I broke my own rule yesterday: I started thinking about Guild Wars 2. Fantasizing about it. Desiring it. Itching for it. And quickly, over the space of an hour, I descended into a madness that is unspeakable. Let’s just say that I was found by friends while gnawing on a head of cabbage pretending that I was in a PvP fight with a Sylvari.
Seriously, how did you hardcore GW fans last five years? Is this why the community is so nuts?
It got bad, my friends. It got bad. I can only console myself that it would’ve been a lot worse if I didn’t have so many other excellent titles to keep myself occupied as of late. But it’s hard to deny the Jupiter-like gravitational pull of Guild Wars 2, especially after having dabbled in the beta. I can’t wait to start, to roll my main, to get back with my guild, to savor the headstart/launch festivities and chat and inevitable comparison-to-WoW debates, to take my time and explore, and to spend some time introducing the game to my wife.
To stave off the madness — back! back foul beast of the active imagination! — I decided to channel this excited energy into practical preparations. I logged onto my guild’s forums and read up on all of our sinister plans. I downloaded the client on my laptop. I dug out my unfinished Edge of Destiny novel and vowed to give it another shot. I combed through websites looking for practical guides. I spent 45 minutes reading up on crafting, of all things. I listened to that new GW2 single and cursed the slowness of DirectSong in getting the soundtrack to me. I logged into the last half-hour of the stress test and said good-bye to my ugly Sylvari mushroom head, which I left underwater, next to a sunken ship and surrounded by undead pirates.
It was a productive day.
It certainly felt weird to log on during the stress test because it felt like everything was in limbo. Nothing mattered in terms of what you did with a character, although I was pleased to see that my digital deluxe goodies arrived in my character’s mail, the Hall of Monuments achievements accurately reflected my work in GW1, and the GW2 hat is free in the in-game store. I was even more pleased that the launcher finally let me accomplish something that months of wrangling with NCsoft could not — it gave me the option to change my log-in email address.
So I just spent a half-hour puttering around, taking in the scenery, investigating the UI, talking with a couple guildies on, and generally feeling that calm sense of pre-launch excitement. Guild Wars 2 may not be all things to all people, but I know it’s going to be great for me. Is it only Wednesday? Sigh. Three more days.
Here’s a few helpful links for those wanting to prep up for the big day:
- Here’s a whole crafting guide (thanks to Moxie for spotlighting this!)
- GW2 interactive map
- Great overview thread with lots of clear explanations and tips about the game
- A couple tips videos, one with five tips and one with 15!