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Good news for those that have yet to buy Guild Wars 2 but want to try it out! On November 12th, ArenaNet will implement Refer a Friend Free Trial:

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We want you to experience Guild Wars 2 and Lost Shores with your friends, so on Monday November 12, we will turn on Refer a Friend Free Trial. You will be able to invite up to 3 Friends to play Guild Wars 2 with you for free from November 15-18.

To do so, you need a Guild Wars 2 account in good standing that was created before 23:59 PST (7:59 GMT) on November 6.

We will give you more details once the program goes live, but start thinking about who you want to invite! [Source]
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ArenaNet has updated their site to include the winners of this years' Halloween Diorama Contest!

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The first Halloween of Guild Wars 2 has come and gone, and we put our community’s creativity to the test with the Guild Wars 2 Halloween Diorama Contest. You didn’t disappoint—we received so many impressive entries that it was a tough task to choose our favorites. Everyone here at ArenaNet pitched in to view the dioramas and choose winners. They had no knowledge of the identities of the contestants.

Grand Prize Winner - Manuel S - Italy


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First Prize Winner - Koreena Anchalis - USA


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Second Prize Winner - Elenem - Poland


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Third Prize Winner - Ryan C - USA


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After last night's patch, a lot of users were curious as to why they weren't prompted to enter their authentication code before logging in to Guild Wars 2. Mike Lewis was there to let people know that they implemented their "remember this network" feature last night and that if you had already selected it before it was in place, it would automatically use that setting:

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Hi all,

First and foremost: please be aware that your accounts are still protected by the mobile authenticator at this time.

Here’s what has happened:
  • We have been developing a “remember this network” feature for the mobile authenticator in line with the same feature used by email authentication
  • This feature became active tonight during the planned maintenance updates
  • For any account which has already selected to remember a network, the mobile authenticator will respect your existing settings
  • This means that if you are logging in from a location that you permitted via email authentication, the mobile authenticator will not currently prompt you for a secondary code
Your account is still covered by the authenticator for logins from unverified locations.

This is the result of an oversight on my part and I’d like to apologize for any uncertainty and worry. We’ve double checked the systems and authentication is working correctly for unverified logins.

Unlinking the authenticator was temporarily disabled due to a configuration accident; this has been corrected and should work again.

For the moment we do not have a user interface for editing your “remembered” network locations. As a result, please be very cautious when selecting to allow new locations from the emails (or, in the near future, from the mobile authenticator login screen).

Thanks for bearing with us while we get the rest of the mobile authenticator features ready to go. [Source]
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  • Corrected drop rate for Unidentified Dye.
On November 1, we introduced a change that unintentionally increased the drop rate of Unidentified Dye. Today’s game update corrects the drop rate for Unidentified Dye.

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Martin Kerstein has posted an update on when to expect the Lost Shores event to start on November 16th:

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Something is stirring in the Sea of Sorrows – and we want to make sure that you are not missing out, so here is a schedule (without spoilers) for you, so you can plan ahead:
  • On Friday November 16th at noon PST (20:00 GMT) the weekend will kick off with an Event in Lion’s Arch that you don’t want to miss. This will trigger events in other parts of Tyria as well.
  • On Saturday November 17th at noon PST (20:00 GMT), another phase will kick in.
  • Each phase is triggered by a special event, but you will be able to enjoy additional content afterwards even if you cannot make the kick-off time. There is one exception:
The event will culminate in a big Finale on Sunday November 18, make sure you will not miss it. This will be a onetime only event chain that will run multiple hours, and it will kick off at noon PST (20:00 GMT). Again, this will only run once, so make sure you will be there! There will be plenty of content available to enjoy that will remain permanently in the world as a result of the outcome of this event on Sunday.

We will give you more details once we get closer to the event, but wanted to give you an early heads up so you can plan accordingly. [Source]
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The official forums are abuzz with what seems to be new Black Lion Trading items listed on the Trading Post. In regards to the Merchant and Name Contract, we discovered those early last month. Does this mean we'll start seeing these soon? Perhaps in the November 16th patch that's coming up? Back to Top

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Time for a Vacation - Teaser


Arenanet has just released this picture on their social media accounts (credit to Vahkris for being the first, thank you!).  It features a Tyrian image advertising a new "vacation" beach-like zone, currently called The Lost Shores.  The translated words feature a humor-filled (at least, Mad King Thorn inspired) disclaimer that hints at a upcoming November content update.

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Avast! Ahoy all ye landlubbers!
The hardworking members of the consortium are proud to announce the upcoming unveiling of your dream vacation! coming soon we will open the gate – the asura gate – connecting Lion’s Arch to a veritable tropical paradise of magnificent proportions!

