Archived News From October 2002

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Transcendence, Part Deux
Posted by Zen on October 31st, 2002 @ 11:52 p.m.
Hello fellow gamers, this is Angel Zen.

On behalf of HeavenGames, I would like to extend our congratulations to Angel Theta, who is now the Community Relations Manager for Asheron’s Call II. She will be working for Arbuthnot Entertainment Group, who has worked with Microsoft’s gaming communities for the past 5 years. She joins the exclusive club of former HeavenGames staffers who have gone on to work in community-related positions in the gaming industry.

To focus on her new duties and the expected "marketing blitz" as Asheron’s Call 2 nears release, she has stepped down from her seraph position at Dungeon Siege Heaven, and interim seraph positions at Age of Kings Heaven and Age of Mythology Heaven.

Theta brought to HeavenGames her extensive experience in gaming community relations and marketing. Her involvement in fan-site communities began in 1999 as a genre writer for Gamers.com, and went on to become a news editor for MrFixitOnline. In addition, she also served as worldgamefederation.com’s Marketing Officer before forming a tight knit community called "The Gamer’s Box" with the help of fellow expert gamers.

Her involvement with HeavenGames began in 2001, when she took immense interest in Microsoft’s "Dungeon Siege" during E3. It was there yours truly met Theta, and the idea for Dungeon Siege Heaven was born. In September 2002, HeavenGames promoted Theta to manage our flagship sites, Age of Kings Heaven and Age of Mythology Heaven, taking over the duties left behind by Thunder, who went on to become the Community Relations Manager at Big Huge Games.

We would like to thank Theta for her work at our sites during her tenure at HeavenGames.

We have chosen three HeavenGames staffers to take over the duties of managing each of Theta’s three sites. These three individuals have accepted the challenges and responsibilities of managing each of our sites. They are extremely dedicated, hard working volunteers that have gained the respect of many. Please welcome:

DSoD (Dark Side of Day) – Forum members at Age of Kings Heaven will instantly recognize his name, for he has managed the highly successful Age of Kings Heaven Ladder for the past year.

TSD (TheShadowDawn) – An avid player, TSD has provided constant content updates and news for Age of Mythology Heaven since Feburary of 2002. His goal is to dominate the world, someday.

DireWolf – The founder of Wildfire Games, the developers of the upcoming game "0 a.d." and a successful design team focused on modpacks for various games including Age of Kings, DireWolf joined Dungeon Siege Heaven 4 months ago to take care of their design community.

We would like to wish them all good luck in their new jobs!
Welcome To The AoKH Frankish Festival! Oct 28 to Nov 2
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 27th, 2002 @ 4:52 p.m.
KingAllDat is hosting a new AOKH Festival. The Franks are a great civ that do not get played as much as they should be. KingAllDat has posted a thread pointing out all the great things that the Franks have to offer! Find it it ---->HERE

Play as the Franks in any AOKH Ladder game during the Festival and recieve 1 extra point for victories and lose 1 less point for a loss. ( You can not lose less then 1 point )

The festival will be starting October,28,2002 and ending November 2,2002.

Good Luck Everyone & Have Fun!
New Zone Design
Posted by Socvazius on October 25th, 2002 @ 2:22 a.m.
Spotted over at Through The Ages, it appears that the Zone has gone over a bit of a makeover. It sports a new blue theme for the main page and a new design. Doesn't look too bad, go ahead and check it out.

A New Look for Zone.com!
Welcome to Zone.com’s new look! After adding so many fun games over the past year, we wanted to find a new way to present them to you!

All of your favorite games and features are still here. After receiving helpful feedback from Zone.com players, we’ve redesigned the site to make it easier to find the games you want to play.

What’s new
We’ve reorganized our "hubs" to accommodate all of our great new games. For example, the games found in the old "Puzzle & Trivia" hub have been split into two new hubs: we now have a Puzzle Games hub where you’ll find games like Bejeweled, Mah Jong Tiles and Collapse, while word games like TextTwist or WHATword? and trivia games like OutSmart can be found on the Word & Trivia Games hub. For fans of PC games like Asheron’s Call, Age of Empires, and Rainbow Six, the CD-ROM Required hub hosts games where Zone.com provides free online matchmaking for people who own the CD-ROM game. Other hubs include Card & Board, Zone Casino, Racing & Sports, Kids' Zone, and Deluxe Downloads.

All hubs are clearly called out in the center of the Zone.com home page, and our consistent layout and navigation across the entire site provides you with quick access to any hub via a list on the left-hand side of the page.

Above the left-hand list of hubs, there is a new section called "I Want To." Looking to play a quick game? The Play a Quick Game page lists our top ten single-player games. Download a Game provides the best Deluxe Download games on the Internet, and gives you information about what Deluxe Download games are and how to get them. Want to play a multiplayer game like Checkers, Spades, or Backgammon? The Play with Friends page is for you.

What’s different
You may have used the Favorites section on the old home page, where a list of your most recently played games resided. Now you will find the list on the left-hand side of the page if you scroll down a bit. It is more appropriately labeled "Recently Played," and best of all, you can access it from the home page, from any hub page, and from any game page!

Can’t find a game? You can always go to our All Games and All Free Games lists, where games are listed in alphabetical order.

What do you think?
Take a minute to familiarize yourself with Zone.com’s new look. Do you like what you see? We would love to hear your thoughts. Drop us a line at zmaster@microsoft.com and let us know what you think!


Source - Zone.com
8 Free Pass’s to the MFO $4000.00 AOC Tournament.
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 25th, 2002 @ 0:46 a.m.
MrFixit from MFO has extended a generous offer to the Forumers here at AOKH. He has made available 8 free pass’s to the upcoming MFO $4000.00 AOC Tournament.

Go to this Post to get all the Details! --->AOKH LADDER CONTEST

The 8 free passes will be up for grabs to the 8 AOKH Ladder players that play the most games from Friday October 25 to Wednesday October 30.

Good Luck ! Winners will be announced Thursday October 31.
Pillagers and Raiders Tournament here at AOKH
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 19th, 2002 @ 7:32 p.m.
Pillagers and Raiders Tournament being hosted by CoRk_Lawngnome featureing the Vikings, Mongals, & Goth's. You can sign up HERE!

All are welcome to join in the Tournament that Starts Oct 26/02. Deadline for entries end Oct 25/02.

Good Luck and Have Fun Everyone!
MFO Age of Conquerors Cash Tournament
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 19th, 2002 @ 6:16 p.m.
mrfixit of MFO has announced an Age of Conquerors 1v1 $4000.00 Cash tournament. It looks like the players that end up in the top eight will all win some money. Signups are open until midnight November 4th and the event starts November 5th. To Sign up for the Tournamant clic HERE.

Good Luck Everyone!

FOPT Banner-Contest Update
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 19th, 2002 @ 6:02 p.m.
FOPT_Strawberry leader of the FOPT clan has announced that they have closed the submissions for there Banner-Contest and are now asking everyone to vote for the best Banner.

As you might remember some weeks ago FOPT announced a little Banner-Contest. More than 50 banners have been submitted from all over the world (many thanks for that) and now it´s time to determine a winner.

To make sure the most talented designer wins we have started a public poll with 17 banners that have been pre-selected by our internal Banner-Committee.

Please take a moment to look through the entries and vote for the one you like most.

You can find the poll here: VOTE for Banner
Thank you for your help,

FOPT_Strawberry

FOPT Clan
The AOKH Ladder's Top Ten
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 6th, 2002 @ 5:42 p.m.
The AOKH Ladder's Top Ten

1. 359: YuG_Baja_VII (The AOKH Reigning Champion!)
2.
273: Chichiri
3. 213: Myll_Slaghter
4. 211: MoFo_Revolution
5. 208: _HitMeHardPls_
6. 206: Myll_Barka
7. 206: petard_rusher
8. 204: Flank
9. 204: slamdrew
10. 196: _Final_Boss_

As you can see there has been some changes at the top of the Ladder but YuG_Baja_VII remains at the top as the Ladeer Reigning Champion. A few recent additions to the Ladder should soon be asking the current Champ for a game to see if they can unseat him! We will see! For more info on the AOKH Ladder go HERE!
Morningthaw Join's the AOKH Training Camp
Posted by Dark Side of Day on October 6th, 2002 @ 5:33 p.m.
A very good player, Morningthaw will bring much to the team and the players lucky enough to be in his group. Training Camp is designed to match top quality players with new players so they can learn the great game of AOK:TC. Training events include Q&A as well as online clinics and Training sessions.

Quoted from Morningthaw:

My initial guess as too a time would be Fridays @ 10pm GMT (I live in the UK, so I almost always mean GMT when I refere to time. However this is just a preliminary time, and I am open to dicussion if it proves unsuitable. Of course, I am on many week nights and weekends so if you have a query, of require help, pleae feel free to zone message me, I am on a lot on the zone name Morningthaw_.

Good Luck to Morningthaw and his new group! For more information on the AOKH Training Camp go to the AOKH Training Camp Forum!