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  • Another Brick in the Wall

    As part of an effort to provide useful information to new and old Guild Wars players, here's a guide to the very first mission you'll be tackling right after you get out of the pre-Sear tutorial zone. Read the directions at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Still in the "pre-Sear" tutorial area? Go have a look at the Guild Wars - TenTonHammer Adventuring 101 article.

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • Keying Up

    Sure, it isn't too difficult to figure out basic movement in Guild Wars, especially if you've played a lot of video games in your time. However, if you're new to the game—and maybe even if you aren't—there could be some highly useful commands you haven't found yet.

    If you're getting tired of level 60 WoW instances and you've decided to dust off your subscription-free Guild Wars account in time for the Factions expansion release next week, you might be due for a refresher. Especially if, like me, you've lost the manual!

    Our TenTonHammer crew made a list of their favourite important commands at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • Crime Prevention

    Lately, account theft has been an issue on the minds of a lot of Guild Wars players. Particularly with spots in the next championship at stake, keeping your account a private, sacred thing is important. There are a few ways you can lose your account to morally vacant thieves, and we don't want you to get caught by any of them.

    Farming is dull, but it doesn't break the rules of the game. Cheating does. Am I failing to appeal to your moral fiber? No? Okay, how about this—none of those cheat programs actually work. They're just trying to get your information and put nasty programs on your hard drive. The things they promise are absurd. Think I'm kidding you? I'm not. But if you still don't believe me, I have one word for you: "keyloggers."

    This article discusses cheat software, keylogging, account theft and most importantly, prevention. Check out Cheating, Keylogging, and Stolen Accounts at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer and protect yourself.

    Sat, Apr 22, 2006
    Ethec
  • Not going to E3? It's ok. Don't cry. You're hooked up!

    ArenaNet announces a special competitive opportunity taking place in early May. We want 9 guilds from around the world to compete in the Guild Wars Factions E3 Challenge.

    The selected guilds will challenge The Last Pride [EvIL], the winner of the E3 Appearance Prize, to a quick 20-minute battle. We will keep track of the winner of each battle and how quickly they achieve victory. The guild that wins its match in the shortest amount of time will take home the gold; the second-fasted the silver; the third-fastest the bronze.

    If your guild doesn't win, but manages to go the distance—that is, the guild remains standing for 20 minutes against the Season 1 GWFC Champion—then your guild will earn the Survivors' Prize package instead!

    With two ways to win, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

    In the meantime hie yourself over to our Guild Wars Community.
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    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Guild Wars: Factions Zboard keyset now available...

    For the truly elite among you Guild Wars players, Ideazon has a new Zboard keyset designed for the GW expansion Factions, due out next Friday, April 28th.

    Master the skills of the Assassin and the arcane spells of the spiritual Ritualist. Activate emotes with the press of a single key. Interact with your guild mates and engage your enemy with speed and control using clearly labeled keys, and key groupings. Conquer and Master the Lands of Cantha and experience Guild Wars Factions™ gameplay like never before!

    • 56 dedicated action keys and labeled commands
    • 12 quick-access emote keys including fist shake, bow and dance
    • Menus intuitively organized for ease of play
    • Stunning official game graphics that immerse you into the action
    • Compatible for use with Guild Wars® and Guild Wars Factions™

    But can I program my /scratch emote? Hmm. "Ethec scratches himself."

    Anyway, check out the new Guild Wars: Factions Zboard keyset at the Zboard site.

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    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Ethec
  • It's not Vegas, but these slots will take your money.

    NCSoft / ArenaNet announced that, starting this summer, alternate character slots for subscription-free MMO Guild Wars may be purchased for $9.99 / €8.99 / £5.99 a piece. This is a one-time fee. From GamesIndustry.biz:

    As a result, NCsoft presumably believes the facility will enjoy a broader appeal than it would for traditional massively-multiplayer games, and that relatively casual players as well as hardcore Guild Wars fans will find the chance to play as more alternative characters - while retaining access to other unlocked content - worth the extra fee.

    Given that buying the box for $52.99 grants you four character slots, I suppose you could argue that the $9.99 fee gives you a ~$3.25 piecemeal discount. If you love your PvP, this could be a nice way to supplement your collection post-Factions expansion.

    Read the full article at GamesIndustry.biz.

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    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Ethec
  • Now that all of the archetypes are out there, the comments have been flying in. Funcom wanted to take the time to comment on your.. er... coments. Here is what they have to say.

    We won't always agree with all the feedback, and opinions are subjective, but we are also very happy to listen to good ideas when we hear them!

    So we sat down and went through all the feedback, decided which we could consider, who had a point, and what we felt we might alter or tweak. It was an interesting debate, raised lots of good points, some gameplay orientated and some on areas where we could be even more loyal to the original world as described by Robert E Howard.

    You want more news on Age of Conan? You're in luck! Cause we got it!

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    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • 5 million x $15/month x 3 months = phat lewt

    VU Games, parent company of Blizzard and subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, reported extremely strong first quarter earnings. Thanks largely to World of Warcraft sales and subscription revenues, VU Games saw a revenue increase of 18.6 percent compared to last year. This from Next Gen:

    Subscription and retail revenue for WoW continued to roll in, driving sales of 134 million euros ($165 million) for the quarter. VU games also cited strong performances from Ice Age 2 and older releases including 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Crash Tag Team Racing.

    All your $$ belong to a French mega-conglomerate. Read up on Vivendi's massive earnings at Next Gen.

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    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Ethec
  • So soon, I'm shocked. Yes.. shocked. So what is it that they have in store for us this time? Find out here.

    # Guild Recruitment channel functionality has been improved to be turned off for players already in guilds, and turned on for players not in guilds by default.
    # Fixed a bug which caused players to drop from combat after destroying a totem.
    # Fixed a soft-lock bug that occurred under certain conditions when players were near ships, zeppelins, elevators, and the Deeprun Tram.

    Those are some to list a few.

    Check out our World of Warcraft Community.
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    On a side note... There is also a new wallpaper of Stratholme up as well as a Behind the scenes DVD. Take a peek at the official site for more details.

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    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • What would have made this perfect is if they had two animated heads in jars doing these news reports in a sports cast style. I have visions of Futurama floating in my head.

    We have brought on about half a dozen freelance "game reporters" to help cover Guild Wars from the viewpoint of competitive play. The first two of their articles describe matches that took place during last weekend's Guild Wars Factions Championship Seasonal Playoffs. Catch the battle reports linked from this page.

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    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
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