Monthly Archives: March 2011

Community Event: Pi[e] Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday in the United Kingdom, also known as pancake day. Such sweet delights await me this evening, and that got me thinking of the community event organised by Relics of Orr: Pi[e] Day!

This community event will take place on Sunday the 13th March at 8-10pm GMT (that’s 4-6pm EST) in the Rata Sum International Districts. The event will be covered on Split Infinity Radio by Relics’ own Tasha Darke, and Guild Wars 2 Live will be hosting a livestream.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

 
[08:00pm GMT] [04:00pm EDT] Commencement Ceremony, Tasha On-Air
[08:15pm GMT] [04:15pm EDT] Pi[e] Trivia Begins
[08:30pm GMT] [04:30pm EDT] Pie Raffle #1
[08:45pm GMT] [04:45pm EDT] Scavenger Hunt Begins (Item List Revealed)
[09:15pm GMT] [05:15pm EDT] Scavenger Hunt Ends
[09:20pm GMT] [05:20pm EDT] Pie Raffle #2
[09:30pm GMT] [05:30pm EDT] More Pi[e] Trivia
[09:45pm GMT] [05:45pm EDT] Forum Contest Winners Announced
[09:59pm GMT] [05:59pm EDT] Pi[e] Trivia Ends
[10:00pm GMT] [06:00pm EDT] Event Closing Announcement

 

If you’ve not been following the Relics forums lately, be sure to drop by this week and submit your own pie/pi trivia to be eligible for the raffle contest, here (Rules on the Pi[e] day forum page, here) Remember, all submissions must be made by March 12th.

To all those participating: Good luck, have Batman!

– Cornish

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Sneaky Thief Reveal

No! Bad Gametrailers!

I’m not sure how I feel about the circumstances surrounding the new profession reveal for Guild Wars 2. I’m incredibly excited by the new profession, sure, but annoyed at the manner of the information drop. There’s slight irony in that it happens to be a class that relies on stealth and backstabbing, too. I’m talking, of course, about the Gametrailers release of GDC 2011 demo footage of the Thief profession of Guild Wars 2. I’m not really surprised the megasite took no time in breaking the convention embargo, and I’m disappointed that they show ArenaNet such little respect, but there you have it. This just adds to the ill-feeling I have for these huge, corporate gaming websites. It also seems that others aren’t too happy about this info leak, either.

As for the profession itself, I’m excited to see the return of the shadow stepping abilities of the Assassin, and the “Initiative” resource¬† is reminiscent of the combination chaining abilities of said profession. It’s pleasing to see that stealth isn’t unlimited, as I’ve always seen that type of tactic as gimmicky and out-of-place in non-sci-fi environments.

The class seems pretty frail, though, and appears to take a large amount of damage even from lowly enemies, such as moas and eagles (I shouldn’t really judge this on one sample of demo footage, however). I’m enjoying the possibilities surrounding the thievery ability, and what you can steal from particular enemies. I’m equally amused and terrified by the prospect of the Gakis’ return in Guild Wars 2, as I’m sure there’s only one item that could be stolen from them. Namely, the underwear. “Baaa-!”

 

Honestly, this works better than Blurred Vision.

Dual wielded daggers, among other weapons, are set to make a return with the Thief, which makes this the first profession I’d consider for my Norn character since the Warrior and its gun wielding option – I can’t say no to dual pistols. In addition to that, even though I’m happy with the Norn week information, and the demo footage of GDC, I’m still waiting for the appearance of some friendly buccaneer NPCs in Guild Wars 2. Come on ArenaNet, don’t disappoint!

Right, now I’m off to check out the new Embark Beach update, and then to storm FoW with [MVOP]!

– Cornish