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Guild Wars Belated Happy Halloween!
Posted by: Celios on Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 11:24 PM
I think I promised to post some screenshots for those of you who didn't make it to Lion's Arch on Halloween earlier this week, so it's about time I posted a blurb. Needless to say, it was a blast. You can say what you like about Guild Wars, but when it comes to keeping the game patched, adding free content and going all-out on the silliest of occassions, the game delivers.

Most of the pondies met up in Lion's Arch (which had almost 200 districts that night) on the eve of one of the arrivals of the Mad King. The King played some games with the people that came (and there were a lot), handed out goodies and told jokes. All in all, it lasted about half an hour, and those who were competent enough to avoid getting slaughtered by failing the little minigames took away a handsome amount of Halloween goodies. When the King finally did leave, everyone present was given a special-edition helmet in the shape of a pumpkin to commemorate the occasion.

The pondies then met up to hang around a bit and shoot the breeze. At some point, and for unknown reasons (too much Witch's Brew most likely), the pond decided it was time for the team to get in shape. So, in true boot-camp spirit, it was decided that we were to line up and run a few laps of Lion's Arch, giggling uncontrollably all the way. This event was later described quite aptly as "TOOT TOO".

All in all, it was a great time. To those of you who missed it: for shame. Let's just hope Christmas (or, as fishie and frag pointed out "politically correct winter event") rolls around, the devs will come up with something just a cool.

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General Gaming Penny Arcade vs. Jack Thompson
Posted by: Celios on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 03:06 AM

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Guild Wars Patch Out, Ladders Reset
Posted by: Celios on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 10:35 PM
If you have any interest in GvG, you've probably noticed by now that the ladders have all been reset in preperation for the Guild Wars World Championship. Along with this news is a list of changes in the most recent patch, most of them being skill tweaking. The only really significant change to the game itself is the new skill monitor, which has been improved tremendously. On the surface, this may not seem like such a drastic change, but the implications are pretty far-reaching: monking and casting in general is now more difficult, and interrupt and knockdown are both far more efficient thanks to the aid in timing the use of those skills.

With all that said, the pond has started doing GvG again this morning, now that the ladder has been reset, and is currently rank 95 (thanks to the largely untouched new ladder.) Feel free to drop by and join in anytime, as we'll likely be doing a fair bit of it today.

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What's New @ the pond Server Move Complete
Posted by: Celios on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 06:03 AM
After only a day without teamspeak, things are back to normal again as the pond completes its move to its new host. You may have noticed a few minor updates and changes to the site recently - we hope this will be just the tip of the iceberg as we move towards bringing the site back up to speed. The immediate results of the server move are a change in IP addresses, which means you'll have to re-add the T2 server to your favorites (new IP: Also changed is the login info for the TS2 server; keep in mind that you have to enter the port now (new address: voice.the-pond.com:8749). And, last but not least, the T2 server has also been moved over to a Windows box. Compatability and crashing problems will (hopefully) be reduced, just in time for our first Saturday PU on the new server. Many thanks go out to Brandon of branzone.com for hosting us.

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Guild Wars Pond Climbs GW Ladder
Posted by: Celios on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 03:45 AM
Some good news on the Guild Wars GvG front today. As many of you already know, we've been doing a lot more of it lately and, luckily, it's been going pretty well.

So, what is this mysterious tidbit of information? Well, we finally crossed the top 1,000 barrier today, meaning we're officially ranked on the Guild Wars ladder! With some 5+ matches played this afternoon, The Pond hit as high as rank 500 and earned a rating of around 1,300. Make sure you check the Guild Announcements frequently if you wish to participate!

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