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Age of Heroes

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rasteve --------------------
DETAILS
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Age of Empires: The Age of Heroes Expansion
Beta v0.1

Designed and developed by Rasteve, 2009

©b-OMNI-Fan Site, 2009
All rights reserved.

Age of Empires: The Age of Heroes Expansion is an unofficial modification.

This expansion is not associated with or endorsed by Microsoft Corporation.

Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome Expansion software is the property of
Microsoft Corporation © 1997 - 1998.

Age of Empires is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.

All rights reserved.


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AGREEMENT
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By installing this expansion you are automatically agreeing to and show that you have
read and understood the terms and conditions contained within this document. If you do
not agree you must not use this expansion. Any installed files must be removed from your
computer following the steps outlined in the uninstallation section of this document.


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LICENSE
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This expansion is released under a freeware license agreement. The expansion is provided
free of charge. It can be used as many times as you like, for as long as you like. You
may copy and distribute copies of this expansion provided that all copies are complete.
You are not permitted to issue copies of individual files or to remove copyright and
warranty notices. You must not charge a fee for the expansion to anyone except to cover
distribution costs.


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WARRANTY
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This expansion is provided "as is" without warranties of any kind, either expressed or
implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of
the expansion is with you. Should the expansion prove defective, you assume the cost of
all necessary servicing, repair or correction. In no event will the copyright holder be
liable to you for damages, including any general, special, incidental or consequential
damages arising out of the use or inability to use the expansion (including but not
limited to loss of data or data being rendered inaccurate or losses substained by you or
third parties or a failure of the expansion to operate with any other programs).


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REQUIREMENTS
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Age of Empires installed
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion installed
US Language version
Rise of Rome v1.0a patch installed (see link below)
http://www.microsoft.com/games/aoeexpansion/downloads.htm#update


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INSTALLATION
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Before starting ensure that you have met the above requirements. Note that installation
will not affect your current Age of Empires or Rise of Rome installation, however copies
of required game files may be made by the installation process. For best results
follow the below instructions from a fresh installation of Rise of Rome:

1 - copy the install folder and install.bat to your Age of Empires game directory

2 - double click the install.bat file

3 - double click heroesbeta.exe

4 - enjoy!


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UNINSTALLATION
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Delete the following from your Age of Empires game directory:

1 - aohyp directory

2 - aohy directory

3 - heroesbeta.exe

4 - aohyplng.dll

5 - aohyplngx.dll

6 - heroes.txt


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COMPATABILITY
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This version has been tested for single player compatability with no major issues raised.

This version has not been tested for multiplayer compatability. If you are experienced
with the game files you can test balance changes via IGZ, GameSpy, GameRanger or other
methods. All players must perform the following steps otherwise the multiplayer game
will show out-of-sync errors:

1 - make a backup copy of your data2/empires.dat file

2 - overwrite data2/empires.dat with aohyp/empires.dat

3 - run EMPIRESX.exe

When finished testing use your backup of data2/empires.dat to overwrite your current
file.


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DESCRIPTION
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This is a modification to add new content to the Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Expansion gameplay, including new buildings, units, technologies, heroes and campaigns.
This modification includes all the changes made in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Expansion RasPatch v0.4 (beta). Please refer to the RasPatch documentation for a list of
change. Further changes can be found below.

Please be aware that this modification does not have the intention of replacing
Microsoft's Age of Empires or The Rise of Rome Expansion, which may cause financial or
other harm to Microsoft Corporation. This modification should be viewed as an
alternative choice for the user. You are required to have the full versions of both
Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome Expansion installed.

Only modified versions of the game files are created or included during installation.
These cannot be used to create an illegal copy of Microsoft's Age of Empires or The Rise
of Rome Expansion.


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NEW BUILDINGS
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- Trade Workshop
- Requires Dock and Tool Age
- Cost 75 Wood
- Shortcut Key = R
- Will be used for trade purposes

- Mercenary Camp
- Requires Government Center and Iron Age
- Cost 200 Wood and 100 Gold
- Shortcut Key = V
- Will be used for mercenary purposes

- Library
- Requires Government Center and Iron Age
- Cost 200 Wood and 100 Gold
- Shortcut Key = I
- Will be used for advanced technologies


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NEW WALLS
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- Rampart
- Available in Stone Age
- Prerequisite to Small Wall
- 100 HP
- Shortcut Key = W
- Allows for walls in Stone Age (counter rush strategies)

- Great Wall
- Requires Architecture and Fortification
- Great Wall technology available at Granary
- 500 HP (pre-Architecture)
- Shortcut Key = W
- Super Ability = All bonuses vs wall halved (siegecraft, siege and sling), pierce armor
doubled
- Allows for much stronger walls in late RM or DM games


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NEW TOWERS
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- Lookout Tower
- Available in Stone Age
- Prerequisite to Watch Tower
- 50 HP, 2 Attack, 4 Range
- Shortcut Key = T
- Allows for quicker tower rush (Stone Age)


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LIMITATIONS
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A number of known limitations have been identified:

1 - inherits limitations from AoE:RoR RasPatch v0.4

2 - mercenary camp uses academy graphics

3 - library uses academy graphics

4 - rampart uses small wall graphics

5 - great wall uses Roman fortification graphics

6 - lookout tower uses watch tower graphics

7 - small wall replaced by rampart in most maps

8 - watch tower replaced by lookout tower in most maps


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BETA TESTING
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A number of areas have been identified for testing:

RM
- Impact on rush strategies with new Rampart and Lookout Tower

- Impact on late Iron games with new Great Wall

DM
- Impact on defensive strategies with new Great Wall


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VERSION LOG
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0.1 - New buildings
0.0.7 - Add lookout tower
0.0.6 - Add great wall
0.0.5 - Add rampart
0.0.4 - Add library
0.0.3 - Add mercenary camp
0.0.2 - Add trade workshop
0.0.1 - Raspatch update
AuthorComments & Reviews   ( All | Comments Only | Reviews Only )
Gumble Gumble is far to scared to download this. He will see what other people think of this.
Thompsoncs I think your ideas are great, maybe you can add even more buildings (gates and forts or something) or units. Too bad this version still has old graphics and no actions for library, mercenary camp and trade workshop. But I will definetely download the real, complete, version.

One question, you seem to be able to change building graphics, but can you also do this with units? Centurions and legions look like shit in the original.

Should you download? Yes, it does not affect your original game, install/uninstall is easy and the modifications are well thought through and interesting.

edit: Can you also add balearic slingers as an upgrade of the slingers?

[Edited on 10/06/09 @ 10:33 AM]

rasteve
File Author
Next update will have new units. I have someone putting graphics together, and I will include as soon as they are ready.

In terms of changing current unit/building graphics - that is something we are thinking about.

btw - I don't like the camel rider graphic - it just looks too big against a cavalry unit.
Gumble Don't diss the camels man, they are sweet.

DON'T LUMP ABOUT THEIR HUMPS!
MrCheeze That second scentece? Put it in your signature. Right now.
Gumble You do it. You already seem to have a collection of Gumble quotes.
i eat crabs Cool works real well for total war tipe gameplay keep up good work :D

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