I have so many posts for you in the coming days. Three of them are already written and just waiting to be edited. It probably would have been better to post as I wrote, but Guild Wars 2 is taking up all my free time and my better judgement.
I know how huge this next statement is going to be, after many years of gaming, but I promise that I mean it with all my heart.
Guild Wars 2 is the best game that I have ever played. Ever. I have never leveled up one character so quickly (my Norn Ranger is a lvl 25 in less than one week with only one full day off to play) and I have never played the same character this much withut getting bored and switching around.
Most of that is the game. I normally get really frustrated as I level up and start getting my bed kicked. I am by no means the world’s best gamer and when it gets too hard, I normally bail.
But Guild Wars 2 encourages exploration, even granting XP for discovering new lands. So when my level 15 ranger started getting her butt kicked on the next land she was supposed to be at for quests (a level 16 to 25ish area), I just jumped over to the starting city for another race and did all the beginning quests.
There is no XP penalty for doing this. The games knocks down your hit points to lower level (like 2 or 3 or whatever level area you are in) and you are awarded XP the same as a low level player would be. But you get to keep your gear and your skills so normally those maps are easier to finish. I only gained about 5 levels finishing the whole map, but I had a blast and when I went back to my land to finish my quests I had a much easier time.
I am also a ranger, which means I can collect new animals to journey with. I am making it a goal to collect them all, and that adds another element of fun as I run around the map in search of new companions.
So, you will have to forgive my absence. But playing the coolest game ever seems to be pulling me away. I mean, I am a higher level than my hard core gamer, husband…so you know I’m serious!