Guild Wars Community Day 2004
July 9th 2004 - Page One of Three
This month, ArenaNet invited five of our top Guild Wars fansites to visit our office, meet the team, and get an up close and personal feel for the making of Guild Wars. Here is the tale of our first Guild Wars Community Day:
Our guests traveled to Bellevue, Washington from all over North America: Southern California, Toronto, Memphis, Northern California, and British Columbia. They included Joe Lay from The Guild Hall; Frank Messier from TheGuildWars.Net; Gerry Toews from RPG Stars; John Warson from Guild Wars OGaming; and Richard Yale from Guild Wars Warcry.
A few of the guests arrived in the early afternoon and checked into their hotel rooms; others arrived later in the day and joined us en route. We arranged for most of us to meet at the hotel, and after getting together in the lobby, we stepped into the stretch limousine that would take us to our first destination: The Renton Train Station. This old-fashioned station was where we boarded The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train for a night of gourmet food, Washington sight-seeing, and, of course, lots of talk about Guild Wars!
The Spirit of Washington takes a leisurely journey from Renton (south of the ArenaNet offices) north, across the historic Wilburton Trestle, to Woodinville. Along the way we enjoyed dinners of Prime Rib, Oven Roasted Breast of Chicken, or Cherry Smoke Roasted Salmon and shared a glass or two of celebratory champagne as we glided to our destination, the Columbia Winery.
Upon arrival at the Columbia Winery we took a brief tour and then visited the tasting rooms. The minutes flew by and in nearly the time you can say “Cabernet Sauvignon,” we were back aboard the train for the return journey to Renton. During the trip south, we enjoyed sumptuous desserts while watching the sun set over Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains. The limo met us at the train station and, in the cool Seattle evening, we glided north to Bellevue and the hotel.