Welcome to the final edition of Loading...
Unloading... is the premier daily MMOG character auction service, coming soon only from Ten Ton Hammer.
Today Ten Ton Hammer officially announced three new services specifically geared towards the modern MMOG player. In conjunction with the Ten Ton Hammer Character Deletion Hotline, Personals and 18+ Boutique, we’re pleased to announce our hot new character auction system. Catch all the details today in Loading… Unloading.
You vote with what you view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the result is the Ten Ton Pulse (What is The Pulse?).
Here are this week's top 5 Pulse results:
Biggest movers in the last seven days :
Unloading... Our Chatacters to you Daily (coming soon!)
"I sure do love me some maple syrup. That's why we've decided to take Ten Ton Hammer into the player services sector which unfortunately means that, among other things, we will be discontinuing the Loading... newsletter in favor of shifting focus to promoting the new Ten Ton Hammer Personals and Character Deletion Hotline."
These were the words that greeted me in a surprise phone call from Ethec late last night. I suppose the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, but I simply didn't want to accept it. After all, Loading... is the longest running daily MMOG newsletter of its kind and has amassed a fairly massive following over the years, so it will be a real bummer to see it phased out this week.
But sometimes you simply have to face facts. Today's MMOG players aren't after the same things that they were 10 or 12 years ago. Back then it was all about the journey - the time spent adventuring with friends. Now it's all about casual play and instant gratification, and it only makes sense that we aim to make Ten Ton Hammer a leader in a sector that caters to these types of players.
Ethec went on to explain, "In a market hell-bent on making hybrid business models the norm, we need to very consciously change with the times, otherwise we're bound to sink the entire ship. Diversification will be the key here, which is why we're also shifting the majority of our contributing writers to the Character Deletion Hotline where they'll become the core support staff."
This was another thing I knew was coming, but it was still a minor shock to my system to hear that it was indeed becoming official and much sooner than I expected.
Ethec continued, "Here in the world of games media, we tend to amass quite a number of characters week after week, month after month, year after year. Name an MMOG on the market right now and I can guarantee that we likely have a few hundred high-level, fully geared characters just sitting around collecting dust. So our thought was, why not sell them to our readers for a quick buck?"
"Let me make this perfectly clear though - this is NOT a power-leveling service. Sure, most of the characters we'll auction off through the new daily Unloading... newsletter are level capped characters, but the service we intend to provide is to take those pre-existing characters and turn a quick buck as opposed to leveling up brand new characters for players. Not only is that market already saturated, but we firmly believe that our service is offering something unique - almost as though each and every avatar we auction off will be like a virtual autograph from the Ten Ton Hammer staff member that originally played it."
So you heard it here first folks - starting next week the Loading... newsletter will become a daily auction listing for Ten Ton Hammer's pre-played MMOG characters. While I'm sure many of you will be sad that the daily newsletter many of you have been reading for years will cease to exist in its current form, fear not, as I truly believe that the new Unloading... auctions will finally answer one of the biggest questions of them all:
"Can I have your stuff?" Starting next week, yes you can!
To get the full details on how the new Unloading… character auction system will work, be sure to check out the official fact sheet, then share your thoughts right here in the forums!
Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the Day
From our Tavern of the Ten Ton Hammer forum
Anyone Spotted April Fool's Day Goodness?
Yep, it's April 1, and we're putting together a forum collection of April Fool's Day funnies found around the gaming community. If you've spotted something, or you'd just like to see what we've spotted so far, head on over!
Awesome Quotes from the Epic Thread
"Nothing on the Blizzard front yet, was up at 8am GMT today and immediatly checked up on them to spot some lolz."
Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? Tell us!
New and Exclusive Content Today at Ten Ton Hammer
8 new Ten Ton Hammer features today! 8 in April! 367 in 2010!NEW SITE FEATURES FOR APRIL!
Ten Ton Hammer Establishes Character Deletion Hotline
Learn how Ten Ton Hammer is taking steps to combat the decimation of player characters, many of which are in their infancy - at the hands of their creators. The newly formed Character Deletion Hotline is designed to nurture forum-free character development decisions, alt placement, and a variety of other services to ensure that every character is a planned and wanted character.
Announcing Ten Ton Hammer Personals
Sometimes LFG is not enough, and for those times, we're now offering Ten Ton Hammer Personals - a new and exciting way to interact with MMORPG players of indeterminate gender! Whether you're looking for friends, love, or just looking for a healer, you're sure to find something surprising with Ten Ton Hammer Personals!
Ten Ton Hammer Store Opens 18+ Boutique
Step behind the beaded curtain and into the steamier side of the Ten Ton Hammer store. Adults only, need we say more?
MEDIA [not exclusive]
New Final Fantasy XIV Character Race Images
Square Enix has sent us their newest batch of images for the character races of Final Fantasy XIV. The latest images offer a look at each of the five races two factions in standing and closeup poses. Click here to check them all out.
Star Trek Online - New Federation Ship Videos
Star Trek Online's latest content update, Season One: Common Ground has brought a number of new items, gameplay options and skills to the game, among many other things. To help provide players with plenty of info on the various classes of ship in the game, Cryptic Studios has released 3 new videos detailing a variety of Federation ships ranging in class from cruisers, escorts and science vessels, so be sure to check them out!
New Craft of Gods Screenshots
Slavic mythology-based MMORPG Craft of Gods, will be entering its third Open Beta on April 2nd and developer Cyberdemon has sent us several new screenshots of the game and some of the creatures players will encounter. Click here to check out the latest screenshots that include a succubus, an over-sized spider, and a giant praying mantis.
FEATURES & GUIDES
Three Great Reasons To Leave High-Sec
High-security space is safer, and players can live there forever without getting bored, but there are dozens of reasons to leave for low-sec, null-sec, or wormhole space. Space Junkie explains three of those reasons.
WoW: Beginners Guide
Starting off in World of Warcraft can be quite the challenge for new players and especially new players to the MMOG genre. We've compiled all of our best beginner tips and guides into one mega guide that gives you everything you need to know to start the game off on the right foot. Have a friend playing? Hand them our new beginner guide and watch them go from "n00b" to "1337" in no time.
Today's Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features
- Ten Ton Hammer's 18+ Boutique
- Announcing Ten Ton Hammer Personals
- Ten Ton Hammer Establishes Character Deletion Hotline
- NVIDIA's Newest Line of GPUs Introduced at PAX East 2010
- The Evolution of StarCraft Armies - Early Game Protoss
- Video: APB Gameplay Preview
- Fallen Earth Unveils the Future of Mobile MMOG Interaction
- City of Heroes "Incarnate" Endgame Levels & New Going Rogue Details Revealed
- DDO's "Storming the Beaches" Dungeon Revealed
Customization Preview Video from PAX East 2010
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