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  • To Swap or Not To Swap...

    It won't be long now until bards and sorcerers in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) are able to swap spells. While the method by which spell-swapping will be accomplished is not set in stone, Turbine has posted their ideas for community feedback. To kick off Bard week at DDO @ Ten Ton Hammer, we look back at the line of reasoning that brought us to the current proposal for spell-swapping.

    Wulf Ratbane [with the debate hinging on whether the pricing proposed in Samera's first post is adequate]: Levels are a finite resource. Action Points are a finite resource. Quests that cannot be abandoned and repeated are a finite resource.

    Gold is not a finite resource. It is an essentially limitless resource.

    In order to predict what effect this spell swap system will have game-wide, you have assume that some player somewhere will have more than enough gold to swap out as often as he likes. (And that assumption is not much of a stretch.)

    Find out more about this at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • A Walk Through the Forest

    Elwynn Forest, a forest so lush you would almost think of it as Night Elf land. New Humans go from level 1-10 in this wonderfully scenic zone. Although things can be confusing with a feuding farms, Murlocs everywhere, and crazy ninja rogues who like to hang around in vineyards. That's why Ten Ton Hammer how has a complete walkthrough of levels 1-10 in Elwynn Forest! Everything you need to know to get
    through this zone in a speedy fashion!

    "Elwynn Forest is a vast sprawling woodland inhibited by the bulk of
    the Human population. The forest itself is home to many wild creatures
    ranging from boards and wolves to the strange kobolds and murlocs.
    Elwynn Forest enjoys the security of the Stormwind guard, but that
    security is only reserved for the roads and towns. Many places are
    overrun by the Defias staging camps or one of the many strange
    creatures that have taken up residence in this land. The majestic city
    of Stormwind lies in the northwest of the forest, looking over the
    last remaining cities of the Human empire."

    Read more about the Elwynn Forest at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Sat, Jun 24, 2006
  • NCSoft cuts 70.
    NCSoft just sent word that they have cut 70 people from their staff of 300 located in Austin, Texas.

    "NCsoft’s Austin business has announced an immediate restructuring within its organization that included the difficult task of reducing members of its workforce. The online games industry is one that is continually changing with the scaling up and down of business based on product launches and product development schedules.

    Over the past two and a half years NCsoft has launched six major titles into the North American market and has grown with each title launch. As the company continues to grow its live products and prepares its next set of major online game releases for later in 2006 and 2007, the company sees a slowdown in its launch pattern and the need to streamline its business.

    For this reason, NCsoft has reduced its 300 person workforce in Austin by approximately 70 people to accommodate this change. This decision has no impact on the schedules of any projects currently in development and service to NCsoft’s current games will continue without interruption. "

    We wish the staff that have been let go all the best in their future endeavours.

    Fri, Jun 23, 2006
  • It's Friday and many of you are gearing up for a weekend of MMOG mayhem. Three of our crack staff of editors have been in Paris eating baguettes, drinking wine and wearing funny hats. Strangely, they also do that when they are not in Paris. What they don't do when slumming around North America is spend time with the folks at Nevrax, the developers of Saga of Ryzom.
    Nicole, Jeff and Byron are posting about their adventures. Drink some coffee, have a pastry and check out Saga of Ryzom, including some pictures from Paris.
    All your base, seven exclusive MMOG articles and more are just a click away.
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    Fri, Jun 23, 2006
  • Gaming Addiction: Reality or Myth?

    Addicted--we use the term often in modern society to say we're hopelessly attracted to things like chocolate, or Starbucks (that's Tim Horton's for our Canadian friends), or online gaming. But while chocolate and Starbucks addictions may not be real (I swear they are)...what about that last one? In this week's Mercurial Thoughts, Mercurie talks gaming addiction. How is addiction defined, and does gaming addiction fit the definition?

    "Most of us have heard the slang term 'EverCrack' at one time or another. The term refers to what many feel are the addictive qualities of EverQuest. Of course, the supposition that any MMORPG is addictive is a highly controversial subject among gamers."

    Read more at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Jun 23, 2006
  • This Week on the Forums

    No time to check out the official Vanguard: Saga of Heroes forums? Aunraye has gathered this week's round-up of fun, interesting, or controversial posts for you. Among the topics: the diplomacy sphere, grinding, preventing perma-camping, and in-game emotes.

    Find this and more at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Jun 23, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer Gets Ryzomized: Seeing Saga of Ryzom On Site In The City of Lights

    We in North America know surprisingly little about Saga of Ryzom, a game which has quite a dedicated fanbase in Europe. Game developer Nevrax held a press junket this week in Paris, France to gain some well-deserved publicity for the game. Before we serve the main course of previews and interviews dedicated to the free "Ring of Ryzom" scenario editor to be released this summer, Ethec discusses what's already new and innovative about Saga of Ryzom and finds a surprising amount of local Parisian flavor in the game.

    "While it may not achieve the notoreity given to the Napoleonic Code, Voltaire's Candide, or frilly toothpicks, Saga of Ryzom is a world-class MMO that Paris can be proud of. All in all, the game looks solid enough on its own, but the Ring of Ryzom scenario editor (if all goes as planned) will be an industry first. Not to mention the first breath of fresh air online gaming will take this summer, as a July 2006 release is expected for Ring of Ryzom."

    http://www.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display... ">Keep reading to find out more about Saga of Ryzom.

    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
  • Ogre Quests Through The Eyes of Krunnk

    Who better to explain how to do the Ogre racial quests than the infamous Krunnk himself? Look inside and follows Krunnk's adventure in completing some of his first quests.

    Kay, this what you do. First you find Kroota Gukbuther on docks. Him easy to find ‘cause him on docks a lot an' him smell like fish, but not in good way. Kroota a dummy ‘cause him got caught sayin' him like Rallos Zek and Captain Sorio get real mad an' make Kroota clean up trash. Kroota want you to find 4 pieces of broken vase and 2 bones ‘round the South Freeport gate, ‘cause him lazy.

    Read more at http://eq2.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display...
    ">EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
  • Coyote Goes Underground to Get the Scoop

    The monsters of Norrath are joining together, to conspire against the players, using mysterious techniques. Join Coyotee Sharptongue, as he goes deep into dungeons to discover the secret behind their new cooperation.

    "The monsters of Norrath. Brutal beasts hell bent on war, destruction, or the murder of even the most innocent of adventurers. We hunt them, we kill them, and we have in an essence - conquered them. That is until now. This is Coyotee Sharptongue with Ten Ton Hammer news bringing you the TRUE story." A large Kerra looks intently into the camera as he speaks into a black topped microphone

    Find out more at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
  • Don't Leave Home Without Savanja's Guide!

    Updates to the Splitpaw Saga guide! Savanja brings our newest additions, in depth looks at the heroic version of the Arena and quest "Flitch's Prank" that takes you into the Hideout, to make navigating those unfamiliar tunnels far easier.

    The Splitpaw Saga is a adventure pack that has zones that scale in level between levels 20-50. The arenas inside Splitpaw can be done in either a solo or heroic instance and both are fairly challenging to complete, and the Arena of Heroes is the heroic instance of the arena.

    You first need to hail Fip Slytail for the event to begin. And again, you'll want to be sure to rest up between each fight! The arena mob levels come from the average level of your group, and some are definitely tougher than others.

    Read the rest of this guide at
    ">EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
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