Ten Ton Hammer

  • By John "Boomjack" Hoskin


    Yesterday the topic was podcasts. New-fangled audio "books" that allow those without the time to sit at a computer and read the gaming blogs stay in touch with the industry.
    Let's take a step back, to books. You remember those right? Paper, words, mixed into a visual that you read. No computer is needed. I know it sounds crazy, but it is true. One such book, The Theory of Fun, written by Raph Koster of Sony Online Entertainment is about games. There my friends, is our common ground.
    Raph has written a post-mortem of his experience writing the book. For those of you who always thought that writing a book might be in your future, I suggest you read his article. Keep in mind that he was pressed into writing this book and didn't feel at the time that it was something he was up to doing.
    When our podcast is done, out the door, and the door has slammed shut on it I may write a post-mortem of that experience. I have a whole new level of appreciation for those that can produce a podcast every week. Gaming Steve mentioned that it takes 10-20 hours per week for him to produce his podcast. Think about that the next time you fire up iTunes and listen to your favourite game site entertain you.
    Post-mortem, what about the pre-mortem. Your novel goes here.


    What's New On TenTonHammer.com?



    Not only can you win a copy of City of Villains, but you could win a cape too! Imagine the envy of your friends as you show up to the black-tie affair with a CoV cape on your back.
    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
    03.09.2006

    • City of Villains: Contest!!!

      "Were you ever interested in giving City of Villains a try and seeing what its all about? Well, here's a great opportunity for you--easy too. Just post in this thread with any catchphrases or battlecries that you would feel compelled to use while being a bad guy! Provide a short description of your intended character too, if you'd like. Detailed rules are available here, and you can win prizes including a full CD version of City of Villains along with other goodies such as capes, t-shirts, and bumper stickers. Deadline is March 31st!"
    • EverQuest 2: The Krunnk in Closet

      "It slices, it dices, it makes Julian fries!  Most importantly it puts your kids to bed?  Join Krunnk in this exciting informercial about his  revolutionary new product: The Krunnk in Closet.   This hot item will be the talk of Norrath so get yours today!"
    • EverQuest 2: Fury Guide - Spell List and Progression

      "Furies are unquestionably the most offensive and popular of all the priest classes. Keeping a handle on their abilities can be a little tricky though. Fortunately, EQ2 TenTonHammer has updated our Fury Spell list and Spell Progression table to include the Kingdom of Sky spells and the revamped LU#18 level 1-20 spells."
    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - New Artwork -Gnome Sorcerer

      "Short, proud, carries a big staff and wears a pointy hat.... that's right folks we have a Gnome!"
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: The Battle Cleric

      "Think healers are wimps that can't hold their own in a fight? Think again! Zed offers up some suggestions for playing a cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) that's at home in the trenches with the front-line fighters--the battle cleric. Read his guide to learn how to create a cleric whose healing skills are secondary to his defensive and fighting skills."

    03.07.2006

    • Auto Assault: Biomek Information Updated

      "Are you an efficient biomechanical modern man? Do you drink grease and rinse your hair in transmission fluid? Well hopefully not.

      I definitely wouldn't advise you to do so! However if your character in Auto Assault does then why not check out our revamped Biomek section? Contains all of the transmission fluid fashion — err I mean contains Biomek skills, information, and other efficent things."
    • Vanguard: Virtual Memories - Part V

      "Merriandra looks one last time at Virtual Memories. Do our fond memories of that first virtual world  affect the way we look upon a new virtual world?"

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel brushes his teeth with a Dremel.


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

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

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    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Furies are unquestionably the most offensive and popular of all the priest classes in EverQuest 2. Keeping a handle on their abilities can be a little tricky though. Fortunately, EQ2 TenTonHammer has updated our Fury Spell list and Spell Progression table to include the Kingdom of Sky spells and the revamped LU#18 level 1-20 spells.

    Have a look! The updated Furies spell lists & spell progression at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • With a hammer and a prayer...

    Think healers are wimps that can't hold their own in a fight? Think again! Zed offers up some suggestions for playing a cleric in Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) that's at home in the trenches with the front-line fighters--the battle cleric. Read his guide to learn how to create a cleric whose healing skills are secondary to his defensive and fighting skills.

    The battle cleric joins the front rank fighters in the thick of battle. His spells focus on self and party combat buffs. For all accounts, he would be as armed and armored as any fighter--heavy weapons, shields, full plate. Healing is secondary to the battle cleric, only being used when group members drop dangerously low in health.

