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  • 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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    It's not every day that you can fire up the daily MMOG news and have a chance to win $250, but today you can. I mentioned the contest on Friday, but later found out that there will be three $250 prizes given away. The best entry from readers as will have its own $250 prize. I know you are busy or lazy or maybe just indifferent, but $250 is $250 and if you are the only entry then you win. Enter now and enter often! Show the land lubbers that readers are winners and that (in this case at least) pirates can defeat ninjas!
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    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
  • Turbine grinds away on their Tolkien-set MMO 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!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
  • Will Your Favorite Class Endure the Test of Time?'s Thomas Mortensen has written an editoral that looks at the evolution of playable classes in MMOs. This interesting look at the course of these classes through the past, present and future is well worth the read.

    The MMORPG genre has changed a lot since the early days of Meridian 59 and Ultima Online, but the games still relies on the basic classes introduced back then. Most MMORPG still use the Fighter, a heavily armoured close combat character that can take lots of damage. Having to rely on short-range weapons and relative low damage his fights may last long. Thus he will need the healer, whose job is to heal the party and make sure they stay alive. A second role of the healer is to buff the party by adding temporary enchantments, which make the party stronger, faster or more resilient. The mage is the most fragile character, but he can deliver large amounts of ranged damage through arcane magic. Though the games do not always use the same names for the character classes they are always build on one of these arch classes or a mix of two of them through hybrids like the Bard, Paladin or Battlemage.

    This mix is tried and proven in MMORPGs through the past ten years. The fighter takes the damage, the healer keeps him alive and the mage deals the damage. But will these three classes keep being the blood of MMORPGs in the years ahead?

    Read the rest of this article and let us know what you think in the forums. Keep checking back for the latest updates on your favorite classes and games here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
  • 9 Screenshots of 9 Dragons follows up their preview of 9 Dragons with some great looking screenshots today.

    To go with our clan feature today, we have nine images of the Shaolin clan for you to enjoy.

    Do you plan to play 9 Dragons? Tell us what you think in our forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Images, Media
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
  • Double The Previews

    Today both GameSpot and IGN have previews of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning posted. Keep reading to see what they have to say...

    GameSpot starts us off today.

    Nothing says "summer" quite like having a bunch of video games in one place. At a recent press event at which publisher EA Games showed off a great many of its upcoming games, we had a chance to take an updated look at Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the upcoming massively multiplayer game from developer Mythic and its brand-new publisher and corporate owner.

    According to Mythic's Jeff Hickman, much of the content for the game's first "racial pairing," the dwarves versus the "greenskins" (a faction of orks and goblins), is complete, including many of the lower-level areas and items. In addition, though we were unable to see it in action, Mythic has begun production on the game's high-level player-versus-player (PVP) content, such as capital city raids, which will offer multiple types of treasures (including open, undefended loot and special items that can be obtained only by defeating specific enemy characters, such as merchants, barkeeps, and kings). These raids will let players capture enemy dignitaries and hold them hostage (and for some cheap humor) until they can be rescued by players from the opposing side.

    Does IGN feel the same about this forthcoming game? Take a look and see...

    Electronic Arts was prominently featuring Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning at its press event today, as the game's developer, Mythic, was recently purchased by EA. We got to play the latest build, and while it was basically the same game we played at E3 a couple months ago, there are a few significant updates to report.

    Tell us what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
  • Crafting and the Shaolin Clan has two preivews up today on the forthcoming 9 Dragons. The first preview discusses crafting in this unique world.

    Ken Johnson tells us...

    In this article you will learn more about how the crafting system works in 9dragons, the new martial arts MMO from Acclaim and Persistent Worlds. 9Dragons is a mixture of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and for you more mature gamers a touch of Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master.

    The second preview at tells us about the Shaolin Clan in 9 Dragons. Ken Johnston and Steven-Elliot Altman tell us...

    Hello and welcome to this, the first of six articles specially written for MMORPG on the starter clans in 9Dragons. The six clans we are going to cover are Shaolin, Wu-Tang Clan, the League of Beggars, Heavenly Demon, Sacred Flower and the Brotherhood of Thieves. All six of these clans are based upon Chinese history and mythology and we’ve researched them to give you as authentic an experience as possible. In ancient China, the clans were labelled as either white or black, as delineated by their allegiance to The Imperial Emperor. The white clans were, on the whole, loyal and noble, while the black clans were rogues with intent that violated Imperial decree. Of course, there are many famous legends in which disciples of these clans have acted out of order with their clan’s traditions!

    When you're done checking these previews out, don't forget to return to Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think in our forums!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
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