gUILD wARS 2 : End of a Era

Warning this article may be bad for your Health. This is an editorial. I have nothing against Colin or Mike or any other dev, but gaming is my passion and I have an opinion, your welcome to agree or disagree in your comments below.

I wish both more continued success and gave thanks by buying and supporting GW1, GW2 products.

I’m Mike O’Brien, here with GW2 dev team. AMA!< — Developer .Guildwars2 Mike-OBrien-ArenaNet Hi Reddit,I’m here today to answer some questions and to share some news.The news is that I’m taking over as the game director of Guild Wars 2 for a while. Colin will be leaving us. Colin is a personal friend, leaving on good terms, and I wish him all the best.

How about lead off with always thank the fans of this game for paying our salaries but supporting the products we make? Instead..

”Colin is leaving to be closer to home”, should read like .. ”we can no longer afford to give Colin raises or  we are making so much money Colin who had been lead for years can work from home.”

The fact is Heart of Thorns is a was a huge let down for myself and thousands of other guild wars 2 fans. The amount of mistakes and errors made could be written on a scroll that could reach from NYC to London.

**Unwritten facts,  since 1st 6 month mark of guild wars2 the world pvp population of guild wars has hemorrhaged. Mass amounts of enormous guilds quit and left, I constantly told them how to fix the issues on their youtube page and other places and they continually ignored pvpers and churned out what I call fluff. (band aids and graphical extras to ignore the real issues) 

**They will tell you that is not accurate, because they have inaccurate sales totals that don’t include players buying 2 and 3 accounts during the $10 base game sales around the 1 year marker. 

** Server Transfer should have been disallowed without a FULL RE ROLL. The fact is they allowed huge guilds to Jockey from server to server providing them a ”crutch” to protect their precious win loss records. Which allows many of them to post unlimited garble on their front pages.

Great example : (from their web page) -PRX  (the-professionals) Prior to Archeage, in Guild Wars 2, we earned a record of 72 wins and 4 losses.  55 wins were in Tier 1 and we never finished in 3rd place.  We were a member of the most dominant alliance in GW2’s history, The Titan Alliance, and went 30-0.  [PRX] helped lead four servers in both the NA and EU brackets to world’s best.  We battled on the fields of the Henge of Denravi to Sea of Sorrows, across the Atlantic to dethrone Vizunah Square three times and then joined with a resurgent Jade Quarry to once again become world’s best.

I’m singling them out but there not the only guild to do this, just one of most well known (foe/ ruination and host of others did the same bragging, all while leaving torn server communities in their wake and not giving a rats ass while doing it). Fact is they tucked their tails and ran off ”Henge of Denravi” rather then fight. Their precious alliance broke apart so they quit the server to position themselves on another server just so they could make claims like the above. Zero Honor in that for me, it is the act of pixel cowards and not a good light to be in. Almost similar to long time US corporations pulling up and leaving for foreign lands, after using the communities and resources up.

Guild Wars 2 sat by allowing server merry go round.  Also Vizunah Square is a server made up of small guilds with very little NA time zone coverage, so big deal your big powerful triumphant pixel guild did a great job over taking NPC’S so you could make hollow claims of victory over far superior players. All in the name of E ego. Big Deal!

Why post all this in Colin sad departure? Because there issues that where never addressed or fixed in the tenure of his overwatch of the game. So many huge problems that could have been fixed to make Guild Wars 2 the worlds greatest PVP game, instead what do they do????? they add more and more FLUFF. 

 Under his watch… we give you…

Edge of the Mists compared to other World versus World maps.

  • Progress made in the Edge of the Mists does not count toward the Mist War score.
  • Different Match Up, Timing, Scoring and User Interface.
  • New features: Landmarks and Destructible bridges.
  • No Bloodlust or Ruins of Power.
  • Victory in the Edge of the Mists is awarded to the team with the highest score at the end of each match and rewards them with a supply drop in their citadel in the Borderlands map during the next match

Built fluffy (their is that fluffy word again) place for PVERS to run around and base trade so they can brag about there meaningless  over inflated PVP rank gained by farming low levels and NPC’S.

I knew at that point Edge of Mist came out the game was finished. Rather then fix the issues in the core Mist battleground they threw more FLUFF and spreading already thinned out pvp population furthering the PVE merry-go-round in the PVP zones.

”years he’s given to the Guild Wars franchise” , Guild Wars franchise gave him a career as well as a spotlight as well. Reason why he is leaving, I would bet my wallet on is this company is making cuts which they are notorious for doing in the past. Guild Wars last xpack was also not the cash cow they expected it to be and failed horribly in many ways, and spread the community even more.

Personally disappointed with Guild Wars 2 world pvp, at launch had amazing potential and continually worn away by poor dev decision-making, and Colin was part of that decision making. Poor job on heart of thorns adding more fluff instead of adding more intelligent fixes to bring the game to the PVP for-front that it had the potential for.

”Had potential to be the greatest mmo ever pvp- wise, fantastic look and feel and outstanding combat system.”

– and squandered the opportunity. Sad-face.


Crowfall : Ranger Class

Editorial – below is crowfall’s announcement of archetype the ranger. For me to many games come out year after year with same names of archetypes. While this may seem nit picky as a consumer of games I look for change, change creates interest as well as builds a story in my thoughts. Maybe call the Ranger a Bowman, Archer, Marksman? The last 2 makes one think of a precise class
that emotes danger or a threat. Ranger just sounds merely like someone who ranges around, no offense but…really boring.

