Guild Wars Beyond

Posted by on April 17, 2010 - No Comments »

NCSoft and ArenaNet have announced “Guild Wars Beyond,” an on-going campaign focused on key events and characters that will play the main role in Guild Wars 2. The first event will be the “War in Kryta” event which will be kicked off to mark the fifth anniversary of Guild Wars. War in Kryta will put players in the middle of a struggle between the oppressive White Mantle zealots and the Shining Blade rebels in order to decide the fate of Kryta.

World of Warcraft Twitter Developer Chat — 4/16/10

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - No Comments »

The latest Twitter developer chat is officially under way over and we’ll be bringing you we have all the answers to questions submitted by the community. Today’s Q&A wass primarily focused around the large amount of class information Blizzard dumped on us over the past couple of weeks, but there are a few other tidbits in there, as well.

It’s hard to pick out any particular highlights, since the breadth of answers really covers so many different topics, which I’ve conveniently set up in the following categories past the jump:

  • Death Knight
  • Druid
  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Paladin
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Shaman
  • Warrior
  • Warlock
  • General Class
  • General Race
  • General Stats
  • General Equipment
  • Raid/Dungeons
  • PvP
  • Guilds
  • Mount/Pets
  • User Interface
  • WTF?!

Some categories have several questions under them, others only one. People always ask weird things in these Twitter chats and, for some reason, the developers choose to answer them. You’ll find those under WTF?!

If I had to pick out anything that I thought was particularly interesting, it was all content-related. Such as the fact that you’ll be able to train up to a new 310% speed flying skill (though Blizzard says they don’t want to go any higher than this) and you should be able to use your aerial mounts in the “old world” right away. Likewise, Stonetalon will reportedly be virtually unrecognizable compared to its current incarnation and the Western Plaguelands will change to reflect the receeding Scourge forces (but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous).

They’re also going to continue streamlining the user interface, but they don’t want to go too crazy since they know people enjoy their third-party mods so much.

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Lore Hound WoWcast: Episode 3

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - 3 Comments »

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Check out this week’s episode of our WoWcast! This week we’re chatting about the rest of the Cataclysm Class Previews, more Heroic Lich King kills, and of course the new Celestial Steed available from the Blizzard Store.

Click the player above to listen, download the podcast, or subscribe via RSS.

Also, we want to get you listeners involved! E-mail us at podcast@lorehound.com or leave us a voicemail using the button below or simply call us at (304) 884-LORE. We look forward to hearing from you guys.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for a chance to win a Celestial Steed mount!

Blizzard Store Adds New Items

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - No Comments »


Recently the Blizzard store added two new in-game items for World of Warcraft. Before these new additions were added the only in-game items that were sold were the pets: Pandaren Monk and Lil’ K.T. Well now the Blizzard store has added another new pet and also a mount! The new in-game pet will be Lil’ XT. Lil’ XT is one of the first bosses in Ulduar and will retail at $10 at the store.

Now what most people are excited about is this mount. This is the first mount that has ever been sold at the Blizzard store. The mount is called the Celestial Steed. When the mount was first introduced it was widely speculated that the mount would drop off Algalon (special last boss in Ulduar) or from a new boss in Vault of Archavon. The Celestial Steed will be a flying mount that will scale with your character’s current flying speed. The Celestial Steed will cost $25.

And also since the mount was introduced at the store yesterday there were rumors going around that there would be a limited number of the Celestial Steed at the store. People were reporting that there was a 10 hour que to buy the mount. This blue post clears up the rumors about the mount being a limited time only offer.

WoW TCG Returning With Wrathgate Expansion Set

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - No Comments »

Cryptozoic Entertainment, the new publisher for the WoW TCG, announced the company’s first product in what it hopes will be a long-standing relationship with Blizzard Entertainment.  The Wrathgate expansion set is the second of three planned sets for Wrath of the Lich King, and will be released to the public on May 25.

Overall, it’s the 11th set to be released.  The upcoming booster will add a massive 220 new cards to the coffers of dedicated players.  Characters, attacks, materials and locations have been pulled straight out of Northrend and from the Argent Crusade faction itself.  Even Tirion Fordring is playable.

Fear not players of the TCG.  The Blizzard Store and its expensive ponies are not causing a removal of loot cards.  Players will have a chance to pull one of three new loot cards from the 19-card booster packs.  The three loot cards are: Landro’s Gift, Statue Generator, and the soon-to-be-insanely-expensive-eBay-auction Blazing Hippogryph.

Yes folks, a WoW TCG exclusive mount is back in action.

To celebrate the rebirth of the TCG, Cryptozoic is hosting a kickass sneak preview contest.  The winning pair of interested players will be flown out to Irvine, where Cryptozoic is located, and be the first people to see the Wrathgate cards.  Simply write a 250 word or less piece on “why you want to come to Irvine and play the the TCG with us.”

Full details on the contest here.

Ubisoft Pushes Heroes of Might & Magic Online To Beta

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Ubisoft is finally joining the rest of the big boys.  The company announced today that Heroes of Might & Magic Online will be heading to beta in “early May.”

HoMMO is to be the first major push in the MMOG market for the French company.  The browser-based game was originally designed for the Chinese market by TQ digital, and released in 2008.  It’s taken over two years for Ubisoft to bring the free-to-play game to the North American market.

Heroes of Might & Magic Online’s gameplay is based upon HoMM III – often described as the best HoMM – with graphical prowess of HoMM V.  HoMMO players will interact in realtime, unlike the staple turn-based battles of Heroes of Might & Magic.

Interested parties can head here to register for beta access.  Goodluck!

*Note: As with many new beta announcements, the flood of perspective players has caused the registration applet to crash.  It’ll probably be up and down throughout the day.

Random Matchmaking and Egotism

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - 2 Comments »

The new random battleground feature is quite enjoyable. I’ve been playing a lot more battlegrounds and PvP as a whole since its implementation. However, there are some times when the whole “work as a team” mechanic breaks down.

You see, I had just picked up a Corroded Skeleton Key for my PvP set. For Rogues, especially in arena comps that don’t have a healer, this trinket is invaluable. Popping it before Vanish fixes many of the Vanish “bugs”, such as being knocked out by pets that don’t properly disengage, autoattacks, etc. Not to mention, it allows me to Vanish when I have DoTs or when someone may be able to still target me and quickly reopen. Its really a great Rogue PvP trinket with a shorter cooldown than the Battlemaster’s trinkets. The only advantages to using a Battlemaster Trinket are having additional offensive stats as opposed to stamina, and the additional health you gain from a Battlemaster Trinket lasts the entire duration even if its damaged through (so a healer could essentially “restore” the bonus by healing the extra health back). Regardless, its a great trinket in many situations, and many skilled Rogues use it.

Regardless, I use this trinket all of the time to get off “clean” vanishes. However, some people may not agree.

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Beach Volleyball Closed Beta Begins

Posted by on April 16, 2010 - No Comments »

Casual gamers and Volleyball fans will be glad to hear that Bleach Volleyball, the first volleyball-based MMORPG has now entered closed beta. But that doesn’t mean it’s limited to playing volleyball – you can also swim, explore, visit a nightclub, make friends, and all that other stuff you dream about while playing World of WarCraft. The game looks to be shaping up nice, nothing to scream about but nothing to be scared of, either. More information is available here.