Start: Guild Wars

I started playing Guild Wars last night with Dyannamika. The experience for me was mixed.

I haven’t played many PC games before. Really, I’ve only played some point-and-click adventure games, some RTS games, an FPS (Doom 2)… That’s about it. So, this fucking “WASD” malarky was frustrating and relatively new to me. I know that the keyboard and mouse combination offers more control options than a controller, however until I get used to it, I feel like a complete fucking tool as I run around, unable to dodge the fucking Plague Worms’ missiles because of my lack of keyboard skills and the fact that I’m completely not ambidextrous and am right-handed.

I was desperately searching for some kind of lock-on-the-enemy-and-strafe-at-the-same-time n00b function. I asked one of my friends, and he said you can’t do that. I guess it would be too easy.

I do not like the colour of armour that Necromancers start with. Green. Eugh. As soon as I’m able, I’m changing it. The character appearance options seem a little limited. I don’t know about the other professions, but the Necromancer hairstyles all tend to be on the short side, which is fine, but it would have been nice to see more options. I’m relatively happy with the look of my character, though.

As soon as we arrived, we turned off Local chatter. It was too distracting and annoying. We’re definitely going to use some sort of voice chat programme to co-ordinate our activities. It would be so much easier to talk rather than type, especially when fighting. Maybe for in-character stuff we could type, and then OOC stuff we could speak?

I saw a lot of people wearing guild cloaks. I’m not sure I like them; the cloaks I mean. Some of them have nice designs, but they also take a little away from the characters’ overall… Impression. I don’t know. Maybe if we had a cool design, it wouldn’t be so bad. But a cloak would cover half of my character, and I mostly see her backside. If I’m not going to see my character, it seems a bit of a shame. They’re also too short to look as dramatic as I would personally prefer.

On the positive side, I enjoyed playing with Dyannamika. We didn’t get much role-playing in, because we were focusing on aclimatising ourselves to the controls (especially in my case), the game world, and on killing things. Still, it was good fun, though I couldn’t play as long as I wanted.

Role-playing in Guild Wars is obviously different from table-top, online forum-based, or live-action role-playing — all of which I have engaged in at one point or another. I haven’t really got a background for my character yet. The world is still a bit vague in my mind, despite having read the manual for general information. I’m the kind of person who likes having involved (or at the very least, fleshed out) backgrounds for my characters. Maybe it’s not necessary in Guild Wars. I’m not really sure. MMORPGs (or CORPG, as NCSoft calls Guild Wars) and online gaming are very new to me. Like many of my previous characters, I’ll figure this one out as I go along. From what I could tell by reading others’ character and guild names, loads of people don’t seem to be into the actual role-playing side of things. Maybe role-playing lite is the way to go?

One of my friends IMed me and told me to tell him when we got past the Searing so he could send us a guild invite. I have neglected to tell him that I don’t want to be in his guild because the name he and his friends chose is fucking lame. It’s too much of a meta-game, out of character name. I can’t abide it. Dyannamika agrees as well. I don’t know what we’re going to do about that.

He wasn’t too keen on the name that Dyannamika and I had come up with. Neither was one of my other friends, who said it sounded like a “queer super hero group”. Moreover, he actually liked the crap name that my other friend had decided upon. Bollocks to them! We thought of a good name, and it was suitably geeky without being too out of character.

Oh yes. My character is a Necromancer Primary. I’ll most likely take Mesmer as my Secondary Profession. I am leaning towards specialising in Curses, since that seems uber hardcore. I know it is a bit tricky and one needs to strategise during battle, perhaps moreso than other Necromancer combinations, though. For the Memser side, Domination magics look ace. I’ll see how it goes.

I stayed up later than I should have. I can’t let this happen too often because I dislike being tired and groggy at work. Also, I’m trying (trying!) to commit myself to at least eight hours of sleep per night. Must be more disciplined.

  3 comments for “Start: Guild Wars

  1. 12 July 2005 at 09:58

    Beware! I have a friend who has gotten sucked in GW and has not returned.

  2. 12 July 2005 at 19:24

    It may seem strange now. But once you get used to WASD (or WAXD, as I set it up), you’ll never go back.

  3. Dyannamika
    13 July 2005 at 19:25

    Playing with you was definately great. We’ll have to do it more often. You’ll get used to the controls eventually, I know you’re used to the ps2. And once we get the voice chatting situation sorted…

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