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  • AnomalousSilence takes a look at the differences between gameplay and roleplay in the world of Telon.

    Try to imagine yourself, not in Vanguard, but in Telon. You are a tall, lithe high elf strolling through the forests bordering Leth Nurae. To the left of you is a dark figure, obviously out of place within this peaceful habitat. Turning your head to more closely regard this newcomer, you are utterly repulsed to see a Dark Elf! Only adding to the sheer hatred is the monstrous undead creation closely following this creature of evil, whose hair is long and white with eyes like deep, black pits. This elf smiles at you and touches a tree. The tree quickly begins to rot and decay.

    Have yourself an eyefull of this week's Tuesday Take editorial at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • It's little surprise that these days MMORPG developers are hosting in game advertising to supplement the cost of producing and launching these games. Costing upward of thirty million dollars to make, smaller niche games don't have the chance to turn a profit as quickly as someone like Blizzard to went into the black months after release. With that said, NCSoft has signed a deal with Massive Inc to put in-game ads in their upcoming release Auto Assault.

    While you're driving down that highway of life, keep an eye out for that Pepsi ad.

    Get your Auto Assault fix at our Community Site!

    More news and info on Auto Assault.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • There is a new preview of The Chronicles of Spellborn as well as new eye candy for your purveyance. You can get the links to all of them right here.

    More news and info on The Chronicles of Spellborn.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • Would you believe that there is a PVE server in here? ?

    We're opening up two new realms for character transfer, Monday March 13 at 3:00 AM PST.

    New Realm: Korgath - Deadline: Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer to Korgath, a new PvP realm. If you're interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Korgath, please click here.

    Kil'Jaeden –> Korgath
    Tichondrius –> Korgath

    New Realm: Muradin - Deadline: Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following four realms will have an opportunity to transfer their characters to Muradin, a new PvE realm. Characters transfers from these realms to the new realms will be available until Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST.

    Doomhammer –> Muradin
    Icecrown –> Muradin
    Proudmoore –> Muradin
    Uther –> Muradin

    During this time standard character creation will not be available for these two new realms. As always, eligible character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. If you're interested in transferring your characters from the realms listed above to the new realms, please click here.

    You guys know the drill. If you want to transfer get a move on it.

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    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • Ok honestly, yes there are bright flashy lights and lots of noise. But really... compare that to the sweaty stank and the pushing crowds and it's not worth it so much. However, if you're into that sweaty stank... this may be the chance for you.

    We’re delighted to let Guild Wars players know of a special opportunity: The guild that finishes No. 1 in the first seasonal playoffs of the Guild Wars Factions Championship will be invited to play Guild Wars at E3, one of the largest game shows in the world! This is the first of what we hope will be several special opportunities during the championship season. You can find all the details and rules on this page. So, get your game on, and bring it to LA!

    Check out the rules and details here.

    A better place to get your Guild Wars fix!

    More news and info on Guild Wars.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • Well golly that was fast! Most of the time you don't see modules until after at least 6 months of release.

    March 14, 2006 - Turbine is pleased to announce the first module for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINETM: StormreachTM (DDO). The Dragon's Vault module will provide players the opportunity to battle the dangerous Vault of Night that is protected by a ferocious guardian – the red dragon! This module, scheduled for release in April, is the first in a series of planned modules that will provide new content and features for DDO, the hit MMOG that launched February 28th and quickly became the fastest growing MMOG in North America.

    Let the modding begin!

    See what's new at our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community!

    More news and info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
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    I liken working on the podcast to having your teeth extricated without being able to open your mouth. Needless to say, we were not able to get the quality of audio we wanted. We'll try again in a week or so.
    Auto Assault has an open beta weekend coming up. If you haven't read up on this title or been lucky enough to be part of the beta I strongly encourage you to take a look. It delivers a completely different experience in MMO gameplay. It won't appeal to everyone, but those that like it, love it.
    Cars with cannons, what could go wrong? Hemis under glass go here .

    What's New On

    You can almost hear Donald Trump clicking through the pages our common content this week. Every site is focused on the MMO economy, how it works and how it doesn't.

    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.

    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: Take #2 - PvE versus PvP

      "AnomalousSilence takes a look at the differences between PVP vs PVE  gameplay and roleplay in the world of Telon."
    • Auto Assault: March AA Screenshots

      "NCSoft / NetDevil has passed along some new Auto Assault screens, which we gladly submit for your viewing pleasure. It's new "Limited Edition" box art and some gorgeous new screenshots. And anyone can enjoy a few good ol' fashioned automotive mayhem pictures to tide us over until the game launches this Spring!"


