EverQuest II + EverQuest + Lord of the Rings Online + Mines of Moria

  • Who knew the nerds in choir would be so popular?

    It's one of those things at the top of any gamer's list when looking at a new game: "Which class is right for me?" For gamers eagerly awaiting Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO), knowing the name of each class isn't enough. Fans of Tolkien's work want to know how each class preserves the lore of Middle-earth while providing a workable game mechanic. Ralsu takes a peek at the Minstrel and tells us what to expect:

    Turbine's description of Minstrel by itself is not revealing, but reading in combination with the Morale System is. If the entrance of a balrog into the room reduces everyone's morale--making it easier for them to die--the Fellowship (a party in LOTRO) is doubly disadvantaged: they face a more difficult foe and they will die sooner. The Minstrel counters that with her songs, which raise the morale of all in the Fellowship.

    Read Ralsu's introduction to the Minstrel at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
  • There's such a thing as taking a joke too far...

    But that didn't stop our resident EQ2 comic Coyote Sharptongue from having a little fun with the "Search for Lucan" April Fools' joke played by the SOE - EQ2 dev team. The "contest" played on last year's "Search for Antonia" - where a real-life beauty won a yearlong modelling contract to represent EQ2 at tradeshows and such. While Antonia was symbolic of all things good, pure, and busty, Lucan D'Lere is the game's arch-villain.

    Well... it turns out the fake contest yielded a few anxious contestants. To save face, Coyote was chosen to judge/summarily dismiss all those who seek to hold court in Freeport.

    The next candidate growls as he leaps onto the table from the shadows. His dead eye glints wickedly from behind it’s scarred flesh as his lips curl back in an angry sneer. Stepping forward he raises an accusing finger to the judge and scowls with malice.

    Coyotee looks at him, obviously not intimidated, and no longer impressed as he folds his arms over his chest. “You’re a GNOME.” The Kerran points out as the pint-sized Overlord’s sneer fades.

    Enjoy Coyote's humor at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
  • What really happens at MMO fan conventions?

    And it's only slightly less creepy than what happens at those "furry" conventions. RadarX returns from Fan Faire with many stories to tell, if nothing else about Coyote. Get another perspective on what people actually do at Fan Faire by reading Part 1.

    There are plenty of write-ups for Fan Faire discussing, PvP, tradeskills, what might or might not have said, but this was my first Fan Faire. What really was going to happen bothered me as I arrived in Atlanta an hour later than I wanted to? Apparently Atlanta is on EST time too *smacks forehead again* I check into the hotel, and hang out in my room, enjoying the time before the events. Strangely enough, this turned out to be my favorite part of the trip. Maybe it's due to the dire exhaustion I would have for the remainder of my adventure, or maybe I just needed the time.

    Read the rest of the article at our EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer community site. And be sure to read up on the rest of our SOE Fan Faire 2006 coverage.

    Wed, Apr 12, 2006

    This cryptic message, along with "The Future of EverQuest II" spelled out in the game's "woodelf" font, was hidden in a sticker handed out at last week's SOE FanFaire 2006. (If you want details on how to break the code, click here) We received the sticker image (right - click it!) in a press release from SOE tonight that hinted at the "double coded message". The sticker seems to hint that a new retail expansion for EverQuest 2 will hit stores this holiday season.

    Beyond that, according to Wiki, "fae" is simply an abbreviation of "faerie" - and what SOE means by that is anyone's guess. Old timers like me might remember a certain zone whose name contained something like "fae" (and that might just tie into the sticker's use of the "woodelf" font). But we're just speculating.

    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
  • EQ2 Community Summit at SOE's FanFaire 2006... hammered.

    RadarX went to the 2006 SOE Fan Faire Community Summit sessions to sit among those god-like developers and discuss issues affecting EverQuest 2. What is on their minds and where is the game heading? Why was Radar almost late to the first meeting? These and more exciting questions are answered here:

    Fan Faire had more events than I can even dare to describe, but the highlight of these (in my book anyways) is the Community Summit, where Developers do the unthinkable in most subscribers' minds. They sit down, and actually listen to what players have to say. I know, I know. It's a little on the "crazy" side, but I swear it's effective. As I rushed into the room about 2 minutes before it started (I got up late for...*shifty* nothing), I scanned around the room looking for recognizable faces. I saw the usual supsects I knew and loved like Tamat from Ogaming, Aggro Me from...well Aggro Me, Cynabane from EQ2Daily, Niami from EQ2 Traders and so many more. Some of the developers we saw on hand included: Blackguard, Moorgard, Owlchick, Glendral, Arathym, Lotus, Archonix, Lockeye, Silverfrost, and Dymus. There is at least one more developer who works on items, that I know I don't have the name of (/grovel apology) but as you can see, there was a good representation from SOE. This said to me, they were serious about our concerns.

