An Epic Free Weekend in Guild Wars 2

As anyone that knows me knows, I once was a huge MMO player. Originally, I played a lot of Asheron’s Call and World of Warcraft, but I’ve also dabbled in many of the other online games as well. I had played the original Guild Wars for a few months back when it initially released. And due to my relationship with IGN, I was lucky enough to beta test Guild Wars 2, but I never got too far with either game. Last month, Guild Wars 2 announced that they were going free-to-play in preparation for an upcoming expansion, so I thought I’d download it and take it for a spin.


The game starts off much like every other MMO. I was placed in a starter town, and a bunch of onscreen tool tips held my hand as I ran around the map. I saved some farmers, collected some tools for the workers, and performed other minor tasks. Somewhere around level 5, I ran into a large group of players that happened to be passing through. Brother Drake invited me to join their RP adventure as they trek across the lands.
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Many Decades of King’s Quest

One evening back in 1989, after my father got home from work, we went to a local PC computer user’s group. Our family recently built a PC, and they were showing off a new game called King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella in its full 256 color glory. The first King’s quest was released 6 years prior, but at the age of 10, this was my first memorable graphical roleplaying adventure. Unfortunately, our computer at home couldn’t handle that many colors (we had a green screen), so at that time I still needed to keep dreaming.


It wasn’t much later that King’s Quest V was released and I just had to have it. I begged my parents to purchase me a copy, and I would tag along with my father to his work so I could load King’s Quest V on one of the more powerful systems at the office and play all day. King’s Quest V was truly my very first graphical point-click roleplaying game.
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500 Wins in Hearthstone Achieved

I’m sure we’ve all heard of a little game called Magic the Gathering. I recall playing it back in junior high when the Revised Edition and Fallen Empires (for those of you that play) was new. The biggest problem with Magic the Gathering for me is that you need to have a lot of friends that play, the friends need to live nearby, and the cards can cost a lot of money. While I loved Magic the Gathering, I stopped played decades ago, despite actually enjoying the core game. This is where my love for Hearthstone comes in.


Hearthstone is a online card game from Blizzard Entertainment, the same people that brought you World of Warcraft. The game is free to play. You can earn (or purchase) virtual packs of cards that can be used to play the game online. This solves all the sad friends, or lack of friends, issues as well as keeps costs down, since you can earn cards by playing games (albeit lots of games).
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Since 1999, Stephen "Sprawl" Russell has provided written video game and convention coverage for industry leaders such as IGN Entertainment, Beckett Media, Voodoo Extreme 3D, NCSoft, Stratics, Gamespy, Curse Gaming, Wikia, and the Vault Network.

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