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Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-21-04 01:53 AM ET (US)         

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History

The review thread began back in October 2004 and ended around March 2006. It's purpose was to get people into reviewing other's submissions, as a way to help each other improve and give them recognition when they did well. We discovered some great scenarios and reviewed a large number of submissions such that, at least at the time of its closure, almost every recent submission, going back several years, had at least one review.

The thread will no longer be updated anymore as I have retired as an active reviewer, but the thread continues at its new location here. The remainder of the thread serves mainly as a historical reference, and some information will be out of date. I considered trimming it down to a mere redirect to the new thread, but I think it's better new people can come and see how things were in the past if they want to.

I've enjoyed my time with you guys and I'm sad to see the thread sink. Having said that, this is definitely not the end of reviewing - People always need support and encouragement, and for the measly amount of effort required to write a comment or review it is worth so much to both the designer and the downloaders. As long as people keep looking after each other there will be plenty of feedback and a strong community.

Overview

Reviews and feedback are a huge boost for a designer, and really support the community. If you play a campaign/scenario etc that hasn't been reviewed, pop in a review for it, it only takes a few minutes to write, when you have probably spent an hour playing it. Read the review guidelines if you haven't done so already, you can find them here

This thread isn't just about reviews, it's purpose is to talk about campaigns you have played, new scenarios etc, anything like that.

We aim to review everything submitted, so all designers get feedback on their work and know where they're at with their designing, and all downloaders have a rough guage of the quality of submissions, and a descriptive review to read when browsing files to download.

AoEH Unofficial Review Team aka The Super Heroes Club

It's like a very simple role playing game where you do reviews to level up.

-You must have submitted a review to join
-Under no circumstances can you take this seriously
-You tell me this:

*Your faek (fake) Super Hero name
*Your quote or description
*Your unit (any unit/building from AoE/RoR, or even AoK, or an RPG game etc if you like, as long as you can have some form of stats and levelling up
*Your special attack (optional)
*You can have a custom picture too if you like, or a custom attack bonus

The Points System

Each time you submit a review you may get points. You may also be awarded points at random times for this and that. The points go towards upgrading your chosen unit (getting armour etc, and eventually levelling up).

Upgrades: Simple Upgrades (mainly weapon/armour etc) - 50 to 200 pts
Uber Upgrades - upgrading your unit e.g. Cav to Heavy Cav - 500 pts

The Team

Richard Ames
Little Freak
c4master
The Dark Archer
Bismarck
Upnotep
Chris Mattox
Czech Centurion

Richard the Hornblower

Speciality: Second Opinions, Trawling

Reviews Since Joining: 96

Before: 59

Points: 400

"Though time has worn this old reviewer down, I will still reach 100 reviews since joining!"

Cavalry
Stats HP 150 Armour 0+4 Attack 8+4
Piercing Armour 0 Attack bonus vs. Noobs

Special Attack: Chocolate Blast (turns everything into chocolate)

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Mr. Freak - the sentimental one

Speciality: AoE New Submissions

Reviews Since Joining: 37

Before: 1

Points: 300

Virtual Assets:

Banana Mobile featuring mag wheels

“I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do here...”

Improved Bowman
Stats HP 40 Armour 0+4 Attack 4
Piercing Armour 0 Range 6+2 Attack bonus vs. Dwarves

Special Attack: Spell of the N00bs – turns all legions and centurions into clubmen

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Nanaki

Reviews Since Joining: 30

Before: 1

Points: 350

"Never turn your back on an animal"

Job: Beast
Age: 48
Weapon: Headdress
Height: 3' 9"
Birthdate: Unknown
Birthplace: Cosmo Canyon
Blood Type: Unknown

RedXIII
Stats Level 1 Str:12 Vit:11 Mag:13 Spr:9 Dex:23
Attack Bonus when defending Cosmo Canyon

Special attack: Howling Moon (speeds up the whole team)

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Blunder Boy

Speciality: Mods, Stats

Reviews Since Joining: 21

Before: 1

Points: 100

"Whoops"

Heavy Horse Archer
Stats HP 103 Armour 0+6 Attack 8+1
Piercing Armour 2 Range 7+2 Attack bonus vs. Uber Soldats or Super Soldiers

Special Attack: Uncontrollable Arrow - An arrow that once shot flys every where ending up in someones foot.

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Mr. Knister

Reviews Since Joining: 9

Before: 1

Points: 400

"Let's get down to Bisness!"

