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  • Guide to Blackwing Lair

    WoW Ten Ton Hammer's Guide to Blackwing Lair contains everything you
    need to know about this infamous dungeon to succeed. From boss enemies
    to their minions, we have everything covered. Tactics, diagrams, and
    everything else that would be needed to slay some dragons. Whether you
    are attempting this dungeon for the first time or need some new
    tactics for enemies that are giving you difficulty, our guide can
    help!

    "At the start of the third stage the entire raid needs to move to the
    north corner. The Dragons and Orcs that were previously attempting to
    stop you will flee and Razorgore will begin attacking the last person
    who had him mind controlled. He should be moved to the southwest
    corner (where you buffed) to be tanked while the Rogues move to his
    side and an off-tank stays behind him building aggro."

    Keep reading to learn more about Blackwing Lair. Have you been to this Lair? Let us know what your experience was like in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
    LadySirse
  • New and Improved Mage Guide

    Not to be egotistical or anything (I mean a guy with the self appointed title of Messiah wouldn’t have an ego, would he?), but we at Ten Ton Hammer have some of the best class guides out there! And the few times we screw up or let something slip by our omnipotent vision, we listen to all our loyal readers and quickly correct our mistakes or add things the missing items.

    Well, lately we’ve gotten a few comments that something seemed to be missing from the Mage guide on our site, so I’ve spent the last little while reviewing and updating it. Just a few of the many updates that we did are:

    * Patch 1.11 Talent Builds
    * Leveling Builds
    * Spell Efficiency Table
    * Split section 6
    * Updated Spell and Talent information
    * Updated item and set information
    * Updated Macros Section
    * Added Polymorph pull section

    So, what are you waiting for? Go and check out our completely updated Mage guide at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Wed, Jul 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • New Information on Paladins and Shamans

    The World of Warcraft official site has been updated with a new information page that offers a look at the upcoming Burning Crusades expansion. This new page also gives us a look at the Paladin and Shaman as well as a class/race guide. Good stuff huh? Did I mention that there are new screenshots as well?

    As we draw closer to the release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, more of the secrets shrouding the draenei and blood elves are being revealed. In the upcoming expansion, you will finally be able to play classes that were previously unavailable to your faction. The blood elves have harnessed the power of the Light for their own needs, and the Horde recognizes the value of these renegade blood elf paladins. Meanwhile, the draenei have been granted the wisdom and strength of the elements, and a number of draenei now follow the path of the shaman.

    Read our new information page to learn more about the new class combinations available to players of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    Check this exciting information out and then trot on over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer, the best place to find all the latest news, interviews and information on WoW and all your favorite MMOs, and let us know what you think of the upcoming expansion in the forums!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Art of Gaming

    This press release was issued today and should be interesting news to gamers, especially those that play WoW...

    GameSide Network Launches Second Issue of "The Art of Gaming" Online Magazine

    Gaming and Entertainment network releases second issue of the free online magazine about art and gaming; teams up with Joystick Junkies to offer prizes and discounts.

    Sacramento, CA, USA, July 24th, 2006 – GameSide Network, a company that has a network of websites that focus on Gaming and Technology, launches the second issue of the free online magazine, The Art of Gaming, which focuses on the art of video game graphics, gameplay, and features artwork from the gaming community.

    The debut issue of The Art of Gaming, which launched in June 2006, has amassed over 4,000 downloads to date. The second issue features the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft.

    The Art of Gaming pays tribute to the art and/or gameplay from the games of the past and present. Each issue features a particular game or brand features artwork created by gamers, as well as questions and comments submitted by gamers.

    The Art of Gaming has also teamed up with Joystick Junkies, a British fashion label which designs clothing based on iconic video games art, to offer readers an exclusive 10% off of Joystick Junkies apparel. Readers will also learn how this UK-based company came to be with an interview with Chris Birch from Joystick Junkies. In addition, readers have a chance to win free prizes such as Joystick Junkies apparel by writing into the magazine.

    Chris Birch said, "fashion labels across the world struggle to find new ideas and themes for each season, we’re fortunate to have such a wonderful world of inspiring imagery that reminds us of classic gaming moments. So it’s great to team up with a magazine that celebrates the very art that is so vital to our fashion range and we fully support the work they are doing to enrich video games culture."

    As with the first issue, The Art of Gaming #2 will also contain reviews of classic games, interviews, general video game information, gamer profiles. The second issue will also sport a new look that improves on the content and layout of the first issue.

    "The Art of Gaming will continue to grow with each issue and we appreciate our comments and suggestions that we receive from readers" says GameSide Network's CEO, Lachelle Talbot-Thomas. "We also want to keep encouraging artists to send in their work, this is your chance to not only contribute to a subject you love, but to also get some major recognition. We are also constantly on the look out to feature community gaming websites, so if you run a site that has to do with an upcoming issue, tell us!"

    The upcoming third issue of The Art of Gaming will celebrate everyone's favorite plumber and his games, Mario.

    Features include:
    - Every issue is free
    - Each issue contains a "Featured Game" that is profiled
    - Artwork for gamers by gamers
    - Comments and questions direct from the gaming community
    - Give-aways for the best "Letter of the Month"
    - Interviews with members in the gaming industry
    - Retro reviews: our favorite games of the past are profiled
    - Art tutorials: learn how to make graphics like the pros
    - The Art of Gaming comes in PDF format for ease of reading and
    printing
    - Releases on the 4th week of every month
    - Exclusive discount at Joystick Junkies

    Upcoming features:
    - Contests and giveaways

    The Art of Gaming magazine is available for download at:
    " target=blank>http://www.theartofgaming.com

    Get clicking and find out more about The Art of Gaming and then let us know what you think of the new magazine in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Paladin How To

    We've gone through our Paladin Class Guide and updated a lot of
    the information from the words of seasoned Paladins. Included in the
    updates is a few brand new talent builds (both PvP, PvE, and leveling
    builds), updated information on the best way to utilize your Paladin,
    all about Paladin U.I.s, and much more!

