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Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

Guild Wars 2 Lead Writer

Living World episodes can be played in any order and also replayed, unlike the Personal Story which you can only play in chapter order and may only do so once per character.

Living World Season 2 is like show season available on Netflix. There is a linear order to the story episodes but the user may choose to play any episode they like (or in the case of this bug, the system is pointing you to the last one you unlocked instead of the next one in story order).

I don’t believe this is messaged clearly in the game, so we’ll be looking at ways to better communicate this. Your feedback helps, so thanks for taking the time to report your issues and share your ideas with us.

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BobbyStein

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We made art changes to Personal Story instances, not season 2 open world content.

Art changes… you mean like this snazzy new detailed floor texture in old Lion’s Arch instance for example? Since it didn’t fix itself for the duration of the entire instance I assume it was not caused by some kind of rendering hitch or slowdown.

Edit: looking at the screenshot after the fact, it could probably be a lighting issue, this happened few days ago so hard to say. That said I am absolutely positive the cave didn’t look like this when I completed this instance for myself prior to the story journal coming in the game.

I don’t believe any art changes were made to that story instance, so you’re most likely experiencing a bug. Best bet would be to file a ticket with repro steps so someone could investigate. It would also be helpful to include information about your hardware and what graphics settings you had selected.

Did others in your party experience the same visual anomaly or just you?

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BobbyStein

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Personal story is not working properly for me on two characters. The first issue is part of my Story Journal has been deleted on one character that had completed the entire story and final dungeon. The second involves missing huge chunks of the personal story that should have been available despite the changes. According to the dev’s post, I should not have any issues with continuing the story from “Forging the Pact”, yet I have run into a massive problem that involves skipping more than 80% of Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.

More precise info included within my bug report:
Personal Story – Skipped every mission in Orr

I seriously hope this malfunction can be reversed, because I don’t take much pleasure in the thought that my two main characters are permanently bugged because of this.

Thanks for filing a bug. CS will take it from here.

Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

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Thanks for all the info. I’ll be following up with QA and some other people and taking a closer look at this issue.

Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

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As a possible bug note. I did buy this story line early this week and the same thing happened to me. I finished Zman and then the first episode that it gave me for LS2 was the last episode. I completed it wondering why I was attacking these enemies with no context and then went into my achievements to find that it was in fact the last story, but it put me on it first. I now have my last episode completed first and with all mastery done for it as well.

I’d like to have QA repro this, but I need to know exactly what happened. Let me know if my understanding of your situation is accurate here.

  • You hadn’t yet completed Personal Story (e.g. did every story step except Zhaitan)
  • You bought LW Season 2 in the gem store
  • You then finished your Personal Story by defeating Zhaitan
  • The content guide then pointed you at LW S2 Episode 8 instead of Episode 1

Is this correct?

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Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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This is exactly why LS1 should be unlock-able and purchasable like LS2.

I don’t disagree. We’ve stated before that we hope to one day rebuild LW Season 1, but we’re focused on HoT development right now.

Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

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So I’m still working on my personal story but this has me wondering….what will happen once I finish it? Will I basically be stuck picking up at a point that makes no sense like the OP here? If that’s the case i’ll just skip the story entirely once I hit the cap.
P.S. My account is only two months old, max, so I wouldn’t have this exact problem.

The Personal Story shouldn’t show up anymore in the upper right once you complete it, and since you don’t have any Living World episodes unlocked I believe the content guide will point you to other things like events, etc. You can change these settings by hitting F11 and looking at the Content Guide settings under User Interface.

Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

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The thing that I don’t get, is why would they bother to give me the final chapter of Season 2? I didn’t even get the parts before it, just the ending. This makes literally zero sense to a player who doesn’t supplement the game with forums/wiki/youtube. It feels really bad.

Here’s what I think happened in your case:

  • You logged into GW2 sometime between January 13 and January 27 (the date when episode 8 released and the end of the two week “free unlock” period)
  • You completed your Personal Story six months later
  • The content guide looked for the next available story in your Story Journal. Since you probably don’t have any other episodes from Season 2 unlocked it put you on Episode 8.

I’d need to see a screenshot to be absolutely sure, but that’s likely what happened.

The good: You got a free episode
The bad: You played that episode out of linear order and it confused you

We certainly can message this better in the game, so I’ll be having some conversations about how to change this behavior.

