Ten Ton Hammer

  • RF Online gets a physical, courtesy of Boomtown.
    Iain Lowson of Boomtown took time away from stroking his cat to review RF Online.

    "Doc, the cat in question, likes me playing RF Online because she gets to sit on my lap and get stroked. This is because I have nothing better to do than stroke the cat when playing RF Online – the only game I’ve ever played where I died regularly because I kept forgetting I was playing. "

    You can read the entire RF Online Review at Boomtown.

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • MTV discovers another non-music channel.
    Stephen Totilo of has delved deep into the music archives to write an article about weather in World of Warcraft.

    "Kaplan said Blizzard's weather team — game designers accustomed to being the godlike architects of the worlds they create — talked about a system that would have them decreeing the weather day by day, but opted to set up a program and leave the weather patterns to computerized number-crunching. "If we were to sort of handpick the weather for each day, we would probably do it in such a way that you wouldn't notice that someone was handpicking it, in which case it's like, 'Why go through that trouble in the first place?' " Kaplan said."

    You can read Game Developers Unleash A Storm on World of Warcraft Players on

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
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    The podcast, Episode #2 should be online today. In fact, it may be online by the time you read this. If not, just keep checking in at and we'll let you know when it hits the virtual airwaves. Barring any catastrophic problems it should be there by the afternoon at the latest.
    We had a lot of fun creating this show. It gave Jeff, Nicole, Phil and I the opportunity to talk about games and aspects of games that we don't get a lot of time to explore. For those of you who will surely ask, the advertisements in our first two episodes were both by stalwart Neddie Seagoon.
    One of the games that we were fortunate to discuss was Warhammer Online, a Games Workshop IP that Mythic Entertainment is now developing. I admit that I played the Warhammer Fantasy miniatures game. I enjoyed it immensely, but unfortunately for me, finding someone else, or even more difficult a group of someone elses that also played the game was trying at best.
    Granted the MMO experience won't hold much resemblance to the the experience of playing the miniature game, but it will have the same backstory; a dark, sordid tale where as our editor Phil Comeau puts it, "There are two sides, evil and less evil."
    The game pits two factions against each other in Realm versus Realm combat, a Mythic specialty. The backbone of this title, from head to toe, is the war between the factions. On one side we have the Chaos (demons), Dark Elves and Orcs. On the other side, The Empire (human), High Elves and Dwarves. Those of you who have never opened a Games Workshop codex may be cringing at the thought of yet another fantasy MMO, but believe me when I tell you, these races are not as Tolkien penned them.
    I'm going to see if I can get one of the Mythic team on the phone for an interview. Worst case, I'm sure one of them can find time to answer some e-mail questions. If you have been walking the floors, sleepless and sighing, worrying about what this game is going to be like, be sure to get your questions in. I'll ask them, no matter how silly they may be. Silly is my specialty.
    Congratulations to "Phatty", now known as Phat Ty on winning a fancy prize. Phatty was kind enough to send us in a question, about Warhammer Online no less, that we used on the show. You could win next week. Get those questions in!

    Thanks to the good folks at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the developers of StarGate Worlds for the front page link to Ten Ton Hammer. I'm as excited about this game as I've been about any MMO in a long time.
    Have you hammered out a question or comment? (.mp3 format if you want bonus points in the swag give away) Send them in.

