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Originals are at Guild Wars login announcements.
ArenaNet changes approach towards trolls
ArenaNet has decided to fix the troll problem by providing free, assassin only accounts to "teach the noobs who are pissing off other gamers for no reason a lesson". These assassins will be able to use their skills in towns and outposts. Their goal is to reduce the total number of 83 trolls (estimated), logging in every day and terrorising the cities of Tyria, Cantha and Elona, as much as possible. Be warned though that when it turns out that a specific troll-problem was in the eyes of the beholder. The assassins are authorized to change their target, so be careful when complaining about "trolls" ...
Note that ArenaNet won't notify any trolls before their characters are tracked down and killed.</option> <option>
Server Maintenance Problem
|300||During the last period of server maintenance, ArenaNet found out that its network was affected by the same exploit as the Playstation Network (PSN) (see left). All GuildWars accounts are considered potentially compromised.
In a pro-active move designed to prevent abuse, ArenaNet banned all existing guild wars accounts. As compensation, ArenaNet is offering a free 10 hour trial to anyone affected. Get yours at guildwars.com/freetrial!
GW2 - WoW merge considered
Blizzard has indicated an interest in adopting large parts of Arenanet's innovative new GW2 game mechanics, and Arenanet is WoW extension tentatively titled GuildCraft. Industry experts expect this new extension to effectively merge the existing WoW and Guild Wars user bases.
In addition to this, Blizzard have stated Sony Online Entertainment and Bioware have shown interest but nothing else has been revealed.</option> <option>
Merchants in major cities have decided to organize and charge higher prices for the same services and items. Shop around in order to find the best deals for your goods and services needed. Rates of up to 1000% for Vial of Dye (Gray) have been reported from Kamadan, Jewel of Istan. These merchants also tend to offer less gold for your valuables.</option> <option>
Guild Wars 2 Delayed Again
Unnamed sources report that ArenaNet's LAN has been compromised by a group of Blood Elves, who managed to destroy most of the GuildWars 2 assets. The intrusion was detected only when they started deleting ArenaNet's vast video repository. As a result, all of the Guild Wars 2 progress has been rolled back to a 0.0.0.1 build, as ArenaNet developers and artists struggle to recreate the game from the remaining video. Fortunately, ArenaNet have amassed enough video material to keep offering trailers to the GuildWars community until the game finally comes out. The release has been pushed back to 2015 at the earliest. An NCsoft spokesman stated that there are no plans to refund pre-order payments, adding "we certainly do need that money now". A crack team of GuildWars developers is meanwhile attempting to monetize existing GuildWars content further; ideas include a pet Makeover Pack and a pay-to-play "classic Dervish" character class.</option> <option>
Beware of the aliens in Senji's Corner! They can remove your profession and replace your skills with "attack", which is just a regular attack.</option> <option>
Beware of bosses
Never give an in-game boss your password, it will log in to your account and remove all your skills, ensuring it an easy victory. Consider yourself warned.</option> <option>
Beware of fake login announcements
Some Guild Wars websites may display login announcements that are not actually authored by ArenaNet and have never run on the GuildWars login screen. Be alert! Stay safe! Wear a condom!</option> <option>
Beware of Xunlai Secret Agents bearing gifts of Peace and Harmony
Although they may look innocent at first glance, they can quickly remove hexes and pre-existing conditions and are just terrible, terrible experience for your monkey.</option> <option>
Review the Naming Policy
There are some types of names that are not funny, so before creating a new character, please ask your sober friends whether it really is as funny as you think it is. Example: "Nee Gromancer" is not a good name for a Necromancer. If it spells words, spellcheck them.</option> <option>
Buying Gold costs money
If you purchase gold for real-world money, you are spending money on a game that could be spent on food, clothes, or a hot, sensual experience (such as a warm massage bath). Instead you are spending money to have fun at a game that should have been fun even without you having spend money to get play-money. If Guild Wars isn't fun for you, don't play and don't pay! Unless, of course, the game becomes much more fun once you remove the tedium component.</option> <option>
Don't Give Account Information to 4chan
Beware of Anonymous who ask for your account information "for teh lulz". The request "Account or GTFO" is designed to trick you into divulging your personal information, which is then used to have fun with your account. Never give your account information to Anonymous. Also remember: if you let 4chan have your login details, your account will likely be suspended in short order, but at least it will be funny.</option> <option>
Gwen and Keiran split
Gwen's had enough already! She caught Keiran Thackeray in the bathroom with old photos of Evennia, his ex-girlfriend, and photos of a bunch of loose Ritualists from Kaineng City. She's pregnant with their first child, but he'll now be the baby daddy she's always wanted. Mhenlo will be her attorney in the divorce settlement and you can already see the two of them have a thing going.
