Today, Nicholas Sandford (Pre-Searing) is collecting Spider Legs. I figured that I could kill a few crawling critters and farm some loot. Yet, I was distracted by the storyline. Imagine that… actually stopping to read the story in a video game. Maybe you should try it sometime, I find it to be entertaining. But the problem with reading the story is that it doesn’t always go the way you would like it. Lately, this is often the case with Nicholas. What a misfortunate fellow! I understand that his unrequited love for Mary Malone is a core element of Guild Wars lore. It’s a very dramatic and very touching story. But when he sends me off to mindlessly kill spiders, my mind starts to wander.
ArenaNet continues their tradition of celebrating the holidays in Guild Wars. Since this weekend is Thanksgiving, computer controlled monsters will drop Pumpkin Pie and Hard Apple Cider. Even in the virtual world of Tyria, there will be lots of eating and drinking this weekend. I enjoy these events because it’s great for title farming. If you’re working on your Sweet Tooth or Drunkard title, the extra loot helps. Supposedly, this digital gluttony will be rewarded in the sequel.
Have you ever seen the movie “Lord of War“ with Nicolas Cage? Basically, it’s about an arms dealer who gets incredibly rich by selling / smuggling weapons to warlords all over the world. Does this sound familiar? If you complete this week’s Traveler run, you might see some striking similarities. I’m just going to admit it… I suspect that Nicholas the Traveler is a Guild Wars arms dealer. For Week 31, I found him standing with my enemies. Nicholas boldly admitted that he was trading with the Jade Brotherhood. Yet, I didn’t kill the traveler. The game won’t let me. But even if I could, I probably wouldn’t. He supplies me with the items I need to wage war too.
Oh no… it’s Swine Flu in Guild Wars… or is it Yak Flu? Professor Yakkington, the pet belonging to Nicholas the Traveler, has come down with some sort of condition. Is this a precursor to a Tyrian plague? I don’t know, it could just be some random text thrown into the box. After 30 weeks of trying to find Nicholas, maybe the developers have run out of good storylines. No, I don’t think so. Actually, I’m beginning to wonder if something deeper is going on here… something that transcends the game itself. What are you up to ArenaNet?!
As expected, Guild Wars 2 is not going to be released anytime soon. NCsoft released their third quarter (2009) report. While ArenaNet might be secretive about their project, their parent company has shareholders to answer to. Historically, the Earning Releases from NCsoft have revealed many secrets. But with this report, I had to dig a little deeper. The pretty PDF didn’t contain the information I was looking for. Instead, I had to listen to a recording of the English Conference Call. At the 21:00 minute mark, the fate of Guild Wars was revealed. It’s not going to be released this year… not even next year… but “probably sometime year 2011.”