Guild Wars 2: Rock The Nightmare Music Video Contest

Guild Wars 2? Music Videos? Rock and Roll? Prizes? If any of those words raise an eyebrow or quicken your pulse, then you should enter the contest! ArenaNet is asking players to create and submit their very own music video in a chance to win a grand prize worth several hundred bucks.

To enter, be sure you go to the official page and submit your entry properly.


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Prepare to Rock the Nightmare! In the November 12 Guild Wars 2 release The Nightmares Within, you’ll storm the sinister fortress of the Toxic Alliance and face your fears!

Few things are as “metal” as a sorcerous tower full of evil, so to commemorate The Nightmares Within release, we’re hosting a heavy metal music video contest from November 5 through November 26.

Create your own Guild Wars 2 music video using our all-new “The Nightmares Within” song. The most creative video creators will winSteelSeries gaming gear, and the grand prize winner will receive a unique customGuild Wars 2 guitar from Sygnus Guitars – there isn’t another one like it on Earth or Tyria!

The Rock the Nightmare Music Video Contest runs from November 5 through November 26, so don’t delay – get rocking today!

Winners will be announced right here on GuildWars2.com on or around December 13, 2013.

Prizes

1 Grand Prize

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2 First Prizes

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Partner

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How to Enter

  1. Create an original music video no longer than one (1) minute in length to the song “The Nightmares Within” by ArenaNet’s Maclaine Diemer.
    Download it for free from Soundcloud.
  2. Upload the video to YouTube.
  3. Complete the Rock the Nightmare Music Video Contest entry form from November 5-26, and include a link to your video.
  4. Read on for the complete official rules.

Good luck and keep rocking!

FAQs

Can I create a live video or does it have to include Guild Wars 2 gameplay footage?
Yes, feel free to use live footage, animation, gameplay footage, or whatever media you wish, as long as it accompanies the song.
Can I record vocals over “The Nightmares Within” song?
Yes, you can add an English vocal track to “The Nightmares Within” instrumental. English only, please – we need to understand what you’re saying!
Can I modify “The Nightmares Within” song?
Yes. You can modify the original version of the song, provided your video and song is approximately one minute in length.
Can I use other music to enter the Rock the Nightmares Music Video Contest?
No, you must use the song “The Nightmares Within” in your video.
How do I get a copy of “The Nightmares Within” song?
Download the song for free from the ArenaNet Soundcloud page athttps://soundcloud.com/arenanet.

GW2: Tower of Nightmares Update

Coming in less than a week, Tower of Nightmares will haunt your Halloween dreams for the next few weeks.


October 29, 2013

A toxic seed has been sown.
Guarded by magic, fed with evil, it grows.

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Events

  • BEHIND THE VEIL

    Some new trouble is growing in Kessex Hills. Carefully hidden by magic, the krait have been working tirelessly on a terror unlike anything seen before in Tyria. Marjory Delaqua and Kasmeer Meade are investigating the illusory curtain that’s cloaking part of Viathan Lake, and they need your help! What secret lies behind the veil?

  • DEVELOPER LIVESTREAM – OCTOBER 28

    Take a sneak peak at the Tower of Nightmares release with ArenaNet devs during the preview livestream on our Twitch channel on Monday, October 28 at 12PM PDT.

Rewards

Antitoxin Spray

Prepare for battle with a new universal healing skill! A dose of this cutting-edge Antitoxin Spray will cleanse yourself and nearby allies of poison, torment, confusion, and toxin. This skill is available to characters of all professions.

 

 

Krait Obelisk Shard

Complete the Tower of Nightmares meta achievement to receive a Krait Obelisk Shard for your home instances, which can serve as a place of power for earning a skill point or charging Quartz Crystals!

 

 

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GW2: A Guide to Blood and Madness

GW2’s new Halloween themed content is delivered today! If you’re looking for the entire set of patch notes, go here. If you’re looking for more of a summary of the activities available and a guide from ArenaNet for how to engage in this new content, read on!


Halloween has returned to Tyria, along with the Mad King—but a new menace has emerged to threaten both the Mad Realm and our world! Magister Tassi needs your help to keep everyone alive long enough to enjoy Tyria’s annual spooky celebration!

Upon logging into Guild Wars 2, you’ll receive an email from Magister Tassi of the Durmand Priory. She’s in urgent need of assistance in containing a mysterious, sinister artifact she found in the ruins of the Nolani Academy. The Show Me button in your mail will point to the new Haunted Nolani Waypoint in the Black Citadel.

Once you arrive outside the ruins, head north to talk with Venna Castblade, who’ll update you on the current situation. If you ask her to let you in, you can pass through to the other side of the gate where you can enter the story instance “The Reliquary.”

