User:Gaile Gray

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About Me


Hello! I'm Gaile Gray, Communications Manager for ArenaNet Communications, and this is my page. Thanks for stopping by.


  • What's your history with ArenaNet? I started with ArenaNet in September 2000. Today, I am Employee #2, after Mike O'Brien, our president. I was thrilled when the ArenaNet Co-Founders -- Mike, Pat, and Jeff -- reached out to me to invite me to join the team. The fact that ArenaNet looked at community relations as a critical part of their company, and not as something that could be added just before the release of a game, was refreshingly different. A continued interest in and novel level of community input and engagement remains a cornerstone of ArenaNet to this day. Of course, joining so early means I was answering fan letters and working on communications long before Guild Wars was even announced. All and all, I've been interacting with players, liaising with the dev team, and communicating about the company and the game for 18 years, and I'm still as excited about my job as I was in the early days.


  • What did you do/do you do now? I started as Community Relations Manager. Then, between April 2008 and September 2014, I served as Support Liaison, a player advocate and "bridge" between the development team and our support teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. In September 2014, I was selected to be the Forums Team Lead. While I still manage our GW2 forums and the moderation team, my duties have expanded in several ways -- including developing much of our public-facing messaging; monitoring player feedback and relaying it to the dev team; hosting Community Showcase Live, a livestream about fanart; traveling to and engaging at fan events; and more -- and that resulted in my being given my current title of Communications Manager.


  • Messaging: You can leave me a message any time on my talk page or drop me an email through the GWW email system. While my time in Guild Wars is more limited these days, since I'm most actively working on communication and engagement for Guild Wars 2, I am in GW2 virtually every evening on my play account, which is flagged with the ArenaNet icon. I hope you'll feel free to say "howdy" any time. (Of course, please keep in mind that I cannot help expedite your customer support ticket, hand out gold, or implement your excellent suggestions. :) )
In Tyria


Playing I have a lot of accounts in both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. Some are for work, some are for playing, and, inveterate pack rat that I am, quite a few are for storage. I think I have pretty close to 50 characters, although most have not completed all the GW campaigns or made Level 80 in GW2. I admit that I am very impressed by those who have dozens of max-level characters -- that sort of passion and dedication is inspirational!


My Characters Here are some of my Guild Wars characters:

Ranger-icon-small.png Gaile Gray -- My main girl for visiting with players
Ranger-icon-small.png Wintersday Gaile -- Item bearer for my favourite holiday
Ranger-icon-small.png Gaile Gray Holiday -- For Halloween and other holiday items
Warrior-icon-small.png Critter Collector -- Babysitter for my Miniatures
Assassin-icon-small.png Critter Keeper Too -- Back-up caregiver for more minis
Paragon-icon-small.png Dyekiesha Joie -- Storage for dyes and keys
Necromancer-icon-small.png Runetomei Escrollia - Storage for runes, tomes, and scrolls
Mesmer-icon-small.png Windy Gaile -- Bow Collection Storage
Elementalist-icon-small.png Gailes Collection -- Storage for special collectible items I like to keep
Ritualist-icon-small.png Gaile Gray Cantha -- For visits requiring political neutrality :)
Paragon-icon-small.png Gaile Gray Elona -- Couldn't wait to make a Paragon
Monk-icon-small.png Keeper O The Greens -- She who stores all Unique Bows
Ranger-icon-small.png Party Thyme -- Collector of all things for the Party Animal, and more


The Frog I am fortunate to have a very special friend in Guild Wars, a native Tyrian "older than the cobblestones of Lion's Arch." You'll find his portrait at the top of this page, each modeling his various looks: The Frog, The Halloween Frog, The Wintersday Frog. The Frog and I have been buddies for years, and we still are the closest of friends. In fact, my amphibian friend was a major part of the strangely-named Farewell to Gaile event. I say "strangely named" because, well, since I never left, a farewell party was a little unusual, albeit very, very fun. To be clear, I did change roles back when the party took place, but as you can see from the comments to the left, I'm still very much with ArenaNet, just as Froggie is still, very much, an important part of my fun in Tyria.

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Some of my Personal Guild Wars Projects


Miniatures:
I really adore the Guild Wars miniatures. You can see my little family at the top, center, and bottom of this page, all lined up in alphabetical order. I have some birthday gifts I haven't opened, and I'm hoping I can flesh out that set by doing that, for my dream is to have the full set. That's not terribly likely -- about a likely as FoW freezing over -- but you have to have goals in life. :)

Special thanks to everyone who has helped me over the years with pet collecting -- I really appreciate all those who have helped the family grow!


Bows!
If Miniatures are an interest, so is my love of the Ranger bow. (I celebrated the date bows were (finally!) added to the game by baking the entire team my Triple Chocolate Brownies of Death.) I am focusing on the Greens and Golds, and to the right is a listing of what I have so far (with thanks, again, to many friends who have helped me build this collection over the years.


