Weekly Guild Wars 2 update: GW2 IDs, beta weekend

Here’s our weekly Guild Wars 2 update.

The FtB/atheist guild shall be called Godless.  Join the facebook group!  So far, KeganL is the only person I have down as running for guild leadership.  I may have missed some people as I’ve been stupid busy as of late, so if you want your name in the hat let me know!  Also, I know some people are interested but, like me, worry they may not be able to put in enough time to be an effective leader.  Because of this, we may consider leadership by committee, as that will almost certainly be an option.  What do you guys think?

Also, I have a friend searching frantically for a beta key.  Any leads on how to get one?  I know Arenanet is practically hemorrhaging them.

Beta weekend details

This weekend is the last beta weekend for Guild Wars 2.  I plan to run a human/asura thief to explore that class a bit.  I will be spending much of the time running with my BFF gamers from back in the day, but I will have some free time.  Still, that shouldn’t keep all you potential Godless folk from banding together and getting to know each other!  I’m going to include the guild roster as it stands on this post – we should start updating it with our Guild Wars 2 IDs so we can find one another.  :)  So leave your GW2 ID in the comments and I’ll get the list updated.  There is also a growing document on the Godless facebook page being updated with GW2 IDs (anyone can edit that document, so go in and add yourself!).

I’ll be playing on Frost Gate server only for this beta!  Upon release, Godless will form on the Gates of Madness server (because atheists are so full of rage, rawr!).  If you guys want to play the beta on Gates of Madness to give it a look-see, don’t feel bad ditching me.  This guild belongs to all of us, and I’ll be along at release.  :)

Things to chat about

1.  Holy shit Charr!

We love the Charr!  Is it just that they killed the gods?  Is it that they look cool?

2.  What part of this game is your favorite?

I’m a fan of how realistic the battles feel and how beautiful the game is.  Those are probably tied for my fav.

3.  How do you plan to build your character?

Another great thing about GW2 is how different each person of the same class you encounter plays.  For instance, a warrior could favor close combat with a greatsword/axe & shield setup, or could focus on group combat by putting trait points into banners, or they could favor a rifle and darting about the battlefield.  I love how everybody feels unique!  For those of you who have decided upon your main, how do you intend to build them?

I think I’m going to go with a firearms engineer with various kits for my utility skills (probably flamethrower for the ignition rounds, grenade kit for the AoE grenade attack, and maybe the mine kit).  I may very well go with a turret build though, because that just looks like fun.  I just don’t like the big CDs on all your primary dps abilities.

Here’s a website where you can toy with builds.

4.  How many PvPers are out there?

I’m a big fan of PvP in MMOs.  I’ve not yet had the chance to play around with PvP in GW2 (perhaps this weekend?), but I’ve heard it’s excellent.  WvWvW looks great, and I know how natural and epic mass battles feel in PvE.  I can’t imagine how great those massive battles will feel.  Which of us will be the PvP base in Godless?  :)  Should we start exchanging Skype info for better communication during PvP?

Also, have you wanted to try PvP but worried that you won’t be good and might drag down the team?  No worries about that here!  The more, the merrier, and those of us experienced with PvP will happily coach you.

Lastly, for those of you wondering what all the fuss is about, I wrote a review last month that explains a fair amount of why I think the game is so good.  I’ll probably be adding to it, especially after this coming beta weekend.  Check it out if you’re curious.  :)

There are a lot of people who are unsure.  After release, as people decide what they want to play as their main, I’ll continue to update this list.  I’ll also continue to update the list as GW2 IDs roll in and as more people commit to the guild in the comments.  I’m really excited to play with all you heathens!

Names on this list with an asterisk are running for leadership position in the guild.  (If you left a comment saying you were in for the guild and I didn’t add you, let me know!  I get busy and drop balls, I know I do.  Bear with me :))

Guild members:

JT Eberhard (tsukmeibols.7340) – Asuran Engineer

Josh Stein – Sylvari Thief

Maki – Norn Engineer/Thief

Marisemae – Norn Ranger

KeganL – Human Necromancer*

Daniel Schealler (Kairos.9354) – Charr Engineer

eNeMeE – Charr Elementalist

juan davidsanchez daza – Charr Ranger

Jen R. – Human Necromancer

Jen Grant (katrana.5317) – Human Necromancer

J. Goard – [undecided] Mesmer

Mutsumi – Human/Sylvari Thief

Carina – [undecided] Elementalist

IslandBrewer – Charr Warrior

Chris Baily – Charr Engineer

theAtheistAxolotl – Charr Necromancer

RenDP – Human Mesmer

NightRaith – Charr Engineer/Norn Guardian

Dave, the Kwisatz Haderach – Charr Engineer

Matt Martin – Charr Warrior

Epinephrine (Epinephrine.8670) – Sylvari Engineer

Daytheist – Asura/Charr Necromancer

Mizzet – Charr Engineer

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • b00ger

    I plan on getting the game when it comes out. I wouldn’t be able to play the beta weekends anyway. I’m more of a weekday evening player. From looking at the classes, I’m pretty sure I’ll pick a Mesmer, but not sure on the race. (suggestions?) I have no idea what my name will be as I usually make up something stupid on the spot while creating a character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattwillmart mattmartin

    I’m FUNdead.2430!