Okay, glad to hear this is an isolated case! I don’t recall if I had GW2 installed during that time period (I purchased GW2 at release, but only just got around to playing it a month or two ago… I know, I know), but it would make sense for that to be the cause.

Here’s a screenshot of my story tab, if that helps you at all.

Thanks for the screenshot. Yeah, you had episode 8 unlocked (either you got it for free in January or you bought it). Episodes 1-7 show as locked in your journal so the content guide put you on the only one available.

Just Completed Personal Story... WHAT???

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BobbyStein

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The thing that I don’t get, is why would they bother to give me the final chapter of Season 2? I didn’t even get the parts before it, just the ending. This makes literally zero sense to a player who doesn’t supplement the game with forums/wiki/youtube. It feels really bad.

Here’s what I think happened in your case:

  • You logged into GW2 sometime between January 13 and January 27 (the date when episode 8 released and the end of the two week “free unlock” period)
  • You completed your Personal Story six months later
  • The content guide looked for the next available story in your Story Journal. Since you probably don’t have any other episodes from Season 2 unlocked it put you on Episode 8.

I’d need to see a screenshot to be absolutely sure, but that’s likely what happened.

The good: You got a free episode
The bad: You played that episode out of linear order and it confused you

We certainly can message this better in the game, so I’ll be having some conversations about how to change this behavior.

Personal Story Restoration update

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BobbyStein

Guild Wars 2 Lead Writer

Is there anything wrong with the personal story?
i just got the game yesterday and just started playing earlier with a human engineer but after finishing “Defending Shaemoor” theres no more quest for me.

From what I can see in your screenshot, it looks like you need to hit level 10 before you can access the next story “block.”

From the wiki:

“Each character’s personal story is divided into eight chapters, with each chapter unlocking every 10 levels.”

http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Personal_story

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BobbyStein

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For those experiencing Personal Story issues, please submit a support request and provide as much information as you can.

https://help.guildwars2.com/anonymous_requests/new

Useful info:

  • Account name
  • Character name
  • The name of your current story step
  • The issue
  • Repro steps

Keep screenshots handy. While you can’t attach them to the initial support request you may be asked to provide them later.

Personal Story Restoration update

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A couple of things I forgot: the airdrop entry mechanism for a few story steps was removed and replaced with the original instance entry. Also, old L.A. and old Fort Concordia architecture (from 1325 AE) should be seen in Personal Story instances.

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Full patch notes are live. PS restoration is in the game now.

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/updates/Game-Update-Notes-June-23-2015

So...Divinity's Reach

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Bobby is clearly a charr player.

You took our Ascalon…you’ll never take our Divinity!!

Guilty as charged. I main a charr ele.

So...Divinity's Reach

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I love this city.

when will it be destroyed?

Is that a request?

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Are the personal story fixes not part of next week’s update? I didn’t see any mention of them in the patch notes.

The full patch notes haven’t been published yet.

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They seem to be letting aspects of the update – mostly dialogue has been caught – slip into the smaller updates.

We’ve made some minor text and VO changes to the Personal Story since last fall (e.g. rewriting and rerecording select Trahearne lines) as a live test, but none of the PS restoration changes have been released yet.

I was in the recording studio with Matthew Brenher (the actor who plays Trahearne) recently. We had a good discussion about his character and talked about why we were redoing a bunch of his lines. We gave him better context this time around, and I think it shows in his new performances. I’m looking forward to hearing the feedback once people have had a chance to play it.

Will this still not end well?

I see what you did there.

Personal Story Restoration update

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They seem to be letting aspects of the update – mostly dialogue has been caught – slip into the smaller updates.

We’ve made some minor text and VO changes to the Personal Story since last fall (e.g. rewriting and rerecording select Trahearne lines) as a live test, but none of the PS restoration changes have been released yet.

I was in the recording studio with Matthew Brenher (the actor who plays Trahearne) recently. We had a good discussion about his character and talked about why we were redoing a bunch of his lines. We gave him better context this time around, and I think it shows in his new performances. I’m looking forward to hearing the feedback once people have had a chance to play it.

