Roller Beetle Racing Week 2: Win an Alienware Gaming PC and Monitor

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<p>The second week of the Roller Beetle Racing Sweepstakes begins today! Participate in races through December 10, and you could win an Alienware Aurora R7 Gaming PC and Alienware 25 Monitor.* We’re also giving away ten cool roller beetle racing mouse pads from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.forfansb...wars2.html">ForFans By Fans</a>.</p>
<p>Check out all the details and prizes&mdash;including the grand prize, a “Type RBR” Roller Beetle Racing Car&mdash;on our <a href="">official site</a>.</p>
<h4>Special thanks to our partners!</h4>
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<p><small><em>*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the U.S., Austria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, and the UK, who are 18 years or older as of 11/27/18. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 11/27/18 & ends 12/24/18. Total estimated value of all prizes: ,480. Odds of winning depend on number of total eligible entries received. To enter and view Official Rules, visit <a href="https://www.guildwar...DWARS2.com.</a>By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Sponsor: ArenaNet LLC, 3180 139th Ave SE, 5th floor, Bellevue, WA 98005.</em></small></p>

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Call the Storm with a Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool

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<h3>Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool</h3>
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<p>Onions, potatoes, and herbs may think they’re safe when the skies are clear&mdash;but not anymore. Use this unlimited harvesting tool to summon lightning and thunder, then pop those plants right into your bag. If you’re feeling especially evil, try cackling at their plight.</p>
<p>The Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool comes equipped with a Glyph of the Leatherworker, which grants a 33% chance to reward bonus leather scraps in addition to your gathering results. </p>
<h3>What’s in Stock</h3>
<p>We’re putting some armor pieces back in storage later this week to make room for returning wintery apparel. </p>
<p><strong>Returning Today</strong></p>
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<li>Glacial Glider</li>
<li>Winter Monarch Outfit</li>
<li>Wintersday Appearance Package</li>
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<p><strong>Returning This Week</strong></p>
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<li>Mini Angry Wintersday Gift</li>
<li>Wintersday Minis 3-Pack</li>
<li>Mini Festive Aurene</li>
<li>Snowflake Glider</li>
<li><strong>On Sale:</strong> Branded Wings Backpack and Glider Combo</li>
<li><strong>On Sale:</strong> Branded Mounts Pack</li>
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<h3>Available Now in the Gem Store!</h3>
<p>Log into <em>Guild Wars 2</em> and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!</p>
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Wintersday Arrives Next Week

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<p>Traditional Tyrian Wintersday festivities begin next week, on December 11. Get ready to play in the snow, wrap up presents, and jump all over giant peppermint candies.</p>
<p>Keep an eye on <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/...4">Twitter</a>,<a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2/">Facebook</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq-RBOBBbkJ/">Instagram</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="http://guildwars2.tumblr.com/post/180796832510/wintersday-arrives-next-week-on-december">Tumblr</a>, because today marks the first of Twelve Days of Wintersday. Check our official channels each weekday through December 19 for fun surprises!</p>

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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of December 3

We’ve partnered up with players to showcase their creative Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Read on for this week’s scheduled programming!

Streams for the Week of December 3Wednesday, December 5

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Marius Bota)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Watch Marius as he applies the finishing touches to his asura necromancer artwork. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Thursday, December 6

Guildnews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
Watch live at Guildnews.
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the Guildnews crew.

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ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream.

Ayin’s Roller Beetle Racing Time! (by AyinMaiden) (English)
Watch live at AyinMaiden.
7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Let’s check out more of the new roller beetle races!

Friday, December 7

ArenaNet Livestream: Guild Chat – Game Development in 2018 (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Where is game development headed? Join host Rubi Bayer and guests for a discussion about the changes and evolution of industry processes.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool. Thanks for watching!


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Roller Beetle Racing is Live

Roller beetle racing is here! Before you speed away to the tracks, check out today’s release notes.

Compete in races this week and you could win a Razer PC Peripheral Pack that includes a BlackWidow Elite Keyboard, Kraken Tournament Edition Headset, Naga Trinity Mouse, and Goliathus Extended Chroma Mouse Mat™. We’re also giving away ten cool roller beetle racing mouse pads from For Fans By Fans.

Keep rolling throughout the event for a chance to win different prizes each week! Visit our official site to learn more about the Roller Beetle Racing Sweepstakes.*

Special thanks to our partners!

