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  • Follow this sage advice!

    Want to become an expert spell slinger in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Darkgolem has the guide for you! Be the life of the party! Be the envy of all your friends! Be pop-pop-POPULAR!

    Ahem. Well, okay, we can't guarantee good parties or friends suffering from spell caster envy, but we can promise that using good tactics will make you a sought-after group member. In a game where grouping is the only way to advance, popularity's not such a bad thing.

    Using good tactics may be more important for spell casters than any other classes. This is because spell casters can affect the largest amount of targets at once. A badly placed spell can turn an easy fight into a struggle for survival for your whole party. However, a skillful spell caster, backed by a party of adventurers who work well together, can handle combat much more dangerous than normal.

    Read Priests & Magi: Expert Spell Casting at DDO - TenTonHammer... and watch your popularity soar!

    Wed, Mar 01, 2006
  • If Orgrimmar is the Horde capital, is Las Vegas the who... nevermind.

    We begin a new series of quick takes on World of Warcraft's most popular and most travelled cities and regions today with a veritable tour guide for Orgrimmar at WoW TenTonhammer. A little bit of the city's history, how each of the Horde races can get to Orgrimmar from their starting areas, an easy-to-read map (no little numbers), and a quest listing for the city, sorted by level. It's all here!

    A much easier way to find your way around town is to talk with the guards, the Orgrimmar Grunts. They'll mark many popular locations right on your minimap and full map, and point you the way. However, note the reagent vendor and orcish mount (wolf) vendor. These are two sought-after locations that you can't ascertain from a guard. (Troll mounts can be found at Sen'jin Village in southern Durotar.)

    Don't look like a noob in general chat - check WoW - TenTonHammer's Orgrimmar city guide!

    Wed, Mar 01, 2006
  • The Obelisk where the Lost Souls roam... no longer your EQ2 group's funeral home!

    Obelisk of Lost Souls, a dangerous and confusing mid-to-high level zone in EverQuest 2 requires multiple access quests, but is wonderfully built and underused.

    Savanja takes a peek at a definitely under utilized zone, the Obelisk of Lost Souls. With quest walk throughs, and fabulous maps done by the talented Slide, this is a guide to check out if you are wanting to head out and explore some of the lesser used zones.

    I made my way through the perilous Nektulos Forest, to the very northern most part, where the giants reside, and found a hidden scattering of shadowed men. These creatures were no matches for my mighty Monk skills, and they fell quickly to the harsh bash of my batons. And instantly, a purple cloud appeared, and I knew this was what I had been searching for. I stepped within the haze, and was magically ported into the Obelisk.

    Be the hero of your group by suggesting a visit to Obelisk soon. But don't get caught with your leg armor down, check out Ten Ton Hammer Guide to Obelisk of Lost Souls!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • All the News DDO Newbs Can Use!

    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.

    Let’s face it; we live in a gaming era ruled by World of Warcraft (WoW). No other massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG) can boast over 5 million players. And arguably, the secret to WoW’s success is the ease with which the game is played. But Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), released today by Turbine, Inc., is not a WoW clone. In fact, it’s not an anything clone; it is very much its own unique game.

    Given that, there will probably be a bit of a learning curve for those who venture into Stormreach expecting a garden variety MMOG. Yes, you’ll still find quest NPCs conveniently marked. Sure, the game has city maps to help you get from point A to point B. Of course there’s a brief tutorial to help you get the hang of wielding a weapon and slinging spells. But, beyond that, don’t expect DDO to be “easy.” It’s a whole new world.

    Read these guides at DDO - TenTonHammer and get informed!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Love and marriage... go together like a rogue and pwnage?

    Today is the last look at this month's topic for Tuesday's Take - Virtual Love & Marriage at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Who doesn't love to hear stories of couples falling in love, virtual or real? Are they all lovely stories with happy endings or are some more like something from a bad dream? I believe like anything, there are the good and the bad.

    Read Niborea's Take - Fairy Tales or Nightmares at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Not Since Driver's Ed Movies Have You Seen Such Carnage!

    It's launch day for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach 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?

    Download the video at DDO @ TenTonHammer and witness the savage truth!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • There's a new class on the official site. Lore-master hits the stage in a blaze of glory!

