News Archives: April 2003
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Apolyton Reviews Rise of Nations Beta2
Kyle Stadler of Apolyton also has updated their Rise of Nations Info Page, includes descriptions on all 18 civs, wonders, and ages. Check out the latest version of their info page here.
Rise of Nations Alliance Updates Videos and More
While you're there, check out the Alliance's 12 Rise of Nations screenshots.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Modded Units Fan Art
Official MS Rise of Nations Site Update
Impressions from Rise of Nations Insider
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Rise of Nations Mod Gallery
To use these files, all you need to do is download them into your Rise of Nations/Art directory. Make a copy of the original skin (kingtiger.png) and rename the downloaded file with the original name (kingtiger.png).
You can check out the Mod Gallery here. Be sure to click on the thumbnails to get views of the units from each angle.
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Gameplay UK "Reviews" Rise of Nations
Friday, April 25, 2003
EuroGamer previews Rise of Nations
Rise Of Nations is shaping up to be the most interesting strategy game we've seen in a very long time - which is really saying something, given the glut of quality RTS titles on the PC in the past year.Article includes 38 screenshots old and new.
Win a new PC from Alienware!
The lucky winner of this contest will receive a brand new Alienware Area-51 PC. System Specs :
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.53GHz 533MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
Intel® 845GE-Chipset Pentium 4 Motherboard w/1AGP/1PCI DDR
512MB DDR SDRAM PC-2700
120GB Seagate Barracuda ATA V 7200RPM 8MB Cache
PROMOTION - FREE PlexWriter 48/24/48A CD-RW - IDE - Black
1.44 MB Floppy Drive - Black
NVIDIA GeForce™ FX 5600 256MB Dual Monitor
Sound Blaster® Audigy 1394 - 5.1
Microsoft Internet Keyboard - Space Black
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 - USB - Standard Color
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
This is one cool little PC. You can find out more about it and even see a few photos at the Official Alienware website. Good luck everyone.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
New Tech Tree at Rise of Nations Oracle
Rise of Nations Oracle has just recieved and published the technology tree that's been in the making for a few weeks. It's exclusive content to our website, and includes statistics and requirements on buildings, units and technologies in the Rise of Nations beta build three. It also allows viewers to see what Unique Units each civilization has access to and the graphic icons that represent each item.
It is some really nice work by those guys so head on over and check it out by clicking here.
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
MSN Zone Chat with Brian Reynolds
Rise of Nations GOES GOLD!
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Rise of Nations has gone gold and is scheduled to ship to stores on May 20 in North America. Virtual field commanders will soon get the opportunity to "Conquer the World" in single player, or lead their troops into battle online with this revolutionary real-time strategy (RTS) game from Brian Reynolds. To celebrate this milestone, gamers will be able to chat live with Reynolds on Zone.com today, April 22, at 5pm PDT. For more information on the chat, visit http://zone.msn.com/zzzz/zzzzreynoldschat.asp.
That's right, it's official. The game should be hitting store shelves in the not too distant future so mark the date for your local area and get ready for some fun with a great game!
Brian Reynolds on rushing
You can view the rest of his comments as well as voice a few of your own over in this thread. While I am at it, I would like to say "thank you" to all the BHG developers who drop by our forums to read the topics and provide some great feedback to the fans. We're glad to have you here.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
RoN ICQ Skin from The Ogre
IGN's Big Games of 2003
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Nation of the Week: Spain
Here's an excerpt:
The Reconquest of Spain in the 15th century A.D. by the Christian Kingdoms saw the unification and raise of Spain as a world power as it extended its power through the exploration and subjugation of the New World. In Rise of Nations, this gives inpsiration for the power of discovery.
Check out the article here, and if you missed the other Nations, you can check out the full list here!
Zone Chat with Brian Reynolds
RoN Zone on WMD
Friday, April 18, 2003
RoN Eden Beta Contest
The prize – one RoN Beta!
This contest is open only to residents of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.
Sign up for the Easter Egg Contest here!
MS Official RoN Site Updated
4Gamer Posts New Screenshots
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
RoN Insider Interviews Tim Wallace
Monday, April 14, 2003
RoN Zone Updates Screenshots Page
Computer & Video Games Previews RoN
After playing the beta version for a good few days now, we think we may have discovered a depth that only the Total War series of games can claim to equal.Article includes 21 screenshots and images.
Behind the Scenes : Rise of Nations Units
After the unit was modeled and textured it was animated. Each one would have several attack, death, move, and idle animations. The "idle" animations play when the unit is sitting around doing nothing, and were usually the most fun since this is where we could add some character to the units. For example, a modern infantryman might start smoking, or a merchant might have a tussle with his mule, or you might even find an out-of-work peasant lying down on the grass, laying down on the job! Try looking for some more--my favorite is the salute that the Mamelukes, an Egyptian mounted gun unit, performs.
My personal favorites are the German Barbarian's Sword Dance and the spitting Camels. Check out the full article to learn more about the units and even get a glimpse into the high tech motion capture techniques used by Big Huge Games.
More Unique Units Graphics Updated
Sunday, April 13, 2003
Unique Units Graphics Updated
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Screenshots at Reigning Strategy
IGN Developer's Diary: History of Nations
Microsoft Games Insider launches
Finally, there is also an in-depth interview with BHG Senior Game Designer Doug Kaufman at the site.
Thanks to Insider-Angel!
Ron Official Site Nations Profiles
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Rise of Nations X Fansite Starts Up
Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Twelve new screenshots at LoadedInc
GameSpy Nation Profile: Britain and Bantu
RoN Alliance Shows Unit Animations
RoN Empire Concerts Ads to Wallpapers
Firing Squad Interviews Brian Reynolds
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
RoN Alliance Presents RoN Sea Battle Video
Monday, April 7, 2003
RoN Rated at ToGames.com
Sunday, April 6, 2003
RoN Alliance Profiles Mongols
Friday, April 4, 2003
Central Gaming Network (CGN) Previews RoN
Overall, Rise of Nations looks to be a very well thought out and complex game. It's the perfect blend between historical accuracy and real time strategy...For those of you gamers who are fans of Cossacks, Command And Conquer, or Age Of Empires, this would definitely be a title you will want to watch. And for those of you who have not yet become fans of RTS games, this just might be the game that will make you a believer. Rise Of Nations looks to be one of the most versatile and fun RTS games to hit the market since Cossacks.
MS Official RoN Site Updated
RoN Universe Bottles Thunder
Thursday, April 3, 2003
RoN Alliance Profiles Russian
Wednesday, April 2, 2003
RoN Zone Updates Nations Page
RoN Alliance Profiles Inca
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