January 2002 Archives

January 31, 2002 Posted @ 12:39 PM | Angel Draco
Monthly Challenge Ends Today
A reminder that submissions for November's Monthly Challenge, All Things Unequal is due today before 23:59 EST. If you're international, you can check the world time converter. Send all final submissions to Angel Cay. If you're almost done and need an extension, you can appeal to his good will ... bribes and ego stroking work as well.

January 30, 2002 Posted @ 1:01 AM | Angel Draco
Gamespot Has Spotted AOW2
Angel Nojd alerted me to the Gamespotting feature of Gamespot.com, where the staff post their hot pics for the coming year.

Andrew Park, Managing Editor, is looking forward to all the turn-based strategy games coming out this year, but he paid special attention to Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne. Here's a clip:
The sequel is going to expand and improve on all these features. For starters, it'll have an enhanced map editor, as well as two brand-new playable races, the Tigrans and the Draconians. What's more, the sequel won't force you to remain with a single race at the beginning of any game--you'll actually be able to recruit different units from different races more or less from the get-go. Though all the races won't work well with each other, it'll be interesting to create more varied armies from the start--and I'm sure that several different races will have interesting unit abilities that'll play off each other well. Age of Wonders II will also have new city upgrades, some of which will actually resemble those of Heroes of Might and Magic's city structures. For instance, rather than simply upgrading a town to level two or three, you'll be able to build miscellaneous structures, like the hall of enchantment, that can grant your armies additional powers. Oh, and I could mention that Age of Wonders II will look considerably better than the first game. It'll make use of particle effects and 3D terrain, as well as larger, more-detailed units, though it'll retain the same sort of distinctive hand-drawn portrait art of the original game, which generally resembled an interesting cross between a fantasy artist's sketchbook and an oil painting.
There's also a nice tactical combat screenshot with a face-off between the Dwarven War Cannon and Frostling Mammoth (which first debuted here at AOWH). Click here to see more animated AOW2 units.

You can read the entire here. There's also a poll so be sure to vote!

January 23, 2002 Posted @ 12:39 AM | Angel Draco
Queen Julia Wallpapers
The Elven Queen Julia dominates the February cover of Computer Games Magazine and she looks better than ever! That signature armor of hers hasn't tarnished one bit. This is also the same image of Juila that appears on the Official AOW2 site as well. You can download multiple resolution wallpapers of this amazing cover at CGOnline.com.

I'm sorry there hasn't been too much for you to read here lately. In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been around the forums much in the last week and a half. I had a real crunch time at work, and in the middle of that chaos my great-aunt passed away, which put everything on hold made it much more difficult to catch up. The holiday weekend turned into a "working weekend" for me, but at least I was able get back on track.

There will be more frequent news updates as we highlight comments from the developers and post news and rumors abot AOW2. The Devs have been pretty active in the AOW2 General Discussions forum lately; stop by check out the latest buzz!

January 11, 2002 Posted @ 3:14 PM | Angel Draco
A New Home For The Forgotten Warriors
Forumer Queen Elquein has opened a new site for the Forgotten Warriors, a new Unit for the new LeagueAOW multiplayer tourney system.
Time has no meaning to me, or the elves that I live with, and if you decide to live with us you will soon realize what I mean by that. We live by the sun and and the moon. We listen to the winds and hear the earth we stand upon. For countless centuries these elves have been trying to keep everything in the order it was, before all of the mortal races began their rampage. Creating a chaos that is nigh impossible to prevent from growing. But they never give up hope. And because I admire them, I have been staying with them and teaching them as much as learning from them. So if you wish to stay here longer, tell me, and I will ask the elders if they would allow you to stay.
A "Unit" in the LeagueAOW is similar to an RTS clan; the members have similar goals and philosophies. You can join a Unit you identify with and participate in group tournies with them. The Forgotten Warriors embrace the Elven culture and harmony with nature. Stop by the Forgotten Warrior's forum to say Hello! and learn more about Units in the LeagueAOW.

January 7, 2002 Posted @ 12:36 PM | Angel Draco
New Forum for LeagueAOW
The new multiplayer AOW gaming league, LeagueAOW continues to grow, with a slightly redesigned look and a brand new ezBoard forum. Stop by and wish the well!