News Archive - March 2008
A Mighty Giant Returns and Desires to become the next “Apprentice”
Posted by Enginerd @ 9:33 PM
For many years an active and mighty player of Age of Wonders (yes the original) has been absent… well… not exactly absent but on a long sabbatical… something about building up Heaven Games, making all the Heavens grow, legal mumbo jumbo, hob nobbing with the owners, yada, yada, yada, yada. Oh, by the way his name is none other than “Draco”. Yes, that’s him, the mighty Angel Draco!
Draco has teamed up with Enginerd in a 2 vs. 2 team match against CrazySlyHawk and Balak of Thorn. They will be playing a game on the map called “The Apprentice III – Deluxe Version” . In the theme of Donald Trump’s show we are about to find out if Draco can become the next “Apprentice” (turn logs here)
Welcome Back Draco!
Round 2 Battle of Forums
Posted by Swolte @ 7:28 PM
(and we are still in!!)
"After the ninja incident, Zen was amused again. He sent our bruised forummers to hospital to receive medical attention. Many had severe wounds but spirits were high.
That was until everyone realized it was an NHS hospital! The forummers were thrown onto trolleys and left to rot. There was only one nurse in the ward and she couldn't be bothered to help anyone because she was bored. The forummers decided that half of them would have to die to amuse the nurse, while the others got their health care. They decided that another ferris wheel type game was in order.
Thanks and sorry for the confusion,
Dungeons and Dragons creator passed away
Posted by Swolte @ 10:16 PM
Gary Gygax, one of the founding fathers of Dungeons and Dragons has passed away today. He was a driving force behind the popularity of Dungeons and Dragons and we can still feel its influence today, especially in the gaming industry. Over 20 million people are estimated to play D&D now. I know from my own experience that some our TS developers are fervent D&D players. Undoubtedly, Age of Wonders wouldn't have been the same.
Tim Kask, also known as Kaskoid on our forums, and one of the first TSR employees, has written a beautiful eulogy in honor to a man who has meant a lot for these worlds that are inspiring us today. Check it out here
SOLO: Essays and Commentary on the Art of the Single Player Game" Debuts at HeavenGames!
Posted by Enginerd @ 6:40 PM
"SOLO: Essays and Commentary on the Art of the Single Player Game" debuts at HeavenGames! This new, semi-regular column on the art and theory of designing single player games will highlight important issues in the development of games, asking challenging questions about the nature of gaming, whether games will ever meet the criteria for art, and offering practical pointers on how the best single player experiences are created by designers.
SOLO is written by Gordon Farrell, a long-time professional designer of single player campaigns for AAA games such as Empire Earth and Empires: Dawn of the Modern World. In addition, he has worked on strategy titles such as Caesar IV, Children of the Nile and BreakAway Games' Middle Eastern city builder, Arabian Lords. He is currently Lead Writer for Reverie World Studios' first game, Dawn of Fantasy, due for release in Fall 2008.
HGS regulars will recognize Gordon's work as a staple of our download sections, from games as diverse as Age of Empires and Caesar 3, to both Stronghold 1, Stronghold 2 and Age of Kings. In addition to his HGS mods, he has highly-rated Civilization 4 mods uploaded at CivFanatics as well.
Gordon is on the faculty of New York University, where he teaches narrative theory for video games, theory of screenwriting, and advanced studies in dramatic art. He also lectures at Marymount Manhattan College in video games, script analysis, and theatre history. In 2002, Prima Games published his essay, "The Theory of Scenario Design." His extensive professional and academic experience promises an exciting column filled with commentary on the art of games that will be both controversial and thought-provoking.
Posted by Swolte @ 6:30 PM
Our magician from Kiel has started another project for you german speaking mapmakers out there. Its called 'Project Germany' and the idea is to recreate Germany in an AoW-map! If you enjoy mapmaking, and liking to work in a team this might be of interest to you.
You can sign up and learn all about it here!!
It has already begun, but I was told that there is room to join!
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