It's launch day for Dungeons and Dragons Online. Congratulations Turbine! Stop draggin' your rear and get over to DDO.TenTonHammer.com.
The expansion launches for both EverQuest and EverQuest 2 have been pushed to the backpages on many news sites with Dungeons and Dragons rolling into the market. A year ago, who would have believed that EverQuest 2 wouldn't be a market changing product?
The announcement that Jim Lee, an artist that worked on Batman: Hush and Superman will be the creative director on the upcoming DC Comics based massively multiplayer game has been covered by just about every game site on the Internet. I really, truly enjoy City of Heroes. The superhero gig is a great one. The gameplay in CoH gets a little stale, but the premise of being a superhero in a city filled with superheroes is a great one. I'm having a tougher time understanding how the DC Universe will work as a massively multiplayer game. The DC Universe is based on a select few having super powers and the rest needing their help. If this game is to be a success they will need at least 100,000 superheroes. It had better be a big city!
Is there room for another MMOG involving superheroes? I need to know.
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day:
Vin Diesel can not only walk on water, he can climb up fog.
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- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Newb Friendly Advice
"At last it's here, the long-anticipated launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The good news is, MMOG gamers now have a whole new world full of adventures to explore. The bad news is, unless you've played the beta or you have some knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons, the tabletop game, DDO may make you feel like a bit of a newb. Well, buck up, little camper! We've assembled a collection of articles to help guide you in the right direction."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Turbine Reveals Harsh Realities
"It's launch day, February 28, 2006, and Turbine, Inc. has unleashed their game, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach on the public...but not without a stern warning. Consider this video a bit of tough love; a public service announcement, if you will.
Massively-multiplayer online gamers who don't take Turbine's message seriously could find themselves injured or worse. What's it going to take to end the senseless brutality?"
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Virtual Marriage, Fairy Tales or Nightmares?
"Our Last Look at Virtual Marriage for this Months Tueday's Takes"
- World of Warcraft: Gaming on the Dark Side
"Gaming on the dark side? You are probably asking yourself "What is this fool talking about?" Let me explain a little and provide a brief background. I am talking about gaming on an Apple iMac. GASP!!! What?
Everyone knows Macs are not for gaming. Macs are for tree huggers, hippies, academia, free spirits and graphic artists. No serious computer person would ever use a Mac, never mind play a video game on one, would they? To many using a Mac for games is almost as bad a scenario as Luke Skywalker turning to the Dark side of the force! It just isn't right! Now that the basic premise is laid, let me go back and paint the full picture. Let's take a look at Apple, my very limited experience with them, and how why anyone would actually want to game on one.
- Guild Wars: Interview - Te For Two
"In this month's interview, Lulu and Aria took a break from a busy night of PvP to chat with me. Both belong to the highly ranked guild Treacherous Empire, and recently traveled to Taiwan to compete in the Guild Wars World Championship. We discuss meeting guild mates for the first time, eating Taiwanese food, and the friendship they forged with the Korean champions of the tournament. "
- Auto Assault: Interview - Humphrey
"Vocal beta tester, community member, and all around awesome guy; Humphrey joins us this week in our monthly community interview.
Various topics are discussed, from the beta in its current state all the way to Auto Assault's current balance. So why not join us for the insights from a seasoned Auto Assault beta tester?"
- World of Warcraft: Civil War in Azeroth
"Don't forget to bring your Raid! With the new content release of Ahn'Qiraj (bugs, bugs and more bugs, for all those who haven't been following the large scale war efforts!), players, both Casual and Raiders have been both anticipating and fearing it's release. Along with as well, a lot of the new patches, and eventually, the implementation of the Burning Crusade Expansion.
High tensions on forums and in-game play is very noticeable inside the World of Kalimdor and Azeroth, boiling down to the players in the game who; live to raid instances and conquer all new content and items, those who are there to enjoy themselves and have fun, those in small guilds who love smaller instances, and those average players who have great ambitions, but little time to play. In this new Ten Ton Hammer interview, we will take a look at the thoughts and concerns on Raiders and Casuals, the new Tier 0.5 armour quests and the new content of Ahn'Qiraj!"
- World of Warcraft: The Blizzard Dine 'N Dash?
"Pay for the box, subscribe to the game… but unless hardcore PvP is your style, no North American servers for new players? It's a silent problem that affected as many as 15,000 new players since the new server lockdown late last week; 'silent' because new players tend to lack the old timers' ... shall we say, forwardness?
Will Blizzard make timely improvements as locked servers continue to burst under the strain of concurrency, or simply continue its tradition of lip service and haphazardly adding less-than-popular PvP realms that to fix old problems?"
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Tour of Vanguard Fighters
"Each Monday, the writers across the network tacke a common topic. This week is a wonderful spotlight on the communities of each of the games covered by Ten Ton Hammer. Today, Lady Sirse talks to The Drunken Dwarf who runs Vanguard Fighters. Find out why he has started up the only fighter specific site in the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Community and much more."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: The Saviour of Pen And Paper Roleplaying?
"Will Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) spark new interest in Dungeons & Dragons, the pen and paper roleplaying game that started it all? Zed interviews a UK hobby games store owner to get his take. Will DDO bring MMOG players over to tabletop gaming, or is it the other way around?"
- EverQuest 2: Opinions that Count - Interview with Aggro Me
"While being closely monitored by the "Aggro Me Elite Ninja Death Squad", Slide sits down with Aggro Me for an interview and asks the questions that everyone wants answers to! Ok, I lied. I only asked the questions that the ninjas would allow. Man those swords and throwing stars are sharp. Oh and... if you're reading this, your drycleaning will be done by Tuesday like you asked. Please don't hurt me. :: whimper ::"
- Lord of the Rings Online: Interview With LotRO's Community Manager
"Visitors and members of the official forums know her as Patience, the aptly named community manager for Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). I managed to snag Meghan Rodberg for an interview to discuss her personal history, and her work with Turbine. She shares her thoughts on the game and the community, as well as a few small crumbs about her experiences in the closed LOTRO beta."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Gamepad Configuration Guide
"Is Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) your first massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG)? Having trouble with the user interface (UI)? Ralsu draws on his extensive experience with console MMOGs to bring us this guide on Gamepad Configuration."
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