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DE chat bug has been fixed
Posted by PhatFish on September 12th, 2018 @ 07:37 a.m.
You might be happy to hear that the annoying chat bug that plagued Definitive Edition has now been fixed. The latest build bares the version number 14215. No changelog has been released, so I assume only the chat bug was fixed and nothing else has been updated. You should be able to properly download the update without errors from the Windows Store this time.

In other news, we now have actual new categories for Definitive Edition in the Granary, thanks to Pecunia who used a magic spell to conjure them up. The homepage menu has also been updated with direct links. Feel free to submit your custom DE works to us!
A New Poller In Town
Posted by Fisk on September 01st, 2018 @ 03:48 a.m.
Phatfish said I wasn't contributing anything, so now I'm responsible for this thing. Last time's question was your Favorite cheat unit?

So let me present the winner of our last poll; He possesses future technology, underwent excellent military training, and struggles to fire up a small hill:

Photon Man (25%, 27 Votes)

St. Francis (14%, 15 Votes)
Winsett's Z (13%, 14 Votes)
Nuke Trooper (12%, 13 Votes)
Big Bertha (9%, 10 Votes)
BabyPrez (8%, 9 Votes)
Stealth Archer (6%, 6 Votes)
Zug 209 (4%, 4 Votes)
Black Rider (4%, 4 Votes)
Medusa (3%, 3 Votes)
Flying Dutchman (2%, 2 Votes)
Winsett's other Z (2%, 2 Votes)

Total votes cast: 109

"But what about the ICBM Ballista?" Some community members asked. Well, here's your chance to vote for it! For our next poll we've rounded up the remainder of the game's cheats! (I also took the liberty of combining some of them.)

Feel confused about what some of them do? Then don't forget to check out our list of cheats in the Academy.
Join us in the Tavern
Posted by PhatFish on August 27th, 2018 @ 11:39 a.m.


The Tavern, the place where our community members hang out, has had a fresh lick of paint! New beverages and meals are available (it's on the house for a limited time!), and join the three word story game!
Designing awesome maps with Definitive Edition...
Posted by PhatFish on August 06th, 2018 @ 08:13 a.m.
...has never been better explained. There is a brand new map design article that's now up in the Siege Workshop (and boy - has it been a long while since we had something new!). Being the first of it's kind to document and explain design elements, tricks and overall map design for Definitive Edition, it's a fantastic read for anyone getting into DE's scenario editor or the more advanced designer looking for some fresh inspiration.



Waterfalls featured in Tai Gun.

Beautifying your map and adding some uncommon "effects" are amongst the most important things which make a scenario or campaign stand out and be unique. Have a look, and take note, scenario designers: Using the Editor like a Palette of Paint: Map Design with Age of Empires Definitive Edition by Ingo van Thiel.

And now for the absolute icing on the cake - if you ever wanted to play an epic campaign featuring history's greatest conqueror of the Asian world - then download Ingo's Ghengis Khan for DE!
Granary is up an running again
Posted by PhatFish on July 22nd, 2018 @ 06:54 a.m.
...we had some issues with users not being able to download files from the Granary - this has now been solved thanks to Pecunia.
Congratulations to Epd999 and EpiC_Anonymous!
Posted by PhatFish on July 06th, 2018 @ 1:36 p.m.
We have two new Cherubs in town - Epd999 has been promoted due to being a skillful modder and having vast knowledge about the game, and EpiC_Anonymous having coding and moderating experience at Voobly.

Both are passionate about Age of Empires and I have no doubt they will do an excellent job at maintaining AoEH. Thank you both for applying, and welcome to the team!

You enlisted to be in the army, and you have been accepted - now wear that camouflage colour with pride!
Budonian Tales - remastered
Posted by PhatFish on July 03rd, 2018 @ 07:28 a.m.
After the remastered "Tai Gun", one of the finest examples of custom designed campaigns, we are once again treated to a gem in the Granary that's been polished to perfection - Ingo's custom fantasy campaign Budonian Tales for AoE: DE has arrived.


Watch your back, old geezers.

Well, what are you waiting for? Download Budonian Tales now!

Ingo, you are on a roll
AoEH is seeking a new cherub/moderator
Posted by PhatFish on June 13th, 2018 @ 09:35 a.m.
If you feel like contributing to the largest AoE community on the web, you are welcome to join the team! There are is an open slot for anyone interested in becoming a moderator. The candidates will be evaluated by the Staff.

The moderator candidate requires (these are musts and are not negotiable):

- Excellent conduct here in the forums: that means you have never been banned and have demonstrated that your behavior is mature enough.
- Being a regular: This is a must, and speaks for itself.
- Being a reliable source of AoE/RoR knowledge: Because it makes no sense to have someone in the staff who doesn't even know what is a trireme. It doesn't mean you must be an encyclopedia, but at least you know what are we talking about here in the forums.
- Must own both AoE and RoR, and preferrably AoE: Definitive Edition.

