16 December 2011
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We launched the Official LoreHound.com fan guild inside Shakes & Fidget awhile back now. Despite the fact that the guild launched on the oldest server, it’s become one of the most powerful. In a scant few weeks the guild rose from the depths of the Level 1 guild ranks, a seemingly bottomless pit, to become a Top 75 ranked guild. Recently pixiestixy, the guild’s GM, surpassed the Level 100 (gratz!) mile marker, enabling the guild to bring the pain to Guild Dungeons like never before. Boss mobs like the Invisible Threat and the Starfish of Death have already met their match.
There’s truly never been a better time to start in Shakes & Fidget. The game recently received its largest content patch to date and its now available on Android smartphones and tablets. The patch introduced Weekend Events, Playa’s version of the MMOG staple daily quests. The Android client, well that just speaks for itself, even if it is in beta.
Oh, and the forum is chock full of information for the newcomers, hosted by none other than iTZKooPA.
In addition, Lore Hound’s in-game bonuses have continued to increase at a good clip, offering guildmates wild experience and gold bonuses. The guild has opened its ranks to new players, and we’d love for one of them to be you, a faithful reader. All you need to do is sign-up (takes less than five minutes) and play. There’s nothing to install and nothing to buy.
Once you’re account is created on Server 1, shoot pixiestixy or MaxBooger an in-game mail for an invite.
22 June 2011
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I am very backlogged.
In fact, I quit World of Warcraft. Again. It’s the second time that Blizzard’s behemoth has fallen out of favor with me. To be honest, it took me by complete surprise. I was frothing at the mouth for the Cataclysm, the rebooting of the world. Despite the revamped world, new direction in story telling and new content, I felt the grasp slipping. Then my ferret passed, and as sappy as it sounds, WoW and said furball were inexplicably linked in my psyche. When I was playing, she would be skittering across my keyboard. With her gone, I couldn’t bring myself to login. For months.
Solidsamm and Solidsagart have been dark since. Their candles slowly burning to the nub. June 1, 2011 saw the fire succumb to the wax pool. The subscription expired.
Azeroth has been replaced by a cavalcade of titles from niches high and low. Everything from 3DS distractions to single-player RPGs have been devoured. FPS games have seen their return, League of Legends is back on top of the regular rotation and StarCraft II has me constantly lacking pylons. On the MMOG front, Global Agenda and World of Tanks have encroached on Rift’s time, with various F2P games seeing installs from time to time. There’s little chance of any of these titles garnering my undivided attention like WoW did. That is until TERA or Guild Wars 2 comes out.
Until then, it’s into the backlog of unopened games, unfinished projects, quirky Flash games and the new crop of browser-based titles.
27 April 2011
| | Mordil
I will always be the first one to admit that I tend to have what many refer to as “a lack of focus.” I’m often doing so many things at once that it baffles some people how I get it all done.
At any given moment online, I could be texting, whispering 3 people, listening to music, talking to my guild in vent, and tanking / healing at the same time.
Frankly, I sometimes don’t get things done, and I skip doing them altogether, or miss opportunities to say, log in to WoW to do my daily random to finish off more important things, say U.S. History homework.
However, something has been addictive as of late, and keeps pulling me to log on and check what is happening: Shakes and Fidget. I can’t exactly explain what goes on in my head, but it’s something about the gameplay that I find so fun, and S&F takes it to the most simple model.
From questing by just selecting one of three that are available at a time, and then waiting for the proper “travel time” to arrive to fight a monster, to going into a dungeon solo to take on a boss with just simple clicks. I can’t resist doing as much as I can, as fast as I can. Continue Reading
6 April 2011
| | pixiestixy
Here’s my usual setup while playing WoW: WoW is displayed on my large monitor hooked up to a powerful desktop for extra visual fun. My wimpier laptop sits to my left at my desk — playing music, skyping, playing videos, or simply staying available for my occasional trip to WoWhead for quest help without the need to tab out of the game. But I’ve now found a far superior use for that laptop, and it’s the game Shakes & Fidget.
Like most of you, I was skeptical about this game when I first signed up. It’s a browser game — no downloads required — and has a real-time aspect that translates to spending a lot of time in-game simply waiting around to finish a quest, complete a work shift, battle the next dungeon monster or get your arena on. But that’s also the same thing that brings beauty to the game – that you can set it up and leave until you are ready for the next task.
Between quests while playing WoW, I can queue up my S&F character for her business. I refocus attention back on the main screen until I hear that unmistakable “zing, clack, whirr” sound of battle starting on the laptop. I don’t have to actively participate — but I want to at least watch to see how my character performs with the latest attributes that I’ve leveled. Continue Reading
1 April 2011
| | iTZKooPA
We’re not the New York Times. We’re not going to throw up a paywall in front of our jargon (or get tricked by April Fool’s Day pranks). No, that would defeat the purpose of this blog, which is to express our great love of the medium that entertains us so thoroughly. To spread its word and highlight the highs and lows of the industry. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need money. We have domain fees, hosting charges and all that pesky camera equipment to worry about. And let’s not forget about the hamsters that run our gear. They need both food and water! Daily! Those needy critters.
One of the ways you can support LoreHound.com is by playing a game. Yes, that’s it. Fire up your browser of choice (like the one you’re in right now) and head over to Shakes & Fidget to make an account. The name may ring a bell, as it was once an extremely popular WoW comic, before Blizzard sent it a letter of the Cease & Desist nature. “No matter” the creators said. “We’ll just do something different with the property.” Fast forward a few months and a free-to-play browser game set in a hilarious fantasy world was born.
The title is basic, a text-based MUD fleshed out with hilarious art and quest text, which allows it to be played without giving it constant attention. Basic, yet highly addictive. Pick your actions and let your newly-created orc, human, gnome, dark elf, demon or dwarf ravage the countryside and assault dungeons for epic loot. “How epic?” you ask. How about chicken-based bazookas and bows made out of rockets epic. Is that epic enough for you?!
LoreHound.com has setup an official fan guild on Server 1 that is currently being lorded over by resident blogger Kershocker. The guild is in need of members to start participating in the endgame, Guild Wars and Guild Dungeons. Players of all levels are welcome.
Don’t worry, there’s no fire to stand in.
Shoot Kersh an in-game message for an invite. Sign up today!