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Aurora Glade[]

You rewrote a portion of the bonus to say "...don't kill the runner. That mames another White Mantle become the runner, and shortens your distance advantage over them" (or something like that). Previously, there had been a strategy where you simply killed only the runners, and eventually that let you kill off all the White Mantle (or have someone sneak around and steal a crystal/assassinate Demagogue).

In your testing, did you find that this no longer works...or is it simply too inefficient? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:18, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

It has always worked for me. Although I just nuked the living hell out of them all, rather than 'just' the runners... Savannah Heat owns so hard in the Jungle --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 20:23, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
If the party stays back and you never kill a runner, you should never have to fight more than three white mantle at a time, and the runner will also be able to help out with the fighting quite a bit. Henchmen (not even heroes) can handle that just fine on their own. If you kill a runner, another party comes out sooner, and you could have to fight more mobs at once or (if the runner is killed after capturing placing his crystal) have less time to run crystals. I'm not entirely sure how the AI works when runners are killed, but my experience is that unless there are only a few white mantle left, killing the runner tends to make bad things happen. In easy mode, you can get away with it, but in hard mode with just henchmen and heroes, it could be trouble.
Some have advocated killing the runner to prevent it from capturing the thorn pedestal in the first place. If you're relying on killing the runner to prevent a thorn pedestal from being captured and then don't quite kill it in time, that could lead to outright mission failure. If the thorn pedestal you're defending is not the only one you hold, then it's one closer to the white mantle base, giving you far less time to kill each group. This also tends to draw the extra abbots out to come heal sooner, which can be a problem for just henchmen even in easy mode. Furthermore, if you're attacking the runner, you're effectively fighting four mobs at once rather than only three.
The white mantle running AI certainly changed between when I originally did the mission back with my Prophecies characters around last February and when I did it with my Factions and Nightfall characters and in hard mode last month. Back then, the white mantle would pick their target when they picked up a crystal, so if they were heading to the northwest capture point, you could capture the northeast one immediately after they picked up their crystal and they would still run all the way to the northwest capture point. Now they can change their decision on where to run when in the center of the region. I don't know exactly when the change was made.
The mission was reputedly a very hard one. One person in my alliance said that he had done every other mission in the game with henchmen and heroes, and needed only that one to finish his legendary guardian title. With the strategy I posted, I only had one failure in my last ten attempts in hard mode (about half of them with only henchmen and heroes), and that one came because someone else was the runner and got confused about where to go. Furthermore, I was able to do the mission in hard mode with just henchmen and heroes (so I had to be the crystal runner) with no running skills whatsoever.
I don't doubt that there could be some other strategy that works just as well. If someone else finds such a strategy and wants to post an additional strategy, that's fine with me. But anything that involves killing the runner before nearly all of the white mantle are dead would have to be a very different strategy from mine, and would require additional precautions to guarantee that you can kill the runner and deal with more mobs coming out and attacking sooner. In hard mode, even without killing the runner, the 1:30 that henchmen and heroes get to kill the rest of the group isn't always enough if some extra abbots come early. Quizzical 22:08, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
That's... a... lot... of... text RT | Talk 22:09, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your comprehensive response. It confirms what I always suspected...killing a runner is what draws out those additional "Guard" groups. That is the only way I've ever done the mission, and yep, it was always a tough fight...you'd get massive backlogs and the runner would almost slip through. When I read your strategy I was confused because you said you only fight 3 or so Mantle at once, whereas I usually fought more like 5 or 6.
On the other hand, using a snare like, uh, Snare is still useful for slowing down the runner and giving you much additional time. White Mantle have no condition removal...If they also had no hex removal, then Crippling Anguish under Mantra of Persistence is also good since it's ranged. I suppose you could take Extend Conditions. Iron Mist / Binding Chains work too.
By the way, having two runners makes this very easy as well. One person takes a crystal and runs to the northwest; the other waits right next to your pedestal. Once the White Mantle capture the northwest one, the waiting person takes the new crystal and heads northeast, while the first runner comes back. After you take the northeast, the second runner captures the close pedestal, and you win. You may need speedbuffs for this, I'm not sure. But it is very safe. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:17, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Dzagonur Bastion[]

Thanks for cleaning it up yourself. I've been too slow, I know...I did a bit more Wikifying of links and capitalizing (margonite -> Margonite for instance) and it looks very nice now. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:36, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

THK[]

Great work on the cleanup for this article. :D That must have taken you quite some time. --Aggro Isk8.png Sk8 22:20, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, though it's much quicker to delete text than to add it. This was much quicker than coming up with working strategies for Aurora Glade, Sanctum Cay, Dunes of Despair, or Dzagonur Bastion. Quizzical 22:23, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
You've done a very nice job indeed. --Organism X 22:25, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

And to think...[]

I thought I typed a lot. I see people with their one or two line responses, so I get a bit confused when I try to reply with a five line paragraph...but you. You give a friggin' essay (good thing not bad :D)! Devil's in the details m8, and so few people pay attention to either of them. Nice to know someone does.

And ty for the help on Sanctum Cay, after looking I saw ur userpage and looked at ur articles, and both them and ur response help a lot. --MarinBloodbane 20:09, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Magni the Bison builds[]

I'm sorry to have added my build in your page. Indeed, I did not realize that this page was somewhat like a personal page, and that you maintained most of the builds personaly. I'm sorry for that.

As far as the build failing against some oppopents, yes, there's little doubt about this ; blinding is one such case ; some hexes another. And indeed, I've not been doing such a testing as to draw out most opponents.

As for the 55 monk build, yes, he fails the exotic gear requirement by far (4 major rune and a rare cestus... well...) ; however, it is likely a popular build among monks, and I beleive that most monks out there have a 55 build hidden in their sleeves ; so yes, the requirements are steep, but yet I think common enough that you might mention that kind of pecular build.

I do not recall adding anything about runes ; still, other rune should not be out of scope : it should mostly depend on price. Some major runes are quite cheeper than some minor ones... But yes, this is tricky.

I know that this build would fail against Gwen ; Argo, I did not meet (with that character), so I don't know why that build fails against him. Bison is another matter : I would believe than that time, you had a fluke, but maybe you're right and I got the fluke...

I may test that build some more to provide you with better feedback ; seeing that you have no solid assassin build makes this worthwhile...Yves 10:02, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

You should blog[]

Some of your stuff (User:Quizzical/Mesmer Hero) is crying out to be a blog. GJ RT | Talk 10:08, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

If I were to blog, it would probably end up mostly being about politics, and Guild Wars players wouldn't care to read it. Anyone looking for comments on politics and finding an occasional Guild Wars post would probably be like, what is this here for? But I'm glad you like the essays. Quizzical 20:24, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Politics dont belong here :) And I never leave port without Gwen as a general tick-off-mobs-mesmer :)--AlariSig.jpg 20:43, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
See, that's why I don't blog here. Quizzical 20:50, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Woops, meant to say "without gwen" :/--AlariSig.jpg 20:51, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Fine then, you want a blog? Here you go. Quizzical 05:11, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

:][]

I just wanted to compliment, and thank, you for your cleanup work on Eternal Grove and Gyala. It's been needed for a while. :] Maui sig.png 22:03, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

The Gyala Hatchery page was all right before my changes, though I'm still planning on trying it the direct approach and possibly making some changes to that part. (I took the back way because I tend to find careful pulling missions easier than point defense ones.) Eternal Grove seemed to be the start of the "it's late in the campaign, so the mission needs a really cluttered page" portion of Factions. Quizzical 22:31, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Ursans[]

Ah... the section you never wanted on your discussion page. But genius comment under Ursan Blessing Talk! Very well worded points. --Mooseyfate 16:37, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

random opinion question[]

I don't think I've ever heard you talk before on certain subject: farming. What is your take on it? It ruins the economy, but it's the only way to get ahead, everyone does it, but there's gold farmers and bots and...etc. Not a topic that you often get a voice of reason on. I'd be interested in what you think. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:21, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

