Competition – The Spirit of Wintersday


Ho ho ho, and a very merry Wintersday to all!

The bells of Wintersday are chiming, and orphans all over Divinity’s Reach are looking forward to receiving gifts from Toymaster Tixx and generous heroes… even if these gifts contain ugly wool clothing! As for us heroes, we have a wealth of activities to enjoy, from trying out our musical talents in the Bell Choir, to “friendly” games of Snowball Mayhem, to the icy Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, to gleeful smashing in Toypocalypse.

We want YOU to celebrate Wintersday with us!
Quaggan misses Wintersday, foooOOOoo!

Wintersday arrives in Guild Wars 2 on Tuesday 13th December, and so to celebrate this, we at Dragon Season are hosting not one, but TWO competitions for you to participate in this holiday season. The theme of these competitions is “The Spirit of Wintersday“.

For the first competition, we would like you to comment below with a post about what The Spirit of Wintersday means to you. This could be a short story, a tale from your character’s perspective, a poem, or a carol, for instance. Why is Wintersday special to you? What do you enjoy about the festivities? What do you like to do during the holidays? As long as you stick to the theme of The Spirit of Wintersday, anything goes!

Confirmed: large norn love Wintersday

The second competition is a screenshot competition. We want to see your characters in their most festive attire! Action shots, scenery shots, pensive shots, drinking shots (please drink responsibly!), group shots, guild shots, dynamic shots… we want to see them all! Again, just make sure to stick to the theme of The Spirit of Wintersday, and let your creative side run wild!

Some tips for taking screenshots:

  •  Dec 8 MiniYou can hide the UI by pressing Ctrl-Shift-H, to get a cleaner image.
  • Make sure to have your character visible somewhere in the shot – we want to see them looking merry!
  • Once you’ve taken a screenshot you like, upload the image to an image-sharing site (like Imgur, for instance), then copy the direct link of the image provided and paste it in your comment below this post.

Dec 7 EleTwo competitions, two chances to win. But what about the prizes, I hear you cry?! Well good gracious me, you are all in for a treat! Toymaster Tixx has been hard at work, and with the generous support of ArenaNet, has sent us SIX Guild Wars 2 T-shirts (shown below, sizes S, S, M, L, XL, and XXL) to give away, as well as multiple codes for in-game items – Festive Hats, Mini Angry Wintersday Gifts, and a Snowflake Glider!

GW2 T-Shirts
Glorious Guild Wars 2 T-Shirts!

A few notes on the competitions:

  • Both competitions will run for two weeks, until the 24th of December, midnight UK time.
  • You can give an answer to both competitions in one post.
  • Alongside your answer, please let us know if you would prefer a T-shirt (which one and which size) or an item code.
  • We will be selecting winners randomly for each competition.
  • My personal favourite entry will win a code for the Snowflake Glider, and my next three favourites will each win a code for a mini Angry Wintersday Gift.
  • Both competitions are open to everyone, however…
  • Due to shipping costs, the physical rewards (T-shirts) are only available to those living within the EU. Sorry NA! The item codes are available to everyone.
  • Dec 8 Festive_HatYou can only win one prize, though my top four entries will win the bonus prizes listed above. There are 6 t-shirts and 5 Festive Hat item codes to win (and now, 5 copies of Talisman: Digital Edition), so everyone who enters has a good chance of winning!
  • Keep it clean. Any post I deem offensive will either be edited or removed.
  • Remember: stick to the theme of The Spirit of Wintersday!
  • If you have any questions, you can either post them below, or ask me on Twitter @TyrianTweets and @DragonSeasonCom, or email me: tyriantweets at gmail dot com

Good luck, have fun, and I hope everyone has a wondrous Wintersday!

But wait, there’s more! Whilst rummaging through the corners of my gift vault, I have discovered FIVE copies of Talisman: Digital Edition on Steam to give away (available to everyone!). Also, everyone who enters our competition is guaranteed a GW2 in-game mystery prize from me. Ugly wool clothing? Wintersday Gifts? Ectoplasm? Something more?! Who knows! Remember to say in your post which item (T-shirt / Festive Hat / Talisman: DE) you’d prefer to win.

36 thoughts on “Competition – The Spirit of Wintersday

  1. This competition is now closed! A huge thank you to everyone who entered. Your stories and screenshots are wonderful! I’ll draw the winners and get in contact with everyone soon. I have a busy time coming up with Christmas and family and moving house (and currently feeling super ill – great timing!), but will try to sort this out as soon as possible.

    I hope everyone has a festive Christmas!

    1. I’ve barely been at my computer in the past week. Feeling super ill ended up with me having bronchitis. I’m still fighting it off, and still have to move flat, so I’m still behind on this. Sorry to keep everyone waiting! I’ll get round to it as soon as I’m able to.

      Also, if you have entered and haven’t written which prizes you’d like, please let me know!

  2. Better late then never 🙂

    Decided to post this after all. What makes Wintersday special to me are the people I love all around me, family and friends. This screenshot I’m adding is just a perfect example 🙂

    Managed to finally get my Wintersday Tree on my second account. My Sylvari was already level 32 so the jumping puzzle in Orr was quite a challenge. Reaching Orr specifically, and I never would have managed without the help of some very special people. Thanks guys 🙂

    Happy Wintersday everyone

  3. Photo Contest :

    He is the hero Tyria deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we will hunt him. Because he can revive. Because he is not our hero. He is a silent thief, a toy exterminator. A Santa Knight.

    The Spirit of Wintersday :

    I honestly do not know what’s so special about Christmas. Perhaps the genesis of a symbol ? The end of a year and the vast possibilities that hide in the next one. What I do know is that these days are full of comfort, joy and love. I do not know anyone who hates this period. And this carries on Wintersday as well. Players throwing snowballs at you, apprehending angry vivacious princess doll, donating gifts to orphans. People forget the tiring farming of shiny armor or dragon hunting and simply … celebrate. They take a break from all the carnage and remember that having fun with friends is the most important thing in a virtual fantasy world.

    Happy Wintersday everyone and Happy New Year.

    PS. Rewards : In case of Shirt either M or L. In case of item, only festive hat as the rest I possess already (in which case I’ll happily donate it to another participant.

  4. hi :),

    I love taking screenshots so once i found this competition i jumped straight to it ^.^
    heres my screenie:

    um i also posted one on fb.. but forgot about it till now lol… pls rate this screenshot instead.

    Id prefer a Snowflake Glider or Mini Angry Wintersday Gift. Thanks 🙂

    -Nebula doll (diramira.8726)

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