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  • Ahoy there Mateys! New Screenshots be up at the Official Pirates of the Burning Sea website.

    Take a moment to check them out. There's lots of blue. Yes.. very blue.

    Pirates of the Burning Sea News and Info

    News
    Tue, Jan 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • In probably one of the hardest to read formats I've ever seen in my entire life, Krel's Library has an interview up with an anonymous developer regarding the status of the Realms of Torment / Mourning MMO. It's on again off again status clearly does not er.. clear up with the interview. But it's a good read anyway.

    News
    Tue, Jan 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • When CNN leads with Cheerleading injuries on the rise Good God Man! What is the world coming to? However will we win that game if Becky Sue doesn't get over her sprained pelvis?

    I laugh and I joke, however, as everyone knows this is the time of the year when all of the developers collapse from the sheer stress of the Holiday Rush. So the result of said collapse is a decidedly lack of good postable news.

    Please bear with us in this "dry" time. I promise lots more sarcastic, droll, witty, bitchy comments.

    News
    Tue, Jan 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
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    Six new servers.
    Three words that speak volumes about the continued success of World of Wacraft. Many of you will remember the pre-WoW years. When debates raged as to whether EverQuest 2 or World of Warcraft would become the new King of the Hill. (Giggity giggity giggity)
    The EverQuest 2 fans preached that the realistic graphics were the way to the promised land. EQ2 would have a backstory with pedigree that was sure to make it top dog in the MMOG world. World of Warcraft fans wore placards with "The game is fun!" and "Blizzard can do no wrong!".
    There is no doubt who won the battle. World of Warcraft boasts over five million subscribers and is adding new servers to the already immense farm on a regular basis. EverQuest 2 is arguably a game in decline.
    Nicole and Nikki take a look at what is to come in 2006. I don't see anything there that can dethrone WoW, but I've been wrong before. Is there a WoW killer on the horizons? Let us know.
    Day Old Comic - If you missed the comic yesterday, it's still there. We like to call it a "pre-enjoyed" version, titled "Other Work".
    Here's what's new on the network!

    • Hottest MMOG Releases of 2006

      " Now that you've stumbled out of that drunken Christmas gluttony and all of the turkey sandwiches are consumed, it's time to look forward to what's coming up in the New Year.  The pickings have been slim this year. I'm not saying that these are terrible games; they aren't. However, it's time for something fresh and something that will take us out of this box. The 2006 stocking looks like it's going to be bulging with a plethora of new games for us to devour.  Will these new and shiny toys knock our socks off or will they end up on the shelf of dour disappointment? "
    • Vanguard: Game Terms 101

      " Are you new to MMOs or just a bit rusty on what all those terms mean? VTTH presents Game Terms 101 to help you decipher what is being said around you as you wander into Telon and other gaming worlds."
    • Guild Wars: Invici Monk

      "Ever wondered how invinci-monks work? Short on gold? Tired of pick-up-groups that leave you slamming your head against the keyboard while blinded with tears of despair? Guest writer HgFalling has provided a detailed description of how the invinci-monk functions for your reading pleasure. Click here to learn more about this poweful build."
    • Guild Wars: Welcome to Ascalon 101

      "
      This is not a walk-through. It may seem like one at first, but it's not. I'm not going to tell you how to do every quest, and I'm not going to take you step-by-step through pre-sear. That would be extremely boring, and if you managed to install the game without setting your house on fire, you can figure your way through most of the tutorial it without my help.
      These are answers to the questions I found were frequently asked in pre-sear Ascalon, with special attention to the things that were being answered incorrectly or inadequately. If you're new to Guild Wars, I hope this helps you. If you're experienced at Guild Wars, this will probably be stuff you figured out already, so why not go read our selection of articles and strategy highlights?"
    • Vanguard: Snow Days in Paris

      " Our virtual tour of the Vanguard community continues as the year draws to a close with Vanguard Mondes-Persistants. You will remember that we began this stroll through the Affiliated Sites in September with RP Union - they have remodeled since our visit, you might wish to stop by again. We then moved in October to look about Silky Venom and see what their staff of writers has been working on. Last month, November, Raya helped to show us around Vanguard Stratics and now, as the snow falls in Paris, our path brings us to a holiday conversation with Gardomyn. "
    • DDO: Breaking The Holy Trinity Mold