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Is this live yet? I finished up the personal story on one of the characters that were halfway through chapter 8 and got tracked into the restored order of quests, i e getting Victory or Death after completing the Source of Orr. Entering Arah I do indeed get to choose between a solo instance or to find a group for the group instance. However, the actuall dungeon doesn’t seem to be altered in a way to allow for solo play. Of course it was ages since I did play the story mode and I might remember wrong, but the whole pressure plate thingy seems quite impossible to do when being only you and Destiny’s Edge.

The PS restoration is not live at the moment. We’ll be announcing more information on it soon. The dungeon is not soloable at this time.

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Knudow wasn’t asking about open world maps, but the instances for Season 2.

Would the final instance of Episode 1 use a pre-destroyed Prosperity instance, as it is weird to trust Taimi to be alone there when it’s destroyed and periodically attacked by Mordrem, then be suddenly ‘oh my, Taimi are you okay?’ in the next instance. (which Knudow mentioned)

Ah, I see what you mean. I forgot that this particular instance begins outside of the apartment. I thought he meant the open world version of the town since it had a “whole state” and then a “destroyed state” about two weeks later. (It’s been close to a year-and-a-half since I worked on that content and that little detail slipped my mind.)

This is a little off-topic since it’s not tied to the PS restoration, but I’ll address it anyway. We didn’t look at or touch any season 2 content in this regard because it fell outside of the project’s scope. That stated, I see how this particular instance can be confusing in its current implementation so I’ll create a backlog task. I make no guarantees that we’ll ever make this change, but I do want it documented “just in case.”

There’s currently only one situation, but should you ever decide “it’s time to fix this”, it’ll affect the instances in the long run. With the entire ‘we affect the open world every season/release’, it seems like a good pre-emptive idea to have all story instances – not just personal story instances that currently use a now-changed map – to have their own copy of a map (thus one map per major/story based change).

This is a good point, and something we’re keeping in mind as we consider future content. Truth be known, it’s been a discussion topic internally since before season 1 was rolled out, but it’s still relevant today.

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If they are going to make the maps the same as they originally were during each story instance, are they going to do the same for season 2 maps?

We made art changes to Personal Story instances, not season 2 open world content.

Which parts of the lore annoy or depress you?

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to be contrasted with a writing department that won’t make fixes to cover the minutiae when they forget some random fact. So, you know, this goes both ways.

http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Category_talk:Lore_discrepancies

See the Updates by Dev section.

We’re totally open to fixing certain narrative issues if they’re brought to our attention. Just please document them in a factual, neutral manner and we’ll take a look. Please remember items are all subject to review, approval, scoping, scheduling, etc.

I just stumbled on this independently (was checking wiki updates) and came here to apologize :#) So, I’m sorry for doubting you guys. I remember the hullabaloo that happened around the time of dating Scarlet’s birth and rolling my eyes at both sides.

Oh, no worries! I just wanted to let you (and others) know that there’s not some conspiracy going on at the studio. We’re human beings who try hard to do the best we can. If a mistake happens (and believe me, there are a lot of ways mistakes can happen—a breakdown in communication or process, a simple oversight, technical issues, etc.) then we’ll see if it can be fixed. Sometimes it’s an easy solution like modifying some text. Other times it involves a lot more work, time, and money and it ends up being out of scope. But we try to learn from our mistakes and we appreciate the community’s help.

Which parts of the lore annoy or depress you?

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to be contrasted with a writing department that won’t make fixes to cover the minutiae when they forget some random fact. So, you know, this goes both ways.

http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Category_talk:Lore_discrepancies

See the Updates by Dev section.

We’re totally open to fixing certain narrative issues if they’re brought to our attention. Just please document them in a factual, neutral manner and we’ll take a look. Please remember items are all subject to review, approval, scoping, scheduling, etc.

Wonderful.

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BobbyStein

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Hello all.

This is directed to all the human beings that helped create GW2 and make it a reality.

Thank you.

For a great game. Beautiful atmosphere. Wonderful details. Fabulous music. The world is just amazing in so many aspects.

Sometimes we players can get a little carried away with our opinions on how to make games better, sometimes we should just step back and marvel at how kitten awesome it really is.

Cheers team and keep up the good work!

Signed

Grub of Bandihaunt Caverns

Thanks for the kind words. The constructive criticism helps us make the game better, but the compliments are nice to hear, too.

;)

Wonderful.