It depends on what you're farming for. Farming for title tracks with linked skills is a problem, but the problem is that there are skills linked to title tracks, not that people farm for them. That sort of painful grinding in lieu of content is terrible game design, and it is a shame that ArenaNet apparently ran out of good gameplay ideas and had to resort to that.
I'm guessing that you're talking more about farming for gold. My view on that is that if it matters, the rational thing to do is to quit the game and go play some other game where you don't have to spend time farming for gold.
Fortunately, here, it doesn't matter. I've never spent any time at all farming for gold (or for materials to sell for gold, or selling runs to outposts or through missions, etc.) Well, that's not quite true; on two occasions, I let people pay to tag along for a mission I was going to do anyway (and for one of them, I'd let him come for free, but if he offered to pay, why refuse?). I don't know which weapon are the "rare" ones, so I usually just vendor drops I get rather than trying to sell them to other players, with the exception of some event items. More to the point, the cash I have doesn't come from powertrading (let alone Ebay). Neither have I ever set foot in Fissure of Woe, Underworld, Domain of Anguish (excluding the town area for the Razah quest), Sorrow's Furnace, Tombs of the Primeval Kings, or any GWEN dungeons other than to pass through them to continue the storyline.
And still I have well over 1 million gold on hand, with all skills unlocked, ten sets of prestige armor (one for each character, except that I don't buy head pieces), all 250 heroes fully outfitted with runes and insignias (albeit with minor vigor rather than superior), 30 armor sets fully outfitted with exactly the runes and insignias I'd choose if they were free (including superior vigor), and all the perfect weapons I think I might plausibly have use for. The only things I could might still buy even if I had infinite money are better weapon mods for hero weapons (and better base weapons for some of my assassins, though I'll buy those very soon; I just need another 40 or so pulsating growths), better vigor runes than minor for heroes, and replacing some sets of non-prestige armor with prestige armor (which incidentally, I will do as soon as I get around to finishing GWEN to have the needed title track ranks).
Just the normal course of playing through the game gets you all the gold you need and a lot you don't. Clearing Factions in easy mode with one character gets you about 50k, not counting any gold or items that mobs drop. For Nightfall, it's more like 100k. Both of those count quest rewards, selling the monastery credits, etc. from them to vendors, mission rewards, and in the case of Nightfall, treasure chests, though not the end of game greens. Add in that mobs actually drop stuff for you and in practice, you'll get a lot more than that.
What puzzles me is why so many people do spend time farming for gold. Some people, it seems, like to spend money for the sake of spending money. They'll buy fancy weapon skins and equip them with worse mods than I put on my collector weapons, they'll go for the money sink title tracks (treasure hunter, sweet tooth, etc.), and so forth. Whatever money they get, they spend as if the goal is to be broke.
If you always spend all the money you get as soon as you get it, you'll always be broke. This would happen whether your income is 1k per day or 1000k per day. It works like that in real-life, too. Such people win the lottery and get many millions of dollars, then years later manage to be penniless and deep in debt.
As to your assertions in asking the question, I'd disagree with most of them. Not everyone farms for gold, as I don't. Farming doesn't ruin the economy, as there isn't a meaningful economy to ruin. For a game to have a meaningful economy, the game really has to be built around it, which really restricts what else the company can do with the game. Puzzle Pirates, EVE Online, and Pirates of the Burning Sea are the only MMORPGs I'm aware of to take that tack, and of those, I've only ever played Puzzle Pirates.
As far as gold farmers and bots, they're pretty harmless here. They get their own separate instances, so they can't steal the quest or mission mobs that you're trying to kill. As I said above, they can't do much to the economy. In fact, it was partially because of gold farmers (or rather, powerlevelers) that I decided to try this game in the first place. If one wishes to know how much grinding a game entails, finding out how long it takes to get to the max level is a pretty good proxy. Powerlevelers who have been paid to get many characters to the max level are great experts on this topic, so they're the ones to ask for a comparison between games. They conveniently list prices of how much they'll charge to powerlevel you. When I saw that they charged several hundred dollars to get a character to max level in some other games, or in some cases, even thousands of dollars, but only $40 or so for Guild Wars, I figured that the game must not have that much grinding for levels, so I should try it. No, I didn't actually pay to get my characters powerleveled. I just checked their price lists wanting the information on the relative amount of grinding between various games. Quizzical 05:22, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! That was exactly the kind of intelligible and comprehensive response I was looking for. You give some unconventional ideas and also manage to impress me again (250 outfitted Heroes is...wow). Although I would argue that you'll only make 50k/100k etc if you "do everything completely", it is refreshing to meet another person who thinks that normal PvE gives all the funds you can use practically. The main issue I have isn't lack of money, it is boredom from repetition of the same stuff eleven times over...if nothing else, the skill-based titles and other such grinds can at least give an easy "sense of accomplishment", though of course since you "bought the title" it does not really mean anything. Still, let those people with such illusions live the fantasy, right? Makes money for ANet...
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say the only rational thing to do is move on if you feel the need to farm for gold. That's probably big part of why I have pretty much left Guild Wars...it seems that to get anything of value to me takes too much money investment, which equals time. To get money without playing through PvE completely, I'd need to sell "rare" stuff or other such measures, but that hardly feels rewarding either. Guild Wars no longer encourages "playing the game for the sake of playing", at least not for me anymore...which makes me sad since there is still so much good in it. Ah well. You've made me think and that cheers me up a bit at least. It is always enlightening and entertaining to read an informed response. Thank you again. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:41, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
But that's the wonderful thing about playing different classes. Play through a mission as an elementalist, then come back as an assassin for a very different experience from the same mission, at least if you only use skills linked to your primary profession. That's a lot more variety than you'd get even by playing a different mission every time if you did them all ursanway. ArenaNet may not encourage doing content for the sake of doing content anymore, but they do at least allow it, which is more than can be said of a lot of other MMORPGs. Quizzical 05:49, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
That is true enough, I suppose...up to a point. When you end up doing a mission a very, very different way because of what class you are playing, that is certainly exciting and well worth the trouble. However, with the advent of heroes, I believe that it is only the very difficult missions (those where a one-player change actually makes a huge difference) where such an effect can be found. Anything below approximately the endgame becomes the same old repetition, with slight variations based on if you're helping kill foes or buffing the party. Ursanway is an extreme example of cookie-cutting it. But still, I don't see much thrill in completing Sanctum Cay as the team's LoD healer compared to mass AoE nuker, for example...it is easy either way, and in the end it boils down to if you do a better job than a similarly set up hero or not. Maybe it would be more interesting if I played with real people, or if I could appreciate minute differences like that...Hard mode is not the answer for me since that is really a toss-up between "barely affects gameplay" to "makes mission nearly impossible". Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:58, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
I can find a lot of agreement in the statements spoken here. I never (well barely) farm for gold... the only farming I do is materials (usually feathers) to craft cons for HM usage. The game has gotten slightly trying for me as well as you Entropy, though I think my biggest problem is that my guilds activity is limited to usually 3 or 4 hours a day. Doing the same thing over and over again with heroes and henchmen is just unbelievably boring, and I have all but given up on pugs lately. Playing with guildies, and helping each other accomplish mission/quests/dungeons, is the only thing that seems to keep me playing the game, and I even find myself going back to Diablo2 every once and a while when the game gets dull. I couldn't even fathom having all 10 of my characters as equipped as you do Quiz... Though I doubt I put in as much play time as you do.
Hard mode is not the answer for me since that is really a toss-up between "barely affects gameplay" to "makes mission nearly impossible". I do rather like that statement, and I agree with it mostly, but as my main character is my Monk, I do rather like the challenge at times... though the inability to react to 1 hit kills does erk me somewhat. -- Isk8.png User:Isk8 (T/C) 22:31, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
New quote about farmers: A good player adapts his build to the situation at hand. A bad player adapts his situation to his preferred build. This is how the latter ends up farming a few small areas so much.
There aren't many (if any) true one hit kills, unless you're pretty weak coming in. I haven't done Nightfall hard mode yet, but no Factions mission mob is capable of taking 500 HP off a 70 AL character in a single hit. Some can perhaps take down a henchman in one shot if you don't take any defensive precautions, but true one hit kills against players or heroes should be pretty rare unless you're improperly equipped. Quizzical 23:32, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

D'Alessio seaboard[]

I'd up the level to 4 stars (or three and a half ?) for that mission in Hard Mode. Most mobs are amangeable, but you may end up doing it several times just because of sheer bad luck when you get about to reach confessor Dorian. In my case, he twice died before I could reach him (despite reading your guide) ; I once had a wipe before I could reach the fountain (Dorian was badly stuck and dying near the bridge) and waves of opponents seemed to be coming at an alarming rate. I had another wipe when 3 skeletton sorcerers arrived simultaneously with another wave on the other side and all decided to cast seism + aftershock (a sure recipe for a wipe!). All this to say that this mission is very volatile ; having done two third of the prophecies missions, I feel that your rating is not appropriate in that case.GW-Yves 22:13, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Oh cool, so someone actually looks at my ratings. :D
My ratings are based on a combination of statistical success (how many failures it took me to get all 10 characters through) and how much it vaguely felt like I might wipe. I only had two failures, both of which felt like non-repeatable flukes. One was due to mobs oddly disappearing and reappearing a lot (which could lead to a wipe in a lot of missions), and the other because the henchmen/heroes went on their "I'm busy standing here doing nothing" bit as they do about one run in a hundred, and it happened at a time-sensitive time when defending Dorian. On no other occasions in those ten runs did things ever come even remotely near a wipe, or even a "that was really hard" moment. But don't take the ratings too seriously; they're just my personal opinion.
I'm aware that some people do have trouble with the part right before Confessor Dorian. In ten successful runs in easy mode and ten more in hard mode, I've never gotten stuck there, so I'm not entirely sure what people are doing wrong. Quizzical 22:29, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
oh well... why not ? you're sort of an authority on GW, aren't you ?
Now, about the mission itself, I feel something wrong in your rating because I've been doing all of the five stars and more than half the four star ones, and never have I had such a failure rate ; usually the second go would be good. Actually, on five attempts, I failed four times because of the way the mission works : once because I let Malaka run around after saving him but then not watching him like a mother (easy to avoid once you know this), three times because Dorian could not reach the fountain. The last time I can attribute to myself (wipe by the skelettons), even though I don't see what I could have done with all my team engaged on the other side and not responding fast enough to calls... I now know that passing this point will require a different build (likely an elemental protection) ; that last wipe is something to be expected in HM, when you don't exactly know what can/will turn wrong. But the first four failures are really frustrating, especially since it takes some time to reach Dorian. Maybe Anet did some changes since you last got there ?GW-Yves 08:05, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps I should explain the implicit assumptions that go into my difficulty ratings. I typically assume
  • that you group with only heroes and henchmen, not other players
  • that you and your heroes are reasonably well equipped
  • that you have all skills unlocked (for use on heroes)
  • that you play a class that doesn't really match up that well with the mission
  • that you do not put any attribute points into a secondary profession
  • that you do not use consumables
  • that you do not use pve-only skills not linked to your primary profession (with the exception of Sunspear Rebirth Signet)
  • that you are a reasonably competent player
  • that you have some idea of what you're supposed to do
I'm not saying that you should always play under those conditions. In order to have ratings that mean anything at all, it is necessary to have some standard by which to compare missions.
Drop those assumptions and you can change the relative difficulty of a lot of missions. For example, Vizunah Square hard mode with 3 heroes and 12 henchmen can be pretty hard. Make it four players and twelve heroes and it's not hard at all. In contrast, Divinity Coast and Unwaking Waters are harder, not easier if you bring other players.
If you're heavily relying on pve-only skills or consumables, that can make the straight up fighting missions seem relatively easier as compared to things that require complicated tactics.
So what about saving Confessor Dorian in particular? In ten characters, I never failed at that part. That may be partially because I expected to have trouble there, and planned around getting to him quickly to save him. My usual routine was to have two or three characters in the group that could do holy damage, which typically included at least one dervish hero with Heart of Holy Flame. Once I got near leaving the bonus area, I'd flag henchmen and heroes way ahead. They would thus be near the first group of four grasping ghouls that spawned, and could destroy them quickly with holy damage. It might well have made a difference that I used dervish heroes that could hit multiple mobs with each attack, though I don't recall exactly how that went. I'd then rush to catch up to Dorian, and sometimes flag a healer hero ahead of the group while the rest of the group was still fighting the first group of grasping ghouls. I wasn't that good at flagging the hero around while fighting, so this probably made no difference.
As for your team being engaged on the other side, it sounds like you're doing something wrong. The whole party should stay near Dorian and the fountain, rather than splitting up. In particular, flag henchmen and heroes next to the fountain (well, use all your flags to spread out slightly, due to Earthquake) and put them on guard, as they can be fond of running off and grabbing more mobs before they're supposed to come. Kill the monks fast, as they can rez. With a couple characters doing holy damage, the mobs die fast, and you should end up spending quite a bit of time waiting for more mobs to come.
It is, I guess, possible that the mission has changed. It has been several months since I did it. I do record how many tries it takes each character to get through, but don't necessarily remember all the things that went wrong (including near wipes that make me judge a mission as hard in spite of success). Quizzical 08:42, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Easily succeeded by using a second dervish (!) and flagging the group well ahead of me, before it even seemed necessary. I think that that part really made a difference since all ghouls were finished when the first wave arrived. I also equipped heroes with some sort of interrupt (in contrast with you, my heroes usually have a secondary profession, usually mesmer, usually inspiration) with one or two interrupts, which may serve as energy management as well as prevent party damage).GW-Yves 09:29, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
And you win, bonus and all. This mission is really, really easy in HM. I'd give it 1 star. :( Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:50, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
You're assuming a ranger primary, and rangers fit the mission quite nicely. If you're a necromancer primary and not using a secondary, for example, it's a little harder. Not hard, mind you, but just harder. Glass arrows may not be the best idea with mobs immune to bleeding, though.
As I rate mission difficulty, one star basically means you can be distracted and not entirely paying attention and it doesn't matter because you'll win anyway. I put easy mode and hard mode on the same rating scale, and while several easy mode missions get a one star rating, I haven't given that to any hard mode mission yet. Chahbek Village might earn it. Quizzical 03:07, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Chahbek Village...hah...can you even lose that in any mode? Not talking of Masters, but I don't think it is even possible to lose the mission unless you told Koss to do nothing and/or unequipped him.
The point of Glass Arrows was that it gives significant bonus damage; the bleeding is just extra fluff. Conjures work similarly except that you are using /D already. Anyway, for D'Alessio Seaboard, I think that it comes about as close as you can get to one star since as long as you have healing and Holy damage, any profession combination for the team works. Two Monks/Ritualists gives the healing (Smite Healers using Smiter's Boon are especially powerful here); everyone else should carry either Heart of Holy Flame (Dervish secondary, not hard to get) or convert to Monk secondary and Smite. For casters this is probably a bit more difficult, as having the appropriate and useful smite skills is unlikely. Still, most professions can find some other workaround: Empathy, Spiteful Spirit, and other skills that punish HM mobs for fast actions always work, Necros can try to MM, do BiP battery, etc. Elementalist as Full Warder is useful here to counter Skeleton Sorcerer's Earthquake damage and KD, and also reduce melee pressure - Dorian appreciated it much. Mesmer is probably one of the most difficult to find something useful here, at least as a human player; almost all mobs will be too fast to interrupt, and other than Mantra of Persistence + Shared Burden there aren't much widespread chaos you can cause. Probably would want to focus on total shutdown to the Skeleton Monks, since they form the core of the undead assault - without them the rest are cannon fodder really. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:27, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Don't forget that very few mobs in the mission leave a corpse, which is why I cited necromancer. Rating a mission two or three stars doesn't mean it's hard, but is only to give some gradiation in the missions that I think are fairly easy. Do you really think D'Alessio Seaboard hard mode is about on par in difficulty with Borlis Pass, Iron Mines of Moladune, Jokanur Diggings, or Venta Cemetary easy mode (assuming that you're at henchmen level)? I don't. Quizzical 03:44, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
You still get Soul Reaping, though, and a really skilled Necromancer could use Jagged Bones. I get the point though. I suppose I misunderstood two things: one, the star rating system, and two, the "henchmen" requirement. I was assuming Heroes or other assisting and competent players. You've got a much stricter standard so I won't contest that - unless you pulled Judge's Insight or such, the hench can't do Holy damage, they are poor healers, etc. Although I must say, some of those missions have such a large time requirement for full completion that they may as well be on par anyways. Full Bonus for Iron Mines and Venta is especially long, regardless of mode. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:57, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
In hard mode or in Nightfall, I do assume henchmen and heroes, but not other players, secondary professions on heroes, etc. I also grade partly by statistical results. In ten successful runs in easy mode and ten more in hard mode, I never failed Riverside Province, The Dragon's Lair, or Iron Mines of Moladune. For comparison, I failed D'Alessio Seaboard once in easy mode and twice in hard mode. Quizzical 04:01, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
If you're counting the Bonus, I can always understand a failure of D'Alessio - no one has yet found a foolproof way to 100% always save Benji. The other common mistake is to forget that there is almost always one final group that will attack Dorian after the undead assault ends and he sends you on your merry way; players ought to wait around for some more minutes every time, just in case. Other than that though, I am not sure how one would fail in HM, much less in "easy mode". Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:14, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
In easy mode, I was fairly new at the game and playing my warrior. The skeleton sorcerers spammed blinding flash on me so I couldn't do much, and killed my henchmen with earthquake. In hard mode, the two failures are described above. Quizzical 04:22, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Gamer literacy[]

