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  • Why do they Serve Lambchop with Mint Jelly?

    Good freaking question. To find your answer, you're going to have ask Kiara because I don't have a sock puppet fetish. Kiara examines the quests that never seem to end, and why they annoy her so.

    I've run across a few quests here and there that I singularly dislike. One of which, is the Hooluk hat quest thingie. That chain is the most evil creation ever, and I'm convinced that a dev was tiffing with the spouse the day the chain was conceived.

    However, even the dreaded chain pales in comparision to the Claymore quest. I've dubbed this "The quest that never ends" and have in fact sung the song a number of times. Needless to say, the guild is thrilled with me over this. It isn't enough that I sing it in Ventrilo, but I must also type out the entire song in guild chat. Not just once, but pretty much until I'm threatened with expulsion from the guild... Which reminds me, I need to macro that.

    Keep reading to learn more of Kiara's thoughts on this. Don't forget to weigh in with your comments in the forums at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer!

    Wed, Jul 19, 2006
  • Ganked!

    Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle returning for another ersatz "Loading..." a.k.a. Ganked! Our very own John "Boomjack" Hoskin is enjoying a weeklong vacation with the family.Yesterday we speculated on some of the freakishly big roadside attractions the Hoskin family van will drive past en route to whereever their destination may be.Too bad they've already left, because today I've found the perfect vacation destination for the 22% of you MMORPG types that have kids. This is no joke, apparently a company called Creative Kingdoms sets up MMORPG style quests, gear, and backdrops inside family-friendly resorts across North America.

    You're just two clicks away from a more sublime knowledge of MagiQuest, plus that same Loading... style humor and news you can't really use!

    Ganked! July 19, 2006

    Wed, Jul 19, 2006
  • Second Opinion: Cleric Spell List Level 2

    Have we got a treat for you clerics this week! Our Brennie has taken a look at our guide to 2nd level cleric spells and offered up a second opinion--absolutely free! Brennie runs through the complete list and offers his view of the usefulness of each spell.

    "Find Traps
    Two words: “Use” and “Less”. Unless you have a high search skill to begin with, or are multiclassing as a rogue, this spell is entirely useless. The bonus to search is actually rather minimal, and even if you *could* find a trap box (which usually requires a single-class rogue with a maxed out search skill to find), only a rogue can disable it anyway.

    Rating: 0.5"

    Read more about Brennie's thoughts on the 2nd level cleric spells at DDO Ten Ton Hammer. Don't forget to add your thoughts in the forums!

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • First Look At Dragon Armor

    DarkFall Warcry has posted two new screenshots that show the as of yet unseen dragon armor. The images are wonderfully detailed and shouldn't be missed! Get clicking and see them for yourself and then head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think of these shots!

    Images, Media
    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Talking About Beta Hosting at Fileplanet

    Yesterday, The Chronicles of Spellborn official site posted a Q & A that talks about their decision to use Fileplanet for their upcoming beta. Keep reading to learn more...

    Why did you go with Fileplanet for your upcoming Closed and Open Beta?

    Although there are several parties able to host a client and offer it to the masses, we choose for Fileplanet for several reasons. The most important ones being their ability to offer tried and tested processes that go beyond simple hosting and the fact the Fileplanet is part of a large entertainment network. And there is nothing wrong with The Chronicles of Spellborn getting some extra attention.

    Read the rest of this Q & A on the official site. Don't forget to head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know how you feel about MMOs using Fileplanet for Betas.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Multi-shard film-makers conference

    Posted on the Saga of Ryzom official site lets us know about an unofficial player event. Have some talent with film making? Keep reading for more information...

    I would like to invite everyone interested to an Atysian film-makers conference on the Zora Stage, Arispotle Shard on Saturday the 22nd July at 9pm BST (8pm GMT, 4pm EDT, 1pm PDT). This conference is open to everyone from all shards. The main purpose will be to meet other film makers and exchange ideas.
    If you don't have an Arispotle character all ready, just make a new Zoraï character on Arispotle and talk to Chiang about coming over to the mainland.

    The discussion will include a variety of topics such as:

    * What do you use to make your videos

    * Good resources for free music

    * Exchanging ideas about what sorts of videos we can make

    * How can we support each other in making videos

    * How can we host/promote our videos, so more people from and new to Atys can see them

    * Should we agree on a central site for Atysian videos (say Acridiel's site and/or others).

    There are already forum threads about this on the English and German boards, and hopefully someone can translate it into French too. More info about the event is on these threads.

    I hope to see you all there!

    Head over to the official site to learn more. Remember to keep up to date with the latest news, interviews and information on all your favorite MMOs, including Saga of Ryzom right here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • To begin a multi-part series, celebrated author Peter S. Beagle's thoughts on his first quest for Tulga's online world

    RPG Vault continues their series of peeks at Horizons: Empire of Istaria. This sneak peek features reknown author Peter S. Beagle.

    But I've never gone into strange new country in as total a state of ignorance as I did with Horizons. To begin with, I've never even played Pac-Man, Donkey Kong or Super Mario, let alone Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider or pretty much any computer game known to the mass gaming audience. Indeed, the only one I'd ever played in my life, prior to Horizons, was a PC-based solitaire baseball game employing teams from different eras. I admit to having been vaguely aware of MMORPGs, but the operative word is vaguely. The Horizons creators couldn't have found a greener horn to gaming if they'd advertised.

