News Archives: February 2003
Friday, February 28, 2003
4Gamer.net Showsoff Screenshots
Ron Center Previews RoN
RoN Contest Winners
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Gamer's Pulse Updates RoN Preview
Rise of Nations is shaping up quite well. While there haven't been Earth shattering changes since we last saw it, the single player campaign aims to please and seems like it will not disappoint.Article included Nine screenshots.
Gamespy Nations Profile 8: Spain & Korea
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
RoN Empire Announces Winners
Good at graphics? Wanna make $50?
While moving to our new and super-fast server we decided to do a redesign for the website. First and foremost we need a new banner so we are hereby calling all graphical talents to the arms (pencils).
Join the official "RTS-League Banner Contest" for the chance to win US $50 in cash or (alternatively) a full version of the upcoming strategy-hit "Rise of Nations" by Big Huge Games and Microsoft.
The prize will be given to the banner that is being selected by the League Staff Team to appear on our mainpage. Additionally the creator will have his name placed on our site.
Submissions will be accepted from Monday, February 24th to Sunday, March 9th 2003.
Beta Forum opens
For all those lucky winners, we have started a beta checkin thread where people can list their GameSpy Login names, so head on over and check it out by clicking here.
Monday, February 24, 2003
Rise of Nations Beta Tournament at RoN Center
Yes, RoNC will be hosting a beta tournament for the lucky people who received the RoN beta. The signup date is still up in the air (we'll be waiting to see when people recieve their betas). There will be prizes (RoN stuff of course) for the winners. Be checking back soon for full details.
It's open to everyone, so sign up and get ready to rumble.
RoN Strategy Guide by Michael Rymaszewski
Gamer.tv Previews RoN
Thanks to Apolyton for the heads up!
Didn't win a RoN Beta? We've got more.
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Nation of the Week: Nubians
Nubia was known as "Ta-Seti", or the Land of the Bow, by the Egyptians. The skills of the Nubian Archers were well known in the ancient world. In rise of Nations, these archers make up one line of unique units for the Nubians. ... The Nubians were also introduced to the use of camels in war early in its history providing them with their second unique unit. The Nubians receives Camel Archers starting in the Classical Age that continue into the Enlightenment Age as the Camel Corp.Check out the article here, and if you missed the other Nations, you can check out the full list!
Friday, February 21, 2003
Activision and SSSI Teams Up
Looks like an interesting title, with a more narrower focus but greater depth then SSSI's previous title Empire Earth. Check out the original article here.
RoN Eden’s Nox Flashes His Resources
Thanks for your work, Nox!
RoN Pantheon UpdatesResource Page
Gamers Depot Previews RoN
Armed with the understanding that epic scope and depth work well in the RTS genre, Microsoft looks to pick up where they left off and take things in a new direction. Featuring a massive 18 playable nations - including the British, Chinese, French, Japanese, Germans, Aztecs, and more – as well as things such as scenario and script editors, Rise of Nations is shaping up to be quite a nice package indeed.Article includes Nine screenshots.
3DAvenue Peviews RoN
RoN is looking to take the classic formula of RTS gaming beyond our usual expectations and give gamers the ultimate combination of real time combat and long term civilization establishment all in the one experienceThe Article includes eight screenshots including a nice one of Europe – Mediterranean – Western Russia in Conquer the World.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Gamezone Takes a Sneek Peek at RoN
Game Catcher Impressions of RoN
Here's an excerpt:
The sheer depth would scare most developers and yet Big Huge Games went through with it anyway. I feel they have succeeded!Be sure to page through the book, as there are 5 "pages" to the article which may not be obvious.
IGN Rise of Nations Unit Showcase VII
Strategy Informer Previews RoN
In a nutshell, imagine combining Civilization with Age of Empires, as well as throwing in a smattering of Risk or Total War and you get a game that looks, sounds and IS very impressive.
Action Trip Previews RoN
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Rise of Nations Oracle Back Online
Rohag's Impresions of Conquer the World Campaign
Here's an excerpt:
This was the most fun I’ve had yet with a Press Beta of Rise of Nations. In about twelve hours play I led the Maya from the Ancient to Information ages while allied with the Spanish against a host of enemies, especially those insolent British, Russians, Japanese and Greeks!Excellent Article!