All of the present mmo’s in development using same archtype… Ranger. Just decades of same class name evokes thoughts of dull, tedious, humdrum, flat, stale, should I go on? Or I could just use BORING.

The description below is as typical as my above summation of the class name… O my 2 fighting styles highlighted like this was some new revolutionary mmo innovation. 18 years ago Ever Quest had multiple fighting styles of the Ranger. I am interested in Crowfall but this does not excite me nor make me think they are doing anything to really think outside the box. Below is crowfall’s class announcement… 


Crowfall : Ranger Class –


As most of you probably know, we’ve been hard at work on our next archetype – and our goal is to add the Ranger to our next round of testing (Siege Perilous) in March.

We’re solidly “in the tornado” of development now, and this archetype is really coming together!  The base equipment set is done, the character is all rigged and ready to start integrating into the game.  That means we’ve started creating all of her alternate armor sets, designing her powers and crafting both her unique animations and her spell FX.

The Ranger is the most versatile archetype that we’ve designed so far, with:

  • The ability to hide,
  • The ability to set traps, and…
  • Two different fighting styles!

That’s right: the Ranger can blend between melee and ranged as the situation warrants. For melee combat, the Ranger is a natural dual-wielder (with a handful of cool dual-weapon maneuvers and great mobility) and for ranged combat, she uses archery (of course!)

This begs the question: why two fighting styles?

The answer is simple: the Ranger is our first archetype to use a weapon that requires ammunition.

Yes, that means you’ll need arrows to use your bow. As a fallback, when you’re out of ammo, you’ll need to draw your blades and get up close and personal.

Eventually her weapons (and arrows!) will, of course, need to be crafted…  For now, we’re going to drop bundles of arrows as loot, but this is just a stop gap measure until our crafting system comes online!

Here are a few quick renders to show great she looks!


…and as a reminder for those who don’t read our site as often:

Yes, there is a corresponding male version of this archetype, and

Yes, we will allow full appearance customization in the game at launch!

That’s it for today! Keep an eye here for more information about the Ranger’s power and playstyle as we push towards Siege Perilous (aka pre-alpha test 2.0!) in March!

ArcheAge December Update

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ArcheAge December Update Discussion Livestream: November 20 at 1:30 PM PDT


Join Senior Producer Merv “Khrolan” Lee Kwai, Producer Amanda “Amary” Fry, and Senior Community Relations Manager Seraphina “Celestrata” Brennan on the Trion Worlds Twitch channel for our next ArcheAge livestream! This week is a big week, as we’ll be unveiling what’s coming to ArcheAge in our exciting December Update! We don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this update is about to tackle a few issues that were sourced straight from the community. Don’t miss out!

ArcheAge December Update Livestream
Twitch Channel:
Start Time: Friday, November 20 at 1:30 PM PDT (GMT-7)
Duration: 45-60 minutes

Make sure to stick around to the end of the livestream, because we’ll be giving away 5 more White Tiger mounts, and armor too!

Discuss this article on the forums.

Captains Log: MMO furniture Wars

Warning: Satire may be hazardous to all involved, readers should be cautioned about the risk of smiling, chuckling, sneering  associated with this article.

Author Captain Kirk
Star Date: Operation Furniture
Captains Log: MMO furniture Wars
Written for my friend at


Buckle up! I know alot about mmo’s, I was a spokes man for the first mmo World of Warcraft.
MMO furniture wars. It’s 2015, we killed each other enough, killed enough Murlocs
Quagen, Wolf’s, Worms, Centaurs, Orcs, Gnomes and other various creators.

I’ts just not any fun killing stuff anymore. So I told all the devs of various games, lets just all
make furniture, for our virtual houses. Devs said hey that might be a great Idea Jim,
we can sell all those houses and make millions. Instead of making games we can just be like Ikea but virtual furniture outlets.

I’t all started that way. I,  Captain Kirk came up with the idea. Now like 5 of the top mmo’s in development are selling make believe ships, cars, houses and furniture for millions of dollars.
Even better and more peaceful, you don’t even get to use them just look at pictures of those items,
this way making it more echo friendly. You can look at pictures of the stuff you bought then log off saving tons of money on the electric bill. You can brag to your neighbors about the $457 dollars you spent for a virtual castle and how by doing that your lessening your personal echo foot print
and helping stop global warming . They will think you are a hero rather then the weirdo down the street that never comes out of the house and has daily delivery’s from dominoes, larry’s sub shop and Piggly Wiggly.  Does not matter your lawn is 2 feet long, and garbage not put out in a decade. They all will know now you Sir are an environmentalist.

I as a spokesman for gaming think everyone should buy at least $100 worth of virtual home goods a month. It will kick start the economy. Especially with the success of Ikea and home goods, and more and more women playing, and guys that like pink fluffy stuff, why not, I can see a full blown industrial boom of virtual furniture, billion people buying virtual furniture saves on waste, saves trees, energy, and will greatly reduce the worlds carbon foot print.

Grand Parents just died? Hit the lottery? came into huge wealth. Blow it all on your favorite game..


Spend a few thousand pounds here… just a few examples…