Friday, July 20, 2012

Primary goals for Guild Wars 2 beta weekend.

For the vast majority of people who are going to take part in the final beta weekend it is just a chance to play the game that they've been anxiously following for the last 3+ years.  To some extent I am the same way; however, I do have a little bit of homework to do while I enjoy Guild Wars 2 as well.  That's right!  I'm not just going into this weekend wanting to play the game.  There are many questions to be answered at this point.  What are gems going to trade for?  What is the most efficient way to craft?  What is the most efficient way to farm for crafting materials?  Those are all important questions that need to be answered before the beta is over.  I say need because a lot of the strategies for day one will depend on knowing those answers.

I understand the desire to just play, or test, the beta when you get into it.  Many people would rather take these opportunities to play the game instead of doing a bit of homework.  Majority of players are going to do that.  Which is exactly why you will be ahead of the curve on day one if you take this time and spend just a few extra hours to familiarize yourself with some of the best gathering routes or even the locations of farms.  It is having these small bits of information that add up to having a sizable advantage over your competition on day one.  It sounds very korny to say, but moments like this really can separate you from the rest of the players.

I'm not going to tell you exactly what you should do this weekend.  I never intended to tell you or anyone reading this site how to play the game.  If I am telling you what to do you aren't playing the game for yourself and to me that just doesn't sound enjoyable.  Researching doesn't mean you have to spend the entire weekend crunching numbers and recording vendor prices of items.  One of the most simplistic things you could do would be track the price of gems.  I have stated time and time again that the gem market will be an easy way to make money.  Especially since they are all on a shared economy.  What tracking the prices of gems will do is give you a loose prediction on what you can do at launch to turn profits on gems.

During this weekend, while you are enjoying the game, just keep a sheet of paper or two near you and keep note of different important things as you play/test Guild Wars 2.  It is an important time to do some of the easy legwork in order to get the jump on your competition, but above all make sure you are enjoying yourself.  It is going to be a very long month wait before we get to play the game again so get your fill.

See you all in beta!

Adam

P.S. I will be posting a daily update over the weekend on my findings.  It may come across as the ramblings of a mad-person, but I will be playing extensively so I apologize in advance.

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