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  • "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
  • Everyone loves our Auto Assault loading bar messages - and now you have a chance to add to the collection with our Auto Assault Loading Bar Message Contest. Have a good post-apocalyptic euphemism or quippy one-liner to use? Submit it!

    Contest Details Here!

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • v14.105 of the Auto Assault beta client has been released and is available through the patcher or on the FTP site. You can read about all the things the patch fixes in the Patch Notes page. We've included the rest of the regional content, made some tournament changes and all sorts of mission changes.

    Patch Notes.

    See what's new at our Auto Assault Community!

    More news and info on Auto Assault.

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The Chronicles of Spellborn has jumped on the popular bandwagon of publishing a listing of developer postings in the forums.

    There's a great deal of great discussion going on at all times on our forums. In fact it can be difficult to pick out a thread to start posting in! To help you out we've selected a few interesting threads that might inspire you to put in your own comments!

    You can find the links Here.

    More news and info on The Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • GameCloud has a Pre-E3 Gods and Heroes article up for your viewing pleasure.

    The game itself is action oriented with just a little turn based gameplay in order to keep it from being a totally twitch based title. In watching the developers play the game itself it's clear that there will be some massive conflicts in Gods and Heroes. In one scene our group of characters encounters a city siege from the outside with Roman troops firing catapults and aiming their arrows against the enemy which includes huge giants that were seen throwing unlucky troopers around like rag dolls. Another mytholgical creature we saw in action was the three headed dog the Chimera who uses all three heads to make you and anyone else he doesn't like into mince meat.

    I've seen the news and the news is good. They also state that Perpetual will be handling all aspects of the game. SOE will simply PR, Market and Distribute the game.

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

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Well I'll be darned.

    There will be a more in-depth announcement coming soon but, in the meanwhile, I wanted to let our community know that this is not an error. Existing users can now open up their Account Manager and their accounts will now be working, allowing them to play Shadowbane for free! This does include those who had previously canceled accounts!

    If you've never played Shadowbane, you can download the client from Fileplanet. What does this mean for Shadowbane? I'm curious to see how they will be able to continue to fund the game without subscription plans or retail pricing.
    More news and info on Shadowbane.

    News
    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
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    First off, if you haven't visited the DDO Tavern Pick-up Lines Randomizer, then you better get your sorry self over there right now. You'll laugh. You'll cry.
    Macleans has posted an insightful article on gold farming and how it affects an online game. This is the first non-gaming print magazine article that I have read that has hit the topic dead-on and explained it to non-gamers in a way that should make perfect sense.

    "So what? you might think; these are just games. Except they aren't. Any place where thousands of people can move about trading goods and building property and killing people and so on is not a game, it is a world, and its residents are not players but members of a community. It is probably no longer terribly useful to divide the world into "virtual" and "real" aspects, as the realm of atoms and the realm of bits become drawn into an integrated system of technologies, institutions, and cultural products. We don't yet have a good name for this new world -- the "metaverse" and the "technium" are two attempted coinages -- but if gold farming is any indication, we have a good sense of what it will be like. For better and for worse, it will be just like the old world, but more so."

    Gold farming isn't going away any day soon, but perhaps if enough people voice their opinion servers will appear that are strictly enforced.
    There's gold in them thar games. Yosemite Sam says.


    What's New On TenTonHammer.com?



    Backstage passes that come with pick-up lines...
    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
    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."

    03.15.2006

    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Blessed Too Much - Tavern Etiquette

      "A dwarf walks into a bar...A good many jokes start with some variation on that theme, but it's no joke when you're unable to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons Online due to a few inconsiderate buffoons in the taverns. Darkgolem, in the guise of his gruff dwarf character, Thrumm, takes on the topic of tavern etiquette in an editorial that would make Emily Post proud."
    • World of Warcraft: City Guide - Ironforge

      "Not only is Ironforge the proud home city of World of Warcraft's dwarves and gnomes, its travel hub status and close proximity to high-end instances makes Ironforge a common destination for Alliance characters of any level. Get to know the Alliance's main midget-filled municipality with TenTonHammer's newest guide, which features a little Ironforge history, a conveniently-labelled map, directions to get to Ironforge for all the Alliance races, and a comprehensive quest list."
    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - The Guild Beyond The Game

      "A new  5 part series begins today on the History of Guilds, both in the real world and in MMO's."
       

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel keeps a printed version of the Internet.


    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Improve your in-game game!

    So you've had your fill of high adventure in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach 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'll toss you a perfect, randomly-generated icebreaker (courtesy of the TenTonHammer Randomizer) to set the mood!

    Here's a sampling (though we recommend extreme caution when using any of Ethec's lines!):

    - Someone better contact the Sovereign Host, I think they're missing an angel!
    - No, I'm not Warforged, but you're not the first to mistake me for a machine... a love machine, that is!
    - Did one of you ladies finish a quest? I'm the reward.
    - Look… a rogue! You better give your heart to me before he tries to steal it!

    And, sadly, there's plenty more where that came from at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
    Ethec
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