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Hi John. Welcome to the wiki<3!! ~ KurdUser Kurd sig.png 09:38, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks Kurd! I am slowly learning the ins and outs here... and sometime soon I hope to hook up a little tag icon and turn my name blue so that I don't stick out like such a sore thumb. <( ^_^)> John Hargrove 15:25, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
The sysop team is a good place to turn to for help. The wiki grows on you, you'll have the hang of it before too long. I'll help where-ever I can. — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 20:34, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
Feel free to ask any time John, also, for basic wiki editing stuff, our Help center has lots of links to answers. --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 20:38, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the notes Wyn! I think all I need to do now is figure out how to get my name in a neat color & font! - John Hargrove User John Hargrove sig.png talk 22:55, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
Testing! Testing! 1... 2... 3... [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:48, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
Testing! Testing! 1... 2... 3... 4... [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:55, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
Seems you've got it :D But there is a shorter way to write your sig code I think....--Wyn's Talk page Wyn 08:58, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
Try [[User:John Hargrove| <span style="font-family:Georgia;color:#990000">'''[John Hargrove]'''</span>]] [[Image:User John Hargrove sig.png]] <small>[[User_talk:John Hargrove|<font color="#990000">'''''talk'''''</font>]]</small> --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 09:02, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
Using the new code now - thanks Wyn! [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:03, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
P.S. I picked Georgia as my font because it's my old home state! :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:20, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
I like it, looks good. The code for your sig looks as long as mine X) — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 23:30, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
You win John, your's is the longer sig. Mine is 212, yours is 224 characters long X) — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 23:32, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
New guy, yay Hello and welcome. Pumpkin pie User Pumpkin pie sig.jpg 08:03, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Pumpkin Pie! Oh, and just so you know... I can recall being very happy way back in the day when you updated your icon on Guru for a while to use the Pumpkin Pie art after the item first came out in game! I'm glad to see you still use it here. :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 20:20, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

PvE Bonus Weekends.. Please?

moved from User talk:Linsey Murdock and User talk:John Stumme


I have been noticing lately that almost all the Login announcements have been about PVP rewards (GvG Double-Reward Weekend, Arena Bonus Weekend ect) so I went to the ArenaNet:Login screen announcements/Archive and noticed that of the last 30 messages (not counting Account safety messages and stuff like that) about 20 of the last 30 messages were PVP orientated.. and most of the ones that were for PVE were liekly only there because a real Holiday (Haloween, New years, St Patric's dayect..)

Needless to say, that is a bit unbalanced

I don't know about many of the other people who post here on this talk page, but I for one don't play the PVP game, and would like to see more weekends that are geared towards the PVP content... (Double Faction points, Improved Drop rates, Double XP or Gold, ect)

So... I suppose my whole point in this post would be to ask the powers that be if we could get some more PvE Oriented Bonus Weekends... Please?

