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Tomorrow's Guild Chat: We want your questions!

Hello all, I'm getting ready for tomorrow's episode of Guild Chat and we'll be taking some of your questions about the episode, so drop them here. One quick note to save you and me some time: It's helpful if you keep your question brief and to the point. Think "the length of a tweet". Questions are put on a monitor for the dev guests and that monitor has limited space. Anything longer than a sentence or two doesn't fit on the monitor and I have to trim it down anyway before the dev guests ever see it.

Tomorrow's show has six dev guests, to give you an overview of who will be on to answer questions:

  • Clay Kisko, Game Designer & Team Lead
  • Tom Abernathy, Narrative Director
  • Joseph Clark, Sound Designer
  • Chelsey Shuder, Cinematic Team Lead
  • Jessica Lewis, Cinematic Artist
  • Chris Burgess, Sound Designer

With that said, ask away! I'll grab as many questions as I can early tomorrow morning.

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  • First, love the episode, especially the tone and meta!
    Questions:
    1.) This episode was rather short; should we expect this length going forward?
    2.) Though the frost looks great, it makes the action difficult to see; was this considered with the mechanic and intentional?
    3.) Is Karma expected to be the new currency (replacing currency like Unbound and Volatile Magic)?
    4.) Males in the keep are turned by Jormag, female characters in story tempted... the dragons have genders?
    5.) Will Strike Missions continue to advance towards Raid-level content or will they remain entry-level?

    Thx for the opportunity and the fun episode!

  • Turkeyspit.3965Turkeyspit.3965 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2019

    Will there be any more Legendary Weapons introduced to the game? I don't need to know a 'when', just an answer as to is that part of ANET's vision going forward.

    And to echo what @Randulf.7614 asked: is the design going forward to be shorter episodes but more frequent releases?

    Please, don't worry about spoiling us; I don't know how many players actually like getting 'surprised', but I'm also fairly certain that even if this is some hidden philosophy, many of us may not be around to see it, so best announce your intentions to us now.

    I've logged in / played this game daily since Feb 2018 (3,566hrs played), but have only logged in 3 times over the past two weeks, and haven't even visited the new map yet.

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  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2019

    First of, I love this episode in every aspect. Probably the best quality of content to date. <3

    Question: Will the map be expanded with future releases, like the Darkrime Delves or the eerie forest, for instance?

  • Will the achievements for flying a Skyscale through the magic/karma paths return to the game? Will achievements be added for the paths in Bjora Marches?

  • hugo.4705hugo.4705 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2019

    Monitor/clear version:
    Q1: Why the whispers (Jormag) have a female voice? Does Jormag use a voice of the opposite sex of the target to be more seducing? If the voice is always feminine, should it means Jormag consider itself female?

    Q2: Boneskinner is stated to be a Jormag minion during the escort, so why it doesn't assault the keep? Why not more of them/ longer appearance in the episode? btw its combat music/theme is awesome

    Q3: Why killing Almora instead of Jhavi, a Warmaster instead of Necromancer?

    Q4: Does Jormag minions conserve free will?

    Long version:

    Q1: Why the whispers (Jormag) have a female voice? Does Jormag use a voice of the opposite sex of the target to be more seducing? So Marjory hear a men? If the voice is always feminine, should it means Jormag consider itself female?

    (It would make sense if it consider itself this way to have a female avatar to lead its army; and so kidnapping Almora soulkeeper and Jhavi Jorasdottir. Jormag killed Almora because it was almost sure to convert Jhavi? A norn is better to lead norns? )

    Q2: Boneskinner is stated to be a Jormag minion during the escort, so why it doesn't assault the keep? Why not more of them? It definitely lack an important place in the story, after all the trailers and mention of it, I expected a big thing.

    (His behavior was great during the escort, just appearing and disappearing, tracking you. Why reducing it during the fight to a simple static easy killable monster? That only teleport centimeters away? Illusions and intense fog could have been a better path for a fight. Also being part of meta.)

    Q3: Why killing Almora instead of Jhavi? What logic in killing a Warmaster instead of a Necromancer?

    Q4: Does Jormag minions conserve free will? Seems to be different stages: Fraetir is just a puppet but Sons of Svanir seems to be "free". Icebrood don't speak that much too.

