Guild Wars Insider is a team of regular gamers with a huge love of the upcoming Guild Wars 2. Each writer comes from a unique background, some never even playing the original Guild Wars. This is all in a mission to provide news and editorial insight about a variety of topics, spanning the myriad of different play styles and levels of game knowledge. Whether you’re seasonsed Tyrian veteran, or an online gaming rookie, you’ll find what you need here and more. All information and news is considered official unless it’s listed as rumored or hearsay.
Seven – Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven is a man who wears many hats. He’s created iTunes top 10 MMO related podcasts (Raid Warning), has a long history of MMO’s and community development (former dual community manager for Anarchy Online and Neocron Stratics), and is likely to be found leaving snarky remarks in the code for GWI. Seven is also somewhat responsible for infecting many of the Insider writers and contributors with the goodness that is Guild Wars 2. Rumor is he never sleeps and possibly sparkles in the daylight.
HAPPYcat - Managing Editor
In the real world, HAPPYcat is a writer for a weekly newspaper in Massachusetts, where he writes about pretty much everything that happens in the town. Online, he’s a Guild Wars fan dating back to the pre-Prophecies beta weekends and the founder of HAPPYcat Productions, responsible for the “Public Figure Plays Video Games” series and STARNEWS23, a mock-news machinima based on the Guild Wars universe.
Xerelin – Systems
A .NET programmer that branched out into Web Development. He is a long time Guild Wars 1 player and definitely will be among the 1st getting the sequel. Xerelin revels in challenging PvE content and absolutely loves the direction it is going in Guild wars 2. When he’s not constantly babbling on about “uptime”, Xerelin is busy piecing together his next Guild Wars 2 article or posting in the forums.
Hopes to make a name for herself by helping break new information about Guild Wars 2 to everybody. While not scurrying around the net and digging up information, she can often be found either playing games on Steam, or on the PS3. Her main focus in life is to become a computer programmer, and she has an unrealistic dream of meeting famous Korean pop celebrities.
Currently in his second decade of online gaming, beginning with online text-based games in the mid 1980′s via his Commodore 64. When he’s not chasing his three boys around the neighborhood, Arawulf can be found playing guitar, songwriting, following the Detroit Tigers and, of course, PC Gaming.
Invests far too much time reading game lore, comic books and Warhammer all the while going through dozens of wikis. A tall, attractive young man with long jet black hair, he lairs on a tropical Caribbean Island, where he enjoys long walks on the beach at sunset and oh hello Dear…I was just writing up some Guild Wars 2 breakdowns for GWI ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
A veteran gamer who has owned almost every gaming console to hit the market. He’s run an Earthdawn group on the bridge of an active US Naval Warship. A finance manager by day, he’s racked up almost eight consecutive years of playing various MMOs by night. In his spare time he enjoys gaming on his Xbox 360, PS3 and Steam, playing boardgames, and rolling dice in Pathfinder. He’d love to explore more outdoor hobbies, but precious few allow you to arm yourself and wear a cloak.
Nobody’s friend, in everyone’s business and a self acknowledged a$$hole. We keep him around to provide us with his daily dose of sunshine…
Killabyte is the creator of Killabytesonline. A long time Guild Wars player and Guild Wars 2 fan, as well as online (& offline) gaming enthusiast, Killabyte is always interested in the next piece of info or discussion point about developments in Gaming. When not writing or recording gaming related posts and videos, Killabytes can be found thinking about or incessantly looking for more gaming related media.
By day, a web producer at a large interactive agency, by night, he’s Lethality, very similar to how Batman does it. He’s a long-time MMORPG zealot and arm-chair game designer, and he loves discussing the development, creation and technology of these games nearly as much as playing them! Created Ask A Jedi, a leading fan site for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and enjoys building communities around MMO gaming. Besides MMO gaming, he also: plays ice hockey, rides motocross, bangs on the drums, and loves classic hard rock music.
To him, gaming is mostly a counter-balance to the studies at university. Being a Starcraft II fan, he is especially interested in the PvP side of the game and is mostly focusing on Guild Wars 2′s future as a competitive esport.