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

    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Roses and Rain
      "Merriandra shares with us her tale of Renna, a bar maid in The Weary Arms tavern. What brought her to New Targonor and what memories haunt her thoughts?"
    • Auto Assault: Human Starting Guide
      "We have a brand new section, called the Human Starting Guide.This guide goes over everything you need to know to start as the Human faction, including the lore, information on hazard modes and racialabilities, and the various classes. Be sure to check in soon for afull walkthrough of Ark Baby 313 and the Hestia Back Range!"
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Enter The Halfling #3 - Trouble Brewing
      "Enter episode three of our weekly comedy series, Enter the Halfling. Trouble plagues the talenta halflings as Cailag endures torment-by-pastry while Pigface fumbles through a bleary-eyed game of Fuzzy Duck at the Wayward Lobster Ale-lympics. Looks like it's up to Preston to save Cailag from his grim fate...with a little help."
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: The Dragon's Vault Release Notes
      "Just a little over a month into the release of the game, Dungeons & Dragons Online has launched their first content update, Module 1: The Dragon's Vault. Players can now explore new dungeons and areas including the Prison of the Mind, the Jungles of Khyber, the Haywire Foundry, and the Vault of Night. It's also rumored that a red dragon guards fantastic treasure. We've got the latest release notes, so stop by and learn more about what's in store!"


    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Interview with Darrin McPherson
      "Lady Sirse had a chance at Fanguard in January to sit down and talk with Darrin McPherson, better known as Talisker to most of the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Community. He shared some insight into two of the unique classes planned to debut in this much anticipated game. Darrin and Lady Sirse spoke about the Dread Knight and the Disciple..."
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mind Bending Magic - Enchantments in DDO
      "Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in doing the most damage possible with spells in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). But Darkgolem shows us that sometimes the best use for spell points in DDO is enchantments. In "Mind-bending Magic," we learn just what enchantments are, what they do, and how to use them to our fullest advantage."
    • EverQuest 2: Guide to Outpost of the Overlord
      "You're evil. You've admitted, and come to accept it. You've talked in theaters, took the last soda, and made fun of Radar's pink pants. What do you do now? You hop in game, and create an evil character of course! TenTonHammer has your guide to starting out as an evil race, and the quests that will begin your journey to the dark side."
    • EverQuest 2: The Secondary Market and the Farmers Who Own It
      "With the exception of Station Exchange servers, the secondary market is against Sony's end user license agreement.  Many people located in many different countries jump at the chance of making real dollars for online property. Slide takes us behind the scenes of popular business properly nicknamed "farming" and "plat selling".  There was a farmer had a coin and platinum was its name-o."
    • World of Warcraft: Two Scoops Please
      "Just 10 more minutes... just 10 more minutes... I'm almost done the quest...*3 hours later* That took a... little longer than expected...""
    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Interest Rates
      "Being part of a guild is another significant source for entertainment and relationships within MMORPGs. “Guildees” become your family, everyone consistently having everyone else’s back. ."

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel died thousands of years ago, but the Grim Reaper is afraid to tell him.

    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • Springtime for Vanguard...

    Merriandra, one of the great writers at the Vanguard - TenTonhammer community site, has graced us with some great fan fiction. Rain and Roses begins in a tavern called The Weary Arms in New Targonor.

    It was true enough, she thought, that the day had dawned bright with more than the prospect of sunshine. At mid-morning, several merchant ships dropped anchor in the harbor, arrivals spurred by the advent of fair weather. The Weary Arms had seen a steady trade, brisk enough so that she had been unable allow herself even a moment for thoughts of her past, or her future.

    Each Wednesday the story continues...

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • Ready for Auto Assault’s launch on 4/13?

    Xerin, over at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer community site, has a brand new section called the Human Starting Guide. Thought humans were the "boring" race to play? Not so! Being the race least well suited to the wastelands but the most adaptive, humans have some very cool tech, not to mention a few tricks up their sleeve.

    This guide goes over everything you need to know to start as a human, including the lore, information on hazard modes and racial abilities, and guides to the various classes. Be sure to check in soon for a full walkthrough of Ark Bay 313 and the Hestia Back Range!

    To use your hazard mode, simply activate the /!\ hazard button in your lower left hand side, next to the INC button. Once activated you will have a short time with your new found incredible power. Drive into as many things as possibly, blowing them to smithereens. Let nothing stand in your path of justice, destroy everything possible. Once it’s down, it’ll be a long time before it’s available again. So make the most out of it.