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As long as you are not in a Rush, you can pretty much stay in tune with what is happening.

I see what you did there.

LEAD Writer? I’m honored to meet you, sir, as a fellow writer.

And yes, this game is awesome. I’m at 85% map completion.

Nice to meet you, too.

Wonderful.

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As long as you are not in a Rush, you can pretty much stay in tune with what is happening.

I see what you did there.

Personal Story Restoration update

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It’s been roughly eight weeks since I started this thread, so here’s an update. All major assets for the Personal Story restoration are in place in our development environment. We’re testing and bug fixing now.

While I don’t have an official release date to share at this time, I can say that you have a little more time to get your characters into the desired state of Personal Story progress. Please refer to the details in the original post when making your own evaluation.

You might be asking yourself why I don’t have a date to share yet. It’s because we’re looking at a few potential release dates on the calendar. We also want to factor in some wiggle room in case we discover any big issues during our testing pass or we encounter any other technical or resource surprises along the way. You know, game development stuff.

As always, thanks for your patience and support.

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Here’s my main concern so far. One of my characters has experienced the flawed version of the PS and since you can’t rewind the progress back, I’d have to reroll another character. While I could just grind for gear, I practically invested a heavy amount of gold on my previous character and it just wouldn’t be fair on my part to have to grind again just to get gold again to re-gear my character. Is it possible to request for duplicates of my character’s existing armor so that when my rerolled copy hits level 80, I can just set him up after? Same goes with the fact that I used a styling kit on him.

I’d contact Customer Service if you have questions or concerns that aren’t covered in the original post or F.A.Q.

What is a "Mordrem" and other ED stuff

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I’m thinking… If we have Steve…. Would the Leviathan’s name be Steve Junior?

We’d call them Little Stevies, of course. They hate that.

Thank you Guild Wars 2 staff.

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Dear Guild Wars 2 Team,
I want to sincerely thank you for making one of the best mmos out there. The three year mark is fast approaching and I look forward to seeing what you guys have in store for us. About a year and a half ago I brought my mother to the light side stealing her from the World of Warcraft empire. We have played mmos together since I was living in Texas at the time and it was the best way for us to communicate. We love everything about the game, and have a lot of fun running the world boss train. This past Fall we found out that my mother has cervical caner. The game has now become a great way to release stress of the doctor visits and the fear of the cancer spreading to other place. It means a lot to me to see my mom laugh at your April Fools joke, she was laughing so hard that she was crying.

So thank you guys for making such an awesome and my mom and I both look forward to the expansion!

Thank you for the touching note. Glad that you and your mother have found some joy in what we do. Wishing you all the best. Keeping my fingers crossed for your mother’s recovery.

What is a "Mordrem" and other ED stuff

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I preferd the name Overgrown for the Mordrem. They used it at the very beginning of LS season 2, in Gates of Maguuma. It did fit much better with the names of the other dragon minions imo. I wonder why they changed it.

We showed the enemy nameplates as “overgrown” for the duration of the first episode two-week window, and then switched them to “Mordrem” when the second episode went live once Mordremoth’s name was established in the story. This was to prevent spoiler nameplates in the open world before episode 2 hit the servers.

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On a related note, I’ll be on tomorrow’s Points of Interest and will likely mention some more information regarding the Personal Story restoration.

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Question for Bobby Stein:

There are quite a few story steps that could use improvements due to poor scripting (read: NPC actions in story steps). Some that come to mind are Underground Scholar, The Battle of Claw Island, and The Priory Assailed.

Is there a place where any… shall we say irksome story steps that could use tweaking be reported? Such things wouldn’t really count as “bugs” as far as I know.

For example of what I refer to:

  • In Underground Scholar, you zone in to see the dredge already assaulting the Priory structure, however, the objectives and dialogues give off the impression that you missed a part where you are in the structure before the dredge assaulted, and went out to fight them to return to seeing Vyacheslav for only a moment before he retreats.
  • During the Battle of Claw Island, there is some dialogue/cinematic/etc. scenes that don’t line up well or show what’s happening (when the first dead ship is sunk, when Commander Talon is killed) and the part where you have to hold off the risen easily comes off as never ending, especially to those who haven’t done it before (I certainly recall feeling like I was fighting for nearly an hour when I first did it).
  • For The Priory Assailed, the destruction of the laser had near no reasoning for such happening, and though I think this was fixed the priory NPCs would wipe the floor of risen, removing any sense of urgency, as there would rarely be risen for players to kill (for once, competant allies!).

