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On this blog you will read my emotions and thoughts around gw2 and my journey through and beyond Tyria – The things I do, the characters I play, the people I do them with, and finally links to guides and bloggers that helped me in my travels. I am far from a professional Blogger so you will find spelling errors and Grammar mistake. I apologise in advance for that!

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W2 Z3 SAB Tribulation Mode – I did it!!!!!

I am so chuffed, since ANet patched the ice I gave zone 3 another shot. The ice floor room was a little easier but overall it took me over 3 hours to get the whole zone done and I don’t think I ever want to do trib modes in world 2 ever again.

(Maybe zone 1, but what’s the point of just doing one zone, I would have to do all zones to get the tokens to make weapons to make it worth it so I won’t be doing any!)

I now have the achievement ticked off, I have 1 yellow weapon and I can buy the dusk boom box, I already have the moto infusion from world 1 trib modes and I really couldn’t care about the other infusion, I have so many anyways!

They are so long and so unforgiving, one little slip or miss click can set you more further back than world 1.

Connoisseur of Pain

I decided to log in as invisible so I cannot be distracted by guild chat etc  – there were places that took me 30 mins to get past and I got sweaty hands, there were places that made me scream “OMFG I forgot about this bit”, it bought back memories from when I was collecting all the baubles from the achievement last year 😦

There were a few places I had to get past that actually made me cry, as I had got so far I couldn’t give up and I just had to plough though it and carry on through the pain.

When I got to the Storm Wizard I unclenched my butt cheeks and killed the little fella, and as soon as I got the chest and the AP flashed up I ran to the kitchen and treated myself to a nice strong cold vodka and coke!

My game client crashed the first 5 mins in and I had to restart, if this had happened further in god knows what I would have done, but I imagine I would have smashed something close by.

For all those people that put in the practice and got the time of the runs down to 10 to 30 mins, I hold my hat off to you all! Well done!

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Super Adventure Box 2017

Super Adventure Box is back!!

I got all excited, I bought the glider and the mini’s and set out to finish what I started last year. Last year was the first proper shot at S.A.B and I have to complete world 1 and 2 in both normal and infantile. I only managed to get world 1 done in infantile last year as I was going after the Moto Infusion.

This means I had to do world 2 in Tribulation mode this year and I knew it was going to be hard.

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But…..OMG I didn’t think I would struggle this much. Knowing what I know now, I sorta wish I bought the levels last year knowing you cant this year, just to have the infusion, but never mind.

As it stands today I have managed to get Zone 1 and 2 done, 1 was ok and 2 I quit and re did the following day as I had one too many vodkas. It was painful took a few hours but did it, it was then I realised I might not be good enough to master these zones in tribulation to get them done quick enough to obtain 16 of each coins to unlock the yellow weapons and get the blue infusion.

So off I went to World 2, Zone 3 in tribulation mode – it was tricky but I did find it a little easier than Zone 2, until I reached the spot where there is a whole floor of ice and spikes and little squares that are safe, I was here for hours and was just sliding around and had no control.

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So I ditched it and I don’t think I could bring myself to go back until they patch the ice problem. I read on Reddit that this is not intended to be as bad and they are planning to patch it, so until then I will not be going back.

This morning I went back into World 2, Zone 2 to feed the cat for your home instance, you had to carry a piranha back to the cat that is in the tower with all the ramps and darts… you have to drop and pick up the piranha every few seconds or its explodes and disappears. this took me a while,  but I finally did it and I now have a cat in my home instance with a Moto Infusion and an S.A.B title.

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Cute huh?

I run world 1 and 2 on a daily basis to get baubles and furniture coins from the shop, doing this also gives you a chance of a weapon box drop.

While I am there I also fit in the dailies. if you repeat the daily every day, after 8 days you get a reward chest, this gives you a choice of Kaiser weapon skin and this year 8 Crimson tokens to unlock the Red weapons. I recommend you at least try to fit this in if you have not got time to do tribulation etc.

Once I have made further decorations for my guild hall, I will update my S.A.B area, cant wait to do the new decor 🙂

As always, Dulfy has it covered http://dulfy.net/2017/03/30/gw2-super-adventure-box-2017-guide/

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Super Adventure Festival is Coming Soon! – GuildWars2.com

OMG!! I have been ill and just came back online to see this. Can’t wait!!

Think inside the Box.

