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I've been playing the preview to Guild Wars:Eye of the North, known as GW:EotN, or GW:EN, this weekend. I've been a Guild Wars player for coming up to a year and a half now. I've all the previous chapters, and finished the story arch for each on at least one character. Based on the preview I can say without a doubt I shall be getting GW:EN.

So, thoughts. Well these are based on the preview, with it's limited content, but anyway.

Story
Looks great. We've been able to play some way through the story, have met new characters, seen the start of the plot, and then given hints at the story arcs not yet available. And I love it It's been really fun to follow the story we have so far, and I'm really looking forward to going further.

Gameplay
Unlike previous chapters this is all stuff for level 20 characters, and again it's fun. There are no missions as such, but there are extended quests, tied to the story which are re-playable. What's more, in addition to the story, there are multi-level dungeons, also re-playable. Weave your way through labyrinthine tunnels until you reach the final boss for the chance of a pretty reward. Something to get your teeth into. One thing I had hoped for was dungeons to be accessible from mission hubs, but alas not. Instead you have to trek out from a town or hub to the portal into the dungeon. Still is no great biggie.

Hall of Monuments.
The one thing that was getting really pushed for GW:EN was the Hall of Monuments, a means to record your achievements to carry over for shinies in GW2 when it comes out in approx 2 years. Now the idea is great, but there's some things that perhaps need tweaking, some alterations I'd like to see done. Now I'm not wailing like some of the cry babies on the forums. I'm quite happy with how titles are being displayed. I'm a little put out that the HoM is character based rather than account based, but that's not a major issue.
I would like to know what count's as a "high end" weapon, before it can be displayed, cause I've amassed a pretty collection of fancy weapons, none of which are accepted on the display. Time will tell on that one. The Heroes stand, I can see what they were getting at. Just means I'll have to decide if I can really be bothered to pimp my heroes just for the sake of new shinies in a game not even out yet. And the mini-pet stand... This is the one I'm most put out about how it works, since it's not uncommon for me, like many, to swap minipets between chars for treking about in the world, and I would hate to have to tie a pet to a specific character, so that stand, if nothing else, I'd like account based.
Finally armors... Anet please get it so the stand shows the type of armor you showed the stand, and not just an armor available from the same crafter. When I want to show of my drakescale, I don't really want the stand to display a mesmer battle nightie.
Still is early days yet

It seems the HoM is a big thing... I've certainly said most about it here, and there are pages of people in the forums wailing and gnashing teeth about it, but really, it's but a minor part of the whole, and really, what am I more likely to be doing in-game in the next few years till GW2 comes out, looking at the monuments to my achievements, or going out and playing the game, and gaining more achievements that might add to my documented glory?
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