PAX East: Chronicles of Elyria is Doing Everything Different to Save MMORPGs

Posted by on April 28, 2016 - 1 Comment »


When a company claims it’s “doing something different” it is often hyperbole. Chronicles of Elyria, the upcoming MMORPG from Soulbound Studios, understood that. Instead of fluffy marketing speech about how adding a new spell completely changes the game the company opted for more hardline changes. Out goes the normal business models. That’s plural. CoE doesn’t buy into subscriptions. Nor does the company want to float on the whims of free-to-play. They’ve checked that for a modified version of ArenaNet’s pay-to-play model. Grab a copy of the game and you can play. For a year. That’s when another core trope is shaken. Your character will die on its 365th day and outside a few souls with enough power, you’ll need to purchase another copy of the game to resurrect the fallen’s soul in another toon. Crazy, right?

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PAX East: What to Expect from the World of Tanks Comic

Posted by on April 25, 2016 - No Comments »

WoT RollOut Panel

On Saturday night, we were treated to a special unveiling of’s latest community catnip. The company unveiled a new partnership with Dark Horse to bring the universe a World of Tanks comic. Dark Horse doesn’t take its licensed intellectual properties lightly, as you’ll probably well aware. But a comic about a historical adaptation of tank warfare? What’s the hook when your source material spans decades and your community abhors creative liberties?

Dark Horse and are going to the origins of World of Tanks, the battles of World War II will be the muse for World of Tanks: Roll Out!. The partnership is planning on dumping a five-comic arc of German vs. Britain metallic mayhem. Naturally, the treasure trove of World War II heroism can maintain a cadence for years to come across the diverse battlefields of the theater of war. It’ll all depend on how well the first series does when it hits shelves, digital and physical, in the fall. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Jingwei

Posted by on April 19, 2016 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_god_explained_jingwei_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: Ages ago, Yandi, the first of a long line of Flame Emperors, had a daughter. This daughter was enraptured with the greats seas that surrounded her father’s territory. Specifically that of the Eastern Sea, the domain of none other than Ao Kuang. It’s in the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea’s domain that Nuwa – no, not that Nu Wa of the creation myth – met her fate, drowning while playing too far from shore. Her father was no doubt heartbroken. To his great relief that heartache was but temporary.

After succumbing to a water grave Nuwa rose up from the water like a phoenix. She sought redemption from the endless sea in the reborn form of Jingwei, a bird bent on filling the sea with pebbles and stones. The sea, arrogant as it is vast, scoffed at her plans. Baiting and bullying her fruitless efforts. It would take millions of years to accomplish her feat with such detritus. Jinwei retorts that she’ll continue the cascade of debris for tens, hundreds of millions of years if necessary. Any price to stop others from the fate of her original corporeal self. Read more…

Lore’d of the (Hearth)Stone: Blood Elf Matriarch Lady Liadrin

Posted by on April 11, 2016 - 1 Comment »


THERE YA ARE! BACK FROM YOUR ADVENTURES? The hearth is lit and you have a deck of virtual cards at your disposal, but who is that wonderful hero who holds your fate? Are you a Penniless Paladin, a Worth Opponent or a Mediocre Monk? I know I am! Come join us as we investigate the beginnings, and ends, of Warcraft’s finest in Lore’d of the (Hearth)Stone

This introductory Lore’d of the (Hearth)Stone will showcase none other than my favorite Lady Liadrin, Matriarch of the Blood Knights. There’s a very real need to discuss the past before we dive into her reason for existence and what sets her apart from your average Azerothian citizen. That brings us to a brief history of Paladins.

The order of Paladins was formed from clusters of priests that trained themselves for combat during the height of The Second War. In essence, this fledgling group was tired of the crap the Horde was doing and having no one doing anything about it. Shortly after the sacking of Stormwind during this time, the group of paladins were officially formed as a means to heal the wounded and bring hope back to the Alliance during a war they were very much losing. Originally, they were simply of one class, the one and only Holy Paladins of the Hand. They were trained in the art of combat as knights, but the true purpose they held was supporting and healing those touched by the war. Read more…

The Risk of Playing Early Access

Posted by on April 7, 2016 - No Comments »

Ironic I'm using a beta screenshot, isn't it?

Ironic I’m using a beta screenshot, isn’t it?

I’ve written about this subject in the past, but, as you can imagine searching for “beta”, “alpha”, or “early access” in our archive comes up with a few hits. What we’re discussing today is do you opt into early access of games? And if so, do you tend to stick around to play it after launch as well?

It will not surprise you that my email inbox has been flooded recently. PAX East, which we’ll be covering of course, being a scant few weekends away. What may surprise you is that many of the emails promise early access to the warez they’re hawking. Everything from various CCGs to console games to soda-drinking simulators want us to take their new build, beta, expansion or alpha demo for a spin. I’ve always been very cautious continuing down the rabbit hole outside of these conventions engagements. There are plenty of reasons why I should. Everything from reaping the free fun for paid-for games to being a part of an early adopting crowd. To me there are far more drawbacks. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Skadi

Posted by on April 4, 2016 - No Comments »

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. Read more…

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

Posted by on March 22, 2016 - No Comments »

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.   Read more…

Neverwinter: What’s This Maze Engine Thing?

Posted by on March 21, 2016 - No Comments »


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! Read more…