Anyone who is out and about in Guild Wars 2 can fall back on a large treasure trove of fancy weapons to put Tyria’s monsters to flight. Many of these items are a real feast for the eyes and a real prestige item that takes my hero to another (style) level. But something is missing: the contribution from the community, the ideas from fans – implemented as splendid 3D models. Such design-a-weapon contests were held twice during Guild Wars 1 (in the year 2005 and in the year 2007) and the results are still impressive: the iconic Exalted Aegis Shield, the popular Stubborn magic wand or also the Bone Dragon Staff. The latter has now also made it into modern Guild Wars 2, namely as a Gemstore item:




The Bone Dragon Staff is available in both Guild Wars 2 and its predecessor.  The weapon goes back to a Design-a-Weapon contest.



The Bone Dragon Staff is available in both Guild Wars 2 and its predecessor. The weapon goes back to a Design-a-Weapon contest.

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Guild Wars 2 has only had one gun contest so far

The developers have already shown that such community contests are still possible. In this way, three special weapon skins have made it into the game. The winners eines Design-a-Weapon-Contests were announced in December 2017. Your three items were made available in-game via special collections in August 2018:

Design competitions like this are a win-win situation

But that was more than two years ago – in Guild Wars 1 it was the perfect time to call another Design-a-Weapon contest. How about, for example, a contest that has Cantha as its theme? Finally, we’ll be returning to the Asian continent later this year with the End of Dragons expansion. Of course, the whole thing also represents an effort for the developers – in addition to the free design, they are also given the task of implementing it. But such an action also makes for great PR and shows players the feeling that they have a say in Guild Wars 2. Not just from angry memes affecting a balance patch.

What do you think? Should the developers implement ideas from the community again? Or should you rather rely on your own designs? Write to us in the comments!

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