EverQuest II + EverQuest + Lord of the Rings Online + Mines of Moria

  • The Dwarves of Middle-earth

    If you're planning to play a sturdy and stalwart dwarf when Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar launches later this year, then you'll want to check out our guide to the dwarf race.

    The dwarves of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth are beings of short stature and stocky build. Dwarf males always sport long beards. (Whether dwarf females always wear beards is a matter of some speculation and debate.) Dwarves mine precious metals throughout Middle-earth and are known as skilled stoneworkers and smiths. Their gruff appearance and demeanor belies their ability for superb craftsmanship.

    Learn more about the dwarf at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Sat, Mar 04, 2006
  • Welcome to the Tangle...

    We got fun and games! We got anything you want....umm.. how did these Guns n' Roses lyrics get in here? Anyways, the Tenerbrous Tangle is the starter zone for the Kingdom of Sky - the newest expansion to hit EverQuest 2 - and we've got the guide to help you make the most of your adventures in Tenebrous Tangle.

    Above the vast continents of Norrath, float lush green islands of immense beauty. From a distance they appear serene and peaceful, but are occupied by dangerous creatures of unspeakable evil. The Tenebrous Tangle zone is the lowest level zone within the Kingdom of Sky and is vastly different than anything you've ever experienced in Norrath.

    Get a detailed overview and eight incredible maps of here.

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • I'm still laughing. I have tears I do. Developer Diary: Allan "Orion" Maki - Friends Don't Let Friends Tank Balrogs The name should speak volumes of the humor in this piece. However, that's not what started me laughing. It's the picture of Will with his cow bell smack at the top. You gotta love a man who appreciates the need for more cow bell.

    So you want to know something about The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™. Excellent! If only I could deliver all of the juicy information which you seek! How wondrous would the outpouring of gratitude be, and how greater still the rancor that followed, as shortcomings and disagreements were debated until the coming of the Last Battle!

    (Translation: before I was a developer, I was an MMO fan first, then an Online Community Rep. Be nice to Patience!)

    If I could do that I would, but I cannot. NobOrBob and his Balrog, Snuggles, keep our darkest secrets, er, secret. What I can do, however, is give you a glimpse of LOTRO from a great height, as if borne by a Great Eagle.

    Go read this.

    Your One Stop Shop for Lord of the Rings Online.

    More News and Info on Lord of the Rings Online

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • Another big announcement from Codemasters comes today with the news that they will be publishing Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online througout Europe. They have secured the rights to not only publish but also handle online operations. (Meaning support)

    Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc., commented: “Through the last year we have established a close working relationship with Codemasters and have been impressed with its commitment and expertise in the online gaming space. We are delighted to partner further with the company to deliver The Lord of the Rings Online experience throughout Europe.”

    You can get your Lord of the Rings Online fix right here!

    More Lord of the Rings Online News and Info.

    Fri, Mar 03, 2006
  • Interviews gone bad...

    At EQ2 - TenTonHammer, Coyote Sharptongue has done it again, bringing us a reel of outtakes from his numerous interviews. It's a sweeping, uncompromised look at a number of issues (such as PvP and Kingdom of Sky expansion lag) going on in Norrath right now (NONE of which include Rangers ok?).

    "Ever have one of those days where nothing could go right? Where it seemed like everything was stacked against you by some unseen malicious force?" A large Kerra wearing a top hat and sitting in a plush arm chair asks with a grin as he sips from a wine glass full of milk.

    Take a minute to read Coyote's latest comedic creation at EQ2 - TenTonHammer. You won't be sorry!

    Thu, Mar 02, 2006
  • We're dying to understand death.

    If you've played EverQuest 2 for any period of time you are probably familiar with death. If you were in RadarX's group in Sanctum of Scaleborn last night, you would be very familiar. Game mechanics are a frequently underdiscussed aspect of games and death is a primary factor, believe it or not, in what makes a fun game. How does death effect us in EverQuest 2?

    MMO guru Raph Koster, in his book "A Theory of Fun" defines a game as "learning in a safe environment." I'll admit before this week I never really tried to define what a game was but it in a profound way it mirrors real life. Certain activities are rewarded while others are punished, and we develop patterns of behavior based on it. For example, taking down the trash cans to the curb the night before, earns me a "Thank you sweetheart" from my wife as reward. Not taking the trash cans to the curb the night before, and missing garbage pick up, earns me weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Read the entire "death penalty" tutorial at EQ2 - TenTonHammer

    Thu, Mar 02, 2006
  • The Obelisk where the Lost Souls roam... no longer your EQ2 group's funeral home!

