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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 The remainder of the thread serves mainly as a historical reference, and some information will be out of date.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:
FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 10-22-04 03:12 AM ET (US)     1 / 1574       
Good point but AoE is an old game so don't expect to much but expcet a repsonese.

Well, mabye should put this story of thing in the submission area.


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Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 10-22-04 06:25 PM ET (US)     2 / 1574       
My favourite campaign for AoE is The Martial Emperor by Richard Parker.

I still have tons of RoR campaigns to play, so I can't tell which is my favourite one, although I liked Ingo's "Budonian Tales" a lot.


Andrea Rosa
My only fear is to be left without beer

AoE Last Resort | Quake II: Citadel
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-22-04 09:53 PM ET (US)     3 / 1574       
Budonian Tales is a great "Pure Fantasy" campaign, it's a good source of ideas and inspiration for my new Fantasy scenario (untitled still). I haven't played "The Martial Emperor" yet, I have it but it's one of those ones where I got stuck right from the beginning and never got around to playing it. I have still so many more to play.

It's surprising how many people here are from New Zealand. I can tell because when I read the e-mail addresses of many submitters they end in @xtra.co.nz which is the main NZ ISP. There must be about 25% from NZ, it's uncommonly high percentage for a 4M country. Just off the top my head there's me, Dangrimm, Fire Legion, Upnotep, and several others.

I was playing another recent submission from a guy from NZ, it's the most recent upload in the AoE Single Player Scenario section. It has some great map design, looks like something Fire Legion or even you might have made. A few little imperfectionS but I think it could be 4 star material, I haven't given anyone a four star or higher rating yet, except of course for you Andrea

Another campaign I'm going to play is Phill Phree's Ammon Ra campaign. I've played Ronin, a Japanese fantasy campaign by Phill, and it was reviewed with a perfect score. I haven't even finished the first mission of it though, but it's really original, just very hard.

If anyone has any unreviewed campaigns that they want reviewed, let me know and I'll get round to playing them some time, and post a review up.


Richard Wilde
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Andrea Rosa
Clubman
posted 10-23-04 05:29 PM ET (US)     4 / 1574       

Quoted from Richard:

It seems there are a lot of designers out there that are working on stuff we never hear about on the forums, we should try to get them on here.

If only... it would be awesome to whitness another AoE/RoR Renaissance! But, alas, I think that almost all of the designers left in the world are already here. Maybe it's not enough for a Renaissance, but it's surely enough to have some fun among us

Let's show the old masters that the GAME is not OVER!


Andrea Rosa
My only fear is to be left without beer

AoE Last Resort | Quake II: Citadel
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-23-04 06:55 PM ET (US)     5 / 1574       
Hey Andrea, could you send me that transports per file you were talking about? I'm not sure what you can do with a per file to make them use transports, but as long as it works I'm happy. I would like to have a timed arrival of a transport in a scenario.

Don't forget to test that scenario I sent you, it will only take 10 seconds


Richard Wilde
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Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-25-04 04:04 AM ET (US)     6 / 1574       
Thanks for the Per files Andrea.

Latley I've been playing some Rasher and some more Ingo

Rasher's "Magnus#1" campaign has really impressed me, infact the first scenario really blew me away. You start out in a village being smashed to pieces by Legions, and you have to get your characters, including Gaia ones, to an island. The mod pack is the only one I've used for AoE so far, and it has some cool looking eye candy like new storage pits, walls, tcs, but the thing that really made me grin was the thunder bolts, so appropriate to the wizard story line. Those big bolts of lightning to the west look so cool, especially for AoE. You can get that unit using a cheat but to see it in a campaign is amazing. Anyway I'm up to scenario #2 now. I wish there was a template with those thunderbolt priests, I need one for my campaign!

Today I've been playing Ingo's AoK classic The Kings Best Men. Ingo's are the only AoK campaigns I have the will to finish, AoK being so much more challenging. The trick that won it for me was a flooding trick where the river literally swamps a whole area, really impressive. I took the time this morning to look through the triggers he used in "The Quest", and it took me nearly an hour just to glance through them, I would hate to think how many hours it would take me to make something like that (which I hope to). I think I'll stick to AoE for the mean time.


Richard Wilde
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Fudgy
Clubman
posted 10-25-04 10:06 AM ET (US)     7 / 1574       
Best for me? It has got to be Merlin's destiny.