    Read more of this journal by Peter S. Beagle and then let us know what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • DVD To Include SOE MMO Games, Movie Trailers and Bonus Features for Gamers

    This news just in...

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 18, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- MASSIVE Magazine, published by the (OTC BB:TGLO.OB - News) and the editorial staff of Computer Games Magazine, today announced a collaboration with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, to release an exclusive gaming DVD which will be included in the premier issue of MASSIVE Magazine, set to launch in September 2006.

    The DVD will include free trials of some of the most popular Sony Online Entertainment massively multiplayer online (MMO) games and services. Trials will include EverQuest II, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, SOE Comic Book Creator, The Matrix Online, PlanetSide and more.

    "We feel this is a great way to launch our new publication," said Jayson Dubin, Vice President and Publisher of MASSIVE Magazine and Computer Games Magazine. "This is an exceptional value for our customers. They are getting a premier publication and a jam-packed DVD for half the newsstand price of some of our competitors."

    In addition to trial MMO games, the co-branded DVD will also include special offers, trailers and videos, including access to the Beta test of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, Medieval Weapon (the EverQuest II-powered Machinima series produced by g-NET for Spike TV) and a trailer for the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation release Open Season.

    According to Sony Online Entertainment, this exclusive deal will be an opportunity to reach out to growing a market of gamers.

    "We're very excited that online gaming has reached the point where a magazine like MASSIVE is possible," said Laura Naviaux, senior global brand manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "Over the years, we've watched the online games space grow from niche to dominating the minds of gamers around the globe. The time is right for online games to reach from the virtual space to a dedicated print magazine."

    MASSIVE Magazine will include in-depth features on the culture of MMOs, focusing on players, guilds, communities, and their adventures both inside and outside the games. The editorial staff of Computer Games Magazine will produce the content keeping the same style and credibility expected among its fiercely loyal readership. MASSIVE Magazine will be written with a lighthearted and breezy editorial tone that will resonate with anyone interested in MMOs and their place in the world of gaming.

    The new publication along with the exclusive DVD will be available at all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. For more information about MASSIVE Magazine, please visit

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • ARRR Matey's... has posted an interview this morning with Mike Goslin, VR Studio's Vice President.

    Q: What is a normal day for a VR Studio developer? How much time spent in meetings? Brainstorms? Coding? Is it true you live on soda and pizza?

    Thankfully, we don't have too many meetings... but we do spend a lot of time debating in the hallways! Since most people in our group work in an open space, we tend to "prairie-dog" a lot. For example, if a discussion is going on, someone might hear and pop their head up to chime in with suggestions.

    How we spend our time also depends on where we are in the development cycle. Early stages are dominated by brainstorming and coming up with concepts and art. Later the focus is on prototyping and trying things out to see if they are fun. Eventually we build systems and start hooking things together. Finally, it's polishing, performance tuning, and bug-fixing. Occasionally, someone will eat a salad in addition to soda and pizza.

    Read the rest of this interview. Don't forget to read Ten Ton Hammer's interview with Mike Goslin by Ethec and see what else there is to know about Pirates of the Caribbean! Stay tuned here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news on this game and all your favorite MMOs.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Guild Wars players invited to play in exclusive Player-versus-Player event as Beta testing launches for next Guild Wars Campaign

    This press release just in...

    Tuesday 18 July 2006, Brighton, UK... ArenaNet®, developer of the world’s leading subscription-free online role playing games Guild Wars® and Guild Wars Factions™, and NCsoft® Europe, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today the title of the next game in the award-winning franchise, Guild Wars Nightfall™. Further, Guild Wars Nightfall has entered the beta testing stage and Guild Wars players worldwide are invited to participate in an exclusive, first-look player-versus-player (PvP) event, July 28 – July 31, 2006.

    During the PvP Preview Event, both Guild Wars Prophecies and Guild Wars Factions players will get a first look at Guild Wars Nightfall, and will be able to try out the two new professions being introduced in the game; the Dervish, a scythe-wielding holy warrior, and the Paragon, guardian angel of the Elonian people. In addition to testing out the new professions and arenas, players will also be able to compete for items that will be exchangeable for a variety of rewards throughout the weekend event.

    The Guild Wars Nightfall PvP Preview event will kick off on Friday, July 28 at 08:00 BST / 09:00 CET and will continue through Monday, July 31 to 07:59 BST / 08:59 CET.

    Guild Wars, an instant bestseller worldwide upon its release in April 2005, and Guild Wars Factions, the number one game in both North America and Europe earlier this year, are global online role playing games. Guild Wars Nightfall will continue the tradition of inviting players to immerse themselves in an epic storyline centered in a vibrant fantasy setting, build personalised characters, compete in head-to-head battles with players from around the world, and find adventure in missions and quests, in a Guild Wars game unlike any player have seen before.

    Get your Guild Wars fix by visiting Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer for more information, news and interviews. What do you think about this new expansion? Let us know in the forums at Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
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