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  • While the thought of "Counters" and "Smiting" might bring back early Parochial school memories...

    ...these are also terms used to descrbe important aspects of Guild Wars strategy. Even after the recent updates, smiting is the most common offensive technique employed on the scene. Important to note though, is that many good teams are not predominantly using smiting! Learn about the prominent cases of smiting, and the counters that can shut it down. Do your part to bring variety back onto the scene of Guild Wars!

    The current scene of smiting involves an Elementalist/Monk using fast recharge skills and Zealot's Fire, which takes advantage of using enchantments and Ether Renewal to keep up both energy and health with every cast, while dealing significant damage. Seems unfair? Many people feel that Ether Renewal should be changed, or rather, rebalanced.

    The full TTH Guild Wars Strategy Highlight: "On Smiting and Counters" is now available for your esteemed perusal!

    News
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • Patience and PAX

    Patience of the LotRO dev team posted her reflections on her side of the Turbine team's experience at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). We like Turbine, they hand out lots of free stuff!

    As a special treat for PAX, we also showed a couple of things we didn't show at E3, even though they existed in the E3 build. We teleported to a prototype area of the Shire, with what might be a very familiar-looking windmill, horses, and clothesline to some of you who pay attention to the screenshots on the LOTRO site, and also to the Old Forest, to pay a visit to a sleeping Old Man Willow. This wasn't in the plan, but we just couldn't resist showing off a little bit more of the game. What was even more gratifying was being able to tell people who were blown away by the environments that the build is 5 months old; it looks even better these days, since the engine and a lot of the art has been updated (I was looking at the current build this afternoon in the QA pit and was pretty blown away myself by how beautiful it is, after being in the "old" build all weekend!).

    More on LotRO's trip to Washington in the Lord of the Rings Online PAX Roundup!

    News
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • World of Warcraft, the 800 pound gorilla of games.
    The N.Y. Times has posted an article discussing whether the huge success of World of Warcraft has helped or hurt the overall industry. LIVE from New York, it's an article we like:

    " The online game World of Warcraft has become such a success that it is now prompting a debate about whether it is helping or hurting the overall industry. "

    You can read the entire Conquerer in a War of Virtual Worlds article at the N.Y. Times. [Registration Required]
     

    News
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Time to shake the wrinkles of your tights, cape, and cowl.

    Cryptic Studios is gearing up for the City of Villains expansion, but that doesn't mean they won't take the time to throw a free expansion your way! The #5 "Dread Forest" expansion adds new zones, zone events, skill sets, and a decreased death penalty:

    Issue 5's new zone, Croatoa is a resort community north of Paragon City where several new villain groups are clashing, requiring the intervention of super-powered heroes to stop the carnage. Villain groups running rampant in Croatoa include the Cabal, a coven of witches, and the Red Caps, an evil gang of goblins who are in a bitter struggle with the Cabal for control of the zone. Also stalking Croatoa are the monstrous Tuatha de Dannan and the Fir Bolg, which are easily identified by their fiery pumpkin heads. The Croatoa zone is meant to challenge players from levels 24 to 35.

    Issue 5 also introduces highly-anticipated new power sets: archery and sonic. These consist of ranged archery powers for defenders and blasters; trick arrows for defenders and controllers, sonic blast powers for blasters and defenders, and sonic debuffs for defenders and controllers.

    "Archery and sonic powers are classic comic book powers and I am excited that we are able to give our players more ways to subdue criminals," said Jack Emmert, lead designer of City of Heroes and creative director of Cryptic Studios. "The new Croatoa zone will also provide exciting adventures and storylines that will challenge any hero venturing into the area. But that is our goal, to continually provide new, interesting content free to our players so they can find action and challenge around every corner."

    Additionally, Issue 5 brings new zone events to Paragon City, including the Hellion Arson event, in which Hellion gangs torch buildings in Paragon City. It is the job of heroes to douse the flames and bring the arsonists to justice. Also, at the Troll Rave event, Troll mobs hopped up on an overdose of Superadine transform into "super trolls" then run amok, endangering the surrounding populace.

    The new expansion also includes a change in the debt systems incurred when a player is defeated. Players who haven't yet reached level 10 will no longer receive debt when defeated, and players, regardless of level, will only incur half debt if they are defeated while in a mission.

    Pull your communicator out of your hero's toolbelt and zero in on this link for more info: City of Heroes Issue #5: Dread Forest.

    News
    Fri, Sep 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • WoW's new honors ranking page is simply gank-o-tastic!

    Yep, now you can check on your pwn-age and show it off to your friends on other servers. Like you really needed any encouragement!

