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Guild Wars 2 Anniversary Bash Shenanigans

So last weekend was ArenaNet’s 1 year anniversary bash and they live streamed it. At first, I wasn’t going to watch it since it was late where I am and I planned to get to bed at a somewhat decent time (around 1 am).

Somehow, that didn’t work out and I ended up watching the livestream until around 2 am…ish. I got this weird obsession all of a sudden to have my friends make moose antlers on their head when the camera panned to them. I wasn’t very successful.

One of my friends did like half a moose antler. That’s the best I got haha.

I called it mooseface since that’s my name on Twitter (moosefaces, actually). I’m hoping it will catch on and we can start a meme. 😀

Anyway, some long suffering friends of mine did post pics of them doing mooseface and I totally love them for that. I just think it would have been awesome if someone had got up in front of the devs, put their hands on their head like antlers on the livestream in front of EVERYONE! And then after everyone was all “wtf” they could explain what was going on and maybe the devs would have joined in. Yeah..I have crazy fantasies about stuff like that happening and it never does. My imaginary life is so much more exciting than my real one.

I probably would have died laughing if that had actually happened, though. 🙂

Anyway, that got me to thinking (and sometimes that’s not a good thing), “Hey! we should turn this mooseface thing into a contest”. See what I mean about not being a good thing? Well it’s good for you, but contests aren’t always the best for me haha. They are interesting…let’s just leave it at that.

So yes, I want to have a contest because I am clearly insane and didn’t learn my lesson the last few times I did contests.

Don’t get me wrong, I love holding them. I just don’t like having to track down people to give them their prizes since they don’t always leave correct information, etc. Plus, I am now making it 1000000% more difficult on myself by being in an entirely different timezone than most people I regularly interact with. So yeah, this should be interesting. Fun, but interesting. Woohoo!

So this contest, what are the prizes? I have 4 Mr. Sparkles mini codes to give out. They are EU codes, but I have been assured that if you are NA, you can just contact support and they will apply the code to your account. My information is completely accurate with this so don’t yell at me if it doesn’t work at first. (Special thanks to Tilion from Dragonseason.com for helping me acquire the codes. They are also having a contest as well, please go check it out!)

I want you to do mooseface. What is mooseface you ask? LET ME SHOW YOU THE FACE OF MY PEOPLE!!

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This..this is mooseface. Adorable, right?

So yeah..do that and the cutest/best/most adorable/coolest/whatever I think is most awesome or makes me laugh picture will win. (Hint, making me laugh is almost a sure fire way to win)

Some rules: please keep your clothes on. As much as I might appreciate moose au naturel, you are not really a moose so please, please, PLEASE no nude mooseface pics. Your face can be nude, your head can be nude, your chest can be nude (guys only or girls with bikini tops), but you must wear pants!!(Sorry, Peter Fries, this rules you out, sadly). This is not only for me, but for anyone who might have kids or overly sensitive people around while viewing my website.  I just don’t want any moose peen pics, thanks. I have a boyfriend you don’t need to proposition me. That won’t win you more points, either.

No profanity…well okay, maybe a little. I swear at times so it’s okay if your shirt says something like “shit” or “fuck” but don’t over do it! Remember, children might be watching! Save the parents from having awkward conversations with their children and then blaming me or something.

Must not be an ArenaNet employee…uh..well I guess you can submit a pic anyway (would love to see some Anet mooseface, actually), but you are not eligible for prizes (but let’s face it, you probably have whatever it is I am giving away anyway, or better than what it is).

You don’t necessarily have to show your face. This is the internet and with privacy issues and cyberbullying or what have you, it’s a dangerous time to show your face at times. Also, people suck and I completely understand that. So for you creative types, draw me a picture or something. Set up a diorama. Whatever. As long as it has a moose (or moose like thing, reindeer or anything with antlers works), I will accept it. One catch: it must have something to do with Guild Wars 2. Regular pictures do not need this, though. If you want to add a GW2 element to your pictures, however, I highly encourage it. It might not get you closer to winning, but I really enjoy the passion the community has for this game.

ANYONE FROM ANY COUNTRY CAN SUBMIT SOMETHING! These are EU codes and they will work on NA accounts, but you have to contact support. Sorry, but that’s the only way to get around it right now until they find a better fix for it.

