Jeff?Euros MMO Weekly, this week titled Smugglers and their Enslaved Gladiators, looks back at his initial reaction to the classes in Star Wars The Old Republic, and in particular the Smuggler. As slowly more details are revealed he?Euros found himself falling for each of the classes. He looks at what about them turned him from indifference to enthused.
This should serve as a lesson to all of us who reach for the smelling salts when a class is first announced and has yet to be fully revealed.
ArenaNet designer Jeff Grubb has been writing about his co-authorship of forthcoming Guild Wars novel “Ghosts of Ascalon.” Penned in tandem with Matt Forbeck, “Ghosts of Ascalon” will provide some background lore to the game universe as it stands one year before the time of Guild Wars 2, and detail a tentative truce between man and charr. The book “serves as an introduction to that world both for long-time fans of Guild Wars and newcomers who are interested in finding out what all the clamor is about.”
It will be followed by a second novel, “Edge of Destiny,” written by J. Robert King.
At last, Guild Wars 2 players will be able to take on the mantle of everybody’s favourite park ranger and chase Yogi Bear arou … oh, sorry, it’s not that kind of ranger.
Of course it isn’t, that would be foolish. This Ranger will still have plenty of skills that allow them to interact with animals though. According to ArenaNet, Ranger players will be able to adopt up to three pets, from bears to lizards to … err … sharks. In general, only one will be active at any one time, but when it is, the Ranger will be able to control it through simple commands like “attack” and “heel.”
Apparently, it’ll also be possible to call hawks from the sky to bite the enemy’s neck off. Like so
Other skill videos are available from ArenaNet’s Ranger sub-page, but that one is clearly the best.
Rangers are masters of ranged combat, so they tend to use bows to fire off billions of arrows per second (no exaggeration) like a steroid-injected Robin Hood, but they can also pick up a sword when necessary.