For the few of you who aren’t aware of this, folks in Guild Wars 2 figured out a way to endlessly farm a string of constantly spawning champions. Because it’s a low-level zone, the champs aren’t that tough at all, and because Guild Wars 2 auto-levels you down and gives you loot appropriate for your real level, you can get some decent stuff from it.
The reason I hopped on board the train, as it’s called, was to finish a few dailies while working on my 75-champion monthly. Also, it’s sometimes just relaxing and fun to farm stuff in a group. I have no problem with this. In fact, farming mobs as part of a large group has become one of my favorite activities in Guild Wars 2, from the labyrinth during Halloween to Scarlet Briar’s zone invasions. It’s a low-stress group activity that can be pretty profitable.
But the Queensdale champion train is a sore point of contention in our guild and elsewhere. The issue is that people in the train get really, really, really sensitive to anyone outside of the train killing (“sniping,” as it’s put) champions. For them, it screws up the rotation and robs the greater group the reward. For them, there’s this logic of, “If you want to kill champions, you should just come with us.”
For them, there’s this almost paranoid jealousy of the champion mobs. They belong to the train, you see. And you will face the train’s mouthy wrath if you dare steal one of THEIR champs. The twisted logic that some of the members of the train use when they get into shouting matches is just laughable. It’s hard to defend the fact that, for the world, you’re acting like a little kid who thinks that all of the toys in the nursery belong to him or her. I guess there’s a part of some people that never grows up.
This mentality is a little toxic — and not to mention stupid. Does it have to be said that the game is for everyone? That people can play the way that they want to? That when it comes to landscape content, there are no “dibs?” That life will go on if a champion is sniped and that respawns will, indeed, happen? That everyone should take two fat chill pills and call their shrink in the morning? That perhaps lowbie characters have more of a right to the zone than others, if you really want to get down to it?
Last night this argument was raging across map chat — which is another downside to the train, since it turns this newbie zone into a high-level whine/flame fest — and a few of us in the train were calling for calmness. That did not go over well. “That’s just what someone who snipes would say!” one petulant Guardian said. “Um, I’m *in* the train,” came the ignored response. I lent my voice in support of sanity, but the ALL CAPS SOCIETY was in full force against such reason.
There’s just this fascinating mob mentality going on here in which the train assumes that all courtesy is due to them, but they owe it not one whit to other players. I’m sure the studio could rejigger the zone so that farming here is no longer that profitable and people will look elsewhere and leave the lowbies alone. But for the time being, the train continues, for all of the good and bad that it brings.