Nothing like having your account hacked to get you to be more active in a game! Suddenly I have new goals in Guild Wars, such as “buy a new pair of shoes for my Dervish” (they were inexplicably junked, while the rest of her armor was left intact), or “find out where my Warrior’s pants went.” In some cases I found gold items in storage that I had not acquired myself – I suppose the farmer was planning on returning later to sell those? – so I actually managed to recoup some cash just by selling the materials they had ill-gained on my characters.
With such modest goals, it’s been easier to meet them as well. The gold it took to clothe my Necromancer was more than earned in two vanquishes and a short Zaishen mission. Normally I shrink away at the Zaishen bonus PvE, but I’ll be the first to admit that Embark Beach has breathed new life into it for me. I no longer feel like I’m just repeating unpleasant content because I have such diversity in the crew I can bring along, and it’s been exciting seeing the difference between, say, bringing along three Discord Necros and two Panic Mesmers, and not. A big thumbs up to Embark Beach from me. Bring on the Canthan Winds of Change, I say. I am more than ready!