ArenaNet at the Penny Arcade Expo
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This year's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) game culture celebration in Washington State will have a plethora (yes, a plethora) of Guild Wars events planned that will give you, our fans, an opportunity to get up close and personal with the people who make your favorite game. If you make it to just one show this year, plan on PAX 2007. It will be THE place to mingle, compete, and party with ArenaNet staff and Guild Wars fans.
See below for a list of attractions.
In the Guild Wars booth during Exhibit Hall hours
Compete in the Guild Wars 10K Arena
The Guild Wars 10K Arena at PAX is a 1v1 sealed play tournament offering $10,000 in prizes. Register to compete in one of the 8 scheduled fights and earn your spot in Sunday's 16-player finals. Read the 10K Arena Rules for more information.
See the multimedia "Art of Guild Wars" exhibit
This PAX-exclusive exhibit features previously unreleased concept art spanning the entire history of Guild Wars.
Collect signed Guild Wars art from ArenaNet artists
ArenaNet's talented artists will be on-hand at the booth all weekend long to chat with fans and sign prints of their artwork for you to collect and keep. Drop by for free art and candid conversations about how these amazing artists got into the industry.
Bring your portfolio to be reviewed by ArenaNet artists
If you've ever wondered if you have the chops to create art for the gaming industry, this is your chance to find out. Sign up in the booth to have an ArenaNet artist review your portfolio. Don't miss this opportunity to show off your work and receive constructive feedback from a professional artist.
Show your spirit in Community Contests
Gaile Gray and the community team will hold fan contests for fun and prizes at the booth. Check the schedule at the show for more information, but the fun starts on Friday promptly at 2:00 with the first of six "Grawl Giveaways" during which you can get one the much-sought-after access keys for the newest Guild Wars miniature. (Don't worry – we'll be sure to set aside a good number of keys for each day of the show and remember: one per attendee!) The lucky Super Fans for 2007 will be getting early access to the After Hours party on Saturday, August 25.
Grab your free Guild Wars skill pins
Visit the booth for your free Series 2 skill pins. These are in limited supply, so pick them up fast and wear your favorite character build. (Yes, Series 2 does have Meteor Shower!)
Get a sneak peek at upcoming Guild Wars merchandise
Fans have been clamoring for Guild Wars merchandise for years, and we are on the verge of heeding their calls. Come get your first look at merchandise that will be available for purchase later this year. We'll display select items at PAX; let us know what you think!
In the Panel Hall
Sit down with the developers in the "Guild Wars: Past, Present, and Future" panel
Key members of the ArenaNet Creative and Development teams will relive the history of Guild Wars in this one-hour panel. Learn about the decisions that brought Guild Wars this far, and what you can expect in the years ahead.
Saturday, August 25, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Satellite Theatre A, Room 2AB
Find out what happens behind the scene at the "ArenaNet Culture & Origins" mega-panel
Spend an hour learning about many facets of life at ArenaNet as we present three panels in one:
"The History of ArenaNet"
"A woman's perspective on life in a gaming company"
"Breaking into the games industry"
Saturday, August 25, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Satellite Theatre B, Room 400
Exclusive Late Night Party
Eat, drink, and pwn n00bz with ArenaNet staff Saturday night at our after-hours party
Eat free food and accumulate swag (while supplies last, of course), while hobnobbing with the people who make your favorite game. What more could you ask for? Well, you'll also get the chance to challenge ArenaNet staff members to games of skill and maybe even snag a Guild Wars: Eye of the North t-shirt before the night is over.
This party is limited to ArenaNet staff and invited guests for the first hour. Check out the aforementioned Super Fan Contest page for your chance to get your name on the special VIP guest list! After the exclusive early entry, the floodgates will open to all PAX partiers for an additional two hours! Details about how to score your early-admission ticket coming soon!
Saturday, August 25, Gameworks, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.