EuFanDay: The interview

Cross-posted from Talk Tyria. As always, please go there if you want to comment on the article. Thank you. :)

As I said in my last entry here on Talk Tyria, Nerdy Bookahs had been invited to the EUFanDay that took place this Monday and Tuesday in Brighton. I was the one representing our blog there (a first post about this went up on our blog. It includes a growing link collection for write-ups etc. from the EUFanDay). As part of this event, we got to talk with some of the developers about Guild Wars 2. Or rather, each of us (the invited fan sites) were allowed to ask one question. I’d collected a few more than just that, so that was a bit sad. Fortunately, I didn’t have as many questions as some others, so the disappointment from those who sent in their questions wasn’t that big on my site. ;)

Tasha Darke and Dutch Sunshine have just posted the transcription of the interview. You can find the first part on her blog and the second one on GuildMag.

As those two already transcribed the interview, I will refrain from doing the same. It’s a lot of work and time, after all (thank you for doing that, by the way!). Time which I rather want to spend on ranting and musing about which we got to know from the interview. ;)

I’ll assume that you’ve read the interview now. But I’ll try to write in a way that you know what I’m talking about even if you haven’t. ;) As I said, we had about 25 people (give or take 3) who all asked one question. So the questions were very mixed. We had a few about PvP and what we now know is that ArenaNet want to have structured PvP as an esport. We don’t know anything new about the observer mode but it’s probably a safe bet that they’ll do everything they can to include this as fast as possible post-launch because it’s needed if they want it to succeed as esport. Other than the observer mode, I don’t see a reason why they shouldn’t succeed here. Every character in structured PvP is the same level, has the same quality gear, access to all skills, etc. They also want their structured PvP (and WvW) to be easy to understand and get into. Overflow shards will also allow you to join structured PvP matches (but not WvW), so even if your server is crowded, you can still join those PvP matches. From the interview, I take it that we can expect some kind of announcement about additional PvP maps before release. They mentioned one that has lots of underwater combat and a pirate ship! Another one is supposedly going to make GW1 players feel nostalgic.

On to another area of the game, the community. It was stated again that there will be no restrictions or penalties for switching guilds. You’re supposed to be able to switch whenever you feel like it. How that works in the end remains to be seen. It requires us to let go of what we’ve gotten used to (it really shouldn’t surprise us anymore as it’s not the only thing that will work differently than in previous MMOs). Another thing that a lot of people are worried about is how the fansites will survive (I think there was a huge discussion about this on guildwars2guru) when Guild Wars 2 will have official forums. Regina said that while they will have less time, they’re still going to read the inofficial forums, fan sites etc. and that there will, of course, be people who’ll rather post on non-official sites than on the official ones out of fear of being censored on the official forums. If you ask me, I think it’ll be like we have it now: There isn’t just ONE fan site and ONE blog out there. We have so many different ones and so far, there’s space for all of them. Because people have different preferences and thus, will want to post on one site but not on the other. The official forum will just be “one more” site that you can go to but it won’t be necessary. If all you want is get news about the game and chat with a few friends, why not do that where you’re currently doing it already? There’s no need to move on to the official forums as ArenaNet won’t ask us to shut down our fan sites or blogs.

Something that disappointed me greatly were the answers about the customization for female humans mostly. ArenaNet want them to be idealized and beautiful. So no wrinkles, scars, etc. From what I have seen in pictures (or the customization videos from GamesCom), it looks like all female humans are dolls. I’d really like there to be the option to have different faces (I’m thinking of Warhammer Online here which made it possible to add scars. We’re fighting dragons here, after all! It’d make sense to have scars!). But oh well, it can’t be changed, I guess. And since I want to play Asura and Charr anyway, I don’t really need to worry about the humans. The thing that then made me squeal again was when they mentioned that there will be dances. I feared that we wouldn’t get those (again, like in Warhammer Online where I first realised that I really love fluff like that and I miss it when it’s not there… just like minipets, emotes,… – thankfully, Guild Wars 2 will have all of those!).

One last thing that I want to comment on is the question by about where to get the “good items” (that is, the high-level armor). ArenaNet’s philosophy about how we should be playing the game is “do what is fun for you”. In other words: If you enjoy WvW, you should be able to get the gear from WvW. If you enjoy crafting, you should be able to get similar gear with similar stats (in power) from crafting, and so on. However, certain looks will only be obtainable through WvW, crafting etc. So that when you see a player in a certain armor, you know they have done WvW a lot. But they’re not more powerful than you are when it comes to the stats they have on their armor. If you ask me, this is a great direction and one they’ve already done in Guild Wars 1. There’s nothing wrong with having bragging rights. But make them about the look/uniqueness of the gear and not about the stats on the gear! This will make the game much better than handing out gear with much better stats because it means that the whole game world remains open to you even if you decide to ignore a certain part.

