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  • A Barbarian, a Fighter, and a Ranger Walk into a Tavern...

    Can a group made up of barbarians, fighters and rangers survive the dungeons of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) without a healer or crowd controller? Darkgolem thinks so. He offers up strategies for handling this, as well as some other unconventional grouping situations. It all comes down to knowing the three roles that are critical to a well-rounded party.

    First and foremost, it is important that the distinction between a character’s role in an adventure and a character’s class is clear. A character’s role is what function they have in making a party successful. A class (for the purpose of this article) is the skill set that character uses to fulfill that role.

    Read the guide and learn how to really party!

    Tue, Mar 07, 2006
  • Bard's the Ward!

    Everyone loves the bonuses to attack and damage bonuses that come from the bard in the party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Many people consider it a plus if the bard can handle a weapon, too. But the main thing expected of any bard once he joins the party is that he will be ready with his cure spells to help keep the party alive.

    Ralsu is a bard who focuses on crowd control. His battle strategy is to immobilize the enemy so that no one needs a cure spell in the first place. In fact, Ralsu doesn't know any cure spells at all:

    Be ready for personal attacks and slander against your mother for not specializing in Cure spells. People expect bards to be healers...The CCC is dedicated to rendering monsters incapacitated so that the heavy hitters can deal with them in a leisurely manner...Extra Song V and Inspired Damage II are two Enhancements that combine to allow the CCC to keep the entire party buffed almost constantly with bonueses to hit and damage.

    Analyze the entire bard-crowd control build at DDO-TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • Does DDO Need to Tidy Up?

    North American servers for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach flung open their doors to welcome new gamers on February 28, 2006. Did players arrive to find a spotlessly clean game, or were there smudges on the windows and cobwebs in the corners? Shayalyn may like hanging out with DDO, but she's got a few cleaning tips for its developers, Turbine, Inc. Is DDO Martha Stewart approved? You decide!

    Don’t get me wrong--I like DDO. I play it and I enjoy it. I do think that Turbine delivered on their promise to make an entertaining massively multi-player online game (MMOG) that would come as close as possible to replicating the pen-and-paper (PnP) Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying experience. I’m down with that. But...

    Yeah, there’s always a “but.”

    Grab a broom and a dust pan and get into Spring Cleaning at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • LYON, FRANCE – 3 March 2006 – Atari announced that the English language version of Turbine’s DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™, the first massively multiplayer online (“MMO”) role-playing game inspired by the legendary pen and paper game, has launched today in Europe. The localized German and French versions of the title are on schedule to launch on March 23rd and 24th respectively. "

    All of you blokes across the pond may cheer now.

    Get all of your Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach info right here!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • Can't Get a Group?

    Just launched your MMOG and you can't do a thing with it? Poor Orogurath had the same problem. On the first day of Head Start play in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), he created a character and headed into the game with high hopes for finding a group and enjoying some adventure. Instead, he was met by a troop of lecherous dwarves, and the sinking feeling that players' priorities had changed since beta.

    I gathered my quests and flicked on the LFG flag, confident in an expedient invite…one that never came. I made a quick whiff of the old armpit and looked in the mirror--was it me? Something had drastically changed since the beta, and my mind raced to uncover a reason that was not due to circumstance or poor character hygiene. I logged out, created a more appealing elven female, and tried again. When the results were the same, I began to do a player search. Only six groups were looking for more (LFM). During the beta, you could confidently view 15 or more intrepid alliances looking for like minded tomb robbers or at least some ‘morally unburdened’ laborers. Something was amiss, and I was determined to root out its cause and smite it…verily!

    Go "Through the Looking Glass" with Orogurath at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 02, 2006
  • Armor Polish Not Included

    Paladins are THE quintessential knights in shining armor in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). With both true blades and true hearts, they protect the citizens of Stormreach from the evils gathering below and within the city's walls.

    Ralsu takes a closer look at the paladin and provides details on the things you need to know to decide if this is the class for you:

    Pure and devout, paladins are Eberron’s most dedicated defense against the forces of evil. They live like normal people until they answer the calling to promote righteousness throughout the world. Then they hone their combat skills and learn the divine magic of clerics, a combination that lends paladins a fighter’s hit points and the cleric’s ability to heal. What is unique to the paladin is his enormous zeal for eradicating evil.

    Read this guide religiously and get to know the paladins of DDO!

    Thu, Mar 02, 2006
  • Follow this sage advice!

    Want to become an expert spell slinger in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Darkgolem has the guide for you! Be the life of the party! Be the envy of all your friends! Be pop-pop-POPULAR!

    Ahem. Well, okay, we can't guarantee good parties or friends suffering from spell caster envy, but we can promise that using good tactics will make you a sought-after group member. In a game where grouping is the only way to advance, popularity's not such a bad thing.

    Using good tactics may be more important for spell casters than any other classes. This is because spell casters can affect the largest amount of targets at once. A badly placed spell can turn an easy fight into a struggle for survival for your whole party. However, a skillful spell caster, backed by a party of adventurers who work well together, can handle combat much more dangerous than normal.

    Read Priests & Magi: Expert Spell Casting at DDO - TenTonHammer... and watch your popularity soar!

    Wed, Mar 01, 2006
  • All the News DDO Newbs Can Use!

    At last it's here, the long-anticipated launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The good news is, MMOG gamers now have a whole new world full of adventures to explore. The bad news is, unless you've played the beta or you have some knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons, the tabletop game, DDO may make you feel like a bit of a newb. Well, buck up, little camper! We've assembled a collection of articles to help guide you in the right direction.

    Let’s face it; we live in a gaming era ruled by World of Warcraft (WoW). No other massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG) can boast over 5 million players. And arguably, the secret to WoW’s success is the ease with which the game is played. But Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), released today by Turbine, Inc., is not a WoW clone. In fact, it’s not an anything clone; it is very much its own unique game.

    Given that, there will probably be a bit of a learning curve for those who venture into Stormreach expecting a garden variety MMOG. Yes, you’ll still find quest NPCs conveniently marked. Sure, the game has city maps to help you get from point A to point B. Of course there’s a brief tutorial to help you get the hang of wielding a weapon and slinging spells. But, beyond that, don’t expect DDO to be “easy.” It’s a whole new world.

    Read these guides at DDO - TenTonHammer and get informed!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Love and marriage... go together like a rogue and pwnage?

    Today is the last look at this month's topic for Tuesday's Take - Virtual Love & Marriage at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Who doesn't love to hear stories of couples falling in love, virtual or real? Are they all lovely stories with happy endings or are some more like something from a bad dream? I believe like anything, there are the good and the bad.

    Read Niborea's Take - Fairy Tales or Nightmares at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Not Since Driver's Ed Movies Have You Seen Such Carnage!

    It's launch day for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach and Turbine, Inc. has unleashed their game, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach on the public...but not without a stern warning. Consider this video a bit of tough love; a public service announcement, if you will. Massively-multiplayer online gamers who don't take Turbine's message seriously could find themselves injured or worse. What's it going to take to end the senseless brutality?

    Download the video at DDO @ TenTonHammer and witness the savage truth!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
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