten it today but the store isn't selling them yet (fuckersssss) and they ran out of those pre purchase versions. I think they hate money.

Hey, at least you weren't sitting around all day at work yesterday knowing that you were 73 cents short on your card from ordering it online for the pre-purchase, then debating on whether you would be able to get to the bank on time in order to put some money in your account in order to procure a copy...and then almost be late to work today in order to do so.

Luckily, it all worked out. Copy is pre-purchased. I have the game installed on 36 computers at work.

FINLEE SHALL VANQUISH HIS FOES DUTIFULLY!

My body...is soooooo fucking ready.

Ya know...until they pull a SWTOR 1.2 or a Diablo III 1.03 and fuck the game up...because it seems all the PC games I'm wanting to play this year are following that trend. = /

@ProfessorEss: I played some DAoC back then as well. Guild Wars was just this breath of fresh air in a time when mob stealing in the open worlds was a problem. Most people don't remember those early days of WoW, but they were filled with assholes stealing Hogger before you could get to him or generally being douches and following you around, tagging mobs you needed so your questing took longer than needed. Guild Wars was the antithesis of that, and it did it well. Many hated the instanced world, but it did what few other MMOs have pulled off well: I could play it as a single player game when I wanted to and still feel like part of a larger community in an immediate fashion. Moreover, I loved the mechanics of the game: dying your armor, only having a limited amount of skills, going out and capturing new skills from bosses (something I wish other MMOs would offer, as it makes going after bosses and running dungeons a much bigger deal and feels less like a grind), dual professions, random stats to gear...

If anything, there was a grind in there, but I never knew it. I had fun every time I journeyed into the "open world". The cities were big enough that I didn't feel alone, and the open world in most MMOs tends to be rather empty anyways, so I never understood people bitching about it. At least there wasn't a bunch of lag!

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@jakob187: I hope that's not the case then, but at least like Diablo 3 its only one purchase!
Posted by jakob187

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@jakob187: I hope that's not the case then, but at least like Diablo 3 its only one purchase!

I actually did load up D3 yesterday because my friend came up here and started playing it since the 1.04 patch hit. They've fixed a lot of stuff, but yeah......they really killed the difficulty of Inferno mode. At least legendaries are worth a fuck now, though.

Posted by supamon

Oh god stop hyping it up. I told myself I wouldn't get it early yet I'm sitting at the purchase screen.

Posted by makari

@supamon said:

Oh god stop hyping it up. I told myself I wouldn't get it early yet I'm sitting at the purchase screen.

One of us, one of us, one of us.

Posted by Silvergun

I really can't believe I'm getting excited for an MMO again. A few months ago, I figured that despite loving GW1, I was going to pass on GW2 because I was over MMOs. Then I got into BWE3, tried it out, and have spent the last month more giddy with excitement for a game than I have since I can remember.

Timing worked out really well too, I got told by HR the Monday right after BWE3 that I needed to use some of my vacation time, so after work today, I'll have 9 days off to slack as I've never slacked before. Going to be good times.

Posted by jakob187

@Silvergun said:

....after work today, I'll have 9 days off to slack as I've never slacked before. Going to be good times.

May God have mercy on your soul. Please don't become a news story about someone dying from a Guild Wars 2 playing spree.

Posted by Silvergun

@jakob187 said:

May God have mercy on your soul. Please don't become a news story about someone dying from a Guild Wars 2 playing spree.

Nah, other than maybe tonight, I plan on actually sticking to my normal sleep pattern. I learned a long time ago that I'm actually a lot happier going to bed at midnight and getting up at 7 to play than going to bed after the sun comes up and sleeping in until mid afternoon. Plus, instead of shoveling pizza and crap down my throat, I've got a rice cooker and a big bag of rice, a freezer full of marinaded tri tips to grill, and loads of corn because corn is great.

I did get a couple bottles of calvados though since it's a special occasion!

All in all, it's going to just be a nice quiet relaxing week with lots of GW2 punctuated by grilling.

Posted by Jack_Lafayette
@Silvergun: You, sir, have gotten Guild Wars 2 the honeymoon it deserves.
Posted by supamon

@makari said:

@supamon said:

Oh god stop hyping it up. I told myself I wouldn't get it early yet I'm sitting at the purchase screen.