Game Titles: I don't have nearly enough game titles, but I am still proud of the fact that in December 2009, my main character on my work account simultaneously reached the topmost levels of Party Animal and Sweet Tooth. Oh happy day! These were great fun, especially since they were a group project with so many friends I've met in the game. I intend to gain other titles, as time allows.


My Bow Collection

Golds:

  • Amber Longbow
  • Ancient Flatbow
  • Ancient Hornbow
  • Ancient Longbow
  • Ancient Shortbow
  • Aureate Longbow
  • Azure Recurve Bow
  • Azure Shortbow
  • Bladed Recurve Bow
  • Bramble Flatbow
  • Bramble Longbow
  • Bramble Recurve Bow
  • Bramble Shortbow
  • Caged Shortbow
  • Celestial Longbow
  • Composite Bow
  • Dead Bow
  • Destroyer Flatbow
  • Destroyer Shortbow
  • Destroyer Recurvebow
  • Destroyer Hornbow
  • Destroyer Longbow
  • Dragon Hornbow
  • Eternal Bow
  • Feathered Flatbow
  • Feathered Longbow
  • Flatbow
  • Forked Hornbow
  • Grinning Recurve Bow

Golds:

  • Half Moon
  • Hornbow
  • Ironwing Flatbow
  • Ivory Bow
  • Jade Longbow
  • Longbow
  • Maplewood Longbow
  • Naga Longbow
  • Oaken Recurve Bow
  • Plagueborn Recurve Bow
  • Platinum Longbow
  • Recurve Bow
  • Shadow Bow
  • Shortbow
  • Skull Flatbow
  • Skull Hornbow
  • Skull Longbow
  • Skull Recurve Bow
  • Skull Shortbow
  • Spiked Recurve Bow
  • Stoneshard Hornbow
  • Storm Bow
  • Sturdy Recurve Bow
  • Tormented Longbow
  • Turtle Shell Longbow
  • Undead Flatbow
  • Undead Hornbow
  • Undead Longbow
  • Undead Recurve Bow
  • Undead Short Bow
  • Vabbian Longbow
  • Vabbian Flatbow
  • Wooden Longbow
  • Zodiac Longbow

Greens:

  • Ahvha's Longbow
  • Ashlyn's Shortbow
  • Arachni's Longbow
  • Bolten's Recurve Bow
  • Benwah's Recurve Bow
  • Bow of the Hierophant
  • Chehbaba's Longbow
  • Chiggen's Shortbow
  • Chkkr's Flatbow
  • Custo's Hornbow
  • Deatheater Longbow
  • Deldrimor Flatbow
  • Deldrimor Longbow
  • Deldrimor Shortbow
  • Destructive Hornbow
  • Drago's Vampiric Flatbow
  • Droknar's Hornbow
  • Droknar's Longbow
  • Droknar's Recurve Bow
  • Dzabel's Hornbow
  • Elswyth's Longbow
  • Elswyth's Recurve Bow
  • Emeju's Longbow
  • Forgotten Flatbow
  • Forgotten Longbow
  • Forgotten Recurve Bow
  • Gargash's Recurve Bow
  • Graygore's Shortbow
  • Ironwing Flatbow
  • Ironwing Longbow
  • Jin's Hornbow

Greens:

  • Johon's Longbow
  • Kaolin Longbow
  • Koren's Hornbow
  • Korg's Recurve Bow
  • Lorelle's Longbow
  • Mallyx's Longbow
  • Mallyx's Recurve Bow
  • Meynsang's Longbow
  • Nandet's Recurve Bow
  • Nooseknitter's Flatbow
  • Petraj's Recurve Bow
  • Razortongue's Recurve Bow
  • Rotwing Recurve Bow
  • Ryver's Shortbow
  • Stinger
  • Stoneherder's Flatbow
  • Stygian Recurve Bow
  • Tenezel's Shortbow
  • Thornbeard's Horned Bow
  • Tundoss' Shortbow
  • Uhiwi's Shortbow
  • Urgoz's Flatbow
  • Urgoz's Longbow
  • Urgoz's Shortbow
  • Vah's Hornbow
  • Wintergreen Bow
  • Xalnax's Destiny
  • Zelnehlun's Longbow
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My favorite thing



Favorite Thing:

I sometimes am asked what my favorite thing is in Guild Wars. Well, aside from the real-world and in-game pleasure of hanging out with players, there are many things I love: the beauty of the world, the amazing variety of character customizations, the music, the lore, the gameplay... But there is one thing that leaps to mind when I consider my favorite things, and that is the festivals. I remember our first Halloween festival, and how amazed I was -- as all players were! -- by the whole experience. The team was small in those days, and yet they did so much! I remember sitting quietly on a hill in Lion's Arch, just soaking up the mad moon sky, the floating ghosts, the gleaming cauldron, the music, the sounds... it was sublime then, and festivals have owned a special place in my heart ever since.
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