Hi! My name is Yellowblack (or Andrew :)). I played EQ for a long while, then WoW for along while, and have bounced around recently,mostly in Rift and SWTOR. I want to try something new, and rejoined Gaiscioch in GW2 to give this game a shot. It's fun for me to write about my experience as I go, so I'll do so here as well. I'll try to update this as I go every 5-10 levels as I discover what this world is about. Tried GW2 for a few levels at release, but didn't stick. Going to try to get to 80 this time, in a world and game I know little about.
See you in guild and in game!
PT. 1: CHARACTER CREATION
After all this time in MMOs, I know I have a tendency to create the same types of characters over and over. Warrior or mage, usually human, usually with the same basic look in each game. To spice things up from the start, I’m going to rely on random.org to help build my character.
#1) Charr #2) Human #3) Norn #4) Asura #5) Sylvari
random.org chooses: #5, Sylvari. So I’m a plant person. Ok.
#1) Male #2) Female
random.org chooses: #2, Female
C) Profession (class I guess?)
#1) Elementalist #2) Warrior #3) Guardian #4) Engineer
#5) Ranger #6) Necromancer #7) Thief #8) Mesmer
random.org cho oses: #2, Warrior. I was kind of hoping for something more exotic, like mesmer or engineer, but warrior will be fun too.
D) Body Attributes (all randomized)
random.org chooses: Very tall. Pink skin with clay patterning. (My uncle in New Mexico has pottery that kind of looks like my character.) Faint riverlet glow, but I can’t really see it. No hair. My ears are basically cabbage, but again, I’m a plant, so ok. Orchid eyes.
E) Armor Dyes
#1) One color #2) Two color #3) Three color#4) Motley (no color twice)
random.org chooses: #1, One color. 4 – Ebony. I was hoping for something else, something brighter. Ebony doesn’t initially fit my image for a plant warrior with pink skin, but the point of randomizing is to throw off my equilibrium so I’ll build on it.
F) Background Story/Personality (an interesting set of elements to pick at character creation. I like the added customization)
Head gear: Spangelhelm. Defensive, inspires respect.
To overcome trouble, relies on: Charm. So inspiring, but pleasant and upbeat.
Vision quest (?): Green knight. Not sure if this means I have to fight him or save him.
Ventari’s most important teaching: Where life goes, so too should you. Intrepid.
Awakened during: Cycle of Dawn. Outgoing, connected, empathetic. This fits with the spangelhelm and charm story elements nicely.
So that’s my character. Yellowblack, a Sylvari warrior. The opening cinematic was pretty great. Beautifully drawn, and I liked the style of how it was like cutouts or moving paintings rather than a movie. Womb-o-Vision was a bit strange, but I have a feeling that after seeing a bit of the Sylvari background (grown, not born), I’ll have to get used to strange.