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This week in Guild Wars 2


I had an odd experience in WvW last Friday night: I got mugged by the culling monster. I joined one of my fellow guild leaders in the Northern Shiverpeaks borderland and we ventured just outside our own spawn point, as there was a small Dragonbrand zerg at the gates. A few minutes of combat and we killed or drove away enough DB troops to get up the road to the closest keep (which had fallen to a Northern Shiverpeaks attack just as I loaded in). A few of us stayed at the keep to set up a flame ram and work on the gate while the rest of our group headed east toward the nearest supply camp.

And then I was dead. I thought I’d been hit with a siege weapon or something because there was no sign of NSP forces anywhere outside the keep. I went back to our spawn point and retraced my steps to within long range of the gate … and I was insta-dead again. This time, after I was defeated, several NSP players faded into view around my body. I literally had walked right into a bunch of them without being able to see them at all.

It happened a third time before I decided that either my internet connection was too slow at that time or perhaps ArenaNet had made a change to the culling mechanism that makes it worse under certain circumstances (and I later found this post on the Forums which implies that it is related to a code change). If it’s the latter, I hope they back that change out: WvW would be impossible to play if you can’t see enemies until they’ve already killed you.

I’ve had this sort of thing happen in big battles, with scores of players on each side, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it happen with only a handful of players.

Official Guild Wars 2 news

  • Guild Wars 2 wiki — Game status updates. “This is the current status of the most important issues we’re tracking with Guild Wars 2 live service. (This page is updated by ArenaNet staff and protected against non-admin editing.)”
  • GuildWars2.com — Get the #1 RPG of 2012 with FREE In-Game Items! “For a limited time, buy Guild Wars 2 and get a free upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition (a £15 value), which includes a host of in-game items along with the exclusive Wizard’s Hat.”
  • On the official Guild Wars 2 forums, Habib Loew posted on the topic Coming Soon To WvW: “Wintersday is coming and along with all the other goodies there will be a few updates to WvW. Some of these changes are the result of forum feedback while others are part of our longer term plans for WvW. Here’s a quick preview of what WvW will get for Wintersday”
  • GuildWars2.com — Wintersday: The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx. “The nights may be long and dark, but Tyrians of all races keep joy alive during the ancient holiday of Wintersday. While each race celebrates Wintersday in their own unique way, children all over Tyria share a common love of one thing: toys. This year the city of Lion’s Arch will host the asuran Toymaker Tixx as their special Wintersday guest of honor. Before Tixx arrives in Lion’s Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he’ll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer.”
  • YouTube Guild Wars 2 Wintersday: The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx. “This year the city of Lion’s Arch will host the asuran Toymaker Tixx as their special Wintersday guest of honor. Before Tixx arrives in Lion’s Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he’ll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer. It all happens December 14 to January 3.”
  • On the official Guild Wars 2 forums, Gaile Gray posted on the topic Account Restorations – Update: “We’re pleased to tell you that we are launching our Account Restoration Tool (ART) today. With that tool, we will be able to restore qualifying accounts that were compromised on or after December 1, 2012.”
  • GuildWars2.com — Mike Lewis on the War Against the Bots. “Hello, fellow Guild Wars 2 citizens! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mike Lewis, and I’m the security coordinator for Guild Wars 2 here at ArenaNet. One of my responsibilities is to actively combat botting in the game, and I’m proud to say we’ve been making some serious headway on this front.”
  • On the official Guild Wars 2 forums, Jason King posted on the topic Introduction to the Live Response Team and the Bug Fixing Process: “If you’ve seen a “red post