I'll start by saying that my family owns six different Guild Wars accounts. Guild Wars 1 with all expansions and Guild Wars 2. We play them all and enjoy them.
The top two are the oldest and most advanced. The oldest was my first account back when Guild Wars 1 was in beta, back when the Charr burned Ascalon with FIRE rather than crystals. Man was The Searing a mindjob to see the first time. I STILL hate the Charr after that. The top two accounts have Guild Wars 2 and both expansions. I wanted to play the story. And dang was Heart of Thorns tough at times. And Living World 2 and 3 had me sweating a few times.
The other four accounts didn't have any expansions at all, and one thing we noticed was that the dailies were completely different. One person can do most of the core dailies without any problem. They're usually pretty easy, and you can usually do them in five or ten minutes easy peasy. An event completer could take a bit longer depending on the time of day and population in the your specific shard, but even that isn't hard by any means.
But you add the expansions, and suddenly options disappear. You can't do Jungle Worm today. You need to do an adventure. You can't forage in Maguma. You have to go to Heart of Thorns. No event completer in Caledon for you. Go to Dragon's Stand. Or let's throw out something else so we can hunt a bounty in Vabbi. None of these replacements are EASY. Your average single player alone won't be able to do them. At least not in my family. We're casual gamers and roleplayers, not platformers. Other people may have loved Mario Brothers as kids. We did Final Fantasy. We have to group together to go into the expansion areas. That's work.
I feel like we're being punished for getting the expansions by having a harder time doing the dailies. And being able to glide is not worth that extra aggravation. That's why none of the lower four accounts have Heart of Thorns. We don't like going into that cesspool any more than we have to, and I try to keep that have to at a minimum. Path of Fire with the mounts was another story. Those mounts are dang useful and so we've got them on all six accounts now, and it is something amazing to see a phalanx of family and friends swooping around at once.
But it's still annoying to have to go and kill a bounty with SIX DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS each day. Granted, we group up to keep it from being too many trips, but organizing time to go on a hunting run is a bit closer to a non-trivial task when people have school, work, and other stuff on conflicting schedules.
Now if we could do the core dailies on our own schedules, then we could spend more time when we are together doing other stuff that is interesting. Rather than the daily grind. Maybe going off to slay a dragon.
I'll say it again. I feel like we are being punished with harder dailies because we gave money to ANet so we could have an expansion to make the game funner to play. And yes. The mounts are awesome. But I don't like that the tradeoff for getting the mounts is harder dailies. And the gliding from Heart of Thorns? Oh no. NEVER worth having to go into that cesspool on a daily basis.
If ANet let us do the core dailies we would buy Heart of Thorns in a heartbeat. That's the only think stopping us from getting it. The aggravation of being FORCED to go into Heart of Thorns on a daily basis. A place we hate with a burning passion almost as badly as we hated the Imperial City in Guild Wars 1. A vertical hellscape of annoyances where you can see where you want to go but can't because it is way above or way below you.
Let us do the core dailies. Don't punish us for getting the expansions. Allow us to spend more time doing story or pursuing other collections together, rather than having to take time out of our coordinated schedules to finish off an "easy" daily.
Yes. I know. Not every family has six accounts. Yes, I sometimes ask myself how much money we've spent over the last ten years or so on SIX different accounts and I kinda wince. But...we'd spend more money in a heart beat if we weren't going to be punished in game for doing so. The gliders are nice. But we don't want to be forced to go into Heart of Thorns just to finish a daily grind.
Make it an option. I'm all for it. If people want to go there, I'm happy for them. But give us the same option to do the same core dailies that every other generic Guild Wars 2 account can do, and please stop punishing us for buying the expansions. We spent money to do something fun. To unlock a different way of playing the game. Not to have harder things to do when we aren't really looking for a challenge on that particular day.
Or maybe I AM looking for a challenge. Maybe I feel like slaying a dragon today. But the daily today is to do an event completer in Dragons Stand and to kill a bounty in Vabbi, and after a half our of that, I'm not so interested in hunting down a dragon after all.
Come on guys.
Give us access to all the core dailies again.