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The Pulse

First, you vote with what you view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the result is the Ten Ton Pulse (What is Pulse?).

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. Warhammer Online
  3. Age of Conan
  4. Stargate Worlds (UP 1)
  5. Star Wars: The Old Republic (down 1)
  6. Jumpgate Evolution
  7. Star Trek Online
  8. EVE Online
  9. EverQuest 2 (UP 7!)
  10. Atlantica Online

Biggest Sinkers and Floaters in the Top 20

  1. EverQuest 2 (UP 4 to no. 16)
  2. City of Heroes (UP 3 to no. 15)
  3. Guild Wars 2 (down 3 to no. 18)

Daily Column

Loading... like a sumo master that can do a sit-up.

It's hard to imagine a Ten Ton Hammer without Coyote's daily blogs, but next month that'll be our unfortunate reality. My talks (read: after-work IMs) with his agent (read: RadarX) revealed that he didn't sign a multi-million dollar contract with a glamorous Hollywood media firm as I'd hoped (we could then take up a collection around the office and make a counter-offer), but simply enough wanted some time to relax and recharge. Being funny daily is hard - I know because I'm not funny daily and that's hard too - so we certainly, whole-heartedly wish Coyote well. Happily we'll have blogs from Coyote through the holidays, making this time of year that much more special.

So if you can work scantily clad boob pics, MMOGs, and wit into a daily blog for years on end, please email your resume and letter of interest to... nah we can't replace Coyote. Maybe he'll come write a guest piece from time to time if we ask him prettily.

Switching gears, the post-TSO EverQuest 2 interview with Bruce Ferguson and Noel Walling made a few waves in our forums, which I'm actually glad to see. Moderately informed dissenting voices make life much more interesting. My thoughts on expansions geared solely to level cap players are well documented, or maybe I'm just jealous of their /played time.

But I will say this, if there's any game that's earned the right to make whatever kind of retail expansion that they want to, it's the EQ2 team. Four years have brought us five EQ2 expansions, a handful of adventure packs, and an event schedule only rivalled among fantasy MMOs by WoW (and without a single zombie-pocalypse - say it: zombie-pocalypse, it's fun), and that kind of hectic release post-release schedule earns the EQ2 folks a lot of well-earned respect around the industry.

Also continuing to make waves in Ralsu's MMO Space Race editorial, with our special guest star, an especially livid SGW community. I'll not come to Danny's rescue; he's done a more than adequate job of defending his views in the forums. But he was at the center of the storm (or whereever the storm is at its suckiest) involving the now-discontinued SGW beta giveaway, which I've already vowed will be the last beta giveaway we do without the actual keys in hand. We've done more than a dozen beta giveaways this year for premium members and given away thousands of dollars of prizes (shameless plug: sign up for Premium access!) and SGW was the only one that went a little awry.

That said, about 95% of the beta requests went through and the rest will be added when closed beta starts again in January. I know CME is anxious to not repeat a beta giveaway scenario like this again too, and James Delaney and the CM team have I believe made the best of a situation that wasn't exactly their making or ours.

I do believe that 2009 will also be the year of the comic book MMOG as much as the space MMOG, with Champions Online (for sure) and DC Universe (for probably) set to take the stage during next year as well. The chickens of WoW's fantasy MMOG dominance are coming home to roost. Bad news for elves and orcs, good news for those of us that sorely need a change of scenery.

Share your thoughts in the Loading forum, or my inbox is always open for comments and, of course, naughty pictures.

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
the Day

From our /OOC (Off Topic) Forum

Bye bye Coyote

Ten Ton Hammer's resident humorist, rebel, and lover, Coyote, announced yesterday that December will be his last month
writing his column, Not Funny...Ever. Community member, Hubert, started a goodbye thread that is quickly gaining epic status as Coyote fans rush in to either wish Coyote well, mourn his departure, or blame Ten Ton Hammer for driving their favorite mangy cur away from our virtual Dumpster (even though Coyote said, "Don't blame Ten Ton Hammer - they have been an amazing home to me, and I'm honored to have been part of the team.")

it's time to show Coyote some love. (He really could use a good bath
and a once-over with a flea comb, but we don't expect you good people
to attend to such things. After all, there's no telling where he's
been.) So, go! Talk about the glory that is Coyote. Post your boob
pictures freely and with wild abandon. This is what the Internet is all about, people.


Awesome Quote from the
Epic Thread

"This just isn't right! I pay more attention to this damn blog than my
classes. I even got kicked out of my pharmacology class for reading
this thing instead of paying attention to the lecture. I even accused
somebody in a debate in a research methods class of using the 'Coyote
method of data collection.

- MrPoet74


Do you have a favorite Epic Thread? Let
us know

10 new MMOG hand-crafted articles today! 34 in December! 3008 in 2008!

New MMOG Articles At Ten Ton Hammer Today [Thanks Phil Comeau for links and Real World News]





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Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game he could since.