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           Welcome to AlmarsGuides.com! Almar's Guides has helped over ten million gamers world wide overcome some of the most challenging and frustrating elements of gaming; helping to improve the playability and enjoyment of all gamers. If you've come here looking for help with gaming, you have come to the right place!

           I've been a complete nerd my entire life, clocking in over twelve hours a day on video games for the past decade of my life. I have put in more hours than someone would spend earning a Phd on a subject. When you want accurate information on a subject trust an expert, so let me ask you, who better to trust than the biggest nerd there ever was?

Recent Updates

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The vault contains all old updates

2/9/14

I added a new banner to my website to celebrate my Fifth Anniversary (it's a bit christmassy, but I was a few months late with uploading it, shoot me!) and also a new link to my celebrating 5 years page (the banner will link you here when clicked).

2/2/14

I purchased EQ Next Landmark, expect some videos or guides covering content in that game to come sometime soon.

12/3/13

It's been a rough year for me, if you've watched the video I put up above back in October you'll know a lot of what has been going on with me. I am going to be doing a lot of changes for the 2014 year and I will discuss a lot of them in the 5th Anniversary page that I am working on currently. Almost none of these changes will effect you as a user; they're mostly just things I am going to be doing differently and an update to current games/future guides. I will go over some of them here with you but finalize more (maybe, maybe not depends on how much I type today) in my 5th anniversary post.

Before I get started I apologize if any of this sounds condescending. I hate having to say that before I say something because that statement within itself is condescending, but there are too many people out there that get butthurt over everything and they're too stupid to get over themselves.

Now.

1. The first major change that will take place is I am no longer going to be active with the community of users on my Youtube Account/Website. This is the only change that will effect normal users or those who wish to get to know me. Trust me, you don't want to get to know me. That is the reason I am making this change and it being the primary one. I will still do give aways and fun events and whatever else I did before but this time around I am not going to have an interpersonal relationship with anyone outside of that. This is a personal decision because of all the trials and tribulations my attitude/mentality has caused in the past. It's a lot easier for me to pretend to be nice and cool and outgoing when I only have to do it a few times a month. It becomes much harder when I am forced to do it for longer periods of time.

2. I am going to start writing more noobie/getting started guides for a broader spectrum of games starting towards the end of 2014/2015. The reason for this is noob guides don't go out of date so fast and I hate having so many out of date guides.

3. I am going to make Everquest and Guild Wars 2 my 'End game' game guides, meaning these games will be the ones I focus primarily on writing guides to help more advanced players. Other guides will be edited or taken down that have grown out of date with other games.

4. I will not be doing constant videos. I hate doing videos. I hate talking and I hate the community on Youtube. You know the people who I am talking about. I don't want to be around all that stupidity it just pisses me off and makes me lose faith in humanity (these are also the people I am avoiding with the first change, chances are if you talk to me in another way outside of youtube, you'll get a much more positive response).

5. I will still be doing videos, just bursts of videos like I used to do before I started playing Guild Wars 2. This is how I operate. I learn games over months then I write all the guides in a week or two week period.

6. I am changing the way I approach and play video games. This is the biggest change that *I* personally am doing. I will write an article on this below because it is important to me that I do.

It's important that I go into depth about this because a lot of people wonder why I quit their favorite games or stopped playing other games or show no interest in other games. The reason for this is because when it comes to playing a lot of these newer games I no longer feel a challenge. That is why I quit WoW, that is why I only farm in games and that is why I quit Gw2 earlier this year. Now part of that sentence probably made you go 'wtf?'. Yes, I only farm in games really because that is the only thing that poses a challenge to me, making a ton of gold/money, more than anyone else does.

In games like Guild Wars 2, the game in itself poses absolutely 0 challenge to me. Each class has a maximum number of 10 abilities available at each time. Seriously, only 10 abilities? Was my initial reaction. I'm used to have 50 some odd key binds in games, learning them all and mastering my class, 10 was using 1/5th of what I am used too. Imagine how quickly that got boring, the only thing in Gw2 that used my entire brain was playing the Trading Post which is what I was known for doing.

