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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.

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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The Krytan Herald

For Fans, By Fans

The Krytan Herald is a Guild Wars 2 RP Community Newspaper. We mainly serve the Guild Wars 2 Roleplayers community and they have been instrumental to the success of the paper. Our team of writers publish and create, stories, events and adverts for fans of the universe.

For Fans, By Fans
One of the most important areas we cater to is fan fiction. Anyone can have their written work published in The Krytan Herald, we welcome all fan submissions.*

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We are Hiring!

These are voluntary positions: The Krytan Herald is created By Fans, For Fans.

You do not have to be an experienced writer to join the team; you just need good English language skills, and a passion for the topic.

What are we looking for ~ Roleplay Reporting

~War Correspondents, to cover military combat and Charr legions RP events.
~Reporters to cover server events; interview the players in character and get the scoop on guild RP drama and intrigue.
~Explorers, to write compelling travel journals.
~Creative writers to produce stories about the world and its day to day struggles.
~RP'ers with a passion for storytelling and a desire to share their idea with the community.
~Historians, the lore masters who wish to keep the stories of the past alive today.

What are we looking for ~ Gamer Reporting

~Gifted players willing to give advice and opinion on PVP and PVE ~ builds, weapons combo's, and armour statistics.
~PVP'ers with a passion for E-Sports and a desire to write about the teams, the players  the highs and lows of the battle field.
~PVE'ers who can share their knowledge of 5 mans and world events, giving advice and personal reflection.
~Players who love to game and want to write about gaming news and events.

< Please Apply Here >

*There are three requirement for publication:
The content is related to Anet, GW or GW2.
The content is work safe.
The Krytan Herald is NEVER monetised.

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Hello All!!

This is your official invitation to come and check out what Gamer's Giving Back is all about! Our next event in Guild Wars 2 is going to be on April 20th!

This event is a TOGA PARTY in support of Multiple Sclerosis and will be held in Divinity's Reach on both American and European Servers for guesting!  (WHOO HOO!)

Here is the details for our Ventrilo for the Volunteer Day :

port: 5464
password : silenceftw

When you login for the meeting - please make sure you list your guild/website and/or alliance in your comment to help us out!

See you all there and in the mean time if you have questions - please don't hesitate to contact me via email at [email protected]

Rhonda  - aka M A L I B U Barbie

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Arenanet has just posted an announcement stating that the Guild Wars 2 servers will be offline on February 13th 8:00 - 12:00 GMT.  It will be routine server maintenance.

We will be doing scheduled server maintenance on Wednesday February 13th from 12:00 AM – 4:00 AM PST (08:00 – 12:00 GMT). During this period players on both North American and European worlds will not be able to log in. Forums, register.guildwars2.com, and buy.guildwars2.com will also not be available during this time, and the Black Lion Trading Company will not be available until 6:00 AM PST (14:00 GMT).
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For those of you that missed today's stream, here it is in video format. If anyone's able to help out with transcripts, please provide them in this thread and I'll link them in the OP.

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If you recall, we were recently told that there was going to be a WvW ratings reset at the beginning of the month. If you're wondering what happened to that, ArenaNet has decided to not implement the reset. Here's an update from Habib Loew:

Update 2/7/2013:
We’ve been keeping a very close watch on this week’s matchups and, despite our concerns regarding the recent population shifts, it seems that many of the games are quite competitive. At the same time we’ve been evaluating some possible changes to the math we use to calculate ratings. After examining a number of new methodologies for weighting the outcomes of matches we have found that our existing formulas already do pretty much what we want them to do. Certainly none of the candidates that we tried yielded better results.

In light of the strong community response to the idea of a WvW ratings reset, the results of our ratings formula investigations, and our data on the current matchups we have decided not to reset the WvW ratings at this time. All existing WvW ratings will be preserved and the rating calculation methodology will remain unchanged. Any existing mismatches should be corrected by the system in relatively short order. Now that there is less volatility in the player base for each world we expect the quality of matches to improve more quickly. This is both because the rating system is operating in a less unpredictable environment and because more stable teams tend to produce better results.

Thank you all for your feedback on this matter, and for your patience while we explored the various options. The community response was a key element in our decision making process. [Source]
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We are now live with our State of the Game stream with Jonathan Sharp and Jon Peters! For those that can't make it for the stream, we will be recording it and posting it to YouTube shortly after the stream ends. We'll update you once we have it uploaded.

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