The contest will run from now until….hmm….11:59pm on September 14th. What timezone you ask? uh…I don’t know, pick one. I’m too lazy to convert timezones or whatever. As long as you get it to me by 11:59pm on September 14th before the day rolls over EVERYWHERE, we’ll be cool. I might even accept a few after that. We’ll see how I feel in 1 week

HOW TO SUBMIT: Leave a comment on this blog post with a link to the picture (imgur is my favorite to use, but use whatever) or if you are really technically savvy (and if WP allows it), post the pic here in the comments. As for contacting the winners….uh…don’t think you should leave your email in the comments, but I will figure out a good solution unless anyone else wants to suggest something. If you have Twitter or Facebook and don’t mind leaving those details, though, please do that as a temporary solution. I’ll figure out what to do with the rest of you. Also, you will need to follow me on Twitter if you win. I’m @moosefaces on there. If you win, I’ll follow you back and DM you the code. I might even follow you anyway since I clearly need more people to follow on there. (not really, but I like people so…)

We cool? We cool.

So that’s basically it. Have fun, enjoy, get creative! I want to see some good mooseface! 😀

UPDATE: I know it’s pointless to have an update when I didn’t even release the blog post yet, but whatever. This is an update and it’s going here and you’re going to like it!

Angel McCoy is one of the writers at ArenaNet and she is one of the sweetest people on the face of the planet. In my mooseface insanity, I tweeted to her and Rhonda (Barbie from GWEN) asking for a mooseface picture. It came today! I was bouncing up and down with excitement in anticipation and it finally got tweeted to me. Guys, it’s the most adorable thing ever.

A wild Angel mooseface appears! It uses “be adorable” It’s super effective!

Can that woman be any more adorable? I don’t think so.

UPDATE 2: Ok so I thought that was the end of ArenaNet mooseface. I was so wrong. Presenting, Rubi mooseface!

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Killing me with the cute, Rubi.

Because this is my life. I sit at home, make silly faces at the internet (and ArenaNet) and then they make them back at me.

My life is awesome.

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Contests, Guild Wars 2

 

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Gamescom and my adventures in Germany

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So this blog has now gone international! *Kermit flail* YAAAAY! I am studying abroad for 5 months in the Netherlands which means my neighbor is Germany. Hi Germans! *waves* On Thursday, the 22nd, I had the opportunity to go down to Germany and see some of my EU friends. Of course, I took this chance and quite the adventure ensued. What follows is the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolutely fantastic! Read on, dear reader!

So on my way down to Germany, I sat next to a woman who reminded me of my grandmother. Made me sad I cannot speak German and she did not speak English well but we communicated well enough. She was very sweet and gave me candy. She also thought it was very funny I was a communications student and I could barely communicate with her. I actually find that very funny too. German is the language of my mother’s side of the family but my grandmother did not teach it to my mother for various reasons. This never made me more sad than on this trip. Although the one phrase I know in German, how to ask someone if they speak English, got a lot of use this trip haha.

I unfortunately did not make the meet up since my train ended up getting rerouted. I had to backtrack from Eindhoven where I took my train, then I had to wait an hour for a direct train and by then it was much too late. I could have still gone to the meetup, but it was between that and not having a place to sleep that night. I tend to like having a place to sleep haha. I ended up spending the night at Andreas’ flat. He was such a gentleman and very funny. I found him through my friend Angerina which was an amazing connection. It was either that or spend 89-100€ on a hotel room. It turned out quite well.

The next morning, I woke up at 5am when his alarms went off. He took longer to wake up haha. We talked while he got ready and then we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

I went to Burger King to try to mooçh free WiFi but that plan failed. Finally found some and got in touch with Sam aka Tasha_darke and her husband. We went and did some touristy things like go to the cathedral near the train station and this really cool underground Roman excavation site. We ended up meeting their friend Andy for lunch and then we hung out until about 4pm when they had to catch a train to go home back to the UK. It was sad we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, but they are all fantastic people and I hope to see them again sometime.