Zaora Amur 04:06, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

The weekend events are relatively balanced. Since January there have been 6 PvE based weekends, and 9 PvP based weekends. With the upcoming birthday celebration that is a 5 day event, I think over all it's been a pretty good balance of things.
--Wyn's Talk page Wyn 04:11, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Well.. As the events on the Login screen announcements/Archive page aren't dated, Its hard for me to look at a time period.. However, as I said.. of the passed 30 "events", and again, not counting other types of announcements, 17 are Pvp (miscounted the first time) and according to that same list there have only been 4 Pve Events since Haloween (Special Items This Weekend, Pve Double XP for elite captures and double green item drop rate, Canthan New Year!, Double Sunspear & Lightbringer Points, Halloween Is Back)
There is the possibility that the list is missing somethings or that you and I have different ideas on what a "PvE" Event is.
Zaora Amur 04:28, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
See Weekend events --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 04:30, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Oooh.. Well THAT puts a new spin on the counting I was doing! That looks much more even than the impression I was getting from that other page... Aside from march every month has had two PvP and Two PvE.. I stand corrected. ;)
Zaora Amur 04:37, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
John does the ordering of the Weekend events and he always makes sure that PvE and PvP are properly represented. Archive this to questions pl0x. - User Linsey Murdock sig.jpgLinsey talk 06:50, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
"pl0x" - Linsey Murdock.
Best dev quote ever. User Raine R.gif Raine - talk 09:27, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
I hope i moved it to the right John ~ KurdUser Kurd sig.png 09:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
It beats me why there jsut isn't a PvE event at the same time as a PvP event and vise versa... there is enough playerbase that everyone is happy... when theres double faction in PvP make double faction in PvE... when there's green drops in PvE make extra Balth in PvP... etc etc etc... 12:59, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Maybe because then the events would be too frequent? User Xelonir sig.pngXelonir 15:14, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Nope, wrong John. It was Hargrove you were looking for... - User Linsey Murdock sig.jpgLinsey talk 17:12, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
fixed ~ KurdUser Kurd sig.png 09:38, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
Events too frequent? shoot I'd love if there was a new event everyday! ohh wait... Zquests... my bad 18:48, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Is there any talk of new types of weekend stuff aside from the usual double <insert title here>? perhaps a Party Time? =D --adrin User Adrin ecto sig.png 10:31, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
Oy, I'm still too big of a wiki noob to keep up with all of this! I will say though, for the record, that I don't believe there is a % breakdown of PvP weekends vs. PvE weekends that would please everybody (although I try to shoot for about 50/50), but I think we are taking a strong step towards alleviating some of this tension with the introduction of the Zaishen Challenge Quests next week since they let you choose whatever you're interested in doing that day. If you guys still disagree after next week, then feel free to harass me more! :) John Hargrove 03:15, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
Meh, John.. they'll harass you anyway, inviting them to do so isn't necessary. :D By the way, I think Linsey intended this to be archived in HER questions archive, not moved, but good try anyway :D --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 14:41, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

[I'm reseting the indent.. I previewed and my text was smooshed. xD] In response to the original message, it's actually been the same for years. If you check the archives for weekend events there's only ever 1 PvE event per month, on exception of Holidays and Special Events. You can't really have PvE events every weekend. The economy is always unbalanced but it's mostly due to the players. If every weekend there was a double item drop or increased bonuses for titles, it's only going to cause a market flood. Think back, if you were here, for when they switched favor of the gods from Hall of Hero wins to max titles. A few weeks later they held a Double Sunspear/Lightbringer points weekend and the "remaining favor" time built up to 3 months [which they reset back to zero after a few weeks]. Plus, most of the time, when a PvE weekend is done, it's something people look forward to, if it happened every week it would lose its spark. PvE weekends other then Exp Gain or Title farming weekends usually drop consumable items. Titles/Achievements tied to those items are supposed to be hard to get. That's the whole point of getting it and showing it off. If event were held weekly then those achievements would mean nothing and held by everyone. :S --Magic 03:15, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

wat up john

nicholas sandford is pretty cool. good idea. --adrin User Adrin ecto sig.png 10:17, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks Adrin! I'm just glad to see him and the Professor out in the world finally. :) John Hargrove 02:59, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
For the record, it was very difficult to not originally respond to this with "You think that's cool? Just wait until you meet him in post-searing!" - John Hargrove User John Hargrove sig.png talk 14:53, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
I can imagine. The wallpaper is also awesome sauce. Nice sig BTW! ~ KurdUser Kurd sig.png 14:57, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
WTS John a cool font. :) There are too many Jo(h)ns! I know 6 others. — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 22:37, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
Nicholas is such a cool addition to the game! I especially like how he isn't just a function, he has a story as well - and changing lore as well. The rewards are very exciting, something nice to do every week! Thanks for all the hard work! I look forward to seeing him in different locations throughout the GW world, places we don't normally spend time at. 08:49, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
Thanks much Mysterious User! Personally, I'm dying for him to move. I think this first week was a bit easy to locate him (given that he was in a screenshot and everything), so I'm going to look forward to future weeks where the chase scene lasts for longer. WTB Monday! :D - John Hargrove User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:00, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
Oh hey Kurd, I passed on your kudos on the wallpaper to Katy (the artist) btw! She's actually my sister, so it was pretty easy to let her know! - John Hargrove User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:24, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
Seriously? Your entire family is talented! ~ KurdUser Kurd sig.png