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Source: Super Adventure Festival is Coming Soon! – GuildWars2.com

It’s that time of year—dust off your best jumping boots, take up your pointy stick, and get ready to experience Tyria’s most cutting-edge technological edutainment system: Moto’s Super Adventure Box! Explore a whole new virtual world in beautifully-rendered, three-dimensional graphics. Go on an epic quest to save Princess Miya. Prove your strength against wizards, assassins, and giant frogs. And if all of that sounds a little too tame for you, prepare to die (repeatedly) in the punishing Tribulation Mode!

This year’s Super Adventure Festival begins on March 30, and ends on April 20.

 

 

 

New PC build

I have always had make do PC’s, they have always been custom built. I have never just gone to PC world and picked one off the shelf, but I have always had the best I could get for the money I was willing to spend or could afford to spend.

This time round I have gone to Overclockers as me and the bf can’t be arsed to fit it, I chose my custom build PC with a little help from a friend and put a much larger budget towards it – three times what I would normally pay!

Bye bye AMD and hello Intel!

This is what I have treated myself to:

  • Aerocool P7-C1 Midi Tower Gaming Case – Black
  • Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-7600 3.50GHz (Kaby Lake) Socket LGA1151 Processor – Retail
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Edition 8192MB GDDR5X PCI-Express Graphics Card (ZT-P10800C-10P)
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-21300C16 2666MHz Dual Channel Kit – Black (CMK16GX4M2A26
  • Corsair Hydro Series H80i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060024-WW)
  • Samsung 250GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/EU)
  • Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache HDD – OEM (ST1000DM010)
  • Super Flower Leadex II 750W 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply – Black
  • Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-Express Sound Card with built in Headphone Amp
  • BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic Connect 15 LED-Strip 30cm – Blue
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit DVD – OEM (MS-KW9-00139)

For the GPU I went 1080 as I do plan to eventually replace one of my monitors with a 4k and this will allow me to play Guild Wars 2 at max settings, where I have been told a 1070 with a 4k on max might have little less FPS.

I have to wait over 7 days, I am going to have a nice clean install and move over programs that I want and need from my old PC, move over GW2 on my small SSD and reuse the odd DVD writer etc –  I AM SO EXCITED!!

I will see GW2 in the full beauty it deserves and keep some healthy FPS up. I will also benefit from shadowplay as I often wish I could click a button and record what I just seen, my PC used to crash when recording sometimes.

Last but not least this was a hard decision as I felt guilty using some cash my dad left to buy this. He knows Gaming was my passion and I hope he approves of my purchase.

Thank you dad, R.I.P x x x x

R.I.P Scarlet Briar, another year on :(

Another year has passed that marks the death of Scarlet. I always mark her death as the date of the patch release, Battle of Lions Arch, when we killed her. 04.03.2014

Anyone close to me will knows I adored Scarlet and the era of the game she was involved in. I was relatively new to the game when Scarlet popped up and she grabbed my attention from the beginning and have found it hard to forget.
A lot of people said the story of scarlet was poorly written, it may well have been, but there was some incredible content.

Scarlet bought us the tower of nightmares, that’s now a fractal! She bought us The Twisted Marionette that I believe will be released as a new fractal soon! Fun fact – I still have that wallpaper as my desktop wallpaper.

Scarlet also bought open world battles, we witnessed the Lions Arch fall, we rescued loved ones and we witnessed the rebuild of the city.

We can even go as far to say that scarlet bought the first ever lesbian kiss! In my eyes she’s a big deal!!!!

One of my friends suspects Queen Jennah is actually scarlet

Quote from the wiki –

Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, was the secondborn sylvari responsible for the destruction of Lion’s Arch, and the subsequent awakening of Mordremoth in 1327 AE.

I have some soundcloud clips on my side bar of scarlet – have a listen and if you haven’t got it already found and grab her journal in game!

Fun facts

  • She wore Magitech armor.
  • Scarlet had a unique hairstyle originally not available to players. It was added later in game.
  • Scarlet’s voice actress is Tara Strong.[3]
  • Scarlet could be seen holding Quip during Scarlet’s Playhouse instance.


 

Last year’s reddit post – some amazing comments – Link

Breachmaker mini game – Link

Letter from Blaine Winslow

I have just got back from a weekend away, logged into the game and found that some dude I fed food to, stuck down the well in Lake Doric has written me a nice letter.

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I wonder what this could be? I have done a search to see if anyone is talking about it on Reddit. People are talking about it, but nothing much has popped up of value – After checking the wiki it appears there was a second letter sent. I am obviously behind.

