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  • Old School and Proud of It

    Does Shayalyn lack objectivity as a gaming journalist because
    she's a long time fan of EverQuest who's also drawn to Vanguard: Saga of
    Heroes? Nah. She believes that all games have their merits, and that every
    MMO that succeeds sets a new standard for the up and coming ones. And yet,
    Shayalyn is still unabashedly old school when it comes to the games she
    chooses to play.

    "I've spent a good bit of time in the process of writing about MMOs
    and posting to MMO forums considering what I like in an MMO, and just what
    it was about EQ that drew me in. It always comes down to depth and
    challenge. EQ brought us factions, deities, the planes, epic weapon quests,
    rich and deep lore, and a world so vast that there are still places in
    Norrath I haven't seen after nearly 5 years playing. And EQ wasn't easy.
    Dying resulted in experience loss; sometimes to the extent that you would
    lose a level or, at the very least, what amounted to a few hours of playing
    time if you couldn't find a cleric to perform a resurrection (which resulted
    in recovering most of your lost exp). Leveling took some serious time and
    effort. (Anyone remember hell levels?) But when you succeeded-when you
    finally felt that you'd made it, and that you knew the game and how to play
    your class well-you felt a strong sense of accomplishment."

    Read more of Shayalyn's thoughts and head over to Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think!

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Ganked!

    Jeff “Ethec” Woleslagle joining you for what you were hoping was John “Boomjack” Hoskin’s daily “Loading…” column. That’s right, you’re stuck with the news according to Ethec till next Tuesday. It’s ok though, I’ve been saving up my Vin Diesel facts.

    The Boomjack clan has embarked on a week-long family vacation. Remember those? Hours and hours in a hot car going to some place you wouldn’t appreciate until you were at least 20 years older. If you had a sibling to torture, that eased the boredom until the Hand of the Parent came sweeping back to restore order and dad’s voice reached an inhuman volume as you, of course, missed the turn and spent the next few hours taking a “shortcut” back. Ah, the memories.

    Join us for today’s Ganked! nee Loading… where we’ll look at the oversized wayside curiosities beloved of the American motorist, and an MMORPG that fits that mindset…

    Ganked! July 18, 2006 [Freakishly big roadside monument edition]

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • What Do You Think?

    Some people claim that a good cleric maximizes healing abilities at the cost of all else. Others contend that a skilled cleric can heal, melee, and buff without missing a beat. Where do you stand? Is there room for the battle cleric? What about the nuking cleric? Or is it all heals all the time in your book?

    Poll: Is there room in DDO for anything other than a healbot?

    * For sure. Alternate builds are great. That’s part of the fun of Dungeons & Dragons.
    * Maybe as an alt. Alternate cleric builds are fun for a few levels, but DDO is not D&D. You need to be able to heal in the endgame.
    * No way! Healbots for the win!

    What do you think? Get clicking and let us know at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Second Opinion: Cleric Spell List Level 1

    Opinions about Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) are like alts: everyone has has at least two of them. Here at DDO Ten Ton Hammer, we writers sometimes find ourselves debating an issue right up to the time we publish it. And sometimes a new volunteer writer comes along and offers a new opinion on a topic we covered a while back. Lucky for you, Ten Ton Hammer content is 100% free, so tonight you're getting a second opinion on 1st level cleric spells at no charge! Just like before, you'll hear from a high-level cleric who knows his stuff. Check out what Brennie has to say.

    "Early on, Bless doesn’t last long enough to be very useful, but the +1 attack bonus makes a world of difference. Later, especially when extended, Bless lasts for a very long time, and is a great cheap group buff. I strongly recommend this stay permanently in a spell slot."

    Read more about clerics and see if you agree with Brennie's opinion. Let us know what you think in the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Ratboy Looks At Dual Boxing

    This week's topic hits home with Ratboy as he discussed the hype surrounding "dual-boxing". Being a former Dual-Boxer himself, Ratboy gives some insight into the craze and how it affects an MMO and its players.

    Allow me to start off by saying I have quite a bit of experience with “dual-boxing” as it’s known. Dual-boxing is the art of signing up for separate accounts to an MMO and simultaneously controlling two or more characters from those accounts. I myself used to be a person who ran two MMO accounts for a single game because it made the experience easier and much more enjoyable, of course that was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away (no, not Star Wars Galaxies)...

