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  • DDO Top 10: Reasons to Play a Bard

    Bard Week continues here at Ten Ton Hammer as we examine just a handful of the many great reasons to play the most versatile class in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO).

    "1. Flexibility
    You can build a bard for melee, casting, healing, crowd control, or any combination of those roles. If you get bored with a character who does the same thing constantly, you'll be pleased with the bard."

    Find out what the rest of the reasons to play a
    ">Bard at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • Vanguard Paladins, Something Old...Something New...

    Righteous defenders of truth and justice, the Paladins of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes offer many things we've come to expect from the class--a strong defense against undead; the ability to heal and Lay on Hands; and potent defensive buffs. But Vanguard Paladins also bring powerful rescues and Acts of Virtue to the table. Learn more in our revamped guide!

    "The Paladin's virtuous auras--a form of continuous group buff--extend to all within his proximity. These auras do not cost the Paladin energy to use. While he may only have one aura active at any time, the Paladin is afforded some choice as to which aura to use. Most are defensive, increasing armor class (AC) or adding regeneration. Some augment damage output. The Paladin's Aura of Radiance helps allies develop immunity to undead attacks, and cleanses them of poison or disease effects over time."

    Find out more about the Paladin at Vangurd Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • After a one-day hiatus I am back.
    England stumbled through the round of 16 at the World Cup and now play a injury and red-card riddled Portugese squad in the quarter-finals. That's the good news, for me at least.
    The bad news is that NCSoft laid off 70 people in their Austin studios. You remember NCSoft, the company that brings you games that are innovative. You remember NCSoft, they are the company that brings you games that step outside of the land of Dwarfs, Elves and Halflings.
    You wanted to see men wearing tights and NCSoft delivered with City of Heroes. It wasn't enough! You wanted to see evil men wearing tights and NCSoft came through with City of Villains. You cried like girls or babies or baby girls for a MMOG that had no monthly fee and NCSoft wiped away your tears with Guild Wars. You stamped your feet and held your breath until your face turned blue lamenting the fact that there were no fast paced, run and gun, play by the seat of your pants MMOGs and NCSoft drove Auto Assault in your local gaming store. Camaros with cannons! It's fun! I play it and my only complaint is that the low population makes it hard to get some quests done.
    In the end, the community that moaned for something more, something different and something new didn't support the innovative games. Over six million people are playing a game with Dwarfs and Elves and an amount that would fit through the eye of a needle are playing Auto Assault. Every time you pay the monthly subscription to your MMOG of choice you vote. You can't vote one way and expect the publishers of MMOGs to believe that you want something else. I don't care how many of those "Chicken Soup For The Soul" books you read the MMOG genre isn't going to become a better place just because you "feel" it should be. The community is spinning in circles like a one-armed rower at a regatta.
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    Tue, Jun 27, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer Vanguard (Beta?) Guild Announced

    Join the Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer guild...get in beta? Well, no guarantees, but we're certainly going to try! Sigil is looking for guilds to invite--who are we to say no? At the request of some of our members here at the Ten Ton Hammer Vanguard community, we're forming a casual-friendly guild, and we're looking for like-minded players to join us as we attempt to get in on the fun that is Vanguard's Beta 3. If you're a Vanguardian looking for a home, and you're comfortable in a laid-back, family guild environment, stop by our forums and apply for membership.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Racial Quest Guide to Kerrans

    Of all the races of Norrath, clearly Dark Elves are the most beautiful, intelligent, and generally all around perfect race. But if one MUST choose another, lesser race, then Kerran is the only way to go. They are of course no where near as perfect as Dark Elves, but they're as close as any others will ever come. Besides... their tails go swish.

    When you first step off the boat into Qeynos, they stick you in Nettleville Hovel. It isn't totally a loss, it's actually fairly pretty if you like that whole goodie goodie thing they have going on there, and clearly since you're in Qeynos, you do.

    Learn more about the racial quests at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Interview: Glimpse into the Mind of a CM

    A blast from a not-so-distant past!

    Once per month, we run an interview feature as part of our weekly common content feature over here on the Ten Ton Hammer network! Whether it is with a developer or a community member of intrigue or worth, we hope to bring you an interesting look at the people whom played a part in making things into just what they are. So who's up this time around? David "Xerin" Piner, former Community Manager of this Auto Assault site! Although he is no longer active in his prior role, I felt that his contributions were significant.

