News Archives: December 2004

Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to everyone from the staff of Rise of Nations Heaven. Hope everyone will have a safe and fruitful year to come.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Updates to T&P Patch Beta

Graham "Thunder" Somers drops by our forum to give us an update of the balance changes being made for the upcoming T&P patch. He also tells us what the plans are for addressing the OOS issue in the patch.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Korea: The Forgotten War Scenario

Berlin9487 has released his newest scenario, "Korea: The Forgotten War". It is a 4 player scenario where you can take control of one of four nations China(Green), North Korea(Purple), South Korea(Red) or the United Nations(Blue). Fight the wars bloodiest battles for control of peninsula. Relive the war with Korean war era weapons, tanks, aircraft, and ships. You can grab it from our download section. You can also follow the discussion on this scenario here.

Friday, December 24, 2004

RoN Script Editor Update for Xmas

Snakely has updated his Script Editor. The full version is now here.

Seasons Greeting from the Staff of RONH

On behalf of the staff at Rise of Nations Heaven, I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

More Mods and Scenario from Lord of Legends

For those who can't get enough of artillery or can't get their artillery to do enough, Lord of Legends has created a mod that doubles the attack power and range of All units in the Siege/Artillery line. You can grab that from here.

He follows up with a couple of scenarios. One called "Siege of Sandal Castle" and another one called "Battle of Barnai". The 1st scenario is about the Siege by the English House of Lancaster against Sandal Castle (Near Wakefield in England!), and you can grab that here. In the 2nd scenario you attempt to smash the Roman Army with your troops to prevent the invasion of Greece! You can start your defence by downloading the files from this link.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

RONTP Patch 2: Open Beta

The Original balance patch has been expanded to include code fixes for the OOS problems. This is an open beta for Thrones and Patriots patch 2. This patch includes updates to their versioning system that should take care of the out of sync issues that occur when people with cracked versions of our game try to join legitimate games. The patch also includes balance changes to many nations. The open beta will continue until Patch 2 is done with testing at Microsoft. You can get the full story and the list of balance changes at the Big Huge Games Patch2 Download section.

Inside Mac Games Interviews BHG's Tim Train

Michael Phillips of Inside Mac Games interviews Big Huge Games in time for the Rise of Nations: Gold Edition. He writes in a 2 page interview:
Recently, I had the chance to chat it up with Tim Train, the VP of Development at Big Huge Games, about Rise of Nations’s journey to Mac OS X and the genesis of Big Huge Games
Tim Train also gives us some small clues about their next title:
We're building on the Rise of Nations engine for our next title, but we're definitely aiming for the most mind-blowing graphics ever seen in an RTS!
You can find the full interview from this link.

Battle for Gwalior 1857 Scenario

prabakaran portrays the Sepoy Uprising of 1857 in "The Battle for Gwalior". In this scenario he recounts the Widespread mass rebellion against British rule in India. The uprising began when indian troops [sepoys] refused to use new rifle cartridges,which were thought to be lubricated with grease containing a mixture of pigs' and cows' lard and thus religiously impure. You can grab this scenario from our download section.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Desert Camo Infantry Mod

Lokbomb has created a mod for your desert rats. This mod gives Assault infantry and Machine Gunners desert camoflouge. You can grab that from here.

Lord Of Legends' "Ultimate" RoN TP Mod

Lord Of Legends created a Mod for Thrones and Patriots that really ups the power of airbases and carriers, and really pumps up the stats on a variety of things to max out the destruction. you can grab this from our download section.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

RoN: Thrones & Patriots GameSpot Expack of the Year

Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots has won GameSpot's Expansion pack of the year!
The original Rise of Nations was our 2003 PC Game of the Year. And yet, it seemingly pales in comparison with the improved gameplay that Thrones and Patriots introduces. This is an expansion pack that's so good that it highlights the deficiencies in the original game, even while it's elevating the gameplay to whole new levels.
There is even a short video on why the Gamespot crew picked RoNTP as their Expack of the year. You can get the full story from this link. Congrats Big Huge Game!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

RoNTP: Empires Rise Again Mod Project

KingRoy1 has started a Total Conversion Mod project for Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots called "Empires Rise Again". The premise of this mod is to make T&P more historically accurate as KingRoy1 sees it. He has already reskinned some units, and modded a few buildings to include Hedgehog beach obstacle, and Barbed Wire.

