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A Quick Guide to Map Reading in Guild Wars 2

When you log into guild Wars for the first time it can be a little overwhelming. First off, you have some fantastic graphics to look at...

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Places in Tyria - Kryton Freeholds




Kryton Freeholds







Kryton Freeholds Questing begins in the Vineyards.  there are grubs to pull up and defeat and there is an event that spawns once you follow the quest lines.  






There is also a vista point here and I managed to get some screen shots of the whole area as I unlocked the Vista point.






As the weeks go on I am hoping to put up several character builds that will suit a casual player wishing to solo the game so keep checking by because I will keep updating as I myself discover new things in Guild Wars 2.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

A Quick Guide to Map Reading in Guild Wars 2

When you log into guild Wars for the first time it can be a little overwhelming.

First off, you have some fantastic graphics to look at as you play through the game, I will advise my graphics are optimised for a mid range pc and even they are great.

You also have to get used to not running around looking for quest givers as per standard MMO's.


The First time I opened up the map I was a little confused as all I could see were symbols everywhere it slowed me down while playing as I had no idea what I was heading towards so here are some quick guidelines on what the icons mean on the map.


Starting at the top of the Map you have an incomplete Questing Area.  this is an area you may not have ventured into as yet or you may have started questing here but left to do something else and forgot about finishing the quest.  If you hover over these whilst in Map mode it tells you what level the area is so you know whether to try that area out or not.

Way-point in Game


Underneath that you have a Way-point that has been unlocked.  If the way-point was locked to you it would not be filled in blue but you would still see an empty,uncoloured, way-point.  You can use way-points for quick travel to any point on the map as long as you have unlocked them by previously visiting so these are really handy.
You then have the Skill point icons.  These are Quests that gain you skill points and can vary in difficulty.  If these are in filled blue, this means you have completed them, if they are however, only blue outlines, this means you can complete it.  to gauge the level check the closest heart symbol to the skill point icon.

Current live events happen in specific areas throughout the day you can join in if you happen to pass through but you don't have to.  They normally don't last overly long however if the event fails, another is set up to correct the failed event.  If there is a Way-point within the area of this symbol it will show as contested (showing two swords crossed over it) and you will not be able to use that way-point until the event is successfully completed.


Vista's are represented by two triangular symbols outlined in red if you have not discovered them as yet.  Once discovered they are in filled with red too.
These are always up high and often complicated to get too using calculated jumps and climbs to reach them.

Your Personal Quest line Takes you through to level 20 based on your choices of background during character creation and the Green star on the map is where you are due to go next.

I hope that covers things for you, there will be more on Guild Wars 2 over the coming weeks so please feel free to pop back and check out some more quick guides for beginners and Casual players.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Rift - Places Stonefield



 When you play a defiant (who, by the way are the better faction, kidding!),  don’t rant at me yet heh heh.  Anyway, the second zone a Defiant is sent too after finishing all the quest lines in Freemarch is Stonefield.

I decided to write a post to help a new player get to Stonefield and then to Quarrystone Basin which is your first main questing hub in Stonefield.  If you are a new player Stonefield can be a little confusing as it is surrounded by mountains and mountain passes so if you take a wrong turn you can end up in part of Stonefield you are not quite ready for.

On the map you will see two paths leading around a mountain and a blue triangle on the map.  The blue triangle is me in Quarrystone basin.  You can take either road to get there but if you are not in the mood to battle your way all the way there you would be best to take the road at the top as you only have to battle little rock dudes and rams (which you need for a quest anyway)  The other path is more crowded with mobs and is a longer route.  



In picture one you can see the bridge over the Arc leading to Kings Retreat; if you go in the opposite direction and follow the bridge to the side I my character is standing on, yup, she’s the one in the green standing beside her loyal boar, this takes you to Stonefield.  By the way, keep your eyes open for shiny objects (Shiny's)  they are hidden up high or in little corners you would never think to look, see them in the pictures, they sparkle like little gems.  They are collectible and you get some great rewards for handing in completed collections.  I digress though.

The first thing you see upon entering Stonefield is the Wardstone.  This particular wardstone is always one of the first to be attacked during an invasion.  The Coterie Camp Wardstone is the one that normally falls during an invasion. 

I digress again,  When you speak to the two NPC’s their they will give you quests to kill the rams and collect ore from the little rock dudes.  This is where it is better to turn into the mountain pass if you want to avoid battling all the way their (it takes you along the top path in the map)rather than go straight ahead. 





Once you reach the Basin you can then bind to the porticulim there or just click on the porticulim master to open that one up to you for future use.  In the pictures around form the Basin camp you can see a little lone tent, this is your first quest area in the Basin zone…Hope this helps and good luck with the giants there!