Ever since playing an engineer in Warhammer Online, I have fallen in love with that style. The only thing I missed in Guild Wars 2, was the hammer-weapon. When ArenaNet announced that this would be the very weapon that the engineer gets with their elite specialization, I got very excited! Quite obviously, I had to try it during a beta weekend and I did fall in love again with that profession in general. So, now I switched up my “most played characters” in Guild Wars 2. My main characters are my mesmer (alternating between a shield and a weapon in her off-hand) and my charr engineer who is currently wielding two pistols and the elixir gun, as he’s still missing the hero points needed for the scrapper specialization.
I had originally created that character only for a column I was writing on GuildMag. But then I really loved the charr & engineer combination so much, that my asura engineer never got further than level 21. But since I had mainly created my charr in a way that he looks good on that header image for the column, I wasn’t too happy with his final look when I started to seriously play him. Now that I’m playing him again and intend to get him through Heart of Thorns as well, I grabbed a hairstyle kit that I still had in my bank and used it to make his look fit better to his personality while still kind of fitting to the colour scheme I chose for him. In case you are wondering: No, he can never be seen without his trusted loyal soldier companion. ;)
I still get very “nervous” when switching the look of my characters. It’s not so bad in games like Rift where you can do it with in-game currency. In Guild Wars 2, there is a real-money-fee tied to those kits… well, most of the time, at least. I got mine through black lion chest keys that I farmed when the level 10 farming was still possible. Anyway, since the free customizations are limited, I do want to be certain that this is the right look for my character. I am still not 100 % certain with Griphos, my engineer, but I still think it’s an improvement over the boring look he had before.