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Brave New World v2.0

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It has been one year and one day since the brave new world v1.0 was made available. It was definitely time for an update! And after approximately 10-11 months of working on this, I now feel it is ready for release. There has been a ton of content added which I hope BNW players will enjoy. A fixed version of BNW 1.0 is also included in this package which is essentially the v1.1 version which had been making its way thru cyberspace. The only changes to this version are necessary ones in the unit bodies section of the editor so some fixed ILBs are set up properly. I felt it important that this should be included as well.

For players unfamiliar with the original, I should explain that this is a mod which places a great emphasis on heroes. Developing your heroes is an extremely important aspect of game-play and if you do so you will find they are capable of great deeds. This time around, as well as having distinctive portraits, each hero also has a unique body graphic and gone is the generic rider-type for each race. Expect to battle with great looking heroes who smoothly jog around the battlefield with very fluid and realistic animations.

This mod also is very much a tactical combat mod. The battles you have to fight are much more difficult than in the normal game and you will have to defeat powerful creatures as you struggle to expand your empire.

As players of the original might expect, there are many new and exciting creatures which have been added. Some are beautiful while some are bizarre, and still others are downright scary!

You can also expect to find many new artifacts, new map structures, changes to spells and abilities (plus a few new ones) and much, much more!

Finally I will just say that the mod comes with an easy install (same as the original) and this time around we have included some good documentation for you with illustrated tables and lots of information.

So prepare thyself brave one, for the new world beckons!

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Kirky Picardo
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Hi Itt1099,

Individualized character equipment screens seem to have stayed generic... this you mean you don't see new units/heroes etc. in game?

If this is so then the reason will almost certainly be because your game is not patched properly. You need to have applied the unofficial 1.4 patch which includes the 1.3 patch. Now this may sound confusing if you are new, but the last official patch made by the actual game developers was version 1.3, and that patch updated the exe file to version 1.3 for example, while upatch 1.4 adds additional material and makes some changes to game play, but does not update the exe file.

When you start the game at the main screen in the lower right corner you should see:

UPatch 1.4 / Version

If you see something other than 1.30... for version then your game is not updated properly. I am not allowed to go into detail about this here, but I do know of some people who after patching the game then take an extra step which essentially sets their game version back to 1.0 and I suspect that you may of done this as well.

If you send me an e-mail I will make sure your game is patched correctly.



While I am here I would like to thank Wusong and Merkraad for the recent coments and a very special thank you to Roger the Rampant for all the support you have given and especially your hard work creating wonderful maps made specifically for Brave New World players.


I may as well also mention again for those who don't know, you can get an update to BNW at:

This is the version which I am currently playing while continuing to work on an official update. Though still a work in progress, it includes many new heroes, new structures and cool new units among other things. The official update may make more changes than this version such as at least one new race, but this version is a lot of fun nevertheless. For anyone who enjoys BNW this is probably something you might want to check out.

Thanks all!



[Edited on 02/09/07 @ 12:26 PM]

Katanag Hey Kirky!

I have been playing only BNW 2.4 since I got it! Its just what AoW:SM should always have been!!!

However, it seems I cannot try 2.5 because I cannot download it. seems to be always down or overcrowded (too little bandwidth I guess). Would it be possible for you to upload 2.5 to some other file sharing place like
or something?

Kirky Picardo
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Hi Katanag,

I have uploaded 2.5 to rapidsharing as you suggested as the other place seems to have problems.

You can now get the BNW 2.5 update at:

Hope you enjoy the new additions and thank you for the comments.


Aylsham Hello, Kirky!

BNW 2.5 seems excellent, as was expected; especially liking the towers turning into proper "forts" etc., fun! Thank you so much! Still, one thing bothers me quite a bit... one of my favorite things about extensively playing 2.4 was an almost _complete_ elimination of the boring old hero gfx (= by this I specifically the animated units on the map), but out of the about 15 heroes (friend and foe) we've seen
in the multiplayer game that we are presently playing with 2.5, only one (!) has been new
(= an ultracool -looking djinni-hero!), and all the 14 other ones have been the same horrible ones we've all been looking at for about 4 or 5 years! This sucks so much that we are tempted to switch back to 2.4 because of it. I know you aren't intentionally behind this, as instead you are _increasing_ the amount of heroes in the game, so maybe the 2.5 installer is somehow buggy? Or is it just my machine? I mean, 2.4 has been working fantastically, without fail, and the setup options have "2.5" chosen, so I just don't understand why only sh*t heroes are popping up again! All the other units, (II, SM, old BNW and new BNW) work great. Also, for the first session, some minor sfx (= unit selection, button clicks, etc.) went
a-miss on my machine, but not my mate's...
but now they work for me, too. Shame about
the hero gfx: any ideas?
Kirky Picardo
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Hi Aylsham,

Well I can tell you that the 2.5 version does nothing that would lead you to then have heroes using the "boring, horrible and old gfx that you have been looking at for 4 to 5 years", haha! It actually adds even more unique heroes.

