Archived News From July 2005

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Among the IGN Top 100 Games — AoK
Posted by Aro on July 28th, 2005 @ 10:00 p.m.
IGN has posted up their top 100 games (hasn’t listed the “top game” yet, of course), and included is none other than AoK, placed at #53. Why did it make the top 100 in IGN’s opinion?

Set during the Middle Ages, Age of Kings allowed players to take command of a vast number of Medieval civilizations, all with their own unique strengths and personalities. The rock, paper, scissors mechanic and the wide variety of units available meant that the game had nearly limitless replayability. Though the day of 2D, sprite-based RTS games has passed, Age of Kings’s gameplay still wins players over.

Check out the full list of IGN’s Top 100 Games.

Special thanks to Ajs77311 at AoE3H for the news!

Forum Downtime, July 23 – 24
Posted by Aro on July 20th, 2005 @ 4:57 a.m.
Just a quick notice, but the forums will be temporarily unavailable for most of this weekend (July 23 and 24) for database maintenance and updates.

Heaven Continues to Expand…
Posted by Aro on July 12th, 2005 @ 5:35 a.m.
A new Heaven has arisen…

July 11, 2005 – HeavenGames LLC announced today that it has launched Rise & Fall Heaven ( ), the latest in its series of special-interest sites for Real Time Strategy & Citybuilding games.

Set to be released during Q4 of 2005, Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War (TM) is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and published by Midway. Stainless Steel Studios’ third game, Rise & Fall encompasses a time period from about 1000 BCE to 0 CE, following four of the most well known and historically prominent civilizations of that time, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Persians, and the Romans. Rise & Fall features innovative new gameplay that includes Hero Command; the ability to assume a virtual FPS perspective with your faction leader and lead your armies to victory, a naval battle system that sets a new standard in the RTS genre, and graphics that are unrivaled by a game of its type.

Rise & Fall Heaven will be dedicated to featuring extensive coverage of Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War as the game is being developed. It will bring you quality coverage on the latest news for the game, chats with developers on the forums, exclusive game information and an unparalleled database of information about the game.

Rise & Fall Heaven will be operated by two veteran HeavenGames staff members and four newcomers to the HeavenGames team who have proven themselves to be tremendous assets. They are Adder, Elpea, Chonaman, Intrepid, Lysimachus and RTEHistDesignll.

Congrats and good luck to the staff of the newly-founded R&FH!

Historical Campaign Contest Reminder
Posted by Anastasia on July 2nd, 2005 @ 4:03 p.m.

The AoKH Historical Campaign Contest is underway! There is 71 scenario designers out of the original 83 that are still in the running. There is a full three months left — plenty of time to complete that winning campaign!

Here is the incredible line up:
* Magnum Zero * SgtSlaughter * Teh Shadow (SonicShadow) * terrythewhite * Comrade DarckRedd (DarckRedd) * Stephen Richards * Gordon Farrell * Patrick Steinman * kor (Derfel Cadarn) * Raptor_ (Raptor the Good) * Duncan_Hardy * BrandNewCar * Borruma * Mechstra * Elite_Peasant * Macko * Nog64 * Barberousse * Gotovina_Heroj * Xcal (Xcaliber) * Ancient War (Medieval Warfare) * Ultima_Knight * Norm * Chewmen_zak * reich * watchwood * Cavalier_Gui * Abhik Shah * nathbert * Rat del desierto * Sk8er * EBB_Eburt * quackremedy * Sceletar * unemployedelf * matt light * eTernal_n00b * Flying Fox * Master_of_Age * Zeifer * newIdea * korupt* Pospher (demon_revival) * ScythianScout * Alheimur * Constantine XV * xavill * calderonargelich * Sukkit * Manstein * Billy Bombar * Caeser89 * Bajamba * BadMaster * chretien * ax_man1 * Dark_Reign * rwilde * Surge (Lt_Surge99) * Endoras * helfi * Lizardboy * Mk101 * The X King * KrAzY_KaRl * Steve Ryan * Johnnyband * Magnum Pi * oliver * Cespenar * Cknchaos *

The deadline for submissions is firm and scenario designs must be uploaded to the Blacksmith by September 30, 2005. For more information check out the AOKH Historical Campaign Contest Thread.