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Heroes of Newerth (HoN) - ITT we stop buying the Runed Axe already!

ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Games and Technology
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Heroes of Newerth or HoN is a team-based strategic multiplayer game where you assume the role of a hero on the Legionnaire or Hellbourne alliance. The game is currently in closed-beta and is largely based on the popular Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients, making several improvements in match making, graphics, hosting, and support.

The game runs on Windows, MAC OSX, and Linux.

IMPORTANT: For those of you in the beta, feel free to TALK in this thread, but kindly post no screenshots or link to videos. Savage has asked that we refrain from such activities at this time, and it's in our interests to comply and not get several of us kicked from the Beta.

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Penny-Arcade Players in Closed Beta
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Guides for Beta Testers
Basic Game Play Guides
New and even semi-experienced DotA players should read these guides.
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Hero Specific Guides

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  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Anyone still have a key?

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  • ShabootyShabooty Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
  • ch40sch40s Registered User
    edited July 2009
    I'd love a beta key =]

    PLZ

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  • TracerBulletTracerBullet Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Man, I believe, thus far, I've proven myself useless to my team.

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  • JutranjoJutranjo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm Jutranjo here and in game.

  • Thor1590Thor1590 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd like a key, if anyone has any left. I'll be Aphrodesizach if I get one.

  • Battle JesusBattle Jesus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    my username is Aarnog. I might be on later tonight.

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  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Got a key (thanks Lurk!) and will be downloading it tonight.

    Username: Kris_xK

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  • redraptorredraptor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Thanks for the key whomever sent it. I'll probably be on a little later as redraptor. Is there a channel system or something to meet under?

  • DracilDracil Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    It'd be nice if people only request from ONE person at a time. If they get sent, they are used up even if you already got a key. If you do get a second key, please let people in the thread know so they can get it from you.

    Also, FYI, we need your emails.

  • ImperfectImperfect Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I wouldn't worry about being awful. We're all generally pretty bad 'round these parts. And besides, the vast majority of us are playing simply for the fun factor, so nobody's gonna shit on your head for not knowing what's going on.

  • FeldornFeldorn Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I tried playing DotA a few times... but I wasn't l33t enough and normally got bitched at constantly for being a noob.

    would be fun to give this a try. I plan on playing League of Legends when it comes out as well.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The HoN players aren't any less elitist than the DotA players. Only difference is there's a slightly better matchmaking criteria (e.g. "newbs only" games that only allow new players in, doesn't top the good players from getting in, though), and a lot more people just trying to figure out what's going on.

    Also, built in voice chat means you can be called names in a dozen languages, and with such colourful accents. Good times.

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  • ChewyWafflesChewyWaffles Registered User
    edited July 2009
  • FeldornFeldorn Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    thanks for the key dracil. I'll make my account in a few hours when i'm home from work.

    @page- you know, if i could get some people from new zealand in there bitching me out about how suck i am, i wouldn't care, because i'd be laughing so hard the tears would prevent me from even playing <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

    /played WoW with a group from NZ, it was freakin hilarious to listen to their conversations.

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Thanks a lot for the key Dracil. Ill be sure to post my in-game name here once I create an account.

    PSN / XBL: PatParadize
  • In Starscream We TrustIn Starscream We Trust Registered User
    edited July 2009
    thanks Dracil, you're the man

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  • FeldornFeldorn Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Imperfect wrote: »
    I wouldn't worry about being awful. We're all generally pretty bad 'round these parts. And besides, the vast majority of us are playing simply for the fun factor, so nobody's gonna shit on your head for not knowing what's going on.

    I gotta say, this is exactly how I would describe my experience in playing DOTA. bravo sir... i've been chortling to myself for the last 10 minutes thinking about it.

    I'm glad there is some form of match making.

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  • DisDis Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Thanks to Dracil for the Beta Key ^^

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  • ChewyWafflesChewyWaffles Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Dracil you da man. Thanks!

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    This is the greatest game of all time and I never have to play dota again. That is all. I have 3 keys but I dunno what I'm doing with them just yet.

    My SteamID Gamertag and PSN: TheLawinator
  • In Starscream We TrustIn Starscream We Trust Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Okay I am in. My in game nick is deadwizard, add me to the OP please!

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  • ShabootyShabooty Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    there a list of DotA item names to HoN item names?

