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  • Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Wear something green, drink green beer, eat green chicken wings... on second thought, don't eat those, they've been in the fridge since January. Legend has it that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, banished all the snakes from the country. Unfortunately, he appears to have banished them to the E3 Media Pass Application Office. How many times do we have to re-submit? OH, we can't read that one, send another copy. This article doesn't qualify, that article doesn't qualify... Send another ID picture, you don't look good in this one!
    WTF? What's next? Do you want my first-born, or my uber l33t Druid on Malfurion? 'Cause you can't have the druid, I'm raiding this weekend.
    Just a head's up, if you see an media-passless angry bald guy in the LA Convention Centre cafeteria this May, surrounded by laptops and interview schedules, he probably needs a coffee. Or pie. I like... I mean, 'he' likes pie.
    I *do* believe in E3 Media Badge fairies. I do, I do!


    What's New On TenTonHammer.com?


    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.

    03.17.2006

    • Differences Make the Virtual World Go 'Round
      For any new MMORPG to succeed, it must differentiate itself from other, similar games. Mercurie takes a look at Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and how Sigil Games Online is making their game different than any previous game in the same
      genre.
    • DDO Tactics Series: The Bard
      Those who can, bard. The bard is a pivotal character in any party. Not confined to a single role, bards can bring melee damage, spells, cures, and Ability increases to a party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO).
    • Auto Assault Crafting and Refining
      For the refined crafter, we offer a new 'Refining and Crafting' section. The second in a three part series of updates to Auto Assault @ TenTonHammer's new crafting guide, the Crafting and Refining section goes over how to actually fix those broken treasures in your inventory. Not only that, but it contains a list of every component and commodity in the game!
    • PVP First Impressions
      Player on player violence: good, clean fun? We think so. They say its all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. In this case, its not really fun and games until somebody is laying face down in Antonica with you laughing while you loot their corpse. Aren't sure what the newly-added PvP server is like in EverQuest 2? RadarX shares his experiences and examines what differentiates this from the normal servers.
    • EQ2's Power Rangers!
      The Rangers took quite a beating last Live Update. Slide debuts his EQ2 TenTonHammer cartoon with his take on what exactly happened with a behind-the-scenes look at the nerfing process. Laugh along with us at EQ2 - TenTonHammer!
    • EQ2 - Paladin Guide Update
      Want to destroy bad guys like a medieval Chuck Norris? Then try something else! If you want to smite evil and fill a vital group role, then the Paladin is for you. And we've just updated the Paladin guide! Savanja has the latest on the new level 1-20 spells, 61-70 spells, and new zones.

    03.16.2006

    • Guild Wars: Backstage Pass - Adventures in Seattle

      "Recently, ArenaNet hosted a press event at the Sci-Fi Museum in Seattle. The guest of honour was the new expansion, Guild Wars Factions, and the release date of April 28th was announced to an enthusiastic crowd. I attended the event, and share the details of my trip with you in this personal editorial."
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Tavern Pickup Line Resource

      "So you've had your fill of high adventure for the day, and you just want to heal up and let off some steam in the local tavern, right? Suddenly you fasten your gaze on a foxy elf / strapping barbarian across the room. Your guildmates might call you directionally-challenged, they might call you a little weak in the character sheet department, but they can never say your one to pass up a promising encounter. You set down your tankard, slide off your stool with a flurry, and saunter towards the apple of your eye. But as you arrive and his/her eyes drift to yours, you realize... you've got nothing. That's where TenTonHammer comes in, my friend. We've got pages and pages of one-liners to help you improve your in-game game!"
    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - New Artwork - Dreadknight

      "A dark elf Dread Knight, making his way through a dank swamp region on his armored horse."

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Iran refuses to abandon their nuclear weapons program, as they believe it is their only defence against Vin Diesel.


    Crazy news? This is where I put it... but, I have a meeting in 10 minutes. No silly news for you!

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- Phil "Ralphedel O'Minius" Comeau

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    Fri, Mar 17, 2006
    Ralphedelominius
  • Those who can, bard.

    The bard is a pivotal character in any party. Not confined to a single role, bards can bring melee damage, spells, cures, and Ability increases to a party in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO):

    Jacks of all trades--masters of none. At the risk of boring you with a cliche, it's true: bards can dabble in almost anything, but another class will be better than them in any one task. Bards can fight, but rangers, fighters, and barbarians can do it better. Bards cast spells, but sorcerers and wizards do it better. Bards can heal, but clerics do it better. Bards can fight and cast spells and heal all at once. Nobody else can do that. On top of that, the benefits gained from bardic music makes a bard a valuable member to any party.

