Just received info about a new Halloween event being held on the Jade Quarry server: Troll or Treat
Join us for a celebration of all things Halloween. Mirth & Merriment is hosting a party for the community on Jade Quarry. Join us for a night of activities, trivia, and general shenanigans. Participate in trivia for a chance at a “treat” for a correct answer or a “troll” for wrong answers as we hand out both useful and gag gifts. Gold, gear, and grog may find their way to your bags!
If trivia isn’t your thing then maybe try your hand at Hide & Seek, our Mad King Dash or join our WORST Dressed Contest.
If you’re not looking for activities and just want to spend some time with the JQ community then feel free to stop by and grab some fireworks or try out some boxes of fun. We’ll be randomly handing things out to members of the audience who just come to hang out and talk with us. If you’re awesome enough to promote a healthy community then we think you deserve something too!
Visit the Troll or Treat event site to find out more!
One of the benefits of being in Seattle is that game development is everywhere. In recent discussion about industry trends and what all the developers are working on, from mobile games to eSports, one member, an ArenaNet employee, gave a little teaser.
With the success of League of Legends, it seems like everyone’s building a MOBA these days. …even ArenaNet is working on building a MOBA.
The source is credible and no other information outside of “you’ll see soon” was given. Judging from the context it’s likely that he/she is referring to a new PvP style of gameplay rather than an entirely new game. What’s your thoughts?
Happy Halloween! As you read this, the first Guild Wars 2 Holiday is in full swing. The Mad King threatens the land, Candy Corn has become an abundant cash crop, and that one Asura who was producing plastic spiders seems to have made it big, finally. This week, I thought it was only fitting to get in the holiday spirit and do a Halloween themed Lock & Key.
First we’ll handle the tricks, and then the treats.
You may remember a post a little ways back about a great site called Legendary Constructor. It was in Alpha, and being designed to help people track their progress towards legendary weapons.Well, now the site is back with a new name, new style and is in full beta!
GW2 Craft Chart has officially launched, and much to everyone’s delight right now, also has set up the recipes for the Halloween Exotics; The Crossing, The Mad Moon, and Arachnaphobia. So, if you plan to construct one of these spooky weapons, this might be the place to go!
A Reddit post detailing all the changes and additions can be found here.
Regina Buenaobra posted another game update last night. Bug squashing and an official statement that paid tournaments will be available this morning among other things…
- Fixed a bug that caused frequent PvP crashes. This was the final known bug preventing the activation of paid tournaments. We will again take a night to make sure these are stable to ensure that the player experience when spending gems on tournaments is as good as it can be. Barring unforeseen issues, we will enable paid tournaments tomorrow morning when we are in the office to support their launch
- Fixed various crashes
- Fixed counts for Halloween achievements
- Added an instance entry that will let all players who reach Fort Trinity to go into Trahearne’s office
- Several parts of the scavenger hunt will no longer break if too many players are interacting with them
- Fixed an issue causing players with linked mobile authenticators to be regularly disconnected from the game
- Fixed an issue in two of the Arah chains where a door would remain closed
Finding Trick-or-Treat Bags is a big part of the fun of the Halloween event. While they drop from various events and mobs from around the world these special loot bags can also be found using the Candy Powered Matter Meter.
In an effort to help players make the most of the holiday reddit users have been using the item all over the world. Here are their current findings on where to use the item in order to earn more bags (username in italics).
“…the diving board in Lions Arch. If you walk onto it and use the Aqueous field scan (number 1) an interaction glimmer will appear off the edge. Interacting with this creates a tunnel of fire rings, which if jumped through rewards the jumper with 5 Personalized ToT bags.” (more…)
Until today, the fourth monthly achievement was just an empty slate, question marks for those inquisitive minds.
Now that the Halloween update has launched, we now have the final monthly achievement:
CANDY CORN CONSUMPTION
This achievement covers how much Candy Corn you eat during the month of October. There are four tiers:
TIER ONE: Eat 10 pieces of Candy Corn
TIER TWO: Eat 50 pieces of Candy Corn.
TIER THREE: Eat 100 pieces of Candy Corn.
TIER FOUR: Eat 150 pieces of Candy Corn.
The reward is relatively plentiful…
Along with the usual experience boost and 20 Mystic Coins, those completing the monthly achievements also get TEN jugs of Liquid Karma, each worth 4,500 karma no matter what level you’re at (so that’s 45,000 karma).
The item is rare, account-bound (so you can bank it and save it for later to use on ANY character on your account) and also available once-per on completion of daily achievements.
The Forsaken Halls (or Dark Room as some call it) is an event-based, non-instanced, mini dungeon that is meant to scale to the number of players involved. To kick off the event, one must go to first go to the Wyrmblood waypoint (Dredgehaunt Cliffs zone), then head west across the lake to a giant set of doors. Here you’ll want to read the note on the giant doors leading to the the crypt to kick off the next step. Next, visit the Travlen’s Steading point of interest, a lodge just west of the Travlen’s Waypoint in the northern portion of the zone. Here you’ll speak with Gerrvid in the back of the building and read the various books he has scattered around. Next you must escort him across the zone in search of Dwarven treasure. He’ll lead you to the doors and through the dungeon called The Forsaken Halls.
The dungeon consists of 3 rooms:
The beginning room teaches you the basic mechanic used throughout the entire dungeon: light management. Every member of your team should grab a torch from the braziers next to the sides of the entrance. The entire room is pitch black and filled with invulnerable grubs/skelk, lurking about in the void. No worries, you can do this, just stay within the torch’s light and you’ll be safe. Torches last approximately 2 mins, so it’s best to stagger who picks them up by a few seconds to help make it across the room. You have 3 skills when using a torch, a basic attack, an AOE attack, and the ability to throw the torch. Also, any sort of invulnerable form, such as an Elementalist’s Mist Form, will consume the torch boon and leave you in the darkness. Beware the roof cave ins and raised portions of the floor, as traps can deal a brutal amount of damage.
As you escort Gerrvid across the room, you’ll come to another locked door. To make it through, your group must scavenge for door pieces located in lootable piles of “Rubble”. Turn in the needed pieces and you’ll advance to the next room.
Corrected: ArenaNet just announced via the Official Twitter that the finale for the Mad King Thorn event was incorrectly stated as the 31st, has been corrected and still remains the 28th of October as originally intended. [edited]
Better hurry and get in game! Time is running out (insert Mad King Thorn laugh here)!
The devil is in the details, and this is especially true for Guild Wars 2. We’re starting a new series here at Big Swords and Butterflies where we will go in depth into every available slot utility skill for the Mesmer profession.
It’s a big choice when making any build — what will go in those final four slots? We’re here to help you always pick the right skill for the right situation. First up in the series: Decoy!