News Archives: April 2004
Friday, April 30, 2004
How to Install Scenarios
T&P For Sale Press Release
Spanish RoN Tournament
Summary of National Changes in T&P
Thursday, April 29, 2004
HG Invades BHG Interview with Doug Kaufman - Part 1
The 1st part of this interview we get a background bio on Doug Kaufman and how Big Huge Games was formed. Without further adue here is Part 1 of the 90 minute interview.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
E3 Games Lineup
The Reviews are In!
Reviewer Steve Butts: "The new campaigns and the new government system actually change (or at least reorient) the gameplay in some interesting ways, allowing gamers to shift the focus of their society and take on meaningful challenges that offer a stronger sense of direction." Fifteen new screenshots accompanies the review.
*** Games Domain Gives RoN TaP a 9 out of 10 ***
Reviewer Andrew S. Bub: "Thrones and Patriots streamlines some of Rise of Nations' rougher concepts and fills in a few holes most players didn't realize needed filling." You can check out the review here.
*** GameZone: 9.1 Editor's Choice ***
Reviewer Michael Knutson: "Even after a year I still recommend that you purchase the original game, and really have to stress that if you want to get the full experience that you have to purchase this game, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots. You will not regret this purchase, because it is one of the best RTS experiences you can find!" You can read the full review here.
TGE Interviews Graham Somers
|This time, TheGoodEvil brings his interview spotlight on Graham Somers, community relations Manager for Big Huge Games, and hangs him by the feet to ask him the who, what, when, where and how of being in the gaming industry from the developer's side of the fence. You can read the transcripts on our forum thread.|
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
GameSpot Give TaP 9/10
that the new expansion pack to Rise of Nations has a lot to live up to would be a huge understatement. After all, Rise of Nations was the best real-time strategy game of last year, not to mention GameSpot's 2003 PC Game of the Year. Yet the designers at Big Huge Games apparently recognized that there was some room for improvement in their masterpiece, so they went back to the drawing board to shore up the game's scarce weaknesses. The result is that Thrones and Patriots is an expansion pack that offers more than just new content; it also makes a superb game even better.They gave the expack a 9/10 and the expansion pack's first award! A GameSpot Editor's Choice Award. You can check out the review with 21 new screenshots here.
Balance of the Patriots/Govornments
RoN Revolution Plans to Review RoN TaP
will start preparing a review for the coming issue of PC4WAR (French strategy gaming magazine). Additionally, he's planning to give away a copy of the Xpack in a contest and promises a surprise on the French Rise of Nations Revolution site on the eve of T&P's arrival in France (20-21 May). You can check out the details here.
Russian Roulette Player List
eToychest Gives Ron TaP 90%
Monday, April 26, 2004
El_Capitan's Last Weekend of RoN
RoN Planet Updates UU's Section
Wham! Gaming Reviews TaP
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots breaks the expansion mould and is successful in bringing this RTS back to the level of the original RON – at least in my books, and considering it got high praise from me the first time around, that is a good thing.You can check out the full article here.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Screenshot "Caricatures" at RoN El Ágora
Age Limits & Tech Requirements
National Updates at RoN Alliance
RoN TaP Arrives in France: May 21st
SR_Orion-Alpha Win Celtic Warriors Tournament
New Hall of Fame Game
Arch Mage's Strategy Stew
El_Capitan on the Demo
Saturday, April 24, 2004
The Great Canadian Baycon
Demo Bugs But Not Gold
T&P Demo Mirrors
AU Russian Roulette Tournament
Omaha Beach Scenario at RoNO
GameSpy Editor Starts Playing T&P
No BHG Tourneys Till Europe Gets T&P
RoN #15 for March in US
RoN: "Learning Principle" GotY
of Nations and other games he regards as complex yet compelling to learners. He believes "we can make school and workplace learning better if we pay attention to good computer and video games" and concludes, "What would I reward as Game of the Year for incorporating our learning principles at the highest level? The award goes to: Rise of Nations." You can check out the article here. (registration required)
Historical Conquerors Project
Friday, April 23, 2004
Legion Opens "RoN Tactics" Site
Tweaking RoN Planet
RoN Revolutionary Affiliates Wanted
T&P Demo is out Now!!!
