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With a big thank you to ArenaNet for making this possible, we are glad to announce that we are holding the Biggest Fan Contest for the community! We've got three signed collector's editions of Guild Wars 2 that are looking for new homes. How can you win such an amazing prize? Read below!

Date/Time
Begins: January 25th, 2012
Ends: February 9th, 2012 at 11:59 PM Pacific

Prizes
(3) Grand Prize Winners: signed Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition box
(3) Runner-Ups: gem card

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How to Enter
We want you to show us how much you love of the game by created something Guild Wars 2 related. It can be a poem, a diorama, a painting, a comic, a video, a cake, a quilt, an... anything!

Simply reply to this thread with your entry.

Voting
Once the contest ends, the staff here will help vote the winners. You can help out by hitting the Like button on any entry you deem worthy of winning! We'll announce the winners after the votes have been cast. Winners will receive a PM asking for their physical address.

Restrictions/Legal
  • Entries are limited to US and Canadian residents only. Residents of Arizona, Massachusetts and the province of Quebec, Canada are ineligible to enter or win.
  • Winners are given a week to reply to our PM. If said winner does not reply, they forfeit their prize.
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Good luck!

"What does that make us?"
"Big damn fans, sir!"
"Ain't we just?
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It's time for the third edition of Guru's State of the Game, a monthly stream focusing on the PvP aspects of Guild Wars 2.  

Who will be attending?
We're joined by players from top competitive teams (and occasionally by a developer... or two) with the hopes of generating genuine and constructive discussion regarding the current state of the game.

This time around we'll be joined by ArenaNet Developers Jon Peters and Jonathan 'Chaplan' Sharp.

General Information:
Host: Grouch
Date/Time: February 7th, 2013. 12 PM PST (8PM GMT)
Duration: Around one hour.
Special Guests: ArenaNet Developers Jonathan Sharp and Jon Peters
Players Participating: Java from Team PZ (NA) and Lowell from Super Squad (EU)
Where: We're making the transition to Twitch.tv You can find us at http://www.twitch.tv/guildwars2guru

For any updates, make sure to follow us on Twitter (GW2Guru), Facebook (GW2Guru) and Anook (GW2Guru). Also make sure to check out the YouTube (GW2Guru) to view previous episodes.

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Who: You and friend or two (or three!).
What: Introductory guesting party!
When: Tuesday, January 29th starting at 5pm Pacific Standard Time [NA]/ 7pm GMT [EU]
Where: Metrica Province (Jade Quarry [NA]/Aurora Glade [EU])

Level an alt, tackle the jumping puzzle, shoot for map completion, or just hang back and play some Golem Chess with your friends and fellow forumites. Our introductory guesting party aims to fill zones to the brim with players looking to have a good time. If you can't make the start, don't worry about it! Just stop in whenever you can and soak in the action. Remember, you can only guest to two servers within a 24 hour period, so if you aren't on Jade Quarry, make sure you save a slot for the event.

Also, feel free to bring a friend and spread the word. We're looking to completely fill up at least one instance of Metrica Province, so we're going to need some help from all of you to make that possible. If this event has a solid turnaround, then this will no doubt become a regular thing in the future. This will be a great time to play with your friends, and even make some new ones.

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Flame and Frost: Prelude - January Update 2013


Arenanet has just announced the information and created the event page for the January update, Flame and Frost. This update is a prelude, meaning it is meant as a preparation for the upcoming months. The update will go live on January 28.

The update also brings new features, such as achievement updates, laurel currency, guesting,
new utility infusions and ascended amulets, and overall enhancements and updates. Make sure to check out the event page for the full details!

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The sky falls and the ground shakes in the lands of the north. Charr and norn refugees crawl from the wreckage of their homes in the Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau, struggling to find shelter in the south. The call goes out for volunteers to assist the victims in this time of need, when earth and sky seem to have become the enemy…

Flame and Frost: Prelude is the prologue to a multi-stage narrative that will bring big changes to Guild Wars 2 in the months to come.
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Recently, ArenaNet pointed out that they have been uploading various music and sound clips to their SoundCloud page. You can check out their uploads here.

