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Guild Wars 2 Beta: Initial Impressions
Posted by Amber Teasdale in Stuff and Things on April 30, 2012
Meet Tove, my Norn Ranger. Isn’t she awesome? She’s pretty awesome. Also, the character creator is addicting, guys, you have no idea. I have sliders to play with, weeeeeee. There could be some more variety in the faces (for those of us who are bad at sliders), but after 7 years of WoW character creation I’m just not going to bitch that much. There’s a height slider (more wee!) and while there’s no body sliders, you do have a selection of frames to choose from, and that’s something.
I didn’t level as high as some of my friends did–the sense of BUT I HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN AT RELEASE was definitely there, holding me back. Getting Tove to 10 was enough for me to know I wanted to play a ranger. I also poked around with a Guardian and an Elementalist and liked those. Warrior and Thief didn’t instantly appeal, but I also only leveled them to like…2, so.
Combat was fun, although for both Ranger and Elem I did a lot of OMG RUN AROUND IN CIRCLES KITE KITE KITE. Ranger pets could use with being made of a little less tissue paper. One really nice thing I noticed, though, was that individual pets within a family mattered. My snow leopard was not the same as any other cat–each type has their own special ability. I also noticed some slight differences in cat models, although I failed to get a good screen shot. My norn ranger’s cat seemed to have a thicker tail (as befits a snow leopard) than my friend’s human ranger’s jaguar.
We tried PvP. We were bad at it, but we enjoyed being bad. Wait. No, we enjoyed PvP despite being bad. It feels somewhat like old AV, in the sense that it’s a huge map with points you want to capture. Only…with a larger map. And supply routes and caravans to defend and things. And no mounts. Yeah. Don’t get me wrong though, we really DID enjoy ourselves! We were just also terrible.
It was also interesting to note that you don’t see the names of your opponents–they are simply labeled by team color.
This is a Charr. A female Charr, in case you were wondering (and I couldn’t blame you if you were). I had fun making mine resemble a snow leopard. The four ears and two horns are a leeeeettle weird, but actually, I rather like this race. See MMO people, not all females of every race have to be pretty. I can rock FIERCE and be glad. Although I wish her claws were a little smaller–those just seem impractical!
Awesome random notes: you can only have two professions active at a time, but you can switch without losing progress. You can TURN OFF YOUR SHOULDER GRAPHICS. There’s armor and then there’s town clothes, which are also awesome. Oh, and dying clothes works SO much better in GW2 than it did in RIFT, seeing as how RIFT like to leave swathes of the garment undyed and thus looking awful. Replacing gear also automatically dyes it to match the rest, until you change your dye scheme in the hero panel. Squee!
The game is fucking pretty. SO fucking pretty. The cities feel like cities. There’s fascinating nooks and crannies, interesting NPCs, and breath taking background views.
RP is a little awkward. For one thing, there’s no official RP server, although Tarnished Coast has been declared the unofficial one, and I did indeed see RP in various cities as I traveled around. There’s no /say though, and the emote range is expansive…so you basically spam the zone with your emotes and talk in the local channel. That’s the most significant issue we have to see addressed. I’d also really like to sit in chairs.
Some people complain about a lack of chat bubbles, but I don’t see the point–I’ve always kept an eye on my chat log. The only time I rely on chat bubbles is in spammy, tavern type events…but, I think I could live without them. Chat bubbles pop up next to players in the party interface, so there’s always that as an option.
But I want to sit in the chairs, damn it!
So. That is my rambling overview of the GW2 beta. I will indeed be playing, and at this point in time there’s vague plans for an RP guild build around a core of my RP friends from Earthen Ring. Look for Tove in future beta events if you want to say hi!
BM Huntering: Spec Experimentation
Posted by Amber Teasdale in Amber Tries To Be Helpful on October 20, 2010
I’m not a math person. I’m far more likely to slog through the mathy guides and try to “translate” them into something more palpable (and amusing) than I am to try to generate numbers myself. These are trying times, however, as the math gods of EJ are distracted by the shiny numbers at 85 and I cannot rely on them to do the hard work for me.
So! I slapped an alternative spec into my other tab and decided to test it on dummies FOR YOU. Don’t you feel special? You should. I’m normally too lazy to do anything so technical.
