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Daybreak launches new site, triggers week of celebratory events

Daybreak Game Company now has a new home and logo to make its transition from Sony Online Entertainment complete.

“We are so proud of our new company branding as it truly reflects who we are as an organization and captures our vision of approaching each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward,” said Daybreak President John Smedley on Reddit.

To celebrate the re-launch of the studio, Daybreak is hosting a week of events and activities, both in-game and out. These events include double XP boosts in EverQuest, EverQuest II, and PlanetSide 2, as well as several developer livestreams.

[Source: Daybreak, Reddit, Daybreak Week schedule]

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ArenaNet is hosting a Guild Wars 10th anniversary contest

Do you fancy yourself a Guild Wars expert? If so, you should enter ArenaNet’s new Guild Wars 10th anniversary contest. There are 10 questions that need answering, and 10 winners will be randomly drawn from the pool of people who submit correct answers to said questions.

ArenaNet hasn’t spelled out the prizes in detail, but a quick scan of the contest rules reveals that “each winner will receive a piece of Guild Wars swag such as a t-shirt or pin, not to exceed $25 USD each.”

[Source: Announcement, Trivia questions]

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Earn this Guild Wars 2 llama by PvPing

How would you like to own the most lavish llama in the lands of Tyria? All you need to do is participate in one of Guild Wars 2’s community-run PvP events. You don’t have to win one of the events, according to ArenaNet’s latest blog post. Placing in the top half of a bracket will “generally” earn you a reward, the firm says, and most of the single-elimination tourneys grant a prize after a single round victory.

As for the llama itself, it’s basically a minipet that features progression and the ability to dance in its final form.

[Source: ANet blog post]

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Guild Wars 2 announces its third Tourney of Legends

Do you like Guild Wars 2? Do you like PvP? If you answered yes and yes, the fact that ArenaNet has announced its third Tournament of Legends PvP event may interest you.

Or it may not, in which case you can safely skip the remainder of this post.

The tourney is open to players of all skill levels and it features five-person teams in a best-of-three single-elimination format. The Euro version of the event happens on May 23rd, while the North American version is scheduled for May 30th. Prizes include legendary weapons, components, gems, precursor weapons, and more.

[Source: ANet announcement]

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Neverwinter disables promotional codes following exploits

Last week, the Neverwinter team distributed a little bonus code via email to player accounts in celebration of the Elemental Evil update — just a little item that could be used to unlock several different toys in-game. Except that the item in question was not bound to players and could be traded or sold on the auction house, and there were numerous players who exploited the error and created numerous accounts to redeem the code over and over en masse. It was a bit of a mess.

At this point the codes have been disabled, so if you haven’t redeemed yours, don’t do so. While the team still wants to do something to commemorate the launch, this particular celebration has taken on something of a sour note. Player feedback on the forums has ranged from understanding to critical of the poor handling and what some players view as predictable issues.

[Source: Neverwinter forums. Thanks to Extremex and Jose for the tip!]

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Guild Wars plans ‘huge bash’ for its 10th anniversary

The Guild Wars that started it all will turn 10 years old on April 26th, which means one thing: party time!

ArenaNet announced that Guild Wars’ 10th anniversary celebration will begin on April 22nd and continue for an extra week until May 6th. Players can participate in several events including dodgeball and rollerbeetle racing. There will be a new pet for Rangers (the Hound of Balthazar) and birthday present vouchers for characters eight years or older.

[Source: Anniversary announcement]

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The Elder Scrolls Online’s Welcome Back Weekend starts today

Were you a beta tester on The Elder Scrolls Online but declined to purchase the game? Would you like to see what the game is like after a year’s worth of updates? Then you’re exactly the sort of person the development team wants playing over the coming weekend, and also exactly the sort of person invited to play during the welcome back weekend.

Former beta testers will be able to log in and play the now buy-to-play title from now until April 20th at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Console players will have to wait a bit longer, as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game aren’t due out until June 9th, although the welcome back weekend announcement notes that console players should keep their eyes open for more information soon.