So yeah, is there a place you’d like non-bug ‘feels weird playing through this’ reports for the PS, since you’re working on them already?

Another question: any update on Season 1 bring made permanent as was promised in the past? Would be nice to have that before HoT…

It’s totally fine to give us feedback regarding story instances that you feel could benefit from some tweaks, but we’re at the point in this development schedule that we’re not likely to add them to the task backlog (a.k.a. the “list of things we’re able to do”). I’d suggest posting them on the story step discussion pages on the wiki and/or assigning them a category, similar to how folks handled the lore discrepancies reports.

Regarding Season 1, we have nothing new to announce at this time. As we’ve said before, we’d still like to bring it back someday (and hopefully make some improvements where possible) but we’re actively working on other projects at the moment.

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I’m not sure if this was posted on March 31 or on April 1. This whole thread might be a hoax.

It’s not a hoax. These changes are definitely real and we’ll announce a specific release date sometime in the near future.

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“Please note that the core gameplay and structure of this story instance has not been changed—the difficulty has been adjusted to allow for solo play and will therefore be more accessible for players.”

^ Does that mean I can solo the dungeon now but I cannot open that first gate alone? Or did they change the gate? (Right now it needs 2 people to step on the plates to open it).

The entire instance, including this part, will be soloable. You will only have to step on one plate to open the gate.

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Additionally, the “Master of Arah” achievement is being updated to only require completion of story mode paths.

Is that supposed to be “explorable mode paths” instead of “story mode paths”?

You’re correct. I made the adjustment.

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The Personal Story steps, once restored, will flow as listed below.

C6 Step 5—A Light in the Darkness
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/A_Light_in_the_Darkness
• Choose Greatest Fear at end

C6 Step 6—The Priory Assailed (Priory) http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/The_Priory_Assailed

C6 Step 6—Critical Blowback (Order of Whispers) http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Critical_Blowback

C6 Step 6—Under Siege (Vigil)
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Under_Siege

C6 Step 7—Retribution
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Retribution


C7 Step 1—Forging the Pact
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Forging_the_Pact

MY GREATEST FEAR—INNOCENT
C7 Step 2 Innocent—Tower Down
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Tower_Down

C7 Step 3A Innocent—Munition Acquisition http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Munition_Acquisition

C7 Step 3B Innocent—To the Core
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/To_The_Core

C7 Step 4 Innocent—Breaking the Bone Ship http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Breaking_the_Bone_Ship

MY GREATEST FEAR—FAILURE
C7 Step 2 Failure—Shell Shock
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Shell_Shock

C7 Step 3A Failure—Volcanic Extraction http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Volcanic_Extraction

C7 Step 3B Failure—Fixing the Blame
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Fixing_the_blame

C7 Step 4 Failure—Marshaling the Truth http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Marshaling_the_Truth

MY GREATEST FEAR—SUFFER
C7 Step 2 Suffer—Striking Off the Chains http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Striking_Off_the_Chains

C7 Step 3 Suffer—Wet Work
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Wet_Work

C7 Step 4A Suffer—Willing Captives
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Willing_Captives

C7 Step 4B Suffer—Intercepting the Orb http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Intercepting_the_Orb

C7 Step 5—The Battle of Fort Trinity
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/The_Battle_of_Fort_Trinity

MY GREATEST FEAR—INNOCENT (CONCLUSION)
C7 Step 6 Innocent—A Sad Duty
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/A_Sad_Duty

MY GREATEST FEAR—FAILURE (CONCLUSION)
C7 Step 6 Failure—Delivering Justice
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Delivering_Justice

MY GREATEST FEAR—SUFFER (CONCLUSION)
C7 Step 6 Suffer—Liberating Apatia
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Liberating_Apatia


Chapter 8 will be restored to its original order.

