Too Long: Didn’t Read – Varian Wrynn

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Is your ability to read hampered by TL:DRitis? Ever want to just know the basics of a character in Warcraft?  Tired of scrolling through tomes of information you already know?  Want bite-sized lore that can be expanded into hour-consuming sessions on a need-to-know basis?  Then “In 250 Words or Less*” is for you!

The young Varian Wrynn, son of the King of Stormwind, Llane Wrynn, took over the crown after he witnessed the assassination of his father by Garona Halforcen.  The ensuing chaos led to Varian’s exile to Lordaeron, where he befriended Arthas Menethil.  With the aid of Lordaeron and the rest of the Alliance, Varian reclaimed his kingdom.

The lull in warfare allowed Wrynn to focus on rebuilding his land, and his family.  During this time Katrana Prestor refused to pay the Stonemasons for their hand in restoring Stormwind.  Her tampering ultimately lead to the rioting in Stormwind, the death of Tiffin, Varian’s wife, and the kidnapping of Varian by the Defias Brotherhood.

During his struggle to escape, Varian lost his memory and was captured by a traveling band of gladiator combatants.  His military training kicked in, allowing him to lead his team to numerous victories, earning him the name of Lo’GoshAegwynn manages to clear his fractured memory, revealing him as the lost king of Stormwind.  Lo’Gosh began his journey home only to discover that an impostor had claimed his throne.  Lo’Gosh disclosed Katrana as Onyxia and pursued her to her lair with his impostor.  His soul as one, Varian returns to Stormwind, with Onyxia’s head.

Whole again, Varian returns to his duties only to learn of Bolvar’s death at Wrathgate.  In his honor, Varian leads a charge into Undercity to kill Varimathras.  The betrayal is the last straw for Varian, who confronts Thrall and vows that peace will never come.

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Varian does not play a major role in the attack against Icecrown Citadel.  He does have a cameo in which he tells Bronzebeard to stand down and allow Saurfang The Elder to reclaim his son’s body.  Varian will play a major role in Cataclysm.

*Count does not include the introduction or footer.

Follow Lore Hound on Twitter, Win a Celestial Steed

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - 10 Comments »

The title of this post says it all: Follow @LoreHound on Twitter, and you will automatically be entered to win a loot code for a shiny new Celestial Steed.

We’ve already announced this nifty new contest in a few different places on the site, but this post now makes it official. We’re aiming to hit 2,000 followers. Once we do, we will randomly choose one of our followers to receive the lucky prize.

So, please. Save a pony from being put down. And help me get all this sparkly, stardust out of my hair. Follow us on Twitter. And spread the word to your friends. She-Ra will thank you.

**Update** Yes, the contest is still on! Keep sending Twitter followers our way so we can get up to our goal and give away a beautiful Celestial Steed. In the meantime, also enjoy this video of pixie pimping the contest:

Wizard101 Updates with Pet System and World of Celestia

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

KingsIsle Entertainment has announced the two major content updates for their award-winning MMO Wizard101. The first one is an Advanced Pet system coming out this spring. The Advanced Pet system will bring a new dimension of interaction within Wizard101 as players can race their pets in the expansive Pet Derby, participate in new pet-themed minigames, feed and train them, and use them as allies in magic duels. Players will be able to level their pets from an egg to ancient beings with incredible powers.

The second big content update, the world of Celestia is coming out this summer and will give players a giant new location to explore. Inspired by Atlantis, it will put all you young wizards deep beneath the sea, filled with dangers and rewards. Celestia also increases the level cap in Wizard101 from level 50 up to level 60, as well as introducing three new secondary schools of magic. Celestia will officially open in late summer. Starting in June players can undertake new quests to discover the secrets of this new world and begin to unlock the story behind Celestia. These are Wizard101 updates planned this year. Visit the website for more info.

