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Choose my Adventure: Guild Wars

Shawn Schuster

Join me as I brave my way through lands unknown in an adventure dictated entirely by you, the Massively readers! Vote for everything from game played to character creation to ultimate goal and watch it unfold in a series of journals and galleries here on the site. Then, as the ultimate goal is reached, we'll do it all over again in a new game!

Last Friday, I asked the Massively readers to choose which game I'll be beginning my adventures, and Guild Wars has won with almost 24% of the vote. Now that we have a game chosen, let's move on to character creation, class specialization and initial direction.

In Guild Wars, players get to initially choose what type of character they will be: PvE (Roleplaying) or PvP-only. The PvE characters are played much as your run-of-the-mill RPG character, with level progression, storyline quests and the like, but PvP-only characters are a bit different. They start at max level (20) and are confined to the PvP arenas. Their items and skills are restricted to those previously unlocked on your account through the advancement of a PvE character, or through the purchase of PvP unlock packs on the Guild Wars store.

As for character creation, the first choice is in which chapter you'll begin, among Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall. Although all characters are played as Humans in Guild Wars, the dual-class system lends itself to some interesting combinations. This is as far as we'll go this time as you'll choose my character type, beginning chapter, gender and class combination.

At this time tomorrow, the voting will end and my real adventure will begin. Then on Wednesday, you'll get to see the character you've created and the experiences he or she has had in reaching their first goal. From there, new polls will be available to continue the adventure. The following journal entries and polls may be daily, or they may be weekly -- depending on the scope of each goal -- but you'll certainly want to keep your eyes on the progress as it unfolds.

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