News Archives: October 2003

Monday, October 27, 2003

Patch 3 Update

The official website has posted a status update on Patch 3:
We wanted to let you all know that Patch 3 for Rise of Nations, which will make several updates to multiplayer connectivity in addition to balance tweaks, new features, and bug fixes, is currently in final testing at Microsoft. This is the last major hurdle in the production of the patch, and a green light from Microsoft's testers will mean that it is ready to be released. We still can't give a firm release date for the patch at this point, but right now we are several steps closer to that day.

With the release of Patch 3, we will also be going live with our multiplayer ratings website. It will contain a listing of the top rated players, as well as other multiplayer related information such as the most popular map types.

We thank all Rise of Nations players for their patience as we work towards shipping this major update to the game.
Good luck with testing!

Saturday, October 25, 2003

HG Server Outages

HeavenGames has been working on moving to new servers recently; as a result, the current servers will be down tonight/tomorrow morning (12:45am EST -> 7:00am EST) and on Sunday night/Monday morning (12:00am EST -> 6:00am EST) to get stuff prepared for the move. During those times, all of the sites will be down and you won't be able to access them. Server move! Yipee! ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Units chart using XML Stylesheet

War has pointed us to a new method to parse the unitrules.xml file in this thread:
All of the statistics for units and buildings etc. in Rise of Nations is held in open standard files in your game directory. The only problem with this is that they are not meant to be read easily by people.

Fortunately, the nice techie people at Infidels have produced a formatting files that will turn the computer data file into a readable one.
Click here for full instructions @ Infidels. Thanks to Rohag for the heads up!

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Today kids vs. Classic Games

Electronic Gaming Monthly had a project where they had 10-13 year olds play games that were popular from way back, like Space Invaders, Ping-Pong, etc. What resulted was absolute hilarity. Here's what they had to say about Space Invaders:
EGM: How long could you play this game before you got bored?

Sheldon: About 15 minutes.

Andrew: If you take it on the road and play it on your cell phone, then you might play it pretty long.

Nico: There's nothing else to do.

Andrew: Except look at nature.

EGM: Would you rather play this or play outside?

Andrew: Outside.

Nico: This game needs a super bomb or something.

Tim: This is nothing compared to Grand Theft Auto III, because you can't steal a taxi cab, pick up somebody, then drive into the ocean with him.

Kirk: And you can't pick up an AK-47 and go kill—hey, those aliens on the top row, you use them in EGM for stuff.

EGM: Yeah, we use them to end our articles. They do kinda look like they're from Space Invaders, don't they?

Tim: They're going to sue you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Bloody RON

niDe writes, "Just wondering if there is any interest in playing Castle Blood/Grave Blood style games from AoK in Rise of Nations? I'm nearly finished my year here at university...about another 2 weeks to go, then i'll have more time than I need on my hands and was thinking of making some scenarios... So who would play them if I got around to making them?"


Sunday, October 12, 2003

Patch 3 Testing Over

Yeup, the patch 3 testing for Rise of Nations is over, and BHG is working hard on a final version of it. So you guys should see it out pretty soon, keep your eyes peeled for it! Here's what the fellas had to say about the patch testing ending on the official BHG website:

A big huge thank-you once again to all of you who signed up to test the beta patch, and especially to those who submitted feedback to us. We received just over three hundred feedback submissions during this testing process, many with invaluable suggestions and information.

We are currently working toward a final version of patch 3 and so we are closing down sign-ups for the public patch test at this time. Those of you who already have the patch are welcome to continue using it, and our feedback form will remain active for you. We will keep you posted on the status of the patch as we move forward."

Thursday, October 9, 2003

HeavenGames Visitor Survey

Now seems to be about as good a time as any for HeavenGames to have a visitor survey, so here it is! It's basically just so we have a general idea what most of the visitors are like; what kinds of games you guys play, what your occupation is, stuff like that. That information will be used so HG can improve the quality of our advertising and help raise money to keep us online for a while. Worried about people finding out who you are? No worries! The survey is totally anonymous. Be sure to take a couple minutes out of your day to help I can't believe they didn't include my question: "Who would win: Kirk or Picard?" ;)

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Latest version of Beta Patch 3!

Check for updates: New Beta Patch v02.03.09.2604

Check our known issues page for the latest on this version of the patch: Known issues

Members of the BHG team are doing quickmatch testing tomorrow night (Oct3) starting at 6pm EST (GMT -5) and would like to get as many people online on or around that time. If you're free, stop by the quickmatch lobby for some games with us.

Korea finally got nerfed... but is it enough?

Thanks to Thunder@BHG for the heads up.