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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 also show the Top 20 and Top 50 lists as well, available to everyone on our homepage. (What is Pulse?)

  1. Warhammer Online - 200 BPM
  2. World of Warcraft - 94 BPM
  3. Age of Conan - 33 BPM
  4. Tabula Rasa - 9 BPM
  5. EVE Online - 9 BPM
  6. Lord of the Rings Online - 7 BPM
  7. EverQuest II - 5 BPM
  8. Dungeons and Dragons - 4 BPM
  9. Vanguard - 4 BPM
  10. Champions Online - 3 BPM

Day 2 of the Leipzig Games Convention is behind us. I'm still astonished that a country that uses Mercedes vehicles to haul pig manure doesn't have air conditioning in most rooms. Then again, this column is often compared to pig manure and it doesn't have
A/C either.

I'll blame it on sleep deprivation, but I neglected to mention a question that Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmun touched upon briefly yesterday during his EVE Online presentation. The question is an interesting one, "Are developers gods?"

Richard Bartle believes that they are because they control the physics and for that matter everything in the virtual world that they created. Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmun on the other hand, considers

developers to be more like janitors who "clean up the messes." As is the norm, I sit squarely on the fence agreeing with both and neither.

Developers seem to me to be doting gods, who take great joy in tinkering with their creation. Unlike gods in the mortal realm, these gods interact with the inhabitants of their creation, frequently with less than desirable results. They are also janitors, cleaning up the messes created by players whether they wish to or not.

The Warhammer NDA has dropped! If you have questions get them posted in our forums or send them directly to me. We have access to the WAR team live and in person this week, so make the most of it.

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.


Ten Ton Hammer Epic Thread of the Day [Thanks Karen Hertzberg]

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

From our Age of Conan Community Forum

"Tortage - Blessing or Bane?"

and the other community managers in our Age of Conan forum want to know
what you think of Tortage--is it the coolest zone in Hyboria, or a
one-hit wonder that you never want to run another character through
again? This thread comes complete with a handy dandy opinion poll.

Awesome Quote from the Epic Thread:


Because of Beta days, every time I have to play through Tortage again another part of my soul dies."
- Koshira

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


Guiding You to the Next
[Thanks Karen Hertzberg]

Let there be no doubt; our community site teams work hard
to put out quality guides to help you get the most of your gaming
experience. And now we've got your weekly guide to the guides. Here's a
recap of the information and updates published on our community sites
last week.

Age of Conan

Lord of the Rings Online

Tabula Rasa

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

World of Warcraft

[A big thanks to Phil Comeau for putting together the links and Real World News.]

15 new MMOG hand-crafted articles today! 105 in August! 2089 in 2008!

New MMOG Articles At Ten Ton Hammer Today

Leipzig GCDC 2008





Hot Content - Or, what I took a fancy to

  1. EVE Online: Exclusive Economics Interview with Dr. E.
  2. Acclaim's Dave Perry: The Future of Games
  3. World of Warcraft: WotLK Beta Journal - Borean Tundra Experience
  4. Warhammer Online: Bob Mull and Bringing it All Back to the Community
  5. Warhammer Online: A Fine Fraction of Factions
  6. SOE FanFaire: Day 2 Coverage
  7. Vanguard: Dalmarus' Chronicles - FanFaire 2008
  8. World of Warcraft: Instance Construction in Wrath of the Lich King

Real World News

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- John "Boomjack" Hoskin and the Ten Ton Hammer Team

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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.