Not as tough as he sounds. A designer by formation and a marketing specialist by profession, he is a pretty good gamer. Often compared as a sponge that sucks up all the trending news around the entertainment industry, dripping cynicism left and right. Don’t be fooled though, he is really friendly. Just don’t tell him you know that.
With a name that mercilessly dares people to try and pronounce it, Sryii has become obsessed with lore and gameplay in GW2. While not on the lookout to slaughter any helpless bunnies (in game of course) he spends his time finishing up his PhD in Molecular Biology. Known as a former WoWer, ex-Tribes fodder, and lover of Galaga, he braves entry into the land of Tyria.
A game development student in Arizona who’s hobbies include reading up on Guild Wars 2, blowing things up as an Engineer, making cool Flash games, dreaming about blowing things up as an Engineer, homework, planning different ways to blow things up as an Engineer, writing the Alchemist, Explosions, and Tinkering Anonymous Field Survival Guide, and crying because he can’t yet blow things up as an Engineer. He also like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Has a propensity for playing dark and anti-hero types that look cool in MMOs, hence a gaming CV ranging from a Warlock, an Inquisitor (the seething ones) to most recently, a Necromancer in Guild Wars 2. Hailing from sun-drenched Singapore, but currently based in sun-scorched Dubai with his gorgeous wife, Vims will investigate if GW2′s dice are weighted in favor of the Necro in the coming weeks.
When he is not studying to become a Radiology technician, Wade spends the rest of his free time on friends/family, his guild (Mini Raiders), uploading massive amounts of gaming footage on his YouTube channel, weight training, spending too much time obsessing over Guild Wars 2, scouring the web for the latest game related news, and loosing poorly to his mom in basketball.
Has spent far too much time in school getting degrees that you probably don’t care about. By day he is a mild mannered, second level technical supporter for Choice Hotels International. When he’s not at work he’s a father to two adorable children, husband to a loving wife, and a raving Guild Wars fanatic. His other hobbies include studying, reading, writing, web design, drawing, and being an all around dork.
Spends most of his time as a relatively well adjusted retail employee. The rest is spent rampaging across the internet gathering every bit of Guild Wars 2 goodness and general game industry news he can find. A Ranger at heart, he will grab the bow first in just about any game he plays.
When he’s not spending his time studying ancient tomes and forgotten languages in the real world, Wormwood has his nose buried in the lore and languages of fantasy worlds, as well as making his way into publishing ! A great fan of RPG’s and MMO’s, Wormwood is all too excited to hear the waves on the shore of the Sea of Sorrows, and walk the plank at Lion’s Arch.
Also, there are guns in GW2. Did you see that? Blackpowder guns! *maniacal cackling* pew pew indeed…
Lives and breathes all things web. During the day a mild mannered online producer, and after hours a Guild Wars 2 addicted fiend. When he’s not trawling the Internet for the latest Guild Wars 2 news, he’s playing the PS3, in the kitchen, or out enjoying his home city Melbourne, Australia.
A rabid Guild Wars fan (who isn’t?) who loves to write and talk even more. When she’s not harassing the internet with weird stuff she finds on Tumblr, she writes in her blog and is full time college student majoring in Communications. She’s relatively new to Guild Wars Insider as an Enforcer Golem and is pretty involved in the community in general. She aspires to be a Community Manager and Martin Kerstein is her personal hero. He deserves eternal boxes of cookies sent to him!
Originally called the “GWI Bouncer.” She is also a traditional painter as well as a certified Tae Bo fitness instructor who also teaches yoga and meditation. Regarding duties around the site, she is solely dedicated to the community end of things and is usually found patrolling the forums when not playing Guild Wars, creating art or training.
GWI’s resident Charr. Ferocious and relentless he is always patroling the forum to ensure order. His mmo experience is for the most part 4 years in Wow but he has also played various other mmos for short amounts of time. He is currently looking forward to getting his hands on GW2 and spending all his free time in the game!