I haven’t played Guild Wars much since school started at the end of August – no time – so my February 27th and February 28th play time was a treat. I fell in love with Guild Wars again. It’s hard to explain if you’ve never gotten into an online world. Yes, this is a fantasy setting (like Lord of the Rings, but different) but it works for me. It’s a wonderful escape from the real world. My primary character is a magician/healer – in Guild Wars terms that an elementalist/monk. Combat is beautiful – calling on the elements (earth, fire, water, air) is great fun, and there are wonderful special effects.
There’s also a story. I’ve finally gotten past the good times – before terrible things happened to my part of the world. I’m at the point where evil monsters almost destroyed our main city, and us. The world is different now – a different kind of beauty, more stark, ruined, we are barely holding on. The world has also opened up to me. I’ll be able to travel to other areas that aren’t destroyed and see new things.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Jade Sea. From one of the Guild Wars wikis – “The Jade Sea is located on the eastern side of the Canthan continent. It is the home of the Luxons, whose entire watery realm was frozen into solid jade when the Jade Wind swept across the region.” (http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/The_Jade_Sea). What could be better?
Here are some pictures –
My desktop, a Dell Dimension 8400 is 4 years old, but I just got the hard drive replaced, and it was still under warranty! It runs fine, though I’ll be putting more memory in it – 1GB is not enough nowadays. I want to get a new desktop, but I think I’ll wait until Windows 7 is out.
I do like my new screen setup. Last Thanksgiving I participated in the “Black Friday” shopping experience. I showed up at Fry’s Electronics at 4:50 AM, the Friday after Thankgiving (US Holiday in November) to get my 21.6 inch wide screen monitor, for cheap. Combined with my 17 inch monitor, I finally have enough screen real estate so that playing games and doing work is a pleasant experience.
Guild Wars Prophesies, pre searing. My elementalist is battling two Blood Bandit Sworns, female bandits who roam the pre-searing world of Ascalon. These are vicious fighters, and they attack on site!
You can view yourself closer in Guild Wars, but sometimes I like to pan all the way out to get a more panoramic view of my avatar in the world.
Guild Wars Prophesies, post searing. I’ve pushed the in-game view far away from my avator to get this view. My elementalist (on the right) is on a quest in the area west of Ascalon City.
I’m with a henchman, a computer generated character who is a member of my party. She’s good at healing, but not much of a talker.
amarez – mszv