Points of Interest (show)

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Points of Interest, your source for all things Tyrian!

Introducing Points of Interest

Points of Interest was a PvE-oriented livestream show produced by ArenaNet and hosted by Rubi Bayer. The show was streamed live biweekly on Fridays at noon Pacific time on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel, on opposite weeks of the PvP-oriented livestream show Ready Up. PoI has been replaced by Guild Chat.

Episodes were presented in a talk show format, with the host discussing the episode's primary topic with usually two ArenaNet developer guests. The primary topic usually involves PvE or Living World aspects of the game. The show also covered the Guild Wars 2 gaming community, and each episode featured some fan artwork submitted through the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr. Additionally, each episode often ended with a segment "PvP 101" featuring Hugh Norfolk, which is intended to be an introduction to PvP topics for non-PvP players.

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1 June 20, 2014 We're happy to introduce our new livestream show: Points of Interest, your source for all things Tyrian! Join our host Kate Welch and designers Leif Chappelle and Theo Nguyen as they take a look back at Season 1 of the Living World. YouTube
2 July 6, 2014 In the second episode of #GW2PoI, Kate Welch, Theo Nguyen, and Angel McCoy talk over Gates of Maguuma! Summary
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3 July 18, 2014 Kate, Josh Foreman, Tami Foote, and Peter Fries are joined by Bill Murphy from MMORPG.com to check out the latest episode of Guild Wars 2's Living World, Entanglement. Summary
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4 August 1, 2014 Kate Welch is joined this week by Isaiah Cartwright and Angel McCoy to talk about The Dragon's Reach: Part 1 episode of the Living World. And Bill Murphy from MMORPG.com files questions from the fans! Summary
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5 August 15, 2014 Kate, Peter, and Leif look back on The Dragon's Reach: Part 2. Summary
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6 September 5, 2014 Rubi Bayer, Evan Zynda, and Josh Galvin dig into what’s new in the trading post that will be available on the September 2014 Feature Pack coming 9/9. Summary
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7 September 26, 2014 The Points of Interest: Episode 7 livestream was exceptionally live from Eurogamer Expo in London! Rubi was joined by Elisabeth Kerstein and they took a look at one of the things about Guild Wars 2 that makes it fun: Community gameplay. From water balloon fights to world boss chests that have something for everyone inside, Episode 7 of Points of Interest is all about how Guild Wars 2 is designed for everyone to enjoy it together. Summary
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8 October 10, 2014 Game Designer Teddy Nguyen and Content Designer Leah Rivera are in with Rubi to talk about the creation of dynamic and meta events in Guild Wars 2. In between there are plenty of laughs–the fun of a live environment! Summary
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9 October 24, 2014 The return of Living World Season 2 is almost upon us! Game Director Colin Johanson joins Episode 9 of Points of Interest to talk about where Season 2 is headed. Summary
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10 November 7, 2014 Season 2 resumed on Tuesday and there’s a lot of exciting content to play through. Points of Interest is back this week with talk about Echoes of the past! Rubi’s spends some time with Guild Wars 2 Lead Writer Bobby Stein and Designer Byron Miller for a behind-the-scenes look at making this Living World episode. YouTube
11 November 21, 2014 Teddy Nguyen and Peter Fries were part of the Tangled Paths team, so they’re on hand to talk about what went into the creation of this episode. Hugh Norfolk officially kicks off PvP 101, the new Points of Interest feature that introduces Living World players to basics of Guild Wars 2 PvP-including all of the Living World rewards. YouTube
12 December 5, 2014 We’re venturing into Caithe’s past this week to track down her motive for taking Glint’s egg, which gives us a lot to talk about on Points of Interest. Leif Chappelle and Josh Foreman will be dropping by for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this update. Check out the latest in Guild Wars 2 fan projects, and see how Rubi’s faring on the PvP side in PvP 101 with Hugh Norfolk! YouTube
13 December 12, 2014 For the final Points of Interest of 2014, Rubi’s going on a guided tour of the new log-in reward and daily achievement systems. Guild Wars 2 Game Design Lead Mike Zadorojny and Gameplay Programmer Lester Bloom show off the new systems and share a behind-the-scenes tale or two from its creation. Hugh Norfolk is in to check Rubi’s PvP 101 homework as well as set up for some PvP over the holidays. YouTube
14 January 16, 2015 Points of Interest is back to kick off 2015! We’re preparing to head to San Antonio for PAX South, but in the meantime, we need to talk about season 2 and its explosive ending. Colin Johanson and Steven Waller are going to join me on PoI for an insider’s look at the creation of season 2. Hugh Norfolk will be on hand for the newest round of PvP 101. If you’ve been doing your homework along with me, then you’ve spent some time playing in Unranked Arena over the holidays. We’re going to talk about how that went and where to go from here. YouTube
15 February 5, 2015 Expansion Content Designers Steve Hwang and Anthony Ordon are joining me tomorrow on Points of Interest for our first look at Heart of Thorns gameplay! They’re venturing into the Maguuma Jungle to show you one of the adventures we heard about earlier this week. Plus, they’re discussing how some of the systems work. And last, Hugh Norfolk is back for another round of PvP 101. YouTube
16 February 11, 2015 Expansion Content Designer Nellie Hughes and Expansion Systems Designer David Webb chat about the Mastery system. We get an overview of how the system works and what it does, and we take a look at some of the Masteries in action. YouTube
17 February 20, 2015 Did someone say revenant? We heard you want to see the upcoming Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns profession in action, so this episode of Points of Interest is all about the revenant! YouTube
18 April 3, 2015 Lead Writer Bobby Stein and Narrative Designer Scott McGough stop by to talk about how they’re integrating story into every part of Heart of Thorns. They focus on storytelling, building on what we’ve created before and on what we’ve learned. Summary
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19 April 17, 2015 Game Designer Andy McLeod and Content Designer Matthew Medina join Rubi with a bunch of new information about the Itzel and Nuhoch. They talk about the creation and design that got these new allies into Heart of Thorns, get a first glimpse at some of the places where you’ll find them, and see them in action. Summary
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20 May 1, 2015 Game Designer Robert Gee joins Rubi with a first look at the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Chronomancer in action. YouTube
21 May 15, 2015 Game Designer Robert Gee joins Rubi with a first look at the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns reaper in action. Summary
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22 June 5, 2015 Game Developer Roy Cronacher is on hand to discuss Ventari and show you how the centaur legend will bolster your revenant’s support abilities in gameplay. Summary
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23 June 19, 2015 Josh and Rubi are joined by Link Hughes, Jon Peters and Jessica Boettiger to talk about all the aspects of Guild Halls. For more information, you can read 8 blog posts about this on the website. Summary
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24 June 26, 2015 Host Rubi Bayer is joined by Peter Fries and Josh Foreman for a guided tour of the recently rebuilt Lion’s Arch. They talk about designing and writing the city’s rebirth, and even help guide you to some nooks and crannies you may not have found yet! Summary
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25 July 10, 2015 Host Rubi Bayer is joined by Game Director Colin Johanson to discuss the Revenant and Stronghold Test Weekend. Other segments include: Josh Davis shows off the new Mist Champions for Stronghold; Sound Designers Drew Cady and Jerry Shroder demonstrate sound creation; Rubi interviews the creator of one of the winning Overwolf Guild Wars 2 App Contest entries; and Hugh Norfolk gives an overview of the Stronghold changes! Summary
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26 July 17, 2015 Rubi is joined by Roy Cronacher to talk about changes to the revenant class after last week's test and show off the new revenant legend, Shiro Tagachi. Josh Davis is also on hand to talk about the upcoming Golem Rush event in World vs. World. Summary
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27 July 24, 2015 Rubi is joined by Game Designer Karl McLain to show off the elementalist's elite specialization, the tempest. Summary
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28 August 7, 2015 This week Rubi is joined by Game Designer Joshua Diaz to show off the Central Tyrian Mastery line in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns and Colin talks about the Beta Weekend Event! Summary
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29 August 14, 2015 On this week’s Points of Interest, host Rubi Bayer is joined by Game Designer Roy Cronacher for an in-game look at the revenant’s elite specialization, the herald, and its skills, weapon, and traits. Summary
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30 August 21, 2015 On this week’s Points of Interest, host Rubi Bayer is joined by Robert Gee and Hugh Norfolk for an in-game look at the warrior’s elite specialization, the berserker, and its skills, weapon, and traits. Summary
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31 August 28, 2015 On this week’s Points of Interest, host Rubi Bayer will be joined by Karl McLain for an in-game look at the thief’s elite specialization, the daredevil, and its skills, weapon, and traits. Oh, and we announce the release date of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Summary
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32 September 4, 2015 On this week’s Points of Interest, host Rubi Bayer will be joined by Tyler Bearce for a closer look at guild objective claiming in World versus World! Summary
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33 September 11, 2015 This week’s Points of Interest features Guild Wars 2 Narrative Director Leah Hoyer on the menace of the Mordrem Guard, as well as a guest appearance by shoutcaster Jebro! Summary
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34 September 18, 2015 In this week’s Points of Interest, host Rubi Bayer is joined by Irenio Calmon-Huang for an in-game look at the engineer’s elite specialization, the scrapper, and its skills, weapon, and traits. Summary
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