So, this game has been out for a little over half a year now, and neither of us has mentioned it at all the past few months, so I thought I'd take a stab at it.
Have I been playing non-stop for six months?
Heck no, I've been about as casual as you can be without dropping out of the game altogether. I've mostly logged in every now and then, played for an hour here and an hour there, occationally interrupted by a few days of gaming marathon. Most of this has been spent with Leehra, my Asuran Mesmer, though I've dipped into a few other characters as well a few times.
I've mostly gone for completing each map, starting with the lowlevel zones and working my way up, and almost always been derailed from my plans every time by an event or a group of people doing something fun. But who cares? I get XP for almost everything I do, and as long as I have a good time I don't really care.
And that's what makes this game great for me.
I can log in, and before long I'm doing something I enjoy, many times something I've never done before. And there's no pressure from the countdown to the next monthly fee urging me to play more to justify the cost. :)
Last week a new patch arrived, and with it some tweaks to the dayly achievement system. This urged me into one of my marathon sessions of GW2-ing. I was level 34, and four days later I'm level 44. A huge part of this has been said achievement system.
Each day I can select 5 out of 9 tasks (kill x monsters, gather x materials, survive x dungeons, dodge x attack, etc). I then play normally and suddenly realize I've already completed 3-4 of the tasks without even trying, and then spend just a tiny bit more effort into completing that task just so I can get the extra XP and loot that grant me.
Doing this for two days I was suddenly level 41 and decided to do something new...
I got to the Plains of Ashford and legged it out to the Ascalonian Catacombs where I hooked up with a group looking for just one more member, and off we went.
Things started a bit rocky because I wanted to watch the opening intro (loads of cutscenes in the dungeons) and the others kept hurrying me along (which I didn't notice until AFTER my cutscene was played out). We killed a few ghosts and got spiked by a few traps when I ran into an annoying bug: I got stuck in a wall and had to wait five minutes until the group was out of combat before I could teleport out using the in-dungeon waypoints.
We got through the first few trash mobs and to our first boss, a cavetroll guarding a bridge... And we got creamed GOOD!
Not only did he fear us (one of the players ran off the bridge and to his death), but he had a massive AoE attack that hit like a brick against eggs. We got our butts handed to us several times until we FINALLY managed to get him down... And I'm not totally convinced it wasn't just plain luck.
Weirdly enough we had no major problem with the other bosses. Sure, one or two of us would be downed, but we'd manage to get them up again before they died. Even the final boss, King Adelbern, was easy in comparison.
After the dungeon was over I had netted a decent profit and several new items I could use.
Yesterday I passed a milestone for my guild. I have my own little guild (in addition to two others I have joined) called "The Rabbit Conspiracy", shortened [TRaC]. In addition to me I have two friends as members, whom mostly hang out in other guilds. That mean I only get a few points of influence very slowly, so when I hit 500 I was deliriously happy. And spent it all immediately...
Now, today, I have upgraded the guild with Architecture Rank 1. Why? Because it gives access to a guild vault. Sure, it requires a 1000 more influence points, but at least now I CAN build it. And that 50-slot bank might come in reeeeeal handy. Bankspace is at a premium.
I played a little today as well, hunting down vistas and skill challenges. I'm only 6 skill points away from getting one of the best elite skills. Which one do I want? I want to summon a BIG ASS golem to riddle my enemies so full of holes they can be used as sieves!
And sorry for cutting this blogpost short, but there's a cute little Mesmer waiting for me. Tyria awaits!