Posted on Jul 4, 2013
Finally comes the time to harvest the sweet labor of all those hours put into Guild Wars 2!
In the upcoming release we will be able to spend our achievement points to unlock new and exclusive rewards:
Exclusive armor and weapon skin unlocks - including Radiant armor, Hellfire armor, and the Zenith weapon set.
Permanent account bonuses - permanent boosts to Magic Find, experience from kills, karma gain, and more. Earn achievement points on any character and get rewards for all of your characters.
Currencies - gold, gems, karma, and laurels.
PvP Rewards - skins and glory boosters.
WvW Rewards - use Badges of Honor and siege blueprints to help push your server to victory.
Utility Items - Instant Repair Canisters, Revive Orbs, powerful boosters, and more.
Unique Titles - show off your dedication to your fellow players.
Along with this they are also revamping the Achievement UI, so we cant wait to see what impact this will have on the game!
(Source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/new- ... -incoming/ )
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
Yesterday on July 2nd, news came out from ArenaNet on what we can expect from Guild Wars 2 in the coming months. It was presented in a blog post and a video where Colin Johanson talks about the Living World and what we can expect from updates.
ArenaNet has been incredibly good at putting out a constant flow of updates for the game through the living story these past few months, with a small team working on these new small events to test out different ideas. But now they are turning up the flow of updates to an update every two weeks!
As they say themselves.
“To make the world of Tyria feel alive, first and foremost it needs to frequently update and change. We're excited to announce we have adopted a two-week major release cadence going forward for Guild Wars 2.”
We can expect updates to include both new content in new areas as well as updates to old areas. Old content will be refined and events will be created that will change the old landscape of the game as we know it.
I think the goal of what ArenaNet is trying to do with Guild Wars 2 right now is very noble. No other MMO has ever put out this much free content so fast! But I can't help to think quality over quantity. Colin Johanson addressed this a bit in the video himself, by stating that they now have four different teams working on individual content instead of a single team working to put out content once a month.
I am not going to lie, I have personally been pretty unsatisfied with the content put out the last few months, the Living Story never had much appeal to me, and the Dungeons were rather unimpressive. Finally here came the Sky Pirates and the Aetherblade Dungeon, but here I have run into trouble as well, with my game starting to drop more frames than usual. I can't help but think this is because of the lack of time to optimize these new instances since designing and optimizing levels take quite a long time. Many game developer companies have whole QA teams assigned to optimizing levels, and with the small teams working on Guild Wars 2 content right now I fear for the quality of the updates. Also seeing my Achievement menu being packed with all these achievements I will never get because I wasn't around for a certain period of time makes my OCD go crazy, it's just a small thing, but I hope they do something about it.
Of course there was a mention of more permanent content added to the game, and I am hoping to be proved wrong in what I said here, and that we will see some more immersive storytelling and some new impressive content coming out of the new updates.
One thing is certain, and that is the next few months in the world of Tyria will be exciting for us all. Let's see if the devs can keep up with what they promise.
(source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/livi ... ld-wars-2/)
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
So instead of buying 3 booster packs of Pokemon cards, you can complete your tool box of farm-all-nodes with the all new Chop-It-All logging axe available in the gem store for $10.
Striking these living organisms with your shiny new axe causes a discharge of electricity from mother nature which further empowers your axe. At press time, Evon Gnashblade said that the new axe never really touches the wood.
Source: GuildWars2.com - New Items and Packages in the Gem Store!
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
We've barely had a chance to fight pirates in the sky and ArenaNet has announced the next upcoming content for Guild Wars 2.
The Bazaar of the Four Winds is gathering- merchants are converging from all corners of Tyria to sell their wares. But this time it's not just shady characters and risky trades; this year, the mystical, flying Zephyr Sanctum has landed, bringing their magical crystals and amazing movement skills to savvy traders and daring adventurers alike! What a joy it will be to experience the thrill of the trade-and the race. Let's go!
Developer Livestream - July 8
First and foremost, don't miss an inside look at the latest content live delivered by ArenaNet on Twitch.
New Mini-game: Belcher's Bluff - Begins July 9
"Put your Omnomberry Juice drinking skills to the test in this new, permanent mini-game." I am fully expecting a reality food network TV show to come out of this. You will travel across Tyria to learn signature skills from drunken masters. Something like that.
Sanctum Sprint - Begins July 9
Mad King's Tower wasn't a jumping puzzle. Nope, it's not. It's just that most people have forgotten how to play those reverse Crash Bandicoot levels. Precise reflex and a good memory is the name of the game. The same will probably apply here too. Sanctum Sprint , is a competitive race that will send you leaping over barriers and flying through the air. It is described as a "dizzying obstacle course". Is your body ready?
Lessons from the Sky - Begins July 9
More reach-to-reach places. Surely we can all agree that ArenaNet has reached maximum evil, on the Z-axis.............................................................
Start rolling that d20421337! Compete in the Sanctum Sprint for a chance at one of these
three special Aspect Back Items, representing the Aspects of Wind , Sun,
Home instances will gain a Personal Quartz Node which will be used to craft new recipes! Please don't make us craft in a toilet ArenaNet!
