Monthly Archives: August 2012

Episode 18 – ANorning As Shit

Episode 18

What did you do this week?
Dave
Mel
Jeremy
Jared

News

The Tyrian Order: Interview with William Fairfield on Dungeon Mechanics
http://www.thetyrianorder.com/ttointerviews

GW2.com: John Smith on the Tyrian Economy
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/john-smith-on-the-guild-wars-2-virtual-economy/

Washington Post: GW2 Making MMOs more Social
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/guild-wars-2-making-mmos-more-social-more-accessible/2012/08/24/b38e54c0-ee0e-11e1-b0eb-dac6b50187ad_story.html

Massively: World First Level 80 is…a crafter
http://i.massively.joystiq.com/2012/08/27/guild-wars-2-crafter-reaches-level-80-first/
http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/yy07z/congratulations_and_apologies_to_surfeuze_and_war/

Under The Pale Tree: What was ANet’s favorite part about working on GW2
http://thepaletree.net/2012/08/28/guild-wars-2-devs-what-was-your-favorite-part-of-working-on-the-game/

Discusion Topic 1

Launch Experiences So Far
http://yfrog.com/mtn3vvj

Discussion Topic 2

Ranger Overview

Outro
You can reach us in the following ways.
Call – 605-951-0522
Web- ascendantsofascalon.wordpress.com
Email- ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com
Twitter- @aofa_podcast
Individually: Jared @Solietu Jeremy @jqsage
Listen Live at http://www.twitch.tv/AscendantsofAscalon
Also can listen on ITunes or Stitcher


Episode 17 – Not So Alone

Episode 17

What did you do this week?
Jared
Jeshe
Dave

News

Shows will return to their regular day/time of Tuesday at 7pm CDT next week when we will tell you all about launch!

We’re still looking for a Ranger to come on the show next week, August 28th.  If you are interested email ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com or DM @Solietu or @aofa_podcast on Twitter.

Launch times revealed!
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/the-final-countdown-guild-wars-2-launch-times/

Official server list released!
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/introducing-the-worlds-of-guild-wars-2/

IGN: Guild Wars 2 blending social and solo story
http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/09/guild-wars-2-blending-social-and-solo-story

Forum Sig Creator
http://thepwner.com/tools/create-amazing-guild-wars-2-signatures/
http://www.signator.org/

Guild Wars 2 now working on Linux
http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/ybk0p/guild_wars_2_now_works_very_well_on_linux/

Region Information Released!
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/a-world-of-choice-the-regions-of-guild-wars-2/

GW_EN End of an Era Party
(Highlights to be posted to YouTube at a later date)

You can Finally Change your Acct Email!
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/accounts-open-edit/

Discussion Topic

Launch Day/Headstart tips and tricks
Dave – Need to travel but don’t have a close waypoint? start running, but stow that weapon. A weapon can be wielded or stowed, where it is visible on the back or hip of the character. When a weapon is stowed, the character’s movement speed increases.
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Weapon

Personal Waypoint – You can hold ALT and click on your minimap to make a personal Waypoint. It is viewed on your party’s map as well with your name highlighted as the waypoint!
VERY useful when trying to get your party to one place. You need to have explored the area before you can use your buddy’s waypoint.

Instant cast spells can be cast while channeling another spell.

Jeshe’s blog contest (ends 8/25 at midnight)- http://thecentaurssatchel.wordpress.com/
@moosefaces on Twitter

Outro
You can reach us in the following ways.
Call – 605-951-0522
Web- ascendantsofascalon.wordpress.com
Email- ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com
Twitter- @aofa_podcast
Individually: Jared @Solietu Jeremy @jqsage
Listen Live at http://www.twitch.tv/AscendantsofAscalon
Also can listen on ITunes or Stitcher


Episode 16a – Jared’s Thief Guide

Jared’s Guide to not Being a Bad Thief

Thief Guide

I’m taking a different approach this week.  Instead of telling you exactly how I successfully played a thief, in order to give you an option for equally successfully playing a thief; I’m going to tell you how I unsuccessfully played a thief, so that you have an idea of what to avoid.

