Guild Wars blows out 13 candles on its birthday cake – were you there for its first?

    
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Travel back with us to April 2005, when an unknown and unproven studio known as ArenaNet decided to make a play at its own gaming in the then-blooming MMORPG genre. Despite World of Warcraft seizing headlines left and right at that point, Guild Wars came upon the scene and carved out its own sizable following with its (then-rare) buy-to-play model, collectable skills, and gorgeous artwork. It went on to sell well over six million copies over the next five years, putting it among the best-selling PC titles of all time.

This month marks Guild Wars’ 13th anniversary, and while the title has existed in maintenance mode for some time now, players can still go back to an older era of Tyria where jumping was forbidden and there was only one playable race. The anniversary celebration is currently up and running, with all sorts of fun on the Shing Jea Boardwalk. Why not head back and get your rollerbeetles on or play a match or two of dodgeball?

Last year, to celebrate the game’s 12th anniversary, we dived in and explained just what it was that made it so special.

In honor of the 13th anniversary, let us know your favorite memory or feature of the original Guild Wars in the comments below.

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gylnne

I had some fond memories alpha testing this game. Was fun to log in and try to break stuff.:P

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Nick // Genghis

GW Prophecies is what got me into the entire MMO realm of gaming. None of my friends had good enough PCs at the time to play games on, so I was stuck playing and making new friends online. My young 12/13 year old self was straight addicted to GW1. I remember I had the entire end game PvP armor set and the guild crafted end game bow with help from guildies. I would just Q into the Kings PvP arena and murder people left and right with my Necro/Ranger trap based build. I really wish more MMOs took cues from GW1 where having a million skills is… unnecessary if the skills mattered more overall. Loved the combat and the ingenuity of providing an “open world” albeit was sharded for solo/parties, but a lot about that game didn’t translate well to GW2 for me personally which is sad because I wanted to board the hype train for 2, it just felt totally different.

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Angel

I still love Guild Wars, and while I wasn’t there for the first, I was there for all the rest. I really would love to see another game which utilizes the deck building method in the way the Guild Wars does. To date, other than say Hearthstone, there is no MMO That I’m aware of that does deck building in that fashion.

Guild Wars will always have a place in my heart as myself, my hubby and our son spent many weekends adventuring all around Tyria together and enjoying the game.

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Matt Redding

I recently logged in and collected 3 or 4 years worth of birthday presents across my … 8 or 10 alts. Suffice to say I finally finished that dedicated miniatures achievement at the hall of monuments and FINALLY got a Mad King Thorn minipet. ^_^ Then I gave away about 20 duplicates to a friend who is still poking at the original.

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Veldan

I wanted to do the same, but forgot my password, and appearently you need a game serial code to reset it now o.O

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Archebius

Still the only MMO I get homesick for on a regular basis.

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TomTurtle

I got into the original Guild Wars before GW2 came out, but after it was already announced. I give thanks in part to Rubi’s column on Massively of old and a Youtube Let’s Play. I downloaded the game and played the trial (when that was still a thing) and nearly didn’t play. Pre-Searing, in the end, won me over, and I played through every campaign in the order of their release, despite that making things harder on myself due to lack of heroes for a while.

I never did get to the Beyond content sadly. I haven’t felt motivated to go back and push through.

Here’s a screenshot of a meet-up I joined for that Let’s Player, sambonz, and his viewers, who along with his friend Regina, were a joy to watch play through that game in a very fun and positive manner.

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Paragon Lost

Logged in, couldn’t jump, logged out.

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deekay_plus

i played it briefly in 2008 and didn’t like it at all. it was like the worst parts of l2 controls and combat without anything that made l2 good (imo).

i still find it amusing tho that the aspects of the game that anet at the time refused to call it an mmo for are rather mundane and common in the mmo genre for what feels like a very long time since then.

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Vunak

I was there for the first :D I loved GW1, such a unique game with an amazing class system.

Unfortunately I lost a drive that had all my old old old screenshots on it from my days in GW1 and FFXI.

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Ting

I was there for beta! It was a fun game for it’s time. I remember running around capturing skills and getting scrolls to unlock for my account.

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Veldan

That bottom screenshot… nice aspect ratio :D