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    Samyel has just fixed up the Elementalist Fire and Air skills on the Guild Wars @ TenTonHammer community site, adding them to small but growing list of updated areas. Go check them out, and if (Dwayna forbid!) you find any errors, please let her know using the site's forums!

    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Ethec
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    With so much going on in the MMOG industry it should be easy to pick a topic to write about each day. If only that were true. Sometimes you hit upon a topic like the GLBT lawsuit against Blizzard or viral marketing by NVidia that touch a nerve with readers and give this editorial space value. Other days I draw a blank. Welcome to a blank day. A day where I have to dig around like a gopher on groundhog day, pretending that I have something to contribute when really I'm just poking my head above the ground.
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    Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the man behind the Ultima series was recently interviewed at GameSpot. He is always an interesting person to listen to. If you listen closely, you are always certain to hear something that changes your perception of massively multiplayer online games. During the GameSpot interview he had this to say,

    "If you look at all online games up until the most recent big ones like World of Warcraft, they are fundamentally in the same model as Ultima Online and EverQuest were in the earliest days. It's just that World of Warcraft is really nicely done. The user interface is expertly crafted, and the visuals are expertly crafted, but the model of its structure is not unusual even after seven years of development since Ultima Online.
    I personally find that kind of disappointing and am a bit dumbfounded that people have strayed from that first model so little. Tabula Rasa does not feel at all like one of these current online games. My criticism of all online games to date is that they are all very slow. They're all a level grind. They all reward extraordinary devotion to the game and not much else. And so, even though the segment is still growing at about 100 percent per year, and has since the day Ultima Online launched, I still think that they have only touched on the smallest beginning of a threshold of where it can [exist] as an art form. I hope to prove that with the release of Tabula Rasa. "

    He's correct of course, that with the possible exception of Guild Wars which allows you to start the game with a full level, albeit skill reduced character, that the MMOGs out there for you to choose from are level grinds. Of course, Lord British is well aware that it is this very level grind in its various forms and varioius channels that keeps the player glued to the screen. Investment is in my humble opinion the key to the success of massively multiplayer online games. Sure, the social aspect is a big piece of the puzzle and contributes to the lure of the games, but I have yet to see a player say, "Just one more friend and I'll log for the night." Giving players a variety of level grinds like crafting, factions and guild progression is the stickiness that gives a MMOG longevity.
    How will Tabula Rasa change this? I really have no idea. We were allowed to see so little of it during our E3 interview that commenting on the game was difficult at best. We were not given the impression that this game was revolutionary. Tabula Rasa will have another year of development under its belt this year and we are going to be there to see it. I'm excited about this title and I hope that it ends up on my E3 interview list, but I bet one of the other editors at TenTonHammer.com will bat their eyes and get the good stuff, leaving me with Toon Town as my big name coverage title.
    If you have read this far, you are hard-core. I applaud you. This has been a dry and not very informative column. Let's spice it up with some work from an editor I consider one of the best around, Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle. Richard Garriott mentioned that that game design is an art form. Jeff wondered about that himself and wrote MMORPG Design: Art or Science?
    There, I left you with something of substance. I feel better. Now I need to get another level and not necessarily another friend.
    Comments? Flames? Send them here!




    Game Movie: She's Too Fat For Me
     




    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: When Vin Diesel jumps through a window, the glass doesnt shatter. It moves out of the way.




    From inventory space to skill lists. That's "I" to "S" for those of you keeping track. It's all new, today on TenTonHammer.com.

    Read on! Let us entertain you!
    Here's what's new on the network!
    02.09.2006

    • Vanguard: New Artwork - Druid at Sea

      "Which part of 'New Artwork - Druid at Sea' didn't you understand?"
    • Auto Assault: Terminator Skill Listing

      "Wondering how in the world Terminators make things explode?

      You've come to the right place! Fresh from the latest build of the Auto Assault beta we bring you the full skill listing for the Terminator class. Everything from how to make your enemies hit you for less and make you hit them for more!"
    • Guild Wars: Elementalist Fire/Air Skills

      "We've done more updates to the skill lists. All Fire and Air skills are now accurate for the current game."
    • Bags in World of Warcraft

      ""Inventory is full." No other message brings a faster end to a quest chain run or a profitable instance crawl than this one... well, except for a server shutdown message. This guide is all about increasing your inventory space. Are there simple quests for decent bags? How difficult is it to tailor your own bags? What are soul bags, quivers, and shot pouches? It's everything you need to know about bags at WoW @ TenTonHammer!"

    02.08.2006

    • Vanguard: Wardrobe, Looking Glass, Login Screen - Virtual Memories Part 1

      "Merriandra takes a look into the virtual world that many deem " Only a game" First of a 4 part series"
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Quest Journal #4

      "Shayalyn and Ralsu take a seemingly simple job of protecting a crate of goods in Kenebrooke's basement. Along with their new companions, a paladin and a sorcerer, they are confronted by and entire gang of thieves intent on destroying the crate and killing them. Their adventure will reveal important Dungeons & Dragons Online quest details to the careful reader. Did they defeat the bandit raiders? Read the journal and find out!"
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Race Guide - Halfling

      "Ralsu supplies us with the essential information to understand another playable race in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. They're small and resourceful, nimble and curious. They're halflings!"
    • EVE Online - Missions Explained

      "Like a man on a mission, "The General" brings us some interesting info on getting the type of mission you want in EVE Online, and Ethec joins in for the color commentary. The result? A pretty darn good guide about one of the least understood aspects of the game: missions!"