  • JutranjoJutranjo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The item sorting in the shop is pretty good, you can figure out what's what pretty fast in a solo game, just make it private and invite noone.

    I love how earthshacker got replaced by Behemoth, which was the siege unit of the beasts in Savage 1. I just noticed that now.

  • AshdrakeAshdrake Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I would love a beta key as well if there are any left.

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  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I think it'd be nice to try this game, even though I'm absolutely terrible at DotA.

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  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Yay, thanks Dracil!

  • baronfelbaronfel Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Muchos Gracias, Dracil, downloading now!

  • redraptorredraptor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Oh jees I idled for a second and the game autoboots you actually, my bad. I was staring at items for part of it. You neglect how much of being good at Dota is just being familar with all the heroes, abilities, and items.

    I did think it was funny that some of the heroes are so similar that people actually refer to them as the names of their dota counterparts. I guess its a matter of matching up who is who in the new visual style. The interface seems strong at a first glance, albeit a bit confusing.

  • MorkathMorkath Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd be interested in a key if there are any left.

    I never got WC3 so I missed out on DoTA, but it always looked interesting. Plus I always was a fan of the savage series.

    e:got one!

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  • SparserLogicSparserLogic Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd love to give it a try if anyone has an extra key. Otherwise I'd just be curious to get your impressions on it.

  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm downloading now, account name is Scosglen. Anyone else in the beta feel free to message me and we can play some games.

  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Many thanks to Dracil for the beta invite. Username is Peewi and I'm downloading it now.

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  • übergeekübergeek Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd like a key whenever more become available.

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  • MorkathMorkath Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Woo, thanks Dracil!

    Will install it when I get home from work tonight.

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    redraptor wrote: »
    Oh jees I idled for a second and the game autoboots you actually, my bad. I was staring at items for part of it. You neglect how much of being good at Dota is just being familar with all the heroes, abilities, and items.

    I did think it was funny that some of the heroes are so similar that people actually refer to them as the names of their dota counterparts. I guess its a matter of matching up who is who in the new visual style. The interface seems strong at a first glance, albeit a bit confusing.
    It is kind of weird that this is literally a direct almost picture perfect copy of Dota. I mean wouldn't they get in trouble for basically making the exact same game?

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  • P10P10 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Icefrog is completely fine with it. I don't know why S2 doesn't just hire him though.

    Technically Blizzard could sue because I believe there is a clause in the WC3 editor that states that all content made in the editor is property of Blizzard (or something to that effect) but that's never going to happen.

  • redraptorredraptor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Icefrog is completely fine with it. I don't know why S2 doesn't just hire him though.

    Technically Blizzard could sue because I believe there is a clause in the WC3 editor that states that all content made in the editor is property of Blizzard (or something to that effect) but that's never going to happen.

    Its cool that he gave them the go ahead, but I feel bad that a lot of the work that he and some of the other people who had worked on DoTA kind of got vultured here. If they had managed to get him to come over it really would have helped to legitimize the game as a dota-killer.

  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Well, it's DotA as of a few versions ago, and poorly balanced right now for being that. If they keep copying DotA it isn't going to work, if they start doing their own thing then they have a chance.

    It'll be interesting to see how the implement new things from DotA. I'm looking at QoP right now, who has been nerfed to hell in the current version of DotA, but is one of the characters slated to be introduced to HoN soon. Or what they're going to do about towers and backdooring. 6.60+ of DotA reworked the towers and added a new anti-backdooring system, HoN is backdoor central right now without any way of stopping it -- there's not even a glyph yet. As well, certain items work differently in HoN, making characters play differently. Like Luna (Moon Queen) can get and use some items in HoN that she couldn't really use in DotA, making for some good times. Or which version of the Blink Dagger they're going to use (old, free blink where everyone and their brother gets it, super nerfed blink where it was almost useless, or current blink that's pretty good and only a must have for a few characters).

    The game plays a lot faster than DotA, seems to be just the way the engine works, so I don't know if it's going to be more push oriented than DotA is now -- and DotA is pretty push oriented right now, or if they're going to pull that back and make ricing better, which some people like and I personally can't stand.

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  • JutranjoJutranjo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The blink dagger's already in, when you get hit by an enemy hero it gives it a 3 sec CD.

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