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Guild Mag: Unofficial Fan Magazine for the Guild Wars World

Some exciting news here!

In preparation for the release of Guild Wars 2, GuildwarsGuru community regular Dutch Sunshine put together the groundwork for a monthly free online publication entitled Guild Mag.


Badass in PDF form.

This unofficial fan-run project is a hefty 30 page digital magazine that has articles, screenshots, art, humor, and even en exclusive interview with an Arenanet rep Ree Soesbee! That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Needless to say, the content is great, and the design is even better.

Made to be read online, the layout is interactive and enhanced, allowing you to click through the pages much like a site, link to their off-page sources, and even listen to embedded music.

After a rocky start, the first issue came out this past friday, May 7th, and is available for download from the official GuildMag website.

Any Guild Wars vets and/or those out there with an interest with the much anticipated sequel needs to check out this publication. It’s just getting started, and I have a funny feeling it’s only going to grow and get better as more information regarding GW2 comes out and when the game is finally released.

Last but not least, everybody’s favorite Izziebot is going to be a contributing writer starting in June. Anybody who’s known me even for a little bit is probably shaking their heads but at least understand how ridiculously exciting this is for me.

So fans of Guild Wars, mosey on down to GuildMag.com, download the first issue, join the forums, follow them on twitter, and most importantly, SUBSCRIBE!
Yes, I am giving you 100% permission to stalk them!!
DO IT

PAX East: The Journey Begins

5:19 PM
On the bus with Kaae, Lizzie, and Gina. Somewhere in Connecticut, I think.
Bolt Bus is filled with PAX people, pretty hilarious.
POKEMON PUB CRAWL TONIGHT.

1:24 PM
Getting ready to leave work. Meeting up with the roomies at Penn station for some foods, exploration, and boarding.
It’ll be twitter from then ’til we get to Boston. Oh joy, 5 hour bus ride out of Manhattan -_-;

10:33 AM

I’m sitting here at work, watching the clock count down the hours. My roomies are at home probably still sleeping.
Lugging my suitcase across Manhattan was less than stellar but at least I got some cardio out of it (lol?).
Can’t get twitter to validate my phone. This is displeasing.
Free munchins in the kitchen…

New Videos, Future Videos

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything video-wise, mostly because I am a boring gamer and lame video editor.
I did manage to put together a Canthan New year vid, which is terrible but it was mostly me practicing Vegas 8.

As far as stuff I wanna eventually get done… my dance video, PT2, which is about 2 1/2 years late. And it sucks cause I was shooting to get it out on the 2 year anniversary of PT1, but that never happened.

I also wanna get together some GW pvp footage of PvP action, specifically Spirit Spamming in competitive missions, and beast mastery experimentation.

I’ve got a ton of footage wasting space on my harddrive of sooo much random crap. 55 monking, speed clears, and Zaishen elite ridiculousness in Guild Wars, and random bullshit from WoW.

Too bad I hardly have time to breath anymore.

Lasty, I leave you all with this hilarious IM convo from my friend Ben:

Ben: I was reading your blog, and i found something hilariously ironic.
Izzie: orly?
Izzie: was it a bad spelling error?
Ben: yeah, the way you harp on Varian all the time, makes me think you’re JUST LIKE HIM.
Ben: your posts are riddled with spelling errors
Izzie: uuuuuhhh what?
Izzie: ARE YOU CALLING ME RETARDED?
Ben: no no
Ben: according to you he’s anti-orc because he secretly loves them. i think you’re anti-varian because you have a crush on him.
Izzie: …WTF??
Ben: Don’t deny it! you pick on him like a 12-year-old schoolgirl in love!!!!
Izzie: YOU. ARE SO FULL OF POOP.
Izzie: I hate you forever.

Achievment Unlocked: Rainbow Chicken…

…and a whole lot of time wasted.
……and a huge reason why I’m bored with Guild Wars again -_-;

I actually got her a while ago but completely forgot to flail about it on here.


Her name? Starbuck. <3
I should make a video of my PvP Beast Mastery Badassery.

Canthan New Year!!

Not a week after the end of Wintersday 2009 Redux, the good folk of Guild Wars have a whole new holiday to celebrate and farm.

I’ll be live streaming some of the events, specially sunday, so keep tuned in for some behind the scenes action over there ——————>

Not so loosely based off of the Chinese New Year, this celebration of the Year of the Tiger (rawwwrrr) is open to all characters with access to the Factions campaign. The weekend is chuck full of fun festivities including AFK title grinding, rollerbeetle racing, Dragon Arena tom-foolery, and item farming to appease the Great Tiger during the finale.