 

Don’t Charge in Headfirst

 

You are not a warrior, you can and will get two-shot by that champion mob over there.  The fact of the matter is, you may get two-shot by him anyway, if he decides your leather armor might taste better than your buddy’s plate or cloth.  There are ways that you can avoid this problem, however:

 

  • Following a beefier melee character into the fray.
    • Warrior and Guardian are great choices =)
  • Taking advantage of skills that temporarily stealth you.
    • Stealth will drop all mob aggro from you.

 

Weapon Swapping is Helpful, if You’re Smart About it

 

So, you’re level 7 and can weapon swap.  The world is a better place because you can dual wield pistols AND daggers, right? I’m here to tell you that in the proper hands it might be.  In mine, as an average newbie thief, it was not.  I spent a large part of my time accidentally weapon swapping at the wrong time and wondering why I was shooting something at point blank range or not attacking at all because I was outside of melee range.  Ways you can maximize the benefit of your weapons swapping include:

 

  • Choose complimentary weapon sets, like Sword/Dagger and Dagger/Dagger or Pistol/Dagger and Pistol/Pistol
    • Yes I realize these are the breadth of the possible weapon combinations for the thief. I’m simply providing alternatives to Dual Pistols and Dual Daggers that have a slightly lower learning curve.
  • Don’t forget that your “3” skill changes based on what it is that you’re dual wielding.
    • Proper weapon set-up can be the difference between wrecking your target and wondering if someone saw the license plate number on the truck that just hit you.

 

Don’t Blow Your Initiative Load Early

 

This was a lesson I learned later than I probably should have.  I was super excited to be able to spam all of my buttons without the hindrance of cooldowns.  Don’t get me wrong, it was super fun blowing up mobs that were equal or lower level than me.  Unfortunately, those higher level mobs laughed at me as I attempted to auto-attack them while I was waiting for my initiative to replenish.  Here is a list of things I should have considered:

 

  • Save 4 or 5 initiative back, just in case you need to pop a defensive skill to buy yourself time to heal, dodge, or beat a hasty retreat into the shadows.
  • Make sure you don’t combo yourself into a corner.
    • You do a lot of flying around, with dual daggers especially.  One poorly timed skill could aggro that other mob or cut off your escape route.
  • Know your combos (and how much initiative they cost).
    • This will allow you to follow Rule 1 much more easily.  If your combo leaves you with only 1 or 2 initiative then you need to find a better mid-fight combo.  This way, you can pull off that huge, initiative-draining combo, as a finisher.


In closing, I would encourage you to take this advice and mutate it however you would wish it to work for your profession.  After all, many of these points could easily be applied to any other profession.  The key, really, is to take the lessons delivered by a Champion Flame Effigy and allow them to make you a better player.  This way you don’t have to wait for the zerg to show up and win the event for you.


Sunday’s Show

Hey, I heard you want to be on a podcast that talks about Guild Wars 2.  It just so happens that we’re going to be down 3 co-hosts on Sunday night at 7pm CDT, so we’ve got 3 whole spots for anyone to come and fill in.  If you’re interested, please email ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com or DM Jared on twitter @Solietu or the show account @aofa_podcast.  Jared says he’ll get lonely if he has to broadcast by himself, but he’ll give you an entertaining show regardless.


Episode 16 – Sneaking and Slashing

Episode 16

What did you do this week?
Dave
Mel
Jeremy
Jared

News

We’re looking for a Ranger next week.  If interested please email the show ascendantsascalon@gmail.com or send a DM on Twitter to @Solietu or @aofa_podcast

Next week’s show will be on Sunday night August 19th at 7pm CDT because my work training schedule is such that I’ll be working the night of the 21st.

All the Stress Tests! (August 9th-12th)
Another stress test scheduled August 15 from 12-4pm PDT

Preorder codes are finally able to registered!

