So here we are less then two week from the launch of Guild Wars 2, and there are folks that are just coming to the realization that they wish to play this game. Be they individuals or entire guilds, or even part of guilds, that like to play multiple MMOs. They come to the table and say where is my desert, having missed the entire meal.
What do I mean by this? The meal is all the community, and ArenaNet's information that has been filling the internet for five years now. They don't understand fully, how strongly, the community behind this game supports it. They do this via blogs like mine. Fansite that offer a TON of information from how to color your armor to WvWvW programs like this map for example. As well as hundreds of videos on Youtube.
They act like it is just another MMO not realizing that Guild Wars 2 is setup differently in many way. One example I have of this is an old guild of mine. They showed no interest in leaving any of the three MMOs they were playing; way back when the second BWE took place (June 8, 2012). I was in that event and went cold turkey from the game I was playing at that time. I informed them of this, and they said, "Okay, have fun." Just last week they decide they want to go to GW2. Few of them have been in any BWEs or even have the game. Some aren't even going to get the game the day it launches. But still they are coming. I have talked to them and tried to explain how the WvWvW works. A couple of them have listened, but the rest are just taking it like any other MMO they have played in.
You have to understand one thing. I do not plan on doing PvP of any type myself. My last PvP experience that gave me any enjoyment was MechWarrior 4. Since then I have tried it a couple of time, but it just wasn't to my taste. From what I have read and heard through friends and family. I have come to realize the importance of having an alliance formed to participate in the WvW. This part of the game, I feel, needs a lot of strategy and support from several groups in multiple time zones. Without this the server (your team) will not fair well. So they will not see the bonuses that the entire server can get very often.
Still I keep hearing, "but there won't be anyone on the US servers when we are on." Well due to how they have the server populations set for this game I really don't see that as being true. Maybe not full capacity but certainly not dead either. I try and explain to them that it is true that members of their alliance in other time zones may not be on. But the objectives within the WvW area will still be needing to be protected or even taken.
Will this discourage some people that come in late like this? Maybe.
They may be running around in WvWvW like chickens with their heads cut off. Always coming to the battle just as it finishes, and wondering why. All I can hope is that some of them read this and seriously look into making plans to get into an alliance. And this is coming from a PvE player.
GW2Guilds - fansite with a list of Guild and alliances for all servers
WvWvW over view video