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  • Evil or Misunderstood?

    The drow are all the buzz in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach right now. But who are the drow? What motivates them? How do they fit into the world of Eberron? Never fear; Ten Ton Hammer's got you covered!

    "Drow hail from dangerous regions of Xen'drik. Thriving on the acquisition of power, these normally wicked people sometimes display compassion after exposure to the other races inhabiting Stormreach. Former slaves of the giant kingdoms, the drow created a legend for their race by staying behind after the rebellion that freed the other elves. The territory the drow inherited was a mass of giant ruins, and many drow dream of revenge against any giant they encounter."

    Keep reading to learn more about the Drow. Have you started playing one yet? Let us know what you like or dislike about the race in the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • A Look at Rogue Changes in 1.12

    In the upcoming patch 1.12 "Drums of War" the Rogue class will
    be receiving a talent review to make them fit better with modern
    times. Lots of things have been changed to better improve the Rogue's
    damage and utility in both PvP and PvE. We've taken a look at some of
    the changes and have given our views on how it'll affect you along
    with some sample builds. The patch may be a little ways off but it's
    never a bad idea to be fully prepared for it!

    "The new changes add a lot of new variety to everyone's talent build.
    Instead of choosing a way to go and picking the best talents then
    choosing which sub-par ones you'd like, you now have a vast wealth of
    excellent talents to choose from. Many talents that many considered
    useless were removed or merged with other talents to make them much
    more desirable."

    Step out of the shadows and give this article a look. What do you think of these changes? Will they help, hinder, or not make a difference? Let us know in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Virtual Reality and the Future of MMOs

    In 2005, Sony patented an idea for sending information directly to the human brain. Despite the patent, scientists say that we're decades away from perfecting this technology. Our columnist, Mercurie, takes a look at VR in science fiction and reality. Would you take part in a virtual reality MMO that allowed Sony to mess with your brain? (Or perhaps SOE already does. Hmm.) Is the idea of a VR MMO crazy talk, or an inevitable future? You decide!

    "Another solution has been offered up by Sony itself. In 2005 Sony patented an idea for sending information directly to the human brain. This would allow the individual not only to see and hear things in games, but to smell and feel them as well. The technique does not need any implants or any other modifications to the human body. It would rely entirely on a device which would use ultrasound to change the firing patterns of neurons in the brain."

    Keep reading to learn more. Science Fiction or trend of tomorrow? Let us know where you stand on this in the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
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    E3 is dead! Long live E3!

    The rumour that E3 is dead infects the industry like a virus each and every year. Various media outlets cough and sputter phlegm while other sites and blogs create a sense of panic that this year's version of the E3 flu might have been avian in nature. Fanatic groups of gamers are infected by this "information" and become zombie carriers, stumbling to message boards across the Interweb, arms outstreched, fingers waggling as they spread the misnformation from venue to venue. Imagine if it could be passed from gamer to human. I think we know how the dinosaurs bought the farm. They milled around once per year at a big computer game convention, that's how. Brontosaurus Booth Babe photo galleries are going to start turning up, chiseled in rock, buried beneath games like Raptor Nukem Forever, that never saw the light of day.
    The folks at Next-Generation started the spread of the virus this year with their aptly named story, "E3 Finished as Big Exhibs Pull Support". I'm not privy to what an "Exhib" is, but if they are "ex" Hibs then who cares? They're history! Besides, calling somebody a "Hib" sounds very politically incorrect. Then again, if they are exhibs does that make it O.K. since they are no longer Hibs?
    Iranian Pizza, German STDs, five exclusive MMOG articles and much more is but a click away.
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    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Weekly Poll

    “I am the demon god of conquest!” Nooo...not really. But who puts the RP in MMORPG? Role players, of course. Do you find role playing an important aspect of massively multiplayer online gameplay; or do you find those pesky role players annoying? That's what Aunraye asks in this week's Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer poll. Cast your vote and state your opinion. You can even state it RP style, if you like.

    "MMORPG, Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game--the term “role playing” is in the title, but not everyone follows that particular fancy. I spend a lot of time trying to decide what I want my main character in a MMO to be. I consider hair color, eye color, starting location, religion, class, all of the things that are key to making my main,"

    Let your voice be heard! Get clicking and vote. Don't forget to add your thoughts in the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Jul 28, 2006
  • Updates, New Additions to Warlock Guide

    At WoW - Ten Ton Hammer, we've updated our popular Warlock guide in style. No less than four chapters have been revamped for readability, and we've added talent builds, quests, grouping tips, macros and user interface hints just for 'locks, and refreshed links to other guides and added more of our personal favorites. If you want to unlock the true power of the shadow without the pretense of being a do-gooder priest, have we got a guide for you!

