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  • Being More Than Just Yourself?

    Kir tackles this week's common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Keep reading to see her thoughts about it.

    The ethics and ramifications of dual-boxing, should developers mind or not? If you're familiar with MMOGs, you have probably heard of the term before. But if you're new or just haven't heard of it, dual-boxing is when players have access to multiple accounts and utilize them simultaneously, usually through the means of controlling multiple computers. This can open up windows to many new possibilities including assisting oneself through either personal coordination or macroing. Such assistance could reduce dependence upon others for group play or allow greater efficiency or effectiveness during "solo" play. Sounds great for the individual that is capable of setting up such a system, right? But what about how it affects others and the game world? Are these concerns significant enough for actions to be taken against such a practice?

    Want to know more? Keep reading and let us know if you agree with Kir in the forums at Auto Assault Ten Ton Hammer. Share your experiences with us!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • 2 box.. 3 box.. 4 box.. more?

    If you have ever played more than one account with one character at one time, then you, are a multi-boxer! I have to give a little bit of awe to anyone that has the patience to multi-box, but really, should you? Read up on Savanja's thoughts on the craze of multi-boxing!

    I ran across someone once that played a full group on his own. Six accounts, six characters of various races and classes, all controlled by one person. And he was not your stereotypical coin farmer, he was just a guy who wanted to be able to level up his various characters at the same time, and keep all that delicious loot for himself. I watched him play out in the Thundering Steppes, his main character, mentored to one of his alternates, leading the way and all the alts following along behind on auto-follow. They would all appropriately cast when they needed to, a healer popping off a heal or two during combat.

    Keep reading to learn more about how Savanja feels about dual boxing. When you're done, jump into things on the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Thoughts on Dual Boxing

    With the birth of the casual, "dual-boxing" simply isn't the dirty word it used to be. It's all about taking level-grinding achievement to the 2nd magnitude, but does dual boxing double the fun or the not-so-fun aspects of MMO gameplay? Ethec logs in, then logs in again to offer his thoughts.

    "Talking to an attendee at E3 2006, the subject of what World of Warcraft is doing for and to MMO gaming arose. She (note the pronoun… minus 50 ego points) despaired of her boredom while dual-boxing a pair of characters into the late level 50s. Truth be told, I couldn't at that point imagine the patience it takes to play two accounts at once. I say "patience" as opposed to coordination since I imagined that, between slash commands, macros, and gimmicky hardware like the Logitech G15 I recently picked up, playing two accounts is all about setup time. I now know it takes a fair amount of drive as well. But this conversation got me to thinking: maybe I was missing out by flying solo. If one account left me feeling unfulfilled ever since my WoW friends started playing musical servers, maybe two was the ticket."

    Read more of Ethec's thoughts and then head to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know if you agree. Have you dual boxed? Are you against it? Share your thoughts with us.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Mission Impossible: Multi-Boxing in Vanguard

    Holy split personalities, Batman! Are you one of those MMO
    gamers who likes to have two (or more) game accounts in order to play two
    (or more) characters on two (or more) computers at once? Multi-boxing is
    prevalent in several MMOs including EverQuest and World of Warcraft. But how
    will multi-boxers fare in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes? Is multi-boxing even
    necessary when combat is engaging and fun?

    "Developers don't seem to have a problem with multi-boxing. Why
    would they? To discourage multi-boxing would mean to discourage players from
    having more than one account. From a business standpoint, it just doesn't
    make sense to want to limit players--why settle for $15 when you can have
    $30? But what about from a gaming standpoint? What does the ability to
    multi-box, even to the point where some players prefer it to playing a
    single character, say about the combat mechanics of an MMO?"

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    to find out more. Don't forget to drop by the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts on this topic with us.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Is Dual Boxing For You?

    This week, Messiah tackles the common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Find out how he feels about it and see if you agree.

    Wow, this week for our network content article we got such a cool topic, and one that I had to jump all over. Being a complete computer geek for the past 25+ years (yeah, I’m old!), I have a huge collection of computer equipment just lying around. Over the years this has made it very possible to dual, triple, even quad box many games. I have done it in many different games at many different points in time.

    The question comes about, should I? Is there a moral or ethical reason to not dual-box? Should developers care? Should casual players?

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    and then hit the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to share your thoughts. Are you a dual boxer? Let us know why.

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Double Take: Dual-boxing and DDO

    Dual-boxing is the act of playing two separate accounts of a massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG) simultaneously. We take a look at why people choose to double-box, how they accomplish it, the consequences, and how dual-boxing works in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    "Now that I have established a couple of the scenarios that drive people to dual-box, let’s discuss the logistics of gaming this way. Dual-boxing is no small feat; it requires coordination, alertness, and real life dexterity. The execution of dual-boxing varies in relation to the method used—that is depending on whether a person runs more than one computer of just multiple accounts on a single computer. Regardless of your method, you’ll need two copies of the game or two CD keys and two subscriptions to the MMOG."

    Read more about dual boxing in DDO. Don't forget to head over to the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know how you feel. Do you dual box? Are you against it? Speak up!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Qeynos Medium/Heavy Level 20 Armor Quests

    To complete our series of the level 20 armors quests, we finish up with the Qeynos side chain and plate armor quests. Armor and experience isn't always easy to come by, but with Savanja's step by step walk through of all 6 quests, it is easy!

    You've finally made your way to level 20, and you find that the armor that you have been wearing from your teens (and perhaps earlier, shame on you!) is growing less and less adequate. It's time to upgrade that gear, and there is no better way to do it! With stats that greatly benefit your character's class, the very attractive price tag of free, (not to mention the top notch experience from both the quests and the mob kills) this series of quests just cannot be passed up.

    Learn more about this armor quest at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Ratonga Walkthrough

    Cute, furry, and squeaky the Ratonga are a wonderfully intelligent race of creatures who could use a bath and a good home. Kiara gives a great walkthrough of the Ratonga racial quests, so put down your cheese and take a look.

    For some strange reason, people like to play overgrown rodents. So, of course, it was necessary for your's truly to make the ultimate sacrifice and venture out as a flea-bitten, furball.

    Learn more about the Ratonga Racial Quests at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
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    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Turbine grinds away on their Tolkien-set MMO

    GameDaily.com has posted their first impressions of Lord of the Rings Online. Did they enjoy it or find it a chore to look at? Keep reading to find out.

    Turbine is hard at work on Lord of the Rings Online, and they're proud to show it off. From the very first glance it's obvious that the team has made huge strides, bringing the visuals far up from last year's showing and improving the overall experience through control and gameplay by magnitudes.

    Read the full article and then head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think!

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