Upon completing the Lessons from the Sky achievement, you'll be awarded a miniature Zephyr Sanctum Model which will allow you to view the ship at any time, even after it's flown away. Honey, bring out the shrink ray.............................................................
Account Achievement Reward System
I knew it! Though my prediction was that achievement points would be the new currency of Guild Wars 3 to piss people off in LA map chat.
From now on, you'll be able to unlock rewards like exclusive new armor skins, weapon skins, and permanent account bonuses as you earn achievement points on your account. These rewards will be retroactively awarded for any tiers of account achievement rewards you've already earned on your account.
New and Improved Achievement Panel UI
ArenaNet is going the extra mile to make achievement hunting a little more approachable by improving how you track them and now to include tips.
New PvP Map: Skyhammer
Quake III Arena The Longest Yard + CS Glass Floor
World vs. World Build and Repair Mastery
To build faster, or repair faster? Lately my experience in WvW has spurred the desire to be able to repair faster. It's not at the very top of my list in terms of spending those rank points, but a defending squad could definitely hold out better with this!
Posted on Mar 4, 2013
Finally it's time to announce our winner for the signed Collector's Edition of Guild Wars 2. Again our team would like to give huge thanks to ArenaNet for showing continued support for fan sites like ours. The CE box is certainly one of a kind having really too many signatures to count on all its sides. I certainly think that the box is worth more than the contests within.
If you missed it, we asked our readers/viewers to submit 3 screenshots from Guild Wars 2 and explain why that location would be somewhere they would take their date. Assuming that most if not all of our readers already play the game themselves it would certainly be a nice gift to another friend or loved one to join you in the Guild Wars 2 universe.
So our winner for this fabulous prize is... Contine reading...
Posted on Feb 12, 2013
The awesome folks at ArenaNet have sent us a signed copy of Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition to give away! The CE box is covered in signatures on all 4 sides and then some. Now is your chance to enter in our little contest to win this for yourself or another friend.
We figure that our followers are already Guild Wars 2 players and we want this contest to be as open to everyone as possible, so we're holding a screenshot contest with a bit of a spin!
Posted on Feb 2, 2013
If your like some of us who love to see Guild Wars 2 in the best possible graphics and have an Nvidia graphics card(s), then you'll be happy to know that Nvidia has been working to fix a couple of graphics issues with Guild Wars 2.
If you've seen "Corruption is seen when launching the game with Ambient Occlusion enabled" or "Ambient Occlusion effect disappears at different camera angles and when using supersampling" then maybe you should try the new 313.96 Beta drivers.
If your interested in what other improvements these new Nvidia drivers have then check out their release notes.
Posted on Feb 1, 2013
Posted on Jan 28, 2013
As of the 28th of January 2013 Arena Net has made many new additions and changes to the Guild Wars 2 world and client. This one gigabyte (1 GB) update adds in the new Flame and Frost Prelude which is the first entry in the multipart Living Story series which gives the world of Tyria that much more of a living ever changing world feel. The Living Story part of the update adds new Achievements, events and heralds to apprise adventurers of the events currently happening in the world of Tyria.
New Daily Monthly Achievement system is now in place where you will be rewarded in Laurels for completing the achievements and can be traded in for an assortment of rewards to better suit what you would want as a reward.
Transferring worlds now costs a gem fee which is determined by the level of players in the world you wish to transfer to. But for those that do not wish to leave their home server but just want to jump over to another world to play with friends in PvE can use the new guesting system.
The update also makes UI improvements, fixes, rebalances, and tweaks to polish stuff, which include changes to dungeons, the open world, fractals and dynamic events. A full list of whats in the update can be found here.
Posted on Jan 22, 2013
Guild Wars 2 will get it's first big update of the year on January 28th, this update is the prologue to a multi-stage narrative called Flame & Frost.
This teaser from the official website is a taste of the story to come.
The sky falls and the ground shakes in the lands of the north. Charr and norn refugees crawl from the wreckage of their homes in the Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau, struggling to find shelter in the south. The call goes out for volunteers to assist the victims in this time of need, when earth and sky seem to have become the enemy...
Besides expanding on the plot of Guild Wars 2, the update also adds several features to the game.
From January 28th to the 4th of February, the regular eight-team/three-round paid tournaments will be replaced by two-team/single-round paid tournaments in the Temple of the Silent Storm map.
The Daily achievements will be update to feature a greater variety, and it looks like Arenanet also heard my prayers when I suggested and achievement tracker in the UI, so they are adding that as well!
The new achievement Laurels are also being added to the game. These can be earned by doing daily and monthly achievements and can be traded in for Ascended gear and Infusions as well as some new kinds of Ascended Amulets.
Last but not least Guesting is coming. Remember you can't guest cross region, so if you need to play with your American or European friends, it's time to switch server! From the 28th and forward server transfers are going to have a gem cost.
Read the full feature here: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/ ... uary-2013/
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
The long sought after feature is finally coming!
With an update on January 28th, server guesting is going to be implemented, but what does it really mean?
Guesting a server only gives you access to the PvE content of the server you choose to guest. Trying to join a WvW map will move you back to a WvW map on your own server.
More importantly, you can only guest servers from your own region, so if you want to change from European to American servers, or the other way around, it is a good idea to do it while it's still free.
You can read the full blog post on it here: