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The Pulse

First, you vote with what you view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the result is the Ten Ton Pulse.

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. Warhammer Online
  3. Age of Conan
  4. EverQuest 2
  5. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  6. Guild Wars
  7. EVE Online (UP 1)
  8. Tabula Rasa (down 1)
  9. Runes of Magic (UP 10)
  10. Lineage 2 (UP 3)

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

Daily Column

Loading... on top of the world, almost literally.

We're on the ground in Reykjavik, Iceland for our annual northward trek to EVE FanFest 2008. Walking in Stations (WIS, because the "ambulatory project" had almost as many consonants as the average Icelandic word) is the focus for this year's FanFest. More on that tomorrow, but for now I give you...

Ten Ton Hammer's Top 5 reasons to visit Iceland:

  1. Architecture inspired by IKEA - Icelandic buildings are square, well constructed with durable materials (if they weren't, they'd blow apart in the perpetual Arctic wind gusts), and can be bought as a kit for $99.95 and assembled yourself.
  2. Whale... it's what's for dinner - I'll pass on the fermented shark, but Shamu is tasty. Imagine a good salmon steak made of red meat and the fall-apart consistency of shreadded wheat. Season with fresh peppercorn, grill to medium well, et voila.
  3. Blue Opal - You might be disgusted by the idea of menthol schnapps, but for the inevitable head cold, it does the trick. And then it does the trick, if you know what I mean.
  4. Icelandic kroner - In a discount sale prompted not by the holiday season but the utter collapse of the country's banking system, prices are roughly half of what they were last year. Of course, last year they were double what we'd pay at home in the US, so it works out.
  5. Iceland's natural beauty and people - Aside from the occasional sulphur zone (which, when travelling by car, is a perfect time to relieve yourself of some of the wallpaper-peeling gas from the whalemeat), the many contrasts of Iceland (a glacier next to a volcano, for one) make the landscape unlike any other place on earth. And if you can get past their northern stoicism, you'll discover a creative, well-rounded, funny, and eminently quirky (Bjork wasn't too much of a statistical outlier) native population.

What are your hopes for this year's FanFest? Post your thoughts in the Loading... forum, or email me if you like.

Ten Ton Hammer Epic Thread of the Day

Sometimes they're funny; sometimes they're foolish; sometimes they're flaming;
sometimes they're cool. Whatever this one happens to be, it's
our Epic Thread of the Day.

From our WAR: Da Threadz Wot is WAAAGH! Forum

WAR sucks Bigtime!!!

seems like a good day for a troll post, doesn't it? Finding one was
simple enough. First, you look for the word "sucks" in the subject
line--a very obvious clue! Next, you look for someone who makes
compound words that don't actually exist in the English language
("Bigtime") and uses multiple exclamation points for...emphasis!!!
If those tips don't help you find a troll post, you may have to dig
deeper and look for someone posting to insist that a game is terrible
because his guildies say so. And if you still can't find a troll post, well...just look here.

Awesome Quote from the Epic Thread:

"Your views on the game both intrigue and inform me! May I subscribe to your newsletter?"

- Unclefacts

Do you have a favorite Epic Thread? Let us know!

8 new MMOG hand-crafted articles today! 31 in November! 2828 in 2008!

New MMOG Articles At Ten Ton Hammer Today


New Guides


Guide Updates

Hot Content - Or, what I took a fancy to:

  1. WoW Wrath of the Lich King: Guide to Lake Wintergrasp
  2. WoW Wrath of the Lich King: Utgarde Keep Guide
  3. Exclusive Interview with the Creator of Gatheryn - The First MMO Action Game
  4. Fusion Fall: Interview with Matthew Schwartz
  5. World of Warcraft: Did Blizzard Address Patch Issues Well Enough?
  6. Age of Conan: Playing on the Test Server - Making Friends and Influencing People
  7. Perfect World: Exclusive International Interview - Raising the Bar
  8. Age of Conan: Community Coordinator Wayne 'Yakomo' Soong
  9. Warhammer Online: The Shaman in RvR, Part 2
  10. WAR Torn: Issue #11 - The Dress Code

Real World News

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About The Author

Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game he could since.