Just over a week left before Guild Wars 2 early access so it’s time to start planning.
For the first time in my life I’m actually setting aside time for a game’s launch. I’ve spoken with my wife about her being on “baby duty” for most of early access Saturday. That’s not to say I’m going to play all day and ignore my family but I will get in more play time than just during naps and after bedtime. I also have a giftcard to Total Wine that I’ve been saving since my birthday so I’ll be picking up a growler or a couple of bombers of, hopefully local, craft beer. That’s it for out of game, what about in game?
I’m starting with alts of course. I’m thinking about having a morning, afternoon and evening session so it’ll be one character for each session. This works well with my larger alt schedule of three flights of alts. The first flight is comprised of the day-one alts I’ll be rotating through.
I first became interested in Guild Wars 2 around the time of the Guardian reveal. I prefer hybrids and my favorite flavor of hybrids are of the tank-y, melee/magic variety and Guardians are a perfect fit. Norn also immediately struck a chord with me. I’m usually drawn to large and/or monstrous races and I’m a sucker for the whole barbarian aesthetic. The more I learned about the race the more I liked it: shamanistic beer-lovers who turn into bears, sign me up.
How do you say “large and monstrous” in Guild Wars? Charr. The steampunk aesthetic and Imperial Roman undertones also makes the Charr a very interesting race. I took a liking to the Engineer during the first beta weekend event and decided that it was a profession that I’d be playing and since don’t think there’s a more fitting race-profession combination than an Iron Legion Charr Engineer, my race decision was made for me.
The other profession that tickled my fancy during the BWEs was the Mesmer. The only question was “which race?”. I shy away from playing humans in fantasy MMOs so I was leaning toward either Asura or Sylvari. When it was announced that these two races where going to be playable for BWE3 I decided that my sole purpose for that weekend would be deciding which race to pick. Asura are just too awesome to pass over.
I’ll go Charr Warrior and Sylavri Necromancer for the second flight, about a week or two later, and eventually I’ll purchase some more character slots to pickup the last three classes.
So that’s the plan. Only 9 days left to go and at this point I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the actual launch of GW2 or the idea of having a gaming day to celebrate it.