I’ve been spending the early days of Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns expansion pack trying to remember how to play Guild Wars 2. So far it’s not going well.

For example, after I took the screenshot at the top of this article I tabbed out to begin writing, then tabbed back to this.

Not good.

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Truth be told it’s probably been over a year since I’ve seriously played ArenaNet’s buy-to-play MMO, thanks to various distractions and chocobo sorts of things, so going from a level 30-something character (who apparently was deleted at some point) I hadn’t played in a year to a character who leveled from 1 to the 80 cap in 79 clicks (I was supplied with level-raising tomes) is not easy.

Yeah, I’m probably going to have to start over. Perhaps I’ll make a Revenant, the new class introduced in the expansion pack that my nephew tells me is a “beast in PVP” along with just about everything else. “That tree over there is a beast in PVP” is something I imagine he says all the time.

Perhaps she shall have a huge nose.

Perhaps I shall name her Nosey McNoserson.

I think I’ll keep her.

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Anyway, Nosey and I will be spending the next few days getting reacquainted with Guild Wars 2. Once I feel comfortable in this virtual skin I’ll go try and make my level 80 look presentable.

Who knows, maybe in a couple of days I’ll be familiar enough to head over to the official forums and complain about the “endless grinding” I’ve heard so much about since Friday.

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Contact the author, Beardy McBearderson, at fahey@kotaku.com or follow him on Twitter at @bunnyspatial