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  • Presenting The Cookie Cutter Bard

    As Drow Week continues at DDO Ten Ton Hammer, we take a look at how to craft the quintessential bard--and of course we start by selecting drow for the race! This bard represents a balance of combat, healing, and casting abilities.

    "I've already brought you very specialized DDO builds for bards who do crowd control, melee, and healing. Those builds do one thing exceedingly well at the expense of all others, but the Cookie Cutter Bard (CCB) does all of things decently at the expense of doing any of them masterfully. The CCB can fight, heal, and stop throngs of monsters with his spells."

    Learn more about this Bard and more at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Aug 02, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer's "First Glimpse" Review Gives Hero Online 3 Out Of 5

    Ten Ton Hammer reviews the latest MMORPG to arrive on the scene. Hero Online, released on Monday (7/31/2006) is free to download and free to play, and who doesn't like free? Developer NetGame has a very novel approach to making money in the increasingly jaded fantasy MMORPG market, unfortunately there's little else innovative about the Hero Online grind. We played the first fifth of Hero Online's 100 levels, and our "first glimpse" review gives the game 3 out of 5 hammers

    "In a slight bow to newbie-friendliness, Ngame added tips for beginners that appear at intervals in your chat window. Unfortunately, this consists of mostly keybinding information. Aside from that and what you can discern from the zone-wide chatter, there's literally no handholding. Quests are few and far between; I received a grand total of five quests in the first ten levels. Mostly mundane single-step quests are, however, doled out at intervals; a message scrolls your HUD that "[NPC] might have work for you" when you level up."

    Read the rest of the review and see what else Ethec had to say. Think he's on the mark? Missed the mark totally? Let us know in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Wed, Aug 02, 2006
  • New and Improved Guide

    Another already great class guide has just been updated, this time the Priest Guide has received special treatment. Our guide is a look at all the builds, tactics, equipment and more that you need to survive as a Priest in the World of Warcraft.

    A Priest is the pull your butt out of the fire and keep it cool class in the World of Warcraft. The Priest is a specialized healer, and the primary healing class for both the Alliance and the Horde. The Priest is a support class that makes the players around him or her last longer and absorb more damage.

    Learn all about the Priest at WoW Ten Ton Hammer. Do you play a Priest? Let us know your tips and tricks in the WoW Ten Ton Hammer forums.

    Wed, Aug 02, 2006
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    Thanks to Smallthreat of the Bronzebeard server (World of Warcraft) for sending me in a screenshot that I could use in one of our comics. As a person who spends as much time wishing I didn't have to travel as actually travelling I've always wondered what customs would be like in Azeroth.

    Dwarf Customs Official: Destination?
    Gnome: Stormwind, gateway to the Human lands, home to a plethora of tinkers and engineers. A place... [Dwarf cuts him off]
    Dwarf Customs Official: Purpose of your trip?
    Gnome: I have been told that Westfall is teeming with voracious animals, bent on the destruction of those hearty souls that dare.... [Dwarf cuts him off]
    Dwarf Customs Official: Is this for business or pleasure? Do you have a permit to kill these animals?
    Gnome: Rest assured my bearded inquisitor that I take no pleasure in killing. I was bereft of the knowledge that a permit was required to cleanse the lands of the iniquitous and the nefarious. I have been blessed in that I am in possession of quests, deposited on my humble self by the high-born and the... [Dwarf cuts him off]
    Dwarf Customs Official: Quests you say? Does PETA know you have these quests? The last thing we need is a bunch of hemp wearing, protein deficient hippies running around Alliance territory. They can stay in Moonglade where they belong.
    Gnome: It was my belief that PETA stood for People Eating Tasty Animals. If I am mistaken in my... [Dwarf cuts him off]
    Dwarf Customs Official: If only that were true. Where will you be staying?
    Vin, Priests, toilet injuries and more are but a click away.
    Loading... August 2, 2006 [Immigration Edition]

    Wed, Aug 02, 2006
  • From Pirates to Cowboys

    Three Rings Design has done it again. First they took us to the high seas with Puzzle Pirates. Now they are in beta with their wild west themed Bang!Howdy. Reportedly this game will allow for more customization than ever before.

