These past few days have been ones of healing in Guild Wars 2. Yes I have finished up most of Kryta now with the 100% completion of Bloodtide Coast, yet I went at a more relaxed pace. I got my cooking and artificing up above 200 too. It’s been much more relaxed for sure. This is a good thing.
Another good thing, so far I’ve dropped $40 on Guild Wars 2. $20 was necessary because I wanted a 6th character slot on launch day, and then $20 was on a whim because I had a neat gift card from a rebate, and why not. Regardless, ArenaNet has created only the second game ever where I have had glee in throwing money at them (another sophomore game being the other).
So what have I bought? No gold. I am still too much of a miser to go that route given the current exchange rate. I have bought quite a few miniatures. So far against the market it’s been a fool’s game. Out of 6 packs, I’ve received one rare (no exotics). So for about 70-90 silver (300 gems) per pack at six packs, I have maybe a gold’s worth of miniatures. Much like my other gaming hobby, Magic the Gathering, it appears that buying singles is the way to go. I was hoping to pull one exotic, but I am loping down the road of gambler’s fallacies now.
The thing I bought last night was the Cook’s Outfit, since it was on sale. So I am sitting on a rainy day fund of gems, but the Chef’s Outfit was 560 gems (~1.5 gold). I love how I was able to just cash in 16 silver to immediately pick up 60 gems so that I could stay at a nice round number in my stockpile. I love the gem exchange (and am not alone)!
The Cook’s Outfit was nice because it was a different type of gameplay. It had nothing to do with progression or really roleplaying. It was akin to goofing around. This is something I did a lot of in Guild Wars 1 (especially waiting to group up) that I haven’t had much of in Guild Wars 2.
Many players from Guild Wars 1 will remember items like Ghost-in-the-Box and fireworks that were just goofy. It appears that the town clothes with toys now incorporate those festive items as skills. For example, with the Cook’s Outfit I could smack the ground really hard with a frying pan, eat something then belch out fire, ice, or ooze, summon a charr sous chef (my favorite, I order him around too… I just wish he would respond “Yes, Chef” once in awhile and salute), and set myself on a grease fire. Once every ten minutes I can summon a pig roast. Players can go up and “f” it to “eat”, but it appeared bug or just for show since interacting with the pig roast didn’t seem to do anything.
For me, this was like a prelude to the events that I know are coming. The Pirate’s Outfit also has some neat toys. Massively’s Elisabeth reminded me of how awesome it is going to hear a voiced Mad King this Halloween. I cannot wait. I am hoping that ArenaNet will have more town toys available as gifts or in the gem store for Halloween. I’ll be very interested to see how they continue the story of the mysterious lich. And, that is apparently only the beginning.