That’s when my trip got interesting. I was supposed to leave shortly after they did but Sam gave me her Gamescom pass and I had been in touch with Tilion about getting together with Aidan, the CM in England for GW2. I decided to miss the train to go meet him because I’m clearly crazy. So I snuck into GC with a pass that wasn’t mine. Luckily, they didn’t check my ID hehehe.

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GC is HUGE! My only other experience with a gaming convention was PAX East earlier this year so this was quite a bit different from that. Also, everything is in German which I don’t speak. One thing that struck me is the energy of the convention. It was exactly the same as PAX East. It really proved that gaming is an international language. We might not all speak the same language, but we all understand and love gaming.  I could definitely see the passion that transcends spoken language. I could feel the energy and got excited with the crowds even though I didn’t understand what they were saying. I understood the love of the games and that was the best thing I took away from my Gamescom experience.

For @cynixy, who is a writer on this game.

For @cynixy, who is a writer on this game.

While going toward my goal, I got lost a few times and finally found the NCSoft booth. I asked around and finally found someone to contact Aidan. So we met and hung out for a bit, talked a bit about the game and just general stuff. It was quite fun and he’s quite charming. Little did I know how wonderful a person he really is. More on that later.

Wildstar, anyone?

Wildstar, anyone?

I then got this crazy idea to stay later to go to the Wildstar party and meet Elizabeth Cardy aka Elixabethclaire and Martin Kerstein. We met and I hung out with Liz the entire night. Holy crap, she’s awesome! We are very alike and got along great. If you ever get a chance to hang out with her, DO IT! You will not regret it. She’s just as amazing in person as she is online. Martin as well. Martin is one of the CM’s at ArenaNet that actually inspired me to get into Community Management. I had my little fangirl moment meeting him, but I feel like I handled myself well. He was quite flattered and happy to hear that I appreciated his style of community management. We all had a bit of a conversation about community management and one thing Martin said really stuck out. He said that there are just some things that cannot be taught with community management and one of them is empathy for people. I found that this was so true with what happened to me next.

I am a little too excited about this, can you tell?

I am a little too excited about this, can you tell?

By that time, I had missed all the trains and the next one didn’t come til 3am. I hung out with Aidan after Liz and Martin went to bed. Then about 2am, I started to fade. I didn’t think I could make it to 3am let alone navigate my way back to den Haag through two foreign countries on 3 hours of sleep. It was not going to happen.

This is where Aidan came to my rescue. He truly lived up to the title Community Manager and he truly exemplified what Martin was saying about empathy. He tried to find me a place to stay, going as far to look for hotels. He finally found a guy, Kevin, who had a spare bed in his room that I could sleep in. I couldn’t believe it. It was amazing. I had never have someone bend over backwards like that in such an extreme manner, especially not someone who worked for a super popular gaming company. I often say that Guild Wars 2 has the best community, I can now say they have the best Community Managers as well. Not enough words to describe how wonderful it was and how grateful I am.

I got a really good night’s sleep and woke up at 11:30am. Best sleep I’ve gotten since I’ve been here.

I went downstairs intending to leave and saw Kevin who introduced me to a bunch of gamers. I hung out with them for quite a while and finally got a hold of Aidan to say goodbye. I got into a discussion of politics which I actually enjoyed for once. It was very enlightening and I came out feeling better than I ever have discussing politics in my own country.

Then it started raining and we all parted ways. It was an amazing time and an awesome experience. It had it’s ups and downs, but overall, I feel like the experience came out on a high note.

I am so grateful for the gaming community and all of the people I met who helped this bumbling Californian find her way through two foreign countries, even though she put herself in those situations to begin with. Sometimes we do stupid things, but there are always people out there who won’t judge us for our stupidity and help us regardless of it. Those people are wonderful and some of them even work at one of my favorite gaming companies ever.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Vote for my Guild Wars 2 Screenshot contest entry!

So I entered a screenshot in the contest and would greatly appreciate if people could vote for my submission. I’d love to be able to win the headset, mousepad, and mouse. I really only need the mouse and headset so I would probably pass the mousepad on to someone else. Cause that’s just how I roll.