    Let's hear about the hopes and memoirs of this man and his vigilant quest for improving game communities, and find out what he is up to now and why right here in "Glimpse into the Mind of a CM."

    "In my time working on guides/articles for Auto Assault, I focused mostly on helpful content for newer players. It's my opinion that a lot of people would get confused at the start of the game, due to how different it is. With the guides and articles I created, I focused on trying to help aid this confusion by walking newer players through various zones and providing a wealth of information on the race/class choices you have. If you like casting spells and picked a Bounty Hunter, then you will be a fish out of water so to speak. Providing this information, which really wasn't out there too much outside of official materials, was a big goal for me."

    Read the rest of this interview at http://autoassault.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func... ">Auto Assualt Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Savanja Calms Fears of Change...

    For those of us who struggle with change, seeing all the new features on the broker can be daunting. Savanja meekly takes a peek at the new consignment system and finds that the changes aren't as scary as she had at first suspected, and even found some pretty nifty features!

    This would be where the biggest changes were made. As I cursed those Gods again, and moved everything from my vault inventory into the little broker sales tab, then reset the prices on every single one of my items, I was still failing to see where the benefit was. Changing over from the old system to the new one, probably should have been made a little bit easier and likely should have been explained somewhere. By the lack of items on the broker for the first many days, that quite a few people weren't fully aware that their merchants were no longer selling. Silly people need to read those pesky Live Update notes!

    Find out more about these changes at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Kids in a Candy Store: An Interview on Casual Gamers and Tier .5

    Sound familiar? The fight between Raiders and Casual gamers within the
    World of Warcraft has been the biggest source of animosity within their
    first MMORPG attempt. It has taken a while for the two groups to really
    separate and voice their opinions and views, but now, well over a year
    after the release of the game, Blizzard has taken a very large step in
    trying to close the gap. The release of the new tier .5 armor quests gives
    the chance for any player, both Raider or Casual, to upgrade their tier 0
    armor sets, into a whole new set, comprised of 4 new rare items, and 4 new
    epic items.

    This interview will help explain not only the steps involved to complete these new quests, but views from the gamer’s themselves as to whether or not these new upgrades and quests are worthwhile at all, and whether they are the answer to the Casual’s cries before the release of the expansion.

    Read this interview at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Rapping with Raijinn

    Ten Ton Hammer grabs an exclusive interiview with SOE's Community Relations Representative, Joel "Raijinn" Sasaki. Join RadarX as he ask all the burning questions like what games he plays, how he got into the industry, and "Chicken or Beef?"

    What type of person runs the Communitiy Forums? It takes someone with experience, patience, and most importantly a sense of humour. Joel "Raijinn" Sasaki runs the Community Forums for a number of SOE games but is probably most widely recognized in EverQuest 2. Known for his forum title name changes, and real life fashion sense he's the eyes and ears of SOE. What goes on in the mind of Raijinn?

    Check out this interview at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • A Couple of Diplomats: Gerec and ChrisChairs from Vanguard Tact

    Ah, the art of diplomacy. Will Rogers equated it to 'saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock.' But while adventurers in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be sharpening their weapons (which is perhaps a more sophisticated way of finding a rock), the members of the diplomacy sphere will engage in civilized conversation. AnomalousSilence has interviewed a couple key players from Vanguard Tact, and their interesting parley reveals their gaming history, as well as their thoughts on Vanguard and the Vanguard community.

    AS: How long did you play EQ? What as your MMOG progression after EQ?

    Chris: I stuck with EQ for over two years, but things began to get incredibly boring for me, and my goals in life became clearer, so I took a bit of a hiatus from MMOGs for about half of a year. (I can tell the reader that half a year without MMOGs is quite possibly the worst thing ever.) Then I picked up World of Warcraft. To be totally honest, I liked WoW. Sure, I used the filter a whole lot, but it was a nice, easy game and I wasn't looking for a huge challenge. I leveled to the top of that game and I quit shortly before joining the Vanguard community in July 2005. I played EQ2 for a couple of weeks, but let's just say that it wasn't my cup of tea.

    Read the full interview at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
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