Posts Tagged ‘Guild Wars’

Bam: Guild Wars 2 Player Reward Calculator

This is excellent. ArenaNet just launched what it’s calling the Guild Wars 2 Hall of Monuments Reward Calculator. Guild Wars players will remember the Hall of Monuments, where their characters amassed trophies and rewards spread across five different categories. Well, depending on how much you collected, the Reward Calculator tells you what those achievements will gift you with in Guild Wars 2, and it can be anything from animal companions, to pets, to special weapons and armour. Guild Wars veterans! Go and see what you’re entitled to.

Such generosity demands answers. The gift horse must be looked in the mouth, because who knows what could be in there? It could be a bomb. We had a quick word with ArenaNet game designer John Hargrove about how and why this scheme came about.
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Dhuum: Shake The Room. Also, Playerbase.

It wasn't me! It was my brother! I would never cheat! It was him! Take him, not me! Noooooooooooooooo!

Stew Wilson twittered this at me very excitedly. And rightly so, as it’s very exciting. Or, at least, splendid. Massively has the full story, but in short, the Guild Wars God of Death has been teleporting around the world and striking people down with a hefty scythe. Why? Well, it’s the animation to go with the mass-banning of players who’ve transgressed against the User Agreement or Rules of Conduct (i.e. Cheating). It’s a terribly stylish way to do a player-cull, at least. Footage of DHUUM’S FURIOUS ANGER follows…
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War In Kryta: Guild Wars => Guild Wars 2

LORE EXCLUSIVE. I don’t think we’ve had one of those before. Lore! Pure lore! Big proper info on long-awaited MMO sequel Guild Wars 2 is bound to hit during E3, but until then here’s a scoopette on how it’s going to link up to the first game. Including a couple of Big Fat Hints about what kind of world GW2 will be. Lumped under the Guild Wars Beyond umbrella, there’s going to be a series of updates that setup the world and the narrative for whatever goes down in GW 2. In other words, a storm is coming. And, judging by these screenshots, it’s a robo-storm… Your first details on the War In Kryta are below, chums.
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Guild Wars Wars: NCSoft’s Security Scandal

Tip-tap-tippy-tap-tap-tap. That’s me treading carefully so I don’t wake the vicious, slumbering Litigation Beast. Not that it’d necessarily wake up anyway, but some people have accused NCSoft’s response to a recent security scandal (related to MMO player accounts) of having a slight whiff of porky-pie about it. As those accusations aren’t proven, I’m wearing my Ballerina Shoes of +4 vs dangerous sweeping statements.

These are the key facts to this story: 1) There’s been a sudden, large spate of apparently hacked Aion, Guild Wars, City of Heroes et al accounts. 2) there’ve been reports of an apparent security hole in the NCsoft master account (an umbrella login for multiple NCsoft games), which has caused some players to find they’d somehow logged in as other players. Could these two things possibly be related? NCsoft says no. Hmm. Where’s Poirot when you need him?
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Guild Wars 4th Birthday: Eric Flannum Interview


It’s an anniversary. Four years today the original Guild Wars: Prophecy came out. Seeing this day approaching, we grabbed the chance to have a quick e-mail exchange with designer Eric Flannum about all that time and even let him include “®” symbols in his answers, as the birthday boy can do such things. We also resist trying to make Eric talk about Sacrifice, the other splendid game he was involved with, because this is Guild War’s special day and it’s hardly the time or the place. Questions and answers are found below in an instanced area below.
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Guild Wars Free Trialified

Possibly winning some sort of award for longest time between a game’s release and it getting the demo treatment, Guild Wars now has a free trial wotsit. While you need to sign up for NCsoft’s mildly irritating PlayNC master account thinger, you don’t need to give out credit card details. So if you’ve yet to sample Arenanet’s well-received subscriptionless, PvP-heavy fantasy MMO, now’s your chance. Don’t let the fact that only one member of RPS thinks Guild Wars isn’t oddly characterless and overly mechanical stop you. (Pauses for angry protestations). It’s fine! Just not my cup of elf-tea, y’know?

Meantime, has Guild Wars 2 been delayed as a result of publisher NCsoft’s ‘restructuring’? No-one seems entirely sure.

Review: Guild Wars: Eye of the North.

My, what a lot of colons. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a game mix up its punctuation a little, a throw in a semi-colon even an interrobang? I digress. PC Gamer have lobbed my review of the first real Guild Wars add-on pack online. In it, I say things like…

Even a couple of years after launch, Guild Wars remains unique in the pantheon of online RPGs. No monthly fees. No perpetual level grind. No integrated PvP. No races. No open communal adventure areas. No jump button.

And then go on to mock my own usual rants about Guild Wars, which I’ve done far too many times and won’t bore you with for now. Go read.