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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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.)

Time to Wake Up

Been gone awhile…  It’s time to wake up from my 7 months of hibernation.  There have been some subtle inner adjustments that may very well equal bigger changes in the future, but for now the main difference is that there are some new things on the radar these days.  I’ll just briefly hit the high points:

I’ve started watching more movies.  Thanks to Redbox and Netflix, I have access to new releases as well as goodies from the past.  This was a great boon during the phase I recently went through, where I was watching everything I could that Tom Hardy had been in.  What a talented fellow!  He has a commanding presence and an almost palpable charisma, but it’s not until you see him in a few different movies that his acting ability truly becomes evident.  The first few times I saw him, it didn’t register to me who he was, as he’s one of those actors who disappears into his characters.  I came to appreciate his range and intensity of emotion after seeing him play diametrically different roles.  I recommend “Stuart: A Life Backwards” and “Bronson” as contrast.

As Tommy Conlon from “Warrior”

 

After much anticipation, Guild Wars 2 was released this past August.  I’ve been playing it quite a bit since then, and am only just now taking a little break.  In the months that it’s been out, I’ve met some new friends through the Wayrift [WAY] guild and leveled my main character Gavin Whitehawk to level 80.  As for the game itself, it’s visually stunning.  It has a different style of graphics that appeals to my sensibilities, somehow stylized and realistic at the same time.  The gameplay is engaging and dynamic, and while you’re playing you get the feeling that the developers wanted players to really enjoy their experience.  By that I mean, a lot of little aggravations that are customary in games of the past are noticeably absent.

Gavin and a land-bound ship

 

Lately I’ve been treating my ears to the  emotive stylings of John Frusciante.  He is simply amazing.  My favorite songs are from “Curtains” and “The Will to Death,” and I can safely say that his guitar playing must be what love sounds like.  You can feel that he’s putting every ounce of his being into his music and it’s heartbreakingly beautiful to behold.  He’s a true artist and I have a profound respect for his work.  Thank you for existing!

Been listening non-stop for the past several days.

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 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.

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.

Guild Wars 2 – Elementalist

edit: To view the other professions, see the post “Guild Wars 2 – Professions” (added 3/30/12).

It looks like we’re getting closer to the release date of Guild Wars 2!

Guild Wars 2 Elementalist

Why do I say that?  Well, a few days ago, ArenaNet released their own blog.  One of the articles talks in detail about what we can expect in terms of storyline, social aspects of the game, and combat mechanics.  Read the original article here.

ArenaNet has also revealed details about the elementalist profession.  They’ve even posted some cool short videos of different elementalist skills in action.

Here’s the clip for Meteor Shower.
Read more about the Guild Wars 2 elementalist on the official Guild Wars 2 site.
Can’t wait for open beta…!

Guild Wars 2 ?!?!

edit: This post is obsolete.  See the post “Guild Wars 2 – Professions” for updated information (added 3/30/12).

Anyone who’s been playing Guild Wars knows of ArenaNet’s upcoming Guild Wars 2. With the recent release of a trailer and artbook, yet only rumors of an estimated release date in late 2010 – early 2011, there are a lot of unanswered questions. That’s what makes the pre-order listing I found on Amazon so confusing. The Guild Wars 2 Wikipedia article states that the game is currently in alpha production. We can only speculate when it’ll be out. Until then…

Asura, a playable race in Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 for PC