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Guild Wars 2

  • For newcomers to MMOGs (and Guild Wars in particular)...

    Chris Pickering with UK's PC has published a fairly milktoast review on Guild Wars. It serves well, however, to acquaint newcomers to the game and its premise:

    Now Guild Wars is quite a different beast from the likes of World of Warcraft or Everquest. While these games rely on monthly subscriptions to cover all kinds of costs, with Guild Wars you never pay anything more than the initial purchase in your local gaming emporium. Again, where the other big hitters in the genre require incredible numbers of hours put in, in order to get to any kind of decent in game level, Guild Wars requires you to display your intelligence and skill. With the in game level cap set at 20, which is reachable in quite speedy time, your own skill is required if your going to ‘beat’ the game.

    Read on by clicking here!

    Sun, Aug 07, 2005
  • Phinney's Fantabulous Foray into Fan Feedback!

    James Phinney, lead designer for Guild Wars, posted his responses to a player roundtable hosted late Thursday based on Phinney's "State of the Game" letter. Guild Hall improvements, changes to PvP and ladder sessions, and general room for improvement were on the docket.

    Despite the cries and tumult of numerous guilds warring in the hallway outside, Phinney managed to poset a few responses:

    Question: What is the one area of GW *you* would like tweak?

    James: "One" area? You must be kidding. As a game designer, you have to be incredibly foolish or incredibly egotistical to not see a ton of things to improve in any game you've worked on. The way I see it, every game you make is a learning experience. Usually, you just have to take the lessons with you and try to apply them to your next game, but with Guild Wars we have the opportunity to keep making the game better.

    There's a lot of passion for Guild Wars on the team. We like to play the game. We experience a lot of the same things everyone else does. We know that at its best, Guild Wars offers experiences that are unique and insanely fun. We're going to keep working to make every part of the game live up to those moments. The user interface guys are always looking to make improvements where and when they can. The mission and quest design guys are really looking forward to taking the lessons we learned in Chapter 1 (oh so many lessons) and making Chapter 2 that much better. We're currently reviewing balance on all the Chapter 1 skills in preparation for the first official ladder season. The artists are doing amazing things for Sorrow's Furnace and for Chapter 2. And, of course, we're always looking at the economy and rate of character advancement.

    Click here for answers to more of your Guild Wars questions!

    Features, Interviews
    Sat, Aug 06, 2005
  • They threw a Warrior / Monk into Sorrow's Furnace and got... two new screenshots!

    The Sorrow's Furnace Gallery at the official GW site has been expanded by two screenshots. Take a look at them to get more previews of the Ascended content to come.

    New Screenshots - 04 August 2005

    We're expanding the Sorrow's Furnace Gallery Page with another pair of screenshots from the Summer Update. One image displays the external depths of Grenth's Footprint just outside the entry to the mines. The second shows combat within the green-hued interior of one area of Sorrow's Furnace.

    Find the shots here. [Thanks Maya!]

    Images, Media
    Sat, Aug 06, 2005
  • Free MMOG Updates
    ArenaNet has posted new Guild Wars game update notes. It's been a few weeks since the last update notes and the players were getting restless for information:

    "Because it has been a few weeks since we've posted a major update, we wanted to let everyone know what's in the works. Typically, a few weeks is a short amount of time in the development cycle of a game, but we know there are many people who play Guild Wars with such dedication and intensity that a few weeks without an update seems more like an eternity. Here's what's on the way..."

    You can read the Guild Wars Game Update Notes at The Official Site.
    More Guild Wars information than Planter's has peanuts at

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Aug 05, 2005
  • New Deskpaper from Guild Wars
    We call it "Deskpaper" around here, because it goes on your desktop, of course, silly mortal. Featured deskpaper this week is a smear of light. But not just any smear of light...

    "The wallpaper image for this week offers one of several early concept images of the Hall of Heroes."

    Download the image here!

    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Clan Bro Makes an Impact in Guild Wars
    NC Soft chose the European-based Clan Brotherhood as its Guild of the Week this week. Twitch gamers might recognize the title from other online tactical and shooter titles, and yes, it's the same guys. It's rumored that Clan Bro once challenged Clan Ya-Ya Sisterhood to a Team Arena, but Ya-Ya backed out for reasons that remain a secret.

    "Clan Brotherhood members follow four guiding principles and rules. Firstly, all members must work to foster harmony and an enjoyable atmosphere at all times. Secondly, it is important to seek out fun in the game; the guild believes that losing a closely fought match against a difficult opponent yields more enjoyment than seeking to win at all costs. Thirdly, any form of cheating or exploiting is strictly prohibited. Finally, members are expected to act in a mature and respectful way at all times. Along with these principles, the guild feels that experience playing together as a team is more valuable than the skill of any individual member.
    The Bro guild is active in the European PvP community, where they participate in the Erste deutsche Guild Wars Liga and will be fielding a team for the Electronic Sports League's 8on8 Guild-versus-Guild Opening Cup. While many Bro members seek competitive gameplay in Guild Wars, others prefer to pursue cooperative play, completing missions and quests, and exploring the world of Tyria. Members do not trade internally; instead they "gift" appropriate items freely, knowing the favor will be returned at a later date."

    Check out a larger guild bio, including their favorite builds, here!

    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
  • I wonder if Team Arena has met Team America - World Police? has released a guide to Guild Wars Team Arena. PvP and no monthly fee:

    "mk of an up-and-coming guild rapidly climbing the GvG ladder, Angry Businessmens [aB], plays Team Arenas during off-times when enough people aren't around. However, he feels that it has merits and can be fun, as well. Provided in this article are a brief introduction to the wonders of Team Arena, and also a featured build and how to execute it for success. Two hammers with two energy draining monks - it has seen much success, going undefeated for hours."

    You can read the entire Wonders of Team Arena and a Featured build at

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • No longer can you exploit the... exploit. has apparently closed a common equipment exploit. Their heartily wisening, loquacious PR folks posted this in the Game Updates Area last Friday:

    " Closed equipment exploit."

    There's nothing more to read, but if you want to see for yourself, go to the official Guild Wars Update Notes area.

    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
  • On your desk = deskpaper.
    The Official Guild Wars site has delivered some new deskpaper. Truthfully, we can't see the desk for all of the icons, but hey!

    "This is a test of the emergency quote system. In the case of a real quote you would be notified who to contact. We repeat, this is only a test. BEEEEEEEP."

    You can grab the Guild Wars Wallpaper at the Official Site.

    Thu, Jul 14, 2005
  • PvP - No Fee - Updated Frequently
    The official Guild Wars site has posted the details of the latest update. A Monk/Warrior bumped into a Necro/Mesmer and said.

    " Improved faction rewards in Arenas and the Tournament:  

    • Arena Victory: 10 in Team/Competition Arenas, 5 in Shiverpeak Arena, 2 in Ascalon Arena

    • Arena Bonus for 5 Consecutive Victories: 10 in Team/Competition Arenas, 5 in Shiverpeak Arena, 2 in Ascalon Arena

    • Arena Bonus for Flawless Victory: 2 in Team/Competition Arenas, 1 in Shiverpeak Arena, 0 in Ascalon Arena

    • Tournament Victory: 20 in the first map, 40 in early missions, 60 in later missions, 80 in the Hall of Heroes"

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Update Notes at the Official Site.

    Thu, Jul 14, 2005
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