The beauty of Guild Wars 2 – Blaugust Day 3

Guild Wars 2 has a gorgeous game world and I am sure quite a lot of people agree with me here. I started the screenshot gallery even before the game had officially released. Back then, it was mostly the races’ capitals and Lion’s Arch.

A few days ago, Ten Ton Hammer started a little competition and they’re asking to leave a comment there with a screenshot of your favorite location. Where to even start here… I figured I would go and take a screenshot at a place that I really like, but then I actually remembered the huge gallery I already uploaded here. :p Yes, it’s been a while since I last updated it… it’s just a lot of work with first spending a few hours on a given map, taking a few hundred screenshots (no, I am not exaggerating, that’s how I am…). Then a few more hours going through said screenshots and deciding which ones will make it into the final gallery. Why should I ignore all this effort. The pictures shown there already went through my very critical review process, after all. But it’s still not easy. There are hundreds of pictures now. At the same time, looking at people’s contributions over there, I know my chances of winning are slim. There are just too many beautiful locations in Tyria. :)

So, let me show you which ones were in my top X list.

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How could I not think about something from the Labyrinthine Cliffs? This region was amazing! It wasn’t just the way it looked. If my memory serves right, you could also hear the wind and I can almost smell it, too. Almost… But that’s how well done this region was! Too bad it belonged to the infamous “temporary content”.


Since my favourite race is Asura, I just had to include something from Rata Sum. The architecture is fun to look at and this piece had bookahnerk look at it and wonder… where was this taken? Which angle are we even looking at?

However, as you can see by me including not one screenshot, but a gallery of screenshots, Black Citadel is what has me in awe the most. Maybe because it kind of reminds me of my own “place”. Not that we have anything as cool and gigantic here. But look closely at the city the next time you’re there: The ruins of Ascalon are everywhere. Ancient buildings full of history, a living proof of what once was. And then, on top and in the middle and all around it are the new buildings and structures made by the Charr that have reclaimed their land. Old and new sitting together. If you’ve ever been to a German town with its half-timbered buildings right next to modern buildings, you know what I’m talking about! Of course, we have nothing Tyrian here and we certainly don’t have any feline humanoids, but the “concept” is the same.

And if you want to know which one I chose for Ten Ton Hammer, you’ll have to head over there and look at the comments section yourself. :p The deadline to leave a screenshot there is August 7, by the way. So there is still enough time left for you to participate!

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Blaugust 2015 – Blaugust Day 2

November is in August this year: I have joined Blaugust! Blaugust is basically NaBloPoMo, but it is even more cruel as it takes place in August and thus, during summer. NaBloPoMo actually happens every month, but I did it in November 2013 and November 2014 which is when NaNoWriMo is happening, during that gloomy cold month that I rather spend inside anyway.

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But even though I changed the month this year, I like sticking to weird traditions. Especially those that I started myself by accident. :p Back in 2013, I had done something like this for the first time, but only announced my plan on the second day. In 2014, I had wanted to write about NaBloPoMo on the first, but something else came up (Trove with some news, to be precise) and I delayed it until November 2. So this year, I am not even going to try to write about Blaugust on August 2. Also, as I was quite smart and planned ahead this time, I knew that Trove was streaming again on Friday and decided to write about that game on Friday. Tradition, you know?

In case you have not heard about Blaugust at all until now and only found out because I write about it (highly unlikely), don’t worry, you can start late! Join Blaugust on Anook and give it your best! There are no losers, and if you make it to 15 posts, you’ll be counted as a “Blaugust survivor” already! The posts also do not have to be one per day. If you want, post 31 on one day. The only thing you can’t do is post something like one-sentence posts. There’s a minimum requirement of 10 sentences. To be honest, that one isn’t too fair for people like me who tend to write very long sentences. ;)

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Trove News (August 1, 2015) – Blaugust Day 1

Trove News

If you log in to Trove anytime between Friday and Sunday, you will receive a free class coin and 3000 cubits. The class coin will let you buy any class from the shop for free. Classes usually cost cubits to unlock. Since the maximum amount of cubits you can get per day is limited, both those things are nice, especially for you new players who may not have unlocked all classes yet. This free stuff is Trion’s way of saying “sorry” for having Trove offline for a whole day when patching took much longer than anticipated (as they had some issues). As I have logged on already and did not receive the cubits or the class coin, I assume they may get handed out to everybody at a later point, possibly after this weekend.

I had a look at the forums and the patch notes and just as a heads-up, the Trading Post exploit does not seem to be fixed yet. So please be careful and only trade in the central hub as I’ve shown here.

Trove_Club ChestWe could see the inventory expansion during the Twitch livestream. However, it’s 500 credits for 5 more slots (in your adventuring inventory and your building inventory – so 10 new slots together). While I do not mind giving them some of my money in return for the fun I get from playing Trove, I find 500 credits for such a small expansion very expensive. I usually buy the 15 – 20 € packs that games like this one offer. In this case, it would cost me 19,99 € and I would get 3250 credits. So, that’d be about ~ 3 € for 10 more slots. I instead already unlocked all extra chests for my bank and so far, I think it works quite well. I deconstruct most items anyway and only build the items I really need. If you find yourself running out of space, consider creating a private club only for yourself and put a club chest in there and maybe a club officer chest, too. That’ll give you some more storage and it comes for free… well, kind of. You need all the crafting materials, of course. Both chests will give you 40 slots each. And in case you are wondering how to craft it: Craft a Novice Crafting Bench in the hub, if you don’t have one already. Then craft the Builder’s Crafting Bench. Using that one, open the “Club World” tab and there you find both chests. Stay away from the Community Chest, as every single player has access to that one!

