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  • Features, Interviews
    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • Shayalyn Goes Pirate

    Shayalyn got her first look at Pirates of the Burning Sea, the upcoming MMO from indie developer, Flying Lab Software, that involves high seas naval PvP and PvE combat.

    While she was not sure that this would be the type of game for her, Kevin Maginn, a designer for Flying Lab, was easily able to convert Shayalyn as he demoed the game and talked about its features.

    Maginn took us out onto the high seas in search of some combat. We watched as his ship, which essentially becomes a player character on water, sailed out in search of adventure…or trouble. It wasn’t long before Maginn’s ship was engaged by an enemy vessel. When a ship enters into a battle, a battle marker appears on the game map, indicating to others that there’s a fight going on, and the ships enter their own instance. After 10 minutes in battle, a ship in trouble can call for help, and other friendly ships can enter the instance to provide aid. There are no disadvantages to asking for help, and the system is designed to encourage cooperative play.

    Do you want to see why Shayalyn turned pirate? Then head on over and check out this E3 interview

    Features, Interviews
    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • Thurston "Ratboy" Hillman met up with Stieg Hedlund, the Executive Producer of Gods & Heroes,the first big release of Perpertual Entertainment. The demo was held in the Sony Online Entertainment booth, and must have been pretty entertaining since it kept "Ratboy" distracted from the booth babes!

    Normally when I walk around E3 I am distracted from the shiny booths and my eyes wander over to the nearest booth babe, with Gods & Heroes I completely lost sight of the booth babes (SoE had some pretty fantastic ones too) and centered all my attention on the demo of the game. For the next forty-five minutes my eyes were glued to the giant LCD screen above me; this game was stunning.

    Read the rest on God and Heroes and all thier Minions at E3 in thefull review

    Features, Previews
    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • We're almost through our listing of Canthan green items. Here's a collection of wands, staves, and focus items your necromancer can crave.

    As always, these lists only include the greens we know about. If you find anything that's not listed, screen shot it and send it to us! Necromancer elite items

    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • Here's a collection of elite green Mesmer items you'll find in Guild Wars, Factions. Focus items, staves and wands: we've got it all!

    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • We have expanded on one of our previous tips and made it into a
    full guide! Efficient Missions is a guide that helps you get more out
    of your questing. Missions can be done in an order that helps lower
    the time needed to level up by a significant amount.

    "Missions in Auto Assault are the bread and butter of character
    advancement. They are easy, fun, and give a wonderful amount of
    experience (EXP) for the trouble. However, it should be noted that
    doing missions in an incorrect way can lead towards very inefficient
    experience. Running back with glee towards town after every mission
    may be fun and it can even satisfy that role playing urge to truly
    listen to the "THIS MISSION IS URGENT" text inside a lot of quests."

    Check out the new GUIDE

    Sat, May 13, 2006
  • Full-Tilt PvP on Steroids

    Karen "Shayalyn" Hertzberg asks the deep and burning question, "Do you have the cojones to brutally destory your enemy?" After taking time to interview Adam Carpenter, Fury's Lead Designer, she fills us in on why this is a game where you will need to have them.

    Fury is a game for those who do have the cajones to brutally destroy their enemies—it’s 100 percent full-tilt PvP. You won’t be slaughtering NPCs in Fury; you’ll be taking on other players in fast-paced, instant-action combat. “[Fury] isn’t like other games where you’ll stand around 8 seconds waiting for a spell to cast,” Adam Carpenter, Fury’s lead designer, told us. “90 percent of our spells are instant cast.” Carpenter described the game as “on steroids.”

    Check out the rest of the story on Fury and their presentation at E3 here.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, May 12, 2006
  • The Little Engine That Might...

    Tony "RadarX" Jones brings us a look at the E3 Demo of the soon to be released Dark and Light. Will the game meet expectations or will the load be too heavy to bear?

    The boasts of Dark and Light sound like a MMO players dream. One server consisting of 15,000 square miles, 213 cities, player fortresses? What could be wrong with that? In my mind, I have to be a little worried about the player getting lost or being overwhelmed. I was told one of their 13 realms had a larger land size than EverQuest 1. That’s pretty freaking big, and watching him zoom out from the player to the world itself proved he wasn’t joking. They are living up to their claim of “largest MMO ever.”

    Find out all about Dark and Light's E3 demo and more here.

    Fri, May 12, 2006
  • Wow! What a week....and we're not done yet!

