Traveling Journalist: A Monk to Guardian story

Mystical Sparkle is ready to become a Guardian of Tyria

LION’S ARCH — The cold wind of the Far Shiverpeaks pierce my charr pelt, I’m not meant for this frigid weather. Mountains to the left and right; you get a sense of claustrophobia — it seems like the mountains are always getting closer and closer. Only the brave venture this far north (this journalist was lucky to hitch a ride with some traveling heroes), the path is laced with Ice Imps, Tengu and Snow Wurms (just to name a few) that will attack without thought or reason. The bitter cold chills my bones but I travel this far north to talk to a Monk that is willing to sit down with me and discuss some new events in Tyria. Prophets have foretold that Monks, as we know them, will have to pick up armor, forgo their traditional cloth robes, and prepare to fight along side their Warrior brethren — the destruction that is to come to our land will need everyone to fight. Read more of this post


Loosing Screen Caps from Games Is Like Loosing a Memory

So I’m just sitting here watching Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and my mind started wondering a few moments ago. I wish I still had my screen captures of my early days in Guild Wars.

My computer has had issues during the last five years and and formating my hard drive let’s me get a fresh new area to destroy. I remember having screen caps picturing the old UI to my first time in the Hall of Heros, as well as my first time in The Vault — “gold water!”

Screen caps carry a lot of memories, from my early days in Cult of the Frog, to Neo Dreamers and finally to the guild I stayed with the last few years, Inyurface Gaming. Sigh.

So I did a bit of snooping around and I came across my very first post on, which is perfect because it tells the story behind my very first Guild Wars character.

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Two currencies: The pay-for-play killer

Is Zynga on to  something with their games?

If you have ever played Farmville, Mafia Wars, Frontierville or any of the company’s games on Facebook you will notice they all have two currencies.

There is the “natural” currency — the one that you gain by just playing through the game naturally — and another that you can  purchase with a credit card or by PayPal — the “purchased” currency.

With the “purchased” currency, in the majority of these games, you can gain high-end items really easily or even buy unique items that are otherwise not available to the “natural” currency. This could be the pay-for-play killer.

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Gail Grey: My roll model to become a CM

Gail Grey's Ranger

After joining the CORPG, Guild Wars, back in 2005 I was always impressed and influenced by Gail Grey, then the Community Relations Manager and now the Support Laison for ArenaNet.

Numerous people would flock to her location in-game to ask her questions about upcoming patches, new items and skill changes being introduced into the game. She also held events and contests for fans of the award winning online game.  She would even use her amphibious friend, the Frog,  (although she will deny it is her) to talk in riddles to keep gamers guessing on what could be added in the next update.

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