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  • A Chat with Eliona!

    Vanguard Spheres has had a chance to talk to the ever busy Michelle Butler. She is the head of the customer support department at Sigil Games Online.

    If any of you knew Michelle Butler (otherwise known as Elionia) in Norrath, you know that this gal works just as hard as anyone else at SigilGames! Never one to stand in the wings and let the others do the dirty work, Michelle is busy putting together a crack team of GMs and filling a hole in lore that includes the group known as the Crimson Fellowship who will work closely with the GMs to support the people of Telon.

    I "chased" Michelle around a bit to get the chance to speak to her as a closing interview to our first GM series. Glip tried to trip me up, but finally called off his garden gnome and let me get close enough to do this. Quickly, then, let's see what we can get....

    Get clicking to see what Michelle had to say! You can get all the latests news and information at our own Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Three Beta Reports

    Gamespy has updated their site with three articles that report on the beta experience for Wow's upcoming expansion, The Burning Crusade.

    The first is a look at the Hellfire Peninsula...

    On the Blasted Lands side of the Dark Portal, the crater area has been cleared out of high-level mobs, and quest-giving NPCs have been added instead. This begins a series of quest breadcrumbs that lead you through the Dark Portal, into Outland, and to the first major city where you can start loading up on quests.

    Second is a journal of sorts as the author tries out a Blood Elf Paladin...

    Yesterday, I kicked off with my early experiences of The Burning Crusade playing as a freshly created Blood Elf Paladin. Today, I'm going to finish up talking about the newbie zone, Eversong Woods, and then we'll move onto the level 10-20 zone called Ghostlands.

    Finally is a trek to level 70 as blue-skinned Draenei Shaman...

    If there's something I missed about World of Warcraft since I began my days as a raider, it was the feeling you get when filling up your quest log with assorted missions, and filling your bags with assorted loot rewards, inching your way to the next level. While the level 70 cap will allow me to experience that with my main, I'm enjoying the low-level experience all over again, with my beta test of the Draenei starting area. Since the Draenei shaman offers the most unique experience for Alliance characters, I went that route and began my adventure by swinging my mace and earth shocking things in the face. Just wait until I learn frost shock!

    Head over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer to catch up on all the latest information on the Burning Crusade or share your thoughts with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums!

    News
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Into the Fog of Ringfell

    RPG Vault has another in their series of peeks at Chronicles of Spellborn. This one includes five new screenshots that shouldn't be missed.

    In this series of articles, we are taking an in-depth look at the world of The Chronicles of Spellborn. Players are part of a civilization struggling for survival after the destruction of their world. What is left are the hollow rock-realms known as shards, floating in the magical Deadspell Storm. Each of these shards offers a unique set of themed environments, dungeons and creatures. In this fifth and final episode, we explore the areas that lie deeper within the shard, hidden beneath a thick fog.

    Get clicking to read more. Be sure to share your thoughts on this and all your favorite MMOs in our new Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Highly-Anticipated Sequel Set to Ship October 31 in North America, November 3 in Europe

    In a press release issued this morning, we learn that the sequel to Never Winter Nights is about to ship to stores.

    Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, Neverwinter Nights 2 features a new, extensive single-player game with deep character development and a powerful new toolset that provides players with unprecedented ability to create their own universes, quests and storylines

    "Neverwinter Nights 2 has been an incredible game to produce, as we have aimed from the beginning to develop an immersive gaming experience that will satisfy both the RPG and modding communities," said Feargus Urquhart, Obsidian Entertainment's CEO. "Now that Neverwinter Nights 2 has gone gold, we are proud to say we are delivering a game that should exceed fans' expectations."

    Read the rest of the press release to learn more. Do you play Neverwinter Nights? Let us know what you are looking forward to in the sequel in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums today.

    News
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Is It Tolkien Yet? -- Art & Design in Lord of the Rings Online

    Gamespy has posted in interview with Turbine. The interview covers Tolkien, good, evil, and the importance of pronouns in Lord of the Rings Online.