You write: I think there is a statement here somewhere about the literacy of the average WoW player, referring to the fact that your WoW essay with the front chopped off found more resonance. Were you more inclined to self-criticism, you might have found a statement there about the importance of crafting introductions to capture the audience and maybe to come to the point more quickly. "Too long", offered as criticism, often means "stopped reading because I was bored", which points to possible faults in the opening section. (But you'll probably reply that if WoW players were more literate, they'd not have found the introduction boring.) I read and enjoyed a few of your articles here, but then I'm literate. ;) mendel 01:18, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Entertainment was not the point of the essay. Hence, it is rather silly to claim "didn't read, too long, got bored" as an excuse for not getting the point. I don't know if it relates to literacy so much as the typical age of the WoW playerbase (and any MMORPG-type game, for that matter). Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 01:24, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
The point wasn't merely that a lot of people didn't read it because it was too long. The point was that, once someone removed all the paragraph divisions (which, as you know, makes it harder to read), and in some cases, made it all caps or removed all spaces between words, that was the version that got passed all around the Internet. If the initial version was too hard to read, then the mutilated version was only that much harder to read. Quizzical 02:36, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
My point is that even though the changes you mention made it harder to read typographically, "chopp(ing) off about the first ten paragraphs" made it so much easier to read that people actually did. insert slur on your literacy for not getting my point mendel 07:34, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
You say that as though you expect that people read the big block of text. Do a Google search for "unless readily accessible new" (with quotes) and see what comes up. You'll probably have to click the option to repeat the search with the omitted results included, and even then, some of them will be dead links. Some forum thread gets some posts, and then someone comes along and copy/pastes a substantial part of my essay as a reply. It's usually completely off-topic and nothing more than a way of filling up space and trolling the forum. Quizzical 07:53, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
Ok, yeah, that is one part of the phenomenon, it is obvious when you include "wall of text" in the search. But you yourself write on your user page: "Some people commented that the post had some good points, ..." - which, from your text, no-one had done before. But that probably doesn't count. mendel 08:40, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

o_O[]

I've been watching the mission articles lately, and I have constantly seen you adding huge amounts of missing dialogues. I am impressed! But more importantly, I am thankful that someone is finally taking the time to make them complete. I appreciate your continued concern for the accuracy and completeness of the Wiki. Keep up the good work, as always! :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:59, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

I've been recording dialogues as I go in Nightfall. I mostly didn't in Factions, as I wasn't aware that so many of the pages were missing them. It takes a few times watching a cutscene to catch everything that is said, and the mission-ending cutscenes are a bit of a pain to trigger just to see dialogues.
I might as well ask here if you're reading this: where should the mission-entry cutscene dialogues go? Some Factions and Nightfall missions have them on the mission page, and some have them on the quest page for the primary quest that immediately precedes the mission. It makes sense to have them on one or the other, but probably not both. So which one should have the dialogues? Quizzical 01:17, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
In my opinion, there are two ways to approach this. The first way says: if it doesn't happen after you "enter mission" (Factions) or tall to the NPC ("We are ready"), it's not in the mission article, and who wants to see it can click on the quest listed as requirement. The second says, make a Pseudo-Namespace Cutscene: , populate it with Cutscene:Mission name articles, and link or include them in both. You could then also link them on the cutscene replay NPC whereever there is an article for one. mendel 02:37, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
The former works best. Creating bunches of new articles in a whole new namespace is senseless... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 21:54, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

The article you've never written?[]

I find nothing at User:Quizzical/Never. --mendel 09:11, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

"A few articles about the game that I either have written or am planning on writing:" Some articles are the latter for a while. Quizzical 10:24, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
How... Quizzical RandomTime 10:32, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

I see three more articles in the making. Could someone (perhaps the author himself) post here when they go life so I get alerted via my watchlist, please? --mendel 16:04, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Prophecies Easy Mode[]

Ruins of Surmia: Just a thought, they keep walking, I kill the Shamans then go after them. You can easily get them by themselves before the temple thing (or at least use a bow to get them after you by themselves). Hope this helps -->Suicidal Tendencie 09:13, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

That part was accurate as of February 2007, but is obsolete. Or at least in hard mode, the ember bearers now stop when they open the gate. I don't keep my guides up to date, but largely use them as a rough draft when I go to carve up an article later. For now, before I go do a mission in hard mode, I check what my thoughts on the mission were in easy mode, as well as the wiki article (and the official wiki, too, though there usually isn't much there). After I get several characters through a mission in hard mode, I add it to the hard mode guide on my user page. Once all of my characters are through, I add a hard mode section to the mission, checking what I wrote earlier, and sometimes copying part or all of it verbatim, but often changing various things. A hard mode section of a mainspace article needs to fit in with the rest of the article, while my userpage guides are meant more to stand alone. But it's late, so what I just wrote might be incoherent. Quizzical 09:20, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Project Wonderful[]

Just a thought that came to me this morning: we had been talking about better ads, I think over on Wikia's new look forum, and I had suggested Project Wonderful because the ads seemed more interesting and relevant than google's. You countered that Project Wonderful seemed to require much micromanagement to be used effectively.

I now realized that for the ad viewers, that is a good thing. An advertiser who micromanages the ads (or has someone micromanage them) is not as likely to place ads that are "wrong" for the community because they won't be effective there. I submit that advertisers look to the cost of the ads vs. the impressions and clickthroughs it gets, and if that ratio is satisfactory even without micromanagement, they won't micromanage. Going over Project Wonderful's website, I also believe that setting up an approval system (which we would as we don't want to support gold ads) reduces the ability of advertisers to order less than a full day and thereby game the system because the approval process introduces delay.

Oh, and kudos to you for your essays, your additions to the missions, your well-reasoned position on Auron/R.Phalange, and for being a great editor overall! (But you already knew that, right?) --◄mendel► 05:57, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Cutscene formatting[]

I managed to delete another 450 bytes from Tihark Orchard (mission). I did that by using a CSS table class that defines the vertical alignment for the table rows, which meant that I could drop the ugly valign from all of the lines. Unfortunately, that also turned the rows gray - maybe one of the CSS admins can pick (or make) a class that doesn't do that? I also had to insert actual empty table rows between segments.

I got rid of the width setting for the first column by inserting non-breaking space ( ) into one of the widest names; the browser now automatically sizes the column to fit, regardless of the window width the reader may be using. --◄mendel► 10:59, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

The way I initially did formatting was to just copy and paste from one that was already done, and change the text. The reason I was later able to reduce the size of Tihark Orchard is that in doing later dialogues, I figured out that some of the formatting that I had taken from elsewhere was unnecessary--so that I could make the page display exactly as before, but take less space.
Removing the valign=top bit should be able to save more space, I guess. I don't like the format of removing the width setting, as that makes it so that different dialog sections on the same mission have different widths for the name column, which I think looks dumb. If setting it to 17% looks wrong in low resolutions, then it's easy enough to increase the 17% to something that looks fine.
Regardless, if we're going to be experimenting with dialog formats, Tihark Orchard is the wrong place to do it, because it takes so many edits to see how it looks. Quizzical 19:16, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Tihark Orchard is ok, because it has 3 tables, and we don't need to edit individual lines. Any other example might be too simple. I have tried using a fixed width: |style="width:16em;"|'''Kehanni:'''. However, that leaves an awful lot of space between the short names and the dialog. If we shorten the long names to "Prince Bokka", "Prince Ahmtur" and "Prince Mehtu", that would work better.
But my aim is to have the formatting done completely differently, so that it looks like this:

Prince Ahmtur the Mighty: The flaw in Palawa Joko's invasion of Vabbi was that he outran his supply lines. Once Turai Ossa flanked him Palawa's forces were doomed.

Prince Ahmtur the Mighty: What's that?

Goren: Sounds like harpies. Skree Harpies!

Prince Bokka the Magnificent: Don't be a fool, Goren. There are no harpies anywhere near here!

Norgu: Of course, you have been wrong before.

Prince Mehtu the Wise: Everyone move to the exists in an orderly fashion! There is only one of them! This is not the time to panic!

Of course the formatting would be hidden in the stylesheet, and the wikitext would just be this:
<div class="dialogue">
Prince Ahmtur the Mighty: ''What's that?''

Goren: ''Sounds like harpies. Skree Harpies!''

...
</div>
You can even put section headers inside that without any problem. What do you think? --◄mendel► 21:11, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
That looks nice, and would be an upgrade over what we have. You'd need to edit some stuff to make the formatting on that work? Quizzical 22:28, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I need to get an admin to edit the common.css file. --◄mendel► 04:55, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Maybe we could use a template instead of edited CSS files. When I did all the dialogue for the GW:EN missions, went near mad with all that table formatting stuff. A template would cut down on the fiddly bits and provide a uniformal look across all mission articles (once converted). Thoughts? --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 05:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't see any advantage in using a template over CSS. You cannot do this easily with templates (i.e. if you want the dialog to be unbroken by extraneous formatting, you need to parse the template input for lines), and it is unlikely the wikitext would look as clean as it does with the CSS I am proposing. All we need to do is edit one single CSS file (Mediawiki:Common.css, as far as I know) to have this feature available site-wide, for everybody. --◄mendel► 05:47, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok, I've been poking around with some ideas and have created a test template (see here), the idea is that it replaces the need for the editor to bother with the table formatting themselves, they just provide the text, the template does the formatting. I've also mocked up an example of how it would be used here so you can see it in action. There's been more discussion below, so will have a read through all that before commented about the various pro/cons etc, meanwhile have a look at what I've come up with, see what you think. --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 01:15, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

(The template here was deleted, so I've removed what it looked like.)

A template looks fine to me. Quizzical 07:27, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Template style wikitext: {{Dialog | name = Vabbi Noble| text = Hmmph. Obviously you don't appreciate true art.}}
CSS style wikitext: Vabbi Noble: ''Hmmph. Obviously you don't appreciate true art.''
I see no reason to prefer the former. With CSS, as an added bonus we can automatically put in typographically correct quotation marks, so that the same wikitext looks like

Vabbi Noble: “Hmmph. Obviously you don't appreciate true art.”

What do see as advantage of the template solution? The CSS style has no "fiddly bits" at all, and would also "provide a uniformal look". Oh, and do you want the quotation marks or not? --◄mendel► 11:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
So I made the template more efficient, as is appropriate if it's going to be used a zillion times. The advantage of a template is that we don't have to get a mod to go tweak something every time we decide it needs to be changed. With a shorter template name, is that really any messier than the wiki formatting you'd propose? To clean up your comparison, it's a difference of six characters per line:
Template style wikitext: {{Dialog|Vabbi Noble|Hmmph. Obviously you don't appreciate true art.}}
CSS style wikitext: Vabbi Noble: ''Hmmph. Obviously you don't appreciate true art.''
Quizzical 22:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Since this template is likely to be used on many pages, it is possible that it would be made protected, and then the admin argument is moot. Actually, I don't expect many tweaks, and I'm confident that I can get an admin to immediately implement any changes as soon as we have consensus - that is what is taking the time, not the change per se - and you need consensus for templates, too.
Your template code version wins little in the "fiddly bits" department over the current table-based layout.
Template style wikitext reads like programming. CSS style wikitext reads like written English. ;) What about the quotation marks? --◄mendel► 23:38, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
It's awfully legible for written English. Or maybe your handwriting is just better than mine.
Would it be possible to have the CSS automatically pick out what to bold and what to italicize, the way a template can? If you're going to standardize the format to make things simpler, marking italics on every single line will be a pain.
I'd probably prefer to drop the quotation marks. Bolding and italics make the separation between the name and the chat line perfectly clear. The only reason I've been putting them in that that's what others did before I got here. Quizzical 00:49, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Neither your nor Wolfie's templates can do that (they require a | as separator), and to code a template so that colons can appear in the italicized speech and not throw everything off is not trivial. (Pray that no character ever uses the equal sign in her speech).
For CSS to recognize a section of text, it has to be "marked up", and the easiest way to do that in wikitext is the double single quote. You can mark the text with your mouse and click the "italics" button, or you can use a "search & replace" in a text editor if you need to convert " to ' '. Or you can use a small program that does it automatically. If you care to mark the end of each line somehow (e.g. with a *), I can make you a template you can subst: on a complete section of dialog that will properly italicize it by seeking the first colon and that final marker on several lines of text. (Unless I find a way to match a newline). --◄mendel► 01:27, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

How about CSS like this? See my css and my sandbox. It uses a definition list, putting the speaker in the "term" spot (and formatting as bold) and putting the dialog in the "definition" spot (formatting as italics). You can use :before and :after to insert colons or quotes or anything else. Extra colons or semicolons in the dialog won't affect this, as MediaWiki only recognizes a new definition term when the semicolon comes at the start of a new line. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:37, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Ok, some questions re using CSS (Note, do not take this as anything more than me trying to get a greater understanding of the implications of using it):
  1. Would this require the editor to include <div> & </div> codes around their lines of text?
  2. Would these be universal?, so regardless of what skin the user selects in their preferences, or whatever skin changes Wikia apply to this wiki, the text would still have the same expected look?
  3. Some mission dialogue sections have a grey-background title line, some do not, how would this be handled with the CSS?
I've created an example using a template here, is there a similar example using just stylesheet formatting? --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 01:47, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  1. Yes, the div tags are required, but only once around the whole dialogue section. You can put any type of headings/titles inside that, they are not affected by the formatting in any way.
  2. Yes, they are as universal as our infoboxes.
  3. The title line formatting is not affected at all; only paragraph text is, and any formatting on a paragraph itself (via style) overrides the central CSS format.
See User_talk:M.mendel/global.css . The copying is only necessary as long as we don't have these two lines in our wiki's common.css. --◄mendel► 02:07, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
To do a title bar in my version, you can code it exactly as you would normally. Only the definition lists inside the div.dialog are affected by the css. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:35, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
We have extensively researched the technical alternatives. Are we now ready to move forward with this proposal? --◄mendel► 02:05, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm in favor of trying the css approach. Do get something going, as it would be a waste to have done nothing about it a month from now. If things take too long, I may just give up and go the template route. Quizzical 04:30, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Dr Ishmael has implemented the change, so you can start using the feature now. (It took 10 days to get this change through the process.) I'm soon going to present a template that aids in converting existing conversation tables - it still needs some finishing touches, testing, and documentation. In short, I'd hold off converting lengthy conversations until that is out. --◄mendel► 14:01, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Prince Ahmtur the Mighty: The flaw in Palawa Joko's invasion of Vabbi was that he outran his supply lines. Once Turai Ossa flanked him Palawa's forces were doomed.

Prince Ahmtur the Mighty: What's that?

Goren: Sounds like harpies. Skree Harpies!

Prince Bokka the Magnificent: Don't be a fool, Goren. There are no harpies anywhere near here!

Norgu: Of course, you have been wrong before.

Prince Mehtu the Wise: Everyone move to the exists in an orderly fashion! There is only one of them! This is not the time to panic!

Right now, it makes all of the text bold, rather than italicized. I think it looked better with the dialog lines italicized. Quizzical 15:28, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Prince Mehtu the Wise: Everyone move to the exists in an orderly fashion! There is only one of them! This is not the time to panic!

You still have to include the ''...'' around the dialogue text in order to italicize it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:58, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Aha, so it really was an undocumented feature, not just a bug. :D Quizzical 16:03, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
I've now put the Prophecies articles and much of Nightfall in the new format. I'll deal with what remains of Nightfall as I get through the missions in hard mode. Factions has a lot of dialogues missing, so I haven't messed with that yet. Quizzical 04:17, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
Good job! --◄mendel► 08:15, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

Good articles[]

Hi, I stumbled by accident on your userpage. Just wanted to say I liked the articles you wrote on your userpage. They give a good and sometimes funny insight in this game. Whatever you want to do in future, don't stop writing these articles :) -- Merty sign.gif-- ( talk ) 08:45, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Style_and_formatting guide[]

Could you have a look at GuildWiki:Style_and_formatting/Quests, its talk, and the example page? I've tried to document your mission formatting style, but I'm not sure if it applies to quests as well, or whether I got everything right. --◄mendel► 21:37, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

I mostly deal with missions, not quests. I wasn't aware that such a style formatting guide existed. I mostly just followed examples for a while, until I had a good idea of what the guides ought to look like.
I mainly deal with the Walkthrough, Dialogues, and Notes sections, only messing with other sections if something seems flagrantly "wrong" to me there. I typically label the "Bonus" subsection as "Master's Reward" in Factions, as there, it doesn't really require doing anything different or extra, but only a smoother (typically meaning faster) run of the same basic approach. I call it "Bonus" in Prophecies because that's what the game does. I also call it "Bonus" in Nightfall, because it usually requires going and doing something extra for the mission, as in Prophecies. I haven't messed with GWEN mission pages.
Also in the walkthrough, sub-subsections are kind of as makes sense in the structure of the mission. I'm less inclined to use them than some other wiki editors, and I've probably removed more such headings than I've added. Other subsections in the walkthrough are only as dictated by the structure of the mission, and usually avoided. The only such sections I've put in are a Spectral Agony one in Ice Caves of Sorrow, an Infusion Run one in Iron Mines of Moladune, and a Two Party Missions one in Vizunah Square.
For the Dialogues section, my standard is that anything that NPCs say that goes shows up in your chat goes in, and anything that they just idly say without it being recorded in your chat does not. I don't necessarily delete the latter, but just don't add them. I put everything outside of cutscenes in an "Inside the mission" subsection at the top, followed by subsections for each cutscene with dialogues. I label them "Intermediate cutscene" and "Ending cutscene", except in the case of multiple intermediate cutscenes, in which case, they're "Intermediate cutscene 1" and "Intermediate cutscene 2". I think this is more descriptive than just calling them cutscenes 1, 2, and maybe 3. This is not the way they were labeled before I changed them, so it doesn't match the standard listed.
Some people like a "tips" section. I delete such sections, and move any useful tips elsewhere. Some people like to put lots of random things in a "notes" section. If it's significantly useful in beating the mission, I move it into the walkthruogh. Other comments that might be useful for other purposes or merely interesting can go in the notes section.
There's also an optional trivia section that most missions don't have, for things that might be interesting but certainly not of use to anyone who only cares about gameplay advantage. See, for example, the many Star Wars references in Pogahn Passage.
While the missions section doesn't state this, it seems to be standard to put the hard mode levels of mobs in parentheses. It's useful information, though not something I add. It's worth noting given the easy mode level of mobs, one could guess at the hard mode level and often get it right--and very rarely be off by more than 2, so listing hard mode levels may not be that important.
One thing that many players seem to favor is offering build advice. The official wiki openly sanctions build advice for missions, but I typically frown on this practice. My view is that build advice is only worth adding if it's significantly better than what an average player unfamiliar with the mission might randomly bring. In particular, it should be advice that works far better for that particular mission than for most others.
Many players seem to believe that builds are somehow sacred combinations of skills that must be copied from somewhere and can't be readily tweaked. This, I think, is nonsense. I should write an article about that sometime. You get eight skill slots, so bring eight skills useful for that mission. While there are sometimes synergies between two or three particular skills, it very rarely (possibly never?) extends to a particular combination of eight skills.
As such, when I do add or leave build advice in an article, I generally make it just a couple of skills. For example, Broad Head Arrow for Rilohn Refuge works really well against The Drought, almost completely incapacitating a dangerous boss even in hard mode. The complete build could be Broad Head Arrow and a bunch of other bow attacks, Broad Head Arrow and a bunch of traps, Broad Head Arrow and a bunch of pet skills, Broad Head Arrow and a bunch of skills from a secondary profession, or whatever. The only places that I recall ever advocating particular complete builds are solo content, and even then, only when it's rather tricky to come up with anything that works.
I also take the view that in skill suggestions for easy mode, it should never be assumed that the player is of any particular class, has peculiar specialty gear not suitable for general pve (e.g., a 55 monk or necro), has any campaigns other than the one containing the mission at hand, or has other players in the group, unless this is absolutely unavoidable. For example, for the Rilohn Refuge article, while Broad Head Arrow is the most effective way to kill The Drought, it isn't available in Nightfall. As such, alternative recommendations must be made using only skills available in Nightfall.
An important corollary of that view is that in Prophecies and Factions, it should not be assumed that the player has heroes. I wasn't quite able to carry this all the way, unfortunately. For the Dunes of Despair bonus, you kind of need either a necro primary or secondary profession, or else heroes or other players. For master's reward in The Eternal Gtove, you kind of need either heroes or other players. I think those were the only exceptions I had to make.
For hard mode, I assume that the player has all of the campaigns and has all (pvp-useable) skills available, but again make no assumption about the player's class or require specialty gear. This will be true if you do all of easy mode first, and then hard mode later, which I think is the sensible way to do things. I try to avoid assuming the use of pve-only skills (take several hours grinding rank and come back is not helpful advice) or other players, though I gave up on finding a henchmen/heroes strategy for The Eternal Grove with just heroes and henchmen. I'm confident that that is the only exception I'll have to make, though I'm implicitly assuming some lightbringer points in the latter half of Nightfall. I've got rank 4 myself, which is what you get by clearing the entire campaign (excluding the Domain of Anguish) in easy mode--so it doesn't require any grinding for rank.
Whoa, this ended up long. Well, I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for. I just explained the guidelines I use that aren't already on the mission style page. Quizzical 22:36, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
I copied your long and detailed reply to the style guide talkpage so others can benefit from it. Thank you. --◄mendel► 23:05, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
Except it's the wrong guide. Sigh. --◄mendel► 23:07, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
Now I've actually adjusted the correct guide (I hope). Your comment made it to GuildWiki_talk:Style_and_formatting/Missions#Mission_cleanup_principles. --◄mendel► 00:34, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Good show![]

