PAX Day 1

Alright, so the day is finally winding down here in WA. Day one was pretty nuts!

On the Guild Wars front, there was a lot going on. The lines to test out the game were nuts: I was standing for almost 2 hours before I decided I had to go.

On the bright side, I got to watch both presentations by Martin and got a pretty in-depth look at the combat systems. Seeing the UI in action up-close, too, made me feel a lot more comfortable with the way it’s going so far. Screenshots definitely don’t do the game justice.

I got to meet a lot of awesome Arena-Net people, too! Martin, Regina, Emily, and Habib (??), a programmer who’s probably not as well-known but still awesome. Everybody was really cool to talk to. I saw Izzy, Kristen, and Joe but didn’t get a chance to say hi.

I’ll be hitting up the Dynamic Events panel tomorrow morning and the party at night, so it’ll be a whole lotta Arenanet goodness.

I got to play a few other games, too, and got a lot of free T-shirts. We plan on getting a few more tomorrow. A few WoW loot cards, LoL codes, tons of betas and trial codes, trading cards…yeah. Lots of loot.

More pics and info tomorrow!

-Izzie

A few pictures for you guys:

Pax Prime 2010 Preview

As a lot of you know, I’ll be heading to PAX-Prime this week over in Seattle. I’m ridiculously excited about going, and mostly because I get to try out the Guild Wars 2 demo! Jess and I will be heading over representing GuildMag and our podcast. It’s going to be both  thrilling and crazy busy.

We’ll be heading in Thursday night and plan on hitting up the Triwizard Tournament drinking tournament with some PAX buddies from over here on the east coast. If the Pokemon pub-crawl at Pax-East is any indication of what I’m in for…well. Lets just hope I manage to get up the next morning!

Friday, first plan of business is heading over to Arenanet’s booth to snag a ticket for their Dynamic Events panel and introduce myself to the crew there. Depending on lines I’ll try to get a demo session in, too. At some point I need to figure out when I’ll be hanging with Barbie from the GW-EN network, too!

Sometime after the panel Saturday, there’s gonna be a Guildwars2guru community meet up, which I’m looking forward to beyond all reason and then a lounge party that night with the crew from GuildCast that I’ll be hitting up around 8:30-9pm.

What are the panels I’m hoping to hit after?

Friday:
12:00 PM: Myth of the Girl Gamer
12:30 PM : Raud Warning Live Podcast (if the Girl Gamer panel is full, which is likely!)
2:30 PM: The Community Manager Challenge
4:00 PM: Mega 64
6:00 PM: The Various Roads to Becoming a Community Manager

Saturday:
10:00 AM:  Guild Wars 2: Designing Dynamic Events
12:00 PM: World of Farmcraft
4:30 PM: Women Own: A Conversation with Researchers, Professionals, and Gamers
6:30 PM: So You Want to Land a Marketing Job in the Game Industry?

Sunday:
3:00 PM: Ask a Games Journalist: Veteran Editors Answer Any and All Questions

I’m gonna try to check out community manager and girl gamer panels as a priority. During my down times I’ll probably be hitting up Team Fortress 2 in the open LAN room with buddies and collecting swag from around the expo center.

Keep an eye out for me on Twitter: I’ll be posting twitpics and updates on lines, events, and my general location. I may also be trying to update the blog with pictures and small updates, but no promises!

Hope to see you guys there!

Guild Wars 2 Community List

Can’t get enough Guild Wars 2? Neither can I. Lucky for us,  the excitement over the new game has spawned a slew of websites, media, and blogs where fans can cover their own views on information and discuss with each other our hopes, worries, and love of the game. And as the guys over at Relics of Orr state: one of the biggest factors in a thriving game is the strength of it’s community. GW has had one of the greatest and most active communities of any game, and that fanbase continues to grow. That’s why it’s important to keep supporting each other continuously to keep the love alive and spread the word!

There are a few different online sources for gathering links, but I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon and put together my own version of a GW2 for anybody who just happens to be looking for quality spots for GW2 info.
If there are any new ones or stuff that I missed, or ones that are down / inactive, let me know in the comments and i’ll keep this updated as much as possible.

