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  • The latest issue of the Warhammer Online Newsletter should be in your in-boxes as we speak if you've signed up to receive it. If you haven't, go here and sign up. There's new lore, new developer blogs and you could win a chance to get into Beta!

    More News and Info on Warhammer Online

    News
    Tue, Jan 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Oh those busy little beavers! There is a new dev preview of Burning Crusade at the official site.

    Despite the myriad terrors that lie within, adventurers are still drawn to Karazhan - tempted by rumors of unspeakable secrets that may be found
    within the tower's arcane libraries. It is said that the vast, magical halls house the powerful spellbooks of Medivh himself.

    Only one thing is certain when visiting the dreaded tower of Karazhan...

    ...you may never find your way out.

    The decrepit tower of Karazhan once housed one of the greatest powers Azeroth has ever known: the sorcerer Medivh. Within its halls and corridors, he summoned all manner of otherworldly beings, researching magics no other would dare touch. Karazhan now stands abandoned; with its master gone, the monstrous
    things and untamed powers have grown unchecked, waiting to pounce on whoever is brave or foolish enough to enter its halls. Forge a group of ten stalwart adventurers and journey to the wasted land between Duskwood and the Swamp of Sorrows known as Deadwind Pass, where the mystical tower lies. Only the strongest need apply: only those who have achieved level 70 are skilled enough to face what lies within. Prepare for:

    * Boss encounters scripted to unveil the mysteries of Karazhan and challenge your skill as a team;
    * Dozens of new items from the vaults and experiments within the tower;
    * Brand new monsters, the likes of which Azeroth has never seen;
    * And much more!

    *Squeals* I wish they'd hurry up and release the thing! I want to play!

    There's nothing sexier than our World of Warcraft site!

    More World of Warcraft News and Information than you can handle!

    News
    Tue, Jan 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Will unsupervised ankle-biters make it into your MMOG?



    Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of "Mature" help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?

    I’ve found that gamers come in all varieties, and age has nothing to do with maturity. I’d much rather deal with 10 pre-teen kids who accidentally KS my giant bats in the newbie zone than one 23-year-old griefer who repeatedly trains my group for kicks. I’ve grouped with very young gamers who play with skill and wisdom. Then again, I’ve grouped with 20-something gamers whose antics could’ve easily landed them a spot on MTV’s Jackass.

    Read Shalayn's editorial at the Ten Ton Hammer Lord of the Rings Online community site and decide for yourself!

    News
    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • The masses have spoken and they're horked off about the changes to Star Wars Galaxies. It wasn't a minor change. It was a HUGE change. John Smedley, President of the Sony Online division gives his explanation on what is going on.

    Why?

    Many of you ask "Why did you have to make such a sweeping change rather than just fixing the things that were wrong?" - well, to put it bluntly - everyone had different ideas of what we needed to fix. Trying to balance 34 professions, and add compelling content to make everyone happy proved to be a very large challenge. Many design decisions made early on in the game's creation were boxing the team in to the point that we were never going to be able to really make this game rise to the level it needs to as both a great experience AND as a business. We have consistently kept the SWG team as one of the largest teams within SOE (around 70 people). Even with a team that size getting new content done along with maintaining the live game, along with developing new systems for SWG just proved to be tougher than it should have been. We've got a lot of experience doing MMO's, and SWG has always proven to be the game that was the toughest for us to make changes to. So, along with our partners at LucasArts we did a very lengthy look at just what the fundamental issues with SWG were. We spoke to many of you, read the forums and conducted numerous focus group tests with both existing players, people who have played MMO's before (but not SWG) and people that haven't ever tried MMO's before.

    So there you go. You'll have to read the entire post to get the entire story.

    More Star Wars Galaxies News and Info

    News
    Fri, Jan 27, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • What happens when you get so big that your servers become a muck of stinky mud where nobody has a good connection and it's a miserable mess? Well you open new servers and you say "Ok I'll let you move!". This is what Blizzard is doing.

    Select Character Transfers to New Realm! - Eyonix on 1/26/06
    We will be opening character transfers for the 8 realms listed below tomorrow, Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 AM. Characters on these realms will be able to transfer to a new PvP realm, Mug'thol. This round of transfers will be open Monday through Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST until Wednesday, February 1 at 3:00 PM PST. Please be aware that until the transfer window is closed, standard character creation will be unavailable for Mug'thol.

    Archimonde
    Mannoroth
    Warsong
    Bleeding Hollow
    Skullcrusher
    Azgalor
    Burning Blade
    Burning Legion

    Character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3AM to 3PM.

    Interesting to see Skullcrusher back on the list. Our guild of over one-hundred just moved from there. I wonder if this is going to help actually. The room left after the mass vacate just fills up faster than you can push sand into an ant hole. Are there any permanent solutions? Let me know!