    Keep reading to learn more and stay tuned right here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest updates on Bang!Howdy and all your favorite MMOs.

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • Get Your Pre-Order Pack Today!

    This just can now pre-order ArchLord and receive free goodies for doing so!

    Breaking News - ArchLord pre-order packs are now available to pre-order from GameStop(tm)


    Yes, you did indeed read that right. ArchLord pre-order packs are available to pre-order from GameStop™ and EB Games™. So head on over to GameStop™ by clicking here and be one of the first to pre-order ArchLord. As a reward for your early interest you will find that your pack contains a number of cool items; a key to obtain one of four exclusive in game items, stickers, cool art postcards and an exclusive soundtrack CD.

    Fellow Europeans, do not worry; we are finalising details of the European pre-order campaign as we speak.

    I hope to hear lots of you have pre-ordered, so go forth and order!


    What are you waiting for? Get clicking and get your pre-order today! Can't wait for ArchLord to launch? Tell us about it right here in the forums at Ten Ton

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • Developer Diary: Jared Hall-Dugas

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated today with another developer diary. Today Jared Hall-Dugas gives us a tour of the raid system for this upcoming game.

    We've done it! We've discovered the formula for fun: [(x * 2.342) + (y * 2) + z4] / 24 = FUN!

    Um, what? (See? You should have paid more attention in algebra class&I'll come back to this in a moment.)


    Yes, we mean raids. The same raids that weren't originally planned for our game (see "Friends Don't Let Friends Tank Balrogs"). This isn't so much a philosophical change in our game, but rather an additional gameplay dynamic we have decided to include. For some members of our community, this means much rejoicing, but for others, there's a bit more concern, even fear. I'm here to give you a little more information about our raid plans to help alleviate some of those fears.

    Read the full article for yourself and when you're done be sure to visit the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think of how raids will shape up.

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • ArenaNet Announces Prerelease Bonus Pack for Guild Wars Nightfall

    Today this press release was issued with information about the upcoming Guild wars expansion Nightfall. Be amonh the first to get a look at this prerelease pack and enjoy the extra offerings from ArenaNet and NCSoft.

    August 1, 2006 (BELLEVUE, WA) — ArenaNet® and NCsoft® today announced a brand new retail package which will soon give Guild Wars® players their first look inside the exciting upcoming release, Guild Wars NightfallTM. The announcement comes on the heels of the Guild Wars Nightfall PVP Preview Event where players were able to create characters using the new Nightfall professions.

    The Guild Wars Nightfall Prerelease Bonus Pack is expected to hit store shelves on September 15 and will feature:

    * Guild Wars "Play Now" key for a 10-hour/14-day trial* of Guild Wars PropheciesTM and Guild Wars FactionsTM.
    * Guild Wars Nightfall Bonus Key, providing one additional character slot for a Guild Wars Nightfall account, as well as two exclusive items for the new professions—a Firey Sunspear of Shelter for the Paragon and an Icy Soulbreaker of Enchanting for the Dervish
    * Mini strategy guide, concept art, screenshots, in-game renders of characters and items, preview trailer, wallpapers, lore, quick reference card, music, and more!

    Guild Wars Nightfall takes place on the continent of Elona, Land of the Golden Sun. It is a nation comprised of three great provinces; The island province of Istan is the home of a vibrant people who live among the monuments of an ancient empire. The military province of Kourna, under the command of its great leader, Warmarshal Varesh, hugs the shores of the mighty river Elon. And in the rugged lands to the north, the Princes of Vabbi rule from their opulent citadels. Elona is a land of wealth and power, protected by its champions, the Order of the Sunspears. In Guild Wars Nightfall, Elona has fallen under the shadow of an evil, outcast god. Against the encroaching desolation of an infernal realm, the people of Elona will need more than a hero to save them, they will need a hero to lead them. . .for nightfall is at hand.

    Guild Wars, an instant bestseller worldwide upon its release in April 2005, and Guild Wars Factions, the number one game in both North America and Europe earlier this year, are global online roleplaying games. Guild Wars Nightfall continues the tradition of inviting players to immerse themselves in an epic storyline centered in a vibrant fantasy setting, build personalized characters, and find adventure in missions and quests. This a Guild Wars game unlike any players have seen before.

