to the 1,312th
of Loading...

Loading... is the premier daily MMOG news and commentary
newsletter, only from Ten Ton Hammer.

In a world where most of our daily transactions may in fact be
online, privacy has become a very important concern for many.
Inevitably this privacy gets breached whether deliberate or not, and
this week it looks like Turbine was the focus of many angered gamers
who may have lost some of their privacy. Read about today in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/apr/14">Loading...
Keep Your SPAM to Yourself.


The Pulse

You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
is the Ten Ton Pulse ( target="_blank">What
is The Pulse?).

are today's top 5 Pulse results:

  1. World
    of Warcraft
  2. EverQuest
    (UP 1)
  3. Age
    of Conan
    (down 1)
  4. Vanguard:
    Saga of Heroes
    (UP 3) href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">

  5. Dungeons
    & Dragons Online
    (down 1)

movers this week

  1. Fallen
    (UP 4 to #19)
  2. Star
    Wars: The Old Republic
    (UP 3 to #13)
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/43">EVE
    Online (down 2 to #7)
Recent Releases



  • April
    - href="http://www.cityofheroes.com/news/game_updates/issue_17/issue_17_overview.html?utm_source=COHemail&utm_medium=US&utm_campaign=banner">City
    of Heroes - Issue 17: Dark Mirror
  • style="font-weight: bold;">Spring 2010 - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1801">Mytheon
  • Summer
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/998">APB
  • TBA
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2079">Final
    Fantasy XIV

  • style="font-weight: bold;">Spring 2011 - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/swtor">Star Wars:
    The Old


  • style="font-weight: bold;">4/17 - 4/18 - href="http://www.ankama-convention.com/en">Ankama
    Convention #5
  • style="font-weight: bold;">6/15 -
    6/17 - E3
  • style="font-weight: bold;">6/25 -
    6/27 - Looking
    for Group
  • style="font-weight: bold;">7/22 - 7/25 - href="http://www.comic-con.org/">Comic-Con International
  • style="font-weight: bold;">8/5 -
    8/8 - href="http://events.station.sony.com/fanfaire/">SOE
    Fan Faire 2010
  • style="font-weight: bold;">9/3 -
    9/6 - DragonCon
  • style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y">BlizzCon

Loading... Daily

News reporter Martuk found a bit of information yesterday that had many
gamers up in arms. A potential href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/83329">breach of
privacy had possibly made its way into free-to-play giant, style="font-style: italic;">Dungeons & Dragons
Online: Eberron Unlimited.

To recap, Turbine has launched the href="http://www.ddo.com/news/957-get-more-free-turbine-points-with-new-offer-wall">DDO
Offer Wall which allows players to earn Turbine points for
activities like filling out a survey. As the game's popularity
continues to grow daily this new addition could prove to be a welcome
choice for many gamers who either don't wish to or otherwise cannot
spend a lot of money in microtransactions. A setup like this style="font-style: italic;">could be a win/win
for everyone but it appears that one of the partners appearing in the
offer may has already begun to take advantage. The Super Rewards
company who are involved in the Offer Wall feature may have been
collecting information such as players' account names and email
addresses. There's no confirmation on the matter yet, but Turbine has
taken the Super Rewards option out of the offer to href="http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=2893059#post2893059">investigate
the matter.

Obviously, if this information turns out to be correct, Turbine may
have a bigger problem on their hands in that consumer trust may have
been damaged. One prevalent theme we encounter on forums and websites
concerning gamers' overall hesitation of free-to-play games is that
they often don't feel their information is secure. While Turbine does
hold a clean record of maintaing customer privacy and security an
incident like this may set them back from reaching a
potentially large segment of the consumer base. Even though we have
been href="http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=2893254#post2893254">asssured
that the database has not been compromised, even a rumor of
privacy being breached is a hard blow to any company which relies
solely on online transactions.

To make matters worse, there were several questionable offers that got
through the initial screening process of the Offer Wall. These offers,
too, have been removed, but coupled with the potential privacy issues,
it's safe to say that the launch of the Offer Wall has been less than a
resounding success. We'll keep you updated at Ten Ton Hammer as we
learn more.

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
the Day

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6">Articles,
News & Events Forum

The MMOG Development Talent Tree

got to admit that when I read Stow's satirical take applying a
WoW-esque talent tree to the process of MMOG development I chuckled at
his insight. Here's an example:

My Mom Can Play This
The game is
optimized to the point that it can be played on a 10 year old Gateway
on a 56k connection, and by someone with the reflexes of a zombie.
net code, and latency are all in perfect harmony. 1 point talent.

Effects: Available
Player Pool
increased to the maximum, 95%. The remainder are playing Farmville or
Wars on Facebook and cannot be wooed, as they have lost their souls to
browser-based games. Until the studio can develop the /facebook
command, the
maximum player base will elude them.

Want to add your own talents to the MMOG development talent tree? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=50751">Head
over to our forum to make with the funny!


Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread

Nothing epic yet. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=50751">Say


Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=32559">Tell

and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer

4 new Ten Ton Hammer
today! 60 in April! 419
in 2010!


The MMOG Development Talent Tree


you have what it takes to create a MMOG? Here's our humorous look at
developing your own game...with no respecs! Choose the talents
that will lead your game to victory, but be sure to cover your
weaknesses or you'll spawn the dreaded Internet Rage or Offended Fanboy.


Flying The Thrasher In EVE Online


next-biggest ship after frigates, Destroyers are an affordable,
high-damage option that appeal to newer players (and even some older
players). The Thrasher is one of the finest specimens, able to pour out
nasty amounts of damage with alarming speed. In this guide Space Junkie
tells us how he likes to fit and fly his Thrasher.

EQ2 Scout Alternate Advancement Updates


started with updating the fighters and now it's the scouts' turn!
Alternate Advancements have undergone some recent changes and new ones
were added with the EverQuest II's Sentinel's Fate expansion. Get all
the latest in our newly updated Scout Alternate Advancement lists.

WoW Beginners Guide: Addons and Addon Installation


World of Warcraft Beginners Guide has a new chapter in it this week.
We've got a heavy focus on addons including what they are, what they're
used for, and how to install them. If you're wanting to edit your
interface or give a few addons a try then this article is for you.

Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. Pure
    Artistic Vision - A Guild
    Wars 2
    Concept Art Q&A with Daniel Dociu
  2. Ten
    Ton Hammer Live Ep. 2 - A Fallen
    Update with Project Manager Colin Dwan
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/wonderking/levelup">WonderKing
    Level Up Giveaway from Ten Ton Hammer Now Live
  4. Borderlands href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/83273">: Add-On Pack
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/co/guides/viborabayoverview">Champions
    Vibora Bay Overview
  6. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2/features/top_ten_newbie_mistakes">Starcraft
    Top Ten Newbie Mistakes
  7. Battle
    of the Immortals
    Closed Beta Key
    Giveaway Begins
  8. WoW:
    Class Previews -
    Shaman, Warlock and Priest
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/features/everquest/nostalgia">Awakened
    Nostalgia - EverQuest
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/editorials/CC/intro">WoW href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/editorials/CC/intro">
    Op/Ed - Casually Casual: Because Casual is NOT a Dirty

for visiting the Ten Ton Hammer network!

- Benjamin J. de la Durantaye
the Ten Ton Hammer team

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016