    Keep checking for your latest information coming from E3, not only for our own reviews and interviews but we've got what's coming out of E3 from around the MMO community!

    Pirates of the Burning Sea a massively-multiplayer action in the Caribbean circa 1720 Gamer Transit Authority Plays 20 Questions with Flying Lab, creators of PotBS. IGN previews Pirates of the Burning Sea. Check back as Ten Ton Hammer brings their own review in later today!

    ArchLord Races Interview @ RPG Vault
    This title is the product of NHN Games, a sizable Korean developer and publisher in the massively multiplayer sector. Its setting is the fantasy-themed world of Chantra, which is said to be inspired by the five ancient elements, namely fire, spirit, earth, water and air. On to the RPG Vault Interview

    Aion Preview @ GameSpot
    NCsoft's Aion: The Tower Eternity is an entirely new, high-fantasy MMORPG being developed in Korea. Read the GameSpot preview here and don't miss our very own gallery of Aion images

    EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer Previewed
    Previews of Sony Entertainment Online's announced third expansion, Echoes of Faydwer. This expansion will include familar places from the ever popular first title Everquest, such favorites as Greater and Lesser Faydark, Steamfont, and the tree city of Kelethin. Read IGN's preview...GameSpot preview......Keep an eye out for todays Ten Ton Hammer review of Echoes, meanwhile browse our gallery

    EverQuest 2: The Fallen Dynasty
    Gamespot takes a look and tells us how that world is shaping up in their preview.

    Guild Wars: New Campaign Sneak Peek
    After the recent release of the Factions expansion, the Guild Wars team is already hard at work creating an entirely new campaign set for the game. Take a look HERE for more details. Gamers with Jobs enjoyed a presentation of the new Guild Wars content.

    Tabula Rasa Hands-On
    GameSpot previews Tabula Rasa, which means "clean slate" in Latin. Gamers with Jobs was eager to check out the combat for this upcoming NCSoft title.Our very own Ten Ton Hammer Team had a few impressions of their own HERE and HERE and HERE, plus images!

    World of Warcraft : Shadow of the Necropolis
    GameSpy looks at some more immediate changes coming to WoW. Also visit Ten Ton Hammer's coverage of World of Warcraft, Preview - Interview - Images

    World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade
    The friendly folks at Gamers with Jobs spent some time investigating Burning Crusade at E3 2006. MMORPG.com discuss the hard numbers—racial traits for the new playable class, the blood elves.

    Gods & Heroes: Previews
    Perpetual and Sony Entertainment Online are just one of the developers to jump on the Mediterranean boat with Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising. IGN has a preview here and GameSpot has one HERE. Ten Ton Hammer will bring our review later today, in the meantime visit our gallery

    Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Impressions
    Gamespot took some time to investigate the expansion to the hit game based on the Star Wars universe.

    Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
    Gamers with Jobs gives us some insight into the frenetic combat system. Ten Ton Hammer's Shayalyn gave us her impressions.

    Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning E3 Preview
    Gamespy brings us a quick look at Age of Reckoning and says it does a good job of melding PvP and PvE combat. Ten Ton Hammer has several impressions of our own...First Impressions...Us vs Them ....Staff Impressions ....Gallery

    Chronicles of Spellborn
    The folks at MMORPG.COM had a chance to go hands-on, they describe a rich character creation system.

    Darkfall PreviewMMORPG.COM reports that the game will not attempt to be another WoW clone. The game hopes to design a system where player skill will be more important that spells and abilities.

    Troon certainly took his job at E3 seriously, with single minded determination he slaved to bring you the most comprehensive collection of ...BOOTH BABES!

    Keep tuned in to Ten Ton Hammer, your one stop for all that is E3 MMO related.

    Fri, May 12, 2006
  • Ryzom Ring Wins Over Messiah

    Straight from the halls of E3 2006, Byron and his trusty sidekick Ratboy (aka Thurston) had the pleasure of interviewing Milko Berset, Director at Nevrax, on the current state and future prospects for Saga of Ryzom and their upcoming expansion, Ryzom Ring.

    Today Ratboy and I went to investigate the upcoming add on the The Saga of Ryzom. While neither of us have had much exposure to the game in the past we started looking at it a few weeks ago in preparation for this interview. What struck us most was the world and storyline that has been developed to support the online world that has been created.

    Find out why you NEED to know more about Ryzom Ring here.

    Fri, May 12, 2006
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