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  • Be the best caster on the block!

    Lyle Vertigo offers up his guide to playing the wizard and sorcerer classes in Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach to their fullest advantage. Do you know when to hurt, and when to lay off? Or when it's appropriate to use area of effect (AoE) spells? Find out as DDO @ Ten Ton Hammer's resident caster shares his secrets:

    Due to a lack in armor and weapon proficiencies (aside from basic weapons), it is suicide for a wizard or sorcerer to melee. It is best to stay to the back of parties, only running up to a foe to cast a touch spell and scurry back behind your fighter friend whose name just happens to be Bob the Big. If for some reason you find yourself in melee mode--with or without spell points--it is best to dodge/jump/flee your way back and around group until the enemy loses interest in you.

    Check out the newest guide at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Thank God! Finally! Someone thought to do this the right way. You would not believe how many times I've had to wait to get my pre-order because I was idiotic enough to buy it online instead of going into a store to get it.

    We have extended preorder access to Dungeons & Dragons Online™: Stormreach™ (DDO) through March 5th in order to help address the concerns of players who have told us they may not be able to get a copy of the retail box for DDO right away. Players who have created an account using their preorder bonus key will continue to have access to DDO through Sunday, March 5th. We expect most retail stores to have DDO boxes available on or before this time.

    Starting on Monday, March 6th, players will need to redeem a retail key at in order to continue playing. Players who are unable to obtain a retail key before March 6th won’t lose their account information or characters and will be able to play those characters once they enter a retail key.

    As a reminder, the opportunity to earn the Head Start Event founders helmet and founder status ends at 8:00am EST on February 28th. So be sure to log in and get your guilds set up!

    It's no longer a race to see who gets in first, etc, etc.

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    Mon, Feb 27, 2006
  • Off the Monitor and onto the Tabletop?

    Will Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) spark new interest in Dungeons & Dragons, the pen and paper roleplaying game that started it all? Zed interviews a UK hobby games store owner to get his take. Will DDO bring MMOG players over to tabletop gaming, or is it the other way around?

    I'm amazed at how much DDO does capture the atmosphere of the pen and paper game. From making inns the focal point for players getting together, to the little messages that pop up during your time in a dungeon, the devs have done a grand job. The choices you make for your character with regard to skills and feats also seem to generally hold true to the PnP game, showing they have managed to recreate them quite faithfully in the MMOG. Incorporating [integrated] voice chat is only going to add to that and help promote a real feeling of table top role playing.

    Read Zed's interview with Treebeard at DDO - TenTonHammer!And, while your at it, take a look around the site at what DDO has to offer when it officially launches this Tuesday!

    Mon, Feb 27, 2006
  • Take Control of DDO!

    Is Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) your first massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG)? Having trouble with the user interface (UI)? Ralsu draws on his extensive experience with console MMOGs to bring us this guide on Gamepad Configuration:

    While I am no MMOG novice, I am simply more comfortable with a console-like gamepad in my hand. That is why I purchased a Logitech Rumblepad II the moment I decided I would play DDO. Remember, this is the pad I chose individually. Logitech did not pay Ten Ton Hammer to write about their gamepad. Also, this is not a review of this device. I am going to tell you how to configure this and similar gamepads to be most effective in DDO.

    You can read Ralsu's Guide at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Sun, Feb 26, 2006
  • Spirituality & Spellbinding 101!

    Get out your spellbooks,'s time to brush up on your spell casting knowledge. Darkgolem takes a look at advanced spell casting concepts in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) in his guide, Spirituality & Spellbinding. If you plan on doing more than swinging a weapon and taking hits in DDO, this is a must-read!

    Metamagic is a way of changing the nature of a specific spell. Using metamagic, a spell caster can make spells last longer, make them reach farther, make them more difficult to resist, or even make them do more damage. The ability to manipulate metamagic in DDO is gained by acquiring metamagic feats.

    Ready to become a serious student? Read Spirituality & Spellbinding at DDO - TenTonHammer and get schooled!

    Thu, Feb 23, 2006
  • We'll Put a Spell On You...

    Or not. But seriously, we've got more spells for your character-planning pleasure. Zed's research provides us with 1st Level Divine Spells. If you plan on healing the sick and empowering the weak in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), then this is the list you're looking for.

    Reasearch your 1st Level Divine Spells at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Feb 22, 2006
  • A Divinely Inspired DDO Build

    We're at it again! Zed has another custom build for those who need some inspiration for the launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) on February 28th--the Versatile Cleric.

    This is the cleric build I’ve been playing with during the European beta test. Offering a large number of turn undead and an ability to handle combat as well as maximum spell points for a character of its level and abilities gives it great all-round performance.

    Want to know how Zed's been kickin' it in the Euro beta? Check out his Versatile Cleric build!

    Wed, Feb 22, 2006
  • Spell-casting 101: From the Sacred to the Sorcerous

    It's time to take a bit of the mystery out of spell-casting in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). Darkgolem thoroughly explains how spell-casting works in DDO for casting classes from bard to wizard. I know I certainly learned a thing or two!

    All classes gain spell points when they gain the ability to cast spells. You receive a set number of spell points for your class at each level, plus bonus spell points for having a high primary statistic, and you can have bonus spell points for items, feats and enhancements. While I haven’t yet been able to determine exact numbers for upper levels, wizards and clerics start with 100 spell points, sorcerers with 150, bards with 50. For bonus spell points based upon your primary statistic, use the following formula...

    Want that formula? Then you've got to read Sacred and Sorcerous: Spell-casting Basics for the Divine and Arcane Caster at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 21, 2006
  • What Carries a Staff and Makes Things Go Boom?

    If you guessed Darkgolem's Boom-stick Sorcerer build for DDO, then you're on to something. And if you're gearing up for the February 28th launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) with an arcane caster in mind, you'll want to check out this blastacular creation.

    The Boom-stick Sorcerer is a sorcerer who specializes in evocation, with an uncompromising approach toward delivering as much damage as possible to opponents as quickly as possible.

    Ready to make things go boom? Check out the Boom-Stick Sorceror at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Feb 21, 2006
  • Masters of Stealth

    Cloak and dagger. Picking locks and disarming traps. Ralsu thinks he's got it all figured out when it comes to rogues in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). He brings us a custom build called Master Thief to show off his knowledge:

    The Master Thief usually seeks to avoid combat, using his Hide and Move Silently skills to his fullest. When he does enter the fray, he waits until someone has engaged the enemy first and relies on his Bluff skill and Sneak Attack class feat to do maximum damage.

    Read Master Thief at DDO @ TenTonHammer and see if you've got what it takes!

    Tue, Feb 21, 2006
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