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  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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 https://billing.turbine.com 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
    Awenyddion
  • 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
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
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