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  • Interview and Screenshots

    RPG Vault had a chance to sit down recently with David Allen, co-founder and CEO od Quest Online. Crusade is currently in development with a target release date of late 2008. Don't miss the four screenshots included in the interview!

    Jonric: Regarding the developer, Quest Online, where is the studio located, how large is the team, and what related experience do the members have? And what is your status with respect to funding?

    David Allen: Quest Online, Inc. was founded in February of 2006 in Chandler, AZ specifically for the purpose of building the Crusade project. We currently have over a dozen people working on the project, and will continue to expand the team throughout the year. Part of this process will include the hiring of additional division managers as we grow. The first task is to establish the core technology; once it's ready, we will be enhancing our content teams - world building, modeling, texture / graphic artist.

    Read the rest of his answer and find out more about Crusade. Keep checking back here at Ten Ton Hammer for more on your favorite games, including Crusade.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • 22 New Screenshots

    That's right, 22 brand spanking new screenshots have been added to the Warhammer Online Gallery. If you haven't been following this game, why not?! Head over and check out the screenshots for yourself!

    Stay tuned to right here at Ten Ton Hammer for all your Warhammer Online news, previews and information.

    Images, Media
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • Storyline and Playable Races Discussed has posted an interview with Jeffery Steefel. Executive Producer of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, today.

    What is it like working on such a popular franchise and bringing it to an ever-expanding genre? What materials have you studied for the Middle-Earth experience?

    Working with a franchise like The Lord of the Rings is an incredible opportunity. We’ve dedicated ourselves to re-creating Middle-earth as faithfully as possible within the confines of a massively-multiplayer game. The opportunity to develop a persistent online world based on Middle-earth is exciting and challenging; everything is carefully researched before it makes it into the game.

    Of course, the art team has also done a tremendous amount of research including wearing a full suit of armor and visits to the archery range down the street to make sure our hunters hold their bows properly!

    Keep reading to find out more in this two part interview. Don't forget to stay tuned to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer for all your latest news, interviews and information surrounding this much anticipated game!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • European Beta Program Sign Ups Approaching 100,000

    This press release was issued today by Codemasters Online Gaming...

    The Lord of the Rings OnlineTM: Shadows of AngmarTM

    European Beta Program sign ups approaching 100,000. 100,000th signup set to clean up and win limited edition copy of the books.

    The number of gamers signed up for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Beta Test programme is now approaching 100,000 in Europe, Codemasters Online Gaming announced today.

    In celebration of this important milestone, the person who becomes the 100,000th sign up will win a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings collected works and, at launch, a special edition of The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. In addition, the four sign ups on either side of 100,000 will each receive a Special Edition of the game upon its release.

    For a chance to be the 100,000th sign up and claim the prizes, sign up to the beta now at

    For more details on The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar visit the official European website at

    Stay up to date on all the news and information surrounding Lord of the Rings Online at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • More Thoughts On Where To Adventure

    In our quest to have the most useful zone guide out there, we have even more updates today! Today we look at several level 41-50 zones and instances. Updates to The Blasted Lands, The Hinterlands, Searing Gorge, Uldaman and Zul'Farrak have all just been uploaded to our Where to Adventure Guide.

    Formerly part of the Black Morass swamp, the Blasted lands is the crater that remains from when Medivh opened the Dark Portal. Filled with demons and corrupted wildlife, the Blasted Lands are a high level zone. The zone has both a Horde and an Alliance stronghold, called Dreadmaul Hold and Nethergarde Keep respectively. To the far south is the Tainted Scar and in the south east is the Dark Portal. The whole zone is very desolate featuring nothing much more than red rock desert and mountains.

    ">Watch for more updates
    to follow! And once again, if you have comments or additions please send them in at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • Little Medeor Seeks His Fortune: How to Find a Raiding Guild

    In the name of research, we sent little Medeor away from the
    safety of his family style guild and out into the wild "50 DKP minus!" world
    of raiding guilds. The purpose? To bring you this cool guide on how to find
    and join a raiding guild. How did he fare? You'll have to read his guide to
    find out.