Gazelle
Stats HP 8 Attack 1
Meat 150 Speed: 0.91 Attack bonus vs. Tame Lions

Special Attack: "Bisness" Aura: +20 attack for all surrounding allied units in a radius of 5 squares vs. n00b units, costs 1 HP per second used.

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Armored Horse

Reviews Since Joining: 2

Before: 1

Points: 300

"One slice and you are mine!"

Knight
Stats HP 100 Armour 2+2 Attack 10+2
Piercing Armour 2 Attack +15 against any player with an Axeman or a Clubman

Special attack: One go with a Sword

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The Butcher

Reviews Since Joining: 2

Before: 3

"Ahhh, fresh meat!!"

Chariot

Special attack: Cleave

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The Czech Trekker

Reviews Since Joining: 1

Before: 2

"Hastening, Slowly!"

Hoplite
Stats HP 120 Armour 5+2 Attack 17
Shield 0 Attack Bonus vs. Cavalry

Special attack: Long review

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New submissions to review: 2

AoE

CPN
None
Reviewed 2/20 Pages

SCN
None
Reviewed 2/26 Pages

RoR

CPX
Week-end Warrior (Demo)
Reviewed 2/13 Pages

SCX
All your base are belong to us
Reviewed 1/10 Pages[/whisper]


Newly Reviewed Scenarios

March (10)
The Life and Times of Hero Hector #1-The Downfall of the Samauri (c4master)
The Vanguard (4.0) (c4master)
Italy Warfare (c4master)
Project X (Rug_Might, GiorgosRox, Richard Ames, The Dark Archer)
Assasains of Demanci Demo V. 1.1 (Rug_Might, Richard Ames, IICDO)
The People's Revolutionary (Rug_Might)
The Makkuran Saga (c4master)
Bob and the Choson Warriors (c4master)
Richard & N00bs (4.8) (Rug_Might, Chris Mattox, Richard Ames)
Cyrus the Great (c4master)

April
Back to the Stoneage (Little Angel)

Campaign/Scenario of the month

Campaign of the month is based on new reviews. All unreviewed campaigns and scenarios qualify.

January

Campaign of the Month

Brothers - till death do us part (part 2), a RoR campaign by Sgt. Rock

4.3

Runner Up

Brothers - till death do us part, a RoR campaign by Sgt. Rock

4.2

Third place

Legend of the Stone Mountain, an AoE campaign by Dangrimm

4.0

February

Campaign of the Month

Angkor Wat And The Khmer Legacy, an AoE campaign by Andréa Rosa

5.0

Runner Up

A New Emperor, an AoE Scenario by Pat Koenig

4.6

Third place

Bison and Bunista, an AOE Campaign by Upnotep

4.5

March

Campaign of the Month

The Longbowmen, an AoE Campaign by Town Drunkard

4.8

Runner Up

Ormofopolis Chapter 2, a RoR Camapign by Giorgos

4.5

Third place

Alexander's Egypt, an AoE Scenario by Alexander Michael

4.2

April

Campaign of the Month

Dar-Savastus Wizard of Death, an RoR Campign Demo by JoeCool1

4.9

Runner Up

The Beginnings of an Empire, an AoE Campaign by FireLegion_56

4.8

Third place

Ormofopolis Part lll, a RoR Campaign by Giorgos

4.5

May

Campaign of the Month

Ways of the Brotherhoods (Redux), a RoR campaign by Borruma_

4.6

Runner Up

AoE Legacy, a RoR scenario by Dark Avenger

4.0

Third place

To the North Pole, an AoE scenario by Santa

3.8

June

Campaign of the Month

When In Rome, a RoR campaign by Rich Parker

5.0

Runner Up

The Last Of The 43rd Platoon, an RoR Scenario by Ross Gilhooly

4.4

Third Place

The Shaman Tales, an RoR Campaign by Dark Avenger

4.1

July

Campaign of the Month

The Quest, an AoE Scenario by frink

4.4

Runner Up

Defender Legacy, a RoR scenario by Dark Avenger

4.2

Third Place

Aqaba, an AoE Scenario by Grex

4.0

August

Campaign of the Month

Conan of Cimmeria, a RoR Campaign by Phill Phree

5.0

Runner Up

A Tale Of A Kingdom, a RoR campaign by kuntryw

3.8

Third Place

AHHH The Chronick, a RoR Campaign by SBE

3.8

September

Campaign of the Month

Message of Freedom, an AoE Scenario by TypX

4.4

Message of Freedom begins with only a villager amidst a town under attack - you'll probably want to get out of there before a sword finds it's way into your chest. The gameplay shifts to a FF and puzzle style, with some restricted B&D later on. Once you get a message to the secret base in the north it is up to you to avenge the Mastites and destroy the Nabri. Strongly recommended by Nanaki and myself.

Runner Up

Drusus and Tiberius, an AoE campaign by Richard Ames

4.3

Third Place

Tales of Udrania , a RoR campaign by c4master

4.1

October

Campaign of the Month

The Senate and People of Rome, an AoE campaign by Andréa Rosa

5.0

Senate and People of Rome is the greatest of all remakes, bringing together everything that is great about AoE into one campaign, a compendium of the important events in the early years of Rome, and an inspiration to anyone looking to remake their own level. With this campaign's two new 5 star reviews it bring's Andrea's tally up to 5 top rating campaigns, a monumental achievement for this great designer.

Runner Up

The Sons of the Lion King, an RoR Campaign by Hijja

4.9

Third Place

Death of the Morads (Remix), an AoE Scenario by chrisjen_81 (aka The Dark Archer)

4.7

November

Campaign of the Month

A Short History Of Lost Sumeria, an AoE campaign by Andréa Rosa

5.0

As we approach the end of the year the best has been saved until last. Andrea's newest offering takes on a new mythological style, while still keeping to his historically researched presentation and classical gameplay. You will see all sorts of new tricks and eye candies in this campaign, and learn a lot about Sumeria and the ancient world. Congratulations Andrea, you're the first to receieve campaign of the month twice in a row!

Runner Up

The Artillerist, an RoR Scenario by Sick Sid

4.7

This month had 29 reviews from 30 days, yet there were only 2 campaigns worthy of a placing. Luckily they are both very good. The Artillerist is a great FF scenario for RoR where you play as a young siege engineer who is entrusted with the sacking of Babylon. Your mission is in two parts, and you must provide the siege component of for your allied army, and conquer Assyria's enemies in its last days of greatness.

December

Campaigns of the Month

Annex of the Two Rivers, a RoR campaign by FireLegion_56

4.6

Tales of Udrania Part 2, a RoR campaign by c4master

4.6

Campaign of the month for December was as close a competition as ever. Tropper and C4master both released new campaigns around this time, which were awarded the first ever 'first equal', as I was unable to split them. On top of that Rug_Might unearthed a neat scenario by Kyle Leach, which had so far gone without a review. This was a very strong month for designing with the expansion as well, as all these campaigns are for Rise of Rome.

Annex of the Two Rivers is an interesting scenario based on the Parthian wars, with a double AVI and the first ever use of the new beta units alongside the overlapping units feature, and the results are outstanding.

Tales of Udrania Part 2 is the second part the the fantasy story 'Tales of Udrania'. Vandir now lives with the Haya Dona. One day they find a strange map which holds the opportunity to free Kunab, the old wise man of their village. Play the campaign to learn more of the fantasy tale.

Runner Up

Reluctant Guest, an RoR campaign by Kyle Leach

4.5

You stand on a foreign beach with 400 gold pieces, a body guard, and a scout. You have come to rescue your leader from a hostile king who holds him hostage. The fortified city on the hill is daunting, the pathways are guarded, and the local fishermen are forming a welcoming party with sharp, pointy sticks. If you do not think quickly and chose wisely, you will die here.

January

Campaign of the Month

The Solar Cult, a Rise of Rome campaign by Daniel The Master (aka Borruma_) - Reviewer: Richard

4.6

For those of you thirsty for a great mission to play, here's one for just you. This scenario of Daniel's was a great find, if you're feeling like a bit of RoR, this is the one to play. A new cult of fantacism has swept the lands, and your king looks to you to stop it. Tackle superior forces with leadership and skill, and prove that numbers alone cannot always win. The first great find for the new year, let's hope 2006 holds more great discoveries like The Solar Cult!

February

Campaign of the Month

A Battle to the End, a RoR Scenario by Lennart van Beek (aka PhatFish) - Reviewers: Richard, IICDO

4.3

If you're looking for a good level to sink your teeth into, here's a recently unearthed classic by Lennart, who is currently unearthing some amazing new stuff himself, which you can read about on the forums. Have a play of his first submitted scenario, and defeat the Mira in Ancient Japan, in a beautiful and creative scenario mixing role playing puzzles and B&D action.

March

Campaign of the Month

Richard & N00bs, a RoR Scenario by scenario_t_c - Reviewers: Rug_Might, Chris Mattox, Richard Ames

4.8

[This message has been edited by Richard Ames (edited 07-03-2006 @ 04:57 AM).]

AuthorReplies:
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-07-05 11:21 PM ET (US)     1351 / 1574       

Quote:

I'm just too harsh

Nah, your reviews are very fair, and I've always respected that. I like to look at the averages of people's reviews, it's a good indication of how fair they are.

Here's my averages scores for the 4 single player sections: 3.3, 2.7, 3.5, 2.8. Overall you would have to say I was slightly generous, but fairly fair. There's no reason why scenarios should generally score the same as campaigns of course, because they are usually not as good.

Now your averages are fairly similar - 4.0, 2.5, 3.8 and 2.5. Again the lower score for scenarios shows. Surprisingly it seems you are more generous than me, so you can't be too harsh. It depends of what you review though, you can only expect to have 3.0 averages if you review a mix of everything. If you review a lot of good campaigns like Andrea's etc, which is quite common for a reviewer to do, the stats will have a higher score.

If you want to see some 'harsh' stats look at Rug_Might's averages - 1.6, 1.3, 1.8, 2.7! He has given 5.0 reviews though, so it seems almost as if he has an ESP for bad campaigns or something


Richard Wilde
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The Dark Archer
HG Alumnus
posted 12-08-05 02:25 AM ET (US)     1352 / 1574       
My averages -, 3.3, 1.4, 1.4. Aren't I a nice person. The resons for these low averages can be found here.

Quoted from LittleFreak:

You could actually be right. Richard seems to really like your map design, while I gave you a 4.


I don't think your too harsh in your reviews LittleFreak. Your point was valid and I am trying to improve it for the stuff I'm working on now.

The Dark Archer

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
"I once met a girl who looked like a camel" - Rasteve
Death of the Morads | AoEH Design Series II | Out From the Cliffs
Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 12-08-05 09:59 AM ET (US)     1353 / 1574       

Quoted from LittleFreak:

There seems to be a bug in the third scenario of 'Short history of lost Sumeria'. The red units don't seem to attack me at all. I even placed my priest right beside a balista tower, and it didn't do anything. I tried it on medium and on hard difficulty. I can even convert a balista from six tiles away without it reacting at all.

This sounds very strange. I have tested the whole campaign on two different computers and it worked fine. The first configuration is a P4 running Win98, the second is a laptop P4, WinXP. I must say I have built and played the campaign with the original AoE (patched), and not with the Gold Edition AoE. There are rumours about slight differences between the original and re-published game, so that could be an answer.


Andrea Rosa
My only fear is to be left without beer

AoE Last Resort | Quake II: Citadel
Rug_Might
Clubman
posted 12-08-05 04:10 PM ET (US)     1354 / 1574       
It seems that I am quite harsh in comparison to you guys. It could be that I truly am a little too picky for my own good, or might it just be that I'm randomly choosing mediocre submissions?

I'm thinking I'm too harsh anyway. I'd appreciate any suggestions on being nicer.

The Dark Archer
HG Alumnus
posted 12-08-05 04:50 PM ET (US)     1355 / 1574       

Quote:

There are rumours about slight differences between the original and re-published game, so that could be an answer.


That might be true because with the a un1.0cpatched gold edition becasue my gold editon AoE is a version 1.0b but if you update it with a 1.0c patch it will change to version 1.0c.

The Dark Archer

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
"I once met a girl who looked like a camel" - Rasteve
Death of the Morads | AoEH Design Series II | Out From the Cliffs
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 01:39 AM ET (US)     1356 / 1574       

Quote:

I'd appreciate any suggestions on being nicer.

Your reviews sound fairly fair, but if you are picking stuff at random you should probably be rating a little higher. One thing to do to be 'nicer' is to look for positive things even in bad campaigns. Another thing is that even if a campaign is very poor, it should still receive a good score for areas where it does okay. For example if there's a campaign that would get 1 to 1.5 for all areas but story, but has a simple story and good instructions, you should give it a respectable score here. Each section is independent of the ratings of other sections, although the categories do overlap a little as well, for example it's hard to enjoy a campaign if it has no creativity.

I score instructions/story with a 4 for a story and instructions, and a 3 even if it has no story but good instructions and hints, and no bad grammar etc. For maps I give a random map a 3, unless the city design is very poor, or something like that.

Just remember a 3 score is what the average campaign should get, and every section should be rated in comparison to the rest of the submissions out there, for without relativity scores would mean nothing.


Richard Wilde
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[This message has been edited by Richard Ames (edited 12-09-2005 @ 01:40 AM).]

FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 03:10 AM ET (US)     1357 / 1574       
Hmmm... I wonder if any has noticed my lastest campagin.
Must be the quiet season.

Edit
Wait, i just visited andrea site. Hes noticed. I wonder if Andrea has played the campagin.

lol, about richard.
Also, I glad you noticed the hard work I put into of adpating that review. Well, mabye not hard work but hey, better than me in the star department.


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[This message has been edited by FireLegion_56 (edited 12-09-2005 @ 03:15 AM).]

LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 07:31 AM ET (US)     1358 / 1574       

Quoted from Richard:

Nah, your reviews are very fair, and I've always respected that. I like to look at the averages of people's reviews, it's a good indication of how fair they are.

Nice to hear. Thanks.

Also, I'm looking forward to seeing your next work DA. =D

Quoted from Andrea:

This sounds very strange. I have tested the whole campaign on two different computers and it worked fine. The first configuration is a P4 running Win98, the second is a laptop P4, WinXP. I must say I have built and played the campaign with the original AoE (patched), and not with the Gold Edition AoE. There are rumours about slight differences between the original and re-published game, so that could be an answer.

I play with the Gold Edition, so that could be an answer. Sadly, I have no access to any normal AOE CDs. Maybe I should try uninstalling the patch?

Quoted from FireLegion:

Hmmm... I wonder if any has noticed my lastest campagin.
Must be the quiet season.

I did notice, and wrote it on my "things to review" list. I'll have a look at it sometime when I finished the other things I'm playing right now, but it might take some time. However, I'm not sure if I can even finish it, as your campaigns are usually very fast paced do-a-lot-of-things-in-the-same-time style, which I'm not that good at.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 09:38 AM ET (US)     1359 / 1574       

Quoted from LF:

I play with the Gold Edition, so that could be an answer. Sadly, I have no access to any normal AOE CDs. Maybe I should try uninstalling the patch?

Nah, the patch is needed to play the rest of the campaign. I'll re-install my Gold Edition and see what happens. I'm off this week-end for a mountain trip, so it might take up to a week before I come back with an answer and possibly an update. Most people play AoE with the Gold Edition CD nowadays, so if there's any bug I must try to fix it.

See ya


Andrea Rosa
My only fear is to be left without beer

AoE Last Resort | Quake II: Citadel
LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 10:50 AM ET (US)     1360 / 1574       
Uninstalling the patch didn't change anything.

The sad consequence was that I had to skip the entire scenario (there's no point in it without the enemy reacting at all). We'll see how it does for you with the Gold Edition next week. Thanks for your efforts.

Have fun on your mountain trip, and don't forget to take pictures!

*edit*

I have yet another problem. I got as far as the bull of heaven sign, and I'm pretty sure I know what to do. I also found the raft. But the problem is, I can't get it on the shallow path. There seems to be an invisible barrier at the edge of the map which the raft can't pass. You might want to test this with your gold edition too.

Richard, have you had this problem too?


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.

[This message has been edited by LittleFreak (edited 12-09-2005 @ 11:56 AM).]

Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 02:45 PM ET (US)     1361 / 1574       
No, sorry. You should post a screenshot cause I'm not really sure what you mean.

Richard Wilde
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Dark_Avenger
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 03:02 PM ET (US)     1362 / 1574       
Is it possible that some new bugs appears with the use of the new DAT files?

Me, Avenger and Hanz.

Tribulation Designs

[This message has been edited by Dark_Avenger (edited 12-09-2005 @ 03:03 PM).]

LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 03:53 PM ET (US)     1363 / 1574       
I use the normal one for playing, so I don't think that's the cause.

I'll get a screenshot up.

*edit*

As you can see I can't get the raft to the map edge (it stops as if there was an invisible barrier). Thus I can't get it to the shallow area.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.

[This message has been edited by LittleFreak (edited 12-09-2005 @ 04:14 PM).]

FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 05:23 PM ET (US)     1364 / 1574       

Quote:

However, I'm not sure if I can even finish it, as your campaigns are usually very fast paced do-a-lot-of-things-in-the-same-time style, which I'm not that good at.


You mean speed. lol

Well, this one is only got a 2 obecjtives. Its still fasted paced but only one main obecjtive.


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Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-09-05 07:23 PM ET (US)     1365 / 1574       
Why do you need to get the raft around the shallows though? Units can still board it and get off, can't they?

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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 06:57 AM ET (US)     1366 / 1574       
What? I was thinking this was only possible on the shallow path after all... How else would I get the archer to the discovery? Meh, I gotta try this again. Thanks for your advice.