The gigantic maps, eye candy and the @#@$! amazing puzzles blew me away. Best part of it(for me only, possibly because that I am somehow strange) was me watching how the Short Swordsman dodging the boss(Rasher says in an Article in the Siege Workshop that it was a Heavy Horse Archer, but I saw a Ballista/Helepolis)'s fire in steps that loosely resembles dancing. Confession to make: I never offically beat it, because I used "Reveal Map" and "No fog" after ten tries to trying to beat the axeman and the bowman with nice, big, lovely, beautiful words pop up on the screen sayiing that I have been defeated

[This message has been edited by Fudgy (edited 10-25-2004 @ 05:09 PM).]

Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-25-04 05:24 PM ET (US)     8 / 1574       
Merlins Destiny has some great eye candy, and I barely got anywhere in the first scenario. I want to beat them in order, so I'll wait until I have played the first 3. It sounds very good though.

Richard Wilde
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FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 10-25-04 10:49 PM ET (US)     9 / 1574       

Quote:

t's surprising how many people here are from New Zealand. I can tell because when I read the e-mail addresses of many submitters they end in @xtra.co.nz which is the main NZ ISP. There must be about 25% from NZ, it's uncommonly high percentage for a 4M country. Just off the top my head there's me, Dangrimm, Fire Legion, Upnotep, and several others.


Well, you haven't chat on the net alot by the sounds,
Many froums I go to have aleast a coulpe of kiwis in them.

Also the lastest aos scn your on about I having a look as you said look like my work. Lolz

[This message has been edited by FireLegion_56 (edited 10-27-2004 @ 11:24 PM).]

Phill Phree
Clubman
posted 10-27-04 10:01 AM ET (US)     10 / 1574       
My faves are in my bio but we've had some great submissions since then.

My Karma ran over my Dogma

AoEH | EEH | RoNH | IndividualsCAN

Dangrimm
Clubman
posted 10-27-04 11:13 PM ET (US)     11 / 1574       
Edit: Just a little mistake, sry....disregard this post

[This message has been edited by Dangrimm (edited 10-27-2004 @ 11:14 PM).]

Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-28-04 03:15 AM ET (US)     12 / 1574       
I had a look at the bio, that's a really interesting way to get into Age of Empires. I played it on my neighbours computer and was instantly hooked. I was told to "please leave" after I had been playing for about 2 hours or so, and I bought it when I finally got a computer myself. How did you guys get into Age of Empires?

My favourite campaigns are anything Ingo, especially Taigun II and Chou Kung, also anything Andrea, and a few others. Chou Kung stood out the most for me because it was the first I downloaded (at random not from the best of section) and it really blew me away as far as first impression go. I still need to play a lot more of the best of section though.


Richard Wilde
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FireLegion_56
Clubman
posted 10-29-04 03:28 AM ET (US)     13 / 1574       
Well, I played the demo and got the game when it came out.
I was seven then now i'm 15. LOLZ

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Dangrimm
Clubman
posted 10-29-04 06:15 AM ET (US)     14 / 1574       
Same as firelegion, pretty much...
Fudgy
Clubman
posted 10-29-04 09:19 AM ET (US)     15 / 1574       
Ingo has some of the best-looking and most eye-candy decorated scenarios that exists in AOEH. I remember the second scenario of Tai Gun "Assasin in the Temple Park", he really designed the whole thing like one of those really old imperial parks in China that is really straight and symmetrical. He also made a yin-yang sign with berry bushes, that was nice and unexpected.
Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-29-04 05:59 PM ET (US)     16 / 1574       
Yeah I looked at that sign for quite a while and then I was like ...


...

...

"Hey that's Ying and Yang!"


Richard Wilde
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Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 10-31-04 09:45 PM ET (US)     17 / 1574       
If anyone wants to do a review for a campaign etc, post it on here. Just remember to follow the review guidelines i.e. Give a score out of 5 for

*Playabilty
*Creativity
*Balance
*Map Design
*Story/Instructions

and an explanation for each score

I'll add them to the reviews I do and send them off to Phill. It would be nice to see some more reviews, after all there is no point designing if it feels like nobody wants to play your campaign.


Richard Wilde
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Fudgy
Clubman
posted 11-01-04 05:46 PM ET (US)     18 / 1574       
(Edit:I was kinda dumb, it should have been an "o" in "farmboy", didn't know why I put in a zero)

To quote Richard Ames and his response to Legolas867's plan to make an AOE campaign:

"Just...don't do it."-Richard Ames

Then comes his explanation, which sums down to these ideas:

1.It's too hard and complicated for a campaign(or series of them)
2.We(by we, I mean Richard) hate cheat knockoffs

So here's the score for the last LOTR campaign submitted(I believe) on AOEH, with 21 really, really, really bad scenarios by farmboy. I revewed it and gave it a 1.4

Playability:1/5
It was absolutely boring, the basic scenario victory conditions in each scenario are almost copying the one before it. Which makes me just type "reveal map" and "no fog" to take a look at the map design to see if by chance this one'll be good and then type in "diediedie" in utter disappointment.