    Get suited up for battle with The Battle Cleric at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • Mobs, Inc.

    It slices, it dices, but most importantly, it puts your kids to sleep? Krunnk introduces to the newest technological advancement in parenting: The Krunnk in the Closet. This hot new product will be all over Norrath before you know it!

    "You got kiddies who not listen? They stay up when they should be a’sleep? You just not know what to do?" A large Ogre stares into the camera as he reads slowly and mechanically from a cue-card.
    "Then you need Krunnk in Closet." He affirms as he theatrically points to himself with a meaty thumb and smiles widely showing a mouth full of wicked teeth.

    Courtesy of our very own EverQuest 2 funny man Coyote Sharptongue, you can read about this fascinating product at EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • What's wrong with the Rangers?

    A few weeks ago at EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer, our humor writer Coyote had a little fun at the expense of the Rangers. While we don't apologize for it (mostly because it was freaking hillarious), it did occur to us that not everyone might understand what changed with the rangers and why they were so upset. So, after Coyote stirred up the hornet's nest, I threw Savanja in there like Sam Fisher to stealithily gather intelligence. She came back with a great interview.

    Savanja: First, I'd like to know what made you decide to play a Ranger, and what your favorite aspects of the class were/are?

    Kaeros: I could write whole pages on that question alone. :) I've played a lot of RPGs and similar fantasy games, and if there's an option to be a ranger, I'm a ranger. Always have been, since back when I first played D&D as a young kid. So creating a ranger as my first EQ2 character was a no-brainer, and I did so when I first tried the game out over a year ago. I didn't know how the ranger concept would manifest in this particular game, but I knew I had to start with my favorite class and see how SOE interpreted it. I've always liked the association with nature and the outdoors, the solitary nature of rangers, and the kind of mystique that surrounds those who prefer to live outside settlements and normal society.

    Read the rest of Savanja's interview with a few of the Rangers at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Ethec
  • Anticipating Some Memories

    Merriandra takes a last look at Virtual Memories at Vanguard - TenTonHammer with In Anticipation: The Promise of Memories

    It is true that we, as gamers, will never be as unsophisticated as we were in the early days of UO or EQ. I look at it as a progressive ladder, like my experiences on the first day of school. My first day of high school was completely different than my first day of kindergarten, and yet they both inspired fear, and anticipation, and a sense that something better was just over the horizon.

    Make some memories with Vanguard - TenTonHammer while we all eagerly anticipate Vanguard's release later this year.

    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Ethec
  • The next Auto Assault beta playsession starts on Wednesday at 6PM CST (7PM EST) and will run through Thursday 6PM (7PM EST). Only those with priority beta access (24/7 accounts or pre-order holders) will be allowed in this session.

    See what our Auto Assault Community has to offer.

    More news and info on Auto Assault

    News
    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There's a new community Dev Chest up. You can read it here.

    # Do you happen to have a problem with Orbs? Ilucide has some answers.
    # Timeline and event questions pop up all the time, but you can always count on Vhalen to shed some light on the subject!
    # In the thread titled "I thought that weapons were better than unarmed but..." Moorgard comments on a display bug and other tactics.
    # Lockeye comments on some Ranger Updates, that is incase you may have missed them.

    Oooh.. Ranger Updates. That's a touchy subject that should be read indeed.

    Get all of your EverQuest 2 needs met at our EverQuest 2 community site.

    More news and info on EverQuest 2

    News
    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Who's the director of the year in Azeroth?

    The World of Warcraft Movie contest sponsored by Xfire has come to a close. Over 120 entries were narrowed down to a handful of winners who were awarded $10,000 in prizes.

    The main category award winners are:

    * Illegal Danish Super Snacks – Best Comedy
    * Billy Maclure – Best Dance
    * Served Cold – Best Drama

    Congratulations to all our winners!

    I say congrats too! Some of these movies are really great and deserve accolade. Next stop.. The Oscars.

    News
    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You may remember that I posted that WoW was having contests. The prize? Beta slot in the Burning Crusade.

    Be one of the first players to experience World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion pack! We're currently running three contests on our public test realms -- the winners will receive a spot in the upcoming World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade beta test. Interested? Click here for more info on the contest and here to copy your character!

    Who wants to beta test Burning Crusade? Mememememememeeeee! Find out more information here.

    There are tons of goodies at our World of Warcraft Community

    More news and info on World of Warcraft

    News
    Wed, Mar 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
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