A Virtual Life
Friday, July 31, 2009
No, I won't talk about the famous show on TV, but the ones you can find in Nightfall!

From time to time, I am playing Nightfall. Now, I am stuck at the end, unable to finish the game. I find it quite difficult to continue doing the quests and missions with NPCs only. Somehow, I find that the community spirit I liked so much with the Prophecy campaign was lost with the introduction of Heroes.
What are Heroes? For those who don't know, they are henchmen that belong to your character. They have skills and armors you can customize, and you can bring them with you (maximum of 3) on a quest or mission. You can complete your team using the regular henchmen. By doing so, you can avoid joining random groups. For me, it kinda killed the fun...
Don't be mistaken! I really think that the ArenaNet developpers came up with some very nice features, and it is really a lot of fun to customize your heroes, train them so that they reach the famous level 20 and so on, but I don't meet people regularly now, nor do I rarely chat with other players (other than for trading).
Maybe it's me not doing the right thing?

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posted by Caroline @ 10:44 AM   2 comments
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I receive lots of comments that deal with advertising.
Be aware that comments are monitored on this blog, and I will reject anything that I don't deem pertinent.
And no, I am not looking into marketing my blog. I am just trying to communicate some of my ideas and my thoughts here.
If people like it, I am happy with it!
posted by Caroline @ 3:44 PM   2 comments
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ruins of Morah
I just saw that I haven't written for more than a year!
Things have changed so much in-between. My private life has been pretty full with new events.
I am still playing Nightfall from time to time with the Dervish I initially created.

I am currently at the Gate of Pain. I guess I am closer to the end now.

It took me a long time to move forward, I must admit that I got stuck at the Ruins of Morah. I read quite a bit about that mission, and really wanted to get it done on my own. I finally decided to use PUGs instead, but it was even worse (we didn't even manage to kill the first Varesh as I managed to get it done with heroes and henchmen)! I really started to hate that mission and was seeing myself stuck here forever...
As I was about to give up, I decided to give it another try. Here are the heroes and henchmen I used: Morgahn, Zhed, Koss, both of the monks, Herta, and Odurra. Not sure if it will work for you, but I managed to get the mission done in 5 minutes! I just focused on killing Varesh by pulling her, and I brought with me Lightbringer's Gaze and Avatar of Balthazar. I was so happy after! :-)

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posted by Caroline @ 5:58 PM   2 comments
Friday, March 02, 2007
Some news
It's been a while since I have played... The reason why is that my computer is out of service. It's been over 3 months now, and it is really annoying. It is even more annoying as I finally got Nightfall at Christmas! I just had the time to create a Dervish and that's it! She is Level 2 and kinda in limbo I guess.
I didn't merge my 2 accounts, because I thought it would be a good idea to start from scratch. To answer Cathan, yes I still play alone, which is somehow too bad. I miss the interactivity between people, and that is what this game is about in my humble opinion. That's all for now. I hope I can play very soon!

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posted by Caroline @ 7:31 PM   3 comments
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Back to Blogging!
It’s been a while that I haven’t written anything.
Some professional duties are keeping me away from the gaming world and I guess, somehow, it’s a good thing for me! Just kidding! Somehow I miss my online friends.
A few weeks ago, I had time to get connected and I was lucky enough to talk to some of my online friends. It was very nice to learn a bit more of what happened to them in-between.
To be honest, there are two main reasons that keep me away from the game. The first one is the one I mentioned earlier. And the second is that I haven’t bought the new game. I am still playing with the Prophecies Campaign (the first Guild Wars version), and I am not really decided to buy Factions. This version seems to be very PVP oriented, and as I don’t play PVP…
On the Prophecies side, things are pretty boring. I finished the game a long time ago, but I still enjoy the game and my characters. The only problem is that the new players are a bit different from those I’ve always known. I cannot define precisely in which extent they are, but it is a fact for me. On top of that, at high levels, there are only a few players and it is quite difficult to create a group (without mentioning that there is still the problem to find monks!).
I saw on Guild Wars official website that they will be releasing Nightfall, their new standalone version, on October 27, 2006. I had the occasion to play with the new characters: the Dervish and the Paragon. The Dervish is so cool! It was a lot of fun to play with it and it seems to be a very powerful character. Stay tuned!

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posted by Caroline @ 9:18 PM   4 comments
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Questions and Answers
I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate one of my posts to questions you may have about the game or anything else! To start with, I will answer questions I have been asked earlier and may seem a bit random. The most recent have been added to the top of the list in ascending order.
To ask a question, just leave a comment and I will update the post with my answer to it.
I hope you will find the Q&A useful.

8. Can you join 2 guilds?
As far as I know, you can be part of only one guild per account. To join different guilds, you have to create several accounts.

7. How long does it take to reach level 20?
Depending on the chosen character and your skills as a player, it will take about 50 hours to reach the level cap.

6. What are the Best Profession Combos?
Depending on your way of playing, you want to optimize your character’s skills by selecting the best secondary profession.
Here are the different professions you can choose amongst: Warrior (W), Monk (Mo), Necromancer (N), Elementalist (E), Ranger (R) and Mesmer (Me).

- W/Mo: The most common combo. The Warrior can deal lots of damage and still heal himself. It’s a good choice to solo.
- W/R: You can use the Marksmanship attribute and/or have a pet to help you.

- Mo/W: Very common combo, as you can heal and use the Tactics attributes to protect yourself and your team.
- Mo/R: In that case, you would use the Wilderness Survival attribute.
- Mo/Me: It can be a good combo too.

