Nipp Mousetrap

They say that good things come in small packages.  Although usually I reserve that phrase for tiny treats or those nifty little bottles of travel shampoo, I think in this scenario it definitely applies.  I’m talking about Nipp Mousetrap, of course.  She may be diminutive of stature, but this calico Charr is a creative powerhouse.  Her alter ego (shall we call her Aywren?) has quite the internet presence. Where should I begin?

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If you’re on Tumblr and you’re part of the Guild Wars 2 community, maybe you’ve already seen her.  Otherwise known as White Charr, Nipp has a great Guild Wars 2 blog that she regularly updates with all kinds of GW2 fan art, timely news, and random bits of in-game humor.  If you enjoy art and like to stay in-the-know about the latest Guild Wars 2 updates, following her is highly recommended.

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Not only does Aywren appreciate art, she’s an artist herself.  And a writer to boot!  Below is the cover she drew for “Dreigiau Book 1,” the first of 4 books in her Dreigiau series.  Also, if you have a Kindle, your needs have been provided for.  To date, she has 2 Kindle Edition eBooks, the first of which is available free at Amazon.  Readers of the fantasy genre, I can’t think of any reason not to check it out.

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This is just a small sampling of the artwork and creative writing of one Nipp Mousetrap.  To stay informed about ongoing and new Sygnus Network projects, maybe the best thing to do is subscribe to Aywren’s blog.

Last but not least, Aywren is the guild leader of Wayrift [WAY] (along with her buddy and co-conspirator Syn)!

Trivia:

  • We’re named after the Wayrift Webcomic
  • We call the Dragonbrand server our home
  • Aywren’s warrior Tsuya Tai likes Garlic Bread and frequently carries it in his bags

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More Wayrift [WAY] Guildies

Last month I posted some screenshots of fellow Wayrift [WAY] guild mates. One thing I immediately noticed was that I mostly had screenshots of the same few close pals. While that’s to be expected, since then I’ve made an effort to create more screenshot opportunities with the guildies I don’t see as often.

Jenna, Gavin, Haverhill, & Jo Cur

Jenna, Gavin, Haverhill, & Jo Cur after fighting a giant

The characters that appear are:  Tharash, Korrik, Jo Cur, Armorclad, Oso Cagey, Haverhill, Komradette Midna, Zeb Ya, Tsuya Tai, Crummy Goggles, Ji Whitehawk, Jenna, Goobex, Solgae, Bridget, Sugarbabymonk, Liitle Dude, Karma Tornado, Celesteana, & Gavin Whitehawk

(For best results, view the slideshow in fullscreen mode! It’s the square button furthest to the right on the navigation bar.)

Komrade Markovski

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Trafalga Markus Vii

Who is that Charr?  He’s good at jump puzzles, is patient and kind, has a sixth sense when it comes to finding treasure chests, and shares neat songs like the one below.  Good thing he was born.  =)


Oh yea, and he likes to take naps.

(For best results, view the slideshow in fullscreen mode! It’s the square button furthest to the right on the navigation bar.)

Guild Wars 2 – Wayrift [WAY]

I’ve taken quite a few screenshots since I started playing Guild Wars 2, but realized that I hadn’t posted any since joining the Wayrift [WAY] guild. Here are some pics of new friends, as well as longtime pals.

Crummy, Gavin, & Tsuya

Crummy Goggle, Gavin, & Tsuya Tai waiting for the Shatterer to appear.

Although I don’t have screenshots of everyone, many of the guild mates I see most often are depicted here.  The characters that appear are:  Tsuya Tai, Zeb Ya, Hannover Phist, Ling Si, Jadyn, Karma Tornado, Komrade Markovski, Hermad, Raven Kihaku, Chiang Shi, Ji Whitehawk, Jo Cur, Haverhill, and Gavin Whitehawk.

edit: Posted more guild screenshots here:  “More Wayrift [WAY] Guildies” (added 2/15/13).

(For best results, view the slideshow in fullscreen mode! It’s the square button furthest to the right on the navigation bar.)

Read more about Wayrift [WAY] at the guild website.

Guild Wars 2 – Professions

A couple of weeks ago, ArenaNet announced the pre-purchase date of Guild Wars 2!  There are a few different options, all viewable here.  Although pre-sale doesn’t open until April 10th, it’s nice to finally know when.  As an added bonus, those who pre-purchase will be able to participate in all future Weekend Beta Events…!

In light of that news, now seems like a good time to look over the different professions and decide what your starting character will be.  There are 8 playable professions:

  1. Elementalist – “Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.  I can deal with any of them.”
  2. Warrior – “Axe or Mace?  Rifle or Greatsword?  You know, they’re all good.”
  3. Ranger – “Good dog!  Hold the enemy down while I shoot them!  You get a biscuit!”
  4. Necromancer – “The great thing about minions is that they never last long enough to work up a horrid stench.”
  5. Guardian – “I’ll guard you.  Let them come through ME first!”
  6. Thief – “I’m sorry, did this belong to you?”
  7. Engineer – “I’d explain it all to you, but a demonstration would be more useful.”
  8. Mesmer – “When I’m done with you, you won’t trust your own mind.”

If you’ve played the original Guild Wars, most of these professions look familiar.  I’m really glad to see Mesmer on this list, and am excited to see what playing Guardian is like.

 

Guild Wars Price Check Tool

Ever tried to buy something, but been unsure of how much you ought to be paying? Some people get around this problem by simply asking for a price check over All Chat. While there’s nothing wrong with this method, normally you’ll only get one response that can range from outdated to wildly inaccurate. Trying to sell something is even more challenging, since not knowing the current market value of an item puts you at risk for severely undercharging/overcharging. What a mess… It’s enough to make you want to vacation in remote Kaineng Center and relax your trading troubles away with a nice massage.