    Races: Man, Elf

    'This only would he say, that Imladris was of old the name among the Elves of a far northern dale, where Elrond the Halfelven dwelt, greatest of lore-masters.'

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

    A keeper of ancient lore and otherwise lost knowledge, the Lore-master uses his knowledge of the lesser and greater powers of the world around him to stave off the advances of the shadow for a time, and to treat the wounds and suffering of his companions. In dire need he can use this knowledge to hurt his foes; but this task being extremely difficult, a wise Lore-master would rarely attempt it.

    The Lore-master will be the class of choice for the player that enjoys using the power of ancient lore to aid their allies and hinder their foes. Steeped in the histories of Middle-earth Lore-masters are able to aid their fellows in recovering from maladies caused by the forces of the Dark Lord. They can also use their knowledge to daze, harm, or hinder their enemies, as well as give of themselves to strengthen another. Some Lore-masters are even said to be able to communicate with animals and request their aid. A Lore-master's combat style is anchored in the power of knowledge and using it intelligently to defeat evil.


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    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Johan Tenga has a new entry up at his Age of Conan blog

    So what do I mean when I say 'polished'? Seeing something without real graphics or with placeholders scattered around and seeing it complete with the correct graphics in the right environment is totally different. We spend quite some time working on versions with placeholders or things that aren't quite finished yet, so seeing something finished and 'polished' even if its just a small feature in the scope of the entire game is always nice!

    More News and Info on Age of Conan

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • I had to respond to BoomJack's Loading… this morning. Just the thought of someone questioning something that I believe in so wholly made me start twitching like a crack addict on a ten day detox. How can the DC Universe be made into a successful MMORPG? Let me tell you.

    First off, the key word in that question is Universe. Unlike City of Heroes (I have nothing but love so please forgive the following comments.) it's not limited to one city. You have an entire universe that the DC heroes protect. There is an unlimited amount of content that can be gleaned from this source.

    One of the smartest decisions that WB made was to create Justice League Unlimited. It opened up the genre to not only the common non-comic book reading person, but it also introduces us to a new cast of characters that not everyone would know about. Instead of the traditional Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash scenario, you are now looking at hundreds of possible characters to play with.

    Now, it's unlikely that the MMO will let you play the main characters from the Universe, simply because everyone is going to want to be Batman and you can't have 100,000 of them running around. It creates a lack of variety. However, why not start players out as sidekicks? Would I want to be Batman's sidekick? You bet your bippy I would. Players could focus on leveling them up to be a full blown hero.

    It's been mentioned that some of the comics will follow the game. Therefore it would be in a player's best interest to create their own unique character that could possibly be featured in a future issue of the JLA. I can see myself joining the Lanterns and defending troubled planets. The Green Lantern home world Oa becomes a new playing field.

    City of Heroes had a few pitfalls. One was the issue of licensing. Everyone wanted to make the Hulk or Captain Marvel. It obviously created problems. Also, the reward system made the game go stale after about a month of play. They could have made up a Universe of their own but they didn't have the resources that Sony will have for their DC product. You have upwards of seventy years of rich history to work with on this project.

    Would I like being a Green Arrow or a Black Canary? Sure I would. However, like any MMO, I want to create a character that is my own. It's enough for me to play in a world where these characters exist. I think that you will be surprised with what they are able to accomplish on this one. Am I worried that they won't do it right? I'm shaking in my pajama bottoms. However, saying that there isn't anywhere to go with this one is grossly untrue.

    Disagree with me? Tell Me About It.

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • Take out your rubber chicken and clown shoes?

    Caption Contest! - 2/27/06
    The archivists here at the RPSA have been going through many of the submissions from the past, cackling and whooping as they came up with oddball quotes describing the situations our past winners found themselves in. As nutty as our archivists are, we think you can do better! From Friday, February 27 to March 15, players can submit clever captions for any of the past RPSA winners pictured below -- we'll pick the best one for each picture! The winners of this contest will each receive a prize package consisting of a Sony PSP handheld gaming system and a SanDisk's Memory Stick PRO Duo™. Take out your rubber chickens and clown shoes -- it's time to make us laugh!

    You can go here to find out more. I'd do it for the PSP. I need something to occupy my downtime while I can't get onto my server!

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    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
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