Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited

  • A dwarf walks into a bar...

    A good many jokes start with some variation on that theme, but it's no joke when you're unable to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons Online due to a few inconsiderate buffoons in the taverns. Darkgolem, in the guise of his gruff dwarf character, Thrumm, takes on the topic of tavern etiquette in an editorial that would make Emily Post proud.

    As he walks into the tavern, Thrumm notices how crowded it is. Being a short stout dwarf, ordinarily overcrowding is a concern for him, but he has two advantages over the soft city-goers who would jostle him as they approach the bar. One is his massive axe, which he carries with the blade pointing out from his body, quite on purpose. It’s no coincidence that the 4-foot-long haft of the weapon projects over his shoulder into the air in front of him at an angle. It works great as a means of “accidentally” bumping some lily handed mage who is too deep in conversation about the metaphysics of Eberron to avoid coming between a dwarf and his beer. The other, less subtle advantage Thrumm has is his smell; a hill fighting warrior dwarf has more to worry about than simple cleanliness.

    Read "Blessed too Much" at DDO - TenTonHammer and learn how to behave in a Stormreach bar!

    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
  • Well golly that was fast! Most of the time you don't see modules until after at least 6 months of release.

    March 14, 2006 - Turbine is pleased to announce the first module for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINETM: StormreachTM (DDO). The Dragon's Vault module will provide players the opportunity to battle the dangerous Vault of Night that is protected by a ferocious guardian – the red dragon! This module, scheduled for release in April, is the first in a series of planned modules that will provide new content and features for DDO, the hit MMOG that launched February 28th and quickly became the fastest growing MMOG in North America.

    Let the modding begin!

    See what's new at our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community!

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    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • Turbine creates a stable economy

    They say money makes the world go 'round. In most massively-multiplayer online games (MMOGs) it's all too true as our Lyle Vertigo laments. Gold farmers--people who keep repeating a quest or killing certain monsters to collect currency--sell videogame money for actual dollars in real money transactions (RMT). Players with tons of gold from RMT buy all of the good items in the auction, driving up prices. The ridiculous amount of coins in circulation leads to inflation. Inflation? In a game!

    Turbine has taken measures to prevent all of this in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO):

    Distribution of currency between players and NPCs is very simplified in DDO. DDO has no delivery boxes, no auction houses, and no player shops. NPCs will always buy low and sell a lot higher. This helps to reduce currency circulation. Sometimes NPCs will give you currency directly as a quest reward instead of giving you an item.

    Read what Lyle has to say about the newest MMO economy at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Mar 13, 2006
  • Halle Berry's Got Nothing on This Sorcerer!

    In Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach, the sorcerer is fun to play because her quick cast times and plentiful supply of spell points provide raw power. The fact that she is limited to a set number of spells known makes picking the right spells paramount. It also allows for some very "custom" Custom Builds.

    Ralsu brings us a sorcerer whose powers seem to center around storms:

    The Stormcaller blasts away at single enemies with Lightning Bolt. The Greater Magnetism III Enhancement gives this and all electricity spells +40% damage. Any foe strong enough to survive that can be shocked a little harder by activating the Empower Spell Feat. When enemies swarm the Stormcaller and his companions, he uses Hypnotism, Fog Cloud, Web, Sleet Storm, and Solid Fog to slow them down or incapacitate them

    Analyze the entire build at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Mar 13, 2006
  • Turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so...

    Arrgh! I can't get the song out of my head now!

    SAKURA Internet Will Distribute DDO to Fans in 2006

    Turbine, Inc. has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with SAKURA Internet Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Turbine will work closely with SAKURA to localize DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ for the Japanese market. SAKURA also will market, distribute, and operate the game in that territory.

    Let's hear it for World Dominion!

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    Fri, Mar 10, 2006
  • With a hammer and a prayer...

    Think healers are wimps that can't hold their own in a fight? Think again! Zed offers up some suggestions for playing a cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) that's at home in the trenches with the front-line fighters--the battle cleric. Read his guide to learn how to create a cleric whose healing skills are secondary to his defensive and fighting skills.

    The battle cleric joins the front rank fighters in the thick of battle. His spells focus on self and party combat buffs. For all accounts, he would be as armed and armored as any fighter--heavy weapons, shields, full plate. Healing is secondary to the battle cleric, only being used when group members drop dangerously low in health.

    Get suited up for battle with The Battle Cleric at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
  • A Barbarian, a Fighter, and a Ranger Walk into a Tavern...

    Can a group made up of barbarians, fighters and rangers survive the dungeons of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) without a healer or crowd controller? Darkgolem thinks so. He offers up strategies for handling this, as well as some other unconventional grouping situations. It all comes down to knowing the three roles that are critical to a well-rounded party.

    First and foremost, it is important that the distinction between a character’s role in an adventure and a character’s class is clear. A character’s role is what function they have in making a party successful. A class (for the purpose of this article) is the skill set that character uses to fulfill that role.

    Read the guide and learn how to really party!

    Tue, Mar 07, 2006
  • Bard's the Ward!

    Everyone loves the bonuses to attack and damage bonuses that come from the bard in the party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Many people consider it a plus if the bard can handle a weapon, too. But the main thing expected of any bard once he joins the party is that he will be ready with his cure spells to help keep the party alive.

    Ralsu is a bard who focuses on crowd control. His battle strategy is to immobilize the enemy so that no one needs a cure spell in the first place. In fact, Ralsu doesn't know any cure spells at all:

    Be ready for personal attacks and slander against your mother for not specializing in Cure spells. People expect bards to be healers...The CCC is dedicated to rendering monsters incapacitated so that the heavy hitters can deal with them in a leisurely manner...Extra Song V and Inspired Damage II are two Enhancements that combine to allow the CCC to keep the entire party buffed almost constantly with bonueses to hit and damage.

    Analyze the entire bard-crowd control build at DDO-TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • Does DDO Need to Tidy Up?

    North American servers for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach flung open their doors to welcome new gamers on February 28, 2006. Did players arrive to find a spotlessly clean game, or were there smudges on the windows and cobwebs in the corners? Shayalyn may like hanging out with DDO, but she's got a few cleaning tips for its developers, Turbine, Inc. Is DDO Martha Stewart approved? You decide!

    Don’t get me wrong--I like DDO. I play it and I enjoy it. I do think that Turbine delivered on their promise to make an entertaining massively multi-player online game (MMOG) that would come as close as possible to replicating the pen-and-paper (PnP) Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying experience. I’m down with that. But...

    Yeah, there’s always a “but.”

    Grab a broom and a dust pan and get into Spring Cleaning at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • LYON, FRANCE – 3 March 2006 – Atari announced that the English language version of Turbine’s DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™, the first massively multiplayer online (“MMO”) role-playing game inspired by the legendary pen and paper game, has launched today in Europe. The localized German and French versions of the title are on schedule to launch on March 23rd and 24th respectively. "

    All of you blokes across the pond may cheer now.

    Get all of your Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach info right here!

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    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
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