Category Archives: Community

Get ready for Healing Over Time!

In a bit less than two hours (at 10am GMT), Healing Over Time will start. This is a charity event, run by several guilds who will be playing and streaming multiple games for 24 hours! You can see who is participating on their official website.

You may have already heard of such gaming marathons. They are often pretty much the same: A person or a team of people plays for 24 hours, streams it, asks for donations and often hands out prizes should they get to certain donation milestones. HoT is a bit different from most that I’ve watched as they are not just “one group” but rather, Sam, the organizer of the event, managed to get 8 gaming communities to join. Seven of them will be streaming. Our guild, Dragon Season, had been invited, too, but unfortunately, nobody from us is able to stream for such a long time. Either because of technical reasons or as in my case, the inability to stay awake for 24 hours. As much as I would like to do that for charity, I’m just not capable. You will see Tilion, me and bookahnerk in the chats of MYST’s streams, though, and we may also join in for a few of the games. Where HoT does not differ is that they, too, will have some prizes to hand out (just have a look at the list of supporters!).

As is usual with such marathons, the participants do get breaks, of course. ;) You can see the schedule as well as a list of the games that are going to be played here. Relics of Orr, Subterfuge and Viking Nation are going to start 3 hours later (at 10am EST) than the rest since they are US-based. Of course, they will also be playing and streaming for 24 hours once they have started!

Now on to the most important part: Why are they doing that?

For charity! But to be more specific, their goal is to raise $5000 for Child’s Play, an organization that provides children in hospitals and in domestic abuse shelters with gaming equipment, so they can play, have a little bit of fun and forget about their worries at least for a little while. If you want to know more, you can read all about their goals here.

I’m proud to participate and help out in such an event!

Foostival 2014: Your chance to win 400 gems (EU-only!)

quagganUpdate March 31, 2014: The winners have been chosen. Congratulations to VedGWII.5281, stjf.7180, BlueIceshard.8495 and Iris.5918!

The Foostival may be over, but we still have some stuff left that we want to give away: 4 little gem cards worth 400 gems each! As is usually the case with gem cards, they are “region-locked” which means that you can only use them if you’ve got a European account. And as usual, we are sorry about this, but there is nothing we can do about that restriction.

On to what you need to do. For a chance to win one of those gem cards, reply to this blog post and tell us:

What is the colour of the t-shirt that Ramon was wearing at Foostival 2014?

If you don’t know, it’s very easy to find the answer. Have a look at either the Guildnews video, the video hosted by Wartower or the translation of the interview with Ramon here on our blog. Also, sooner or later you can probably just cheat and look at what others answered (this may also be helpful if you’re colourblind because it may be a mean question otherwise).

As usual, the rules are as follows
1. One person can win only one gem card! The winners will be randomly chosen out of all correct answers in the comment section. Slight variations of the colour’s name are acceptable (but you can’t say purple when it’s green, etc.!).
2. The Giveaway is open for comments/participants until March 31, 2014, 8 pm Berlin Time.
3. One entry per person (IP addresses are always logged by wordpress.com when somebody comments)! We reserve the right to exclude entries when we think you’re trying to cheat by entering multiple times. Stay fair, please. :)
4. Leave your account name (name.1234 – NOT the email address you use to log in to the game) and we will contact you in the game if you have won.
5. The winner will be contacted in game. Please reply until April 6, 2014. If you do not reply within that time frame, we will choose another winner.
6. No debating about the outcome!

Last but not least, this is not your only chance to win something! Guildnews has two giveaways. You can find the instructions here (the post is in German) for a total of 8 gem codes!

 

Foostival 2014: What? Who? Why?

The Foostival will take place on March 22 with France and Germany having it in a physical location and Romania hosting it in Guild Wars 2. The event is fully organized by fansites. The “what?” part is easy enough to explain: This event is not just about sitting together in a room playing Guild Wars 2 together – although this will be part of it, too – most of all, it’s about meeting other players and the people who are usually the ones writing news, guides etc. on your favourite fansites.

At some point, you just want to see and meet the people behind the nicknames of your comment section. We have several readers who comment on our blog posts regularly and when those people are quiet for a while, I do begin to wonder how they are. Sometimes, I just wish I was able to meet them all in person! The Foostival will give the attendants the opportunity to talk about the game and meet lots of other great people. And of course, we hope everybody will have lots of fun! That was the “what?” part now and a bit of the “why?”.

Foostival Fansites

So who is behind the Foostival? As I wrote above, the organizers are the people behind the various fansites. That is, those fansites that wanted to participate, of course. Nobody gets forced to do anything here! ;) ArenaNet or even NCsoft did not organize any of this… although, they do support us and will even have a community manager present! And let’s not even speak about the possible prizes… ;)

Last year, it was only French fansites and the Foostival took place in Paris exclusively. Most of those fansites I only know by name which is probably due to me not being fluent in French. This year, it was planned to have the Foostival in lots of European countries, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out for many of the others. Only France and Germany managed to organize a “physical Foostival”. Romania will organize it in-game. Hopefully, we’ll be more next year then.

But let’s look at the other part of the “why?”: It doesn’t happen that often that fansites work together for a project. I just ask myself if maybe, we sometimes see each other more as competition who reluctantly link  to other fansites or even promote them… after all, it could be that your own readers rather go to the other site and increase their page views instead of yours. Do we rather act as if there were no other fansites? Or… do we rather look at it this way: We are all a bunch of nerds and geeks with common interests. Not only do we share the passion for a video game, we also spend a good chunk of our free time writing about it! And that is what Foostival is about: Fansites acknowledging each other,  organizing something together and getting to know each other!

