Episode 25

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Guildcast is back this week with plenty to discuss, rant, and rave about!  We talked all about our interview at Massively with Kristen Perry, John Stumme, and Susan Jessup, and thoroughly enjoyed dissecting all the new pieces of information.  Rubi had some playtime with the Guild Wars Massively guild Thursday night, even livestreaming the event on Massively TV.

We had time for some reader emails, talking about a recent controversial edition of Flameseeker Chronicles and the perspective of a brand-new player who has no idea how to get to the 50-point mark.  (Of course, we have just the thing for him!)

Next week is Guildcast’s 5th birthday, but sadly we won’t have an episode.  Shawn is jetting off to Korea for the Gstar convention for a week, so watch for us in two weeks as we catch up on all the news!

The GuildCast theme song is “The Dirt” by Goddessmusic.

If you’d like to contact us, shoot an email over to shawn@guildcast.com or rubi@guildcast.com. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks for listening!



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9 responses to “Episode 25

  1. Greibach

    Good podcast again!
    I… almost don’t want to say anything about the Necro ‘incident’, but… meh, its the internet so why not (I promise no flaming).

    On the one hand, nobody is ‘owed’ anything. People that get angry and exclaim that we are ‘owed’ or ‘deserve’ information at whatever intervals are just plain silly. To claim otherwise most certainly is an entitlement mentality. People need to calm down a take a deep breath, the forums are going crazy completely unreasonably.

    On the other hand, I feel like a lot of people came down way too hard on those who ‘cracked the code’. First of all, the simple fact is that they shouldn’t have had an active link that could be accessed if they weren’t ready. That is just a fact of web development. It isn’t like people hacked them or something. I will freely admit that when the elementalist came out, I saw the URL and that it was so simple (http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/professions/elementalist/), I most certainly tried to see if there was an accidental link to other professions. You bet your behind that I tried to type http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/professions/necromancer/, http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/professions/warrior/, etc. I think it would have been really weak if that had worked, and then everyone on the interwebs raged at me for ‘being too crazy’. That is honestly what happened here- the skills all share a similar link, and all the person did was type in the necro skill names.

    And how did we know those necro skill names? Oh yeah! They showed the profession at Gamescom with footage all over youtube before the page came out. Them saying that we ‘ruined the surprise’ is pretty weak considering that they in fact just flat out had the demo footage around with the necro playable for a week or two before they added the web page. The surprise was lost already.

    At this point, I just want to reiterate- I’m not angry or blaming ANet really, nor am I demanding that they give us scheduled info. I just think that what happened was really not that big of a deal, and was caused equally by a weird info release (gamescom before the web page, unsecure links) as it was an exuberant fan. I just feel like a lot of people came down really hard on that guy for doing something that was in my opinion, pretty reasonable and not that big of a deal. If he hacked their servers or something, then yeah, crazy pants. That just plain isn’t what happened though.

  2. I play guild wars on my Mac for the last 4 years

    Hey Shaun hey Rubi
    I’m just listening to podcast 25 and you mentioned in an email that someone was trying to get there friend introduced to Guildwars but couldn’t because they had a Mac, they asked if GW2 was going to be out on a mac release etc etc.

    I have been successfully playing Guildwars on my Mac for the past 4 years now the last two years of which has been via a great software package called ‘Crossover’ the software company goes by the name of ‘Codeweavers’ which can be found with a simple google search,

    Its a very small and in-expensive package, about 4 days into the 30 day free trial I just bought it as this was just what I was looking for because get this Mac users and this is important. Theres no need to run BOOTCAMP, VM Ware OR a Windows OS at all, IT – JUST – WORKS.

    The website is very informative on how it works in a very funny in a non techie way and the biggest thing of all I like about the team is that they LOVE Guildwars. How it works to put it simply is that when you install a PC game on your Mac the Mac just gives the game all the info it needs to think its actually running on a PC and as a result IT – JUST – WORKS.

    If ArenaNet don’t know of this company then they really should as they run and service the software package very professionally and I’m sure that if they included this tiny application to there disc for GW2 it would be a very profitable venture for them all round.

