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  • Enter the Halfling: Git them Dawgies Re-rollin'!

    Orogurath continues his fanfiction series on the Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach - TenTonHammer community site. With Cailag rescued from the kobold prison, our intrepid adventurers plan their next move...but not before Preston decides to make himself anew, complete with less intelligence (which better suits his agenda), and a new handlebar moustache. Read our Dungeons & Dragons Online fan fiction comedy series to learn more about the new and improved Preston, and about the famous halfling pastimes, Pong and...Twister?

    Suppressed giggles trickled out of Pigface and Gurblebag, who barely recognized the re-rolled Preston. He was still upset about his haul from the adventure: a potion of light repair. The rest were sporting items such as a +1 Maul, magical chain mail, and trinkets that spat webs, while he had obtained…a potion. Even Pigface had fared better; with his souvenir shirt and belt of something-or-other. It just didn’t seem fair!

    Check out Episode 5 of Enter the Halfling at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
  • The Cagey Fighter

    At Ten Ton Hammer, we love Custom Builds. They add flavor and resist the tendency to say there is only way to build a given class in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). For The Swashbuckler, Darkgolem mixes the combat mastery of the fighter with the subtlety of a rogue. The result is what he calls a "cagey fighter" who picks on the most susceptible foes in the chaos of battle:

    Combat Expertise can be applied to raise armor class even more. Improved Trip is a bit questionable, since trip is strength based, but it fits the concept of the build (a cagey fighter) so is added anyways. If not preferred, take Resilience instead. Evasion works very well with Dexterity. Good tactics would be to attack one foe then switch targets, attacking a second target and making best use of Sneak Attack.

    You can check out The Swashbuckler at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
  • Honestly, I wish that all of the MMORPG companies would do this. It's alot easier to download a game rather than wait for those popular games to be available at your local game store.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait a day or two after launch simply because I had to wait for the retail version of the game to be available. It horks me off. Turbine is doing a great thing here by allowing customers to now puchase the game and download from This option is only available in North America. However, it's a start.

    Visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community. They have the goods on what's happening and when.

    More news and info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
  • RMT ? For those of you who are getting a slow start this morning (like myself) it means, Real Money Trading. So.. in essence... RMT = Gold Buying / Selling / Secondary Market.

    Ok that is as smart as I get for the day. Here are the details.


    Today in excess of 150 RMT accounts have been suspended due to breach of the Terms of Service.

    We would like you all to think twice before risking your character in such activities, for more details of today’s events please follow this link:

    Happy Easter!

    The details of their policy are right here on the community forums. It's nice to see these guys doing something rather than just blowing hot air.

    More news and info on RF Online.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
  • Encourage Grouping; Support Soloing

    Shayalyn is an antisocial gamer. How can upcoming MMOGs like Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar score points with players like her? Simple, says she: they have to encourage group play, yet provide meaningful solo experiences, yet avoid making soloing the best means of character progression. Well, okay, maybe it's not that simple.

    We know that players will be able to solo in LOTRO, and we know that the solo quests won’t consist of the sort of tedium we’ve seen in other games, specifically the “Collect 2,500 flesh-eating fungi spores for Alchemist Fiddlesticks” sort. The ability to enjoy meaningful solo experiences, if even on a limited basis, is music to my antisocial ears. But what is Turbine doing to facilitate grouping, the core of a game designed around the tale of a Fellowship’s cooperative efforts toward victory over evil?

    Has Turbine worked out the magic formula? Read Fellowship of the Ding to learn more.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
  • Party over here!

    Does Turbine takes the necessary steps to make people want to form a party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Ralsu thinks so. He describes the easy-to-use but deep social system in DDO and draws comparisons to other massively-multiplayer games:

    Another component of the social tool in DDO is the Friends Screen. This is your buddy list for those really cool people who already belong to a different guild than you...A glance at the screen lets you tell whether or not each friend is online...The updated social tool also alerts you when a friend comes online (like most instant messengers do). Even if you have already started a party and a dungeon, you can grab that friend the moment she comes online. This also makes it easier for you to find a party, as you might be the friend who just logged on to get a tell for a party invitation.

    Read Masochistically Solo Player at DDO - TenTonHammer today!

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
  • Mediocromancy: The Magic of Publishing on a Timeline

    Has there ever been an MMO that launched bug-free? Nope, and there probably never will be. Dungeons & Dragons Online is no exception. In this week's Friday Editorial (FriEd), Darkgolem contends that the rush to release a game produces sub par results, and that a lack of communication from developers compounds the frustrations.

    The reason games get pushed into the marketplace before they’re finished is simple enough--they don’t make money for their developers and publishers while they’re in production. It takes sales and subscription fees to sustain a game in the long term, so there’s always pressure to get the product into the hands of the paying public, whether that game is ready or not.

    Read this week's FriEd on DDO - TenTonHammer and see if you agree!

    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
  • The Easter Bunny will never survive this post apocalyptic nuke. I see fur and feet flying everwhere. On the other hand.. think of all of the luck we'll have with those severed bunny toes.

    Citizens of Novus Prepare for the Easter Invasion!
    Beginning on Good Friday and building up to what will be one of the biggest battles seen in any MMORPG to date; involving hundreds of monsters in full out war, the planet Novus will be invaded and only you can help! Will you heed the call? It’s time to declare your allegiance in the planets last stand…

    Friday 14th – A siege on the HQs from the Bulky Lunkers. Usually based in the Sette Dessert the Lunkers have gone crazy and started attacking the Faction HQ’s, no one knows why or how they got there but why miss an opportunity for some profitable hunting!

    Saturday 15th – On closer inspection the Crag mine control centre is attracting a lot of strange activity, is this just a random occurrence, or is there more to this? Can these creatures be destroyed? It’s up to you to investigate and report to your race leader.

    Sunday 16th – Sette Invasion - Can all 3 Factions put aside their differences as the strange creatures seize control of Sette and make their last stand. The Cora, Accretia and Bellato will need to fight back against this invasion to ensure the survival of Novus. Are reports of a weird presence in the Sette temple correct?

    For those lucky few to make it through the chaotic struggle a reward will be granted for your valour in combat.

    More details are on the RF Online Official Site.

    More news and info on RF Online.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
  • When it rains it pours! Is Thursday the official eye candy day? I think it is.. I'd research it, but that would make me too geeky for comfort.

    Archlord has a brand spankin new Screensaver for those in need desktops.

    More news and info on Archlord

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
  • Every time I see a new piece of concept art from this game, it takes my breath away. I don't know how true it will be to the story or how far they can go with it.. but the visuals, they just leave me speechless.

    With that said, there is new lore today from the Official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    This watch-tower, its name long-forgotten, once overlooked the eastern reaches of Fornost of which little now remains. Though crumbling and decrepit, it still stands as a grand testament to the architects of Arnor, a monument both carved from the living stone upon which it rests and built from stone blocks and mortar. The ruined tower yet watches over the eastern gate of Fornost, which still stands amidst crumbling walls, bearing the charge of the Seven Stars, though the courtyard beyond has become home to cursed shades, tainted by failure and betrayal.

    Go read the rest and see what I mean about the art.

    Did you know that we have a really great Lord of the Rings Online Community?

    More news and info on Lord of the Rings Online.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
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