No idea what I'm talking about? Then you likely didn't get a lot of hands-on time with Guild Wars 2 over the weekend. While Southsun Cove and the Fractals of the Mists are still around for your enjoyment, you missed out on the Lost Shores event itself.
Some people will dispute whether or not you actually "missed out." They'd argue, I suppose, that there wasn't a ton of missing out to do. We differ on that point. Anyway, jump below the cut to catch the skinny on this weekend in in Guild Wars 2: the good, the unfortunate, and the maddening.
This weekend seems to have been a very mixed bag. When things were going right, they were going fabulously right. When things were going wrong, you couldn't use skills, see your enemies, or talk to people in your party. I don't know if "fabulously wrong" is really the sort of phrase to use there, but it comes to mind.
ArenaNet made it better, which is good. Devs likely went into overdrive behind the scenes to make sure things worked out -- just as they did in the first hours of betas, and the first days of launch, and the first few hours that the Mad King dungeon was available for running. They're great at patching things up.
At some point, though, things will have to not need so much patching. One-time events are great, and the idea of getting the game's population centered in one place is fantastic, but it's got to start off smoothly at some point or it'll just alienate players and take away from the events themselves. Fans of the game posted on the official forums saying, essentially, "Hey, you people who are here for the free weekend -- please don't judge the game by these events" because the game is so, so much better than those events showcased. While that sort of defense and sentiment from your playerbase is sweet, it's not a good sign.
While I could have done with fewer reinforcements (or just one stage of defeating reinforcements), I enjoyed the actual event chain, rather than just the sense of community that we had while going through it. Along with the mechanics in the new Fractals of the Mists dungeon, I think this fight established fight mechanics as the real strength of this content update.
The Fractals are super cool. I haven't delved tremendously deep into them, but oh, will I ever. They all seem to have a very logical feeling of progression (unlike, say, most of the other dungeons), and while some of the boss fights might get a little lengthy, overall they make for a tremendously positive experience.
I had a heck of a time, though.
If you want to vicariously experience the Lost Shores finale, I just so happened to be streaming and recording it. I wasn't really certain if it would work well, what with how dodgy the previous events had been and all, but everything went better than expected. I've got the whole two and a half hours in all their glory, from the Lionguard demolitionists to the shiny treasure chest at the end.
Elisabeth Cardy is a longtime Guild Wars player, a personal friend of Rytlock Brimstone, and the writer of Flameseeker Chronicles here at Massively. The column updates on Tuesdays and keeps a close eye on Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, and anything bridging the two. Email Elisabeth at email@example.com.