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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet’s flagship title, Guild Wars.  GW2 aims to fix a lot of what’s “wrong” in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is far more epic in scope than the original… while still retaining the F2P business model.  The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer.  On top of it all, there are also several unique forms of PvP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another.  ArenaNet hopes there is something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


  • Dynamic Events | Aimed at making questing more interesting than killing ten rats, Dynamic Events are area-wide quests that scale based on the amount of people participating and can set in motion a chain reaction that spans an entire zone.  Players will always have something new and exciting to do when they log in, from stopping a band of invading centaurs, to hunting down a massive ice wyrm with the Norns.
  • Unique Combat Mechanics | Each profession has both weapons and spells to use, and each weapon has its own skills as well.  Players will be able to blend their skills to create powerful interactions (fire arrows throw a wall of fire to create flaming arrows), and every class is capable of being a healer, ensuring that you’re never waiting around for a “priest” to complete content.
  • Personal Story | At character creation, players will set up their personal biography for their hero, which will inform their entire story throughout the scope of GW2, maximizing replay value and ensuring that your character feels like a character, and not just an avatar with shiny armor.
  • WvWvW PVP | A part of the Endgame, we don’t know much about WvWvW PVP yet, other than the fact that it will allow hundreds of players from three different servers to compete against one another in a massive battle with siege weapons and destructible environments for some pretty extreme server-wide bonuses that are bestowed upon the winner.
  • Free to Play | Guild Wars 2 will continue the tradition of its forebear by being completely free beyond the retail purchase of the game.  There will be an Item Shop in the game, but ArenaNet insists that it will only be for cosmetic and convenience items, never for anything that would give one player a competitive edge.


  • Warrior | Your sword and board master, the Warrior prefers to be in the thick of battle.
  • Ranger | The ranged specialist capable of splitting an ant in two from three hundred yards away.
  • Necromancer | Master of the undead and dark arts, you do not want to tick the Necromancer off.
  • Elementalist | The magical architect of fire, air, earth, and water.  Basically, a raging pyro with a few other tricks as well.  But come on… fire.
  • Guardian | This profession is hell-bent on protecting his mates, and he does it through causing pain to his enemies as well as warding his allies.
  • Thief | Fancy yourself a spry little pickpocket? Or do you just want to get all stabby on someone? This may be the class for you.
  • Engineer | Guns, traps, bombs… more guns. The engineer is all about the mechanics (literally) of battle.
  • Mesmer | A fan favorite, the Mesmer’s skills involve the manipulation and destruction of its enemies’ minds.  He will make you think you’re on fire while you fight mirror images of him and watch him teleport across the battlefield in the blink of an eye.


  • Asura | Little, genius, and damned cute, the Asura are technological marvels with an passion for technology.
  • Charr | Primal, tribal, and obsessed with warring as a part of their main existence, the Charr are new allies to the people of Tyria… but ferocious ones at that.
  • Norn | These massive 9-foot tall Northerners value the spirits of nature more than anything else.
  • Sylvari | The Sylvari are a young botanical plant-like race, whose inquisitive nature has brought them to the forefront of the conflict in Tyria.
  • Human | The most widespread and influential race in Tyria, the Humans must work with all of the other races to ensure the safety and survival of Tyria.

Do you still play GW2? If so how often? Posted by exanimo on February 1, 2019 @ 12:47AM
Guild Wars 2 Money Posted by Lord.Bachus on December 11, 2018 @ 6:48AM
All those old zones.. Posted by Lord.Bachus on December 10, 2018 @ 12:19PM
Financial model Posted by Lord.Bachus on December 6, 2018 @ 10:01AM
SFR Server is looking for NA guilds, Posted by WarWitch on November 23, 2018 @ 12:32PM
I can't dodge for poop. Can I play GW2? Posted by TheDarkrayne on November 5, 2018 @ 1:21AM
2018 Poll: Which Guild Hall is your favourite? Posted by WavieDavie on September 7, 2018 @ 8:15AM
Returning to GW2, new to POF Posted by Torval on September 3, 2018 @ 12:47PM
So what can you do now in GW2? Posted by Jacobin on August 26, 2018 @ 4:29PM

Guild Wars 2 – How ArenaNet’s Layoffs Affect Us

Guild Wars 2 – How ArenaNet’s Layoffs Affect Us - Guild Wars 2 News

In an unexpected turn yesterday, ArenaNet's employees confirmed a rumor related to massive layoffs that are planned to permeate throughout the company soon. While we have no confirmed amounts of how many of the nearly 400 members of staff that ArenaNet employs will be out of work, the confirmations came in the form of tweets from current staff. After massive rounds of layoffs have hit EA and Activision in recent weeks, we, the gaming faithful, look on with solidarity and hope that those that ha

Posted Feb 22, 2019 by Suzie Ford

Updated & Confirmed: ArenaNet Announces Layoffs, How Many As Yet Uknown

Updated & Confirmed: ArenaNet Announces Layoffs, How Many As Yet Uknown - Guild Wars 2 News

Kotaku has just published an article suggesting that ArenaNet is j"planning big layoffs" according to one person inside the company. The article further states that, while the number is not yet known, it will be a "significant number of people". Lead Game Designer Jennifer Scheurle has confirmed the layoffs via Twitter. The employee meetings have been completed as of this writing, while those affected are processing the news.

Posted Feb 21, 2019 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2: Is it too Late for New Races?

Guild Wars 2: Is it too Late for New Races? - Guild Wars 2 News

When dragons first reared their heads, the first responders of Tyria were the Asura, the Charr, the Humans, the Norn, and the Sylvari. With their powers combined, they created an alliance which culminated in a slew of playable races with semi-important perspectives and mostly forgotten racial abilities. After days of cavorting with Hylek, and meeting the Mursaat, one might think the possibility of another playable race is right around the corner. Unfortunately, my friendly Tyrians, I fear you a

Posted Feb 21, 2019 by Suzie Ford

Warclaw Mount Coming to Guild Wars 2 On February 26th - Only Available in WvW

Warclaw Mount Coming to Guild Wars 2 On February 26th - Only Available in WvW - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has revealed a new mount coming to Guild Wars 2 on February 26th. The Warclaw, "a fearsome new cat mount created for combat and siege warfare" will only be available via World vs World, but it will be usable in the rest of the game world. "It comes with a variety of special abilities including Evade, Battle Maul and Chain Pull", each of which has been added to "enhance WvW mechanics".

Posted Feb 19, 2019 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2: Tracking Projects

Guild Wars 2: Tracking Projects - Guild Wars 2 News

One of the things I love about Guild Wars 2 is there is never a shortage of things for me to work on. However, this is also the biggest issue I have in GW2... I have so many projects I'm working on I sometimes forget what I'm working on! Some of this is my issue because I can't just focus on one project at a time, but some of this is an issue with how the UI in GW2 works.

Posted Feb 15, 2019 by Suzie Ford
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