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  • Drow Week Gets in Full Swing

    It’s Drow Week here at DDO Ten Ton Hammer. We'll be bringing you great drow articles all this week. For our poll, we want to know which class you think best suits a drow. Remember that drow get +2 to DEX, INT, and CHA but -2 to CON. Drow also have a natural spell resistance of 11.

    Poll: The best class for a drow character is:

    * Bard
    * Rogue
    * Sorcerer
    * Wizard
    * One of the other classes

    Let your opinion be counted! Get clicking and head over to DDO Ten Ton Hammer and vote!

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
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    E3 is new and improved. Welcome to E4! The ESA has made their announcement. E3 isn't getting older, it's getting better! You can read the official word, or you can carry on down this page and read my take on it.
    See, I told you it wouldn't be so bad. It didn't hurt a bit.

    "To better address the needs of today's global computer and video game industry, the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo) is evolving into a more intimate event focused on targeted, personalized meetings and activities, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today."

    By "intimate" the ESA means smaller. By "focused" the ESA means smaller. "Targeted", smaller. "Personalized", for the learning imparied, smaller. Star Jones, I know you read this column, it means smaller.In other words, E3 2007, heretoforeaftermentioned as E4 will be a smaller event without the rabble rousing of previous events. There you have it.
    How will this affect the industry? It won't. Remember, you read it here first and not on one of those other sites who threw around headlines like "E3 Cancelled". Just think of E3 as an event on a diet. Of course the first three letters of diet spell die, but that little tidbit of trivia aside let's just consider E3 the Anna Nicole Smith of events. Next thing you know it will be cuddling up to CES, SIGGRAPH or maybe even ComicCon screaming, "Trimspa Baby" because well, it's on a diet.
    Exclusive MMOG content, Vin Diesels vs Jack in the Box, refugees and much more is but a click away.
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    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • A Guide to Drow Favor

    Does the new drow race in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) sound great to you? With their powerful racial traits, drow are latest rage in Stormreach and you want in. But how do you unlock the blasted things? That's where Ralsu's Guide to Drow Favor comes into the picture!

    "When a player has reached 400 total favor from any of the 7 factions on a single character, he gets a letter notifying him of his achievement. He can then unlock the drow. Additionally, he can unlock a 6th character slot. Many players are not aware of this and destroy a character needlessly to make room for a new drow toon. Finally, the drow and extra slot only open up for those servers on which a player has a character with 400 total faction."

    Learn more about how to unlock and play a Drow. Have you unlocked this newest race in DDO? Head over to the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know.

    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
  • What Does Launch Day Bring? has taken time today to jump into the launch day fun. They have posted a review of the game that is packed with screenshots and impressions.

    Hero Online is a Korean Free to Play game that has been ported over for the US market. Typical of many of its lineage, the client is free and there are no monthly fees to play. Although what you pay for differs between games, each developer’s business model is essentially the same – you pay for what you get. Additional inventory space, special weapons and suits of armor perhaps, additional classes or characters, additional mounts, skills… the list is endless… but we don’t know yet, what will be available.

    A game like Hero Online can hardly be compared to paid models such as EverQuestII or World of WarCraft but must be compared to others of the same genre, or judged on its own merit. Gamers entering this game seeking a world, content and game play similar to EverQuestII or World of WarCraft will only have themselves to blame if they are disappointed.

    Keep reading to see if they rate Hero Online as a hit or a miss! Let us know what you think of the game in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and share your launch day adventures.

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Hooked on WoW?

    Hooked on Games has posted a preview of WoW's soon to be released expansion The Burning Crusade. Keep reading to see how they think this expansion is shaping up.

    The first new race being introduced to the Horde by the expansion is the Blood Elves. The Blood Elves are outcasts of there native homelands, driven out and stripped of their eternal life after they became corrupted by the very magic in which they sought out to possess. Currently the class selection available for the Blood elves will be Rogue, Mage, Warlock, Priest, and Warrior. Their racial traits will be centered around using magic. These traits will include Mana Tap, which gives the Blood Elf the power to drain mana from an opponent, and Arcane Torrent, which silences an opponent for two seconds.

    Check out the rest of this preview and don't forget to head over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news, information and interviews. Stop by the forums and share your thoughts with us about this upcoming expansion.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Hit or Miss?

    GamingGroove has taken time to review Dungeon and Dragons Online. See if they think that this is a hit or miss int he world of MMOs...

    As stated before, it was only a matter of time before Dungeons and Dragons followed suit. At the beginning of 2006 came the arrival of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Developed by Turbine, this game would offer players a virtual world governed by the official 3rd Edition rules (actually 3.5) while keeping in tune with most other MMOG services. We waited patiently for the game's release, assuming it would topple the likes of EverQuest II and the overwhelmingly popular World of Warcraft. However, Turbine's offering gathered mixed reviews, so we waited to see how the game would pan out after a few months. Remember how Anarchy Online floundered in its beginning, driving off players with numerous bugs and intolerable latency? We wanted to make sure that didn't happen with DDO.

