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Guild Wars: Level 1

The other day I was discussing the recently released Guild Wars 2 trailer with a friend.  I happened to mention that for the past little while I have been thinking of trying out Guild Wars again; I never did play through to the end of the story, leaving the game at level 14 to play EverQuest II.

The subscription-free games are beginning to appeal to me more and more these days because without the monthly fee, I don’t feel like a slave to the game.  Too often with games that I’ve subscribed to, I kept playing despite a lack of fun just “to get my money’s worth”.  I don’t feel that pressure with subscription-free games.  That’s another reason why I’ve been thinking of Guild Wars lately.

After telling my friend that I was considering giving Guild Wars a shot again, starting from level one, he replied with, “you’ll never make it to level ten before quitting out of boredom”.  That was all the incentive I needed to try it out again, and I accepted his challenge.  While my main goal in this revisit is simply to get to level 11, I would like to see how the story in Prophecies turns out, so I’ll try and play through it to the end.  Of course, I won’t waste any time on a game I don’t like, so if it turns out not to be any fun, I’ll quit.

Having last played the game towards the end of 2005, I can’t say I remember a whole lot.  In fact, I logged in to the level 14 character I had left behind and was completely lost.  I had no idea where I was or what I was supposed to be doing.  I consulted some forums to get an idea as to what’s changed, and what sort of character build is fun to play solo, and quite frankly, I was even more lost.  Guild Wars is a much deeper game than I remember it being.  Ultimately I created a Warrior, the same class I played originally, but this time I’ll choose a different secondary profession.  During my first go around I played as a Warrior/Ranger, whereas this time I’m leaning towards either Necromancer, Monk, or Elementalist for the supporting class.  Looking back, I really had no idea what I was doing when playing.  Now that I’ve gotten a bit more experience with MMOs I’m hoping I can make some better choices with regards to skill and attribute selection.

So far I’ve managed to play for about two hours and am currently level four.  It’s been pretty fun actually.  I still dislike the control scheme, but the graphics look very nice, and the music is great as well.  I’d hate to speak too soon, but I’d wager that I’ll be able to make it past level 10 no problem.

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