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  • Humans only... no ogres allowed.

    The Humans are one of the most diverse races in EverQuest 2 able to choose from many classes. Join RadarX as he presents your walkthrough, for the Human only quests, that take place in Nettleville Hovel. .

    Welcome to Qeynos! The streets are clean and people DO appear just a little too happy. So slap the guy in the Mickey Mouse costume on your way in, and lets get to work. Right as you get off the boat in Nettleville Hovel, head straight to Helain Conyers who will give you a little background on Humans.

    Read the rest of our walkthrough at the EQ2 - Ten Ton Hammer community site

    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
  • Full power to the engines, reroute it through the weapons systems!

    Auto Assault is more mechanics-rich than some reviews would have you believe. That circular dial on the lower left hand side of the screen is your current Power Distribution which lets you do more damage, speed up, or be more defensive with penalties of course. We've gone through and updated our guide with more detailed explanations and a look at each and every available option!

    Auto Assault is all about speed, but sometimes what you have isn't enough. If you find enemies getting away from you then activate the speed power distribution to catch up with them! When you hit the petal to the medal remember that every power distribution mode has its own drawbacks. You don't want to lower your defense against enemies who are speedy and dangerous.

    Take a drive, at full speed of course, over to our Power Distribution Guide here at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
  • One Man's Dungeon Trash is Another
    Man's Treasure

    New Dungeons & Dragons Online @ Ten Ton Hammer community site writer Battlebeard examines collection quests
    and tells us it's definitely worth the time. He recounts his
    experiences of one afternoon of turning in collection quests and shares
    his rewards:

    I can say without a doubt that turning in collections is
    well worth it.
    I didn’t loose any XP and spent no PP or GP on any of the items I
    received, and I am now really prepared for adventuring and will be a
    great asset to any party, with melee, healing and spell casting

    Collect some more knowlegde by reading Battlebeard's editorial at DDO - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
  • The column yesterday about our Alienware systems living in the tank touched a nerve, or two, or twenty. Thanks to everyone who commented on the Loading page as well as those that e-mailed me privately.
    It's Friday. It's been a long week and I couldn't come up with a real emotion invoking topic today. Instead I'll touch on something that is strange, MMOG NPCs that will buy anything.
    Imagine this... you walk into a store, brandishing a sword like you are auditioning for a Highlander movie, walk up to a person working in the store, usually a woman, a woman who is unfailingly well endowed and you say, "Show me your goods!" Suspension of disbelief goes out the window as the woman smiles rather than slapping you in the face and buys anything you have.
    More exclusive new MMOG content than Planter's has peanuts, Vin Diesel vs Nostradamus and crazy real world news are but a click away.
    Loading... June 2, 2006 Edition (Now with leather seats)

    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
  • Tea with Frodo Baggins

    Most of us with even a passing interest in Tolkien’s writings know that the Fellowship of the Ring was formed to aid Frodo Baggins on his quest to bear the One Ring to Mount Doom. You might even be able to recite the members of the Fellowship by name. But if you haven't taken the time to dig deep into Tolkien lore to discover the histories of Frodo and his companions, consider Shayalyn your official Fellowship biographer. In this, the second of her introductions to the members of the Fellowship, she brings us an "interview" with the ring bearer, Frodo Baggins himself.

    As the door opens, a pleasant face greets me. “A good day to you,” says Frodo. Although his voice is cheerful as he welcomes me into his home, I can’t fail to notice something solemn about his demeanor as I duck to enter the little hobbit hole. We take a seat before the fireplace. Frodo crosses his legs and leans back comfortably.

    “I’m honored to meet you,” I say--and I truly am. After all, not only has Frodo been the deputy mayor of Michel Delving, and not only is he a highly respected citizen of Middle-earth, but he was the hobbit responsible for transporting the One Ring on its long journey from the Shire to the fires of Mount Doom.