    • DDO Economics 101

      "They say money makes the world go 'round. In most massively-multiplayer online games (MMOGs) it's all too true as our Lyle Vertigo laments. Gold farmers--people who keep repeating a quest or killing certain monsters to collect currency--sell videogame money for actual dollars in real money transactions (RMT). Players with tons of gold from RMT buy all of the good items in the auction, driving up prices. The ridiculous amount of coins in circulation leads to inflation. Inflation? In a game!
      Good thing Turbine has taken measures to prevent all of this in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)."
    • An Intro To Virtual Economics

      "The player market has long been considered an MMORPG staple. But recent MMOs like Guild Wars and Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach have marginalized the MMO meta-market. Ethec takes a glimpse at what makes a virtual economy tick, why inflation is a bad thing (despite what some devs think), and why, all things considered, an interactive economy is an important part of a virtual community"
    • Guild Wars: Money, Money, Money

      "Money matters. And so does loot. This week's editorial is a look at the in-game economies of MMORPGs and Guild Wars in particular. Secondary markets, farming, and player sales are all mentioned in this opinion piece."
    • Lord of the Rings Online: Money Makes The Virtual World Go 'Round.

      "Ever log into your favorite MMOG only to find that the Lightforged Bastard Sword of Leetness has suddenly become, in the time you've been saving up for it, out of your financial reach? Welcome to the virtual world, baby. (Not so different from the real one, is it?) Shayalyn takes a look at the issues plaguing game economies, and the probability of Turbine rendering a stable economy in their upcoming Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar."
    • NYSE of Norrath - Examining The Economics of EQ2

      "After spending hours looking for his Microeconomics book, only to realize it was holding the Christmas tree box closed, RadarX takes a quick look at the economy of EverQuest2.  He'll answer questions like "What makes up the economy in-game?" "How does it effect the players?" and "What grade did Radar actually earn in Microeconomics?""
    • Auto Assault: Cash And Go

      "his week's common content editorial is all about Auto Assault's economy. While you won't find high gas prices in the game, you will find an in-depth economy just waiting to bloom. What will compose Auto Assault's economy? Will the secondary market have a big influence over Auto Assault? These topics and more are discussed in our editorial "Cash and Go"."
    • World of Warcraft - Is It All About The Money?

      "In the World of Warcraft as in most games you sometimes hear some pretty strange complaints. I heard an odd one a few weeks ago and this week’s editorial brings it to mind. The complaint was basically, that it is unfair that people with lots of gold have such a huge in-game advantage in WoW. I dismissed it as yet more inane Barrens chat, and continued on my way."
    • World of Warcraft - 1.10 Priest Talent Review

      "s I am sure every priest out there is aware, we are next on the list for revision in WoW. The proposed changes have been posted, discussed and place live on the test servers. The over all impression that I get from the proposed changes is that Blizzard is trying to give priest's a buff to healing power. While it appears to be a small one, looks can be deceptive. There are lots of players that feel this is a huge nerf to the class, and others that look at it as a blessing. I did not want to comment until I had actually tried them out, but have now had that chance. I have been playing around with the talents on the test server and I thought it would now be a good time to provide a brief review of what I have found. I have also tried to provide a list of other reviews and threads about the upcoming changes so that you can read other peoples opinions as well."
    • Warhammer Online: Bringing Cheese Into The Online World

      Welcome to Ratboy’s “Rant”icles; brought to you by me (Ratboy).  As a quick introduction to what exactly this is, allow me to explain…  A “Rant”icle is half-way between a rant and a structured article, a writing style that is predominant in many forums out there.  We here at TenTonHammer are always trying to bring you the best news and information from a viewpoint that is “different” (sometimes like getting hit with a TenTonHammer), and these “Rant”icles are meant to bring that attitude into a different medium.  Since this is the first of my series; I thought I would start with something predominant in MMO’s, RPG’s, and Miniature games…  “Cheese” or players who simply like to “Twink Out”.
    • Warhammer Online: Zone Information - Ekrund

      "The first look into the recently revealed zone of Ekrund."

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel does not believe in the boogeyman. The boogeyman believes in him.

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

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

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • March Auto Assault Screenshots

    NCSoft / NetDevil has passed along some new Auto Assault screens, which we gladly submit for your viewing pleasure. It's new "Limited Edition" box art and some gorgeous new screenshots. And anyone can enjoy some good ol' fashioned automotive mayhem pictures. It's sorta like the guilty pleasure of staring at an accident!

    Check out the new March Auto Assault screenshots right here at TenTonHammer!

    Images, Media
    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
  • While I was out looking for news, I realized that the Archlord Official Site has finally gone live. It has a full load of information on the sidebar. Including races, classes and skills. Go take a look for yourself.

    More news and info on Archlord.

    Mon, Mar 13, 2006
  • Gametrailers has a new Lord of the Ring Online game trailer. It's visually spectacular. Go check it out.

    While you're at it, check out our Lord of the Rings Online Community!

    More news and info on Lord of the Rings Online.

    Mon, Mar 13, 2006
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