    Read the rest of the article at EQ2 TenTonHammer. Be sure to stay tuned for part 2 of this article as well!

    In the meantime, looking for more Fan Faire 2006 goodness? We've got a Fan Faire blog from Coyote, our resident EQ2 funnyman, as well as a smattering of pictures from the event.

    Tue, Apr 11, 2006
  • Setting the Pace in LOTRO

    Players and their playing styles evolve, and so MMOGs must meet not only the needs of a varied player base, but the changing needs of each individual player. Shayalyn contends that Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), a decidedly niche market game, will be populated by intelligent, mature gamers. But will the pace of LOTRO be too slow? How will this game be, if not all things to all players, then most things to many?

    It’s pretty clear to me that Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) will attract gamers who prefer a more leisurely pace, although I could be wrong (it’s known to happen). Still, the evidence I see based on the folks who frequent the official LOTRO forums suggests a potential game population that is educated, literate (imagine that!), and mature. And while I’ve certainly come across intelligent and mature power gamers, most of the real lore junkies who haunt the LOTRO forums and keep the Turbine devs honest don’t strike me as the sort of people who will go rushing full tilt toward the endgame. Most seem to be of a mind that LOTRO will be the sort of game that’s meant to be savored.

    Read more at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 10, 2006
  • Er, what I meant to say was the Watching Stone. It's a new bestiary update for you today.

    Statues throughout Middle-earth are not always what they seem. The very stone of some statues hold the trapped spirit of malice within, crafted by the Dark Lord long ago with skilled workmanship and dark ritual. These ominous statues act as sentries and alarms within the realm of Angmar and throughout the lands corrupted by the shadow. Within many of the ruins throughout Eriador and Arnor, in lands once controlled by the darkness of Mordor's reach, these watchers remain, ever-vigilant even after centuries of abandonment.

    Read it all here.

    Our Lord of the Rings Online community - A good place to be.

    More news and info on Lord of the Rings Online.

    Fri, Apr 07, 2006
  • Smash! Bang! Pow!
    According to DesignTechnica, Sony Online Entertainment has inked a deal with PlanetWide Games to integrate their comic creator into the Station Player's service.

    "Sony Online Entertainment and Planetwide Games yesterday announced a Web version of the latter’s Comic Book Creator is under development for subscribers of SOE’s Station Players service and should be ready this fall. Also announced was the upcoming summer digital availability of the Comic Book Creator software plus special SOE game-themed art packs for purchase through SOE’s online store."

    You can read the entire article at DesignTechnica.

    Thu, Apr 06, 2006
  • Old McFarmer had some plat...

    With the exception of Station Exchange servers, the EverQuest 2 secondary market is against Sony's end user license agreement. Many people located in many different countries jump at the chance of making real dollars for online property. Slide takes us behind the scenes of popular business properly nicknamed "farming" and "plat selling". There was a farmer had a coin and platinum was its name-o.

    Massively Multiplayer Online Role playing games have always had a secondary market to contend with, from Ultima Online to the current games like World of Warcraft and EverQuest II. The secondary market is considered a hindrance to most. Players get annoyed and developers are constantly trying to shut them down. So what is it? The secondary market can be described as in game items and currency crossing over into the real life market. This is where individuals make real dollars from selling items and game currency to players.

    Read the rest of this great article at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • A Guide to the Newbie Isle - Evil Side!

    You're evil. You've admitted it, and come to accept it. You've talked in theaters, took the last soda, and made fun of Radar's pink pants. What do you do now? You hop in game, and create an evil character of course! TenTonHammer has your guide to starting out as an evil race and the quests that will begin your journey to the dark side.

    The Isle of Refuge, or Outpost of the Overlord, is your first stop before arriving in the lovely city of Freeport. This isn't the Isle of Refuge your dad used to play on. Those goblins you used to kill? Replace them with highly mobile, and dangerous Tunarian elves. They aren't the cute kind who work for Santa either. They'd love nothing more than to skewer you and mock your corpse

    Learn how to be your evil best at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
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