If you’ve ever been in an MMO where you’ve died under siege while your friends laughed at you, it’s either part of the fun or you need a better class of friends. Here’s your chance to have both: If you’ve created a Guild Wars 2 (GW2) account before November 6, you can invite up to three friends to join you for free, from November 15 through November 18.
As it happens, November 16 through November 18 is also the weekend of “The Lost Shores” special event.
It’s not a coincidence that those dates are timed to overlap. This event will give current players new content to explore along with their invited friends. This is a terrific way to introduce new players, giving everyone a fresh experience together rather than retreading familiar ground.
The invitations will be available on Monday, November 12, so you have this weekend to take bids and bribes from friends who are vying for a chance to play along with you (in a perfect world. In a less perfect world, you’ll be cajoling them).
For those potential newbies who’ve been curious about GW2 but reluctant to part with $60, here’s an opportunity for you to check it out. I honestly recommend starting out with a friend who can watch your back. Seriously, those moose are tougher than you’d think.
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