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  • Blackburrow Zone Guide

    Blackburrow is one of the favorites of the low levels explorers. Packed full of danger and loot, this dungeon is simply a perfect place to drag your friends to for some excellent experience!

    Blackburrow is one of my favorite zones. Having spent time in Blackburrow in old Norrath (EQ1), I was so excited to see the place that I loved, survived the shattering, and in nearly the same footprint as it had previously.

    Blackburrow is a typical dungeon, set up in the typical dungeon style. Easier mobs are located to the front, while the harder, more challenging mobs are deeper inside. This zone is packed full with gnolls, spiders, and other little creatures roaming about, and is a great place to spend some time in your early levels.

    Learn more about Blackburrow at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer. Tell us about your experiences in this zone in the forums.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Old School and Proud of It

    Does Shayalyn lack objectivity as a gaming journalist because
    she's a long time fan of EverQuest who's also drawn to Vanguard: Saga of
    Heroes? Nah. She believes that all games have their merits, and that every
    MMO that succeeds sets a new standard for the up and coming ones. And yet,
    Shayalyn is still unabashedly old school when it comes to the games she
    chooses to play.

    "I've spent a good bit of time in the process of writing about MMOs
    and posting to MMO forums considering what I like in an MMO, and just what
    it was about EQ that drew me in. It always comes down to depth and
    challenge. EQ brought us factions, deities, the planes, epic weapon quests,
    rich and deep lore, and a world so vast that there are still places in
    Norrath I haven't seen after nearly 5 years playing. And EQ wasn't easy.
    Dying resulted in experience loss; sometimes to the extent that you would
    lose a level or, at the very least, what amounted to a few hours of playing
    time if you couldn't find a cleric to perform a resurrection (which resulted
    in recovering most of your lost exp). Leveling took some serious time and
    effort. (Anyone remember hell levels?) But when you succeeded-when you
    finally felt that you'd made it, and that you knew the game and how to play
    your class well-you felt a strong sense of accomplishment."

    Read more of Shayalyn's thoughts and head over to Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think!

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Ganked!

    Jeff “Ethec” Woleslagle joining you for what you were hoping was John “Boomjack” Hoskin’s daily “Loading…” column. That’s right, you’re stuck with the news according to Ethec till next Tuesday. It’s ok though, I’ve been saving up my Vin Diesel facts.

    The Boomjack clan has embarked on a week-long family vacation. Remember those? Hours and hours in a hot car going to some place you wouldn’t appreciate until you were at least 20 years older. If you had a sibling to torture, that eased the boredom until the Hand of the Parent came sweeping back to restore order and dad’s voice reached an inhuman volume as you, of course, missed the turn and spent the next few hours taking a “shortcut” back. Ah, the memories.

    Join us for today’s Ganked! nee Loading… where we’ll look at the oversized wayside curiosities beloved of the American motorist, and an MMORPG that fits that mindset…

    Ganked! July 18, 2006 [Freakishly big roadside monument edition]

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • What Do You Think?

    Some people claim that a good cleric maximizes healing abilities at the cost of all else. Others contend that a skilled cleric can heal, melee, and buff without missing a beat. Where do you stand? Is there room for the battle cleric? What about the nuking cleric? Or is it all heals all the time in your book?

    Poll: Is there room in DDO for anything other than a healbot?

    * For sure. Alternate builds are great. That’s part of the fun of Dungeons & Dragons.
    * Maybe as an alt. Alternate cleric builds are fun for a few levels, but DDO is not D&D. You need to be able to heal in the endgame.
    * No way! Healbots for the win!

    What do you think? Get clicking and let us know at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Inside the Captain's Quarters - A Pirates of the Carribean Online Q&A with VR Studios' Mike Goslin

    Disney's VR Studio offers us a peek inside the ongoing development of Pirates of the Caribbean Online with VP Mike Goslin. Mike walks us through the process of becoming a pirate, commenting on the strength of the franchise, and the supernatural elements that make PotC one of a kind among MMORPGs.