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The Reliquary

  • Once inside the Nolani Academy Ruins, read the note on the ground from Tassi and proceed down into the crypt where Tassi has set up her research station. Wind your way through the crumbling passageways to find Tassi with the reliquary.
  • Speak with Tassi to learn about her discovery and prepare yourself for the opening of the reliquary. Tassi’s expecting to find the Mad King Thorn closed up in that box, but she’s in for a surprise—someone else is breaking through the barrier between realms! You’ll have to be quick on your toes to help Tassi frustrate this new attacker and send them to the Mad Realm.
  • After you leave the instance, Tassi will send you mail with her relay golem and some consumable Halloween finishers. You’ll need to complete the meta achievement, A Sweet Friend, to progress the story. Using the relay golem occasionally will update you on Tassi’s progress.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements also count toward the completion of A Sweet Friend.

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Open World

  • In Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields, Haunted Doors will appear in two varieties: green Mad King doors and red Bloody Prince doors. Each can treat players with a Trick-or-Treat Bag or trick you with the Mad King’s army of Candy Corn Elementals, Plastic Spiders, and Gargoyles or the Bloody Prince’s army of undead.
  • Completing door events will progress the Shut the Doors achievement.
  • Lion’s Arch is decorated for Halloween once again! There are pumpkins to carve, trick-or-treating kids, and the Mystic Forge cauldron to jump into. Vendors sell Halloween-related recipes and Sonders the Merchant in Fort Marriner will sell you special goods for your Halloween candies and trophies.
  • The Mad King himself will visit Lion’s Arch on Halloween (9AM October 30 to 9AM November 1 PDT). Successfully playing his Mad King Says game will give you the A Royal Tradition achievement, which counts toward A Sweet Friend as well. You’ll find him either in the Grand Piazza or the Mystic Plaza.
  • Just outside the home cities, players will find a Halloween tent with a Mad King actor, more costumed kids, and Rasmus the ghost, who can transport you to the Lunatic Inquisition.
  • The Heart of the Mists and Borderlands citadels in World vs. World have been decorated for Halloween.

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Mad Realm

  • Entering the Mad Realm through the Haunted Doors will bring you floating isle above the Mad King’s Labyrinth. Talk to the nearby Lunatic Boatmaster to go to the Lunatic Inquisition or the Mad King’s Clock Tower. You can use the portal on the ground to enter the labyrinth below or exit back to Tyria through the Haunted Doors.
  • The Lunatic Inquisition is a PvP activity in which your goal is to survive the night. Lunatic Courtiers chase Villagers and convert them, while Villagers run, hide, and fend off starvation.
  • Those who seek a challenging jumping puzzle can attempt to ascend The Mad King’s Clock Tower. This is a timed jumping puzzle that challenges you to race your way to the top of the clock tower. There are progress reward chests along your way and a final reward chest inside the clock tower belfry.
  • The Mad King faces off with the Bloody Prince in the labyrinth where their forces clash. Players can fight their armies, mine Candy Corn, and carve pumpkins. The real challenges are the three legendary bosses that live in the maze: The Skeletal Lich, the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror.

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Second Story Instance

  • Once you have completed the A Sweet Friend meta achievement, you’ll be rewarded with a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental. This living candy corn is exactly what Tassi needs to complete her plan! Return to the Nolani Academy Ruins in the Black Citadel to finish out the story arc. This is a repeatable multiplayer instance which requires at least one player to have finished the meta achievement. Get ready to glaze!

New Items and Rewards

  • Finishing A Sweet Friend will earn you a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental.
  • Playing a game of Mad King Says doesn’t just give you a chance to laugh at the lunatic monarch’s jokes—if you successfully complete a match, you’ll win yourself a Mask of the Night!
  • The rewards for the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle have changed. Upon finishing the jumping puzzle for the first time this year, you’ll receive a single-use, account-bound Mad King Chest which will allow you to choose between light, medium, or heavy hand armor. The Armwraps, Gloves, or Gauntlets of Madness that you receive on picking will be soulbound on use. When you first double-click on your new hand armor, you’ll be able to pick which stat combination to use. After that point, the hand armor will be soulbound to the character that used it and you will not be able to re-assign a stat combination. Subsequent completions of the jumping puzzle will award Trick-or-Treat Bags.
  • Sonder the Seller in Fort Marriner will exchange your stacks of Pieces of Candy Corn, Chattering Skulls, Nougat Centers and Plastic Fangs for refined versions of each. Candy Corn Cobs can be used to purchase the Mini Bloody Prince Thorn and 20-slot Halloween Pail bag. Gibbering Skulls, Tyria’s Best Nougat and High-Quality Plastic Fangs are used in Mystic Forge combinations to create recipes for exquisite Halloween weapons.

