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Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 07-22-10 09:35 AM CT (US)         


Here you may request a review for your file or for another's, whether it be because you would like a second opinion or because you believe a certain file is rated unfairly or is even over-rated. To do so simply leave a comment and the Thread Reviewers here will take a look at it. Please be patient as a skilled review can take some time to write.

BECOMING A THREAD REVIEWER


If you would like to help out with the community and become a Thread Reviewer, you need just four approved reviews. Please post your request in this thread or send a mail to panel@heavengames.com, naming your last review. You do not have to review regularly, but keep in mind that if you have not posted or updated a review within three months you will be put on inactive. To become active again, simply find your name below and post a review. If your name is not listed inactive anymore, your last review will have dated before 01/01/09 (DD/MM/YY) and you may re-enter the thread after one posted review only.




ACTIVE THREAD REVIEWERS
(In order of number of reviews)
* = Official Reviewer

169 Possidon*: Single Player, Multiplayer, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities, RMS, AI-Files
107 Lord Basse*: Single Player, Multiplayer, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities, RMS
92 Mashek*: Single Player, Multiplayer, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities
80 Sword_of_Storm (Jatayu)*: Single Player, Mod Packs, Utilities, RMS, AI-Files
45 Panel*: Single Player, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities
35 alekshs: Single Player, Multiplayer, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities, Recorded Games, RMS, AI-Files
30 dragonslayermcmx: Single Player, Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities
27 Sarn: Single Player, Mod Packs
18 Mayank Sharma: Single Player, Multiplayer, Mod Packs, Utilities
9 RladalFatih: Single Player, Non-Playable Scenarios
6 Dead_End: Cinematic Scenarios, Non-Playable Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities
4 HockeySam18: Single Player

CURRENT INACTIVE THREAD REVIEWERS
(In order of time of inactivity)

11 Leif Ericson: Single Player, RMS, AI-Files
55 Popeychops*: Single Player, Multiplayer, Cinematic Scenarios, Mod Packs, Utilities, RMS, AI-Files
26 Julius999*: Single Player, Cinematic Scenarios
25 Dtrungle*: Single Player, Cinematic Scenarios, Utilities
09 joshua4missions: Single Player, Mod Packs
10 Fanica: Single Player, Mod Packs, Utilities
05 Jecon: Single Player, Utilities
08 hailstorm65: Single Player, Mod Packs, Utilities
27 Cilibinarii: Single Player, Cinematic Scenarios, Utilities
23 FuzzyFurry25: Single Player, Mod Packs, Utilities
16 Guthan: Single Player, Multiplayer, Mod Packs, Utilities, RMS

OFFICIAL REVIEWERS


Mashek
Lord Basse
Popeychops
Julius999
Jatayu (aka Sword_of_Storm)
Possidon
Dtrungle
Stephen Richards
Panel

HALL OF FAME


231 Tanneur99
95 Lord_Fadawah
92 BrandNewCar
61 clayperboy
54 rwilde
31 Stephen Richards*
30 zyxomma100
25 Magnum Zero
24 RF_Gandalf




REVIEW LIST

The list below consists of a number of requests and/or downloads recently rated by thread reviewers. Requests are marked R and updates U. Thread Reviewers are free to review whichever file they want, but should be aware that the designers at the top of each list are waiting the longest for a review. Files that have received a review in the time of request in this thread (whether by a thread reviewer or not) will be removed from the list unless a second opinion is requested.

AI Files: None

Utilities:
R Notepad++ AI Editor, by beladar; No Reviewer
R Enchanced Editor, by GeneralR; Reviewer: panel 3.3
DirectDrawFix - Color Update, by scripter64; Reviewer: panel 5.0
All Bitmaps of all Units, by dragonslayermcmx; Reviewer: Lord Basse 5.0
All Bitmaps of all Buildings, by dragonslayermcmx; Reviewer: Lord Basse 5.0
Advanced Genie Editor 2, by Keisari Tapsa; Reviewer: Lord Basse 5.0
SLP Editor 2.2.5, by Hawk_Ruralist; Reviewer: Lord Basse 5.0
DirectDrawFix - Color Update, by scripter64; Reviewer: Possidon 5.0


