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Recent EverQuest 2 Featured Content Updates:

  • Jeffery Steefel Talks With FiringSquad

    FiringSquad had a chance to talk to Jeffery Steefel recently. Keep reading to see what they were able to learn...

    FiringSquad: First, Turbine has been working on this game for a while now. Overall, how do you feel the game is coming along at this point?

    Jeffrey Steefel: The Beta Program is in full swing and the game is looking fabulous. Our team is busy at work updating and polishing the game based on feedback from Beta players. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and LOTRO is definitely shaping up to be an epic game that will satisfy hardcore and casual fans alike.

    Get clicking to find out what else they asked.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Dec 07, 2006
  • Vhalen talks about Kaladim!

    the official site for EverQuest II has been updated with a Q & A with developer Tony "Vhalen" Garcia.

    Can you talk about the geographical significance of Kaladim being situated north of Butcherblock?

    Vhalen: What adventurers know of the Butcherblock Mountains is actually only the crag-cradled fields of that mountainous region. The region is dominated by the majestic peaks, insurmountable monuments of nature. Kaladim is located in the heart of that titanic mountain range. Such a location provides a temperate climate and natural defenses for the kingdom of the dwarves.

    Read the rest of the Q & A with just a click.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Dec 05, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer / LotroSource's interview with Turbine CEO Jeff Anderson

    John "Methost" Irwin interviews Turbine CEO Jeff Anderson on our LotroSource site.

    "Can you tell me the difference between a CEO for a game company and a CEO or any other company?"

    I think being a CEO of a game company is standing between a lot of different competing objectives, you've got creative talent who are passionate about the art and the work they are building, you've got the technology challenges of trying to get a platform to support customer service and billing and authentication, you've got an
    engineering challenge and trying to get a game engine, physics and all that working, you've got a team of designers and artists who are creating content, you've got the business people who need to be doing distribution deals worldwide. I could describe it as being in charge of making a feature film, where you are designing the camera and the film and the actors all at the same time, so it is a complex business and MMORPGs are at the tip of the spear."

    Get clicking to read the rest of the interview.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Nov 28, 2006
  • Echoes of Faydwer Q & A

    Stratics has posted an Q & A that delves into the recently released EQ2 expansion, Echoes of Faydwer.

    With the coming of the Gods back to Norrath, we at Everquest II Stratics were curious to get a little more insight into just what was going on, and what could we expect to see in the future. Therefore, we sat down with the Senior Producer of Everquest II at Sony Online Entertainment, Scott "Gallenite" Hartsman.

    Get clicking to see what they were able to learn. What do you think of this expansion? Share your thoughts with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums today!

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Nov 15, 2006
  • A launch-day preview of the latest EverQuest II expansion from SOE has posted a look at Echoes of Faydwer today as it launches. Keep reading to see their last minute thoughts...

    Playing EverQuest II's Echoes of Faydwer is a trip down memory lane for EverQuest players. Echoes of Faydwer also brings a new player race to EverQuest II, the winged fairy folk known as the Fae, providing another more visible aspect for player customization, the wings of the Fae, as well as a new facial customization option that allow you to shape and size the face using sliders.

    More is just a click away. Tried this expansion yet? Share your adventures with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums! Don't forget to head over to our EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer Community site for all the latest guides and information!

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 14, 2006
  • EverQuest II's Senior Producer Scott Hartsman talks about Echoes of Faydwer posted this interview Friday with Scott Hartsman in their continuing series of interviews. An aspect of the expansion that has players excited are the Deity granted spells and skills. Can you tell us more about them? Is this just a one time quest or more of a developing journey?

    Scott Hartsman: Choosing a deity that matches your character's beliefs is a journey that you begin to embark upon through different series of quests for each deity.

    Once you've chosen a deity to worship and earn their favor by taking on certain quests and making offerings you're able to tap into certain aspects of their power, their Blessings and Miracles. You can have one of each at any given time. You gain them by praying at your deity's altar and choosing to spend some of your earned Favor.

    Head over to read more. Let us know what you think about the upcoming expansion and all your favorite MMOs in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Nov 13, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer / LotroSource's premier glimpse into Turbine's Middle Earth...

    John "Methost" Irwin on our LotroSource sister site offers up his first hands-on preview of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, straight from last week's Midway event in San Franciso:

    Special mention should also be given to the artwork on this game. The stunning visuals had me stopping mid-quest more than once, just to look around. The ground foliage sways in the breeze and the lakes cast lifelike reflections. Leaves flutter from trees and stars twinkle in the night’s sky. Turbine uses the word “polish” when it talks about delays in development. This is what they mean. The end result is eye-popping.

    You can read the rest of Methost's engaging preview at LotroSource.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 08, 2006
  • Another WoW competitor, but with quite a legacy to back it up. has posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online.

    LOTRO will indefinitely prove that the rights to a movie license are vastly overrated. Even with only the books to pull from (the core trilogy as well as The Hobbit), Turbine's take on Tolkein's world is as vivid and as stylized as we've seen from EA's titles, if not moreso. Taking into account the sheer, massive size of Middle Earth, LOTRO is currently limited to one region of the world: Eriador. With the other regions of Middle Earth planned to be dolled out in due time, this gives Turbine the opportunity to give each region the type of care it deserves, thus giving off a handmade feel to the world. The region by region nature of LOTRO also allows Turbine enough time to roll out the ongoing story, which is intended to involve players in famous events from the Lord of the Ring series.

    Get clicking to read more. Have you been to our LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Community sitelately? Head over and get caught up on all the latest news and information.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 07, 2006
  • The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Hands-on

    IGN has been busy getting hands on time with several upcoming games. Today, the posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online. Keep reading to see what they thought of their time in Middle-earth.

    The game begins, as all others do, by creating a character. Males and females of the humans, elves and hobbits can be chosen along with a male dwarf. I guess females with beards aren't that appealing. After picking a race and gender a racial intro cut shows to give a little bit of background on that particular entry to set the stage for events to come.

    Those unfamiliar with the title up to now should know that it takes place during the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books. This simple fact opens up a lot of questions. Will we get to see the fellowship traveling around? Will we play a role in the events leading up to Frodo dropping the ring into the fire pits of Mount Doom?

    Get clicking to find out what answers they were able to find. Stop by our LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Community today and get up to date with all the latest news and information!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 03, 2006
  • Bursting at the seams with new content, this expansion will keep real life at bay has posted their hands on preview of the upcoming expansion for EverQuest II, Echoes of Faydwer.

    We recently got some hands on time with the beta version of Echoes of Faydwer and it looks like EverQuest II fans will have a good reason to put real life on hold and order some pizza as it’s jam packed with more content than any other expansion released for the granddaddy of MMORPGs. Unlike previous expansions which focused on new content for particular level ranges, Echoes of Faydwer will include new questing grounds for all levels with plenty of end-game bosses for raiders to take down.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the preview. What are your thoughts about this upcoming expansion? Let us know in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums today.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 03, 2006
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