Runes of Magic: Chapter 3 Begins

Posted by on April 23, 2010 - No Comments »

The first slice of the new Runes of Magic update, Chapter 3: The Elder Kingdoms, is now up on the official server. The update(3.0.0), titled “King’s Call” introduces a small portion of the continent of Zandorya. The update also adds a series of new items, quests, and new features. Players can now select the difficulty of instances like “Hall of Survivors” and “Heart of the Ocean.” There’s also a new function that lets players save their current progress in a dungeon or during a raid and return later(praise Jesus).

Updates to the monster card system are also present, cards which drop off monsters will now provide attribute bonuses. Guilds also have new things to play with. Chapter 3 brings with it three new guild drill grounds, six new guild quests, and stone fortifications to expand guild castles. Finally, slight balance changes have been made to keep gameplay as fair as possible.

Grand Chase Updates to Season 3

Posted by on April 23, 2010 - No Comments »

Grand Chase, the popular brawler MMO from Ntreev, has announced that it’s launching into its third season. Season 3 will be launched in two parts: Act 1 this month, and Act 2 in May.

Grand Chase: Season 3 will introduce a few major updates to the game, including revised missions, items, user interfaces, along with new dungeons and lands. Alcrubra, a new desert area, will appear beyond Silver Land and will include a serious amount of dungeons: the Goblin Work Site, Underpass of Lost Hope, Kungji Village, and Sands of Illusion. Another new area will be Archimedia along with the dungeon Hammer’s Reach. Equipment and items will receive an overhaul, making them easier due to stat normalization. The interface will also be receiving a facelift, missions will receive a reward scaling system and there will be a few technical updates as well.

Dragon Oath Giving Away Dragon Turtle Mount

Posted by on April 23, 2010 - 14 Comments »

Dragon Oath, the martial arts free-to-play MMORPG by ChangYou has recently gotten a new manager Community Manager (Lucy Song), and to celebrate, she’s giving away a Dragon Turtle Mount. The Dragon Turtle is a unique and powerful mount that boosts speed by 70% and can carry a passenger along. To win a Dragon Turtle mount, all you have to do is make a forum post about why you love the game in this here topic. That’s it, now hurry!

Lore Hound is LFM Bloggers

Posted by on April 23, 2010 - 2 Comments »

If you like MMOGs and have a clear writing voice that you’d like to show to the world, you may be just what we’re looking for.

Lore Hound is seeking new writers to add to our core blog crew as we grow the site. If you play at least one MMOG, either casually or hard core, have an opinion to express, and can form a cohesive and coherent paragraph, we invite you to apply. Our requirements are as follows:

  • You should be an active player of at least one MMOG.
  • Schedules will be flexible, but you should be willing to commit to a set number of regular posts.
  • You must be fluent in English.
  • Prior published writing experience is a plus, but not required.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Having an interest in learning about additional games as possible writing topics is a big plus.

The application process is simple. Simply submit the following:

  • A synopsis of your gaming history, especially with MMOGs, including what games you’re currently playing.
  • Two sample blog posts covering the kind of topics that you would like to write about for Lore Hound. Base your word count on other posts you’ve seen on the site and the length that you think you need to appropriately explain your topic or make your argument. Longer isn’t always better.
  • Any other information that you think would be helpful, such as prior writing experience or your resume.

Send all this to write@lorehound.com. We will contact candidates soon, but may not be able to respond to all inquiries.

As we are a brand new site and still building an audience, this will be an unpaid position. However, we do try to reward our writers with perks such as gaming loot, paid accounts to games that they cover and access to limited beta tests.

Good luck, and have fun!

Updated 1/30/11

We currently are on the lookout especially for candidates interested in writing about Guild Wars 2 and/or RIFT.

Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer Dated – May 11th.

Posted by on April 23, 2010 - No Comments »

Funcom has announced via a press release that the expansion to Age of Conan, titled ‘Rise of the Godslayer‘ will be released on May 11th. Funcom also announced that the expansion will receive both a retail and digital release. The retail version will come bundled with the original game, alongside with several exclusive in-game items.

