I am nearing overload like other blogger compatriots. Guild Wars 2 is haunting my dreams and is almost on every brain cycle throughout the day. Yet, I have no plan for the game. I am still undecided on my first character, although a small cut has been made. I have names though. Oh yes, my preciousss.
I was talking with a friend about our plans. He was rolling a sylvari elementalist, and another good buddy was going to be rolling a norn guardian. At the time a sylvari necromancer was my top choice for a character. Since then I’ve been trying out the engineer big time during stress tests to see if possibly it might be the fit. Oh, and I do love thieves so, but it was my main beta character. Do I re-tread that ground?
My poor friend was relegated to a much longer version of my woes, but eventually we got around to discussions on grouping up. It was easy to do so with waypoints, and unlocking other racial cities was doable in less than 15 minutes. We began to talk about when to actually explore those cities, and how we would share crafting responsibilities.
It all made sense on paper. Yet, it felt wrong. Why was I planning anything?
With the imminent launch it is so hard not to imagine play. This time it’s for real! My character’s decisions will matter. I will be stuck with their eye color. I cannot re-decide critical life decisions like my lost sister or dreams of the circus by going back. It became too much. I moved our conversation to generalities instead.
I will need to decide a final character’s race and profession before Saturday. However anything beyond that feels like I will be hurting the experience of just playing. I don’t know when I will hit 30, or when I will begin crafting. I have no clue if I will seek out points-of-interest or jumping puzzles, or save them for some rainy day. I don’t want to know either. I want to Just Play.
I decided, cutting off my friend, that I could not plan anything else. I didn’t know, and I didn’t want to either. I wanted to just walk Tyria to create adventures as I went, you know like Caine from Kung Fu. Guild Wars 2 supports this playstyle. I want to be present in the game world. I cannot stop to smell roses if I don’t even notice the flowers.
Instead, it is a much better time to dance. I am simply amazed at the amount of video content some fans recorded during yesterday’s stress test, which included the /dance emote. Here are a few of my favorites: All Dance Moves with Music!, Just /dance, “Jumpin” Joe Maguuma and the Krytans, and Guild Wars 2 Sexy Dancing [Gangnam Style] Also be sure to check out Wooden Potatoes’ epic recounting of the lore of Guild Wars Prophecies. It is a great storytelling experience with new art. These are good ways to pass the time. Tick tock.