I played a bit of Guild Wars last night to finally ease myself in to the Halloween spirit after shaking the Borderlands dust off my mouse for a night. The servers are alive with Costume Brawl and mat farming, but there is a new addition to this year’s festivities. The Guild Wars Live Team created a quest chain depicting changes in the Underworld… where you play as a candy corn humanoid.
The Underworld is one of the elite PvE areas in Guild Wars, and it is farm city. The story behind the quest chain is that the imprisoned god, Dhuum, whose powers seem to be akin to Oblivion, is slowly breaking free from his prison because the farmers are causing so much death in the Underworld. Each death gives Dhuum more power. The Spirit Lord, Mad King Thorn, is trying to ally with the current god of death, Grenth, and the Underworld’s caretakers. It is up to players to take the role of an emissary of the Mad King and persuade the caretaker Reapers to act before it is too late.
The lore itself is rocking the lore forums pretty hard, but the gameplay is what I want to discuss. The Underworld elite area is a hard place to survive. Power creep has made the place easier than when Guild Wars had only one campaign, but it is still much harder than an average area. When players take the solo quest, posing as one of Mad King Thorn’s candy cane guards, they are given four skills to run through the Underworld. They are: (1) run faster, (2) AoE megasnare, (3) 10 second! knockdown, and (4) you all become allies for 15 seconds. That’s it. No heals and no damaging skills. Just a super-basic runners makeup with overpowered skills in an elite area.
It’s a fantastic type of “session play” that layered on content we already know and love (or hate, depending on your stance of Shadow Form). So far two quests in increasing difficulty have been released, and people are expecting one or two more. Players can only play these special lead-in quests during the Halloween event, but the final culmination is rumored to change the Underworld forever.
up chocolate creek without a popsicle stick