    Keep reading to see what they thought. What do you think about DDO? Do you think it lives up to the hype? Head over to DDO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know!

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Frank Pierce Talks with German Site and their partnersite have published an interview with Blizzard's Frank Pierce. This interview took place during the EU Press tour.

    You decided to give the horde the Paladin and the community's response to the news was massive. People are concerned about the balancing. Are there any differences in the classes depending on the faction? what's is the future for the game as there appears to be no difference.

    There won't be any notable distinction between the classes available to the Alliance and Horde but in terms of PvP, battlegrounds and the war and all that stuff, it's all still there. I don't think that because we have this class cross-over that we're going to see any drop-off in the amount of PvP, because at the end of the day, they are still warring factions. I still hate the Alliance as much as I did before :)

    Certainly, the community was very vocal about the announcement and that's healthy. We want to hear what the community has to say, they wouldn't be so vocal if they didn't care about the game and so in that respect it's good to know they care so much about the game.

    Read the rest of this interview and then hurry over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer and let us know your thoughts!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • First Publishing Partner Announced

    Another step towards the scheduled October 2006 launch date has been taken by the makers of Chronicles of Spellborn. This press release was issued to announce their partnership with Frogster.

    Berlin, 27.07.2006: Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, Berlin-based publisher of computer games, acquired the exclusive marketing and distribution rights of the Massive Multiplayer Online Game “The Chronicles of Spellborn” for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, which is already furiously awaited by the gaming scene. Frogster will put the boxed version into retail, as well as handle the community management. The game will be released in 2006, supported by a massive marketing campaign.

    „The Chronicles of Spellborn“ plays like Vivendi Universal’s blockbuster „World of Warcraft“ in an atmospheric three-dimensional fantasy world, offers an enormous depth of gameplay and lots of new features, and was developed on the worldwide leading “Unreal Engine” with a two-digit Million Euro production budget by Dutch company Spellborn NV. On this year’s Games Convention in Leipzig, “The Chronicles of Spellborn” will celebrate its public premiere.

    Dirk Weyel, CMO at Frogster Interactive, comments the contract: “In the last months, we have been involved intensively with a lot of MMOGs and are most pleased that we now have a project with such a huge potential in our pipeline as ‘The Chronicles of Spellborn”. The development team works highly professional and shares our vision of a long term co-operation regarding marketing and operation of a MMOG. For this, we’ll support the launch of TCoS with the yet largest marketing campaign in Frogster history.”

    Barry Hoffman, Marketing Manager at Spellborn NV.: “We are very proud to achieve our publishing goals by signing the publishing contract for ‘The Chronicles of Spellborn’ with Frogster. Their regional presence and extensive knowledge of the local markets ensures the high quality of store availability and support that we aim to achieve with TCoS.”

    There is a Q & A at the official site that offers more insight into this partnership. Check it out and let us know what you think of Chronicles of Spellborn and how it is shaping up in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Light Shed on the New Race

    RPG Vault sat down with Game Designer David Ford to talk about the upcoming Serpent's Spine expansion for SOE's Everquest. In part one of this interview we learn about the new race, Drakkin, which are part human and part dragon. We also get a hint at some of the new features that will be included in the expansion.

    EverQuest: The Serpent's Spine is the next expansion pack for Sony Online Entertainment's landmark persistent state world. Aimed to be available via digital distribution in September, it will feature the addition of the Drakkin as the first new playable race in a few years. The official announcement unveiling the product earlier this month also mentioned some other notable elements. For instance, Crescent Reach is described as a fully functioning city complete with merchant, quest, combat and tradeskill areas. The Serpent Spine Mountains area will offer content for every level, from newbies up to the level cap, which will be raised to 75. There will also be new zones, enemies, abilities and more. Since we were immediately keen to know further information and details, we were fortunate in being able to set up the chance to question Game Designer David Ford.

    Keep reading to find out what David Ford had to say and then head over to the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know if you are planning to play this new expansion.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
  • Quests, TenTonHospitality, Devs and FOOD!

    It's that time again! Time to travel many miles over dangerous lands, fight hordes of monsters and...erm what I mean is it's time to head to Rhode Island for LOTROG 2! Did you miss it last year? Never fear we have all the information for you to get in on all the fun this time.

    Check out the official announcement page for all of the gritty details like where, when and how much. Then head over to
    2356" target=blank>the LOTRO Source forums
    to add your voice to those that are planning to go...or are wishing they could! Lasy but most certainly not simply can not miss the blog that has been started to detail all the goings on! Go on, don't be shy! Give it a click...

    For those of you who are planning to attend, don't miss out on the fun hosted by Ten Ton Hammer in the TenTonHospitality room!

    Friday 4pm to Sunday 12am (or later)
    Cool off with friends in the LotRO-TenTonHammer hospitality suite. You say your friends could not make it? Then gloat at them in front of the webcam! This rooms doors will be open for you and your cravings all weekend long. TenTonHammer is a wonderful host and always provides it's guests with plenty of beverages and snacks!

    Hurry and sign up for all the fun! Don't forget to stop by LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news, information and updates!

    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
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