Six new servers.
Three words that speak volumes about the continued success of World of Wacraft. Many of you will remember the pre-WoW years. When debates raged as to whether EverQuest 2 or World of Warcraft would become the new King of the Hill. (Giggity giggity giggity)
The EverQuest 2 fans preached that the realistic graphics were the way to the promised land. EQ2 would have a backstory with pedigree that was sure to make it top dog in the MMOG world. World of Warcraft fans wore placards with "The game is fun!" and "Blizzard can do no wrong!".
There is no doubt who won the battle. World of Warcraft boasts over five million subscribers and is adding new servers to the already immense farm on a regular basis. EverQuest 2 is arguably a game in decline.
Nicole and Nikki take a look at what is to come in 2006. I don't see anything there that can dethrone WoW, but I've been wrong before. Is there a WoW killer on the horizons? Let us know.
Day Old Comic - If you missed the comic yesterday, it's still there. We like to call it a "pre-enjoyed" version, titled "Other Work".
Here's what's new on the network!
- Hottest MMOG Releases of 2006
" Now that you've stumbled out of that drunken Christmas gluttony and all of the turkey sandwiches are consumed, it's time to look forward to what's coming up in the New Year. The pickings have been slim this year. I'm not saying that these are terrible games; they aren't. However, it's time for something fresh and something that will take us out of this box. The 2006 stocking looks like it's going to be bulging with a plethora of new games for us to devour. Will these new and shiny toys knock our socks off or will they end up on the shelf of dour disappointment? "
- Vanguard: Game Terms 101
" Are you new to MMOs or just a bit rusty on what all those terms mean? VTTH presents Game Terms 101 to help you decipher what is being said around you as you wander into Telon and other gaming worlds."
- Guild Wars: Invici Monk
"Ever wondered how invinci-monks work? Short on gold? Tired of pick-up-groups that leave you slamming your head against the keyboard while blinded with tears of despair? Guest writer HgFalling has provided a detailed description of how the invinci-monk functions for your reading pleasure. Click here to learn more about this poweful build."
- Guild Wars: Welcome to Ascalon 101
This is not a walk-through. It may seem like one at first, but it's not. I'm not going to tell you how to do every quest, and I'm not going to take you step-by-step through pre-sear. That would be extremely boring, and if you managed to install the game without setting your house on fire, you can figure your way through most of the tutorial it without my help.
These are answers to the questions I found were frequently asked in pre-sear Ascalon, with special attention to the things that were being answered incorrectly or inadequately. If you're new to Guild Wars, I hope this helps you. If you're experienced at Guild Wars, this will probably be stuff you figured out already, so why not go read our selection of articles and strategy highlights?"
- Vanguard: Snow Days in Paris
" Our virtual tour of the Vanguard community continues as the year draws to a close with Vanguard Mondes-Persistants. You will remember that we began this stroll through the Affiliated Sites in September with RP Union - they have remodeled since our visit, you might wish to stop by again. We then moved in October to look about Silky Venom and see what their staff of writers has been working on. Last month, November, Raya helped to show us around Vanguard Stratics and now, as the snow falls in Paris, our path brings us to a holiday conversation with Gardomyn. "
- DDO: Breaking The Holy Trinity Mold
" An understanding of the Pen and Paper game and its followers should give us the answer. As an avid player in a number of campaigns I can tell you that with the right mindset you can get away with not having a healer, or a crowd controller, or even a tank. (Although not having a tank is pushing it a bit far.) D&D’s class system alone can change the thinking of a player. Having a cleric – the traditional holy trinity healer – stand toe to toe with a giant, wielding a flaming great sword and wearing full plate armor isn’t a sight you see in many MMOG’s. Yet in D&D it’s possible, in fact not only is it possible, but with the right set of spells running the cleric can out tank the tank quite easily."
- Auto Assault: Clan Spotlight Interview - 1st Mechanized Infantry
" Want to join up with the Biomek army? Well 1stMI can recruit you within their ranks! That is, of course, assuming you want to go through the horrible process of bio-mechanization. Hey, you only have to do it once right? Joking aside, 1stMI is an awesome group of people who not only enjoy Auto Assault but many other games as well. That's why we've gone behind the scenes to get the full scoop on them, straight from the mouth of 1stMI's guild leader! So if you want to find out more about the 1st Mechanized Infantry to help with that hard decision on which side you should ally up with, check it out here!"
- What's In The Can of Spam?
" If you've ever wandered into the Non-Gameplay section of the forums you know who Asterothrax is. Touting his mighty 12k post count his ability to comment on almost anything is unchallenged. What is it, however,that is behind the "w0rd?" Most people who frequent Asterothrax's posts also aren't aware he is a high end player, raider, and overall veteran MMO player. Utilizing my numerous "connections" I arranged for me to sit down and pick Aster's brain. After we bandaged up his head and he stopped screaming I asked him some questions to get a little more insight into what goes on in his mind. Unusual? Undoubtedly. Insightful? Indeed. At some points terrifying? Totally. Prepare yourself...."
- EVE: Training Time Converter
"The idea of an offline training system like EVE's might throw some new players for a loop. We now offer a simple utility script that will calculate exactly when (in your local date and time) your skill training will be completed, using the countdown timer values."
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
- Erasable Whiteboard For Your Shower
Apparently it "washes right off".
- Prove Christ Exists, Judge Orders Priest
Can 10 gajillion collection plates be wrong?
- Starbucks Sues Chinese Starbucks
Tank drive-thru lanes remain jammed with traffic.
- Pope Says Terrorism, Fundamentalism Threaten Peace
Batten down the hatches. Here come the crusades.
As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
-- John "Boomjack" Hoskin