PTR 3.3.5: Retaking The Echo Isles, Part 1 — How Trolls Got Their Droods Back

Posted by on May 29, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Finally, the Troll story moves forward. Vol’jin is taking charge, doing more than just keeping the Warchief’s chambers cozy while the rest of the Horde goes out to knock some heads. The events to come will throw the entire faction into unrest, so the Darkspear are in desperate need of a place to call home. That and, well, it’s just about time that they took back the Echo Isles anyway.

The questline, which culminates in the final defeat of evil Hexmaster Zalazane, begins on the edge of Sen’jin Village. While not the most difficult set of tasks put forth in the game (and they’re intentionally designed so a wide range of people can accomplish them), they’ll take you about 30-45 minutes to complete. I’ve tried to cut up the segments as much as possible so that you don’t have to deal with too much of the running-around bits, but the result was still lengthy enough to split up into two videos.

This first half, which follows, deals with everything leading up to the actual assault, including how the Darkspear rediscover their Druid talents. Enjoy!

Fans of the special Undercity event from Wrath of the Lich King will enjoy the rest of the footage coming very soon. While you’re waiting, why not check out Juggynaut’s footage of Operation: Gnomergan?

Cataclysm Dances REVEALED (Leaked Spoilers + A Little Gloating)

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 33 Comments »

Those of you who have been following the LoreHounds since our time at Project Lore may remember a post I did waaay back in September of last year  naming specific suggestions for the /dances the new races should have. Assuming the following videos are accurate, it looks like I may have nailed both Goblin dances, while the jury is still out on the worgen female.

Let’s start with the male goblin. Here’s the original post:

/Dance Suggestions for Goblin and Worgen

I’ll suggest an alternative: Soulja Boy’s “Superman” dance. The little green Goblins would look fantastic pulling this one off.

Looks like that wish may come true. Take a look.

As a side note, MRYRebirth, who posted the vids, says the off thing jetting out from Mr. Goblin’s pants is a display error (that’s what she said, ZING!).

Now, the Goblin female dance. Once again, called it with Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance.

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Lore Hound WoWcast: Episode 7

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 4 Comments »

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Join Juggynaut, pixiestixy, and iTZKooPA for this week’s WoWcast. Today we’re discussing the following topics and much more:

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Operation: Gnomeregan Part 2 – The Assault

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 3 Comments »

Blizzard was kind enough to start testing some of the pre-Cataclysm events this week, and I had a chance to record my run through the Alliance event to retake Gnomeregan from the evil Thermaplugg on the PTR.

The video is divided into two parts – Part One is a quick run through all of the quests leading up to the assault, and Part Two is the actual assault on Gnomeregan. Check them out and let us know your thoughts on the event.

We should have the Horde’s Zalazane event up soon as well.

Do we even need to mention that the video is full of spoilers?!

Operation: Gnomeregan Part 1 – Run Up To Assault

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - No Comments »

Blizzard was kind enough to start testing some of the pre-Cataclysm events this week, and I had a chance to record my run through the Alliance event to retake Gnomeregan from the evil Thermaplugg on the PTR.

The video is divided into two parts – Part One is a quick run through all of the quests leading up to the assault, and Part Two is the actual assault on Gnomeregan. Check them out and let us know your thoughts on the event.

We should have the Horde’s Zalazane event up soon as well.

Do we even need to mention that the video is full of spoilers?!

Lore Hound MMOcast: Episode 9

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 1 Comment »

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Join iTZKooPA, Amatera, and Juggynaut for this episode of the MMOcast. Topics up for discussion include:
  • Another Turbine Special: LotRO Welcome Back Week
  • GDC Austin re-brands to GDC Online. Makes perfect sense and doesn’t sound like a disease. Looking at you Syfy.
  • APB intro trailer.
  • Acclaim purchased by Playdom. Will remain as a development house.
  • EverQuest II introduces sparkly pony+1. Take that Celestial Steed.
  • Star Trek Online latest State of the Game
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic players heading to Hoth in some capacity.
  • How important is the graphics of the game you’re playing? Could a game like Rift: Planes of Telara draw you in with graphics, then hope to hook with gameplay?

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The B Team: Proof Of Concept Episode 0.1

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 13 Comments »

Shortly after Blizzard officially announced Cataclysm and the incoming devastation to Azeroth, I came up with an idea.  It’s fairly simple, and based entirely on Deathwing‘s upcoming destruction.  At the time, we had no idea how far reaching the changes would be.  Would Deadmines cease to exist?  What would become of Blackfathom Deeps and Ragefire Chasm?  Would we see these dungeons in a new light, play through them as is?  Or would Blizzard simply remove content that was believed to be archaic?

No one had any idea, so I figured it deserved a last hurrah, just in case.  Obviously, a new toon was in order and I needed teammates.  Then I thought, “If I want to absorb the original design, won’t other people want to see it too?”  Things needed to be documented, categorized and recorded into the annals of history.  Quickly, I went from passive observer to an historian on the level of Brann Bronzebeard.  No dusty tome, or articulate transcription of the “Old BFD” would do.  Video was needed.

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Global Agenda’s Endgame Mirrors Frustrations Of WoW’s Endgame

Posted by on May 28, 2010 - 3 Comments »

The endgame of Global Agenda and World of Warcraft couldn’t be more different, at least in design and content.  World of Warcraft features massive bosses requiring complex strategies, attempts and learning to overcome.  Most players participate in the painful (and costly) progression for the shot at additional purples.  A minority group attends solely for the experience.  Global Agenda features massive PvP battles that requires healthy attendance, pre-combat strategic choices and in-combat tactical decisions.  Players participate mainly to defend the property of their multi-guild alliance, or expand its reach.  Both titles feature lengthy, repeatable battles.  However, the challenges in WoW are scripted, while Global Agenda features dynamic content due to player interaction.

The frustration sets in when you try to participate in the fun of endgame.  Global Agenda suffers from the same debilitating problem that plagued early World of Warcraft players.  The bar to enter endgame is too restrictive, and too dependent on being in the “proper” guild.  Hi-Rez Studios attempted to head this off by allowing any player to enter Alliance versus Alliance combat.  If you are in an Alliance, then you can effectively participate in AvA, regardless of level.

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