    We're pleased to bring you a new dynamic web section titled Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the web site. These listings are updated weekly. We hope this new feature makes your player vs. player experience more enjoyable. Look for more upcoming dynamic web features in the future.

    Check out the new World of Warcraft PvP Ranking page.

    News
    Thu, Sep 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • A profession? My profession is weak bylines!

    Guild Wars' official site is sporting a new page dedicated to explaining each of the game's six professions. But who has time for that when there's deskpaper (and yes, we at TTH want to change your hearts and minds about what's been previously dubbed "wallpaper" - does it go on your wall? Nope.), sweet sweet Guild Wars Deskpape, to be downloaded?

    Wallpaper of the Week 31 August 2005

    This Wednesday's desktop presents an early concept for a Guild Hall design, dating from summer of 2004. You'll find your choice of wallpaper sizes and aspect ratios in the Gallery, or on this direct link.

    Professions Section Updated 31 August 2005

    We've taken another pass at the Professions Section and now display the names and descriptions of each skill and the related skill icon, as well. Find this expanded content on this page.

    Have a look at the Guild Wars professions, or have a sample from the Guild Wars Deskpaper tray. Go on!

    News
    Thu, Sep 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO's newest subclass: Powerpuff Girls! Thanks Maya!

    A DDO.com forum member showed concern regarding the presence of content to appeal to girls. The full forum thread is a bit of a trainwreck filled with criticism, but I'm sure at least some people out there will find the dev response amusing. Check out the full thread here.

    Original Poster, Oceaniceyes:

    Ok, I am totally new to the forums here. I have never played DnD before, but am hoping for a fun game. However, one of the things that got me into playing games was the ability to make things pretty. (I know, its very girlie) I liked crafting, decorating and wearing pretty clothes. I am concerned that there is no girl content planned for this game. If I am just not finding the info, please enlighten me.

    Dev Responder, hsinclair:

    We have great girly content, such as +5 Adamantine Greatswords, Beholders, Blade Traps, and Fireballs, just to name a few.

    - Heather

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • Our Alterac Valley tip is don't die.
    Blizzard has posted a page of World of Warcraft tips for Alterac Valley. Our calls to Vin Diesel were sent to voice-mail. Strangely, the voice-mail message was this:

    " Here are some tips that we hope will give you a better experience in Alterac Valley. This is a very involved Battleground and it can take time to learn how everything works. If you have any questions, be sure to read the various Aterac Valley information pages we have created. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft Tips For Alterac Valley at The Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because Sorrow doesn't need air conditioning in September...
    Arena.net has announced that "Sorrow's Furnace," the free, major summer expansion for Guild Wars, is set for digital release on September 7th:

    "ArenaNet®, creators of the #1 selling competitive online roleplaying game, Guild Wars®, announces the release of the much-anticipated Guild Wars update: Sorrow’s Furnace. To be released on September 7, 2005, the update will be available free to all Guild Wars account holders and will stream to them live at game log-in.
    Sorrow's Furnace offers two large, explorable regions: Grenth's Footprint and Sorrow's Furnace. These regions will provide exciting new high-level content to Guild Wars players, and will offer new quests, new monsters, new items, and more. For characters who have completed their ascension in Guild Wars, these areas will provide new opportunities for exploration and reward."

    Read the Guild Wars official press release, then check out the TTH Guild Wars site for more great information on Guild Wars builds, competitive tactics, news, and much more!

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • What does a d20 and a chat log have in common?
    Stratics has a dev chat log posted, detailing some of the finer points of class characteristics, stealth, food/drink issues, and a whole lot more!

    Brannoc - *DiploMooz* Hi! I had the good fortune to play the DDO E3 build recently. I was particularly fond of stealthing around with the rogue. It seemed somehow more interesting than the binary "can the mob see me or not" of previous games. Can you expound upon the features planned for stealthing in ddo?

    EckelberryDDO - I can try! Stealth is little more complicated than the you are detected or not sort of things. Of course we represent D&D in comparing your Hide Skill and Move Silently and the monster's Listen and Spot score. It also combines how long you dare to stay near the monster trying to detect you, and the level of lighting around your character, which can either give you a bonus or penalty to your skill check, and it can determin

    EckelberryDDO - how often the monster "looks" for you\

    JustinQuimby - Just as a side note, we've put a ton more stuff into the game and polished a lot of features in the game since the E3 build. I'm very excited about the upcoming Alpha prop.

    The rest of the Dungeons & Dragons Online Developer Chat Log is posted at Stratics.

    News
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Ethec
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