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  • An Update With James Jones

    FiringSquad had a chance to sit down with James Jones to find out how things are going with Dungeons and Dragons Online since it's launch eariler this year.

    Last February, Turbine launched Dungeons and Dragons Online, one of the most anticipated MMORPGs of 2006. In the months after the game's official launch Turbine has released new free content for the game as well as a new single player mode. To get an update on DDO's progress FiringSquad got a chance to chat with Turbine executive producer James Jones.

    FiringSquad: First, Dungeons and Dragons Online has been online for a few months now. Overall is Turbine happy with the number of subscribers for the game and the game's overall reaction so far?

    James Jones: We are very happy with the way the game has grown since our launch. New players are discovering DDO everyday and we are very busy rolling up major updates to the game. We are currently operating in North America and Europe and are planning to expand to Japan and China later this year.

    Read the rest of this interview and then head over to DDO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Ryzom Ring Exclusive Demo in London

    News from Paris brightens the day with the announcement of a free demo that will be open for the players in London. Keep reading to learn more...

    Paris, FRANCE – July 26th 2006

    Nevrax, the developer of the MMORPG Ryzom, invites UK gamers to an exclusive demo of its upcoming expansion Ryzom Ring Saturday in London.

    Have you ever wondered when one will be free to create one's own adventures in persistent online worlds? Are you intrigued by Ryzom Ring, wondering exactly how it works and how it is going to revolutionize the MMO genre?

    Just come to London, Saturday the 29th of July at 2PM, at the Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ; and be among the first to get a glimpse of the future!

    Mail: [email protected] with your name to reserve a place.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Three Rings Announces 2 Millionth Registered Pirate For Its Online World

    This exciting press release was issued today to celebrate this milestone for Puzzle Pirates...

    San Francisco, CA - July 27, 2006 - Three Rings Design, Inc., a premier developer of multi-player online casual games, announced today that it has crossed over the 2 million registration mark for its popular online game "Puzzle Pirates."

    The company has seen a dramatic increase in registrations with its shift from subscription pricing to a "free-to-play" model that includes the option of purchasing micro-currency. Players can then spend their micro-currency on in-game upgrades and additional content.

    "Three Rings is leading the charge for micro-currency in the US market, and reaching 2 million registrations confirms our success. We believe that this model represents the future for online entertainment," said Daniel James, Three Rings' CEO. "Our inspiration continues to be the Korean market, where 'free to play, pay for item' is the ubiquitous business model for online games. As the US market matures to meet Korea, we intend to keep leading the way."

    The company is riding some powerful trends in digital entertainment - the popularity of casual games, a move towards the massively multiplayer, and the ascent of digital distribution. With the shift to "freemium" pricing, the company is rapidly growing its user base and recently closed a Series B financing to accelerate the distribution and development of its games.

    Additionally, the company recently released the beta version of a new game, "Bang! Howdy," a multiplayer online tactical strategy game for the PC which uses the same payment structure and online distribution model.

    To learn more about Three Rings and or "Puzzle Pirates," please visit the web site at:

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Premier World of Warcraft Zone for Horde Examined

    The Barrens is the premier World of Warcraft zone for Horde characters in their teens to quest and gain near-effortless experience. WoW - Ten Ton Hammer's newest beginner guide looks at this region, a favorite of critics and players alike for its solid design. It's all the goodness you expect from a Ten Ton Hammer region guide, with background, a walkthrough and a detailed map, quest details, harvesting tips, and advice on where to adventure next!

    "Aside from adventure opportunities, you'll find yourself travelling through the Barrens long past when you can benefit from hunting there. The Crossroads, in the center of the Barrens, is Azeroth's LAX, though after patch 1.10 you may not touch at the Crossroads en-route to your destination, more Horde flights originate here than from any other Horde flight master. Ratchet, to the east of the Crossroads, is a neutral port for ships bound for Booty Bay. The Barrens also borders such frequently travelled zones as starting zones of Durotar and Mulgore, step-up zones like Ashenvale Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, and Thousand Needles, and the level 35-45 zone of Dustwallow Marsh."

