October 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

HeavenGames' Staff System: A Revamp
Posted by The Dark Archer

Source: The HG Blog

So now that things have been settled with HG's identity, it's time to go on to the fun stuff: the staff system! Woo!

It's been discussed in a previous blog post that HeavenGames doesn't operate as efficiently as it could from a staff perspective. A lot of issues have already been dealt with in the past several months, but there are two substantial problems that must be taken care of. First, there is no effective way to ensure quality and consistency of work across all of our sites. Second, we do not have dedicated jobs in a number of support capacities, including marketing, sales, and the like.

Revamped Staff System
The owners have thus discussed the issue with the HeavenGames staff and have come up with the following system:

As you can see, HeavenGames will still be run fundamentally the same: the Exco - chaired by the CEO - makes all of the network-wide administrative decisions and Seraphs work under the Exco as site administrators. What will be added to the system will be a Seraph Liaison and Support Departments. First, the Seraph Liaison...(Read more!)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Campaign of the Month
Posted by The Dark Archer

Finally a long time forum feature has finally become part of the news. Introducing the Campaign/Scenario of the Month which has been a part of the Players and Reviewers board in the Scenario Design Board on the forums since Richard Ames started it in the original Players and Reviewers Board. For those of you who only lurk around the site every month a newly reviewed campaign or scenario with a high score is selected to be the Campaign/Scenario of the Month. This will now become a monthly feature of the main news with a short description about the campaign/scenario and review. For more information or to discuss the scenario/scenario and see other highly rated campaigns/scenarios check out the Players and Reviewers Board on the Forums. Now on to the Campaign of the Month for September.

The March of Alexander
by prasanna

c4master gave this recent campaign a 4.7 this month. Even though this is the designers first submission and the designer seems to indicate that this is still a work in progress this did not prevent a great score being given to a previously unknown designer.

The campaign so far starts with Alexander the Great crossing the River Granikos up to Siege of Tyre and has been said to have a rich story with a great history section to back up the clear instructions and bitmaps. The creativity and playability were two more highly rated sections with c4master writing lines such as "This campaign really rocks!" for playability and "Wow!" for creativity. Balance and Map Design were both lower then the other areas scoring 4.5 and 4 but this still shows an amazing result for any designer new or old. Overall a score of 4.7 was given for the campaign which shows a great score making this campaign part of the Top Rated and now Campaign of the Month for September 2007. Congratulations prasanna.

Reviewer: c4master
Score: 4.7
Source: Age of Empires Heaven Players and Reviewers Board
Source: The Granary - The March of Alexander