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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Skadi

4 April 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_god_explained_skadi_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Lore: Skadi holds a unique position in the Norse pantheon. A jotunn married to Njoror, a Vanir of the sea, she shed the typical antagonistic portrayal of the giants. Rather than harass those in the opposing worlds of Norse cosmology, Skadi lived for the winter, its activities and bowhunting. The last being closely aligned with Artemis. Soothing the relationships wasn’t particularly easy for Skadi, or her marriage. The matrimony ended with all the fanfare of a Hollywood couple. “Irreconcilable differences” defined by Skadi’s mountaintop home being too cold and dreary for sea-loving Njoror and the beach being too noisy for the solitude-seeking giantess. Rumor has it that the All-Father Odin was her rebound. Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 Review

22 March 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_wow_chronicle_vol1_loreThis review of the World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 by Chris Metzen et al. is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Chronicling the world of Warcraft is no short order. Lore Hound was, effectively, founded for that express purpose. Diving into the myriad of lore spread across Azeroth, Draenor the various dimensions and planes of existence for the most interesting morsels to feed our insatiable appetite for the community was our prime directive. The glacial pace of Blizzard’s game development led us to explore other arenas over time, but with each tie in, new expansion or spin off, we’ve returned to the fount that piqued our interest enough to formally create Lore Hound in the first place. The battle between Orcs and Humans began in our world two decades ago, but as the massive extended universe has been fleshed out, the real story is tens of thousands of years old.   Continue Reading

Neverwinter: What’s This Maze Engine Thing?

21 March 2016 | No Comments » | braybraybraylinhal

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Welcome to the Dungeons and Dragons universe, a world that is entirely based on your roll of the dice… and your “evil” best friend that controls all the mishaps that may happen to you and your imaginary level five Paladin. It is a fair world…until he totally decided to make up a monster that you swear wasn’t in the version you were playing, which then led to you picking up your notebook and pen, and your family sized bag of Cheetos Puffs, and walking out the door in anger because he only reads the rules that apply to him and his character. What else can you do? It’s only you two playing and he always insists on being DM. If only there was a way that you could play D and D, and not have to deal with cheating friends or other people… oh and did I mention there is lots of fire and real demons and real undead things and giant beholders that want to totally rip your face off just because you have one?! YEAH, I WISH THERE WAS A GAME LIKE THAT! WITH THE FIRE AND STUFF! Continue Reading

Hearthstone: The WoW Gateway Drug

17 March 2016 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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Many fans of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft know very little about the universe that spawned it. Many probably don’t care. Others are interested in the background to this tavern game. Players of Warcraft or World of Warcraft shouldn’t fault these newcomers either way. After all, numerous hardcore raiders can’t tell their Watcher from an Elemental Lord or an Old God from a Hindu God. That’s fine too. Not everyone needs to be a lore junky. That’s our job. Continue Reading

Hearthstone: Who Are These Old Gods & Why Do They Whisper?

11 March 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Cthulhu, where it all began.

Earlier this week, Blizzard Entertainment dropped another notice on the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft community. The next set of cards is entitled the Whispers of the Old Gods. For players introduced to Warcraft from Hearthstone itself there are likely numerous questions. Who are these Old Gods? Why are their whispers of such interest? Of such power? How many Old Gods are there? How many Old Gods were there?

The world of Azeroth has been around for countless millenia. The early days of the planet were besieged by chaos, destruction and havoc from the beings known as Old Gods. The collection of unfathomable evil came from the greater Material Plane (as opposed to the demonic plane of the Twisting Nether). Their individual power was unmatched. Races and civilizations were built around their bodies to serve their will. Their own organic matter gave rise to others, simply to serve. Lesser Elementals were bent to their will. Until the four Elemental Lords put aside their infinite differences, overcame their individual corruptions and rose against the greater evils nothing challenged the Old Gods but each other. Continue Reading

DDO Nostalgia: Tips for a 2016 Newbie

10 March 2016 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

ScreenShot00102Another week off due to health concerns, but here I am again so let’s get this party rolling! Now that I have regaled you all with tales of things like my old garish fondness for neon greens and oranges and waxed enthusiasm about how much fun I’ve been having,  it’s time to actually dig into the real point of my being here and talk about the game! I’ve found that current information is very difficult to acquire if you’re not already current – isn’t that always the case with matured games as writers come and go but nothing ever leaves the internet – so the best place to begin is at the beginning! Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Raijin

8 March 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_raijin_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Lore: Raijin, known more popularly in Western culture as Raiden, is the god responsible for the beating rhythm of a thunderous sky. The Japanese Master of Thunder produces his cacophony of booming bass tones through a myriad of drums he carries around. Raijin came to being after the creation of his homeland, Japan, by the divine pair Izanami and Izanagi. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview: 20XX Alpha Learnings, Lore & Easter Eggs

4 March 2016 | No Comments » | braybraybraylinhal
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Ace & Nina gonna pewpewpew.

In late 2015, Trauma introduced iTZKooPA, a host of our Instance Gratification livestream since its pre-Twitch inception, to 20XX. He sold it simply, “It’s Mega Man” and the cliff walker was in. The two, neither having been close followers of the Kickstarter campaign nor, like the rest of the world, partaking in any recent Mega Man excursion spent the evening experimenting in the old school designart, traversing side-scrolling worlds filled with odd baddies and power ups of dubious aid. We don’t need to explain it, simply take a gander after the cut (and don’t forget to subscribe!).

Plenty of time has past from that September night. Despite that 20XX remains unreleased. Making Mega Man fans even sadder than an abandoned Rush, Mighty No. 9, a similarly-themed title from Keiji Inafune the creator of Mega Man, was recently delayed. Ugh. “Fear not!” came the call from Battery Staple Games. They’re here to rescue us with Steam Early Access! Instead of having the mildly educated Trauma and iTZKooPA return to the scene we sent newcomer and Mega Man aficionado to investigate the latest incarnation. He came back with a parade of questions. Questions that Battery Staple was happy to answer! Continue Reading