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  • New Concept Art

    Two new images have been added to the gallery on the official Age of Conan site. See them for yourself and let us know what you think of them in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Will Your Favorite Class Endure the Test of Time?

    MMORPG.com's Thomas Mortensen has written an editoral that looks at the evolution of playable classes in MMOs. This interesting look at the course of these classes through the past, present and future is well worth the read.

    The MMORPG genre has changed a lot since the early days of Meridian 59 and Ultima Online, but the games still relies on the basic classes introduced back then. Most MMORPG still use the Fighter, a heavily armoured close combat character that can take lots of damage. Having to rely on short-range weapons and relative low damage his fights may last long. Thus he will need the healer, whose job is to heal the party and make sure they stay alive. A second role of the healer is to buff the party by adding temporary enchantments, which make the party stronger, faster or more resilient. The mage is the most fragile character, but he can deliver large amounts of ranged damage through arcane magic. Though the games do not always use the same names for the character classes they are always build on one of these arch classes or a mix of two of them through hybrids like the Bard, Paladin or Battlemage.

    This mix is tried and proven in MMORPGs through the past ten years. The fighter takes the damage, the healer keeps him alive and the mage deals the damage. But will these three classes keep being the blood of MMORPGs in the years ahead?

    Read the rest of this article and let us know what you think in the forums. Keep checking back for the latest updates on your favorite classes and games here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Tier 6, Loot Revamp and Elder Play

    A Letter to the Players regarding Tier 6 (Elder Play) design philosophies was posted for debate yesterday at Horizon's official site. Want to know more? Keep reading...

    Recently, we have been monitoring those topics that appear to be paramount to our Elder Players and hope that we can enlighten you as to the direction we are heading - without giving too much away. Please, understand, these are in no way promises of what is to come, but more a "design philosophy" - our hopes of what the game will be.

    Head over and read the full letter and then return to Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think!

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Double Your Experience!

    This notice arrived today from the fine folks at NCSoft...

    Heroes and Villains, prepare to experience our first ever Double XP weekend event! The rules are simple. Hero and Villain characters will receive double the XP for all of their accomplishments in the game. Take advantage of this opportunity to level up your favorite characters. Good luck and have fun!

    Event Timing:
    Start: Friday, July 21st at 9am PST / 12pm EST
    Finish: Sunday, July 23rd, 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST

    NCsoft Community Staff

    Get ready...Get set...Get leveling! check back for more news and information on all your favorite games including City of Villains and Vity of Heroes here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Experience the First SOE Block Party

    This release is posted on the Matrix Online official site...

    Come join us for the first-ever SOE Block Party! This community event will be held during the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 22 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Even if you’re not attending Comic-Con this year, stop by the Block Party, anyway!

    The Block Party will also feature guided tours of the SOE buildings, prize raffles, food, drinks and other assorted goodies. There will also be SOE game demos, including a sneak peak at the upcoming PlayStation®3 title, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom!

    Come and meet SOE dev team members and staff—you may even get a chance to drop them in the dunk tank! You’ll also have the opportunity to meet acclaimed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore along with comic writer and The Matrix Online storyteller, Paul Chadwick.

    Busses will shuttle attendees from the San Diego Convention Center from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM (Look for the SOE signs near section B of the Convention Center). Return trips to the Convention Center will be running every half hour until 7:00 PM. For those of you coming on your own, we highly recommend carpooling, as parking will be limited.

    For those wanting “just the facts":

    * What: SOE 2006 Block Party
    * When: Saturday July 22, 2006. 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    * Busses from Comic-Con to SOE 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    * Busses from SOE back to Comic-Con - Every 30 minutes
    * Where: SOE Headquarters. 8928 Terman Ct., San Diego, CA 92121 (map)
    * Why: Meet SOE staff, tour SOE buildings, free food, drinks, games, music and prizes. To have fun!

    Attendance: FREE

    RSVP for the SOE Block Party Today! [email protected]

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Matrix Online Story Continues in Episode 5.2

    This morning, Update 45 was added to the Matrix Online. Here is a look at the update notes...