    "Tolkien's world is absolutely huge, so you need to focus on what works." The speaker is Cardell Kerr, the game's Design Director. He's one of several Turbine employees clustered around a conference room table. Over the remains of our lunch we've begun discussing the genesis of The Lord of the Rings Online. The game was originally under development with Vivendi Universal as Middle-Earth Online, where it had acquired a reputation as a game in trouble. Turbine acquired all the rights to the game as well as the full-ownership of the assets of Middle-Earth Online in March 2005. Once the company took possession they needed to seriously consider just what to do with it.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the interview. Let us know what you think about this and all your favorite MMOs in our new Ten Ton Hammer Forums. Don't forget that all the lastest news and information is waiting for you at our LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • E3 May Not Be Gone Afterall...

    A press release was issued to announce details of the way E3 will look this coming Spring. Boomjack has dubbed it Re-E3. Read on to see why.

    The centerpiece of the invitation-only, three-day event will be the opportunity for both ESA members and non-members to stage major press events, and to have intimate meetings in premier hotel suites and meeting rooms with media, retailers, developer partners, and other audiences. In addition, the nearby Barker Hangar will be converted into a software showcase where attendees will be able to casually test drive the featured video games planned for the coming holiday season and beyond.

    Read the rest of the press release to learn more. Be sure to let us know what you think in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    News
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Four New Videos

    The folks at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) are beginning to rev their PR engines. They released several videos at the recent SOE/Sigil press event to promote Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and we've got them here for your viewing enjoyment. Unlike some game promos, these videos feature actual in-game footage. You'll see a fly-over of the continent of Thestra; various mounts; and a little something just to whet your appetite for the game.

    Head over to Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer to get caught up on all the latest Vanguard news and information.

    Video, Media
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • CCP's No Other Destiny video nominated for three Mackie Awards

    A press release was issued today to annouce the fact that EVE Online makers, CCP Games, has been nominated for three awards.

    No Other Destiny offers a glimpse through the mind's eye of a seasoned warrior as he prepares himself for a momentous assault where the Empires will collide head-on in the ongoing battle for interstellar supremacy. The video features actual gameplay footage from EVE Online with music by the Dutch group Black Sun Empire. According to producer Greg Kruk, the "Arrakis" music track is a key element of the video. "Its intensity really sums up player versus player combat for me."

    Read the full press release to learn more details. Have you joined our EVE Ten Ton Hammer Community site yet? If not, get clicking! It only takes a moment to register.

    News
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Lead Designer of Age of Conan talks about his role and how he attained it

    The official site for Age of Conan has been updated with another in their series of Developer Profiles. This time we get to know Ole Herbjørnsen.

    In a special Saturday edition of our weekly Thursday feature, we bring you a profile of Age of Conan Lead Designer Ole Herbjørnsen. Herbjørnsen works for Norway's Funcom, who have also developed the MMP Anarchy Online and the adventure game The Longest Journey.

    MMORPG.com: Tell us a little about your childhood. How did school and where you live influence your choice to join the video game community?

    Head over and read more. Don't forget to stop by the new Ten Ton Hammer Forums and share your thoughts with us on this and all your favorite MMOs.

    News
    Mon, Oct 16, 2006
    LadySirse
  • A Chat with Ryzom Ring Producer

    Gamona.de has updated their site with an interview with Ryzom Ring Executive Producer, Guillaume Puzin. Keep reading to find out what they were able to learn.

    gamona: Originally announced for release outposts needed more than one year to be implemented into the game. Lots of players are disappointed about them. There is only one single building (a drill) available and only a few outposts have been opened. Do you plan to open more buildings in the near future (maybe at the prime roots)?

    Guillaume Puzin: Yes we plan to add new buildings in the future but not quite yet as we are currently focusing on new content to bring to the players who have been with us from the start. After releasing the outposts we switched our focus away from PvP for a while in order to work on PvE content but we do plan to come back to them again. As it happens one of the buildings that we will be adding corresponds to another of the questions that you have been asking as it gives extra storage space for guilds to stock their items.

    Keep reading to learn more. You can even check it out in german. Let us know what you think about this and all your favorite MMOs in our Ten Ton Hammer Forums.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 16, 2006
    LadySirse
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