As I am not very familiar with necros, here are the most common combos I’ve seen so far:
- N/Mo or N/Me
- N/R

- E/Mo: As a secondary Monk, you will be able to focus on healing and maybe protecting if you have point attributes left.
- E/Me: As a secondary Mesmer, you can use the Illusion Magic and Inspiration attributes.
- E/N: By using the Blood Magic attribute, you can explore corpses for regenerating your health.
It seems that you can also combine successfully an Elementalist with the Ranger profession.

As I don’t have any Mesmer nor Ranger characters, I asked some of my friends, and here are their best combo selections:

- R/Mo
- R/W
- R/E


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5. How to level up quickly?
This is a question that I’ve been asked frequently.
You have several ways to do so:
- You can pay someone to run you through the missions and quests (can be expensive if you’ve just started to play),
- You can ‘be run’ (again you have to pay) to the different towns and arrive to Droknar’s Forge (one of the advanced towns) at low level and find a “power-leveler”. The latter is a player whose character level is 20. He will “farm” with you, i.e. you will go outside of the towns with him and he will kill enemies and thereby you will get experience (XP) points without doing a thing,
- You can also play the game!
Needless to say that I totally disapprove the two first solutions.
I don’t understand people who resort to those tricks. If you proceed like this, you will miss lots of things in the game, like quests that give points and free skills, the pleasure of discovering the game environment. You won’t know your available skills until you discover for yourself the best way to use and/or combine them.

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4. What is the best profession?
In my opinion, there is no such thing.
You choose the profession that suits your game style the best.
The Warrior/Monk combo is definitely the most frequent one. There are lots of them, and at higher levels, you can even have problems to find a team due to their overabundance.
The one considered as "indispensable" is the Monk. You can find a team very easily.
I don't know why, but it seems that the less popular profession is the Mesmer. I like having them in the team, because they are at least as useful as the other ones.

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3. Can I reach the level cap (level 20) in pre-searing?
No, you cannot. If you stay in pre-searing until you reach level 8, you will gain no further experience points (XP) by killing enemies or completing quests.

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2. What are “pre-searing” and “post-searing?”
“Pre-searing” corresponds to the tutorial part of the game. You can leave that part once you have reached level 3 at the minimum. You must then choose your second profession. After your return to Ascalon and mandatory talk with Tydus, you will leave this part of the game for good and never return to it. This is called “post-searing.” However, it is recommended your character reaches level 6 before moving on. This can be done in about 2 hours.
People in pre-searing and post-searing cannot play together. If it's not your first character, you cannot have access to your storage space while being in pre-searing (it would be too easy!).

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1. What is the level cap?
The level cap is 20, which seems to be low compared with other games.

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posted by Caroline @ 6:12 PM   30 comments
Monday, May 29, 2006
Creating a Guild
To create a guild, it’s relatively straight forward, provided you have enough money. You must go to the Guild Registrar to register your new guild, you must also create the cape, which will represent your guild, then if want, you can then purchase your guild hall (not mandatory for the guild itself, but necessary for GvG (Guild versus Guild) battles). The latter is the most expensive element, as it will cost you 20k.
That is the easy part.
Once the guild is created, you have to actively recruit members. In my opinion, this is the hardest part and it requires lots of work and effort. To start with, you’re gonna probably try to recruit amongst your acquaintances and friends, and unless you have lots of friends, it won’t be enough, for example, to build a GvG group (you need at least 8 players). So you will probably need to advertise randomly for recruits. However, not all recruits are ideal guild members and some might not fit in. By using that method, you will have in your guild members who can be very nice, or altogether the opposite.
A guild includes a simple hierarchy:
- A leader who has the full powers of recruiting, promoting, demoting, etc.
- A few officers, who have restricted powers. They can recruit members, promote them as officers, etc.
- Non-ranked members.
I have been an officer in two guilds and I can tell you, it’s a lot of work trying to recruit new members. And it is for that reason that I don’t want to create my own guild.
You have to deal with lots of weird people, and you never know how those new recruits turn out. Here is a sample of the questions I had while recruiting people:
Potential member (PM): Can I become an officer?
Me (M): Not right away, you have to demonstrate your capability.
PM: OK, good bye then.

PM: Can you give me money?
M: No, a guild is not a place to beg.
PM: Good bye.

After becoming a member:
- Oh, that cape looks gay, I quit!
I just hate when people use that expression, as if being gay is lame…
- Can I have money?
See above.

And this one is probably my favourite. The member is designated by LM:
LM: Can I become an officer? It’s been already 3 months that I have been in that guild and the leader promised me that I will be promoted.
Me: I don’t know. As the guild leader is not online, I would suggest you wait until he’s back.
LM: Please, promote me!! I love power and I wanna have some. I have been officer in all the guilds I have been!
Me: Why did you leave them then?
LM: Because I wanted to have more and more power! Please, promote me!
Me (starting to get annoyed): No, you wait for the guild leader.
LM: Please, I am so fascinated by power! But don’t worry, I do respect power…
Me: I cannot promote you without the guild leader’s consent. Wait for him.
LM: OK then.

And he left.

I was pretty pissed off because of his attitude. I don’t like it when people beg non-stop, and to be honest, I really don’t have any clue what he was talking about. You have a sort of power when you are in a guild, but it has nothing to do with real one. People tend to forget that it is a virtual world, and they sometimes confuse everything.

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