Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (January 14, 2012)

Welcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to gaming (will most likely include at least one piece about Guild Wars 2 ^^).The first Bookahneer’s Geekwatch this year starts with some Guild Wars 2 “news”. Tivac, a web developer at ArenaNet, answered a few questions in several forums. The summary can be found on Reddit. The first closed beta phase is over.

Then there was an interview with Angel Leigh McCoy who’s a writer and game designer for Guild Wars 2. I’ll just leave the most important quotation here although the rest of the interview is also interesting if you want to know more about her and her work.
“What I can tell you is that we’re currently in Closed Beta and planning has begun for an Open Beta. It’s all extremely exciting, and the game is coming along smashingly. It really is like magic when it all starts coming together and you see what an enormous accomplishment you’ve contributed to.”

Last but not least, GuildWars Insider has an interview with Ree Soesbee. I love seeing her talk about the game (though here, you either have a transcript of the interview or you can listen to it). Her eyes start to shine brighter than her hair (I love her hair colour ^^). It’s just great seeing people talk with such passion!


Now, on to something less fun. Turbine disappoints me once again. The story can be found on Massively: Lotro will soon start selling (low level) gear in their real-money-shop that has stats on it. Even though they said that they’re not going to do that! It’s the principle here more than anything that annoys me. And the explanation is that they had feedback from players saying that there’s not enough low level armor in the AH and they want more options. As I commented on Massively: Why not add more rewards for tasks, skirmishes, quests, etc.? Why not look at why the AH economy is the way it is and do something to promote it? Why is the only solution nowadays putting something into their shop? Ah yes, money. -.- If only I could see it getting reinvested into the game. I’d even have an idea: Hire more voice actors. ;) Casual Stroll to Mordor has a poll about the players’ reception. Participate if you care about this topic. Maybe Turbine will have a look at it.


SOE has partnered with ProSiebenSat.1 to distribute their games exclusively in Europe. “Their games” include Everquest, Everquest 2, the upcoming new Everquest, DCUO and others. But I didn’t see Vanguard in that list. Here is the announcement from the other side (that is, from ProSiebenSat.1). Not much is known so far. There are lots of questions and worries, of course. I also saw the rumour that this means IP bans for European players. We shouldn’t jump to any conclusions, obviously. But I really dislike the lack of answers and information here. You can’t make such an announcement and not have any more information ready for your players!


And the last things for today: Star Trek Online will officially go free to play on January 17. Here is the feature matrix. Former subscribers were already allowed back in. I created a new character and have been enjoying myself, even though I haven’t done much yet. Unfortunately, free players can’t access player-made missions (the foundry) at the moment. I hope they’ll fix this soon because I really liked those.

The European version of Aion will go free to play soon as well. For that, NCSoft gives the game to Gameforge. Look here for its feature matrix.

All in all, I guess we have lots of games to choose from without having to pay while waiting for Guild Wars 2. No need to play any other MMOs that still require you to pay every month. *coughcough* ;)


  1. Both the forum post by Tivac, and the interview by McCoy (while not “official” ANet information releases) would seem to suggest that things in general went fairly well with the recent closed beta test (Dec 2011) and that the game is progressing inexorably towards it’s eventual release date.

    Perhaps I’m just seeing what I would like to see but, it “feels” like there is even more reason to be optimistic about being able to play GW2 soon. (Everything is relative – after waiting for several years, 5 or 6 months doesn’t feel like too long.)

    I’ve said this elsewhere on the interwebs but, it bears repeating; that interview of Ree Soesbee conducted by Seven was simply fantastic! Combined with his earlier interview of Jeff Grubb (also included on the GuildWarsInsider’s podcasts list) it shows that Seven has a wonderfully relaxed and natural interviewing style that really allows enthusiastic and creative folks like Soesbee and Grubb to shine at their very best. I have listened to both interviews multiple times just for the sheer joy of it. As someone who’s own gaming history includes tabletop classics like AD&D, listening to these folks talk about their own similar roots was a pure delight.

    (btw; thank-you for the headsup on the Angel Leigh McCoy interview. I was unaware of it until I saw it linked here.)


    1. 2012 is after all the Chinese year of the Dragon… the elder dragons are wreaking havoc in Tyria… GW2 release in 2012 seems like a natural fit.


    2. I am slowly growing more impatient. Though that’s just normal, I guess. We’ve all been looking forward to the game’s release for quite some time already. ;) I like what I hear so far especially after hearing a rumour about the game not releasing in 2012 at all. That’d be quite a disappointment. But eh, even then, there’s nothing we could change about it, of course.

      I really love how enthusiastic they all are. But I also already wrote about that after GamesCom. Can’t wait to see their booth again this year! ;) It’s one part of what fascinates me – and others, certainly – about ArenaNet. They seem to consist solely of talented and enthusiastic people. This is getting rare nowadays.

      And yes, the Chinese year of the dragon. Well, that’s settled then. ;)


      1. Chinese Year of the Dragon
        Skyrim’s dragons
        GW2 Elder Dragons
        Dragons in Minecraft
        Dragons in WoW

        Anyone else get the feeling that our own houses should probably be more fire-proof in preparation for the coming dragon uprising?


        1. I still dream about the day when humans and dragons stop fighting. *insert long dramatic sigh*

          I want one! As a pet! For cuddling. And gold-collecting. ;)


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