      " An understanding of the Pen and Paper game and its followers should give us the answer. As an avid player in a number of campaigns I can tell you that with the right mindset you can get away with not having a healer, or a crowd controller, or even a tank. (Although not having a tank is pushing it a bit far.)  D&D’s class system alone can change the thinking of a player. Having a cleric – the traditional holy trinity healer – stand toe to toe with a giant, wielding a flaming great sword and wearing full plate armor isn’t a sight you see in many MMOG’s. Yet in D&D it’s possible, in fact not only is it possible, but with the right set of spells running the cleric can out tank the tank quite easily."
    • Auto Assault: Clan Spotlight Interview - 1st Mechanized Infantry

      " Want to join up with the Biomek army? Well 1stMI can recruit you within their ranks! That is, of course, assuming you want to go through the horrible process of bio-mechanization. Hey, you only have to do it once right? Joking aside, 1stMI is an awesome group of people who not only enjoy Auto Assault but many other games as well. That's why we've gone behind the scenes to get the full scoop on them, straight from the mouth of 1stMI's guild leader! So if you want to find out more about the 1st Mechanized Infantry to help with that hard decision on which side you should ally up with, check it out here!"
    • What's In The Can of Spam?

      " If you've ever wandered into the Non-Gameplay section of the forums you know who Asterothrax is.  Touting his mighty 12k post count his ability to comment on almost anything is unchallenged.   What is it, however,that is behind the "w0rd?"  Most people who frequent Asterothrax's posts also aren't aware he is a high end player, raider, and overall veteran MMO player.    Utilizing my numerous "connections" I arranged for me to sit down and pick Aster's brain.   After we bandaged up his head and he stopped screaming I asked him some questions to get a little more insight into what goes on in his mind.   Unusual?  Undoubtedly.  Insightful?  Indeed.   At some points terrifying?   Totally.   Prepare yourself...."
    • EVE: Training Time Converter

      "The idea of an offline training system like EVE's might throw some new players for a loop. We now offer a simple utility script that will calculate exactly when (in your local date and time) your skill training will be completed, using the countdown timer values."

    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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    Tue, Jan 03, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Everything you wanted to know about what was being said on the boards all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. The List consists of forums URLs where Blizzard Staff has posted, answered questions or made general comments. Check it out!

    The best place to find World of Warcraft Info and Guides!

    Other News and Info on World of Warcraft

    News
    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The devs at Chronicles of Spellborn were busy this weekend. First, we have a whole new batch of screenshots to drool over at MMORPG.com. Second, Coen Neessen, the Lead Game Designer for The Chronicles of Spellborn has written a comprehensive article on the Skill and Combat system.

    Tactical Choices
    What we are doing with the combat system in TCoS is to increase the effect of tactical choices made by the player during combat. Furthermore we think that too many games use a combat system that is too dependent on damage outcome using formulas and percentages that sort of take away player control, and can take away the joy of victory. For instance this can be especially true of a combatant who wins due to a lucky streak of critical hits, or by using a weapon which does random bonus damage.

    Happy reading Peeps!

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News and Info

    News
    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • GamerGod wraps up it's three part interview with Everquest 2 Community Manager BlackGuard.

    Nine: Being part of the creative team involved with EQ2, would you say you have more of an advantage than the average player has in terms of knowing plot details for storylines, NPC’s for quest turn ins, and general information that the average consumer has to find out on their own?

    I have the ability to take advantage of the information available to me, but that usually ruins the fun. To be honest, if I get stuck on a quest, I do the same thing that everyone else does (ask in guild chat, bug people in the "LFG" channel on our server that nobody looks for a group in, or hit up a website with spoilers).

    In terms of lore and plotlines, I probably do know a little more than the average player. That may change in the future as we start releasing more and more lore as weekly features. EverQuest II has a heck of a lot of lore to it, and we want people to know more about it because the stories are part of the heart of the game.

    zips her mouth shut to refrain from the comment hovering on her lips

    The Best Darned EQ2 Site EVER!

