22 – 28 July Weekly Digest

Patch day arrives and therefore so does the next #GW2Project365 weekly digest.  This week I took a trip back in time, amongst other things.

22 July

The beginning of the week saw me continue with my new leveling project, Zaloma.  Nobody visits The Grove without a screenie in the secret grove – think this might be my second ‘secret grove’ shot of the project…

Young saplings.

Young saplings.

23 July

Before leaving The Grove, Zaloma pays a visit to the Pale Tree and whilst there takes some time to contemplate Ventari’s tablet.  I hadn’t realised before that you can angle your camera to get a good look at it from above, love the attention to detail with the moss and little blue flowers that cling to it.  Looking at the tablet and having read up on information about Dry Top past and present I was inspired to take a gaming detour…

Ventari's tablet triggered a little side quest...

Ventari’s tablet triggered a little side quest…

24 July

…back into GW1, which I bought not long after I started playing GW2 with the idea of playing through the original, learning the lore and unlocking some HOM points.  Needless to say I only ever got as far as Lion’s Arch before GW2 completely took me over.  So I picked up my Warrior/Ranger, found myself MOX to help me out a little and pushed on with the Prophecies story in the hopes of reaching Dry Top and the other areas of Maguuma Wastes.  I made it to Bloodstone Fen with MOX and some henchmen before I realised at level 16 I couldn’t make it much further.  I turned back to Lions Arch to do some of the side quests and level up a bit and before you know it I’d headed down a hole in the ground and ended up in…

Guild Wars 1 - meeting the Eye of Janthir.

Guild Wars 1 – meeting the Eye of Janthir.

25 July

The Eye of the North!  Finally reaching the fabled Hall of Monuments I was even able to add MOX into one of the displays to gain another HOM point.  Not only that but I was able to recruit some EotN heros to my little band and am currently feeling much more ready to face the world.  I don’t particularly want to jump all around the different campaigns without finishing them so my plan is to return back to LA with my newly acquired ‘friends’ and finishing leveling to 20.  Hopefully I can head back out to Bloodstone Fen and pick up my story after that.

Guild Wars 1 - Behold! The Hall of Monuments.

Guild Wars 1 – Behold! The Hall of Monuments.

26 July

Back in the Tyria of now I happened to be running along the eastside of LA heading for the Postern Ward services when I stumbled across this little guy – the squeee of delight was audible.  New little baby moas being raised by Tigg the Moa Racing asura.  I was very sad we weren’t able to save his orginial racers in the battle for Lion’s Arch but its good to see him getting the business back up and running.  Hopefully he may introduce a new mini moa prize in future?

*Squeeeee* Baby Moas.

*Squeeeee* Baby Moas.

27 July

Sundays = guild get-togethers for us and two guilds we ally with.  I hold my hand up now and say this group shot was actually taken the previous Sunday, but I had to give that over to Brutus’s triumphant rise to level 80 and subsequent kicking of Zhaitan.  So, not wanting to leave out such a great community shot I thought I’d put it in today – hi to all my friends in Legion of Honour, Vanquish and ROAR.

Guild alliance get together.

Guild alliance get together.

28 July

So many excellent shots of Dry Top and the newer areas, the Ley Line hub really was a jaw-dropper the first time I went in there but on the way to it I’d completely skipped this vista which is equally as stunning, especially as it reveals the oasis at the end.  Not sure we’ll be getting any new areas in this next patch, by the looks of things we will be heading back to more familiar areas, but the maps released with the last two patches are still showing me new things and events.

Towards the Oasis.

Towards the Oasis.

So I hope everyone enjoys the new patch, it looks like it’s going to shake things up a bit – here’s to a happy and eventful week in Tyria.

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15 – 21 July Weekly Digest

Welcome to the second weekly round-up, another mixed bunch this week, some living story, some personal story and some…well other stuff.

