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  • Nice shootin', Tex!

    This month, Auto Assault - TenTonHammer brings you a community interview featuring a clan that you might know about, the Backseat Drivers. We pull up next to their leader, Tex Johnson, and discuss Auto Assault, the guild, and the guild’s goals.

    I had the pleasure this week to interview Tex Johnson, of the Backseat Drivers. If you frequent the official forums then you will probably see plenty of insightful posts from this fine fellow. He's a college student by day and a freelancer by night – patrolling the vast wasteland of Auto Assault with his friends and clan mates.

    Join us as we discuss the game at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • LotRO - TenTonHammer interviews the White Wizard!

    What prompted Gandalf to ask Bilbo to surrender his magic ring? What really happened after Gandalf, along with the balrog, plunged into the chasm in Moria? How did Gandalf the Grey return as Gandalf the White? Our reporter in Middle-earth meets with the legendary wizard to learn his secrets.

    “What can you tell me about who you are, and where you come from?”

    “That,” said Gandalf, “is rather complicated.” He reached behind his beard and seemed to draw a pipe from nowhere. He continued to talk as he filled the bowl. “I came to Middle-earth as one of the Istari, the order of wizards who arrived after the first millennium of the Third Age.”

    Read the interview at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • On the Air

    Master of the Guild Wars podcast, Weapon of Choice, DJ Wheat has a lot of thoughts on the game we all know and love. In this interview, we talk about everything from why he's called "Wheat" to podcasting Donkey Konga.

    Wheat: If positioned correctly, they could get a @#%!load of attention with a Guild Wars-only event. Take a look at BlizzCon or QuakeCon. These are events which saw numbers in the thousands in attendance, and hundreds of thousands of people online. Guild Wars is no different. They can also attract everyone who is a part of the game. Seems simple to me.

    Check out TenTonHammer's interview with DJ Wheat at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • The Vanguard community speaks out...

    At Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer, Lady Sirse share some of the results from our surveys. We are committed to giving our readers a voice and a place where they can share their thoughts. Read on and see what your friends and fellow players are saying...

    I would like to take a moment to thank all of those that took the time to fill out these surveys. In the coming weeks be prepared to hear more from these fine folks as they offer their take on many topics as we send our writers out into the masses. What are we going to look at today? A bit of classes, a dash of opinion and a heap of hot topics!

    One of the questions that we asked of the community was what their favorite class is and why. We got many interesting replies. One of my favorites was from Ikan Tymyshoes...

    Find out more by reading the full article at Vanguard - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
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    More MMOG goodness than Duke Nukem Forever has had release dates.
    Here is your appetizer. The main course is only a click away.

    • I post your takes on social networks. My take? That beautiful girl is likely a man.
    • Jeff Woleslagle attempts to interview me. My dodge skill has raised to (303).
    • 19 New Auto Assault Guides, Contests and Articles. Mazdas with mortars.
    • 9 New Articles on Guild Wars and Guild Wars Factions.
    • Vin Diesel goes Brokeback.

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    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • What does it take to run a WoW raiding guild?

    With CEOs consulting with World of Warcraft guild leaders , WoW-TenTonHammer's Messiah sought out one of these paragons of leadership advice for an interview. He spoke with Bind, a guild master for "Visions of Anarchy" on the Dragonblight server. Visions of Anarchy is a large and successful Horde raiding guild.

    Messiah: I hear a lot of "we" in your responses, what exactly is the guild structure and how do you break up duties?
    Bind: The guild is basically me and a band of dedicated officers. We all pitch to get all the work done. Between running a raid, and doing the points, all officers get pretty beat up after a long week of raiding. I refer to we since it is really a big team effort with all of use doing a ton of work to keep things running smoothly.

    Check out Messiah's interview at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • A tell-all interview with... a Dungeons & Dragons Online NPC?

    Each month, DDO - Ten Ton Hammer brings you an interview from the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) community. Okay. Here's the deal: Ralsu had an interview lined up with Sporkfire and Samera, but Friday he realized he wasn't able to get all of the questions answered in time for this month's interview.

    Ralsu was desperate for an interview with most people's schedules filled up for the weekend. When his own mother turned him down, he remembered that Three-Fingered Thad would do anything for money. Keep your eyes peeled for that exclusive interview with Turbine's community figureheads in May. In the meantime, enjoy his chat with Three-Fingered Thad!

    Ralsu: How does one become a vendor NPC?

    Thad: All ye have to do is have somethin' to sell and a winning smile. (chuckles for a bit before starting to cough)

    Ralsu. I see. And do you craft your wares yourself.

    Thad: Craft 'em myself! Har! Er--no.

    Ralsu (confused): ...

    Thad: Now, why d'ye suppose it is called Smuggler's Rest, lad?

    Check out the full interview at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • Terms of Endearment

    The sheer amount of slang in the gaming world can be a bit daunting. Factor in the abbreviations and it can seem like another language entirely.

    Fortunately, our Guild Wars - TenTonHammer team is here to help! In the first part of Terms of Guild Wars, at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer we lead you all the way up to "FTW."

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • E3 Expectations: An Interview with John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    TenTonHammer is gearing up to bring you the finest E3 content on the Interweb, and as the excitement builds, we'll be talking to each member of our "dirty dozen" E3 team about what they're anticipating most from the mother of all game conferences May 9th-12th in LA. A leader by example, TenTonHammer Editor-in-Chief (and the man behind our acclaimed daily "Loading..." column) leads off with his E3 expectations.

    Ethec: I've been to a few gaming conferences, but nothing as monstrous as E3. You're a veteran of E3 many times over. For my benefit, and that of the equally-unedumacated readers, could you describe E3 in your own words?

    John "Boomjack" Hoskin: Tough one. E3 is like a gigantic Shriner’s circus, complete with fire breathing midgets and tiny vehicles that careen through pathways crammed tight with humanity. It is the loudest, most obnoxious convention that you are ever likely to experience. It’s always hot and the funk in some of the interviews can be overwhelming, not from the developers, but from the other press. Developers should hand out deodorant as swag. Some of the press could use it. 99.9% of the people at the show are male, which means that attractive women wearing next to nothing are placed strategically at many of the booths.

    Read our E3 interview with TenTonHammer's own Boomjack, and stay tuned to TenTonHammer for all your E3 MMOG coverage needs!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
  • Raiding as a lost art...

    In EverQuest II, they're called hard core, uber, or elite, but most of us just refer to them as raiders. Raiders are a special breed of players who exhibit skill, dedication, and motivation escaping the average player. Former raider Kiara, chats with a couple who raided and finds out the details on what raiding is all about.

    We all know that EQ2 was designed to be a little more friendly towards the casual gamer than EQ. There are a lot of people out there who are grateful for this particular development. I know I'm one of them. Coming from a hard core rading guild in EQ, and having done my time in a hard core raiding guild in EQ2, I rejoice in the more laid back family oriented guild that I'm currently torturing.

    Read the rest of this interesting interview at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
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