Guild Wars




Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest

Previous Winner

Peter Walthuis, Netherlands

Players love new and special items, and we love including players in the creation of those items! We'd like to invite you to participate in our Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest, where you have an opportunity to submit your vision of a cool new weapon and to possibly see it become a permanent part of Guild Wars.

We are looking for creative and appealing new designs for all sorts of weapons: swords, axes, bows, hammers, spears, rods, wands, scythes, staves, and daggers. Not to be forgotten are the shields and focus items that are also used in combat. You may draw your design inspiration from any of the regions: Tyria, Cantha, or Elona.

To enter the contest, simply send us a drawing, sketch, or printed image of an original new weapon, shield, or focus item and submit it to us for judging. The prize? Up to twenty of the best designs will be placed permanently into the Guild Wars world, and the designers of these weapons will win website recognition and Guild Wars goodies, too!

Guild Wars Contest FAQ:

You may have questions about the contest rules, about eligibility, or about any number of things concerning this or future contests. Please check the new Guild Wars Contest FAQ for answers to those questions.

Official Rules and Conditions:

  • Print your weapon design on a sheet of paper no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches or 210×297 mm, and submit to one of the following addresses:

    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    ArenaNet Inc.
    10020 Main Street, #164
    Bellevue, WA 98004


    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    NCsoft Europe Ltd.
    Mocatta House, Trafalgar Place
    BN14DU, Brighton
    United Kingdom


    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    NCsoft Corporation
    Ok-san Bldg 15th Floor
    157-433, Samsung,dong,
    Kangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-900


    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    NC Taiwan Co., Ltd.
    6F-1 No.738 Chung-Cheng Rd
    Chung-Ho City, Taipei 235


    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    NCJapan K.K.
    Ebisu Business Tower 16F, 1-19-19, Ebisu
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013


    Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest
    Guild Wars Team [z1], Product Department
    Shanghai The9 Information Technology Co., Ltd
    Bldg 3, No. 690 Bi Bo Road, Zhang Jiang High Tech Park,
    Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 201203

  • On the back of the entry, clearly print your first and last name, your age, your email address, and your full mailing address (in English, please). Indicate if you wish to be recognized by your real name or your in-game "handle" if you are selected as a winner or honorable mention recipient.
  • The use of color in your submitted image is entirely your choice. A black and white entry is as likely to win as a color image.
  • Submit the weapon art only; do not use characters or backgrounds.
  • Each weapon, shield, or focus item will be created by the Guild Wars Art Team using a winning or honorable mention contest entry as a starting concept. The art included in the game may not be an exact duplicate of the winning entry.
  • The deadline for mailing entries is March 30. See below for additional details.
  • Any form of entry other than those described herein is void. Note: We cannot accept electronic entries for this contest.


Previous Winner

Michael Chang, USA
  • Prizes: Ten (10) winners will have their creations presented on the Guild Wars website and will receive one of the prizes below. (The total estimated retail value of all prizes will not exceed $800.) The prizes are as follows (prizes for Chinese winners may differ from those on this list):
    • 1st through 5th Prize: Those who receive 1st through 5th Place recognition will receive their choice of a copy of Guild Wars Nightfall (standard edition) signed by the Guild Wars Development Team or a full set of Guild Wars Skill Pin Set #1 or a PvP Unlock Pack. All 1st through 5th Prize winners will also receive a Guild Wars Nightfall t-shirt and a Guild Wars character slot. (Approximate retail value $75.00 each.)
    • 6th through 10th Prize: Those who receive 6th through 10th Place recognition will receive a Guild Wars Nightfall t-shirt and a Guild Wars character slot. (Approximate retail value $25.00 each)
  • Up to ten (10) Honorable Mentions may also be cited, at the discretion of the judges. Those who receive an Honorable Mention will be listed by name on the website, and their art may be incorporated into the game in the future. Contestants who are given Honorable Mention recognition will receive their choice of a Guild Wars Nightfall t-shirt or a code for a Guild Wars character slot. (Approximate Retail Value: $10.00 US each.)