RoN video trailer on Czech Site
GamePlanet Preview RoN
Gamesplurge preview of RoN
Official Contest Should be Announcing Winners on the 20th
Electric Playground Previews RoN
extraordinarily enthusiastic preview of RoN!
Here's an excerpt:
Rise of Nations looks like it's going to be one of the deepest, most flexible and fun RTS games ever ...this game is already looking like a strong candidate for the best RTS of 2003. Yes, our expectations are that high after playing this game.Thanks to Apolyton and Rohag for this tidbit!
RoN Center Adds More Beta screenshots
German and French Site picks their winners!
Sunday, February 16, 2003
Resources Page updated
Rise of Nations Beta contests
Apolyton's "Love your Nation" Contest
RoN Bases's "Rise of Nations Quiz" Contest (German)
RoN Center's "What do you love about RoN, that you don't find in other RTS games?" Contest
RoN Eden's "Rise of Nations Quiz" Contest (French)
RoN Empire's Wallpaper Contest
RoN Planet's "Create a Nation" Contest
Best of luck to everyone.
Friday, February 14, 2003
Sign up Now for the Rise of Nations Sneak Preview Beta Contest
Strategy gamers wishing to change the course of history in under an hour now have the opportunity to enter the Rise of Nations Sneak Preview Beta Contest for a chance to win one of 1000 copies of the Rise of Nations beta. Microsoft and Big Huge Games are now allowing gamers to sign up at the official site (http://www.riseofnations.com), where complete contest information and official rules can also be found. Winners will be selected from a random drawing from all entries and will receive a beta disc that contains 10 playable nations (18 nations will be included in the final game), three tutorials and the unique Conquer the World campaign. Winners will also be enrolled in the official beta, given access to newsgroups to provide feedback, and allowed to download official beta updates.
Microsoft also released a new video that features Rise of Nations gameplay footage interwoven with scenes from the introductory game movie. The video may be downloaded from the official site.
So what are you waiting for?!?! Go sign up NOW!
Thursday, February 13, 2003
RoN Beta Contest Tomorrow!
In case you've been hiding in a cave, just a reminder that the RoN public beta contest is open TOMORROW, that's THIS FRIDAY! Sign up for 1 of 1000 copies at the Microsoft Official Rise of Nations Site, or increase your odds by participating in the smaller contests that will be hosted by each fan site including of course Rise of Nations Heaven.
RoN Planet Updates Screenshots Pages
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Wonders Page updated
Free Shipping from IGN
Gamespy Looks at RoN's Beta 2 Release
RoN Empire Wallpaper Contest
RoN Center Battles RoN Planet
Worthplaying Reports May 2 European Release
Thanks to Apolyton for the tidbit!
Japanese Site Impress Watch Previews RoN
New RoN Wallpaper at RoN Planet
RoN Planet Updates Pages
RoN Center New Beta Screenshots
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Rise of Nations Planet announces beta contest
You could be one of five lucky winners of a copy of the Rise of Nations BETA from Rise of Nations Planet!
We'll be announcing the details of our contest this Friday to coincide with the start of the official Sneak Preview contest.
This is some pretty exciting stuff so be sure to head on over to Rise of Nations Planet to look for further details. You'll be seeing more and more announcements like this from the various websites so be sure to keep up to date with them all so you don't miss your chance.
Conquer the World first impressions at RoN Eden
CTW’s principle is simple. The campaign is divided into two phases: one turn-based phase, which is played on a beautiful Risk-style map, where you move armies from territory to territory, improve territories, buy bonus cards and engage in diplomacy… This phase is followed by a real-time, randomly-generated scenario where you invade or plan to conquer a territory.
You can read the rest of the English translation of this article here.
Monday, February 10, 2003
Rise of Nations Sneak Preview Beta Contest Launches on Friday
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that gamers will soon have the opportunity to enter the Rise of Nations Sneak Preview Beta Contest for a chance to win one of 1000 copies of the Rise of Nations beta. On Friday, February 14, fans can sign up at the official site (http://www.riseofnations.com), where complete contest information and official rules can also be found. Winners will be selected from a random drawing from all entries.
