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Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 08-28-08 09:21 PM CT (US)         

If you haven't noticed by now, your faithful dictator (considered "Aro" by majority) has become your new-old webmaster, returning to my old position as Seraph until my partner CrystalCrown returns, after which we'll both be working together. There has been a few changes to the roster; due to Real Life time constraints, three members of our respected team of moderators, newIdea, Qazitory and Gordon B, had to make their leave, while we have added a new member to our team, none other than giggling-green AoKH-vet Scud! Since I am your humbled, slightly possessed webmaster once again, I have mentioned the changes the site would under-go here on the forums; what kind of changes can I possibly pull out of my pockets? Perhaps something sinister, like pulling out a rabbit?!? Read on...

Since '06, perhaps even earlier, I have said each year that AoKH would get a make-over; right now, Age of Kings Heaven's content is out-dated, horridly coded, and she doesn't look as hot as she used to back in 1998. She lost her groove, some would say, and while she's always been a looker, she's had to put on more make-up than most great sites need to cover up her wrinkles. Age metaphores aside, updating content has always been met with a degree of difficulty, and our team aims to improve that. Now that the staff roster has been rebuilt, with additions to our staff coming very soon, one of our largest plans includes a complete website overhaul; an improved, up-to-date web design along with up-to-date content! Along with the content will come more news (that's right, a pretty front page with updated news!), contests, as well as dozens of other ideas floating around on how to make Age of Kings Heaven more fun for you all!

Of course, although the redesign is going to help our staff immensely in our operations, content is by no means the most important update we plan to make. What of the forums? The design is going to stay the same (save for Halloween and April Fools, of course; disorder is ideal on those days =D), so can always count on the good ol' forums looking as bright, happy and familiar as they always have, but we plan on implementing greater forumer participation into the new site, especially our University. Our forums are unmatched when it comes to AoK knowledge, and we aim to support that by making that knowledge accessible to everyone!

I'm very optimistic about Age of Kings Heaven's future, and our team plans on doing everything we can to make the site more exciting to the fans of the crowning jewel of real time strategy. We've always been the biggest and best Age of Kings websites out there, but we're about to become bigger and better!

Have any questions? Ask them here! Although these plans are not fully formulated as of yet, we can assure you that they'll happen. Hopefully this post has cleared some things up, and ask away if you have any questions.


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Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 08-28-08 09:36 PM CT (US)     1 / 97       
The design I plan on implementing hasn't been approved yet, so I can't show you guys right now, but check out some of the ones I worked out over the years:

(2004)


(2006)


(2007)


These are all ones that didn't cut it, so keep that in mind. Over the years, the masterful critique of CrystalCrown and Zen has evolved my design abilities. The final is going to be much much better, akin to what I did with the AoE3 Heaven layout and, to a lesser extent, the Medieval 2 TWH, but I think it looks far better than both!

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[This message has been edited by Aro (edited 08-28-2008 @ 09:38 PM).]

sly_guy
Squire
posted 08-28-08 09:48 PM CT (US)     2 / 97       
Seeing as both of the heavens you linked to had polls, does it mean that we will get one as well?

As well...


...if the layout is better than the third one, at least it won't look too bad.

Edit: Another thing: How exactly would the university become more interactive?

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Gwame
Squire
posted 08-28-08 09:50 PM CT (US)     3 / 97       
Those three templates are all quite well-made, and they're not even the ones that got accepted. Can't wait to see those ones? When are we gonna get a sneak preview?

To be honest, I didn't see this coming at all, but it's new and exciting and I'm literally bouncing around in my chair with unrivalled excitement!

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Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 08-28-08 10:18 PM CT (US)     4 / 97       
Seeing as both of the heavens you linked to had polls, does it mean that we will get one as well?
A very, very likely possibility. It'd be a part of our forum interaction plans; a monthly poll and a discussion thread on it, and we might even make a thread where people can recommend polls.
...if the layout is better than the third one, at least it won't look too bad.
Definitely looks better. I remember CrystalCrown telling me how the third one had so much potential, but it just wasn't doing it for him. Our new one, although it never got feedback from Zen or CC, looks awesome, much more AoKH-ish and has HeavenGames' trademark quality and beauty. If there's ways I can improve it in the future, you can bet I will, but for now, the one I made looks beautiful as it is, and is more than an acceptable replacement for the site's current design.
Those three templates are all quite well-made, and they're not even the ones that got accepted. Can't wait to see those ones? When are we gonna get a sneak preview?
When we have the layout all cut up ready for implementation, we'll definitely be giving you guys a preview!
Edit: Another thing: How exactly would the university become more interactive?
A few of the ideas passing around our heads: encouraging submissions by giving submitted articles spotlights in the news; expanding the University so it will host many different types of articles; and, of course, doing everything in our power to encourage people to submit articles! We're going to try our hardest to find ways to make it easier, so you guys can spread the knowledge.

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sly_guy
Squire
posted 08-28-08 11:16 PM CT (US)     5 / 97       
I remember CrystalCrown telling me how the third one had so much potential, but it just wasn't doing it for him.
Heh, I was thinking along the same lines. It doesn't really matter though, since it's not even the one that going to be used. Maybe it was the font in the navbar?


Well, good luck with this, guys.

- ک

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This message has been brought to you by procrastination and the letters K and V.
Impeached
VIP (Reverie World Studios)
(id: MeGaIdIoT)
posted 08-29-08 01:13 AM CT (US)     6 / 97       
Revive Age2oons, and give it a submission system. The old Age2oons owned, would be nice to revive those (perhaps even start a topic in SD for making them).

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morgoth bauglir
Squire
posted 08-29-08 02:05 AM CT (US)     7 / 97       
Impy speaks truth. Nice job on the templates BTW.

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viperiv
Squire
(id: EpIc CoMmandeR)
posted 08-29-08 04:37 AM CT (US)     8 / 97       
Revive Age2oons, and give it a submission system. The old Age2oons owned, would be nice to revive those (perhaps even start a topic in SD for making them).
Or an eyecandy thread in general where forumers can show of their ss's and have abit about Age2oons.

Also the 2007 template looks alot like the ES AoE3 TaD template.
Kor
Busschof Happertesch
(id: Derfel Cadarn)
posted 08-29-08 05:02 AM CT (US)     9 / 97       
DiGiT has stopped playing AoK but still has the AoK wiki on his site. Perhaps it would be an idea to see if you could take it over from him? If it were in a more public place, like AoKH, it would probably get more people using it.

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viperiv
Squire
(id: EpIc CoMmandeR)
posted 08-29-08 05:18 AM CT (US)     10 / 97       
AoE3H has a wiki, AoMH is getting one.
Emperor Alexander
Squire
(id: Alex Coles)
posted 08-29-08 06:05 AM CT (US)     11 / 97       
If you want this place to be really good, carve "Alex Coles" on to all of the pages and immortalise me so I can forever talk to forumites!

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viperiv
Squire
(id: EpIc CoMmandeR)
posted 08-29-08 06:19 AM CT (US)     12 / 97       
Aha ha. No.
Emperor Alexander
Squire
(id: Alex Coles)
posted 08-29-08 06:25 AM CT (US)     13 / 97       
That's coming from the noob who changed his name so it was gh3y3r than it was before

"...there's a difference between offering constructive criticism and going out of your way to be a dick." - Aro
viperiv
Squire
(id: EpIc CoMmandeR)
posted 08-29-08 06:29 AM CT (US)     14 / 97       
Thats abit hypocritical.
Luke Gevaerts
Squire
posted 08-29-08 07:00 AM CT (US)     15 / 97       
If you want this place to be really good, carve "Alex Coles" on to all of the pages and immortalise me so I can forever talk to forumites!
I think we'll tie you to a Trade Cart and send you amidst a horde of angry Mandugai instead.

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Emperor Alexander
Squire
(id: Alex Coles)
posted 08-29-08 07:55 AM CT (US)     16 / 97       
Thats abit hypocritical.
I think I must have brought up your username in every post i've written to you ... never mind

*must resist spelling correction*

Well, okay let's be a bit more serious with our suggestions even though getting me tied to a trade cart and getting stuffed full of arrows by Mangudai UHM, I mean even though this is the most un-serious part of this forum

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Lord Basse
MI6 Scenario-Making Machine
posted 08-29-08 09:46 AM CT (US)     17 / 97       
These are indeed good news! The templates look very well, I especially like the last one. As the conservative I am, I definately think the site should keep the background (brick wall old thingy?) it already has, but other than that I think the changes will only do good to the site. And liek Impeached said, revive the Age2oons. Maybe hire in some staff we know won't go missing in a hurry, like you did with Scud .

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Ornlu
Recreational Procreator
posted 08-29-08 10:34 AM CT (US)     18 / 97       
Maybe hire in some staff we know won't go missing in a hurry, like you did with Scud.
No, you aren't getting hired.

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KayanZ
Squire
(id: ZayanK)
posted 08-29-08 10:43 AM CT (US)     19 / 97       
I really like the battle pic behind the "AoK Heaven" text in the 2004 template.

Good luck with this.
Emperor Alexander
Squire
(id: Alex Coles)
posted 08-29-08 11:49 AM CT (US)     20 / 97       
Besides, Basse just jumped in a hole and stood there for a while, before rising and returning to AoKH

"...there's a difference between offering constructive criticism and going out of your way to be a dick." - Aro
Hailstorm65
Squire
posted 08-29-08 12:05 PM CT (US)     21 / 97       
Big Obnoxious Ad indeed. The third one was the best, maybe it could be gave a second chance?

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Lord Basse
MI6 Scenario-Making Machine
posted 08-29-08 12:07 PM CT (US)     22 / 97       
No, you aren't getting hired.
Actually I wasn't implying on myself, whether you believe it or not, but rather that I have some people I definately think would dress well in green.

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Scud
Primus inter pares
posted 08-29-08 12:54 PM CT (US)     23 / 97       
Seeing as both of the heavens you linked to had polls, does it mean that we will get one as well?
As Aro said earlier we have been thinking about having polls on the front page as they have a lot of plus points like breeding discussions and the like.
Edit: Another thing: How exactly would the university become more interactive?
Opening the university to user-created articles and other things that go alsong side that.

Plus we have a few more ideas up our sleeves so just stay around at AokH and you'll see the future become the present.

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Impeached
VIP (Reverie World Studios)
(id: MeGaIdIoT)
posted 08-29-08 01:11 PM CT (US)     24 / 97       
so just stay around at AokH and you'll see the future become the present.
Time machines!!?!!!?????

me
Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 08-29-08 01:58 PM CT (US)     25 / 97       
Revive Age2oons, and give it a submission system. The old Age2oons owned, would be nice to revive those (perhaps even start a topic in SD for making them).
We're not sure how we'd go about the submission system yet (and I'm tired of that damn e-mail submission system), but the Age2oons will definitely be revived.
As the conservative I am, I definately think the site should keep the background (brick wall old thingy?) it already has, but other than that I think the changes will only do good to the site.
It keeps a very, very similar content background texture (the parchment, except smoothed out).
Maybe hire in some staff we know won't go missing in a hurry, like you did with Scud
Obviously. More additions to the roster in the future. *Keeps eyes open.*
I really like the battle pic behind the "AoK Heaven" text in the 2004 template.
Me too. I'm not so sure it was available for the public to use either, but it was a painting of the battle of Stiklestad. I was working on a campaign about Harald Hardraade in the past and that image was going to be on the "Instructions" screen.
Big Obnoxious Ad indeed. The third one was the best, maybe it could be gave a second chance?
Nooo, I could always try to rework it, but I'm much, much happier with the one we have now.
DiGiT has stopped playing AoK but still has the AoK wiki on his site. Perhaps it would be an idea to see if you could take it over from him? If it were in a more public place, like AoKH, it would probably get more people using it.
Very, very interesting idea.

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