I’ve had a very manic couple of weeks, so gaming sessions have been short and fewer than normal. Guild Wars 2 has taken a backseat in favour of Rift until this weekend when I managed to get in some quality time on one of my solo characters. I still am very happy playing my Asura mesmer, but he’s a static duo character so he has to wait on us having time to play together.
Solo character wise I started off playing an elementalist but that’s a pretty hardcore solo character to level. More recently I finally started my planned Norn guardian (naturally before the game even launched I had a list of the race/class combos I was going to create!).
So far, and he’s only level 11 as of today, I’m loving the class. I’ve always had a soft spot for the paladin and cleric classes, guardian is very much of the paladin mould. I get to smash things with righteous fury while giving off healing and boon auras and fields effects.
Mixing up old class stereotypes with Tyrian lore could be rather interesting from a roleplaying perspective, I can’t think of many games that would offer the chance to play a paladin from a shamanic tradition for instance (perhaps Vanguard’s barbarian race?).
It’s very easy to get your ‘5 a day’ events in the Norn area as there are some great event chains that you can trigger if you know where to go (or stumble across them as I just did!). It’s also one of the more varied starter zones for creature types which again helps with the daily kill variety element. I’m not a slave to the daily achievement of course, but occasionally I like to chase that as an alternative session-goal rather than focusing on personal story or exploring new areas.
Taking sessions out for this achievement is also a good way of avoiding the ‘must progress’ mentality. It’s an easy trap for me to fall into especially where there’s a strong story to follow, but I find doing that for more than a few sessions quickly has me feeling rushed. In a game as beautiful visually as Guild Wars 2 is, it really is worth stopping to ‘smell the flowers’ every once in a while.