    The Matrix Online Story Continues in Episode 5.2!
    The 5.2 Storyline missions and cinematic are now available in game.
    The first 5.2 critical mission will be available as soon as the patch is live. The remaining four missions will roll out each following Thursday (7/20, 7/27, 8/4, 8/11)at 1:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (0800 hours GMT).

    Changes to Spy Tree abilities
    The following Abilities have had these changes applied to improve balance (Note: Other effects for these Abilities still apply):

    Neuro Dart
    Sneak Movement downgrade: -50% (was -75%)
    Invisibility Movement downgrade: -50% (was -75%)
    Movement Speed downgrade: -50% (was -75%)
    Force Combat downgrade: -10% for 30 seconds

    Crippling Throw
    Inner Strength cost: 20 (was 35)
    Force Combat downgrade: -40% for 15 seconds

    Deadly Throw
    Inner Strength cost: 18 (was 25)
    DPS: 44 (was 31)
    Force Combat downgrade: -15% for 15 seconds

    Throat Cutting Throw
    Inner Strength cost: 15 (was 35)
    Status Effect: 20% chance Dazed for 8 seconds
    Status Effect: 20% chance Off-Balance for 8 seconds

    Sever Artery
    Force Combat downgrade: -10% for 30 seconds

    Subduing Throw
    Inner Strength cost: 15 (was 25)
    Status Effect: 20% chance Staggered for 8 seconds
    Status Effect: 20% chance Off-Balance for 8 seconds

    Read the full update notice and then let us know what you think in the forums!

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Sensory Cues in Darkfall

    Posted on the official site for DarkFall is an introduction for a feature story at RPGVault.com.

    There's no radar in Darkfall. There are no floating nametags over player's heads. You won't be able to see bleeps on the mini-map that will alert you to the presence of other players and monsters. You must rely on your senses and stay alert, rather than letting your user interface do it for you.

    This opens the door to a number of very interesting and unique gameplay possibilities, which are supported by a number of sensory cues, some of which we discuss in our weekly RPG Vault feature.

    Sounds interesting to me! Head over and read the article then share your thoughts in our forums. Stay tuned for more updates on DarkFall and all your favorite MMOs here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Dangers of Ganareth Revealed

    If you're following Dark and Light, then you may be collecting the wallpapers that have been released. Yesterday another on was released that shows some of the dangers to be found in Ganareth.

    Get the latest wallpaper and don't forget to let us know what you think in the forums! Keep checking back here at Ten Ton Hammer for more information on all your favorite MMOs, including Dark and Light.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Server Merge Updates

    Auto Assault has posted several items on the official site to help you navigate through the server merges that are happening today. Keep reading to see what you may need to do.

    Character Transfers
    Auto Assault has posted a walkthrough to help you get your character over to the newly merged server, Nexus.

    Character Name Correction

    Previously we noted in the Server Merge FAQ that if a transferred character's name collides when you transfer it, you will receive an email regarding what you can do to change the name. Now however we have made it so that you will be able to simply change the character's name in the character selection screen in-game rather than externally.

    Server Merge FAQ
    Still have questions? Feeling unsettled? Check out the Server Merge FAQ to get all the answers you need.

    Need to fill the time as you wait for the merge to occur today? Head over to Auto Assault Ten Ton Hammer to catch up on all the latest news and information.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Creatures of Middle-earth: Neekerbreekers

    On the official Lord of the Rings Online site, we are given a look at some of the creatures that will inhabit Middle-earth. Today, we are given a glimpse at Neekerbreekers.

    Throughout Middle-earth there are many forms of insect; some mere annoyances, others more dangerous, and some that are a mystery rarely, if ever, seen. Neekerbreekers once fell into the last category. For ages, they were merely a distracting noise in the dark corners of the Midgewater Marshes, but recently a shadow has passed through Bree-land, and they have become more aggressive and begun to swarm.

    Learn more about Neekerbreekers and see what they look like. What do you think of this creature? Let us know at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
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