    Other Info and News about EverQuest 2

    News
    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
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    Happy New Year folks!
    The first Loading... of 2006 is upon us. Many would write about what happened in 2005, but that's the past, history, old news, Martha Stewart if you will. Many would write about what is to come, the future, the hopes, Vin Diesel if you will.
    I'll have none of that. There is a far more important issue on the stove and it needs to be addressed. Someone typed something in World of Warcraft general chat that made me think. Yes, it's hard to believe and yes, many of you are shrugging this off as a halucination induced by sleep deprivation, but you would be wrong. Some brilliant piece of work typed the following, spelling errors and all, into general chat, in the Barrens no less: " U can't raid in WoW inless u use vent or TS its impossible". On the bright side he didn't type "unpossible".
    For those of you that have been in forced confinement the reference to "vent or TS" is a reference to voice communications. Rather than tapping away on a keyboard to communicate with the rest of the raid the players can communicate via voice. I have no idea how you enunciate "U" instead of "you" or "Ur" instead of "you're", but there you have it, and it's what all of the cool kids are doing.
    Let's get the facts out first. I have never raided in World of Warcraft. I did raid extensively in EverQuest with one of the most efficient guilds going at the time. We did everything and we did it first. Perhaps World of Wacraft raids are an order of magnitude more difficult than EverQuest raids, but I have my doubts.
    If the raids aren't more difficult then what is the problem? Why is voice communication required?
    WoW players are a unique breed, or at least, many of them are. Many of them are unique, put that in your hat and think about it for a bit. WoW's success is partially due to the fact that anyone can play it. Unlike EverQuest or Final Fantasy XI or the slew of other MMOGs out there, World of Warcraft is a game in which anyone can find their groove. Whether you are a new player of MMOGs or a veteran, you can pick up WoW and play. This leads to an interesting melting pot of player types.
    There is a vocal group that will latch on to the most inane saying and repeat it indefinately until they either pass out or hear another saying they prefer more. Enter Goldshire or The Barrens and you are sure to hear people blathering on about Chuck Norris, screaming FROST SHOCK in capital letters, or otherwise acting like Rainman. Definately not someone to group with, definately. Definately not someone to group with, definately.
    There is another vocal group that was born with a gene that forcibly stops them from reading quest instructions. You will find them in just about all zones asking where a quest mob is. After asking, and being answered repeatedly, they will spout some gibberish about the game being too hard and that nobody in WoW helps anyone else.
    You will also find the hardcore group lurking in the instances and gaining levels faster than Kirstie Alley fills her plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
    What does this have to do with voice communications you ask? Here is my theory...
    Before World of Warcraft attracted the masses, those that chose to raid were hardcore players who put the social aspect of the game behind the need for accomplishment. They understood that paying attention to the leader's orders, eyes glued to the chat window, was the path to success. They refrained from typing anything into the chat window, for fear that it might break the focus of the group. They had played together as group members to reach the highest level in the game, not necessarily because they wanted to, but because you could not solo. They were forced to become good group members and raiders by the mechanics of the game. They were forced to understand how their class fit into the group picture in order to continue playing. The game itself trained them to be ready for what was going to be thrown at them in the end-game.
    Then came World of Warcraft, where you rarely see a group formed outside of instances. Players solo to level 60 and then attempt to raid. They have never built and refined the skills necessary to act in a group. When it comes to raiding they simply don't know how to act. Many of them simply don't care about the other players in their group or raid as they never interact with them outside of that environment. The solo mentaility has become imprinted on their gameplay style.
    The game mechanics of WoW that take the player to level 60 are very different than the ones in place when you attempt to raid. The game trains players new to the genre how to be a poor group member and raiders, then throws them into the midst of the veteran raiders in a Frankensteinish soup that is destined to turn out badly. The old school raiders are forced to educate the newcomers in a freakish battle of ideologies. The mere fact that if you join a group and heal someone else they weep with joy and disbelief is testament to the mindset of many non-raid WoW players. I don't envy the veterans and their uphill battle to form raid competent groups.
    Maybe the Barrens Monkey had it right when he typed that you can't raid in WoW without voice communications, but I am going to be very disappointed if I find out that he was right.
    New Comic - We have posted a new comic titled, "Other Work".
    Here's what's new on the network!

