F2P Friday: I’m Opening 60 Expert Packs for Hearthstone

Posted by on February 13, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_goblins_gnomes_hearthstone_expert_packsF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

Ladies and gentleman. Boys and girls. Children of all ages. Step right up and gaze at one of the rarest sights in nature. A man with such restraint, such steadfast determination, such lack of  concern for his own progress that he’s hoarded the precious Au that is the bloodlife of the game of champions, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, not once but twice. Now through a court order from the state he is required by law to break from the self-imposed tradition opening the coffers to return the 79th element to its creator.

To date I have opened less than 20 expert packs, yet have been able to accumulate almost 250 wins, including plenty of ranked play. Again, purely a self-imposed disadvantage. But today, things will change. Today marks the first time that I will truly make a run for rares, epics and legendaries. And that run will encompass some 30+ expert packs opened and discussed live on the air during the return of F2P Friday after my recent road trip. Come join me as I assuredly redeem multiple purples and oranges and attempt to deduce which class will utilize them best and how to optimize the Goblins versus Gnomes cards into my paltry decks.

See those two well-thought out paragraphs above? Yeah, those were not my first, but my second  attempt to consume the massive amount of gold sitting in my Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft account. Time and again life has gotten in the way. Actually, that’s a goddamned lie. It was Comcast both times. Screw you, Comcast! If I can’t open these packs later today I’ll sick the FCC and Left Shark on you until you’re run out of town like your subsidiary did to Brian Williams! At any rate, the next gold hoarding will commence immediately upon opening these packs. Gotta start the cache for the second Adventure Pack!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off sometime after a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner, probably around 9:00 PM EST. It’ll be complete with a special guest commentator! Read more…

Daybreak’s Commitment to Everquest

Posted by on February 12, 2015 - No Comments »

The new Daybreak Games Company has been the talk of the town among a significant portion of MMOspace since SoE’s acquisition by Columbus Nova was announced. What does this mean? Where is Everquest headed? Will H1Z1 be the last game released by the games company previously known as SoE? Is this the death knell for Landmark and Everquest Next? That final question has been the most on my mind as I’ve been reacting to the staff layoffs. Dave Georgeson, Linda Carlson, Eric Smith, Jeffrey Butler … a list of people that I’ve come to use as household names in the years I’ve been playing SoE games.

I’d like to think that with the portfolio Columbus Nova possesses, that it will be the force to drive Everquest into the future – that its new face will bring us something new.  Read more…

ArcheAge: Secrets of Ayanad Spotlight

Posted by on February 12, 2015 - No Comments »

DiamondShores_blog_810x300Diamond Shores, the resting place of the legendary Ayanad Library, is no stranger to suffering and war. During the fall of Auroria, a magical catastrophe saturated the area with deadly energy, killing many of its inhabitants and turning large swaths of the region into the brilliant glass for which it is named.

I must admit I did a double take when I saw this. Trion is selling almonds now? Or maybe tuna?

Diamond Shores is a new zone to ArcheAge, and brings a bunch of sweeping changes to the already existing lands of Auroria. Many monsters will have their levels boosted and their drop tables altered to give players new areas to level. The first Obsidian weapons, tiers 1-6, will make their appearance. I’m anticipating another mad housing rush as new plots will be open – and in Diamond Shores there are no taxes aside from those determined systemically around how many plots a player owns!  Read more…

PAX South: Fear the Destructive Force of Dreadnought (Interview)

Posted by on February 10, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_Dreadnought_pax_south_space_combatI assume you’re one of the key fans of Lore Hound. The type that links articles to friends and guildmates, attends your fair of streams, retweets and hits that Like button here and there. By assuming such, I’m well aware that you’ve already watched and read our coverage of Rebel Galaxy, a single-player experience set in deep space. The thing is PAX South had multiple spaceship games. Naturally, I couldn’t resist.

Dreadnought, coming from publisher Grey Box and Jager Development, the house behind Spec Ops: The Line, takes us from deep space to barely above a planet’s surface. The title features class-based 5-on-5 battles, currently showing a Team Deathmatch, that shy away from quick dog fights to focus on more tactical slower paced encounters. Fear not, your ship, not matter the class, won’t last for minutes under heavy fire, but skills, teamwork and clever use of cover can bring you back from the brink of destruction.

Putting your peepers on Dreadnought will entice you to ring your mother and thank her for forcing you to eat your carrots. They’re good for your eyes, an important fact when looking at such a visually appealing title. Don’t take our word for it. Take our video interview for it! Available after the cut. Read more…

Texniteia’s Tale: Foundations

Posted by on February 9, 2015 - No Comments »

EQNL Marbled MoonriseI am a great fan of the ancient Greeks. They were masters of many things, although here and now I am concerned with two: architecture and wordplay. Ancient Greek, no matter which flavor you prefer, is a fabulous source for names – and so, when I was asked to write a series about my ongoing building in Landmark, I immediately cast my eyes to them once again when seeking a title.  There is a great word: Texnites [tech as in technique - ni as said by knights - tes rhymes with face]. Artificer, craftsman, one skilled in the arts, actor, artist, trickster.  There are those who would transliterate it as technites, but I have always been more fond of the x. As this is my name, and my tale, I shall take Texniteia. This will be a bit different from my usual acerbic whimsy, for I am not only writing about Landmark, but my building within it. Ever want to peek into the head of an artist as they work and look around? Texniteia’s Tale will be the closest I can come to granting such a peek.

But first, a bit about building in Landmark. Read more…

PAX South: Rebel Galaxy in SPAAACE (Interview)

Posted by on February 6, 2015 - 4 Comments »

lh_rebel_galaxy_travis_baldree_pax_southIt’s not that often that we here at Lore Hound cover a video game that isn’t connected to that world wide web thing that won’t go away. It’s really not in our DNA. But Rebel Galaxy is breaking that rule. Receiving an exception, if you will, due to the people behind it (and my penchant for anything sci-fi). That’s because the two-person crew has a pedigree in our wheelhouse, the realm of online games. You see Rebel Galaxy is under development at Double Damage, the house of Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer. The former created Fate, Mythos and Torchlight, while the latter co-founded Blizzard North and Flagship Studios.

The pair left Runic Games to development something new. Something that felt fresh to them. Something that didn’t have them running a large company while simultaneously trying to be creative. That’s Rebel Galaxy, a mix of Firefly’s hard sci-fi grit and large spaceships doing strategic battles in multi-ship engagements akin to Battlestar Galactic.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Travis Baldree in the team’s modest booth at PAX South. Come learn what’s got you fighting, how the story will draw you, the captain into a still-developing narrative and the world will keep you interested through GTA-style sandboxy gaming. Listen carefully to enter the team’s old-school seat-of-their-pants development style. Read more…

Pax South: Cosplay Reel

Posted by on February 4, 2015 - No Comments »

We’ve shown you the League of Legends Reel – if you haven’t seen it, really: what are you waiting for?? – and while you’re savouring those, be sure to check out the rest of the Pax South Cosplay. Drum-roll please? Ahh, no need! Let the wonderful Cosplaying Community of Pax South present their own performance. So without further ado, enjoy! Just be sure to thank your amazing friends here a LoreHound for fetching them for you:

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Pax South: League of Legends Photoshoot

Posted by on February 4, 2015 - No Comments »

The were many top-tier cosplays at Pax South – and don’t worry, they’ll get their due mention – but first, in the dark recesses of the exhibit halls, past long corridors that resembled lanes, into the “Nexus”… well in actuality, it was just a side hallway… BESIDES THAT! What matters is the metric ton of League of Legends Cosplayers and we at LoreHound, again, have brought you the best of the best!

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