News

  • SOE Announces The Serpent’s Spine™

    Here is the press release announcing this expansion:

    SAN DIEGO, CA – July 10, 2006 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, today announced EverQuest® The Serpent’s Spine™, a new expansion for the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMOPRG), EverQuest. EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine will only be available via digital download beginning in September for the price of U.S. $29.99.

    “In an ongoing commitment to introducing new features into EverQuest, The Serpent’s Spine introduces the Drakkin, the first new player race since the Frogloks were added to the game seven expansions ago,” said Chris Sturr, Senior Brand Manager, Sony Online Entertainment. “In addition to the new race, players of all levels will benefit from this expansion, as we are including content for levels 1 to 75.”

    Players will also be able to explore a new starting city, Crescent Reach, which contains merchants, quests and combat. As in the last expansion, there will be new dynamic features such as auras, traps and destructible terrain. Players will be able to reach level 75 with new spells, raids and abilities.

    About EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine
    Nestled in a great ravine in the Serpent Spine Mountains is an ancient abandoned ogre city now called Crescent Reach, which is home to a new race born to protect the future of dragon kind, the Drakkin. Six dragons defied the council of the ancient dragons of the Nest and chose to create a new race to protect their future. The Drakkin are borne of humans touched by a dragon's blood and their colors and appearance represent the dragon that created them. Rapidly aging and reaching maturity in only months, the Drakkin forget their human beginnings and make their pilgrimage to Crescent Reach, the home of their dragon creators and the rest of their kind.

    EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine features the following:

    * New Player Race: The Drakkin have been created from both human and dragon blood to protect the future of all dragon kind. Several colors and customizations will be available to make each Drakkin character unique, such as elegant scale markings and horns.
    *Level Cap Increase: Players can now reach level 75, complete with new spells, abilities, raids and quests for greater power.
    * Content for Levels 1 to 75: Play through every level of the game without ever leaving the Serpent Spine Mountains.
    * New Starting City: Crescent Reach is a fully functioning city with all that is required to learn and thrive in EverQuest, including merchant, quest, combat and tradeskill areas.
    * Dynamic Features: New zones, NPCs, destructible and interactive objects.
    * New AAs, Spells: Experience new spells and Alternative Advancement abilities.

    The EverQuest base game is required for this expansion. For more information on EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine, please visit: http://everquest.station.sony.com/

    News
    Wed, Jul 12, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Check your morals at the door and enter Thrones of Chaos!

    When I came across this game today, I thought I would head to their site and see what it was all about. Thrones of Chaos seems to be a palver vs. player dream world in theory...will it be in practice as well?

    Experience the most brutally delicious player vs player experience ever developed in a MMORPG! Step inside a vast and beautiful war filled online world encompassed in danger and furtune! Engage in wickedly violent battles and crush your foes with numerous devastating finishing moves! Check your morales at the door and enter Thrones of Chaos!

    Thrones of Chaos is a new MMOG title being brought to life by Loud Ant Software LLC. Loud Ant Software LLC is focused on the development of more in depth games where you or your party can become entangled in your own world with your own family in your own town.

    Imagine for a moment, a vast online world! A beautiful , war ravaged , Medieval realm encompassed in danger , fortunes and political turmoil! An untamed world of unending strife where four distinct Empires are locked in a Millennia long struggle for dominance over the lands!

    After that introduction, head over to the Thrones of Chaos site to learn more. Let us know what you think in our forums and stay tuned to Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest updated on this and all your favorite games.

    News
    Wed, Jul 12, 2006
    LadySirse
  • First Look: Release Notes Twilight Forge Module

    If you're like me, you are counting the minutes until tomorrow's Twilight Forge update. To make your wait easier...ok well maybe just to pass the time...here is a sneak peek at the release notes.

    Long ago, the Restless Isles were a chain of peaks linked by a labyrinth of tunnels and caverns. This natural fortress was transformed into a war foundry by the ancient lords of Dal Quor in their battle against the giants of Xen'drik. Known as the 'Twilight Forge,' this armory created warforged and other weapons for the cataclysmic war that ultimately ended in defeat for the quori and ruin for the giants.

    Thousands of years have passed since then, and the land has been inundated with water from the Thunder Sea. Only the tops of the peaks remain above sea level, but quori-reinforced tunnels continue to link the islands in this mysterious chain. Although the quori have been gone for 40,000 years, their strange architecture survives. So do the wildmen – a race of warped humanoids known nowhere else in Eberron, and presumed to have evolved from servants that the quori left behind.

    Visit Baudry Cartamon’s Shipping Warehouse, Ghola Fan’s Compound, The Shrieking Mines, and The Twilight Forge. Only a powerful party will survive the challenges of the Restless Isles!

    Read the rest of the notes and pass the time until it goes live letting us know what you think about the changes on the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Burning Crusades Brings New Professtions

    On the official World of Warcraft site, an article has been posted detailing one of the new professions expected to be included in the forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Get a look at Jewelcrafting...

    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will introduce a lot of new features to expand the game in many interesting and fun ways. One of these additions is the introduction of a new profession: jewelcrafting.

    Jewelcrafters learn the art of creating beautiful jewelry and trinkets from metals and rare gems. By processing the raw ore mined from the various deposits and mineral veins, jewelcrafters can extract gems from the ore which they can then use for their craft. Although miners sometimes find gems while gathering ore, jewelcrafters mostly rely on their prospecting skills to get more of the precious stones.