The BM portion of the spec is relatively standard. Two points should go into Go for the Throat–nothing has changed there.
But what about the other points?
There. That is my spec. Effeciency was also tempting, but I opted to play with Improved Serpent Sting and…and um, whatever the other box is, that gives you haste. In my “haste = more focus regen = less fail?” line of thought I was curious to see if putting full points in that would help.
Now haste value is one of those subjective things. How much latency do you have? How much haste is already on your gear? it could be that you’ll hit one of those magical sweet spots and it will do uber magical things for you but generally speaking…eh, go for full ISS and be done with it.
(The difference was ~100-200 DPS, if you’re wondering.)
And you might have already known this or it may be patiently obvious to you more mathy types but WHATEVER, I TRIED FOR YOU.
Posted by Amber Teasdale in Stuff and Things on March 15, 2010
This is where I ramble about my alts because I did nothing constructive over the weekend, WoW-wise.
Aside from the occasional heroic, Lyrandre has settled into the role of “the main only played for raids”. Ambrosine the Tankadin has found herself geared for ICC10 despite myself. I had comfortably retired her, but we always seem short tanks for the Ulduar Hard Mode runs…
And then there’s the 80 I’m actively working on right now-Jamethera, my semi-infamous BM hunter. I love her to death and mourn the fact that I don’t get to do much with her, when she was my main for most of BC. I actually passed on DKP for my priest to run ToC25 with the hunter, instead. With Ambrosine taking up my precious 3rd raiding day, I find myself resentfully chafing at my self inflicted Tank Bitch status. Present me with a “someone needs to do X or the raid doesn’t happen” situation and I’ll be that someone every time. I’ll just…whine about it. Kind of like I’m doing now. Ah, well. My problem.
Jamethera is thiiiiiisclose to being ICC25 ready. If the pole arm from H HoR ever drops again and actually goes to me, I think she’ll be good to go. The other two important upgrades-a ring and a cloak-will come shortly thereafter from rep and frost badges. I might even dual spec and take on MM, if it gives me a chance to beat our resident cocky hunter into the ground. What I’ll do with her then, I don’t know, but it’s a goal none the less…
The ele/resto shaman is still level 47, as Josh hasn’t felt inclined to play his rogue. I did spend some qualitiy time on my CatBearTree, though! One of my guildies, Penitant, was kind enough run me through a few instances, so she went from 54 to 57 in short order. Half a level to go and I’ll be in Outlands healing groups of 4 DKs. Maybe I will…not be bored?
How To Not Look Like A Useless Git In Heroics
Posted by Amber Teasdale in Stuff and Things on March 11, 2010
1) Gem your fucking gear.
Look, we’ve all gotten a new peice and looked at our funds and cringed. In the very least, toss a blue-quality gem in there. If you don’t have the funds to gem it yet, then…don’t wear it. If I look at you and see multiple ungemmed pieces, though, I’m going to be slightly irked in your direction. I don’t care if it’s “just a heroic”, that’s plain fucking lazy. Dailies, go do them for golds.
1b is naturally ENCHANT your shit (at least, your good epic shit). Even if you get +8 stats instead of +10 because +10 is OMG exepnsive, it shows some effort on your part. If you don’t enchant your ilevel 200 gear…okay. But your 245 pants? Proooobably worth at least putting something on. Some day you might want to do something more than get carried through shit.
2) Interrupt your chain heroics to repair, or you might end up looking kind of dumb like me.
3) Ditto that but with ammo and reagents.
4) Don’t forget the part where you at least try to spec, gear, and perform with some semblence of knowledge. Those can be an evolving process, but seriously? EMPTY GEM SOCKETS ARE AN EASILY SOLVED PROBLEM.
This post brought to you by lingering butthurt over losing the polearm to a huntard with full…ungemmed…t9. But also laughing at myself (see point 2).
IMPORTANT PRIEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted by Amber Teasdale in Stuff and Things on February 3, 2010
THE BOUNCING BALL OF INKY GLEE IS BACK
THE BOUNCING BALL OF INKY GLEE IS BACK
THAT IS ALL, CARRY ON.