    Why scarifying Almorra, it doesn't make any sense, if I was Jormag, whar's the matter? You have a necromancer and a warmaster, you are leading an Army, it would be way far more strategical to turn an old friend of your enemy (Almorra) against him, corrupted, would be more hurtful. Or even simply keeping it as general!
    What make it really incoherent is that apparently Almorra was possessed by Jormag to speaks through the coms, but she doesn't have any ice shards on her!!!!! Whereas Fraetir had some. Jormag needs to corrupt the body, putting ice in it, just like any dragons, an untouched body can't speak.
    Darkrealm Delve sound like a name of a giant Area.... And here, there is nothing to explore just rumbles.

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  • Second Question: why can you not use mounts in Darkrime Delves? why is that the only spot on the map where mounts are forbidden?

  • SlateSloan.3654SlateSloan.3654 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2019
    • Has the work on the episode been finished like intended?
    • Why is every event and collection leaving the question "and now thats it?"
    • Why hype the episode with trailers and stage event when theres so little content at all?
    • Has a Jumping Puzzle been forgotten to patch into the episode?
  • I loved the creepiness of Jormag possessing the last guy (can't remember his name) - and the Hunger achievement, though I hate the run and fetch nature, was good too. I expected the guy to somehow go all nasty after we finished feeding him.

    Q: What was the point of the Essences Mastery? Mobs are being melted without them. Is there more to them in the future?

  • When will Wintersday start?
    Will there be any new activities for Wintersday?

  • Tammuz.7361Tammuz.7361 Member ✭✭✭

    ETA on CoR pathing bug that was introduced in October fix?

  • Is there a way to address Boss scaling in Open World? Have you considered adding an enrage effect like Aestus & Ignis from Draconis Mons when crowds are too big? Boneskinner goes down fast and isn't as threatening as I thought it'd be :(

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  • @hugo.4705 said:
    Monitor/clear version:
    Q1: Why the whispers (Jormag) have a female voice? Does Jormag use a voice of the opposite sex of the target to be more seducing? If the voice is always feminine, should it means Jormag consider itself female?

    Q2: Boneskinner is stated to be a Jormag minion during the escort, so why it doesn't assault the keep? Why not more of them/ longer appearance in the episode?

    Q3: Why killing Almora instead of Jhavi, a Warmaster instead of Necromancer?

    Q4: Does Jormag minions conserve free will?

    Long version:

    Q1: Why the whispers (Jormag) have a female voice? Does Jormag use a voice of the opposite sex of the target to be more seducing? So Marjory hear a men? If the voice is always feminine, should it means Jormag consider itself female?

    (It would make sense if it consider itself this way to have a female avatar to lead its army; and so kidnapping Almora soulkeeper and Jhavi Jorasdottir. Jormag killed Almora because it was almost sure to convert Jhavi? A norn is better to lead norns? )

    Q2: Boneskinner is stated to be a Jormag minion during the escort, so why it doesn't assault the keep? Why not more of them? It definitely lack an important place in the story, after all the trailers and mention of it, I expected a big thing.

    (His behavior was great during the escort, just appearing and disappearing, tracking you. Why reducing it during the fight to a simple static easy killable monster? That only teleport centimeters away? Illusions and intense fog could have been a better path for a fight. Also being part of meta.)

    Q3: Why killing Almora instead of Jhavi? What logic in killing a Warmaster instead of a Necromancer?

    Q4: Does Jormag minions conserve free will? Seems to be different stages: Fraetir is just a puppet but Sons of Svanir seems to be "free". Icebrood don't speak that much too.

    Why scarifying Almorra, it doesn't make any sense, if I was Jormag, whar's the matter? You have a necromancer and a warmaster, you are leading an Army, it would be way far more strategical to turn an old friend of your enemy (Almorra) against him, corrupted, would be more hurtful. Or even simply keeping it as general!
    What make it really incoherent is that apparently Almorra was possessed by Jormag to speaks through the coms, but she doesn't have any ice shards on her!!!!! Whereas Fraetir had some. Jormag needs to corrupt the body, putting ice in it, just like any dragons, an untouched body can't speak.
    Darkrealm Delve sound like a name of a giant Area.... And here, there is nothing to explore just rumbles.

    Q4: Iirc, the "leaders" of The Svanir are the ones who keep the most personality/intellect. This is addressed partially in Season 3 in BItterfrost for the heart where you pose as a Svanir. However, I do wanna know what they say on this point as well!

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  • reikken.4961reikken.4961 Member ✭✭✭

    This new episode introduced a new set of masteries usually reserved for new expansions. Can we also expect a new set of elite specs?

