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Leah Rivera on New Guild Missions


Guild Missions, a new type of mission, has just been revealed by Arenanet. February’s release will include the following mission types:
  • Guild Bounty – Your guild is tasked with tracking down and capturing various targets for the Orders. These people are wanted for a variety of reasons and have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to resist arrest!
  • Guild Trek – Think you know Tyria? Well the Tyrian Explorer’s Society has a challenge for you! Find the list of locations before time runs out.
  • Guild Challenge – These challenges leverage our existing event system but are specifically geared to require multi-group, coordinated play to succeed. So gather your guild and see if you’re up to the challenge!
  • Guild Rush – Test your skills with a mad dash over harrowing terrain, traps, and other hidden dangers. Just remember, there’s safety in numbers!
  • Guild Puzzle – It’s a puzzle and a jumping challenge all in one! This mission type requires multi-group coordination as well as individual jumping skills to get to the treasure at the end.

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Colin Johanson has just made a post on the official forums updating the community about the loot/drop investigation.

Since the community was still reporting issues with the drops they were getting, ArenaNet took another look at the issue. It appears they found the problem:

The rules by which you qualify for credit for an event or for experience when killing a mob are different rules than those used to help determine if you qualify for loot. Some of these were set up to be unintentionally restrictive, and as such you could kill a creature with a lot of health (this was most noticeable on champions) and not qualify for loot, despite qualifying for all other credit.

Once fixed, all champion mobs will correctly always drop 1 blue or better loot item, and all veterans will have a chance of dropping loot better than regular mobs as outlined in the November release. Please note, it is still possible to kill a creature and not do enough damage to qualify for loot (which is the only way you won’t get loot for a champion), it is also still possible for veterans to not drop loot at all, since they simply have better odds of dropping loot than normal creatures but no guaranteed drops.

He goes on to say that they will repair the issue with the February patch drops and not only that, but they plan to make specific areas more rewarding for the players. We'll see more information when the February patch notes are published. Back to Top

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Arenanet's Chris Whiteside appeared on IGN's up at noon webshow to discuss Guild Wars 2, the launch, the current state of it, and the goals for the future.  You can check it out on their official website.

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The votes have been tallied so we have some winners from our Biggest Fan Contest to announce! It was in no way unanimous and came very close so please know that you guys did some amazing work and made it really tough for us! Without further ado... *drumroll*

Grand Prize Winners
[Prize: Signed CE box]
Charlie Dayman
BearzuSmash
quenta

Runner-Ups
[Prize: Gem card]
KiyaKoreena
Doctor Overlord
SkearKr0w

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ArenaNet is having a meet and greet for fans at the Tap House Grill in downtown Seattle on Friday, March 1st, 2013 for those interested in stopping by!

Some of the developers will be available to meet and hang out with the fans. They also plan to serve a light lunch and give out drink tickets to some of the fans that stop in to say hello.

But that's not all! They'll also be holding a live Q&A session for the fans that make it to ask questions about the game and will giving out prizes from SteelSeries!

When: Friday March 1, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Tap House Grill, 1506 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101

Who can attend: This event is open to anyone 21 and over. No tickets or reservations are required, but we are limited to the capacity of the venue.

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We've been given a great opportunity to ask Colin some questions over lunch next week. So if you have any burning questions that you'd like to see answered, reply to this thread! Back to Top

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MMORPG.com has had the pleasure of interviewing the famed Colin Johanson on the next major update players will see later this month. Colin spills the beans on guild missions, and even gives a small preview of what to expect from the new daily achievement system. You can read through the highlights below, then be sure to check out the full interview here.

Much like your favorite TV show, we hope as we expand the scope of living stories as the year goes on, you won’t want to miss each new release to see where the storyline or your favorite characters are headed.

PvP
New PvP map Spirit Watch shares a common theme with the Flame and Frost living story.
Designed to add Capture the Flag element to PvP gameplay.
Two-team PvP matches players up by rank.

Guild Missions
Once activated by a specific guild, any player can participate.
Certain goals must be completed by the guild. Non-members able to help with secondary objectives.
Guilds gain notoriety to stand out and become widely recognized.
Identified by a guild banner.
Rewards both the guild and the individual; include reduced waypoint fee, guild banner tonic.

Daily Achievements
More daily objectives; pick and choose the most desirable. Completing every daily objective grants additional achievement points.
New daily achievements can direct players to certain zones.
Daily achievement variety will see a large increase over time.

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In the upcoming February patch, ArenaNet will introduce a new sPvP map - Spirit Watch. Spirit Watch is norn-themed with features such as cliffs and shrines to the Spirits of the Wild. Not only that, but there will be a new secondary objective within the map.

It'll be the same conquest-style gameplay that you're used to, but instead of using flags, you'll be battling over an Orb of Ascension. Here's how it works:

At the beginning of each match, the Orb of Ascension spawns at an altar, located in the center of the map. In order to pick up the Orb, a player will have to successfully complete a very short commune time. The player carrying the Orb will want to take it to any of the three capture points —represented as shrines to Wolf, Raven and Bear—located up in the surrounding cliffs.

While carrying the Orb, the player still has access to all of their skills, but has a 40% movement speed penalty and is unable to stealth or gain swiftness. If they teleport or become downed, they will drop the Orb.

Once the Orb of Ascension is brought to a shrine capture point, the Spirit of the Wild at the shrine ascends, immediately scoring bonus points for your team. If it’s a capture point that your team controls, your team scores 30 points; if not, your team scores 15 points instead. Also, if the Orb is brought to an enemy point, in addition to the bonus points scored, the capture point will instantly become neutralized! The Orb resets to the altar 10 seconds later.

You can read the full blog article here, on the official Guild Wars 2 site.

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Yes, that's right. For a limited time only the Black Lion Trading Company will be running a Valentine's Day special. For 400 gems, you can be the proud owner of a Bouquet of Roses, which can be used to spread the love all across town. Or, if you're looking for a less traditional use, you can take a note from Richie Procopio and start trolling with roses.

To round things out, Self Style Hair Kits are on sale for 20% off the original price, and unidentified vials of red dye can be purchased for 75 gems each, or 300 for a set of five.

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