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  • Every time I see a new piece of concept art from this game, it takes my breath away. I don't know how true it will be to the story or how far they can go with it.. but the visuals, they just leave me speechless.

    With that said, there is new lore today from the Official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    This watch-tower, its name long-forgotten, once overlooked the eastern reaches of Fornost of which little now remains. Though crumbling and decrepit, it still stands as a grand testament to the architects of Arnor, a monument both carved from the living stone upon which it rests and built from stone blocks and mortar. The ruined tower yet watches over the eastern gate of Fornost, which still stands amidst crumbling walls, bearing the charge of the Seven Stars, though the courtyard beyond has become home to cursed shades, tainted by failure and betrayal.

    Go read the rest and see what I mean about the art.

    Did you know that we have a really great Lord of the Rings Online Community?

    More news and info on Lord of the Rings Online.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • What really happened at SOE Fan Faire, part 2:

    RadarX returns from the 2006 SOE Fan Faire with many a story to tell. His official report contains all the gameplay stuff, but what really happens in between the official events? Perhaps you've been entertained by part one of Radar's blog and Coyote's version of events, now join our favorite templar for What Really Happens at SOE Fan Faire, part 2:

    The butt crack of dawn, and I'm awoken by
    stirring. Apparently SOME people can't sleep with any light in the room,
    so no big deal, I'll just get up. I take a step, but am frozen in place,
    and unable to move. I realize that Coyote has adjusted the room
    temperature to his native environment of Antarctica. Moving my way past
    the penguins, I throw the polar bears out of my bathtub, and yell to
    Coyote he better have pants on when I get back.

    Read Part 2 at EQ2 - TenTonHammer for Radar's hilarious version of how things wrapped up at SOE's FanFaire in Atlanta last week, and be sure to check out the rest of our 2006 FanFaire coverage.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • New Niborea Fanart

    Niborea, from our Vanguard - TenTonHammer community, brings us another great piece of rendered fantasy artwork. This one depicts a Barbarian berzerker's warcry as he brandishes his weapon with highlands and melting snow in the background.

    But... you know what they say about pictures and words, so check out Niborea's artwork at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • His name is Andrew Binder and his mission? To Annihilate all coding bugs in existence! This new test lead for Flying Lab Software makes his Developer's Log Debut with .. er... flying colors?

    I suppose an introduction is in order. My name is Andrew Binder and I am the test lead here at Flying Lab Software. I have been testing, test-leading, test-managing, games for a little over 12-years now. I cut my QA teeth at Dynamix in Eugene, Oregon (Aces of the Pacific, Red Baron, Trophy Bass, Starsiege, Tribes, etc), took a turn at Tiburon (Madden 00), swung through Microsoft (Zoo Tycoon franchise), and now I have come to hang my tricorn here at FLS. I have likely been a geek and a technophile from the day I opened my eyes and could recognize the beauty that is a blinking LED. My mother humored my need and through her and the rest of my family I got the original Atari PONG, a Magnavox Odyssey, the Atari 2600, a VIC-20, and a 386-DX25 as my first "modern" computer while I was in college. My contributions (via paper routes and other odd jobs) to this mess were a Colecovision, a Vectrex, and my pride-and-joy Apple IIe. I won’t even try to list the various and sundry blinking, building, battery operated, toys that used to lie around our house in various states of dismantlement (I was *that* kid who would get a $100 toy for Christmas, spend one day playing with it, and months taking it apart and then trying to put it back together- usually unsuccessfully. Personality clue – I’ve been in test for 12-years). Now that I am older and “wiser” I try to reserve my destructive tendencies for software, and the odd home repair job (sorry honey...).

    He's an entertaining guy. You should read the rest.

    More news and info on Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There is a new piece in the Developer Corner on the official EverQuest 2 site.

    The Rise of the Orcs
    Kerya stayed low and close to the trunk of the tree, ensuring she wasn't in the orcs' line of sight. It had taken considerable study of their crude language to be able to make sense of their guttural grunts and snorts.

    "Stronger now!" the larger orc said to the smaller ones. "This new armor will strike fear into the Militia! They will fall before the might of the Bloodskull!"

