Milestones and Moving Forward

Well! It’s hard to believe, but as of today I’ve been writing Under the Pale Tree for a full year. Amazing! When I started out this blog, I didn’t think that I would be able to stick with it this long, let alone have it turn out like it has. There’s been some ups and downs (and some points where I just didn’t have the energy to write), but I’m glad I’ve stuck it out. Happy birthday, dear blog!

Speaking of birthdays, yesterday the Seventh Anniversary celebration for Guild Wars kicked off! If you haven’t yet logged on there, then definitely make sure to do so! In particular, go talk to Ceira, Sworn to Fire, in Embark Beach. She’s one of the group of four standing on the boat. She’s got a very…fiery present for us all; don’t worry, though! They won’t bite. Us, anyway.

The celebration will last through May 8th, so you’ve got some time, but I wouldn’t suggest putting it off, as there are also other bonuses for playing during this time – ones I haven’t seen before for a celebration like this.

However, I’m sure everyone will be taking a break from Guild Wars this weekend, because the first Beta Weekend Event for Guild Wars 2 starts on Friday at noon PDT. Yesterday they started sending out emails to everyone with a link to download the beta client, so be sure to watch your inbox for that. There was also a blog post made about servers – so make sure to coordinate with your friends as to which server you’re all planning on playing on, since guesting won’t yet be available and you’ll only be able to change once during the BWE!

And as for what we’re planning on doing during the BWE? First and foremost, I will be setting up my guild, and have already set up forums for those who wish to join up with us. If you want a casual, laid-back, respectful and (relatively) mature group to play with, do check us out. You’re not limited on the number of guilds you can join, so don’t be afraid to join! We will be playing on Eternal Grove this weekend, so make sure that if you want to play with us, you pick that server!

I have decided on a human Mesmer as what I will primarily be playing for the weekend. Dak is going to be a charr, either Ranger or Warrior. I know that I want to take a look specifically at crafting, both because of the fact that I love crafting in games, and because I’ve seen little on it. If Dak covers anything in particular, I’ve a feeling it will be jumping puzzles :P We will also be taking lots and lots of screenshots and videos. I may even play around with streaming some gameplay – keep an eye on our twitter account for more info on that!

So here’s for one year of blogging mayhem, and hopefully with the release of Guild Wars 2 around the corner, there will be several years more! And a huge thank you to everyone who reads and visits this site. You guys are all awesome <3

4 thoughts on “Milestones and Moving Forward

  1. It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I discovered your blog and I love it :) Keep up the good work!
    By now, I can’t wait for Friday to arrive. Since I want to play a female Norn Ranger as a main char once the game is actually released, I decided to go for a Human Necromancer or Engineer this weekend. Maybe those classes can still convince me.
    Hope to read from you soon :)

  2. Gratz on the anniversary, and job well done!

    Looking forward to reading about misadventures in the beta and the actual game once it launches from both you and Dak.
    It seems some RL friends have also chosen Eternal Grove as our “preferred” server… unless it’s simply too overloaded then that’s the world I will be playing on.
    If you happen across a brutally efficient human necro (with a metaphorical “S” on his chest and a red cape) give us a “/wave” ;-)
    I’m hoping to spend time in all facets of the game (PvE, Arena PvP, and WvW.)

      • I’m doing a great impersonation of someone who knows WTF they are doing! LOL
        /fake it till you make it
        Human necro (Anec Dotal)

        Lag on this first evening has been pretty fierce but I’m still really enjoying the gameplay… just trying to unlock basic skills and such in PvE this evening and getting a feel for the class.

        I joined several others in gettng ROFL stomped by a “group” mob (they are rather serious about those being more difficult … wiped us all out… several times…)

        Dodge is definitely not an “I win button” but it sure helps take the ouch out of combat.

        Necros are the cockroach that just won’t stay squished when you try to stamp em out… amazing resiliency on this profession! Bouncing back and forth between Death Shroud and regular combat mode seems almost unfair to the mobs. (Elite mobs being the notable exception to that.)

        Having so much fun I can’t stand it… no idea when I’m going to be able to get to sleep tonight…

        Going through the mists next to see some of the charr and norn areas…

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