Ten Ton Hammer

  • Play some music & pretend you're playing Vanguard!
    Two examples of Todd Masten's talents on the upcoming MMORPG are now live on the Vanguard site.

    " MP3s:

    --Nusibe Necropolis

    --The Highlands "

    Have a listen here!

    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Yummy Clusters of Server Goodness
    Mythic Entertainment announced a new clustering schema. Clusters are a way of preserving a server's home community for aged MMOGs while making the Realm vs. Realm and Frontier zones (areas where high level adventurers roam) one zone for 2-4 servers.

    "Guinevere will be clustered with Nimue and Percival... Merlin will be clustered with Palomides, Bors, and Gawaine... Lancelot will be clustered with Iseult, Kay, and Pellinor. Galahad/Morgan le Fay will be clustered with Bedevere, Igraine, and Tristan."

    Go here to see a timetable for these moves.

    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • New Deskpaper from Guild Wars
    We call it "Deskpaper" around here, because it goes on your desktop, of course, silly mortal. Featured deskpaper this week is a smear of light. But not just any smear of light...

    "The wallpaper image for this week offers one of several early concept images of the Hall of Heroes."

    Download the image here!

    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Pirate Picture Released. RIAA Unavailable for Comment.
    MMORPG has posted some Pirates of the Burning Sea screenshots. Pirate glamour photos. Focus today is on eye-patches:

    "The monthly developer journal is not all we feature from Pirates of the Burning Sea today. Below are two screenshots, one featuring an eye-patched captain and the other shows a couple ships, including a pirate, at sea."

    You can view the Pirates of the Burning Sea Screenshots at MMORPG.

    Images, Media
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Arrrr, have you ever been to the Burning Sea Billy?
    MMORPG has posted a Pirates of the Burning Sea developer diary featuring Russell Williams. Do they have boats made of asbestos in the burning sea?:

    "Since I last wrote, we finished our previous milestone and have started a new one. Our milestones are usually 6-8 weeks, but this one is a bit shorter. The reason for this is PAX (, the game show in Seattle being run by the Penny Arcade guys. We’re looking forward to meeting our fans who’ve been coming by the forums, and we’ll be out in force staffing our demo stations. This is the first time that we’ve shown the game to the general public, and this milestone is all about finishing off the basics and putting a nice sheen of polish on top of it."

    You can read the entire Pirates of the Burning Sea Developer Diary at MMORPG.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • DDO Dev Diary Discovered.
    The official Dungeons and Dragons Online site has posted a developer's diary featuring Zyrca. The diary is titled, 'Things I've Seen That Made Me Smile'. Strangely absent from the list was coming to work without pants on. That's always a real hoot around here:

    "I'm Zyrca, I've been here at Turbine a couple of years now. When I got here, I started out working on the live team on Asheron's Call. If you played Asheron's Call, you may remember me from such things as the "Violet Ball" and for setting up the code that would set my monitor on fire should a 100% crafting interaction fail. Now I'm a game systems engineer helping build Dungeons & Dragons Online. Today, I want to share some of the things I've seen and heard while working on DDO that brought a smile to my lips."

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Developer's Diary at The Official Site.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Finally, we'll see it on XBox 360. Finally.
    Game Informer has an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka discussing Final Fantasy XI on the XBox 360. Going into my local EBGames store and asking for Final Fantasy XI (I pronounced it Final Fantasy Zi) over and over was fun yesterday. Small joys:

    "As part of our Japan Extravaganza V 1.0, we talked to Hiroichi Tanaka, senior vice president of software development at Square Enix, about Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox 360. Find out why we should buy the game all over again, what’s new with the Xbox 360 version, and how FFXI is going to accomplish something that’s never been done before in the history of video games."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy Preview at Game Informer.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Oh Tanaka, we stand on guard for thee...
    1UP has an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka on the future of Final Fantasy XI. Strangely a game with Final in the name has a future, go figure:

    "At Square's recent Square Enix Party 2005 event in Tokyo this past weekend, 1UP had the pleasure of sitting down with Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka to ask him about the popular MMO's most recent patch update, as well as the game's future on Xbox 360. While Tanaka and his team worked the crowd with team-based competitions for members of the audience, they also had a working Xbox 360 on display, running Final Fantasy XI. There wasn't much happening on the widescreen TV showcasing the 360 version, but the textures were exceptionally detailed, and the characters benefited from a richer color palette (as opposed to the occasionally washed-out look on the PC and PS2 versions) and enhanced lighting effects, which resulted in high-contrast shadows for a more solid look than ever before. We have a handful of new 360 screenshots for you to examine for yourself, but before you do, take a look at what Tanaka-san had to say about FFXI's current state of affairs."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy XI Preview at 1UP.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
  • Fanguard - What Braid McQuaid wears at E3.
    Vanguard Crafters has posted a Vanguard preview based on conversations at the recent Sigil Online Games Fanguard. Fanguard, strong enough for a construction worker, but made for a game developer. :

    "Sigil is an amazing team with so much excitement about their product that they love talking about what they can. We tried to get more out of them but they were good about keeping things secret when need be!"

    You can read the entire Vanguard Preview at Vanguard Crafters.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
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    I have yet to receive a single "I broke the TTH Search Tool and here's how" e-mail. Even N. Korean exhaulted leader Kim Jong-il hasn't managed to bring the search tool to its knees.
    I'm sure our crack team of technicians are rubbing their hands together and cackling that they have created the first indestructible piece of web software. Then again, they spend a lot of time rubbing their hands together and cackling. It's a programmer thing I think.
    Go break the TTH Search Tool. I mean it. Go break the thing and then send me the error or a screenshot of the tool in its death throes. I may even have a little something for someone who helps us test this blasted thing.
    Now on to the real world, you can't make this stuff up.

    • Kim Jong-il Shoots 11 Hole-In-Ones.

      N. Korean crazy meter officially broken.
    • Google's Crazy Growth

      By "crazy" they mean huge. By "crazy" we mean Kim Jong-il.
    • Yahoo Takes On Google Adsense

      Kim Jong-il invents Google.
    • Life Is A Race

      Kim Jong-il sets land speed record - on foot.
    • Kung Fu Science

      Kim Jong-il shows Kung Fu prowess by breaking wind with his arse.
    • Kelly Clarkson Had B.O.

      Kim Jong-il wins N. Korean Idol, still stinks.
    • $1 Million Trailer Home

      Tornado rubs hands together - points at insurance industry. Kim Jong-il still windbag.
    • Cyclist Riding on Sidewalk Hit by Car.

      Darwin says, "If you don't like my driving, get off the sidewalk." Kim Jong-il defeats Lance Armstrong to win Tour de France.
    • John Daly to Drive Golf Ball Across Niagara Falls

      Kim Jong-il to drive golf ball across the galaxy.
    • Ocean Dead Zone Shrinks

      Kim Jong-il claims responsibility, hits nuclear golf ball from P'Yong Yang to Mississippi.
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
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