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  • Geek Get-together.
    The BlizzCon website has been updated with a link to buy tickets and an announcement of special pricing to Disneyland. Mickey Mouse ganked a lowbie at Crossroads and then starting spewing the following:

    "Blizzard Entertainment welcomes you to the inaugural BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on October 28-29th, 2005! BlizzCon is a celebration of the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises and the players who have helped make them so popular around the world. We invite you to join us for an exciting weekend of gaming and socializing with your fellow Blizzard gamers and developers.

    BlizzCon 2005 will spotlight World of Warcraft, but will also feature hands-on gameplay of StarCraft: Ghost and other Blizzard games."

    You can read all about BlizzCon at the Official Site.

    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
  • Massively multiplayer online barbarian playing game.
    RPGVault has posted an Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures interview with Game Director, Gaute Godager of Funcom. After listening intently to the lamentations of the women they also listened to Gaute and wrote something suspiciously like this:

    "Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures is Funcom's contribution to a revival of the property that includes both a movie and an animated film along with new novels, a comic series, collectible toys and more. Described as an online action RPG, its aim is to bring together a story-driven single-player experience and a massively multiplayer end game, both capturing the classic swords and sorcery feeling as well as the lush, dark, brutally violent and not always politically correct nature of the franchise. The titular hero's grip on the Aquilonian throne has become tenuous, with ancient evils threatening to throw the realm into chaos. The time is ripe for those with the strength and will to carve out their own destinies. As for our fate, we were favored by fortune in finding Game Director Gaute Godager willing to answer our questions."

    You can read the entire Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures at RPGVault.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
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    "It's not over until the fat lady sings" and let me tell you she was off tune last night. Our expedition to Vegas is over and the news, Loading...and rest of our content here on will be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks for hanging in there while we were away from our desks and Loading... was more akin to Please Wait...

    Mon, Jul 11, 2005
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    Well, no "Babes of Vegas" gallery after all. Apparently, the casino folks frown on people taking multiple photos inside the premises! Who knew?Once I picked myself off the sidewalk (you know, those casino bouncers can really throw a body far!), I was able to put together this reasonable facsimile of John's "Loading..."

    • Man robs Krispy Kreme wearing goggles and a trash bag on his head.

      The Unknown Comic wanted for questioning.
    • Air Supply tours Cuba.
      'Welcome Back Kotter' still tops on Friday nights.
    • Plague-carrying cats infest Wyoming
      Touring Broadway show to soldier on with understudies...
    • Man jumps Great Wall of China on skateboard.
      How they got the Wall on a skateboard in the first place, I'll never know....
    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • EQ2's Splitpaw Saga becomes an "epic" tale

    SOE adds the final chapter to this summer's adventure pack. Those
    Underpaw gnolls are on the march, led by the epic-challenge mob
    Faroth Mal.  Before the SPCA descended on the instance
    for alleged cruelty to animals, the devs posted this bit of lore based
    on the exploits of guild Ascendance:

    "As soon as Faroth Mal fell, the caverns began to collapse. It was
    now a race to get out--a race for their lives. Ascendance began to
    scale the collapsed rocks and broken tusks towards the surface with
    desperate haste. As they moved through a final chokepoint, the ceiling
    let out its last shudder and buckled. With daring resolve, the
    remaining members of Ascendance leapt into an open cavern while the
    rocks filled in behind them.
    "The tremor stopped, and the guild looked around at each other,
    stunned. “So much for loot,” Kumek laughed and began dusting
    him/herself off. “Not funny!” Jedette scorned, “I’m sick of risking my
    skin for…” “Look!” shouted Drave. A mysterious glow surrounded them.
    Salvatorre reached forward to touch it in disbelief. “It’s gold!
    Wagonloads of it!” Ascendance had stumbled upon the fabled treasure
    vault of the Underpaw Clan. The rest is history."

    Visit our very own EQ2 Splitpaw Saga guide, if you dare!

