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  • More insights from beyond the Dark Portal...

    Amber "Aurael" Weldon has graced us with her first impressions of the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade beta. Included is her take of a surprise encounter at the Dark Portal, plus a fresh new look at the homeland of the Blood Elves, which are (as you probably know) the most conspicuous of the two new WoW races:

    The buildings and landscaping are a clear reflection of a society which oozes magic. Brooms sweep up on their own; mops dip themselves into buckets and wring themselves out before mopping the floors. Alchemy jars hang suspended in the air over floating blue flames. Cats prowl around the inside and outside of buildings. The blood elves' taste in decorating exhibits an almost careless blend of luxury and convenience.

    Like luxury? Enjoy convenience? Right-o. |Click here| to sample Aurael's first beta journal, Buffy.

    Mon, Oct 30, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer's First Look at "The Burning Crusade" - Eversong Woods

    The Blood Elves, perhaps the most anticipated new race of WoW's January 2007 "The Burning Crusade" retail expansion, make their home in an idyllic region known as Eversong Woods, and today Ten Ton Hammer has its first look at this enchanted land. Take a tour of Eversong Woods and Silvermoon City, immerse yourself in the lore and attention to storyline detail, and maybe even learn a few things you can apply when TBC launches this winter!

    "Eversong Woods wraps around one of the better known locations of Warcraft lore - the location of the ancient city of Quel'Thalas, or "Silvermoon City" as it's known today. Silvermoon City and environs are where the remnant of elves stranded on the continent of Lordaeron have made their stand against the forces of the Scourge. However, the Eversong Woods of today will strike you as an island of grandeur in an expansive wasteland rather than a province under siege, owing to the power of the "Burning Crystals" and the protection of large magical runestones which keep the blight of the Scourge at bay."

    To learn more just give a click! You can find more impressions and information on the upcoming expansion The Burning Crusades at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site. Don't be left in the dark, head over now and get caught up!

    Fri, Oct 27, 2006
  • A Community Member's Look at the Burning Crusade

    Aurael takes some time to sit down with WoW Community member Niltsiar. Niltsiar is a level 60 warlock on the Emerald Dream server. Keep reading to hear his thoughts on WoW and the Burning Crusade.

    "Aurael: How do you feel about the upcoming expansion?

    Niltsiar: I have two levels of feelings: apprehension about them breaking the game and high expectations about the things that are coming in."

    Head over to read the rest of the interview. More interviews, previews, news and information awaits you at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site! Head over toda and check it out.

    Fri, Oct 27, 2006
  • Burning Crusades Hands-On Preview

    ProG has joined the host of sites getting a chance to preview the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft. Nightfall has been a hot topic of late. Keep reading to see what their impressions are.

    It's probably the most anticipated expansion in videogame history.

    The problem for WoW fanboys like me who have been dipping their virtual toes (or, if you're a Tauren, hoofs) into the beta for the last couple of weeks is that there's absolutely masses of new stuff to wade through, and it's almost impossible to be objective about it.

    Read the rest of the preview and then share your thoughts with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums. You can find out more about WoW and the Burning Crusades at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Oct 26, 2006
  • Xerin's Beta Journal #1: Magic Portals

    Come follow the adventures of Xerin in "The Burning Crusade". Join along as Xerin takes you through his journey in stepping through the Dark Portal and exploring the new world known as Outland!

    "In wrapping my adventure up, I wanted to do one last epic thing. That was break the siege on the Dark Portal. I mean, according to this guy the MMORPG story should be about yourself right? So, I mounted on my horse and rode towards the back of the siege on the Dark Portal. I jumped off my horse and pulled my sword out and charged the Pit Boss who was ordering the minions around.

    Then I saw the "Do you want to release?" screen. I guess I'm not too much of a hero yet!"

    Get clicking to see the rest of this exclusive beta journal. The WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site is full of great guides, interviews, previews and information on all things WoW. Head over and check it out. Got something to say? Stop by the new Ten Ton Hammer Forums and speak up!

    Wed, Oct 25, 2006
  • Release Date Announcement

    In a press release issued this morning Blizzard announced that the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusades will not ship as scheduled.

    Blizzard Entertainment® today announced that the release date for World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade™, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, will be in January 2007. By adding a few extra weeks to the development cycle beyond its original target date, Blizzard will be able to extend the closed beta test and further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

    Read the rest of the press release for more details. Head over to our Ten Ton Hammer Forums to let us know how this effects your gaming plans. Catch up on all the latest news and information at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Tue, Oct 24, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer's First Look at "The Burning Crusade: Hellfire Pennisula"

    The first location you will visit when venturing into Outland will be the Hellfire Peninsula. The Hellfire Peninsula is the starting location on your journey from level sixty to seventy and as such hosts a myriad of quests and locales for you to visit and level at. We take an in-depth look at this large zone and attempt to walk you through the various cities and structures located within!

    "Both the Horde and Alliance hold massive outposts within the Hellfire Peninsula. They aren't really outposts, but more of giant structures that are both ruined and on fire. Yeah, you can guess it; things aren't going to good for either Honor Hold or Thrallmar. That just adds to the wonderful atmosphere that Outland slowly builds up. This is a war and the good guys aren't doing so swell."

    More is just a click away. Is the upcoming Burning Crusade on your "to buy list"? Let us know all about it in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Tue, Oct 24, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer's First Look at "The Burning Crusade: The Blood Furnace"

    This is a first look at what to expect in the Hellfire Citadel, home of 4 brand new instance in the Burning Crusade. This article in particular looks at the second instance that you are likely to adventure through, the Blood Furnace in the Citadel.

    The first boss you come across is The Maker, a very large angry looking Orc that carries allot of equipment strapped to his arms and back. The room he is in is a torture type lab with prison cells along the side and he looks almost mechanical in nature, and a bit like a Frankenstein creation. The whole scene works. Once his room is cleared and you start the fight with him you find out that he can hit hard, I mean REAL hard! The other really nasty ability he had is that he can mind control players and it did not seem to be dispellable. So all we had to do was DPS him down in between kiting our own MC'ed players and ensuring our tank had aggro so he couldn't kill our casters. All in all though he wasn't that bad.

    Get clicking to read more. Head over to our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site to check out all our awesome guides! You can also share your thoughts with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Tue, Oct 24, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer's First Look at "The Burning Crusade: Hellfire Ramparts"

    This is a first look at what to expect in the Hellfire Citadel, home of 4 brand new instance in the Burning Crusade. This article in particular looks at the lowest level instance, the Hellfire Ramparts in the Citadel.

    With dreams of PHAT loot in our heads we moved on further into the instance and headed up a spiral stairwell to the top of the ramparts, where we found another larger circle of casters that gave us some issues. We managed to take them all out with AOE, figuring we could handle the buffed close combat guy if we took everyone else down fast... WRONG! He hurt our tank bad! We had a druid and priest healing him as much as we could and we couldn't keep up. Eventually he went down and we barely finished him before he took out the group. Oh well, we all had fun trying something new.

    Read more with just a click. Head over to the Ten Ton Hammer Forums and share your thoughts with us on how you think the new expansion will be.

    Mon, Oct 23, 2006
  • "The Burning Crusade" Racial Introduction Videos

    We've recorded the starting cutscenes for both of the new races in the upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Each cutscene shows a tour of the new starting areas along with a brief introduction of each race. You can't play as the new races yet but you can enjoy some of this amazing in-game footage before the games official release!

    Video, Media
    Mon, Oct 23, 2006
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