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Sometimes the successes and
failures of an MMOG feel like rolls of the dice. When it's time to
celebrate the party can put Woodstock to shame. When things go sour,
it's a different story. We take a look at three headlines today for
some upcoming games and one deceased in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/oct/5">Loading...
The Circle of Another Life.

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You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
is the Ten Ton Pulse ( href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/thepulse/">What
is The Pulse?).

top 5 Pulse results:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow">World
    of Warcraft
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/99">Lord
    of the Rings Online (UP 1)
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">EverQuest 2
    (down 1) 
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/43">EVE
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/254">Aion
    (UP 5) 

movers today

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/170">LEGO

    - UP 30
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/860">Champions

    - UP 4
    style="text-decoration: underline;">
  3. style="text-decoration: underline;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online

    - down 4
size="-1">Recent Releases

  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2461"
    for Speed World
  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2" target="_blank">StarCraft
    II: Wings of Liberty
  • size="-1">8/17
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/140">City
    of Heroes: Going Rogue (release)
  • size="-1">8/18
    - href="http://everquest2.com/free_to_play">EverQuest
    II Extended (release)
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/7
    - size="-1"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aion">Aion:
    Assault on Balaurea (free
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/29
    - Everquest
    2 Extended

  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/30
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv">Final
    Fantasy XIV (release)


  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">October
    26, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/170">LEGO
    Universe (release)
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">December 7, 2010
    - World
    of Warcraft: Cataclysm


  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">Early 2011
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online (release)


  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/5 -
    10/8 - href="http://www.gdconline.com/">GDC
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/8 -
    10/10 - href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/">New
    York Comic Con
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y" target="_blank">BlizzCon
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;"> 3/24
    3/26 (2011) - href="http://fanfest.eveonline.com/" target="_blank">CCP
style="font-weight: bold;">Rift
- Ask the Devs!

Have you got a question about style="font-style: italic;">Rift:
Planes of Telera?
Well, you have a chance to ask the devs at Trion Worlds directly. Just
submit your questions href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53660">in
our forums.

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/playerscore/scoreboards"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 580px; height: 249px;"
alt="World of Warcraft PlayerScore"

your PlayerScore?
World of
Warcraft players, find out at href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/playerscore">playerscore.com.

Loading... Wishing spandex
wasn't so clingy.

news for Realtime Worlds former employees
as 120 of the 210 have yet to receive their final month's paycheck.
I've personally never rubbed salt into any wounds I've had, but I'd
imagine the sensation would be similar. Sure, on hand it's hard to pay
anyone when you have no money, but it's also difficult to watch a
project that had you passionate as it circles the drain. Best of luck,
RTW employees. May you find another project to showcase your talents...
and one that leaves you proud for years after.

Onto some brighter news, href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/90386"> style="font-style: italic;">Jumpgate Evolution
has received new forums. Yes,
I'm sure that the style="font-style: italic;">JGE
fans would have rather received beta invites, or a newly announced
launch date, but the new forums will have to do for now. At least it's
an indication that the lights are still on at the studio. Is it an
indication of big things to come? I don't know if I'd go that far just
yet, but few companies would go through the trouble of a facelift if
they weren't expecting a large surge of guests. Or maybe they would.

Some mixed good/bad news came from Sony Online Entertainment yesterday.
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/90381"> style="font-style: italic;">DC Universe Online
has been delayed from its
expected launch date of November 2nd. No new date has been set yet, but
Smed has said that those with a VIP key card will be added to beta as
early as next week.

Ok, so no one likes a delay in launch. But in some cases we'd much
rather see a delay than the launch of yet another buggy and/or
incomplete game. style="font-style: italic;">DCUO
is one of the games that I also have a personal investment in when it
comes to looking forward to a new game. The brief chances I have had to
play left me wanting more. So I guess I'll be waiting a bit longer
along with the rest of the fans, but if that means a bigger better
shinier game, bring it on.

