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  • LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Presents a Dev Diary with Jeffrey Steefel

    The friendly folks on the Turbine team behind Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) were kind enough to send Ralsu a developer diary video featuring the many places in LOTRO.

    In the video, LOTRO Executive Producer Jeffrey Steefel describes some of the various locations in the game. He mentions several famous locales, such as Eriador, Rivendale, Tom Bombadil's house and Buckleberry Ferry. If you think it's exciting to hear confirmation that these areas will make it into the game, just wait until you see them in this video!

    Still here? Click this and get watching! Share you thoughts with us in the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer, it's never to early to meet the Lord of the Rings Community!

    Mon, Aug 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • My Internet connection woes seem to be behind me. I'd knock on something, but it's a wireless connection. Knock on air I suppose?
    Here in the Great White North, in order to coach 7-year-old hockey players you are forced to take 16 hours of "classes" over the course of two days. You must then take a "preventative services" course for an additional four hours. I coach not because I'm a good guy trying to give back to the community, but because I don't want a knucklehead coaching my kids. The vast majority of the 20 hours spent on the ice and in the classroom is not consumed discussing how best to teach our young players. It is spent discussing how to best deal with the parents that will inevitably cause problems. I see a great parallel between this travesty and MMOGs.
    The vast majority of developer time, post-release of a MMOG is spent creating content for end-game players, yet end-game players make up a small portion of the game population. Many developers spend countless hours trying to appease end-game players in an attempt to retain them. Would it make more sense to spend some of that time improving the early and mid-game experience? I think so, and here's why...
    An Exclusive LotRO video, 10 MMOG articles, grilled cats and much more are but a click away.
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    Mon, Aug 21, 2006
    Boomjack
  • A shoddy Internet connection is going to cut Loading... short today. My wireless high-speed Internet has been heavy on the "less" and light on the "high-speed" for the last three days. As I stagger through seconds of connectivity followed by minutes of nothingness I'll try to get this posted. My apologies for the short link lists today.

    While I bang my head on the desk, please bang your fingers on the keyboard to visit our Vanguard site. We are giving away a Beta Slot!
    Short lists, Vin beverages, three exclusive MMOG articles and a chocolate Virgin Mary are but a click away.
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    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    Boomjack
  • The Heavenly Demon Clan

    In the fifth of six clan features at MMORPG.com, we get a close look at The Heavenly Demon Clan today. Included in this preview are several new screenshots! Don't miss it.

    Heavenly Demon Clan was founded by a cruel, ambitious warrior who, in defiance of The Imperial Emperor and his court, self-proclaimed himself The Emperor Heavenly Demon and waged holy war against all governing factions. It is whispered by many that Emperor Heavenly Demon truly was possessed by demons as a child, and certainly any who had witnessed his ferocity in battle, would attest that this was true. His proclamation, “A land governed by the depraved must be conquered through depraved justice, only through fire may it be cleansed!” sums up the clan’s collective philosophy.

    What are you waiting for? Get clicking to learn more about this clan. Waiting for your chance to play 9 Dragons? Let us know what you're waiting for and what you like about the game so far right here in the forums at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Get To Know Garrett Fuller

    MMORPG.com has begun a series of Developer Profiles for Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising. This week we get to know Art Director, Garett Fuller a bit better.

    Garrett Fuller has started a series of developer profile interviews. Each Thursday, we'll bring you a new one. Here is our second, with the Art Director of Gods and Heroes Mike Hines. The aim is to provide people with the human face of gaming, what they do and how they got there.

    Get clicking to learn more. Are you awaiting Gods and Heroes? Let us know what attracts you to this game in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • New Zone Guide

    It's the best zone evah! No, we're not talking about a Kingdom of Sky raid zone, we're talking about the new Nektulos Castle instance. If you can't ascertain from the title, our very own Kiara likes this zone....just a little. Join her as she discusses what you'll find, and why trapped shinies kill her.

    It's the best zone evah! No, we're not talking about a Kingdom of Sky raid zone, we're talking about the new Nektulos Castle instance. If you can't ascertain from the title, our very own Kiara likes this zone....just a little. Join her as she discusses what you'll find, and why trapped shinies kill her.

    The rest of this guide is just a click away! Don't forget to stop by the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer and tell us what's on your mind.

    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Get Your Chance to Jump Into Telon!

    Guess what we've got? Give up? A beta key! And we're prepared to give it away to one fortunate soul, who will soon find him- or herself adventuring in the realms of Telon. Our contest runs from August 18-25, 2006. All you need do is register and post your brilliant, insightful commentary in our forum for a chance to win. What's more, we'll be running a contest every month until further notice. Keep your eyes on Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer and Ten Ton's MMOG Daily News for future contest announcements.

    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Mysteries of the Kingdom of Sky

    Kingdom of Sky? Yeah - we've been there, and we are discussing the ISLANDS that you might not know about. EXCLUSIVE content! Coyote goes undercover to discover these new hidden islands!

    The Kingdom of Sky. Magical islands that can house entire cities, or become home to droves of horrific monsters. Ripped from Norrath itself, these floating tracts of land have been a source of mystery and legend for countless years as few have the ability or the courage to explore them." A large Kerran holding a microphone glances skyward before smiling back at the camera

    Keep reading to learn more from Coyote! Have you spent time in the Kingdom of Sky? Share your experiences with us in the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Why DDO Would be Better Without D&D

    As DDO Top 10 Week comes to a close at Ten Ton Hammer, Ralsu takes a look at the good and the bad about DDO and comes up with what has to be one of the Top 10 craziest ideas yet!

    "Is DDO a cool game or not? Does the good outweigh the bad? Just what am I saying?

    DDO is a cool game. It crams a lot of fun and intense action into its package [and] the good aspects of the DDO merit giving it a try. Long-term, I have an idea what Turbine really needs to do to fix this game: give up on the D&D concept."

    Keep reading to see what else Ralsu has in store. Think this is crazy? Let us know in the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Alpha is underway! So many alphas and betas, so little time...

    As you know, LOTRO’s Alpha is underway, and today we’re pleased to share some of the initial feedback comments from our Alpha players:

    With the debut of public Alpha 2, more and more members of the LOTRO community are getting their first live glimpses of LOTRO's Middle-earth. For a chance to get in on the fun, sign up for the Beta Program here (European players, sign up for the beta at http://www.lotro-europe.com)! It's hard to tell who's more excited; the players for the opportunity to experience LOTRO directly, or the LOTRO dev team for the chance to hear what people think!

    You can read more right here.

    In the meantime, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community!

    News
    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
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