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  • EQ2's Dangling Carrot

    We all play MMO's for a reason. Some people even form longstanding loyalties to certain MMO's, but is begs the , "Why?" What keeps people coming back for more? Savanja tackles this question by tapping her own personal experience.

    In my years of MMO gaming, I've found an interesting thing; there are an awful lot of people who become loyal to their chosen game. And come hell or high water, they will stick with it! This, of course, isn't always true. Apparently you can drive off an entire playerbase if you really try, ala SWG. But that takes true talent.

    I've been playing Everquest II since pre-launch. Through all the many live updates, changes, and class and zone revamps, I soldiered through. In fact, the game that I play now is quite a bit different than the game that I played during beta. But not once did I consider not playing.

    Follow the carrot...do it....it's at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • 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
    Ethec
  • Here's to all the gamer girls...

    This month as I'm sure we ALL know was Women's History Month. If you didn't know, there's probably a reason you're watching re-runs of Star Trek by yourself right now. Our resident awesome female gamer Savanja takes a moment to explain the importance of females in the MMO industry, and shares a little of her intelligent insight on gaming.

    As Sheri notes in her book "Gender Inclusive Game Design", MMO’s picked up female comsumers attention. It definitely picked up mine! It would be my thought that the nature of MMO gaming makes is vastly more appealing to the female market. For one thing, it’s social, which plays on a woman’s need for interaction. For another, it allows us to slip into a fantasy world that is only limited by our own imagination. I believe that this is the reason that roleplaying servers tend to be more heavily populated by females. Woman want so much more than just slaughtering mobs and getting loot. Most of us want the whole experience, to feel completely immersed in our alternate world. Providing a rich backdrop, tantalizing lore, and a pleasing look, it all goes a long way in making a game more appealing to the female gender.

    You can't ever have too much insight into the female mind, so stop procrastinating and read Women in Gaming: A Salute to the Gamer Girls at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Fri, Mar 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

    Those words, scribbled by university professor J.R.R. Tolkien while he was correcting papers, sparked the epic stories that, arguably, sired the fantasy genre. In essence, we have the diminutive hobbit to thank for inspiring The Lord of the Rings! Read more about the hairy-footed, comfort-loving hobbit in LotRO @ TenTonHammer's latest guide to the races of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

    By trade, hobbits are often farmers and merchants. Hobbits live a rustic lifestyle of comfort and leisure. They enjoy ale, and like to socialize. When they can get them, hobbits enjoy at least 6 meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, and supper.

    Read the Hobbit race guide at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • TenTonHammer live at SOE Fan Faire '06!

    SOE FanFaire 2006, held in Atlanta from April 5th - 7th, is fast approaching! RadarX and Coyote will be on-hand to deliver the goods live from 'lanta in case you can't go. Preliminary info is now online, but keep checking the TenTonHammer Fan Faire news page (especially during the actual event) for updates!

    Check out the EQ2 @ TenTonHammer SOE Fan Faire 2006 Coverage Page and know where to go!

    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is "raiding" everything it's cracked up to be?

    Raiding is that content that some of us only dream of. Is it really all that and a bag of chips? Or is it best left to those that have the time and patience for it? Savanja takes a peek at raiding content and delves into that age old question of whether or not raiding is really worth it.

    Raid guilds vary of course. Some may raid once a month, once a week, a couple days a week, and some raid every night. It's a commitment for sure. One that I would never be able to make, as I typically just wish to play, have fun, and chat far too much. You have to have a certain amount of drive for it. A friend of mine, who I will leave unnamed, mentioned having to make the push to level 70, partially to keep up with his regular raid group, most of which had already made level 70. I mean, here I am, at level 63, slowly watching that experience bar move up for the first time in months, completely content to putter around on this character, and a couple of my other alternate characters, and people around me are making the mad push for level 70? I feel so alone! Don't leave me behind!

    Put on your fabled gear and read a well thought-out opinion on Raiding in Everquest 2 at EQ2-TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Mar 27, 2006
    Ethec
  • Playing by the numbers...

