News Archives: May 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

RONTP Scenario Storm

Once again, we got a bunch of scenarios for your Rise of Nations: T & P enjoyment.

First up is volks_sturm with a set of 4 "Battle Scenarios". Starting with "Battle of Paris 1944", "Battle of Poland 1939", "Battle of France 1940" and finally "Finnisch-Russian war 1939-1940".

Warspite2 also contributes to the scenario down pour with "Midnight Tides v1.2", where you command U.S. Elite Special Forces to destroy a Russian research base in the year 2012.

Finally Spitfire_Pilot also comes to the scene with "Invasion of Texas 1917", where you play the Germans in an attack on the U.S. mainland in a speculative WW1 scenario.

Gamereplays.org Exclusive RoL Video

Sageking of GameReplays.org has posted an exclusive video interview of Rise of Legends at this years E3! The video interview contains information on both Age of Emprires 3 and Rise of Legends. You can download the zipped file from this link.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Rise of Legends: Gamespot's E3 RTS Finalist

While Company of Heroes got top honours for Best RTS from Gamespot at E3 2005, Rise of Legends along with Civilization IV, Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes, and Spore where also finalists in the category.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Full House of Downloads

We have a pair of mods this time round. The 1st is from Montero, who has released his modern civs tools which you can find here. You can also find a discussion of it in our game mod forum, it was meant as a mod but he is handing it over to anyone who wants to finish it off. The 2nd is from Ijtzoi, who offers up a MesoAmerican Early Gunpowder Reskins mod, which you can find here.

Plus we also have a triple of Scenarios! Spitfire_Pilot continues his future wars theme with Caribbean War 2008. GuineaPig, does some scenario-tific experiments of his own with War Into the West, which is about a hypothetical WW3. Finally Meat_Puppet puts you through the "meat grinder" in the 2nd part of his Stalingrad series. It even comes with documentation on how the scripting was done, so you can make your own version of living hell!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

"Gamers with Jobs" Talks to Paul Stephanouk

“Gamers with Jobs” has posted an initial E3 2005 Compiled Coverage article, including an enthusiastic review of Paul Stephanouk's Rise of Legends presentation. Elysium from Gamers with jobs says:
In response to my first question wondering about the change of direction , he responded that ‘change of direction’ implied the wrong idea. The direction from a gameplay standpoint is fundamentally preserved and only improved where it makes sense and adds to the gameplay. If it ain’t broke, they didn’t fix it.
Thanks to Rohag for the headsup!

Monday, May 23, 2005

RoL: Gameplay Demo Video

GameTrailers.com has released a short gamplay demo video of Rise of Legends. It doesn't have any sounds and appears to still be using the old RON game engine to simulate the game play with the new units. But you can check that out here.

Mongol and Time SWAT Downloads

In 2016 the Mongolians rebel against China. According to Spitfire_Pilot they do, at least. Help them fight for their cause here. King_Walker also continues his Time SWAT series of scenarios with Time SWAT: Aztec Gold. Join a Portuguese Time SWAT team quest in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, 1519. where your mission is with the help of Mexican Recon team steal Montezuma Aztec treasures from under Spanish Conquistador Cortes nose under the assault to the city.

New Articles on Rise of Legends

New gamespy article reveals ROL will have a hero system similar to
WarIII, and the conquer the world campaign will have a storyline
attached. It also talks about the different types of districts. It also appears that the district system will replace the concept of "ageing up". A new gameplay factor are dominances which provide certain bonuses throughout the game. You can check that out from this link.

Gamespot also has a new article isn't as comprehensive. Each race will have two unique lines of research. Districts will be more expensive the more you build unless they are attached to a new city. Formations and hero abilities will be present. You can find that link.

Thanks for Alex Moore for the headsup.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

BHG E3 Postcards

As Graham "Thunder" Somers promised on our forums, he has posted some "postcard" photos from E3 on their Big Huge Games website. You can see the latest pictures from the event here.

BHG Army Gallery

Just perusing the BHG site for new RoL info, but I noticed a few changes that may not be obvious. As some may recall BHG release a bunch of these 3d rotating renders for Rise of Nations Thrones & Patriots that look like a diorama display featuring a battle scene in various histoircal settings. Looks like since the initial release they have added more of these 3d renders. These appear in the features Army Gallery which you can find here. Each also has an associated screenshot and downloadable wallpaper.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Ediberto Skirmish Uniforms Mods

edilberto has created two mods providing a set of skins to portray historically accurate uniforms that are appropriate for "skirmish" divisions. The first mod covers mostly Napoleonic era for the Battle of Waterloo, the second mod covers the modern era for the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Rise of Legends Screenshots from E3

Hey hey folks, We got some sneak preview screenshots of Big Huge Games' next title Rise of Legends that they will be showcasing at E3. You can check check out these awesome pictures in our gallery.

The World Wars

Our fascination with them continues as Guitar releases The First World War 0.3 including a CTW mode, and Le Grande Puba invites you to stop Germany from invading Russia and Britain with German Invasion 2.

We will fight them on the beaches...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

More RoN Scenarios

King Walker comes in this week with a scenario for Thrones & Patrios called William Eaton: Battle of Tripoli. Le_Grande_Puba contributes also with a WW2 scenario for T&P also, called World War 2- El Alamein Battle.