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Web Wombat: T&P - 80%
T&P Trial Version Clarification & Availability
However the good news is that the real T&P demo will be available for download tomorrow (Friday, April 23rd) from the Microsoft Games Thrones & Patriots Site.
Rise of Nations Clan Listings
LordCirone's Guide to Nations Modding
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
E3 on the Horizon
GameStop Demo Confusion/Disappointment
In further developments, Ceberus, the forumer that initiated the thread after some exchanges with Gamestop, got them to agreed to offered to fix the description and refund his money. If you had signed up for the offer expecting the expack demo. You can see what sort of compensation you can get from GameStop.
Replacing a Default Unit
Japan Pre-orders for English T&P
RoN Révolution Under Attack
RoN Evolution Evolves
RoN Oscar Speeches Part 3 of 10
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
MS Japan T&P Site
Game Over T&P Preview
Pre-TP Smackdown, Anyone?
Monday, April 19, 2004
TGE Interveiws TuF_Astator
IGN Unit Showcase: Generals, patriots and ironclads
Thanks to crazymaniac for the headsup!
Backdrop Modding for Rise of Nations
Now, there is some help! I have written a short article on the basic guidelines and provided some helpful templates for you to get started on developing your own game backdrops. You can check out the article here and grab the templates from our download section.
Sunday, April 18, 2004
FYWKY Clan Challenge
Rohag's Napoleon CTW Campaign Preview Relocated
We Stand on Guard for Thee
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Chrisk19 Does Some Serious Troubleshooting
More RoN:TaP News at Japanese Sites
El Ágora Seeks Help at their RoN Site
Defense Force Clan Recruiting for RoN
Pulp Previews RoN:TaP
More RoN Oscar Speeches
100 Gold Winners at Gamespot
MS TaP Site Updates
ODA RoN Mod Util Version 1.02 beta
Friday, April 16, 2004
Graham@BHG at MFO for Beginners
RoN: TaP Arrives in Japan in June
Final GameSpy Showcase: Persians & Indians
Thursday, April 15, 2004
TaP Has Gone Gold!
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Planetary Developments at RONP
RoN Empire to Close
"I regret to announce that RON Empire will be closing on April 20, 2004. We have had a successful two years of operation but due to lack of time and in part due to Empire Gaming Network’s closure I will be closing Rise of Nations Empire. ... Special thanks go to Big Huge Games and to Microsoft Games Studios for taking the site seriously and inviting us to visit at Fanstock and the release partyWe bid Rise of Nations Empire a fond farewell.
for Rise of Nations."
RoN Oscar Gold
Additionally, "Those sites that were singled out as top notch will be featured here on the Big Huge website over the coming weeks, beginning with the Infidels Clan site, which tied for the award of 'Best clan site.'"
El_Capitan has begun to publish the "acceptance speeches" submitted by the top-placed finishers in the Rise of Nations Oscars. Head over to Out4Blood's Rise of Nations Strategy Blog (13 Apr 04) for those of TWC_ShadowZ and El_Capitan.
T&P goes Gold!
Rise of Terror Units Added to Mod Gallery
Thrones & Patriots Expansion now Available on Amazon.com
Thanks to General_Crespin for the news.
Monday, April 12, 2004
GameStop Offer TaP Pre-order
Sunday, April 11, 2004
BC 3v3 Tournament Rules at RoN Universe
T&P Alexander Campaign at RoN Revolution
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Interview with TWC_ShaDowZ!
ODA Mod Utility Beta v. 1.01
1) if you have a file improperly named without a file extension, the program wont choke.
2) change the install mod to take the folder file verbatim (and not use the mod creator screen to determine if to append a version number).
3) changed the open mod option to be available in all tab screens except the xml viewer.
4) change the open mod option so that it will automatically load the original game files instead of retaining the currently loaded file when the newly opened mod does not have a unitrules or unitgraphics xml defined.
