It’s no secret that Guild Wars and I have a weird relationship — almost bipolar, in a way. I like the game intellectually, in that it seems to have all the right elements that I’d want in a MMO, but I’ve never, ever been able to stick with it for more than a week or two at a time. I mean, if you count just this past year at Bio Break, I think I’ve tried GW about three or four times.
Maybe it’s the lack of a jump button. Maybe I’ve never dedicated myself to sticking with it long enough so that I’ll finally “get it”. Maybe I just hate feeling way behind the rest of the crowd. Who knows?
So I was pretty content to just let Guild Wars lie fallow and then jump on the Guild Wars 2 wagon as soon as it came out of the gate. That plan changed this week when ArenaNet unveiled all of the rewards for players who’ve invested in building up their Hall of Monuments, and I think my mouth just dropped when I read through the list.
After that moment, it wasn’t a question: I had to get over this GW hump and earn these goodies.
Yes, I’m partially insane for any way to get weird little goodies before a MMO releases, even if I don’t end up playing it muchly. This isn’t just a pre-order deal to get one or two nifty items, but a Santa Claus list of titles, pets, armor and weapons.
It means that I’ve dusted off my GW account (and I’m not the only one, apparently) in an attempt to see if someone who’s largely clueless as to most of the game can achieve a good portion of these points before GW2 launches in 2012. Or 2013. I’m optimistic.
I really have no idea if it can be done. Rubi at Massively says I should be able to, and she’s helpfully supplying a series of articles dedicated to guiding people to those 50 points, but I don’t know. I still need to get Factions and Eye of the North to round out my account as well. But the bottom line is that I’m optimistic, and if nothing else, it’s giving me some great motivation to plow through Guild Wars and experience a lot more of it than I have previously.
But when you think about it, it really is a masterstroke on ArenaNet’s behalf. By finally defining the rewards for the Hall of Monuments, the company:
- Is providing concrete rewards for loyal players
- Upping the sales of Guild Wars and potential sales of Guild Wars 2
- Is giving lapsed or newbie players a good reason to pick this game up
- Is helping to take the edge off the long wait to GW2 by giving everyone something to do that “banks” up goodies for when that game releases
It’s a proven fact that fans waiting for the release of a MMO will engage in even the most trivial of activities and mull over the most expensive of collector’s edition pre-orders if it’ll give them a shot at storing up bonuses for their characters when the game eventually comes out. Star Wars: The Old Republic fans only wish they had something like this to pass the time, I bet.