  • Hibiskus.8294Hibiskus.8294 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2019

    1: With new mounts and masterys added to the game, will you make the combat feeling faster and fluid? (Casting attacks while moving, faster Auto attacks for weapons that feel slow)? Make close Combats 3rd Auto attack reduce the cd from the heal, maybe? Some sort of more Risk = more reward? Make conditions less painful, the dmg stays the same but instead of giving us the full dmg in 1-2 seconds stretch the time so that the Overall dmg stays the same but you have more time to react….you know…. cleanse skills and healing skills have sometimes high cds and the hot and pof Monsters hand them out like candy at Halloween.... it is sour not sweet...

    2: Will you make some more hairstyles / cultural Outfits like wedding attire/ cook? Since the races traveling the Maps they could discover more ways to makeinteresting things....also it seems totally possible for me that there are cultural Dragon champ Outfits, since the races probally dont wear the same armor when they get corupted…

    3: Tequatl seems the only Dragon champ that got a miniature that can also swim….do you plan to add miniatures of the older Dragon champs ? (also: why can the festive aurene mini not swim?)… also teqautl and aurene are the only ones that got weapons assigned to them (weapons of the sunless/ weapons of the scion)… can the other Dragon Champs please also get their own ascended versions (with the same model, but other Colours)?

    4: new elite specs? Like wielding 2 torches / shields?

    5: is there a possible way in the future ( since we have the mists) that we get the chance to become one of the corupted Champs at will? With caithe that willingy branded through aurene we could also later choose one Dragon? (since aurene did not brand us)… it could affect the way the elite specs work (and maybe the normal specs?)

    6: Is Joko really dead…? Like dead and rotten? He was such an interesting character… i still hope we can see him again?(mists?)...

  • Pifil.5193Pifil.5193 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I feel that this episode was the shortest, lightest one, yet. Is this what we can expect future saga releases to be?

    What do you feel is the draw of strike missions? How do you plan to incentivise people to run them?

    1. Going forward, are the Saga episodes going to be as short as episode 1, or are you still testing the waters?
    2. With updrafts and mushrooms making a return, will we start seeing more verticality in map design as the Far Shiverpeaks continue to expand?
    3. As the saga expands, will we see more new open world enemies with new mechanics and move-sets such as HoT and PoF enemies?
    4. The Hunger Achievement was fully voiced and felt like a side quest than a collection with more rewards too, which was great! Will we be seeing more of that?
    5. How are you planning to build on top of the essence manipulation mastery to make it feel more impactful? (E.g. mushrooms weren't necessary in Verdant Brink, but if learned made traversal A LOT easier)
    6. Are we going to have more weather impeding mechanics as new parts of the map open up to add to that survival element when traversing?
    7. It was nice to see a lot of good looking skins (weapons, helm, backpack) released with the map. Is this going to be consistent?
    8. Jumping puzzles...? :)
    9. Are we going to have more events that change the area of the map by making it more/less hospitable depending on failure/success of said event?
  • ZeftheWicked.3076ZeftheWicked.3076 Member ✭✭✭✭
    1. Prologue and episode 1 were just two months apart. Is this Saga's planned candence or just "happened here and now" thing?
    2. Did they guy doing the ending cutscene (convo with Jormag) get a raise? He should!
    3. Will restored boreal weapons evolve with Saga episodes and will they go to legendary tier?
  • Matt H.6142Matt H.6142 Member ✭✭✭

    Tell us about the mounted Svanir and why they exist only in one event please.

  • Astralporing.1957Astralporing.1957 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Ashantara.8731 said:
    Question: Will the map be expanded with future releases, like the Darkrime Delves, for instance?

    If so, how will it work with the first part of the map being locked behind first chapter of the Saga? Will the access to the second part still come from core tyria maps, and not from the current part of Bjora's Marches?

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  • How Svanir got their raptors? Have they purchased PoF?
    Is this episode quality is to be expected in future?
    Are there any plans to intoduce less egg hunt activiteis?

  • Palador.2170Palador.2170 Member ✭✭✭✭

    What is the intended gameplay of the essence masteries? How did you expect/plan for them to be used here?

    What is the intended fun value of the essence masteries? How is having/using them supposed to make the game more fun?

    Norn shrine with dwarven stonework, norn buildings with nothing norn-ish to them, the abuse/exploitation of spirit essence, and a near complete lack of anything lore related for the norn or charr. The story is human-centric at best, and anti-norn at points. Is this really your idea of getting more exposure/knowledge of norn culture, and was the prologue the extent of our chance to learn about the charr?

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  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2019

    In the map you see blue ghosts next to trees that disappear when you get close to them. What's the story behind them?

    Will the raven barrier shrines serve more purpose in the next episode?

    Why in the episode does it say Braham abandoned his people when the story before that gave no indication that he did such a thing?

