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There are people who paid off nearly $100k in debt in about 3 years by making serious sacrifices. Surely you can afford to cut back on one thing and use that money you would normally spend to save up. If you can afford to pay a monthly fee for internet access, then you can find a way to set aside a few dollars each month to save up to buy a game.
… Look up how to set up a budget, figure out where your money is going, and redirect a small bit to your fund to save up. You can do it, it just requires a little bit of time, effort, and possibly giving up something you enjoy for a little while.
Like to draw and are pretty good? Offer up commissions to people for a small fee.
You can do it, you just have to make the effort. Unless you are literally homeless and have no employment and no skills to offer (in which case you probably also can’t access the internet and can’t read this), you can afford the expansion.
While I am not going to complain about not being able to get an expansion for free(how cheap and rude would it be of me to expect the employees of ArenaNet to work for me for free???) I would like to point out a few things about your statement:
- People who paid off $100k in 3 years : In 3 years I won’t even make $100k before taxes. Much less could I cut back on a thing or two in order to accomplish paying off a debt like that.
- I can’t afford internet access as a matter of fact. My family likes to talk to me though and likes to play gw2 with me among other things so made some sacrifices on their end to pay my internet/phone service.
- I do need to work on budgeting better. Mismanagement of funds is one reason I’m in a bad place. The other is losing a job that actually paid for my needs. (Unfortunately also a bad choice on my part, I quit instead of trying to make it work because I made a mistake and thought I was getting something better.) Also, overspending after losing that job before realizing I needed to make some serious lifestyle adjustments to my new circumstances.
- Lots and lots of people struggle to afford basic necessities but are not homeless without skills. Wages for vast numbers of hourly workers in this country are very low and often not sufficient to even be able live singly given the growing prices of food especially, also housing, utilities, etc. The cost of living is going up faster than wages in general.
- Giving up some comforts for the game? I’m giving up comforts so I can keep feeding my pets decent food that will keep them healthy. Not sure where I am going to find more comforts to give up for a game. I spend more than I can afford to on food, etc already.
That all said, I would have no hesitation to pay Anet for their work if I found a way to get the cash together. I just wanted to offer a counterpoint to your generalizations. Maybe once I get my financial situation a little more stable and pay off some debt…
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I don’t mind the idea of the new item highlight but as mentioned it’s much too strong. An option to tone it down or adjust the brightness/opacity would be nice. Some people may have an easier time seeing a less significant highlight than others.
Finally got to trying this today myself. I didn’t have any problem doing damage to the boss, or staying alive, except that when one of the minions would die when I was trying to kill the wolf and suddenly jump past me and attack me from behind and do ridiculous damage even though I’d been facing it the whole time. But after the 2nd or 3rd bone minion to successfully reach the thrasher suddenly I could no longer get aggro off the minions or kill the wolves quick enough even starting as soon as they spawned for the minion to not die (minion walking through lots of red circles didnt help). cripple was useless as the wolf’s rush skill still outdistanced the minion easily even when the wolf was cripped. doing this as a SB thief. I gave up because I could never get the shield down to do any dmg to the boss. will try again later with friends.
I suppose you could have different lockouts based on the size of the hall made available, a solo guild wouldn’t need a massive castle, and could have a solo-based quest to unlock it, while a massive guild would want a massive castle, and could require an epic campaign across Tyria to unlock it, involving dozens of parties completing smaller objectives, and massive raids completing others. The important thing though would be to keep the tangible functions of each hall balanced so that those in a larger guild hall do not have access to practical features than smaller ones lack.
I haven’t read the rest of the thread and and this point I give up but I was skimming through and found this post which makes perfect sense. The basic features of the guild hall should be available to even very small guilds. (Example: I belong to a 3-account guild of just family.) Having a personal space, etc.
If you want a really huge fancy castle, or so on, well that would be unreasonable to expect any group of 3 people to obtain naturally, wouldnt it? It makes plenty of sense for the large and extravagant to cost more than a few people would normally be able to get by themselves. But it shouldn’t allow any actual features that a smaller space wouldn’t be able to sustain. (edit: By which I mean features that are not available in the open world anyway. )
As far as instanced vs non instanced: I don’t think anybody wants guild halls filling every available flat surface in the world. which is pretty much what would happen with non-instanced. However, someone mentioned earlier in the thread the possibility of a location per map or some such that a guild that has some special achievement, being ‘better’ than other guilds, etc could occupy. Maybe their instanced guild hall could be duplicated, or at least externally duplicated (with a door to the instance inside), to the surrounding world. I don’t think any guild I am in would ever achieve that. But it would be cool to see, especially if it changes from time to time. Let a big awesome motivated high achiever guild go out and win something that gives them X amount of time displaying their awesome guild hall to the world in general. I wouldn’t mind just seeing what they come up with.
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I too was attempting to search for something in the forum today and became immediately extremely frustrated by typing “au” into the search box, the page reloading, and instantly deselecting the search box. Which btw if you mistype and hit backspace without thinking about it, the reload is NOT a new page, so you will go back to the page even before that. I agree you might as well just remove the thing. Google autoloads the search results its true but it doesn’t deselect the search box. I couldn’t even tell you if I can get results or not since I’m not even going to fight with it to find out.
I’d rather be able to just play around and enjoy a zone rather than finding myself HAVING to farm it to gain the reward (in this case amassing 50 B.B.‘s to get myself a nice skin) I found a quick route to get about 140-200 baubles in about 2-3 minutes, ending up with more or less 3 B.B’s in 10 minutes, but … it was boring! Way more fun (although also way more frustrating) was getting the Distinction in Applied Jumping title. I love the idea someone else mentioned of getting a one-time boost for completing the achievements. Say an achievement chest like you get for dailies. Something that, even if you haven’t farmed or ran the world repeatedly for other reasons, just for being tenacious enough to jump the heck out of it until you can actually make all the jumps and find all the secrets, you can get say a one time per account (just as the achievement really) boost that would be enough to get most or all of the skin of your choice. Then if you want more for all your alts… well then you have alts to farm them with in that case I guess.
Ok maybe a little wordy but my point is: I’m totally in favor of a substantial one time bonus for completing each world! I’m glad I got my title, and I got one skin also, but farming for the skin was, well, kind of boring.