    "And while we're on the subject of death, it's absolutely imperative to soulstone a paladin, priest, druid, or shaman (in that order of preference, pally's last the longest and have the best chance at fighting their way to dead groupmates) while you're grouped. If said player seems... aloof, politely inform them that they need to get the frak out of there should the battle turn sour; they're the group's insurance against a wipe. If they do need to die, they need to do it in a nearby safe place where they can resurrect themselves then the rest of the party. Note that it's not enough to have a soulstone in your inventory, you need to click and cast it on someone. Soulstones are THE biggest way you can be a hero to your group."

    Learn more about the warlock at WoW Ten Ton Hammer. Do you play a warlock? Head to the forums and add your thoughts to this guide.

    Fri, Jul 28, 2006
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    A long time ago, in this very column I wrote about an attention whore named Sara Andrews [February 7, 2006 Loading...]. Sara was upset that Blizzard would not let her publicly recruit for her GLBT guild in the General Chat Channel of World of Warcraft. I have nothing against those of the homosexual persuasion, but broadcating sexual orientation in the chat channel of a game, especially World of Warcraft is guaranteed to incite a riot among the homophobe and I.Q. challenged swarm of humanity present.

    With that in mind, I now create a new character on every new WoW server and rush to Goldshire where I blast out an advertisement for a hypothetical GLBT guild, "Bottoms Up" just to see the nest of hornets rise up and attempt to virtually sting me. Comedy gold folks, comedy gold.
    Chat transcripts, Vin Diesel and 288 pounds of jellybeans are but a click away.
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    Fri, Jul 28, 2006
  • Premier World of Warcraft Zone for Horde Examined

    The Barrens is the premier World of Warcraft zone for Horde characters in their teens to quest and gain near-effortless experience. WoW - Ten Ton Hammer's newest beginner guide looks at this region, a favorite of critics and players alike for its solid design. It's all the goodness you expect from a Ten Ton Hammer region guide, with background, a walkthrough and a detailed map, quest details, harvesting tips, and advice on where to adventure next!

    "Aside from adventure opportunities, you'll find yourself travelling through the Barrens long past when you can benefit from hunting there. The Crossroads, in the center of the Barrens, is Azeroth's LAX, though after patch 1.10 you may not touch at the Crossroads en-route to your destination, more Horde flights originate here than from any other Horde flight master. Ratchet, to the east of the Crossroads, is a neutral port for ships bound for Booty Bay. The Barrens also borders such frequently travelled zones as starting zones of Durotar and Mulgore, step-up zones like Ashenvale Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, and Thousand Needles, and the level 35-45 zone of Dustwallow Marsh."

    Need to know more about the Barrens? Keep reading! Give us your thoughts on this guide, the zone or the game in general in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Guide to Blackwing Lair

    WoW Ten Ton Hammer's Guide to Blackwing Lair contains everything you
    need to know about this infamous dungeon to succeed. From boss enemies
    to their minions, we have everything covered. Tactics, diagrams, and
    everything else that would be needed to slay some dragons. Whether you
    are attempting this dungeon for the first time or need some new
    tactics for enemies that are giving you difficulty, our guide can

    "At the start of the third stage the entire raid needs to move to the
    north corner. The Dragons and Orcs that were previously attempting to
    stop you will flee and Razorgore will begin attacking the last person
    who had him mind controlled. He should be moved to the southwest
    corner (where you buffed) to be tanked while the Rogues move to his
    side and an off-tank stays behind him building aggro."

    Keep reading to learn more about Blackwing Lair. Have you been to this Lair? Let us know what your experience was like in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Weekly Official Forum Roundup

    Don't have time to rummage through the threads on the official Vanguard forums (OVF)? No problem! Once again, Aunraye has collected a list of interesting threads for your forum stalking pleasure. This week she includes threads about waves (you know, on the water when you travel by boat), unique (as in there's only one) in-game items, and a thread recounting a forum member's chat with Brad McQuaid at the SOE Block Party. Check it out!

    Let's have some justice for the southpaws!

    Left handed? Despite the belief a few hundred years ago that being left handed meant you were strange (aren’t we all?) or ill (which, by the way, isn’t true anymore...just in case you had doubts), Colmino thinks that we should be able to choose if our characters are right handed or left handed? Can we handle that much more character customization? Chime in, in this forum an feel free to use either hand (or both!) to type.

    Get clicking and find out what threads made the roundup! Don't see the topic you were looking for? Head to the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and tell us.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
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