    "The treaty with our Rujarkian brothers was wise, General Vhar'Taug," one of the smaller orcs responded. "With this superior equipment, Freeport will soon be ours for the taking."

    While you're wondering what's new with EQ2, go ahead and take a look at our EverQuest 2 Community. We have Fan Faire Coverage!

    More news and info on EverQuest 2

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • WooOOOOooo! For all of us schleps that were too lazy to pre-order Auto Assault here is some good news!

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 13, 2006—NCsoft® North America announced today that Auto Assault® launched commercial service in North America, Europe and other select markets worldwide. Developed by Colorado-based developer, NetDevil®, LTD, Auto Assault is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring vehicle combat on an epic scale and fully destructible environments.

    Auto Assault is available at retailers in North America at an expected price of US$49.99. The Limited Edition, which includes a headset to utilize the game’s voice chat system and a game soundtrack CD, will be available for an expected price of US$59.99. Both the standard and Limited editions of the game include the first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.99. Sixty-day game time cards will also be available at many North American retailers for an expected price of US$29.99.

    In Auto Assault, players choose from three races and venture into a post-apocalyptic Earth wreaking havoc and vying for control over the few resources left. Players can design their characters and customize many different vehicle chassis to make their own unique fleet of death machines. Players may go on missions with others or on their own, craft unique items, and participate in player-versus-player combat via the arena system and contested outpost battles. No matter what they are doing, players are encouraged to interact with the game world by blasting through buildings, leveling towns and destroying just about everything they see.

    “Auto Assault is a truly unique game, and a fantastic addition to our catalog,” said Robert Garriott, CEO of NCsoft North America. “There is nothing like it in the MMO game space – it is easy to play, fast, and very fun. Auto Assault gives players the best of action games, the best of role-playing games and a super-cool world to discover and destroy.”

    The release of Auto Assault represents both a continuation of NCsoft’s efforts to provide gamers many compelling products to play online, and the beginning of another great service with free content updates and expansions in the years to come. Additionally, a veteran rewards program has been put in place for players who subscribe to Auto Assault within the first thirty days of service.

    If you're bored with all of the fantasy type games, this is the game for you!

    Check out our Auto Assault Community!

    Think you know road rage? Step into the driver's seat with the fastest and
    most destructive car combat MMO game ever. Click here.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
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    Apparently my column yesterday grabbed hold of a nerve and squeezed it. For those of you that were too sick to get out of bed and crawl to the computer it briefly touched on violent video games and Easter. Here are a few snippets from the e-mails I received:

    "It is obvious that your letter was written to aggravate Christians. You succeeded. I will not be reading your website again. - James"

    Of course you won't. I bet if you ask around though, there is someone that could explain the big words to you.

    "If ever anyone was going to rot in Hell, you sir would be that person. - Mary"

    Virgin Mary jokes aside, Hellgate: London is one of the games that I'm really looking forward to. Thank you for your kind words. Same to you.


    "People like you write crap like I just read and people wonder what is wrong with America. Easter is about Jesus not rabbits and chocolate and video games. If there (sic) stores were full of bibles and not chocolate rabbits the world would be a better place. I will pray for you. - Anonymous Hotmail Coward"

    Newsflash: Nobody is wondering what is wrong with America. Filling stores with chocolate Bibles instead of rabbits isn't going to change anything. You sir, or ma'am (since you didn't sign your email ) are an anti-Rabbite. It is obvious to me that you hate rabbits. You probably cheered while reading 'Watership Down'.

    "...share your e-mail with us... - Jay"

    Ask and ye shall receive brother. Ask and ye shall receive.
    Have a great weekend folks. Don't forget to check out Auto Assault.
    Questions or comments? (.mp3 format if you want bonus points in the swag give away) Send them in.


