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Today I'd like to highlight a little gem I found down in Library of Whispers this morning. TymmyD has created a song entitled Tyria to the tune of Neil Diamond's America. Once you've listened, be sure to check out TymmyD's thread and leave some feedback!

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Why don’t we just start State of the Game with WvW?
If you are an active Guild Wars 2 sPvP player there is a big chance you have heard about our State of the Game stream – and if you aren’t into sPvP there is a big chance you have been wondering why there isn't a PvE or WvW equivalent of the show. This article is designed to help you understand where we are coming from and hopefully motivate people to help us start all these wanted new projects.

One thing you need to know is that Guru is ran entirely of volunteers who are just exceptionally dedicated and motivated to do the things they do here. Finding volunteers who are willing and able to put in multiple hours a week to maintaining or preparing something like State of the Game is really tough.

So when people ask, "can’t you just start a PvE and WvW show?" Yes, we could have such a show up and running in just a few days/weeks as we have the contacts and the platform ready. But finding someone who is willing to invest the amount of volunteer hours that is required is a whole other thing.

On top of that it is not just about finding someone willing – but also finding someone who is capable, has the technical experience and equipment to run a livestream show.

So what should you do?
If you think you are a fitting persona for the above description, then you should not hold back in contacting us. We have a huge platform, and we have people with years of experience available to guide you in this, but we need to know who you are before we can contact you.

A tendency I see with a lot of people is that they are afraid to come forward and ask. Most often these people create new shows, under their own name and simply get overwhelmed, which could easily have been avoided had they decided to start the project on our platform. A lot of people fear that if they come to us and ask to start a project, we will try to take it over and turn it into something they don’t want.

But it is not like that, we all share a common interest in the community and the game so releasing quality content is of our highest priority. Use us, use the people we have with experience to help you start great shows.

Joining - Guru Content Team
As a part of our content team, your main concern will be to work together with the rest of the team in actively developing and organizing content on Guru. This includes assisting in handling, developing and running State of the Game PvE and WvW, video content and written content as well as creating new content.

Specifically right now we are looking at finding a new host for a WvW version of State of the Game. As a general rule we are always looking for more people who are extremely dedicated and willing to put in a lot of hours with creating gw2 content.

Some of the things that we require is that you are:
  • Guild Wars 2 enthusiast
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledgeable in game mechanics
  • Self-motivated and active
  • Experience with producing relevant media content
How to contact
You can send me a PM here on the forum by clicking here. When approaching us please keep in mind we get a lot of PM's so getting through them all might take some time and if your pm fails to show us who you are/give us the right information it will be down prioritized taking even longer for a reply.

Please remember to answer at least the following in your approach:
  • Why you are the right one for this?
  • How many hours every month do you think you can put into this?
  • Can you take out an entire night, once every month, without exception?
  • Do you have the equipment to stream consistently in 720p+?
  • Do you have a high quality camera?
  • Do you have a high quality mic?
  • General information about yourself.
  • Any information you think we should know
  • If you aren't interested in being the host, what other content do you want to do.
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Good news for Marvel fans; Curse has an exclusive deal for you in the form of a limited number of Marvel Heroes beta keys! The first big beta weekend is taking place both Saturday, March 16th from 10am to 6pm PDT, and Sunday, March 17th from 6am to 2pm PDT.

Marvel Heroes is an upcoming free-to-play action MMORPG which blends persistent worlds, multiple people on the same maps, co-op quests, an economy, and more into a neat, well-polished package. Pick from a number of popular Marvel heroes, and customize each to play very differently as you level up and progress through the game, using various talents, skills, and statting.

How can you participate in this weekend's event?
  • Grab a key from us over at Curse! We're starting the giveaway for Premium members only this Thursday and Friday, and then opening keys to the public on Saturday morning at 0:00 PDT. We do have a limited number, so if you want to be guaranteed your key, be sure to sign up for Curse Premium at http://www.curse.com/premium/

  • Grab a Premium or Ultimate Founders Pack! Packed with perks, in-game currency, exclusive costumes, and more, it's the perfect way to kick off your Marvel Heroes play. You can browse founder's packages here. Anyone who purchases an Ultimate or Premium pack will be permanently added to the Closed Beta.
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Host: Grouch
Date/Time: March 14th. 12PM PST (8PM GMT)
ArenaNet Developers: Jonathan Sharp, Tyler Bearce, Karl McLain
Special Guests: Xeph from Team Paradigm (EU) and Nero from Jesus Beat Us Once (NA)
Where: Twitch.tv/guildwars2guru

Transcribed version of the State of the Game from March 14th
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Habib Loew has a new post on the official site announcing the removal of culling in the upcoming March 26th patch, as well as detailing new player rending options to keep your FPS intact.

If you’ve ever played World vs. World in a large group, you’ve probably noticed that there were some enemy players that you couldn’t see. That was an unfortunate side effect of a process called culling. I’m pleased to announce that in the upcoming patch on March 26, we’re going to turn culling off completely in WvW. This will make invisible enemies (except those using invisibility skills, of course) a thing of the past.

Under the new system, characters can be rendered in three different ways:
  • High resolution models - These are the high-res character models that you’re all already familiar with.
  • Lower resolution fallback models - These are the models that we’ve been using as placeholders in WvW while the hi-res models load. They differ depending on race and armor class, though human, sylvari, and norn share the same model.
  • Nameplates only - We don’t render the model at all and instead only show the nameplate for that character.
We’ve also added two new options to allow players to select how WvW characters are displayed:
  • WvW Character Limit - This controls how many of the reported characters render with a model and how many are rendered only with nameplates.
  • WvW Character Quality - This controls how many of the characters rendered with a model use the high resolution models and how many use the lower resolution fallback models.

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Today I'd like to showcase something that I stumbled upon today. Sarys posted a new musical piece over at Reddit recently and it's quite good! It really does speak to all of those Guild Wars fans that dream of Cantha...

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While looking up today's gem store sale item, we noticed something else - there are a few new town clothes added to the gem store! Here are some screenshots of each item (click for a screenshot - each shot includes the Riding gear):

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I wanted to highlight this video today because, one: the quality is outstanding (just like all of his other videos), and two: because it deals with one of the latest additions to the game - Guild Missions. If you haven't checked out Bog Otter Videos before, here's Richie's master thread here on Guru. Feel free to comment and give him some feedback! Without further ado, here's Richie explaining Guild Bounties:

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LIVING STORY
Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm
  • Fixed an issue with Living Story invader events occasionally stalling.
Guild Bounties
  • Guesting players will now be eligible for personal bounty completion rewards for foreign chapters of their guild.
  • Guesting players will be able to start Guilder Content for foreign chapters of their guild as long as a guild member from the host world is present in the map with them.
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent some bounties from correctly scaling for additional players.
  • Fixed a bug with the Sotzz the Scallywag bounty that would allow it to be instantly retriggered.
Story
  • “Striking Off the Chains” – Fixed bug where Hywel could die, blocking progress.
  • “Striking Off the Chains” and “Liberating Apatia”- The ability to summon additional krait has been removed from the bosses in these steps.
Professions
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  • Fixed a bug that caused some melee attacks to behave inconsistently.
  • The Prestige: This ability now plays the blast finisher only at the end of the ability.
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