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News Archive - August 2007

Sat., August 25, 2007

The Heavens Continue to Expand

Or so cosmologists tell us. Down here on Earth though, we're perhaps more concerned with HeavenGanes, and its latestest member site StarCraft II Heaven. SCII has come up in discussion threads here at AoWH, so I know there's a good bit of interest in what's up there. Go over and take a look.
Sun., August 19, 2007

30,000 Downloads for unofficial patch v1.4

I am proud to say that we have over 30,000 downloads for the unofficial patch v1.4 now made almost two years ago! Please go here to download it, just in case you were unaware of its existence.
The unofficial patch is largely a community based project but some developers were involved on the side as well. The installation is as robust as the official patches. What the patch does, is not only fixing some annoyances, unbalances, and minor bugs that were left but it also adds new structures, units, abilities, items, and much more to the game. The original gameplay is held intact and there is no reason not to install it. Currently, 90% of what is uploaded in the downloads section is supported by the upatchv1.4.

Because of its success, the development of v1.5 has begun that will bring even more of the same but with the addition of a campaign and some other neat goodies. For example, one can also expect the Shadow-world to be spiced up a bit.
Here is a vision from the Groll (I hope he is not angry for me impulsively showing... ;))


Read more on the forums!

Also, just in case you hadn't noticed, the AoW1 mapmaking competition is really heating up with 20 map-submissions I heard! And some really impressive names have put their efforts in. Check out the main post by our busy Cherub engineerd here!
Tues., August 14, 2007

HeavenGames Official Blog: The First Step

Source: The HG Blog

Hey all,

So it's been a little while since my last update. It's mostly because we're still hard at work figuring out the big picture for HeavenGames' future; it's a daunting job but I like what’s being hammered out. Anyway, in this article I'm going to discuss the two biggest problems that I'd like to get fixed before any grand scheming…and their solutions. Solutions are good.

Problem 1: HeavenGames current staff system is not what HeavenGames needs
While everyone works as hard as possible, the current staff system is simply not enough for what HeavenGames needs. Becoming staff is a big ordeal at HeavenGames, largely because of the daunting committment on both sides...

Solution: Reorganize the staff system
Reorganizing the staff system will help our current staff operate more efficiently. First, we will make sure that all of the owners are active at HeavenGames. Next, Seraphs will be required to heavily advertise job openings to ensure consistent service and organization across the network. Finally, we will work to make a job at HeavenGames more attractive by giving benefits such as possible college credit and aid in getting a job in the gaming industry...(Read more!)
Thurs., August 2, 2007

Official HeavenGames CEO Blog Opens

Source: The HG Blog


(I'm pensive about so many things in this photo)

Hey everyone,

My name is Socvazius; I'm the new CEO of HG, but I've been around for quite a long time. I started visiting HG in late 1997 (at age 11), joined the staff in 2000 (my first article, a masterpiece by any standard), joined the executive board in 2003 (I have nothing to say here but I wanted to add a parenthesis for consistency), and became owner in 2005 (when I turned 18). Over all that time, I have been webmaster of 6 Heavens and have done about every possible job.

Offline, I go by the name Sergio Prado and I study history at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently working in marketing at Vivendi Universal on Empire Earth III and World in Conflict. I love philosophy, history, physics and politics among other things, and to compensate for my nerdy tendencies I've been known to karate it up as well as do all the other things that college students do. Oh yes.

Anyway, this is my blog! While I will surely use this blog for my own narcissistic ramblings, I intend it to be used mostly to keep everyone up to date on what's going on in HeavenGames, especially the stuff that pertains to my job: management, PR, and all the other fun parts of a gaming website. In fact, I do have some news that you guys might be interested in. For the past couple months the owners have been discussing a major revamp of how HG operates, including its staff management and exactly what services it will provide to the community. We're zeroing in on a finalized plan, so keep your eyes peeled for a freakin huge article that'll be way too long to be worth reading!

Until the next post my friends,
Soccy

HeavenGames Appoints Sergio Prado as new CEO

LOMBARD, IL - HeavenGames LLC, an internet leader in strategy fansites, today announced it has appointed Sergio "Socvazius" Prado to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 28, 2007. Mr. Prado, a driven executive with considerable experience in the gaming industry, has worked at HeavenGames for 7 years in addition to Vivendi Universal's brand marketing department. He currently is a college junior at Harvard University.

Prior to this appointment at HeavenGames, Mr. Prado served as the company's Chief Content Officer on the executive board, ensuring the professional quality of content present across the network. He also headed six of its sites: for Age of Empires III, Age of Mythology, Age of Kings, Age of Empires, Rome: Total War, and Cossacks. During his employ at Vivendi Universal, Mr. Prado worked to market World in Conflict and Empire Earth III, two of the biggest strategy titles of 2007.

Tom Mescher, the exiting CEO, served as HeavenGames' leader since its incorporation in October of 2000. He is moving on to continue his career in the IT industry.

ABOUT HEAVENGAMES, LLC
HeavenGames LLC (http://www.heavengames.com), based in Lombard, Illinois, is a privately owned web-content publisher geared towards the creation of special-interest sites for Real-Time Strategy and City-Builder games. Its sites, content, vast amounts of resources, as well as a dedicated staff & management team make HeavenGames' sites recognized by developers and press alike as one of the premier destinations for gamers worldwide.

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