C8 Step 1—Temple of the Forgotten God
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Temple_of_the_forgotten_god

C8 Step 2A—Through the Looking Glass
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Through_the_Looking_Glass

C8 Step 2B—Close the Eye
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Close_the_Eye

C8 Step 3—What the Eye Beholds
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/What_the_Eye_Beholds

C8 Step 4A—Estate of Decay
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Estate_of_Decay

C8 Step 4B—Starving the Beast
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Starving_the_Beast

C8 Step 5A—Ossuary of Unquiet Dead
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Ossuary_of_Unquiet_Dead

C8 Step 5B—A Grisly Shipment
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/A_Grisly_Shipment

C8 Step 6—Further into Orr
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Further_into_Orr

C8 Step 7 Navy—Stealing Light
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Stealing_Light

C8 Step 7 Air—Hunters and Prey
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Hunters_and_Prey

C8 Step 7 Army Marching Orders
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Marching_Orders

C8 Step 8 Navy—Conscript the Dead Ships http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Conscript_the_Dead_Ships

8 Step 8 Air—Air Drop
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Air_Drop

C8 Step 8 Army—Armor Guard
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Armor_Guard

C8 Step 9 Navy—Ships of the Line
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Ships_of_the_Line

C8 Step 9 Air—Blast from the Past
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Blast_from_the_Past

C8 Step 9 Army—The Steel Tide
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/The_Steel_Tide

C8 Step 10—Against the Corruption
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Against_the_corruption

C8 Step 11A—Cathedral of Silence
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Cathedral_of_Silence

C8 Step 11B—Romke’s Final Voyage
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Romke%27s_Final_Voyage

C8 Step 12—Source of Orr
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/The_Source_of_Orr

C8 Step 13—Victory or Death
http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Victory_or_death

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F.A.Q.
Q: I’ve never beaten the Personal Story step “Victory or Death” because it required me to play in a group. Are you making any changes to the final fight against Zhaitan?
A: Yes. With this release, we are changing a few things about the final Personal Story step “Victory or Death.” For starters, the instance has been modified to support 1–5 players so you will no longer need a full party to complete it. We have converted the story mode of “The Ruined City of Arah” dungeon to be a Personal Story step, so after this update goes live, you may only play it once as part of your Personal Story. We are also unlocking the explorable mode of this dungeon by default so access will no longer be gated by story mode completion. We are also updating the Ruined City of Arah Dungeon Track to be unlocked by story mode or explorable mode completion. Additionally, the “Master of Arah” achievement is being updated to only require completion of explorable mode paths. Please note that the core gameplay and structure of this story instance has not been changed—the difficulty has been adjusted to allow for solo play and will therefore be more accessible for players.

Q: Can I reset my character’s Personal Story progress, or revert my story progress to an earlier state?
A: No. You cannot reset your character’s story progress, either partially or fully.

Q: Why can’t I reset my character’s Personal Story progress?
A: The Personal Story was not designed to be replayable. Attempting to adjust a character’s story progress introduces a wide variety of bugs across various content and game systems. We investigated different solutions for partial and full story resets. In all cases, the changes led to unpredictable results in many different content types, including permanent blocking of story progress.

Q: If I can’t reset my character’s Personal Story progress, does that mean I can’t play certain parts of the restored Personal Story?
A: That depends on what Personal Story state your character is in when the Personal Story restoration goes live. Consult the scenarios above for more details. Also, all newly created characters will be eligible to play the restored Personal Story in its entirety.

Q: How long do I have to advance my character’s story past “The Source of Orr”?
A: While we haven’t set a release date at this time, we can confirm that you will have at least 8 weeks from the time of this posting to complete “The Source of Orr”, should you want to advance to step 1 of chapter 8, “Temple of the Forgotten God.” Otherwise, as stated above, you may miss out on much of chapter 8 with this character.

Q: What new voice-over is going into the game?
A: We wanted to update some key lines for several characters in the Personal Story, including those of Trahearne, the Pale Tree, Tonn, and Apatia. In some cases, we are merely re-recording the existing lines to get a more appropriate delivery to match context. In other cases, we are rewriting character dialog to better fit a particular scene.

Q: What should I do if I encounter issues after the Personal Story restoration goes live?
A: If you are experiencing any issues regarding the Personal Story restoration content that aren’t listed above, you can contact Customer Service for help.

Q: I have more questions about this update. Who can I ask?
A: Feel free to post your Personal Story restoration questions in this thread, and we will do our best to answer them in a timely fashion. You can also consult the Personal Story pages on the official wiki for information about each chapter and story step.