  • Loqi

    Human mesmer. Likely to change once I’ve tried everything out. Cannot participate in the beta weekend because I’ll be roadtripping with some friends.

  • http://deep-friedfreethinkers.blogspot.com/ Nathan Piccolo

    I like the idea of a committee leadership, less stress on one person.

  • http://deep-friedfreethinkers.blogspot.com/ Nathan Piccolo

    Also, there is an updated list of memebers/names doc file on the facebook page.

  • skasowitz

    I won’t be able to play during this beta, but still plan to pick it up after release. Really no idea what I’ll be playing yet. Historically (EQ, DAoC, CoH/CoV, WoW, etc) I’ve been the support/healer type, but this is such a nice departure from that game design that I really can’t say where I’ll end up.

    In game name: Sethlock
    That would also be my class if it was an option. Some day.

  • Daniel Schealler

    The build I’m planning to try out for my Charr Engineer. Will probably change significantly later on of course.


  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    What is the n00b difficulty level on Guild Wars? I’ve avoided mmo’s for the most part but JT has me intrigued.

    • http://deep-friedfreethinkers.blogspot.com/ Nathan Piccolo

      GW2 has implemented a wonderful “sidekick” system in which high level players can play in low level areas. They are reduced in level and stats to that areas max level. The foes only scale to the number of players in the immediate area.

      This makes “solo” play viable as well as group play with out just being able to bulldoze through everything.

      It’s amazing when the Shadow Behemoth in the GodLost Swamp spawns. You could see 100′s of players swarm to the area to help out and each person will get their own drops scaled to their level.

      I have taken a Lvl 28 Ranger through beta mostly solo exploring all the areas I can reach. Grouping up with friends as they start out in the starter areas. Waypoint jumped to the nearest “Group Event” and taken on lvl 30 Champion Moa’s along side 50-100 players.

      It’s never a dull moment, well until you wake up with your head on the keyboard and your drink is empty then that’s a dull moment.

      • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

        I’m also wary of time issues. Is this going to be a game that is worth my 60 smackers if I can’t devote an entire second life to it?

        • John Horstman

          It strikes me as less of a risk for people who can’t devote constant time due to the lack of a subscription fee. It doesn’t have to be worth $60 over the next two months, it has to be worth $60 over the next two years (or however long it is until Major Expansion 1), which seems a more attainable proposition for the casual gamer.

  • Mutsumi

    1) Charr are just all around awesome. Also, charrzooka. Just saying.
    2) My favourite part is probably the low dependance on gear, and the ability to change the looks of new items, to what you like. I’ve had enough of the gear-treadmills, and always wanted to have a chance to look cool, instead of a power ranger, just because the power ranger gear has best stats…
    3) Assuming they address the Bleed stacking (currently you can only have 25 stacks of bleed on a boss, which is a problem if there are several bleed classes) I’m looking at a pistol/pistol thief. I love the idea of a rapidly moving dual pistol class darting in and out shadow stepping to enemies, but have never been able to do it before.
    4) I did quite a bit of pvp in WoW, and some in SWTOR, so I’d assume I’ll do quite a bit here too. Especially with the lack of gear grind…

    As for the guild leadership thingy, pretty much all the guild I’ve been in have been more or less committee things. Mostly because it helps to spread the responsibility around. But there needs to be one person that gets the final word, or there will be trouble…

    • Daniel Schealler

      FYI, I found dagger/pistol, pistol/dagger, and longsword/pistol to be better as fleet-of-foot shadow step classes than pistol/pistol.

      Pistol/pistol itself doesn’t have any shadow-step skills in slots 1-5, but each of the above combinations has one.

      You could probably still do it via pistol/pistol with steal and the right utility skills though.

      • Mutsumi

        But the coolness factor! Seriously though, It’ll probably end up with some of those combos when effectiveness really becomes an issue, but I’ve been looking at a couple of build that should do ok with p/p too.

        • Daniel Schealler

          Oh, don’t get me wrong: Pistol/pistol still kicks ass. Unload does a good amount of ranged damage, but also feels really good.

          My thief started out as pistol/pistol, but I made the move to sword/pistol because I found it more tactical and interesting:

          Infiltrator’s Strike (Sword 2) and Shadow Return (Also Sword 2 – escape mechanism) has a really good synergy with Black Powder (Pistol 5) and Caltrops (Utility). Pistol Whip (Sword/Pistol 3) for stun and Headshot (Pistol 4) for daze gives it an edge too. Throw in Poison and you’re having a pretty good time. :D

          But that’s the great thing about GW2. Different people can choose different skills that completely change the playstyle to suit how they want to play because it’s fun and works for them. There is no ‘one build’. Giving the skills tactical utility rather than just ‘this skill does 10% more damage than the last version of this skill’ was a great innovation.

