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  • With a hammer and a prayer...

    Think healers are wimps that can't hold their own in a fight? Think again! Zed offers up some suggestions for playing a cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) that's at home in the trenches with the front-line fighters--the battle cleric. Read his guide to learn how to create a cleric whose healing skills are secondary to his defensive and fighting skills.

    The battle cleric joins the front rank fighters in the thick of battle. His spells focus on self and party combat buffs. For all accounts, he would be as armed and armored as any fighter--heavy weapons, shields, full plate. Healing is secondary to the battle cleric, only being used when group members drop dangerously low in health.

    Get suited up for battle with The Battle Cleric at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
  • A Barbarian, a Fighter, and a Ranger Walk into a Tavern...

    Can a group made up of barbarians, fighters and rangers survive the dungeons of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) without a healer or crowd controller? Darkgolem thinks so. He offers up strategies for handling this, as well as some other unconventional grouping situations. It all comes down to knowing the three roles that are critical to a well-rounded party.

    First and foremost, it is important that the distinction between a character’s role in an adventure and a character’s class is clear. A character’s role is what function they have in making a party successful. A class (for the purpose of this article) is the skill set that character uses to fulfill that role.

    Read the guide and learn how to really party!

    Tue, Mar 07, 2006
  • Bard's the Ward!

    Everyone loves the bonuses to attack and damage bonuses that come from the bard in the party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Many people consider it a plus if the bard can handle a weapon, too. But the main thing expected of any bard once he joins the party is that he will be ready with his cure spells to help keep the party alive.

    Ralsu is a bard who focuses on crowd control. His battle strategy is to immobilize the enemy so that no one needs a cure spell in the first place. In fact, Ralsu doesn't know any cure spells at all:

    Be ready for personal attacks and slander against your mother for not specializing in Cure spells. People expect bards to be healers...The CCC is dedicated to rendering monsters incapacitated so that the heavy hitters can deal with them in a leisurely manner...Extra Song V and Inspired Damage II are two Enhancements that combine to allow the CCC to keep the entire party buffed almost constantly with bonueses to hit and damage.

    Analyze the entire bard-crowd control build at DDO-TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • Does DDO Need to Tidy Up?

    North American servers for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach flung open their doors to welcome new gamers on February 28, 2006. Did players arrive to find a spotlessly clean game, or were there smudges on the windows and cobwebs in the corners? Shayalyn may like hanging out with DDO, but she's got a few cleaning tips for its developers, Turbine, Inc. Is DDO Martha Stewart approved? You decide!

    Don’t get me wrong--I like DDO. I play it and I enjoy it. I do think that Turbine delivered on their promise to make an entertaining massively multi-player online game (MMOG) that would come as close as possible to replicating the pen-and-paper (PnP) Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying experience. I’m down with that. But...

    Yeah, there’s always a “but.”

    Grab a broom and a dust pan and get into Spring Cleaning at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 06, 2006
  • The Dwarves of Middle-earth

    If you're planning to play a sturdy and stalwart dwarf when Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar launches later this year, then you'll want to check out our guide to the dwarf race.

    The dwarves of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth are beings of short stature and stocky build. Dwarf males always sport long beards. (Whether dwarf females always wear beards is a matter of some speculation and debate.) Dwarves mine precious metals throughout Middle-earth and are known as skilled stoneworkers and smiths. Their gruff appearance and demeanor belies their ability for superb craftsmanship.

    Learn more about the dwarf at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Sat, Mar 04, 2006
  • I'm still laughing. I have tears I do. Developer Diary: Allan "Orion" Maki - Friends Don't Let Friends Tank Balrogs The name should speak volumes of the humor in this piece. However, that's not what started me laughing. It's the picture of Will with his cow bell smack at the top. You gotta love a man who appreciates the need for more cow bell.

    So you want to know something about The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™. Excellent! If only I could deliver all of the juicy information which you seek! How wondrous would the outpouring of gratitude be, and how greater still the rancor that followed, as shortcomings and disagreements were debated until the coming of the Last Battle!

    (Translation: before I was a developer, I was an MMO fan first, then an Online Community Rep. Be nice to Patience!)

    If I could do that I would, but I cannot. NobOrBob and his Balrog, Snuggles, keep our darkest secrets, er, secret. What I can do, however, is give you a glimpse of LOTRO from a great height, as if borne by a Great Eagle.

    Go read this.

    Your One Stop Shop for Lord of the Rings Online.

    More News and Info on Lord of the Rings Online

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • Another big announcement from Codemasters comes today with the news that they will be publishing Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online througout Europe. They have secured the rights to not only publish but also handle online operations. (Meaning support)

    Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc., commented: “Through the last year we have established a close working relationship with Codemasters and have been impressed with its commitment and expertise in the online gaming space. We are delighted to partner further with the company to deliver The Lord of the Rings Online experience throughout Europe.”

    You can get your Lord of the Rings Online fix right here!

    More Lord of the Rings Online News and Info.

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • LYON, FRANCE – 3 March 2006 – Atari announced that the English language version of Turbine’s DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™, the first massively multiplayer online (“MMO”) role-playing game inspired by the legendary pen and paper game, has launched today in Europe. The localized German and French versions of the title are on schedule to launch on March 23rd and 24th respectively. "

    All of you blokes across the pond may cheer now.

    Get all of your Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach info right here!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • 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
  • 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
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