As far as PvP goes, I won't even go into details about it because of the arrogance my ego would display. So I'll just say I am not interested in PvP in video games anymore. This hopefully will one day change, but no current games on the market have any chance of changing it.

That's really all for now, I may add more in my anniversary thing or scrap this whole idea of voicing how I feel. I guess we'll see as time goes on.

10/21/13

8/30/13

Awhile ago I promised you new Everquest Guides and I am here to say I have been working very heavily on new EQ Guides and I finally have something to show for it! A lot of the guides still aren't 100% yet but they will be over the next few weeks! I mostly have been spending a lot of my time playing EQ and figuring out how everything works. Now that I have gotten back into the game and done a lot of the higher end content (I am sitting in a Xorbb raid now, jeeze they're so slow) I am able to write the guides you guys have always asked for!!

Everquest Rain of Fear Camp Guides (All the best locations for the Rain of Fear Expansion)!!

Everquest Level 100 Farming Guides

7/20/13

Holding true to my word I have been working heavily on a lot of different Everquest Guides. Just to show you guys what I have done already I will provide some links to you below this. It will also help out a lot doing this because it will make it easier for google to bookmark the pages.

Shadow Knight Swarming Guide (I am still working on it, but I plan to get it done this play time)

Update to my Everquest Leveling Guide

AA Placement Guide -Massively Updated-

The Bazaar Guide Updated

Chat and Macros Guide

Advanced Macros Guide (Heavily under construction, just want to get the page cached)

There are a few more minor updates I have done here or there. If you're an EQ fan, I won't let you guys down, I promise you tons of updates will be coming this Summer! This is a very merry Everquest Summer!! ;D

As for Guild Wars 2 my work there is now on pause until I can get back into the game. I don't know how long that will be but don't worry, all of the information I provide you for the game will remain up to date. And let's face it anway, new farming locations are seldom added into the game so it's not like I am even needed to play that often.

7/2/13

Blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah. Blah blah blah; blah blah, blah blah blah. Blah. Blah blah. Blah blah blah.

Alright so I was bored for a second. Anyway I wanted to post here and let you guys know I have started playing Everquest again! I plan to do a lot of guides for EQ, finishing up a lot of the unfinished parts of my website. I know there were a lot of guides in the EQ section that were 'left hanging' and I plan to fix that this time around. The main ones i plan to do right away are the leveling guide and a Swarming guide for Shadowknights. Maybe in due time too I will finish off my Headshot locations but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

I uploaded a video going over what's to come as well. Take a look!

6/12/13

It's been a pretty rough start of Summer so far... A lot of crap has been going wrong and I have just been crazy busy with everything. I've kind of hit a major wall though and I just wanted to mention it here incase anyone out there was feeling mighty generous.

So what's happened is I need to get injections for my knee in order too.. well.. walk. My insurance only covers 4 injections a year and I need one every four months, which is great because that equals out to 4 year. However the initial 'start' of this was two injections one month apart to get me going. Really it's just fake cartiledge so the bones in my knee don't grind on each other over and over. Since my insurance won't cover this most recent one I need (until september of this year) I am for lack of better words, screwed.

They cost 700$ per injection and that is definitely more than I can afford. Unless by some miracle I find a 250$ item in Diablo 3 I am pretty much screwed. I'll be going back to using my cane ultimately having things take one giant crap on my Summer. I'll be playing a whole lot of D3 over the next few weeks hoping something happens but as I do that if anyone out there is ballin' rich and has money to throw around. Hi ;P

5/20/13

Hey everyone! I just needed to post this update today because I got some serious laughs from this major burn I did to a troll on one of my Youtube videos. He posted a really negative comment and got burned so bad by me that he's going to need to use some extra neosporin ;P

5/12/13

Happy Mother's Day!

4/12/13

I managed to get my computer back up and running. I got some donations and a lot of help from my subscribers which I am eternally grateful for! It wasn't enough to cover the whole video card but it was enough to cover some and I was able to get my computer back up and running fast enough to where i didn't lose too much time in work =)

Thanks to everyone who donated, I love you guys, you make everything I do with Almar's Guides worth it!

4/9/13

So I have a new breaking news story about what has been going on... About two or three days ago I started having trouble with my Computer. It started with a lot of lag one day and then the next day my computer would just keep restarting on me every 20 - 30 minutes. I made a Youtube video about it and asked for some help, luckily I got the help I needed and was able to diagnose the problem. However now I just need the money to buy a new Video Card for my computer.

For those curious my about the problem... My Video Card was over heating. I looked up the normal temperatures for Video Cards which it says should be 40 - 60 degrees celsius. My Vid card was running at 110 - 120 degrees. Obviously way over what it should have been at. Right now though i don't have the money to buy a new video card and what i am able to do with my Youtube and my website just became extremely limited. I am on my Laptop now which isn't my 'work' computer and I have almost nothing but Dreamweaver and the games I USED to play installed on it.

Hopefully I can be back up and running soon but this is a really crappy situation as I have already been very short on money. Since I quite literally have nothing else to do I will probably keep posting updates to my website to keep everyone updated. However my mood has been down in the dumps the past few days so in all honesty I have no idea what is going to happen with posting updates.

All I know is I need to get my computer up and running now or for lack of better words I am completely and utterly screwed.

4/7/13

I've been playing a lot of Diablo 3 over the past few weeks because I really need money. I've been getting a few sales each and every day on the RMAH but nothing super signifigant yet although I definitely can feel it increasing. It's going to take time before I can really build up a capitol and make a lot of money via D3, hell it may never happen with the sad state of the game.

We will have to see how things go, for now I am just working on building up my Barbarian. If they ever make the game good at least I will have an uber character that is extremely high paragon level.

3/31/13

So it has been forever since my last update to the website... I will probably backdate a few things just so when I archive it, everything will look better =P

However if anyone reads this, which I know some people do, I have been playing a lot of Diablo 3 recently believe it or not.. I am kinda liking the few changes they are doing with the game and I never really hated the game when everyone else did. Also I have been playing a lot of Guild Wars 2 primarily so I don't fall behind again like i did when I stopped playing for like 3 months. I am mostly just making videos atm, Youtube is a great source of income and that is exactly what I need atm.

This year I plan to expand a lot with both my website and my Youtube, if everything goes according to plan I am going to buy a more professional webcam soon and also start jumping on more new games when they come out. Right now I do about 2 games a year, mostly MMORPGs and if I get more funding I will be able to do other types of games like I could have done Dead Space 3, the Rift Xpac, the future SWTOR Expac and even put more time into EQ and possibly launch an EQ 2 section.

Sadly my dreams and ambitions are just that. With every passing year though I have been able too put more time and more effort into my website and I will continue to do so.

2/28/13

Over the next few months I am going to be doing a lot of new content for Guild Wars 2! So anyone here who usually follows my work for that game, you can celebrate because there is a lot coming your way! ;D

Aside from Gw2 the next game I am probably going to play is Elder Scrolls Online. I know it is going to be a complete and total failure of a game but the guides will be extremely popular for it for a few months and will give me more of the views and publicity that I deserve. Aside from that game I have gotten requests to play Neverwinter Online but i have no intention of playing it, it just doesn't look interesting enough to me.

Also I may take a break sometime soon to play Dead Space 3. I loved the first two so I really want to play the third. Just don't know if I will have the money to buy it or if I will have to wait until it goes down in price. That's pretty much all for the month of February though. I'll see you guys next month ;)

2/26/13

I've really been too busy playing games to post a real update here. I have been getting back into Guild Wars 2 after stopping Path of Exile for awhile. I've also been leveling up in Everquest and logging on Diablo 3 to milk the occasional auction. Things are going quite dandy and I am probably going to backdate some updates in here showing screenshots of the past few months just for a little fun reminder incase I or anyone else wants to go back and look at what I was doing then.

I actually can't find any screenshots for PoE so we'll have to skip that lol.

2/8/13

Yay, it's my 23rd Birthday!

2/1/13

I've been pretty busy with things recently, mostly just been doing Youtube videos because I haven't had the time to pop open Dreamweaver recently. I'll be celebrating my 23rd birthday soon too, not like I have many festivities going on that day but I figured it would be worth mentioning here. Everything has kind of been at a stalemate recently in life but I am keeping my head up by telling myself it will all be cool soon.

