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World of Warcraft + The Chronicles of Spellborn Features, Guides, and more

  • A look into the seedy, slimey underworld of WoW hackers...

    ITWorldCanada did a nice bit of investigative journalism on the hack attacks made against World of Warcraft players in May.

    Win32.WOW entered gamers’ accounts via e-mail or seemingly innocuous peer-to-peer downloads.

    "The key logger virus sits silently in gamers' computers recording key strokes. In this way it acquires users’ login information," said David Frazer, director of technology services at F-Secure Corp., a Helsinki, Finland-based security software vendor.

    Is your WoW account vulnerable? Check out "The Games Hackers Play" at ITWorldCanada to find out!

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Ethec
  • A new developer journal on MMORPG.com explains the rogue class in the Chronicles of Spellborn.

    Every class in TCoS has 3 basic attributes -, primary, secondary and auxiliary. The character’s primary attribute is defined by the class’s archetype, while the secondary attribute is determined by the actual class. The third auxiliary attribute has a small impact on the player's statistics but no impact on class-specific statistics and skills.

    The primary archetype attribute for rogues is 'focus'. The focus attribute impacts many of the class’s basic statistics like an increased attack speed and allows the rogue to use basic focus-related skills.

    Every rogue is granted the use of basic focus-related rogue skills when they reach the appropriate level, regardless of their class. Some examples of the rogue archetype skills include:

    Read the rest right here.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News.

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Burning for more info on the WoW expansion?

    GamingExcellence offers its take on the late 2006 expansion to the ridiculously popular fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. Included is a more detailed look at the "world event" that will open the "Dark Portal" from Azeroth to Outland than I've seen anywhere.

    So what is offered to devoted players in The Burning Crusade? First and foremost on anyone's list would be the hundreds of hours of new gameplay in a completely new area for high-level characters. This begins with the opening of the Dark Portal from Azeroth to Outland, which will be similar to a world-event, but will not require that all players be in the same area to experience it. Although the details were sketchy at this point, Blizzard has stated that regardless of where you may happen to be on the world map when this occurs on your server, and regardless of your level, you will experience something akin to hell freezing over. Or the gates to hell opening up and unleashing monsters like you have never seen before. Or the announcement of Starcraft 2 followed by a server crash. Okay, so the last one was a stretch, but I assure you that whatever does happen, you will want to be online for it, even if your character is still only level 25 or so.

    The server crash scenario seems most likely. Anyway, check out "The Burning Crusade" preview at GamingExcellence, then saunter on over to the WoW @ Ten Ton Hammer community site for all your other WoW information needs.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • China enters low-security space

    Scrappy space-sim MMO EVE Online is China bound, according to IcelandReview. If there was ever a community- and PvP-intensive game made for the Asian bloc, this is it.

    I was reading along, and all was well and good. That is, until I got to this DOWNRIGHT SCARY part....

    According to Hilmar, it is possible that the game will be used for instruction in Chinese schools.

    Doesn't China have the world's largest air force? Um, maybe this isn't such a good idea, CCP. Is that the Imperial Death March and clomping boots I hear?

    Anyway, check out the latest news from EVE Online and CCP at IcelandReview while I make sure my battleship has plenty of ammo.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • Building a better World of Warcraft Rogue...

    Ever wonder which build is best for a Rogue? Well, Messiah (from the WoW - Ten Ton Hammer community site) just started a rogue and has been doing lots of detective work to ferret out the best builds possible for this DPS class. After discussing the class with several different end game rogue players and spending tons of time on various forums, he's updated our rogue guide to reflect what he's found.

    So, If you are looking for the best and most popular builds for your Rogue, look no further than "Section 6 Roles, Tactics and U.I." in our TenTonHammer's Rogue Class Guide at WoW - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Now, get out there and get ganking!

    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • Did I mention how utterly fantastic this game is visually? You can see some new concept art here. at the Official site.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Here is yet another... WoW Burning Crusade Preview. This one comes from Gaming Excellence.

    So what is offered to devoted players in The Burning Crusade? First and foremost on anyone's list would be the hundreds of hours of new gameplay in a completely new area for high-level characters. This begins with the opening of the Dark Portal from Azeroth to Outland, which will be similar to a world-event, but will not require that all players be in the same area to experience it. Although the details were sketchy at this point, Blizzard has stated that regardless of where you may happen to be on the world map when this occurs on your server, and regardless of your level, you will experience something akin to hell freezing over. Or the gates to hell opening up and unleashing monsters like you have never seen before. Or the announcement of Starcraft 2 followed by a server crash. Okay, so the last one was a stretch, but I assure you that whatever does happen, you will want to be online for it, even if your character is still only level 25 or so.

    You can read the article here.

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A sea of red, and they're all playing WoW...

    VNUnet reports that 4.3 million Chinese have subscribed to World of Warcraft since service provider The9 began operating a year ago. The9 has failed to lock in rights to WoW's "Burning Crusade" expansion, fueling speculation that Blizzard's desire for a bigger slice of the profit pie (and concerns over The9's hosting of another MMO: Guild Wars)may lead the titanic game developer to search out another China provider.

    More than 4.3 million World of Warcraft user accounts were paid for and activated in China during the past year, according to the company that operates the multiplayer online game in the country.

    The game's developer, Blizzard, is claiming more than six million players worldwide, suggesting that China has more players than any other nation and could already account for more than half the global total.

    Get the rest of the story at VNUnet.

    News
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • Make sure these Ruins don't ruin your evening...

    World of Warcraft @ Ten Ton Hammer's Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (AQ20) Guide is now almost complete! We have posted the last of the bosses (Ossirian), trash mob info and a list of links to AQ20 information that can be found on other sites.

    So, what’s left? Your contributions of course! No TenTonHammer guide can be truly complete without the communities help. We need your strategies, tactics and any other information you can dig up. So send it our way with your character and server name and we will add it to our guide and credit you!

    You can find the whole guide here: WoW - TenTonHammer’s Guide to the Ruin’s of Ahn’Qiraj.

    Sun, May 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • MMOs take spots 3 and 4 in the US PC games charts for May 7-13

    Well, Arena.net doesn't want Guild Wars Factions to be known as an MMORPG (they're too good for us) but Factions fell in at fourth spot. World of Warcraft still reigns at 3rd spot, it's been in the top five since charts were chiseled in stone.

    Speaking of holdovers from November 2004, World of Warcraft was the number two game of the week, yet again showing the masses' desire to emigrate to Azeroth. It was followed by newcomer Guild Wars Factions, the first stand-alone expansion for NCsoft's free massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

    See the rest of the charts breakdown at Gamespot.

    News
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Ethec
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