    • Guild Wars: Welcome to Ascalon 101

      "
      This is not a walk-through. It may seem like one at first, but it's not. I'm not going to tell you how to do every quest, and I'm not going to take you step-by-step through pre-sear. That would be extremely boring, and if you managed to install the game without setting your house on fire, you can figure your way through most of the tutorial it without my help.
      These are answers to the questions I found were frequently asked in pre-sear Ascalon, with special attention to the things that were being answered incorrectly or inadequately. If you're new to Guild Wars, I hope this helps you. If you're experienced at Guild Wars, this will probably be stuff you figured out already, so why not go read our selection of articles and strategy highlights?"
    • Vanguard: Snow Days in Paris

      " Our virtual tour of the Vanguard community continues as the year draws to a close with Vanguard Mondes-Persistants. You will remember that we began this stroll through the Affiliated Sites in September with RP Union - they have remodeled since our visit, you might wish to stop by again. We then moved in October to look about Silky Venom and see what their staff of writers has been working on. Last month, November, Raya helped to show us around Vanguard Stratics and now, as the snow falls in Paris, our path brings us to a holiday conversation with Gardomyn. "
    • DDO: Breaking The Holy Trinity Mold

      " An understanding of the Pen and Paper game and its followers should give us the answer. As an avid player in a number of campaigns I can tell you that with the right mindset you can get away with not having a healer, or a crowd controller, or even a tank. (Although not having a tank is pushing it a bit far.)  D&D’s class system alone can change the thinking of a player. Having a cleric – the traditional holy trinity healer – stand toe to toe with a giant, wielding a flaming great sword and wearing full plate armor isn’t a sight you see in many MMOG’s. Yet in D&D it’s possible, in fact not only is it possible, but with the right set of spells running the cleric can out tank the tank quite easily."
    • Auto Assault: Clan Spotlight Interview - 1st Mechanized Infantry

      " Want to join up with the Biomek army? Well 1stMI can recruit you within their ranks! That is, of course, assuming you want to go through the horrible process of bio-mechanization. Hey, you only have to do it once right? Joking aside, 1stMI is an awesome group of people who not only enjoy Auto Assault but many other games as well. That's why we've gone behind the scenes to get the full scoop on them, straight from the mouth of 1stMI's guild leader! So if you want to find out more about the 1st Mechanized Infantry to help with that hard decision on which side you should ally up with, check it out here!"
    • What's In The Can of Spam?

      " If you've ever wandered into the Non-Gameplay section of the forums you know who Asterothrax is.  Touting his mighty 12k post count his ability to comment on almost anything is unchallenged.   What is it, however,that is behind the "w0rd?"  Most people who frequent Asterothrax's posts also aren't aware he is a high end player, raider, and overall veteran MMO player.    Utilizing my numerous "connections" I arranged for me to sit down and pick Aster's brain.   After we bandaged up his head and he stopped screaming I asked him some questions to get a little more insight into what goes on in his mind.   Unusual?  Undoubtedly.  Insightful?  Indeed.   At some points terrifying?   Totally.   Prepare yourself...."
    • EVE: Training Time Converter

      "The idea of an offline training system like EVE's might throw some new players for a loop. We now offer a simple utility script that will calculate exactly when (in your local date and time) your skill training will be completed, using the countdown timer values."

    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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    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
    Boomjack
  • TenTonHammer wishes you and yours the Happiest of New Years! Here's to 2006 and all the exciting things to come!

    Sun, Jan 01, 2006
    Ralphedelominius
  • Don't say that you never get anything for free.
    MMORPGDot.com
    has the final of there "Free Games Round-up of 2005".

    Here it is, kids, the LAST FREE GAMES ROUND-UP OF 2005!!! I can't believe
    it's almost been a whole month since this column began. Over the two previous
    installments we've laughed, we've cried, we've found love... but mostly we've
    cried. Well, break out your hankies folks, because we're going out in style!

    There are a total of 9 games with stuff for you!
    Check it out!
    Happy New Year Everyone!

    News
    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
    LadySirse
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