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BackwashBackwash Member Posts: 27
So, Nightfall and Factions are both stand alones? I was thinking about buying Nightfall, and I wont need the original GW right... Have they buffed up the graphics engine from the original? My old comp might not run it too well, will 624 sd ram with a 1.8 ghz processor do? So is Nightfall the best option and more importantly will it run?


  • LydonLydon Member UncommonPosts: 2,935

    Yes, Factions and Nightfall are both stand-alone campaigns. You therefore will not need the original, Prophecies, in order to play it. The graphics have indeed been buffed up since the original, but the client remains as effecient as it has always been. You therefore will not need a beast of a computer at all in order to run it. Your PC is above minimum requirements (1Ghz PIII, 512RAM), so it should run fine. I used to play up until recently with 512RAM and it ran at around 20FPS, which is perfectly playable.  I would indeed suggest Nightfall as your first campaign.

  • BackwashBackwash Member Posts: 27
    OOk sweet, yeah 20fps is def playable for me, I try to raid in WoW on this comp somtimes... I hate WoW and playing with like 5 fps, thats unplayable man...
    If anyone has a free trial key I would greatly appreciate it... I tried buying online but the site wouldnt work, and I wanna check it out before I buy now, anyways would anyone be able ta spare me one? plzzz : )
  • Lonesamurai1Lonesamurai1 Member Posts: 1,210

    Hope this helps:



    Ok, first off you need the client to play Guild Wars, so lets clear up all the issues people have with it and getting started:

    1, installing the client

    Ok, first off, don't install from the disk, its a pain in the butt! Instead, grab it here:


    K, when thats downloaded, install from that file

    When its installed, you should have an icon on the desktop, right click on this and make a copy, then right click on the desktop and click paste. This will then create a second Guild Wars icon.

    Once you have the second icon, right click on it and rename the icon to "Guild Wars Image" or similar (as your going to hide this icon later anyway, it doesn't matter what you call it).

    Right click on your Guild Wars shortcut and select 'Properties'.

    In the 'Target Area' field you will see the location of your Guild Wars executable file:

    "C:Program FilesGuild WarsGw.exe"

    Write the desired command line arguments after the quote marks (as I've done in the image above):

    "C:Program FilesGuild WarsGw.exe" -image

    Click apply, then click ok, then double click the icon to start it and the client will start and find and download all relevant and up to date game files and decompress them, this makes the game so much faster and saves people waiting whilst you load an area that you haven't been to before

    Now, whilst this is doing its thing, move the icon you just made into the Startup section in your start menu (click All Programs and goto "Startup", right click on it and click explore to open a file window) by clicking and dragging into the file window. This will now make the installer check for updates whenever you start up your PC, meaning your always up to date and if you watch your start up, you also see if there has been an update so you can go and see whats been changed (if your as anal as me that is ;) )

    Now, the imaging can take anywhere between an hour to 5/6 hours depending on your connection, time of day and timezone (for the server it will connect to), so whilst your doing this, go and have a good read through of the official Guild Wars Wiki to get to know the game better


    2, Getting the game up and running

    Ok, once you've done the full image, now you need to get into it

    Double click on the Guild Wars icon image thats still on the desktop to start up the client and get into the game.

    you'll then see the log in screen:


    now before you log in, press F11 to bring up the options menu and change the game options to how you want them (screen resolution, graphics and sound options, etc!)

    Ok, to log in, enter the email address you made your account with, this is your log in and can never be changed, you can change the email address on the account at any time by pressing the Edit Account button at the bottom, aswell as add extra game key codes, change your personal details and also your password, but your original email address will always be your log in, so make sure you don't forget it!

    ok, enter your log in and password for your account and you'll be taken to the character select screen:


    on here, you can either start a new character or select a character your already playing, but this tutorial is for new players, so we'll go by you not having a character...

    next click one of the free character spaces and you'll be taken to the chapter selection:


    here just select the chapter you want to make your character in. for more details, click on the links below:




    *Remember, there is no character creation in Guild Wars: eye of the North, but info is added here for general information*


    Now you'll be in the profession selection screen:

    Propecies = 6 core professions imageimageimageimageimageimage

    Factions = 6 core professions + Assasin and Ritualistimageimageimageimageimageimage + imageimage

    Nightfall = 6 core professions + Dervish and Paragonimageimageimageimageimageimage + imageimage

    You cannot make an Assasin, Ritualist, Dervish or Paragon from the Prophecies character creation. Plus, you can only make these four from their respective chapters creations ('Sin and Rit from Factions, Derv and para from nightfall)

    Once you have made your character and named them, you are good to go and enjoy the game


  • BackwashBackwash Member Posts: 27
    WTF is up with Play NC!!? I've tried to buy GW for the last two nights, and it keeps saying try back tommorow. I dont think any game stores around here have guild wars. Ack, this blows, im gonna have to get off my lazy and ass and go to a bigger game store somewhere... uhh can I have a trial key plzzz? Id like to know if I like the game first. Anyone PM me one, thanks.
  • zonzaizonzai Member Posts: 358

    Play NC is screwed up.  You can buy GW online here.

  • BranXBranX Member UncommonPosts: 79

    factions and night are yes, both standalone games. you can buy either one and create a account and play. you do not need the original gw. your computer will run fine dont even worry about that. and yes the graphics are buffed since prophecy.

  • BackwashBackwash Member Posts: 27
    Ohhh thanks so much for that site.
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