October 2001 Archives

October 31, 2001 Posted @ 3:29 PM | Angel Draco
Monthly Challenge Nears End
First, a hearty Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you all get tons of candy tonight! I'll be attending a costume party later tonight by myself!

Back to business though, today is the last day of the month and that means the October Monthly Challenge is drawing to a close! Make sure you get those last minute entries into Angel Cay ASAP!

The Round Two of the PBEM World Cup Singles Event has begun and some of the forumers are engaging in some friendly speculation about who will emerge victorious from the field.

There is also an engaging debate about whether the Highmen or Undead have the upper hand in the Singles Round Two map, "Two Rivers." Join in!

October 27, 2001 Posted @ 12:55 AM | Angel Draco
End of Singles Event Round One - Wild Cards Posted!
The first round of the PBEM World Cup Singles event has ended and the wild card players have been posted by Angel Cay in the World Cup Matches/Results thread of the Competition & Tournament forum.

Congratulations to the Singles Event Round One winners and Wild Card players who will be advancing to Round Two!

Round One Winners
  • ArchmageSUN
  • Argammon
  • Blackmane
  • Cay
  • Frogman
  • Gideon
  • Sleet
  • Tasslehoff
  • Thrashbarg
  • Lord420
  • Warlord Keldon

    Wild Cards
  • Aim22
  • Caitiff
  • Kris Lighthawk
  • Spawn
  • The Incomparable

    The next round of games will be launched this Sunday, October 28, 2001 and the field of battle will be a customized version of the Two Rivers map, created by Cherub Jerk. Big thanks to this map's play testers for their input!

  • October 23, 2001 Posted @ 11:45 AM | Angel Draco
    The End Is Nigh!
    Angel Cay reminds everyone that the AOW PBEM World Cup Singles Event Group Stage will come to an end this Wednesday, October 24th, 2001. If you are involved in a match that is not completed by that date, then you must forward YOUR turn as well as your game password (if you used one) to Cay@Heavengames.com. All unfinished games will be distributed to a 3-judge panel who will
    determine by a majority vote who the winner of the match is.

    Points to remember:
  • Do not submit your opponents turn; submit YOUR turn.
  • Remember to submit your game password if you used one.
  • If you do not submit a turn, and your game is not reported as complete, then you will forfeit the game.
  • If neither player submits a turn, then both players will be awarded a

    Results of judges decisions will be posted as soon as the panel has
    reached a majority vote. Post any questions in the AOWH Competitions & Tournaments forum!

  • October 15, 2001 Posted @ 5:29 PM | Angel Draco
    New Poll At Planet of Wonders
    Planet of Wonders has posted a new poll, asking fans: "Do you like the idea of a Pioneer unit?" The Pioneer Wagon is a new unit featured in AoW2: The Wizard's Throne that will be replacing the Builder unit. You can check an animated version of the new Pioneer unit in the AoW2 Resources section.

    Stop by Planet of Wonders to submit your vote, then offer your ideas on how the new Pioneer unit will affect game play in the AoW2 Discussion Forum.

    October 11, 2001 Posted @ 3:58 PM | Angel Draco
    Josh On Custom Map Sizes in AoW2
    Triumph Studios programmer Josh Farely stopped by the forums to explain why user-made maps are limited to a specific number of sizes. Here's a snippit of his comments:
    Memory is a HUGE issue. AoW2 maps are VERY complex, and consume a great deal of memory (much MUCH more than PocusFr speculated). Allowing any size map would lead to situations where maps wouldn't run on systems above the stated required specs. Additionally, the CPU power required to play these "huge" maps would also be enormous, as AI, pathfinding, and gfx loading would bring any system to its knees.
    Visit the AoW 2 General Discussions & Suggestions forum to read the entire piece.

    October 8, 2001 Posted @ 8:42 PM | Angel Draco
    Monthly Challenge Update & New AoW2 Features
    If you downloaded the October 2001 Monthly Challenge map, The City, BEFORE 8:30 PM (central) on Saturday, October 6, you have to download the new, revised version. One of the victory conditions was not enabled, resulting in some people being able to finish the map unusually quickly.

    We're also discussing some of the new features of AoW2 in the AoW 2 General Discussions & Suggestions forum. Triumph Studios programmer Josh Farely has posted a few comments about how the new Pioneer Wagon unit will affect game play and the new Map Editor features we'll see in AoW2: The Wizard's Throne. Stop by and add your comments to the discussions!

    October 6, 2001 Posted @ 2:52 AM | Angel Draco
    Announcing the "Monthly Challenge" Competition!
    A new AOWH competition is being launched today: The Monthly Challenge! The monthly challenge will be a competition to finish a selected map in the least number of days possible. Each month a new challenge map will be made available from the AOW Heaven map archive.

    The Monthly Challenge for October 2001 will be to complete ffbj's The City (Monthly Challenge October 2001) in the least number days. Hit the link above grab it from the Single Player Downloads section. Be sure you read the rules in the Competitions & Tournaments forum!

    October 4, 2001 Posted @ 12:37 AM | Angel Draco
    New AoW2 Units Revealed - Exclusively from AoW Heaven!
    Lennart Sas, Lead Designer, has released two new units exclusively to AoW Heaven that will be featured in AoW2: The Wizard's Throne due out in Spring 2002. Check out the Animated Units link on the AoW2 Resources page to take a gander at the new and improved Spider Queen and the new, never before seen Pioneer unit!

    October 1, 2001 Posted @ 12:45 AM | Angel Draco
    Announcing Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Heaven
    The upcoming release of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, an RTS game based on the Age of Empires II engine, peaked the interest of several Angels here in Heaven. That interest turned into crippling anticipation when we started to see fantastic screenshots and read of some of the great units that you could create, that came straight out of the films! The result of all of this culminated in the opening of a brand new site dedicated to the game:

    September 30, 2001 - HeavenGames LLC announced today that it has launched Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Heaven ( http://swgb.heavengames.com ), the latest in its series of special-interest sites for real time strategy games.

    Slated for release in November of 2001, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game developed by LucasArts, based on the engine developed for the award-winning Age of Kings series by Ensemble Studios/Microsoft. The game covers the Star Wars expanded universe, witnessing the birth and demise of the Imperial Empire, and the legends of the Jedi & Sith.

    Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Heaven will be dedicated to featuring extensive coverage of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds before and after its release, and will bring you the latest news on the game.

    Overseeing the operation as Site Director for SWGB Heaven will be Michael "AoErat" Zander. Zander previously operated a fan site dedicated to the game, and was a perfect fit for the new Heaven site. Working alongside Zander will be HoYin "Zen" Au, Technical Director; and Tom "Spineman" Mescher, Downloads Director. The three have been actively involved in the gaming community for more than 4 years.

    Be sure to visit their forums to set up MP games and discuss strategy from the demo!

    Best wishes to Angel AoERat and all of the crew over at the spanking new site. The Force is strong with this site!