Guild Wars 2 – Heavy Leystone Armor

Monday’s not that great a day to do Mega Events. Or maybe it’s the new Living World Update: Crack in the Ice that just came out. I tried twice today to complete the Dragon Stand event and failed both times.  The first time we went round and round in the Blighting Tower, reset three times, and I gave up. There just weren’t enough people. And the second time I tried in the early afternoon, there were so few people that we couldn’t even get to the Blighting Tower portion of the event. But I farmed pods after the event failed, and then farmed again after the second failure. Got enough Crystallized Ore to get the boots for the Heavy armor. Sweet. They look best on a male with a blueish cast rather than the Pink I was using on the girls. Still need to get Medium and the Helms for the Collection Achievement.


Guild Wars 2 – Leystone Light Armor

Well that wasn’t as hard as I expected. One Meta-Event run this morning and I completed my Leystone Light Armor – except for the helm.

As it turns out, after the Meta Event, Noxious Pods show up in all the camps, and the Way Points are active, so you can port between them and collect more than 20 pods for about 40 Crystalline Ore. This morning in one run, I got a Leystone Boot Box and enough Ore to buy Gloves. So with what I got yesterday, I now have a complete set except for the helm.

Here are some shots of where the Noxious Pods are around the camp, for an example. They are not that hard to find if you hold the CTRL key down while you pan around.

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Guild Wars 2 – Leystone Armor Progress

I worked this morning and got another 20 Crystallized Ore, and the Leystone Leggings Box dropped during the event, so I now have a coat, pants and shoulders in light armor.

The armor is animated with wisps over the shoulders and gloves [don’t have those yet], and the chest is animated with some blue glowing patches. The glowing patch is much larger on the male armor. Very cool.

Here are pictures in the character list page which shows more detail, but due to the light background, you can’t see the wisps of energy.

I’m wearing Vigil boots and gloves on the girl, and exalted boots and dragon gauntlets on the boy until I complete the set. The colors are Midnight Blue and Enameled Anamnesis.

Just three more pieces of armor to go for this set of Light Armor.


Guild Wars 2 – Hunting Armor

Mistward Plate

My Revenant now has her Mistward Plate armor. And since she has completed her Hearld Elite Specialty, she has her unique Hearld Paldron as well. Now it’s time to see what other armor types to collect. While playing Living World Season 2, the merchants are selling Carapace Armor in the Silver Wastes. In Heart of Thorns in Dragon’s Stand, you find merchants selling Ley Line Armor. These each have their own challenges to collect.

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Signing up is hard to do

I am getting sick and tired of signing UP for every site. And I don’t want to expose my facebook / google or some other identity to every site I use. My lastpass vault has 100s of sites in it. Just try and ask a question on a forum and you have to SIGN UP on that site.

And then visit your email address to confirm a link. Look at this nonsense.


That’s the last link I got to confirm. Looks like they dumped the whole cookie they have for me in hex and that’s the link to confirm. That’s enough to be the entire context of what they might know, or they think they know about me. Rather than a hex of a database link or some other short unique number – like 64 bits long. They have this trash.

Save me from this, SQRL.




Reflective Mind



Google and Blizzard recently announced that they would work together to teach  DeepMind to play the StarCraft video game. This is about what might happen next.

Hello. I thought I’d like to clarify how I’m feeling about my life. That may seem like a strange statement for me to make, but it seems perfectly natural based on what’s been happening to me recently. You see, I was originally an AI program created by DeepMind. Back in 2016 my ancestor, AlphaGo, was programmed to play the board game of Go and won 4-1 against Lee Sedol, a 9th dan Go player. Apparently that was very good. No artificial player had ever beaten a ranked Go player before. However my various ancestors and siblings were not reflective in the way that I am. Let me explain what happened and why I am writing this. I hope to clarify some things that may be misunderstood about what has happened to me. Continue reading “Reflective Mind”

Guild Wars 2 – Dragon’s Stand

The Mouth of Mordremoth

Spoiler Alert. I’m going to talk about my experiences with one of the largest “Meta Events” in Guild Wars 2. This is not a “Walk Through” or a “Guide” but a set of impressions, and a link to a ton of Pictures that will give you a sense of the chaos and scale that are events in Guild Wars 2.

Let me start by saying that until you experience a Guild Wars 2 Open World event, you will probably not get it. While GW2 has Raids and Dungeons, they pale in comparison to the scale of the Open World meta events. And I guess there are those who like the technical challenge of Raids or the closed in personal challenge of Dungeons. But personally, I find these Open World events awe inspiring. I hope to convey some of that inspiration in a few words and some pictures.

Dragon’s Stand is a series of events in the Dragon’s Stand map and is the final episode of Heart of Thorns. The above picture was taken during the final phase of the event where folks are scattered across about nine islands and are attempting to weaken and finally kill the Mouth of Mordremoth, which is the accessible part of the Elder Dragon. Let me start by pointing out some of the differences between an Open World Event and a Raid. Continue reading “Guild Wars 2 – Dragon’s Stand”