80%. That is the number that taunts me and haunts me. It is the little progression bar of map completion in Guild Wars 2, and it is not going up fast enough to suit my needs.
If I seem a little mad in the upcoming months (y’know, more than normal), it’s because this final stretch is definitely going to push me over the edge. Don’t get me wrong: I totally love doing full-on map completion. It’s just that I’m starting to see the finish line and then the permission to finally make an alt. And man oh man do I want to make an alt.
So why don’t I just do it now? Because I know myself. If I start down the path of alts right now, then I will never finish 100% map completion. And that’s been a goal of mine since the first week in the game. I wanted — and still do — for my first character to complete the whole map with all of its vistas and waypoints and so on. I wanted to explore the world in its entirety and be available for any activities after that. It’s a dedicated project, and alts are the glamorous distractions that will keep me from ever getting that little spiffy icon next to my name.
Besides, I really do love exploring Tyria and doing this. It’s satisfying and fun. I just wish that, after five months, I would have finished already. Early on in my GW2 run, I exchanged gold for gems at a now-ridiculous rate and purchased enough character slots to make one of every class if I so desire. Those empty slots and reserved names are taunting me, I swear. I also miss just leveling up and unlocking new abilities. I might just change my engineer’s build soon just for variety’s sake.
Right now I’m up to the Straits of Devastation, which includes one of the more annoying jumping vistas I’ve done yet. Oh man, how I hate jumping vistas. I mean, maybe it’s fun for you to misjudge distance and plummet to your death, but as a guy who has no reliable depth perception in real life, it’s like the game is taunting me.