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  • Defenders, Guards, and...the FBI?

    Aelasyl brings us the first in a series on Eberron lore. He takes us inside House Deneith and explains its structure and role in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO):

    House Deneith is a family of proud humans that bear the Mark of the Sentinel. This mark allows the heir to protect a person or an object of worth. Members of House Deneith can be found scattered across Xen’drik, using their marks to protect the wonders of ages past and the people searching for them.

    Read House Deneith at DDO - TenTonHammer to sate your appetite for DnD Eberron lore!

    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Enter the Halfling: Git them Dawgies Re-rollin'!

    Orogurath continues his fanfiction series on the Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach - TenTonHammer community site. With Cailag rescued from the kobold prison, our intrepid adventurers plan their next move...but not before Preston decides to make himself anew, complete with less intelligence (which better suits his agenda), and a new handlebar moustache. Read our Dungeons & Dragons Online fan fiction comedy series to learn more about the new and improved Preston, and about the famous halfling pastimes, Pong and...Twister?

    Suppressed giggles trickled out of Pigface and Gurblebag, who barely recognized the re-rolled Preston. He was still upset about his haul from the adventure: a potion of light repair. The rest were sporting items such as a +1 Maul, magical chain mail, and trinkets that spat webs, while he had obtained…a potion. Even Pigface had fared better; with his souvenir shirt and belt of something-or-other. It just didn’t seem fair!

    Check out Episode 5 of Enter the Halfling at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Oh give me a home, where the Tauren druids roam...

    WoW @ TenTonHammer has a new city guide, complete with a detailed map, quest listing, and lore section. This one's all about the Horde city of Thunder Bluff, home of the tauren race:

    With the help of Thrall and the orcs, Cairne Bloodhoof and the Tauren have pushed back the hated, warlike centaur and given up their ancestral wandering; founding the mesa city of Thunder Bluff high above Mulgore's grassy plains. The proud heritage of the Tauren is reflected in the vestigal longhouses, totems, and peace pipes that adorn the precipitous city, more temporary constructs reminiscent of more nomadic days. Would-be invaders take note, judge the Tauren "backward" at your peril. Not only do Tauren hunters employ guns with savage effect, Thunder Bluff is a technological masterwork against incursion in and of itelf. The city is only accessible by air or from carefully guarded elevators in its southeast.

    Check out our guide to Thunder Bluff, the newest TenTonHammer - WoW city guide!

    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Blizzard says "Nein!" to The9.

    Blizzard is shopping around for a new Chinese operator, according to a press release late last week. Methinks this says a lot about about how the company operates, but first: a quote.

    In a press release issued on Thursday, Blizzard said it is "actively exploring and discussing cooperation opportunities and further expansion of its business with local potential partners for mainland China".

    The reasons why Blizzard's dropping hints about a change in China: "poor customer service" and "overloaded servers". Poor customer service is always inexcusable, but over-crowded servers? Come on! Given World of Warcraft's historically unreliable performance on North American servers, perhaps they should reevaluate their US partnership with... themselves. Let's make the attempt to shift blame a little more obvious.
    Read the entire article at gamesindustry.biz.

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    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • There are new beasts to be had in World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion Burning Crusade.

    The orcs of Outland were not the only ones to suffer the Burning Legion's demonic corruption. The Broken, led by the great Akama, fell prey to the
    demons' sinister influence, and just like the orcs, they too were changed by the corruption. Though they lost some of their former powers, the Broken still present a clear danger to all of Illidan's enemies throughout Outland. It almost seems like a miracle that the Broken somehow managed to preserve their shamanistic heritage, yet no one can say for sure how many of their traditions are still intact. From the safety of the fortified villages the Broken hold in Outland, they lord over their lesser cousins, the wretched Lost Ones.

    Orcs always get a bad name.

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    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The Cagey Fighter

    At Ten Ton Hammer, we love Custom Builds. They add flavor and resist the tendency to say there is only way to build a given class in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). For The Swashbuckler, Darkgolem mixes the combat mastery of the fighter with the subtlety of a rogue. The result is what he calls a "cagey fighter" who picks on the most susceptible foes in the chaos of battle:

    Combat Expertise can be applied to raise armor class even more. Improved Trip is a bit questionable, since trip is strength based, but it fits the concept of the build (a cagey fighter) so is added anyways. If not preferred, take Resilience instead. Evasion works very well with Dexterity. Good tactics would be to attack one foe then switch targets, attacking a second target and making best use of Sneak Attack.

    You can check out The Swashbuckler at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is Auto Assault massively single player?

    Xerin, at our Auto Assault community site, gives us the skinny on where Auto Assault falls on the soloing - grouping comfort spectrum. Why exactly is single player content in a multiplayer game like Auto Assault? Does grouping work in Auto Assault? Xerin looks at these things and more in our new editorial, "Driving Alone" at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer.

    In a virtual world filled with thousands of other players, is there much reason to be at it alone? The acronym “MMORPG” stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, and there is definitely nothing multiplayer about going it alone. However, is it really wrong by supplying plenty of “singleplayer” content? Not really! Most newer online games these days bring along content that is both solo and group friendly, Auto Assault included. Auto Assault brings a nice mix of group and solo play together into a wonderful casual experience.

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • I Won you to Won me.
    Blizzard has cut the monthly subscription rate of World of Warcraft by 20% in Korea.

    "Blizzard, whose "World of Warcraft" remains third in the country's online multi-user network game rankings, announced it will charge 19,800 won for a 30-day package, down from 24,750 won. The one-week package went down from 8,800 won to 7,040 won."

    You can read the entire story in the Korea Herald.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Vivendi Universal subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment announced on Friday that it has invited Chinese online game company The9 (Nasdaq: NCTY) to negotiate the expansion set to World of Warcraft (WoW), The Burning Crusade. The9 is Blizzard's current partner for WoW in mainland China, and also owns 30 percent of the company operating WoW in Taiwan. According to the release the expansion is currently planned for 2007 in mainland China, whereas previous expectations had the expansion hitting China in late 2006. According to several industry analysts, The9's contract with Blizzard for World of Warcraft already gives The9 the rights to operate any expansion of the game in mainland China.

    I just can't think of any pithy comments on this one. Am I losing my sense of humor or is this just something that says meh to me? One can never tell

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    Thanks to Pacific Epoch for the story.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Honestly, I wish that all of the MMORPG companies would do this. It's alot easier to download a game rather than wait for those popular games to be available at your local game store.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait a day or two after launch simply because I had to wait for the retail version of the game to be available. It horks me off. Turbine is doing a great thing here by allowing customers to now puchase the game and download from Direct2drive.com This option is only available in North America. However, it's a start.

    Visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community. They have the goods on what's happening and when.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
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