September 2001 Archives

September 19, 2001 Posted @ 12:43 PM | Angel Draco
The Games Are Afoot!
The AOWH 2001 PBEM World Cup competition is underway! All of the games were started yesterday and the action is fast and furious! [whisper]well, as fast and furious as a PBEM game can be[/whisper].

If you're a competitor, be sure you post your turn logs in your assigned forum! Visit the AOWH Competitions & Tournaments forum to follow the games!

The winner of the Banner Contest will also be announced soon!

September 14, 2001 Posted @ 4:00 PM | Angel Draco
A Nation Mourns
Earlier today, Heavengames went "black" in honor of the minutes of silence observed across the nation on this National Day of Mourning. I myself attended services at noon today and it was an incredible experience. I stood on the sidewalk outside of SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Naperville, Illinois today, because that was as close as I could get. People were spilling out of the largest church in the county in a very moving display of solemnity and support for one another in these difficult times. My heart and prayers go out for the family of the 5000 victims and the rescue workers searching the rubble for survivors.

September 13, 2001 Posted @ 1:43 PM | Angel Draco
2001 PBEM World Cup Maps Available For Download
The two maps going to be played in Round One of the 2001 PBEM World Cup are now available for download in the Multiplayer Maps section. Blood Isles will be used for Singles Event play, and Thinreed Lake will be the battleground for the Doubles Event. Both maps are modified versions of the standard maps that originally came with Age of Wonders.

You can get all the latest info on the PBEM World Cup by visiting the new Competitions & Tournaments forum! Check out the rules, parings and results!

Any turn logs from the World Cup should be posted in the Competitions & Tournaments forum, and not in the regular PBEM Forum.

The games will begin on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001. All of the first round games will be initiated by the official game starters, all 98 of them!

September 8, 2001 Posted @ 4:26 PM | Angel Draco
Almost time to close the books!
The deadline for signing up in the AOW PBEM World Cup 2001 is almost here! Only 33 hours left until all entries are closed and the games begin! Sign-up for Singles and Doubles ends on Sunday, Sept. 9!

Visit the PBEM Forum to sign up for the games!

Don't forget about the PBEM Banner Contest! Deadline for entries is also Sept. 9!

September 6, 2001 Posted @ 10:03 PM | Angel Draco
Heavengames In The News
Congrats to Angel Thunder, the webmaster of Age of Kings Heaven, who was quoted in a recent New York Times article about historical accuracy in RTS games and includes comments by Sid Meier (Civ II & II) and Bruce Shelley (Age of Empires, Age of Kings). You may have to register to read the article (not sure), but it's a super-short process. Here is Angel Thunder's glory:

For the most part, Mr. Meier said, strategy gamers, who tend to be 18- to 35-year-old men, do not see much of a problem when it comes to the games' veracity. "The historical aspect of these games is just the icing on the cake," said Graham Somers, a 22-year-old college student in Vancouver who runs an Age of Empires fan site called HeavenGames. "I have a definite love of history, and certainly sending an army of knights and battering rams into an enemy town has a historical basis, but the main thing is it's a lot of fun. They are games, after all."
Click here to read the full article.

September 5, 2001 Posted @ 12:28 PM | Angel Draco
New Unit Statistics Page for TS and WR & PBEM Banner Contest
Angel Nojd has just completed his exhaustive work on the Unit Statistics pages! Nojd has done a fabulous job compiling all of the statistical information on every one of the game units for both the standard game (Triumph Studios or "TS") and for the adjusted units appearing in the popular Warlock's Rules ("WR") mod pack.

Warlock's Mod pack incorporated several of the "lost units" that were cut from the final release of the official game like the Werewolf, Lizard King, Lich and the unused Leader units. It also adjusted the strength of many other units. Click here to learn more about the Warlock's Rules mod pack and visit the new Mod Packs & Warlock's Rules discussion forum.

Click on the UNITS link in the navigation bar to check out the new Unit Statistics page!

In other news, the 2001 PBEM World Cup Banner Contest is well underway! You can see a listing of all the entries so far in the AoW General Discussions forum. Post your entry today, the winner gets a FREE Heavengames T-shirt!

September 1, 2001 Posted @ 12:24 AM | Angel Draco
2001 AoW PBEM World Cup Tournament & Banner Contest
Cherub Cay, the man who brought you the Slugfest games, has put together one heck of a PBEM tourney! It's country against country in these games! Here's all the info directly from Cay:

    The AOW PBEM 2001 World Cup will feature both a Singles (1-vs-1) Event and a Doubles (2-vs-2) Event. Both events are open to all, and are now accepting entries. The closing date for entries is Sunday, September 9th, 2001 at 23:59 EDT (US Eastern Daylight Time).

    The first round will be Monday, September 10th, and first round games will be distributed on Tuesday, September 11th.

    All contestants may enter either or both events, but may enter each event only once. Contestants are requested to submit separate entries for each event. After your entry has been accepted and added to the list of entries (below), please check to ensure that all details are correct.

    Doubles Event Contestants who wish to enter the Doubles Event are required to find their own partner. Both partners on a Doubles Team must represent the same country. Only one partner from the Doubles Team should send an email entry for the team. If you wish to enter the Doubles Event, but do not have a partner, then check the list of Singles Event Entries for individuals from your country.
All of the action is taking place in the PBEM Forum. You can see who's currently signed up and enter your registration info in the World Cup Entries thread.

You can talk about the preliminaries of the competition in the World Cup Discussion thread.

The winners of the 2001 PBEM World Cup will get Heavengames T-shirts and a custom forum title declaring them the 2001 PBEM World Cup Champion!

Finally, AOWH is running a side contest to design a custom banner for the World Cup competition. The deadline for submissions is the same date as for the World Cup entries and will be judged by the AOWH staff. Check out some examples of what we're looking for in posts 50 and 72 of the World Cup Discussion thread. You can enter the banner contest as many times as you want. Email your submissions to Angel Draco.