You can follow the development on his project site, or on our forum thread.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Mod Updates plus Papal States Mod

The dedication and attention to detail of our modding community continues as uthum876 updates his World War 3 and Soviet ERA mods to put the finishing touches on them. Meanwhile edilberto releases his Papal State Mod for something a bit different.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

WW3 Mod

uthum876 has created a mod that can be used for a hypothetical World War 3 which includes: Americans, Israelis, North Koreans, British, Russians, Germans, Chinese and finally the French. The Mod makes changes to some of the existing civs and adds some new ones and gives them all a whole new set of Unique Units. You can grab it from our download section.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Byzantine Skutatoi Mod

Normanpain has create a mod that changes the Elite Pikemen unit to be one that could be used to simulate the Byzantine Skutatoi, which were the backbone of the Byzantine infantry and were almost exclusively spearmen.

You can grab it from our download section.

American Civil War Map and Mod Pack

KingRoy1 has created an American Civil War Mod / Map pack. In this pack, two maps are included. The first is called “Gods and Generals”. The Second is called, “Town Skirmish”. These scenario maps goes along with customized skins that make the Musketeers and Fusiliers look more like those during the American civil war, but also could be used for scenarios dealing with the mid to late 1800’s. You can grab it from our download section.

Thursday, December 9, 2004

AoI Clan Christmas Tourney Extras

Don't forget the Writing and Smartest Rise of Nations Player Contests running alongside the December 18-19th Army of Isengard/Unholy Alliance Christmas Tourney. You can visit their Tourney and Xmass Extras Page (Puzzleworks for the Smartest; Bookshelf for Santa Stories) from this link.

AoI Clan New Animated Intro

The Army of Isengard Clan has put together a rather impressive new animated intro for their home page. You can check it out from this link.

Historical Account of the Bulge

Rise of Nations Planet features a forum dedicated to historical campaigns and battles. The latest entry, "The Battle of the Bulge" by GtownChamp, is particularly well-written. You can check that out at Rise of Nations Planet.

Age of Nations Mod

HistoryGuy, TheGoodEvil, and others are now working on "Age of Nations," a Total Conversion for Rise of Nations. This mod, which will encompass the Classical, Medieval, and Gunpowder Ages, is intended to make all units nation-unique and streamline play with a view to maximizing the online experience a la Age of Empires. You can check out their project here, they are looking for people to help out, so if you are interested you can find out what they here from this link.

GameSpy Gamers' Choice Voting

Fan voting for Game of the Year 2004 in various categories has opened and continues until December 20th. You can find the GameSpy Gamers' Choice Voting Main page from this link. You can vote on the PC Strategy Game for the year from this link and the 2004 PC Overall Game of the Year from this link.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Server Maintenance at HG

Both the main HG server (* and the downloads server will be out this Friday beginning at 8:00 am and will be up by 3:00 pm EST to facilitate an ISP-scheduled upgrade to the server. Please note the different servers will be down at different times during the day, so things will be up in the air during the times specified.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Download Section Problems

Just wanted to inform our forumers at Rise of Nations Heaven that we were experiencing technical difficulties with our download server, so our download section was out for a few days. So its not just you. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for the patience. Hopefully things wont flake out again any time soon.

Masters of RoN Signups

Signups for the Masters of Rise of Nations league end December 8th. Individuals are welcome as well as clans. Qualifiers begin 10 Dec and Season One begins 7 Jan 05. So get your tartar sauce on and head over to the Fish Sticks Foundation Clan site and sign up. You can also visit the MoR League page for more info.

