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  • You Can Walk the Walk...But Can You Talk the Talk?



    When it comes to games, Dungeons & Dragons is arguably one of the more jargon-loaded. It's time to demystify some of those terms...at least the ones that apply to Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO).

    “Give me a DC25 UMD check.”



    “Make an opposed grapple check.”



    I asked Zed, one of DDO @ Ten Ton Hammer’s resident D&D aficionados, for some examples of D&D jargon. Those were the examples he gave me. My response was a slack-jawed, “Huh?”



    I learned that “Give me a DC25 UMD check” is something a dungeon master might say to ask a player to make a Use Magic Device roll versus a Difficulty Class of 25. (I don’t know about you, but I’m still saying, “Huh?”) An “opposed grapple check” is, according to Zed, “A combat option. Essentially a creature/player is attempting to grapple and pin another creature. Opposed checks are made. Each character/creature has a basic grapple score (BAB + Str +Other) and they add that to a d20.”



    Yeah, that makes sense. (I think.)

    Our handy reference at Ten Ton Hammer's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community site will have you talking like a DDO pro!

News
Mon, Jan 30, 2006
Ethec
  • Will unsupervised ankle-biters make it into your MMOG?



    Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of "Mature" help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?

    I’ve found that gamers come in all varieties, and age has nothing to do with maturity. I’d much rather deal with 10 pre-teen kids who accidentally KS my giant bats in the newbie zone than one 23-year-old griefer who repeatedly trains my group for kicks. I’ve grouped with very young gamers who play with skill and wisdom. Then again, I’ve grouped with 20-something gamers whose antics could’ve easily landed them a spot on MTV’s Jackass.

    Read Shalayn's editorial at the Ten Ton Hammer Lord of the Rings Online community site and decide for yourself!

    News
    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • Does a mild winter have you crying in your snow boots?

    Get your snow and frost fix from the folks at Ten Ton Hammer's EverQuest II Community Site! Deep in the snowy Norrathian land known as Everfrost, where the giant spiders and the Coca-Cola bears live, lies an enormous dungeon. This zone is home to the mighty dragon Vox and is crawling with angry Ice Giants. Why are they angry? It's freezing in there! You'd be mad too.

    As the story goes, the Lady Vox and the Lord Nagafen fell in love and wished to create a child of that love. It was forbidden that they mate, being dragons of opposing elements, and they were then imprisoned away from each other to keep a child from ever being brought to reality. The Lady Vox was imprisoned in the awe-inspiring caves of Permafrost, where she lived out the rest of her days, until her death, brought by one named the "Truthbringer", leaving her spirit behind to forever haunt her frozen kingdom. Her mate, Lord Nagafen was sent to Lavastorm and a good portion of the quests within these zones, brings to light their story.

    Savanja will be your tour guide as you experience all that Permafrost has to offer, only at Ten Ton Hammer EverQuest II community site!

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    Sun, Jan 29, 2006
    Ethec
  • Wasn't Oni the mean boss punched out in that Johnny Cash song?

    Kinda, though that boss (and song) were dubbed "Oney" - that Oney was a jerk, and this Oni kicks ass! This strategy highlight was designed by Oni, a player with extensive experience. He shares with us one of his prefered monk builds along with suggestions for equipment and attributes.

    Use Orison of Healing as your primary healing spell, supplimented by Dwayna's Kiss and Healing Seed. Save Heal Other for the times when an ally is losing health quickly, and Heal Party for multiple team mates. Between Mend Ailment and Holy Veil, you can strip any hex or condition.

    Read the details at the Ten Ton Hammer Guild Wars site.

    News
    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, EverQuest 2-style

    The pilot episode of what could be the greatest show in Norrath! Robynfiggle hosts this show as a tour guide through some of Norraths most expensive apartments along with his apprentice Mudbonk. Join them on a ride through Drychnath's house of luxury... I hope he doesn't notice that the cat is missing.

    Good evening and welcome to "Apartments you can't Afford" with your host Robynfiggle and his inarticulate assistant Mudbonk.

    ::applause::
    Robynfiggle: Thank you, thank you, and welcome to "Apartments you can't Afford". I'm Robynfiggle, your highly acclaimed tour guide and today we'll be walking you...

    * A large meaty finger heavily taps the gnome on the shoulder.

    Robynfiggle: What do you want?
    Mudbonk: You not introduce me!

    Enjoy the newest fun feature at TenTonHammer's EverQuest 2 community site!

    News
    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Quest for Glory in Dungeons & Dragons Online!



