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  • We reported last week that NCsoft was having a meet and greet. Well here are the details if you want to head over there.

    Join NCsoft for our first ever Player Meet and Greet!
    Tuesday, February 7, 2006

    Come meet fellow players, meet your favorite NCsoft Community Relations representatives, try out various NCsoft games, and maybe even win a door prize at the first ever NCsoft Player Meet and Greet.

    Join the fun right here at Austin’s own CyberJock’s on Thursday, February 23rd.

    This is your chance to meet CuppaJo, Alexa, Arctic Sun and Awry in person!

    There will be plenty of games, pizza, soft drinks, and a few surprises. Check out all our games including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Guild Wars, Lineage I and Lineage II. As a special treat, come and give our soon-to-be-released game Auto Assault a spin!

    Anyone can come and best of all, it is totally free!

    All you need to do is register at the CyberJock’s web site and then come on down to enjoy some great games with great company.

    Details

    Date: Thursday February 23rd
    Time: 7pm – 11pm
    Place: CyberJocks LAN Center
    13376 Research Blvd
    STE # 605
    Austin, TX 78750

    Contact CyberJock’s on their web site or at (512) 249-0909 if you have any questions.

    PLEASE NOTE: For the purpose of this event, there is no difference between "confirmed" and "unconfirmed" signups, since it is a free event. You do not need to go through the PayPal process in order to sign up for this event.

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    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • GI.biz interviewed Blizzard on the Euro login problems

    GamesIndustry.biz: Many World of Warcraft players have recently been complaining that they have to wait for long periods of time to get in the game once they've entered their username and password - and that sometimes it's not possible to log in at all. Are these problems still ongoing?

    John Lagrave: A lot of the login issues are persisting. They're much less than what they were, but we have been having some incredible concurrency with the game itself, and as such that's put quite a bit of burden on the existing hardware that we have.

    Can you explain what you mean by concurrency?

    John Lagrave: It's just that suddenly a lot of people showed up - sort of like when you're at a party and suddenly 15 people walk through the door and they all want a drink. It's like, "Well, I'll get that to you, but it's going to take a bit of time," and that's what we've found.

    We've been very fortunate in that a large number of people came into the game just recently; we've had good growth throughout the past year, but we had exceptionally high numbers come in over the holidays. Which was wonderful, and we're glad they're all there, but it put some additional stress onto the system and we've had to respond to that.

    I understand that there are over five million subscribers. I understand that they expanded so quickly that everyone went into shock. What I don't understand is how they get the cream in the center of the Twinkie. It just boggles my mind.

    Best World of Warcraft Infomation in One Place!

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    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A Festivus for the Rest of Us

    While in the midst of updating our Class Guides and providing new content such as Instance Guides and Profession Guides, the people here at TenTonHammer are proud to present yet another Guide for our wonderful audience.

    How can Blizzard mash the 4th of July, Easter, Christmas, and the Chinese New Year all into one wacky holiday? The "Lunar Festival" in World of Warcraft, that's how! And we've got everything you need to know to make the most of the event!

    Date: January 27th to February 14th
    Place: All Major Faction Cities, & Moonglade
    Events: Fireworks, Elders, & “Omen”

    Now it’s time to go into some detail about these three main attractions…

    Fireworks
    If anything, the Lunar Festival should be considered the “4th of July” of WoW. Festival Vendors (keenly placed at major cities) are willing to sell a plethora of Fireworks to those who have the silver to spare. From single rockets, to clusters of colored bombs, there seems to be a limitless supply of incendiary devices coming from the relatively peaceful members of the Cenarion Circle, this obviously has to do with some kind of feud with the goblins and gnomes.

    The World of Warcraft Lunar Festival Guide, only at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • Buicks and Bunker Busters

    That's right! The Auto Assault glossary has been updated with the information that is currently available in the beta. From airlifts to xenos, we have all of the random tidbits of AA information in one convenient location.

    Infantry
    Most factions use infantry as a basic soldier, but they are very easy for a vehicle to take out. A lot of them will die in one hit of a melee weapon. That doesn't mean they can't hurt you though. They are a scary force in numbers.