    Find out more about this profession and let us know what you think on our forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • No More Euro Servers?

    According to Eurogamer.net, Net Devil and NCsoft are confirming that Auto Assault's Euro servers will be merging with US servers on July 13th.

    Auto Assault's US and European servers are to merge this week, according to NCsoft and NetDevil.

    Although the game reviewed fairly well, it's thought that the player-base isn't quite up there with some of NCsoft's bigger titles like City of Heroes and Lineage II - so the merger makes a certain amount of sense.

    The result for players will be one big server, called Nexus, which is hosted in the US. The change is set to take place on July 13th.

    Read the rest of this notice at Eurogamer.net. Don't forget to visit Auto Assault Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest updates on the game.

    News
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • 15 Trillion Gold Pieces Removed From Play

    It's being reported that Ultima Online has cracked down on rule breaching players who have been unbalancing the game world's economy. Ferrago.com reports...

    Publisher EA have axed the accounts of some 180 participants in the persistent world of Ultima Online, and have in the process sliced some 15 trillion gold pieces from the world of the game. The accounts in question were linked to users found abusing the game's rules related to the storage of gold in Ultima's cheque system.

    Read the rest of this report and don't forget to let us know what you think in our forums.

    News
    Sun, Jul 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • It may be more of a twitch at this point but seriously.. they're still alive and well as far as we know. Celebrating it's 5th year live, Mythic gives out the details of the Fan Gathering in Las Vegas.

    Mythic Entertainment announced details for the 2006 Dark Age of Camelot Roundtable Fan Gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Players from around the world are invited to join Mythic at the Rio Hotel and Casino on September 29th and 30th to celebrate 5 years of Dark Age of Camelot. Players who attend the event will meet the developers as well as fellow players of the game. They will also receive information on the future developments of the game. There are several events planned such as LAN play, open discussion forums with the development team, guest speakers, and contests.

    Players who register before August 25th will receive a beta account for the next expansion for Dark Age of Camelot along with a free copy of the expansion and an exclusive in-game item. Attendees can win prizes from sponsors such as NVIDIA and Razer along with several others.

    "I can’t think of a better way to celebrate five years of Camelot and discuss the game’s exciting future than with the players who helped make it all possible," said Walter Yarbrough, Producer of Dark Age of Camelot. "Our plans for the seventh major expansion demonstrate our continuing commitment to Dark Age of Camelot. Those in attendance will be amongst the first to experience this exciting new content and see for themselves why Camelot has never been better."

    For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please go to www.darkageofcamelot.com/roundtable.

    If you're in Sin City and you want to check it out, here is the easy link.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I'd love to see a Lineage version of the Citibank Commercials. Give me a Dark Elf with a redneck Bubba's voice and I'm a happy girl.

    Apparently, a number of individuals with access to various individual's personal information from their companies' databases leaked lists of various citizens' resident registration numbers to people who operated 'game rooms'. Then...

    The seven gameroom operators reportedly hired about 100 part-time game players and made about 14.2 billion won ($15 million) in offline profits by selling cyber items obtained in the process of game-playing. Such items usually take long hours of play and a certain degree of luck. They are sold over Web sites to players for "real" money.

    But even though NCSoft knew all about this, including senior NCSoft executives, they didn't actually do anything to stem the tide of stolen identities being used. They covered it up, afraid their profits would go down if it was common knowledge that their system was so insecure.

    You can read the rest here.

    More Lineage News.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The information for this game is starting to ramp up. Are you excited? Can you feel those little shivers of anticipation? I can.. Oh yes.. I can.

    GWN: Compared to video’s I saw in 2004 to recent videos on-line, Tabula Rasa has seen cataclysmic stylistic changes. What prompted them?

    Long: A couple of years ago we took the product to E3 in 2004 and we showed the product with its original style and the average reaction was that they didn’t really understand it. With that in mind we only really want to make successful games, we had to re-evaluate what we had done and that it wasn’t right for the market or the success we had envisioned. We kept some of the back story, the different alien races, and the symbolic language that Richard had created, but then we gave the gameplay more of a shooter feel. The weapons are more traditional, though you still have powers, but their more intelligible than using drumsticks to kill things. Much more straight-up sci-fi.

    Find out what Starr Long has to say right here.

    For more information on Tabula Rasa click here.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Big MMO names a big part of the Austin Games Conference lineup

    Representatives from major developers like Blizzard, NCSoft, SOE, BioWare, CCP, and many more, plus a handful of wildcards like Raph Koster, are set to speak at the Austin Games Conference September 6-8.

    The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for professionals in the computer and video game industry, today announced keynotes and speakers for this year's Austin Game Conference (AGC) taking place September 6-7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Headline speakers include: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design and lead designer for World of Warcraft; Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell, Inc.; and Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author. Austin Game Conference is the definitive worldwide conference for online game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games.

    Over three days 2,400 attendees from 20 countries will participate in concentrated discourse on the worldwide online game market, which is forecasted to grow from $3.4 billion in 2005 to over $13 billion in 2011. Attendees will network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, stay informed about the latest tools, technologies and techniques and get business done in a relaxed atmosphere. The speaker roster, available at http://www.GameConference.com, includes 100 industry leading individuals participating in seven detailed conference tracks.

    For more info on the big names at a big games conference from the state where big was born, check out the official Austin Games Conference announcement at BusinessWire.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Ethec
RSS feed

Have a hot news tip?  E-mail Ten Ton Hammer

News from around the 'Net