Swim in the radiant waters*!
Relax on the beach*!
Dance the night away*!
Prepare to hoist your jolly roger and to embark on a most majestic adventure with your favorite band of salty dogs!

Arr You Ready?


*Towels not included. The consortium cannot be held responsible for aquatic-related and rythmic-related injuries(or other injuries related to misadventure or otherwise general buffonery). Our medical staff will be on-call to happily ignore your needs should they inevitable arise.
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Guilds are a wonderful thing. I'm in a guild, you're in a guild, even my cats made their own guild. They're a hotbed for community activity and player interaction, and are a great way to make friends while in Tyria.

So what if you don't have a guild? Or perhaps your roster is a bit on the thin side and you're feeling lonely. Luckily, slater101 has the perfect solution. His website, "Guild Wars 2 Recruiting" is dedicated to helping players find the right guild that suits their adventuring needs. Here are some of the site's biggest features:
  • Private communication between recruit and guild leader (to help people get to know the leader or learn more about the guild without having to jump hoops)
  • sPvP team listing with the same features as above (Private communication)
  • The ability for players to post "Character" ads so that guild leaders can actively search for players that fit there terms. (This also works through the private messaging system)
  • A bookmarking system so members can bookmark pages (to eliminate the hassle of re-finding a guild)
  • An intuitive guild searching system with 66 different possible ways to search. All smooth and easy to use.
  • An intuitive sPvP team searching system with 64 different possible methods of search. All smooth and easy to use.
  • The ability to add Character photos to there character pages (to display gear etc..)
  • Email notification upon contact via website messaging system.
Whether you're looking for some organized fun in World Vs World, or are dying to fill up your asura-only guild with brilliant minds, you'll find somebody with similar interests looking to snatch you up. New features are constantly being added to increase guild activity and interaction, so keep an eye on the update thread in Community News to stay up to date. Back to Top

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Here's some good news for those who missed the Halloween party for one reason or another! NPC's will stay around until November 15th to grant the "Attend the Party" achievement, so if you missed out you have plenty of time to take advantage. However, all of the other Halloween events have disappeared until next year.

In addition, paid PvP tournaments have been added to the game, and you can find several fixes to World Vs World and dungeon instances as well. Be sure to read the full notes below!

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Holiday

Halloween has come and gone. You put Mad King Thorn back in his place with as much skill and enthusiasm as we’d hoped. We on the Halloween Team would like to thank you for participating with such gusto. It did our hearts good to know so many of you were enjoying the pumpkins of our labors (so to speak).

Thank you!

Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy has made these past few days very hard for some of our players on the east coast of the United States. We would like to extend our condolences to all those affected by the storm. We recognize that because of power failures and the general situation, many players have been unable to meet Mad King Thorn in Lion’s Arch. One of the fake Mad King Thorn actors has decided to stick around until 11/15 to ensure that those who couldn’t play due to the storms still receive the “Attend the Party” achievement. If you missed the final event, you will be able to speak to him at the Grand Piazza in Lion’s Arch and receive both your achievement and a Halloween hat.
  • The Mad King is gone, and he has taken his chest with him. The Mad King Chest can no longer be created.
Paid SPvP Tournaments

In addition to free sPvP tournaments, you can now play in paid sPvP tournaments! You can join them by going to the Heart of the Mists (using the crossed-swords icon in your quick-launch icons) and speak to the Tournament Master. You will need Tournament Tickets to play, which you can get through reward chests or the Gem Store! To see more info on the rewards for paid tournaments, look here.

WvW
  • Closed a number of exploits that inappropriately allowed access to keeps.
  • Orbs of power have been removed from WvW to address hacking and balance issues. They tended to strengthen teams already in the lead and were irresistible targets for hackers and cheaters, both of which could have an unfortunately large impact on any given WvW game. Orbs or some similar mechanic may return in the future, but only if we’re confident that they won’t create similar issues.
Personal Story
  • “The Battle of Fort Trinity”—Fixed a bug that could prevent progress on the “Defend the gate” objective.
Dungeons
Sorrow’s Embrace
  • Fergg’s Chain: The Grenadiers found a way back into the ranks. We have now adjusted their numbers to match. Waves have been adjusted to have a more reasonable spawn time.
Caudecus’s Manor
  • Story Chain: Fixed an issue that could prevent Separatist guards from spawning properly.
Reminder
On October 22nd, we added new minidungeons, jumping puzzles, and events to several areas.
  • Mount Maelstrom—A jumping puzzle has been added.
  • Fireheart Rise—A minidungeon has been added.
  • Dredgehaunt Cliffs—A minidungeon has been added.
  • Various Maps—Modus Sceleris events now appear in several maps.
  • There is a skritt burglar on the loose in Tyria! Adventurers that encounter this thieving rodent are encouraged to confiscate whatever loot they can shake out of her.
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