    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • Ladies and gentleman, start your criticism...
    Gamespy has posted crafting, races, classes, landscapes,
    and video previews of Auto Assault.  Just before their biomek
    content editors' minds went into overload with catastrophic results,
    they posted this:

    "We kick the tires, look under the hood, fiddle with the
    radio dial, and
    get behind the wheel of "The fastest MMORPG" to take the game for an
    exclusive unrestricted test drive."

    Go browse the entire Gamespy Preview,
    then drive yourself on over to the TTH Auto Assault site.

    Features, Previews
    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • Be nice and ask your questions with a little Tactica... puts the screws to Luke Carruthers in a grueling four-question Q&A on Tactica Online. And it goes, a little like this:

    We’re actually starting the first stage of external testing right now. A very restricted set of people are helping us with what we’re calling Technical Testing. It’s focused on the server infrastructure and network performance, and will lead into wider public testing in the future.

    Along with the Technical Testing phase, we’re starting to release more information about skills and the different factions, and the official forums are going live.

    The next stage will be a limited Alpha test, and it will begin the focus on gameplay testing and balance. We expect it to start in August.

    Features, Interviews
    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen; lend me your BFGs.

    RPG Vault has posted "Part 2" of their interview series with Mythic Entertainment's Matt Firor and Colin Hicks. Our fly on the wall reports that they may have said this:

    Colin Hicks: Missions are one of the most important aspects of Imperator. It is, after all, what the player is doing most of the time he's playing the game. Missions are the avenue through which the player experiences the world and understands the story of Imperator as well as his place in it.

    Overall, the content in Imperator can be summarized in three categories, Open Zones, Engagements and Life Events.

    Go! Read! Your Caesar commands it.

    Features, Interviews
    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • Wait a minute... there's a whole day's news missing? Did nothing happen in the world of gaming yesterday? Are there no tales of Chinese bot farmers gone amok?

    Weell, as you may know, a lot of the Ten Ton Hammer staff are in Las Vegas this week. And, as fate would have it, many of us are... ummm, really working the "Hammered" part of our trademark name, if you get my drift.

    We'll pick up the slack today, have no fear! You'll be treated to some guest reporting from myself and fellow gaming enthusiast Ethec, who's over giving us a hand from his normal duties on our EQ2 @ TenTonHammer community site.

    So, stay tuned! In a matter of hours you'll have as much gaming news as two hungover online reporters can throw at ya from a convention centre room on the Vegas Strip.

    Sun, Jul 10, 2005
  • Loading...
    The TTH crew has landed in Vegas. Trumpets played. Doves fluttered to the rafters and Jimbob ate a salad at 5:30am this morning that could easily be a Guinness Book of World Records entry. The only thing bigger than the salad was the grin on his face, or perhaps the fancy Elvis costume he was wearing. Outrageous!
    I apologize for the lack of news yesterday, but we will make it up to you. On the bright side Phil is here so expect some fancy photos like in our E3 Booth Babes gallery. Las Vegas Babes Gallery perhaps?
    Now on to the real world, you can't make this stuff up.

    • Who lives in a pineapple under the sea...and makes glass?

      Wooooohooooooooo! Go Spongebob!
    • The first hurricane of the season is called...Dennis.

      Denis the Menace considering defamation suit.
    • Office Bow of Death

      Do not try this at home folks. Apparently trying it in the office is O.K. though.
    • Blue Man Interview

      A Vegas appropriate story me thinks.
    • Your Old Cell Phone = $$$ [Thanks Michael Sun]

      If I had a nickel...
    • Inexpensive Cotter Pin Crushes 24 Boats

      Monster truck rally organizers rush to corner the cotter pin market.
    • Amusement Park Entry is Half Price If You Wear a Mini Skirt

      Chinese authorities
      to begin military "exercises" outside of park.
    • God Invites One Million Bees To Church

      Is the exterminator buying a one way ticket to you know where?
    Fri, Jul 08, 2005
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