Meanwhile, Gwen continues to ask herself over and over again in her head, "Why oh why did Prince Rurik have to die?? Those %@&^*!! Charr!"</option> <option>
Chat Channel Changes
Players are reminded that the chat channels are intended for social activities. Players using the chat channels to hang idling are subject to account suspension. Be sure to use the chat regularly! See the Conduct Breaches and Outcomes document at www.guildwars.com/support/conduct_breach for more information on how to abuse the chat channels properly.</option> <option>
I Have a New Key
Now buy a new door. </option> <option>
Beta Key Spotted
Rumors are spreading fast that a beta key for Guild Wars 2 was discovered in-game. It has the shape of the Shiverpeak Key and appears white, so be sure to be paying attention to chat. In the item's description (which only one character can see and is not tradeable) you'll find the access key for Guild Wars 2. Add it your Guild Wars account and you get the chance to play one new profession and get to level 20 just like every other character on the Guild Wars game itself. Races are not yet enclosed and we'll keep you updated on any new information we get about this beta key. </option> <option>
Isle of the Nameless temporarily closed
The PvP hub and part time swimming pool Isle of the Nameless has been temporarily closed by person, or persons unknown. When asked about the closure, an ArenaNet source would only whisper, "Gnomes!" and directed further questions to their community representative, Regina.</option> <option>
Arenanet announced that all pets will be replaced by cats due to a planned update that will replace all monsters, characters, npc's and animals with cats turning the game into "Cat Guilds" which will be a racing game. players will be required to race across the new world map which will be a combination of Tyria, Elona, Cantha and more. Races will take roughly 10 weeks to complete and will require players to stay on for the whole time. </option> <option>
Double drop rates for the faithful
This year, players playing as a Monk or Dervish will be rewarded by the gods with a double drop rate. Players that create characters after this announcement shall not qualify, as they are false converts, and do not exhibit real faith.</option> <option>
CHUCK NORRIS WEEKEND
This weekend, players will be playing as Chuck Norris and all skills will be replaced by roundhouse kick.</option> <option>
Free green replication
For the weekend of 13 November, we mistakenly announced that players would have 'double odds of receiving green items'. Our player community kindly pointed out to us that 2 is not an odd number. As a result, only one green item dropped at a time. This weekend, players can talk to King Frozenwind in the Underworld and present any green items to receive an identical copy. We apologize for the inconvenience.</option> <option>
Due to server errors, players have reported deaths to lead to deletion of characters. Arenanet is working on the problem, but will not be able to fix it before Monday. Until a final solution is released, we recommend staying off those characters you treasure or enjoy playing, and instead make a Dervish.</option> <option>
Map Travel Changes
Due to constant abuse of a bug with the main map that enabled players to instantly warp to locations, we have banned all players that abused this exploit. As a bug fix, we have updated the game to use a new Map Travel system that costs one map travel ticket per use. Tickets are available from Kuunavang in the Harvest Temple for 10g each. Our deepest apologies to those on the far side of Tyria and Elona.</option> <option>
When you entered an explorable area which you have previously vanquished, there will be no enemies. Be careful when vanquishing an area if you have not got an elite skill from that area.</option> <option>
Careful, Dhuum is looking for new recruits daily. He needs to fill up Underworld with slaves. If you get tapped by him, remember that there's nothing you can do. He will hunt you, if you try to run away.</option> <option>
Exploding chickens are on the loose! Randomly exploding chickens are attacking people and giving them exploding chicken disease (condition). Beware! and be cautious where you tread, when they attack they remove all your items and skills, transmit the "disease" and run away. Chickens have never been more dangerous! </option> <option>
This weekend players playing as assassins will be randomly challenged to a dagger duel by Dhuum while in city or an outpost, because he is angry with them. If you lose this fight, you will be permanently banned for the duration of the event. Good luck!</option> <option>
Louie Spence Weekend
This Weekend all new characters will develop an interest in artistic personality and will have an Essex accent combined with a lisp. Also you may become openly gay. Please we advise you to stay at home and play your current characters before you become the ultimate rubber man.</option> <option>
Tongue Rash Precautions
The recent surge in Guild Wars cases of tongue rash has been traced back to the source, a Canthan slave producing Red Bean Cakes for the New Year celebrations. Emperor Kisu has ordered a recall of all Red Bean Cakes acquired from last weekend. Beware of the rash, check your character's tongues daily. A remedy is available from the monks in Shing Jea Monastery.</option> <option>
Because of the recent update, there has been a spike in Dervish activity and previously underused game mechanics are being overused and are liable to spontaneously combust. Any players using updated Dervish skills are likely to catch on fire and in extreme cases reach critical mass. For this reason, ANet advises having a fire extinguisher handy at all times.</option> <option>
NcSoft Servers Down.
