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Neverwinter: Curse of Icewind Dale Release Date Announced!

17 April 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons … well, for a really long time now. First with the pen and paper basic red box, throwing around some dice with my buddies, then I picked up video games when they started coming out, starting with Pools of Radiance, and moving on down. I played Neverwinter Nights – the original one on AOL as well as BioWare’s version – one might say that I’m as familiar with Faerûn and Toril as I am with North America and Earth.

And next month, on May 13th, I’ll be able to wander into Icewind Dale once again! Continue Reading

World of Darkness Goes Dark

14 April 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

Another one bites the dust… this time before it’s even live. CCP announced this morning that it is halting all development on the World of Darkness MMO, and focusing its studio entirely upon the EVE franchise.  The 56 employees at the Atlanta studio that had been working on the MMO have lost their jobs due to the decision to cease development. Some have been offered positions elsewhere in the company, but for most, it’s time to put on the job-hunting hat.
CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson stated that it was a hard decision, but one that had to be made as they were falling regrettably short of their goal of making an engaging sandbox experience that transported the player fully into the World of Darkness.

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade – The Great Devourer

14 April 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

The new Warhammer 40k newsletter is chock full of cool stuff! New level designers have joined the team, some details on the founder’s program have been given, and the Tyranids have made their appearance, complete with WIP screenshots. I loves me some Tyr-hunting, and WIPs are always fun to look at, so this is a pretty cool update so far as I’m concerned!


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Neverwinter Infographic

27 March 2014 | 3 Comments » | Pherephassa

Neverwinter Curse of Icewind Dale is coming soon, and in anticipation fo the newest module, Perfect World and Cryptic have released a new infographic! I just love infographics, I really do. I always wish there were more information on them. Want to see a class breakdown, or the number of characters that have been created or killed in pvp? Click the little button below to see those factoids plus several more… Continue Reading

SMITE Live Today! LoreHound Has You Covered (Video)

25 March 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

SMITE, the battleground of the gods, has gone live! Hi-Rez Studios has officially launched the live version of SMITE, and are celebrating its release with a massive $200,000 tournament that will run from Friday, March 28th until Sunday, March 30th in Atlanta Georgia. Half of this prize money was earned via community purchases in the SMITE cash shop – which I think is pretty cool! The tournament includes four European teams and four North American teams that qualified through the weekly tournament series that began in early January, and will occur in front of a live audience. It will also be livestreamed worldwide on the SMITE twitch channel.

Need to catch up on the action of beta? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, we’ll be in attendance at the launch tournament. Be sure to follow the Lore Hound Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates! Continue Reading

On the Shores of Lanfar: Therian Sage Interview with Falkarma

13 March 2014 | 8 Comments » | Pherephassa

therianlanfarWhen I had a chance to sit down for a Q&A with Virtys about the Therian Saga the last time, I hoped I’d be able to catch them again soon. It looks like soon has come more quickly than I’d expected! The translations of the first expansion has finished and is slated for release tomorrow, so naturally I had a lot more questions to ask! As luck would have it, I was able to catch Francois Desrosiers, known in game as Falkarma, and get a few more answered.

One of these days I need to sit down and write up a more detailed review, now that I have spent more time in the game I can speak a little more intelligently about its depth. There really does seem like there’s no end to this game – the next land area is nearly here and I haven’t even scratched the starting one yet!

But you’re not really here to listen to me talk, so let’s move on with the show…

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LoreHound Exclusive: Therian Saga Interview

3 March 2014 | 3 Comments » | Pherephassa

I recently had the opportunity to play the Therian Saga, a browser-based asynchronous game released by indie game studio Virtys. I’m still quite enjoying it, as you might have expected from my earlier review. It is indeed proving to be as rich and complex as I’d had the impression it was, and even better – it brings back the feeling of accomplishment that games seem to have lost of recent years. I managed to do something last night that I’d been struggling with, and I was so excited I jumped up out of my chair and pumped my fists in the air. I think I even yelled out Oh yeah!!!! in a very undignified manner.

So I’m excited to have been able to pin the guys from Virtys down for a few questions and answers. Hopefully I can pin them down again for more in depth questions! I’m dying to know more about the skills. The more I play this game and learn about it, the more I want to know more… Continue Reading

Drakensang Online Goes Mac

3 March 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

Good news for Mac users – the award winning Drakensang Online  has moved into the Mac MMOspace. After several months of closed beta testing, Bigpoint has released the Apple OS X beta client. It comes with full support and easy Facebook registration.

With this release, every game published by Bigpoint is now available to both PC and Mac users. All that’s needed is a browser plugin such as Flash or Unity, and Bigpoint’s entire stable of games is ready for play. Not just Drakensang Online, but games such as Battlestar Galactica Online, DarkOrbit Reloaded, Merc Elite, Seafight, Farmerama, Rising Cities and Skyrama are all now available to PC and Mac users.

To learn more, visit the Twitter Page, download the game, watch the trailer on YouTube, or check it out on Facebook.