Now that I am back full-time from that exhausting raid business, I have more time to devote to that revered task of adding to my Guild Wars Hall of Monuments. When details were first revealed about the HoM reward system, I was sitting pretty at 18 points out of 50, and I was pretty satisfied with my lot, as it granted me the coveted Black Moa Pet and the full set of legacy armor, as well as other assorted goodies. Since that time, however, I along with most of the existing GW1 population have been scrutinizing my achievements to see if I could squeeze any more blood from any particular stone without driving myself crazy with grind or ridiculously high-priced items.
Since I was laid up with a cold for a few days last week, I took the opportunity to hop online and see if I could finally get a group for the Battle For Lion’s Arch, and thus snag an Oppressor Weapon for my Valor monument. Fortunately I was able to group with Nugget and a friend and messily slay our way to a victory my first time through. Score 2 points for adding that first weapon.
Also on the roster were my plans to finish Factions with my main character, an Elementalist – having already added Eternal Hero of Cantha to my HoM via my Assassin who completed Factions years ago, I was closer to the Protector of Cantha title with my Ele. Nugget and friend helped me kill Shiro in under 0.001 seconds and I successfully PUGged my way through The Eternal Grove for three points to my Honor Monument, my Assassin captured the Black Moa Bird for 2 points for Fellowship, and my goal of 25 was achieved.
I don’t see myself netting the remaining 5 points for goodies without considerably more effort, and I haven’t decided how I want to go about it just yet. I could get a Kurzick and Luxon armor set for 2 more points (1 for 7 armor statues and 1 for Kurzick/Luxon armor), but I only have an Elementalist and Assassin at that point in Factions and don’t care for either of the armor sets for those classes. I am at 24 dedicated minipets among my 13 characters and don’t cherish the thought of buying more just to round out the 30 for one extra point (though I am toying with the idea of trying to get a Black Moa Chick). I hope to have the time to join some intrepid group on a dungeon run someday, but there always seems to be something popping up at the last minute to prevent me from taking part.
I feel I’ve accomplished a reasonable amount for my casual level of play (981.5 hours to date – considering there is a Guild Wars 2 Guru forum thread slamming someone for reviewing Guild Wars with under 1000 hours worth of gameplay, I assume my lack of time in-game is quite shameful!) and I appreciate the HoM letting me see that there is a lot I could yet have accomplished without making me feel like I’ve got nothing to show for five years’ worth of gaming just because I have never completed an elite dungeon.
Edit: I should also add that this Hall of Monuments hoopla has re-kindled the newly-dubbed Mr. Randomessa’s interest in Guild Wars 1. We may just pick up a second account of Factions so that he can get a Black Moa Bird of his own, and find a way for him to acquire the requisite points for the same pet in GW2 through some quick and dirty method.