This Topic of This Article Should Be Obvious

Posted by on September 25, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_hearthstone_community_rankYou’re playing a competitive activity. It doesn’t matter what it is, a sport, a video game or a board game. There’s a ranking system that groups players or teams together. This system is largely responsible for keeping the activity competitive by moving opponents between ranks depending on performance. Naturally, there can only be a relative handful of people at the top of the foodchain. After all, there can only be one champion.

To me this is simply logical. Maybe I’ve setup too many tournaments and coached too many softballs teams in my life, because it is odd that Blizzard felt the need to do an entire blog post on the topic. Perhaps, like with the chosen title, the developer wanted to fluff up your opinion of deck-building and card-playing skills. Breaking Rank 20 is feel good what with securing a seasonal card back and all. You still reside with over 75% of the community. You’ll need to break below Rank 15 to enter into any area of a postseason run.

I knew when I began my Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft career that I stunk. There’s video evidence of this on the Twitch channel. Now with over 100 wins under my belt, an understanding of most of the cards and many common strategies I feel far more competent. Ideally, additional packs and experience will enable me to bust into the top quartile of players. Once that’s secure I think I will put “Top 5,000,000 Hearthstone player” on my resume.

Instance Gratification 7: Marvel Heroes Gets its Just Desserts (Giveaway)

Posted by on September 24, 2014 - No Comments »

My day was ruined when I found out this famous cobra didn't make the patch...

My day was ruined when I found out this famous cobra didn’t make the patch…

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.

An amazing chat was had between myself and Ryan Collins, aka Ryolnir, of Gazillion Entertainment. The community manager of Marvel Heroes 2014 and I geeked out over a parade of topics during our in-house livestream interview. It was just the introduction of Rogue or the Bronx Zoo to the dungeon crawling action combat title, but the latest movies, upcoming storyarcs for Marvel and Marvel Heroes and a ton more. Two old, nerdy souls just having at it answering questions and taking queues off the audience really.

No wonder why I’ve such an insatiable itch to get back on my Black Panther character and return to spamming Fan of Knives and rolling around picking up vast swaths of loot. Seeing as I get to select what I play for the Lore Hound Twitch that is exactly what is going to happen in this week’s episode of Instance Gratification. Thank heavens for semi autonomy!

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 one of my boosters runs out. See you there! Read more…

Cryptic Unveils Neverwinter Module 5: Rise of Tiamat

Posted by on September 23, 2014 - No Comments »

cd6703271852105d26241860d7ba5c2f1411458772Perfect World has done it again. Scarcely has the one expansion gone by when another is announced. Who doesn’t love Tiamat?

Module 5: Rise of Tiamat brings an epic adventure revolving around the resurrection of the five-headed draconic goddess Tiamat.  The storylines in this new module complement the new adventure module of the same name for tabletop play.  This new module continues the battle between players and the Cult of the Dragon, with a climatic clash with one of Neverwinter’s most powerful dragons.

This module brings more than new quests, however. The teaser page mentions a new scourge warlock paragon class, new items, bigger battles… and the ever delightful much more. Read more…

MOBA Monday: A Very Special Instance Gratification (Video)

Posted by on September 22, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_marvel_heroes_rogueMOBA 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 in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Today’s MOBA Monday is going off the rails to present you with the seventh episode of Instance Gratification. You see Gazillion Entertainment unleashed Rogue upon the players of Marvel Heroes and, after getting ahold of us, we simply can’t deny her. It probably wasn’t the smartest move considering we happen to be at the development office. At any rate, we’re going to be chumming it up with Ryan Collins, the community manager behind the loot spewing dungeon crawler from David Brevik.

General shenanigans will certainly ensure. So ridiculous was our last interview that we had all had Captain America garb, saw a rainbow of items drops for Collins and dissed Moon Knight more time than a licensing company should be allowed to do on live “tv”. Which useless Marvel superhero should be poke fun at until an inferiority complex sets in this week?!

Today’s A Very Special MOBA Monday will kick off around 3:00 PM EST. 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. Read more…

F2P Friday: Naxxramas to Go Down Before SolForge Kicks Off (Giveaway)

Posted by on September 19, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_f2p_friday_solforge_hearthstone_flameblade_championF2P 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.