Still pissed off at RTW? Anxious to dive into style="font-style: italic;">JGE?
Waiting for style="font-style: italic;">DCUO
beta? Let us know your thoughts today in the

Epic Thread of the Day

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=742">Rift
News & Articles Discussion forum

- Ask the Devs!

Worlds, the developers of href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/89443/page/2"
target="_blank">Rift: Planes of Telara
are going to be taking our next set of community member questions. This
time, we're focusing on the rift system. You'll find some details about
the rift system on href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/89443/page/2"
target="_blank">page 2 of our recent interview
with Scott Hartsman. Now's your chance to get clarification and come to
understand rifts, obviously a central mechanic in this MMOG, a little



Quotes from the Epic Thread

No quotes, just questions. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53660">Bring


and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer

4 new Ten Ton Hammer
features today! 16 Ten Ton
Hammer features in September! 1076 in 2010!


Reader Submitted Rift Q&A, Part 1



the first on an ongoing series of exclusive interviews with Trion
Worlds, Ten Ton Hammer seeks out as much information as they can about
Rift: Planes of Telara, the upcoming, action-packed MMOG. This time, we
talk to Scott Hartsman, Creative Director and Trion Redwood City Studio
Lead. If you have any questions that you wish to be asked in future
interviews, post them in our  href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53660">Rift
community forum.


Weekly Report - Cataclysm Previews and a PlayerScore Discussion


WoW Weekly Report is our newsletter dedicated to giving you a
wrap-up of the previous week in news, stories, and more. This week we
look at some great href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm">World
of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Previews including a look at the brand new leveling zone of Uldum, the
changes coming to Thousand Needles, and Rogue 4.0.1 changes. Xerin also
steps in to discuss the pros and cons of player rating systems in his
look at PlayerScore.
We also
covered the news around potential release dates for Cataclysm, EA
banter with Bobby Kotick, patch 4.0.1, and more Real ID news. All this
and more in our WoW Weekly Report every Tuesday.


V - Choosing The Best Wonders


mark of any great civilization lies in the architectural and
scientific feats they accomplish. Civilization V puts these tasks in
your hands with the Wonder system, and there are countless options to
further your empire's glory. They are no easy task, so picking and
choosing the right wonders for your civilization is imperative. We take
care of the nitty gritty and help you choose the right ones in

Overview of Elite Equipment In EVE Online


Online has a lot of dusty corners, the stillness of which is stirred
only by the most advanced players. Join Space Junkie as he dusts off
the corner full of elite modules, boosters, and more.

Top 10

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/rift/interviews/reader-submitted-questions-part1">Reader
    Submitted Rift
    Q&A, Part 1 href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/previews/lego-universe-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/previews/lego-universe-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">LEGO Universe
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/combat/elite-equipment">An
    Overview of Elite Equipment In style="font-weight: bold;">EVE Online
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/mastery"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW
    - Introduction to the Mastery System href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/reviews/final-fantasy-xiv"> style="font-weight: bold;">
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/reviews/final-fantasy-xiv"> style="font-weight: bold;">Final Fantasy XIV
    Review at Ten Ton Hammer
  6. href="http://tentonhammer.com/interviews/devtalk/2010/sep">Dev
    Talk: Where the Girls Aren't - The Role of Women in the Gaming Industry
  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/rogue_cataclysm_talents"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW
    Rogue Talent Guide for Patch 4.0.1 href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/shso/previews/sept-2010"> style="font-weight: bold;">
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/shso/previews/sept-2010"> style="font-weight: bold;">Marvel Super Hero Squad
    Online - A Heroes &
    Helicarriers Preview
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/90254">Ten Ton
    Hammer's Beginner's Guide for style="font-weight: bold;">LotRO
    - General Gameplay
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/features/reviews/character-rating-tools">Measuring
    Gear and Comparing Scores in style="font-weight: bold;">World of

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