Every week, ArenaNet updates Guild Wars with a new adventure. Players are invited to find Nicholas the Traveler and embark on his scavenger hunt. For the week of October 26, the mission is to find 5 Forgotten Trinket Boxes and bring them to Nicholas, in Minister Cho’s Estate. Normally, I ignored these quests. But with the Halloween festivities increasing my interest in playing Guild Wars, I decided to give it another try. Besides, the rewards are great for title farming.
Issue #35 of Photics – The Guild Wars Edition – is dated Fall 2009. The previous ezine was released in the Spring of 2007. That’s a long time. That’s almost as long as the wait for Guild Wars 2. A lot has changed since then. Not so much with the franchise, but with the players themselves. Issue #35 explains. It also contains a parody of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. “The Moa” is about the frustrating wait for Guild Wars 2. This issue contains artwork from Dona Vajgand.
I’m in NYC, what I consider ground zero for the current financial crisis. Bad banks, high unemployment, foreclosures, fraud, cash for clunkers, oh my! It’s a tough environment for an honest gamer. I just don’t get it. These are the same streets, the same people, but for some reason lots of people are in a bad mood. They’re worried about spending money, which only perpetuates the problem. The gaming industry is important for business. Excitement for new games drives console and computer sales. That puts people to work, which helps the economy. So let’s get excited! Let’s make life fun again! But of course, we’ll start slow. Here are some inexpensive game ideas for cost conscious consumers.
If you went by the rating of Guild Wars titles, I’m an unlucky player. I already have two ranks in the unlucky title track, but I still haven’t reached the first rank in the lucky line. That means I’ve been breaking a lot of lockpicks. When the merchants sell them for 1500 gold each, that’s a lot of gold lost. Perhaps my situation will improve during this weekend’s event, where there will be extra lockpicks and double lucky/unlucky points from opening treasure chests. An event like this is a refreshing boost for title farmers – like me!
After years of waiting, ArenaNet finally released something new about Guild Wars 2. It’s a trailer and it’s a beautiful thing to see. The beginning of the video highlights concept artwork, and then it fades into actual game scenes. If you’re familiar with Guild Wars lore, there shouldn’t be too many surprises here. The game looks amazing. The trailer was impressive. I carefully analyzed the content. But unfortunately, it left me with more questions than answers.