One of us, one of us, one of us.

I caved in... Now we are all sons of bitches.

Posted by Xeirus

@supamon said:

@makari said:

@supamon said:

Oh god stop hyping it up. I told myself I wouldn't get it early yet I'm sitting at the purchase screen.

One of us, one of us, one of us.

I caved in... Now we are all sons of bitches.

Don't feel guilty, we love you

Posted by jakob187

@supamon said:

@makari said:

@supamon said:

Oh god stop hyping it up. I told myself I wouldn't get it early yet I'm sitting at the purchase screen.

One of us, one of us, one of us.

I caved in... Now we are all sons of bitches.

That just made me think of Ellis in Left 4 Dead 2.

"Kill all sons of bitches. That's my motto."

I would totally play a Left 4 Dead MMO...

Also, welcome to the fold.

Posted by DeviantJoker

@jakob187:

Have fun in tonight! I, unfortunately, will be trottin' around the GW2 universe on another server up with the Penny Arcade folks on Fort Aspenwood - but maybe I'll guest in every now and then (if/when that gets implemented) to join the shenanigans with some GB-Comm.

"I'm going to try to get some sleep, because I'm exhausted, and tomorrow is going to be a very long day. There is such a range of emotion I'm experiencing right now, but mostly I just want to say that I hope you guys love it. Love it forever, or love it and then move on to something else, but just love it, and know that three hundred of us melted down our hearts to give it to you. It's all yours soon."

Rawr. It's been a hell of a wait... I'm ready to explore the hell out of this game.

Posted by jakob187

@DeviantJoker: Where did that quote come from? It's quite a nice, heartfelt thing to say to a community that has given the game rabid support. = D

Posted by DeviantJoker

@jakob187: It's sourced as a ANet employee who belonged to a fan site community and posted it there before she left that night. SAUCE

Posted by Felgrim

SO much hype in my brain!! I can't handle it!

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

 I'm sad I couldn't get a copy and join in soon but I guess there's always next week.
Bloody hyped thanks to this thread however!

Posted by jakob187

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

I'm sad I couldn't get a copy and join in soon but I guess there's always next week. Bloody hyped thanks to this thread however!

I am glad to know that my services have been useful. = D

Edited by xSeanZx

Hey guys I pre purchased and wanted to make sure I am ready to go for tonight....

I got two emails. One email was 'Thank you for pre purchasing guild wars 2!". It has the serial code and info.

i got another email telling me thanks for registering my guild wars 2 account (with that code).

Now, nowhere on my account page does it show that I have the digital edition purchased. And when i log into the game client while its downloading it says " either no event is in progress or your account does not have guild wars 2 activated". I am assuming that this is because the headstart is not going yet and that is considered an "event".

The other weird thing too is that I had a handle and everything on my account that I made before, but when I registered my key, it made me put the info in again and my handle's number changed.

I just want to make sure this is all common practice and I will be good to go tonight.... thanks!

Oh one more thing! I downloaded the client, and there was no install process.... it just downloaded a ton of files, and in my guild wars 2 folder I have the executable, gw2.dat, and gw2.tmp. Those are the only 3 things in it..... is that normal?

Posted by Tarkhein

@xSeanZx:

Re: Not showing edition.

It doesn't show you have standard or digital deluxe in the account page, you'll check in game. If there are any issues, contact support.

Re: remaking account

I didn't think it was possible to make an account without buying.

Re: client

Yep, that's it. gw2.dat has ALL the files, just launch gw2.exe when the time comes

Edited by jakob187

@xSeanZx said:

Oh one more thing! I downloaded the client, and there was no install process.... it just downloaded a ton of files, and in my guild wars 2 folder I have the executable, gw2.dat, and gw2.tmp. Those are the only 3 things in it..... is that normal?

Yeah, that bugged me out a little too...and I had to get this on 36 computers total!!! Imagine how much I was freaking out while I said "where the fuck are all the files...there were, like, 170,000 of them!!!" before I realized that they are all in that .dat file.

I should be used to this, however, since League of Legends kind of does the same thing with their "RADS" folder.

Posted by xSeanZx

Is a 14.3GB dat file all ready to go for tonight?

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