The installation and patching process was still as amazingly quick and painless as I remember it from last year. And of course the graphics are still drop dead gorgeous, so far what's not to love about this game? The first option presented to me of course is the RP or PVP screen; feeling like I wanted to get a feel for the game again and go through some of the storyline I pick the RP side first. Heading into character creation I decided I wanted to go with my typical tank character but with a little something extra. A couple minutes later I'm logging in as Kunou Everhate, Warrior/Mesmer extraordinaire. Ok, so there's really nothing special about him, he's level one and kinda sucky at the moment, but one day he'll be extraordinaire!
So I spent the better part of Friday afternoon and evening tooling around in the RP side of the game, going through the missions and other quests, working my way up to level eleven. Not great, but not bad for a days worth of play. I would have continued far into the night I'm sure but my loving wife decided that we were going to go out to eat. All attempts at trying to sway here with suggestions of delivery or take out were brutally smashed, she was dead set on going somewhere and sitting down and eating, thus taking precious hours away from my limited Guild Wars time. Well by time she was ready and we had the kids ready and we decided where we were going; then got there and ate and then ran the eleventy bajillion (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration there) errands she "remembered" she needed to go do after dinner we finally made it back home.
Well, Friday night was shot for me, it was far too late and I was far too pooped to even try to get any more Charr slaying in so I just called it a night. Plus I was getting that "if you don't come to bed WITH me instead of several hours after me you can just sleep on the couch" look from my wife. So fast-forward a bit to Saturday morning. I'm up bright and early, before the wife and kids even, house is silent, nothing to disturb me or prevent me from getting back to the BWE. Well after only about an hour of playing my wife comes into my office to tell me to get ready to go. With QUITE the startled look on my face I ask her exactly where she thinks I'm going. She then proceeds to "remind me" about a birthday party slash crawfish boil slash cookout thing we're supposed to be going to. I swear I knew nothing about this beforehand and am starting to thing she's in league with the Charr; plotting against me to prevent my aiding Ascalon.