Ten Ton Hammer

  • Turbine, Inc. one of the leading MMO publishers will unveil a playable version of The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, the world’s first and only massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game based upon the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien,at booth #2900 in the West Hall May 10th-12th.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) allows players to explore the most famous fantasy world of all time, fight the evil minions of the Dark Lord Sauron, and advance their heroes by adventuring through the vast reaches of Middle-earth™.

    Turbine will also begin the registration process for its Beta Program for LOTRO and offer a playable version of the Weathertop experience in its booth. I'm sure Shayalyn will be all over this and let us know all she can.

    Tue, May 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Prior to taking the position of Assistant Community Manager for DDO Ten Ton Hammer,Danny "Ralsu" Gourley was a fan fiction contestant, hosted by Ten Ton Hammer to give away a free copy of DDO. The contest required writers to submit a piece of creative fiction not to exceed 1,000 words.

    Now for the first time, we release one of the contest submissions for public display, starting with some letters exchanged between Ralsu and a man named Nealgig prior to Ralsu's departure for Stormreach.

    “Aru, I swear on my mother’s grave, Ralsu could talk the Dark Six into making quilts for the homeless or infuriate the Sovereign Host to the point of murdering babies! Oh, I can’t explain it in writing, but I’m sure you’ve had a bit of experience with this by now. The man just has a way with words. In fact, that’s just about all he cares about. If Ralsu Vejes is talking to you, it’s because he thinks you can help him acquire some obscure bit of knowledge—some key to the lore of our land prior to the war.”

    Read more of the story

    Tue, May 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Core...not "appeal"

    OK ok,aside from my lame attempt at a joke.....Hardcore? Casual? What game hasn't come out that doesn't cater to one group or the other? Sure all types may be in the game playing but the dynamics of the game are generally centered around one type.

    AnomalousSilence gives his take on the subject of playstyle.He looks at Vanguard's approach to the "Core" player and what that will mean for all player types.

    Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be my future home, one where I can make new friends and an online family of sorts, one where I can stay with for years and be happy. I had already planned on playing Vanguard: Saga of Heroes for an extended period of time, hopefully upwards of a decade or even longer. With the amazing game play styled for the “core” gamer, though, the game might last me even longer than I had hoped, given my play style and MMORPG preferences.

    Read the entire article HERE

    Tue, May 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • E3 "Hero's Journey" Exclusive Screenshot

    Arboreal abodes? Sylvan shops? We can only speculate on what Hero's Journey goodies this new screenshot foretells!

    See it live in our TenTonHammer @ E3 2006 preview area!

    Images, Media
    Tue, May 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • Towards New Horizons

    At Tulga's studio in Phoenix, Arizona, we discovered a diehard team dedicated to the success and long life of Horizons: Empire of Istaria. Discover why CEO / Creative Director David Bowman and his team never gave up on the historically troubled MMO, and learn what invigorating improvements Tulga has in store for Istaria.

    "The rest of the staff present in the Horizons live team area this Friday before E3 were nearly as textbook-standard developer office as the stygian lighting; focused and intent on their work, avoiding eye-contact as they traded stabs of wry humor. A game of Axis and Allies was well underway on a nearby table, and dry erase boards covered with arcane messages were as numerous as kung fu posters, examples of game art, and the other incurious scenery of a workaday studio.

    Anyone would be impressed by the team's dedication, but why did they stick with the troubled title, rather than packing it in and focusing the team elsewhere? The answer is refreshing: the Tulga team, especially Bowman, is in love with the game's community, and they believe strongly in the game's future."

    Get the scoop from our visit to Tulga Games and our extensive interview with David Bowman in the preview section of our TenTonHammer E3 2006 coverage.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, May 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • Size matters.
    E3 Insider has posted a very interesting with the people who put together the network for E3. Imagine building a portable network that can handle the stresses of an event like E3.

    "There is enough horsepower to run several cities. There are over 50 miles of Gigabit Fiber and Ethernet connections throughout 25 IDF locations. E3 requires 87 separate, custom, isolated networks INSIDE the building to provide 4200 fully route-able networks, over 2000 more translated networks to the Internet and 1000 non-routable testing and secure-private networks. This provides a capacity in excess of 7200 devices with Internet Connectivity. The E3 Network is monitored and managed 24x7 via Redundant, Fault Tolerant Monitoring Systems in the on-site Network Operations Center (NOC) and also via the Main showNets NOC in Atlanta, GA. A small Army of showNets technicians runs in excess of 6 miles of custom, temporary, Ethernet Cable throughout the LACC, providing downstream connectivity from showNets designed customer LAN's to end stations in the booths."

    You can read the entire story at E3Insider.com

    News
    Tue, May 09, 2006
    Boomjack
  • A preview of 9 Dragons is presented over at MMORPG.com based upon the interview Dana Massey had with Howard Marks.

    With 9 Dragons, Marks wants to marry the familiar things people want in an MMORPG and its story with the unique twist of being a Ming Dynasty era martial arts game.

    Read the entire preview here

    Features, Previews
    Mon, May 08, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Have you been waiting for a glimpse of Middle Earth? GameTrailers.com has an exclusive look at Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. This trailer has already seen over 8000 downloads and counting.

    Check it out here.

    News
    Mon, May 08, 2006
    LadySirse
  • When he isn't too busy counting the amount of coffee he consumes, Ratboy fills us in on the start of his E3 adventure

    So here I am, waiting to get on the flight to L.A. for what should be an excellent E3. “Messiah”, my old comrade in arms from when I worked on the World of Warcraft site, and I are currently sitting in the waiting lounge writing tomorrow’s (which will be today’s) common content article for our respective sites. Currently our fearless leader “Ralphedelominius” is nowhere to be found… no doubt his Canadian Military Training is paying off! Thankfully not all is lost, as I’ve consumed one coffee before departing my beloved Canada, ensuring that I will have some good taste in my mouth before it gets turned into a Starbucks. The other two coffees have been contributed by my partner in crime Messiah. Perhaps I will keep track of this growing number of coffees as we meet up with others on the journey.

    Read more of his adventure to L.A. and also check out his Blog

    Mon, May 08, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Shiina "Kir" Liao and Audrey "Samyel" Deutschmann tackled this week's common content editorial "What's on the E3 Horizon for Guild Wars?". With E3 just a few days away it is good to reflect towards the future, look at hot topic issues the community would love to have answered, and see just what ArenaNet has planned up for the big exposition!

    "Remember one of Guild Wars' first public events? The E34E (E3 for Everyone) event in 2004. It has already been 2 years! Back then, the interface was different, and players only had a taste of an early version of Ascalon and some simple PvP arenas. Skills selections were limited, but the concept was gold, and people were hooked. Dreams and hopes were instilled into the minds of many. And now, it has come all the way to having successful retail launches of both Guild Wars: Prophecies and its stand-alone capable expansion Factions. So what special happenings do we get to see this year?"

    What are you waiting for? Head on over and get a taste of what's to come.

    Mon, May 08, 2006
    LadySirse
RSS feed

News from around the 'Net