Specific tasks involved are:

- Governing the Forums. Make sure forumers behave, and use thread options like stickying and closing a topic when needed.
- Administrating the Granary. This involves quick-playtesting (not actually playing!) scenario's, campaigns, and making sure contents are compliant with the CoC before approving a submission.

Privileges:

- Blessed with cool moderation features.
- Your own personal ban-hammer.
- First to play new Granary submissions.
- An awesome green colored name.
- Ability to post news.
- And more...

If you think you'd make a great addition to AoEH, please post in this thread and let us know why we should hire you!
What is your favorite cheat unit?
Posted by PhatFish on June 03rd, 2018 @ 07:01 a.m.
For the new poll, tell us which one of the units only accessible through a cheat code is your favorite! The gun-toting baby on a tricycle, the lightning bolt up your behind priest, or perhaps one of Scott Winsett's favorite cars? Vote.

The result of the previous poll - Will you buy AoE: DE? - are in.

Winning vote: NoSteamNoBuy!!11 (34%, 47 Votes)

Of course. (20%, 28 Votes)
Taunt 2 (No). (17%, 24 Votes)
Pre-ordered! (11%, 16 Votes)
Maybe... (9%, 13 Votes)
Waiting for price drop (9%, 12 Votes)

Total votes that have been cast: 140

Heh! You guys need to blow of some steam by diving into a steaming hot bath whilst playing Steam's Age II HD using steamy tactics!


MS, you heard 'em...

Make it so!
An interview with... Ingo
Posted by PhatFish on May 02nd, 2018 @ 09:20 a.m.
A master of the good scenario designing days of old, Ingo van Thiel made quite the name here on Age of Empires Heaven with his fantastic custom designed campaigns, most of them released in 1998-2000, and Age of Kings Heaven in the years after. They are each simply wonderful works of art that have stood the test of time, all with unique features, compelling stories and interesting objectives.


A screenshot from his campaign "Tai Gun", featuring swamps.

So how is Ingo doing today? With the release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, he has visited our forums several times again - announcing remastered/updated versions of his campaigns which include the ingenious "Mago", a single scenario campaign, and Chou Kung, which I helped to playtest.

We asked him if there is more to come - along with some other questions which should give you an insight into his creative mind!


How nice of you to visit AoEH again! Welcome back. Do you plan to stay for a while?

Thank you, it's good to be back! I'll be sure to lurk around the forums for a while.


Obviously, you have bought and played Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. Nostalgic feelings? Do you like the remastered version of AoE? Does it mark your definitive return into the world of scenario designing?

I like the graphics of the new version: They capture the old vibe of the campaign, but the textures are deeper and more modern. It's great that they included features such as walkable farms, gathering points, and that villagers automatically get to work when they finished a granary or storage pit. These are good improvements over the last game. I also like in singleplayer that you don't need to find and burn down every enemy storage pit to win; however, I feel that computer players resign a little too fast now.


What are your thoughts on DE's scenario editor?

It needs some major updates and bug fixes, but then it could be as great as the old editor. It could be even greater.

At the moment, there's a lot of huge potential lost due to bugs and limited freedom for designers. It should not be hard to address this though. I get that the Forgotten Empires team and Microsoft first had to focus on the gameplay and fix the most urgent issues for the majority of casual players. But I feel these have vastly improved, and now it's time they looked at the editor too. Fixing the editor would be in the best interest of Microsoft and the Forgotten Empires Team, because another enthusiastic design community could greatly help the longevity of this game, and the long-term sales.

Here are some observations, bug reports and wishes for the editor.

On a very positive note, I appreciate the new terrain features. Gravel, road and dirt grass look beautiful, and they are great additions. And you can even still see the different terrains under buildings. For example, you can now decide if the training ground of an academy is pavement, sandy, or grass. This is a fantastic new feature for designers who like to pay attention to detail.

The new waterfalls look better too. A third type of waterfall, not as slim as the small one, but not as broad as the huge one, would also be great.

It's also good that they included more hero units. Here comes my first wish though: I wish they could give the heroes more individual looks. Even Hero Jason lost his special looks, and is another short swordsman now. This makes it difficult to tell him apart from other short swordsmen, and other hero units that look exactly the same.

There are some big bugs too. For example, the player's victory conditions sometimes become a computer player's victory condition, so that you lose instead of winning.

The text editor is especially buggy. It is hard to edit or correct your text messages later. The cursor blinks where you put it, but jumps back to the beginning of the text as soon as you start typing. I almost gave up on updating Chou Kung because of this. For now, there is a workaround though: Click your cursor where you want to correct the text, then delete one letter forward; if you do this, you can then start typing from there.

I have not figured out how to include bitmaps, or how to edit the AI and PER files. Not sure if it is possible at all with the current version... I hope these issues will also get addressed by the Forgotten Empires team.

One freedom I miss the most: It is no longer possible to place Gaia objects over each other, or over different terrains to create new looks and features. Swamps from the old scenarios (desert tiles over shallow water) still survive if you convert them, but you cannot newly create swamps now. At the time I am writing this, creating hedges by closely placed cacti does not work well anymore either.

My biggest wish for an update would go even further than the old editor - it would be revolutionary: It would be great if designers could manually place all editor objects everywhere, even on each other (but only while they are in editor mode). Imagine the possibilities. It could allow us to place buildings into shallow water for flooded cities. It would allow us to create swamps again, and forests growing into water. It could allow details such as fixing a bowman on an archery range ground, even if he can just shoot and not walk away. We would be able to place natural objects such as rocks, trees, desert patches etc everywhere, no matter if it is on cliffs, water, or buildings, to create all kinds of new, amazing terrain tricks. We would be able to manually move editor buildings into each other (e.g. a tower into a barracks) to create new optical effects by new building combinations.

Another big wish: The grid of Gaia trees should be reduced back to their original size, or even smaller. They have a larger grid now. This makes many old fixed-force scenarios unplayable because narrow paths are now blocked. Reducing the grid could also enable us to create more dense and interesting forests that players can walk through.

Besides Mago, and Chou Kung, are you working on other "remastered" versions of your campaigns? I would love to play updates of the Tai Gun series, and Budonian Tales.

I'm considering it and have done more experiments. However, these campaigns are more difficult to update. Some scenarios are completely unplayable now, because their gameplay relied on features and quirks of the old game (e.g. bird hunting). Some scenarios would have to be removed, some would have to be completely redesigned.


Anything new being cooked too?

No.


How do you reflect back/what are your thoughts on your campaigns after almost 20 years? Do you have any things you regret doing or not doing, and if so do you intend to change some of them in your DE re-releases?

I'm still happy with most of my work for AoE and RoR. Back in the day, I had a perfectionist approach to map design and gameplay. It was time-consuming, but I guess it saved me a lot of regrets later. 🙂 There is only one thing I might have done differently, and that was the last Ghengis Khan scenario: You had to hunt down two carrier pigeons before they reached the enemy town. Several players despaired over this and never got past the first 30 seconds. At the time, I think could have made it easier, and placed the two hunters so that they could more easily shoot down the birds. Bird-hunting is not possible with AoEE anyhow though.


Any new super-secret awesome design trick(s) or design innovations you want to share with us?

Haha! No, I haven't actively looked to create any new tricks I really like what is possible with the new terrain though. If future updates of the editor allow us more freedom to combine terrain features, buildings and units, the number of new tricks in the community could explode.


Who is your favorite designer(s), and which works would you recommend to other players?

I am not really in the loop anymore with the designs in the last ten years or so. With the original game, there were many great designers out there, such as Andrea Rosa, Rich Parker, imhotep, Gordon Farrell any many others who left behind an impressive legacy of campaigns. Frank Steidel and Kyle Leach only published very few scenarios, but their work was also groundbreaking for me.


Do you play mostly single player games, or do you enjoy multiplayer as well? Care to share your strategy with your favorite civ?

I'm a 100% singleplayer guy, so I cannot comment on multiplayer.


Onto a few personal questions, if that's alright.

Sure.


Are there any other games of interest you (still) play/look forward to playing? AoE 4?

I still play Age of Empires 3 occasionally but it is not installed on my new computer. I will check out AoE 4 when it's out. I also like console games such as Splinter Cell, The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn.


During your long hiatuses from HeavenGames, what do you do in between?

I still work as a medical journalist and enjoy what I do. In my spare time, I write and play my own songs and meet a lot of fellow musicians. Cologne has a lively and buzzing Open Mic scene.


You have a passion for music. Do you still write/compose songs? Can we listen to them?

Absolutely Writing songs on the guitar and piano, and singing them to people is still my number one passion. I recently finished a double-album with 24 songs of mine. This was my biggest musical project so far and took about four years to complete. It's called Song Machine Vol. 1 and 2. You can find it online on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other online services by typing in my name, Ingo van Thiel.


Anything else you would like to share?

Yes. It is great that this community still going strong!


It is a pleasure to have you here once again. Oh, and before I forget: You can use ctrl+g for off-tile placement, and ctrl+s for overlapping unit placement in Definitive Edition's scenario editor, that should help you out

Thank you very much for the interview!