It takes me forever to orient myself in a new part of the world. My sense of direction is not great in “real life”, and it’s not great in the game. I accepted a quest that sent me to Shalev’s cave (Old Ascalon area) – how hard could that be to find? I had it marked on a map I printed out. 3 hours later, I never found it, but me and my tough little priest henchwoman killed a bunch of monsters. She’s my computer generated companion, but I’m getting quite fond of her. The next day I discovered I was looking in the wrong place for Shalev. I also learned what I didn’t know about the compass, the mission map and the general map!
I’m a member of a “Guild”. More specifically, my characters in-game are in a guild. My guild is in what is called an “Alliance” of 10 guilds. The in-game purpose of guilds and alliances is for PvP – player versus player combat. Combat can be between individuals or groups. Guild Wars has several ways of doing this, all of which are said to be interesting and fun. But – you don’t have to do it. Some of our alliance guilds are into PvP, some are not, but it’s all OK. We also use our guilds and alliance for friendly socialization, and for helping each other out in the PvE part (player versus environment) – where we defeat the evil beings in our world. I was invited to join an established guild and alliance. Each guild had made enough progress to get their members guild halls. Guild halls consist of an interior and surrounding space, often an island. These are shared spaces where only members of our guild and alliance can visit, unless we give someone an invitation. The spaces are beautiful. I love visiting them – so peaceful.
You can talk to people in Guild Wars via text chat to the people in your play area, your Guild, your Alliance. I started to chat with people in the Alliance chat – nice friendly people. It makes the world seem more like an actual world. Even if you are doing something by yourself, there are other people in the world, some of whom you know. It’s nice.
My elementalist/priest (magician/healer), right, and my henchwoman priest (healer), left, battle a really ugly monster.
I walk through water.
amarez – mszv