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Vast quantities of pine pollen weren't the only thing to descend on Raleigh, NC this week, as the city also played host to the second annual Triangle Game Conference. Reuben "Sardu" Waters was on hand for the two day event to catch the buzz on this growing hotspot for regional game developers and platform pugilists. While there he caught up with many of the MMOG masterminds behind Fallen Earth to get the scoop on Lee Hammock's new position with Gargantuan and what wastelanders can look forward to over the coming months. All this and much more today in Loading... Wasteland Triangulation.

The Pulse

You vote with what you view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the result is the Ten Ton Pulse (What is The Pulse?).

Here are today's top 5 Pulse results:

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. EverQuest II (UP 2)
  3. Age of Conan
  4. Dungeons and Dragons Online
  5. EVE Online

Biggest movers this week:

  1. EverQuest (UP 5 to #9)
  2. City of Heroes (UP 6 to #19)
  3. Star Trek Online (Down 3 to #12)
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These members won some awesome prizes with the Star Trek Online Season One giveaway. You could be a winner too in the next Ten Ton Hammer giveaway, so watch for it!
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    • Killer Xeno Pro NIC, Star Trek Online Collector's Edition with a 6 month subscription
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Over the past five or so years since I made my triumphant trek back to the east coast, I've had the opportunity to witness the Raleigh, NC area blossom into a new hub for game development. Boasting brand-name bigwigs such as Epic Games, Red Storm Entertainment and more recently Insomniac Games, the area also continues to attract an impressive number of independent developers and platform specialists, each working towards bringing gaming into the next generation.

Nowhere was this growth more apparent than during the second annual Triangle Game Conference, which provided an excellent overview of why Raleigh and the surrounding area is quickly becoming the next major center for gaming in the U.S. In sharp contrast to last month's GDC and PAX East, the Triangle show was certainly a more intimate affair, but it also provided an excellent opportunity to connect with some of the movers and shakers from the area.

Prominently featured among them was the post-apocalyptic MMOG powerhouse Fallen Earth. Over the course of the two day event I had the chance to attend an excellent discussion on Narrative vs. Gameplay presented by content team lead for Fallen Earth, Marie Croall, and otherwise express my long standing child-like fascination with prairie chickens to associate project manager Dave Haydysch who assured me that players will be seeing more of the awesomely awkward beasts in coming months.

However, I was also interested in learning more about Lee Hammock's departure from the team which was officially announced at the start of this week. To bring you up to speed in case you missed the news, Lee will be starting in a new position as Story Designer for Gargantuan, which many of the people from Fallen Earth that I spoke with explained is somewhat of a golden opportunity for the now beardless Lee. Not only has he previously penned tales for Marvel, but he's also a massive fan of comics in general so getting the chance to contribute to upcoming Marvel Universe is indeed a worthy reason to switch teams mid-season.

Fallen Earth fans need not fret though, as Lee's legacy will live on well into the wasteland's future. While much of the game's lore has been directly shaped by his particular narrative styling, the team has a bevy of game updates and future sectors mapped out, such as the amazing iPhone app we saw in action at PAX East and the upcoming Blood Sports instanced PvP maps (which I was assured has nothing to do with the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie in case you were wondering).

"We appreciate the contributions that Lee has made to the project," said Colin Dwan, project manager for Fallen Earth. "We have laid a solid foundation which includes experienced leadership and a project plan with attainable milestones. Fallen Earth fans will be seeing an impressive array of new content and features in the months ahead."

The team is currently preparing a new state of the game address which will be unleashed fairly soon, and in the meantime Fallen Earth will also be joining us for a special episode of Ten Ton Hammer Live! this Saturday at 7pm EST, so be sure to mark your calendars folks!

Are there other aspects of the Triangle Game Conference you'd like to hear more about? Be sure to let me know in the Loading... forums!

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the Day

From our Final Fantasy XIV News & Articles Discussion forum

Escaping the Shadow if Final Fantasy XI

Ten Ton Hammer writer Adam Stow cares about Final Fantasy XIV. In fact, he cared enough to tackle a potentially hot topic--what FFXIV will have to do to step out of the shadow of its aging MMOG predecessor, Final Fantasy XI which, although a arguably a great game, didn't have the appeal to the Western market that it could have.

When Stow voiced his opinions on some pitfalls he hopes FFXIV will avoid, our community members had plenty to say. Check in and add your own comments in our FFXIV forum.

Awesome Quotes from the Epic Thread

"If players are unwilling to adapt, or at least change their attitudes, to different development/gaming styles then perhaps they should stay within their 'fluffy zone'. If all some people want is for things to remain 'familiar' so that they can continue to feel comfortable then we may as well stop making new games as that sort of thinking leads to stagnation."

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Battle of the Immortals Beta Key Giveaway

Battle of the Immortals is a 2.5D multiplayer game that incorporates eastern and western cultures ranging from Norse Mythology to the Qin Dynasty. Closed beta for Battle of the Immortals has started today, Wednesday, February 10, and you can test out the game with a key from Ten Ton Hammer!


StarCraft 2: Turtling Newbies - Why Turtling Doesn't Work

Many players fear the darkness in Starcraft 2. They fear it so much that they never leave their base, opting to build their defenses until they feel secure and tech straight to Carriers. Yet, does this strategy ever work against a good player or even at all? David "Xerin" Piner takes a look at this in our latest article on Starcraft 2.

Champions Online: Vibora Bay Apocalypse Guide

To gain access to the new Vibora Bay zone in Champions Online, players must first complete the Vibora Bay Apocalypse. Players will take part in the final battle between good and evil within the Champions universe. Will your hero be able to stem the tide and thwart the demon-angel Therakiel? Not to worry, my friends. Your pals at Ten Ton Hammer are here to steer you through these troubling times.

Today's Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. Battle of the Immortals Closed Beta Key Giveaway Begins
  2. WoW: Cataclysm Class Previews - Shaman, Warlock and Priest
  3. Awakened Nostalgia - EverQuest Relived
  4. Final Fantasy XIV - Escaping the Shadow of XI
  5. Pocket Legends MMMOG for the IPhone - A Q&A with Spacetime Studios
  6. Is Facebook the WoW Slayer?
  7. Free-to-Play MMOGs: Microcosms - Nobody's Fool
  8. PoxNora Q&A with Tony "RadarX" Jones
  9. PAX East 2010 - Hands-On with All Points Bulletin
  10. City of Heroes Praetoria Q&A with Senior Designer Melissa Bianco

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- Reuben "Sardu" Waters and the Ten Ton Hammer team

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