  • The new episode has a new type of Mastery, so many of us look at the Saga as a multi release expansion. Can we expect a 3rd elite spec in the coming chapters?

  • Loved the patch even tho I expected a bigger map this time around (I know it will be expanded, but still, Icebrood Saga maps right now are smaller then Season 4.)

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  • Q: This release was smaller than previous LW episodes. What cadence are you aiming for in Icebrood Saga?

    Q: Do you intend to make Icebrood Saga's maps more dangerous to account for Essence Manipulation?

    Q: During the presentation, we were told that Strikes are designed as an introduction to raid content. Are there plans to release raids in Icebrood Saga?

  • Even though this was a short episode (but I felt the cadence was right to set up for the next section) at the end where our character says, " We still need a way through the mountains. You (Cresia) and Rytlock scout for a path." I see us going south instead of west as I look at the map. Since Aurene was not with us in this story, I am wondering if we are trying to figure out if Jormag is wanting to truly ally with Aurene or if he is trying to lure her to corrupt her and we must figure out what to do to prepare her to make a good decision. I suspect he does not realize she ate Joko and cannot really be killed but do think he knows she potentially could be corrupted. Is Aurene in more danger in the next episode and are we going to have to figure a way to help her realize Jormag may be or not be what she may think he is?

  • Perihen the Thawk.9527Perihen the Thawk.9527 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2019

    The essence masteries seem to be connected to the lost spirits of the wild (Dolyak, Wolverine, Eagle) through the essence icons and the fact that some of the enemy types gather around shrines to these lost spirits. Is this explained anywhere in the map, or is the fate of these spirits and their connection to these mob types a mystery we're going to unravel in the future?

    Edit: Got caught up in thinking of my question and forgot to make it short:

    Are the essence types and their mobs connected to the lost spirits of the wild or other lore? If so, will we learn more about what's going on with that?

  • Pirindolo.9427Pirindolo.9427 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2019

    Will next essence mastery tiers remove (or at least reduce) the annoyances of having to gather them every so often and their time limit?

  • Lottie.5370Lottie.5370 Member ✭✭✭
    1. Are you planning any Icebrood Saga themed raids or fractals?

    2. When will the next chapter release? Though the content was amazing it felt really short.

    3. Are you planning to change the character selection splash art?

  • Lottie.5370Lottie.5370 Member ✭✭✭

    How will expanding Bjora Marches interact with map completion, for those who have already mapped the current area?

  • Darlgon.9273Darlgon.9273 Member ✭✭✭

    Mordremoth was the dragon of the mind. With Ember Bay, we saw constructs with traits of both Mordremoth and Primordius. Where are the Mordremoth and Jormag constructs?

    Did Jormag become the new dragon of the mind? Did Morde's death reinforce its mental powers?

  • Will you be looking at the Thicc breakbars on the map or are they working as intended?

  • Arden.7480Arden.7480 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2019

    Who compose the music for the Icebrood Saga? :)

    Is this astralaria-like thing that was highlighted in the final cinematic some kind of a portal? We go Beyond theory intensifies :D

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  • The launcher was changed with the design of the new living world. Will there also be a change in the design of the character selection screen?

  • At what time will you release builds in Guild Wars 2 and what will happen with the loadoutsystem?

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I will be unable to tune in for the chat if anyone is able to summarise any salient/key points

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    Will there be a new Character-Screen background thats fitting to the new dlc?

  • Zoid.2568Zoid.2568 Member ✭✭✭

    Will you make really cool in-game cinematics for important encounters in the story?

  • Dante.1763Dante.1763 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Will there ever be any new pets introduced? You have said expansion level content, does this included elite specs, pets, and new weapons? Or just story and maps(the same as every living world season).

    Will we be getting any new hairs, horns, face styles/types, fur patterns etc? Its been a long time.

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    Has this occurred yet?

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  • Did anybody at Anet use (or even try for R&D purposes) Arc Templates before the design process began on your own version? Or was the entire design philosophy about creating something diametrically opposed to most people's expectation (even experience) of a successful solution to templates, coupled with a revolting monetisation goal?

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I tossed a question into Twitch chat, very belatedly, that was probably lost in the spam -- or will be addressed in the story so they don't want to let it out yet? Anyway, I wonder just how tremendous an impact "The Burden" would have on the Norn if it became public. It upends the story of one of their greatest heroes, the foundation of one of their main cultural beliefs. On the other hand, Norn are staunchly independent sorts as a rule who don't just go along with the group-think and might be better able to roll with the punches on such a thing.

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