Of course, those chests can only be placed in your Club World, so you have to leave the Adventuring World in order to access them. If you prefer to have all the storage space you want wherever you go or if you just want all inventory space available no matter how, then the inventory expansion is the way to go!

Avarem also mentioned gamescom and PAX again. At gamescom, they will have the Trion community party on Thursday evening. In case you are wondering: Yes, we are planning to go there! Trion also updated their Facebook page with information on the shuttle bus they will have which will bring their guests to the event location (which is about 3.6 km from the koelnmesse center where gamescom takes place). You can find all information on when and where both community parties will happen on their Facebook page.

This post is part of Blaugust 2015.

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Rift Dimension building project: Tempest Island II

Rift Tempest Island Dimension It has been one week since I showed you my newly acquired dimension “Tempest Island”. Don’t worry, this will not be a weekly column. I am sure building will slow down soon anyway. Right now, there are just so many parts of the island that I want and need to fill, that it’s growing so quickly. It was night when I took those screenshots. I tried to wait for morning to come, but then I got impatient. Yes, I know there are items which can change the dimension’s time, but I was too lazy to go buy one and place it in the dimension. ;)

My building procedure is generally “a bit here, then a bit there” with no real concept. The goal will be to have a corner of that island filled with a house, a small harbour and everything else she needs to live a comfortable life away from all those terrible rifts in Telara. The rest of the island will ideally be “hidden” by a lot of trees and mountains. I also decided not to “censor myself”. That is, I build and build and will reevaluate my choices at a later time, go back and clean up bits and pieces that I don’t like and so on. Because if I look at everything critically now, I know I will never fill that dimension. By the way, I solved my issue with the Shimmersand house which seemed too small for the dimension: I took it out and put in the Stonefield Tavern instead. I love that it stands on wooden poles as those fit perfectly into the water area. And the view from the terrace is amazing!

Below you can see the kitchen. What annoys me a bit is that tableware is a very scarce resource in Telara. Apparently, we just roast a pig on a fire and then chew pieces off. At least, the amount of cutlery available is exactly 0. I actually do own some dishes which are very hard to get, too (they are part of a kit that you can get during a festival). I do have some, but those are in another dimension and I had actually hoped I would I would not have to deconstruct that one in order to build in Tempest Island. :( But it seems that I won’t have another choice. Wooden bowls aren’t available either. I have no found anything yet that I could use to imitate those items either. So, the kitchen isn’t anything special, so far. Just a few shelves with some items on them. I am quite certain that the kitchen will be the best and prettiest place of the house once I’m done – just as in real life. :p

Tavern loungeThe “lounge” is on your left when you enter the house. The lounge is definitely a bit boring. Comfortable, but boring. Still a nice place to sit down and read a book. I am trying to figure out what else to do with that space. Maybe a hat rack or something like this would be nice to add. As far as I know, such an item doesn’t exist. And as far as I know, there are no clothes to place in dimensions either. Don’t mind that chest in the middle of the picture, by the way. That’s the item used to access your character’s bank. I store a lot of dimension items in my bank and it’s convenient to put the bank item near you, so you don’t have to run back and forth all the time to grab some items.

The tavern actually does not come with a second floor. I built it – just like every other person I have seen who’s working with one of the taverns. The ceilings are too high and the way the wooden planks are placed up there it just invites you to place a second floor. I tried to hide the stairs with the book shelves, but figured it would look too repetitive to only have the shelves, so I put some chests of drawers as well. Since there aren’t many tablecloths in Rift either, I scaled two rugs down and placed them on top of the small chests of drawers. The place “behind” the stairs is the storage area. It’s not filled yet, because Meffanda is just moving in. Give her a few weeks and it will be crowded in here. ;) But if that is boring already, upstairs definitely is: There is almost nothing but her bed there yet. I am also not certain yet what I want to do with the rest of the space upstairs. She’ll probably have a study room there, too. Or a crafts area or something like that.

Tavern dining areaThe dining area is outside. Have you seen the view from the terrace? There is no good reason to eat inside if you ask me. But, with the lack of tableware, building outside has come to a halt for now. There are two dishes on the table, but that’s because this table is a “Table with Plates”. It comes with them on it already. Altogether, as you can see, it’s just a few items placed on there. I am not even sure I like the chairs… I will have to re-do this area and, of course, add a lot more items there. My personal favourite part of my dimension at the moment is the harbour. However, I am not certain about the change of wooden platforms at the end of the landing stage. I also know that the wooden planks are usually placed in a different direction than how I placed them. But eh, this is Telara, not earth. ;) Still, I am not sure about the end of it. I may change that part later. But that’s what I meant with editing: This will all come later.

Those are 311 items out of the current maximum of 1000. It doesn’t look that much, does it? :( I fear I will have to upgrade to the total maximum sooner or later. Tempest Island has a maximum of 2000 when fully upgraded. The last step will take me from 1000 to 2000, but it costs 3875 platinum. In case you are wondering: That’s a lot! I have close to 7000 platinum, but I also hardly ever buy anything and sell everything I can (except for dimension items, but those aren’t worth much anyway in most cases).

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