Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited + Auto Assault + Tabula Rasa + City of Villains + EverQuest + Anarchy Online + World of Warcraft + Star Wars Galaxies + Guild Wars + Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning + Lord of the Rings Online + City of Heroes + Ultima Online + The Secret World + Copernicus + Global Agenda + Star Wars: The Old Republic + Wheel of Time Online + Alganon

  • 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
  • Get your new Burning Crusade Screenshots here! Gamecloud got supremely lucky and the shots are fantastic. Take a peek and tell me what you think!

    Want more World of Warcraft? Click here!

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • WoW = Digital Crack?

    Memnok, from the WoW @ TenTonHammer community site, takes a look at the "lure" surrounding games like World of Warcraft. What is it about these games that keep millions playing rabidly?

    "Just 10 more minutes... just 10 more minutes... I'm almost done the quest...
    *3 hours later* That took a... little longer than expected..."

    How far have we all sunk in to the addictive game known as World of Warcraft? Blizzard has topped all the charts with the 5.5 million subscribers it has under its enormous belt, and their numbers are only rising. What makes us still play WOW after all these months? What makes us log in every day, join every second raid, and spend those late nights on this particular MMORPG? This article will provide a brief look at what Blizzard does to make us, the gamers, come back always wanting more, especially with the latest patch out!

    Check out the latest article from WoW - Ten Ton Hammer!

    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
  • The9 stocks up.
    NCSoft obtaining controling interest in NC Sina has pushed The9 stocks up over 40% in two weeks. The9 is one of China's largest online game portal companies.

    "Korean game developer NCSoft has recently assumed full control of its "NC Sina" joint venture by acquiring the 51% stake held by former partner Sina Corp. This development has, in turn, fueled speculation that NCSoft might choose The9 Limited to operate its popular online game Guild Wars in China, which would be a boon to The9."

    Tue, Apr 04, 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
  • Why are we anxious for Auto Assault?

    This week’s common content editorial is all about what makes us hopeful to play Auto Assault. What drives us to wait patiently for April 9th (or 12th) to roll around so that we can finally log into Auto Assault? Get Xerin’s perspective in this week’s editorial: Carrot on a Flamethrower. Crispy grilled carrots not included!

    What makes me anxious to play Auto Assault? Lot’s of things! I’ve always been a fan of interesting, exciting, and fresh MMORPGs. Games that snag at your attention with unique gameplay and exciting concepts, then delivers on them. Auto Assault to me is that unique blue butterfly within a swirling abyss of stereotypical yellow Monarch butterflies. Something new, something fresh, but at the same time something that you can understand. Something that doesn’t seem completely foreign to you, something that is similar to FPS and MMORPG gaming. Yet at the same time not a complete copy of them. Fast, furious, and competitive gameplay that leaves you wanting more and more.

    Find out why Xerin's anxiously anticipating the release of our favorite vehicular destruction MMO at Auto Assault @ TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • Are we being played by our games?

    Once again, we bring you the Ten Ton Hammer common content editorial of the week. At Guild Wars - TenTonHammer, Samyel takes a look at goals, gaming, and the carrot on a stick mentality.

    To one degree or another, we're all goal oriented, and video games play us like fiddles when it comes to tugging those strings of human nature. Give us an attainable goal that will make our digital avatar better, and we will strive for it. Give us a particularly shiny piece of virtual weaponry, and we will covet it. Give any kind of incremental steps towards greatness, and even the most apathetic of us will make an attempt to climb those stairs.

    Why do we play until our eyes glaze over and the sun starts creeping up on the horizon? Read about it at Guild Wars @ TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • "A Carrot On A Squig" - The attraction of Warhammer Online.

    Warhammer Online @ TenTonHammer editor Thurston "Ratboy" Hillman delves into the main attractions of skunk works MMO Warhammer Online.

    As for what attracts me to Warhammer Online more then any other MMORPG, I would have to say that the big pull would be the setting and theme of the world. I’ve always been a fan of the Warhammer world and the darkness that surrounds it. Having originally played darker games such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and even the Ravenloft D&D setting I’ve found myself more and more attracted to the theme that Warhammer portrays.

    Check out the "Carrot on a Squig" editorial at our newest community site, Warhammer Online @ TenTonHammer.

    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
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