What? No medal? No invite to the palace for tea? Not even a personal note in my in-game mailbox? What gives?
You see those vacation t-shirts all over: So-and-so went to such-and-such a place and all I got was this lousy t-shirt! Well, Guild Wars 2 players may be feeling somewhat the same after Queen Jennah did the equivalent of taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times to thank players for beating back Scarlet Briar's Clockwork Invasion as the Queen was finishing up her Jubilee speech.
Players had to run all over the world, not just Divinity's Reach, to defeat the boss behind the attacks on the realm, and granted they got some nice loot, but all the Queen saw fit to do was post a thank you on the official website. Some of the more interesting bits:
The world of Guild Wars 2 is filled with thousands of dynamic events that constantly change based on the actions of players like you. Fast-paced, action-oriented combat lets you attack on the move, dodge and roll away from enemy blows, team up with other players, and take advantage of environmental weapons to dominate the battlefield! Competitive play in Guild Wars 2 is easy to learn, but offers challenges for new players and hardcore PvPers alike. Guild Wars 2 is your story - your choices determine how your personal story evolves, and with thousands of possible variations, no two players will have the exact same experience.
For driving Scarlet and her minions out of Divinity's Reach, I am proud of my people and grateful to our visitors from other nations. We still don't know the motives behind Scarlet's actions, but the watchknights have been deactivated pending a full investigation. As soon as we can guarantee they are free from outside influences, they will once again stand tall in the defense of our city and our society.
She hints that Scarlet Briar will probably return since she was not captured, so players can probably look forward to another encounter.
But let's address for a moment the Queen's gratitude. As a hero of the realm, someone who fought hard to save the Queen's life, I would have hoped players would get something a bit more personal aside from an achievement. A knighthood or title perhaps? Maybe a private meeting with the queen? At least a note personally addressed to them in their in-game mailbox?
ArenaNet should make t-shirts saying "I saved Queen Jennah from a Clockwork invasion and all I got was a lousy Infinite Watchknight Tonic."
Ah well. Back to the grind. With the new update coming soon, players should have plenty to keep them busy with the new crafting and gear adjustments.