July 2001 Archives

July 30, 2001 Posted @ 3:19 PM | Angel Draco
Josh Farely On AOW2's Game Interface & Random Maps
Josh Farely, programmer for Triumph Studios, stopped by the forums with some comments about random maps and the revamped interface for Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne.

Josh on Random Maps:
    "I am doing the coding for the random map generator in both the World and Tactical [combat] modes... and yes, I (and Len) did think of the intelligent placement of players."

Josh on the new Game Interface:
    "The % of the screen that the map takes up is quite a bit larger in AoW2. Those 3 windows at the bottom hold all of the information you'll need, except when managing cities, when the two sides of the screen can be taken up by additional info... So there are no popup windows for events, chat, etc. Eliminating the popups, and streamlining the interface were our focal points, and IMO it's working really well, but eventually you'll get to decide for yourselves."

Visit the AoW 2 General Discussions & Suggestions forum to discuss this and post your questions to the developers!

July 29, 2001 Posted @ 12:42 AM | Angel Draco
New Website for the Warriors of Humas Starlance Unit
The Warriors of Humas have launched a new home on the web! Give it a hit and then stop by the forums to provide some feedback.

The Warriors of Humas, led by Der Waggs and Zirengia Twoblade (aka, BlueCollarHeaven) are an active Unit in the Starlance AoW Combat League, a community that plays AOW multiplayer games online.

July 24, 2001 Posted @ 12:03 AM | Angel Draco
Game Images and Strategy Section Updates!
AOW Heaven has received two HUGE updates that you have to check out!

Strategy Section
The Strategy Section has received a huge influx of new articles for your reading pleasure! RayB's Guide to Better PBEM Games and Frogman's Secret Guide to changing the Turn Order in PBEM games. There have been extensive updates to the Little Known Game Play Tips and Beginner Strategies as well! Also added were all of the "Hot Keys" to speedup your play and how to enable the Cheat Codes (great for testing out your custom-made maps!).

AOW Game Images
This section been completely overhauled thanks to the incredible graphic work of Cherub Nojd! Check out tons of Animated Units and the Lost Images of AOW. This section is especially cool, as you can see units and building structures that were cut from the game, as well as screen shots from very early builds of the game, back when it was known as "World of Wonders."

Finally, under the Portraits of the protagonist characters, you can read four original stories by RayB, writer for Triumph Studios, that were only included in the Official AOW Strategy Guide (including the long-lost tale of Sirdanc the Changed!).

July 19, 2001 Posted @ 1:16 AM | Angel Draco
Update On AOW2 Music
Our affiliate site, Planet of Wonders, managed to squeeze some info out of Lennart Sas about the music for Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne. Read it here, at Planet of Wonders!

July 9, 2001 Posted @ 12:34 AM | Dark Angel
Warlock's Rules & Happy 26th Birthday to Draco
136 of you have downloaded Warlock's Rule-set, which is a fan-made mod that changes significantly changes and improves upon the gameplay of Age of Wonders. If you haven't tried it yet, you don't know what you're missing! You can get the mod in the MISC Downloads section.

There are several maps made exclusively for Warlock's rules that you should be sure to check out: The Fall of Gondolin and The Mirror of Galadriel by Fingers; Sojourn (based on R.A. Salvatore's famous dark elf, Drizzt) by Im2good; Hunters of Blood II and State of War by Dix; and last but not least, Guild War part I by Queen Elquein. You can tell if a map was made for Warlock's Rules by checking if there is a "Y" in the "WR" column of the Downloads listings.

Remember that maps created using Warlock's modified editor cannot be played with the original game, so get Warlock's Rules today! If you have any problems with installation, post a question on our Forums.

One final note, Happy Birthday to our own Angel Draco who turns 26 today!