    Obelisk of Lost Souls, a dangerous and confusing mid-to-high level zone in EverQuest 2 requires multiple access quests, but is wonderfully built and underused.

    Savanja takes a peek at a definitely under utilized zone, the Obelisk of Lost Souls. With quest walk throughs, and fabulous maps done by the talented Slide, this is a guide to check out if you are wanting to head out and explore some of the lesser used zones.

    I made my way through the perilous Nektulos Forest, to the very northern most part, where the giants reside, and found a hidden scattering of shadowed men. These creatures were no matches for my mighty Monk skills, and they fell quickly to the harsh bash of my batons. And instantly, a purple cloud appeared, and I knew this was what I had been searching for. I stepped within the haze, and was magically ported into the Obelisk.

    Be the hero of your group by suggesting a visit to Obelisk soon. But don't get caught with your leg armor down, check out Ten Ton Hammer Guide to Obelisk of Lost Souls!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • There's a new class on the official site. Lore-master hits the stage in a blaze of glory!

    Races: Man, Elf

    'This only would he say, that Imladris was of old the name among the Elves of a far northern dale, where Elrond the Halfelven dwelt, greatest of lore-masters.'

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

    A keeper of ancient lore and otherwise lost knowledge, the Lore-master uses his knowledge of the lesser and greater powers of the world around him to stave off the advances of the shadow for a time, and to treat the wounds and suffering of his companions. In dire need he can use this knowledge to hurt his foes; but this task being extremely difficult, a wise Lore-master would rarely attempt it.

    The Lore-master will be the class of choice for the player that enjoys using the power of ancient lore to aid their allies and hinder their foes. Steeped in the histories of Middle-earth Lore-masters are able to aid their fellows in recovering from maladies caused by the forces of the Dark Lord. They can also use their knowledge to daze, harm, or hinder their enemies, as well as give of themselves to strengthen another. Some Lore-masters are even said to be able to communicate with animals and request their aid. A Lore-master's combat style is anchored in the power of knowledge and using it intelligently to defeat evil.


    All your Lord of the Rings Online Buzz Here!

    Best Lord of the Rings Online Community Site in the Universe!

    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • EQ2 opinions that count!

    If you aren't aware of who Aggro Me is, you've missed out on an insightful, honest, straight foward, and sometimes humorous look at EverQuest 2 and the MMO market in general. Slide infiltrates the Aggro Me Elite Ninja Death Squad to unlock his secrets.

    SLiDE: What was it that motivated you to start a MMO related blog spot?

    Aggro Me: I’ll let you in on a secret I don’t think I’ve ever stated publicly. It wasn’t money (good thing because there isn’t any), fame (haha), or the desire to get a job at a game company that got me started with Aggro Me. I conceived the idea for a novel, entitled “Aggro Me” before I ever started the site. The blog was really a research tool to help me with that novel and maybe act as a launching pad if I ever finished it.

    Of course, things change. That novel is still mired in the second chapter and the blog has several hundred lengthy posts. I started to really care about EQII and I wanted to change it for the better. That normally took the form of blasting perceived imperfections in the game, and believe me there were plenty in those days. Lately, I have taken on a more positive note not because I’ve changed, but because the game has. I’m as honest now as I was then and if I tried to be negative just for the sake of it, I would be doing myself and my readers a grave disservice.

    Read the rest of this entertaining, enlightening interview at EQ2 - TenTonHammer and be sure to check out AggroMe's blog at

    Mon, Feb 27, 2006
  • Get to Know the Lord of the Rings Online Community Manager!

    Visitors and members of the official forums know her as Patience, the aptly named community manager for Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). I managed to snag Meghan Rodberg for an interview to discuss her personal history, and her work with Turbine. She shares her thoughts on the game and the community, as well as a few small crumbs about her experiences in the closed LOTRO beta.

    The Shire is definitely my favorite stomping ground. It’s
    nearly complete at this point, and I just love the mood it evokes. It
    feels like the Shire. My hairy little hobbit feet feel right at home
    there, and the quests are very creative. I do have a favorite NPC, but I
    don’t want to spoil anything by saying who it is.

    We have Patience to help us get through LotRO's internal beta, and you can check out the interview at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Feb 27, 2006
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