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  • I'm astonished by how many of you came to the aid of the children, donating gold, badger pelts and rat tails to the Orgrimmar Children's Fund. Well done! The virtual children are learning the same lesson we are teaching our real younglings, 'If you lay around all day doing nothing, the state will support you.'
    Trinity University has taken it upon themselves, or rather upon their undergrads to write up papers that will enlighten us about MMOGs. Credibility went the way of the dodo when this diaspora of writers titled their little jaunt into our favourite hobby, 'Games for the Web'. I love playing WoW and EQ2 on the web, but City of Heroes is even better. Firefox is a dandy game interface. If you have an error in the four word title of the project it doesn't bode well for the 15 research papers you are delivering.
    MMOG pub crawl research, Vin Diesel and gobs of new MMOG info are but a click away.
    Loading... June 29, 2006 [Bachelor of Mangina Edition]

    Thu, Jun 29, 2006
  • Masterminding Machines

    Controller of machines and nanobots, this "pet" class has plenty of utility for just about any situation! With the ability to command robots and lead other Biomeks effectively, it's hard to describe them as anything but useful.

    "If Auto Assault was your tradtional sword and sorcery MMORPG, then the Biomek MasterMind would be something akin to a summoning wizard. Of course, Auto Assault isn't your tradtional MMORPG and a MasterMind would probably just run right over a summoning wizard. The Biomek MasterMind is a class that controls nanobots which can buff, debuff, and attack the enemy. They also carry plenty of other tricks up their sleeves."

    Read more at Auto Assault Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • A Domesticated RadarX???

    A massive change in Live Update #24 was the revamp of the Tradeskilling system. Join RadarX as he does what he swore he would never, and revisits crafting. Watch in horror as he knits sweaters, prepares tea, and bakes quiche.

    I have long met the word "tradeskilling" with sneering, doubt, and sobbing. When I heard the news of the tradeskill revamp last year at the community summit, I was skeptical but it sounded good on paper. After months and months of work by Beghn (who I'm sure had help), Live Update 24 finally rolled around and brought forth those dreams.

    Hurry over to EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer to learn more.

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • Druid Class Guide Intro Revamped

    When you think of the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Druid, think arcane damage dealer, earth elemental wrangler, secondary healer, and utility class extraordinaire. There's much to discover about the versatile druid, and we've compiled some of the most recent information into our revamped guide.

    "The druid is appreciated for his versatility, but his real strength lies in his alliance with natural forces, which allows him to rain down heavy damage upon his foes. Not only does he have powerful direct damage spells, but he is able to call forth an earth elemental to fight on his behalf. Although the elemental is not under the druid’s command, and returns to the earth after a battle, he is a powerful temporary ally. The druid is also able to summon a large earthen colossus which will fight to the death of the druid’s enemy (or to the druid’s death). The colossus will have powerful abilities from stuns to smashing attacks, as well as the ability to provoke an enemy’s aggression and draw its attention away from the druid and his group."

    Read more at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer!

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • Siren Songs: A Guide to Bardic Music

    Bard Week rolls on here at Ten Ton Hammer, and we have more bard goodness for you! This time, Ralsu delves into the mechanics of Bardic Music, and we offer our strong suggestion that you read his guide.

    "Because both the Fascinate and Suggestion songs are not treated as spells, high SR will not protect the target. It's purely a matter of a will save, and--fortunately--a Fascinated foe does not get a new will save to resist Suggestion. If you like to charm monsters a lot, Suggestion is a great way to do it."

    Find out more at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • Save the children. I was approached by Sally Struthers, or someone claiming to be Sally Struthers via e-mail yesterday. It appears that the Christian Children's Fund wants me to give, give, give until I become as impoverished as the children that they want me to help. At which point the children in Darfur will immigrate to Canada and forcibly extricate me from my home. They have weapons training. I don't. It's an insidious plot and I'll have no part of it.
    The letter started me thinking about the children in the MMOGs that we play. Not the real children who sit behind keyboards, their parents watching helplessly as they call me a "b1atch", their eight-year-old fingers a blur across the keyboard as their Night Elf rogue (or rouge as the cool kids call them) dismembers me in less than 12 seconds in some PvP encounter; no I'm referring to the children NPCs in the games.
    Sally Struthers and Vin Diesel on one stage for one day only. This and four exclusive MMOG articles are but a click away.
    Loading... June 28, 2006 [Orgrimmar Children's Fund Edition]

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • Light Shed on Silverpine...

    The Ten Ton Hammer World of Warcraft team has been taking you on a virtual tour of zones for the Undead. The next in their series is a romp through the Silverpine Forest.

    Once you have completed your adventures as a Forsaken in Tirisfal Glades
    your next move is to Silverpine Forest to the south. Here you will find
    the Sepulcher and the apothecary Renferrel. Here you really start your
    journey and you will spend quite a few levels advancing through quests to
    advance your knowledge of the Scourge.

    What are you waiting for? Grab your walking stick and join the tour at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • The Stormreach Assistance Program: Helping New Players

    Dungeons and Dragons Online has announced a new assistance program where players help each other. In the spirit of teamwork, they call out to the community to organize those with the time and ability to help others...

    We introduce our new assistance program to help new players to the world of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™

    House Ghallanda welcomes new adventurers, and invites them to visit the taverns throughout the city. House Tharashk encourages veteran adventurers to seek out and assist new arrivals in their first adventures. The continent of Xen'drik will be mastered only by skilled and experienced individuals, and it falls to us all to work together to cultivate the talent we have arriving each day.

    Learn more about this on the official DDO site.

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • Daniel Miller Chats With Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle

    Daniel Miller talks about the present and future of Ryzom Ring, including integration of Ryzom Ring into the Saga of Ryzom core experience, and what it means to make an MMORPG in the cultural paradise called Paris, France.

    "Nevrax wants Ryzom Ring to become as well known for its content-designing power as for its simplicity. "We've designed Ryzom Ring to be simple enough for my mother to use," Miller quipped. As far as R2's power, Miller emphasized that the Ring is incredibly robust. Echoing Milko Berset's comments during the earlier preview, he pointed out that player testers reportedly "hadn't yet found the limit" of where their imagination could take them while designing their own adventures."

    Learn what else Daniel Miller had to say to Ethec.

    Find all the Ryzom Ring Event Coverage with one click!

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • Entering the Ring - How Nevrax's Ryzom Ring addon turns players into designers and more!

    You've heard the hype, now it's time to see how Ryzom Ring, the free addon to Saga of Ryzom that allows players to design their own adventures and run them DM style, all comes together. Join Ten Ton Hammer as Nevrax leads us through a eye-opening map to mob to mission overview of how to create our own Ryzom adventures!

    "Building your own MMO adventure, but the ability to control the experience for other players is what really makes Ryzom Ring revolutionary. If you're lucky enough to make the creator's list of players who have Dungeon Master (DM) privileges, you get to kill your friends. And heal and resurrect them. Or respawn mobs, add or subtract hitpoints, or (if the designer has added the appropriate mobs and DM-only triggers) spawn bots and NPCs to change the experience on the fly. Teleport around or use your DM super-speed to transport your invisible godlike presence around. For some added fun, speak to players through the mouths of any NPC. It's all up to you as the DM; which hearkens back to the good ol' days (and nights, and days) of pen and paper RPGs."

    Read more about Ring of Ryzom and how you'll be able to create your own adventures!

    Catch up on all the Ryzom Ring Event Coverage!

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
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