Mod Packs:
U Age of Vampires, by Khan Ivayl; Reviewer: Mashek 4.0, alekshs 5.0
Explosive Turtle Ship, by dragonslayermcmx; Reviewer: panel 4.0
AH-64 Apache Armed Helicopter, by Hawk_Adongct; Reviewer: Lord Basse 4.3
Archery Range Pack, by Rageofempires; Reviewer: Mayank Sharma 2.8
Transformers BUMBLEBEE, by Hawk_Adongct; Reviewer: dragonslayermcmx 3.3
Oriental shield king, by Hawk_Adongct; Reviewer: dragonslayermcmx 4.3

Cinematic Scenarios:
ACSC10 - The Last Samurai - Blood Memories, by Sebastien; Reviewer: Mashek 4.6, Lord Basse 4.4
A Tribute To RU42, by Hawk_Adongct; Reviewer: panel 4.6

Single Player:
R A Mans Home is His Castle, by joshua4missions; No Reviewer
R Sir Spart on Trench Shores, Demo, by Algren t l s; No reviewer
R Brotherhood of War (updated 1.3 version), by kahn1969; Reviewer: Panel;
R The Arabian Nights, by Jackrum; no reviewer
R ICE AGE ICE MAZE, by Xylon Draganthus; Reviewer: Panel 3.2
The Jaguar Gold, by Lord Basse; Reviewer: Sarn 4.8, dragonslayermcmx 4.8, Possidon 4.6
R Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, by Celebi Megatron; Reviewer: panel 4.4
The Conquest of Kent by Andrew W; Reviewer: Sarn 3.8
Phoenix (Unfinished), by Teotl; Reviewer: panel 4.2
Demon Town, by Devastator; Reviewer: panel 3.8
the TWO KINGS by Genghis, by Pro_Designer; Reviewer: Alekshs 3.0
Britannia Colonia, by Yekkelle; Reviewer: Sarn 3.0
Treasure Predator, by Devastator; Reviewer: Sword_Of_Storm 3.8
Helm's Deep by Magnus, by Lord Magnus; Reviewer: Sarn 2.4
MGC12-An evil "surprise", by Alekshs; Reviewer: Sarn 4.0
MGC2012 - The Siege of the Fort, by Mephiles5; Reviewer: Sarn 2.8

Non-Playable Scenarios:
R Forest, by Dragonslayermcmx; panel 4.0
The Jungle Thinghy, by IsuckatXbows; panel 1.5
R District of Allin, by Algren t l s; panel 3.0

Random Maps:
R Fertile Crescent, Revision 1, by OtmShankIiI; no reviewer

Multiplayer:
R Compilation of Multiplayer Games, by jburnell; No Reviewer
R Persia - Non Random Map, by Lakayaa; No Reviewer
R UDP - Deathly Cliffs - V3.2, by Heroes; No Reviewer
R Battleships, by TheReal_Hunter; No Reviewer
R The Seas of Egressa RP, by Guthan; No Reviewer
R city catastrophe(complete version), by bigboy37731; No Reviewer
R UDP Prison Break, by Alevo; No Reviewer
R Paradise Lands, by sathcooperation; No Reviewer
R SAVE YOUR @$$ (beta2), by rohit021089; No Reviewer

Recorded Games:
DM 1 vs 4 Hardest.mgx, by zebratangozebra; Reviewer: Alekshs 1.5





FILE UPDATES AND OBSELETE REVIEWS

Please edit your review after an update. A designer can ask for the removal of all reviews after an update if he feels that they do not represent the actual version of his submission. Reviews that address issues that are fixed, altered or ameliorated do not serve the visitors of our site. A review has to be a valuable tool for the designer and the downloader.

RECENT UPDATES/ REVIEWS TO EDIT
(In order of date of the update)

10/23/11 Roots to Noah's Arc, by Pancho Villa 347; Reviewer: Mashek
11/25/11 Age of Vampires - Blood Reign in Transsylvania, by Khan Ivayl; Reviewers: Mashek




Please read the REVIEW GUIDELINES

Without trying to enforce the Review Guidelines as something as law, they are still a very important part of the review system here at Age of Kings Heaven, and are used to create consistency between reviewers at the Blacksmith in order to establish fairness and equality for reviews. With the Review Guidelines’ recent update all reviewers need to take into account the new addition of rules when reviewing. However, Angel SpineMan’s primary objective for reviewing in the Old Guidelines still applies today:

“This article will provide a description of how to write quality reviews for Age of Kings Heaven that are scored consistently between reviewers and are helpful to both the file's creator as well as the potential downloader.”

In some cases, a small percentage of reviewers tend to review files according to their own rules, leading to inconsistency between reviews at the Blacksmith, which is neither helpful nor fair to anyone. To have reviews at the Blacksmith that are fair and helpful, reviewers have to follow some rules to score consistently.

If you have any questions about reviewing, please do not hesitate to post in this thread!




Single Player Campaigns and Scenarios


There are many invaluable lessons to learn when becoming a good reviewer, and a few other things besides that will result in a good and fair review. Some things are self-evident when reviewing a file; in general, do not review game styles you do not enjoy and review files according to the date of its release. There are many files back in 2000-2002 that received a score of a high 4, which would not fit the standards of today. You have to take into account the standards of the day, and rate accordingly. In addition, if the scenario is designed for original Age of Kings, review it playing AoK.

Below you will find a general breakdown of each category from a review for your convenience.

PLAYABILITY is about the fun you had while playing a scenario, and here you need to mention what affected your enjoyment in a positive and/or negative way.

BALANCE is about how easy or difficult a scenario was for you. You should mention which difficulty you played on when reviewing, although this is not mandatory. A good approach to reviewing a file would be to start with moderate and later change to standard, to see if the scenario was too easy or too hard or well-balanced overall; before ending off with hard difficulty. However, reviewers will need to take into account that not all files are difficulty-level-dynamic. In general, remember that you are rating the file according to your own skill level and not that of others.

CREATIVITY covers every aspect of a scenario. Remember that a file does not need anything new to achieve a high score.

MAP DESIGN scores compared to a random map which rates 2.0. Anything worse or better than a random map may be rated up or down accordingly. Some tips for rating this category is that you rate what you see during game play, which means no Marco and Polo. The map size and how much of the map was used should not affect the rating.

STORY/INSTRUCTIONS is a little more interesting than some. Probably the most common detail reviewers tend to overlook is that this category covers two aspects of any scenario, story and instructions. Not just one or the other. If the file is lacking in one then you can make note of that in the review and mark down accordingly. However, this does not pertain to multiplayer scenarios, whereby a story is not mandatory. In general, the presence of a functional story (while not necessarily being a good story) with instructions should be midpoint, a 3. From there you should be able to give an accurate overall rating for this category.

Non-Playable Scenarios

For files such as those where playability is void and map design is the only feature of the file (e.g. entries to the Totally-Terrain Contest), the category should therefore be used to take a look at the technical and creative qualities of the map design, while referring to how that design pushes the boundaries of realism in an AOK environment. One particular thing to note here is that just because the file is all about pretty map design, that doesn’t mean it cannot feature any creative features that might breathe life into the design, such as towns brought to life by wandering villagers, people going about their everyday lives, and other unique devices besides. Basically, anything that goes into making the map more alive and as such realistic should be taken into consideration. As the file will likely feature little anything else other than map design, a single overall rating between 1 and 5 will be fine.

Scenarios without Fighting

An exception to the balance category is when the author of a particular file did not intend any fighting, or very little of, to feature in the scenario. From the review guidelines:

One important note about scoring the balance category for scenarios is that where no fighting takes place, such as some puzzle scenarios and some RPG-style scenarios, is that just because the player cannot die in such scenarios, that doesn't mean the scenario isn't balanced. Difficulty can also be present via puzzles or other devices, and the balance of these should be taken into account.

For files such as the Pretty Town Contest entries whereby there is a great degree of walking and nothing else much, reviewers should therefore take into account the author’s intention. If it was intended that you walk around and gaze at the beauty and wonder of a landscape, then you need to rate on that account.

Rating Cut-scene Style Scenarios

Cut-scenes rate like any other scenario, the only difference is that most cut-scenes do not allow any interaction for the player, requiring only that the player sits down and watch as the story unfolds. Cut-scenes are a mixed bag of lollies; some designers appreciate them, others however do not. The purpose of a cut-scene is to tell a story, to continue or conclude a project, like in Ulio with the old man in the forest and the two travellers. In the general sense of the word Playability, we rate the fun we had while watching the cut-scene and how playable it is.

The very definition of Playability denotes many errors, some already obvious. In Tanneur99’s words, the previous Blacksmith administrator and owner of this thread, “playability is a bastard word. It does not exist in the English language and separating the word into play and ability gives an incorrect meaning for the category. Ability to play would be listed under balance, the ability of a player to play a certain difficulty level of a file. It is a common error to believe that cut-scenes are unplayable. Gordon Farrell wrote that you play a cut-scene in the same sense as you play a CD on your CD player. If the CD has scratches and/or is dirty it is less playable to unplayable. A cut-scene is less playable to unplayable when we encounter bugs and/or lag. In closing, rate the fun you had watching the cut-scene and deduct for bugs and lag.”

For rating Balance in cut-scenes, the review guideline gives us this description:

for scenarios with no interactivity, such as cut-scenes, this category should be used to examine the flow and technical merits of the cut-scene: did it run smoothly? Was everything technically put together well

This means that reviewers can now rate down in this category for all those dodgy timing sequences, overlapping music, and anything else that would not necessarily affect one’s enjoyment but the technical aspect of a cut-scene. This also gives balance in cinematic scenarios more depth and meaning, and contributes more to the overall rating of a review than previously attained. Every technical aspect is to be taken into account, and what happens on-screen should generally correspond smoothly with dialogue and the overall transition of the story. Generally speaking, the less the cinematic leaves up to the viewer’s imagination, the higher the quality of the presentation. In saying all that, a cinematic should never feel rushed or sluggish, but proceed from scene to scene as the atmosphere and story suggests.

Demos, Teasers, Unfinished Scenarios

Unfinished files, demos and teasers are common at the Blacksmith and make up a great percentage of submissions. Many designers, like writers, look for feedback on their work: to help get past a certain point in their project where they might be hindered from progressing, or to catch up on any bugs that might be bothering them. Some authors return to the file and provide the Blacksmith with a complete update of the file as a result of the feedback.

When reviewing unfinished files, it’s important not to discriminate because it is an incomplete work. There’s no reason to knock down points just because somebody put Demo or Teaser in the title to get some feedback to know what he/she could improve on in an update. Rate a demo as if it is a finished product. This will achieve the best possible feedback for the author of an unfinished file.

Multiplayer

The Official Review Guidelines is the directive for rating single player scenarios and multiplayer scenarios, with an exception to Balance only. When judging BALANCE in multiplayer scenarios, you rate nothing else but the starting positions of each player, which should be equal for all to achieve the highest rating. For more on this please read post 264 of the previous thread.

Random Map Script


AI-Files

The first question to ask when rating an AI-File is what is the AI intended to do and how well does it perform in that specific area? There are AI-Files developed for many intents and purposes: for scenario design, training, specific maps (e.g. Arabia), death match, tournament, defensive/ aggressive files, water maps or land maps only, etc.

If the AI-file is developed for Age of Kings test it playing Age of Kings only. Rating an AI according to your own experience might be biased unless the AI cheats. Cheating AI-files, as forbidden for tournaments, are meant to play against human players. A good way to test a non-cheating AI is against the standard AI. If its performance compares to the standard one, it is average and the minimum rating should be a 3. In general, rate the AI-file according to its time. Many AI-files were developed to beat another specific one. It would be unfair to knock off points of an AI developed in 2000 because it loses against a more recent one.

Modification Pack Script

A Modification Pack Script (MPS) is mainly an item for the player, which has a limited use for designers; the content will not always suit a designer’s endeavours in scenario design and is very limited to its audience. Keep this in mind when you rate mod pack scripts for USEFULNESS/NOVELTY and QUALITY/INSTRUCTIONS. The main categories are USEFULNESS and QUALITY for the overall rating of a MPS. Use NOVELTY and INSTRUCTIONS to correct the category rating. Still, for a perfect rating the MPS has to excel in all four categories.

Utilities

There is no official guideline for reviewing utilities, but for some ideas you can go here. A utility is a tool for the designer and has hardly any use for the player; keep this in mind when you rate utilities for USEFULNESS/NOVELTY and QUALITY/INSTRUCTIONS. Often you cannot rate the novelty factor because the file is another eye candy map of Lord of the Rings, a Volcano, Waterfall, Trigger Guide, Tutorial or collection of battle sounds. In other words, nothing new. Originally the fifth category was Creativity but this was too close to Novelty, better to have the two rated together if possible. When you feel Novelty does not apply, you can replace it with Creativity. The four categories are of equal importance for the overall rating of a utility.

Recorded Games

The value of a recorded game is highly subjective depending mainly on the purpose for which the submitter uploaded it. A recorded game must have a specific and defined purpose so the viewer can gain knowledge and/or entertainment value from the game. The submitter must specify exactly what to look for, what the point of the upload is.

It is up to the reviewer to check if there was any purpose and how well the recorded game met the intended goals. If it is supposed to be an example of a rushing tactic but no attacks happen until 30 minutes into the game, it is a bad example of the tactic. The rating is not about how well everybody played, if the teams were equally strong, you can mention that but it should not affect the rating.

The questions to answer: What is the purpose of the record? How well does the game show the intended goals? Is it entertaining and/or can the viewer gain knowledge from it?




Review Thread History

Luke Gevaerts started the Review Request Thread 03/30/2002. Tanneur took over 11/30/2002 until 7/11/2009. I (Mashek) have since taken over and updated the thread as best I can (disputable) to feature more relevant information according to today’s guidelines.

[This message has been edited by Dead_End (edited 05-18-2012 @ 07:04 PM).]

AuthorReplies:
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-18-11 10:53 PM CT (US)     666 / 943       
I think it is to review files that interest you, as opposed to reviewing something you know you will hate.
Quality over quantity.
I know you're just having a bit of a pick, but if you look at my review history you will see see they're all quality.

[This message has been edited by Mashek (edited 10-18-2011 @ 11:10 PM).]

Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-19-11 04:58 AM CT (US)     667 / 943       
thanks mashek. I am in hurry now, i will edit it tonight. I also have written 4 more reviews, and will also submit them tonight.

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

Proud Member of BlackForestStudios
My AoE2 Youtube Channel
Jetkill Fastmurder
Squire
(id: Mayank Sharma)
posted 10-19-11 05:06 AM CT (US)     668 / 943       
I know you're just having a bit of a pick, but if you look at my review history you will see see they're all quality.
That was aimed at Dragonslayermcmx who was on a reviewing spree. [okay, I was a bit early, I thought it was dragon who said to complete 100 reviews.]
My bad.

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor" - Alexis Carrel
Dawn of Fantasy Heaven Census II
panel
Squire
posted 10-19-11 07:10 AM CT (US)     669 / 943       
Joshua's scenario crashes after killing the king. i can't really do anything about it at this point. if i reviewed the file right now, the score would be drastically reduced because of this, and it would be a pity. I have messaged him on his public e-mail but he doesn't reply. If anybody can get in touch with him, tell him he needs to update his file if he wants a review.
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-19-11 08:38 AM CT (US)     670 / 943       
@Stroke,

Okay, I see.

@alekshs,

I am actually quite surprised you gave PTC - Thorndas a 3.5. It was one of my favourite entries.

[This message has been edited by Mashek (edited 10-19-2011 @ 09:09 AM).]

alekshs
Squire
posted 10-19-11 09:46 AM CT (US)     671 / 943       
Well,i tried to be more objective,so I paid attention to details-that's why I gave it a 3.5 .If anyone thinks I underrated the map,i can change my review accordingly or you can do a 2nd review for the file.
Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-19-11 01:17 PM CT (US)     672 / 943       
i have edited my review on basses file, beeing a bit more clearly. As i said this morning, i have reviewed 4 more files, and i will submit the reviews now.

EDIT: Here they are:

The Mountains Of Eta, by GeneralR - 3.5

The Kingdom Of Musili, by Gerstm - 2.5

Malvan, By Julius - 5.0

Waterworld, by NowhereT - 4.0

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

Proud Member of BlackForestStudios
My AoE2 Youtube Channel

[This message has been edited by dragonslayermcmx (edited 10-19-2011 @ 01:27 PM).]

Basse
Squire
posted 10-19-11 03:32 PM CT (US)     673 / 943       
@Dragonslayer:

I really apprieciate that you review all the files, but as someone stated earlier in this thread "quality over quantity". This does not mean that your reviews are bad in any aspect, they're quite straight forward with the score.

Something I miss though, is a bit more in-depth. Describe what you liked about the map, why you liked it etc. Also clearly state what you didn't like, what dragged down the score and what could've been improved.

I really like your enthusiasm about reviewing, I really do. But your reviews could be improved.

I just try to help you improve, so please don't get me wrong about this . If you feel like what I say is wrong, then don't care about what I said.

Thanks for reviewing all the PTC files though, keep it up!
Francis de Talking France
Squire
(id: Watson)
posted 10-19-11 04:39 PM CT (US)     674 / 943       
I have cancelled my review for The Siege of Constantinople, as the game becomes unplayable with lag.
Nowhere
Squire
(id: NowhereT)
posted 10-19-11 04:55 PM CT (US)     675 / 943       
Thanks for the review dragonslayer

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Possidon
Slayer
posted 10-19-11 05:08 PM CT (US)     676 / 943       
Dragon you were like me. I started off really enthusiastically. I just reviewed as much as I could with very little detail. I soon realised that it was indeed quality over quantity. As Basse said try to add more detail, give advice for improvements, etc
panel
Squire
posted 10-19-11 05:39 PM CT (US)     677 / 943       
I agree with the above users' suggestions. I would add this: in order to improve your reviewing , you should avoid reviewing as many files as possible, as you risk to forget about the goal of having a review that gives as much and as accurate a feedback as possible to the downloader and the author.Try to concentrate on one file for reviewing at a time, and concentrate on making that one review your best one yet. Also, from my own experience, it will do wonders to receive feedback on your own work from other people, thus learning to see the game from other people's perspective. Completing Act 1 of the Successor was very eye-opening to me, as I received feedback from my playtesters and from the downloaders, and I was made aware of many things i hadn't considered about gameplay, balance, map design and many other things concerning my game.

BTW Mashek, I hope you're still up for reviewing The Successor, i was looking forward to an official review and to your particular feedback
alekshs
Squire
posted 10-19-11 05:56 PM CT (US)     678 / 943       
/ Here you may request a review for your file or for another’s, whether it be because you would like a second opinion or because you believe a certain file is rated unfairly or is even over-rated. /
If I understood it correctly,i am asking for a 2nd opinion about the review of ''Thorndas''--and rate the file again,if you think it's necessary.
RladalFatih
Squire
posted 10-19-11 09:26 PM CT (US)     679 / 943       
Quoted from Watson:
I have cancelled my review for The Siege of Constantinople, as the game becomes unplayable with lag.
Yeah, this damned lag... I don't exactly why there is one, but it was my first scenario, so maybe I did something wrong with triggers... But I decided to stop updating it: I consider more my siege of Constantinople as a first try in scenario design, with still many imperfections. I will just try to do better in my next projects.

Also, dragonslayercmx, I will repeat what other designers said: reviewing is not a race. Take the time to write complete and deep reviews. This help more designers to improve their work than shorts comments with a score.

"Freedom is not given, it is taken." - Kropotkin

If you like historical scenarios, look at my 1453-The Last Siege of Constantinople in the Blacksmith.

[This message has been edited by RladalFatih (edited 10-19-2011 @ 09:30 PM).]

CarolKarine
Squire
posted 10-19-11 10:04 PM CT (US)     680 / 943       
When i was talking to basse about his PTC entry before the judging went through, i gave a thorough review of the file, as if i were judging it. I suggest that if the scenario or campaign is for a contest, you review it as such.

also, all my attempts at scenario design are never uploaded. I just test and test and test until I know what is going wrong all over... the first real project that goes up will be a really worthwhile thing.

