Late Edit: After writing my Loading... today I went through my mail to find the following:
Into the Sunset by Niborea of our Vanguard Community.
Niborea's father passed away on Tuesday. Her tribute to him deserves top billing, ahead of any comment I may have on any topic.
There are so many topics to cover in this industry and so little time to do so.
Sony Online Entertainment or SoE as we media piffity-puffity types like to call them, recently announced their Station Access Collection. Not since the Shadows of Luclin expansion (SOL) for EverQuest have gamers had as obnoxious an abbreviated name as the new SAC from Sony. So, here's the deal on SAC. Sony has taken EverQuest Evolutions, EverQuest 2, Star Wars Galaxies, The Matrix Online and Planetside and dropped them into one box for one price. Players can partake in all of those games for one monthly fee. The Station Access pass has been around for a while and many gamers like the option of having a few games at their disposal for one monthly fee.
The problem of course, is that with the possible exception of EverQuest 2 which has its own issues those games are all very old, suspiciously unpopular or unable to make a go of it on their. Hats off to SoE for putting the virtual respirator on these games so that the folks who enjoy them can continue to play.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment held their first press conference regarding StarGate Worlds, MMO based on one of the very few television shows that I watch, StarGate SG-1. The game is currently in pre-production, a fancy term for "We're not making it yet." Very little was disclosed at the press conference that would be considered news to anyone who has ever played a MMOG. One tidbit that did catch my eye was that the game would be based on the entire Stargate universe, including the recent addition, Atlantis.
I can't imagine a more open-ended, MMOG perfect setting than the Stargate universe. From the team setup to the premise that each show is about a mission just seems to reek of MMOG. It also breaks from the fantasy enviroment that saturates the current crop of MMOGs. The fact that the Stargate takes them to new and unexplored places should give the creative minds on the project a lot of leeway in creating interesting and challenging areas for players to explore. I'm as excited about the possibilities for this title as I have ever been about any MMO. What do you think? Is there a better backdrop out there than the Stargate universe? You can visit the official forums here.
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A tribute, a contest, Coyote Sharptongue's debut, three game guides and more.
Today we'll make you laugh and we'll make you cry.
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- Into The Sunset: A Tribute to Francis Joseph "Joe" Cain
"Todays content strays from the norm and I hope you will indulge me.
On Tuesday my father passed away after an extended illness with a rare dementia. Dementia is a nasty illness, claiming ones essense long before taking their life.
Into the Sunset is my tribute to him, a true "knight in shining armor"
- Spring Into Assault Contest
"Spring into Auto Assault with Ten Ton Hammer! We have started a brand new contest here at Auto Assault @ Ten Ton Hammer. We call it "Spring into Auto Assault." From February 16th, 2006 until March 1st,
2006 you have the chance to enter to win all kinds of prizes including a pre-order goodie pack! All you have to do is create your own skill and post it in our forums. It's that simple!"
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Fighter Creation Guide
"Ralsu brings us a basic guide to the fighter in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. If combat is your thing, and you like to dish it out as well as you take it, then the versatile fighter may be the class for you."
- EverQuest 2: Coyote Sharptongue Presents "Guards"
"Coyotee Sharptongue makes his Ten Ton Hammer debut by riding along with Qeynos finest to clean up the streets of Nettleville Hovel. Read all about Norrath's favorite Reality TV show while examining the rampant crime in EverQuest 2."
- Worldof Warcraft: Warsong Gulch Basics
"WoW @ TenTonHammer gets queued up for some PvP action in the popular battleground instance, Warsong Gulch. This capture-the-flag style battle between 10-man crews from the Horde and Alliance will test your wits (not to mention level, experience, equipment, and all that good stuff!). You'll be at a disadvantage without getting schooled on the bg basics, which is where we come in! Get a leg up on the competition with WoW @ TenTonHammer!"
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Cleric Tactics
"Darkgolem offers up his guide to playing the cleric class in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) to its fullest advantage.
Do you know when to hurt, and when to heal? Or when it's appropriate to use damage spells? Find out as DDO Ten Ton Hammer's resident power-gamer shares his secrets."
- EverQuest 2: A Hero's Tale - As Tall As It May Be
"Brokain weaves a tale of suspense and wonder by retelling the the boastful legend of how he "saved" his party from certain doom in the dangerous Clefts of Rujark."
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Virtual Memories Part 2
"Merriandra looks at the other side of vitural relationships."
- World of Warcraft: Onyxia Attunement - Alliance
"Today brings the next section of our Onyxia guide to TenTonHammer. Todays section is all about how to become attuned to the Onyxia instance as an Alliance player. If you have not completed this long quest chain and are level 60 you now have no excuse, all the details are available for Horde and Alliance now. Coming next week will be complete details on defeating Onyxia, so check back soon!"
- Vanguard: Help Wanted
"Yup, that's right, we're looking for help. Not the men with white jackets help, but the kind of help only the fans of Vanguard Saga of Heroes can provide! We are looking for a few more writers to join our team and help us continue to bring the best of all things Vanguard to the gaming community."
- Vanguard: Who's Who?
"We've updated our staff bio section, so stop on by and learn a bit about those that spend their time bringing you the best of all things
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes!"
- EverQuest 2: Tenebrous Tangle Zone Guide
"Nothing is more embarassing than being expected to lead a group and having no clue where you are going. Fortunately, Ten Ton Hammer, has put together an incredible zone description for one of the new Kingdom of Sky zones called Tenebrous Tangle. With detailed maps, and a description of each island you'll be more than ready to go when this expansion becomes available."
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
- Powerball Jackpot Hits $365 Million
98% of the population using this as their retirement plan.
- Boy Raised By Monkeys Is Ready to Marry
Claims his life as a swinger is over.
- Ripping CDs To Your iPod Is Not Fair Use
Next, actually playing the CDs will be illegal.
- Mom And Daughter Have Babies 90 Minutes Apart
Purdy Tooth trailer park prepares to welcome its two newest tenants.
- Image of Jesus In Church Door
Tired of grilled cheese and waffles the Son of God has moved on to office fixtures.
- Japanese Children Battle Obesity
I blame all the over-weight, poorly endowed anime characters.
- Hamas: "We Drink Jews' Blood"
Ah, religion, making the world a healthier, happier place.
- Willie Nelson Releases Gay Cowboy Song
Sara Andrews sues Blizzard in protest.
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