Prepare for Neverwinter: Curse of Icewind Dale with a FREE Supply Pack (Giveaway) [Update2]

Posted by on May 5, 2014 - 39 Comments »

[UPDATE] Cryptic Studios, Perfect World Entertainment and Lore Hound are looking into the issue with the rest of the keys. We look forward to having more details for you on the topic tomorrow. Thanks for your patience. The Giveaway page has been temporarily removed as the investigation continues.

[UPDATE2] Please see this post for instructions on how to receive your CKSP despite the key redemption issue.

Original story continues below.

That’s right, Lore Hounds. We’ve another awesome giveaway for you! Don’t you just love us? Rather than a skin key for a MOBA or beta access, we’ve a new Supply Pack for your Neverwinter players out there. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the Dungeons & Dragons title, starting an alt or interested in checking out the excellent game, the Caer-Konig Supply Pack (CKSP) will help you get started.

Featuring a custom title, an experience boost, potions, refining stones, enhancements and much more, you’ll be well prepared for the upcoming release of Curse of Icewind Dale, which is only a few days away on May 13!

Grab your CKSP at the Giveaway page and prepare for Black Ice, open world PvP, a new paragon path and loads of new quests for the PvE campaign. Full details follow. Read more…

Exclusive: Off the Hook with Orcs Must Die! Unchained (Video)

Posted by on May 3, 2014 - No Comments »

Way back when Lore Hound started one of the first games that caught our eye was Orcs Must Die!. Putting players in the middle of a tower defense with shooter aspects and magical abilities hit home for us. Now, after Orcs Must Die! 2, a successful co-op friendly sequel, the Robot Entertainment team is once again added the most oft requested feature, PvP.

Announced at PAX East 2014, Orcs Must Die! Unchained will feature a mash-up of TD and MOBA game design. Featuring 5v5 lane pushing complete with traps, unique hero abilities and pre-game loadout selections, OMD Unchained contains a host of MOBAs best aspects while retaining the heart of the OMD universe.

Jerome Jones goes into the details on team composition, matching, game modes, monetization and much more in our exclusive interview. Read more…

Tranformers Universe Unlocks Founder’s Program

Posted by on May 2, 2014 - No Comments »

Everyone’s favorite robots in disguise are that much closer to being a playable MOBA. Following recent founder’s program discussions from ArcheAge and Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, Jagex has announced its own program for Transformers Universe. Topping off at a hefty $449.99, the program has a level for the cash flushed down to the cash strapped.

Included in the base level $44.99 pack is entry into the annuls of history for TU, a Bronze Founder title and award, $30.00 worth of relics and a 60-day season pass, which offers store discounts, extra goodies, experience bonus and more. From there, the titles and amount of base relics increase. In addition, higher tiers offer early access to warriors, core, probes and repair packs.

That $449.99 pack, yeah, that includes a physical figurine, 18 warriors at launch and a full year of the season pass. The $250 worth of relics pays for nearly half of it.

Red Star Athena Skin Free with Win for May Day Promo

Posted by on May 1, 2014 - 2 Comments »

Get on Twitch and watch a Smitegame streamer get a win to have a shot at the awesome Red Star Athena skin. iTZKooPA celebrated by having a lunch stream after the cut. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Thanatos

Posted by on May 1, 2014 - No Comments »

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story 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: Living in the realm of the Underworld, Thanatos is the Greek daemon personification of Death. Relegated to a minor role in Greek mythology, Thanatos was mostly spoken about, yet rarely seen. Twin to Hypnos, God of Sleep, and the offspring of Nyx and Erebos, Goddess of Night and God of Darkness respectively, Thanatos didn’t experience much light. Feared among men and deathless gods alike, Thanatos was a sibling to numerous other negative gods, from Nemesis to Charon, the ferryman of Hades.

Despite being viewed as the peaceful god of death – Keres being the violent counterpart – Thanatos is no less merciless or indiscriminate. But he’s not infallible. The best known story of the Hand of Death describes him being outwitted by King Sisyphus. Twice. First, upon having his number called by Zeus, Sisyphus duped Thanatos into his own chains on Tartarus. No mortals died while he was shackled. This lack of bloodshed during battles encited by Ares enraged him, forcing the God of War to unshackle Thanatos from his folly. Read more…

PAX East 2014 Exclusive: The Uncanny Lure of Prodigy; A Board/Video Game (Video)

Posted by on April 29, 2014 - No Comments »

The background technology has been under development at Hanakai Studio for years. Focusing on iterating until the company had a working prototype of a NFC (near-field connection) board, the Paris, France based developer launched a Kickstarter campaign on April 2, 2014. Just three days later and the board and video game community had completely funded the game and began working on stretch goals.

Now, with three days remaining, Hanakai is roughly $13,000 from unlocking a new figurine for everyone (at the $70 tier or higher). It’s likely gamers will reach that goal. More impressive, and interesting, would be the crawl to $250,000, about $68,000 in the distance, to unlock an entirely new game mode.

Naturally, you may be wondering exactly what Prodigy is. If so, our exclusive interview after the cut does a fantastic job of introducing you to the game, Jean Bey’s creative direction for the title and a demonstration on how easy and intuitive battle is. Read more…

What The Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Founder’s Program Isn’t

Posted by on April 25, 2014 - 1 Comment »

A few weeks back behaviour Interactive announced a Founder’s program for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. The post detailed the perks involved with the program, including its three objectives and a list of the expected goodies to be included in the early adopters purchase. Skins, decorations, exclusive vehicles are all on the docket. However, the message was somewhat confused. The intentions of the program muddled.

Thus today’s newsletter, which was sent out to set the record straight. To articulate what the Founder’s Program isn’t. It’s not crowdsourcing. Eternal Crusade, as it has been explained to us, is already fully funded. Regardless of the success of the Founder’s program, we will, in short order, set foot on Arkhona.

What the Founder’s program may do is speed up the implementation of features that haven’t been discussed yet. Some of these features are currently planned to come to the space marine universe after launch. According to Miguel Caron, these may, just may be ready for launch.

ArcheAge Founder’s Packs Now on Sale

Posted by on April 25, 2014 - 2 Comments »

I’ve been watching ArcheAge for a long time.  I think I first became aware of it in 2010, which in video game time is lifetimes ago. I love sandbox games, and at the time, ArcheAge was the only real one on the horizon. So I’ve been watching its slow progress toward American localization with mixed trepidation and excitement. Excitement because I want to play it, and extreme trepidation because usually the American localization waters games down to such a degree that I lose all interest once I’ve played for a few days. I like Asian games because they require time and effort, but the model here in the west has increasingly moved toward raining rewards from the sky, and I’ve said quite a great deal about that in previous articles.

But first, before further commentary, let me rain some enthusiasm – Founder’s Packs are now available for purchase! We have crossed that line that indicates yes, this game is coming, and it’s coming along well enough that the development team is confident it will be nearing completion in a reasonable amount of time! Perhaps I should put the classic TM that usually follows the word soon in dev talk.  Read more…