I must say: even after twenty-five months of playing, your articles have certainly made me a better player. (I used to bring rebirth all the time!) Thank you very much, and I hope you continue creating such quality content. Theta Republic 18:31, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

How could you possibly suggest Rebirth is not the perfect skill for every situation? Heresy!Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 18:43, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
Eh? I suppose you're going to "talk smack" on my echoing healing signet? Ha! Didn't expect that one! Theta Republic 19:12, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm glad you like the articles. I'm not a big fan of Healing Signet, though that's largely because Devona too often uses it at a terrible time to help mobs produce a damage spike that kills her just before a monk heal cast finishes. It works better in some solo content. Quizzical 19:57, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

you seem good with the dialog...[]

I would like to add opening cut scene dialogs to the Hero's Ascent missions and I can't decide what the best way to format it is. The dialogs are in the same style as the opening dialogs for the campaigns: Narration by the Ghostly hero with like a sentence at a time as you see different snatches of the maps. I would also like to add it for the AB maps which I believe are in the same style. As I collect the dialogs (when I remember to not skip them) I would like some thoughts on formatting. Let me know what you think, thanks. —JediRogue 22:49, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

While I've done very little pvp, I can at least explain how the dialogues are formatted for pve. Within the dialogues section, each cutscene with text gets its own subsection. There is another subsection for things that are said outside of cutscenes, and it goes at the start of the section. The cutscenes go in chronological order in which they are played.
Mission-entry cutscenes are usually primary quest-ending cutscenes. While they can be replayed in the mission outpost, they go on the primary quest page instead. The only exception in the campaigns is Abaddon's Gate, which has no primary quest leading to the mission. As such, the only way to see the mission-entry cutscene is to ask an NPC in the mission outpost to replay it. In this case, it goes at the start of the dialogues section, and I'll put the text inside the mission after it.
As for foprmatting the text itself, Mendel and Ishmael put something in the css code for dialogues. You can start a subsection with <div class="dialogue">, and end it with </div>, and it will figure out to display any normal text as bolded, any italicized text as italicized but not bolded, and to indent the second and subsequent lines of a message. You can see the missions of Prophecies or the first 3/4 of Nightfall for examples. Factions and the last 1/4 of Nightfall have not been put into the new format yet.
You have to leave a blank line between consecutive lines of text to get the wiki to format it properly. If you wish to leave more space, three consecutive blank lines will do so. In cutscenes, I leave additional space when there is a change of scene, such that the game is essentially playing two different cutscenes consecutively. A lot of Nightfall missions do this, where it starts by showing your party in the immediate aftermath of a mission, and then changes scene to show Varesh or her allies discussing things. Outside of cutscenes, I leave space between messages that are triggered separately, such that several minutes could pass between when a player sees them.
As for what messages to include in the non-cutscene dialogues, I include anything that appears the chat box, but exclude things that appear only over some NPC's head. I usually record these by finishing the mission, and then scrolling up in the chat box to find what was said and record it.
To record cutscenes, what I personally do is open Notepad and type things as the characters say them. While I type fast, I can't type as fast as they talk. I try to at least get the names of what is said for each line the first time, as well as as much of the text as I can (which often isn't that much). I'll add to it on subsequent runs. I usually have to watch a cutscene about three times to pick up everything.
It's also possible to screenshot each line of text as it appears, so that you can perhaps get them all in one pass. I don't do this because I do a mission ten times in a short period of time, anyway, so I'll see the cutscenes plenty of times without it, and I'd rather not hassle with sifting through screenshots. If you're only going to see a cutscene once, you may wish to go the screenshot route. When characters talk fast and kind of talk over each other, you may miss a message on a screenshot entirely, though. It's kind of obvious when this happens, but you'll have to go back to catch the missed line(s).
I think that adding the dialogues on the relevant pages for pvp content could be good. Formatting the dialogues section the same as for pve missions would probably make sense. Pick a spot to insert a Dialogues section, and apply it consistently on all the pages you add it to. Whereever you pick can become the standard way to do it. :) Quizzical 23:34, 25 July 2008 (UTC)
Do you mean that you type the dialogue by ear, hearing it rather than reading it? That would not be the optimal method in some cases, where the spoken dialogue differs from the written. (Of course, if I misunderstood, the moot is point.) Felix Omni Signature.png 00:04, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
I have the game window not cover the full screen, and put the Notepad window toward the top. It covers some of the video from the game window, but not the text, so I can just type the text in Notepad as the game displays it. Quizzical 00:21, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
I've edited your comment into GuildWiki:Style_and_formatting/Dialogue. --◄mendel► 07:36, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

This thing[]

Would be bigger if I'd wait till you've fixed ALL dialogues. But it'll be big now, too, I think.

Now my pinky hurts from ctrl x/v'ing. So... many... links... Every letter and even the punctuation is a link. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 02:09, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

I did all of the Prophecies ones at once by copying them into one huge file and then using find and replace a bunch of times (and sometimes kind of creatively) to fix the format. That took under 2 hours. Quizzical 02:24, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

A compliment paid[]

I thought I would resurrect an old userbox for you...

19-35 This user is blunt, and people like him anyway because he's always right.

All I can say is, Marvy. I'm sure you have heard it from me before, but I am always very happy to see you consistently working to improve important mainspace articles like missions. After all, that's what the Wiki was meant for originally!

Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:46, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't think "blunt" really applies to Quizzical, since he manages to argue his point without pissing people off. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:15, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Except Mgrinshpon, but he's some weird exception. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:17, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm not sure why you would equate "blunt" to "offensive" or such; I merely meant that Quizzical doesn't beat around the bush when getting his views across. Only other case I have seen was Talk:Dunes of Despair (mission); but that is, again, some weird exception. Basically, with Quizzical it's not "I think that's wrong", it's "That is wrong. Here's something better. And check the talkpage for proof." He uses the walloftext, yet manages to make it concise and logical...And I like that. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 10:31, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
The "but" part of the statement in the userbox implies that normally people dislike those who can be labeled "blunt." It's all semantics, I suppose. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:33, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Blunder on my part. It's depressing since I just read Dale Carnegie's book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People"...one specific tenet of advice it gives is to avoid "But..." statements. Use "And..." instead. I apologize; this is what I get for not proofreading my own work. :\ On the other hand, they say that the effects of sleep deprivation are almost identical to intoxication. Stupid jetlag... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 10:36, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
I think the important thing is that people like Quizzical. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:38, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
What does the 19-35 stand for? --◄mendel► 07:43, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
Max hammer damage. It's a bad pun. Powersurge360Violencia 07:45, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah, thank you. Haven't been using hammers (except for the Rhino), that's why I didn't get it. Tooltime! --◄mendel► 08:02, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
Hammers rule, and the Sundering Rhino's Charge is a horrible weapon except for the skin and it's "free". :\ Now, the REALLY valuable thing from Prophecies bonus pack is the Nevermore Flatbow - every good PvE player ought to have one for pulling and slayng certain stationary monsters. Home Improvement! I loved that show! Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:05, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Running around with a Rhino in Pre and one-shotting almost everything = fun. --◄mendel► 06:34, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
What's so bad about the Rhino's Charge? 20/20 sundering and 15^50 are normally fine mods. You can add whatever you want as the suffix mod. I'll concede that it used to be junk, before you could add a suffix mod to it. Hammers are often less than useful in PvE, because a warrior with a hammer is a warrior without a shield--and hence, not a tank.
I'm a lot less fond of the Nevermore Flatbow. If you want to actually hit anything with a flatbow, it helps quite a lot to have Read the Wind as your preparation. This is especially important if you want to interrupt anything without coming close enough that using a flatbow would be a dumb idea, anyway. That means no Apply Poison, so if you're going to poison anything, you'll need Poison Tip Signet (so you constantly stop firing) or Poison Arrow (a waste of an elite). And if you're not going to poison anything, you've wasted the bowstring.
I do occasionally create the flatbow as a bonus weapon when I'll need to pull something from flatbow range, as happens in Sanctum Cay (at least in hard mode) and Dunes of Despair. But ordinarily, it's a waste of bag space.
I usually prefer body pulling rather than pulling with a flatbow. That gives you dramatically better control over what you pull, as it denies mobs the chance to move around while the arrow lofts high into the air. It's especially important when pulling groups apart, as seeing another mob take damage will sometimes make a mob come that would stay back if it only saw the other mob get aggroed. Quizzical 06:54, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Sundering is a crap mod. 15^50 is fine, of course. It's true that back in the days you couldn't upgrade it; but even so I don't like it. In Pre this is totally irrelevant, but that is such a limited use. Personally, I know that hammers are best suited for PvP (where tanking is idiotic almost always); but in PvE they are viable if harder to use also. KD is beneficial in most places against most foes; and hammers deal strong damage without having to rely really heavily on attack skills (Swords) or crits (Axes). As long as you have an IAS, as all good DPS Warriors should, it's fine. Also, I'd like to think that there are two kinds of Warriors - those which tank and those which don't. Obviously a hammer isn't for a tank. Therefore it's for damage/utility/etc. So I don't think that's an entirely fair argument. Now, it's true that in PvE, a Warrior is usually best used as a body blocker/tank, since in PvE classes like Ele are actually okay for damage. But I don't think that's the only or the best way they ought to be played. So I like hammers despite their shortcomings.
You misunderstand. The Nevermore is purely for utility as pulling and long-distance killing; I would never use it as an actual weapon for anything else. And I've played Ranger more than enough to know all about using different bows...I think you underestimate Read the Wind, though. It is easily the best preparation overall, primarily because it ignores armor and is so useful for interrupters, no matter the bow. Rangers spreading poison around is pretty oldschool; it is still and always will be, an effective PvP tactic (re Cripshot), but in PvE? There are much better ways to spread degen and/or cause damage than that, for a Ranger. ... Poison Tip Signet has its uses, but they are mostly PvP/single target oriented. Same for Poison Arrow.
A waste of bag space? One slot which you can delete whenever you want without fear of permanently losing it? Hardly... I am not a super-skilled player so I often rely on pulling apart groups whenever I can, and I find a flatbow to be useful almost everywhere for that. In my experience, anything that can be pulled can be done with a bow, eventually; and I'm fairly patient. Even mobs moving around, you can hit them eventually. I understand that under a time constraint a body pull may be necessary, but I prefer to avoid the risk when possible...besides, playing certain classes I often find myself with no means of long-range damage. So I have no choice. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:26, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Earth Shaker is awesome for PvE. Mobs wander around for a while, and then suddenly all ball up as much as possible. If you aggro em at that point (not pulling or anything), they'll stay mobbed up. And then ES will knock em all down. Lovely. 'cept I don't run ES on my Warrior. Ah well.
I never actually take anything of a tank. The closest thing would be Minion Bombs. And they explode within one or 2 hits. Warriors deal excellent damage in PvE, can carry a good amount of interrupts, Deep Wound, AoE knockdown, they're by-one (even though Barragers are uncommon in normal PvE, they're better for SW, imo) the best for Splinter Weapon.
Whenever I play ranger, I like to use Drago's Flatbow, and spam Zojun's Shot/Point Blank Shot, with Glass Arrows. The arc doesn't matter a lot, since it's all half-ranged, and the damage is good. And, ofcourse, DShot is taken along :P I agree, Poison spreading isn't all that awesome in PvE. It's 4 degen per monster, but the mobs generally die too fast to bother. And spending time camping the Monk, Mesmer, whatever-bugs-you-most can help.
I never actually pull, since I find dying not a big deal. And keeping alive isn't too hard either with a solid build (When playing with Progger, we have 3 MMs. So hawt...). --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:32, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Whether dying is a big deal depends on what you're doing, I guess. In a mission, one wipe is mission failure. At one point in Gate of Pain, if you don't pull carefully, you'll get five terrorweb dryders, five torment creatures, and an Emissary of Dhuum, all at once. And that's trouble, especially in hard mode. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Quizzical (contribs) .
Cry of Frustration. Lol. Gate of Pain + bonus means at least 4 copies of CoF for me :P And lots of SH. But that goes for most areas. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:41, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Earthshaker is cool but unless you've got a way to spam it, or more than one in the party, it's not consistent. Single-target lockdown can be better achieved through other means, like repeated Hammer Bash or Dwarven Battle Stance. In a lot of missions, even a near-wipe is mission failure if you can't find some extra mobs to reduce DP, or you cheat and use cons. When you have another player that's a bit different, because you have the liberty to do things like CoF/SH x4...but it's still sloppy either way. If you are doing Point Blank Glass (my build!), imho it's better to stick with a Shortbow; the arc does matter when trying to hit a moving target. Flatbow without RtW or FW is fail, usualy. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:06, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
4x SH is achieved with Sousuke, Vekk and Zhed. The fourth would be in my own bar :> Same goes for CoF usually. Lately I don't play other chars in PvE than my Ele (Leg. Skill Hunter). A near wipe means 15 DP on all-but-1 (or 2, perhaps 3). Which shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Oh, and I stole the PBGlass Arrows build from Syarco. Guess it's just not an original concept ;) The only shortbow I have just isn't good. In fact, it only has a 14/enchanted mod, I think. I only have good Horn/Long/Flatbows. Then to think I have 7 Bows. So, I just use a bow that looks awesome ^^ --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:20, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm too lazy to get Zhed, and many of my characters took Acolyte Jin instead, which means playing through all of Nightfall...no thanks. And of course the only one which has all the Heroes, is my Ranger, which kind of makes both options unviable. (Although 4x traps/barrage/touchers is great) A near wipe tends to snowball for me into greater problems - if it's in the Realm of Torment, or Factions, or Ring of Fire...it just seems to impact the hench so much.
Orly? Well, I thought it up on my own without looking at any other build, and I am sure that many people have created it in various forms. It's really not that hard to trade a collector for a 15^50 short. Or maybe 15^ench, can't remember though. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:00, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Arcane echo micro rawr. 4x anything generally works well. I mean, you can roll the Zaishen at HA under 15 seconds with 8 Flareway Sherman Mesmers thingies. Although I personally don't prefer trapping.
I rarely ever have a death in the Ring of Fire. The only thing troublesome for me is Monk Mursaat bosses, since I usually just plan to either kill it or leave it. And the Monk Bosses qualify for "leave it". Unless, ofcourse, you have to kill the bosses. Then I'll take something that'll kill ;)
Yeah, I could get a shortbow any time I want. But I don't use my Ranger for anything beyond holding 5 or 6 armors anyways, so I wont. Never really got into Ranger a lot. I'm a horrible interrupter and just pewpewing? I'd rather wand everything to a quicker death. Which is actually very well possible :D --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 13:08, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
4x Mending is supposed to be the new meta, but don't tell anyone. My main problem is just getting all Heroes of one primary profession - only Monk is real easy to do that, and...3x/4x Smiting has...limited uses outside areas of Undead.
Two words - Ether Seal. That part where there's two of them at the same time, on Ring of Fire (mission)? You know, when you assault the fortress? It's hard to get out of that with no deaths...I know how I can do it, but it just takes so long. You either gotta wait for the Ether Seals to Exhaustion themselves out of energy, or take 2-3 Adrenaline based Warriors. ...The Monk bosses are easy, I dunno why everyone says they are troublesome. Maybe in HM.
BHA takes all the skill out of interrupting; Conjure X + multishots is win. Also, Touchers rule. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:16, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Smiting is great in Hex and Condition heavy areas! Smite Condition+Smite Hex x4 is awesome :D
The fortress part is really, really easy. Make sure your monks don't go in-range if the Seals. Nuke it to a swift, quick death. I find those so easy. I usually don't have Energy left after one, using my Ele, but they're defo dead after all that fire :P
Basically. Touchers are lame. Comments are becoming shorter. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 13:21, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
...Which just happen to usually be populated with undead! Or Riders. You'd better be looking for really heavy hexing/condition though, if you can have four of 'em. It seems kind of backwards, intentionally setting yourself up for punishment just to take revenge with counterskills...
You think I haven't tried that? For any weapon-using character, this won't work because (1) the effect is spellcasting range (basically) and (2) the Ether Seals are conveniently located on the opposite side of the pillars. That means melees get out of range and projectile users usually end up having extreme problems. Hench are stupid with Ether Seals. ...How can I spike without having like 3x Ele or such? Like I said, I only have that option on a single character. Besides, there are all those Mursaat and Jade which attack during the whole process...and even when you eliminate those, if you stray too far in an attempt to escape the Ether Seal effect, you'll likely aggro them.
Touchers are win and thensome. One of the best and most overpowered builds in the game. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:40, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Many indentations. Yes, Undead usually happen to have lots of cond/hexes, thus making smite strong (and brave).
I always rush straight past them Seals, aggro the ~8 Jades (ok, so maybe one or 2 people die, but that's all. Scattering is hawt, and Wards are so much win). Regen a bit, and nuke em to death and beyond. Even with 2 Eles, it's not too hard. Empty your Energy pool ASAP and let the others just wand it like heck. If it doesn't work: Keep wanding!
Touchers are lame. </repeat> They are retardedly overpowered for PvE, cause nothing actually kites intelligently, or mashes Water hexes on you. Most monsters just think "OMG MONK DIE KIIILLLL!!" and cast everything on your backline. Thus giving the touchers the chance to walk straight up to them and spam.
SH is also retardedly strong. You know the Monk's Construct boss in the Tunnels, outside Zin Ku? Well, I just wreck it so fast it doesn't even consider casting anything. When it does, it's dead. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 13:51, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
(Reset indent) Shards of Orr.
I can't help but thinking that you are using some sort of uber-strong build to be able to take out Seals like that. SH you say? Well I don't even have that skill...I guess I ought to go cap it. I run dual attunes because it's the easy thing to do...
Touchers are above Ursans, thank you very much. Besides, you can still use them in PvP (with limits - people catch on fast). And it actually takes a little skill to play as a Toucher - you have to learn to manage your energy effectively, especially when there aren't so many of you. Have you ever tried doing a solo Toucher or a pair? That takes some skill. And it's fun. I could say that SH is overpowered because mobs are mostly too dumb to kite intelligently, but... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 14:16, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Shards = Ray of Judgment or Signet of Judgment. Whatever suits you.
Dual attunes are awesomecake, but SH is 17*10 damage, and that *4 in my case. Not even AEcho-Rodgorts can beat that, since after the first pulse of SH you can mash on 4*100something damage from Liquid Flame. And I start with Glyphsac+MS for the big mobs and bosses. Which is another 100something damage *3 (I don't give my heroes that, cause they fail).
Ursan are unbeaten in lameness. Touchers at least have counters, and indeed take some degree of skill. Btw, where did you suddenly get Ursan from, anyways? I've ran touchie, but it's just not my playstyle. I know it takes a while to get used to managing energy and such. Fun, in my eyes, is weakening everything, opening with Rising Bile on 2 targets, spamming Icy Veins on everything, and Putrid Bile on one of them. Then blow up the one with Putrid Bile for he most insane megasplode ever.
Agreed on why SH is so strong, btw. It's the reason anything pwns PvE. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:32, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I forget what my point was now.
Hmm...I guess if you're going for groups then that makes sense. But on a single target couldn't you ultimately achieve more damage with Air? Lightning Orb/Hammer easily deal damage in the hundreds and are much more spammable.
Well, think about it - Ursanway and Touchers are nearly identical now, aren't they? Spamming a high-damage, unblockable, touch-range skill? "Easily" countered by kiting and snaring? Mostly it was the OP factor though. ... That Death Necro is too hard to use in PvE, since things just seem to die too quickly. And in an actually kinda hard place, I don't think I would use that - too conditional. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 14:48, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
If you're going for single targets, just spam Liquid Flame/Fireball, and keep SH at the ready for the big groups ;) In the past week-and-a-bit I've been capping every elite skill (except WoH, if you really want to know why, ask). I've used SH nuke for everything, except 4 Elites (undead die faster by Ray of Judgment/Castigation spike). A boss doesn't take more damage from SH when there's shiz around him, so it still works wonders. And probably faster than Air cause it doesn't take 2 casts to achieve the same damage, which also takes 3x as much time casting. And that's excluding Liquid Flame.
Ursan is more resilient, has AoE KD, 150 armor ignoring damage every 3 seconds, is waaayyy easier to use, is easier to get, can be ran by any profession.
My Necro really only runs MM-way (3 or 4 MMs, Splinter Weapon, Barbs and Mark of Pain), or that IV Nuker. I won't spread IV to every foe then, cause, yes, things die fast. But I'll stack up on one target and nuke everything around it for at least 100 Armor ignoring damage, following up with another 100+ armor ignoring damage, Putrid Explosion.
And running 2 or 3 in tandem makes for so much fun. Everyone picks a target, spams their stuff and makes it explode. They set each other off to create a massacre. Yay. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:59, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
If Ursan had its damage but no defensive stuff (+armor, +HP, area weakness), it's not immediately obvious that it would still be overpowered. If it is, it would be dramatically less so than it is now.
In easy mode (which I assume you're using to cap skills), you can get away with a lot of completely reckless stuff. In Gate of Pain hard mode, relying on nukers and minimal interrupts without careful pulling or various defensive skills to take out the bonus groups is a deathwish. Quizzical 17:39, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
El (Dryders) Oh (Rain of Terror) El (Scythe b*tches). Btw: CoF is every Dryder interrupted, for four spells, since they always synch cast unless they're dead. Even in HM you can get away with quite the recklessness if you build against the prominent damage. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 17:49, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
So let me get this straight: you're bringing Savannah Heat, Ward Against Harm, Ward Against Melee, Mantra of Frost, and Cry of Frustration on the same character? That's five attributes, and two elites. And while the terrorweb dryders do spam their casts, they don't cast the same thing at the same time, nor do they stand right next to each other--even before they scatter out of AoE. Quizzical 18:32, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
CoRPG = Teamplay (which happens to reidrect to GW. Hmmm). CoF is basically unattributed (doesn't need attris anyways, always interrupts). They don't need to cast the same thing. They'll all immediatly cast something, and when that's interrupted, they'll start the next cast, nigh immediatly. And the cycle goes on. And CoF is In the Area = kerhuge. Mantra only needs, what, attrirank 4 to 6 and it's effective enough. Ward Against Melee also doesn't need a massacre spec, cause in my case, it's on 2 chars (me and Zhed, generally). WaH is on Zhed, along with WaM, as stated before. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:39, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Although I agree that CoF and Mantra are pretty much irrelevant in terms of attribute spec, that build defies all logical norms of build-making. I'm surprised you can clear the mission like that; I must try it sometime. In other news, this talk section should be nominated for an Epic Win Award. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:29, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
The reason that setup works, is because the Torment creatures and moreso the Dryders heal for absolute crap. Same goes for Hell's, cept I usually run Power Return there for it's major spammability (less micro ;) ). --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 09:14, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Word of Madness doesn't heal for a lot but I find them annoying if I don't take them out early (Smiters...). But frankly I'd be more worried about my own healing! :\ Mhenlo and Kihm just don't cut it. (compared to Hero monks) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:18, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Ward Against Harm gives a flat armor bonus against everything, and another lot against Fire Magic. Ward Against Melee makes the extravagant Scythe rape a lot less (Scythes are so damn imba :< ), since they'll not consistantly hit >100. Water Tormentors are still a pain (even with 82 AL (squishy + WaH@12) they hurt.., but you should be able to snag out DF, and perhaps Ice Spikes, negating most of their damage. Of course, this requires "a bit" of micro, but hey, it's H/H-HM (that's a lot of H's).
So, in the end, it's always better with 6 heroes, but should be do-able. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 09:25, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

