How to preserve your Guild Wars character name in Guild Wars 2

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Reserving your Guild Wars character name for use in Guild Wars 2 is easy: just log in to Guild Wars. Any "active" Guild Wars player -- meaning you've logged in since Jan 1, 2012 -- will have his or her name added to a list which will be active during GW2's Headstart Access period and launch day. During those periods, new players will not be able to claim your name.

The reserved list will be opened to the public sometime after launch day, so if you don't claim your name early, it'll be up for grabs. Also note that the list of reserved names will be generated before the Guild Wars 2 launch, so if you haven't logged in this year, make sure you do it soon to ensure that your name isn't left off. You wouldn't want to be stuck with "Wizardex," would you?

The full explanation of how name transfers will work is available in a post on the ArenaNet blog (opens in new tab) .

Tyler Wilde
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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.