As we all know Guild Wars 2 is not out yet, but is due in a couple of weeks. One thing that has drawn me to this game is that there is already in place a large community. A community that is very active in many ways. Not only in fansites and guilds, but from ArenaNet as well.
ANet in the way they designed the game, has greatly influenced how the community at large is responding. The very fact that you share in the experiences and the rewards, has removed a lot of the animosity that is so prevalent in all other MMOs.
Guilds are already strong and growing, and due to WvW many are formed into or seeking to form alliances. Some alliance are made of large groups; while others are purposely looking to get into smaller groups. Some are looking to get into a military like structure; while others are just seeking to work together in WvW. Still others just wish to be active only in structured PvP. Then there are those that only wish to peruse PvE or RP. The main key here is that they are already active and vibrant.
Now I have been in other releases of game. In several I have been in guilds who planned ahead of time to go into to a game. With GW2 the scale at which I am hearing how many guilds are so active in gathering their members is more then I have experienced in the past.
Fansites are popping up all over the world. Many offering stories, various offering guides. Some are spreading the info they find. Others have set themselves up to support WvW. Some are setting up tournaments for structured PvP.
There is even a Profession Workshop that is designed to gather info for all the professions and present then in a way to help the community by the community.
I have been down this road before as I said, but this time I am really surprised at how it is so excited and active. Since the individual conflicts like for example kill stealing has been removed from the game. It has made a community that is actually happy to share the game with others.
Here are several I know of from all over the world: