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  • Not Everybody Started DDO on Day 1...

    With several people already logging in to play Level 10 "capped" characters, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) can be daunting for the complete newbie. Things as simple as character creation and navigation are intimidating tasks when playing and learning the mechanics of a game for the first time. Our DDO - TenTonHammer writer Corso wants to help:

    Your first important choice is your character's race. I’m sure you'll notice that some of the race attributes make that race better suited for some classes than others, with humans being a sort of middle ground. You can make your decision based on statistical advantages, or work purely from a roleplaying perspective--either way, the choice is yours. Classes define your character even further, so it's important to figure out your playing style as you decide what you want to be when you grow up. Do you want to be a spell slinging elf, a healing human cleric, or a mighty halfling barbarian (hey, why not)?

    Read all of Corso's DDO Newbie Know-How, and be ready for the adventure!

    Thu, Apr 06, 2006
  • RF Online gets a physical, courtesy of Boomtown.
    Iain Lowson of Boomtown took time away from stroking his cat to review RF Online.

    "Doc, the cat in question, likes me playing RF Online because she gets to sit on my lap and get stroked. This is because I have nothing better to do than stroke the cat when playing RF Online – the only game I’ve ever played where I died regularly because I kept forgetting I was playing. "

    You can read the entire RF Online Review at Boomtown.

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • Trouble Brewing for the Talenta Halflings

    Enter episode three of DDO - TenTonHammer's weekly comedy series, "Enter the Halfling." Trouble plagues the talenta halflings as Cailag endures torment-by-pastry while Pigface fumbles through a bleary-eyed game of Fuzzy Duck at the Wayward Lobster Ale-lympics. Looks like it's up to Preston to save Cailag from his grim fate...with a little help.

    Preston looked across the bar. What would Cailag want him to do--cheer Pigface to glory at the Ale-lympics; or rescue him? And in what order? He muttered something unintelligible, then stepped outside into the night air. Finally, he decided; he would let Pigface seek his title while he, Preston, went off in search of their companion. This was a job for steady (and moderately sober) hands.

    Check out this week's episode at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • DDO Dragon's Vault Expansion Goes Live Today!

    Here are the official release notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) module 1: The Dragon's Vault. Along with the usual patches and fixes, this patch contains the first content update for DDO. Did we mention that it's free to subscribers?

    Here's a taste of update goodness:

    This update contains the first content update to DDO, the Dragon’s
    Vault Module! Can you gain access to the impenetrable Vault of Night?

    • Fight in the notorious Tharashk Arena, defeating all other
      combatants to survive.

    • Explore the most dangerous prison of all – that of a mind locked
      in torment, in The Prison of the Mind.

    • Discover the hideous secret that has ruined the Haywire Foundry.
    • Delve into the subterranean depths of the Jungles of Khyber.
    • After
      you’ve conquered all four of those dungeons, the most challenging and
      compelling dungeon experience of all awaits you – the Vault of Night,
      as you face the full array of Kundarak magic and tricks meant to keep
      you out…or kill you.

    • If you somehow manage to defeat the Vault of Night, you can earn
      your rich rewards…there remains just one last obstacle…

    In addition to the Dragon’s Vault chain of quests, there is even more
    great content to explore!

    • Fight against the first vampire boss in DDO…you’ll love this

    • Stop a planar invasion in “The Xorian Cipher”
    • Explore the immense demesne of the Arzag-Khor…can you acquire the
      Tear of Dhakaan?

    • Stop the nefarious plans of the Grave Robber
    • Can you uncover all the secrets of Stromvauld’s Mine?
    • Will you aid the Bounty Hunter and bring down an infamous

    • And more!

    We’ve opened the gates to Kobold Island: a fun and replayable landscape
    experience for new players still getting a feel for what their characters can do in combat.

    Check out our DDO - TenTonHammer community site for the complete scoop!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • There is some fancy schmancy new wallpaper to be had for Codemaster's upcoming game Archlord. Make sure to check back near the end of the day to find some new lore on the game as well!

    More news and info on Archlord.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • Enchantments in DDO

    Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in doing the most damage possible with spells in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). But Darkgolem shows us that sometimes the best use for spell points in DDO is enchantments. In "Mind-bending Magic," we learn just what enchantments are, what they do, and how to use them to our fullest advantage:

    Charms are used as both a means of crowd control (reducing the number of enemies attacking your party without killing them) and a means of damage...since the accomplished spell caster can have several creatures charmed at one time--and these creatures can be improved to increase their effectiveness by buffs such as bards song, bless, haste and so on--you can still add the support of effective damage capacity with your party.

    Read the full guide at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • Who else just wants to yell out "Tease me Baby!"? It's an addiction, those outbursts.

    I digress. the Official Archlord website has the new teaser trailer available. Go take a look and drool at what Codemasters is tempting.

    More news and info on Archlord

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • DDO's "Carrot on a Stick"

    Dungeons & Dragons Online launched with great success at the end of February, but will it have the momentum to sustain a solid player base? Shayalyn takes a look at how gaming with friends gives DDO a unique sort of staying power.

    Traditionally, MMOGs have offered all sorts of incentives to keep subscribers happily addicted, from the promise of advancement to the highest levels, to quests for fantastic items. Level advancement will always be an incentive in any online game, but decent items and cash are actually easy to come by in DDO, making that grind-for-glory a little less crucial than it seems to be in other games. So where is that necessary incentive to keep playing?

    Read 'Carrot on a Stick: What Keeps us Playing DDO?' and see if you agree with Shayalyn's assessment.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • Eye Candy Keeps us Longing for LOTRO

    Games in pre-beta development, like Lord of the Rings Online, have only so much to offer to capture the attention of online gamers. What prompts gamers to take a closer look at a title that's months away from release? Shayalyn contends that it's all about eye candy, from attractive and highly customizable character models to a stunning online environment. Check out her editorial and see if you agree.

    At the risk of sounding hopelessly girly, character creation and the overall look of a game hold a great deal of importance for me as a gamer, so I want to see attractive character models coming out of the development stage. For me, gaming is a means of stepping out of reality for a little while, and donning the exotic look of a sexy little wood elf nymph, or a scrappy human priestess. I’m not only venturing into a fantasy world where I can wield magic or weapons against my foes--I’m taking a break from the reality of bad hair days and too-tight jeans (damn you, Ben & Jerry!)

    Read 'Bring on the Eye Candy' at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • Put 'em on your desktop at work to always be "in the game!"

    Can't get enough Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Want to think about DDO even when have to do actual (gasp) work on your computer? Good thing Ten Ton Hammer's friend Cyren knows how you feel. She has crafted a collection of DDO wallpapers for your desktop in a smooth 1024 X 768 resolution. She's given us five to start with and promises more to come, so check back for updates.

    In the meantime, view and download custom desktop wallpaper at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Sat, Apr 01, 2006
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