    Need to know more about the Barrens? Keep reading! Give us your thoughts on this guide, the zone or the game in general in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Guide to Blackwing Lair

    WoW Ten Ton Hammer's Guide to Blackwing Lair contains everything you
    need to know about this infamous dungeon to succeed. From boss enemies
    to their minions, we have everything covered. Tactics, diagrams, and
    everything else that would be needed to slay some dragons. Whether you
    are attempting this dungeon for the first time or need some new
    tactics for enemies that are giving you difficulty, our guide can

    "At the start of the third stage the entire raid needs to move to the
    north corner. The Dragons and Orcs that were previously attempting to
    stop you will flee and Razorgore will begin attacking the last person
    who had him mind controlled. He should be moved to the southwest
    corner (where you buffed) to be tanked while the Rogues move to his
    side and an off-tank stays behind him building aggro."

    Keep reading to learn more about Blackwing Lair. Have you been to this Lair? Let us know what your experience was like in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Weekly Official Forum Roundup

    Don't have time to rummage through the threads on the official Vanguard forums (OVF)? No problem! Once again, Aunraye has collected a list of interesting threads for your forum stalking pleasure. This week she includes threads about waves (you know, on the water when you travel by boat), unique (as in there's only one) in-game items, and a thread recounting a forum member's chat with Brad McQuaid at the SOE Block Party. Check it out!

    Let's have some justice for the southpaws!

    Left handed? Despite the belief a few hundred years ago that being left handed meant you were strange (aren’t we all?) or ill (which, by the way, isn’t true anymore...just in case you had doubts), Colmino thinks that we should be able to choose if our characters are right handed or left handed? Can we handle that much more character customization? Chime in, in this forum an feel free to use either hand (or both!) to type.

    Get clicking and find out what threads made the roundup! Don't see the topic you were looking for? Head to the forums at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and tell us.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Gnolls vs Orcs: The Epic Battle

    A struggle on a epic scale, the battle between the Orcs and the Gnolls. Who would win? The answer will suprise you (or not once you realize Coyote wrote this). Take a look at the hard hitting facts, as Coyote enlightens you on the strengths and weaknesses of these two races.

    Generic bad guys are hard to come by now a days. In a world of EverQuest II, where the good guys and the bad guys can be actual players, the role of "mass produced common enemy that you can whack the snot out of regardless of your chosen alignment" blurs and shifts as each race tries to claw its way to the top.

    Find out more from Coyote at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer! When you're done head to the forums and add your thoughts!

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • A Troubadour's Existential Journey

    Did you miss the SOE block party last weekend, like I did? Fortunately, that didn't stop Ten Ton Hammer from getting someone inside. What happened, and why should you have gone? Look inside to find out!

    I was greeted warmly and invited to enter. I grabbed the seat right behind the driver. Less than a minute later, one of the brave employees of the company sat down next to me as we set off toward our goal.

    So while the bus driver bravely tackled the perils of gnarled convention area traffic and pedestrian waves to then speed along the highway, I got the pleasure of speaking to the lovely though sun beaten Vanessa. Vanessa is part of the EQ2 Community Relations group and deals specifically with the French speaking countries currently playing the game. She has the most fabulous accent.

    Find out more about Gloria's adventures at the SOE block party. Did you attend this event? Head to the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer and let us know about your adventures!

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • Casting on the Fly: Guide to Metamagic Feats

    The arcane master knows that mere spells alone will not solve all of the problems in Stormreach. It takes careful planning and judicious use of Metamagic Feats to maximize the effectiveness of spells in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). And tabletop gamers beware: Metamagic Feats work differently in DDO. Darkgolem has the scoop.

    "Empower Spell causes ½ more damage but costs twice as many spell points than normal. Useful, but mainly meant for situations when an opponent heals quickly, or when something absolutely must die right now. I recommend getting Maximize Spell first if you want this option."

    Keep reading to learn more! Do you play a caster? Head to the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what works for you.

    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
  • When was the last time someone gave you 14 days of something free? Yeah, yeah, besides AOL? The answer my friend, is blowing in the solar wind. The team at CCP, the developers of EVE Online are offering all of our readers a 14-day free trial of the game. It's the only MMOG that I know of where you can hold down a job transporting strippers to their next job. Don't keep the strippers waiting, get your 14-Day FREE Trial!
    One of our readers who goes by the super-secret codename of "Sharon" sent in this first impression of EVE Online;

    "That lady computer trainer told me to right click on everything to make it work, but no matter how many times I right click that naked hologram for the Gallente pleasure center it does nothing! =P"

    Strippers and pleasure centers, what could go wrong? In a game where your social status is measured by the size of your ship I'd say nothing, nothing at all. Think of it like the Las Vegas of MMOGs. What happens in EVE Online stays in EVE Online.
    Tabula Rasa beta slots, $500, eight exclusive new MMOG articles and much more is but a click away.
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    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
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