@ Tropper: I don't mean you have too many objectives, what usually beats me is that huge undefended city that gets attacked on five places at the same time right from the start. Just too hard for me.

But I'll try my best.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.

[This message has been edited by LittleFreak (edited 12-10-2005 @ 06:58 AM).]

c4master
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 07:57 AM ET (US)     1367 / 1574       
Thank you so much for reviewing my campaign, Richard *embracing him and squeezing* Maybe I will take my campaign again and reduce some bugs (example: you're not supposed to mix the two teams in the second level). Anyway I'm very very happy to get such a high score. This is far more than i expected.

Evetuallythe in the third part I might improve some little things but some things never change I don't think that I could get myself to design better maps such as Andrea, you or Firelegion do. Well, for me creativity and story is most important as long as playability and balance is ok. Again - thank you for this review.


Nanaki from the super heroes



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Chasing for desire is just a different way to learn! Kamelot - III Ways To Epica
LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 09:21 AM ET (US)     1368 / 1574       
Hey Nanaki! Long time no see. Did you actually fix the farm bug I reported a few pages ago already?

While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 02:40 PM ET (US)     1369 / 1574       
I think you've got the wrong idea about the discovery, LF. What you should do is play The Two Brothers, as it uses this trick as well, and has a more generous hint than Andrea. Andrea's campaigns sort of assume you know these sorts of things. The trick to it is that you can't actually bring any unit to the discovery, but something else that the game seems to recognise as a unit.

Richard Wilde
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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 06:29 PM ET (US)     1370 / 1574       
I thought I could get the archer up there using the raft (at works the other way around too, so why not?). But if that doesn't work, I might have to think again. =/

... I'm at a loss at what to do here.


While sausages are tasty, you might cut your finger with that pencil over there.
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 06:35 PM ET (US)     1371 / 1574       
What do the hints say? I didn't pay much attention to them because I knew how to do this puzzle.

Edit: We're almost caught up with the COTM section now as well, Andrea's campaign we are discussing now having won the spoils for November. I'll play the Artillerist soon.


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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-10-05 06:46 PM ET (US)     1372 / 1574       
Is the puzzle also used in Conan the Barbarian? Because I think I know what to do but I haven't got that far in the campaign.

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Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 12-10-05 06:48 PM ET (US)     1373 / 1574       
That's the one. I think those are the only scenarios to use it. In fact, Conan the Barbarian must have used the VC 'Create object: DP Flag', otherwise the other victory conditions would not be possible.

BTW DA, you should do another review because you still haven't got past Nanaki


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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-10-05 06:55 PM ET (US)     1374 / 1574       
I know but he isn't going anywhere just yet (I hope ). And also my computer is still all buggy and I need a new one but hopefully if everything goes to my plan I should get one early next year after I get my NCEA results.

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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-12-05 02:52 AM ET (US)     1375 / 1574       
Well done on the 4.6 review from Rich Nanaki. But Rich you made one little mistake when you update the review: the playability still says 4 when it should be 4.5.

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blizzardius
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 04:07 AM ET (US)     1376 / 1574       
Can I be a reviewer? I'd like to know the conditions to become a hero (with a pic in the begin of this topic)

If so, I'm gonna review David Saga #1 and if I can't I'll review annex of 2 rivers.

If it's ok, This would be my Fake Hero:

Name: The Whacker

Description: Tries everything at a time and collapses under the weight of it.

Unit: clubman(whacks everyone) hp 100 attack 10 armor 5 pierce armor 5

Special attack: whack someone with my baseball bat and
score a Home Run.

If it's ok, please add me and I'll review either oif those.

The Dark Archer
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posted 12-12-05 04:58 AM ET (US)     1377 / 1574       
@ blizzardius - Do a review first then you can join the AoEH Unofficial Review Team aka The Super Heroes Club. Also make sure you complete the scn/cpn before you review it and review it for the time it was made e.g. map design today is a lot more designing than map design from lets say 1999 or 2000. I hope to see some good reviews come in and I'll see about doing some more in the days ahead.

Edit: I bet Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (THUG 2) today. Well I got all the points in story mode at least.


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CenturionZ_1
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 10:27 AM ET (US)     1378 / 1574       
Richard: How come you say you're unofficial. I would say you guys are AoEH only and official review team.

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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 02:12 PM ET (US)     1379 / 1574       
I guess we're unofficial because we didn't get chosen by the administration and everybody can join. I like the term unofficial better anyway.

You're of course welcome to join blizzardius. We need every helping hand we can get, so we reach our big goal someday - to have everything in the granary reviewed. ^^

Anyways. Just read some reviews and the Review guidelines and you can start. After you have submitted one review, you're allowed to join.


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Andrea Rosa
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posted 12-12-05 02:48 PM ET (US)     1380 / 1574       
Kudos to the AoEH Unofficial Review Team, while I am the official beer drinker

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LittleFreak
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posted 12-12-05 02:56 PM ET (US)     1381 / 1574       

< Official beer drinker number 2. =D

Welcome back Andrea! Any news about the flood scenario?


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Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 03:07 PM ET (US)     1382 / 1574       
Sorry, no news for the moment.

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Richard Ames
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posted 12-12-05 03:07 PM ET (US)     1383 / 1574       
Thanks for that correction DA, fixed

I'll add you to the team once you've done a review blizzardius. Once you are on the team you'll be guaranteed quick reviews: Everyone here is equal but the review team is more equal than others

We were going to make it the 'Official' review team, but we sell more records this way. And we don't have to become concerned with politics.


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Seany Boi
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posted 12-12-05 04:30 PM ET (US)     1384 / 1574       
Hey there. Im interested in joining the review team.

Im new to AOE so you do have the advantage of a noobish style reviewer.

But im also a veterain at Empire Earth. So you also have the advantage of a player that knows his way around this type of game

What do i need to do to get in?


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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-12-05 04:42 PM ET (US)     1385 / 1574       

Quoted from Main Post:

-You must have submitted a review to join
-Under no circumstances can you take this seriously
-You tell me this:

*Your fake Super Hero name
*Your quote or description
*Your unit (any unit/building from AoE/RoR, or even AoK, or an RPG game etc if you like, as long as you can have some form of stats and levelling up
*Your special attack (optional)
*You can have a custom picture too if you like, or a custom attack bonus


Hope this helps.

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Seany Boi
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 04:50 PM ET (US)     1386 / 1574       
KK then i need to find a game to review. Anyione know of any Scottish War games going round tht i can download?. If not Where can i get a nice new one.

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FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 12-12-05 08:21 PM ET (US)     1387 / 1574       

Quote:

@ Tropper: I don't mean you have too many objectives, what usually beats me is that huge undefended city that gets attacked on five places at the same time right from the start. Just too hard for me.


hmm.... Mabye you not good at mirco mangering or mabye your just a different sort of player from me.

Im more of a hypo try-to-do-a-million-things-at-once player.
It means I do it quickly but mabye always not well.

I pick that up from my days when I played online.

Quote:

don't think that I could get myself to design better maps such as Andrea, you or Firelegion do.


Well....
Tlaking like that not going ot help you. You will reach there one day. Just need to put in hard long work.


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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-13-05 09:19 AM ET (US)     1388 / 1574       

Quoted from Tropper:

Mabye you not good at mirco mangering or mabye your just a different sort of player from me.

Both. I'm not too good at micromanaging. I'm more the slower kind of player. Though I got better in the last few months - I'm slowly becoming able to beat Andrea Rosa scenarios.

Quoted from Seany Boi:

KK then i need to find a game to review. Anyione know of any Scottish War games going round tht i can download?. If not Where can i get a nice new one.

I reccommend A Short History of Lost Sumeria. I don't know of any scottish scenarios or campaigns (those were a little later in the middle ages I think), but this one would be a good choice too.

Nice to see I caught your interest in this work. Hope you have fun with it.


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c4master
Clubman
posted 12-13-05 03:29 PM ET (US)     1389 / 1574       
I finally managed to get myself playing the new Andrea campaign. I have to admit that I'm trapt again. I just can't stop playing

The first scenario was WAY too hard.
Fortunately the second, third and fourth ones were really cool although there might be a bug due to which the third scenario turned out ridiculously easy.

As soon as I played all six scenarios I'll review your campaign, Andrea.


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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-13-05 09:00 PM ET (US)     1390 / 1574       

Quote:

The first scenario was WAY too hard.


Personly I found it to be really good all I had to do was wall out the red and yellow players until I was ready to take on the yellows. I still haven't made time to play the rest of it though. Right now I'm playing a stupid and boring cpn the I will review when I'm finished.

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Richard Ames
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posted 12-14-05 01:20 AM ET (US)     1391 / 1574       
I found it hard at first but once I scouted a bit I realized what it was all about. Finished it this evening.

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The Dark Archer
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posted 12-14-05 01:24 AM ET (US)     1392 / 1574       

Quote:

Finished it this evening.


What?

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Richard Ames
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posted 12-14-05 02:37 AM ET (US)     1393 / 1574       
The campaign we're talking about

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LittleFreak
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posted 12-14-05 10:19 AM ET (US)     1394 / 1574       
The first scenario is a lot easier if you trust your troops. Better spend time on your economy, they can easily kill all the yellow clubmen without your help (you might want to heal your archers from time to time though).

Quoted from Nanaki:

there might be a bug due to which the third scenario turned out ridiculously easy.

Does that mean the red player didn't attack you either?


It's weird. Currently, I'm finding myself playing the Babylonian campaign instead of continuing Andrea's work. I would've had to play it sometime anyways, for the many parallels to the Kassite history, so I could just do that now if I'm already in the mood too though.

Oh, and not to forget blizzardius' stuff. Still have to test that.


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c4master
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posted 12-14-05 12:31 PM ET (US)     1395 / 1574       

Quoted from LittleFreak:

Quoted from Nanaki:

there might be a bug due to which the third scenario turned out ridiculously easy.

Does that mean the red player didn't attack you either?

That's exactly what has happened. I could the red guy without any trouble. Maybe this is because I played the campaign on RoR (I usually do so because of the comfort of queueing units )


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Richard Ames
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posted 12-15-05 05:54 AM ET (US)     1396 / 1574       
Don't play with RoR. It's annoying

We may joke but Andrea is probably crying to hear that you played in RoR, just as I cry when people ruin the visual aspect of D&T when playing in RoR. You change the gameplay, you can make new units not considered in the design, the maps look different (worse) in RoR, and writing in Iron Age is available, letting you see stuff that may be supposed to be hidden.


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c4master
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posted 12-15-05 07:05 AM ET (US)     1397 / 1574       

Quoted from Richard Ames:

Don't play with RoR. It's annoying

We may joke but Andrea is probably crying to hear that you played in RoR, just as I cry when people ruin the visual aspect of D&T when playing in RoR. You change the gameplay, you can make new units not considered in the design, the maps look different (worse) in RoR, and writing in Iron Age is available, letting you see stuff that may be supposed to be hidden.

Well I know that some design tricks don't work in RoR. Though I didn't know that problem with "writing". What is it about? By the way I rarely use RoR units. The only unit I really used was camels in the last scenario. Anyway using cavalry would have made no difference.


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LittleFreak
Clubman
posted 12-15-05 10:36 AM ET (US)     1398 / 1574       
When you start in the bronze or iron age (or post-iron age), all technologies from the previous ages are reasearched already. Except for writing in AOE. However, in ROR they corrected that. An AOE scenario could be ruined if one was able to see everything your ally can see too.

Anyways, are you playing with the gold edition? Because Andrea guessed this could be the reason it doesn't work.


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Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 12-15-05 10:47 AM ET (US)     1399 / 1574       

Quoted from c4master:

Maybe this is because I played the campaign on RoR

*sigh*



Edit: thank you very much for your review, Nanaki!

I’d like to know what did you find so difficult in the first scenario: the enemy? The short amount if time before you must tribute gold? The amount of gold asked? Please, let me know. I know it can be tricky to micromanage your economy in the first level, however I don’t think it is so hard to suggest an ‘home run’ solution.

I understand many guys are experiencing problems with the 3rd scenario, I’m going to take a deep look at it and see what makes the CPU so passive.


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c4master
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posted 12-15-05 01:52 PM ET (US)     1400 / 1574       

Quoted from Andrea Rosa:


Edit: thank you very much for your review, Nanaki!

I’d like to know what did you find so difficult in the first scenario: the enemy? The short amount if time before you must tribute gold? The amount of gold asked? Please, let me know. I know it can be tricky to micromanage your economy in the first level, however I don’t think it is so hard to suggest an ‘home run’ solution.

Reviewing your stuff is always a pleasure. I have to thank YOU for doing such a great campaign again.
Why do I think the first scenario is so difficult?
- In my first try I had only 300-400 Gold when I was asked to pay 700!!!!
- In my second try I was still in Stone Age when I was asked for tribute.
- In my third try I could tribute but short after both players attacked me viciously and I had to resign.
- The following tries were much the same - I had problems fighting back my enemies, espacially the red ones. I find it very hard to get so much gold while you have to fight back two enemies at one time.
- Finally I wasn't able to block out one of them because this river contains so many possible ways to cross it...

@LF: I have a edition with AoE and RoR in one package, though I don't think this is gold edition.


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