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Jeff, Phil, Karen and I will be attending E3 this week. It will be fascinating to see what the show has become. The once loud, proud, draw a big crowd show has changed to what appears to be a non-show. Publishers have built their own fortresses of solitude, isolated from the rest of the industry, buried deep in the bowels of hotel suites across Santa Monica.
It was sometimes difficult to weave through the masses packed into the L.A. Convention Center, but at least the publishers were all in the same place. Our team didn't need to fight L.A. traffic to get to the next interview. That may not be the case this time around. I'm optimistic that the short cab rides will be uneventful, but you just never know what will happen in L.A. traffic.
It will be challenging to reply to all of the e-mail that I receive this week, but I'll do my best. Likewise, Loading... may be truncated into an E3 at a glance column.
Wish me luck. Think good thoughts. I'll do my best to answer any questions you have as soon as I can get to my email.
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Age of Conan: Editorial - Looking Past The 'M'
"Cody "Micajah" Bye steps back from the glittery gore surrounding recent previews of Age of Conan: Hyborean Adventures, and instead offers traditional MMORPG gamers a few new reasons to like Funcom's upcoming MMORPG based on the popular fiction of Robert E. Howard."
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Custom Build - Shadow Warrior
"The Shadow Warriors of House Phiarlan are the epitome of stealth; silent, deadly, and undetectable. Find out how to make this dragonmarked elven warrior with Darkgolem's newest build!"
EverQuest 2: Housing Guide
"Housing options in EverQuest II are nearly unlimited, but it isn't always easy to find which types of housing will fit you best. Don't waste time running around in game trying to figure it all out, check this housing guide first and save yourself time and the frustration! We've listed potential housing options by city and zone and have listed address, type of housing, and costs. This is real estate shopping made simple!"
EverQuest 2: Race Guide Update
"With so many race options in EverQuest II, choosing a race can be a difficult decision! Let Ten Ton Hammer help you out with our peek at each of the races of Norrath. This overview comes complete with screenshots (including the SOGA models), a description, the starting stats, and has recently been updated with the newest race, the Arasai!"
Lord of the Rings Online: Captain's Trait List
"Leading valiant warriors into battle, nothing bolsters the morale of a fellowship like a Captain. Without knowing their capabilities however, they bring disasters to the group. Fortunately, Ten Ton Hammer has your up to date skill list including all applicable traits to this powerful class."
"Continuing his series of free to play MMORPGs, Cody "Micajah" Bye takes on one of gPotato's long list of cross-Pacific transplants, Rappelz. Boasting beautiful anime-inspired character models and otherworldly settings, Rappelz is one of the best looking f2p fantasy MMOGs we've seen. But how does it play? Read Cody's review to find out!"
Vanguard: Ooo! Aaah! Uh-oh!
"What do 4th of July fireworks displays, NASCAR races, circuses and MMORPGs have in common? They're all thrilling because of the danger factor. Shayalyn talks about how a sense of danger makes MMOs exciting in this week's Shay's Treehouse."
Vanguard: Drox And Hellfist
"Drox has updated his very popular UI to version 2.1.3, and Hellfist has upped DroxUI with Options 2.1.3 as well."
Vanguard: INI Optimization Guide
"We've updated our Guide to ini Optimization to incorporate the bUseEfficientTextures command as recommended by SOE developers. The templates should now work for everyone, and you can tweak them further for your liking."
Vanguard: Shaman Tuurgin Skills
"We've updated 20 of the Tuurgin skills. The most notable changes are that Deafening Roar is now a single target spell and that Gnashing Bite lasts for 45 seconds."
Warhammer Online: July Gallery
"Weapons, weapons... and more weapons! This month's gallery is chalk full of weapons for all you WAR fans to drool over. We've got tons of new images for the Knight of the Blazing Sun, as well as Praag images that you've already seen."
Wiki: War World, Terms Update and Release Dates Update
"The Ten Ton Wiki received new updates today. A new page for the mech-fighting game "War World" was added. Several new terms have found a home on our MMORPG Terms Glossary page and the Release Dates page received a small update."
Wiki: EverQuest Online Adventures
"The Ten Ton Wiki has been updated to include a new page for the Playstation 2 MMORPG EverQuest Online Adventures. This game is one of the few MMORPGs available on a platform other than a PC."
World of Warcraft: Horde Leveling Guide
"To work your way through most of level 31, we are going to visit one of my favorite zones, Stranglethorn Vale. The whole zone is packed full of quests and MOBs and it is never boring. The only issue with the zone is the fact that if you are on a PvP server it can be a nightmare to get anything done in the zone, because everyone and their dog is there (or in WoW's case every hunter and their pet cat)."
World of Warcraft: Ventrilo Harassment
"Due to the 4th of July, our Topic of the Week will run short this week, but it's a pretty good one! You know those hilarious catchphrases like Leroy Jenkins and Chuck Norris? Well there is a new one on the rise and we take a look it and ask your opinion on catchphrases as a whole this week!"
World of Warcraft: Karazhan Guide - Curator
"Our Karazhan guide was updated with information and tips on how to tackle on the Curator! Wondered what to expect from him, or if you need lots of Arcane resist, or what your offtank should expect? Check out our guide for that and more!"
World of Warcraft: Karazhan Guide - Shade of Aran
"Having trouble fighting the Shade of Aran? don't know exactly how Flamewreath works, or how his Blizzard has been killing off your raid? Check out our newly updated Karazhan Guide with all the information you need to fight this boss!"
World of Warcraft: Rogue Guide Update
"Our Rogue guide has been updated to reflect the various popular talent builds and their uses. The talent builds themselves have been moved out of the guide to make it easier for the community to submit and edit the builds as they see fit."
World of Warcraft: Shaman Guide Update - Totems
"We have started a new guide within our Shaman Guide that gives the details you've always wanted to know about totems. Not just their effects, but how to use them and other helpful tips and tactics that you should know. This is an ongoing series so be sure to check back often for updates."
World of Warcraft: Shaman Guide Update - Basics
"Our Shaman guide has an update today to its basics page. We've revamped the entire page with all new information that gives you a good rundown of what the Shaman class does. Is the Shaman class right for you? What professions to choose? What are totems? These questions and more are answered in our new Shaman Basics section!"
World of Warcraft: Blog - Is The Holy Trinity All It's Cracked Up To Be?
"In this blog entry I look at the ideas that you must have the holy trinity for a good group (Protection Warrior, Mage and Holy Priest) and that all Pick Up Groups (PUGs) suck. Are both these statements true?"
- Rappelz: Review
- Runescape: Review
- Gods and Heroes: "Hero Camp" Hands On Preview Video
- Marvel Universe: Face To Face With Jack Emmert and John Layman
- Win A Trip To SOE Fan Faire
- 38 Studios: Interview With Brett Close, President and CEO
- Age of Conan: Preview
- Warhammer Online: Interview With Mark Jacobs
- LEGO Universe: NetDevil's Open House
ESPN To Televise Rock Paper Scissors
No captions required for the hearing impaired.
Live Earth Breaks Online Concert Record
Resources consumed to put on the concert could have saved the Earth.
Dog Falls Into Dog Falls
The tale of his tail to be told.
Women Demand Female 'Running With The Bulls'
Scientists discover way to identify stupid women.
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