February 2002 Archives

February 27, 2002 Posted @ 10:10 AM | Angel Cay
February 2002 Monthly Challenge
I would like to remind everyone that submissions for the February 2002 Monthly Challenge are due tomorrow, Thursday, February 28th, at 23:59 US Eastern Time.

Submissions must be emailed to Angel Cay and need not be ZIPed.

For more information regarding the contest, visit the February 2002 Monthly Challenge page.

February 21, 2002 Posted @ 1:32 PM | ChowGuy
AoW2 preview up at CG Online.
As we draw closer to the eagerly awaited release of AoW2, the hype is building. CG Online has yet another preview up, complete with lots of new screen shots. Speculation as always is rampant. Read about it in the forums here then add your own thoughts. What do you see?

February 18, 2002 Posted @ 11:14 PM | ChowGuy
Big News from RayB!
The esteemed RayB dropped by by the forum today to comment on several things. As always, he was pretty evasive about the forthcoming AoW 2 release date or any details, but he did have one major announcement to make. Seems he's now a new father. Again.

this last weekend, Friday the 15th of February, my sweetheart Sondra (also featured as a dwarf priestess in AoW) had our fourth daughter, Hannah Bingham at 8:44am, she was 6lb, 5oz, and 19inches long.

Read all about it in the Rayb's semiannual update thread in the AoW 2 General Discussion section, and while you're there take a look at some of the other threads. He had this to say for example in response to Magog about the Random Map Generator

Maggie: You bet you'll be able to edit any random map that you create. It should be nice because you won't have to fill out the maps, just tweak them as you like. Of course ... that does present the possibility that some of the handmade maps will be just some guy's random map runs... which can turn out to be a bad thing...

Well we know that your maps will be excellent as always Ray. As for the rest of you out there let's just hope we can live up.

February 15, 2002 Posted @ 10:48 AM | Angel Draco
Dungeon Siege Heaven Opens
Three days ago HeavenGames opened our thirteenth site, Dungeon Siege Heaven. There was a onslaught of announcements that day across all HG, so I thought I'd just wait a bit to share the love across the whole week. Developed by Gas Powered Games and Chris Taylor, Dungeon Siege looks awesome! Angel Farmgirl (aka, Player_Theta) is running DSH and the news posting is coming fast and furious as DS nears its April release date.

Dungeon Siege Heaven is packed with brand new information obtained from their Dungeon Siege preview. "Extensive" is an understatement for DSH's Game Info section, with complete coverage of armor, weapons, spells, items, accessories and exclusive visuals detailing all of the information provided. Here's some more info from the DSH press release:
Due in store shelves across America in April 2002, "Dungeon Siege" combines the immersive elements of a role-playing game with over-the-top intensity and non-stop action. "Dungeon Siege" plunges you into a continuous 3-D fantasy world where you face off against an army of evil that has been unleashed. You begin as a humble farmer, and as you travel through the world and gain new skills, you can gather a party of up to eight characters to aid you.

"Dungeon Siege" also features the Siege Editor. The editor gives you the freedom to rework nearly every aspect of the game, making "Dungeon Siege" not only a game, but also a role-playing platform for those who want to create their own characters, spells, dungeons - even entire worlds. You can post these user-created files to Dungeon Siege Heaven, making them available for anyone to download and explore, or play as a multiplayer game.

Dungeon Siege Heaven will be dedicated to featuring extensive coverage of Dungeon Siege as the game is being developed, and will bring you the latest news on the game, as well as chats with developers in the forums.
If you like roleplaying games, or just want to check what all the buzz is about, visit Dungeon Siege Heaven, and be sure to stop by the DSH Forums to say hello and visit some of your fellow HG fourmers!

February 12, 2002 Posted @ 11:51 PM | Angel Cay
February 2002 Monthly Challenge
Well folks, it's been a while, but it's that time again... time for a new Monthly Challenge!

And what better time of year than Valentine's Day to try your hand at Silverleaf's classic The Sacrifice. This quirky little map will require you to play as the Elves, and use your army of sexy nymphs to seduce your way through hordes of Goblins and Orcs. Be the fastest player to seduce all enemies (or just plain win the map, of course) and you win the challenge!

For more information, and to download the map, visit the February 2002 Monthly Challenge page.

February 11, 2002 Posted @ 1:59 PM | Angel Draco
GameSpy Previews AOW2
GameSpy.com has posted an in-depth preview of Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne. Lots of great content and impressive new screenshots! Custom map makers rejoice! Here's a clip:
Perhaps the most impressive feature of this game is its comprehensive map editor. Players can create large maps and scenarios that are limited only by their imaginations. Of course all the units in the game will be available, but the truly creative will take advantage of the conditional text boxes and effects to create some great stories.

The text boxes are self-explanatory; anyone that's dying to write a fantasy-game scenario has the tools to do it here. Players can also give any spot on a map an effect. These range from triggering teleportation devices, battles, non-player character encounters, and more. So it's entirely possible to create a multiplayer scenario that splits up a party, tells them different stories, and sends them on various quests before bringing them back together. There is a ton of neat stuff that can be done with the editor and I'm sure many imaginative gamers will take advantage of it.
You can read the entire interview here. Our forums are buzzing with speculation over the new units and other goodies observed in the new screen caps. Add your comments and post questions to the developers in the AOW2 General Discussion forum.