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New Achievements

  • A Sweet Friend is the meta achievement for the Blood and Madness release, and will be available through November 11 to complete. Many of contributing achievements can be earned by playing various Blood and Madness content including the story instance, activities, Haunted Door events, and using Halloween finishers.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements will also be available until November 11 and contribute to the meta achievement.
  • Three additional achievements, which deal with the resolution of the Halloween storyline, are available after completing A Sweet Friend.

GW2: Discounted World Transfers

Nearly a year in the making, server transfers are now discounted until October 17. Get your move on!


Preseason Sale: World Transfers

Until the day before the inaugural World vs. World Season, we’re reducing the prices for moving to a new home server! Transfers to a Medium population world are free, and moving to a High population server has been discounted to just 800 gems – but only until October 17!

You can transfer worlds using the World Selection button on your character selection screen.

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Guild Wars 2: Major League Gaming Invitational Tournament

Not to have their international competitions end at PAX Prime 2013, GW2 is now part of MLG and the next tournament begins today.


MLG Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament on September 27

Our friends at Major League Gaming are hosting an invitational tournament on September 27, 2013 at 2:00pm PDT. Eight of the top Guild Wars 2 teams will be battling for prizes and fame! For complete details, head over to the MLG tournament page today!

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GW2: Tequatl Rising Launches Today

In keeping with their extremely consistent content releases, GW2 one-ups their own undead dragon Lieutenant, Tequatl the Sunless. But beware, this new encounter is designed to be a challenge for “an army” of players! ArenaNet also tinkered with every boss in the game, retuning every encounter to be more rewarding.

Also, finally, a LFG tool is on its way, WvW has new shineys, and there are brand new wings you, too, can collect during this event.

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It has been gathering power in the depths.

It is faster, stronger, deadlier.

It has returned to devour and destroy.

It is called Tequatl the Sunless… and it has evolved.

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THE DRAGON TEQUATL – REDEFINED!

Something’s gotten into Tequatl the Sunless.

This ancient dragon, scourge of the Splintered Coast, has become more formidable than ever, with an arsenal of new attacks and lethal tricks at its disposal. To stop this rampaging beast, you’ll join forces with old friends and new allies in a desperate battle where failure is a very real option. Tequatl has risen – and it will take an army of players to bring it down!

DEVELOPER LIVESTREAM – SEPTEMBER 20

Dive deeper into the Tequatl Rising release with ArenaNet devs during the livestream on our Twitch channel on Friday, September 20 at 12PM PDT.

 

Features

COMING SOON – “LOOKING FOR GROUP” TOOL

We’ve added a new system to help players find others to join in on their adventures. Using our new looking for group system, you’ll be able to select the type of content you’d like to do and add in a custom description about the group you’re trying to form. Use the system alone or with friends to easily fill out your party! Read more on the forums.
 

NEW RUINS OF POWER IN WORLD VS. WORLD

Big changes are coming to the eternal war in The Mists!  Each borderland map in WvW has been redesigned to include five new Ruins of Power—capture points that armies can battle over in order to earn lethal Bloodlust boosts for everyone on their server!
 

BOSSES – UPDATED!

We’ve adjusted all of our bosses to make them more challenging and fun! From the Megadestroyer to Golem Mark II to the Fire Elemental, bosses in Tyria are more dangerous than ever!
 
 

NEW WVW ABILITY: FLAME RAM MASTERY

Prepare to knock some gates down and set stuff on fire! Become tougher and more effective in those heated siege situations by earning ranks in the new Flame Ram Mastery ability!

 

 

Rewards

WINGS OF THE SUNLESS

Earn this ominous new animated back item by waging war against Tequatl the Sunless!

GW2: Frostgorge Sound Champion Farming Guide (GuildWars2Hub.com)

Thanks to GuidWars2Hub.com, we have a great guide for farming gold and items in-game killing champion mobs in Frostgorge Sound.

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Frostgorge Sound Champion Farming Guide

Overview

In this guide we present to you the most efficient method that the Guild Wars 2 community uses to farm Frostgorge Sound. Please note that some farming leaders might do a slightly different route, but the vast majority will follow the exact pattern below. I would recommend that you set your graphics to “low” so that you load quickly after Waypointing, so you can keep up with the pack otherwise the Champion you are moving to next will be dead before you get there.

While Champion Farming isn’t exciting (and does get boring quickly) it yields a good return of money especially if you sell all the Fine and Masterwork materials you obtain as well as the crafting drops. The “bags” from Champion enemies also contain anywhere from 5 to 7 silver, with a single rotation of the map tending to yield 40 silver from those loot bags alone.