General Conditions:

Previous Winner

Anthony Lopes, USA
  • One prize per person.
  • Originality: Entries must be the creation of the contestant and cannot be taken from any other source. Your submission must not infringe on any patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right, or any privacy, publicity or publishing rights of any third party, or be libelous, obscene or otherwise contrary to law. Please, no clip art, tracings, or art from other sources such as games, movies, or books.
  • Eligibility (age): As of January 31, 2007, North American contestants must be 13 years of age or older. Due to legal requirements, European contestants must be 18 year of age or older, or have a parent or guardian enter in the minor's name.
  • Eligibility (exclusions): Employees of ArenaNet Inc., NCsoft Europe Ltd., and NCsoft Corporation (collectively, "Sponsor"), and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, contractors, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies and members of the immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) or households of such employees are not eligible.
  • Eligibility (location): Entries will be accepted from residents of North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. (US Exceptions: the State of Rhode Island, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, military installations and commonwealths. Canadian Exceptions: Quebec. Canadian residents will be required to answer an additional mathematical question in order to claim their prize.)
  • Prize: There are up to twenty (20) prizes available. Each winner will have an image of his/her project posted on the official website soon after judging takes place. In addition, winners will receive prizes as outlined in the Prizes section above.
  • Judging: Entries will be judged equally on the basis of creativity, style, and originality.
  • Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 30, 2007, and must be received at one of the above-named offices by April 9, 2007. Entries submitted to our partner offices in Europe and Asia will be relayed to ArenaNet for judging on or before April 13, 2007.
  • Announcement: Winners will be announced on or before May 15, 2007. If a winner cannot be contacted at the email address they submitted, or is contacted and does not respond by signing and returning to us for our receipt within the time indicated on the documents, an Affidavit of Eligibility (or, in Canada, a Declaration of Compliance with Contest Rules) and Liability/Publicity Release, or refuses or is ineligible to accept a prize, the prize may be awarded to the next highest ranking entrant on or about May 31, 2007. Any prize not claimed by one alternately chosen winner will not be awarded. Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of prize for cash or other goods and services is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of approximately equal value. Taxes on prizes (including, without limitation, income or withholding taxes or duties), if any, are the sole responsibility of the individual winners. If a winner is under 18 or a minor in his or her state/province/country of residence, his or her parent or guardian must also sign the applicable release and documentation.
  • By entering the Guild Wars Design-A-Weapon Contest, (a) you agree to all of the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and Conditions, (b) you warrant that your entry is your own original work and that it does not violate any rights of any third party, (c) you assign and agree to assign to Sponsor all rights, title and interest, including, without limitation, copyright, in or to your entry, (d) you agree that Sponsor may post your user or forum name (or real name) and hometown on Sponsor's website and in any and all publicity and advertising for Sponsor, this Contest or other promotions by Sponsor without any further attribution, notification or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law, (e) you agree to be contacted by Sponsor or its agents by telephone, mail or e-mail, and (f) you agree to sign the documentation set forth in the announcement section immediately above (and have your parent or guardian sign such documentation where applicable or requested by Sponsor). Entries become the property of ArenaNet and will not be returned.
  • Sponsor cannot be held responsible for any lost, late, incomplete, incorrect, unintelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected entries, which will be void. Sponsor is not responsible for hardware or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections. Use of a false name, username, mailing address or e-mail account will disqualify an entry and the individual who submitted the entry. Use of obscenities, racist, sexist, hateful or other material or depictions that, in Sponsor's judgment, are inappropriate or offensive, will disqualify an entry. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, can disqualify from this contest and any other contest conducted by Sponsor, any person who, in Sponsor's reasonable suspicion, tampers with the entry process or the operation of the web site, or who otherwise violates these rules or any part of the Guild Wars User Agreement. Sponsor has the right to terminate, suspend or modify this contest, in whole or in part, at any time and without prior notice, if, in Sponsor's judgment, the contest is altered, corrupted or cannot be completed as planned due to any conditions beyond Sponsor's control, or at Sponsor's reasonable discretion. Incomplete entries are invalid, and entrants with incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  • Judges will be comprised of members of the ArenaNet staff. The decisions of the judges will be final.
  • This contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law.
  • Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may edit and modify any submission before posting. Sponsor and its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns are not in any way responsible or liable for damages, loss or injury resulting from participation in this contest or acceptance, loss or use of any prizes awarded in this contest. You further agree that in any cause of action, Sponsor's liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the contest, and in no event shall Sponsor be liable for attorney's fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the State of Washington, without respect to any conflict of law issues, and entrant agrees that such shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the U.S. Federal and State Courts of King County, Washington, U.S.A. You assume sole liability for injuries, including personal injuries and/or damage to property or prize, caused or claimed to be caused by participating in this contest or the acceptance, loss, shipment, or use of any prize awarded. Sponsor is not responsible for any failure to contact entrants, whether due to technical or human error. All of Sponsor's decisions regarding the application and interpretation of the rules are final.

© 2007 ArenaNet Inc. All rights reserved. NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall, Nightfall, ArenaNet and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.