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  • MMORPG.com has an interview with Turbine's Steve Moy. He's the Beta manager for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    MMORPG.com: A number of our readers are expressing concerns that this game, like Guild Wars will be primarily instanced. If this is so, how do you justify charging a monthly fee?
    Steve Moy:

    This is a great question and I’ll address it in two steps – our use of instancing and our monthly fee.

    To be honest, our heavy use of instancing is a design choice more than anything else and it was one of the earliest and easiest decisions we made. Simply put, Dungeons & Dragons is about tackling dangerous environments with a small party of friends, not camping a spawn in a spot crowded with 50 other characters.

    Our focus on instancing, along with our unique quest-based XP system, allows us to do things that you don’t typically expect to see in an online roleplaying game – collapsing floors, intricate puzzles, carefully-scripted encounters, deadly traps (that you can use to your advantage if you can lure monsters back into them) and of course, an ever-present sense of impending doom. What could be more D&D than that?

    As far as monthly fees go, every online roleplaying game has its own business model, and ours relies on subscription revenue to offset the significant ongoing costs of maintaining a first-class game. Once the game ships, our development team will transition into a dedicated live team whose sole focus is to ensure that DDO is a living, breathing, constantly-evolving game. A portion of your fees also support our excellent customer service and technical support teams, and all of the hardware and bandwidth costs associated with running a game like this

    You're all Doomed... DOOOMED!

    Take a look at our Dungeons & Dragons Online site. It's worth the read!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

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    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Gaining entrance to Stormreach proper
    Zed introduces all the NPCs, provides an overhead map, and outlines the quests available at the Stormreach port.

    Three-Fingered Thad
    Oh dear, Thad has had yet another accident involving a dagger and his hand! However he still offers you the opportunity to buy and sell weapons.

    Zed gives you the info you need to start your DDO character's adventure. Read the Stormreach port guide at DDO @ TenTonHammer and be ready to start your journey on February 28!

    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • It's "Build a Bandit" - kinda like those teddy bear stores in the mall.



    How do you build the perfect bandit in Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach? Add 6 parts fighter, 4 parts rogue and shake well. If a rogueish hybrid is what you're planning for your Dungeons & Dragons Online character, we have the perfect recipe for treachery.

    The Highway Bandit stalks her prey by hiding out of sight from the road and attacking suddenly. She uses disabling feats such as Hamstring and Stunning Blow to incapacitate her victims before finishing them off with Sneak Attack.



    Stalk the Highway Bandit on our DDO @ TenTonHammer Community Site!

    Fri, Feb 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Barbarian is his name... taking hits is his game!



    What takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'? Nope, not a Timex--it's the barbarian, of course. In Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, this class stands out when it comes to absorbing damage. If you're thinking of playing a barbarian, there's no better way to prepare than by reading our handy (and recently updated) class guide. You'll learn about the barbarian's important abilities, feats, skills and enhancements.



    Want to be a Mighty Barbarian? Take a look at the newest article on the TenTonHammer Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Community Site!

    News
    Thu, Feb 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Word just in from Satine. Beta keys are available at Fileplanet.

    We’re delighted to announce that our friends at Fileplanet will be giving away many thousands of DDO European beta keys over the coming weeks, starting today!

    In order to have a chance at getting one of Fileplanet’s thousands of available beta keys, you must be a registered FilePlanet member with or without a paid subscription.
    Follow this link for further information:

    Over the coming weeks, Fileplanet will have tens of thousands more beta spots to give away, be sure to check our website at http://www.ddo-europe.com for the latest news on this.

    There are lots of beta keys up for grabs so make sure you’ve signed up!

    Check out our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach site!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

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    Thu, Feb 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Quest for glory with our DDO crew!

    If you'll be seeking your fame in Stormreach, the majestic setting for Dungeons & Dragons Online, you'll want to keep up with Shayalyn and Ralsu, two knowledgable MMO vets from our DDO community site. They'll share their quest journals in the weeks ahead, revealing informatoin any adventurer will need to make his way in the city.

    Ralsu and I emerged on the other side of The Low Road; weary and a little worse for the wear, but in one piece. Still a bit weak from my near-drowning, I found that I had to stop from time to time and catch my breath. Ralsu had been teasing me relentlessly about my apparent lack of swimming skills, and I had been waving my mace at him menacingly while his back was turned, which caused the occasional chuckle from passersby. Bards!

    Read Shayalyn's Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach journal... you have her permission!

    Wed, Feb 01, 2006
    Ethec
  • Get in touch with your inner Rogue!

    A Rogue is a Rogue is a Rogue.... Ralsu has updated DDO - TenTonHammer's rogue class guide with new information on which abilities, skills, and feats are important to the class. Ready to make your 1st level DDO rogue in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach? Sneak up on our guide and do it with style.

    Rogues are prized for the resourcefulness and seldom are counted on to deliver the bulk of the damage. Instead, adventuring parties will count on rogues to scout ahead, sneak past guards to avoid a confrontation, or pilfer an item needed for the completion of a quest. Players who choose rogues will be rewarded with a feeling of usefulness. Further, they will enjoy the versatility of a character who can fit into most any party composition.

    Track down the updated Rogue profile at our Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach community site!

    Tue, Jan 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • What's all this "Chaotic Good" stuff, anyhow?

    Is Jean Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation, lawful good or neutral good? Shayalyn over at the Ten Ton Hammer - Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach site needs some help to settle a geeky
    argument she got into recently!

    But wait--this isn't Star Trek, it's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach! And we've got a great guide to character alignment.

    Check out "The Roleplayer's Guide to Alignments" at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Tue, Jan 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • There's a new beta movie out for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. You can see this masterpiece at Worthplaying

    Adventurers have long travelled to the shrouded continent of Xen'drik to explore ancient ruins and discover the treasures hidden beneath. The bustling frontier city of Stormreach, a cauldron of ambition and secret plots, has grown on the edges of this dark and dangerous continent, safe and secure as the gateway to Xen'drik. But now danger threatens. Few explorers who set out adventuring the lands near Stormreach ever return, and those that do bring back only tales of death and destruction.

    If you love D&D Online, You'll love our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach site! Go take a look at the new guides!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

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    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • 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
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