As a last couple of tips, be sure to have a swiftness skill equipped and be sure to guest on a very highly populated server. Getting left behind the farming group will ensure you don’t get to “tag” the Champions and staying on your realm (if it isn’t particularly popular) will decrease your chances of finding a zerg to farm with.

Frostgorge Sound Champion Farming Guide

1. Enter the zone at Drakkar Waypoint. Immediately besides this (in the water) is a Champion Icebrood FishLoot – Gilded Strongbox

2. Exit the water and follow the bank on your right hand side and head towards the Champion Icebrood Kodan. Please note he sometimes spawns at the Skill point besides Drakkar Waypoint. Loot – Gilded Strongbox

3. Depending on if the Champion Icebrood Kodan spawned besides the skill point or over the water, just nearby is the Champion Icebrood Norn.Loot – Gilded Strongbox

4. Head towards the waters edge and submerge, heading straight to the bottom in a south-east direction. Underneath a stone archway, amongst lots of reeds is a Champion Undersea Ice WurmLoot – Fallen Adventurer’s Backpack

5. Teleport immediately to Skyheight Steading Waypoint and follow the path south, before turning west. On the ridge is a Champion Ice Drake BroodmotherLoot – Fallen Adventurer’s Backpack

6. A Champion Quaggan sometimes spawns besides the Broodmother as an event, and is a bonus Champion to kill on your farm. Please note that he is on a reasonably lengthy timer, so he tends to appear once every 5 rotations. Loot – Shell Pouch.

7. Once the Quaggan/Broodmother are dead, teleport to Earthshake Waypoint to the far east of the map. You should then run west, as if you were to jump into the troll ravine but instead of falling down jump over the edge and onto the opposite side, avoiding all the enemies below. Cross over the platform and on the other side, when you’ve dropped down, is aChampion Snow TrollLoot – Oversized Rucksack

Once the Champion Snow Troll is dead, teleport back to Drakkar Waypoint to repeat the process. 

GW2: Message from Queen Jennah

Here’s a bit of lore added this week from the ArenaNet devs. Our favorite Queen, Queen Jennah, has a follow-up mini speech to rally her followers.

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Though my closing ceremonies speech was interrupted by Scarlet Briar, I feel I said all that needed to be said. Our collective response to that unprovoked attack demonstrates humanity’s resilience far better than any words I might have used. The time for speeches is past: it’s time for action.

For driving Scarlet and her minions out of Divinity’s Reach, I am proud of my people and grateful to our visitors from other nations. We still don’t know the motives behind Scarlet’s actions, but the watchknights have been deactivated pending a full investigation. As soon as we can guarantee they are free from outside influences, they will once again stand tall in the defense of our city and our society.

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I must also caution that though Scarlet was defeated, she was not apprehended. Her hostility to civilized societies is painfully clear. She is still a grave threat, and not just to Divinity’s Reach. Both the Shining Blade and the Seraph are devoting major resources to finding Scarlet and neutralizing the danger she poses, but doing so will take time. Until then, as her devastating assault on our city came without warning, preamble, or just cause, all cities and all people across the globe must prepare themselves for her return.

On behalf of Kryta, and the entire human race, I extend warm thanks to everyone who helped defend Divinity’s Reach. Humanity’s strength will never fade, but we are always stronger with good and true allies to stand and fight beside us.

May the Six Gods smile on you all,
Queen Jennah

GW2: $50 Heroic Edition, Free Weekend Revealed (GameSpot.com)

ArenaNet sold 3 million copies as of January 2013. Seven months later, they’re offering a special $50 bundle? Why now? I can only assume sales have dipped since then and this is an effort to revitalize those numbers. Plus, they’re offering a free weekend. In combination, those things seem odd to me.

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ArenaNet reveals $50 bundle that includes One Legacy armor, 18-slot Mithril Box, and 10 experience boosters; free weekend kicks off tomorrow.

ArenaNet today announced the Guild Wars II Heroic Edition, a $50 premium bundle that packs in a copy of the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game and various digital wares.

Digital pack-ins include One Legacy armor, an 18-slot Mithril Box for increased loot carrying capacity, and 10 experience boosters that will help players level up faster.

A free trial for Guild Wars II will open for all players in North America and Europe beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT on August 23. The trial period will end at midnight on August 25. Those interested in participating can sign up through the Guild Wars II website.

Guild Wars II was released in August 2012 and has sold over 3 million copies to date. ArenaNet announced earlier this week, citing data from DFC Intelligence, that the fantasy game is the fastest-selling Western MMO game of all time.

ArenaNet said Guild Wars II has the potential to see its player base double when it’s released in China. To bring the fantasy MMO game to China, ArenaNet has partnered with KongZhong Corporation. No date for the game’s release in China has been announced.

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