    Read the full announcement and more at the Guild Wars official site. Don't forget to stop by the Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer site to catch up on all the latest news, interviews, and information!

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • Events, Prizes and More

    This press release was issued late yesterday by the folks at Hero Online. Keep reading to hear about all the launch fun that will continue through August.


    The following events will take place during the first month of Official Release.
    The events page, however, will be continually updated, and we highly encourage our users to keep their eyes and ears open.

    nCash Giveaway
    We are pleased to announce that all users will receive $3 in nCash to purchase cash items in Hero Online Premium Item Mall. Tell all your friends to join and receive their free cash today!

    Extravaganza Tickets (Grand Prize)
    Throughout Hero Online, we have distributed many Extravaganza Tickets for our players to collect and qualify for the chance of winning an iBUYPOWER computer (customized for Hero Online). The drawing for the Grand Prize will take place after the event period has ended.

    Rogue GM Events
    With the new bounty system, it will be much easier to track and take down our Rogue GMs who''ve stolen Extravaganza tickets to hoard for themselves. We need our players help to find these thieves and take back the tickets!

    Boss Monster
    Some of our Rogue GMs have stashed some of their stolen Extravaganza Tickets with their new buddies, the boss monsters. Defeat them and take the tickets for yourselves!

    Legendary Characters
    In the world of Hero Online there are many legendary warriors who reward those skillful enough to defeat them. Few have accomplished this feat, but tell tales of the greatness of their reward. Be on the lookout for these legendary characters as they often traverse the land during the summer.

    Spell it out! (Grand Prize)
    During the first month of release we will be implementing several event items that will have alphabet characters on them. Players can attain these items through small quiz events as well as off certain boss monsters. Through many hints and clues provided by the GMs in forums, threads, and chats, players can spell out mystery words to receive prizes ranging from in-game items to the Grand Prize!

    Background/ Wallpaper Contest (Grand Prize)
    During the first month of Official Release, we will be accepting submissions from players and users who wish to create new and exciting backgrounds for Hero Online! Our panel of judges (consisting of GMs, graphics designers, developers, and more) will choose the top three backgrounds and award prizes to the winners. The first place winner will receive one of the desktop towers!

    Player Guides (Grand Prize)
    We will be hosting a contest for players to submit guides for Hero Online. A panel of judges will choose the top three guides and reward them with prizes ranging from MGame merchandise to the Grand Prize. Guides will be judged on how well they explain all the features of Hero Online as well as how to play the game. Guides on how to level a character will not qualify unless it includes a majority of the features and systems for Hero Online (i.e. warfare, bounty, pet system, Master/Disciple, House setup/wars, etc.).

    Player Created Stories
    Are you a great storyteller? Can you role-play with the best of them? Do you have what it takes to impress coffee-ridden cynics who stare at computer screens all day long? Great! Because MGame is now accepting storylines from players as an event! The top 5 submissions will receive prizes such as in-game items and/or MGame merchandise as well as the chance to have their story posted on the website for all to appreciate. Winners might even have a chance of having their character mentioned in the GM storylines and/or take part in exclusive storyline events! More details and rules will be announced on the website during Release.

    Stay tuned to MGame's Hero Online Event Page for all the latest details on these events and more.

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • Holy Blue Names, Batman!

    It's the Blue Names (aka - developers)! Or rather, it's one important Blue Name in particular: Aradune Mithara. Those who are intimately involved with the Vanguard community know Aradune as Brad McQuaid, CEO of Sigil Games Online and Executive Producer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. While the community is poised on the next phase of the game's beta testing, dubbed Beta 3, McQuaid took some time to answer questions on the official Vanguard forums (OVF). When might Beta 3 begin and when should you start haunting your inbox for an invite? Forget the dev tracker--read our compilation of the most recent McQuaid posts to find out.

    "The big question on everyone's mind is, of course: when is Beta 3 going to begin? Fans were told that they should expect the next phase of beta to begin by the end of July. If you've checked your calendar, you'll see that the July date simply isn't going to happen."

    Keep reading to learn more. If you're camping your inbox for your beta invite, take a minute to head over to Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and tell us about it in the forums!

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
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