Archived News From September 2002

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The AOKH Ladder’s Top Ten
Posted by Dark Side of Day on September 28th, 2002 @ 5:27 p.m.
The Top Ten

1. 359: YuG_Baja_VII ( The AOKH Reigning Champion! )
2. 273: Chichiri
3. 213: Myll_Slaghter
4. 211: MoFo_Revolution
5. 210: petard_rusher
6. 208: _HitMeHardPls_
7. 206: Myll_Barka
8. 205: _Final_Boss_
9. 204: Flank
10. 204: slamdrew

Can no one stop YuG_Baja_VII. He has a 42 game winning streak going and it does not look like it will be broke anytime soon. Com’on boys take on the Champ and lets see if he can keep it going!

On a different note it looks like everyone has settled into thier new school year and the games are starting to role again.

For more information on the AOKH Ladder go —-> HERE

FOPT Banner Contest
Posted by Socvazius on September 27th, 2002 @ 6:15 a.m.
The fantastic fruity fellas over at the FOPT clan website are redesigning their site, but need a new banner. That’s where you all come in. They have started a contest where contestants create such a banner for their site, and the best one is publicly voted. The winner wins either a 20 dollar coupon and 2 AoK:TC training lessons from expert Halen, or a 40 dollar coupon. Sounds like some substantial rewards for making an awesome banner for the site.

“FOPT announces an exclusive Interview with HALEN, one of the best players in the world and top-favorite for the coming World Cyber Games. You can find the interview on our homepage

But FOPT also needs you help! Currently we are working on a new homepage and this also requires a new banner (logo). We have started a little banner-contest with prizes and hope that many of you will join it. For details check please.

Thank you in advance and good luck to all contestants!”

Source – FOPT Banner Contest

The Rise of Another Heaven
Posted by Socvazius on September 15th, 2002 @ 4:16 a.m.
Yet another Heaven has appeared in the skies, led by Angel Obsidian. Rise of Nations Heaven, about the Real-Time Strategy game by Big Huge Games, is the 14th site currently hosted by HeavenGames. You might recall that the former Age of Mythology Heaven webmaster, Thunder, is now the Public Relations guy at BHG. I guess Heaven won’t been missing Thunder too much after all!

September 14, 2002 – HeavenGames LLC announced today that it has launched Rise of Nations Heaven ( ), the latest in its series of special-interest sites for Real Time Strategy & Citybuilding games.

Currently in development, Rise of Nations (TM) is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game developed by Big Huge Games and published by Microsoft. Conceived of and designed by Brian Reynolds, the man behind Sid Meier’s Civilization 2 and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Rise of Nations promises to be an epic game that encompasses the whole of human history.

Rise of Nations focuses on the development of 18 different Nations. Some that are still with us today such as France and China, and others that are no longer with us such as the Aztecs and Nubians.

The inclusion of these “lost” nations allows players to play out “what if” scenarios where these now long gone Nations can rise to ultimately rule the whole of the earth. “What if” the Aztecs had defeated Cortez? Where would they be today?

Each nation will have it’s own set of artwork that will give it its own distinct look and feel. There will also be Unique units for each nation that will ensure that playing as the Egyptians will be a different experience from playing as the Russians.

Rise of Nations Heaven will be dedicated featuring extensive coverage of Rise of Nations as the game is being developed, and will bring you the latest news on the game. Be sure to check out our E3 preview of Rise of Nations as well!

HeavenGames LLC, based in Villa Park, 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, contents, vast amounts of resources, as well as a dedicated staff & management team make HeavenGame’s sites the premier destination for gamers worldwide.

Source – Rise of Nations Heaven

Blacksmith Feature of the Week: Ulio…
Posted by Theta on September 10th, 2002 @ 6:26 p.m.
Sorry we’re a little late on the weekly blacksmith feature, school has started and so has the workload for some of us. So without further adieu, this week’s feature Ulio.

Well, it’s been long awaited. That’s for sure! Ingo Van Thiel’s latest Age of Kings: The Conquerors project has been out for a few days now. Its been categorised as an ‘Other’ but it should really be ‘Mix’ type, since it may confuse people looking for a specific type of game.

