December 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

...and a Happy New Year!
Posted by Dr Lorenzo

As the end of the year approaches we'd like to wish everyone the best for 2008! Its been a turbulent year for AoEH but there's plenty on the boil for the next one. Have a great time tomorrow night and see you all on the other side (of the night)!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone
Posted by The Dark Archer

Well it is Christmas Eve here in Kiwi land so I thought I better wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. This year has had its ups and downs with but AoEH has proven it stands the test of time with us celebrating our 10th birthday. I've certainly had a lot of fun joining staff and being able to keep AoEH being the great heaven it is. So make sure you pop into the forums and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I look forward to the new year with more campaigns, more news and whatever exciting developments well develop.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at AoEH

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Campaigns of the Months
Posted by The Dark Archer

Finally I've got some time to write up the Campaigns of the Months for October and November. October was a low scoring month with few reviews being done but To Tame A Land by Bambi Slaughter/ RA_Brave managed to just sneak in with 3.5 while during November forum regular Andrea Rosa released his latest masterpiece Little Big Nordic Adventure which soon scored a 5.0.

Little Big Nordic Adventure
by Andrea Rosa

Veteran reviewer IICDO gave this latest masterpiece by Andrea Rosa another fantastic rating of 5.0. Andrea has again amazed the Age of Empires Heaven community with his scenario design which can only be described as breathtaking.

In this campaign you play as Norwegian Vikings raiding English cities. Scoring top marks in every section Andrea shows why he has gained such a following in the Age of Empires community. Marking his 6th campaign this continues to show how Andrea can choose the hardest civilizations to use and still somehow manage to make them work. His ability in the map design is matched by few if any leaving me wanting to move on just to discover more of the landscape even if I have to fight for it. Evident in this campaign is the use of the new enhanced editor which has allowed Andrea to overlay buildings on certain objects. This created great joy in the first scenario when I realized how Andrea had done it to keep the game fresh and exciting. Something else I had great joy in was watching my red ally drop boat loads of troops on my English enemies taking out there soldiers while I just provided them resources. I am one fan of Andrea's that thinks after a well deserved beer Andrea definitely needs to start thinking about a new masterpiece to make. Make sure you download and play this campaign now.

Reviewer: IICDO
Score: 5.0
Source: The Granary - Little Big Nordic Adventure

To Tame A Land
by Bambi Slaughter/ RA_Brave

Regular reviewer Don Jorge de Leon AKA GeorgeROR gave this nice campaign by RA_Brave a 3.5 which enabled it just to sneak in. Although this campaign had nice map design advanced for its time and great balance the score was dragged down by its lack of playability.

There were times of fun in the campaign but some of the scenarios the bugs it had just where too much to overcome the playability. Mix this with the average story that had no bitmaps and some strange hints at times and above average creativity which didn't really take anything to the new level but did better then a random map and you get a picture of a above average campaign overall. However this campaign did have some bright spots in the form of its nice map design which showcased some nice placement which would has stood the test of time and still looks good today even though it was made in 1999. The other bright area was the balance which scored the highest with 4.5 which from my experience with the first scenario I know is well deserved. As the orange stubbornly keeps control of the sea you must somehow neutralized them. In total an above average campaign just scraps in this month but the design is good along with the balance and it is definitely worth checking out.

Reviewer: Don Jorge de Leon AKA GeorgeROR
Score: 3.5
Source: The Granary - To Tame a Land

Well that is it for the extremely late Campaigns of the Months. Expect from now on more regular write ups from now on.

Source: Age of Empires Heaven Players and Reviewers Board

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Age Auction for Charity
Posted by Dr Lorenzo

Our friend and man in blue Thunder has stopped in to tell us all about a big auction of "Age" goodies in order to help charity. A great package, full of Age of Empires, Kings, III packs and more - and, of course, all for a great cause.

See here for details.