GWI finds a tool to help determine if your machine can run GW2 on launch.
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/guild-wars-2-pc-minimum-system-requirements-check-run-it/#more-12513
http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/analysis.aspx?name=Guild+Wars+2&id=11297

GWI: Why Guild Wars 2 Is Great for busy adults
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/krewe-guild-wars-2-mmo-busy-adults/

Discussion Topic

Warrior Overview
Thief Overview

Additional Links Discussed in the Show
Jared’s Thief Build
http://en.gw2codex.com/build/11693/show

Outro
You can reach us in the following ways.
Call – 605-951-0522
Web- ascendantsofascalon.wordpress.com
Email- ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com
Twitter- @aofa_podcast
Individually: Jared @Solietu Jeremy @jqsage
Listen Live at http://www.twitch.tv/AscendantsofAscalon
Also can listen on ITunes or Stitcher


Episode 15 – Raising it Up and Bringing it Down

Episode 15

What did you do this week?
Dave
Mel
Jeremy
Jared
Stubbz

News

We’re looking for a Ranger and a Thief to come on the shows that will continue until August 21.  If interested please email the show ascendantsascalon@gmail.com or send a DM on Twitter to @Solietu or @aofa_podcast

We have a logo! Come look at it and tell us how Jared’s photoshop skills could rise from terrible!
https://ascendantsofascalon.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/twitter-logo.jpg

GWI: The New Krewe: How The “Endgame” Of GW2 Will Rock Your MMO World
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/krewe-gw2s-endgame-rock-mmo-world/#more-9979

Mobile and Web Apps Confirmed
http://digitalgaudium.com/?p=10924
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/gw2-mobile-web-apps-confirmed-post-launch/

Discussion Topic

Necromancer Overview
Elementalist Overview

Additional Links Discussed in the Show

Outro
Stubbz – @Stubbz06

You can reach us in the following ways.
Call – 605-951-0522
Web- ascendantsofascalon.wordpress.com
Email- ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com
Twitter- @aofa_podcast
Individually: Jared @Solietu Jeremy @jqsage
Listen Live at http://www.twitch.tv/AscendantsofAscalon
Also can listen on ITunes or Stitcher


Episode 14 – The Best Profession Ever?!

Episode 14

What did you do this week?
Dave
Mel
Jeremy
Jared
Aggelos

News

We’re looking for a Ranger and a Thief to come on the shows that will continue until August 21.  If interested please email the show ascendantsascalon@gmail.com or send a DM on Twitter to @Solietu or @aofa_podcast

BWE3 Commentary

Ending Event
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/final-beta-ends-hunger-royale/

July 31st is the deadline to reserve name for launch
http://www.arena.net/blog/reserve-your-guild-wars-character-name-for-guild-wars-2-by-july-31

Guild Wars Insider Provides a Way to “Survive” the final month before launch.
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/survive-last-month/

Emblem Creator Tool Released
http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/guild-wars-2-emblem-creator/
http://botorubattalion.com/emblemCreator

ANet Blog: Hall of Monuments Guide (Video previewing some of the items is at the bottom of the post)
http://www.arena.net/blog/john-stummes-guide-to-the-hall-of-monuments

ANet Blog: The 4 pillars of GW2 Gameplay
http://www.arena.net/blog/the-pillars-of-guild-wars-2-gameplay

ANet Blog: Creating the Emotional Connection in MMOs
http://www.arena.net/blog/the-emotional-connection

Discussion Topic

Guardian Overview
Mesmer Overview

Additional Links Discussed in the Show

Team Legacy Guide to Being Healthy While Gaming
http://teamlegacy.net/topic/7681-the-48-hour-marathon-v11/

Jared’s Intended Mesmer Build
http://en.gw2codex.com/build/7895/show

Mesmer PvP video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfZugfsb1wY&feature=player_embedded#t=0s

Offensive Guardian in sPvP 5 man tournaments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHQvXVJMpBY&feature=player_embedded

Point Defense Guardian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEcESqtTRDI&feature=player_embedded

Outro
Aggelos – jonathan.aggelos.lehman@gmail.com
Wings of Fate Guild (Aggelos’ guild) – www.wings-of-fate.shivtr.com

You can reach us in the following ways.
Call – 605-951-0522
Web- ascendantsofascalon.wordpress.com
Email- ascendantsofascalon@gmail.com
Twitter- @aofa_podcast
Individually: Jared @Solietu Jeremy @jqsage
Listen Live at http://www.twitch.tv/AscendantsofAscalon
Also can listen on ITunes or Stitcher