Faunasphere Celebrates Caretakers

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

Faunasphere is holding its first annual Caretaker’s Celebration, and everyone is invited to join! The celebration offers continued bonus experience from the past week, as well as new backgrounds, new items, new nest ideas, and a commemorative gold trophy for every caretaker. There will also be a special hunt several times a day with extra special awards. A special goal is also available with a lucrative reward for those who participate, and community projects have had their restart time dropped to two minutes to help all players enjoy the festivities. More information on the game as well as the event is available here.

Global Agenda to Hit Retail Shelves in Europe

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

Global Agenda will hit store shelves in Europe, courtesy of premier-publisher Iceberg Interactive. After a successful digital-only launch, Hi-Rez Studios and Iceberg Interactive decided that the game should have a boxed version released in Europe. The English-language European Retail release is planned for early September 2010, with a German release following shortly after.  The release will include Global Agenda‘s upcoming Sandstorm expansion pack, as well as other previously unreleased content, introducing a wide array of new devices, weapons and content into the game, including Open PvE zones and a large-scale PvP Warzone featuring 64-player battles. So, Europeans, keep checking your local game stores for a boxed version of Global Agenda, soon. For more information on the game itself, visit the official site or read our detailed Global Agenda review.

APB (All Points Bulletin) Beta Registration Live

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - 11 Comments »

Beta registration for the highly anticipated All Points Bulletin is now live. Hype has been high for this title as it is attempting to be the closest thing to a completely online version of Grand Theft Auto. The game is being developed by Realtime Worlds, the guys who brought us Crackdown. We have high hopes that this ambitious project is in good hands, the title even made MMOCrunch’s Most Anticipated MMOs of 2010 list.

The minimum requirements to run All Points Bulletin:

  • Core 2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
  • 2GB RAM (3GB for Vista64 / Windows 7 64)
  • nVidia GeForce 7800 – 256MB or equivalent
  • 20GB Hard disk space

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

RuneFest 2010 Announced

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - No Comments »

Jagex, the UK’s largest independent games company, has announced RuneFest 2010, which plans to be the biggest player event ever for the RuneScape community. RuneFest 2010 will be the first real-world player event of its size for the the company, and the UK.

RuneFest 2010 will be taking place on August 28th, 2010. The location of where the event will be held is currently unknown, but it has been described as “a very exciting central London venue.”

The event intends to replicate the RuneScape experience, with bringing various aspects of the game to life, such as featuring themed areas for players to experience real-world RuneScape activities.

Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex commented;

“The team is absolutely electric with enthusiasm for this event, we’ve always wanted to do a fan celebration for our players but crucially not just any old player convention – we insisted that it would be something that was not only different from tired conventions, but an intimate, memorable and naturally incredibly fun, festive fan celebration. This is certainly going to be a landmark event and one of the best parties we’ve ever had. The team and I are really excited about meeting and celebrating our biggest fans namely our epic community, we have also got a few surprises up our sleeve that I’m certain our players will love.”

Tickets for this event will go on sale later this month. For more information on RuneFest 2010, head on over to the official site.

Cataclysm Raid Progression Refinements

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - 9 Comments »

Nethaera dropped a bombshell on the raiding community of WoW today, announcing some major changes to the way that raid lockouts and progression will work in Cataclysm. No longer will 10- and 25-man raids have separate lockouts, and no longer will they have different loot tables. The end goal is to make the content equally difficult in both modes to balance this out.

In order to reward players for successfully coordinating 25 players, bosses on 25 man mode will drop more loot per person than in 10-man mode, including gear, badges, and gold. Heroic modes will work similarly to the current Icecrown Citadel mechanic of toggling on a per-boss basis.

The developers would also like to shorten individual raids while keeping the overall amount of raid content the same. To that end, the first tiers of raiding in Cataclysm will feature multiple shorter raids instead of one long raid. They are also planning on tuning the first tiers of raids to players in quest and dungeon rewards, but hope not to trivialize heroic dungeons.

We are bound to hear some arguments both for and against these broad changes from now until well after Cataclysm is released, especially with many questions left unanswered. My main concern? What about the achievements?!

See the full announcement after the break.

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