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  • At a glance they look alot a-like. At a glance you're never certain who's being talked about if you're not familiar with the fact that they both work in the same industry at the same company. Both Richard "Lord British" and his brother Robert (CEO of NCsoft NA) have a chat with the people of Next Generation.

    And what are you guys going to be talking about at the summit?

    Richard: Well, to just dive right in, we’re making a presentation together that is based around working with your brother. And–

    Robert Garriott: More specifically all the reasons why you don’t want to do business with your brother.

    Richard: But, of course, he’s being sarcastic. There’s a long list pros and cons associated with that process. We also happen to be fortunate enough to go back to the beginning of the market. We have ways that have manifested painfully or productively over a pretty long period of time. So that’s the general nature of it, and we were just reviewing it, so it’s fresh in our minds.

    It's really really good. If you get a chance go take a look.

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • Yar Radio, the official station for Pirates of the Burning Sea has a series going on now about custom content for the game.

    Pirates of the Burning Sea is a unique MMO, in that we allow and encourage players to have their very own custom flags, sail patterns and even ships, incorporated into the game world. Many of our fans have already begun work on their creations, and some have even seen their work through our unique peer review program and accepted into the game as a lasting and permanent game play resource. We’ve been pleased to see the response to our User Content program, but it is important to us that everyone has a chance to participate in this exciting opportunity.

    With that said, this is what I want. Give me a Rainbow Monkey swinging three semi lucid squirrels while doing the macarena. I shall stand at the bow of my ship, wind blooowing in my hair, proudly sporting my flag.

    More News and Info on Pirates of the Burning Sea

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • NP Cube has set up the Ganareth Gazette for it's game Dark and Light.

    HE Gazette will keep you informed of the hottest events in the most comprehensive fashion. Straight from where the action takes place, our journalists do their best to get you the most from the world: Dragoon’s attacks, nobility and their escapades, shopkeepers in Zylaax and their financial scandals, sordid stories from the popular districts in Al-Drifa.. you will find it all in: The Ganareth Gazette !

    I can see the it now. Extra Extra, read all about our Hacker Issues, Our Server Downtime ... Poor guys.

    More Dark and Light News and Info

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • There's a new beta movie out for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. You can see this masterpiece at Worthplaying

    Adventurers have long travelled to the shrouded continent of Xen'drik to explore ancient ruins and discover the treasures hidden beneath. The bustling frontier city of Stormreach, a cauldron of ambition and secret plots, has grown on the edges of this dark and dangerous continent, safe and secure as the gateway to Xen'drik. But now danger threatens. Few explorers who set out adventuring the lands near Stormreach ever return, and those that do bring back only tales of death and destruction.

    If you love D&D Online, You'll love our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach site! Go take a look at the new guides!

    More News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
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    I was fortunate enough to have one of the best comedians on the planet doing a show a mere 30 minutes from my home on the weekend. Those of you of the Canadian persuasion will recognize the name Brent Butt. It's a funny name even for a comedian. For instance, how do you address him? Mr. Butt?
    Mr. Butt, or Brent as he is known in Canadian circles is the star of a comedy show called Corner Gas. In true Canadian fashion his television comedy gets a bigger rating (2.2 million viewers) than CSI. Go figure, we're a funny lot, in any number of ways.
    As my wife and I waited to enter the venue where the show was to take place I looked ahead in line and noticed something strange. A man was wearing a jacket with a huge, in your face, screaming out loud Viagra advertisement on it. This wasn't just a little patch on the should with the word Viagra. No sir, this was a gigantic blue pill that covered the entire back of the otherwise black jacket. As the line crept closer to walking billboard for erectile dysfunction I noticed a URL embroidered across the top of the coat. ( If you visit that link you will be stunned and amazed to find out that it leads to a NASCAR racing website. Just to be clear, a "good old boy" NASCAR driver, macho and full of testosterone is sponsored by a medication for erectile dysfunction. You can see how this show started out on the right foot before the comedians even strode on to the stage. I'm still wondering if the Roush Racing driver can 'get it up' to speed and 'really lay it down'.
    Neither of the comedians told any jokes about MMOGs, which came as a surprise to no one in the audience but me. Brent did comment on Bill Gates and his enormous fortune built on the computer industry. Apparently a magazine had written an article stating that the money had affected Gates mentally.
    "No kidding," exclaimed Butt. "If I had that kind of money I'd ride a giraffe down main street wearing a vikings helmet and swinging a bag of gophers," he exclaimed.
    I'm almost to the part that is relevant to this column, so just hold on one more sentence. He then went on to comment on the process of writing comedy. "You write what you know" he said.
    Game designers and journalists also fall into this trap. You write what you know. How much innovation have you seen in the MMOG market since EverQuest appeared on the scene? How many MMOGs have even attempted to step outside the fantasy or sci-fi genre? How many game sites set themselves apart from the crowd by doing something new?
    Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle has posted a great article on this very topic. If I were you, I'd check out MMORPG Design: Art or Science?
    Comments? Flames? Send them here!

    Game Movie: Red vs Blue: Switch

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel is the goalie for his darts team.

    Are games art or science? What does LFG mean? Should games be rated?

    Read on! You might learn something.
    Here's what's new on the network!

    • MMORPG Design: Art or Science?