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Blaine

I say farewell to my raid group :(

So…. I left my raid group,

We were a bunch of Semi Casual players that liked to do challenging content i.e. raids, but were not at pro level. So this means although we worked our way through the bosses, collectively  as a group we did it slower than we did if we joined pugs seperatly etc.

It was mostly about meeting up once a week, killing what we could in a calm manner, we did achieve and got things done. We were a crazy, fun, amazing bunch and the meetups were increased to two nights when new Wings were released.

One person who joined the group at a later stage seemed to get moodier and moodier and things just were becoming less and less fun.
I put up with it for some time and on a few occasions this person would really upset me, it got to the point where it was happening more often, he would openly be abusive to people, rage or quit mid run. If you mentioned something there was a risk he would go into defensive mode and assume you are talking about him and become unreasonable, so this made you just not bother coming up with suggestions in fear he will go off on one so you just learned to suppress stuff. 

I spoke to the raid leader numerous times and mentioned if he allows this to carry on we will lose members, it appeared he never did have that chat and last week was enough for me, so I left and I have literally erased him from my life: my personal guild, friends, social media, EVERYTHING. We all play games for fun, and if you are no longer having fun you need to sort the issue right?

It’s a real shame I had to do it, I am actually really gutted, devestated even and some of the people I will sorely miss. I had some really good times with them. He was actually a good commander, he knew what he was doing, called things really well and could be a really nice guy. It’s a shame all this got over shadowed by all his rage. 😦

If I really wanted to I could pug wings 1-3 as I have enough “LI and kill proof”. I have only killed bosses 1 & 2 in Wing 4 and even those were pretty much a carry as I missed out on training. but I just don’t have the energy for it I don’t think.

I did see a nice little casual guild recruit on reddit. Advertising for “Trainees” in their aim to create a few static raid groups, I have joined them and I will be doing a few raids with them, but at a distant level until I feel it is the right time to dive back in, they looked too much of a good thing not to join even if my heart wasn’t yet in it, I know it will be.

The Head of the Snake

So in Head of the Snake we travel to Lake Doric, yes Lake Doric that was quoted by ANet that wasn’t going to be released. I agree its different to the leaked one, but it’s still Lake Doric.

The Story starts by going to visit Queen Jennah and we needed to gather information from various people in the area. Based on this info she called a meeting and we were attacked. Bloodstone shards were fired from Lake Doric. The Queen then put a massive feedback bubble over the city to protect it and an assassin is sent to kill her, the assassin fails and we headed to Lake Doric.

Lake Doric is a nice area, there are some nice events and a leather farm. It did make me chuckle a little. ANet stated they will be adding a challenging farming area for leather, this turned to be and easy zerg run.
To progress your story you have to complete map events and hearts, I hated this, I don’t like being forced to do crappy events if I don’t want to at that time, I rarely complete hearts and do map events unless I need map completion.

The last bit of the story took us to Beetlestone Manor. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story, it seemed more engaging.  The end fight wasn’t hard to work out and the room was weird in a good way. One of the achievements, Master of Puppets,  was to run around collecting the letters and whilst doing this I found Lord Faren in a room with what I think was some girls, and he came out with the words “Im Rich, You know” I was like WTF and laughed.

I later found a cat, I kicked myself for not knowing there was one there before as I knew I had to repeat the story 😦

After collecting all the letters you uncover Caudecus’ schemes against Kryta and later at his private quarters you make a shocking discovery – the “Lazarus”  we saw was an imposter! Marjory, who had joined Lazarus, was now in danger.

A friend of mine also thinks that Queen Jennah is scarlet, what a statement to make!

This episode gave some more little books to keep. Letters we collected in the manor and Letters from E. I still have scarlets journal and the three from bloodstone, I just need a bookcase now 🙂

As usual Dulfy has great guides up and most certainly geloed me find a few mussibg bits. http://dulfy.net/2017/02/10/gw2-head-of-the-snake-achievements-guide/

Overall the story was ok to play through alone, it had no annoying achievements to do and its put a nice twist in the story.

The update also bought a new raid wing, information for this can be found here, some polishing to Fractals, new PvP map achievements and the usual gem store items.

Gaming and Autism

I have been exploring my most likely, unhealthy, gaming hobby and what it means for me. Its only been in the last 2 weeks a professional planted a seed in my head. He said he sees Autistic traits in me, by the way I say things, what I do and feel. He thinks I have undiagnosed High Functioning Autism. He is sending me off for an assessment – interesting times ahead!