    Ride on down to Auto Assault at TenTonHammer to find out all that humanity has to offer you freelancer!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • Trouble Brewing for the Talenta Halflings

    Enter episode three of DDO - TenTonHammer's weekly comedy series, "Enter the Halfling." Trouble plagues the talenta halflings as Cailag endures torment-by-pastry while Pigface fumbles through a bleary-eyed game of Fuzzy Duck at the Wayward Lobster Ale-lympics. Looks like it's up to Preston to save Cailag from his grim fate...with a little help.

    Preston looked across the bar. What would Cailag want him to do--cheer Pigface to glory at the Ale-lympics; or rescue him? And in what order? He muttered something unintelligible, then stepped outside into the night air. Finally, he decided; he would let Pigface seek his title while he, Preston, went off in search of their companion. This was a job for steady (and moderately sober) hands.

    Check out this week's episode at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • DDO Dragon's Vault Expansion Goes Live Today!

    Here are the official release notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) module 1: The Dragon's Vault. Along with the usual patches and fixes, this patch contains the first content update for DDO. Did we mention that it's free to subscribers?

    Here's a taste of update goodness:

    This update contains the first content update to DDO, the Dragon’s
    Vault Module! Can you gain access to the impenetrable Vault of Night?

    • Fight in the notorious Tharashk Arena, defeating all other
      combatants to survive.

    • Explore the most dangerous prison of all – that of a mind locked
      in torment, in The Prison of the Mind.

    • Discover the hideous secret that has ruined the Haywire Foundry.
    • Delve into the subterranean depths of the Jungles of Khyber.
    • After
      you’ve conquered all four of those dungeons, the most challenging and
      compelling dungeon experience of all awaits you – the Vault of Night,
      as you face the full array of Kundarak magic and tricks meant to keep
      you out…or kill you.

    • If you somehow manage to defeat the Vault of Night, you can earn
      your rich rewards…there remains just one last obstacle…

    In addition to the Dragon’s Vault chain of quests, there is even more
    great content to explore!

    • Fight against the first vampire boss in DDO…you’ll love this

    • Stop a planar invasion in “The Xorian Cipher”
    • Explore the immense demesne of the Arzag-Khor…can you acquire the
      Tear of Dhakaan?

    • Stop the nefarious plans of the Grave Robber
    • Can you uncover all the secrets of Stromvauld’s Mine?
    • Will you aid the Bounty Hunter and bring down an infamous

    • And more!

    We’ve opened the gates to Kobold Island: a fun and replayable landscape
    experience for new players still getting a feel for what their characters can do in combat.

    Check out our DDO - TenTonHammer community site for the complete scoop!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
  • Dusktreaders has new lore!

    “We were sailing from Treffaren to bring goods north to Kellathin. At night we had dropped anchor to prevent running ashore in the fog. I think half the crew was dead before we knew the pirates were even on board. With black powder in the hold, I knew I had to jump overboard when the fire started. Really, the black powder saved me.”

    It's a good story so while you're waiting for the WoW servers to come up, go check it out!

    More news and info on Dusktreaders.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • There is some fancy schmancy new wallpaper to be had for Codemaster's upcoming game Archlord. Make sure to check back near the end of the day to find some new lore on the game as well!

    More news and info on Archlord.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • Druids Grove has an interview with Associate Designer Michael Mann.

    2. What differentiates druids from the other arcane casting classes? How are they unique?
    The Druid is unique from other arcane casters in many ways. Not only does he have the ability to cast some of the highest damage spells in the game, he has a small healing capability and a strong line up of support abilities. On top of this he has the ability to summon natural elementals to fight for his cause. The elementals aren’t always around and go back to the earth once their fight is over, but it really pulls you into the feeling that you are actually communicating with nature and that is very unique.

    Want more Vanguard Goodies? Take a peek at our Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Community.

    More news and info on Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
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