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This one little change to a quality of life thing has become so very handy and I couldn’t be more tickled that they added it. GW2efficiency is a site that allows you to track all sorts of useful information about your characters across your account thanks to the GW2 API key. Now I have a reminder about doing daily crafting and world bosses, for those days where I am not sure what I want to get done.

If you’re not using the site, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. It’s completely worth it.

Unlocking Guild Armour

I love the way my little asura looks these days! Guardians, watch out! The glowing ghost on her shirt is our guild logo, and I think it’s adorable.

Living World Season 2

I’m slowly working my way through living world season 2 – even though I’ve already completed HoT. I decided it would be better to continue as much in order as I can (I’ve also done some of season 3, and some of PoF, but I have not completed either of them). In some ways I’m happy I’ve completed HoT before doing season 2 because I understand what’s going on a lot better and I can see where it’s leading. Of course that also means there isn’t much of a surprise.

I’m pretty close to reaching 3,500 achievement points and obtaining a new reward. I’m excited about that! I’ve been working on daily quests, along with doing the living world, and some map completion. I’m only 64% of the way through map completion so there’s still TONS to do. I’d also like to start working towards a legendary claymore, but I heard someone talking about how a new one will be released before too long (next month?) so I may hold off.

What is everyone else up to in game? Let me know in comments!

Closer to those Goals

I’m on the final story quest in Heart of Thorns expansion, and I’ve actually managed to complete one of the maps – I’m also pretty close to completing the final two maps thanks to some HoT HP trains that have been running over the past few weekends. I’ll need help with the story (which irks me a bit, seeing as the entire rest of the story I was able to do solo) but I’m REALLY looking forward to finally completing this so that I can move on with the living world stories, and then move on to PoF. Unlocking the mounts that are available is something I want to complete, and maybe I’ll even get caught up with the current living world story.

Stranger things have happened!

Donating towards the Guild

As much as I love GW2 and my adventures in it – there is one very big major issue I have, and that is how smaller guilds are blocked from ever achieving any of the really neat guild hall upgrades, and sometimes even the guild hall itself.

I wish you could unlock it with gems, or gold, or harvested items, or anything that didn’t necessarily require you to have a group come together all at the same time. I feel like guild halls should be something that everyone gets to enjoy, whether you are in an enormous raiding guild that does fractals on a daily basis, or you’re in an ultra casual family friendly guild with friends who meet up once a month.

The way that guilds are handled bugs me. It always has, and unless something changes, it always will.

Still, it doesn’t stop me from donating as much as I can to ours, in the hopes that we earn enough guild status from one of the few events we can complete to actually get something done. The members of KR have worked really hard to reach the level and outpost that we have so far, and I want to continue to help and level it further, but with one person it’s not that easy.

Achievements to Mark Progress

I admit, I love achievements. I love the satisfaction of completing them and I love how they make me feel when I can’t always see what I’m working towards. I love that they give me a goal in game when I’m floundering on what to do.

There are a LOT of achievements in GW2. Some are easier to obtain than others. Some I know I will never get. Some I didn’t even know exist and come as a surprise after they show up (usually after a world boss or a meta event that I haven’t checked out before). I like that we’re rewarded for the number of achievement points we go after, and it motivates me to keep doing things.

I know it hasn’t always been this way, and I know a lot of people do not like achievements, but I think I like the combination of being able to work on them when I want to, and ignoring them when I just don’t care. Some days I just want to look for cats, for my housing instance, and that’s OK too.

Happy gaming!

GW2 Goals

I have a few goals I’m working on in GW2 now that I have my ascended weapon completed. I want to finally finish the Heart of Thorns story line – I’m very close, and I’m also close to map completion which really pleases me. I’ve been fitting in some time between doing everything else life requires to get hero points, experience, and all that good stuff. I was lucky enough to tag along a few trains over the weekend to get things I was missing, and while I couldn’t stay for an entire train on any occasion I was able to re-join during the portions that I needed next time around.

I have a necromancer sitting at level 67, so another goal is to reach 80 on that character. I also need to level a few crafts up to max level – in my case that means leatherworking, artificer, and huntsman. None of them are cheap, which is why I’ve been holding off. It will cost me a bit over 200 gold. Thankfully I do already have the others maxed out.

Once I’ve completed HoT I want to move on to the living world stories that I’ve neglected, starting with season three. Then progress through Path of Fire, and Living World Season 4. I’m sure all of it will take some time, but it’s nice to have goals to work towards.

I’m also working towards ascended gear on the guardian (my main) and map completion because she’s still not quite there yet. I’m inching towards 3500 achievement points which means another nice reward from ANet. I love going after achievements, and while it’s slow going, it is rewarding.

What is everyone else up to? Let me know in comments! As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Fun Conversations

An Ascended Weapon (finally)

I finally crafted my first ascended weapon – old weapon on the left, new one on the right (yeah I need to upgrade it and add those infusion slots) – I love it! It’s about time my little guardian had an upgrade. She’s been using the same weapon for a few years now.

I’ve been following a guide on how to gear up my character, focusing on accessories and weapons before any gear. There isn’t a huge difference between ascended gear and exotic gear, and I’m not doing anything fancy these days (not even fractals) so exotic should suit me just fine.

I did also swap some pieces around. As a friend said, I was a ‘glass cannon’ – able to do a lot of dmg but not take any hits, and it was affecting my solo PVE. Now I’m a bit hardier. I spent a few days hanging around Silverwastes getting the bits and bobs I needed, but I’m so glad that I did!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Slowing Down, Speeding Up, Making a Connection, Finding a Home

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was playing so many MMO that I wasn’t making a connection in any of them – and I wasn’t really getting anywhere in any of them either. It was frustrating. It’s not because I’m unsatisfied with any of the games either, but because I love them all and I’m incredibly indecisive. My day to day is spent making decisions for 2 children all day long and when it comes time to making decisions for myself, I find myself at as loss. Sometimes.

I’ve made some decisions for my sanity. First up, my MMO of choice (for at least 3 months), Guild Wars 2. Why? Because it has the greatest accumulation of things I enjoy in an MMO, and a LOT of stuff I have never done before. Not just HoT, or PoF, but living stories and world events. It has a huge amount of content that I’ve never explored despite having a number of level 80 characters. The content is fun, and I enjoy working towards a goal. My goal in this case is to get an ascended weapon for my main, and flesh out ascended accessories. I’ll stick with exotic armour for now.

Why 3 months? So I can put down roots, get attached to the game (again) and actually make some progress. There’s a good number of friends who play (I’m stargrace.4917 if you want to add me to friends), and the game is beautiful. I’ve also been making a few Medal.TV clips of some vistas and world events which are just good old fashioned fun.

Does that mean ALL I’m going to play is GW2? No, of course not. What sort of Nomadic Gamer would I be if I just stuck to one game all of the time. I’ll still explore a number of single player games I have in my steam library, whatever wanders for free over to the Epic launcher, Sims 4 because come on it’s Sims, and I’m sure a few other MMO type games will make an appearance, like WoW (my subscription is active for the next 6 months still thanks to paying for it with gold), Wurm Unlimited (still waiting for those priest changes), and EVE – but my main focus will be GW2. Since I’m pretty busy with being a full time Mom and a part time student, that may not leave a whole heck of a lot of time for other stuff but we’ll see how it goes.

I like having direction. I like knowing what I want to go after, and then going after it. I want to form those connections that I used to have back when I played EQ2 as my main game almost exclusively. Sure, we can’t go back to gaming days of yore, I get that, but I also have to keep trying to re-capture whatever “it” is that makes me happy to be a gamer.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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