GW2: PSA – Where and How to Vote in Cutthroat Politics

I do not do purely informative posts often. But I’ve been seeing a spike in search engine stats from people just googling “gw2 voting” and I think they’re totally lost on where to go and what to do.

In a way, it serves as subtle criticism that ArenaNet’s made it not 100% obvious this time (because I too got a little lost looking for where the eff the support baskets were, having not read Dulfy this time around) and that players themselves often don’t pay enough attention to say, quest text in general or the stuff on the minimap in this specific case.

I assume you’ve managed to follow your mail and talk to Ellen Kiel and Evon Gnashblade to hear their stances. And clicked on the little “Show Me” button to see where they are.

The “Audience with the Master” small story cutscene is indicated on the minimap and is located on top of the Zephyr Sanctum airship.

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(If you do not have a Sky Docks waypoint already up from the last two weeks, you need to go to Lion’s Arch, catch the ship there to the Labyrinthine Cliffs, and work your way up using the aspect crystal jumping – or beg a kindly mesmer to help you skip the jumps.)

And so is “Candidate Support” – the location of the voting baskets where you throw your support tokens into.

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You get two support tokens from your mail for free. You will get plenty plenty more doing nearly any content in GW2 – they randomly drop from mob kills and I’ve seen them turn up at the end of jumping puzzle and other hidden chests in the world, but activities related to Cutthroat Politics – like the new Southsun Survival and Aspect Arena minigames and the Candidate Trial challenges will tend to yield more guaranteed amounts.

You will then receive a representative token that you can double-click and show off a pretty icon floating either to your left or right shoulder to show your support for either candidate.

Doing things like dungeons, fractals and events in Ascalon and Kryta for the charr and human candidate respectively, with the support showing, will net you some achievements. Check your Living World – Support Ellen Kiel and Support Evon Gnashblade tab in your achievement panel for more details.

Yes, you can do both sets of achievements. As an achievement hound myself, despite my rhetoric, you can bet some votes snuck in there for Evon. His reminders are getting a tide annoying though, so once all the repping things are done, everything’s going into the other basket.

I’ll be back later with more analysis on the other stuff. Here’s a ❤ for the candidate trial design to tide you over. I’ll tell you specifically why later.

PSA: Weatherstock 2013 – Update LOTRO Today!

It may be deserted now, but just you wait! (5 year old screenshot FTW.)

Friendly reminder to all those interested in the greatest player-run music festival / concert to ever evolve in an MMO.

And it’s on a Free 2 Play game, so it won’t cost a cent to just log in and listen.

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Weatherstock will be happening in some five day’s time. They even have a Twitter account going.

It’s at an insomniac timing for my part of the world, but I think it’s doable. It’s a Saturday weekend so I just need to nap between GW2 WvW reset and wake up in time. Wish me and my alarm clock luck!

From last year’s experience, expect the event to stretch a little, just in case. Don’t go scheduling a raid at 5pm EST if you want to attend the whole thing.

Venue is, of course, Weathertop or the ruins of the Tower of Amon Sul, on the Landroval server.

You want to hit the human town of Bree by whatever means you have, and then jog or ride down the southeast road until you zone into the Lone Lands. Very nice people will be waiting by the inn there to escort your squishy self up if you are insufficiently leveled.

This time I’m going to be prepared and updating LOTRO beforehand.

So who can beat me in the number of iterations to sit through?
So who can beat me in the number of iterations to sit through?

I’m actually impressed, the launcher hasn’t crashed or stalled. Stay away this length of time from an NCSoft game like Aion and rest assured you will never be able to log in again without deleting it all wholesale. (Makes me tempted to also update Turbine’s DDO and peek in too, but argh, I have no more time for multiple MMOs…)

I may or may not be able to diagnose and solve last year’s black screen screenshot issue in the time remaining. Let’s hope all these updates just magically fix the problem.

Thank you to Beorbrand for the tip-off in my comments!