The original Guild Wars was probably the first major online game I have ever played, and to this day it still holds a special place in my heart. Its amazingly lush graphics, the lore, the writing, the characters, the unique gameplay mechanics, its quest designs… Back then I thought it was close to perfection, and even today I consider it to be one of the best games on the market still.
I must confess I have not been playing this on a regular basis this past year or so, but, having beaten the original Prophecies campaign with multiple characters, and an owner of all three campaigns, the Eye of The North expansion, AND the recent Ghosts of Ascalon novel (by Jeff Grubb and Matt Forbeck), I am proud to call myself a fan of the franchise.
Like many fans of original I am very much looking forward to the upcoming sequel. But unlike most fans I want to go into the new game with a fresh pair of eyes, and have been actively avoiding the myriad snippets of news and info that are floating around out there on the net. However, when I came across this little link I was unable to help myself. The link in question was http://hom.guildwars2.com/#page=welcome, a link to the newly released Rewards Calculator for the Hall of Monuments.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Hall of Monuments, it is a game place location and feature that was introduced in Eye of The North, the Guild Wars expansion. This Hall is an in-game location which serves as a visual trophy display case of sorts, and acts as a link between the original Guild Wars and its upcoming sequel. As you earn and complete various goals and achievements in-game, like for example completing a chapter of the game; earning your prestige armor sets; or maxing out rep with a particular faction, you unlock the option to display these as physical statues within your hall. The idea was that when Guild Wars 2 is released, Guild Wars players would be able to carry some of their achievements over to the new game, though it was not clear how this system would work, or what exactly would be carried over… until now.
Guild Wars fans, if you have not already, do yourself a favor, and go check out that link. It is nice to note too that it appears to be a live-sync of sorts to your characters, so any new achievements you earn after exporting your Hall of Monuments data would be updated and carried over. This means that even after Guild Wars 2 have been released, players will still be encouraged to go back to the original game to unlock bonuses for the sequel. Just another forward thinking feature that makes me love this franchise so much. I heartily approve, I really do.