NcSoft has announced that due to extensive PvP play, their servers were completely destroyed. Because of total server destruction: All guilds were disbanded, account titles removed, and Kamadan was razed to the ground. NcSoft is refusing to reopen the newer servers due to them being cheap, and is asking all guilds to band together to invade Blizzard servers. When once conquered, NCSOFT shall activate all accounts, add 500k to every account that aided in the effort, and reward everyone with the highly coveted whiptail devourer. And any account delivering the head of Diablo to Brother Mhenlo, shall recieve a mini bobble head version of his character.</option> <option>
NcSoft Envokes the No Tolerance Rule
Due to increased alcohol consumption, NcSoft is using the "No Tolerance" rule. Any player logged into Guild Wars can no longer allow his characters to consuming enough alcohol to kill the Great Dwarf. NcSoft activating this rule due to characters mumbling stupid crap, and getting naked and dancing. There have been multiple complaints, from the monastary, of the increase of male warriors dancing together in their boxers. NcSoft feels that this is a violation of their ethics code, and their safety rules and regulations. Any character caught drinking while logged in will be given three chances. First offense characters shall be given the option of AA or move to the second offense. The second offense will lead to an account being temporarily banned. For the third offense, we dare not say. We here at NcSoft would like to thank you for your time and to be safe.</option> <option>
Warning to Male Elementalists
Due to a recent plagiarism suit from NBC, the male elementalist dance has been removed. This has unintentionally introduced a bug that causes players to crash to desktop when attempting to dance as a male elementalist, or being in a district where a male elementalist tries to dance.</option> <option>
PvE Skill Updates
ANet confirmed today that the current PvP builds are '..just too powerful.'. In response, all skills will be overhauled and made less effective so people can't exploit the game. The skill upgrades have already started in a scheduled roll-over of all character types, starting with the Dervish.</option> <option>
Hidden Easter eggs in Guild Wars revealed at last!
Players are requested to type /dancenew in the final Eye of the North quest. This triggers the special dance with the destroyers minigame. Be careful not to wake the sleeping dragon.</option> <option>
In response to general public concern, we temporarily advise against consuming excessive amounts of four-leaf clover or shamrock ale. Therefore, during the lucky weekend, you may observe a minor performance degradation as toxicological research is being conducted on our servers. If you encounter five-leaf clovers looking like the sample on the right, please contact the FDA immediately!</option> <option>
Giant Cow Alert
For any players who are used to clearing the deep, be on the look out for a giant cow. It was added to the deep recently as a boss, he drops 80 ectos, but it takes over 24 hours to kill. Happy hunting.</option> <option>
GWAMM Boss Aura
Guild Wars will now be offering boss glow effects for all God Walking Amongst Mere Mortals character holders. This effect will only be shown on the character that have the title. The color of the glow is based on profession. This effect will begin at the next update coming soon!</option> <option>
No Shame In Profit
CEO and President of NCSoft Kim Taek-jin announced earlier today that the development of their much anticipated game, Guild Wars 2, was cutting deep into their budget and continual delays in the release date were causing investors to back out of their contracts. In hopes of generating new revenue, Kim decided to convert the original Guild Wars and it's expansions into a pay-to-play game, like their adversary, World of Warcraft. Kim says that he is confident that the current 4 million players will expand to even greater numbers by only charging $9.95 US a month, $5 US a month less than Blizzard currently charges it's customers. "By going from a free to play game to charging less than Blizzard," says Kim, "gamers will see the better deal and make a switch. Even though we haven't charged our customers in the past, less is better than free, right?" GuildWars Wikia is skeptical after hearing of this sudden shift in policy but time will tell.</option> <option>
Scraping the Pot
In a last minute effort to keep players interested in Guild Wars, NCSoft decided to up the ante and make all players mercenaries without having to pay for the option. Once you register yourself as a mercenary, all other players will be given the choice to add you and and all other registered players into their party. The only trick to this is, if you pick Killer Beekilled for example, they will be added into your party with whatever skills they have on at the time. Call it a pot luck of sorts. If a player is set to be a tank and you wanted damage, you are out of luck for a minimum of 30 minutes. You cannot kick them and add someone else unless a half hour has expired or until you successfully complete a mission or vanquish. Let us hope no one is sitting there with a skill bar full of resurrects waiting to be chosen!</option> <option>
Do not abuse animations!
