Date: Aug 29, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

anniversary posts

Happy birthday, Guild Wars 2! Okay, I may be a day late. There’s cake somewhere. Maybe teeny tiny Queen Jennah is stockpiling cake. At any rate, yesterday was officially the one-year anniversary for Guild Wars 2, and Mike O’Brien had a lot to say regarding how far the game’s come in the past year in the latest ArenaNet developer blog. It’s obvious that the team is immensely proud of what they’ve done with the game during this past year. The two-week updates are creating quite the stir in the industry, and Guild Wars 2‘s success is evident in a handy graphic-by-the-numbers posted on the blog itself.

Massively also posted an interesting interview with Lead Content Designer Mike Zadorojny yesterday. During the interview, Zadorojny talked about the struggles the team has had in the past year and the lessons they’ve learned. The lessons are all for the better, of course, and the team looks forward to pushing themselves even further to see what the next year has in store for fans.

“We still have just as many people working on Guild Wars 2 now as when we launched the game. Four of the teams are now working on the Living World aspect, but everyone else is working on new features, new pipelines, new tools, and new ways we can roll things out. So we are very involved with the game and love it, so much so that when a new release goes out, we’ll take some time off to play the game and see what’s going on and listen in on the feedback. The two-week cadence allows us a couple of major bonuses in terms of whether we make a mistake or something not necessarily as cool because there is a shorter time players have to deal with that mistake compared to a six-month patch. It’s a challenge, but an exciting one.”

Check out the full interview for more anniversary reflection.

Date: Aug 28, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

super adventure box september

The rumors were true– Super Adventure Box is making an awesomely-retro return, and soon! September 3rd to be exact. This time around, Moto will be bringing us World 2 to explore as well as Tribulation Mode, which is a super-challenging mode that consists of areas from both World 1 and World 2. We’ll be able to snag new SAB weapon skins this time around as well as collect items for new weapons by the names of ‘King Toad’ and ‘Storm Wizard’. There’s also a new mini to create and collect.

As far as new features go in this update, we’re getting the ability to craft Ascended weapons with new recipes and materials that are being added. The Weaponsmith, Artificer, and Huntsman crafting disciplines will be increased to a skill level of 500 to allow room for these extra recipes. Legendary weapons will be receiving a stat boost, an aesthetic upgrade, and the functionality to shift between stats while out of combat. ArenaNet is also doing away with Magic Find as a stat on gear during this update. Instead, Magic Find will be an account-wide bonus that can be improved with Essences of Luck.

For all the details, check out the spiffy new Super Adventure Box page on the official site.

Date: Aug 21, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments
super adventure box take 2

I know, I know. We’re all pretty busy with Scarlet and Clockwork invasions and lots of chaos. But, look! That image on the right-hand side there (also shown above) looks awfully familiar, doesn’t it? It looks Super Adventure Box-y! Over on Reddit, players are speculating that we’ll be seeing a second act of Super Adventure Box beginning during the week of September 8th. Thanks to this teaser image I’d say the Redditers may be on to something.

That’s a pretty nice Guild Wars 2 anniversary gift, no?

Date: Aug 20, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 3 comments

charr overlook

Just in case you’ve been itching to give Guild Wars 2 a shot but haven’t wanted to shell out the cash without first trying the game for yourself, ArenaNet has decided to open up a free trial period beginning August 23rd and lasting until August 25th. All you’ll have to do is register for a trial account, verify your email address, and download the game client. Registration is already open.

This is also a great chance to talk a friend into trying out the game. Check out the official announcement for all the details.

Date: Aug 19, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

queens speech

Tomorrow, August 20th, the celebration of Queen Jennah’s rule is due to continue in Divinity’s Reach along with an important speech and a handful of Guild Wars 2 updates and features. Except that… it seems there’s been a bit of vandalism over the last week or so. The vandalizer goes by the name of Scarlet and has even went to such lengths as to provide the folks over at Guild Wars 2 Guru with a gift of sorts containing an odd, ominous poem. Strange happenings are afoot, it would seem…

Tick tock goes the clock
It’s almost time for time to stop
Something you all must understand
Your world is built on fog and sand

You’re out of time, your jig is done
It’s time for Scarlet to have her fun
She has some hard lessons to teach
To the people of Divinity’s Reach

So mark the date in permanent ink
The hour is later than you think
On the twentieth day she’ll start her games
And warm her hands over Kryta’s flames

For more information, check out the vandalized page and join the rest of Tyria as we wait and see what develops during tomorrow’s fine, paint-covered day.

Date: Aug 16, 2013  |  Written by Chauve  |  Posted Under: Article, Guides  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

mesmer header

Heavily based on stat increases on precision, critical damage, and a bit of added toughness, this Mesmer build is primarily centered on your phantasms. They’ll provide a variety of useful boons and a great source of some heavy damage. With just the right balance between damage and support, this is a viable build adapted for WvW. Just keep in mind it’s very dependent on your gear!

Date: Aug 12, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment


In a recent interview with IGN, Colin Johanson talked a bit about the upcoming Guild Wars 2 anniversary on August 28th and how ArenaNet plans on celebrating it with players. The update planned for the anniversary is going to showcase some pretty fun things from the sounds of it:

“We’re going to do a release on the 20th that is intended to be our big anniversary release celebration,” he explained. “That release is intended not only to provide a lot of awesome content for people to experience, but to also set the tone for what they should expect for the living world and the types of things we want to do with events in the year to come.

It takes the story of the last year and brings it all together. It makes it clear where everything has been going and really closes a lot of open questions that players have had. It’s a story that really affects the entire world and permanently creates content and change for the entire world game-wide, which is really something that’s important to us and we want to showcase that that’s where stuff is headed.”

Johanson also told IGN that Guild Wars 2 players will be receiving a special gift as part of the big celebration. Presents are always welcome. Make sure to check out IGN’s full article for more information.

Date: Aug 7, 2013  |  Written by Chauve  |  Posted Under: Article, Guides  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

altruistic healing - title photo

This build focuses on blinding, medium DPS, and ties in altruistic healing to complement your shouts. It has high survivability and a decent amount of damage, taking advantage of the Valor’s critical damage bonus to go with precision.

While anchor builds on Guardians are always a plus in dungeons, sometimes you may want to go with a bit more damage. With this build, you can keep your survivability, up your DPS, and still be able to help support your party.


Date: Aug 7, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

queens jubilee 2

If you’re just tuning into the start of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration that went live yesterday, ArenaNet published a handy, spoiler-free guide detailing how to get started with the new event, how to participate in the new mini-games and features, and how to grab all of the event’s rewards and achievements. Queen’s Jubilee features a separate section of achievements just for the Queen’s Gauntlet, which is something to take note of when planning your festivity goals.

For the full patch notes for the latest release, check them out here.

To get started with the action, ArenaNet’s Queen’s Jubilee guide can be found here.

Date: Aug 6, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

kiel winner

Yesterday, ArenaNet announced the winner of the big council election from the Cutthroat Politics world event. We all had our favorite candidate, but at the end of the day, Captain Ellen Kiel won over the hearts of the most players and as a reward, we’ll all be seeing a reduction in Waypoint travel costs for four weeks, a new rotating schedule for mini-games such as Crab Toss and Southsun Survival, and towards the end of the year, we’ll be looking to dive into a new Fractal exploring the Thaumanova Reactor.

For more information, check out the official announcement.

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