My Guild Wars 2 account turns 500 days old today. It seems like a nice round number, and a good reason as any to write some thoughts. I’ll start with a not-so-hyperbolic statement: Guild Wars 2 has made a serious impact on my life. These 500 days, plus everything before that has changed the course of my life and my family.
500 days ago I was alone in gaming in my family. My wife appreciated my hobby, but she didn’t understand all my running (LOTRO) or all the killing (TF2). My two girls understood a little more. I actually had my eldest (4 or 5 at the time) do a basic LOTRO skill rotation. She also liked going around on the horse. Still, LOTRO was incredibly hard to explain to anybody not a gamer.
It’s hard to say when that changed. Perhaps my zeal for Guild Wars 2 was greater than any other game I had putzed around with. I let my daughters create a character, and they mostly destroyed her clothes, made me buy new ones, and then played around with dyes. It was fun for our purposes. I bought a second account for me, mainly, so that I could get more laurels and one-time loot, but I also let the girls have it. Their style of play changed from destroying clothes to destroying characters. Every game session was a restart in their 2 characters each (I kept one off-limits so the account could have some “use”).
My wife took notice after a half-year or so of Guild Wars 2, and she finally gave in to my constant pressure just to try it. I thought I would be able to putz around with her once in a while, probably at my behest. It would be akin to a spouse saying “hey, want to watch this movie with me”. I never expected Mrs. Ravious to become nearly as zealous as I am, on a different wavelength though. She became first in the household to get a legendary, which is a significant thing.
Now it is a household thing, like a favorite TV show or tabletop game. I got a text this morning from Mrs. Ravious paraphrasing a conversation with my girls, who on a snow day got to play Guild Wars 2 for a few minutes. My 7yo was asking why my 4yo was wearing all red. ‘To look bloody’ was the answer. This is the same mind that brought Guild Wars 2 astronauts. I know tonight that Mrs. Ravious and I will likely do the daily together before either signing off or heading off to another Guild Wars 2 adventure.
In 500 days, I have had a lot of good adventures in Guild Wars 2. A nice video recap gives some of the best bits of the Living Story so far. But, my favorite memories are those of Guild Wars 2 with my family. And, it keeps getting better. Mrs. Ravious has gotten her feet wet finding a guild she really enjoys. I find her building relationships, and I am quite impressed. The girls continue to play Guild Wars 2 in their own way (the 4yo was talking to a friendly jaguar in Caledon Forest the other day), and I can’t wait for the day when we get more gaming rigs to all join in together.
I started the journey practically alone, and after 500 days a lesser game would have been shed from the hard drive. Now, I have my best friends along with me, and the journey keeps getting better.