    Deathly afraid of math since his misery in College Algebra, RadarX braves ahead, and interviews Aditu the designer of the Advanced Combat Tracker parser. Aditu discusses what parsers do, how they are used, and attempts to convince Radar they really aren't networked into Skynet to create Terminators. He won't accomplish his task with Radar, but he will provide an insightful interview.

    Radar-X: Interesting to see a raiders perspective....Many people aren't even familiar with what a parser is? Can you kind of define it for us?

    Aditu: In essense, its a program designed to collect data about a battle and display it in an easy to view manner. Usually to calculate simple things like DamagePerSecond of each person or to notify the user of events that they may otherwise miss. In the case of log parsers, they collect all their data from a text file generated by the game. If one were to try... all data collected/analysed by parsers could be done by hand.

    Catch the rest of this incredible interview at our EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer community site.

    Mon, Mar 27, 2006
    Ethec
  • Now tastes even better, EQ2 gets an update.
    The update notes for the March 23rd push of EverQuest 2 are public.

    "** Gameplay ***
    - Characters should no longer become stuck when reviving.
    - Two Halfling beards have been appropriately named after much deliberation within the Halfling community.

    *** Achievements ***
    - Warrior: Gladiator's Revenge now has the correct block chance.
    - Bard: Turnstrike's range has been adjusted to be in-line with normal melee arts.
    - Rogue: Avast Ye's proc effect is instead a melee attack that cannot be resisted.
    - Rogue: Lunge Reversal will no longer break stealth when it refreshes.

    *** Player-versus-Player ***
    - You will no longer receive faction for killing someone on your recent kills list.
    - Neutral kills no longer grant faction gains or losses. Faction gained and lost from Honorable kills has received a slight boost.

    *** Items ***
    - Some of the items that can be found within Ascent of the Awakened have been improved.
    - The Dirk of Nightfall's stats have been distributed more logically.
    - The Warden's Aegis should now function correctly.

    *** Zones and Population ***
    - The Sage of Ages instance that starts the "To Speak as a Dragon" quest is now more specifically known as "Maiden's Gulch: Rescue of the Sage".
    - The requirements to open the library doors in Nektropos Castle have been changed. Now, having the library door key gained at the end of "The Red Marble" will allow you to open the doors.

    *** Quests ***
    - Writs and Heritage quests above level 55 should be giving their correct status amounts once again.

    *** Combat ***
    - Pets that were previously expiring early should again last for the appropriate duration.
    Cleric changes:
    - Soothe no longer triggers effects as a result of casting this spell.
    Templar changes:
    - Sanctuary: will now show its tier when examined."

    News
    Fri, Mar 24, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Coyote Meets Death!

    Earlier this week we discussed death in-game and how it effects us all. In keeping with that, Coyote seeks out Death himself for an exclusive interview. Here is an article you've been DIEING to read. Sorry....

    “An icy hand gripping your heart, robbing it of its warmth as you slowly die. Accident, murder…fate. Death. A name we all know – a name once both respected and feared. But who is the man behind the robes? What lays beneath the layers rotted skin and sun bleached bones, and what is he doing now that the very macabre trade he once pedaled is obsolete. This is Coyotee Sharptongue for Ten Ton Hammer news, bringing you this first ever LIVE interview with none other than DEATH – himself.” Coyotee towards a sinister looking skeletal figure dressed in black robes who towers silently beside him

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

    Thu, Mar 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • From the land that "the" forgot, we bring you Kingdom of Sky.
    GameSpot strapped on their balsa wings, flapped their arms and entered Kingdom of Sky. While they were there they even reviewed the latest expansion to the EverQuest 2 universe.

    "The monsters that live at these altitudes take advantage of the new level range all the way to 70, so only the most advanced characters and groups can ply their skills here. For all the challenging creatures and quests awaiting you on the floating isles, though, it's still possible to take on monsters and other content solo, if you're careful about where and when you pick your fights. While adventuring in Norrath will likely always put an emphasis on group play (and raiding, to a certain extent), it's nice to see that you can still hoof around on your own without too much trouble. In addition to higher levels and better gear, the new achievement system helps make this a little easier, as well."

    You can read the entire review of EverQuest 2: Kingdom of Sky at GameSpot.

    Reviews
    Thu, Mar 23, 2006
    Boomjack
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