[Source: Bethesda Blog]

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The Secret World kicks off a powerful weekend early

The Secret World is kicking off a weekend of power early. What makes this weekend worthy of the nickname of “Power Weekend,” exactly? Just the fact that every single thing you do over the weekend in the game results in more. Did you earn a piece of black bullion? You get one more. Earned Marks of Venice? You get 50% more. Recruit a new player into the game? You get another player automatically!

All right, no, you just get a month of free subscription time for that last one. It’s still more stuff for doing what you’d normally do.

You’ll also earn 50% more AEGIS research, making this the perfect weekend to go to town in Tokyo. Just make sure you get in as much as you can before Monday, as the event ends on April 20th.

[Source: Official site. Thanks to Nordavind and Crow for the tip!]

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First round of BlizzCon tix sells out

Within a few minutes of going on sale yesterday, the first round of $199 BlizzCon tickets completely sold out. The good news is that a second round of tickets will be put up for grabs on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EDT, giving those who missed out another chance to get in on Blizzard’s fan convention.

BlizzCon 2015 will take place on November 6th and 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Players who buy tickets can transfer the name on the ticket up until August 14th, meaning that there could be a busy secondary market selling tickets between fans.

[Source: BlizzCon]

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Elder Scrolls Online’s welcome back weekend starts April 16

Elder Scrolls Online is officially welcoming back beta participants on April 16th at 10:00 am. EDT. The free trial lasts through Monday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Zenimax is also running a weekend giveaway featuring various in-game prizes that you can enter by simply logging in for two or more hours.

There’s also a roleplaying ball with storytelling, riddles, dancing, and party gifts, as well as a scavenger hunt and trivia event, all of which are hosted by player organizations. A full list of the festivities is posted on the official ESO website.

[Source: Announcement post and full schedule]

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BlizzCon tickets go on sale this week

For many gamers, the hardest ticket to get this year is to November’s BlizzCon 2015, as you have to be fast and a little lucky on the draw to snag one when they go on sale. Consider this your heads-up then if you want to make the attempt: BlizzCon tickets are going on sale this week in two batches.

The first batch of tickets will be put up for sale for $199 each on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 p.m. EDT, with the second batch following on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. EDT. If you can’t make one of those times, you could ask a friend to buy it for you and then transfer the ticket over to you. Fans have until August 14th to change the names associated with their ticket.

BlizzCon 2015 will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 6th and 7th.

[Source: BlizzCon]

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Star Wars: The Old Republic hosting double XP for Star Wars Celebration

So let’s assume for the purposes of this discussion that you’re a really big fan of Star Wars, but you can’t quite make it out to Anaheim for the Star Wars Celebration convention. Lucky you, there’s a way to celebrate at home: Star Wars: The Old Republic is hosting a double XP even for the duration of the convention, from April 16th until April 19th. It’s not quite the same thing, but you can still be up to your eyeballs in Star Wars while it’s going.

That double XP can be stretched even further with boosts and the like, for the record. A post on Reddit outlines exactly how much experience you can be getting if you make your boosts work together via multiplication, topping out at a 429% bonus. Save up some boosters over the next couple of days if you haven’t already, and get ready for leveling over the weekend.

[Source: OotiniCast; Thanks to Jake for the tip!]

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Lord of the Rings Online announces 8th anniversary awards

Lord of the Rings Online turns — wow — eight years old this month, which means that the game is not only throwing an anniversary celebration, but distributing its annual batch of rewards based on how long a player has had a LOTRO account. However, only players who have a premium or VIP status are eligable for these presents.

The new eighth anniversary rewards include a portrait frame, hooded cloak, and fireworks. The anniversary festival will run from April 15th through the 28th. If you’re looking for a good anniversary guide, Nazgul Owen has you covered!

[Source: 8th anniversary page, festival guide]

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