    I believe one of the ladies on the Relics of Orr Podcast mentions this also and they
    feel confident that the same ‘WINE’ system can be run on GW2. links to Codeweavers below.

    Keep up the good work and can’t wait for the Mesmer release myself.




  3. McGamor

    Too bad only the positive comments are allowed to post. Anything cast in a negative light is deleted which is unprofessional to say the least. This site loses all credit when all the comments and reviews are made to read like a lot of ‘brown-nosing.’

    • shawnguildcast

      I’m not sure I follow. I approve all comments except the spam ones advertising for handbags and Viagra.

      Also, you can start calling us ‘professionals’ when someone pays for my bandwidth and my time to do the podcast. Aside from that, we’re just GW fans.

      • Greibach

        Well, I for one am very appreciative of all the hard work you guys do. I know how hard it can be to not only get coordinated, but to get it edited, posted, and keep talking about things in an interested and engaging way, even when there is no real news. Keep on going guys!

    • Oh come on Shawn, we know you’re just making gobs of cash.
      No but seriously, I once had a podcast that I finally ended a few months ago. Some guy wrote in and said that it was “unprofessional” of us to end it.
      I told him that was a pretty silly thing to say about a charitable effort that simply decided to discontinue.

      I think somehow people have gotten it in their heads that “unprofessional” is an insult of some kind. Um, most of us are unprofessional at most of the things we do, even if we do them well.

      That would be like if the word “air breather” became an insult.

  4. Alinos

    Yeah Shawn what you said about having friend’s dropping in would be a great thing.

    But this could be achieved with a drop in out system, which would have worked well with something like oblivions dreaded enemy scaling system so me an 2 friends could go and wipe out an oblivion gate.

    it’s not really something that absolutely needs an MMO format to work more of a multiplayer hybrid(which was one of the things that drew me to GW the fact that you always had a party(hench or people) meant there was always a reason to find people to play with, as opposed to killing 10 rats and other meaningless quests which you do solo

    Oh and You mentioned WoW which is a prime example of a MMO killing the game that spawned it. since we haven’t seen any non-MMO game info in that universe since WoW launched(though it is blizzard so it could just be thats it’s going to take 15 years for warcraft 4 😀

    Didn’t really seem worth an E-mail.


  5. Hi Shaun and Rubi

    I was listening to your last podcast Episode 25 and one guy felt that he was not being rewarded with HoM for only putting in 2 to 4 hours a week. He felt he was not going to have all time points or items he wanted before GW2 came. So to him Anet was only rewarding the hardcore players.
    I am new to GW my self because I was playing other MMOs over the past 10 years (EQ, DAoC, EQ2, EQOA, PS, and WoW). I for one do not feel that I should be able to put in a small amount of time to get what I want for GW2 when it was a lot of work and time for the players before me to get what they have.
    Anet is not being unfair. They are rewarding all of us the same things, new and old players a like. As long as we put in the time and work needed to achieve them. After all once GW2 comes out we do not have to stop playing GW1. We can still play GW1 and put in the time/work needed to get time items we want for GW2.
    If I decided I wanted to be a firefighter at the age of 30. I would need to take the schooling needed to be able to become a firefighter. Just because someone else decided to do all the schooling at the age of 18 and now is a firefighter at the age of say 22. Does not give me (the 30 year old) the right to skip the schooling or to take a quick fast track class to let me be a firefighter quicker just because I started later in life then someone else.
    Being fair is rewarding everyone the same for doing the same amount of work.
    Being unfair is to give the same reward to everyone no matter how much work they do.

    Tonden Ockay

  6. File this under “WTF Keiran?”:

    Something odd happened to me when I first set out to start HotN. I left the outpost and look who joined me: [http://ow.ly/i/5UvQ/original]

    He was very helpful in tagging along to find the arrowhead so we could go find and rescue him: [http://ow.ly/i/5Uub/original]

    I think Gwen was too embarrassed for him to say anything (apart from “I can kill you with my mind”). I think it takes a true gentleman to join his own search party.

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