          • Mutsumi

            With what I’m looking at now, I’d have 3 shadowsteps, from steal, shadowstep and Infiltrator’s signet, plus the return on shadowstep itself. Combining that with untouchable for Caltrops on dodge (which would also clear cripple and chill and gives swiftness) and pistol criticals crippling, I’m thinking I’d have pretty decent kiting potential against melee. I’m also liking the fact that the build I’m looking at would also give a lot of the initiative returning traits for sustain. For casters and ranged weapon users, there’s always the weapon swap.

            Thing is though, I haven’t touched the game myself, so I have no idea how viable it would be. So that’s also one of the things I’d like to get a feel for in the beta…

          • Daniel Schealler

            You’re in for a treat, my friend. ^_^

            Be sure to give WvW a decent try. It took me a while to work out what was going on, but once I had a grip it was crazy fun.

  • Epinephrine

    I don’t know that I can put myself in the hat for a nominal leader position, as I am already an officer in a guild that will likely take a fair bit of my time, but if whomever is elected needs an officer to help out with stuff, I’d be happy to help out. I’ll likely be on a different server, as I’ll be sticking with my guild of 6+ years for that decision, but we should be able to visit or guest or something on other servers.

  • Atheara

    K so add me? Atheara Valentin, Charr Mesmer

    • Daniel Schealler

      If you like, there’s a document on the Facebook group that’s editable for members.

  • unbound

    I’ll log in perhaps late Saturday if not Sunday (daughter has a tournament Friday and Saturday). unbound.9351 and undecided on class…possibly Guardian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1698151270 John-Henry Beck

    I’m still planning to be involved. But this weekend being my first experience with it, I don’t know about name or anything yet. I’ve done very little with MMO play.

    I’ll most likely start out as a ranger type. I typically like that sort of thing. But the beta period seems good for trying things out.

    Also, ‘realistic battles’? The videos make it look pretty high fantastical. :)

  • KeganL

    As the only guy currently running, I’d be more than happy with Committee leadership. I think it would better suit us all to rule by a democracy rather than a single-vote. I think that, whoever becomes Guild Officers should become GLs, or at least have a say in what goes on. I personally know that I won’t always be on–granted, I’ll be on as often as possible, but I can’t be everywhere, haha–so as Nathan stated above, this would be more suited towards our interests and progress as a guild and as a group of gaming friends.

    • Daniel Schealler

      The time I have to invest isn’t much – probably just a handful of hours here and there scattered throughout the week, with no particular schedule. I have to squeeze gaming into whatever cracks are left once life and work have finished duking it out for the day.

      To me that’s easily too low for a leader. But I’d be keen to contribute as a secondary office whenever I can.

      • Daniel Schealler

        *secondary officer

  • NightRaith


    I plan on building my Norn guardian for spirit weapons saw a pvp video of it, it looks ridiculous.

    I used to be lieutenant in a guild and was in charge of about 30-40 people so I’ll put my name in the hat for like 2nd or 3rd in command.

  • Wren, a Tru Hoppist

    I think I want to play asura, but I’m not sure just what yet. Maybe a thief…

    Either that or a charr engineer. Unfortunately, I’m working this weekend, so I can’t play the beta to find out what I would like to play.


  • IslandBrewer

    Waaah! I haz a big sad. I can’t do the beta this upcoming weekend, as I’m on the road. For what it’s worth, while I have no interest in being a guild leader, I’m a compulsive organizer and manager, and can do some tedious administrative guild duties, at the cost of juvenile humor (ha, I said “doody”!).

    (See what I mean?)

    I’ll add my GW2ID when I have access to my home computer again.

    Have fun storming the castle!

  • kagekiri

    Count me in! I’ll be playing one of every race, probably, though which professions, I’m not 100% sure on.

    Also, sorry, can’t join the FaceBook group due to closeting issues…gah, maybe it really is time to just come out.

    • John Horstman

      I’m doing what I can to update our roster document on FB with info only posted here (convenient for me, since work requires me to be in front of a computer 8 hours a day, and I can periodically check for updates), so feel free to leave info in the comments. Since outing yourself could have potentially serious and negative outcomes, especially if you don’t have a support system in place, it might not be worth it for a game (though as with the gay rights movement, for those of us who aren’t in serious danger or those who are but are willing to risk it, coming out can be a powerful move to combat stigma).

      Either way we can add your player/character info, so feel free to be identified only with your FtB handle and GW2 player name if that’s safer for you.

  • adamshelton

    Apparently this is an available guild logo: Cephalopod power! PZ would be so jelly.

    Luckily, we don’t need to decide on a logo before starting. That’s a guild upgrade that we’d spend our precious guild points on later.

  • tykonderoga

    Guild Me!

    Tyson Koska = tykonderoga.7350

    also i did join the fb group, but i have no clue as to class/race yet…

  • Dave

    I’m interested in joining. Haven’t played yet so I’m not sure what class/race I will be, probably a guardian or warrior. I will post my GW2 id when I get home.

    • John Horstman

      I’ll check for it when I get home!

      • Anonymous

        Have my GW2 id now. Albretch.2685

      • John Horstman

        Added; welcome aboard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdsanchezdaza juandaza

    Ah right, I forgot to give my GW2 ID… Typo.4573