Guild Wars recalls what a long, strange trip it’s been

As you might have already been aware, today is the original Guild Wars’ 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Community Manager Gaile Gray wrote up a post in which she walks down memory lane to talk about the formation of ArenaNet, the debut of Guild Wars Prophecies, and the game’s subsequent updates.

“I think it says a great deal about the company’s founding philosophy that — years before the release of their game — they were thinking not solely of development but were also thinking about how to communicate with their future players and fans,” Gray notes.

The article covers several quotes from current and former ArenaNet team members while noting some of the game’s important milestones. With 10 years of Guild Wars behind us, what are some of your favorite memories from the game?

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thebrowncar45
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thebrowncar45

Sinaptic I played GW2 from beta on to about that time frame (Thanksgiving 2012). What exactly did they shift in the direction of the game? Just asking because I don’t really remember what they said the original “direction” was supposed to be and, therefore, how it’s different today.

Sinaptic
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Sinaptic

That Nov 13 was a hell of month the day they changed the direction of the game just 3 months after launch. One hell of trip all right.

Still waiting for WvW support and Esportz.

Bojan1975
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Bojan1975

Only bad thing about GW1 was GW2.

Varoic
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Varoic

A great game still to this day, loved the classes, countless builds and skill customization and great pvp, 
None of this I can say about gw2 sadly.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

The Kryta to the Temple of the Ages run will always have a special place in my heart.

Bereman99
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Bereman99

I remember the first time I saw the game. A friend of mine in college was running around Temple of the Ages with his level 20 character, and was telling me about how he had just got a black dye drop in the game and how lucky he was and what he’d do with the in-game money for selling it.

It was the first time I had seen an online game like it in action, and a few months later became my first MMO.

misanthropomorphic
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misanthropomorphic

My favorite memory is also my most bittersweet.  Back in 2006, ArenaNet had a “Super Fan” contest for the launch of Nightfall.  You needed to submit something that showed why you were worthy of winning a trip to their studio for their launch party.  I actually won a spot in that contest.  I submitted a secretly-coded message that consisted of a list of the last names of the developers on Factions.  When you took the first letter of each name, it spelled out a message about how much I loved ArenaNet or something.)

The sad part was that I was completely broke when it came time for the party and couldn’t go.  Gaile Gray was nice enough though to mail me some swag, which included a t-shirt and some other things.  (thanks, Gaile!)

I don’t even like PvP that much, but something about that game just grabbed me.  I think it was the addictive fun of trying out some new amazingly awesome combination of skills that some Mathemagician had worked out and posted.

And of course, there was also psychotically clinging to Gwen’s Tapestry Shred for years, hoping that someday it would do something, and finally getting Gwen’s approval in the Hall of Monuments.  A little thing, but still makes me feel good. :)

Archebius
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Archebius

Guild Wars was my first MMO. I bought it at a time where my springs and summers were dominated by work at my parent’s company, so I usually had about seven months a year I could play games. This, combined with limited play time the rest of the year, meant that I never got as deep into Guild Wars as I wanted

Still, it holds a special place for me. There were things I adored about it that I’ve never seen other games replicate successfully.

Happy anniversary, Guild Wars. Thanks for the memories.

thebrowncar45
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thebrowncar45

mrsangeld Same here. 

I fell in love with Guild Wars. It found a way to keep me invested in its Lore and Characters while also providing enough fun outside of the main story, such as farming for materials to craft the best armor, the legendary PvP in HoH and GvG, and my personal favorite: 12-man dungeons in GW: Factions. 

Guild Wars 2 is a great game in its own right, but it is far from what I had expected or imagined: an improved Guild Wars set in a persistent world. Instead of being a spiritual successor to the original, ArenaNet crafted a completely different game. There’s NOTHING wrong with that, and I’ve had my share of fun playing GW2, but sadly, it will probably never grab me the same way that the original Guild Wars did. I’ll still keep playing though, because it’s a fun game, and who knows, maybe when they finally release Cantha and Elona (fingers crossed!!!) I’ll experience that same sense of wonder and magic that I did with the original.

Bane of the Abyss
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Bane of the Abyss

I convinced my dad to start playing GW1 with me. It brought him back to video gaming for the first time in 25 years. I recall our long and failed attempts to run from Beacons Perch south through the pass to Deldrimor’s war camp. We never made it from that side. It wasn’t going to happen for us given that we were using Henchmen and were under leveled. We probably made it as far as 2/3rds to the Deldrimor War camp before giving up and continuing on to Kryta. A lot of good times and memories. Enjoying GW2 though – better in some ways, less in some others. But still fun and my MMO of choice these days.

Styopa
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Styopa

It’s too bad that they never really made a version 2 of this.

Lerxx
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Lerxx

There are elements to GW’s pve that probably will never be reproduced in the future. The game gripped me in ways that its contemporaries could not.  Eight years and 7000 hours of play… it was a fantastic run.

mrsangeld
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mrsangeld

Guild Wars will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first Game I truly became invested in. It also helped me sway my hubby into playing MMO’s (12 years later and we still play MMO’s together). I had so much fun in that game. Running missions, doing dungeons, even farming for materials was a good time. While I like GW2 I do wish we could’ve also seen a GW 2.0, basically a better updated version of the original. I feel like it had so much it could’ve become.

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