    "In solo PvE, combat should start with using Judgement of Crusader
    (using Seal of the Crusader then judging it). Then use your combat
    seal (Seal of Righteousness or Seal of Command) and swing your weapon
    at the enemy! Depending on how well your mana holds, judge your combat
    seal and reapply. You'll need to experiment with it to see how often
    you can judge a seal while not spending all of your mana."

    Learn more about Paladins in this helpful guide beought to you by WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Describing the Typical WoW Player with Numbers

    Ethec gets his geek on to pour through the amazingly detailed census numbers available for World of Warcraft. Which faction is more popular - horde or alliance? What about race and class? Are there more active players on PvP or normal servers? The answers may surprise you! Plus, you know the reasons commonly given for World of Warcraft's incredible popularity, is there another reason lurking in the numbers?

    "When people talk about World of Warcraft's success, they cite accessibility, availability of quests, directed play, and other qualitative mechanics directly attributable to… well, fun. But one of the best kept secrets of World of Warcraft's success can be expressed quantitatively, Numb3rs-style, through math. Check out the descriptive statististics to the right. K values from zero to two indicate meso-kurtosis, or (literally) a flat level distribution, and low positive skewness indicates a gentle downward slope in population as levels increase - both signs of as healthy a MMORPG population that can be hoped for. Omitting level 60 - which I'm comfortable doing since, by most accounts, the level 60 game is an entirely different game than the 59 levels preceding it - World of Warcraft meets these conditions more than a year and a half after its inception. This mathematical fact makes WoW a rarity among MMOs, most of which coping with vacant low-to-mid level zones, snaring these games in a developmental tailspin of catering exclusively to players heavily concentrated at high levels."

    Keep reading to find out what other interesting facts Ethec has to share. Don't forget to stop into the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think.

    Thu, Jul 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Is Dual Boxing For You?

    This week, Messiah tackles the common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Find out how he feels about it and see if you agree.

    Wow, this week for our network content article we got such a cool topic, and one that I had to jump all over. Being a complete computer geek for the past 25+ years (yeah, I’m old!), I have a huge collection of computer equipment just lying around. Over the years this has made it very possible to dual, triple, even quad box many games. I have done it in many different games at many different points in time.

    The question comes about, should I? Is there a moral or ethical reason to not dual-box? Should developers care? Should casual players?


    ">Read the rest of the article
    and then hit the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to share your thoughts. Are you a dual boxer? Let us know why.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Blizzard unveils the first details of its upcoming player-versus-player enhancements.

    IGN posted an article with all the details and a few screenshots on this upcoming update to World of Warcraft.

    But the big news today is the scoop on world PvP objectives. Whereas before it usually boiled down to getting "wtfpwned" by roving bands of level 60 characters in Stranglethorn Vale, Hillsbrad Foothills and other areas where the victims couldn't possibly be a threat to their assailants, the new world PvP content will take place in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, although it may eventually branch out to other areas. Silithus and EPL are the highest-level zones in the game right now anyway (Deadwind Pass is too small to count, really), so it will generally be level 55-60 players bashing away at each other.

    Keep reading to see how you may soon be able to join in the World PvP! Check back to WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest updates and news.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Blackrock Depths, Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire, Stratholme and More!

    We have yet more updates today to our where to adventure guide! Today we focus on high-level instances and have updates for Blackrock Depths, Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire, Stratholme, Scholomance, Dire Maul, Zul'Gurub, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, Onyzia's Lair, and the Molten Core!

    Blackrock Depths (BRD) is located in Blackrock Mountain between the Searing Gorge and the Burning Steppes and is meant for levels 50-56. There are many quests located in BRD and it is an excellent place to level when you are mid 50's. Blackrock Depths also contains the entrance point that must be reached to access the Molten Core for the first time.

    The instance is full of Dark Iron Dwarves and elementals. Most of the quests revolve around the Dark Iron Dwarves or the various elementals in the area. For a complete list of quests in the zone check out our TenTonHammer database entries for Blackrock Depths .

    For miners there are several places that you can mine dark iron in the instance. It is also where you must travel to to create dark iron bars and to turn them into items, so prepare for multiple trips back here.

    Head over to learn more about where to level at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • WoW Macro Guide Updated: New Macro Examples

    No MMO has ever offered players the level of customization that World of Warcraft does. One important way Blizzard puts the power in the player community's hands is through macros, small customizable sets of scripted instructions that keep your head in the game by sparing you mouseclicks. Ten Ton Hammer scours the interwebs to bring you the best we could find for the latest addition to the WoW Slash Commands and Macros Guide.

    "Jump to Low-Res: If you're ever in a raid or instance situation and your system is dragging (or maybe you're getting some Orgrimmar or Ironforge lag), this is a quick macro that will lower the biggest performance-hogging settings. Experiment with a separate macro to restore your settings to what you're used to (max is 777,2,1).

    /z SetFarclip(177)
    /z SetWorldDetail(0)
    /z SetBaseMip(0)"

    Learn more about macros at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Jul 12, 2006
    LadySirse
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