Hi John, I have a template worked up for you User:Wynthyst/Sandbox/3 it's a blatant rip off of Emily's new layout with a few tweaks, and a bit different code structure. Let me know if you like the colors, and I will finalize the template and you can figure out how you would like to fill it, and get your character images done. The template will create properly formatted links for you to upload them as soon as you add your character names. --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 05:22, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Thank you so much for putting this together for me Wyn! I know I've been bad by not trying it out yet, but I promise to give it a spin in the coming month or so! Now that I've hit GWAMM I think I should have a bit of extra time at home for some more leisurely activity on the wiki. Something tells me I may regret referring to it as "leisurely" though... XD [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:54, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
LOL! No worries John, I need to make the change to userboxes rather than builds for you, in the meantime you might want to check out User:Seru/User box templates to see a good selection of the userbox templates already available. It's a little outdated at this point, but is the best single visual collection of all of the templates there is. --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 08:58, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Future Weekend Events

Could you possibly consider doing a "Double Loot & Lockpicks", "Triple Experience Weekend", or especially a "Weekend to Dye For" in the next month or two? The weekend to dye for was quite fun.. but it's been a long while since we've had one.

  • Triple Experience Weekend -- 4 September 2007

Rack up levels and skill points beginning at Noon Pacific time (-7 GMT) on Friday, September 7, when you will receive triple experience for completing missions throughout Tyria, Cantha, and Elona, and completing repeatable primary quests in the Eye of the North expansion. This added boost will last until 11:59 PM (-7 GMT) on Sunday, September 9.

  • Weekend to Dye For - 12 June 2007

This weekend, your chances of getting a dye drop will triple across Tyria, Cantha and Elona. The bonus begins at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on Friday June 15th and runs through 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, June 17th.

Magic User Magic Signature Ico.jpg Talk 16:37, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

I'm pretty hesitant to run another "Weekend to Dye For" because the general reviews we heard on it weren't very positive, and plus I have been told by a few players that any weekend where other items drop (most holiday weekends) essentially double as "Weekends to Dye For" due to the large number of dyes coming into the economy from raptor farming, or whichever farm folks prefer to use for that weekend. I do think that it has been an awful long time since we did anything to boost XP though, especially for anything directly affecting heroes, so I might be able to see if there is somewhere to fit something akin to that into the rotation. You've probably noticed over the last 6-12 or so months that I've had a bit of fun trying to pair less popular weekend events together to try to make an amalgamation event that tends to be a little more favorable to folks overall. With that said, I should take another look to see where / if any of these could make such a combination! Anyway, I've probably rambled for long enough, so let me just end by thanking you for the feedback Magic! :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:48, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

L/K Event Announcement

Looks like someone forgot to update the announcement text for this weeks double-L/K-faction event ... the cost for Amber and Jadeite was increased from 1k to 5k quite a while ago ;) User Xelonir sig.pngXelonir 20:44, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the note Xelonir! I think we've got that fixed now. :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 22:52, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

So you are the one . . .

. . .keeping us running around for all those NPC's quest's. Big HI because they are big FUN. What is your favourite stuff ingame (not ness your own creations ;-). --Silverleaf Special:Contributions/SilverleafDon't assume, Know! 13:30, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Aside from all of the holiday events I think I am going to have to go with the Bonus Mission Pack, Random Arenas, Zaishen Bounty, Zaishen Combat, and the Zaishen Missions for stuff I didn't really work on much, but enjoy playing an awful lot! ...and "Yes!" I do rather enjoy making you guys (and myself) run around from week to week finding Nicholas! I've so far managed to make it to him every week for his stuff, and for the record, I have been very surprised at how quickly he has been found every week. I think I may have underestimated the collective on this one. :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 19:14, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
P.S. I am about 745 party points from joining Phoenix Helena in the GWAMM club! I'll see you there soon -> Nicholas has been helping me out a lot! < ( ^_^)> [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 19:21, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
I forgot one other big one! Presearing! I'm a big fan of presearing and the community that has been built up there over the years. [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:09, 5 June 2009 (UTC)


I just wanted to let everyone know that I finally reached GWAMM yesterday! Sure did take me long enough. I was able to spike 4 titles at once though (Drunkard / Sweet Tooth / Party / GWAMM) while the world was at 16/20 achievements towards favor, so I got to help finish off favor for the world too! :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 08:14, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