    In the meantime you can do three things with us -

    Visit our World of Warcraft Page
    Help us pick a server for our Ultimate Warcraft Championship
    Read More News and Info on World of Warcraft

    News
    Thu, Jan 26, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Batwing crunchies? Um...

    We, like you, don't put much thought into the tasty delicacies our characters devour after a tough fight. Nevermind that (arguably) the best dish in World of Warcraft contains more than a snort o' "goblin rocket fuel." And no, Booty Bay revelers, we're not talking about the "volatile rum" they serve down there.

    But for those of you that want an inside look at the horrors of the World of Warcraft "Cooking" profession, we offer a new guide that Upton Sinclair would be proud of.

    If you can stomach it, check out our Cooking Guide. You've been warned!

    (No mechanical war-chickens were harmed in the creation of this guide.)

    News
    Thu, Jan 26, 2006
    Ethec
  • Jump start your WoW secondary skills.

    Maybe you thought the "Cooking" and "Fishing" professions in World of Warcraft are gimp, too complex, too time-consuming, too boring, or too expensive to get into. Not so. At least, not anymore.

    We have a couple secrets to share with you, secrets that will catapult your skills from 1 to 150 in both the Cooking and Fishing professions for a handful of silver, and in less time than it takes to watch another late-night "B" movie. It's not an exploit, it won't get you banned. It's just a taste of the old-school massively-multiplayer "grind smarter, not harder" approach.

    Two hours, no gold, no auction house transactions, 300 skill points.

    Interested? Check out Ten Ton Hammer's Two Hours to 150: Cooking & Fishing guide on our World of Warcraft Community Site.

    News
    Thu, Jan 26, 2006
    Ethec
  • If you want an interview done right, you just have to do it yourself. That's what the team of Chronicles of Spellborn have done. They've interviewed their graphic artist Chris Evenhuis and this is the result

    What is your part in the Chronicles of Spellborn project?

    I mainly design human characters, creatures, monsters, animals, armor and clothing. Sometimes I do world design, but most of that was finished when I joined the project. I take part in the ongoing discussions of fitting the design elements in the overall Spellborn world since those decisions have a lot of effect on the final design of those elements. Also a lot of technical stuff is involved in my work since my sketches need to be build in 3D by the modelers and I need to work within the 3D software to finalize the textures on the models since I do a lot of texture design too.

    It's always interesting to take a peek at these behind the scenes people. Go peek for yourself.

    More News and Info on Chronicles of Spellborn

    News
    Wed, Jan 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Mine with your mind!
    EVE Online has long been favored by truly casual players (for its offline training system friendly to those with little time to level) and truly hardcore gamers alike (hardcore gamers enjoy the game's intense PvP action). But if you play EVE and need some in-game money-- who doesn't?-- you need to mine some asteroids! Ten Ton Hammer's own "General" Lee usually takes a background role, whipping up the vast array of fine graphics you see on our network. But Darren comes to the forefront to share some of his EVE mining secrets!

    The objective of this series is to cover the mechanics of the fine art of mining in EVE. I'll touch upon some of the trials and tribulations that I've encountered going through the process as a Galantie character. I've taken a distributed approach to exploring the different aspects of the game. My expertise in mining is not complete but after a year of play, it's fair to say that I've learned a few tricks.

    All of the points made below are from the perspective of a solo miner. If you're a member of a thriving corporation that always travels in packs then most of the issues below will not apply. If you're like me and don't have time to support yet another demanding relationship in your life and simply want to fly around in space in your spare time then the info below might aid in the "fun" side of the experience.

    Check out Darren's mining guide here!

    News
    Tue, Jan 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • I had noticed that we didn't get any posts.This leads me to believe that either you're unsure of what we are offering, or that you're maybe a little cluck cluck chicken.

    That's unfortunate because left up to me I'll probably choose some carebear server where people don't even LIKE PVP.

    Here is a peek at some of the contest details.

    Welcome to Ten Ton Hammer's first World Ultimate Warcraft Championship Contest. The goal here is to give away great prizes and to see who the best of the best is on the server.

    We will be starting the contest on February 18th. In order for you to enter, you need to post your name / class / level and rank if you have one on this forum post. We'll then take the names and determine seeding.

    Categories

    • 1-10
    • 11-20
    • 21-30
    • 31-40
    • 41-50
    • 51-60

    Prizes - The winner in each category will receive a $100 Gift certificate to GameStop or EB Games. There will be six Grand Prizes in all.

    All winners will be required to notify us immediately through email with their full name and mailing address.

    Let us know where we should hold this beast! You won't be sorry!

    Tell us here!

    News
    Tue, Jan 24, 2006
    Awenyddion
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