Ten Ton Hammer

  • What does it take to run a WoW raiding guild?

    With CEOs consulting with World of Warcraft guild leaders , WoW-TenTonHammer's Messiah sought out one of these paragons of leadership advice for an interview. He spoke with Bind, a guild master for "Visions of Anarchy" on the Dragonblight server. Visions of Anarchy is a large and successful Horde raiding guild.

    Messiah: I hear a lot of "we" in your responses, what exactly is the guild structure and how do you break up duties?
    Bind: The guild is basically me and a band of dedicated officers. We all pitch to get all the work done. Between running a raid, and doing the points, all officers get pretty beat up after a long week of raiding. I refer to we since it is really a big team effort with all of use doing a ton of work to keep things running smoothly.

    Check out Messiah's interview at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • A tell-all interview with... a Dungeons & Dragons Online NPC?

    Each month, DDO - Ten Ton Hammer brings you an interview from the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) community. Okay. Here's the deal: Ralsu had an interview lined up with Sporkfire and Samera, but Friday he realized he wasn't able to get all of the questions answered in time for this month's interview.

    Ralsu was desperate for an interview with most people's schedules filled up for the weekend. When his own mother turned him down, he remembered that Three-Fingered Thad would do anything for money. Keep your eyes peeled for that exclusive interview with Turbine's community figureheads in May. In the meantime, enjoy his chat with Three-Fingered Thad!

    Ralsu: How does one become a vendor NPC?

    Thad: All ye have to do is have somethin' to sell and a winning smile. (chuckles for a bit before starting to cough)

    Ralsu. I see. And do you craft your wares yourself.

    Thad: Craft 'em myself! Har! Er--no.

    Ralsu (confused): ...

    Thad: Now, why d'ye suppose it is called Smuggler's Rest, lad?

    Check out the full interview at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Terms of Endearment

    The sheer amount of slang in the gaming world can be a bit daunting. Factor in the abbreviations and it can seem like another language entirely.

    Fortunately, our Guild Wars - TenTonHammer team is here to help! In the first part of Terms of Guild Wars, at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer we lead you all the way up to "FTW."

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • E3 Expectations: An Interview with John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    TenTonHammer is gearing up to bring you the finest E3 content on the Interweb, and as the excitement builds, we'll be talking to each member of our "dirty dozen" E3 team about what they're anticipating most from the mother of all game conferences May 9th-12th in LA. A leader by example, TenTonHammer Editor-in-Chief (and the man behind our acclaimed daily "Loading..." column) leads off with his E3 expectations.

    Ethec: I've been to a few gaming conferences, but nothing as monstrous as E3. You're a veteran of E3 many times over. For my benefit, and that of the equally-unedumacated readers, could you describe E3 in your own words?

    John "Boomjack" Hoskin: Tough one. E3 is like a gigantic Shriner’s circus, complete with fire breathing midgets and tiny vehicles that careen through pathways crammed tight with humanity. It is the loudest, most obnoxious convention that you are ever likely to experience. It’s always hot and the funk in some of the interviews can be overwhelming, not from the developers, but from the other press. Developers should hand out deodorant as swag. Some of the press could use it. 99.9% of the people at the show are male, which means that attractive women wearing next to nothing are placed strategically at many of the booths.

    Read our E3 interview with TenTonHammer's own Boomjack, and stay tuned to TenTonHammer for all your E3 MMOG coverage needs!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Raiding as a lost art...

    In EverQuest II, they're called hard core, uber, or elite, but most of us just refer to them as raiders. Raiders are a special breed of players who exhibit skill, dedication, and motivation escaping the average player. Former raider Kiara, chats with a couple who raided and finds out the details on what raiding is all about.

    We all know that EQ2 was designed to be a little more friendly towards the casual gamer than EQ. There are a lot of people out there who are grateful for this particular development. I know I'm one of them. Coming from a hard core rading guild in EQ, and having done my time in a hard core raiding guild in EQ2, I rejoice in the more laid back family oriented guild that I'm currently torturing.

    Read the rest of this interesting interview at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • You haven't checked out our newest Auto Assault guide?? Shaman you!

    Auto Assault - TenTonHammer now has a Shaman class guide up detailing skills, vehicles, and other information about the Shaman class. With this class guide, we'veve fully updated class information for all four Mutant classes! Stay tuned for a revamp of our main Mutant page!

    The Shaman class is a healing class with teeth. They can use their special Mutant powers to repair vehicles, restart broken down cars, and attack enemies. Shamans have all of the heals and buffs you'd expect a healer to have along with many attack and debuff skills. Truly a fierce warrior that does great damage and can heal itself and its allies.

    Fuel up on Contamination and head towards the Auto Assault - TenTonHammer Shaman Class Guide.

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • Relay Race

    If you haven't found your way into the world of Internet Relay Chat, now is a great time to start. A lot of MMO players —particularly the Guild Wars PvP community—use IRC as a means of connecting, socializing, and organizing.

    As for IRC etiquette, well, it varies from place to place. With all of them, I suggest "idling" or lurking for awhile to get a sense of the community before you jump in. The Guild Wars community isn't always very nice to "newbies," so be braced for some nastiness if you start peppering inhabitants with questions. Usually, there will be a few people who are happy to help new comers (me, for one!) but don't take it personally if someone hollers something mean about your lack of omniscience. That's just IRC for you.

    Curious yet? Then read on at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer!

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • LFG! WTS! WTB! Skill recharge?!

    With all of our Auto Assault class updates lately, how could we forget the skill section of our glossary? We went over the skill and MMOG shorthand section of our glossary and applied a fresh coat of new content to reflect the live game!

    Welcome to the Auto Assault - TenTonHammer glossary! Here you will find the various terminologies used in Auto Assault! Ever wondered what LFG meant, or was curious to what INC stood for? Well, look no further!

    So have a look at our Auto Assault - TenTonHammer glossary, and learn how to talk like a mutated biomechanical humanoid!

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • Another Brick in the Wall

    As part of an effort to provide useful information to new and old Guild Wars players, here's a guide to the very first mission you'll be tackling right after you get out of the pre-Sear tutorial zone. Read the directions at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Still in the "pre-Sear" tutorial area? Go have a look at the Guild Wars - TenTonHammer Adventuring 101 article.

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
  • Keying Up

    Sure, it isn't too difficult to figure out basic movement in Guild Wars, especially if you've played a lot of video games in your time. However, if you're new to the game—and maybe even if you aren't—there could be some highly useful commands you haven't found yet.

    If you're getting tired of level 60 WoW instances and you've decided to dust off your subscription-free Guild Wars account in time for the Factions expansion release next week, you might be due for a refresher. Especially if, like me, you've lost the manual!

    Our TenTonHammer crew made a list of their favourite important commands at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Sun, Apr 23, 2006
    Ethec
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