When “Refer a Friend” systems are implemented into MMOG’s, it tends to make me a little nervous. Perhaps it’s the cynic in me, but it instantly shouts “We are losing players!” although in reality, it’s a system that’s sensible to have even if your game isn’t. For those who have been waiting to purchase, this is exactly what they needed to road test Guild Wars 2.
With the Lost Shores over a week away until the grand reveal, I’ve compiled a whole host of teasers, hints and theory craft from various sources, for your reading pleasure.
I love a sensationalist forum title. I’m not sure how or why people feel the need to write them without facts or figures to back up their claims but this one in particular really caught my interest today. The thread starter declares “GW2 is dying, a change of priorities is mandatory”. That’s quite the statement.
It’s been bemoaned by many who venture into Orr or the Eternal Battlegrounds, but it can be a real pain to try and get enough damage into enemies before a zerg of friendly Tyrians kills them. Attacking once or twice seems to not do the trick, and forget applying conditions, that is all but useless. If you run in a zerg of players, but aren’t equipped properly, you run the risk of doing lots of work, and getting little credit. This is especially true for those of us who have the audacity to play a class that can’t wield a greatsword.
Server populations are always a concern in MMOG’s, but one thing that has affected the more social questing that Guild Wars 2 brings is a necessity to have players populate all zones, all of the time.
This week in our semi-regular feature, The Art of War, we tackle a question that deals with the removal of the Orbs of Power. In a sort of post-mortem examination, we go into how the removal has changed WvW and its current effect on borderland participation. We also look at scouting strategies, including why scouting is important and the best way to go about it.
Be sure to be on the look out for our next edition of The Art of War where we talk about badge farming in WvW.
Martin Kerstein took to the official forums a couple of hours ago to provide an overview of how the Lost Shores reveal will pan out.