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First, the Ten Ton Pulse, your finger on the beating heart of the MMOG industry.

If the Top 10 isn't enough, we now show the Top 20 and Top 50 lists as well, available to everyone on our homepage. (What is Pulse?)

  1. Age of Conan - 200 BPM
  2. World of Warcraft - 74 BPM
  3. Lord of the Rings Online - 30 BPM
  4. EverQuest 2 - 27 BPM
  5. Vanguard - 19 BPM
  6. Warhammer Online - 18 BPM
  7. Guild Wars - 17 BPM
  8. Lineage 2 - 15 BPM
  9. EVE Online - 14 BPM
  10. Sword of the New World - 13 BPM

Most of you have passions outside of the MMOGs that you play. For me, one of those passions is soccer. I coach, watch and study the game as time permits, so I was surprised to find a soccer MMOG had appeared without me being aware of it. I haven't played it, but I'd love to hear what others think of the concept behind Football Superstars. It appears that you are a player who works their way up through the ranks. I think I'd rather be the manager, but hey...

Hey, hey, hey to the Funcom team for topping the sales charts (Age of Conan) in Germany, Sweden, Norway and coming in at number two behind Grand Theft Auto IV in the UK. Now, not to throw tomatoes at this rousing success, but GTA IV has its sales split between PS3 and XBox 360. Regardless, the title has leapt from the gate and has enjoyed tremendous launch sales.

Those of you that read the column yesterday already know that some breast sizes in AoC have been reduced. It's only a mistake. Don't buy a new chainmail bra just yet.

"This is due to an unintended change in data that was introduced in an earlier patch, data which controls the so-called morph values associated with character models and the size of their respective body parts. We are working on a fix for this and your breasts should be back to normal soon."

Age of Conan has done more than reduce breast sizes. It has reduced the subscription numbers for several MMOGs. Not a company to lay down and give up, Sony Online Entertainment is offering EverQuest and EverQuest II players a fantastic reason to come back and reintroduce themselves to the world of Norrath.

The Living Legacy program (you may have seen the ads here on Ten Ton Hammer) allows former subscribers to come back and play for free until July 31st. EverQuest returnees will receive the Secrets of Faydwer compilation and the bonus items at no cost. EverQuest II patriots receive the Rise of Kunark compilation and its bonus items at no charge.

EverQuest II is a fantastic game. I went back when Rise of Kunark came out and played for a month or so. It's a solid, fun title that is well worth trying again if you haven't been back since launch. I tried to enjoy EverQuest, but 'you can't go home again'. EQ was my first true MMOG love and though I have countless memories there, which rise to the surface and bubble out whenever I'm reminiscing with other MMOG players, I can't get past the Byzantine interface design to enjoy the game. I used to love all of those slash commands. Now, not so much. Part of me wonders how cool it would be to start over with 20 or 30 friends and relive the slaying of Vox and Nagafen, but I know that it will never happen and even if it did, it wouldn't be as cool as the first time.

Fortunately, there are some cool games on the horizon, one of which is Warhammer Online. I'm a big time Warhammer fan, even going so far as to play the tabletop game for years. I prefer Warhammer 40K, (Space Wolve Baby!) but fantasy will suit me just fine. EA-Mythic delivered some Exclusive In-Game Crafting Screenshots for your viewing pleasure, and your pleasure is what we're all about. Unfortunately, in this case speed wasn't part of the equation. We apologize for our tardiness to give you this Warhammer Online: The Better-Late-Than-Never NYC ComicCon Preview.

Cody and Padma put the pleasure/pain connection to the test while interrogating PR Manager Pierre-Yves Deslandes about Publishing Chronicles of Spellborn in the US and Ken Locker from Cookie Jar regarding Magi-Nation.

That's it for today! The Loading Forums await you. Do you feel the need to contact me personally with naughty pictures or derogatory comments? Here's my E-mail.

[A big thanks to Phil Comeau for putting together the links, headlines and taglines today. ]

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.