Monday, December 6, 2004

Wilderness Tourney Results

TWC_Lokatzis has emerged as the winner of the Wildness Tourney sponsored by the King's of Royal Guard (KRG) Clan. The Top runners up include: AU_Wolf, KRG_Jups and ElitE_Sniper. Congratualtions! You can check out how the match ups played out at the KRG clan Wildness Tourney page.

Sunday, December 5, 2004

European Jets ODA 1.0 (TaP) Mod

This mod replaces the Jet Fighter for Britain (UK), Romans (Italy), Spain and Germany with the EuroFighter Typhoon, using the Mirage 3000 model from the game used for the French, but reskinned to look more like the EuroFighter. These countries also gets the Harrier to replace their Jet Fighter Bombers out of their aircraft carriers. Finally the French Jet Fighter Bomber is replaced with Unit35's Super Etendard model, reskinned to have French paint scheme. You can grab it from our download section.

Saturday, December 4, 2004

Finalizing Patching Strategy

Graham Somers (BHG's Community Relations Manager, AKA Thunder) corresponded recently with Cataphracto regarding the progress of the balance patch. Though constrained in what he can release, Graham says BHG and Microsoft are finalizing their patching strategy. You can check this out in our forum thread.

Friday, December 3, 2004

Fallschirmjager Mod

Normanpain has created a Fallschirmjager (paratrooper) Mod. This is a reskin of the german volksgrenadier and MG-42 units to looks like the German Paratroopers defending monte cassino, italy, in WWII, these Fallschirmjagers held out for months and earned the nickname "Green Devils" by the allied forces. You can download it from here.

Citizen Soldiers WW2 Scenario Pack

KingRoy1 has completed a series of maps that covers the breath of WW2's European theater from the Normandy Invasion and on. The scenarios go in the following order, but, you can play them in any order you want. These include: Normandy, Market-Garden, Siegfried Line, Hurtgen Forest and finally the Battle of the Buldge. You can grab it from our download section.

More Indian Scenarios

prabakaran has created two more scenarios in his India series. This time he ventures into the Cholas-Eastern expedition with this download and brinsg you to the internal conflicts of the Srilankan civil war version1.0 with this download.

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Wilderness Tourney

The King's Royal Guard-sponsored Lakota-only Wilderness Tournament is only a few days away, December 4-5th at 1700 GMT. Signups close one hour before the start time. You can signup from this link, and follow the Wilderness Tournament on their Forum thread.

Christmas Tourney Website Online

The Army of Isengard and the rest of the Unholy Alliance have launched a full and rather clever site for the upcoming 1v1 Christmas Tournament, December 18-19th. This will be a dual tournament with separate brackets for "strong" and "weak" players. You can check it out at the AoI clan Xmass site.

Panipat war 1761 Scenario

prabakaran comes up with another in his east India series of scenarios. This time its the Panipat war of 1761. He writes up a detailed and epic description of the historical background, that surely takes you right into the battle. "Panipat is a very ancient fortified town. Looking at this scruffy little town surrounded by fields. One can hardly believe it was here that the fate of India was decided as many as three times in fiercely contested battles. Crowns rolled in the bloodsoaked dust here". You can grab it from our download section.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

2004 1UP Awards

Rise of Nations:T&P is one of the nominees for Best Strategy/Simulation Game of 2004 in's second annual 1UP Awards. Fan voting ends 31 December 2004. "The results will be announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January as well as on 1UP and in all of Ziff-Davis Media's game magazines." You can check out the line up from link and vote! The Press Release can be seen from this link.

T&P on the Holiday Gift Guides

Rise of Nations finds its way onto several game site holiday gift guides, including those of GameSpot and GameSpy. You can check out the GameSpot Holiday Gift Guide PC Home page from this link, or the GameSpy PC Holiday Guide Homepage here.

Rise of Nations Gold, in fact, earned a place among GameSpy's "25 Must-Have PC Games"! Check that out over here.

Strat Talk Going Strong

The "Economy Upgrades" thread started by AU_Humble at the Anarchy Unleashed forums is still generating focused and substantive discussion on that aspect of Rise of Nations/RoN:T&P strategy. You can follow the discussion at the AU Clan website.