Credits: Coehl of Relics of Orr; BigWigKing’s Quest of GW2G Forums, and everyone who posted links on these threads [one] [two].

Community Fanlisting

Relics of Orr Fanlisting
–Coehl over at Relics of Orr put together an awesome fan-listing category on their site. Here you can find a lot of great sites and blogs, and read up on news and their awesome podcast all in one go. Check it out!

Conjure Phantasm Fanlisting
–Nox has a nicely updated fansite listing over on his blog.

Community Websites

Guildwars2Guru.com
–The #1 community for GW2 discussion by far, the GW2G forums boast several hundred active members at any point in time, and thousands of posts and threads covering everything anybody needs to know about GW2: From lore, fan-works, news, and speculation, this is definitely the place to go. Several Community Managers from ArenaNET are also active posters.
Quaggan.com
–Spearheaded by the talented Nox, Quaggan is an in-development Web2.0 centric fansite/forum. While still in the works, the goal of the site is to mimic what Anet aspires to do with GW2: take an old out-dated system and bring it new life. Quaggan aims to provide a social experience like non-other. Definitely give it a go.
Guild Wars @ IncGamers
–IncGamers is one of the oldest and most established online Guild Wars communities out there. They host blogs, have active forums with discussions across a wide spectrum, and also proudly continue to host active Guild Wars 1 discussions. Anyone who goes to Inc-Gamers for their information or community will not be disappointed.
GuildWars2PvP.com
–GW2PvP is a site and forum dedicated soley to the PvP aspects of Guild Wars 2. The community is a bit slower than others right now, but as more and more information on classes, skills, and mechanics are released, the more revved up the PvP community gets for release. Anet has sated that PvP will be a very important part of their new game: come release time, anybody who’s anybody in the PvP metagame will likely be a part of this community.
Guildwars2 Forums
— GW2F are a new, complimentary outlet for anyone looking for a less hectic community to join and discuss the upcoming game. The site is getting itself ready early, with sub-forums for recruitment, in-game community and trading / crafting. Members are currently speculating what sort of features the game might bring.

Media

Podcast: GuildCast
–Revived after a long hiatus, GuildCast is back and better than ever with exclusive interviews, tons of information, and a healthy dosage of bantering with original host Shawn Schuster and Massively’s own Rubi Bayer. Must listen for any fan of Guild Wars!
Podcast: Relics of Orr
–Relics boasts more than just a podcast, but news, community coverage, and it’s own community as well. Hosts Ryan Singleton, Astara Birchall, & Trevor Covington chime in each week to deliver the news and help nurture a thriving community for the franchise; something they consider a key ingredient to the success of any game (and I couldn’t agree more!)
Podcast: GuildMag Podcast
–Supplementary to the GuildMag online fanzine, the GuildMag Podcast aims to expand on content from the publication and give an outlet for the staff discuss beyond giving the facts. Hosted by Sabre Wolf , Malichor, and some weirdo named Izari, tune in for discussions, speculation, and good ol’fashioned verbal dueling.
Video: Sabre Wolf’s Video Info Series
–Good friend and fellow community member Sabre Wolf has been bringing us a periodical video series from the start of the GW2 info explosion. In each video he summarizes and clarifies all the information that’s been released in that period of time, allowing a quick and easy listen / watch for latest news. Anybody who’s new to GW2, behind on the updates, or simply looking to have their memories refreshed should definitely check his videos out first; you will literally learn everything you need to know.
Video: Guild Wars 2 Movies
–A video-centric site that aims to provide a home for Guild Wars 2 related videos. Like youtube for GuildWars2!
Sream: Guild Wars2 Live
–Head up by Peter Chan, Guild Wars 2 Live is set to provide a channel for constant streaming of actual game-play. Currently have official trailers & videos from Anet, gameplay, and paradies on loop when they aren’t streaming live gaming.
Images: GW2 Screenshots
–This blog, run by Nox, is a great collection of images and screen-grabs from pretty much anything and everything released, all in one, easy to navigate place. If you’re simply looking for some visuals on the new game, go here first!