It's disgusting how much emphasis is put on money in life. When you're broke it doesn't matter about really anything else in life, you're just usually always unhappy. And ugh, I am so struggling for money.

If you're wondering what game I am playing currently it's Path of Exile. I've been working on lots of guides for it but the community hasn't been very appreciative of them so I don't know how much longer I will be. I really hate working on Free to Play games they attract the scum of the MMO market most of the time...

1/12/13

How to predict, control and understand markets

I will be posting some updates soon and back dating quite a few more. Sorry I have been overly busy and lazy at the same time these past few months!

1/1/13

The start of a new year. I wonder what fortunes this year will have for us all!

12/25/12

Merry Christmas everyone! If you know me you'll know I really don't care too much about this holiday but it's nice of me anyway to wish everyone a merry christmas that does. I didn't get many goodies for christmas, some money which helps with the debt issues I have and also a new electric shaver which is worse than my old one. Aside from that it is just a normal day.

12/24/12

Today is Christmas Eve, the day before the worst day of the year. I'm the biggest grinch in the whole wide world so just ignore my hatred for the holidays celebrating the birth of the imaginary figure known as Hey zeus christ.

12/22/12

Hey look the world didn't end after all! Who saw that coming?

*rolls eyes*

12/21/12

Oh no it's the end of the world today! Everyone enjoy your last day on earth!

12/20/12

I ran into someone I know at the bank today. Didn't say a word to them but I found it pretty interesting. It was awkward at best.

12/18/12

I've been too busy to post updates but since i am bored right now I think I may post a few and back date them.

Path of Exile Guides

Path of Exile Getting Started Guide

Path of Exile Farming Guide

Scroll of Wisdom Farming Guide

How to Reset an Instance in Path of Exile

12/13/12

Super big announcement for today! Turbine is relaunching Asheron's Call 2! For the first time since 2003! (or maybe it was 04)

Either way this is a gigantic announcement and something they should be proud of. I am reactivating to give it a try and also because i have had a hankering to play Asheron's Call for the past few years. It's like my favorite game of all time and I just want to play it. After all I made a video not too long ago about this game and what made it amazing. You can check that video out here

Asheron's Call and what made it such an amazing game

11/28/12

Everquest Rain of Fear came out today, yay!

I've been running my Trader a lot recently in EQ, once I buy the expansion I will finally be able to run him while offline!

How to setup a Skype Push to Talk Key

11/18/12

I resubscribed to Everquest recently, definitely working on getting some new content out for that game. Right now my Beastlord is level 92 with about 3.2k AAs. I gotta get level 95, learn the ropes of everything around that level and then by then I will have to buy Rain of Fear, level to 100 and learn even more stuff there. It's never ending!

Also got my J5 merc, I solo'd the tasks. Probably will do it again on my Ranger/SK and then make a guide for it.

11/14/12

Thunder Ridge Centaurs

Vial of Thin Blood Gendarran Field Farming

Thundertroll Swamp Farming Guide

10/30/12

I am adding all of my Guild Wars 2 Guides to this front page of my website for indexing purposes. So there will be a huge list of links in no specific order below. As for an update about myself it has been awhile so here it goes. I've been busy working on tons of different Guild Wars guides, mostly videos and the Halloween Event. I still have a ton of videos to go but I have lowered my daily video output to about 2 a day since at my old rate of pumping out 20 - 30 videos a day I not only lost subscribers on youtube I also ran out of stuff to do insanely fast.

I'm hoping at this rate I can enjoy what I do more and extend how long it will take me to "complete" a game. If any fans are reading this and you'd like to see your game covered by me please shoot me an email (Submit A Guide link at the bottom of every page has all of that information). I'm almost done Guild Wars 2 and do not see any MMORPGs on the horizon for late year 2012 releases or early 2013 so I am going to be without an MMORPG to write guides for soon. I'd really like to get some feedback on what games I could cover.