15th July

When last we spoke both Tulaah and Kira has begun to explore Dry Top, helping out crash victims and persuing Scarlet’s past activity in the area.  Whilst they were there strange things were happening elsewhere in Tyria, vines previously only found in Dry Top and Tangle Root began to spread out to other areas, seemingly attracted to waypoints.  Finally we discovered that asuran technology is indeed susceptible to something when one of the vines in Brisbane Wildlands wrapped itself around a waypoint and shattered it.

This won't end well...

This won’t end well…

16th July

We discovered new areas by following Scarlet’s trail, we discovered much more than new areas if truth be told.  I was really tempted to throw up a bunch of screenshot but I’m trying hard to stick to the ‘one shot per day’ idea.  I will definitely be featuring more of the area as the story progresses and as I visit the area with other characters.  I picked this screenshot because it really was the most jaw-dropping moment I’ve had in this game for a long while; the scale of the place, the questions it raises – just amazing.

Amazing discovery - the ley line hub.

Amazing discovery – the ley line hub.

17th July

I added a new notch to my completionist belt this week when I discovered that I wasn’t happy taking level 80s to do the new LS content if they hadn’t already finished their own personal story.  I know that the devs have written all the new dialogue to reflect that you have finished it, even if you haven’t, but that didn’t sit well with me.  So…time to take Binky back in time to his days with the Pact, those halcyon days of Orr.  First off, let’s clear the risen out of Fort Trinity – has anyone seen my Blue Orb of mystery?

Anyone want to play marbles?

Anyone want to play marbles?

18th July

One thing led to another and before you know it Binky had managed to get himself, Destiny’s Edge and the Pact forces to the fabled gates of Arah.  An inflight movie and some complementary drinks later and we were down one Elder Dragon – rejoice!

Binky's turn finally came to tweak the noise of that pesky Elder Dragon.

Binky’s turn finally came to tweak the noise of that pesky Elder Dragon.

19th July

You may think that getting a haircut is a bit of a slow news day, but I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for a new style for Tulaah.  As she was my first character, by the time I’d levelled her to 80 and discovered the joy of cosmetic backpieces I quickly realised that her ponytail caused massive clipping issues with nearly all of them.  Unfortunately, I was so used to her by this point that any hairstyle I tried out made her feel like a totally different character, not the curious Sylvari I had spent time with map completing, following her story and reaching 80 with.  But with the latest hairstyle releases I finally found it – it’s shorter, presents no clipping issues but, most importantly, when I look at her it is still Tulaah.  So a big thank you to the ‘hair designers’ at Anet – you may consider this a win.

New hair - bring on the back pieces...finally.

New hair – bring on the back pieces…finally.

20th July

Brutus, my current levelling project, reached 80 this week.  I actually had a lot of fun levelling him, everyone knows warriors are OP but I had great fun taking advantage of this to push him through areas and personal stories much higher than his current level.  When I did find the gap too big I used some of my stock of tomes to add a couple of levels and go back and try again.  And because of all this he had travelled most of the way into Orr by the time he hit 80 (harvesting Ghost Peppers – how heroic!) and he too was ready to knock on the gates of Arah.

Brutus reaches level 80 whilst harvesting Ghost Peppers in Orr.

Brutus reaches level 80 whilst harvesting Ghost Peppers in Orr.

Bonus screenshot – A quick trip to the shops for some gear and Brutus was ready to embrace his destiny as Commander of the Pact.

What time is it? Zhaitan-slapping time!

What time is it? Zhaitan-slapping time!

21st July

Hot on the heels of Brutus reaching 80 I chose my next project, it is going to be a Sylvari but in the end I opted to focus on my thief rather than my guardian. So please allow me to introduce you to Zaloma.  She looks pretty snazzy right now (level 25) but I won’t keep up with transmuting the look as she levels – to compensate I did give her one of the nice new hairstyles.  Rather than focusing on personal story to level I think Zaloma is going to prioritise exploration but we’ll see how she gets on.

A true thief, she's already been stealing from the account wardrobe...

A true thief, she’s already been stealing from the account wardrobe…

 

 

8 – 14 July Weekly Digest

Trying something a bit different with the project for the next few weeks to see how it works.  I have no problems with taking at least one screenshot a day, but because of how I choose to share them on here it isn’t always easy to post them up the same day.  So, I’m going to give weekly digests a go – one post a week containing seven screenshots and as Tuesday is usually either patch or preview day it seems like a good day to pick for my posts.