    Read more about the versatile bard at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Fri, Mar 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • For the refined crafter, we offer a new 'Refining and Crafting' section.

    The second in a three part series of updates to Auto Assault @ TenTonHammer's new crafting guide, the Crafting and Refining section goes over how to actually fix those broken treasures in your inventory. Not only that, but it contains a list of every component and commodity in the game!

    You've got the basics on crafting, and now it's time to get your hands dirty. Luckly you don't need to be a shade tree mechanic to be able to repair items in Auto Assault. With a few simple clicks and good luck, you took can create killer car modifications. When I say killer, I truly mean it. So open up your virtual hood and let's get to work!

    Crafting and refining basics at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer.

    Fri, Mar 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • Player on player violence: good, clean fun? We think so.

    They say its all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. In this case, its not really fun and games until somebody is laying face down in Antonica with you laughing while you loot their corpse. Aren't sure what the newly-added PvP server is like in EverQuest 2? RadarX shares his experiences and examines what differentiates this from the normal servers.

    After completing a few mundane tasks, I made my way to the Graveyard to gain a few levels. Of course too terrified to even peak out into the Commonlands, I had yet to see an enemy player, and was wrapping up a lengthy dialogue with a quest NPC. All of a sudden, time slowed down and my spider sense begin to warn me of impending danger. I leapt into action ready to unleash my skill....bah who am I kidding? I never even saw the guy coming. I was down on the ground in about a half second and didn't even have the heart to look at my parser. Ganked already by level 7!

    Gank the rest of the article at EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Ethec
  • This just in... Warhammer Online is coming in 2007.

    “’WAR’ is coming!” proclaimed Mark Jacobs, President and CEO at Mythic Entertainment. “We’re well into our first year of intensive design and development on the game that we believe will usher in the next generation of truly great MMO’s. With our expertise in RvR and a rich fantasy setting that is in a perpetual state of conflict, ‘WAR’ promises to be a game unlike any other.”

    “The core concept behind ‘WAR’ is simple – war is everywhere,” explains Lance Robertson, Producer of “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.” “This world, dominated by force of arms and magic, provides a wonderfully rich setting for an MMO. Our game will give player entrance into this world to experience the epic nature of war and the glory of battle. Every aspect of the game, including PvE content, is geared towards the greater war in some important way.”

    To learn more about “WAR,” visit the game’s newly redesigned website: www.warhammeronline.com. Sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive exclusive stories, art, and game information, as well as a chance to take part in the game’s beta test.

    It's really starting to look fantastic.

    Check our our Warhammer Online community!

    More news and info on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • EQ2's Power Rangers!

    The Rangers took quite a beating last Live Update. Slide debuts his EQ2 TenTonHammer cartoon with his take on what exactly happened with a behind-the-scenes look at the nerfing process.

    Laugh along with us at EQ2 - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Ethec
  • Want to destroy bad guys like a medieval Chuck Norris?

    Then try something else! If you want to smite evil and fill a vital group role, then the Paladin is for you. And we've just updated the Paladin guide! Savanja has the latest on the new level 1-20 spells, 61-70 spells, and new zones.

    So you want to be a holy warrior? Things are not always as easy they could be for the those that fight for what is right and good. This guide was created, and is updated with the hope that it will help those that wish to follow the Path of the Paladin.

    Check out the updated EQ2 - TenTonHammer Paladin Guide.

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Ethec
  • "Knights of Ni" he ain't!

    This week's featured artwork on Vanguard - DDO is a Dark Elf Dread Knight mounted on a armored horse making his way through a dank and dismal swamp region. Check out the latest exclusive piece of digital art courtesy of our very talented Vanguard community manager Niborea.

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Ethec
  • I'm a few days late on this one. It's hard to find the news area of their new website :) However.... The Gods and Heroes Official Forums has a short interview with Stieg Hedlund.

    Right now, what is your favorite part of Gods and Heroes?

    I really like the action combat. For example we've got a move called "the ladder" which involves jumping on the opponent's back and applying both a sleeper hold and a leg scissors until he passes out. It’s awesome both to see move from ancient pankration, a combination of boxing and wrestling, come to life in our game, as well as to see this type of intricate interaction in an MMO.

    More news and info on Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising.

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • We've got another special reward for everyone. With the release of the new patch, we've decided open the next beta session right now (10AM CST on March 16) for all testers and we'll be shutting it down early Wednesday morning (2AM CST on March 22). Enjoy!

    Check out our Auto Assault Community!

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
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