It's been a while since my last substantial post. In truth, not much has been going on in terms of gaming. I've been out of town for work 2 of the last 4 weeks is one reason. I've been spending more time teaching myself new jewelry making techniques in real life is the other. In the next couple of weeks, I'm embarking on the journey of hot-joining metals and hope I don't burn down my house! I'll need to make sure that my house insurance is in order. (jk)
GW2 Maintenance Mode
My life in GW2 marches on. No new friends have joined me in the game. Boooooooooo!!! Niece, nephew and daughter returned to their lives on XBox. The large but WvW focused guild I'm in has gone silent or tits-up, not sure which. Doesn't really matter, I'm cruising along doing what I do at end game - crafting, exploring, romping through my favorite zones, playing dress-up and making gold.
I love my Mesmer more than Tyria itself. She's so amazing and fun to play. My poor Guardian has been relegated to sitting in Southsun Cove in between farming and crafting sessions. She makes all the money but the Mesmer has all the fun and adventure. *sigh* She so pretty. Okay, she does contribute to the coffer. She farms all the other zones and battles bosses for rares to salvage into Ectos.
Just the Monthly Please
I'm not on enough to worry about doing Daily Achievements anymore. They had been a little touch-stone for me to check in every day and seemed to happen more naturally. Post the recent series of changes, it's less organic and often requires me to go specific places, not part of my normal routine. Going to places you hadn't or wouldn't normally is all well and good when you have the time, which I don't so much right now. Playing less means, I'm less inclined to do the detours.
Conversely, I like the changes to the Monthly Achievement system. The wider scope and longer completion time, means it's something I can reach for each month. I don't even care about what you can buy with the laurels very much. I like how I look in the gear I have. I don't need the best stats in the game to do what I do, so the reward isn't a huge incentive. Regardless, it's good to know I'm getting something better/more than before, for the effort.
To date, I've been spending laurels on T6 crafting components to use and sell. But here again, I'm not even sure what I'm saving up all this gold for in the first place? At a certain point, more is just... more. I was able to give my son the gold he needed to speed level crafting when the newest monthly achievement required x number of Master Crafted items. Other than that, it's resting in the bank. Which by the way, ala EQ2 and a few other games, Iove that you can deposit money in the bank.
Incoming 3rd Character?
I'd been holding off attempting another character to make sure friends weren't going to join. I only have a finite number of 1 to max level climbs in a game. I usually don't have serious alts. Doing the Mesmer this early was out of character. In choosing her, I had a hard time deciding between Mesmer, Necro and Engineer. I might make my 3rd and final run up the ladder on one of the other two. We shall see. I'm dabbling in Tera Online 1 to 2 evenings a week which eats into GW2 but more on that in another post.
All in all, GW2 is steady and she blows for me. It's still my favorite MMO with fun classes and stunning landscapes. Games I've touched since feel lacking in one form or another in comparison. I know I'll be back gangland style when there's an expansion and more levels to be had.