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  • Magic Missle Mayhem
    GameSpy has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach interview featuring designer Dave Eckleberry. Vin Diesel didn't roll the dice when he played Dungeons and Dragons. He just crushed them in his hand and called out the numbers. We're confident he didn't call this out:

    " We sit down with one of the designers of Turbine's upcoming MMO to talk about combat, death traps, and why Eberron is so damned cool. "

    You can read the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Interview at GameSpy.
    More DDO! DDO.TenTonHammer.com

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hobbit Illustrated.
    The official Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar site has some new screenshots for your viewing pleasure. Two hobbits who were talkingveryfastsaidsomethingthatresembledthis:

    "

    This is a test of the emergency description system. If the folks at LotRO had posted a description of their screenshots you would have read it here. Remember this is only a test. In the case of a real emergency you will find us hiding in a well."

    You can view the Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Screenshots at the Official Site.

    Images, Media
    Mon, Aug 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • SWDP (Single White Dwarf Priest) seeks Elven paladin level 10-12 for long walks in a dungeon.
    GameSpy has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach preview based on their experience with the title at GenCon in Indianapolis. Samuel L. Jackson rolled the dice and exlaimed:

    " I came to the 2005 GenCon Game Faire in Indianapolis with only a small
    list of "must-do" items. Sitting somewhere in the top five roughly between "get 'Geek version 2.0' t-shirts for my kids" and "finally buy that plush Cthulhu toy" was "get in some hands-on time with Dungeons & Dragons Online." Okay, I'll admit it, I was a big ol' D&D geek back in the day, and while I haven't had the time to play in many years, I still have a lot of affection for the game. Add to that the idea of building a whole MMO around it and I'm in. Rather than just dive in, though, I decided to wait until after my extended conversation with Dave Eckleberry. I'd wait to see what he had to say about what makes the product distinct and then judge for myself by actually playing the game.
    "

    You can read the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Preview at GameSpy.
    More DDO than you can shake a bugbear at: DDO.TenTonHammer.com.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Aug 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • One lunch to souse them all

    Turbine has posted an account of the "Lunch of the Rings"at Dave & Buster's in Providence, RI . Apparently a couple dwarves had a little too much to drink, and after a frustrating session in the Mechwarrior arena took out their frustrations on the arcade with their axes! Film at 11.

    During lunch, most of the tables had at least one LOTRO team member to chat with (the exception being the table with Calandryll and our AC1 folks). It was such a pleasure to hear laughter coming so frequently from the tables – the LOTRO community is so friendly and fun, as long as you don't step on their lore. *duck* There was lots of drooling over the E3 video, which Thrindil and Polleke worked so hard to get working with the Dave & Buster's equipment, and laughter over the video greetings – especially Amon Ereb's, which started with a very, very twisted puppet show.

    Read more on LotROG I East at the official Turbine site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • Swag For Nerds
    Blizzard has announced the goodies that BlizzCon attendees will receive. Britney Spears mistaking the Blizzard goodies for junk food purchased her BlizzCon ticket and exclaimed:

    " With the date for BlizzCon rapidly approaching, we’re excited to reveal more information about what attendees have in store. Here are some of the noteworthy and exclusive BlizzCon goodies that each attendee will receive. "

    You can read the entire BlizzCon Swag Announcement at The Official Site.
    Need more swag? WoW.TenTonHammer.com.

    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You don't have to be an olda man, but it's best to be level 44-50 to visit this WoW instanced dungeon!
    It’s old, creepy, and filled with nasty Troggs (and even dwarves made of stone) but at last we have a guide for daring adventurers!  With information on the Instance, quests, and tactics, the Uldaman guide will be a useful asset for those looking to run Uldaman.  Uldaman itself is a mid leveled World of Warcraft Instance that is the home of the Titans (the shapers of the WoW world) and one of three Instances that they have setup across the world.

    " Since it a fairly long Instance to run through, and there are various quests and special mobs to kill, it is obvious that there are certain tactics that need to be followed in order to succeed in the Uldaman.

    The MOBs in Uldaman range from 37-45 elite and are generally found in groups of 4-5, with the occasional group of 5 or even 6. You will note that the levels of the MOBS increase dynamically as you go further into the Instance.

    Being a level 44-50 instance, with the MOBs being 37-46 elite you will HAVE to work together as a team, especially if you are at the low end of the level scale. Most players in the correct level range will not be able to handle an elite MOB of their level or higher on their own. The best tactic to deal with this is to designate a single player to pull MOBs and be careful to not pull anything other than what is planned. If you are the puller always plan the pull carefully. This means, watching for patrols, movement of MOBs, and party health and mana. If you do these things even a party of all 45-47 characters stands an excellent chance at finishing the instance. "

    The Uldaman guide, in all its splendor, can be found on the TTH World of Warcraft Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
  • Basements get quiet, if only for a moment, to read and wash their dice.
    The official Dungeons and Dragons Online site has posted a developer's diary with Ken Troop, Lead Designer. Gary Gygax would not return our calls, but if he had we are sure he wouldn't have said this:

    " Hey everyone.  I'm Ken Troop, lead designer on Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach".   This development diary delves into the background behind a very important issue: advancement in DDO.  "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Developer's Diary at The Official Site.
    You can read even more about DDO at DDO.TenTonHammer.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Succubus Spanks WoW Kiddie. Film at 11:00.
    Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy is an article up on Joystiq. MAWP, Mothers Against WoW Players has delivered a press release that goes something like this:

    "Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally. "

    You can read the entire Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy article at Joystiq.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Developer's Blog, Stardate 44804
    Ken Henderson, the art director of Star Trek Online has posted a developer's blog. Scantily clad, blue, alien women were seen exiting Ken's office prior to the posting of the blog. Using our universal translator we deduced that they may have said this:

    "Ken Henderson here, the Art Director for Star Trek Online. As I’m sure you’ve heard about by now we’ve released some imagery that gives a peak into how we’re evolving the look of Star Trek. We were excited to share the images on Friday in Las Vegas and are equally excited to be posting them on our BLOG. It was great talking with some of you at the convention and getting your reactions first hand. Look for more updates of this nature as the project progresses. I’ll also be throwing up a non-image entry from time to time just to share some thoughts or pose some questions. Either way, the BLOG will be a great resource for the projects Art Direction from here on out. Before I dive in I want to acknowledge all the help and guidance from Paramount as we’ve progressed. Harry Lang has been a great source of encouragement and enthusiasm for the work that we have been doing and having his input in this process has been invaluable. "

    You can read the entire Star Trek Online Developer's Blog at The Official Site.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Ever want to just slay an orc or two?
    LotRO's newest screenshot might just fuel that urge. This game looks great, and if you don't believe me...

    "[Ed. Note: I was going to paste the UUCode for the image here, since there's no description. But since very few of us can down UUCode straight, without a viewer of some sort, I figured you might better enjoy clicking on the link below for instant visual gratification.]"

    Check out Lord of the Rings Online's newest screenshot here!

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
    Ethec
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