New Screen of the Week at Microsoft TaP Site
Armchair Empire Interviews Tim Train
GamerFeed T&P Preview
Friday, April 9, 2004
Rise of Terror 40,000 Mod Public Beta Released!
Warhammer 40,000 is set in a Universe where no one is safe and death awaits around every corner. The Imperium of man stuggles to hold its borders or protect its citizens from the Gods of Chaos.
Now you can experience the Warhammer world with Unit35's Magnum Opus of a Mod. "Rise of Terror 40,000"! As promised it is released today!
It is a 7 Meg download at his own teestainstudio site. It is also available for download at the RON Heaven download.
ODA RoN Mod Utility v1.0 beta Released!
It includes installers for Mods, Scenarios and Scripts. A patch 2 style Mod Manager, a Unitrules.xml and a Unit_graphics.xml specialized editor, and a generic XML viewer with error reporting capabilities. You can download this program, at the Rise of Nations Heaven download. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion you can ask them at my Project desk forum thread.
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Reynolds for IGDA Board
GameSpot Complete RoNTP Contest Starts
GameSpot also has a total of 51 screenshots of Thrones & Patriots in its gallery, the most recent 11 added March 24th.
Suleiman E. Lee: Strategy for the Turks
NZ Herald: T&P - 4/5
Boomtown T&P Preview
"There will surely come as a bundle for new Rise of Nations customers later this year and because of the positive reception of the Rise of Nations demo last year, we will also see a demo of Thrones & Patriots before its release. As of now, Microsoft aims to have the demo ready for the third week of April. Weighing in at between 200 and 250 MB in size, the demo should have some nice treats for the community."The article includes three screenshots.
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Sparte Légion Tournament
Gulf War Version 4.0 at RoN Oracle
Infidels' RoN Strategy Catalogue
GamersPulse T&P Preview
Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Enlightened Contest Winners Revealed!
Prizes: $200 + RoN t-shirt
Peninsula War - The level of scripting in this scenario went far and above what was expected for this contest. On top of that, the scripting was not just there for show, it actually played an important part in many interesting game dynamics that were introduced to the game in this scenario, such as leveling your general to gain cool powers, or by triggering events based on the actual date, which is tied to the game clock. Add in an epic feel, along with a map that obviously took a lot of time to create, and you have the winner of the competition.2nd Place: Kastor
Prizes: $100 + RoN t-shirt
Europe 1812 - This scenario was a good example of taking an epic conflict - Napoleon versus the Russians and British, and turning it into a tight scenario. It was quite different to see a map with dozens and dozens of cities placed on it. This scenario did a good job of keeping the objectives simple, and progressing from one objective to the next.3rd Place: SeraphLeviathan
Prizes: $50 + RoN t-shirt
Napoleon in Paris - While Europe 1812 was refreshing for its epic scope, this scenario was good for the opposite reason - it took a small conflict and did a good job of putting you there. The fighting between the political factions in France during the time of Napoleon was a major part of his rise to power.4th Place: MoGJeremiah
Prizes: RoN t-shirt
Chancellorsville - It was refreshing to see a scenario set on the other side of the Atlantic. The units were very well laid out, and it was neat to see the Union being the blue player and the Confederates being the white player.
Congratulations to the Winners!!
Monday, April 5, 2004
Rise of Terror Mod Almost Ready
RoN Planet Hacked but Its Back
RoNU T&P Downloads Section
Pikeman to Crusader
PC Gameworld T&P Preview
Sunday, April 4, 2004
Rush Age 2 Article at RON Revolution
Video Direct from MS
American UU Showcase
Gameplay Balance Designer's Diary
Thanks to Apolyton's DanQ for the info.
Saturday, April 3, 2004
TGE Interveiws El_Capitan
Celtic Warrior's Challenge
RoNPlanet Updates Strategy Links
GameSpot T&P Gold Giveaway
MFO RoN Lakota Showcase
New Screenshot of the Week
Friday, April 2, 2004
Battle Cry Tournament 17-18 April
RoN Oscars Winners Announced
Thursday, April 1, 2004
Territory Challenge 75% in 8:59
Jedianakinsolo's Skinning Challenge
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