Lots of opportunities for really good views in Dry Top, especially with its changing environment.  It will be interesting to see how the area changes with the next story and how those changes are managed long term in relation to players who haven’t had a chance to visit Dry Top yet.

Above a Dry Top sandstorm.

Above a Dry Top sandstorm.

Although my current levelling project is my Charr Warrior, Brutus, I am starting to consider who might be next.  Sylvari is the only race in which I have only one level 80, so perhaps it’s time to add another to that number.  Can’t decide whether to go with my Guardian (pictured here) or having just levelled a warrior perhaps I will go with my Sylvari thief.

Will Trethalan be my next level 80 Sylvari?

Will Trethalan be my next level 80 Sylvari?

I took Kira into Brisbane Wildlands to begin her investigations – I have to admit that I skipped a lot of the dialogue the second time round which I probably shouldn’t have as I know there are differences depending on race and previous story choices.  However, I did find that I enjoyed the story instances despite having done them all twice already on Tulaah.  The bite-sized ‘missions’ are really accessible and I felt free to take them at my own pace – permanent LS is definitely the way to go.

Kira arrives at Tangle Root

Kira arrives at Tangle Root

July sees the resurrection of my fractal running – although I’ve mostly been doing pre-20 levels with guildies just to get my feet wet again.  The one run I did to increase my fractal level (23) ended with a really rather torturous Mai Trin, having already run into her on my two previous runs at lvl 10 she quickly became my least favourite person in game.

Mai Trin (not my favourite person this week!)

Mai Trin (not my favourite person this week!)

I succumbed, despite trying to wait for the next character slot sale I caved this week and bought two.  So far I’ve only used one, adding an Asuran thief to my cast of characters.  He’s small, he’s dark and he’s dangerous…and at level 2 he’s already been playing in the account wardrobe.

He rules the shadows.

He rules the shadows.

Zhaitan received a further slap in the face from Team Lexy this week – this time was the turn of my necro Klariss Ghostcaller.

Zhaitan death no. 2 for 2014

Zhaitan death no. 2 for 2014

And finally, Binky has been doing a tour of both story and explorable dungeons this week.  I usually fall in the trap of just grabbing my main whenever I go to do something like dungeons but I’ve been making an effort to take different professions and to try to hone my skills in new ways.  Plus, Binky is adorable and I love watching him run around dragging his giant greatsword 😀

Binky shares in the bromance of CoF story mode.

Binky shares in the bromance of CoF story mode.

 

7 July

Nearly two years in and I’m still discovering new and wonderful things, like this coffin tucked away behind the boss chamber of CoF path 2 that a guildie showed us after our run.

Who exactly is in this chain-wrapped coffin and what will happen if they get out?

Now, does anyone have any more chains?

Now, does anyone have any more chains?

 

6 July

I love those Sundays when I have nothing else to do but play some GW2, today was one of those.  Levelled my Charr warrior a little more, pushing him through personal story instances well above his level was very entertaining.  Then I allowed him to catch up using some tomes – kind of a risk-reward strategy to levelling.  After that were our weekly guild missions, poor Poobadoo was targeted once again.  I think Anet should retire him for the one year anniversary of guild missions in game – he’s paid his dues.

To round off the night I dusted the cobwebs off my fractal skills whilst helping take a guildie through on his first run – he loved it and I was pleased that things hadn’t changed since I was last there.  Happy days!

Fractal fun.

Fractal fun.

5 July

Day two of levelling Brutus and he called in moral support from a guildie to get through the confusion that is mapping the Black Citadel.

Taking in the sights of the Black Citadel.

Taking in the sights of the Black Citadel.

4 July

Today I embraced the brave new world of permanent LS content.  I don’t need to be in Dry Top every waking moment for the next two weeks, I can go off and do something else without losing my place.  So today I decided to level my Charr Warrior, Brutus Ghostbane.

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