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the U.S., Austria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, and the UK, who are 18 years or older as of 11/27/18. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 11/27/18 & ends 12/24/18. Total estimated value of all prizes: ,480. Odds of winning depend on number of total eligible entries received. To enter and view Official Rules, visit www.GUILDWARS2.com. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Sponsor: ArenaNet LLC, 3180 139th Ave SE, 5th floor, Bellevue, WA 98005.


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Head Off to the Races with the Distant Lands Mount Skin Collection

  • Distant Lands Mount Skin Collection

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We’ve got fifteen new mount skins for aspiring roller beetle jockeys—and anyone with a serious eye for mount fashion. This collection is available exclusively through Distant Lands licenses.

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Distant Lands Mount Select License
Has the Krytan Lop hopped away with your heart? Does the Luminous Prowler have you all aglow? Use this license to choose any one skin from the Distant Lands collection and unlock it right away.

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Distant Lands Mount Adoption License
If you don’t want to play favorites, this license will unlock a mount skin from the collection at random. You’re always guaranteed to get a skin, and you’ll never receive a duplicate.

“Long Live the Lich” for Free

You can rent a roller beetle at the racetrack, but why not raise one of your very own? To celebrate the roller beetle racing grand opening, the Living World episode “Long Live the Lich” is free to unlock for a limited time. Play through the episode to get your roller beetle!

What’s in Stock

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Our autumn outfit lineup is leaving the shelves this week, and some seasonal favorites are returning.

Returning Today

  • Enchanted Dragon Crown Package
  • Tremor Armadillo Roller Beetle Skin

Returning This Week

  • Elite Reinforcements Package
Available Now in the Gem Store!

Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!


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November 2018 Community Showcase

Here is your November sampling of art created by members of the Guild Wars 2 community. Keep in mind that we can’t share every amazing piece, so head over to our Tumblr to see even more!

Eat your veggies, or play them? Check out fatalknightx’s take on the Guild Wars 2 professions in potato form.

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Robynn shared an image of a fashionable asura that they made as a gift for a guildie.

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Cafnir created what they called “a sketch that went further than expected,” resulting in a lovely portrait of a charr duo.

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Artist kaijuborn took on the challenge of making a bristleback model, and it turned out great! (Follow the link to check out the behind-the-scenes creation photos, too.)

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This is Rory. Artist sunshinemage says Rory has ridden his moas into battle on occasion, and because raptors are kind of like big featherless moas, the choice of ride doesn’t make a major difference to our brave hero.

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And last, here’s the purrrrfect way to wrap up this month’s blog: boldcoyote’s image of a sleepy charr cub.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these compositions as much as we enjoyed presenting them. It’s always a thrill to show off some of the amazing works of art and imagination that players from around the world create and share with us.

Our next Community Showcase Live livestream will air in December. And you know what December means: Wintersday! I’ll be curating pieces for the show in early December, so artists: ready your paint boxes, pencils, art programs, and craft supplies. Make that Wintersday or holiday art and share it on Tumblr or the forums! You can catch the October Halloween episode of CSL—featuring the ArenaNet costume parade—here.

Keep in mind that if you’re an artist, crafter, or maker of Guild Wars 2–related creations of any kind—from visual art to videos, music to plushies, and everything in between—we would love you to share it on the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr (easy submission guidelines here) or in our official Community Creations subforum.


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 26

We’ve partnered up with players to showcase their creative Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Read on for this week’s scheduled programming!

Streams for the Week of November 26Tuesday, November 27

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Peachy Party (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
Watch live at Aurora_Peachy.
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join AuroraPeachy and the Peachy Party community for some PvE fun, with live reactions to the latest update! All players are welcome.

Wednesday, November 28

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Marius Bota)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
In this episode Marius will continue working on his previous artwork featuring an asura necromancer and discuss edge control. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Thursday, November 29

Guildnews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
Watch live at Guildnews.
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the Guildnews crew.

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ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream.

Ayin’s Roller Beetle Racing Time! (by AyinMaiden) (English)
Watch live at AyinMaiden.
7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Let’s check out the new roller beetle races!

Friday, November 30

ArenaNet Livestream: Guild Chat – Roller Beetle Racing (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join host Rubi Bayer and her developer guests for this high-octane episode of Guild Chat.

