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  • Gremlins With Grenade Launchers
    EuroGamer has an Auto Assault Interview posted featuring NetDevil president, Scott Browm. Keanu Reeves strolled into our offices dressed as Constantine, or Neo, or some other character just like that and professed:

    " Games like Guild Wars and World of Warcraft have shown that it's possible and very desirable to make a game accessible and rewarding for both hardcore gamers and the average Joe Bloggs on the street with a couple of hours a week to spend on his PC. Does Auto Assault have similar aspirations? And what is it that determines your approach in this regard - resources, time, commercial obligations, etc? "

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Interview at EuroGamer.
    More AA Interviews at AutoAssault.TenTonHammer.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Suzukis With Shotguns
    GameSpot has posted an Auto Assault preview focusing on what makes it different from the glut of MMOGs on the market now. Jessica Simpson, wearing her Daisy Duke outfit and an ear-to-ear grin giggled and then giggled again before saying:

    " Swords and sorcery are part and parcel of the majority of online role-playing games on the market. However, this is not the case with Auto Assault, the upcoming online role-playing game from NCsoft and developer NetDevil. Instead of dealing with grumpy dwarves, haughty elves, and cheeky peasants, Auto Assault is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where three different races battle it out for supremacy, not with swords, but with highly customized combat vehicles. We've played around with the beta test of Auto Assault, and discovered that it's part Road Warrior, part Twisted Metal: Black, and all online RPG. "

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Preview at GameSpot.
    More Auto Assault Previews, Screenshots and Information than any other site: AutoAssault.TenTonHammer.com

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You don't have to be an olda man, but it's best to be level 44-50 to visit this WoW instanced dungeon!
    It’s old, creepy, and filled with nasty Troggs (and even dwarves made of stone) but at last we have a guide for daring adventurers!  With information on the Instance, quests, and tactics, the Uldaman guide will be a useful asset for those looking to run Uldaman.  Uldaman itself is a mid leveled World of Warcraft Instance that is the home of the Titans (the shapers of the WoW world) and one of three Instances that they have setup across the world.

    " Since it a fairly long Instance to run through, and there are various quests and special mobs to kill, it is obvious that there are certain tactics that need to be followed in order to succeed in the Uldaman.

    The MOBs in Uldaman range from 37-45 elite and are generally found in groups of 4-5, with the occasional group of 5 or even 6. You will note that the levels of the MOBS increase dynamically as you go further into the Instance.

    Being a level 44-50 instance, with the MOBs being 37-46 elite you will HAVE to work together as a team, especially if you are at the low end of the level scale. Most players in the correct level range will not be able to handle an elite MOB of their level or higher on their own. The best tactic to deal with this is to designate a single player to pull MOBs and be careful to not pull anything other than what is planned. If you are the puller always plan the pull carefully. This means, watching for patrols, movement of MOBs, and party health and mana. If you do these things even a party of all 45-47 characters stands an excellent chance at finishing the instance. "

    The Uldaman guide, in all its splendor, can be found on the TTH World of Warcraft Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
  • Basements get quiet, if only for a moment, to read and wash their dice.
    The official Dungeons and Dragons Online site has posted a developer's diary with Ken Troop, Lead Designer. Gary Gygax would not return our calls, but if he had we are sure he wouldn't have said this:

    " Hey everyone.  I'm Ken Troop, lead designer on Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach".   This development diary delves into the background behind a very important issue: advancement in DDO.  "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Developer's Diary at The Official Site.
    You can read even more about DDO at DDO.TenTonHammer.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "Anarchy Online" Doesn't Just Describe the WoW PvP Servers!

    Third in our series of MMOG profiles, we examine the 2001 Sci-Fi blockbuster MMO Anarchy Online this week. AO introduced a slew of revolutionary changes to the genre after a turgid, buggy start; ideas such as instancing and player housing that soon became staple additions to any rising star.

    Who said MMORPGs had to have a fantasy backdrop of orcs, elves, gnomes, and magic? When Anarchy Online busted onto the scene in mid-2001 with its massive 50,000 player-per-server approach, the initial enthusiasm in a true Sci-Fi themed MMOG was tempered by a period of crippling bugs and technical glitches. Funcom was quick to make good on its first MMO, and by the time Dark Age of Camelot was released in November 2001, AO was releasing its first expansion ("Notum Wars") to compliment a polished, unique, and fun-to-play package.

    AO's differences aren't purely thematic or technical. When I first logged onto AO and was muddling through the fairly-steep learning curve of a combat and advancement system (steep, despite a brutal assault by popup tips), I realized I was being followed by a player character. Being fairly used to other MMOGs, where newbie zones are sort of a terrorist playground, I didn't pay much attention at first. When I turned around, I realized this player, "Greeter Mitzuharu" was trying desperately to get my attention. Wait a sec..."Greeter"? This was an actual, true-to-life person, welcoming me to the game, and asking me if I had any questions. I was almost too surprised to reply!

    Far from eulogizing games like AO or boxing them up as "past their prime", we honor them as "going concerns" in the only genre for whom constant improvement is a way of life for the developers. MMOGs are truly gamers' games.

    Check out our writeups on EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot too!

    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Ethec
  • Fancy pictures of a game you can't play yet.
    The official Tabula Rasa site has posted some new screenshots of the upcoming Richard Garriott title. Fanbois of Lord British have begun tatooing the following on their buttocks:

    "This is a test of the emergency description system. Had the folks responsible for posting the Tabula Rasa screenshots actually posted descriptions you would have been able to read them here. Remember, this is only a test. Had there been a real emergency we would be watching Stargate SG-1 and missing it anyway. "

    You can view the Tabula Rasa screenshots at The Official Site.
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    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Succubus Spanks WoW Kiddie. Film at 11:00.
    Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy is an article up on Joystiq. MAWP, Mothers Against WoW Players has delivered a press release that goes something like this:

    "Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally. "

    You can read the entire Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy article at Joystiq.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Ever want to just slay an orc or two?
    LotRO's newest screenshot might just fuel that urge. This game looks great, and if you don't believe me...

    "[Ed. Note: I was going to paste the UUCode for the image here, since there's no description. But since very few of us can down UUCode straight, without a viewer of some sort, I figured you might better enjoy clicking on the link below for instant visual gratification.]"

    Check out Lord of the Rings Online's newest screenshot here!

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
    Ethec
  • Dragon Glamour Photos.
    TheTheGame has posted some Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach screenshots. Courtney Love was unavailable for comment, but are relatively sure that she is part dragon. We are also relatively sure that she has never said the following:

    " "Dungeons & Dragons Online" will let players travel alone or in parties as they explore the seemingly endless dungeon complexes found beneath the world. Through the dungeons, players will engage in physical and magical combat with hideous foes straight from the pages of the "Monster Manual"(TM) rulebook. "

    You can view the Dungeons and Dragons Online Screenshots at ToTheGame.
    If you liked those screenshots, you'll love what you find at DDO.TenTonHammer.com.

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Evil, dirty, living in the city, and we don't mean the roaches in your local burger joint.
    Pro-G has some new City of Villains screenshots for your viewing pleasure. Rob Zombie, though not undead himself did sing Living Dead Girl. He did not, however, sing the following:

    "This is a test of the emergency description system. In the event that the guys at Pro-G had taken 10 seconds out of their lives to post descriptions of the City of Villains screenshots mentioned above you would have read them here. Remember, this is only a test. In the event of a true emergency we would be hiding under our desks."

    You can view the City of Villains Screenshots at Pro-G.
    News stories going back, oh... a long time on City of Villains are yours in our TenTonHammer.com Archive.

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
    Boomjack
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