It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since I took
my first official steps on Tyrian soil. I say
‘official’ steps due to the highly successful Beta
Weekend Events leading up to the April 28th launch date for Guild
that helped cement my Unreal clan’s decision to throw down
our guns and pick up staves and swords, determined to reign supreme in
the Hall of Heroes just as we had on the war torn Unreal battlefields
previously. This was an exciting time; a whole new virtual world
sprawled out before us unlike anything the MMO market had ever seen.
While my initial guild inevitably shattered into splinter groups long
before we could claim the highest rankings on the leaderboards, the
Tyrian landscape continued to grow with a series of expertly crafted
stand-alone campaigns, each of them providing a complete microcosm of
weapons, armors and skills unique to their particular setting. Having
recently announced that the franchise has surpassed
6 million units
, it’s clear that the developers at ArenaNet
one of the most beloved fantasy settings in online gaming.
Having been there to witness the start of the phenomenon, when it was
announced that Guild Wars
would be hosting an in-game celebration to
mark the fourth anniversary I knew it was an event I wouldn’t
want to miss. Besides, the seasonal events in Guild Wars
been some of my favorites; just ask the friendly NPCs who are kind
enough to hold onto my massive collection of hats, masks and zombie
face paint that’s been handed out as rewards over the years.
Speaking of rewards, there were plenty to be had during the week-long
event, including a fresh batch of birthday miniatures awarded to each
character turning 4 years old at midnight on the 28th. Naturally I
logged directly in with my very first Necro that I created way back on
launch day in 2005. Checking my inventory, sure enough there was a
shiny new box there waiting to be opened which contained an awesome new
Miniature Nian that I quickly placed in my Hall of Monuments.