EUFanDay in Brighton, April 2 – April 3, 2012, incl. link collection!

We (the people who were invited) arrived in Brighton on Monday and left Tuesday afternoon. I’m still honoured that Nerdy Bookahs had gotten this invitation! It was a short event but fun. I got to meet all those other fan sites, blogs, etc. (of course, not all good fan sites/blogs were invited. I guess it was more a random sample of all the good ones out there because it’d be impossible to have everybody in one small room!).

On Monday, there was one thing that we had been looking forward to all day long. One thing that we absolutely had to see while we spent our time with people from NCSoft (and ArenaNet, of course). The… BEACH! There, I said it. Now come on, spam bots, sell me your chain bikinis, I dare you!

But seriously: You will probably find lots of posts about this event and, of course, about the interview we had with the developers of Guild Wars 2. If you are interested in reading about my time in Brighton and about the community members I met, about the EU community managers, etc., then you’ve come to the right place as I will write about exactly this.

As this is a special event, I am going to post all entries in both English and German (maybe I’ll get bookahnerk to help me with the translations, so it’ll be faster). We are even considering doing translations for most of our regular postings from now on but we’re not 100% certain we can keep up with the time involvement this would mean. But being Germans, we would like to get in touch more with the other German fans of the game. Anyway, if you only know English, please bear with us for having that German gibberish at the end of all the Brighton-entries. If we do decide to do regular translations for other posts, we will make sure to separate them! ;)

Scroll past the German to find a list of posts about the EUFanDay. I will try to keep it up-to-date! If you see that we’re missing a link, feel free to comment and share it with us. :)

Comments can be written in English or German. Please don’t use any other languages because we probably wouldn’t be able to understand you. ;)


Wir, also diejenigen, die eingeladen waren, kamen Montag vormittag in Brighton an. Dienstag nachmittag ging es dann auch schon wieder heim. Ich freue mich immer noch darüber, dass wir zu den Eingeladenen gehörten mit unserem Nerdy Bookahs-Blog. Es war ein kurzer Event, aber ich hatte viel Spaß! Endlich konnte ich mal all die anderen Macher/Schreiber hinter den Fanseiten und Blogs kennenlernen – zumindest diejenigen, die eingeladen waren. Ich denke mal, dass es eine eher zufällige Auswahl an Fanseiten und Blogs war. Es konnten nicht alle guten Fanseiten/Blogs eingeladen werden. Wie auch? Wir würden gar nicht alle in einen Raum passen. ;)

Am Montag gab es eine Sache, auf die sich einige von uns den ganzen Tag über gefreut haben. Eine Sache, die wir unbedingt sehen mussten, während wir bei NCSoft (und natürlich ArenaNet) in Brighton waren: Der STRAND! Jaaahaa, ich traue mich, das Wort zu nennen! Los, Spambots, das ist eure Chance! Verkauft mir eure Ketten-Bikinis.

Aber ernsthaft: Wir werden wohl alle über den Event schreiben (naja, zumindest ich) und wen wir dort getroffen haben und wir dürfen natürlich über das Interview mit den Developern schreiben. Wenn ihr also lesen wollt, wie es in Brighton war, wen ich aus der Community getroffen habe (inkl. den europäischen Community Managern), dann seid ihr hier richtig, denn genau darüber werde ich in den kommenden Tagen schreiben.

Weil das ein spezieller Event war, gibt es die Blogeinträge auch alle auf englisch und deutsch (wobei bookahnerk mich da eventuell mit den deutschen Übersetzungen unterstützen wird, damit es schneller geht). Wir denken sogar darüber nach, in Zukunft auch die meisten der regulären Einträge auf deutsch zu schreiben. Dann aber nicht alles in einem Eintrag wie hier jetzt sondern getrennt (wie genau das aussehen wird, wissen wir noch nicht ^^). Wir würden jedenfalls gerne auch mehr mit anderen deutschen Fans interagieren.

Ich werde in diesem Eintrag eine Liste mit Links führen, damit ihr die ganzen verschiedenen Einträge aus der Community finden könnt zu dem EUFanDay und werde versuchen, sie regelmäßig zu aktualisieren. Wenn ihr einen Link findet, der hier fehlt, dürft ihr gerne kommentieren und ihn uns mitteilen! :)

Kommentare dürfen sowohl auf englisch und auf deutsch geschrieben werden! Weitere Sprachen bitte nicht, weil wir euch dann nicht verstehen können. ;)


What you’ve all been waiting for: The interview!

Other write-ups about the event (including the gamplay sessions now that the NDA got dropped for us!):
I’m now listing the postings by language. However, some do want to translate their entries and in quite a few cases, people included pictures. So even if you don’t understand the language, clicking on the entries might be worthwile (especially if you’re curious about what we look like ^^).









Other things (picture galleries, videos, podcast):