Fellowship of the Fans

As I’ve mentioned already in previous blog posts, Guild Wars 2 fans are an…interesting bunch. We crash websites in our zealousness to sign up for betas and view beta counters (and apparently this past week’s Guildcast was another site crasher). We flip the hell out at anything we don’t necessarily like.

And sometimes? Some really, really cool things are created by the community.

The first was already mentioned here in Dak’s post about the trait blowup, but it’s worth another mention as it’s just really, really cool. The folks over at GW2Tools made this awesome trait calculator, which lets you play around with the trait lines for each profession and see what the options are for minor/major traits are for each one.

The lovely people of the French fansite Luna Atra have had a skills tool up for quite some time, but it was incomplete for a long time. Now it’s been updated to include everything from the recent press beta weekend, traits, and underwater skills. You can even share your builds when you’re done creating them!

If you’re looking at that and trying to figure out what roles different weaponsets play, Guild Wars 2 Junkies has your back. They have an awesome graphic that shows which playstyles different weapons support. So if you’re ever unsure as to what weapons would be best for offense, defense, support, or healing, there’s your first stop.

And for something a bit different but still an awesome fan creation…we all know that Guild Wars has amazing music. Have you ever wanted to be able to play it yourself? Well, if you play piano, you’re in luck – Shewstr has created sheet music for both the Guild Wars 2 theme (from the start of ANet’s MMO Manifesto) and the Asura theme to play on piano. Amazing!

If you just want to laugh? Well, then go check out lolcharr. I don’t think I really need to say much about that one, other than just including this image:

Hyperbole and a Half, meet Guild Wars 2.

There’s a ton of other really cool community-made things out there, of course; these are just some of the big ones that have come to my attention this past week. All of it is worth checking out! You won’t regret it, trust me on that.

Welcome to the Grove

Since I spend far too much time talking about Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 these days (what a surprise), I’ve started up a blog where I can write down these musings instead of rambling at friends of mine who aren’t really all that interested in the games. Silly them, but that’s their loss!

I know that Guild Wars is largely considered a dying game, and most people are just looking forward to GW2, but I happen to disagree with that. I play GW avidly, and only in the past half a year have really started doing any work on titles. And even that I’m going slowly through. But hey, it’s something, right? I also tend to hop between characters (having one of each profession fully leveled up), so that once I finish something on my main, I can jump over to someone else for a bit of a change of pace.

Of course, I am looking forward to GW2 quite a bit, myself! I’m especially interested in what the remaining professions are going to be. I’m holding out on the fact that one is going to be Mesmer, and they just need to actually announce. I love Mesmers, and I intend to play one as my main for GW2. Of the races, the Sylvari are my favorite by far, so I can’t wait to see Sylvari Week.

And of course there’s tons of other stuff I talk about. I like to ramble, after all.