Creativity:1/5
I couldn't find any known designing tricks in this whole saga. No creativity in the scenario instructions either, it was just a summery of the book which this scenario took place.

Map design:2/5
About half of each scenario was grass. Also, as I said in "Creativity", no known map design tricks I found. Big blots of trees or lakes or deserts. I only gave it a two because the author didn't just do a Random Map or Seed Map.

Story Instructions:1/5
No intro bitmaps, no author's own writing in the story, I still could stand to see the beautiful writing in the LOTR Trilogy that J.R.R.TOLKIEN WROTE, not a boring sum-up with no descriptive words nor emotions by farmboy.

Balance:2/5
Wayyyyy too easy. For example, in one scnario you have two farmers trying to destroy the enemy fort, the bad thing is, the fort was completely surronded by its own walls, and the area of the walls is no bigger than five wonders together! There were no military buildings in the fort, and I simply called the farmers to chop up trees, build archers, and voila.(I had fun with this while I played it again, and I released the enemy farmers, they chopped wood, and it was a better battle than the one above)

Overall:1.4
This, was really bad. Download it only if you want to compare and contrast the difference between a really good, and a really bad campaign. And this, is a really bad one. I couldn't believe myself when I am typing this right now:this scenario could have been better with some Random Maps. Lots and lots and lots of other things you(the guy reading this who plans to download this campaign) use on playing this campaign can be used to do other fun things. Like pondering about the puzzle.

Longest post I have ever written in AOEH

Reviewed by Fudgy


[This message has been edited by Fudgy (edited 11-02-2004 @ 06:52 PM).]

Fudgy
Clubman
posted 11-01-04 06:44 PM ET (US)     19 / 1574       
THE PUZZLE(Something you can do with your time by not playing the campaign I reviewed above)

We all agree that
If a campaign gets a 1.0 rating it is bad.
If a 1.0 campaign is bad then a 1.1 campaign is bad.
If a 1.1 campaign is bad then a 1.2 campaign is bad.
...
If a 4.9 campaign is bad then a 5.0 campaign is bad.
----------------------------------------------------
A campaign with a 5.0 rating is bad.

Where do you draw the line?

[This message has been edited by Fudgy (edited 11-01-2004 @ 06:47 PM).]

Richard Ames
Clubman
posted 11-01-04 11:44 PM ET (US)     20 / 1574       
Thanks for the review fudgy, you saved me from having to play it I'll send it off with my other reviews, I did about 5 in the first 5 days but then I haven't done any since, but I've also been reviewing in AoK (and they're surprisingly strict about reviews there)

If a turtle is racing a rabbit, and the rabbit is going twice as fast, will it ever catch the turtle? Consider this: Every time the rabbit gets to where the turtle was, the turtle has gone half as far as the rabbit, so it will never catch up. The flaw in the argument is that it takes no notice of time. The time for each step in that argument approaches zero.

For me, it goes like this

1-2.: OMG, I can't believe I had this on my computer! I'm buying a new PC!

2-3: Some potential, able to be played without having a mental breakdown, but still needing a lot of development and not worth downloading unless you have a reason to.

3-4 Above average, either a lot of effort has gone in or the designer is quite a talent, but not both. Worth playing but only if you have some spare time and you've played most of the best

4-5 There is a big variation here, some 5 stars are quite a bit better than other 5 stars even. 4 is very good, 4.5 is a must download, 5 is a classic, and one I wouldn't delete from my computer ever.


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Ingo van Thiel
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posted 11-02-04 01:44 AM ET (US)     21 / 1574       

Quoted from Fudgy:

I revewed it and gave it a 1.7

Actually, the total score would be a 1.4 with the ratings you gave. You might want to correct that before posting your review...

Fudgy
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posted 11-02-04 09:05 AM ET (US)     22 / 1574       
Whoopsie... I'll correct it now.

Also, for Richard, it's like that a rating with 1-2 has a virus that automatically destructs your hard drive after you've completed it, huh?

P.S. had a wierd dream last night, dreamt that I got banned from AOEH because my post of the PUZZLE was off topic

[This message has been edited by Fudgy (edited 11-02-2004 @ 09:51 AM).]

Richard Ames
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posted 11-02-04 02:53 PM ET (US)     23 / 1574       
Okay... Fud-gy...

