News Archives: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Early Stonehenge & Others Fun Stuff

i love mods started on a mod, surprise surprise. This is a mod in progress with new and better skins hopefully on the way. Include this historic landmark in your work. edilberto also contributes to the modding scene with modern troop. This is a collection of skins for military uniforms from WW1 to the modern times.

Berlin9487 returns with a couple of great multiplayer scenarios, "Britain at War 650 AD". You take the role of one of the ancient tribes of the British Isles. His second offering is called "Italian Diplomacy 1858". It is 1858 Italians are feeling more nationalistic and wish to unite the various states on the Italian peninsula. It is your job to see this happen! Snake_1501, another scenario star comes up with "Austerlitz. Play this famous napoleonic battle! The objective is to control certain key positions on the map. You win by collecting points by controlling certain areas of the map.

Finally we also have a single player scenario from carcf2002. It is called "The Walls of Jericho and the conquest of AI". This is a battle of how Joshua conquered the Promised Land.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rise of Nations Heaven on RSS

Hey folks!

RSS Feeds are enabled in the forums now. If you have a RSS Reader, you can:
  • Track VIP posts across forums on a site
  • Track new topics on a per-forum basis
  • Track new messages (new topics & replies) on a per-forum basis
To get the VIP feed for example, visit the main page for a site's forum:

(i.e. http://ron.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/Ultimate.cgi)

using firefox and its Live Bookmarks function, or enter the URL into your favorite newsreader software (FeedDemon, Sage, etc.) - it should auto discover it. For more info check out wikipedia on RSS feeds.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Course dates change

NYU's Game Design Course has been postponed and will now run from June the 26th to August the 2nd. Find more info on the course here.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

New RoN Scenarios and Mods

This week we have our usual round of mods and scenarios from the Rise of Nations community. First is StealtArcher with a nation mod called "Canada 1.0". Not the first Canada we've seen but we seems to get a few of them. Let's see what's new with this one. He also follows up with another mod that is strictly for humor. It's call "JASDF F-2A". This is mod gives the JASDF F-2A to the Japanese. On the scenario design front probed1969 continues his concentration on the Vietnam era with "The Capture of Lang Vei Special Forces Camp". In this scenario you take the role of the North Vietnamese and attempt to overrun the Special Forces camp. There is even new skin mods that goes with this scenario. You can check out pictures of this scenario and its new skins in our game mod gallery.

Friday, May 12, 2006

So how do you like your games served?

The 13th may be unlucky for some but for us gamers it's anything but. New York University is having a lecture on, of all things, "Dialogue and Narrative Creation for Electronic Games".

So what, you may ask? Well, a good story can always carry the otherwise progressional, pedantic campaigns or scenarios. If you care about why you're doing it that always makes it not just a game but an experience.

So, who better to tell the big boys this than our very own Gordon Farrell, who heads up the team? Always an ambassador for great gameplay, he focuses on the creation of RTS games! Looks like a great way to refresh the game companies on a few things they have forgotten along the way. Throwing features at a game doesn't always make it better.

For those lucky enough to be in the NY area this is a great opportunity to learn more about game design. The class runs from May 15th to June 23 and meets Monday and Wed from 5:30 to 8:30. This is an actual college class you can take for college credits. A pity it cannot be more widespread but the fact that any country or just a part of one is even doing this is a fantastic moment of recognition for all of us.

If you're in the area and can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, don't delay - apply today! It's a little pricey but if you have the chance to go for it don't pass it up. If you can't, maybe we'll get something back into the games they've been lacking anyway, so it's all good.

Good luck with it Gordon, and don't forget to let us know how you got on. The link for the project itself is here.

Sunday, May 7, 2006

New RoNTP Scenarios for the Weekend

The weekend isn't over yet, so that means you can keep on gaming! So with that in mind, we have 3 new scenarios for Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots. First, we have Tom_capper with "Island", where you play against a equal sized enemy but you must overcome your disadvantage in map position. Next, we have Thecrayfish with "Battle of Verdun". The area of Verdun has always been important to France, ever since Roman times there have been forts there, and the people of France would rather fight to the death than lose it. You play as the French in this battle of attrition against the Germans. Hang on for long enough and the Germans might realise their folly. Lastly, probed1969 looks back on the Vietnam War with a cleverly named "Apocolypse Then. It's an attempt to portray what the conflict was like in the jungle and along the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Friday, May 5, 2006

A New Mod & 2 Scenarios at RONH

This week we have one mod and a scenario for you Rise of Nations fans. StealthArcher has created a Viking mod. The Vikings have the "power of the Berserker" and its nations powers are based on the Germans. marce61 comes up with a scenario with an interesting title called "Grit, A Shovel and A Thingey". This is the third installment of WWI scenarios based on historical battles. The scenario is situated in Western Front, this is an re-enactment of the Canadian assault on Arras Vimy Ridge, Belgium, April 9th-12th 1917. Meanwhile mew553 brings the The invasion of malta to us in a scenario where you play as the Ottomans!