Publications

GuildMag
–A community driven bi-monthly digital magazine, GuildMag aims to offer coverage from all over the world of Tyria: from news, lore, fan art and fiction, interviews, in-game events, and more, GuildMag offers a large source of content as anyone would expect from any magazine. With two issues under their belt and plenty more to come, definitely give GM a go!
Guild Wars Magazine

–Amazingly put together by a single person, Guild Wars Magazine.net is an interactively readable online publication leaning more towards the creative than the factual. Heavy on lore and fiction, the layout is gorgeous and the articles in-depth and interesting to read. Worth a go for anybody who enjoys a whimsical journey.

Blogs & Sites

http://huntersinsight.wordpress.com/
http://secretagentcat.wordpress.com/
http://conjurephantasm.wordpress.com/
http://adventurerjexx.wordpress.com/
http://izziebytes.wordpress.com/
http://casualdoes.wordpress.com/
http://belzan.wordpress.com

http://www.guildwars.us
http://www.guildwars2blog.com
http://www.guild-wars-2.org
http://www.atyrianodyssey.com/
http://www.killtenrats.com/

GuildMag and Podcast Episode / Issue 2!!

Hey everybody!
So I wanted to give the heads up that GuildMag, the unofficial Guild Wars fan-magazine, finally released it’s second issue! We worked really hard over the past two months on content, design, and extras, and we’re even giving away a costume code to our readers, so check it out!

Also, I’m honored to join Malichor and Sabre Wolf in the re-vamped GuildMag Podcast as a third host. Their second episode (my first, and the first technically ‘GuildMag’ cast) was recorded last night, and Sabre worked his ass off to edit and produce the final file (at 4:30 in the morning! That’s dedication). Check that out here, and leave us feedback on either Guru site or our official forums, or leave a comment on the post. Let us know how we’re doing, and how we can make it better!
Enjoy!
~Izzie

Guild Mag: Unofficial Fan Magazine for the Guild Wars World

Some exciting news here!

In preparation for the release of Guild Wars 2, GuildwarsGuru community regular Dutch Sunshine put together the groundwork for a monthly free online publication entitled Guild Mag.


Badass in PDF form.

This unofficial fan-run project is a hefty 30 page digital magazine that has articles, screenshots, art, humor, and even en exclusive interview with an Arenanet rep Ree Soesbee! That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Needless to say, the content is great, and the design is even better.

Made to be read online, the layout is interactive and enhanced, allowing you to click through the pages much like a site, link to their off-page sources, and even listen to embedded music.

After a rocky start, the first issue came out this past friday, May 7th, and is available for download from the official GuildMag website.

Any Guild Wars vets and/or those out there with an interest with the much anticipated sequel needs to check out this publication. It’s just getting started, and I have a funny feeling it’s only going to grow and get better as more information regarding GW2 comes out and when the game is finally released.

Last but not least, everybody’s favorite Izziebot is going to be a contributing writer starting in June. Anybody who’s known me even for a little bit is probably shaking their heads but at least understand how ridiculously exciting this is for me.

So fans of Guild Wars, mosey on down to GuildMag.com, download the first issue, join the forums, follow them on twitter, and most importantly, SUBSCRIBE!
Yes, I am giving you 100% permission to stalk them!!
DO IT

PAX East: The Journey Begins

5:19 PM
On the bus with Kaae, Lizzie, and Gina. Somewhere in Connecticut, I think.
Bolt Bus is filled with PAX people, pretty hilarious.
POKEMON PUB CRAWL TONIGHT.

1:24 PM
Getting ready to leave work. Meeting up with the roomies at Penn station for some foods, exploration, and boarding.
It’ll be twitter from then ’til we get to Boston. Oh joy, 5 hour bus ride out of Manhattan -_-;

10:33 AM

I’m sitting here at work, watching the clock count down the hours. My roomies are at home probably still sleeping.
Lugging my suitcase across Manhattan was less than stellar but at least I got some cardio out of it (lol?).
Can’t get twitter to validate my phone. This is displeasing.
Free munchins in the kitchen…