*hides behind Ingo*


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posted 11-03-04 00:05 AM ET (US)     24 / 1574       
I'm afraid you're puzzle is off topic Fudgy, I'm going to have to ban you!

Anyway I've just found Fire Legion_56 has made a new campaign for RoR, and as far as single scenario campaigns go it's one of the best. Review will be posted within a month, go check it out, it's called "Exile".


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posted 11-03-04 09:16 AM ET (US)     25 / 1574       
"Exile", nice name, sounds like a Fixed-Force Quest type of campaign. I would expect to find really nice-looking eye candy, bitmaps, and just a beautiful campaign in general.

Richard, can we get an update on your Scenario Design Article?

Fudgy

P.S. Oh no!! I'm banned!!

FireLegion_56
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posted 11-04-04 02:55 AM ET (US)     26 / 1574       
OMG. You bet me to tell yous about exile.
Well you guys must been keen players.

Richard Ames, plz can u post the review up here so I can read it. Instead of waiting.

[q]"Exile", nice name, sounds like a Fixed-Force Quest type of campaign. I would expect to find really nice-looking eye candy, bitmaps, and just a beautiful campaign in general.[q/]
Well, go and download it. Its has better bitmaps, eye candy and a big long story.
Also some what in my opoion unsal gameplay.


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Richard Ames
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posted 11-04-04 04:27 AM ET (US)     27 / 1574       
Well I could review it here as well, but I think I'll just tease you instead

I'll start posting up regularly the campaigns I have reviewed once a month about a week before them and do a little feature on the best campaign(s). I'll post your review here if you want FL, I'm a bit tired now, but soon ok


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Fudgy
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posted 11-04-04 03:43 PM ET (US)     28 / 1574       
Richard Ames
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posted 11-04-04 05:29 PM ET (US)     29 / 1574       
Unusual

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posted 11-04-04 06:20 PM ET (US)     30 / 1574       
"opoion"?

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Richard Ames
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posted 11-05-04 02:08 AM ET (US)     31 / 1574       
Opinion

If someone wrote dejfcgaiusgfbafcgi I could probably understand what they mean


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posted 11-05-04 04:11 PM ET (US)     32 / 1574       
I'm going to update this topic and have a monthly section coming up. Sorry FL, you'll have to wait two weeks to see your review. In the mean time everyone, download "Exile" for RoR (or get RoR). The section will be a monthly article detailing all the reviews that have been uploaded, and two more sections "Best Campaign" and "Worst Campaign" (for a laugh).

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Fudgy
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posted 11-05-04 08:27 PM ET (US)     33 / 1574       
Just consider people's feelings then. However, if that person's inactive, just blast at how bad he/she's work is.
FireLegion_56
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posted 11-05-04 10:01 PM ET (US)     34 / 1574       
Waaaaaa.........
I can't wait two weeks. j/k

Quote:

"Best Campaign" and "Worst Campaign" (for a laugh)


Well, I think most people know what the best campagins are.
Well, If we to use a worst campagin section don't post the names or authors of that campagin.

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Richard Ames
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posted 11-06-04 04:07 PM ET (US)     35 / 1574       
Don't worry, the people with the worst campaigns are probably illiterate, or at the very least not active forum members. I mean who can read these forums without learning the most basic things like "test your campaign to see if it can be finished".

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posted 11-06-04 05:05 PM ET (US)     36 / 1574       

Quote:

Waaaaaa.........

Dear Firelegion56,

According to aoe.heavengames.com Code of Conduct Section 3, article 6. There will be no crying in the Age of Empires Heaven Forums. Now, please go to the Veni Vedi Vici Section and go cry a river

FireLegion_56
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posted 11-06-04 05:17 PM ET (US)     37 / 1574       
Well, I stop now (sniffing)

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posted 11-06-04 05:20 PM ET (US)     38 / 1574       
Now that everything is back to normal...

I really think that someone should do a review on Rise of Fiji by Nick's Software. I remebered that it was the hot topic several months ago, and I have yet to see a single comment on the game play or scenario design or the mod pack it came with the campaign.

Fudgy

Richard Ames
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posted 11-06-04 05:54 PM ET (US)     39 / 1574       
I was kinda disappointed with that one, but I know it took a lot of work to make, I'd feel kinda bad to give it a low review, and also it's very hard to review because it contains different elements. I haven't played the campaigns yet either, I'll review one day. Another one I'll review one day is Magnus #3, it never got a review!

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posted 11-07-04 10:04 PM ET (US)     40 / 1574       

Quote:

or the mod pack it came with the campaign.


Are u sure, a mod pack or just a touch up. Cuase I don't call the a mod.

