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In the lull between launches, most every MMOG player has a
fall back game--a game they return to when nothing else captures their
interest. Although no MMOG developer aspires to create a fall back
game, there's no shame in it, either. Join Karen "Shayalyn" Hertzberg
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In Praise of the Fall Back Game



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It's that time of
year--none of the games I'm jonesing for are quite ready to either
launch or give me beta access, and last year's launches have burned
themselves out in a blaze of glory. It's a real conundrum for a gamer
who wants something to play.

Enter the fall back game.

believe that most MMO gamers have a game they default to when the
inevitable boredom between launches sets in. For me, that game is href="http://tentonhammer.com/eq2">EverQuest II.
I first entered Norrath in 2000 or so as an EverQuest noob, and I've
been enamored with it ever since. And recently, Sony Online
Entertainment made it even easier for me to fall back to EQ2 by kicking
off its free-to-play iteration, href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/88125">EverQuest II
Extended. Now, not only can I head back to Norrath; I can do
it for the relatively low cost of free.
(I may be tempted to load up my Station Cash wallet with $25 to buy a
premium mount, though. I mean, c'mon--not only would I be much faster,
but I could float around Norrath on a black storm cloud complete with
lightning bolts.)

Returning to a fall back game is a little like
going back to your home town after being away for a few years; there's
a certain comforting familiarity, but you're soon going to find that
things are different. Where there was once a well-loved
hole-in-the-wall diner there's now a Starbucks. Lenny's Gas &
Groceries is now a thriving new Mobile station with a slushy machine.
Things change, and the changes can be either subtle or startling. I
didn't find the Norrath of EQ2X particularly unsettling. My newbie
character had one new spell I didn't recall having before, and some of
the quests were a bit different, but all in all, I returned to find the
Norrath I knew and loved. (Sometimes, however, the changes to a game
can invoke shock, as today's Epic Thread indicates.)

The other
side of the fall back game is the revisited game. We've all had those,
too. Remember that game you were excited about, preordered at launch,
played eagerly (between patches and server crashes) during the
pre-launch head start, consumed voraciously for a month or two, and
set aside because the game just didn't meet your
standards yet?
Yeah, that's the one. (For more on the topic of our high gaming
standards, keep an eye out for Jason "Medawky" Bolton's href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/features/microcosms">Microcosoms
column this week.) Often, we revisit games to find
them changed for the better. href="http://tentonhammer.com/aoc">Age of Conan
provided a pleasant surprise for me in that regard recently. I hope
that Aion
will soon, as well.

sure no MMOG developer launches their title in the hopes that it will
a fall back game, but I believe it's a worthy aspiration. No gamer
relegates a game to fall back status without having first loved and
enjoyed that game, or without being continually intrigued by its
potential. For instance, I consider EverQuest II one of the best MMOGs
in existence, with one of the finest communities I know. There's
certainly no shame in that.

What's your fall back game? Which games have you revisited lately to
see how they've improved? Hit the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53264">Loading...
forum to chat about it.

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=254">WAR
General Discussion forum

kills cats...

...and server mergers kill toons? Well, not exactly. Darke's curiosity
prompted him to re-up his Warhammer

account, only to find the servers that held his characters grayed out.
The answer to his dilemma and commentary on the state of WAR lies in
today's Epic Thread. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53137">Go!


Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread

"If it has been awhile
since you played get ready for a whole new experience.

- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=440552&postcount=4">linuscalling


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we wind down our coverage of gamescom (and get ready to start on
coverage from PAX!) we leave you, dear readers, with a photo gallery of
gamescom 2010. You'll see booth babes, some of the booths themselves,
some screenshots, and some things that are just plain weird.


A Video Q&A with
Rift's Scott Hartsman, Part 1: Just for Starters



Planes of Telara Executive Producer Scott Hartsman discusses a number
of never-before-disclosed details, including Rift's newest classes, the
lowdown on starting areas like Shadowlands, Silverwood, and Free
Marches, and also about other unique game concepts like the Soul Walk.
Join us for a new look at what promises to be one of 2011's most
promising titles in Just for Starters: A Video Q&A with Rift's
Scott Hartsman, Part 1.

Put Up Your Nukes! An End
of Nations Video Q&A with Executive Producer Gary Wagner


Ton Hammer goes nuclear with End of Nations Executive Producer Gary
Wagner, who discusses what End of Nations offers RTS and MMO players
alike. Gary also discusses the PvE battle between players and both
regional factions and the tyrannical Order of Nations, how aggressive
the Order will be in taking back territory, what players will do to
progress if the war turns against the Resistance, our recent hands-on
with 5v5 PvP, and everyone's favorite post-apoc topic: superweapons!
It's all in our latest EoN Interview: Put Up Your Nukes! An End of
Nations Video Q&A with Executive Producer Gary Wagner.


New Videos Preview Aion
Expansion Zones Inggison and Gelkmaros




first free major content expansion is set to launch on September 7th
with Assault on Balaurea and NCsoft has revealed two video previews of
new areas slated to go live with the new expansion. The first video
previews Inggison, the Elyos foothold in Balaurea, and is filled with
aggressive wildlife and plants not found in Atreia. The second video
previews Gelkmaros, an area claimed by the opposing Asmodian


Hunter Pets in
WoW Cataclysm: A Walk on the Wild Side


Hunter is possibly one of the most changed classes in Cataclysm, and an
exciting, though often overlooked, change is on the way. The additon of
new mobs to the game, which always comes with any expansion, means that
Hunters will have a plethora of new pets (and old pets with new skins)
to choose from. Our look at hunter pets explores all the wild

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Karen is H.D.i.C. (Head Druid in Charge) at EQHammer. She likes chocolate chip pancakes, warm hugs, gaming so late that it's early, and rooting things and covering them with bees. Don't read her Ten Ton Hammer column every Tuesday. Or the EQHammer one every Thursday, either.