Saturday, December 1

Automated 2v2 Finals (by R O M) (English)
Watch live at roms_hut.
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
R O M is shoutcasting the culmination of the automated 2v2 tournament week.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool. Thanks for watching!


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Roller Beetle Racing Is Drifting Your Way

Starting tomorrow, you can take your roller beetle pal for a spin around five new, permanent racing tracks! You’ll have plenty of room to practice leaps, turns, drifts, and sprints all over Tyria. Perfect your skills in time-trial adventures between races, then compete with fellow beetle jockeys for fun, bragging rights, and rewards.

Roller beetle racing is a homegrown sport that takes advantage of Tyria’s natural terrain, but enthusiasts have pulled together to organize formal races, beetle-rental services, and prizes. Earn Racing Medallions for completing courses and exchange them for endless transformation tonics, stylish racing accessories, and even an adorable Mini Roller Beetle.

To encourage aspiring racers to pick up the reins, daily roller beetle racing achievements will be available from November 27 to December 25. Completing daily achievements will reward you with piles of Racing Medallions, and a new set of racing achievements is also available to keep you on a roll.

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  • Tropic Valley Raceway begins near Proxemics Lab Waypoint and runs all around the edges of Brisban Wildlands. You’ll need both speed and stamina to make it to the finish line.
  • Ghostfire Run starts near Nageling Waypoint. It’s a pleasant jaunt across Diessa Plateau, with challenging twists and jumps through fields, farms, and haunted ruins.
  • Jormag’s Fang kicks off just south of Torstvedt Homestead Waypoint in Snowden Drifts. It doesn’t take long to complete a lap around this course…as long as you can handle the sharp turns with razor-fine precision.
  • Lakeside Loop starts near Provern Shore Waypoint in Gendarran Fields and winds along the shores of Lake Gendarr. Skim over the water at high speed if you don’t want to get soaked.
  • Infernal Leap begins on the shore below Avernan Waypoint in Mount Maelstrom. This course will lead you on a treacherous path straight into the heart of the volcano, and you’ll need to pull off a daring lava leap to make it out the other side.

If you haven’t learned the racing ropes yet, speed to Overlake Haven Waypoint in Kessex Hills. South of the outpost, you can learn how to hit checkpoints and handle turns on the Kessex Corner test course.

Unlock episode 3 of Living World Season 4, “Long Live the Lich,” for free during the introductory event! If you’ve upgraded your account with Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, you can play through the story to raise and befriend your very own roller beetle mount.

Win Weekly Real-World Prizes!

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To celebrate the growth of our favorite speedy sport, we’re giving away awesome prizes to racers every week.* Just complete a race to be entered to win the current weekly prize.

  • Week 1 (November 27–December 3): Razer PC Peripheral Prize Pack (includes a Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Headset, BlackWidow Elite Keyboard, Razer Naga Trinity Mouse, and Goliathus Extended Chroma Mouse Mat™)
  • Week 2 (December 4–December 10): Alienware Aurora R7 PC and Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor
  • Week 3 (December 11–December 17): Entertainment system with 55″ television and sound bar
  • Week 4 (December 18–December 25): A four-day, three-night dune buggy adventure in San Diego for you and your favorite riding partner
Grand Prize: Custom-Skinned “Type RBR” Vehicle

You can’t take your roller beetle out of Tyria, but you can hit the road in a real roller beetle racing-themed car. Just enter any of the weekly giveaways, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win. Learn more about the contest and rules here.

Dress in some comfortable riding gear, make sure your beetle eats lots of protein, and get ready to roll out. We’ll see you at the races!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the U.S., Austria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, and the UK, who are 18 years or older as of 11/27/18. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 11/27/18 and ends 12/24/18. Total estimated value of all prizes: ,480. Odds of winning depend on number of total eligible entries received. To enter and view Official Rules, visit www.GUILDWARS2.com. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Sponsor: ArenaNet LLC, 3180 139th Ave SE, 5th floor, Bellevue, WA 98005.


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Preorder the 2018 GuildMag Annual Magazine

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The GuildMag Annual 2018 magazine is available through December 4! It’s filled with 100 pages of art, editorials, fashion, and fiction exploring to the flow of magic throughout Tyria. All of the content is created by members of the Guild Wars 2 community to celebrate their love of the game and support a good cause.

For each preorder, GuildMag will donate USD to World Child Cancer, an organization helping children across the world access life-saving cancer treatments.

There are only two weeks left to support this project, so preorder your copy today!


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