This last weekend, the Guild Wars servers had to be hopping with the Friday bomb of the Hall of Monuments information. People were filling holes in on their point sheet, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the miniature pet market so lively (and expensive). Overall, the community has reacted pretty positively to the reward scheme. I have also opened my Help-An-Old-Blogger-Out Armbrace Donation Drive if anybody is interested. One armbrace is all it takes to feed a Ravious until Guild Wars 2.
Before I get in to the meat of this post, I did want to comment on how, if any, speculations for a Guild Wars 2 release date have clarified. Before the Guild Wars 2 FAQ changed, the old FAQ said that Hall of Monuments information would “when we’re closer to the launch of [Guild Wars 2].” Now, in a recent mmorpg.com interview ArenaNet said “I think we felt the sooner we could get that information to the players, the better, so that they could know what to expect, and understand, and have a lot of time to play Guild Wars 1 before Guild Wars 2 comes out, to check all that stuff out, to try and fill up their Hall of Monuments.” Interesting to try and puzzle that one out, but it is irrelevant with regard to the Hall of Monuments rewards, as players can gain new Guild Wars Hall of Monument tiers well after Guild Wars 2 launches.
There are 56 rewards on the Hall of Monuments calculator with one extraneous reward. This last reward corresponds to one of the hardest achievements in Guild Wars, the “God Walking Among Mere Mortals” title (GWAMM). GWAMM is a meta-achievement where players must max out 30 other titles to gain this prestigious title. It requires a lot of dedication, a lot of tricks, and a lot of grind. The reward for achieving GWAMM with regard to Guild Wars 2 is that players in Guild Wars 2 will retain that title. That’s it. No uber-sword. No glowy hands. Just an easily ignored title.
For this achievement’s achievement, ArenaNet has limited the effect of GWAMM to the accomplishment itself. In other words, just gaining the title was reward enough. So for example, GWAMM helps with Hall of Monument rewards because so many titles are already completed, but there are plenty of players with GWAMM that did not automatically have 50 Hall of Monument points. The opposite is also true in that there are players with a complete Hall of Monuments that have not achieved GWAMM.
To those that have completed the accomplishment, I can totally see how they might feel a little slap to their face. But, isn’t it enough for them to basically beaten Guild Wars? I think an additional reward, like a special skin in Guild Wars 2, would just be superfluous pandering. I guess I am more in the school of thought that completing the most difficult achievements should be a reward in themselves.
It is really hard to make everybody happy. Players want achievements as goals with tangible rewards. Players just want achievements to be play style guideposts in themselves. Players want achievements as renown for all the community to see. I am pretty happy with how ArenaNet has balanced all these sometimes competing interests for their Hall of Monuments jewel.
the reward of a thing