Guild Wars 2 Getting Started Guides

Guild Wars 2 Farming Guides

Guild Wars 2 Leveling Guides

Guild Wars 2 Auction House Guide

Guild Wars 2 Tradeskill Guides

List of World Dragons

List of Karma Vendors

Orichalcum Gathering Locations

Ancient Wood Gathering Locations

Rank 400 Profitable Chef Recipes

The rest of this page here will include my Gw2 guides in an order similar to how they were listed above for index purposing. Also these pages are listed here incase anyone uses internet explorer and is unable to access the drop down menus.

Getting Started Guides

How to link to a Waypoint

Auction House Basics Guide

Magic Find Consumables Guide

Gw2 Farming Guides

Levels 1 - 20 Farming Locations

Gathering in Plains of Ashford (1 - 20)

Bandithaunt Caverns in Queensdale (1 - 20)

Levels 20 - 60 Farming Locations

Harathi Highlands - Ruins of Demetra (40+)

Dredgehaunt Cliffs Jotun (Bone & Totems) 45+

Dredgehaunt Cliffs Gathering Guide (75s per 20min)

Blazeridge Steppes Gathering Guide (75s - 1g per 30min)

Levels 60 - 70 Farming Locations

Straits of Destruction Gathering Route

Fireheart Rise Wolves (Large Claw & Large Fang Farming)

Fireheart Rise Char (Levels 70+)

Mount Maelstrom (All Gathering Professions)

Level 80 Farming Locations

**Icebrood Colossus' in Frostgorge Sound - Corrupted Lodestone Farming (Up to 5g an hour!)

Frostgorge Skelk & Arctodus Farming Location (Vicious Fang & Vial of Potent Blood)

Frostgorge Sound Gathering Route

Frostgorge Sound Troll Farming (Bad Location - Why NOT to farm here)

Malchor's Leap Farming Route 1 Eastern "Safer Route"

Minotaurs in Frostgorge Sound (Vial of Potent Blood)

Malchor's Leap Farming Route 2 "Zone-wide Route"

Cursed Shore Northern Route

Cursed Shore Central Route

Cursed Shore Events

Cursed Shore Gathering Route (Video Guide)

Orichalcum Spawn Locations

Ancient Wood Spawn Locations

End Game Cooking Recipes (Turn what you gather into more money)

Guild Wars 2 Karma Guides

Almonds in Bulk

Harathi Hinterlands - Lieutenant Pickins

Dredgehaunt Cliffs - Disa

Apples in Bulk

Queensdale - Farmer Eda

Avocados in Bulk

Fields of Ruin - Fallen Angel Makayla

Bananas in Bulk

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Kessex Hills - Sangdo Swiftwing

Brisban Wildlands - Seraph Soldier Goran

Gendarran Fields - Security Captain Vejj

Black Beans in Bulk

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Gendarran Fields - Field Medic Leius

Celery Stalks in Bulk

Wayfarer Foothills - Bjarni

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Cherries in Bulk

Harathi Hinterlands - Lieutenant Summers

Dredgehaunt Cliffs - Disa

Chickpeas in Bulk

Iron Marches - Naknar

Coconuts in Bulk

Bloodtide Coast - Lionscout Tunnira

Cumin in Bulk

Plains of Ashford - Sagum Relicseeker

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Eggplant in Bulk

Mount Maelstrom - Environmental Activist Jenrys

Green Beans in Bulk

Wayfarer Foothills - Albin Chronicler

Horseradish Root in Bulk

Sparkfly Fen - Laudren

Fireheart Rise - Wupwup Chief

Kidney Beans in Bulk

Snowden Drifts - Seraph Archer Brian

Diessa Plateau - Kastaz Strongpaw

Lornar's Pass - Hune

Lemons in Bulk

Caledon Forest - Eona

Metrica Province - Researcher Hrappa

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Limes in Bulk

Blazeridge Steppes - Shelp

Mangos in Bulk

Straits of Devastation - Agent Crandle

Nutmeg Seeds in Bulk

Queensdale - Farmer Eda

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Peaches in Bulk

Fireheart Rise - Nrocroc Chief

Pears in Bulk

Iron Marches - Braxa Scalehunter

Pinenuts in Bulk

Timberline Falls - Scholar Tholin

Shallots in Bulk

Timberline Falls - Ichtaca

 

