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  • If you don't have something nice to play...

    Merriandra continues her stroll down memory lane with a look back at socialization in MMOs, and how anonymity affects online relationships.

    It wasn't long before the paladin and the ranger were deep in conversation, both while walking through the land of Norrath, and in the real world, on the telephone. Nor was it long before the paladin's armor began to lose its sheen, particularly in the eyes the ranger's companions. He would be rude and abrupt until the young ranger arrived, and then his demeanor would change. If she wasn't on time, he displayed quite a temper. The young ranger never saw the dark moods of her knight-in-shining-armor, and so, for a brief time, she enjoyed his company.

    A look at accidental boors, habitual offenders, and virtual offenders... the dark side of the MMO community as described by Merriandra of our Vanguard @ TenTonHammer community!

    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Huxley-Nexus has new high res screens as well as a new trailer for your viewing pleasure.

    News and Info on Huxley

    News
    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Vanguard - TenTonHammer is looking for a few good writers.

    Yup, that's right, we're looking for help. Not the men with white jackets help, but the kind of help only the fans of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes can provide! We are looking for a few more writers to join our team and help us continue to bring the best of all things Vanguard to the gaming community.

    Love Vanguard? Think you've got what it takes as a writer? Click here!

    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Well we reported that Smiling Gator had run out of funds and was ceasing development . However, (Isn't there always a however?) RPG Vault is running a story that is announcing that Game is BACK ON!

    The net result is that, After the Fall of Twilight War, there is now a plan for its resurrection. We are very pleased to announce that Smiling Gator has concluded an agreement to license the Twilight War concept and sub-license Valve's Source engine to a new partner company, General Computers, to fund and continue development on our behalf.

    Read the rest of the story here.

    More News and Info on Twilight War

    News
    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Eat, be merry, and take a look at these new screenshots at Gamecloud. There's a nice character creation shot in there.

    More News and Info on Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Loading...
    Thank you to Phil "Ralphedelominius" Comeau who looked after the daily festivities of Loading... yesterday. He's a funny guy, but I'm back and you're stuck with me.
    It's an early, albeit distracted start for me today as Canada takes on Italy in Olympic hockey. We always seem to start big tournaments with a clunker of a game which is good news for Italy. The good sportsmanship award has to go to the Norweigian ski official who when he noticed that a Canadian skiier had broken her pole, gave her a new one even though it meant Canada would end up with a medal and Norway would end up in fourth position.
    Blizzard concluded their classy handlling of the "Gay Guild" issue I wrote about in my February 7th, Loading... with an apology to the offended individual. I'd like an apology from her and from InWeekly, the online magazine that sensationalized the story for making a mountain out of a molehill. It took over 14 months for anyone to find a problem with Blizzard's policy before it became the issue of the week. I'd like an apology for ruining my gameplay experience every time they advertise their guild, which inevitably results in the chat window being filled with so much drivel that it becomes completely useless as a communication medium.
    The headlines that followed the apology claimed a victory for gay rights and that Blizzard was wrong. Nonsense. This wasn't a victory for gay rights. My conversations with numerous gay individuals who both play World of Warcraft and who haven't even heard of it were unanimous in their feelings that it was more of a publicity stunt for the woman involved than a gay rights issue. Let's call a spade a spade. This was a traffic victory for the magazine that made the story into a big deal and a publicity victory for the woman who caused the problem in the first place.
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    Game Movie: Mind Control
     




    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel never throws in his hand in Poker, though he gets very upset when he play versus someone with leprosy and they do it.



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    Here's what's new on the network!
    02.15.2006

    • World of Warcraft: Onyxia Attunement - Alliance

      "Today brings the next section of our Onyxia guide to TenTonHammer. Todays section is all about how to become attuned to the Onyxia instance as an Alliance player. If you have not completed this long quest chain and are level 60 you now have no excuse, all the details are available for Horde and Alliance now. Coming next week will be complete details on defeating Onyxia, so check back soon!"
    • Vanguard: Help Wanted

      "Yup, that's right, we're looking for help. Not the men with white jackets help, but the kind of help only the fans of Vanguard Saga of Heroes can provide! We are looking for a few more writers to join our team and help us continue to bring the best of all things Vanguard to the gaming community."
    • Vanguard: Who's Who?

      "We've updated our staff bio section, so stop on by and learn a bit about those that spend their time bringing you the best of all things
      Vanguard: Saga of Heroes!"
    • EverQuest 2: Tenebrous Tangle Zone Guide

      "Nothing is more embarassing than being expected to lead a group and having no clue where you are going.  Fortunately, Ten Ton Hammer, has put together an incredible zone description for one of the new Kingdom of Sky zones called Tenebrous Tangle. With detailed maps,  and a description of each island you'll be more than ready to go when this expansion becomes available."

     


    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Boomjack
  • No need to patronize a creepy voodoo shop for your DDO spellbook...

    Darkgolem brings us the second in his series of spell descriptions for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. He breaks down the effects and benefits of each Level 2 spell for the caster's repertoire. Dargolem also provides us with extra knowledge gained from his extensive research:

    Much like Hypnotism, [Hypnotic Pattern] is very useful for causing your foes to hold still and do nothing while you defeat them one at a time. Of note is that the hypnotism effect does not have a duration, lasting until broken, even if you should leave and come back later, as long as the instance does not reset.

    Check out Darkgolem's Sorceror and Wizard Spell Guide at DDO - TenTonHammer to further your magical training!

    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • One of the toughest instances WoW has to offer... hammered.

    Today brings the next section of our Onyxia guide to World of Warcraft @ TenTonHammer. Todays section is all about how to become attuned to the Onyxia instance as an Alliance player.

    If you have not completed this long quest chain (and are level 60) you now have no excuse, all the details are available for Horde and Alliance here: TenTonHammers Guide to Onyxia.

    Coming next week will be complete details on defeating Onyxia, so check back soon!

    Wed, Feb 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • In our first Tit for Tat, Shayalyn and Ethec debate why men play female avatars in games. What is Tit for Tat you ask? Well it's a debate between our staffers. Or you could call it a debate between the sexes. You'll get a female and a male opinion in every article in this series.

    In my EverQuest guild there was a beautiful high elf cleric named Insite. She was a kind, generous soul; always willing to lend a resurrection when a guild member met an untimely death. She also had a razor sharp wit, and a way with obscure references. We all loved her. Dwarves frequently humped her leg, but she was as cold as stone toward their advances, or any other man’s advances, for that matter.

    But I knew a secret about Insite that few others did--the person playing her was named Richard. (You have to take the common nickname for Richard and apply it here to fully grasp the irony.) Richard was a roleplayer, and a damn good one. He was also responsible. He didn’t respond to flirting, and he never led anyone to believe he was a woman in real life; he simply stepped into the role of a lady cleric each time he logged her on, and let his true gender remain a mystery to most.

    Read More Here!

    News
    Tue, Feb 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Our take on the EverQuest 2 server merges

    Dramatic news has rippled across the EverQuest 2 playerbase. Like a kid smacking together 2 different colors of play-do, many of the lower population servers are being merged together. How will it pan out? Nobody is sure but it affects the psychology and morale of the players. Savanja takes a look at the merge and what it means:

    The benefits that I can see from this radical decision seem obvious to me, and I gather these points were on the minds of the EQ2 “Gods” when they were contemplating the shake up of the entire playerbase. I’m certain that this was not an easy decision for the developers to come to, as they had to have known that people would generally freak out at this kind of news. And quite honestly, nothing is scarier than a angry gamer.

    Read more about the merges at EQ2 @ TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Feb 14, 2006
    Ethec
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