“Ulio v1.1” is a campaign based around Prince Ulio, loosely based on a Greek myth. It features many sound files -Too many to list here, you can download them all from the Description Page. While I’m on the subject of Description pages, here’s an extract taken from Ulio’s, describing what you might expect if you download Ulio.

” In this campaign you will step into a dead man’s shoes.

You will be part of a mad hermit’s tale. A tale of hatred and vendetta, of schemes and noble motives… and of guilt.

Not only will your battle skills be challenged. You will be challenged to follow Ulio on his way to his downfall, and to only leave him behind at the very end. You’ll be the actor, you’ll be the spectator. And you’ll be the judge.

No radiant victory waits at the end… just clarity about Ulio’s fate.”

From a combination of 2 reviews, both giving him no less than 5.0, Ingo has made designers and players gasp, with things you wouldn’t think possible, again. I’m sure you’re all interested by now, the two reviews can be found here.

WCG AoK Qualifers :Canada Update
Posted by Theta on September 9th, 2002 @ 7:28 p.m.
After a rough start, WCG Canada is up and running again. This years WCG Canada Qualifying event will commence. The official date for WCG Canada 2002 National Finals will be on Sept 27th to Sept 29th.

With very limited sponsorship, WCG Canada 2002 National Finals event will be taking place this year. The Canadian Organizers have planned to host the event in three cyber cafes located in downtown Toronto, all within close proximity of each other.

At the moment, no info as to which cyber cafes WCG Canada will be using, once they have secured the locations, more info will be released to the public.

Seats for the event are limited so register soon, each tournament must meet a minimum seating of 30 players, otherwise the tournament for that game will not take place. Monday, September 16th will be the last day that they will be accepting registrations and Monday, September 23rd will be the last day we will be accepting payment. The cost to participate in the event is $45.00CND

The AOKH Ladder League 1st Season Results.
Posted by Dark Side of Day on September 8th, 2002 @ 5:47 p.m.
Here are the results from the AOKH Ladder League’s first season. Congratulations to to all the winners of each Class! Well done! To find out more about the Ladder League and the rest of the standings go HERE. I want to thank Flank for a great job on starting up and running the Ladder League’s 1st Season. A job well done!


1st 7 pts Chichiri


1st 7 pts Tarzan_1_


1st 7 pts L_Clan_TypHoon


1st 9 pts Crazy_King


1st 7 pts LTR_Maximus_MX


1st 6 pts Spankin_my_Monke


1st 7 pts S_A_S


1st 8 pts Macdaddy

Good Luck to everyone next season. Sign ups should be ready to go very soon!

The AOKH Ladder’s Top 10
Posted by Dark Side of Day on September 8th, 2002 @ 5:33 p.m.
The Top 10 has again changed up a bit with Chichiri moving up and getting clser to our champ YuG_Baja_VII and should soon challange him to a game for the top spot. Anyways heres the top ten! For more information on the Ladder Rankings you can go to the AOKH Ladder Standings!

1. 340: YuG_Baja_VII (The AOKH Reigning Champion!)
2. 281: Chichiri
3. 213: Myll_Slaghter
4. 211: Flank
5. 211: MoFo_Revolution
6. 210: petard_rusher
7. 208: _HitMeHardPls_
8. 206: Myll_Barka
9. 204: slamdrew
10. 192: Pezeteros_

To Join the AOKH Ladder just go to the AOKH Ladder and sign up.

The Ladder Warriors Aug 30 to Sept 5

1. Flammifer
2. Morningthaw
3. Crazy_King

Go show guys! Keep it up! More on the Ladder Warriors go HERE!

WCG AoK Qualifers :USA Confirmed
Posted by Theta on September 7th, 2002 @ 8:25 p.m.
After running into miscommunication problems with the WCG Organization last week, Web2Zone has confirmed that they will be hosting the WCG AoK Qualifiers this year in NYC on September 21st.

The event will be held on Saturday September 21 from 9 AM – 8 PM, there is no fee to participate in the event.

It states on their site that “Each event will be a one-day affair and is limited to 40 pre-registered players with valid proof of U.S. citizenship”, sorry to break the news to all the Age fans in the NYC area, if you haven’t registered already, it might be too late. As of today, I see 40 people have already registered on their site. You can still attend the event and cheer on your fellow Agers.

To those of you who will be participating in the event good luck and have fun.