We’ll be posting more information closer to release. Thanks for your patience and all of your excellent Personal Story feedback over the past few months.

(edited by BobbyStein.2315)

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Personal Story Restoration
Some updates to the Personal Story are coming. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you some details on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what to expect in the future.

Background
Back in 2014 we released the September Feature Pack, which introduced a number of changes to the game. Among those changes were revisions to the Personal Story, including a reorganization of certain story steps. The “My Greatest Fear” story steps were deactivated for many players, and three steps from chapter 8 were moved into chapter 7. This prevented some players from accessing certain content and also introduced some continuity errors.

What We’re Restoring
To put it simply, we’re reactivating the “My Greatest Fear” story steps and putting chapter 8 content back in its original position in the overall narrative. We’re also making some minor improvements to the content, like writing and recording new voice-over for a few key characters, tweaking some camera moves, updating select art assets, and more.

What This Means for You
When the update goes live, it will restore the Personal Story steps in chapters 7 and 8 to their original order. This will affect a small number of users who currently have characters in certain states of story completion. You can check your current story completion status by accessing the Story Journal in your Hero Panel. By default, you can access this inside the game by pressing H and then clicking on the Story Journal tab and selecting My Story.

  • If your character has not completed “A Light in the Darkness,” (chapter 6) you should not encounter any issues. You will be able to experience the Personal Story in its restored order along with the minor improvements that begin with this story step.
  • If your character has not completed “Forging the Pact,” you should not encounter any issues. While you will not be able to replay previous story steps to see some of the minor improvements that were made, you will be able to play the “My Greatest Fear” story content (based on the choice you made at the end of “A Light in the Darkness”) and also experience the restored chapter 8 story steps.
  • If your character has completed Forging the Pact and skipped ahead to “The Battle of Fort Trinity,” then you will not be able to play the “My Greatest Fear” story steps with this character.
  • If your character is currently playing “Against the Corruption,” “Cathedral of Silence,” “Romke’s Final Voyage,” or “The Source of Orr,” you must complete your story steps through the Source of Orr to begin chapter 8. If you do not complete “The Source of Orr” before the Personal Story restoration goes live, you will be advanced to “Victory or Death” upon completion of “The Source of Orr.” “Victory or Death” is the final Personal Story step (and you will miss out on most of chapter 8 with this character). This is due to these steps being moved back into chapter 8 and the successor steps being restored to their original state.

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Thank you, Anet. I will happily spread the word to everyone I know that the story will be playable again.

I just want to be clear that we haven’t announced a release date for the Personal Story Restoration content yet. We’re posting information on Tuesday.

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The end of the month draws near. Any updates yet?

The messaging has been approved and edited. It’s now getting localized. The post should go live sometime on Tuesday if all goes well.

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Unfortunately, I thought it was safe to CHOOSE my fear, as long as I didn’t go beyond that. So my latest character did Light in the Darkness before stopping. (A couple of months before this thread existed.) I really hope there’s some wiggle room on that. If not, I’m going to have to think about re-rolling the character, but I’d really rather avoid that and the loss of all his exotic gear and such.

It is safe to choose your greatest fear in A Light in the Darkness. If you’ve completed that story step it just means that you won’t see the update to that particular step, but you’ll be able to play the My Greatest Fear bits when they go live (as long as you don’t complete Forging the Pact).

I have a forum post that’s just about ready to go with all the major details and player scenarios. It’s going through review now and will hopefully go live by the end of the month.

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Congrats on the 10K – Believe in the Run!!!!

Playing GW2 is my reward for my daily runs. So many thanks for my “carrots” – you have NO idea how much my time with both the game and many in its community have positively impacted me

I would buy more hats at the gem store to help maintain your running shoe fund, but I go through running shoes about every 6 weeks so that eats into some of my super fun time budget.

That said, lemme see your race number from your next 10K and I’ll be sure to buy you a hat for your Charr!!

P.S. — Apparently I have a new account name. Its a mystery; not that I mind. But I’m the poster who puts dumb hats on her 14 yr old Persian cat

If/when I do my next run I’ll post the number on my Twitter feed.

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Speaking of which, has it been considered at all to give us a way to tick off showing the green star stuff at the top?

