Finally…At long last, I’ve got some high-quality footage of the first expansion to Guild Wars 2 to share with you, naturally in 3440×1440 WQHD!
Yes, I know, I know…I did a video of the game around Halloween in order to show off some of the Mad King’s content, but although that event went live the same time that Heart of Thorns launched, there was nothing specific to the new expansion in the seasonal content and thus nothing new in that video. Yet, here, I finally take a bit of time to record some of the content, in this case a bit of my personal storyline.
I’ve actually been neglecting the story, truth be told, and I feel bad about that, so the other night I wanted to remedy that and get some playtime in so that I could enjoy the story of the new expansion and, in turn, I decided that would be a nice opportunity to get some good footage in. This story is actually a pretty neat one. First, we get to meet a new “race” of beings called the Exalted for the first time in this story, and we also get some special dragon abilities to use as we escape an insanely powerful (though, in our first encounter I damage her pretty good!) Mordrem Faolain and try to keep the dragon egg safe! Yep, it’s a lot of fun!
You do get to see a bit of the new gliding techniques, and you’ll see some of the maps for the new zones here, too. It’s all just a sampling of what you can expect from Heart of Thorns.
I do plan to record more fun content like this, so please stay tuned!!
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This week on the podcast, I return from a week off due to visiting family around Halloween and discuss two major topics that I felt needed covering: Google’s new YouTube Red service and Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.
With YouTube Red, I don’t have a lot of knowledge about what the future holds for the service, but I share some of my personal observations as well as a few things shared with me by some good friends of mine. I also talk about an interesting letter I received from Google pertaining to the subject. Specifically, the letter dealt with a game I did a Let’s Play of back in 2013 and how its developer had not agreed to the new terms of service and therefore, because the video was claimed for monetization by them, the video would be forced into “Private” mode until a settlement was reached. It all goes back into what I’ve discussed on the show both solo and with guests about the age in which we live and how copyright-conscious everything is.
Then, of course, there’s Heart of Thorns, which launched back on October 23. It’s the first, real paid-for expansion to Guild Wars 2, and while I have only dabbled in some of the things it has to offer so far, I share some of my insight and what I think is the reasoning the devs had for some of the choices they made with the direction of the game.
Anyway, it’s hard to believe the Holiday Season is almost here. Still, there’s at least a couple good episodes of the season left (maybe more), so don’t run away just yet!
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GG 08-10: “YouTube Red & Heart of Thorns” (MP3)
Halloween has always been one of my favorite little seasonal events for Guild Wars 2. It’s a time when Mad King Oswald Thorn, his son, and their Lunatic Court and minions return to the realm of mortals to wreak havoc on Tyria. In the game itself, this means the city of Lion’s Arch gets a neat, creepy overhaul to it and the game is filled with several different mini-games to complete.
In this New Tyrian Adventures episode, I take the time to showcase three of the events for you all to enjoy. First up is the Mad King’s Labyrinth – a dungeon of sorts filled with all sorts of creatures and crazy bosses (such as the zany Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn), and a darn good way to earn some quick money in the game. Next, I attempt (and fail rather badly!) at the Mad King’s Clock Tower – a timed, hectic jumping puzzle with some goodies to be gained at the very top. And, finally, my good friend Malice Wonderland and a friend of hers assist me in completing “Ascent into Madness” – a boss fight against the legendary Mad King himself. All said and done, it was a great time!
This year, the event has coincided with the release of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, but you don’t need to own the expansion to participate. In fact, there really isn’t any tie between the HoT content and the Halloween event.
Of course, this video doesn’t show you everything…There’s still “Mad King Says” and a PvP match (if it is still in the game?) that you can see as well.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little showcase and stay tuned – more fun is on the horizon!
The Halloween events in Guild Wars 2 are always a lot of fun, and this year, in a really neat feat, the Mad King’s return to Tyria coincided with the release of the Heart of Thorns expansion! Tomorrow, I’ll have a video medley up on this and a few other sites that will showcase some of the fun you can have in the Mad King events, but today I wanted to take a moment to give you some good information on some quick money-making you can do during this event.
As you might expect, seasonal events mean you can get seasonal rewards. Candy Corn, for example, is a crafting material you can get that can be used for various things. In the Mad King’s Labyrinth (and from any monsters in the overworld associated with the event), enemies will drop Trick or Treat bags that contain various collectibles that you can trade up in a somewhat complex system in order to unlock special skins at vendors or other rewards. However, as of this post, each Trick or Treat bag sells on the Trading Post for 5 silver. So, 20 bags are worth 1 gold and a full stack of 250 bags is worth 12.5 gold. That’s actually a fairly decent amount of money considering the relatively-minimal work you need to put in to build that up.
So, if you don’t have a huge interest in the special skins or the like, it might be in your best interest to sell the bags on the marketplace and stock up on money for your characters. This year, that’s what I’m doing at least!
Anyway, hopefully those of you that are playing GW2 are having fun with all of this. I also hope you got Heart of Thorns and are enjoying it as well! :)
Stick around – more Halloween fun is coming soon!
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Just in time for today’s launch of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, this week’s podcast focuses on the game…But from a new perspective!
Joining me on the podcast this week, Nerdy Nurse is here to talk about her initial months so far with the game. Unlike my other friends who play it, she had never played it before a couple months ago, so this is a unique opportunity to get some fresh takes on the game world and the game mechanics. So far, her opinion is very high for the game, and we talk about quite a few things, as well as some of the things we are looking forward to in the Heart of Thorns expansion!
Once I’ve put in sufficient time with the new expansion content, I may do a follow-up podcast to share my actual thoughts of what you can expect from the new stuff. Needless to say, we both are looking forward to getting some quality hands-on time with it all.
Music this week comes from the official Guild Wars 2 soundtrack. Yes, it’s a great OST!
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GG 08-09: “New to GW2” (MP3)
Well, as some of you may know, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches tomorrow. This is the first major, paid-for expansion to the game, and I’m very excited to play the new content!
So, to go along with that, I figured I would get rid of my backlog of pre-Heart of Thorns gameplay videos. So, this is the last video in that set.
In this episode, I recorded a run of the first path of Explorable Mode for the Honor of the Waves dungeon. Honor of the Waves is actually a really neat place, and it’s even better because I love the Kodan people in the game. This run also went very well, all things considered, and I had a lot of fun playing with my friends and guild mates! :) In many ways, this video represents the fun that can be had in “vanilla” GW2, so Heart of Thorns is bound to add even more to the experience!
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Since Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches on October 23, I wanted to clear off my backlog of GW2-related videos that will predate the release of this latest expansion. Of course, it’s all in good fun! :)
The Fractals of the Mists are the end-game dungeon environments for GW2, and it’s a somewhat complicated system to explain to people that don’t know much about it. But, basically, although the normal dungeon content can be challenging, the Fractal instances are quite a bit harder, particularly as you advance to the higher levels of content there. Each run is randomized with a series of four instances you will need to complete (though this will change after Heart of Thorns launches), and completing them nets you a fair amount of loot as well as chances at getting Ascended-tier items at the higher levels. As your levels progress, you start to encounter new threats, new detrimental effects, and stronger enemies as you go. It seems that ArenaNet is trying to let the “normal” dungeon content die a slow death, while pushing Fractals as “where it’s at,” so it’s going to be interesting to see where they take them in the coming months.
A special thanks to Nerdy Nurse and the others from our guild that tagged along for this run. It was a lot of fun!
Stay tuned – more GW2 fun is on the way!