Quote:

game play or scenario design


Its must be a expasion, look at its map desgin and game play :P (my sad joke)

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Richard Ames
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posted 11-08-04 00:58 AM ET (US)     41 / 1574       
Yes, it's a new interface not a mod pack. The campaigns don't sound very good, and it's for like, 1970 or something???

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Andrea Rosa
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posted 11-09-04 09:35 AM ET (US)     42 / 1574       

Quote:

The campaigns don't sound very good, and it's for like, 1970 or something???

1970 AD!?!?


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Fudgy
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posted 11-09-04 09:44 AM ET (US)     43 / 1574       
If it was up to me, I'd give it a 5

Scenario Instructions:1

Gaming balance------1

Scenario Map Design-1

Scenario Playability---1

Scenario Creativity---1
-------------------------

The Total Score is------5

Richard Ames
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posted 11-09-04 04:28 PM ET (US)     44 / 1574       
I dunno, but yes Andrea, it is 1970 AD, I'm not sure why.

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posted 11-10-04 07:00 PM ET (US)     45 / 1574       
You know a great campaign? The Martial Emporer by Rich Parker. I thought it was impossible the first time I started but then I nearly finished the first scenario the other day, but they destroyed my govt. centre. I was so pissed too, the clock was at 2 hours, and I hadn't saved.

You can only make chariot archers and axemen, so I was desperately trying to crank out a chariot archer to protect the govt centre from axemen, I got one out, he distracted them, I was going "God damnit, do I save now or what?" and then they killed him, I got another one out but the reinforcements got there after it was destroyed. Can't wait to finish this one.


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Andrea Rosa
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posted 11-10-04 08:00 PM ET (US)     46 / 1574       
You have just mentioned my all-times favourite campaign!

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FireLegion_56
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posted 11-10-04 09:50 PM ET (US)     47 / 1574       
That campagin is on my hard drive.
But the thing is I had never really liked thoses bitmaps in thoses campagins.

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Richard Ames
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posted 11-11-04 02:00 AM ET (US)     48 / 1574       
Well it sounds pretty good, I've just finished Budonian Tales and I need a new classic to play. I really like the strategic side of it, and the high difficulty.

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posted 11-12-04 04:00 PM ET (US)     49 / 1574       
Just updated the topic, check out the new sections

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posted 11-12-04 05:04 PM ET (US)     50 / 1574       
I'd join in the praise and say that my favourite campaign is also The Martial Emperor, even though the first time I played it I thought it was Impossible!

I was going to submit two reviews, but as I can post them here...

Campaign Name: Brian Boru Emperor of the Irish
Campaign\Scenario: Campaign
Author: whistler(gareth mc laighlin)
Aoe\Ror: ROR
Difficulty level: Moderate\Hard.

Playability: 1
Balance: 1
Creativity: 1
Map Design: 1
Story\Instructions: 1

There is alot of things that could be said about this campaign and all of them are bad.

Well when I downloaded this I didn't expect much, but I didn't think it would be anywhere
near this bad, there is nothing positive to say about it - Boring gameplay, complete lack
of creativity ("Kill x objectives), took 3 minutes to make are only some of the bad points. You
can't even win scenario 1 without cheating.

Just don't waste your time on this. There are better things to do in your life

Reviewed by Borruma_

And

Title: Tiberius_Teutons campaign.
Designer: Germanicus_Caeser
AOE\ROR: ROR
Campaign\Scenario: Scenario
Difficulty level: Moderate

Playability: 3
Balance: 3
Creativity: 3
Map Design: 3
Story\Instructions: 4

Total: 3.2

This is a nice little scenario by Germanicus_Caeser, there is nothing particulary wrong with it -
but there isn't much to praise about it either.

Playability: A simple Fixed Force scenario here, nothing to make you come back and play it
again but diverting for an hour or so.

Balance: Most of the objectives were very easy, especially the one's you complete at the start.
It gets harder and harder as you go along, so I give it a 3.

Creativity: Nothing new here, yet it's nice to see a scenario whose objectives are not "kill x" or
"Destroy X".

Map Design: An Ordinary looking map, some eye candy here and there - but also alot of dull scenery.

Story\Instructions: The best bit of this scenario - a lovely bit map with clear instructions and hints
with no spelling mistakes. There is a story but it's only a couple of lines and isn't particulary engaging.
I drop a point for that.

So to sum it up:
Good Points:
- Great Bitmap
- Clear Instructions
- Good use of Objectives

Bad Points:
- Lacking in story
- Not Re-playable
- Far too easy (in Parts)

Reviewed by Borruma_

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