Also, it seems like everyone who won a beta key and passed on it, passed on the goodies for GW1 as well so we shall be having another contest somewhat shortly. I love contests! This will be fun ^_^ If I made an error of this and any of you want your prizes (I know who won so no trying to trick me!) let me know. I probably won’t come up with the contest until the end of this week.

Anyway, here”s the link to vote for my screenshot. I will get a real blog up her ein the next few days or so. https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2?v=app_143248392411883&app_data=m_58079%3D%257B%2522submission_id%2522%253A135579%257D

Thanks! ^_^

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Guild Wars 2, Uncategorized

 

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UPDATED: Announcing the winners of the contest!

So after a long and grueling process (of like 10 mins), I have chosen the winners. I have a surprise, though. There will now be winners since I scored an extra beta key. This means the GW1 prize will be split in 3 as well (unless you don’t want yours then I’ll just split it in 2). Also, if you don’t need the beta key, let me know and I’ll give it to someone else who I was going to choose.

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! The winners are:

Amy with her wonderful Fishmonger Scipio’s Seafood Stew. Very creative and hilarious commentary. Loved it!

Meancheez with his Quaggan Kelp Braids. I loved how you tied the lore into it (and Quaggan are some of my favorite creatures in GW2). It was wonderful reading your entry.

Zerogrifter with his hilarious Mursaat Mojito. The commentary about doing it right or wrong is what did me in. Haha.

Congratulations everyone! You all did a really good job and it was super tough picking this. I really wish I had more keys because man, this was tough. I had like 2 or 3 more I wanted to give prizes too, but sadly, I didn’t get anymore keys. Maybe next time.

Thank you all so much for entering and as for the winners, let me know the best way to contact you and I will send you your keys. Also, put your in game name here in the comments and we’ll arrange to meet some time in Guild Wars 1 for your in game rewards (although keep in mind if you want them before the BWE, you will have to get them tonight since I will not be available all weekend).

Update: Meancheez has said he ended up getting 30/50 and bought the game. He has generously given his prize away so I picked the 4th place winner to receive it 🙂

The new winner is Algorab with their Moa tagliata. Regardless of Rick Rolling me, I really enjoyed the picture and the way you tied it into the game as a traditional recipe.

If anyone knows how to contact the other two winners, please let me know. I can’t find a way to contact them. I’d like to get their keys by tomorrow. Thanks!

 

I will be checking this tomorrow before the BWE and I will be awake until around 12am PDT. I will constantly be checking for updates. I might not check after the BWE starts, though. But if you know someone in the game, my in game name will be Dragonof Chaos.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Contests, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2

 

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Watch this space

In the words of ArenaNet on Reddit, “watch this space”. There will be something coming up soon that I think people will like 🙂 Just waiting on an email. If that doesn’t pan out, there will still be something here..just keep tuned. In the meantime, there will be a non mysterious blog post soon ^_^

 

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Guild Wars 2, Mysterious

 

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The Year of the Dragon!

Dragonof Chaos, beta edition.

So back in the beginning of the year, we were told by Mike O’Brien that we would be getting Guild Wars 2 this year. (my reaction detailed here: http://moosefaces.blogspot.com/2012/01/year-of-dragonof-chaos-rawr.html)

Everyone was ecstatic! We all went crazy! We hoped that day would come sooner rather than later.

Well that day will finally be arriving.

It was announced on Thursday (as some predicted it would be) that we will see Guild Wars 2 on our computers on August 28th! (August 25th for those who prepurchased like yours truly).

Twitter exploded. Facebook exploded. I’m sure Reddit and all the other sites exploded as well. Everyone is over the moon because of this announcement (myself included).

We also got  news that there was going to be a 3rd and final beta event. This event will be happening on July 20th-22nd. So over a month from the last BWE (Beta Weekend Event). I’m fine with that. It falls perfectly on my anniversary  with my boyfriend (it’s the 20th if you’re wondering). We were thinking of going out if we had money, but this works out a lot nicer! (woot! Date night in Tyria!)

So now the countdown begins. We’ll have to see what the next BWE holds. It might hold some surprises (it was hinted that we finally might see the Asura or Sylvari or both!!) but it will definitely be  fun!

I look forward to it and I will see you all in Tyria! 2 months!!! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Guild Wars 2

 

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