The Rise of Nations beta discs will contain 10 playable nations (18 nations will be included in the final game), three tutorials and the unique Conquer the World campaign. Winners will also be enrolled in the official beta, given access to newsgroups to provide feedback, and allowed to download official beta updates.
Rise of Nations combines the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games. The game allows players to create new cities, improve their city infrastructure and expand national borders. Players have the option to win through military might using everything from slingshots to cannons to stealth bombers, corner the market on key commodities, and wheel and deal with a wide variety of Nations. Unlike other historical RTS games, Rise of Nations allows gamers to quickly play through eight historical epochs of time from the Ancient Age to the Information age, covering 6,000 years of history. This latest title from Big Huge Games Inc. founder Brian Reynolds (designer of Civilization 2 and Alpha Centauri*) is scheduled for U.S. release on April 22, 2003. For more information about Rise of Nations, visit the official site at http://www.riseofnations.com.
As I said on Friday, this is some pretty big news and I hope everyone is as excited as I am for a chance to play with this great game.
RoN Empire Forum Back in Business
Friday, February 7, 2003
Big Huge News
Not real sure what the announcement will be exactly, but I'm betting it will be something pretty big.
Thursday, February 6, 2003
Rise of Nations Center interviews Graham "Thunder" Somers
Q: RoN Center
Where will the multiplayer be hosted?
A: Graham 'Thunder' Somers
You will have a few options when it comes to multiplayer games. As I just mentioned, we are working on an in-game multiplayer matchmaking service, powered by GameSpy and customized by programmers here. It will come complete with different lobbies where you can host games (rated, unrated, etc), lobby chatting, and a buddy list similar to MSN Messenger so that you can message individual players. We're trying to make it easy to find your friends and to get a game going quickly. I know that's where many of us will be hanging out after the game ships, so it is very much of interest to us that it be the best it can be.
You will also have the option of playing the game through GameSpy Arcade or good ol' fashioned meeting up with your friends via IP to play.
There is a ton of more info over there, so head on over and check it out by clicking here.
Rise of Nations Eden returns!
After a short bit of downtime, Rise of Nations Eden has resolved its server issues and is now running again. It's good to see them back. They've also kicked off a series of articles that focus on Seige units in the game and the way in which they must deploy prior to actually being able to fire. Nox even made a small video for all of us to watch.
Rise of Nations Empire server move
Rise of Nations Empire has made the move to their new servers and can now be reached at http://ron.empiregaming.net/ They're having some troubles getting the forums back on line, but hopefully that will all be taken care of soon. Bonnie has also made some additions to her Desktop Wallpaper Section, this time including the Angkor Wat Wonder from the game.
Gamepro Hands-On RoN Preview
Thanks to Apolyton for the news.
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Weekly Screenshot at Rise of Nations Notzie
Monday, February 3, 2003
IGN Adds New Pictures & Movies of RoN
Total Video Games interviews Brian Reynolds
Here's an excerpt:
Microsoft’s eagerly awaited 'Rise of Nations', a real-time strategy (RTS) game, that combines fast-action of real-time gaming with the broad scope of epic turn-based strategy games like Civilization, is already receiving much critical acclaim
Designer Diary: A Balancing Act
Thanks to Rohag for this tidbit.
Sunday, February 2, 2003
Nation of the Week: Turks
Here's an excerpt:
The Turks were a nomadic, warrior people that originated from Central Asia, but who in several waves of migration spread westward conquering lands in India, the Middle East, Russia, Anatolia, and Eastern Europe. They came to establish several Empires: the Mamlukes in Egypt, the Seljuks of Persia and Anatolia, and finally, the Ottoman Empire which at its height spanned from Eastern Europe to North Africa, the Caucasus and the Middle East. It was the Ottomans that put the death nail on the remnants of the Classical Roman Empire when they seized Contantinople with the aid of massive seige artillery in 1453 A.D. In Rise of Nations, the Turks receive a line of unique units in the artillery line beginning at the Gunpowder Age with the Basilica Bombard to reflect their use of these devastating weapons. The Ottomans also came to recruited its military through the conscription of the children of its conquered subjects, who were raised as Moslems and trained throughout their lives as Warriors. These extraodinary soldiers were called the Janissary, and in Rise of Nations appear along side its artillery units to give the Turks an army worthy of its historical counterpart, and a scourge to those whom ever they faced.
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