     


    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, Feb 09, 2006
    Boomjack
  • "Inventory is full."

    No other message brings a faster end to a quest chain run or a profitable instance crawl in World of Warcraft than this one... well, except for a server shutdown message. This guide is all about increasing your inventory space. Are there simple quests for decent bags? How difficult is it to tailor your own bags? What are soul bags, quivers, and shot pouches?

    At no time during the game will you feel the need for a bag moreso than in the first 10 levels, especially if you don't get some high-level help with coin or bags. If you lack a sugar daddy (or mommy), no worries; just remember to sell off unneeded items every time you're near a vendor and you'll be fine. Really, all bags do is extend your time in the field and, until you leave the "newbie garden," this really shouldn't be an issue.

    You start with a 16-slot bag, and if by level 7 you haven't looted two more 6-slot bags, I'd be very surprised. Crank out those quests, kill mobs while in transit, and before long you'll have some serious transit space. As you finish out the series of quests in the newbie zone, you'll likely be asked to travel into a mine or cavern of some sort. This area represents the first true challenge to your container space, so be sure to empty out your bags before you dive in.

    Here's everything you need to know about bags and containers, only at WoW @ TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is it "just a game"?

    Merriandra, writer for our Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - TenTonHammer site,
    takes a look at the real emotional impact of a virtual world.

    "It's only a game." I've used those four words myself, without really thinking about their implications. Once, my boyfriend's guild had carefully strategized and planned for a raid in the Plane of Fear, in pre-expansion Norrath. They had several hours of painstaking success before the entire raid was slaughtered, thanks to a train brought by a careless late arrival. The boyfriend (who is now my husband) slammed his fists on the desk and pushed his chair away, frustrated and angry.

    How virtual is your virtual world? Examine your assumptions at Vanguard - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Ethec
  • Did you bring protection?

    In Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, Shayalyn and Ralsu take a seemingly simple job of protecting a crate of goods in Kenbrooke's basement. They are confronted by and entire gang of thieves intent on destroying the crate and killing them:

    My spectral companion growled into the gloom once more and we spotted more brigands making their way toward us, trying to use stealth to remain undetected. Several of them were upon us quickly, and I saw both Ralsu and Aloyce take punishing blows from the thugs. I drew back, chanted an incantation, and healed them each by turn. Calten hung back in a corner, whispering his own magical words, and I watched as several bolts of magic tore into the flesh of the bandits, the manifestation of his spell.

    How did our intrepid adventurers survive the ordeal? Read Quest Journal #4 at DDO - TenTonHammer to find out!

    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Ethec
  • Hairy footed, or hugely hearted?

    Ralsu supplies us with the essential information to understand another playable race in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. They're small and resourceful, nimble and curious. They're halflings!

    Halflings are cunning survivalists who choose adventure as a way to acquire the wealth and luxury they revere. Most seek to avoid physical confrontation, relying on wit and reflexes to survive. Their trust in their skills permits them to demonstrate bravery even in desperate situations.

    Learn more about halflings at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Ethec
  • Data Node One has the community uplink ready for your perusal. I wonder how this game is coming along since SOE took over the reigns. I'll have to check it out one of these days... yes.. one of these days.

    More News and Info on The Matrix Online

    News
    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Oh Love is in the air and it's name is EVIL!

    Valentine's Day Event
    Wednesday, February 8, 2006

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, can love truly conquer all in a City of Heroes and Villains? That’s the question being asked in Pocket D. Wyvern is keeping tabs on all active parties, trying to discover what each one wants. See their report here.

    DJ Zero hosts two new contacts, Ganymede and Scratch, until the morning of February 22nd

    Just kidding I'm all about the love baby! And just so you feel that love too.. *puts Barry White on* My darlin I, can't get enough of your love baby...

    More News and Info on City of Villains

    News
    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Dutch Rock group Within Temptation is going to be providing exclusive songs for the upcoming MMO Chronicles of Spellborn.

    The Hague, The Netherlands, February 8, 2006 Dutch rock sensation Within Temptation and game developer Spellborn NV announced a groundbreaking new partnership today.

    Within Temptation will be providing exclusive songs to be featured in the worldwide in-game introduction events surrounding the release of the upcoming online PC game The Chronicles of Spellborn. This is the first time in history a platinum-selling rock band and the developers of a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game have announced such collaboration, marking a new era in the fusion of the arts of music and making games.

    Next, I want to see Aerosmith doing tunes for WoW.

    More news and info on Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I feel the coming of the apocalypse and it's name is Ipod. World of Warcraft is no exception to it's hypnotic spell of destruction.

    World of Warcraft Trailers for New iPod - Block on 2/07/06
    You can now download a variety of World of Warcraft trailers for the new iPod at Apple's games website. Click here to grab the World of Warcraft E3 2005, Battlegrounds, Zul'Gurub, and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade trailers, all specially formatted for playback on Apple's new video-capable iPod.

    Apple thy name is Lucifer! Ok ok it's not all that bad. I'm just bitter that I'm not cool / geeky enough to be into the Apple scene. You can get the trailers Here.

    The only place you need to go for World of Warcraft Info

    Ok the second place you can go for News and Info on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
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