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Guild Wars Community Projects Update

One thing that has kept Guild Wars so alive is this fantabulous community of ours. While we do have our fair share of healthy competition, the amount of support and bro-ing out that goes on with everyone is pretty awesome. In light of the love and fever of a new year, I thought I’d give a mention to some changes going on out there right now.

Guild Wars fans have been seriously busy bees this winter. Several new sites, forums, and projects have sprung up, a few of which have gone live. In the process of updating my community list, I thought I’d give a heads up on what everyone should be looking out for. There’s a lot to cover, and this is all really exciting news for the community. So lets check it out!

Guild Wars Database
This is a really ambitious project headed by the awesome Karasu (Poeffie on twitter). The idea is to have an interactive and fully customizable tracking system for everything Guild Wars. Karasu is taking up the challenge to test for a similar project when Guild Wars 2 releases. So then, what exactly can you do with it? There are a ton of ridiculous features that are sure to keep you busy and make achivements and end-game missions tons easier.
List your titles, vanquishing progress, Guild information, mission / bonus progress, characters and alts…and find others with the same goals.  You name it, it’s there.
GWDB is currently in closed alpha and you can apply for a chance to beta on their site. No word yet on when it will go to beta or go live, but you can check out their preview screenshots here. Also keep an eye on their site, blog, and twitter for updates on progress and when it will move on to the beta stage. I can’t wait to see this to be released!

Quaggan.com
Nox (author of ConjurePhantasm) has been working his bum off on several innovative projects. His current “baby”, so to speak, is Quaggan.com. It’s another forum, and one he pledges to deliver an experience like no other Guild Wars forum you’ve been to. And I have to say, judging by what I’ve seen so far he’s making good on that promise.
Specific features that will set Quaggan apart:
•  Integrated Karma system (for reputation)
• A fun and graphically appealing award badge system.
• Completely unique and non-conventional style and design.
The site is currently in “beta” with Nox accepting limited applications for testing and quality control by experienced community members. I expect it to go live  soon, though. Keep an eye on Nox’s twitter / blog for updates!

GuildMag
GuildMag may have been around for a while, but it’s in the works of some major overhauls, specifically on our website. In order to supplement our bi-monthly digital publication (the latest issue can be found here), the site will be featuring much more content including opinion pieces, reviews, more blogging and other special features. No launch date just yet, but fans of Guild Mag old and new should be very excited for the changes. Jonny and Dutch are both working hard, as well as the rest of the staff, to bring some awesome creative and informative content to the masses.
And after a holiday hiatus, Sabre Wolf, Malchior Devenholmn, and myself have returned to our weekly live pod-cast schedule! Check out GuildMag.com or follow us at @GuildMag on twitter.

GuildFans
Launched by Dan/JR, Guild Fans is made up of and run by many familiar faces. The site boasts contests, interviews, a built-in wiki, and wonderfully organized media galleries for the pleasure of the masses. Their forums aim to provide a more intimate and less chaotic setting than the usual fare.
GuildFans continues to achieve a lot of what we have come to expect and love from the guys that brought us some of the greatest communities that have ever existed in the Guild Wars universe. With a continued focus on member experience and interaction, GuildFans has a promising and exciting future as more and more fans, new and old alike, begin to gather en-masse in excitment for the sequel. Follow them on twitter and don’t forget to sign up for their live-feed from their site!

GuildSearch
Another brilliant project by Nox. It’s currently on the back burner but still deserves a mention for the work already put in. Nox’s savvy eye for design and simplicity meets function in this Guild Recruitment search engine that aims to make finding the perfect home or the perfect members easier and streamlined. With filters to search by content (PvE vs PvP, for instance) and server, this site seems a godsend, and one that could easily be applied to GW1 and 2 alike. What I’ve gathered from comments and replies is that Quaggan and GuildSearch will be combined somehow in the future, something that’s very exciting and sure to make Quaggan an even more awesome place. Until then, keep an eye on Nox’s blog, twitter, and Quaggan forums and check out the development preview here.

