Unite in joy, dear Gladians, Arena Net has heard your prayers!
Jokes aside: As of this week, the reset times have been changed to 22:00 UTC / GMT (that’s 0:00 CEST or 0:00 GMT+2).
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Greetings WvW players!
As part of our ongoing effort to improve the game experience with changes big and small, we’ve decided to change the time of the WvW match resets. The current time is 00:00 UTC on Saturdays, which is mighty inconvenient for our European friends who want to get in on the action of the newest match right away. We’ve decided that moving the reset time back by 2 hours to 22:00 UTC on Friday night to try and find a more happy medium for NA and EU servers. This will go into effect beginning this week and will be the new time going forward. Hopefully this makes it easier for you all to jump right in at the start of a new matchup.
Although Jade Sea made several attempts to just stomp our fighting spirit, we did not go down! No, we stick with T5! Although massively outnumbered in this week’s match-up, in fact the third week with the same enemies, we did not just throw in the towel. Hello Gandara, hello Dzagonur – here we are now, and we won’t give up in this week’s match-up, either! Be ready for some exciting fights!
Today, Martin Kerstein posted a very interesting update:
Guesting is Coming!
by Martin Kerstein on January 16, 2013
CITIZENS, I have an important announcement to make.
Previously, we’ve talked about a feature called guesting, which allows you to play with your friends on other worlds. The wait is over! Guesting is coming to a world near you with our update on January 28th!
Before I go into more detail about how it will work and what kinds of restrictions exist, I want to talk about a very important change that will come with the introduction of guesting: free world transfers will no longer be available. With the current restriction of one transfer every 7 days in place, make sure that you will be on the world you intend to play on before January 28th, because after that date, you’ll have to pay a gem fee to transfer worlds.
With that out of the way, here is how guesting works:
Guesting allows you to play on a world other than your home world. Just follow these steps:
On the character select screen, click the “World Selection” button.
Choose a world you would like to guest on and select the “Guest” button.
Select any of your characters and select “Play” to log in to the world you picked.
Guesting comes with a few restrictions:
Because (different from a world transfer) we are not moving your character between data centers, you may only guest on worlds in the same region as your home world. Players on North American home worlds cannot guest on European worlds or vice versa.
You may not participate in World vs. World on your guest world. If you choose to enter World vs. World on the world you are guesting on, you’ll be moved back to your home world. If you want to play World vs. World on the world you’re guesting on, you must perform a full world transfer to that world.
You’re eligible to guest on only 2 different worlds at a time. Each time you guest on a world, that world becomes one of your eligible guest worlds for the next 24 hours. After 24 hours, you may choose to guest on a different world. You may log in to any world you are eligible to guest on as many times as you wish with no restriction.
Guesting on worlds that are full or highly populated increases your risk of being put into an overflow map.
As I mentioned above, with the introduction of guesting there will no longer be free world transfers:
Transferring to a new home world will now cost a gem fee.
The gem fee for world transfers is based on the population of the world you want to transfer to. Transferring to a high population world will be more expensive.
Each account is still limited to one world transfer every 7 days.
Players will still not be able to transfer to worlds that are “Full.”
I am sure many of you are happy to finally being able to play on other worlds with your friends without having to leave your home world, so go forth and guest to your heart’s content (and hug the next quaggan you meet).
So you found your way to the forums! Awesome.
Now there are a few things that might be overwhelming at first, and that’s what this post is for. We are still setting things up, and we’re happy for every help we can get!
So first, here’s an overview over which positions need to be filled:
- Several news writers
To freshen things up a bit, we want to have a few new blog posts each week. There are several categories for which you can apply: Server news, GW2 trivia, War report and Events. Server news means a weekly general overview about which new projects our members are working on. GW2 trivia can be everything; an exciting dungeon run you did with your guildies? A funny PvE quest you had to do? A guide on how the get that darn last vista? War report means WvW news, so that can be a weekly round-up over how the last match went or a more frequent post about your personal experience on any evening, what a frustration we had when losing Dreaming Bay and how successfully we claimed it back. Last but not least: Events is meant to be an overview over irregular (or new regular) events that will start in the near future.
- Event managers
For anti-spam reasons we can’t just give everyone permission to add events to the calendar. However, if you are human and have an event you’re currently planning, feel free to ask!
- WvW status reports
As you can see, we have our own WvW status. However, the data in there doesn’t insert itself, it needs to be updated manually. We need members who are willing to open up GW2 a few times a day and add the current WvW status on here!
Please note that there are several free spots for each position!
Anyway, let’s carry on!
We have two special user groups you might want to apply for: Guild leaders and World defenders.
The first one is – as the name implies – only for guild leaders (and officers). We want to create a familiar atmosphere among guilds and NOT a competitive feeling. We have an own forum just for guild leaders and their officers, where they can establish inter-guild connections, coordinate their efforts for a more enjoyable and successful GW2 experience.
Please note that whenever your guild is playing with another, don’t try to make members switch to your guild; that’s not fair and we hope we won’t ever see a thing like that.
The second group, World defenders, is a private group and invite-only. For more information about it, see this thread.
We hope that makes things easier for you all, and as always: If you have question or the feeling things don’t work the way they should, just ask and tell! You can contact any member of our support team.