*Jumps through the door*[]

NOBODY expects The Committee for Consistency in Title Capitalization! Also, Hard Mode is a term used in game, and thusly should be capitalised. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 17:43, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

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ArenaNet doesn't always capitalize it. Therefore, by GW:ULC, it shouldn't be capitalized. See also [1] Quizzical 17:54, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Fix it then. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 17:56, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
There seems to be a lot of different formats for capturing skills from bosses. I'll pick one and try to make it consistent. Quizzical 18:16, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

*Adds a subheader*[]

What's this? the * police? RandomTime 17:46, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

That's more for consistency. If virtually no hard mode sections use bullet points, for a couple to do so looks dumb. Quizzical 17:54, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

*Adds another subheader for consistency*[]

You're hilarious. I was about to suggest that maybe it's about time you got a bot, but then you couldn't make witty edit summaries! Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:29, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

NOBODY EXPECTS WHAT I AM ABOUT TO DO![]

Except for the people who read my talk page, or watch RC.
Giga's Quizzical, One With Words Magic Card.jpg KEKEKEKE! The grim designer strikes again!--Gigathrash sig G.jpgìğá†ħŕášħ 10:39, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Another Card Hero level well pwned, Giga. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:46, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Countering the spell after gaining protection from its color (colors for multi-colored spells), before the spell resolves, is redundant; barring Stifle-esque effects and multi-target spells, the protection will make Quizzical, One with Words an illegal target of the spell, and the spell will be countered on resolution due to having no legal targets. Of course, that's not a concern anyway, since the creature can't be targeted by the chosen player, so outside of 1v1, the only player affected is Quizzical, One with Words' controller :-D
Yes, I'm an incurable Magic rules/card templating nerd. All in all, though, an excellent card design! Where'd you get that art, by the way? 75.0.193.111 04:57, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
I made it up as I went along, the only thing I set out to do was make an overly complicated and long card that fits the person.--Gigathrash sig G.jpgìğá†ħŕášħ 05:07, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Ursan Debate[]

Hey man, sorry if it sounded (or looked whatever :P) i was angry/upset whatever, I was just tired (said I would go to bed just after the update). I understand your point of view, and hopefully, you understand mine. So no hard feelings ?}{Ipo™}{ 02:07, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm not mad at you. I'm mad at ArenaNet. The problem was that pve-only skills (especially but not only Ursan) were too powerful, so they made them even more powerful. Quizzical 02:21, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh ok, always good to hear. Well I do agree that Ursan has been buffed in some areas, but I suppose this is anet's way of sorting out an "issue". The time limit wont affect gameplay majorly, just gonna have to coordinate and actually use your wits for farming. Anet should have handled this skill with more attention and care, and not just buff it in some areas. Again, nice to know you're not mad at me. A wiki-newb like me can always do with a few pointers from the pros :P. }{Ipo™}{ 02:32, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
How many groups of mobs take an Ursanway group more than 60 seconds to clear? The 60 second time limit is only a nerf when fighting one of those small handful of groups. Indeed, if the group is mostly clear by the time players come out, it's not even a factor then, either. Making an Ursanway group stop to wait for the skill to recharge between battles isn't a nerf. That's just harassing players, and incredibly stupid game design. Quizzical 03:02, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

:O[]

We'll miss you, and I'd like to say that for what time you have been here you have immeasurably improved a huge amount of mainspace content. Wherever you end up next, I have confidence that your skills will work there too and be of great value to that game's community. You really are an amazing person for games; someday I hope you find one that doesn't ever disappoint you. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:13, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your kind words. Do you have any suggestions for a next game for me to play? You yourself supposedly quit around here a while back. Quizzical 04:46, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm not here as your Bureaucrat or Sysop; I do what I want when I feel like it, and if there's stuff laying around in the Candidates for Banning/Deletion? Whatever...I don't stress out about it. The only obligation I feel is to take action if no one else is around to do it...which is seldom, often when I am bored. As to Guild Wars itself - I know the game is completely and utterly imba, and I mirror a lot of your sentiments regarding ANet's "balancing" (I won't play GW2 either unless by some miracle it is an OMGWTFBBQ runaway hit); but I play to have fun and this update should at least amuse me for awhile, since unlike you I still have many things I have yet to accomplish honorably. UAX for example. And getting the best combination of armour, dye, weapons, etc. so my characters are pretty. All sorts of completionist things like that keep me around, but never truly "in the game".
Other games...well, I really am not too in touch with that else is out there at the moment. All the other games I play are either oldies-but-goodies or things which I don't think would appeal to you. And the only other online game I play...has a lot of balance problems. Still, I suppose I could write up a list...actually, I think I will do that anyway, for my own benefits of reminiscing. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:55, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
It's likely that I'll end up playing old SNES games for a while, now that I can again. I got a TV card in my computer when I bought it a year and a half ago. All I wanted it to do is to take the incoming signal from a console and put it on my monitor screen immediately. Unfortunately, it seems to be unable to do that.
I checked with the manufacturer of the card, and it listed four different software programs to use with the card. None of them are compatible with Vista. All that Dell included with the computer was Windows Media Player, which has a rather nasty 1.7 second delay between receiving the incoming signal and putting it on the monitor. That's disasterously bad for games.
So when I moved across the country, I had to finally get a TV. Not to actually watch TV much, mind you; I just need it to play old console games. Quizzical 05:02, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
What you need, my friend, are ROMs. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:23, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I have everything you need rom/emulatorwise. Leave me a note if you want Powersurge360Violencia 05:27, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
He does not, I do. Felix Omni Signature.png 05:29, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
GuildWiki, peddling pirated plumbers since 2008! Powersurge360Violencia 05:32, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
That was an epic quote. In any case, you can check User:Entropy/games; that's as many as I can remember right now. Probably a lot of stuff you know, but maybe there's some you don't. If there is something you are interested in, just ask, and me/Powersurge/Felix can set you up probably. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:46, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
/hijack topic Do you have Ogre Battle 64, and an emulator to play it on? --Macros 05:48, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
N64 emulators. Dunno where to find ROMs though. Powersurge360Violencia 05:50, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
ROM here. Google is your friend. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:02, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Did you test it? Alot of Nintendo ROMS, once unzipped, are actually homebrew based on the source coding. Nintendo has really cracked down on that stuff since the virtual console for the Wii came out. Try finding a copy of Super Mario World lately? Sigh... Powersurge360Violencia 06:04, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
If they would put the f*cking games that I want on the Virtual Console, I wouldn't be doing this. But do they have Super Mario RPG? EarthBound? Crono Trigger? None! They don't put the best games of all time on the Virtual Console and it makes me mad. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:13, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Chrono Trigger is coming out for the DS. Earthbound has been re-reviewed by the ESRB and is waiting to be released. SMRPG, however, will never come out for VC because of Square-Enix. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 06:16, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Wii cfm has me excited. Felix Omni Signature.png 06:18, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh yeah, and ROM works just fine. Nintendo has nothin' on me. Enjoy Macros. Cress - It only took them HOW long? The ESRB can go f*ck themselves too. Etc. I hate 'em all when I get to thinking about things like this. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:19, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Why would I get a ROM of Super Mario RPG when I have the cartridge of it already? Besides, the game is way, way, way too easy. Try to get as far as you can at as low of a level as possible and about the only places you can get stuck for being too low level are the optional battles of Culex and Jinx, both of which are easily handled if you fight on a ways and come back later. Quizzical 06:38, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
And yet it remains one of the best games of all time, to me at least...as well as being a source of inspiration for many other excellent games. --I have hard copies of most games that I get ROMs for. Why get them, then, you ask? Well, I'm too much a coward to use a cheat device and possibly corrupt a cartridge forever. That's pretty much it. Plus of course playing through impossible situations... (P.S. Lazy Shell armour > Culex/Jinx) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:15, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
If you're level 18 or so, then yes, lazy shell makes those fights cake. Not so much if you're level 10 or so. Quizzical 21:39, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Possible games from an Anonymous[]

Hello, Quizzical. I've appreciated the work you've done to assist Hero and Henchman players. You asked for some suggestions for games. I'm a sucker for games requiring strategy, particularly difficult ones, so here are some games that you hopefully might like:

  • Nethack is a very challenging adventure/dungeon-crawler roguelike game which has been in continuous development since 1987. It is notorious for its unforgiving difficulty, with discussions about the game often revolving around YASDs (Yet Another Stupid Death) and blunders, and a user registered on a NetHack "bones file" sharing site as "SirDiesALot". Dungeon levels are randomized, and there are a variety of classes and attribute combinations, so rarely will one find two games to be the same. The classes play quite differently, in my opinion, so I don't believe you will find your quarrels with Secondary Professions manifesting in this game. The only thing I can think of that might turn people who enjoy difficulty off from the game is the graphics - it has retained its ASCII-or-tileset approach that is one of the cores of the roguelike experience. And, if you ever get bored with vanilla NetHack, a multitude of fan-made variants are available for your enjoyment, thanks to NetHack's open-source nature. If you should decide to play this, I recommend invoking the options to keep the message window and the status bar on the same side of the screen, since it is easy to miss starvation warning messages or low HP values when they are on opposite sides, as is by default.
  • While on the roguelike vein, Iter Vehemens ad Necem, or "The Violent Road to Death" is an interesting game. Although it has seen no updates in a long time, it is perhaps one of the few games I have encountered that actively attempts to defeat the player as part of the core of the game, while simultaneously making the death appear to be the player's fault. The game includes a "danger level", an evaluation of the strength of a player based on stats and equipment, and steeply increases the difficulty of generated monsters based on this score. In this spirit, any method of winning the game is treated as a bug. Despite this approach, I still find this game fun. As Cleaveland from Family Guy once said, "You don't win. You just do a little better each time."
  • The Fire Emblem series, which you probably have heard of, contains a few challenging titles. It is a turn-based strategy RPG that actually requires some strategy, unlike other well-known tactical RPGs, such as, in my view, the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance titles being released for the Nintendo handhelds. The mechanics in Fire Emblem are very simple and predictable, perhaps my favorite feature, with formulas such as Damage Per Hit = Attack Power - Defense and small numbers allowing easy battle calculations and comparisons on the fly. For me, this is a welcome contrast to many other "strategy" games where numbers are so large that comparisons beyond 'Bigger be better' are unwieldy and infeasible. The series uses a square grid that may remind players of Advance Wars (or perhaps more appropriately, {system} Wars). If you are looking for difficulty, Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi (Fire Emblem 6), is one of the more difficult titles, and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (Fire Emblem 5) is generally regarded as the most difficult. Allegedly, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Fire Emblem 9) contains a "Maniac Mode" that features a difficulty level equivalent to Fire Emblem 5's, but the mode was replaced with "Easy Mode" in releases outside of Japan, making accessing the challenge impractical for most.
    None of the aforementioned titles are available outside of Japan, because Nintendo/Intelligent Systems seems to feel for some reason that players outside of Japan cannot handle the difficulty, or something to that effect. However, you can find translation patches on the Fire Emblem Sanctuary of Strategy and various other sites. If you are looking for a title to "ease your way" into the style of play and difficulty for Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem (Fire Emblem 7), when played on Lyn Mode --> Hector Hard Mode from a downloaded save file or GameShark snapshot (skipping the required playthroughs through normal/easy modes to unlock it), can teach you the mechanics behind the game while still providing moderate difficulty. However, I would stay away from Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (Fire Emblem 4) and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Fire Emblem 8) unless you have a fan-made difficulty hack, if strategy is your main concern, as they are among the least challenging in the series.
  • Alpha Centauri is a turn-based strategy game sometimes cast as Civilization in space, but I think it is much better than that. The different factions have seemingly minor modifiers, such as +1 ECONOMY or -2 PROBE, which in fact have a major effect on the manner in which a faction attempts to achieve one of four different victory methods. The in-game help files are heavily cross-referenced and make an excellent source of guidance at all levels of play. If you decide to play this, I would suggest staying away from the first two difficulty levels, Citizen and Specialist, as they remove several features of the game. The lead designer of the game, Brian Reynolds, left the company to produce his own game, Rise of Nations, which is a real-time strategy game that offers many features and styles for high-level play.
  • Sacrifice is a real-time strategy RPG created by the same group behind Earthworm Jim. It is extremely different from other real-time strategy games, so much so that I don't feel an explanation which can do the game justice is within the scope of this listing. To give an idea of its uniqueness, Sacrifice is played from a first-person view rather than a top-down birds' eye view, perhaps somewhat like 1v1 Guild Wars with a battalion of controllable summons, and players are expected to fall in battle as often as the armies they lead, handling their own resurrection by themselves whenever it should occur. The campaign provided in the game is not terribly difficult, but the game retains a small community of loyal players.
  • The Heroes of Might and Magic series of turn-based strategy RPGs has potential, in my opinion. However, playing against the computer is generally not a challenge, even if one begins at 0 of each resource, so one would have to seek out human opponents for that endeavor.
  • Outside of the electronic world, I consider the well-known Magic: the Gathering to be a very deep strategy game at higher levels of play. Most who have played it never experience the strategy, however, since the limited card pool bought from the local bookstore on a school or university student's budget rarely makes for an exciting game, and most who play from such pools do not use proxies or play by all the rules of the game. However, constructed play without card limitations, and booster drafts, in which players make decisions on which cards from a random pool are available to each other through uneasy cooperation, have many opportunities for rewarding careful and strategic play, enough to override the luck element that plays a large part in games with limited pools. Magic is, of course, an expensive hobby, so playing online using a program such as Magic Workstation can greatly reduce costs, while still maintaining the advantages of a less constricted card pool.
  • And of course, who can forget Chess? Best turn-based strategy game ever.

I hope this list is helpful for you, and that I have included at least one game which you have not heard of and might be interested in. I am sorry that you are leaving the game and wiki, since your opinions were a refreshing take on the game and its community. Of course, I can't see much hope either, due to the monument to grind that is Ursan Blessing. Out of curiosity, do you plan to return if ArenaNet somehow reverses its stance on it and other PvE skills? Not that I'm expecting that to happen.

Also, as a side note, I find that emulation is better than the physical console or handheld because of rewind, virtually unlimited save states, the Memory Viewer on VisualBoy Advance, easy hacking, and perhaps most importantly, fan-made patches and the fast-forward feature.

Best wishes to you and the GuildWiki community. 75.0.193.111 06:57, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Oh, wow, Nethack! I still have that laying about, translated to Dutch. It's slightly more epic, since for each character used in English, another character had to be used in Dutch. Rather than Invisible Octopus, it had to be translated to Insightable Octopus. Never got to finishing it... It's so hard! And I keep beating my dog to a quick death after lv1 >.>
Anyways, Nethack is awesome. And it's so small it fits on a diskette, so there's no hard trying! ^^ --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 09:32, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Fire Emblem? Hah...I'm a fan of those, but none of them I've found difficult until you put them that way through "Hard mode" or self-limitation. And in each of the games, it's not that hard to just stick with the "uber" units (based on growth rates) for any given level, and you'll win. I would disagree about Fire Emblem IV: Geneaology of the Holy War, though. That game is challenging. But it's a good challenge and it's quite different from other Fire Emblem games, so I keep coming back. And it has one of the best storylines (imho) compared to the others.
...Actually, maybe we are thinking of different Fire Emblems, because I know some games are numbered differently outside of Japan. I'm thinking of the Fire Emblem with Sigurd.
Also, I have all of those Fire Emblem as ROMs, translated to English (mostly), if you want them. No need for a translation patch. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:45, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

ATITD[]

I found your review of "A tale in the desert" very intriguing, and the game looks promising. My only apprehension is that this game would demand too much of my time; it doesn't seem suitable to casual gaming as yo uneed to get quite involved in the community, it seems. Is this impression correct? --◄mendel► 21:50, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

How much time it takes depends on what you want to do in the game. If you want to pick out one particular test and do that one test, you can probably do just fine at it without too huge of a time commitment, though there are some exceptions. If you want to do everything in the game, well, you can't, even if you were online 24 hours per day.
It's sometimes said that ATITD is the best MMORPG to play while you're playing some other MMORPG. The people who say that don't mean playing one, logging off, and then playing the other. They mean both games open at once, switching windows. At least one person in the game would regularly play ATITD while in the middle of 40-man raids in WoW.
Multitasking is kind of an essential skill to play the game well. That can sometimes mean doing several things at once in the game. It can also mean doing something in the game, while doing something else in real-life, such as homework or house chores. Most activities can be dropped without notice, and then return later right where you left off (or perhaps better than where you left off, after some timer expires).
Because of that, it can be hard to say how much you actually play the game. If I log on to the game at one point, more or less play the game a while, and eventually log off five hours later, did I spend five hours playing the game? The obvious answer to that is yes, but that's not necessarily the correct answer. What if in that time, I also ate dinner, graded some quizzes, and did a homework assignment, and the other stuff would have taken a couple hours to do if I hadn't been playing the game? But even while doing other stuff, I may have done nearly as much in the game as if I had spent five straight hours playing the game without doing anything else.
How much you need to get involved in the community depends on what you want to do. To pass some leadership tests, yeah, you'd have to be extremely active and extremely well known. Though for you, that probably wouldn't be enough to pass a couple of the "popularity contest" tests, as you don't have the personality for it (don't take that the wrong way; I don't either). But you're not going to pass all the tests, anyway; the really, really hyperactive, hard-core players with way too much time on their hands may pass half or 2/3 of them over the course of a couple years, before everything resets. Or maybe a lot fewer than that if they're more interested in other things that aren't test related.
A lot of content is added to the game undocumented, and players are left to figure out how it works. Sometimes it's pretty trivial; other times, it's actually rather complicated. For example, to cook food, you put arbitrary quantities of any of a few hundred items into a cookpot, and then cook it. The game then tells you what stats it will give you and how long they'll last, but doesn't tell you how the stats or duration are determined. I spent quite a bit of time trying to reverse-engineer it, and this thread explains how cooking works in the third telling, up to a bit of rounding and some coefficients that change with time. Quizzical 23:58, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Worldwide Invitational[]

[2]. Ctrl+f Quizzical. You got caught :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:23, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

"Not like a bureaucrat needs to ask permission on the wiki..."[]

I just noticed that line in one of your posts on the Talk:Guide to defeating Magni the Bison, and it bothers me because it seems to imply that you think my bcrat status gives me special editing rights or such. Which makes me sad. Am I that corrupt? Is that the image I give off? Or am I seeing things that don't exist? :( Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:33, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Oh no, it's not that at all. Sorry to give that impression.
Under normal wiki procedures, a random user doesn't have to ask permission to edit a page. In the case of the Norn fighting tournament builds, it's a page that I've more or less claimed as my own (because peculiar tactics are necessary, and because I put a lot of work into it), and will check edits on and revert them if I didn't like them. See, for example, here. I just thought it was kind of funny that some random user (me) was kind of telling a bureaucrat (you) what to do.
On another note, I just found out that Wikia messages saying you have new messages appear even if you're on a different wiki from the one where you have the messages. Quizzical 06:50, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
What he actually meant to say, Entropy, is that you're a bad awful naughty person and you should be ashamed. Also, this page needs archive. Felix Omni Signature.png 06:54, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
OK. I guess I am just paranoid these days. On the other hand, because I find you far more the expert for things such as the Norn Fighting Tournament, I am more than content to follow your lead. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:10, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

order of opponents in the Norn Fighting Tournament[]

E.G. "Mhenlo is encountered in Round X", "Sogolon is always a first round opponent", etc. It's been requested that we put this info somewhere, and I had thought that it was on...some article... at one point but I can't find the info anymore. Was wondering if maybe you had this list somewhere, as you have played through more times than anyone I know. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:20, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

There are 6-7 possible in each round except the final. Each round is sorted alphabetically in my spreadsheet, so when the order resets, it's the next round. Here's the copy and paste from my spreadsheet:

Kilroy
Kisai
Little Thom
Lo Sha
Sogolon
The Great Zehtuka
Alesia
Melonni
Norgu
Old Mac
Orion
Vekk
Xandra
Cynn
Danika
Lukas
Panaku
Warmaster Tydus
Zho
Eve
Ghostly Hero
Headmaster Vhang
Kahmu
Koss
Morgahn
Razah
Argo
Devona
Gwen
Mhenlo
Nika
Talon Silverwing

I'll let you clean up the formatting on that. Quizzical 23:41, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

I forgot that I posted this, we had the info but it was on obscure page. But thanks for double-confirmation. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)