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Main Screen

The first screen you will see features a login screen (email and password), this can either be used to login into a current account or allow you to create a completely new account. When creating an account you will need to decide what server you wish to choose, English or Korean. You will then need to specify a valid email address and your desired password. Something you will notice right away are the three little squares in the upper right corner, they are the exact same thing found in the upper right corner of any windows operating system window. The first square is minimize, the second being toggle full screen/windows (restore, restore down) and the last, exit/quit. The more interesting is the second, as Guild Wars runs very well in windowed mode, allowing players to do many other tasks without needing to exit the game and comparatively to other games, it runs very smoothly in this mode.


Character Creation

The next up is the fun process of character creation! The alpha demo featured a work in progress of the character creation system, but we were able to get the general idea of things. Characters can be customized in a variety of ways, players must choose their hair style, hair color, facial structure, skin color and they can also choose what body type it will have (done by using a sliding bar, left being smallish and right being largish). More is undoubtedly to come, possibly tattoos, facial hair, eye color and other customization options. Players must also select what gender they wish their character to be (male, female) as well as their primary class and their secondary class. The primary class is the one that attributes and the ability to wear different armor depends on, the secondary profession allows for a larger variety of skills. Each profession has a different look, the Necromancer is pale and frail while the Warrior looks a bit thuggish and built, the other professions look equally different. The primary class determines the look while the secondary does not affect it at all. The character customization screen allows players to witness how their character looks like, trying as many options as possible will most likely be beneficial for those who are not sure what they want of their character's appearance.


Option Screen

By clicking the little coliseum icon in the top right corner, you are able to bring up the Guild Wars option screen. In this section you can adjust the graphic level, a few sound options, view a chat screen (chat history and chat with party), view the buddy system as well as the still in development 'Guild' screen. We can assume that this section will have all the necessary guild information such as a link to the in-game forum and the member database etc.

The Chat menu allows you to create a friends list. Simply click on the "Click here to add a friend" text and enter the characters name. Once a friend has been added, all of their characters will show up when they are in-game. If the person is not in the game, you can still select the name of their character and send them a message that will be available to them when they log back in on the message tab. The Ignore List works via the same system.

Basic Chat Commands :
All chat commands are done from the chat/command line (Hot Key is 'Enter')

/w [character name] [message]
To Whisper a message to a specific character.

/p [message]
To broadcast message to party.

/a [message]
To broadcast to all.

In-Game Quickslots and Bar Indicators (Skills) Hotkeys = 1-8

Once in game, you will notice many different sets of slots, they are all useful for quickly accessing items/skills/information. To the bottom left are the weapons you currently have equiped. In the bottom center is where you will be clicking the most when in combat. These slots represent all available skills (maximum of 8 per mission), by clicking an occupied slot the skill will be activated and the action will be done subsequently. On the top left of the skill slots is the red health bar, damage causes it to go down and if it reaches zero, the character collapses and dies. To the top right is the energy bar, it represents the amount of energy available and energy is necessary in order to activate skills but it does replenish quite fast. Don't forget, the skills in the quickslot bar can be used by pressing the appropriate number key.


In the far bottom right corner is the mini-map, the characters appear as green dots, NPCs appear as a yellow dots and enemies as red dots. The landscape of the area the character is in can also be seen in the mini-map. Players should keep track of what is happening on the map as it can sometimes keep you out of harms way and better understand what is happening amid the chaos (when in combat)



Travel Map (Locations)Hotkey = M

This map allows characters to travel to the different areas of Guild Wars. The various offered areas include Player versus Player outposts, Quests Outposts and Towns. PvP areas have different rules, some require party's to be formed before hand, and for the others the partys are created by the game itself. This is also the difference between tournament based PvP and straight forward get into the action PvP challenges. Mission outposts allow players to meet up and form groups or if you so desire, wander outside of the outpost and do a solo mission. (you cannot attempt a 'group-quest' alone, you must be grouped, even if you were able to attempt a grouped mission alone the outcome would most likely be almost immediate defeat)

Hero Screen (Profile) Hotkey = H

The profile interface, also called the 'hero' interface, contains all the information related to your character. The name and profession (s) of your character are listed, as well as information related to current experience and experience gathering (progress bar). This screen also details what attributes your character has and how many points have been invested into each, as well as the total amount of invested points (is not specific, but rather the total amount of spent points) and available refund points. Beside each attribute and its level is the amount of points needed to gain another level for that specific attribute and the amount of points needed for a refund.



Skill Screen (Profile) Hotkey = K

Here is where all the skills the character as acquired appear, with both a description and an icon. Players will not be spending too much time in this screen, it is merely used to see what skills are available and choosing those which will be best for the upcoming mission. To enable a skill, drag and drop it from the skill menu down to the skill quickslot bar at the bottom of the screen.




Item Screen (Profile) Hotkey = I

This section is where all items in the character's possession appear, it also where the player decides which items will be equiped. By hovering over an item, the player is able to see more details about the item. Double clicking on an item will equip it and double clicking on it again will unequip it. Double clicking on a bottle of dye will allow you to use it on one of your items.





Control Interface

W: Up
S: Down
A: Left
D: Right
Q: Strafe left
R: Strafe right

Skill Hotkeys = 1-8
Party Members = F1-F8
H = Character info
K = Skill Screen
M = World Map
I = Inventory
L = Quest log
T = Assist
X = Self Select
C = Closest Enemy
Esc = Deselect
Tab = Cycle Weapons
Z = Flip Camera
Enter = Chat Command
Spacebar = Action



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