I haven’t felt the need to write a proper Guild Wars 2 article for a while (I presume because of the amount of work those server community surveys take to do) but there’s been a few bits lately that have registered enough interest to be worth writing about.
A few days ago, ArenaNet released this behind the scenes video which briefly interviews a number of faces in the Seattle office.
The most notable thing for me out of this wasn’t the double health bar for Necromancers, but that ArenaNet have hired an economist, John (Jon?) Smith, to look after what goes on in game and in the gem store. It’s a growing trend in gaming, and recently Valve hired an economist who is analysing the market in TF2 and looking at joining game economies together. It’s a reassuring trend for those of us who enjoy the trading thing, knowing that someone is looking out for inflation and either taking direct steps to combat it or working with developers to do so. And with the gem model ArenaNet have carved out for themselves (as demonstrated over at Distilled Willpower), I’m glad they’ve got someone trained in economics to look after it.
Speaking of guilds, I also started my column over at Dragon Season last week. It’s called Guild Matters and it’s about anything and everything related to running a guild. It’s my hope that it becomes a central resource for all guild leaders who are struggling with an aspect of guild leadership, and while I’m writing a load of articles now, that’s just the start. I sincerely want to hear from other guild leaders to learn from them and understand what they’ve found tough so I’m armed for as and when that problem faces me. I’ll be looking for guild leaders to interview soon, but in the meantime I’m writing a series of articles that cover the basics of leading a guild in my mind.
Finally, it’s a Guild Wars 2 beta weekend this weekend and while I’m looking forward to it, it feels a bit less exciting than the other weekends. I think it’s because the characters have been wiped and I know that trying to WvW from level 1 will be painful economically. I’ve done a lot of the human, charr and norn starter areas and want to leave asura and sylvari for release so I have something completely fresh, so you’ll likely find me in WvW and sPvP this weekend. I’m loving the game so far, and moreso seeing the progression and speed at which ArenaNet improves and stabilises their game.
Oh and for anyone who’s having a discussion about which server to pick this weekend, you might find this useful…