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  • Happy Tidings for Guilds

    An email was sent out today from Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online inviting guilds to begin applying for beta. But there is a twist...

    As part of a special promotion, we’re going to be sending an additional round of Beta invitations to the top 100 guilds who sign up the most people for the LOTRO Beta. The top 10 guilds will automatically receive up to 100 Beta invites and the remaining top 90 will get up to 20 invites! This special invitation will occur sometime after Beta 1 and is in addition to the Beta invitations already planned.

    Keep in mind that even if your guild isn’t one of the top 100, you still increase your chances of getting into Beta by getting your guildmates to sign up. During each Beta invitation period we’ll be sending out additional invites to people in guilds. So each time one of your guildmates gets invited, you have an extra chance of getting in as well!

    Whether your guild is large or small, with each new sign-up from your guild, your chances of getting into the Beta increase. The best way to encourage guildmates to sign up is to post the LOTRO Beta URL ( on your guild forum or e-mail it to your guildmates directly. Make sure they enter your guild’s name in the appropriate section during the sign-up process.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer Vanguard (Beta?) Guild Announced

    Join the Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer guild...get in beta? Well, no guarantees, but we're certainly going to try! Sigil is looking for guilds to invite--who are we to say no? At the request of some of our members here at the Ten Ton Hammer Vanguard community, we're forming a casual-friendly guild, and we're looking for like-minded players to join us as we attempt to get in on the fun that is Vanguard's Beta 3. If you're a Vanguardian looking for a home, and you're comfortable in a laid-back, family guild environment, stop by our forums and apply for membership.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Ten Tons of Blogs...

    Alright...shh! I know that was cheesy but I couldn't resist! Without further ado, here's what is new throughout the blogs at Ten Ton Hammer...

  • Coyote
    I’m SpEcIaL Yaaay! (6.23.06)
    Coyote brings us some thoughts on the "dumbing down" of MMOs...

    Looking for hot cyber.. (6.26.06)
    Nightmare? Day dream? Call it what you want, but Coyote's talking about his cyber experience today!

  • Kir
    Time to Resume this Blog! (6.22.06)
    Kir returns to blogging after many changes. Find out what's new with Kir!
  • RadarX
    Frustration in Nizara (6.26.06)
    RadarX reveals his frustration filled journies in this new zone!
  • Messiah
    Back Home safe and sound (6.24.06)
    Home from Paris France, Messiah gives us an update.
  • Lady Sirse
    MMO Credit Cards? (6.26.06)
    Lady Sirse shares an interesting find in her research on the secondary market with us.
  • Ratboy
    Episode #1: “Teh” Tired (6.23.06)
    Ratboy endevors to make a Podcast...find out more in his blog.
  • WTF?
    Spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam (6.23.06)
    Phil shares his email woes with us! Spammers Beware!

    Hotels and the Intarwebs (6.24.06)
    Phil without a good internet connection? This could prove...interesting. Find out how he is holding up in his blog.

  • On a Side Note
    A Fire, A Bottle of Wine and Being God pt. 1 (6.23.06)
    Awen gives us a glimpse at her time in Paris France. Don't miss it!
  • Ganked!
    An American In Paris Part 3 (6.23.06)
    A continuing look at the people of France through Ethec's eyes. Find out how GPS saved the day!

    An American in Paris, Sunday Edition (6.25.06)
    Farty shrug? What the...I know... I asked it too! Read the blog and find out what the heck a farty shrug is!

Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Light Shed on Questions

    Sanya Thomas sheds some light on current hot questions in the Dark Age of Camelot community. Yes, of course this means she touches on the EA/ Mythic deal and what it means for the future of the game...

    I surely do wish I had more information for everyone about the EA thing, but everything I know, I've put here on the Herald for you. Don't worry so much, y'all. Come to an event, either a road trip or the full-blown Vegas party - see us Mythic people in person if you don't believe a bunch of words on a web page. Besides, I enjoy the heck out of meeting fellow players. Even the guy with the binder, he's a handsome guy with a great hat ;)

    Read more and see what questions were answered on The Camelot Herald.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Six New Beta Screenshots

    That's right! Not only are these screenshots new, but they are player taken by six different beta testers. Want to see how the game looks when the shots aren't taken from a devs computer? Here's your chance!