      "Ever since Konami videogame designer Hideo Kojima's comment that "a videogame is not art", a debate has quietly roiled among developers and thinking gamers in forum boards across the internet. Most recently Raph Koster, SOE game designer, took Kojima's comment to task in a superb article that (somehow) wove itself into a critique of game reviewers like us! Nonetheless, Ethec has never been one to miss a party, so check out his industry outsider perspective as to whether MMORPG game design is an art or a science."
    • DDO Terminology: From A to Z

      "You can walk the walk...but can you talk the talk? When it comes to games, Dungeons & Dragons is arguably one of the more jargon-loaded. It's time to demystify some of those terms; at least the ones that apply to Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO)."
    • DDO: A MMOG By Any Other Rating

      "Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of Mature help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?"
    • Guild Wars: Oni-Style Monking

      "This monk build--designed for Tombs or GvG play--was designed by Oni, who is currently a member of the Angry Businessmens. Tried and true, with a little skill, this build can take you to Hall of Heroes or help your guild climb a few notches up the ladder."
    • EverQuest 2: Guide to Permafrost

      "Deep in the frozen plains of Everfrost lies something more terrible than frostbite, polar bears, and where they are keeping Walt Disney's head stored (yes I know it's a rumor).   The dungeon of Permafrost is a high level dungeon, home to the mighty dragon Vox, and a truckload of angry Ice Giants.   Savanja explores this zone, and walks away to tell the tale."

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

    As always, thanks for visiting,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • You Can Walk the Walk...But Can You Talk the Talk?

    When it comes to games, Dungeons & Dragons is arguably one of the more jargon-loaded. It's time to demystify some of those least the ones that apply to Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO).

    “Give me a DC25 UMD check.”

    “Make an opposed grapple check.”

    I asked Zed, one of DDO @ Ten Ton Hammer’s resident D&D aficionados, for some examples of D&D jargon. Those were the examples he gave me. My response was a slack-jawed, “Huh?”

    I learned that “Give me a DC25 UMD check” is something a dungeon master might say to ask a player to make a Use Magic Device roll versus a Difficulty Class of 25. (I don’t know about you, but I’m still saying, “Huh?”) An “opposed grapple check” is, according to Zed, “A combat option. Essentially a creature/player is attempting to grapple and pin another creature. Opposed checks are made. Each character/creature has a basic grapple score (BAB + Str +Other) and they add that to a d20.”

    Yeah, that makes sense. (I think.)

    Our handy reference at Ten Ton Hammer's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community site will have you talking like a DDO pro!

Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • Will unsupervised ankle-biters make it into your MMOG?

    Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of "Mature" help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?

    I’ve found that gamers come in all varieties, and age has nothing to do with maturity. I’d much rather deal with 10 pre-teen kids who accidentally KS my giant bats in the newbie zone than one 23-year-old griefer who repeatedly trains my group for kicks. I’ve grouped with very young gamers who play with skill and wisdom. Then again, I’ve grouped with 20-something gamers whose antics could’ve easily landed them a spot on MTV’s Jackass.

    Read Shalayn's editorial at the Ten Ton Hammer Lord of the Rings Online community site and decide for yourself!

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • Does a mild winter have you crying in your snow boots?

    Get your snow and frost fix from the folks at Ten Ton Hammer's EverQuest II Community Site! Deep in the snowy Norrathian land known as Everfrost, where the giant spiders and the Coca-Cola bears live, lies an enormous dungeon. This zone is home to the mighty dragon Vox and is crawling with angry Ice Giants. Why are they angry? It's freezing in there! You'd be mad too.

    As the story goes, the Lady Vox and the Lord Nagafen fell in love and wished to create a child of that love. It was forbidden that they mate, being dragons of opposing elements, and they were then imprisoned away from each other to keep a child from ever being brought to reality. The Lady Vox was imprisoned in the awe-inspiring caves of Permafrost, where she lived out the rest of her days, until her death, brought by one named the "Truthbringer", leaving her spirit behind to forever haunt her frozen kingdom. Her mate, Lord Nagafen was sent to Lavastorm and a good portion of the quests within these zones, brings to light their story.

    Savanja will be your tour guide as you experience all that Permafrost has to offer, only at Ten Ton Hammer EverQuest II community site!

    Sun, Jan 29, 2006
  • Wasn't Oni the mean boss punched out in that Johnny Cash song?

    Kinda, though that boss (and song) were dubbed "Oney" - that Oney was a jerk, and this Oni kicks ass! This strategy highlight was designed by Oni, a player with extensive experience. He shares with us one of his prefered monk builds along with suggestions for equipment and attributes.

    Use Orison of Healing as your primary healing spell, supplimented by Dwayna's Kiss and Healing Seed. Save Heal Other for the times when an ally is losing health quickly, and Heal Party for multiple team mates. Between Mend Ailment and Holy Veil, you can strip any hex or condition.

    Read the details at the Ten Ton Hammer Guild Wars site.

    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, EverQuest 2-style

    The pilot episode of what could be the greatest show in Norrath! Robynfiggle hosts this show as a tour guide through some of Norraths most expensive apartments along with his apprentice Mudbonk. Join them on a ride through Drychnath's house of luxury... I hope he doesn't notice that the cat is missing.

    Good evening and welcome to "Apartments you can't Afford" with your host Robynfiggle and his inarticulate assistant Mudbonk.

    Robynfiggle: Thank you, thank you, and welcome to "Apartments you can't Afford". I'm Robynfiggle, your highly acclaimed tour guide and today we'll be walking you...

    * A large meaty finger heavily taps the gnome on the shoulder.

    Robynfiggle: What do you want?
    Mudbonk: You not introduce me!

    Enjoy the newest fun feature at TenTonHammer's EverQuest 2 community site!

    Sat, Jan 28, 2006
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