Sorry about the delay with posting the winners. We received nearly 30K entries from many different users.
This was a fun contest for us and a great way to give back to the community that has made this site as popular as it is today. We learned a few lessons from this contest which we will improve upon when we have our next contest.
Today the world is changing with the introduction of the Megaserver.
We are so excited here at Guild Wars Temple about all the changes coming to the game. As a way to kick off the event we want to give away a 32GB Microsoft Surface RT Tablet along with two Guild Wars 2 Gem cards with 2000 gems on each.
We will be doing a lot of tweaking as we test the Megaserver more and have some time to polish off all the lumps of the massive change. Please be aware that we are working to make our site a smooth and unified experience. We updated the most popular part of our site but we will be moving the update to mobile and our mini timers for guilds/sites.
To enter simply go to your servers event timers page and enter on the right hand side. You are able to enter up to once per day.
Guild Wars 2 does not run natively on the Surface RT. With Remote-Desktop you are able to use the tablet as a screen to run anything off your desktop PC.
We have an exciting year ahead here at Guild Wars Temple and in Guild Wars 2 as we wrap up season 1 and begin season 2 of the free content updates.
There has not been much change over the last few months here but we are currently working on a timer redesign that makes the timers smaller and will allow more functionality. One of the big changes of 2013 for us was the API connection that we use which allows us to update the timers off of the server to provide more accurate times. As a result we want to make the information more clear as to what the data was taken from.
On the game side we get to look forward to the wrapping up of season 1 with all that Scarlet has caused from the Queen’s Jubilee to the Toxic Alliance and the Tower of Nightmares. Season 2 will have an exciting new story to unleash on us and we are looking forward to a taste of what that might be.
And lastly we want to give you a little taste of what we will be doing a later in the year just as we did last year. Last year we ran a contest to add a laptop to a Guild Wars 2 screenshot and gave away two 2000 Gems Guild Wars 2 cards. This year we have a bigger content that won’t require any special software and should be more accessible to allow anybody to participate.
In the latest Living Story update we have the choice between Evon Gnashblade and Ellen Kiel. Evon is promising a discount on Black Lion Keys as well as sponsor important Fractals of the Mist research into the Fall of Abaddon. Ellen is promising a discount on waypoint travel as well as support important Fractals of the Mists research into the Thaumanova Reactor explosion. Its time to make your vote count by going to Lion’s Arch to start your journey.
We first launched our web app to a small number of users on Friday and added a few more on Saturday. Our Temple Timers web app is now open to a much bigger group as we continue to test it. Please remember it is still in beta and as such it may have an issue once in a while. Please report any issues to us, thanks.
Currently it is only in English though I will be adding other language support once I know the best route to handle it.
Expanding site that will adapt to 1080p screens as well as 1024p screens.
Every event has its own panel to update the event.
Guesting panel on the right for the 4 next events.
Earn ranks as you help with updating the timers.
Many other smaller changes.
This month we will be getting more new features along with a continuation of the four part Flame and Frost story. One of the big additions is a new form of content, guild missions. The guild missions will include bounties, puzzles and cross-country challenges. This may help guilds have a closer unity and give them more of an identity. Another addition is the option to choose the type of daily achievements you want, this will allow you to play the way you want rather than being forced to dodge or heal nearby allies.
They are also adding a new PvP map along with two team rated PvP that will rate each player and choose balanced teams for quick intense matches.
Guild Wars has officially sold over 3 million copies. This is good news as its success will mean more development and content for us. With that I am going to cover some of the latest announcements for this months add-on. This month the big update is more of a new feature and improvement update, especially if you are a PVE player. Starting January 28th, they will allow guesting, add items to the gem store, a new PVP map, a better achievement system and new laurels. They are also including many UI improvements along with a few unknown changes.
Temple of the Silent Storm Week: From January 28—February 4 the regular eight-team/three-round paid tournaments will be replaced by two-team/single-round paid tournaments in the Temple of the Silent Storm map. After the week is over, we’ll add Temple of the Silent Storm to the regular rotation of both free and paid tournaments.
Improved Achievement System: We’re adding a new rotation of daily achievements to add variety and encourage you to explore the open world. You’ll get different achievements every day of the week and a new achievement tracker in the UI to make it easier to track your progress.
New Achievement Laurels:You’ll earn these brand-new laurels as a reward for daily and monthly achievements! Redeem these laurels for rewards like the new Ascended gear and Infusions!
I hope you all enjoyed the New Years parties and festivities as we wrap up Wintersday. We here at Guild Wars Temple have many great plans for 2013 and are going to cover some of the future changes as we move into the year.
Firstly, we are working on an update to the mobile app for Android that will remember what server you are on and it will also allow you to choose the language of your choice.
Over the long term we are going to be adding more events, as we see what gets the most interest.
We are also working on a log-in system that will allow you to choose the events that you want to see, among many other options to personalize your timer page.
We have other plans to add to accounts once the account feature is released but they will need further testing before they are announced.
We have been working hard on the latest update that includes many new features that we hope you will enjoy. Recently we asked for feedback on what events you would like to see and now we need your feedback on the event times that we have added.
Here is a list of changes that we made with the recent update:
+ Added Android App (Search gw dragon timer and look for Temple Timer .) + Designed the mobile version of the site to look better, should be much better on iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. + Added Ability to Embed timers on guild sites + Improved speed of page loading + Added security measures to help with timer accuracy + Added 4 new events (Megadestroyer, Shadow Behemoth, Temple of Balthazar and the Fire Elemental in Metrica Province) + Combined Updater with Rating System as well as adding Server Reset option. + Added ability to show event is happening right now. + Added history panel showing previous times. (Moved event details to mouse hovering/clicking on dragon/event name.) + Other changes
While the Android app can be downloaded by everybody, you will not see your server until it is updated on the site. I will be adding as many servers as I can each day, please be patient as we upgrade.
The November update is coming to Guild Wars 2 on November 16th, featuring a new dungeon as well as a one time event chain.
The event will kick off in Lions Arch at noon PST on the 16th. The following day at noon PST there will be a one time event chain where Tyria will change forever. If you aren’t able to make it during the weekend, don’t be too sad as the zone and dungeon will be there to stay, you’ll only miss out on the one time events and cut-scenes.