So I had a happy life and login for few hours a week and play around and go here and there, then I noticed my XP bar doesn't gain anything in Path of Fire maps!
I remember a while back that was a thing in Thorn Jungle of something (Yea, that is how much I care about lore of the game, sorry!), and people complained so much that Anet give up and removed raid requirement for raid to gain XP and obviously shards.
So I thought that is the thing again, and opened the Masteries window and guess what, Roller Beetle mount is locked! and No way to open it or ignore it.
So what should I do? first spent hours in Wiki reading through things that I have no idea what they mean to find how to unlock it. and finally found it, not in wiki in a reddit post from someone else who had similar issue. Told myself, even though I hate those KITTEN personal stories, lets do this one and unlock that thing so I can gain XP again.
I'm not sure what goes in brain of developers of anet. Is it so hard to design a system that doesn't need locking the XP bar? a simple one would be when player selected a mastery, assign XP to that one, if they didn't just give them XP bar and shards. You might say someone might forget to select a mastery to train, don't we have those Kitten messages that suddenly pop up on screen when you touch something that you shouldn't have? can't you show one of those when training mastery is complete or player have available mastery to train but they have not selected one?
In another story, since there are 7 million people are playing the game right now, I was looking through looking for group to find a group in PoF maps to join, noticed that everyone ins in dragonfall. OK lets go there ... Em! a personal story again! Lets do it until I reach there. and I managed to get in. Cool now lets follow squad and do some events. Wait what? they can go there with skyscale and there is no other way to reach that champion up there? What the KITTEN?! ok how do you get that? Story again? KITTEN it, even though I KITTEN it, lets do it. after 16 times circling around the island to collect something that dev thought would be "so much fun" managed to complete it, now have to wait 2 hours for the mail to arrive. After whole weekend gathering stuff and doing Stupid stories and then waiting 2 hours to get that mail (Why?) I go to map that supposed to be sun's refuge! and guess what again? There is no portal there!
Look in Wiki and it says just go through portal! which portal? there is nothing in there!
Asked in map and someone told me have to finish personal stories before I can access that KITTEN area to be able to continue collecting stuff for skyscale and then "ha ha ha, goodluck ..., see you in a month ... ".
I don't have slightest interest in doing stories, I want to gain XP, collect shards and also get gold from doing events, so I can buy my ascended armor and all of this because rest of the maps in game are so nerfed that if you go anywhere other than PoF maps you gain copper for events. What happend to the idea of play however you like, whenever you like? I have no interest in personal stories and haven't finished any of them and now I'm forced to do those stories which I don't even know how many there are to be able to do my normal things in game which doesn't involve doing raids, instances, fractals, etc. I'm all happy but Nope!