I know I have an unhealthy attitude towards gaming and it is one of the most important things in my life. I often choose to game over real life stuff, it’s just the magic in it all, it sucks me up.

It’s got me thinking and I have been talking a lot through with my sister, I have always thought playing an MMO is being social; she and others are disagreeing with this view. I am being told it’s not social as I am not seeing these people in person and pretty much on my own. I find this weird as I don’t feel alone when gaming, what do they know aye!

I have read a few things scattered about the web, on one site a mother describes that some of the attraction is being able to explore new worlds that were simple and organized, also putting the real world away. The sounds of family life from the rest of the house were drowned out by the happy tunes of games. Video games didn’t require you to interact with anyone else if you don’t want to and she goes on to say that she think the real attraction is that it took the stress off of his shoulders.

I relate to this, but I guess loads of others do too. I got my first game when I was around 10 years old. It was an Atari, I then moved onto other consoles like Nintendo, Play Station and Xbox. I was addicted form the moment go, playing a game until its competed, collected as much stuff as I could and did the best I could, each time trying to perfect my gameplay.

I then moved onto my first MMO, Runescape. I played this game for around 7 years, my aim was to get 99 everything and I did get a lot done. I sat and cut trees for months in game to reach 99 woodcutting, but the goal had to be finished, I got my 99 cape and wore it with pride. I still do this in GW2 I set up a goal and go off and do it, rinse and repeat, sometimes I have too many goals and lose focus.

She goes on to say that Games are not just games to the autistic child. To them they are a collection of mysterious mannerisms, facial expressions, voice fluctuations, gestures, and emotions that have to be understood. She thinks other autistic children are like her son in that they view their performance in a game as a measure of their own self-worth & through games they learn to cope with disappointment. Losing no longer means failure or imperfection – learning to converse to overcoming fear of failure, gaming has been an integral part of social development.

This bit fascinated me, although my social skills are ok I get disappointed in gaming and I trend to beat myself up about it, I have a lot of self-doubt.

So…… what does this mean for me? I am an adult, not a young adult either, it is also not confirmed I had ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) I am just currently showing some traits.

I have a need for storing and researching information about the game and I spend a lot of time on it. I can wake up on a Saturday morning and log onto my PC and not move until 11pm that night, I just get lost. Most of my gaming life has been pleasurable and I have achieved a lot, got excited about a lot of stuff and made friends. On the flip side I have been disappointed, let down and hurt.

If I get hurt I tend not to play for a bit and remove myself from the game and watch TV, I get hurt quite a bit by other people. The people that hurt me probably do not even realise they have done so as I am over sensitive to what people say or do not always act the way I expect them to act.

Abstract from a study

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience significant challenges in community engagement and social activities, yet they have strong interests in video games. Thus, there has been increasing interest in understanding potentially positive and negative effects of video games in this population. However, research has not yet examined the perspectives of individuals with ASD themselves on this topic. The purpose of this study was to use qualitative methods to examine the preferences and motivations for video game play among adults with ASD. Individual interviews were conducted with 58 adults with ASD, and responses were coded through an iterative and collaborative process. Several themes were identified, including perceived benefits of video game use (e.g., social connection, stress reduction) as well as perceived negative effects (e.g., time use, addictive potential). Participants also noted both positive and negative aspects of game design that affect their overall enjoyment. The most frequent all-time favorite video game genres were Role-Playing (31%) and Action-Adventure (19%). These qualitative findings enhance our understanding of video game use from the direct perspectives of individuals with ASD, and suggest a need for incorporating these perspectives in future quantitative studies on positive and negative aspects of game use in this population.

 

 

 

Resources

The Mothers Story: http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/news/autism-game-not-just-game-378493242#ixzz4Yey95CM5

Children with ASD and Gaming addiction: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/08August/Pages/Autism-and-ADHD-associated-with-video-game-addiction.aspx

ASD Adults and Gaming Study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215003581

Today I have had very good luck!!!

As of writing this I have played GW2 for 1,433 days for 7142 hours and I have never really considered myself lucky. I have had the odd key drop from open world and Storm from the forge a few years back.

Today I thought I would get as much multi loot as I could before the nerf that is due to happen in Feb.

I got this.

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And then later this evening I was just cleaning some inventory bags and decided to salvage a crappy ascended backpiece and I looted Salvaged Dignity!!

Dont give up hope guys, it may have take me 4 years to get a lucky day, but I got one in the end!

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