    What are you waiting for? Check them out for yourself.

    Images, Media
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Gameplay Preview #8 - Spellweaving

    The official site for Funcom's Age of Conan offers a look at spellweaving. Keep reading to see what you can expect from this forthcoming MMO.

    This week we take a look at the dark and arcane arts that are part of the magic system in Age of Conan, and in particular our unqiue spellweaving system!

    In Age of Conan we wanted the magic to reflect the world in which the game is based. Dealing with the arcane arts and siphoning the power of ancient gods is not something to be taken lightly. Just like our melee system, our magic system will also call upon the skills of the player. The player learning to balance their lust for powerful affects with the dangers that calling upon such extraordinary magic incurs.

    Head over to the Age of Conan site to read the rest of this preview!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Need a Job?

    The official site for Pirates of the Burning Sea has some interesting updates on it. Keep reading to find out what is new...

  • The Really New Nav Zone Name!

    When sailing from port to port in Pirates of the Burning Sea, your ship maneuvers through what has been commonly referred to as 'The Navigation Zone'. We went through a naming process, and came up with...

  • Two New Screenshots at MMORPG!

    Our friends at have posted two great screenshots depicting the Pirates of the Burning Sea world at night.

  • Jobs at FLS: Lead Character Artist!

    Currently, Flying Lab Software is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Lead Character Artist.

    Based in Seattle, WA, Flying Lab Software is currently working on our next-gen MMP, Pirates of the Burning Sea. Previous studio projects include the award-winning Rails Across America. Flying Lab offers flexible hours, top of the line machines upgraded regularly, the opportunity to work with a great team on a cutting-edge PC MMP game, and much more!

  • News
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Racial Quest Guide to Kerrans

    Of all the races of Norrath, clearly Dark Elves are the most beautiful, intelligent, and generally all around perfect race. But if one MUST choose another, lesser race, then Kerran is the only way to go. They are of course no where near as perfect as Dark Elves, but they're as close as any others will ever come. Besides... their tails go swish.

    When you first step off the boat into Qeynos, they stick you in Nettleville Hovel. It isn't totally a loss, it's actually fairly pretty if you like that whole goodie goodie thing they have going on there, and clearly since you're in Qeynos, you do.

    Learn more about the racial quests at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Interview: Glimpse into the Mind of a CM

    A blast from a not-so-distant past!

    Once per month, we run an interview feature as part of our weekly common content feature over here on the Ten Ton Hammer network! Whether it is with a developer or a community member of intrigue or worth, we hope to bring you an interesting look at the people whom played a part in making things into just what they are. So who's up this time around? David "Xerin" Piner, former Community Manager of this Auto Assault site! Although he is no longer active in his prior role, I felt that his contributions were significant.

    Let's hear about the hopes and memoirs of this man and his vigilant quest for improving game communities, and find out what he is up to now and why right here in "Glimpse into the Mind of a CM."

    "In my time working on guides/articles for Auto Assault, I focused mostly on helpful content for newer players. It's my opinion that a lot of people would get confused at the start of the game, due to how different it is. With the guides and articles I created, I focused on trying to help aid this confusion by walking newer players through various zones and providing a wealth of information on the race/class choices you have. If you like casting spells and picked a Bounty Hunter, then you will be a fish out of water so to speak. Providing this information, which really wasn't out there too much outside of official materials, was a big goal for me."

    Read the rest of this interview at ">Auto Assualt Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Savanja Calms Fears of Change...

    For those of us who struggle with change, seeing all the new features on the broker can be daunting. Savanja meekly takes a peek at the new consignment system and finds that the changes aren't as scary as she had at first suspected, and even found some pretty nifty features!

    This would be where the biggest changes were made. As I cursed those Gods again, and moved everything from my vault inventory into the little broker sales tab, then reset the prices on every single one of my items, I was still failing to see where the benefit was. Changing over from the old system to the new one, probably should have been made a little bit easier and likely should have been explained somewhere. By the lack of items on the broker for the first many days, that quite a few people weren't fully aware that their merchants were no longer selling. Silly people need to read those pesky Live Update notes!

    Find out more about these changes at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
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