This weekend is the first open beta weekend for Guild Wars 2. With one day left in the weekend I had to make the most of it. 

So I downloaded the beta client and logged in to create my first character. A Charr. I rolled a ranger, which meant I am able to choose my own awesome sidekick (aka pet).
After a little while running around in the battle-centric Char opening, I created a Norn. More specifically, an engineer, which basically just made me a steampunk-themed giant. 

I'm ok with that. 

I had a lot of fun playing both races, though I'll be honest I enjoyed the more nature-loving Norns a bit more. 

Guild Wars 2 has what they call dynamic events, which is essentially an event that you can join as long as you're in proximity to the event area. Think of it like a quest that you automatically join as long as you're close enough (and the event is happening). So there's no need to join any group or instance and if you don't want to participate you can just ignore the event. Events can be helping a villager or defending an area from attackers. I first saw this system used in Warhammer Online (called public quests), then again in Rift (ex Rift event).

I love these types of events. They're awesome. I'm really happy to see another game using this type of system. 

I look forward to more beta weekends and definitely the retail launch of the game. 
Chris spent a chunk of the day at the apartment boxing up the last of his stuff, plus he did some yard work and other things. Yard work seemed a little ambitious so I decide to bake some things....

I started with lemon poppy seed muffins. I haven't tried one yet but I've been told they're great.

While those were baking in the oven I started prepping some home made samoa bars. The caramel on them is actually cooling as I type this - so they're not done yet.
I also had the bread machine going making a batch of Naan dough. This first batch was pretty tasty, but I already have ideas on how to make it better.

There was also a half batch of chicken cordon blue and some butter chicken (also known murgh makhani). Everything except the butter chicken I made from scratch. I'm still missing at least one ingredient - so I used a mix. Not as tasty as doing it from scratch, but not as terrible as I thought it was going to be either.

Well, I should go finish those samoa bars before it gets too late...


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