Guild Wars Skill Reference
No geeky fandom is fully complete without a little go-go-gadget fun. That’s were GWSR comes in. It’s a currently functional but still developing Android app that lets you look up any skill in the game right from your phone. The filters are smooth and the layout is easy on the eyes. You can find out anything about the skill in question: recharge time, cost, effects, and descriptions. Search by profession, toggle PvP / PvE, and look up other skills with similar effects.
If you’re a droid owner and a Guild Wars fan, you’ve got to get this on your phone.  Follow the development process on twitter, check out the app developer’s official site, or take a search for Guild Wars Skill Reference on the market.

Guild Wars 2 Character Creator
This is probably one of the most impressive projects yet, because of the sheer awesomeness of it all. It’s a Guild Wars 2 build creation site. Yes, you heard right. Guild Wars 2. What the masterminds behind the project have done is vigorously research everything we’ve learned so far about skills and weapons for the current four professions that have been released and created an interactive applet that allows you to effectively create a build.
This must have been a lot of work, but it’s unbelievably awesome as the first site to implement the Guild Wars 2 data into something of this caliber. We can expect great things to come of it in the future as more information is released.

So there you have it. I’m sure there are tons more to cover in the future, and I can’t wait. I’m always amazed at the sort of creativity and dedication that comes from this wonderful community. Sometimes I am astounded at what we can do when we really love something to this degree. It’s awesome.

To the readers: What do you guys think of all the projects coming out? Are you impressed? Got a favorite?  Have any ideas for something you’d like to see? Did I miss anything? <3

*edit* 1-7-10 9:45am: Added the 2nd paragraph to GuildFans that somehow disappeared when imported. Edited Guild Wars Data Base to more accurately reflect the project’s goals. Added Guild Wars Skill Reference’s official site link. Minor edit, grammar, and spelling fixes.

  • Nice collection here. I like all these things 😀

    My favourite is the character creator. It’s fun to see what your skill options are. The GWDB has a lot of potential, I think the power users out there will find it very useful.

  • Thanks a lot for the mention! I also hadn’t heard of the GWDB, which sounds pretty cool.

  • I’ve been telling myself the same thing over and over again on several locations. “Sh-T’s starting to get real!” – and that’s a reaction on all the projects listed here.

    I can safely say that anyone working on one of these projects (and that includes you with your spankin’ new site, Izari!) has been unable to keep their excitement under control.

    You saying “there’s really not much you -can’t- do” scared me for a minute. There are so many possible features that people come up with for the site like a Calendar to plan collaboration on a title/mission, campaign progression or even Build integration! Those and some others are things I would prefer to leave on the bottom of my To-Do list and rather start working on GW2DB! ^^

    • Izari

      Aha! Sorry for the mis-info, I’ll re-word it to reflect what you’ve said.
      It still feels like you can do so much that I’d find it hard to believe anyone would be disappointed either way (but we all know people will -always- find ways to QQ about anything -_-).

      I’m really excited to see what you guys come up with with GW2.

      And you’re right. It feels like the GW community… once we get an concept and a plan in our heads we don’t stop until it gets done, and so many other ideas usually sprout from that. It’s really amazing.

  • Great collection of community works. I never knew about some of these awesome projects so I must thank you for listing them. I must admit that I was rather hoping to see my world map project included here but after seeing some of the other projects on the list I can see that they are all much better.

    Can’t wait to see how the Guild Wars Database and GuildSearch turn out.

    • Izari

      Bah! I can’t believe I actually missed that. I’m really sorry 🙁 Is it the project on GW2G right now?
      Send me links and all that and I’ll include it in the next update for sure. Gonna try to do this monthly.

      • Heh, that’s great. My last comment appears to have gone missing so I will try again.

        Indeed it is the one on GW2G. The link to the thread should be in the username for this reply. I do plan on developing a proper website dedicated to all the mapping but it is of low priority as I have other deadlines coming up. For now everything is on GW2G and the interactive maps on my temporary site.

        • Izari

          Aha, got it. Turns out your original reply was thrown into the spam folder. Not sure why :/

          Also, this inspired me. I think I’ll do a lore-oriented project post since there are a few I’ve seen (your map, the language collection, among others) that aren’t about utility but rather discovery. Which is also very cool and deserving of it’s own write up.

  • Great list of website. Don’t forget to add. http://www.guildwars2news.com – A Guild Wars 2 News Aggregator Service I created for fun.

    In the next couple of weeks it’s getting a redesign. 🙂