So, by now pretty much everybody knows ArenaNet will be having a second beta test weekend soon. They also blogged about a few new things we may expect to see during this one. While I will do my best to keep an eye for bugs and see if there is any intelligent suggestion I can do to improve the game, there are a few other things I want to do as well. Here is my list:
1. Play a Norn Ranger
Being the crazy person I am, I already decided I want to have one character of each race. The problem is to choose which class to go with each. I already decided my charr will be an engineer. The others however are still pretty open to debate so I am trying to use the beta weekends to get a feel of other classes that look cool.
During the first beta weekend, I played mostly a charr warrior. The class versatility impressed me with the way each weapon felt unique. Specially because it wasn't restricted to just melee weapons but also to ranged weapons like the rifle and the bow. This makes me wonder how rangers stand out in terms of weapon skills compared to a warrior. Specially in terms of bows since for a warrior in Guild Wars 2 it is just a valid a weapon as a sword or a mace. Considering the traditional gaming association of rangers with bows I expect the rangers to have more interesting tricks with it than warriors. But we'll see.
As for the choice of a Norn.... Well, I already dipped my toes in the human starting area and explored all the charr starting area (except for the Ascalon Catacombs). Both areas were cool, with their own distinct feel. I am expecting the same from the Norns and look forward to what their lands look like. 🙂
The only thing that may put a stop to that plan is if I get too tempted to pick up my charr from where I left and try to get enough levels to do the Ascalon Catacombs. Even more so because Valerian of commentarilies made a pretty intersting post about his adventures through it. Just reading it makes me drool imagining what kind of challenges we can face running it. This is something I can probably wait until the game releas though.
2. Test crafting
There was so much I wanted to do and see during the first beta weekend that by the time I remembered to check this part there just wasn't much time to do it. So for the next one I will try to buy the gathering tools as fast as possible and learn a couple of crafting professions to see how it all works. I know pretty much nothing about it so far and I want to see how deep (or not) the crafting is on Guild Wars 2.
3. Take more screenshots
I am terrible at taking screenshots. Not only in terms of "cool factor" but in terms of actually spending the time to take a few ones. I rarely take any screenshots, usually only when it is something very special. Which is a shame because I know there are a lot of good times (and people) I forgot about because I just didn't take the time to press the screenshot button. For a MMORPG, specially in its beta phase, it goes doubly so as it also serves as a sort of graphical history of the changes the game went through.
4. Maybe dip my toes in more World vs. World.
I am not a fan of PvP. In fact I would say I am an outright pacifist in MMORPGs as I'd rather collaborate with someone to get cool stuff done together than to trade blows with each other. It doesn't help I am terrible at PvP to the point where it would be just a waste of time for both parties.
Despite all that there is just something that intrigues me about Guild Wars 2 World vs. World. It is probably because it is an actual type of PvP that rewards strategy and thinking over zergs and whoever has the best gear. Another reason is that it is also something I feel I might partake in if I somehow get bored of the PvE side, something that I can help with in some way despite my terrible PvP skills. They also added some new World vs. World maps for this weekend which makes me curious to see how different they are from the one available in the first beta weekend.
5. If there is something interested to write about it, do it.
This might seem a no-brainer considering that I blog. The problem is I feel like I already said the most interesting stuff on my impressions about the first beta weekend. I don't know if there will be much more interesting things I can talk about until release. We'll see.
If there is something I think I can make an interesting post about then I will try to make it during the weekend. This way I won't be risking forgetting any detail, might even have enough time to double check too, and it will make it easier to break it into smaller, easier to digest posts. I would also like to put a few more screenshots in the posts. Having smaller posts should allow me more time to take care of that.
And that is my list for the next beta weekend! What is yours?
P.S.: If you still don't have a beta weekend key, you might want to follow the Guild Wars 2 official Twitter feed @GuildWars2. They often announce contests and giveaways to get those keys. I am not sure if there will still be any for this one since it is so close. Still, wouldn't hurt to do it and if there aren't any, then you will know about those pretty early during the next beta weekend.
Also, for those where this will be their first beta weekend, I highly suggest this Guild Wars 2 FAQ for New Players by Paeroka of Nerdy Bookahs. It has all the information you need to get started on the game. 🙂