Thought you were just playing Guild Wars 2 this weekend?

The big news we’re breaking now is that the bonuses for previous weekend events are available during the current Guild Wars anniversary celebration. It has been confirmed by ArenaNet — though it is not up on the official site yet — that all of the weekend event bonuses — numbering more than a dozen — are currently in-game.

ArenaNet has a load of activities — including a huge special bonus — already underway to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the original Guild Wars, which launched in North America on April 28, 2005.

These additional items make grabbing Guild Wars very tempting to all fans anticipating Guild Wars 2 who want to catch up on the Hall of Monuments. Remember you need Eye of the North to be able to take part in the HoM race!

So if you’re looking to get a leg up on your Hall of Monument achievements, now’s the perfect time to drop in and get to 30!

For the “normal” part of the celebration, players can visit NPCs in Lion’s Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar to try their hand at events like dodgeball and roller beetle racing.

Players can also get lots of cool drops, such as birthday cupcakes and bottle rockets, from creatures in the field, with the top prize — the Ranger pet Hound of Balthazar — being handed out by Ceira, Sworn to Fire in Embark Beach.

The Hound of Balthazar is, of course, is a tasty peek at Guild Wars 2. As if you needed yet another reason to dive into this celebration.

Your chance to get your Hall of Monuments full to the brim — through this Anniversary Celebration — runs from now until May 8.

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.