<3<3<3 CONGRATS! <3<3<3 --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 08:15, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
*Claps* I do believe congratulations are in order. Drinks all around! Congrats. :) — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 16:44, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
Oh John, I plan to top you, I wills...I'm thinking Sweet Tooth / all skill titles (elite tome + core elite = win) / party animal / GWAMM...maybe more if I am feeling epicer. ^^ Katherinezoltin 05:26, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
Just take a screenshot and share it if you do! (Come to think of it, this was actually my second spike of 4 titles! I also did Sunspear / Lightbringer / Elonian Vanquisher / Legendary Vanquisher a year to a year and a half ago! Back then I thought about waiting until I could also do the consumable titles, but in the end I was just too darn impatient!) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 07:34, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
bit l8 but well done :) --Nick123 20:04, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
On that note, is there any chance we may see another double party, sweet tooth, or drunk points weekend? The former two were done one time each, the last never. I'm curious if my holding cons for such a time is a waste of space :) 00:14, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
Resigning so I can find this ;D SarielV 20 x 20px 01:58, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
There are presently no plans to do another event that doubles the rate at which you achieve any of the consumable titles. We will of course continue to do some special drop weekends for holidays with items that help achieve these titles, but I think that we are extremely unlikely to ever do another double rate event. The main reason that we are unlikely to do so is actually for the reason "" mentioned, which is to say that they have the unfortunate side effect of encouraging us to horde up items in the hopes that another one may occur. My achieving GWAMM by spiking the 3 consumable titles should give you a pretty good indicator of just how serious I am about there not being another such event on the horizon! If I had any hopes of one, then I would have held out and spiked during the event weekend and sold off the rest! :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 19:13, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
"" was me. Thanks for the tip :) I guess I can clear out some pack space. SarielV 20 x 20px 10:35, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Yup yup, it's no problem! Thanks for stopping by! [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:25, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Your assistance....

....would be much appreciated here if you have anything else that can be added. Thanks. :) — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 18:48, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the linkage good sir! [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 01:34, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
No problem, thanks for responding. :) — Jon User Jon Lupen Sig Image.png Lupen 02:02, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks indeed. :) -- Azazel the Assassin/talk 02:46, 24 June 2009 (UTC)


Now your wiki page is right on the Anet employee page...that means you will get swamped soon enough. ^^ Katherinezoltin 21:19, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

*swamps page with unnecessary junk* You see me not! I sweareth! -- Azazel the Assassin/talk 02:44, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
lol lucky him --Nick123 19:07, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
Hey, random question. Do you know who made the new Dragon Festival mask? Because personally I'd like to thank that person. I love how beautiful it is when dyed AND how nice it looks normally. I've seen several versions of it and I have to say, there isn't a color that looks bad on it which is a rare thing with festival hats. That and I missed out on the first Dragon Mask so this improved one is a huge make up for it. ^^ Katherinezoltin 03:59, 6 July 2009 (UTC)
Sure thing Katherine!~> Hyojin Ahn did the original awesome concept piece for it, and then Susan drove it home by modeling it and making sure it was extra awesome by having it be dyeable. For a while we weren't 100% sure how well it was going to look dyed, but Susan was a believer and you can see the results now in game! :) [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 18:58, 6 July 2009 (UTC)
I hope by now that those two have enjoyed the very positive player response on the Imperial Dragon Mask. I've read many comments about it being someone's "favourite" or "one of the best yet" and I agree. I like it a lot! I normally just trash a mask after a visit to the hat maker and shell out the token 10g if I need it again, but this one is still sitting in my Ranger's equipment bag in case I feel like fishing it out at a moment's notice. :) -- WarBlade 00:26, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Nick has done some extra traveling

What happened to Nick this week? Was it Joe trying to program at four in the morning and not paying attention or what? Inquiring minds want to know. Katherinezoltin 23:36, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

My best guess is that Nick must have misplaced the directions we gave him that showed him how to get to the Citadel of Dzagon! You have to give the man credit though, he was able to make it to the Wilderness of Bahdza without any help, but as you could see, he had to wander around a bit until he found the Citadel... For next week we'll try putting a backup set of directions on Yakkington so that Nicholas has a spare in case he misplaces the other one again! XD [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 17:37, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Probably took the wrong boat from Kamadan. He was supposed to take the ferry to Kourna, not the ferry to the Tarnished Coast. *shakes head* Know your boat scheduals before you hop on! Katherinezoltin 23:55, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, it's like trying to navigate a city without knowing the bus routes! Well, hopefully Nicholas picks up the boat schedules quickly so that this never has to happen again. <( *-_-)> [John Hargrove] User John Hargrove sig.png talk 23:57, 12 August 2009 (UTC)