Guild Wars 2 Halloween Event

Guild Wars 2 Halloween Event Guide (The First Six Clues)

Candy Corn Gathering Routes

Pumpkin Carver Achievement

Haunted Doors & What they're all about

Halloween Event (Part 2) Mad King's Labyrinth - How to Reach the Mad King's Realm (Video)

Halloween Event (Part 2) The Clocktower

List of all the Halloween Events (Coming Soon)

Queensdale Pumpkin Carving Locations

10/23/12

Guild Wars 2 Halloween Event

10/12/12

Almonds in Bulk

Harathi Hinterlands - Lieutenant Pickins

Dredgehaunt Cliffs - Disa

Apples in Bulk

Queensdale - Farmer Eda

Avocados in Bulk

Fields of Ruin - Fallen Angel Makayla

Bananas in Bulk

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Kessex Hills - Sangdo Swiftwing

Brisban Wildlands - Seraph Soldier Goran

Gendarran Fields - Security Captain Vejj

Black Beans in Bulk

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Gendarran Fields - Field Medic Leius

Celery Stalks in Bulk

Wayfarer Foothills - Bjarni

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Cherries in Bulk

Harathi Hinterlands - Lieutenant Summers

Dredgehaunt Cliffs - Disa

Chickpeas in Bulk

Iron Marches - Naknar

Coconuts in Bulk

Bloodtide Coast - Lionscout Tunnira

Cumin in Bulk

Plains of Ashford - Sagum Relicseeker

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Eggplant in Bulk

Mount Maelstrom - Environmental Activist Jenrys

Green Beans in Bulk

Wayfarer Foothills - Albin Chronicler

Horseradish Root in Bulk

Sparkfly Fen - Laudren

Fireheart Rise - Wupwup Chief

Kidney Beans in Bulk

Snowden Drifts - Seraph Archer Brian

Diessa Plateau - Kastaz Strongpaw

Lornar's Pass - Hune

Lemons in Bulk

Caledon Forest - Eona

Metrica Province - Researcher Hrappa

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Limes in Bulk

Blazeridge Steppes - Shelp

Mangos in Bulk

Straits of Devastation - Agent Crandle

Nutmeg Seeds in Bulk

Queensdale - Farmer Eda

Kessex Hills - Deputy Jenks

Gendarran Fields - Milton Book

Peaches in Bulk

Fireheart Rise - Nrocroc Chief

Pears in Bulk

Iron Marches - Braxa Scalehunter

Pinenuts in Bulk

Timberline Falls - Scholar Tholin

Shallots in Bulk

Timberline Falls - Ichtaca

10/8/12

I have just started making some guides for non-games. They're still computer related (for now) and since I don't really have a great place to share them I'll post links right here on the front page.

Installing and getting Ventrilo to work

Computer Programs Guides

10/7/12

Hey everyone! If you've been a long time fan you probably noticed that a lot of my website has been changing, graphically, over the past few months. All of the work on my website was done by a friend of mine who owns Dark Steam Creations. It's kind of a funny story (to me at least), I met him on Rift, a game that I played for maybe 1 - 2 weeks. I wasn't going to send him a tell at first but after seeing his persistant advertising in every single battleground I finally did. And I am more than happy I did.

For someone so picky and anal about how things look he was always very patient with me and without him Almar's Guides wouldn't look even close to as pretty as it does now. I mean look at how awesome those buttons look on my nav bar /drool

Anyway, I wanted to write my friend an article incase any of you guys are looking to start your own website and want some graphical work done in the future. I strongly recommend you take a look at Dark Steam Creations as it will most likely be the most affordable option you can choose from in graphic design. If you wanted to see a few of his creations and are too lazy to go through the link, here are a few of the pictures he gave me to display!

You will have to click on them to display them in a higher resolution

10/2/12

Working on a lot of gw2 guides, here are a few!

List of GW2 Karma Vendors

List of Dragons in GW2

List of Guild Wars 2 Farming Locations

I've done a ton of work on my GW2 farming locations page alone. Here are a few examples

Guild Wars 2 Fireheart Rise Wolf Farming

GW2 Skelk Farming Guide

GW2 Cursed Shore Events Farming                                

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