Funcom is proud to announce the launch of the pre-order campaign for ‘Rise of the Godslayer’, the first expansion for the highly acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’. The expansion, set in the eastern empire of Khitai, builds on an already extensive Conan universe and will let players travel to a unique part of Conan’s world where an ancient traditional culture clashes with dark forces.‘Rise of the Godslayer’ expands on an already massive game world, and will also introduce entirely new and exciting gameplay mechanics.

For more information on Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer, be sure to check out the official website.

Lore Hound MMOcast: Episode 4

Posted by on April 22, 2010 - 2 Comments »

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Join the Lore Hounds as we discuss the latest news in the MMO world. The lineup this week includes Juggynaut, iTZKooPA, and Amatera.

This week the discussion covers:

EA’s foray into the browser based free to play games, Lord of Ultima launches
Heroes of Might & Magic Online heads to beta
Runes of Magic removes RMT trading temporarily
WAR’s Jeff Hickman apologizes for Mythic’s billing issues
Turbine is purchased by Warner Bros.
EQ2 Passport offers a new subscription to former EQ2 accounts.
Discussion: Are you fearing the summer lull of gaming content – MMOG and otherwise – or looking forward to being able to catch-up, play things you missed like Dog’s Life

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Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine

Posted by on April 22, 2010 - No Comments »

Today, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced that they have acquired Turbine, the developer behind Lord of the Rings Online, Asherons Call and Dungeons & Dragons Online.

Read below for more information:

“Turbine is a leader in online entertainment and a strong strategic fit for Warner Bros. as we continue to broaden our games portfolio and development capabilities,” said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “Turbine’s renowned online game development and publishing expertise will help us develop additional online product offerings, while also providing us with new and innovative ways to market and communicate with our consumers.”

Founded in 1994 and operating primarily in Boston, Turbine has created some of the most popular and exciting gaming worlds on the Internet, including Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™, the world’s best free-to-play massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) and The Lord of the Rings Online™, the first and only MMORPG based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. Previously, Warner Bros. held all The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) games rights, with the exception of the literary MMO (massively multiplayer online game) rights. Now all games rights for the LOTR franchise will be unified under the Warner Bros. shield.

“We have been looking to expand access to our online worlds to more players and more markets,” said Jim Crowley, president and CEO, Turbine, Inc. “This acquisition is very exciting because it allows us to expand globally while continuing to focus on creating spectacular online games that our loyal fans and players have come to expect.”

Additionally, the acquisition of Turbine provides Warner Bros. with access to a proprietary digital publishing platform that enables dynamic direct-to-consumer relationships, robust online merchandising opportunities and vibrant e-commerce functionality for online games. Turbine has also developed a social networking platform that can integrate their self-developed online communities with popular third-party social networks. Outside of the games arena, these platforms present unique opportunities for Warner’s other home entertainment businesses.

“Turbine is recognized globally for its industry-leading technology, groundbreaking graphics and its unique ability to create and operate massive and persistent online worlds which greatly enhance players’ social gaming experiences,” said Martin Tremblay, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Lord of the Rings Online and  Dungeons & Dragons Online have both been an enormous success for Turbine and we look forward to working with their talented development team to continue creating award-winning online games.”

Click here, to see the press release in its entirety.

2010 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Registration begins

Posted by on April 22, 2010 - No Comments »

Registration for the 2010 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament has began. Registration costs $20 and is open to any active World of Warcraft account with both the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions activated.

The tournament is dedicated to 3v3 Arena matches. (2v2 and 5v5 matches can be played for fun, but only the 3v3 ladder results are being rewarded.) Players get the chance to create three level-80 fully-customizable characters equipped with full sets of epic gear.

Information on the prizes below:

The winning team will take home the impressive sum of $75,000. The second-place team will win $30,000, and the third-place team will be awarded $15,000. There will be cash prizes at each regional final as well, consisting of $15,000, $6,000, $3,000, and $1,500 for the first, second, third, and fourth-place teams respectively, while fifth- through eighth-place teams will each receive $600.

Players who participate in the tournament can also earn both the exclusive Armored Murloc in-game pet, and the “Vanquisher” title on their live characters by meeting certain eligibility criteria.

For more information, head on over to the official event page.