    What's New On TenTonHammer.com?
    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
    04.13.2006

    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - New Artwork - Barbarian Berserker
      " A Barbarian Beserker in the melting snow bellowing out a battle cry."
    • EverQuest 2: Adventures in Rooming - Comic
      "Slide continues the story of a wily ogre looking for a home in Qeynos. Will he find a roomate that can put up with him?"
    • Lord of the Rings Online: The Minstrel
      "It's one of those things at the top of any gamer's list when looking at a new game: "Which class is right for me?" For gamers eagerly awaiting Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO), knowing the name of each class isn't enough. Fans of Tolkien's work want to know how each class preserves the lore of Middle-earth while providing a workable game mechanic. Ralsu takes a peek at the Minstrel and tells us what to expect."
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Guide To Third Level Arcana
      "So, your Dungeons & Dragons Online wizard or sorcerer is now ready to cast 3rd level spells. Which ones are winners? Which ones are...not? Darkgolem explores the mystical realms of arcane magic and offers his detailed information and ratings of 3rd level arcana."
    • EverQuest 2: The Search For Lucan D'lere
      ""The Quest for Lucan" was a humorous little prank pulled by the staff at SOE, but little did they know that thier joke would soon be brought to life. What happens when people from all over Norrath fail to realize that the contest in question is nothing but a mere hoax? Join Coyotee Sharptongue as he single handedly judges the first annual "Quest for Lucan" contest, and finds out the hard way that the best costume isn't always the winner."
    • Tabula Rasa: Starr Long Interview
      "Starr Long, producer of Tabula Rasa, was kind enough to answer a few questions about the NCSoft's MMO on-deck for release later this year."
    • EverQuest 2: SoE Fan Faire - What Really Goes On?
      "RadarX returns from the 2006 SOE Fan Faire with stories to tell.  His official report contains all the gameplay stuff, but what really happens at these events?  Read Part 1 for an inside look."

    04.12.2006

    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Swiss Army Knife - Ranger Tactics
      "Gone are the days when all a ranger did was hang back and plunk arrows at enemies. In Dungeons & Dragons Online, the ranger is a one of the most versatile of classes, a veritable Swiss army knife who can serve as a scout, a ranged combatant, a back-up healer and buffer, and even a respectable melee fighter in a pinch. Aelasyl takes time out from DDO to offer his guide to ranger tactics."
    • Vanguard: Rain and Roses - Part 2
      "An innocent comment finds Wil feigning off an onslaught of punches. What could have transpired to boil Renna's blood so? Find out in Part II of Rain and Roses."

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel invented Google to find Waldo.


    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
    Thanks to Matt for sending in these headlines.

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Boomjack
  • An ogre for a roommate? Sounds like my junior year.

    We have a new comic strip live on our EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer community site. Slide continues the story of a wily ogre looking for a home in Qeynos. Will he find a roomate that can put up with him?

    Find out at EQ2 - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • Who knew the nerds in choir would be so popular?

    It's one of those things at the top of any gamer's list when looking at a new game: "Which class is right for me?" For gamers eagerly awaiting Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO), knowing the name of each class isn't enough. Fans of Tolkien's work want to know how each class preserves the lore of Middle-earth while providing a workable game mechanic. Ralsu takes a peek at the Minstrel and tells us what to expect:

    Turbine's description of Minstrel by itself is not revealing, but reading in combination with the Morale System is. If the entrance of a balrog into the room reduces everyone's morale--making it easier for them to die--the Fellowship (a party in LOTRO) is doubly disadvantaged: they face a more difficult foe and they will die sooner. The Minstrel counters that with her songs, which raise the morale of all in the Fellowship.

    Read Ralsu's introduction to the Minstrel at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • DDO Wizards and Sorcerers Take Note...



    So, your Dungeons & Dragons Online wizard or sorcerer is now ready to cast 3rd level spells. Which ones are winners? Which ones are...not? Darkgolem explores the mystical realms of arcane magic and offers his detailed information and ratings of 3rd level arcana.


    Rage - 'Causes target for fly into a screaming block frenzy, gaining phenomenal strength and durability, but becoming reckless. Grants a bonus to strength, constitution and will saves, but causes target to take a penalty to armor.' Grants +2 str, +2 con –2 dex +1 will save. Can cast, can sneak, while under this effect, unlike barbarian rages. Stacks with Haste, ability buffs such as Bull’s Strength, and Heroism, except the will save will not stack with Heroism. A fine spell for the wizard whose allies are warriors.



    Check out the Apprentice's Companion III at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
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