Proud owner of Splash Splash XLIV: Leave it there for someone to find, Which is on record for being the fastest thread to reach 2500 posts - which was completed in 28 hours and 17 minutes, from start to finish!
Yeah, the republican party is pretty much one big schizophrenic ball of contradictions nowadays. - Ax_man1
double post for milestone, then relentlessly bash on the community for the hell of it... stay classy thymole. - Lurker
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-20-11 01:17 AM CT (US)     681 / 943       
Well,i tried to be more objective,so I paid attention to details-that's why I gave it a 3.5 .If anyone thinks I underrated the map,i can change my review accordingly or you can do a 2nd review for the file.
At the end of the day it's your choice what rating you give a file. I was just saying I was surprised, that's all.

@Dragonslayermcmx,

I have approved two of four of your reviews. I will send a mail for your reviews for the Mountains Of Eta and the Kingdom Of Musili later. I'd just like to clear up a few things.

Also, I can't help but agree with the others. I am really happy that you are getting into reviewing and just how enthusiastic you are but don't be afraid to take your time and further add depth to your reviews.
BTW Mashek, I hope you're still up for reviewing The Successor, i was looking forward to an official review and to your particular feedback
Yep, I sure am. I enjoyed the cut-scene so I wanted to see where the campaign went. However, it is in a list of reviews-to-do, the next actually, so I'll get onto it when I can. Give me a couple of weeks, though.

[This message has been edited by Mashek (edited 10-20-2011 @ 01:22 AM).]

panel
Squire
posted 10-20-11 01:57 AM CT (US)     682 / 943       
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-20-11 02:13 AM CT (US)     683 / 943       
alekshs
Squire
posted 10-20-11 04:02 AM CT (US)     684 / 943       
I believe we've given enough food for thought to dragonslayermcmx,he/she must have got the point--plus we're losing control of our purpose here.

@ dragonslayermcmx: You are not supposed to hear us,just think of your actions,try to escape from that obsession if possible. Why not writing 2 instead of 4 reviews,for example? You can spend your remaining time coming up with new ideas for scenarios or utilities.
Think of this: if you review all the files at once,none will be left afterwards,so...what next?
Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-20-11 09:16 AM CT (US)     685 / 943       
Something I miss though, is a bit more in-depth. Describe what you liked about the map, why you liked it etc. Also clearly state what you didn't like, what dragged down the score and what could've been improved.
You know, i sometimes don´t know what i shall write. I am a beginner, and i need to make expierience. But still, thank you for helping me, i already am trying to give a bit more indepth, but i think its just hard somehow. Still, thanks

@Possidon, thats true, as i said above i am writing everything that i think has to be in this review, and everything that comes in my mind. I am not long into reviewing, and i will have to make the same expierience as you.

I am really thankful that you guys want to help me, i appreciate it and i am trying to do my best

@alekshs,
Why not writing 2 instead of 4 reviews,for example?
Yeah right, but it would not make any difference at the moment, as i spend quiete some time on them. I am not thinking about reviewing FAST, but about reviewing MUCH. I have all the time of the world to review much, so i am not thinking about reviewing as fast as possible.
Think of this: if you review all the files at once,none will be left afterwards,so...what next?
It goes faster with PTC Entries. I have reviewed 7 PTC entries now, and i think i could have reviewed 2, perhaps 3 scenario´s or campaigns in this time. It depends on what kind of file it is.
try to escape from that obsession if possible
I am escaping automaticly. Reviewing makes me tired especially if i review 7 files in such a short time. I will for sure take a deep breath after i finished to review all the PTC entries.

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

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Basse
Squire
posted 10-20-11 11:51 AM CT (US)     686 / 943       
I didn't really mean that you should cut down on the reviews, only that they could get a little bit more detailed

But I am just glad that you are even writing reviews
Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-22-11 02:17 AM CT (US)     687 / 943       
I've starting writing reviews for a few of the PTC entries, but it might be best to leave them unapproved until the judging is over. Hopefully Leif will be done soon.
panel
Squire
posted 10-23-11 12:04 PM CT (US)     688 / 943       
I've reviewed "St. David" by Jas the Mace1 giving it 4.6. It is one of the most underrated RPG's i've come across, as far as downloads go. Hopefully it will get more attention.
I've also reviewed "Adventure Series IX - The war" by the same author giving it a 4.4 .