    "Mike Goslin, President, VR Studios: The biggest difference between this game and other MMOs is that the pirate-themed world we are designing will feature some supernatural elements that are unique to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: defending your ship from sea monsters, fighting skeleton pirates, and casting voodoo spells. We will also include the classic pirate activities: epic sea battles, searching for buried treasure, playing dice and cards, and carousing in towns."

    Read the full interview to learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean Online. When you're done, head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what your thoughts on this game are.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Second Opinion: Cleric Spell List Level 1

    Opinions about Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) are like alts: everyone has has at least two of them. Here at DDO Ten Ton Hammer, we writers sometimes find ourselves debating an issue right up to the time we publish it. And sometimes a new volunteer writer comes along and offers a new opinion on a topic we covered a while back. Lucky for you, Ten Ton Hammer content is 100% free, so tonight you're getting a second opinion on 1st level cleric spells at no charge! Just like before, you'll hear from a high-level cleric who knows his stuff. Check out what Brennie has to say.

    "Early on, Bless doesn’t last long enough to be very useful, but the +1 attack bonus makes a world of difference. Later, especially when extended, Bless lasts for a very long time, and is a great cheap group buff. I strongly recommend this stay permanently in a spell slot."

    Read more about clerics and see if you agree with Brennie's opinion. Let us know what you think in the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Kyle Rowley Talks with Ethec

    The force is with us... Rising Force Online, that is! It's the "science-fantasy" MMORPG famous for its supersized player vs. player battles known as "Chip Wars" that occur at regular intervals throughout the game day. He may not be Yoda, but Community Liaison Officer Kyle "Laeth" Rowley answers our every question about PvP, character development, and much more in RF Online.

    "Kyle "Laeth" Rowley , Community Liaison Officer, RF Online: I think it's fair to say that the MMO genre at the moment is full to the brim of fantasy themed games. Players are getting tired of playing in the same kind of setting over and over again, and RF Online tries to change all that. We think RF Online brings a fresh new theme to the MMO world, by combining all the loved aspects of the fantasy genre (elves, magic, swords etc) with all the ultra cool aspects of the Sci-Fi genre (Mechs, Cyborgs, Guns :D ). Due to this unique setting, the writers on the RF Online team can make use of their creative imagination and write history and future storylines that compel players, inviting them to find out more about the world they play in."

    Read the rest of this interview to learn more about RF Online. Stay up to date on the latest news, interviews and information on all your favorite MMOs including RF Online, here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Got Questions?

    The "blue names" have started to make their presence known on Turbine's forums for Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The developers have started fielding a few questions, and we've compiled all of the answers into one convenient location for you!

    "Lead Game Systems Designer Nik 'Mithral_Miser' Davidson:
    A lot of us went out of our way to get clearance to talk about more than we were able to before.

    Ask me any one question you want, and I'll answer it. Pull no punches. This isn't a PR exercise, this is us excited about really getting a chance to talk about the game that we've been pouring our lives into."

    Keep reading to see answers to many more questions. Also, Ten Ton Hammer's Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle will be attending the LOTRO Gathering II on August 5, 2006. Ethec is certain to get some face time with the LOTRO devs. If you have have a question you want him to ask, post it in our forums on LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • 8 New Shots

    Priates of the Burning Sea official site has been updated over the weekend with eight new screenshots. Head over and take a look, but don't forget to let us know what you think of them in our forums!

    Images, Media
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • UGO Takes A Look At Tabula Rasa

    C. Radtke at took some time to preview Tabula Rasa. Keep reading to see how it went...

    It's the future. A race of nasty aliens known as The Bane have subjugated planet after planet in their quest for galactic domination. Recruits are desperately needed to combat this terror, and that's where you come in. You and thousands of other online gamers, to be exact. This is Tabula Rasa, the next big MMO from Lord British himself and the rest of the geniuses behind Ultima Online.

    It's been a long road for these guys, after scrapping the original idea for the game and starting from scratch in 2005. Enough has been already said about that stuff, so we're going to look to the future here. From a recent demo of the game, it looks like superstar video game mastermind, Richard Garriot, has a winner on his hands.

    Read the rest of this preview and then let us know what you think here in the Ten Ton Hammer forums.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
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