    Want to discover some of the quests awaiting you in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Wait no further. Explore them now with Ralsu and Shayalyn, two adventurers in the DDO beta who are bound for glory. One is an artistic and clever bard, the other a fiery and independent cleric. Time and trials will decide their fate--will they ascend to glory, or fall to Stormreach's many foes? Their journals will reveal countless quests to the careful reader in the weeks ahead.


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    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Artsy-fartsy or greed machine?
    Ever since Konami videogame designer Hideo Kojima's comment that "a videogame is not art", a debate has quietly roiled among developers and thinking gamers in forum boards across the internet. Most recently Raph Koster, SOE game designer, took Kojima's comment to task in a superb article that (somehow) wove itself into a critique of game reviewers like us! Nonetheless, Ethec has never been one to miss a party, so check out his industry outsider perspective as to whether MMORPG game design is an art or a science.

    An art-antagonistic panderer a little closer to home is, sorry Raph, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). The problem is especially apparent in games SOE-maintained games like Star Wars Galaxies and EverQuest II. This is especially heartbreaking when I realize that no other developer (that I know of) has gone to greater lengths to give it's subscribers what they want. It's the "free bread and circuses" approach employed by many a Caesar, and like the Roman civilization, such a modus operandi has predictable results: lack of substance and eventual ruin.

    I'm not suggesting that MMO game design need be elitist to succeed, but game designers must follow their muse. True artists don't pander, they force their audience to experience something worthwhile. Pandering is a stopgap measure precisely because what most MMO gamers want short-term is emphatically not what's good for them in the long run. One needn't look past World of Warcraft to find an MMO that gave gamers what they didn't realize they've longed for all along, yet retained its artistic identity as an action-packed, authentic franchise. Challenge and positive reinforcement pays bigger dividends than raw adrenaline factor, hands-down. Fun over a long timeframe (we're talking years, decades perhaps) is good for the MMO gaming community and for developers alike.

    Check out the MMO Design: Art or Science opinion article right here at Ten Ton Hammer Main!

    News
    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • EverQuest II Has the new treasure chest up! What goodies are they bringing you this week?

    Treasure Chest!
    Sometimes it's hard to find the buried treasures contained within the EverQuest II forums. The Treasure Chest highlights useful, insightful, or entertaining posts that you may want to check out. Get your treasure maps and shovels ready--we're about to discover a Treasure Chest!

    # Screenshots, screenshots everywhere! Pitt Hammerfist started a thread to show off "Your best screenie" check it out and post your screenshot as well.
    # 5 Rooms on Highkeep? MinionTA posted Syina and Transam's 5 Room on Highkeep which is wonderfully decorated. Be sure to stop by!
    # Ever wonder about Carpenter made furniture and how it looks like? Elyana posted "Carpenter-Made Furniture Gallery is FINISHED" so you can be sure to check it out.
    # DamiusPendragon has posted a great tale titled "The Cleric Chronicles". This is a great read!

    Don't Forget Your Daily Dose of Ten Ton Hammer's EverQuest 2 Site

    More News and Info on EverQuest 2

    News
    Fri, Jan 27, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I think I'm turning Japanese. I think I'm turning Japanese. I really think so.

    Wow that really dated me didn't it? The Official Guild Wars site is reporting today that it's bringing it's popular title to Japan.

    We are pleased to announce the opening of Guild Wars in Japan. The game has been in testing for a few months now and at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Noon Tokyo Time) the servers will open and players from Japan will be playing the official retail release version of Guild Wars. Youkoso!

    You don't have to travel to Japan to get great Guild Wars information. Check out Ten Ton Hammer's Guild Wars Site.

    More News and Info on Guild Wars

    News
    Fri, Jan 27, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • MMORPG.com has an interview with Darkfall's Tasos Flamouras

    MMORPG.com: For those who do enjoy PvP, can you explain the reasons why PvP in Darkfall will be something new and exciting for them?

    Tasos Flambouras: More than any other game before it, Darkfall brings the fantasy battlefield to blood-splattering, neck-chopping life:

    Spell explosions blow you away from the battle line with kinetic force; blood splatters on your armor as the ditch-bound head of a decapitated foe rolls past; smoke from fireball bursts reduce vision temporarily until the wind carries it away; warhorses kick savagely and opponents physically block your progress as you race to execute a wound-stunned enemy before their healers get to him; thundering hooves signal victory as your cavalry arrives just in time to turn the tide of battle.

    MMOG combat has tended towards the boringly static, with players deducting hit points from each other while micromanaging their characters. In Darkfall, however, combat is as unpredictable, visceral, action-packed and intense as medieval fantasy combat can be.

    More News and Info on Darkfall

    News
    Fri, Jan 27, 2006
    Awenyddion
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