Hot Trot Angel, Ji Whitehawk, and Ana Hunt in Kaineng Center

Luckily, Argos Soft created this neat tool to do your own price checking, called the GwEstimator.  Here’s a screen shot of what a common search looks like:

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As you can see, you get a range of recent trade posts from Kamadan.  With this many “price checks” it’s easy to get an estimated value, as well as find out what kinds of things people are willing to trade for.

Thanks to Ana Hunt for sharing this valuable piece of info, and thanks to the people at Argos Soft for making this available to the Guild Wars community!

Guild Wars 2 – Changing the Face of MMOs

There’s much about the structure of a traditional MMO that’s inherently broken. It’s almost as though some developers are creating games without the player in mind, content to churn out tired games that are just more of the same.

As such, I can’t wait for the release of Guild Wars 2 — it’s going to be epic!  Granted, I’m a big fan of the original Guild Wars so I might be slightly biased.  But I know talent when I see it…!  ArenaNet is a developer with their collective thumb firmly on the pulse of today’s gamer. I could talk of their innovation and vision, but I think you’ll get a better idea of what I mean by watching the demo Boss Fight video below.

So maybe you’ve heard that there’s not going to be a Healer profession.  Characters will each have a self-heal, along with the ability to revive fallen party members.  And you probably already know that the world will be persistent, with dynamic events.  But did you know that skills, like weapons, are swapable at will? If you’re out exploring, you won’t need to go back to an outpost to make adjustments. Another little tidbit — your armor will have multiple dye-able areas, and several new color choices that are available at character creation. No more shelling out gold for a desired shade.

There’s more. Here’s a video (by Alexrediculous) highlighting some of the lesser known details of Guild Wars 2.

And in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video of the basics.

Heroes X 7

The team at Guild Wars has finally done it…!  Previously limited to 3 in a party, Heroes can now join you on your adventures in numbers up to 7.  While that might not sound like a substantial change to those who are new, seasoned players fully understand what having 7 heroes entails.

Offhand, it means that players can now customize their entire team.  It’s especially helpful for those who like to play solo — it’s now possible to run “____-way” without another human player.  Another boon for solo players is that one can now enter places previously inaccessible to soloists.  Fissure of Woe is the first one that comes to mind.

This change, along with a few other cool changes, was introduced in the March 3rd game update.  But why am I writing about an update from almost 3 months ago?  I have a good reason.  Back in December of 2009, I wrote a post called “Hero List“.  Since that list is now obsolete, amending it seems like the correct thing to do.

Here’s the updated list of heroes, listed in the order in which they appear in your “Add a Hero” drop-down menu.

Hero List

  1. Goren – warrior (NF)
  2. Koss – warrior (NF)
  3. Jora – warrior (EN)
  4. Acolyte Jin – ranger (NF)
  5. Margrid the Sly – ranger (NF)
  6. Pyre Fierceshot – ranger (EN)
  7. Tahlkora – monk (NF)
  8. Dunkoro – monk (NF)
  9. Ogden Stonehealer – monk (EN)
  10. Master of Whispers – necromancer (NF)
  11. Olias¹ – necromancer (NF)
  12. Livia – necromancer (EN)
  13. Norgu – mesmer (NF)
  14. Gwen – mesmer (EN)
  15. Acolyte Sousuke – elementalist (NF)
  16. Zhed Shadowhoof – elementalist (NF)
  17. Vekk – elementalist (EN)
  18. Zenmai² – assassin (NF)
  19. Anton – assassin (EN)
  20. Razah – ritualist (NF)
  21. Xandra – ritualist (EN)
  22. General Morgahn – paragon (NF)
  23. Hayda – paragon (EN)
  24. Melonni – dervish (NF)
  25. M.O.X. – dervish (S)
  26. Kahmu – dervish (EN)

Campaign Legend:

NF = Hero acquired in Nightfall
EN = Hero acquired in Eye of the North
S = Special Hero requires all 3 campaigns

1 = Also requires Prophecies
2 = Also requires Factions

Wintersday

I love this time of the year.  Sure, the weather gets downright icy, and shopping is hectic…  But there are lights, bells, cheerful music, and a festive spirit all around.

Ji Whitehawk gets in the Wintersday spirit.

Even Guild Wars characters get to join in on the fun!  A tradition since 2005, the Wintersday Festival features redecorated towns, special holiday quests, and holiday-themed drops.

Just some of the goodies to be had during the Wintersday Festival

Is PvP your thing?  Try out the Snowball Arena!  Stuffing snow down someone’s shirt has never been more fun.  Get Gifts and Gamer Points for participating.

And last but not least:  Relax and enjoy some time with your friends and family.  The holiday season is about appreciating the people we have in our lives.  May the Spirit of Christmas be with you…!

Below are some Wintersday snapshots.  The characters that appear are:  Ling Si, Everett Thrice, Silvara Thrice, Ji Whitehawk, and Gavin Whitehawk.

Hall of Monuments Reward Calculator

~Chidori~

For those of you who’ve been dutifully completing titles in anticipation of Guild Wars 2, great news…! ArenaNet has just released further detail on how the achievements from your Guild Wars Hall of Monuments will benefit your Guild Wars 2 account. Check out the Reward Calculator to see what rewards you’ve earned so far.

And if you haven’t been keeping up with your old account, now’s a good time to take care of unfinished business before beta rolls around.

Read more about the Reward Calculator on the official Guild Wars 2 site.