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Is the starting point for new chars the same for all races, or is it more like WOW where every race has their own spawn point?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Every race has its own starting area. Additionally, race is a factor in the personal story of a character, thus it affects not only your starting quests, but part of those that come later as well.

Edit: You can, however, travel to the other races' starting locations starting very early in your character's lifetime, and the questless paradigm GW2 is built on means you can accompany your friends anywhere you all want to go; only each character's personal story is going to be location specific.

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Nice one, will probably go for the same race just to skip the travel to the other starting area :) – hyp Jul 12 '12 at 8:14
From the beta weekend not too long ago i remember it being quite easy to travel to the other areas, takes just a minute + some loading time. However, personal quests will still be in the other areas. – dbemerlin Jul 12 '12 at 9:50
Your race will also affect which member of the 'Edge of Destiny' your story interacts with primarily. – David Yell Jul 12 '12 at 11:05

It is not the same - the first choice in creating a character is choosing their race - and that also determines the starting location, which is different for each race.

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