Long time no blog… I’m surprised WordPress still remembers me.
It’s still the best place to post shiny pictures and remembrances for internet posterity though, and boy, do I have a bunch of shiny pictures.
GW2 released yet another bunch of gem store mount skins a day or two ago – the Exo Mount Pack, which are basically a bunch of robotic/holographic armor plates strategically pasted onto the basic mount with the increased 4 dye channels common to gem store skins.
It doesn’t seem to have been terribly well received on Reddit. It’s something I’m considerably thankful for, because I love ’em.
I think they’re great for asura, and yours truly is one of those players who must have/will eventually make an asura of every class (along with a charr of every class, one day.)
The price point is also pretty reasonable in my book. It’s ostensibly set at the established 2000 gems for a mount pack of 5 skins (like the Halloween Spooky Pack and the Branded Mount Pack) and then released at a “discounted” 20% off at first launch, or 1600 gems.
In other words, $20usd for the 5 skins. Pretty cheap when $25 single mounts are an established price point in other games.
The only problem is that I’m still having sporadic high ping issues (and I mean, 300-500ms annoyances and completely unplayable 2000-3000ms spikes), thanks to Arenanet’s cost-saving measure of shifting operations to Amazon Web Services and the vagaries of internet routing.
Just like when I’d previously faced the cognitive dissonance of wanting to do all content (including raids) but not wanting exclusive legendary armor stat-swapping functionality, my equally established stance is not to spend a damn real-money dime in support while I’m unhappy.
But the skins… they are so SHINY. And I have SO MANY ASURA that could use ’em.
Thankfully, since few other people seem interested in ’em on Reddit, the currency exchange has held relatively steady and not spiked excessively.
After more cognitively dissonant brooding, I decided to bankrupt myself in-game, withdrawing nigh every single gold stashed away, and exchange 465g for 1600 gems, which were promptly blown on shiny mount skins.
Someone else with zero ping problems can pass Anet real money for the gold I just fed into the economic grinder. Me, I’m now poor as a church mouse, but lookin’ dead sexy on my asura. (Oh well, at least it gives me additional motivation to play a lil more – must earn gold while admiring myself.)
I have no idea why people aren’t impressed by them. I love their versatility. My condition berserker warrior is naturally themed towards fire, and a bit of playing around with dyes produced this shadowy holographic fire jackal.
(Who needs to play random lockbox lottery for obnoxious particle effects when you can create your own?!)
On the other side of the color spectrum, my asura guardian has been using the blue Super Adventure Box holograms as part of his schtick since the first April Fool’s.
Celestial white guardian griffon ho!
Someone call for Easter guardian bunny?
I discovered it’s nigh impossible to take a screenshot of the front of the skimmer while you’re skimming across water, but even the back looks nice. And let’s face it, this is the view of your mounts that you see most often.
Cloud jackal guardian is best jackal. (Shadow flame jackal is best fire wolf.)
I haven’t even gotten around to figuring out good color schemes for my naturalistic asura ranger, and as yet not very background-developed asura thief, elementalist, necromancer, mesmer and revenant… but I’m sure I’ll stumble on some mix of dyes that fit eventually… with different and equally fantastic results.