If anything, you should listen to the voiceover outtakes. Poor Logan, INDEED. Also, I think Zojja has a serious drug problem. Back to Top

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This week we had two live interviews - one on the official Guild Wars 2 livestream and another with MMORPG.com. Today we'd like to highlight the two transcripts that dulfy created for them:

Guild Wars 2 Dev Livestream (Jan 17th, 2013) - Link

MMORPG.com Livestream with Colin Johanson (Jan 18th, 2013) - Link
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Tomorrow, January 17th, systems designer Matt Witter, game designer Jonathan Sharp, and lead content designer Mike Zadorojny will be hosting a livestream chat on Twitch to discuss the game's design as well as chat about various topics present in the community. The stream begins at noon PST and, after a short break, will continue at 2 pm for a Q&A session based on questions submitted on the official forums. These developers play a big role in the design and development of the game, so you definitely are going to want to tune in to hear the insight they have to offer.

Keep in mind they haven't posted the actual thread that they'll be using to pull questions from yet, but we'll keep an eye out and update you all when it's up. Back to Top

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As one of the most anticipated features to date, guesting will finally be implemented in just under two weeks on January 28th. Since launch, in order to play people who were currently on another home server, players had to take advantage of map overflows or dungeon instances that shared the same region. Now that restriction is being lifted and players are now able to be a guest on another world. Specifically, two worlds every 24 hours.

However, there is something to remember here. Much like the regional restrictions that currently prevent NA and EU servers from playing through dungeons together, guesting will only allow accounts of the same region to guest to each other. To quote Martin Kerstein,

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"Because (different from a world transfer) we are not moving your character between data centers, you may only guest on worlds in the same region as your home world. Players on North American home worlds cannot guest on European worlds or vice versa."


With guesting comes the end of free server transfers. After the guesting update, transfers will require a tiered gem fee based on the current population of the desired server. Less populated servers will be less expensive to transfer to than a high population server. Transfers are still limited to once every seven days.

Remember! This update happens January 28th! If you are a chronic world-switcher, make sure you're snug tight in your home server before it lands to prevent getting stuck. Back to Top

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As promised, Colin Johanson has takent the time to outline what we can expect from Guild Wars 2 in the first half of 2013. It's a big post with lots of exciting new information, so below you can find the highlights of the article to find what was mentioned quickly. You can also read the preview in its entirety here in order to get a more detailed picture of what ArenaNet has planned. There's a lot of new content here, so let us know what you're looking forward to the most!

General
  • Expansion of the achievement system and its rewards.
  • No new gear tier between Ascended and Legendary in 2013
  • New guild missions.
  • Guesting.
  • Redesigned boss encounters.
  • Improvement of "looking for group" tool.
  • Improvements to Fractals of the Mists.
  • Paid server transfers.
World vs World
  • Continued work on "culling".
  • New reward/prestige system.
  • Visible titles.
  • The final game score for the week will not be the only reason to be "winning".
PvP
  • Reward system re-haul.
  • Allow less competitive players to find matches with players of a similar skill.
  • Custom arenas, "observer mode", visible rank leaderboards.
  • Major tournaments are mentioned as a long-term goal.
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Gamebreaker TV's armor guide


Gamebreak TV's Richie Procopio and team have assembled a Guild Wars 2 armor guide featuring the coolest looking armor for all professions and races.  The guide also covers how to earn them, if there are any restrictions, and what the statistical benefits are of every armor set.  You can check it out on their website.

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In most MMORPGs, acquiring loot is a key motivation for the players, and it’s no different in when it comes to Guild Wars 2 armor.  We want our avatars to look as bad-ass as possible, so we’re willing to go on massive quests, farm endless materials, and trounce the most malignant forces in search of shiny baubles.  In Guild Wars 2, obtaining gear is mostly a cosmetic affair.  Once you snag the best stats with level 80 exotic armor, the hunt begins for armor sets that will make you stand out and turn heads.
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