A comprehensive guide to the holiday can be found here.

Furthermore, some random guild will be hosting the Finale in select districts all day Sunday, starting at 12am PST (3am EST, OH JOY.) til 12am the next day, providing a fun and easy way to get your special gifts every time the Tiger comes down to terrorize the innocents. They’ll basically be doing all the hard work.
Like Wintersday, the Tiger will bestow upon us his glory every 3 hours starting at 12.Be sure to reserve your spot in hosted districts early as they’re sure to fill up by the Waited Hour.

GL, HF, Get Drunk!

The Races of Guild Wars 2 and Who Will Play Them

Disclaimer – This post was written before we knew about the final profession line-up. It’s also kind of dumb / silly. Please take it as humorous satire and nothing more. 

 

As if it wasn’t already obvious, I’ve been playing video games and trolling the internet for a looongggg time (12 year veteran on the latter). Having been active in many online communities including RPs, forums, Live Journal, and MMOs, I’ve got a lot of experience with the different types of … *personalities* you will often find lurking around the web. And I’m being kind, here.

Every MMO that offers multiple races/classes, which is the majority of them, will find that certain demographics of players will stereotypically be attracted to a certain type of character or role. A common gaming stereotype, for example, is that females tend to be healers or casters, while males are more likely to take tanking and melee damage roles.

Now before I get chewed out for saying this, I’m more than aware that these are generalities and do not apply to everyone. But the same way Asians usually are smart, and lawyers usually are soul-less, we have to keep in mind that stereotypes are generally based on observable tendencies within certain demographics.

So anyway, this post is pretty much about this. Guild Wars 2 will offer five races, and here I’ve ranked them in the order of which I predict will be most popular, when, and who will be the people playing them. These predictions are based on an “assumption” that each race can play any profession and that there will be no racial affinities/passives (IE Sylvari have improved bow usage), both of which have a high possibility of being implemented and could change the demographics.

And while I hate to do it, I will be referencing WoW since it has the largest population of players and has been my main source of experience in the past.


Sylvari


Popularity Rank : 1
Player Gender: Majority Female
Popular Professions: Mesmer, Ranger, Ritualist, Monk
Naming Trends: Those related to the mystical, nature, gods, and pointing out that the player is female.
-Melandrus Daughter, Keeper of Wolves, M A L I N A, Hexual Healing, Short Skirt Double DD
Likely Personalities:
-Old School GW players who care about lore.
-15-year-old attention whores
-New GW Players
-Gay Men
It was a toss up between Sylvari and Human for #1, but Sylvari beat them out for several key reasons.
Old school guild wars players are very interested in the Sylvari because they are the only race we haven’t encountered in Guild Wars 1. We’ve played humans for five years, so it’s time for a change.
Gamers who have done MMORPG but aren’t familiar with Guild Wars will likely be intrigued by the Sylvari since they are mystical and unique yet not a generic elf race.
Teen and early college-age attention whores will likely roll Sylvari because they’re pretty with British accents. That would also include the bitchy ones who complain in PvP when you’re losing by 2 points, are offended by “Yo Momma” and “That’s what she said” jokes, and have character names like “Cutey Babe IRL.”

However, I think Sylvari will NOT be the Blood/Night Elves of GW2 because they don’t have much to cater to male players. While they are pretty, they don’t strike me as being “hot”, a big reason guys make female toons. The customization options are a little too out there and the males are too thin and lanky to attract many male players who’d rather play hulking, buff manly men (if you think I’m joking, google why Blizz made blood elf males more built, when they were originally much thinner).
I figure Sylvari to be the most popular at first, but expect them to get eclipsed by Humans with time.


Humans

Popularity Rank : 2
Player Gender: Fairly Even, leaning towards male.
Popular Professions: Warrior, Monk, Elementalist, Necromancer
Naming Trends: Generic First/Last names, as well as ones suggesting deep personality. Most likely to be named after existing NPC’s.
-Gerad Omalley, Elena Watson, Cynns Daughter, The Lone Hero, Legend Of Tyria, I Like Swords And Pizza
Likely Personalities:
-Role Players
-New MMO Players
-Lonely Housewives
-Guidos
-Guys who play girl characters.
There really isn’t much to say about Humans. They’re a staple in any MMO, and the most familiar, but kind of generic and boring. Many Role Players will roll Humans because of the familiarity. GW-RPers have often said the descendants of their current toons should be human, and being any of the other races would not make sense. RPers who are new to GW will lean towards humans since they have no idea about the lore of the other races. New mmo players choosing GW2 to pop their cherry will probably go for the “saftey” of being something familiar.
Lonely Housewives and cougars looking for some young, impressionable 20 somethings to make their husbands jealous will probably roll human. Psychologically, people are most likely to fall for a personality behind an avatar they can relate with.
Guidos will be humans cause that’s how they roll.