February 9, 2002 Posted @ 11:41 PM | Angel Draco
BlueCollarHeaven In Heaven!
AOWH is pleased announce that noted custom map maker BlueCollarHeaven has joined our staff! Cherub BlueCollarHeaven will be writing custom map-making articles for the future Age of Wonders II Heaven website.

Many long-time AOW players should already be familiar with Blue's previous work. She is the author behind the excellent AOW Custom Map Maker's Resource site, the best collection of information on the Internet for custom map making info.

Look for the AOWH to have an extensive Map Making Resource section for the gaming community's every need, with articles, competitions, workshops, interviews and secrets of the top map makers, and more!

Congratulations to Cherub BlueCollarHeaven and thank you for serving the AOW community! You can express your own good wishes to her in this thread of the Website Comments & Announcements forum.

February 9, 2002 Posted @ 3:58 PM | Angel Cay
February 2002 PBEM Rankings
Players who participate in AOWH Sanctioned PBEM Tournaments receive points for every tournament match that they win. These points accumulate over time, and are used to rank players in terms of their relative success in AOWH sanctioned PBEM tournaments. Points accumulated from the 5 most recent AOWH sanctioned PBEM tournaments contribute towards a player's ranking.

For a complete breakdown of points accumulated by all players in all competitions, please download the PBEM Rankings in Microsoft Excel format.

The Top Ten Ranked PBEM Players for February 2002 are:

1 Frogman (16 Points)
2 Argammon (12 Points)
3 ArchmageSUN (10 Points)
3 Warlord Keldon (10 Points)
5 Aim22 (8 Points)
5 Kris Lighthawk (8 Points)
7 Draco (7 Points)
7 Frode (7 Points)
7 Rorschach (7 Points)
7 Thrashbarg (7 Points)

Want a chance to earn your own spot on this distinguished list? Watch the news for the Heartwood Forest Mini-Tourney to be announced later this month.

February 7, 2002 Posted @ 10:28 PM | Angel Cay
November Monthly Challenge Winners
The November Monthly Challenge was to complete Jason's All Things Unequal (Monthly Challenge November 2001) as a 2-player, co-operative PBEM in the fewest days possible.

Congratulations to the Winners:

Kris Lighthawk and Frogman (46 Days, Dwarves/Goblins)

and the Runners Up:

Guvmint Helper and Raveji (49 Days, Dark Elves/Orcs)

Watch the news for the February Monthly Challenge which should be available next week.

February 7, 2002 Posted @ 11:09 AM | Angel Draco
"The Vede" Plays AOW2
Check your local news stands for the March 2002 issue of PC Gamer Magazine. Senior Editor, Greg "The Vede" Vederman provides a short, but very positive write-up about AOW2 after having actually played a beta version of the game!
In the beta build I recently played, the unbalanced uber-heroes were gone, as were the seemingly endless marches toward the enemy during tactical combat. The microscopic units are now visible, and the default camera is closer to the action.
I've retyped the entire write-up in our AOW2 General Discussions forum. Click here to read it!

February 5, 2002 Posted @ 2:10 PM | Angel Draco
AOW2 Shipping Date?
Electronic Boutique's website at EBgames.com is listing a May 30, 2002 shipping date for pre-orders of Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne.

February 4, 2002 Posted @ 12:16 PM | Angel Draco
Gamespot AOW2 Interview
Gamespot has been taking a look at the plethora of turn-based strategy games coming out in 2002, and today it focuses on the best of the best: Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne. There is a brief preview that summarizes most of what we already know about the game, but the real treat is the interview with lead programmer Arno van Wingerden and lead designer Lennart Sas, along with two new screenshots!

Sounds like the map making community will be happy with the "even-scripting system!" Here's a snippet:
There are more then 25 city upgrades--structures you can build in your towns, as well as "chambers" upgrades for the wizard's tower, the most important new structure. Military upgrades allow the production of more advanced units, temple upgrades produce priests and increase happiness, shrines dedicated to one of the gods increase productivity town growth rate, and so on.

The wizard's tower upgrades are more magical in nature. The wall enchanter puts a protective wall around your city dependent on your magical sphere. Teleportation gates let you link cities, and a casting chamber gives your wizard more casting points when present. Far casters increase the domain where your magic is active.
You can read the full interview here. There is also a poll on what features you're looking forward to (Draconians are in the lead, of course!) so be sure to vote!

You can discuss some of these exciting revelations in our AOW2 Forums.

February 1, 2002 Posted @ 1:57 PM | Angel Draco
Heaven's Cloud Gets More Crowded
I'm pleased to announce that ChowGuy has joined the AOWH staff! Cherub ChowGuy will be assisting with posting news on our main page that highlights information from AOWH's own forums and our website in general.

Did RayB drop a hint about the storyline for AOW2? Did Josh mention some of the new hero abilities or maybe Wazzz compared the merits of spell spheres? ChowGuy will be hitting the news with links to those comments in the forums for your convenience!

Congratulations to ChowGuy and thanks for serving the AOW community! You can express your own good wishes to him in this thread of the Website Comments & Announcements forum.