We have a feature called the Content Guide that allows you to customize what is shown in the upper right. You can disable Personal Story tracking from the General Options menu.

http://imgur.com/a/MeybQ

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Since all the cool kids are doing it…

  • I’ve been at ArenaNet since late 2005. Time flies.
  • I like to run and bike. Did my first 10k last year. I hope to do another one sometime.
  • I worked in TV and commercial production out of college, holding various jobs on film shoots (grip, set electrician, production assistant, and production coordinator).
  • After the film stuff I worked on Wall St. for about five years. Lots of stories.
  • Started writing freelance game articles back in 2001. Took the plunge in 2003 and moved to Seattle to give the game industry thing a try.
  • I love video games. The Odyssey 2 was my first console. The Commodore 64 was my first computer. I used to type in programs that were printed in Compute! magazine so that I had games to play.
  • Open world action and sandbox games are my favorite. I love messing with AI and physics systems and watching the ensuing chaos.
  • I’ve been an active musician since high school. I started playing bass in 1989.
  • I’ve been in a lot of bands over the years. Boss Jim Gettys is still somewhat active, even though I’m 2800 miles away from the other guys.
  • I listen to all kinds of music.
  • I log in to Guild Wars 2 almost every day. Charr staff ele is my main. I should probably try double daggers sometime.
  • I’m currently playing Dying Light, Rayman Legends, and GTA 5.
  • Good food motivates me, as do the kind and constructive comments from our fans.
  • The last two books I read: World War Z by Max Brooks and Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption by Ice T and Douglas Century.
  • Last TV show I watched: Archer (season 5).
  • Last movie: John Wick.

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BTW, Trahearne has the aggro line “die by my blade!” before he gets Caladbolg (he said it in my sylvari C2 storyline the other day). Seems kind of weird when he’s wielding a staff.

That’s one of the lines we’ve rewritten.

Oh, I know.

I’m just saying it’s weird that it triggers when he isn’t using a blade. And that feels a bit off.

Would it be possible to use the old aggro/death/deaggro lines for before A Light in the Darkness, and the new ones (which feel more confident-filled) after? I think it’d match his personality evolution better, though few would notice the change I’m sure. Still, to those who do catch it – just like for those who catch all the other small awesome things (like Caudecus’ face being made out of the floating stones in his garden at the right angle) – would find it awesome for the attention to detail.

This is a good idea, and one that we considered during the initial review pass. It required extra design implementation to pull off (you have to create a whole new chatter package for the NPC and swap out some references in script, etc.). For now we’re just redoing his line to work regardless of what weapon he’s holding. In the future, though, it’s something to consider for when we’re updating how we handle NPC chatter. It would be great if characters were more self-aware of these kinds of things.

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i don’t suppose that since the PC VAs are back recording, we could get a polish pass on some… err… lesser performances? *cough*nornfemale*cough* and fix the “hold the line” shout too, since the whole problem with it was one of the VAs read it as “hold this line”.

That won’t be part of this particular update. That stated, I want to review and update PC chatter for the expansion if there’s time. Some of those lines weren’t written particularly well, or they trigger too frequently, or the performance was off so I’d like to fix them.

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BTW, Trahearne has the aggro line “die by my blade!” before he gets Caladbolg (he said it in my sylvari C2 storyline the other day). Seems kind of weird when he’s wielding a staff.

That’s one of the lines we’ve rewritten.

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So, Mr. Stein. Any word on the progress of the personal story fix?

I’m working on the messaging and am working out some design issues on a few details. I should have more info to post before the end of the month. Thanks for your patience.

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wait for the PS fix or you will miss a big part of the story.

This is good advice. While I don’t have a firm release date to share just yet, I do recommend that you wait until the Personal Story is restored (with minor improvements) before playing into chapter 6.

I’ll be making a post in the next couple of weeks that will give more details on what changes the update will include.

Edit: Also, thanks for playing. Looking forward to seeing the videos. Are you playing on NA or EU servers?

Do I understand this right: Do you refer to the story part depending on your “greatest fear”? Will these story missions (which are depending on the answer during “A Light in the Darkness” and originally taken a big portion in the part 7 of the personal story and are currently not accessable) be playable again in the near future?

Yes. We’re restoring the My Greatest Fear story steps, restoring chapter 8 to its original order, and improving a few things along the way. I’ll be making an official forum post with more details soon.