Hearthstone: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Posted by on October 10, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_hearthstone_two_face_coinWhen I initially began my adventure in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft I quickly cast off the game. Frustrated by the potential for pay-to-win and my self-imposed delay in joining the ranks I was convinced that I was behind a curve that’d be forever out of reach. Excitement at seeing Kieron the Loaner immortalized – although retooled and renamed – and an addiction to everything Warcraft, I returned to give the game a fair chance.

Week’s ago, I had what was probably the best string of luck, and in my mind skill, since I began Hearthstone. In a poor start, I was well behind a warlock in health and minions. A constant bane to my rogue, I figured I was a single turn away from certain death. Realizing what I had left in my deck I knew I had a few outs. One that could even provide a decisive victory if it came out in order and was player properly. Here’s how it turned out. Read more…

ArcheAge: A Dearth of Earth

Posted by on October 9, 2014 - No Comments »

AApatronBecome a Patron. Your Land. Your Rules.

ArcheAge. Craft. Claim. Conquer.

Patron Subscriptions: Special Bonuses, Land Ownership & More!

This is what you see when you visit the ArcheAge main page. For many, it’s the entire reason to play. For many, owning land is the only reason to become a Patron. I see variations on this line every time I visit the forums, “Without land, there’s no point to subscribing – I’m canceling my sub as soon as my free founder’s Patron time ends.”  Because for many players, owning land in ArcheAge is an impossible dream. Suspected packet spoofing scripts ported over from Russian servers, bugs preventing properly escalating taxes, and fierce competition have all combined into a nasty pot of boiling, simmering frustration – there simply isn’t enough land. Read more…

Swords: Gilded Wastelands Announced!

Posted by on October 9, 2014 - No Comments »

SM_GW_6My favorite zones in games are deserts. I’m not sure why, but that’s always just how it works out. Whether it’s because I like deserts in the real world, or because the general tendency toward game designed deserts appeals to me … I just like desert zones and spend most of my game time in them when I’m not forced into particular zones by quests.

So seeing “Swordsman players will soon be able to venture into the rugged deserts and wild steppes with the launch of Swordsman: Gilded Wasteland on Oct. 23″ just makes me giddy. Gilded Wasteland sends the players to the lands of Ping Liang, Tunhuang and the Shadow Mountain Plains, bringing new dungeons, instances, an increased level cap, new equipment, game enhancements and improvements to PvP with such additions as cross server battlefields.

And who doesn’t love a meaty expansion? Read more…

Instance Gratification 9: A Wicked Weekday WildStar Wrangling

Posted by on October 8, 2014 - No Comments »


I shall heal all!

Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

We’ve given numerous titles their just desserts on Instance Gratification, from the Solo Adventures of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to the dungeons of Neverwinter and streets of Marvel Heroes Manhattan. WildStar has actually had more face time than you may realize. That’s because it’s had a lot of Chad Moore attached to it thanks to not one, but two livestream interviews backed by yours truly messing around with Solidsagart, my DPS healer.

Frost may have recently decided to leave Carbine Studios, but he still has us stoked to play the game. Sure, the Journey to Omni-core 1 release date is still unsolidified. It’s release casually pinned down as 2014. Yet with little to no information on the Megadrop since PAX Prime could that window be in jeopardy? Irregardless, WildStar is coming to the stream.

Hey, I gotta get her out of her pathetic level 15 slump somehow. I mean all that sexy content is many, many levels away at this point!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until I feel I’ve been productive. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Sylvanus

Posted by on October 7, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_dieties_demigods_gods_explained_smite_Sylvanus_Default_CardSMITE: 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: Sylvanus – not to be confused with Sylvanas – may very well be the first true tutelary deity to make the cut for SMITE. He’s not a born bloodthirsty warrior or a hungry demon. Sylvanus was a protector of nature and what it offers humanity. Lording over his realm, the woods and fields, Sylvanus ensured that his followers could provide for those. The woodland deity kept livestock safe, healthy and procreating while warding off hungry packs of wolves.

It’s said that Sylvanus, an old wise man, began the craft of demarking the boundaries of fields. This lead to his legend continuing to modern times; three stones mark various points of entry into estates. Fond of music, the Keeper of the Woods and Fields was often depicted with his sacred syrinx. The only object he doted on more was Cyparissus. Read more…

MOBA Monday: Smoting in SMITE & Tidings of TOME (Giveaway)

Posted by on October 6, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_smite_tome_moba_monday_Sylvanus_Default_CardMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans inour weekly Twitch channel staple.

TOME: Immortal Arena soaked up all of this past friday’s show. A full two plus hours of F2P Friday were dedicated to the closed beta browser-based MOBA. Sure, we had some unexpectedly long queues, but the wait paid off with four giveaways, a string of victories, including an epic comeback and viewer matches. Our let’s play recap of Kixeye’s first MOBA since PAX Prime’s interview was entertaining to say the least, so we’re giving it another go. Not to mention we’ve a ton of Diesel Orlon codes in our hands. That means today will be much the same, if only for the opening half of MOBA Monday for we’ve long-neglected one of the early entries into the genre.

Naturally, I’m referring to the third-person MOBA created by Hi-Rez Studios. That of godly pantheons from across the globe. The one they call SMITE. I’m still farming Worshippers to make a valiant attempt at Arena League play. So little have a focused on the game lately that what could have taken me a few series weeks of grinding has turned into a two season affair. Knowing the community I’ll probably have all the tanks at level two by the time I’ve enough followers to fill a church. Here’s to hoping I can experiment with Sylvanus the magical Keeper of the Wild. Zug, zug.

MOBA Monday will return to its famed 1:00 PM EST timeslot. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. This is a double dip week. We’ll have skin codes for TOME and SMITE! Read more…

Impressions of ArcheAge: Trials by Sea

Posted by on October 3, 2014 - No Comments »

ScreenShot0021It is now way too late. My eyes are aching and sore, my neck is stiff. I’m cursing myself for losing the day, but as I’m sitting here and grinning like a fool my curses don’t have much sting. It has been a long, long time since I’ve had enough fun in a game to indulge in a 12 hour gaming binge. Or maybe it was 13 hours of sitting here, stealing moments here and there to scarf down food or take bio breaks – but I do know it’s been a very long time since a game has engaged me enough for that.

ArcheAge, you’ve got problems. Big ones. But I think you’ve stolen my shriveled and jaded gamer’s heart despite them.  Read more…

F2P Friday: Time to TOME (Giveaway)

Posted by on October 3, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_pax_prime_diesel_orlon_f2p_friday_giveaway_tomeF2P 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.

Hey, kids it’s time to try something new. That’s right, we’ll be focusing all of today’s F2P Friday stream on the closed beta edition of TOME: Immortal Arena. Developed by browser-based games experts over at Kixeye, TOME hopes to mix things up in the MOBA space. It features a ridiculous amount of meta game, including personal, hero and sectarian leveling that enables players to customize their champions (and earn hard currency) as they learn the ropes.

TOME currently has only one option, a 3v3 PvP mode. I could play it as a co-op match or practice but where is the fun in that? Naturally, I’ll be diving into the straight-up PvP onslaught rather than going down the memory lane of comp stomp. During these attempts at stardom I will be handing out not only a closed beta code or two, but Orlon skins. You know the ones that turn him into a Fonzed out unicorn? Those will be today’s giveaway!

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 at 1:00 PM and run until 3:00 PM EST. Read more…