[This message has been edited by panel (edited 10-23-2011 @ 07:40 PM).]

Dtrungle
Squire
posted 10-23-11 12:07 PM CT (US)     689 / 943       
I tried it and it appeared good but shortly after it lagged a lot. I'll give it another go when I can. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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charungandhi
Squire
posted 10-28-11 07:57 AM CT (US)     690 / 943       
I have updated my 'The tale of 3 kingdoms' Scenario. Could you please review it now. I have added a few eye candies and added an AI which makes game more difficult on basis of difficulty settings..I already uploaded the updated scenario.
Link is given below

http://aok.heavengames.com/blacksmith/showfile.php?fileid=11016
John Mendl
Squire
posted 10-28-11 09:53 AM CT (US)     691 / 943       
Alekshs, Thanks a lot for that review, i enjoyed reading it. Im happy that you liked The Control of Bavaria.

[This message has been edited by John Mendl (edited 10-28-2011 @ 09:55 AM).]

Nowhere
Squire
(id: NowhereT)
posted 10-28-11 10:18 AM CT (US)     692 / 943       
Thanks for the review on my PTC entry dragonslayer

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Algren t l s
Squire
posted 10-29-11 02:59 AM CT (US)     693 / 943       
Can somebody review my 'Fractore Stronghold' scenario? Along with some advice? Ty.

File id: 11065

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Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-30-11 00:41 AM CT (US)     694 / 943       
dragonslayermcmx and panel, I have added you two (including myself for a separate file) to update your reviews given the recent update of the Tale of 3 Kingdoms. Please replay the file and edit your reviews accordingly. I too will get onto my review for Roots to Noah's Arc once I can find the time.
RECENT UPDATES/ REVIEWS TO EDIT
(In order of date of the update)

10/28/11 The Tale of 3 kingdoms, by charungandhi; Reviewers: dragonslayermcmx, panel
10/23/11 Roots to Noah's Arc, by Pancho Villa 347; Reviewer: Mashek
panel
Squire
posted 10-30-11 02:33 AM CT (US)     695 / 943       
I'll get on it as soon as I have the time.
Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-30-11 03:24 AM CT (US)     696 / 943       
ill get on it today, and also i have written a review for panels PTC entry, what i will submit in a few hours, after approving it myself

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

Proud Member of BlackForestStudios
My AoE2 Youtube Channel
Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-30-11 07:48 AM CT (US)     697 / 943       
I have just submitted my review for Hansbrock, by Panel, 5 stars.


and, i have updated my review for the Barony of Lord Belowic, by CarolKarine. The rating has not changed, but i made it a bit more clearly and added some minor detail.

I am now going to review the tale of 3 kingdoms and fracture stronghold.

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

Proud Member of BlackForestStudios
My AoE2 Youtube Channel

[This message has been edited by dragonslayermcmx (edited 10-30-2011 @ 07:55 AM).]

Devious Dev
Official Professional Qualified Noob
(id: dragonslayermcmx)
posted 10-30-11 09:48 AM CT (US)     698 / 943       
Re-reviewed The tale of 3 kingdoms, by charugandhi, with 3.2 stars.

D E V A S T A T O R
Paradise Lost ~ Scored 1st in the ACSC12! ~ Voted Best Cinematic Scenario of 2013 ~ Official Rating: 4.7
Demon Town ~ Scored 1st in the HHC11! ~ "...as unique as an AoK scenario can get." - Panel ~ Official Rating: 4.2

Proud Member of BlackForestStudios
My AoE2 Youtube Channel
Algren t l s
Squire
posted 10-30-11 11:06 AM CT (US)     699 / 943       
I await for your review, then ill start on my next scenario.

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[This message has been edited by Algren t l s (edited 10-30-2011 @ 11:24 AM).]

Mash
Huskarl
(id: Mashek)
posted 10-30-11 09:01 PM CT (US)     700 / 943       
Thanks for the quick update, dragonslayermcmx.

I've updated the thread.

I have also reviewed Reclaiming Glory and giving it a 4.4. Definitely one of the year's best and a must download.

[This message has been edited by Mashek (edited 10-30-2011 @ 09:14 PM).]

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