I don't do any of that. Yeah I don't get the gold or karma that those farmers do but I feel almost liberated from not doing all of that crap. Heck, some days I don't even log in and I'm perfectly fine with that.
It's not a bad route if you need the Karma indeed. Other than that it's just useless. I've done the whole event chains and its not bad. If there are enough people doing it and someone to talk to while you are going forwards than its fine
Anyone have a suggestion on how to spend 90 karma? I'm at the point where my bank is full of all the foodstuffs you can buy from the cooking/karma vendors in Lion's Arch. I just wondered if there's anything else I can spend it on where it won't be wasted. (Char is getting deleted so no incentive to gain any more karma.)
Don't think there is anything worth buying with karma other than the temple sets. There was a guy in Fireheart Rise that sold mithril gathering tools for karma. I bought a bunch of those- better than spending gold, which makes gathering a money loss.
It's enough to buy any combination of 2 cooking ingredients in bulk (sans Ginger Root) with some left over, so it has its uses.
I guess I should clarify it's not just 90 karma, it's a recurring 90 karma every time I make a character for key farming. I just wondered if there was anything else cheapish I could start spending it on since, as I mentioned, I'm almost maxed out on cooking materials. Why waste it when it can buy something useful?
Heh. Decided to watch the new Guildcast because I am slightly ill today/laying in bed.
Someone sent in a question about the difficulty of getting into MMOs for the first time in relation to other games. One of the hosts made the following statement:
"My kids have played Guild Wars 2 and World of Warcraft. In World of Warcraft they need constant supervision. I have to show them where their quests are, where to go, who to talk to, how their skills work- all this stuff. They get lost! And they end up just doing whatever and not getting much done.
However, in Guild Wars 2 they are on auto pilot. They can just do whatever and end up getting a lot done by just playing."
I thought that was super interesting and a lot to think on w/r/t modern MMOs.
By contrast, I was reading this: link, earlier today. Which spoke to how MMOs used to be designed.
I had thought about the whole socialization aspect as well when GW2 first came out. I heard many complaints that although it was nice to not have to worry about people kill stealing or grabbing a node while you were busy with the mobs near it. It all felt inconsequential, that you could replace the players with bots and nobody would notice. Would it really be better to have some way to force people to socialize or merely incentivize it. Also how would you go about making it seem more appealing (if that's the right word) without making it seem required.
We all saw what happened with the laurels. You don't really need any of those things to access or even complete content in the game but alot of people see them as some kind of requirement to get things like ascended gear without doing fractals. Or am I wrong and I'm just over thinking things.
What I meant with the laurels was that before, dailies didn't really matter you got xp, karma, gold and I believe a mystic coin all of which you could get else where; so they went and made the dailies more varied to get players to go to different zones and try all parts of the game crafting, dungeons, taking on veterans you name it. But to the player it was like what is the point. Why should I go out of my way to complete these tasks. So they needed something to incentivize it something to get players to want to complete the daily everyday. But it also needed to have something that players could work towards so that they got the feeling of accomplishment after doing them for a period of time they could get a bonus.
I meant to use laurels as an example where the developer tried to make something more appealing without making it a requirement to complete content. How do you get people to socialize more without creating a system or content wherein the player must group up or join a guild to take part in it. Such as the new guild activities, you don't have to be in that guild or in a guild period to participate in the new activities. Although to get the most out of the experience it is better to be in the guild that has activated it.
But now we are seeing some complaints on how it is a staggering objective to even unlock these activities for small guilds thus creating a problem where some players are having to choose between their very close but small guild or be apart of a larger one just for the better rewards and the complete experience. In both cases I can see the developer has tried to put a system in that seems to be fair for everyone but there are still problems where players are feeling forced into one way of playing the game.
I was wondering if it was even possible to create a fair system, or is this a case where you can never please everyone. My apologies if I'm not clear, I really wish I were a bit more eloquent. (If I'm even using that right.)
I just like to make sure that I understand people correctly.
IMO the main issue is that a-net doesn't think things through. If you're going to work on content for months some of the basic things you should take into account is what the impact is. Failing to realise that you'll force people into joining big guilds is a very big oversight (which imo borders negligence) another really anoying thing is that if your in a X-realm guild and join their missions through guesting you won't get guild loot.
I also simply don't get why I'm punished for not being in the guild that kicked off the event, I deserve the commendations just as much, what I don't deserve are the additional unlocks for the guild that I'm in.
The biggest issue to me is that due to my focus being FotM I have to get the ascended jewelery asap since otherwise I fall behind of the "dedicated" players and then I'm stuck with noobs who rely on gear. To get the jewelery I have to join a PvE guild and do random stuff which doesn't interest me to not get kicked.
Hmm well from what I can tell you seem to be motivated by the rewards from the guild activities and the chance to push yourself in FotM. What I wanted to point out is that (from what I understand correct me if I'm wrong) the guild activities don't require you to be in the guild to participate in the event but a-net put something in to make it more worth while to be in the guild.
Is it possible for a-net to put a new system in that makes being in a guild better than not being in one without making it a requirement. Can the content that they add be available to everyone without you having to group up or be in a guild, but still provide a decent challenge and give decent rewards. While also making it more appealing to take part in the social aspects of the game.
I thought the guild activities were a good step in the right direction. To give players a reason to even be in a guild, to provide content that a guild can take part in to unlock and accomplish. All while not making it a requirement to be in the guild to participate in the content. It's one thing to be able play the game and have fun but for others it more fun with meaningful rewards and a decent challenge otherwise for some it's like why bother.