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This week Jeff
“Ethec” Woleslagle is our man in the trenches at
the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcomic-con/2010">San
Diego Comic-Con. In fact,
he’s telepathically beamed
today’s edition of Loading… back to the Ten Ton
Hammer HQ to warn us of the many perils that await show-goers this year
based on his experiences
thus far. So read on for an epic Ethec blast
wave and links to our first coverage from the event in
today’s Loading… Comic-Con Conundrums.

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Last night was preview night at
Diego Comic-Con, also known as
Comic Con to the uninitiated (the New York event apparently has the
rights to the hyphenless Comic Con).  But let’s not
kid ourselves - no celebrities were out, few costumes were worn, no
events were planned, so the three hour “preview”
night is really to give the most diehard collectors an excuse to bum
rush the floor and grab up those hard to find comics and tschotchkes at
reasonably inflated prices.

I can respect that level of dedication, what I can’t respect
is folks standing in a double  wrapped line to buy a generic
item easily purchased online, should the impulse last long enough to
make it to a website. Such was the case at the BBC America, where fans
by the dozen lined up to buy a Matt Smith Doctor Who shirt. Nothing
against Matt Smith (he won me over with the Van Gogh episode after some
dubious moments) much less Doctor Who, but I can’t help but
get the feeling that some Comic-Con goers see a line and stand in it,
often without knowing what’s awaiting them at the end
(hopefully its not the Satan Pit or the End of the Universe).

Another thing I really can’t respect - and it’s
become a theme, not a joke, at Comic-Con - is B.O. It starts out bad
and only gets worse as the day wears on. It’s time,
international pop entertainment lovers, to take a shower daily, slather
some deodorant on those pits (maybe Degree or Sure could be tapped to
sponsor a swag bag offering),
and cut back on the black t-shirts and cheap artificial fibers.
I’m only telling you because we’ll be packed in
here like sardines for the next three days, and I think it’s
entirely possible that our collective olfactory system could be dealt a
serious blow, leading to more B.O. and the perpetuation of a needless

And should you go to Comic-Con (or any reasonably sized fan event),
there are some moves you should master to navigate the clogged
intersections and occasional asshat camera crew collectively moving
backwards against the flow of traffic for the sake of their own
cinematographic autoeroticism. There’s the ever popular
sideways shimmy, the common cut-through-the-corner-booth, and if you
happen to have an accommodating boyfriend handy, just grab onto his
backpack and hang on for the ride. Or you could just accumulate enough
baggage that folks have to get out of your way, or else be lacerated by
your many shinies, figurines, and trade paperbacks.

All that said, we love Comic-Con - it’s the least
presumptuous event we attend, and nowhere else can you (literally)
brush elbows with such a wide variety of celebs. What excites you about
events like Comic-Con? What’s your favorite fan expo story?
Share it in the Loading... forum.

Epic Thread of
the Day

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=693">DDO
General Discussion forum

DDO bannings bring into question Turbine's staff

From the, "Okay, I'll bite..." department comes today's Epic
Thread. MarcusCole, a new community member, began a thread to discuss
Turbine allegedly banning players for repeatedly killing respawning
mobs in order to gain guild renown in Dungeons & Dragons
Several of his contemporaries (or at least people with different IP
addresses--I checked!) have come to discuss the problem in our forums.
Do these folks appear to have a legitimate gripe, or should they take
the sage advice in href="http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=3136587&postcount=41">this
post on the official forums? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=52465">Give
us your thoughts.


Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread

"Talking about bans is a
bannable offence...

oh wait wrong forum...

we can actually talk about stuff here

- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=437006&postcount=8">JOTMON


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and what’s in store for DDO in the future, Ten Ton Hammer
tracked down
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plying them with numerous flagons of ale and casting charm spells on
them, they agreed to talk.


From Subs to F2P –
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have limited budgets. Which subscription model should a game company
use and which models are best for players? Is it a monthly
subscription? Free-to-play? Lifetime subscriptions? Jeffprime examines
the various MMOG subscription models and gives you the good and the bad.

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Online is a fantastic game, and noteworthy as one of the few successful
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the most important. This isn't your mother's MMO. Read this list and
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About The Author

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Reuben "Sardu" Waters has been writing professionally about the MMOG industry for eight years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Ten Ton Hammer.