Rise of Legends E3Trailer

In case you all didn't know Big Huge Games has released a sneak preview E3 Trailer for their new game Rise of Legends. You can find it on the right hand side of the page from this link.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Rise of Legends @ Gamespot

Gamespot has a E3 2005 Pre-show First Look at Rise of Legends:
Rise of Legends will feature a turn-based strategy component that's similar to the conquer the world mode featured in Rise of Nations. However, the global map in Rise of Legends looks much less like a board game and more like a beautiful photograph of the world taken from orbit. In the turn-based mode, you'll be able to move your armies around the map, and then you can resolve the possession of territories in real-time strategy mode. And when armies clash, it can be a pretty impressive sight. We saw a huge battle between the Vinci and the Alim. On the Vinci's side were a range of units, from floating airships and helicopters to huge, lumbering land leviathans, which are six-legged walking tanks that are each the size of a small village. The leviathan is absolutely bristling with firepower, and Reynolds indicated that they plan on adding more before they're done with the game. Meanwhile, the Alim had a more conventional, fantasy-based army, with lots of magic users casting colorful and powerful spells. Each nation is actually a hodgepodge of different races, so you'll see a wide variety of units in the game. And each nation will have its own unique superunits, as well as two unique technology tracks it can research.
You can also checkout a video interview with Brian Reynolds on their Rise of Legends page.

Rise of Legends

Big Huge Games has announced their next RTS project, Rise of Legends. Brian Reynolds introduces the new game:
Rise of Legends! What's up with that?
So… you may have noticed we didn't do a history game this time! Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is in so many ways the spiritual successor to Rise of Nations, but the long and the short of it is we got excited about doing a fantasy game. Now clearly your traditional "orcs, elves, dwarves" sort of fantasy has been—shall we say—thoroughly covered in other games, and so the story which got us excited is one where the magic of fantasy meets a world of technology. So magic and technology collide, with cataclysmic results! As you take a peek at our first two unique nations you can begin to see the contrast: the industrial Vinci with their Leonardo da Vinci inspired machines and steampunk cities; and the desert Alim with their Arabian Nights theme—sandstorms, genies, and tall glass spires. "Cataclysmic" is also a useful word to describe what we want to do visually—we've redesigned our graphics engine from the ground up because we want to make a game that gets our players as excited about our graphics as they have always been about our gameplay. The gameplay themes which players loved in Rise of Nations will be back in expanded form for Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends—national borders, cities, color-coded tech tracks, massive armies, and of course the open-ended strategic decisions of our "Conquer the World" engine. There will also be many new gameplay features that weren't seen in Rise of Nations. So come take a look at what we've been up to, and keep checking back as we reveal additional details about where we want to take real time strategy gaming next!
I can see them going to town with designs for the various nations - the concept art and screenshots already blows my mind. HeavenGames will have complete coverage of the game during E3 - be sure to check back for our reports and pictures!

RofL! (Sorry, couldn't resist...)

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

More RoN TP Offerings

We got another pair of offerings for Rise of Nations T&P to report. The 1st is a campaign from King Walker called The Pacific War, which brings you from the Attack on Pearl Habor to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are 8 plus one bonus scenario in the entire campaign. Looks interesting!

The 2nd is a scenario from monkeyrock called 2nd Front, This scenario involves a fantasy situation in which dabble with nuclear war in Australia. This scenario is tenuous sequel to his previous "Street by Street" scenario.

Meat Puppet Bring Another Blackhawk Down

Meat Puppet has updated his Black Hawk Down scenario with version 2.3, which is sure to be a superior creation, if his past scenarios is any indication. You can download this scenario here.

Big Huge Internships

A pair of internships have opened up at Big Huge Games. One is for a Map Design Intern and the Second is for a IT support intern. You can get more details on these and other positions open at Big Huge Games on their jobs page.

Big Huge Game's Next Game

June 2005 issue of Computer Gaming World will have a sneak peek at Big Huge Games' next title. The rumor according to a forumer who already has this issue, mentions that this next title will have a fantasy oriented theme, so it looks like a fantasy RTS will be in watch word on May 10th if the clock image on their frontpage means anything.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

The Downing Street Irregulars?

Monkeyrock has released a sequel to Street by Street starring the infamous Gordon Brown, that well known British hero. Follow his exploits here.

Pacific War

Play the brave boys of the US Navy as you fight the most famous battles of their involvement in WW2, from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in King Walker's latest.

Black Hawk 2

Meat Puppet has remade his Black Hawk Down scenario with custom scripts and sounds. Try this rescue mission from hell here.

Vygor's Modified Canada Nation Mod

Forumer Vygor has created a Canadian Nation Mod for ROn T&P based on previous work by Nokkio82. He combines a few of his personal favorite tweaks like raising the pop cap from the extreme gameplay mod among others, and changed the Mounties to RCMP. You can download this mod here.

Recorded Games from El_Capitan

El_Capitan, One of the foremost experts in Rise of Nations has uploaded a set of recorded games for Rise of Nations T&P expack, called "El_Capitan's Inca Mass Raid". You can download it here.