Charr

Popularity Rank : 3
Player Gender: Mostly Male
Popular Professions: Warrior, Ranger, Elementalist, Assassin
Naming Trends: Many last names compounded with weaponry, attempts at being badass/threatening, taunts, rappers and LoLcat references.
-Cheza Swiftarrow, Thulo Axesmash, Oh Noes Ur Dead, Jay Z Fo Reel, I Can Haz Meow Mix.
Likely Personalities:
-Olllld School GW Players
-Thugs
-Jocks
-Gold Farmers
-12-year-old boys
-Girls who play FPS/RTS
The Charr come in at a close 3rd on the list by a small margin. Old School GW players will love playing the race that, quite literally, shook their world 5 years ago when the game first started. They have a great, war-ridden background story and are likely to attract “Horde”-ish players.
Being the angry beast-race, the Charr will attract lots of the macho-men who like to tear shit up (and who wouldn’t?). 12-year-old boys will also like Charr because either (wrongly) think they are or wish they were as badass as the Charr. Girls who play FPS/RTS games are also likely to play Charr, because they are violent in nature and like bossing guys around.


Asura

Popularity Rank : 4
Player Gender: Fairly Even, leaning towards male.
Popular Professions: Elementalist, Mesmer, Ritualist
Naming Trends: Abusive names challenging the TOS, geeky/nerdy references, phrases of self importance, Engrish, Asian Characters.
-Horney Was Your Mom, Naga Stole My Focus, H A X X E R, Yodas Sister, Rove U Rong Time, 流感吮
Likely Personalities:
-Trolls
-Attention whores pretending to not be attention whores.
-College kids with IT degrees.
-Misguided Felica Day fanboys.
-Asians
The Asura are predicted to be the annoying, short race that the Gnomes have been to WoW, and as such most likely to attract trolls. It’s ironic because they also, as a race, have an unjustified superiority complex to everybody else, most likely compensation for their lack of real credibility shortness. Asura will be the ones dancing on your body in PvP, taunting in general chat, and starting fights in trade/forums.
Attention whores pretending to not be attention whores will be attracted to this race. Asura are cute enough to satiate their need for vanity but ‘different’ enough that they won’t seem like the generic pointy-eared loving facerollers. These are the most dangerous brand of attention whores because they are manipulative and cunning. Most likely the ones to act cool in public but then cry about how their boyfriend left them in WoW for some asian chick who rolled Druid in an attempt to draw you into their trap.

College kids with IT degrees and Asians will like Asura because they will feel a kindred connection to those with an affinity to technology and giant mecha.

Norn

Popularity Rank : 5
Player Gender: Fairly Even, Leaning Towards Male
Naming Trends: Animal references, Nordic/Viking influenced nominers, annoying foreign lettering, references to literature and mythological deities.
-Keeper of Ravens, Cnaiür urs Skiötha, Beowulf From Toronto, The Fist Of Zeus, Woof Bears, Izzies Bank Alt
Popular Professions: Ranger, warrior, dervish, paragon
Likely Personalities:
-Chill Players
-Bored Players
-Canadians
-BankAlts
-Goofballs / Fake RPers
-Short People
I think Norn will be the least played characters because, ascetically, they are just overgrown humans and other than shape shifting they don’t have anything that I feel would attract any specific group of people. Because of this, they will also be the race with the chillest players. They have that “kinda human, but just different enough” feel. People will roll them just to try and then find they’re kinda cool/fun and stick with it.
I feel many bank alts will be Norn, as well as general goofballs because they are such a serious, viking race and it’s funny to imagine them dancing on mailboxes.
Short people will play Norn for the obvious reasons.
I feel like the Norn will be the Tauren of GW2, with a player base that’s laid back and generally liked by everyone, except the Asura because they hate everybody.

Well, with Guild Wars 2 still well over a year off, it’s going to be a long time before I get to see whether I’m right or wrong.
It will be well worth the wait.