I've just purchased GW:2 and both expansions, I'm a GW1 player and it just seemed like the right time to get back into the franchise, i've also bought a few friends from other MMO's with me, and we're all loving the world & the combat.
Considering i'd just bought what i considered the 'whole game' (main game is free & then the two expansions) I don't think it's unreasonable for somebody buying both expansions to assume they can play the story line of the game chronologically in its entirety. I went to start with the living world, I couldn't play season 1; fair enough I thought - it was exclusive and owing to the type of content produced for it retrospective playing of it is impossible. I like the fact there was a cinematic of it, though this could be expanded on. Luckily the content creators on Youtube for this game are fantastic.
I went to start the story - at the accessible start - in Season 2 of the living world and then I realised that i'd need to purchase 17 episodes individually to play the story properly to give the expansions i'd paid for the proper context. So 3400 gems required, i'd need to buy 4000 to get that so around £40 on gems. I really would not have minded buying the gems upfront when I purchased the game if I was given clarity of the fact I needed these to progress through the story naturally, though the price of them is rather penalizing considering a single currency for both content and vanity objects seems a bit jarring.
Really looking forward to playing the story, the world is stunning and i'm loving my experience so far. I just found this experience awful. Perhaps there were ways I could have found out this information and avoided this upset but they were not as clear. I'm aware this is likely PEBCAK but it seems like a quick win for you guys to sell more content and new players not to feel hard done by just by letting new players know.
Thank you for your time,
PS. Why can't I use abilities while jumping? It would be fun.