    • Read Shayalyn's interview with Frodo [here].
    • Read Shayalyn's interview with the legendary Gandalf [here].
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
  • A
    Holy, Wholly Defensive Paladin

    Save-vs-DM returns with a new way to build your Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) paladin. This time, the
    focus is entirely on defense:

    Playing an Ironclad Zealot is really quite simple. In
    general, you
    should keep Combat Expertise on most of the time, unless you happen to
    be fighting hoards of creatures with a low attack bonus. When you
    encounter a large group of creatures, simply wade into the hoard and
    hit Intimidate to pull the agro. At this point, go into blocking mode
    and use shield bash attacks to hold the agro while your allies cut down
    the mob.

    Read Ironclad
    Zealot, at the DDO - Ten Ton Hammer community site
    to learn more!

    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
  • Visiting Vizunah

    In Guild Wars Factions, Vizunah's Square is the first mission you'll hit once you're off the island. You're running with the big-kids now! In fact, you're going to be running with 15 big-kids, because this mission pairs up two teams of eight to take on the afflicted.

    The difficulty of your individual opponents isn't so high, but the sheer volume of them confronting you is enough to make even the most stalwart sword-and-board warrior pause.

    Read on in our guide to Vizunah Square, at the Guild Wars - Ten Ton Hammer community site.

    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
  • Alienware, you've heard of this company. If you have ever purchased a computer game you have been accosted by one of their advertisements dutifully stuffed into the box. They look like incredible machines and if you stop by most gaming sites you will see a "Reviewed on Alienware" tag. They must be fantastic! If you read it on the Interweb then it must be true!
    A year ago, just prior to E3 2005 we purchased three Alienware laptops for the staff here at Today, a year later...they are all dead. Is this the work of M-tech assassins? No. Did Voodoo 3D ninjas infiltrate our offices and sabotage these machines? No. Did we drop them into an active volcano filled with flame-proof crocodiles? No. As a matter of fact, all we did was use them.
    Seven new MMOG articles, crazy real-life news, Vin Diesel and more...
    Loading... June 1, 2006 Edition (Starting the month neck-deep in truth)

    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
  • Upgrade your knowledge of gaming hardware!

    Don't know your ATA from your SATA from your SCSI? Not sure what makes PCI Express so "express", SLI so sly, or why some think AGEIA PhysX will be the next big thing? We're here to help! Everything looks good on the box, so before you spend skads of money on dubious tech, take a look at the Ten Ton Hammer "Terms of Gaming Graphics" to see what's past and what lasts!

    AGEIA PhysX - Old-timers like me remember when i486 motherboards offered a "math co-processor" slot, supposedly designed to free the main processor to concentrate on logical tasks, which would thereby boost system performance on applications which utilized floating point arithmetic (like CAD and, er...the number of bristles on Robo-Hitler's mustache in Wolfenstein 3D). Physics Processing Units (PPUs - its just fun to point at someone and say "PPU!") are a little like math co-processors for graphics cards, and right now, AGEIA PhysX has the consumer PPU market cornered. AGEIA PhysX is hardware- or software-based physics acceleration which works in tandem with your CPU and graphics card (GPU). Physics co-processing allows vast numbers of objects to move and interact with each other on-screen without clogging up resources better suited to rendering graphics and computing game logic. PhysX is an emerging technology in the summer of 2006, and two MMOGs (City of Villains and Warhammer Online) have announced that they will support AGEIA PhysX. While software emulation allows limited use of AGEIA optimization, a PPU (which fits into a standard PCI or PCI Express slot) is required for "true" physics acceleration.

    Get the lowdown on these gaming hardware tech terms at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
  • Quaff this motor oil and retu.. wait a minute!

    In Auto Assault, Devices (or Consumables) are an excellent way to turn a battle towards your favour. Whether you need a heal or a quick attribute boost, the devices are there for you! Our guide highlights what they are, what they do, and where to get them!

    Devices are any item that can be consumed for the purposes of healing, buffing, or doing damage. They shouldn’t be confused with Commodities, which are crafting related items. The best way to think about devices is to use a wonderful reference to your typical sword and sorcery MMORPG, that reference being potions. Sure you can’t quaff down a thing of motor oil in Auto Assault (unless you’re a Biomek!) but you can inject nanites, Contamination, or magnetics into your vehicle to make it stronger, better, healthier, or any of the other myriad effects that devices offer.

    Eat a Zendig burger then head towards Auto Assault Mechanics: Devices at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer

    Wed, May 31, 2006
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