    "There are many tools at our disposal when looking for a guild.
    Most games typically have a way to look at some of the rankings for a server
    whether it be their PvP scores, or just through the forums. Armed with this
    information, you can quickly arrive at a list of the top-ranked guilds on
    the server. Of course it also helps to keep your eyes and ears open in the
    game. One tool that put a lot of information in one place for me is"

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    as Medeor completes this task at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • All You Need to Know About Leather

    Monks may look half naked in those hot little gi's, but they are in fact completely armored, especially if they did that level 20 armor quest! If you are a leather wearer, around level 20, and could use upgrades, then this guide is exactly what you need!

    Continuing the series of guides for the level 20 armor quests, I now give to you...the leather armor guide! As a monk, I happened to have loved the armor quests. It's when I got my first gi, and it started my obsession with needing to have a gi equipped always. The armor quests leveled me through my 20s, and the armor lasted me well into my 30s. It's one of the few series of quests that I actually wanted to do on my own accord, as there is nothing more satisfying than completing it, and having a nice set of gear to show for it. A downside we found is the bruisers don't get gi's, they get typical leather armor, which is just a shame.

    Need to know more? Head over to EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer to read this and many more guides.

    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • Forum Crowds: Courts of Public Opinion

    Let's face it: it's hard to separate the good information from the bad on game forums. Darkgolem talks about his mistakes and successes in finding the truth on the official Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) official forums. He also offers us surefire way to cut through the chaff and get to the good stuff:

    "The forums in DDO are full of opinions. Negative and positive, everyone finds it necessary to present his opinions of what other people write. Unfortunately, people too often take these views to be fact. This problem is compounded when people present their opinions as fact. Frankly, it drives me up the wall. It’s important, in my opinion (heh), to make sure it’s clear that you're presenting an opinion--to make certain people know what you're saying might be wrong."

    ">Keep reading
    to see more of Darkgolem's thoughts on the forum crowds of DDO. Stay tuned to DDO Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news and information surrounding DDO.

    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • The date today is 7/11. Celebrate this holy day by buying a Big Gulp and asking the person behind the counter why a store that is open 24 hours a day 365 days per year has locks on the doors.
    Reading the chat channels in any MMOG is often akin to deciphering hyroglyphics chiseled by a drunken pharoah. Most games have the same set of channels and require the same level of mental gymnastics to comprehend, give or take;
    General Chat - The channel where players who crave attention like Kirstie Alley craves cheesecake come to blather wildly about anything but the game itself. Communication in this channel falls into the following subgroups, Attention Craving, Questioning, Discussion of Personal Illness, Recruitment and Spelling Correction. Inhabited by half-human, half-cheetos hybrids, this channel is a veritable horn of plenty for the chat gourmand. 90% of all the messages in this channel are sent by three people who banter back and forth like old friends when they aren't arguing like Gaza Strip real estate agents. The Jerry Springer Show of chat channels minus the nudity, but infested with spelling errors.
    More chat, more Vin and more exclusive MMOG articles are but a click away.
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    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
  • A Look From Beta has filed a report on their impressions of Hero Online. This is a look at the game from beta, before a full preview.

    First Look

    A highly successful MMORPG in Asia, MGame USA brings it to the English speaking world. At first look, it feels and plays like a cross between Street Fighter and Diablo – lots of martial arts moves and click-to-move/fight/equip/drink unlimited potions. Hero Online looks pretty simplistic at first glance. You are given a choice of four characters, two male (Hunter and Warrior) and two female (Assassin and Physician). Each has a description which tells you the type of combat it is good for and the weapons you can use. You also choose a profession (or class) at level 10, and despite their descriptions, any character type can elect to be any class – Assassin, Hunter, Physician or Warrior.

    Learn more about Hero Online at Stay tuned here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news and information on your favorite games including the forthcoming Hero Online.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
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