If you are playing a custom map made under the default ruleset with BNW (be it 2.0, 2.4 or 2.5) any custom heroes the mapmaker added for his/her map will use the default hero gfx from the normal game. This was done intentionally as they are generic in nature and can be used for either male or female heroes (even though they do seem more male than female in my opinion). The BNW hero gfx are more unique and personalized for specific look and sex. So I did not want someone playing a map made for default rules with BNW having a hero gfx which did not match that hero. This is why the default generic body types are still included but are not used for the BNW heroes themselves. Only one hero in BNW still uses the default gfx: Xeron, the shadow demon paladin. The rest all use a unique gfx.

So if you are playing a custom map that has a lot of custom heroes in it that the mapmaker added that would explain why most of the ones you are seeing still use the default gfx. For any map that uses the default heroes themselves you would of course get the unique body gfx from BNW. Meaning Arcos looks like Arcos in BNW, Belendor looks like Belendor from BNW etc.

Now if you are for example playing a random map and seeing default hero gfx then something is wrong and you are not setup properly.

I will say that BNW 2.5 is an addon and does require that 2.0 is already installed. Also, as with any mod your game must be properly patched to 1.4. This means your exe version will be 1.3 as well.

So let me know if any of this helps.



[Edited on 04/04/07 @ 02:12 AM]

Aylsham Hello again!

Don't get me wrong, I don't wanna imply that you'd ever take a step backward in what has easliy become my all-time favorite game = BNW in all its versions... I credit Triumph Studios mostly on an "inspired by" level! ;) I was just wondering if the install had failed.

Cuz, again, no way do I wanna be looking at
a "stoic man on a common-breed horse", if
I could also be recruiting a "sultry
high-elf matriarch on a crimson-violet
phoenix", instead! (Not that I'd ever get
that lucky.)

The heroes units are some of our favorite features in the game, so I guess I just got really worried. If it were the priests reverting back to their carbon copied former states, I'd be annoyed, sure, but not totally freaked out! :)

In the end, how the heroes showed up in our game was an odd mix of (mostly) the old and some new. It all happened "normally" (ie. seemingly randomly), so it was hard to see the old heroes being "hardwired" into the custom scenario, but I guess they must have been!
(The creator certainly hasn't done anything interesting with them, renamed them at the most!)

It was just that ALL the custom scenarios we played with BNW 2.4 (after the "go to editor, resave" trick) worked fine, with almost NO
old heroes, so this time, my eyebrows were raised by increasing increments every time an orange-hooded wolf-rider applied for a job.

To confirm the situtation, I now started a 2.5 random scenario for test purposes, and sure enough, all the 8 heroes I saw were gloriously BNW! Phew! So the install should be alright, after all...

Sorry for the hassle. I'll get back to
you if any problems arise. But otherwise:
You. Really. Are. The. Man. H*ll. Yeah.
Sefear Is this for SM?
wusong yes it is.

In my opinion it's the greatest mod for age of wonders 2 – shadow magic.

i think that you will love the new unit and heroes.

great work of kirky.

Kirky Picardo
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Hi Wusong,

I have been working on the new version of BNW for what seems forever. It can get a bit depressing at times really, but seeing your comments certainly makes a difference.

Thanks a lot!


Aylsham Heya Kirky!

Just wanted to add my support
to your "cause": I think I speak
for the many, many (mostly nameless)
visitors who check back to these pages
just to see if you've commented on BNW
or, best of all, come up with a new

So if you feel your strength or spirits
flagging at times, I want you to know
that there are many of us that are
REALLY grateful for what you're doing
for our favorite game. Because of you,
and ONLY because of you (I'd stopped
playing even 1.4 before your mod came
along!) we are now getting hundreds of
hours of enjoyment again!

I often compare you to the whole WOG-movement for HOMM 3, and that mod hasn't been updated for over 2.5 years!

So whatever you do, please don't start producing vaporware! :) If you have to take your time, or release smaller updates, that
is fine, but I hope you won't leave us too soon, "Huxley"! Everything about BNW is so glorious, so absolutely magnificent!


eternally grateful,

- Joona
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