ArenaNet warns all players that exploiting the glitches in animations will result in suspending characters or even banning accounts. ArenaNet is aware of the problem with the male elementalists "/dance" animation and the danger it causes and is emerging to find a solution. Please be wise and don't risk unnecessary damage. </option> <option>
Title track upgrade
Answering to the ever increasing call for more playing incentives, we have added another level to the Kind Of A Big Deal title track. The final rank 7: UGWALG (Uber-God Walking Among Lesser GWAMM's) will be achieved when GWAMM's (now 99.76% of our active player community) max all existing titles, and complete the Secret Cow Level. (Note: achieving UGWALG will add +1 to your max title count) </option><option>
Koss tonic first to be made "more realistic"
In an effort to make sixth birthday tonics "more realistic," ArenaNet has decided to give these tonics additional effects when used in explorable areas. Being disguised as Koss will now give players a larger aggro bubble. Shouts used will also have much larger overhead text, stances will have a 10% chance to fail and cause the player to break into dance instead, and all attack skills will also hit foes and allies adjacent to the target. Additional effects will be added for other birthday tonics pending player response to playing LIKE A KOSS. </option> <option>
Players will need to feed their characters
ArenaNet has decided that all characters must at least eat 3 balanced meals a day in order to keep them healthy. If players refuse to feed their characters, they will notice a drop in health and energy. After a week, characters will lose weight. After 3 weeks of no eating, they will resemble Colista Flockheart, and after 5 weeks death. It is also rummored that McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, and Taco Bell will be opening franchises in Kamadan, Lions Arch, and the Great Temple of Balthazaar. Meals will cost roughly 1k, and come with a kids meal toy.
Remember, there is nothing sadder than an an anorexic warrior. </option> <option>
Nicholas The Traveler Imposters
We here at NcSoft have received reports of chracters being ripped off by NPC's claiming to be Nicholas the Traveler. Usually they will be alone in the woods, close to where the real Nicholas will be. They will usually inform you that they are no longer taking the items you have collected, and if you want a gift, it will cost you. These individuals will then inform you that they take cash, and all major forms of credit cards. Plus, they also are requesting your login info, SS#, mother's maiden name, and any other email accounts you may have. Once you have received a gift, the boxes are usually filled with roller beetle dung, and smell quite rancid. Local authorities at the Great Temple of Balthazaar are informing all players that Nicholas will not ask for money or any personal information. If you see these individuals, do not approach them. They may be considered armed and dangerous. Please take note of where and when you have seen them, and report them to the local authorities at once. We here at AreaNet want to remind you: "if there is no yak, there is no traveler." </option> <option>
dhuum is on the loose and is killing characters and permanently banning them. arena net is not sure why dhuum is doing this they are finding every possible solution but they have all led to defeat.there is a rumor that if you have a mini pet out it will start talking so when this happens log out immediately, or you can choose to fight dhuum, when he teleports to you, you can use your skills and weapons, but since he 1 hit ko's you it would be smarter to log out. </option> <option>
Anet has recently implemented a brand new difficulty setting: NORN MODE!!! Unlocked after vanquishing all missions and areas in HM. Inflict double damage & take half damage, but you are solo at all times and encounter twice as many enemies as usual. Your character also increases to double his or her size. Ursan Blessing is locked in place as your elite skill, and when you use it in NORN MODE!!!, your character actually changes into a giant bear. NORN MODE!!! is always written in all caps with exclamation points. </option> <option>
Readership Awareness Month Update
Due to the unanticipated but astounding success of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the unique pink dye it introduced, ArenaNet is currently planning on holding such events in the future. Only one candidate has been confirmed so far, which holds the title "Readership Awareness Month" and is scheduled to be launched "sooner than players would expect" - according to Lead Game Developer Mike O'Brien. "Here, at Guild Wars, we are aspiring to promote qualitative ways of spending your free time and offer a viable alternative to constant in-game violence. After all, killing monsters all day can get a bit boring, right?" - stated Jeff Strain, Senior Arts and Production Manager. "Therefore" - he continued - "for the duration of Readership Awareness Month, we are proud to announce to replace all in-game storybooks with the novels, poems and short stories of the best writers and poets around the world." So, check in with the assorted NPCs in all major cities to begin your literary adventure. Furthermore, not only will you be able to peruse the accomplished works of Dostoyevsky, Homer, Molière, Poe and Shakespeare, but you will also be able to read the fictional story of Guild Wars, starting with the Flameseeker Prophecies.</option>