Adding photography

by manylaughs on January 12, 2018

So I got a new camera for Christmas. It’s an Olympus OMD Mark III. I’m going to add a photography section to this blog, and start writing about that. I’ve started laying the groundwork for that by opening up Pinterest and 500px accounts.

More on this, later.

I’m also going to redesign the site, make it more photo friendly.

Will the gaming stuff go away?

Not entirely. I game a lot. I’m just not writing about it so much. Most of my gaming time is spent in Overwatch; for some reason I don’t feel inspired to write about that game. I do feel inspired to write about photography.

First, real photography entry should be coming this weekend.

– manylaughs


Rebooting Manylaughs: Why I left Guild Wars.

by manylaughs on January 4, 2018

Saying goodbye to Guild Wars 2. It was a fun ride.


This blog was primarily a Guild Wars 2 blog. I started out with the idea it would be a general gaming blog, but mostly I wrote about Guild Wars. I loved that game. If you go back through the posts, here, you’ll see I wrote almost daily about the game, then more than two years ago, I just stopped.

This blog died with my interest in Guild Wars.

I still game. My interest in gaming hasn’t died, just my interest in Guild Wars. It’s just that nothing else has compelled me to write about gaming the way Guild Wars once did.

I’m rebooting, now, though. More on that, later, but for now, I wanted to wrap up my Guild Wars 2 posts. The blog deserves a better end than that stupid magic find article that’s been sitting there for the last couple of years.

So why did I stop playing Guild Wars after I was such an ardent player for so long? In more or less the order of importance, here’s why I left:

Heart of Thorns

Did you expect that one to be first? It wasn’t really the main reason I left.

People have hashed HoT to death in the forums. Some people liked it, some people didn’t, and more than a few hated it. For me, it was the final straw, the moment I decided to leave. I felt ripped off, which I’ve never felt with Guild Wars before. HoT gave us some new maps, new content, gliding, and a bunch of other stuff, granted, but there just wasn’t enough of it. And most of HoT was just grind, stuff added to keep people busy.

HoT was overpriced and most of the interesting aspects of it were just a rehashing of the same formula we’d seen before – major events. Something new and inventive would have been nice.

Free to play

Yeah, I get that going free to play brings in cash, but it also changes the nature of the community, and it mostly changes it for the worse. There’s no doubt in my mind the community became more caustic and full of people who didn’t have an investment in Guild Wars.

I would have liked to see ArenaNet charge a nominal fee, say $4.99, for the game before they went free to play. Why not try that, first?

The game is old

Guild Wars 2 was visually beautiful when it was released. Now, it looks bland. The graphics engine is old. It’s not visually interesting. When compared to more modern games, it has all the visual appeal of a moldy dish towel.

The combat mechanics were never that good, but they were always good enough. That’s caught up with the game, now. If you’ve played almost any other game in the last couple of years, you know how exciting combat can be and should be.

Guild Wars 2 is a worn out game. It’s just tired. It looks like a creaky, old MMO that just wants to get into its comfortable arm chair and watch some TV.

I got bored

Why does anyone leave an MMO?

I left because I got bored. All my friends had left long ago. Nothing in the game excited me, anymore. I’d done most of what I wanted to do.

One day I sorta just woke up. I was spending more time playing the Black Lion exchange than playing the game. That’s just lame. Making gold is nice, but what the fuck?!

So I left.

Now, I mostly play Overwatch and single players. I’m looking forward to the supposed reinvention of WoW, and if there’s a Guild Wars 3, I’m sure I’ll play that.


GW2: Raising your magic find, easily

by manylaughs August 15, 2014

Just a quick tip, today. Lately, I’ve been working on raising my magic find. I probably get a thousand or so points of magic find from salvaging drops every day. That might seem like a lot, but amount needed for each level keeps scaling, so going to MF 100 is a little harder than MF […]

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GW2: Updated Dry Top drop list

by manylaughs August 11, 2014

Not sure if the wiki has totally caught up, yet, but it’s still useful to have this information in one place. Here’s the latest T6 (with the occasional T5) drop list for Dry Top: In addition to the sweet T6 mats that drop in Dry Top, every enemy appears to have a chance of dropping […]

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GW2: Hang on to your Foxfire Clusters

by manylaughs August 10, 2014

I finished my Mysterious Vine Back Piece the other night. I really love the look of it. The picture doesn’t quite do it justice – there’s a dewy particle effect that’s very nice. If you have a sylvari, you’ll especially want this back piece. It’s perfect for the race. The coolest thing about it? It […]

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GW2: Sell, now. Buy, later.

by manylaughs July 31, 2014

There’s a new back piece upon us, and it’s a bear to make. Dulfy has a guide for making it, here. Most of the ingredients you can get, easily enough. Going through the new story episodes gets you the key mats, and grinding out the events in Dry Top will get you geodes. No prob […]

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GW2: Ending my pursuit of The Legend

by manylaughs July 27, 2014

A while ago, I decided to try to pull The Legend, the precursor for Bitfrost, out of the Mystic Forge. I’ve given up. Why? It’s just too expensive. I was dumping rare staffs in and it was just too painful watching all that gold disappear down the drain of the Forge. All told I made […]

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GW2: Don’t salvage all your rare weapons

by manylaughs July 24, 2014

  Have you noticed you get a fair number of rare weapon drops in Dry Top? It certainly seems like you get more rares than you do in Orr. Notice I said, “…weapon drops…” For some reason, armor doesn’t drop. If you get a rare item, it’s a weapon. I’m sure there’s some rationale to […]

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GW2: Dry Top drops

by manylaughs July 22, 2014

If you’re farming, sometimes you want to focus on mobs that drop specific mats. The wiki isn’t quite up-to-date, yet, on what drops which mats in Dry Top, so here’s a quick guide. It’s by no means complete, and it focuses primarily on T6 mats, but it should still be helpful. In addition to the […]

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GW2: Farming Dry Top

by manylaughs July 21, 2014

I’m not a big fan of farming. First, it’s something I’m not that good at. Some people just seem to have a knack for it. They gather up the mobs, burn them down, then do it, again. Over and over. And that’s the other thing – It just gets tedious for me.  There’s no denying, […]

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