    Check out the newly updated Auto Assault glossary at AA - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • Only the Best…

    …for our readers, and GuildWars @ TenTonHammer continues the tradition. Samyel knows that the database contains some obsolete information. Samyel also knows that there’s a whole slew of new skills coming in the next few months with the release of the Factions Expansion. Consequently, we’re cleaning house. Every skill in the database is going to be checked and updated to reflect the current game.

    Today, we dusted and polished the Elementalist skills that have no attribute, or use Energy Storage. We’ll be working on updates for the next week or so, and intend to get things sparkly-clean well before the release of Factions, the new expansion for Guild Wars (in a store near you this spring!).

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • We always thought Xerin... er, Devrek belonged in the looney bin!

    In the continuing Auto Assault-themed comedy series, Devrek took a Freelancer’s car and sold it to some of those bandits that roam outside of towns last week. While he was bragging about all of the money he made during his standup act, Hestia Corporation broke in and whisked him away. So this week in the fourth edition of the Roadstop Comedy Club we find out exactly what happened after he was taken in! Apparently Devrek has gotten access to a local terminal and has sent all of his buddies an update on his condition.

    Apparently selling off Hestia Corporation’s property the first time lands you with exile. A second time and it lands you locked up in a cell with guards and crazy stares. I’m being treated well, however they say I may get released from my exile due to permanent irreversible mental insanity. I’m not quite sure where they get that idea. I guess trying to make a pirate hat out of the only piece of bread you get that day makes you crazy. If trying to be fashionable is crazy, well then, uh… call me fashionably crazy! Yeah!

    Check out the entire Roadstop Comedy Club serial at at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • DDO elves, fresh off the.... shelves?

    Ralsu conjures up another guide to the races of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, this time painting a word portrait of the beautiful and mysterious elf.

    An elf often seeks adventure because of stagnation in her life. A race that can live over 700 years, elves have ample time to explore the curiosities in life. Elves are neither rash nor greedy. They gain perspective from their years of experience. When elven curiosity points to a goal, elves demonstrate remarkable concentration and persistence.

    Learn more about elves in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach at DDO TenTonHammer

Tue, Feb 07, 2006
Ethec
  • Clerics inciting others to violence? And we're not even talking about Danish cartoons.

    Zed brings us the information needed to build a better cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, and he insists clerics are more than simple healers.

    Whilst clerics in DDO are still the primary healing class they offer much more versatility to a group. They are capable of buffing the entire party’s combat skills or other important ability scores, crowd control and even some powerful offensive spell casting. Plus, clerics can enter front line combat, hiding behind shield and heavy armour to aid the fighters in bringing down their foes.

    The Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Cleric starter guide, only at DDO @ TenTonHammer. And don't worry: Shayalyn and Zed promise that no alter boys were harmed in the making of this guide!

    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • All about Auto Assault and solo play!

    This week's common content feature is all about solo play. Does Auto Assault support the solo gamer? Is solo gaming an effective approach? What are some examples of solo gaming? These questions and more are answered in our editorial "When no one Rides Shotgun!" We got into the full detail on solo gaming in Auto Assault.

    One of the major things in any MMORPG that can ruin the gameplay for me is when there are never enough people around to do what needs to be done. The feeling of utter helplessness because there isn’t a group of adventurers around to help you advance through the game. Sitting in town and staring at walls isn’t my ideal vision of perfect gameplay. However, there are some MMORPGs who don’t follow the mold of group only play. They provide content for both the solo and social type player. Auto Assault is one of these games that allow most any style of player to have fun. The only difference is that Auto Assault has cars and guns instead of silly magic and swords!

    Check it out at AutoAssault @ TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Feb 06, 2006
    Ethec
  • Going it Alone in Ascalon

    No, I don't mean the bachelor lifestyle. I'm talking about solo play in MMORPGs. How well does Guild Wars hold up in the genre? Can a massively multiplayer game really cater to your inner hermit?

    The henchmen are one of the things that sets Guild Wars apart in the MMORPG genre. Thoughtfully placed near the exit of every town, they’re a viable option. Sure, a real player has autonomy, can react to change situations, and can be quicker with a Resurrection Signet, but the henchmen aren’t useless.

    Read Samyel's editorial at GuildWars @ TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Feb 06, 2006
    Ethec
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