Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited

  • Did you bring protection?

    In Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, Shayalyn and Ralsu take a seemingly simple job of protecting a crate of goods in Kenbrooke's basement. They are confronted by and entire gang of thieves intent on destroying the crate and killing them:

    My spectral companion growled into the gloom once more and we spotted more brigands making their way toward us, trying to use stealth to remain undetected. Several of them were upon us quickly, and I saw both Ralsu and Aloyce take punishing blows from the thugs. I drew back, chanted an incantation, and healed them each by turn. Calten hung back in a corner, whispering his own magical words, and I watched as several bolts of magic tore into the flesh of the bandits, the manifestation of his spell.

    How did our intrepid adventurers survive the ordeal? Read Quest Journal #4 at DDO - TenTonHammer to find out!

    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
  • Hairy footed, or hugely hearted?

    Ralsu supplies us with the essential information to understand another playable race in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. They're small and resourceful, nimble and curious. They're halflings!

    Halflings are cunning survivalists who choose adventure as a way to acquire the wealth and luxury they revere. Most seek to avoid physical confrontation, relying on wit and reflexes to survive. Their trust in their skills permits them to demonstrate bravery even in desperate situations.

    Learn more about halflings at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
  • DDO elves, fresh off the.... shelves?

    Ralsu conjures up another guide to the races of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, this time painting a word portrait of the beautiful and mysterious elf.

    An elf often seeks adventure because of stagnation in her life. A race that can live over 700 years, elves have ample time to explore the curiosities in life. Elves are neither rash nor greedy. They gain perspective from their years of experience. When elven curiosity points to a goal, elves demonstrate remarkable concentration and persistence.

    Learn more about elves in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach at DDO TenTonHammer

Tue, Feb 07, 2006
  • Clerics inciting others to violence? And we're not even talking about Danish cartoons.

    Zed brings us the information needed to build a better cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, and he insists clerics are more than simple healers.

    Whilst clerics in DDO are still the primary healing class they offer much more versatility to a group. They are capable of buffing the entire party’s combat skills or other important ability scores, crowd control and even some powerful offensive spell casting. Plus, clerics can enter front line combat, hiding behind shield and heavy armour to aid the fighters in bringing down their foes.

    The Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Cleric starter guide, only at DDO @ TenTonHammer. And don't worry: Shayalyn and Zed promise that no alter boys were harmed in the making of this guide!

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
  • Stormreach: Quest for Glory - Quest Journal #3

    Excitement continues to build for Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach, the next MMO in line to launch later this month (Feb. 28)! Ralsu and Shaylayn brave the sewers of Stormreach once again to rescue a young woman kidnapped by kobolds.

    Shayalyn howled in pain from behind me. I wheeled around to see her squaring off against a kobold. Another was scampering out of one of the inoperable waterways. I focused my magic and began telling the second kobold about the room it was entering. I described a carnival, narrating the whole scene—clowns, freaks, and patrons—and the kobold froze in amazement. It was seeing the images I rendered.

    Read Ralsu's journal at DDO @ TenTonHammer to follow the duo's thrilling exploits!

    Mon, Feb 06, 2006
  • Is Soloing in DDO Possible?

    Just how solo-friendly is Dungeons & Dragons Online? Is there a certain class/race combination that will excel at solo play? Darkgolem explores the possibilities in his editorial and draws one simple conclusion.

    The difficulty levels of dungeons increase as you go along. As you advance, you run into more and more foes in encounters. Any dungeon master who creates their own adventures, and started with level 1 dungeons, can tell you it’s hard not to kill the adventurers when they begin. You place small amounts of weak enemies in adventures, and this principle applies to DDO just as well. But as you advance, this changes, and after a few levels, a group of adventurers can handle quite a bit.

    When soloing in DDO, this will be the big problem you run into. Certainly you can handle the small amounts of foes at first, but after level 2, you will run into larger and larger amounts of foes. Soon, some of those foes can damage you fast enough that even when you’re killing them off as fast as you can, you are killed by the rest, whether by spell, arrow or sword.

    Read "Going it Alone in Dungeons and Dragons Online" at DDO @ TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Feb 06, 2006
  • has an interview with Turbine's Steve Moy. He's the Beta manager for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. A number of our readers are expressing concerns that this game, like Guild Wars will be primarily instanced. If this is so, how do you justify charging a monthly fee?
    Steve Moy:

    This is a great question and I’ll address it in two steps – our use of instancing and our monthly fee.

    To be honest, our heavy use of instancing is a design choice more than anything else and it was one of the earliest and easiest decisions we made. Simply put, Dungeons & Dragons is about tackling dangerous environments with a small party of friends, not camping a spawn in a spot crowded with 50 other characters.

    Our focus on instancing, along with our unique quest-based XP system, allows us to do things that you don’t typically expect to see in an online roleplaying game – collapsing floors, intricate puzzles, carefully-scripted encounters, deadly traps (that you can use to your advantage if you can lure monsters back into them) and of course, an ever-present sense of impending doom. What could be more D&D than that?

    As far as monthly fees go, every online roleplaying game has its own business model, and ours relies on subscription revenue to offset the significant ongoing costs of maintaining a first-class game. Once the game ships, our development team will transition into a dedicated live team whose sole focus is to ensure that DDO is a living, breathing, constantly-evolving game. A portion of your fees also support our excellent customer service and technical support teams, and all of the hardware and bandwidth costs associated with running a game like this

    You're all Doomed... DOOOMED!

    Take a look at our Dungeons & Dragons Online site. It's worth the read!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
  • Gaining entrance to Stormreach proper
    Zed introduces all the NPCs, provides an overhead map, and outlines the quests available at the Stormreach port.

    Three-Fingered Thad
    Oh dear, Thad has had yet another accident involving a dagger and his hand! However he still offers you the opportunity to buy and sell weapons.

    Zed gives you the info you need to start your DDO character's adventure. Read the Stormreach port guide at DDO @ TenTonHammer and be ready to start your journey on February 28!

    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
  • It's "Build a Bandit" - kinda like those teddy bear stores in the mall.

    How do you build the perfect bandit in Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach? Add 6 parts fighter, 4 parts rogue and shake well. If a rogueish hybrid is what you're planning for your Dungeons & Dragons Online character, we have the perfect recipe for treachery.

    The Highway Bandit stalks her prey by hiding out of sight from the road and attacking suddenly. She uses disabling feats such as Hamstring and Stunning Blow to incapacitate her victims before finishing them off with Sneak Attack.

    Stalk the Highway Bandit on our DDO @ TenTonHammer Community Site!

    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
  • Barbarian is his name... taking hits is his game!

    What takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'? Nope, not a Timex--it's the barbarian, of course. In Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, this class stands out when it comes to absorbing damage. If you're thinking of playing a barbarian, there's no better way to prepare than by reading our handy (and recently updated) class guide. You'll learn about the barbarian's important abilities, feats, skills and enhancements.

    Want to be a Mighty Barbarian? Take a look at the newest article on the TenTonHammer Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Community Site!

    Thu, Feb 02, 2006
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