ArenaNet Open House / Guild Wars 2 FanDay Preview!


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The floodgates, as they say, have been opened. Be prepared!

I was extremely thrilled (and extremely lucky) to have been invited to the new ArenaNet office for a community FanDay event being held this Friday, June 24th. Myself and the other 16 or  lucky community reps and fans are in for some crazy surprises, and the ANet crew has been more than generous with their relentless teasing and secrecy. Seriously, we have -no idea- what the devious developers have in store for us (perhaps we like it that way?…Maybe…).

While this is like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — the kind that only comes once every 75 years like a comet and drops ectos from the sky– myself and the others are still on a mission.

This is what we were all thinking. And anybody who says otherwise is a liar.

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MS Toga Party 2011 Re-Cap


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As per TT tradition, we’re coming in with this a little late. But better late than never!

We tweeted / spammed a few weeks back about the charity fundraiser run by Gamers Giving back for multiple sclerosis awareness. Although the turnout was smaller than expected, we were still pleased to meet and surpass our goal of $1337! In fact, we ended up totaling around $1700+ !

A HUGE thank you to everybody who attended, volunteered, and donated. You guys are awesome.
And of course, many props to Gaming World Entertainment Network for all the work you guys do to make the world a better place.

Here are some highlights from the event:

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In-Game MS Fundraiser by Gamers Giving Back!


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The lovely folks over at Gaming World Entertainment Network / Gamers Giving Back are holding another large charity fundraiser this month on April 16th for multiple sclerosis awareness.

It’s less than two weeks away, so it’s time to spread the word.  These are the same guys and gals that brought us the Pink Day in LA fundraiser back in the fall, collectively raising over $10,000 for breast cancer research! GW-EN and friends are hoping to repeat another great success this spring.

The in-game festivities will be held in Chabek “Alex Trebeck” Village, international districts staring at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 5pm GMT for six hours! But you don’t have to be in-game or even play Guild Wars to donate and still enter to win great prizes: so definitely get your friends and families involved to join a wonderful cause.

Events
There are tons of events happening at the party; costume contests, on-air givaways, and trivia with some amazing in-game prizes like entire elite / obsidian armors, zkeys, weapons, tonics, and more! Even better: those who donate will be eligible for some amazing real life prizes. Be sure to listen-in on GW-EN’s live stream all day for your chance to win.

Getting There
Requires the Nightfall campaign. All newbie Nightfall characters after going through or skipping the tutorial will be in Chabek Village! Any characters from other campaigns need to do the Nightfall quest (from Lion’s Arch or Kaineng Center). Once completed and in Kamadan, you can simply talk to Second Spear Binah, enter the tutorial area, and head over to Chabek Village to join in.

Sponsors
GW-EN is officially sponsoring the first 10 districts, with Guild Wars Guru hosting D9, GuildMag hosting D7, Elixabeth and TalkTyria in D11 (and live streaming on GuildWars2Live), and the YaWn Guild in D12. Other sponsors include Yugs, Ct Pound and Fire Reignz, Crossing Tyria, Nox Audio, and more! Sponsored districts will have bartenders and trivia, so don’t forget to brush-up on your knowledge. Also keep an eye on twitter and the forums in case Districts get last minute changes.

Don’t forget to listen in on GW-EN Radio for chances to win prizes, musics, and heartfelt messages about the fund-raising effort. Hope to see you guys there! (Feel free to post any questions and I’ll relay them to the organizers).

Futher Reading:
Official GW-EN Page | Guild Wars Guru Thread | Crossing Tyria “The Hunt for the Cure” Storyline

The Iterative Process, or “how we plan to bring you the best game possible”


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Iteration, or the iterative process, is something ANet has discussed many times. It accounts for changes between versions of their games. Each GW update involves iteration and iteration accounts for the content and mechanic changes we see between GW2 status updates. Put simply, the iterative process is simultaneously responsible for what makes the Guild Wars franchise worth playing and what is delaying the release of GW2. Over the past years and coming months (I refuse to think of GW2 as over a year away) we have enjoyed teasers, concept art, videos, updates, interviews, profession reveals, and demos of GW2. One thing has remained constant about the information we receive about GW2: nothing is set in stone.

Isaiah "Izzy" Cartwright (left) and Martin Kerstein (right) at Gamescom in 2010 (from ANet's Flickr)

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Pax-East Pre-Show | TalkTyria, Guild Mag, and Friends!


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Well as you guys know, Pax-East is coming in less than a week. The fabulous team over at ArenaNet will be attending, and the east coast rejoiced!

I’ll be heading up to my sister city to the north for the weekend to enjoy the festivities and try to get in on the new Guild Wars demo. I’ll be representing GuildMag &  TalkTyria. I’m extremely excited to see what they’ll have to offer this time around and hope to get as many images and as much info to you guys as possible.

Here’s a quick low-down on the whos, what’s, where, when, and why, gods, why’s of the convention! Continue reading

A Love Letter to ArenaNet


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Dear ArenaNet,

I don’t want to waste your time, as I’m sure you’re busy working on making Guild Wars a better game before the release of Guild Wars 2. But as a veteran to Guild Wars, I feel I need to speak my mind, and hopefully you’ll take solace in the opinions of an older player who has been with you since the days of Beta and beyond.  I feel as I should also give you the short version first, which I’m sure will entice you to read my reasons for this letter. So, here it goes.

In short, ArenaNet, so long, and thanks for all the fish. Continue reading

Guild Wars Community Projects Update: March 2011 Edition


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Welcome to the March edition of Talk Tyria’s CPU, where I  cover new sites, upcoming events, and major changes to your favorite existing fansites. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first update as well.

This was meant to be monthly, so I apologize ahead of time for the massive delay! Either way, there’s a lot of fun stuff in the works, so let’s get it rolling. Continue reading