Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GW2 Race sizes

Admittedly I'm a total fan of GW2 (Guild Wars 2).  I hadn't expected to be so thoroughly drawn into a game.  There is so much to do, I'm going to be totally surprised by those that say it's boring or a 'fail' game.

One of the items on my 'to do' list this past beta weekend (BW3) as to see which races I wanted to play and come up with something that will work for launch race/profession wise.

Many people I'd spoken to were convinced they wanted to play Asura (especially for PvP) as the smaller size would be an advantage.   This would have made all sPvP and WvW full of Asura only as the male Norn would have been so easy to spot and kill if it's hitbox was the size of the actual character.

From an interview on GuildWars2 Junkies:

Eric Flannum: Every player character in Guild Wars 2 has the exact same sized collision cylinder. For asura this means that the cylinder is larger than they are and for norn it means that it is smaller. Very early in the process of making the game we knew this was going to be the case, so the min and max sizes of our races are heavily influenced by this. 

I'm glad of this specifically for PvP.  There will be some tactical advantage playing an Asura as far as sneaking around the map, but there won't be an advantage to being smaller as far as targeting goes in PvP.  One of my guildies made a male Norn Warrior one BW and we still laugh watching him run across the map in the Borderlands - Sasquatch on the move!

For my own reference, I did do some size comparison screenies using my Sylvari Thief right before I lost my Internet on Sunday night.  Here are a female Sylvari against a few of the other races.

Sylvari and Asura

 Sylvari and Charr
Sylvari and Norn

(this is from a previous beta weekend but shows the size difference of the Male and Female Norn)

So, based on playing around with the professions and start zones I've pretty much mapped out my race/professions.  The only race I won't be playing - but will do the start zone - is the Charr.  I love the lore, but I can't stand the way they move.  Reminds me to much of Worgen in WoW, which IMHO run like rabid dogs and was the only Alliance Race I couldn't play.

For launch:
Norn - Ranger
Asura - Necromancer or Elementalist (I'm still not sure which I prefer)
Human - Mesmer & Guardian
Sylvari - Thief

I'll be adding the additional three after launch.  Engineer, Warrior and the other caster will be added post-launch.

Only a month until Head-start for GW2 - w00t!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Secret World (TSW)

TSW Links, Writeups and Blogs

FunCom Links

The Secret World | Funcom website
TSW Wiki 

CGN: The Secret World Uncovered
FunCom YouTube Channel
FunCom News
FunCom Store
FunCom Community Site - individual articles on zones, instances, etc., listed below (personal favorite site)

Decks and Builds
TSW Loot Table
The Deck Builder
Yokai's Guide to Talismans
Bad OmenCalculators - abilities, gear (talismans)
End Game Gearing

Blood/Assault Rifle - Healing Build

Missions, Quests and Zones  (some spoilers)
Yokai's Guide to Understanding the Mission System
Kingsmouth Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers)
Savage Coast Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers) 
Blue Mountain Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers)
Scorched Desert Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers)
City of the Sun God Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers)
Besieged Farmlands Quests Walkthru (hints; uncoverable spoilers)

Mortal Sins (Transylvania) Quest Walkthru
The Shadowy Forest (Transylvania) Quest Walkthru
Carpathian Fangs Quests Walkthru

Illuminati Faction Missions

TSW: Gravity - Investigation Mission

TSW Guides - Instance Guides
Polaris Dungeon Guide  
Into The Inferno - Guide for Dummies!
Hell Raised (Inferno) Guide
The Darkness War Guide
Ankh/Pandora's Box Guide
Hell Fallen Guide

The Facility (Elite Dungeon Guide)
Hell Raised (Elite Dungeon Guide)

Polaris - Nightmare Mode
Inferno - Nightmare Mode


Crafting Guide (TenTonHammer)
Almars Crafting Guide
Gadget Crafting
Crafting Consumables
Stylish Corpse Crafting Tips

Fashion and Wardrobe
Sephoras Closet - clothing info
Women's Fashion's at Pangaea

Quests with Clothing Rewards

Direct X11 Graphic Comparision
Secret UI - addons - addons
Rare Spawn Compilation Thread

Monday, July 23, 2012


Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend 3 (BW3) gave us the opportunity to try the Sylvari and Asura races.  Both zones are fantastic definitely different, but lots of fun.