Last week’s F2P Friday was once again tarnished due to my continued Comcast connection issues. In an odd way, it’s a good thing that I’m on the road as my Internet, ironically, has been far more stable. That should enable me to complete the third assault on Naxxramas. Who knows if I’ll down the icy dragon before heading to Kel’Thuzad in the allotted time for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Valeria is more dangerous than ever after picking up some great new cards.

We’re sticking with digital card games through the entire stream today. After the expected defeat of Naxxramas it’s time to check out a Kickstarter success from Stone Blade Entertainment. SolForge nearly doubled its $250,000 goal stretching to include a promo playset, extra hard currency and card animations. Unfortunately, the funding fell just short of co-op raid style bosses. This’ll be a Let’s Play open beta experience complete with giveaways. Come learn the game with me!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which will be replaced later with the recorded edition of the show. The stream will appear at its normal time, sans my face, at 1:00 PM EST to about 3:00 PM EST. Read more…

Rogue Joins Marvel Heroes and Ruins Everything

Posted by on September 18, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_marvel_heroes_rogueShe’s breathtaking. Beautiful. Out of reach. A women that enamors the strongest of men. Her intelligence puts me in a self-conscious, catatonic state like none other. Hair; the perfect length. It frames her face in the most intimate manner. She’s enchanting. Consuming. Completely untouchable. Eyes that demand viewing. Consuming orbs. Artistic flecks of Michelangelo perfection.  A body that requires to be draped with an artistic amount of tight spandex. Teasing aspects of the female – all consuming – anatomy notwithstanding, Rogue is coming to Marvel Heroes!

/me shakes it off

I’m sorry, have you kissed Rogue before?! She $%^&* devours any kind of self respect/protection/decency/mutant power you could possibly contain. Don’t you dare move anywhere near that lady without being covered in a full body condom. You may be too young to remember this, but it’s simply a requirement to be covered in latex when near her. Especially now that she’s freely available in Marvel Heroes 2015.

I don’t think the developers fully comprehend the insanity that they’ve unleashed. Brevik thought the mind control from Emma Frost was bad…This will be infinitely more complicated!

We’ll have full coverage of Rogue with Ryan Collins from Gazillion’s new office on a special Monday edition of Instance Gratification next week. We’ll see you there! Read more…

Albion Online Is On Steam Greenlight

Posted by on September 17, 2014 - No Comments »

albiononlineThe next few years are really looking to be a golden age for sandbox gaming.  Another one has joined the fray; Albion Online is now on Steam Greenlight!

A player driven economy.. pvp… player housing and player built cities… freeform character customization.. cross platform – yes! Full Linux support!

But I’ll admit, they caught my interest at player driven, local, economy. That’s right … remember the good old days of hunting bone chips in Nektulos and carting them off to the Commonlands tunnel to sell? Looks like something like that can pop up in Albion! How can you say no to regional, player driven economies?

And cross platform play. Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows.. now everyone can play together.

Sound interesting? Worth supporting? Vote yes on greenlight, read about the game on their official page or Facebook.

Champions Online Gets Tough with Steel Crusade (Interview)

Posted by on September 17, 2014 - 38 Comments »

CO_SteelCrusade_RoboPunchWhat do you do when you and your Millenium City friends are confronted with a robot super villain that wants to eradicate all forms of sentient life in Champions Online? Party up and take on the heartless steel monster? Head to new zones, even new satellites to put down the nanobot virus as if it were polio?

If you said “Yes!”, good for you. You’re a true Champion. We’re pencil pushers, so we ask for help from Cryptic Studios.

LoreHound: Who are you, and what do you do in regards to the game?

Cryptic: I’m Russell Williams, and I’m the studio director at Cryptic North which is based in Seattle. I help set the long term vision for the game, do playtests, and generally beat up bad guys in Millennium City.

Champions Online has been out for quite a while now, and there are doubtless many players who have left the game, or never given it a try at all. If given the chance to sit down with any of them, what would you say? Why should a player consider returning to the game now or giving it a try if they never have before?

The depth of content. This is a game that has been running for five years, and we have been building onto it continuously for all that time, so it has a huge number of missions, villains, vehicles, locations, and powers to explore. Plus, we’ve been tuning and refining the game while paying close attention to player feedback, so new players will have a much more polished experience, and we have new features to provide additional depth for long time veteran players, such as the Reawakened Automaton. Read more…