    Keep reading to learn more about how Ratboy views this topic. Share your experiences with us in the forums at Warhammer Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Being More Than Just Yourself?

    Kir tackles this week's common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Keep reading to see her thoughts about it.

    The ethics and ramifications of dual-boxing, should developers mind or not? If you're familiar with MMOGs, you have probably heard of the term before. But if you're new or just haven't heard of it, dual-boxing is when players have access to multiple accounts and utilize them simultaneously, usually through the means of controlling multiple computers. This can open up windows to many new possibilities including assisting oneself through either personal coordination or macroing. Such assistance could reduce dependence upon others for group play or allow greater efficiency or effectiveness during "solo" play. Sounds great for the individual that is capable of setting up such a system, right? But what about how it affects others and the game world? Are these concerns significant enough for actions to be taken against such a practice?

    Want to know more? Keep reading and let us know if you agree with Kir in the forums at Auto Assault Ten Ton Hammer. Share your experiences with us!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • 2 box.. 3 box.. 4 box.. more?

    If you have ever played more than one account with one character at one time, then you, are a multi-boxer! I have to give a little bit of awe to anyone that has the patience to multi-box, but really, should you? Read up on Savanja's thoughts on the craze of multi-boxing!

    I ran across someone once that played a full group on his own. Six accounts, six characters of various races and classes, all controlled by one person. And he was not your stereotypical coin farmer, he was just a guy who wanted to be able to level up his various characters at the same time, and keep all that delicious loot for himself. I watched him play out in the Thundering Steppes, his main character, mentored to one of his alternates, leading the way and all the alts following along behind on auto-follow. They would all appropriately cast when they needed to, a healer popping off a heal or two during combat.

    Keep reading to learn more about how Savanja feels about dual boxing. When you're done, jump into things on the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Thoughts on Dual Boxing

    With the birth of the casual, "dual-boxing" simply isn't the dirty word it used to be. It's all about taking level-grinding achievement to the 2nd magnitude, but does dual boxing double the fun or the not-so-fun aspects of MMO gameplay? Ethec logs in, then logs in again to offer his thoughts.

    "Talking to an attendee at E3 2006, the subject of what World of Warcraft is doing for and to MMO gaming arose. She (note the pronoun… minus 50 ego points) despaired of her boredom while dual-boxing a pair of characters into the late level 50s. Truth be told, I couldn't at that point imagine the patience it takes to play two accounts at once. I say "patience" as opposed to coordination since I imagined that, between slash commands, macros, and gimmicky hardware like the Logitech G15 I recently picked up, playing two accounts is all about setup time. I now know it takes a fair amount of drive as well. But this conversation got me to thinking: maybe I was missing out by flying solo. If one account left me feeling unfulfilled ever since my WoW friends started playing musical servers, maybe two was the ticket."

    Read more of Ethec's thoughts and then head to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know if you agree. Have you dual boxed? Are you against it? Share your thoughts with us.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Mission Impossible: Multi-Boxing in Vanguard

    Holy split personalities, Batman! Are you one of those MMO
    gamers who likes to have two (or more) game accounts in order to play two
    (or more) characters on two (or more) computers at once? Multi-boxing is
    prevalent in several MMOs including EverQuest and World of Warcraft. But how
    will multi-boxers fare in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes? Is multi-boxing even
    necessary when combat is engaging and fun?

    "Developers don't seem to have a problem with multi-boxing. Why
    would they? To discourage multi-boxing would mean to discourage players from
    having more than one account. From a business standpoint, it just doesn't
    make sense to want to limit players--why settle for $15 when you can have
    $30? But what about from a gaming standpoint? What does the ability to
    multi-box, even to the point where some players prefer it to playing a
    single character, say about the combat mechanics of an MMO?"

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    to find out more. Don't forget to drop by the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts on this topic with us.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Is Dual Boxing For You?

    This week, Messiah tackles the common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Find out how he feels about it and see if you agree.

    Wow, this week for our network content article we got such a cool topic, and one that I had to jump all over. Being a complete computer geek for the past 25+ years (yeah, I’m old!), I have a huge collection of computer equipment just lying around. Over the years this has made it very possible to dual, triple, even quad box many games. I have done it in many different games at many different points in time.

    The question comes about, should I? Is there a moral or ethical reason to not dual-box? Should developers care? Should casual players?

    ">Read the rest of the article
    and then hit the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to share your thoughts. Are you a dual boxer? Let us know why.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
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