As our characters from the previous BW's were wiped and personal time didn't allow for much actual game play, I just did some exploring and locating of charmable pets for the Ranger once it goes live.

Juvenile Saimoth (Flamingo's were also in this area)

 Location for Juvenile Saimoth

 Juvenile Red Jellyfish
 Location for Red Jellyfish

Juvenile Marsh Drake
Location for Juvenile Marsh Drake
 I did find the Jungle Spiders, but didn't get screenshots.

Other than that I spent some time taking screenshots of the gorgeous vistas (which is another new addition this weekend). 

I found this one while exploring for pets.  I didn't get the exact location, but it was in the Asura area after you leave the start zone. When you locate what looks like old money hanging in the air, you interact with it and you'll get a beautiful cut scene of the well - vista!

ArenaNet has outdone themselves on the beauty in this game. The details are everywhere and totally incredible. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hammerfist Clan adds WoW

Hammerfist Clan, the guild I'm a member of, has added a World of Warcraft team to go along with the other sponsored games in the HFC lineup.  I know I'm biased, regarding HFC, but it really is great to be able to go game to game with people you already know and have built friendships with over the years versus having to start over each game trying to find a guild that works.

Currently HFC has teams in six MMOs:

LoTRO (Lord of the Rings Online) our oldest branch were we recently celebrated HFC's 11th Anniversary, LoTRO style - complete with fireworks, parade and freezetag. The LoTRO team has a ton of experience as many have played since beta and have a variety of max level characters. (Brandywine server)
 LoTRO team and other HFC members that came to celebrate

RIFT.  One of my personal favorites.  The RIFT team is pure awesome!  We're casual but do raid Mondays/Tuesday, and have other team activities throughout the week, including Crifting, Instance runs, pick up raids and PvP. (Faeblight, Defiant side)
RIFT team, Greenscale Blight Raid

TOR (Star Wars:The Old Republic).  HFC has two teams, one Republic and one Empire. Both are very active and have raid schedules.  I'm not playing TOR at this time but I believe they raid on Fri/Sat/Sun. (Canderous Ordo for the Republic & The Shadowlands for the Empire)
TOR Republic beating SOA

TSW (The Secret World).  With the recent launch of TSW, the team is still leveling, but we're all enjoying this game. It definitely is one of the different ones, but many of us have opted for lifetime subs, so the TSW team should be around for many years.  Currently the offiers are working on setting up days for Guild Instance Runs and team PvP. (Arcadia dimension)
 TSW in Fusang pvp

GW2 (Guild Wars 2).  The GW2 has been playing the beta weekends, while we impatiently wait for launch in August.  It will be a fantastic team, blending the PvPers (w00t), along with the team-mates that are all about PvE and the crafters. (Server selection is still being discussed, but we've been on Eternal Grove for beta)
HFC team, Borderlands PvP

Newest addition, WoW (World of Warcraft), to the mix is fantastic for the polygamerous, like me, that play a variety of games. WoW is still going strong and with the Mist of Panderia expansion out in the next few months, it will continue to be one of the foundation MMOs. I'll be relocating one (or more) of my toons there and likely rerolling a few to experience all things WoW! (Bealgun server, Alliance).
 Sithi on one of her many mounts

Overall, I'm very excited by all the new things happening with HFC. Recent additions to our already busy forum is a member article section were news and reviews will be featured, along with a new area of non-gamer topics, including interesting discussions on food, sports, books, movies and music.

So, if you're looking to connect with casual-core gamers that honor real life over gaming, but take our gaming serious - in a fun way of course -  check out the amazing community - Hammerfist Clan.

HFC is an 18+ age drama free guild. Currently using Mumble.

Team application

Code of Conduct for HFC teams

How HFC began - Gaming is theraputic.

Saturday, July 7, 2012