Last year, there were 9 French fansites and this year, the number has increased to 11 fansites, that are organizing the French Foostival together. Here in Germany, we can only look across the border longingly… In Germany, it’s only Guildnews, us, as well as fzninuse and Lord Walek who both helped with the organisation (especially in getting a possible location) and promotion of the event!

I still remember last gamescom where we had asked Ramon, the German community manager, which German Guild Wars 2 blogs there are. His answer was something like: “Guildnews probably comes closest.” After that, their site was bookmarked and read regularly, but we still had no idea who’s really behind this site. Thanks to the Foostival, I got the chance to get to know the chaotic, but nice bunch around Guildnews.

Unfortunately, real life is kicking me and bookahnerk as we’re not actually able to drive to Hamburg and be there for the Foostival. We hope that we can meet everybody during the next Foostival then! And if you want to be present for the Foostival, at least in some kind of way, you can watch the livestream. Romania is hosting one of their in-game activity here.

Last but not least, a big “thank you” to all the sites that are organizing the Foostivals: Guildnews, Dragon Season, Guild Wars 2 Romania, Esprits d’Orr, Fureur, Game Guide, GW2.fr, Le Bus Magique, Luna Atra, Mondes Persistants, Oh my games, Origine Online, Panthéon and Univers Virtuels.

Foostival 2014 – coming to a place close(r) to you

quagganYou may have already heard about the Foostival that took place last year and maybe you have also already seen the hints and messages about Foostival 2014.  But if you haven’t, I am here to bring you up-to-date on what has been released so far.

So, in case you haven’t heard of any of that before and are now wondering what a “Foostival” is, watch the video below. In short, Foostival 2013 took place in France. Several French fansites had organized this event for players to get together and have some fun! They even managed to drag the French community manager there. :)

For Foostival 2014, the French organizers reached out to other European fansites and invited them to host a Foostival of their own. Unfortunately, while several fansites were interested, finding enough people to organize it and then finding fitting revenues were the most common problems which means that some countries cannot participate. But hopefully next year, guys! However, we are proud to say that Foostival will be organized by fansites from these countries: France, Germany, Romania and Spain are participating! So far, we know that the French Foostival will be in Paris again, just like last year. The German one will take place in one of the most beautiful cities that Germany has, in Hamburg!

Fansites saying Hello Europe – or something like that:

And a look behind the scenes – make sure to turn on the English captions for subtitles.

A few videos have appeared on YouTube. The first three show you some in-game fun:


More details will appear on the official Foostival channels in the days leading up to the Foostival, so be sure to watch those closely: Facebook page, Twitter and Google+

Christmas Giveaway: Win 1000 gems

Update December 25, 2013: We have drawn our winner. Congratulations, Sime!

NOW I have really finished November’s NaBloPoMo: 30 days with posting at least 1 blog post every day. We decided we should let this challenge end with our Christmas Giveaway! As the subject says: You can win 1000 gems.

GW2 1000 Gems Giveaway

Unfortunately, we cannot simply give the lucky winner a code as the codes we can buy are EU-only (and thus, we would exclude at least half of our readership). GW2 Giveaway Gift iconSo we decided to buy a gem card worth 2000 gems and we’ll give away 1000 here and the other 1000 on the Dragon Season forums. Thus, the lucky winner from this giveaway will be able to choose whatever they want from the gem store worth up to 1000 gems (the remaining gems will be traded for gold when we buy the items and will be sent to the winner as well)!*

Since we’re going to use the gift function to give you your gem items, you can’t choose anything from the “upgrades” tab. Those items cannot be gifted, unfortunately. :( Look for the little gift icons to be 100% sure the item(s) can be gifted.

The next bit of info that you’d probably like to get is: How can you win? It’s quite simple:

GW2_Flummi_Winter spirit

Winter is here! Yay!

1. We want you to comment and present us a screenshot of your Guild Wars 2 character in winters day spirit. This includes snowy regions (like Hoelbrak), Lion’s Arch when it’s decorated for winter’s day (this should come on December 10), or whatever else you come up with.

2. The Giveaway is open for comments/participants until Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11.59pm Berlin Time (this should give you the time for your time zone).

3. One entry (and one screenshot!) per person (IP addresses are always logged by wordpress.com when somebody comments)! We reserve the right to exclude entries when we think you’re trying to cheat by entering multiple times. Stay fair, please. :)

4. Leave your GW2 account name (NOT your login email address, but the name with the numbers like Paeroka.7924). Alternatively, if you prefer not to post your account name publicly, make sure you leave a valid email address when commenting, so we can contact you via email instead. It will only be used by us for contacting the winner and nothing else! The best way to do that is to enter said email address into the “email” field. We can see that address but nobody else will be able to see it (if you instead put it into the body of your comment, everybody will see it)!

5. From all screenshots, we will choose the ones we like the most (no definite number. If there are lots of great entries, then we’ll choose lots) and out of that pool, we will randomly draw the winner of the 1000 gems giveaway.

6. The winner will be contacted in game or via email. Please reply until January 2, 2014 and tell us which item(s) from the gem store you want! If you do not reply within that time frame, we will choose another winner.

7. No debating about the outcome!

If you’re wondering where or how to upload the picture, read the following instruction (written by Tilion from DragonSeason):
1) Go to http://tinypic.com/ and select Browse.
2) Find your picture from your PC at the pop-up window. Once you select it, click Upload Now.
3) Fill in the CAPTCHA code that will appear on your screen and click once more Upload Now.
4) Once you’re through with that, copy the Direct Link for Layouts that has been given to you and come back here and leave a comment.

*I did test the gifting function by gifting a box of fun to ArcherAvatar who has a US account. He messaged me saying he received it, so gifting between the EU and US regions is possible!